Monday, March 31, 2014

Celebrate Good Times - PGCB Turns 2! {blog hop}

Welcome to The Paper Girls Challenge blog hop!

We offer our regular challenges every two weeks on the first and third Mondays of the month.  What do we do in the event there is a fifth Monday in the month?  Why we have a blog hop!

And this is no ordinary blog hop. We Paper Girls just recently celebrated our second anniversary! Happy blogiversary to us!

For our hop today we have created projects that have a Celebration theme and that use either wood veneer or chipboard shapes.

For my part on the hop, I created this very colorful layout of my son's 15th birthday.  Yes - in the Johnson house, we take great care to select a "theme" for birthdays and then go all out.  My son, who is rather creatiave, too,  came up with the balloon banner after looking on Pinterest.

Game time, see if you can spot the items that are used in pairs - to celebrate our Second Birthday at PGCB.

The fabulous store Creative Embellishments is offering a $25 gift certificate to our random winner! Creative Embellishments carries wood veneer shapes, chipboard, and stamps.  They have so many wonderful designs to choose from.  Please give them a big thanks from The Paper Girls over at their blog or facebook page.

And here's the hopping order:
Deborah <<you are here
Michele <<next stop

You have through Friday, April 4th to enter to win the gift certificate.  Good luck!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lucky Charms Challenge {PGCB}

Have you seen the latest challenge over at the Paper Girls Challenge Blog?  This is one of the layouts created by the ever-so-talented Charity.  I love how she used hearts to create the clovers - and she used the Lucky Charms motto:  Magically Delicious!!  Click on her layout below to go to the challenge.

As always, there are prizes to be won!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tiny Sweetheart KLD Blog Hop WINNER

Good morning,

I really hope that you had a fun time hopping with Kiwi Lane Designs - there were so many inspirational projects and seriously the templates are AWESOME.

Today on KLD blog, a winner from the hop will be announced and I also have a winner:

Kristine Ost

"Nice layering and beautiful job. I love the background paper too."

Please email me at scrappin @ q . com and I'll send out your prize package!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Tiny Sweetheart KLD Blog Hop

EEK!!  Its time for a blog hop with one of my all-time favorite companies - Kiwi Lane Designs.  If you have not ordered a set of their templates, you really need to stop procrastinating!  The templates make designing layouts, projects and cards super easy.

You should have arrived here after visiting the ever-so-talented Brittany Morgan - she really has amazing projects!

For this hop, I was lucky enough to work with the Tiny Sweetheart set.  And I used every one of them on the layout below.  In fact, I even layered the shapes.  The templates are very versatile to use and make designing so much fun.

Be sure to play and hop along with us until 11:59 pm MST on Sunday, March 9th.  After that ONE lucky random winner will be chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to Kiwi Lane Shop.  Just make sure that you comment on EACH stop on the hop.  The winner will be announced Thursday, March 13th (lucky 13!!)

Want a chance at some extra goodies?  Then be certain to comment and I’ll select a random winner for some blog hopping goodies and announce on the 13th as well.

Happy Hopping!

Kiwi Lane  <--- starting point

Brittany Morgan  <--- you were just there

Deborah Johnson   <--- that's me!!

Erin Colby  <--- head on over to Erin's blog next

Monday, March 3, 2014

Mosaic Photo Inspiration {PGCB}

Challenge #51 - Photo Inspiration

For this Paper Girls Challenge, use the following photo to inspire your creativity.  I have to admit, I was having a bit of a creative freeze up with this one.  After stewing and thinking and then going for a walk in the rain (yes, it does rain in AZ), I came up with a cute layout.

Here’s the inspiration:

Here’s the layout:

Have a scrap-happy day!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ten Things Team: Brads {Practical Scrappers}

This morning at Practical Scrappers, we share with you several ways to use brads and eyelets.  Probably like most of you, I have so many brads but don't always use them in creative ways so this was a fun challenge.  

I used several different shapes and sizes of brads to create geometrical interest to my layout.  

Materials:  BoBunny paper and brads, Stampin' Up! brads, Creative Embellishments Gears

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Love Themed Projects {SWAT Drill #26}

Thanks for stopping by today, Love is still in the air!  At SWAT, we have several very cute projects to share with you as we continue to celebrate love.  The things that we love, the people we love and the memories we love to cherish and share so artistically.

This is what I love the most - time with my husband on the beach.  Even the photo looks like we're in the spray of the waves - well - that's because a little distressing makes things look so cool!

I hope that you've had a great few weeks with your families and make many loving memories!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentines {Practical Scrappers}

Good morning,

Valentine's Day in only one week away!  I've still got time to make Valentines for the kids, right?  At least I'm no longer making 36 for each cutie pie - the boy likes to give out just a few to his friends and the girl is probably in the same boat now that she's in middle school.

I made this min-album for my sweet Valentine!  I also found a very cool keychain that says "I Pick You!" and is in the shape of a guitar pick ... because he plays guitar.  Yup = I'm that clever.

Have a scrappy-happy day!
Materials used:  Tons of scrappiness from my stash.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Where Did they Go? {NAS #300}

Good morning - the Super Bowl is over - Groundhog's Day is over and its time for a new sketch at Nuts About Sketches.  While I usually stay true to the sketch, this time I needed to move things around a bit and I'm really happy with how my two-pager turned out!  You won't find this on the main blog because I modified it a bit too much.  Be sure to link up your interpretation!

