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Its a cupcake party! (with a freebie cupcake)

Paper Garden Projects turns 3 this month.  So we’re having a little party – a cupcake party!

We are sponsoring the Cupcake Inspirations blog  this week.  Make sure you pop over there and enter for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Garden Projects store

Here is a little sneaky peek at the challenge cupcake….

And here is my little sample  – its yes, a cupcake…..  I was inspired to sketch up a little birthday cupcake set for the challenge.

Here is a picture of the set.  It contains a cupcake image, a  Happy Birthday frame and a couple sentiments. 

Its free (and calorie free too…).  you can go get it here.

I can’t wait to see what this yummy cupcake inspires you to create!  (Remember to add your project over at the Cupcake Inspirations blog  to enter the drawing for the gift certificate).

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Friday challenge……

Just a quick reminder that the Fourth Friday challenge is still on.

Just link up your “Spring Things” (newly made projects only please).  You can get the details and the linky on this blog post.

Just wanna say…. We have snow drops blooming!

(Card made with the Spring Blooms Digital satamp set).

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Merry Christmas!


I hope everyone has a very merry, fun, and relaxing Christmas!

We are taking a little time off from the store to enjoy time with our family.  So any orders placed between now and Sunday, January 2 will ship on January 3.  We will still be around to answer questions and the digital downloads are always available.

Well, I only had 2 entries in the free digi Alyssa’s Stocking contest – so I decided to award both of them a prize for being such good sports – and for creating such beautiful cards.

You can see Viv’s beaututiful creation here.

And Cindy’s lovely work here.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Have a Holly Jolly….. digital freebie….

Hmm…. not sure that sounds right… but anyway..

I simply fell in love with the Christmas stocking project Alyssa made here in this post (go ahead, check it out – I’ll wait….)

I love everything about it – the proportion of the stocking, the cute pointy toe, the rusty jungle bells complete with star shaped holes – and the snazzy snowflake embellishment.  Alyssa got her inspiration from Sweet Miss Daisy (one of my favorite blogs!) – so you can see another beautiful sample there. 

I decided to try my hand at drawing it and the Alyssa’s Stocking digital stamp set freebie is the result:

The set contains the embellished stocking image that I used above, plus the stocking, snowflake and jinglebell images alone so you can create your own combo’s.  I also included the Holly Jolly Christmas sentiment in two different orientations.

The file contains both JPG files and PNG’s.  The PNG’s have transparent backgrounds, but the images are solid.  So it should be very quick and easy to layer them in Photoshop or any other program that supports transparent backgrounds.

I had a lot of fun creating this little set and have some more ideas to use it.  But I’d like to share the fun with all of you. 

So how about a  little challenge… with a prize…

Just make a project using some part of this digital freebie and put a link to it in a comment on this post (sorry – no Mr. Linky this time – long story…) by midnight EST on December 20th.   I’ll randomly draw one winner to receive any digital stamp set  in the store of their choice.

And… for extra credit, if you pop over to Alyssa’s blog post and leave a “thanks for the inspiration” comment I’ll put your entry in twice!

I know everyone is very busy making lists and checking them twice – so it might be hard to fit this in.   But if you get the chance I’d love to see what you make!

So show us your Christmas stocking craftiness…. we want to see you embrace your inner elf…

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Fourth Friday Fun Challenge for November

(I know – I’m posting a little early.  But I don’t want to forget with all the partying going on here 🙂         )

Its another 4th Friday… you know what that means… So – if you are not out there shopping… come join the fun! 

This month our challenge is “Tag – you’re it”. 

Create a project the is a tag, contains a tag, or could be used as a tag… we want to see them all!

You prize?  This month its my all time favorite Kraftin Kimmie stamp – Clara and the bird.

The rules – pretty simple.   Please include only newly created projects (although feel free to combine this challenge with others out there in blogland).  For this month – feel free to enter as many projects as you’d like.  Please link back to this challenge if at all possible.   You have until midnight (EST) on Monday, Dec. 6 to enter.

To enter, just use the little froggy face at the bottom of this post to link up your creation. 

For my tag project, I created a tin full of tags.

Its no secret that I adore Eat Cake Graphics images.  I got to use a whole bunch of them to create my tags.  So fun!

The tags are small folded cards and I sized them to fit in the square tin.  The kraft base is 2 3/8″ by 4 3/4″ – scored in the middle.  Then I layered a scalloped square Spellbinders die on top.  The images were stamped and cut out using a smooth square die and then colored with Copics.  I also added a little Burlap Distress ink around the edges of the white squares.  With the images layered with foam tape (as I did here), the tin holds 9 tags.

Some of the images I wanted to use were larger than the square.  So I just cut and embossed my paper, and then stamped the part of the image I wanted before removing the die.  I find I get the best impression when I do this with a pad beneath the paper.  I use a sheet of craft foam.  (Make sure you clean your die after stamping so you don’t get ink smudges on your next project).

For the tin itself, I covered the outside with a strip of kraft cardstock and then wrapped ribbon around it.  I added the sentiment from the Mr. and Mrs. Clause cling set, also cut with Spellbinders dies.  Last, I wrapped twill ribbon around the lid of the tin. 

Here are the stamp sets I used.  All of the images here come from Eat Cake Graphics (painfully cute huh?):



So that is my little project – I had a lot of fun creating it.  Hope everyone here in the US is having a fabulous Thanksgiving!

If you need to do some shopping – check out our Super Simple Sale – everything in the store is 23 % off through the 30th.

Oh… one last thing. The winner of the blog hop drawing is Vanessa B. Vanessa, I sent you an e-mail.

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