Paper Sweeties April Release Rewind

I hope you've been keeping up with all the fun this release.
Among the die set that's available, is this tag I've cut twice.
Also from the set Sweet Cuts Beautiful Little Wishes is the flower shape I've 
die cut several times from different colors.

Happy Everything is the new stamp set that has 'happy' in the copic colored flower you see.
Paper Sweeties raspberry sequins and cotton candy twine.
Leaves from the March Release. I cut away the stem.

The rest of the team has some lovelies for you to see. Check them out here:

Nancy Penir (you're here)

All the new goodies can be found by clicking each of the links below:

What's New 

Happy Everything

Sweet Cuts - Beautiful Little Wishes

Hooray! It's Paper Sweeties Release Day!
Today is the day you can purchase the new sets we've been previewing.

Today I used the circle tag die from Sweet Cuts: Beautiful Little Wishes,
Only I turned it around into a balloon to feature on my card.
Don't you love the look of the word 'Celebrate'?
I know I do! Can't use it enough!
It's from: ConGRADulations.

Loving the bakers twine at Paper Sweeties too!

Now go check out the rest of the design team. They've been hitting it out of the park
for this release!

Nancy Penir (you're here!)

Happy Everything

Sweet Cuts - Beautiful Little Wishes

Paper Sweeties April Release Countdown

We're counting down at Paper Sweeties.
Tomorrow is the April Release, when all the new goodies you've seen will be 
available for purchase.

Today I'm featuring the new stamp sets: ConGRADulations, Happy Everything 
and April's Sweet Cuts: Beautiful Little Wishes.

I created a bg paper with the sentiments from the 2 sets, and even some previous 
releases. 'Be Happy' and 'UR a-mazing' from: Guess What.
The beribboned badge, polka dotted frame, and side parentheses are dies
in a most fabulous set Debbie has in this month's release.
 The parentheses are another embossed frame, only I cut the inside away to get the side embellies.

I fussy cut the cap and tassel, part of the ConGRADulations set.
Think this could go for a boy grad as well as a girl.
My HS colors were green and white. Brought back memories to do a green/white card!
Now hop on over to see the rest of the design team's creations.
You're in for a treat this month!

Don't forget your Frequent Shopper Rewards
and to check out the free digital stamps!

Paper Sweeties April Release

Hello everyone, and welcome to Paper Sweeties April Release Sneak Peek!

It's so exciting to introduce a new stamp set called 'ConGRADulations'.
As you can see Abigail is dressed to graduate!
I fussy cut her gown, sash, cap, diploma and tassel.
The wonderful sentiments are from the set too.

The sign is from: Sweeties Sign and I added Stickles to it and the sash.
The set has everything you need for the graduate's card or gift tag.
Keep on hopping to see all the wonderful ideas the rest of the design team has for you!

Nancy Penir (you're here!)

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see more cards and projects using the new stamps!

Curtain Call Challenge April 1, Baby Booties

Curtain Call Challenge: Baby Booties

Our 11th grandchild is due end of May and
 this is a card I'm attaching to a gift for my daughter-in-law's baby shower.

Paper pieced baby shoes.
Pinstripe on shoes from Waltzingmouse bg stamp.

PTI cardstocks
'baby' die: PTI Wonderful Words: baby
Pink Ink stamp: 'Little Sneakers'

Always give a little something handmade & personal from GMA Nancy.
This Teddy will also be attached to his gift, a stand & sit stroller.
Wish we had those when I was having babies!

Have a wonderful week, we're in the high 80's and it feels like summer!

MFW & Virginia's View Challenge #2

Virginia's View Challenge this month is to use a stencil.
I'm almost done with the Easter cards for the grandkids, 
but I found a stamp that spoke to me, 
and couldn't wait to get home and play with it.

Sir Rabbit by Stampendous is a 4" x 4" stamp, I fussy cut and colored with copics.
Behind Sir Rabbit I cut an oval with Lil Inkers Oval die,
and put a designer paper behind him.
The leafy flourish is Cheery Lynn (twice cut) and sprayed with some iridescent paint.

Before anything was done, I stenciled a polka dot by Simon Says with 3 colored sprays.
Double zig zag die and papers from PTI.
Sequins: Paper Sweeties

Lots of popping up and a twinkle in his eye.

Love that sweet smile on his face, as though he knows where all the eggs are hidden…

                     Virginia's View Challenge # 2 

Also entering this in MFW's

MIM #159

We learn some quilting tips from Dawn on MIM at Papertrey.

I found some quilts for inspiration, and settled on a favorite, called 'The Wedding Ring Quilt'.
After some practice to get the look I wanted, I came up with this.

I started with an embossed panel (Aida), cut several circles from Melon Berry, Kraft and Rustic Cream.
Then I shaped a wedge 4 times on each circle, placed them where I wanted, and ran the whole piece through another embossing folder.

My poor Cuttlebug breathed it's last a few weeks ago, and the new version came 
with this floral embossing folder.

Bitty Button Stacks
Terracotta felt
Boutique Borders: Baby
Inks: Kraft & Terracotta Tile

I loved simulating a quilt on my card and can't wait to do it again!
Thank you Dawn!

