Sunday, 18 March 2018

Easter Day 4 - Wreath

Well today doesn't feel very Spring like, with a thick blanket of snow everywhere! Mr Roo and the Roolets are digging a path to the Stamp machines so Mr Roo doesn't get snowed in there! Well Mr Roo is, the Roolets are making snow castles and standing shouting at the fish pond asking if the fish are cold - I'll give you a clue IT'S FROZEN!!!!!! 

Anyway how about another lovely SPRING card, just perfect for Easter!

First up trim your kraft card to measure 5.75 inch square. And in clear ink Stamp the spikey vine from the Funky Vine - Autumn stamp set, then cover with Antique White Embossing powder and heat set.

Stamp the spikey vine again onto another piece of Kraft card as before. Colour all the vines in using pencil crayons.

Cut out the two extra spikey vines leaving a small border.

Onto a piece of Vellum stamp the cross in clear ink and embossing using copper embosing powder. cut this out leave a small border.

On the reverse add some colour and shape.

Mount the stamps  5.75 inch square of Kraft onto a slighty large piece of White card, then mount onto a 6 inch square base card.

Attach the cut out vines to cover the gaps.

Around the cross drape some white ribbon and attach to the card.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Easter Day 3 - Project Time!


Isn't it funny how one phone call, email, conversation changes your plans in an instant! Well as you can probably tell my Thursday plans changed and well it's now Saturday lol and I am finally getting around to sharing this really quick but so beautiful Easter gift! 

So without any further delays let's crack on...

First up you will need a un-coated tile for this project, these are available from any DIY shop and generally have a warning ticket telling you they will need sealing, I went for the natural stone colour but they do them in others, you will also need some door stops (the type you use in kitchen cabinets to stop your door slamming shut), tissue paper and some really good quality PVA!

Now we are good to start.

Find a circle that is smaller than the tile that will act as your guide and draw it onto a piece of scrap paper. 

Then draw around your tile onto the tissue paper - I always use the rough side of the tissue paper as it holds the inks a little better!

Place this over the circle and secure in place.

Using tattered rose stamp 3 Mini Funky - Rose around the circle (I turned my paper to make it easier).

Create a mask for the roses by stamp the rose 3 times on the sticky edge of a sticky note and cut them out.

Lay these over the stamped rose and Stamp your next flower, I stamped Mini Funky - Violet in stormy sky. 

Create masks and cover each stamped image.

Finally I stamped Mini Funky - Chrysanthemum using wild honey.

Create a mask again and cover the Chrysanthemum. Using a sticky note mask of the outside of the circle.

Using the outline stamp from Mini Funky - Foliage, stamp this three time into the centre of the circle using peeled paint. 

Then mask of the centre of the circle and stamp the Foliage on the outside.

Remove all the masks. The rose was a bit too pale so I added the detail stamp in victorian velvet over the top.

Select a saying I used one from this months Monthly Make and stamp this in the centre of the circle using Archival Ink (I used Sepia).

Add a foot (door stop) to each of the underside corners of the tile, this will help you when you come to seal your tile and protects your surfaces when the tile is being used.

Next trim the tissue paper so that there is about an inch border all around and place your stamp image on top of tile to see how best the image fits on the tile.

Using a strong PVA glue, coat the top of your tile.

Gently place your stamped image over the tile and press it lightly into the tile, becareful not to rub the image as it will tear easily. Also be careful not to attach the tissue paper down the edges of your tile.

Leave this to dry for a couple of minutes. Being careful not to touch the top of the tile, use a emery board to remove the excess tissue paper by running it from the top of the tile over the tissue paper the tissue paper will tear easily and fall away.

Once all the excess tissue paper has been removed apply another layer of glue around the edges and over the top, being careful not to press too hard on the tissue paper or it may tear (mine did!). If you have any cracks or crevices in your tile besure to add more PVA to those areas to make sure it is sealed.

( I couldn't get this picture the right way up - WHOOPS!!!)

When the first layer is dry add another and wait until that is dry too, then add a 3rd layer. Each layer will take longer and longer to dry.

I generally add atleast 3 layers of PVA but the more you add the stronger barrier you are creating on your tile.

