{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.


  1. Judith Gowdy

    You have been having some Paper Smooches fun! Love all your cards, but I think I agree with Hubby on the first one 🙂 Good luck with the DT call.

  2. Wendy ten Hove

    Hi Lisa,

    Yep, I surely enjoyed! Your cards are super gorgeous! Love your “simple sentiments” cards! Personally, I like the second one better, but I can not even tell you exactly why… But both are pretty! And the card for the dt call is as well! Oeh, my chances are becoming smaller and smaller, hi hi.. 😀 But it’s always great to see that sooo many people love Kim her stamps! And you really know what to do with them, Lisa!! Yay!

    A lovely day to you!

  3. Jessi

    {LOVE}! The first cards are so perfectly CAS – beautifully done, both of them – and the last card? Too awesome. It has been so much fun looking back through the past challenges & giving them a go now that I HAVE some PS stamps 🙂

  4. Lynn

    Lisa, they are all three gorgeous designs! I think the second is my favorite of the first two! And you rocked your card for the DT challenge!

  5. Karen B.

    These sure are grand card, so clean and simple and to the point on the first two and I love the whimsy of your third!

  6. tsurutadesigns

    oooohhh…love them both…especially the coffee one;)

  7. Laurel S

    LOVE them, especially the second one! Good luck on the DT!

  8. Emily Leiphart

    These are both awesome, Lisa! I love the clean and simple design on the first one and the dots on the second one are so much fun! Best of luck in the SPARKS DT search!!

  9. glendaj

    These are both fantastic Lisa! Love the crisp designs on all of these. I’m having a really tough time with the first one but you rocked it! Love your cup and the bold overlapping dots on the second one. Good luck to you on the DT search (maybe we’ll both get on 😉 )

  10. Jessica S

    Love your CAS style so much…these are all quite fabulous Lisa. Thanks for the feature… :O)
    Jessica S

  11. Kimberly Lane

    Lisa – great takes on those SPARKS challenges! I love the CAS-ness (LOL) of all of them. Good luck with the DT call – maybe you and Glenda and I could all be on it!

  12. veronica

    i love that polka dot room! your card is a great take on it too. love the bit of green twine.

  13. Kathleen

    Great cards! I agree with your husband, I like the first one best! Your design team call card is outstanding!

  14. Sav O'G

    OH MY! You rock these stamps! LOVE all of your cards! LOVE that sentiment on the sentiment! FAB idea:) And I LOVE your dots on the last card! I always am amazed when I stop by:)

  15. Rockwell Designs

    Lisa both cards are adorable! I love how simple and clean the first one is. The second one is so much fun and full of GREAT color—all those pops of red with the green look fantastic!

  16. lostinpaper

    Both your cards are fantabulous! I love the ‘graphicness’ of the thanks, great use of space and colour!

  17. Ryann Salamon

    Awesome cards, Lisa! I love your take on the first inspiration and the second really speaks to me! Good luck on the DT call!!!

  18. Lindsey

    I can’t even decide which thank you card I like better! Good luck with the SPARKS DT call.

  19. Kary

    Ooo, I love both cards, Lisa!! The Sparks challenge card is so cool, and your second card is absolutely fabulous!! Love the colour dots and such a wonderful design! Good luck on the DT call, I think you have a great chance, Lisa.

  20. mustavcoffee

    Three fabulous cards Lisa, Good luck with the DT call, I think you would do them proud :0) Gay xxx

  21. Jackie

    I want to try being a millionaire too! That would be awesome. I love the graphic nature of your first two cards! Great colors too! And super cute polka dots on your third card. Love the colors as well!

  22. Jackie

    I want to try to be a millionaire too, Lisa! That would be awesome. I love the graphic design of your first two cards and the colors of the 3rd. Great job!

  23. Jen W.

    Your photos look awesome! I made a similar light tent but after looking at this tutorial I think I’m going to make some adjustments to mine…

    Your first two cards are both awesome but I’m with hubs as the first is my favourite. And your coffee card ROCKS!

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