Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings to you all!

The DT is taking some time off to spend with their families over the holidays and we will be back to challenge and inspire you on Monday January 7th.

From all of us to all of you,  best wishes for the holiday season and a very very happy new year!

Tammy & The UYS Design Team

Monday, December 17, 2018

Challenge #341 - Christmas/Holidays

Good Morning and welcome to this week's challenge of Christmas/Holidays. 

Such a broad subject for a challenge as you can go many different ways with this challenge. Christmas to me is about being with family and friends and then there is the shopping thing that happens too :) 

Christmas is also time to send and receive Christmas Cards ......

Just a couple of the many cards I created this year to send out

 I have additional photos of cards I made over on my blog. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Let's see what my fellow design team members did with this challenge. 

I wanted a wreath for my doorway but wasn't liking any I saw in stores.
Raid the scrappy stash and voila! (2 sided even!)

Merry Christmas everyone!

The past few years we have had a much smaller tree but I love it!


I send a ton of Christmas cards each year and usually only make a few of each design. This particular one I made for some of my staff members at work.

This was one of several pictures I took of my girls almost twelve years ago trying to get the perfect Christmas card shot.  My youngest would not stop giving me her cheesiest smile.  I decided this pic along with some Doodlebug paper would be the perfect holiday scrapbook layout.


Every year my husband makes a lot of fudge and I make a lot of fudge boxes.  Please head over to my blog to see several styles of fudge boxes for Christmas gift giving.

**Sorry, we had an issue with the linky!.  If you created a card on Monday feel free to link it up on Tuesday**

Sunday, December 16, 2018

#340 - Inspired by a book HIGHLIGHTS

Happy Sunday!  
Just wanted to share a few highlights from the book challenge this week...
thanks to all who played along :)

I love this layout done by Julene and I must admit,
 seeing the Anne house is definitely on my bucket list as well...

The sweet simplicity of this card by Arlene really drew me in...
I love how soft and pretty it is...

And then at the same time, I love all of the detailing that went into this card by Alicia...and quite honestly, I have a soft spot for the big guy in red ;)

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next challenge and to see what the Design Team comes up with to inspire you! Have a great week!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Challenge #340 - Inspired by a Book

Happy Monday and Happy Scrapping!  Heather R here...and this week we want to see your projects inspired by a book :)

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island"  – Walt Disney

Given that the Christmas season is upon us, my layout has been inspired by the classic "Twas the Night Before Christmas"  (I have an additional layout on my blog inspired by a series of books as well)

You can check out what the rest of the Design Team was inspired by and we can't wait to see what inspires you guys as well!


Mine is inspired by "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"The Knight Bus appears in this book for the first time.

I was inspired by the book "Twas the Night Before Christmas". I used a line
from the book for my title: "...a long winters nap"

(inspired by Dr. Seuss)

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I was inspired by this old Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer book to create my Christmas card:

I was inspired by the book "Claude the Dog - A Christmas Story" to create this card!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

#339 Silver and Gold Highlights

Once again, thank you to all who participated in the Silver and Gold Challenge.  All of the submissions were absolutely stunning.  It's always exciting to see how our followers interpret the challenge.  These three certainly caught my eye!

I loved the gold embossed background with all the Christmas symbols.  It reminded me of a door at a majestic European cathedral.  The blue poinsettias with the gold leaves were the perfect touch.

This project absolutely took my breath away.  Whoever is the lucky recipient of this birthday card can easily put this on the wall as a one of a kind piece of art.  I loved the subtle gold glitter throughout the background and the delicate silver butterfly cut-outs.  

And finally, this project exemplified to me everything that I love about Christmas.  The gorgeous gold poinsettias embossed on the black paper along with the vintage candle reminded me of Christmases of long ago.  Simply stunning.

Once again, thank you again for taking time during your busy holiday season to play along with us at Use Your Stuff.  Make sure to continue to check out our blog and play along with our challenges.

Monday, December 3, 2018

#338 collaboration highlights

Thank you so much for participating in our collaboration with Double Trouble Challenges and to Double Trouble for having us!  What a blast!

Here are a few highlights in no particular order

#45 Esther

#27 Vicki


#20 Kathy

#2 I love Scrapping Too

#8 Lisa

#30 Leanne

Thank you so much to everyone who participated...your projects were AMAZING and really got us into the holiday spirit!

Ladies, don't forget to grab your badge from the side bar.  Don't forget to hop over to Double Trouble to see if you were a winner!

Challenge #339: Silver and Gold

Welcome to another challenge at Use Your Stuff.  In honor of the classic Christmas carol "Silver and Gold," Design Team A created projects that included silver and gold papers or embellishments.  We are looking forward to see what you all create!

