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Enjoy the Day Card

 Hey there! It's Friday – what could be better? (A summer Friday, yes, but I won't be greedy.) Did you make it out to the CHA tradeshow this past week? I lived vicariously through the Paper Crafts magazine crew who was updating their Facebook page regularly and checking out everyone's awesome photos from the show floor. I've never been to the show, but I desperately want to and I WILL make it happen sometime. Winter 2013? It's a date.

So this little card I made looked a lot better in my head than the final product, but I still like it. It gets the simple, but cheerful thought across and that's really what I was going for.



Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Buttons: Papertrey Ink

Clear stamp: The Girls' Paperie

Twine: The Twinery

I used to despise the one rounded corner look (it just irked me), but now all of a sudden, I think it's the best thing that ever happened. Who knows why. Haha But, I do like how it can take a somewhat symmetrical design and skew it just a little bit to draw the eye to the corner. Without it, this card just looked a little too linear. Have you ever rocked the one rounded corner? If not, give a whirl. It turned me into a believer. 🙂

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


Homespun Merry Christmas Card

Hi there! Happy Friday to you! This week has been a long one for me (I secretly think two weeks have actually passed without a weekend and no one's telling me), so I'm really glad to wind down tonight and enjoy the weekend. 

Before I share today's card, I have to say how saddened I was to hear about the passing of Steve Jobs, like so many others have been. I'm a big fan of Apple products (love my Macbook Pro) and an even bigger fan of creative, inspiring people and of course, Mr. Jobs was the epitome of creative and inspiring. So many bloggers have been sharing how they've been inspired by Steve Jobs and I think that Seth Godin did a particularly great job of this when he said "It's one thing to miss someone, to feel a void when they're gone. It's another to do something with their legacy, to honor them through your actions." I love that idea. You can read his blog post here.

For today's card, I used a technique that I love for Christmas cards, which is heat embossing using metallic powders. I added small dabs of Ranger glitter glue to add some pizazz (does anyone say pizazz in actual conversation anymore? I think we should.).



Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye

Clear stamp, buttons: Papertrey Ink

Rubber stamp: Rubber Soul

Ribbon: SEI

Edge punch: Fiskars

Well friends, I hope you have a beautiful autumn weekend (I hear it's snowing in Utah already – crazy!) and get your craft on at some point. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Paper Crafts Magazine Bonus Sketch Blog Hop Winner

Hi friends! Top of the mornin' to ya! I guess I'm feeling a little Irish today with this being the reveal of our lucky winner and all. So who gets the pot of gold at the end of the blog hop rainbow? (I'm taking this metaphor all the way.) Let's find out!

I used Random.org to generate a number between 1 and 157 and here's what it came up with:

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And here's the winning comment:

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Congratulations, Debbi! You will get your very own copy of Card Ideas for Paper Crafters – now that's gold if I ever saw it. I'll be contacting you to ask for your mailing address and forwarding that to P. Kelly Smith so that she can get your new special issue out the door and in your mailbox!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the hop and left me really sweet comments. I so appreciate it. And with my Blackberry blinking all day with e-mail alerts for comments, I felt like a Kardashian – or rather just someone quite popular who I imagine gets lots of messages. 

Have a great start to the week and definitely come back on Wednesday – I am participating in another blog hop and would love for you to hop along again!


Paper Crafts magazine Presents: Bonus Sketch Blog Hop

Hi there! It's Blog Hop Day! Whoo hoo! You can't not "whoo hoo" after the words "blog hop," am I right? After all, a blog hop means new card ideas, giveaways out the wazoo, getting to visit new blogs, and did I mention giveaways? Get excited. I'm truly honored to be a part of another blog hop for Paper Crafts magazine – this time we're celebrating the latest special issue, Card Ideas for Paper Crafters. And boy is it a good one. Formerly titled Go-To Sketches, this issue is filled up with never-before-seen sketches from a bunch of designers and then shows 4 different ways to interpret each one. Basically, if you're ever in need of a card idea, this issue has got you covered.

Card Ideas Cover

Working on this issue was a blast. At first, I found myself a little too "locked into" the sketches and felt a bit restricted by them, but then I just had a little pep talk with myself and decided to let loose a bit. After that, I couldn't stop creating! Sketches are addicting, really. This issue should come with a warning. So once I gave myself permission to use the sketches more as inspiration rather than an exact blueprint (not that there's anything wrong with that either, because there isn't), I found my crafty mojo. And that's the great thing about sketches – they can be totally customized to your own style and don't have to be taken so literally. They can be flipped, turned around or changed to fit whatever it is you want to create. Sometimes you just need a place to start and working with these great sketches really helped to propel my own creativity. 

For this hop, each designer is using a bonus sketch from the last page of the issue to make a brand new card. I used this whimscial sketch by Chan Vuong to make this baby boy card:



Sidenote: I am obsessed with this chipboard whale from My Mind's Eye. Can I get him on a t-shirt? Because I would totally wear it. 

You can find this sketch and the other bonus sketches right on the Paper Crafts magazine website so that you can get sketchin' away as well!

Now, I said there would be giveaways, so let's get into that portion of this blog hop day event, shall we? I'm giving away a FREE issue of Card Ideas for Paper Crafters right here on my blog – all you have to do is leave me a comment by midnight (MDT) Sunday, August 28th. I'll pick a winner Monday morning, send you an e-mail requesting your mailing address and your new issue will be on its way to you! And if that wasn't enough, the other 9 designers (who all just happen to ROCK) in this hop are giving away issues as well, so be sure to check out their never-before-seen cards and leave them a comment too!

Julia Stainton

Teri Anderson

Chan Vuong

Lindsay Amrhein

Regina Mangum

Angeline Yong

Heidi Van Laar

Kimberly Crawford

Vanessa Menhorn

And don't you dare forget to go to the Paper Crafts Connection blog and leave a comment there to enter to win another fun giveaway including paper, stickers, magazines and more! And if luck doesn't strike you today, no worries. You can pick up this awesome issue at your local bookstore or craft store or order it online!

Phew! After all that blog hop excitement, I think I need a nap. "But, Kalyn you're at work," you might say. I say, "all in the name of blog hop day!" 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and I hope you won't be a stranger! Have a fantastic weekend.


Paper Crafts Magazine – July/August 2011

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend! This weekend actually felt long to me, but in a great way. I had a great night out with friends on Friday, then a rained-out music festival experience Saturday (which didn't last long) that turned into a surprise shopping trip! I got to watch my mom run her first 5k yesterday, which was such a great moment and then had a day of crafty "work." It was lovely.

Today I'm excited to share with you a card from the July/August 2011 issue of Paper Crafts magazine. Have you gotten your hands on it yet? I hope so because the September/October issue is on its way. Here's the adorable cover:

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Here's a gift box that I had in the Girlfriends section on page 33:


I had a lot of fun creating this gift box using My Mind's Eye patterned paper and chipboard and fonts from Dafont.com. Making my own sentiments by mixing fonts is one of my favorite ways to create a unique look for specific projects. 

You can find this gift box and a few other projects of mine in the July/August 2011 issue, which you can purchase right here or at your local bookstore for only $4.99!  

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope this is the start to a great week! 


Peek of the Week 5/25/11

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday to you! Unfortunately, this has not been the happiest of weeks with all of the devastation in Missouri from the tornadoes. After watching footage and photos of the wreckage, I just got this overwhelming feeling that I wanted to do something to help. I know it's not much, but I decided to donate all of the money made from the current cards in my Etsy shop to the Red Cross in support of those affected by the tornadoes. My Etsy shop is Paper is Love and I'll link it right here if you'd like to purchase a card and help a great cause. 100% of your payment will go to the Red Cross

I hope you don't mind me starting off with that little announcement – I just wanted to get the word out from the get-go. On to today's Peek of the Week!

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper  Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon  Chipboard house: American Crafts  Marker: Marvy Uchida  Pinking sheers: Fiskars

One of my favorite go-to tools lately is my pair of my pinking sheers from Fiskars. They were given to my mother to use for sewing projects, but she never uses them so I inherited them. 🙂 They cut like butter and I love the homemade edge they give to paper! 

I know that the sentiment says "we're moving" and that isn't really the most versatile saying, but I think any other sentiment like "home sweet home," "home is where the heart is," "you are home to me," or something similar would be a perfect fit on this card. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and if you have any need for a handmade card, definitely check out my Etsy shop and help me raise funds for the tornado victims in Missouri. Have a crafty day!



Paper Crafts magazine Presents: Card Creations 9 Blog Hop

Hi friends! I'm so excited to be participating in another Paper Crafts magazine Blog Hop! I seriously have so much fun creating a new project and then getting to share it with so many of my fellow Paper Crafts magazine readers and crafty friends! And to top it all off, I get to give away a prize! A Blog Hop day is just a great day. 🙂

Today's Blog Hop is all about Card Creations 9 – an annual special issue with cards for all occasions and holidays. It's probably my favorite series that Paper Crafts publishes. It's the kind of issue you can keep reaching for months or even years later for inspiration. Here's this year's fabulous cover:


The Card Creations series is also my favorite to create for because of the freedom it allows me. I can create a card for everything from Christmas to a birthday to a "just because" occasion. And most times, those "just because" cards are really my favorite. I also find that I'm usually most inspired by the actual products I work with – the patterned papers, stickers and stamps. So, when crafting for Card Creations, I can choose a product I've been dying to use and make a card inspired by that. 

