Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Bring it on 2012!!

Wooohoooo, it's release day!!  We let the release go live a little early since we are having intermittent intenet access (ugh)

Please welcome...
Helping Hands

Party Posse

Vogue Abode

Heart brads

Gently Seasoned

Love Ribbon

Love Kit

I hope you have a very happy and healthy new year

Friday, December 30, 2011

another peek...

Our January release consists of Party Posse (Birthday set), Vogue Abode (retro room builder set) and Helping Hands (super trendy set)

...and here are some more glimpses of each set:

This little/big guy is found on our Party Posse stamp set.  He is way to cute to be a mean T-Rex!

This image is from Vogue Abode (isn't that fun to say?) It can be a shelving unit...or a decorative wall hang.  It includes a bowl and mini vase to place in or on the shelf

And this is a thumbs up" sign.  The "thingy" next to it is a fingernail that can be used with the open hand image.  It's a really fun set to play with!

Ohhh how I wish I had some card samples to share today.  I am literally up to my eyeballs with a list that is at least a mile long.  Add 1 husband, 2 kids, 3 step kids, 4 dogs and a huge holiday to the mix.  They have been home with me all week...which of course is wonderful :)

Our January release will be available at 10:00 PM mountain time on Saturday, December 31st.  We are sooooo excited!!

Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for your support this year.  We wouldn't be here without you :)

ps...there is still time to leave a comment for your chance to win one of these three new sets - check yesterday's blog hop post below

Thursday, December 29, 2011

December Paper Smooches DT blog hop!

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches January stamp release with you!  The three NEW clear stamp sets will be available to purchase on January 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 January stamp sets!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify)  You have until midnight MT on Friday, December 30th to leave a comment.  Please check all five blogs on Saturday, December 31st to see if you are one of the five lucky winners.
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 a set called PARTY POSSE.  This set is a second installment for our very popular Birthday Buddies stamp set.  The biggest difference is that I chose to leave the party hat off of the images.  There are five super fun and unique characters in this set.  I can't wait to show them ALL to you.

We are thrilled that you have joined us!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


How about some Smoocheroos cards to start your day :)

Teri did an amazing job showing off the lighthouse.  How she "accented" the card is absolutely wonderful (it really balances out the card)!

Seriously - WOW!!!  This project has me speechless.  Please take a moment to take all of the creativity in and see how truly clever she is.  :)

What is it about this card that has me completely smitten?  I just LOVE everything about it.

It has been sooooo wonderful having Melania as a guest.  Each and every one of her projects blew me away.  My jaw literally dropped every time I opened her e-mail.  I hope you all enjoyed her creations as wmuch as we did.

A new SPARKS challenge will be posted tomorrow.

happy Wednesday friends

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

feeling crabby?

I am having all 4 wisdom teeth removed today (uggg)...but not even that can put me in a "crabby mood".  K, so I doubt I will be all smiles, but I don't plan on letting it get me down.

I thought a crab would make a cool don't see many of them.  But I really struggled with the sentiment.  No one likes to think of themselves as being crabby.  Can you imagine getting a card in the mail accusing you of being crabby - yikes!  So, I went with a word that sounded like crab - uhhuh - crap!  As ewww as that may be, I still think it's a fun sentiment.

Laurie's card is simple but oh so masculine and cool!  I love the grunged look!

OhEmGeeee - how super fun!  That shade of teal is delish - and that distressed card stock really adds to the beachy look.  Heather used the disguise PERFECTLY!  Of course she colored in the glasses to make them sunglasses - clever girl!

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Monday, December 26, 2011

red and gren...

I am so over it :)
Here are some rainbow-y projects that will surely get you back on track after the holidays

Did you just go "awwww"? Wouldn't this gift bag be perfect for so many people in your life?  Those pastel colors are simply divine :)  Her scene was created with Smoocheroos

Now...we have some BOLD primary colors to share...

