Paper Sweeties December Inspiration Challenge #62

Thursday, November 30, 2017

December will be upon us before most of you ever read this; and that means a fabulous, new, inspiration challenge is up over at Paper Sweeties.  This month's challenge inspired me to create stocking tags to dress up jars of my homemade apple butter.  My hubby will actually be delivering thirteen of these to his coworkers and employees for Christmas; however, for the sake of time, I've selected three to share, with you all, today.  The remainder are some combination of the following anyhow.
I started these tags by die-cutting the stockings from patterned prints and their scallop trim, which I also glittered, from white cardstock with my Cameo.
I then white-embossed the "homemade for the holidays" sentiments, from Handmade for You, on vellum, Sweet Borders banner die-cuts.  Both the banners and stockings were punched in their top left corners to allow lengths of Baker's Twine, which were first wrapped around the jar, to be laced through and tied in bows.
Their top edges were then embellished with felt, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe holly die cuts, dressed up with pink and red buttons, which I hand-stitched in place, as well as Cotton Candy, Green Apple, and Frosting seam binding ribbon bows, all studded with lone, white pearls, respectively.
Here's this month's Inspiration Challenge #62 graphic to get you off and creating in the right direction.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to get all your challenge details as well as the designer's blogs to see how they've been inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed, holiday season, friends!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin  * December Guest Designer *

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Handmade for You (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Sweeties); polka dot & stripe (MME); star (October Afternoon) Ink: watermark (VersaMark) Other: white embossing powder (Zing!); Christmas Stocking cut file (Images by Heather M.); Cameo (Silhouette); Dazzling Diamonds, embossing gun, & 3/16" Handheld Circle punch (SU!); buttons (Buttons Galore & More); white string (Coats & Clark); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); pearls & felt (Paper Studio); Big Shot (Sizzix); Meet Me Under the Mistletoe & Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts dies & Cotton Candy, Frosting, & Green Apple seam binding ribbons (Paper Sweeties)

Adina Needs Your Vote!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Adina needs your vote for the Soft Toy Competition at IKEA!  There are over 9,000 entries!  To narrow things down... (1) click VOTING, (2) choose IKEA Merriam for the STORE LOCATION, and (3) choose 9-12 for the AGE RANGE.  She's at the bottom of the page.  You can also sort by DRAWING ID 823878.
Thanks so much in advance!  Blessings!

Friday Faves

Friday, November 24, 2017

Hey, y'all!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Ours was absolutely perfect; super relaxing; and full of fun, delicious food, and family.  I'm so sad to see it come to an end; but super excited, too, about changing gears for a new, holiday season.  So, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite, festive finds for this edition of my Friday Faves.  Funny enough, I ended up with an entire post of stamp sets again.  Y'all think I might like stamping or something?  Let's kick things off with Sunny Studio's Festive Greetings.  I LOVE to combine block and cursive fonts for sentiments and scrapbook titles, and the combination of such is exactly what drew me to this stamp set.  Swoon!
The happy-go-lucky penguins steal the show in Brring on the Joy from Avery Elle.  All the festive, scene-setting builders are just the icing on the cake.
I needed to refill a few basic supplies over at Stampin' Up and couldn't resist taking a peek at a some of their new sets.  It's been so long since I've been to their website, that I didn't even know they had photopolymer stamp sets.  What?!  Can anyone vouch for their durability or stain-resisting ability, because Colorful Seasons has this nature-loving girl's name all over it?
And although they don't fit the season upon us, Bella & Friends Clear Mount...
and A Little Wild Clear Mount Bundle get points for their versatility all year round.  Do you see how those jungle animals stamp back and front for darling, little tags?  Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?!
That does it, for this month, folks.  As always, I hope you found something here to love, too.  And if you're still doing some Black Friday shopping, Pretty Little Studio is offering 15% off your entire order, with code black2017, through Monday, November 27, 2017, at midnight.  Woot!  Woot!  Happy shopping, friends!  Be blessed!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Over the last few weeks, each of the members of my family secretly wrote, on little strips of paper, all the things for which they are thankful and tossed them into a sweet, paper bag turkey Kaden made in our Sunday school class.  We read through them at breakfast this am, and I thought today would be the perfect time to share those entries here on my blog.  Please keep in mind that this is by no means an exhaustive list, and see if you can guess who might have written what.  In no particular order, we are thankful for...
  1. Awana
  2. sunshine
  3. United States of America
  4. family
  5. airplanes
  6. birthdays
  7. pumpkins
  8. Mrs. Acuff, Adina's homeschool video teacher
  9. Mom's homemade anything
  10. Adina
  11. sleepovers
  12. Bible
  13. Shirley, our neighbor and my kiddos' second grandma
  14. Kansas City Zoo
  15. our pet fish
  16. holidays
  17. autumn
  18. love
  19. animals
  20. art supplies
  21. books
  22. summer
  23. family vacations
  24. music
  25. our home
  26. my animal notebook, Adina's first big school project
  27. a Bible-teaching church
  28. online shopping
  29. a teenager to help mow the yard
  30. missionaries
  31. Casas por Cristo
  32. hot cocoa
  33. trees
  34. penguins
  35. air
  36. papercrafts
  37. technology
  38. coffee (That's totally me!!!)
  39. friends
  40. the pool
  41. ice-cream cones
  42. sports
  43. bunkbeds
  44. baseball
  45. being home with family
  46. pizza
  47. life
  48. mixed nuts on the kitchen table
  49. my creative space
  50. popcorn
  51. my gardens
  52. Saturday morning pancakes
  53. prayer
  54. Spanish ( my hubby and I can have conversations without our kiddos understanding.)
  55. aquariums
  56. Christ's death and resurrection
  57. Christmas lights
  58. nature
  59. siblings
  60. art
  61. family game night
  62. religious freedom
  63. Ezekiel
  64. family movie night
  65. clothes
  66. my wife
  67. Charlie, Kaden's favorite stuffed dog
  68. Legos
  69. employment
  70. God's faithful provision
  71. cupcakes
  72. Thanksgiving Day
  73. Grandpa and Grandma
  74. homeschool
  75. colors
  76. a family that knows the Lord
  77. Gummy Bears
  78. grocery stores
  79. good food
  80. the spinner Dad got me in Philadelphia
  81. toys
  82. traditions
  83. my husband
  84. stuffed animals
  85. God
  86. Mom
  87. parades
  88. neighbors 
  89. tooth fairy (Adina just had a stubborn, baby tooth pulled last week!)
  90. horses
  91. cleaning supplies (This was NOT me!  I must be doing something right ;).)
  92. our Sunday school class of three-year-olds
  93. Kaden
  94. favorite television shows
  95. a comfy bed
  96. Snowflake, our bunny
  97. Summer, our dog
  98. slippers
  99. children
  100. blog friends (That's YOU!)
    From my family to yours, have a truly blessed Thanksgiving!  And to all those who don't live in the United States, have an absolutely fantastic day!  Hugs! 

