Thursday, December 31, 2015

Paper Sweeties January 2016 Inspiration Challenge

Happy New Year and Welcome to the Paper Sweeties January 2016 Inspiration Challenge!

Aren't these colors just wonderful!  I love the deep brown with the Aqua and white!

I decided to play with the wonderful Paper Sweeties "Stitched Tags #2" to create a sweet pair of mittens.  I love having cards on hand that have sentiments like "Sending Warm Hugs and Kisses" from the "Let it Snow" stamp set as they can be used for Get Well cards or to send cheer to someone who needs it. 
I added some cream felt and heart gems to the mittens to create cuffs and created an oval diecut panel to place the mittens in.  It is lined with some tulle netting which I taped to the back side of the panel before attaching it to my brown card base. A bow tied with some kraft colored raffia around the card base finishes it off nicely.

I hope you will hop around to the Design Team's blogs to see all of the wonderful January Challenge inspiration:

January Guest Designer: Lisa Bzibziak

A special welcome to Lisa Bzibziak our January Guest Designer!  We are so glad she is joining us this month!

We hope you find some time to play along this month!  There is a wonderful $20.00 gift certificate up for grabs along with a chance to Guest Design with us in a future challenge.

Don't forget to come back on January 13th when we start our January Release Countdown!  New products will be in the Paper Sweeties store on January 15th for purchase!

:) Jill

Friday, December 11, 2015

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello Friends,
I am thrilled to be joining in the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop today!!!!

The hop runs from December 11 thru December 18th and there are so many wonderful sponsors and prizes!  I hope you all get a chance to play along!
Paper Sweeties is sponsoring once again!  Yay!  The flash prize is the "Homemade With Love" stamps and sweet cuts:
 And Debbie is also giving away a $25.00 Gift Certifciate:

 For more information about this fantastic event please go: HERE!

Here is my card using the lovely "Homemade with Love" stamps and sweet cuts:

 I paper-pieced the sweet mug and cupcake or Christmas Pudding and added some wink of stella for a glittery look!

I used the snowflake in the set to create my glittery marshmallows and also added a green peppermint stick!
A snowflake sequin decorates the mug with just a touch of Mercury Glass Stickles in its center.

Isn't that Christmas Pudding adorable!  I cut an extra set of leaves and popped them up for some added dimension! And I added my sentiment with some black glitter letters I had in my stash.  The paper which is from Simple Stories already had the word "Joy" in place as well as the adorable little stars sprinkled around.  I finished the card off by adding some snowflake stickers I had from KI memories.  Then I roughed up the edges of the paper panel with my scissors and inked the edges in "rich cocoa" ink which was very appropriate I thought! :)  I added it to a red card base and called it DONE!

A big thank you to Amy and the entire team that works on these fabulous hops! And Happy Holidays!
Now I am off to go have some cocoa myself....yum!!!!
: )  Jill

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Paper Sweeties December Release - The Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 6

Welcome to Day SIX of the Twelve Days of Christmas Designer's Blog Hop for Paper Sweeties!  Have you been following along with all of the GORGEOUS projects posted so far by the Sweeties Teamies?  Wow - lots of wonderful ideas for holiday crafting my friends!!!!  If you missed any of the posts here is the link list:

Day 2:  December 3rd:  Maria Patrick

Day 3: December 4th:  Nancy Penir

Day 4:  December 5th:  Kathy Schweinfurth

Day 5:  December 6th:  Mackie Robertson

Day 6:  December 7th:  Jill Norwood (You Are Here)

Day 7:  December 8th:  Michelle Bala

Day 8:  December 9th:  Michele Henderson

Day 9:  December 10th:  Larissa Heskett

Day 10:  December 11th:  Jeri Thomas

Day 11:  December 12th:  Angel Johns

Day 12:  December 13th:  Mynnette Kitchen

Each of the posts so far have been amazing!  I have been working right up to the last minute to prep my items for today so let's get started!!!!
First up are projects using the Merry and Bright Stamps and Sweet Cuts:

I absolutely adore these sets and had a hard time putting them down once I got are my projects:

First a sweet little Christmas card:

I just love the shape of this sweet tree!  And Debbie thought of everything you might need to decorate the tree!  I love the little pot that you can stamp to stand the tree in and I used it here on this card!  So adorable!

