Monday, April 6, 2020

CHALLENGE /#197 - Florals

Hello, everyone! Lori here with you today and I am so excited to be sharing my first challenge with you! The weather around here in the middle of the US is turning warmer and the trees and flowers are really starting to bloom. So my challenge to you is:

Challenge #197 - Use florals on your project! This can be floral patterned papers or floral embellishments.

Here is some beautiful inspiration from the design team:

Lori
I fussy cut a bunch of flowers from a piece of patterned paper to serve as embellishments on my Traveler's Notebook spread.


Karrie
A couple of floral patterned papers and paper flowers.


Alex
I was so sad I didn't get around to doing challenge #196 (Babies), so this one takes care of both Babies and Florals. 


Heather
For this floral card, I used a floral stamp and die set, and colored them wonderfully bright. 
https://goldiecar.blogspot.com/2020/04/paper-girls-challenge-197-florals.html


We would like to thank EVERYONE who entered our Challenge #196
Please help us congratulate the randomly selected winner...

#7 - Zora

Congrats! Please send an e-mail to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com within the
next two weeks and we'll send you more 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 Instagram for more chances to win! For this challenge use
#PGCBchallenge197 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.



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Monday, March 16, 2020

CHALLENGE #196 - Babies!

Hello crafty friends! 

This is Brittany here to share a really sweet and adorable challenge theme for these next couple weeks - it's all about BABIES! 

You see, I'm a new Auntie and have been loving every single baby snuggle I can get...and amid all the wild adventures so many of us are on right now with the Novel Coronavirus, who doesn't need to relish is a little baby sweetness right now, right!? We would love to see how this theme inspires you. You have until Saturday, 11:55pm MST on April 4th to link your project(s) to the linky below (that's almost a full 3 weeks)!

Here is some beautiful inspiration from our design team to get your creative juices flowing:

Brittany

Karrie
Here is mine ~ Master Felix Perfect-face!

Cathryn
I am so excited about my new grandbaby. We don't know if it is a boy or a girl
so I decided to use colors for both.

This is my third granddaughter Avery.

This layout is of my granddaughter when she came home from the hospital - 6 years ago!

Erica
My girls cuddling my nieces. We love all the babies!

Heather Conklin
I created a card using non-baby related items for a sweet baby girl card. 


We would like to thank EVERYONE who entered our Challenge #195
Please help us congratulate the randomly selected winner...

Congrats! Please send an e-mail to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com within the
next two weeks and we'll send you more 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 Instagram for more chances to win! For this challenge use
#PGCBchallenge196 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.


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Monday, March 2, 2020

CHALLENGE #195 - Glitter!

Hello, crafters! 

We have some REALLY fantastic announcements today and some beautiful projects to kick off the month of March!

First, we would like to introduce our amazing guest designer, Cynthia Baldwin
 "My name is Cynthia Baldwin. I live in Cypress, Texas (Houston) with my husband John, our two kids Nick and Aly, and our dog Lucy. I've been a memory-keeper since high school, but like many involved in scrapbooking, I really bit the bug when my kids were babies/toddlers. Now that I'm almost an empty-nester (my youngest goes to college this fall!), I have a craftroom that needs purging, and I'm contemplating the next stage of life, when my main photo subject will probably be my dog. (She's pretty sweet, and she mostly stays still, anyway.)" 

"I honestly am not much of a glitter fan, because of the mess. (I currently work in retail at a home decor store, and believe me I was SO glad that the Christmas product is mostly gone, because there was glitter EVERYwhere!)
But I was surprised when I went through my supplies and found a lot of glittery items that aren't messy: cardstock, patterned papers, tape, chipboard, and enamel shapes too.
So, I made some cards: a couple girly ones, and just so we can prove that you can make more masculine projects with glitter items, I made a graduation card for my nephew (See the "Congrats"? That was a piece of confetti that I saved from a graduation party a few years ago...see, you never know when you can use stuff for projects. ;-) "

Thank you SO much for joining us, Cynthia! Please visit her Flickr photostream to see her beautiful artwork and give her some love!

Now, another BIG announcement that we've been SO excited to share with you all...we have selected two new incredibly talented permanent design team members: Lori Stroup and Alex Trofimov!!! Welcome to the Paper Girls Challenge Blog design team, ladies!!! Here is a little about them:

"Hello! My name is Lori and I am thrilled to be joining The Paper Girls Challenge design team! I live in a small town in SW Missouri with my husband of 30 years. We have 3 kids (29, 22, 20) and a granddaughter (6) who just started kindergarten this year. My family is my favorite thing to scrap. I started scrapbooking in 1998 when my sister bought me a Creating Keepsakes magazine. I fell in love with all the pretty paper and stickers and I haven't looked back since. I've got a pretty clean and simple scrappy style but once in a while I do love to add lots of layers to my projects. Along with scrapping traditionally, I also love to do Project Life, work in my Traveler's Notebooks, and card making. You can find me on my blog - My Happy Life and on Instagram @lori_670."

