Monday, October 31, 2011

Let's shop :)

Today's the BIG November release day - wahooooooo!!

Please meet:

My Guy

Promenade

Wake Up

Laurie and Heather used a few of the same images, but both deliver a completely different look - I LOVE that!!

Laurie's card is classy and elegant...




















...and Heather's card is super fun and cute!  Cool sidewalk!!


















I hope you love this release.  I had a blast putting it all together :)

xo
Kim

Wake Up!

...and check our more of our newest stamp set.  We are adding them to the site tonight - can't WAIT for you to see the full reveal!

Kryssi used EIGHT stamps from the set - uh huh...everything you see here - WOW what a stinkin' CUTE scene this is!!!



















Morning doesn't happen until the rooster crows - so of course one is included in the set :)  Heidi's card is beyond FUN!























Happy Halloweeeeeeeeen!!
big hugs,
Kim

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Wake Up!

It took me a while to wake up this morning...but I know that breakfast will make me "perk up", LOL

Hope our new "Wake Up" stamp set boosts your creativity.  I had a blast creating it!

This little guy can be a milk or juice carton...


Heather's card is adooooorable!!  The images come  without faces...but there are some options on the set...along with some arms and hands to make them "breakfast people" is you like.  The legs and feet are Heather's addition...I wanted to include them on the set, but I thought they might be too small as a stamp.


















It's hard to believe that our release night is TOMORROW - woohoooo

Happy Sunday!
hugs,
Kim

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pep Rally week continues

Meet "Promenade"...

This set consists of fun things that you might see on a fun day of shopping.

Heidi used the mini bistro table image in such a beautiful way.   The umbrella is a separate piece from the table and the sentiment is from the set as well.  (still swooning over here)























Kryssi created this sweet little scene with a shop, topiaries, a bike and fire hydrant.  I love how she colored this scene...SUPER fun!!























Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoy your Saturday friends
xo
Kim

Friday, October 28, 2011

TGIF

Before I share another November stamp sneak peek, I thought I'd show you a ribbon "storage" idea.  I didn't make this up, I saw a friend do it and I loved the idea!  (plus it's a great way to recycle)























Use a paper towel roll and wrap ribbons around it.  Make them stay in place with pins.  I found some really cool tacks at Target!  Plus, it's a great way to straighten out ribbons that you buy on a card that gives ribbon creases.  Then I saw someone showcasing ribbon on clothes pins...I thought that they look so cute that way.  You can find our ribbons HERE

Are you ready for another sneak?

This set is called "My Guy"

I used the car and pennants.  The sentiments are on the set, but one of the stamps was masked.  It says "REEL great" for the fishing icons...but I removed the ink from the word 'reel" before stamping "great" next to "you're".  I stamped and cut around the sports car.  I also used one of our silver buckles as an accent.  The "frame" was drawn in with a black pen and ruler.






















I will continue with Pap Rally week tomorrow...please stay tuned...
xx
kim

Thursday, October 27, 2011

October Paper Smooches DT blog hop!

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches November stamp release with you!  The Three NEW clear stamp sets will be available to purchase on November 1st.  You will find them HERE.  Follow the Paper Smooches blog for more sneak peeks.

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 November stamp sets!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify)  You have until midnight MT on Friday, October 28th to leave a comment.  Please check all five blogs on Saturday, October 29th to see if you are one of the five lucky winners.
To increase your chances of winning:
1. Leave a comment on the blog hop posts
2. Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
3. Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
4. Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

(which means that you have up to four chances to win on each blog)

























I used a stamp set called "Wake Up".  I don't want to give too much away - but it's a set that revolves around breakfast (grin)


I used 3 stamps from the set.  The toast, sentiment and "cinnamon - raisin swirl".  I colored the toast and heart with Copics.  I don't normally like raisins, but I do love cinnamon raisin toast with butter...yummm.  "This calls for a toast" is a celebratory sentiment that I hope you will find many uses for.


