Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge #34 – Happy Birthday!

Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge #34 – Happy Birthday!

Hello crafty friends!!  It’s that time of the month again … time for a NEW challenge at Paper Sweeties!  Before we share the new inspiration board, let’s congratulate last month’s challenge winner … the votes are in and I’m thrilled to announce our latest winner:  Jeri Thomas


I am completely SMITTEN with Jeri’s adorable, patriotic card she created for her son who is serving overseas in the military!  I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Jeri in June at the Stampfest Show in Lakeland, FL and she is sweet as can be!  Jeri created this beautiful and heartfelt card using Jake, Jake Sweet Cuts and You’re My Hero from the Paper Sweeties boutique!  Contact us, Jeri, to claim your gift certificate for a $20 shopping spree and get the challenge details for your Guest Designer spot with Paper Sweeties next month!

Paper Sweeties hosts monthly challenges here on the blog! Each 1st of the month we will have a brand new inspiration board to help spark your creativity!  It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to create, share and win:

1. CREATE a NEW project based on the current inspiration board using ANY of your favorite crafty supplies — receive an EXTRA VOTE if you use something from Paper Sweeties such as a stamp, die or embellishment!  If you don’t have any stamps from Paper Sweeties yet, we have some complimentary digital images for you to try out!  Use this month’s board as a starting point for your project — be inspired by one or more of the colors, shapes, theme — ANYTHING GOES!

2. POST a DIRECT LINK to your project in our link gallery below — please link to your project post (not your entire blog) so we can easily find your creation. You do not need to have a blog to enter — you can use any of our online galleries to upload your project:  Flickr, Pinterest, Facebook or Splitcoast Stampers (keyword papersweeties)!

3. LINK back to this blog post so your readers can easily find us!

Our challenge will run for the entire month. You can play along as many times as you wish and combine with as many other challenges as you want! The challenges will end at 12 pm EST on the last day of each month. The winner will be revealed on the 1st of each month!

Paper Sweeties Inspiration #34 – ‘Happy Birthday’


We’re SUPER EXCITED to be celebrating our THIRD BIRTHDAY this month here at Paper Sweeties!  My how time flies when you’re HAVING FUN!  We have some EXTRA SPECIAL INSPIRATION this month —   several of our very talented Alumni Designers are joining us for this month’s blog hop!  We have also PARTNERED with some of our very favorite companies who have generously donated some FABULOUS PRIZES for you all this month!  Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post to find out how you can be eligible to win one of the EXTRA SPECIAL PRIZES offered this month!

HOW will YOU be inspired this month — colors, theme, shapes, patterns?  I was inspired by the polka dots, cupcakes, birthday candles, stars and birthday theme to create this oh-so-fun set (CLICK on the photos for close up views):


Pop-up box (instructions HERE):


How fun are the pop up glitter stars, heart, balloon and cupcake?


A cute banner was created for the back of the box by hanging a die cut star, pennant and heart on a length of Cookie Dough Baker’s Twine!


Cupcake toppers:


Pinwheel card:


Love these delicious colors and pretty patterns all mixy-matchy!


Favor/treat bag:


Fill treat bags with candy or a little thank you gift!  I tied a yummy rock candy lollipop onto my treat bag topper and tag!


Supplies used from the Paper Sweeties boutique:


  Please visit our talented Design Team Contributors’ and Special Guest Alumni Designers’ blogs to be inspired by their AMAZING projects:

Angel Johns

Annette Witherspoon

Cheryl Lea

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties <– you are here!

