Monday, June 19, 2017

Challenge #268-Try Something New

School may be out for the kids, but that doesn't mean we crafters have to stop learning.  There are so many new products, and so many different techniques, that it is easy to get overwhelmed and not try new things.  I purchased a tutorial on making handmade albums about a month ago and looked at the number of pages in the tutorial and became overwhelmed.  On my desk that tutorial went until this challenge.  I decided to at least make the album cover in time for this challenge.  It was actually FUN!

So, since I had so much fun learning bookmaking techniques, my challenge to you is to try a new technique or use a product that you haven't use before on a project. Bonus points if the technique or product is something you purchased a while ago and haven't used.

Come on!! Let's learn together. Just because school is out, doesn't mean we crafters have to stop learning too.

My newest highlight, the beautiful Viva Las VegaStamps, plus a background stamp from Darkroom Door I hadn't used yet  ....

I had a little bit of a hard time trying to figure out what I wanted to do for this challenge but I decided to give a hand stitched title a try.  I have always loved the look when I see it on other's layouts so here is my first try at it.

When I make cards I always just make the plain old kind folded in half. I saw this cute card online and decided to try to replicate it for my husband for Father's Day.

I used a new embossing folder by Taylored Expressions for this card.

I decided to play around with my watercolors and make some project life style cards to add to my album.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

#267 Highlights

Wow! Looks like many of you were ready for the sunshine with your awesome projects!  Thank you so very much for playing along with us!

Here are the highlights for this week in no particular order!

#8 Ginny

I loved the fun scene using all the different dies!

#20 Granne
This ATC has some really great warm elements to it!


#22 Deanna

Who doesn't love summer swimming! Great layout!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PLAYED ALONG! Join us tomorrow for a fun new challenge! Happy scrapping everyone!

Monday, June 12, 2017

#267- Use warm, summer colors

Merry Monday everyone! Tammy here with your new challenge!  I just came back from a weekend away in Canada we always know when it's summer because everyone is camping - rain or shine!  My theme this week is to use warm sunny colors - oranges, reds, yellows, turquoise, bright green - any of those fun summer colors that just warm you inside and out!
Can't wait to see what you create and to get the mojo flowing, here is some inspiration from the DT!

For this project, I decided to go with a vintage feel using oranges, reds, yellows, and turquoises to showcase one of my favorite pictures of my daughter gardening with her dog.

For this summer project, I thought of the tropics and my granddaughter climbing a palm tree!


Amy here with a pocket page spread for this weeks challenge. I have used the Cocoa Vanilla Studio You Rock collection to make the 4x6 cards as these had some vibrant pops of the warm summer colours this challenge calls for. I then used other PL cards to fill in the blanks and pops of bright embellishments to finish this off.

Alice K.
I made a set of ATC cards with summery colors and a summery theme.

perfect colours for a pool fun page! 
Happy summer everyone!

I stuck more with the oranges, reds and yellows for this page

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Highlights #266 - Patterned Papers

Hello, everyone! Thank you to all of you that played along with this week's challenge! We had 25 beautiful entries this week, and I really enjoyed looking at each and every one!

Here are the featured projects for this week - in no particular order:

Congratulations to all of you! Don't forget to grab your "Featured" button from the right sidebar.

Thanks again to everyone for playing along with us this week!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Thank you so much everyone for hopping along with us to celebrate summer and an extra thank you to those of you who shared with us your wonderful summer projects!

Our random winner is  

Congratulations Lisa.  I've emailed you regarding your prize!

Don't forget to play along with us for this week's challenge as well everyone!

Monday, June 5, 2017

#266 - Patterned Papers

Hello, everyone! We hope you all enjoyed our Summer Fun Blog Hop last week! It's Lori here today to bring you this week's challenge.

This week my challenge to you is to use a minimum of 5 patterned papers on your project. You can use more than 5 patterned papers, but you must have at least 5 on your project. Here is my card that I created for this challenge:

I have used exactly 5 different patterned paper on my card.

Here are the beautiful projects from the rest of the design team:

I created this layout using a variety of patterned papers I had left over from my May Kitaholic Kit (main kit). I used plain white cardstock as the background so as to make the paper layers pop more. 


I used Kaisercraft - Barber Shoppe paper for this layout of my dad at work in the mid-1950s. Sketch is by Rochelle Spears - Scraproom.  I've also done another layout using the same products. You can check it out on my blog here.  

Including the grounding pattern paper I used 5 papers plus 2 cutaparts to make a total of 7 different pattern papers (good time to use scraps on a layout :)

I managed to use 6 scrap patterned papers on this planner dashboard cover for my daughter.

Such beautiful projects from the design team! We hope you can find some time to play along with us this week!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Summer Fun Blog Hop

Welcome to the SUMMER FUN blog hop at Use Your Stuff
Summer is just about here and the ladies of Use Your Stuff are excited and wanting to share some hot summer projects using our stash! We hope that these projects inspire you to create your own fun summer scrapping projects!
The Blog Hop will run from May 29th until June 4th. You have all week to hop along and see what we have created for you.
Hop along with us for a chance to win this great prize pack:

Here are the rules for the hop
1. You must leave a comment on each Design Team members blog and on the UYS challenge blog.
2. You have from May 29th until June 4th 8pm EST to enter. Winner will be announced on June 6th on the blog.
3. Create and link up your own summer project for an additional chance to win using the link on the blog.
4. International scrappers welcome.

