Monday, May 20, 2019

#359 For the Moms

Hey everyone!

This week's challenge is celebrating Moms - your mom, your grandma, aunt, cousin, sister, step mom, so many different kinds of moms that we have!

Show us how you celebrate that special mom in your life!

The DT has some great projects to get you started!


I did a simple Mother's Day card for my mom using up some old 6x6 papers and a 
couple of stamps - the flower one was recently gifted to me from my aunt. 

I used the  Echo Park "I am Mom" collection to scrapbook these pics of me and my 3 kiddos from 2015...

I was inspired to scrap these "Us-ies" (Us + Selfies) of my children and me from Mother's Day 2017. I turned my photos into black & white because the bad
lighting made the colors in the photos look awful.
I used the Mama Llama collection from Simple Stories because I love llamas and I chose to use the brown PP from the collection because brown is my favorite color! Everything else is from Elle's Studio.

I have created a layout of my daughter and granddaughter on Mother's Day of this year.

Here's a fun fold card I made for my sweet Mother-In-Law for Mother's Day.

Here's the Mother's Day card I made for my mom.  
Note: the word "Mother's" was added after I took this photo.  

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Highlites for challenge #358 - Weather

Thanks to those of you who participated in this week's challenge.  Here are a few highlights, in entry order.
This beautiful mixed media page featuring working in the hardships of winter.
For the lovely cloud and sun stamping perfect for this supercute balloon card!
This happy little sun and happy little boy against gorgeous watercolour landscape.

Check back for a new challenge opening tomorrow!
and happy Victoria day to anyone out there celebrating like me!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Challenge #358: Weather

Hi, this week at Use Your Stuff, show us all kinds of weather!  There are all kinds of crazy things going on around the globe these days to feature, commiserate or what have you.
What does weather mean to you?  Show us in the linky below.

Meanwhile here are some DT ideas:

Imho (and I'm probably not alone here) sunshine is the best type of weather,  
and my hubby has a lovely hobby of shooting sunrises and sunsets...

My daughter's soccer season has been plagued with rain.  So I decided to feature a picture of her toting her soccer gear to the field in her new "soccer backpack" (AKA the garbage bag).

I don't have many weather related photos to scrap but I did take this photo of a "Fall" leaf that fell onto the snow on our deck.  It was a early season snowfall so I thought it was interesting that the leaves were still falling from our trees.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Highlights for Challenge #357 Tags or Frames

Hello, everyone! Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there! I hope you all have a wonderful day today.

Thank you to everyone that participated in our tags or frames challenge last week! We had so many beautiful projects featuring tags and frames and that made it difficult to pick just 3 to feature here on the blog today! Here they are - in no particular order:

Congrats to the Top 3! Be sure to grab the featured button from the right sidebar!

Thanks again to everyone that played along with us last week! Your creations were all wonderful! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! We'll be back tomorrow with a new challenge for you!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Challenge #357 - Tags or Frames

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to Use Your Stuff! Lori here to bring you this week's challenge.

This week we are asking you to use a tag or frame on your projects!  We can't wait to see what you come up with and don't forget to link up below!

I have created a birthday card using a couple of tags.

Here is a look at what the rest of the design team has created for this challenge:

Here's my card, using a tag.

I used a tag as part of my title...


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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Free Week

Hey everyone! The DT has a free week right now, but we will be back on Monday with a brand new challenge for you~! 

Enjoy your week and happy crafting!


Monday, April 29, 2019

Highlights: Flora & Fauna

Thank you again to everyone who participated in our "Flora and Fauna" challenge at Use Your Stuff.  I think this was the first time I've ever had to scroll through multiple pages to admire all the entries.  With so many gorgeous projects to choose from, this was not an easy decision.  I went back several times enjoying all the projects, but these three kept bringing a smile to my face.

 This box is simply adorable!  Can you imagine the joy someone is going to have opening up this box and finding a cute little blue bird with loads of colorful flowers?  Absolutely gorgeous!

 This sweet little chick sitting atop a branch with brightly colored berries caught my eye instantly. Such a great use of inks and die cuts.  