For this Blog Hop, each designer created a card based on the cover projects – whether that be choosing a trend, color scheme or element used on one of the other cards and making something new with it. I chose a bicycle as my inspiration for this project:


IMG_4892 SUPPLIES:  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper  Patterned paper: Crate Paper, My Mind's Eye  Border sticker: Crate Paper  Chipboard: Cosmo Cricket  Clear stamp, ribbon, button: Papertrey Ink  Baker's twine: The Twinery  Ink: Clearsnap  Label die: Spellbinders

Along with my little bicycle card are 8 other cards by 8 amazing designers that you simply must "hop" along to:

Chan Vuong

Teri Anderson

Vanessa Menhorn

Cristina Kowalczyk

Windy Robinson

Julia Stainton

Kim Hughes

Betsy Veldman

Now for the fun prize details – leave a comment on this post for your chance to win your very own copy of Card Creations 9! Comments must be posted by Sunday, May 22nd at midnight (MDT) and I'll randomly choose and post a winner Monday, May 23rd. 

And that's not the end – check out the Paper Crafts Connection blog for your chance to win one of 3 copies of Card Creations 9 AND one of the 3 new collections from Crate Paper!

To guarantee that you'll be the proud new owner of your own Card Creations 9 copy, order one from the Paper Crafts magazine store right here. It will be money well spent. :) 

Well thanks for hoppin' along with me and the Paper Crafts crew today! I so appreciate being a part of this and best of luck in the prize drawings! Don't be a stranger – come visit my blog every Monday/Wednesday/Friday for more crafty fun!




Peek of the Week 5/18/11 – Friend Card

Hi there! Can you believe we're past the middle of May already? When the heck did that happen? I shouldn't be surprised how quickly time passes every month, but I always am – I guess it's just a human thing. I always think of the quote that Gretchen Rubin shares in her book, "The Happiness Project." She says, "The days are long, but the years are short." And of course I believe that the word "months" is interchangeable for "years" as well. Anyway, that's enough pondering the perception of time. On to today's card! :) 

SUPPLIES:  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper  Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon  Dies: Spellbinders  Clear stamp, buttons, yellow ribbon: Papertrey Ink  Chalk ink: Clearsnap  Felt: craft store  Lace: JoAnn's  Thread: DMC

I made this card for the Spellbinders design team call not too long ago and used 4 different dies of theirs on it. I really do love their dies because they're so versatile and I really don't know how I ever crafted without them. The Labels series is my favorite.

Well, thanks for stopping by my blog today! And remember to come back on Friday! I'm just sayin'. It's going to be good. :) 



Card Creations 9

Hi friends! Today starts another exciting week in blog world – it's the launch of the latest special issue from Paper Crafts magazine – Card Creations Vol. 9! The Card Creations series is one of my favorites to create for because they include cards for every occasion and holiday, so you can make whatever your heart desires.

Here's one of my favorite cards that I made for Card Creations 9:


A fun little tidbit about this card – the main chipboard element is from Crate Paper's Snow Day collection – a holiday-themed line – but the colors in it just screamed "birthday card" to me, so it was my inspiration for the color scheme in this project.

You can find the full supply list and instructions on page 33 and you might just a find a few other cards of mine popping up here and there. 🙂 Definitely check it out. And make sure to pop back here on Friday for more Card Creations 9 fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous, crafty day!




For You Friday

Hey there friends! I hope you're at the end of a great week and ready for a lovely spring weekend! I'm hoping to get outside a little bit, but I'll probably be scurrying around my craft room making some last minute cards for the upcoming Card a Day call from Paper Crafts magazine! Submitting is always a whirlwind experience for me – lots of fun, but lots of frenzied late nights as well. But such is the life of a part-time crafter. There are so many cards to be made and so little time. 

Anyhoo, today I'm sharing another "oldie but goodie" card of mine – I love revisiting older cards – it's like looking back on old memories. And in celebration of my almost 3-year anniversary of having my first work accepted in Paper Crafts, it's fun to take a look back. So, I hope you don't mind if I do. 🙂 I think this was my first attempt at a shabby-chic sort of style.

For you key card
SUPPLIES:  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper  Patterned paper: Making Memories  Metal key: Making Memories  Alphabet stickers: American Crafts  Alphabet stamps: Hero Arts  Ribbon: Making Memories  Floss: DMC  Ink: Clearsnap

I was really into hand stitching at the time because I didn't yet know how to use a sewing machine – I can't believe there was a time when I didn't have that tool at my disposal! Even though this isn't my favorite card design-wise, I still love this color combination and the worn feel to it. It's cozy to me for some reason. 

Well, now that I've reminisced with an old "friend" of mine (handmade cards are easy to get attached to, am I right?) it's time to work on some new creations. 

What are you working on this weekend? Or are you taking some time to relax with the family or curl up with a good book? I love hearing from you in the comments! Whatever you end up doing, have a great weekend!



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