Cupcake Inspirations Color Challenge 300

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I'm back with another Paper Sweeties card for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 300. Today's challenge is a color challenge.


The colors in this challenge are chartreuse, white, and pool, but I added in some pink just so I could use these sweet Cotton Candy Straws. I also used the Party Time and Bloom & Grow stamp sets and cut them with the Party Time and Sweeties Wagon Sweet Cuts die sets. The flowers were colored with Copics, and I did a little shading on the plaid cake with Copics, also. Blueberry Baker's Twine adorns the "Happy" banner, on which I hand-wrote the letters using gel pens. For sparkle, I added Green Apple Sequins.
Inside the card, I used the Pretty Posies stamp set and coordinating Pretty Posies Sweet Cuts die set to cut the flower and leaves. Rather than cutting the leaves from the green paper, I just cut them out of the white layer so that the green paper showed through, then after adhering the negative die cut white layer over the green paper, I stamped the leaf onto the green plaid paper, and glued the pink flower over them. 

I left the inside of the card blank so that I can use it for any "Happy" occasion, but my daughter hinted that for her next birthday, she'd really, really like to have this card, so I suspect it will end up being a birthday card. ;) 

Congratulations, Cupcake Inspirations!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations 300th Challenge Celebration: Color Inspiration
Viva la Verve February 2015 Week 3 Sketch Challenge
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Just a Hint of Clover
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #113: Anything Goes
Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Lucky
Fresh Brewed Designs March 3 Challenge: 1 Image + 1 Sentiment
The Paper Players - Laurie's Theme Challenge PP234: Think Spring

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Paper Sweeties March Inspiration Challenge #29 - 'Waiting For Spring'

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It's the first of the month, time for the Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge, and I'm SO excited to share my first post as a member of the Paper Sweeties Design Team! This month's challenge is "Waiting for Spring."


I used Paper Sweeties' newest stamp releases, Pretty Posies and Garden Time for my card.
I stamped the flowers three times for each flower and fussy cut them so I could shape them into 3D flowers, added Diamond Stickles to the edges of each layer, and sequins, from the Sweetheart Mix, to the centers, finally putting a dot of Stickles in the center of each sequin. I stamped the flower pot onto designer paper and drew vertical lines from the curly border to the bottom, then added shading with a gray Copic. For more dimension, I also creased the flower pot along each of those vertical lines, which curved the pot. 3D glue is helping the pot retain it's shape. 
I stamped the flower on the inside of the card, too, and added just a little bit of Copic coloring to the flower and leaves. Magenta Stickles is in the center of the flower.

All that sparkle is for a reason...Paper Sweeties is helping Cupcake Inspirations celebrate their 300th challenge, and the first day's challenge is a Sparkle Challenge. It's hard to see in the photo, but I've not only added sparkle to the flowers, but also to the background. Every single raised dot on the white embossed background sparkles, too! Congratulations Cupcake Inspiration!


Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team for more Spring Inspiration:

Cheryl Lea (you are here)
February Guest Designer:  Donna Baes

Thanks for stopping by, and have a sparkly week!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations 300th Challenge Celebration: Sparkle Inspiration
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create Challenge #113: Anything Goes
Color Throwdown #331
The Paper Players - Laurie's Theme Challenge PP234: Think Spring

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Sharing Happy News!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015



Happy Happy Day! I've got exciting news to share!!! I am one of the newest members of the Paper Sweeties Design Team! Whoo Hoo!!! Debbie Marcinkiewicz is the owner of Paper Sweeties, as well as the creator of The Shabby Tea Room Challenge, and I had the honor of meeting her in person at a stamp convention recently. What a treat for me! She truly is sweetness personified! And, on top of that, I also got to experience her adorable booth filled with all the fabulous Paper Sweeties Stamps, Sweet Cuts dies, and accessories! It's a pink and white polka dot oasis! :D

Thank you, Debbie, for inviting me to join your team! I'm looking forward to creating with your sweet stamps and working with you and everyone on the Paper Sweeties team!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a Sweet week!

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Faux Leather Blank Book & Slipcase

Saturday, February 14, 2015

I'm back with another blank book, and this one has its own slipcase.
I needed a masculine thank you gift, and while I'm not sure how many men use blank journals, I thought it might work if it was made of leather. Unfortunately, I don't have any leather, nor do I even know how to cover a book with it, but I did have some paper with a nice leather design on it. Visually, it really does look like leather! 


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This is what the book looks like inside the sleeve. The sleeve measures about 5" x 6", so it's fairly small. The book slides out easily if you turn the slipcase upside down, but I added a ribbon pull to make it easier. When you pull the ribbon, the book comes right out.
I also added a ribbon bookmark.
When you buy a book nowadays, the endbands along the top and bottom of the book are just pieces of twill tape with a border on one side that is glued to the ends of the book. On this book, I made my own endbands by sewing them onto the pages, over a strip of leather. This helps hold the book together, protects the spine if the book is on a shelf and gets pulled out by tugging on the top of the spine, and it looks good, too.
I lined the inside of the slipcase and the inside of the front and back covers of the book with a nice bargello patterned paper, then used turquoise colored paper for the pages. There is a piece of thin brown cardstock on the outside of each signature (folded group of pages).

On each of the brown pages, I stamped various designs and inspirational sayings in Rich Cocoa ink.

I hope it's "manly" enough, but if it isn't, perhaps the recipient's wife will enjoy it!

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Valentine's Day!

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You Blow Me Away

Friday, February 13, 2015

If you love purple, then this is the card for you! I colored this cutie with Copics, but she didn't turn out quite like I intended. 
You see, it was one of those 3AM coloring sessions that we all have sometimes, and I was feeling all geared up to color this dragon with reds and pinks for Valentine's Day. I had colored maybe 5 minutes when I decided to add just a touch of green. With green marker in hand, I promptly dozed off! Well, I must have been dreaming in color, because when I woke up, I had colored on top of the red, and it wasn't pretty. Not one to throw an image out if I can help it, I worked to remedy my "mistake." In the end, I like it much better than a red dragon, and all the different layers of color (various YGs, Rs, RVs, & Ys) give the skin a sort of translucent look that is pretty cool. The heart embellie is made from four sizes of heart die cuts, cupped with a stylus, layered, then coated with UTEE.
On the inside, along the bottom of a white panel, I used a circle border die that doesn't always cut all the circles out with just one pass through the machine. I removed a few random circles and filled those with Diamond Stickles.

Stay warm this weekend!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sugar Pea SugarSketch Challenge #20: SPDSS20
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: All Creatures Great and Small
The Shabby Tea Room #245: 'I {heart} You'
613 Avenue Create Challenge #110: Anything Goes
Kit & Clowder February Challenge: Love

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