Next up some Christmas Tree tags:
 These tags were so easy to put together!  I just die cut the tree 4 times.  Twice from a glittery white cardstock and twice from the mint patterned paper.  Then I layered them and glued together adding a hand cut tree stump. NOTE: Their is a stamp and die for a tree stump but I did not use it on these tags.  I added two die cut stars back to back at the top with pop dots for some dimension and then a little glitter glue for sparkle.  You could add sentiments to these if you wanted but I kept them simple and sweet!

This next project is so fun and versatile!  Tiny CHRISTMAS TREES!!!!  Think name cards for your Christmas table....or to add to a Christmas scene in your home...or on your window sill by your sink just for fun...

It is hard to see in this photo but these are dimensional trees I made by scoring 3 (cream tree) or 4 (green tree) die cuts down their centers and then gluing them together to form a three-D tree.  The "Merry and Bright" tree die is not perfectly symmetrical so I added glitter glue and loose glitter to the edges of the tree so you can not see the portions that are slightly offset.  If you decide to make these I feel that it works best with 3 die cuts instead of 4. The offset areas are much smaller on the cream tree which was made with 3 die cuts only.

To create the tree stand I used a small wood spool (mine are from Maya Road) and added crocheted trim with some hot glue.  I also added Diamond Stickles and loose glitter to the top and bottom edge of the spool.  I used an extra long toothpick to create the tree stump and hot glued the end into the spool stand.  At the top of the tree I used a pin and a rusty jingle bell to create a topper.  You could also use the star that comes in this set for your topper.  I just liked the contrast of the bell and it allows me to add a sentiment to the top if I wish on a little flag.

Here is what it looks like with a name added for your Christmas Dining Table...a tiny tree place card:

I just think these would be adorable at each place setting for Christmas Dinner this year don't you?!  And it only took me a few minutes to make each one!  To add the names for my sample trees in the photo above I used the names that come with the  "Emma" and "Sophie"  dolls stamp sets at Paper Sweeties but it would be very easy to hand stamp names with the Paper Sweeties Alphabet stamp sets (linked below).

Here is a photo with me holding the tree so you can see the dimension a little bit better:

Ok....I have just one last project to share using the Merry and Bright Stamps and Dies:

I made a large rosette ornament or bag decoration!  I love rosettes and their beautiful dimension!  They are simple to make and every time I add one to a gift bag the recipient goes crazy!  They just make people smile!  Since I already had a couple of tags made I thought I would also make a rosette to add to a white gift bag I have on hand.  Now I am all ready to give a gift to someone special! And this rosette comes with a thread hanger so that if the recipient wants they can add it to their tree as an ornament.  I have also seen them used as tree toppers by adding a clothespin to the back.  Just clip it right to the top branch of your tree!

Here is a detail shot just for fun:

Okay are you still with me?  I am moving on to the other new stamp and die set that was released this month called "Sugar and Spice":

Do you love Gingerbread men as much as I do?  They are a favorite of mine for sure!  As soon as I saw this set in my design team package I knew that I wanted to make Christmas Ornaments with it!  A sweet Gingerbread Boy and Girl!  And here they are:

I used wool felt in a light beige shade for my gingerbread ornament bases.  I sewed the bases together 3/4 of the way and then added some quilt batting to the insides before sewing them closed.  I then used some fabric scraps, buttons, felt die cuts from the sweet cuts set etc. to embellish my ornaments.

Here is a close up of the girl ginger:
 She has a die cut felt bow with a rusty jingle bell, googly eyes, a sewn mouth and nose in red thread, a fabric scrap scarf and red buttons. The cream felt "frosting" zig-zags were made by cutting pieces from the die cut border in the Sugar and Spice Sweet Cuts set. A gingerbread cabochon adds a sweet baby ginger to her arms! And to finish her off I sprayed her lightly with glue spray and dusted her with clear glitter for some sparkle!  Adorable right?!

