{9.2.2012} sparks in motion

Jump Start

I haven’t stamped in over 2 weeks!  Thus, I needed a small jump start and turned to one of my favorite challenges for help.  Paper Smooches has their Picture Perfect SPARKS challenge up this week.

Check out this awesome inspiration:

Crazy pattern right?  I was stumped on this one for a little bit.  Then, I started to look at the layers of colors and squares and used that for my inspiration.  Instead of squares, I used circles and picked out a few of the colors in the photo.

This was a quickie card.  I really didn’t have time to craft today, but it had been so long I needed to get my brain ready for tomorrow.  I have quite a few deadlines to meet and my crafty brain is on a bit of a vacay.  Time to practice.  Ha.  I had fun layering the circles and the colors.  It is an unusual color combo of gray, dark blue, magenta and green.  But I like it.  I carried over the colors of the circles to the balloon to help balance out the white space.

I am also entering this into the Movement Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  For me, the movement starts at the top with the circles, pulls your eye down to the sentiment and over to finish off at the little balloon.  Movement is so much fun to create with the stamps.  Hope you try this technique out, Cath has a perfect explanation on the MFW post.




Paper Smooches has put up their new SPARKS challenge.
And my card is inspired by this yummy photo.

I must admit, even though the photo is full of fruit… all I could see were those waffle cones.  Which in turn, made me think of ice cream and a BIG bowl of it.  I also loved the deep purple plate and the kraft color of the cones.

A little neapolitan sundae perhaps?

The card is pretty straight forward.  I stole the stops of the ice cream cones and put them in a large mug.  The pink flavor is popped up with a cherry on top.  I also included a deep purple plate.  I thought each scoop deserved a celebration, so we have a triple scoop sentiment.

{4.17.2018} need a little SPARK?

Good day friends…

I have been thinking about the current
Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge
based on this photo.

The content gave me pause… because, I really think I would be a darling millionaire.  It can’t be that hard right?  Or, maybe I’m so ‘dahl’ing it would be that easy.  Hee hee.  I’ve seen some very clever takes on this challenge already.  I had something in mind from the beginning and went with my instincts.

I really liked the graphic feel and typography in the photo.  While I couldn’t mimic the type with the stamps, I did with the colors.  It is quite a simple design, but it did take a bit of practice.  And during that practice, I also tried another design.

I had a hard time choosing which I liked more, yet, the hubs had no problem.  Ha.  He liked the first one better.

Did you notice the new photo set up???  I’m learning to use my new light tent.  My house is like a dungeon to keep all the heat and light out from the Arizona sun.  While it is nice temperature wise, it really makes taking photos a challenge.  The final straw happened last week, I got up at 5am to make a last minute project and had to wait for the sun to come UP!  Geez.  So after a little research, I made my own light tent using a cardboard box and white tissue paper based on THIS design.  I am still working out the kinks, but I’m hoping this will solve a lot of my light drama.


Did you see this???  Super exciting, right?  I adore Kim’s whimsical and sometimes down right punny stamps.  It would be a super fun dream come true to join in on the SPARKS design team.  Part of the call is to use a current (see above) or older Sparks photo.  So, I used the one above and also this one….

I fell in LOVE with those LARGE polka dots.
I paired them with the red, white, black and green color combo in the card below.

I have a small attachment to hot concoctions.  Pure yumminess.
The dots came from the gently seasoned set and I adore their whimsy as they float across the card.  I created the sentiment from hot concoctions, sentiment sampler and alphadots.  I think it is a perfect match to the coffee cup.

  What a fun Paper Smooches day.
Hope you enjoyed.

{2.28.2012} sparks time

Paper Smooches has put up their new SPARKS challenge.
Check out this cool inspiration photo.

I was inspired by the stripes in the clock, the wood plank and the nautical theme.

I’ve been playing with paper again.  Seems like I got on a serious white cardstock kick for awhile.  This was fun to play with a mixing patterns.

I’ll be back THURSDAY with lots to share.


{2.21.2012} sparks


Coffee is one of my LOVES.  Actually, it is probably my greatest weakness.  But one that I seriously enjoy.  You can image my excitement when the hot concoctions stamp kit arrived from Paper Smooches.  I already used it one HERE… but I have been saving this sweet cup for something special.

Enter the current Paper Smooches NEW SPARKS challenge.

That sweet heart reminded me of my LOVE for coffee.  Um, it sounds kinda weird now that I write it, but I wanted to put that stitched safety pin on the coffee band of the cup.  Like a homemade one.  Thus, we have….

I combined the sentiment from Hot Concoctions, Alphadot and Sentiment Sampler.  I’m going to be using this combo quite a venti!  What a great thank you note theme.

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other: sewing maching

{2.13.2012} print candee hop

This is my first hop with the amazing and talented Print Candee creative team!!! Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but I’m a little nervous but SO excited as well. You should have arrived from the Print Candee blog. We will point you in the right direction as you hop along.

Today our theme revolves around die-cuts. There are so many great ways to use digital products with die-cuts. Today, I’m using a Spellbinder die to create a cutout with some beautiful papers by digital potpourri.

The papers are from the buttercream damasks paper set. So pretty, right? I love that demask pattern and wanted to highlight it with a scallop cutout.  I have been working on sympathy cards lately. The soft buttery yellow and kraft color is just somber enough with still having lovely color. I paired it with some Paper Smooches stamps (gently seasoned and sentiment sampler).

It may be cliche, but I almost always include a butterfly on my sympathy cards. I feel a sense of peace and comfort when they are floating on a card. That is what I hope they bring to whomever the card is for.  I’ve used a combo of cream half pearls and silver liquid pearls for a little bling and to add to the movement of the butterflies up the card.

We have some GREAT PRIZES to give away:  a $10 Print Candee gift certificate and a Spellbinder Pennant die-cut set.  Leave a comment on each of the blogs for more chances to win.  Contest closes at 11:59pm EST on Saturday, February 18th.

Up next is the fabulous Kalyn.
In case you get lost along the way, here is the full blog hop list.

The Print Candee Blog
Lisa {me}

Make sure you head over to the Print Candee Store
too… lots of fabulous digital products too!!!!

{2.7.2012} hey there mister

I thought this would be a fun guy card.  I was too lazy to stamp out the mister part.  Ha.  Instead, I thought the mustache said it for me.  It is popped up onto the spoon. 

This is based on the Paper Smooches new SPARKS challenge.
inspiration photo.

I really liked the stripes and the pop of yellow.

Happy Tuesday.
Love Tuesday’s because that means Monday is OVER!