Here is the list for the hop in case you want to stop along the way or get lost

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Highlights #265 Bohemian Rhapsody

Thank you for everybody who joined this week's challenge. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' might not have been the easiest theme, but we enjoyed seeing the projects you all presented. It is always interesting to see how different the interpretations can be.
The challenge was all about gypsy-like abundance, and these three projects captured it nicely.

 This beautiful, happy spread is simply stunning. At first you see the colors, then you start noticing the different elements, then the texture and incredible detail. MA-MI in Slovenia, well done!

Ciska's scrapbooking layout on a recent family visit is rich and detailed. It has dotted, patterned and flower papers, ribbons, hearts, words oh my! It has lots of elements yet it avoids being busy, it is just nice and rich and cosy like the life itself. Thank you for joining us!

AJ entered with this card. Take a closer look you and you can see the many details. The background is richly patterned with diverse stamping. The focal point flower has been nicely painted, the glass stones bring richness to it. A perfect happy day card to send out just so.

Nice work ladies! Keep your entries coming. Thanks to you all for playing along and I hope that you are joining us for this week's blog hop!

And don't forget to grab your badge from the sidebar!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Challenge # 265 Bohemian Rhapsody

Now is the time to make something rich and ornamental: mix up patterns, use many colors and loads of embellishments and create a piece (card, layout, atc) with lots of visual interest. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' refers to no style but rather to the use of many different elements. Think along the lines 'more is more'.  Heap it up! Have fun!

Used lots of techniques for visual interest, on my page featuring
this family photo of when my grandma was 1.

This is my first ever art journal page and decided it was the perfect opportunity for this weeks blog challenge. I used several different mediums (sprays,acrylic paint, gel medium) to create a splash of colour and visual interest. I then added some embellishments that I have rarely used to add some more interest to the page and added some sequins for a bit more sparkle and colour. 
Keep an eye out on my you tube channel for a process video for this page. 

 I used lots of fun boy papers and accents plus some mixed media for this colorful layout.

alice k. 
For my set of ATC's I used rich colors and created rich textures. I looked for exotic imagery of opulent flowers and birds and piled on sequins, pearly dots and mixed metallic gold leaf. Please visit my blog if you are interested in knowing the steps.

I used the rich colours found in the Close to My Heart - Florence kit and added some gold accents.

For the "Bohemian" theme, I used a variety of layers, colors, and of course, my daughter rocking a Bohemian outfit for Halloween.

Guest DT Lyne

Guest DT Teresa
 Teresa here from Fresh and Renewed. I opted for color with the Boho theme...Hope you like. Check out my blog for a great post about this card and a little chance for a giveaway.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

#264 Highlights - Metallics

We had a bit of a bumpy start but you managed to upload some fabulous images for our Metallics challenge.

Here is this week's highlights!

Treva's Craft Corner
this is a really fun shaker card

Lisa DV
This layout had some fun assortment of metallic elements to it!

This card had a lot of texture and fun layers!

Thanks to you all for playing along and I hope that you are joining us for this week's bohemian rhapsody challenge!

Ladies don't forget to grab your badge from the sidebar!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Challenge #264 - Metallics

** sorry for the technical difficulties! Mr. Linky is up now, so if you have a creation from yesterday please go ahead and backlink it! Also we've left it open for a bit later on Saturday as well!  Sorry everyone!**

Hello everyone! Kristin here with this week's challenge! I have a massive obsession with anything glittery, shiny, metallic. Whether it's mists, glitter, sequins. The possibilities here are endless! For this week's challenge I want to see metallics on your project! I used some glitter tape, sequins, puffy glittery Thickers, metallic chipboard and gems on this Project Life spread.

Well, I'm not too much into glitter and such,
but I managed to put some shimmery pearls on my card :)

I used a lot of gold metallic paper and chipboard on this card.


For my card I used some shiny metallic black pearl paint to accent it.

For my card I used some green glitter paper as a strip and the hearts are also cut out of it.

Heather R

I used some glitter star stickers I had in my stash for these pics of us with Sorcerer Mickey

Guest Designer Teresa
I absolutely adore La La Land Stamps! I am obsessed right now with mermaids and sequins! Sparkly and shiny is all the rage right now! Shaker cards are a huge trend in card making!



Thank you to all of you who participated in my "Feathers" challenge here at Use Your Stuff.   It's always so fun to see how others interpret a challenge.  I loved each and everyone!  After much consideration, these were the ones I thought deserved a shout out ...

I love the "shiplap" and the bundle of feathers on this card.   Such a masculine, rustic Father's Day card.  Beautiful work!

The translucent feathers are the perfect touch to this scrapbook layout about catching a bird.

Cardinals make me happy!  I love the colors and the frame around the bird stamp.

Thank you again for playing along, and check out this week's challenge!