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Thoughtful Branches Card

Hey there! I’m so happy to say that I’m back home from a summer away and back in my beautiful craft space. I haven’t been able to craft very much these last two months because of my internship, but I’m so glad to be back in my happy place now. I had an awesome summer, don’t get me wrong. But there’s nothing like getting back into your favorite hobby that just makes you feel…centered. Pretty deep for a Friday, I know.

So let’s get into today’s card! The awesome people at Stampin’ Up! sent me the adorable Thoughtful Branches bundle to play with and I had so much fun using it. Botanical sets are my favorite to use, so this one is going to get a lot of love from me in the future. It’s super versatile and the coordinating dies open up the options even more. Here’s what I created:





I made a subtle background pattern using two of the leaf stamps in the set and then stamped and die cut the tree trunk and leaves to add on top. I also added a little blue bird to the top of the tree (you get two birds in this set!). I finished off the stamping with one of the sentiments in the set and then added some buttons and a little patterned paper flag that matched my color palette!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and be sure to check out the Thoughtful Branches bundle while it lasts – the deal ends August 31st! All supplies I used are listed below!

Happy crafting,


Paper Smooches DT Blog Hop May 2015

Hey friends! It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches JUNE release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on May 31st at 8:00pm pacific time. Once our release goes live, you will find our new products HERE.  

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 changes)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, May 31st to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, June 1st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

A couple of our designers are taking a small hiatus to care for different things in their life. Julia Stainton is filling in for Emily and Kristina Werner is filling in for Pamela.  We are so excited to have them join us in June!

Alice Wertz

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
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  • 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)

Paper Smooches Promenade Card | Kalyn Kepner

Promenade Icons Card | Kalyn Kepner for Paper Smooches


I used the Promenade Icons die set, the Promenade stamp set and the Scripty Sayings stamp set. I wanted to create a letter/postcard look, so added a little stamp embellishment in the top right corner and a second sentiment in the return address area.

Hope you enjoy today’s hop! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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!


Quick and Easy Ampersand Card

Hi there! Hope your Tuesday is going well and you’re staying warm! I’ve got another Valentine card to share today, but one that could easily make a great anniversary card as well. And it’s super quick and easy to make! Who doesn’t love that?

I used the Daily Flash set from October Afternoon, which is a fantastic must-have set if you like ampersands. And last time I checked, we all love ampersands. There’s just something about them. The sentiment I chose was from the Sock Hop Card Kit from Studio Calico.



Hope you liked today’s card and thanks so much for stopping by!


Daisies and Paisleys

Hey there! I hope you’re having a good week so far! It’s been another super busy one for me, but I’ve been trying to get my craft on after work instead of relying solely on weekends (because we all know how fast they like to fly by). This past Friday I celebrated my 25th birthday! I went on a day trip to NYC and had an amazing time shopping and eating, eating, eating. “Yum” is really the only word I have to describe that day.

Anyhoo, I’ve got another Paper Smooches card to share with you! This one features the set Daisies & Paisleys:


I’m having a lot of fun with mist lately. For this card, I used a Tattered Angels mist to create a pink background and then heat embossed all the paisleys on top! Truth be told the orange paisleys were actually created using a very bright yellow embossing powder, but for some reason it turned out to be more transparent than opaque so they look orange. I was really annoyed at first, but then ended up kind of liking the effect so I went with it and used an orange patterned paper for the mat.

Do you ever make crafty mistakes that you turn into something better? A “make it work moment” as Tim Gunn would say. I make quite a few in the craft room whether it’s getting an ink smudge on a piece of white cardstock or cutting something to the wrong dimensions…I’ve done it all.

So if you’re a fan of this set (which, why wouldn’t you be? It’s adorable!), definitely check out Daisies and Paisleys at the Paper Smooches site and snatch one up!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you back here soon!

Paper Smooches July DT Blog Hop

Hey there and Happy Thursday to you! The weekend is near! It’s Pep Rally week and the other design team gals and I are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches August stamp release with you!  The three NEW clear stamp sets will be available to purchase at 12:01am, Eastern time on August 1st.  You will find them HERE.

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize!  Just leave a comment on any of the five design team blogs listed below for your chance to win one of the three new August stamp sets!  (You do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify.) You have until midnight MT on Friday, July 27th to leave a comment.  Please check all five blogs on Saturday, July 28th to see if you are one of the five lucky winners.

Emily Leiphart

Heidi Van Laar

Kalyn Kepner (you’re here!)

Laurie Schmidlin

Teri Anderson


To increase your chances of winning:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post

2. Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop

3. Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop

4. Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

(which means that you have up to four chances to win on each blog)


Here’s the card I made using the new Halloween-themed stamp set, Spookalicious.


So there you have it! The pumpkin stamp as well as all the pieces to make different faces (eyes and mouths are separate) are in the Spookalicious set and are perfect for customizing your own Jack-O-Lantern! The “eek” sentiment is from the Quick Quips set.

Thanks so much for hopping along with us! Have an awesome day!

Get Well In Warp Speed

Hey there! It’s been quite a long week and I hate being so absent, but I’m back! 🙂 And I’ve got a fun Paper Smooches card to share with you! This one uses the “Space Cadet” set:


I used October Afternoon paper for the background and Copic markers to color in the rocket ship image. A little white embossing powder for the sentiment and stars helped them pop against the dark background. Even though it’s tricky to get heat embossed images to look perfect, I still love the effect. After all, what handmade creation is “perfect” anyway?

Thanks so much for stopping by and you’ll be seeing lots more of me on the blog next week! Have a fantastic day!

I’m Impressed Card

Who knew that household chores could actually be fun? Okay, well they aren’t actually. But, the new “Squeaky Clean” stamp set from Paper Smooches definitely makes them look a lot more fun. Be sure to go check out the set here.

Kim featured one of my cards using “Squeaky Clean” yesterday on the Paper Smooches blog, so I thought I’d share it here today.


Cardstock: Bazzill Card Shoppe, Patterned paper: Crate Paper, My Mind’s Eye, Sassafras  Stamps: Paper Smooches “Squeaky Clean” set  Markers: Copic  Dye ink: Ranger  Twine: The Twinery

For this card, I really wanted to incorporate different textile patterns that you might see on clothing to reiterate the ironing idea. I also think the little shirt stamp is just dying to be repeated and made into its own little background element, so I incorporated that as well. 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wilson Designs June Release Day 4

Well today’s the last day of the June Release for Wilson Designs – it’s been a fun one, right? Here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the image of the full set:

DD june preview

The name of this set is “Darling Dolls” and you can find it at the Wilson Designs Stamps site. And here’s my final project with this set – a fun little gift bag:


I used the scalloped circle, small flower and folk art flowers to make a background pattern. Then stamped one of the sentiments on some yellow gingham paper.

Be sure to check out what the other Design Team gals are up to and don’t forget to leave comments for your chance to win the “Darling Dolls” set!






Wilson Designs

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out all of our projects this week. I love reading your comments and sharing projects with you!

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