Sunday, June 30, 2013

Project Life Week 18

Hi, Lisa here again with more Purple Pumpkin love!  I am back to share with you a simple sweet layout of our everyday.

Project Life Week 16, 2013

Here is the Left Page

Here is the Right Page

I layered and stitched the crochet doilie on one card

 and also a pretty polka dot button

I love how a few little Purple Pumpkin supplies finished off this layout perfectly!

You can find the crochet doilies HERE
and the polka dot button HERE.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I Could Kiss Every Freckle On Your Face - by Debbie Burns

Hi everyone, Debbie here with you today to share a layout!

In case you are wondering how I came up with the title of my layout, I snag pictures from my friend's FB page and usually use her comments about the picture as a title.  This cute little boy is her son.

Lots of Purple Pumpkin goodies on this one!

A cute little bird fabric button here

Here I've added a Purple Pumpkin felt flower and a small house fabric button.

I hope I have inspired you with my layout.
There are still a few days left to join our monthly sketch challenge.
You don't have to use any Purple Pumpkin products (even though we would love it if you did!)

Happy Creating!
. . . Debbie

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Guest designer Arnlaug Koppang

Hi! My name is Arnlaug Koppang and I'm a 31 year old "girl" from a small island at the west coast of Norway. I've been scrapping since 2008 but I would say it's the last 2 years my creativity really hit the surface. And now I'm totally in love with this hobby;-)  I love scrapping because it's a hobby for both memory keeping and creating art. When I scrap my mind relaxes and takes me away from the busy everyday life. 

I love to use social medias and I'm active on my blog, on facebook and also pinterest. Check out my blog here: Arnlaugshobbykosekrok

I'm currently on the designteam for a great sketchblog in NORWAY, Skissedilla. The blog is one of the big ones in Norway and we now get more and more international contributers aswell. I am really proud to be on the team with these great girls! Please pop in to play along sometime:-)

I'm also on the DT of a british online-store called A Sprinkle of Imagination and The Color Room.

I am a scrapper with a lot af variety and can't say I have one particular style. But I have to say I'm having a blast when I'm playing with mixed media:-)

I am so honored to be a guest designer here at Purple Pumpkin. Hope you'll all enjoy my projects:-)

I just love Purple Pumpkin products and have managed to build up a great selection of PP goodies in my stash. I was doing the happy dance when I got my kit with supplies:-)

Ok, here we go. My first page is a mixed media layout. There is A LOT of different mediums on this. The idea for the page came when I saw the flair button with the rainy cloud. It reminds me of how the summers often are here in the west coast of Norway. The photo is taken right after we came home from a lovely vacation in sunny Spain, and it shows how much fun kids can have even without sunny weather. 

To make this page I used what ever I had of scraps of paper, fabric, plastic and tags and glued them down. Then I added all kinds of different mediums before covering it all with glimmer mist. Then I embellished a bit here and there. I like to have a few elements popping off the page and also a few things matching it. 

The flair button is just perfect and you'll find loads of different kinds in the PP shop.

I also used a fabric covered button which I sprayed with some glimmer mist and water to make it blend in to the background. I did the same thing to the crochet flowers. On the bottom right you can see a bit of washi tape. The PP shop has a huge selection of Washi tapes. Love them!

Tucked behind some of the flowers are a wooden button and a few blue tickets.

My next layout is a bit different. When I saw the heart button I instantly knew I had to scrap a photo of my girls who are getting closer and closer each day. I had to add some texture on this layout aswell;-) For the background I used a stencil and some molding paste. I added a touch of red using paint. 

For my embellishment I used this gorgeous fabric button and to match it a beautiful felt heart. I also added a strip of washi tape on the right side. 

For my last project I wanted to make a card. I'm not much of a card maker but I'm trying to do something about it;-)

When I saw this darling Panda bear Jumbo Button I just fell in love. I thought about putting it on a layout but then I  figured it would be perfect for a card trying to cheer someone up. This is a really simple card made by layering many different Washi tapes. I added a stamp and last but not least the Panda bear button. Isn't it just to cute?

Ok, this was a long post I know;-) Hope you're still with me and enjoyed my projects. 

Thanks for having me:-)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

100% boy Layout by Karen Grose

Hello Purple Pumpkin fans, Karen here again to share my latest LO with you, and hopefully provide some inspiration using the wonderful PP products.

I have created this LO for the June Scrapfriends challenge.  Plenty of color, texture and layers on here, as well as lots of yummy PP embellies  :)

Something a little different for me are flowers on my work :)  I simply love this Blue Satin Flower and couldn't resist using it.  I've also used a spotty flair button, large fabric button as well as a green resin flower and Kraft tag (which I painted and sprayed blue).  Add in a splash of Washi tape and you've got yourself a fantastic selection of PP to make your LO a mastrpiece ;)

Close up of the flowers and buttons.

