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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.

Botanical Thank You | Kalyn Kepner


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.

Botanical Thank You | Kalyn Kepner


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,


Die Cut Collage Smile Card

Hi there! I hope your week had a great start yesterday! I’ve arrived back home from New York and the National Stationery Show. It was beyond inspiring. I saw so many amazing cards and gorgeous booths. I made a whole list of companies that just blew me away. Fox & Fallow, Rifle Paper Co. (of course!), Studio Oh!, Holstee, Katie Leamon, the list goes on.

I also experienced the most delicious tart in the world. Tart, you say? Yes, tart. Strawberry rhubarb, to be exact. With chamomile ice cream on top! Divine, I tell you. It was from The Red Cat in Chelsea. Pricey place, but worth it for a great dinner (and tart!).

So that was my in-a-nutshell recap of the National Stationery Show and now on to today’s card!

Die Cut Collage Smile Card | Kalyn Kepner | www.paperislove.com

I created this card using the Open Road collection from Crate Paper as well as a Silhouette cut file (this was a free one!) and a Paper Smooches sentiment from Scripty Sayings. I also added some subtle stamping using Papertrey Ink’s Postmarks set. I’m having such a love for black and white mixed with florals and other colors. If you need proof, check out my floral & striped card tutorial on YouTube!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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!


Key West Layout

Hi friends! Hope your week is off to a good start! Did you watch the Golden Globes last night? I always love watching award shows, especially for the acceptance speeches. I just find them so inspiring. And of course I enjoy looking at (and critiquing) everyone’s fashion choices as well.

But let’s get down to crafty business! Today I’ve got a layout to share with you! It’s not often that I make layouts, but I love doing it and am definitely hoping to get lots more scrapbooking done in 2015. I’m really excited by the new scrapbooking trends I’ve been noticing and incorporating more of it into home decor rather than just in albums. I’m truly excited about where the industry is going!

This layout was featured in the Simple Patterns for Paper Crafters special issue from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine. Be sure to click the link above to get a copy (paper or digital still available) if you don’t have it already! The issue featured exact patterns and diagrams so that you could complete each project using minimal paper and embellishments. It was by far one of my favorite issues I’ve worked on.



These gold glitter Thickers are my favorite and I had been saving them (hoarding them) for just the right project. I also used touches of gold embossing on the layout to pick up the gold from the title.

Well that’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed seeing a different type of project from me (more to come, pink promise!). And I’d love to know, since it’s been on my mind, what do you see for the future of paper crafting and scrapbooking? What are you most excited to try (technique-wise or a new style of memory keeping)? Leave me a comment below – I’d love to know your opinions!

Have a happy, crafty day!


Festive Christmas Wine Tag

Hi friends! I can’t believe Christmas is almost here! I swear it was summer about a week ago. I have to say I’m much more excited for Christmas this year as I’m not working in retail and I’m on a break from graduate school! It’s pretty much like I’m a kid again. Except that I worry about money because I don’t have any. Sad times. But on the bright side, this post is about wine and wine can turn a frown upside down!

So this is more about a wine tag than wine, but you get the gist. 🙂 I’m sharing a fun tag I made using the Paper Smooches Wine Tag Die. This makes it super easy and you could mass-produce a bunch to give as gifts to friends! And then you don’t have to worry about those awkwardly tall bags that no one knows what to do with after Christmas!


I used My Mind’s Eye Vintage Christmas paper as well as Papertrey Ink Peaceful Pinecones stamps and dies. I did some rock and roll stamping with the pinecones (first in a medium brown, then in a dark brown) to give them some shadowing and depth. Love the look it achieved! I knew it needed something extra so I added in a gorgeous Zva rhinestone swirl.

And there you have it! Since we’re in the last-minute “danger zone” of gift giving now, wine might just be a great go-to gift. I would certainly accept it. 🙂

Have a fantastic day and thanks so much for stopping by!


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:


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!

