Thursday, 27 February 2014

Crafty Folk Shop Of The Week - The Curious Treehouse

Wow a week goes so fast!!  

This time it's The Curious Treehouse that has been chosen as the CraftyFolk Shop of the Week'  Congratulations to Helen who owns this shop, which can be found here:

The Curious Treehouse not only sells ACEO's and Cards, but lovely digi sheets to download, and all items are in a wonderful style that is instantly recognisable. 

I chose one of the download designs, a lovely Panda themed giftbox, as my inspiration this week for a black & white themed treasury. I'm calling it 'Monochromatic Magic' as the striking contrast looks magical indeed!! 

Featuring lots of wonderful items I found whilst exploring Etsy, I was spoilt for choice and finally decided on this selection.  

Clicking' the pics should take you to each individual item. Lots of lovelies to explore.


'monochromatic magic' by pollypurplehorse

A treasury inspired by and created for The Curious Treehouse - Craftyfolk Team's Shop of the Week

Panda Gift Box A4 Digital Do...

Black Flowers, Black Fabric ...

I Love You To The Moon And B...

Cathedral window pin cushion...

Silver Wire Wrap Ring Black ...

white beaded wrap bracelet, ...

Cotton Wash Set in White & B...

Handmade Potholders, Quilted...

Letter L Mosaic Wall Art

Monochrome Black Butterfly B...

Bandana dribble bib (large) ...

Pug card - Black & White Pug...

Steampunk Owl Ultra Slim mob...

Scarf Hand Knitted Lace Fine...

St David's Day lovespoon...

Mothers Day Mum Mom and Chil...
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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Crafty Folk Shop Of The Week - Made By Eden Grace

I'm proud to be a member of such a great team over at Etsy, they are the 'CraftyFolk' team and have members from across all different crafty pursuits.   A very supportive team that offer help, advice and share in life's ups and downs, as well as helping to promote their fellow team members.  I was lucky to be chosen as the 'Shop of the Week' last week and it was a wonderfully hectic week for me, lots of Treasuries were made, tweeting, pinning, facebook linking, they all worked so hard, and it was all just for me!!   Thank you all so much :)

And so a new week brings us to a new Shop of The Week, this time it is 'Made By Eden Grace'  a shop owned by Kirsty.  Kirsty makes the most wonderful, beautiful and bright baby toys.  She hand sews them and even personalises them if required. They all have a unique style and I love the cute giraffes and owls, not to mention the little rainclouds.  Kirsty's shop can be found here

My contribution to helping promote the shop was by pinning, faving, tweeting and facebooking and I also managed to create this Treasury, using her beautiful bright creations as the inspiration for the baby theme.

Hopefully, if I've got this post right, then 'clicking' the pics will take you to each individual item. Lots of lovelies to explore.

'Baby it's Bright & Beautiful' by pollypurplehorse

A Treasury for and inspired by Made By Eden Grace, our Shop Of The Week!!

Baby Toy: Rainbow Hanging Pl...

Congratulations New Baby Boy...

Knitted newborn baby hat - r...

Personalised Kids Banner, Ra...

Baby Aviator Hat, Pilot Hat,...

Vintage Inspired New Baby Gi...

Personalised Baby Toy: Name ...

Hand knitted Baby Shoes, 0-6...

Child/Baby Digital Nursery A...

Bandana dribble bib - Big br...

Personalised Baby Name Cloud

Baby Bunting Card - Blue

Pink Baby Card

Baby blanket, stroller blank...

Personalised New Baby Girl M...

Baby hat booties vegan brigh...

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Playing with Bohemian Bazaar...

So I adore Graphic 45 papers and probably not alone in that.  I also have a problem that I can never seem to bring myself to actually cut into them!!  Probably not alone in that either :D.  Anyway, I decided enough was enough, time to just get the papers out, grab some distress inks and have a really good play and experiment the afternoon away.  I found that once I'd made that first cut, inked those first edges, that it became easier to tear more papers from the pads.  G45 papers are famous for having that 'old' look and they even 'smell' like something so vintage and exclusive. But 'Bohemian Bazaar' is just so vibrant, it manages to encompass all that is G45 and yet be something fresh and new all at the same time, sort of a contradiction. People who know me, will know that I am all for 'contradiction'.

