Sunday, 22 January 2017

Sunday, FUNday!?!??!?!

Morning all,

Another lazy Sunday here at the Purple Palace. I normally like to enter Di's snippets challenge and today is no different. Di encourages us all to use up those pesky little snippets we card makers (in fact, crafters in general) like to keep "just in case" ... Recently, Di's made a few changes to her challenges, initially limiting to just one entry per person and now the challenge has gone fortnightly - having built up a goodly number of regulars she was struggling to find time to visit everyone - totally understandable - just glad she didn't choose to close the challenge. Is it me or have you all noticed a rather large number of challenges closing their doors? No idea why - you? I still craft most days, post 3 or 4 times each week and try to enter challenges with my makes, it keeps me on my toes and prepared to try new things ...... kind of the definition of a challenge, right? I suppose it's probably all down to time, we all lead such busy lives these days, always sad to see it though, like when you read about a bricks and mortar craft store closing too.

Oh My, that got away from me and a teeny bit maudlin, time to brighten things up ..... what better than some COLOUR!


My card - this is SUCH a fun image that I can't IMAGINE why it's take me so long to ink him up!
The front and back of my card and front of my envelope
The inside of my card and reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • White C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 14.3 x 10cm and 13.8 x 9.5cm
  • One piece of black card cut to 14.3 x 10cm
  • Snippets of card in white, black, yellow and lilac (to match his sweater)
  • Katzelkraft "Zebra" from the set entitled "Les Jungles", stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink ... though some say it looks more like a hyena and I see where they're coming from .. the ears are wrong for a hyena and the stripes for a zebra so perhaps it's a zebryena
  • Crayola coloured pencils, blended using sansodor and a paper stump: yellow, golden yellow, light orange, mango, orange, bubblegum, pink, magenta, raspberry, orchid, sky blue, light blue, blue, navy blue, grey, cool grey, bronze yellow and slate
  • For the card I made for yesterday's post I used Distress Ink in twisted citron applied with a Tim Holtz mini blender ... without re-inking I used the blending tool and what residual colour there was to just apply a tint to the background behind the "Zebryena"! I used my fingers as a mask so there is (if you look closely) a gap immediately around the critter but I really only wanted a light swathe of colour .....
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Crystal stickles to bling him up too


I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 265/266 - USE SNIPPETS
  2. A Day for Daisies - challenge No. 158 - TWO OR MORE LAYER (I count 6)
  3. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 3 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Artbymiran - challenge No. 76 - ANYTHING GOES

The above card, along with the card I made yesterday came about because I bought some new colouring pencils and wanted to get some practice in before asking for more expensive ones for my birthday later in the year .... here's my snippet of work - this is a piece of about 75% of an A4, as you can see, I already used a segment for an ATC at the end of last week and I have (potentially) four cards or ATC's from this piece below .. I wasted a chunk whilst sorting through my marvy le plumes to see how many worked - had to throw a few out because they'd dried up but I HAVE had them for years (and years - they were about the first colouring medium I bought when I started crafting) .... I also unearthed more NBUS in the form of some metallic Berol Verithik woodless pencils which I really MUST use, I started to play with them .. the blue of the umbrella below





Saturday, 21 January 2017

It's Saturday and that can only mean a challenge post, right?!?!??!

Hi there,

How's your weekend coming along? Well, I hope. First weekend in ages I've felt tip top and plan on making the most of it. Got two funerals to attend next week so need to be as relaxed as possible beforehand. I don't know about you but I find them tremendously stressful. One is a family member and the other a parent of a dear friend. Always so sad.

Anyway, on to brighter topics .... I've had the wonderful and quirky Katzelkraft set "Les Jungles" for a couple of weeks  now and had previously only inked the elephant and zen monkey so, decided it was time to get some of the NBUS (in the form of the other images) inky .. I SOOO could NOT resist this giraffe!


