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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:  Jeri Thomas


I am completely SMITTEN with Jeri’s adorable, patriotic card she created for her son who is serving overseas in the military!  I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Jeri in June at the Stampfest Show in Lakeland, FL and she is sweet as can be!  Jeri created this beautiful and heartfelt card using Jake, Jake Sweet Cuts and You’re My Hero from the Paper Sweeties boutique!  Contact us, Jeri, to claim your gift certificate for a $20 shopping spree and get the challenge details for your Guest Designer spot with Paper Sweeties 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 #34 – ‘Happy Birthday’


We’re SUPER EXCITED to be celebrating our THIRD BIRTHDAY this month here at Paper Sweeties!  My how time flies when you’re HAVING FUN!  We have some EXTRA SPECIAL INSPIRATION this month —   several of our very talented Alumni Designers are joining us for this month’s blog hop!  We have also PARTNERED with some of our very favorite companies who have generously donated some FABULOUS PRIZES for you all this month!  Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post to find out how you can be eligible to win one of the EXTRA SPECIAL PRIZES offered this month!

HOW will YOU be inspired this month — colors, theme, shapes, patterns?  I was inspired by the polka dots, cupcakes, birthday candles, stars and birthday theme to create this oh-so-fun set (CLICK on the photos for close up views):


Pop-up box (instructions HERE):


How fun are the pop up glitter stars, heart, balloon and cupcake?


A cute banner was created for the back of the box by hanging a die cut star, pennant and heart on a length of Cookie Dough Baker’s Twine!


Cupcake toppers:


Pinwheel card:


Love these delicious colors and pretty patterns all mixy-matchy!


Favor/treat bag:


Fill treat bags with candy or a little thank you gift!  I tied a yummy rock candy lollipop onto my treat bag topper and tag!


Supplies used from the Paper Sweeties boutique:


  Please visit our talented Design Team Contributors’ and Special Guest Alumni Designers’ 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:  Jen Carter

Special Guest Alumni Designers: 

Annette Allen

Jinny Newlin

Kristi Schurr

Lisa Elton

Lori Hairston 

Patti Goldman

Please join me in thanking our VERY SPECIAL partner companies that have generously donated wonderful prizes to help make this month’s birthday celebration extra FUN:

 bossyflair$20 Gift Certificate = Bossy Joscie


Crafty Secrets -$20 CG prize

$20 Gift Certificate for digital prize = Crafty Secrets




FOUR $25 Gift Certificates = Enchanted Cottage  **They carry the entire Paper Sweeties line**


Fun Stampers JourneyFSJ PrizeHandmade ‘Love’ Canvas, Welcome Baby stamp set, Master Frame stamp set = Margaret Green, Journey Coach


Great ImpressionsBirthday stamp set prize package = Great Impressions


Iralamijashop EtsyShabby Butterflies digital paper file = Iralamija Etsy Shop


$20 Gift Certificate = Paper Temptress

20 sheets of Cryogen White Cardstock = Paper Temptress


Pink & MainPink & Main prizeHappy Birthday stamp set = Pink & Main


The Cutting CafeThree cutting file sets = The Cutting Cafe


papersweeties-august 2015 kit(1)One August Kit of the Month = Paper Sweeties!




$100 Gift Certificate = Paper Sweeties


How to be eligible to win one of these AWESOME PRIZES:

(1) Leave us a sweet comment on this blog post for one chance!

(2) Share your creations for the August challenge – you’ll earn one chance for EACH project you add to our inLinkz gallery!

(3) Share our birthday graphic and/or challenge graphic on your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, Splitcoast Stampers (keyword papersweeties) and/or Instagram and TAG US!  Leave us a comment here to let us know how many times you shared – you’ll earn an EXTRA chance for each time you SHARE us!


Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with everything new and exciting at Paper Sweeties!

Like our Facebook Fan Page – $20 gift certificate given out to one lucky fan each time we reach 100 new ‘likes’ … next prize at the 2,300 level!

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!

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

Sharing with these current challenges:  Seize the Birthday – ATG; Simon Says Stamp – ATG; Paper Issues – chip off the old BLOCK; The House that Stamps Built – ATG; Tuesday Throwdown #255 – summer fun; Cupcake Inspirations #320 – cupcakes & hearts; 613 Avenue Create #134 – ATG; {PIN}spirational #145 – colors; Top Tip Tuesday – bingo: sparkle/sentiment/ribbon or twine; The Shabby Tea Room #256 – summer picnic


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  1. Wow! Great sponsors, Debbie! I love your cute birthday set! It’s so festive and fun! Congrats on 3 years! So glad I am able to be part of the celebration!!!

  2. Fabulous prizes! I was already a member of everything but your YouTube. Not sure why I didn’t know that was out there! Congrats on 3 years!

