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Print Candee Blog Hop July

Hey there! This is a bittersweet post because it’s a fun Print Candee Blog Hop, but it’s also my last. Working with Print Candee has been awesome and working with my fellow Creative Team members has been even more awesome. They’re some of the most talented crafters I know and supportive, encouraging and fun on top of it. I’ll miss you all, friends! But the nice part is, we still have our blogs, e-mail and all that good stuff to keep in touch. And we will for sure. 🙂

On to today’s hop! Our theme is “anything goes,” so I created a card using a concept I’d been wanting to try for a while. I took a bunch of digital frames from Adrienne Looman’s collection and created a card with them as the focal point.


Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Vintage frames: Andrienne Looman via PrintCandee.com

Font: Neou via Dafont.com

The next stop on the hop is to my sweet friend, Marion’s blog. And if you get lost, here’s the entire blog hop order:


Kalyn (me!)




 So that’s it for my final Print Candee Hop! I want to say a huge thank you to Jocelyn who put this Creative Team together and gave me the opportunity to design for Print Candee. I’ve learned so much and enjoyed working with digital supplies more than I ever thought I could – it’s really opened me up creatively. She’s also just been an awesome coordinator, teammate and friend. And a big hug to my fellow Creative Team members – you all know I adore you and your work. 🙂

Print Candee June Blog Hop

Hey there! Happy June 1st! I can't believe we're finally into the summer months! I don't care how hot it gets, I love every sweaty minute of the summertime. Perhaps that's a bit gross, yes, but nothing beats wearing flip flops, spending time outside and eating ice cream on a regular basis.

And to make this first of June even sweeter, I've got a Print Candee project to share with you along with the other super talented ladies on the Creative Team! This time we used a photo/color scheme from Design Seeds to inspire our projects:


I chose to echo the grungey look by using Photoshop brushes and then added in some whimsical birds and a stamped sentiment:



Grunge brushes: Photoshop Brush Grunge No. 1, Photoshop Brush Mist from Adrienne Looman Designs via PrintCandee.com

Bird clip art: Bird Silhouettes Clip Art from Pink Pueblo via PrintCandee.com

Stamp: My Mind's Eye

So there you have it! Now on to the other Print Candee gals' posts! From my blog you'll hop on to the lovely Therese. And in case you want the full order of the hop, here it is:


Kalyn (that's me!)




Have a fantastic first day of June and a great weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday!


Folk Art Thank You Card

Hey there! I'm popping in on a Saturday to share a Print Candee card that I made. Our theme this month is thank you cards for specific people. So, for this one I created a thank you card for a teacher. Teachers still like apples, right? 🙂


I found this clip art set from Adrienne Looman Designs on the Print Candee site and knew immediately that I wanted to create a folk art-inspired image for my project. I created the entire thing in Photoshop and printed it out on white cardstock – easy! Usually I love layers and texture, but sometimes I really like the simple, digi look. 

Be sure to check out the other gals on the Creative Team, as they've all been posting Print Candee projects this week too! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!







Print Candee May Blog Hop

Hey there! Long time, no blog, I know. I've been so busy preparing for my upcoming cruise (in 12 days!!!) and finishing projects to post while I'm away. But it's been a fun (maybe interesting is a better word) exercise in how quickly I can create. This coming weekend will be my sprint to the finish to see how much crafting one person can really do in 2 days. And somehow I'll have to squeeze in a last-minute shopping trip (a girl needs white shorts for a cruise, am I right?).

Anyhoo, today I have a really fun Print Candee project to share with you. The awesome Creative Team Coordinator (and a sweet online friend of mine), Jocelyn Olson found a fun inspiration photo for the team to create cards based on.

Print Candee Inspiration2

 Image via


We could choose any piece or aspect of the inspiration photo to create from and the multi-colored clutch in the right corner spoke to me immediately. So I came up with this:



I chose a bunch of different patterned papers that had colors close to the ones in the bag, then tweaked them here and there in Photoshop to get as close to the colors in the bag as possible. I also used a woodgrain patterned paper for the center embellishment to mimic the wooden clasp on the front of the bag. Then I topped it off with a little heat embossing with an American Crafts stamp.

