Saturday, 17 November 2012


Are you up for a real challenge?   Take a look at vibrant purple and green and yellow pallette this week at CSI.

I found the purples incredibly challenging.  Then I thought of this photo of a flamboyant Aunt who loved to wear bright clothes and be the centre of attention.  Purple is never my first choice to scrap with and yet I found some lovely flowers in my stash from card making.   

One of the good things about being dragged out of my "safe colours" comfort zone, is finding how much fun others colours can be and how happy I am with the results.

and a close up:-

Painting - the misted butterfly
Textured element - The embossed green mat behind the photo
Something that shimmers - the purple dots around the cream paper 

I used the inspiration words, quirky and surprise as journal prompts.

Aunty Hilda was aged ten in this photo when she won First Price (sic) for her fairy costume; Balaklava frolic in 1928.
Hilda, my Father’s youngest sister was one of my favourite Aunts. She loved to talk loudly and tell jokes about their childhood, something my Father rarely did without provocation.  It was fascinating to observe their repartee and try to imagine my Father as a naughty little boy; something almost beyond my comprehension.  She wore bright clothes, dyed her hair blonde and loved to party.  She was like a Rainbow Lorikeet among a flock of pigeons. 

Alphas, Making Memories - Mini Shimmer, Black School House

Buttons, O Sew
Cardstock,  Bazzil, Coredinations, My Mind’s Eye - Backyard “Sunny Days”

Die Cut, Cheery Lyn “ “Large Sunflower Doily”          
Die Cut, Magnolia - Doohickeys, “Rose Leaf”

Embellishment, Kaiser craft, Pearls

Embossing Folder, Couture Creations, “Walrus and Carpenter”

Flowers, Prima, “Songbird Vine Purple”, 
 Magnolia, “Vintage Lilac Lilley”
 Kaisercraft, “Roses”
 Making Memories, “Purple Mix”

Ink,  Prima, “Garden Grass”

Mist, Tattered Angels, Chalkboard, “Grape Ape”

Patterned Paper, Making Memories, “Addie diecut”

Punch, Martha Stewart, “Monarch Butterfly” (large and small)

Spellbinder, Grommet Tags

Thanks for looking and for any comments you might care to leave.


  1. Love your story about Aunt Hilda and the precious picture! I find it difficult to scrap with purple like you, Helen.

  2. Just beautiful Helen. Another wonderful photo, lots of beautiful flowers in the cluster and I love the little bird. Love your journaling too. I would find these colours really hard to scrap with, you have done an outstanding job.. :)

  3. this is so delightful Helen , such a whimsical feel to the page and you have nailed the palette .... awesome work xoox