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!