Everything I used (except for the stamp, cardstock and embossing powder) is from the Print Candee site. Here's the specific list of patterned papers I used (in clockwise order):

Green floral

Blue dots

Blue stripes 

Orange hexagons

Yellow grid

Pink umbrellas

Fuschia chevron


Now it's time to hop on to the next designer's blog! Here's the order of our hop:

Lisa http://dahlhouse-designs.com/

Kalyn http://kalynkepner.typepad.com/ (you are here!)

Therese http://lostinpaper.wordpress.com/

Jocelyn http://redballooncards.blogspot.com/ 

Marion http://mademarion.vagg.org/

 Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping along with the Print Candee gals and I. Have a great first day of May!


Photo for Friday

Hey there! I've been on a mini blogging vacation this week, which I never really intended to go on. I love blogging and sharing my work with my fellow crafters, but I'm in create/deadline mode right now, so I don't have a lot of projects I can share online…yet. 🙂 They'll be coming soon. So, I thought for today I'll share a fun little photo editing project I did using some of my favorite PS techniques.


For this photo, I used the Sugar Crystals action from Print Candee and then brought in the blur tool to focal the eye on the Chrysler building in the background of the photo. In my original photo, I hated the dark building to the right, but after applying the action, it brightened it up and created the perfect place to rest a title. 

I took this photo on my October trip to the city with my Sony Cybershot point and shoot. Although New York was not the easiest place to live, I sure do enjoy visiting it often. The architecture, the food and the atmosphere (for the most part) always excites me. I'm looking forward to going back in June to see "Once the Musical"! It's based off of one of my favorite movies (and the show came highly recommended by Kelly Purkey), so I couldn't resist grabbing tickets. This next time, I'm bringing my DSLR and can't wait to get some fun photos around the city!

Hope you have a great weekend and I'll be back Monday with an actual card project! 🙂


Print Candee Blog Hop – April

Hey there! I'm back with another Print Candee Blog Hop! This month's theme is Mother's Day to get us sharing ideas for the holiday next month. I went for a gift bag design using a combination of Photoshop brushes and clip art. 




Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: Kaisercraft

Butterfly clip art: Adrienne Looman Designs via Print Candee

Vintage banner brush: Adrienne Looman Designs via Print Candee

Floral frame brush: Adrienne Looman Designs via Print Candee


To create my sentiment, I created a path in Photoshop over top of the scroll brush and then typed along the path. Curving a thin sentiment stamp would work well for this too. I went for a non-traditional, more whimsical color scheme for this project. I just wanted something springy with a lot of character.

Now get hopping to my fellow Print Candee Creative Team members (oh how I love these gals – their work is fantastic and they're all so sweet!):

Lisa Arana

Jocelyn Olson

Marion Vagg

Therse Calvird

And what would a Blog Hop be without a fun prize? We've got 2 $10 Print Candee gift certificates to give away to someone who comments! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Print Candee Vintage Bee Card

Hey there! Happy April 1st! I'm not one to really get into the "April Fools' Day" part (although, I always enjoy Google's joke), but I'm always happy to cross over into the more springy months. 

Today, I've got a Print Candee card to share with you – using clip art, brushes and a patterned paper from the store!




Bee image PNG: Royal Butterflies set by Adrienne Looman on PrintCandee.com 

Scroll brush: Photoshop Brush Vintage Banners by Adrienne Looman on Print Candee.com

Patterned paper: Cotton Candy Paper Pack by Adrienne Looman on PrintCandee.com; BasicGrey

Edge punch: Martha Stewart Crafts

I am absolutely obsessed with Photoshop brushes lately and Adrienne Looman Designs has some gorgeous vintage-inspired images, brushes and papers on the Print Candee site. You could really have quite the shopping spree in there. 

Be sure to check out my fellow Creative Team members' blogs (located on the left side of my blog page) and see what they've cooked up for our fun April 1st projects. Thanks for stopping by and Happy April to you!


