----Paper Sweeties August Inspiration Challenge #34---- Happy Birthday

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Time to celebrate!!! Someone is turning three years old this month! 

Happy Birthday, Paper Sweeties! 

In honor of this happy occasion, Paper Sweeties is having a month-long celebration! You are definitely going to want to join us for this celebration because, not only will Debbie be revealing 4 brand new, adorable stamp sets and 3 coordinating Sweet Cuts die sets this month, but there are going to be prizes--All Month Long, beginning with a Happy Birthday Inspiration Challenge:
Abigail is all decked out in her best party dress, from the Jelly Bean Time stamp set, for this special birthday party, including pink pearl jewelry. She is colored with Copics and I used Liquid Pearls for her jewelry. The dress is paper pieced, and I colored the sash then added sparkly Stickles on the flowers there, and on her shoes. Her party hat, cake, and gift are from the Celebrate stamp set. The cake stamp was perfect for Paper Sweeties' third birthday, with it's 3 candles, and, of course, for Paper Sweeties, there is plenty of pink, sparkly frosting. I fussy cut the gift from a piece of patterned paper and colored the bow and ribbon with an opaque gel pen. The white dots are made with a Snow Marker, which added a fun texture. The table was paper pieced using a stamp from the I'm Having a Tea Party stamp set.

For the birthday banner, from the Hello Friend stamp set, I stamped the banner image twice onto patterned paper, then die cut it with the coordinating Sweet Cuts die in the Be Happy set. Then, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment with Versamark ink, and sprinkled it with both gold embossing powder and pink (Kunzite) glitter. I had to heat it from the back to keep the glitter from blowing away, but I really like the subtle touch of pink it adds. You can't see it in this photo, but after adding the sentiment to the banner, I cut just that center section out and popped it up with foam tape onto the other stamped and die cut banner.



Here's the inspiration photo for the Happy Birthday challenge. Don't those colors (and the cupcakes) look yummy? ;)

The inside of this card has the same white frame as on the front of the card, and I've added a patterned scalloped border inside on the top edge. The sweet little balloon is another image from the Celebrate stamp set.

You won't believe how cute the rest of the DT's cards are! Be sure to check them out. Also, Paper Sweeties Alumni Designers are joining us for this most special of occasions, and you'll definitely want to see what they've created, too!

The Birthday Celebration is going to be ON for the entire month of August! Be sure to keep checking for new ways to win prizes all month!



Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Viva la Verve July 2015 Week 3 Sketch Challenge
The Shabby Tea Room Challenge #256: Summer Picnic
613 Avenue Create Challenge #134: Anything Goes w/optional Shabby Chic
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge #229: To "Die" For
Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards Challenge #96: A Flower in Your Image

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Paper Sweeties July Release Rewind!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I had such fun making this card for our Release Rewind at Paper Sweeties! Vintage, shabby, distress, layers, dark colors--kind of my thing, ya know! I incorporated all that into a card that features the new Bee Happy stamp set and Bee Happy Sweet Cuts die set, along with the older Hello Friend stamp set and three other older Sweet Cut dies (links below). 
After die cutting the butterfly, I glued the body of it to a scalloped circle tag, then bent the wings up. To keep them there, I used a little 3D glue under each wing. The diagonal striped strip under that is actually a Paper Sweeties Mint Straw. I flattened it by running it through my Vagabond, gave each end a fishtail trim, then colored the white stripes with a brown Inktense pencil, spritzing water to give it a distressed look. Then, even though I adore grungy cards, I also like a little bit of glitz. So, I added some Gold Sequins with a drop of Diamond Stickles to the center of each.
The inside is very plain. Just a die cut, cut in half and glued to the corners, with plenty of Distress Ink to match the front of the card.

The rest of the DT has cards you don't want to miss:


The Scrapbook Expo will be in Duluth, Georgia this coming weekend. Paper Sweeties will be there! Hope to see you there, too!



I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday #369 with Simon Says Stamp (turned the sketch upside down)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes

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Paper Sweeties July Release Party!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It's New Release Day at Paper Sweeties! The new Wish and Bee Happy stamp sets, as well as the coordinating Sweet Cuts die sets are available for purchase now! I used the sweet little bee image from the Bee Happy set for my card today.
I'm still trying to figure out the whole watercolor trend and decided to give it a try on this card, and what the heck, I thought I'd try to turn it into a CAS card at the same time. CAS is definitely not my strong suit! I followed the June Week 1 Viva la Verve sketch, which I turned upside down, but instead of a lot of layers, I just watercolored loose color blocks, then painted black lines between them. The white splatters are acrylic paint. I stamped the bee onto another piece of watercolored paper, added Stickles to the wings, and colored over the stripes with a Black Spica pen. After stamping the Bee Happy sentiment, I made a bow from three strands of Licorice Twine, stuck a couple of leaf pins in, and glued three Cotton Candy sequins to the center of the bow. I sprinkled some Marshmallow sequins over the rest of the card. 
I used the same watercolors on the inside of the card, just watered down more, then stamped the leafy stem from the Bee Happy set onto paper that I had watercolored in green, then die cut it with the matching Sweet Cuts die. 

