Challenge Spotlight – Desktop Challenge

Hi, all! Since this is the last challenge spotlight of the month, I’m going to dive right in with an easy one that comes with a freebie! This week I am spotlighting the desktop challenge hosted by Tracy of Trixie Scraps Designs! This is a great challenge to end the month with since it’s a quick one that starts with a freebie template and ends with you having a fun new desktop wallpaper for August! Check out the template Tracy created for us:

LOVE IT! Then again, I always love Tracy’s templates. :)  There are lots of layers here to play with and I love photo spots on desktops. Check out some inspiration from the gallery:

By Tamie

By ScrappyCoyote

By sarahm172

Love all of these wallpapers; great job, ladies! I wanted to pick three with different designers’ kits and color schemes so you can see how easily customizable this template is. I still need to get mine in, but anyone who knows me knows all my desktop wallpapers have a common theme… 😉

HOKAY. July ends this week, ladies–eek! You’ve got through Wednesday to get any challenges completed and recorded in order to get a sweet reward come August! Make sure your post in the July 2013 Challenge Tracking Thread is updated and tallied up.

That’s it for this week…and this month! See you in August! :-)

Challenge Spotlight – Mini Kit Challenge

Good morning, all! Hope everyone had a great weekend; mine was not long enough, as usual! We’re already mid-July (eek!) and it’s time for another challenge spotlight. This week, I am writing about a rad challenge with a freebie: the mini kit challenge hosted by Wendy of Wendy Tunison Designs! Wendy brought her unique style to this month’s mini; check it out:

LOVE. IT. Wendy’s minis are never truly mini, so there’s lots of fun vintage elements here to work with. Not surprising, this challenge has been popular this month with bunches of layouts pouring in! Take a look at a few of my favorites for inspiration…

By Tamie

By ScrappyPenguin

By lhansen148

Absolutely gorgeous. Seriously, I am loving this mini and adoring these layouts. All three of these pages have the same “junky vintage” feel, but are vastly unique. That is the sign of some talented scrappers working with a well-designed kit.  :)

Remember, the month is now officially half over! Make sure you’re tracking your completed challenges in the July 2013 Challenge Tracking Thread. You’ll want to get all your challenge credits so you can snag yourself an awesome reward once July is over. :)

That’s it for this week! Stop by again next week! :)

Challenge Spotlight – NEW Designer Spotlight Challenge

Good morning, gorgeous scrappy ladies!  :)  Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start; I really wish it were the weekend already so I could be at home in the A/C, napping and scrapping! 😉

This week I am spotlighting a new challenge here at GS: the designer spotlight challenge! In this new challenge, all you have to do is use 90% products from our spotlight designer (you can use a template from another designer)…that’s it! This is going to be a great way to introduce you to a designer whose products you might not have worked with before and get you going through your stash! :) Our first designer in the spotlight is Rachel of Pretty in Green!

Our rockin’ ad team lead, April, did a great interview with Rachel last week; if you haven’t read it yet, go check it out! Rachel also provided a spiffy coupon for you to grab some of her designs for this challenge. The coupon is in the challenge thread, so scurry over and snag it!

I’m pretty excited about this challenge, ladies.  I love the idea of going through my stash and scrapping with some kits I might have forgotten about. I’ve already got one in mind for PiG…and I’m not the only one! Check out some of these layouts the ladies in the forum have created…

By scrappy_mom

By Lisa

By dillydoodles

I love all of these layouts! Don’t you love the variety of kits used here? Rachel has even more fabulous designs in her GingerScraps shop. There’s something for everyone and some really excellent unique kits you don’t want to be without. My personal favorite kit of Rachel’s is One in a Million:

I just adore the muted colors here and how some of the sentiments look like chalkboard art before chalkboard art was even a trend–so cool! So, you can probably guess which kit I’ll be using for this challenge.  😉  How about you? We’re already a week into July, so make sure you’re got your post up in the July Challenge Tracking Thread. Tally up your completed challenges and at the end of the month, you’ll be in for a rad reward!

That’s it for today’s blog, ladies! Y’all have a wonderful week and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for another challenge spotlight. :)

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!