UYS/ Double Trouble Collaboration

Hi all!

We are a week early with the Use Your Stuff challenge as we are collaborating with Double Trouble Challenges as well! Our theme at Use Your Stuff is Fall/Autumn and it falls right in line with their challenges, so if you are entering ours, be sure to enter theirs too!

This is a card that I created as part of my Crop & Create Cardmaking weekend hosted by Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine. The leaves and pumpkin are dies from Simon Says Stamp and I created them using some tear tape from ThermoWeb and some glitter. I covered the cardstock with the tear tap and then spread the glitter on it and then die cut! I can’t even remember the last time I used glitter. I used a leafy embossing folder from I believe Cuttlebug and then just some enamel dots from my stash. The THANKS sentiment die is a tried and true one from I believe and you have seen me use it many times before.

We hope to see you play along with both Use Your Stuff and Double Trouble for this challenge!

2 Old Bats: October

Hey everyone! It’s October! It’s the Halloween month and we have a great inspiration piece for you this month on the 2 Old Bats Halloween Challenge blog!

Ok, so I had these wooden pumpkins in my box and thought that I would take a stab at them!

I was inspired by the black & white pumpkins in this pic as well as the gingham pattern.

Here’s what became of them:

Now I did the one on the right first. I used the Tim Holtz Mica Stain in the Empty Tomb and then went over it with my Simple Stories Gingham stencil and some Nuevo Glimmer paste in Moonstone. This actually didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted it to. The empty tomb was a bit too light and the moonstone actually had a bit of a blue tinge to it.

For the second one, I sprayed it first in the Black Soot Spray stain and then using the stencil again, I went over it with the Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste in the Snowfall from the Christmas collection. Again, going with the idea of using these holiday products for their colors not their collections. This got me a bit closer to what I had envisioned but I think just some good old fashioned white textured paste probably would have done the trick and got me that stark white that I wanted!

I did want it to be a bit rustic which is why you can see the small bits of the paste. I didn’t want them to be totally smooth.

Now it’s time to head on over to the blog and see all the great inspiration that the DT has drawn from this picture…what will you create??

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Hey everyone! I am really excited to announce that I am on the Design Team for a brand new challenge blog!

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If you love creating Halloween all year round, then this blog is for you!

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge blog is new and waiting to have you play along! Every month there will be an inspiration board posted on the 2nd and then you have until the 28th to create your Anything Goes project. It doesn’t have to be a card or a can be anything you want! Great right!?

So we are jump starting the challenge this month!

Here is our inspiration board for October!

Lots to pick from with this one. For me, I really liked that black and white word board and the pumpkins. So here’s my card

I was surprised how much Halloween stuff I actually have! Some dating back to 2009 if you can believe it! For this card I used some Chillingsworth Manor paper from Echo Park (2012) I’m pretty sure I won this collection. I added in some pumpkins that I die cut and embossed using an old Cuttlebug set that I had. The little words are just from Chillingsworth Manor as well and then the enamel dots are my stash. I love how this turned out and I can’t wait for you to play along with us.

Head on over to the blog to see what the rest of the DT has created and we hope that you will play along with us!

Happy Halloween

Hey all! I’m here to share a couple of halloween cards that I had created for World Cardmaking Day. It was for a challenge on the Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine…and there is still time to play along to win some great prizes. You can find all the details for the challenge here!

This is the Patterned Paper challenge.

I have this box of Halloween stuff that only seems to come out in October! This is the Sweet & Spooky collection by Bella Blvd, which was actually part of one of my SCT Samplers I think in 2019 (but don’t quote me). I also added a few chipboard pieces from the Simple Stories, Frankie & Friends collection which I thought went well with these papers!

I love how these turned out! You should stop by the SCT blog here and see all the great things that are happening!

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This week on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog we have such a great easy sketch for you, it will have you making cards in no time at all!

This is such a classic design and yet you can do so much with it!

Here is what I have for you!

I have no idea why I wanted to do a Halloween card this early other than the fact that I had these Simple Stories die cuts sitting on my desk and just went with it. I cracked open some much coveted October Afternoon Witch Hazel paper to do this…it’s double sided so I only needed a small piece (yay, can still hoard it) for the card. Since it was for Halloween, I decided to do a bit of distressing, just for some extra texture.

Come on over to the blog and play along in our challenge…are you working on Halloween cards too? Christmas? Fall/Autumn? We want to see it !

My Pumpkin

Sunday!  The start of another week.  We’ve been busy over here, as I am getting ready for my craft fairs coming up next month.

Have you stopped by the Red Carpet Studio blog today?  You will see we have a new challenge up!

Our theme this week is drawing inspiration from The Haunted Mansion!

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We are wanting to see your Hallowe’en themed projects this week.  Here is a layout I created about my little munchkin in his very first Hallowe’en costume.  I loved this costume.  I thought it was just adorable on him.




