Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Well I can't believe its been 6 months since I have been on the very 1st Purple Pumpkin Design Team! Such an honour!! They say time goes too fast when you are having fun....and that's exactly how its been for me! I have decided to not take on another term with Purple Pumpkin due to a very busy personal life at the moment and in the next little while.  Its a hard juggling act at the best of times trying to keep a good balance of everything so with extra going ons I have decided its best to me, my family and to Sam and the other DT girls, if I let go. Its never an easy decision to have to make but with Riley starting school next year I want to make the most of him being at home.

I just want to say a very BIG THANK YOU to Sam and Sandra (Sam's mum) for having me on the team and providing me with the most gorgeous product to play with each month. And to my current fellow DT girls...its been an honour creating with you and THANK YOU for always inspiring me!!

Okay onto the business side of!!

Here are the details of the Design Team Call.  All I can say is GIVE IT A GO!!!!! You won't be sorry...Sam provides you with soooo many yummy products each month...I think I will be old and grey before I use them all up.....hehehehe!! Seriously if you love PP embellishments or having any handmande embellishments on your page...send in your application NOW!!!!!

Do you love scrapbooking? Do you love blogging? Do you love Purple Pumpkin embellishments? If you answered YES, then we'd love to hear from you!

Here's what you need to do...

Email the following to:

3 of your favourite layouts, cards or off the page projects, which show how you use handmade embellishments (especially our buttons). If you haven't had a chance to use Purple Pumpkin embellishments before, you can still apply. We know they can be a bit hard to get hold of sometimes ;)

A brief paragraph about yourself, including your name and address, details of any design teams you are on (or have previously been on) and a link to your blog.

Design team members will be appointed for a period of 6 months, and in that time you will receive plenty of product to work with. As a design team member you will be required to incorporate Purple Pumpkin embellishments on your projects where ever you can, and promote them on your blog. You will also be required to write 3-4 blog posts per month on the PP blog to showcase your work.

International applicants are welcome to apply.

Applications need to be in by the 30th of September (next Friday), and our new design team will be announced on Monday the 3rd of October.

Good Luck!

Okay off to swimming lessons again and out for coffee with my sister and a girlfriend!!
Happy Wednesday!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Manorhouse Creations Layout....

Hello everyone,

Holidays have started here in Queensland today! Loving the change of routine for a!! Swimming lessons are everyday this week for both boys which they are loving...Finlay had his 1st one today and had a ball...!!! DH parents are coming later in the week for a little holiday so we are all getting rather excited about that!

Anyway I am also rather excited about my very 1st Manorhouse Creations layout which I can now share with you all :)))

Enjoy the little things.... Using some Prima mistables and pearls...paper is Basic Grey and MME.  Banner is from Greatest View which I won a little while back now....and chipboard frame is ScrapFX.

Products used: The Tropics – Seaside, Ballroom -Waltz, Magestic – Gemma.

Thanks so much for checking in and your wonderful encouraging comments :))
Have a great week!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Colour Combos Galore #209

Welcome to another colour combo at Colour Combo's Galore! This week the colours were so rich and vibrant that I couldn't pass the opportunity to give it a go.

This week's Designer Challenge: Focus on Photos - Single Shots! This challenge is designed for you to use a single photo that features one person or object! Turn the focus on your subject this week!

Colour Combo.....
Footprints in the Sand..... I took inspiration from the photo frames in the picture.   The 'drips' are from a new CW template....swoon...!!!

A cute little spotty button from Purple Pumpkin too....

 I found the 'blushing melon' colour a little tricky to find. I had either a red red or it was too orange or pink...!!! So after a little mucking around I managed to get the colour of the frame looking pretty close. I used some red and orange paint mixed together first and then smeared some Wild Honey Tim Holtz Distress Ink over the top. The spritzed bit in the corners, happened by accident...don't you love those moments.  I gave the frame a few sprays with some White Studio Calico mist but because I had the Wild Honey Distress Ink over the paint....the white spray became a real gold it!!! Now was that clear as!!

Love my little feathers too :)))

Would love for you to have a go at this colour combo. 
Thanks again for visiting and leaving me the most loveliest comments...I really appreciate it :))

You are loved....

Hello everyone,

Hope you have had a fantastic week! We certainly have been enjoying lots of sunshine and walks/bike rides and plays at the park.