Alex Trofimov
"My name is Alex and I’m from Melbourne.  I also go by PinkCraftyMama!
 I live with my Hubby of 19 years, am cautiously navigating the field
of raising a teenage boy and wrangling two crazy cats.

I love creating all-the-things!  Scrapbooking is my passion since the
storytelling and consequently memory keeping aspect is very close to
my heart..  I also love cardmaking and teach the odd class locally.
Besides papercrafting, I enjoy quilting, baking and all things Jane
Austen.
My home on the web is www.pinkcraftymama.com and you can find links to all my other socials there!"


Please visit our new design team members blogs and give them a big hello! We are SO lucky to have them both with us!

Now, here are the projects from our design team members:



Erica
Sometimes a little glitter adds just the right accent to a project. I know it gets a little messy and you may be wearing it a few days later... but who doesn't look good with a little bit of extra sparkle??

Brittany
I'm a fan of using glitter paper on my projects, they add just the right amount of sparkle to make images like this little unicorn shine!

It's a well known fact that GLITTER causes much controversy in the craft world.  Personally, I'm on TeamGlitter, but if you like the look and hate the mess then head on over to my blog.  I'll walk you through my crazy glitter monstrosity of a layout AND give you some ideas on achieving the glitter look without actual glitter!

I love the look of glitter on a project but I don't always remember to use it, and when I do it is usually gold or silver glitter. For my card, I challenged myself to use a green glitter paper instead of the usual gold or silver, although a bit of silver made it on my card, too.

We would like to thank EVERYONE who entered our Challenge #194
Please help us congratulate the randomly selected winner...

Congrats! Please send an e-mail to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com within the
next two weeks and we'll send you more 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 Instagram for more chances to win! For this challenge use
#PGCBchallenge195 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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Monday, February 17, 2020

CHALLENGE #194 - I heart Cutfiles


Cathryn here to share this fun challenge with you!

Well, this is certainly exciting for me. I am really happy to be back with The Paper Girls. Life gets so hectic and full of so many things to deal with that we sometimes stop doing what brings us joy.  And that was Scrapbooking for me. This year I have decided that I really need to make sure that I carve out time to feed my creative soul. I admit it has been a process.  And sometimes I wonder if I will ever get that creative spirit back. But what better place than here, surrounded by some of the most amazing talented inspiring girls. I feel so blessed to have met most of these girls through scrapbooking. 
So for this challenge, I wanted to share and show the many ways that you can use cut files. My scrapbooking style has changed a lot since I started using my Silhouette more often. The variety of cut files to choose from is never-ending :)  And if your creative mojo is lacking, a cut file can mean all the difference.

For this first layout, I backed the flowers in the heart with different patterned papers. Using a large cut file like this one makes creating a layout easier because it takes up so much space. 
After backing the cut file I added some foam to the back to pop it up and give it some extra dimension. 



This second layout I used a cut file that I also backed with patterned paper.  These adorable little Gnomes are so stinkin' cute!!!  Lots of work but so worth it :)  It got a bit busier than I wanted but I still love it!!!




Lastly I will share a couple layouts that I previously had created but they fit in perfectly with the theme and will hopefully give you more inspirations!



Thanks everyone for stopping in. I can't wait to see all of your gorgeous creations!!!
Cathryn 
I don't have a machine to make my own, but I found these old pre-cut sheets in my stash, perfect for my valentine's card. 

I went low-tech and chose some of the dies that featured hearts to create this fun card. There are so many layers! The foil just adds a little bit of pop to this as well. 


We would like to thank EVERYONE who entered our Challenge #193
Please help us congratulate the randomly selected winner...


Congrats! Please send an e-mail to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com within the
next two weeks and we'll send you more 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 Instagram for more chances to win! For this challenge use
#PGCBchallenge194 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Challenge #193 - Birthdays

Hello crafty friends, and happy February!

This is Brittany, and I'm looking foward to kicking off  the begining of this month with something to celebrate: Birthdays!

If you're anything like me, I tend to make more birthday cards through the year than any other card. And with a large family, we tend to also have a lot of birthday celebrations I get to scrapbook as well! So, I'm looking forward to seeing your layouts, birthday cards, party decor, etc using this theme - I know I'm personally looking forward to the inspiration!

We are VERY fortunate have an adorable project from from our guest designer, Vicki, to share with you today as well! Here is a bit about Vicki and her very sweet card:


"Hello friends!  My name is Vicki and I’ve been an avid paper crafter for several years!  I’ve been a crafter of some sorts for as long as I can remember as it runs in my family!  Both my mom and grandma have shared their love of crafting with me and when I found paper crafting I was hooked!  I have a varied style and enjoy many different forms of paper crafting besides cardmaking; such as:  art journaling, mixed media and scrapbooking.  Please be sure to stop by my blog at Stamped Smiles where I’d like to share a smile with you! 😊
Check out my You Tube Channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/c/VickiPStampedSmiles
Like my page on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/stampedsmiles/
Follow me on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/stampedsmiles/


I’m always needing birthday cards, so this was perfect timing for a few up-coming birthdays!  I was very happy to pull out some new but never used stash items to create with as well!  I’ve used a Cover-Up die to make the base for this fun party animal scene and just added some papers to match the coloring of the images.  It reminds me of a few birthday parties I would attend as a child.  Hope it helps bring you a smile today!  Thank you for having me along for this challenge!"

