20 of the BEST EVER ways to use Embossing Folders!

Today I am back with 20 of the best ways to use your embossing folders! I think sometimes we can forget about them or just don’t know what to do with them.
I hope my video will give you some inspiration. I think i have some pretty cool techniques for you to try.

Layered embossing

Stamped embossing

Decoupage embossing

Distress oxide embossing

Cut up embossing

Embossing napkins

Embossing washi tape

Make your own cut and emboss effect

Stamping with embossing folders

Make your own embossing folder!

Tag samples

Painted embossing

double embossing

I have included some of the techniques above but please check out my video. I have time stamped it all for you. You can find the link below.

Happy crafting

Love Ann xx


10 AWESOME ways to use up patterned/ugly papers!!

Hey Crafters!!

Today i have 10 AWESOME ways to use up those heavy patterned papers. The title also states ‘ugly’ papers, I don’t mean ugly as such, maybe a case of not your style. Please find the video link below. I know its super long but if you look under the video in the description box, its all time stamped.

10 AWESOME ideas

I think you will love these ideas! I have took my time to explain and show you step by step how to create them.

Don’t forget to vote for me in the Crafts Beautiful awards 🙂 The link is below if you would like to vote


I will be back soon

Love Ann xx


Best Of Craft Awards 2021!! Vote for me

Hi everyone,

I have been bursting to tell you about some amazing news i received a few weeks ago. I have been nominated in the 2021 best of craft awards for the most inspirational Blog! How amazing is that??

I am super excited and so thankful for people who nominated me. The next stage is to vote for your favourite! It would mean the absolute world to me to win so please, please vote for me!

I will put the link at the end of this post. When you vote you are also entered into some awesome giveaways. You only need to add your contact details and email.

Thank you so much and it really does mean so much to me. I have been doing this for 5 years now and winning an award would just be so amazing.

VOTE HERE: https://www.crafts-beautiful.com/awards


Ann xxx


Beautiful Ephemera Binder ( No fancy tools/Dies needed)

Hi Everyone 🙂

Thank you for popping by my blog today. I just wanted to share the gorgeous Ephemera binder with you. The tutorial is up on Youtube and here is the link in case you have missed it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8noD4nCU7f4&t=324s

This binder is super simple to make and like the title states, no dies or fancy tools are needed. Even the envelopes are made using a scoring board so no envelope punch board is needed. The covers and spine are made from an old paper pad backing. You could even use a cereal box etc.

I did put a little window in my envelopes and then lined them with vellum. You don’t have to do this but the option is there if you want to. I really do love this binder and its perfect for storing all your cuttle parts/ephemera pieces.

One thing i get asked a lot is ‘do i have any ideas to use up patterned papers’? This project is perfect for that. I will also have some more tutorials next week about using up heavy patterned papers. Make sure you are subscribed to my channel and all notifications are turned on.

Below i have wrote down the dimensions for you.

2 x chipboard measuring 4 1/2″ x 7

1 x chipboard measuring 2 1/2″ x 7

Envelope paper measures 10 x 7 1/4″

score the long side @ 4 1/8″ and 8 1/2″

score the short side @ 1/2″ each end

I hope you will have a try at making this yourself! It really is so simple.

Bye for now

Ann xx


Mixed Media Card

Hi Everyone, welcome to my blog and thank you for stopping by.

I wanted to share a mixed media card with you. I made this the other day and also recorded a YouTube tutorial for it. In case you have not managed to watch it yet, here is the link to the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNOuNkZekoc&t=71s

My journey into mixed media is still very, very new. To be honest its not something that i have ever really liked. Since i got the acrylic paints from Sizzix i have become more and more interested in mixed media. I am so excited about delving further into it and trying out new techniques.

If you follow me you will know that i like to try lots of different things. I started my crafting journey making 3D projects like bags and boxes. I still enjoy that but i get bored of doing it all the time. I was never really into cards in the early days but now i really love making them. I just like to try new things and hate getting bored.

Please don’t be scared of mixed media. Think of it like lots of different mediums combined together in one project. Its all about layers so just break it down step by step. Experiment and don’t be afraid to try something new.

I will be bringing more mixed media projects to my channel so i really hope you will stick with me and maybe give it a try yourself.

Happy crafting.

Love Ann xx


Laminated Desk Top Die Folder

Hi Everyone,

I know that i did the tutorial for this project last week but i really wanted to get a blog post up too. I have meant to post it by now but as usual i have been so busy. A few people have also asked me for written measurements.

Its been lovely to see how many of you have made it! I love seeing other peoples versions. I am so glad that you like it and also find it really useful. Hopefully that will be the end of lost dies 🙂

If you haven’t managed to watch the tutorial yet, you can find the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4bSaRuBKKI

I really do love this and i am so happy with the finished result. Below i will list the measurements that you will need to make this magnetic folder.


2 x chipboard measuring 8 1/4″ x 10 3/4″ ( front and back)

1 x chipboard measuring 10 3/4″ x 1″ ( spine)

2 x chipboard measuring 10 1/4″ x 8″ ( Glue together)

card measuring 10 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ (hinge) score the short side @ 5/8″

I hope you will have fun creating your magnetic binder!

Happy crafting

Love Ann xx


Sizzix Giveaway Winner!!!

