Thursday, May 31, 2012

May DT Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches June stamp release with you!  The three NEW clear stamp sets will be available to purchase at 12:01am, Eastern time...on June 1st.  You will find them HERE.

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 June stamp sets!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify)  You have until midnight MT on Friday, June 1st to leave a comment.  Please check all five blogs on Saturday, June 2nd to see if you are one of the five lucky winners.

Emily Leiphart
Heidi Van Laar
Kryssi Ng
Laurie Schmidlin
Teri Anderson

To increase your chances of winning:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post
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 our NEW Green Acres stamp set.  I colored these images with multiple Copic markers, not just single colors - I am so proud of myself, LOL :)  It's super simple, but I think it packs a punch!!  I imagine that this is a guy...or can be a gal - if she has a pony tail hidden back.

Thanks for joining us again this month - we enjoy our hops with you!
xx
Kim

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

a NEW...

SUPER fun sentiment set!  It's called QWICK QWIPS.  It's special because each "word" only has three letters.  It's an abbreviated - text savvy set and it includes a tag stamp that works perfectly with each word.  I think it's a dang cool concept.  All words are 3/4" wide/tall and up to 1 1/4" wide or tall.



It's Glenda's last day with us as our guest (pout).  It was a treat having her join us this month.  I enjoyed working with her SO MUCH!!  Thank you Glenda - I was proud to show off your work :)

Perfect sentiment for this darling card - it's super sweet!  I LOVE that she "chopped" up the watermelon - genius!!  Watermelon (Alfresco), Sentiment (Sugar Rush)



Her "Hubby and Wifey" card is soooo sparkly and PRETTY!  I love that she clinked the glasses and the bubbles lead to the sentiment.  My favorite part - the added jewels to the champagne glasses - awesome!!



Thank you all so much for stopping by - we LOVE having you here :)
xoxo
Kim  

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Our Pep Rally continues

Today we have a sneak from our new set called PIP SQUEAKS!  It's a baby set that we think you will have a ball creating with.

Emily combined the new set with the cityscape from Metropolis.  She inked the word "we" for added pop (love that).  The stork is actually standing, but she bent his legs to make it look like he is flying - WAY COOL!!  The baby is a separate stamp so that you can hang it from the storks beak or something else.



Laurie created this fabulous shabby card using many of the icons from the new set.  The cute little tree is a part of her accent paper.  She stamped and colored the images beautifully.



I will be back tomorrow with a sneak of the third set (it's a fun sentiment set).  Thursday is our design team blog hop.

Have you seen our new SPARKS challenge?  Check it HERE

Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by today :)
xx
Kim

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

My most sincere thank you to those who have served and continue to serve to protect all of their countries.

Our Pep Rally week continues - woohooo

Today I am proud to share cards using our GREEN ACRES stamp set.  Yup, it's a farm theme set and it was sooooo much fun to put together!  I can't wait until you see the whole set :)

This card is so cheery and fun!  The pig and sentiment are from the new set.  That little "squeaker" really pops off the scene that Kryssi used.  Not sure if it's a journal spot or patterned paper, but it's darling :)



Heidi's card is also bright and cheery!  LOVE the bold colors...and that gingham really is a perfect touch!  This couldn't be any cuter (happy sigh)



I hope you all enjoy your day
xx
Kim

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A special blog hop





 


Please join us this weekend as we spread the word about how wonderful Operation Write Home is.  They have sent over a million cards to our troops - how amazing is that!?!  

I have tons of family members and loved ones who have served and are still serving our wonderful country, so this cause hits close to home with me.  I created this set below with all of our loved ones in mind.  A portion of every Circle of Honor set sold will be donated to OWH.  Now through midnight on Memorial Day...we are offering a 15% off discount on this special stamp set.  Please apply this code in the "coupon code box" before you check out: MemorialDayPromo

 

I created this card using one of the OWH sketches...they have some really terrific sketches - I hope you check them out!



I know you will want to play along - I am sure this will be one AMAZING blog hop and I am honored to be a part of it.  I look forward to the eye candy and inspiration :)

...please start HERE

(smooches)
Kim

Friday, May 25, 2012

Pep Rally Day TWO

Some of you guessed that we would have a new BABY stamp set - well, you are correct!!  It's called PIP SQUEAKS and it's totally F-U-N!

