Friday, August 31, 2012

TGIF

I have one more peek for you.  Our September stamps release at midnight - TONIGHT! 

MIDNIGHT eastern time to be exact.

I can't hardly wait!!

I truly enjoy conceptualizing fun and unique ways to use our sets.  Here are some variations of stamps using HULLABALOO.
  • The gift bow can be used as a butterfly (stamp it back to back)
  • There are 2 confetti options
  • There are 2 gift bow options
  • There is a solid circle that fits perfectly inside the open round balloon
  • The solid triangle does not fit perfectly in the open triangle...there will be a tiny thin space between the two images.  I love the look that you get, so I decided to design them this way.
  • There are 2 balloon string options
  • The smiley face is a separate stamp
  • Use the solid rectangle to create a pattern
  • The triangle stamps can be used as banners or party hats
  • LOL...looking at this now, I forgot to stamp the smile onto the solid yellow circle (oopse) Please imagine a smile face there  :)
Of course there are more images on the set than is shown...but these are ways to use some of the builder icons from the set.  Keep in mind that different inks will produce different looks with solid stamps.  This set is a ton of fun to stamp with!



And here is a card using all of the geometric images from the set.  I imagine you could recreate this with different colors to work for anyone at any age.



There's still time to comment on our design team blogs for yur chance to win one of the new sets.  Check out yesterday's blog hop post if you missed it.

Have a nice weekend, friends
xx
Kim

Thursday, August 30, 2012

August DT Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches September stamp release with you!  The three NEW clear stamp sets will be available to purchase at 12:01am, Eastern time...on September 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 stamp sets!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify)  You have until midnight MT on Friday, August 31st to leave a comment.  Please check all five blogs on Saturday, September 1st to see if you are one of the five lucky winners.

Emily Leiphart
Heidi Van Laar
Kalyn Kepner
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 set called GREAT CHEMISTRY

I know, my card is kinda lame, I am sorry.  I am a bit busy over here, so I wasn't able to spend as much time creating a "masterpiece LOL".  I used EIGHT images from the set though.  I should get some bonus points for that, right?  Are you diggin our mad scientist?




I am thrilled that you popped in today :)
Good luck!
hugs,
Kim

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sneak Peek number THREE

I am excited to share a snippit of another new stamp set!!  What do you think the theme of this set is???



We were fortunate to have five Wednesday's this month - which meant one extra day to work with the very sweet Karen Baker.  She really rocks the PS!!  It was a treat "working" with her this month.

Here's another clever card created by our guest designer, Karen.  This card utilizes three sets: Graffiti for the sentiment, the pumpkin from Spookalicious as the tree tops and the branch as the trunks, and then the paisleys from Daisies and Paisleys to add texture to the tree tops.  Yup - it's absolutely FABULOUS in every way! 



Thank you Karen for your blog contributions, we loved having you this month!

Teri showcases so many images from the Spookalicious set.  How fun is this???  She "stamped off" the bat and sentiment - what a cool look!! 



Tomorrow is our design team blog hop - woohooo
Please stop by for your chance to win one of the three new stamp sets!!

I will be teaching at two fabulous stores in San Diego soon.  I'd LOVE to meet you!  I am teaching two different classes on each day.  Please contact the store for details.

Friday, Sept. 7 - Paper Tales 
Saturday, Sept. 8 - Stamp Addict

Thanks so much for stopping by friends
xx
kim

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

another peek - yay!

K, so it looks like you know your science.  Yup, the first set has a science/Chemistry theme and I can't wait for you all to see the whole set!

Here's your peek at set number 2:
I think this is also has a "gimme" theme, but I'd like to hear your guesses any ways



Yesterday a gal asked what stamps Kalyn used on her card yesterday.  They are: Graffiti, Hang Ups and Spring Groves.

Here are some more Graffiti cards.

Laurie created this amazing card and topped it off with a German "thank you" sentiment.  L*O*V*E



I am huge fan of the Twilight movies, and this card reminds me of Edward.  Emily used He Said, She Said for the thought bubble.  Awesome card Em!!


There was a new SPARKS challenge posted yesterday - did you see?