My card
And a closer view on my image - doesn't the water spray look a little like clouds?
The front and back of my card and reverse of my envelope
The inside of my card and front of my card
Materials used:
  • White C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 14.3 x 10cm and 13.8 x 9.5cm
  • One piece of black card cut to 14.3 x 10cm
  • Snippets of card in: white, bronze and black for image panel and matting
  • Katzelkraft "Les Jungles" giraffe image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink, including on to a post it which I fussy cut out to use for masking
  • Crayola coloured pencils: sand, harvest gold, light brown and brown and blended with sansodor - whilst it says low odour .... if you working up close you might want to crack a window open!
  • Once the image was coloured I positioned my mask before blending Distress Ink in twisted citron over the remainder of the white panel.
  • I flicked water over the twisted citron panel, allowing to develop for a few moments before mopping with paper towel
  • Whilst mask in place I sprayed Crafters Companion spray and shine, to protect the Distress Ink in transit!
  • Using a Faber Castell "S" thickness pitt pen I doodled some grass to "ground"my image and then matted on to bronze and then black card, cutting to a 1.6mm border on both layers
  • I used narrow lime satin ribbon to tie around my white card panel and tie in an off centre knot to accommodate the image panel
  • Hampton Arts sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Creative Knockouts - challenge No. 177 - FINISH THE INSIDE
  2. Pattie's Creations - challenge No. 130 - USE AN ANIMAL IMAGE
  3. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 227 - ANYTHING GOES or ONE FOR THE KIDS
  4. Fab 'n Funky - challenge No. 334 - MUST USE RIBBON
  5. DJKardKreations - BlogBirthaversary NBUS challenge #8 - NBUS (Never Before Used "Schtuff" .... in this case the fab giraffe stamp

And now, for another challenge make ..


My card
The front and back of my card and reverse of my envelope
The inside of my card and front of my envelope
Materials used:
  • White C6, 250gsm, car and matching sized envelope
  • Two white card panels, cut to 14.3 x 10cm and 13.8 x 9.5cm
  • One piece of black card cut to 14.3 x 10cm
  • Snippets of white card, black card and a very odd piece of stripey paper (Bo Bunny I THINK)
  • Stampers Anonymous image (with dog masked off) stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink on to a white card snippet and coloured using alcohol markers
  • Faber Castell "S" thickness pitt pen to scribble a little "grounding"
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Memento inks: rhubarb stalk, rosebud, pear tart and bamboo
  • Clearly Wordsworth "new job" and Stampers Anonymous "congratulations" stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stampers Anonymous border stamped using Memento rhubarb stalk ink
  • Faux crystal gemstones added - to bling it up!




I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 312 - NEW BEGINNINGS
  2. Colour Crazy challenge - challenge No. 3 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Creative Fingers - challenge No, 123 - ANYTHING GOES


Friday, 20 January 2017

Welcome to what could be the start of a fab weekend!

Morning all,

How's your week been? How's your weekend LIKELY to be? Hope it's a good one! Woken to a brilliant sunshiney morning but with a good thick frost which won't last long because of the sunshine - HUZZAH!

I've had a bit of bother with my mojo this week ... t hink it's been cowering in the corner - presumably missing the sunshine! I tried stepping away from the crafting and having a  bit of a reorganisation of the crafting space instead and eventually took an image I recently coloured with coloured pencils and made in to an ATC.....

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card on to which I stamped the Sugar Nellie image using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Crayola coloured pencils used to colour the image and then blended with sansodor and a paper stump
  • Light and dark blue Maped Gel crayons (like Distress crayons) scribbled around the outside of the image and blended with a moistened finger
  • Pilot glitter gel markers in silver, red and blue scribbled around the ATC and blended with a moistened finger, to give the ATC a little shine and twinkle
  • Paper Artsy splatter stamped using Memento Mediterranean blue ink
  • Using an "S" thickness Faber Castell pitt pen I doodled a border and then, with a white gel pen, I added some highlights to the umbrella, boots and puddle

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafting by Design - January 18th challenge - ANYTHING THAT SHINES
  2. Kraftin' Kimmie - Wonderful Wednesday - Jan 18th - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Penny's challenge - challenge No. 312 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafty Creations - challenge No. 333 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Outlawz (you need to sign in to see or enter) - Thursday challenge - AT THE MOVIES .. I went with "Singing in the rain"!!



