Monday, April 30, 2012

Chalenge Dates: April 19 - May 2



I think I found this photo on Pinterest - This is just a delicious photo!  :)

I am inspired by:

* Theme (food)

* The color scheme (primary and rich tones)

* The textures (smooth, grids)

* The style (fun and cute)

* Techniques (cones, rolling paper, layering, masking)

* Accent possibilities (colorful brads, fruit)

* Paper Smooches stamp suggestions (Fruitastic, Vegtastic, Sugar Rush)

So friends, that's your challenge...take inspiration from this fabulous photo.  Follow it closely or use it loosely...just have fun!

Create a NEW project (card, tag, layout, altered item, etc)

You must use at least one Paper Smooches stamp or free digi

(stamps from other companies can be used, but please make sure that PS images are easily seen)

Post your Paper Smooches SPARKS project on your blog.  We would love you to include our SPARKS banner (shown on the right column) somewhere on your post.   Please link to our web site: www.papersmoochesstamps.com - and include Paper Smooches somewhere on your post.  Submit a direct link to your blog post using our linking system below.

(right click on the SPARKS challenge banner and save to your computer.  If you have any trouble, I am happy to e-mail the image to you) 

If you do not have a blog, please upload your project to our Flickr Group and link to our web site in your description.  Submit a link to your gallery image using our linking system below.

Here's what you are playing for:

First place...we are choosing a PRO stamper - someone who we think is a rock star - that person wins: THREE stamp sets of their choice (a $45. value)

Second place winner is called a PRIMO stamper - who we think is super fabulous - and will win TWO PS stamp sets of their choice (a $30. value)

We will choose ONE random winner to receive ONE PS stamp set and THREE shaped card templates of their choice (a $21. value)

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All skill levels are welcome.  You can enter as many times as you like.  We do not have challenge police, so how you interpret this inspirational piece of art...just have fun, ok?

To qualify for our random drawing, you can do any or all of the following:
  • create a project using our SPARKS inspiration
  • comment here and tell us that you TWEETED about our challenge
  • comment here and tell us that you FACEBOOKED about our challenge
Pro and Primo stampers will receive a blog button to display on their blog if they would like to.
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The deadline for this challenge is: Wednesday,May 2

Winners will be announced on Friday, May 4

The next challenge will be posted on Monday, May7
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It brings us GREAT JOY to see you using our stamps.  Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your creativity with us.  We truly appreciate you!

I am honored to share our design team samples with you.  You can click on the links to see more of their beautiful work

Angie Hagist




















Audrey Tokach
























 Judith Gowdy
























Kelley Eubanks




 



















 Linda Beeson
























Lori Barnett 






















 Marie Forberg



















Savannah O'Gwynn


























May first marks the end of these VERY talented ladies design team term here at the SPARKS blog.  (sigh) I ish they could stay on forever...but I do think that it's important to "change things up" every 6 months or so.  :)  Our new team will be contacted on April 24th, and announced here on April 25,  Mannnn, there are some really amazing submissions ;)  If you haven't already submitted - please do.

Loves!
Kim


Thursday, April 26, 2012

my FIRST post and the PSS Team

Hello, friends!

This is my first post on the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge blog!! And I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful welcome and comments that you left yesterday for the new team!!! THANK YOU!!!

In case you didn't see this new announcement or the new details about the PSS challenge, please click HERE.

There will be a new challenge posted every week, instead of every 2 weeks. There will be different types of challenges posted here every Monday!! Each week will stay the same from month to month; when there is a fifth week in a month, the last week will be an extra week to participate for challenge 4.

Week ONE- Trend Watch
Week TWO- Designer Drafts
Week THREE- Cool Shades
Week FOUR- Picture Perfect

The new PSS DT has been split into two groups in order to share more amazing creations for these challenges. Each group is listed below:

Group ONE (week 1/3): Kasia, Heather, Glenda, and Lori
Group TWO (week 2/4): Angeline, Kimberly, Jackie, and Erica

More details/information about our challenges will be posted on May 2!!

Don't forget that you still have time to play along with our current challenge!! This challenge ends on May 2nd. Click HERE for more details!

We can't wait to see what you create and link up!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Please welcome our NEW SPARKS Designers

We have MORE exciting news!
There will be a new challenge posted every week, instead of every 2 weeks.


There will be a different type of challenge posted here every Monday…but each week will stay the same from month to month.


Week ONE – Trend Watch

Week TWO – Designer Drafts

Week THREE – Cool Shades

Week FOUR – Picture Perfect

Look for new details on May 2.


I have had a blast with this fun challenge blog.  It's best for me to spend more time Illustrating, so I decided to pass the torch onto a fabulous design team coordinator - Savannah O'Gwynn.  I am sure that she will do a wonderful job.  She will be the new voice of this SPARKS Challenge blog - please welcome her.