Here's the sketch:

Here's my layout!
Have a fantastic day!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Love Your Love

Love Your Love - Challenge #49 at Paper Girls Challenge Blog

Several of my scrappy friends make just the most wonderful banners and I’ve been a bit hesitant to create my own - but you want to know something - they are not as difficult to create as I had feared.  I’m really enjoying creating banners - I made one for Valentine’s Day for our home and one for my classroom!

Have a scrappy happy day!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

What's B&W and Red all over? {Drill #25 for SWAT}

Happy Birthday to SWAT!!!
Today is Drill # 25 One Year! 
For this challenge, its all about 1! Use one color (your choice) with Black & White as your base.  

Here is an example:
Here is what I created!
Don't forget to link up your creations with us at SWAT!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Pinecone Pizazz {PGCB #48}

Challenge #48 Pinecone Pizzazz

Good morning!  Our challenge at Paper Girls Challenge Blog is to use pinecones somewhere, somehow on your card, layout or other project.  There is quite the variety of projects on our main blog page - so go check them out.  Don't forget, we give away prizes there, too!!!  

For Challenge #48 Pinecone Pizzazz, I created a layout of the kids with these amazingly huge pinecones.  We were tent camping in Idyllwild, CA and went hiking on several different trails.  The kids were amazed at how large these pinecones were - the pinecones are so heavy that they are nick-named "Widow Makers".

Have a scrappy-happy Monday - and don't forget to enter the challenge!

Adore {Nuts About Sketches}

Happy Monday Morning!!

This week’s sketch from Nuts About Sketches is AWESOME!!  Using an 8 x 10" photo and a few embellishments makes for an astounding layout (if I do say so myself).

Very rarely do I get a photo of my honey AND me!

Here's sketch #301:
I decided to rotate the sketch and I really didn't want to put a title on it -or journal just yet - sometimes I need a while to study the photo before I really have the right words.

Have a scrappy happy Monday!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Side Out {S.W.A.T #24}

Happy Saturday!  At SWAT, we have a great new challenge for you - use the sketch provided from Page Maps and add buttons.  Be sure to link up your take the on the challenge ... here’s what I did with the sketch:

Materials used:  Adrianne Looman's "Plum Seed" from Webster's Pages

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January Card Sketch {Practical Scrappers}

This month at Practical Scrappers, we have two sketches for you to "do your thing" with!  I had a great time with the second sketch because after having a garage sale, I found my doilies!!!

Here's the sketch:

Here's my card:

Have a scrappy-happy day!!!

Scrappin Our Stash Blog Hop Winner!!

Good morning - Hope you had fun this weekend on the blog hop!

The randomly selected winner for my blog is:

"Nice layout. I am a new follower - Yvonne"

Yvonne, please email me at scrappin {@} q {dot} com and I will mail out your prize package!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Band - Day and Night {Nuts About Sketches}

Happy Monday Morning!!

This week’s sketch from Nuts About Sketches is a two-pager.  I don’t remember the last time I worked on a two-pager - but this one was truly fun.  The great thing about a two page layout is that you can load up several photos for a beautiful look.

These photos were taken between July, which was the beginning of the marching band season, and November, which was the conclusion of the season.

Here’s the sketch:

Here’s the layout:

Have a scrappy-happy day!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Scrappin Our Stash Blog Hop {Practical Scrappers}

Practical Scrappers - Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

where we are Scrapping our Stash.

CHA is this weekend and that means the industry is putting out all kinds of fabulous new product.  So what better time to kick off our new monthly series of Scrapping our Stash!  A special shout out to the sponsor of today's hop: Kiwi Lane Designs!

I used KLD templates on this layout of my best friend and husband!!! I also used Authentique and several gears from Creative Embellishments.  Have fun hopping and be sure to leave a comment - I have some blog candy to give away!!!

Lissa Mitchell (previous stop)
Deborah Johnson  (you are here!)
Jessica Arrant (next stop)

Now, how to get in on that prize! You can do any or all of the following for up to three entries! 

1) Become a follower here

2) Become a fan on our facebook page

3) Become a fan on the Kiwi Lane facebook page and make sure to tell them we sent ya!

Leave us a comment so that we know what you did!  Entries will close at 11:59 PM EST on Monday night!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Wishful Thinking {PGCB}

Challenge #47 - Wishful Thinking (a start for 2014)

Happy New Year!!!  
Hi Everyone - Deborah here for PGCB in our first challenge of 2014.  I gotta tell you that the Paper Girls are back at it!  They are busy creating amazing artwork while working on a theme.  This challenge is asking you to think about "Wishful Thinking".  That's it!  Your challenge is to interpret our theme of "Wishful Thinking".  Is it a resolution?  Is it a goal you have for the next month or so?  Is it just a bit of daydreaming for you?  Check out what our designers have been wishfully thinking about as we start this new year and enter to win a prize!

Materials:  Creative Embellishments, Kiwi Lane Designs templates, from Wester's Pages - Adrienne Looman's "Plant the Seeds"

Monday, December 30, 2013

New Year Layout {Practical Scrappers}

Good Monday Morning!  At Practical Scrappers today, we are sharing projects that have to do with the new year.  Without a sketch - I created this layout in about 30 minutes - which is fast by my standards!!   Earlier in the week, I hopped along with a bunch of scrappy gal pals who were showcasing their favorite layouts/projects/cards of 2013.  I posted my favorites after hopping because its good to reflect and see where you have been before you move forward.

Welcom 2014 - its a new year with so many possibilities!  

Materials:  My Mind's Eye, Mr. Huey's Misting Inks and sticker letters that have been in the stash for far too long!