Monday, November 25, 2013

Challenge #111 - Ad Challenge

Hello everyone. Welcome to another week on the Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog. This week the challenge is to take a look at the advertisement and let it inspire you in some way on your next project. Be sure to come back here to link your project up so we can see what you did with the challenge.

Here's the advertisement:

Here's what I came up with, based on the ad. As you can see, I didn't deviate too far from it.


I am a big fan of sketches and ad challenges.  I was inspired by the set of three photos at the top and bottom of the ad.  I was also inspired by my favorite baseball team, the 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox.  


I also love sketches and this ad really did resemble a sketch I thought! I had fun making this layout, inspired by the ad, of one of my great friends at her wedding a few years ago.


It looks like that I wasn't inspired by the same things than the others ! As for me, I really liked the colors (green-blue-orange/kraft), the "home" feeling, and also the clean style.

 (There is a tutorial for the fabric Christmas tree on my blog).

I really liked this challenge. I loved the simplicity and clean lines of the ad and copied it very closely. I turned it on its side and added a photo to the middle.

Challenge #110 Highlights

Thank you to everyone decided to play in our show challenge.  We had such wonderful entries.

Here are some highlights for you!

I loved the colors and all the great textures in this cute card from Julie

Scrapellen's vintage tag is just lovely

Cinzia's blue and white Tilda card with all the lovely diecuts is just so striking.

Congratulations ladies...don't forget to grab your badge

Thank you to all of you who played along this week and don't forget to tune in  for a brand new challenge :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Challenge #110 Let it Snow

Hello bloggers! Tammy here and  I'm so excited to be bringing you my first challenge as part of the UYS team.

Here in Calgary, the snow starts flying around the end of October and sometimes, like last year, can last until April.  That makes for a loooong winter :)

  My challenge this week is all about the fluffy white...SNOW!  

I would love to see your projects that incorporate snow, it could be snowflakes, snowmen, winter, anything where I can see the snow in it.


I'm the first one to tell you I love winter, however, sometimes it is a challenge. This layout uses Echo Park's Winter Park Kit as well as some epoxy snowflake stickers by Katie Pertiet. Snow isn't all fun and games but I don't enjoy those rare winters when we are without it.


Winter always comes early here in Calgary and seems to last forever!
I used some Echo Park This and That as well as some Fancy Pants Home for Christmas.  I also had some little embellishments from my Christmas box and I added in some wooden snowflakes some of which I painted white and some I left natural with just a bit of spritz for shine.  (Sorry, it's really hard to see in this picture).


In Saskatchewan we definitely get our fair share of snow! How fitting that we got out first big snow storm of the season as I sat down to scrap for this challenge! I used a cream colored piece of paper that had some snowflakes embossed on it already along the bottom. Then I stamped and embossed the large one in the circle myself. The larger purple snowflake was cut on my Cricut and the small ones were made using a punch.

No snowflakes for me but I have still had fun.
Snowflowers I've created instead.
Have a peek at my blog. There's prizes to be won.

When Tammy asked us to scrap "snow", I immediatly thought about this old Echo Park collection, but I had only one sheet left... No problem ! I decided to make the same mini album than last week (and this time, I made a step-by-step on my blog).

Mini album scrapbooking

I love winter and I love making wintery layouts. I always have a hard time trying to decide which beautiful snow products to use. For this one, I mixed it up and used a variety.

Challenge #109 Highlights

Thank you to everyone that took part to the "limited supplies" challenge, it was very interesting to see how you interpreted this, and the projects were beautiful ! Here are some highlights :

JanR chose to color on textured cardstocks and she didn't use any patterned paper :

Julene decided  to make Christmas cards even if she had only purple cards :

Samantha K decided to keep her card pretty simple to highlight her colored stamped image :

Beautiful cards ! Please, be sure to grab your badge :

Thank you again to everyone that participated.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Challenge #109 - Limited supplies

Hello everybody, Isbaha here, and I'm so happy to to share a challenge with you !