Happy Tuesday friends
xx
Kim

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pep Rally week

starts today - sooo here's your first peek.  What do you think the theme of this set is?



...another peek will be shown on Tues and Wed.  Our DT blog hop is this Thursday - wooohooo!

 Yup, our DT rocks.  check out these beauties!

Heidi combines Daisies & Paisleys with Buckaroo.  It's a perfect combo!  LOVE the texture and playful patterns - great card :)



Kalyn's card is just plain fun and freaking cute!  Love the flirty twine and bold colors.  Yup, she rocks the PS stamps!!



ohhhh, can't forget to announce our winner - eeeeeeek!  No matter how you found us, we sure are glad you did!  I look forward to continuing this journey with you,

The winner of the prize shown on Thursday, Aug. 22nd is.... 

Yipee! I think I discovered you through lots of late night blot perusing when I was on maternity leave :)

Woohoo, Congrats!  Please send an e-mail with your address and stamp set choices to: info(at)papersmoochesstamps(dot)com.

Have an awesome week everyone!
Thanks for making us a part of your new week :)
xx
Kim

Friday, August 24, 2012

TGIF

Hey there.
Just a quickie for today.
I am going to post and run - I've got some fun stuff to get into today

k, so here's my lame attempt to make my own washi tape, LOL
I stamped a couple of Debonair patterns onto the sticky side of masking tape, thinking for a moment that the ink would "stick" to it.  Ummmm duh me, it didn't!  So, I sprinkled clear embossing powder over the sticky area and heat embossed it.  It worked...and it looks sort of cool.  The ink color faded, but it worked.
Looks like I need to do some You-Tubin to find a real Washi Tape tutorial  I know they are out there.



If you missed our semi-Anniversary celebration post - the deets are below this post.  Blog candy is involved.

Enjoy your weekend crafty-friends
xx
Kim

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Let's have some fun!

I'd like to celebrate our YEAR-and a-HALF Anniversary with you.  It's hard to believe that we have only been in business for 18 months - it feels like forever!!  Our business has literally tripled since our opening and I have YOU to thank for that :)

THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your love and support - you are truly appreciated.

I created this card with the circles from Potpourri and Good Gab.  I overlapped the circles with three different ink colors.  I am wishing now that I just left the base white, hmmmm



What's a celebration with some goodies?
I have a fun little package to give away to one lucky winner.


 valued at?  Ummm, Dunno, my math skill are seriously lacking....it's just a cool prize chicas!
...and here's what you have to do
Tell us how you found us
You have until midnight on Sunday (Aug. 26) to comment
Winner will be posted on Monday
 Good luck friends

Here's to many-many more years of creativity with all of you.  I look forward to it!

super HUGE hugs,
Kim

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Happy

Halfway Day friends!

I just woke up!  I got caught up in a dream.  My dreams are VIVID.  It's like being in a movie every night LOL, no seriously.  I got caught up in one and slept in a little (I am normally up before 6:00).  Ahhh, this coffee is helping.

Sooo, let's get to it...
Daisies & Paisleys - take it away!

Teri's card is bright and cheerful!  Just what I needed this morning.  I love her colors - and the bling touches are perfect!



Karen's card is sweet simplicity :)
What an awesome Anniversary/wedding card this is.  Beautiful coloring and placement.  WTG Karen!!


I need to go help with pancake-making and hair-straightening.  My son goes to school later on Wednesdays and the hair-help has become a morning routine with my daughter.  I love every minute of it.

Thanks for popping in :)
xx
Kim

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

something

super fun is coming on Thursday - a party of sorts (a giveaway is involved)...so please stay tuned (grin)

Here are some fabulous Spookalicious cards to smile at today

Emily's fun sense of humor shines with this super cute card!  She combined the ghost and sentiment from Halloweenies with Spookalicious.  They look like girl and guy ghosts, don't they?  When I drew her, I kept the ghost form Halloweenies in mind...looks like they make a great pair!



Laurie channeled Scooby Doo when she created this cool card!  AND - it's an awesome interactive card!  Wicked fun huh?



...and here is the inside


Thank you for making us a part of your day :)
Have an exceptional day
hugs,
Kim

Monday, August 20, 2012

It's a WINNER-day!

