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Tidings of Comfort and Joy – TSTR #196

Hi my crafty friends!  I'm popping in today to share a little card I recently created for this week's new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room #196 - 'Noel'!

Photo Inspiration #196We are to use polka dots and buttons on our projects this week ... easy peesy!Debbie TSTR #196 (1)I printed a gorgeous vintage image contained in the Christmas Baubles set from Digital Papers by Janet Etsy and attached it to the base of my card.

Debbie TSTR #196 (2)I created a 3-D banner sentiment using the Noel stamp set from Paper Sweeties and then made a pretty nosegay using red & white polka dotted grosgrain ribbon, a button, baker's twine and a couple of Rusty Jingle Bells!

Please be sure to visit The Shabby Tea Room to be inspired by the other Shabby Girls' gorgeous projects this week and then I hope you'll have time to play along for a chance to win some awesome goodness from Janet's shop!

Inspired by these current challenges:  Cupcake Inspiration #240 – holly berries; Paper Issues - Christmas; Ribbon Carousel #88 – anything; Word Art Wednesday #109 – anything; Really Reasonable Ribbons #85 – button, text, polka dots;  Ribbon Girl - Christmas; Pile it On #48 - P is for - polka dots; 7 Kids College Fund #88 - anything goes; Paper Sweeties December challenge – inspired by girl

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Some EXCITING news to share!

Hello friends!  Well, I bet most of you have heard the buzz by now, but if you haven't, I finally get to spill the beans!  My sweet friend, Lesley Croghan, is starting a new challenge beginning in January 2014 and guess what ...

Designer Badge... I have been invited to create for the inaugural the card Concept design team in the 'Shabby Chic' category ... LOVE!!!  For those of you unfamiliar with the guidelines surrounding the Shabby Chic esthetic, here you go:

Shabby Chic and Vintage

Definition: 
  • the use of used, worn or inexpensive components to make stylish goods
  • distressed or sponged edges
  • old feel-antiqued
  • lots of embellishments
  • ribbons or lace
  • lots of layers

Those that know me well, already know that I adore anything shabby, old, worn and antique!  YUM!  I enjoy going to antique shows and finding old treasures to add to my cards and paper crafted projects!  I love piling my creations high with lots of bits and bobs of sweet little treasures -- creating keepsakes suitable for framing in some instances!

papersweeties-debbie-11-11-13(1)Let's go through the shabby checklist, shall we?  Used, worn, inexpensive components - check!  Distressed or sponges layers - I inked mine with vanilla paint - check!  Old/antique feeling with lots of embellishments - check!  Ribbons or lace - check!   Lots of layers - check!

Winner BadgeThis shabby little sweetie was chosen as the winning favorite at Festive Friday for last week's aqua, red & cream challenge!  Materials list: Homespun Holidays, Ho Ho Ho, Homespun Holidays Sweet Cuts, Rusty Jingle Bells, Red & White Chenille Candy Cane, October Afternoon - Make It Merry patterned paper, blue chenille trim - Webster's Pages.

A huge thank you to Miss Lesley for inviting me to join the line-up of talented designers who will be creating for The Card Concept challenges!  We are all in for a treat to be inspired by these lovely ladies!  Stay tuned for this new and exciting challenge to launch after the holidays in January ... and until then, happy stamping my friends!

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Three scoops, please!

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Thank you to the ladies at Pile it On for choosing my card as one of the top three for last week's 'Show us your Tools' challenge!
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Created using the Ho Ho Ho and Homespun Holidays stamp sets and coordinating Homespun Holidays Sweet Cuts die along with a Red & White Chenille Candy Cane and Rusty Jingle Bells from Paper Sweeties!
Thank you for visiting today!  Hugs - xoxoxo
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Homespun Holidays – TSTR #193

Photo Inspiration #193Hello crafty friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with everything you love!  I'm sharing a little card I recently made for this week's challenge at The Shabby Tea Room - 'Gingham Country Christmas'!

Debbie TSTR #193 (2)The Tea Room is sponsored this week by My Time Made Easy and I used the Gingham Candied Apple paper from the shop on the base of my card - LOVE!!

Debbie TSTR #193 (3)I stamped the presents and adorable little rocking horse using the Homespun Holidays stamp set and then die cut them with the coordinating Homespun Holidays Sweet Cuts die - easy peesy!  The sentiment was stamped onto a banner using the same set and then double mounted on a base of Kraft cardstock!  The tree was die cut from aqua glitter chipboard using a die from PTI and then I added some homespun cotton lace trim, burlap ribbon bow and a couple of delicious Rusty Jingle Bells!