Check out how versatile THIS card is!  Cool right?  Heidi put her string to use (so cleverly) - do you get the idea of a UPC label?

Both cards use our Word Salad stamp set

Don't forget that our challenge ends this week.  Details are HERE

Have a GREAT week!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Our last post before Christmas...

Ohhhh how I hope you have a wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah.

We are officially ready at our house - bring it on Santa!

I am not a baker (well, I am lying, that was my maiden name, so technically I WAS a Baker) but I really don't bake - or cook...I just don't like it.  My mom was the most amazing cook too.  Oh how I wish I paid attention when I was a kid.  (sigh)  My favorite cookies that she made was kolachkis...I am sure I just butchered the spelling.  Fellow Slovaks out there will know what I mean.  I do make wreath cookies (from corn flakes)...and I am going to make dirt pudding for Christmas eve dinner (nope I will not be cooking dinner) I am lucky to have a wonderful Mother In Law who will take care of that...and will do an amazing job.  That's the extent of my "holiday baking".  Are you crazy busy baking up a storm?

Here's a couple of holiday cards that I whipped up for today.

k, so maybe the lips weren't thought out enough.  I colored the moose too dark, so the kiss on his cheek is hard to see.  So I glittered the kiss....not sure if it's an easy read though (you may have to look closely).  I am all about breaking rules of I went with hot pink and teal for my Christmas card.  Are you feelin' it?  The moose and sentiment are from our Chubby Chum Pals stamp set.

...and here is a super simple "base" card.  I used our witch hat template to make a Santa hat.  Just add a white paper strip and punched circle...nuff said :)

Have a magical holiday!
super huge hugs,

Thursday, December 22, 2011

PS January guest designer is...

Julie Day

CONGRATULATIONS!!  You are our January guest designer and this is the card that caught our attention!  Actually many of Julie's cards caught our eye, but this one is just too cute for words!

There's some major paper piecing goodness going on - WOW!  Do you think they are posing for a family photo...or are on their way to do some Christmas caroling?  Either way this is a super fun bunch and a fabulous card!

You have all officially impressed me!  I love your PS creations and hope to seeing you next month for our February guest designer search.  Thank you so much for sharing a little piece of you this month


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The PS club

...are you familiar with our club?  Here's more details...but basically when you become a club member you receive our whole release approx. one week before the release day.  I am mailing out our January stamps to our club members today.  Members not only get them early...but they get 10% off all of our products when they signed up for a 12 month membership.  The shaped card templates are included as well.  Just something to think about :) 

Teri's super cute card showcases the silly elements found on our Chubby Chum Pals stamp set.  She added the mustache, hat and glasses to the bear from the set.  The sentiments are from Word Salad (what a clever card)

Be still my heart!  I cannot love this card more.  Deasy created this amazzzzzing scene with our Promenade set.  She used the "puffs" from the topiary tree to make a Christmas tree - ummmm WOW!!  This is pure eye candy :)

Wow!  I just LOVE looking at this card!  Her accents are just so cool!  The bling and clear buttons add a GREAT touch.  Definitely swoon worthy.

If you have any creative blocks, please stop by our challenge blog to be inspired

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


is everyone frantic with shopping lists?    My Christmas shopping is done (phew).  It's my first year as a step Mom  :) I went from 2 kids to five in April and boy does it make Christmas even more fun!

I am hoping that these cards will make you stop for a moment...and just smile...

I LOVE how the color pops on Heather's card!  She fussy cuts-perfectly!  I love her rich colors and how she popped up the heart balloon...and frayed the grass.  What an amazing card!!

(sigh) Laurie's card is absolutely stunning!!  I love all of the textures and layers.  Really such a beautiful card to look at (I am sure it's even more beautiful in person)

I am off to draw today (big grin)
Have a great day friends!

Monday, December 19, 2011

we have a winner...

