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Monday, 29 February 2016

With Love on Mother's Day

Good evening friends, followers and family, today I have a Mother's Day card made with papermilldirect's latest offer card Coniston blue.  This is a gorgeous blue and you can get a small A4 box for just £4.40, that's a saving of 50% on the regular price, you can find it here in Special Offers Section

The design team have been making Mother's Day cards this week and you can see them on the papermilldirect blog.  My card is a simple make with stamping, heat embossing and a few paper embellishments.

The solid flower was stamped in the bottom left hand corner and the words stamped using embossing ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  The other two flowers were stamped using embossing ink and left to dry.  The card was embellished with a die cut butterfly and some thin pieces of scrap card which were wound round to make the flower centers.  The stamped panel was layered onto white card and then fastened to a white linen card blank using 3D sticky tape. 

Materials used:

  • Papermilldirect Coniston blue and white linen cardstock
  • Hero Arts Sweet Threads collection and Papermania Urban Stamps Vintage Notes Sentiments
  • Memory Box butterfly die
  • white embossing powder and Versamark embossing ink
  • 3D sticky tape
Thank you for calling in, and for any comments left.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Partial Die Cutting techniques DT samples and blog post 22nd Feb

Hello friends, family and followers, here are my DT cards for  papermilldirect.  

This weeks Special Offer from the Mill is a small box of Spring themed card containing daffodil yellow, Spring green and white card for only £6.60.  All card and paper from papermilldirect is made here in the UK.
The design team are using partial die cutting in their projects this week,  pop over to the papermilldirect blog for more ideas and a tutorial from Angela.  Here are my cards using one of my favourite Stampers Anonymous stamp sets "Papillon".

I used white linen, daffodil yellow and pale turquoise cardstock, Stampers Anonymous, Hero Arts and Paper Smoochers stamps and dies, Rubber Dance and Jofy stamps on the 40 card distress inks and Oak House Studio pigment inks.

Monday, 15 February 2016

A Splash Of Spring Colours

Hello friends and followers and all reading this post.  Today I have my DT post for papermilldirect using some fabulous Spring coloured cardstock, check out papermilldirect's range of card and paper they have a wonderful range of coloured cards as well as the staple whites and creams.

This week's special offer is an A4 small box (approximately 80 sheets) Baize Green 270 gsm for £5.50.  This is a beautiful green card, just right for those Spring crafts.

To make this Spring card I cut out an Impression Obsession Die 268-Y from white linen cardstock. An oblong strip the size of the die cut panel was masked and coloured with distress inks on a square of white linen card and the die cut attached over it.  The Visible Image sentiment was stamped and heat embossed.  

A card blank was made from papermilldirect white linen cardstock,  purple grape and raspberry pink cardstock were matted and layered onto the card blank before adding the white linen panel with the die cut and sentiment.


Another variation using cream linen, daffodil yellow and black cardstock.  The die cut was colourd with distress inks.

These two cards  are variations using the same die cut, used as a stencil on the scrapling card and the other coloured with distress inks and matted and layered on orange and white cardstock with a pale turquoise die cut sentiment.

Check out the papermilldirect blog for more Spring ideas from the design team and a faux leather tutorial from me.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Using a piece of masterboard and Free Valentine Printables

Good evening to you all, another week has flown by and here is my Design Team project for papermilldirect.  This week we are making projects using free printables or templates for Valentines Day.  There are plenty of free downloads out there available from craft magazines to craft stores and blogs on the internet.  I found these lovely tags at Mommy By Day Crafter By Night  where you can find free, for personal use only, Valentine and Christmas printables, and ideas of how to use them.

I chose the 14 days of valentines set of tags, using one to make a card and one as a tag to add to a jar of chocolates. The card was made using a card blank made from papermilldirect white super smooth card a piece of  masterboard I made a few weeks ago and a tag from the set printed on super smooth white card.  The embellishments were cut from Sizzix thinlits dies.

This week's special offer over at papermilldirect is White Felt Embosed 260gsm card 80 sheets for £7.04, it's selling fast so pop over as soon as you can.  Check out the facebook page for the winner winner of last weeks competition.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

An Easy Valentines Day Card


Hello everyone today I have my DT make for papermilldirect, a quick Valentines Day card.  This is something different for me, no stamping, die cutting or machine cutting. I used only papers and toppers from a paper pack which came free with a magazine (back in 2014), papermilldirect smooth white and Christmas red card. 

To start I cut three oblong shapes from the heart patterned paper, folded one short end in half without creasing and snipped the bottom off at an angle to create the flag.  The topper and sentiment were attached  to 250gsm card before cutting them out to give them more substance.  The flags were layered onto a piece of red card and the topper and sentiment attached with sticky fixers before being added to a super smooth white 300gsm card blank.  Thick bakers twine was tied round the card with a charm, I embossed the charm with red embossing powder to match the card.

I used the following materials to make this card:
  • Papermilldirect super smooth white 300gsm, plain whie 250gsm and Christmas red cardstock
  • free paper and topper pack from Making Cards magazine (2014)
  • distress ink
  • scissors
  • glue
  • bakers twine
  • charm
I have a box full of these paper packs and decoupage pads which I have saved with the intention of using, this is the first time I have used any, and some date back years.  Well I may get round to using some more one never knows!

Thank you for calling in today, and a big thank you to all you ladies who supported the Oak House Studio One Stamp Event this weekend, and all those who popped over to leave a comment on my posts.

Monday, 1 February 2016

More Inky Makes For The One Stamp Event

Good morming friend and followers old and new.  Today I have another couple of cards made for this weekend's One Stamp Event over at Oak House Studio.  Many thanks to all who took part, left comments on the Oak House Blog and here on mine too.

This first card has a very vibrant inky background.  The card was photographed standing on the remaining sprayed background which I may use to cut out some die cut butterflies or flowers.  The inky background was created by spraying Colour Chemistry inks randomly onto a pearlised pattern paper.  When completely dry I cut out my three squares, stacked them on top of each other and stamped and embossed the large outline daisy.  Each square was then mounted onto black card and layered with sticky fixers.

I die cut the left hand border and backed this with a strip of inky background paper, stamped a greeting at the bottom of the card and attached the inky daisy.  Another quick CAS card with the benefits of getting inky making the background.

I used both the outline and the solid pallete stamp for the background on this card, gesso was used to stamp the background flowers.  When it dried I blended the pink and blue pigment inks over the whole card.  The gesso daisies appear like magic as you add the coloured inks.  The outline daisy was stamped onto plain card with black ink  and heat embossed.  It was coloured with the pink and blues, fussy cut and added to the card.  The sentiment was stamped and embossed onto the card to finish.

I used the following materials for these cards:

Once again thank you for all your lovely comments and good luck to anyone who left a comment on the Oak House Blog for chance to win £100 of Oak House Goodies.