Scrapbookers often own lots and lots of supplies, and it might be difficult to choose what to use, not to mention to use it in a different way... And be honest, sometimes, we also find our old supplies boring.
But it's amazing how much most of supplies can be stretched and get a new look !

So here is my challenge this week : use limited supplies.

And then, try to find how you could use them to fit your needs before reaching for something else.
The idea is to use less supplies as usual, so as you'll find new ways for using them.
Of course, this quantity of supplies depends of your scrapbooking style (if you're minimalist or if you love to layer !).

As for me, I decided to use only 3 stamps to make a set of cards : I chose a background stamp with words that I can also use as sentiments, a banner stamp that I found very versatile, and a tree stamp, because I thought it would also make a great lace border !
I used the three stamps on each card, can you find them ?

I didn't use patterned papers but I used embossing folders to add more interest to my cardstocks
(I always forget about using them !).

Edit 11/13/2013 : I have another project to share with you. It's a mini album made with white cardstock and only one sheet of patterned paper (both sides - see it below after I cut it) by Webster's page ! 

Now, what will YOU do ?
Will you choose to use only a limited number of stamps like me ? Will you try to stretch up only a couple of sheets of double side paper ? Will you decide to use only what is on your desk right now ? Will you prefer to "kill up" an old kit ?
I can't wait to see what you will do ! Add your project by clicking on the blue frog below.

I chose to just use a few supplies that were already on my desk, including this candy cane stripe embossing folder that I'd not used in awhile.  I just added a little ribbon, bling and a small sentiment. 

I used just some cardstock, some letters and a stamp across the bottom of the cover page for our NYC trip album. Can you believe we were there in 2012 and this is the first page I've done for it? I need to get going on that!! It's a very simple page, but I like that about it.

When I first saw this challenge I didn't know how I was going to do it.  I took the challenge very literally - one sheet of patterned paper - plus the basics such as cardstock.
I used the Simple Stories 24/7 Hexagon paper as my one sheet which gave me several different patterns to work with. I even used the hexagons to make my banners on top.
Other than that, it is just cardstock.

This is a total 360 for me! I am excited by some decisions I have made and the class that is now developing as a result which sits perfectly with Isbaha's Challenge. 
Keeping it CAS to show of my tiny photos in now the aim!

Challenge #108 Highlights

Thank you to those crafters who joined in and showed us what they do with stencils.

Doreena used her stencil in a subtle way to create a focus for her art.

Lorraine had new stuff to play with! Isn't her snowman cute?

Joefil was restrained with her stencil and cleverly used the dots as the base for sparkly embellishment.

Don't forget ladies to grab the Featured Button. We look forward to seeing what you do next time.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Challenge #108 - How do you stencil?

Happy New Week to you, it's Julie here with a fun challenge for you to try.
Stencils are such versatile tools for adding detail and changing and mixing things up a little.
 I'm asking you to put those stencils to work.

Don't have any stencils? 
It just might surprise you!


I decided to use my stencil in a different way to get this blurred effect.
This is my first page for my december journal !


I have some stencils but decided it would be fun to make one. I cut a design out on my Cricut and then used it as a stencil to create the design for my background.

I have recently discovered stencils.  Oh, I knew about them, but I have never really used them.  When I saw this challenge posted, I was thrilled.  My only decision was WHICH stencil to use.  So I grabbed my newest one and grabbed my mists and made my background. 
 I used another to make the scallops around the edge.  I am loving my new passion. 


I don't know about you, but I'm feeling very inspired by the Creative Team's examples.
I used the Reverse Chicken Wire template and my Texture Effects by Martha Stewart on my layout. I just love the effect that the Texture Effects give on a project.

Challenge #107 Highlights

Take a look at this stunning project Mian created using eyelets! So much beautiful detail!

Doreen created a wonderful layout using eyelets in a few spots - I love the one in the star!