Trust me - choosing our new team was a HARD decision to make.  There is such an extremely talented group out there!  We will be looking for 8 new designers to start in November.  The next design team call will go out in October.  If you didn't make it this time...please try again for the next call.  If I could have chosen 20 designers, I would have.

Thank you all so much for your support of this blog.
big BIG smooches!
Kim

Friday, April 20, 2012

Our Winners Are...

These are the winners from our March 23 - April 18 Challenge

First place...we are choosing a PRO stamper - someone who we think is a rock star - that person wins: THREE stamp sets of their choice (a $45. value)

Our FIRST place winner is:

Shannon js_cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second place winner is called a PRIMO stamper - who we think is super fabulous - and will win TWO PS stamp sets of their choice (a $30. value)

Our SECOND place winner is:

Robin Funge

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ONE random winner will receive ONE PS stamp set and THREE shaped card templates of their choice (a $21. value)

Our RANDOM winner is:

Karen Haman

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought that photo might stump some of you, but you freaking rocked this challenge!  I am seriously amazed at the creativity that was shown here.  It was THE hardest chalelnge to judge.  GREAT job - ALL of you!!

Challenge winners - please send an e-mail to: info@papersmoochesstamps.com to let me know your address and prize choices.

Have a great weekend

xx

Kim

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Challenge dates: April 5 - April 18


I think I found this photo on Pinterest - I think this sign is just so silly :)

I am inspired by:

* Theme (Typography)

* The color scheme (monochromatic blue with a pop os orange)

* The textures

* The style (fun and cute, clean and graphic)

* Techniques (combining words, using computer generated fonts)

* Accent possibilities (letter stickers)

* Paper Smooches stamp suggestions (ALL)

So friends, that's your challenge...take inspiration from this fabulous photo.  Follow it closely or use it loosely...just have fun!

Create a NEW project (card, tag, layout, altered item, etc)


You must use at least one Paper Smooches stamp or free digi

(stamps from other companies can be used, but please make sure that PS images are easily seen)

Post your Paper Smooches SPARKS project on your blog.  We would love you to include our SPARKS banner (shown on the right column) somewhere on your post.   Please link to our web site: www.papersmoochesstamps.com - and include Paper Smooches somewhere on your post.  Submit a direct link to your blog post using our linking system below.

(right click on the SPARKS challenge banner and save to your computer.  If you have any trouble, I am happy to e-mail the image to you) 

If you do not have a blog, please upload your project to our Flickr Group and link to our web site in your description.  Submit a link to your gallery image using our linking system below.

Here's what you are playing for:

First place...we are choosing a PRO stamper - someone who we think is a rock star - that person wins: THREE stamp sets of their choice (a $45. value)

Second place winner is called a PRIMO stamper - who we think is super fabulous - and will win TWO PS stamp sets of their choice (a $30. value)

We will choose ONE random winner to receive ONE PS stamp set and THREE shaped card templates of their choice (a $21. value)

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All skill levels are welcome.  You can enter as many times as you like.  We do not have challenge police, so how you interpret this inspirational piece of art...just have fun, ok?

To qualify for our random drawing, you can do any or all of the following:
  • create a project using our SPARKS inspiration
  • comment here and tell us that you TWEETED about our challenge
  • comment here and tell us that you FACEBOOKED about our challenge
Pro and Primo stampers will receive a blog button to display on their blog if they would like to.
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The deadline for this challenge is: Wednesday, April 18

The next challenge will be posted on Thursday, April 19

Winners will be announced on Friday, April 20
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It brings us GREAT JOY to see you using our stamps.  Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your creativity with us.  We truly appreciate you!

I am honored to share our design team samples with you.  You can click on the links to see more of their beautiful work

Angie Hagist





















 Audrey Tokach
























 Judith Gowdy
























 Kelley Eubanks
























 Linda Beeson



















Lori Barnett 




















 Marie Forberg
























 Savannah O'Gwynn

























We have such a very talented team  :)   They have nearly completed their 6 month term.  Be on the lookout for our next design team call to be announced here around April 9.  We look forward to seeing who will be on the next team :)


What a pleasure it has been to work with all of these VERY talented and kind women.


xx
Kim



Monday, April 9, 2012

SPARKS DT Call

Hello talented friends!

