Thursday, August 20, 2015

Christmas In August....

Hello Friends,
Thought I would post a few, all right a LOT, of pictures from my "Christmas in July" tag making.  Summer is drawing to a close and often I forget to photograph my tags before packaging them up and putting them away.  I give each of my family members a set of Christmas tags each year on Thanksgiving to use for their Christmas gift giving.  I have a big family so this is a LOT of tags!  I like to get most of them made during the summer months when I have a little bit more free time.  Here are some of the tags I have made so far this summer:

First some candy canes:

This is probably my favorite tag die!  It is an old 4x4 die that was made by Lifestyle Crafts and cuts two candy canes - one is a solid back piece and the other is an overlay piece for the candy cane stripes.  After cutting and gluing the two pieces together I just add some embellishments and a string tie.  The tags are from two different stamp sets.  Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers from Papertrey Ink for the "candy canes 5 cents" tags.  And  a Christmas tag set from Lili of the Valley stamps in the UK for the "Christmas Hugs" sentiment.  These two stamp sets and their various sentiments and tags are used on almost every set of Christmas tags I make! 

Next come the gingers!  Gingerbread men on parade....

This is an old gingerbread man steel-ruled BIGZ die from Sissix.  It is definitely a favorite of mine and my family members for Christmas tags!  It gets a lot of use each year!  I get a lot of questions about where to purchase this die....I got mine on EBAY.  It is, very sadly, retired!  I wish Sissix would bring back this one! :)

 How about some smaller gingers:
These are some 2" gingerbread men using a die from Cottage Cutz.  They are all hanging out together in a little gingham box!  Too cute!

And here is one more:
This tag uses the sweet gingers in the "Ho Ho Ho" stamp set from Paper Sweeties!  The sentiment is also from Paper Sweeties.  It comes from the "Christmas Blessings" stamp set.  I love that their is both a boy and a girl ginger!  I colored these with some Prima colored pencils. 

Now onto some sweet little deer tags:

 This adorable set of "Oh Deer" stamps is from one of my favorite stamp companies - "Your Next Stamp"!  Karen the owner is as sweet as can be and has some really fun products!  This is one of my favorite sets for baby cards and Christmas tags and cards.  These deer are so darn cute!!!!
 This set uses the Minnie Pearl tag set from "A Jillian Vance Design"  I love the sweet scalloped edges on these tags.  And this deer is looking at the sweet butterfly that has landed on its tail!

 These tags use the Tag Sale #8 dies from Papertrey Ink.  And this deer is running and has a bow around its neck! (Sorry about the poor picture quality!)

 Minnie Pearl tags again....and this deer has one hoof up.  They are all so cute!

How about a pink version:

Perfect for a little girls gift this Holiday season!  Or....a new baby gift this winter?!

All right that is it for now!  I am still working on my stash of angel, mitten and stocking tags.  Hopefully I will squeeze in another post to show them off later but I wanted to at least get this post in as usually once school starts my crafting time is more limited!

Crafty Hugs!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Paper Sweeties August Release Rewind + RRR123

Happy Release Rewind Day!  Did you pick up some of the wonderful new stamps and dies from Paper Sweeties August Release?  Such fun birthday themed products this month!

Today is the day that the P.S. Creative Designers combine some of the existing Paper Sweeties products with the new products that were just released.  So fun!

I will warn you I have quite a few cards and projects to share with you so coffee or tea would be a good thing! LOL!

Here are the cards that I created using the new "Let's Party" stamp and sweet cuts sets:
On this first card I used the new lollipop stamp and colored three of them with my Copics to create a nice focal point.  I added a matching sequin at the base of each lollipop for some sparkle.  Then I chose the  sentiment "You Make Life Sweet" from the "Sending Sweet Thoughts" stamp set.  I think it works perfectly with this new "Let's Party" set.

My next card is similar except that I covered each of the lollipops in some cellophane wrap for some added texture and dimension.  I used some of our existing "Watermelon" sequin mix on this card to add some sparkle!  The sentiment is from the new "Wishing You" stamp set.  

I have a couple more items to share with you.  These are some "off the page" items that I created to send to Debbie as a 3rd Birthday Celebration Gift and also to wish her a Happy Birthday personally as her birthday is this month too! 

