Saturday, June 6, 2020

Paper Smooches is retiring

Hello my Paper Smooches family.

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us.
We had to close our paint and wine Studio mid-March. We are planning to reopen in mid-June but that will come with a whole new set of challenges. My son was supposed to get married on May 23rd but had to postpone it until 2021. My Grandma passed away in April and after my Dad’s recent passing, I have been reflecting and evaluating what is important to me. Life is far too precious to be busy all of the time, so I decided to make the incredibly tough decision to retire from Paper Smooches.

Although I am closing down my business, it’s a wonderful thing, not a sad thing. I am proud of myself and honored beyond measure that my art has touched so many lives over the past nine and a half years. Most artists do not get the pleasure of having their art in stores and homes all around the world. I am truly touched and grateful for all of you.

I have a new amazing job and it's a position that challenges me artistically. You will continue to see me around, you can count on that. My kids are grown, we moved into a retirement community and I am ready to simplify. I am really excited about this new chapter of my life.

Closing sale
The sale percentage will increase over time - product quantities are limited, so you shouldn't wait to get what you like.

June 6 - June 30 - everything in our online store is 25% off.
Use this code: RETIRING25

July 1 - July 31 - everything in our online store is 50% off.
Use this code: RETIRING50

August 1 - August 31 - everything in our online store is 75% off.
Use this code: RETIRING75

(use the coupon code box on the cart page) (in-stock products only, cannot combine with any other coupon code but can be used with Paper Smooches gift certificates, no rain checks, final sale, sale code is not for wholesale use) International orders may take longer than usual because of the Pandemic, so please be patient.

The PS challenges will still continue and the PS Facebook page and group is not closing down. I want to see you be creative and share your art.

I'd like to say a very special thank you to my incredible design team, they will always hold a special place in my heart. I was so fortunate to work with each and every one of them over the years and I will be forever touched that their art and my art made magic together.

I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world and I am so glad that our lives have crossed paths. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for supporting my small business. You are appreciated more than you know.
So much love,
Kim



38 comments:

  1. Oh Kim, PS is your baby, it must be really hard for you to make this decision. Hope our cards with PS will keep making you smile, even after it retires :) Take care and sending you warm hugs!

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  2. Well, I am saddened to hear the store is closing BUT I am truly happy that you are moving forward in a direction that you are so very happy about! I wish you the very best and will look for you out there on the interweb. hugs!

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  3. What a year you have had! I think this is a good decision for you but a sad one for all of us who love your products. Best of luck in your new easy going life. Enjoy each day!

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  4. Oh Kim, this news really saddens me it really will be a huge loss to the creative stamping world. In my short few years of card making I have built up a decent collection of your fabulous sets. BUT I can understand with all that has gone on this year as well as the current situation that it's time to evaluate all our lives. So as sad as I will be to see you go I hope you have fantastic success with the store & what ever you choose to fill your time with. Be safe, take care & good luck , hugs xx

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  5. Oh no Kim, sad to see this. I bet I wasn't an easy decision. Wish you all the very best with this new chapter!

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  6. Hi Kim,
    Your decision has certainly touched my heart; first with sadness, because I’ve been a PS fan for years and second, with happiness, because you’ll be continuing your creative journey with joy and passion. I’m excited for you as you stand firm, ready to embrace these next steps. Hopefully, you’ll share what you’ll be doing with us.

    So glad that the challenges will remain; they are wonderful sources of inspiration!

    Wishing you the best of luck and sending the BIGGEST hugs to you for all that you’ve done – and will continue to do – for the crafting community!
    hugs~carol

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  7. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I am so sad to lose Paper Smooches but even more sad that you had to be put in this position. Thank you for all you do and so glad you are looking forward to the next chapter!

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  8. Kim, I'm so sad to hear this news - PS is such an amazing brand and YOU have brought so much to the crafting community! At the same time, I wish you much happiness on your next part of journey. Be well and sending lots of hugs and blessings!!

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  9. Paper Smooches will always have a place in my heart (and in my cards ;))! <3 I'm sure it was a hard decision to make, but you're doing what is best for you (and you should totally be proud of yourself)!! :) I'm happy to hear that PS challenges and FB page/group will still be around. <3 :) Thank YOU for all that you have done and for the opportunity to be on the PS challenge team!! You rock and you're amazing!! Follow your heart and enjoy your new journey!! I wish you nothing but the best!! Lots of hugs <3 Oh, and thank you for another fabulous sale...guess I know what I'll be doing! lol ;)

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  10. Paper Smooches will always be one of my ultimate favorite stamp/die product line...THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART for all the amazing crafty goodness over the last 9 years - good luck on your next chapter!!! I am so happy you are excited about what's coming and it's not a sad thing....BIG HUGS!!! xoxoxoxo

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  11. I am so sad that your shop is closing but I wish you all the happiness in this new chapter you are starting :) PS was my first die purchase and it holds a special place in my crafting. Thank you and sending you virtual hugs!

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  12. Oh No, such hard decision, but happy for your next chapter same time.
    Even my daughter's marriage is on May 16th and it is cancelled now. Life always create challenge for us!
    Sending lots of hugs and good luck Kim!

