Friday, August 24, 2012

A few of my favourite things....

Well hello there to you all - and a special hello to my new followers, lovely to have you pop by!

Quite a few of my favourite things have come together for this one.. Purple Pumpkin, Craft Queen and the Orange Paperie August challenge - I just loved this inspirational pic!!!!

Close ups first - My feature paper is a little blue-er (is that a word??) than the pic but it was as close as I had and I'm on Scrappy diet at the moment, so no more shopping - until I use up some of this stash!!  I've saving up for the October craft show which I will go to with Mum :)

Lots of layers as normal... a real mix of flowers too.

One purple pumpkin button - I've used 4 on this layout... 2 calico and 2 pattern.

How pretty is that blue lace ribbon from Craft Queen!!

and the full layout...

The background is scraps of white card stock that I have run through my Sizzix using different embossing folders... I then just patch-worked them together and then covered with impasto and Gesso to stick them down....  I love how this worked out and it's a FAB way to use up my off cuts.  I will definitely be doing this again!

and another pic of me - what is going on here!!

Thanks for popping by - hope you all have a creative weekend :)


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wonderful, Light Hearted, Beyond Measure Love

Well hello there,

Today I have a layout to share that I created for Craft Queen, and this is one of my new favourites.   My love for this one begins with the photo - I've been itching to get one like this since FOREVER - armed with examples I hit Chris up and he so so delivered, love it!  The rest just came together so well, like it was meant to be.  I so love it when a layout comes together in a magical way!!!

I also created this card using yummy Crepe ribbon and the new pearl centres and some delicious Collections paper.

Saving this one for someone special :)


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Hi Everyone,

Another Purple Pumpkin share for you today.  I have been working on a heap of new projects of late that have more of a documenting feel to them - for example, my work, our house, and everyday things rather than my usual portrait shots.  I do love love love my portraits but it is also so good to record the whole of our lives. All of which I hope will make up a real picture of what life was like for us documented.

As always, lots of close ups...

and the full layout - You can even see Chris there in the front yard doing some gardening; don't the hedges look good :)

Happy hump day - thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 20, 2012

A big announcement..

Hi Everyone, 

Well what exciting news I have to share today...

It all started in July when I took some time out to do some scrapping for a certain DT call out.  I wasn't 100% about even submitting as I just didn't think I would get it... BUT Mum always said to my sister and I that you never know unless you try and well, I am sitting here right now pinching myself... I still cannot believe I made the team!!!   Especially now I see the super talented line up Oh My Golly Gosh!!!

Yes, that's right, the Manor House DT!!! 

Be sure to check out all the girls who made it here and links to each of their blogs are on the side bar - a truly amazing team let me assure you!

I have my first shipment of DT goodies and they are all so so beautiful, you are all going to love them!!!  I can't wait to share and feel so very privileged to be chosen to showcase their gorgeous flowers for an entire year  :)

I will have to wait though, just for a little longer.  What I do have to share today are the layouts I created especially for my DT application:

and one of me!!  I've been doing a few of these lately...

Sooo get ready for an amazing ride - I know I am!  Lots to share using these stunning flowers :) Oh, and the other huge plus is that you can get your hands on the Manor House flowers through Craft Queen so while you are there grabbing your buttons, charms and ribbons, you can also pick yourself up some stunning flowers too - how good is that!!

Thanks for popping by and listening to all my trumpet blowing!!  **Toot** **Toot**  Feel free to join in :)


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Yummy Scrap Colour Pallet #4 at Scrap Friends

Happy Thursday to you all!!

Yummy Pallet challenge time at Scrap Friends... and this time featuring a very trendy colour right now - well at least I think so... Grey... Love it!

Here is the yummy challenge inspiration...

and here is my creation - I had a play with some Studio Calico wood veneer banner pieces which are pretty cool!

and the full layout, title is "Sugar & Spice" and there is hidden journalling... love showing the funny and cheeky side of Caitlin.

I'd love it if you could play along and be sure to check out the other DT inspiration here.  You have to be in it to win it and up for grabs is a huge prize pack, the chance to be on the DT team as our guest and enter today to get 10% off your order... check out the details on the blog link above.

This one was ohh so much fun as I said, I am really loving grey right now!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Hi there everyone

I am so sorry I have not been around much of late, no visiting blogs or posts I'm afraid - just a bunch of DT work getting done; not that I am complaining for one second!!  Promise I will get to all of your blogs soon!

I do have a Purple Pumpkin share for you today.  A couple of my most fav photos of Caitlin - not that they are the best technically or super sweet, BUT they sooo capture how she was feeling at the time and the joy is priceless!!

Close ups first, love these Purple Pumpkin heart buttons.

I also used the shades as part of the embellishments on my layout...  Thanks to Natalie Elphinstone for the inspiration; she uses her girls art work on layouts and I thought why not include the actual glasses!!

Close up of the XL Purple Pumpkin button... and all the layers

and here is the full layout...check out her smiles!!  Journalling says "Her future's so bright, She's just got to wear... Shades"

Thanks for popping by today and leaving your comments, especially when I have not been returning the favour!!  

Oh yeah, and be sure to check out the new additions to the Purple Pumpkin store


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Scrap Friends August Sketch

Happy start of the month everyone!!  Time for a new sketch at Scrap Friends and this month was (I must admit) a bit of a challenge; Mainly because I just do not put 5 photos on a layout!!! Eeek... but you know what, that is the whole point isn't it, to challenge ourselves and grow in our craft and learn something new, AND, now that it is finished, I am really happy with how it turned out, so I guess you can teach an "old dog" new tricks... hehehe

Here is the sketch, for my take I rotated to the left 45 degrees.

Of course, some close ups first... very happy with my colours in this one.

and more close ups!!

and finally the full layout :)  OK, I did only fit 4, but one is 6x4 so that counts for 2 right???  My main problem is that I don't really like to shrink my photos, and that is what makes it hard.

Hope you like, and I can't wait to see what you create and what I can learn from you all!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August Monthly challenge for Purple Pumpkin

Did you know it is Purple Pumpkins 2nd Birthday??  Well, as part of the birthday celebrations this month we are 'mixing' up a change for the challenge.  Instead of the sketch, we are making a birthday cake, a Purple Pumpkin birthday cake that is!!!

Each of the DT have come up with an ingredient to add to create your layout and they are:
1.  Paint
2.  Use a Button
3.  Add some twine
4.  Include some fussy cutting
5.  Spray Ink
6.  A flower
7.  A doily
8.  Use 2 different alphas in your title

Of course you also need to use at least one Purple Pumpkin embellishment, but hey, that's super easy!!

and here is my take:

You can see all of the ingredients, except perhaps the spray ink (aka Glimmer mist) which is on the main flower to add some sparkle.

Really hope you have the chance to play along.