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Paper Smooches DT September Blog Hop

Hey crafty friends!

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches OCTOBER 2016 release with you! ONE new stamp sets and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on September 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, October 2nd to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, October 3rd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

Alice Wertz

Kalyn Kepner

Laurie Schmidlin

Michele Boyer

Pamela Ho

Savannah O’ Gwynn

Teri Anderson
To increase your chances of winning:

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

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I used the Leaf Frame Die on this card which is part of the new release as well as the sentiment that you see featured here. I used all patterned papers from one of my favorite collections ever, the BasicGrey Grand Bazaar collection. You can still grab the 6″x6″ paper pad here on Amazon. I also used a leaf transparency from that collection as well. But the Leaf Frame die comes with the two leaves you see in the corner. You can keep them attached to the frame like I have theme here or you could easily trim them off and use them separately!

Hope you enjoy today’s hop and seeing lots of fun fall-themed projects!

Happy crafting,

Kalyn

Paper Smooches March DT Blog Hop

Hi friends! It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches March release with you!  TWO new stamps and TEN new dies will be available to purchase on February 28th at 8:00pm pacific time. Once our release goes live, you will find our new products HERE.

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 changes)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, March 1st to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, March 2nd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

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)

For my card project, I used the Fancy Frames Icons dies. I paired two of them along with the Fancy Frames stamps (they fit perfectly together) and then die cut one frame using some fun BasicGrey patterned paper from their Knee Highs collection.

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The “hello” sentiment I used is also from the Fancy Frames set and the little dotted stripe at the bottom is from the Borderlicious stamp set.

Hope you enjoy today’s hop – I know I will! I love seeing what the team comes up with! Your next stop is the fabulous Kay Miller!

Thanks for stopping by,

Kalyn

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:

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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!

Grungy Numbers Birthday Card

How's that for a post title? 🙂 I often struggle with naming my card projects (both for my blog and when prepping cards for publication), so sometimes a weird one makes its way into the mix. But "grungy numbers" kind of sums this one up. I made it for my step-dad's recent birthday so I used some distressing techniques and stamps to make it more masculine.

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Supplies

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: BasicGrey (Little Black Dress collection)

Clear stamps: My Mind's Eye (stars and numbers)

Dye ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Baker's twine: The Twinery

To create a more masculine look, I chose stamps that had a bit of distressing built into their design. I took the number stamp and stamped it using the "second generation" technique (stamping once on a piece of scrap paper and then on the cardstock) for the first 3 rows and then double-stamped it for the bottom row. I stamped the stars on the same cardstock, trimmed and adhered them with foam tape for a focal point.

So that's my recipe for a "grungy" masculine birthday card! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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CARDS Magazine March 2012 – Easter Card

Hey there! We've made it to Friday once again! Nothing could make me happier. I had a little bit of a rough day at work and followed it up with a rough 4-mile run after the rough day – lots of roughness. And it made me realize that a day can be as perfectly mundane and uneventful as any other, and your running route can be the same old 4 mile loop you've been running on for weeks now and yet some days it's just going to be harder to get through. And that's okay. I didn't let it consume me and I didn't dwell on it. I'm just glad it's over, so I can get to some nice, un-rough days ahead. 🙂

With Easter approaching this weekend, I've got a cheerful and springy Easter card to share. I had this one published in the March 2012 issue of CARDS magazine:

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Definitely head on over to the Northridge Publishing site and grab the digital copy of the March 2012 issue for only $6.95! Their photography never ceases to amaze me and really lets you see the projects up close and personal. 

I kept this card pretty simple with some BasicGrey stickers, October Afternoon gingham paper and Papertrey Ink stamp, buttons and ribbon. But you can get the full supply list and instructions in the issue.

If you celebrate Easter, I wish you a very very happy one!

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Hawaiian Floral Hello Card

Hey there! Long time, no see! I've been going to bed at a decent hour this last week, so unfortunately, my blogging has taken a hit because of that. But boy, do I love sleep. 

Today's card is a simple one with patterned paper and dimensional stickers as the main ingredients:

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Supplies

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper, leaf sticker: BasicGrey

Flower stickers: K&Co.

Stamp: Papertrey Ink

Label die cut: Spellbinders

Looking back on this card, I think I would have added a little something extra (maybe a pearl flourish or another flower), but sometimes simple is better. So here she is. For some reason, this card reminds me of summertime in Hawaii and that is definitely where my head's been at lately. When it's a gray day in my cubicle at work, I think about my upcoming cruise and cannot wait. And summer is truly on its way – we turn our clocks ahead this weekend, so that's a great thing! Now if only we could keep that extra hour of sleep…

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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Bloom & Grow Card

Hey there! Happy Friday! I'm definitely still under the weather health-wise, but reading your sweet, well-wishing comments definitely made me feel better. So thank you for that!

