Month: April 2016

Watercolor Masculine Birthday

Today I am sharing a card I made recently for the husband of my upline, Mikaela. Rumour had it; a big birthday was coming up……

Like many people I find masculine cards a bit of a challenge, but after seeing some lovely ideas on Pinterest, I dug out my water colour cardstock and my aquapainter and got to work. I haven’t water coloured for a while but I have seen some lovely ideas on Pinterest that I wanted to try out.

crafty-rootes.co.uk - Stampin Up Number of Years, masculine water colored card
crafty-rootes.co.uk – Stampin Up Number of Years, masculine water colored card

I chose to use Island Indigo and Mint Macaron inkpads, a bit of a go to colour combo of mine at the moment, they go so well together. I squeezed the inkpads to get ink in the lid and used that to messily watercolor the bottom ⅔rds of the cardstock. I wanted an area of darker colour fading out towards the top of the cardstock. When I was happy, I left it to dry.

crafty-rootes.co.uk - Stampin Up Number of Years, water color, masculine card
crafty-rootes.co.uk – Stampin Up Number of Years, water color, masculine card

I wanted a little more texture so added some speckles using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I stamped 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation using Night of Navy ink.

crafty-rootes.co.uk - Stampin Up Number of Years, water color, masculine card
crafty-rootes.co.uk – Stampin Up Number of Years, water color, masculine card

I stamped the 50 from the Number of Years stamp set using Island Indigo ink and die cut the numbers using the co-ordinating Large Number dies. To give extra dimension, I die cut both numbers 3 more times and adhered them together to give a raised, chipboard effect. I stamped the little banner from the Number of Years stamp set onto Vellum cardstock using Night of Navy ink and added the birthday sentiment from the same stamp set using the same ink.

I added a strip of patterned paper from the gorgeous, and sadly retiring, Birthday Bouquet Dsp pack to each side of the watercoloured panel. I added a strip of Silver Glimmer card to either side and mounted the whole panel to a card base of Island Indigo using dimensionals.

I was really happy with how this card turned out, and so was the recipient. It turned out that he was a few years older than 50…..I had managed to get my wires crossed. Still my card had a front of shelf position ……. happy days…..

Thank you for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon.

Mo x

Botanical Suite with Vellum

I am back today with a really quick card made using the gorgeous Botanical Blooms stamp set, with the addition of some vellum. This card was inspired by a card shared by Dena Rekow of the creatativity cave – https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/563724078338793359/

crafty-rootes.co.uk - Stampin Up Botanical Blooms and vellum
crafty-rootes.co.uk – Stampin Up Botanical Blooms and vellum

I used Watermelon Wonder, Wild Wasabi and 2 of the retiring 2014 – 2016 in colours, Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon ink pads. I will be really sad to see these 2 colours go, especially Lost Lagoon, which has been one of my favourites.

crafty-rootes.co.uk - Stampin Up Botanical Blooms and vellum
crafty-rootes.co.uk – Stampin Up Botanical Blooms and vellum

I mounted a selection of the stamps from the Botanical Blooms stamp set onto acrylic blocks and set about, randomly, stamping the images all over a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I then stamped the large Just for You sentiment from the co-ordinating Botanicals for You stamp set, using Archival Black Ink, onto a piece of the lovely, patterned, Botanical Gardens Vellum. Both of these items were in this years’ Sale-A-Bration brochure. When stamping on vellum remember to leave it for a few minutes to dry or it will smear. Ask me how I know……..

crafty-rootes.co.uk - Stampin Up Botanical Blooms and vellum
crafty-rootes.co.uk – Stampin Up Botanical Blooms and vellum

I adhered the Vellum piece to the stamped panel of Whisper White using the 2 way glue pen. I only applied the glue behind the lettering so that it would be hidden. I then mounted the feature panel to a Thick Whisper White card base using dimentionals.

I think it is a really pretty card. Hope you like and will stop bye in the future

Mo x

Celebrate Today – perfect for Weddings!

On this lovely spring day, with the sun shining and the daffodils bobbing in the breeze I have been making wedding cards. What a lovely occupation for a beautiful day. I was drawn to the Celebrate Today stamp set, which was still sitting on my desk, and thought it would make an unusual Wedding card.

The first card is for my daughters’ best friend from school who is marrying another friend from their school days and my daughter is one of their bridesmaids.

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crafty-rootes.co.uk Stampin Up! Celebrate Today for a Wedding

I chose to make their card in purple, white and silver, the colour theme of the wedding.  I stamped the balloon from the Celebrate Today set using Perfect Plum ink onto a scrap of Whisper white cardstock, then stamped the small starry, bubbles in Versamark Ink, covered it with silver embossing powder and heated it with my heat tool until the powder melted. I then die cut the balloon using the co-ordinating Balloon Framelits.

I stamped some small more open stars from the Balloon Celebration stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and, again,  embossed them using the silver embossing powder and heat tool.

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crafty-rootes.co.uk Stampin Up! Celebrate Today for a Wedding

I stamped the ‘let us celebrate’ balloon string from the Balloon Celebration stamp set and the word ‘wedding’, from the Celebrate Today set using Perfect Plum Ink.

I layered the stamped whisper White piece onto Silver Foil cardstock, then onto Perfect plum cardstock, round the bottom corners of all the layers. I then mounted the whole piece, using dimensionals, to a Thick Whisper White card base before adding the die cut balloon, again using dimensionals.

The second card is for the daughter of one of my oldest friends and the colour scheme for this wedding is navy, silver and white.

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crafty-rootes.co.uk Stampin Up! Celebrate Today for a Wedding

I made the second card in exactly the same way as the first, substituting Night of Navy for Perfect Plum.

I am really pleased with how the cards turned out. I hope both couples like them.

Looking forward to seeing you again.

Mo x