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.







Monday, March 5, 2018

Challenge #147 - Travel/ Vacation Fun

Karrie here in the midst of a crazy winter with blizzards, rainstorms, ice buildup and mud puddles!  Dreaming of getting away from it all again, I have chosen this fortnight's theme of 
 "Travel / Vacation fun"
So whether you've gone on vacation or had a staycation or enjoy making
Bon Voyage cards, we want to see it!






  Karrie
The beach is my favourite place, I wish my life was ON a beach 24/7!  These pix of this beautiful beach we visited in Cuba last month inspired this mini album, and I busted some OLD stash, and a bit of new!  (more on the blog)








Here are the other PaperGirls ideas of a good time:


Michele
I created a layout for our first family trip to Disneyland.

I documented meeting Goofy while on our trip to Disneyland a few years ago.

I created a card that would be great for anyone planning a trip, vacation, or even a move. 

Cathryn
I have also been working on a Disney Album for my daughters family.




And now...congratulations to the winner of the Black and White  challenge:

3. 
Hazel  
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 #PGCBchallenge147 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.
We can't wait to see all of your beautiful creations!!!  Thanks for stopping by!!!






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!!!