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Monday, 21 December 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone

Hello everyone, I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and thank you all for popping in to read my blog posts and for all your lovely comments over the year.  

With Christmas nearly here I have been busy making place settings for my Christmas Day table, you will find a short tutorial for my rustic Christmas place cards over on the papermilldirect blog.   I used this week's special offer ivory card .


Once again Merry Christmas to you all.

Sylv xx

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Eat,Drink & Be Merry Bottle Tag


Hello friends and followers, hope you are all ready for Christmas and not like me still trying to get on top of cards, shopping and presents.  I took a break from my Christmas preparations to make this bottle gift tag with a male theme using this weeks special offer from papermilldirect.   This beautiful deep red 350gsm cardstock is 50% off, that's £4.40 for a small box.

The bottle tag was cut on the Silhouette and the small tag was die cut.  Snowflakes and trees were stamped in white with a shadow reindeer stamped in black.  The greeting was stamped in burgundy on the small tag and the edges coloured with the burgundy ink too, this was attached to the bottle tag with jute string.

The joy tag was stamped in white and black ink and the reindeer embossed in white, the joy sentiment was coloured with the burgundy ink and attached to the red tag with jute string and a snowflake charm.

I used the following materials to make the bottle tag and small gift tag.
  • Papermilldirect Dark Red Special Offer Card and cream linen
  • Silhouette Cameo bottle tag and Tim Holtz Elisse tags die 
  • Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix Holiday Joy Stamps and Die set, and sentiment from Crafter's Companion
  • Inks Ranger Archival Jet Black and Brilliance Moonlight White, Oak House Studio Burgundy Pigment
  • Papermania white embossing powder
  • Jute String and snowflake charm

Off now to finish my Christmas cards and get them posted.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Maple Leaf Blues and Browns

Hi everyone this is one of my Oak House Studio DT samples made with products which will be featured on Hochanda TV.  The shows at 3pm and 6pm today.

Details of how this card was made and the fabulous products I used are listed below.

Blue and brown are one of my favourite combinations, pure colour chemistry inks in waterfall and brazil nut were used on this card to make the background.  I cut my card to size before spraying, as I wanted a mottled effect of the two colours I sprayed in short burst first with brazil nut then waterfall.  I let the card dry and added a few more sprays of waterfall so the blue wasn't overtaken by the brown.  A smaller piece of card was sprayed with waterfall and wiped over with kitchen paper to give a smooth colour, this was used to back the stamped image.

Spraying can be messy and to reduce the risk of covering everything in site with ink I use a cardboard box, one I had some craft stash delivered in which is now very colourful inside.  The box sides and the open lid help keep the ink within the box when spraying.

Inking finished I stamped the maple leaf from the new stamp set Lynnda's Leaves using the triple sky blues pigment ink pad.    The stamped image was  attached to the blue inked card and fixed to the inky background with 3D sticky pads.  A string was wrapped round the inky background and fastened behind with tape then a button and sentiment were added.  The panel was attached to a brown card again using 3D sticky pads.

A simple card but so effective with the lovely inky background.  Don't forget to add a comment to any or all blog posts on the Oak House Studio blog this week for the chance to win Lynnda's £100 goody bag, this card was showcased yesterday so pop over and leave a comment you could be the lucky winner!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Blending Colours With Pigment Inks

Another Oak House Studio blog post from me today showcasing their new stamp sets and triple ink pads. I have been playing with these pigment ink pads, using them as I use distress inks for blending colours to make a background for stamping.  

I love to make clean and simple one layer cards that can be used for any occasion, and there is a short tutorial showing how I made the card on the Oak House Studio BlogPop over and leave a comment on any of the blog posts this week and you could win a £100 goody bag of Oak House Studio products.  The more you comment the more chance of winning.
I used triple Autumn Leaves and triple fruity reds pigment ink pads in the blending and stamping of the panel, stamps used Lynnda's Leaves, Texture Elements and Script Sentiments thank you stamp.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Christmas gift box and matching card

Good morning everyone, today I have my DT make for papermilldirect, a gift box and card made in traditional colours.  Talking of traditional Christmas colours the special offer added to the papermilldirect shop this week is 240 gsm red and green  card and envelope bundles.  An amazing 30% off the usual price.


A  downloadable file from was used to make the pillowbox, this was printed onto papermilldirect Christmas red cardstock, the box was cut out and assembled and the front stencilled with distress inks and wrapped with paper from Papermania's  A Christmas Carol paper stack.  The Penny Black whirl wreath die was cut three times from papermilldirect Christmas red, buff and dark green cardstock.  The ribbon and button were from my stash, from a Molly Bloom Christmas magazine a few years ago.

The card was made with the same materials and a white linen card blank.  The Christmas sentiment free with a Crafter's Companion magazine, was stamped and heat embossed in Oak House Studio detail gold embossing powder

Thank you for looking.