Thanks for visiting us during our monthly hop!  We are thrilled that you joined us
xo
Kim

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

yay...it's Wednesday!

Time to show off some Teri and guest designer goodness...

You may remember this fabulous card from the October blog hop.  Isn't this such a 'cool" idea?  I love how she colored in the letters.  She used our MY PEEPS stamp set.



















I haven't seen the "I care" sentiment used from our CHIT CHAT stamp set - I love how Emily put it to use, along with the sentiments from our HOPE stamp set.  The phone is from PERPETUAL BLISS.  Awesome - Awesome card Emily!



Christmas is slowly creeping up on us...what a great way to make such adorable tags!!  It's wonderful how Emily kept the design the same and just changed out images and patterns - fantastic set!!


Hope to see you tomorrow for our blog hop!
hugs,
Kim

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

we have some more

very delightful cards to share today using Hot Concoctions

Heather's card is totally amazing!  First off, she stamped the pink paper with the flower stamp, then she glittered the paper (yummm), then she created the most delicious pleats with ribbon and we aren't even at the best part!  This little "couple" is ADORABLE!!!























This card is just ST pretty!  I love the color combo...Laurie softened up the feel with white ribbon, vellum and a delicate flower.  I love how she added the shadow and glittered the whipped cream.   VERY classy and elegant!























Have a wonderful day friends
xo
Kim

Monday, October 24, 2011

many thanks...

I think it's wonderful that designers have taken to our "thanks" sentiment.  I am seeing it used more than the other words on our "Chit Chat" stamp set.  Its just plain fun, I suppose :)

Heidi's cute card takes me back to my "Rainbow Bright childhood days"  Nope, I didn't have the doll, but I think  remember having a rainbow Care Bear.  Isn't it cool how she colored the letters?























Kryssi has a knack for color Pop!  Her card is sweet simplicity and I absolutely LOVE it!!























Our November pep rally begins this Thursday, Oct. 27th, which is also our monthly dt blog hop (prizes are ivolved)

hugs,
Kim

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hey friends!

I hope you have enjoyed your week.

We announced our guest designer for November yesterday.  When I spoke with Melania, she informed me that it can take up to a month to receive mail in her country (yikes).  I thought it was best to ask her to design for us in December since shipping times would make it hard to commit to deadlines.  She accepted :) So you will see her delightful creations, starting on December 7th.

This of course means that we need a November guest designer.  We proudly asked Audrey Tokach to be our guest and she gladly accepted.  Please congratulate Audrey.  This is her card hat caught our eye:



















Since our guest spots are filled through December, we will hold off on the next call in November and begin again on December 1st to choose our January guest.  Please keep an eye out.

Have you seen our mini gift bags in the store?  You can find them under our "Doohickies" category...HERE.  You get twenty 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" white sacks for only $1.99 (and yes, they will be wrapped in Baker's twine)

















They are great for Birthday goodie bags but also for thoughtful "somethings" at any time of the year.  Teacher's gifts, neighbors, "thank you's", the possibilities are endless.  The white paper is flat and not coated, so you can stamp directly onto the sack or cover them with paper.  You can add paper or ribbon handles or fold them over and tie a bow through 2 punched holes.  Here are some samples that cover our next three holidays:






Have a nice weekend
Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by :)
xo Kim

Thursday, October 20, 2011

PS november guest designer is...

Melania Deasy

CONGRATULATIONS!!  You are our November guest designer and this is the card that caught our attention!
























This is what I LOVE about Melania's card:
The clean look of white!  Those bold accents that were created with stamps and all of that wonderful texture.  The twine and felt really gives it that WOW factor!

We welcome you to our team for November Melania! 

