Paper Smooches-January 2015 Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches February release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on January 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, February 1st to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, February 2nd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

Ashley Marcu
Emily Leiphart
JJ Bolton
Jocelyn Olson
Kalyn Kepner
Kay Miller
Laura Bassen<–me
Laurie Schmidlin
Michele Boyer
Pamela Ho
Teri Anderson

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 Easter Egg dies on my card as well as the Easter Blessing stamp set for the sentiment.Paper Smooches-Easter Egg diesAfter die cutting the egg shape into my front panel. I used the positive part of the die cut as a mask to add some striped ink blending to make it look like a pretty Easter egg.
Paper Smooches-Easter Egg diesNot that I could ever achieve this gorgeous of an Easter egg. Do you know how many eggs you need to buy to satisfy five kids who want to color eggs till the cows come home? Well, it’s never enough and it always ends up in splattered dye and huffy attitudes. Oh, the holidays. They bring out the best in us all, don’t they?Paper Smooches-Easter Egg diesHow about that gorgeous die cut bow? That’s also part of the Easter Egg die set. I just used my ink blender to blend some color onto the bow before adhering it together. And that gorgeous sentiment is so pretty from the Easter Blessing stamp set, too. So many fun new product coming out. Make sure and check them all out along the hop! Thanks so much for stopping by!

250 thoughts on “Paper Smooches-January 2015 Blog Hop

  1. Oh wow! Laura this is just amazing! I always look at your creations and think “now why didn’t I think of that?” heheh! Just love this!

  2. What a unique way to color this background — it turned out great! Not only do I enjoy your cards, Laura, but I adore your comments on video and in print about life and kids and whatever pops into your head. You keep us smiling!

  3. wow nice shading rainbow effect, love it, not in Easter mode yet 😉 you’re my first stop on this blog hop, now let’s see if anyone can top your card 🙂

  4. Fun cards, Laura, and I LOVE the family commentary even more!! Sounds like my house!! 🙂 Ha ha. This Easter it is time to buy 5 18pk egg cartons, 1 for each kiddo. Maybe you can switch it up this year and set the timer and have “Tickled Pink to Try Speed Dyeing”!! Explain the new set of rules: everyone gets 18 eggs, colors of their choice and NO GRUMBLING. If you grumble, groan, grouse, complain, whine, whimper or wail, you are OUT of the game. New rule of the day, behavior MUST include laughing, chuckling, chortling, joking, cheerful banter and kidding around. In order to participate, you MUST look cheerful, be chipper and lighthearted and be “sunny side up”. Decide how much time to put on the timer and off you go. 🙂

  5. I love your work and this card. However, I MISSED hearing your voice on a video. I am a visual person and your videos help me.

  6. You are the ink blending queen! Your rainbow child always make me feel good. The egg is wonderful & the bow is perfection.

  7. LOVE the bow the best!!
    To solve our egg dying dilemma with 6 kiddos I had them study the art of Ukrainian egg decorating to help them think outside the box. GREAT Dreams of folksy looking eggs from now on were in my head…HA!! More like Star Wars, LEGO and POKEMAN mixed with FROZEN and just a bit zentangles. Still, very interesting and time consuming:)
    We’ve turned the whole thing into a contest..only 3 eggs per person and may the BEST egg win!

  8. That Easter card is to die for! I’m definitely scrap lifting that one! Thanks for the share!

  9. Beautiful card, and the bow is the perfect touch! Re: the egg decorating, at least your kids get into decorating! My 2 twirpy boys couldn’t have cared less.

  10. There you go again with your effortless blending (that I can’t get right no matter how I try,) great design idea too.

  11. OH, MY GOODNESS! That is the prettiest Easter egg, ever! I love how gorgeous your ink blending turned out, Laura – so clever to use the oval die-cut! ♥

  12. So lovely! I really do love how you use white space. I need to really study your cards to learn from you. If you do another Craftsy class, maybe that can be a focus of one of the lessons? 🙂

  13. Well gee, there’s another set of dies and stamps to add to my wishlist. I love your card and the rainbow colors, and your right, that bow is gorgeous.

  14. Ah, another gorgeous blend and that bow is just to sweet! BUT, you’ve gotten us spoiled…while I love to see your cards, even more love your videos. Love to watch you create and hear you talk about whatever comes to mind…you’ve got a great sense of humor and aren’t afraid to laugh at yourself!

  15. Love the soft colors and the unique masking for the egg. Great card. I, too, love your videos and your sense of humor. You remind me a lot of Julie Ebersole. You two could probably get into a lot of trouble together!

  16. Just gorgeous Laura! I don’t usually get too excited about Easter cards because I don’t know what to put on them but this is lovely.

  17. Beautiful card. Love the clever way you added color to your egg by using the pice you cut out. ( great idea) the bow is fabulous, I think we all have now envy now. ; )

  18. Laura, you have been ink-blending like no other – what a gorgeous card!! That itty bitty bow is the perfect finishing touch!

  19. Once again you are the queen of blending. This card is dynamite…love the softness of shading colors and the darling bow finishes it perfectly.

  20. I thank Paper Smooches for this blog hop! It is great getting to “meet” these talented designers and to be inspired by the cards they’re sharing!! I love this card & thank you for the blog. I will be back now I have found you! 😊

  21. Beautiful easter egg ! What a great idea to use the egg as a mask !
    Good luck with the colouring of the real eggs with the kids !!

  22. Oh this looks like a great set, I love the size of the egg cut out! Of course your card is awesome as usual and always get a giggle visiting your blog, you’re so funny Laura!

  23. To beauty infinity and BEYOND – that is where this card goes!!! WOWZERS!!! so beautiful and so tasteful!! Love how awesome you are at the blending and sponging!!! So inspirational!!!

  24. You always have such great color ideas. I love that. You give me such great ideas. Thank you. Love that Easter egg. Marisela in San Antonio, TX

  25. I wouldn’t even need to see who made this card, it has Laura Bassen written (or blended) all over it. Its so gorgeous and what a beautiful way to colour the egg. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

  26. I love the colour combination of your blending. As I read your comments I can hear your lovey happy soul in my head.

  27. Love this card in such beautiful spring colors. The egg shape is a neat die and I love the medium sized bow. Great coloring technique.

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