Saturday, 26 March 2022

Mixed Up Saturday

Good Saturday Morning Ladies, 

Ladies it's going to be so miserable going back to the colder weather next week, don't get me wrong it is absolutely freezing first thing when I went to see Paul off and let Milo out, waking up to blue skies just warms your heart though. 

What do you all have planned for this weekend, are any of you spending Sunday with family??  Mine are all working on Sunday so I think we will maybe go and look around a National Trust house or Garden if house isn't open,  we might take a nice picnic with us and the flask.  The last time we had a piece of cake at a National Trust place it was awful, I might even make some scones this afternoon to take with us.

Maria has shared her latest Diamond Painting, what a stunning Peacock, the colours are so bright and vibrant, the Peacock looks so majestic.  I love it Maria, we used to live beside Tattershall Castle and we had their Peacocks in our garden all the time,  seeing them fan their tales is magical, their cry sounds ao much like a baby or small child though, which can be frustrating!  Thank you so much for sharing him with us Maria X❤️X

Diecutting Essentials Issue 88 Review 

Today I am reviewing Issue 88 of Diecutting Essentials Magazine. The free Dies that come with this issue are actually really nice, you can layer them or use them individually. The Oval die is really pretty and would make lovely Easter cards.

Nicky has made some beautiful cards for all occasions with the free dies, there is a 'How To' on using the Butterflies to create a stencil.  I love some of the cards especially that one with the three panels.  

Get your glitter out girls!! Let's have some messy fun!! This feature shares some ideas for making some glittery stained glass effects.                                I mean they look amazing but I'm not sure I could be bothered with the mess! Some beautiful cards though. 

I really like these features that get you looking at your dies in different ways, in this case its using nesting dies to create frames, now I know that most of us know how to do this but its remembering to do it thats the issue, in my case anyway!  

Now I dont usually share these articles in the magazine as they are basically Advertising,  BUT I haven't heard of 'The Ton' craft company, these cards are so beautiful,  I did a close up of that background die as it's so delicate and lovely at the same time. I have left the advert for stockists above if you want to have a look. 

Another feature using the free dies, some beautiful cards, something for most occasions.

Ingrid shows three different ways to use 1 embossing folder,  basically,  inking the folder and then embossing,  carefully using a clear embossing ink over raised areas and adding gold embossing powder and the third technique is using a sanding tool to rub the very top of the embossed area off.

These pretty cards are made using the dies and free downloadable papers. The colours are beautiful. 

Lastly this feature shows you different ways of using your hexagon dies to create cards for men. 


I would say that this month's issue is worth buying, some great features and lovely inspiration.

I hope that you lovely ladies have a wonderful weekend, 

Sending my love and hugs to all of you,

Sandra                                                                                xxxxxx 


  1. Morning Ladies

    Maria-your peacock is absolutely stunning. Is it going to be framed as a piece of art?

    Sandra-great review. I got my subscriber copy a few days ago but haven’t looked at it properly.

    We have glorious sunshine again today so all my washing is ready to go outside. I just need to do some shopping today then we’re hoping to do some gardening tomorrow.


  2. Your piece of art is stunning MARIA When do you do these? In the daylight or evenings? For instance I make cards during the day (for the natural light) and crochet in the evenings
    The magazine looks great You’re right about techniques SANDRA we might know how to do them but it’s remembering to use them So it’s great to have a little reminder
    OH’s aunt is coming to stay overnight My Mother’s Day gift will be seeing the grandkids this afternoon! We’re then out for a meal this evening with OH’s sister Tomorrow I will be cooking for an army! I refuse to go out for lunch etc because they bump up the prices because it’s Mother’s Day
    Have a lovely weekend everyone I do hope the covid sufferers are on the mend x

  3. Morning everyone
    Thank you for liking the Crystal Peacock ladies. I have a frame so it will go into that and then onto the wall in my crafting room one day. One day seems a long way but hoping in the next year or so hihi
    Karen- Have a good day with the family and a lot of fun with the grand-kids. I'm making the crystal arts in the evenings mostly with a light right over it. My eyes can get a bit dizzy after a while so do it in stages. I've got a few more to do so might start one tonight when OH is watching the football.
    Lovely to see you Michele. Hope you are alright and work not too busy. Enjoy some gardening this weekend. Guess we be doing the same. Hoping your greenhouse stood fine during the storms we had. Take care.
    Have a nice Saturday everyone. Many hugs to you all, xxx

  4. Hi everyone
    Love the quote, so true 😉
    Maria, your crystal art peacock is beautiful 😊
    Great magazine review. Love the look of the dies 😊 Some lovely articles and inspiration, thank you for sharing 😊
    I have seen The Ton products on Bumbleberrys, but think some of their stuff is quite expensive. I can vouch for Bumbleberrys though - have ordered from them before and they’re pretty quick with delivery 😊
    Nothing really planned for tomorrow, but will pop and see my mum and dad at some point. Luke’s working in the morning, James is in Bournemouth but home at lunchtime and Mark has a band rehearsal in the evening. I’ll be crafting and catching up with tv recordings.
    Have a lovely day everyone. Sending hugs to you all xxx