Sunday, September 24, 2017

Highlights of Challenge #280

I am so excited!
We had so many amazing entries this week. I am so happy so many of you joined us!

I had a hard time choosing, I think you all deserved to be mentioned, but I had to cut it down to 3 creations.
Here are a few of the unique projects that came up this week!

Ashley, your Layout touched my heart, I hope Vanilla is on the mend ♥

Jane, we've seen a lot of your perfect coloring, you're a genius at it!

Barbara, I had a black kitten a while ago, unfortunately she's not with us any longer, but I can remember her hiding in odd places :)

Thank you all for taking the time to participate. Happy Sunday and Happy Crafting ♥

Monday, September 18, 2017

Challenge #280 - Pets

 I'm the host for our new challenge at the blog!

Challenge #280 is all about pets! A stamp, a photo, a die cut or a sentiment, let`s see animals of the house.

I just recently received my new RubberMoon Stamps and had to try the mischievous cats at once!

I created the background with Distress Ink and water. The sentiment is a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp.

Take a look at all the wonderful creations for your inspiration from my team mates!

I love to see what you come up with!

Birds can be pets (we had pet birds when I was a kid).

I have used a few different bits and pieces here to document my little Miss Hannahs love for our cat, especially bedtime snuggles. I will also have a process video up on my channel soon for this lovely layout.

For this challenge, I made a mini album of my dog.  The album is made entirely of scraps or items I made from scraps and my silhouette.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Challenge #279 Highlights

We had so many Awesome entries this week :) Thank you all for playing along with my fun challenge :) 
Here are some of the Awesome creations this week: 

niki1 made some awesome fall decorations:

Bonnie Garby  made this awesome card I love how the white peaks out from the fabulous created paper that she made with distress inks

craftysahmiam made an awesome fall wreath by upcycling her daughter's scraf :) Made a wonderful decor item for the house

Dr Sonia S V  made an awesome Fall Themed Organizer Box for her craft room

Congratulations to you all! Don't forget to grab your badge!
Come back on Monday to see our new challenge for the week!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Challenge #279: Fall is in the Air

Hello :) Tina here with this week's challenge.Our area has been seeing so many changes with the leaves colors and the cooler air that we can tell Fall is in the Air! So for this week I'm challenging you to use fall colors : Red, Gold and Orange.
I made a Double page layout of the grandkids helping us with decorating last fall. This layout consisted of the faces being marked out on the pumpkins before being carved out:

Head over to my blog for close up shots of the layout.

Now let's see what my DT sisters created for this challenge :)
When "fall is in the air," I think Halloween.  I love this pic of my niece playing in the leaves with her face painted for trick or treat.
Karrie - we just returned from this lovely place,
where we were joking about "glamping" in the tiny house.
Fall means the start of Cyclocross season for my granddaughter, Emma.  She makes us so proud of her skill and determination.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Challenge #278 Highlights

We had so many amazing entries this week! 
I am so happy so many of you joined us!
Here are a few of the unique projects that came up this week!

Karen C made this stunning and unique pop up card box.

Vivi shared one of the gorgeous letters she is making.

Leslie Turner showed a unique way to turn an everyday household object into a gorgeous work of art!

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

Don't forget to come back on Monday to see our new challenge for the week!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Challenge #278 - No layouts or cards

Hi everyone! Amanda here with this week's challenge! This week I want you to take a look at your supplies and see what you could create that is NOT a layout or a card. Our scrap supplies are sooooo versatile! They can be used for so many different things! Try using them to alter an item for your scrap space, alter some clothing, make a home decor item....think outside the box!

I chose to use my die cut machines to create these growth chart rulers (may have recruited my husband for the sanding, staining and varnishing part!) to measure our little ones as they grow.

This is what the DT came up with!


I have created a little matchbox, or rather many of them, to have something at hand for small gifts :)

The background is distress ink with water and a Darkroom Door Stamp, the sentiment is a stamp from Studio 12. I added some washi tape on the sides.


