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Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Challenge!

Yes, you read that right - it's NOVEMBER!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeek! (Don't worry, I won't mention the "C" word.) We had a fantastic response to our October challenge, thank you very much to all who entered (you have made our job very difficult!)

This month we have an awesome new challenge for you, brought to you by our very own DT member Amanda Hartmann. Our November challenge is to choose your own scrap adventure using a word, embellishment, technique and photo size from the list below. (And of course, a handmade item too!)

We also have another exciting new sponsor joining us this month, please welcome...

I am sure many of you are already familiar with Flutterby Designs (I know many of our DT are!), but for those who are not, you MUST visit Flutterby Designs and check out the gorgeous range of products available.
You will find the Flutterby Designs shop HERE
For all the latest news, the Flutterby Facebook page HERE
And for loads of inspiration, you will find the Flutterby blog HERE

Now, onto some inspiration from our team...

{Love; button; stencilling & stamping; 5x7 photo}
Handmade item is a button from Burdy's Embellies

{Laugh; butterfly; stencilling; mini photo}
Handmade flowers & butterfly from My Vintage Blossoms

{Love; button; stencilling; square photo}
Handmade tissue paper flower

{Love; butterflies, button & bow; stitching; 5x7 photo}
Flutterby Designs flair and Lovelybug Bits n Bobs button & balsa wood butterfly

{Love; butterflies; stencilling; mini photos}
Handmade item is flair from Greatest View

Don't you love how one challenge can produce such a variety of work? We are looking forward to seeing what everyone chooses for their own scrap adventure this month! Link your entries up before midnight, 30th November.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oct mid month inspiration

Have you been scrapping this month? Have you tried our sketch yet?
Our October sketch has been designed by our very own DT member Chloe, and can be interpreted as you please, but don't forget your handmade item! :)

Don't forget our fabulous sponsor this month is Kellie from Kellie Stamps!

You will find the Kellie Stamps store HERE
And you can keep up with all the latest Kellie Stamps news via Kellie's blog HERE
or her Facebook page HERE

And here is what Kellie is generously providing for this month's lucky winner...

Now here are some more samples from our DT to inspire you...

Handmade crochet flowers from Catie's Craft Corner

Handmade items include Flutterby Designs flair and Charms Creations Heavenly Heart

Handmade items from Burdy's Embellies

Flair from A Piece of Cake Designs

Flair from A Piece of Cake Designs

We would love to see you all playing along with your take on this month's challenge.You have until the end of the month to link up your creation...happy scrapping! :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sponsors Spotlight: Kellie Stamps!

It's time to turn the spotlight on this month's awesome sponsor...Kellie Stamps!

If you are unfamiliar with Kellie Stamps, then you have seriously been missing out! Kellie Stamps was founded in 2012 by Kellie Winnell. Kellie describes herself as a "designer, blogger, and online store owner", but we will preface all those words with one of our own - talented! Besides juggling all those hats, Kellie is also a mum to 3 girls.

Kellie initially began designing and selling her own stamps under the Kellie Stamps brand back in 2012 as she "wanted to bring Australian way of wording to Australian crafters, while still catering internationally". Since that time, Kellie Stamps has grown and flourished into what it is today - a homegrown Australian boutique brand that offers unique and quality clear and wood mount stamps.

Here is a sample of some previously released popular Kellie Stamps products...

Kellie recently announced her future plans for the business via her blog, Give a Girl a Blog, and explained that in order to keep her designs fresh, that all future products will be released once only, and once sold out, they are gone! Kellie is currently clearing all existing stock from her store, in order to start afresh with the new.

We would like to thank Kellie for sponsoring our challenge this month, and ask that all our followers show their support for Kellie Stamps by becoming a fan of Kellie's Facebook page HERE and following her blog HERE. (This will ensure you are kept up to date with all the latest Kellie Stamps news and product release details, so you don't miss out!) You will find the Kellie Stamps store HERE but you will have to be quick as stock is almost sold out! 

Winner, winner.....

WOW! We sure had some gorgeous entries for the September challenge, thank you very much to everyone who played along with us! Without further ado, the winner of our September mood board challenge is this beautiful creation...

belonging to...Lizzy Hill!!!

Congrats Lizzy, we just loved your take on our mood board! You can read more about Lizzy's winning layout on her blog HERE.
Lizzy has won a fabulous prize from our September sponsor Sawyer's Place

A big thanks to Sawyer's Place for supporting our challenge! (Don't forget to show your support by becoming a fan on their Facebook page HERE and by visiting the store HERE)
Lizzy, please send us an email via the contact tab above so we can get your prize organised. 

Thank you again to everyone that joined in our September challenge. We hope you are all playing along again this month with our current sketch challenge. Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful entries! :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SUYS October Challenge!!!

These months are flying by! It will be Christmas before we know it! 
In the meantime, we have a new challenge for you, this month is a sketch challenge designed by Chloe! Interpret the sketch as you please, and don't forget your handmade item! :)

We have a totally awesome sponsor for you this month...

These stamps are all designed by Kellie of 'Give a Girl a Blog'
You can find Kellie's stamps in her store HERE
And keep up with all her updates on facebook at Give a Girl a Blog

You can purchase these cool stamps from Kellie's store, but you have to be quick because once they are gone, they will not be repeated!

Now, here are some samples from our DT to inspire you...

