Happy Day Layout

Hi friends! Happy Monday! And if you’re in the US, Happy Memorial Day! Today is a day we remember the men and women who gave their lives in service of our country and I’m so very grateful for their sacrifices. I especially think of my Great Uncle Bobby who gave his life during WWII. Sending lots of love to those who have lost a loved one in service.

On a more cheerful note, I wanted to share a recent layout that I made. This one features a photo I took on Mother’s Day of last year of my Mom and Grandma. Aren’t they the cutest?

I used lots of Crate Paper goodies and combined a cardstock phrase, chipboard piece and transparency for my title. Then I layered the transparency wreath and some floral patterned paper underneath. I added the chipboard pennants and a gold glitter heart for the final touches! It’s a super simple layout, but I love the colors and bold title.

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Hope you enjoyed my latest layout! I love to mix it up from cards every now and then. Take a look below for links to all of the products I used!

Hugs,

Kalyn

 


Paper Smooches DT May Blog Hop

Hey there, friends! It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches JUNE 2016 release with you!  ONE new stamp sets and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on May 31st.  You will find our new products HERE once they go live.  

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize! 

The prize – a $25 gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, May 29th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, May 30th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.
Kalyn Kepner (you are here!)

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

I used the new Hello Sampler stamp set to create this fun card. This stamp set is filled with lots of great sentiments (all with a hello theme, of course) and includes some cute supporting images like this telephone and the little heart that fits perfectly inside.

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I chose to use bright patterned papers from the Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine collection, which I just love as well as a strip of striped washi tape and some enamel dots. I got the postage stamp edge on the top piece of paper by using the Paper Smooches Borders 2 die set (a must-have if you don’t have it yet).

 

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Hope you enjoyed seeing a sneak peek at the latest release and hopping along with us! Be sure to check out all of the supplies I used below and enjoy the rest of the hop!

Kalyn


Happy Place Card

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you’re having a good start to the week! And I’m really hoping for some sunny and warm weather because it’s been chilly and rainy where I live for way too long.

I just wanted to pop in and share a card I made for Paper Smooches using the new Get Outta Town Icons die set. The set pairs with the Get Outta Town stamp set, of course, and I had fun making this card using the Open road collection from Crate Paper.

 

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I die cut and stamped the suitcase image from cork paper, which is my new favorite thing. It’s just so fun to make your own custom embellishments with! And you can really stamp on it easily, as long as you’re using a dark or very pigmented ink color. Check the list of supplies I used below if you want to grab some of that cork for yourself!

 

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So that’s it for today! I’m hoping to get back to filming some craft videos for my YouTube channel, so if there’s anything you’d like to see, let me know in a comment and I’ll add it to my list of videos to film!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Kalyn


Hello Birdie Card

Hey there! Well, it’s official! I’m finished with my first year of grad school (but I still have a summer class to take if we’re getting technical). I’m thrilled at what I’ve learned this past year and it’s made me appreciate the fun and creativity of making cards even more. I’m studying graphic design and love every minute of it.

So today, I thought I’d share a fun card I made using some of the Crate Paper Wonder collection (absolutely love this line):

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I really enjoyed layering the patterned papers underneath the acetate and chipboard stickers. The colors in this collection just mix so well. I added some enamel dots to top it all off! Hope you enjoyed this one and be sure to check out the product links below for the items I used on this project!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Kalyn

 

Paper Smooches DT April Blog Hop

Hey there friends! I’m so excited to be back in Blog Land for another Paper Smooches blog hop! I’ve been pretty absent lately due to graduate school assignments keeping me busy, but I plan to be back in action when finals are over in the next two weeks! Yay! For now, let’s celebrate with a blog hope with the Paper Smooches crew!

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MAY 2016 release with you! ONE new stamp sets and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on April 30th. You will find our new products HERE once they go live.
To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize!
The prize – a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:
FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances)
Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, May 1st to leave a comment.
Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, May 2nd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

Kalyn Kepner (you are here!)

To increase your chances of winning:
Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

I used the Hugs & Kisses die set on this card to make a bright, watercolored design with lots of pink and purple. I used my Distress Inks to watercolor and then added some stamps and rhinestones to top it all off!

 

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Be sure to keep hopping along to see the other designers’ creations and enter for your chance to win the prize!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Kalyn

Paper Smooches January 2016 DT Blog Hop

Hey there! It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches FEBRUARY 2016 release with you!  ONE new stamp set and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on January 31st.  You will find our new products HERE once they go live.  

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize! 

