Monday, June 18, 2018

Challenge #154 - Bicycles

Summertime is in full swing and one thing we do around here is get out our bikes!  That's my challenge for you this time!

Challenge #154 - BICYCLES

I've meant to scrap this picture for years. This is my daughter trying out her very first bicycle:



And now some inspiration from our Paper Girls:


Karrie
I've had this "Bicycle for 2" transparency for a long time and never used the Eiffel tower stencil.
 Perfect time to make some home d├ęcor!

I used an older stamp and some of my favorite retired papers to create a pair of tags great for any upcoming occasion. 



And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #153:

Please send an e-mail to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com within the next two weeks and we'll send you details!!!  

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.html

Also, follow us on our new Instagram account for more chances to win! For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge154 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

Can't wait to see what you all create!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Challenge #153 - Woodland Creatures


Hello crafters...and hello June!
This is Brittany and I'm so excited to host our Paper Girls challenge these next couple weeks:
Woodland Creatures. 

We spend a lot of time in the summer playing out in the woods where I live and we see a lot of beautiful wildlife, which inspired this challenge. I'd like to see a project where a creature from the outdoors, most particularly a woodland creature, has inspired your work. I can't wait to see your projects! You have until Saturday, June 16th (11:55pm MST) to link your project to this post (below).

Here are two cards I created that were inspired by the critters I've seen in the woods.
This first card has more of an Autumn feel, but I absolutely love this little deer image from Greeting Farm stamps (Forest Friends - now retired).

 And with the arrival of a new baby for one of my dear friends, I couldn't resist creating this sweet little scene with my Fawn Lawn stamps (Mom + Me).

Here are the beautiful creations from our amazing design team:

Michele
I found some woodland creatures in my stash from October Afternoon.


Simple cards with these adorable felt creatures I found.



This is my sweet granddaughter Taylor with her special Woodland Creature from preschool. It was her turn to look after him over the weekend.

I started by using my Distress Inks and a pair of Neat and Tangled stencils. I then added a cute set of woodland creatures from the Into the Woods Lawn Fawn stamps, colored with Dual Brush Pens by Tombow. The sentiments were from the set, and were perfect for a hello card.


And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #152:

Please send an e-mail to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com within the next two weeks and we'll send you details!!!  

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.html

Also, follow us on our new Instagram account for more chances to win! For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge153 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

Happy crafting!!!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Challenge #152 - Shapes

Welcome back to The Paper Girls Challenge blog! Our challenge for you today is to create something that is not a square or rectangle! Break out the die-cut machine, the manual cutters, or even those funky scissors that we all have somewhere in our crafty space! Or better yet, use up those oddly shaped papers that always looked amazing, but you might not have used yet.

Guest designer: Tone Jensen
I am 49 years old and I live in Norway nearby the capitol, Oslo. I live with my cohabiting Vidar and our son Daniel who are 18 years old. I also have a stepdaughter who is 32 years old.
I have always put photos in albums and start real scrapbooking in 2004. Now I make LO and cards, sometimes PL, AJ and ATC.  
I do not know what style I have in crafting, I like to vary.
Inspiration I have to say that I get basically from net…both domestic and foreign.

Here is her take on the challenge:
I have used:- stencil from Dutch Doobadoo- paper from Maja Design- cheesecloth- various flowers - stamp from Papirdesign- spoon bought from a scrapping-friend- die-cut from Memory Box

Look at the beautiful details: 


And now for some projects from the Paper Girls! 



I used my Silhouette to create a fun and funky llama card! I used a cut file of a card that had a great llama image, and rather than using the card base it came with, I created a card back for it. Since the llama was a bit skinny, the sentiment space will be limited. Who could resist a great llama though?! 


Kristy



And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #151:

We encourage all of our challenge participants to refer to our rules and prize structure here :
http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/p/how-to-play.html.

Also, follow us on our new Instagram account for more chances to win. For this challenge use 
#PGCBchallenge152  and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

Happy Crafting! We are excited to see your beautiful creations!


Monday, May 7, 2018

Challenge #151 - Friendship

Welcome back to The Paper Girls Challenge blog! This go round it is Erica bringing the theme of Friendship. I don't think we have ever done this theme in the last six years and it turns out to be quite fun. Who do you love to make cards for?? Your friends of course! I myself am moving this week so I foresee a bunch of thank you cards being made very soon. My friends have been so good to me. So now it is time to share your gratitude for your friends out there and show us your pages and cards with a Friendship theme!


Up first is our latest guest designer Deanne Saunders!




