Friday, September 30, 2011

Hero Arts + Paper Smooches Challenge: Day 5

woohooo, it's give-away day - LOVE those kind of days!!

Let's get down to it  :)

These are the Hero Arts stamp sets that will make their way into one very happy person's crafty hands

For your chance to win all 3 stamp sets:
  • Hooray  
  • Life Of The Party Birthday
  • Magic Of Christmas
...please comment here and tell me what your favorite Hero Arts stamps are (I couldn't possibly ask you to choose just one...there are too many amazing sets to pick from) You are not limited to choose from the three sets above.  You have until midnight on Sunday, Oct. 2nd to leave a comment.  One winner will randomly be chosen and announced here on Monday, October 3rd.

Jennifer is giving away some Paper Smooches stamps on her blog  :)

Now back to our challenge :)
These are the stamps that Jennifer and I are creating with today:
Paper Smooches, Sunny Side Up and Hero Arts, Cling Dots

My camera had a hissy fit with this card, I suppose it's because it's so light.

The clouds and umbrella are glittered.  I colored them with Copic's first and added the same color glitter as the markers (I used a glue pen to apply the glue).  There is also a strip of white glitter at the bottom...let's pretend it water from the rain :)

I didn't ink the entire polka dot stamp...I only inked in certain areas to create a "rain" effect.

...and here's the last sneak peek for our October release.  These sweeties are from "My Peeps" stamps set. Our release day is tomorrow - woohoooo!

We have something special planned for you tomorrow.  Our very talented design team will be sharing projects using an "extra" stamp set that is releasing along with our October sets (Hot Concoctions, My Peeps, Chit Chat)  A wicked sweet prize is involved.

We love having you here :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hero Arts + Paper Smooches Challenge: Day 4

Hello friends
I am here today sharing a card that I created with Paper Smooches  Word Up set and Hero Arts Many Dots stamp set.

Jennifer McGuire is doing the same :)  Her cards have been fabulous so far...can't wait to see her card today.

I chose a color combo that makes me smile.  This is the kind of card that you can make tons of to have on hand for those "just because" occasions.

Pop back in tomorrow for the giveaway details, ok  :)

We are having a call for our SPARKS challenge blog DT.  HERE are the details in case you missed them (you have a little less than a week to get your submissions in)

...and since it's still pep rally week...I owe you a peek at one of our October stamp's a nibble of  Hot Concoctions  (releasing in 2 short days)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pep Rally Day 5

Teri is here to share her "Chit Chat" card...and our special guest designer Debby created an adorable card using Perpetual Bliss and Sentiment Sampler (our best seller).  Chit Chat will be available on October 1st :)

Chit Chat includes 19 super fun sentiments!  Teri used 6 of them - WOW!!  What an amazing card!!

Can you believe how freaking cute this card is?  What a FAB-ulous color combo.  Debby did a great job with design and balance (which drove us to her in the first place)  We will miss YOU Debby - it has been wonderful working with you this month!  I will continue to stalk your blog   :)

Today is day THREE of our Paper Smooches + Hero Arts Challenge week.  Please check out my personal blog and Jennifer McGuire's blog to see what we created with the same two stamp sets.  I will share my last 2 cards here on Thursday and Friday.  There will be a giveaway on Friday (wink)

Thank you for stopping by

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

pep rally day 4

Welcome to another peek of the new "My Peeps" stamp set

There's a lot of happiness going on here!  Heather chose such super fun colors for her card.  I am adoring all of the little details!  The clouds are from "Sunny Side Up" and the flowers are from "Friendly Flowers.  Beautiful card Heather!!

Laurie chose the same bird and sentiment.  I love when that happens, we can truly see how diverse one stamp set can be...making them appealing to all creative styles.  I love that shade of green!  Laurie's card is elegant and oh so Betty Davis!

Day 2 of the Hero Arts + Paper Smooches challenge continuing on HERE
Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by

Monday, September 26, 2011

pep rally day 3

We are showing off our Hot Concoctions today :)

One of our October sets revolves around those heart warming hot drinks.  You can dabble with tea and coffee of course, but hot chocolate and cider are also options.   I am sure that you can think of a few other "hot concoctions"

Heidi created this vibrant card that showcases our "to go" cup and silly sentiment.  I am a HUGE Starbucks fan, so I love me some coffee-to-go!  When I do, I mostly get a Venti (large) size, which also happens to be used in this punny sentiment.  I imagine this is a card that you could send to a friend, inviting them to "chat".  This card make me smile :)

Kryssi paired up Hot Concoctions with Pretty Phrases.  She chose to use a "coffee bean" found on the set...but I think her little guys could be little candies or colorful mini hamburgers maybe?  Her bowl is actually a coffee cup from the set as well.  Clever, clever girl :)

This week I have something extra fun planned for you all.  I will need to direct you to my personal blog for today, Tuesday and Wednesday.  I will be back here on Thursday and Friday - and some Sweet blog candy will be up for grabs (stamps are involved).