Have you seen the new sketch at Stuck Sketches?!....another fabulous one designed by CT member Sarah Ward. So if you are looking for a challenge or something to kick start your mojo, give it a go....

Here is the sketch:

My creative team sample:

You are loved beyond measure.....

I have used modelling paste and a Crafters Workshop template with some Staz On ink to create this background.

A prima flourish cut in half as well as these cute fabric hearts from Purple Pumpkin!

Busy day today, so I best keep going. I will be back later with another post :)))
Happy Friday :))

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Now check this out!!!! Now we all love freebies right??!!!!

….all you have to do is get your store to make an order, email us telling us which store you requested our flowers at & we will send 6 extra packs for you to collect next time you order from, or visit, that store.

This offer is open to anyone in Australia and our international customers as well.

(please note: this offer is open to stores that make their first order from 13/09/11, not to existing customers).

Here are some of MHC gorgeous flowers....if you haven't got some by now, you should!!

I will be back tomorrow with my very first MHC layout!! Can't wait to show you all!!

Purple Pumpkin's September Sale.....

Purple Pumpkin is having another sale...and its going to be FANTASTIC!!!! Here are a few sneaks of what will be for sale.

DATE:  16th SEPTEMBER 2011
TIME:  7.30pm QLD TIME

How adorable are those baby buttons and the cute little bird just keeps on getting better and better!!!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Colour Combos Galore #208

Well another week has past and another colour combo is LIVE!! Check out all the details HERE!!!

This month’s theme is all about books and reading, we have a lot of fun images and challenges in store for you so let’s get started!! This week's Designer Challenge: Focus on Product - Pearls! You can use adhesive pearls, pearl brads, beads of pearl, strings of pearl, oh the possibilities!! Put your thinking caps on and get creative!

Colour Combo:

My Design Team layout:

In sickness & health.... Another photo from when my mum was sick....just love this photo of my Dad and Mum and because of the mirror you can also see the back of them....I was inspired by the tea cup sitting on top of the books.  I just laid some masking tape down, sprayed it with some Denim Blue glimmermist and then peel the masking tape back off, then layered everything on top of that!

Using an old MME diecut and the paper behind the photo is some Glitz.  Flowers are mainly Prima and some Kaiser.

Man it was hard finding some 'Sugared Lilac' in my stash...searched for ages and finally found a little spotty Purple Pumpkin button, and some Websters alpha stickers....

I would love to see you have a go at this colour palette.  Remember you can always add Black, Kraft & White to this colour combo. Try might be surprised at what you can come up with :)))

Hope you all have a lovely weekend :))
Thanks for stopping by...I am always blown away by everyone's comments.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Stuck Sketches?!

Hello everyone,

Have you seen the latest Stuck Sketch?! really is an awesome sketch especially if you are a fan of multi-photo layouts....


My Creative Team sample:

Ready Set Race..... these two little boys of mine love to race...any chance they get!!

Using some gorgeous MME paper from one of their new ranges....and some Basic Grey...

I spy a little Purple Pumpkin button in there too and the film strip is from Scrap FX....

Entries are to be linked up over in the sidebar no later than 11.59pm September 30th to be in the running for one of this month's sponsor vouchers. Entries are to be created solely for this challenge and not to be used in any other competition or challenge.

I really hope you give this one a go :)))
Have a great day and thanks always for visiting :))

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Colour Combos Galore #207

Looking for a colour challenge?? Why not check out the latest Colour Combo's Galore palette!!!

Its such an interesting colour challenge this week.  I was really hesitant in wanting to do this challenge but I really loved the idea of the designer challenge which is to create a project using dictionary or text pattern.

I think it must have been the light on the day I took this photo but the main paper used is a piece our the new Bo Bunny Ectra line which really is a 'Brown Nosed Professor' colour!!! So apologies for it not looking quite right!

A chapter in our lives..... Its 10 years ago this month that my mum found out she had an aggressive form of uterine cancer.  Even tho the photos that were taken of her journey were all from a film camera, I have decided that I am still going to scrap and record this moment in our family life.  It was such a huge thing for all of us and I feel even tho some of the photos are still upsetting to look at, I want to make an album for my mum.  She told me the other day that she has never looked at these photos of her during this time and thinks she never will....but I hope once I have finished she might :))  So you might see more soon!