Handmade items include a felt heart and heart pin from Rainbow Splendour and
flair from A Piece of Cake Designs

Handmade items include a Rainbow Splendour vellum bow and a D-Lish Scraps flair

Handmade item is a Charm's Creations page runner

Handmade flower from Forever Always and flair from Flutterby Designs

Don't forget you have until the end of the month to link up your creation! :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September mid-month inspiration!

Can you believe that half the month has disappeared already? That means it's time for another reveal from our Design Team! But first, a reminder of our current challenge, our "Spring Mood Board", designed by DT member Sophie Koschmann...

You may be inspired by the board however you wish, but don't forget your handmade item!

And a reminder that our sponsor this month is Sawyer's Place.
Don't forget to visit the store HERE and see the amazing products that are available, many of which have been designed in-house and are available exclusively at Sawyer's Place.
This month, 20% of all sales at Sawyer's Place are being donated to Cerebral Palsy support services through the STEPtember campaign - a GREAT reason to shop!
Keep up with the latest Sawyer's Place news via their Facebook page HERE

And now some more creations from our DT...

Handmade flair from Bits and Pieces Created by Marg

Handmade flair from D-lish Scraps, pin from A little bit fANTsy

Handmade flair from D-lish Scraps

Handmade page runner from Charms Creations

You have until the end of the month to enter this challenge. 
Entry is via the link tool at the top right. 
(Don't forget to link directly to your entry, as a general blog link can make your entry difficult to find!)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Winner, winner.....

After much deliberation from the DT, we are very pleased to announce that winner of our August challenge (shape challenge) is this beautiful creation...

belonging to...Sue Schubert!!!

Congratulations Sue, it was a fabulous take on our challenge! You can read more about Sue's layout on her blog HERE

Sue has won an awesome prize pack from our sponsor, Rainbow Splendour. We thank Chloe for her ongoing support.
Don't forget to follow the Rainbow Splendour Facebook page HERE 
and the blog HERE to keep up to date on all the latest news & sale details

Sue, please send us an email via the contact tab above so we can arrange your prize.

To all our August challenge participants, thank you for your beautiful entries. We hope you will play along again this month with our current challenge. And even if you didn't join us in August, we would love for you to play along too! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sponsor Spotlight: Sawyer's Place

Time to turn the spotlight on this month's fabulous sponsor...Sawyer's Place!!!

Sawyer's Place is a boutique papercraft company based in Perth. Our focus is on quality products, predominantly designed by us. We are exclusive stockists of our own brand of epoxy shapes, flair and self-adhesive patterned paper. Our latest product is the 7 x 2.5cm rectangular Title Flair.

Here's just a snippet of some of the beautiful products available at Sawyer's Place...

This is just a small sample of the great variety of products that are available at Sawyer's Place. Along with competitive pricing, reasonable postage charges and great service, you really must see for yourself! You won't be disappointed!

And if you need another reason to shop, you can also purchase knowing that 20% of all sales this month are being donated to Cerebral Palsy support services through the STEPtember campaign. So spoil yourself with some gorgeous goodies and feel extra good knowing you are also supporting a very worthy cause!

We would like to thank Sawyer's Place for sponsoring our challenge this month, and ask that all our followers support Sawyer's Place by visiting the store HERE and becoming a fan on the Facebook page HERE

Monday, September 1, 2014

SUYS Sept Challenge!!

It's September, Spring time! Yah!!! 
This month we have a Spring inspired mood board challenge for you, put together by Sophie. We would like you to be inspired by the following images to create your layout. Interpret it anyway you like, but remember to add your handmade item (either made by you or somebody else).

The winner of this challenge will receive an awesome pack of goodies from Sawyer's Place

Here are our gorgeous DT examples to inspire you...

Handmade iteams are a Rainbow Splendour bow, a Charms Creations heart
and D-lish Scraps flair and flag.

Handmade items are a Burdy's Embellies blue spotty button and a D-Lish Scraps flair

Handmade items are the 3 little flags.

Handmade item is a Burdy's Embellies Love Candy.

Don't you love how differently this challenge has been interpreted by each DT member? These pages are gorgeous! We hope you are inspired by this challenge and we can't wait to see your page linked up by midnight Sept 30. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

More August Inspiration!

We're back with some more mid-month inspiration from our Design Team, but first a reminder of this month's challenge - our "Shapes Challenge" set by DT member Ali.

The shapes you need to include on your layout are - a square, a rectangle, bunting, a circle, a banner, a splash of paint or ink and of course, a handmade item. (It's not as hard as it may sound!) Each one of these items must be used at least once, and must be clearly visible. You can add anything else you wish.

And a reminder that our wonderful sponsor this month is Rainbow Splendour! Don't forget to pop over & see what is happening for their birthday celebrations!
You can find the Rainbow Splendour blog HERE
or the Facebook page HERE

And now some more creations from our DT...

Handmade items include Flutterby Designs DIY flair;
{scrAp this!} die cuts; and handmade bunting

Handmade punched flowers

Handmade items include Burdy's Embellies chevie border & felt stamp stack; D-lish flair buttons

Handmade ribbon banner

Handmade items include Lovelybug Bits n Bobs fabric button; Burdy's Embellies satin flower; Rainbow Splendour mini pinwheel; and My Little Bit Of Whimsy icecream pin

Don't forget you have until the end of the month to join in our challenge. Link your entries via the link tool at the top right (don't forget to link DIRECTLY to your entry!)
We can't wait to see you SHOW US YOUR STUFF!