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.



Monday, September 17, 2018

Challenge #160 - School Daze

Hello Crafters, Brittany here to host our next challenge - School Daze! 

With the school year back in full swing, I would love to see projects of what this means to you. Maybe some of you have kids of your own and need to scrap those first day pictures or show off crafts you made the teachers, or maybe this is your chance to document a day in the life with the kids out of the house, or maybe you want to document your own childhood years in school/college, such as the piles of homework or papers that had to be completed - however this inspires you, I truly can't wait to see all that you create!

With three kiddos and a husband that works in education, school time is a big deal in our house. I so, I love getting back to school pictures of everyone to document each year. Here is the layout I created for this challenge:

Here is additional beautiful inspiration from our design team!

Michele

Cathryn created a layout of her granddaughters first day of preschool.

Heather
Heather created a traveller's notebook about the teacher strike in her school district. 



And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #159:

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 #PGCBchallenge160 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

Happy crafting!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Challenge #159- Inspiration Photo


Hi, Karrie here, and thanks for joining us PaperGirls today!  I took a pic of the big beautiful peonies in the front of my house that bloom for a short time every year, and chipped it. So this challenge I'm asking you to please use it, and the colours as inspiration for a new project! So looking forward to your gorgeous creations to match!


We are very lucky to have a guest designer, NanaConnie, who created this beautiful card based on our colour challenge. Isn't this lovely!? Please give NanaConnie a warm welcome by visiting her blog, "Grammy's Attic".
Hi. I'm NanaConnie and I've been crafting in one form or another for my entire life. I love paper crafts and card making has become my favorite pass time over the last 10 years or so. I have served on several DTs since 2011 when I first started blogging and I love the fabulously crafty people I've met in my journey through blogland. I'm honored to be a Guest Designer for the Paper Girls. My blog is "Grammy's Attic" and that's where you can find me posting something nearly every day. 
I dearly love the color combo for this challenge and was inspired by the lovely flowers.  The image is one from Conie Fong and I colored it using ProMarkers. The image is fussy cut, then mounted with dimensional tape onto a black, die cut (Spellbinders) oval. The bow I made with a left over scrap of pink lace."  

Thank you so much for joining us, NanaConnie! 

Unfortunately we are involved in a major overhaul at home and my scrap space is unavailable so I wasn't able to create something, but the other PaperGirls have stepped up (did I mention what a great team we have?!) and made some gorgeous projects as follows:

Kristy


Brittany

Heather

And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #158:
Dreja!!!

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 #PGCBchallenge159 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.


Monday, August 20, 2018

Challenge #158 - Summer Sweet Treats

Hello! Heather here for this week's challenge: Summer Sweet Treats. While I know that some parts of the continent are already going back to school, in the Pacific Northwest, we still have about two more weeks of summer! Share with us anything sweet or treat-like: candies, ice cream, snacks, pictures of adorable kiddos with frosting on their faces, whatever you think is sweet!

For this challenge, I've been saving this super adorable stamp set from Avery Elle. I watercolored each of the images with bright colors, and paired each of the images with some fun things from my stash.

I love using things from my stash, and adding stamped and colored images along with those is an easy way to create fun and easy cards.
The last touches I added were clear gems, Spectrum Noir sparkle paint on the ice cream, and some glossy accents on the popsicle.


I documented our visit to our neighborhood ice cream truck; this old paper line from My Minds Eye couldn't be a better fit for the event!



And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #157:
Theresa Pollack


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 #PGCBchallenge158 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Challenge #157 - Paint It!

Hello everyone! It's Erica hosting the challenge this week. I decided it was time to break out the paints and inks this week. I can't help it, I like to get a little messy now and again so this challenge is Paint it! I like to paint with many different mediums so go ahead and use whatever you have: watercolors, ink, acrylic just at that painted vibe.

Now, we would like to introduce you to Billie Anderson. She is our fabulous guest designer this week!

My name is Billie and I have been a crafter all my life. My husband is very supportive of my craft and childhood sweetheart. We have children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We live out in the country in SW Washington state. We have two 4 legged small rescue kids.

With the theme being “Paint it” I knew what I wanted to create. I used a digi I won a few month back from Beccy’s place. I stamped the dinosaur image and colored him with Copics. I then fussy cut him out.  I laid the image on the a piece of water color paper and sketched out a scene. Using my Mission gold water colors I painted the scene. I thought the scene needed a volcano so I added one and used stickles for the  glow. I used black colored pencils to add depth around the rocks, then added foam dots behind the dinosaur to add him to the card along with the sentiment.


Thank you so much, Billie!

Now, here is more inspiration from our design team:

Erica
I splatted my background paper with alcohol inks and stamped the whale and water colored it with ink.




Michele
I stamped the hexagon images an then painted them with watercolors.

Kristy
I used watercolors to create the background for this butterfly to land on.


I painted the background with watercolour.


And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #156:

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 #PGCBchallenge157 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.