We are excited to announce our design team call for our SPARKS Challenge blog

Here are the details:

1. Use any of the inspirational photos from our SPARKS challenges (past or present) and create a NEW project of any kind
2. The deadline is April 23rd at midnight PT
3. USA and International designers are all welcome to apply
4. You can enter as many projects as you like
5. You can submit your DT submission projects to our challenge for a chance to be one of our winners
6. Your entry does not need to include Paper Smooches stamps
7. E-mail your entry to: dtapplication@papersmoochesstamps.com

Your entry must include:

1. Name
2. Address
3. E-mail address
4. Blog address (if you have a blog)
5. Attach project(s) using one of our inspiration photos (past or present) (direct blog links are acceptable, as long as they lead to the project for the DT call)

What we will expect from our SPARKS designers:

1. Create a total of 2 projects per month
2. Six month term
3. Help us to promote our SPARKS challenges on Facebook, Twitter and your blogs

What our designers can expect from us:

1. One Paper Smooches stamp set of your choice per month
2. A Link to your blog or web site
3. No tight deadlines
4. A SPARKS DT Blog Button to display on your blog

* New SPARKS designers will be contacted on April 24th
* Our new SPARKS Design Team will be announced here on April 25th

We have a great appreciation for our designers and we would be honored to have you join our team. We are looking forward to seeing your talent!

If you have any questions, please e-mail them to: dtapplication@papersmoochesstamps.com 

Thank you for sharing your talent with us :)
hugs,
kim

Friday, April 6, 2012

Our winners are...

These are the winners from our March 23 - April 5 Challenge

First place...we are choosing a PRO stamper - someone who we think is a rock star - that person wins: THREE stamp sets of their choice (a $45. value)

Our FIRST place winner is:

# 11 Terri E










 

 

 

 

Second place winner is called a PRIMO stamper - who we think is super fabulous - and will win TWO PS stamp sets of their choice (a $30. value)

Our SECOND place winner is:

# 12 Lisa Faust


















ONE random winner will receive ONE PS stamp set and THREE shaped card templates of their choice (a $21. value)

Our RANDOM winner is:

# 34 Lynn Magnan

 












 

 

 

 

 

CONGRATS to all of you  :)

Please send an e-mail to info@papersmoochesstamps.com to let me know your prize choices and address.

I LOVE seeing what you all create for each challenge.  We are changing it up in May...so stay tunes...

xo

Kim

Monday, April 2, 2012

Challenge dates: March 22 - April 4


I think I found this photo on Pinterest - Aren't these bunnies so super cute???

I am inspired by:

* Theme (Easter, Spring)

* The color scheme (white, pink, yellow, green)

* The textures (felt, pom poms)

* The style (fun and cute)

* Techniques (stitching, poofy accents)

* Accent possibilities (flowers, bunnies, Easter theme)

* Paper Smooches stamp suggestions (Party Pals, A Little Lovin, Spring Fling)

So friends, that's your challenge...take inspiration from this fabulous photo.  Follow it closely or use it loosely...just have fun!

Create a NEW project (card, tag, layout, altered item, etc)

You must use at least one Paper Smooches stamp or free digi

(stamps from other companies can be used, but please make sure that PS images are easily seen)

Post your Paper Smooches SPARKS project on your blog.  We would love you to include our SPARKS banner (shown on the right column) somewhere on your post.   Please link to our web site: www.papersmoochesstamps.com - and include Paper Smooches somewhere on your post.  Submit a direct link to your blog post using our linking system below.

(right click on the SPARKS challenge banner and save to your computer.  If you have any trouble, I am happy to e-mail the image to you) 

If you do not have a blog, please upload your project to our Flickr Group and link to our web site in your description.  Submit a link to your gallery image using our linking system below.

Here's what you are playing for:

First place...we are choosing a PRO stamper - someone who we think is a rock star - that person wins: THREE stamp sets of their choice (a $45. value)

Second place winner is called a PRIMO stamper - who we think is super fabulous - and will win TWO PS stamp sets of their choice (a $30. value)

We will choose ONE random winner to receive ONE PS stamp set and THREE shaped card templates of their choice (a $21. value)

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All skill levels are welcome.  You can enter as many times as you like.  We do not have challenge police, so how you interpret this inspirational piece of art...just have fun, ok?

To qualify for our random drawing, you can do any or all of the following:
  • create a project using our SPARKS inspiration
  • comment here and tell us that you TWEETED about our challenge
  • comment here and tell us that you FACEBOOKED about our challenge
Pro and Primo stampers will receive a blog button to display on their blog if they would like to.
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The deadline for this challenge is: Wednesday, April 4

The next challenge will be posted on Thursday, April 5

Winners will be announced on Friday, April 6
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It brings us GREAT JOY to see you using our stamps.  Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your creativity with us.  We truly appreciate you!

I am honored to share our design team samples with you.  You can click on the links to see more of their beautiful work

Angie Hagist





















Audrey Tokach




















Judith Gowdy

























 Kelley Eubanks

























 Linda Beeson

























 Lori Barnett 




















Marie Forberg




















 Savannah O'Gwynn
























Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your talent with us :)
It's always a treat to see where our inspiration take you.
Kim