Wednesday, August 31, 2011

woohooo, it's a fabulous day!

Our September stamps are released today - YAY!!
Please meet:

Perpetual Bliss
Sunny Side Up

Halloweenies set consists of extra-quirky images.  I literally cracked myself up when I drew their expressions.

I LOVE vintage, but I also love cute, so I made Perpetual Bliss with a whole lot of both!  I thought of fun images that I am not seeing everywhere.  We like to give you a range of unique images and sentiments to create with

Sunny Side Up is a builder set that is full of sunshine and other totally happy images...ohhhh, the possibilities friends :)

You have ONE MORE WEEK to participate in our SPARKS Challenge.  Deadline is Sept. 7.

Our release day also falls on the first Thursday of the month, which means that it's guest designer search time.  (huge grin)

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 

Add a direct link to your project using the Inlinkz system below.

The deadline is Wednesday, September 14.  Our September guest designer will be announced on Thursday, September 15.

Our FREE August digi stamp and sentiment are now available.  Here is my sample:

I drew the cherry blossom (at least that's what I think it is) and copied and pasted it to create a cluster.  I can never have enough "thanks" sentiments, so I decided to make a generic digi this month.  Enjoy :)

Pep Rally week ends here

Because our release day is tomorrow...woooohooooo

Teri knocked this stamp set out of the park!  She was dabbling in some "Perpetual Bliss" and made this really fun and playful card using our telephone, notes and sentiment.  She paper pieced the phone bases and chose a super fresh color combo!

This is one little teaser before our release.  Thank you for being here with us!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pep Rally Day 4

Laurie created this darling card using "Frankie" from Halloweenies.  That's just dang fun to say, LOL :)

Her sentiment is heat embossed with black, can you tell?  Super fabulous coloring and awesome design - great job Laurie!   Ohhhh how I wish I could tie a bow that perfect - sigh

I am thrilled that Karolyn is joining us this month.  Her style is wonnnnnderful.  It's playful and fresh and I am looking forward to sharing her creations with all of you.

Let's start by swooning over that polka dotted moon...and move onto her sweet little die cut fence.  A gingham pumpkin - be still my heart!  She nails this card with such a super cute sentiment.  awesome card in every way!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Helllllo Monday!

Pap Rally week - Day three :)

Kryssi has a way with gorgeous colors.  That bright sun makes my day brighter, for sure.  I think she airbrushed her background....all I know is that it's FABULOUS!!  She added a flight path with a black pen, very cool!

How fun that both girls used white on teal!  I LOVE those soft clouds...and her kite is TDF (to die for)

Hope your weekend was wonderful - and that you have a fabulous week!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Pep Rally Day TWO

Yesterday you had your first taste of our "Sunny Side Up" stamp set.  Well, how about a big whopper of a peek today?  I used the clouds, smile and sentiment to make this "odd" card.  I have to say that it didn't quite turn out like I had envisioned, but I embraced the end result and here it is.  It's supposed to be a sun among a rainbow.

Here are some more examples of what can be created with just this ONE stamp set.

Please keep in mind that I used a brand spankin' new - JUICY black ink pad

soooo there's

wind, kites with 2 bow options, rain drops/tear drops, a paper airplane, umbrella, smiley face.

There's an open circle that can be used for:
Sun - the triangle rays are separate (one is solid and the other is open) - ok, so the pumpkin idea didn't work, but I think it would have if I used the open triangle instead.  I used the rain drop for piggy tails for the crying little girl.  You can make silly faces

The raindrop becomes a butterfly, flowers and clovers.  The smile can become a leaf

This is probably going to be one of those stamp sets that I am going to see amazing creativity with from all of you amazing designers.  I truly look forward to it!

Did I convince you that you NEED this set?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

August Paper Smooches 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 on September 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 September stamp sets!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify)  You have until midnight MT on Friday, August 26th to leave a comment.  Please check all five blogs on Saturday, August 27th to see if you are one of the five lucky winners.

We are joined this month by the very talented Karolyn Loncon.  Heather has her hands full this month, so Karolyn is stepping in for her.  Heather will be back for our next blog hop on Sept. 22.

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 blog 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 that's called SUNNY SIDE UP.  This set contains 26 images and sentiments.  It has tons of fun "in the sky" theme stamps....eeeeeek.  We are hoping that this set will brighten up everyone's day!  :)  We will continue to show sneaks through release day.  CAN'T WAIT!! 

Thank you sososososoo much for joining us :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hello. . .

