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Sharing some organizational inspiration!

Hello crafty friends!  This month we don't have any new products releasing from Paper Sweeties, so the Design Teamies and I are sharing some projects we whipped up using previously released goodies from our shop!


I purchased a Doodlebug calendar clipboard and set of calendar pages about a year ago and stashed them away telling myself that this project would come in handy to keep appointments and bookings when we got our Bed & Breakfast up and running!

My intent was to hang this in the kitchen to keep daily appointments/bookings front and center for the hubby and I to refer to so we know when the B&B is booked, when I have to grocery shop, clean, etc.!

This calendar page was just too fun to decorate!  I wanted to keep this more clean and simple than my planner pages where I kinda go crazy adding lots of stuff!

This way it would be easier for the hubs to read too!  I think my planner pages would overwhelm him!

What do you think???  Although now that I'm looking, I kept July kinda clean and simple ... at least for me!

These pages were organized using stamps from #papersweeties and some cute stickers from Doodlebug!  You can create something similar using these goodies from the shop:

Please continue to hop along and visit our talented Design Team Contributors' blogs to be inspired by their AMAZING projects:

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Paper Sweeties <- you are here!

Jinny Newlin

Karen Letchworth

Nancy Salkeld


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If you're in or near Carthage, NC, stop by to visit the Paper Sweeties 'she shed' located on the property of The Carriage House Bed & Breakfast for some fun retail therapy!  Our next DAY CROP is July 28th ... contact me for details on how you can join in on the fun!

Thank you for allowing the Design Team Contributors and I to help spark your creativity this month -- we'll be back again tomorrow sharing more inspiration with y'all!  Hugs - xoxo



Paper Sweeties is hosting a DESIGN TEAM CALL!  We're looking for designers that love to work with stamps, dies and fun embellishments!  If you enjoy creating handmade from the heart treasures out of paper and glue, then this call is for YOU!  We are searching for ONE talented designer to join our creative team beginning December 1st!!

Here are the details of the call - feel free to contact us if you have any questions before you apply.  GOOD LUCK ... we cannot wait to see your beautiful creations!


* We are looking for designers that enjoy to create and share their creativity on their blogs and social media sites such as Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Splitcoast Stampers.  You MUST be an active blogger with a good following and willing to share your work as much as possible to help promote our products!

* This term will run for one year with option to stay on longer!  Term begins December 1, 2015.

* You must be able to take bright and professional quality photos to showcase our products!

* You will be required to create a minimum of five projects each month using our products!  From time to time you may be invited to join in designer blog hops with other companies.

* This is a company design position, so we are searching for individuals who possess these qualities: fun and friendly personality, can do attitude, professionalism, team spirit, creativity and ability to think outside of the box, attention to detail, responsible, dependable, ability to work with set schedule and produce projects on time each month!

* You will receive all the new stamps and dies produced each month to use in your designs.  From time to time you will receive complimentary embellishments.  You will be eligible to purchase anything additional from the Paper Sweeties boutique at a 50% discount during the lifetime of your design tenure!

* This call is open to designers living in the United States.  Call ends 11/10/15 at 11:59 pm EST.


* Please create a project that best showcases your design style so we can get a good feel for you and your creativity!  We are looking for all design styles, so show us what you got!

* You may enter as many times as you wish.  Please submit a new application for each project you are interested in sharing!

* Please be sure to take bright, professional quality photos against clean backgrounds so your beautiful work shines through without distractions!

* You do not have to use Paper Sweeties stamps, dies or embellishments on your application project, but if you do that is certainly a bonus for us to be able to see how you would use our goodies when designing!  If you are new to Paper Sweeties and would like to give our products a try specifically for this call, please feel free to use this coupon code to purchase something that catches your eye at a 10% discount:  DTCALL (coupon expires 11/5/15 and cannot be combined with other discounts or used on sale items).  You can also visit our Try Us For Free section to select a complimentary image for your design!

* When applying, please put 'DT Call' in the subject line of your e-mail and include your full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, blog address, a short introduction about yourself and your design history along with photos of your project!  Send applications to debbie at paper sweeties dot com.  Applications accepted 10/26 through 11/10/15.

* Help us spread the word about this call ... share us with your crafty friends!

THANK YOU ... we cannot wait to see what you will create!


A Special Tea Party with The Kraft Journal!

