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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

New Monthly Challenge Over At Papermilldirect

Hi everyone, there is a new challenge this month at papermilldirect  enter to win a box of card for craft and cardmaking
the challenge theme is

What is your favourite summer read?  enter the challenge with a bookmark make and let us know what you like reading over the summer if you want to.  CAS, colourful, inks or papers, whatever you use we are looking forward to seeing your entries, details of how to enter can be found at


My bookmark was cut out using the Silhouette from a cutting file but a plain oblong piece of card can be used.  I stamped and heat embossed the Oakhouse Studio dragon stamp in the center of  red card, dry embossed the circle bursts using a circle embossing diffuser and a large Crafters Companion embossing folder.  The raised areas were rubbed over with Treasure Gold.  The red card was mounted onto a white card and a gold tassel added.

Sylv xx

Monday, 7 August 2017

Playing With The Gelli Plate and a Tutorial

Hi everyone, and thanks for popping by to check out my post.  I bought a Gelli Plate two years ago and it has remained unused until a few week ago when I thought I would have a play.  I started messing around with distress inks, stencils and stamps, and was amazed how easy it was to make background prints for cardmaking and mixed media projects.   You can find my DT tutorial for using the Gelli Plate over on the papermilldirect blog.

I used the print I made to make a card. The print was cut to size and the edges blended with ripe persimmon distress ink.  Dots were added to the print with a white pen. The flowers were stamped and white embossed, coloured and fussy cut and attached to the card.  The panel was then matted and layered onto papermilldirect Lustre Print Gold 300gsm in magenta and  smooth black card, and then onto a hemp textured large square card blank.

The picture above shows part of a tag made using the same technique but using textured card to print onto. Papermilldirect's textured cards take colour from the Gelli Plate very well.

I am completely hooked and will be doing much more with the Gelli Plate in the future.

Sylv xx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Welcome To Wonderland

Good afternoon everyone, it has been a long time since I entered a challenge so thought I would give it a go this week with the Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Welcome To Wonderland.

This is a quick card as time is running out for this weekly challenge.  The heart background was created using distress oxides and a Tim Holtz mini stencil.  The Mad Hatter's Tea Party and words (from Indigo Blu "Alice ll" set)  were stamped onto papermilldirect smooth white card and heat embossed.  The words were cut out, edged in red and stencilled with a few hearts, the image was torn round and coloured, edged and stencilled with distress inks.

The inked and decorated background was layered onto papermilldirect red card and a pre-folded white hessian card blank.

Loved doing this card and hoping to enter some more challenges over the next few months.

Sylv xx