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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!


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! 


Print Candee Blog Hop

Hey there! I hope you're week's going swimmingly well so far! And if it hasn't, it's about to get much better because I have another blog hop for you! Whoo hoo! This time it's for Print Candee – I'm a new design team member with them and I'm really loving it. They sell digital clip art, stamps, patterned papers, scrapbook page kits, fonts, and a lot more from various digital designers. So you can purchase designs made by Print Candee itself or designs from a bunch of other designers – it is quite literally a candy store for digital craft goodies. 

So back to the blog hop. This particular hop has a fun theme – babies and kids! Who doesn't love a baby or kid, right? They're pretty darn cute. So, we're celebrating the little ones with projects inspired by them. I created this card using a clipart set from Digital Potpourri called "Cute Jungle Animals" along with a piece of patterned paper from the "Sweet Girl Baby Shower" paper pack by Print Candee.





Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: (pink stripe) Print Candee, (gingham) October Afternoon 

Jungle animals clipart set: Digital Potpourri from Print Candee

Button, ribbon clear stamp: Papertrey Ink

Twine: The Twinery

Now onto the extra fun part! There are prizes! Can I get a whoo hoo? We have some awesome prizes that are "hidden" on some of our blogs, so you increase your chance of winning by commenting on each stop of the hop. The prizes at stake include: Print Candee gift certificates, Papertrey Ink Favor It Die #6, Papertrey Ink white cardstock, Martha Stewart punches, Japanese washi tape, Glue Dots Dimensional and Mini adhesives, American Crafts Thickers and Doodlebug Design border stickers. Sheesh! Are they not awesome? Wish I could win. 🙂 We'll announce the winners of the prizes on September 5th. You have until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, September 3rd to comment for prizes. So don't forget! And not only are there prizes on our blogs, but there is one prize being given on the Print Candee blog, so be sure to stop by there and leave a comment to win. 

And if that isn't enough (of course it is, but who doesn't want even more?) the Print Candee store is offering 15% off of everything right now! Prices are very reasonable to start with – especially since these are supplies that you can use over and over again – and now they're even cheaper! So guilt-free shopping right there. 

Well now it's time for you to hop to the next blog which belongs to the sweet and talented Marion Vagg. Visit her blog here and hop along!

To start this hop from the very beginning (which you definitely should to get the full hopping experience) go to the Print Candee blog and start the hop there.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping along with me again! 


A Fun Announcement

Hi there! I'm here today with a really fun announcement. As of last week, I am a now a proud member of the Print Candee Design Team! This is my first full-term design team spot and I couldn't be more thrilled to be working with the rest of the Print Candee team and the gorgeous designs on the site. 

While I was once a strictly traditional paper-crafter, I had a love affair with Photoshop last year and have never been the same since. I use PS all the time for work now and I've just learned how much digital elements can enhance a paper-crafted project. Take fonts for example – don't have the perfect stamp sentiment? Whatcha gonna do? Grab a font, that's what. So, with Print Candee you have access to about a bazillion (that's an approximate estimate) digital images, fonts, PS actions and tons more. It's quite literally a digital "candee" store. You're welcome for that. 🙂

Here are the super-talented and sweet ladies that I'll be serving with on the team:

Marion Vagg

Therese Calvird

Jackie Rockwell

Jocelyn Olson (DT Coordinator)

I'm incredibly excited and can't wait to show you the projects I'll be working on! In the meantime, check out the Print Candee website and blog and check out the blogs of the other DT ladies!