Personalised Christmas Cards 2017

Friday, 18 May 2018

Embossing folder letterpress technique - Blue Butterfly Birthday Card

Today I have a blue butterfly birthday card and a tutorial over on the papermilldirect blog showing how to create a background using the embossing folder letterpress technique.

I found three inchies in my bits box and thought I would use them on a birthday card.  The inchies were attached to a piece of stamped and sewn brown paper.  I embossed a square of card using the letterpress technique for the background and highlighted a few of the embossed butterflies with glitter for a little bit of sparkle.

To make the card I trimmed the edges of the embossed and coloured panel to size, coloured  the inchie panels and a die cut butterfly with distress markers and sewed them onto scraps of printed and brown paper. The inchies embellishment and butterfly were attached to the embossed background, this was then attached to a square of buff card to compliment the craft paper inchie panel then onto a white card blank.  A computer generated sentiment was added under the large butterfly  and glitter added to some of the embossed raised butterflies. 

Sylv xx

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Messy Crafting with inks and stamps

Hello everyone, I have lots of birthday cards to make but am finding it difficult to get inspiration at the moment.  To help get my mojo back I have been a playing with some arty inkiness recently, the Gothic Arch was for the UK Stampers Forum monthly challenge and the panel was inspired by a project in Craft Stamper using an old tin can.   

I had some corrugated card I saved to up cycle and used it in my first project.  The corrugated card was washed with gesso and small areas were covered in texture paste to fill in some of the channels.  The card was sprayed with inks, left to dry well before adding a stamped panel of tissue paper using Glue n Seal.  When the glue was dry I blending distress inks onto the panel and round the edges to add more colour.  Chit Chat sayings were added and a cog and arrow added.  I mounted the panel onto a piece of papermilldirect black card.

The Gothic Arch was cut from papermilldirect cream vellum card, a lovely weight for this project.  I stamped and clear embossed the Big Ben stamp, blended blue, purple and green distressed inks onto the arch and flicked it with water.  A few background stamps were stamped and a few stencilled areas added,  The wings were cut from a larger stamp, coloured  and added with 3D sticky pads and a stamped sentiment added underneath with 3D sticky pads.

Still struggling with ideas for my female cards this year, off now to the craft room to have a go!

Sylv xx

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Bright Personalised Birthday Card

Hello friends, followers and anyone passing through.  Today I have a colourful birthday card made for an eleven year old boy. 

The name was cut out using  the Silhouette, it was typed in Bernstein SF font and enlarged to 166pt then cut  out five times using papermilldirect Daffodil Yellow Smooth Card, Billiard Green Plain Card, Mandarin Orange Plain Card, Deep Blue Plain Card, Christmas Red Plain Card and White Linen card.   The words were cut from a square of white card which was trimmed down ready for stamping and adding the sentiment, the rest of the letters were cut using scraps of coloured card.  A blue and a white square each slightly larger than the cut out white square were cut ready for layering up the card onto a Christmas Red Card Blank.

Stars and splats were stamped onto the front white card, a few cut out stars and a die cut sentiment were added before layering it up onto the red card blank.  I then added the colourful letters using 3D sticky pads.  A White Plain Paper insert was added with a greeting and a yellow cut out number eleven.

Sylv xx 

Thursday, 3 May 2018

One For The Boys

Hello friends and followers.  This week I have been playing with an orange, brown and buff colour palette for a male birthday card.  I find this colour palette with the die cut star and circle background stamping works well.

I blended distress inks in yellows and oranges onto an oblong of  smooth white card and stamped a background pattern onto it in dark brown ink.  This was mounted onto an oblong of brown card then onto a buff A6 card blank.

A medium sized star was die cut, stamped with part of the background stamp in brown ink and edged with orange distress inks.  The star was attached to the card with a swirl of thin cord behind.  A computer generated sentiment strip was added under the star.

Materials used:
Below is the same design in a blue and green colour palette with an embossed star and die cut sentiment on a navy card blank.

Sylv xx

Friday, 27 April 2018

Cards For The Boys and a craft room sneak peek

Hi everyone, I have been sorting out my stamps as part of my craft room reorganisation with the intention of using some of the long forgotten ones hidden at the bottom of boxes.  There is not much more sorting to do and I am pleased with the space created by putting the tall units on their sides, giving me more flat space for working.  Here is a sneak peek..

I have made two male cards this week using Sizzix mixed media dies and black, white and navy papermilldirect card. 