I just had a conversation with my husband about dandelions.  Why are they considered weeds?  They are beautiful flowers in all their forms.  And this little badger hanging out in the dandelion patch is the perfect touch for this project.

Once again, thanks to all of you who took part in our Flora and Fauna challenge.  Please continue to play along with us at Use Your Stuff!


Monday, April 22, 2019

Challenge #356 Yarn/String/Twine

Hello UYS Fans!  Chris here to host this week's fun challenge to use Yarn, String or Twine on your project. I hope you come play along with us and share your creations!

For my layout, I wanted to create a heart using the string art technique.  Although it was my first attempt, I'm happy with the way it turned out and can't wait to try it again.

I was inspired by the kite in the picture, so I decided to make my own kite for this project using a gold heart die cut and a piece of baker's twine.

I used Elastic Cord for my Mini Book.


just a little twine with the metal embellishments on this layout

I have a video showing how to make these easy boxes for gifting full size Snickers or Milky Way candy bars.

*** The linky has been added, so if you have a project from Monday or Tues, please feel free to back link it! **
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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Highlights Easter/Spring

Hello, everyone! We had so many beautiful projects using Easter/Spring this past week! I loved looking at each and every one and wish I could pick them all to feature here! Since I need to narrow it down to just 3, here they are in no particular order,

Thank you to everyone that played along with our Easter/Spring tape challenge last week! We will be back tomorrow with a new challenge for you!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Crafty Cathy


MaryAnn Scrapbooking

Monday, April 15, 2019

Challenge #355 Easter/Spring

Hello all!  Renee here with the challenge this week.  This week we are focusing on Easter or Spring.  So, grab your supplies and play along with us.

For my project, I colored a digital image of a little girl hunting easter eggs and used supplies I haven't touched in years, like paper flowers, to make a happy springy Easter card.

I am looking forward to what you all create!

Tulips always remind me of spring.


I was inspired by the word "Spring" to finally scrap these photos from "Springfield"
that I took on our family's first visit to Universal Studios in 2016
I had a couple extra photos to fit on the page so I used a Simple Stories flip pocket
(see 2nd photo).
I apologize for the glare of the photo protectors:
I was able to fit a total of 7 photos on this one page!

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Highlights for Challenge #352: Black and White

Sorry for the delay in getting the highlights for the Black and White challenge posted.  It's been a hectic few weeks at my house.  But boy was I blown away by all the gorgeous black and white projects all of you created for the challenge!  Below are three that caught my eye.

My daughter graduates from High School this year.  With all the parties in the near future, I loved the simplicity and elegance of this graduation card.

The blue ink accenting the inkwell, postage, and feather stamp was the perfect amount of color to set off this black and white project.

I love Halloween projects!  I especially was drawn to the intricate fence design and the happy orange pumpkins.

Thank you again to all who participated in the Black and White challenge.  Please keep playing along with us at Use Your Stuff!  We have some challenges on the horizon.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Challenge #354: Flora and Fauna

Welcome to this week's challenge here at Use Your Stuff.  With the seasons starting to change, we'd like you to get into the spirit of Spring by creating a project featuring flora and fauna.  In other words, create a project that includes plants and animals.  We can't wait to see what you create!

For my flora & fauna project, I decided to feature a picture of my daughter posing with her cat in front of my favorite hydrangea bush at my old house.

Are insects an animal? 


I used a photo of my daughter's sweet pup Dolly and Pink Paislee floral die cut bend up paper.


Tho they are still covered with snow, these are the pretty flora

that grace our yard, with absolutely no effort from us.
Added a metal butterfly (fauna?)

I made this wedding card thinking the challenge was flora or fauna.  So I only have flora except I'm sure there's a bee in the flowers somewhere!  Please visit my blog to see this fun fold card.


I also have Flora only ....
I made a Mini Book using a Sizzix Passport die.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Challenge #353 - Highlights

There were so many great entries this week, as always! 
All those fuzzy creatures were absolutely adorable!
Here are a few highlights from this week.




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