Monday, April 30, 2018

May 2018 FUN challenge

Hello, friends!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today we are starting our May 2018 challenge- it's a FUN one! I decided to go with a word theme for this month's challenge (it was our PS fan's 2nd choice in our poll earlier this year).

The word for our theme is: FUN. **If you need ideas, see list below!
Challenge deadline: May 28th, 2018 at 11:59pm PST
Winners will be posted on May 30th or 31st. 
Next challenge begins June 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

**Ideas for the theme FUN: you could create just about ANYTHING for this theme! May is fun because school is getting out, summer is coming along with summer actives (adventures), graduation, celebrating mothers... Fun could also be in the design! ALL of PS stamps/dies are fun- the critters are my favorite fun animals! Fun could be ANYTHING!!!!!!!! Have "fun" with this challenge😁 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

April Challenge Winners

Hello friends:)

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

We have an amazing gallery---I have been able to check out everyone's project, and I hope to leave some love on your blogs/social media this week! If you've been playing with us for awhile, you know how hard it is for me to pick winners! This month was extra hard because there were so many beautiful cards with flowers!!! How can you pick just a few to showcase!?!? SOOOOOOO hard!

Congrats to...
Nicole V.
Jen W.
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, May 1st we start our next challenge which will be a WORD (or theme) challenge. I don't have a sneak peek just yet because I'm still working on the graphic- it's going to be really basic because it's a word challenge! So pretty much anything goes as long as it fits the word/theme! All I can say is that our word is "FUN".

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

Saturday, April 28, 2018


(Baby Birds stamps, Baby Birds Icons Dies, Word Bubbles)

In Japan doctors would prescribe “Forest therapy” to treat depression and anxiety. The scent of the trees increases activity of the natural killer cells that enhances your immune system which boosts resistance against stress.


Friday, April 27, 2018


(Squeaky Clean + Dies, Alphadot, Mom Word Die, A Little Lovin' (heart) Power Rays Die)

American women didn’t start shaving their armpits until 1915… this sudden change was due to an advertisement in Harper’s Bazaar fashion magazine. It was so effective that now 90% of US women shave their pits.


Thursday, April 26, 2018


(Bitty Bungalows, Best Buds stamps and dies)

A programmer at Apple kept working for three months after his project was canceled, simply because he thought the work was interesting and wanted to finish. Apple employees helped his cause by sneaking him into the building, and the project (a graphing calculator) was successfully released.

xo Kim

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


(Space Cadet stamps; Space Cadet Icons dies)

The rivalry between Adidas and Puma became so fierce that the German town of Herzogenaurach (where both companies had their HQs) became known as “the town of bent necks”, as no local would start a conversation with another without first looking down to check which firm’s shoes they were wearing.

xx Kim

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


(Woofers & Tweeters, Baby Birds, Tiny Hearts dies, Quotables dies (as an outline for stitching), Happy Birthday 2 dies, Baby Birds Icons
*Savannah was inspired by a layout by Nancy Damiano. 

In 2013 a zoo in China tried to pass off a hairy dog as a lion.

xx Kim

Monday, April 23, 2018


(Healthy Vibes)

One third of all motels in the U.S. are owned by Indians with the last name ‘Patel.’

xx Kim

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sunday Recap 4.22

Hello, Paper Smooches fans and friends!

Savannah O'Gwynn here today - my apologies for being MIA lately. Trav and I have recently had to surrender our second rescue pup. It's been super hard and so I took a small break from the studio, crafting, and social media.

I am back today sharing a really quick update on what's going on in the PS world.

Our April 2018 challenge, which is a THEME/PHOTO inspiration challenge, is going strong! There's so much you can use from the photo, as well as a theme of spring. Click HERE for more details and to play along! Or link up below!

We've also got a fun giveaway going on with our DT Alumni Kalyn and Emily. Check out the details, as well as the GIVEAWAY, HERE.

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. Be sure to stop back by!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed ❤️ Sav


(Natural Beauties stamps, Thanks So Much Die)

One third of all motels in the U.S. are owned by Indians with the last name ‘Patel.’


