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 – 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! :D

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 – 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! :D 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! :D

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! :D 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 – Mini Kit Challenge

Hey, y’all! Hope October is off to a great start for everyone. Let’s jump right into today’s blog! Everyone loves a freebie, right? Well, today I’m spotlighting October’s mini kit challenge hosted by Jennifer of Luv Ewe Designs! This is a FREEBIE challenge, so let all your scrappin’ friends know they can come join us on the challenge fun and snag an awesome mini in the process! The mini Jennifer’s got for us this month is seriously adorable; take a look!

These colors are FABULOUS! The brown, beige and red all go so well together and very fell autumn…y. (Hehe.) I’ve simply got to scrap a cute picture of my niece with this mini! Here’s some inspiration for the forum:

By sladd79054

By hivart

By brenian4ever

Really beautiful pages, ladies. You all showed off the fun patterned papers so well! Love the flower clusters on all three layouts, as well. This is simply a wonderful little mini; thank you for your generosity, Jennifer! Remember, if you have any questions on this or any other challenge, you can drop it off at the Cookie Jar and we’ll get back to you. :)

Now, yes the mini is cuteness defined, but that little freebie isn’t all we’ve got for you! If you complete the mini challenge, post your creation (layout, hybrid–whatever you can dream up!) in the gallery and keep track, you can earn a really great reward depending on how many challenges you complete: one buffet item of your choosing, two buffet items of your choosing or the grand prize (cue the drum roll)…a $5 store gift certificate you can spend on any kit you want! PRETTY sweet deal, if you ask me! Just start your tally in the October Challenge Points Tracking thread and at the end of the month, we’ll tally your challenges up and send you a prize: woot! ^_^ If you haven’t joined us for our monthly challenges before…well, there’s no time like the present! :)

That’s it for this week, all. Make sure you’re getting your challenges done and posted in the gallery so we can ooh and ahh and leave your some love! Have a fantastic week; see y’all next Tuesday! :D

Challenge Spotlight – Template Challenge #1

Happy Tuesday everyone, hope your week is off to a good start. This week I am spotlighting the template challenge for the first half of September hosted by Rachel of Pretty in Green. This freebie challenge only runs for credit through September 15 (although you can snag the template all month long and post your scrap), so I wanted to let you all see the lovely little template Rachel made for us in time to get the challenge completed for credit.

I love a unique template; I like the circular and rectangular photo spots here and just the fun general design. I’ve been poking around in the challenge thread and found some great layouts for inspiration for you…

By altimasport

By rdjrneace

By mamaape

I like how Chris used the center photo space for journaling–great idea, Debbie’s geeky cluster and how April framed the reflection. Awesome pages ladies…and so many more gorgeous pages in the template challenge gallery, as well.

Don’t forget, this template challenge has to be completed and tracked by September 15 to count for credit towards your monthly total. Claim your spot in the September Challenge Points Tracking Thread and keep your tally going to earn some cool prizes at the end of the month. If you have any questions about this or any of our other monthly challenges, head over to the Cookie Jar and ask away.

That’s it for today; have a great rest of your week, everyone, and I will see you all next week.

Challenge Spotlight – Word Art Challenge

Happy Tuesday, y’all! Can you believe it’s already the third week of August?! It’s insanity! School is about to start (woohoo!), summer is fading away (hopefully sooner than later on that one), the new fall lines are out (sorry, I work in fashion)… August is about to be over and here we come, fall! But before I keep rambling and the month ends while you’re reading this, let’s get to the challenge spotlight for this week, shall we? :)

This week I am spotlighting the word art challenge hosted by the ever-lovely Kathy of Kathy Winters Designs! Speaking of August, her word art freebie focuses on just that–the month of August! It’s really pretty and great for any layout…enough talk, let’s see it!

I know, right? It’s flipping awesome! I love the mix of fonts here and the WA just lends itself to being the focal point of all kinds of fabulous layouts. Need some examples of it in action? Thought you’d never ask!

By missdamsel

By Ricki

By mary-lynne

WOW–absolutely love these, ladies! I love Missi’s fun yearbook feel, Ricki’s bright and fruity page and Mary Lynne’s use of the WA as a paragraph title. Seriously fabulous–y’all rock! :D If you want to see your layout here, make sure you’re challenge’ing it up and maybe you’ll be highlighted here next week!

If you haven’t snagged this freebie and started your layout yet…what are you waiting for?! :) Make sure you’re keeping track of all your completed challenge layouts in the August Challenge Points Tracking thread. You can also read up on the rewards system if this is your first month joining in on the challenge fun. And as always, any questions about this or any of the monthly challenges should be directed to the Cookie Jar where a superawesome GS gal will get back to you faster than you can blink! Well…maybe not that fast, but pretty quickly. ;)

The month is more than halfway over, so make sure you get plenty of challenges done in time to get some awesome prizes! That’s it for today–y’all have a great week and I’ll see you back here next week for the last spotlight of the month!–EEP! :) :) :)

Challenge Spotlight – Mini Kit Challenge

Good morning, ladies! Hope everyone’s week is off to a fabulous start! I’m already ready for the weekend LOL. Let’s get straight to my challenge spotlight for this week. Today I’m spotlight a FREEBIE challenge…and isn’t free everyone’s favorite price? ;) This week we’re taking a look at the July Mini Kit Challenge hosted by Kathy of Kathy Winters Designs! I just love Kathy’s designs and this cute mini is no exception. Here’s what she’s got for us this month:

Perfect for July! I love the vintage tones here with the cream and muted blue/red. So pretty! I know you’re got some cute Fourth of July pics you’re dying to scrap–why not start with this adorable little kit?  :)  We’ve already got pages of completed layouts and they’re all fabulous, as usual. Here’s some inspiration from the forum!

By jrmminga

By gwtwred

By Neverland Scraps

Such gorgeous works of art! It was superhard picking which LOs to highlight from all the beautiful pages that has been posted so far! Now let’s see some MORE great scraps! Your turn! :)

There’s a NEW rewards system that started this month,  so read up on the fabulous new goodies we’ve got in store for everyone who participates! You’ll need to keep track of your completed LOs for credit in the July Challenge points tracking thread so the mighty powers that be can get you your reward at the end of the month! There’s a multitude of challenges going on right now,  so check them all out  and jump right in! We love new people and joining in on the challenges is a great way to meet new people and pick up some skills from all the talented ladies we’ve got here at GS! :)

If you have any questions about this or any other challenge, direct them to the Cookie Jar;  someone amazing will answer your question with speed and superknowledge.  :)  Hope y’all have a great rest of the week; see everyone back here next week for another challenge spotlight…now get to scrapping!

Freebie – Daily Download Day#6

Today is Monday!  Yay!  Oh, is it too soon…sorry.  Did you get your holiday cards made yet?  Don’t forget to use the 10% coupon code at Persnickety Prints to save yourself some money!!

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Daily Download Day#5!!

Make sure you check back to see who won the $5 gift certificate for the Layout of the Week!!

Here is today’s link!