Personalised Christmas Cards 2017

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Milk Carton Advent Calender

Hello followers, friends and family.  It's time to get making those Advent calenders for the children before December is here.  I make one every year so the grandchildren can open doors or boxes when they come to call. 

I have been working on my Advent calendar this week, a blue and white theme with snowflakes.  it is made up of 25 small milk carton boxes and a base to hold them.  The milk carton boxes are great for holding 4 or 5 treats, ideal for a group of children or grandchildren to open and enjoy each day.

The boxes and base were cut on the Silhouette Cameo with a Lori Whitlock cutting file using Papermilldirect white linen and marine blue card, a lovely combination and a change from the traditional Christmas colours.

Each box was stamped with Stampers Anonymous snowflake stamps and heat embossed.  The boxes were assembled, filled with chocolates, and a date tag fastened to each box with a contrasting ribbon.

How is your Christmas crafting coming along? I have lots of Christmas makes to show you over the next few weeks, my Christmas crafting is nearly done just a few more cards to make.  back soon.

Sylv xx

Friday, 10 November 2017

Triangle Star Fold Christmas Card

Good evening, friends, followers and passers by.  I have been working on my Christmas crafts recently and made this star card and tree decoration.  You can find full details and a tutorial in my DT monthly post over on the Papermilldirect blog.

The star card was made from a 12" x 12" sheet of card and the smaller version to use as a tree decoration using A4 card.

I printed patterned paper onto white linen paper using a digital download from The Lovely Studio and used this and snowflake die cuts to decorate the card and tree decoration.  A Christmas greeting was stamped inside the card.

I usually make small tree decorations each year to hold treats for my grandchildren, the star is ideal for this when reduced in size it will hold a chocolate coin.

Thank you for stopping by, and many thanks for your comments left on previous post they are much appreciated.   I will be back next week with some more Christmas crafting.

Sylv xx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

New Home And A Colourful Zebra Card For A Happy Birthday

Hello friends, followers and passers by, I have been trying to get into the swing of Christmas cards and crafts but have to keep breaking off to make birthday cards.  November is a very big month for me with lots of birthdays to celebrate, I need to spend as much time in the craft room as possible now to get my Christmas makes made.

Below is a new home card for my son and a birthday card I made for my granddaughter who loves zebras (and the colour red!).

The New Home card was made using part of a Silhouette cutting file and a lovely stamp from Inkylicious New Home.  I used Papermilldirect rich cream hemp and buff card, stamping directly on to the card blank and layering the cut out house over it.

Another Inkylicious stamp Live Life In Colour with a digital zebra print paper from The Lovely Studio and Papermilldirect white linen card, white linen paper and black cardwere used to make this card.  The patterned paper was printed onto the white linen paper  and used to line the Papermilldirect envelope too.

I have started a few Christmas card which I will be showing you later in the month.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

I'm Watching You - Halloween treat jar and tags

The end of  the month is here and I am prepared for the trick or treaters who may call tonight, I have two jars filled with spooky treats and two Halloween tags.

I love making tags and these two were fun to make using distress inks, Halloween stamps and dies, and Papermilldirect black, apple green and mandarin orange card.

The tags were die cut, coloured with distress inks, stencilled, stamped with various Halloween stamps and decorated with die cut Halloween shapes then layered onto contrasting card.  I filled Kilner jars with sweets, trying to get the eyeballs to look outward then attached the tags with ribbon.  A nice treat for the grandchildren to share and any other callers on Halloween.

Materials used:
  • Papermilldirect black plain 250gsm, apple green plain 240gsm and mandarin plain 240gsm cardstock
  • Sizzix tim Holtz Alterations dies - Tag Collection and Trick or Treat 
  • Various Stampers Anonymous rubber stamps
  • Tim Holtz stencil Shatter
  • Ranger distress inks and distress oxides
  • Archival ink pad black
  • Kilner jar and halloween spooky treats
  • ribbon from stash 
Happy Haunting to all of you who are out with the children trick or treating tonight.

Sylv xx

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Halloween Tissue and Treat Box

Another Halloween post from me today.  Two black and red boxes cut using cutting files from the Silhouette Store.

I used papermilldirect white linen 255gsm, black plain 250gsm and post box red smooth 250gsm card and cut the boxes out on the Silhouette Cameo using cutting files by Jamie Cripps and Tanya Batrak.  

I bought a square box of plain tissues and stamped a few with bats, just to make them a little more spooky.  The stamped tissues were put back into the square box of tissues and placed inside the Halloween tissue box .

Sylv xx

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Have A Dapper Birthday

Hello, friends, followers and passers by.  Today I have a steampunk birthday card made for my son, using distress oxide inks, stencils, stamps and a Sizzix die.  The die was an impulse buy a long time ago and has laid unused since, this card was inspired by an article in Craft Stamper and I though the die would work well instead of a stamp. 

I used papermilldirect white linen card for the background, plain black card for layering and  white hemp for the card blank.


The background was blended with distress oxides and stencilled using Tim Holtz mini stencils, then stamped with Stampers Anonymous stamps.  The dapper die was cut out of the background and the background adhered to black card.  Stampers Anonymous simple sayings life moments was stamped, die cut and fastened to the card with sticky fixers.

The insert for the card was stencilled and a computer generated greeting added.

I love using the new distress oxides and have made another couple of similar cards for male birthdays next month.

Sylv xx

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Spooky cards For Halloween

I everyone, now we are into October I have started making some Halloween cards, a good time to use those spooky stamps, dies, cutting files and lovely Papermilldirect Autumn coloured cards and envelopes  I have in my craft room.

