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Hello crafty friends!  I’m so happy that you stopped by today for a little peek-a-boo!  I have some very fun and exciting news to share … August is the one-year birthday for the Paper Sweeties stamps and shop!  We opened our shop with a ‘soft launch’ on August 1, 2012 and released all of our August 2012 stamps by the 15th of the month!  Time sure does fly when you’re having FUN!  I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all of your sweet comments and e-mails telling me how much you like your Paper Sweeties stamps.  We LOVE our customers — new and old!!

To help us celebrate our BIG first birthday, we are planning fun little things all month long for you to enjoy and be inspired by!  We hope some of the ideas that you see here will spark your creativity and inspire you to create something fun out of stamps, paper and glue 🙂


So, without further ado, let me share what the first fun event is that we have planned for this month … I invited a bunch of my very talented crafty friends to join me for a DESIGNER’S BIRTHDAY BLOG HOP!  Over the next three days, we have TWENTY FIVE amazing designer’s who will be sharing sweet treats, cards, layouts, gifts, party favors, home decor and birthday-themed projects — created using a variety of stamps from the Paper Sweeties boutique!  FUN, right?!?

Well, we can’t have a birthday party celebration without gifts, right!  I‘ll be giving away the ENTIRE AUGUST RELEASE to one lucky person — there will be five sets released = $50 retail value!  So, here’s what you need to do to be eligible to win some yummy candy from this three-day hop: 

#1 – FOLLOW the Paper Sweeties blog (Bloglovin’ link on sidebar)

#2 – LIKE and SHARE about us on our Facebook Fan Page 

#3 – COMMENT on any August blog post – let us know you follow our Blog and Fan Page

#4 – POST our Paper Sweeties birthday graphic (above) on your blog and share about our party with your crafty friends

#5 – VISIT all of the designer’s blogs linked here each day and leave a little love for them too!  Come back here and leave us a comment telling us which of today’s projects was your favorite and why!  Do you have more than one favorite — leave each of your choices in a separate comment for ADDITIONAL chances to win!

The winner of the AUGUST RELEASE will be announced on August 18th (my birthday) and will be chosen from ALL comments left on this blog from August 1st through August 17th 🙂


We’ll be attending the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Charlotte, NC August 15th – 17th … I hope to see many of our local crafty friends there!  Leave us a comment to let us know if you’re attending!  We’ll be releasing a ‘show exclusive’ stamp set AT THE SHOW!  I’ll share pics of this exciting and fun weekend here on the blog after I return!!!

Okay, lets get to peekin’ at my project for today!  I created an entire birthday set for the three-day hop.  Today I’m sharing a sweet little party banner I designed — perfect for any sort of party — birthday, tea, anniversary, engagement … and so on!

papersweeties-birthday(1)I used these stamp sets to create the sentiment banners on each alphabet of the banner:  You Make Me Smile, You’re Invited, You Are Fabulous and Occasions!

papersweeties-birthday(2)I used some yummy tea-stained seam binding to create the shabby little bows – Strawberry Shortcake and Pink Bubblegum!

papersweeties-birthday(3)The hot pink and white polka dotted ‘papers’ are cupcake liners that I flatted and then adhered pretty white paper doilies on top of them before building my little alphas!

papersweeties-birthday(4) I added lots of bits and bobs of treasures from my crafty baskets until I was happy with each little alpha!  When complete, I strung all the letters together using some yummy aqua tulle!

papersweeties-birthday(6)And then I hung the party banner on a pretty soft pink tufted bulletin board I picked up at AC Moore a couple of weeks ago on their clearance rack!!

papersweeties-birthday(7){Click on the photos to see larger versions}

Please be sure to visit my crafty friends’ blogs — oh my goodness, you won’t want to miss a single stop on the hop — so much eye candy, inspiration and ideas … these ladies are simply amazing!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz {you are here}

Jinny Newlin

Amy Tsuruta

Pattie Goldman

Tina Milbourn

Kathy Montgomery

Michelle Bala

Jessica Kephart

Karen Letchworth

Lori Ulrich

Teresa Kline

Don’t forget to like & share about us on Facebook and leave us a little bloggity love to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE!

Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration Challenge #10:


See you back here again tomorrow with many more yummy birthday celebration ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

Thanks for stopping by!

I’m entering this banner with celebration sentiment tags for the Moxie Fab World Bags & Tags challenge and also these fun challenges: Paper Issues – chipboard; City Crafter Challenge Blog #170 – summertime (my birthday/August 18th); Tuesday Throwdown #158 – birthday party; Simon Says Stamp – anything


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  1. OMGosh Debbie….what a gorgeous banner. Love the hot pink spot cup cake cases for the base and all the pretty layers.

  2. Yeah! Happy 1st Birthday Paper Sweeties! Debbie, thank you for inviting me to join your design team and blog hop! Love the sweet banner!

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAPER SWEETIES!!!!! First off I want to thank you for letting me join in all of the fun, it really ment a lot that you thought of me and asked “if” I’d be interested…girl, there was no if to it!! (hugs)

    This banner is utterly stunning! OMG, just floored….the doilys, flowers, little bits…BEAUTIFUL! I think you may have ruined me for rest of the hop 😉 All I want to do is stare at your banner!!!

    I’m on my way to visit everyone and enjoy some sweet treats 🙂

  4. WOW…I saw some AMAZING projects. The gals really out did themselves!! I’m actually VERY partial to 2 projects…the first one (no, I’m not sucking up, lol) is yours…that banner is stunning!! All the little details…wow! The 2nd project is by Kathy Montgomery…her card is stunning and beautiful!

  5. I just LOVE this sweet party banner, and wow did you get lucky finding that perfect back board on clearance. How adorable, Debbie. You’ve got a whole lot of talent showcasing your darling stamps. Hope this 1st Birthday is just the beginning of great things to come.
    Blessings & Paper Sweetie Hugs,

  6. I follow your blog and I’m a facebook fan! Happy one year birthday! I really like your blog and I’m looking forward to another year of inspiration and fun.

  7. Oh my goodness can’t believe I am just discovering paper sweeties. I love your banner, now I am off to see what the other ladies have created. Happy First Birthday!!

  8. Such a darling banner, Debbie!!! Happy 1st Birthday to Paper Sweeties!!! It’s a great honor and pleasure to be on the design team! And, I just LOVE all the stamps! You do an amazing job. Thank you so much for all that you do!!!

  9. Now I get it!!! LOL We are both Leo’s 🙂 My Birthday is the 16th of August. That is when my Bog Hop is. Too Funny 🙂 I haven’t went through the hop yet but I am working on it. Have a great Evening.

  10. Happy Birthday Paper Sweeties & Debbie too!!! What a lovely, talented group of ladies. If I HAD to choose ONE favorite… I just couldn’t. I honestly loved every single project! Looking forward to hoping along tomorrow!
    {I currently stalk your facebook page and follow you on bloglovin’ as well!}
    ~Donna K

  11. This is absolutely precious, Debbie! Really love the tulle and seam binding, not to mention all those fabulous, dimensional blooms; and I think I spy polka dot, cupcake liners (?). Genius! And just as sweet as can be!

  12. Hey Debbie! Thanks for linking this up to the Tags & Wraps Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I’m so glad you joined in on all the fun! 🙂

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