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Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hey friends! I’m so excited to share my post for the Advent Calendar Extravaganza! This is the first year I’m participating and it’s been so much fun. I can’t wait to see what everyone creates!



Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Here’s the project I created with the Warm Wishes stamp set from Waffle Flower Crafts. I just adore the sentiment and the fact that you can change up the tea cup to have different faces (or without a face if you want).




It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Waffle Flower Crafts, so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 ESTon 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!


Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the Extravaganza!



Scrapbook Process – Travel Layout

Hey friends! TGIF! I’m just popping in today to share a new (and exciting for me!) video that I made for my YouTube channel. I actually scrapbooked! Whoo hoo! It’s been so long and I’ve been totally re-inspired and excited about scrapbooking again. So I created a page and filmed the whole process! Want to see? Just play the video below or head over to my YouTube channel to watch it there. I always link the full supply list below, so you can go and find the goodies I used on each project. 🙂

Best Ever Layout | Kalyn Kepner | paeprislove.com
Best Ever Layout | Kalyn Kepner | paeprislove.com
Best Ever Layout | Kalyn Kepner | paeprislove.com
I used primarily Crate Paper for this layout with some Dear Lizzy and Paper Smooches mixed in! I’m really happy with how it turned out and I’m so excited to keep up my scrapbooking! Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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!


March Dies from Paper Smooches

Hey there!  Just thought I’d pop in to share two of my March projects using the newest dies from Paper Smooches.

I absolutely adore Kim’s word dies in her handwriting. This is definitely a trend I’m seeing in the paper crafting world and I think her script is just the perfect addition. This “get well” card uses the bandage stamp from the Healthy Vibes set (one of my favorites).


Then who doesn’t love dies to coordinate with stamps? It saves so much time that would have been spent fussy-cutting and gives them that crisp white edge that makes every image look clean and flawless. For this dino card, I wanted to create a pattern and a texture, so I glued down all of my dinos and popped the focal one up with foam tape. On Kim’s blog, she said this would make a good baby card and I totally agree. Just switch out the sentiment and voila!


That’s it for today! Stay tuned for a ton of new fun stuff coming from Paper Smooches – you’re going to love the next release of goodies, I promise. 🙂

Hello Honey Bees Card

Hi there! Hope your week’s going well! I’m still on a post-CHA high and dreaming about all of the upcoming paper releases that we’ll be seeing in the next few months. It definitely motivates me to sit down and create!

Today I’m sharing a card I made using the Paper Smooches Bee Mine stamp set and one of the brand new dies!


SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper  Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye, Crate Paper  Stamps and die: Paper Smooches

I just adore those little bees and the sentiment tops them off perfectly! The heart also comes with the Bee Mine set and I thought it was perfect to sit right between the two images. And how cute is that scalloped label die? I just adore the release of dies Paper Smooches is coming out with – can’t wait until you get your hands on them too!

Hope you have a fantastic day! Thanks for stopping by!

Card Design Handbook Blog Hop

Hey there! Happy Friday! I’m so excited to be part of another Paper Crafts magazine Blog Hop today! We’re celebrating the release of the latest special issue to hit newsstands, Card Design Handbook. I have a lot of favorite issues from Paper Crafts over the years, but I have to say this is my absolute favorite to date. It really is a reference tool that you can look back at over and over for design principles, layout ideas plus loads of inspiration. The concept is genius, so you really must check it out. 🙂

The theme of today’s hop is “Good to Great.” So what we’re doing is taking a card with a design that is “good” and amping it up a notch using one of the design principles in Card Design Handbook. I chose the “Rule of Thirds” princple to show how dividing up elements on a card using an imaginary grid can help achieve a more focused design. First is my “good” card where I haven’t used the Rule of Thirds:


And here’s the card I created using the Rule of Thirds to better divide up the space:



And here are the two side by side. Both “work,” but the second card has more of a structure and focus. I used October Afternoon patterned paper and Paper Smooches stamps on these cards.

