Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Put a Bit of Sparkle in your Life...

Bird Is the Word

Our new word for the next two weeks will be SPARKLE!

This word made me think a little more than all the other words i have scrapped. It shouldn't have cause my youngest daughter is always - and i mean ALWAYS - dressed in PINK and material which sparkles. But i had a photo which was taken from a distance- more background then anything- so i decided to cut "her" out from everything else. Which then made me decide on creating a layout which had a scene. Not me, totally different, but i think i actually was amazed by the end result. Tell me what you think??

My daughter had left over glitter and told me i could use it one day on my scrapbook layouts...well i did...

Did you spot the Purple Pumpkin embellishments and the Scrapmatts chipboard in my layout???

You should go check out all their great products. Purple Pumpkin is having their monthly sale on tomorrow night here. Lots of new products for sale...i know i will be there with bells on!!

Mary Thomas has also left a sketch on Bird Is the Word which you may like to use for inspiration for your layout.

If you like my layout, then you should check out all the DT examples here...such a wonderful and amazing bunch of ladies...and i enjoy working alongside them

And before i go i thought i would show you a few photo's recently taken of the girls...

And kayleys swim photos of her competing at Brophy in canberra which means you had to finish in the top 2 for your area in which you swim at regional level.

andrew and i were very proud parents last Sunday.Kayley swam very well and it was a great fun day.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Long Time in Between Posts...

Well in the last 2 weeks our car has driven to Sydney twice, Albury twice, Wagga, Leeton and Coolamon.We have one more left to do which is to Canberra on Sunday. Kayley finished in the top 2 for our region for swimming in both butterfly and breaststroke events. So Brophy here we come. She is looking forward to also swimming in the relay events too - this time not swimming against the girls she has been swimming at carnivals but with them instead.

So i can show a layout i completed for Stuck. Sara's sketch was great to work with and so fun.

Here is my layout based on the sketch.

Did you spot the Purple Pumpkin embellishments??? The little bumble bee buttons are so cute and i love the leather hearts which are bright but you can also doodle on them too.

I have also been busy creating for Scrapmatts. Our theme this month was boys/men in our life. Well having 3 girls, this was a bit daunting at first but i am lucky enough to have my best friend to take photo's of her son.

and a close up:

and a few more close ups:

Don't you just love the alpha button from Purple Pumpkin !!!

thanks for stopping by xxx

I love reading all your wonderful comments...:)

PS i forgot to mention:


Our next big sale is on Wednesday the 28th of March! Want to win $50 spending money for it? Here's how...

Make sure you are a follower of our blog here, then post the above pic on your own blog, with a link back to here, then leave us a comment letting us know.


The winner will be announced on the blog, just before the sale on the 28th. We'll be sharing lots of sneak peeks of all our new goodies before that, so be sure to pop by every day.

We've got another $50 giveaway running on our FACEBOOK PAGE, so make sure you enter over there too, for another chance to win!

And lastly, don't forget about our DESIGN TEAM CALL!

I know a lot of you have been waiting impatiently for this, so here it is....our next DESIGN TEAM CALL! Our current design team have done a fabulous job for the last 6 months, and have created some beautiful projects. We think you'll agree that they have been AMAZING!! We'll be sad to see some of our fabulous designers go, but at the same time we're excited to see who'll apply to be part of our next Design Team!

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 purplepumpkincrafts@hotmail.com

* 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.

* 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. (and don't forget, even though most of our items are only available during our monthly sales, you can now purchase a small selection of buttons ALL THE TIME from our SHOP as well as tickets and twine).**

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 well as a DT Discount on all purchases during your dt term. 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.

* Promote sales/giveaways etc.

* Provide a sample layout for our Monthly Sketch Challenge, and visit and comment on linked entries.

International applicants are welcome to apply.

Applications need to be in by the midnight on 5th of April,and our new design team will be announced on Tuesday the 10th of April.

Good Luck!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Love You...

I decided to not go BRIGHT....lol which is so not me normally but hey...i like to try..

I decided to try the latest challenge over at White with 1 for this month.


and what...i spotted a spotty button and my all time favourite...crochet doiley from Purple Pumpkin!

and a few close ups:

Did you look closely...

I have also included the new 4 leaf clover chipboard by Scrapmatts too along with some other favourites of mine also..

Thankyou for stopping by my blog...

I'd better go start dinner before picking up and dropping off kids to sport and meetings.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rush, Rush, Rush.....

Life has been quiet hectic in the Symons house...

Swimming season is drawing to an end but basketball,netball and gym start up..
Last weekend Andrew and I were split. He having to go to Sydney with Kayley and myself going to Wagga and Coolamon.

