Saturday, November 30, 2013

December release...

Whoa...Black Friday was super fun!  THANK YOU for your orders :)

...and now, as timing would have it...we have our new release to share.
I am going to reveal our new release here in hopes that you aren't all shopped-out!  :)  I have plans tonight, so I am setting all products to go LIVE early (just before 6:00pm (mountain time)

First of all, let me start by filling you in on our December promo.

I have over 100 of these little nuggets!  They are the "Season's Greetings" sentiment from our Christmas Sampler stamp set (the stamp is the same size as the stamp on the set).  We will include one of these stamps with orders placed in December....but this will be done on a random basis throughout the month until they are gone.  These are not sold separately.



Please welcome...
Love-Struck

Love-Struck Icons dies

Our TAM set for December
Sweet Hearts


Hearts dies 
(these are stand-alone dies....they compliment our Sweet Hearts stamp
 set along with our other love-theme products.)

Always & Forever dies

We Totally Click

Click Icons dies

Polaroid dies

Paws for a Cause
(a portion of our proceeds sold will be donated to Home for Good.)

Lucky Dog (3 x 4)
(a portion of our proceeds sold will be donated to Home for Good.)

Dog Icons dies

Borders 2

Bookmarks dies
(just in time to make Christmas stocking stuffer gifts)
The 2022 World Cup final is planned to take place in a 
city that doesn't exist yet.

Loves,
Kim

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday!


*discount cannot be used for Gift Certificates

Here is the last of our November DT projects.

Laura created this pretty tag using Tag Scallop die and Snowflakes dies.  The pearls add the perfect accent :)


Karolyn used our Quote Tag die along with Little Lovin 2 dies.  I love that she chose patterned paper with phones it it - how clever!!  Change up the color to blues and this would make a perfect card for a boy too.  LOVE that!!

There are a few stories about why the day after Thanksgiving is called “BlackFriday.” The one I’ve heard most often is that Black Friday kicks off the Christmas shopping season which can actually push a store’s finances from being in the red (losing money) to black (profit). Recently, I’ve learned that the phrase “BlackFriday” was first used Philadelphia in 1966 to describe the crowds and traffic jams outside the downtown stores the day after Thanksgiving. The mob of shoppers was similar to the people crowding the streets after the market crashed on September 24, 1869 – the original “Black Friday.” The phrase became more popular in the mid-1970s as police, busdrivers and cabdrivers use it in reference to the headaches all the shoppers jaywalking and crowding the sidewalks caused them.

xx Kim

November DT Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches December release with you!  FIVE new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase at 12:01am, Eastern time...on December 1st.  You will find them HERE

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog
  • The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
  • 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) 
  • You have until midnight MT on Sunday, December 1st to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, December 2nd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.



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)

ok, so I realize this card contains nothing of Paper Smooches (you will have to check the DT blogs to see the sneak peeks of the new release)...but I wanted to share it with you today in honor of Thanksgiving.  I'd like you to all know how extremely thankful I am for all of you.  It means the world to me that you like what I do.  I am truly humbled every single day.  Your love and support is greatly appreciated...THANK YOU - you are a blessing in my life.