The Card Concept #7

Challenge #7 at Card Concept is 'Butterfly'.
We are to incorporate a butterfly in our project using the card concept styles.
I'd say the style is Classy & Elegant because of the gold and classy paper.

I was in Sacramento last week, and always try to find a scrapbook store wherever I am.
My daughter suggested a shop called 'Paper Garden'. 
Tucked in a corner of a brand new shopping center, with the most wonderful breakfast bistro,
I was lost amidst new lovelies beautifully displayed. 
The Paper Garden is the creative genius of Stephanie Nishikawa,
who has dressed her sweet store with enchantment I hadn't seen before,
Such as this sweet kimono wood block stamp

Stephanie showed me a card she made, using the stamp and fan folded Japenese paper.
Love it!
My card set is my own version, with some added butterflies and a bit of bling.
The kimono reminded me of a butterfly with the sleeves outstretched like wings.

Each of the 4 cards features the kimono, gold embossed, with the centers of each bloom and branches
bleached out, a technique from a past MIM at PapertreyInk. 

All cardstocks PTI
Stamps: Kimono, Judikins; arigato & butterfly; Memory box

The completed set features the kimono stamped on a different color card stock, and accented with 
different background colors.

The set of 4

Still time to add your butterfly themed card,
find the challenge here:

Challenge #7 - Use a Butterfly Theme

If you're ever in the Arden Fair district of Sacramento, CA, 
and have the mind to be lost in a garden of paper loveliness, stop in
and enjoy the Paper Garden!

MIM #158

Heather Nichols shows us a technique using Gelatos on this week's
 Make It Monday at PapertreyInk.
I've seen other's have fabulous results with this medium, But I never tried them.
So for the 2nd week in a row, made a trip to Michaels and picked up something new.
I'm in love with the Garden Grace stamp set, perfect for Gelatos!
There are stamps in the set that are solid, and others for definition.
And what lovely sentiments and script!

Along with Garden Grace stamps and dies, I die cut Fabulous Frames.
The 'Plant a garden' sentiment fit perfectly on the bottom frame.
Heather showed us 2 ways to moisten the stamp. I used both for the 
inside and outside frame.
Detailing stamped in Pure Poppy and New Leaf inks.
Cardstock is Stamper's Select, but I did use Betsy's for the die cut blooms.
The texture in the heavier card stock really defined the print better,
but regular PTI card stock is fine.
Find Heather's tutorial here:

Paper Sweeties April Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Sweeties April Blog Hop!
This is our chance to show off all the goodies in the PS boutique.

Check out our inspiration!

Sweet Treats!

I have 2 cards for you, the 1st features sweet Emma and a tea party.

Emma's been baking all day, and invites you to tea.
Table and tea set from 'I'm Having a Tea Party',
sentiment and clothing from 'It's Tea Time'.

2nd card was done with die cuts from the March release. 
Spring bouquet formed with Sweet cuts Hippity Hoppity.
Did you know the Paper Sweeties boutique has paper straws?
Love them for added detailing, like these bud vases for the blooms.

Sequins and twine are also now in the shop!

Now hop along and check out each and every designer and a big welcome to our
guest designer, Larissa Heskett!

Fusion #7

Fusion #7's inspiration: to choose the photo, the sketch, or fuse both.

I love playing with this challenge, and I love to fuse the 2 inspirations.
One of my first stamps was this large woodblock from Stampington
called 'Papillion'.

I've been playing with making my own bg papers, this wood one from a tutorial Melissa Phillips 
did last week on Make It Monday.
 It's a 3-D paint that has iridescence, so that set the stage for my dress form.
PTI cardstocks,
Oval: Lil Inkers
Sentiment 'Easter' from Cheery Lynn.
Dyed burlap strip
Wink of Stella

The spotted background paper is the byproduct of a PTI notebook page die cut.

A P.S. to this post, is a photo of the card with some purple dyed twine.
I removed it because it seemed just too much.
Ever do that?
I seem to love possibilities, until I do them, and then think, 'it's over done'.
It's a learning process, after all!

The Card Concept #6 Birthday

Create a Birthday Card is the challenge at The Card Concept #6

My card uses PTI's Cover Plate: Deco die cut in melon Berry.

Inspiration? The gorgeous frosting covered white cake embellished with blooms!
Looking at the photo you can almost taste that frosting!

I created my own cake by rounding the top corners on 2 white card stock strips and running them through the cuddle bug.

Limeaid Ice Fanciful Flourish: Cheery Lynn Designs
PTI: Button Stacks
Sentiment from PTI's Hands of Time

  'Freestyle Collage' (?) or maybe 'Classy Elegant'.

PTI Mar. Blog Hop

It's Blog Hop Time!

PTI's theme is GLOSS!

I waited until this morning to photo shoot my 2 cards, great time to 
capture the 'high glossy' surface.

1st is a BD card, using Text Block Birthday and Fabulous Frames dies.

The candle is a straw (Paper Sweeties) with the flame from Polka Dot Parade #12 and glossy accents.
Glittered sentiment from Wonderful Words: Birthday

2nd card

Stamped first, then clear embossed.
Bold Bouquet stamp set.

Papertrey cardstocks and inks

Come join the hop here:

You have all day to play!


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