    For the Love of Books

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    Morning, y'all!  With Thanksgiving being in just a couple of short days here in the United States, I thought I'd get in the spirit of things, with this month's For the Love of Books post, by sharing one of our favorite books about the history of the holiday.  It is illustrated with super cute, pencil and watercolor images, some even right out of the 1620's, and simply stated enough to keep my busy toddler's attention.  So, I give the targeted age range, of three years and older, a big thumbs up.
    In What Is Thanksgiving Day?, written by Margot Parker and illustrated by Matt Bates, Amy explains the origins of Thanksgiving Day to Ben, while she's baking cookies like the ones the Indians brought to the first Thanksgiving dinner.

    I know that's a super simple explanation, but most of us already know the history behind Thursday's holiday.  This one stands out to me for its superior job of explaining all the specifics without failing to remember that the Pilgrims' thanks was to their Heavenly Father for all He had given them, especially their ability to worship Him in their own way, in the New World.  Thanks so much for reading, friends!  Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

    October Recognition

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    Albeit a short one, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, for many of us here in the United States, welcome to the work week, friends!  I trust you all had wonderful weekends.  It was the first Saturday, in about a month, that my family and I were all home together at the same time.  Woohoo!  We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, as it was raining when we awoke and too damp to tackle the barrage of leaves our trees had dumped in the yard; but my hubby and big kiddos were out there raking come early afternoon, while I whittled a mile off my to-do list and Kaden napped.  They were out working again Sunday afternoon, as my neighbor needed help with her yard, too.  The Christmas lights will have to wait for another warm day.  Sigh.

    Anyway, we're now more than half-way through the month of November; and I've failed, yet again, to share a playful page that received honors last month.  It was actually named a Design Team Top 3 Pick, at Sketches in Thyme, in September; however, it wasn't announced until just last month.
    Thanks ever so much to the Sketches in Thyme Mavens!  I'm honored!  And thanks, as always, to my faithful followers here.  It wouldn't be the same around here without you!  XOXO

    Pretty Little Studio: Birthday Deer

    Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Happy Sunday, ya'll!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning, sharing a card I made my brother-in-law for his birthday next week.
    I started his card by anchoring a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Feeling Reminiscent, to the white, cardstock, card face, as well as a strip of vellum, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "happy BIRTHDAY" sentiment, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
    I then punched the top center of a Crisp Air 3x4 Pocket Card; laced it with white string, tied in a bow; topped it with a trio of Fall Away Arrows and Oh, Deer Wood Veneer Shape, backed with a snippet of cheesecloth; and popped it up, with foam tape, in the center of the card face, tucked under the vellum, sentiment strip, to complete the look.
    Doesn't that deer totally steal the show?!  If you love it as much as I do, it's been paired with a trio of wood veneer stars and marked down, in the shop, to only $.99.  Woot!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Now, get out there and make what's left of your weekends creative ones.  Hugs!

