Monday, September 23, 2013

#103 - Bring on the Heat

Hello everyone and welcome to another week on the Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog.

This week, we are challenging you to pull out, and dust off your heat guns. It's time to get back to heat embossing. We want to see you emboss somewhere on your project.

On my layout I used by embossing powder and heat gun on the big letters in my title to make them stand out a little more.

I cheated a little on this challenge but I just couldn’t help myself. I’ve got this lovely card created by my super talent sister. All the images on the card are embossed and in her words “easy peasy, stamp with versa mark then embossing powder then heat and boom done!.”
 What about you? What are you going to heat emboss? Make sure you come back here to share your project with us.

Monday, September 16, 2013

#102 - A Stitch in Time

Welcome to another week and another challenge here on the Use Your Stuff blog. We're so happy that you stopped in.

Before we get to the challenge this week, I just want to remind you that time is running out on our Creative Team call. We're excited with the applicants we've had so far, but there's still time to get yours in.

Check out all the information you need to know here: Creative Team Call

Now on to the challenge this week.

The challenge is all about stitching. Use either a machine, or hand stitch on your project somewhere. Don't forget to come back here when you're done and link up your project.

Let's see what our team came up with this week:

I decided to hand stitch a sun in the upper left corner of my layout.

I lifted this layout from one posted on the Scrapbook Nerd board but can't find the original thread. The original sketch had the journaling around the edge of the page but I stitched a border instead.

I sewed over the route my daughter and I took to go from one Looff Carousel to another in Rhode Island.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Challenge #101 - HIGHLIGHTS

Thank you to everyone for playing along and helping to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday. 
 Here are some highlights from this challenge.

 Mrs. a

 Jennifer Scull

Thank you again ladies.  Please grab your UYS badge.  

Monday, September 9, 2013

. . . And We Have A Winner!!!!

The winner of last weeks' 100th Challenge is . . .

 Please contact Joy at to collect your gift certificate.

Challenge #101 - Birthday

Welcome to the next UYS "century".  It is almost like the site is having a birthday! And since this 'birthday' corresponds with my youngest daughter's 21st birthday, your challenge is to do something with a birthday theme.  I bet you figured that out already.  Thanks for joining us as we move on to our next 100 challenges.

My youngest daughter turns 12 in a couple of weeks!! I had some photos waiting to be scrapped from her 10th birthday. It always feels good to get these pages done and into an album.
I have a card to share for this challenge. It's not often I do cards, but I did this one for a card swap.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Highlights - Challenge #100

Since we only had 2 challengers link up to their pages this week, I thought I would highlight them both.

I really liked how you dug into your photos and pulled out a photo from 1985. I think the photo was a great addition to your page.

I really enjoyed that you captured these things. Time goes by and we forget those little things so easily.

Great work ladies. Thanks for participating here at the Use Your Stuff Blog. Joy will be along shortly to post the winner of the Scrapbook Nerd gift certificate!!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Creative Contributor Call

Are you a fan of doing challenges and find inspiration from participating in creative challenges?
Well ... we may have just what you're looking for.

We are looking for someone to join our Creative Team.

The expectations are as follows:
-host a challenge online here at Use Your Stuff once every 4 to 5 weeks
-during your hosted week you will visit each participant's blog and leave a comment to let them know you were there
-at the end of the week, you will choose one or two projects from the participants to feature in a project feature post
-participation in other team members' challenges is optional but encouraged.

Our team receives no compensation for being on the Creative Team. It is strictly for fun and motivation.

If you would like to join our team, please send us an email at and include either a link to your blog, or 4 samples of your work. Put Use Your Stuff Creative Team Application in the title.

Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2013.

We hope to hear from you!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Challenge #100 - List Yourself

Welcome to the Use Your Stuff's 100th Challenge!! Can you believe it?

We have a special give away for our 100th challenge too.
Use Your Stuff has a new blog sponsor - We are excited to welcome Scrapbook

You have a chance to win....

To be entered into the draw for the $20.00 gift certificate: 
your project must be made for this challenge only.

This week I challenged the team to come up with a project using a list. I had this template by Studio DD that I've been meaning to use for some time. I used it to list 20 things that make me smile.

I have done many list challenges so I did find it tough to come up with something new for this challenge.  
But I did it.  My list is in my journaling of what I did this summer.  
This sketch was a great way for me to use up some scraps and some of my huge stash of alphas. 

How exciting that this is our 100th post! What a great give-away too. Thanks to Scrapbook Nerd for the very generous donation.
I don't do numbered lists very often. I don't know why because when I do, I love it. This one is all about me.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Highlights from challenge #99

Thank you for participating last week with your recipe challenge.

I like the graphic look of Amanda's layout.

Awesome shine on this pretty wall hanging

See you next week for our 100th challenge.