Thursday, April 12, 2012

Paper Smooches SPARKS

So the Paper Smooches SPARKS design team call has gone out...and how perfect, I just received my first order from them last week! So I have a couple of entries - one for the current SPARKS challenge, and one based on a past challenge.

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It's funny because it's true :) I'd be an AMAZING millionaire! I went in a different direction with my creation - I'm contributing cards to a Mother's Day raffle basket for the Zumba Divas' Relay for Life team, and I thought that the Hope set that I won from Barb would make a perfect tag for that. I went with text and colours for my inspiration, using red & navy for the focal words.

Supplies: Hope stamp set from Paper Smooches;
standard small & lacey circle Nesties (largest in each set);
distress inks: tumbled glass, barn door, faded jeans
Because the team raising the money is a Zumba team, I thought the 'kick cancer's butt' and 'fight like a girl' sentiments were particularly perfect!

The other challenge that I was inspired by (so far...I have a couple others in the works too!) was actually the very first SPARKS challenge, to be inspired by this photo:

photo credit - Susan
I was inspired by the beads, the colours, the girliness, and the white space (I know, strange for me!):

Supplies: My Peeps stamp set from Paper Smooches;
Palette Noir ink;
paper scraps for paper piecing the peacock's body & eye;
tail feathers quilled by me;
beading wire, seed beads from stash
I have a box of beads that hangs out under my desk, and I picked through a whole bunch of vials to find some perfect colours. I used about 4 times as much wire as needed, strung the beads on all at once, and then fiddled around while wrapping it around the main panel to keep most of the beads on the front, then wrapped one last time with the extra wire length. The white panel is mounted using doubled-up foam tape.

So, the current SPARKS challenge is open until April 18, and the DT call is open until April 23...and you can't win if you don't play!



Jingle said...

These are both great, but that circle card just ROCKS!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Oeh, very pretty!! Was this the card you first set aside, or a new try?! I love it!! That Hope sentiment is perfect for this!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Annette Allen said...

wow your cards are so awesome...I love the shape of the first one and the second one those quilled feathers are amazing...

~Tammy~ said...

Jessi, you rocked it lady! Your cards are totally off the charts awesome and spot on! Love the quilled feathers!!!! Woohoo! Good luck with both the challenge and the DT call! :-))))

Audrey said...

Beautiful job on both cards! I love the circular shape... such a fun change from the norm. Thanks for joining us for the SPARKS Challenge! :)

Emily Leiphart said...

I love these CAS cards, Jessi! The first one is really amazing. I love how you used that Hope set! The second is so fun. Very clever of you to quill the feathers on the peacock!

Dana said...

Oh my gosh!! I LOVE the peacock!! And the tail!! Awesome!!

kingstonmama said...

I love the pop of orange in the midst of all the blues. Really fabulous. Your paper quill tail feathers are fantastic.

Anonymous said...

These cards are totally fab! Love your circle card with the pop of colour on the sentiment! I've just started Zumba... it's totally hilarious I'm so un-coordinated (haven't got the jingly belt though)!

JJ Bolton said...

You're always coming up with new ways to wow me with your quilling! I would have never thought tail feathers!!! So cool!

And your circle card is awesome too! That tag could not be more perfect for the cause! Good for you for participating in a fundraiser with your cards!

Have an awesome weekend Jessi!

(Man I just realized I how exclamation point happy I am today, lol! Can't help it, it's Friday!!!!)

Lisa Arana said...

lol... i think you'd be an amazing millionaire too! I love your take on the current photo. And look at those fabulous quilled feathers. I love this one too.

Jenny said...

You would be awesome on the DT...fingers crossed for you :0)
Love the tag, perfect for thre challenge and it's real life purpose...the words are so apt!
Quilled tail brilliant and love all the beads as well :0)
Jenny x

Jen W. said...

LOVE your quilled peacock - he looks so pleased with his plumage! And your hope card is perfect. Love how those two sentiment pop out.