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Saturday, 11 August 2018

Keepsake Birthday Card And Box

Do you ever make keepsake cards?  I was asked if I could make a special card for a Mum's 65th birthday,  today I have a tutorial over on the papermilldirect blog with details of how I made this large 18cm square card with a matching decorated box to present it in.

To make the card blank I used a sheet of papermilldirect A3 white linen card and  pink, spring green and amber lustre pearlescent card for the dies and layering.  The dies were Sizzix, the stencil and butterfly were Memory Box.

The sentiments were computer generated and printed onto the stencilled background before layering onto the prearlescent card.  This was matted onto the card blank before adding the embellishments. 

The dies were arranged on the card, a jump ring added to the birdcage and a few sequins to finish the card.

A box was made and decorated to match the card, I fastened a ribbon down the center of the base with a two inch overhang to help lift the card from the box, it was then lined with tissue paper which had been stencilled with the distress inks.

I always keep A3 and 12" x 12" card in my stash for creating projects that cannot be made with a sheet of A4 card, and for use with my Silhouette cutting machine.  You can buy a pick and mix box of A3 card or just a pack of 10 sheets  in the Papermilldirect shop.   

Friday, 10 August 2018

Daring Cardmakers Nautical Challenge

Hi everyone, another Friday and time for another Daring Cardmakers challenge.  This week the theme is hosted by Shabneez and the theme is "Nautical".  

I had two ideas for the challenge and could not make my mind up which to go with so made both.  My first idea was to use a Stampers Anonymous compass stamp, cut out an array of stars (as sailors used to navigate by the stars) an anchor sailing element and a few sketchy seagulls flying round.

I used papermilldirect white hemp card  for my card blank, white linen card for the background and navy plain and daffodil yellow plain card for layering.

My second idea was a wood background with a ship's wheel and a red white and blue theme.  I used a papermilldirect  7"x5" white hammered card blankbuff plain card for embossing, navy plain card, red plain card and white hammered card for layering, knotted butchers string with a flag sentiment above a die cut sentiment and two cut out seagulls. 

I used a 3D embossing folder for the wood grain and cut the ship's Wheel and seagulls on the Silhouette, stamped a wood grain pattern onto the wheel and added some red and white cotton detail.

I am guest designing again this month at Daring Cardmakers and would love you to come over and join in the challenge, such a lovely theme with lots of possibilities from ships to sea creatures and more.

Sylv xx

Monday, 6 August 2018

Blue Feather Birthday Card

Good morning friends and followers.  I have another card today using the Go Press and Foil machine, my card today has a plain letterpress sentiment highlighted with blue distress ink.

I seem to be gravitating to blue colours at the moment and thought the previously coloured die cut feathers would look great on papermilldirect white linen card 255gsm layered onto buff smooth card 255gsm and added to a pale turquoise card blank. 

I letterpressed the birthday greeting onto a white linen square and blended blue distress ink over the card to highlight the greeting.  The feathers had been coloured with blue and brown distress inks, these were added above the highlighted sentiment and sequins and a string bow added.

The white linen letterpress panel was layered onto buff card then onto a pale turquoise card blank and a white paper insert was added inside the card.

Now I am getting to grips with the foiling machine I will be using it more especially for my Christmas cards this year.

Thank you for popping by xx

Friday, 3 August 2018

August Elemental Challenge Daring Cardmakers

Hello everyone, It's Friday and time for another challenge over on The Daring Cardmakers blog. This week, being the first Friday of the month it is an elemental challenge hosted by Joanne.  Check out the challenge blog for inspiration from the Design team and details of how to enter.

The challenge is to pick at least three elements from the picture above and use them to make your card.  I chose the lavender the colours blue, green and yellow (one choice) and the basket weave.  A Gin and Tonic card came to mind but unfortunately I did not have any appropriate stamps or dies.  Must buy some for future cards as I have a few friends who drink G and T and Pimms. 

