Sunday, 15 January 2017

Welcome to our January guest ...

Our first guest for 2017 is Laura Mora from Italy with her delightful take on our inspiration image for January.

Looking at the picture inspiration for this month, I immediately thought of having to enter the real sand in my layout. I sewed a simple transparent plastic bag with fuse tool and I have placed the sand inside. Lined paper with the tracing paper rays is very 'summer'.

Hi! I'm Laura. I live in Italy, I'm 24, I discovered scrapbooking at eighteen, although I always messed around with the paper since childhood.

My element is the paper, I like to collect all kinds of paper that has paper for scrapbooking or gift bags if it has a beautiful design or texture I have to buy it!

Here is my blog - http://unraccontofattoamano.blogspot.it/


Here are a few of my favourite pages:


Thank you so much for guesting with us this month Laura. It has been such a pleasure having you join us. 

Everyone has until the end off the month to play along with our Pixels and Paper challenge. We'd love to see your Summer theme entries based on this image.






Sunday, 8 January 2017

December winners ...

Thank you to those who joined in with us during December and our final challenge for 2016.

We were working from this photograph for our Christmas, Pets or Christmas Pets challenge.
Unfortunately we had a number of entries in December who did not qualify for inclusion in our prizes - please remember we only accept combining our challenge with a sketch challenge.  Please check out our RULES if in doubt.

Our MAIN winner for December is #11 Jannike

We would like to invite #7 Nana (aka Donna) to guest with us in February.

Ladies, please email me @ jjjustjane@bigpond.com with your details

Please pop back on the 15th when we introduce you to our guest designer for this month.

And don't forget you have until the end off the month to play along with us with our Summer challenge. We'd love to see how you are inspired by our photograph this month !! 

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Welcome to 2017 ...

Welcome to 2017 - may this year be wonderful, filled with fun, family, good health and lots and lots of crafting !



Just a little housekeeping before we get started with our first challenge and some general information for those who aren't familiar with how things work around here.  

This year we will have two main prize packs - one will be selected by Creative Team vote but due to the high cost of international postage it will only be available to Australian/NZ entrants.  The other prize is purely by random draw and available to everyone regardless of country of residence - so anyone could be a winner, no matter your style or your level of experience.  We will also offer one lucky entrant a chance to guest with us for the following month.

Our monthly inspiration will normally go up on the 1st of the month and winners will be announced on the 8th of the month so please if you entered in the previous month do check and see if you are a winner - so many prizes were forfeit last year purely because they remained unclaimed.  Our guest designer will be introduced on the 15th and then on the 22nd of the month we introduce "Focus On' where one of our Creative Team will highlight a product, technique or tool they particularly like to use - you will need to pop in on the 22nd of each month to see what we have to show you.

We accept any form of papercrafting and digital entries are welcomed and encouraged.  All entries must be new for this challenge and no back-linking please.

  You may combine with a sketch challenge only - no other combining will be accepted. Please include our inspirational picture as well as provide a link back to Pixels and Paper on your blog post and don't forget to tell us how you were inspired. International submissions are welcome. Please read our RULES for further information.

And now our very first challenge for 2017 ...

January is our middle month of Summer and traditionally vacation time here in Australia.  The kids are out of school and very many of us head to the coast for family holidays or visit our local beach for days of sun, surf and sand.

CRITERIA - A SUMMER theme

What inspires you from our photograph?  It is the ocean waves, the sand, children playing contentedly or the bright happy colours of summer in their clothing?  Are you more drawn to the blue of the ocean or the gold of the sand?  Does this image remind you of sun filled vacations or time spend at the beach or in your own backyard pool?

Team inspiration ...

ELAINE
 My summer themed layout features my Granddaughter Amber enjoying the beach.

SHAZZA

Drawn to the ocean colours ..

KAREN
I took inspiration from the beach scene. For me, summer and the beach go hand in hand! I'm making a mini album about my recent trip to Rockhampton and this page features some photographs of the main beach at Yeppoon.

PHILLIS
I was inspired by the girls and the flowers. So I used an old photo of my daughter and used flowers for my embellishments.

REBECCA
I made my own stencil to make the clouds.

DI

The crashing waves, vivid colours and the pose of one of the children drew me towards my photo selection this month. An idyll hour at one of my local beaches was spent taking shots of a couple of pelicans as they continually flew and landed oblivious to everything else that was going on. One of the landing poses reminded me of Tai Chi movements. To the background papers, I added stamping, alcohol inked strips of paper and diecuts. 

LYNNE
The inspiration photo made me think of the peaceful feeling I get being near water; I used a photo I took of a heron at our local park late this past summer.

JANE
Inspired by the basic colour scheme and the idea of summer in a waterside location.

Hope you can come and join in with us this month ...

Please upload your entry to the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on January 31st.

We can't wait to see your summer themed pages.

Please come back on the 8th when we will announce our winners for December.









Thursday, 22 December 2016

Merry Christmas ...

