PM-DC_badgeHowdy everyone! This Summer has been pretty busy, hasn’t it? Well, Kris and I, and now Kerry had a bit of a discussion earlier in the week and I’ve decided that after TWO YEARS we’ve done the best we could and it’s time to close down the DigiChallenge.

As you can see, we didn’t have any players last round, and it’s been pretty difficult to get people to play along on a consistent basis. To top it off, I’ve been really busy with my new small business, Kerry is back to work full time and Kris is focusing on other creative outlets right now, so, it just made sense to part ways on this one.

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who’s played along with us over the 52 challenges we’ve held. I hope that you’ve learned a lot and been inspired along the way. If you want to see our past winners, they’re all posted on Pinterest on the Winner’s Boardand all the challenges are on the Pixel Maven’s DigiChallenge Board.

Thanks again, everyone – it’s been fun!

~Nicole

Welcome to a new PMDC challenge! PMDC-052 is a sketch challenge with lots of possibilities…

Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge (PMDC-052) Color challenge runs 8/28/14 - 9/8/14. Play along with us at www.pmretreat.com/pmdc @PMRetreat #pixelmaven #mydigitalstudio

The DT definitely had their own thoughts on where to go with this detailed sketch. I love that we can go with any color scheme – that always changes up the whole look!

Kris Kilcoyne - design team member at Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge - for PMDC-052

Kris Kilcoyne

 

By Nicole Watt for Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge (PMDC-052); 8/29/14 - 9/8/14. Play at www.pmretreat.com/pmdc;  @PMRetreat #pixelmaven #stampinup

Nicole Watt

Kerry Willard-Bray - design team member at Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge - for PMDC-052

Kerry Willard-Bray

Let’s review the rules!

Rules:

  1. This is primarily a digital design challenge, but we don’t discriminate, so if you’re more comfortable with traditional paper, or a hybrid design, we welcome that too! Design team members use Stampin’ Up! products including My Digital Studio software and Stampin’ Up! digital downloads and other Stampin’ Up! products, but you’re more than welcome to use your choice of design software and papercrafting stamps and elements.
  2. Use the challenge sketches or color palettes to create your choice of scrapbook pages, cards, tags… then upload them to the list (below).
  3. Note, that for sketch challenges the sketches will usually be displayed as 4.25×5.5, but you can scale those up to 8.5×11 8×8 or 12×12, etc.
  4. The only other rule is to have fun and stretch those creative muscles!

Submission specifics:

  • Submissions close at Midnight on the second MONDAY of a challenge period, giving you 11 days to create and submit your entry. This challenge will end at midnight on MONDAY, September 8th.
  • Enter as many times as you like.  When uploading with the Linky Lists tool, make sure you put your name in the caption/title area (last name not necessary), and provide an email address. Email addresses will not be published, but are sometimes used to notify challenge winners. In order to enter more than once, the URL needs to be unique, so link directly to the individual blog post, or individual picture if you’re using SplitCoast. If you have an open Facebook page (like a business page) you can use that URL, or you can even upload pictures to a PINTEREST board and link to the picture!
  • THREE design winners will be selected – all by the Design Team.
  • Winners will be notified via blog post the WEDNESDAY after the challenge closes.
  • Winners earn the right to display a custom Pixel Maven’s DigiChallenge Badge and their designs will be uploaded to this Pinterest Board!
  • Add our players badge to your blog (grab the code over on the right), and don’t forget to tell all your friends to play along!

So, what are you waiting for? Time to Get Your Pixel… and Paper On!



Happy Hump Day! We’ve reached the end of another DigiChallenge, and time to talk winners. Sad to say that there was only one player this time around – maybe we’re all just too busy with the new school year? Well, this school bus driver and Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator surely had her A-game on for her design! It truly is an A+++++++!

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Anita K.

Isn’t this just fantastic? You can click on the design to stop by and tell Anita how much you love this take on this week’s challenge. Or, you can pin it on your Pinterest boards – this is one to CASE for sure! You can find Anita’s design on our Winner’s Pinterest Board too :)

Way to go Anita – don’t forget to pick up the badge code to display on your blog! (It’s over there on the right…)

We hope to see more players for the next challenge starting on Friday – it’s a new sketch!

Calling all Design Mavens! It’s time for another color challenge here at Pixel Maven’s Retreat! This week Kris, Kerry and I have a fun color combo with a bit of a twist! Since we’re encouraging traditional designs as well as digital designs you get to pick which shade of pink you’ll use – Primrose Petals is still available in MDS and Melon Mambo is, of course a current Stampin’ Up! color!

Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge (PMDC-051) Color challenge runs 8/15/14 - 7/25/14. Play along with us at www.pmretreat.com/pmdc @PMRetreat #pixelmaven #mydigitalstudio

Here’s some Design Team inspiration to get you started:

Kerry Willard-Bray - design team member at Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge - for PMDC-051

Kerry Willard-Bray

 

Kris Kilcoyne - design team member at Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge - for PMDC-051

Kris Kilcoyne

By Nicole Watt for Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge (PMDC-051); 8/15/14 - 8/25/14. Play at www.pmretreat.com/pmdc;  @PMRetreat #pixelmaven #stampinup

Nicole Watt

Let’s review the rules!

Rules:

  1. This is primarily a digital design challenge, but we don’t discriminate, so if you’re more comfortable with traditional paper, or a hybrid design, we welcome that too! Design team members use Stampin’ Up! products including My Digital Studio software and Stampin’ Up! digital downloads and other Stampin’ Up! products, but you’re more than welcome to use your choice of design software and papercrafting stamps and elements.
  2. Use the challenge sketches or color palettes to create your choice of scrapbook pages, cards, tags… then upload them to the list (below).
  3. Note, that for sketch challenges the sketches will usually be displayed as 4.25×5.5, but you can scale those up to 8.5×11 8×8 or 12×12, etc.
  4. The only other rule is to have fun and stretch those creative muscles!

Submission specifics:

  • Submissions close at Midnight on the second MONDAY of a challenge period, giving you 11 days to create and submit your entry. This challenge will end at midnight on MONDAY, August 25th.
  • Enter as many times as you like.  When uploading with the Linky Lists tool, make sure you put your name in the caption/title area (last name not necessary), and provide an email address. Email addresses will not be published, but are sometimes used to notify challenge winners. In order to enter more than once, the URL needs to be unique, so link directly to the individual blog post, or individual picture if you’re using SplitCoast. If you have an open Facebook page (like a business page) you can use that URL, or you can even upload pictures to a PINTEREST board and link to the picture!
  • THREE design winners will be selected – all by the Design Team.
  • Winners will be notified via blog post the WEDNESDAY after the challenge closes.
  • Winners earn the right to display a custom Pixel Maven’s DigiChallenge Badge and their designs will be uploaded to this Pinterest Board!
  • Add our players badge to your blog (grab the code over on the right), and don’t forget to tell all your friends to play along!

So, what are you waiting for? Time to Get Your Pixel… and Paper On!



Great Job Everyone!! You rose to the challenge and we had more participants than DT members this week!!! Let’s keep it up for Friday, ok?!

But, before we get to that, how about recognizing some great designs as winners for this week :)

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Carol P.

Maureen R.

Lisa B.

Please help congratulate this week’s winners – you can click on their designs to go to their post and leave a comment! Fantastic work, ladies! Don’t forget to pick up your badge and display it proudly! Thanks for the inspiration :D

We’ll have a new challenge for you on Friday – it’s a color challenge with a bit of a twist. Remember, you can do digital, hybrid or traditional designs, so we’d love to have you play along! See you soon!

Welcome Back! It was nice to take a little break, and now that we’re all caught up from Inspire. Create. Share., the PMDC Design Team is energized!

Kris and I are happy to announce that we’ve added another stellar designer to our Design Team – Kerry Willard-Bray from Peonies & Paper Chains!

kerry

Kerry’s crazy for home decor and other DIY projects which, as you’ll find out, she likes to use MDS for a lot! She has been one of our most frequent players, and as someone that Kris and I have known for a while, it just made sense to ask her if she wanted to join our team! She’s a Paper and a Pixel Maven too!!!

Soooooo – for all you lurkers out there – please don’t let the DT outnumber you! Jump into the fray and have some fun with our challenges!

Yes, it’s a “digi challenge”, but if you’ve read the rules, you know that you can do hybrid designs (Kerry likes those a lot!), or just play along with all your traditional paper-crafting stuff! To reinforce that flexibility, we’ll always feature a traditional paper design as DT inspiration. Since she’s new, I gave Kerry the honors to pick which she wanted, and she said she’d start off with a traditional design…

This week we’ve got a sketch – it’s fun, and definitely flexible. What will you make with it?

Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge (PMDC-050) Color challenge runs 8/1/14 - 8/11/14. Play along with us at www.pmretreat.com/pmdc @PMRetreat #pixelmaven #mydigitalstudio

Here’s our inspiration!

Kris Kilcoyne - design team member at Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge - for PMDC-050

Kris Kilcoyne

Kerry Willard-Bray - design team member at Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge - for PMDC-050

Kerry Willard-Bray

By Nicole Watt for Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge (PMDC-050); 8/1/14 - 8/11/14. Play at www.pmretreat.com/pmdc;  @PMRetreat #pixelmaven #stampinup

Nicole Watt (Facebook Timeline Cover)

Rules:

  1. This is primarily a digital design challenge, but we don’t discriminate, so if you’re more comfortable with traditional paper, or a hybrid design, we welcome that too! Design team members use Stampin’ Up! products including My Digital Studio software and Stampin’ Up! digital downloads and other Stampin’ Up! products, but you’re more than welcome to use your choice of design software and papercrafting stamps and elements.
  2. Use the challenge sketches or color palettes to create your choice of scrapbook pages, cards, tags… then upload them to the list (below).
  3. Note, that for sketch challenges the sketches will usually be displayed as 4.25×5.5, but you can scale those up to 8.5×11 8×8 or 12×12, etc.
  4. The only other rule is to have fun and stretch those creative muscles!

