Thursday, 14 April 2011

Passion for Purple Promarkers

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, with a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me, and I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, and satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter ~ Jenny Joseph (I love this quote!  It's so ME! lol)

If you were ever to visit my house or look in my wardrobe, or indeed view the photos from my handfasting, you would probably be thinking that my favourite colour is red.  Well you would be wrong.  One of my lesser known secrets is that my favourite colour is purple.  I have always loved purple.  It's just such a lovely colour and there are so many variances in shade, plus with my dark hair colour and anaemic complexion it is one of the colours that adds colour to my pasty white skin and doesn't leave me looking washed out.  Oh and it usually looks fab with my green eyes! ;-)

The stamp I have used is ching-chou kuik's Dark Royalty from Sweet Pea.  Yes, it's another Sweet Pea!  I just love their stamps and as purple is my favourite colour it fits the In a Sweet Pea Dream challenge.  I have coloured using a range of promarkers in shades of purple (my favourite) and green, and for once, I chose my DP first and then coloured the image to coordinate with the colours in the paper.  This may not seem unusual to many people, but believe me, it is highly irregular for me!  I usually set about colouring an image and then discover that I have no paper to match and have to reach for my stains and shimmer mist and create my own.  Well as you can see I have actually used a panel of my own, which was made with shimmer mists then embossed with a polka dot embossing folder.  Felt quite strange to be so organised for once!

I was so organised, I even sat down and made all my embellishment flowers, as challenged to do by Passion for Promarkers, to match. I had a great time with my coffee filters and stains and heat tool. Made a batch of 3 large flowers - 2 turquoise and one purple, and 4 small purple flowers, all with gems and pearls in the centres with the full intention of using them all, but I went downstairs this morning to find der der der! No small purple flowers... seems my dear cat has been playing with them (I found one of the turquoise flowers in the bin next to my desk).  But now I am worried as the rest are nowhere to be seen and he has a habit of eating random thinks so he is possibly going to pass some very interesting poop... cats, grrrrrr Anyway, the few flowers he had left me to decorate my card with had escaped intact.

I have assembled this card following the sketch at The Sweet Stop as the moment I looked at it I could see all the papers I had planned coming together, great when I plan eh?  The main design paper with the large purple flowers on it is one I picked up in my local craft shop and even though it came in a pack of 10 sheets of the same paper, I just had to have it!  Might take me a while to use it all though...  The DP on the circles behind the flowers and the bracket at the bottom is from a Laura Ashley set.  The panels are either trimmed with purple paper or with purple edging borders to coordinate with the image and papers. Oh and then I added a couple of turquoise gems to finish off.  The colour scheme fits perfectly with Sketchy Colors challenge for turquoise, purple and green too :-).  I hope my gems will pass for pearls for the Magical Monday Challenge too, the card would have had lots more pearls if it hadn't been for my darn cat lol.  This is probably going to end up as a birthday card for one of my mothers so hope it fits in ok at Sweet Pea Stampers as it is a feminine card and uses a Sweet Pea image.


  1. Beautiful card Sarah love the colouralthough I am a pink girl myself well pink & black love that colour combo your flowers are lovely too just a shame your cat ate the rest my cat is trying to stop me typing at this moment your own BP looks super too I really enjoy making my own papers and getting all messy
    Jacki xx

  2. Gorgeous card!
    Love the image, your coloring is fab, and the flowers are just wonderful!
    Thank you for playing with us at PfP,
    hugs from Maya

  3. stunning card sarah.the image is gorgeous and i love your purple colours and fabby flowers.
    thanks for joining us this week at PFP :D

    xx coops xx

  4. Gorgeous card! Beautiful take on the Pearls and Swirls challenge! Thanks for playing along with the Magical Monday Challenge.
    Magical Monday Challenge DT

  5. Gorgeous card and a fabulous image. Great take on the current challenge. Thanks for playing along at Magical Mondays.

  6. Pretty flowers! Thanks for joining us this week at The Sweet Stop.

  7. Ooooh! Purple's one of my favourite colours too :-) Love the fab quote and those flowers! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  8. Hi Sarah, what a gorgeous card. I love the image and your colouring is perfect. Your handmade embellishments are beautiful. Thanks for joining us at PFP this week. Hugs, Denise x
    p.s. hope your cat is ok!!

  9. BEAUTIFUL Sweet Pea card!:) Thanks for playing with us in Sketchy Colors this week, and good luck to you!:)
    Hugs, Ellen

  10. what a fab image Sarah, the way you have coloured it and matched everything makes it really pop.

  11. Beautiful card. Love your image, and the colouring is great.
    Thanks for joining us at PfP.
    Hugs :o)

  12. This project is just fabulous!! I love it!

    Thanks for joining us at In A Sweet Pea Dream!
    Sweet Pea DT

  13. Purple is my favourite colour too Sarah, and what a purple passion you have created here.

    Beautifully coloured, great layout and your flowers are just amazing!

    Lin xx

  14. Great colours and layout - Thanks for joining us at Sweet Pea Stampers xXx

  15. Lovely card you have made here especially as it includes purple my favourite colour. I got a stamp sheet for Mother's day from my eldest son and it includes this stamp so I think it should come "out to play" very soon. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this fortnight and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

  16. love the colour and love the texture - excellent work

    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog , Sweet Pea Stampers ,Bearly Mine Designs and Kenny K

  17. Just perfect for our theme this fortnight!!! Beautiful colours and yummy flowers.

    Thanks for joining us over at Sweet pea Stampers Love Chanelle xxx

    Good Luck xxxx

  18. Gorgeous card love the image & those flowers are beautiful.
    Thank you for joining us Sweet Pea Stamper girls, hope to see you next time, good luck.

    Hugs Vicky xx