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Today I am sharing a tea-themed gift set she created with all the wonderful packaging options offered at The Kraft Outlet!  There are so many fun options to choose from to help make your creative visions a reality!  First, I created a birthday card by cutting a scallop shaped base using Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock and inking the edges with cream paint to create a time-worn look.  Next I layered a white paper doilie and then a pretty little tea pot image she stamped directly onto patterned paper using the Tea For Two stamp set and then die cut using the Tea For Two Sweet Cuts die.  Next I added a sentiment banner I stamped onto Buff Ivory Cardstock using the Occasions stamp set - inking the edges with Twill paint.  I created a sweet little 'tea bag tag' by stamping the heart image onto Buff Ivory Cardstock using the Little Wishes stamp set, stamping the sentiment using the It's Tea Time stamp set, die cutting using the Beautiful Little Wishes Sweet Cuts die set and then attaching it to the tea pot using Robin Egg Baker's Twine.  Last, some Robin Egg Sequins and a pretty satin flower were added for a little pop of color at the top of the tea pot.

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I personalized the back of this card using the Hand Stamped By stamp set!

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Next, I created a sweet 'Tea For Two' tea bag set by wrapping two Berry Blossom White tea bags with a length of Baby Pink Berry Seam Binding and then creating a bow using another snipett of the Baby Pink Berry and a piece of Cake Crumbs Seam Binding.  A tag was stamped onto Buff Ivory Cardstock using the Beautiful stamp set and cut with the coordinating Beautiful Little Wishes Sweet Cuts die set, a sentiment added using the Tea For Two stamp set, a tiny tea cup and steam were stamped onto another piece of Buff Ivory Cardstock using the I'm Having a Tea Party stamp set and then this little treat was finished by adding three beautiful iridescent Bubblegum Sequins!

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I created another treat to include in this gift set by adding some Pink and White Polka Dot Washi Tape to the bottom of a Small Glassine Bag.  I die cut a doilie shape using a piece of Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock, folded it in half and placed it over the Glassine Bag (which has a couple of Raspberry Tea Cookies placed inside).  The doilie is held in place using a Tiny Black Wooden Clothespin.  I created a pretty little nosegay using a Chipboard Office Button, a pretty satin flower and a couple of leaves cut from a piece of Burlap. To finish off this little sweet treat, I stamped a Grungy Prim Shipping Tag with a sentiment using the Join Me For Tea stamp set, added a couple of Bubblegum Sequins and then tied it onto the nosegay using a length of Robin Egg Baker's Twine onto which I tied a couple of Rusty Bells.

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I created a pretty bag to hold all of the gift set elements by adding a strip of Pink and White Stripe Washi Tape onto the bottom of a Mini Polka Dot Merchandise Bag.  Next I folded a white paper doilie over the top of the bag and added a length of Natural Burlap Ribbon which she frayed the ends to give it a shabby look.  I adhered a pretty pink tulle bow and a couple of 'leaves' I created using a Robin Egg Paper Straw.  The doilie is held in place using a glittered library clip.

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And there you have it ... a sweet treat gift set so much fun to make ... and even more fun to give and receive!   Please visit The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog to see the complete post on this gift set!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hugs - xoxo

Inspired by:  Word Art Wednesday #129 - anything goes; Paper Sweeties Inspiration #18 - Sweet Treats; The Shabby Tea Room #215 - pastel goodness


Home is where your {heart} lives – cc#7


Hello friends!  I'm popping in today to share a little something I recently made for the latest edition at The Card Concept #7 - use a butterfly!


I have a stampy friend, Wendy,  who recently moved into a new place, so I wanted to help her celebrate her new home by sending her a special little card!


I used these supplies from Paper Sweeties:  Home Sweet Home, Hand Stamped by, Silver Sequins and Licorice Baker's Twine.  The pink satin ribbon is from The Ribbon Reel.


Please be sure to hop on over to peek at the rest of the teamies' lovely inspiration projects this week, and then I hope you'll have time to join in on our 'Butterfly' fun this week!


Thanks for stopping by today!  Hugs - xoxox

Inspired by these challenges:  7 Kids College Fund #96 – anything goes; Word Art Wednesday #126 – anything goes; House of Cards 5th week – any w/ photo inspo: damask/toile pattern and home theme; Fussy and Fancy #110 - shabby chic


Some EXCITING news to share!