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  13. Sad that your shop is closing but happy that we will still get to see the cards you make. Big hugs!

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  14. Paper Smooches has been one my favourite brands for stamping. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent. I will continue to use my PS stamps and dies for years to come and will miss adding to my collection. However, even though this chapter for you has come to and end, it's heartening to know that you are moving into the next chapter on your own terms. :)

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  15. Kim, Thank you for sharing your art with the world. Your work has brought so much joy to my life by inspiring my own crafty creations that I shared with my own friends and family. While I am sad to see Paper Smooches close, I applaud you for doing what is best for you and following new dreams and passions. Keep doing what makes you happy and I look forward to seeing you around the crafting world.

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  16. Makes me so sad to know PS is closing, and there will be no more PS products coming forth! But knowing its something you've decided for a better life makes me really happy! Good luck on your next chapter and big hugs!

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  17. Oh no....I am so sorry to hear this but I totally understand. It has been a rough ride for you and your family. Can't wait to see what you do next, I know it will be simply amazing!!

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  18. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all these years. Wishing you all the best in your future!

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  19. You really have had a rough year my dear. I think you are making a good decision. We have to do what keeps our soul healthy. I feel like I have known you for so long....since the Cornish Heritage Farm days. You have been a joy and inspiration and have shred so much with us. Wishing you nothing but happiness. Bless your PS heart!

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  20. Very sad to hear you are closing, Kim, but so thrilled for you to be entering this new chapter of your life.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for faithfully sponsoring my Cat Lovers Hops for the past number of years. In appreciation, I have just placed an order for your awesome Cat Dog Card Dies for myself....a product which you generously provided as a prize in our 2019 Hop. (I was so jealous of my crafty friend who won it!! lol...)

    Best wishes for a bright and joyful journey into this next phase. Thank you for all the inspiration you have given us and the lovely products that will continue to be used for years to come!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  21. Hi Kim, sorry to hear of our closing your business down. But, you have to take care of yourself and do what is best for you! You will be sadly missed, can't wait to see what you will be doing next...Take care and be safe!

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  22. Wishing you the best!!!! thank you for sharing all those years with us!

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  23. I wish you the best! Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us.

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  24. Sad to hear that Paper Smooches will be no more, but know you didn't make this decision lightly. I've enjoyed your art through your stamps for many years and wish nothing but the best for you and your family. Be well and be happy. Smooches!

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  25. You should be proud of Paper Smooches--a wonderful accomplishment! Wishing you much joy as you move into this new chapter of your life. Hugs, Greta

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  26. I can't believe I've got to say goodbye to another one of my favourite stamp companies...so sad but what a lovely opportunity for you to do something new! Thank you for making this hobby of ours even more enjoyable over the last few years. Hope you enjoy every minute of this new chapter!

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  27. Marisela Delgado said: The Lord tells us that the road of the righteous gets brighter and brighter until the dawning of a new day! He always saves the best for last. Your BEST is yet to come! Thank you for your wonderful designs and stamps! The Lord is with you always! Enjoy your new and fresh start! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  28. Best wishes for the future! Relax and enjoy!

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  29. I'm sorry to hear of your losses this year. I have enjoyed your artwork since I began following you during the CHF days! I know this was a tough decision and I hope we continue to see your work. Take care!

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  30. Kim - I am so so SO sad to hear this news! Paper Smooches has been far and wide one of my favorites with your whimsical style and super fun fonts. I will MISS you so much but respect your very hard decision and wish you the very VERY best in the future - cheers! Kelnkids@aol.com

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  31. Kim I will miss you and Paper Smooches. I've enjoyed your products for most if not all of your nine and half years sharing your stamps and sentiments. I wish you the best and most exciting new endeavor you will be taking. I know you have gone through a lot and I'm sure this is a hard decision to make and I'm also sure you'll make it because you're such an awesome person. Take care and God Bless you.

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  32. I'm so sad but so excited for you at the same time! I have always loved your artwork and Paper Smooches products!!! I wish you all the very best as you begin this new chapter!!! Hugs!

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  33. Have been a fan of your stamps and style for a few years. While you and your store will be missed, just wanted to wish you the very best on your next endeavors. I'm sure you'll have lots of fun!

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  34. Hi Kim, Count me in with everybody else. While Paper Smooches may be closing, it will live on every time I stamp one of your adorable images to use for a card going to a little patient at a children's hospital. Thank you so much for all you've given to the crafting community! All the best as you embark on this new phase of your life journey!

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  35. Good luck Kim! I will continue to enjoy my PS products in my paper crafting. All the best to you in the future.

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  36. Best of luck to you & your family. I've always been a fan of your stamps every since you designed at CHF. Of course I'll miss your sketches, your designs and your creations, but will be looking forward to seeing you in your next adventure.

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  37. I will be sad to see you go, but I have many of your designs & will love to continue to use them. I am sorry for the loss of your father. Many blessings to you and your family and all of the exciting future plans you have <3

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  38. I am very sad to hear PS is retiring.
    I love the PS products I have and will continue to use them with a lot of pleasure. Thank you for making such great products!!
    I wish you the very best!

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