Hi all,

I am stopping by to share a fun new challenge over at Bloobel Stamps. It is a progressive challenge that will be running for the year. It will involve a different image every month, and I am really hoping that by taking part it will encourage me to work on my colouring, and perhaps develop some passable skills in this area! This is my entry for the first challenge, using the challenge digi – I must protest. We had to add our own slogans to the placard. I think this was possibly harder than the colouring.

I am certainly looking forward to the next month and the challenges it will bring now though!


I must protest!

Hi All,

Firstly a Happy New Year from me to you all. I have a lot of friends and family due and having babies at the moment so I seem to be making a lot of baby cards lately. This one was a very fun one though. I used a lot of Papermilldirect card on this one, you can see the full supply list over on this post here. I used a baby shaped cut file and cut all my pieces on the Silhouette. I cut all the pieces out and layered the card together.

For the baby head I cut it twice so I could layer it on foam for some extra dimension.

I also created another layer from the white card to mat inside the card so that the card could be written on with a normal ink pen and not having to use a white pen on the brown card. This means less chance of smudging! This card was for a really fun couple so it suited their personality perfectly!

I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you have a very crafty start to the new year.

Happy Crafting!!

New Year, New Baby!

Happy Belated Christmas to all ny readers. This post was due to post yesterday but the scheduling option went on Christmas strike I think! I hope you all had a lovely day full of fun, family and food! Details on this card are all below…

I have a habit of creating non traditional cards for ‘traditional’ times of the year. I love taking what people love and creating cards based around that. In this case it was unicorns! The new Papermilldirect luster and sparkle print card was perfect for this. I used:

  • Papermilldirect Tea Rose Sparkle Card
  • Papermilldirect Brilliant Rose Sparkle Card
  • Papermilldirect Orchid Sparkle Card
  • Papermilldirect Bon Bon Sparkle Card
  • Papermilldirect Glaze Pink Lustre Card
  • Papermilldirect Maya Blue Lustre Card
  • Papermilldirect Misty Rose Lustre Card

I used a unicorn cutting file from the Silhouette store, edited slightly. I made a cutting map for myself on some scrap paper, deciding what colour I wanted what layer to be, before I cut anything.

For the string of fairy lights I used:

  • Papermilldirect Smooth Black Card
  • Papermilldirect Teal Card
  • Papermilldirect Hena Gold Lustre Card
  • Papermilldirect Silver Sparkle Card

Once the lights were all strung together I added glossy accents over the bulbs to give a more realistic effect. These were then adhered to make it look like the unicorn was flying by with lights to decorate for Christmas. Totally plausible right?

There is so much shimmer and sparkle on this card it is just brilliant!

Happy Belated Christmas!

Hi All,

I just want to quickly share a Christmas card make, that I whipped up while tidying my craft desk. I had scraps on my desk and rather than put them away I made a card from them instead. It is one of my most favourite ways to tidy my desk! Most of these scraps were left over from my batch making Christmas cards, which you can see here.

To make the card I played around with the scraps and layering what was big enough to make layers over what was smaller to be accent pieces. It all came together really fast, as everything was already cut, with only the banner end on the green piece needing to be cut to shape. The card was great to use up scraps, and help tidy my desk!nicole-merry-and-bright-1 Here is a close up of that amazing sparkle. The sentiment goes perfectly with that silver shimmer card!nicole-merry-and-bright-2

Merry and Bright

We recently found out that our vets beloved dog passed away. She was a real character and was always in reception greeting everyone when they came in and looking for pets and treats. I wanted to send a card as our vet sent us a card on the loss of both of our bunnies, so it was the least we could do to return the favour.

I wanted to to be personal in some way, so I die cut dog paw prints, and layered these on wood grain card. I layered this on grey card and added some red hearts and a with sympathy sentiment.  The sentiment and paw prints were cut on the Silhouette. The hearts were using a small die.


It is a simple but full of meaning card, and it was well received.

Pet Sympathy Card

Hi All,

I just want to share a set of baby cards made using the new Papermilldirect Lustre card. These shimmery cards give your projects a lovely extra shine and bit of sparkle and shine, in a very classy way. I have full details on these on the Papermilldirect blog.

I used a very fun cut file from the Silhouette store to create a carousel or merry go round, and styled it for a baby card. I paired cream and rose card for my first card. I liked the colour combination it gave for the card, and allowed the lustre card shine. You can see the card below is personalised with the baby name. 

Here is a view of it at an angle to capture the shimmer….

Here is the same card in blue and grey. The blue is the shimmery card here….And here is the grey and cream. On this one the cream is the lustre shimmer card and the grey the stock mat card….

I hope these lustre cards encourage you to try them out and add them to your projects for that special finishing touch!

Carousel Baby Cards

I made a batch of these cards using some super sparkly silver Papermilldirect card. Seriously, the photo doesn’t do it justice, you nearly need sunglasses to look at it! I have a step by step on how to use the card over on the Papermilldirect blog here.  But you can see the card it its fun and sparkly nature below!


The banner was layered on for some dimension, which means the silver card catches the light even more – so if you get one of these from me this year watch out! 😀glitter-christmas-tree-6

Glittery Christmas Card