Sunday, May 5, 2013

May 6-12 Trend Watch challenge

Hello, Paper Smooches fans & friends!

**Please check out our PSS Design Team call HERE!

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 NAUTICAL 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, May 12th at 10:59pm EST

The next challenge will be posted on: Monday, May 13th 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 sets with the Duo Die3 and Nauticool dies
Jessica Davis- PS Surf and Turf stamp set along with the Borders1 and Sailboat dies
Lori TeclerPS Wicked Nauticool stamp set and PS Nauticool die set
Nina Yang- PS Wicked Nauticool stamp set
Savannah O'GwynnPS Wicked NauticoolFOLKal Points, and Vegtastic stamp sets along with the Duo Die2 and Nauticool dies

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 and FABULOUS! I'm blown away with your creativity and designs for your creations!!! WOW! Loved each one:) We had so many players that I would like to feature NINE of you today!!!! Our Featured Players and runner-ups for the April Anything Goes challenge are....
Piali B.
Rachel W.K
Emily Branch
Deb Lorence
Kimberly Wiener
Diane Z.
Michelle Kinder

Our PS PRO winner for the April Anything Goes challenge is....
Congratulations, StacyPlease email {sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com} to receive your badge and $30 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store!


  1. thank you so much for the honor! i had a lot of fun making the card and just sent it to mom for mother's day :)
    cant wait to play with the nautical theme!

  2. Congrats to everyone!!! Love the theme this week, thank you!!

  3. This was a fun challenge! Love the nautical theme.