Sunday, February 3, 2013

Feb. 4-10 Trend Watch 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 first week of each month is always a Trend Watch challenge. 

This week we are inspired by this picture!
So friends, that's your challenge--use this picture as your inspiration for your creation. Create anything with polka dots as the focus or as part of the design! 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 10th at 10:59pm EST

The next challenge will be posted on: Monday, February 11th 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!
Jessica Davis- PS Bee Mine stamp set
Lori TeclerPS Cuteasaurus stamp set
Nina Yang- PS He Said She SaidPip Squeaks, and Nine Lives 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 AMAZING so I had to add an extra featured player to share! Our Featured Players and runner-ups for the January Picture Perfect challenge are....
Tara C.
Lydia Walker
Izzy (6 years old)

Our PS PRO winner for the January Picture Perfect challenge is....
Congratulations, Jen W.Please email {sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com} to receive your badge and $30 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store!


  1. FAB winning creations & inspiration from the DT :)

  2. Congratulations to last week's winners! Love the new inspiration - the DT takes are great!!

  3. Oh my gosh! Thanks so much! What a fabulous way to start my Monday! :)

  4. P.S. I like your Design Team Alumni section; that's so sweet, to keep those past awesome designers on your page and recognized for all to see :)

  5. Hmm, my first Comment didn't show (hence, why I wrote "P.S." on my comment above). So, again: these cards are SOOOOOO cute!!!! Love them ALL!

  6. It has been so, so long since I have been able to play along with the Sparks Challenge. It was wonderful to join in again! Thanks for a fabulous trend watch challenge this week. I had a blast creating for it!

  7. This is my first time entering here at the Sparks challenge!! Just got my first PS stamp set, and love it!! :)