Monday, February 21, 2011

President's Day Challenge - Check In Time

Today I set a challenge for myself and whoever else wanted to try it as well. My goal was to use 5 cartridges that I had never used before. I am trying very hard to use all my cartridges more so that I can justify the fact that I seem to be buying them left and right. I made a list of the carts that I had never used and than began the process of picking out the pictures for layouts and gathering of ideas for cards and other projects. I am happy to report....

I DID IT! I used 5 cartridges that I have never used before today! I hope you enjoy what I have done and get inspired to try ones of these cartridges yourself or try using a cartridge that has been sitting on your shelf waiting to be used for the first time. Have a wonderful week.
The first thing I completed was a layout for daughter's dance recital (last May!). When we first got the costume I wasn't so sure about the colors: pink & brown, but they all looked so cute up on the stage dancing so it was hard not to love in the end and I decided I would use those colors on the page as well.  I used Quarter Note for the fun music note letters at the top and Twinkle Toes to make the spotlights on either side of  the page.

Next it was onto something a little more current: FOOTBALL. We are always playing outside with our neighbor and this fall we did a lot of playing catch with the football.  I never thought that one of my favorite pages would involve football but sure enough it does.  I really love this page.  I used Boys Will Be Boys for everything on the page: letters and footballs in circles. I decided that I better make these footballs a little ore authentic so i used my Cuttlebug to emboss dots all over them and the letters.  I also used some adhesive dot to make the balls stick out a little more.  I ended up with a page I know I will always enjoy. (I am adding this one to the Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge: No pattern paper!!)

 Finally, I made a card for one of my daughter's teachers who is leaving this week to have her baby.  This is her second child and tomorrow will be her last day at work. I made the card using the envelope cut from Walk in My Garden and added the scalloped square from Lacy Labels. Then I cut the letters with Jubilee and the little pregnant lady and circle with Going Places.

I ended up using 5 new cartridges and made 3 special projects that I really like. Have a great week everyone. Please leave me some of your thoughts as they make me smile even more.


  1. Great job on using so many cartridges. Thanks for entering them into Frosted Designs!

  2. Wow...what great layouts! I love the pink and brown dance layout, but I gotta tell you, the football layout is awesome! Love the embossing, it makes those footballs pop! Great job!
    Tanya Nonnascraftcorner and FCCB

  3. Very nice layouts and great job using 5 cartridges!!!

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