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Friday, May 15, 2015

May mid-month reveal!

Already halfway through the month, so that means it's time for another dose of inspiration from our Design Team. Remember, this month we have a sketch challenge. You need only use the sketch as the basis for your layout and remember to include a handmade embellishment - can't get much simpler than that!
Here is a reminder of the sketch...


And don't forget that this month we have the fabulous Scrappers Garden on board as our sponsor too! There is a $15 voucher to the store up for grabs for our lucky winner, which is well worth playing for. You can pop over to the Scrappers Garden store HERE to see what gorgeous goodies they have on offer. And don't forget to also follow them on Facebook HERE to keep up to date with all the news, latest releases, specials, etc.

Now here's some eye candy from the DT...

Chloe
Burdy's Embellies cogs and Greatest View badge

Lisette
Burdy's Embellies satin flower; D-lish Scraps flair; Charms Creations lollipop

Amanda
Rainbow Splendour vellum bow and camera pin; Charms Creations arrow; D-lish Scraps flair and hand-dyed muslin; Flutterby Designs wood veneer title

Kylie
Handmade journal tag

Paula
Flutterby Designs flair

Sandra
Charms Creations heart; handmade heart embellishment


I hope we have got your mojo going, and that you will all join us in our challenge this month. Entries need to be linked my midnight, 31st May. (Please ensure that entries are created specifically for our challenge - unfortunately, if you combine with other challenges you will be ineligible for the prize.)
Happy scrapping! :)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

April Winner!

Sorry to keep everyone hanging, it's been a hectic start to the month, but we finally have a winner for our April challenge. We had such a fantastic batch of entries for our mood board challenge, and with much deliberation we finally managed to narrow it down to this gorgeous creation for our winner...


belonging to...Elaine Schoof!!!

Congratulations Elaine, we loved your layout inspired by our mood board! You can read more about Elaine's layout on her blog HERE

Elaine has won a prize pack from our amazing April sponsor Catie's Craft Corner! (Elaine - please send us an email with your details via the contact tab so we can pass them on for you.)

*Don't forget to show your support for our sponsor by visiting the Catie's Craft Corner Facebook page HERE and becoming a fan!*

Thank you to everyone who played along with us in April. We hope you will all join us again for our current sketch challenge (details HERE) for your chance to win a prize from Scrapper's Garden!

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Challenge!

Welcome to May! Well, we are definitely speeding through Autumn. I am sure the weather is cooling off nicely wherever you are (in Australia). Time to warm your day with the reveal of our new challenge. This month we have a sketch for you, courtesy of our very own Boss Lady Vicki, (who right at this very moment is up here enjoying some Qld weather with me!)

Here is Vicki's sketch...


Besides the sketch, the only other criteria is to make sure you include a handmade embellishment (it doesn't have to be made by you). How easy is that?

This month, we are very happy to announce that we have a wonderful new sponsor joining us...


Scrappers Garden is a family owned online store that specialises in handmade paper flowers and products. They also carry a great range of branded flowers and chipboard products. Scrappers Garden are generously providing a $15 store voucher for our winner this month! We will be back later in the month to tell you more about Scrappers Garden, but in the meantime, you will find their store HERE; their Facebook page HERE and their blog HERE


Now onto some inspiration!

This month, we are placing a special feature on our DT member Ali's layout.
As many of you may already be aware, back in mid March Ali's 18 year old daughter Zoe was caught up in Tropical Cyclone Pam whilst on a volunteer teaching placement on one of Vanuatu's outer islands. After the Category 5 storm passed, leaving many areas of the island nation in ruins, Ali and her family suffered an excruciating wait for news from Zoe's village. After a very long week, Zoe was finally able to contact home and let them know she was OK, but her poor village was not.

Here is what happened next, as told to us by Ali...

When Zoë's Pentecost community was without food and water, our Facebook community rallied behind her cause to charter a helicopter to deliver life-saving supplies. Donations flooded in, and in less than three days we had a total of $8000. More than enough to cover our mission.
Once Zoë delivered the aid she returned home for a month to raise awareness and support for Vanuatu. People have continued to be incredibly generous.
Zoë will return on 3 May, but sadly as the Level School community is still without a water tank her placement there is not viable. She will instead take up a teaching position in another village whose gardens and water supply were not destroyed in TC Pam.
Zoë and her new volunteering partner will make the five hour journey by foot to Level to deliver supplies including school supplies, medical supplies, blankets, clothing and food such as rice, flour and sugar.
School attendance in Vanuatu is compulsory but not free. Families sell their crops for cash to pay for their kids' education. But now that their crops have been wiped out, there is no money to pay for school. Zoë will also give Level School funding to help cover the cost of keeping the 45 students in school.
It's estimated that it will take five years before Vanuatu's gardens fully recover. That's a lot of lost years of education. If you'd like to help Zoë keep the Level kids at school please contact Ali on alisonabernethy8@gmail.com and we'll add you to our Facebook page. You can also follow Zoë's journey on her blog HERE 
Zoë's Dad will be travelling to Pentecost in June and will take further supplies. He and Zoë will again travel to Level School community and together with the Principal will work a long-term plan.


