Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's Stamptember...

...which is a clever phrase created by Simon Says Stamp!  I am thrillled to be a part of their super fun celebration!

I am here today to celebrate Simon Says Stamps 10th Birthday - woohoooo! 

Remember when I said videos were coming...well I wasn't kidding.  Creating a tutorial for Simon was just the boost I needed.  It wasn't too painful. so I set a goal to create at least one video tutorial each month.  You can definitely expect more videos and I am actually excited about it.  No kidding, I shot that video about 20 times.  My end result is not perfect, by any stretch, but I did my best - please keep that in mind when you watch it.  I was nervous - very nervous.  nuff said :)

Here is a peek of the card that I created for the video

Please visit the Simon Says Stamp blog to see my second video ever.  I had to make one for Paper Crafts magazine years ago, so it's not technically my first video...but it is my first Paper Smooches video though :)

I am excited to extend a fabulous discount for you, courtesy of Simon Says Stamp:

Use coupon code psmooches to receive 25% off all Paper Smooches stamps at the Simon Says Stamp store.  You can use the code between today and October 1, 2012 at 11:59pm EST

I have another sneak peek for you today.  Our October stamps release at midnight on October 1st.  I used the new set called ALL YULE NEED.  Betsy and Emily shared cards using this set yesterday.  It's a quick and easy baby announcement...for those times when it miraculously happens around Christmas time.  It can't be too rare, I know plenty of Christmas babies.  The sentiment is from Pip Squeaks...the small stocking is from Hang Ups.

Thank you Simon...we are honored to be a part of your celebration.  Congrats on 10 years..I wish you many, many more...

September DT Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of our October stamp release with you!  The three NEW clear stamp sets will be available to purchase at 12:01am, Eastern time...on October 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, September 28th to leave a comment.  Please check all five blogs on Saturday, September 29th to see if you are one of the five lucky winners.

Betsy Veldman
Emily Leiphart
Heidi Van Laar
Kalyn Kepner
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 the new CHILLY CHUMS stamp set along with Dippy Dots.  I used Brilliance chalk ink since it works beautifully with solid stamps.  FIVE images on this card came from the new set.  Chilly Chums is a follow up to our very popular Chubby Chums and Chubby Chum Pals stamp sets.  There are three other "wintery friends" on the set.  I can wait to introduce them all to you.

Thanks for joining us today.  We LOVE that you stopped by to see what we have been up to.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


It's a term meaning commotion or party but I guess you could use it in this way... "well, that's a bunch of hullabaloo!" or "what's all of the hullabaloo going on over at Ed's house?".  No, you won't catch me saying those things, but it's a dang fun word any ways :)

Teri's Hullabaloo card screams party!  TOTALLY fun in every way!!

It's our last week with Jennie Moczan as our guest.  She rocked our stamps!  It was a pleasure "working" with her.  Thank you so much are such a talented designer :)

I wanted to let you know about a special guest we will have in October.  Our designer Laurie is dealing with some health concerns with her daughter and October is going to be a challenging month for her family.  So I asked her if she would like to take the month off to concentrate on her sweet family.  She kindly accepted.  Her spot will be temporarily filled by the amazing Betsy Veldman.  Betsy's guest spot starts tomorrow with our design team blog hop.  I hope you will stop by to see her lovely Paper Smooches projects all month.  I am very excited to "work" with her again.

I leave you with the same note from Jennie's last card...have a nice day

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

are you ready...

for a chuckle this morning?

Laurie and Emily worked their magic with our Great Chemistry stamp set...I am blown away - check it!

OhEmGeee how fun!!  I love the paper beams and gears!  The sentiment is fabulous and I have to mention how freaking cool her scientist him!

when Emily e-mailed this card to me she said...And they finally meet!  I cracked up over this card.  I was hoping that she would combine the two quirky men and she rocked this card.  check out all of the wonderful details.

Have you seen our NEW SPARKS Challenge?  Well, HERE it is. and ehem...there will be a design team call for the next group of designers over at our challenge blog.  So be on the lookout - the call goes out on Oct. 1  I can't hardly wait to see who applies. 

Happy Tuesday friends

Monday, September 24, 2012


Happy Monday!!