My name is Deanne Saunders. My hubby and I live in Paradise, Newfoundland Canada. I was an elementary teacher for 23 years but retired early. I am now an Early Childhood Educator (couldn’t stay away from the kiddies!!). I have always enjoyed playing with paper, scissors, glue, and 
ESPECIALLY crayons and pencil crayons, ever since I’ve been a small child. I just couldn’t stop playing, so I continued by scrapbooking and card-making! I love it!!! My hubby calls me a paper hoarder. He just MAY be right, but I’d never tell him that!!! A man doesn’t need to know he’s right!!! haha!
I used a lot of the techniques on this card that  I love! I love paper piecing and I paper-pieced the friends clothes and the umbrella. Glitter is FUN!!! I also used a border punch and diecuts. Bugaboo digis are so cute, too!


And now for some projects from the Paper Girls! 

Erica
It's fun to send a special card to a friend so I made a set for various occasions.


Karrie
Some fun selfies on girls nite.


Michele

A sweet card to give to a friend.

Kristy

And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #150:

We encourage all of our challenge participants to refer to our rules and prize structure here :
http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/p/how-to-play.html.

Also, follow us on our new Instagram account for more chances to win. For this challenge use 
#PGCBchallenge150  and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

Happy Crafting! We are excited to see your beautiful creations!


Monday, April 16, 2018

Challenge #150 - Rainbows


Hi everyone Cathryn here to share a super fun challenge......RAINBOWS!!!!
Where I live April is usually a month filled with lots of April Showers!! So I figured this would be a perfect time for some Rainbow Inspiration.  Sadly, however we are still fighting through some cold weather and snow!!!   Yes.....I said snow. Checking facts I learned that this is the longest winter we have had since 1940!!  So, doing some creating with Rainbows has been fun and got me very much looking forward to warmer weather.

I am very much looking forward to seeing all the colours of the Rainbow in your projects.

First let me introduce our talented Guest Designer Marty McGee


Rainbows signify hope, life, and promises. I wanted to bring paper to life using rainbow colors to express these three things. I used Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) splashes to create a wonderful rainbow array of flowers with an endearing sentiment. Each flower is accented with FSJ Rainbow Drops and our Mystic Fern die. For complete details on how I made this card visit www.martyzstamps.com and search for "A Better Place - Rainbow Effect - Paper Girls Guest Designer" post.


Hi, I'm Marty McGee. I was born and bred in the South; and, yes, I do have a southern accent. 
I have been a papercrafter for the past 20 years. It began with scrapbooking and transitioned into card making.
I am a coach with Fun Stampers Journey and absolutely love all of their products. I really love working with new techniques using the Gel Press along with anything that requires a die (I'm a die addict), colored pencils, watercolor pencils, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers; I guess I had better stop or you'll be reading for hours. If you live in the Atlanta area, look me up and come to one of my classes where creating is fun!


Website at www.martyzstamps.com, Instagram and Twitter @martyzstamps, and Facebook martyzstamps mcgee

I had so much fun using all the colours of the Rainbow in my first project. I used a Paige Evans Silhouette Cut File, and backed all of the little hearts with paint chip samples.  It is amazing all the creating that you can do with simple paint chip samples.

Because I had so much fun with the layout, I decided to make a very simple card.
I used some Jane Davenport Water Colours and the packaging technique, and then just added a simple sentiment. 

For my last project I really wanted to try and create a poured paint canvas in Rainbow colours.
Although I had no idea what I was doing, I think it turned out OK.
I then added a sweet quote and a few cut clouds.

Please enjoy some more amazing inspiration from our talented team members!!!


Brittany
Although my project isn't the typical bright full spectrum rainbow we are used to seeing, I couldn't resist creating the rainbow on this card in my friend's favorite shades of purple for her birthday.

I found perfect papers in my stash from Sassafrass Lass and came up with this page.
My son's sublime smile colours my world!


Kristy
I used rainbow washi to create the background under the bunny.  If you look carefully, you can see where I layered two different width washies to add a little depth to the colors.


Heather
I used the Avery Elle Be A Unicorn stamp and die set, with a few clouds and lovely watercolored rainbows created with clear embossing powder. 


Michele
The rainbow painted on my daughter's face paired well with this striped rainbow paper!


And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #149:
Tone K.

We encourage all of our challenge participants to refer to our rules and prize structure here :
http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/p/how-to-play.html.

Also, follow us on our new Instagram account for more chances to win. For this challenge use 
#PGCBchallenge150  and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

Have a super week and we look forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations!!!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Challenge #149 - Masculine Birthday

Hello everyone, Brittany here to kick off the month of April by introducing you to our next challenge:
Masculine Birthdays!

