Thursday, 4 August 2016

Feeling lyrically inspired for the MIO hop

Welcome to the August My Inky Oasis hop.

        In case you missed it here is a link to Laura's gorgeous creation.

I found this challenge to be a hard but creative one...mostly because I didn't think I had stamps that fit lots of the lyrics I thought of. But eventually I was reminded of Bob Marley's cheerful song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and picked this verse to illustrate: 

"Rise up this mornin',
Smile with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true"

Products used:
Tim Holtz stencils Rays and Mini set #5
Heidi Swapp Music stamp
Colour Shine spray in Mustard and Gold
Distress Spray Stain in Squeezed Lemonade
Tim Holtz Music Tape
Tim Holtz blending sponge tool (round)
ZigClean Colour Markers in: 050, yellow; 052, bright yellow; 021. light carmine; 025, pink; 027, dark pink; 081, light violet; 082, purple; 080, violet
Ranger Texture Paste Transparent Gloss

If you want to hop on to the next stop to see the lovely Robbie's wonderful card.

Here is what you can win this month, just leave some love on each blog...
Closing date 25th August 2016

Here's the complete hop:
2. Emma ←you are here
4. Joy
5. Linda
6. Lisa

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Dominant colour challenge with My Inky Oasis

Check out Robbie's amazing card here.

Welcome to my first hop post for My Inky Oasis
This months theme was using orange as a dominant colour. Orange is not usually my first choice of colours so it was an interesting one for me. I love poppies so I decided to go with orange poppies rather than the stereotypical red.
So here is my card:
Tape down Tim Holtz's watercolour paper (I use micropore tape that I first dab on a fluffy jumper to remove the stickiness). Wet. Using Zig clean colour pens, use some shades of orange and pale green on the background to give a very pale wash. Let dry.
Stamp poppies from Tim Holtz's Flower Garden set using Distress Ink in Scattered Straw, or the palest ink colour you have. You will need to use the masking technique to get the two background poppies. Let dry again.
Use Zig clean colour markers, a brush and water again to watercolour the image and background.
Using Art Institutes Designer Dries Clear glue, attach Prills in Power Outage to ends of stamen to give dimension.

Colours for Zig markers:
050 yellow, 002 Fl Orange, 070, Orange, 052 Bright Yellow, 045 Pale Green, 044 Deep Green, 080 Violet, 036 Light Blue, 095 Dark Grey, 010 Black.

Later I made it into an anniversary card...
I just added a foiled die cut from Hero Art's Happy set. You can't see it too well, but it's gold foil (using a Minc Machine) and then stamped anniversary in black.

Please join our group on Facebook too, and have some inky fun! My Inky Oasis 

Hop on over to Lisa here

Here is the complete hop:

1. Laura
3. Robbie
4. Heart of Craft ← you are here
6. Joy

Here is this month's prize, donated by the lovely Laura. Three cheers for Laura!
To enter the giveaway to win this killer prize pack, all you have to do is leave some love on each blog in the hop! How easy is that!?!

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Friday, 27 May 2016

A Secret Project

A very dear friend of mine is leaving soon for pastures new....on the other side of the world.
So I decided to embark on a secret project to give her something to take on her travels that has some of the memories and love from her family and friends.
I am making a recipe book, since she loves baking and cooking. I am getting her friends and family to contribute recipes, photos, memories, quotes and more to fill the book. 
I intend to decorate the pages to make it special and bring it all together.
Here is one of the pages I have been working on, perfect for some summer love!
The back will have a recipe involving ice cream!

Products used:
Prismacolour pencils
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Tim Holtz mini stencil set #5
Distress Inks in Cotton Candy and Tumbled Glass
Glossy Accents

I will try and show some more of the project as I work on it :)
Meanwhile....sshhhhh! It's a secret :D
Did I mention I LOVE Cat's Pajama's stamps? Such a great company. No, I didn't get paid to say that :)

Sunday, 8 May 2016

A little mothering....

My wonderful mother in law is also an avid crafter. So I thought I would do a non traditional card for her on American Mother's Day. I love this set, it's lots of fun!
Supplies used:
Keep Calm set by Cat's Pyjamas
Distress Inks
Black and White Card (Neenah)
Clear Embossing Pad and Embossing Powder
Minc Machine and Blue Foil
Black Memento Ink.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Some flowery bunnies.