Thanks for visiting today.  Don't forget you still have time to enter our monthly sketch challenge, with some great prizes up for grabs.  Would love to see a few more entries.  Remember you no longer need to use PP embellies to win, and you could score yourself a GDT spot !!!

Until next time, happy scrapping

Monday, June 24, 2013

You Make Me Smile by Julianne McKenna-De Lumen

Good morning Purple Pumpkin friends!

Julianne here today, sharing a layout I created about the youngest of my nine cats. Yes, you read that correctly - I have 9 cats. (It's a long story!!!)

Most of my layouts are about my family, daughters, husband etc. But these furry creatures are also my family, so I scrap them as well. 

Loki (named after a mischievious elf, not Thor's brother), is the youngest of my cats. He is so smoochy and lovable, and yes, he makes me smile every day with his love, cuddles, and funny antics. 

You can see I have used lots of strips of paper and PP washi tape to create my background. Along with some stamps, stickers, and paper die cuts.

I have tucked in some PP crochet flowers, and a cloth button, amongst the Prima flowers. 

And a lone PP resin flower - I adore these resin flowers! They are so delicate and sweet, and can be made as a focus feature, or tucked away for a less visible embellishment piece. 

Here's a close-up of the washi strips and paper layers. I have a "thing" about polka dots, so this is probably one of my all time favourite washi tapes. It matched this paper range (Jillibean Soup) so perfectly. 

Thank-you for stopping by today. All the Purple Pumpkin goodies I have used on my layout, can be found in the store, right here.

And don't forget to join in our June sketch competition - we are on the lookout for a guest designer. 
All the details are here.  

Saturday, June 22, 2013

"Angel Eros" by Vicky Varvadouka

Hello Purple Pumpkin friends!!

This is the layout I made for my Nephew whose name is actually Angelos-Erotokritos so I named it...

"Angel Eros"

It is based on a sketch by Angela Star!

To make it I have used strips of paper by Glitz designs, a bit of mist drops and some stamping!!

The lovely embellies are Purple Pumpkin!! Vinyl cog, black spotty buttonbaby buttonflair button, washi tape!!!

Remember to play along with our sketch challenge and win some PP goodies!!
 You could be our next guest designer!!
read about it --->here!!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

'Romance' Layout by Helen {My Final Project}

Hello there Purple Pumpkin fans!
Yes I am going to miss saying that 3 times a month LOL!!
This is my last post for Purple Pumpkin - thank you for having me :)

I have had a lot of fun here with my dear old friend Vicky Varvadouka  -
10 months all in all, if you include my initial GDT.  
But all good things must come to an end & I am moving on - 
please don't forget about me ladies!  
I hope that I have provided some inspiration to you during my time here!

You are most welcome to keep up with me on my blog HERE & come 
& play along at my challenge blog - Scrap Around The World - HERE.

Sam has very generously agreed to sponsor our 4th prize there
 for an entire year - THANK YOU SAM!!  

On with the show!  This is how I go about creating with Purple Pumpkin products. First I choose what products I am going to use.  I wanted to do a rainbow-type layout so I selected what I could find in my stash that would help me achieve an ombre/rainbow type look.

I had a photo in mind that I wanted to use & I printed it out in black & white as it was a mobile phone photo & not the best quality.  Doing this always 'saves' less than perfect photos.  I added a vintage hue to it to tie in with the yellow tones.

I began this layout by stamping with a Prima stamp around the perimeter of where I knew the photo would go (in the centre) then I used gel medium to apply some offcut strips of burlap (hessian) that I had leftover from a previous project.

Once that was stuck down I brushed over the burlap with gesso paste then added some watercolours around the edges of the burlap.  Then I flicked on some black mist, dried everything off with my heat gun, glued my entire page to a thin sheet of chipboard to flatten it out then added some white sponging of gesso around the edges of my page.

Lastly I positioned my Purple Pumpkin embellishments together with some chipboard words from Scrapmatts & some leftover bling dots from Flourish with a Bling.  As I wanted a muted layout I finished off by protecting my photo with a piece of acrylic plastic while giving my page a light spray of "Calico White" by Studio Calico (Mister Hueys).

All the items shown in my first supplies photograph can be found in the Purple Pumpkin online store HERE

 (Yoyo flowers, patterned fabric buttons in Large & XLarge, resin roses & flairs)
Miss you Already!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Eleanor's 1st year by Judith

Good morning. I hope the weather's a bit brighter where you are. It's very dull and overcast here. 
Today I have a layout to share with you that I did for the current CSI case file. It documents 15 facts about Eleanor, my DD's first year.