Submission specifics:

  • Submissions close at Midnight on the second MONDAY of a challenge period, giving you 11 days to create and submit your entry. This challenge will end at midnight on MONDAY, August 11th.
  • Enter as many times as you like.  When uploading with the Linky Lists tool, make sure you put your name in the caption/title area (last name not necessary), and provide an email address. Email addresses will not be published, but are sometimes used to notify challenge winners. In order to enter more than once, the URL needs to be unique, so link directly to the individual blog post, or individual picture if you’re using SplitCoast. If you have an open Facebook page (like a business page) you can use that URL, or you can even upload pictures to a PINTEREST board and link to the picture!
  • THREE design winners will be selected – all by the Design Team.
  • Winners will be notified via blog post the WEDNESDAY after the challenge closes.
  • Winners earn the right to display a custom Pixel Maven’s DigiChallenge Badge and their designs will be uploaded to this Pinterest Board!
  • Add our players badge to your blog (grab the code over on the right), and don’t forget to tell all your friends to play along!

So, what are you waiting for? Time to Get Your Pixel… and Paper On!



Happy Convention Week! I’m a bit behind because of this nasty cold that decided to take over my body, but I’m turning around fast and will be ready for all our Inspire.Create.Share. festivities that kick off tonight! So, we’ve got some winners from our most recent DigiChallenge that I think you’re really going to like!

But, before we get to the winners, I just wanted to let you know that Kris and I are taking a bye this week and will resume with PMDC-050 in two weeks. We all need a break from time to time!

Here’s this week’s winners!

PM-DC_1stclass

Carol P.

Maureen R.

 

Congratulations, and don’t forget to pick up the badge code off to the right! Join Kris and I for PMDC-050 that will start on AUGUST 1st! It’s a milestone challenge, so I’m guessing we’ll have some special incentives for you to play along!!!

Happy 4th of July! I’m sure you are too busy celebrating today to spend time with our new color challenge, but the good news is that it’s just starting today, so you’ve got until next Monday (July 14th)! Since we’ll be past all the patriotic stuff, how about a nice pastel combo for a Summer-y design?

Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge (PMDC-049) Color challenge runs 7/4/14 - 7/14/14. Play along with us at www.pmretreat.com/pmdc @PMRetreat #pixelmaven #mydigitalstudio

We’ve definitely got two different takes on the design to give you some ideas on how to use these colors:

Kris Kilcoyne - design team member at Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge - for PMDC-049

Kris Kilcoyne – Facebook Cover

By Nicole Watt for Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge (PMDC-049); 7/4/14 - 7/14/14. Play at www.pmretreat.com/pmdc;  @PMRetreat #pixelmaven #stampinup

Nicole Watt

Rules:

  1. This is primarily a digital design challenge, but we don’t discriminate, so if you’re more comfortable with traditional paper, or a hybrid design, we welcome that too! Design team members use Stampin’ Up! products including My Digital Studio software and Stampin’ Up! digital downloads, but you’re more than welcome to use your choice of design software and papercrafting stamps and elements.
  2. Use the challenge sketches or color palettes to create your choice of scrapbook pages, cards, tags… then upload them to the list (below).
  3. Note, that for sketch challenges the sketches will usually be displayed as 4.25×5.5, but you can scale those up to 8.5×11 8×8 or 12×12, etc.
  4. The only other rule is to have fun and stretch those creative muscles!

Submission specifics:

  • Submissions close at Midnight on the second MONDAY of a challenge period, giving you 11 days to create and submit your entry. This challenge will end at midnight on MONDAY, July 14th.
  • Enter as many times as you like.  When uploading with the Linky Lists tool, make sure you put your name in the caption/title area (last name not necessary), and provide an email address. Email addresses will not be published, but are sometimes used to notify challenge winners. In order to enter more than once, the URL needs to be unique, so link directly to the individual blog post, or individual picture if you’re using SplitCoast. If you have an open Facebook page (like a business page) you can use that URL, or you can even upload pictures to a PINTEREST board and link to the picture!
  • TWO design winners will be selected – both by the Design Team.
  • Winners will be notified via blog post the WEDNESDAY after the challenge closes.
  • Winners earn the right to display a custom Pixel Maven’s DigiChallenge Badge and their designs will be uploaded to this Pinterest Board!
  • Add our players badge to your blog (grab the code over on the right), and don’t forget to tell all your friends to play along!

So, what are you waiting for? Time to Get Your Pixel… and Paper On!



 
 
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