Monday, April 30, 2012

PGC Blog Hop

Hi All!

Welcome to The Paper Girls Challenge's first ever blog hop - an ATC hop! 

So, what is an ATC, you may be thinking?!?  ATC stands for Artist Trading Card.  They are the size of a playing card.  I call them baseball cards for papercrafters!  If you are still going, huh?  You can see the post I made about my 1st ever attempt at ATC's here.  And now let me show you what I made for a Summer ATC swap:

When I think of summer, I think of growing up in California and going to the beach and sailing with my grandparents.  I had just read an article in a craft magazine about using embossing powder to create the look of sand (wish I could remember which mag it was...) and knew I wanted to incorporate all these thoughts into my ATC's.  Here is how I made the ATC:
  • I grabbed a bunch of different colors and textures of embossing powder, my Versamark pad, and my heat gun and went to town.  Normally I worry about over heating and cracking what I am embossing, but not this time.  While the melted powder was still hot, I kept adding more layers until I got the rough look I wanted. 
  • Blue ink sponged above the embossed portion (and maybe a little over the top edge of it) gave the look of water. 
  • From there, it was time to brake out my Cricut and cut the cloud and boat.  The boat is popped off the background to give a little more dimension to the ATC. 
  • Last, but not least, I couldn't forget about the seagulls, so I hand drew those in.
One of the biggest compliments I could ever receive is that I inspired someone else...which is what Judy told me about this ATC!  Hop on over to her blog and see what she made...
WAIT, WAIT, WAIT - before you go, make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win our PGCB prize!

Kristina McKeen  <--- You are here!

If you didn't start at the beginning, hop on back and start there.  For every comment left on the blogs, you will get an entry to win this prize:

How to Participate:

Want to win? Get one entry for commenting on each of the blog posts, "like" the Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook, and finally become a follower on our blog. It's simple, you get to see some fabulous projects.  C' know you want to!

Want to have more fun after seeing all of the inspiring projects? Join in! Link up an ATC created by you and you will get an extra entry for the prize!

International readers are welcome to play along but currently we are only shipping prize packs to the US and Canada due to shipping costs.

And now I'm off to create 28 Spring Themed ATC's. 
Happy Hopping!

Monday, April 16, 2012

PGC #6: Inspiration Challenge

Welcome back for another challenge from The Paper Girls Challenge.  This time around, Amber gives us this picture to use as an inspiration:

You can pick colors, shapes, tiles...whatever moves you from the picture.  I loved the tile affect, and I am warming to the colors.  They aren't my usual pallette, but seeing this picture made me want to use them.  Little did I know that the always AMAZING Kristy Lee had a sketch up her sleeve for the Amethyst 8 sketch for Scrapbook Steal's MWM that would work perfect for this challenge - and Authentique's Blissful, which was the steal to go with this sketch, was perfect for the layout I had.  Here is Kristy's layout:

And here is my intrepretation from Amber's picture and Kristy's sketch:

I love this picture of my not so little guy!  He was 19 month's old in this picture.  He looks so much older to me in this shot, with his intense look and skill at holding the screwdriver.  And when I got my steal of Blissful, I realized that it worked great with everything I wanted to do.  And I was able to use some scrap paper to cut the nuts - BONUS!  I also raided my hubby's toolbox for some washers to highlight the journaling.

I hope you enjoyed this challenge from The Paper Girls Challenge.  Just a reminder, you have until Friday, April 27 at 11:59 pm MDT to post your intpretations for a chance to win some prizes.  Good luck and happy scrapping/card making!


Monday, April 2, 2012

PGC #5

Is this really our 5th Paper Girls Challenge?  It feels like just yesterday we were just talking about starting a blog.  And now here we are with our 5th challenge - a recipe challenge (or as I call it, a Melodee challenge, since she used to issue these number challenges on the Scrapbook Steals site). 

Here is the "recipe" for this challenge:

1 Photo
2 Journaling Cards
3 Different Ribbons/Trims/Twine
4 Stamped Images
5 Non Paper Embellishments
(Brads, Buttons etc...)

6 Words in the Title

Thank you Melissa Dehne's for the marvelous MidWeek Mojo sketch at Scrapbook Steals.  It was fun to work with your sketch to complete this recipe.

Here is how I followed the recipe:

1 Photo - that one is pretty obvious
2 Journaling Cards - where my actually journaling is, as well as the date ticket
3 Different Ribbons/Trims/Twine - red and green polka dot ribbon and the yellow twine flower
4 Stamped Images - 4 white snowflakes on the right side
5 Non Paper Embellishments - 2 snowflake brads at the end of the ribbon and 3 red brads in the strip of tickets

Well, I thought I had all 6 elements, until I was typing up this post up.  Oops, the title was supposed to be "And The Party Keeps Going On".  Glad that was just the bonus.  ;-)

I know all of us can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge.  Remember to post your links on our blog for a chance to win a great prize!  We all know that sometimes it is hard to finish a challenge by a deadline. So if you finish one late, feel free to post it to our Facebook page any time. Make sure to let us know which challenge it was for!