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Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Hello and Happy Spring!

It is Marelle here, I have been looking after the site while Kerry has been unwell.
Kerry has decided to step down from running the site due to family commitments and health issues. From September 1st I have taken on the task of looking after the site permanently. So, I would like to thank Kerry for all her hard work getting the site up and running, and I promise that I will look after SUYS very well!
There have been a few changes here at SUYS and I would like to let you all know about these.

Firstly Crystal Bowman-Goulding has resigned from her DT spot, thank you so much lovely lady for all your inspiration and we wish you well in your future endeavours.

Secondly, Samantha Hauzer has also resigned from her DT spot to concentrate on her embellishment business Purple Pumpkin. Thanks so much Sam for your inspiration and commitment to SUYS.

I would like to thank all the DT for their ongoing commitment support and inspiration to SUYS, such a fantastic group of talented ladies..

Until my next post,
Happy Spring!!



Hello everyone
It is hard to believe that it is the first day of Spring 2011!! Down my way the Canola is out already -normally October is the month for Canola on the coast in Victoria!

We have some fantastic sponsors for you this month :

First we welcome Charms Creations if you haven't seen Charm's fantastic hand made embellies take a look hereCharm has generously donated a $20 voucher to spend at her October sale.

Thank you so much Charm! If you have not seen Charm's gorgeous embellishments take a look they are so funky and bright and just fantastic!!

Next we have the fantastic A Lil Somethin'

A Lil' About Us

We are 2 scrapping sisters who love to make and use hand crafted embellishments on our layouts. We both have boys, and have noticed a severe lack of BOY SPECIFIC embellishments available for purchase, so have decided that we might try to fill the void with our hand crafted unique embellishments.

The majority of our products are made using re-purposed materials and a lot of love. We have limited edition sales on a regular basis… so make sure you pop over to our facebook page and “like” us to get the latest updates on when and what they are.

We are thrilled to be sponsoring Show Us Your Stuff and look forward to seeing the gorgeous layouts you all create.
Thank you Wendy and Susan for donating a lovely pack of your fabulous goodies for September!

Also we have a fabulous $50 pack of ribbons from Craft Queen

Have you seen the fantastic range of ribbons and buttons Craft Queen has in stock - just perfect for all those hand made embellishments!
Thanks to all our September sponsors for their generosity.
Don't forget to visit their stores to keep up with their sales and new products.

Now for the September Group 1 sketch - here it is:

Thank you Sara for the sketch - you will agree with me Sara's sketches are the best!!

Here is Sara's sample just love it what a fab boy page

Here is Sam's sample ooh another gorgeous layout

Handmade Felt Flowers

How did you go with your Paper Beads last month? Did you try them out? What a versatile little technique to have up your sleeve!

For September's TRY THIS challenge I've found you the cutest idea......


Find the easy step-by-step instructions here.
There is the tiniest bit of sewing with this one, but not difficult at all - if I can do it, so can you!
These are gonna look so gorgeous on your pages.....please have a go! Use them on either of your September challenges and you will be in the running for a great prize!

A huge Thank You to Jessika Hepburn for letting us share her clever design with our lovely SUYS readers. I just love her website Oh My Handmade which is packed full of ideas for every crafty project it to your favourites!

Just editing to let you know that September TRY THIS prize will be $50 worth of ribbon from the fabulous CRAFT QUEEN - imagine all that gorgeous ribbon !

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Don't forget to include the TRY THIS technique on your entry to be in the running for an extra prize!
See here
Come on everyone let's see your "TRy This" techniques - you know you love winning prizes!!


We welcome the lovely

Sue Plumb!

Hi, my name is Sue Plumb and I live on the Sunshine Coast in Qld with my partner of 10 years, Shannon. I am a SAHM to our one gorgeous girl, Brielle, who is 3.