PS....we will have a Black Friday sale. I will send a newsletter with the details...and announce the details here on tomorrows blog post as well
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Thanksgiving Fun Facts:
  1. There was no pecan pie or mashed potatoes at the first Thanksgiving dinner. The pilgrims and Native Americans feasted on corn, barley, wild turkeys, venison, and waterfowl.
  2. We consider Thanksgiving an American holiday, but our neighbors to the north, Canada, also celebrate Thanksgiving. However, they celebrate on the second Monday of October, wisely having some extra time to recover from one huge turkey feast before diving in again at Christmas.
  3. The average weight of a commercially bred turkey in the U.S. is 15 pounds. That hefty bird normally consists of 70% white meat and 30% dark meat.
  4. Turkeys are easily frightened. so much so, that they can have a heart attack. Once, the U.S. Air Force was conducting test flights that broke the sound barrier. The sonic boom literally scared the life right out of turkeys in the nearby area. Also, when spooked but not scared to death, a turkey can run as fast a 20 mph or fly up to 55 mph.
  5. Turkeys have bad night vision. All the better to catch your dinner after dark.
  6. There are 12 places in the the United States that are named Turkey, including Turkey Creek, LA; Turkey, NC; and Turkey, TX. You’ll remember the Panhandle town of Turkey, TX from PETA’s 2011 attempt to change the name to “Tofurky.”
  7. The first Thanksgiving was a 3-day party. Now, we have one big party and take 3 days to recover.
  8. U.S. Presidents have traditionally pardoned a turkey from becoming Thanksgiving dinner since Harry S. Truman began the modern practice. It’s said that Abraham Lincoln may have started the turkey pardoning when he officially spared his son’s pet turkey.
  9. Thanksgiving wasn’t a national holiday until 1941.
  10. The tradition of Thanksgiving and football began in 1876 with a college football game between Ivy League schools, Yale and Princeton.
BIG smooches!
Kim

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Introducing...

NEW PS Designers!  
Our stampy-family grew!

We already have an incredibly talented design team, but I thought it would be beneficial to us all if we concentrated on the many aspects of paper crafting as possible.  So now we have three separate teams (but one combined team of course).  One for stamping, one for dies and one for scrapbooking.  No one is being replaced...we hope to work with these amazing girls as long as we possibly can.  

Please welcome...



"I live in a small town in the NW corner of Iowa with my husband of 15 years and our three kids, ages 13 (YIKES!), 10, and 6.  Making stuff has always been a big part of my life, ever since I was a little girl digging through my mom's boxes of fabric scraps...it seems to be a trait that has been passed down through many generations of women in my family!  Today I love stamping, card making, a bit of scrapbooking, as well as sewing.  My daughters seem to have caught the creativity bug as well and we love to craft together.  I currently work as one of the Paper Crafts magazine Go-to Gals, and I am also on design teams for Papertrey Ink, Pink Paislee, and Anna Griffin.  I'm so excited and honored to be joining the crew here at Paper Smooches...I know being on Kim's team is going to be just as much fun as her designs!"




My name is Ashley and I live in a suburb of Seattle Washington with my husband and three young energetic kids. I've been crafting since I was a little girl and was thrilled to stumble in to card making after the birth of my first child in 2007. I would define my style somewhere between cute and trendy. I love to keep things simple but I also love layers. I have been published multiple times in Paper Crafts magazine and was crowned Stamping Royalty in 2012. When I'm not creating or running around trying to be super Mom you can find me outside gardening or watching soccer and football. 



Erin says that papercrafting helps to keep her sane in her crazy household of three young children. The sanity is rather fleeting because within ten minutes of hiding out in her office, the kidlets invade and want to craft for themselves. It must be in their DNA, because at such a young age, they seem to know their way around an ink pad and acrylic blocks and can just about operate her Silhouette Cameo on their own. 

Erin's been papercrafting since she got out of college back in 2000. She happily traded term papers for glue sticks. Eventually, she traded her cancer research job for full time crafting when she was hired to be Creating Keepsakes first online hostess. And not long after that, she traded her full time crafting career for motherhood. She still dabbles more than a little in the world of ink, stamps, and paper but most days find her changing diapers, running to preschool, and pinning hundreds of ideas on her Pinterest boards that she'll get to sometime in the next decade. All in a day's work! 




Hi, I'm JJ Bolton!  I'm originally from Hawaii but now live in northern Virginia with my husband and twin sons!  I got into paper crafting by accident in 2010 when my husband bought me a Silhouette as a gift.  I started off making party favors but quickly discovered the world of card making!  Since then, it's become an addiction.  I still love my Silhouette, but I'm also a big fan of manual dies.  My projects tend to be on the CAS side and I love bright colors!  I've been lucky to have been published in Paper Crafts magazine and have been a part of some really fun design teams.  I'm super excited to be a part of the amazing Paper Smooches team!!  