And now for some close ups.
I have used a peach floral fabric button and a mint resin rose.

My other cluster included abeautiful  peach yo yo flower, a pink crocheted doily, a pale pink spotty button top and a white resin rose.

That's it for today. Hope to catch you next time.
Judith xx

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

An ode to the fancy bling centered flower - a layout by Yvonne Yam

Have you ever created a whole layout because you wanted to use the one embellishment that you are enamoured with?

Well, I did. It's hard to resist this Purple Pumpkin fancy bling centered flower. I created the rest of the drama on the layout just to showcase her. A steal at A$2.95. 

For more details on this layout, check out this post: Old world charm tea rooms, glitter and lace.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cherish by Julianne McKenna-De Lumen

Good morning Purple Pumpkin fans, and welcome to the start of another week. Julianne here today sharing a layout created for the June challenge at Sketches With a Twist. 

I have been setting myself some personal scrapping challenges recently, and this layout is the perfect example! My first challenge, was to use some of my old stash - which I did by using the Making Memories clear word and definition stickers. They must be 5-7 years old. Scary isn't it! And my second challenge was to use a mixture of masculine and feminine colours. I achieved this by adding a small dashes of blue and grey with PP washi tape

Let's check out the close-ups! Both my daughter and I share a fondness for owls, so I decided to make this layout special by adding several owls to the the design. You can see two of them here - one on the flair button, and one on the bottle cap. Along with quite a few other Purple Pumpkin goodies - a tulle bling flower, crochet doilies, and kraft tags

I love how the bright bold colours of the crochet flower and washi tapes, contrast with the softer shades of pink and white. It really makes the colours pop, and has helped create a visual triangle with the splashes of orange colour. Who would have known that navy blue, grey, pink, and orange, can work together so beautifully!

I've also added numerous circles to my layout to create visual interest, along with splashes of of mist spray, and random sprinklings of rhinestones. 
Thank-you for stopping by and allowing me to share my creation with you.
Maybe I have inspired you to even set some of your own personal scrapping challenges?

Have a great week, and don't forget to drop by tomorrow for even more inspiration from the Purple Pumpkin team!!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swing King by Karen Grose

Hi Purple Pumpkin fans, Karen here again.  It is miserable weather here right now, perfect for staying indoors and scrapping!!!  This LO I've created is for the current challenge at Anna's Craft Cupboard.  Plenty of PP goodness on here to share with you


I love using bright colors at the moment, and I had some cute PP embellies to go with this photo of my son back in 2008.  I've used a gorgeous fabric button (giraffe) and one of the super versatile fabric heart buttons.  As well as that I've used one of my faves - the Flair Star button along with some trusty old tickets around the border of my picture.  Throw some of the ever so funky Washi Tape - Small Stars Red, and you have yourself a bright, fun and funky LO :)

Some close ups of the gorgeous buttons

And the Heart Fabric button

So there you have it.  I hope I have inspired you some small way today.  Don't forget you still have plenty of time to play along with our monthly sketch challenge, and win yourself some of these super funky embellishments to play with.  

Have a scrappy week  :)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

An Off-The-Page Project by Helen Tilbury

Hi!  Well I hope to WOW you with this one!!  
One of my favourite Purple Pumpkin projects to date!!!

At Scrapmatts this month we got to construct & decorate this little
'Memory Cabinet'.  It arrived flat-packed & terrified the life out of me
 but came with detailed instructions & I managed to make it quite quickly!

I'm sending mine to a sweet online friend in America who brings sunshine
 into my life, so I decided to go with cheery yellows & oranges
 & used many little bits & pieces from Purple Pumpkin.

Here you can see that I used 2 XL fabric covered buttons & 2 regular sized ones available HERE. I also used a multi-coloured crochet flower tucked into the corner behind the heart button - you can buy that doily flower HERE & there are various different colour-ways to choose from.

In the othere side of the cabinet I used even MORE Purple Pumpkin goodies!

I used 2 jumbo fabric buttons in awesome floral designs, that I can't see in the store right now - I do hope they will come back though as they are really pretty! 

 I also used a yellow spotty button available HERE, a resin rose available HERE, and in the bottom section a cameo {not available at present} & a yoyo flower available HERE.

I also used quite a few wooden patterned buttons available HERE.

  If you are interested in seeing & reading more about this little project
of mine you can visit my blog at 
where I will have it up shortly with more close-ups, etc.

Purple Pumpkin supplies are perfect for using on Off-The-Page projects -
my only advice is to hot-glue the items on using a good glue-gun that
heats up really well, just be careful as they can burn you really badly!

The hot-glue is the strongest form of adhesive I've ever come across
{and the cheapest too!} so is perfect for things displayed out in the
open that are subject to more handling than our scrapbook pages.