Green Tara, Prima and Kaiser flower blooms as well as misted bandage gauze!

Some stamped butterflies from A Lil' Somethin :))

A cute little Purple Pumpkin spotty button.....

My layout was inspired by all the books in the inspirational photo....

Thank you so very much for all your lovely and encouraging comments from my last has given me a real lift and I am looking forward to showing you all my very 1st Manorhouse Creations layout...which I am working on at the moment! :))

Have a great week and thanks for visiting!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Exciting News!!!!!

Hello everyone,

I have been dying to tell you all my VERY exciting news!!!! It is now official that I am one of the very fortunate ladies who has been picked out of hundreds of applications to be part of the Design team for....

YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! I am still pinching myself that I made the team and got quite giddy with excitement when the announcement was made last night....It made it more real on Thursday when I just about fell over when 2 huge boxes of product turned the fun starts!

It has always been one of my little scrappy goals...being on a DT for a manufacture.  Manorhouse Creations an Australian Flower manufacturer,along with being the Australian distributor of The ScrapCake.

Congratulations to all the other wonderful ladies!!!! It is such an honour to be part of this team and I am looking forward to where this will take me on my creative journey!  Lets hope I can be of somewhat inspiring to you all!

Now I best go an unpack! I have just arrived home from and little bit of retail therapy.  We left very early Friday morning and headed to Rockhampton.....oh it was good to see the shops again!

Take care and hope you are all having a great weekend!

Friday, September 2, 2011


Hi everyone,

Just catching up on a few things that happened while I was busy moving.

How excited was I when I received an email from Christine Miller from Aussie Scrap Source asking if she could feature this layout on the ASS blog!!!! Thanks so much Chris, it was a real honour to share my work.
Featured - Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions Everyday Hermit Uncle Jim Ruler cardstock

If you missed it...check it out HERE :)))

Next is my Guest Design layout for Get that challenge site.  Super duper excited to be GDT a 2nd time! I literally got this challenge the day of our Internet disconnection and threw this layout together in about 1/2hr!!!! I don't even think the glue had dried when I took the photo....but I LOVE this of my favourites :)))

Here is the challenge:

Together Forever.... I took inspiration from the gorgeous bouquets and tried to make my layout in that sort of design....

Flowers are Prima & and the little teeny ones are from Green Tara....fussy cutting is from some Basic Grey paper....

There's that stamping on a Purple Pumpkin button it!

Yellow background paper is some oldish Prima paper and the double layered top paper is some very old Pink Paislee...I think it was from one of their Halloween collections!!!

To be in the running to win next month's guest spot OR our random prize, all you need to do is upload and link your multi-photo layouts by midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on September 13th.

Thanks again for visiting and for your lovely comments.  Its great to see you haven't forgotten!!
Will be back later for the next CCG challenge!

Have a great weekend :))

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy 1st Day of Spring!!!

Oh its so good to be able to say that hey! The weather here lately in Central Queensland has been absolutely gorgeous!

So being a new month brings on new challenges and lots other exciting things!!

Today I will share with you all the new challenge for September for Purple Pumpkin.

We've decided to change things up a bit this time, and the fabulous Belinda from the Design Team suggested we do a 123 challenge. So the challenge is to use the following on your layout/card:

1 Lollipop/Flower
2 Doilies
3 Buttons
Here is my layout....
He Dreams of boats & fishing...... We really enjoyed our little outing this day.  On the spur of the moment we decided to head out to a dam with camping facilities just 1.5hrs north west of Emerald. All the boys could talk about for the next couple of days was boats and fishing....its such a boy thing hey!
2 paper doilies that came in a the PP packs last month are behind this photo....

Close up of 1 little button and my lollipop flower from Purple Pumpkin and some gorgeous Prima....

Sorry this photo is just a little out of focus but here are the other 2 PP buttons.

And my newest craze...!!! Misted bandage gauze!!! I know its been around for ages but I found some while unpacking and decided to have a little play...I love this so much that I have used it on a few more layouts which you will see soon :))))

Feeling inspired? You have until the 30th of September to complete this challenge and link it up. There will be two fabulous Purple Pumpkin prizes - one winner will be chosen by the design team, and the second will be a random prize draw.

Can't wait to see what you create!

Well I will be back later for more shares...
Thanks so much for visiting :))