Thursday, November 17, 2011

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge {Nov 17th - Nov 30th}

A new Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge begins today! Kim has chosen another stunning photo which is sure to inspire something amazing from you all over the next couple of weeks. I used the colours, flower theme and textures to create my card. I immediately pulled out Perky Plants and went to work.

I made masks of the flowers because I wanted them to be one complete piece. I stamped the flowers using the masks, lightly shaded them with Copics and traced a green outline around the entire image. Then I fussy cut it in a single piece. I trimmed the card so that the overhanging petals on both sides makes it the perfect A2-sized card.

The 'grass' was made using the Fringe Flower Die from Lil' Inker Designs. I stitched the two grey rows on the blue panel before adhering it to the base. Then I just pulled some of the 'blades' forward to create dimension in the grass.

This Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge runs until November 30th so I hope you will play along with us! As always, there are fabulous stamps to be won and, if you don't have any Paper Smooches stamps yet, you can always grab the free digis that Kim offers every month. I look forward to seeing how you interpret this photo!

Sources: Gina K Designs pure luxury white cardstock; SU Certainly Celery & Pool Party cardstock; SU textured Basic Gray & Going Gray cardstock; Paper Smooches Perky Plants; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Copics; Lil' Inker Designs Fringe Flower die; Gutermann grey thread; foam tape

33 comments:

onecraftymama said...

The shading is unbelievable, Emily! I really love the pops of green, and fab idea to use the flower fringe die for the grass :) Love it!

Jen said...

Super cute... I like how you made the grass and stitched it!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Stunning Emily, love it, colours and design:0) Hugs Gay xxx

Creations by Shirl said...

Pretty Emily,
Love it, cute idea on the grass edge...

Lisa said...

Super fun!Awesome colors- love your masking and clever use of the die!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Stunning and I love that you didn't color in the flowers.

Julie E said...

Adorable! What great colors and LOVE how you colored it!

Chunyuan said...

so cute and pretty. love the green shade of the flowers.

Jenny said...

A brilliant design Emily, love the dimension that green edge gives! Love how you left them uncoloured too, I'm never brave enough to do that :)
Jenny x

Linda Beeson said...

Oh how I love how you used those super cute stamps and the SPARKS challenge. It was brilliant to NOT color the flowers and add the great shading and outline! Gotta use that idea sometime.

Robin said...

Awesome card!!!!

Jocelyn Olson said...

That's amazing that the flowers are one piece--I'm marveling at your technical prowess! :) The outining in green looks super cool!

Annette said...

Love how you highlighted these stamps with the bright green...love this card..

Angie Blom said...

Hello!! this is one amazing card. love how you highlighted the outside of the image.. brilliant!! I have to try this now. xx

Barb said...

Emily, this is a phenomenal card! It reminds me of an old comic book where just one color was used in the panel to pop the image. amazing card!!! I'm gonna have to case this :)

Meg said...

You are just a fussy cutting fanatic! Love your interpretation of that gorgeous photo--who would've thought grey grass would look so darn awesome?

Karen said...

Such a cute card. The outlining was a wonderful idea. We are heading toward the weekend, hope you have a good one.

Lindsey said...

Your flowers are crazy-fun, and look amazing outlined in green like that! I can't believe you even cut out those teeny inner spaces. A total make-you-smile card.

Angela said...

Gooooorrrrgeous! I seriously could never cut like you -- but man, I sure wish I could! This is such a great take on the inspiration image (which I love, by the way -- those colors! Yum.), and it's deceptively simple. Love it.

~amy~ said...

love love love!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WOOOOOW! You are amazing, Em!!! Literally! I had the same idea--but mine didn't turn out like this! So I just used patterned paper instead:) I wanna be like you1 AMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMAZING:)

Annette Witherspoon ♥ said...

Love this!! It is so eye catching!!

Brenda said...

You've got this one spot on Emily! Love it! And I love the grass!

Jen Carter said...

Emily, that is adorable!! So sweet!

BabyBokChoy said...

This is so so adorable Emily!! perfection! :)

Pam said...

Love how you interpret! I had fun looking at so many treasures in your recent blog posts (everytime I do this I just kick myself for not getting around more often) but thanks for sharing so much uber awesomeness.

Tiffany said...

Oh, Emily! These silly little guys make me smile BIG time, love the white space on them!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

Amazing Em. I love how you masked them so you could cut them out in one piece. It is so super cute and love the green outline idea too!

Virginia L. said...

Wow, how yummy is this! I love your take on the colors! Just fabulous! The border treatments are super lovely! You are SO creative, Emily!

Scrapcollectr said...

I've been away so long that I just had to go back and see all you've been up to and I was amazed! You have such a gift. Every card is a masterpiece. No wonder you have a card on the COVER of Paper Crafts 365 Cards issue. Congrats, girl! I won't stay away anymore.... cuz I can't wait to see what's next.... *smile*

Wendy ten Hove said...

This one is sooooo cool!!! I love the way you used the colors and that you kept the flowers white!! Perfect! Your card is my fave in this new challenge!! I'm working on mine as well, it includes mice and quite some coloring, hi hi. Oeh, I soooo love my new Paper Smooches stamps!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Jen W. said...

Clunk. You hear that? That was my jaw hitting the floor.

Janna Werner said...

:-=) That is sooo Emily! Gorgeous!