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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Have A Dapper Birthday

Hello, friends, followers and passers by.  Today I have a steampunk birthday card made for my son, using distress oxide inks, stencils, stamps and a Sizzix die.  The die was an impulse buy a long time ago and has laid unused since, this card was inspired by an article in Craft Stamper and I though the die would work well instead of a stamp. 

I used papermilldirect white linen card for the background, plain black card for layering and  white hemp for the card blank.


The background was blended with distress oxides and stencilled using Tim Holtz mini stencils, then stamped with Stampers Anonymous stamps.  The dapper die was cut out of the background and the background adhered to black card.  Stampers Anonymous simple sayings life moments was stamped, die cut and fastened to the card with sticky fixers.

The insert for the card was stencilled and a computer generated greeting added.

I love using the new distress oxides and have made another couple of similar cards for male birthdays next month.

Sylv xx

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Spooky cards For Halloween

I everyone, now we are into October I have started making some Halloween cards, a good time to use those spooky stamps, dies, cutting files and lovely Papermilldirect Autumn coloured cards and envelopes  I have in my craft room.

Halloween is not everyone's cup of tea but I usually make a few cards for the children, as well as some treat bags just in case anyone calls to Trick or Treat on the evening of October 31st.

Above is a card for the older children, featuring a zombie and graveyard with bats flying around a full Halloween moon.   The background was created with distress inks and the graveyard foreground was hand cut from black card with the large bat, crosses and tombstones machine cut on the Silhouette.

Orange, purple and black with fun images cut on the Silhouette were used for the not too scary cards for younger children.

Sylv xx

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

How To Use Embossing Diffusers In Your Cardmaking

Hello everyone, my DT post over on the Papermilldirect blog today is a tutorial using embossing diffusers.  

I used my embossing diffusers with a Crafter's Companion  A4 embossing folder to make 4 different Christmas cards.  The white embossed panels were attached to coloured card blanks ready for making into Christmas cards.

The plain area left by the diffuser was used to stamp an image on the green card and to add a die cut sentiment to the blue card.

I used the diffuser insert to get the round embossed area for the bauble and the bottom of the red card.  The embossed area was coloured with inks, the round embossing was made into a bauble by adding a ribbon and decorating with perfect pearls.  A cute Pinkpetticoat snowman image was added to the red card with 3D sticky fixers and a sentiment stamped underneath.

All card used is from Papermilldirect, the white hopsack and white linen emboss really well.  If you want to know how to use embossing diffusers in your cardmaking my tutorial can be found HERE.

Sylv xx

Monday, 25 September 2017

September Calendar Page - Autumn

Hi everyone, I have been catching up with my papermilldirect create a calendar pages recently, I love doing the calendar each year and do two or three month's pages at a time throughout the year.  We are well into September and the leaves are changing, mornings are becoming cooler and misty, Autumn is definitely here, my September page was made to reflect the season.


This year  a square template was cut out of card using a large square die for fastening over the page so the  coloured, stamped and stencilled monthly theme would be the same size on each page.  I also tried to make pages to reflect a season or monthly event, my June page below was to celebrate the Queen's birthday.


I will certainly be buying a few 2018 calenders this year to give as gifts, they make great presents, especially for the children or a crafty friend.  The 2018 papermilldirect create a calendar is now available to pre-order HERE

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

How To Make An Autumn Themed Photo Album

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons with the rich array of colours you get when the leaves start to change.  September, October and November give us plenty of opportunity to make beautiful cards and crafts using the full range of Autumn colours.  Reds, yellows, oranges, greens through to rich dusky pinks, plums and purples.

My monthly DT post on the papermilldirect blog has a step by step tutorial showing how to make this colourful album and a list of the materials I used. 

It was easy to make and such fun to colour using distress inks.  The Sizzix leaf blueprint stamp and dies were brought out for this album, a large stamp with three dies, it just fills the front and the 3D leaf helps to hold the album closed.  I did add the two circles held with a brad so I can fasten cord round if my album gets too full.

You can find a selection of gorgeous autumn coloured cards in the papermilldirect shop, why not stock up on a box of mixed colours ready for your autumn crafting. 

Sylv xx

Friday, 1 September 2017

Have A Blooming Happy Birthday

Hello everyone, today I have a birthday card which was made for a friend.  I wanted to make a bright summery card and chose to use a gelli plate background which I made previously using yellow and orange distress inks and added stencilling and stamping and a 3D butterfly to it. 

