Thursday, 1 November 2012

The Little Purple Forest Shop!

Welcome back everybody :)

The Little Purple Forest Shop is now open! If you would like to browse, you can do so from here. I must admit, I was a little nervous upon clicking the "Open Shop" button. Eeeeeee! Then I suddenly had an urge to cut a ribbon and drink some champagne.... :)

When I was a little girl, my dad would always give me Crayola crayons for my birthday and Christmas. I loved them! There were so many different shades and I found the names of the colours really interesting - Burnt Sienna, Antique Brass, Cornflower, Melon....and I remember being amazed that there were crayons in Gold and Silver! Wow! My mum and I would colour in for hours. I think I still have my big jumbo colouring in book somewhere that we coloured our way through. I still love to colour in and really wanted to get into using markers on my cards.

So, this is my first attempt at using Copic markers. I learned quite quickly that there is a bit of an art to using these, and even an art to choosing the right colours to use together. After watching a couple of "how to" videos on You Tube and a couple of practice runs, I think I have done ok....

A little hippo!

I love twine. I find it a lot less frustrating to tie compared to ribbon :)

And something for the inside...

A little frog! Ribbit!

Card stock by Kaisercraft - Vanilla
Papers by Cartabella - "Dear Little Dots"
Also a lovely white piece of paper which I think may have been by Christina Re.
Stamp & rhinestones by Kaisercraft.
Ink by Versa Color - Sage 187 and a black from my stash.
Copic markers - E40, BV00, BV23 (frog) & R20, E40 (hippo).
Twine by Hemptique.
Embossing folder by Couture Creations "Swiss Dots".

The paper I used for these cards was more like card stock - quite heavy - which makes for a lovely sturdy end result. 

These cards are available as a 2 pack at my new Etsy store - The Little Purple Forest Shop. Have a browse!

Next on my "to craft" list, a Happy Birthday card for one of my nephews. He's 10 years old already...I remember holding him as a little baby....*sigh*....

Till next time,

Abs :)


  1. Congrats on opening your Etsy store. I'm still learning how to use Copic markers and I agree there is definitely and art to using them. Terrific cards!

    1. Thank you Andrea :) Yes, I think the only way is up with the Copic markers!


  2. Well done Abs and congrats on opening your store, I'm sure you will do well!
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  3. Good job Abs, you have the cutest cards and I'm sure they'll be a hit! If I didn't already have a box full of cards I've made myself I'd buy most of yours! xo

    1. Thanks so much Nicky. You are very kind :)

  4. Hey Mzzz Abs... congratulations on your new baby!!!! (The etsy shop that is...) Soooo excited for you!!! I'm thinking of taking the plunge myself... would love to have a chat to get the inside info on how easy it all is... well... back to business... your cards... cute, cute cute... your cards always put a smile on my face... the attention to detail and the finish... awesome!!
    Deb x

    1. Haha! You're funny Deb :) I think you should totally do it. Your work is gorgeous. We can definitely have a chat. Whenever you like. I'll probably be popping into the plaza this week to start our Christmas shopping so I'll also see if you're in. And thanks!

      Abs x

    2. Hey Mzz Abs... just let me know when you are ready to grab some soaps... the Castile is at work for you next time you are in... great catching up... also incase you were looking at the Cello/Hessian wrap Ive had to cost a bit extra... I will still do any for you at 50c though if thats what you are wanting. Im gathering with your awsome artistic talents you will probably want to do your own wrapping! I will be wrapping all soaps that are purchased in brown paper for added protection... and it looks cool...
      Chat to you soon...
      Deb x

  5. Your store looks great! I love the Christmas cards!

  6. They are adorable! I just adore your hippo!

    1. Hi Jamie! Thanks for visiting :) It is a cute little hippo, isn't happy looking :)

      Abbey x


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