Challenge Spotlight – Desktop Challenge

Good morning, all.  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It was a rainy, cool weekend here in Texas and I was finally able to get some scrapping and crafting done. It’s mid-month and I’m trying to get some more challenges done. This week’s challenge spotlight is on the January 2013 Desktop Challenge hosted by Ivonne of Craft-tastrophic Designs! Next month will be Valentine’s and Ivonne has created a lovely desktop template to celebrate the holiday of love:

I just love pink and hearts, so decorating for Valentine’s is one of my favorite things.  Might as well decorate my desktop, while I’m at it! :) If you’re not a Valentine’s fan or a pink and hearts kind of gal, here’s some inspiration for you:

By scrappinbella

By yabby

By Sarah

Beautiful takes on this template. I of course love Lydia’s hot pink and glitter desktop! I also like the boy-ish direction Yavonn went in and the cool, wintery blues Sarah used. There are a lot more lovely desktops already completed, so stop by the thread if you want some more inspiration or just want to leave some love for the talented scrappers. :)

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to swing by the January 2013 Challenge Tracking thread and start your tracking post. All your completed challenges will be tallied at the end of the month and you’ll get a reward based on how many you complete! Completing just one challenge gets you a reward, so make sure you jump in soon. If you want more info or have a question about any of our monthly challenges, you can post in the Cookie Jar and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

That’s it for this week’s challenge spotlight. See you next Tuesday! :)

Challenge Spotlight – Buffet Challenge

Hey there and good morning, all! Hope everyone’s week is off to a fabulous start! This week I am spotlighting an easy challenge that should get you scrapping: the buffet challenge hosted by Rachel of Harmony Star! This month’s buffet is called Hopes and Dreams and it evokes thoughts of a new year, a fresh start and looking forward. I simply love the palette and all the unique packs the designer came up with for the buffet. Here are a few of my favorite pieces:

All such gorgeous work and I love how each designer had a different take! This buffet should make for some fun, creative and of course, beautiful layouts. Here’s some inspiration from the ladies who are participating in this challenge!

By Lisa

By justpennys

By nickala27

I had to stop myself at my usual 3 layout highlights because they’re all so pretty! You really must head over to the forum and see for yourself because everyone done a great job with this buffet challenge!

Now you should go make the gallery even awesomer! 😉 Scrap a page using this month’s buffet, post it and start earning points towards a reward! You’ll need to snag yourself a post in the January Challenge Points Tracking thread and keep track of your completed challenges throughout the month so we can reward you after January 31st.  If you have any questions about any of the challenges, drop by the Cookie Jar and ask away! :)

That’s it for this Tuesday; have a fantastic week and see y’all here next week! :)

Challenge Spotlight – Color Challenge

Good morning, happy Tuesday and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! It’s FINALLY getting a bit chilly in Texas today–maybe some snow/ice flakes later today??–and I’m in the mood to get cozy, stay indoors and open presents! I made sure to charge my batteries last night so I could take lots of scrappable pictures today! Can you believe this is the last challenge spotlight of 2012?! Where has the time gone?? I am wrapping up this year with one of my favorite challenges we have every month, the color challenge hosted this month by Moni of 2AM Designs! Let’s take a look at the lovely photo she found that has inspired her color palette for this month:

Pretty, wintery, rustic–I love it and I can see the color choices just popping out of this photo! (Boy, do I just adore mercury ornaments. Vintage beauties!) The green, brown and silver colors in this photo are just right for this time of year.  Take a look at what the forum ladies have been creating with these colors in mind…

By altimasport

By Sarah

By Rebecca_psp

Such gorgeous layouts, ladies! I like how you can go through here and pick out the color palette, but they each used the colors so differently on their pages. Some awesome creations to end the year with. :)

This is the LAST full week of December, so make sure you’re wrapping up your challenges and getting them tallied up in the December Challenge Points Tracking thread. You’ll need to link all your pages so you can start 2013 off with a nifty reward. Who doesn’t want free buffet items or a store gift certificate? I sure do! :)

That’s about it! I need to go to sleep so Santa doesn’t skip my apartment! 😉 I guess there’s not much else to say but again, Merry Christmas and since it will happen before I blog again, happy new year! See y’all in 2013. :)

Challenge Spotlight – Template Challenge #2

Hello and happy Tuesday! Can you believe it’s already the third week in December?! Only a little over a week left in 2012–eep! Where did the time go? Now that school is over (all A’s–go me!), I can finally start scrapping again! Since I’m a little rusty now, I definitely want to use a template and what better way to get a freebie template than by joining in on the second template challenge hosted by one of our new designers, Isabel of Crisdam Designs! Check out the super cute template Isabel has made for us to create with the second half of this month…

Awesome, right? I love the curve along the right side and I’m always a sucker for a little paper stacking! Even though this template challenge just started, we’ve already got some wonderful layouts in the forum. Check out a few ladies’ creations here for inspiration!

By Sarah

By rdjrneace

By Ricki

I’m always thrilled to check out these challenges and see the amount of talent we have in the GS community! :) I love that snowy spray Sarah has, all the vibrant ribbons Debbie used and the softer non-holiday pastels Ricki used for a little break in strictly holiday scrapping. :) Wonderful work, ladies!