Let's get right to it!
My daughter scrolled down through all of the comments and chose this lucky gal to receive our Autumn Groves stamp set.:

Beautiful set!! Thanks for the chance to win!!
Giovana

CONGRATS Giovana!!  Please send an e-mail to info(at)papersmoochesstamps(dot)com and let me know your address.

Thank you all for your VERY sweet comments :) I am thrilled that you like our autumn stamp set.

Kalyn and Heidi rocked the Graffiti stamp set - check it!

This adorable card makes me go "awwwww".  It's just so dang cute!!!  I love the soft colors - it would make a wonderful baby card by changing up the sentiment.



And here is Heidi's super PRETTY card!!  I am LOVING that chunky flower :) Awesome card!



We added some Paper Smooches stamp sets to a Facebook Social store that is connected to our Facebook page.  It's a fun feature that we thought we'd try. 
 
I hope you all have a wonderful week sweet friends :)
xx
Kim 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Something special to share - and a giveaway

We released our newest set called Autumn Groves on August 15th and I am here today I am promoting this fun set with two very talented girls!  This is the tenth stamp set from our Kismet collection.  You will find the new stamp set HERE



I have one Autumn Groves stamp set to give away to one lucky person!  You have until midnight on August 19th to leave a comment.  I will post the winner here on Monday, August 20th. 

For more chances to win the newest stamp set - please visit these VERY talented gals:
JJ Bolton
Christina MacLaren

Today we are featured over at the fabulous Moxie Fab World Blog - please take a peek!

Thanks so much for joining us
xx
Kim 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Our September guest designer is...

Jennie Moczan!

CONGRATS Jennie!  I have admired her sweet and simple design skills for a while now.  I love how she gives our images "center stage".

L-O-V-E



Our October guest designer search begins on September 6th.  Choosing a new guest keeps getting harder and harder every month!  Thank you for sharing a piece of yourself with us.

Please join us tomorrow for your chance to WIN a stamp set!

Have a fabulous Thursday friends
loves
Kim

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Halfway Day!

It's Wednesday already?  Wow does time fly!

Karen created this absolutely darling little card.  It makes me s-m-i-l-e!  Love the rich colors and the sweet simplicity - well done!



Teri's GRAFFITI card is another card that brings a HUGE smile to my face.  "Howdy" always reminds me of the Howdy Doodie doll that my brother has from childhood - LOL that probably reveals my age I am sure :)



Our August Kismet set is NOW available - woohoooo.  It's called Autumn Groves.  Please stop back this Friday to see a card sample.  You will also have THREE chances to win this fun set!  We are joined b two super talented gals...check back to see who they are.  (wink)



Bye for now chicas!  Tomorrow we reveal our newest guest designer - always an exciting time!
smooches!
Kim

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Daisies...

and Paisleys - but we'll concentrate on the DAISY part today.

So, somehow I posted one of Laurie's cards on a Heidi post day last week - so I am trying to even it out.  I always make sure to give everyone equal press - they are ALL amazing!!

Check out this stunner!  I had a flower petal in mind to point to the center of the flower, but Emily saw it differently - ohhh how I love that!  Her flowers are gorgeous!!



It looks like Heidi inked her stamps up with white - it looks awesome!  It must have taken her forever to fussy cut all of those stamped accents, but boy does it make a difference :)  Love this fabulous card - in every way.


There is a NEW challenge posted over at our SPARKS blog - It's a sketch challenge (my favorite)

Our current guest designer search ends soon.  If you haven't submitted your work - there's still time.

Thanks for stopping by - we LOVE having you here with us.
Make it a crafty day  :)
xoxo
Kim

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hey friends!

Hope you had a very nice weekend.  Ours was quiet - which was oh' so great :)  We met up with my Dad for some pizza.  He told us about his new medication...check out this thought process :

Dad: "My prescription came today (they upped his high blood pressure medicine) and it had a bright yellow sticker on it, warning me about he sun!  Don't they know I live in Arizona?  It's telling me to stay out of the sun while taking this medicine.  Well, I will be inside, out of the sun when I TAKE the pills, so I should be alright."

Ummm, yeah, he is serious - ack!  Cute - but not!