  3. Congratulations on three wonderful and fun filled years Debbie! It has been so wonderful to see the company grow and enjoy all your fun new products along the way! I wish you and your sweeties many more years of success!!! Thanks for inspiring me! You are an amazing woman my dear!!!!

  4. Huuuuge congratulations to you on three years! Paper Sweeties just keeps getting better and better with adorable new images, dies and embellishments. I’m happy to be able to celebrate this milestone with you.

    Oh, and that pop up box is absolutely stunning!!

  5. HOORAY for Paper Sweeties, Debbie! I am SO incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with all you lovely ladies! Debbie–you are so fabulous and I wish you ALL good things, friend! Your fun birthday set is totally stunning! HUGS to you! 🙂 Mynn xx

  6. Happy 3rd Birthday and congratulations! I’m so excited about all the fun you are planning this month! Your project looks spectacular! Love the soft colors! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations!
    Debbie, DT Sweetie

  7. SQUEAL!! LOVING LOVING LOVING!! CONGRATS to Jeri for the AMAZING Inspiration and for winning a spot to be the GD for September!! =) AMAZING Cards and Box and those Cupcake Sticks are SO CUTE!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! A HUGE THANKS to the AWESOME SPONSORS and HAVE A FABULOUS MONTH!! =)

  8. Happy Birthday! So glad to follow the hop! I love the cute dolls. I am wanting to place an order for them all! I like your monthly kit, too. I think I will have some friends over and do these cards together!

  9. Your birthday projects to celebrate Paper Sweetie’s third birthday are absolutely amazing, Debbie!!! I LOVE the pop up box, pinwheel card, and fun cupcake!!! Congratulations on Paper Sweetie’s third birthday! I’m so happy to be part of the team and the wonderful celebration!!!

  10. Happy Birthday #3, Debbie! You’ve outdone yourself with these wonderful projects today – love ’em all! Thanks for sharing them with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  11. Debbie it looks like you have a month full of wonderful prizes and inspiration planned!!! I am looking forward to all of it 🙂 Hugs….Janie

    Here are links to the places I posted the Paper Sweeties birthday graphic….. (the actual blog post)
    or just my blog

    I tagged you on my Instagram post 🙂

    I hope these links to take you to were you need to go….if not, contact me please.

  12. What a great blog & giveaway! Since I got my Silhouette Cameo, I haven’t bought another card. I only make my cards. I would love to win the stamp set, so I could use it making cards!

  13. Wow Debbie – what a fun combo of birthday items… you really went all out! And Happy Third to you all on the team! We love that you share your designs & creativity at 613 Ave C – thank you!
    DT for 613 Ave Create – [ ATG / Shabby Chic]
    Owner: RubberMAD at []

  14. What an adorable little set!! Pop-up box cards are so fun and I really like how you decorated yours. The little treat bags are super cute, too. Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  15. Happy birthday! I am so glad I stumbled upon paper sweeties! I was checking out Tracey’s artwork on trace-elementz and when she mentioned paper sweeties I had to see what it was all about. Love your products. The quality of your stamps is fantastic and I just am crazy for the sequins. I’m playing along this month but can’t link my project until next week…. Love to see everyone’s artwork. So many creative ideas here…. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. SO EXCITED to celebrate with you and see more of the wonderful world of Paper Sweeties – Happy 3rd Birthday to you and what fun it is to be here!! Thanks for all the awesome products you have and offer us!!! Have a wonderful day!!

  17. Wow Debbie!!! It looks like you have shown us how to create the entire birthday party!!! Awesome, creative, and VERY INPSIRING!!! And I visited all of the designers as well and was in awe at the wonderful creations. Like you, they are all inspiring. Thank you ALL for sharing 🙂 Hugs…Janie

  18. Wow, three years has flown by! What a great sponsor line-up you have, too! Thanks for the chance to win one of these fabulous prizes!

  19. WOW! So many great projects in this post!

    Thank you for participating in the last {PIN}Spirational Challenge. A new one has just begun… I hope you’ll check it out and play along with it, too!

  20. Congrats on your 3rd Birthday! Thank you for a fun challenge and that gorgeous box pop up card: love it! Hope to play again later this month Karen

  21. Love your box card and the heart on the front ties it in so well, but let me say the pinwheel card sealed the deal for me, super, super cute! Thanks for linking up your creation with us over at Seize the Birthday!!

  22. The happiest of birthdays to Paper Sweeties! So happy to have found you at Stampfest in Lakeland and look forward to spending more birthdays with your Sweeties. Thanks so much for the honor of being last month’s challenge winner. I’m looking forward to my guest design spot.
    Hugs, Jeri

  23. I’m finally getting over here to leave my comment! I had SUCH FUN at the trunk show at A Stamp Artist’s Place in Swannanoa last Saturday!!! I am ready to play along with this fun challenge. I have my new set ready to go! I <3 Paper Sweeties and want one of everything!!! 🙂

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