Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge – August 2016

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Welcome to the Paper Sweeties August 2016 Inspiration Challenge #46! Every month, you can create gorgeous projects inspired by the photo, and link up for your chance to win some amazing blog candy! YOU might be the next Paper Sweeties Guest Designer too! Get all the details over on the Paper Sweeties blog right here: http://papersweeties.com/category/blog/

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I love the pretty pinks and corals, and the round shapes of the macaroons. I started with a soft pastel background in watercolor, then cut them into small stitched circles. I added a sentiment from Paper Sweeties PS 16 So Sweet of You, on vellum, and the flower petals from Sweet Cuts SC 154, Thinking of You. Of course, the sequins are those pretty flowery shapes from Paper Sweeties too!

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Take a look at what our design team has created for you this month!

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Lilian Forsyth  – Welcome to the Team!

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August Guest Designer:  Elizabeth Hart

There’s so much going on at Paper Sweeties, you won’t want to miss a thing! We are celebrating our big birthday bash all during the month of August! There will be inspirations, prizes, give-aways, contests, challenges, and fun! To start things off in a big beautiful way, the prize for this inspiration challenge is a $100 gift certificate from Paper Sweeties! So what are you waiting for? We can’t wait to see what you will create!

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Live your life in color!

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MHKDesigns Christmas in July: Snow Babies

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Welcome to MHKDesigns Christmas in July new release! Today our talented design team is featuring ideas and inspiration from the release, Snow Babies! There is so much going on over at MHKDesigns this month, you won’t want to miss a thing! You can find great ideas, exciting news, and enter for your chance to win a few stocking stuffers over at the MHKDesigns Blog right here: http://mhkdesignsbymynn.blogspot.com/

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I created this cheerful snowman card using the Let it Snow sentiment from the Snow Babies collection! It’s perfect for winter cards and projects.

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Throughout the month of July, MHKDesigns will feature a new Christmas in July holiday release every Saturday, including a month full of SPECIAL RELEASES from the MHKDesigns Etsy Shop!

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Daydream Kitty: SUYP Challenge #8

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I just heard about a new challenge blog that looks like it would be a lot of fun! It’s all about CATS! Take a look at all the amazing kitty-inspired projects right here: http://showusyourpussies.blogspot.com/

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Challenge #8 is Floral Kitties, and I had a little bit of time this morning to create a CAS inspired floral kitty!

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This kitty is trying to keep cool under the shade of a big sunflower! I used Poppystamps Large Sitting Cat and the Beautiful Sunflower and Background dies.

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Welcome Summer! SPDMIX8

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This week, our friends at Sugar Pea Designs have a sweet new Mix It Up Challenge to play along with! You can get all the details and play along right here: http://sugarpeadesigns.com/blog/2016/07/20/mix-it-up-challenge-8/

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I was so inspired by that delicious looking ice cream cone with the sprinkles! I love that color! I used the Sugar Pea Designs Stamp Set Welcome Baby to welcome in a few of my favorite summer treats!

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It’s been so hot down here lately we’ve been eating A LOT of ice cream . . . to keep cool, of course! What is YOUR favorite summertime treat?

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Becca’s Birthday Bash

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Happy Birthday, Becca, from Damsel of Distressed Cards! Becca is celebrating with a birthday bash! You can get all the details and send your birthday wishes right here: http://damselofdistressedcards.blogspot.com/2016/07/its-my-30th-birthday-and-im-partying.html

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Becca has inspired us with a colorful mood board, and I had TWO ideas I wanted to try. I posted the first idea the other day, and now it’s time for idea #2.

There were a few elements Becca mentioned that she loved, and one of them was a tree! I was so excited to hear this, because I also LOVE trees. I took a special class in tree tending, and have volunteered with a number of tree planting organizations over the years, and have planted thousands of trees in 4 different states. At our wedding, my husband and I had a young magnolia tree in a container that we planted when we returned from our honeymoon (getting taller every year)! Our wedding cake had a cherry tree and blossoms on it. I just had to make a card that featured a tree!

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I used the new Poppystamps Trim Tree, and I included a few more elements from the mood board too. I started with a watercolor background in shades of teal and blue, with splashes of magenta. Then I threw in a little artsy experimentation, and added elegant swirls with a Rustique Patina Jade embossing powder. Then I cut the background into round circles and adhered them onto a colorful base card. I added bright, bold leaves from the Poppystamps Leafy Breeze die, and a shiny little moon and stars!

Happy Birthday, Becca!

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Live your life in color!

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Pile It On with Paper Sweeties

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PAPER SWEETIES  is taking part in a new challenge over at Pile It On!
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This week the challenge is Shaker, and I created a sweet and simple shaker using Paper Sweeties Sweet Cuts, Happy.
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I love the way the flower shaped paper Sweeties sequins capture the light and sparkle! They are perfect for shakers!
Check out the details over at Pile It On!
Winners have a chance for a $25 gift certificate from Paper Sweeties! But that’s not all! There’s an amazing July challenge going on over at Paper Sweeties too!
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This August, Paper Sweeties is celebrating our big birthday bash! There will be inspiration and prizes all month long. Stop on by and help us celebrate!
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Happy Birthday Becca!

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Today I’m playing along to help wish Becca, the Damsel of Distressed Cards, a very happy birthday! Becca has given us this gorgeous mood board to inspire us, and I used a few elements for her bright birthday card. You can get all the details and play along right here: http://damselofdistressedcards.blogspot.com/2016/07/its-my-30th-birthday-and-im-partying.html

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I tried to incorporate lots of bright, bold, color, and a few roundish and swirly shapes. I went with a watercolor background, and used tall colorful blooms in the mason jar. It looks almost like they are exploding our of that jar in bright color! I have been making so many cards with mason jars and watercolor backgrounds lately – – it’s the perfect summer look!

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Have a wonderful birthday month, Becca!

Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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