Thursday, October 13, 2011

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge {Oct 6-19} + a Surprise

I made this card to inspire you to play along in the current Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge! Isn't the inspiration photo cute? I was inspired by the vegetable theme of the tomatoes and/or pumpkins, as well as the colours and wonderful textures. I stamped Vegtastic and the pumpkin from Halloweenies with black ink on coloured cardstock. I cut out all the parts and textured some of them with different impression plates. Then I assembled the vegetables, grouped them and stamped the sentiment. I love all those cute little faces!

This challenge runs until October 19th which gives you one more week to play. Click HERE or on the inspiration photo for all the details. If you don't have any Paper Smooches stamps, Kim provides a free image and sentiment every month. You can find this month's freebies HERE. We'd love for you to play along with us every month, twice a month. I look forward to seeing your projects!

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Well, you all know that my husband is two-and-a-half weeks late making my birthday card. Yesterday, I questioned him about it. :Þ So while I was finishing up this card, my husband came downstairs and started going through my Paper Smooches stamps! Here's how the conversation went:

"Can I look at your stamps?"
"Sure."

I hear flipping and shuffling. A minute later, he puts them back.

"There are more over here."
"No, that's okay. I know what I'm going to use."

While I photograph my card, I see him going through my cardstock and picking up the little bits of scrap I've left on the table.

"Can I use your stamps to do some stamping?"
"Sure, I'm going upstairs to watch Criminal Minds."
"Which black ink do I use?"
"Are you colouring?"
"No."
"Then use this one."

One hour later, he comes upstairs at the end of the episode, sits down on the sofa and puts the card down next to him. I try very hard not to laugh. The show ends and the credits roll.

"You finished my card in an hour?!" (Remember, he usually takes a week and I rarely finish cards in an hour.)
"Yup. Would you like to see it?"
"Yes!"

I gasped, not because the deer from Santa Paws is so darn cute, and the card itself is simple and sweet but HE USED ALPHADOTS which I never even peeled open!!! Should I be offended?! LOL On the inside, he mockingly wrote in our son's voice, "Why (did) Baba wait so long to make Mommy's birthday card?!" Too funny! I can't believe he used the opening of the largest coffee cup from Hot Concoctions for the shadow. And look at that cute little pink nose he cut out! Ya, I'm pretty shocked in more ways than one. LOL

Sources for Thanks Bunches: Gina K Designs pure luxury white cardstock; SU Bashful Blue, Calypso Coral, Real Red, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango; Wild Wasabi cardstock; Paper Smooches Vegtastic & Halloweenies; Memories Black ink; Copics; Papertrey Ink Canvas & Linen, Sunshine & Woodgrain impression plates; Stampin' Dimensionals

Sources for Dear?!: Gina K Designs pure luxury white & kraft cardstock; SU Wild Wasabi cardstock; Paper Reflections pink cardstock; Paper Smooches Alphadots, Santa Paws & Hot Concoctions; Memories Black ink

49 comments:

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I was talking about your husband's fabulous card making skills just yesterday while demonstrating the embossing tool to my hubby (who likes gadgets)... I'll have to show him this one :) Woo hoo!

Ujjwal said...

I love your take on the challenge, Emily! Well thats no brain-er because I love all your cards!


And oh my, your Husband has some real talent in card making! Super Cute card and how personalized :D

Got to show it to my DH as well :D

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Emily!

Love your veggies card, but totally love your hubbies card!!!! That deer is so cute! Yep, the little pink nose is perfect and your story about how this card came together, is so funny!! Loved reading it!!! What a fabulous tradition you have here!!! Great, great card!!

Hugs, Wendy

Robin said...

Both cards are fantastic!! Which worries me kinda... what if the men come and invaded our hobby... then it would become a sport and we would have some stiff competition!!!
Robin

Mette said...

