Sunday, December 1, 2013

Power Rays Merry Christmas...Paper Smooches SPARKS: Picture Perfect

Hello once again!
My day has flown by, filled with cleaning, a walk (needed to, especially given the blizzard warning forecast...sighhh), a couple of phone calls, a bit of baking and, of course, card-making (or rather, thinking about card-making more than actually accomplishing anything).

Anyway, as we know, Paper Smooches is absolutely amazing, and is destined to become even more so with the new DT  (an incredible group!) and new challenges schedule.  Beginning this week, the SPARKS challenges will shift a bit with their timing - Sunday challenges assigned with a Saturday due date - and their format, with Anything Goes happening twice a month, in between Picture Perfect and Designer Drafts.  Opportunities galore to express our creativity; opportunities galore for inspiration. PS rocks!

This week, the Sparks: Picture Perfect challenge had me stumped, especially given the "Christmas cards only" diet I'm determined to follow.

Gorgeous image!
Thinking, thinking...and SPARK! My card is simple, but even so, I used four different PS products. Here it is...

 and a slightly angled view as the colours are more true here (and then the daylight disappeared - at 4:00 pm)

Power Rays, Speech Bubbles, Christmas Sentiment Sampler and the wee 
heart from the engagement set, die cut using red foil; it does shimmer in real life, as does the embossed Merry Christmas. The paper is from my lovely Bo Bunny Silver and Gold; so pretty....

Now, I'm off to plan some tags...several of in almost sister-in-law asked, and hey, for her, anything!! More details to come...

Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments make my day!!


  1. OHHHHHHH Carol! This is AMAZING! It might be simple but WOW you've packed in the punch and details! LOOOOOOVE that power rays die! OHHHHHH! And I LOVE how you've used this inspiration photo for a Christmas card! WOWZA! You are super talented--- I took it literally! Sometimes I'm creative.... and this week, NOT so much:) LOL!

    YOU rocked this challenge:) Thanks so much for joining in the fun and playing along with the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge!!

    ps... our challenges start on Sunday and end on Saturday now!!! Winners will be posted on Mondays:) This week's challenge is SUPER easy-- ANYTHING goes!! Hope you join in the fun <3

    ps2.... I promise promise PROMISE to email you and Shannon this week! Something things have changed... but no worries! It's still going to work!

    ps3.... uh.... 70 tags?!?!?! I guess for family we would do anything:) HUGS to you and your hubs! <3

  2. You forgot to mention that you emailed a friend and put a huge smile on her face in your list of things you did today!!!!!
    And about that card!!! Love, love, LOVE it!!!! I am a huge sucker for a non-traditional Christmas card, speech bubbles and hearts! So you can imagine the second giant smile that stretched across my face when I saw it!! This is just WAY awesome, Carol!! My WOW factor is off the scales!! Seriously, LOVE IT!! And man, you are the best - you are making 70 tags for your sis-in-law?!! You are thoughtful and amazing beyond measure!!! (as if I didn't know that already!!!!!) xo

  3. very cool! love the colors you used for this holiday card and such a fun design! thanks for joining us at Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge!

  4. Girl, you nailed this!!! I LOVE this inspiration photo, but it would have stumped me too....if I'd had time to play along! The rays, speech bubble and lone heart are perfect.

  5. 70 tags??? wow.
    I love what you've done...those rays are super spectacular!

  6. That's what's called inspired, Carol ... looking at the inspiration photo and seeing a glorious Christmas card ... amazing! 70 tags? Guess that'll be with the spare pair of hands ... been meaning to get some of those!! Anita :)

  7. Okay...first things first....your dear SIL is so fortunate to have an amazingly kind and talented lady in her life :) But sheesh, 70 go girl!!!

    I LOVE the pop of red! Brilliant! The 'rays' draw all the attention and focus to the heart and the sentiment! Awesome design and so totally and wonderfully unpredictable!!!

  8. Oooooh how fabulous!! Your interpretation of the challenge photo is so creative and perfect!! Love it that your on a Christmas card only diet right now!! Me too!!

  9. Wow!! LOVE your take of the photo!! That is a hard photo to be inspired from!! Fabulous card!!

  10. You had to come up with something for a challenge with a bike in the inspiration photo! And boy, did you, Carol! Brilliant idea & gorgeous card!

  11. LOVE - instant love! This has a wonderful Art Deco feel to it too :) Hugs Bev x

  12. Love that you had a "Spark"--it's just like a "ping"! And the inspiration you garnered from the photo is perfect. The gold is lovely, and I love the little heart on the speech bubble. You are on a roll, girl. Great card. : ) Bev

  13. I'd say you had a real "burst" of creative thinking coming up with this golden Christmas card, Carol! Well done!! Happy tagging!! Hugs, Darnell

  14. How creative! Love the rays with the that's truly beautiful.


  15. This is lovely! I love those rays pushing out from the thought bubble. And the pop of red with that little heart really makes the colors work!

  16. Wow! I am in awe! Definitely pinned for my inspiration!