Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge – September 2015!

Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge – September 2015!

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:  Lisa Bzibziak


I love everything about this oh-so-sweet cupcake shaped card Lisa created for our birthday celebration challenge — especially the sparkly sequins!  Lisa created this yummy card using Emma, Emma Sweet Cuts, Jelly Bean Time and Cupcake Sprinkles Sequins from the Paper Sweeties boutique!  Contact us, Lisa, 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 #35:


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


I had so much FUN creating this sweet little pocket gift!  I covered a cardstock CD cover with pretty patterned papers and then had fun filling the pocket with lots of goodies!  After inserting some little baubles into the tiny paper bag and wrapping a pretty white paper doilie over the top, I sealed it with a cute little chalkboard wooden heart on a clothespin and then added a tiny washi tape ruler and a handmade report card!


I dressed Miss Abigail up for her first day back to school – complete with her little stack of books and an apple for her teacher!  Her sweater was stamped on patterned paper, skirt on cardstock and then the outfit was paper pieced to little Abigail.  She was adhered to a library card and then added to the pocket!  I created a fun tag that was added to the bundle of pencils using baker’s twine, added chipboard A, B, C’s and a couple of Strawberry Sequins for pops of sparkle!


I love everything about this fun little project and since I don’t have any of my own kids going ‘back to school’ presently, I gave it to my bestie’s daughter who is beginning her senior year in college … I hope she likes it!!


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

September Guest Designer:  Jeri Thomas


***Check back tomorrow to see if you’re one of the winners from our super sponsor birthday party giveaways … we had more than $350 in prizes up for grabs from our fabulous partner companies***

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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!

Inspired by these challenges: Sparkle & Shine #13 – tags; Pink & Main #1 – ATG; The Shabby Tea Room #258 – ABC – 123


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  • Maria
    Posted at 00:52h, 01 September Reply

    Just LOVE the sweet pocket gift, Debbie! Abigail is so CUTE placed on the library card! Beautiful school themed paper, too! Your friend’s daughter will love it!:-)

  • Julie Tucker-Wolek
    Posted at 07:56h, 01 September Reply

    Congrats to Lisa! Adorable project!! And loving yours today!!! So beautiful!!!!!

  • Lisa Bzibziak
    Posted at 08:48h, 01 September Reply

    I am so excited! I cannot wait to go shopping!… a new outfit for Emma… lots of sequins! Thank you!!

  • Melissa SunshineHoneyBee
    Posted at 10:35h, 01 September Reply

    Congrats to the winner, Lisa. Thanks for another wonderful challenge.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee’

  • Jill Norwood
    Posted at 13:09h, 01 September Reply

    Congrats to Lisa!!! Wonderful pocket card and gift Debbie! And love Jeri’s sweet guest design project!!! 🙂

  • Mynn xx
    Posted at 03:45h, 02 September Reply

    Oh, this is just too cute for words, Debbie! I LOVE all the details and frills–absolutely fabulous! HUGS! 🙂 Mynn xx

  • Karen P
    Posted at 15:55h, 03 September Reply

    Huge congrats to the winners and for your 3rd Celebration and here’s to many more!

    Thanks for another fabulous challenge and the gorgeous inspirations Karen x

  • Jeri
    Posted at 21:30h, 03 September Reply

    What a totally sweet little pocket you’ve designed. I love all the clever little elements you’ve combined to a fabulous end result! I would never have thought to make such a darling little project out of a CD envelope. I’m tucking this idea away for future reference. I’m so grateful to have been able to design a project for this challenge as your guest designer. I had a wonderful time creating with your Sweeties.

  • Amelia
    Posted at 11:08h, 06 September Reply

    This is so sweet Debbie. Love the pocket, such a cute idea.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 12:07h, 06 September Reply

    What an adorable project Debbie! 🙂

  • D~DesignsbyDragonfly
    Posted at 12:57h, 07 September Reply

    Thanks for sharing your cute project. What fun.
    Congrats Lisa. Enjoy your Paper Sweeties goodies.
    Crafty hugs,

  • Stacey's Creative Corner
    Posted at 08:12h, 10 September Reply

    What a cute little project!! Thanks so much for joining us for the Pink & Main Challenge 🙂

    ~Stacey (Pink & Main DT)

  • DebiB
    Posted at 15:47h, 14 September Reply

    So fun meeting you at the Westminster show this week-end. I used the Paper Sweeties stamps and dies that I bought first thing this morning on my Mojo Monday card. They worked perfectly on the first use. Some stamps you have ‘to break in’ before you get a good image. Hope to see you again.
    Hugs, Debi B

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