Stamping and stenciling and colouring, oh my!  I had fun doing up this page in my brand new creative journal.

Heather R.

I made a banner for my youngest son's bedroom door. I figured it was time he had one just like his big brother and big sister :)

Show us your creations!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

#277 Highlights

Many of you had been inspired to make a project for our Back to school, back to work challenge. Thank you all so much for playing along this week. We just love to see the different approaches to the challenges here at Use Your Stuff.  There wereseveral great projects and it was incedibly hard to choose, but here are the three top picks:

Karftykaylin made a stationary box - this is such a cool project, perfectly filled for back to school fun!

Marina made a lovely back-to-school card for her youngest. That little bear is so cute!

and finally Birgit, who made not only one card but several, and some candy boxes to boot, all of them in happy primary colors.

Thank you for participating! Keep your eye peeled on the next challenge that will be revealed tomorrow.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Challenge #277: Back to School, Back to Work...

It's almost September, time to head back to school, and some of us, back to work. Vacation is over and the real life and a regular daily rhythm take over, be it school / college / work / new job. For this challenge you can use any medium and any format, ATC, icad, layout, greeting card or journal page.

For this project, I went "Back to School."  Literally.  I went back to my college, Miami University, this summer and wandered the campus.  I had a wonderful trip down memory lane!

Luckily my grandsons Carter and Cole have already started school so I was able to create this layout using a photo their mom took on their first day of school. It's hard to believe they are now in first and second grades.

This weeks challenge was perfect to get me documenting my kids first day back at school this year. This layout is of my son, who headed into grade 5 this year. There will be a process video for this later in the week. 

My son got a new job so I made this gift tag for his "congrats" present.

Got my new job from being a temporary worker to a full time new hire.

I am going back to college for a last term. This is for everyone - study and feel your mind expand!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

#275 Highlights

Sorry everyone! This is a bit late.  Here are the top 3 for this challenge....again, you are all winners and your projects are amazing.  We love that you share with us each week and play along with the challenges!

# 8 Janis Lewis

 #13 Darlene Pavick

#14 Sandy Ross

Congrats! Don't forget to grab your badge from the sidebar!

Thanks again to all who play along and don't forget to hop in on this week's challenge!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Challenge #276 - New Beginnings

As summer slowly comes to an end and we head into a new season of autumn, we have new that is our challenge this week...a project highlighting something new - ie new home, new baby, new marriage, new possession etc

Retirement is a great new beginning for a lot of folks.

I have created this layout to document an upcoming new arrival to our family; my sister announced a few weeks back that she was pregnant! Very excited for our new family member.

Heather R.

My layout is about bringing home our youngest little one.  His older siblings were anxiously awaiting his arrival!


I chose to do a layout from my first pregnancy - hard to believe this little one will soon be 5!


I have created a new baby card - that is always a fun new beginning!

For this challenge, I created a folio mini album.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Challenge #275: For the Love of Children

The challenge this week, should you choose to accept it, is to create a project with a child theme, it could be a layout about children, a child stamp, a homemade item for a child, whatever you can think of.....

Look what the Design Team has! 

To me, nothing says child more than Disney.  So for this challenge, I dipped into my picture archives and featured pics of my girls at Disney World.

I made this layout for my granddaughter, Emma who will be entering 10th grade in September. But back in 2010 she was entering 3rd grade and got a little backpack and composition book for her constant companion, Lucky. 

I love combining lots of fun patterns on one layout along with pops of black.
My daughter adores this layout for her album because it fits her personality so well!

Amy. L
I have done this layout for my daughters album, documenting her love for puzzles. We spent many days, nights and hours teaching her how to put puzzles together and she learnt them so quickly- 1 very proud Mumma.
There will also be a process video over on my YouTube channel

A card for a kid who loves robots.

Got lots of pictures of the Grandkids to scrap, doing it one layout at a time.

alice k.
I wanted to make something colorful. I started by taking my fingers and 'painting' the background. In reality it is just dots of watercolor done with my fingers, afterwards I stamped a geometric stamp three times with three primary colors on top.