Thursday, April 24, 2014

An announcement!

Our design team changed a little bit :)

We have two sad goodbyes and two happy hellos to announce.

Heidi is stepping down to concentrate on her husband's new business and we wish her much success.  Heidi has been with us since day one.  When I compiled a wish list of designers who I admired, she topped my list!  As I looked through the issues of Paper Crafts magazine, her projects always stood out to me.  She WOW'ed me then and she did every time her e-mails came in with her DT projects.  I never wanted her images to end because I enjoyed them so much.  She is just as much a delight in person as her projects are and I feel so lucky to have her in my life.

Karolyn is also stepping back from our design team.  I have always loved her innovative cards and her amazing design eye.  She has an incredible way of spotting trends...and she rocks it - every time!  Karolyn is a wonderful cheerleader and a true gem to everything she touches.  She inspires me in many ways.  I feel sooo fortunate to have her in my life and I will truly miss not having her on our team.

soooo yup, those are some super HUGE shoes to fill...

Please welcome...

Michele Boyer and Jocelyn Olson to the PS family  :)

Michele and I go waaaay back to the Cornish Heritage Farms days.  I have always and forever loved her and her fabulous style.  She is cute and quirky and her cards always makes me smile.  Her mad coloring skills will blow your mind!!  I just know we are all in for a real treat!

Jocelyn is another "Heidi" for me.  I fall in love with everything she creates!  Trendy, clever and rock star are all words that come to mind when I think of Jocelyn.  She dabbles in all sorts of paper crafts (including digis) and she is a pure natural when it comes to design.  Her darling projects will surely make you say "Wow!"

Typically our PS DT blog hop is the last Thursday of the month...BUT it's next week because we have a treat planned for you, so I thought it would be more fun to have a super BIG blog hop giveaway in conjunction with an amazing adhesive company!  Stay tuned, more details on Monday.

Soooo, since our new May/June release goes live next week, I thought I'd share a sneak peek of some of our new products to start getting excited about...

k, so seriously now that I look at my card I wish I cut the sentiment from gold paper and NOT black - ack!!  (not so sure about that baker's twine now either LOL)  Please disregard my poor color choice on the word and concentrate on the two new dies.  The Congratulations word die and a NEW Coverlet die called Retro Arrow.  This cover plate will look amazing vertical as well.  Maybe add some stitches along the open spaces?  I thought about using my sewing machine but it has a "flashing disco bulb light" that throws me off a bit LOL.  I think the design possibilities are endless.

I didn't leave a whole lot to the imagination of this card since I used sooo many images from the new set!  But yes, you guessed it, it's a kitchen theme set.  It's a really neat mixture of old and new kitchen items.  The dies that compliment this set are seriously FUN!

A 33-year-old mother took the place of her 15-year-old daughter to attend 
high school and join the cheerleading team.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Happy Half-way Day!!

Seriously, can this girl make anything other than FABulous cards?!??  (nope)
I love Teri's color combo!   The scattered stars are sooo happy and wonderful!
I like that she stamped off the sentiment to create a tiny shadow.

Lori Barnett is our guest and here's another jaw dropping card :)
The Fourth of July will be here before we know it, so this is a great time to prepare some super fun cards to send out.  (even if they aren't invitations to a party or BBQ)  I love the neutral really softens the colors...and her design is awesome!!  (polka dots are from Primary stamp set)

When Einstein died in 1955, the physician who conducted his autopsy at Princeton stole his brain and took it home to perform “research”, for which he was ultimately fired after refusing to return the brain. Decades later, he drove to California to return the brain to Einstein’s granddaughter.

xoxo Kim

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Hola friends!  I am sooo excited to show you what's to come in May.  Our new release is super fun :)  Peeks stars on Monday.

Emily loaded her card up with the Smooches...Duo Die 3, Nine Lives stamps and dies, Flap Happy stamps and dies, Flowers dies, Feathers dies and Word Up stamp set...WOW!

I love the glitter behind the cat...and the velum wings...and her wood grain card base.  She balanced the accents and pearls perfectly.  This is an all-around fantastic card!!

Back for another look...Laurie added vellum to her background - and I love that so much!!  Butterflies are timeless and add a beautiful touch to projects.

Ahhh, sweet simplicity!  I love the customized paper that Laurie created by heat embossing the sentiment in white - FABulous!!!  her string flower accent is to die for - I LOVE it!!  (Bold Buzzwords)

UFO sightings have reduced by over 80% since the introduction of 
smartphones and public access to HD video.


Monday, April 21, 2014


Hello sweet friends
I am hoping you had a wonderful Easter.  Mine was absolutely delightful :)

Technically our PS DT blog hop would be this Thursday but we have a special cross-promotion going on through the week of April 28th.  Our PS DT blog hop will be on May 1.  We do have a special announcement on April 24th though...more details to come...

Kalyn embossed her sentiment onto watercolor paper.  Doesn't it look gorgeous?  I really love how she stopped at the edges of her paper...and her color choices are soooo beautiful!

I decided to re-post this stunning card by Heidi since it looks perfect next to Kalyn's and it has pretty water colored feathers.  These cards would make a fantastic set!

And we’re not talking about hermit crabs. It’s estimated that there are 
at least 5,000 tigers held captive in private homes. And nobody is 
licensing or regulating these pet owners.

xoxo kim

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Recap 4.20

Hello, Paper Smooches fans & friends! Happy EASTER-- He is RISEN!! 