I hope you all had a nice weekend.  Mine was nice :)  I went searching for some dishes.  We are hosting Thanksgiving dinner from this year on.  So I want to find some white dishes so that I can add color around them.  My goodness I was shocked to see how expensive they are - ack!!  Needless to say that I am putting it off.  I can't even begin to think about cooking...ugh, I kinda suck at cooking, so we'll see.  I will be back asking for advice in November :)  Until then, we have some really fabulous Thanksgiving cards to get us in the mood for such a heartwarming occasion.

The use of burlap really makes this card.  I love Heidi's coloring and the full turkey feathers is fantastic!!  Actually...this card is wonderful in every way - LOVE!!

It's cool how Kalyn chose yellow as her POP color also.  The zig zag edges, twine and popped up Indian corn.  Did you notice that she used the headdress from the Indian as a decorative panel?  VERY cool!!

ok friends, I am off to start my day.  LOTS of art going on over here  (grin)

Friday, September 21, 2012

good morning

Comics are cool.  I don't read them, but if I did, I would read Family Circle. If you have a favorite comic, what is it?

I was inspired to create my own comic scene.  I used stamps from Smarty Pants, Zoo Crew, Green Acres and He Said, She Said.

1. Stamp the animals onto white card stock and draw a line behind them wit a black marker.
2. The sentiment is computer generated.  I printed it out and then stamped the quote bubble around it and added it to the white card stock panel. 
3. I stamped the professor onto white card stock, stamped a thought bubble over him and cut the bubble out
4. Color the images with Copics
5. Color over the entire image with a nude colored Copic to "age" the paper.
6. Draw a faux signature the way comics do :)
7, Mat onto a black card stock base

I hope you have a creative day friends
....make that a creative weekend...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Our October Guest designer is...

Anika Lerche 

CONGRATS Anni!  This gal has an amazing way of using color.  She inspires me in so many ways.  I look forward to seeing hewr PS creations in October.  I am sure we are all in for a treat!

This is the card that made me go ahhhhhh

Our November guest designer search begins on October 5th.  Please, please give us another try.  It gets harder and harder to choose every month - you are all amazing!!

Our DT Blog hop is next Thursday - and we have a special "surprise" for you...stay tuned (wink)


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Happy Half-way Day!

Let's get to the sharing (grin)

Teri's card has a cool retro look.  It kind of reminds me of a comic book!  The bling adds the perfect touch, doesn't it?

It's our third week with Jennie and it's been so much fun having her.  I look forward to seeing what she creates for next week :)  I imagine these super sweet cards would be perfect for anyone at any age. 

I hope you had a nice day yesterday and that today is even better  :)
Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hey friends...

Yay - Heidi posted the details on her blog about the card that I posted yesterday...check out how she created that amazing watercolor look!

I bought some washi tape this morning from Pick Your Plum.  I used to wrap orders with bakers twine, but when the men in my life filled in when I was away, they had a heck of a time tieing a bow, LOL.  So I switched to washi tape.  I like it better than the twine and it really looks great!  I also find beautiful washi tape at ETSY.

Here are some darling Jive Turkey cards - eeeeeek, I love them!

Emily cut between the legs so that she could position the turkeys on her block in different poses.  Isn't this a crack up?  It really looks like they are wobbling!  ha!

Laurie's card is totally gorgeous!  Great texture, design and rich color...swoooooon.

I made my first tutorial video yesterday.  It went well...ummmm, ok.  I am a dork, but I am guessing you already knew that.  You will see the video at the end of this month.   I set a goal to share a new video on the last Friday of each month.  So please stay tuned!

I am drawing today (huge grin)
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 17, 2012

I have LOTS to share today

We have FOUR winners to announce AND we have TWO amazing cards to share - yay!!

But first - THANK YOU for all of the amazing comments.  I appreciate them more than you may know.  I want to mention that I do not use a font of any kind, I use my hand to write all of our sentiments.  (except for the Hope stamp set - I used a font on that one)

Here are two Hullabaloo cards :)

Kalyn's card is just sooooo pretty!  I love the soft patterns and colors...and the stitching adds the perfect touch.

Heidi's card is wicked cool!  I am keeping an eye out on her blog to read how the heck she did it.  Yeah, my jaw is dropped!!