Check out the cards the rest of the team made, then head over to Paper Sweeties to get your own Wish and Bee Happy stamps and dies!


Have you played along in this month's Red, White, & Blue inspiration challenge yet? You've still got time to join us, and you just might win a Paper Sweeties Gift Certificate!

Paper Sweeties Inspiration #33 – ‘Red, White & Blue’

papersweeties-inspiration#33


And, last, but not least, here's a head's up for what's coming in August. PARTY!!!



Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again tomorrow!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create Challenge #132: Create Your Own Challenge (A2/Encouragement/Watercolor)

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A Literary Kind of Day

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

This isn't a card post, but it does involve a crafty project.

For all you book lovers out there, did you get to the bookstore today and buy Harper Lee's new book, Go Set a Watchman? It had SO much hype! Based on what I've heard about it so far, I'm not sure how well I will like it, but since I collect books and there is a lot of controversy surrounding the publication of this one, I decided to go ahead and get it, even though with a first printing of 2,000,000, I doubt it will ever be a collectible. I just hope it doesn't ruin To Kill a Mockingbird for me. I loved that book as a kid. Have you read "Watchman" yet? What did you think?

Another book that I am particularly fond of is The Hunger Games--actually the entire trilogy. My daughter just turned eleven, so I finally let her read it and watch the movies, and she liked the story, too. Whenever she reads a book that she enjoys, she often gets her Ever After High dolls and uses them to act out her favorite scenes from the book, so she has been quite busy for the past few days. Today, though, she got me involved when she drew up detailed plans for a doll-sized chariot for the Parade of Tributes scene, and asked me to help her make it. The odds were in her favor! When I saw the amount of work she put into those drawings, I couldn't say no! My daughter took this picture of the finished chariot:


I didn't want to invest much, if any, money in this project, but we didn't have wheels, so after a quick trip to Hobby Lobby, we spent the next 4 hours in the craft room. I thought we'd be done in maybe 15 minutes, but it was fun to make this with her and to hear her ideas about how to make it work with just the crafty supplies we had on hand. Besides the wheels we bought today, we ended up using a dowel rod, 2 pencil grips, rubber bands, pipe cleaners, a cardboard box, yarn, safety pins, a cork, and a couple of die cuts for a "Mockingjay" emblem, and it turned out really cute, and quite sturdy. Surprisingly, our biggest hurdle was keeping the chariot from tipping over when the horse pulled it, since wheels are only on the front of it, but eventually we figured it out. The horse actually walks by itself, and it is strong enough to pull the chariot, even with both dolls in it, so it really is something to see in action. I foresee tributes parading around our house for at least the next couple of days...or until the batteries run down in the horse.

I had so many other things I needed to do today, but I'm glad I put everything off for this. My daughter went to sleep tonight with a great big smile on her face. It just doesn't get any better than this.

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back soon with my regularly scheduled programming. (Paper Sweeties' July New Releases go live in the store at midnight!!!)

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Paper Sweeties July Release Countdown!

I'm back with another card made using the new release stamps and Sweet Cuts dies from Paper Sweeties. Yesterday, I made a card using the Wish die. The Love die on today's card is from the same "Wish" Sweet Cuts die set. It, along with the rest of the new releases, will be available for purchase tomorrow!!!
I started this card by cutting the "Love" die 3 times out of black cardstock, and once out of a grayish-blue, then layered them to give the word more dimension. I layered the black pieces directly on top of each other, but offset the top blue layer just a little bit to allow the black to show and define the edges of the letters. To add an ivory frame around the floral die cut, I cut the Labels 18 die two times more out of ivory cardstock, cut one in half lengthwise and the other in half from top to bottom, then attached them to the back of the floral die cut. You can see that there is more than one layer in the corners, but I like that look. The "you to pieces" stamp is from the "Wish" stamp set. I heat embossed it in white. After tying a Blueberry Seam Binding bow, I threaded gold Memory Thread through a red button, curled the ends, and attached it to the center of the bow. A few Silver Sequins with Red Pearl Pen centers are sprinkled around for a bit of shine.
To spice up the inside, I added a red heart cut with a die from the Pretty Posies Sweet Cuts die set. I love that little flare at the bottom of it.

I'll be back tomorrow with a card using the new Bee Happy stamp set--Adorable! I even attempted a little watercolor wash. I'm going to get the watercolor thing down eventually. ;)

Be sure to check out my Teamies' creations using the new releases:


Have you played along in this month's Red, White, & Blue inspiration challenge yet? You've still got time to join us, and you just might win a Paper Sweeties Gift Certificate!

Paper Sweeties Inspiration #33 – ‘Red, White & Blue’

papersweeties-inspiration#33


And, last, but not least, here's a head's up for what's coming up in August. PARTY!!!



Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again tomorrow!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
SugarPea Designs Sugar Sketch SPDSS28
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes
Your Next Stamp Color Challenge #18
613 Avenue Create Challenge #132: Create Your Own Challenge (A2/Thinking of You/Sequins)
Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards Challenge #95: 1 Button & 1 Bow
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #121: Pretty Bows Theme

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