Friday, March 31, 2017

April 2017 challenge- Showers

Hello, Paper Smooches fans & friends! 

Welcome to our Paper Smooches monthly challenge! 

Our new challenge begins today--- Saturday, April 1st [NO JOKE 🤣at 12:01am PST.
The deadline is Friday, April 28thth at 11:59pm PST.
Our PS Pro winner will be announced on April 30th.

This month's challenge is... SHOWERS
 Photo Credit HERE

****Be sure to incorporate PS stamps/dies. 
****RULES: any project using PS stamps/dies about showers- baby, wedding, rain, rainbows, etc 😀
  • All skill levels are welcome.  You can enter as many times as you like!
  • Create a NEW project (card, tag, layout, altered item, etc).
  • You must use at least one Paper Smooches stamp or die - Please link to our web site:
  • Post your Paper Smooches Challenge project on your blog.  If you do not have a blog, please upload your project to our Splitcoaststampers Gallery (use keywords: papersmooches) or our Flickr Gallery and link to our web site in your description. ***Submit a direct link to your gallery image using our linking system.
  • Please display our banner on your blog post (right click on the banner and save to your computer.  If you have any trouble, I am happy to e-mail the image to you- savannahland2 at comcast dot net).
Here's what you are playing for: One player will be chosen and named our PS Pro for the month.  
  • Our PS Pro (one winner) will receive a $50 credit to the Paper Smooches store!!!
  • This player will also receive a blog button to display on their blog.
  • Two players will be chosen as our Featured Designers 
    Savannah created a fun vellum card with twine rain and a colorful rainbow! [PS supplies include: Cosmos and the Weather dies]

    Our next challenge will begin on Monday, May 1st at 12:01pm PST.

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us this month! We look forward to seeing what you create. 


    Here some adorable Easter gift bag ideas...

     (Easter Egg Die, Flowers Dies, Fringe Die, Hearts Dies, Cat Dog Card Dies (hands))

    (Critter Card Puns)

    For April Fools Day in 1998, Burger King took out a full-page ad in USA Today introducing a Whopper designed especially for lefties. The new burger would contain the same ingredients as the original, but rotated 180°. Thousands of customers swarmed BK restaurants requesting the “lefty” Whopper.


    Winner-March "GREEN" challenge

    Hello friends:)

    **Click HERE for the April Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!! 

    It's Savannah O'Gwynn sharing our March winner and featured players! I'm so excited to stop by your blogs this weekend- I love reading about your creations and where you found inspiration! Plus, I'm always blown away by your creativity and projects ❤️

    I'm so thankful for all of our players- I really wish I could feature everyone! We had so many players this time around--- THANK YOU! Be sure to check out the gallery HERE, as well as Nicole's bible journaling page (LOVE), Corinna's leprechaun (with flower soft for his beard!! ACK! Adorable!), Colleen's all green card (oh my! I am in love- green everywhere),  and Jean's elephant (amazing coloring)!

    Congrats to our featured players:
    CeCe (Age 6, she created a video!!!!! Please go watch her video HERE- it's adorable!)
    Kimberly (Totally jealous of her coloring skills- and this card design! Genius!)
    Tarjeta (Love the soft green-- any shade of green is my fav!)
    Violet Rose (She doesn't like green! GET OUT! Great detail on this die cut sentiment!)
    Pretti (Oh my! Black, white, and a hint of green- perfect!)

    And a HUGE congrats to our winner, Sue Reynolds!!!!!!!!!! I don't drink coffee... but a rainbow coffee with a pot of gold... sign me up! I'll drink five of these:)
     Please email {savannahland2 at comcast dot net} to receive your badge and $50 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store! 

    THANKS to all who joined in the fun!

    Our April 2017 challenge starts TOMORROW... it's all about SHOWERS!

    ANY shower- think baby shower, wedding shower, rain shower, rainbows with clouds and rain... anything that has to do with showers!!!!!!! The saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers". But we will accept ANY shower creation! 🌧

    We hope to inspire you to get crafty with our PS products, and we would love it if you join in the fun!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:) 
    Tons of love, Sav 

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    PS DT Blog Hop

    It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches APRIL 2017 release with you!  TWO new stamp sets and SIX new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on April 2nd.  You will find our new products HERE once they go live.  The release date is a bit postponed because I will be out of town until April 2nd.
    To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
    The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

    Here are the details:
    • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
    • 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 chances) 
    • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, April 2nd to leave a comment. 
    • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, April 3rd 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)

    The full reveal of the April release will be shared on the PS blog on April 1.

    I created two cards for today's blog hop.  One uses the new Cross Stitch Die...

     This cool die will cut the holes for you so that you can stitch a design on your card.
    It would also make a great polka dot background.
    The set includes stitching dies and pixel squares as well.

