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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Butterflies in Pastel

Welcome to another
Card Concept Challenge!!
Your entries for the last challenge were ah-mazing!!!!!
Thanks for ALL of the inspiration!!!!!

We have pretty pastels this time!

I started my card by painting some Tim Holtz water color paper with lots of water and my Prima Metallic Accents watercolors. After they dried, I splattered them with the same watercolors, plus some black. 

After the watercolored papers were good and dry, I used my Verve Graceful Butterflies dies and die cut lots of pretty butterflies. I think they turned out GORGEOUS! I die cut white vellum paper to layer under the larger butterflies. You can barely see the vellum layers in the photo. I think the vellum  added a little bit of softness.

I hope I have inspired you to join us here at 
 Each designer chooses a style of card to create.
All of the styles are explained HERE.

Please feel free to use any of these styles we have defined or create your own with a combination of styles. 
My card style today would be considered 

Classy & Elegant:
Shiny finish
Sparkling embellishments
Rich color scheme
Sophisticated sentiments
Layered Testures
Awe & Impress


Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used:
Stamp: Thankful Heart (Simon Says Stamps)
Dies: Graceful Butterflies (Verve)
         Stitched Mat Circles (Lil Inkers)
         Stitched Rectangles (Simon Says Stamps)
Ink: VersaFine Black
Watercolors: Metallic Accents Semi-Watercolor Cakes (Prima)
Paper: 110 White (Simon Says)
            Watercolor Wishes (Lawn Fawn)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Friends Are What Fill Life's Garden!

We're BACK!!!! YAY!!
Welcome to a new season at the

 And look at this GORGEOUS inspiration board that we are starting with!

I fell in love with the beautiful colors! 
So I was inspired to create a card using pink roses, blue flowers, and a background with beautiful neutral colors and texture.

I started by stamping all of the images onto Neenah Desert Storm card stock with Versamark ink. I heat embossed all of the images with SSS white embossing powder.

Next, I colored all of the images with PrismaColor pencils.  I haven't used them in such a long time. I was inspired by all the pretty creations that I have seen people making recently. I really enjoyed using them!

I dry embossed a 4 X 5 1/4 inch of Neenah Desert Storm card stock with a woodgrain embossing folder. Next, I sponged around all of the edges with SSS white pigment ink. I arranged the pretty bouquet after I cut out all of the flowers and leaves with their matching dies. Added a few sequins for some sparkle!

I hope I have inspired you to play here at 
I believe my card style today would be considered 
Classy & Elegant:
Shiny finish
Sparkling embellishments
Rich color scheme
Sophisticated sentiments
Layered Testures
Awe & Impress

All of the styles are explained HERE.
Please feel free to use any of the styles we have defined or create your own with a combination of styles. 

And I am entering my card at the
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used:
Stamp: More Spring Flowers (Simon Says Stamps)
             Friends of Life (Simon Says Stamps)
Dies: More Spring Flowers (Simon Says)
          Friends of Life (Simon Says Stamps)
Ink: Versamark
        White Pigment (Simon Says Stamps)
Coloring: Prismacolor Pencils
Paper: Neenah Desert Storm, Black, Neenah White (Simon Says Stamps)
Other Stuff: Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Cricut?); White embossing powder (SSS)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Paper Sweeties September 2017 Inspiration Challenge

Hello Sweetie fans!!! Welcome to another

Here is our pretty photo inspiration:

Apples are so good this time of year! Maybe that's why they are so popular to share with our school teachers as we begin a new school year. I had so much fun making this card with a school theme. I know it doesn't exactly match the beautiful photo inspiration, but apples are what I saw!

I measured and cut a piece of red card stock to make the school house, then ran it thru a wood grain embossing folder. Next, I used the Paper Sweeties Stand Add On:Cottage Elements stamps to create this cute little school house.

The big apple is from the Home Grown stamp set and matching Sweet CutThe crayons and watercolors were stamped with You Add Color To My Life. The scissors were stamped with the Planner Scissors:Shapes stamp set. The grass and sentiment were stamped with the Tree of Life. They were all colored with Copic Markers.

My card is the perfect example of how the Paper Sweeties stamps are so easy to mix and match with each other!

 I just love this school themed card and I hope you do, too!

And I hope you will join us for the
You could be our next guest designer and win a prize to our store!

Please visit my wonderfully talented
SWEETIE TEAMIES to see some fabulous creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge for August 2017

Hello Sweetie fans!
 We have a NEW Anything Goes Challenge here 
at PAPER SWEETIES starting today!

Isn't this inspiration photo so lovely???

I love pinks and blues together, whether they are pastels or BOLD! As you can see...I chose BOLD!!!

I started by stamping the BIRTHDAY BANNERS with Black Versa Fine ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. After coloring them with Zig markers, I die cut them with their matching BIRTHDAY BANNERS SWEET CUTS.

Next, I worked on the background panel. I used a new technique to me called Shadow Resist Embossing. First, I stamped the word HAPPY with black ink using my Misti tool. (You will need to have the Misti tool for this technique to insure all of the stamping lines up perfectly) Before removing the stamp, I stamped again, using Versamark ink. Then you remove the stamp and replace it slightly below and to the right of the original stamped image, and stamp again with Versamark ink. Apply clear embossing powder and heat set. Then the fun begins!!! Choose a Distress or Distress Oxide ink of your choice and sponge the entire area around your stamped words. You will get this amazing shadow affect around your sentiment! 

