Wednesday 30 November 2011


These are all images from our brand new set - Ballet Shoes.

Cards by Linda Walmsley

Tuesday 29 November 2011

Ballet Shoes

This is using our brand new Ballet Shoes unmounted stamp set.

Cards by Wendy Keenan

Monday 28 November 2011

Snowy Sky Polar Bear

This little Polar Bear is staring upto at the North Star in the snowy sky.

Card made by Frankie.

Saturday 26 November 2011

New Stamp

This is our new Floral Bloom stamp - great for all those Thank You cards to send after Christmas.

Thursday 24 November 2011

Christmas Cards

This is our traditional St Nicholas unmounted rubber stamp, stamped onto kraft card and coloured with Promarkers and a white Polycolor pencil. The tree is JudiKins Snowy Tree stamped in green ink.
And this is our cheeky Snowman Large, coloured with Promarkers and layered onto ColorCore cardstock embossed with Dots embossing folder.

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Tuesday 22 November 2011


This is our Jumbo unmounted stamp set - as seen on TV Saturday 19th November.

Cards by Sharon Goold.

Monday 21 November 2011

TV Artwork

These are the cards that Vicky made in the TV shows on Saturday . . . .These are the Ants, they have been coloured with Promarkers and layered onto torn sheets of ColorCore cardstock. This is Graffitti (Have a GR8 Birthday) which Vicky created with alcohol inks. He was stamped onto the alcohol background and Vicky then cut out his jumper and hat to layer onto the coloured image.

Gnome Sweet Gnome, coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers.

For Ellie & Rhino Vicky covered some glossy card with Black, Silver and White alcohol inks and then stamped Rhino over the top.

And finally the Purrfect Day small cat hanging onto the branch outside the Window with curtains from Window Dressing (curtains are white embossed onto vellum).

Sunday 20 November 2011

Gnome Sweet Gnome

I love all these tiny little gnomes - just so cute!

These are all images from our Gnome Sweet Gnome unmounted stamp set.
Cards by Anne Ray

Saturday 19 November 2011

Purrfect Day

All these were created using our Purrfect Day unmounted stamp set

Cards by Anne Ray

Friday 18 November 2011

Have a GR8 Day

As you can see Esther has been busy playing with our Graffitti unmounted stamp set ready for tomorrow's TV shows.

This last card has been coloured with alcohol inks which Vicky will be using during the show.

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Surfin' Time

More from the Ants unmounted stamp set.

Cards by Sharon Goold

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Monday 14 November 2011

Ants - Brand New

Meet our new set . . . Ants . . .

This new unmounted stamp set will be featured in our TV shows on Create & Craft on Saturday 19 November. Find them online here.

Cards by Linda Walmsley

Sunday 13 November 2011

Lesley's Top Tips

Well that's the end of my snowman showcase, I hope I've given you a few ideas for your Christmas cards. Before I go I just wanted to share a few tips with you and leave you with a closer look at the gift tags you may have seen in our sneaky peak photo earlier in the week.

Top Tips
  • Use thin white card with fancy border punches. Colour with the chisel end of your Promarkers to match the rest of your card.
  • To disguise uneven edges on you card layers (when you trimmer has been misbehaving!) edge with Stickles glitter glue. The wiggly line this creates will disguise any mistakes. Crystal is my favourite 'colour' as it goes with any colour theme.
  • Have you tried using your Promarker pens on kraft coloured card? The colours will be slightly muted. Add highlights with a white gell pen or white Polycolor pencil.
  • Every cardmaker should own an ultra-fine Millenium pen! It's invaluable for filling in mis-stamped areas and for creating faux stitching, wavy lines etc.
  • Often a great card idea just doesn't work out the way you hoped it would. One reason for this could be your colour choices. The use of too many colours can make your work look too busy. For a clean, harmonious look just choose a couple of colours (plus their corresponding tints/shades if you like) for your main image and complement with card layers in matching colours.
  • The Sakura gelly roll pen in clear star is another must have for Christmas crafting. It's silvery colour adds just a hint of sparkle if you don't like too much bling. I used it on the snowman cards in dots and lines, but I also smudged it onto areas e.g. Rosebud's wings, for a softer look.

Saturday 12 November 2011

Jack Frost

Jack Frost (J4075) is the name of our final snowman for this week.This card has been simply stamped and coloured then layered onto a pink dotty paper from Bella Press. The faux stitching has been drawn with the fabulous Millenium pen.
The surprise with this card lies on the inside. To echo the Christmas Hello sentiment, when you open the card up pops a waving mitten (DeNami P95) . . .
This was stamped onto green and pink dotty paper backed with card, cut out and then attached with a FlipFlap (JudiKins) so that is pops up when the card is opened.

Last but not least I thought I'd show you a peek of a stepper card we made on our Christmas cardmaking weekend.
This is the type of card you can expect to make on one of our cardmaking weekends, although we do make lots of less challenging ones too! Places are already filling up fast for the Spring weekends so if you fancy joining us for a fun-filled time book soon to secure your place.

Getting back to Jack Frost, I have also used some of our own unmounted stamps from the Snow Village set and the Christmas Sentiment Circles. The HOTP silver snowflake paper was also used to add to that frosty atmosphere.

Friday 11 November 2011

Friendship Snowman

I hope you're enjoying snowman week here on The Purple Zone, I'd love to hear your comments on which is your favourite snowman.
Today I'll be showing you two quite different cards using the same wood mounted stamp Friendship Snowman (F4080)
The first one uses just the head with the words cut off and I've used the Huge Heart sentiment again instead. The plaid background was created with Promarkers on a piece of kraft card. The die cuts are a Nellie Snellen design.
Colours used: crimson, ruby, coral, cool grey 2 & blender, tea rose (flexmarker), pear green, tea green, ruby.
I decided to try adding a body to this cute little snowman head, so I cut one out using a 3 1/2" circle punch and added some colour around the edge to match the head. The buttons are white pearls coloured with a Pearl Promarker.
Colours used: Promarkers; cool grey 2 & blender, coral. Flexmarkers; tea rose, watermelon, cadet blue, celestial blue, aniseed, pale citrus.
Here's another placecard made with some leftover scraps. You could colour his scarf in the person's team colours.

Thursday 10 November 2011

Cold Day Warm Heart

This wood mounted stamp, Cold Day Warm Heart (K4072) has a lovely folk art feel to it. You can use it all in one piece or cut out elements and rearrange them on a card.I used a kraft coloured tag as a background which has been stamped with Ornate Textile (J4153) using Antique Linen ink and oversprayed with a blue-green pearlised mist. The white lace border and red gingham ribbon add to the homespun theme.
Colours used: grey green, tea green, satin, light fawn (flexmarker), tan, antique pink, crimson. Sakura clear star pen for sparkle.
The cream woodgrain base card and the Olive and Barn Door colorcore distress cardstock lend a nice warm feeling to this card. The elements of the stamp were cut apart and edged with crystal stickles.
Colours used: satin, light fawn (flexmarker), crimson, antique pink, lush green, bright green.