Personalised Christmas Cards 2017

Friday, 31 August 2018

Daring Cardmakers "Travelogue" Challenge

Hello friends, followers and family.  Great news to share with you today after my month as guest designer at The Daring Cardmakers Challenge Blog I have been asked to join the lovely ladies on the design team, I am thrilled and look forward to contributing to the blog on a permanent basis.
This week's host is Kathy with her challenge "Travelogue", all things related to travel, cruise liners, planes, postcards, exotic places, holidays, packing, photos etc.  For inspiration go over to the Daring Cardmakers Blog and check out the design team creations.  You will also find the link to add your cards to enter the challenge.

I had my distress inks at the ready and lots of stencils, dies and stamps relating to travel.  I used a papermilldirect white hammered side fold card blank as my base, a background made using distress inks, stamps and stencils on white linen card 255gsm, cream vellum plain card 290gsm for the tickets, fleck kraft card 250gsm for the wallet and black plain 250gsm for layering.  The postcard was stamped onto card and cut out, I then stamped a travel stamp (Rome) onto the postcard and coloured it with distress inks.  Tim Holtz travel related stamps were stamped onto the background before adding the travel montage.   

I cut out the Sizzix "Stitched Slots" die, backed it with buff card to hold all my travel tickets and attached the stamped Bon Voyage plaque.  I filled the wallet with tickets which were stamped and die cut with Sizzix Tim Holts Ticket Booth stamps and dies, some Papermainia "All Aboard" stickers and a metal tag.

I hope my card has inspired you to enter a "travel" themed card into our challenge, details can be found HERE.

Sylv xx

Friday, 24 August 2018

Daring Cardmakers Back To School Challenge

Hello friends, followers and passers by.  There are just a few week and it is the start of a new school year and the children will be back at school.  I will certainly miss having  the grandchildren around.   

Today I have my guest DT card for the Daring Cardmakers Challenge, the theme this week is "Back To School" hosted by Miri.   Pop over and check out the design team makes and to add your back to school cards for the challenge.

I used papermilldirect white linen, buff, navy, red, yellow, gold sandgrain and ocean blue card, a Sizzix embossing folder, Tim Holts splats stencil, washi tape ruler and a selection of Silhouette cutting files to make this card.

We would love to see your "Back To School" creations over on the Daring Cardmakers Challenge Blog, more details of the challenge and how to enter can be found HERE.  Looking forward to seeing some of your cards ladies.

Sylv xx

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Making My 2019 Calendar

Papermilldirect 2019 calendars are now available and I have been working on mine for next year. These calendars are such fun to do and make great presents for friends or family,  they can be one theme or different themes on each page depending on who the recipient is.  They make great presents for friends or family and I will be making another for my mum with a flower theme for each month.

I always try to use inks, stamps and stencils which have not been used for some time, for this calender I will be using Oak House Studio spray inks, of which I have dozens of glorious colours, and stamps with faces and heads as the center element of my pages.

A circle was cut from card to make a stencil for colouring through, this was fastened to the calender page with masking tape ready for stamping and spraying the page.  

I found the best way to proceed was to stamp the image first then spray with the inks and add further stamping and stencilling when the ink was dry.  The reason being my January page was sprayed first and the stamp did not stamp properly, probably because the ink had not dried enough.  This was no problem though I stamped the image onto tissue paper and stuck it over the image on the page then added colour and the white embellishments. 

Stamping the image first for the February page worked much better.  The background images were stamped by masking the main image and the hearts were stencilled on last.

I'm off now to rummage through my stamps for some suitable stamps for March and April.

Sylv xx 

Friday, 17 August 2018

"What's Cooking? Over At The Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Hello friends, followers and family passing by.  Friday again and this week's challenge over at Daring Cardmakers is "What's Cooking", hosted by Joanne.  For extra brownie points try using something from the kitchen in your card making.  For more Design Team inspiration and details of the challenge visit Daring Cardmakers.

This week was another challenge that stretched me, I wanted to do a CAS card with just one image and a sentiment using a cheese related stamp set.  Simple - stamp a cheese, little bit of washi tape or card background and a sentiment. 

Things didn't work out like that, I got carried away stamping most of the stamps and putting them together as a cheese board, stamped one of the sentiments onto a circle of card and added at the side of the cheeseboard.  I didn't like how it looked so added some cheese crumbs and then the knife to balance it a bit.

I mounted the stamped panel onto red card and placed it onto a card blank,  it needed something on the background so stamped some cheese crumbs onto the card blank before mounting the stamped panel at an angle. Still didn't like the balance of the card so decided to do some numbers to represent the "age" in the sentiment.

