Hi all,

I have a post up over on the Papermilldirect Blog today sharing some tips on how I create cards for men. I have a few things I always do that makes creating these types of cards pretty easy. I know some struggle with them, so you might find the tips useful.  So head on over to the Papermilldirect blog to check them out.

If not, here is a fun train themed Birthday Card for a special 75th Birthday! I kept the colour scheme nice and contrasting, and the train a nice bold focal point on this one.

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On the Birthday Train!

Hi all,

Sharing a card today in my favourite colours – blue! I love the honeycomb effect dies, and rather than do the traditional colours on this one I went with shades of blue and teal.  I have a full tutorial on this over on the Papermilldirect blog, so you can see exactly how I created it, but here are some images to whet your appetite.

Nicole Honeycomb Blue Bday Card 13

Nicole Honeycomb Blue Bday Card 14

A full supply list is also over on the Papermilldirect blog. I just love this colour combination, I hope you do too!

Blue Honeycomb Birthday

Hey there,

I am having a lot of fun with my laser engraver lately, particularly when it comes to making gifts for people and personalising them to be something that I know they will love. I recently made a gift for a man who loves Worms. Not the ones you find in your garden, but the retro computer game, Worms Armagedon! So I thought what better a gift than a personalised coaster for his beverage while playing Worms? Then I thought, what is better than a coaster for drinks? One with space for snacks also! So I present to you, the Worms Armagedon snack tray/coaster….

I posed the Worms like they would be in the game and added the radiation symbol from the game for the drink coaster area. I then added some snacks and a little note so that the person knew what it was for!

The that was it, simple and fun – provided you have a laser of course!

Laser Engraved Snack Tray/Coaster

Hi all,

I am just dropping by to share a fun card made with a very special theme in mind. I wanted to make a birthday card for someone who loves computers, gadgets, tinkering and all things tech. Old school right through to new technology. So I thought I would mix old and new on one card when making the birthday card! For this card I wanted a background that looked like a circuit board.

You can see a full tutorial on this card over on the Papermilldirect blog here.  But in a shortened version I make a circuit board in my Silhouette software and cut it out from Papermilldirect Dark Green card.

I then backed this with Papermilldirect gold card to give a circuit board look. I added a real floppy disk – this was hoarded! I stamped happy birthday on the sticky label for this and stuck this onto the card. You can see the shimmer and shine on the gold in the two images below. It is a fun look and a nice effect for a card for a man who is into gadgets and technology new and old!

 

Retro Computer Card

Hi all,

Stopping by today with a bit of a different project. I have a hobbiest laser cutter and I am always looking for fun and creative ways to use it. I had used it on wood and leather projects a lot, and then it struck me – I hadn’t made anything from card yet! I wanted to create a stylised map for my mum of their area. They will be moving once retired so I thought it would be a good keepsake. So rather than printing it, I decided to laser engrave it.

I picked the gorgeous Papermilldirect Buff Smooth card for this project. It would stand out well once the engraving created the black lines, and would contrast nicely against the white mount board and picture frame I had. Once I created the file I wanted to cut I started up the laser.

The laser cuts in super sharp detail down to very small detail too. I think you could do something similar on the Silhouette also, but I find this level of detail the laser is better. I can’t show you the before map and the after because I don’t want to show you my parents area (they wouldn’t be happy about that!) but you can see the detail in the map cut below. The lines represent roads, rivers, outlines of fields, streets in estates etc. If you know the area you would recognise it, I will put it that way!

Once cut I mounted it behind some mount board from a Ikea frame. Papermilldirect sells some gorgeous coloured mount board if you need something to pop more, but in this instance I needed white to make the buff card stand out.

I then added this into the frame and the project was done! I have two images of it below to try capture the colour better, without getting the glare from the glass in the photo.

If you wanted to create something like this without a laser you could trace over a map using tracing paper and a pen and just highlight the roads and main identifiable points. Then transfer this to card using a transfer method and go over it with a fine line black pen, or other such technique.

*Software used was T2 Laser, Open Street Map, Tile Mill & PhotoShop

Laser Cut Map

Hi All,

I am dropping by today to share a card idea using the new Papermilldirect Trifold card blanks. These cards are really great when you want to make a card that little bit more fun and interactive. To make this one I used a lot of Papermilldirect supplies which you can see a list of over on their blog.

I kept the card quite simple because being trifold, the more you add the more bulk adds up. For the cover I created a panel of the Lilac Smooth card and on this stamped a text stamp background in the Milled Lavender distress ink. I chose this colour so that it just gave very subtle tone on tone colour on the panel, but yet gave something. I then created my sentiment panel using the White Hammered card, and on this stamped the sentiment. I added a balloon die cut out of the Purple grape card, and I used a sliver of the Lilac Smooth card to act as a balloon string.

For the inner fold of the card I created another lilac panel, and on top of this added another white panel. On this I added a few balloons, in a mix of the grape and lilac. Again I used slivers of paper for the string on the balloons.

Inside the card then I just added a plain panel of the lilac, so that you could write the card easily and not have any trouble with the pen showing up on the dark grape colour. I like to leave my cards sentiment free inside so that I can write messages to my recipients.

Here I have the card standing with the fold exaggerated, so you can see how it works. I think it is a nice touch to get a card and open it and then open again to finally get to the message. You can have a lot of fun with these types of cards and I look forward to making more!

 

Purple Trifold Card

Hi All,

Just dropping by to share a Mothers Day card. I couldn’t share this yesterday in case my mum saw it, so had to wait until today! I have a full tutorial up on this over on the Papermilldirect blog if you want to see all the colours used, and how I created it.

I hope all you mothers out there had a lovely day and got treated as you should do!

Nicole

Happy Mothers Day