Use Your Stuff Blog Hop

Welcome Hoppers!

It’s Use Your Stuff’s 200th challenge and we’re celebrating with a blog hop.  Speaking of celebrating, that’s our challenge – CELEBRATE!!!

We are lucky to be sponsored by Kim Evans and her amazing store Emerald Creek Craft Supplies!  She is giving one lucky winner a cute little prize pack. You need to make sure that you comment on each of the blogs for the hop because the lucky winner will be chosen from one of them!

I received my Stampin Up Paper Pumpkin for November and I really think it is cute…It’s a Christmas pack and I love that because Christmas is really big in my house and something that we really love to celebrate.  Here are the 2 cards that I have created…

Merry and Bright

I really love the cute little stamp set and I know I will get lots of use from it~!  As well as the blog hop, we are also having our usual weekly challenge so we hope that you will play along with our celebrate challenge this week.  I look forward to seeing what you love to celebrate!

You should have arrived from Shirley’s blog.  Below I have posted the all the stops on the hop for you in case you missed one!







Martha Lucia

Many Thanks – September Paper Pumpkin

So I started getting the paper pumpkin from Stampin’ Up. The September kit was a project I wasn’t really thrilled about so I decided to play around with some of the pieces for cards instead. I love the cute little fall stamps!

It works great for our challenge at Use Your Stuff this week, which is THANKFUL! So here is my card (with a little help from Pinterest! )

 September Paper Pumpkin – Stampin’ Up

I hope you like it and don’t forget to play around with us over on the Use Your Stuff blog this week!


I have another card for you! I know 2 in one day! Whew!  Tuesday Morning Sketches is another place I love to draw inspiration from and they have a great sketch for this week.

TMS #322

I am still playing with the mounds of product hanging out on my desk so I created another card using the Jovial line from Basic Grey.  I also had an old Tim Holtz stamp that I haven’t used in awhile that went well with the DP I used for this card.


I’ve got a lot of those little doilies on my desk so it was great to pull one out and it went great with this line.  I love the teal!  I used the new Mermaid Lagoon ink for the stamp as well as the Expresso.  Some little brads to finish it off.  I am happy to say as well that I finally used up the entire Jovial card kit that I had…success!!! :)

Please stop by Tuesday morning sketches to play along!

Warmest Wishes

I am trying to get Christmas cards done for my craft fairs which are coming up in November.  I really liked the sketch that Mojo Monday had this week so I decided to play with that one!


Here is my card!

Warm Wishes

I have been challenging myself to use the mounds of items all over my craft desk this week! I have a Jovial card kit from Basic Grey as well as a bunch of random stamp sets so I used them for this card.  I think those penguins are adorable.  The embossed background was another sheet I had lying around so decided to use that as well.  I hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to play along with Mojo Monday to get the creative juices flowing!

Merry Christmas – A UYS sketch challenge

Sorry this is late everyone.  I’ve been pretty sick the last few days which prompted a trip to the ER over the weekend and I’ve not been able to get quite back into the thick of things.  Long story short, I’m having some severe headaches and I had some  numbness all down my left side so I’m scheduled for an MRI tomorrow.  Will keep you posted if anything serious.

So, a sketch challenge is up at Use Your Stuff this week.  And it’s a great one that could be used for both cards and layouts!  I chose to use it for my card this week.


Merry Christmas

Now I had a left over card kit, so I am not exactly sure who it is by.  I just loved that it all went together to put this card in motion.  The sentiment is a rub on from Memory Makers and the flowers are Prima.  I inked the chipboard snowflakes to match the colors in my card.  I hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to head over to the blog to play along with us.

One item – 3 Ways

So over at Emerald Creek Crafts, they have a challenge to take one product and use it three different ways….basically utilizing the most you can out something…one thing I have tonz of, and never use is Washi Tape!  Lots of it, like a drawer full.

So I decided to play around with it…with a little help from Pinterest!

Here’s what I came up with…….

A bookmark! OMG! I am always losing my bookmarks!  With the help of a used envelope and my washi tape, I will never be at a loss for bookmarks again, and they are soo easy to make as well!


