Monday, August 21, 2017

Challenge #134 - Monochromatic

Hello crafters! Brittany here, and I have to admit I'm looking forward to challenging you all to create a Monochromatic challenge this week. I struggle sticking to one color scheme, but I have seen so many beautiful projects lately that I couldn't resist bringing this challenge to everyone...it has certainly been quite the push for me, anyway. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the work monochromatic as: "having or consisting of one color or hue", so let's see what types of projects you can create!

I needed to make a sympathy card, and for some reason using one color seemed to be perfect - simple and calming. So, with a little Copic highlighting, I was able to keep to a simple one color project.


We also have two guest designers who made incredible projects: 

First is Teresa

Hi, my name is Teresa, I am a single parent to Tyler who is 20 and away at University.  I live in Sittingbourne, Kent in the United Kingdom and I am currently working as a Bakery Section Leader in my local Supermarket, but in my spare time I love to make cards.

I have been crafting on and off for many years, starting with knitting and cross stitch.  After a back operation in 2013, I found myselft with lots of spare time and decided to set up a blog to start showing my cards and I haven't looked back since.


Here is her beautiful monochromatic project: 
My passion is colouring with my Copic and ProMarkers.  I have gone pink and girly for my card using a digital stamp and digital patterned paper.  I have also added a little sparkle using glitter and sequins.

Be sure to visit her at her blog and tell her hello: http://redobsessioncards.blogspot.co.uk/


Secondly, Heather Conklin is back to share another beautiful project: 

My name is Heather Conklin. I am a native to Washington State, and have lived my entire life in the Pacific Northwest. I am married to my college sweetheart, have two wonderful daughters and an adorable not-so-miniature Schnauzer. My day job is teaching Visual Arts at an urban high school. I have been crafting and creating my entire life, but only have been papercrafting since 2004. I love creating things with mixed patterns, using my Silhouette Cameo, and trying new mediums. One of my favorite things to do is to take a kit and use every single piece on as many projects as I can. When I'm bored, I have also browsed my own personal stash and built kits of random things that I already own.

I have a blog, but I haven't been blogging too much recently, but my favorite (and current go to) social media is Instagram. 

INSTAGRAM (public): ‪https://www.instagram.com/goldiecar_creates/

And her amazing monochromatic project:


  
And now a little extra inspiration from our fantastic design team: 

Absolutely love this pic I took at the family reunion this year, but thought it looked better in greyscale for scrapping,  so going with a monochromatic scheme of fleshtone shades worked perfectly imho!

Kristy

And now...Congratulations to the winner of Challenge #133: 
Please send an e-mail within two weeks to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com to receive Guest Designer details and be entered into the prize drawing.

New to our Challenges? Please refer our newly updated rules and prize structure here: http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/p/how-to-play.html

Also, follow us on our new instagram account. For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge134 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry in each challenge.






Monday, August 7, 2017

Challenge #133 - Roses

Summer brings a lot of wonderful things to mind: sunshine, beaches, pools, playgrounds. Michele here, and for me, summertime means my rose bushes are blooming like crazy! Well, most years they are. My roses have had a hard time this year, unfortunately. First, deer were eating the blooms and I had to cut the bushes way back. Then, aphids and thrips attacked, and the blooms I got at the beginning of the season were not very pretty at all. Well, after addressing those problems, I'm finally getting some gorgeous flowers, and so I am honoring roses everywhere with this week's challenge:

Challenge #133 - Roses

I waited so long and worked so hard for this bloom:

Anyways, I did some multi-step stamping with Altenew's "Vintage Roses" to create my card:

We are so lucky this week to have not one, but TWO guest designers!

First, Heather Conklin returns:

My name is Heather Conklin. I am a native to Washington State, and have lived my entire life in the Pacific Northwest. I am married to my college sweetheart, have two wonderful daughters and an adorable not-so-miniature Schnauzer. My day job is teaching Visual Arts at an urban high school. I have been crafting and creating my entire life, but only have been papercrafting since 2004. I love creating things with mixed patterns, using my Silhouette Cameo, and trying new mediums. One of my favorite things to do is to take a kit and use every single piece on as many projects as I can. When I'm bored, I have also browsed my own personal stash and built kits of random things that I already own.

I have a blog, but I haven't been blogging too much recently, but my favorite (and current go to) social media is Instagram. 


