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Saturday, August 15, 2015

August Mid-month Reveal!

The middle of the month has crept around so quickly hasn't it? Which means it's time to reveal the layouts the rest of our Design Team have created to inspire you for this month's mood board challenge.

Here is the board...


You can be inspired by this however you wish, just don't forget to include a handmade embellishment somewhere on your layout!

And a reminder that this month's sponsor is the fabulous Charms Creations. Up for grabs is a massive $25 voucher to our challenge winner to spend in the Charms Creations store.


Now here are the layouts from our team...

Leanne
Charms Creations arrow and star; Rainbow Splendour chevron strips and leaf; D-lish Scraps flair; The Chip Chop Shop bird pin

Kim
Handmade flower

Paula
Flutterby Designs flair

Vicki
Burdy's Embellies satin flower, arrows and film strip; Rainbow Splendour felt bow
and Lovelybug Bits n Bobs fabric button

Ali
Charms Creations heart; Sawyers Place flair



So there you have it - another mojo-boosting dose of inspiration from our amazing team! And now - it's your turn! Don't forget to link up your entries via the blog by midnight, 31st August to be in the running for the Charms Creations store voucher.
Happy scrapping!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

July Winner!

Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. It's time to announce the winner of our July challenge, which was our "Handwriting" challenge set for you by our DT member Kylie Tout...


It seems this challenge may have frightened a few of you off, but from the entries we did have, we had some gorgeous and very clever interpretations. (Remember the handwriting featured did not have to be your own!)

We are pleased to announce the winner of our challenge was this fabulous entry...


belonging to...Janice Nicholls!

Congrats Janice! We loved your entry and its clever use of your daughter's handwritten spelling test, along with the handmade embellishment made by her. You can read more about Janice's winning entry on her blog HERE

Janice has won a prize from our July sponsor Scrapping Clearly (Janice - please send us an email via the contact tab so we can pass them along for you.)



Scrapping Clearly is the gorgeous scrapbooking store which is owned and operated by our very own DT member Kylie, and is situated in the NSW town of Gundagai. There is also an equally well stocked online store, for those who can't shop in person. (If you are a fan of Heidi Swapp products then you must check it out - Scrapping Clearly boasts one of the largest ranges of Heidi Swapp products in Australia, as well as a huge range of other products.)

Visit the Scrapping Clearly online store HERE

Keep up to date with all the latest news via the Scrapping Clearly Facebook page HERE

And for loads of inspiration from the Scrapping Clearly Design Team, follow the blog HERE

Thank you to everyone who played along with us in July. We hope you are all joining us again this month with our current challenge. Entries close midnight, 31st August. 
Don't be shy - Show Us Your Stuff!!!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

August Sponsor & Guest Designers

As you are already aware, we have one of our regular sponsors on board with us this month - Charms Creations! Charms Creations has been a long-standing supporter of our challenge that celebrates handmade items, and a definite favourite of our Design Team too.
If you are looking for some unique handmade embellishments for your own layouts, be sure to visit the Charms Creations store HERE and see what's new. (There are new releases to the store EVERY Friday, plus a bonus gift for every order placed with the "Fresh & Free Friday" promotion.)

Charm Creations is offering our August challenge winner a whopping $25 voucher to spend in store!


For something different, this month we decided to have the Charms Creations Creative Team girls play along with us to give you all an extra dose of inspiration. We are lucky enough to already have two of them on our own team (Amanda and Sandra), and we have already revealed their layouts, so here are the others from the rest of the Charms team...

Katie
Charms Creations DIY arrow

Belinda
Charms Creations DIY Super Star

Charm
Charms Creations DIY arrow

Aren't they awesome???
August is DIY month at Charms Creations, so the focus is on all the gorgeous Charms embellishments that you can customise yourself to suit your layouts. The Charms Creative Team is full of inspiration about how to use these products, so be sure to check them out for lots of ideas!
Full details of the products used in the layouts featured here today and close-up photos can be found on the Charms blog HERE

For more inspiration:
- Follow the Charms Creations Facebook page HERE and
- Join the Charms Creations Inspiration & Ideas Facebook group HERE

We will be back with you soon to announce the winner of our July Challenge. Until then, be sure you have our current challenge on your "To Do" list to be in the running for the Charms Creations store voucher.
Happy scrapping!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Challenge!

Welcome to August and another brand new challenge for you to play along with!

This month our challenge was a collaborative design by two of our lovely DT ladies - Lisette and Chloe. They have come up with a very inspiring mood board for you to play along with...


You can be inspired by this board however you wish, just remember you must include a handmade embellishment somewhere on your layout!

We are lucky enough to be joined by one of our regular sponsors this month; one who is always a great supporter of our challenge. Please welcome back Charms Creations as our sponsor!