I was inspired to create these sweet embroidery hoop wall hangings after seeing some wonderful creations made by two of my favorite creative artists Melissa Phillips and Amy Tsurata.   An online hour of pinning different ideas on Pinterest helped also. 

  Here is what I made using my Paper Sweeties stamps and some canvas:

 This first one uses the "Tea for Two" stamp set.  It is one of my favorite stamp sets from Paper Sweeties!
 I stamped the teapot and sentiments with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with my Copics.  I added a fabric heart which I embroidered onto the teapot with a heart in the center.  It is hard to see from these photos which are actually taken from my video on the Paper Sweeties YouTube channel.  I still cannot believe I forgot to photograph this one before mailing it off to Debbie!  Oops!
 I edged the hoop in some light pink felt which added a nice softness.  A trio of sewn buttons finishes it off nicely I think.

How about a little Christmas inspiration:
 This is a very small embroidery hoop ornament with cream colored denim fabric that has been stamped with the Gingerbread men from the "Ho Ho Ho" stamp set.  The sentiment is from the "Homemade with Love" stamp set and goes perfectly!  Again I colored with my Copic markers.  A gingham bow and a snowflake button are placed above the sweet sentiment.  A small 1/8" red velvet ribbon creates a loop for an ornament hook so it can be hung on the tree.  The hoop is framed with a hand cut red felt strip.  I love the color this adds to the ornament.  The glittery snow the gingers are standing on is some Sparkle Modge Podge that I painted on with a paint brush.  I wanted it to look like they were standing in the snow!  I think I will be making more of these for Christmas gifts this year! They are tiny and adorable! 

 This hoop celebrates Debbie's sweeties doll "Abigail"!  And following your dreams!  The sentiment is from the "Make Today Beautiful" stamp set.  And the butterflies are cut from some trim that I had in my stash. Some Melissa Frances trim edges the hoop and a light gold gingham ribbon finishes of the top.  The idea of making a gift for Debbie was what started me creating this hoop and the whole "Off the Page" no paper!  This is actually the very first one that I made.

And I couldn't leave out an Autumn-themed hoop because the Fall season is coming whether we want it to or not! LOL!....I actually love son just doesn't want to go back to school!  I cannot blame him as summer break is so much fun! :)

 I just love how this one turned out!  This sweet scarecrow is from the "Stand Add On: Scarecrow" set!  Isn't he just TOO CUTE!  I also brought in some other Fall season accessories from the "Stand Add On: Fall Harvest" set and did some masking to fit them all on.  A sweet green and white gingham ribbon and Melissa Frances trim help to make this one look festive. And the orange buttons with twine bows finish the scene off nicely.  The sentiment is from the set: "Happy Fall Ya'll".  

I am going to add my little hoops to the challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon (RRR123) as soon as this post goes live.  They are having an "anything but a card" challenge that uses ribbon and trim.  I love the variety and awesome prices they have on their trims - especially the gingham assortments!  

Okay....that is it for me today. (FINALLY!) I need to send you off to the other Paper Sweeties Team Members who all have some lovely projects to share too:

Thanks so much for joining us all for the August Release!  I hope you join in the "Happy Birthday" themed challenge before August 31st to help Debbie celebrate Paper Sweeties 3rd Birthday!  Don't forget that their are some incredible prizes - including a $100.00 gift certificate to the Paper Sweeties store! 

If you made it through my post all the way to here - Wow!  I am in awe! :)
See you soon!  Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Paper Sweeties August Release Party

It's Finally HERE!  HAPPY RELEASE DAY WITH PAPER SWEETIES! Today is the BIG day!!!!  It is August 15th and that means all of the new Paper Sweeties products are available in the store right now! Hooray!  This is such a fun release!!!!!  I have not stopped creating with it since I received it!

Here are the sets that are being released today:

FOUR wonderful stamp sets and THREE sets of awesome Sweet Cuts Dies! 

I have a sweet card to share today featuring the cake from the new "Happy Cake Day" stamp and die set:

I tried my hand at some water coloring by using the "smooshing" technique on my background panel using my distress inks.  I made the panel on some Ranger water color paper and allowed it to dry overnight.  Then I added some pink "Fireworks" glitter spray in a few spots the next day.  In real life the background has a very pretty shimmer. Once everything was completely dry I embossed the background with my swiss dots embossing folder to add lots of texture.  The cake takes center stage on this card and a second embossed panel with hearts sets the tone for a wedding cake.  I plan on adding a beautiful wedding sentiment to the inside of the card.  A few marshmallow sequins add a little sparkle to finish the card off just right!