Kayley got selected for the Speedo Sprints which were held at the Olympic Pool in Sydney. It was a great experience and she did do a PB in one race.

Now this is a photo of Bridget who was very proud at her school carnival coming first:

And my exciting weekend was spent with Emma and Bridget. We attended the Jellybean Picnic which is for kids who have Type1 Diabetes. What a day...they had craft and art, animal handling shows, games, sample bags and the highlight of the day was the photo booth. I don't even know how many times my girls were in there...i lost count!

Emma got to start off a collage and of course it had to be green!

Bridget loved the animal show:

And on sunday i travelled to Coolamon with Emma for a swim carnival. We had a great day and the sun was out from behind those clouds. Em was so proud because she received 2 medals on the day.

And the weekend before, the Tumut Show was held but alot of events were cancelled due to floods around Tumut. But the Miss Show Girl was still held and Kayley and Bridget both received ribbons on the day.

So i have managed to scrap only my DT committments at the moment.And the new word has went up over at

Bird Is The Word

New Challenge Word - CHARM

This sketch is designed by Mary Thomas and may be inspirational and one to use as the base of your layout.

Here is my layout example:

You will find this challenge and all the fantastic DT examples here.

Better go and try and keep up with my children...got basketball and swim champs on tonight...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a message which i love to read.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Finally the Sun comes Out

Since completing this layout for todays reveal at STUCK, we have had floods around Tumut. Bit different to the happy photos displayed on my layout when we had clear blue skies. But the sun is out now, washing is finally on the clothes line getting dry and i can finally scrap a little.

and a few close ups of those bright and bubbly buttons which can be purchased at Purple Pumpkin:

Don't you agree - the buttons look fantasic and are great for all styles of layouts.

This layout was created for my first reveal at STUCK. If you get time this month, why not come and visit to check out the magnificant sketch by Sara and the fantastic talent on the CT.

I have been away last week with Kayley in Sydney for her annual checkup from her brain tumor.Everything turned out great. We got the best report.
On returning back to Tumut, we had a BIG downpour of rain which flooded the Tumut Valley. Here are some photos i took.

There were also some animals which were trying to stay dry:

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Big Time Catch Up....

Life is certainly hectic at the moment. Swimming season is drawing to a close and with todays weather in Tumut, you would think it would be now!

We have been in Sydney for doctors appointments with Kayley and we travelled back home last night to find alot of places around Tumut flooded. There were 11 people rescued and evacuated from their homes last night.

We were suppose to go to Leeton for the Zone High School Swim Carnival but it has been cancelled as towns cannot get through to compete.

The Tumut Show is suppose to be on this weekend. Everything has been cancelled bar the pavilion. It is a shame cause the girls were so excited and looking forward to going.

So in the coming week we will have both girls going to Leeton and Albury for swimming carnivals and Emma has a trial basketball in Albury too.

You might ask how i have scrapped in all this running around. Well it has been hard but i'm going OK....just what i have to get done and nothing for me though...:(

So i better show and tell some....

Bird Is the Word

Our new word for the week is DISCOVER.

Mary Thomas has created yet another great sketch for inspiration:

(Sketch use is not required)

You if you would like to play along, you can enter or check out all the DT's inspirational layouts here along with our special Guest designers too.

Here is my creation:


Jolanda Simons has set the challenge for the month of MARCH.

And her challenge is...make a male card and use layers...

Here is my example:

a few close ups:

To be eligible, your creation MUST also have Scrapmatts on it.

The prize will be a $25.00 Scrapmatts gift voucher.

Members need to upload their entry into the normal gallery here and just call it 'March Challenge' and we will move it into an album.

Creations must be uploaded into the gallery by the end of the month.

Goodluck and happy scrapping from the Scrapmatts Team!!


We have three fantastic sponsors this month for March:

This month is a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 challenge and we want to see...

1 = Piece of Kraft Cardstock or Patterned Paper
2 = Photos of any size
3 = Three word title
4 = different pieces of patterned paper
5 = different embellishments

** Embellishments can but are not limited to Journal Cards/Tags, Ribbons, Stickers, Die-Cuts, Flowers, Buttons, Twine, Chipboard etc...
*** Feel free to use paints/inks/ mists etc these are not included in the above.

Any questions please email me at: kraft.it.up@hotmail.com

Entries must be linked here no later than 11.59pm March 31st.

I had alot of fun with my layout - as you can tell by the photos that Kayley had alot of fun this summer too...LOL

a close up:

Well i think i'll rap it up for now and pop back tomorrow for some more inspiring challenges and layouts.


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