This card was made using a Banksy inspired stamped image  Bee Crafty - Ghetto Rat.  It was stamped onto a small piece of inked background and layered up onto die cut card and a black card blank.  The sentiment was computer generated.

For the above card the die cut card was matted onto a distress oxide blended background then onto a navy card blank.  The corners stamped with Stampers Anonymous Urban Chic stamps in blue ink.  The Hero Arts die sentiment was cut out three times from navy card, layered together then added to a strip of white card with a stamped birthday sentiment.  The strip was backed with navy card and added across the center of the card.

Back soon with more makes.

Sylv xx

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Collage Word Tag Card

Hello everyone, today I have a tutorial over on the papermilldirect blog using two collage word stamps I bought recently.   I thought these stamps would make lovely CAS cards especially for men and teenagers who don't want cards which are too fussy. The tutorial shows how I used these stamps to make a tag birthday card and gives a few other ideas which are shown at the end of the tutorial.

In my last post I made a black and white card using the smaller stamp, I wanted to make a card using both stamps and with a little more colour, the result was the tag card above.

Materials I used for the cards:

Below are the other cards I made using  the stamps, the black and white CAS card from my last post and a black and white card using both stamps.  I liked the tag card so made it up in another colour and varied it slightly.

For full details of how I made the cards pop over to my tutorial on the papermill blog.

I enjoyed using these stamps and will be keeping them handy for use in future projects.

Sylv xx

Monday, 26 March 2018

Black and White Wordy Birthday

Hello friends, followers and passers by.  I have had a great week in the craft room and have managed to make lots of cards and used some of the bits and bobs I found clearing out my craft room.

I recently bought a few block word stamps from Crafty Individuals and used the smaller birthday panel for this CAS black and white card.   I stamped two black on white and two white embossed on black card panels and have a few ideas to try these out.  I also stamped out the larger word stamp onto white and  buff coloured card and will be making them into cards next.

I used one of the white stamped panels for this card, mounting it onto black card and adding three black stars.  Three postal stamps were stamped onto a white card and the word panel attached  centrally using 3D sticky pads.  I also stamped the postal stamp onto the insert.  

Materials used:
I haven't entered any challenges for years and am going to try fit a few in this year, I will be entering this card into the Allsorts Challenge where this week's challenge is Black and White.,  and Lost Coast Portal To Creativity challenge Say What??

Thank you for popping in today.

Sylv xx

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Easter Card and gift

Hello friends, followers and family popping in.  Today I have a rabbit Easter card and box frame gift using papermilldirect's beautiful Lustra Print pearlised card.  I made the frames for an easter raffle at my mum's care home.  I love this large intricate die which would make ideal pictures for a child's bedroom or nursery, especially if the child's name is added.

I picked pearlised pink and cream pearlised card to make up my die cut picture to match the pretty light pink frames.  The rabbit was cut out from the center of a square of pink and cream card, I used both the positive and the negative die cuts to make up the picture.  The cream rabbit was layered onto the center of pink card and the pink negative was layered over it using 3D foam pads, the second frame used the contrasting colours cream background and pink rabbit.

The Easter card was simple, the die cut rabbit was fastened to the card and a sentiment added with three blue pearls, a pearl was added to the rabbit's eye too.

Materials used:
As an afterthought (after I took the photos) I added a pearl eye to the rabbits in the frames. 

Sylv xx

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Large Blooms Wreath Easter Card

Hello everyone, I'm here with an Easter card today using the Sizzix large flower die.  The flowers and butterfly were die cut from card and vellum, the veins on the flowers embossed and the vellum butterfly was stamped using the matching stamp.   Using my Silhouette I cut out a wreath with leaves to attach the flowers to.  A sentiment was printed and cut out using a small die.

The wreath and leaves were attached to a square white card blank, the flowers and butterfly were assembled and added to the wreath and lastly the sentiment attached.

Materials I used:
 This card could be made for any occasion by altering the sentiment.

Sylv xx

Monday, 19 March 2018

Easter Egg Wreath Card

Hello friends, followers and passers by. This weekend I continued on with the craft room re-organisation and am pleased to say it is nearly done, just a few boxes to sort and some pictures to hang and that's it. 

Inbetween clearing out my stash I have been making Easter cards and have a few to show you over the next week.  Today I have an Easter wreath card using lovely pastel coloured card and a Silhouette cutting file - Easter Wreath by Miss Kate Cuttables.

