Thursday, December 15, 2011

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge {Dec 15th - Dec 28th}

A new Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge begins today! As you can see, this is going to be a super fun holiday challenge. Even though it's a very busy time of year, I hope you'll find a bit of time to play along! I was inspired by multiples of three, red antlers, red noses, googly eyes and brown background. For my card, I used one of the newest releases, Chubby Chum Pals.

Initially, I was going to stamp three reindeer using Santa Paws but when Chubby Chum Pals landed in my mailbox on Monday, I just had to ink up these cuties. While I was stamping the moose, it dawned on me that the tops of all the heads were the same size. Being the type that loves silly animals and silliness in general, I decided to include the bear and chick in moose costume! Aren't they festive with their holly berry antlers and red snouts? LOL I came close to using googly eyes but I couldn't bear covering up Kim's illustrations and the original eyes give them so much more character and expression than googly eyes so I just added some glossy accents instead. I didn't have blue ink that matched the patterned paper so I played around and came up with a solution that I'm going to make note of for future reference. If I ink the stamp twice, first with Faded Jeans distress ink and then a second time with Basic Gray dye ink, I get the exact shade of slate-grey-blue required to match the patterned paper! Since Gina K's kraft cardstock is Copic-compatible, I gave the animals some light shading and finished by adhering them to the card with foam tape.

This Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge runs until December 28th 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, there is a holiday promotion going on HERE or, 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 kraft cardstock; Echo Park Wintertime Collection; Paper Smooches Chubby Chum Pals; Memories Black ink; Tim Holtz for Ranger Faded Jeans distress ink; SU Basic Gray ink; Copics; SU Crystal Effects; foam tape

24 comments:

Sarah said...

Love this card! What great design and colours. So sweet and original!
Sarah

Lynn said...

Ah...this card is just so stinking cute Emily!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Super duper adorable, Emily! I love how you put antlers on the different animals. Silly and fun! :)

Annette said...

hehe this is just so adorable and super cute...totally put a smile on my face... always love your designs...

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

This is absolutely AWESOME! Love your choice of patterned papers and your coloring is perfect - as always! LOVE your card!

Isha said...

This totally ROCKS!!!. Love your creation and tip Emily.

Rachel W K said...

they all look so so cute in their little moose costumes. i love the hint of paper piecing too, this is just 100% adorable!


-rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Soo cute emily! I need to get out my Chums and work with them too :)

Wendy ten Hove said...

Wauw, Emily! These are fun!! I always looooove your cards, I'm a big fan, I'm sure you know! And your cards always make me think: now, why didn't I think of that! Ha ha! love that!! Great ideas with you always!! Thanks!!
Hugs, Wendy

lynn said...

so darling, emily! such cuties!

Karen said...

What a cute card. I love their little expressions. Hope you are feeling well now.

Creations by Shirl said...

Cute cute image, love it Emily.....

Alice Wertz said...

hee... these animals are too cute. you are a genius, Emily!! LOVE this super fun card!

Tiffany said...

Awwww..so cute and super colorful, this card is making me happy right now!!

Emily Keaton said...

Totally adorable, Emily! And I LOVE that inspiration photo, too. How fun!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

I love how you turned them all into a moose or mooses. ha. super adorable.

Vanessa Middleton said...

OMWord!!! I LOVE your card, so stinkin' CUTE!!!

Linda Beeson said...

I just have to smile when I see your card! Those little guys just couldn't be cuter, what great color ideas.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SUPER cute--LOVE those red noses!!! What a fabulous take on this inspiration photo!!!

Jen Carter said...

Oh my! Those are just the cutest things! Adorable card!

Jen W. said...

LOL! I love them all dressed up in their antlers - so darn cute! And big, huge congrats on your fabulous Paper Smooches news!

onecraftymama said...

I so want to find a little reindeer outfit for the dog....this was a smashing card idea, Emily! Love it :)

Meg said...

ACK!!! PATTERNED ANTLERS?!?! CANNOT HANDLE THE CUTENESS!!! I can't wait to see what you'll create now that you're a full-fledged Paper Smooches designer!

Lindsey said...

How could these cute little guys not make anyone grin? Awesome and cute, Em! (And as Meg says... PATTERNED ANTLERS!)