Friday, 28 June 2013

Rock Chick

I just love how this card turned out it's a real "Rock Chick" card I fancy giving it a try in black and white....

To make this card I started by stamping Mildred onto white card, then stamping "U ROCK!" from the Awesome Boyz stamp set onto her body. I then masked u rock off and distressed the rest of the body in pink and the stand in browns. Around her waist I tied some chain and attached a skull and cross bones charm.

Next I stamped Angel Wings onto some silver vellum in pink ink, left them on one side to dry and cut them out.

For the background I took a piece of white card 2cm smaller than an A5 card and masked about 1cm around the edge. Next I stamped Crafty Jack on light pink across the middle and in darker pink at the top and bottom. I then masked off each  Crafty Jack  in turn and distressed them using the same ink as I stamped them in. once I was happy I removed all the masking. I them matted this onto a slightly larger piece of silver card and them onto a dusky pink A5 card. Up the left hand side I tied a Silver ribbon and added some hat pins. On the left hand side I added a silver corner to the top and bottom. 

To finish the card I attached the Angel Wings to the centre of the card and then attached Mildred over the top.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Fairy Moments

I just love this card, it's sooooo girly and so not my usual style but I love how it turned out it makes me smile every time I look at it, just thinking what that little fairy is up to.

To make this card I took a square scalloped piece of card and stamped (in blue ink) and embossed (using Stardust embossing powder) Fairy Wings in the middle, towards the left side of the card. Next I masked of the wings and stamped On the Branch so that it looked like the fairy was sitting on it. then in the gap between the bottom of the wings and the branch and also at the top between the wings I shaded it in using blue Distress Ink. I then added the flowers and leaves to the branches. Then in each corner I stamped a flower and four leaves. I coloured these in using the same colour Distress Ink that I stamped them in and watered it down. Still with the wings masked, I masked of the flowers in the corners I stamped around the edge using the long stem from Poppy Cogs. In the top right corner I added a rub-on.

Next I stamped Mad Hatter in blue onto white card and cut it out.

To make the background I stamped the On the Branch and flowers onto a small strip of white card. I stamped onto scrap paper first to get a faint image. I then found some pattern paper in my stash for the bottom. I rounded all the corners and distressed around the outside edges of both pieces. I then added both pieces to a dark pink square card and rounded it's corners too and distressed around the edge. Across the middle of the card I added a thick piece of lace. This was then added to a large pale pink card.

To finish off the card I added yellow brads to the centre of the four flowers in the corners of the scalloped card and stuck this onto the card. Next I added Mad Hatter using silicon glue. I then tied a piece of pink ribbon around the lace. Finally I added Glossy Accents to the band and card on the hat and too all the flowers and leaves.

I fancy trying this card again but in Autumn colours next time.....

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Father's Day

I know it is a little late but last Sunday we finally got around to celebrating Fathers Days! Here are the cards I made for my Dad and Father in Law.

For this card I used the Build Your Own (BYO) Dragonfly stamp set I love how versatile the BYO sets are they allow you to stamp either the dragonfly or butterfly in any flying position you can think off!

To make this card I started by cutting a background piece of card 1cm smaller than a DL card. I then splodged yellow, green and blue Distress Ink onto my glass cutting mat then spritzed it. Once the ink was really runny I pushed the card into making sure the majority of the card was covered. I then spritzed and repeated for the second card. As you can from the picture above one turned out much darker (bottom) that was the first one I did. I then dried them both using a heat gun.

Once the back ground was dry I stamped the branch from On the Branch along the bottom in brown Distress Ink (I first stamped onto scrap paper after inking so that I got a faded effect!). I then stamped one of the skinny wings from BYO Dragonfly to make the tops of the Bulrushes (again I stamped onto scrap paper first!). Once I was happy with the Bulrushes I distressed around the edge.

I then stamped "With Love On Father's Day" in the bottom right corner using the new sentiments sets from Dimension Stamps (Popular Phases (NC022) and Occasions (NC023)).

Next using brown ink I dragged the edge of my acrylic sheet across the ink pad and pressed in into the three remaining corners of the backing paper to distress/age  the edges even more.  I also added a brad to the three corners.

Once I was happy with the background card I inked up the body of the dragonfly, then decided which way I wanted the dragonfly to face and removed the ink from it's legs, one eye and one antenna (as shown below, the parts removed are shown in green) I find it easier to hold the stamp as if about to stamp it, to remove the ink, so that I can see what it will look like when stamped.

I then added two wings in blue ink to the top of the body so that the dragonfly looked to be side on.

To finish of the card I mounted the stamped card onto some pattered paper and attached string around the top left corner. I then matted this onto a  DL Kraft Craft card that opened at the side. I then added the inside   to the card (I forgot to take a pic!!!!) and secured it using string around the folding edge. Finally I went over the dragonfly with Glossy Accents to make sure he stood out!

I really enjoy working with the Build your own sets as there are no limits to what you can do!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Classy Mildred

Often I am shocked how a card turns out, and this one really surprised me! I love how classy Mildred looks she really is such a versatile stamp!