    This is our new Pineapple Crush stamp set...

    check out some of the possibilities...

    If you look at the little gas indicator on your dashboard, you should see a tiny arrow next to it. That arrow actually points to the gas tank side of your car. Older models may not have the indicator, but new cars do.

    Thanks so very much for stopping by  :)

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017


    I have an announcement to make...

    Our super cute Kalyn is stepping down from the team.  She was recently engaged and is completing her graduate degree soon.  We wish her all the best.  I have truly enjoyed having her in our stampy family and boy will I miss her (she has been with us since almost the beginning of Paper Smooches)  Love you Kalyn!

    Her replacement is the very talented Karin Akesdotter.  Karin was on our SPARKS challenge team and I have always been a HUGE fan of her and her creativity.  I know we are all in for a treat!!

    (Huge Hugs 2)

    This is Heidi's last week as our guest - boo!
    Check out her super fun card...
    (Huge Hugs stamps and dies, Huge Hugs 2, Celebrate Balloons Dies, Birthday Bash)

    Parking in San Francisco is so scarce that the parking spot attached to your property can add up to 100K to the property’s value.

    xx Kim

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017


    Our Paper Smooches design team blog hop is on Thursday, March 30. 
     I can't wait for you to see our new stamps and dies :)

    (Huge Hugs stamps and dies, Tag Stitched Die)

    (Hearts Dies, Critter Card Puns)

    (Glasses Dies, Mustache Dies, Easter Egg Die)

    In 1939, Major League pitcher, Bob Feller, tested the speed of his pitches by throwing them against a racing motorcycle before radar guns were invented.


    Monday, March 27, 2017


    Hello friends!  Hoping your weekend was delightful <3

    (Huge Hugs)

    (Quotables Dies, Flowers Dies)

    Baseball is so popular in Japan that many fans are surprised to hear that Americans also consider it their national sport.

    xx Kim

    Sunday, March 26, 2017

    Sunday Recap 3.26

    Hello PS friends:)
    It's Savannah again! Be sure to read this entire post--- there's LOTS going on with PS this week! Giveaways, the end of the challenge, and videos... you don't want to miss out!

    This is the LAST week for our March challenge using the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year! Use green (any amount, any hue, and anywhere) on your project and enter to winPS $50 gift certificate. Be sure to check out the details HERE and to play along.
    I created a masculine birthday card using minimal green pieces (two different hues). Adding green to a project is SUPER easy! [PS supplies include: Tick TockBosom BuddyHexalongsCelebrate Word]
    Click HERE to play along or link up below! **NOTE: please be sure to use at least ONE PS stamp/die on your project! THANKS:)

    There's a couple of giveaways you can check out HERE and HERE- Kim's sponsoring a couple of giveaways for the Scrapbook & Cards Today 11th birthday and A Blog Named Hero 5th anniversary! Deadlines end soon!

    And don't forget to check out THIS post on the Virtual Smooches blog! I shared a quick tutorial on how to make these super cute shaped interactive animal cards! OH MY! That panda... and that orange lizard... and the pink cat with gold whiskers! ACK! LOOOOOOVE them all!
    THANKS for stopping by! Be sure to stop back by this coming week because we have MORE inspiration and the April Blog Hop sneak peeks! You are going to LOOOOOVE the new sets!

    Have a fabulous day- be blessed;) ❤️ Sav

    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    We are celebrating the 5th Anniversary of A Blog Named Hero!

    Congrats on FIVE years to A Blog Named Hero!

    We are happy to help celebrate a super fun blog.  We have enjoyed being a past sponsor :)

    Here are my "celebrate" theme cards.
    I used the Paper Smooches Party Balloons dies and Free Spirits stamp set.  I used our Borders 2 Dies for the scalloped edge border.

    For this card, I also used our Party Balloons Dies along with a sentiment from our
      Salutations stamp set.  Super simple...just die cut different tones of paper and layer them.


    A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day!  Giveaway prizes total more than $500!  To win, leave a comment on each hop stop.  We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit A Blog Named Hero on Sunday for the list of Sunday hoppers and prizes!  

    Today's prizes include the following: 

    Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th at the A Blog Named Hero blog.

    The hop will take place over two days and there are different giveaway prizes to be won each day.
    Make sure to check out the Blog Named Hero BLOG.

    Good luck and happy hopping!!

    Your next stop on this hop is the very talented...

    Cheiron Brandon   

    Please refer to A Blog Named Hero's blog for the full hop list in case there are any broken links

    Thank you for helping us to celebrate this super fun milestone
    xx Kim

    Friday, March 24, 2017


    (Huge Hugs 2, Hearts Dies, Super 2 Dies)

    Two con men sold a fake painting for €1.5 million, only to find out that all the 
    money was counterfeit.

    Thanks so much for making us  apart of your day
    x Kim