Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Challenge Dates: Dec 1 - Dec 14

I found this photo on Pinterest - Isn't this a gorgeous photo?

I am inspired by

* Theme (frames, home decor, parties)

* The color scheme (blue, white and yellow...a pop of green maybe?)

* The textures (fabric, canvas, felt)

* The style (graphic, fun and cute, shabby vintage)

* Techniques (stamping on fabric, heat embossing, pattern possibilities, getting clever with die cut frames)

* Accent possibilities (flowers, leaves, frames, cupcakes, butterflies)

* Paper Smooches stamp suggestions (Friendly Flowers, Perky Plants, Sugar Rush, Pretty Phrases)

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
Any stamps from "The Kim Hughes Collection" by Cornish Heritage Farms

(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: www.papersmoochesstamps.com - 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, December 14th

The next challenge will be posted on Thursday, December 15th

Winners will be announced on Friday, December16th
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.

Emily Leiphart

Judith Gowdy

Hope you are enjoying our challenge - we are thrilled to have you here :)


  1. Wow! This looks like so much fun!!!

  2. WOOOOOOOOOW! This team rocked this challenge--love all the different takes on this photo! BEAUTIFULLY done:)

  3. Another gorgeous challenge!!! I love what the ladies created here! Gorgeous frames and such a pretty color combination! Looking forward to designing a card myself!
    Hugs, Wendy

  4. What a fun challenge!! Great samples, Ladies!! Love the inspiration ;)

  5. this looks like a great challenge. I better make my first purchase to get some of your stamps quick.. Thanks for the opportunity to share.

  6. I've joined the challenge and have posted my card to my blog and Facebook page.. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.. My blog is kreateabilities.blogspot.com

  7. I tweeted about the new Sparks Challenge! *smile*

  8. I posted on Facebook about the new Sparks Challenge and the Paper Crafts mag and stamp sets prizes, too! *smile*
    On FB as Cee Cee Wallach

  9. Yeah! I finally got some stamp so I can play along! Emily's been tempting me for way too long!

  10. Ha, I see everyone is taking on the soft blue/green color so far:) Love it! Great challenge picture!

  11. I am loving all the blues. The projects are wonderful, can't wait to see what everyone does.

  12. i had so much fun with this, i LOVE this photo!

  13. Great challenge with lots of great DT inspiration. I do love to see how different all of the DT interpret the different inspirations :)

  14. I have added my submission with inlinkz. I've also posted to my FB Wall.

    Another fun inspiration photo this time around, Kim!

  15. awesome new sparks picture... I am loving what everyone is coming up with for this... Love all the inspiration by the DT... :)

  16. Just finished my card and facebooked about it!

  17. Had two entries for this challenge. Blogged and Facebooked about it. Great DT designs.

  18. anxiously awaiting your winner announcements.. I've been a new fan of your stamps and digi's.. Thank you for such great designs

  19. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration photo and wonderful cards by the DTs. This is my first time participating for the PS challenge. I love your cute stamps.

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