Paper Smooches October Challenge

I decided to give the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge a try for this week. We were given an image as inspiration (shown below) to create a card using Paper Smooches products as the main focus of the project.

I thought it would be fun to cut apart a new happy birthday die from Lawn Fawn and stagger the words using the adorable Chubby Chums stamps and dies from Paper Smooches to create the curved look across the card. I cut out a second set of paws/hooves to make it look like the animals were holding the banners; a trick I did a couple weeks ago.

This is the first challenge I’ve been part of. I hope I did it right, and that it’s well-received!

Paper Smooches October Challenge

Paper Smooches October Challenge

Supplies:
Paper Smooches Chubby Chums stamp set and dies
Avery Elle Finished Frames dies
My Favorite Things Blue Prints 15 frame die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die
Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Border die
DCWV The Birthday Wishes paper pack
Momento Tuxedo Black ink
Inkssentials Enamel Accents
Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker
Recollections small star punch
Misc Copic Ciao markers

Here is the original image to use as inspiration:

October 2015 Paper Smooches Challengee

SPARKS BADGE

One Stamp, Two Cards

I’ve shown a card I created with this stamp before, but I had a few more stamped and ready to use for a project so I decided to create two very different looks using this one stamp.

Both images were colored with Prismacolor colored pencils but with different color combinations. I also fussy-cut one of them and kept the white background on the other. Sometimes it can be a challenge, but I enjoy seeing how different I can make cards using the same stamp.

One Stamp, Two CardsOne Stamp, Two Cards

Monotone Card

I had a few sheets of red patterned paper laying around, so I decided to challenge myself to a monotone card. I’m really pleased with it, especially since it would make a great card for men, who can sometimes be hard to design for.

Monotone Card
Supplies:
Georgia Pacific card stock
DCVW Cotton Bloom Stack paper pad
DCVW Dots, Stripes, and Plaids Stack paper pad
DCVW Citrus Stack paper pad
Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler stamp set
Versamark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Warm Thoughts Card

I wanted to challenge myself to use supplies I haven’t used from my crafting stash yet. The first thing that caught my eye was the “Warm Thoughts” stamp by Paper Smooches. My mind immediately went to weather, being that Wisconsin seems to have the winter that won’t end!

Once I had my Warm Thoughts inspiration, everything else fell into place. I had this fun paper from K & C Company with rainbow colors, arrow shapes, and airplanes that I never knew how to use in my designs. Well, it ended up being the exact look and feel I was going for with my theme.

Warm Thoughts CardSurprisingly, I also found use for a pair of my ancient fancy-edged scissors! I usually forget I have those tucked away, and it was nice to get some use out of them to give a little bit different edging than I normally use.

Supplies:
K & C Company Summer Travel paper pack
Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler stamp set
Kraft Edgers Grecian scissors
Spellbinders Ovals die
Recollections Oval punch
VersaMark Ink
Ranger White embossing powder
Georgia Pacific white card stock
Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen

Creative Block Inspiration

One of my favorite solutions when I have a creative block is to go to my card stash. I usually take a picture of each card I make and store it on my computer to take note of what I’ve done in the past or to show people samples of my work. I recently fell into a creative slump and needed something to inspire me. I scrolled through images of past cards I’ve made, chose one that stood out to me, and used it as a starting point to create something similar.

The inspiration:
Thinking of You CardThe new design:

Thank You CardThis method usually gets my creative juices flowing, and gives me a chance to create more of my favorite cards from the past.