Emily Frasier

Jill Norwood

Julie Tucker-Wolek

Kathy Schweinfurth

July Guest Designer:  Jen Carter

Special Guest Alumni Designers: 

Annette Allen

Jinny Newlin

Kristi Schurr

Lisa Elton

Lori Hairston 

Patti Goldman

Please join me in thanking our VERY SPECIAL partner companies that have generously donated wonderful prizes to help make this month’s birthday celebration extra FUN:

 bossyflair$20 Gift Certificate = Bossy Joscie


Crafty Secrets -$20 CG prize

$20 Gift Certificate for digital prize = Crafty Secrets




FOUR $25 Gift Certificates = Enchanted Cottage  **They carry the entire Paper Sweeties line**


Fun Stampers JourneyFSJ PrizeHandmade ‘Love’ Canvas, Welcome Baby stamp set, Master Frame stamp set = Margaret Green, Journey Coach


Great ImpressionsBirthday stamp set prize package = Great Impressions


Iralamijashop EtsyShabby Butterflies digital paper file = Iralamija Etsy Shop


$20 Gift Certificate = Paper Temptress

20 sheets of Cryogen White Cardstock = Paper Temptress


Pink & MainPink & Main prizeHappy Birthday stamp set = Pink & Main


The Cutting CafeThree cutting file sets = The Cutting Cafe


papersweeties-august 2015 kit(1)One August Kit of the Month = Paper Sweeties!




$100 Gift Certificate = Paper Sweeties


How to be eligible to win one of these AWESOME PRIZES:

(1) Leave us a sweet comment on this blog post for one chance!

(2) Share your creations for the August challenge – you’ll earn one chance for EACH project you add to our inLinkz gallery!

(3) Share our birthday graphic and/or challenge graphic on your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, Splitcoast Stampers (keyword papersweeties) and/or Instagram and TAG US!  Leave us a comment here to let us know how many times you shared – you’ll earn an EXTRA chance for each time you SHARE us!


Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with everything new and exciting at Paper Sweeties!

Like our Facebook Fan Page – $20 gift certificate given out to one lucky fan each time we reach 100 new ‘likes’ … next prize at the 2,300 level!

Follow us on Pinterest for loads of inspiration and ideas!

Contact us to pin YOUR Paper Sweeties projects to our Customer Gallery Board!

Be inspired by videos and tutorials on our Paper Sweeties You Tube Channel!

I cannot wait to see how YOU will be inspired by this month’s challenge!

Sharing with these current challenges:  Seize the Birthday – ATG; Simon Says Stamp – ATG; Paper Issues – chip off the old BLOCK; The House that Stamps Built – ATG; Tuesday Throwdown #255 – summer fun; Cupcake Inspirations #320 – cupcakes & hearts; 613 Avenue Create #134 – ATG; {PIN}spirational #145 – colors; Top Tip Tuesday – bingo: sparkle/sentiment/ribbon or twine; The Shabby Tea Room #256 – summer picnic


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  • marylouh
    Posted at 10:09h, 23 August Reply

    I get your newsletter.
    Happy birthday.

  • marylouh
    Posted at 10:09h, 23 August Reply

    I follow you on FB.
    Enjoy the posts.

  • Melissa SunshineHoneyBee
    Posted at 22:56h, 25 August Reply

    Today made Paper Sweeties Paper Doll Abigail. Made the Halloween Witch outfit. Saw the challenge for Happy Birthday and figured I would enter.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  • Melissa SunshineHoneyBee
    Posted at 15:56h, 26 August Reply

    Enjoyed all the creations. Not sure how to follow since I clicked where indicated & it brought up a contact screen.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  • henriette
    Posted at 12:10h, 28 August Reply

    I shared the challenge graphic on my blog.

  • henriette
    Posted at 12:12h, 28 August Reply

    Congratulations on your 3th birthday!
    Thanks for the many inspirations!!

  • henriette
    Posted at 12:13h, 28 August Reply

    I follow on FB.

  • Carrie Sheridan
    Posted at 16:19h, 28 August Reply

    Happy Birthday! I recently started a blog of my own and am having fun learning all sorts of new things. Congratulations on your 3rd year!

  • Carrie Sheridan
    Posted at 19:54h, 28 August Reply

    I shared your birthday celebration icon on my blog as a gadget so it shows up on the top left of my blog whenever anyone visits. I wish I had found you sooner! I came across your website on Paper Playful. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great candy!

  • happy birthday
    Posted at 06:32h, 16 October Reply

    Congratulations on your 3th birthday!

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