A very Merry Christmas to everyone who played along with us here on Pixels and Paper Challenge Blog during 2016. We hope you have a wonderful festive season - please stay safe, recharge those batteries and come join us again in 2017 for more fantastic inspiration and challenge fun.  


Shazza Bishop - Australia

Rebecca Daly - Canada

Lynne Joncas - Canada


Di Hasthorpe - Australia

Jane Howden - Australia

Elaine King -  UK

Karen Brierley - Australia

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Say Hi to our December guest ...

This month we welcome Gocchi from Japan with her take on our inspiration image for December.

I imagined it from a warm and happy photograph spent with Santa and used a photo of smiling face of a son who brings happiness like Santa. Red, green, white, gold ... I made interlaced with the classic colors of Christmas that is also used in the inspiration photo. Santa is coming to my son on riding reindeer's sled ….

 Hi! I’m Gocchi. I live in Japan together with my husband, our son. About three and a half ago, I was introduced to my friends and encountered scrapbooking. So, I was crazy about it. I love to make works with pictures of my son and family. And I love the time to see my work with my family and talk about the day the photo together. I’m honoured to be chosen me as a guest designer for Pixels and Paper. Thank you!

My blog is here. → http://chocolog-gocchi.blogspot.jp/


And here are two of my favorite works. 



Thank you so much for guesting with us this month Gocchi. Your work is just delightful - I especially love how bright and cheerful your pages are. 

Everyone has until the end off the month to play along with our Pixels and Paper challenge. We'd love to see you Christmas, Pets or Christmas Pets challenge.










Sunday, 11 December 2016

November winners ...

Thank you for joining in with us in November with all your touches of gold.

We were working from this photograph ...

Our criteria is GOLD - use it a lot, use it sparingly ... just so long as you have some on your entry.

While our main monthly prize is selected by creative team vote, one of our monthly prizes is completely done via random draw so anyone, regardless of style or years of experience can be a winner here on Pixels and Paper - you just need to have an entry in :)

Our MAIN winner for November is #8 Helene

We would like to invite #4 Laura to guest with us in January and will send her a small prize for her efforts.

and our random draw winner is #2 Mandy

Ladies, please email me @ jjjustjane@bigpond.com
 with your address and I will make sure your prize gets away to you.

Please pop back on the 15th when we introduce you to our guest designer for this month.

And don't forget you have until the end off the month to play along with us with our  Christmas / Pets challenge. We'd love to see how you are inspired by our photograph this month !! 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

It's December ....

and it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and you guessed it - that's our theme this month with a difference, you can also include your furry and feathered friends.








CRITERIA - Christmas and/or Pets and if you are extra clever  ... Christmas Pets 

SHAZZA


Our naughty dog Duke, is definitely on Santa's naughty list this year!!

LYNNE
I was inspired by the warm Christmas colours and the sweet pets; this is my Zoe having a nap in the middle of my Christmas village!

PHILLIS
I liked the red poinsettias and the red bulbs on the tree. I used red flowers on my page also, plus some red, white and green buttons

ELAINE
For me my immediate inspiration was the gorgeous dogs all looking hopeful. I am the owner of three dogs so I knew straight away that I would be using a picture of one of them in front of the fire. It is there favourite place during the winter months. Living in a character cottage, it inspires you to go mad with the Christmas decor and our house usually resembles Santa's grotto! Lol. I used paper from the new Kaisercraft Silent Night collection.

KAREN
I decided to make some Christmas cards. I jumped into my (very small) stash of Christmas-themed products, and came up with... reindeer! Santa's pets, yeah?

DI
 liked the pet/traditional Christmas theme and decided to do a spin on these two subjects. We don't actually have any pets, but our semi-permanent resident tawny frogmouths disappear from about late July and often reappear during the Christmas season. When they come back, there are often youngsters in tow. This is a photo of two of the bubs who were a welcome Christmas surprise.
I've used traditional colours of reds and greens with a smattering of gold and silver. The black background was stencilled with gold ink before I attached the tree shapes and silk ribbons.

REBECCA

JANE
Inspired by the colours and the theme ...
Christmas - it isn't always about the presents, sometimes it is just about the boxes they come in !


NOW IT IS UP TO YOU ...

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry to the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on December 31st.

You are welcome to submit traditional paper layouts, art journals, divided page protectors, smash books, a mixed media canvas. Digital entries are welcomed and encouraged.  All entries must be new for this challenge and no back-linking please.

  You may combine with a sketch challenge only - no other combining will be accepted. Please include our inspirational picture as well as provide a link back to Pixels and Paper on your blog post and don't forget to tell us how you were inspired. International submissions are welcome.

This year we will have two main prize packs - one will be selected by Creative Team vote and the other purely by random draw - so anyone could be a winner, no matter your style or your level of experience.  All these prizes will be available to anyone, no matter your country of residence.  We will also offer one entrant a chance to guest with us for the following month and they will also receive a small prize.

Due to a family vacation our November winners will not be announced until the 11th of December.