3rd Grade

Hey there! It’s a new challenge from our new DT member Beth on the Use Your Stuff blog!  Her challenge is to use your favorite punches on your project.

I have this heart punch that I bought at a garage sale years ago for like a dime!  It’s one of my favorites because it just adds a pop of color to a layout or card…just a little finishing touch.

Here is my layout for you this week.  I have been trying to use up the kits that I have and have been putting together and this one is made from the Yes, Please line from Amy Tangerine for American Crafts!  I love the colors in this line!

Be sure to stop by the blog and join in on the fun!

 

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DIY Kits

Ok , I thought I had posted this before now but nope. Probably because I wrote it on the UYS blog and forgot to link it to this one!

Scrapbook kits are really popular right now and almost every company has some that you can purchase but what about all that stuff you already have and want to use up…old kits, a paper here or there, more embellishments than you know what to do with? I practically have my own store, so the last thing I need is a new kit!

So, I have been doing some research…I have recently found an amazing group of videos from nicmakin on Youtube…she just has these great walk throughs on how to put some kits together all from what you already have in your stash…big kits…enough to let you scrap a bunch of pages worry free, whether you are doing one of our challenges, going to a crop or just feel in the creative mood! It’s all about mixing and matching and being able to throw a bunch of stuff in a bag and be able to put together a bunch of pages with little or no fuss…

You can check out her videos here!

Katelyn from Gray Florals did a video as well and is just starting her 10 part series to help guide you to your DIY kit check hers out here

Another great source was brought to my attention from UYS DT member Tina!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge has some wonderful monthly challenges to put together your own kit and then to challenge you to use them! I love to support other challenge sites, especially if they work in tandem with ours at UYS and for just me in general!  If I like it, I want to tell everyone I can about it! This couldn’t be more perfect!

I hope that these give you a jump off point to start your own kits, I know that they have me and I look forward to putting together a few for when we head out to our farm in May! I don’t want to take a lot of stuff but want to still be able to do up some pages so this is going to work perfectly!

I am also heading to join Jennifer Edwardson’s crop here in Calgary on April 30th.  It is a Scrapbookin’ Adventures UYOP workshop (Use Your Own Product) and we are going to go hard and create 20 12×12 layouts during the course of the day, all made from our own kits. I am excited beyond belief!  It is going to be so much fun and I hope to post my work when I am done!

Crop and Create – Calgary

So, as previously talked about in an earlier post, my friends and I attended the first ever (and much anticipated)  Crop and Create Calgary held by Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine.

Wow!  As this was the inagural event, we didn’t really know what to expect, only that it was supposed to be amazing.  We were not disappointed!  These ladies put on one hell of a party!

Despite the fact that some of their stuff didn’t arrive when it was supposed to  – “it was on the pallett”, Catherine and her team made sure that we were not lacking for anything even if it was for just a day.  It all arrived later that night just in time for the next day of fun!  There were laughs, there were smiles, chocolate,  there was a photo booth and more fun than you can shake a stick at! They had make and takes as well as classes, a couple of stores and really just everything you could want to have a fun cropping weekend away!  We were all given a lovely goodie bag with an entire kit  & instructions to make some amazing layouts, a few cards and enough left over to play some more.  There were also additional kits that you could buy and those went like hotcakes!  They had a wonderful door prize table made up of some of the greatest products you could ask for from from the biggest sponsors in the business.  I am happy to say that I was lucky enough to win a paper pack from Doodlebug that I will hopefully be cracking into sometime soon.

They gave us a wonderful lunch both and a ‘sweet’ evening dessert buffet.  The greatest thing they gave us though, was themselves…they were always available to answer questions, to talk with us, laugh with us, offer advice and share their stories, or just let us sit down and watch them work.  You couldn’t ask for a nicer bunch of ladies!

If you get a chance to attend a Crop and Create Event in your area – do so!  You honestly won’t be disappointed and you will have the time of your life.  I know I did.

 

Get in on a great blog giveaway!

Ok ,  soo.  Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine is celebrating their 10th birthday of their totally awesome magazine.  As you may remember, they sponsored the recent Crop and Create Calgary event that I went to at the beginning of March.

They are celebrating their birthday with 10 days of giveaway goodness!  It’s up to day 9 already but you still have time to back track and get in on the previous days!

If you aren’t familiar with them, they have a copy of their latest magazine that you can download for free (because they are just that awesome!), loaded with some great inspiration and information.

So what are you waiting for! Head over there and play along!

 

Inspired by a Quote

It’s my challenge week at Use Your Stuff this week and we’re being inspired by a quote…it could be the actual quote on your project or just the quote itself inspiring what you created..either way, we want to see it.

I don’t have an actual project for you this week, as I spent the weekend attending Crop and Create with Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine! Wow, what a weekend it was (more on that in an upcoming post!).

I’m sharing with you, this awesome quote from a make and take that the lovely and extremely talented Vicki Boutin shared with us Saturday night using the MINC machine!

 

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A Vicki  B masterpiece!

I hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to stop by the blog and play along with this week’s challenge!

Some Paper Pumpkin Alternatives inspired by Pinterest

So I get the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin’ Up.  I’m not 100% sold on it yet (it’s been since September) but can’t quite bring myself to cancel.  It’s been hit and miss for me.

The December kit was a desk calendar kit.  Ya, not my thing.  So with the help of Pinterest, I found some great card ideas instead!

We have a challenge at Use Your Stuff this week which is Flowers!  Perfect.  The kit has some great flowery bits that I could use!  Take a look!

 

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December Paper Pumpkin cards

 

They actually turned out great! Thank you to those totally creative individuals on Pinterest!

These are the rest of the cards I made with the kit!

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All the sequins and butterflies (using the Butterflies thinlits from Stampin’ Up) were from my stash as were some of the sentiments but much of the cards were from the kit.

 

I think they turned out well!  Now, make sure you stop by the Use Your Stuff blog this week and join in our challenge.  The DT has created some fabulous projects and a lot of our new team has joined in the fun!

 

Obscure February Holidays

One of the things I like to do to challenge myself is create cards for obscure holidays.  So I decided to do it with a friend this month.  I am waiting for hers to arrive but these are the ones that I created and sent off to her, I hope she likes them.

 

February 6th – Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

I had fun creating this one with my cricut.  I haven’t been using it much lately so it was fun to give it a try again.

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Ice Cream

 

February 11th Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

Again, another fun card created with my Cricut

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Spilled Milk

February 20th  Cherry Pie Day

Another Cricut Card

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Ice Cream

 

And finally!  my last card which alas is not a cricut one but a Stampin Up – Polar Party stamp set

February 27th Polar Bear Day

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Ice CreamPolar Po

 

I hope she likes them!  I thought they turned out really well!