Did you know that you can imprint words onto your washi from the computer?  yep, me either, until I gave it a shot!

I just printed out a phrase (A GIFT FOR YOUR BABY) and printed it out.  I then placed my washi over it and when I peeled it off so did the words…this is going to be great when I can’t find a font that I like for a project!

washi fonts

A lastly….a tassel for a fun little embellishment for a tag!  You just stick the washi together sticky side to sticky side…fold it over and attach it with some string or twine..then add some washi to the top and voila!  I attached it to my tag using some twine and a bit of glue dot.  I also tried curling the edges under but you have to be careful with that as it can rip really easily!


I had a lot of fun with this challenge and I hope you stop by Emerald Creek to check out some of the other challenges that they have right now!

Another Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival….

So this past weekend, was my yearly trek to the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival hosted by the lovely ladies at Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine.  This year’s theme was the 80’s and I totally got my groove on!  It was so much fun!  I am also excited to report that I will have 2 layouts published in the upcoming spring issue, so I cannot wait for you to see that!  It will be one double layout and one single!  So excited and grateful to Canadian Scrapbooker for allowing me to be a part of their amazing magazine that highlights such astounding talent from coast to coast!

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While I was at Carnival, I decided to take a class.  I’m not usually one for classes, I tend to want to hoard my scrapping time.  However, I heard that Nicole Wright  (Canadian Nickle Scrap’n) was hosting a card class.  I’m sure that you have seen her around blog land/Facebook, as she does amazing work for for Simon Says Stamp, Sizzix and Ranger (her 12 Days of Tim Tags are phenomenal! ).  Anyway, she was doing a vintage card class and I really wanted to take it.  I had so much fun, getting down and dirty with my distress inks!

Which kind of fits in with this week’s challenge over at Use Your Stuff….using markers and inks!

One of 4 card/envelopes
Card Box

Isn’t that fabulous!  She is such a nice person IRL and an amazing artist!

I hope that you will stop by Use Your Stuff this week and join us in our challenge.

SAMCRO- UYS challenge # 190

Hello! I’m finally back!  Our new challenge is up at Use Your Stuff this week.  A great challenge from Karrie –be inspired by a TV show or movie.

For me, right now, I’ve been hooked on Sons of Anarchy!  I’ve just started watching it and I am totally hooked.  So I knew right away which show I wanted to use for my inspiration.

I created this masculine birthday card.  I used black and white which of course are the colors of the SAMCRO (for those of you that don’t know it is Sons of Anarch Motorcycle Club Redwood Original = SAMCRO) and chrome (which i created with the silver foil and my cuttlebug folder).  I also added some red for blood.  I hope you like it and please stop by the blog and see the great projects the team has for you this week.


Cardstock: Michaels

Foil: unknown

Stamps: Stampin Up

Gears: Home Depot

Embossing Folder: Provo craft (Diamond Plate),

Dies/punches: spellbinders, stampin up

Ink: Memento, Kaisercraft

Crimper: unknown

I’m still here!

Hey everyone! I’ve not fallen off the face of the earth! Summer is busy for me with my son and family time so I’ve not been doing a lot of crafting. I’ve got a few projects that I will share soon that I have been working on.  Challenges will be starting up soon at Use Your Stuff so stay tuned for more news!

Fun in the Leaves has it really been 2 months since I’ve posted. That tells you how much time I’ve had for scrapping/cardmaking lately!  It seems everything gets busier and busier and yet, I wonder where the heck all my time goes!

Our new challenge is up at Use Your Stuff, our last one for the summer!  It is an anything goes challenges with prizes being given out at the end of the summer, so join in!

While I was at the scrapshotz crop in May, I made this layout of my son in the leaves.  I had realized that I didn’t have any fall pictures of Riley to use up with the tonz of autumn stash I had, so I purposely took pics.  I couldn’t even begin to imagine who made the supplies I’ve used, that tells you how long I’ve had it.

I hope you like it!  I’m hoping to post more over the summer as well!