Month: December 2016

Stamp-A-Stack – reserve a seat now

So looking forward to the first Stamp-A-Stack of the year which takes places on the 4th February at Manor Farm, 14 Alms Hill, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2SH from 10.00 – 16.00.

www.crafty-rootes.com – Stampin Up – stamp-A-Stack Feb 2017

You will be making up to 20 cards, 2 each of 10 different designs. Here is a picture to wet your appetite. You will be stamping, die cutting, dry embossing, watercolouring, paper piecing  and many other techniques. No experience necessary – assistance is available all day and you can craft at your own speed whilst enjoying the company of fellow crafters.

If you would like to reserve a place  contact me on by email – mo@crafty-rootes.co.uk or call or text to 01954 718443

Tea and coffee available during the day. Bring your own lunch or take a break and have lunch in the adjacent café ‘The Stove’ where cake where cake will be available all day…….

Cost of the day is £32.00, to be paid by the 6th January 2017. The class fee includes a £25.00 Product Goodie Bag to use during the day and you will have loads left over to use with your crafty stash at home.

Hope to see you there.

Mo Rootes

 

 

 

Avant Garden – for Sale-A-Bration by Stampin’ Up!

The card I am sharing today is made using the new Avant Garden stamp set available from the 4th January 2017 in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. For those of you not familiar with Sale-A-Bration, this is Stampin’ Up!’s annual event where for every £45 order you place you  choose one item from this brochure for FREE………….. and don’t we all love free stuff…..This promotion runs from 4th January – 31st March 2017. If you would like a Spring/Summer catalogue and/or a Sale-A-Bration brochure leave me a comment below.

This card was inspired by one I found on Pinterest by Amy Koenders. To see her original click on this link –  https://stampwithamyk.com/2016/12/15/stampin-up-avant-garden-sneak-peek-for-the-happy-stampers-blog-hop/

Avant Garden by Stampin’ Up! form Sale-A-Bration 2017 by Mo Rootes at www.crafty-rootes.com

I stamped the bold flower in 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation Elegant Eggplant ink in a rough semi-circle then filled in the blank spaces with 1st and 2nd generation Pool Party ink.

Avant Garden by Stampin’ Up! form Sale-A-Bration 2017 by Mo Rootes at www.crafty-rootes.com

The sentiment from the same set was stamped in Pool Party ink onto scrap Whisper White cardstock and die cut using the Stitched Frames Dies. I added a 2nd generation Elegant Eggplant stamp image to the base of the sentiment. I die cut a scalloped circle from the Layering Circles dies a tiny bit bigger to mount the sentiment onto.

Avant Garden by Stampin’ Up! form Sale-A-Bration 2017 by Mo Rootes at www.crafty-rootes.com

I wrapped a piece of Linen Thread around the stamped panel and tied a small bow. The panel was then added to a layer of Elegant Eggplant cardstock using Tombow Liquid Adhesive. The sentiment was mounted over the thread using Dimensionals. The entire topper was then added to a Pool Party card base using Dimensionals.

Avant Garden by Stampin’ Up! form Sale-A-Bration 2017 by Mo Rootes at www.crafty-rootes.com

I love the Elegant Eggplant and Pool Party together, such a classy looking card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, come again soon.

Mo x

Supplies used
Avant Guard stamp set
Stitched Frames Dies
Layering Circle Dies
Whisper White cardstock
Elegant Eggplant cardstock
Pool Party cardstock
Elegant Eggplant inkpad
Pool Party inkpad
Stampin Scrub and Stampin mist
Stampin Trimmer
Acrylic blocks B, C, and D
Linen Thread
BigShot, Magnetic Platform
Scissors
Bone Folder
Dimensionals
Tombow Liquid Adhesive
Envelopes

Lift Me Up – Congratulations

Today I have made another card using the lovely Lift Me Up stamp set. I really wanted to try out the co-ordinating Up & Away Thinlit Dies and I have to say, I love them, especially the large detailed balloon.

I die cut the medium and the small balloon shape from a small panel of Very Vanilla cardstock.  I then stamped the small balloon onto Very Vanilla cardstock using Night of Navy ink and die cut it using the small balloon die. The large detailed balloon was die cut from Night of Navy cardstock. I used the Precision Base Plate with the BigShot and also the die brush to make sure I got a good impression and could get all the little pieces out easily.

