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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.