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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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Card Concept Challenge

Hello my stampy friends!
Welcome to another challenge here at the 

This will be our last challenge for the summer so we can spend some time relaxing with our friends and family. Then we will be back in September!

Now look at this gorgeous inspiration photo!
I was so inspired by the beautiful roses and those bold black and red colors.

My mom is 90 years old today! 
I am so blessed to still have her in my life.
So I used this inspiration board to create her birthday card.

Mom loves flowers! 
When she was able, you would always find her outside working in her garden, or  inside nurturing her houseplants. Me... I do NOT have a green thumb! My sister got that gene!

I made the background by stamping the roses numerous times and heat embossing them with clear embossing powder. I colored them with alcohol markers. The sentiments were die cut with black glittery paper. I layered the sentiment onto a vellum layer, because they got a little lost!

I think Mom is going to love this card!

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. 

I hope you will join us this week!
You can join us HERE!

Hope you have a GREAT summer!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used:
Stamp:Best Mom Ever (Simon Says)
Dies: Happy Birthday (Simon Says)
         Number of Years (Stampin Up)
Ink: Versafine Black, VersaMark
Alcohol Markers (Spectrum Noir)
Sparkling Crystals Mix (Studio Katia)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Card Concept Challenge # 75-Boldly Graphic

Hello my stampy friends!!! It is time for a new challenge here at the

Bold & Elegant

I was inspired by the beautiful neutrals, the bold graphic design of the chairs and the pop of pink!

Each designer chooses a different style of card to make!
All of the styles are explained HERE.

 This week I chose the Clean and Simple style:
One main image
Lots of open space (uncluttered)
Limited layers & embellishments
Quick & easy to recreate

You can use any of the styles we have defined or create your own with a combination of styles.

I hope you will join us this week!
You can join us HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used:
    Stamps: Floral Bliss (Simon Says Stamps)
    Ink: Barely Beige (Simon Says Stamps); Versa Fine Black
    Water Colors: Metallic Accents (Prima)
                           Starry Colors (Gansai Tambi)
    Watercolor pencils (Prismacolor)
   Die: Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inker's)
   Nuvo Jewel Drops: Grey Mist, Strawberry Coulis
   Nuvo Crystal Drops: Bright Gold, Silver Lining
   Viva Perlen-Pen-Gold

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Paper Sweeties June 2017 Inspiration Challenge

Hello everyone! 
Happy June 1!!! Can you believe the year is already half over????
Where does the time go??? WAY TOO FAST!!!
But I love the summer...heat, humidity, ALL of it!!!

And I love this month's PAPER SWEETIES Inspiration Challenge!

Doesn't our Inspiration Board just SCREAM summertime!!!! 
I love it!

I had lots of fun creating this card. I used lots of different Paper Sweetie stamps and Sweet Cuts.

As you can see, I was inspired by the red gingham check and the cherries!

Our challenge is ANYTHING GOES! 
I hope I have inspired you to join us this month! 
You could win a gift card to the Paper Sweeties Shoppe and/or be a Guest Designer!

Please visit my PAPER SWEETIE TEAMMIES for some fabulous inspiration: