Rustic Fathers Day

Hi all,

I have a post up on the Papermilldirect blog sharing how I made this lovely rustic effect Fathers day card. It uses some of my tips on making cards for men from a previous post, and shows how different a project can look while still following the same rough guidelines. I love the look of woodgrain and the texture it adds on this card.

The twine and raised sentiment give even more texture. colour matching the Papermilldirect card to my patterned paper gives a lovely coordinated look also. Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this one!



Bi Fold Wedding Invite

Hi all,

Stopping by to share a elegant wedding invite sample with you today. I used a Papermilldirect bifold card base for this one. I wanted to go quite classic with the colours, so used black and cream. I find it is quite elegant and warm looking, yet not quite as stark as black and white. The pattern on the paper brings some dimension, and the black flocking adds a luxurious feel also.

I die cut a wedding couple and added them so that the bride created a silhouette when the card was half open, as you can see below.When the card is standing the effect is the same and looks really good. To keep the card closed for posting/sending I created a belly band from black satin ribbon. It makes it feel even more luxurious when combined with the black flocking and the cream to contrast. Head on over to the Papermilldirect blog to see more about this project, and let us know what type of invites you like!

Laser Cut Map

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

Happy Mothers Day

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!


Birthday Balloons

Hi all,

I am dropping by today to share a fun birthday card for a little girls first birthday. On this one I used a LOT of Papermilldirect card in lots of pinks. It is a baby girls first birthday after all! You can see the complete list of the colours and stock I used over on the Papermilldirect blog here.

I used my Silhouette to create some over sized balloons. I ‘tied’ the balloons to the number 1 that I also cut out with the Silhouette. I added them all onto the blue card as the sky. I stamped the happy birthday and to add to the number.  It is fun and colourful, exactly what a little girl wants for her birthday.

Welcome New Baby Card

Hi All,

I am dropping by today to share a new baby card with you all. This one was for a special friend so it had to be equally as special! I used Papermilldirect card and you can see the list of all I used over on their blog.

I cut out all the elements for my project on my Silhouette. Picking out the card for the baby’s hair and skin was the hardest but this was still possible using the ivory and rich cream card. I then layered all the pinks in combination on the rattle and soother and used the blue and gold for the bottle.

The subtle shimmer from the lustre card is just perfect on this card, and gives the perfect amount of sparkle!

Elegant Birthday Card

I wanted to make a birthday card that was clean and simple but still elegant. I used a colour combination that I have not often used before on this card, and I feel that it really worked.

I mixed patterned paper with Papermilldirect card that complemented it perfectly. You can see full details on the colours used on the Papermilldirect blog. To top this all off I added some green enamel dots. I think it ended up looking very elegant, and the green and buff card combination works very well together!