Wednesday, 18 January 2017

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - week No. 398

Morning all,

How's your week coming along? Weather better now where you are? Still got snow?, if you have then do take care out there.

Having postponed our trip to IKEA last week we finally made it there yesterday and I was able to glimpse the Raskog cart IRL - I WANTED one but needed to check it would fit first! I managed to restrain myself from grasping the package and dashing to the checkout whilst my sensible husband grasped a tape measure and piece of paper and wrote down the measurements of the assembled cart - now we just need to grasp a tape measure at this end and ............ reveal whether it will fit! WISH ME LUCK!

Anyhoo .. to take my mind off the tape measure, I hit the office and my DoC (that's Desk of Craftiness and NOT to be confused with the ToC .. TABLE of Craftiness - which is in an entirely different room) and doodled to my hearts content. What did I make? Well, OK, so it was only an ATC but still .........

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of lilac card
  • I doodled my design (as per Sarn's dare from yesterday) using a Faber Castell "S" thickness Pitt pen, colouring with Kaisercraft glitter and pastel gel pens and adding shading with a carbon (soft) pencil blended with a paper stump
  • I stamped the Kaisercraft sentiment using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Using the Pitt pen in conjunction with a white gelly roll gel pen I doodled a border around my ATC too



I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Sentiments - January 17th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - January 17th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Everybody Art - challenge No. 394 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Take a word - January challenge - the word is PURPLE

And now, since it IS What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, here's a peek at my desk ... I shall be entering this over at Julia's blog where I shall be entry No.11  for her challenge No. 398

My usual messiness!


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Tuesday? And a post from the Purple Princess?!?!?!??

Morning all

I know you aren't used to seeing a post from me on a Tuesday but I had such a dire weekend from a card making point of view that I felt quite despondent. Yesterday morning I commented on a pal's blog about her talent and she responded by DARING me to have a go at the technique she used. I can hardly refuse when a pal DARES ME like that now, could I? I don't believe I have EVER published a card with so little actual stamping on! FYI .. if you think it's totally pants please bear in mind that this was my first attempt although I did have a dummy run on a piece of copier paper, with a biro!

My card - I'm pretty chuffed!
The inside of m card and the reverse of my envelope
The front and back of my card and the front of my envelope
Materials used: 
  • White C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of 200gsm white card on to which I doodled the "challenged" stack ..... using a Faber Castell "S" thickness pitt pen
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 14.3 x 10cm
  • Two snippets of different shades of purple card, for matting with a 1.6mm border
  • Patterned purple satin ribbon
  • The Cats Pyjamas sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Kaisercraft glitter and pastel gel pens used to colour  and a soft carbon pencil to add shading and then blended with a paper stump and sealed using Crafters Companion spray and shine
  • Stardust stickles to add a little BLING!
  • Dimensional foam tape to attach the large finished image panel to my base card - I didn't want to mat the large panel but did want to define it from the base card, if that makes sense!



I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Take a word - January 15th challenge - and the word is: PURPLE
  2. Crafting when we can - challenge No. 135 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Dragonfly Journeys - challenge No. 83 - BIRTHDAY BASH
  4. Delicious Doodles - January challenge - SOMETHING NEW (doodling, that's new to me!)
  5. Loves to craft - challenge No. 6 - ANYTHING GOES

Now Sarn's way more talented with her doodling and, if you fancy checking it out, do stop by her blog here.

And, struck by the simplicity and the therapeutic nature of the doodling, I did this - not sure I like it quite as much - your thoughts, readers?