Most of this was created from just bits and bobs out of my stash.  I don’t make a lot of Hallowe’en projects so I tend to have a lot of left over paper.  The jack o’lanterns are just some dollar store stickers I had and the pumpkin in the corner is made from my cuttlebug die.  Some thickers finish it off.  Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to drop by the blog.

The colors of Autumn

Ahh fall is here.  The leaves have started to drop, the colors are changing and the air is getting cooler.  Our new challenge at Use Your Stuff this week celebrates all that is fall!  The sounds, the sights, the us what fall means to you.

I love making autumn cards because I love all those rich hues.



I just wanted to make a simple autumn card for a swap-bot swap that I am doing.  More layers than bulk and I love using my favorite pumpkin stamp!  I hope that you will play along with us this week.  Can’t wait to see what you create!


Can you believe it is only a week until Hallowe’en!  I have a fun card for you today for the Digital Delights inspiration post.  Every Thursday we have some fun inspiration pieces for you using a variety of images from the Digtial Delights store.  Here is my card using the Spooky Pumpkin.  It is available in either black & white or colored.

I paired it with the Ghoulish Sentiments set as well.


I just used some scrap pieces of Hallowe’en paper for this card.  I got the ribbon in a swap awhile a go.  The bling is from my stash and the image was colored with Copics.  I added some Ranger ink around the edges.  I hope you like it and don’t forget to visit the blog to see the rest of the great projects this week.

Entered into these challenges:

Crafty Creations Challenge: halloween spooks

Belli Challenge: Halloween

My Mum’s Craft shop: Halloween

paper Shelter: halloween

Scrapalicious: halloweenie

Sisterhood of Scrappers: halloween

Digital Tuesday: Halloween/Spooky

Party Time Tuesday: Trick or Treat

Tuesday Throwdown: Halloween

Forever Friends: Halloween/Autumn

Hooked on Craft Challenges: Halloween

Love to Create: Pumpkins

Tammy’s Scrapin Corner: Trick or Treat

Come and Get it Challenges: Halloween





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If you happened by the DigiHaven blog,  you will see that we have a new challenge for you.  It’s all about Pumpkins!  The DT have created some great projects for you this week using free pumpkin digis!

Here’s your challenge information for this week:

October 5th: This challenge is to use a FREE digi image that fits a “Pumpkin” theme.  If you have any questions on the challenge rules, please click the “how to play”  button on the blog. If you need help finding a free digital image, please click on the “free digis” button or click on our Design Team’s links to the FREE images they’ve used.  This challenge will end on October 18th.  Winners will be posted on this page on October 21st. 

Here’s the card I have for you this week.


The digital image just reminded me of October here in Calgary.  We often have snow about now (we just had some a couple of days ago) and especially not uncommon to see it at Halloween.  So I thought it was appropriate.  It was already colored so I didn’t have to worry about that.  You can find my image here.  It also comes uncolored.

The DP is from MME and is called All Spice.  I am going to be using it for a few upcoming projects so you’ll be seeing a lot of it.  The ribbon is from American Crafts.  I had a whole bunch of it that I bought with lots of different patterns by season.  Lots of fun.  The pumpkins I have had for a really long time.  I got quite a few of them in a swap years ago and have never yet used them.  I ran my top note die through my embossing folder to give a bit of texture.

Entered into the following challenges:

Craft Us Crazy: Halloween or anything goes

Cute Card Thursday: lots of ribbon

Sarah Hurley: Autumn

Simply Create: anything goes

Crafty Creations: Colors of Fall

Waste Not Wednesday: always using something neglected or un-used

Barely Mine Challenges: Halloween

Party Time Tuesday: Frightfully Scary

Ribbon Carousel: Halloween (must use a spooled item as well)

Crafty Bloggers: Anything goes


Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!





Happy Fall-A Robyn’s Fetish spotlight

I am a few days behind in this post. Have you stopped by the Lollipop Crafts blog this week?  We are in week 2 of our Robyn’s Fetish spotlight.  As well we have a great current challenge where we want to see you use punches and diet cuts on your projects!  You can find all the details and where to link up here.
So I wanted to share with you a couple of cards that I created for this week’s spotlight.  I basically used all my old stash of  papers and embellishments that I have been hoarding for years…LOL

This one was fun to put together.  I broke out my autumn embossing folder, a maple leaf punch I’ve had forever and some basic grey scraps for this fun fall card.

entered into these challenges:

Crazy 4 Challenges: leaves

DL. ART thankful thursday challenge: leaves and bling

Little Scrap Pieces: ribbon or twine

Broken Box Stock: fall foliage colors

Clearly Inspired Challenge: Fall into Fall

Crafty Ann’s: inspired by a film title (Jeepers Creepers: although my scarecrow is a lot friendlier 🙂 )

Emergency Crafters: Autumn Leaves

Milk Coffee Challenges: Welcome Fall

and this fun Halloween card just using some scraps…I dug out my spiderweb embossing folder for this one as well.  The sentiment I just printed off of the internet and the ribbon is American Crafts

Entered into these challenges:

Craft us Crazy: halloween

City Crafter Challenge: an early Boo

creative Craft Challenges: anything