Sunday, July 5, 2015

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #317: Sprinkles

Hi Friends,
I hope you are enjoying your summer and if you are a USA friend that you had a lovely Independence Day and 4th of July celebration!

The Paper Sweeties Creative Designers are joining the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge team for their "Sprinkles" challenge which starts today - July 5th.  Here is the fun inspiration photo:

Paper Sweeties is launching a brand new sequin mix in honor of sponsorship of this fun challenge.  Aren't these pretty!  They are available at Paper Sweeties today!  I just adore Debbie's flower sequins so much!  They looks so cute on cards and scrappy projects too!  I just stocked up on some fun colors for Autumn and Halloween which will be here before we know it!

Debbie has also donated a $25.00 gift certificate to the Paper Sweeties store!  That would buy a lot of sequins!  Or some stamps, or some dies....or ?  I hope you will play along for a chance to win one of the prizes being offered.

On to my projects for today....For this first card I was inspired just by the cupcake itself!  I love making birthday cards with cupcakes on the front and then gifting a box of 4 cupcakes from our local Cupcake Royale as the birthday gift!  The "Sending Sweet Thoughts" stamp / die bundle from Paper Sweeties is perfect for cupcake themed cards!  I have a few feminine birthdays coming up which feature this stamp/die set and several other wonderful products from Paper Sweeties...

My first card has a soft color palette of cream, green and pink:

I used clear embossing powder on the cupcake top to make it look like real frosting.  It is hard to get a good picture of it though.  Then I added some glossy accents to the flowers to make them shine!

The sentiment is so fun because of that little "heart" in place of the word "love".  I colored it in with my Copic marker to match the flower center.
A cream twine bow, a bit of lace, and a tiny scalloped border strip finish off the card. I love the vintage feel it has.  What girly girl would not want to receive this for her birthday?

My next card is a pocket card - it is a gift and a birthday card in one and is for my Mother's birthday coming up on August 3rd:
 Inside the pocket are some small tags made with the "Stitched Tags #1" die set that can be used again on future birthday gifts that my Mom hands out.  She has 7 children and 6 grandchildren so she is always giving a birthday gift to someone and she loves having little tags and cards on hand!
There is also a cupcake attached to a length of paper straw that she can use to decorate her birthday cupcake before she eats it! I tucked it into a spool of twine for the photo just for fun!  It is topped with a sweet pink flower sequin!  Love these Paper Sweeties sequins so much!  The sentiments on the tags are from the "Sending Sweet Thoughts" and "Sweetie Pie" stamp sets. 

Here is a peek at the inside of the card:
 The left side has another pocket with more tags that can be used on gifts in the future....
 I will link all of the various stamp sets I used for the sentiments at the end of this post.

And finally a close up of the card sentiment:
The word "Mother" is from the "You are the Most Wonderful" stamp set.  The "You Make Life Sweet" is from the "Sending Sweet Thoughts" stamp set.  I love them together!

That is is for me for today.  I hope that you join in the fun of this wonderful Cupcake Inspirations "Sprnkles" challenge!  

Thanks for looking at my cards

Saturday, July 4, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas "Christmas in July" Blog Hop

Hello.  Paper Sweeties is one of the sponsors this week at the CASE-ing Christmas Challenge Blog.  They are having a special "Christmas in July" Blog Hop!  You can find out all the information you need to know to participate here: CASE-ing Christmas Challenge.

Here is my non-Holiday card that I decided to CASE:
This card uses the "Tea For Two" stamp and sweet cuts die set from Paper Sweeties. The flower decorating the teapot is from the "Pretty Posies" stamp and sweet cuts set.

And here is my completed Christmas Card based on the original above:

This card also uses the "Tea For Two" stamps and sweet cuts dies.  The word "Christmas" is from the "Occasions" stamp set.  I made this one into a shaker card using some of the sweet flower shaped sequins Debbie carries at Paper Sweeties along with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins in a light green color.
Some "Licorice" twine from Paper Sweeties finishes the card with a sweet bow around the felt holly and berry embellishment.

I hope you will head over to the CASE-ing Christmas Challenge blog to see everyone's wonderful projects.  And I hope you decide to play along.  There are some lovely prizes available!

:) Jill

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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

Welcome to the July Inspiration Challenge for Paper Sweeties!  The theme this month is "Red, White & Blue"!  And as always there is a lovely $20.00 Gift Certificate and a Guest Designer spot available to the winner of the challenge.  We would love to see you participate!

Here is my take on these patriotic inspiration colors:

I used the sweet Emma paper doll and dressed her for the 4th of July using the outfit from "Life is a Picnic" and the flip flops from "At the Beach".  I used a white gel pen to add the star to the front of her top.

A red and white gingham panel forms the background for the card with a navy blue embossed star panel to add texture.  The sentiment panel is from the "Beautiful" stamp set as is the "Celebrate" sentiment.  Some "Apple Pie" red, white & blue twine was used for the bows in her hair and to embellish the card.  Some marshmallow sequins finish the card nicely.

There is a lot more to see today so I will send you on your way.....
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties 
July Guest Designer:  Lin Brandyberry

I want to give a special welcome to our July Guest Designer:  Lin Brandyberry!  It is so wonderful to have her joining the hop this month!  Welcome Lin!

