Monday, January 7, 2019

Challenge #167 Black and White

Happy New Year, everyone! We hope that your first week in 2019 has been fantastic so far!
We are kicking off our first challenge of the year with a Black and White challenge. This can be anything from black and white papers or photos...however the theme resonates with you, we can't wait to see what you create!

Please welcome our guest designer for this challenge, Kathy Kirby.  You can find Kathy at her blog, Purple Princess Diaries.



I’ve been crafting in one shape or form since I was little as my mum was very creative. Mostly I make cards and ATC's, and am currently loving the Artist Trading COIN trend …. though I've been getting more and more in to mixed media, art journalling and scrap booking! I'll have a go at most crafts . . . some even more than once!!!

Kathy created this lovely Christmas card for our challenge:




Materials used:
  • White, C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card (one black and one white) cut to 14cm x 9.5cm
  • I used an anti static bag on my card before I started, as I didn't want any stray "bits" of embossing powder
  • I stamped my bear image (MFT BB-49 "Bitty Bears") using Versamark ink and Heat It Up clear embossing powder which I heat set
  • I then stamped my Hero Arts sentiment using Versamark ink and funstamps white embossing powder which I heat set
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour my bear and stardust stickles to add twinkle!
  • I used double sided narrow tape to adhere my black and white striped satin ribbon, after threading a 25mm bell on to my ribbon
  • I used three strips of 25mm wide dimensional foam tape to adhere my image panel to my card blank
  • I then stamped the reverse of my card, my insert and the front and back of my envelope to match, using Memento tuxedo black ink for the bear and Versafine onyx black ink for the sentiment
Thanks for sharing your beautiful project with us, Kathy!

And now let's see what the Paper Girls have created for this first challenge of the new year:

Brittany
I chose a couple black and white patterned papers for my card and added just a tiny pastel pop of color.

I chose a b&w photo

I chose to use black and white papers, with some simple stamping in both black and colored ink.

I also chose a black & white photo
and tried to stick with shades of black & white product
with a hint of blue.

And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #166:


2. Meghan Kennihan

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 #PGCBchallenge167 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.


Monday, December 17, 2018

Challenge #166 - Santa and his elves

Hello everyone! Heather here, and I couldn't resist creating something super fun for a Christmas Challenge. Today's challenge is to incorporate Santa and his elves into your projects! Whether you choose one or more characters is up to you. Funny, cute, traditional or modern, elves with or without Santa, it's all up to you!

For today's challenge, I used a set of print and cut "stamps" from the Silhouette Online Store (#111379, #111949, #111952). I just wanted to color these with colored pencils, using the characters from the movie "Elf" as my inspiration. The paper is the Jingle Collection from Authentique Paper, and the stamp is from this year's Holly Collection by Felicity Jane.


Michele

Kristy
Karrie
I just happened to have the perfect pic for this!
(sketch by Shawn Lahr)

Brittany
This challenge was a perfect opportunity to document our trip to see Santa this year.

Merry Christmas everyone!

And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #165:
7. Andrea W 


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 #PGCBchallenge166 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Challenge #165 - Die cuts

Hello Paper Girl fans, Michele here today with a challenge that I hope will help you to use up your stash or use some of your dusty tools!

Challenge #165 - Die Cuts

For this challenge you can use a die cutting machine (such as a Cricut), metal dies or punches to create your die cuts. You can also use pre-made die cuts, which I what I used on my projects.  I love to buy packs of cute die cuts for my layouts.  The only problem is that they come with so many pieces inside that I never use them up!

Here's a card that uses die cuts from My Mind's Eye "Well Hello" collection.  I knew those letters weren't likely to find their way onto a layout so they were perfect for a card!



Next, this layout uses die cuts from Fancy Pants "Magnolia Moments" collection. Even the title is a die cut.  I popped some pieces up when layering to give the layout more dimension.


And finally, I have a pack of 100 flower and leaf pieces from a Pebble flower packet.  I don't have a specific collection that these belong to, so I kitted up my own supplies, mixing papers and embellishments, and created this layout:



Let's see what the other Paper Girls have done with Die Cuts:

I don't have a machine, so I used my favourite line from SEI (that I've been hoarding)
 to make this little diecut diorama as a decoration!

I absolutely love my manual die cut machine and steel dies. I created this entire scene with stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn and My Favorite Things.

I'm like Brittany, I LOVE my manual die cutting machine!  I ran my thin "happy" die through the machine with two different colors, then layered them to give that shadowed effect.

For my layout I used a couple different Silhouette die cuts
and some premade flower die cuts!!!


And now I get to announce the winner of TWO challenges today!

First up, the winner of Challenge #163 is:


And second, the winner of Challenge #164 is:


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 #PGCBchallenge165 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.



Monday, November 19, 2018

Challenge #164 - Shake it up!

Hello again! Erica here to introduce the next challenge. This go round we want to see you Shake it! Make a shaker card or pocket in a Project Life spread. If you can think up another way to interpret that let's see it! This is a great time of year to add a little extra movement to a card or other project.

Thank you for all of  your submissions to our last challenge. Because this can be a crazy time of year we are going to overlap the submission time for people on this challenge and the last one so you have more time to get things posted. We love seeing all of the things you make!