How stinkin' cute is this gift bag?!?  LOVE the pop of Halloween colors on the bold black/white chevron treat bag!  All of her pattern choices are perfect :)

I just got an e-mail from "Pick Your Plum" that has chevron bags (in 4 different colors) for sale today at 60% off!  check it



Swoon - it's Edward and Bella!  Don't you just adore this little couple?  Kalyn's card is perfect in every way :)


Heidi and Kalyn rocked the Spookalicious set!
have a good one!
xo
Kim

Friday, August 10, 2012

Happy Friday!

Hey friends!

Yay - it's Friday!!

How about a mini-tutorial to get the weekend started?  I will be drawing - not paper crafting, but I love it just the same.  Will you be stamping this weekend?

Here are some fun ways to use our Spookalicious stamp set:

You can easily arrange the stamp on your acrylic block to create different shapes (and it will bounce back when you are done stamping).  Color the image red to use as an apple.  Emboss the spooky (Scooby Doo) eyes on black card stock!  I made the large smile with the pumpkin shape - I just removed the ink from the top portion before stamping.  Fun stuff, right?



k, so I don't see all of the glitter on my ghost below (pout) but it looks ok I guess  :)  This card is actually pretty BOOring, but it is what it is.  Just remember that you can glitter soooo many images.  I adore my Sakura glue pen.  LOL - now that I look at the direction of the googly-eyes, this little guy doesn't look too stable, ha!



Thanks for stopping by.
Have a good one ;)
xx
Kim

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The PS Patrol

found these amazing cards to share with you today.  They were found in our Flickr Gallery

Donna Mikasa
How stinkin' CUTE s this???  I know it made you smile :)
(I apologize, I linked to our My Peeps set earlier - this little chick is from Spring Fling set)
(Spring Fling, Simply Said)



Jennifer Harris
And this card is just plain gorgeous!!  I could look at it all day (totally swoon worthy)
(Word Salad, My Guy, Swanky Snowdudes



Jenny Mullens
You all know how I love seeing our stamps used in unique ways.  I have always wanted to use the bear as a polar bear.  Jenny's little scene makes me happy.
(Happy Camper, Sentiment Sampler)



 Karen Dunbrook
Check out this stunner.   LOVE those flowers and the sentiment is a perfect match!
(Simply Said)



Lisa Lara
...and awwwww, here's another darling card.  LOVE the cheerful colors - it's just such a happy card!!
(Hang Ups, Whimsical)



I am thrilled that you stopped by.  Thank you all for sharing your talent with the world.

The CREATE Blog (which is the blog for CARDS magazine) is featuring some of our stamps.  My sweet friends Wendy created a darling card and she has THREE Paper Smooches stamps to give away.  CHECK IT OUT

I hope your day is truly fabulous!
hugs!!
Kim

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I am...

feeling pretty boring this morning with nothing interesting to say (grin).  So I think I will just get to posting two crazy fabulous cards :)

For some reason, this card makes me LOL.  I think it's a total crack up!  Not sure which one of these silly pumpkins is giving the compliment and to who, but it's dang funny!  Sppokalicious is the perfect stamp set for this card (just like chocolate covered pretzels - hard and salty meets soft and sweet)



Karen Baker is back as our guest this week - yay!  She used our Graffiti stamp set to create this incredibly clever card!  The bent edges really grabs my attention - the clean and simple lines (along with the colors) is really soothing to the eye.  What a fantastic card!!



I love how both cards are monochromatic (makes my eyes smile)
...back to nursing my (much needed) coffee
(happy sigh)
xo
Kim

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Keep Calm....

seeing a lot of products with the "Keep Calm..." prefix.  Fun trend!

So it was cool to see that Emily embraced this fad :)
She used Graffiti in a clever way (love that)...boy does she really show off the set!  And those smooches are just SO darm cute!!



Laurie's color scheme really compliments Emilys.  Her bows are always so perfect!!  I adore her little scene.  What an incredibly sweet way to say "miss you"



I hope your day is fabulous!  Thanks so much for stopping by
xx
Kim

Monday, August 6, 2012

yay - it's Monday!

