Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge | September 2016!

Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge | September 2016!

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 4th Birthday Celebration $100 GRAND PRIZE:  Lori Turner!


Lori created the {sweetest} birthday theme card for our August challenge using the Eat Cake stamp and coordinating Eat Cake Sweet Cuts set, Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts and some delicious Robin Egg SequinsContact us, Lori, to claim your $100 gift certificate 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 BadgeWe also have another WINNER to announce!  We had a comment contest for our Birthday Celebration on THIS post … and the lucky winner is:  Karen Letchworth — who ALSO played along with our August challenge sharing this card made with our Frosting Seam Binding, Robin Egg Baker’s Twine and our {retired} Make Today Beautiful stamp set!!  Contact us, Karen, to claim your $15 gift certificate prize!


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: FacebookInstagram, Flickr, 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!

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


My favorite thing to do in the whole wide world is to make 3-D projects and gifts!  When my boys were young, I used to always make their teachers the cutest little handmade gifts for back to school, holidays, teacher appreciation and end of school!  Even though my boys are grown and moved out of the house, I still enjoy making cute little school theme projects and use them for display at Paper Sweeties shows – hoping to inspire a whole new generation to create something handmade for our amazing teachers!


I started with a recycled red and white polka dot paper bag that is just so cute!  It screamed to me to be turned into something SWEET!  I added some school theme patterned papers and glitter tape to the base.  I die cut the large stitched background shape using the Window Sweet Cuts die.


I stamped Emma and die cut her using the coordinating Emma Sweet Cuts die.  Next I stamped the cute little outfit that looks perfect for back to school along with the adorable little stack of books using the So Proud of You stamp set, colored the images, paper pieced the outfit to the doll and added everything to the paper bag.  I die cut the word Happy using the Happy Sweet Cuts set, stamped and die cut the delicious apple using the Homegrown stamp set and coordinating Homegrown Sweet Cuts set and then added the sentiment banner using the So Proud of You stamp set and Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts set.  A couple of Strawberry Sequins were added for a little bit of BLING!


I made a coordinating little 3″ x 3″ card to complete my set using the Beautiful and So Proud of You stamp sets and Beautiful Little Wishes Sweet Cuts and Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts die sets!


The addition of pencils inside the polka dotted bag is the perfect little treat for this teacher appreciation gift, don’t you think??!!??

  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

Jill Norwood 

Julie Tucker-Wolek

Kathy Schweinfurth

September Guest Designer:  Dawn Barwick

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















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  • Lisa Bzibziak
    Posted at 00:06h, 01 September Reply

    Love all of these!! All of those elements are so perfect and bring back such memories… that lined paper!! lol… I remember loving writing in those lines… so pretty!

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

    Sweet projects my dear! Love the yellow ruler ribbon! And the sweet scene on the treat bag!

  • Michelle Bala
    Posted at 07:45h, 01 September Reply

    These are too adorable Debbie! Love the fun patterns you used…the marble notebook paper…eeek!

  • Julie Tucker-Wolek
    Posted at 08:04h, 01 September Reply

    This set is fabulous! Absolutely LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE it! And HUGE CONGRATS to the winners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lori Turner
    Posted at 09:32h, 01 September Reply

    SQUEAL!!!!!! OMGOSH! Thank you, thank you, thank you for picking my card last month! I am soooo excited and honored! Congrats to Karen as well and the projects for this challenge are absolutely amazing ladies – way to go! I cannot WAIT to be a guestie with y’all!!! oxoxoxoxo

  • Michele K. Henderson
    Posted at 11:20h, 01 September Reply

    I love this terrific teacher card! It puts me in the mood to head back to school! Adorable!

  • Maria
    Posted at 15:06h, 01 September Reply

    Your back to school projects are awesome and creative, Debbie!! Love sweet little Emma and the fun patterns!! Oh, I do love the yellow ruler ribbon on your fab card! All so very cute and fun!!!

  • Sara Emily Barker
    Posted at 14:32h, 02 September Reply

    Sweet back to school set! Congratulations to Lori and Karen!

  • Mackie
    Posted at 22:23h, 02 September Reply

    Oh my goodness! Your pencil treat bags are so cute and creative! And I adore that little card, especially that ribbon!!!

  • Dawn
    Posted at 15:15h, 03 September Reply

    Brilliant back to school gift. Love all the little details and scrummy papers used. x

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