Tag Archives: American Crafts

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.







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!




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
Dotty Hello Card | Kalyn Kepner


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!


Tea Cake Birthday Card & Video

Hi there! Today I’ve got a card and video to share that was featured on the Virtual Smooches blog last week. I created a birthday card using Paper Smooches stamps and die cuts as accents. I wanted to show how you can use your favorite stamps as more than just a focal point. They’re so cute we often love using them as the star of the show, but they also make great embellishments, accents and background patterns!

Take a look at my step-by-step tutorial here:

I used the Shimelle collection by American Crafts for my patterned papers and tag/ticket die cuts as well as some pink baker’s twine from The Twinery.




Hope you enjoyed today’s card and video and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!


Christmas Joy Circle Card

Hey there! Long time, no blog, I know. This holiday season has been my busiest in years, but I’m truly loving every minute of it.

Today I thought I’d share a fun circle card with you:


Creating a circle card is super easy if you have a template (I use the Coluzzle, but I believe it’s retired now) and it adds a lot of interest that a standard card shape just doesn’t have. All I did was stitch some BasicGrey patterned paper, add some American Crafts thickers and Papertrey Ink button and ribbon!

Do you like to make shaped cards? Paper Crafts magazine always has great ideas for making shaped cards if you’re looking for a little inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Mitten Joy Gift Box

Hey there! Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! Mine was busy but relaxing – a great combination. Today, I wanted to share a project I had in the latest issue of Holiday Cards & More from Paper Crafts magazine. Seriously, if you haven’t checked out this issue, it’s a must. If you haven’t made your holiday projects yet, this is THE issue filled with awesome ideas for cards, treat containers and decor.

Here’s a small gift box I made that’s in the issue:


I used American Crafts patterned paper and some Cosmo Cricket chipboard mittens to jop it off. I also masked an “enjoy” sentiment from Papertrey Ink to just read “joy.” I love masking sentiments to create new words or phrases – it really expands your stamp collection.

Be sure to check out Holiday Cards & More in the online store here. You can order a paper copy or a digital copy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you back here later this week!

Paris Layout

Hey there! Have you ever had one of those crafting experiences where you're so not into it, so uninspired and unmotivated, but you have to finish a project, that you just want to sit at your craft desk and cry? Well, I had one of those experiences last night. I think it started with hitting my elbow quite swiftly against the top of my desk drawer…things escalated from there. But all is forgotten and hopefully my crafting supplies forgive me for shoving them (and maybe tossing them) around a bit as I did last night. We all have those moments, right? The "crafter gone mad" kind of moments. Anyhoo, no card to share today, but here's a layout!



All supplies from American Crafts

Well, since I won't be back here until Friday, I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy all kinds of delicious food! Thanks for stopping by and I'm so thankful to have such great crafty friends who read Paper is Love and share this great hobby with me. Thank you!


Trick or Treat Skeleton Card

Hi there! I hope this middle-of-the-week finds you well! I'm super excited because one of my favorite people in the world is coming to visit me all the way from Utah today! My dear friend Nicole is making her first solo trip in an airplane and her first trip to the East Coast to spend 3 days with little ol' me. We'll be exploring New York City for 2 of those 3 days, so I can't wait to take some great photos while we're there. 

I still don't know what I'm going to be for Halloween. Yikes. I'm usually so prepared! But anyway, here is a Halloween card I made using some fun We R Memory Keepers stamps and my favorite woodgrain paper ever from Hambly Screen Prints.



Cardstock: Best Creation Inc.(glitter), Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: Hambly Screen Prints, American Crafts

Stamps: We R Memory Keepers

Gel pen: Sakura

Letter stickers: American Crafts

Label die: Spellbinders

Ribbon: Offray

One Halloween I would love to go as something craft-related. Scissors, a spool of thread, a jar of buttons? Or just go as a giant card. I smell potential. We'll see. 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Polka Dot Halloween Card

Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend and that you celebrated World Card Making Day with some crafty fun. I felt slightly under the weather this weekend, but luckily got a couple of cards made. Since Halloween is soon on its way, I thought I'd start sharing some Halloween-themed projects and sprinkle them throughout the month. Here's one using one of my favorite bat stamps:



Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: American Crafts, My Little Yellow Bicycle

Clear stamp: We R Memory Keepers

Scalloped circle die: Spellbinders


Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you on Wednesday! Have a good one!


Stamped Just Because Card

Hi there! It's Friday! Is it bad that I can hardly say that without singing (to myself or out loud) a Friday-related song? Yikes. But in my defense, there are a lot of them lately. Anyway, it is Friday and that's definitely something to celebrate. The weather has been beautiful lately and I can't wait to spend some time outside this weekend with some of my favorite people. 

Today, I've got a clean and graphic card to share with you. "Clean and graphic" isn't a style I feel that I have a natural ability for, but I'm a huge fan of those who can master it so beautifully. So, I gave it a whirl with this stamped card using all American Crafts stamps (I just love their stamp designs – perfect for card-making).



Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Clear stamps: American Crafts

Rhinestones: My Little Yellow Bicycle

I must admit I am pleased with how this card turned out, but I definitely need a better black marker to make those lines a bit crisper. To ink the stamps, I used my trusty sponge applicator and applied the pink color first then the green and tried to blend the two a bit. And I couldn't resist a couple of rhinestones to finish it off. 

So that's my clean and graphic attempt – it's definitely a fun challenge and I want to keep trying to get out of my box a bit and experiment with more graphic designs. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic Friday!


Happy Hello Card

Hi there! Happy Friday! Hopefully you've had a great first week of August. I'm savoring every minute of it – especially minutes that involve Dairy Queen blizzards. 

Today, I'm sharing a card I made using a chipboard frame from K & Company. I think it was probably intended to be a photo frame, but I thought it was the perfect accent for a card.





Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Chipboard frame: K & Company

Patterned paper: Kaisercraft

Rub-on: American Crafts

Rhinestones: My Little Yellow Bicycle


I mimicked the design of the chipboard frame with a piece of cardstock and then applied the rub-on. American Crafts has some of the cutest rub-ons out there and I thought this one went well with the color scheme. Sometimes I forget that traditional scrapbooking-oriented products (like photo frames and large letter stickers) can also be used for card-making, so this fun frame was a great remember to help me think outside the box a little bit. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend! 


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