I used Paper Artsy Jofy Collection JOFY11 stamps and Paper Artsy PS059 flower stencil on the gelli plate background using ripe persimmon distress ink to add a contrasting colour with a little broken china on the butterfly wings, dots of white Sharpie pen were added to the center of the flowers.  The gelli panel was mounted onto two papermilldirect white hemp card squares then onto a pre scored yellow card blank.  The butterfly was stamped onto a scrap piece of card, coloured  cut out and attach over the stamped image.

As the butterfly stamp was on my desk I stamped it onto the envelope for a little added extra.

Pop over to the papermilldirect blog to see my tutorial showing how I made the gelli plate background.

Sylv xx

Monday, 28 August 2017

Dreaming Is Reading With Your Eyes Open

Hi everyone, here I am again with another bookmark and a reminder about the papermilldirect monthly challenge.  For those of you who missed my last post the prize for the winner of this month's BOOKMARK challenge will receive a box of papermilldirect card for crafting and cardmaking.

Here is a bookmark with the lovely saying "dreaming is reading with you eyes open",  hope you like my take on it.

Papermilldirect white linen and intensive blue cardstock were used for the tag.  The words were printed onto the white linen bookmark, the IndigoBlu eye stamp was stamped underneath and text stamped ramdomly round the tag.  Salty ocean distress ink was blended round the tag and stencilled dots added randomly.  The white tag was layered onto the intensive blue tag and a gold tassel added.

Details of the challenge can be found on the papermilldirect blog you just need to add your entry to papermilldirect's facebook page, just post a picture of your bookmark and leave a comment.

Good Luck everyone.

Sylv xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Doulble Heart Anniversary Card

Hello everyone, here today with an anniversary card which I made for my husband.  I wanted to use up a piece of heart stencilled background I made a few weeks earlier and found some lovely papermilldirect pearlised card to co-ordinate with the distress oxides used in the background.

I used papermilldirect white linen card for the background and harvest  lustre print gold 300gsm and copper lustre print royal card 300gsm  from the pearlescent range for layering and the die cut hearts.  The Sizzix hearts were cut and attached to the  background and a mixture of sentiments added to make up what I wanted to say, the background mounted on the copper card then onto a hessian card blank.

A very quick easy card which is not too fussy for my husband's taste.

Sylv xx

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

New Monthly Challenge Over At Papermilldirect

Hi everyone, there is a new challenge this month at papermilldirect  enter to win a box of card for craft and cardmaking
the challenge theme is

What is your favourite summer read?  enter the challenge with a bookmark make and let us know what you like reading over the summer if you want to.  CAS, colourful, inks or papers, whatever you use we are looking forward to seeing your entries, details of how to enter can be found at


My bookmark was cut out using the Silhouette from a cutting file but a plain oblong piece of card can be used.  I stamped and heat embossed the Oakhouse Studio dragon stamp in the center of  red card, dry embossed the circle bursts using a circle embossing diffuser and a large Crafters Companion embossing folder.  The raised areas were rubbed over with Treasure Gold.  The red card was mounted onto a white card and a gold tassel added.

Sylv xx

Monday, 7 August 2017

Playing With The Gelli Plate and a Tutorial

Hi everyone, and thanks for popping by to check out my post.  I bought a Gelli Plate two years ago and it has remained unused until a few week ago when I thought I would have a play.  I started messing around with distress inks, stencils and stamps, and was amazed how easy it was to make background prints for cardmaking and mixed media projects.   You can find my DT tutorial for using the Gelli Plate over on the papermilldirect blog.

I used the print I made to make a card. The print was cut to size and the edges blended with ripe persimmon distress ink.  Dots were added to the print with a white pen. The flowers were stamped and white embossed, coloured and fussy cut and attached to the card.  The panel was then matted and layered onto papermilldirect Lustre Print Gold 300gsm in magenta and  smooth black card, and then onto a hemp textured large square card blank.

The picture above shows part of a tag made using the same technique but using textured card to print onto. Papermilldirect's textured cards take colour from the Gelli Plate very well.

I am completely hooked and will be doing much more with the Gelli Plate in the future.