I have been scrapping for approximately 4 years now, but didn't really get into it until after Brielle was born. Am not quite sure how to describe my scrapping 'style', as I am always changing and trying new things. I do love to use bright colours though, and also love to get my hands dirty on a regular basis with paint / mists / ink.

Over the last 2 years I have dived into the online scrapping community, where I am constantly inspired by the wealth of talented scrappers and am proud to call many of them my friends. I have also been lucky enough to serve on a few DTs, as well as being published in both Scrapbooking Memories and Scrapbook Creations.

My current creative "baby" (aside from the scrapping itself, of course!) is Lovelybug Bits n Bobs, which evolved from me making embellishments for my own layouts, to then selling to others online. From there it has grown to having its own blog page & Facebook page and also to providing sponsorship for online challenges. (And the odd random giveaway or two!)

I was so excited to be asked to be a guest designer at Show Us Your Stuff, so a big thanks to Kerry & Marelle for having me! X
If you would like to pop my blog, you can find it here:

Take a look at the gorgeous layout Sue did from our Group 1 challenge this month wow I love it!

Thanks so much Sue for being our August Guest DTxx

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I am pleased to announce the sponsors for August are as follows:

Bibbys one of a kind
Donating $20.00 voucher thanks so much Bibbys
Without the generous support from our wonderful sponsors, we would not be able to continue - mmmwhaaa we really appreciate your generosity..

Introducing Scrap With Friends!!

Back in 2005, a young lady found her calling, Scrapbooking. Three years later, after visiting many shops and websites and never finding exactly what she wanted, Rose decided to go into business for herself. Scrap with Friends is Rose’s vision of her ideal scrapbooking shop. Rose’s philosophy is to stock beautiful brands and unique products in order to assist crafters find inspiration in their scrapbooking, off the page projects and cardmaking.
scrapwithfriends is constantly being filled with new releases and fantastic page kits to fuel your creativity and help you become the scrapper you want to be.

Rose from Scrap with Friends has kindly donated a $20.00 voucher from her online store for Group 2 challenge. Thanks so much Rose!

Paper Inklings
Beginning in 2005, Paper Inklings was built on the desire to create exceptional scrapbooking products especially for the Australian market.
Our aim is to provide the Australian scrapbooking community with products in themes that are relevant to our lifestyle. We are striving to “fill-the-gap” with products that just aren’t available from overseas companies, but are products that every Australian scrapbooker needs. An example of this would be our “Mum” paper, instead of “Mom”!; and our Hot Hot Christmas instead of snowmen!
We constantly listen to what our scrapbooking customers are asking for and always welcome any suggestions.
Our promise is that all our designs are fresh and unique and unlike any other. Paper Inklings has fast become the “must-have” brand for all Australian scrapbooking retailers.

Here is a picture of one of the prizes check these rubons out!

Another prize from picture! A gorgeous Summer pack!

This boy pack is the latest paper release and it is fabulous!

A huge thank you to Kris from Paper Inklings for providing prizes for the new TRY THIS challenge, and also for Group 1 and Group 2 challenges - we are lucky enough to have a few prizes this month - so get those entries in soon!!!!

It is time to reveal the next challenge for August from Group 2!!

The challenge is to use this quote:

"Life is like a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint on it you can - Danny Kaye

I look forward to seeing what you come up with - just look at the Group 2 DT's fabulous sampleS.

Take a look at Penny's fun layout !!

Next we have Leanne's layout how stunning!

Here is my layout

Here is Crystal's gorgeous layout!

Cheers for now


Monday, August 1, 2011


I am so excited to announce the showusyourstuff TRY THIS CHALLENGE which Penny will be running every month! Thanks so much Penny and I cannot wait to try the paper beads !!

I will post a photo of the paper pack from the lovely people at Paper Inklings (thanks so much for sponsoring this challenge) when my camera is charged!

We have the lovely BIBBYS as our Group 1 sponsor this month, with a $20.00 voucher to spend!

I will be back to let you know who is sponsoring Group 2 on 15th August.