Month: January 2016

Bloomin’ Love unmasked

I have been playing with the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and the masking technique today.

I don’t know about you but what drew me to this stamp set was the delicate lacy heart image which mimics the gorgeous Bloomin’ Heart die. However, I found myself using the 4 individual flower stamps included in the set. I love masking off areas of card when using these small stamps, you can get some really cool effects.

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For the first card I masked off a diagonal strip with low tack masking tape and stamped the flowers in Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Night of Navy and Mint Macaron ink. I deliberately stamped the flowers close together and onto the masking tape to create this effect. After I removed the masking tape I added a strip of Night of Navy cardstock to help focus the eyes in on the pattern. The sentiment came from the Balloon Celebration stamp set and is stamped in Melon Mambo ink. Finally, I added some of the It’s My party Enamel Dots from the new Occasions catalogue.

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I was hooked on this technique and used it again when I cut a wedge from a layer of Whisper White cardstock. This time I stamped the flowers in one of my favorite color combos Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz and Night of Navy ink. When I stood back and looked at the stamped piece I felt it was missing something and after some thought, stamped the small open heart image, from the same stamp set in Calypso Coral ink. I really liked the result. I mounted the pieces onto a Bermuda Bay card base and added die cut flowers in Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay at the apex of the triangle. I stamped the sentiment from the Balloon Celebration stamp set in Bermuda Bay ink. For some extra dimension I added Basic Pearls to the center of some of the flowers

I really enjoyed working with this set, such fun. Thank you for visiting my Blog today, come again soon.

Mo x

Bloomin Heart and Bloomin Love

Bloomin Heart and Bloomin Love

Love is in the air and it’s never too early to think about Valentine’s Day, now less than a month away…eek.

With this is mind I thought I would try the Bloomin Heart Die from the new Occasions catalogue and I have to say I love, love, love it. This die is absolutely gorgeous, so delicate and detailed but having watched a few YouTube videos and read some blogs I knew it could be tricky to get a good cut.

 

With this in mind I had a couple of trial runs using different cardstock and BigShot sandwiches.

For the first run I used the BigShot sandwich as recommended by Stampin Up! – the multipurpose Platform (no tabs) + Precision Plate, cardstock, die and finally an acrylic plate. I found I needed to run the die through the BigShot 5 or 6 times to get a good cut.

For comparison I also tried the Magnetic Platform + the Precision Plate, card, die and acrylic plate and needed to run this sandwich through the BigShot a couple of times to get a good cut if I was using Foiled cardstock or Glimmer cardstock. This was the option I then used to make my cards but as every machine is calibrated slightly differently I suggest you have a play with your own BigShot to determine what works with your machine.

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For the first card I die cut the intricate heart from Red Foil cardstock, so shiny and decadent looking. I then die cut the heart from a panel of Whisper White cardstock, popped out all the pieces to create a frame and backed the hole with a piece of Window Sheet. I slotted the Red Foil die cut into the frame and adhered it to the Window Sheet with tiny dots of Tombow adhesive.

I decided to keep the card fairly simple and added a strip of Real Red satin ribbon below the die cut heart. The sentiment is from the co-ordinating Bloomin Love stamp set and is stamped with Real Red ink and framed by the banner stamped in Basic Black Archival ink. The banner was then die cut using the co-ordinating die from the Large Numbers Framelit dies. I think this is such a classy looking card.

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The second card I made has a softer look. I started with a card base in Pool Party cardstock and die cut the heart from Whisper White cardstock adding the smaller die cut flowers stamped in either Pool Party or Real Red. At this point I decided to turn the card on its side to make a landscape card.

I adhered the die cut heart to the right side of the card adding a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock with a flagged end cut using the Banner Triple Punch. Using the smaller flower stamps from the Bloomin Love stamp set, I created a background piece by stamping the flowers in Pool Party, Blushing Bride and Real Red and punching a banner end. I loved the look of this piece; it really tied all the colours together. I added a piece of the lovely, sparkly Pool Party Glitter Ribbon and some Basic Rhinestones to finish the card off.

I am really loving this set and hope you do too.

Mo x

Rose Wonder and Rose Garden Class

Rose Wonder and Rose Garden Class

Thank you to all the ladies who came to my classes this week. I really enjoyed your company, the chat and the laughs and thankfully you seem to  enjoy making the projects using the beautiful Rose Wonder stamp set and Rose Garden thinlit dies. Happy days…….

These are the projects we made:

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The first card we made using a Thick Whisper White card base and a layer of Blackberry Bliss card. We stamped the large rose and the sentiment with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed the image using Gold Embossing Power. The card would look amazing if you left it just as it is but when I was designing the class I decided to take it a step further.

The ladies were a bit surprised when I brought out a bottle of household bleach and handed paintbrushes round but they, like me loved the effect bleach had on the Blackberry Bliss cardstock, it turns a creamy gold colour, so pretty. You do need to apply the bleach very thinly, remember you can always go back and apply more. The embossed piece was then adhered to the card base using dimensional tape.

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The second card involved some paper piecing which I loved. We stamped the large rose image with Garden Green ink on Whisper White cardstock then glued the outline of the die cut rose on top of the stamped green rose. I die cut all the roses from Blackberry Bliss or Melon Mambo cardstock ahead of time; it would have taken too long for everyone to do this in the class. The ladies were given either a Blackberry Bliss outline for the rose with Melon Mambo petal pieces or vice versa. They then had the fun of fitting all the pieces together…….. The sentiment was then stamped in Melon Mambo and the stamped piece mounted onto a Melon Mambo or Blackberry Bliss card base.

