Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Nov 17-30

Today I've got a card for the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge.  I just adore both Paper Smooches and their SPARKS Challenges.  Paper Smooches has the cutest stamps on the planet, and I'm praying that someone buys me some for Christmas.  I also love their challenges; they are based off of random inspiration photos that can be interpreted with your own imagination.

Here's the inspiration picture:

Here's my creation:

I LOVE this card.  I started mimicking the background as best as I could.  I've noticed I take the challenges somewhat literally, as I am very visually attracted to color and pattern.  You can see my last Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge entry here, you'll see what I mean when I take the challenge somewhat literally.  Anyway, I tried to match the colors as close as possible, starting with a gray card and an aqua background.  The large floral images were stamped in Shabby Shutters Distress Ink; others were secondarily stamped in Pumice Stone.  The cherry blossom style flowers were first prints in Pumice Stone.  I cut each one of them out and adhered them randomly to match the inspiration image. 

The bike is a digi-stamp, that was I won in one of my pal Gill M's blog hops.  (That took forever to cut out!)  I colored the bike blue, gray, and goldenrod; then put Glossy Accents on the bike's body.  I put some cherry blossom flowers inked in Shabby Shutters propped up with foam squares in the basket, and gave them some Stickles detail in Lime Green.  The bike seat has True Blue Stickles, and the seat rim/handlebars/spoke centers have Goldenrod Stickles.

As I have mentioned before, I sadly don't have any Paper Smooches stamps (YET!!).  But I am determined to continue to enter their super fun challenges, so I used one of their free digi stamps - For You.  (Don't they have the best fonts ever!?)  I printed it rather large so it would be a nice complement to the bike.  I inked the sides in Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Inks, then placed that on top of a green cardstock banner.  I popped it up with some foam squares, and finalized with Lime Green Stickles on the sides.

Here's a close-up of the bike detail.  The Glossy Accents and Stickles make this look outstanding in person!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  And a question for you - do you tend to take these types of challenges literally (which in my opinion does not mean unimaginative - it can be a huge challenge trying to get as close as possible to the inspiration image), or are you more out in left field?