Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge – October 2016

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the Paper Sweeties October Inspiration Challenge! Every month, our design team brings you great inspiration and ideas and a chance to win an amazing prize from Paper Sweeties! You can get all the details and play along right here: http://papersweeties.com/category/blog/

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I used some of my favorite Paper Sweeties stamps to create a fun Thanksgiving scene! I was inspired by the deep earth tones, the light colored pumpkins, and the ruffly shape of the sweet treats! I thought this little turkey from Gobble Gobble was just the right touch! I tried to create this scene entirely by stamping and masking, creating one smooth picture. The picket fence was a bit of a challenge, but it turned out okay, and makes a nice contrast for my dark turkey.

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


Good to the Last Drop!

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Today is the FINAL day of the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop! When I last checked, there are more than 700 amazing coffee themed projects, and the numbers are sure to grow as the final hours draw to a close. If you haven’t entered yet, then get in the game! There are dozens of great prizes and giveaways from the Super Sponsors, and a volume of inspiration! Get all the details right here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2016/09/2016-fall-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

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I’ve got a special prize today too! Simply leave a comment, be a blog follower of Crimson Owl Creations, and . . . that’s it! One random hopper will be selected to win this blog candy CANDY and a Starbucks gift card!

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It puts me in the mood for a little PSL right now! But here’s a little secret, try the Starbucks white chocolate mocha – -DELISH! Today my little autumn squirrel is zipping around the pumpkin patch! I wonder why?

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Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Sugar Pea Designs Mix it Up Challenge #16 SPDMIU16

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Today I am playing over on the Sugar Pea Designs Mix it Up Challenge #16, with this bright bouquet! You can get all the details and play along too right here: http://sugarpeadesigns.com/blog/2016/09/21/mix-it-up-challenge-16/

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I fell in love with these gorgeous pink balloons! They remind me of my bridal shower. I had each one of my guests write their best piece of marriage advice on a little slip of paper and attach it to a pink helium balloon. Everyone read their slips out loud, and then all at once, we released all the balloons into the air! I most remember one piece of advice from my friend Carol, who is still married. She read, “Never forget all the reasons you said yes.” After almost ten terrific years, I give myself that advice every now and then too!

I was inspired by the pink balloons, and the sketch a little bit. I have this unusual sheet of pinky pink paper that is so bright it almost makes my lips pucker! This should be some kind of citrus fruit! So I used it to make a bright card, letting the hollyhocks in the jar mimic the bright pink balloons on the strings. I also used the Stitched Flags die from Sugar Pea!

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Here are my balloon wishes, floating off into the future!

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Live your life in color!

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Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop Day 7

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Hello Everyone!

The Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop will be drawing to a close tomorrow, September 30th, and what an amazing week it’s been! Were you one of the lucky winners in last night’s Sponsor Flash Prize Drawing? I fortunately was, and I would like to thank Amy Tsuruta for hosting this growing event 4 times a year, all of the sponsors who donate so generously to the giveaways, and all of the crafters and bloggers who create such beautiful inspiration every season.

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Let’s celebrate today in special way! Today is National Coffee Day, and I made a special card. This is one of my favorite ways to spend a chilly autumn afternoon, a crossword puzzle and a tall glass of something rich and creamy!

In honor of National Coffee Day, I will be giving away a Starbucks gift card to ONE lucky winner who leaves a comment on TODAY’s post! This prize is in addition to the Blog Candy candy and Starbucks gift card prize package that I have been offering all week long, until the hop closes tomorrow. One winner will be selected from all the comments left during the entire Coffee Lovers Blog Hop run. Winners will be announced October 10th.

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With SOOOOO many coffee themed cards and inspiration going on, I cannot comment on every blog, but I have been sneaking peeks at as many blogs as I can! So I am going to pour myself a tall cup ‘o joe and enjoy National Coffee Day over at the Cofee Lovers Bloghop right here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2016/09/2016-fall-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

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Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Coffee Lovers Bloghop Day 6

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What an amazing week it’s been so far, filled with great inspiration and ideas for coffee themed cards! Today I’m sharing a card I created with the free digi download from Stamplorations!

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You can get this free download, along with other coffee themed downloads, and link up your project over at the Coffee Lovers Bloghop right here:  http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2016/09/2016-fall-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

BLOG CANDY ALERT!!!!

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You can win this delicious blog candy CANDY and Starbucks gift card simply by being, or becoming a follower of my blog, Crimson Owl Creations, and leaving a little blog love. Make sure to leave your email too if you need to so I can contact you if you win! One random winner will be selected from all the comments left on my blog during the Coffee Lovers Bloghop this week. Winner will be announced October 2.

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Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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The Heart Desires Challenge #4

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Today I’m playing along with a new challenge blog for me, The Heart Desires! You can check it out over at The Heart Desires Blog right here: http://theheartdesiresblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-heart-desires-challenge-4.html

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The challenge is to use one, two, or three elements from the inspiration photo. I used a few colors, added a sunflower and a few other elements from the photo, and only used the sketch in a very small way, just angling the pencil to the same degree.

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Live your life in color!

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Hello Tag You’re It #56

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Today I am sharing a card I created for the Tag You’re It Challenge #56. I fell in love with the inspiration photo from Taheerah Achita, and drew my inspiration from some of her elements, like the pretty shades of pink, the swirled roses, the pen, the glasses, and I included them in my tag. I like the idea of sending a sweet little love note to someone special. You can get all the details and play along right here: http://tagyoureitchallenge.blogspot.ca/2016/09/tag-youre-it-56-taheerah-a.html

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The patterned paper I used is double sided, so i added an extra little element to the back too.

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I have a special friend that I am going to send this tag too, and include a sweet encouraging note too.

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Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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