Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Paper Sweeties January Inspiration Challenge #15

Happy New Year's morning, all! Being that today is the first day of January...the Paper Sweeties' have gathered together to provide you some inspiration to last all month long! I apologize that I did not have a chance to make a new creation...this is a card that I made last year using Paper Sweeties' You Are Amazing and I'm Having a Tea Party sets:

I wanted to tie in the background paper to the sentiment panel and floral cluster, so I used my newly acquired Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls, dabbed some on the paper and with a paint brush, made sweeping strokes for a wispy type look. And the secret to manipulating paper and having it fold gently, as opposed to hard creases is to lightly spritz the paper with water prior to crinkling. And then it dries exactly as you make it. One point though, if you're going to distress the edges with a paper distresser...make sure you do that while the paper is dry. Otherwise that little contraption eats your paper. And not in a good way. :) I did layer half of a LaRue flourish under the sentiment panel and added the metal wing to the top. The flowers are a combination of paper flowers, tulle accents and a couple of twig/funky things I cut off an arrangement in my house.

The inspiration piece:

Paper Sweeties hosts monthly challenges on their blog! Each month on the 1st we will have a brand new inspiration for you to play along with. You can enter as many times as you wish throughout the month — the more times you enter, the more chances you’ll have to win!

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to create, share and win:

1. CREATE a card or project based on the current inspiration graphic using any of your favorite crafty supplies! You’ll get an extra vote if you use ANYTHING from the Paper Sweeties Shop!! Use the graphic as a starting point for your project — be inspired by the colors, shapes, theme — anything goes … most important — HAVE FUN and let our photo inspiration spark your creativity!

2. POST a DIRECT LINK to your project in their Inlinkz gallery — please use the URL to your actual project post (not your entire blog) so we can easily find your creation. You do not need to have a blog to enter — you can use any online gallery such as Flickr, PinterestFacebook orSplitcoast Stampers(keyword papersweeties)! You can pin your Paper Sweeties creations directly to our Friends of Paper Sweeties Pinterest Board — contact  Debbie for an invitation to contribute!

3. LINK back to the blog post so your readers can easily find us!

Our challenge will run for the entire month. You can play along as many times as you wish — the more times you play, the more chances you have to win! The challenges will end at 12 pm EST on the last day of each month. The new challenge will be revealed on the 1st of each month. The winner of the previous month’s challenge will be announced on the 1st of each new month, will win a $20 gift certificate to the boutique and will be invited to Guest Design with the Sweeties next month!

Blog Hop List:

January Guest Designer:  Jill Norwood

Have a wonderful New Year!

Stamps: You Are AmazingI'm Having a Tea Party (Paper Sweeties Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Timeless (Kaisercraft), Saddle, Black (CTMH), Naturals White (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tea Dye & Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: La Rue flourish die (Memory Box), Oval & Scalloped Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Hot Cocoa & Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls (Ranger), doily, metal charm, paper flower, tulle accent, various twiggy things, dauber, Pinking Hearts border punch (SU!), paint brush, paper distresser, dimensionals, spray bottle

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  1. Happy new year! What a beauty of a card to start 2014 with. All those layers are gorgeous!

  2. wow your card is stunning.. i love it.. Happy New Year

  3. Your card is lovely!! Happy New Year to you too!! I love the idea of using the liquid pearls with a paintbrush!! Gorgeous!

  4. Love your card, Andrea....Thx for the distressing tip!

  5. Wow! So many beautiful elements on your gorgeous card, Andrea! Happy New Year to you and family!

  6. lovely card and Happy new year 2014
    bye from France

  7. Andrea, there are cards, and there are CARDS! Gorgeous!
    Happy New Year to you too!

  8. Amazing as always! Happy New Year!

  9. Andrea I could get lost in your blog for days - so many beautiful things to hypnotize me with here!

  10. Such a SWEET card!! I LOVE all of the added little elements!! THANKS so much for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

  11. Your card has so much detail and texture. I love it. Glad to be on this team with you!

  12. WOW ... in true 'Andrea' fashion, simply gorgeous and just perfect! I love how you combined a couple sentiments to make this beautiful card :)

  13. OMG i spend an hours on your blog! Your work is so beautiful!! Amazing :)


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