Having racked my brain for what to make I came up with the above card which I must admit came together well.  I made a wicker stencil on the Silhouette and used spray inks from Oak House Studio, distress oxides, Sizzix dies and card and paper from papermilldirect.  The stamped words are from the AALL and Create #43 stamp set.

To add interest to the insert I stencilled the basket weave in the lower corner, added a sentiment and a few paper butterflies.

Do come along and join in the challenge, it is such fun and we would love to see your take on the theme and which elements you choose to make into a card.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Welcome New Baby

Welcome friends, followers and passers by.  Today I have a New Baby card made for the Daring Cardmakers Challenge.  The challenge theme this week is "Welcome".  

For more inspiration check out the Daring Cardmakers for the design team "Welcome" makes.

I was torn between welcome to your new home or welcome new baby.  The baby card won as I am in a pastel colour mood at the moment.

To make the card I made a 15cm square card blank from papermilldirect white linen 255gsm card,  matted a 14cm square of white linen onto the card then layered a 13cm square of papermilldirect pink plain 290gsm card onto that.

A smaller 12cm square of white linen was stencilled with a honeycomb stencil and distress oxide inks in spun sugar and scattered straw. I used Sizzix dies Aviary and songbird and a wood grain embossing folder to make up the bird house on the stencilled background, the sentiment was stamped with a free stamp from a craft magazine.   The finished panel was layered onto the card and the butterfly and a few few sequins added to finish.

We would love to see your "Welcome" cards so pop over and enter, the challenge runs until Friday when a new challenge will begin.
Sylv xx 

Monday, 23 July 2018

A Sweet Card for a Girl

Good morning everyone, the lovely summer weather we have had recently has inspired this candy coloured  birthday card.

I had the embossed white linen background on my desk in a "to use at some time" box of bits.  This was coloured with blue, pink, yellow and green distress oxides and spritzed with water to make the colours run.

The coffee cup was cut from the different coloured cards using a Tim Holtz large Sizzix die.  The cup was assembled , the heart was stamped and glittered and 2 lace flowers added before adding it to the embossed panel with 3D sticky pads.  The greeting was stamped onto a scrap of white card and attached with 3D sticky pads so it was the same height as the cup. 

The finished embossed panel was layered onto pink card then onto white hemp card and finally onto the blue card blank.

I have a few bits and pieces on my desk (embossed card, inky backgrounds and die cuts) which I keep out with the intention of doing something with rather than putting away in a box or throwing away.  I have set myself a task to make some cards or tags over the next few week using these pre-cut, coloured and die cut items.  I was so pleased how this card came together from a plain embossed panel and it will be interesting to see what I can do with the other items on my desk.

Sylv xx

Friday, 20 July 2018

Out And About Summer Fun

Hello everyone, Today is the start of a new challenge over at The Daring Cardmakers.  The theme is "Go Outside - It's Summer", pop on over and check out the design team inspiration.   The challenge runs for a week so if you make any Summery cards this weekend why not enter them into the challenge.

Outside and Summer means caravanning and the seaside to me.  I have had the caravan digital image for ages (Pinkpetticoat now The Lovely Studio) and thought I would give it an airing for this challenge theme.  It was printed directly onto a papermilldirect white linen card blank and coloured with distress markers.  
I cut out three photo frames using a Sizzix die and stuck them together to give a deep frame, this was placed over the caravan image to make it look like a photo.  
I wanted to add some Summer fun and added the bucket, spade and starfish which were cut out using the Silhouette and card from my card bits box.  The sentiment was computer generated, printed and added to the photo frame to finish the card.
Thank you for looking and don't forget to enter those summer cards in The Daring Cardmakers challenge.
Sylv xx

Graduation Or Exam Congratulations Card

Good morning everyone, today I have a congratulations card for a student who has passed their exams or graduated, a different take on the usual graduation congratulations.

I used papermilldirect black smooth card 240gsm which was embossed with a Tim Holtz Alterations folder.  Two Sizzix tag dies were cut one in white and black and the black tag was embossed too.   Treasure Gold was used to get the metallic finish on the panel and tag and the white tag was smudged with black soot distress ink.  