Here is Ali's layout documenting that very special aid flight, with her (now famous) daughter aboard...

Ali
D-lish Scraps flair; Charms Creations star

And from the rest of our team...

Vicki
Burdy's Embellies cogs and arrows; Lovelybug Bits n Bobs fabric button


Leanne
Rainbow Splendour cork polaroid frame; Charms Creations heart; Lil' Red Rocket button


Kim
Flutterby Designs flair


Sue
D-lish Scraps flair

(If you have made it this far in the post, thank you!) We hope you will all play along with us and share your take on the challenge. Entries close midnight, 31st May. Happy scrapping! :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Mid-month reveal!

So here we are halfway through another month, which means it's time for another reveal from our team to help get your inspiration firing again!

If you haven't had a go at this month's challenge yet, here is the mood board from DT member Kim...


And a reminder that our sponsor this month is our very own lovely Catie from...


Catie has a gorgeous prize pack of her own goodies for this month's lucky winner. Don't forget to follow the Catie's Craft Corner Facebook page HERE and you can see for yourself what this talented gal can do!

Now onto that extra inspiration I promised...

Sue
D-lish Scraps flair; Charms Creations heart

Paula
Flutterby Designs flair

Leanne
Handmade embellishments by Rainbow Splendour; Lil'Red Rocket and The Chip Chop Shop

Ali
A Piece of Cake Designs flair

Kim
Flair by Funky Flairs


So there you have it - another serving of creativity from our team to get your mojo going! We have had some beautiful entries posted already and we would love to see yours amongst them. Challenge entries close midnight, 30th April.
*Please ensure all entries are original and created specifically for the Show Us Your Stuff challenge. Challenge combining is not permitted.*

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

March Winner!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter with their families, celebrating with whatever your family traditions are.

Despite the holiday break, (and immense amounts of chocolate they had consumed), our DT were hard at work choosing a winner from our March challenge. And once again, our entrants didn't make it an easy task either, so thank you to everyone who participated!

Our March winner was this fabulous creation...

belonging to....Elisa Ablett!

Congratulations Elisa, we loved your take on the challenge! You can read more about Elisa's layout on her blog HERE

Elisa has won a prize pack from our amazing March sponsor Rainbow Splendour! (Elisa - please send us an email with your details via the contact tab so we can pass them on for you.)


Thanks again to everyone who played along and shared their work with us. We hope you are all joining us again this month with our current mood board challenge (details HERE) for your chance to win a prize from Catie's Craft Corner!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Challenge!

Well Easter is almost upon us, and besides an overload of chocolate, it also means that for many of the mums amongst us (myself included), that we can kiss goodbye to routine and school lunches for a couple of weeks and enjoy a bit of extra creative time...hooray!

Before revealing the new challenge, we would like to thank all our entrants in our March challenge. We received a spectacular group of entries, and we will get back to you with a winner shortly.

This month our challenge has been designed by our very own DT member, Kim Kendall. Kim has put together this stunning mood board for everyone...


You can be inspired by this mood board however you wish, just remember to tell us what inspired you and don't forget to include a handmade embellishment!

This month our challenge is being sponsored by yet another one of our own DT members Catie Kennedy, from Catie's Craft Corner.


Although you may have noticed Catie's inspiring work for SUYS a little absent lately, it is simply because she has had so much going on she has been unable to fit it in. She does remain a valued member of our team though, and Catie's Craft Corner has always been a fantastic supporter of ours too. I am sure you will see more of Catie's work once she has some breathing room again! In the meantime, Catie has offered a prize pack of some gorgeous goodies for our winner this month.

Now onto some inspiration from our Design Team...

Chloe
Rainbow Splendour pretty pin; Scrappers Garden flower

Lisette
D-lish Scraps flair; Charms Creations heart

Vicki
Burdy's Embellies love candy

Sandra
D-lish scraps flair; Charms Creations heart

Amanda
Charms Creations super star; Rainbow Splendour floral bow; A Lil' Somethin' button

Kylie
Kylie's own handmade tag

I am sure you will agree it's another amazing batch of inspiration from our team and now it's time to show us YOUR stuff! We look forward to seeing everyone's take on this challenge. Please link your entries via the blog, by midnight 30th April.
*A reminder that as per our challenge rules, entries must be created specifically for the Show Us Your Stuff challenge and not combined with other challenges. Entries failing to comply with this condition are disqualified from being eligible for prizes.*

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sponsor Spotlight: Rainbow Splendour

Time to turn our sponsor spotlight on this month's fabulous sponsor who is none other than...
Rainbow Splendour!


Rainbow Splendour belongs to our very own Design Team member Chloe Nielsen, who is the creative hands and mind behind this handmade embellishment business. Rainbow Splendour has built a very loyal customer base since its inception, and it's not hard to see why. Chloe's products are not only super cute, but they are also handcrafted with care and provided with happy, friendly service.

Here's a sample of some Rainbow Splendour goodies...


I asked Chloe to tell us a bit about Rainbow Splendour in her own words...