I mounted the die cut Very Vanilla panel using Dimensionals onto a piece of dsp from the By The Shore paper pack and backed it with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, leaving a tiny border. The whole piece was then added to a Soft Sky card base.

The die cut balloons were added with Tombow Liquid Adhesive.The sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped on Very vanilla cardstock with Night of Nay ink and cut out using scissors to flag the end

I am really pleased with how this card turned out and I hope you like it as well. Thank you so much for visiting my blog; hope to see you again soon.

Mo x

Supplies used
Lift Me Up stamp set
Up & Away Thinlit Dies
Very Vanilla cardstock
Night of Navy inkpad
By the Shore dsp
Stampin Scrub and Stampin mist
Stampin Trimmer
Acrylic blocks C, D and D
BigShot, Precision Base Plate
BigShot Die Brush
Scissors
Bone Folder
Dimensionals
Tombow Liquid Adhesive
Envelopes

Beautiful You – Gorgeous

OMG I love the new Beautiful You stamp set, it is absolutely gorgeous, I can see I am going to be using it a lot over the next few months.

I used the set to make a card for this month’s team challenge. I stamped one of the images from the stamp set using Momento Tuxedo Black ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock and coloured it using the fab new Rich Razzleberry and Early Espresso Watercolour Pencils and the a Blender Pen. I rounded the top right and bottom left corners and mounted it on a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock with similarly rounded corners. I added a piece from one the new Lace Doilies to the back, I love that they are Whisper White on one side and Very Vanilla on the other.

I took a piece of Falling In Love dsp, rounded the same top and bottom corners and mounted it onto a panel of Very Vanilla using Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive after wrapping a piece of ¼”Natural Trim, the Silver version from the top to the bottom. This whole piece was added to a Crumb Cake card base with Tombow. I added the stamped topper over the ribbon with Dimentionals and added a bow.

I love this card, it is so beautiful and I am so happy with it. I hope you like it.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope to see you again soon.

Mo x

Supplies used
Beautiful You stamp set
Crumb Cake cardstock
Very Vanilla cardstock
Falling In Love dsp
Momento Tuxedo Black inkpad
Lace Doilies
1/4” Natural Trim – Silver
Stampin Scrub and Stampin mist
Stampin Trimmer
Acrylic blocks D and G
Scissors
Project Life Corner Rounder
Bone Folder
Dimensionals
Tombow Liquid Adhesive
Envelopes

Lift Me Up – New Goodies

I have been having such fun today playing with the new Lift Me Up stamp set. This set will be available in the Spring/Summer catalogue which launches on the 4th January 2017. One of the perks of being a demonstrator is that we get to order from new catalogues a month before they go live……and who doesn’t love new goodies.

I kept these first 2 cards very simple but I think they are really effective.

I stamped the smaller balloon from the Lift Me Up stamp set onto a panel of Whisper White cardstock. The image was stamped in rows to give a rainbow effect. The colours I used were Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Garden Green and Perfect Plum. The sentiment from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set was stamped in Melon Mambo ink onto a scrap of Whisper White and punched out using the Classic Label Punch. I punched 2 classic labels from Basic Black cardstock and added these to the back of the punched sentiment and adhered the piece to the stamped panel using Tombow Liquid Adhesive.

The whole panel was added to a layer of basic Black cardstock with Tombow then added  to a Thick Whisper White card base using Dimensionals.

The second card is a pared back version of the first. I stamped the balloons onto a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock using first, second, third, fourth and fifth generation Watermelon Wonder ink……..and I could have got a couple more layers if I had had a large enough piece of paper cardstock. The stamped panel was then adhered to a panel of Early Espresso cardstock.

The sentiment from the Crazy About You stamp set was stamped in Chocolate Chip ink onto a scrap of Very Vanilla and backed onto Early Espresso cardstock before being adhered onto a Crumb Cake cardstock card base using Tombow Liquid Adhesive.

I really like both of these cards and let’s face it, you can never have too many thank you cards. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, hope you like the project. See you again soon.

Mo x

Supplies used
Lift Me Up stamp set
Thoughtful Banners stamp set
Crazy About You stamp set
Thick Whisper White cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Very Vanilla cardstock
Early Espresso cardstock
Basic Black cardstock
Crumb Cake cardstock
Melon Mambo inkpad
Calypso Coral inkpad
Crushed Curry inkpad
Garden Green inkpad
Perfect Plum ink pad
Watermelon Wonder ink pad
Chocolate Chip ink pad
Stampin Scrub and Stampin mist
Stampin Trimmer
Classic Label Punch
Acrylic blocks B, C and H
Scissors
Bone Folder
Dimensionals
Tombow Liquid Adhesive
Envelopes

Vintage Leaves – Watercoloured

The card I am sharing today was inspired by Dena Rekow of The Creativity Cave. She does the most amazing projects and I adored this one. I stripped it back to basics for my version.

