Sunday, January 8, 2012

Challenge dates: Dec. 29 - Jan. 11

I found this photo on Pinterest - I think it's just SO cool!!  I love the colors, the way it's designed...and of course the positive message

I am inspired by

* Theme (Topography/Text)

* The color scheme (Rainbow with a pop of grey)

* The textures (distressing)

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

* Techniques (coloring open letters)

* Accent possibilities (the sky is the limit)

* Paper Smooches stamp suggestions (Sunny Side Up, Sentiment stamp sets)

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, January 11

The next challenge will be posted on Thursday, January 12

Winners will be announced on Friday, January 13
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

Emily Leiphart

Judith Gowdy

Kelley Eubanks


Linda Beeson

Lori Barnett

Marie Forberg

Sav O'Gwynn

My goodness...the DT rocked this inspirational photo.

In case you missed the announcement on our Paper Smooches blog.  Emily Leiphart joined the Paper Smooches DT and stepped down as a SPARKS Challenge contributor.  Lori Barnett took her place.  Please welcome Lori to the team...we are so excited to have her.

We hope that you will play along :)



  1. What an honor to be in this lineup of amazing artists! THANK YOU sweet friend...for this opportunity! (((((hugs)))) I LOVE LOVE LOVE each and every one of the DT samples and can't WAIT to see what PS Fans come up with!

  2. Such a cool inspiration photo! I love all the design team samples. Can't wait to stamp later today!

  3. No Mr. Linky?

    Here is my card:

  4. I adore this challenge!! Great cards everyone!

  5. Here is my card:

  6. sorry about the late LINKY's there now :)

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  8. Thanks for the fun color challenge...I love it..

    DT did an awesome job...Great inspiration. :)


  9. i love this inspiration this week i love colour!!!!

  10. absolutely loved this photo! thanks for the fun!

  11. Great inspiration piece--and WOW! The DT rocked it:)

  12. love love love the challenge...thanks to the dt for all the fab inspiration!!!

  13. I am in love with this challenge. I facebooked about it, blogged 2 cards and just finished up a 3rd card.

  14. This is my first time entering this challenge i love the inspiration pic and i have facebooked about this challenge too.

  15. Thanks for the AWESOME inspiration! I LOVE this photo! I've been lurking, keeping my eye on this challenge for quite some time--so happy to be entering for the first time!!

  16. I facebooked the challenge here ---->!/profile.php?id=85500254

  17. Such a fun inspiration photo again this week! Great DT samples as always. I'm linked up.

  18. oohhh!!! this challenge ends on my birthday!! =)
    thanks for the chance to win =)

  19. WOW~~ What a amazing display of talent!!
    I am so excited to have entered for the first time! Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. Love this inspiration colors and the wonderful DT cards. I submitted with my very first PS stamps:) Love them.

  21. This was such a fun inspiration photo!! WOW, the entries are AMAZING!! You have a tough job (like usual!) ahead of you! :) Thanks for continuing to provide such amazing inspirations!

  22. fantastic inspiration and interpretations! this is my first time playing along!