Sunday, February 17, 2013

Feb. 18-24 Cool Shades challenge

Hello, Paper Smooches fans & friends!

Today starts another fun challenge!! Be sure to check the bottom of this post for last week's winner and featured players :) 

The third week of each month is always a Cool Shades challenge.
This week we are inspired by this color story "Carnival"!
Chocolate, Cream, Aqua, Cherry Red

So friends, that's your challenge--take inspiration from this FABULOUS color story! 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, but it is not required.  (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) 
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.

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:
  • Two Paper Smooches SPARKS players will be chosen as our Featured Players. Featured Players will not receive a badge or gift certificate. 
  • One Paper Smooches SPARKS player will be chosen and named our PS Pro.  This player will be featured on the PSS challenge post as well as on the PS blog (Fridays), receive a blog button to display on their blog, and $30 credit to the Paper Smooches store!!! 
The deadline for this challenge is: Sunday, February 24th at 10:59pm EST

The next challenge will be posted on: Monday, February 25th at 12:01am EST
Winners will be announced at the bottom of the new challenge post.

I am honored to share our design team samples with you.  You can click on the links to see more of their beautiful work!
Ashley MarcuPS Sets used: Needle Little Love & Simply Said stamp sets 
Dies used: Duo Die 1, Duo Die 2, Duo Die 3 
Lori TeclerPS Birthday Sampler stamp set with Cupcake dies

Nina Yang- PS Warm Hearts and Needle Little Love stamp sets

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! We can't wait to see what you create!!! Good luck:) 
All skill levels are welcome.  You can enter as many times as you like.

Last week's entries were FABULOUS! Our Featured Players and runner-ups for the February Designer Drafts challenge are....


Our PS PRO winner for the February Designer Drafts sketch challenge is...

Congratulations, LydiaPlease email {sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com} to receive your badge and $30 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store!

You are all seriously amazing!!  We had a VERY difficult time choosing the winners!!


  1. Thanks for the Featured Player spot! I love the other cards -- they were my most favorite of all! :)

    Annie Rose

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my card! I am thrilled! Congratulations to Annie Rose and Lydia! Inspiring cards!

  3. oh my golly good golly! I was chuffed when I thought I was a featured player ... then looked again! Thank you so much for choosing my card as the winner!!!! eeeeekkkk sooo excited xxxxx

  4. ps . congrats to Lesley and Annie- both beautiful cards xxxx

  5. To the SPARKS winners: Congratulations! To the PS judges: wow, with such a field of 'pretty and clever' to choose from, I can only imagine how challenging it must be to narrow down your selections! Outstanding choices, as always.
    To EVERYONE who entered a card: THANK YOU immensely!! As a novice card-maker every one of you has 'taught' me something, be it about the versatilty of PS stamps, or unique 'takes' on the challenges, or different perspectives of approaching sketches/colours/patterns, or simply using a stamp and sentiment combination that brightens my day and makes me smile. Paper Smooches fans: you are awesome!!!

    Have a wonderful day and week! Looking forward to what all of your 'dare to dream and share' for the newest colour challenge!

  6. YAY LYDIA!!! I adored your card and I am super happy that you were chosen as the pro! You totally deserved it!

  7. Thanks for the fun color story, and congrats to the winners!!

  8. Congrats Lydia! I was pretty sure you had this one!! Well done to the featured players too!!

  9. Thank you so much for the fun and colorful challenge!