Challenge Spotlight – Buffet Challenge

Welcome to July! Can you believe it’s already here? Seems like it was just the holiday season and now 2013 is half gone. I’ll be packing up summer clothes soon and I haven’t even put my coat away! 😉 This week I am highlighting one of my personal favorite challenges, the buffet challenge, hosted this month by Bekah of Bekah E Designs!

July’s buffet theme is…designer’s choice! Our designer had a palette to work off of with their imagination picking the theme for each of them! We’ve got a fishing kit, a graduation kit and more–don’t miss out on the buffet on sale now; take a look at some of the kits!

The colors have a nice masculine look while still being bright and summery. I’m liking the broad spectrum of themes here, too! For the buffet challenge, all you have to do is create a layout using some pieces from this month’s buffet–easy peasy! Take a look at some of the pages the ladies in the forum have already hammered out!

By Ambelleina

By sladd79054

By wtunison

Loving the colors even more after checking out some of the pages you ladies have come up with! I love that the kits can be used for really specific photos or just general ones with a certain theme. This is truly a versatile buffet you need to add to your stash! 😉

If you haven’t started your post in the July 2013 Challenge Tracking Thread, you should go save your place! You’ll definitely want to check out the rewards you can earn just by playing along with us this month. Get some scrapping done AND get rewarded for it–win win! :)

That’s it for me for this week. I’ll see y’all next Tuesday!

Challenge Spotlight – Color Challenge

Hello all, hope this finds you doing well this rainy week in June (at least in Texas). :) This week I am spotlighting the color challenge hosted by Ivonne of Craft-tastrophic Designs. Ivonne has picked out a really funky, retro color palette for you to scrap with this month and it’s definitely 70s-inspired; check it out:

I am loving the teal and orange combo! It’s a great palette for scrapping all those masculine layouts that you still want to have a pop of bright color in. If you want a little inspiration, take a look at some of the layouts the forum ladies have already created for this challenge:

By chigirl

By gethane

By emscraps

Love these layouts! We’ve got so many kits in the store that have a touch of this color palette…including this month’s buffet! Check out these layout credits in the gallery if you’re curious which kit was used. :) There;s only two more weeks left in June (WOW!), so make sure you’re keeping track of your completed challenges in the June 2013 Challenge Tracking thread so you can get a shiny new reward for all your hard work come next month. :)

That’s it for today! Y’all have a great week and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for the last challenge spotlight of the month. :)

Challenge Spotlight – Inspiration Challenge

Good morning, all! Hope this finds you well. :) This week I am spotlighting a fun little challenge I sometimes forget about but always end up loving: the inspiration challenge hosted this month by Isabel of Crisdam Designs! Here’s the inspiration image:

The goal is easy: use pennants/banners in your layout! Banners are so on trend right now for both digital scrapping and traditional paper crafting, so this is a cinch! I personally love banners and pennants; they are a great way  to add extra layers and depth without much effort! Check out these layouts to get your creative juices flowing…

By chigirl

By shmooangel

By Lisa

Whether you use one, two or even three banners, this is an easy way to create more visual interest in your layout! Do you use banners and pennants in your scraps? If not, now is the time to try…and get rewarded for it! 😉 Don’t forget, you’ll need to keep track of all your completed monthly challenges in order to snag that reward, so swing by the June Challenge Tracking Thread and start your tally. If you have any questions, you can leave them in the Cookie Jar and someone will get back to you asap. :)

That’s it for this week; have a great one and I’ll see you next Tuesday! :)

Challenge Spotlight – Signature Challenge

Good morning, all! Hope your week is off to a great start; can you believe it’s now June?! It’s crazy to think that we’re already in the middle of the year, summer starting up…Christmas will be here before you know it! 😉

This week I am spotlighting a super quick, super easy challenge: the signature challenge hosted by Rebecca of Twin Mom Scraps! Usually we just have a theme to follow, but Rebecca has created a way cool template for us to work with this month instead! Sometimes I lack creativity with my forum siggy, so I love this! Take a look:

Awesome; thanks for the fun siggy temp, Rebecca! :) I think the signature challenge is the first one most people do because it’s quick and fun. (Personally, I haven’t changed my sig since January…maybe this is the month to fix that!) Here’s some of the siggys the forum gals have come up with; they’re so bright and summery!