Hello friends!  Well, I bet most of you have heard the buzz by now, but if you haven't, I finally get to spill the beans!  My sweet friend, Lesley Croghan, is starting a new challenge beginning in January 2014 and guess what ...

Designer Badge... I have been invited to create for the inaugural the card Concept design team in the 'Shabby Chic' category ... LOVE!!!  For those of you unfamiliar with the guidelines surrounding the Shabby Chic esthetic, here you go:

Shabby Chic and Vintage

  • the use of used, worn or inexpensive components to make stylish goods
  • distressed or sponged edges
  • old feel-antiqued
  • lots of embellishments
  • ribbons or lace
  • lots of layers

Those that know me well, already know that I adore anything shabby, old, worn and antique!  YUM!  I enjoy going to antique shows and finding old treasures to add to my cards and paper crafted projects!  I love piling my creations high with lots of bits and bobs of sweet little treasures -- creating keepsakes suitable for framing in some instances!

papersweeties-debbie-11-11-13(1)Let's go through the shabby checklist, shall we?  Used, worn, inexpensive components - check!  Distressed or sponges layers - I inked mine with vanilla paint - check!  Old/antique feeling with lots of embellishments - check!  Ribbons or lace - check!   Lots of layers - check!

Winner BadgeThis shabby little sweetie was chosen as the winning favorite at Festive Friday for last week's aqua, red & cream challenge!  Materials list: Homespun Holidays, Ho Ho Ho, Homespun Holidays Sweet Cuts, Rusty Jingle Bells, Red & White Chenille Candy Cane, October Afternoon - Make It Merry patterned paper, blue chenille trim - Webster's Pages.

A huge thank you to Miss Lesley for inviting me to join the line-up of talented designers who will be creating for The Card Concept challenges!  We are all in for a treat to be inspired by these lovely ladies!  Stay tuned for this new and exciting challenge to launch after the holidays in January ... and until then, happy stamping my friends!


A Moxie Fab Homespun Holiday!


Hello crafty friends and welcome to a very special post today!  I'm delighted to be joining a HUGE group of talented paper crafters today to honor Cath Edvalson - creator of the inspirational Moxie Fab World blog!  Cath will be leaving her job as a contributing editor for Paper Crafts Magazine this month, so a group of us got together to host a Designer's Blog Hop today to help celebrate Cath and show her just how much she will be missed!

papersweeties-debbie-11-9-13(2)I have been a fan and follower of the wonderful Moxie Fab World blog for several years ... and have found so much inspiration in the weekly challenges offered there!  A couple of the very first challenges I ever won at the beginning of my paper crafting 'career' were from projects I created and submitted to Cath's Moxie Fab World challenges:

Challenge Winner Button

8/4/10 - Moxie Fab World Card Style: Shabby Chic winner!

10/13/10 - Moxie Fab World Holiday Cards & More: Season's Giftings winner!

11/2/11 - Moxie Fab World Textured to Perfection winner!

7/16/12 - Moxie Fabber of the Week!

papersweeties-debbie-11-9-13(1)I love making handmade from the heart paper crafted treasures all year round, but when the holidays roll around, I am so in my 'element'!  Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year for me, and I so enjoy creating pretty things from paper and glue to help celebrate the season!  Cath's Moxie holiday challenges were always at the top of my list of favorites to be inspired by and create along with!  Cath was always so encouraging and sweet through the comments she left on my little projects -- the fact that she took the time to leave me a little love throughout my crafting journey always touched my heart!

papersweeties-debbie-11-9-13(3)I created a holiday card in honor of Cath with a homespun feeling -- all warm and cozy with gingham and dots, lace and buttons, tea-stained hem tape and rusty bells!  I'm thinking this card will become my 2013 family holiday card ... smitten with it's warmth and charm ... what do you think?  {click on photos for larger views}


I used these *new* holiday goodies from the Paper Sweeties boutique which are LIVE in the shop as of today -- released EARLY this month for all of your holiday crafting needs:

Homespun Holidays stamp set

Homespun Holidays Sweet Cuts die

Rusty Jingle Bells

I hand tea-stained the hem tape.  The buttons and twine are from Papertrey Ink.  The gorgeous patterned paper is from October Afternoon - 2012 and I've been hoarding it in my stash ... LOVE 🙂

You should have arrived here from Sabrina Alery's blog

--> you are here: Debbie Marcinkiewicz / Paper Sweeties <--

The next stop on the hop is Lyndal Higgins' blog

If you get lost along the way and want to start from the beginning, hop on over HERE.

