When I go to a blog and see what appears to be an endless list of links it feels overwhelming! What wonderful bit will I miss if I ignore them but where do I start? I too want to share the resources and interesting sites I've found that are a bit different from the mainstream (or local for me!) so I am going to start putting a bit of a description after each one.
Allison's (My Daughter's) Blog
Alpha Stamps (There are always great swaps happening here!)
Apolline a Paris (absolutely enchanting)
Art Chix Studio
Blade Rubber Stamps (London UK and do check out Susie's 1st Floor Flat for blog backgrounds etc)
Bombshell Stamps (edgy retro!)
Folk Art From the Harbor (Primitive stencils)
French Vanilla Home and Garden (A fav decor/gifty store in Victoria)
Karen's Whimsy (Vintage images)
Marianne and Robin's Cards
Retired.. let's do lunch (the sweetest chipboard house kits)
Scrapbook Parade (LSS)
Twisted Papers (Vintage and original images)
Vintage Fashion Library (Incredible resource for pattern art!)
Vintage Valentine Museum
There are hundreds (at least!) of challenge sites. Participating is a great way to see what is happening in all parts of the world, get your own creative spirit rejuvenated, get some feedback on what you are doing and work on your art on a regular basis. Each challenge site has their own rules mostly fairly easy but different among sites so do pay attention if you want to be included in the contests. Have fun!
Community sites mostly also have challenges. These are free sites that you become a member of and from there can participate in a variety of activities, discussions and is a bit like a social network for papercrafters.
Alphabet Challenge Blog
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges
Let's Get Shabby
Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings
The Shabby Tea Rom