Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Big Sale on at 3 Scrappy Boys - New CHA Arrivals & Where to go for a Good Challenge {my weekly blog post at 3 Scrappy Boys}





Collect your coupon here for the President's Day Sale
that EXPIRES at the end of tomorrow (midnight EST)
over at 3 Scrappy Boys!  I would screen-snip it for you
would that it were possible but my computer has DIED
and I am working on a very basic laptop designed for
browsing only, at the minute, with no capabilities beyond
internet, sigh....

There are some BRAND NEW CHA ARRIVALS in
the store too - some of my favourites are already there
- My Mind's Eye, Webster's Pages, Authentique & 
3 Bugs in a Rug to name a few.

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Every Wednesday is my posting day over at the
3 Scrappy Boys blog and this week I gave a shout-out
to several of my favourite challenge sites.  I am copying
and pasting the post here for your interest too!

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Where to Go for a Good Challenge

There are SO many great challenge sites all over the
 internet, providing regular inspiration, fun and prizes too!  
I like to play as often as I can at these types of sites as
 it's a great way to meet and make new online friends,
 find inspirational scrapbookers to follow, and get your 
work and your blog address out and about on
 the internet & just to connect!

So today I am sharing some places for you to bookmark
 or add to your blog roll/Google Reader.  These are FIVE 
of the best challenge sites around, who all award their
 prizes/features by MERIT -  in other words they judge 
the best layouts.  I prefer this to "random draws" because
 I want to constantly improve the quality of my scrapbooking.

Another thing that I always look out for and is important
 to me as an international, is a site that welcomes participants
 from all over the world and is prepared to send their
 prizes out to any destination.

1.  ONCE UPON A SKETCH

This site has a fantastically diverse design team so the
 fortnightly eye-candy is an inspiration in itself, not to 
mention the high-standard of the entries and the 
generous prizes and guest designer positions on offer.

2.  BIRD IS THE WORD

This site also offers fornightly challenges with an OPTIONAL
 sketch as well, but the emphasis of this challenge site is on a 
WORD that you need to use ANYWHERE on your project, for 
example in your title, journaling or written on an embellishment.

3.  THE COLOR ROOM

These colour challenges teach you a different approach 
to putting together a project - through the use of colour. 
This is a great skill to learn and results in highly effective
 pages.  Many well-known scrapbookers participate 
regularly and only five are featured each WEEK.  There 
is also a regular random draw for some sponsored goodies
 but participation is more for kudos than prizes on this site.

4.  BERRY 71 BLEU CHALLENGES

Each month this site has a different inspiration based challenge
 up.  This month the theme is LOVE for example.  Play along
 here each month for a chance to win a BEAUTIFUL 
selection of goodies if you produce the most stellar project!

5.  WEBSTER'S PAGES CHALLENGES

Once a month Webster's Pages challenge you to use one of
 their products in an specific way.  Each month you can find 
full details of the exact challenge up on their blog.  Right now
 one of their brand new lines is IN STORE so get shopping so 
you can join in!

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One WEDNESDAY of  EVERY month I will feature a new 
selection of FIVE challenge blogs, so keep coming back for 
more & adding them to your list!  Once I've supplied you with
 a comprehensive list of "places to play" I'll post some of the 
actual challenges/sketches here to make it even easier for 
you to play along!!

If you do decide to enter at any of my recommended 
sites I would love it if you came back here and left a
 link to your project in the comments section so that I 
can come and take a look! Happy Hump Day!!
Helen



 

7 comments:

Rachael Funnell said...

I think it's GR* that you share your insights on all bits & pieces that others maybe not Quite get sometimes!! (Me included)
So THANKS... ♥

Nadia Cannizzo said...

Thank you Helen! OUAS thinks the same about you too :) Agree with your choices here, all sites I would play along too. Hope you are doing well.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Need to check some of these out!!! Thanks for sharing them Helen!!

Lynnda Hosni said...

Need to check them out!!! Thanks for the heads up my friend!!! Hugs...xoxo

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Love all these sites! :D
Great post! Well written!!!

Marivic (Berry71Bleu) said...

Helen,

You are the best!! Thank you!!

Mitra Pratt said...

DUDE every time you write Happy Hump Day it makes me happy! Yes, I am finally giving some of your posts a second read and peek. I like to make sure I don't miss anything. TOTALLY AGREE on all these places to do challenges...