Little lady caught me making this "I think my teachers would like one of those!", guess I am off to find a Teacher saying lol!

But before I do how about an offer? All of the Mini Funky flowers used in this project are available on our website, but I have also added a special offer on these little lovelies too, so hop on over to our website if you want to find out more......

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Easter Day 2

Okay, Okay, I know I am kinda cheating with this one! Those lovely Monthly Make members amongst you will recognise this little beauty from February, but it is so nice I wanted to share it again.

So here goes......

First up cut a piece of white card 1cm smaller than a DL base card.

Using the Distress Panel POLY PLATE from February's Monthly Make, give it a quick wipe with a baby wipe then start to load up the colour.

Cover the entire POLY PLATE with fossilised amber, then the top 2/3 with carved pumpkin and the top 1/3 with fired brick. Spritz with water until the ink turns fluid. Stamp this onto the piece of white card. Leave it to dry.

When the Sunset is dry stamp the Spring Flower Silhouettes #1 & 2 across the sunset in brushed corduroy. (After many requests the Spring Flower Silhouettes are also available in Minis and Large!) 

On a scrap piece of white card Stamp your saying with clear in and emboss using Vintage Black embossing powder and heat to set.

Mat the sunset and the sentiment onto a slightly bigger piece of black card. Then around the Sunset piece attach a piece of yellow/gold ribbon.

Attach the sunset to the front of a DL base card and stick the sentiment over the ribbon.

So how about another Easter offer? Well I can't discount our Monthly Make Stamps sets any more as we don't have many of February's left and if I was to add any more stamps to Mr Roo's making list he might just say a few naughty words!!!!

So instead how about another Poly Plate offer???????

Sunday, 11 March 2018


I know its Mother's day today and we are celebrating those very important ladies in our lives (and rightly so too!) but, I thought I would sneak away and have some me time! 

Easter is a big deal here at Crafty Roo HQ, my two little people love the magic and excitement of the Easter hunt - I can't call it an Easter EGG hunt as they don't really eat Easter Eggs I generally end up tucking into them between Summer and Christmas. So our Easter hunt has clues on how to find the prizes and all sorts of silly things to find and lots of giggles and laughter.

This year I thought I would get my act together, as I am always making cards and gifts last minute and come up with some quick and easy card (and gift ideas) for Easter and share them hopefully every other day between today and Easter!

So today's card is really quick and simple to make and more importantly your can colour it however you like.....

First up I cut a piece of our STUCCO card to measure 7.5 inch square.

I then wiped over the Curved Cross POLY PLATE with a baby wipe and inked up the whole thing with squeezed lemonade, then the centre with picked raspberry.

And then in the very centre with peacock feathers.

Spritzed it and placed the cross onto the STUCCO Card over the the left hand side.

I lifted the POLY PLATE and allowed it to dry. 

Yes you can use ordinary card to do this, but, the STUCCO with keep the colours brighter and will not bleed or muddy as much as normal card.

When the Cross was dry I stamp He has Risen! sentiment using Sepia Archival Ink.

The STUCCO was mounted onto brown card and then onto and 8 inch square base card.

I added a bow made out of string to the centre of the cross.

I did say this was a quick card! But a fab one for mass producing or just having fun with the little ones. So how about an offer on the stamps I have used? Of course How about the POLY PLATE and He has Risen for £9.50 and don't tell Mr Roo but I will also throw in some STUCCO Card too!!!

For this offer check out our website

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Meet Happy

So a few of you will recognise Happy from our January Monthly Make stamp set but not only do we have a couple of the full stamp set still available but FUNKY FLOWERS - Happy now comes as a smaller stamp set too!

This is one of my go to demos at the moment, it is quick (as I know you lovely ladies and gents don't want to be stuck listening to my dulcet tones for too long!) it covers so many techniques and most of all it looks fabulous!

And as promised here is a quick recipe on how its done....

First up choose a couple of Distress Oxides for your background (this can be done in normal Distress Inks too - but that is for another day!). I used salty ocean, peacock feathers and wilted violet. Start by applying areas of the palest colour peacock feathers, be sure to apply this really heavy to get the best contrasts.   

Then the next salty ocean

And finally wilted violet, I also ran wilted violet around the edges and gently over the other colours too!

