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

Saturday, 16 April 2016

April Challenge with Laura's Loft

Welcome to this month's challenge with Laura's Loft!
This challenge is using the colour swatch below, a gorgeous soft palette of purples, greys and blacks

First make your background card textures. Using some Neenah white 80lb cardstock and a Tim Holtz mini blending foam applicator sponge on Distress Inks in Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone. Spritz with water and blot. Put the grungy circles stencil from Tim Holtz's Mini Stencil set #5 over half the image. Spray through with Distress spray in Shaded Lilac . Spritz over the top of that with Tsukineko's silver shimmer mist spray. On a 2" x2" stitched panel (use a die, Silhouette or Cricut machine) made from grey card stamp spots from Stampers Anonymous in London Fog ink by Memento. Edge by sponging with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink.
On separate cardstock stamp the flowers from MFT (My Favourite Things) Fall Floral set using Memento Inks in Grape Jelly, Lulu Lavender, Danube Blue, Tuxedo Black and London Fog. Highlight areas with a white gelly roll pen. Cut using dies, a machine, or by hand.
Cut a light purple panel and a dark purple card to fit. From the dark purple card also cut "Birthday" from Papertrey Inks die set.
Work out a pleasing arrangement and adhere. Stamp "Happy" from Papertrey's set. Put on some accents using Glossy Accents by Ranger.

This is certainly a palette I'd use again!
How about having a go yourself?
This month there are two prizes. Yipee!

$20 Store Credit 

Want some more inspiration?
Then visit Laura, Deana or Jasmine....

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Mum's Bouquet with Laura's Loft

Welcome to this month's Shop and Hop with Laura's Loft. I've been busy making some spring time cards using the same sets I did for the CHA release but with a very different look. They are Birthday cards but you could easily make them Mother's Day cards if you wanted. Mother's Day is in March for me as I'm English so I decided just to go with spring time colours and my favourite dragonflies. 

Use a white card for your base and using a Tim Holtz mini round blending foam blend on some Distress Inks in Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean. What a zingy combination! Not my usual one, but I wanted to try something different.  Spritz with a little water and blot. Over stamp in the same colours of ink using the dots from Hero Art's Mason Jar Bugs set. Spray with some Perfect Pearls spray in Pearl. Let dry. Meanwhile cut a white panel just wide enough to fit the dragonflies at an angle and the length of the card. Cut a purple panel slightly larger on either side but not the top or bottom. Adhere together. Cut "celebrate" from the same purple cardstock using the die from Avery Elle's sentimental set. Put some white and purple highlights on it using Prismacolour pencils.
Stamp the dragonflies from Hero Art's Mason Jar Bugs set on vellum using Hero Art's Unicorn White ink pad and emboss with white embossing powder.  Blend the same color of Distress Inks on the vellum. Alternate between blending on the front for a bolder look and the back for a muted one. If wished pick out some fine detail on the body with an alcohol marker. Adhere the dragonflies to the white panel using Designer Dries Clear Adhesive. Adhere main panel to backing card, then place the "celebrate". Finally stamp on Happy Birthday from the Avery Elle Sentimental stamp set.
Here is another variant on the card, the products and techniques are the same. 
Here is this month's wonderful prize.
Don't forget to comment on each blog step and use other social media for extra entries!
Full instructions on Laura's post.

And even better news...there is a HUGE sale over at the Loft! 30% off everything!!!! Take advantage while you can, on till 4th May!!! 

Here's the whole hop in case you are lost!
1. Laura 2. Deana  3. Jasmine 4. Robbie 5. Heart of Craft ← you are here.
6. Lisa