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Hello sweeties!! I’m so happy you stopped by the blog today!

The votes are in and I’m thrilled to announce the winner of the Paper Sweeties July Inspiration #21 Challenge:  Jill Norwood!


Jill used the Home Sweet Home stamp set to create this darling ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood’ card — full of whimsy and homespun charm – I am smitten with the gingham patterned papers!  Contact me, Jill, to claim your gift certificate for a shopping spree and get the challenge details for your Guest Designer spot next month!

Now, we have Paper Sweeties August Inspiration #22 to share with you all!!  Paper Sweeties hosts monthly challenges right here on the blog! Each month on the 1st we will have a brand new inspiration for you to play along with. You can enter as many times as you wish throughout the month — the more times you enter, the more chances you’ll have to win!

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to create, share and win:

1. CREATE a NEW project based on the current inspiration graphic 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 graphic as a starting point for your project — be inspired by one or more of the colors, shapes, theme — anything goes … most important — HAVE FUN and let our photo inspiration spark your creativity!

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 more times you play, the more chances you have to win! The challenges will end at 12 pm EST on the last day of each month. The new challenge and winner will be revealed on the 1st of each month!

Paper Sweeties June Inspiration #22 – ‘Let’s Celebrate’:


HOW will YOU be inspired this month??

We have an EXTRA SPECIAL CELEBRATION going on this month … in August Paper Sweeties turns TWO!  To help kick off our month-long celebration, we have a HUGE DESIGNER’S BLOG hop to treat you with today — several of our sweet and crafty friends have joined the Design Teamies to share some inspiration projects using goodies from the Paper Sweeties boutique!  I hope their fantastic projects will help spark your creativity and you’ll play along with our ‘Let’s Celebrate’ challenge this month!


Today I’m sharing an advertising poster I recently designed for the upcoming Creating Keepsakes Convention in Charlotte, August 8th – 9th.  I am teaching a class at the show and was asked to create an ad board that they can display in the main hall of the convention center.  My class is called:  Paper Piecing With Paper Sweeties <- click to view the CKC class registration page!


I was inspired by the banners and soft pastel colors from the inspiration photo when creating my board (click on the photos to view larger versions of the pictures).


I stamped and die cut all the little parts and pieces that make up the card to show how you can use the Paper Sweeties stamps and coordinating Sweet Cuts dies to create fun cards, layouts and projects!


Materials list:  Emma, Jelly Bean Time, Wagon Add-on: bloom & grow, Thanks Snow Much, Banner Wishes, Hippity Hoppity Easter Wishes, Sending Sweet ThoughtsHome Tweet Home Sweet Cuts, Thanks Snow Much Sweet Cuts, Sending Sweet Thoughts Sweet Cuts, Hippity Hoppity Easter Wishes Sweet Cuts, Raspberry Paper Straws


And a close up of the card:


Please be sure to continue to hop along and be inspired by the rest of the Sweeties teamies’ AND special guest designers’ projects today:

Amber Kroening

Annette Allen

Annette Witherspoon

Char Cundy

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties <– you are here!

Jeanne Jachna

Kerin Sylvester

ANNOUNCING THE August Guest Designer AND NEWEST DESIGN TEAM CONTRIBUTOR … please help me give a warm welcome to the talented:  Larissa Heskett!

And here is some more FAB-U-LOUS inspiration from our SPECIAL GUEST DESIGNERS:

Pattie Goldman

Teresa Kline

Lori Hairston

Colleen Dietrich

Lysa Rohrer

Miriam Prantner

Jill Norwood

Gail Lass

Mackie Robertson

Aneta Matuszewska

Tina Milbourn

Lori Ulrich

Diane Hover

Rebekah Faries

Amy Linkletter (1)

Amy Linkletter (2)

Amy Linkletter (3)

Amy Linkletter (4)

AND … it wouldn’t be a PARTY without a couple of PRESENTS!  Thank you to these WONDERFUL businesses for donating prizes for our participants this month!  Please LEAVE A COMMENT on this post to be eligible to win a goodie – winner announced September 1st!  If you share us on Facebook or Pinterest, leave us another comment for a second chance to WIN BIG!!  Contest runs for the entire month of August!!

Paper Sweeties = $100 gift certificate

Sponsor Graphic

Kraft Outlet = $25 prize package

The Kraft Outlet

Creations by AR = $20 gift certificate

Creations by AR

The Cutting Cafe = 3 files

The Cutting Cafe

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Follow us on Pinterest for loads of inspirations and ideas!

I cannot wait to see how you will be inspired by this month’s challenge!  GOOD LUCK to all those that enter!

Inspired by these challenges:  The Cutting Edge #6 – photo inspiration; Simon Says Stamp – anything goes; 7 Kids College Fund #105 – anything goes; City Crafter Challenge #202 – animals

Debbie Signature 150x150 Paper Sweeties April Inspiration Challenge #18   Sweet Treats!

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  1. Woohoo!!! This is fabulous Debbie! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Paper Sweeties! And thanks for the chance to win a fabulous prize! HUGS! 🙂 Mynn xx

  2. Happy birthday, Paper Sweeties!! Your ‘Mary had a little lamb’ card is SOOOOOO cute, Debbie! I love the adorableness of it. Would be great framed in a little girl’s room. 🙂

  3. WOW what a party! HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY! All the best in the coming year to Paper Sweeties! Can’t wait to get a moment and hop to all the blogs … sure to be a TON of inspiration! Thanks for the fun!

  4. Happy Birthday Debbie and Paper Sweeties! So excited to be part of this wonderful blog hop to celebrate with you! And I was so happy and excited to see that my card was chosen as the winning entry for July. Thank you!!! Your class poster and card are so lovely! I love the scene you created and all of the sweet paper piecing! Adorable!!! Here’s to many more years of Paper Sweeties adding such fun to our crafting experiences!!!!

  5. WOW 2 years already! It dosent feel like it. time really does fly! I love being on the team and I’m so proud of you!! You are so energetic and on top of every little detail and lets not forget talented 🙂 I truly am so happy for you my friend!

  6. FUN challenge and a VERY HAPPY 2nd Birthday Debbie and Paper Sweeties!! I ENJOY your challenges, and was honored to join you as a GDT member last month!!
    Have a GREAT day!! and HAPPY CELEBRATING!!!

  7. Happy Birthday Paper Sweeties……Beautiful inspiration DT! I had fun creating a card for the celebration, its linked up!

  8. Debbie thank you so much for the amazing comments and the link up to your paper sweeties sorry i had such trouble….love these little girls i would love to ink one up and shabbifiy her with beautiful shabby pink embellies just wonderful…

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