I am always SO impressed with your creativity everyone  :)  I want you to keep submitting because I see a ton of serious talent!  It's just so darn hard to choose just one!  You can keep submitting the same cards if you like - please don't give up, ok?  Please view our search as a way to show off your projects and not as a contest...it's all for fun ;)

THANK YOU so much for entering our search, you are all amazing!  I am really looking forward to our December guest designer search - details will be posted on November 3rd.

hugs,
Kim

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tonight...

is the deadline for our current SPARKS challenge.  We would love for you to play along.  Our next challenge starts on Thursday - wait until you see what our team has created - I am sure that you will be inspired (I know I am)

Teri used our Chit Chat sentiment stamps in such a clever way.  She added the image to her patterned papers and again for her main sentiment.  The way she overlapped "so much" over "thanks" is exactly how I envisioned those 2 stamps be used together.  Of course they work great separately, but it was fun to see that she thought along the same lines as I had.























Check this super adorable and silly card!!  Emily combined the squirrel from Hang Ups with our Halloweenies stamp set.  The cauldron is a cup from Hot Concoctions.  She even gave him a seat that she stamped with the electrical poles - WAY clever card!























How adorable is this???
Emily combined My Peeps with our Swanky Snowdudes stamp sets.  The scarf and hat were added to give them a frosty look and she combined sentiment too...eeeek!  She replaced "greet" with "tweet"
























Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hey Peeps!

Hope you like "My Peeps"

Omgoodness this card is freaking CUTE!  Heather stamped the sun and it's rays perfectly.  This card reminds me of Miami Vice (do you remember that show?)  The "pilgrim" hat look very cool as a beach hat (never would have thought of that)



















Let's go from the beach to the cold :) 
Laurie's penguin card is adoooooorable!  I love the pop of color against the b/w (great design)
























Have a fabulous day friends
xo
Kim

Monday, October 17, 2011

Coffee or tea?

...or are you a soda drinker?  I love coffee....soda sometimes and barely in my whole life...tea.  My favorites are white chocolate mocha and vanilla hazelnut - ohhhh and eggnog when it's in season...yummm

I have a couple of "hot little concoctiions" to share with you today, created by Kryssi and Heidi - delish!

First of all, I adore her color choices, so fresh!  Stacking the cups is pure eye candy (the star sprinkle is wonnnnnderful)  :)























I assume that Heidi used chalk ink for those solid coffee beans...boy, does it look FABULOUS!!  It looks like she masked the sides with a paper strip - I love the effect!   The colors she chose I reach for more than I should...I am partial, I admit :)  Great card!























If you are feeling crafty - you have a couple of days to play along with our SPARKS challenge.

The details for the May/June Paper Crafts magazine call have been posted (in case you didn't know, we offer a publication incentive)

I hope you have a great Monday and enjoy the rest of your week.

xo
Kim

Friday, October 14, 2011

The many perks...

of neutral ribbons :)

We added some neutral ribbon to our store - did you see?  They are timeless and just plain fun to create with!  Here are some cool things that you can do with twill:



And some fabulous things you can do with our white grosrrain:


Remember that when using Copic markers...the color changes with the different ribbons:


Please take note that Copics will bleed a bit on the grosgrain ribbon, but works beautifully with twill.  The white grosgrain ribbon stiffens when you color them with Copics - cool, but weird!  All types of ink worked with these ribbons.

If your ribbons are wrinkled...use a flat iron or regular iron to flatten them out.

Adhere them with:
  • vellum tape
  • tape runner
  • machine stitching
  • staples
  • brads
  • tape them around the back of your card
  • fabric glue
Our ribbon buckles work great with our ribbon:



And here is a card using our grosgrain ribbon :)

I used Copics to color the rainbow.  You can get the streaks by allowing one layer to dry, and then adding another color layer.

I hope that you will look at your ribbons a little differently.  Stamp on them like nobody's business!  :)

Enjoy your weekend
hugs!
Kim

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The PS Patrol

Hello friends!
On the second Thursday of every month, we search the web for outstanding projects - then we showcase FIVE talented designers with projects that wowed us.  The patrol is sent out to find super-fabulous projects using our stamps and templates!  Facebook, our Fan Flickr page and personal blogs are our favorite places to look.  Feast your eyes on what we found...