I used the baby image for a New Year's card.  I "computer generated" the sentiment and created my own sash, but the baby is on the new stamp set.  I cut the hat from card stock...the teal paper is embossed.  I designed the baby to have eyes that you can color and customize.  I think he/she will be a blast to stamp!



 I will be back tomorrow with a special blog hop, promotion and special...stay tuned...

I hope you have a fabulous holiday weekend.
Loves!
Kim

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pep Rally Week!

Having five Thursday's in the month throws our routine off a bit - but we can swerve.

How about a special sneak peek of our June stamp sets?

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 Any ideas of what the set themes are???

We will share more peeks all next week - our PS DT blog hop is next Thursday - woohooo!

I can't leave you without including a little something to inspire you...

Since we now have plenty of sentiment stamp sets to choose from - create a basic card and change out the sentiment to say what you like.  Simple card sets make wonderful gifts.

Banners continue to be VERY popular.  I used a triangle punch, but I am sure that you can find a new use of your banner/pennant products.



I will be back tomorrow with another peek - I am so excited!!
xo
kim

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hey :)

Glenda is back with us today to share two more cards that she created as our guest.

These colors are beautiful - wow!!  I LOVE the flower that Glenda created with our Hubby and Wifey stamp set.  Chevrons are HOT, so this is one super trendy card!!



Glenda's second card showcases Alfresco...and so does Teri's card below

Glenda paper pieced her burger with patterned papers and chose colors that I think most of us think of when we think of a BBQ.  This would make a great gift card holder for a local market (the perfect place to buy BBQ goodies)



Teri's colors are almost identical to Glenda's - how fun!  I love the solid card stock - it's so clean and fun!!   Those smiley faces really brings this darling card to life!





Am I getting you in the mood to BBQ on Monday?
Hope to "see" you here tomorrow
smooches,
Kim

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hey PS Friends...

SO GLAD you stopped by!  :)

How many of you are having a BBQ on Memorial Day?  I know we are :)  These Alfresco cards should get you pumped for some grillin'!

Here are two totally different takes using our "Smokin' Hot" sentiment:  One is shabby and the other is totally fun and cute.

Laurie's steak looks delicious - amazing coloring!!  She used a die cut grill that compliments our set perfectly.  It looks like her smoke puff is glittered..love her sentiment treatment - GREAT card all around :)



This card is so fresh and fun!!  The colors are so happy and the clean lines are perfection!!  She's another rock star colorer - WOW!!



Have a great day!
xx
Kim

Monday, May 21, 2012

Today's a Winner-day

Let's start with our winner...

This lucky gal won our Happy Camper stamp set:

What a great set! I go camping each year, so this set would definitely get some use on my layouts. Thanks for the chance to win!

woohoooo - Congrats!!  Please send an e-mail to info(at)papersmoochesstamps(dot)com 

Thank you all for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment on our blog - we appreciate it so very much!

Heidi used our Hubby and Wifey stamp set in such a clever way.  I LOVE the non-traditional look of her card!   Isn't it cool how she stamped the sentiment twice in two different colors?



Here's another clever card designed by Kryssi.  She hung the wedding rings from a machine stitched line and glittered them up.  Seriously, this is one super SWEET card!!



Happy Monday!
xx
Kim

Friday, May 18, 2012

Something special to share - and a giveaway

On May 15th, we released our newest set called Happy Camper and I am here today to help promote this sweet set with two very talented ladies!  This is the seventh stamp set from our Kismet collection.



I made this card a while ago...and now that I look at it...I should have grounded the images.  Even a simple line along the back of the images would have helped...ah well...I still like it ok  :)  They were fun to color any ways.  UGH...and now that I look at it even more...the tent should have been where the fire is...in the back distance.   (smacking head, LOL)  Please tell me that I am not the only one that looks at a card later and doubts their design decisions...

I have one "Happy Camper" stamp set to give away to one lucky person!  You have until midnight on Sunday, May 20th to leave a comment.  I will post the winner here on Monday, May 21st. 

For more chances to win...please visit
Courtney Kelley
Mariana Grigsby

Thanks so much for stopping by
(good luck)
xxxx
Kim

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Our JUNE Guest Designer is...

we are excited to announce our June guest designer!!

It's...



CONGRATS  :)

 I was impressed by more than one of Shilo's cards...but this one made me swooooon:





I am thrilled to see that you keep "bringin' it" - I am impressed by ALL of you.  Next month is a whole new month...and our search will begin again :)  I hope to see more of you next month.


xx
Kim
 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hey friends...

I have one card for each of our May stamps to share today.

