Monday, February 28, 2011

more veggies....

that we hope will make you downright grin :)

polka dotted veggies...get out!!  That basket weave makes my heart pitter-patter...wow wow wow!!
 
























This is SO soft and simply sweet!  Kryssi's adorable card is perfect for baby, friends, anniversary or just about any occasion. 

























Tonight at midnight (12:01am to be exact) is the BIG release moment for our March stamp sets.

Don't forget to stop by all of the Paper Smooches design team blogs to see if you won one of the stamp sets that they were giving away on February 24th

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Friday, February 25, 2011

versatility...

is our middle name.

We like to think that our stamp sets can be used in many creative ways, making them timeless.  In time, when there are more than a few sets, you will find that they all work very well together since they all have that same fun and whimsical look.  Color them, paper piece them, mask and just stamp and walk away...we just want you to stamp, and smile.



























This little pea pod is found in the March Vegtastic stamp set.  It can be used for baby cards (girls, boys or twins), everyday wishes and... why not a Christmas card too?  (the Santa hats are just triangles folded down)

 





















We are happy to announce that we have lowered our International shipping rates!   We have mailed countless stamps to many different countries including Italy, Switzerland, Australia and South Korea.  After being in business for almost a month, we were able to see just how much postage is to International countries and it's simply not as much as we thought that it would be.  We did our research and chose our shipping rates based on what was an average low for the stamp industry, but feel that we can do better. (grin) We LOVE all of our customers and want to provide the best customer service we can...so as of late last night, we lowered our International shipping rates to: 

CANADA
$3. flat rate - International First Class

INTERNATIONAL
$3. flat rate - International First Class (1-2 stamp sets)
$5. flat rate - International First Class (3 or more stamp sets)


Please pop over to the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog to see if you are their giveaway winner!

There is still time to win the March stamp release on all 5 Paper Smooches design team blogs, linked in the post below and on the right side bar. . . and at Moxie Fab World

Thank you for stopping by today :)
Have a fabulous day!
xo

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Welcome to the first Paper Smooches blog hop!

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the newest Paper Smooches stamp release! Three NEW clear stamp sets will be available to purchase at 12:01am (mountain time) on March 1st.

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize!  Just leave a comment on any of the five design team blogs listed below, for your chance to win one of the three new March stamp sets!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify)  You have until midnight MT on Sunday, February 27th to leave a comment.  Please check all five blogs on Monday, February 28 to see if you are one of the five lucky winners.

























Let's welcome the last stamp set called "Friendly Flowers".  This set comes with 2 sentiments and 20 images!!

Moxie Fab World is showing some Paper Smooches love today . . .
 . . . Please visit Cath for a chance to win all 3 NEW March stamp sets..wooohooooo.

psssst, all 3 stamp sets are shown at Moxie Fab World

are you half as excited as we are???

(smooches)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

it's Vegtastic!!

Teri's card that is:


























...which is also the name of the second March stamp set!

I just LOVE her design elements...her card flows effortlessly...ahhh, such talent!!


Today would have been a day to show off our guest designer if we started in January, but we look forward to starting our search on March 3rd.

Please stop back tomorrow for another peek at the March stamp set release (including cards using the third stamp set)  Join us for our first DT blog hop

. . . stamp sets are up for grabs, just sayin'  :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Beat the Winter Blues!

Christian Paper Crafts is excited to host a monthly blog hop and Paper Smooches is proud to sponsor a prize!

Here are all of the details of how to win a NEW "Spiffy Scooters" stamp set:  Christian Paper Crafts

Today marks the beginning of "Pep Rally" week at Paper Smooches...which is the official countdown to the next month's release...woohooooo
 



















loving the retro colors that Laurie chose, her shading and playful road are fabulous . . . I am giddy over the heart smoke bubbles and that dreamy sentiment treatment!






