If you haven’t started tallying your completed challenges, you need to head over to the December Challenge Points Tracking thread and start counting up those layouts! At the end of the month, you’ll get a lovely little prize depending on how many challenges you complete. It’s not to late to get scrapping and earn a fun reward! 😀

Well, dinner’s just about ready, my tummy’s rumbling and I need to finish a Christmas craft before bed, so that’s it for me! Y’all have a great week, finish up your Christmas shopping/wrapping and I’ll see everyone back here next week for the LAST challenge spotlight of 2012! CRAZY! See you next week! :)

Challenge Spotlight – Font Challenge

Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone is having a great one so far; this is FINALS WEEK everywhere so the best of luck to anyone who is supposed to be studying right now! 😀 This week I am spotlighting one of my personal favorite challenges we have every month, the font challenge! This month the font challenge is hosted by Connie of Connie Prince Designs and she’s picked a tried and true font that everyone probably has and loves! Take a look:

It’s definitely a classic font, perfect for any layouts, but especially all the Christmas ones you’re sure to start creating soon! :) The layouts for this challenge are already flooding into the gallery; there are plenty to choose from, but here are a few of my favorites for your own scrapping inspiration!

By Lukasmummy

By rdjrneace

By chigirl

Gorgeous pages, as always! :) I love the use of this font on all of them; see what I said about Christmas layouts? 😉

Have you started your post in the December Challenge Points Tracking thread?  You’ll need it to keep track of all your completed challenges this month so you can nab a sweet reward once the month is over! The month…of December. WHAT. How is it the end of 2012 already?! Crazy! Anyway, get those challenges completed and tallied so you can ring in the new year with a prize! :) If you have any questions about this or any other monthly challenge, direct it towards the Cookie Jar and we’ll get it answered for you lickety split. :)

That’s it for today! I have one more final to do and I AM DONE!!! Wish me luck and y’all have a rad week! 😀

Challenge Spotlight – Mini Kit Challenge

Good morning and happy Tuesday, all! Is everyone enjoying the unseasonably warm weather? I so am NOT! It’s December and I’ve got my A/C running here in Texas to counteract the 80 degree weather. I want my chilly air and snow flurries–wahh! Even though it’s warm out, my mind is still on snowmen, snowflakes, coats and mittens! Since we might not get winter again this year, I want to scrap some older pictures from back when Texas was included in winter. This week I’m spotlighting a challenge with a freebie that will help me do just that: the mini kit challenge hosted by Kathy Winters! I absolutely adore Kathy’s designs and this mini is no exception; take a look!

Cute, right?! I just love the doodly snowflake with the stitching! I’ve got to find a good photo to use this mini with for sure.  With a freebie this cute, you know the layouts are already rolling in the forum. Here’s some scrap inspiration…

By mom2triplets04

By Deanna

By True North Scraps

I love them all! You all captured the snowy fun of this mini and put it to great use. Now it’s your turn to snag the freebie while it lasts and scrap us up something pretty! Pop it in the gallery for some love and post it in the challenge thread so everyone can ooh and ahh over your creation. :)

Of course, you’ll also need to keep track of your completed challenges in the December Challenge Points Tracking thread if you want to snag a reward at the end of the month! Post your spot today and keep track all month long. :)

That’s it for today; y’all have a wonderful week and I’ll see you back next Tuesday! :)

Challenge Spotlight – Mini Kit Challenge

SO this will be a quick blog because I have a HUGE paper and presentation due tomorrow and I’m only halfway through the paper, noneway through the presentation–ACK! Hope all our US friends had a lovely, peaceful Thanksgiving and survived Black Friday! 😀 This week I am spotlighting another challenge with a freebie: the November mini kit challenge hosted by Lily of Pixelily Designs! Lily has made a beautiful, neutral -toned mini for us this month that is perfect for fall pictures, candid snapshots–anything! I really like the colors with a pop of brightness…check it out!

Absolutely love this–thanks for sharing it with us this month, Lily! The mini is called “Self Portrait” but it’s being used for way more than self portrait pics in the forum!  Lots of ladies have already got their submissions in so it’s hard to choose, but here are a few of my favorites for scrappy inspiration!

By sladd79054

By mamaape

By brenian4ever

These are all amazing layouts–seriously! I like how Lisa used this kit for something other than a self portrait; so cute and the simply journaling is perfect here. I love April’s use of white space of bring focus on the title below. And Bren–this is just awesome. Your pics are adorable (you look so happy!) and your clustering is great. Beautiful creations, ladies–you’ve definitely inspired me to put this pretty mini to work! :)

FYI this is the LAST WEEK to get your November challenges complete and tallied! If you haven’t been tracking them in the November Challenge Points Tracking thread–you need to get on that! All challenges are due on November 30th to go towards a fabulous prize from the GS shop. Even one completed challenge gets you something, so definitely join in now even if you haven’t done any yet! If you have any questions, stop by the Cookie Jar and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

Alright, time for me to get back to my paper–UGH! Wish me luck, hehe! Hope y’all have a wonderful week and I will see you in December! 😀

Challenge Spotlight – Desktop Challenge

Hey howdy hey and happy turkey day! How is it already Thanksgiving? Where did the year go?! The weather is FINALLY cooling off here in Texas and the winter holidays are quickly approaching! As I like to say, it’s the super bowl of crafting and scrapping! 😀 This week I am spotlighting a challenge with a freebie, the desktop challenge hosted by Ivonne of Craft-tastrophic Designs! I really, really like her template for this month’s desktop challenge!