First up is Teri...she used our Circle of Honor stamp set:
Ohhh, how I "heart" collage stamping!  Her card is bold, bright and just SO happy!  Love the stamped layers...and her accent - perfection



Next up is a card showcasing Alfresco...
and Glenda is back again today, sharing more of her PS creations...woohooo
How cute is this little ant pair?  I love how she connected the shishkabobs.  Her sentiment treatment is absolutely wonderful :)



 and here is Glenda's second card for this week.  She used our Hubby and Wifey stamp set.
You would never know that this card was created with a wedding theme set...which is a very good thing :)
She created a background with the flower images and stamped simply....friend.  Great card!!



Thanks soooo much for stopping by today...we love it when you do :)
xx
Kim

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pure versatility...

Our Hubby and Wifey stamp set works wonderfully with other occasions as well...

How about a chocolate cake for a Birthday celebration?  SUPER cute, right???  Emily added in the He Said, She Said stamp set along with a sentiment from our Good Gab stamp set.  Ohhh, and the squirrel is found on our Hang Ups set...the cake splatters are from our Surf and Turf stamp set



....and how about just a LOVE in general card...not necessarily a wedding card...

What a gorgeous creation!  I instantly pictured the flowers stamped in white, I was tickled to see that Laurie had the same vision!  loveLOVElove!!



Today we are sponsoring the i Heart Papers team - woohoooo.  Please pop over to the i Heart Papers blog today to see what their talented team has created using our NEW Happy Camper stamp set that releases TODAY.  I am sure that you will enjoy their fun hop!



Our guest designer search ends TOMORROW

Enjoy your Tuesday, crafty friends
xxxx
Kim

Monday, May 14, 2012

BBQ's

are coming...summer is here.  Well, it is in Arizona...it's already in the 100's (yikes) We will have our first BBQ on the Sunday before Memorial Day and on the special day as well.  May is a fabulous month - especially since both of my kids were born this month.  It's hard to believe that they will be 13 and 15 this year.  Where does the time go?

Ahhh, if only watermelon came in all of these fabulous colors...
Looks like Kryssi juiced them up with glitter - Awesome!!




And Heidi created this darling card with the hamburger image...it looks good enough to eat!!




Soooo, if you don't already own our Alfresco stamp set, you might want to consider it for all of those BBQ's that you can have this year.  Entertaining is so much fun - even if it's only with a friend or one other couple.  Our Debonair border stamp set has a gingham pattern that works great with the set!

A NEW SPARKS Challenge is posted today - a SKETCH is involved...hope you play along :)

Enjoy your Monday :)
smiles,
Kim

Friday, May 11, 2012

Thinking...

OUTSIDE the box...
The hamster becomes a MOUSE:



 ...and the birthday hat becomes a Santa hat - just change the colors and add a tail - VOILA!!

There's still time to play along with our SPARKS challenge this week.  The topic is "The Sky is the Limit"  So anything seen in the sky is fair game.  I hope you find the time to play along this weekend.  You could win TWO PS stamp sets - yay!!

loves!
Kim

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The PS Patrol

...we found some real beauties to share today.  We found all of these cards on our PS Flickr Fan page...there are over 2,000 amazing projects there - woohoooo!


Emily Leiphart
I realize that Emily is one of our designers and we share her work here every week...but this is a card that she created that I just had to share.  It's one of those "shut the front door" kind of cards that I am in awe of...
(Smarty Pants, Debonair, Echo Friendly)


  

How stinkin CUTE is this???   This card could easily work for baby, congrats and birthday.  You should visit her blog...my jaw dropped - a LOT!   




Here is a card that just makes me smile.  Karen colors beautifully.  PURE sweetness (grin)



Kate 
Isn't this a cool look?  It reminds me of a coloring book.  LOVE the popped flower - wow!!!  The way she added her sentiment is perfect!




YUP, this is just neat!!  She stamped the gingham and stacked the burger - wicked cool!  Our Alphadot set was just what she needed for the sentiment....yummmmmy card :)



Our Guest Designer search is in full swing.  You still have time to try out!  The deadline is May 16th.  HERE is the post where you can link your creations.

I hope these talented ladies have inspired you
Thank you so much for making us a part of your day
xo
Kim

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Our Guest

for May is Glenda Wyatt - woohoooo.  Her style is so fresh and fun!!  I love white and black with a splash of color...the red looks AWESOME!!