Heather's gorgeous cards:

Second, Maja Rijkers returns as well:

Hello my name is Maja Rijkers. I live in the Netherlands, in a town called Breda, together with my partner Jack, two dogs and two cats. I have two grownup children who already live on their own. I'm creative all my life, but I started scrapbooking in 2004 when I bought a scrapbook magazine at the local store. I fell in love with it and haven't stop since! I also love to art journal and occasionally I make a card. I'm so happy to be a guest designer here on the blog. Thanks for having me!

Maja is sharing her amazing art journaling page with us:

For even more inspiration, let's see what the Paper Girls have created with this theme:

Erica

Kristy


Karrie
 Our beautiful granddaughter holding a bouquet of them.

Brittany


And now...Congratulations to the winner of Challenge #132: 

Please send an e-mail within two weeks to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com to receive Guest Designer details and be entered into the prize drawing.

New to our Challenges? Please refer our newly updated rules and prize structure here: http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/p/how-to-play.html

Also, follow us on our new instagram account. For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge133 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry in each challenge.



Monday, July 17, 2017

Challenge #132- Space Age


Hey there! Do you ever buy stamps or Scrapbook products because you just have to have them? Yeah me too. Anyway I have an affinity for Space themed products apparently. Enough that I do have a section in my organization. So since I get to choose a challenge a few times a year I thought I would try to use some of that stuff I haven't broken out of the packaging! So I bring you the theme:

Space Age

So let's see what you've got for us!
~Erica

We also have a fabulous guest designer to introduce: Heather Conklin

My name is Heather Conklin. I am a native to Washington State, and have lived my entire life in the Pacific Northwest. I am married to my college sweetheart, have two wonderful daughters and an adorable not-so-miniature Schnauzer. My day job is teaching Visual Arts at an urban high school. I have been crafting and creating my entire life, but only have been papercrafting since 2004. I love creating things with mixed patterns, using my Silhouette Cameo, and trying new mediums. One of my favorite things to do is to take a kit and use every single piece on as many projects as I can. When I'm bored, I have also browsed my own personal stash and built kits of random things that I already own.

I have a blog, but I haven't been blogging too much recently, but my favorite (and current go to) social media is Instagram. 

BLOG URL: http://goldiecar.blogspot.com/
INSTAGRAM (public): https://www.instagram.com/goldiecar_creates/

Here's her project:


And here's more from the rest of the Paper Girls:

I broke out all of the pigment sprays and colorburst  pigments and created this background for a Studio Calico stamp that still hadn't been inked yet. It was really fun to create!


Michele
I kept my card all black and white, just a pop of color for the planet Earth.

Brittany
I used my distress oxide inks to create the galaxy background on my card then heat embossed the star image and sentiment for my belated birthday card.


And now...Congratulations to the winner of Challenge #132: 


Please send an e-mail within two weeks to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com to receive Guest Designer details and be entered into the prize drawing.

New to our Challenges? Please refer our newly updated rules and prize structure here: http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/p/how-to-play.html

Also, follow us on our new instagram account. For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge132 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry in each challenge.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Quarterly Prize Winner!

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is time to select our quarterly grand prize winner! We have randomly selected a grand prize winner from the winners from our challenges from April thru June to win an online gift card from our selected vendors.

And now...DRUM ROLL please....

The winner is Maja Rijkers!!!!

Congratulations, Maja! Please send an e-mail to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com within the next two weeks to claim your prize.

We want to encourage all of our challenge participants to refer our rules and prize structure here: http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/p/how-to-play.htmlAlso, follow us on our new Instagram account for more chances to win!

And please don't forget you have another week to participate in our current challenge: Seashells, sea or beach! Link your project before Saturday, 7/15 at 11:55pm (Mountain Standard Time). 

Have a great week!





Monday, July 3, 2017

Challenge #131 - Seashells, sea or beach

Hi everyone, Karrie here, I'm up again and I have chosen "Seashells" for this challenge.
They're beautiful, a iconic image of summer,  and sure to remind everyone of good times at the shore.
It can be actual seashells added to your project, original artwork, patterned paper... or if you don't have any,  anything of the sea or beach will do.

We are incredibly lucky for this challenge to have guest designer, Maja Rijkers, joining us! Here is a little bit about her: 

"Hello my name is Maja Rijkers.
I live in the Netherlands, in a town called Breda, together with my partner Jack, two dogs and two cats.
I have two grownup children who already live on their own.
I'm creative all my life, but I started scrapbooking in 2004 when I bought a scrapbook magazine at the local store.
I fell in love with it and haven't stop since! I also love to art journal and occasionally I make a card.
I'm so happy to be a guest designer here on the blog. Thanks for having me!"

