Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Oct 6-19

Today is a challenge entry for Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge October 6-19.

{If you are looking for the Young Crafters Unite Challenge, click here

[I have been wanting to enter challenges for so long, not sure what has been the hold up.]

The prizes for this challenge are:

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)

The inspiration image:
The only rule was requiring use of a Paper Smooches stamp, digi stamp, or a Kim Hughs Colllection stamp by Cornish Heritage Farms.

As I don't yet have any of those, Paper Smooches has some FREE digi stamps on their site!

I picked this super cute cupcake:

And here's my creation:
I started out with a golden yellow card, and ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique.  I inked up the raised parts with Scattered Straw Distress Ink, then just the edges with Peeled Paint.  I found some pale red gingham paper that I thought would go perfectly as a background piece.  I cut the cupcake out, propped it up on some foam tape and started to decorate!  A brown Prismacolor pencil and brown Pentel marker were used on the 'wrapper' part, and the 'frosting' is more Scattered Straw with fabric border pieces, embellished with Lime Green and Goldenrod Stickles.  The 'cherry' is Candy Cane Stickles.  I stuck some pearlized needles in the side to go with the sewing theme and wrapped the cupcake with green and white baker's twine.  Then I folded some darker red gingham paper accordion style to make the "You're Sweet" sentiment below.

This was really a challenge for me, firstly because it was, well, my first.  Secondly, these aren't really colors I gravitate towards (I'm more of a ocean blues type of person), so these colors were definitely out of my norm.  Third, I didn't have any Paper Smooches stamps :-( {yet} so I was hoping the cupcake wouldn't look out of place.

I hope you like it!  Do you normally enter card making (or other craft) contests?  Even better, have you ever won?


  1. Looks yummy! I especially love the texture of the card - I can see lots of different uses for that design. And of course, I LUV cupcakes :)

  2. Oh cute, love the glittery cherry and the pins =) TFS!

  3. @Jill @ Junky Vagabond

    Thanks Jill, I like the design too! Cupcakes are useful for lots of things, like making me fatter! ha! ;-)

  4. @Marie / Legojenta

    Thanks Marie, I love using pins, stickles, really anything shiny *_* lol! Thanks so much for coming by!!

  5. What a really cute use of the digital cupcake! Nice use of the SPARKS challenge too.

  6. Kristina, this is adorable! I love how you used the cupcake digi. Thanks so much for playing along in the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge!

  7. @Linda Beeson

    Thanks Linda, I'm glad you liked it! My first time using a digi stamp!

  8. @Emily Leiphart

    Thank you Emily, I'm glad I did the challenge. It was fun to join in!

  9. SUPER duper cute! LOVE that you joined in the fun--even though these colors are not what you normally gravitate towards:) I think you nailed the combo! And I love that this is your first challenge with us! HOOOOORAY! LOVE that you used a digital--aren't they great! LOVE:) Thanks so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge:)

  10. @Savannah O'Gwynn

    Thanks Savannah, It was difficult for me, but I had a lot of fun with it! My first time using a digi was pretty interesting too, but it was cool. Thanks for having me in the challenge, glad you liked my creation!


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