All the  card used is papermilldirect,  white hemp and white linen card.

Sylv xx


Saturday, 11 August 2018

Keepsake Birthday Card And Box

Do you ever make keepsake cards?  I was asked if I could make a special card for a Mum's 65th birthday,  today I have a tutorial over on the papermilldirect blog with details of how I made this large 18cm square card with a matching decorated box to present it in.

To make the card blank I used a sheet of papermilldirect A3 white linen card and  pink, spring green and amber lustre pearlescent card for the dies and layering.  The dies were Sizzix, the stencil and butterfly were Memory Box.

The sentiments were computer generated and printed onto the stencilled background before layering onto the prearlescent card.  This was matted onto the card blank before adding the embellishments. 

The dies were arranged on the card, a jump ring added to the birdcage and a few sequins to finish the card.

A box was made and decorated to match the card, I fastened a ribbon down the center of the base with a two inch overhang to help lift the card from the box, it was then lined with tissue paper which had been stencilled with the distress inks.

I always keep A3 and 12" x 12" card in my stash for creating projects that cannot be made with a sheet of A4 card, and for use with my Silhouette cutting machine.  You can buy a pick and mix box of A3 card or just a pack of 10 sheets  in the Papermilldirect shop.   

Friday, 10 August 2018

Daring Cardmakers Nautical Challenge

Hi everyone, another Friday and time for another Daring Cardmakers challenge.  This week the theme is hosted by Shabneez and the theme is "Nautical".  

I had two ideas for the challenge and could not make my mind up which to go with so made both.  My first idea was to use a Stampers Anonymous compass stamp, cut out an array of stars (as sailors used to navigate by the stars) an anchor sailing element and a few sketchy seagulls flying round.

I used papermilldirect white hemp card  for my card blank, white linen card for the background and navy plain and daffodil yellow plain card for layering.

My second idea was a wood background with a ship's wheel and a red white and blue theme.  I used a papermilldirect  7"x5" white hammered card blankbuff plain card for embossing, navy plain card, red plain card and white hammered card for layering, knotted butchers string with a flag sentiment above a die cut sentiment and two cut out seagulls. 

I used a 3D embossing folder for the wood grain and cut the ship's Wheel and seagulls on the Silhouette, stamped a wood grain pattern onto the wheel and added some red and white cotton detail.

I am guest designing again this month at Daring Cardmakers and would love you to come over and join in the challenge, such a lovely theme with lots of possibilities from ships to sea creatures and more.

Sylv xx

Monday, 6 August 2018

Blue Feather Birthday Card

Good morning friends and followers.  I have another card today using the Go Press and Foil machine, my card today has a plain letterpress sentiment highlighted with blue distress ink.

I seem to be gravitating to blue colours at the moment and thought the previously coloured die cut feathers would look great on papermilldirect white linen card 255gsm layered onto buff smooth card 255gsm and added to a pale turquoise card blank. 

I letterpressed the birthday greeting onto a white linen square and blended blue distress ink over the card to highlight the greeting.  The feathers had been coloured with blue and brown distress inks, these were added above the highlighted sentiment and sequins and a string bow added.

The white linen letterpress panel was layered onto buff card then onto a pale turquoise card blank and a white paper insert was added inside the card.

Now I am getting to grips with the foiling machine I will be using it more especially for my Christmas cards this year.

Thank you for popping by xx

Friday, 3 August 2018

August Elemental Challenge Daring Cardmakers

Hello everyone, It's Friday and time for another challenge over on The Daring Cardmakers blog. This week, being the first Friday of the month it is an elemental challenge hosted by Joanne.  Check out the challenge blog for inspiration from the Design team and details of how to enter.

The challenge is to pick at least three elements from the picture above and use them to make your card.  I chose the lavender the colours blue, green and yellow (one choice) and the basket weave.  A Gin and Tonic card came to mind but unfortunately I did not have any appropriate stamps or dies.  Must buy some for future cards as I have a few friends who drink G and T and Pimms. 

Having racked my brain for what to make I came up with the above card which I must admit came together well.  I made a wicker stencil on the Silhouette and used spray inks from Oak House Studio, distress oxides, Sizzix dies and card and paper from papermilldirect.  The stamped words are from the AALL and Create #43 stamp set.

To add interest to the insert I stencilled the basket weave in the lower corner, added a sentiment and a few paper butterflies.

Do come along and join in the challenge, it is such fun and we would love to see your take on the theme and which elements you choose to make into a card.