I asked my daughter to choose from the comments from Friday's post before she left for school this morning...and she chose....

lostinpaper said...
Congrats to Emily, what a wonderful addition to your team!
My fave yummmy is a 'Cherry Ripe' (a cherry coconut flavoured chocolate bar - found here is Oz)
Congrats!!  Please send an e-mail to and let me know your address :)

We have some Chubby Chum Pals to share with you today...

Awwww, isn't she just the sweetest bear?  I love how girlie and sweet this card is!  I think that dark mat is great and those hearts makes me swoooon.

*chuckle* this moose makes me how he is peeking out from that window!  The stitching and colored Christmas lights really adds a wonderful touch :)

Thanks everyone for sharing what their favorite treats are...I am on the prowl for some sugahhhh!

Happy Monday :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Something special to share - and a giveaway

Yesterday we released a NEW stamp set called Yummers and I am here today to promote this sweet set along with two of my talented friends!  This is the second stamp set from our new Kismet collection.

I pulled images from many of my former CHF stamp sets.  Most of the images are from the "Baked With Love" set.  Other images are from "The Birds and the Bees", "Birthday Bash", "Sweet Thang" and "Hugs and Kisses".  I also pulled images from some Paper Smooches stamp sets Sugar Rush - the dots, gumdrop and sprinkles (you can never have enough of these...they can be used on a block together to cover more area)...I flipped the coffee bean from Hot Concoctions and made it smaller, so that it would work with the other image in the set...kind of like a Dad and son pair.

My card sample photographed a bit wonky...the canvas brad is actually the same color as the pink ink...but you get the gist, right?  The yellow seems a bit bright too (sigh)

I stamped the top of the cupcake on a separate piece of paper, stamped chocolate sprinkles...cut it out and add it to the base image.

I have one "Yummers" stamp set to give away to one lucky person!  Please tell us what your favorite yummy treat is.  You have until midnight on December 18th to leave a comment.  I will post the winner here on Monday, December 19th. 

For more chances to win...please visit these super wonderful girls:

Kim Kesti


Jaclyn Miller

AND...I have an announcement to make. 

You might be aware that we had a designer search to fill one spot on our team.  That position has been filled by the very talented EMILY LEIPHART  :)  We are thrilled to have her.  She has been incredibly supportive of Paper Smooches and wow is she such a clever designer!  We have featured her work in the past (and she was our guest designer in October) and she is a member of our Sparks DT.  Since she is a PS designer now, we will be replacing her over at our Sparks challenge blog. LORI BARNETT will be taking her place.  She has mad coloring and design skills.  I am confident that these girls will inspire and impress you.  My humble thanks to all who are all fantastic designers :)

Thanks so much for stopping by friends

Thursday, December 15, 2011

the ps patrol

Hello friends! We LOVE to showcase talented designers whose projects have 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.  These five designers are rock stars!!

Ohmygoodness...isn't this turkey the cutest!  I love his (or her) green eyes.  Lisa's coloring is fantastic and I think her paper choice is perfect too.  Awesome card!!
<sigh> little blue doesn't get much sweeter than that.  This card is clean, simple and sooooo wonderful :)  (did you notice that she used the branch to make the nest)

I "heart" this holiday "rainbow".  This is such a unique design - and I love that it leads to a clean and simple accent.

I love seeing our stamps paired up with other sets.  She used our Perpetual Bliss stamp set with Boob Tubes.  (they compliment each other beautifully)  Great texture...and pure eye candy!

ahhhhh, this card makes me swooooon.  I loveLOVE the shape of her card...the softness and those darling pink stars.  So delicious!!

We will be on the patrol again next month.  Please show off those Paper Smooches could be the next designer we feature.  You wow us - EVERY-day!  Thank you so much for stamping with us - we adore you!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


we showed you cards using Chubby Chum Pals and today we are featuring Word Salad.

