Monday, February 19, 2018

Challenge #146 - Black & White

Hi! It's Kristy, bringing you the newest challenge here on The Paper Girl's!  About 4 months ago, when I was working on another project for Paper Girls, I thought how fun would it be to do a Black and White Challenge?!?  Only black and white projects, a black and white photo, black and white with a little pop of color, generally black and white as the focal.  (Little did I know this would be a popular theme among the crafting world!!!)  

I love how you can take such a simple idea of Black and White and make such beautiful work.  

Help me welcome our Guest Designer for this challenge: Ruth Cunliffe

I've crafting for a long time and have to fit it in around a very busy work life and home life!  I live in the UK in Lancashire and I primarily colour with Promarkers and Watercolour pencils although I'm happy to be taken out of my comfort zone, every now and again!  I'm on a number of different design teams and also run my own challenge blog - the secret is lists - lots of lists to make sure I don't miss anything and to be organised and not leave anything to the last minute!

For my Guest Designer Project, I've used a Sizzix die plus white linen effect papers with black card behind for effect.  I handwrote the sentiment and layered everything up before adding to the card base with foam pads for extra depth.  



Here are the projects from the Paper Girls to help inspire you:

I used a B&W photo, B&W papers and titles, with a pop of red to offset the page.

Erica
I used a combination of die cuts and stamps to make this super simple B&W card.

For my HAPPY BIRTHDAY card I used an alphabet from Silhouette cut out of black cardstock and backed it with a black & white patterned paper. The Birthday and flowers are stamped.

Cathryn
Here is a second project, featuring my SENDING LOTS OF LOVE stamp set.  This card is simply stamped images on white cardstock, with a bit of water colour in the background.

MME Bloom was perfect for this challenge, and my page about my
21st Valentine's day with my Hub.

I white heat-embossed a large floral image on black cardstock. Once it was cooled, I added white goauche watercolor paint to create depth within the image. To finish it off, I added a simple sentiment.

I used some black and white lace paper and fabric flowers I've been holding onto for far too long for this 2-page layout of my friends wedding.


And now...congratulations to the winner of the Anniversary challenge and the Cutterpillar Crop (my personal paper cutter!):

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 #PGCBchallenge146 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

I can't wait to see all of your beautiful creations!!!  Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Challenge #145 - 6th Anniversary

Today our post is going up one day late but we did it on purpose. Do you want to know why? Because it is our Sixth Anniversary!! Time really has flown by. We have had many changes in our team but we are so happy to still have our Challenge blog going strong.

Since it is our Sixth Anniversary we thought the theme for this Challenge would be the number six. What we want you to do is to use six items of the same thing: ie six flowers, six buttons, six stamps, six gems... The list could go on and on.

But before we show off our projects, how about we talk about an extra special giveaway??

We have been ever so lucky to be able to offer up a Cutterpillar Crop compliments of Cutterpillar. What paper crafter doesn't need an awesome paper trimmer?!? They have the coolest paper cutters out there. Their super lightweight paper trimmer has an imperial and metric ruler, an illuminated cutting track and a gear driven blade for precise cuts. I want to win this prize!! Make sure you check our rules tab for participation. The best news yet is that this prize is open worldwide!



For my project I stamped six Pandas and also six balloons.


Happy anniversary to the best challenge blog!  I've been so happy to be part of the team.
For our "6" challenge, I've covered my whole page with counts of 6!  Can you find them all?
It was a good challenge for me too because I usually use a rule of 3
design.

Michele
I used 6 different patterned papers and 6 chipboard stickers on my layout.
Happy Anniversary Paper Girls! I ended up using 6 washi tapes and 6 enamel dots for this clean and simple card in bright colors and whites. 

Kristy
I used 6 butterflies, 6 hearts and 6 enamel dots on my page.

Brittany
 6 stamped and die cut hearts to embellish the layout.


And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #144:
24. Maria F

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 #PGCBchallenge144 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

I can't wait to see all of your beautiful creations!!!  Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Quarterly challenge winner!

Hello all!

We are delaying our challenge until tomorrow (2/6/18) for a very special reason - it is our 6 year Anniversary! So, please be sure to come back tomorrow for a very fun and exciting challenge with an extra special give away!

However, we have another exiting announcement today, and that is our quarterly challenge winner for the period of October thru December of last year.

The winner is...
Paperesse...
our challenge winner from our October 16th challenge!

Please send an e-mail within two weeks to papergirlschallengeblog@gmail.com to recieve details about your win.

New to our Challenges? Please refer our newly updated rules and prize structure here: http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/p/how-to-play.html

We'll see you back here tomorrow for our next exciting challenge!!!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Challenge #144 - Water Colours

Hello and welcome.......Cathryn here!!!  I am so happy to be back
creating with this wonderful group!!!