 And here is Maja's gorgeous project: 

"This challenge is right in my alley, because it was so hot in the Netherlands the past few weeks that I really longed for the beach. So I made an art journal page about it.

The background is a blurry photo transfer of a pier by the sea with a little beach full of shells. 
I cut some things out of a magazine and stamped an image.Than I collaged everything on my page. 
To get an old weathered look I used some vintage photo distressink, black watercolor pencil and matte gel lmedium. 
Than I dry brushed everything with gesso.

I hope you like my take of this challenge!"

Be sure to visit Maja and give her some love! We are so happy to have had her design with us.


Here is how the rest of us Paper Girls have interpretted the challenge: 

I used actual shells on a wedding picture frame for my friend, who loves the ocean as much as I do.

and the other talented PaperGirls used them:

Erica
I stamped and embossed some seashells to embellish a scrapbook page.

I used tiny seashells we found on the beach to embellish this two-page layout about our trip to the Oregon coast for our anniversary.

Don't forget to come back and see if you won! Even if you are unable to guest design, we want to be sure you are in the prize drawing, for a $30 GC ! We have several winners who haven't responded.

And now...Congratulations to the winner of Challenge #130 

2. Teresa  
send an email within two weeks to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com 
to receive the Guest Designer details and be entered into the prize drawing.
New to our Challenges? Please refer our rules and prize structure here: http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/p/how-to-play.html

Also, follow us on our new instagram account. For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge131 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry in each challenge.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Challenge #130 - Ice Cream

Hello, crafters! I'm so excited to kick off our next challenge based off my favorite summer dessert - Ice Cream! I want to see how this inspires you - maybe a project with Ice Cream cones as a theme or embellishment, or maybe a project about your favorite kind of Ice Cream, or maybe even the colors setting the color palatte for your project. Any of it will be accepted, just be sure to let us know how you incorporated this theme into your project. You have until Saturday, July 1st, 11:55pm MST, to link up your projects to this post.

Also, a quick reminder for those who link up, don't forget to come back and see if you won! Even if you are unable to guest design, we want to be sure you are in the prize drawing for a $30 online gift card! We have several winners who haven't responded and are missing out.

I was really excited to use create a layout on a favorite ice cream shop from my childhood. I used paper from SEI's "A Fair Day" collection, since it had ice cream colors and ice cream shapes, and I embellished my layout with outline stickers from Krazy Kreations that were stuck on glitter paper and colored with my copics to match.


Here are a couple creations from our design team:

This was perfect for my page with rebus journaling,  featuring the gk's
 loving pool time and ice cream at ours!

This card was really fun to make in one of my card classes this summer. The popsicles are just perfect for a summer birthday. Inspired by this card,

I also made a layout using the dies that coordinate with that stamp set.


And now...Congratulations to the winner of Challenge #129: 

AJ

Please send an e-mail within two weeks to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com to receive Guest Designer details and be entered into the prize drawing.

New to our Challenges? Please refer our newly updated rules and prize structure here: http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/p/how-to-play.html

Also, follow us on our new instagram account. For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge130 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry in each challenge.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Challenge #129 - Princes and Princesses

Happy June, everyone! Michele here, and I'm so happy summer is here with long sunny days and evenings.  Sometimes it's hard to get motivated to do some crafting with the weather being so nice, but I hope you'll join us in our next challenge:


Challenge #129: Princes and Princesses

(Or anything royal would work as well)

To make my card I used a stamp from The Alley Way Stamps.  Unfortunately this company isn't in business anymore, but I think this castle stamp will stay in my stash forever.



Before we look at some other design team inspiration, I want to remind all our fans to be sure to check the winner after each challenge and email us to claim your prize. At that time we will invite you to guest design for a future challenge and we will then enter your name into our quarterly prize drawing. Even if you are unable to guest design we want to get you entered into the drawing. Our quarterly prize is a $30 gift certificate to an online crafty retailer!!


Let's see what the other Paper Girls have created this time around:

Found this little crown image in my stash and it is perfect for this challenge!
Add just a little bit of bling and good to give to our little princess for any occasion.


Erica
This stamp by Paper Smooches was perfect for this theme. 

Brittany
I've been waiting for a project to use this adorable princess and dragon set from My Favorite Things.


And now...Congratulations to the winner of Challenge #128: 

4. Maja Rijkers


Please send an e-mail within two weeks to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com to receive Guest Designer details and be entered into the prize drawing.

New to our Challenges? Please refer our newly updated rules and prize structure here: http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/p/how-to-play.html