Sunday, July 20, 2014

Just where did June go?

I was so incredibly busy with weekends away and planning my daughters 'Arty Party' That blogging got forgotten. Now with the end of July in sight, I'm busy with teacher gifts. I did manage 5 Christmas cards but I will blog about 'Christmas in July' in another post soon.
Back to the teacher gifts. My daughter has had an incredible first year at school and the staff in her foundation stage unit have all been wonderful. So I really wanted to give a gift that shows how much we appreciate their work. Having been a teacher myself I really appreciated the gifts that had that special touch so I decided on a useful and personal post-it note holder. This is what we created. 

Grace drew her teachers and I put together the rest.
We gave the first one out on Friday and her teacher loved it! Seven more to give this week now.

Jen. X

Friday, May 30, 2014

Finally some sunshine

After two wet and rainy days, the sun has  finally made an appearance, just in time for us to go home. We have had a great time though, The Deep in Hull was amazing and so was the country park we found by accident at the Humber bridge.

Craft wise I've been up to nothing. But I'm looking forward to getting back to my laptop and a fast internet connection to check out the retired list and the new Stampin' Up catalogue.
Choosing new rafting goodies is always fun!

Jen. X

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

5 on the 25th

The 25th has been and gone, but I did make my cards, I'm just a day late blogging about them.
It may be quite odd for a paper crafter to dislike cutting out but I do. Some of my paper crafting friends love to sit in front of the television with a bit of 'fussy' cutting, but I can think of nothing worse! That could be why I love punches so much. Especially when Stampin' Up do so many punches that coordinate with their stamped images. That makes me a happy bunny. :-)

However, to make this month's 5 Christmas cards, I've used the punches alone. Using punched shapes to make pictures, known as punch art is quite new to me. The possibilities are quite endless, limited only but one's imagination and some very clever crafters out there have created some lovely ideas, one of which I have CASEd (copied and shared).

The adorable Santa is made from just a few punched out shapes. The only cutting out I had to do was Santa's nose (I just about managed that) because I have no half inch circle punch, but it is now top of my wish list!
I'll just run though how he is made, most is pretty obvious but I'll explain anyway:
Large scalloped circle is his hair/beard.
Pink oval and pink circle for his face an nose.
The bird wing from the bird builder punch for his moustache.
The hat is an oval with a notch cut out, I used the wing tip of the elegant butterfly punch.
Fur trim on his had was from the smaller scalloped circle punch.
And finally his bobble is a six petal flower punch.

I think it is all really effective. And my stash of Chirstmas cards is really quite impressive now, I do hope this means I will have a little more time before Chirstmas to make something more interesting, I may even have time to finish my wooden Noël for the mantel piece this year!

Thanks for looking

Jen. X

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Card night tonight!

I'm spending the day prepping for a card workshop this evening. We are creating three cards, two of which are male themed in readiness for Fathers' Day. As always I like to make just a little treat for my ladies and that is what I have just finished. So after a browse of Pinterest I found a really cute little box that I can stuff with chocolate.

Do you remember these shaped boxes. They used to come with a frozen iced lolly in. I loved them. The shape is just so appealing to me. I was  amazed how quick and easy they were to make.

I made a tube, stapled one end flat, filled the pouch, and then stapled the other end at right angles to the first. I trimmed the excess with pinking shears, that just finished it off nicely.  The little tag was made from Stampin' Up's 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" scalloped circle punch, the stamps were from the Sweetly Framed set and the paper was a Doodlebug Designs sheet.

I shall certainly remember this little treat box as it was super quick and easy. Hopefully my ladies will enjoy them tonight!

Jen. X

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Stampin' up Saturday.

On Saturday I enjoyed a very nice day out at the International Centre in Telford for a Stampin' Up regional event. I really didn't know what to expect but I'm always up for a day's craftiness! The day, as it turned out, was very informative, with information about upcoming products from the new catalogue, ideas for running your Stampin' up business and a quite inspirational presentation by Brian Pilling which, for me, helped to me understand about my barriers to getting stuff done!

