Hello, hello hello! Monday already?  Challenge day at Use Your Stuff, but you knew that right?? :)

Back to school is in full swing now and so that is this week’s Challenge!  We want to see some of your wonderful BTS creations.

I am happy to be getting back into layouts again.  I had forgotten how much I missed doing them.  My project this week is a layout using a Sketch from Creative Scrappers.  I have one of her AWESOME sketchbooks (Volume 1)  that I got a couple of years ago and is my go to, when I need to get started.  The sketches on her site are fabulous and such a variety!



Everything is from my stash…..The DP is from October Afternoon & Fancy Pants.  I also used a bunch of bits and bobs from my stash and the wooden stars I just inked up with some ink for color.  The crayon diecut is from Simply Charmed.  The lettering is thickers.  I hope you enjoy it and play along with us at UYS this week.

A Simple Thanks

Now that little man is in school and I’ve got some extra time, I am hoping that I can get crafty again.  It feels like I’ve not done much lately.

Border punches.  We probably all have a bunch but just don’t use them that much.  I love them, and I don’t use them that much. LOL

That is our theme at Use Your Stuff this week.  Break out the border punches.  The more you use the more fun you will have!

I only used one for this card, but my idea was to keep it simple.



I used the Serene Silhouette stamp set from Stampin Up for this card.  I’ve not used it in awhile. I did some generation stamping for this one and I loved how it turned out.  A technique I’ve not used in awhile.   The sentiment is also from stamping up and the ribbon I picked up in a ribbon grab bag at a Scrap Shotz crop so not sure which manufacturer it is.  The bling is from the  $$ store.

I hope you like it and please stop by the blog and play along with us.

Monster Truckin!

Good Morning!  It’s a nice Sunday here in Calgary but fall is in the air…sigh.

Our new challenge is up at Red Carpet Studio for you this morning.  Our Theme is based on one of the few movies I’ve not yet seen (yes, there are 1 or 2 :)  )

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Let’s create some sport themed projects this time around!   We even have a sponsor this week…My Scraps and More 



Here is my project this week.  We are not really a sports oriented house hold.  Little man doesn’t really play any organized sports, so the closest we get is MONSTER TRUCKS!  He loves his monster trucks!



I hope you like the layout and don’t forget to play along with us this week!  

Creative Blogger Blog Hop!

A big thank you to my friend Rosie from the Scrap Shotz board who nominated me as a Creative Blogger and  for asking me to join this hop!  Have you seen her blog?  No?  Check it out here. The lady has some talent!!!

So the purpose of this blog hop is to introduce you to some blogs and creative individuals that you may not have known about or had the chance to see before.  The biggest thing is to inspire you…to get those creative juices flowing!

So I’ve been asked to answer a few questions about how I create…..bwwaahhhhaaaa as if there is a method to the madness…..:)


1.What am I working on?

Right now I am working on making Christmas cards and tags to sell at a couple of upcoming craft fairs as well as my DT projects.

2.How does my work differ from others of its genre?

 I don’t know if it does really.  I think that everyone is unique in how they create and that is the great thing about it.  You can find similarities in bodies of work, but ultimately, because everyone is different so is how we create. 

3.Why do I create what I do?

I never thought of myself as a creative person really.  I just enjoy making layouts and cards and tags.  It is a stress releaser for me for one thing.  With a part time job and an active 5 year old, it’s nice to just have some ME time and this gives it to me. For my layouts, I want the future generations to meet, understand and take pride in where they come from.  I want to do it in a way that is more than a photograph but a visual story that is pleasing to look at.

4.How does my creative process work?

As I said before I don’t have a lot of method to my madness.  For my cards and tags, I find that I am inspired by other people and spend a lot of time on Pinterest!  Oh the creativity that is on there.  I also buy magazines looking for new ideas and techniques to try!  

For my layouts, I often start with a sketch that I like (again thank you blogs and Pinterest!).  Then I pick out some photos that I want to play with and then comes the paper and embellishments.  Although I sometimes use paper and embellishments from one particular line, I tend to mix and match more often than not.  It’s a challenge to find something from one line that works with something from another.  I try to add at least a couple sentences of journaling to each layout. Sometimes I have more to say about the pictures than others.  I would say 90% of the time I will hand journal, however, I do love to write it out on the computer and print it off as well.  There are just so many cute fonts out there!

It is now time for me to nominate other people that I have found inspired and who’s work I admire.

Check out Cathy’s blog.  I love seeing her cards and tags pop up on my FB feed each day.

And Mel’s as well!  She has some wonderful projects!


Check out blogs!  Be inspired!  Leave me a link with your blog so that I can come visit you and see how you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ad Inspired

We have an ad inspired challenge this week at Use Your Stuff.  The challenge is to pull what inspires you from this picture



So I pulled out some patterns and colors that really drew me in and used them for my card.


Make sure you stop by our blog to play along and see what the other DT found to inspire them for this challenge!














School Days are Here Again!

So.  It’s getting to be September.  Riley will be starting full day kindergarten, which is crazy!  It seems like yesterday he was just a baby!

Our challenge at Red Carpet Studio is to create a project based on the movie Billy Madison.



So the challenge this week is to create a project using some “back to school’ supplies.  It can be actual supplies, or things like ink, paint, stamps, coloring… Here is my project for you.. a little walk down memory lane for me.   I went old school and used a lot of UHU glue on this one..LOL  It’s a bit hard to tell but I also did some inking, and my journaling is in plain ol’ black pen :)



The rest of the DT has some wonderful projects for you and we hope you will play along with us!


Cake Rules!

As you read this, I am actually out camping in BC for a much needed holiday with my family :)

Our new challenge is up and running this week at Red Carpet Studio.  Based on one of my favorite movies of all time (no one makes movies like John Hughes did :( )

sixteen candles

The challenge is to create a project with a birthday theme to it.  Surely an easy one this time around!  Here is what I have for you today.  Another fun layout of my favorite kiddo Riley on his first birthday!


For this layout I actually used the sketch provided by Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine’s monthly sketch challenge (which this month is provided by the ever talented Sue Sykes!).  I rotated the sketch for this layout.


A fun sketch!  I used some Kaisercraft and October Afternoon DP for this one.  I love all those decorative brads which worked perfectly for this layout (from MME).  The rest of my embellishments were from Michael’s, the $ store and my stash :)  I hope you will play along with our challenge on the Blog and don’t forget to try the sketch yourself and play upload to the CS blog!