To make this card I started by stamping Mildred onto white card then onto her body I stamped Crafty Jack (I didn't even bother masking her, tut, tut!). I then cut her out and used distress inks to "colour" in her stand and add slight shading to her body. Once I was happy I covered her in ultra thick embossing enamel and left her to cool! I then stamped Mad Hatter distressed him slightly and covered him in ultra thick embossing powder too.

Next I took a piece of white card slightly smaller than a DL card and chose a pink and brown distress ink. Using the pink distress ink I covered an acrylic block in the ink (the block was slightly wider than the paper) I then spritzed it and pressed the block onto the top of the card, then re-spritzed and pressed the block this time onto the bottom of the card. I then wiped the remaining ink from the block and inked it up using the brown and repeated, this time adding ink in the center and to any other places that I felt it need to go! In other words I played with the ink and water until I was happy and dried the card using a heat gun!

Once the backing card was dry I stamped the cog arrangement from Mini Cog Corners randomly in the brown distress ink, then around the edge I stamped the long stem from Poppy Cogs. I then mounted this onto a dusky pink card. Next I took a piece of cotton lace and distressed it slightly (the white was far to bright!) and added that to the top left corner and bottom right. Across the bottom right I also added some dusky pink ribbon, a bow and some hat pins. This was then attached to a DL Kraft Card.

Next  I attached a pink ribbon around Mildred waist and attached her to the card. I then made a bow from the same ribbon and attached this to the Mad Hatter using a silver brad. The Mad Hatter was then positioned onto Mildred

Finally I stamped "Birthday Wishes 2U" from Postage Sentiments and added it to a bottle top then attached it to the card.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Awesome Boyz

This card is really simple to make but it's a real eye catcher!

To make this card I started by cutting a small rectangle of white card and stamping the triangle in red all over. I inked up my stamp then stamped it onto scrap paper, then stamped it onto the backing card, to give a faint image. I then masked off that triangle and stamped the next one. Once the backing card was filled with triangles I filled them with "Awesome", "Extreme" and "Fearless". To finish of the backing I distressed around the edge in black. 

Next I stamped the triangle and "U Rock!", cut it out then covered it is ultra thick embossing powder. And left it on one side to cool!

Then I cut another rectangle of white card 2cm larger than the backing card. Around the edge I stamped the caution tape and coloured it in yellow. I then matted this onto a black DL card, using staples in the corners.

To finish of the card I added a black strip of card that I had crimped to the backing card and added staples around the edge. This was then mounted in the centre of the caution tape frame using foam pads. Finally I added "U Rock!".

The stamp set I used is called Awesome Boyz and is available on our website

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Ross Papercrafts

A BIG thank you to all of you that came along to the last Ross Papercrafts show being held at the Don Valley Stadium! It was so nice to get to meet so many people, share ideas and natter away!

As promised I will be adding instructions on how to make flower from a dragonfly's wing! And also how to make the bottle top sentiments very soon.

For those of you who couldn't attend here's what you missed out on.....

But don't worry you can always hop along to our website and check out our stamps! And remember we don't change postage!!!!!!!!

Thursday, 13 June 2013


So this week we are busy getting ready for the Ross Papercrafts show on Sunday at the Don Valley Stadium Sheffield, and even my little lady has been lending a helping hand.

Here she is busy stamping our Crafty Roo logo onto some bags using the Stampressive from Dimension Stamps (she is using a bayer not the Stampressive roller), she did a fab job and when she was done kept asking what she could use "her stampy tool" on next!

Monday, 10 June 2013


This last week has been crazy busy what with, making samples using my new stamps, little lady deciding to head butt a pot duck, which led to having to try to think up activities that didn't involve me having to run everywhere making sure we didn't hit out head again (easier said than done for a 2 nearly 3 year old!). Thankfully she is on the mend but will have a nice scar and a great story when she is older ("How did you get that scar?" " A duck!")!

Anyhow I have got loads of new ideas to share, but here are just a few for now....

And I couldn't go without sharing this picture of my big brave girl!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Princess Mildred

This card was made using some more of the new stamps from Crafty Roo Designs.

For this card I used the following NEW stamp sets: 

To make this card I cut a small strip of card and onto it stamped Mildred then created a mask for her and stamped Crafty Jack onto the body part and distressed the post. Next I coloured in Crafty Jack Using two purple Distress Inks. Around the edge I stamped the long stem from Poppy Cogs  I then covered this piece in UTEE but stopped heating it as soon as it melted but before it merged into one nice smooth layer. Then when it was cool I Distressed it again to give it a great texture. Next I added a skirt, ribbon and brads to Mildred.

Next I cut a piece of back card slightly bigger and embossed the edges using Frantage embossing powders. these two pieces were matted and brads added to each corner. Next using the Frantage embossing powder I melted some onto card then whilst it was still hot stamped Cog Crown into it. Once it was cool I cut it out and added it to Mildred.

For the background I stamped different sentiments from the Postage Sentiments  stamp set and added the postage mark. Around the edge I stamped the long stem from Poppy Cogs and Distressed it.

This was then matted onto a piece of black card whilst I had added Frantage embossing powders around the edge. To this piece I then attached some brads and a ribbon. This was then matted onto a black card and Mildred was added.

Finally I added a black flower and a bottle top with one of the sentiments from Postage Sentiments.