One big part of the day was the swapping. The idea is to make a number of  stamped items, all the same or similar and then swap them with the other demonstrators. That way you come home with a bag full of inspiration. I have some beautiful items which have given me great ideas for future projects.

One of the tasks before the day was make a name badge. I love this sort of thing. So here is mine, a purple (of course) flower made from the blossom punch in perfect plum card. The background is the hardwood stamp. I love it and it is hanging up on my new Stampin' up lanyard making me smile!

I've been enjoying the evening visiting the blogs of ladies I swapped with and seeing the amazing work on their sites. So please if I've been to your blog and you're now checking mine please leave a comment and say hello!

Jen. x

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Stamp positioning.

Hello. Today I've been experimenting with a stamp positioner. I have seen these around in the past but never really understood their purpose. But now I'm doing more stamping and especially two-step stamping with some of the lovely Stampin' Up sets, I can really see the benefit.

If you look carefully at the two picture above, you will see that in the first there is an overlap of the stem and the flower. Whilst this is not major, it irritates me and detracts from the over all effect.In the second picture, the image stamped using the stamp positioner, you can see there is no overlap and the over all effect is far more pleasing.

Now, you can buy a stamp positioner, Woodware do an acrylic one and Stampin' Up sell the Stamp-a-ma-jig. (I think I will invest in one in the future.) For a quick fix I found a Youtube video that explained how to make your own. And as it is made from 5 duplo blocks, I had the materials to hand.

So I started by stamping the stem onto my cardstock.

Then I stamped the flower head on to the acetate which was butted up to the duplo blocks. Making sure the acrylic block with the stamp attached was also butted up to the blocks.

 Then you position the image that is on the acetate exactly where you want it to be on your cardstock

 Then position your blocks around the acetate, being careful not to move it. Then slide the acetate away and stamp once more with the stamp directly onto the cardstock. Then you should have a perfectly positioned image.

Once I practised, I got quite quick and proficient at it and have made a couple of cards using this tool and technique. I like it because it now, I can decide where images will go with precision instead of the fingers crossed it goes where it should that used to happen!

Here are a couple of cards made by using the positioner. The stamp set used for both cards is Sweet Summer.

Thanks for looking,

Jen. X

Friday, April 25, 2014

The 25th again.

It is. It came round quickly this time. I managed to find time to make my five Christmas cards yesterday, whilst both girls were at school/pre-school.

I had a quick look on Pinterest and found a nice design to pay tribute to! (I now can't find the pin I saw, if I find it I'll come back and put a link to it.)

I dug out my Christmas patterned paper and cut the strips. I use the Stampin' Up envelope punch board to cut the v in the strips to mimic ribbons. The greeting is an old stamp that lurks in the Christmas box. I decided to heat emboss the greeting. I haven't heat embossed anything for a while. I had forgotten how satisfying it can be, I really enjoyed that and will make a point of doing more in the near future.


I'm pleased with the finished cards, and I'm chuffed how my stash of Christmas cards is growing already!

Jen. X

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New home card.

Well, I have created this afternoon. A good friend has just moved into a new home so this is the card for her. 
I used the Stampin' Up sweetly framed stamp set. It is a really cute set which does for several occasions. I also have the matching label punch which, I think, finished it off nicely. I then made a matching envelope using the envelope punch board and stamped a row of cute little house across the bottom to match.
Here's the finished card and the kit I used to made it. 

Three weeks.

That's how long I've been gone from my blog. I do have a good reason, well I think so. At the beginning of the Easter holidays we took our first family holiday that involved flying! I am a bit of a worrier so I was extremely relieved that both girls were fabulous travellers and took the flights in their stride. We had a fabulous week in the sun in Spain visiting my mum.

Since returning, I have had little time to do much crafting. Yesterday I decided to tidy my desk. This however, turned into a much bigger task of reorganising!  That meant going through the 'it has to get worse to get better' phase!