Spritz the TEXTURES - Cracked stamp with water until the stamp is covered. Stamp this onto the coloured background, be careful when lifting it up not to let the water all run to one edge of the stamping block. Blot off the excess water using kitchen roll.

Repeat this all over the background. Leave this to dry or blast with your heat gun.

Around the edge of the coloured background stamp small parts of the TEXTURES - Cracked using peacock feathers to create a frame around your card. Leave to dry.

Making sure the background is dry stamp FUNKY FLOWERS - Happy and the saying onto the background using Archival Ink. Make sure the ink is dry then paint using peeled paint, spiced marmalade and candied apple Distress oxides.

Matt this onto black card, then onto the base card, simple, elegant, beautiful......... 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Lets talk Distress Oxides. Part 3.....

Slightly later than I had planned, but after nearly 5 days stuck in bed with some awful bug (gee thanks for that one kids!) I will give this a whirl!

So where were we ah yes this little beauty...

I just love this effect, it is so easy and so versatile! All you need is Distress Oxides, spritzer/water, a paint brush (and a stamp or two!).

So here goes, start with a plain piece of white card and trim it so it is 2 cm smaller than your finished card. Then start to add your colours, I started with the palest colour first, salty ocean then seedless preserves and wilted violet (i think these are the colours!). I added them in random patches all over the piece of card making sure to apply very thickly.

Using your background stamp I used our Splat stamp. Spritz the stamp so it is wet but not dripping! Stamp onto your card leave in place for a couple of seconds - if you are using a clear stamping block you can see the water doing its thing - So fab!! lift the stamp off and dab your piece of card, keep doing this until you are happy with your background.

Yes you can second generation stamp with the water BUT 1) it wont remove as much ink (looks good though) and 2) remember Distress Oxides like to contaminate (they are messy monkeys!) so you will transfer some of the colour you have just removed.

Make sure your background is dry and stamp your image I used our Amazing Funky Flower using black Archival Ink.

When the flower is dry, using a paint brush and water "paint" the flower blotting it with kitchen roll until you are happy with your finished image.

Can you tell I have lost a photo - Whoops!!!

Then stamp your sentiment and mount it onto a black piece of card and then onto your base card. really simple to do but wow you can create some stunning effects, I used 3 Oxides but it works just as well using 2.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Let's talk Distress Oxides Part 2....

So who wants to make this card?????

Again this is soo easy to do but takes no time at all!!!

First up I trimmed an A5 piece of white card down by 2cm on each side so my piece ended up 13.5cm by 20cm. 

I always use heavy weight card about 300gsm! Why? well I am a messy crafter I love to throw lots of inks, paints, anything really at my cards and I want to know it isn't going to buckle of worse if its a card not stand up, so I use 300gsm when and where I can. But that being said each card blend is different and you will have your preferences too! So I guess what I am trying to say is you will find what works best for you and your style - I hope that helps!

Next I chose my colours I went for fossilized amber, wild honey, cracked pistachio and for contrast on the flower peeled paint and seedless preserves.

I then stamped the Mini Distressed square Poly Plate in fossilized amber about an inch in from the top and left hand side. I cleaned my stamp (make sure you remove all ink as Distress Oxides will contaminated really easily!), then I stamped the wild honey and finally cracked pistachio.

Next I spritzed some water into the palm of my hand and flicked it at the card. If I had spritzed my card directly I would have just got tiny dots this way I get the big blobs. Dab the water off with kitchen roll - the longer you leave it on the more colour will be "bleached". Keep doing this until you are happy with the result.

Fab hey! Next I stamped the Amazing Funky Flower in black Archival in ink onto the card and onto a spare piece of card too.

Paint the leaves of the flower on the card in peeled paint. And on the spare add the seedless preserve to the flower heads - I used a scrunched up bit of kitchen roll to do my colouring/distressing.

Next I found a sentiment that fitted into the bottom square and stamped it in black Archival Ink.

Mount this onto a 1cm larger piece of black card and mount onto an A5 base card. Cut out your flower heads out and glue or tape them in place. I used foam tape on mine. I also think I needed to some gems in the flower stamens just to finish it off .