Today is the first day of school here in Goodyear, Arizona.  They started school early this year which means that I am headed to the bus stop at 6:50 - ack!  We have 5 kids in 4 different schools, should be a fun year :)  (two teens in 2 different high schools, two middle schoolers and one elementary student)

These two cards definitely have brightened my morning (well them and some much needed COFFEE)

I love how Kalyn bent up the pinked edges of her paper panel.  I am sure that it's textured card stock, but it kinda looks like felt or fabric (love).  It looks like she stamped on a journal spot and popped it up!  The special touches on this darling card makes it extra great!



Funny how Laurie chose a similar color scheme.  Love the simplicity of her card - so clean and just so pretty!  The bling at the bottom adds the perfect touch.  Daisies and Paisleys set includes a couple of single flower petals so that you can create your own flower, in any ink color you like.  Laurie rocked this stamp!



There will be a brand spankin' NEW challenge over at the SPARKS blog today - hope you check it out.

Well friends...I hope you enjoy your fresh new week!
xx
Kim

Friday, August 3, 2012

Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a nice week - can't hardly believe that it's August! 

I went to a concert on Wednesday.  It was Kelly Clarkson and The Fray.  KC was AH-Mazing!  The Fray, not so much.  Either I am old or he had marbles in his mouth because I am not even sure if he was singing in English.  After 2.5 songs, we left.  BUT, it was still a great night!  As I was belting out a song along with Kelly (poorly I should add), it occurred to me how wonderful it must feel to her that we love her and her music enough to come to see her in concert.  I seriously got chocked up when it made me think about YOU.  The ones who come to see my art.  I am by no means a rock star (I sincerely hope that it doesn't come off that way), but you are using my art when you create with my stamps, just like I was singing a song that was sung by Kelly.  I appreciate art in all forms...great acting, dance, poetry, etc.  It's probably pansi-ish to admit that I am moved by it...but it is what it is.  It was a humbling thought and I wanted to "thank you" from the bottom of my heart for liking me...it makes what I do so rewarding.

Enough of my babbling (grin)  How about a card and a mini-tutorial of how to look at your alphabet stamps a little differently.

So, you have already met Graffiti:



Here are some alternative ways to use them - rather than just upright.  Turn and flip the letters to make even more!



And here's today's card...using some of the alphabet stamps in a unique way:



I had some help with Daisies and Paisleys

Thank you for stopping by :)
Have a fabulous weekend sweet friends
love you!
Kim

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Be Our Guest

Our September designer search begins today.

Guest Designers will receive 2 NEW stamp sets and will have their name and projects featured here on the PS blog for 4-5 weeks (depending on how many weeks there are in the month).

You will have approx. two weeks to show us your talent!  You can submit as many projects as you like and past submissions are welcome.  Guest designers are not chosen randomly.  We will be looking for designers who stand out in one (or more) of the following categories:
  • great use of color
  • outstanding design
  • mad coloring skills
  • fun paper piecing
  • pure cleverness
You will need to use a Paper Smooches stamp or any of our FREE digi stamps.  You can submit to our call with "old and new" projects...and projects that you create for our SPARKS Challenge are perfectly acceptable..
 

The deadline is Wednesday, August 15th.  Our August guest designer will be announced on Thursday, August 16th
If you have tried out in the past..I hope you reapply - We LOVE looking at your beautiful creations.


Thank you soooo much for sharing your talent with us   :)

xx
Kim


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

woohooo

It's a release day!!

Please welcome:










And super yay that we get to share a card created by our August Guest designer - Karen Baker

She used Daisies & Paisleys in a way that made me say WOW - out loud!!  It looks like fabric!!  I love the texture she added - a seriously fabulous card!!



And Teri created this amazing Daisies & Paisleys card too - check it!

It's hard to believe that these images came from the same set that Karen used.  But it's a perfect opportunity to show you have incredibly versatile the set is.  <3 so much!!

 
We also added some Zva Creative pearls and gems to our store.  I think they coordinate with our stamps soooo well.  We offer a sampling of products that I feel work amazingly well with our Daisies & Paisleys stamp set.  What do you think?

Thanks for sharing our excitement with us!  We LOVE having you here :)
huge hugs,
Kim