Today I'm sharing a springy little card because I like to try and pretend that it's not winter. 🙂 Whatever works, right? 

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Supplies

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper, stickers: BasicGrey

Ribbon: Papertrey Ink

 

It's not often I add a scalloped border sticker to the edge of a card, but when I do, I usually mess it up. Let me explain. I always start with an 8.5" x 5.5" piece of cardstock and then I fold it in half so it creates a stanard sized card. Well, if you want to add a border sticker to hang off the edge of your card (the edge it will sit upon when standing upright), you should trim the amount of excess cardstock off the one edge so the card will still sit evenly after the sticker is affixed. It's simple, really. I just somehow get over excited and forget to do it and end up peeling back the sticker and desperately trying not to ruin the card. Now, I'm sure you wouldn't make this same silly mistake (affixing the sticker first and creating a very lop-sided card), but friends don't let friends craft wrecklessly. And I'm just trying to be the responsible one. 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic weekend! Don't get sick!

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Blue Valentine

Hey there! So I realize the title of this blog, "Blue Valentine" is actually a movie starring Ryan Gosling, which looked incredibly good, but incredibly sad, so I never saw it. Maybe I'll give it a shot eventually. After all, it IS a Ryan Gosling movie. 🙂

Anyhoo, this post is about a card, not a dreamy actor. I made this for the "Winter Blues" section of the January/February issue of Paper Crafts magazine. It didn't get picked up, but I had so much fun with this challenge. I get so sick of the traditional red/pink/white color scheme of Valentines that blue was a welcome change.

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Supplies

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: BasicGrey

Clear stamps: Layers of Color, Making Memories

Scalloped die cut: Spellbinders

Brad: BasicGrey

Edge punch: Fiskars

It's hard to tell from this photo, but I heat embossed a script stamp from "The Love Chapter" from Layers of Color in clear embossing powder. I like the subtle addition of textures it gives the card.

I hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for stopping by! Maybe you'll watch a Ryan Gosling movie this weekend – because I'm pretty sure I talked myself into it. 🙂

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Merry Christmas Poinsettia

Hey there! 4 more days until Christmas – crazy, right? I guess it's not actually that crazy. I mean it has been December for about 20 days now. Somehow, I just kind of forgot it was happening this year. Luckily my family is small and Christmas doesn't involve a ton of preparation from me. So that's a gift in itself. And next year I'm planning to be ahead of the game and actually make and send cards again (no, I didn't do it this year and yes, I am a little ashamed to admit it).

But I did make THIS Christmas card, so I'll share it here and I think that counts for something. 🙂

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Supplies

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper, sticker: BasicGrey 

Clear stamp, button: Papertrey Ink

Edge punch: Martha Stewart Crafts

 

There I go using the Eskimo Kisses line from BasicGrey again. It's an addiction that I'm learning to live with. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you back here on Friday! Have a great last-week-before-Christmas!

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Happy Halloween Pumpkin Card

Hey there! Happy Halloween! Here on the East Coast it certainly feels a lot more like Christmas time with about a foot of snow that landed on the ground Saturday. It was quite frustrating, but it didn't stop my friends and I from enjoying a fun and low-key Halloween party (I went as a gypsy). That being said, I'm super happy to see the snow melt away and get back to Fall. I mean, c'mon now. It's still October. Geez. But besides the snow, this weekend was just what I needed to get back on track and get out of my previous "funk." And I'm actually happy that tomorrow is Monday – Mondays are always a fresh start.

I can't say I'll be celebrating Halloween while at work today, but I am definitely celebrating it here in blogland. Here's one of my favorite Halloween cards that I've made.

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Supplies

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: BasicGrey, Making Memories

Ribbon: Cosmo Cricket, Offray

Pearls: BasicGrey

Rhinestones: Queen & Co

Scalloped square punch: Marvy Uchida

Font: Dafont.com

 For me, a great font can really complete a card. I love this one from Dafont.com called Evanescent. I downloaded it about a year ago, so I'm not sure if it's still available, but I think it creates the perfect haunted Halloween vibe. Do you have any favorite fonts that I should look at? I'm kind of a free font junkie, so I'm always looking for another one to add to my collection. 🙂

Anyhoo, I hope you have a great Halloween (or just a great Monday!) and thank you so much for stopping by. See you on Wednesday.

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