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For the final project we used the Gift Bag Punch Board to make a small bag using Thick Whisper White cardstock. We die cut the smaller rose in the front of the bag and backed the hole with a piece of Window Sheet. We then die cut the small rose from Blackberry Bliss and used the outline to inlay in front of the window, adhering it with tiny dots of Tombow adhesive. The top of the box was tied with thick Blackberry Bliss twine (retired) with a piece of Gold Sequin Trim to add a bit of sparkle. Some of the loose sequins were added as you can never have too much bling.

We really enjoyed putting these projects together. I hope you like them and check back soon to see other projects I have been working on.

Mo x

Birthday Blooms in the Spotlight

I have finally had a day to myself to play with my new goodies and I chose to start with the gorgeous Birthday Blooms stamp set.

I loved the delicate look of the rose, it resembles the briar roses that grow in the hedgerows around our house and in the village.

I chose to stamp the rose in Basic Grey Archival Ink for a softer look and used the Shimmery White cardstock as I planned to do some water colouring with an Aqua Painter. To add interest I decided to try the spotlight technique and using a  1¾” punch cut a  circle out of the stamped image making sure to include part of the rose with some of the leaves.

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Birthday Blooms Spotlight

I water coloured the rose using a base coat of Blushing Bride  adding shadows using Calypso Coral and Watermelon Wonder. The base coat on the leaves is Pear Pizzazz with Wild Wasabi to add depth.

Prior to matting the stamped piece onto a layer of Pear Pizzazz cardstock I punched the upper right corner with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch to add some interest. I also stamped the sentiment from the same set in Pear Pizzazz Ink in the lower right corner. Using Stampin dimensionals I added the water coloured circle to the card front and adhered the whole piece to a Watermelon Wonder card base. I used Watermelon Wonder ink and the small dotted stamp to tie in the background rose with the card base.

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Birthday Blooms

I really love this card; it is soooooo pretty and feminine. Can’t wait to try it in other colours, I am thinking Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant or maybe So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and Hello Honey.

Let me know what you think?

Looking forward to trying out the Bloomin Love Stamp set and the Bloomin Heart die. Drop in soon to see what I come up with

Mo x

Spring/Summer catalogue and Sale-A-Bration brochure

Introducing the Spring/Summer catalogue and the Sale-A-Bration brochure from Stampin Up!

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Oh Happy Day… the Stampin Up! Spring/Summer Occasions Catalogue goes live today…Whoop Whoop. And, as if that isn’t exciting enough, the Sale-A-Bration brochure also launches today. What a great start to the New Year.

Sale-A-Bration 2016

For those new to Stampin Up, Sale-A-Bration is an annual 3 month event during which you can earn free goodies with qualifying orders. This year Sale-A-Bration runs from January 5th – 31st March and for every £45 you spend (minus P+P) you can choose 1 free item from the gorgeous Sale-A-Bration catalogue. How fab is that, who doesn’t love free stuff!

There are an incredible 7 stamp sets, 2 designer series paper (dsp) packs, 1 vellum stack and 1 Project life card pack in the Sale-A-Bration brochure to choose from and 51 …yes, 51 pages of fabulous goodies in the Spring / Summer Catalogue.

If you would like a copy of either or both catalogue/brochures please let me know and I will post one out to you. Alternatively go to http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/crafty-rootes/   click on shop now and the catalogues will reveal themselves in all their glory.

As a demonstrator I was able to pre-order from both catalogues a month ago and have been having a wonderful time playing with some of the lovely things, so check back here over the next few days to see what I have come up with.

You could also become a demonstrator by joining my team and during Sale-A-Bration Stampin Up! have an amazing offer, for £99 you can choose £130 worth of product – anything you like and you will also qualify for free Sale-A-Bration items.

A perk of being a demonstrator is access to new product a month before release to the public and a minimum 20% discount on all purchases. There is no obligation to run classes or host parties, you can join just to get the discount or you can turn it into a flexible business….it is entirely your choice. Contact me if you would like more information.

Mo x

Cutie Pie Christmas Trees

I know Christmas has now been and gone but I couldn’t resist using the Cutie Pie die to make 2 more Christmas Tree themed boxes for the ladies craft group.

The first box is made using the Cutie Pie Die set and Lost Lagoon cardstock. I also die cut the triangle from the same set of dies from Night of Navy cardstock and adhered this to the front of the box with Tombow liquid adhesive.

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A tree from the Peaceful Pines stamp set was stamped in Mint Macaron ink and die cut using the co-ordinating Perfect Pines Framelit dies. I mounted the die cut tree on Stampin Dimensionals, offset to the right, on the box front. To hold the box closed, I wrapped Gold Cording Trim around 4 times and tied in a bow. The cording trim, both gold and silver are retiring on the 4th January so get them in my online shop while you still can.

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The second box is very simple but effect. The die is cut from Garden Green cardstock and embellished using the Real Red and Very Vanilla Enamel Dots from the Home for Christmas suite which retires on the 4th January 2016, so if you like them go to my online shop and get them before they are gone. I used the ¼” Hand Held Punch to punch some circles from Gold Glimmer cardstock to give a little bling to the box. The box is topped by a Gold Glimmer star which was die cut using the smallest of Stars Framelits.

I just love using this die set for Christmas projects and can’t wait to try some summer cake box ideas out in the coming months.

I am looking forward to a bit more normality over the next few weeks and wish Happy New Year to everyone kind enough to visit this blog and many happy hours crafting.

Mo x