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Friday, January 23, 2015

Sponsor Spotlight: Burdy's Embellies

It's time to turn the spotlight on this month's sponsor, and this month it is none other than...

For those who don't know, Burdy's Embellies is owned and run by our very own boss lady here at SUYS, Vicki Burdon. Burdy's Embellies are perfect for all sorts of papercrafts, such as scrapbooking and cardmaking, as well as off the page projects, mixed media and even home decor or fashion accessories. They have been featured on layouts published in Scrapbooking Memories magazine and you will often see them popping up on our Design Team's work too.

I asked Vicki to tell us a bit about Burdy's Embellies...

"Burdy's Embellies unofficially started back in 2010, when we were hosting online Craft Markets on the Scrapbooking Top 50 forum. After selling my embellishments at a few markets, I thought it was time to make it more official, and Burdy's Embellies got a name. Since then, there has been more craft markets, a Burdy's blog and Facebook page. Over the past couple of years it has been harder to find time to create, with a husband, 3 children and a farm to look after, but I am hoping 2015 will see more time to get crafty and the return of more regular sales for Burdy's Embellies. I love seeing what people create using things I have made, and it's especially exciting seeing them published too!"

Here is the prize pack that Vicki is generously providing for this month's winner - bursting with Burdy's Embellies handmade goodies!

And now you have a chance to grab some for your stash too - Burdy's Embellies is currently having a sale over on the blog! There are some old favourites, mixed with new lines available. But you will have to be quick, the sale ends Saturday! Check it out HERE

To stay up to date with all the latest news and to support our sponsor, please:
- Follow the Burdy's Embellies blog HERE
- Follow the Facebook page HERE

Thursday, January 15, 2015

January Mid-month Inspiration!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer - whether that means being out in the sun or indoors sheltering from the heat (scrapping, of course!)

And if you haven't already done so, I hope this month's sketch challenge designed by Amanda Hartmann is on your list! You are welcome to interpret the sketch any way you like, just don't forget to include a handmade item!

Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is Vicki from Burdy's Embellies!

I'll be back in a few days to tell you more about Burdy's Embellies and the fabulous prize Vicki is providing for our winner this month. In the meantime, make sure you are following the Facebook page HERE and the blog HERE to ensure you don't miss anything.

And now for some more inspiration from our DT, including our brand new members...

Altered flair (using washi tape)

Charms Creations map marker; D-lish Scraps flair

D-lish Scraps flair & bow; handmade tag

Handmade flower bouquet

Handmade embellishments from Rainbow Splendour

Handmade envelope made by folding up a tag

Seriously, how gorgeous are all those layouts? And all so different! I hope the team has inspired you to have a go at the sketch too! Don't forget to link your entries up by midnight, 31st January. 
Happy scrapping! :)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Look who's joining the team!

So, we have a slight changing of the guard here at Show Us Your Stuff in 2015...

First of all we say goodbye to the lovely Sophie Koschmann, who has been with SUYS for quite some time and brought us some beautiful & very inspiring work. Sophie is one very busy gal, and we would like to thank her for her time and wish her all the best for the future.

Our remaining DT members from 2014 have all agreed to stay on, so you will see plenty more of their work this year.

Vicki Burdon remains our Challenge Owner & Administrator; whilst Sue Plumb is our Technical Editor and Chloe Nielsen is our new Pinterest Manager. Yes, we are now on Pinterest!

You can click to follow us here: Show Us Your Stuff

Now onto our most exciting news...we are very pleased to announce we have some new faces joining our DT this year! Please welcome...

Hi there - my name is Kylie I live in a little rural town Gundagai in NSW, I run a little boutique style scrapbooking store Scrappingclearly in the main street it's my happy place I am also online…. Married to David mum two Royce who is almost 18 and Chelsea 15 a pigeon pair…. I have been scrapbooking for over 18 years and enjoy it and am even more addicted today ! I also love to play sports Touch Football and Hockey and I am forever in my car touring my children all over the country with theirs…… I love Fashion and the shopping that goes along with it…...

I have evolved lots in my time scrapbooking - I don't have any particular style and love to create in various ways from traditional to Mixed Media, Project Life and I am huge fan of Memory Files. I was lucky enough to become a Scrapbooking Memories Masters in 2006 and a Elite Member of For Keeps, learning so much along the way! I just love to create and to take photographs to document my families life. I have my own studio which was once my husbands tool shed (long story) :0) - can't wait to share some of my creations with you all….

You can find Kylie's blog here:

I live in a little as in teeny tiny country town just outside of Toowoomba in Queensland. I'm a house painter during the day and mum of 2. Tarj 8 and Ivy almost 7.
I've had a recent break from scrapping for a year or so as I had lost ALL of my creative mojo. But now I'm getting back into it with a love of making my own backgrounds as well as some semi traditional layout with a random twist.