Some of the Sweeties Teamies are sharing projects for the Moxie Fab Blog Hop created using new products released today in the Paper Sweeties boutique too:  Kristi Schurr, Lori Hairston, Pattie Goldman & Tammy Hobbs!

Cath, I wish you all the best in whatever the future will bring to your life!  You have been such a source of inspiration for me over the years and I appreciate all that you did to help spark my creativity so I could let my passion soar!  BIG HUGS - xoxoxo

Inspiration found at these awesome challenges:  Ribbon Girl November Challenge – stripes; Word Art Wednesday #105 – anything goes; There She Goes #232 – dots & stripes; Ribbon Carousel #87 – holidays/celebrations; Top Tip Tuesday #113 – seasons; Really Reasonable Ribbons #83 - Christmas or winter holiday


Meet the newest Sweetie!

Hello Sweeties friends!  I am beyond excited to share some exciting news with you all today!  It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the amazing work of Kristi Schurr!  I have followed Kristi for quite some time and have had the pleasure of working with her through The Kraft Outlet Shop, The Shabby Tea Room and other events and challenges we commonly frequent around blog land!  Now, it is with GREAT PLEASURE that I announce that Kristi is joining the Paper Sweeties Design Team family!

papersweeties-kristischurrKristi created this fun, colorful and whimsical card for today's announcement party using the Happy Summer stamp set along with Baby Pink Berry and Mint Green Tea seam binding from the boutique!

Please help us welcome Kristi!  I know you will be wowed by her beautiful inspirations along the way!

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – MM#68!

Hi crafty friends!    I’m popping in today to share one last little something sweet that I recently created for this week’s #68 sketch challenge at Merry Monday!  I’ve been delighted to join Lesley and the MM girlies this month as their featured designer -- I'm sad that the month is just about done!!



I used some Cosmo Cricket chipboard pieces from my stash along with PTI, DCWV and October Afternoon holiday papers to create my card for today!  Doesn't that chipboard birdie make you smile??  I added a flower button on the chipboard snowflakd, twine and a rusty jingle bell to the chipboard package and a row of yummy fabric rosettes.



I used the Banner Wishes and Sending Holiday Cheer stamp sets to create the three banners and the O' Christmas Tree stamp set to stamp the sentiment on the top of the card - stamping directly onto the patterned paper.


Thanks again to Lesley and all the MM girlies for inviting me to join them this month ... I had a blast creating with the teamies!  Thank you also to all of you who left me such sweet comments along the way - hugs - xoxo!

Challenges I was inspired by:  Moxie Fab World – Mixy Matchy style challenge;  Fussy & Fancy #91 – button up; There She Goes #213 - sketch; Catered Crop - shapes/dies/punches

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Meet the February *new* Sweeties Stamps!

PS-56Tea For Two

PS-55It's Tea Time

PS-54I'm Having a Tea Party

PS-53Join Me For Tea


I hope you love these tea themed stamp sets as much as I do!  Remember, you can take advantage of the FREE SHIPPING available in the shop today and tomorrow by using the coupon code at checkout!  Happy shopping my stampy friends!!


Inspiration from friends …

Hopping around town and wanted to share these A-MAZING projects created by some of our friends and fans ...

Tracey Kelly created this adorable card using Abigail!

Rebecca Deeprose created this beautiful card using Banner Wishes!

Rebekah Faries created this precious tea gift using I'm Having a Tea Party!

Starr Timmons created this sweet card using You Are Amazing!

Lenet Mos created this yummy set using I'm Having a Tea Party!

Rebekah Faries created this yummy cupcake shaped card using Join Me For Tea!

Starr Timmons created this bright and cheery card using I'm Having a Tea Party!

Tracey Kelly created this adorable tea pot shaped card using Tea For Two!

Starr Timmons created this stunning gift box using I'm having a Tea Party!

Tracey Kelly created this gorgeous gift box using You Are Amazing!

Starr Timmons created this beautiful card using You Are Amazing!

