Paper Sweeties challenge | December 2017!

Paper Sweeties challenge | December 2017!

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 of the November challenge:  Alyson MacDonald!

Alyson used Emma, Emma Sweet Cuts, The splendor of autumn, Sweeties Wagon and Sweeties Wagon Sweet Cuts to create this adorable card!   Contact us, Alyson, to claim your $25 gift certificate prize … and here’s a {sweet} badge to display on your blog!

PS-Winner BadgePaper Sweeties hosts monthly challenges here on the blog and in our Facebook Group! 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 … you don’t have to use products from Paper Sweeties, but we would LOVE if you did!   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 the link gallery below (if using your blog, please link to your blog post not your entire blog so we can find your creation) or UPLOAD a photo of your project to our FACEBOOK GROUP CHALLENGE ALBUM .  No blog or not on Facebook, no problem — you can use any of our online galleries to add your project link:  Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest or Splitcoast Stampers – (keyword papersweeties).  Contact us if you have questions or need assistance!

3. LINK back to this blog post so your followers can find us too!  (Back linked posts will not be considered for the monthly prize).

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!

This month’s inspiration board:


This month’s WINNER will receive a $100 gift certificate for a shopping spree at Paper Sweeties!!!  Sadly, we will be discontinuing hosting the monthly challenges in 2018, so let’s make this month’s challenge the BEST ever and go out with a BANG!  Share us with your crafty friends!


HOW will YOU be inspired this month — colors, theme, shapes, patterns?  I was inspired by the theme, colors and homespun stockings in this month’s fun photo!  (CLICK on the photos for close up views):

I took a literal approach to this month’s challenge – recreating the wood texture with patterned paper and homespun stockings with pretty patterned paper, burlap cuffs and then added some glittered holly leaves and sparkly berries!!!

To recreate, use these products from Paper Sweeties boutique:


Please visit our talented Design Team Contributors’ blogs to be inspired by their AMAZING projects:

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties <- you are here!

Jinny Newlin

Julie Tucker-Wolek

Karen Letchworth

Kathy Schweinfurth

Nancy Salkeld


Be sure to join us DECEMBER 1st through DECEMBER 25th for our annual 25 Days of Christmas Designer Blog Hop where we will be showcasing special holiday projects each day to help spark your creativity for card making, scrapbooking, home decor and holiday gift giving!  Jinny (link above) is showcasing the most ADORABLE homemade apple butter gifts today on her blog that you will surely want to make for your family and friends!  BONUS: bookmark this blog and follow us daily … there ‘may be’ some extra special treats and giveaways hidden in the daily blog posts especially for YOU this holiday season!!!


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Join our Facebook Inspiration Group – Share your Paper Sweeties projects with us!

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!

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

Sharing with these challenges: House of Cards – December/holiday; Cut it up #136 – Christmas song (Josh Grobin – Believe); Dies ‘R Us #86 – Christmas carols (Josh Grobin – Believe); CAS(E) this sketch #249 – sketch; Simon says stamp – ATG;  Addicted to stamps & more #270 – photo; Inspired by all the little things #74 – merry & bright; The card concept #82 – retro holiday; Fusion – red holiday/photo; 613 Avenue Create #203 – ATG

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  • Julie Tucker
    Posted at 07:18h, 01 December Reply

    This is gorgeous! LOVING the burlap on there!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lisa Bzibziak
    Posted at 08:24h, 01 December Reply

    LOVE this! So beautiful!

  • Darlene Pavlick
    Posted at 10:13h, 01 December Reply

    FABULOUS and what fun! Your challenges will be missed but I totally understand! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Christmas Carols’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  • maria f.
    Posted at 16:50h, 01 December Reply

    I believe! Super sweet.

  • Tracey McNeely
    Posted at 17:41h, 01 December Reply

    Adorable card, love those stockings. Thank you for joining us at Inspired By All the Little Things!

  • Evelyn
    Posted at 06:55h, 02 December Reply

    So very cute! I love those tiny stockings with the burlap touches — so rustic! I can just see them hanging in a cabin in the woods, waiting for Santa to fill them.

    Thanks for joining us for our Christmas Song challenge at Cut it Up!


  • carol gill
    Posted at 15:02h, 02 December Reply

    Great card and love the textured stockings.Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x

  • Greta H
    Posted at 22:43h, 02 December Reply

    Love your darling stockings! The burlap tops are wonderful with the sparkly holly!

  • Marjorie Dumontier
    Posted at 00:46h, 03 December Reply

    This is a truly lovely Christmas spirit card !

  • amy
    Posted at 02:20h, 03 December Reply

    Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at ATSM, good luck!!! Amy DT

  • Tracy
    Posted at 09:15h, 04 December Reply

    Oh these are so sweet, love the texture from the burlap.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge x

  • Pam Sebring
    Posted at 18:59h, 05 December Reply

    So very cute! I too really like the burlap effect. Happy holidays!

  • K M Meena Herale
    Posted at 07:18h, 06 December Reply

    Lovely card,
    Thank you for joining at Addicted to Stamps and More and waiting to see next time.

    Meena DT

  • vicki dutcher
    Posted at 10:02h, 06 December Reply

    Totally loved your inspirational photo!

  • Jane Knudsen
    Posted at 21:12h, 11 December Reply

    Love this sweet stocking card! The burlap is the bomb! Thanks for playing along with House of Cards!

  • Gerda
    Posted at 16:46h, 12 December Reply

    What a gorgeous card!! Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up challenge!
    Have a great day.

  • Gilda
    Posted at 13:12h, 18 December Reply

    Love the cute stocking card. So creative.

  • Lucy E.
    Posted at 18:48h, 07 January Reply

    What a fun challenge-I enjoyed
    the photo inspiration. Thanks for the fun!
    I can’t find a winner announcement. I checked the Facebook group also.

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