You can find Leanne's blog here:

I live in Melbourne, am married with 2 children, Melanie aged 24 and Kieran aged 21. I work as a Maternal and Child Health Nurse, offering support to families with children aged from birth to 4 years of age. It is a rewarding job, which I really enjoy. For my wind down, I like to be creative. I have been dabbling in many different crafts for many years, starting with quilting. I have tried many things and vowed and declared I would never do scrapbooking. That declaration didn't last long, and I started scrapbooking about 10 years ago, after seeing what my own mother was creating. I like to try many different things, at the moment am enjoying mixed media. I don't think I have any particular style of scrapping, but do love to add a flower or two to my layouts.

You can find Sandra's blog here:

Hi Lisette here. I live in Sydney with my hubby of almost 25 years, two daughters 20 & 18, a dog and 2 cats. It's a new era in our household as DD finished school last year. Still working out what I want to do when I grow up, hopefully 2015 will bring some clarity. Ours is a netball household with all but hubby playing and umpiring. I have been scrapping for about 10 years. I have always been crafty - tapestry, cross stich, folk art, paper tole, quilting and currently loving teaching myself (with the aid of uTube) to crochet. Don't really know how to describe my style it changes all the time. At the moment I love using mists and masks. I got some Gelatos for Christmas so am looking forward to creating with those. I love using bright colours and almost always will have a flower or two (or more) on my layouts.
I am so excited to be on my first Design Team here at Show Us Your Stuff.

You can find Lisette's blog here:

We are SO excited to have these talented ladies joining the team this year! We look forward to being able to share their work with you and the extra inspiration they will bring us all!
(You will get your first look at their projects for SUYS very soon!)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

December Winner!

Boy, didn't we have a job on our hands separating our top two this time?! After a VERY close vote by our DT, we are pleased to announce the winner of our December challenge is this fabulous layout...

belonging to Rachel Dutko!

Congratulations Rachel! You will find Rachel's winning layout on her blog HERE

Rachel was lucky enough to win our "Secret Santa" prize from our DT, so there are lots of goodies heading her way! (Rachel please send us an email via the contact tab with your details so we can get some happy mail on it's way to you.) 

A big thank you to everyone who played along with our December challenge, we really appreciate your participation during such a busy month! Thanks also to everyone else who played along with us throughout 2014. We hope you will all join us again for this year's challenges, it's going to be a GREAT year! :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Challenge!

Happy new year everyone! Welcome to the first of our challenges for 2015!
Firstly, thank you to everyone who found the time to play along with our December challenge, and we hope that everyone that couldn't will be able to join us this month.

We thought we would ease you all into the new year with a nice, gentle challenge - a sketch! And this month's beautiful sketch has been designed by our very own DT member Amanda Hartmann. So the challenge is simple - use the sketch to inspire your own creation, and don't forget to include a handmade embellishment somewhere on your layout. (It doesn't have to be made by you!)

Here is the sketch...

And this month's sponsor is none other than...

I am sure many of you would already know who Burdy's Embellies is, but for those who don't, Burdy's belongs to me (Vicki Burdon). I will tell you more about Burdy's Embellies on another day, but for now you can find Burdy's
Blogging HERE
On Facebook HERE

Now onto some inspiration from our team...

A Piece of Cake Designs flair and D-lish Scraps gold scallop

Charms Creations star

Charms Creations chevron and Sawyers Place flair

Burdy's Embellies button and chevie borders

D-lish Scraps flair

Don't you love the way one sketch can produce such a great variety of work? We are looking forward to seeing how all of you interpret the sketch too! Entries need to be linked up on the blog by midnight, 31st January. :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

December Mid-month Inspiration!

Now even though we know you are all very busy as we head into Christmas, don't forget to take a couple of hours time out for yourself (and do some scrapping, of course!) Our mood board challenge is the perfect way to recharge your batteries before continuing on with that seemingly endless "To Do" list! ;)

Here's a reminder of the board...

And don't forget this month's prize is a "Secret Santa" prize from members of our Design Team!

Now here are some more stunning samples from our DT to get you motivated...

Handmade heart from Charms Creations

Flair from Flutterby Designs

Handmade button (from Ali herself!)

Some gorgeous entries have already been linked up on the blog, but we'd love to see more! Don't forget our Design Team have a "Secret Santa" bounty in store for this month's winner, so be sure to get your entry linked up before the end of the month!
Happy scrapping! :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

November Winner!

It's time to announce the winner from last month's "Choose Your Own Scrap Adventure" challenge, but first we would like to thank all those who entered and all our participants throughout the year for sharing their work with us. If we had enough prizes to give one to all of you we would, but instead we give you our sincere thanks for joining in.

So, our lucky winner of the November challenge is this beautiful layout...

belonging to...GINA RODGERS!!!

Congrats Gina, we loved your take on the challenge and use of the criteria. (You can read more details about Gina's layout on her blog HERE)
Gina has won a prize from our fabulous November sponsor, Flutterby Designs. (Gina, please send us an email via the contact tab so we can get your prize organised.)

A big thank you to Anita from Flutterby Designs for sponsoring our challenge. Please show your support for Anita by ensuring you:
- follow the Flutterby Designs Facebook page HERE 
- follow the Flutterby Designs blog HERE 
- shop in the Flutterby store HERE (We promise you won't be sorry!)