Teri says "hi" in 3 cute ways...using our Alphadot stamp set.  She paired it with Perky Plants...WAAAAAAY cute card!!!  (love the papers)

Sigh - today is Alison's last day as our guest.  She did an amazing job this month - didn't she?

Check out her blog today to see how she created her cards today.

can you say ADORABLE?  It almost looks like that little chick is blowing on the sail...hehe.  LOVE this wicked cute card!!

ahhh, pure cleverness.  Did you notice the BLUE "HI" letters that spell out the sentiment?  I am diggin' that blue ice cream flavor.  Great card Alison.  It was wonderful having you with us this month.  It has been a pleasure.  Thank you for sharing your talent with us :)

Our blog hop is tomorrow...which means there will be 5 stamp sets to give away.  See you then

Jennifer McGuire created some fabulous cards using our Word Up stamp set on the Paper Crafts Connection blog today.  You have a chance to win a sweet prize - check it out :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lots of Little Lovin

Awwwww, isn't this just SO sweet???  I adore the softness of Laurie's baby card.  Look closely at her details - glittered elephants, crinkled ribbon...and all that texture - wow!

Check out Heather's reverse stamping!!  This roo couple is the cutest!!  She made that sweet little flower cluster from a flower form the Perky Plants stamp set.

Pep Rally week starts on Thursday, which is also our monthly design team blog hop.  Just wait until you see what they created with our Sept. release. 


Monday, August 22, 2011

Hey PS friends!

We are SO HAPPY that you are here! 

I am proud to share these delicious card with you today :)

Kryssi hits this image in the head.  Perfect color combo...LOVE the polka dots and that pop of green!  This card just makes me smile (huge)

k, my smile just got bigger.  Check out that apples cheesy grin!  Heidi colored those apples so beautifully :)

Short and VERY SWEET post for today.  We have lots to do to prepare for our September release.  It's going to be a "scream" (wink)


Friday, August 19, 2011


whoa, this week really flew by!!  We had so much fun playing along with Glue Arts this week!  Thank you for joining us.  :)

Today's card uses a sketch from the "Got Sketch?" Blog.  I used our Swanky Snowdudes stamp set.  The entire front of the card is popped up with Glue Arts U Cut It Foam (great stuff!)


Our Glue Arts prize winner is: Lisa Petrella

Congrats Lisa!!  Please send me an e-mail at and I will forward your address to Glue Arts.

Glue Arts continues to share their designer's projects using Paper Smooches stamps...and I am amazed by the beautiful projects over at their blog.  Seriously WOW stuff!!

We are thrilled to see so many new visitors and we hope to see more of you :)
Thank you for stopping by

Thursday, August 18, 2011

PS September Guest Designer is

Debby Hughes

CONGRATULATIONS!!  You are our September guest designer and this is the card that made me swoooon

ohhhh how I LOVE this card...let me count the ways:
1. The color combo
2. The crisp look
3. The paper pieced elephants
4. The patterns that you chose for the elephants
5. The brilliant design
6. The simple way you accented this sweet card

We welcome you to our team for October Debby! 

I am SO impressed with your creativity everyone  :)  I want you to keep submitting because I can see a ton of serious talent!  It's just so darn hard to choose just one!  You can keep submitting the same cards - please don't give up, ok?

THANK YOU so much for entering our search, you are all amazing!  I am really looking forward to our October guest designer search - details will be posted on September 1st.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Happy Wednesday!

We continue with day THREE of our Glue Arts promotion.  I know that I can't wait to see what more of their designers have created with Paper Smooches stamps.  I have to run my daughter to an appt. this morning, but I will be back after with a giveaway from Glue Arts...please stay tuned.  Here's their blog link.

Glue Arts giveaway details:

The prize is shown above...nice right?  ONE random winner will receive...Glue Glider Pro,  a 3D Combo Pack and our Extreme Adhesive Squares....woohoooo.  Please leave a comment here - and tell us what main adhesive you use.  I use mounting squares, mainly because I can cut them if needed.  You have until midnight on Thursday, August 18th and I will post the winner on Friday, August 19th.  Good luck!

Our September Guest Designer search ends tonight...get those submissions in :)  HERE are the details in case you missed them.

