Monday, 18 March 2013

Double Spiral Bracelet

Well, here I am again just as I said I would be!  I couldn't resist the chance to try out this gorgeous Double Spiral Bracelet and after a few 'false starts' I'm really pleased with the way it's turned out and will definitely be making more of these!

I've used Bordeaux and Soft Pink 4mm Pearls, together with toning Size 11 seed beads and a really 'sparkly' Size 6seed bead for the 'core'.  It's not a difficult technique, just a bit fiddly especially if, like me, you have a tendency to pull things tight!!  Still I got there in the end.... now who's birthday is coming up next?  I think I may have their present ready - lol!  Oh yes, the pretty 'rose' toggle clasp is from my beading stash.

 Again I'd recommend taking a peek at Beading Friends Forever ( there really are some amazing designs on there!

Take care, 'til next time

Su x

A Favourite Colour Combo

Hi, well as you'll know from past posts that as well as papercrafting I also like to make jewellery and it's been a while since I made anything 'sparkly' to wear so I've been busy and while trawling 'the net' I also came across BFF - Beading Friends Forever (courtesy of Facebook) so I've signed up as part of the group and received lovely warm welcomes.  BFF have a monthly challenge so as I'm getting into the 'swing' of challenges I thought I'd give it a go!  Their challenge is in two parts - a theme and a tutorial to follow, below is my entry for the 'theme' section - 'favourite colour combination' a necklace, bracelet and earring in a classic combo of silver, grey and charcoal using one of my favourite designs (not my own!).
 Have a pop over and check out the fabulous pieces of jewellery that have been made - I've got a lot to learn!  Here's the link!

I'll be back shortly with my 'Tutorial' piece so watch this space, 'cos I've been a 'busy beader' over the past weekend!

Hugs  Su x

Saturday, 16 March 2013

So What Colour is a Dinosaur?

Hi everyone, it's my eldest grandson's birthday at the beginning of April and he loves dinosaurs so hopefully this card will 'fit the bill'!  He'll be ten this year and I honestly don't know where those years have gone...

This is 'Pickles Dinosaur Ride' from Heather Valentin's Lacy Sunshine Shop ( and is actually the 'freebie' digistamp supplied to allow entry to the current 'Double Trouble' challenge which ends at 6pm GMT today (yes -I've just realised that it's already Saturday!).
Cut an 8"square card (two pieces of card cut to the same size and 'hinged' on the right) on my Silhouette Cameo, then matted a layer of Kraft Card to frame the decorative paper layers which were all printed from the Crafter's Companion  'Toreads' CD, I inked around the edges of these layers using 'Bark' Versacolour inkpad for definition.  The creamy coloured circle and strip were cut from card from my stash. embossed using Fiskars 'Stone' texture plate and then swiped with the 'Bark' inkpad followed by Versacolour Silver to bring out the detail.  The little 'bones' were cut on my Cameo and are each about five layers thick as the card was a bit thin, inked on the edges and then covered with 'Glossy Accents' to make them shiny.
I worked with Spectrum Noir Marker Pens to colour the image as follows:-
Dinosaur - TN1/TN2/TN3/TN7/EB8 for the main body; EB1/ EB2/BG3 for the 'ruff' and BG1/BG2/Blender for the horns
Pickles - LY2/CG2/CG3 for his body; GB4/GB6/GB7/TN9 for his 'toga' and BG2/BG3/BG4 for his club.
The eyes for both used DG1/DG2/DG4 and True Black.
So now I have to hide this from Kieran as he'll be here later today and I don't want him seeing it before his birthday but first I'm off to enter it into the Lacy Sunshine Challenge which you can find either here or by clicking the button at the side of my blog, it's well worth a look as there are some really talented people on there.
Night for now, take care
Su x

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Pink & Purple - Hannah

Well, you get one and then along comes another almost immediately!!!

Anyone who knows me also knows that I love all shades of purple (hence the blog title) but another favourite is pink, so put the two together and I'm in heaven!

This gorgeous girl is Hannah again by the very talented artist Heather Valentin and, as she's coloured in another of my favourite colour combinations I thought I'd enter her over at the second Lacy Sunshine Challenge too!

Again coloured using Spectrum Noir Pens (colours on the same list as Emily so not to hand at the mo but I'll post them once I find the list) and I used Ivory Flowersoft for her 'furry' waistcoat.

I cut various "Wonky Squares" from Spellbinder dies and twisted these to make the layers and then mounted this onto a 'funky' rainbow mirricard that I'd punched fancy corners using a couple of my favourite punches, sparkled up some paper flowers, and then finished these with Regal Amethyst Card Candi.

Okay, I've got about 15mins to get this entered into Lacy Sunshine's Challenge so please excuse me whilst I dash off to get this done.

Su xx

Emily L'il Duckies

I just loved this Heather Valentin image 'Emily Li' Duckies' and thought it'd be quite spring-like in one of my favourite colour combinations, lemon and lilac, which just happens (such a coincidence!) to be the subject for the second Lacy Sunshine challenge.  So, as I've got about 45 mins until the challenge closes I'd best get cracking!!!

Lemon base card is just smaller than A5 and I've added an embossed centre panel of lemon silk card, embossed using Embossalicious 6"x6" Floral folder and then added borders lilac cut from Spellbinders 'Asian Accents' die set.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid and the velvet ribbon (all I had in a toning colour!) is from my stash.

Emily is coloured with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens (sorry but I've lost my list of colours somewhere in among the card and paper strewn all over my craft room).   I'm really just beginning to 'get the hang' of working with these, but so far so good.  Oh yes, the oval around Emily is cut using Cheery Lynn's Mini Pearl Oval Mega Doily die - these dies are actually only a half shape so they take a little figuring out to get them lining up to complete the shape.

So that's Emily and her L'il Duckies just ready in time for Easter.

I'm entering this into the second challenge over at and there are some awesome entries over there - why not pop in for a look?

Su x