I am a huge fan of bunnies. They are my totem animal really. No I don't have big ears, but I was born in the year of the rabbit, I have had many as pets and they just seem to follow me through life. I didn't seem to have many bunny stamps though (feel free to give me recommendations on more bunnies!), so I was delighted to find this adorable range of bunnies from the Cats Pajama's! They also have free shipping and a free goody when you spend $65. Expect more bunnies in future :D. They also seem to have bred...aka I couldn't resist making two with different colour bunnies..

Supplies used:
Kick Some Grass stamp set by Cat's Pajamas
Friendly Flowers Fri-dies by Cas-ual Fridays from Laura's Loft
Distress Ink in Wilted Violet
Zig Clean Color Pens
Tim Holtz Watercolour cardstock

Entered in My Inky Oasis monthly challenge
And Cat's Pyjama's Floral Challenge/ Monthly Blog Hop

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Your Heart's Desire with Laura's Loft

This months shop and hop has a little bit of a mixed bag from me....a Father's day card (I think maybe my hearts desire is neatly pressed and laundered shirts, preferably ones that I didn't have to do myself!) and a touch of coffee...something I long for since I am not allowed it any more! Still, in lieu of that I will take chocolate :)

So here is my first card. I love this shirt cut as it is so versatile. I cut a pattern with my Silhouette Cameo, but you could cut it by hand, use a Cricut or find some dies.
Then I sponged around the edges with a Tim Holtz sponging tool and Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch. Then over stamp in Salty Ocean with the lines from MFT's (My Favourite Things) Abstract Art set. I love finding yet new ways to use this set!
Then sponge the tie with Distress Ink in Wilted Violet and over stamp with MFT's Party Patterns set. Assemble the card and voila...all done. Nice and easy. You can come up with so many shirt and tie combos with either or both of those two pattern sets.

For my second card I again used Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch inks on the outside of a panel of white card. Spritz with water and blot. I stencilled the middle of the card with stencils from Papertrey Ink (chevrons) and Tim Holtz (coffee stains) using the same colours of Distress Inks in Vintage Photo with a touch of Walnut Stain.
Stamp the charming coffee loving cat from Newton Loves Coffee in Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black on watercolour paper. Colour with Zig clean markers and a watercolour brush. Fussy cut.
Die cut Tim Holtz's Sizzix Bigz coffee cup die (or use a Silhouette or Cricut). Sponge the edges of the cup with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. Use a Prismacolour pencil for some shading and over stamp a dot texture (I use Tim Holtz's Cracks and Specks). Sponge the label in shades of blue and stamp the sentiment and coffee beans from the set. Shade the beans a little with the coloured pencil. Lastly sponge the lid in Pumice Stone Distress Inks. Assemble, and put in some shading with a deep blue Prismacolour. Adhere to card. Using some Designer Dries Clear glue stick on some coffee coloured Prills to the coffee stain to give dimension.

This months amazing prize....
And all you have to do is leave a little love at every blog stop! Easy :)
 While you are here, why not check out Laura's shop..there is an amazing sale...35% off from May 5th until Midnight on May 15th!

Here are all the stops:
1. Laura
2. Deana
4. Robbie
5. Heart of Craft ← you are here
6. Lisa

Sunday, 24 April 2016


Just a quick spring time project for you, a card I made for a beloved relative of mine on his birthday.

The top is a white panel printed with MFT's Fall Florals set using Memento Inks (colours listed below). Then I stamped two butterflies from Clearly Besotted's Flowers set in Black Memento ink and coloured them with prismacolour pencils. Fussy cut. Use a Silhouette, Cricut or dies to cut a panel the length of the card and a surround for the especially for you, with a frame in a blue cardstock. Cover the panel with distress inks in Lilac and Tumbled Glass. Spritz with water and blot. Matt a green card panel onto green cardstock. Then assemble the whole using some green patterned paper too.

MFT Fall Florals and Clearly Besotted Flowers

Memento inks in Pear Tart, New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy. Flowers in Summer Sky and Lulu Lavender. Sentiments and butterflies in Tuxedo Black.

Distress Inks in Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass.

Prismacolour pencils.

White cardstock, green cardstock, patterned paper.

*note Fall Florals is out of stock right now at Laura's Loft but there are lots of other lovely stamps by MFT there instead! This card would also work nicely with Party Patterns for example