And what would a hop be without a prize at the end? Yep, one person from each designer’s blog will win a copy of Card Design Handbook! All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post by Tuesday, August 28th and I’ll choose a winner at random to get their own copy! In your comment, you can let me know what your favorite rule of design is or you can just say hi! 🙂 So get hoppin! From my blog, you’ll visit the lovely Julia Stainton. And in case you want to see all of the hop destinations here’s the order:

1.       Chan Vuong

2.       Kalyn Kepner (that’s me!)

3.       Julia Stainton

4.       Jocelyn Olson

5.       Angeline Yong Jeet Leen

6.       Jaclyn Miller

7.       Lorena Cantó Lavería

8.       Amy Wanford

9.       Emily Branch

10.   Vanessa Menhorn

Thanks so much for hopping along with us today and be sure to check out Card Design Handbook at your local Barnes & Noble or craft store! You can also order it online here.

Have an awesome weekend!

Paper Smooches Winner Announced!

Hey there! I've got a winner for you from Thursday's Paper Smooches Blog Hop! Thanks so much for all your great comments – they made my day!

Now on to the winner of the Spookalicious set! 

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Congrats, Maureen! Just send me an e-mail (paperislove@gmail.com) with your mailing address and we'll get your stamp out to you as soon as possible!

Thanks to everyone for hopping along with the Paper Smooches team! Have a great rest of the weekend!


CARDS Magazine March 2012 – Easter Card

Hey there! We've made it to Friday once again! Nothing could make me happier. I had a little bit of a rough day at work and followed it up with a rough 4-mile run after the rough day – lots of roughness. And it made me realize that a day can be as perfectly mundane and uneventful as any other, and your running route can be the same old 4 mile loop you've been running on for weeks now and yet some days it's just going to be harder to get through. And that's okay. I didn't let it consume me and I didn't dwell on it. I'm just glad it's over, so I can get to some nice, un-rough days ahead. 🙂

With Easter approaching this weekend, I've got a cheerful and springy Easter card to share. I had this one published in the March 2012 issue of CARDS magazine:

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Definitely head on over to the Northridge Publishing site and grab the digital copy of the March 2012 issue for only $6.95! Their photography never ceases to amaze me and really lets you see the projects up close and personal. 

I kept this card pretty simple with some BasicGrey stickers, October Afternoon gingham paper and Papertrey Ink stamp, buttons and ribbon. But you can get the full supply list and instructions in the issue.

If you celebrate Easter, I wish you a very very happy one!


Girly Make a Wish Card

Hey there! So apparently it's Monday again and I have no idea where last weekend went. I had one of those "what did I DO all day?" kind of weekends. The answer, when looking back is that I did a little crafting, a fair amount of running (in the rain and on a trail – two firsts for me!) and read quite a bit. So, all in all it was great; it just went by far too quickly. 

Anyhoo, today's project is a girly birthday card using lots of papers from My Mind's Eye's "Alphabet Soup" collection (one of my favorites).



Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye

Ticket: Jenni Bowlin

Stamp: Papertrey Ink

Chipboard/die cut flowers: My Mind's Eye

Mixing patterns is one of my favorite ways to create interest and texture on a project. I love finding just the right color scheme or pattern size to fit when I'm looking for. For this card, it was pretty easy because this paper collection all coordinates and looks great together no matter which patterns you choose to mix. 

That's it for today! Here's hoping the week goes by just as quickly as the weekend did! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!


Happy 4th of July – Let’s Barbeque Card

Hi friends! Happy 4th of July to those living in the US! I hope you're enjoying your day off and some outdoor festivities (or some crafting, perhaps?). Unfortunately, I started yesterday off with a sinus-infection type of thing and it has continued to join me again today. Fun. But I'm not going to let that stop me from getting a few crafty projects checked off my list and enjoying some time with the fam. 

Today I'm sharing a barbeque invitation that could be used for the 4th of July, or really any other day during the summer.



Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Stickers: Doodlebug Designs

Alphabet stickers: Cosmo Cricket

It's a pretty quick and easy card completely inspired by the Doodlebug stickers (how cute are they?). I was never a big sticker user when it came to scrapbooking or card-making, but lately I'm loving them. Even though stamps can be used to make a similar embellishment and can be used time and time again, stickers just have a certain quality to them that often can't be replicated in a stamped design. 

Well I'm off to try and be a little productive today (although I can feel a nap coming on at some point to rest my annoyingly sick self). Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!


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