Sylv xx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Welcome To Wonderland

Good afternoon everyone, it has been a long time since I entered a challenge so thought I would give it a go this week with the Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Welcome To Wonderland.

This is a quick card as time is running out for this weekly challenge.  The heart background was created using distress oxides and a Tim Holtz mini stencil.  The Mad Hatter's Tea Party and words (from Indigo Blu "Alice ll" set)  were stamped onto papermilldirect smooth white card and heat embossed.  The words were cut out, edged in red and stencilled with a few hearts, the image was torn round and coloured, edged and stencilled with distress inks.

The inked and decorated background was layered onto papermilldirect red card and a pre-folded white hessian card blank.

Loved doing this card and hoping to enter some more challenges over the next few months.

Sylv xx

Friday, 28 July 2017

Live Your Life In Colour

Today I have a quick card featuring the "Live Life In Colour" stamp set from Inkylicious, and trying out my new distress oxide inks.  My grandaughter is mad on zebras so this was an ideal stamp to use for her birthday card.  I thought I would practice a few ideas before making one for her, here is my first creation.

I used papermilldirect white linen and smooth black card with distress oxide inks for the colour, layered onto a white hemp card blank.   The image and sentiment were stamped  onto a strip of card and  masked before adding the inks, the inked strip was spritzed with water and the ink allowed to run a little.  On reflection I will stamp over the coloured strip next time to enable the image to stand out more as the oxides covered the image more than original distress inks would.

The image was layered onto smooth black card and then added to a white hemp card blank.  The remaining sentiment was stamped inside the card and a coloured strip added as for the card front.

Off  to play some more with this fun stamp.

Sylv xx

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

New Home, New Address Cards

Hello friends, family and passers by.  Today I have a couple of personalise change of address cards to show you using free digital images  from Craft Stamper Magazine, April 2017 and September 2016. 

I used papermilldirect value white card 300gsm for a clean crisp look and coloured the images with distress inks, adding interest with stencils and glossy accents.  

This is a quick card for batch making, the image and computer generated sentiment were printed directly onto the card blank,  a sheet of the images was printed and coloured, cut out and attach over the blank image on the card.  For an even quicker card the image printed on the card can be coloured and decorate.

Sylv xx

Saturday, 8 July 2017

An Apple For The Teacher

Hi everyone, the end of the school year is nearly here and I have been playing around with a couple of teacher thank you cards.  One card in two colours cut on the Silhouette and one using stamps and an embossing folder.

I cut the two cards from papermilldirect white linen and buff cardstock and cut the apple from scraps of post box red and mid green cardstock.  The square insert was stamped with a Hero Arts Thanks stamp.

This layered card was made using papermilldirect white linen, Lustre Print Gold Magenta and spring green cardstock to match the stamped image.   The green card was embossed then rubbed over with a white ink pad to make the numbers pop.  I stamped three apples and leaves from the Clearly Besotted An Apple A Day stamp set and the sentiment from Dark Room Door in green and coral ink.  The image and layers were mounted onto a white linen card blank.

I am loving being back in my craft room, lots of work on my desk this weekend including some Gelli Plate background cards and a tutorial.  Back next week, see you then xx

Friday, 30 June 2017

Back in my craft room after five months away

Hi everyone, due to being overtaken by family problems at the beginning of the year this is the first time I have blogged since Christmas.  Everything is sorted now and I have managed a few days playing in my craft room, although I didn't feel confident about producing anything worthwhile.

Papermilldirect now make card blanks and I used a blue and a white card from a selection they sent me to make a couple of quick cards using two stamped and watercoloured images.  White, cream and ivory card blanks are available in five sizes over in the shop.

To be in with a chance to win 50 cards in your chosen size and colour visit papermilldirect here for further details.

Back in May I did a few pages in my Papermilldirect 2017 calendar as May had arrived and the page was blank.  Out came the inks, stamps and stencils and I really enjoyed playing around with various themes, Spring colours for May, the Queen's official birthday for June, beach holidays and sunshine for June and a balloon themed page for August (Balloon Festival in Bristol).  The January to April pages can be found HERE in  my post from last year.

My aim over the next six months is to use stamps and dies I have not used, or have been hidden for years, and use the Gelli plate I bought a couple of years ago and have not used.

Looking forward to more card making and getting inky again, next week I hope to do some Gelli plate printing and finish the calendar.  

Back soon with some more makes.