09 February 2014

White with... grape

Now this White with 1 was really a challenge... I have a long history of avoiding anything purple in my scrapping.  I think the only time I use purple is for challenge layouts...

What I did:
* Dug deep into my haberdashery stash and found a piece of vibrant coloured purple felt.
* Found a few tiny scraps of purple paper in my scrap stash (don't have much because I don't use it!) and made some layered lollipop flowers:

* Made a photo mat from the felt using a chipboard page as a template.
* Lots of machine stitching.  My sewing machine was not happy with the felt, but together we persevered.
* Edited my photograph to b/w so it wouldn't clash with purple.
* Affixed photograph with staples.
* Sought out a tutorial on how to tie the perfect bow!  Mine always look a bit wonky...  I found hundreds of tutorials online about how to tie a bow using a fork ~ I followed a basic tutorial at Eskimimi Makes.

I am really happy with the result - not at all bad for a colour I avoid!

Maya Road Scroll Page chipboard (used as a template)
Petaloo Mulberry Street embossed daisies
Paper scraps - Three Bugs in a Rug Rhapsody and BoBunny Jazmyne
Creatives craft ribbon
Celebrations felt - purple
Provocraft Alphabitties - Girls Are Weird stickers


  1. I think you ROCKED the grape!
    This is awesome Karen!
    LOVING that felt and stitching as a frame.. totally inspired!
    thanks for playing along with us at WW1 :-)
    an ps.. Thanks for the link to the bow tying tute!

  2. I just love your felt photo mat, and the lollipop flowers are great! Thanks for joining us at WW1.

  3. totally and utterly awesome Karen, i love the felt frame and the clean crispness to your piece, great shot too.. i also avoid this colour , but you have nailed it babe.x

  4. WOW!!!! Love this, I am a bit like you too trying to get past the purple block.... well done its stunning thankyou for playing along with WW1

  5. Fabulous layout Karen! LOVE your stitched felt frame. Thanks so much for playing along at WW1 this month. :-)

  6. LOL Karen I LOVE your style of writing!! I love your layout too but you had me laughing at "I have a long history of avoiding anything purple.."!!! Your LO though is gorgeous and I love the way you used the felt to create a matt for your photo. Looks brilliant! Can't wait to see what you do with our latest colour!!! :)

  7. Oh My GOSH! This is so cool you have totally nailed the Grape colour I just love the stitched felt and how cool are fork bows am i right? LOL i have mastered the art of using my 3 middle fingers for larger size fork bows hehehe. thanks so much for joining us at White with 1 this month Blessings xx


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