Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Mother's Day Card - Step by Step - Papermilldirect DT

Hello, it's almost Mother's Day and I have another card to share with you. It could also be for Mum’s birthday. The ‘papercut’ panel effect is very popular at the moment and dies are a great way to achieve a similar look in an easy way.  I have been playing with one of the new Craft-A-Card dies and some of the gorgeous Papermilldirect Lustre Print cardstocks.  These are 300gsm, fabulous quality cardstocks with a luxury lustre finish and they cut beautifully through my Big Shot die cutting machine

 Step by Step:

 Cut the 5x7” craft a card die from Papermilldirect Periwinkle Lustre Print Silver card.

 Remove the waste from the die cut by shaking it, use a pokey tool for any tiny bits.

Trim the die cut panel down to leave an even border all around (I cut to approx. 18.5 cm x just over 13cm).  Add foam squares to the back of the panel, add them around the outside and to the larger shapes, cut them smaller if required for some areas.

Score and fold an A4 sheet of Papermilldirect Natural White Pearlised cardstock in half, trim down to create a 5 ½” x 7 ½” card base.  Carefully position die cut panel onto the front and when happy with positioning press down firmly to secure.

 Die cut letters to spell ‘MUM’ from PMD Natural White Pearlised card using an alphabet die set.

Glue letters to centre panel on card front, using a clear drying glue.  For even spacing, glue the first and last letter in place and then add the centre letter.

Die cut a selection of flowers and leaves from PMD Lustre print Silver card.  Spring Green for the leaves and the pink shades for the flowers.

Shape the flower petals and leaves in your fingers to give shape, layer some up using 3D foam pads and then glue as desired to card front.

To finish add an adhesive gem to the centre of each flower.

I love the pretty colours in Papermilldirect’s Lustre Print card range, The Periwinkle is sooo pretty and my favourite colour, so I themed this card around the purple and pinks.  There are lots of other shades to check out too, why not try experimenting and if you make a project using PMD card then please do share it over on the Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram, we love to see what you have been making.
Angela x
Products Used:
Lustre Print Silver 300gsm Card in Periwinkle, Spring Green, Persian Pink, Misty Rose, Red Wood – Papermilldirect.
Natural White Pearlised card 300gsm – Papermilldirect.
Craft A Card Die 5x7” FEDIE179 – First Edition
Alphabet Headliner Die XCU503153 – X Cut
Faux Quilled Blooms Dies CED1402 – Creative Expressions
Self Adhesive Pearls
Adhesives: Cosmic Shimmer clear drying glue, 3D foam pads

Monday, 20 March 2017

Painted Blooms MUM Card - Trimcraft DT

Hello I have a +Trimcraft Ltd DT card to share with you today.  Have you seen those pretty Flower topped paperclips in the new Dovecraft Painted Blooms collection?  They are so cute and I just had to use them along with the pretty papers and other matching embellishments to create this tag style bunting card.  This card would be good for Mother’s Day or Mum’s Birthday.

Step By Step:
  1. Score and fold A4 Dovecraft White card in half, trim down to create a 7 ½” x 5 ½” card base with fold across the top. Add a rectangle of striped Painted Blooms paper to card front leaving a white border all around.
  2. Cut Painted Blooms pattern paper approx. 6 5/8” x 4 5/8” and mat onto slightly larger white card using D/S tape, mat onto card front.  Using a white pen add a faux stitch detail around edges of pattern paper.
  3. Adhere a strip of lace ribbon across top of card, allow ends to overhang edges and trim at an angle, seal with clear drying glue to prevent fraying.  Glue a green mini bow to each end.
  4. Using the FE Scalloped Circle dies cut 3 smaller circles and 2 larger circles from Vellum (sized to fit onto tags).  Take 3 Different shaped Painted Bloom tags and add faux stitching all around these and the vellum circles using a white pen.
  5. Die cut letters to spell MUM from white glitter card using the FE Alphabet dies.  Glue a letter onto each small vellum circle and then again onto a larger circle.  Glue each letter to a tag using clear drying glue throughout.
  6. Take 3 flower paperclips and arrange across lace ribbon, use 3D foam to adhere at angles as desired.  Add 3D Foam to the back of each tag before slipping them onto the paperclips.  Arrange as required before pressing down to adhere.
  7. To finish, add a strip of Flower Tape across the bottom of the card.
Dovecraft Painted Blooms Collection:
8x8 Paper pad - DCPAP050
Printed Tags – DCTOP045
Paper Clips – DCTOP046
Lace Ribbon – DCRBB010
Mini Bows – DCRBN023
Flower Tape – DCTOP047
Dovecraft A4 White Card
Dovecraft A4 Vellum
Dovecraft White Glitter Card
First Edition Alphabet Dies – FEDIE140
First Edition Scalloped Circle Dies – FEDIE071
White Pen
Adhesives: D/S Tape, 3D Foam Squares, Clear Drying Glue

Saturday, 25 February 2017

A Spring Card - Step By Step - Papermilldirect DT

Hello, I have a new step-by-step to share with you, this time a Spring card to tie in with the brand new ‘Hello Spring’ craft challenge from Papermilldirect!  My favourite Spring colours are pretty pinks, lilacs and bright spring greens and so I’ve chosen these colours alongside white card to make them pop.

Step By Step:
Start by cutting the ‘flowers’ create a card die from Papermilldirect white card, I am using PMD White Linen as I love the texture. Remove all the waste bits of card and set panel aside for later. (I like to cut the white card first before I get inky fingers!)

