Tag Archives: Die Cutting

My Favorite Things Cool Cup Card



Hi there! Hope you’re enjoying this festive time of year! Even though I’m all about celebrating fall until December, I do love making Christmas cards early. They’re just so much fun and making them is probably my #1 way to get in the holiday spirit.

So today I’m sharing a Starbucks-inspired card using the Cool Cup Die-namics die set and the Stay Cool stamp set from My Favorite Things. These sets were designed by the oh-so-talented Laina Lamb and I love how they can be used for any time of year. I added the little heart circle icon from the Soda Pop stamp set.

MFT Cool Cup by Kalyn Kepner

I added some light inking to the top of my whipped cream die cut shape to give it some depth and I love the outcome. Then I topped off my cup with a bit of red baker’s twine!

MFT Cool Cup by Kalyn Kepner

Hope you enjoyed this little cup-o-cheer card! Be sure to check out the stamps and dies I used at mftstamps.com.

Thanks for stopping by!


Celebrating Cath & Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

Hey there! I’m so excited today to be participating in a very special blog hop featuring brand new stamps and dies from the one and only Cath Edvalson! She’s teamed up with Technique Tuesday and had her own designs made into fantastic stamps and dies that I just love.
Most people know Cath as the former Creative Editor for Paper Crafts magazine and the writer of the Moxie Fab World blog. I was lucky enough to know Cath in real life when I met her during my internship at Paper Crafts in 2008. And she’s just as fun, sweet and creative as you’d imagine her to be! I spent a lot of time with her during my Utah adventure and she made me feel at home even though I was across the country from everyone I knew. I’ll never forget her kindness and the fun times we had together.
I just wanted to share that because it makes this blog hop extra special for me. To see a friend getting to experience such a fantastic creative opportunity is a joy. She deserves it and her designs are fantastic! So let’s get on to the hop, shall we?
Heart Thanks Card | Kalyn Kepner
I created this thanks card using the Heartfelt Thanks stamp set and the Garden Leaves die set. I stamped and heat embossed the heart stamp on watercolor paper then painted it with some Distress Inks and water. I die cut the leaf die out of teal cardstock and added those behind the heart. And of course added some rhinestones as a finishing touch!
Heart Thanks Card | Kalyn Kepner
Heart Thanks Card | Kalyn Kepner
And what would a blog hop be without some awesome prizes, of course?
Technique Tuesday is going to give away three prizes! One person will a package consisting of all 5 of Cath’s new products. Technique Tuesday will also give away two $25 gift certificates – pretty sweet huh?
Three winners will be chosen at random from all the comments left during the hop on all the blog stops. To be eligible to win, you need to leave a comment any of the blog hop stops. You have through midnight PST on Sept. 16th, 2015, to leave comments. The three winners will be announced on the Technique Tuesday blog on Sept. 18th, 2015.


Here’s the hop list:


Julie Ebersole
Laura O’Donnell
Heather Campbell
Julia Stainton
Daniela Dobson
Kimberly Crawford
Jocelyn Olson
Tobi Crawford
Laurel Beard
Melissa Phillips
Laura Williams
Jaclyn Miller
Donna Mikasa
Birgit Edblom
Kalyn Kepner
Laura Bassen
Julie Campbell
Lisa Adametz
Linda Barber
Teri Anderson
Cath Edvalson
Thanks so much for joining me on this hop today! I’m honored to be a part of it and so happy for Cath! Be sure to hop on to the next stop which is the crazy-talented Laura Bassen!
Happy crafting,


My Favorite Things Sketch #239

Hey there! So it’s my final day as a Guest Designer for the My Favorite Things Challenge Blog. It’s been such a fun time and I’ve really enjoyed creating new projects with their latest stamps and dies! And of course, my dear friend Susan, has said such sweet things about me over on the challenge blog. She really is the best cheerleader and supporter.

Let’s get on to today’s sketch shall we? This is #239 and I interpreted it with a balloon as the main focal circle and some stamping as the accent circle. I had a lot of fun with this using the Die-Namics Blueprints 26 die set and the Birthday Wishes & Balloons stamp set. They make a fun birthday card come together effortlessly.

MFT Sketch 239

My Favorite Things Sketch 239 | Kalyn Kepner


My Favorite Things Sketch 239 | Kalyn Kepner

So there you have it! Be sure to check out the official Sketch #239 post and see what the entire design team came up with!