Happy Monday friends!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Pep Rally day TWO

The penguin and snowflakes are heat embossed with a deep grey. not sure if you can tell :)
I colored the North pole with a red Copic marker.
North Pole and Snowflakes are from our Swanky Snowdudes stamp set...and the penguin is from our NEW "My Peeps" stamp set that will be released on Oct. 1.

Our DT blog hop was yesterday, in case you missed still have time to comment for a chanced to be one of five winners of the new Oct. stamp sets

Our DT search had begun for our SPARKS Challenge blog....HERE are the details

Have a fabulous weekend friends!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September Paper Smooches DT blog hop!

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches October stamp release with you!  The Three NEW clear stamp sets will be available to purchase on October 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 October stamp sets!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify)  You have until midnight MT on Friday, September 23rd to leave a comment.  Please check all five blogs on Saturday, September 24th 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 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 called "My Peeps"  This set is FULL of super fun birds.  TEN to be exact (wink)

A NEW SPARKS Challenge starts tomorrow.  Winners from our SPARKS Challenge are posted on Friday. 
PLUS - we are announcing our SPARKS Designer search details tomorrow

I am so happy that you stopped by :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

a message for you...

Yes, yes we do  :)

Teri's card is sooooo stinkin' sweet!!  The light bulb is from Perpetual Bliss and the words were created with Alphadot.  Isn't her coloring divine???  I love that she popped up the light bulb for that extra POP factor!

Holy amazing masking!!  Debby made our Halloweenies set come to life with this fabulous stamped scene!  She singled out one pumpkin and used the perfect sentiment for this card form our Vegtastic stamp set.  Brilliant card!!!

TONIGHT is the deadline for our SPARKS Challenge

Have a GREAT day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Laurie did a fantastic job with our Halloweenies stamp set this month!  The black inked edges add the perfect touch and her paper choices are awesome :)  (what a GREAT card!!)

Karolyn created such a super fun and whimsical card.  Her orange polka dot clouds are fabulous!   I think it's very cool how she made pierced lines for the spiders to hang from.  (I am a sucker for white on white)

Heather is back with us for our blog hop and regular postings starting on Thursday  (yay).  We missed Heather while she took a break, but it was a joy to have Karolyn join us.  Thank you Karolyn for sharing your talent with us - you ROCK!! 

Karolyn has a couple of Paper Smooches stamp sets to give away on her blog.  Check it out :)

Tomorrow I will be back showing off cards from Teri and Debby.

Enjoy your day :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hey friends

Hope you had a great weekend!
We are bringing more sunshine your way today...

I LOVE that Kryssi chose a bold black base for her tag.  It really makes the images POP!  Clean - simple - to the point.  And can be used for a boy or girl - bonus!

Ahhh, what a cheerful sunny card!!  This card would have to make someone feel better.  Heidi's rainbow scalloped border is pure genius!

Our September DT Blog Hop is scheduled for September 22nd...please stay tuned :)  This will also be the first glimpse of our October stamp sets.

Thanks for being here

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Friday!

This card is for you artists out there...which is all of you  :).  Do you sigh gently when you see a work or art?  I see art all around me.  I love listening to music, I appreciate a well written story and I weep at incredible acting, ballet makes me swoon...goodness, I could go on and on.  I am glad you are here, enjoying art with us.

I used a Luminarte Dauber bottle to splat some paint onto my card base.  The sentiment is from our "Sentiment Sampler" stamp set and the bling is by Zva Creative.

I love sharing how versatile our stamp sets I came up with this little collage of ideas:

Golf Scene - I used the cloud and flag from Spiffy Scooters and the smiling face is from Fruitastic.  The hole is a letter zero from Alphadot (I colored it in with a black marker)

Singing Snowdude - Swanky Snowman (with buttons, mouth and hat colored with a black pen), Perpetual Bliss (the microphone and music notes).  I used a black pen and ruler to add a stand for the microphone.

