Paper Sweeties February 2016 Inspiration Challenge


It’s time for the February Challenge at Paper Sweeties! All you have to do is create a card or project inspired by this adorable inspiration photo and link it over at the Paper Sweeties blog right here:


I love all the gorgeous shades of pink in the inspiration photo, and used them to capture a little bit of February snow in a jar! I used one of my favorite Paper Sweeties combos, the Mason Jar Sweet Cuts, and the Mason Jar Stamp set. I also used a little heart embellishment from the Sugar and Spice Sweet Cuts, and the Snow Time Add On: Sweet Treats! To create the pretty background, I used my favorite shades of watercolor and some embossing paste, inspired by the snowman in the photo!

Take a look at all the pretty pink inspiration from our Paper Sweeties design team!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
February Guest Designer: Carrie Sheridan
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Fusion Challenge


There’s a great new challenge at Fusion this week, and I am lucky I was able to play along! I say “lucky” because I have just been swamped all week. I have had so much to do, and a number of really big projects that I’ve been working on all week that you’ll be seeing in the next few days. Sometimes I really miss being able to play along with fun challenges where I have the chance to create anything I’d like, and use any kind of materials I’d like to mix together. Fusion is one of those challenges! You can get all the details and play along right here:


The challenge is woodgrain neutrals, so I drew on some of the subtle colors from the photo: chocolate brown, and pale blush, pink, and beige. I was playing around a little bit with two new beautiful dies I’ve just received from Poppystamps: Peppini Wreath and Bellina Corner. I can’t wait to use them on even more projects ahead!

This was a quick card for me, but it felt great to get a little time in my crafty palace today!

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Sweet Hearts


Love is in the air with these pretty pink hearts! I had so much fun adding all these romantic details! I’m going to enter this card in two challenges:


Taylored Expressions Challenge #19, Sketch plus Tic Tac Toe, offers a pretty heart sketch and the tic tac toe grid to be inspired by! I used hearts, buttons, sequins, no patterned paper, twine, and of course, pink! I am sending this card to my friend Jerry, who is my muse! He gave me some great crafty inspiration this week! You can get all the details and play along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge right here:


The second challenge is for Reverse Confetti’s January SFYTT #32! You can get all the details and play along right here:

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Tag You’re It Challenge #39


It’s time for a new challenge at tag You’re It! Erin Thiem has created this sweet inspiration photo and tag. You can get all the details and play along with Tag You’re It right here:


I went a little outside the box with this tag, creating a fun scene with blue skies, clouds, and one of my favorite springtime activities, planting trees! I love card designing, and I love trees too! Here’s a little secret about me: I am a certified Master Gardener, a certified Master Urban Gardener, and I used to work for a major land grant university in the Cooperative Extension program, which is funded by the Department of Agriculture! I spent many years developing youth education programs, and also helping urban communities create green space (parks and gardens) in the city. But more than anything, I love trees! Every year, I will plant at least one tree. When Mr. Crimson Owl and I were married, we planted a beautiful hardy magnolia tree on my father’s property that we all shower with love and earthly goodness every year. It’s a great tradition for any family!

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See What’s Happening at Poppystamps!


There has been a wonderful whirl of activity at Poppystamps lately! We have just wrapped up an amazing two-week blog blitz where our talented design team introduced dozens of new steel craft dies, 11 new clear stamp sets with coordinating dies, and given away 26 fabulous prizes! Were you one of our lucky winners? Head over to the Poppystamps blog and check out our amazing winners list right here:


I designed this fresh spring card using a brand new Poppystamps die, the Boddington Hillside. You can learn about three different paper piecing techniques and check out my card right here:

You can also play along with our monthly challenge! That’s right, Poppystamps has an AMAZING design challenge every month where one lucky winner is randomly selected to win one of our unique craft dies or stamp sets. It’s easy! Just create a card or project using at least one Poppystamps die or stamp and link it up to our challenge right here:

This month, our challenge theme is Sparkly Snow, and there’s still time to play along. Next month, our theme is . . . oops, better not give it away! But 2016 is a brand new year with brand new challenges, and you can find your perfect, must-have die or stamp set from our brand new Poppystamps catalog, which you can find on our Poppystamps blog right here:



With so many great reasons to head over to the Poppystamps blog, what are you waiting for? We can’t wait to see more of your great designs in our challenges every month!

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MHKDesigns January Challenge



Welcome to MHKDesigns January Inspiration Challenge! This is my very first post as one of the newest members of the MHKDesigns team! MHKDesigns specializes in beautiful digital images and colorful papers too! You can learn all about MHKDesigns and link up your creation for our January challenge right here:


This is my very first project, a bookmark! I used Stencil in the Roses to create a large flat bookmark inspired by the flower and ribbon in the photo. Would you believe that Robert Burns is one of my favorite poets? “A Red, Red Rose,” was first published as a song in Scots by Robert Burns in 1794. Most people know this as a poem, Oh, My Love’s like the Red, Red Rose. This poem is one of my very favorites, and I even had it read at my wedding!

I used the sentiment and that wonderful red rose to create a beautiful contrast and bring out that pop of red. I have stacks of poetry books on my shelves, and have many of my favorites marked with bookmarks.

You can find more great inspiration from the brand new MHKDesigns team this month. You can also find beautiful digital designs over at the MHKDesigns Etsy shop right here:


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The Card Concept #47


Isn’t this a yummy photo inspiration for The Card Concept this week? I love the details in those leaves and petals. Over at The Card Concept, our very creative design team offers you some great inspiration in six different design styles. You can experiment with a new style, or create in the style you like best – -it’s all up to you! Get all the details right here:


My style is Fusion Collage, which can be done in any style, and takes a collection of items and brings them together to create a design. I used watercolor paints on the background, sequins, birds, leaves, branches, and blossoms to create this lush, organic card. I was really inspired by the dimension of the leaves and petals, and wanted to highlight those details here.

Check out The Card Concept to see more great inspiration, and more styles too!

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