Paper Sweeties March Inspiration Challenge #17 – ‘Polka Dot Love’

Paper Sweeties March Inspiration Challenge #17 – ‘Polka Dot Love’

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 Inspiration #16 Challenge: Larissa Heskett!


What a gorgeous card Larissa created using the Tea For Two stamp set and coordinating Tea For Two Sweet Cuts die from Paper Sweeties – I love the beautiful patterned paper and vintage looking lace trim!  Contact me, Larissa, 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 Inspiration #17 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, embellishment or complimentary digital image!  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 Inspiration #17:


We have this beautiful and spring-y photo to be inspired by this month – don’t you just love it to pieces??


I began with a mason jar base — one of my passions!  I LOVE mason jars and collect them at antique shows!!  I decorated my jar with snipetts of pretty papers from Betty’s Etsy shop and vintage lace trim!  I created a nosegay at the top of the jar lid using a glittered chipboard heart onto which I adhered three sweet Cotton Candy Sequins.  I then made a bow using Cotton Candy and Oatmeal seam binding and adhered it to the lid of the jar.  I added a couple of pretty paper blooms and then added a sentiment tag stamped using the Banner Wishes and Home Sweet Home stamp sets!


Next, I created a sweet little nest inspired by the photo … I used some hand picked Spanish moss and adhered three tiny blue robin eggs (berries from the craft store!).  I punched a little bird from some pretty pattern paper and gave her a polka dotted wing and pearl eye!  Last, my little birdie watching over her new little family needed a home, so I stamped the birdhouse from the Sending Springtime set directly onto patterned paper, cut it out, colored the roof with a silver glitter marker and then adhered a Grape Sequin for the little opening!


I am smitten with this little springtime treasure and put it on a shelf in my kitchen so I can see it frequently throughout the day … it makes me smile!

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

Amber Kroening

Andrea Ewen

Annette Allen

Annette Witherspoon

  Char Cundy

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties <– you are here!

  Jeanne Jachna

Kerin Sylvester

February Guest Designer:  Diane Hover

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

Inspired by these challenges:  Pile it On #8 – thinking of you;  Cupcake Inspirations #249 – photo inspiration/birds/colors; CASE Study #180 – inspired by flowers; 7 Kids College Fund #94 – anything goes; Simon Says Stamp – anything goes with pearls; The Card Concept #4 – floral theme; Word Art Wednesday #121 – anything goes; Tuesday Throwdown #184 – anything goes; House of Cards #2 – floral inspired

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  • Lesley Croghan
    Posted at 00:32h, 01 March Reply

    Your project is amazing, Debbie! Wow!

  • Diane Hover
    Posted at 05:57h, 01 March Reply

    Wow…what a beautiful project!! Love your jar full of Spring “goodness”!!! I also collect Mason jars, blue ones mostly…and this would make me smile every time I saw it too!!! Thank you for having me GD this month, too…I appreciate it!!

    Posted at 09:15h, 01 March Reply

    wow Debbie you are amazing.. this is stunning.. i love it

  • Kristi
    Posted at 09:54h, 01 March Reply

    Love,love,love! I need that mason jar file!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 12:35h, 01 March Reply

    Darling spring project Debbie, can’t wait for the real thing to arrive!!

  • Indy
    Posted at 14:38h, 01 March Reply

    Wow! Love that nest and birdhouse! So glad you shared at Cupcake Inspirations! Hope you’ll join us again tomorrow for another fun challenge!

  • Nancy Salkeld
    Posted at 16:15h, 01 March Reply

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I will have to check out the challenge and play this month! Thanks for playing again at Cupcake Inspirations! I love seeing your work!

    Nance, DT Sweetie

  • Tracey McNeely
    Posted at 16:25h, 01 March Reply

    Incredible Debbie, your project just makes me smile! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Card Concept!

  • Elizabeth Hart
    Posted at 16:34h, 01 March Reply

    Oh how sweet and those adorable little blue eggs are the perfect touch. Thanks for stopping by this week at the Pile it On Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  • Larissa Heskett =)
    Posted at 17:53h, 01 March Reply

    OMG!! So EXCITED to have won!! YIPPEE!! =)
    I LOVE your SWEET Mason Jar with the Birdhouse, Bird and Nest with the cutest little eggs!! =) How FUN and I would have to have it somewhere to make me SMILE everyday too!! So BEAUTIFUL!! Loving the Challenge again this month and I’m looking forward to playing along!! THANKS so much for sharing and for the chance to be next months GD and a Gift Certificate!! =) I’m starting off my Month in and AMAZING Way!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  • Elaine
    Posted at 16:21h, 02 March Reply

    Great idea, the nest is brilliant.

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    Posted at 17:04h, 02 March Reply

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  • Mynn xx
    Posted at 22:59h, 02 March Reply

    Hi, Debbie! This birdhouse card is AMAZING!!! LOVE the sweet spring image and the beautiful nest you created! Thank you for linking up at HOC! HUGS and have a great week! Mynn xx

  • Rocky
    Posted at 07:02h, 03 March Reply

    Wow! What a great card, so spring like. Thank you for sharing it with us at HOC.

  • Karen G
    Posted at 08:55h, 03 March Reply

    Such a gorgeous project! Makes me think of spring. Thanks for joining us at


  • Lee Ann Barrett
    Posted at 13:17h, 03 March Reply

    Pure sweetness, Debbie! Would love to have this sitting on my table!

  • Debby
    Posted at 02:26h, 04 March Reply

    Oh what a gorgeous creations, such wonderful details.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

  • KarenL
    Posted at 14:22h, 04 March Reply

    This is STUNNING, Deb. I love that sweet lace. Thanks so much for sharing in our challenge again this week. It’s SUCH a blessing to me!
    Word Art Wednesday

  • Mynnette
    Posted at 03:02h, 06 March Reply

    Thanks for the fun challenge and the gorgeous inspiration creation! 🙂 Mynn xx

  • J. Atterbury Creations
    Posted at 03:34h, 07 March Reply

    This is such a beautiful creation…I love the pastel colors and the unique design…We are so blessed you joined us last week at our Word Art Wednesday Challenge and hope you’ll join us again this week. Leaving you with God’s Word in Psalm 16:8 which says, “I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” God bless, always!

    JO ANN

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