Next...our handsome Gingerbread Man!  He is also sporting googly eyes and a red thread sewn mouth and nose for his face.  He has a handsome plaid scarf made from a fabric scrap and some green buttons along with a walking stick "candy cane" that I had in my stash of Christmas Crafty Goodies!  At his back you can see the red thread hanger that I added.  I sewed a thread hanger in place on both of these sweet ginger ornaments so they can be hung on the recipients tree!  I love how these turned out!  They do take a bit of time to make but I did most of the sewing while watching a couple of Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel so it went by pretty fast!

Well that is it for me today!  I was hoping to add one more gingerbread man project but I am down with a horrible cold that my son brought home on Wednesday.  It is Saturday evening as I am typing this post and it  needs to go live on Sunday night so I decided to post what I have done for now in case I can't finish it.  

 The lovely news for all of you is that there is lots more inspiration to come!  Tomorrow for Day 7 you get to go visit the wonderfully talented
  Michelle Bala 

I am having so much fun checking out each new post in the morning with my cup of coffee or tea!  And speaking of Coffee and Tea don't forget to start creating for the:
 Paper Sweeties is sponsoring once again and is giving away a couple of prizes including a $25.00 gift certificate and a flash prize of the lovely "Homemade with Love" stamps and sweet cuts!  Join in the fun December 11 - 18th!  More info can be found here:

I am also linking this post to the "Visions of Sugar Plums" - Christmas/Winter Challenge #2  at my lovely friend Lori Hairston's blog over at ChouxChoux Paper Art!  Lori shares such wonderful creativity all year long and then does an incredible 3 day Christmas Blog Hop each year with her friends to share tons of Christmas and Holiday Inspiration!  There are lovely sponsors and prizes too!  I hope you will go and check out the hop and her challenge and her lovely blog full of fun ideas.  She is also on YouTube

Thanks for looking at my Paper Sweeties projects for this lovely Twelve Days of Christmas Blog Hop!  I wish you all the joy and fun of creating lots of fun crafty projects this December!  Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you all!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Paper Sweeties December Release - The Twelve Days of Christmas

Paper Sweeties December Release - The Twelve Days of Christmas!

December 3rd:  Maria Patrick
December 4th:  Nancy Penir
December 5th:  Kathy Schweinfurth
December 6th:  Mackie Robertson
December 7th:  Jill Norwood
December 8th:  Michelle Bala
December 9th:  Michele Henderson
December 10th:  Larissa Heskett
December 11th:  Jeri Thomas
December 12th:  Angel Johns
December 13th:  Mynnette Kitchen

Hello Friends!  We are doing something a little bit different for the Paper Sweeties release this month.  
First of all...the new products are available in the store right now for purchasing!  Yay!  You can shop to your hearts content without a wait!!! 
Second....Instead of everyone showing their projects over a 4 day countdown as we usually do we are instead having a "Twelve Days of Christmas" blog hop.  One member of the Design Team will show all of their projects on their assigned day. Twelve wonderful days of Paper Sweeties inspiration for the "Twelve days of Christmas Blog Hop"!  

My day is December 7th!  This post will be updated with my projects on that date!  I hope you will come back by to see them.  And if you are here before that date just click on the links above to go and visit the posts that are already live starting with our lovely Paper Sweeties Creator: Debbie Marcinkiewicz!  

Happy Hopping and a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season to you all!  

Monday, November 30, 2015

Paper Sweeties December 2015 Inspiration Challenge AND Release Day!

Hello!  Are you ready for December!  It is hard to believe that we are in the last month of 2015!  Where did this year go? 

I am here today with a card for the Paper Sweeties December Inspiration Challenge:

Challenge #38 includes as always the chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate to the Paper Sweeties store and an opportunity to Guest Design!  I hope you will play along!!!

We are also having an early product release for the month of December.  More info about this on a post that will be up on my blog tomorrow!  The stamps and dies I used today on my December Inspiration Challenge post are part of the brand new products that are in the store as of December 1st! 