"Here at Rainbow Splendour, we love COLOUR!
We have embellishments in all shades of the rainbow, ranging from pinwheels, bows, feathers, pretty petals, polaroid frames and our ever popular pretty pins.
Our most recent addition has been our vellum bows, which have proven to be right on trend and HUGELY popular."
 
You have a chance to grab yourself some Rainbow Splendour goodies, as Chloe is holding a March release sale on the blog...TOMORROW! There will be old favourites and new items available, and lucky order numbers which will receive free products.


For all the details visit the sale event page on Facebook HERE

In the meantime, here are a couple of sale item sneak peeks...

{How cute are these? PERFECT for Easter layouts!}

{Be still my beating heart - these are SO beautiful!}

Stock is limited, so be sure to get in quick! You will find the Rainbow Splendour blog where the sale is being held HERE and don't forget to keep tabs on the Facebook page HERE for more updates.

Thank you once again to Chloe, as Rainbow Splendour continues to be one of our most supportive sponsors here at Show Us Your Stuff. Without our sponsors we simply wouldn't exist.
Don't forget to get your entries in for the March challenge for your chance to WIN your own pack of Rainbow Splendour goodies! Challenge details HERE

Monday, March 16, 2015

March Mid-month Reveal!

Isn't this month just whizzing by? (As they so often do, I know!) So here we are at the halfway mark and it's time for another reveal from our DT.

Remember our challenge from DT member Chloe this month is to use this quote...


(And don't forget your handmade item!)

And a reminder that our sponsor this month is...

Who wouldn't want a prize pack filled with Rainbow Splendour goodness? Be sure to follow Rainbow Splendour on Facebook HERE to keep up with all the latest news and also follow the blog HERE for new releases and inspiration from the Rainbow Splendour DT.

Now for some inspiration from our own team...

Kylie
Hand-dyed doiley

Lisette
Charms Creations heart; D-lish Scraps flair; and Lisette's own handmade flower

Sandra
D-lish Scraps flair; hand-dyed doiley; and die cut felt flowers

Chloe
Burdy's Embellies love heart candy; {scrAp this!} journal card; D-lish Scraps flair

Kim
Handmade (by Kim herself!) bling butterfly embellishment
{For all the grammar police - Kim knows there is a letter missing, but she has been unable to re-shoot due to hand injury)

Vicki
Burdy's Embellies love candy and satin flowers; Rainbow Splendour vellum bow

I love that our team has so many different styles! We are looking forward to seeing what your take on this challenge is (quote challenges are lovely, as they allow you to remain true to your own style!) Don't forget to link your entries by midnight, 31st March!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

February Winner!

After a VERY close vote by the team (yes, it really was THAT close!), we can finally announce the winner of our February "Countdown Challenge".

The layout our team chose as their favourite was...


belonging to - Katie Howard!

Congratulations Katie, your layout was fantastic! You can read more about Katie's winning layout on her blog HERE

Katie has won a prize from our generous sponsors Scrapping Life. (Katie - please send us an email with your details via the contact tab so we can pass them on for you.)


Thank you to everyone who played along with our February challenge (and for making our job so difficult in choosing a winner!) Don't forget to play along with us again this month with our "Quote Challenge" (details HERE) for your chance to win a prize pack from Rainbow Splendour!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Challenge Reveal!

Welcome to March, welcome to Autumn (here in Australia) and welcome to our latest challenge! First of all we must thank all the participants from our February challenge, we had a great batch of entries! We will tally the team's votes and announce a winner as soon as possible.

Now, this month we have a gorgeous quote challenge brought to you by our DT member (she is also our Pinterest manager!), Chloe Nielsen. Chloe has sourced this quote for everyone to use in their creations this month...


Aside from including the quote somewhere on your layout, the only other thing you need to do is to include a handmade embellishment - easy! (Your embellishment does not have to be made by you, it can be something you have purchased from someone else, such as flair buttons.)

This month our challenge has not only been designed by Chloe, but it is being sponsored by her as well! Chloe is the owner and head designer of Rainbow Splendour, and there is a gorgeous package of handmade Rainbow Splendour goodies up for grabs for our winner!


Rainbow Splendour has always been a fantastic supporter of the SUYS challenge, so please show Chloe your support in return by ensuring you are a fan of Rainbow Splendour on Facebook HERE and following the Rainbow Splendour blog HERE

Now onto some inspiration from our Design Team with our first monthly reveal...

Leanne
Rainbow Splendour glitter frame, vellum bow & deer pin; Charms Creations heart

Sue
Rainbow Splendour vellum bow; D-lish Scraps flair

Paula
Handmade crochet button flower

Amanda
Charms Creations mini heart; D-lish Scraps flair

Ali
D-lish Scraps flair

As you can see from the team's samples, this challenge provides lots of opportunity for you to put your own spin on it! We look forward to seeing all of your gorgeous creations!
Entries need to be linked up on the blog by midnight, 31st March. 
*A reminder that as per our challenge rules, entries must be created specifically for the Show Us Your Stuff challenge and not combined with other challenges. Entries failing to comply with this condition are disqualified from being eligible for prizes.*