So here is the result of my experimental play time, a card that celebrates 'mums', and using an 'old' yet new sentiment, which i thought was perfect for the papers.

Materials Used:
'Bohemian Bazaar' 12 x 12 pad - Graphic 45                         
Black card - Papermill Direct
White scalloped edged card blank
Tim Holtz distress Ink in 'Broken China'
'Onyx Pearl' - Liquid Pearls
Black & White Bakers Twine
Blue and pink buttons
Dark Card Cand - Craftwork Cards
Turquoise Ribbon
3D Foam Pads
Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue

Tools Used:
Paper Trimmer
Die Cutter - Big Shot 
Accordion Fold Flowers Die Set - Sizzix
Bigz Tag Die Set - Sizzix

some of the materials used

Inking around the edges of the white scalloped card blank and the cut edges of the papers helps to bring the design together. I used  'broken china' distress ink, applied using a small piece of cut & dry foam. 

Matting the 'Bohemian Bazaar' papers onto quality black card leaving a small edge all around, helps to frame and set off the bright colours and busy designs.

I die cut strips to create rosette flowers in matching papers from the same range.  I also used some of the strips as they were to add interest to the tags and paper edges.  Again I inked them with distress ink.

Close up

I cut 3 tag shapes with a tag die, one in black card, one in a matching paper from the range, and another in white that had the sentiment upon it.  Inking the edges to lose some of the bright whiteness and tie it into the whole design of the card.

Layering and adding height with 3D foam pads and embellishments really adds to the look.  here I also threaded bakers twine through buttons and the tags.  I also tied a bright turquoise blue ribbon into a bow for the top of the tags and wrapped a piece of the ribbon around a paper panel.

Adding dots of liquid pearls to sections of the design also helped to bring it all 'together'.

When creating the design, i was playing, experimenting and it just flowed. I wanted to not be confined by the straight edges of the mat panel, I chose to make some elements overlap this area deliberately, hopefully adding extra interest.

Overall I am surprised and happy with the result and I'm sure I'll be playing again with this range, now that I have convinced myself that nothing bad will happen to me if I actually do cut into it.

Mums are like buttons Card

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

New Years Resolution, better late then never....

My New Year's Resolution was to restart my Blog, I know, I know it's now February!!  

The last Blog was a Typepad one and I sort of got fed up of talking to myself there and besides Blogger seems THE place to be these days for crafty bloggy types :D 

So what's been happening in the Pollypurplehorse World?  well back in August I made a birthday card for my Daughter and I started to draft a Blog post shortly after that..........and well I forgot to publish it :D  So here it is:

"My Daughter turned 16 recently and I needed to make a special Birthday Card.  I knew she had a liking for my brand new 'Molly Rules' and 'Max Rocks' stamp sets from 'Visible Image' and so decided to use those as the basis for her card.

I thought a folding kinetic style card would work well and cut Bazzill cardstock to fit the various sized sections of the card.  for the front panel I used a brick stamp and versamark ink, to which I then applied a small amount of pan pastel in 'orange' to give a contrast to the rest of the brick pattern and the barbwire which was stamped in black ink.

'Molly' was stamped onto white smooth stamping card from Oakhouse Studio and I coloured 'Molly' using a selection of pro-markers.  Pan pastels in bright turquoise and pink shades were also used on the card base.  After colouring 'Molly' was carefully cut using a 'Go Kreate' die and the card was assembled. I also personalised it for her by stamping letters to spell out her name and added the '16' in black memento ink too. 

Anyway, Ellie loved the card and was extra thrilled when she found out it had been picked as a winner over at Visible Image.  :)