By emscraps

By momeee

By gethane

These are so awesome! Since the siggy area is somewhat small, this template is a great way to get your creative juices flowing here but still stay within the space–pretty great, right? :)

This is a new month, so you should run over to the June Challenge Points tracking thread and snag yourself a new spot to keep track of all your completed challenges! You know we have some sweet rewards for you at the end of the month, so don’t slack (like I usually do)! 😉

Y’all have a wonderful rest of your week–don’t forget to stop by the bake sale while all those full-size products are still just $1! See you next Tuesday. :)

Challenge Spotlight – Template Challenge #2

Hello ladies and welcome to the last challenge spotlight for the month of May–WHAT?! Yes, I can’t believe June is going to be here next week. Where in the heck did the first half of this year go? Even crazier, I just realized this month also marks ten years since my high school graduation. Time really flies! Before the last week of May flies off, make sure you join us for a last few challenges to earn yourself a shiny new reward! This week I am spotlighting the second template challenge hosted by Wendy Tunison! I love Wendy’s templates and I’m always psyched when I see her hosting a template challenge; take a look at what she has for us this month:

Banners? Scatters? Oh yes, I like this template. 😉 Check out what the ladies in the forum have already submitted using this temp:

By gwalters

By sladd79054

By jtnolley

Lovely pages, ladies! :) Like I mentioned earlier, this is the last week of May, so if you want a rad reward come next month, make sure you’ve got your tally going in the May Challenge Points Tracking thread! If you have a question about this or any of our challenges, swing by the cookie jar and ask away. :)

That’s it for me for this month…see y’all in June! :)

Challenge Spotlight – Word Art Challenge

Good morning and happy Tuesday, all! Hope everyone had a great weekend and Mother’s Day. :) I’m a little delayed with my post this morning, so I’m going to jump right in! This week I am spotlighting the word art challenge hosted by Amy Peck of Unforgettable Moments! Amy has a perfect WA for your family photos, new and old; check it out:

If you look closely, you can Amy has put a little distressing on this word art, giving it a little more depth than traditional WAs give–so pretty! If you need some inspiration, check out these wonderful layouts already in the gallery:

By Kelly Andreza

By scrappy_mom

By californiateri

These are all so fabulous! I love the mix of new and old, bright and subtle. This word art is pretty versatile and can work for any family photo you need to scrap, so don’t miss out on this challenge! :)

Do you have your tally started in the May Challenge Points Tracking thread? If not, click here and get to tallying! Wondering what fabulous prizes await you for completing challenges? You can find out all about that here! Have a question about this or any of our challenges? The cookie jar is where you want to be. :)

Alright ladies, I’m off! Love and wishes for everyone to have a great week and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday! 😀

Challenge Spotlight – Buffet Challenge

Hello and happy May! Is everyone still recovering from iNSD? It’s finals for me so I didn’t get to do a whole heck of a lot of scrapping, but I hit up some chats, got to know some rad ladies (some might have gotten to know me more than they wanted!) and bought awesome new scrappy stuff! If you picked up this month’s buffet pieces while they were on sale, you’re all prepared for this week’s challenge spotlight: the buffet challenge hosted by Rachel of Pretty in Green! If you haven’t seen this month’s buffet yet…what are you waiting for?! Hop over to the store and check it out…

Spring has pretty much sprung at this point (except for that random cold front last week!) and it’s about that time to have pictures of pretty flowers blooming, the kiddos running around in the grass and just being out in the fun! This buffet is perfect for all your fun spring photos.

Just a week into May, the forum ladies are already flooding the gallery with gorgeous layouts using this month’s buffet. The color palette is rather unique and perfect for any occasion  Need some scrapping inspiration? Check out these layouts…

By sgroenke

By megvill

By Lisa

Loving these layouts already! The grey in this buffet is a lovely neutral and goes so well with the bright reddish orange and muted yellow and green. These three pages all have a great energy and capture the colors of this buffet so beautifully!  Wonderful layouts, ladies. :)

We’re already a week into May (what?!) so if you haven’t staked your spot out in the May Challenge Tracking Thread, you might want to mosey on over and do that! 😉 There are some cool rewards to be had if you play along with our challenges and tally up your points at the end of the month!

Ok, I’m off to get some studying in for finals this week. If anyone else is in the thick of finals–the best of luck to you! :) Everyone else have a wonderful week and I’ll see y’all back here next Tuesday for another challenge spotlight!

Challenge Spotlight – Inspiration Challenge

Last Monday, the nation was pained when the Boston bombing occurred.  Last Wednesday, more pain came as a massive explosion in West, TX resulted in 14 fatalities and 200 injured. The world has become a crazy place and these tragedies remind us that life is precious and short. Please take a moment today to tell your family and friends how much they mean to you.