Mitten Joy Gift Box

Hey there! Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! Mine was busy but relaxing – a great combination. Today, I wanted to share a project I had in the latest issue of Holiday Cards & More from Paper Crafts magazine. Seriously, if you haven’t checked out this issue, it’s a must. If you haven’t made your holiday projects yet, this is THE issue filled with awesome ideas for cards, treat containers and decor.

Here’s a small gift box I made that’s in the issue:


I used American Crafts patterned paper and some Cosmo Cricket chipboard mittens to jop it off. I also masked an “enjoy” sentiment from Papertrey Ink to just read “joy.” I love masking sentiments to create new words or phrases – it really expands your stamp collection.

Be sure to check out Holiday Cards & More in the online store here. You can order a paper copy or a digital copy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you back here later this week!

Knick Knacks Baby Card

Hey there! If you live on the East Coast, I'm sure it's been an eventful week so far with Hurricane Sandy in our midst. Luckily, where I live in PA, we didn't see too much damage and I made it to work and back just fine today. I wouldn't have been disappointed with a bonus day off, but what can you do? My poor grandma in NJ is having a bit of a rougher time, though. She lives alone and has been without electricity for 24+ hours and may not have it back for another week! Since she spends most of her time watching QVC, you can imagine how bored she is without it! So, she'll be coming to stay with us, which will be nice. In the meantime, she's keeping her house lit with the plethora of flameless candles that she's ordered from QVC over the years. 🙂

Now for a card! I made this using the new Knick Knacks set (releasing soon!) from Paper Smooches:


Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: October Afternoon, Crate Paper, The Girls' Paperie

Buttons: Papertrey Ink

Clear stamps: Paper Smooches

Don't you just love the little Raggedy Ann doll? Ugh I think it's adorable. I created the sentiment using the Alphadot set  from Paper Smooches as well. I love that set because you can create any sentiment you want and still get the fun, handwritten look. 

Well that's it for today! Here's hoping the weather is dry and calm where you are! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween! Can you tell I forgot it was today until just now? :) 


Bazzill Beach House Giveaway

Hey there! I’ve been slightly absent from blogland lately, but only because I’m busy working on lots of new projects that you’ll see in the coming weeks and months. I’m certainly busier than I’ve ever been craft-wise and I’m loving every second of it. Being busy doing what I love really energizes me and gives me lots to look forward to.

Today I’m sharing a project AND a giveaway that I’m quite excited about. Bazzill Basics Paper was kind enough to send me a 6×6 pad of their Beach House collection, which is filled with double-sided, textured papers with a nautical, vintage theme. This collection is perfect for scrapbooking your summer photos, making masculine cards or just making vintage-inspired projects. Here’s a card I made using the collection:


The Beach House collection includes several patterns with collage images on them, which are perfect for cutting apart and making embellishment clusters. That’s what I did with the tickets and the seahorse image and just added a die cut label (Spellbinders) and a button (Papertrey Ink) and it was complete!

Now for the giveaway part! Bazzill has given me a 6×6 Beach House collection pack AND an entire pack of Card Shoppe 8.5″  x 11″ cardstock to give away to one of you! Here’s what you’ll receive:


All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment on this post by Sunday, September 23rd at 11:59 p.m. ET. I’ll choose a random winner and post the results on Monday, September 24th! In your comment, feel free to say anything you like or you can tell me what your favorite part about summer is (I’m clinging on to my favorite season, can you tell?). Good luck!

Thanks to Bazzill for letting me play with their awesome papers and cardstock! And thanks to you for stopping by!

You’re Sweet Card

Hey there! Hope you had a great weekend! Mine went by so quickly, but I definitely enjoyed it while it lasted. Now I'm in full cruise-planning mode and trying to stay focused on getting everything done in time! 

Today I'm sharing a card I made using one of my favorite QuicKutz die cuts and some layered papers and lace. I also used two different stamps from the Mega Mixed Messages set from PTI and masked them to create the "you're sweet" sentiment.



Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye, Webster's Pages, Cosmo Cricket

Stamps, buttons: Papertrey Ink

Edge punches: Fiskars, Martha Stewart Crafts

Lace: JoAnn's


I hope you're off to a great start to the week! Thanks for stopping by!


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