a few Paper Smooches projects

Hi there! Today I’m just sharing a couple of new Paper Smooches projects. This first card uses the new Cat Icon dies.Paper SmoochesI blended in the ink under the cute paw prints. The sentiment is from the Feline Friends stamp set.
Paper SmoochesThis next card uses the gorgeous new Blossoming Buds stamp set.
Paper SmoochesI used the Stitched dies to create the curved bottom edge. I only embossed the stitched lines into my white card base, but I die cut the stitched lines onto the pattern paper and then trimmed off the edge to adhere to the card. Clear as mud? I should have taken pictures of this, but I’m an airhead.
Paper SmoochesI do have a winner to announce for my little “red goodies giveaway“. Congratulations Janet Trapp! I will be emailing you:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Birthday Darnell!

Hello! Today I’m joining in the birthday fun as we wish the lovely, sweet and every so hilarious Darnell a wonderful birthday. If you haven’t ever stopped by Darnell’s blog, then you are missing out. I have to admit, I’m not a blog reader. Most of the time I just skim through to see the photos and move on, but Darnell has a unique writing style that pulls me in and cracks me up every time.PTI~Happy Birthday DarnellI created my card using some Papertrey Ink dies and stamps.
PTI~Happy Birthday DarnellI used my Smooth Alpha dies that haven’t been cut apart yet to create a background.
PTI~smooth alphabet diesThe sentiment is from Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and I embossed it onto some Simon Says Stamp Smoke cardstock.
PTI~Happy Birthday DarnellWishing you a very happy birthday, Darnell, and thank you for bringing sunshine into our lives♥ You can see more of the birthday linky party over on the amazing Ardyth’s blog. A special thank you to Bev for bringing all the birthday goodies, too:) Thanks for stopping by!

SSS~July Card Kit projects & giveaway

Hi there! Today I have a few more Simon Says Stamp July Card kit projects to share with you. My first card uses a piece of gorgeous pattern paper that comes in the card kit. I love this pattern and wish I had an entire pad of paper just in this pattern. It’s neutral. It’s geometric. It’s awesome.SSS~July Card Kit & Big Hello dieI used the Big Hello die and popped it up above my card base,which I used my ink blender to blend some bright, happy colors to show through.
SSS~July Card Kit & Big Hello dieHere’s some more yummy pattern papers that come in the July Card kit. I used the Gift Card Envelope die to create my little envelope.
SSS~July Card Kit & Gift Card Envelope dieThe card kit also comes with these adorable puffy stickers. The typewriter and heart were so darn cute together.
SSS~July Card Kit & Gift Card Envelope dieAnd my final card features the Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set that comes in the kit.
SSS~Sending Happy Thoughts & Seasonal SimonI combined it with the Seasonal Simon stamp set, and paper pieced Simon to make him look like he was holding the envelope in his mouth. Did I ever tell you about the time that I got to pet the actual real life Simon from Simon Says Stamp? When I was in Columbus, Ohio for the Create event, Simon made an appearance, and he was too adorable for words…such a sweet dog.
SSS~Sending Happy Thoughts & Seasonal SimonThe July card kit had a few products in it that I already happen to own, and I hate to see them sit here being unused.
SSS~July Card Kit giveawayLeave me a comment if you’re interested, I’ll pick a lucky winner to send these happy little red goodies to. Thanks so much for stopping by today:)

Mama Elephant~Bountiful Blessings

Hi there! Today I’m up on the Mama Elephant blog highlighting the new Bountiful Blessings stamp set. This is such a pretty stamp set with gorgeous, scrolly sentiments and cute little flower images.
Mama Elephant~Bountiful BlessingsI framed one of the sentiments by masking it off with a post-it note and stamping several of the tiny little flower images to form a sort of wreath border. I used several of the Mama Elephant pigment inks.
Mama Elephant~Bountiful BlessingsHere’s a little video to show you how I made it:
Thanks so much stopping by!

Paper Smooches~June Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches July/August release with you!  FIVE new stamps and EIGHT new dies are releasing soon.  Our new stamps and dies will release at midnight (eastern time) on June 30.  (12:01am on July 1st EST) You will find our new releases 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 MT on Sunday, June 29th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, June 30th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • 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)
I used the new Halloween Icons dies for my project…I know, I know…we’re in the middle of summer. It was strange for me to make such a fall-ish card in 90 degree temps., but the show must go on, right?

Paper Smooches~Halloween IconsI layered up each of the die cuts to give them some thickness and for the background I spritzed an inked up acrylic block with some water and smooshed it onto watercolor cardstock. This gave me just the right amount of spookiness for my spider and my neon “Boo!”
Paper Smooches~Halloween IconsThanks so much for hopping by!

Mama Elephant and Operation Write Home Blog Hop

OWHME blog hop graphicToday I’m joining Mama Elephant & Operation Write Home for a fabulous blog hop. If you are following the hop, then you should have arrived here from the lovely Kathy Racoosin’s blog.

We’re so excited to be partnering this summer with Operation Write Home - they are a nonprofit that sends beautiful handmade cards to our service members so that they can write home to their families. Isn’t that just the best? There’s no Hallmark store in the desert, so this is a pretty important gift we can give them as crafters!

Our “In My heart” set was inspired by the mission of OWH; we know that many of those serving overseas have little kiddos at home that they write to. So we designed cute little kids and sentiments to express just how much those little folks are missed! The drawings are done in such a way that they can be adapted to different ethnicities too, making this a really flexible set. We’ll be donating 20% of the proceeds of the stamp sets sold on our retail site from now until July 31st - we really want to help them fundraise for all their efforts!

We also know you’ll want to join in on the mission to serve the troops – be sure you visit the OWH website and read all the guidelines carefully….you’ll learn about why glitter is dangerous to send, so leave the stickles behind when making cards for heroes! Lots more information is available on their Welcome page – tons of questions are answered there! And they have a fun YouTube show each weekday with project info, tutorials, and more – check it out HERE.

Here’s another look at the outstanding new In My Heart stamp set. I am completely in love with it and even more so now when I think about how it can encourage our troops through OWH’s mission.

IN MY HEARTI wanted to create a more patriotic card for the hop, so here’s what I came up with:
Mama Elephant~In My HeartI used the new Starburst Cover die for my starry background. Before I die cut the background, I blended in some Salty Ocean for a gradient night sky. Then I used the Landscape trio dies for the hill. For the tiny flag, I used a printable found here and scaled it down by 50% and then glued it onto a chopped off toothpick.
Mama Elephant~In My HeartYou’re next stop on the hop is the talented Ashley Marcu. Here is the complete blog hop list:

Thanks so much for hopping by!