If you haven't heard...we have a monthly challenge that's called SPARKS...the prize is sweet!  HERE are the details

Alison joins us today with her wicked creativity.  She has a much better way of describing her process than I do...she truly thinks outside the box...all I know is - WOW!!!  here is her cute BLOG

I can describe this one's CUTE!!   super-dooooooper cute!!

 ahhhh Miss Teri created this adorable card using Fruitastic, Word Up and Alphadot.  I love the bow!  and her coloring is just so sweet :)


Have a great day!!
xo Kim

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

More glue and ABC's

Which is appropriate for those of us who have kids in school already.

We continue with day 2 of our Glue Arts promotion.  I know that I can't wait to see what more of their designers have created with Paper Smooches stamps.  Here's their blog link

Heather created this simply sweet card using Alphadot and Friendly Flowers.  She sandwiched some bling between 2 flowers to make butterflues - WAY cool!

I wake up nearly every morning with a banana smoothie, so this card steals my heart.  It's just so fresh and super FUN!

Tomorrow we will announce a give away including Glue Arts...see you then
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hello Monday!

This week we are joined by Glue Arts!

They sponsored our design team and we sponsored theirs.  All projects created this week uses their fabulous adhesives.  I fell in love with their Glue Glider Pro - it is AMAZING!!

Sooooo, please pop on over to the Glue Arts blog to see what their wickedly talented team has created using Paper Smooches stamps!.  Today through Friday friends...woohooo.

Heidi's card showcases our "A Little Lovin" stamp set.  What a super fun card to look at!  I love how she paper pieced the momma and her baby - FAB-ulous card!!

Hehehe, this frog is a crack up!  What a great shaped card!!  That dotted spring loop is awesome and how cool that the frog is upside down :)  wayyy cute card Kryssi!

We love that you stopped by, thank you :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

rounding out the week...

I am here today to share some ideas of how to use our Sugar Rush stamp set.

I used a new ink pad, so my lines may be a bit "juicy", I apologize :)
  • sooo, we have a cake pop with a candy (glittered) topping that can also be a caramel apple
  • popsicles (any flavor) do you remember Pudding Pops?....yummmmy
  • a pattern
  • a donut "as is" and one with a candle.  Notice that I masked the top of the donut to add the candle.  k, so that is a weird word, gotta it spelled like doughnut?  I would want to say Doug-nut then...ack, I am not liking that word, LOL (I am over it, onto the next image)  I added two eyes to the chocolate (or maple iced) donut with a black pen
  • gum drops (the green one is glittered)
  • cansy corn
  • hard candy
  • cupcakes with different sprinkles
  • drink glasses, one with Coke and the other with Mountain Dew
  • Fruit Loops, gummy rings, lifesavers

 I just have a simple card to share today.  I combined our Fruitastic stamp set with Alphadot

have a terrific weekend sweet friends!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The PS Patrol

woohoooo, here we are again on the second Thursday, showing off some Paper Smooches projects that found while patroling the net!  Post your projects on your blog, Facebook, and our Fan Flickr page for a chance to be showcased here!

Samantha Taylor
I love baker's twine and I just adore what Samantha did with hers.  It adds such wonderful texture!!  She used this month's FREE digis.

Cassie Trask
 k, so clowns typically creep me out, but this one I can handle.  How funny that Cassie transformed our little monster into a clown, hehe.  I wanna kiss those lips!  Did you notice that she used the puff of smoke from our Spiffy Scooters stamp set? 

Karin Akesdotter
O-M-Geee, how silly is this?  If you venture over to Karin's blog, you will so many fun and quirky cards using our stamps.  She places our images in places that they just don't belong - which I LOVE!  Serioulsy, are you NOT chucking right now???

Donna Bowman 
Ahhhh, I am drooling over all of these wonderful patterns!  She was inspired by one of Cath's Tuesday Trigger Inspiration pieces from Moxie Fab World and I think she rocked it!  Our Pretty Phrases completes this card perfectly.

Joy Taylor 
Oh, I just love the soft colors that Joy chose.  Her paper choices are divine.  What a great card for a man or woman...what wonderful simplicity, great job!

Thank you for sharing your talent with us!  It's a pleasure to show off your talent!  You make it harder and harder every month.

You could be next.  Show off those PS cards and we may find yours too!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hey friends!

I hope you are having a nice week so far :)  Thank you for stopping by.

I am not sure if this technique has a name, but Teri stamped the kangaroo and then stamped her 2 more times with the same ink as the first image, making each image lighter and giving the look of movement.  She used crayons to color which gives her card a softened look.  Her sentiment treatment is fabulous!

Check out this totally playful card by Alison - A polka dotted pink frog - what a crack up!  I love that frayed grass!!  She curved the dotted line to make bounces and added texture to the clouds with more polka dots.  VERY clever card!

