Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Paper Sweeties July Inspiration Challenge #33 - Red, White & Blue

Hello and welcome to the July 2015 Paper Sweeties challenge. We're celebrating Independence Day this month with a red, white and blue color palette and an inspiration photo of the U.S. flag.


Here is the card I made for the challenge.

Products used are:
Happy Everything (sentiment)
Hello Friend (Banner)
Be Happy Sweet Cuts (Banner and Stars)

I invite you to see how my design team mates used the inspiration and then try it for yourself. Enter the challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Sweeties store.

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
July Guest Designer:  Lin Brandyberry

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Inspired by Sophie Theallet

 Inspiration is all around us. I've found it everywhere from product packaging to iPhone cases to store displays. Today, my inspiration came from the runway. Specifically, a dress by designer Sophie Theallet, who is the featured designer on the Runway Inspired Challenge.


As you can see, I was inspired by the rich colors with the black patterns.

It may look like I cut patterned paper into strips and adhered them onto the card, but I did not. Instead, I used solid card stock in various colors and hand stamped the patterns. Though each pattern is very different, I used stamps from the same set on each piece of paper, as well as the flower. All the stamps came from the Hennah Elements set by Altenew. I love the versatility of this set!

Thanks for visiting. There is still time to enter the challenge here.




Monday, June 1, 2015

June Inspiration Challenge #32 - 'Party Time

Welcome June! It's time for a new challenge at Paper Sweeties. This month's inspiration photo embraces summer with vibrant, happy colors.


I drew inspiration not only from the colors, but also from the bunting and the flowers. Paper Sweeties products used include:
Pretty Posies stamps
Pretty Posies Sweet Cuts
Hello Friend stamps (sentiment)
Seam Binding - Raspberry
Sequins - Sweetheart Mix


The rest of the challenge team have some gorgeous projects to share, too. I encourage you to visit all of their blogs and then create your own project for the challenge!


Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
June Guest Designer:  Karen Oliver

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!

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