Also the July Kit of the Month is now for sale at Paper Sweeties!  Here is a picture of the kit:
Such sweet cards aren't they! And so fun to have the designs thought out for you so you can just have fun assembling them and giving them away.  A fun crafty project for a summertime day!

Thanks for visiting me here at Greenwood Girl Cards!  I hope all of our U.S.A. friends enjoy the coming Independence Day Celebration on the 4th of July!  And I hope EVERYONE is having a very lovely Summer!  Enjoy!


Monday, June 29, 2015


Happy Monday.  Over the weekend I needed to make some cards for some very special people.  I had recently ordered the "Big Hugs" stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink and thought the sentiments in the set were perfect for my needs.

This first card was made for our wonderful Pastor, Father Jerry, who is being transitioned to a new parish as of July 1st.  This past Sunday was his last weekend with us.  He holds a special place in my family's heart.  He is the person who stood beside us when my husband was dieing from cancer and helped us through the funeral process and beyond.  My son also made his First Holy Communion with Father Jerry and has gotten to know him quite well over the years.  We will miss him very much and wish him the best as his flock changes once again.      
 This second card is being sent to my husband's cousin and family in California who just lost their son at 38 years of age after a short illness.  I am heartbroken for them.  Loss is so very difficult...even knowing that we will all be together again in Heaven someday.  I like to think that Stuart and him are together now looking down on us. 


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

Hello Friends,
Here with a card for the June Blog Hop at Papertrey.  I had so much fun being inspired by the lovely inspiration photo:

 My card uses the thinner stripe from the Watercolor Wonder stamp set.  I started with smokey shadow ink at the bottom (stamping more than once per inking) and then switched to soft stone ink part way up to get a graduated color affect.  I felt the darker lines at the bottom helped to ground the flower. 

 When I went to stamp the leaves of this beautiful iris from the "Flower Favorites" stamp set I wanted to give them a sort of striped affect or texture so I inked the stamp and then pulled the pad over the stamp towards the top to make this striped pattern. I thought it looked more like real leaves this way.  I was using a small square ink pad from PTI in "simply chartreuse" and the pad makes this pattern when you drag it on the stamp.  I really like the way it looks. 
A trio of bees and some dots of "Diamond" colored Stickles glitter glue for morning dew finish the card off nicely. (I could not find my glossy accents bottle while I was creating....but I did find it later...LOL!)  So nice to have some extra time to create in the Summer time!

Thanks for taking a look!  I cannot wait to see what everyone makes! 
:) Jill 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Celebrate....Make it Monday #215: Bringing the inside out

Danielle is up for the Make it Monday video this week over at Nichole's Blog for Papertrey Ink.  I love her idea of bringing the inside of the card out!  And since it is summer I am finding a little more crafty time so that I can play along!  Yay!

I wanted to ink up my new "Hooray" stamp set (designed by Lizzie Jones!) and use my new "celebrate" word die from Heather's "Good Times" die set.  I cut the word die 3 times and stacked them for some dimension.  I finished the card with some stacked sequins. The flower shaped sequins are from Paper Sweeties.  They are so fun!

It is completely overcast here in Seattle this morning so my picture quality is sad....hoping to retake if the weather improves.

I have to run!  I hope you take a peek at all of the wonderful cards everyone has already made.
So inspiring!
:) Jill 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Jam packed with love....

Well the lovely June Pajama Party is over at Waltzingmouse stamps but the fun is continuing - at least at my house where we are celebrating our first day of SUMMER BREAK!!!  Yay!  Is there anything better than knowing you have days and days to do anything you want?!  My little one is over the moon with joy!!!  And I am enjoying the change in rushing to get people to and from school in between working etc.  Hooray for summertime!

I have a couple more "canning jar" themed cards to share with you using the lovely "Jar Fillers Jam Packed" stamps and dies from Waltzingmouse. It is a hard set for me to put down as I have a love for mason jars and all things homemade and yummy!

You have already seen this card if you viewed my Pajama Party post the other day....
 Here are the two additional cards that I made but just did not have time to finish before the PJ party was over.....
 This card features a lovely jar of "clover honey" which I hand wrote on the tag at the top of the jar.  A "glue" mistake led me to add a wee bit of "Diamond" stickles to the lid.

 A wee bit of chicken wire embossing adds to the country feel of the card.  And some "cookie dough" flower sequins from Paper Sweeties finish the card off nicely I think.  The centers of them were also dotted with stickles glitter glue. A nice touch of sparkle!

  This jar got started with the thought of some grape jelly that I was putting on my son's toast the other morning.  I don't often craft with the color purple (hmmm....don't know why?)  but I may do so more now as I really like how this turned out!  I did some two-tone inking on the jar and then used the same two colors of ink on the labels and tags. A little bit of Diamond stickles and sequins finished this card up nicely too.

By the way the outside white frame on this card is a leftover piece from a previous diecut.  I decided to use it to frame the gingham and kraft mats on the card.  I like this look and might try it again.

Well that is it for me today....thanks for taking a peek at my cards!
:) Jill