Paper Sweeties Challenge – March 2017

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the Paper Sweeties March 2017 Challenge! We have a gorgeous inspiration photo for you this month, and a few little sneak peeks of our upcoming March new release! You can link up your Anything Goes card or project over at the Paper Sweeties blog right here: https://papersweeties.com/

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I used a few stamps from our brand new release, Keep Calm and Drink Coffee, which will be released this month! You will LOVE this set! I stamped a piece of black card stock with white ink, then used white embossing powder that raises it right off the page! I may add a little more white “chalk” later on to make it look like a chalkboard tag, or keep it as it is. Maaaaybe other images in this new set will also work for chalkboard cards and tags too!

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

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties

Jill Norwood 

Julie Tucker-Wolek

Karen Letchworth

Kathy Schweinfurth

March Guest Designer:  Jinny Newlin

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There’s so much going on over at Paper Sweeties you won’t want to miss a thing!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Winnie and Walter: 3rd Birthday Bash

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Today I am celebrating Winnie & Walter’s 3rd Big Birthday Bash with the Sequins Challenge with Kate! You can get all the details and add your sequins inspired project at the Winnie & Walter blog right here: http://www.blog.winniewalter.com/2017/02/w-3rd-birthday-bash-sequin-challenge.html

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I created a cheerful and bright card using Winnie & Walter’s In a Word Love Cutaway, and embellished it with tiny birds and sequins. I love the little touch of sparkle!

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Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Winnie and Walter Off the Page Challenge

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I’m so glad you could join me today! Today, I am celebrating Winnie & Walter’s 3rd Big Birthday Bash with the Off the Page Challenge with Keren!

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You can get all the details and play along with Winnie & Walter right here: http://www.blog.winniewalter.com/2017/02/w-3rd-birthday-bash-off-page-challenge.html

I have been creating “Off the Page” projects for a long time! I love to extend leaves and branches over the edge of the card. But Keren’s Challenge inspired me to do something a little different and try something new. She used acetate strips to mount a moon and stars to extend off the card. So I decided to create an acetate embossed twig to extend my butterflies off the page too. Take a closer look!

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It’s a fun technique and I love the way it turned out!

I also added the Cutaways die, HOME, by Winnie & Walter. I painted a watercolor scrap in the same fashion as the background octagon, made the die cut, the added it behind the butterfly, in one of those trendy “hidden messages.” It feels great on the card too!

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Live your life in color!

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House of Cards February Challenge

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Today, the talented ladies from House of Cards Group 3 are sharing their amazing designs for our February Challenge! Create a card or project with a little bit of love!

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There’s still plenty of time to play along and link up your love ideas over at the House of Cards right here: http://houseofcardschallenge.blogspot.com/2017/02/group-2-february-challenge-love-theme.html

You can more great inspiration and ideas over at the House of Cards blog!

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Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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The Gossip Column No. 6: Marble

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I am so glad you could join me today! Today I am sharing a card I created for the challenge from the Gossip Column, No. 6, Marble, sponsored by Winnie and Walter. I love reading the Gossip Column, because it is so well-written and I always learn something new! This month, the theme is marble, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I absolutely love marble! Would you believe that I collect tiny rocks, gems, and stones from my travels all over the world, including natural marble? On my bucket list is pure white marble from Italy, along with some white marble from the Dolomite mountain range. I also read a lot about rocks and minerals and even take classes too! last year, I took a class on Roman Architecture from Yale University, and we discussed in great detail early Roman Empire marble and its significance. So, this month’s Gossip Column was right up my marble alley!

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Taheerah had challenged us to create a card inspired by marble, and there are a number of ways you can do that. You can read all about Taheerah’s technique and her designs over on the Winnie and Walter blog right here: http://www.blog.winniewalter.com/2017/01/the-gossip-column-with-taheerah-atchia.html

I decided to try to create my own marble paper with nail polish, a technique I had NEVER even tried before. I thought it would be a disaster, but I was wrong! Look at the “marble” papers I created!

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The technique was really fun, and got a little easier every time I tried another color combination. I can’t wait to stock up on some cheap nail polish to make some more.

In early Roman architecture, expensive marble, along with other rocks and minerals like lapis lazuli from Egypt, or purple agates from Northern Africa, were used in home decor. The early Romans were surprisingly structured in their design. They liked to use long strips or blocks of color to decorate walls, and often used marble or stone tile pieces like an inlay. In later centuries, the inlay marble and tile work gave way to more opulent painted murals of well-known Roman conquests, and of course, styles and designs copied from the Greeks.

I shall be using more of the “marble” papers I created to make more Roman inspired cards that feature some structured designs and color blocks. For today’s card, however, I used one bright pattern piece for the background, and another lighter pink piece for my golden Roman mosaic heart.

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Live your life in color!

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Addicted to CAS: PETS

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Today I am playing along with the Addicted to CAS Challenge, code word PETS! Can you see my sweet little Omar Kitty in the rocket? I love him to the moon and back!

You can get all the details and play along with Addicted to CAS at their blog right here: http://addictedtocas.blogspot.com/2017/02/challenge-104-pets.html

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When I started this card, this was a great CAS idea, but then I made the background blue, then added the moon, then a few stars, and I suppose it has a few more layers and colors than usual. But it’s so darn cute, right?

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Paper Sweeties February 2017 New Release Rewind!

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Welcome to the Paper Sweeties February New Release Rewind! Today is the final day of our big blog hop sharing our brand new release, Hoppy Easter! You can find even more inspiration and ideas from the Paper Sweeties Blog right here: https://papersweeties.com/blog/

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Today I’m sharing a pretty Easter card created with the new Hoppy Easter, and the pretty pastel flags from Mason Jar! The Mason Jar label makes a fun little flag that can add a little color to your card.

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

What’s New

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There’s so much fun going on over at paper Sweeties, you won’t want to miss a thing!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

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