Debbie TSTR #193 (1)Please be sure to visit The Shabby Tea Room to be inspired by the rest of the teamies gorgeous projects this week, and then I hope you'll have time to give our 'Gingham Country Christmas' challenge a try for a chance to win an awesome prize package from My Time Made Easy!

I decided that I am going with an aqua, red and cream color palette for my main holiday card this year!  I adore these colors together!!  I have about 30 cards made ... 30 more to go!  Off to get a couple more made ...

Inspired by these lovely challenges: Merry Monday #84 - trees with bling; Word Art Wednesday #106 – anything; Festive Friday #21 – red/aqua/white; Ribbon Carousel #87 – holiday/celebration; There She Goes #234 - winter fun

Thanks for stopping by today ... hugs - xoxox

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A masculine celebration …

Hello crafty friends!  Do you ever struggle with masculine cards & gifts?  I sure do ... pink, ruffly and glittery comes so easy to me, but masculine always give me a run for my money!

papersweeties-debbie-11-9-13(5)A good friend of ours is turning 50 next week, so I decided to sit down the put my little thinking cap on to come up with a card for him that would help him celebrate his big day!

papersweeties-debbie-11-9-13(4)I used some delicious black and cream striped pattern paper from SU!, a ledger card die from PTI and the Homespun Holidays and So Sweet of You stamp sets along with the Homespun Holidays Sweet Cuts die to create my card.  What do ya' think??

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I was inspired by these wonderful challenge:  Seize the Sketch #7 - sketch;  Ribbon Girl November Challenge – stripes; Word Art Wednesday #105 – anything goes; There She Goes #232 – dots & stripes; Ribbon Carousel #87 – holidays/celebrations; Simon Says Stamp - CAS; Runway Inspired #47 – stripes/white

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Bounty of the Season … TKJ #145

Debbie TKJ #145 (2) For today's 'Harvest Time' challenge at The Kraft Journal, I began with a base of Buff Ivory Cardstock followed by a layer of Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock onto which I layered several patterned papers and a strip of Gaffner Tape.  I tied a delicious bow around the patterned paper layer using a length of Natural Burlap Ribbon.  Next I cut a sweet pumpkin shape from Corrugated Kraft Paper, white washed it with cream paint and adhered it to the front of the card.  I found the perfect stem in my backyard and added it to the top of the pumpkin and then created 'leaves' using Bright Green Hemp Cording.

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I created a sentiment tag using a tag from the  Designer's Special Grungy Prim Tags Assortment onto which I stamped a sentiment from the Give Thanks stamp set and then secured it to the pumpkin using a Metal Hinge Clip.  Last, I added a few cream buttons to the bottom of the card to add to the homespun feeling I attempted to create!

Debbie TKJ #145 (1)Please be sure to visit The Kraft Journal challenge blog to check out the amazing inspiration from the rest of the teamies ... and then I hope you'll have time to give this week's 'Harvest Time' challenge a try for a chance to win some goodness from The Kraft Outlet Shop!

Inspiration found at these awesome challenges:  Ribbon Girl November Challenge – stripes; There She Goes #232 – dots & stripes; Catered Crop - washi tape; Top Tip Tuesday #113 - seasons; Cupcake Inspirations #235 - fall leaves/colors

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So Sweet of You … TSTR #191

Photo Inspiration #191Hello crafty friends and welcome to The Shabby Tea Room  #191 - 'Shabby Fall Party'!  This week we are to be inspired by the gorgeous photo above and include a BANNER, CUPCAKE/CAKE AND ORANGE/YELLOW in our designs!

Debbie TSTR #191 (2)I am a HUGE fan of banners, so this card was so much fun for me to create!Debbie TSTR #191 (3)I used the Banner Wishes, You Are Amazing and You Make Me Smile stamp sets from Paper Sweeties to create the pennants and sentiments on my banner.  The cupcake is a sticker from Doodlebug and the seam binding, gingham washi tape and candy dots are from SU!Debbie TSTR #191 (1)Be sure to hop on over to the Tea Room to check out the amazing inspiration from the rest of the Shabby Girls ... and then I hope you'll have time to play along with our 'Shabby Fall Party' challenge this week for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Sweeties boutique!

Inspiration found at these awesome challenges:  Ribbon Girl November Challenge – stripes; There She Goes #232 – dots & stripes; Catered Crop – washi tape; Cupcake Inspirations #235 – fall leaves/colors

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More gorgeous GOURD inspiration …

... from the Curtain Call crewmates!

Barb Murphy created this adorable card using the Sweeties Wagon stamp set along with Mint Green Tea and Lacey Blueberry seam binding!

Gayatri Murali created this little sweetie using the Sweeties Wagon stamp set!

Kim Singdahlsen created this darling card using the Stand Add-on 3 stamp set!
A big thank you to the Curtain Call crewmates for inspiring us with their amazing creations!
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Hey Punkin’! … TSTR #190!

