Monday, January 24, 2022

#440 Embossing

 Welcome to our newest challenge everyone!  Our theme for you is Embossing!  This can be either heat or dry embossing, whichever you choose!

Let's see what the DT has for you today!

Helen here with my embossed card - I used an embossing folder to create and alternative background to using patterned paper.


I used both heat and dry embossing on this card. 


I used my embossing plate to add some texture to my red rectangle.

I used embossed cardstock on my layout.  The colors were perfect with the patterned paper that I used and I love the added texture and interest the embossing gives the layout overall.

For the challenge, I used a heat embossed background stamp to create a textured gold background.

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Meet the New Design Team Members

 Well, you have seen some of their work already, but let us introduce you to our new DT members!

First up is Haven!

I love playing along with the challenges and getting inspiration from my fellow design team members.  I think Use Your Stuff is a perfect fit for me right now as I work through my stash.  Every year I tell myself I'm only going to buy adhesives for the year as I have enough stash to last a while, but then I see something amazing that I have to have. I'm a former UYS DT ( 2016).  This year one of my #2022 goals is to scrap for at least 15minutes a day and write a blog post at least once a week. I also lean on sketches to speed the scrap process as I'm never at a loss of subject material with four children and the natural beauty that surrounds me here in Oregon.

Next let's meet Deanne!  A Fellow Canuck!

My name is Deanne Clarke-Saunders. My hubby and I live in Paradise,
Newfoundland Canada. I was an elementary teacher for 23 years but retired early. I am now an Early Childhood Educator (couldn’t stay away from the kiddies!!). I have always enjoyed playing with paper, scissors, glue, and ESPECIALLY crayons and pencil crayons, ever since I’ve been a small child. I just couldn’t stop playing, so I continued by scrapbooking and card-making!

And last but not least Claudia

I'm Claudia and I turned 46 in July. I'm living in Belgium. I'm married for the past 18 years with Wim and we have 2 childeren. Jarno is our son and he is 19 and Joran our daughter is 15. I work 4days a week as administrative assistant.

I've been making card for 10 years now. At first I was making a lot of 3D cards,  but know I making a lot of scrapcards. I like different styles.and...  I also have 3 challenge blog:

I’m also active in a lot of of DT’s, but it’s so much fun doing it.

Be sure to stop over at their blogs and say hello.  I'm sure they will be bringing a lot of wonderful inspiration for you in the coming months!

Monday, January 10, 2022

#439 Inspired by Disney


Hello everyone! Welcome to this week's challenge.  Our theme this go round is to be inspired by Disney! 

Maybe it's an actual trip to the Magic Kingdom that you did.  Is there a Disney song that you love ?  What about a character?  Is it just those Disney colors that make your creative juices flow?  We want to see what you've got and be sure to let us know how you were inspired!

Let's see what the DT has for you!  We have 3 new DT members joining us and we are so excited to have them.  We will be introducing them a bit later on in the week!


Here's a page from my album of our family trip to Disney in 2018!

I'm sharing a card inspired by the Disney character Dumbo the elephant:

For this Disney themed project, I decided to feature my dog "Woody" with his squishmallow namesake and sidekick.



(Inspired by the song Do You Want to Build a Snowman from Frozen)



Inspired by my daughter's Frozen themed bike she received for her 3rd birthday!


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Friday, January 7, 2022


Here are your highlights for the last couple of challenges!

#436 Grateful/Thanksgiving

#7 Roberta

#4 Alicia

#9 Suzanne

#437 Plaid

#9 Scrapacrolles

#11 Barb

#5 Treva

Thank you to everyone who played along.  We hope to see you in the next challenge.  Ladies, don't forget to grab your badge from the sidebar for your blogs!

Thursday, December 30, 2021

DT Call Out

 Hey Everyone!  Our challenges will be starting up on January 10th and we are really excited. 

  We also want to extend a call out for 2 new team members for the January -June term (with a chance to continue on after that.)

Here are the deets:

- Each Month you will create 1 project for your team's challenge (each challenge runs every 2 weeks).  Your project can be anything as long as it follows the theme.

- You will be responsible for commenting on entries for your team's challenge according to the designation you are given

-Having a FB account is preferred as I contact the team for discussions, instructions etc, through the FB group but it is not necessarily a 'thing'.  

- Previous DT experience is not necessary

- Open to anyone worldwide

-You need to have an active  blog, FB or insta to promote our challenges

If you are interested in applying please send your email to with the subject line of UYS DT CALL.  Please tell me a little about yourself and supply a link to your online media so I can be nosy and have a look around.

The call will go out until January 8th and our new members will be announced the week of January 10th.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, December 20, 2021

#438 - Snow or Winter

Hey Everyone! This is our final challenge for the year 2021!  We want to take this time to thank you so much for joining us challenge after challenge.  We really appreciate you and your support.  On behalf of the whole DT, we want to wish you A very Happy and Joyus Holiday Season.

We will be back on January 10th with our first challenge for 2022!

Our challenge for the next 2 weeks is Snow/Winter!


If you'd like to see two similar cards to these, check out my blog! 




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Monday, December 6, 2021

#437 Plaid

 Hey everyone!

Welcome to our first challenge for December!  Our theme over the next 2 weeks is a bit of tangent one...we'd like to see plaid on your project.

  We know that for Christmas, there is a lot of buffalo plaid going on  right now, but any kind of plaid would work.  It could be ribbon, your DP, an embellishment, whatever works for you!

Check out what the DT has created for you!  

Helen here with my plaid inspiration card.  I love plaid and gingham papers so this was the perfect challenge for me! 

I used some plaid paper I've had in my stash for a few years combined with kraft and green card and a simple punched tree and stamped sentiment.

For my project, I used plaid paper to highlight a favorite picture I took of my husband, daughter, and dog on Christmas Day.

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