Hi there, I'm Mou Saha. I was born in Calcutta, India. My scrapbooking journey began in 2004 quite by chance. I love to make layouts about my children and our everyday life. I love to experiment, particularly with mixed media techniques. I tend to hand write my journaling in almost every layout. I love waking up every morning and have a creative day! My creative journey has brought me in touch with amazing people who have inspired me in so many ways! I design for Tim Holtz, October Afternoon, Sizzix, Anna Griffin, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Glitz Design, Little Yellow Bicycle and I'm absolutely thrilled to join Paper Smooches. I live in Tampa, Florida, USA with my husband, two kiddos and a puppy. You can connect with me through my blog: http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com/ 


My name is Pamela and I'm currently working by day and studying by night.  I live in Vancouver, Canada so it's always good to have a crafty hobby during those rainy days.  Aside from working in my crafty corner, I can be found in coffee shops or hanging out with friends.  I am so excited to be joining the Paper Smooches team!



Summer Fullerton lives just west of Portland, OR, with her husband Brad and their 2 kids Grant and Corinne. Summer's creative journey began when she was a little girl. She grew up surrounded by creative inspiration, as her mother made dolls, jewelry, pottery and even designed wallpaper.

Summer received her first camera at only 6 years old and her first SLR when she was 12. When Summer was in high school she kept scrapbooks of photos and memorabilia taped to typing paper tucked into 3 ringed school binders. It is only natural she started scrapbooking as we know it today after the birth of her son 16 years ago. Summer considers herself a traditional clean lined multi photo scrapbooker. She absolutely loves playing with a little of the unexpected on her layouts whether it's a pop of color or a product used in a new way.
Summer has been published in every major scrapbooking publication as well as being named a 2007 Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame Winner and 2009 Memory Makers Master. She also co-wrote the book Remember This which was published in 2010. She currently designs for Jillibean Soup, Lily Bee Designs and Scrapbooking and Cards Today. You can see more of her work at her blog http://summerfullerton.typepad.com/.


This is the breakdown of our new team:

Stamp Team:

Die Team:

Scrapbook Team:

The blog roll will only change slightly next month.
  • Erin will move to Wednesdays with Teri
  • Laurie is back from maternity leave - yay!  So she will pick back up in her Tuesday spot.
  • Ashley will join Karolyn on Fridays
  • Saturdays will alternate between die and scrapbook projects.
You will start to see their projects starting TOMORROW at our PS DT blog hop!  I hope you are as excited as I am!!  EEEEK!
xx Kim

11.27

Today I have some more die cards to share.
Tomorrow - PS DT Blog Hop

Kimmers created this super cool card using our Chains dies.  Bubbles must have come to mind when she saw this collection of circle shapes.  She put it together beautifully!  They really look like bubbles!   I'd love to know how she made the glass door on the washing machine...it looks like a window, but maybe she colored it?  I'll have to ask her...whatever she did - I love it!


all together now....awwwww
It doesn't get much cuter friends!
What kid wouldn't love this?  I know I do.
I LOVE the popped up ears and that darling little bow
swoooooon
(Circus Icons dies, Enjoy the Show stamps)


Today is our last day with guest Kay Miller.  I have enjoyed her so very much!  This is one talented girl!!  Just look at how gorgeous this card us!  It's well thought out and so beautiful to look at.  This is a card that I can see on a cover of a magazine - it's awesome!  Thank you Kay...for being so wonderful!  (Quote Tags die, Fresh Snow)

The alleged last surviving veteran of the American Revolutionary War also had the longest recorded marriage at 91 years, 12 days: The only documented marriage to have broken the 90-year anniversary mark.

...announcement coming...NEXT!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

11.26

Good morning friends!

Tomorrow I have a special announcement...so stay tuned...(it's a good one)
Thursday is our PS DT blog hop :)

Emily used our Zoo 2 dies along with our Borders 1 dies and Word Bubbles dies.  The stamps are Zoo Crew and Group Hugs.  This super cute card is great for anyone at any age.  I am loving the cosmos patterns.  Emily's cards always makes me smile :)


Erin used our Calorie Free Icons dies, Flag Tag dies along with Calorie Free and Enjoy the Show stamp sets.  If you read her blog you would have read about her happy mistake.  There was white embossing powder in her clear powder and when she embossed the pretzel, she saw them!  This could have been a disaster if she was embossing anything other than a pretzel...it looks like SALT!  Oh how I love that story...and this amazing project!