I stamped the small leaf for the Vintage Leaves stamp set in Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzleberry and Garden Green ink onto Stampin’ Up! Watercolour cardstock. I loved this colour combination. As soon as I stamped each colour I went over the image with an Aquapainter filled with a little water. This blurred and intensified the colour of each leaf, gorgeous….

I die cut each of the leaves with the co-ordinating Leaflet Framelit dies. The sentiment, from the Rose Wonder stamp set was stamped in Delightful Dijon ink onto a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock. I spaced the leaves evenly across the card front, adhering the Cherry Cobbler, Rich Razzleberry and Garden Green ones with Tombow Liquid Adhesive. The Delightful Dijon leaf was added with Dimensionals to give a bit of lift.

To see Dena’s original card check out her blog – http://www.thecreativitycave.com/my_weblog/2016/09/friday-quickies-techniques-and-tips-faux-watercoloring.html

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, hope you like the project. See you again soon.

Mo x

Supplies used
Vintage Leaves stamp set
Rose Wonder stamp set
Leaflet Framelit Dies
Thick Whisper White cardstock
Watercolour cardstock
Cherry Cobbler inkpad
Delightful Dijon inkpad
Rich Razzleberry inkpad
Garden Green inkpad
Aquapainter
Stampin Scrub and Stampin mist
Stampin Trimmer
Acrylic blocks B and C
Scissors
Bone Folder
Dimensionals
Tombow Liquid Adhesive
Envelopes

Cookie Cutter Baby

I have another Cookie Cutter Christmas card for you today……………. but it’s not a card for Christmas. A friend asked if I would make a new baby card for her niece who is due to have a baby boy any day now and this is what I came up with.

I started with a Whisper White panel which I stamped using the textured background stamp from the You’ve Got This stamp set in Crumb Cake ink. This is such a useful stamp for adding the illusion of dimension without any of the bulk. I stamped the little Inuit baby from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp set using Momento Tuxedo Black ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White and coloured it with Pool Party, Soft Sky and Crumb Cake markers before punching it out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. The Sentiment from the Baby Bear stamp set was stamped in Pool Party ink as were the scattering of stars from the Forever Evergreen stamp set. I rounded the top right hand corner with the Project Life Corner Rounder before adding the panel to a layer of Pool Party cardstock with the same rounded corner. The whole piece was then added to a Crumb Cake card base. Gorgeous and luckily my friend loved it……..

While I had the set out I also made a baby girl version to add to my stash.

I stamped the little Inuit again using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured her with Pink Pirouette, Flirty Flamingo and Smoky Slate markers before punching her out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. I painted a light wash on the Whisper White background panel using a Smoky Slate inkpad and an aquapainter. This adds additional texture to the background. I placed the punched piece on top using dimensionals and stamped some stars from the Forever Evergreen stamp set in Pink Pirouette Ink. I wrapped some pink and white Baker’s Twine from my stash near the bottom of the panel before stamping the sentiment from the Baby Bear stamp set in Pink Pirouette ink. I layered this piece onto a panel of Smoky Slate cardstock rounding all 4 corners of both layers with the Project Life Corner Rounder. I added the panel to a Pink Pirouette card base. Such a sweet card.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, hope you like the projects. See you again soon.

Mo x

Supplies used
Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set
Baby Bear stamp set
Forever Evergreen Stamp set
You’ve Got This stamp set
Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
Whisper White cardstock
Pool Party cardstock
Crumb Cake cardstock
Pink Pirouette cardstock
Smoky Slate cardstock
Crumb Cake inkpad
Pink Pirouette inkpad
Pool Party inkpad
Smoky Slate inkpad
Momento Tuxedo Black ink
Crumb Cake marker
Pool Party Marker
Soft Sky marker
Pink Pirouette marker
Flirty Flamingo marker
Smoky Slate marker
Project Life Corner Rounder
Aquapainter
Stampin Scrub and Stampin mist
Stampin Trimmer
Acrylic blocks C, G and E
Baker’s Twine
Scissors
Bone Folder
Dimensionals
Tombow Liquid Adhesive
Envelopes

Cookie Cutter Gingerbread Family

I have been making some Christmas cards recently and I thought I would share a couple of them with you today. I used the, oh so popular, Cookie Cutter Christmas and the gorgeous gingerbread man.

