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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.