Monday, September 18, 2017

Challenge #136 - Harvest


Here in the Northern Hemisphere we are approaching Autumn and with that is Harvest season. I know we all have so many fun pictures and stamp images that feature the leaves changing and nature's bounty around us. So bring on your State Fair pictures, pumpkin patches, autumn cards, anything that makes you think of Harvest is welcome in this post.

Erica - I chose to stamp some leaves with acorns because they remind me of the Harvest season. The gold accents on the card bring out the warmth of Autumn.



Heather - chose to scrapbook a page about the Pumpkin Patch.


Harvest??  At first I had no ideas beyond... umm  farmers?! 
but encouraged by team-mate Kristina, I googled images "Harvest" and it comes up with all these cornucopia of food photos. So I got to thinking with all the hardships going on in this world right now, it makes sense to be thankful that we have loving family, clean water, and a harvest bounty of food at our fingertips. Here's a "Thanksgiving" page premade for our celebration Oct 9 


Michele
I stamped and colored fall leaves with Distress Inks to create a simple Thank You card

We usually have an amazing harvest each year from our garden and fruit trees, but this year was disappointing and sad. I wanted to make a layout to remember what we did get - but also remember a tree that we lost in the process :(

Kristy
Nothing says harvest to me like leaves, reds and golds. This cards incorporates all of this. 



And now...Congratulations to the winner of Challenge #135: 
Ashley H!

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 #PGCBchallenge136 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry in each challenge.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Challenge #135 - Labor Day


Hello, crafters!

Being the first Monday in September, we are celebrating Labor Day here in the U.S., so what better than to have a challenge to honor workers and their achievements! We want to challenge you to create a project about working or an occupation - or even what Labor Day means to you. This could be about a job you have, had, or wish you had. Or maybe even a layout about what your kid wants to be when they grow up. Or cards to thank someone in an occupation such as a teacher, doctor, delivery person, etc., we can't wait to see your work.

We are very lucky to have Teresa guest designing with us again this week


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.

My passion is colouring with my Copic and ProMarkers.  With many young boys starting out in their careers at this time of year, I decided to make a good luck card.  I have used a digital stamp and digital paper, keeping it clean and simple.


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



And now, here are the projects from our amazing design team:




My occupation is a chemical engineer so I created a chemistry themed card.

I started subbing in my kids' school last year, after being a stay at home mom for nearly 10 years. My son made my first day of school sign and took my picture, like I make him do on his first day of school.



Labor Day weekend falls on the birth of my oldest child. So I decided to do a "Then and Now" page with his birth story.



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 #PGCBchallenge135 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry in each challenge.

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.