Friday, May 22, 2015

Guesting at Altenew

I am so excited to be guest designing for Altenew today! Here is one of four cards you'll find on their blog.


And here is a sneak of the other three. For the full reveal, visit the Altenew blog. Enjoy!



Friday, May 1, 2015

Light It Up Blue Mini Hop



A few days ago, my sweet friend Veronica Zalis asked me to  participate in a mini blog hop marking the end of autism awareness month. Well, there was some confusion about what day of the week it was coupled with a huge project my son had for school, and I ended up missing the date. Although Veronica was completely understanding and gracious, I was not okay with missing this hop. As a mother of a child who has some special needs, using my talents to help raise awareness of autism, which affects one in 68 children, is an honor that I am not about to miss.

Without further adieu, I present to you the card I made for the Light It Up Blue for Autism Mini Blog Hop.

When I make a card, I need a starting point. To help me find inspiration, I turned to good old Pinterest. I typed in "blue" and looked at all the images for ideas. Then, I found my inspiration - a pair of cute flats from Old Navy!!


Aren't those stinkin' cute!? The Lacy Scrolls stamp set from Altenew is the perfect set to accomplish this look. And I would not have been able to do this without my MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented)! The name says it all!

Thanks for visiting. Please visit the other blogs. The hop starts at Vernonica's blog here.

Paper Sweeties May Inspiration Challenge #31 - 'Celebrate Mom'

April showers bring May flowers! May also brings Mother's Day! The Paper Sweeties May challenge starts today, and we're celebrating Mom.


What better way to honor her than with a card adorned with some of those gorgeous May flowers!?!


I used stamps and dies from a couple different sets for this card. Believe it or not, the flower "pot" is actually a cupcake from the Sending Sweet Thought set! I thought the flower pot in the inspiration photo looked a lot like a cupcake wrapper, so I went with it and it worked! The tiny little flowers are also from this set; however, the big, bright roses are from Pretty Posies. I also used sequins from the Sweetheart Mix.


I colored all the flowers with Prismacolor Pencils and blended with Gamsol Oil. A doily, patterned paper from Amy Tangerine, a wooden bird from Studio Calico and some alphabet stickers also make up this card.
Please visit the other designer's blogs. The more blogs you visit, the more ideas and inspiration you'll have when you make your card for the challenge!!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties <– you are here!

Monday, April 6, 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch 117

Hello all. I'm back with another card for another challenge. his time I'm playing in the  CAS(E) My Sketch Challenge. Here is the sketch:

Here is my take on the sketch:


I interpreted it loosely. In the sketch, there are two rows of three images. I followed the same basic design with the three circles on the top row, and the sentiment and two chevrons on the bottom row.

Products used include:
Dies - Simon Says Stamp
Stamps - Simon Says Stamp and Reverse Confetti
Alphabet Stickers - Jillibean Soup

Thanks for visiting. I bought some Deco Foil recently and I hope to play with it soon. If all turns out well, I may be posting a card soon!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

April Altenew Challenge

Have I mentioned yet how much I love Altenew stamps? They are unique, elegant and very stunning. Today's card showcases two of their sets. I'm entering it into their April Challenge: From Places Abroad, The Forbidden City, Beijing, China.

The card is based off of inspiration from the imperial palace, home of emperors and their families for 500 years.  There are so many ornate details and rich jewel tones. You can't help but be inspired by it.


The Altenew sets complement the building very well. I used the Invisible Alpha set to stamp the sentiment. I took my cue from the red and gold border at the top of the building in the inspiration photo. I used Lacy Scrolls stamped in Versa Mark and heat embossed in gold to mimic the ornate scrollwork in the photo. Of course, I added the deep blue and teal green colors, too.

I'm pleased with how it turned out. It's bright, bold and somewhat unconventional.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop

 Today is World Autism Day and Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness. It's a special day set aside to increase awareness of autism and show support for the community. More information about World Autism Day and Light It Up Blue can be found here.

Autism has not affected my family directly, but I do have a special needs child. I know first hand how challenging and yet rewarding parenting a child with unique needs can be. While I can't directly relate, I can certainly sympathize on some level.
So when Veronica Zalis and Tenia Nelson, two very talented card making bloggers, came up with the idea to host a blog hop in recognition of this day, I immediately jumped in and said "Add me to the list of participants!" Not only are Veronica and Tenia talented ladies (seriously, they are like rock stars in the card making world), they are also mothers of autistic children. I love how they are using their talents to spread good in the world.


I thought I would share a little about the thought process behind my card. The theme is Light It Up Blue and we were asked to make a blue card, but I wasn't sure how I was going to present the blue. I started thinking about lighting. I thought about rays, stars, spotlights, blue buildings ... None of it was clicking for me. Then, I came across a card and video using the bokeh technique. I had been wanting to try the technique for a while. Yay! I had a start.

I also wanted my card to be encouraging; something I would want to give to a person with autism to brighten his/her day. The In Every Way stamp set by Waffleflower Crafts was the "perfect" fit.  I finished off my card with some enamel dots and stars and some sparkly twine.

Tons of fantastic sponsors have shown their support for Autism Awareness and offered up prizes for this hop. If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies leave a comment on this blog, and any of the other blogs participating in today's hop. Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday April 6. You can see the complete list here: http://lk2thestarz.blogspot.com/…/the-light-it-up-blue-for-….

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Paper Sweeties April Inspiration Challenge #30 - 'Hoppy Easter'

Welcome to the Paper Sweeties April 2015 challenge blog hop. Today, our cards are inspired by some colorful and yummy Easter treats.


First of all, please let me apologize for the shadowy picture. I think I'll retake it tomorrow when I have direct sunlight. Edited: I retook the picture outside. Much better!


This card uses stamps from the set Wagon Add On Bloom and Grow as well as the Cotton Candy Baker's Twine. I distressed the sky and grass and used Prismacolor pencils to color the images. The bunny and butterflies are brads from Eyelet Outlet.

Please check out the rest of the team's creations and then join the challenge for a chance to win!


Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties <– you are here!
April Guest Designer:  Jinny Newlin

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