My final steps were to add lots of texture to my finished product with Paper Sweetie Cotton Candy SequinsNuvo Crystal Drops, Glossy Accents, Stickles and a little bit of Glimmer Spray!

I hope I have inspired you to play in our
If you need more inspiration, go check out my amazing SWEETIE TEAMIES!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used:
Stamps: Birthday Banners; Happy (Paper Sweeties)
Ink: Versamark, VersamarkFine-Black
Distress Oxide Ink: Broken China
Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers (Ranger)
Paper: Bristol (Strathmore)
Pattern paper: Beach Babe (Pink & Main)
Embossing Powder: Clear (Simon Says)
Embellies: Cotton Candy Sequins(Paper Sweeties)
  Glossy Accents; Crystal Stickles; Shimmer Spritz; Nuvo Crystal Drops-Carnation Pink, Apple Green

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Emboss Resist Shadow Sentiments!

Hello my stampy friends! Hope all is well with you.
It is still SO HOT, that all I did was stay inside and make cards!

I was especially inspired by the


challenge. Here is the card that Ashley Cannon Newell designed for her challenge:
Isn't it adorable?? 
I LOVE this technique, so I just had to try it!

Here is my first card using this technique:


A CAS card using the older stamp set

I made a second card, too.

I used the 

This technique is so much fun and makes such an impact on your card! I love it! I will definitely be using this on a lot of my cards in the future!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I Used:
Stamps: Wonderful Words: Birthday (Paper Trey Ink)
              Celebrate All the Things (SugarPea Designs)
Ink: Smokey Shadow (Paper Trey Ink)
        Green Apple, Hollyhock, Schoolhouse Red, Spring Rain (Simon Says Stamps)
Distress Oxide Inks:Worn Lipstick
Embossing Powder: Clear (Simon Says)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Lawn Fawn Mermaid Fun

Hello my stampy friends! 
It is HOT, HOT, HOT here!!!! Whew!
So all I want to do is stay inside my air conditioned house and play in my craft room!
Sounds delightful, right???

I had so much fun playing with Lawn Fawn's
Mermaid for You  stamp set.

Here is my card:

Here is the inside:

I thought this card suited the current challenge over at 

 Lawn Fawn

What's more fun than swimming in the ocean in the summertime!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used:
Stamps: Mermaid For You (Lawn Fawn)
               Happy, Happy, Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Dies: Mermaid For You (Lawn Fawn)
          Single Stitch Rounded Rectangles (MFT)
Colors: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Ink: Archival Black (Ranger)
       Deep Purple, Key Lime, Catkin, Watermelon (Simon Says)
Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Vintage Photo 

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Hello my stampy friends! Hope you had a great weekend!
My husband and I went to Raleigh this weekend. It was a double pleasure! I went to the Stamp Scrap Art Tour Show  and  we visited our son and his fiancee!
So much fun!!!!
Another highlight of the trip was visiting with Debbie Marcinkiewicz, the owner and creator of Paper Sweeties stamps! She was at the SSAT show! She is such a doll!

When we got home I finished this fun little card that I had started before we left for Raleigh.

I was inspired by this fun sketch challenge at

I die cut my cacti with white Bristol card stock and then colored them by sponging them with Distress inks!
I just love this funny sentiment! 

I hope you have a GREAT week!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I Used:
Stamps: succulents2stamp (Stamps of Life)
Dies: succulents2stamp (Stamps of Life)
          Zig Zag Circles (Sizzix)
          Stitched REctangles (Lil Inkers)
          Scalloped Stitches (SSS)
Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Barn Door,Vintage Photo

Monday, July 3, 2017


Hello my stampy friends!
 I joined in the fun at 

I just loved the sketch, so I had to play!
And here is my card:

I love hummingbirds! I have 4 different feeders in my windows! I just have so much fun watching them. So tiny and pretty! That is why I was so excited when I saw this Humming Along  stamp set by Paper Trey Ink! I had to have it!!!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I Used:
Stamp: Humming Along (Paper Trey Ink)
Inks: Pale Tomato (Hero Arts)
         Lime Green, Avocado,Lead, Stormy (Reverse Confetti)
         VersaFine Black
Embossing Powder: Black Super Fine (Ranger)
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Paper Sweeties July 2017 Inspiration Challenge

Hello everybody! 
Welcome to the newest Anything Goes Challenge here at 
Our patriotic inspiration board is perfect for July 4th!
Do you have any fun plans??

I decided to play with our newest sweetie here at Paper Sweeties-Madison!

Isn't she adorable??? And she is all ready for a some summer fun!

I hope I have inspired you to play!

Please visit my awesome PAPER SWEETIE TEAMIES for more inspiration!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
July guest designer:


Paper Sweeties Stuff I used:
Stamps: Madison
               Somewhere Over the Rainbow
               Love You to Pieces
Sweet Cuts Dies: Madison
                           Somewhere Over the Rainbow