Aren't those rich colors beyond wonderful?  I am a sucker for color embossed on a dark background...yummmmmy Heather!!  Bold AND beautiful :)

Spiffy Scooters comes with 3 sentiments and 13 images.  More details to come friends ;)

The release date and time for this set (and 2 others) is Tuesday, March 1 at 12:01am MT

please stay tuned . . .

Monday, February 21, 2011

TGIM

We LOVE Monday's here at PS...and you?

I can't get over how GORGEOUS this card is.  The way Heidi stamped the sentiment with 2 colors in such a clever way, makes me S-M-I-L-E!! Yup, it's an eye-popper :)























Kryssi's inked acorns are beautiful, what wonderful dimension and texture she achieves.  That pop of blue adds such a great touch to this darling card.  I A-dore it, don't you?




















Today is the day that PS Club members are mailed the March stamp release...it's not too late to join.  If you join on or before February 23rd, you will receive the March stamp release.  If you join on February 24th or after, you will be signing up to receive April's stamp release as your first month.  See more details HERE

Tomorrow you will see your first peek at the March stamp release...yay!!
xox

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Happy Sunday!

two totally different looks but each as fabulous as the other!
  • a yellow polka dot chick...swooon
  • that sentiment treatment is sa-weet!
  • the softness of this card makes my heart skip a beat
  • well, I could seriously go on all day...fabulous job Laurie!



















OMGOsssssh....seriously people, can you get over this fuchsia bird skipping across such a darling banner...my goodness I keep tripping over my jaw!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Happy Saturday!

We won't usually have blog posts on Saturdays or Sundays (unless the first of the month falls on either day) but we have some extra projects to share since we didn't share sneak peeks in January.

Isn't this color combo dreamy?  I am a sucker for yellow and this card just brightens my day, delish!

























simply sweet in every way....in true Teri fashion. 

























Tomorrow you will find more drool worthy cards from Laurie and Heather
Monday starts the week with pure sweetness from Kryssi and Heidi

and on Tuesday...the official March Pep Rally begins...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Giveaways...

Please visit the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog for a chance to win all 3 February stamp sets (if you are the winner and already ordered February stamps, I am happy to trade them out for March stamp sets

Please visit the Paper Smooches Facebook page and leave a comment for a chance to win one of the 3 March stamp sets...you will be the first to receive a NEW set!  You need to "like the Paper Smooches FB page" to qualify.

COOL SHADES

Have you seen this special feature on the PS web site?

This is a fun way to boost creativity.every month.

3 color coordinated projects are created with each new stamp set... I took those colors and created a chart to share with you.


























Here's how it works:
The four colors on the top left corner square are colors that I used on my sample cards found on the Birthday Buddies page.
The four colors on the top right corner square are colors that I used on my sample cards found on the Pretty Phrases page.
The four colors on the bottom left corner square are colors that I used on my sample cards found on the Falling For You page.
The four colors on the top right corner square are colors that I thought looked great together.

In addition to these 4 color combination's, you can use all rows as well.
The 4 colors that go from left to right and top to bottom coordinate beautifully.
New shades will be added every month on the first.

left to right:
rust, teal, black and lime
sage, kraft, sandy blue, white
mint, baby pink, red, fawn
teal, pink, lavender, grey

top to bottom:

rust, sage, mint, teal
teal, kraft, baby pink, pink
black, sandy blue, white
lime, white, fawn, grey




these aren't actual product colors, just words that I chose to describe them

Here's a card that I created with 3 different American Crafts embossing powders.  The color combo that I chose is from the top left corner


























Here are three more "Pretty Phrases" cards that are simply fab-u-lous in three STYLES:

Classy AND Clean


























Elegant AND Sophisticated


























Fun AND Cute


























These girls really know how to knock my socks off...are your socks still on?

Have a fabulous weekend  :)

Hope to see you on Monday
(smooches)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Designer Drafts

This is one of those "shut the door!!" type of projects, created by Heather
  • awesome color combo
  • perfect fussy cutting
  • sweet shape
  • delicious bow
  • wonderful texture
  • divine coloring





















Designer Drafts is a term used for the sketches that are offered at the Paper Smooches web site for FREE.  The sketches are taken from the projects that are included along with each stamp set.  Please use them as jumping off points for your creativity.  New sketches will be added every month.

