Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Get Well Card with Eyelet Outlet Products

Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing a get well card I made for the Eyelet Outlet blog. I am also sharing it on the Card Concept challenge.

I made my card using the following:
Brads and Bling from Eyelet Outlet
Stamp from Paper Sweeties
Patterned paper from My Mind's Eye

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Paper Sweeties February Release Rewind!

Today is rewind day at Paper Sweeties, which means we pair the new releases with existing sets and show you ways you can use various Paper Sweeties goodies together.

This card uses stamps and dies from both of the new sets, as well as stamps and dies from Hippity Hoppity Easter Wishes. All the floral images coordinate so nicely.

Sadly, today is also my last post as a designer for Paper Sweeties. I have loved designing for Debbie. She is sweet, kind, talented beyond measure and very organized. I really don't want to leave, but I feel like it's time to take a break from designing. I still plan to make cards and I still plan to blog, but I'm taking a sabbatical from designing so I can focus on my first priority - my family.

I have a couple more DT posts for other companies this month, then I'm officially a free agent. I don't know how long I will be a free agent, but I do know I want to come back to designing again when I feel the time is right.

Before I leave you, please visit the rest of the design team's blogs for more ideas on how to use new and existing sets together. They work so hard to bring fresh inspiration to you. I know you'll be pleased!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood 
Jinny Newlin *special Guest Designer*


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Paper Sweeties February Release Party!

It's release day! You can now purchase the new sets and dies in the store. Today's card uses dies from the Pretty Posies set and a stamp from the Garden Time set. I also used some Licorice Baker's Twine and Sweetheart Mix sequins, both of which can be found in the Bits and Bobs section. Have you checked out that area of the store? There are some gorgeous embellishments there.

I die cut the leaf and stem image and started playing around positioning them in various ways when I discovered that if you crisscross two of the dies a certain way, it forms a heart! How cool is that!?! I love it when I play around with my stamps and dies and discover new ways to use them!

Check out the various ways the design team used the new releases, and don't forget about the upcoming design team call!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood 
Jinny Newlin *special Guest Designer*

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Paper Sweeties February Release Countdown!

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day! We're counting down to the big release tomorrow. Here's another peek at what's to come. I used a stamp and Sweet Cut from a set called Garden Time. This set will get you in the mood for spring!

Before I send you to my design team mates' blogs, I wanted to give you a quick reminder that Paper Sweeties is having a design team call. Debbie, the owner, is wonderful. She's generous, sweet and very on top of it. Click here for all the details.

Okay, go have fun looking at all the other creations!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood 
Jinny Newlin *special Guest Designer*

Friday, February 13, 2015

Paper Sweeties February Release Sneak Peeks!

The February release is in just two days. Here's a sneak peek of one of the sets and coordinating Sweet Cut. This set is called Pretty Posies and it's chock full of sweet floral images.

Want to see more? Check out my team mates' creations:

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood 
Jinny Newlin *special Guest Designer*

Sunday, February 8, 2015

RIC 77-So Amazing

I'm entering the Runway Inspired Challenge (RIC 77) with a card inspired by a dress from Jenny Packham. Here's the card:

Here's the dress:
Here are the details:

To create the diagonally striped background, I used a technique I learned in the most recent Online Card Class: Clean and Simple 4. I first masked off the bottom part with some thin washi tape. Using my grid mat, I lined up the tape in the pattern I wanted. I then carefully used a sponge dauber to create the lines. I varied the shades of grey and added some blue to create a similar look to the dress. I then heat embossed the sentiment in black. I chose to heat emboss to 1. add texture and 2. to create a bold, opaque look that stands out against the inked background.

I stamped the flowers, fussy cut them, added Wink of Stella to the centers and adhered them to the card with foam tape.

All the stamps used are from the In Every Way stamp set by Waffleflower Crafts. I love how elegant the fonts and images are.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Shaking Things Up A Bit

That's right. I'm shaking things up on my blog today with a shaker card I made.

I used a technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire at Online Card Classes to create the flowers.
  • I stamped the solid flower images three times. 
  • The first time, I stamped them in a light tone.
  • I stamped them a second time using a medium tone but first removed some of the ink from the center with a micro fiber cloth. 
  • I did the same thing the third time with a dark tone, removing even more ink from the center and leaving only the dark part around the edges. 
  • This ink removal technique creates depth using only stamps and ink - no coloring is involved. 
To create the window panel I used the SSS stitched rectangle dies. I love these dies because the stitching is on both the inside and outside of the die. The hill uses SSS Stitched hills and slopes. I plopped a few sequins inside and mounted the thanks sentiment from Memory Box.

BTW, I die cut the sentiment multiple times and stacked them to give them height and make them sturdier. I also cut it in light grey and slightly offset it to create a shadow. I added some Glossy Accents to give it some shine.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp All Things Bright and Beautiful challenge. I'm also sharing this in the Online Card Classes gallery!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Paper Sweeties February Inspiration Challenge #28 - 'Sweetheart'

Another month means another challenge at Paper Sweeties! This month it's all about sweetness and love in honor of Valentine's Day. 

I like to occasionally break free from the cards and use my crafty skills on other projects. I just happened to have a couple jars I found at the Target One Spot a couple months ago. They've been sitting in my craft room just waiting to be dressed up!

I found some checkered patterned paper from Jillibean Soup and Valentine's-themed paper from Bo Bunny. I cut the label with a Sweet Cut from Beautiful Little Wishes and then stamped the sentiment from the You Are Fab set. The heart tags are also from Beautiful Little Wishes; however, the heart on top is from the Fun Shapes Sweet Cuts. I finished the jar off with some lace tape and a twine bow before filling it with Hershey's Kisses. Yum!

Want to hear something funny? Since taking this photo, the kisses are gone. They hubby and I enjoyed them after the kids went to bed. The jar still looks good, though. LOL!!

Please visit the rest of the team's blogs for more ideas.

February Guest Designer:  Sierra Winters


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