Erica
I wanted to take advantage of a Christmas theme to get ahead on my cards I need to send out in a few weeks. I used snowflake glitter, some chunky silver glitter and some teal microbeads I've had in my stash for years.

Karrie
Made this Christmas pocket page to make it easy to pop pictures in !
Wonderful way to use up old stash.
Middle 3x4 pockets shakers with diecuts, sequins, beads, buttons and bobs.

I can never have enough cute cards for my friends. This heart shaped shaker is one of my favorites.

I decided to create a Birthday Card for my Granddaughter!


I took the shaker card to a new level with a shaker ornament. Take out the top of a clear plastic or glass ornament and fill with sequins and stars! If you want to use die cuts like I did, bend them so they fit through the hole of the ornament, then flatten them out with a pencil or stick once they are in the ornament. Reattach everything, then add a fun ribbon and tag to make a perfect small gift or hostess present.




And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #163:
** because of the extra time given on #163 both winners will be posted in our next challenge.

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 #PGCBchallenge164 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Challenge #163 - "Do you want to build a Snowman?"

Hello friends!

We don't know about you, but the weather is officially changing and it's starting to feel a little more like Winter more and more everyday. And for some of us, we are now starting to see flurries, which has us dreaming of winter days ahead and, of course, snowmen and all the lovely winter playtime! So, we would like to invite you to build a snowman with us and come out to play! We can't wait to see how this challenge inspires you!

We apologize our challenge is a bit off our normal schedule - but we're keeping the challenge open through 11:55pm (MST) on Saturday, 11/24 to make sure we still give everyone a full two weeks to work on their projects and link up.

Here is some fantastic inspiration from our design team:



Michele



And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #162:
Wendy Bellino

And we are also delighted to announce our 3rd quarter winner:
Vicki R.

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 #PGCBchallenge163 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.










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Monday, October 15, 2018

Challenge #162 - Halloween


Hi, Karrie here, and welcome to my favourite time of year, and favourite challenge to host! 
Halloween and all things spooky and full of fall fun! 
Do you have some Halloween shots from last year you never got to document? 
Do you make decorations or treat bags?  Have you taken beautiful shots of the changing
colours, pumpkin patch or the kids playing in the leaves or corn maze?
We want to see whatever you've got!

This is an extra exciting challenge as we are partnering with  Double Trouble Paper Crafting Challenge Blog as a double dare!


We'd love for you to visit our Double Trouble friends and participate in their 12th challenge which is a cheerful and cute Halloween/Fall theme! For an extra optional twist, if you incorporate a frame in your project you get an extra entry into their prize drawing. So, be sure to visit their fantastic challenge blog and let them know we sent you!
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I had gotten pix of the grandkids after the fact last year and here is one of them,
in one of my favourite layout styles to use up old scraps and bits.


Brittany
I took advantage of the Halloween theme to create this trio of spooky cards.

I used some dies and a few patterned papers to make the card, then added some creepy eye stickers to make the card a little more spooky. 

Michele
I make a page featuring these adorable trick-or-treaters.


And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #161:
                                                                    10. Kathyk  

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 #PGCBchallenge162 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Challenge #161 - Mixed Media

Hi!  It's Kristy, here today with our newest challenge: Mixed Media.  What the heck is Mixed Media?  It is defined as:

mixed me·di·a
mikst ˈmēdēə/
noun
  1. 1.
    the use of a variety of media in an entertainment or work of art.

There are so many wonderful examples of Mixed Media out there - from cards, to tags, to pieces of art to hang on the wall.  Check out some examples from our guest designer and the rest of our team.  We can't wait to see what you create!

We are very fortunate to have the talented Vicki Robertson guest designing with us! Here is the beautiful project she made for this challenge:


Here are a couple close ups of the incredible details on her card:



Please be sure to visit her on her blog to see more detailed images and information about her process to create this beauty, and be sure to give her a like or follow on any of the other social platforms as well:


"I'm Vicki and delighted to be here as a guest designer for the Paper Girl Challenge Blog.  I've been crafting forever, but paper crafting for the past 18 years.  My work has been published in numerous magazines in the past and I've had the pleasure of being a member and coordinator of many designs teams over the years.

I'm married to my best friend going on 42 years this month!  We have two beautiful daughters, two handsome son-in-laws, three wonderful grandsons and a sweet princess granddaughter.

I recently finished a year term with the die cut manufacturer, Tutti Designs and am currently a DT member on the Double D Challenge Blog.  We would love to have you stop by and play along with us!"

Thank you for designing with us, Vicki. We're glad to have you. 

Now, here is more inspiration from our design team:

Kristy
Here is my Mixed Media project.  I used watercolors as well as pigment powders on resist paper, along with inks, a diecut sunburst and other chipboard pieces.



Michele
I used modeling paste and a chevron stencil to create texture, then painted with watercolors to use on my card.


Karrie
a little bit of gesso, watercolours, ink, cards, a fabric flower and chipboard...

I played around with some old Inka-Gold paints, stencils, wooden elements, and golden thread for this bright project.

For my background I used a piece of white cardstock, that I covered with 3 different colours of Distress Oxide Inks from Ranger.  Once the ink dried I used water to splatter over the page, and then I lifted it with paper towel.


And now.......congratulations to the winner of Challenge #160:
Sandy Ross

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 #PGCBchallenge161 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.