Paper Crafts magazine has a submissions call for their newest sketch idea book right now...see the details HERE.  Ohhh', how we would love for you to submit your "never before seen" Paper Smooches cards to their call.  We offer a publication incentive, didja know?  See the details HERE

have a wonderful day!
(smooches)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pretty Phrases 2

I think that it's wonderful how Teri gave this sentiment center stage! I am definitely going to give that color shading a try, it looks so cool :)





















Paper Smooches is featured at the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine blog this week.  On Monday, a challenge was posted, today a technique is shared and on Friday....ummm, stay tuned :)

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Birthday Buddies 2

Could these girls have rocked the dog image any better?  They make me drool :)





Monday, February 14, 2011

Falling For You 2

Happy-LOVE-day!
We hope that you enjoy these sweet treats below:


















A purple monster...say it isn't so :) I HEART him!!  and that banner,,,drool.





















Totally diggin' on Kryssi's polka dotted apples.  LOVE the pop of color and those darling little pearls are such a great touch!

xoxox

Friday, February 11, 2011

FREE Digi-stamps

Have you seen the FREE digi-stamps offered on the Paper Smooches web site?

Check 'em out!

All you need to do is save them to your computer and print them out!  It's that easy!
  • Print onto patterned paper and paper piece
  • Color with markers or colored pencils
  • just leave "as is" for a focal point (and embellish around it)


















I colored my image with Copic markers and then colored the entire image with marker E00.

On the first of every month, a NEW image and sentiment will be added to the Paper Smooches web site for free...and the previous months digi stamps will be archived here on the PS Blog in a special folder.

CREDIT CARDS are now being accepted for payment in addition to Pay Pal, Check and Money order!  Thank you for your patience :)

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

The PS PATROL

Hello friends!
On the second Thursday of every month 2 projects will be posted by 2 talented designers that are found on the web.  The patrol is sent out to find super-fabulous projects using our stamps and templates!  Facebook and personal blogs are our favorite places to look.

Carly Robertson
I gasped when I saw this card!  What's not to love?  That sweet chick, the rockin' color combo, all that wonnnnnnderful texture. SO swoon worthy!


















Leigh O'Brien
Don't you just LOVE her design and cute added touches?  Leigh colors beautifully.  What she did what that heart is simply divine!





















Soooo, post those Paper Smooches projects everywhere you can, for a chance to have your name and project displayed here.

An e-mail will be sent to designers prior to blog posting to ask for permission.

We decided to refrain from selling our stamps to retail stores at this time, but after serious consideration, we felt that it was alright to get our feet wet by selling our stamps to a few local scrapbook/stamping stores.  I talked with a store owner from Tuscon, Arizona today and we decided that it would be a fun opportunity for both of us to sell our stamps in their lovely Brick and Mortar store.  Teaching opportunities are a plus and we think that this will be a wonderful way to begin our journey.  We hope that you will understand that it's important for us to take baby steps while we grow our business.  At this time, the Paper Smooches web site will be the only online source for buying our stamps.  We truly hope to work with retail stores outside the Arizona area in the future, and we believe that this will help us manage our business at this time.  We will keep you posted every step of the way!

xo

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Falling For You

Could it be the rawness sweetness of this adorable card that draws me in?  Is it the texture, color and dimension?  I don't know, but I know that I "heart" it to pieces!




















Today I'd like to fill you in on our GUEST DESIGNER process.

To qualify for a guest spot to use Paper Smooches stamps, you will need to create a project (of any kind) using the FREE digital stamp and sentiment that is posted here on the first Thursday of every month, or use any Paper Smooches stamps.  This is not a random winner contest . . .a guest designer will be chosen by creating a project that totally catches our eye!  This person may use a really cool color combo, have outstanding design skills, can color like no other or just make a card that makes up say "wow!"