I am sure most of our regular readers would already know of Charms Creations, but for those that don't - Charms Creations specialises in unique handmade embellishments that can be used in all kinds of papercrafts. (Our team love using Charms Creations embellies on their creations - check out this month's layouts from them!)

To find out more about Charms Creations:
- become a fan of the Facebook page to keep up to date with all the news, sale details and plenty of product sneak peeks
- follow the blog for lots of inspiration from the Creative Team
- visit the store to shop and see what's new

I will be back later in the month to tell you more about Charms Creations and share a special reveal!


Now onto a reveal from our own Design Team...

Sandra
Charms Creations chevrons

Chloe
Charms Creations star; Burdy's Embellies cool cogs

Kylie
Handmade doily

Sue
Charms Creations lollipop; D-lish Scraps flair and felt bow

Amanda
Charms Creations mini runner; Rainbow Splendour vellum bow; D-lish Scraps flair

Lisette
D-lish Scraps flair

What an awesome serve of inspiration the team have dished up this month. Now it's time for you to show us YOUR stuff! Entries for this challenge will need to be linked up by midnight 31st August to be in the running for the fabulous prize from Charms Creations.
Happy scrapping to you all! :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July Mid-month Reveal!

Here we are half way through the month again! (And halfway through winter too!) Time to warm you up with another hit of inspiration from our Design Team and remind you of this month's challenge...


Remember, your entry needs to use handwriting as a feature. (And no, the handwriting does not necessarily have to be your own.) You also need to include at least one handmade embellishment somewhere on your layout.

This month's generous sponsor is the fabulous Scrapping Clearly, which is owned and run by our very own DT member Kylie Tout.


Kylie stocks a fantastic range of stock, (including one of the biggest ranges of Heidi Swapp products in Australia) which you can see for yourself if you are in the vicinity of Gundagai, NSW. Otherwise, you can visit the online store HERE and have it delivered to your door.

To keep up with all the latest news from Scrapping Clearly, be sure to follow the Facebook page HERE
And for loads of inspiration from the Scrapping Clearly DT, visit the blog HERE


Now for some inspiration from our team...

Amanda
Charms Creations butterfly heart; Rainbow Splendour vellum bow

Kylie
Handmade clip embellishment using flower & flag

Chloe
Charms Creations star; Burdy's Embellies foam arrows

Lisette
Burdy's Embellies bow; Charms Creations lollipop

Sandra
Charms Creations heart; Funky Flair Studio flair

Vicki
Burdy's Embellies foam arrow; Charms Creations heart

I hope the team have helped to inspire you and that you join us for the challenge. Entries need to be linked no later than the 31st July.
(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! :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

June Winner!

Time to rug up everyone, it seems an icy blast straight from Antarctica is set to chill the entire east coast of Australia this weekend. A perfect excuse to stay indoors and scrap I say! If you haven't already added this month's challenge to your scrappy "To Do" list, then make sure you do!

Time to announce our winner from our June mood board challenge. We had some truly stunning creations entered for the challenge, but unfortunately we can only have one winner.
Our winning entry was this gorgeous layout...

belonging to....Erica O'Keeffe

Congrats Erica! You did a fantastic job on your layout, we loved it! You can read more about Erica's winning entry on her blog HERE 

Erica has won a voucher from our awesome June sponsor Flutterby Designs. (Erica - please send us an email via the contact tab with your details so we can pass them on for you.)


A reminder that our challenges are not possible without the generous support from our sponsors, (many of whom are family owned businesses or work at home mums), so wherever possible, please show your support for them too!

Shop the Flutterby Designs store: www.flutterbydesigns.bigcartel.com

For the latest news, follow the Flutterby Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FlutterbyDesignsAus

And for lots of inspiration, visit the Flutterby blog: www.flutterbydesignz.blogspot.com.au

Thank you to everyone who entered our June challenge. Don't forget you have until midnight, 31st July to enter our current challenge to be in the running for the prize from Scrapping Clearly

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: http://www.scrappingclearly.com.au/shop/

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...

Leanne
Charms Creations map marker; D-lish Scraps flair

Kim
Handmade pinwheel

Ali
Lime Tree Creations crochet flowers; handmade die cut camera

Paula
Handmade crochet button flower

Sue
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...

Paula
Flutterby Designs flair

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


Kylie
Handmade gold thread frame

Lisette
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: www.flutterbydesigns.bigcartel.com

* For the latest news, follow the Flutterby Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FlutterbyDesignsAus

* And for lots of inspiration, the Flutterby blog: www.flutterbydesignz.blogspot.com.au



Now for some inspiration from our team...

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

Amanda
Rainbow Splendour vellum bow; D-lish Scraps flair

Leanne
Rainbow Splendour camera pin and vellum dots

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

Chloe
Charms Creations star; Scrappers Garden handmade flowers

Ali
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! :)