Get Well - Sentiment Sampler and Santa Paws was used...the thermometer is actually the North Pole.  I colored a portion of the pole with a red Copic marker

Fish Bowl - I used the circle from Sunny Side Up...I just placed a piece of paper over the top of the circle to mask it.  After I stamped it, I used a black pen and ruler to draw the top and water line.  The fish is from Surf and Turf

I hope these samples have inspired you to take a closer look at your PS stamps.  Turn them, and really look at them with an open might be amazed at what you see.  Please share any ideas that you have...that would be a joy!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

PS October Guest Designer is

Emily Leiphart

CONGRATULATIONS!!  You are our October guest designer and this is the card that caught our attention

This is what I LOVE about Emily's card:
The shape of her card base (swoon), how well balanced it is, not to mention a perfect design...and those sweet pops of bling!

We welcome you to our team for October Emily! 

I am SO impressed with your creativity everyone  :)  I want you to keep submitting because I see a ton of serious talent!  It's just so darn hard to choose just one!  You can keep submitting the same cards if you like - 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 November guest designer search - details will be posted on October 6th.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

a post filled...

with smile inducing cards!

Check out this cleverness - I don't know where to begin.  That helicopter stole my heart!  Teri's primary colors makes this the perfect little boy card.  I really like the blue marker accent on the clouds (I must try that)

Debby Hughes is back with us this week with 2 cards that have epic-cute factor!  My goodness....everything about this card makes me smile - huge!  She used the squirrel found on the "hang Ups" stamp set - LOVE that!!

...and awwwww - how sweet is this???  Notice that Debby used the cloud from "Sunny Side Up" for her tree top?  The tree trunk is from "Hang Ups" and the elephants are from our "A Little Lovin" stamp set.  Her design is perfection!

If you plan to submit projects for our current Guest Designer call...tonight is the deadline. 
Visit HERE for details

Happy Wednesday everyone!
Thank you for stopping by :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

what have you been up to?

My goodness...I missed you all seemed so quiet here yesterday.  Are you all getting those sweet kids off to school?  It seems so weird that mine have been back for over a month now.

I'd love to share 2 amazing cards using our Perpetual Bliss stamp set.

Karolyn chose a trendy color combo and paired up the perfect patterns.  Did you notice that she chose a sentiment from our Giddy Bugs stamp set?  It works beautifully!  That lamp die cute and light bulb combo is pure genius!

Laurie did it again - she used polka dot patterned papers to draw attention to our light bulb...I love how she does that!  Her torn and rolled paper distressing is fabulous and I love that she didn't over-do this card.

Thank you so much for stopping by friends!  Please take a moment to say "hello"...we'd LOVE to hear from you


Monday, September 12, 2011

Hey friends

it's Monday - woohooo

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  I drew a LOT and can't wait for you to see what I have in store for you.

We are a proud sponsor of the Paper Crafts World Card Making Day event.  Here are some of the details regarding this fabulous day!  It's coming up fast!!

1. Each year, card-making bloggers are invited to participate in promoting World Card Making Day. If you'll be doing something special on your own blog to celebrate World Card Making Day this year, please add your blog URL to this page using the Mr. Linky widget below. Then post the World Card Making Day logo on your blog to let the world know that you'll be celebrating with us on October 1!


Twenty lucky winners will receive this prize package valued at over $1,000!
Today is the day! Submit your cards for a chance to win!

HOW TO ENTER: 1. Create an original card for any of these five occasions:
a. Birthday

b. Christmas/Season's Greetings
c. Hello/Thinking of You
d. Love
e. Thank You

2. On the back of each entry, include your name, address, daytime phone number, e-mail address, and a detailed description of instructions and supplies used to create the card.

Mail entries to:
2011 World Card Making Day Contest
14850 Pony Express Rd., Ste. 200
Bluffdale, UT 84065 

*Entries will NOT be returned.

The contest is open to all individuals, except winners of the 2010 World Card Making Day Card Contest.

Entries must be postmarked by October 10, 2011. All entries will be judged equally based on overall appearance, creativity, and execution. 

Multiple entries in several categories are permitted, by you may only win in one category. We will award four (4) winning cards per category, for a total of twenty (20) winners. 

Winners will be featured in the March/April 2012 issue of Paper Crafts - 
k, this is where it gets extra fun...we are offering a BONUS to anyone who is one of the 20 winners - The winning card must use Paper Smooches stamps and they need to be the main focus.  What's the bonus?  We usually offer a $20. store credit incentive for PS print publications, but we are upping it to $40. per card!  Now get movin' and mail some of your beautiful Paper Smooches cards to Paper Crafts...make sure that they fall under one of the 5 categories listed above.  I'll be rooting for you - good luck!