The winner of our Joyful Greetings stamp set is:

PS Sentiment sets are my FAVORITE - and this one is just as fabulous!
My daughter chose the random winners of Circle of Honor stamp sets...and they are:

2. Allison G in TX  
 All winners, please send an e-mail to info(at)papersmoochesstamps(dot)com to let me know your address :)
I am announcing the next guest designer on Thursday, so if you haven't put your name in the hat...there's still time.  Here is the post about our guest designer search
Today our newest SPARKS challenge is now posted.  You will find the color challenge HERE

AND, I am happy to say that VIDEOS are coming to this blog this month (I am serious) - super yay!! 
Thanks so much for stopping by - we are so grateful for you!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Something special to share - and a giveaway

We are releasing our newest stamp set called Joyful Greetings on September 15th.  Ordinarily a new "Kismet" stamp set is released on the 15th, but this month we wanted to offer a Christmas theme sentiment set to compliment the sets that will release on October 1st.  You will find the new stamp set HERE, tomorrow at midnight EST.  We will release another Christmas sentiment set, a winter theme set and a Christmas image set...I am beyond excited about them all (huge grin)  

The sentiment is from Joyful Greetings.  The poinsettias were created with our Reflections stamp set.  I also stamped the argyle pattern from Debonair behind the sentiment and I stamped Dapper on the background.  It's subtle, so you may have to look close.  Everything is stamped on textured card stock to give it a distressed look.

...and here is the entire set:

I have a Joyful Greetings stamp set to give away to one lucky person!  You have until midnight on September 16th to leave a comment.  I will post the winner here on Monday, September 17th. 

For more chances to win...please visit these VERY talented girls:
Lisa Arana
Lori Barnett

Thanks so much for joining us. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I have some...

Jive Turkey's for you!!

Teri's paper pieced turkey is TO DIE FOR!!  It's very cool how she cut out her sentiment.  It really makes it pop!

Jennie is back with us today - woohooo!  She also has some darling Jive Turkey cards to share.  Her cards are just so refreshing - they make me go ahhhhhh


In case you missed it - we have a sketch challenge going on.  Details are HERE

HERE is our SPARKS sketch challenge details.

TOMORROW is a blog promo day for our September 15th stamp release.  Another stamp set will be put on the table to win.  Hope to see you then  :)

I will be stamping today - will you???

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's a PS Patrol day!

**edited to add that this was supposed to be tomorrow's post, but for whatever reason I thought today was Thursday (smacks head).  Sooo, I will be sharing cards from Teri and our Guest designer, Jennie tomorrow instead of today**

We found some truly inspiring cards in our Flickr gallery.  It's always SO HARD to narrow it down to five - ack!!

These are the five gals that impressed us this month.

Jean Manis
I love the bold design of this card....the sentiment is a perfect match!  The planet is fabulous :)  I just love everything about this card - well done!
(Space Cadet)

Marit Bentvelsen-Ruarus
Now this card is just plain COOL!  She inked up our wood grain background stamps and created this fun backdrop.  FUN!!
(Timber, Vogue Abode)


I think this is a neat idea for an Anniversary card.  It's a great concept for a Birthday as well.  Notice how she added the year to the notes.

Kara Lynne
How cute is this???  I am sure this card would make anyone's day brighter.  I particularly love the laundry basket.
(Spring Fling, Squeaky Clean, Graffiti)

Therese Calvird 
This is pure cleverness!  I could look at this card all day  :)  This is a WOW card to me.
(My Guy)

Once again you all blew me away with your talent.  Thank you so much for sharing them with us :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

gonna make this...

short and sweet.  I have to take my son to the orthodontist this morning.
...need MORE coffeeeee

Laurie's card is so soft and pretty. The pop is red is fabulous!  Her coloring is always top-notch!

Emily's card is so cheerful!!  The cluster of balloons is just AWESOME!!  I imagine a smoggy city in the background - her attention to details is spot-ON!

These girls ROCKED the Hullabaloo stamp set.  I am always proud to show them off.

thanks so much for stopping by sweet friends

Monday, September 10, 2012

we have...

Great Chemistry...

I have 2 FAB-U-LOUS cards to share today!

Heidi's card literally made me laugh out loud when I first saw it!  k, just laughed out loud again!!  It's amazing at what you can do with markers :)  This could quite possibly be my favorite card of all time.

