Monday, March 25, 2013

Paper Smooches SPARKS March Picture Perfect Challenge

This week's Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge is a Picture Perfect challenge based on the photo seen above.  To me, the frame looked like a memo board with button-topped pushpins, so I created a card with a small scale corkboard as the focal point.

I made the corkboard from a cork sheet and a picture frame style die.  The cork's adhered to the backside of the frame with Scor-Tape.  To echo the inspiration photo's button style pins, I used two of the images from the sewing themed Needle Little Love set.  I colored the stamped images with Spectrum Noir markers and cut them out, then used dimensional dots to adhere to them to the cork.  The images make the card easier to mail than if I'd used real buttons.  The "just a note" sentiment from the Sentiment Sampler set is stamped in the space at the bottom of the frame.

I set the finished corkboard piece on a cardfront covered with a piece of pink on pink patterned paper.  I added a blue strip to the patterned paper to bring in a little more blue to go with the blue button I made.  In a nod to the ornate corner on the frame, I adhered a little bit of a paper doily at the bottom of the blue strip.  For one final feminine touch, I added a white bow at the bottom corner of the frame.

Stop by the challenge blog for all the details on this week's challenge and for more inspiration from the talented design team.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  Paper Smooches Needle Little Love and Sentiment Sampler stamp sets, Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Crafter's Companion ultrasmooth white cardstock, Spectrum Noir markers (TB1, TB3, CR3, CR4, CR5), American Crafts My Girl 6x6 paper pad, Canvas Corp. cork sheet, May Arts white ribbon, Sticky Thumb dimensional dots, Scor-Tape

other:  Bashful Blue and Whisper White cardstock (Stampin' Up!);  Sweet Blush cardstock (Papertrey Ink); frame die (Lil' Inker Designs); paper doily (Wilton)


  1. This is so so cute! I have a ton of that cork & I have never thought to use it on a card! It's perfect!

  2. Wow! What a brilliant idea! I love how you used cork paper! Very nice touch with the paper doily!

  3. Love your card, Lori!!! Such a pretty design, great take on the inspiration photo!! :)

  4. LOVE the real cork! Brilliant idea!

  5. This is a perfect match to the inspiration photo, Lori! LOOOOOOOOOOOVE!


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