I've finished this morning and am now sitting typing whilst it pours down outside but that doesn't matter as my craft room is nice and clean and organised!

I even reorganised in my cupboard in the vain attempt that I'll use more stuff up if it is nearer to me when I'm working.

So this afternoon's task is to be to create!

Jen. X

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A lovely crafty day.

I just thought I'd let you know what I'm upto today. I'm at my lovely monthly free style crop. From 10 until 3 I get to sit with lovely company and craft. Today I'm working on a challenge layout. A spring themed layout using only a kit from a friend. Here's the work so far:

The pictures are from a day out at Whisby nature reserve last spring. 
I'm loving the little string of bunting that I made using the Stampin' up punch. 

Right, it's about lunchtime so I'll sign off!
Happy crafting. 
Jen. X 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's the 25th!

So the 25th has whizzed around again. I've done a speedy make and done my five cards. I did a quick search on pinterest and found some inspiration.

These are made using the snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder and Spellbinders bauble die. Very simply I cut the bauble from the centre of the white card and them embossed it with the cuttlebug snowflakes folder. I mounted it with 3D foam pads onto the Christmas patterned paper and then embellished with a bow. The Christmas greeting is the Stampin' up That's the ticket stamp and punch. I'm pleased I used the 3D foam as it gives a lovely effect and just lifts the design a little.

I am conscious that I've been quiet for a couple of weeks but they have been very busy in our house. My husband had applied for a promotion and after a tough interview process, he got the job! So big congratulations to him. I knocked up a quick card with the cute Stampin' up owl punch. That punch is so versatile!

I have to dash now as I'm at work this afternoon! I hope to be back in a couple of days to tell you all about my latest two card nights. 

Jen. X

Monday, March 10, 2014

Being AWOL.

Hello. I am aware that I've been away a while. Well, it was Hannah's birthday on Friday and her party on Saturday, so most of last week was consumed with party preparations.
I had great fun making and decorating her birthday cake. We decided on a mermaid cake to fit with her swimming pool party, so it was all on a watery theme.

That also gave me a good excuse to buy a new Lily of the Valley stamp: a mermaid!  I made a cute card at the last minute, and I'm rather chuffed at the blending of the colours where her top meets her tail. I'm getting better with my promarkers but still have a way to go yet.

Now I'm planning my next card night. The Mothers' day card in a box. I've sent out the texts and ladies are booking up the places. So now I need to get busy organising that. I also want to have time to squeeze in some more little crafty ideas to share with you soon, so watch this space!

Jen. X

Friday, February 28, 2014

Quick post!

Just a quick post to share a card I've made with the Stampin' Up owl builder punch. This punch is fast becoming a favourite. It's the same one I used on the Christmas cards. It is so quick and easy and there are some really cute ideas for cards on Pinterest. 

Anyway it's late and I need some kip. Night. 
Jen. X

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

5 on the 25th.

So the idea is that on the 25th of each month you make 5 Christmas cards, so that by the time Christmas comes you have a good old stash of cards ready! When I think how unorganised I was last Christmas I thought it might be a good idea to try.

I forgot all about it on the 25th of January! So I set a reminder on my phone and it pinged today (I had forgotten again) and I set to work.

I used my Stampin' Up owl builder punch to make the Christmas owls. If you search Pinterest for that punch there are so many things you can do with it, and not just owls!

I found the card idea from this blog called The Secret Life of Paper. I liked the simplicity and cuteness of the owl.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Show me, show me!

Wow, what a day! I'm still suffering from a stinker of a cold but that didn't stop our family outing to the Chris and Pui roadshow. Now anyone without children of the age of five or below will have no idea who they are. They are in fact two wonderfully nice people who have a show on CBeebies. The live show was great and they came out to meet everyone afterwards. Grace had written them a letter, Pui took the time to read it, and was determined to decipher Grace's handwriting. How lovely!

Anyway, after a nap and getting the kids to bed I retreated to my craft room determined to create this evening. I have had my Stampin' up stuff for quite a while but frustratingly, I've not had any time to have a play. So that was my mission this evening. So firstly, I made this card.