Audrey Tokach

Holy super-cuteness!  This entire scene is stamps with Paper Smooches (swoon)  Do you see the coffee cup as a cauldron?  How fun!!
(Halloweenies, Hot Concoctions, Surf and Turf)






















Christine Drogt 
UMMM, pure brilliance -WOW - Nuff said :) 
(Swanky Snowdudes and Falling For You)

















Joan Bardee
Joan's card is SO PRETTY!!  I love how she colored the flowers on kraft...it really makes the color POP!  (Friendly Flowers and Sentiment Sampler)























Julie Day
How stinkin' CUTE is this darling scene?  I LOOOOOVE it in a million ways :)
(Surf and Turf)
























Lisa Alonzo
I just adore this little witch...she looks like she is having a blast!  A seriously A-DOOR-able card!!


















You could be next.  Show off those PS cards on the web and we may want to feature yours too!
Thanks a ton for sharing your incredible talent with us - we "heart' you!
smooches
Kim

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

seriously...check this out!

What an absolute CRACK-UP!  Emily is back with us this week, sharing two super clever cards.

You all know the nursery rhyme that ends...and the dish ran away with the spoon.  She made a "dish" with the solid oval stamp from Hot Concoctions stamp set (wow).  His hands were "borrowed" from the squirrel from Hang Ups stamp set.  The sentiments are from Chit Chat























Just in time for Thanksgiving here in the US.  Check out the chick that easily became a turkey with some beautiful coloring and a pilgrim hat - SO CUTE!!

















I am diggin' this group of chicks hangin' out!  How fun is this???  It looks like they are having quite the gab session, LOL























I hope that you will join us tomorrow to see whose cards caught our eye this month.  Tomorrow is PS Patrol day - woohoooo

I'd like to remind you of our sponsorship of  Wee Memories this week.  You have until Friday to play along...you will have a chance to win some Paper Smooches stamps!

xo
Kim

Monday, October 10, 2011

Swimming for Katie Blog Hop & Fundraiser

I know that there are many fund raisers out there, but I feel that this one is for an amazing cause

Today I have a special blog hop for you and I hope you will swim along with us to help out Katie and her family! Please read on for Katie's story...


From October 10-12, stampers are joining together to support and encourage our friend and fellow stamper, Katie Renz, who is currently battling inoperable gastric cancer.  If you're not familiar with her, Katie’s cancer story started just before Christmas last year.  This young, beautiful, healthy, vibrant mother of 3 with her infectious smile was suddenly diagnosed with an inoperable cancer, virtually overnight.  A few tummy aches and then stage 4 gastric cancer.  Her first post about it is here.  The idea of “Swimming for Katie” came from her recent post here.

Information central is HERE.

Here are all of the items for sale - 100% of the profits go to help Katie and her family.  























I hope you will join me in supporting Katie through a purchase or donation.  The following is a list of everyone who has projects posted today.

Ashley Harris Clare Buswell Jessica Diedrich Lisa Somerville Charlene Merrick Eva Dobilas Judy Rozema Sharon Doolittle Tifany DeGough Windy Robinson Ashley Cannon Newell Connie McCotter Heidi Van Laar Karen Maldonado Lori Craig Melissa Phillips Tosha Leyendekker Amy Kolling Angela Thomas Angelica Suarez Angie Blom Becky Oehlers Betty Wright Bev Gerard Brenda Weaver Carolyn King Chari Moss Charlene Driggs Claire Brennan Corinna McGregor Craft Critique Karen Hunsaker (Rubbernecker Stamps Designer) Keely Yowler Kelly Schirmer Keri Lee Sereika Kim Hughes Kimber McGray Kittie Caracciolo Kristin Eberline Wendy Price

I hope you will be inspired by them and moved to purchase or donate.  If you would like to send Katie a card, her mailing address is:
Katie Renz
PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913