Kalyn's card is so refreshing.  I love the crisp colors and design.  This is really such a pretty card.

Remember that a NEW SPARKS challenge starts today.

AND we have a fun sketch challenge going on to win a Circle of Honor stamp set.  Details are HERE

Happy Monday friends!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A fun Birthday to celebrate

We are here today to celebrate Operation Write Home's Birthday - woohoooo!!  Our friends over at OWH are amazing, and what they do for our troops is super amazing!!

1,749,393 handcrafted cards have been deployed since 2007 - yeah, WOW!

We'd love to have some fun with you.

Use this fabulous sketch to create a card in any or all of the following themes:
  • Thank You
  • Birthday
  • Blank
  • Thinking of You

Upload your card before the time runs out on September 16th and I will choose THREE random participants to receive one of our Circle of Honor stamp sets.  A portion of every Circle of Honor set is donated to the wonderful OWH cause.  If you already own this set, I am happy to change it out for another.

Create as many cards as you like.  You do NOT need to use Paper Smooches (but it's much appreciated) Winners will be announced on Sept. 17

Even better, please send your creations to OWH!  Here are the details

Here is my card using the sketch

I tapped three different chalk cat's eye inks onto the solid star stamp.  It sort of looks like tie dye...or airbrush.

We are thrilled that you joined us today!

Friday, September 7, 2012


Friday is already here - yikes!!

How about a Jive Turkey to get your day started?

k, so I wanted so badly to include some cool hair on the set, but I was afraid that it wouldn't be a quick read.  So I used a punched circle to make my turkey's fun hair.  Isn't it fabulous?  My niece's hair is much bigger than this, but I think it suits this silly guy!  The sentiment is from Good Gab.  I cut the two words apart so that I could stack them.

I have something fun planned for you on Sunday, so please stop on back.  (blog candy is involved)


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Be our guest

Our October designer search begins today.  Woohooo!

Guest Designers will receive 2 NEW stamp sets, get a blog badge 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, September 19th.  

Our October guest designer will be announced on Thursday, September 20th
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   :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Our new Birthday theme set

has a zillion design possibilities.  I love timeless icons like gifts, cupcakes and balloons.  The party hat is seriously overlooked, it's a right of passage for children.  I admit that I don't like wearing party hats or name tags, but as a kid, I am sure that a party hat was on my head at some point.  Check out what Teri created with our party hat-slash-triangle image from Hullabaloo.

Seriously - how COOL is this card???  I love that she left some triangles open and added paper to others.

I am excited to share cards by our newest guest designer - Jennie Moczan!!
I adore her clean cards.  She has a way of making images POP!!
Here are her Great Chemistry cards...see what I mean.  Our stamps jump off her card - LOVE that!!

Happy Half-way day!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Great Chemistry

This was such a fun set to put together.  I asked my husband and sons to spout off chemistry/science words in the car and they poured out of their mouths.  This helps to brainstorm image and sentiment possibilities. I had a blast concepting it!!  (apparently "concepting" is not a word, because spell check says so...but I refuse to say "conceptualizing", it's weird to say, making it a dumb word, IMHO.)

Emily did a fabulous job with our mad scientist from the new Great Chemistry stamp set.  I LOVE how he is holding the flask/beaker...not sure what it's called exactly.  I hadn't thought to have him hold things that way - wicked cool!!

I never thought chemistry could look so pretty!  I am in love with the papers that Laurie chose.  I am seriously drooling over every inch of this card (swoooon)

Have a terrific Tuesday!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Hello Monday!

We had a nice and relaxng weekend...hope you did as well.

My favorite part of the month is seeing those e-mails come in from our amazing design team!  It's pure eye candy :)

Kalyn and Heidi used Jive Turkey - and I am blown away (as usual)

Kalyn's card is just so inviting...the warm colors are perfect for Thanksgiving!  I love her button treatment.  She used the single feather perfectly!  (yup, it's swoon-worthy)

Heidi's card is so cheerful and bold!  It's amazing that she cut all of those feathers - the result is fantastic!!  It reminds me of a head band.  The way she created her sentiment banner is awesome!

This weeks SPARKS challenge is RETRO-FAB!!

Enjoy your day friends!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hey friends...

Check out our SEPTEMBER stamp release:

Hope your weekend is wonderful so far :)