Thursday, 8 November 2012

Happy 10th Birthday!

Welcome back :)

And thank you to all those who have left comments and/or have joined my site recently. I really appreciate it. Spread the word!

Last weekend was my nephew's 10th birthday. Goodness me, time goes fast.... Here's the card I made for him.

Card stock by American Crafts "Denim"
Papers: My Memories # 140044 & Kaisercraft P431 "Volume" from the Rewind range, "Go for Broke" P320 from the Rustic Charm range. 
Grosgrain ribbon by Kaisercraft.
I used navy and silver inks from my stash.
Twine by Hemptique.
Embossing folder "Swiss Dots" by Couture Creations. 

As I was making this card, things got a little messy. I think maybe there was a problem with the quality of the inks (those ones are a little old). As a result, I had ink all over the place - so I decided I would add some more. Boys can be messy so this became the perfect "messy boy" card. 

Lots of inky ribbon, knotted twine and bumpy bits. 

I think he liked it - he was having too much fun at his party really :) 

Don't forget, my etsy store is up and running now - The Little Purple Forest Shop. Take a peek, tell your friends :) I'm hoping to do a few more things soon to stock the shelves. Things tend to start getting busy this time of year with Christmas fast approaching! 

Thanks for stopping by :)


Thursday, 1 November 2012

The Little Purple Forest Shop!

Welcome back everybody :)

The Little Purple Forest Shop is now open! If you would like to browse, you can do so from here. I must admit, I was a little nervous upon clicking the "Open Shop" button. Eeeeeee! Then I suddenly had an urge to cut a ribbon and drink some champagne.... :)

When I was a little girl, my dad would always give me Crayola crayons for my birthday and Christmas. I loved them! There were so many different shades and I found the names of the colours really interesting - Burnt Sienna, Antique Brass, Cornflower, Melon....and I remember being amazed that there were crayons in Gold and Silver! Wow! My mum and I would colour in for hours. I think I still have my big jumbo colouring in book somewhere that we coloured our way through. I still love to colour in and really wanted to get into using markers on my cards.

So, this is my first attempt at using Copic markers. I learned quite quickly that there is a bit of an art to using these, and even an art to choosing the right colours to use together. After watching a couple of "how to" videos on You Tube and a couple of practice runs, I think I have done ok....

A little hippo!

I love twine. I find it a lot less frustrating to tie compared to ribbon :)

And something for the inside...

A little frog! Ribbit!

Card stock by Kaisercraft - Vanilla
Papers by Cartabella - "Dear Little Dots"
Also a lovely white piece of paper which I think may have been by Christina Re.
Stamp & rhinestones by Kaisercraft.
Ink by Versa Color - Sage 187 and a black from my stash.
Copic markers - E40, BV00, BV23 (frog) & R20, E40 (hippo).
Twine by Hemptique.
Embossing folder by Couture Creations "Swiss Dots".

The paper I used for these cards was more like card stock - quite heavy - which makes for a lovely sturdy end result. 

These cards are available as a 2 pack at my new Etsy store - The Little Purple Forest Shop. Have a browse!

Next on my "to craft" list, a Happy Birthday card for one of my nephews. He's 10 years old already...I remember holding him as a little baby....*sigh*....

Till next time,

Abs :)

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Oh, It's Pretty!

Welcome back :)

Going back a couple of months, a friend of mine had a High Tea as part of her pre-marriage celebrations. You can see the card I made here. I also used the Sweet Nothings range, by Kaisercraft, for the two cards you can see here. I thought it was time to get this lovely range out again and get a "pretty pretty" fix.

Take a look...

Many of you would be familiar with the extra detail in Kaisercraft's Paper Pads - the embossing, gold detail etc. These extra features have made the Sweet Nothing's PP extra pretty. I used a lot of layering of these lovely papers which made for nice, strong and sturdy cards.

The detail on the inside is from one of the 12 x 12 papers in the range - a gorgeous shade of blue, still light enough to be written on.

And some paper flowers, pearl stamen, single pearls, and chiffon for the floral arrangement.

And a little cherub. 

Card stock by Kaisercraft "Fuzzy Peach".
Papers by Kaisercraft - both the Swrrt Nothings Paper Pad & some of the 12 x 12 papers.
Paper Flowers by Handmade Prima Flowers "Prima Fleur"
Rub-ons and Collectables by Kaisercraft "Sweet Nothings".
Ink by Versa Color "Sand Beige 151".
Small roses and stamen purchased at Paper Flourish.
Chiffon Ribbon by Celebrate.

Pretty, pretty..

I love how this rub-on turned out. It looks as though it's printed on the paper and I like how a couple of the petals "fall" onto the layer of paper below.
Pretty, pretty fix complete :)

These cards will be available at my Etsy store - The Little Purple Forest Shop - opening very soon! I'm just giving the floor a final sweep and it'll be ready ;)

Thanks for stopping by :)


Saturday, 27 October 2012

Great Giveaway at Scrapbooking From The Heart!

Hi everyone :)

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. It's a beautiful day here in Adelaide. The sun is shining, the sky is blue....ahhhhhh....a great day for getting outdoors, or for taking advantage of the excellent natural light at your desk and creating something fabulous ..tee hee!

Hilary, from Scrapbooking from the Heart, has recently reached her 400th post! Wow! Good effort right? To celebrate, she is having a fantastic giveaway. Just a little tip - Hilary has her own scrapbooking store and she receives loads of you can imagine how good this giveaway will be.

Head on over to Scrapbooking from the Heart to find out how to enter the draw. Hilary has a sensational blog which I am sure you will love and be inspired by :)

...look all around, there's nothin' but blue skies...

Happy weekend everybody! 

Abs :)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

More Hippy Girl.

Hi again :)

During the last couple of days, I have been having a great time checking out lots of crafty blogs. You may notice a few new funky buttons to click on and explore. I have seen some truly inspirational creations and said "wow!" and "I have to try that" about a million times. FUN! I would like to thank and welcome all the new followers who have jumped on board my blog. It is most appreciated. It's nice to share the love of paper craft :)

So, here are a couple more cards I made using the Hippy Girl range by Kaisercraft. You can see the birthday card I made previously here. The colours and patterns in this range make it too difficult to choose what to use - they are all just too lovely -, so I have used a whole bunch of papers all together.

I love a little bit of inside detail.

Card stock by Kaisercraft, "tangerine" and "latte".
Papers by Kaisercraft, the Hippy Girl Paper Pad and the 12 x 12 papers.
Ink by Versa Color, "lilac 35" and "paprika 155".
So easy!

These cards will be available at my Etsy store as a 2 pack. Coming very soon! I promise! I's a work in progress but I'm getting there. 

Thanks for dropping by :)