Saturday, March 31, 2018

April 2018 Theme/Photo Inspiration challenge

Hello, friends!!!!!!!!!!!! **I'm posting this a bit early!

Happy Easter! What a great day to start our NEWEST Paper Smooches challenge! HOOOOOORAY! 

We have a theme/photo inspiration for the April 2018 challenge. The theme is SPRING. From the photo you could use a flower on your card, the colors, and umbrella (for April showers), etc. SOOOOOOOOOO much in just one little photo and theme! Photo Credit
Challenge deadline: April 27th, 2018 at 11:59pm PST
Winners will be posted on April 29th or 30th. 
Next challenge begins May 1st. 

Here are the rules: 
  1. Create a NEW project (card, tag, layout, journaling page, etc).
  2. You must use at least one Paper Smooches stamps/dies or free digital images- please link to our website:
  3. Post your project on your blog/social media platform and submit a direct link to your post/image using our linking system. 
  4. 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 email the image to you, savannahland2 at comcast dot net)
  5. All skill levels are welcome!!! 
  6. You can enter as many times as you like! 
Here's what you are playing for: THREE (3) winners will receive a $15 Paper Smooches gift certificate.

Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us each month!
We always look forward to seeing what you create!!! 
Be blessed ❤️ Sav

March 2018 SKETCH challenge WINNERS

Hello friends:)

It's Savannah O'Gwynn sharing and celebrating our March 2018 sketch challenge winners!

We have an amazing gallery---so many different takes on this sketch, as well as many who followed the sketch 100%!!! Congrats to...
Sybrina K.
Greyson (5 years old---- FABULOUS coloring!)
 Please email {savannahland2 at comcast dot net} to receive your badge and $15 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store!

THANKS to all who joined in the fun! We appreciate you sharing your talent and creations with us ❤️

Tomorrow, April 1st- no joke 🤣- we start our April challenge which will be a theme/photo inspiration challenge. Here's a sneak peek! Photo Credit

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


(Bees Dies, Honeycomb Dis, Love Word 2 Die)

In 1901, a doctor was told mid-surgery that he was needed urgently elsewhere, to which he responded that he could not leave “even for the President of the United States”. He was then told he needed to operate on William McKinley, the President of the United States. The doctor maintained his claim and actually didn’t leave.

x Kim

Friday, March 30, 2018


Here is another card class that I am teaching at Our Creative Escape showcasing our Simply Said stamp set
(Foliage 1 Dies, Hello Love Die, Leafy Greens, Big Bloom Dies, Leaves 2 Dies)

In 2015, a Louisiana man was arrested for drunkenly riding a horse on a highway. When detained, he said, “The horse knows the way home” and the sheriff concluded it did not constitute DUI.

xo Kim

Thursday, March 29, 2018


This is a card class that I am teaching at Our Creative Escape showcasing the Huge Hugs stamp set
(Balloons Dies, Waves Dies, Ocean Scene Dies, Cury Clouds, Fringe Die, Bows Dies)

In Japan male students can confess their love to another person by giving them the second button from the top of their school uniform. The second button is the one closest to the heart.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018


 (Delightful Greetings stamps; Hello Love Word, Butterfly Duet and Stitched Flourishes dies)

After cutting off his ear, Vincent van Gogh painted a portrait of the doctor who treated him, then gave it to the doctor. The doctor hated it and used it to repair a chicken coop before giving it away. It’s now worth $50 million.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018


(Happy Birthday, Birthday Words, Blossoming Buds)

A guy made a fictional restaurant the #1 restaurant in London using trip advisor and fake reviews. He served microwaved food and customers said it was the most exquisite food they ever tasted.


Monday, March 26, 2018


(Spring Fling stamps and dies)

A California woman won $1.3 million in the lottery and filed for divorce 11 days later. She didn’t tell her husband, and two years later her husband found out all about it and sued her. The Judge awarded her husband all of her winnings.

xx Kim

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sunday Recap 3.25 + VIDEO

Hello, Paper Smooches fans and friends!

Savannah O'Gwynn here to "sum up the week" (I love how my friend, Court, told me to start this post! LOL!). We have a important deadlines and a video to share today, and all the details can be found below ⬇️

1️⃣ Our sketch challenge deadline is coming up {March 28th}!!! Be sure to play along with our sketch challenge and enter to win one of three PS gift certificates! Click HERE for more details and to play along! Or link up below!

2️⃣  I've created a process video sharing how I used the March sketch challenge as inspiration for my card design. You can check out my video over on the Virtual Smooches blog HERE. Or just watch it here:)
I think that's it for this week's summary! Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed ❤️ Sav


(House Plant Die, Thanks so Much Die)

Millennials being scrutinized isn’t unique to this generation. Older generations have been doing it to younger generations for over 2,000 years. Similar criticisms include laziness, being self absorbed, spending too much money, expectations being too high, and the use of technology.