There is a lot more inspiration to be shared on my Paper Sweeties teammates blogs:

I hope you will come back tomorrow for the release rewind where everyone will be sharing projects that combine these new sets with some of the existing Paper Sweeties stamps and dies.  I have a lot more to share with you including some non-card projects so I hope you will join all of us once again!

 Thanks for visiting me and leaving such sweet comments! I read each and every one! 
:) Jill

PS:  For your convenience I have linked all of the brand new products below:

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Paper Sweeties August Release Countdown

Hello and welcome to day two of the Paper Sweeties August Release countdown!  Did you see all of the sneak peek posts from yesterday!  Wow! Such fantastic projects from the entire team!!!!  This is such an INCREDIBLE RELEASE!!!!!

As you probably know by now this month Paper Sweeties is celebrating its THIRD birthday!  Debbie, Paper Sweeties Owner, Creator and Illustrator,  has designed an absolutely fantastic set of birthday themed stamps and dies that you are going to positively adore!!!!!  My cards practically made themselves this month! 

Today I am sharing a card (in Debbie's signature PINK color) of "Sophie" one of the original Paper Sweeties Dolls all dressed up to go to the party:

 Her outfit is from a new boutique stamp set called "Wishing You". Isn't that a sweet party dress and hat?  I also paper pieced the balloon in this same stamp set with some of the pink gingham paper.  A few marshmallow sequins as embellishments finish the card off nicely.  The sentiment "Have a Sweet Day" is from the existing "Sweetie Pie" stamp set.

Time to send you off to my fellow Paper Sweeties Teamies so you can see their beautiful projects too:

Thanks for your sweet comments on my sneak peek post!  Enjoy the hop!  And don't forget about all of the wonderful prizes up for grab's as part of this month's August Challenge over at the Paper Sweeties Blog:  HERE!

Hope to see you tomorrow for our fantastic August Release Party!  All of these wonderful products that we have been showcasing will be available for purchase at the Paper Sweeties store!  

:) Jill

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Paper Sweeties August Release Sneak Peeks

Hello and welcome to Sneak Peeks for the Paper Sweeties August Release!  And the continuation of the month-long Birthday celebration of Paper Sweeties turning THREE!

 Debbie has outdone herself with some truly wonderful birthday themed products this month so I hope you will join us for the next several days as we show you all of the new stamp sets and sweet cuts dies!  I could not stop playing with these new sets!  They are FABULOUS!

For my sneak peek today I am going to share a set of small 4x4 cards that can be used with birthday gifts.

 Here are three cards that use the cupcakes that are part of the new "Cupcake Banners" set, as well as the cake plate that is part of the new "Happy Cake Day" set.

First up.... a  blue gingham card with purple and pink tones colored with my prima pencils:
Don't you just love those sweet little cherries on top of the cupcakes? These tiny cupcakes are so fun to color and glitter up!  Too adorable!!!!

Next a yellow card...also colored with my Prima pencils:

These cupcakes feature polka dots and candles and a little bit of glittery frosting!  Again - so cute!!!!!

And finally a green card....colored with my Copics this time:
 On this one I colored the polka dots and of course added some glitter to the frosting to make it sparkle!  So sweet don't you think?

And now some 4x4 inch cards featuring one of the cake tiers from the "Happy Cake Day" set:
Later in the countdown this week I will be featuring a card that shows the entire cake which is 3 tiers tall and absolutely perfect for birthdays or wedding cakes!  On this card I just hand-cut and used the middle tier of the cake and added 1 candle.  A sweet little gittery flower decorates the cake plate which is also part of the set. more cake card in red gingham!  On this one I added three candles in honor of Paper Sweeties 3rd Birthday celebration:

I love this sentiment...."Happy Cake Day"!  I will be using that one a lot!

Well that is it for me today!  I hope you enjoyed the sneak peeks I shared with you!  And....I hope you will visit all of the rest of the Paper Sweeties team members too!  There are many more wonderful sneak peek projects to see today!  I cannot wait to take a peek at everyone's designs with these fabulous products:

And don't forget about our wonderful "Happy Birthday" challenge running throughout the month!

