Thursday, February 2, 2012

Challenge Dates: Jan. 26 - Feb. 8

I think I found this photo on Pinterest - I think this is such a lovely little bouquet,

I am inspired by:

* Theme (flowers and stripes)

* The color scheme (pastels, but mainly yellow, teal, mint, white and kraft)

* The textures (fabric, felt)

* The style (fun and cute, clean and graphic, classy and elegant)

* Techniques (using markers to draw a striped pattern, rolled roses (with paper or fabric) using pinking scissors)

* Accent possibilities (handmade flowers, vases, leaves)

* Paper Smooches stamp suggestions (Vogue Abode, Perky Plants, Friendly Flowers)

So friends, that's your challenge...take inspiration from this fabulous photo.  Follow it closely or use it loosely...just have fun!

Create a NEW project (card, tag, layout, altered item, etc)

You must use at least one Paper Smooches stamp or free digi

(stamps from other companies can be used, but please make sure that PS images are easily seen)

Post your Paper Smooches SPARKS project on your blog.  We would love you to include our SPARKS banner (shown on the right column) somewhere on your post.   Please link to our web site: - and include Paper Smooches somewhere on your post.  Submit a direct link to your blog post using our linking system below.

(right click on the SPARKS challenge banner and save to your computer.  If you have any trouble, I am happy to e-mail the image to you) 

If you do not have a blog, please upload your project to our Flickr Group and link to our web site in your description.  Submit a link to your gallery image using our linking system below.

Here's what you are playing for:

First place...we are choosing a PRO stamper - someone who we think is a rock star - that person wins: THREE stamp sets of their choice (a $45. value)

Second place winner is called a PRIMO stamper - who we think is super fabulous - and will win TWO PS stamp sets of their choice (a $30. value)

We will choose ONE random winner to receive ONE PS stamp set and THREE shaped card templates of their choice (a $21. value)

All skill levels are welcome.  You can enter as many times as you like.  We do not have challenge police, so how you interpret this inspirational piece of art...just have fun, ok?

To qualify for our random drawing, you can do any or all of the following:
  • create a project using our SPARKS inspiration
  • comment here and tell us that you TWEETED about our challenge
  • comment here and tell us that you FACEBOOKED about our challenge
Pro and Primo stampers will receive a blog button to display on their blog if they would like to.
The deadline for this challenge is: Wednesday, February 8

The next challenge will be posted on Thursday, February 9

Winners will be announced on Friday, February 10
It brings us GREAT JOY to see you using our stamps.  Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your creativity with us.  We truly appreciate you!

I am honored to share our design team samples with you.  You can click on the links to see more of their beautiful work

Angie Hagist

Audrey Tokach

Judith Gowdy

 Kelley Eubanks

 Linda Beeson

Lori Barnett 

Marie Forberg

Savannah O'Gwynn

Please tell your crafty friends about our challenge.  The more thr merrier.  Can't wait to see what you create!


  1. Great inspiration picture and I love the DTcards!

  2. OHHH! This DT is rockin' this photo inspiration challenge! LOOOOOOOOOVE! I do wish I would have stuck to the stripes theme--I am always trying to think outside the box:) LOL! Great job! Can't wait to see what everyone makes:)

  3. Love the inspiring cards by DTs. Lovely photo. TFS

  4. I am loving everyone's cards!! Pinterest is getting addictive and I facebooked this challenge too, getting use to using that site!

  5. Another fun sketch! Laura's sample is great.

  6. very fun photo, i had a lot of fun playing along! and great inspirations :)

  7. Okay - I am in a crafty funk right now and sure could use some new stamps, so I added to my chance by posting a facebook message about your challenge too! Thanks for this fun inspiration and for the chance to win!

  8. Hello!
    Please delete entry 41--apparently I was having an out of body experience and linked the wrong URL and picture all at one time. Thanks!

  9. I Facebooked about your challenge and my entry! *smile*
    Cee Cee W.

  10. I tweeted about your challenge and my entry.. *smile*