Don't you just adore this color combo?  How cool that Heidi chose teal as her Halloween accent color...eeeek!  Yup, that white spider web rocks, hard!

And ahhhhh, how do you feel about purple glittered bats, uh, huh, I know...they are fabulous!  Grey is a far better choice than how Kryssi's mind works.

Enjoy your week friends!

Friday, September 9, 2011

September sparks

Let's get to it!!

First place
PRO stamper

Audrey T

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

PRIMO stamper

Amy Kolling

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

1. #51 - Christine
2. #62 - Maria
3. Scrapcollectr

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

Please e-mail your address and shaped card template wishes (if applicable) to - CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Are you ready for the next SPARKS challenge???

Well, I thought this fun challenge was getting a bit lost with everything that we feature here, so I created a SPARKS Challenge blog that will be kept separate from this blog.  It will continue to be linked in a tab at the top of this blog.  We changed it to bi-weekly instead of monthly, so the prizes were amended to reflect that.

Please venture over to the NEW SPARKS Challenge blog for details regarding our October Challenge

Thank you all for playing along :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The PS Patrol

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

Barb Murphy 
Barb is an "out of the box" designer that we just LOVE!  Check our her blog to see her process to creating this totally adorable card!  Isn't her card delicious in every way???

k, so the cassette tape is not our image it's a digi, but the sentiments are.  I love this bright cherry card!  The colors, the design and her decorative edges makes us smile.

Jenny Suchin 
O-M-Gee...this card is super cute!!  That circle is the perfect way to showcase these silly images.  I love that she stamped the sentiment and left it alone - AWE-some card Jenny!!


Lesa Soja 
And here's an "awwwww" card for you.  Isn't this just so stinkin' sweet???  Changing the directions of their eyes is always fun and she did it perfectly.  I totally dig her twine accent too!

Kasia Curry
Kasia continues to WOW us.  C'mon, admit it, you are smiling, aren't you?  This is some serious cuteness!!!

You could be next.  Show off those PS cards on the web and we may want to feature yours too!
Thanks a ton for sharing your incredible talent with us - we "heart' you!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


How I love Halloween.  What a super fun holiday!  I love reaching for yellow, orange, purple and black for this holiday.  Looks like Debby and Teri do too.

Check out this cool tag that Debby made.  I dig those purple clouds!  The way she designed her sentiment really grabbed my attention.  Super perfection :)

I am a sucker for big polka dots and Teri's design is FAB-Ulous!  Those wiggle eyes makes me giggle :)

Tonight is the deadline for our SPARKS Challenge.  HERE are the details

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)

Thanks for playing along :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

If you are ever...

feeling glum...these cards will for sure brighten up your day :)

Laurie's scene looks like a blustery day with all of that movement - love that!  Her clouds are colored in a touch with a marker and popped up for added texture.  Her sun is wacky and dang cute!  Those rain drop crystals are brilliant!

Karolyn's polka dots remind me of rain drops, her card would make a wonderful baby shower invite!  I can see changing out the colors of her card with pinks and making it a girly card in an instant.  Fabulous card!!

Please join us tomorrow for some fresh inspiration from Teri and our September guest designer - Debby Hughes!

have a fantastic day friends!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Monday!

I have a couple of Oh-Em-Gee cards to share with you all today.  Both showcase our brand spankin' new Perpetual Bliss stamp set.

Hoe cool is this card?!  I just wanna touch it!  I adore those colorful dimes and the spectrum of colors that Kryssi chose.  Pure genius :)

and ahhhhh, some gorgeousness by Heidi.  That bow makes me swoon, but her design takes the cake.  I love the delicate frame and her soft coloring...yummmy!!

Thank you for stopping by today :) 
Hope you have a creative day!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy Friday!

My goodness...I am thrilled that you love our September stamp sets!!  That makes me OH SO happy!!

I was playing with the Halloweenies stamp idea why my photo is so bad..ack!  I think I would have liked this card better with a kraft card stock base, I think.  I used a ruler and a black pen to draw some extra spider web lines and I finished it off with some Zva Creative crystals.

Here are some fun ways to play with Halloweenies:

k, so the witch can be a girl dressed up for Halloween...or color her with green skin and black hair to make her a real witch!  In case you were wondering, that circle-thingy is an eyeball.  Just add red pen squigglies for blood shot eyes.  Or it can be used to make a crafty background.  That bottle contains potion and googly eyes adds a silly touch to the bat!

We have a long holiday weekend with the kids.  I know we will enjoy our weekend, hope you do too :)