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Friday, 26 April 2019

Birthday Balloons

Hello everyone, hope you had a good Easter weekend relaxing and crafting.   As today is Friday it is the start of another Daring Cardmakers challenge.  Miri is hosting this week's challenge and wants to see Balloons on your cards party balloons, hot air balloons just one or even 99 red balloons, however many you want on your card.  Pop over the Daring Cardmakers for more information and inspiration from the design team.

My card was made quickly as last week and the Easter weekend were taken up with family, again this was a rushed card made a few days before the challenge date.  I used papermilldirect white hopsack card which gives a lovely texture to the balloons, Taylored Expressions "Bold Balloons" stamps and dies set and Versa Magic multi surface chalk ink pads which give a lovely soft translucent image.

Using a selection of ink colours I stamped the balloons in a group added some strings, a die cut balloon was placed in the center using thin sticky pads and the birthday string stamped underneath it.  The corners were rounded and an insert added which had more balloons stamped onto it.

Sylv xx

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Birthday Card For A Special Young Man

Hi everyone, my card today is a stamped collage card for a twelve year old.  My grandchildren have grown up so quickly and are into music, their mobile phones and computer games so what kind of card do I make for them?  I thought this would go down well incorporating the 12 for the age and personalising the insert.

The collage background was created using Tim Holtz tissue wrap, AALL guitar stamp, 49 and Market splatter stamp and an old wood mounted rubber stamp with three circles, distress inks and papermilldirect white linen, white hopsack, black plain, Christmas red plain card and white linen paper.

I started with a piece of white linen card and attached torn tissue with collage medium, when this was dry I added distress inks in yellows and oranges leaving some of the card un-inked.   The guitar collage stamp was stamped and heat embossed then coloured with red distress marker.  A selection of various stamps were stamped over the background and the numbers (12) and sentiments stamped.

Hopsack textured card was made into a card blank onto which a Christmas red mat was added, black card was layered onto the red and the stamped panel added to it.  An insert was printed with a personalised birthday greeting.

I have a blog post on the papermilldirect blog with a little more information.

Sylv xx

Friday, 19 April 2019

Blooming Flowers No Prob-Llama

Hello everyone and thank you for calling in to my blog.  Today I have my Daring Cardmakers DT card to show you.  This week Ruth is hosting the challenge "Blooming" and wants to see flowers in your creations.

As I have not used my Silhouette for some time I gave it an airing to make this sweet llama card which has a selection of colourful blooms in the head band.  The SVG file Llama With Flower Crown by Little Luxuries Loft was purchased in the Silhouette store where you can find a choice of similar designs.

The various parts were cut using papermilldirect card in white linen, pink, raspberry pink. post box red, marine blue, mandarin orange, apple green billiard Green, spring green and black.  A large card blank was made with white hemp card and a mat for layering in intensive lilac.

The edges of the face and ears were edged with grey before assembling the card onto a square of white linen card, when everything was attached I added glitter to the outside of the face and a few dots of Perfect Pearls to the flowers.

I have left the card blank until I decide who will receive it and for what occasion.

Come and join us for this beautiful blooming floral challenge at Daring Cardmakers, details and the DT inspiration card can be found HERE.

Sylv xx

Friday, 12 April 2019


Hello everyone, today I have my DT card for the Daring Cardmakers challenge.  Dawn has chosen the theme this week and wants you to pick a BINGO line to make a card, choose a line vertical, horizontal or from corner to corner.  I picked the first vertical line, sequins, stamp and Clean and Simple.
Having just come back from holiday with only a few days to get my card done in between doing the washing and getting the house back to normal after the decorators have been in.  This line seemed like the best option for me, so what to do!

I used papermilldirect 300gsm smooth white card making a 15cm square card blank, cutting a square to stamp the flowers and sentiment onto and a square of black card slightly larger for contrast.  The flowers were stamped onto the card and paper pieced with spray inked stamped flowers which were  fussy cut.  The sentiment was stamped and the card mounted onto the contrasting black square of card, this was then added to the card blank with 3D sticky tape.

Yellow sequins and a few dots of perfect pearls were added to finish the card.

Come and join in the fun this week and play BINGO with us.  More details and the design team inspiration can be found on the Daring Cardmakers blog

Sylv xx

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Ahoy There Matey!

Hello everyone and thank you for dropping in.  I have a nautical themed card for you today inspired by a little piece of white linen inky card I found in my bits box. 

The blue and orange inked card which had been spritzed with water was die cut with a stitched square die then stamped with part of a sailing boat from a nautical themed Apple Blossom stamp set.

I set about designing my card using some of the stamps from the set.  I wanted to bring in blue to tone with the stamped square and cut a square of papermilldirect Turquoise Cumbria Colour Card slightly smaller than my papermilldirect white linen card blank.  An oblong of Ebony Cumbria Colour Card was cut to add some contrast and the lighthouse was stamped onto this using white ink, the sentiment was stamped and embossed with sea foam white embossing powder.

The two stamped panels were moved around on the blue card until I was happy with the placement but I thought the card still needed some more interest.  The compass points were stamped directly onto the turquoise card at the top and bottom of the ebony panel and then the panel stuck down over them.  The white square was added using 3D sticky pads.

The finished design was then added to the card blank with 3D sticky foam tape. 

The Cumbria Colour Card is a lovely card to use, it is 270gsm and a nice firm card with a gorgeous soft feel and comes in a wonderful array of colours.  It stamped well especially with the white ink and I will be trying some foiling and embossing with it next.

Sylv xx

Friday, 5 April 2019

Daring Cardmakers Elemental Challenge for April

Hello friends, followers and anyone passing by.  Today is the start of another Daring Cardmakers challenge and as it is the start of another month it is an elemental inspirations challenge. 

This month Nat is hosting the challenge and has given us this gorgeous inspirational picture.  As always pick three or more elements from the picture to use in your cardmaking, the colour palette being one choice.  More details and the design team inspirational cards can be found over on the Daring Cardmakers Blog.

I chose the man with the umbrella, circles (the mobile) and the colours yellow and orange (flowers) and a little beige to make this get well card.

I used a small piece of inky card left over from making my grandson's birthday card, umbrella man from Tim Holtz Paper Artistry set and a Penny Black sentiment.

I stamped the umbrella man directly onto the card using black Archival ink using a stamping platform.  Placed the inked panel over the image and glued it down before stamping the image again.  The sentiment was added above the image.

Check out the Daring Cardmakers blog for more information of the challenge, we would love to see your take on the inspirational picture.

Sylv xx

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Butterflies and Dragonflies

Hello everyone, today I have two  cards over on the papermilldirect blog.  Pop over for details of how I made these cards and the materials I used.

I have challenged myself this year to use stamps, inks etc in my stash and try not to buy new, so out came a selection of small background stamps and stencils and bright distress inks to create backgrounds for my cards.
These two cards were made for female recipients and the butterfly and dragonfly make a beautiful focal point.  I wanted a little texture too so chose textured card to make the card blanks.

Both cards were stencilled, stamped and then the butterfly and dragonfly added leaving the end of the wings free.

This is a great way of creating backgrounds and a way use those small texture stamps and stencils, I will be making more of this style of card and using some of the many stamps in my stash.

Sylv xx