Friday, March 23, 2018


(Promenade, Promenade dies, Bitty Bungalows, Bitty Bungalows dies, New Beginnings 2)

Toddlers play more creatively when they have fewer toys at their disposal.


Thursday, March 22, 2018


(Layered Hello Dies, Best Buds stamps and dies)

Americans spend more on lottery tickets than on movies, video games, music and books combined.

xx Kim

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


(Delightful Greetings stamps; Embroidery Hoop and Dainty Flowers dies)

A shoe designer has made a pair of shoes that uses a GPS, and will direct you home when you click the heels together.

xo Kim

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

(A Little Lovin', Enjoy the Show stamps/dies (Circus Icons), Tiny Hearts dies, Banner dies, Kite dies)

Rebel Wilson pursued an acting career after she contracted malaria and hallucinated that she was a famous actress winning an Oscar.

xx Kim

Monday, March 19, 2018


(Eco Friendly stamps, Flowers Two dies, Polka Dot Border (flower centers)

30+ minutes of running 5 days a week has been linked to 9 years of less ageing on the cellular level.

xx Kim

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sunday Recap 3.18

Hello, Paper Smooches fans and friends! Happy St. Patrick's Day (a day late)!

We have several things to go over today--- PS has been busy this past week!

1️⃣Did you see the NEW video posted on the Virtual Smooches blog? I took your advice and started sharing my ideas again! THANK YOU!!! I posted a super cute bunny decoration for Easter, as well as photos of a super cute kid. Check it out HERE. Or watch the video HERE.
2️⃣ Did you catch our relaunch for the monthly challenges? We started them back up this month!!! We started with a fan favorite, a sketch, and we have three winners instead of one 🤗 Click HERE for more details and to play along! Or link up below!

    3️⃣ I created a card for the challenge this week, and I'm trying to create a process video for another card design as well. I did change the sketch a bit, but I love how it turned out (and Trav said this is his favorite card to date... that is until I make another! LOL!). PS stamps/dies I used include: Many Thanks, File Tab dies, Thanks So Much die.
    4️⃣MORE inspiration to come here on the blog from the DT so be sure to stop back by **and scroll down to check out some beautiful creations shared this past week from the DT! LOVE LOVE LOVE the talent on this team! ❤️

    I think that's it for this Sunday Recap. Thanks so much for stopping by! And again, THANKS for your help with my videos and feedback! Be blessed ❤️ Sav


    (Incognito, Glasses Dies)

    Quebec banned ads for toys and fast food aimed at children under 13, resulting in lowered childhood obesity rates.
    xo Kim

    Friday, March 16, 2018


    (A Little Lovin', Critter Card Puns, Slang Gang)

    All mammals, from mice to whales, have roughly the same number of heartbeats in a lifetime: 1 billion.


    Thursday, March 15, 2018


    (Layered Hello Dies, Chilly Chums stamps and dies)

    Monster and similar companies make cans of water, so it appears that celebrities are drinking their product while actually just drinking water.

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018


    (Delightful Greetings stamps; Butterfly Duet dies)

    Einstein mused that he would have liked to have been a plumber, and promptly was awarded honorary membership in the plumbers’ union.

    xx Kim

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018


    (A Magical Spring stamps, Spring Dies)

    Trader Joe’s has a “try before you buy” policy – where employees will open nearly ANYTHING for you to sample.

    xx Kim

    Monday, March 12, 2018


      (Green Thumb stamps, Stitches Dies, Tiny Hearts Dies)

    TLC planned to make a reality show about NASCAR wives but cancelled it before airing because the wives got along too well.


    Sunday, March 11, 2018

    Sunday Recap 3.11

    Hello, Paper Smooches fans and friends!

    THANK YOU for all of your sweet comments and feedback on THIS post!!! Your love and encouragement make it a bit easier to get back into sharing my creations through video! I am hoping to get something made this week----> my idea: using the bunny card die for an Easter project! Be on the lookout;)

    Here's what's going on in the PS world this past week:

    Did you catch our relaunch for the monthly challenges? We started them back up this month!!! We started with a fan favorite, a sketch, and we have three winners instead of one 🤗 Click HERE for more details and to play along! Or link up below!

    MORE inspiration to come this week from the DT using some of their favorite stamp sets and even some sets that haven't been used! So be sure to stop back by ❤️

    Thanks so much for stopping by! And again, THANKS for your help with my videos and feedback! Be blessed ❤️ Sav

    Saturday, March 10, 2018


    (Botanicals 3, Fun & Flirty stamp sets)

    An Uber driver asked his passenger to drive while on a 300 mile route so he could take a nap. He awoke to them being chased by the police.
    An innocent man spent 17 years in jail until he found his doppelganger with the same first name in the same jail. He was then released.

    xx Kim