    {Supplies & Tools}
    Stamps: Happy Everything (SU!) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Feels Like Fall: Feeling Reminiscent 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (StazOn) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); cheesecloth (Dritz); 3/16" Handheld Circle punch (SU!); white string (Hobby Lobby); Feels Like Fall: Crisp Air 3x4 Pocket Card; Oakley Avenue: Fall Away Arrows; & Tinsel Town: Oh, Deer Wood Veneer Shape (PLS)

    The Studio Create Your Own Background Challenge

    Morning, y'all!  Just popping in with our second November challenge over in The Studio.  We're asking you to create a background any way you like it this go around.  I've played with mists and paints, done some stencil work, and grounded everything with a leafy cut file for a subtle approach to the challenge.  Enjoy!
    I started this page by smudging Patina Glimmer Mist onto the textured, white, cardstock, base page.  I then splattered everything with Patina, Stormy Night, and Apricot Glimmer Mists, as well as Orchard Mister Huey's and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Pumice Distress Ink was then smeared through a lattice stencil; and a leafy cut file, Cameo-cut from the same paper as the base page itself, sets the stage for a collection of fall prints, all anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  Those prints were then topped with a couple of photos, matted with white cardstock and backed with a snippet of cheesecloth.  The "grateful 4 you" title runs along the vertical, left edge of my photos.  It was created from Cameo-cut, from textured white and Barely Banana cardstocks respectively, "grateful" and "4", the latter of which was secured with more gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, and a "you" die cut, popped up with foam tape.
    Moving clockwise, a "good time" tab was stapled to the top photo, just left of vertical center...
    and a floral cluster, consisting of a hand-cut black and white bloom; couple of yellow, die-cut flowers, both of which were popped up with foam tape; duo of gold-foil, die-cut leaves; die-cut label, etched with the year 2014; and an "& then", die-cut sunburst, anchors that same photo's bottom, right corner.
    A couple of tags, laced with white strings, tied in bows, were tucked into a wax envelope, hanging out behind the bottom photo's right side.  The manila tag also houses my journaling, but it's a little personal; so I've chosen not to include it here.  Family can be difficult, and I may be too old fashioned for the way some people chose to spend their modern-day holidays.  It's simply not a good combination.  We're so excited to get to spend this Thanksgiving right here in Kansas City.  Woot!
    A foam, glitter, "Smile" Thicker rounds the bottom right corner...
    and a couple of gold-foil, die-cut, word strips, popped up with foam tape, not to mention a playful scattering of teal sequins, completes the look.
    Further inspiration for this page came from Citrus Twist's November 4th 3-to-Inspire Challenge to (1) use a cut file, (2) include stitching, and (3) play with mists and/or inks...
    their November 12th Sketch...
    and Colorful Creations' November 15th Inspiration Board.  Obviously, the colors had me at hello; but I also couldn't resist adding flowers and gold leaves, as well as lots and lots of texture from stitching, string, and cheesecloth to glitter, gold foil, and sequins.
    Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see what my talented teammies have cooked up just for your viewing pleasure.  Then, you have until Sunday, December 3, 2017, to link up your takes, on this Create Your Own Background Challenge and/or our previous, Mirror Image Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

    {Supplies & Tools}
    Paper: textured white (Bazzill); Barely Banana (SU!); white (Paper Studio); teal leafy (Shimelle); orange floral (Citrus Twist); aqua triangles (1 Canoe 2); black floral (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); lattice stencil (Jenni Bowlin); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Orchard Mister Huey's (Studio Calico); Patina, Stormy Night, & Apricot Jelly Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); sequins, wax envelope, & November 2017 Grateful cut file (Citrus Twist); Cameo (Silhouette); all die cuts (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twists); Sparkle glitter foam Thickers (American Crafts); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); manila tag (Paper Studio); staples & stapler (office supply store)