Friday, April 20, 2018


(Monster Dies, Deco Edge Dies, Kindness Sampler)

“Giraffe” is a relatively new term. Before the 1600s they were known as “Camelopards”.

xx Kim

Thursday, April 19, 2018


(Best Buds stamps and dies, Comforting Hugs, Gift Tags 2 Dies)

In Canada it is illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft. However, completely legal to practice witchcraft.

x Kim

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

something super fun!!

Hi, everyone! It's Kalyn Kepner and Emily Leiphart here with our new video series, Two Many Cards! We thought it would be fitting to create with Paper Smooches for our first video since we met on this design team and love creating with Kim's whimsical stamps and dies!

We are both featuring Pineapple Crush and incorporated other pineapple-related goodies in the Paper Smooches line-up, including Pineapple Crush 2, Pineapple 1 and Pineapple 2 dies, as well as the Stitched dies.

Kalyn's video is up first:

And now Emily's video:

Be sure to stop by our blogs for more photos and a full supply list:

We’re giving away one $25 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store to one lucky winner chosen randomly from Kalyn’s video or Emily’s video. You must be a subscriber! Be sure to leave some love for both of us to increase your chances of winning! Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on April 21st. The winner will be announced on both our blogs and YouTube channels on April 23rd. Be sure to check back then.

While comments left on our blogs are greatly appreciated, only the comments left on our YouTube videos will be included for the random drawing.

Thanks so much for watching!



(Party Posse stamps; Posse Icons die; Huge Hugs stamps; Huge Hugs Icons dies)

Pet food tasters (humans) serve as professional quality control for pet food. They make up to $120k/year.

BIG hugs,

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


(Mom Word dies, For You Tag dies, Waves dies, Adorable Array dies)

There’s a restaurant in New York that doesn’t employ chefs; they employ grandmas. Every day, a different grandma from around the world designs her own menu.


Monday, April 16, 2018


(Needle Little Love stamps and dies)

In June 2017, a tire shop in Fort Worth, Texas, was robbed so often that the owner bought a guard dog. The next time the shop was robbed, the intruders stole the dog.

xx Kim

Saturday, April 14, 2018


(Happy Birthday 2 Die, Numbers Dies)

Humans have a negativity bias that makes us continuously look for bad news. The trait stems from early humans who developed it as a survival mechanism.

x Kim

Friday, April 13, 2018


(Wake Up, Boob Tubes stamps and Dies, Word Bubbles, Flower Frame Dies)

The people who falsely claimed the copyright to “Happy Birthday to You” made $2M a year for decades until the song was ruled public domain.


Thursday, April 12, 2018


(Sentiment Sampler, Bear Frog Die, Baby Bow Dies)

Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White sued Samsung Electronics in 1993 over its use of a humorous ad featuring a robot turning letters on a game show, alleging a violation of her personality rights. White was ultimately awarded $403,000 in damages.

xo Kim

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


(Sugar Rush stamps; Party Posse stamps; Sugar Rush Icons dies; Posse Icons dies)

To become an astronaut in Japan you are tested in your ability to fold a thousand paper cranes. These cranes are then analyzed by a team of psychologists to see how the person deals with boring, repetitive tasks and time constraints. The psychologists check whether the folds get less precise at the end of the task, and see how they compare with the first ones.

xx Kim

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


(Precious Mom, Blossoming Buds, Frame 5 die, Foliage 1 die, Flowers dies)

The gym chain Planet Fitness charges between $10 and $20 per month and has, on average, 6,500 members per gym. Most of its gyms can hold around 300 people. Planet Fitness can do this because it knows that members won’t show up.

xx Kim

Monday, April 9, 2018


(Garden Greetings)

When Tater Tots first hit store shelves in 1956, people did not buy them because they were very inexpensive and there was no perceived value. When the price was raised by stores, people began buying the product.


Saturday, April 7, 2018


(Boxed Greetings stamps, Merry Christmas 2 Die)

Trees in forests have an underground communication and interaction system driven by fungal networks. “Mother trees” pass on information for best growth patterns and can divert nutrients to trees in need, and they are more likely to pass them on to trees of their own species.