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Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hey friends! I’m so excited to share my post for the Advent Calendar Extravaganza! This is the first year I’m participating and it’s been so much fun. I can’t wait to see what everyone creates!

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Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Here’s the project I created with the Warm Wishes stamp set from Waffle Flower Crafts. I just adore the sentiment and the fact that you can change up the tea cup to have different faces (or without a face if you want).

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It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Waffle Flower Crafts, so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 ESTon 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the Extravaganza!

Kalyn

 


Comfort & Joy Christmas Card

Hey friends! I can’t believe it’s time for Christmas and holiday cards already, but sure enough it is! They are truly my favorite cards to make and send. And all the stamp companies out there I think make their very best sets for the holidays.

The awesome people at Stampin’ Up! sent me one of their sets and new die sets to play with, so I made a super easy-to-make and send Christmas card. I used the adorable Christmas Pines stamp set for the sentiment and branches and then used the new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies for the circle. I love the detail that the stitching gives on these basic shapes. They just add a bit of extra specialness!

 

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I added some sequins and inked around the edges for a bit of added detail and warmth. Links to every product I used are down below!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be back to making videos as soon as the semester is over. Yay!

Happy crafting,

Kalyn

 


Paper Smooches October DT Blog Hop

Hey friends! Hope you’re having a great week so far! Can you believe it’s the end of October already? I can’t! But here we are! I do have to admit that even though it’s a bit early for Christmas and holiday decorations (at least for me), I absolutely love making holiday cards. So this latest Paper Smooches release has been giddy for the next couple of months! Hope you enjoy!

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches NOVEMBER 2016 release with you!  ONE new stamp sets and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on October 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, October 30th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, October 31st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

Our cute Pamela is taking a hiatus for our November and December releases.  She will pick back up with our January release.  The very talented and clever Jill Hawkins will be her temporary replacement.

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 Be Merry stamp set which features lots of adorable sentiments. I also used one of my favorite winter sets, Fresh Snow for all of the snowflakes. I embossed them in white and then blended 3 different ink colors over top to create a fun rainbow effect. Some clear sequins were the final touch!

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I hope you enjoyed this card as well as all the other fabulous ladies on this blog hop! All of the products I used to create this card are listed below!

Thanks so much for joining me!

Kalyn


Paper Smooches Design Team August 2016 Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches SEPTEMBER 2016 release with you!  ONE new stamp sets and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on August 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, August 28th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, August 29th 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)

I used the Arrow Dies set to create this fun card. These new dies are great because they include the full arrows as well as separate scored pieces for folding and adding on top! I paired them with a sentiment from the Fun & Flirty stamp set and papers from the Shine collection from Crate Paper. I then added some black ink splatters for an artistic touch!

 

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Hope you enjoyed my card and be sure to keep hopping along to see what else the design team members created! Thanks for stopping by!

 

Kalyn


Paper Smooches June Design Team Blog Hop

Hey friends! It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches JULY 2016 release with you!  ONE new stamp sets and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on June 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, June 26th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, June 27th 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 Shell Dies set on this card along with the Surf & Turf stamp set and the Scripty Sayings stamp set.

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Thanks so much for hopping along with the Paper Smooches team and myself! It’s been another great month!

Happy crafting,

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


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

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