Tuesday, 23 August 2011

A Purple Thank You

Good Afternoon!

Today, I'll be honest, I didn't wake up in the best of moods.  But that all changed when the Postman arrived!  (which is not usually the case!)  A little while ago the darling Kelly told me to send her my address and she'd very kindly send me some die cuts because I don't own any dies yet.  I e-mailed her to thank her for her generosity and told her that she didn't need to do that, although it would be lovely.  Anyway, this morning I heard something pretty heavy come through the door and I figured it was a big bill - it absolutely was not!!!  I opened it up and it was FULL of goodies!  Loads of die cuts of butterflies, flowers, leaves, birds, note tops, ovals, circles and scalloped circles!  I mean, loads!  And, in that parcel was a beautiful butterfly embossing folder! 

Also, Kelly sent me this cute card (click here for more details and a better picture on Kelly's blog) It's lovely and I love those bubbles!  :)

Agh, I was so excited that I got to work immediately!

I have made this card for two challenges that I have never entered before.  The Mojo Monday sketch challenge and Jay Gee's Nook challenge.  I thought I'd combine a sketch challenge with a colour challenge.  And, as I ended up doing some embossing (surprise, surprise!) I think I'll enter it into Mark's Finest Papers challenge too.  (I had a look for the rules on their blog and I can't find anything that says that you can't enter more than once?!)

Jay Gee's Nook Challenge #10

Here's what I came up with;

I used the flower die cuts that Kelly sent me.  Inked them up and layered them on top of one another.  I think they look like a starburst - I love them!  I can't tell you what they're called though!?  I finished the centre off with some rhinestones.

I was mostly inspired by the damask at the bottom right hand corner of the Jay Gee's Nook inspiration image - so I made my own.  It's stamped in lilac ink and clear embossed.

Now, as you may or may not know, lots of panels and patterns are not really my thing.  That's what I love about these challenges, they push me to do things that I wouldn't ordinarily attempt -  that's the whole point of the word 'challenge' I guess!  It took me an obscenely long time to choose just the right papers to go together and even longer to make myself cut into them!  (I'm a terrible hoarder!)  It doesn't really show in the photograph, but the swirls in the paper on the bottom panel are pearlescent and look really nice in the flesh.  I did a bit of hand stitching on this card too - not like me at all!

I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out and I think I'll save this one for my sister as she absolutely loves all things purple!

I hope you've enjoyed your stay at my blog and I hope you pop back soon :)

Card:      White 220gsm; Damask Oyster wallpaper; Purple Flower wallpaper
Stamps:  Stampin' Up! - Just Believe, Bliss
Ink:         Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet, Broken China; VersaColor - Violet, Charcoal; ColorBox Cat's Eye -
Other:     Rhinestones; 25mm organza ribbon; present ribbon; sewing thread; Tonic Studios double
                       corner punch  


  1. Hi Sian! It's ALWAYS a pleasure to get stamping goodies from a friend, isn't it? Happy dancin' for ya! And I looove this purple card you've made. It's my fave color!

    THanks for playing with Speedy's Friends this week!

  2. Sian you have definitely put those die cuts to good use!! The die is Daisies by sixxiz, in case you're tempted. Do I spy the flourish from the Bliss set?! LOVE IT!!!
    Kelly xx

  3. lets do the kumbaya for your goodies! woot woot!!! You created a wonderful card and i absolutely love that flower!

  4. How wonderful to share your joy in receiving such a nice goodie package. We are all happy with you. Only another stamper could really appreciate how you feel about that and what a pretty card this is. That flower with the sponging is terrific. Thanks for entering the embossing challenge with Speedy's Friends.

  5. ooo what a lovely parcel to recieve and you've certainly started to put them to good use :)
    Love your take on the photo ispiration too :)
    Jenny x

  6. That was so sweet of her to send you goodies! I love the card you created, and I can certainly relate to hoarding supplies!

  7. What a pretty purple thank you card!!! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week!

  8. Yay for crafty friends who send goodies in the mail :) Such a pretty card Sian... love the colours in the flower. Thanks so much for joining us at Jay Gee's.

  9. Wow this shading and coloring of the flower is spectacular. I love the look you have achieved. What a gorgeous card. Thank you so much for playing along in Speedy the Cat's Challenge. It is a pleasure to come and visit and see your work. Hope you can play again with us next week.

    Bear Hugs,

  10. that multi-coloured card is gorgeous! thanks for playing along with us this month ... cheers Ange


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