Monday, September 15, 2014

Paper Sweeties September Release Party!

Release day has finally arrived at Paper Sweeties. All the adorable images we've been using to tease you are now available for purchase!

Remember the adorable tutu Sophi was wearing a couple days ago? Here it is again, except I've used it as a banner in this card. Both the tutu image and the sentiment are in the brand new set You Are Tutu Sweet available here.

Want to see some more projects using the new releases? Please visit the rest of the design team's blogs.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Paper Sweeties September Release Countdown!

We're teasing you a little more with another round of sneak peeks! Tomorrow is the big day, so check out all the projects so when the big day comes, you're all prepared.

This card uses a sentiment from a set that is chock full of sweet sayings about love - perfect for wedding and Valentine's Day cards.

Here are links to the rest of the team's projects. Go check them out!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Paper Sweeties September Release Sneak Peeks!

It's sneak peek day at Paper Sweeties. This is the day when we tease you with pictures of projects created with new stamps and dies that won't be released until Monday, Sept. 15!! Nanny nanny noo noo!! LOL!

Check out the adorable ballerina outfit on Sophie. She has her sparkly wand, too. She's kind of the like Cinderella's Fairy Godmother.

Isn't she so sweet? Why not taunt yourself a little more and check out my design team mates' projects with the new goodies that you can't have until Sept. 15? ;-)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Card Just for Fun

I've been making more cards lately now that the kids are in school and now that I finally have my own craft space. Yep, I finally have my own space. I'm putting the finishing touches on it and I will have a post complete with pics.

In the meantime, I'm sharing this card I made just for grins and giggles. No design team obligation. No challenge entry. Just for the pure enjoyment of creating something.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Runway Inspired Thank You

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was making an effort to participate in more challenges. I'm sticking to my word and entering the Runway Inspired Challenge with this card:

This outfit by Veronica Beard was the inspiration piece. Instead of creating several multicolored flowers, I created one big flower as my focal point (flower stamp by Crafts Meow), and paper pieced multiple colors onto the petals. I also pulled the black and white from the hounds tooth suit into the petals. (I didn't have any hounds tooth paper, so I improvised with black and white stripes.) The patterned paper background was also inspired by the rug in the photo.

 Edited to add: My blog friend, Amy Tsurata, suggested I add it to the Virginia's View Challenge, also, so I'm throwing my hat into the ring! Thanks for the suggestion!!

I had fun with this one. It was a lot of fussy cutting and paper piecing, but I really like the result! Thanks for visiting!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Paper Sweeties September Inspiration Challenge #23 - 'Pretty Pumpkins'

Paper Sweeties' monthly challenge starts today and I am loving the inspiration photo. The pastel colored pumpkins and the gorgeous roses influenced my design.

My card uses the pumpkins from the Sweeties Wagon set and small flowers from the Sending Sweet Thoughts set. After heat embossing the images in white, I watercolored them to get that soft pastel look. The Hey Punkin'! sentiment is also from the Sweeties Wagon set and the banner and Happy Birthday sentiment is from the newest release Hello Friend.

The rest of the team created some real beauties, too. Please visit their sites and then use all that inspiration to enter this month's challenge.
Amber Kroening
September Guest Designer: Jill Norwood

Sunday, August 31, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge Entry

I'm making a valiant effort to participate in more challenges. I enjoy them. First, they give me a great starting point for a card. Sometimes, I don't know where to begin, but challenges usually have  parameters to follow, which narrows down the possibilities and gives me a place to start.

Second, challenges force me to take a really critical look at my work and try to raise the bar. There are so many talented designers and in order to compete, I have to really step up my game. I like that. I like trying to better myself.

And, if I'm lucky enough to win, they give me a little more confidence in what I'm doing. We all need a self esteem boost now and again, don't we?

So, here is a card I made for the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge. I was going to enter it into the Runway Inspired challenge, too, but I just noticed I missed the deadline. Bummer!

Here is the sketch:


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