Sunday, March 24, 2013

Scrap Your Story Challenge #4

I am really enjoying doing the challenges at Scrap Your Story and have managed to do all 4 so far.
This weeks challenge is technique based and is to use embossing either wet or dry. I ran the blue and green circles through my Cuttlebug and a couple of embossing folders.

This is another layout using Doodlebug Take Note. I love the look of circles cut out of cardstock and patterned paper put behind but unfortunately I don't have a Silhouette machine, yet (I'm contemplating getting one for my birthday next month). So I had to make do with cutting circles out of the cardstock with my old trusty circle cutters from Creative Memories and then cut out bigger circles of pp and c/s and but them behind the white cardstock. I then added a selection of pearls and gems to fill in the white spaces between the circles.

Scrap Us Your Stuff March challenge

Good morning. Hope your weekend is going well. Today I have a page to share with you that I have done for the March challenge at Show Us Your Stuff. The challenge this month was to include the word excite, excited, exciting on your layout. I came across this photo of my daughter whilst gathering together some photos for another page I was doing. She doesn't look too excited about having had her face painted here.
I took my inspiration from the hat she was wearing and the flowery design of the brim.

My handmade items are a load of Purple Pumpkin items and some handmade yellow felt flowers. Here is a close up of the  embellishments I have used - a two tone pink felt flower, a girls at play bottlecap, a yellow ticket, a couple of small blue crochet flowers, a small apple fabric button and some dark pink and white twine and my own felt flowers.

Don't forget the Purple Pumpkin Design Team call finishes today.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Purple Pumpkin Sale!!

Hop on over to the shop to get some cute new stock.

Here's a few samples of what's on offer

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Stuck Mar 15th Sketch

Second post for the day. Not bad.
Here is my take on the March 15th Sketch over at Stuck?!

I have used some of the Echo Park All about a boy collection. I have so much Echo Park in my collection that I have scaled down my purchases but couldn't resist this when I saw it in real life. In the end I didn't use as much as I had intended as I caught up with doing chevrons in paint and ink.  I'm also addicted to Studio Calico wood veneer at the moment so used some chevrons and the speech bubble. The alphas are some v v old ones I found languishing at the bottom of a drawer of alphas.

Here is the sketch it is based on. I decided to dispense with the embellies and ramp up the chevrons.

Scrap Your Story Challenge #3

Good afternoon. The weather is a bit wild and rough today. Poor DD has gone on a one day personal development and leadership camp. I think she might be a bit wet and muddy when she gets home.

Today I have a layout for Challenge #3 at Scrap Your Story to share with you. This week the challenge was based on a sketch. Last week, I visited my local scrapbooking store in Ballarat and they had just got in some new Doodlebug paper and accessories. It was lovely and bright and I bought quite a bit. Unfortunately, most of it is very busy and the 2 plain sides of paper didn't really go so I have used a bit of Simple Stories SNAP (the aqua) and just used the bold colours and designs of the Doodlebug sparingly. I also used a SNAP journalling card but cut out the bracket and backed it with Doodlebug paper. I also up lots of my Doodlebug alphas. Singlets had originally been in white but it was difficult to read so swapped it for some Rosa Moka black alphas.
I've wanted to record DD's obsession with singlets for a while. She now has one for every occasion or outfit and this paper seemed the perfect partner for the rainbow of colours that she has.

Here is the sketch that this is based on.

Before I go don't forget that Purple Pumpkin has a Design Team call out at the moment. 
Details can be found here
You have until 24th March. Why not give it ago!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Frosted Designs challenge - Up, up and away

I thought I'd join in again with the Frosted Designs challenge this month. The new challenge is Up, up and away - you can use birds, planes, balloons, kites, butterflies etc

I decided to use kites to interpret this challenge. On our family holiday to Broome, way back in 2004  the local community held a family fun day down at the beach on our last day there. The kids had fun joining in. Part of the fun day was the flying of kites, which I have included in my middle photo and used as embellishments.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Scrap Friends Sketch challenge #11

 This is a layout I did for the Scrap Friends sketch this month. A couple of weeks back we were driving back from Geelong and came across this expanse of Sunflowers (unfortunately, some were past their best) but I made DH stop the car so I could take some photos.

I have had these Prima sunflower vines in my stash for a while now and had originally planned on using them for another layout but had never got around to it so decided they went perfectly with this.

And here are some close ups showing my Purple Pumpkin goodies. I this one I used a green crocheted doily and tucked in a brown floral fabric button underneath my corrugated cardboard. You can also see some text washi tape behind the doily. I also used a kraft film diecut.

And in this one I have used a wooden printed floral button.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Scrap the Boys March Challenge

This month the challenge at Scrap the Boys is a recipe challenge. You must include:
2 Photos 6x4 or smaller
Washi Tape

on your layout.

Here is my take on the challenge. I have to admit that it is quite heavily influenced by a class I did with Georgia Heald at the Papercraft Show in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. (Well the strips of paper with gesso on are.)