Take a piece of PMD white card a bit bigger than the die cut panel, (As I am using watercolour inks I’ve chosen PMD White Hopsack card)  Add random swashes of watercolour ink using water brushes to cover the panel. 

 I am using Oak House Studio Colour Chemistry Inks in Paris Pink, French Lavender, and Bramley Apple colours. Leave the panel to dry naturally, or use a heat gun for speed.

Stamp the sentiment ‘Spring has Sprung’ in black Archival ink onto PMD white card, I’m using the back of a piece of PMD White Linen card.
Use nesting circle dies to cut out the sentiment, then cut the next size up circle from PMD Spring Green Lustre Print Silver card which is a nice match for the ink.

Take die cut panel and place against (dried) inked background, decide where to place it and trim background panel to size of die cut panel.

Create a card base by scoring & folding PMD white card and trimming down to create an approx. 15cm square card base.  (Either adhere background panel now to card front or wait and add the matted panel to card front when it's already layered).

Add 3D foam pads to back of die cut panel, you can place them behind the big flowers too as these will be hidden by gems later.

Carefully place die cut panel onto inked background panel so it lines up before pressing firmly down to secure the foam pads.Glue Spring Green die cut circle into the centre and add the sentiment circle on top using 3D foam pads to give height.

To finish, add adhesive gems to flower centres in clear, light pink and light green colours.  There are also 3 large flowers on the die cut panel that have petals that can be lifted and prised outwards to create extra interest.
This card would work equally well using a different set of Spring Colours, perhaps lemons and blues? Don't forget to share your makes over on the facebook page or why not enter a spring card or papercraft project in the new' Hello Spring' craft challenge?

Materials Used:
White Linen Card - Papermilldirect
Value White Card 300gsm - Papermilldirect
White Hopsack Card 255gsm - Papermilldirect
Spring Green Lustre Print Silver 300gsm - Papermilldirect
Watercolour Inks:  Paris Pink, French Lavender, Bramley Apple – Oak House Studio
Dies: Craft a Card 6x6 Flowers die, Scalloped Circle Dies - First Edition
Stamp: from Blooming Lovely set – Dovecraft
Ink: Jet Black Archival Inkpad - Ranger
Adhesives: D/S Tape, 3D Foam pads, Clear Drying Glue
Embellishments: Adhesive Gems in Clear, light pink, light green – Dovecraft

Sunday, 12 February 2017

LOVE Word Tile Card - Hobbybase Guest DT

Hello I'm back to share another Valentines or LOVE Card Step by Step with you. This card is suitable for all those 'Love' occasions.  For this design I am using the stamp whole and also cutting into it to create individual letter tiles.  Again 3D foam pads create a raised and tactile effect.

Step By Step:

I created this design for +Hobbybase Ltd. as a Guest on their Design Team, all products can be found online at (product links at end of post)

Score & fold white card or trim down a 6x6 white card blank to create a 12.5cm square card base with fold across the top. 

Cut a slightly smaller square of dark grey pattern ‘Made with Love’ paper and adhere to card front using double sided tape.  Cut a 10.5cm square of dark pink pattern paper and mat onto card front.

Cut a 3cm deep strip of dark grey pattern paper and adhere across centre of card front using d/s tape. trim ends flush with card.

Using black ink, stamp the LOVE letter tile stamp onto grey heart paper and cut the whole word out. Use 3D foam pads to adhere to strip towards Left side.

Using black ink stamp the Love letter tile stamp again, this time cut out each individual letter.  Adhere the letters randomly at angles, above and below the centre panel, using 3D foam pads

To finish, die cut hearts from different ‘Made with love’ papers using both of the Dovecraft heart dies.  Mount the smaller heart on top of the larger one, then glue across card strip at right of LOVE sentiment.


Products Used:
Black Ink
White Card
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam

Saturday, 11 February 2017

LOVE Couple Silhouette Card - Hobbybase Guest DT

Hello, today I'm sharing a Valentines Card Step by Step with you. Dies are very popular and can be used in different ways, I have created this design to show that the negative die cut – the part usually discarded, can be used to create an interesting focal point, this is especially effective when added to your card using 3D foam to create depth.

Step By Step:
I created this design for +Hobbybase Ltd. as a Guest on their Design Team, all products can be found online at (product links at end of post)

Take a 6x6 white card blank with fold across the top.  Cut a slightly smaller square of dark pink pattern ‘Made with Love’ paper and adhere to card front using double sided tape.

Cut a strip of white card approx. 6cm deep and adhere heart pattern paper to it using d/s tape around edges and glue across centre.

Carefully position the couple silhouette die into the centre of the strip, add a little low tack tape to secure, and run through die cutting machine.  (Remove cut outs and save for another project as we are using the negative space for this card)  Add the die cut strip across card front using 3D foam to give height.

Cut a strip of grey pattern paper approx. 2cm deep, score and fold concertina style (you will need 2 strips - join them together with glue)  Adhere strip across lower card front using a d/s tape and dabs of glue. Arrange pleats as desired and trim ends flush with card.

Using black ink, stamp the LOVE letter tile stamp onto grey heart paper and cut out. Round edges and then adhere across pleated strip at bottom RH side of card.

To finish, die cut hearts from different ‘Made with love’ papers using the smallest of the Dovecraft heart dies.  Glue hearts around couple and along the top of card.
Products Used:
Black Ink
White 6x6 Card Blank
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam