Tag Archives: Papercrafting

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):





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!



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!


My Favorite Things Sketch #236

Hey friends! I’m back with another Sketch Challenge card for My Favorite Things! We’re on Sketch #236 and it’s a super versatile one. Be sure to check out what the design team members created over at the MFT Challenge Blog!

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My Favorite Things Sketch 235 | Kalyn Kepner


My Favorite Things Sketch 235 | Kalyn Kepner


Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to play along with this week’s MFT sketch!


Fashion-Inspired Striped Floral Card

Hey friends! Hope your week is going swimmingly well! Are you enjoying some nice spring weather? We’re finally getting some mild (and even downright beautiful!) temps here on the East Coast and I’m loving it.

I just wanted to share a card and video tutorial I created for Paper Smooches! It was featured on the Virtual Smooches blog Monday, but in case you missed it, here it is:

So that’s it for today’s card and video! I make one video per week (hoping to up that to 2 this summer!), so if you want to see them as soon as they go live, you Subscribe to my channel over at YouTube. It’s free and if you have a Gmail account, you already have a YouTube account! Easy peasy.
Thanks so much and have a happy, crafty day!

Embellished Elegance Birthday

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you had a nice, relaxing weekend and that your ready to take on the week! I’m enjoying my last day off before my second semester starts. I’m very excited to get back into the swing of designing and honing my skills, though.

One thing I’m resolving to do this new year is to try more techniques and experiment with  my supplies a bit more. I’ve been super inspired lately by Wilna Furstenburg and have been binge-watching her YouTube videos. She is so free and whimsical and her projects are just breathtaking. I’m hoping I can pick up some pointers from her and get a little more artsy with my designs.

On today’s card, I used Papertrey Ink stamps and a watercolor stamping technique. I first inked up my stamp, then used a spritz bottle to apply just one spritz of water to the inked stamp. Then I stamped it right onto the project! Easy peasy. I did this a few times for the bigger leaf cluster stamps and then stamped normally over top of them. I love the result and definitely want to try this on future projects.

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I used the Embellished Elegance stamp set from Papertrey Ink on this card (one of my all-time favorites from them) and an assortment of Hero Arts, Tim Holtz and Papertrey Ink inks.

Have you tried this technique? I’d love it if you left a link to a card you’ve made in the comments section! Thank you so much for stopping by!


Love You Dearly Valentine

Hi there! Hope your first full week of January is off to a great start! How are those resolutions coming? One of mine is to blog on a regular basis, so I’m working on it!
I’ve got a Valentine to share with you today and a video to show you how I made it! I used Paper Smooches stamps and dies and some Crate Paper patterned paper. Check out the description box of the video for direct links to the products I used. Hope you like it!




As always, thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear any feedback you have regarding blogging and what you’d like to see in 2015 from me! I’ll be doing lots more posts, videos and how-to’s so I’m open to suggestions. Have a fantastic day!


You’re Purrfect Card

Hey there! Long time, no blog post, I know! I took a little hiatus to prepare and enjoy my trip to CHA in California! It was my first time attending the trade show and I had an amazing time meeting new people, seeing old friends and spending hours looking at gorgeous new craft products. I didn’t take a ton of photos because I really wanted to enjoy the show first-hand without my DSLR in tow. But Paper Crafts magazine has done an awesome job of documenting some of the highlights of the show, so I’d suggest checking out their blogs.

So I’m back to share a card I made using one of the new Paper Smooches sets called Nine Lives.


SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink  Patterned paper: Crate Paper, BasicGrey  Stamps: Paper Smooches  

How cute is this kitten stamp? I just love it. I added little pink paw prints and a ball of yarn to finish off the card. And of course the sentiment comes with this set as well. It’s a must for any cat-lover. Be sure to check out the full set at the Paper Smooches store.

I’m so glad to be back in the blog world and I’ll be sharing lots more projects in the upcoming weeks!

A big shout-out to everyone I saw at CHA (new friends and old). I had an amazing time and I left so inspired, not only by the products I saw, but by the creative and sweet people I had the fortune of spending time with. Thanks, ladies!

Masking with Paper Smooches Stamps

Hey there! Hope you had a great weekend and survived another Monday. 🙂 I actually got a lot done this weekend and even made a layout (post to come on that one)!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite cards that I made from the latest Paper Smooches release using the “Graffiti” set. I love using this alphabet to make part of a sentiment really stand out.


Paper Smooches Stamps:

Circle/sun: Whirligigs set

Smile: Teen Routine set

Clouds: Whimsical set

Hello sentiment: Chit Chat set

Sunshine sentiment: Graffiti set

I kept this card pretty simple, but was a little inspired by children’s book illustrations – hence the smiling sunshine. I can’t put my finger on what exactly my source of inspiration was, but I had this vision, so I went with it. And I used a stamping technique that I LOVE – masking! This was a super simple masking job because of the circle for the sun (and not some intricate shape). So all I had to do was stamp the sun on scrap paper, trim it out and place it where I wanted the finished stamp to go. Then I stmaped my clouds over the scrap paper, lifted it up and the perfet space was left for my circle stamp. Add a smiley face (because why wouldn’t you?) and you’re done!

Do you mask a lot on projects? Let me know in a comment!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Guess Whoo Misses You Card

Hey there and Happy Monday! Hope you had a nice weekend! Mine was pretty productive, which always feels great. I even completed a fun DIY that I found on the P.S. I Made This blog (I’ll share photos later). There also might have been some Copic marker shopping that happened this weekend and I may have added several new markers to my collection. 🙂

Today, I want to share a project I made using one of my favorite embellishments:


How cute is that felt owl by Maya Road? Definitely one of my favorites. This card appeared in the March 2012 issue of CARDS magazine, which you can buy online here (right now it’s on major clearance too!).

Did you do any shopping this weekend – crafty or otherwise? I always love to hear what other people shop for, is that weird? I didn’t think so. 🙂 Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Paper Crafts magazine Presents: Card Creations Vol. 10 Blog Hop

Hey there! I'm beyond excited today to be a part of the Card Creations 10 Blog Hop for Paper Crafts magazine! I can't believe this awesome special issue has been around for 10 years and I really can't believe that I get to be a part of the celebration! 10 years! That's just amazing to me. I warned you I was beyond excited, so please forgive the gushing. 🙂   


How's that for a festive cover? Really cute projects from the cover gals. And that's definitely a great sneak peek of what to expect inside – a wide range of card styles for every occasion you could think of. The Card Creations issues are always a treat because they're filled with inspiration for any kind of card maker. To get a great historical review on the Card Creations series, check out this post on the Paper Crafts Connection blog. It's amazing to see how card-making has evolved and styles have evolved.

For this blog hop, the 10 of us are sharing projects we made with the theme of…10! How'd you guess? 🙂 I chose to make a 10th anniversary card because it really is the 10th anniversary of this issue AND my dear friend is actually celebrating her 10th anniversary with her husband this year.




Now on to the fun part! You have a chance to win your own FREE copy of Card Creations Vol. 10! All you have to do is leave me a commet on this post and I'll choose a random winner. You have until Sunday, May 13th at midnight to leave a comment. I'll choose a winner and announce the lucky crafter on my blog on Monday. Be sure to check out the other gals on the hop and leave a comment on their blogs too to increase your chances of winning!

Chan Vuong

Kalyn Kepner (that's me!)

Amber Daigre

Vanessa Menhorn 

Cristina Kowalczyk

Angeline Yong Jeet Leen

Emily Branch 

Emily Leiphart

Kelley Eubanks

Lindsay Amrhein

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in the celebration of Card Creations 10! I've had so much fun conributing to this issue and the Card Creations series as a whole! Make sure to purchase a copy (and one for a friend!) at the Paper Crafts online store, or look for a copy at your local bookstore. 



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