Thursday, December 1, 2011

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge {Dec 1st - Dec 14th}

A new Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge begins today! There are so many inspiring elements in this photo. I singled out the wall itself as well as the frames. I used birds from My Peeps and Santa Paws. The heart is from FOLKal Points, the tulip is from Perky Plants and the sentiment is from Sentiment Sampler.

First, I die cut all the frames and arranged them on my Scor-Pal to determine the card size. Then I cut the base and scored the white panel for the bottom part of the wall. I stamped all the little images inside the frames and sponged the edges before colouring. This is the very first time I've ever sponged using nesties. These were so tiny and I almost gave up even before I started but I'm glad I didn't. If you decide to try this, choose a much bigger size! LOL

This Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge runs until December 14th 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: SU Bashful Blue cardstock; Gina K Designs pure luxury white cardstock; Paper Smooches My Peeps, Santa Paws, FOLKal Points, Perky Plants & Sentiment Sampler; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Tim Holtz for Ranger Faded Jeans distress ink; Copics; Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Fourteen, Labels Four, Classic Ovals Large, Standard Circles Large & Wonky Rectangles; foam tape

49 comments:

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Fabulous design, love the scored lines...

Karin said...

You rocked this challenge! So cute and so Perfect with a capital P!!!

Creations by Shirl said...

This is picture perfect cute Emily!
love all the images too~

Lynn said...

Ahh...it was certainly worth the effort...adorable and elegant at the same time! Your sponging looks fabulous!

Chari Moss said...

This is fabulous! Glad you stuck with the sponging because it was totally worth it. Love this!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Wow, Emily!!This is so cool & cute! Love it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Audrey said...

Emily, this is SO adorable!! I love everything about it :)

Isha said...

WOW!!! I am speechless...wish I could see you making this card....Its jsut perfect. I think I need to get some PS stamps now;)

Annette said...

aww I love it...great use of those little die cuts...I love this Sparks picture...awesome blue...

Chunyuan said...

love these little die frames.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Great minds think alike! LOOOOOOOOOVE your little frames! LOVE your shading and those little images inside of them!! BEAUTIFULLY done:)

walchowDesign said...

This is so cool, Emily! Love all the mini frames and the shading is just wonderfully done! I think I'm going this one!!

Tejal said...

That is one cute cute card...I love the frames..however tiny, that is what adds the punch!! Beautiful Em!!

Jingle said...

Absolutely amazing! WOW!

Tiffany said...

Absolutely love how you took your inspiration from the hanging wall ornaments! Super cute card!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi hi! Love these cute frames! And the models there are the best!! Perfect card, Emily!!
Hugs, Wendy

Samantha Mann said...

love the challenge and love your card!! your coloring is out of control!:)

lostinpaper said...

Totally amazing Emily! What a fabulous idea, Love it!

Jay Gee said...

This is so clever Emily, I adore all the little frames. Fabulous card :)

Jenny said...

So glad you persevered Emily, those inked frames are brilliant and the colourful birds look great too :)
Jenny x

Jen Carter said...

OH goodness, this is SO stinkin' cute!! I love your ideas so much! Just adorable!!

Meghan said...

I LOVE this card. It is a-mazing!

Rachel W K said...

i absolutely love this card. when i first saw the new photo this is the idea that first popped into my head... and then you did it even better than i imagined! love it!

-rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Meg said...

Em, this is just FABULOUS!! I can't imagine sponging those tiny little nesties, but the effect is so wonderful!

Kelley Eubanks said...

OH MY WORD!! TOO CUTE! I sooooo love this!! Perfect!! Just so cute!! Great card!

Cynthia said...

This is so CUTE, Emily! Perfect take on the inspiration photo.

~amy~ said...

**thud**
i.love it.

Glenda J said...

love.love.love.everything.
You are so brilliant!

Angela said...

Oh my, this is just so cute! It's like a family tree of cuteness, really ;)

Love the sponging even though I bet it made you swear a bit! Ha.

Barb said...

amazing!!! it's a good thing i can type, cuz i'm speechless...this is phenomenal! wicked cool take on the challenge :)

Anni said...

Soo cute! I love all the frames!

Cookie said...

Adorable as always! Wow you get alot of comments on your cards...I am jealous...:D

Lindsey said...

This card would bring a smile to anyone's face! I love the teeny frames with such cute portraits, and the classy wainscoting. What a picture perfect take on the inspiration! Glad you're on the DT, otherwise you'd win for sure! :P

donna mikasa said...

Oh my, kudos to you for sponging inside those tiny dies! They look awesome, Emily! Super cute take on the challenge!

Brenda said...

I just don't seem to be catching up but I had to tell you that this card is absolutely awesome and too cute for words! Imagine a wall like that in your kids room!

Julie E said...

What cuteness!

Carol McFarland said...

This is my favorite card of the year...the little frames are adorable, and the way you shaded in the the characters...AWESOME! What a fabulous card!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan Larson said...

This is beyond cute! Totally fun and creative take on the inspiration photo!!

Kary said...

Hi Emily! LOVE this card!! Your take on the photo is amazing. The framed images are SO cute!! Adorable!!

Marie-Pierre said...

Hi Emily! You inspire me with every card you make!! I participated to the challenge... because OF YOU!! Great card. Humm, no, I meant PERFECT card!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

LOVE this sweet card Em! Seriously, you can make anything look amazing!

Cathy Fong said...

wow!! love ur take on the inspiration. this is super sweet and super clever!! im a huge fan of u!

kasia c. said...

This is absolutely amazing Emily!
They couldn't have a more perfect person showcasing Paper Smooches stuff!!
I hope you are settling in to your new home well and are having a wonderful holiday season so far!

Cornelie said...

Such a great card with cute stamps! I love it!

Ujjwal said...

This is just gorgeous. I love those tiny frames and the effect added by sponging the edges. Wonderful!

*Alison* said...

I love how you were inspired by the photo..YOU ROCKED this one out of the park.. it's stunning.. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! hugs

Sarah said...

LOVE this card! It is so pretty!
Sarah

Alice Wertz said...

you are a genius, girl! this is fabulous!

Pauline said...

This is wonderful Emily, I love this fab idea of using all those tiny spellbinders, the ones we never use! What a brilliant idea, and they look fantastic all together. I love the little images too, your colouring and sponging is gorgeous!