And here is one of Teri's super cute cards created with Hubby and Wifey.  Cool card - isn't it???



Short and sweet post today.  I hope you have something wonderful planned.
xx
Kim  

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tuesday...

sweet Tuesday...hope you are creating today...I will be :)

Maybe these cards will inspire you to rush to your craft space.

We have two completely different takes with practically the same stamps...one is created in a Americana style while the other is a traditional use of our Circle of Honor stamp set.

Seriously....what a cool card!!  LOVE the wood grain...love the banner...LOVE this card!!



















The metal brads adds the perfect touch, don't they?  Emily has a way of adding elements to her card that makes me think WOW!!
























Thanks so much for stopping by
We love that you are here :)
xx
Kim

Monday, May 7, 2012

Hey friends

**Card stock contest winner announcement**
Whoa - that was a TOUGH decision - ack!!  You ALL rocked the stock, but this card was an eye grabber.  Such a clever use of colored card stock - I LOVE IT!!




Congrats Jessica!  Please send me your address so that I can get your prize to you asap!


I am thrilled that you all made Paper Smooches a part of your National Scrapbook Day!!  Thank you for joining us :)

I had a blast cropping with friends on National Scrapbook Day!  I *LOVE* stamping (huge grin)

When making our stamps with a "solid part", our manufacturer needs to "bevel" the edge.  Not sure why this is...who am I to question their process but, I digress, this can be tricky when stamping.

The tricky part to watch for is between the eagles legs and under his tail.  You may pick up some unwanted ink in those areas.

Here are some tips on how to stamp the eagle with ease:
1. Use an ink that isn't super juicy...A pigment ink is probably best (test which ink pads work best for you)
2. Use a small paint brush or Q-tip to remove the ink
3. I have not done this, but maybe you can gently cut away the photopolymer from those areas.
4. Twist the stamp on the ink pad instead of tapping ink  

Heidi combined the eagle with the fireworks stamps for added punch!  Not sure if she masked him or fussy cut around him, but the look is awesome!!




















Kryssi's card has a fabulous feminine touch.  GREAT way to use the solid pennants!!  What a super pretty card :)
























I will be back later today to announce the winner of our card stock contest.

A NEW SPARKS Challenge was posted today - YAY!!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!
xx
Kim 

Friday, May 4, 2012

A Contest

contest deadline alert - 
so sorry...I set the time for 11:59 pm, thinking that it was a minute before midnight and forgot that Inlinkz works in military time.  If you made a card for our contest, please submit your card before noon tomorrow.  I wanted to extend the deadline in case you didn't have time to submit tonight.  My fault, I am soooo sorry :)

Tomorrow is National Scrapbook Day - YAY!  To me, scrapbooking encapsulates paper crafting...so this includes card makers and stampers.  I am sure that many of you will be cropping tomorrow - I know I will.  There will be plenty of challenges on the web tomorrow...so I thought I would offer one up as well. 

Bazzill is my FAVORITE card stock - always has been.  The card stock that we carry in our store is made by Bazzill.  They recently told me about their newest card stock called Card Shoppe.  Have you seen this amazing collection?  It's a stout 100lb weight card stock that's smooth on both sides - score!  This premium card stock is fabulous!!  I had a chance to play with it and I am officially hooked!

I paper pieced the rose with 4 different card stock colors




















I layered various card stock colors to create a playful backdrop
























I heat embossed the foliage stamp onto all 3 card stock colors and cut them down...I then added them on top of the base embossed image.  I used clear embossing powder.






















The best part...I have a paper pack to give away (thank you to Bazzill for providing this to us for one of our readers)  It's valued at over $23.00...and the one lucky winner will receive a paper pack of 2 of each color shown here.  Aren't the colors gorgeous?



















In addition to this fabulous prize, I am offering up THREE PS stamp sets of the winner's choice.

Contest rules -
You have until midnight pacific time on Sunday, May 6 to create and share a card stock only card or project.  NO patterned paper (DP) (unless you create a pattern yourself with stamps).  Of course we want you to use our stamps...and if you don't have them yet, you can use our FREE digis.  You can add embellishments, but you must use (any brand) of card stock as the main focus on your card.  You can enter as many projects as you like.  This is a contest, so embrace the stock and impress us. 

I will announce the winner on Monday, May 7.  Have fun!

Make sure to leave a comment at the Moxie Fab World blog for your chance to win FIVE Paper Smooches stamp sets.

Happy National Scrapbook Day
xx
Kim