Thank you SO much, Vicki, and thank you for particpating with us Paper Girls! Please be sure to visit Vicki's blog and tell her hello!

Here is a little more inspiration from our design team:

Brittany
I made these two cards; the first one for my son, the other for my good friend :)



Karrie
Here is memory of a friend's celebration... and a great way to use up washi tape!

We want to thank everyone who responded to our design team call! We'll be connecting with each of you with all the details and announcing our new members VERY soon. We're so excited to grow our team and share their beautiful projects with you!

We would like to thank EVERYONE who entered our Challenge #192, your projects were beautiful!
Please help us congratulate the randomly selected winner...

Congrats! Please send an e-mail to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com within the
next two weeks and we'll send you more 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 Instagram for more chances to win! For this challenge use
#PGCBchallenge193 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Challenge #192 - Winter Color Challenge

Hello! Heather here, and I'm so glad that I can share with you today's challenge. I love creating based off of color palettes and images. It's a great way to challenge yourself to use materials or items you normally wouldn't use, create during a rut, or just use up what you have.

Today challenge is all about winter colors, snowflakes, silver, and texture. Or not! It's all about how YOU read the color palette, the reference image, or both! Create something that is inspired by this image and/or color palette.

https://colorpalettes.net/color-palette-2499/

For this project, I combined both the image AND the color palette to create this card. I knew that I wanted to emphasize the texture of this card, so I started by embossing the dark blue cardstock with silver embossing powder. Once that was complete, I die cut the embossed piece, the snowflakes and the sentiment. Once this was complete, I added the burlap ribbon, glued down all of the pieces, and added an enamel dot for interest.


Cathryn





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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING PART OF THE PAPER GIRL CHALLENGE BLOG?
We have spots open on the Design Team for you!
If you are interested in joining a fun team with flexible commitments
(once or twice a month project, and $20 a year donation for follower prizes) 
you can apply now to become a PaperGirl!
To apply just send an email to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com 
Deadline is the end of January 2020.
We thank all who apply, and new members will be contacted.

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Sorry about all of the confusion with the broken Linky last challenge. Technology was not as nice as it could have been, but we looked at all of the links that you left and were so impressed with your creations! Thank you for playing along with our challenge. 

Add your newly created goodness in the linky below! We double checked it!
We would like to thank EVERYONE who entered our Challenge #191: Something New!
Please help us congratulate the randomly selected winner..


Congrats! Please send an e-mail to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com within the next two weeks and we'll send you more 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 Instagram for more chances to win! For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge192 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

New Year New Challenge New team members!

Hi and Happy New Year!  Welcome back to the PaperGirls Challenge Blog.
We do have a new challenge but first some announcements...
 Unfortunately we are saying goodbye to some of the PaperGirls after
several years of dedication and beautiful creations!
We will sadly miss
Michele Duffy...
The good news is that leaves spots open on the Design Team for you!
If you are interested in joining a fun team with flexible commitments
(once or twice a month project, and $20 a year donation for follower prizes) 
you can apply now to become a PaperGirl!
To apply just send an email to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com 
Deadline is the end of January 2020.
We thank all who apply, and new members will be contacted.

Now on to the challenge.
It's Karrie here and our new challenge is exactly that ~ NEW!!
Showcase something new, your New Year's fun or resolutions,
use some new product (did Santa bring you some scrappy goodies?)
or try a new technique!  Lots of ways to go with this.
 Here is my new grandbaby in the new Santa sleepers I got him for his first Christmas.
I also used new to me Echo Park papers and Pinkfresh diecuts.

The other PaperGirls have new ideas too!

Heather
I got a few new stamp and die sets during a few of the sales that were going on during the holiday season, and finally got some time to play with some of them. Here is my card using the Stamp Market Color Me Happy Stamp Bundle and some new (but an older collection) paper from Felicity Jane.

Erica
I decided to start the new year with a new bullet journal. I bought a new cover and some new stickers for my initials and the year and stamped the insert cover.

Brittany
I used an new stamp and a new stencil for this project to fit with the theme.

 
Add your newly created goodness in the linky below!


We would like to thank EVERYONE who entered our Challenge #190  Holiday Lights!
Please help us congratulate the randomly selected winner..

Congrats! Please send an e-mail to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com 
within the next two weeks and we'll send you more 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 Instagram for more chances to win! For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge190 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.