Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paper Sweeties October Release Rewind!

It's rewind day. Today the Paper Sweeties design team is going to show you how to combine the new stamps and dies with the previously released sets to show how they all complement eachother. The possibilities for making unique creations are endless.

In this stamp, I used the Trim the Tree stamps and dies with several existing sets. Sophie (a.k.a Sophie Claus) is wearing an outfit from the existing Let it Snow set, which I colored to look like Ole St. Nick. Sophie Claus is toting her presents - also from Trim the Tree - in a wagon from the Sweeties Wagon set.

As I mentioned, the possibilities are endless. Check out some other projects design team members made.
Larissa Heskett  (off this month)
Lysa Rohrer

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Paper Sweeties October Release Party!

It's time to party!! The new releases are available and I have to say that this is one of my absolute favorite releases to date.

In addition to the releases, I have something else that's new and exciting for you today. I made my first ever video tutorial!! It's probably not as smooth as others who have been making videos for a long time, but it was my first try. I really wanted to share a way to get your dies to cut perfectly around your stamped images.

The stamps in the Joy set are very narrow and the dies are closed, so this technique is a great way to line up the two for a perfect cut every time!

 If you're on a mobile device, or you're having trouble viewing it in the post, click here to watch it on YouTube.

Now for my card. I used the Joy sentiment from the new release also called Joy. The pattern is made up of holly leaves cut from a die in the set Snow Friends. The dies in this set are designed to coordinate with an existing stamp set that I don't yet have, but that didn't stop me from getting use from these dies!

Take a look at the rest of the design team's creations. You are going to love what they did with these awesome new sets!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Paper Sweeties October Release Countdown!

It's day two of sneaks at Paper Sweeties. Remember the Believe sentiment on yesterday's card? Today I'm using a stamp from the same set. I love these elegant sentiments.

I love the Christmas trees, too. They came from another new release that includes both stamps and dies. The little gifts under the tree are also part of the new set. I can't wait for you to see it tomorrow. Seriously, you are going to love them!

You know what else you're going to love? The other projects created by my design team members. Go check them out for more sneaks. See you tomorrow on release day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Paper Sweeties October Release Sneak Peeks!

Today we are sneaking peeks of the Paper Sweeties new releases. Can I just say that I am particularly excited about this release. I love the stamps and dies coming out in just two days.

One of them is a stamp set and coordinating Sweet Cuts dies with Christmas words. See the word Believe in my card below? That's one of them. I only used the die for this card, but you'll see some projects with the stamps, too.

I die cut the word twice - once in pink and once in white, which I used to create a shadow effect. I really like how it gives the word a lot more dimension and makes it "pop" off the page. The heart and tag are also Paper Sweeties dies from the Beautiful Little Wishes set.

Here is a list of the entire design team. Come see their creations for more sneaks.
Larissa Heskett  (off this month)
Lysa Rohrer

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Yesterday was a holiday. Nobody in my house celebrated except me. That's because it was World Card Making Day, where card makers worldwide celebrate their craft. There were card-making parties, special sales, contests and challenges! One of the challenges was hosted by online retailer Butterfly Reflections Ink.

I decided to celebrate by participating in the two challenges on their blog. I made two cards. One card is for the inspiration challenge and the other for the sketch challenge.

First up is the inspiration challenge card.

Inspired by the mood board below, I created the wreath with stamps and dies from WPlus9 by first stamping and heat embossing the leaves with clear embossing powder and then die cutting them. I then cut out a circle and another circle inside of it to create a ring. I glued the leaves onto it to give me a perfect circle . Then, I die cut the sentiment, Hello by Memory Box, multiple times and layered them to add thickness and gave it a little sparkle with my clear Wink of Stella marker. The banner is a stamp and die cut from Paper Sweeties. Using watercolor paper, I added some of the same fall colors onto the banner and then adhered the sentiment onto it.

The wreath was not the only element I used from the mood board. I pulled in the triangles from the picture on the top left and the wood planks from the picture with the yarn and kitting project!

Now for card number 2 ...

It's beginning to look a little like Christmas here in Ohio. It actually snowed yesterday! In fact, we had these weird snow pellets. I've never seen them before. They're like mini hail stones. It was weird. Anyway, it's never too early to make a Christmas card.

Using the sketch below, I created this card also using WPlus9 stamps and dies. The chevron stripe in the middle is washi tape (but I forget who makes it) and the bling is from Eyelet Outlet. I also added this super fabulous gold twine from Martha Stewart. I bought it a few years ago before it was trendy and I am so glad I did!

So, that is how I celebrated World Card Making Day. What did you do?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Paper Sweeties September Inspiration Challenge #24 - 'Happy Fall'

Happy fall, y'all! It's the first day of October, my favorite month of the year. I love the fall colors, the bountiful harvest and most of all, I love that it's by birth month.

It's also time for the Paper Sweeties October challenge. The inspiration picture couldn't be more suitable. In Ohio, the leaves will be changing in just a couple of weeks. There will be fall parties, hayrides, and pumpkin carving. I can't wait.

I drew inspiration from the pumpkins and the beautiful home.  Products used to make this card include Home Sweet Home stamp set, Sweeties Wagon stamp and coordinating die. I created the hills with oval dies. The sky is distressed and the house, pumpkins and wagons are colored with Copic Markers.

The rest of the team has been hard at work to create more inspiration. Check them out and then enter the challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Sweeties store.
October Guest Designer: Nance Salkeld

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi there. You probably came to my blog from the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop that starts at Chaitali Narta's blog. If not, then I highly recommend you go there and participate in the hop. There are tons of prizes from multiple companies. Some of the goodies will be given away during flash giveaways throughout the day. Check here for details!

 By now, you probably know that we're having a blog hop celebrating coffee because today is International Coffee Day! When I told my husband about it, I said "We'll have to celebrate by drinking a cup of coffee. Ha! We drink coffee every morning, and my husband drinks it throughout the day.

Here is the card I made to celebrate the occasion. I created this little number with my husband in mind. That man loves his coffee. I like it, too, but my limit is two cups. After two, I have to stop, but dear hubby keeps on going. He also wears glasses, so this is a perfect representation. (Well, maybe not perfect. He is human and he is not purple.)

This post wouldn't be complete without a picture of my cup of joe. Here it is. My brand of choice is Crimson Cup. It's locally roasted here in Columbus, but it's available in several states and online. My husband and I consider ourselves coffee connoisseurs so when I say Crimson Cup is the best, I mean it. Our flavor of choice is called Dark Reign. It's a dark roast with a bold flavor. Mmmmm!!

Now go on and enjoy the rest of the hop and don't forget about the prizes!


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