Hi everyone 🙂

I said today would be the day that i announce the winner of my big Sizzix giveaway. Thank you to all who entered. However, there is only one winner and that is …………………………….Joanne Gough!!


Please get in touch and let me have your address so i can post your prize.


Ann xx



This awesome giveaway is worth around £50!!

Hi everyone 🙂

I hope you are all well. Thank you for popping over to my blog today. Its time for another giveaway!! I had some shows on create and craft a few days ago and i thought i would give some of the fab products away to one lucky winner!!

This really is a great prize and worth around £50! The tree die sold out on the show so they aren’t in stock at the moment. If you win this prize however you can get your hands on it 🙂

All you have to do is make sure you are following this blog and also the Sizzix blog https://www.sizzix.co.uk/blog/ Then just leave a comment below saying you would like to be entered. UK only i am afraid peeps, sorry.

Good luck and the winner will be announced on Friday 2nd July on this blog .

Love Ann xx


Sculpting foam samples for Sizzix/Create and craft

Sculpting foam floral frame.

Hi everyone,

I wanted to pop a post up about these beautiful samples i made for a Sizzix show on create and craft on the 22nd June. I did mean to post it before now! Sorry, i have been so busy. If you know me you will know i love anything floral and flower foam. I really can sit for hours and make all sorts. I will pop all the picture below and hopefully you can gain some inspiration from them.

I hope you like them! I will be doing a tutorial on Youtube on how i made some of the cards. Once the tutorial is up i will post the link here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ann xx


Sizzix GIVEAWAY Winners announced!! IS IT YOU????

Hi everyone 🙂

So this is just a really quick post to announce the 3 winners for my Sizzix giveaway!! Thank you to everyone who entered. Make sure you keep popping on to my blog as i will be having more crafty giveaways 🙂

Ok!! so the 3 winners are below:

Well done!!!
well done!!
Well done!!

Please get in touch with your address etc and i will post your prizes out asap!

Love Ann xxx


HUGE Sizzix giveaway x 3!!

Hi everyone! welcome to my blog and and these amazing giveaways !! I have decided to do 3 of them. I have split the stuff into 3 bundles. They consist of die, embossing folders, paints and stamps!! The 3 winners that are picked will receive 1 of these bundles at random!

To enter you MUST be following this blog (i will check 😉 Leave a comment on this post saying you would like a chance to win and where you are from.

I do not mind people from outside the UK entering, however you will have to pay postage costs.

Good luck and i will announce the winners on this blog next week.

Here are the 3 bundles below:

Bundle 1
Bundle 2
Sizzix giveaway, Huge giveaway, Sizzix paints,
Bundle 3

Good luck!!

Ann xx


Mixed Media Samples For Create & Craft

Created with Sizzix Creamy acrylic paints! The frame was a cheap white picture frame.

Hi everyone,

I know i have not posted on here for way to long!! I do really want to get back into posting on here but i just always seem to have way to much to do.

I wanted to share with you these beautiful samples i have been making for my Mixed media show on Create & craft TV on Tuesday the 25th may. If you follow me you will already know that i am not really into mixed media crafts but wow! Playing with all these Sizzix paints has put a stop to that!! I am totally addicted to them!

These paints are designed for techniques rather than coverage. Perfect for card making, scrapbooking and mixed media. You can do so much with them and if you can catch my show on Tuesday, i will show you. Its 12pm till 1.30 pm. Below i will post more photos of the samples i have made.

I hope you like them and i hope you can tune in 🙂

Bye for now

Love Ann xx


Re-love Your Stash! Ombre Embossing/Stamps & Border Dies

Hi everyone,

Happy Valentines Day!! I hope you all have a great day whatever you do. We have lots of snow still and its so cold. The snow has been here for almost a week now.

Anyway, back to my newest installment of Re-love your stash! I really like this one as the results look so cool! Its very simple to do and all you need is Embossing powders,Stamps and a couple of border dies.

I love the multi coloured embossing and it gives you a chance too get your embossing powders out and have a play! I had great fun with it and i will definitely be doing this technique again!

I also had another thought after i had recorded the video. You could also use a large background die of some sort, cut it out and then cover it with embossing ink. Then you can go ahead and add your different colour embossing powders! I think ity would look amazing.

Please make sure to go and check out my video if you haven’t already. I will put the link below.

Bye for now

Ann xx


RELOVE Your Stash!!

Hi everyone, I am so excited about this new series 🙂 I hope you are too. We are going to have great fun using our stash over the next few months. I have to be honest and tell you that this really did bring my mojo back!! I have have spent so much time at my craft desk these last few days.

So for our first video i have focused on basic dies, circles, stars, leaves and dies that i am pretty sure we all have in our stash. I also went for a background stamp. Again i am sure we all have a few of them. If not just make your own background stamp by using smaller stamps. You can even make one by just stamping the whole stamp set onto your card.

Of course we need some Ink, again i am pretty sure we all have ink in our stash! I know i have tons of the stuff. The main ones i used are from Aliexpress, i love them and they stamp so well. Please just use what you have though, you will still get some beautiful results 🙂

As you can see from the pictures above, i am super happy with my cards. I think they are so pretty and i am looking forward to creating more in this style. I would love to see what you create! You can share them on my facebook group or facebook page if you like 🙂

I hope you will join me for the next installment of ‘Re-love your stash’ next Sunday.

Bye for now


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