This card is wicked cool.  Does the flower make you think of camouflage?  She colored the bananas from Fruitastic to make a large scalloped border.  The flower petals are form the lemon stamp and the center is the blueberry.  The flower pattern is made from an accent found on our Boob Tubes stamp set.

Have a fantastic day :)


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hope you have a....

Fruitastic kind of day!

Laurie used our peach and sentiment and made them look absolutely delicious!!  I wish I could color like her. This card could have easily been a Halloween theme card by making the peach a pumpkin and changing the sentiment.

ahhhh, where to begin?  Heather makes the most fabulous bows...and when she uses yellow, my heart melts.  She stamped, colored and cut all of those yummy!  Don't you just love her woven basket?  Those pokey polka dots makes the perfect background!  Sweet card Heather :)

Enjoy your day!

Monday, August 8, 2011


ohhh, how I love a fresh new week to play with!!

It's official...we are welcoming retail stores to carry our stamps.  woohoooo!  This a very exciting time for us!  If you have a local craft store that you would like to see carry Paper Smooches stamps...please refer them to our web site.  (we sure would appreciate it)  Here are the details:

let's get right into sharing some sweet cards!

eeeeeek, what a fresh idea!!  Sweet simplicity at it's finest :)  Kryssi combines Fruitastic with Vegtastic and made a mini flash card - super FUN.

I just can't take my eyes off this card.  The divine roses draws me in!  I think it's so neat that Heidi shows how easy it is to stamp on a circle.  I have to give that a try, I love the look!

Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by :)


Friday, August 5, 2011

August SPARKS!!

Let's get to it!!

First place
PRO stamper 

Emily Leiphart 

you win FIVE PS stamp sets of your choice (a $75. value)
Second place 

PRIMO stamper 

Marie Forberg

you win TWO PS stamp sets of your choice (a $30. value)
Random winners

1. Alice Wertz
2. Kelley Eubanks
3. Kellann

you win ONE PS stamp set and THREE shaped card templates of your choice (a $21. value)

Please e-mail your address to - CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Are you ready for the next SPARKS challenge???

Check out this cool photo that I found on Etsy by rosebudlips

There are SO MANY wonderful things going on here.

* The color scheme (fuchsia, white, baby blue, brown) (add a pop of red maybe?)

* The textures (wood grain, linen, ribbon and lace)

* The style (vintage, elegant, classy)

* Techniques (handmade flowers, distressing, layering)

* Accent possibilities (paint, crystals, pearls)

So friends, that's your challenge this month...take inspiration from this fabulous photo.

Here are the deets:

The SPARKS challenge:

Create a NEW project (card, tag, layout, altered item, etc)

You must use at least one Paper Smooches stamp or free digi
Any stamps from "The Kim Hughes Collection" by Cornish Heritage Farms

(stamps from other companies can be used, but please make sure that PS images are easily seen)

Post your Paper Smooches SPARKS project on your blog.  You must include our SPARKS banner (shown above) somewhere on your post.   Please link to our web site: - Paper Smooches somewhere on your post.  Submit a direct link to your blog post using our linking system below.

(right click on the SPARKS challenge banner and save to your computer.  If you have any trouble, I am happy to e-mail the image to you) 

If you do not have a blog, please upload your project to our Flickr Group and link to our web site in your description.  Submit a link to your gallery image using our linking system below.

Here's what you are playing for:

First place...we are choosing a PRO stamper - someone who we think is a rock star - that person wins: FIVE stamp sets of their choice (a $75. value)

Second place winner is called a PRIMO stamper - who we think is super fabulous - and will win TWO PS stamp sets of their choice (a $30. value)

We will choose THREE random winners that will receive ONE PS stamp set and THREE shaped card templates of their choice (a $21. value)

To qualify for our random drawing, you can do any or all of the following:
  • create a project using our SPARKS challenge
  • TWEET about our challenge and post here to let us know 
  • FACEBOOK about our challenge and post here to let us know.
Pro and Primo stampers will receive a blog button to display on their blog if they would like to.

The deadline: Wednesday, September 7th

Winners will be announced on Friday, September 9th, which will also start the next SPARKS challenge.

All skill levels are welcome.  You can enter as many times as you like.  We do not have challenge police, so how you interpret this inspirational piece of art...just have fun, ok?

It brings us GREAT JOY to see you using our stamps.  Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your creativity with us.  We truly appreciate you!

Hope you have a blast!!