You will have 2 weeks to show us what you've got!  (starts on the first Thursday of every month)  The guest will be announced on the third Thursday of every month.

The perks of being a guest designer:

* Your name will be added (and blog linked) in the side bar of this blog
* You will be sent 2 NEW stamp sets for the following month and be asked to create 2 projects using each of the 2 stamp sets.
* Your projects will proudly be displayed here on the first, second and third Thursday of the following month.
* A guest designer button that you can display on your blog if you like.

The guest designer search begins on March 3

We truly cannot wait to see what you create with Paper Smooches stamps!!


(smooches)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pretty Phrases

Laurie used the cupcake template on her SUPER fun and cute card!  That polka dotted bow and all of that texture makes me swoon!




















How cool that Heather chose to create a shaped card as well!  So classy and elegant AND cute at the same time!





Monday, February 7, 2011

Birthday Buddies

Could this be any cuter???  Loving the white bubbles, the embossed "watery" blue card stock, that sign...ohhh, I could go on forever.  WTG Heidi!





















I just adore the colors that Kryssi chose.  That skipping chick stole my heart! Polka dotted, fringed grass, makes my day!





















Thanks for stopping by

Have a wonderful day!
x0

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Shaped card templates...

My goodness, I just love making shaped cards and I am thrilled to share them with you!  Each month, I will introduce 2 new shapes.  I am going to try to give them multiple uses because experimenting us just plain fun!

I am still working out some little minor kinks on the web site, but soon, I am hoping that when you purchase them they will be available to download right away.  It seems like I need to click on "complete order" on my end to release it for download.  I want to make sure it's as easy as possible for everyone, so please know that I am still tweaking a little bit.  I am working with a designer to make some cut files for the shaped card templates...if that happens, I will be sure to let you know asap.

This cupcake template can be made into a cake, an ice cream cone, a mushroom maybe?  Can you think of anything else?  The sentiment is stamped from Birthday Buddies.  The cupcake cup was created with a Scor-Pal (and some patience)

This pumpkin is "supposed" to be an apple...but I couldn't resist trying to make the template into a pumpkin instead.  So simple, but it get's to the point!


What I love most about templates is that you can mass produce them, so they are perfect for invitations and gift sets.

You can find the February templates HERE

I plan to create each template release to coordinate with the same month's stamp release.  So please keep that in mind when you brainstorm ideas..


Paper Crafts connection is giving away 3 new Paper Smooches stamp sets today...check it out!

Thanks for stopping by (I truly appreciate it)
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Paper Smooches Co-Hop

I thought it would be a treat for all of us to see Paper Smooches stamps in the hands of some of my favorite stampy friends.


Co-Hop: meaning a non-design team collaboration among friends.  You will see more of these in the future, so please be on the lookout.  There is still so much to share with you!

I would have loved to include at least 25 more designers, but I had to keep it small so that we didn't take up your entire day :)


Here is a list of who created using Paper Smooches Stamps today:


Please check each and every blog if you can.  I am sure the eye candy will be worth it.  Have fun hopping!
(smooches)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Introducing the PS Design Team

Happy Groundhog Day!!
6 more weeks of fun is certainly better than 6 more weeks of winter, doncha think? But it looks like an early spring this year...yay for those of you dealing with the chill.

Well, you can look forward to much more than 6 weeks of fun here at Paper Smooches!

We have an amazing design team that will inspire you for sure :)

Please welcome
Kryssi Ng:
Laurie Schmidlin:
Heather Pulvirenti:
Teri Anderson:
Heidi Van Laar:
These designers are simply fabulous in my humble opinion! I am BLOWN away by their talent and I am sure that I am not alone in feeling that way. Not only are they talented but just SO sweet and I feel so lucky to have them working their magic with PS stamps.

All of their blogs are linked to the right. Please take a look if these designers are new to you...you are in for a treat!!

have a wonderful day!