 Here is what I created:

I was inspired by the lovely wooden sign and warm tones in the inspiration photo.  I added the gold color by inking my background in yellow because I wanted it to look like the tree was all lit up! I used the brand new "Merry and Bright" stamps and sweet cuts dies to create this sweet Christmas card.  I love the shape of this new Christmas tree!  Isn't it adorable?!  And wait till you see the stamps and sweet cuts sets in full!  Lots of wonderful accessories are in these sets to use to decorate the tree.

 The banner shape that I used to hold the sentiment "Trim the Tree" on my card is from the "Hello Friend" stamp set.  It is definitely a favorite!

A few "Strawberry Sequins" surround the tree to add a punch of color.  They look like red ornaments ready to adorn the branches....

Well that is it for me today but all of the Paper Sweeties designers have lovely projects to share with you too:

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
December Guest Designer:  Tracey Kelly

I want to extend a very special welcome to Michele Henderson who is the newest member of the Paper Sweeties Design Team!  You will love her fantastic design style!  Welcome aboard Michele!!!!  And also a very special welcome to our December Guest Designer:  Tracey Kelly!!!!  Tracey makes the most incredible scrapbook pages!  Love her artwork!  I hope you enjoy looking at all of the wonderful inspiration everyone has prepared!!!! 
And don't forget that Debbie is releasing the new products for this month early!!!! They will be live in the store on December 1st!!  Two new stamp sets with coordinating sweet cuts!  The cutest tree and gingerbread EVER!!!  Be sure to go to her blog at  Paper Sweeties for all the details! 

In conjunction with the early release we are having a "12 Days of Christmas" blog hop in December with a different design team member posting their creations each day from December 2nd to December 13th!  There will be wonderful NEW inspiration each day using these new releases as well as a mix of existing products!  It should be a lot of fun!!!  More on that tomorrow!
:) Jill

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Your Next Stamp Feature Day: CHRISTMAS

Hello Friends.  Here today with a card for Your Next Stamp's Feature Day.  November's theme is: CHRISTMAS!  My very favorite time of the year to create for!

Don't forget to visit the Your Next Stamp Blog and leave a comment for your chance to win!!!

I decided to create with the new Gingerbread Men Die Set:

I love this sweet gingerbread couple and made a set of die cut "cookies" to place on my card.

I die cut the boy and girl several times each and glued the layers together to create a very dimensional gingerbread boy and girl "cookie"!  Then I decorated them with the additional dies included in the set and added glossy accents over the top to make them all shiny! I used a micron pen to add their face details after the glossy accents had dried.

The sentiment is from the "Hot Cocoa Phoebe" stamp set and I thought it was perfect with my sweet couple!  I placed them on some die cut hearts on top of a stitched tag from the "Winter Fun Tag Die Set"  and then added a piece of the "Stitched Loop Border Die" to decorate the tag. 

Thanks for visiting me today and joining in the fun of FEATURE DAY at Your Next Stamp!  I have had a wonderful time as one of the November Guest Designers!  This is my last card!  A big thank you to Karen for allowing me to play along this month with her outstanding design team!  And to Julie who helped me along the way!  I sure love the Your Next Stamp products! So many wonderful stamps and dies to play with! 

:) Jill

Thursday, November 19, 2015

YNS Challenge #27

 Hello Friends!  I am back again today as a guest designer for the month of November with Your Next Stamp!  Today I have a card for Challenge #27.  Here are the sketch and color inspiration graphics:   

Remember you can choose to use the sketch or the colors or BOTH if you would like!  I chose to use the sketch this time....and here is what I came up with:

I inked up and colored with Copic markers a sweet new stamp set called "Sit, Stay, Drink".  It has the cutest little puppy in it....

 Isn't he adorable?  I just love the way he is balancing the wine on his head...or almost....

And the sentiment continues from the outside to the inside of the card.....

Here is an image of the stamp set in was part of the November Release!

More inspiration for Challenge #27 can be found at the Your Next Stamp Blog!  I hope you will go take a look and if you have time join us in the challenge! There is a lovely prize up for grabs! 

:) Thanks for your visit and sweet comments! Hope you are having a wonderful week!