When I think of silver and gold at this time of year, I think of snowflakes.  So I decided to feature pictures of my girls playing in the snow when they were tiny with silver and gold embellishments surrounding their pictures.


I used lots of gold for my layout.


When I pulled out my decorations and saw how tarnished and faded my silver and gold balls looked I decided to give them a facelift, with some old bling and ribbons, stickles and Prima glass glitter

Monday, November 26, 2018

Challenge #338 Week 2 - A Double Trouble Collaboration

Hey everyone !  Welcome to our second week with the collaboration that we are doing with the Double Trouble Paper Crafting blog!  We are partnering with Double Trouble to bring you a double dose of inspiration!

How it works is that you are going to do our challenge, and pair it up with the challenges that double trouble has on their blog!  The more aspects of the challenge you do, the more chances you get to win their prize!

Last week Team A had some great inspiration for you, this week Team B is here to inspire!  For our part of the challenge we are using this mood board!

I'm trying to finish my December (Not-So) Daily from 2017.
This challenge was perfect motivation to get another page done!
This layout is a combo of:
Mood Board, Sweet Treat, and Bling!
It's also a mix of super old and brand new scrappy items.
(6x8 sized page)


My combination includes the mood board and bling (glitter and gems).

Heather R

Loved the colors and theme of the mood board and opted to go with Double Trouble's Thing 3 on my layout and used glitter letters and lots of rhinestones :)


For my card, I chose to use all 3 challenges - Thing 1's a sweet treat for the holidays - a yummy cup of cocoa, Thing 2's challenge to use our mood board - I was inspired by the colors and the drinks, and Thing 3's sprinkles on top - I used some gold glitter paper.

I used to mood board to get my inspiration.  I loved the colors, the warm drinks pictured and the festive feel.


I used the mood board, the sweet treats theme and some glittery paper on my card!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Challenge #338 -Week 1 a Double Trouble Collaboration

Hey everyone!  We have something super special going on for the next two weeks!

We are pairing up with Double Trouble Paper Crafting for a 2 week challenge!  This challenge will go from November 19th until December 2nd.

Here's a bit about our friends Double Trouble!

Welcome to Double Trouble - We're two retired ladies bringing you a new challenge blog where we hope you find fun and inspiration! We're not affiliated with any companies and welcome all participants. Our challenge will include Thing 1-Trouble Maker the Basic Challenge, Thing 2-Double Dare being a surprise element in which you may or may not decide to participate and Thing 3-Twisted Sister, will appear with an optional twist to the Challenge.

When you enter our challenge this week, be sure to run over to the Double Trouble Challenge blog and see what their co-coordinating challenges are!  The more aspects of the challenge you do, the more entries you will receive to win their prize!

This is our part for the challenge, we have a fun mood board to draw your inspiration from! There are lots here, pine, snowflakes, cocoa, some lovely colors, candy canes, Christmas trees and so much more!


The DT "A" group is going to get you started!

Remember to head on over to the Double Trouble Blog and use our image as well as their challenge ideas to create your projects!  Link up to both!  This challenge is going to run for 2 weeks and you can enter as often as you like, as long as you are creating new entries each time. 

Inspired by Thing 2's GLITTER aspect, along with our Moodboard I decided to dig deep in the old stash and use up some of this "Sugar and Spice" glitter paper I had to make a Chirstmas Cookie recipe book.  More pix on blog.

I chose to do Things 1 - making a sweet treat.  There is nothing better than cocoa in my favorite winter mug on a cold day.

I chose to do the Thing 1 challenge of creating a project of a sweet treat along with our Use Your Stuff mood board.  One of the traditions in our family is to make a gingerbread house each Christmas.  I thought that pics of my youngest putting together her sugary masterpiece would be perfect for this challenge.

I chose to use all the challenges: Thing 1's challenge to make a sweet treat for the holidays, Thing 2's challenge to use our mood board and Thing 3's challenge of adding sprinkles too :)


I chose to use all the challenges for this!  Thing 1s challenge of a sweet treat is my sweet holiday drink with the yummy candy cane!  Of course, I have Thing 2s challenge of the mood board which is also the UYS challenge for these next two weeks and then Thing 3s challenge of adding sprinkles is in my glitter paper and stickles!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Highlights - Challenge #337 - Stars

There was a lovely mix of layouts and cards this week 
for our challenge featuring stars!

These are a few that stood out!




Congratulations ladies! Don't forget to grab your badge!

Come back tomorrow for an exciting new challenge!