A top fold card was made from super smooth white 300gsm card and the embossed panel was attached to it.  Tan coloured cord was attached round the top of the card to add the tags.  The sentiments were stamped and cut round before adding to the card.

I love this technique, especially on black card the metallic colours really pop.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Thank You Teacher Gift Box

Hello friends, followers and family passing by.  We are coming to the end of the school year and many of you will be making gifts and cards for your children's teachers.  I usually get asked by my grandchildren to make something for them to give their teachers.  This year I have made a quick gift box to hold some lovely chocolates.

I don't know what this type of box is called but it is so easy to make with just an oblong of card, glue and embellishmentsA short basic tutorial can be found on my papermilldirect DT blog post with details of what I used to make it.

Once I had made my box, before sticking the two ends it was covered with patterned paper from my stash.  The sentiment was printed, cut out with a shaped die, edged with distress ink and attached to the box with 3D sticky pads.  Three simple roses and a few leaves were added to the sentiment and a stamped tag added to the top with hessian cord.

I used a sentiment from my Silhouette Store downloads filling the words with colour and printing rather than cutting out.  The edges of the box were decorated with die cuts.

Thank you all for looking and all your lovely comments on my previous posts.  Hope you find the tutorial useful if you pop over to the papermilldirect blog.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Getting Sporty For The Daring Cardmakers Chalenge

Hello followers, friends and family, it's Friday and time for this week's Daring Cardmakers Challenge.  The theme this week is A SPORTING CHANCE pop over and take a look at what the Design Team have come up with I'm sure you will be inspired to join in the challenge.  There's lots going on in the sporting world at the moment so more inspiration there too.

My card is to congratulate a young Karate student on gaining a higher level.  The image is a digital download from Polkadoodles called Karate Boy, this was printed onto papermilldirect super smooth 300gsm cardstock and coloured with Polychromo pencil crayons.

The image was coloured then trimmed and mounted onto to black card ready to place on the left of a 15cm x 15cm linen card blank.  The sentiment was computer generated, printed and also mounted onto black card to be added at the top right of the card

The black Karate belt was tied with the correct knot round a square of white linen card and the image and sentiment added with 3D sticky pads.  I added a black mat to the card blank and layered the karate image onto it with 3D sticky pads.

Do come and join us in this week's challenge at Daring Cardmakers we would love to see your sporting cards.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Feminine Birthday Card

Hi everyone, I have a feminine card today using papermilldirect card, paper and envelope.  My DT post with a tutorial showing materials used and how I made the card can be found on the papermilldirect blog.

I have been struggling lately with cards for my female relatives and friends so decided to use a mixture of stamping, pretty papers and die cut butterflies, I came up with this simple design and was very pleased with the results.
Firstly a random pattern was stamped across the card blank with vintage photo and tattered rose distress ink.  The sentiment was stamped in vintage photo then a buff card strip with patterned paper layered onto it was attached above the sentiment.  The butterfly was stamped and edged with the distress inks and added to the patterned strip.  A few sequins were added to finish the card.

Now I have to come up with a few more feminine cards using the pretty papers from a 6" x 6" paper pad. 

Friday, 6 July 2018

Daring Cardmakers Elemental Challenge

Great news this week, I have been asked to be a guest designer on The Daring Cardmakers Challenge.  I am just back from a three week holiday and this is a good kick start to get me into the craft room and get me crafting.

Daring Cardmakers hold a weekly challenge starting each Friday, pop over to their blog to find out more.  The challenge this week is an elemental challenge - to make a card using three or more elements from the picture below:

For my first card I picked the flowers, the vases (black and white element) and the colours yellow and the green from the bouquet.  

The yellow background was created using Brushos on papermilldirect white linen card.  The stamp used was JOFY mini 22, and I made the striped washi tape using masking tape.