15% of snails survive digestion by birds and are found alive in their droppings, potentially leading to the spread of snail populations.

xx Kim



Monday, November 25, 2013

11.25

Good Monday morning friends!

I had a busier than normal weekend.  I went to see Michael Buble in concert on Friday.  He was AH-mazing!  Saturday I cropped with friends at a local scrapbook store.  It felt so good to get some cards completed.   (I made eight cards that I will share on the website for our new DEC release)

I made the mistake of not pre-posting my Saturday post, so by the time I was able to write it, it was simply too late.  I didn't want to bury our Sunday post since it's full of great info!  So I am going to share the Sat cards today (bonus)

Kalyn used our Toppers dies to create these amazing button cards!  Stamps are from our Needle Little Love stamp set.  "Mom" stamp is from our Word Up stamp set.  Perfect use of the jewelry tag.  This is one brilliant card!!!


Heidi created this wonderful string of party streamers!  Oh how I love that she combined gold with silver.  It looks fabulous!  She used our Snowflakes dies.  This project would be great for New Years, Christmas or Thanksgiving.


Karolyn designed these darling home decor frames with our stamps and dies (Enjoy the Show, Zoo Crew and Alphadot)  These are great for baby....super sweetness!!



Laura used our Toppers dies as well.  I love this cute tag!  Did you notice the vellum stitched pocket?  I can imagine a photo on the back of the tag or a note.  The colors and simplicity are perfect!!  (Loopy Leaf die)

The people of Ancient Rome had a toilet god.

I hope your week is awesome!
smooches!!
Kim


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday Recap 11.24

Hello, Paper Smooches fans & friends!

Savannah O'Gwynn here today to share the newest Virtual Smooches videos and Paper Smooches SPARKS upcoming challenge and winner from last week! 

First-- be sure to check out the following videos and link up to our Featured Fan post on the Virtual Smooches blog. 
  • Start-to-Finish: Mini Card Set- Emily has shared another start-to-finish video, and she created this mini card set. Here's a sneak peek: 
  • Dinner Decorations (name plates)- I several different name plate designs for the upcoming holiday using PS stamps and dies!!! I created some that were EASY, SIMPLE, and MEDIUM EFFORT!  Here's a sneak peek: 
      
Next up on the recap-- tomorrow the newest Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge will go live! We are sharing the challenge theme here early so you can get a head start on your projects:)

The fourth week of each month is always a Picture Perfect challenge. This week we are inspired by this photo: 
Be inspired by the colors, the design, details, images, etc! 

The Picture Perfect challenge starts at 12am EST November 25th. Be sure to link up your creation before December 1st at 10:59pm EST

And if you want to join in the fun for this week's challenge {Cool Shades: Thanksgiving}, you STILL have time!!! Link up before tonight at 10:59pm EST. Click HERE for more details. 

And finally... I would love to share with you our November Designer Drafts challenge winner!! Cristine R. caught the attention of the team with her simple use of this sketch! The use of the twine to hold the mittens- CLEVER! Great job, Cristine! 
That's it for me today! I do hope you will join in the fun with the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenges!! We would love to stop by your blog and check out your creations! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

Friday, November 22, 2013

11.22



Check out this beautiful card!  Want to know how she made it?  Laura has a mini tutorial HERE.  Her color palette is perfect - and the bold black sentiment is exactly right!  Ohhh how I love this card :)


Karolyn also used a technique on her card.  She used embossing paste to create raised textured snowflakes.  I am trying to talk her into making a video...we'll keep you posted on that.  I love the softness of her color choices and those fancy snowflakes really makes this card super-fabulous!

In the making of the movie “Monsters’ Inc.”, Sully had 2,320,413 individually animated hairs. It took 11 to 12 hours to render a single frame featuring him.

Happy Friday!
xx Kim