Lol Emily - what a fun card. Totally love it and the different textures of the papers.
May I say that your husband's card is TERRIFIC. He must have had a good teacher :).

Hugs, Mette

Jen W. said...

Love the touch of the IPs on the veggies and the way you've framed it. And hubby's card rocks but don't tell him I said that - don't want him to get a big head! :)

Lynn said...

Watch out...Kim might want your hubby on the DT too! That is such a sweet card! Love yours too!

Jenny said...

Love love love the veggie line up Emily and the textures are awesome too:)
Now I'm loving your birthday card from hubby, his attention to detail is immaculate even down to the fussy cutting! No wonder he's so supportive...he secretly likes to play with your stash too!! ;)
Jenny x

Annette said...

What a sweet card your husband made...i see you have many talented people in your household... Love our card you made to inspire the sparks challenge...

Tejal said...

Isn't he a DEER!!!! amazing card...
your card is forever awesome!! but that card by Mr. Leiphart took my heart!!!

Angie Blom said...

Ah.. these are just amazing Emily.. love the veggie card all that texture looks amazing.. and the "Dear" card..haha I have to laugh that is just too cute!!

Meg said...

Oh, your hubby is so cute! I see perfect fussy cutting must be a family thing in your household! Love the little pink nose and the cup shadow (clever!). Also total HA on inking up your stamps before you did!

Love your card, too, especially all that embossing! Must make time to play in that challenge!

Brenda said...

Your hubby is going to be serious competition soon! Both cards are totally amazing, love your colours and that beautiful impression plate which I WILL be getting the next time I order! Hubby's card is so darn cute Emily!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Too funny! And your husband get some skill. His fussy cutting is pretty good. And his card is sooo cute!

Emily Keaton said...

Those veggies are fantastically cute and fun, Emily. I love how you arranged them in a big veggie bunch!!! And your story about your hubby's cardmaking? Hilarious. What a fabulous card!!! I get all upset if someone reads one of my magazines before I have a chance to open it up and read it all myself, so I can understand your dilemma about whether or not to get offended by his "unauthorized" Alphadots use!!

Julie E said...

LOL!!!! Ok, I know I should write about your super cute card first, but your husband's card is wonderful! You have competition in your own house. Maybe he should enter the sparks challenge ;>) LOVE it!!! What fun!!!

Virginia L. said...

Your DH is sure talented! I think he may just take over your blog some time...so watch out (LOL)! Love your card BTW!!

onecraftymama said...

I actually dreamed that my husband made me a card after reading this. I must have a fever, because, um, yeah. Never going to happen. This is too awesome, and I totally lol'ed that he used your Alphadots before you did. I would probably have had a stroke.
I love that he wrote in your son's voice, too - super cute!
(Oh yeah, your card is great too. lol -I'm loving all the different textures in the veggies. Did you link it up to Moxie Fab's texture challenge? You should.)

Jingle said...

Holy goodness, your husband made a seriously fantastic card!!!! I love both yours and his!

Jen said...

EMILY!!! I soooooo love all the texture on your vegi's...I want this set now...fabulous! And OMGosh, your hubby is a keeper! Even though it was late, what a fantastic job he did...fussy cutting and all! He must be inspired by your fabby creations to design such an awesome card for you! But, uh oh, do you ever find any of your stash missing or misplaced?? Now you'll have to keep an eye on your hubby to see if he's been in your craft room! LOL

Chunyuan said...

wow, your hubby is sure talented. I will have to show this to my hubby. Love your veggie card.

Smita said...

Your card is nice, Em... but your hubby's card - awwww!!! It just takes the cake! :) Love it!

Hugs,
Smita

Glenda J said...

Love your card! Great colour and texture.
Great card by your hubby too!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! Your card is super duper cute! LOVE those little veggies--and I LOVE your embossing! I have to say that your husband's card---OH MY! He should be on the PS Sparks team:) LOVE LOVE LOVE it! And totally worth the wait--and it only took him an hour....hm.....I think I need him to share some of his talent with me! I can not get anything done in an hour:)

Karen Hasheck said...