Tracey Kelly created this gorgeous vintage card using Banner Wishes!

Kristi Schurr created this stunning card using You Make Me Smile!

They are all gorgeous!  We'd love to hear which one (or more) is your favorite and why!  Leave us a comment to share your thoughts with us!!


Just Because …

Edited:  Winner of the Paper Sweeties comment to win contest hosted April 8th - 16th ...

Lisa L. ( Lisa’s Creative Niche)

Lisa, contact us to claim your prize!

Hello crafty friends!  I have a couple of little cards that I whipped up quickly today to play along with a couple of my favorite challenges!  I hope you find some inspiration in them and get some crafty time to create something fun today!


I adore polka dots ... smitten I tell ya'!  This little paper pieced pot makes me smile!


Sets used to create this card:

Tea For Two & Join Me For Tea

papersweeties-debbie-apr16(4)I took inspiration from these challenges:

Retro Sketches #59 - sketch; There She Goes #203 - Just Because; Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger - Wake Up Call

Wake-up CallAnd next, a bright and cheery, springy little card ...


I created the rainbow with six lengths of grosgrain ribbon, added glitter to the sweet little rain drops and added some flair for the 'sun'!


The clouds, rain drops and sentiment were stamped using the Rainbows and Roses set!

papersweeties-debbie-apr16(7)For this card, I took inspiration from these challenges:

Pinspired #7 - clouds and raindrops; Catered Crop - glitter; Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #6 - sketch; Tuesday Throwdown #143 - focus on the sentiment


papersweeties-sketch#6And one last little note ... click HERE to check out our current 'Pin to Win' contest going on at Paper Sweeties!


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful, crafty day!


Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #6 challenge!

Hello sweeties!! I’m so happy you stopped by the blog today!  Here we grow again ... we have some exciting Design Team news, so be sure to scroll all the way down to find out who the newest addition to the Sweeties Teamies is!!

The votes are in and I’m thrilled to announce the winner of the Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #5 ChallengeRebecca!


Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing this beautiful card with us! Contact me to claim your prize!

Now, we have Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #6 to share with you all!! Paper Sweeties hosts monthly sketch challenges right here on the blog! Each month on the 1st we will have a brand new sketch 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 card or project based on the current Sweeties Sketch Inspiration graphic using any of your favorite crafty goodies!   You’ll get an extra vote if you use ANYTHING from the Paper Sweeties Shoppe!

2. Post a DIRECT LINK to your project in our Inlinkz gallery below — please use the URL to your actual 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 online gallery such as Flickr, Pinterest, Facebook or Splitcoast.

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

Our sketch challenge will run for the entire month. You can play along as many times as you wish — 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 sketch will be revealed on the 1st of each month. The winner of the previous month’s sketch challenge will be announced on the 1st of each new month, will win a $20 gift certificate to the shoppe! and will be invited to Guest Design with the Sweeties next month!

Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #6:


Here are a couple projects created by the Sweeties Teamies to get your creative juices flowing!!

papersweeties-lesley#6Created using the Abigail, Jelly Bean Time and So Sweet of You stamp sets! Designed by Lesley Croghan – PSSI #4 WINNER!


Created using the Fancy Monograms stamp set! Designed by Debbie Marcinkiewicz.


Created using the Hippity Hoppity and Baskets & Bunnies stamp sets!  Designed by Andrea Ewen.


Created using Hippity Hoppity and Jelly Bean Time stamp sets! Designed by Char Cundy.


Created using the Join Me For Tea and Tea For Two stamp sets! Designed by Jeanne Jachna.


Created using the You Are Amazing stamp set! Designed by Jinny Newlin.


Created using the Wagon Add-on #1 stamp set!  Designed by Lori Hairston.


Created using the Sophie, Jelly Bean Time and You Make Me Smile stamp sets!  *Introducing* the newest designer to join the Paper Sweeties family … please help us warmly welcome Maria Patrick!

papersweeties-michelle#6Created using the Pennant Party stamp set!  Designed by Michelle Bala!


Created using the You're Invited and Wagon Add-on 1 stamp sets!  Designed by Pattie Goldman.


Created using the Abigail and You Are Fabulous stamp sets!  Designed by Tammy Hobbs.


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GOOD LUCK to all those that enter!

Debbie Signature13 150x150 Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #5 challenge!