Thank you again to everyone who participated in our November challenge, we hope you are all playing along again this month with our Summer themed mood board. (And don't forget our special "Secret Santa" prize from our DT!) You can find the current challenge details HERE

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Challenge!

Can you believe we are onto our final challenge for 2014? (No? Neither can we!) Thank you to everyone who entered our November challenge, we will announce the winner in a few days.

This month we have a stunning summer themed mood board put together by our very own DT member Paula Perry. You can be inspired by this board however you wish, just remember to include a handmade item on your creation!

And, we have a special surprise up our sleeve for this month's sponsor...

That's right! This month the sponsor is US!!! And in keeping with the spirit of Christmas, our team is playing "Secret Santa" for this month's winner. Our lucky winner will receive a variety of happy, scrappy, surprise gifts. Doesn't that sound fun?! (Maybe if you are all VERY good, we might post a few sneaks during the month to tempt you.)

Now here is some inspiration from our team to get your creative juices flowing...

Charms Creations star; D-lish Scraps flair and Journal-it

Flair from Flutterby Designs

Rainbow Splendour pretty pin; A Piece of Cake Designs flair

Felt flutterby and fabric button from Catie's Craft Corner

So much creative goodness from the team! We can't wait to see how the board inspires all of YOU! Entries need to be linked up by midnight, December 31st. Happy scrapping! :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

November mid-month inspiration!

There's nothing like another burst of inspiration from our fabulous Design Team to spur you on to complete this month's challenge! Don't forget you can even decide your own criteria with our "Choose Your Own Scrap Adventure" challenge...

And if that wasn't enough to get your mojo going, how about a prize from Flutterby Designs to tempt you even further?

This month's lucky winner will receive a fabulous prize courtesy of Anita from Flutterby Designs. You can see all the awesome Flutterby products for yourself in the store HERE

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

{Laugh; stitching; button; mini prints}
Handmade flair from A Piece of Cake Designs

{Laugh; stitching; bow & button; square from mini prints}
Handmade item is a Charms Creations chevron

{Live; stencilling; button; 5x7 photo}
Handmade chipboard heart & fabric button from Burdy's Embellies

We are loving all the different layouts this challenge has inspired that we have seen so far, and can't wait to see more! Entries need to be linked up on the blog by midnight, 30th November. 
Happy scrapping!

Friday, November 14, 2014

November Sponsor Spotlight

It's time to turn the spotlight onto this month's faaaaaabulous sponsor, (who I am sure needs little introduction)...please welcome Flutterby Designs!

For those who don't know, Flutterby Designs is an awesome online scrapbooking embellishment store.

We asked Flutterby's owner Anita to tell us a bit more...

All our products are designed by owner Anita & then lovingly made for all you papercrafting enthusiasts! 
We have quite a variety of products in our line such as:
- 1” metal Flair Buttons
- Pocket-page style cards
- Stencils
- Wood Veeners
- Photo cuts
- Fussy cut die cuts

Our designs are bright, unique & bold! I hope that you love all things Flutterby as much as I love making them! I am lucky enough to say the quote “Do what you love, love what you do” applies to me. 
Anita xo

It is obvious from the continued growth and success of Flutterby Designs, that papercrafters love what Anita does too! (Including our very own Design Team - you will often see Flutterby products popping up on their creations.)

Please show your support for our sponsor by visiting the links below.

* Shop the Flutterby Designs store:

* For the latest news, the Flutterby Facebook page:

* And for lots of inspiration, the Flutterby blog:

And we couldn't finish this piece without showcasing a few recently released Flutterby Designs products that WE love.

Flair buttons...
Wood veneers...
Fussy Cuts...
And these Everyday Etc cards...

Honestly, there are just so many gorgeous products available, you really need to do yourself a favour and check them out in the store HERE

Again, a big thanks to Anita for having Flutterby Designs sponsor our challenge this month. Looking forward to seeing all your entries! :)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

October Winner!

We had another AWESOME batch of entries for our October challenge, and as much as we would like to give you all a prize for your lovely creations, sadly there can be only one winner.

Our October winner is this stunning layout...

belonging to Melinda Thompson!!!

Congrats Melinda! Your layout is just beautiful! (You can read more about Melinda's winning layout on her blog HERE
Melinda has won the awesome prize pack from our October sponsor Kellie Stamps!
(Melinda please send us an email via the contact tab so we can get your prize organised.) 

A BIG thank you to Kellie from Kellie Stamps for sponsoring our October challenge. Please show your support for Kellie by ensuring you follow Kellie's "Give a Girl a Blog" Facebook page HERE, the "Give a Girl a Blog" blog HERE and most of all, by visiting her store and shopping HERE.

And, in case you haven't already seen it, Kellie has just released this gorgeous Christmas themed stamp set called 'Joy'. (But you will have to be quick, because once they are sold out, they are GONE!) 

You will find the 'Joy' stamp set in the Kellie Stamps store HERE

Thank you to all our October challenge entrants, we appreciate you taking the time to share your creations with us! We hope you are all playing along with us again this month with our current "Choose Your Own Scrap Adventure" challenge
Happy scrapping! :)

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.