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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:  Elizabeth H!


Elizabeth created the sweetest Father’s Day theme card for our June challenge!  Contact us, Elizabeth, to claim your prize and get the challenge details for your Guest Designer spot with Paper Sweeties next month … and here’s a {sweet} badge to display on your blog – enjoy!

PS-Winner Badge

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 a stamp, die or embellishment from Paper Sweeties!  If you don’t have any stamps from Paper Sweeties yet, we have some complimentary digital images created specifically for this challenge that you can try before you buy!  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 blog post (not your entire blog) so we can easily find your creation.  No blog, no problem — you can use any of our online galleries to upload your project: FacebookFlickr, Pinterest 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!

*NEW* grab our challenge BUTTON and SHARE on your blog with your crafty friends and followers!!!

Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge | July 2016!

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HOW will YOU be inspired this month — colors, theme, shapes, patterns?  I was inspired by the colors, patterns and treats in this yummy photo (CLICK on the photos for close up views):


I decided to create some yummy treats inspired by this month’s beautiful inspiration board – just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend!  Nothings is better for a backyard BBQ than some fun, cool drinks – complete with decorated paper straws – and delicious, homemade snacks!


I made a sweet little tag to hang off of a mix kit … the kit came complete with a teeny, tiny metal whisk – just TOO cute!  I love the mixy, matchy patterned papers used to stamp the mason jar pieces on!


I adorned the tag with mason jar, pennant banner, sparkly glitter star, beautiful iridescent sequins and some stamped American flags attached to trinket pins …


… and added some button twine, denim twill ribbon, embossed stars and half of a white paper doile to finish it off!


I baked off some yummy lemon blueberry muffins for this 4th of July inspired treat!


And, then I whipped up an old fashioned rootbeer float – YUM!  I decorated a pair of striped paper straws with a couple embellies from Paper Sweeties – perfect!


A delicious summer time snack, don’t you think???  We’ll be serving these yummies up this weekend at our holiday BBQ for our family!


Almost too good to eat … ALMOST 🙂


I used these goodies from the Paper Sweeties boutique to make these cards:

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

Beth Luetschwager

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties <– you are here!

Jeri Thomas

Julie Tucker-Wolek

Kathy Schweinfurth

July Guest Designer:  Tracey Kelly

July Card Kit of the Month —> NOW LIVE <—

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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!


Mark your calendars for August 1st and join us all month long for the FUN and FESTIVITIES!!!

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Sharing with these challenges:  Curtain Call – 7/1 Cherry Bomb; House of Cards – July/fruit, drink and/or colors; Dies R Us #52 – outdoor fun/BBQ; Simon Says Stamp #28 – ATG; Mojo Monday #454 – sketch; 613 Avenue Create #182 – ATG w/summer twist; Retro Sketches #220 – sketch; Cut it Up #99 – 3-D; CAS-ual Friday #151 – red, white & blue










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  1. Wow! Wow! Wow! I am blown away, Debbie!!!! I LOVE your decorative straws and mason jar treats!!! Have a safe and happy 4th!

  2. I wish I was your family or friend to get some of the adorable treats that you are always making!!!
    I am in love with that gorgeous tag!!!

  3. Very fun projects! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Curtain Call & Retro Sketches this week!

  4. Scrumptious post and design! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Super work!

  5. These are lovely, Debbie! The red, white, and blue are perfectly patriotic, and I adore the fun patterns you used, too! Beautiful! Thank you so much for joining us at House of Cards! Sending HUGS! 🙂 Mynn xx

  6. Super cute projects Debbie…….Those muffins look delicious, YUM!
    ps. thank you for having me as a GD Hugs.

  7. Such a sweet tag Debbie. Love the patriotic colors and theme. That jar looks awesome! Happy 4th of July. Thank you for playing along with us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

  8. Love this! Such an awesome design! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the House of Cards “Fruit/Drink Image and/or Colors” challenge!
    Leslie, HOC DT

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