Monday, July 26, 2010

Sketch Challenge - Week of July 26th

I am taking a break this month from the usual "Me Challenges" I've been hosting. I was blog hopping and found this AMAZING sketch by fabulous sketch artist, Julie Bonner. I am so in love with this sketch that I just had to share it with you all and challenge you to use it too!



So, USE this sketch however you'd like and link up your project on our message board (www.paperposies.ning.com) by 11:59 PST Sunday night, August 1st to be eligible to win a fantastic Paper Posies prize! HAVE FUN!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ScrapBingo Challenge (Week of July 19th)

This week's challenge is hosted by July's Guest Designer, Benita Lundgren. It's a fun one!



Pick a row down or across and you have to use every decoration stated in that row and NOTHING else on the bingo card - BUT, you can use other decorations that are not listed on the bingo card.

Benita's take on the challenge:


You have until Sunday, July 25th, at 11:59 PST to upload this challenge to the gallery at www.paperposies.ning.com to be eligible for July's Challenges Prize. Have fun!

Sneak Peeks of August's Kit

Today's the 20th and that means SNEAK PEEKS of next month's kit!!!! This kit is so bright and summery - I've just LOVED working with it!

A sneak from myself:

A sneak from Sonda:

Some sneaks from MaryAnn:



Do you have any guesses as to what this month's kit might contain? Please share those guesses with us!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

More Inspiration Using Your July Kit - Mini Album by Benita

Isn't this just too cute?!






Come on over to www.paperposies.ning.com and show us what YOU'VE been creating!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What are you doing with your July PP kit?

I'm just dropping in really quick to share another page I did with the July Paper Posies kit... I haven't decided if my favorite part of this kit is the OA papers or the Paperie Chipboard letters. Both I love, but I mostly love how all the products work together so wonderfully!

I printed out some 2x3 pictures I took with my iphone of a quick dh and I took to Chicago a couple of months ago. I LOVE Chicago! The whole "memories" theme of the paper and tags worked perfectly for accenting this page too. And since the trip was about seeing a concert, I covered one of the chipboard tickets in patterned paper to use as a journaling tag :)




So what layouts or projects are YOU using the July kit on? Stop on by the Paper Posies forum and gallery and share them with us!

Getting to Know July Guest Designer, Benita Lundgren

Please join me in welcoming July's Guest Designer, Benita! It has been a pleasure to have her join us this month in sharing some of her lovely work with us! How gorgeous is this layout!!


You can see more of Benita's designs and the rest of the fabulous Design Team in the Paper Posies Design Team Gallery. Go see what these girls have been up to this past month. ;)

Hi everyone,
My name is Benita Lundgren and I live in Sweden with my childhood sweetheart and a bunch of furbabies.
I am home fulltime due to a disability and that means lots of time to scrap. I started with cardmaking 4 years ago and shortly after that I tried layouts and altering and I love it all. I love making cards and layouts in different shapes. I was so happy when Michele asked me to be Guest designer for Paper Posies. Thank you so much for this opportunity.




Thanks again for joining us, Benita, and sharing your talent with us!

Stay tuned for more inspiration from Benita (and other DT members) using July's kit!

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Monday Challenge

It's time for another Monday Challenge!

If you're following along with me this year, you'll know that I'm taking my challenges from Elizabeth Kartchner's 52 More Scrapbooking Challenges. Each month I pick a challenge from a new challenge. This month we're in the last chapter, "Photo Fun." There were a lot of fun options in this section, but I chose #47 (p. 146),

Highlight - don't hide - an imperfect shot

I'll admit that I was a little nervous about this challenge. I have plenty of imperfect photos, but they tend to be a little difficult to scrap sometimes. When I'm scrapping these photos I usually try and keep the page a little simpler, with lighter embellishments so I don't overpower the photos. That's just me and how I work. You may be different.

Elizabeth gives some hints on how to scrap these photos. She suggests camouflaging the photo with a corner accent, other elements such as a title or even layering another photo.

For my page I chose to use a set of pictures of my youngest son and his buddy. They were taken about eight years ago before we got our digital camera. They were a little dark and fuzzy, quick snapshots. I originally had four photos, but I eliminated one and decided to work with three. I used the April 2010 kit and originally put it all on a kraft background. When that just wasn't working I just pulled everything up and put it on a white background. Somehow that made a big difference. It lightened up the page, I believe. :) It's not my favorite layout ever, but I'm okay with putting it in my album and calling it done!

Here it is:


Your challenge is to scrap some "not so perfect" photos you've put aside. Pick a Paper Posies kit (any kit, past or current will do) and get busy! Load up your creation in the gallery and link us to it on the challenge thread in the PP forum. You have until next Sunday, July 18th at midnight PST to participate.


Have fun!
-Mary Ann

Monday, July 5, 2010

Monday Challenge Week 7/5-7/11

Hi Everyone!
I'm here to share with you a fun challenge using the lace cardstock included in your kit! It's time to do something DIFFERENT with this fabulous product!
First I'm going to show you how to use the back side of the lace cardstock as a mask on your layout. Place the lace cardstock upside down on top of your project or paper. Hold firmly. Rub ink all over the on top making sure to get ink in all the openings. Be careful not to bend the paper. Use can use many items to apply your ink (sponge, cotton ball, brush, etc...) or apply it directly if you want a darker shade. The best part...the front side, which is pink, will still be usable! :) Here's my layout:



And here's a quick card I created using the same technique only this time I sprayed glimmer mist. You could use many different spray products as well.



Second, I want to challenge you to embellish the front side of the lace cardstock! Be creative and add some sparkle, shine or anything else you can imagine. You could use paint, stickles, glitter, pearls, etc.. You can even change the color if you prefer. Here's my layout using stickles on top of the lace cardstock:



Now for the fun part!!! Who wants a chance to win a prize??? Well, then grab your favorite Paper Posies Kit and go get creative!! Projects for this challenge are due by next Sunday night, July 11th, at midnight PT. Please upload your image to the gallery and tag it with Lace Cardstock Challenge.

HAVE FUN!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Tombow/Paper Posies Team-Up and Giveaway

We have recently done a team-up with Tombow USA. The Tombow Design Team girls have been creating some AWESOME stuff using Paper Posies July kits (check out their blog here: http://blog.tombowusa.com/) and the Paper Posies girls got to use some of the wonderful Tombow products on their creations (check out our DT gallery.)

Just to highlight a few of their many creations...

Old Fashioned Picnic Invitation by Tombow DT member, Marie:


A Ticket Box by Tombow DT member, Sarah:


A Thank-You Card by Paper Posies DT member, Shemaine:


A Prayer Journal by Paper Posies DT member, Sonda:


The Tombow products we were given to use include: Dual Brush Pens, Adhesive Dots, Adhesive Roller, Vellum Adhesive, Power Bond Adhesive, Permanent or Repositionable Liquid Glue, Aqua Liguid Glue, and Metal Liquid Glue. Let me just say, these products are FABULOUS!

Tombow has generously offered to host a giveaway of some of their awesome products:

Leave us a comment for your chance to win!

You can find Tombow here:
Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com
Website: www.tombowusa.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tombowusa

Hope you enjoyed seeing all the inspiration using Paper Posies' July kits combined with Tombow products!