Halloween is not everyone's cup of tea but I usually make a few cards for the children, as well as some treat bags just in case anyone calls to Trick or Treat on the evening of October 31st.

Above is a card for the older children, featuring a zombie and graveyard with bats flying around a full Halloween moon.   The background was created with distress inks and the graveyard foreground was hand cut from black card with the large bat, crosses and tombstones machine cut on the Silhouette.

Orange, purple and black with fun images cut on the Silhouette were used for the not too scary cards for younger children.

Sylv xx

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

How To Use Embossing Diffusers In Your Cardmaking

Hello everyone, my DT post over on the Papermilldirect blog today is a tutorial using embossing diffusers.  

I used my embossing diffusers with a Crafter's Companion  A4 embossing folder to make 4 different Christmas cards.  The white embossed panels were attached to coloured card blanks ready for making into Christmas cards.

The plain area left by the diffuser was used to stamp an image on the green card and to add a die cut sentiment to the blue card.

I used the diffuser insert to get the round embossed area for the bauble and the bottom of the red card.  The embossed area was coloured with inks, the round embossing was made into a bauble by adding a ribbon and decorating with perfect pearls.  A cute Pinkpetticoat snowman image was added to the red card with 3D sticky fixers and a sentiment stamped underneath.

All card used is from Papermilldirect, the white hopsack and white linen emboss really well.  If you want to know how to use embossing diffusers in your cardmaking my tutorial can be found HERE.

Sylv xx

Monday, 25 September 2017

September Calendar Page - Autumn

Hi everyone, I have been catching up with my papermilldirect create a calendar pages recently, I love doing the calendar each year and do two or three month's pages at a time throughout the year.  We are well into September and the leaves are changing, mornings are becoming cooler and misty, Autumn is definitely here, my September page was made to reflect the season.


This year  a square template was cut out of card using a large square die for fastening over the page so the  coloured, stamped and stencilled monthly theme would be the same size on each page.  I also tried to make pages to reflect a season or monthly event, my June page below was to celebrate the Queen's birthday.


I will certainly be buying a few 2018 calenders this year to give as gifts, they make great presents, especially for the children or a crafty friend.  The 2018 papermilldirect create a calendar is now available to pre-order HERE

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

How To Make An Autumn Themed Photo Album

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons with the rich array of colours you get when the leaves start to change.  September, October and November give us plenty of opportunity to make beautiful cards and crafts using the full range of Autumn colours.  Reds, yellows, oranges, greens through to rich dusky pinks, plums and purples.

My monthly DT post on the papermilldirect blog has a step by step tutorial showing how to make this colourful album and a list of the materials I used. 

It was easy to make and such fun to colour using distress inks.  The Sizzix leaf blueprint stamp and dies were brought out for this album, a large stamp with three dies, it just fills the front and the 3D leaf helps to hold the album closed.  I did add the two circles held with a brad so I can fasten cord round if my album gets too full.

You can find a selection of gorgeous autumn coloured cards in the papermilldirect shop, why not stock up on a box of mixed colours ready for your autumn crafting. 

Sylv xx

Friday, 1 September 2017

Have A Blooming Happy Birthday

Hello everyone, today I have a birthday card which was made for a friend.  I wanted to make a bright summery card and chose to use a gelli plate background which I made previously using yellow and orange distress inks and added stencilling and stamping and a 3D butterfly to it. 

I used Paper Artsy Jofy Collection JOFY11 stamps and Paper Artsy PS059 flower stencil on the gelli plate background using ripe persimmon distress ink to add a contrasting colour with a little broken china on the butterfly wings, dots of white Sharpie pen were added to the center of the flowers.  The gelli panel was mounted onto two papermilldirect white hemp card squares then onto a pre scored yellow card blank.  The butterfly was stamped onto a scrap piece of card, coloured  cut out and attach over the stamped image.

As the butterfly stamp was on my desk I stamped it onto the envelope for a little added extra.

Pop over to the papermilldirect blog to see my tutorial showing how I made the gelli plate background.

Sylv xx

Monday, 28 August 2017

Dreaming Is Reading With Your Eyes Open

Hi everyone, here I am again with another bookmark and a reminder about the papermilldirect monthly challenge.  For those of you who missed my last post the prize for the winner of this month's BOOKMARK challenge will receive a box of papermilldirect card for crafting and cardmaking.

Here is a bookmark with the lovely saying "dreaming is reading with you eyes open",  hope you like my take on it.

Papermilldirect white linen and intensive blue cardstock were used for the tag.  The words were printed onto the white linen bookmark, the IndigoBlu eye stamp was stamped underneath and text stamped ramdomly round the tag.  Salty ocean distress ink was blended round the tag and stencilled dots added randomly.  The white tag was layered onto the intensive blue tag and a gold tassel added.

Details of the challenge can be found on the papermilldirect blog you just need to add your entry to papermilldirect's facebook page, just post a picture of your bookmark and leave a comment.

Good Luck everyone.

Sylv xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Doulble Heart Anniversary Card

Hello everyone, here today with an anniversary card which I made for my husband.  I wanted to use up a piece of heart stencilled background I made a few weeks earlier and found some lovely papermilldirect pearlised card to co-ordinate with the distress oxides used in the background.

I used papermilldirect white linen card for the background and harvest  lustre print gold 300gsm and copper lustre print royal card 300gsm  from the pearlescent range for layering and the die cut hearts.  The Sizzix hearts were cut and attached to the  background and a mixture of sentiments added to make up what I wanted to say, the background mounted on the copper card then onto a hessian card blank.

A very quick easy card which is not too fussy for my husband's taste.

Sylv xx

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