The array of prizes this month is INCREDIBLE!  And there is a $100.00 gift certificate to the Paper Sweeties store among them! Check the Paper Sweeties Blog - HERE for all of the information and a complete list of our wonderful and generous prize sponsors!

I hope to see you back here tomorrow for more of our August Release Countdown!  You won't want to miss all of these wonderful new products!!!!
:) Jill 

Friday, July 31, 2015

August Inspiration Challenge #34 - Happy Birthday

Hello Paper Sweeties Fans!
Welcome to the August Inspiration Challenge!  This month's theme is "Happy Birthday" and we are kicking off a wonderful month of Celebration with Paper Sweeties!  Paper Sweeties ( and it's lovely founder and creator Debbie Marcinkiewicz ) is celebrating its 3rd birthday this month - all month long!!!!  And you are all invited to the party!

We are kicking off the party with the August Inspiration Challenge and this lovely color scheme and photo!
Aren't those the sweetest cupcakes?

And the party will continue for the entire month:

Here is my challenge card:
I designed this card for Debbie!  I decided to make a card showing the Paper Sweeties shop using the "Sweeties Stand" stamp set.  To represent the lovely Debbie I used the "Abigail" stamp set and sweet cuts die.  Debbie is letting everyone know that she is throwing a big 3rd birthday party celebration!  The dress that my "Debbie" doll is wearing is from the "Warm Winter Wishes" stamp set with a pink sequin bow added.

  In the shop you can see the two stamp sets that were released in July hanging on the wall all ready to be purchased!  Next is the party graphic that Debbie created to publicize the birthday celebration!  I reduced all of these graphics in my "Word" program and printed them out to create my store interior. Some sequins on the counter are also for sale!

 The speech bubble die is one I had in my stash and the sentiment "I'm having a party" is selectively inked from the "I'm having a tea party" stamp set.  I just removed the word "tea".  The banners stamped above the shop are from the "Celebrate" stamp set.  And some lovely marshmallow sequins finish the card off nicely!

This card will be mailed off to Debbie to wish her and her lovely company "Paper Sweeties" a Happy 3rd Birthday!

I am just one stop on the challenge blog hop today! We are being joined by many of the incredibly talented Paper Sweeties Alumni Creative Designers too!  Here is a complete list of everyone joining in today's festivities:

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties Founder/Creator/Illustrator
So fun to have the Alumni designers celebrating with us this month!  And I also want to extend a special welcome to our August Guest Designer - the lovely Jen Carter who blogs at "Jen's Ink Spot"!

 I hope that you will all join in this wonderful "Happy Birthday" themed challenge this month!  Play along and wish Debbie and her company a Happy 3rd Birthday!  There are wonderful prizes to be had so be sure and check out the Paper Sweeties blog: HERE  today and throughout the month!  There is a total of $350.00 worth of prizes to be given away during our wonderful month-long Birthday Celebration!

Hope to see you back here for new release sneak peeks on August 13th!
Happy Crafting!
:) Jill 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Superlative Seeds of the Realm....and a Christmas card with no challenge to land in....

Hello Friends,
My son is off with his college-age cousin and friends today at a fun event called Live Action Role Playing at a park near our home.  The theme this year is Pirates.  Here is a picture of them posing in full costume before they left:
 The bad thing is that it is 97 degrees here today....a very hot one for us cool-weather loving Seattle-ites. It may hamper some of the playing!  Or at least some of the costume wearing!  Wow! It is HOT!!!!!  The driest and hottest summer I have ever experienced here! 

Anyway...I am taking advantage of a little Mommy free time to make a few cards in my nice and cool basement today.      I have two cards to share with you...

This first card uses a stamp set from Waltzingmouse called Vintage Garden Seed Packet and is a sweet little note card that can be used for anything.  The paper is from Iralamija Shop on ETSY.
And next I have a little Christmas is a case of a card I made last year that I really liked and came together quickly:

The tree is from a set called Trim the Tree at Paper Sweeties.  The senitment is from the Let it Snow stamp set. 

Thanks for taking a peek at my cards.  I hope you are enjoy your Sunday!
:) Jill