 Isn’t it just the cutest template?! It’s reminiscent of ornaments and I love the overlapped circles. With a fun freebie template like this, you know the creations are just rolling in! Here a few I like from the forum:

By mamaape

By dodgeladee

By Lisa

Lovely, all of them! I love Suzanne’s patterned wall that reminds me of a chimney, Lisa’s pine needles and I especially love the crafty realism April accomplished with the buttons and ornament stickers. Awesome job, ladies–you rock! :)

Now that you’ve got some inspiration going, it’s your turn to join in the fun! All of our monthly challenges are worth points towards a superfun prize! Check out the rewards system and see what you can win just for playing along! Keep track of what you’ve completed in the November Challenge Points Tracking thread so we can get you a reward once the month is over. As always, any questions about this or any of the other monthly challenges can be sent over to the Cookie Jar. :)

Alright, I’ve got to get back to school work and holiday crafting. And I guess I should do my desktop for next month, as well! 😉 Y’all have a great week and a happy Thanksgiving to my US friends! See everyone next week for the last November challenge spotlight! Adios! :)

 

Challenge Spotlight – Color Challenge

Hey everyone and happy Tuesday! Sorry I missed you last week, I was sick something wicked: 101 fever, body aches, chills–the whole nine yards. It’s going around, so I guess that means fall and winter are finally coming to the south, right? Yay, I’m tired of 90 degree days! I’m ready to load up the fireplace, cuddle up in my warm winter pajamas and scrap the nights away! To get you in the fall state of mind, this week I am spotlighting the color challenge hosted by JoyLynn of Blue Heart Scraps and she’s chosen a color palette perfect for the new season! Take a look:

I love the warm, earth tones with the pretty blues for a bit of a cool touch. This is definitely an excellent palette to get you started scrapping some of your new (or old!) fall photos. With a lovely color challenge like this, the ladies in the forum have already gone to town creating some really lovely layouts. If you want some inspiration, you’ve got it!

By chigirl

By missdamsel

By sparkysgirl

If you haven’t started your tracking thread, now is the time to do it! Snag your spot in the November Challenge Points Tracking thread and start keeping track of your completed challenges. Complete enough of our fabulous challenges and earn yourself an even more fabulous prize!  Buffet items and gift certificates–oh, my! We’ve got so many new designers, you’re sure to find something you just can’t live without so make sure you earn some freebies while you scrap!

That’s it for today’s blog; hope y’all have a wonderful week! Hope to see everyone back here next Tuesday before we all get stuffed full on turkey day! (I can’t wait for stuffing–yum!) :)

Challenge Spotlight – Template Challenge #2

To start, I want to take a moment to send well wishes and good thoughts to those being affected and those with family/friends being affected by Hurricane Sandy. To our GS family in the path of the storm, please be safe and keep us updated on your status when you can. We’re thinking of you and we love you!

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This is the last week of October–can’t believe it–so we’re down to the wire and this is my last spotlight of the month! This week I am highlighting a challenge with a freebie: the second template challenge hosted by Rebecca of Twin Mom Scraps! Rebecca has come up with such a cute little template for us to work with; check it out!

I love the circular photo spots and the scalloped edge. Awesome; thank you Rebecca! :) I’m looking through the layouts done with this template and there are just so many beautiful ones! Seriously, you gals have outdone yourselves this time–you’re making it hard for me to pick just three to highlight! Lol! To make it a little easier on myself, I picked some spooky-themed layouts since tomorrow is Halloween! Take a look at these for some inspiration with this template:

By zanthia

By sladd79054

By mamaape

By missdamsel

Ok ok, I know I still highlighted more than my usual three, but these were all awesome layouts, I couldn’t help myself! You all did amazing things with this template, this entire post could just be cool layouts I love! Great LOs, ladies! :)

So TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY to get your challenges completed and tallied up! You must have all your completed challenges tracked in the October Challenge Points Tracking thread! (Yes, I even made that bold for you so you don’t forget to click through and get you points tallied up.)  The challenge rules and rewards are also posted in the points tracking thread, (yep, bold again!) so read up and get your count in for a fabulous reward! If you have any questions about the challenges, leave them in the Cookie Jar and we’ll get it answered just as soon as possible! :)

Alright, that’s it for this week…and this month! I can’t believe it’s about to be November. I guess time flies when life is good! :) Y’all be safe out there, have a great rest of your week, a spooky fun Halloween (can’t wait to see new Halloween layouts in the gallery!), a restful but candy-fueled weekend and I’ll see everyone back here next month! 😉