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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Triple Flip Flap Swing Card

Good afternoon everyone, today I have a flip flap swing card using papermilldirect's special offer natural white cardstock and  post box red.

I used two Silhouette cutting files one for the flip flap card and one for the red embellishments - Flip Flap Card Three Circles and 4 Borders both by Lori Whitlock.  The main card was cut from natural white cardstock and Docraft Papermania All Aboard 6" x 6" papers were used to cover front and inside panels and post box red card for the embelishments.

Here are two easy pop out swing cards, measurements, instructions and materials used can be found in my tutorial over on the papermilldirect blog this week.

These are not the type of cards I would usually make but I did have fun making them.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Bon Voyage - Enjoy The Journey

Good evening  to my followers, friends and family, bon voyage/travel cards are not something we make very often and it is great to get out those arty stamps and go overboard, or just keep it clean and simple with a few die cuts when making them.

Papermilldirect special offer light grey and 300gsm white silk cardstock was used to create these two cards.  The light grey cardstock stamps beautifully and cuts easily in the die cutter, the white silk is ideal for card blanks, a lovely weighty card. 

I cut a piece of light grey card 14cm x 14cm and stamped the elements from the Artful Voyage stamp set using cornflower blue ink, the cruise liner was masked before stamping the text.  The compass was stamped onto light grey, ocean blue and daffodil yellow cardstock and fussy cut for layering over the compass on the card.  The stateroom part of the stamp was stamped onto ocean blue cardstock with black ink and layered onto the stamped image to give the contrast.  Lastly the bon voyage sentiment was stamped in black over the cruise liner.

My second card is clean and simple with lots of white space, it uses papermilldirect special offer white silk cardstock for the card blank, light grey and ocean blue cardstock for the die cut words and arrow embellishment.

Materials I used: 
Many thanks for for all you lovely comments on my rainbow colours projects for the Oak House Studio take 5 challenge, your comments are much appreciated. 

Monday, 18 July 2016

Another Rainbow Project For the Take 5 Challenge -

Good morning friends, followers and family popping in.  Today I have another Take 5 project for this month's rainbow colours challenge.  I have been inspired recently by the beautiful colourful creations I have seen around using masses of different sized butterflies to make a swathe of colour on projects and cards.  This is my take on this theme using two Oak House Studio butterflies, a small die cut butterfly, Oak House Studio pure colour chemistry inks and pigment ink pads.

I coloured a piece of paper with bright coloured pigment inks using an ink blender and added a little stencilling for interest.  This was glued onto a wall plaque to make the base for my butterflies.  Using pure colour chemistry inks I sprayed seven pieces of Papermilldirect white card with bright rainbow colours ready for stamping.  Two sizes of the Charming Butterfly stamp were used to stamp butterflies onto  each of the inked cards using co-ordinating pigment inks.

The butterflies were fussy cut and one large and one smaller layered together.  I die cut a smaller butterfly from each of the colours and over stamped them with the butterfly stamp.  

A die cut banner was coloured with pigment inks and stamped with the Without Change sentiment.  I added the sentiment to the bottom of the plaque and placed the butterflies  round it and up to the top of the plaque in the rainbow colours.

I only used two Oak House Studio butterfly stamps but the new butterfly bundle stamp set has a variety of butterflies and the sentiment you could use to give more variety.

Don't forget to join us in this month's challenge, post your projects on your blog or facebook and let us know where to find it and we will pop over and take a look.

As you will all know I am on the design team for Papermilldirect, they have a call out for a new design team member so if you are interested you can find out more HERE.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Take 5 - Rainbow Flower

Hello everyone Sylvia here with a card for this month's Oak House Studio Take Five Challenge which is Rainbow Colours. I used the Stitch In Time stamp set and a selection of Pure Colour Chemistry inks for this bright fun card and had fun making the splatter background.

The plain heart was stamped onto scraps of inky card and fussy cut to make petals for the flower, the etched heart was stamped for the leaves.  The three buttons were also stamped onto coloured card and fussy cut.   I managed to find the full range of rainbow colours in my box of scraps, I keep my inked card and left over scraps for stamping flowers, butterflies etc.

To line up the hearts for my flower I glued them to a small circle of card so I could make sure they were even before attaching them to the card.  The two buttons were layered together with sticky pads and glued to the base of the hearts.


The splatters were created by dipping a paintbrush into pure colour chemistry ink and flicking the whole brush or flicking the brush end with your finger.  I would suggest that you use a box to place your work in for spraying or flicking inks, this will prevent ink getting over your work surface.

A die cut banner was stamped with the cute as a button sentiment and the third button attached to it, the flower, leaves and banner were attached to the card with 3D sticky pads.  A flower stalk was drawn and a few crystals added to finish the card.

I hope this has inspired you to join us in the take 5 challenge this month.  We look forward to seeing your colourful projects throughout the month, just post your challenge project on your blog or facebook page and make sure you tell us it is there so we can pop over and take a look.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Masculine Gift Card Holder

Good evening blogland, today I have a gift card holder tag for boys or men.  I love the combination of grey, white and maize coloured card, ideal colours for male cards and tags.  I have been using my Silhouette machine this week for cutting out some Christmas cards and thought I would run off some other cutting files I have been meaning to use while the machine was out.  

This gift card holder tag uses two separate cutting files, one for the tag and one for the computer embelishment.  I used  papermilldirect special offer maize laid textured cardstock with slate grey and white linen.  The maize cardstock has a raised texture and is a gorgeous colour, it cuts cleanly on the Silhouette, even the very intricate parts (the computer was cut in all three colours then pieced together).

Here are some of the Christmas cards I made, trying to catch up with cards for the Only Christmas Cards Facebook group.   Loved making the faux parchment effect card, will be making a few more of these.

The Silhouette is going away and the inks are coming out for my next projects, back soon with some Oak House Studio projects for this month's take 5 challenge which is rainbow colours.

Friday, 8 July 2016

An Apple For The Teacher

Hi everyone, school holidays are looming and it is time to make those gifts and thank you cards for favourite teachers.  I have a thank you card and picture frame today using  papermilldirect special offer card marble green alongside apple green, post box red, daffodil yellow and white linen cardstock.

I used the special offer marble green card for the frame background, this is a nice firm card and the marbling effect gives interest to the background.  the wording, apple and banner were cut on the Silhouette and adhered to the backing and the mount, then placed in a box frame.

This thank you card was cut on the Silhouette too using cutting file folded card for a teacher by Tanya Batrak.  The edges were coloured with distress inks and the front panel was stamped with the number stamp from Stampers Anonymous perspective stamp set using blue ink.

Check out the papermilldirect blog for more thank you teacher ideas and the special offer section for some great offers on card.