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I stamped 3 gingerbread men in Early Espresso ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock and punched them out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. I dressed them up with bows in Real Red and So Saffron and a bow-tie in Soft Sky ink stamped onto Soft Sky cardstock and added them to a Whisper White layer with Dimensionals. I added the tiny snowflake from the Star of Light stamp set. The sentiment, from the Stitched With Cheer stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso and die cut with the Big Shot using the Bunch of Banners framelit dies. The upper right corner of the Whisper White piece was rounded using a We R Memory Keepers ½” corner rounder and added to a panel of Soft Sky cardstock, which also had a rounded corner. The whole piece was added to Thick Whisper White card base, yes I also rounded the top right corner and to finished I added a Basic Rhinestone to each of the little girl’s hair bows. Such a charming card.

1-dscf8272For the second card I stamped the gingerbread people in Early Espresso onto Whisper White cardstock and punched them out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. I stamped the large splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Pool Party ink onto a panel of Whisper White, I think it looks a little like a map….. and added the gingerbread people either side.  I mounted the piece onto a panel of Pool Party cardstock and added it using Tombow to a Thick Whisper White card base. I rounded the upper right and lower left corners of all the pieces using the Project Life Corner Rounder. As a final touch I added a Red Glimmer paper bow and buttons for the bit of sparkle. The sentiment comes from the retired set Festival of Trees and was stamped in Pool Party ink. Love it

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, hope you like the projects. See you again soon.

Mo x

Supplies used
Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set
Star of Light stamp set
Stitched With Cheer Stamp set
Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
Bunch of Banners Framelit dies
Thick Whisper White cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Soft Sky cardstock
Pool Party cardstock
Red Glimmer Paper
Early Espresso inkpad
Soft Sky inkpad
Pool Party inkpad
Prodject Life Corner Rounder
Big Shot + Magnetic Platform
Stampin Scrub and Stampin mist
Stampin Trimmer
Acrylic blocks C, B and E
Basic Rhinestones
Scissors
Bone Folder
Paper Piercer
Dimensionals
Tombow Liquid Adhesive
Envelopes

Star of Light – a happy accident

I just love this card, so happy with the way it turned out and to think it started off as a DVD wrapper that I accidentally scored in the wrong places………aaarrgh don’t you just hate when that happens!!! I was loath to throw the stamped piece away and started to cut it down, and it turned into this fab card.

1-dscf8456I saved two 4” by 4” panels which were stamped in Pool Party and Archival Basic Black ink on Whisper White cardstock using the Star of Light stamp set. I mounted one of the panels onto a layer of Basic Black cardstock then layered this piece onto a panel of Whisper White. The second stamped panel I cut into two 1 ¾ “pieces and added them onto the same black and white layers.

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Using the Big Shot and the Starlight Framelit dies,  I die cut the detailed star 3 times from Whisper White cardstock and layered them, one on top of the other using Tombow to give some dimension. I added the smaller detailed star cut from Black Glimmer paper and topped the star with a White Perfect Accent coloured with a mint green promarker pen. The star was added to the square stamped panel with a dimensional.

1-dscf8458I added the panels to a 5½” by 5½” Whisper White card base folded as a modified ‘Z’ fold card. The backing dsp is from a retired pack called Perfectly Artistic. The sentiment was added in Archival Basic Black.

I made an envelope using the Perfectly Artistic dsp, the Envelope Punch Board and the super strong Tear and Tape.

This card is designed for my lovely Mum. Hope she likes it. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Come back soon

Mo x

Supplies used
Star of Wonder stamp set
Starlight Framelits
Thick Whisper White cardstock
Basic Black cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Archival Basic Black Ink pad
Pool Party ink pad
Big Shot + Magnetic Platform and Precision Base Plate
Big Shot Die Brush
Stampin Scrub and Stampin mist
Stampin Trimmer
Acrylic blocks A, B and H
Scoring Tool and Stylus
Envelope Punch Board
Scissors
Bone Folder
Paper Piercer
Dimensionals
Tombow Liquid Adhesive
Tear and Tape
Envelopes