    Paper Sweeties November Release Rewind

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    Evening, y'all!  Just popping in to wrap up a Paper Sweeties November Release with one final, festive creation.
    I started this card by stamping a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of watercolor paper several times, in Jet Black ink, with the holly image and hashtag sentiments.  I then watercolored the holly and added white Gelly Roll pen accents to the berries.  A slightly smaller piece of vellum was run through my Big Shot to get the snowfall texture and anchored, in the center of the watercolored piece, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching before popping it up, with foam tape, in the center of the Riding Hood Red, cardstock, card face.
    I then die-cut the For You tag from a large, polka dot print; backed it with cheesecloth; and popped it up, with foam tape, near the left edge, in the vertical center of the the card face.  It was topped with a stamped, in Garden Green ink, on a Wild Wasabi die cut, Hello Spring wreath, embellished with white Gelly Roll pen berries; a die-cut, gold, cardstock, Joy Sweet Cuts "Believe" sentiment; and a die-cut, text print bow, dressed up with a red button, laced with white string.
    A double, white, seam binding ribbon bow, embellished with a lone pearl, backed with a Baker's Twine bow, completes the look.
    That wraps things up for this month, folks.  Run get your new release goodies while they're hot!
    Debbie has asked me to continue guest designing through the New Year, so I guess y'all are stuck with me for a bit longer.  There won't be a new release next month; but we'll be back on the first with the monthly Inspiration Challenge, and we've also got a number of holiday blog hops in the works.  So, the inspiration will keep coming all December long.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed, friends!

    Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
    Jinny Newlin  * November Guest Designer *
    Karen Letchworth

    {Supplies & Tools}
    Stamps: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, You Better Not Pout, & Hello Spring (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Riding Hood Red & Wild Wasabi (SU!); gold (Bazzill); watercolor (Canson Studio); vellum (Paper Studio); red text (Jillibean Soup); black/white polka dot (Jenni Bowlin) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Garden Green (SU!) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); pearl (Paper Studio); white seam binding ribbon (Hug Snug); snowfall embossing folder (SU!); Big Shot (Sizzix); white Gelly Roll pen (Sakura); watercolors (Kuretake); button (Buttons Galore & More); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); Joy, Hello Spring, & For You Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)

    Paper Sweeties November Release Party

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    Welcome back, y'all!  I've got a super cute set of tags to continue Paper Sweeties' November Release celebrations, for you all, today.
    I started these tags by cutting 2-3/4" squares from watercolor paper.  I then stamped that playful, Santa suit square in Jet Black ink and watercolored it.
    A glitter Gelly Roll pen adds just the right amount of sheen for a gold buckle.  Dazzling Diamonds dresses up Santa's white trim and gloves; and Glossy Accents smooths over the buttons perfectly.  I also used Early Espresso and Riding Hood Red markers for some of the itty bitty details on the stamps.
    I then punched the top of each tag with a 3/16" hole punch and laced them with a little Baker's Twine to make them easy to attach to packages and complete the look.  I'm planning on using those little envelope labels to write my recipient's names on their packages.  I'm just not that on top of things yet ;).
    Be sure to stop in to see what the Design Team has been working on; and thanks, as always, for visiting!  Hugs!

    Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
    Jinny Newlin  * November Guest Designer *
    Karen Letchworth

    {Supplies & Tools}
    Stamps: You Better Not Pout (Paper Sweeties) Paper: watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Riding Hood Red & Early Espresso (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: watercolors (Kuretake); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Dazzling Diamonds & 3/16" Handheld Circle punch (SU!); glitter Gelly Roll pen (Sakura)

    Paper Sweeties November Sneak Peek

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    Evening, y'all!  It's that time again... Time for a fabulous, new, November Release from Paper Sweeties.  This one is simply oozing with goodies to help your holiday spirits soar!  We have two new stamp sets, You Better Not Pout and Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, and one coordinating, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe die set to show off over the next few days.  So, let's just get things started.  Shall we?
    I started this card by anchoring both star and bright-pink, striped prints, overlaid with a torn piece of snowflake vellum, onto a slightly larger piece of Rose Red cardstock, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
    I then stamped the top center of the prepped piece, in Jet Black ink, with the "Meet me under the mistletoe" sentiment before popping it off the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape.
    The text tree was then silver-embossed on a Basic Gray, cardstock die cut and popped up with foam tape in the center of the card face.
    A scrumptious, double, Strawberry seam binding ribbon bow, embellished with a perfectly-matched gemstone, backed with a twine bow, and scattering of silver star sequins complete the look.
    Further inspiration for this card came from Inspired by All the Little Things' Challenge #72.
    That gets us rolling, but I'd love to see you all right back here at the same time and place tomorrow to see even more of what Paper Sweeties has to offer this month.  In the meantime, be sure to stop in to see what the Design Team has whipped up for your viewing pleasure.  Thanks so much for peeking; and have a wonderful start to your work weeks, friends!

    Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
    Jinny Newlin  * November Guest Designer *
    Karen Letchworth

    {Supplies & Tools}
    Stamps: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Rose Red & Basic Gray (SU!); star (Jenni Bowlin); pink striped (We R Memory Keepers); snowflake vellum (Creative Memories) Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); watermark (VersaMark) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); pink gemstone & little silver star sequins (Paper Studio); silver embossing powder (SU!); large silver star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Big Shot (Sizzix); Meet Me Under the Mistletoe Sweet Cuts die, Strawberry seam binding ribbon, & twine (Paper Sweeties)