The prize – a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, January 31st to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, February 1st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

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To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

I used the adorable Rain Boot die on my card and cut it out of Patterned paper. I wish I had these patterned boots in real life! They make me so happy. I love the fact that this die comes with a separate bottom portion of the boot, so you can use a contrasting color when you die cut. It also comes with raindrops! I chose to use little hearts as my raindrops and then added the sentiment from the Luminous Spring stamp set. (All supplies are linked at the end of this post!)

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I also used the Waves border die to create the fun scalloped border and then added two more patterned papers below it!

 

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So that’s it for today’s Blog Hop card! I hope you enjoyed it! Have a happy, crafty day!

Kalyn


Darling Layout

Hey there! Hope the middle of the week is going well for you! I’m in my first week back at school and so far it’s going great! I love the beginning of a new semester and I can’t wait for what’s ahead.

I just wanted to pop in and share a layout I made using the Crate Paper Kiss Kiss collection. I was feeling pretty lovey dovey and since Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, I wanted to document this photo using lots of hearts and pink.

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I combined some chipboard, acetate pieces, die cuts and stamping on this layout and I love the effect of layering it all together. I also am really into framing my photos with some white paint streaks, so including that on here as well.

 

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Hope you enjoy it and have a lovely day!

Kalyn

 

P.S. I’ve finally figured out this InLinkz thing, so you can shop the supplies I used down below! These are affiliate links, so if you choose to shop using them, I make a small commission at NO extra cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting me and my blog!


My One Little Word for 2016

Hey there! I just wanted to drop in and share a quick update post today! I’m excited to be choosing a “One Little Word” this year. In case you haven’t heard of it before, “One Little Word” is a concept/class/workshop developed by the super-inspiring Ali Edwards. I’ve always been a big fan of resolutions and then I tried doing a long list of yearly goals, but this year I wanted to try something new. And without a doubt, the word that came to me (let’s be real, my Mom had something to do with it) was “prepare”.

While I don’t think I’ll actually be making an album inspired by this word, I do think it will be the main focus for me this year. As a grad student who always has 50,000 things going on at once, I need to be better at planning, staying organized and anticipating what’s to come. So the word “prepare” is just perfect. If you haven’t heard of the Ali Edwards “One Little Word” class/workshop before, definitely check it out here.

So in honor of choosing my word and in wanting to keep it front and center, I decided to design a desktop wallpaper with it for my new iMac! I happened to be taking a class over at Skillshare (this one by Jamie Bartlett) and combined the class with making this design. If you want to try out Skillshare, you can hop over there and get a free trial by clicking here. It was so much fun learning how to create textures in Photoshop that I had no idea were at my disposal.

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I guess that about wraps it up! I know this post wasn’t super craft-related, but I just wanted to share some things I’m loving lately: my One Little Word, Skillshare and getting things organized!

Have a fantastic day,

Kalyn

Botanical Thank You Card

Hey there friends! Hope this week is going well for you! And if you didn’t win the Powerball, darn. Me neither. Looks like we’ll just have to keep spending our hard earned money on craft supplies instead of fantasy lottery money. Either way, crafts must go on!

Today I wanted to share a simple botanical thank you card I made. I used my favorite impression plate of all time, the woodgrain one from Papertrey Ink. I also used their Meadow Greens stamp set (and coordinating dies) and the “thank you” stamp from their Masculine Motifs stamp set.

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I stamped the bottom half of my leaf image using Limeade Ice ink and then stamped the top half using Aqua Mist. This gave it a beautiful gradient effect that I just love. I then die cut it out using the coordinating die and glued it down. I die cut two leaves from vellum and heat embossed one in white. I knew the card needed just one more thing, so I added some gold floral washi tape from Little B.

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So there you have it! A super simple, but delicate thank you card! I actually made two of these at the same time and it was easy to reproduce. This definitely could be a card you mass-produce for party guests or for Christmas thank you’s!

Have a fantastic day,

Kalyn

Latest Paper Smooches Cards

Dotty Hello Card | Kalyn Kepner

 

Hey friends! Just wanted to drop in on this gorgeous Tuesday (it’s actually really cloudy here, but who cares) and share some of my recent Paper Smooches projects with you. This first one uses the new Polka Dot Borders dies as well as some of my favorite bits and pieces from the Crate Paper Notes & Things collection
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This next card features the Silver & Gold stamp set from Paper Smooches as well as paper from Amy Tangerine and die cuts from Shimelle. I’m definitely into creating layered cards lately. They’re my favorite!

Star Hello Card | Kalyn Kepner

Star Hello Card | Kalyn Kepner

 

Hope you’re having a happy, crafty week so far!

Kalyn

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