I am a new subscriber and just had to jump on and leave a comment. i am totally blown away that you husband actually made you a card and that it is sooo darn cute and original besides! What a lucky girl you are:)

Beth aka BR-T said...

What a great veggie cars and your DH card is fantastic what a guy!

Tiffany said...

Ok,now these little guys look way too happy to be veggies! I love them, this is a perfectly cheerful card!!

Lindsey said...

Are you regretting sharing your blog post with your husb's card? He's practically stealing your thunder! Vegtastic card -- it's awesome with the use of the challenge colours and all the textures. I like the pumpkin's big eyes juxtaposed with the others' dot eyes, too.
Then there's the DEAR card, which is rather perfect. And you keep your stamps so pristine, how could he tell new from used? :P

Dana said...

That is so SO super sweet!!! My husband doesn't make cards! He's note even supportive of the hobby! The card is incredible, too! Such perfect CAS details!!

Karen B. said...

Your whole family is super talented!

Kary said...

So very cute veggie card!! Love the texture you created on the background and the stamped images too! Gorgeous!!
WOW, I think we are all awed by your husband's cardmaking skill!! The card is absolutely CUTE!!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

total cuteness and I love it when your hubby makes you cards. He's a keeper!

Rachel said...

Immediately had to send this link to my fiance! I love seeing the creativity, but I also love all these stories!

Angela said...

Yeah, the DH makes a fine card and all (and I wish he'd send some crafting vibes to my dude, who looks at me like I'm insane whenever I mention that he could take advantage of a room full of craft supplies whenever he wants!).
But seriously, a card full of veggies? And texture? And color? Sorry, dude, but you win in my book. I love it!!

Linda Beeson said...

What a totally adorable little grouping of friends, such a cute use of the SPARK challenge and WOW on your husbands card! He totally rocked it.

Lisa Lara said...

Tell your hubby he did good! I love it. I am in love with your veggie scene Emily.

Meadie said...

I love your veggie card, reminds me of a family photo:) I loved the story of your hubbys card, it really made me laugh x x

Shauna K said...

both cards are fabulous! hehe... love your embossed sky with the adorable veggies... and your husband just might have a future in card making! lol

*Alison* said...

Em...
This is wonderful.. I just adore the textures.. and the bunch of veggies is so much fun! so cute!

big points to your hubby.. :) such a cute card! hugs

Jocelyn Olson said...

Yep, he's a keeper! That is so creative...I can't believe he used so many different sets, too. Super cute!! I LOVE your veggie card, too. The eyes on the pumpkin crack me up. The embossing looks fab!!

paperella said...

So, so cute!! I really loved your husband's cardmaking story :D

Amy said...

Ok Emily, you definitely have a KEEPER!!!! What a FAB card he made for you! He was very creative and used some humor in there too!

donna mikasa said...

How wonderful to have an artsy hubby! Love your card-especially the pink nose! Oh, and your veggie card is adorable, too! Love them both.

Lisa Petrella said...

Fun story!!! Your husband's card turned out AWESOME!!! Definitely a keeper (the card and the husband...HA!!)!

Marie / Legojenta said...

Such wonderful cards, both of them! Love how you added the pumpkin in with the veggie-crowd =) TFS!

walchowDesign said...

Your veggies card is too adorable, Emily! Love the card which your hubby made!

AnitaRex said...

Truly love your card but gasped when I saw your hubby's! WOW! What a card! He is sooo clever, and such great stamping! :> Your hubby is sooo creative!

jmdmoo said...

This is soooooooo sweet!

Sunghee said...

No way~~~!!! I don't believe it! I think you made that card. LOL. Seriously!!!! Your hubby's card rocks! WOW~~~!!! He needs to start his own card blog!
Eeek~~~!!! Happy belated birthday!