Monday, February 1, 2016

Time for a new Sparkle and Shine Challenge

Hello and welcome blog friends and followers. It's time for another challenge over at the Sparkle & Shine blog.

Before I get started, I want to share some sad news. Angel Johns, the owner of this challenge, recently lost her husband of fifteen years. He is also the father of her two sons, ages five and 15. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Angel with the expenses. The $10,000 goal was met, but if you still feel like helping her, I know the money will be put to good use.

Back to the challenge ...
Create A Smile Stamps is our sponsor for this challenge. The winner will receive a $25 gift card to the online store and will be asked to be our Guest Designer for next month.
Without further adieu, here is the inspiration photo - just in time for Valentine's Day.

Here is my card. I used the Hero Arts Acts of Kindness set to create the card. I've been wanting this set since it first came out a couple months ago. I finally ordered it and this is the first project I created with it.

If you're planning to make a Valentine's Day card for your sweetie, why not use the inspiration photo above and enter it into the challenge

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sparkle and Shine Challenge 22

Hi there! I'm excited to post my second card as a Sparkle and Shine design team member. Winter is in full force here. In fact, my back yard looks a lot like the inspiration photo! We have snow on the ground, ice on the trees and ocassionally, a cardinal makes an appearance.

Here is my interpretation of the inspiration photo:

I realized after working on this card that I don't own any cardinal stamps. That is going to change. The mascot of the high school my kids will attend (once they're old enough) is a cardinal. I am going to need a cardinal stamp in the future!

In the meantime, I had to make do with what I had. I found this bird ephemera buried in my stash. It is from a really old Crate Paper kit. The bird was white, so I colored it red with Copic markers and then added some Wink of Stella for a little sparkle. The fence is a die from Paper Sweeties and the white "snow" hill is a die from Simon Says Stamp.

Here is the supply list:

Please visit my design team mates' blogs for more inspiration and then enter the challenge for a chance to win a $15 gift card to the online stare Right at Home, and be asked to join us next month as our Guest Designer. 

Good luck and happy crafting!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Ringing in the New Year with Some Sparkle

Happy 2016! Each new year brings changes. For example, I'm ringing in the New Year with a new design team opportunity. I am excited to announce that I am joining the Sparkle and Shine design team. As a huge fan of cards with bling, I think I will fit in quite nicely.

Here is the inspiration photo for the current challenge:

I took my inspiration from multiple elements. The blue, pearl, silver and purple color palette, the sparkly tinsel and the circular shapes of the balloons and clock.

I encourage you to enter this fun challenge, which is sponsored by Create A Smile Stamps. The winner of our challenge will receive a $25 gift card to the online store and will be asked to be our Guest Designer for next month.  You have until Sunday, Jan. 10 at 11:55 p.m. to enter!

Paper Sweeties January 2016 Inspiration Challenge

Happy New Year!! With a new year comes new changes. One of those changes includes my involvement in the Paper Sweeties Design Team. Today is my last post. I have designed for Paper Sweeties for two years, and I have loved every moment, but it's time for me to pursue new opportunities. Debbie has been wonderful to me. I'm going to miss her and the other ladies on the team, but I know she is in good hands because there is so much talent on that team.

Here is the inspiration for this month's challenge. I just love this color palette.

As you can see, I took my inspiration from the color palette, but also from the pretty snowflakes. Here's a closer look:

Keep hopping along for more inspiration and when you're done, take all those ideas and make your own creation for the challenge.
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties <– you are here!
January Guest Designer: Lisa Bzibziak

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

 Welcome to Day 12 of the Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!
Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

Behind today's door is this pillow box I made. 
Products used:
Avery Elle
Paper Sweeties
Eyelet Outlet

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!! Speaking of Avery Elle ... they are today's fabulous sponsor! Make sure you comment to be elegible to win a prize!! Have a great holiday season!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises wait behind the door!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Merry Glittery Christmas

My friend Virginia has been hosting this amazing challenge called Virginia's View for a while. It's one of the most popular challenges in the card making world. She always gets hundreds of entries from some of the most talented designers in the industry. I've entered her challenge a few times and once I had the honor of being selected as a favorite. It was quite flattering considering the tough competition.

I have admired Virginia's work for a long time. Back when I was somewhat of a newbie, I used to faithfully follow a challenge blog called Lily Pad Cards. That's where I discovered Virginia. She was a design team member. Though the challenge no longer exists, I kept following Virginia's work and eventually we became blog friends. She is such a sweet, kind person.

Like all of us, Virginia has a busy life, which is why she is taking a much-needed break from the challenge. While I'm sad to see the challenge on hold, I totally understand.

I am entering the challenge in support of my friend with this glittery card. The theme is "All About Glitter."

To create this card, I started with a Tim Holtz sun ray stencil. I spread embossing paste that I had colored blue with distress ink onto the stencil. After carefully lifting it off the paper, I sprinkled glitter embossing powder onto the card. The powder only sticks to the wet paste. Using my heat gun, I melted the glittery powder to give the rays their sparkle.

Next, I adhered the poinsettia flower I had stamped using the Wplus9 layered poinsettia stamp and dies. I colored the inside with a gold gel pen and added some stickles for additional sparkle. The sentiment, also from Wplus9, was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed onto vellum paper using silver embossing powder.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

I'm Guest Designing for Simon Says Stamp!

Hey everyone! I am so excited! I am guest designing for Simon Says Stamp!! Here is a peak of the card I made. Not only can you see a picture of the entire card on their blog, but you can also watch a video describing how I made it!!

That's right! A video tutorial! It's my first time doing a full tutorial using editing software and voice overs so go easy on me! I hope to do more in the future!

I'm working with products from my favorite stamp and die company - Altenew!  Please visit the Simon Says Stamp blog and leave me some love!!


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