Sunday, May 19, 2013

May 20-26 Cool Shades challenge

Hello, Paper Smooches fans & friends!

******Before we get started, don't forget that the deadline for the Paper Smooches SPARKS design team ends midnight PST TONIGHT! Click HERE for more info! I hope you will apply!!! 

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 "Nautical"!
Red, Kraft, Navy, Teal

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, May 26th at 10:59pm EST

The next challenge will be posted on: Monday, May 27th 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 Wicked Nauticool stamp set
Jessica Davis- PS Summer Grooves and Chit Chat stamp sets with the Sailboat dies
Lori TeclerPS Green Acres and Sentiment Sampler stamp sets
Nina Yang- PS Space Cadet stamp set

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 FABULOSSSSSSSSOOOOO-- you guys really know how to rock the sketches! Our Featured Players and runner-ups for the May Designer Drafts challenge are....
Jacquie Southas
Kendra Wiestock

Our PS PRO winner for the May Designer Drafts sketch challenge is....
Congratulations, Tara C.Please email {sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com} to receive your badge and $30 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store!


  1. OMW! So excited that my card was selected as one of the Featured Players. What a nice surprise to wake up to on a Monday morning! Thanks so much.

  2. Congrats to the featured players, and to Tara!!

  3. Congrats to the winner and featured players! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week! Great job as always by the DT!

  4. i LOVE tara's card... congrats on the win!
    Thanks for my favorite color combo in this week's challenge :) woohoooo!

  5. Well, this brought a smile to my face, seeing I was selected for a featured player, thanks!! Congrats Tara for the win, great card!

  6. Congrats to all the winners! Beatiful cards!

  7. Congrats Tara and to the featured players!!!

  8. Thanks for including my card in the featured players & congrats to Tara and the other featured players - all great takes on the sketch!

  9. congrats to the winners :-D fab cards xxx