Photoshop Action Addict

As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I'm currently loving me some Photoshop Actions…big time. The way they can take a "good" photo and create a more artistic photo that gets at the true emotion or depth behind the image is just amazing to me. And they're really easy to use. I'll be honest, I'm still figuring things out. Like, why my actions don't create a second layer? Or why does Photoshop sometimes tell me that certain commands are "not available"? Not sure (if you know, please share in a comment!). But for the most part, I click the play button and they go without much trouble. And…I love them!

I was just toying around with some new actions I got from the Print Candee store last weekend and decided I had to share them. Here's a photo I took while in Madrid of my friends' and I (well, our feet anyway) at Kilometre Zero.


As you can see, I've labeled it with "Before" to show that it's the original. Now, I'll show you 3 versions of the same photo using actions!





Cool, right? Each action really gives a different look and feel to the photo. the Lens Flare action is my favorite of the three. I did adjust it a bit to tone down the effect, so it has even more "flare" if I had left it at full opacity. I think actions are perfect if you're loving the trend in vintage-style, Instagram photos. 

You can purchase all of the actions I've used here at the Print Candee store. The "Rhianna" and "Vintage Lens Flare" actions are from Adrienne Looman Designs.

Do you use actions on photos? If so, definitely leave me a comment with what your favorites are. An addict always wants access to more, right? Luckily, PS actions are harmless. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Print Candee February Blog Hop

Hey there! Did anyone happen to catch the Grammy Awards last night? They're by far my favorite award show to watch, so I always enjoy them. Some highlights for me were Coldplay (big surprise, I love them), The Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney and Adele. Adele's music just cuts through me and watching her perform is so special. And how inspiring to watch her win for such a meaningful album! I could go on, but I won't. 🙂 It's time for blog hoppin!

Today is the first Print Candee Blog Hop of the year! Our theme this month is to use die cuts in some fashion. Lately, I've been really into using the negative space in die cuts, so I took that approach with this Valentine card and made a little window for my focal image.



Photoshop brushes (Skeleton Keys) by Adrienne Looman: PrintCandee.com

Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye

Font: (Jane Austen) Dafont.com

Label die: Spellbinders Paper Arts


Now for some Blog Hop details! There are two fun prizes to be won – a $10 gift certificate to Print Candee as well as a set of Spellbinders Shapeabilities Nested Pennants. These prizes are "hidden" on the Creative Team's blogs, so be sure to stop by each member's post and leave a comment to increase your chances of winning. You have until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, February 18th to leave a comment and the winners will be posted on the Print Candee blog.

Here's the full list of Creative Team members and their blogs:


Kalyn (that's me!)




Your next stop on this hop is Therese's blog! Hope you enjoy our hop and thanks for stopping by!


Print Candee Love Birds Kit

Hey there! Can you believe it's February already? It certainly doesn't feel like it here in the Northeast – it's supposed to be in the low 60's today! Good thing I just bought a new bathing suit in case something like this happened.

But let's be real, I know winter isn't over. And it's February, so that means the month of love has arrived! I adore Valentine's Day and it's definitely one of my favorite occasions to craft for. So naturally I was excited to get to work with the new Valentine's Day kit from Print Candee called "Love Birds". Here's a card I made using it:




Patterned papers, sentiment graphic, scalloped border: Print Candee

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Twine: The Twinery

Market: Marvy Uchida

How cute are those patterned papers? The whimsical hearts are my favorite. And as soon as I saw the "love" graphic, I knew I wanted to use it as the focal point on my project. The "Love Birds" kit has some seriously cute stuff in it – a patterned paper pack, a frames & borders pack, clip art set, and a journaling spots set. You can purchase the entire kit from the Print Candee store for $20 or you can purchase each set for $4.50. AND for the first week of the month, you can take 35% off the entire kit, so that's $13 for the whole thing! Quite a deal, I must say. 

Be sure to check out my fellow Print Candee teammates and see what they've created with the Love Birds kit! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great Wednesday! 


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