And today our second challenge of the year is
WATER COLOURS

The past year I have found that our scrapbooking world has truly expanded beyond paper, adhesive and embellishments.  And our already beautiful paper creations are becoming true pieces of art!
One of my new obsessions has been the addition of inks and paints, and creating my own backgrounds.  I have especially fallen in love with water colour paints.  There are now so many types of water colour products that have arrived in the crafting world making them easily available, inexpensive and just plain fun!!!!

Now I am by no means an expert LOL !!! Just really learning myself, enjoying the play
and the results.

I hope you will all join in and play as well.
Kind of makes you feel like a kid again!!!!!!!!!!!
ENJOY

One thing that is important to protect your paper is to Gesso it first. Gesso is much like 
a primer that prepares your surface for paint.  It comes in white, clear and black and can be applied with any brush, or even something like a gift card for heavier coverage.
My favourite Gesso to use while scrapbooking is a spray Gesso like the one in the picture below. 


After the gesso is completely dry I then added the colours of paint I chose.  At this point I thought it just looked like a total mess.  That always happens.  But once you finish your layout things all fall into place.

Here is my finished layout. 


And below some more gorgeous work to enjoy!!!



Oh yeah I cheated and used this fabulous Basic Grey paper, already beautifully water coloured.

I used a combination of shimmer watercolor "cakes" for the background, and watercolor pencils and water brush for the little sloth.  Here you can see my inspiration for my sloth.  :-D

I used the same stamp for both cards, but changed up both the embossing powders and styles for two totally different looks. The watercolors are from my set of Peerless watercolors. 


Michele
I painted a simple watercolor background and then punched out hearts to create this card.

I traced die cut hearts and then used watercolors to color them in and shade them so they look like they pop off my paper a bit.

I stamped my images in archival ink and then watercolored with water based inks.


And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #143:
21. ValĂ©rie 

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 #PGCBchallenge144 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

I can't wait to see all of your beautiful creations!!!  Thanks for stopping by!!!


Monday, January 1, 2018

Challenge #143 - Glitter

Happy New Year and Welcome 2018! We are so happy to be bringing in the New Year with you all and starting off fresh this year with our first challenge...
GLITTER!

Sparkle always makes me think of New Year celebrations and FUN! So, we are challenging you to show us all your best sparkly, glitter filled projects! Be sure to link your project at the bottom of this post before 11:55pm (MST) on Saturday, January 13th.

I have an abundance of glitter paper, I love that it doesn't make huge messes and it's fun to stamp on and die cut. So I found it fitting to use it to create this sparkly New Years card for the hosts of the party we attended last night.

Here are the other amazing, and super glitter sparkly projects from our amazing design team:

Not normally a fan of using glitter on my projects, but it's New Years!
Happy New Year!
(more details on my blog)


Michele
These Design Adhesives made it easy to create intricate designs with glitter.

Erica

 Heather

Kristy
I used gesso and a mask to create the glitter background. I sealed the glitter with another coat of gesso. I also used a glitter ribbon for a little more sparkle. 

And now...congratulations to the winner of Challenge #142:

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 #PGCBchallenge143 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.

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


Monday, December 18, 2017

Challenge #142 - Holiday Fun

This time of year is really fun, busy and memorable. That's why this post is about Holiday Fun.  what kinds of things are traditional for your family to do together and celebrate?  We want to see your Christmas Cards or scrapbook pages that show how you remember your family and friends this season. Thank you for sticking with us all of these years and Happy Holidays from the Paper Girls team!

I made some Christmas Cards and some Waldorf Stars to hang in the window. I
love how the light catches them and makes it feel festive during the day.





HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM  Karrie



Kristy added sparkle to her sentiment with green glitter and colored her stamped image
with chalks.


Michele designed this beautiful page about a memorable Christmas morning.

Brittany created a festive Christmas card.


Heather created a circle card with painted stamps and Distress Inks. 


And now...Congratulations to the winner of Challenge #141: Lou Sims!

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 #PGCBchallenge141 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry in each challenge.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Challenge #141 - Stamping Fun

Hi!  It's Kristy. Welcome to our first challenge in December...a Stamping challenge.  Time to break out your stamps and have some fun!  I love how you can do so many different things with stamps.  You can create your background, use it for your sentiment, or even to add a title or date to your project. We can't wait to see how you use stamps in your projects!

Please help me welcome our Guest Designer for this challenge: Bobbi from BobbisTreasure.blogspot.com.




Mom to Ben, a college sophomore student-athlete, wife to Michael, serial crafter/collector, blogger at BobbisTreasure.blogspot.com and Words2CraftBy.blogspot.com, animal lover, aerospace training professional.  

Here is her fun card:


Thank you for your card, Bobbi.  And now here are a few projects from our Paper Girl's:

I made a collection of Thank You cards, each with a little different shading.  

Here is a close-up, showing a little of the shading.



I used two stamp sets to create the background and the sentiment.



Michele
I used a couple of Stampin' Up stamp sets to create my card.



 And now...Congratulations to the winner of Challenge #140: Lorraine A!

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 #PGCBchallenge141 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry in each challenge.