Sunday, September 30, 2018

Challenge 331 - Spots and Dots HIGHLIGHTS

So many beautiful projects for this week's challenge.  Love them ALL!  Thanks to all of you talented people who played along.

My favourites were (in no particular order).

This little cutie-patootie fairy with the blue hair by Wendy (Crafty Kiwi Mama) made me smile.

The galaxy background on this card by Stephanie (Crazy Crafter Blog) is awesome and that little alien is just too cute!

This gorgeous flower card by Angie (Cimbracreativefun) is just so beautiful.

Stayed tuned - we have a brand new challenge coming your way tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Our New Member

Sorry this has taken me so long to put up.  Thank you to everyone who applied for the DT position.  It's always such a hard choice.

Use Your Stuff would like to welcome Doreen to the team.  We are excited to have her with us and we hope that you will be inspired by her creations!

Here's a bit about Doreen!

My name is Doreen!
I live in Southern CA with my husband (married since 2001), my 16 year old daughter*, our dog Spotty, cat Panini, and mini-pig Hamlet.
*my 23 yr old son moved out last year. 
I'm a huge animal advocate and just recently became a vegetarian.
I've been scrapping for over 20 years.
Besides scrapping I love to read and nap (LOL)

You can find me on Instagram at:

I'm excited to be here...
Thank you for having me!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Challenge #331 - Spots and Dots

Hello! Gail here to host this week's USE YOUR STUFF challenge to use spots and/or dots.

Here's my card.


I used some enamel dots to add some dimension to this layout!

This challenge immediately made me think of Minnie Mouse :)

Alcohol and Yupo paper background with black Nuvo drop spot accents.

I used all polka dot paper for my card and to keep the "spots and dots" theme going, I added in circles as well.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Challenge #330 Highlights

Love all the "friendship" projects this week.  These were a few that caught my eye.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Challenge #330: Friendship

Hello! The challenge this week is to create a project about "Friendship".

Most people may think of humans having friendships, but I chose to do this layout about my daughter's two dogs, Willie and Dolly who are both rescue dogs.  They got Willie a few years ago and when they decided to get another pup, we were all surprised since Willie didn't get along very well with other dogs.  But when they brought Dolly home, he immediately fell in love with his new best friend. They are inseparable.

 I focused on a four legged friendship between my daughter and her chihuahua for this project.

 Our friendship with members of an organization we belong, we have met so many through the club and grown to be close friends that we atleast plan a vacation/holiday a year with them.


An ATC with the lovely stamps from Rubber Moon.

Hey you is one of my favorite phrases to use when calling my friends.  I made a call using that phrase to send to a friend

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Animal Challenge Highlights (#329)

There were a ton of adorable animals gracing the front 
of many gorgeous cards this week! 
The following stood out!

Gail got a jump start on her Christmas cards with this adorable image!

Louise paired this adorable image with cute embellishments and a 
neutral background to create this precious card!

Vicki did an amazing job of making us think of fall with this adorable card!
Doreen shared this precious layout of her kitty 'helping' her sort through some scrapbook albums.

Thanks to everyone who played along with us this week! Join us Monday for another fun challenge!
Don't forget to grab your badge if you see your project above!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Sad Goodbye and a DT Call

Good Afternoon to you all!

We are really ad to announce that Amy will be ending her time with us at the end of September.  She has been with us for awhile now and an amazing source of inspiration not only to you but to her team as well.  She will be sadly missed.

We are sending a call out for a new DT member.  Have a read below on the qualifications and requirements and please contact us asap if you are interested.  The call will be open until September 20 and we will announce the new member on the blog on Monday September 24th.

This DT Call is open internationally.  The call will run from Wednesday September 12- Thursday September 20 with the new member being announced on the blog on Monday September 24th.  


No previous DT experience necessary
It is a 3-month term from October – December 2018 with the option to extend to another term at the end should you so wish. 
You must have an active blog or Instagram where others can view your projects and preferably access to FB as that is where we post all the DT related information.
You must enjoy using up those pieces in your stash, as well, that’s what we are all about. 😊
We are not a sponsored blog so all the projects will be of your own creations with your own images/photos/product in co-ordination with that week’s theme.
You will be creating 2 projects/month (minus Christmas break) for your team and you will host 1 challenge for the term.
You should have an active knowledge of Blogger as that is where the challenges are posted and you will need to upload your projects.

If you are interested, please email me at with the words UYS DT Call in the subject line.

Please include:  Your name and where you are from
A link to your blog or IG page
A little about yourself and why you would like to be on the team.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or leave a comment on the post below.

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you again!

Monday, September 10, 2018

School is in Highlights!

Thank you to all who participated in our "School is in!" challenge.  As a teacher, had I received any of your projects as a gift or a thank you, I would be humbled.  What gorgeous creations you have made! These three submissions really caught my eye for this challenge.

I'm always looking for fun ways to feature school pictures of my children.  I loved the use of the yellow ruler against the red background paper with the cute paper ribbon accents.

I have a thing for woodland creatures.  Especially owls.  I adored how the front of this project is an owl while the backside can hold a gift card.  What a creative way to give your favorite teacher a gift!

I loved the juxtaposition of this card; the bright, modern colors mixed with the vintage photo.  It reminded me of pictures of my Mother's elementary school classes in the early 1960's.  And let's face it, we've all had those days in school where we've felt like the little girl in the picture.

Once again, all of you who played along with our "School is in!" challenge created amazing paper art.  Thank you to all of our participants for all the back to school inspiration!

Challenge #329 - Animals

Welcome! Amanda here with this week's challenge - animals! We want to see your pets, visits to the zoo, wild animal encounters, etc! Maybe you need a card and have the perfect teddy bear stamp you have been dying to use? We can't wait to see what you come up with!

For mine I used some old photos (2012) of me and our four legged babies. Last November we had to say goodbye to our shepherd cross so we only have our boxer now.

Check out what the rest of the design team came up with!

Heather R

Since I don't really have much in the way of animal photos, I opted to do a LO with a couple of my favorite Disney dogs at Animal Kingdom...


I created a card using these super sweet little mice - probably the only time I will call mice sweet! You can read more about it on my blog here.

A great card for any occasion. See my blog for 2 other versions.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Challenge #328- School Is In!

Welcome to this week's challenge at Use Your Stuff.  With summer drawing to a close, it's that time of year when parents are singing, "It's the most wonderful time of the year...." while their children sulk.  This can only mean one's back to school time!  

This week we are challenging you to create a project using the theme, "School Is In!" We can't see what back to school inspirations you all create for this challenge.

For this project, I featured a picture of my daughter on her first day of kindergarten and her last first day of school on day one of her senior year this past August.  I might've been crying throughout the creation of this project...

My layout is about our oldest son, Jace who is now a senior in high school.  This photo was taken on his first day of his last year.  So hard to believe he will be graduating next spring. 


Last year was my son's first experience with school - he was in Kindergarten! It's hard to believe the year has gone by and we are getting ready for grade one already!

 Since we are empty nesters with no grandkids, I had a bit of a rough time coming up with a creation for the theme. My teamies came up with the idea of books, and tada, here we are, a book mark stamped with Darkroom Door images ...

I made this fun back to school card for my son's lunchbox tomorrow.  It's his first day of school!
I used some scraps from my desk and then added a sentiment that I printed off of from my fonts and the apple is a freebie from Simple Stories Carpe Diem September digital set.