I have used 2 photos of my son surfing last year as part of his Outdoor Education course at school. I applied gesso to the strips of paper and flicked some mist on my page. I have a chipboard frame under my photos and a small chipboard sentiment and have used grey spotted washi tape.

Products used:
Fancy Pants Park Bench pp
Fancy Pants The Good Life pp
Echo Park This and That pp
Pink Paislee Portfolio sentiments and tags
Grey spotted washi tape
Studio Calico wood veneer triangles
Scrapmatts chipboard sentiment
Unknown chipboard frame
Dear Lizzy date stamp
Crafters Workshop hexigon mask
Cinder Glimmermist
Bisque VersaCube ink
Rosa Moka alphas
Adorn it alphas

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Scrap your story Challenge #2

This week the challenge at Scrap Your Story is themed based and is to scrap a page about animals.

I decided to keep with the cat theme of my entry last week. 
These are the 2 semi feral cats I feed. They are brothers but from different litters. Smudge adopted Smidge when he was a couple of months old. They are often curled up together when it is cold or are playing and chasing each other around.

I decided to keep it simple so that the focus was on the photos of the cats.

Products used:

Jillibean Soup PP
Kaisercraft pearls
American Crafts thickers
Studio Calico wood veneer cats
Unknown chipboard cat

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Once Upon a Sketch Mar Challenge

Good morning. I hope your weekend is going well. Today I have a layout I created for Once Upon a Sketch this month. The theme was to create a page about the weekend.  You had to follow the sketch provided and write some journalling.
I was born and brought up by the sea and beach and it's one thing I miss about where we live in Australia. So I love to go down to the beach at the weekend. Our favourite place to go at the moment is Point Roadknight which is just past Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road. This photo was taken a couple of weekends ago.
With this layout I took the opportunity of having another go with texture paste and used a chevron mask. To add to my background I sprayed two different mists through the chevron mask and added some splodges using Distress Ink and finally stamped used a Kaisercraft texture stamp. 

Here is a close up of my cluster which incorporates a few Purple Pumpkin goodies. I have used a couple of pieces of crocheted doilies. I very rarely use a whole doily. I usually cut them in half. I used the other half of the ecru doily in the top cluster. I have also used a lovely satin flower and a couple of blue resin roses.
I have finished the cluster off with some paper flowers, a couple of real shells, a wooden frame and some shell beads.

Here is  close up of my other cluster. In this I have used a natural looking Prima flower and some light blue organza flowers in place of the PP flower and the resin flowers.

Hope the rest of your weekend goes well. If you are in Victoria, hope you are enjoying the long weekend and it's not too hot where you are.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Smudge as a kitten

It's nice to get back to scrapping after a few really busy days. On Saturday, DD and I went to the Scrapbooking Expo in Melbourne. I did a class with the very talented Georgia Heald and also got to sit next to Scrapbooking Memories Master Beck Beattie. I really enjoyed the class and got to do a layout I was really happy with. On Sunday, we all went to the International Air Show at Avalon. It was a beautiful day but maybe a little too hot at times. On Monday, it was back to Melbourne to watch DS in an interschool swimming competition and then Tuesday DS had an appointment at the orthodontist in Ballarat. 

Anyway here is a layout I have created for: 

Frosted Designs - Chevrons


Scrap Your Story - use just 1 photo

This is one of the first photos of my semi adopted feral cat Smudge, when he was still with his mother and siblings. Strange to think that this little cat could turn into the big buffy cat he is now.
I have used:
Teresa Collins - Tell Your Story pp and embellishments
Fancy Pants - The Good Life pp
Scenic Route - Surprize pp
{scrAp this} felt sentiment
Scrap Matts chipboard sentiment
Glitz Designs - washi tape
Kaisercraft - bling
Pink Paislee - Alphas
Doodlebug - Alphas

Friday, March 1, 2013

Purple Pumpkin March Sketch

Welcome to the first day of autumn - my favourite season. 
A new month means a new sketch challenge is up at Purple Pumpkin.

Here is the new sketch designed by Crece

And here is my sample:

I managed to use heaps of Purple Pumpkin goodies on this page.
Here is a close up of the banner using a PP felt banner with pale pink and white bakers twine interspersed with resin roses

And here is a close up of my cluster. Here I have used a crocheted yellow/orange/white flower, half a crocheted doily, some mini crocheted orange flowers, a green vinyl heart and a rabbit flair button.

You have until the end of the month to complete this Sketch Challenge and link it up in our sidebar by midnight 31st of March 2013. There will be two fabulous Purple Pumpkin prize packs to give away - one winner will be chosen by the design team, and the second will be a random prize draw.

Please check out our RULES HERE!!!
Everyone has a chance, even without using PP products!
REMINDER: Post your pages on our FACEBOOK wall whenever you use our products and we will choose a favorite to feature on our blog and facebook wall! That's an extra chance to win some goodies!!