We want to see your birthday projects for men and boys...cards, scrapbook pages, party decor, etc...anything that you're ready to create for the men in your life. Be sure to link your project to the linky below before Saturday, April 14th (11:55pm MST).

BUT...before we get started showing off all the beautiful projects our design team created, we would like to announce our 1st quarterly winner! For those winners from our challenges from January through March 2018 we have randomly selected a winner for an e-gift card! The quarter winner is........
Congratulations, Maria, please contact us within the next two weeks to redeem your prize! Details at the bottom of the post :)

Now for our design team inspiration...

Brittany
I ended up making two cards for this challenge - I am always in need of masculine cards, so I took advantage of this challenge to stock up!

Here I used the new Waterfront stamp from Stampin' Up because many of the men in my life are nature lovers, so this was a perfect set to create an outdoory scene.

I kept the next card a little more simple, you can never go wrong with balloons in more masculine colors. I used a three different stamp sets for this one - including the stripes to create the background piece since I didn't have coordinating paper :)

Karrie
A masculine card and I'm extra proud of how I took a potty man sticker and
adjusted him to be sitting on the scooter with a helmet on!


Cathryn
For my Dad's 75th Birthday I decorated these containers with scrapbook paper, cardstock, and Thickers.


Heather
 https://goldiecar.blogspot.com/2018/04/paper-girls-challenge-149-masculine.html

Erica
I went with a baseball themed stamp set because my husband absolutely loves baseball.

I started with a simple kraft cardstock background and crackled, colored cardstock. I have had the Tim Holtz Soda Bottle Blueprint Rubber Stamp (got on clearance at Hobby Lobby) for about a year now, and this was the perfect time to start using it. I used a Memento Dew Drop in Nautical Blue for the ink, then colored the star with a silver colored pencil. The last few details were a Stampin Up stamp from a long time ago with some silver embossing powder, a few enamel shapes and a touch of Wink of Stella glitter pen in a few areas.

And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #148:

Please send an e-mail to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com within the next two weeks and we'll send you details!!!

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.html

Also, follow us on our new Instagram account for more chances to win! For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge149 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

Have a wonderful week! We look forward to seeing your beautiful creations!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Challenge #148 - Embossing

Welcome back to the Paper Girls Challenge Blog!  Michele here, and today I challenge you to use Embossing in your project.  Please use either heat embossing or dry embossing, maybe even both!  When I first started to stamp and do paper crafting, what really excited me was heat embossing.  Sadly I rarely pull out my supplies to emboss anymore, and I thought that might be true for many of us crafters. So I challenge you to get out that embossing folder or embossing powder and put them to use!

Challenge #148 - Embossing


Here's one of my favorite embossing projects. I heat embossed a background stamp with white embossing powder.  I then colored it with watercolors.

I look forward to seeing your creations!

Please welcome our guest designer for this challenge:

Maria Fischer


Guten Tag! My name is Maria Fischer and you might know me as maria f. or rieslingmama which is the name of my blog and Instagram.  I'm a Michigan gal but live  in German wine country! I've been making cards for over five years and although my style tends to be all over the place, my favorite cards are CAS ones. I love techniques too and used a couple variations on dry embossing for today's project.


My background panel was dry embossed, and then I gently sponged acrylic paint over the raised areas and around the edges. The smaller pink panel I dry embossed after painting some cardstock pink and giving it a few splatters of gold. And though not embossing, I used one more technique for the stamped image... coloring a rubber stamp with water-based markers and spritzing it with water before stamping!

Thank you so much for joining in our challenge this week, Maria!

Here is some more inspiration from our Paper Girls:
For today's challenge, I finally got out my Topography stamp set from Neat and Tangled. I loved the possibilities with this, especially with my watercolors. The watercolors are the wonderfully opaque Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints. And the melon color of the cardstock picks up the very color from in the painted card.

Brittany
I heat embossed this sunray stamp with clear embossing ink on a white card then used Distress Oxide Inks to color in the background. 

I think one of my favorite techniques is the emboss resist technique.  I stamped my image with the Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I used Stampin' Up ink and daubers to color in my image, as well as the background.  I also used black embossing powder on the sentiment. Head to my website to see how my daughter also colored this image.  



And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #147:
                                        
9. 
Marty McGee 


Please send an e-mail to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com within the next two weeks and we'll send you details!!!  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.html

Also, follow us on our new Instagram account for more chances to win! For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge148 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.