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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.  

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! :)