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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Challenge!

Can you believe we are now officially past the halfway point of the year? When did that happen? Eeeeeekkkkk!!!

Anyway, we are here to brighten your day with a brand new challenge for the month of July, and this month it has been put together by our very own Design Team member Kylie Tout...

You can choose to interpret this however you wish, as long as we can clearly see handwriting featured on your layout. (Hidden journalling or only a few words will not count!) In addition, don't forget to include at least one handmade embellishment somewhere on your creation.

This month, we are also very fortunate that Kylie's own store Scrapping Clearly, will be sponsoring our challenge!

For those who are in the vicinity of Gundagai NSW, you are lucky enough to be able to visit Scrapping Clearly to shop or attend classes in person. (You will find the store in the main street.) For those who are further afield, you will be pleased to know that Kylie also has a fantastic online store. The shop boasts an enormous range of Heidi Swapp products - including the latest HS mixed media products (stencils, modelling pastes, screen print inks, rub on foil). In addition, there is an equally impressive range from many other popular manufacturers, and certainly something to please every kind of scrapper.

You will find the Scrapping Clearly store here:

For all the latest news, the Scrapping Clearly Facebook page HERE

And for plenty of inspiration from the Design Team, visit the blog HERE

Now onto some inspiration from our own team...

Charms Creations map marker; D-lish Scraps flair

Handmade pinwheel

Lime Tree Creations crochet flowers; handmade die cut camera

Handmade crochet button flower

Burdy's Embellies arrows

We hope to see lots of entries inspired by this challenge. You will need to link up your creation via the link tool no later than midnight, 31st July to be in the running for the prize!

*Please ensure all entries are original and created specifically for the Show Us Your Stuff challenge. Challenge - combining is not permitted.*

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

June Mid-month reveal!

Yes, we really are halfway through the month already! That means it's time to give you another dose of inspiration from our DT and remind you of this month's mood board for our challenge...

Don't forget that this month's sponsor is the amazing Flutterby Designs! Regular readers of our blog will know that our DT often use Flutterby Designs embellishments on their layouts (including some of those shown below). You can get your own stash of Flutterby goodies from the Flutterby Designs store HERE and make sure you are following Flutterby on Facebook HERE for all the latest news.

Now here are some creations from our team...

Flutterby Designs flair

Flutterby Designs flair, wood bits and fussy cuts; Burdy's Embellies arrows

Handmade gold thread frame

Charms Creations heart, Burdy's Embellies bow and D-lish Scraps flair

Isn't it great to see how a mood board inspires people differently? Don't forget to upload your own creation by midnight, 30th June to be in the running for this month's prize. Don't be shy - Show Us YOUR Stuff!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

May Winner!

Sorry for the delay, it's been a scrappy big month around here! Last weekend saw the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo run in Brisbane, which is held annually over the Queen's birthday long weekend. It was a fabulous event that had papercrafters from all over Australia converge on the Convention Centre to attend classes, meet up with scrappy friends and of course, shop! If you have never been and you get a chance to go, it's a must-do!

Now, onto our May winner. We had another group of fabulous entries to choose from and this month our Design Team has selected this awesome layout as our winner...

belonging to........Merle!

Congrats Merle! Your layout was a sensational interpretation of the sketch! You can read more about Merle's winning layout on her blog HERE

Merle has won a voucher from our fabulous May sponsor Scrapper's Garden. (Merle - please send us an email with your details via the contact tab above so we can pass them on for you.)

* Don't forget that our challenges are not possible without the generous support of our sponsors, and they need our support too!*
Please visit the Scrapper's Garden Facebook page HERE and become a fan, and head to the store HERE to shop. You will find an amazing range of exclusive handmade blooms as well as brand name flowers to tempt you.

Thank you to everyone who entered our May sketch. Don't forget you have until the end of the month to play along with our fabulous June mood board challenge for a chance to win a prize from Flutterby Designs!

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Challenge!

Welcome to June and welcome to winter! As the chilly season is now officially upon us here in Australia, it provides us all with the perfect excuse to stay warm indoors and SCRAP!

We thought we would start winter with a bang, and provide you with a gorgeous mood board challenge that our very own DT member Paula designed for us...

You can take inspiration from the board however you wish, just don't forget to tell us how it inspired you! In addition, don't forget to include a handmade embellishment somewhere on your layout (it doesn't have to be made by you). Simple!

This month, we are lucky enough to have one of our previous sponsors rejoin us...

I am sure most of our followers would already know of Flutterby Designs (given that our Design Team often use Flutterby goodies on their layouts). For anyone who isn't aware though, Flutterby Designs is an awesome online scrapbooking embellishment store owned and run by the very lovely, and equally talented, Anita Rodway. Anita is generously providing a voucher for this month's winner to spend in the Flutterby Store.

Flutterby Designs specialises in flair buttons; pocket page style cards; stencils; wood veneers; photo cuts; and fussy cut die cuts. All the products are specially designed by Anita to not only cater to the needs of paper crafters, but also keep up with latest design trends.

* Shop the Flutterby Designs store:

* For the latest news, follow the Flutterby Facebook page:

* And for lots of inspiration, the Flutterby blog:

Now for some inspiration from our team...

Burdy's Embellies satin flowers & love candy; D-lish Scraps flair & butterfly pins

Rainbow Splendour vellum bow; D-lish Scraps flair

Rainbow Splendour camera pin and vellum dots

Charms Creations heart and lollipop; D-lish Scraps flair; Sandra's own handmade hat pin

Charms Creations star; Scrappers Garden handmade flowers

Rainbow Splendour felt & fabric bow; D-lish Scraps flair

Awesome job from the Design Team, once again!

We hope you will all join us this month and share your creations inspired by our mood board. Entries need to be linked up via the link tool by midnight, 30th June.
Stay warm & happy scrapping! :)

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...

Burdy's Embellies cogs and Greatest View badge

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

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

Handmade journal tag

Flutterby Designs flair

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 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...

D-lish Scraps flair; Charms Creations star

And from the rest of our team...

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

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

Flutterby Designs flair

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...

D-lish Scraps flair; Charms Creations heart

Flutterby Designs flair

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

A Piece of Cake Designs flair

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...

Rainbow Splendour pretty pin; Scrappers Garden flower

D-lish Scraps flair; Charms Creations heart

Burdy's Embellies love candy

D-lish scraps flair; Charms Creations heart

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

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.*