Thanks so much for stopping by,



Modern & Whimsical Wedding Card

Hey friends! Hope you’re enjoying a beautiful summer day like I am here in PA! The last two days have been so gorgeous and I’m soaking up every minute. Today I’m popping in to share a card that’s up on the Silhouette blog!

I had a blast making a wedding card with a very modern couple in mind. Sometimes it’s fun to break free from the traditional color palette and go for a more whimsical, artsy approach. So that’s what I did here!

Modern Wedding Card | Kalyn Kepner | paperislove.com


Check out the full post on the Silhouette blog for some other close-up shots and the links to the cut files I used on here. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Layered Office-Inspired Card

Hi friends! I’ve got another Paper Smooches card video to share! I’m really loving creating video content, so I hope you like it too! I created this one for the Virtual Smooches blog (your one-stop-shop for all kinds of Paper Smooches tutorials and how-to’s). For this card, I used the Just a Note stamp set as well as the Butterfly Duet die set and some Crate Paper embellishments. I love their Notes & Things collection, so I was really inspired by that to create this card.

You can watch below or over on my YouTube channel where all the supplies are linked below the video.

Office-Inspired Card | Kalyn Kepner for Paper Smooches

Office-Inspired Card | Kalyn Kepner for Paper Smooches


Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you like the new video! If you want to see each video I post as soon as it goes live on YouTube, you can subscribe to my channel (it’s free) by clicking here!

Have an awesome day,


Inky Ombre Hello Card

Hey there! Happy almost-weekend! I just wanted pop in and share that I have a new photo tutorial up on the Silhouette blog today. It features some fun ink blending and of course, awesome cut files. Here’s a peek:

Inky Ombre Hello Card | Kalyn Kepner for Silhouette

Be sure to check out the full tutorial post over on the Silhouette blog, so you can see how it all came together! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Pinterest-Inspired Floral Thanks Card

Hey there! Hope you had a happy July 4th weekend! And also hope that you enjoyed watching the US Women’s soccer team win the World Cup last night! I’m not a major soccer fan, but it was so dang cool to see those women achieve such an honor.

But anyhoo, I’ve got a card and video to share today! It’s up on the Virtual Smooches blog as well if you want to go check it out there! I used this Pinterest image as my inspiration for this card and used all dies to create it.

Pinterest-Inspired Thanks | Kalyn Kepner for Paper Smooches
Check out the description box of my YouTube video (just click “Show More” underneath the video) to get direct links to all of the dies and supplies I used on this card! I hope you enjoy it!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Pineapple Hello Card for Silhouette

Hey there! Happy Friday! And if you’re in the US, you’re probably enjoying a day off and getting ready for the 4th celebrations!

I had a card up on the Silhouette blog yesterday featuring one of my favorite design motifs of late – the pineapple! Be sure to check it out and go grab the cut files I used to make your own version!

Pineapple Hello Card | Kalyn Kepner for Silhouette

Hope you have a happy, fun-filled weekend!

Much love,


My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 235

Hey there! I’m here with some exciting news today – I’m the July Guest Designer at My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge blog! How fun is that? I love using sketches in my card designs, so was thrilled to get to play with some MFT goodies and sketches.

I took Sketch #235 and created a bright and simple birthday card:


Happy Birthday Balloons Card | Kalyn Kepner for MFT

I used a yellow, teal and green color scheme to create a card that I thought would work for any recipient. I stamped a balloon background on my focal point circle element and then topped it off with a sentiment banner and two stamped and die cut balloons. I added some white gel pen to the stamped balloons to give them a bit of reflection.

Birthday Balloons Card | Kalyn Kepner for MFT

I hope you play along with this week’s sketch! I’d love to see what you create! Thank you so much for stopping by and thanks to My Favorite Things for letting me play along with them this month!


Embossed Vellum Wedding Card

Hey there, friends! Hope you’re having a happy Wednesday so far! I just wanted to drop in and let you know that a new card tutorial video went up on the Virtual Smooches blog on Monday and I wanted to share it with you!

Since wedding season is upon us, I thought I’d create an elegant wedding card and incorporate some embossing techniques. I heat embossed on vellum and love the result. It reminds me of lace!

Check out the video below or on my YouTube channel to see how it all came together!


Embossed Vellum Wedding Card




Hope you enjoyed it and that you’ll give embossing on vellum a try! Do you have a favorite technique to use on wedding cards? I’d love to know!

Thanks for stopping by,