Photo Inspiration #190Welcome to my project for The Shabby Tea Room #190 - 'Pumpkin Spice'!  We are to be inspired by the yummy photo this week and include a pumpkin & glitter on our projects!

Debbie TSTR #190 (2)The Tea Room is sponsored by The Cutting Cafe this week and I was lucky enough to create a little something sweet using Regina's adorable Pumpkin Treat Box template!  I love the mixy matchy feel of this sweet treat when patterned papers are layered on top of the base template!Debbie TSTR #190 (3)I used the Banner Wishes, Sweeties Wagon and Home Tweet Home stamp sets to create the sentiment tags on the pumpkin and stick!Debbie TSTR #190 (1)Please be sure to hop on over to The Shabby Tea Room to check out the amazing inspiration projects from the rest of the teamies ... and then we hope you'll play along with our 'Pumpkin Spice' challenge this week for a chance to win some awesomeness from The Cutting Cafe!

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Boo – TKJ #143!

TKJ #143We have a color inspiration challenge for this week at The Kraft Journal!  I LOVE color inspiration challenges, how about you??

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I began with a base of Brown Kraft Cardstock which I layered onto a pumpkin shaped card template from The Cutting Cafe and hand cut.  Next I cut the decorative layers for the top of the pumpkins using various patterned papers and Vintage Dictionary Pages.  After adhering the decorative layers, I cut burlap stems for the pumpkins using Burlap Tags.

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To create the leaf nosegay, I added glittered leaves I hand cut, Tiny Wooden Green Clothespins and Bright Green Hemp Cording.  Last, I added a glittered pumpkin sticker and gave him a sweet sentiment stamped onto a Grungy Prim Tag using the Too Cute To Spook stamp set from Paper Sweeties and then secured on a Memo Pin.

Please be sure to visit The Kraft Journal to be inspired by the rest of the teamies' projects this week, and then I hope you'll give our color inspiration challenge a try for a chance to win an awesome prize package from The Kraft Outlet Shop!

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Bloom where you are planted – TSTR #189

Photo Inspiration #189Hello crafty friends!  Welcome to my blog today!  I'm here to share a little something I cooked up for this week's challenge at The Shabby Tea Room #189 - 'Fall Florals'.  We are asked to be inspired by this lovely photo and include fall flowers on our project!

Debbie TSTR #189 (2)Creations by AR is our wonderful host this week in the Tea Room and I got to create with Adela's beautiful Garden Can Set - swoon!  I cut the watering can out of pretty patterned paper and assembled.  Then I had fun decoration the can with a white paper doilie, pretty paper flowers in yummy autumn colors and a little rhinestone and pearl BLING!

Debbie TSTR #189 (3)I stuffed the inside of the can with Spanish moss I picked on vacation down in Florida a while back, and then cut the coordinating seed packet from the set out of some more patterned paper.  I decorated the seed packet with another flower and doilie and then wrapped a length of Primrose Cookie Dough seam binding around the seed packet and tied it into a pretty bow.  Next, I stamped a pretty frame and sentiment to adhere to the middle of the seed packet using the Smile and Make Today Beautiful stamp sets from Paper Sweeties!

Debbie TSTR #189 (1)You won't want to miss a single peek of the amazing inspiration by the rest of the teamies over in the Tea Room, so hop on over for a little look!  I hope you're inspired to create something fun with fall flowers this week for a chance to win an amazing prize package from Creations by AR!

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Friday Featured Fan

Hello sweeties!!  I’m popping in today to share about today’s:

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Each week I will be perusing the internet looking for projects created by all of YOU using anything from the Paper Sweeties shop!  Feel free to send me a link and/or picture of your projects too, so I don’t miss a single peek-a-boo at any crafty goodness you create!  On Fridays I’ll pop by here and showcase one designer’s project that caught my eye!  Fun, right??!!

So, without further ado, please take a peek at this lovely card designed by Karen Letchworth using the So Sweet of You stamp set and Cake Crumbs seam binding …

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… pure LOVE!  I adore the vintage and shabby feel Karen has created on this beautiful card!   Thanks for sharing your amazing project with us … please feel free to grab the ‘Friday Featured Fan’ badge to display on your blog, Karen!

Who will be next week’s Friday Featured Fan … maybe you?  Send me links to your projects … I cannot wait to see what you’ll create this week!

And … don’t forget to play along with the October Paper Sweeties Challenge for your chance to win some goodness from the shop!  The project you submit may be spotted and showcased here!

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And we also have our Baby Blog Hop contest and challenge going on through the end of the month ... hop, comment, create -- WIN 🙂

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Until next time, happy stamping my friends!  Hugs!

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