Teri added other images from other stamp sets as well.  The balloons are from Smoocheroos and the bunny is a Chubby Chum...actually, he is found on our A Little Lovin stamp set :) I think her card is just soooooo stinkin' CUTE!!

Melania is back with us again today with two super adorable cards:

How wonderful that she transformed the gnome into a super cute Santa!!  And ummm, did you notice that she used the cloud for her fluffy tree???  The tree stump is from Forest Whimsy as well as the Santa and "clouds".  The sentiment and gifts are found on our Santa Paws stamp set.

 ohhhhh, I really like this shade of plum!!  What a darling little scene.  ((((LOVE))))

A NEW SPARKS Challenge will be posted tomorrow - woohooo!!

Tomorrow is also our PS Patrol feature day.  Please check back to see who caught our eye this month :)


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Our DT call

ends tomorrow :)  Here are the details

Check out this super trendy card that Laurie created!  I think it's very cool!!

It looks like Heather's cute moose is a bit caught up with the holiday.  You too?  How is your Christmas shopping coming along?

Hope you are enjoying your week so far.  I will be drawing today - can't wait!!
Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope that our design team cards ahave inspired you

Monday, December 12, 2011


are simply...just plain fun to stamp with.

Kryssi's monkey got swept away by some heart balloons, looks like he is in LOVE!  I adore her soft color tones and that perfect cloud shape in the background (yummm)

Check out this sweet little scene.  Aren't they such cute love birds?  This is just such a happy card ;)

The PS Patrol will be out today, searching for some Paper Smooches creations that are posted on blogs and galleries...Facebook too.  FIVE e-mails will be sent, asking for permission to post their chosen project.  It could be you :)

Our SPARKS challenge deadline is looming...

Have a GREAT week!

Friday, December 9, 2011


I have a sneak peek for's a "future" stamp set (wink)

Nope, I just couldn't fill this bakery sack...I am a terrible cook!  I love my family too much to torture them with "enticing" treats, LOL  So please imagine that there is the most delicious cupcake in this treat bag...ok?
I colored the twill with a yellow Copic marker to add color and dull it down.

And usually on Friday's, I like to point out some of the unique points of our stamp sets.  I have just one for you today.  I realize that what I design isn't always obvious right away, but I love to encourage others to see beyond what's in front of them and truly stretch your creativity.

Whip our those great letter stickers...use colored inks for the solid heart and color the eye with your Copics.  These images really makes a super fun sentiment.  You will need our Smoocheroos stamp set though (grin)

We are Christmas shopping this weekend...and decorating the tree and house - can't wait!!  Hope to "see" you on Monday.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

January Guest Designer search

begins today :)  It seems like it's been forever since our last call.

Here are the details:

Guest Designers will receive 2 NEW stamp sets and 2 shaped card templates and will have their name and projects featured here on the PS blog for 3-4 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.  A new digi image and sentiment were added to the PS web site last night.  You can find it HERE.  Past digi images and sentiments were moved to a tab at the top of this blog.  You can submit to our call with "old and new" projects...and projects that you create for our SPARKS Challenge.

The deadline is Wednesday, December 21st.  Our January guest designer will be announced on Thursday, December 22nd.

We are adding one designer to our design team.  HERE are the details in case you missed them.  The deadline is next week :)

Our new FREE digi is now available - yay!

We look forward to seeing your beautiful creations :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pure sweetness

Melania Deasy joins us this month - yay!!  She is our guest designer, so you can look forward to many inspirational projects from.

(chuckle) She used the bread stamp for the chef hat!!  I adore this sweet little kitchen scene :)

How sweet are these little guys playing together?!?  Her coloring skills are amazing!  I love the unexpected colors for this outdoor cute!!

...looks like I have another "scene" to share with you all today.  Teri combined quite a few stamp sets (Chubby Chums, Chubby Chum  Pals, Sunny Side Up and Wake Up) How FUN!!!

I hope you make the time to create something wonderful today