Category Archives: UIU

UIUS two weeks running

I am actually heading away for a couple of days so this is a scheduled blog post as I head to Moffat to see the lovely Lynn.  It is another Use it up Saturday post!

Last week I unearthed the box of cards I had started prepping at the end of December last year with the aim of making a few Xmas cards regularly and using up the Xmas paper I had hoarded.  Them of course I forgot about it.  Back to it with a real spring in my step now though and another six to share today!


All using the Papermania paper I have a lot of and mounted on Real red cardstock.  This time my little toppers were done with two cards at a time.  There are the Papermania baubles I stamped and cut out.  The elves carrying gifts which I coloured using he su markers and blender pen (pleased with this work as never really used it before).  The elf and the stocking were both from some unmounted stamps I was given a long time ago by my friend Karen that I’ve only just got round to mounting.  I stamped a few different greetings and then layered up the cards with some pin flair and foam tape to give them some dimension.  Then added little dots of stickles to give a small amount of bling!

Happy crafting!


UIUS … what happened to that?

Just over a week ago I tidied the craft room.  In doing so I unearthed the box of cards I had prepped late last year for this year’s UIUS challenge that has been completely forgotten about.  Look at this stash that needs something doing with!


So I sorted them out into sets again as they had got rather messed up…


Then grabbed a set of six…


And started to finish these ones off. It turned out I had already got as far as sticking these ones down…


So I grabbed Christmas Collectibles stamp set and coordinating punch and stamped some baubles in Cherry Cobbler and punched them out. 

Next I stamped some Holly from the Darcy Paperartsy set in Gumball Green and fussy cut it out.

This provided the topper for the cards. Then I stamped a sentiment from good Greetings and die cut out the little banner. Added some scraps of cherry cobbler seam binding to some and made sure there was some nice dimension going on with the toppers using pin flair glue gel.

Love how these turned out… good to get another UIUS under my belt after such a long time!

A nice little collection of cards. Now I challenge my readers to Use it Up today!

Happy crafting!


UIUS! Embossing festival!

You may recall last weeks UIUS was all about embossing Dasher … Well this week more embossing… But this time it’s Festival of Trees turn! 

I kept to the same set of papers already sorted and mounted, and to the same embossing powder and sentiments… Just changed the image from the reindeer to the tree… Of and instead of ribbon as embellishment, die cut some silver snowflakes instead. 

Simple but effective!

Happy crafting!


UIUS!  Batch of embossing fun!

Another batch of Christmas cards made… This time I did some heat embossing to bring the lovely Dasher stamp to life with the pretty dip.  I chose a lovely jewel like blue for the powder and embossed directly onto the patterned paper.

I decided to keep to a fairly plain embellishment too… A cotton ribbon with a little knot bow in it. 

Lovely stuff.  Might have another go of this technique with the other six cards I have ready to go with this patterned paper as it is so pretty.

Happy crafting! 


UIUS grunge paste challenge continues!

So earlier in the week I shared some grunge paste projects… Cards to which I added some texture paste to either the background or foreground of my artwork and then turned them into cards.  This was all inspired by the fab challenge over at Paperartsy.  Leandra showed such fab projects in her video which have really inspired me!  This time I am doing some a Christmas cards as part of my UIUS challenge.


I grabbed four of the pre-prepared cards which had green as their base to the designer paper, and then set about making some embellishments as the toppers using Grungepaste (or in my case modeling paste as that’s what I have in my stash). 

I punched out a tree from some sturdy cardstock to make the stencil, spread the paste through the stencil, then after removing the stencil stamped into the tree to create a texture.  In one set I used a background stamp and in the others I used a snowflake from the Festive Flurries set.  Then I left them to dry overnight.



 The next day I added some green paint that matched the papers, left them to dry, then added a small amount of gilding wax/treasure gold to accent the texture.  Then I punched them out to use as little topper embellishments,

Mounted them all up, using dimensionals in places, and added sentiments to them all and little dots of glossy accents.  Jobs a good ‘un! 


Quite a simple way of making unique little embellishments for cards, and a great idea for mass production crafting as works well to do each bit in stages!  Perfect for Christmas cards! And four more done for my Christmas card stash! 

Happy crafting!


UIUS … Just one little card

Wide awake at silly o’clock with a horrible cough, sore throat and sniffy nose… So thought I would write up a blog post! 

Yes UIUS is def a good idea … This may have only created one card… But straight from the pre prepared stash of paper and cardstock it came!


This was made because I had stamped and embossed one too many houses for another project so thought … Cherry cobbler = UIUS and so went rummaging in the box of prepped panels and card blanks until I found one using cherry cobbler.

And this is the result!


I added some punched banners and card candi, and then some gorgeous cherry cobbler seam binding in a pretty bow. I also added some of the trees punched out of garden green for the back of the house.

Love the way the embossing in white looks on the cardstock… So fresh and lovely! 

I am entering this into the Jingle belles challenge on mission embossible too! 

 Happy crafting! 


UIUS! Three little cuties!


Back to the Christmas card Use It Up challenge and have three cards that are all on their own!


I bought a stack of 8×8 Christmas paper at a craft show once and have hardly used it. The designs are a bit rustic really and not really very me anymore, but I still find them attractive. Some sheets were amongst the DSP I started sorting out for the second batch of Use It Up and so these three cards are pretty much on their own as they all have a handmade card blank to start with and their colour scheme is a little odd with the Strawberry Slush SU cardstock and Worn Lipstick distress ink combo!

Two are very similar in design as the picture paper sort of became the feature…


I just added the sentiment from the Happy Hour stamp set and some card candi to embellish.

The other I thought they needed the ornament toppers using the Christmas Collectible stamp set with coordinating punch…


Again the sentiment and card candi used as final touches… And the result is three cute cards, which are all on their own in design.

Happy crafting!