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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Card Concept Challenge #


Welcome to another challenge here at the Card Concept!
I just love this photo. I was so totally inspired by the bright autumn colors against the beautiful white cake.  



 Sorry... but I am still loving my Colorful Seasons-Stampin Up Thinlets ! I created my card with this set for our last challenge, as well!!! I die cut two branches and a leaf with white card stock, and used specialty papers to cut some other leaves.



PLUS...the gorgeous Colorful Seasons-Simon Says Stamps stamp set for those beautiful patterned leaves.


I hope I have inspired you to join us for this challenge!
I love seeing all of your beautiful creations!

My card style would be considered a Clean and Layered :
Clean Lines
Lots of Layers
Design papers/Embossing
Clean and Fresh Looking
Some colored images at times
Lots of White Space
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. 

You can join us HERE!



Thanks for stopping by!

Mackie


Stuff I used:
Stamps: Ornate Leaves (Simon Says Stamps)
              Colorful Seasons (Stampin Up)
Dies: Colorful Seasons (Stampin Up)
          Stitched Rectangles ( Simon Says Stamps)
Ink: So Saffron (Stampin Up)
       Orange Slush (Simon Says Stamps)
Specialty Papers: Hobby Lobby

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Card Concept Challenge #79

Welcome to another


I was totally inspired by the luscious cream and silver colors in this Inspiration photo!

 I  wanted to try a technique that I recently saw on a 
Jennifer McGuire - Creative Partial Die Cutting video
 to make my card.






I followed the instructions by Jennifer McGuire and die cut a leaf shape on my card about 2/3 down from the top of the card. Next, I used Versamark ink and stamped some beautiful leaves and heat embossed them with Nuvo Silver Moonlight Embossing Powder. One of the leaves was cut with silver foil paper. I then placed them on the leaf shape that I had cut out on the top panel. Watch Jennifer's video if this isn't making any sense! Haha!


I  added Nuvo Silver Lining Crystal Drops and a silver bow tied with silver string to complete my card!

The gorgeous leaves and sentiment are from my Stampin Up Colorful Season stamp set and matching Thinlits.  If you do not have this set...I STRONGLY recommend it!!! 


I hope I have inspired you to join us here at 
THE CARD CONCEPT CHALLENGE !!
 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:
Polished
Shiny finish
Sparkling embellishments
Rich color scheme
Sophisticated sentiments
Regal
Sweeping
Dramatic
Monochromatic
Layered Testures
Awe & Impress


HAPPY STAMPING!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mackie

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Live Joyfully

It is October 1!!! 
Can you believe it????
So that means it is time to start a new 
Anything Goes Inspiration Challenge 
here at PAPER SWEETIES!!


Here is our Inspiration Photo:


I just love the colors in this photo!

 And here is my card:


As soon as I saw the photo I thought of this Paper Sweeties stamp set-THANKFUL. I love the pumpkin and flowers in this set! I stamped the images with black Archival ink onto some watercolor card stock. I colored the images with my Zig Clean Color markers and Distress inks. After coloring the images, I fussy cut them out. I didn't use their matching Sweet Cut dies, because I didn't want a white edge around them.


I added some pretty pattern paper banners to the upper left corner of the card base. I ink smeared the lower right corner with Carved Pumpkin distress ink. When it was dry, I stamped the sentiment. The sentiment is from the beautiful  KINDNESS MATTERS  stamp set. The final touch was to add some beautiful Paper Sweetie sequins!

I hope I have inspired you to play with us! You could be our next Guest Designer and win a $25 gift card to the Paper Sweeties Shoppe!


And please remember to visit my super talented
PAPER SWEETIE TEAMMIES!


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 
THE CARD CONCEPT CHALLENGE !!
 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:
Polished
Shiny finish
Sparkling embellishments
Rich color scheme
Sophisticated sentiments
Regal
Sweeping
Dramatic
Monochromatic
Layered Testures
Awe & Impress

HAPPY STAMPING!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mackie

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:
Polished
Shiny finish
Sparkling embellishments
Rich color scheme
Sophisticated sentiments
Regal
Sweeping
Dramatic
Monochromatic
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!
Mackie


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
ANYTHING GOES INSPIRATION CHALLENGE!
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!
Mackie







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
ANYTHING GOES Challenge here at PAPER SWEETIES!
If you need more inspiration, go check out my amazing SWEETIE TEAMIES!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mackie

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