Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge #33 – Red, White & Blue

Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge #33 – Red, White & Blue

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:  Jen Carter!


  Contact us, Jen, to claim your $20 gift certificate for a shopping spree and get the challenge details for your Guest Designer spot 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 #33 – ‘Red, White & Blue’


HOW will YOU be inspired this month — colors, theme, shapes??  Here is how I was inspired to create this month (CLICK on the photos for close up views):


I created this little sweetie for my oldest son who just graduated from grad school!  He got his Master’s Degree in Bio-Medical Engineering from Drexel University in PA … and I’m a proud mama!


I stamped Jake on buttercream cardstock, die cut him using the Jake Sweet Cuts die and colored his hair with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.  I stamped the cap and gown onto navy cardstock using the ConGRADulations stamp set and stamped the pants and shoes using the Happy Fall Ya’ll stamp set.  I created a ‘flag’ background using red and navy cardstock strips and a square and then stamped the sentiments using the ConGRADulations and Surf’s Up stamp sets — and the cute little sail boat is from the Surf’s Up set too!  To finish things off, I added 3 Marshmallow Sequins for a little sparkle and a red glitter star die cut using the Be Happy Sweet Cuts die!


Supplies used from the Paper Sweeties boutique:

  Please visit our talented Design Team Contributors’ 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:  Lin Brandyberry

Click –> HERE <– to learn about our JULY CARD KIT!

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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!

Inspired by these challenges: Pile it On #75 – flag colors; 7 Kids Challenge Blog #129 – ATG w/ twist of stars & stripes;  Simon Says – dots/spots; Tuesday Throwdown #251 – stars; 613 Avenue Create #130 – ATG; JUGS #299 – inspo photo; Repeat Impressions – red, white & blue


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  • Maria
    Posted at 00:50h, 01 July Reply

    A wonderful patriotic card with Jake in his graduation gown, Debbie! Just too CUTE with him holding the little sail boat!:-)

  • Mynn xx
    Posted at 01:28h, 01 July Reply

    SO CUTE!!! I LOVE the fun flag background you created, Debbie! This is darling! HUGS! 🙂 Mynn xx

  • Jill Norwood
    Posted at 03:36h, 01 July Reply

    A gorgeous creation. Debbie! Love Jake all dressed for his Graduation Day!

  • Julie Tucker-Wolek
    Posted at 07:57h, 01 July Reply

    This is amazing! LOVE it!! And huge CONGRATS to your son!!!!!

  • Mackie
    Posted at 17:03h, 01 July Reply

    So cute!!! Love how you made the flag background!

  • Karen Pimblett
    Posted at 09:08h, 03 July Reply

    Such very gorgeous inspiration!! Smiles.xx

  • Lin
    Posted at 18:36h, 03 July Reply

    Congrats to your son and to his proud Momma! And thanks for playing along with us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  • Beth F
    Posted at 09:41h, 04 July Reply

    WOW! I love the inspiration photo and the card! Thanks for another fabulous challenge!

  • Heather Mills
    Posted at 21:52h, 06 July Reply

    Oh, this is super cute! But not so cute that it wouldn’t be perfect for a young adult finishing grad school, ’cause it is perfect for that. : ) Thanks for playing with The House that Stamps Built.

  • Helen
    Posted at 17:16h, 07 July Reply

    Awww….cute card!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Helen x

  • Colleen Holmes
    Posted at 10:03h, 13 July Reply

    This is so stinking cute! Congratulations on your sons graduation! Such a proud moment for you both!! Thank you for playing at and hope to see you there in the next challenge!

  • Rosemary
    Posted at 20:35h, 14 July Reply

    This is adorable! Thank you for playing in our challenge at! Hugs, Rosie

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