I used the Polka-dot Pieces Stampin' up set. The two coordinating punches are great to cut out the stamped image, especially as 'fussy' cutting is not a favourite of mine.

My next project happened by accident. I just checked my emails and saw one from Youtube showing the new videos from channels I follow. This little box was one from a lady called Pootles. She is also a Stampin' up demonstrator. She makes some lovely stuff. The little box has cute little windows. I added some acetate to the inside so I wouldn't need cello bags as the video suggested. I think I might make another so the girls could have one each for easter egg collecting! (Only mini eggs mind you, the box is made from and A5 sheet of card!) 

I did realise how good the Stampin' up punches are whilst making this box. I didn't have the correct sized round punch from Stampin' up so had to use and old one. That really did struggle to go through two pieces of card, it did survive, just! But I will be investing in some more Stampin' up punches soon.

I hope you like the projects, I'm very pleased with them. I must now head off to bed and hope this cold 'does one' over night!

Jen. x

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A birthday card.

After a busy weekend I managed to have a couple of hours to myself in my craft room. 😄 I used this time firstly to tidy up and then to make a birthday card. Colouring with Promarkers is one of my new favourite things. There is a certain skill to it, I don't have it yet! And having a couple of friends that create absolutely stunning cards with Promarkers, I know I have a way to go. 
Anyway here's today's creation. I am pleased with it.

Jen. X

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Looking like a Flamingo.

I had such high hopes for today. Thursdays are usually a child free crafting day. One girl at school, one at preschool and mummy has some peace. Not so today as it was an INSET day! Therefore no crafting has been done (yet), but I have had a very nice day with my eldest daughter, shopping and then lunching with Grandma and Grandad.

Shopping with Grace was rather interesting. She might one day make a personal shopper, the outfits she puts together might be a tad unusual though. The shoes she chose were rather special, very high and very, very sparkly, sitting down shoes really. I did however take her advice and buy the pink jumper that she spotted and shouted, "Get this mummy, you'll look like a flamingo."

Jen. x

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Card in a box.

Well, now for my first project. A card in a box. (Or a box in a card, depending on how you look at it!)

This project has been done by many Stampin' up demonstrators and I first saw it on a blog by Monica Gale. But it was when my good friend Dawn (Of Dawn's Inspirations) showed me hers at our monthly crop I decided to have a go.

It is made from just one sheet of A4 card carefully scored and folded. Then decorated with card, patterned paper and stamped and punched flowers. I stamped the flowers using Stampin' up's flower shop stamp set and punched with the coordinating punch. The patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Sultry collection.

What is nice about this card is that it folds flat enough to post but then stands as a box.

It would be great as a 'vase of flowers' card for someone in hospital as most hospitals don't allow flowers any more. :(

I think I might use this card for my card making workshop in time for mothers' day. (Don't look mum, this might be your card!)

Jen. x

Monday, February 10, 2014

Welcome to Purple Cat Crafts.

Hello and welcome.

Having recently become an independent Stampin' up demonstrator and having run a couple of card making workshops, I need a way of sharing my craft ideas and products. So, Purple Cat Crafts has been born!

Here I hope to share my work, provide ideas and inspiration, and hopefully encourage people to join in and find a love for papercrafting!

I started out making cards, many years ago. Then after my wedding, my mum wanted me to make a scrapbook of the photos. That is when things got 'messy' so to speak. From there my stash grew rapidly, I took over the second bedroom and scrapped endless pictures of our cat and holidays.

Fast forward a few years and I have the box room now, two daughters, masses of photos in a queue to scrap and not as much time as I need to scrap them. However, as my youngest daughter has started preschool, I am beginning to get 'me' time now and am looking at my crafting in a slightly different way.

I hope you will check back soon to see my creations and ideas and join me on the journey as Purple Cat Crafts grows.

Jen. X

P.S. Ill leave you with a picture of my purple cat!