Materials used:

The peach coloured card used was a papermilldirect special offer card from last year which I had in my card box, unfortunately this is no longer available but  I just had to use it as it is such a pretty colour.

Pop over to the papermilldirect blog to find more Easter inspiration from the papermilldirect design team.

Sylv xx

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Organising My Embossing Folder Designs and Techniques

Hello everyone and welcome to my new followers.  Today I have details of my papermilldirect monthly DT tutorial which can be found on the papermilldirect blog.  As I find it difficult to find the right embossing folder to use in my cardmaking the tutorial shows how I made a tag book of my embossing folder designs.

I am in the middle of re-organising my craft room and sorting out all my stash.  The furniture has been moved to give me more work surface, boxes sorted and card and paper boxed and grouped into colours.  I still have lots of stamps to sort and may do a similar tag book for them,  one for each individual stamp company or type of stamp.

I tried out different techniques on some of the embossed tags and labeled each with its name and make. The materials and details of the techniques I used can be found on my papermill blog post.

Thanks for popping in, and for all your lovely comments which are much appreciated.

Sylv xx

Friday, 9 March 2018

Mother's Day Cards

Hello everyone and welcome new followers.  I have been working outside my comfort zone this week making a few Mother's Day/birthday cards.  Although I love cards with floral decoration I have always found it difficult to use grouped flowers and leaves on my cards.  Recently I bought a Sizzix large flower die and embossing folder, I bought it to make a wreath with Spring colours but also wanted to use this in my cardmaking.  

The sentiment was foiled onto a square of papermilldirect white linen card.  This was layered onto an embossed square of  papermilldirect Dark Violet plain card and then onto a white linen card blank.  The large embossed flower and leaves were positioned at the lower right hand side of the card and sequins and pearls added.

A second card was made using a tri-fold card.  An aperture was die cut from the front of the card and the flowers  flowers and leaves added, a foiled sentiment was added to the inside fold.  To add interest I embossed the inside of the card before adding a printed sentiment. 

Materials used:

I enjoyed playing with the large flowers and will be making the wreath next.  The flowers have been cut out using a wide range of colours so I have plenty of flowers for my future projects.

Sylv xx

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Cool Dude 9th Birthday Card

Good morning everyone, today I have my papermilldirect DT post, a birthday card for a nine year old. a fun card using a variety of papermilldirect plain and textured card, Tim Holts mini cats and dogs stamps and Sizzix dies.  I sometimes find it hard to make cards for younger children but fun stamps like these make it a little easier.

I stamped one of the dog images, balloon, sunglasses and a bow tie onto a scrap of hopsack card, coloured them with distress oxides then used the matching dies to cut them out.

A star die was used to cut three rows of stars from the center of the buff card, the sentiments were stamped and a white embossed star added to the center with a stamped and die cut number 9. 

The buff card was added to a square of white linen card then to the yellow card blank.  The glasses and bow tie were added to the dog and glossy accents added, when dry the dog was added to the card with 3D sticky pads.  

Details of dies and stamps used can be found on the papermilldirect blog here.

Sylv xx


Thursday, 15 February 2018

Chinese New Year Tag

Today I have my weekly DT post for papermilldirect, an oriental themed tag to celebrate the Chinese lunar new year, the year of the dog.

My tag was cut from white linen card, coloured with rich red distress inks,  stamped with Chinese lanterns in gold ink,  some of which were heat embossed in gold.   A full moon and images from a travel stamp featuring sights of China were stamped in black ink before matting the tag onto a slightly larger black tag.  The tag was finished with a greeting, Chinese coin and a tassel.

The New Year greeting was printed on a laser printer and foiled, layered onto red and black card and attached to the tag.  Details of materials used can be found over on the papermilldirect blog.

The fortune cookies in the main photograph were fun things to make too, they were made from white linen card printed with lanterns, symbols and wordings relating to the Chinese New Year. 

Sylv xx

Friday, 9 February 2018

Black, White And Buff Star Cards For The Boys

Hello friends, followers and family.  Today I have a tutorial over on the papermilldirect blog using dies to create backgrounds for male cards.

I love using my mixed media dies in cardmaking and love black, buff and white for male cards.  Pop over to my papermilldirect blog tutorial for details and materials used to create these two male cards.

I used my Silhouette to cut out the word star on the above card but there are many sentiment dies which will work just as well.  I used die cut and stamped sentiments on the card below.  

Sylv xx