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Good morning, beautiful ladies; I hope this blog finds you all well! This week I am spotlighting a challenge that is new and different every month, the inspiration challenge! This month, the inspiration challenge is hosted by Szabina of Sabee’s Creative World and I just love what she picked out to inspire us. Bold, retro patterns are everywhere lately and chevron print seems to win the race for latest design obsession! Szabina has picked chevron strips as this month’s inspiration and even has some for you to download and create with!

Freebie alert–awesome! Thanks for this challenge Szabina, I personally love chevron anything and I can’t wait to download this and create something. :) I’m a little behind the class though, because the forums ladies have jumped on this and made some outstanding layouts already. Take a look:

By mamaape

By strettel

By Nani

Ok, I really had to hold back because I just love ALL the layouts in the gallery for this challenge so far! They’re all so gorgeous–seriously. I picked these three pages so you could see how the chevron strips can be hidden in lovely clusters, used boldly to bring attention to a photo or blown up, colored and even turned into arrows–clever! There are a lot more techniques being used with these chevron stripes, so make sure you check out the inspiration challenge gallery to get some ideas on how you’ll use them. :)

Alright–it’s crunch time. You’ve only got one more week to complete your April challenges and get them posted in the April Challenge Points Tracking thread for credit. Want a free buffet piece? How about two? How about a $5 store gift certificate? Check out the rewards system to see what you need to do to get yourself a nifty prize. If you’ve got any questions about our challenges, head over to the Cookie Jar and leave us a note. :)

That’s it for this week–see y’all next week! Be safe out there. <3

Challenge Spotlight – Mini Kit Challenge

Before we start, I want to extend well thoughts and wishes of peace for those directly affected by the bombing at the Boston marathon yesterday. <3

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Hello and happy Tuesday to everyone; hope your week is starting out well as we begin the middle of April. :) Today I am going to be spotlighting a challenge with a freebie: the mini kit challenge hosted by Ivonne of Craft-tastrophic Designs! This is always a fun challenge because you get a freebie AND points towards an awesome reward come next month: win/win! Let’s see the cute mini Ivonne has for us this month:

Love the colors here, pretty and spring-y, but still earthy and warm. Thanks, Ivonne! The mini kit challenge always draws lots of participation and this month is no exception. Need some inspiration for your own creation? Take a look at these lovely layouts:

By lulutoo

By Lyndsfairne

By bekfek

WOW, these are all awesome. Not only are they pretty layouts, but they’re completely different styles and all had a unique take on the mini. I love how this small mini has been stretched and almost looks to be a full kit on these pages–very cool, ladies! :)

This is the middle of April, so we’re halfway through our challenges…already! Make sure you’re keeping track of all your completed challenges this month in the April Challenge Points Tracking thread so we can tally them up and get you a lovely little reward next month for playing along. If you have any questions, be sure to stop by the Cookie Jar and ask away–we’ll get back to you asap!

That’s it for this week, all. Hope the rest of your week is fabulous and peaceful…now get to scrapping! 😉

Challenge Spotlight – Desktop Challenge

Good morning! How is everyone’s April going? It’s mid-terms for me right now, so I am feeling the crunch and in need of some relaxing. What better way than to get some scrapping done and earn points towards a super sweet reward? 😉 This week I am spotlighting a challenge with a freebie: the desktop challenge hosted by Rebecca of Twin Mom ScrapsRebecca has come up with quite a cute little desktop template for us to play with; take a look!

Love it! This fabulous freebie desktop template is all yours if you play along with us and create your own desktop with at least 50% GingerScraps products. With all our new spring kits coming out, you’re sure to find something you love to spruce up your desktop. Check out these submissions for inspiration!

By zenjen

By mamaape

By wanda

I love when three people can take one template and each come up with something completely different! That’s definitely the mark of a good designer and talented scrappers–both of which we have in spades at GS! Make sure you click through and leave some love for each of these ladies’ desktops. :)

Remember that super sweet reward I mentioned earlier? Well, take a look at what you could get for playing along with our monthly challenges: one buffet item, two buffet items or a $5 store gift certificate–awesome! Just make sure you start keeping a running tally of your completed challenges in the April Challenge Tracking thread. If you have any questions about how this or any of our other monthly challenges work, stop by the Cookie Jar and ask away! :)

Okie doke ladies, that’s it for me this week. Start working on your challenges, have a great day and an awesome week! :)