Saturday, October 19, 2013

Joy for Sparks Challenge

I had some time this weekend, so I thought I would play along with the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge.  It's been ages since I did, and I was feeling like doing some piecing.

This week's challenge was a sketch, and I thought I would pull out my Warm Hearts set, and I really haven't gotten to use it much at all.

The papers are older, a mix of Echo Park Seasons Greetings (patterns) and Fancy Pants Home for Christmas (solids).

I first cut the background and polaroid so I could lay out the scene.  I wanted the trees to spill over the frame a bit for dimension.  The tree image was stamped twice on each of the patterned papers, on the blue base and on some kraft cardstock for the trunks. I fussy cut and adhered the entire image even though I knew I was going to pop up the outer trees because I didn't want you to be able to see the blue behind them.

The snowdrifts I just free hand cut, and added a line of color using a Spectrum Noir marker and then softening it with the blending pen.

Some snowflakes were stamped for the sprinkled elements in the sketch, and I did some very light distressing with Antique Linen Distress Ink on the base.

I adhered the tree scene and snowdrifts to the blue sky piece and then that entire piece to the card base.

After embossing the sentiment, and adding the fussy cut hearts, I adhered the polaroid frame with dimensional foam tape and then popped up the extra tree pieces I had stamped for the outer trees.  A little bit of twine finished it off.

I had a great time making this one.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great weekend!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  EP - Seasons Greetings Collection; Fancy Pants - Home for Christmas Collection; CTMH - White Daisy, Colonial White, and Kraft cardstock
Stamps:  Paper Smooches - Warm Hearts
Ink:  CTMH - Cocoa; Versamark; Ranger - Antique Linen Distress Ink
Other:  CTMH - White embossing powder, Dimensional Foam Tape; Liquid Glass; Twinery - Maraschino Twine; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Kuretake - Glue Pen; Spectrum Noir Markers - BT2, Blender


  1. Soooooooooo cute!!! I love love love those trees!!!!

  2. Those plaid trees are just adorable, Miriam!! Love your tiny touches of red.

  3. Such a cool and adorable card Miriam!
    Have a super cool Sunday!

  4. Oh love the black frame around the happy little trees!

  5. Such an original and lovely card !

  6. Love love this card and your cute little trees !

  7. Fabulous result! I love the patterns on the trees and framed scene. The twine is perfectly looped too!

  8. this is darling! Love how you did the twine! Such a sweet card!

  9. Lovely card! Patterns on trees are amazing!

  10. This is such a cute card, I love the trees with the sweet patterns :)

  11. Such a beautiful and sweet card! Those little touches really make this adorable!

  12. Cute, cute, CUTE! Totally loving those little, paper-pieced trees, and setting them on a field of blue is perfectly divine!

  13. I {heart} this in every single way!! Those patterned paper trees are amazing!!

    I'm sorry I've got so behind on your blog Miriam, I've missed some true beauties. But it was such fun to look back on all the gorgeousness you've been creating!!