Savannah O'Gwynn here today to share the newest Virtual Smooches videos and Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge!!!!!!! 
First up--be sure to check out the following videos, as well as our Featured Fan, on the Virtual Smooches blog. 
  • Interchangeable Magnetic Scene- Emily has created an interactive card that was inspired by her son! He does part of the video explaining his creation! Here's a sneak:
  • Leather Feather REVISIT (earrings)- I challenged myself last week to make leather feather earrings! This week I took on the challenge and LOOOOOOVE these fashionable earrings! Here's a sneak:
Also-- TODAY the newest Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge goes live! Starting with this new term, our challenges will start on SUNDAY 12:01am PST and end on SATURDAY at 11:59 pm PST. Winners will be shared on MONDAYS:)
This week our challenge for you.... create any project using Paper Smooches stamps and dies for this fun challenge! SUPER EASY! 
Create ANYTHING and link it up to our challenge! 

The Anything Goes (wk3) challenge starts at 12:01am PST Sunday, April 20. Be sure to link up your creation before April 26th at 11:59pm PSTClick HERE for more details.

And finally... I would love to share with you our April Anything Goes (wk1) challenge winner!! Shar fussy cut that pen image three times for great detail on a simple card! And look at that pocket for the pen! Clever! Great card, Shar!
That's it for me today! I do hope you will join in the fun with the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenges!! We would love to stop by your blog and check out your creations! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

Saturday, April 19, 2014


...and in case you forgot...we are including a FREE Happy Birthday wood mount stamp to all purchases made in April...with a subtotal of $75.00 or more.  I chose the "Happy Birthday" stamp because it was my birthday month (grin)

Ohhh my, this is one VERY SWEET layout!!  What an adorable little boy :)
I love Wendy's use of the Tag Stitched die along with the Feathers dies.  There is so much wonderful texture on her page!!  (and the stitching brings everything together beautifully)
(Pretty Phrases, Happy Camper)

I am digging this non-traditional-Kesti page!  The sepia tones are fabulous!!  She used our Stars dies perfectly - they add wonderful interest!  I also love how she backed the Friend Word die with a darker color to create a shadow.  Did you notice the Flirty Frame stamp used for her journal spot?

In 1625 English officers called off an invasion of Spain after their soldiers 
stopped off at a local winery and got hammered.


Friday, April 18, 2014


Happy Friday!!

Sooo, our Love Word dies were just added back into stock...and just in time because this little beauty will surely inspire some of you :)

I love the nautical feel of Ashley's card.  Do you see the hombre effect on the die cut?  LOVE :)  Those chunky stripes are fabulous...and the flowers, perfect!

Black and white polka dots with a splash of teal - swoooon!!  I love how Karolyn colored parts of the frame and added a bold teal sentiment panel in the center. (that's popped up by the way)  Her card is perfectly balanced and ideal for sooo many ages :)

In Newfoundland, icebergs are harvested for their water. The melted water goes into making products such as Iceberg Vodka and Iceberg Beer.

Love ya!!  Kim

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Our May guest designer is...

Veronica Z

Wahoooo, congrats!!!  We think you are FABulous!!!  Your style is cute, pretty and super sweet.  (I am guessing that describes you as well)  I can't wait to see what you create with our May/June release!

Our next guest design team call will start in a couple of weeks, so be on the lookout!  We'd LOVE for you to give it another try :)  Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan’s daughter have all claimed to have seen Abraham Lincoln’s ghost in the White House.

By the way...we now have Love Word dies back in stock - yay!!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I am 43 years old today - yay!

Enough about about some fabulous inspiration?  :)

Ohhhh how I LOVE the bold black on top of the pastel colors!!  The background looks like post it notes :)  The star over the "i" takes the cake.

Teri's card is just AWESOME!!!  Seriously amazing in EVERY way.  The colors, the cute blue dots, the layers...and the black sentiment.  Swoooon!!

Miss Lori created this super-cool card with one of my most favorite color combos.  I see she also dotted her i with a star (a popped up one).  Did you notice that the frame holds a mirror?  Yup, this card is really neat!!!

THIS is where you will find the recipe for the layered salad that I showed yesterday.
Japan has 67 flavors of Fanta, including ‘The Mystery Fruit’,
 ‘Genius Energy’ and ‘Hip Hop’ flavor.

hugs and smooches!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Our MAY Guest Designer search is currently ON!  You have until midnight tomorrow to get your entry in.  Our new guest will be announced on Thursday, April 17th.  Here are the details

sooo, the BUNCO party went well.  My guests seemed to enjoy themselves :)

here are a couple of photos from the spread...

Emily created a video for this adorable card idea.  I can't wait to see it!!  The stitched sentiment looks awesome!!!  She is a super-duper-clever girl...

I love Laurie's watermarked background paper, don't you?
The sweetly colored ties are darling...and so is her design. This is such a super cute card!!

There is a skyscraper in New York City with no windows.

xx Kim

Monday, April 14, 2014


Hey there friends.

I am hosting BUNCO (dice game with 11 other women) tonight, so I am looking forward to prepping some food today.  Have you ever played?

Ahhhh, yellow!  It's so happy and makes Kalyn's card even cuter, I think.  I love the layered paper and elements.  Fabulous product choices!!  The camera and washi tape - exactly perfect :)

Heidi's card is sweet and delicate...
I adore those soft pink hearts
 - and the bold gold sentiment.
The sweet polka dots and vellum makes this card extra cute.

On February 15, 1969, a woman name Vickie Jones was arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin in concert. Jones’ impersonation was so convincing that nobody in the audience asked for a refund.

smooches!  Kim