Saturday, January 6, 2018

Sketchy Saturday with Paper Issues: We Do Give a Crêpe (Carta Bella Welcome Home)


There's nothing sketchy about the January sketch challenge at Paper Issues. I used it to create a page about a restaurant we loved when we were on vacation this summer.

I interpreted parts of the sketch loosely to fit my style, using many of the elements shown on the sketch. I put my page together using Carta Bella's Welcome Home collection, odds and ends from my stash, and a piece of flair from Feed Your Craft.

Here's a look at the sketch:



I hope all of you sketch lovers out there will play along! Add your finished project to the Sketchy Saturday album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by February 4th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Add it Up with Paper Issues: Be-Paws I Love You (Simple Stories Life is Purrfect)


Hi everyone! Are you ready for the first Add It Up challenge of the year at Paper Issues?

There's a chart (see below) of items you can use on your project. Each item has its own point value. If you use multiples of an item, then you can add in even more points! For example, if you use two (2) photos, you'd get 10 points. If you use five (5) patterned papers, you'd get 25 points. Every month your completed project has to reach a certain point value. This month, you have to have between 130-140. My project came in at 136 and was made with Simple Stories Life is Purrfect and the FREE Pawprints on My Heart cut file from the Paper Issues store.

Here's the chart and point values:



I hope you'll give it a try and play along! Link your finished project to the Add It Up album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by February 4th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.
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Monday, December 18, 2017

Holiday Happenings with Paper Issues: Shine (PhotoPlay Paper Happy Hanukkah Mini Kit)


Hi everyone! Can you believe we've reached the last issue of the year at Paper Issues? It's called Holiday Happenings. I used PhotoPlay Paper's Happy Hanukkah Mini Kit to create my page. I paired it with a special edition Hanukkah embellishment kit from Pinkfresh Studio and the dreidel from the 8 Crazy Nights PaperPOP set from the Paper Issues store.

Here's what the issue is all about:
  • Show us pages about the December holidays you celebrate, including your decor (lights, tree, menorah, etc.)
  • Tell us about your favorite holiday gift (either one you received or one you gave).
  • What's on your holiday menu? Do you decorate cookies, make gingerbread houses? Do you have a dish you're known for and your family can't live without?
  • What types of winter activities do you enjoy?
Add your paper projects to the Current Issue album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} group by December 31st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store. Easy, right?

Happy holidays!
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Working Title with Paper Issues: Shiny & Bright Christmas (Simple Stories Very Merry)


It's time for December's Working Title challenge at Paper Issues. This month the challenge is to feature the lyrics or title to a holiday song.


Link your finished project to the Working Title Challenge album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by December 31st to be in the running for a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Try it Tuesday with Paper Issues: You're All Write (Pebbles Forever My Always)


This month's Try it Tuesday challenge at Paper Issues is called Paper Strips Sorted.

It's time to use up your scrappy paper strips, whether they're scraps left over from another project or the decorative manufacturer's trim from the bottom of a piece of paper. 

Suggested ideas include creating a shape like a star, heart or snowflake; die cutting a shape from strips that have been stitched together; paper piecing a cut file or creating a border (as I did), etc. Get creative and have fun!

I cut the paper strip off of the bottom of my background paper (just happened to be decorative), used it as a border and added a bit of machine stitching.

You can play along too! Add your project to the Try it Tuesday album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} group by December 31st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Pinspire Me with Paper Issues: Snow Mountain (Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa)



It's time for the December Pinspire Me challenge at Paper Issues. I used Crate Paper's Snow and Cocoa collection to create my card. Although this collection is from last year, it was so popular it was released again this year with additional embellishments.

Here's a look at this month's beautiful mood board. I was inspired by the non-traditional holiday colors.



Create something based on this piece and post it in the Pinspire Me album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by December 31st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store. If you share your project on Instagram, be sure to use #paperissuespinspireme so we can leave you some love. :)
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Scrap Soup with Paper Issues: Canandaigua (Jillibean Soup Shades of Color)


It's time for December's Scrap Soup challenge at Paper Issues. This is such a fun challenge! You can play along too for a chance to win a gift certificate to the
Paper Issues store.

How does this challenge work? Each month there's a list of items to use as the base of your soup (project). You're welcome to add in anything else you'd like (including more of what's listed), but you have to have at least the minimum ingredients in the recipe.


Link your finished project to the Scrap Soup Challenge album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by December 31st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.
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