Monday, April 30, 2012

Chalenge Dates: April 19 - May 2

I think I found this photo on Pinterest - This is just a delicious photo!  :)

I am inspired by:

* Theme (food)

* The color scheme (primary and rich tones)

* The textures (smooth, grids)

* The style (fun and cute)

* Techniques (cones, rolling paper, layering, masking)

* Accent possibilities (colorful brads, fruit)

* Paper Smooches stamp suggestions (Fruitastic, Vegtastic, Sugar Rush)

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,May 2

Winners will be announced on Friday, May 4

The next challenge will be posted on Monday, May7
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

May first marks the end of these VERY talented ladies design team term here at the SPARKS blog.  (sigh) I ish they could stay on forever...but I do think that it's important to "change things up" every 6 months or so.  :)  Our new team will be contacted on April 24th, and announced here on April 25,  Mannnn, there are some really amazing submissions ;)  If you haven't already submitted - please do.



  1. Oh how funny! I made these the other day because of this photo on pinterest. they were delicious! LOVE that as an inspiration photo. I'm going to try to play along this week. :)

  2. The fruit cones look absolutely delicious!! It's a wonderful inspiration pic. Great samples too, ladies. I'm inspired ;)

  3. Yumminess... i think everything would be better in a waffle cone! Can't wait to play.

  4. LOVE this PHOTO!! I shared it on FB.
    And had a BLAST making these two cards.
    Thanks for the inspiration ladies!!

  5. Terrific inspiration photo! The Design Team made some really adorable cards for this challenge!!!

  6. Hi there! I just discovered this challenge blog today. I discovered Paper Smooches about a week or two ago! I am in trouble because I want a LOT of stamps now! Unfortunately, since I am new to Paper Smooches, I don't have any stamps from the company, but I really wanted to play along. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Thanks for the great challenge!! Love all the design team inspiration!!

  8. I was so inspired to get of my duff and play this week! Thank you so much for the challenge! Love what everyone has shared!