My second card used the circles, the colour yellow and the succulent in the bouquet (stamped on the top right circle).  The background is distress inks on white linen card, the six circles were stamped with Oak House Studio stamps and the sentiments were computer generated.

I found the shoe and sentiment stamp whilst rummaging through boxes of old stamps, not sure of the make as they are very old.  I 3D the shoe and added a flower coloured to look like the succulents in the bouquet. added circles underneath and used a yellow papermilldirect card blank.


It was challenging for me to make these cards as I do not use a lot of yellow in my cardmaking but found they came together with the black and white and odd touch of green quite well. 

Hope you can take time to join in the Daring Cardmakers Challenge this week. 

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Playing With The Go Press And Foil Machine

Hello everyone I have been using my Go Press and Foil machine this week with papermilldirect coloured and textured card.

I used raspberry pink card to foil my greeting onto.  This is a fabulous card for embossing it is a great thickness and has a soft feel, it worked really well with the hot foiling giving a nice deep foiled greeting. 

The greeting panel was stamped with a group of daisies using orange/yellow chalk ink.  I overlapped the daisies using a mask of paper, moving it to each daisy as I stamped.  The daisy was stamped onto white card, coloured with the chalk ink, cut out then covered with glossy accents.  When the daisy was dry I added glitter to the center and attached it to the panel with a 3D foam pad.

I layered the panel onto mandarin orange Cumbria colour card then onto a card blank made with white hopsack card.  A few gold sequins were added t the card to finish it.

The foiling worked very well on the white textured hopsack card above.  The poppies and leaves were stamped onto red plain card 290gsm and  apple green plain card 240gsm. The leaves and poppies were die cut with the matching die and attached to a white hopsack card blank.  The foiled greeting was cut round and added to the card with 3D foam pads.  I will add a little bit of embellishment to this card but not sure what yet.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Spring ATC's on textured card

Hello friends, followers and passers by, a set of Spring themed ATC's today made for my papermilldirect DT post.

I love the effect you get using papermilldirect textured hemp card and used an A3 sheet of white hemp card to create my basic background. Strips of washi tape were randomly stuck over the card to give added texture and the whole card was brushed over with a light covering of white gesso.  When dry the card was coloured with distress inks in pastel Spring colours.  The card was randomly stamped with images using black ink before cutting it into 9 ATCs ready for decorating with a Spring theme.

Once cut out I added more stamping, white pen detail and Spring themed die cuts to each one.

I should be getting on with my female birthday cards but keep going off on a tangent. I have been making two canvasses for my guest bedroom and messing with other inky things instead.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Three Ways With Die Cuts

Good morning friends, followers and passers by.   I have been playing with brushos, a background stamp and die cuts this week and have three cards to show you.

I used a selection of papermilldirect textured card, white hemp 255gsm, white linen 255gsm, as well as buff smooth 260gsm, mocha brown plain 240gsm and teal plain 240gsm. The dies were Sizzix and the marble stamp was a Judikins background cube.

I made a Brusho background and added a little gold ink spray and die cut a fern from this background,  the fern die was also cut from white hemp card.  Another background was made using buff card stamped with distress oxides and copper inks and stamped with the marble effect background stamp. 

You can see the effect created with the Brushos and gold spray in the picture above.  The die cut white fern was glued into the cut out background, a frame attached round the background and then attached to a card blank with 3D foam tape.

The card above used the die cut from the Brusho background.  This was glued directly onto the marbled background which was layer onto mocha brown card, white hemp card and then onto a card blank.

The third card above was created by sticking the white card with the fern cut out over a pieces of the marbled background and layering onto mocha brown card which had been flicked with gold ink, onto a piece of the the marbled card and finally onto a mocha brown card blank.  A sentiment was stamped and embossed with copper embossing powder.

Above is a card made with a brighter Brusho background and a flower die, and below the card panel with the cut out flower over the bright Brusho background.

I enjoyed playing around with this type of cardmaking and it is a great way of using up scraps of inky background and card.  My next task is to try it with some of the many patterned papers I have accumulated over the years.

Sylv xx