Friday, October 09, 2009

The Colour Purple

I know I nearly always say it, but this week's Daring Cardmakers challenge really had me stumped. It's Vanessa's turn to set the dare and she's gone all fashion-conscious!
"This week we're seeing purple! You can blame me (Vanessa) for this one. I'm not a great fan of purple, but after wandering through the streets browsing the shop windows of my new town, I saw lots of purple going on in the fashion displays. So that is your brief for this week! :) Anything goes as long as the predominate colour is purple."
Now, I love purple, I always have done - when I was a teenager I had my bedroom decorated with deep purple paint on three of the walls and some lovely turquoise (another fave colour) and silver wallpaper on the other - I absolutely adored it, and honestly, it looked a lot better than it sounds!

However, I find purple one of the hardest colours to work with, so usually only add little bits of it to cards and other projects. To do something with mostly purple was a tough one. All week I've been mulling it over trying to figure something out! In the end I thought it might help if I actually had a look through my stash to see what I'd actually got that I might use. There's nothing like a bit of stash-sorting to get the mojo going.
The light-bulb moment happened when my eye fell on the "All Tucked In" card I made last weekend and that, along with finding some Imaginisce and Bo Bunny papers lurking in the box formed the starting point for my card.

The card is made by folding a piece of card or paper in half diagonally, then making a few more folds to get the rest of the "envelope" shaped card, complete with a built-in closure. Clever stuff - and pretty easy - as long as you get those first folds in the right places!

There are loads of video tutorials on You-tube, some are easier to follow than others and I found it worthwhile watching a few as they all seem to be clearer on different stages of the construction

I cut the various leaf shapes using Mr Robo, I made the templates using one of my graphics programs as a starting point.
The papers are some I've had for ages, the ones on the front are two sides of one paper are from Bo Bunny, the others are from Imaginisce.
The greetings are more from the sheet I made using decal paper from Crafty Computer Paper. I'm still excited by this stuff. Being able to make my own rub-ons/stickers is just fab and they work really well - they do need a bit more rubbing over with your lolly stick than mass-produced ones, but I can live with that.

The DCM blog looks fab with all that purple, so please check out what the girls have been making this week. Hopefully it'll all help inspire lots of people to get Passionate about Purple this week!

Thanks for dropping by today, please take a minute to leave a comment if you can - I do love to read them.

17 comments:

tracy said...

love it kathy :)

Wipso said...

Fab card Kathy. Purple is also one of my fav colours and like you as a teenager I also had a bedroom with 3 walls of dark purple and one wallpapered. Bedding was dark purple blankets to match too. Happy happy memories. A x

Lynda said...

Fabulous card Kathy and purple aint so bad is it? lol

Love Lynda xxx

Angelnorth said...

Looks great Kathy, love the green with the purple shades!

Boo said...

Beautiful :)

Karen said...

I adore purple so this is right up my street Kathy...I love your robo cut leaves too XXX

Linda Elbourne said...

I love it too!

Rein said...

Love your card Kathy!

Kaz said...

That's such a lovely card Kathy x

Julia Dunnit said...

You always say it was a hard challenge and then pull out a breathtaking card. I'm gonna go off you. Or try and copy. Hmmm...

Vanessa said...

Its a stunning card Kathy. Love everything about it. :)

Vanessa.

Janice said...

Lovely card Kathy, great fold as well as all the lovely purple grapes and autumn leaves. I had to laugh at the wallpaper, I had three pink walls and one with swirly 70's purple, turquoise and pink design lol! Wish I still had a bit of that.

airing cupboard crafts said...

Beautiful card Kathy. I too had a purple bedroom xxx

Lorraine said...

like the way this opens out..thanks for visiting my blog today

Enfys said...

Loving the way this purple looks with the autumn colours, not a combo I would have dreamed of. Off to dig out some purple now....
luv
En xx
ps, It's punishingly hot here!! Spent most of the day feeling dizzy..

Keryn Campbell said...

Gorgeous card Kathy. I love the folds. I'm going to have to try one of those. Off to U Tube I go.

Traceyr said...

wow Kathy one of your very clever and gorgeous cards. Brilliant. :)