Thursday, February 27, 2014

Paper Smooches February DT Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches March/April release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase at midnight on March 5th (eastern time) (12:01 am on March 6th) You will find our new releases HERE
To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog
  • The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
  • 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 changes) 
  • You have until midnight MT on Sunday, March 2nd to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, March 3rd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

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(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

Today I get to share something I made with the new Bold Buzzwords set. Bold Buzzwords is another fabulous sentiment set featuring Kim's fun handwriting and this time the sentiments are big and bold enough to take center stage.

Supplies:
Cardstock: (gray) American Crafts, (gold foil) Chickaniddy Crafts, Vellum: The Paper Co., Patterned paper: (Date Night 6x6 pad) Chickaniddy Crafts, Stamps: (love, hearts: Bold Buzzwotrds set) Paper Smooches, Ink: (gold, pink) Colorbox Pigment ink, Embossing Powder: American Crafts, Washi Tape: My Mind's Eye, Die: (Borders 2) Paper Smooches
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

See what I mean? Gotta love that big, bold "love"! I stamped and embossed the sentiment in gold onto vellum, then I added some hearts (also included in the Bold Buzzwords set) and embossed them in pink.

OK, time for you to visit JJ's blog now. I'm sure she has something amazing to share!

Have fun and good luck!
Heidi

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Paper Smooches January DT Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches February release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase at 12:01am, Eastern time...on February 1st.  There will be an Anniversary celebration at the Paper Smooches blog on February 1st, so please stop by and celebrate with us!  You will find our new releases HERE
To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog
  • The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
  • 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 changes) 
  • You have until midnight MT on Sunday, February 2nd to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, February 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
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(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

Today I get to share what I made with the new Hooties set.

Supplies: 
Cardstock: (blue) We R Memory Keepers, (ivory, kraft) World Win,  Stamps: (branch, leaves, sentiment, owl: Hooties set) Paper Smooches, Ink: (Rich Cocoa) Memento, Makers: Copic, Embossing folder: Darice, Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers
Size: 4.25"x5.5"

As you might have guessed Hooties is an owl themed set. Remember a few years ago when owls were all the rage in the crafty world, and then they sort of disappeared? Well, I missed them and think Hooties is a perfect way to bring them back! Just look at that cute little guy sitting there on his curly q branch...SO cute!

What do you think? Were you missing owls from your crafty projects too?

Make sure to pop on over to JJ's blog next, you know she has something fabby to share!

Have fun everyone and good luck!
Heidi

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Paper smooches December DT Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches January release with you!  TEN new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase at 12:01am, Eastern time...on January 1st.  It's CHA (trade show time) so the release is extra-big!  You will find them HERE
To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog
  • The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
  • 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 changes) 
  • You have until midnight MT on Sunday, December 29th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, December 30th 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
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(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

Today I've made a little something with the fun and versatile Kissables 1 stamp set.

Supplies:
Cardstock: (yellow) Bazzill, (white, gray, black) World Win, Stamps: (houndstooth, polkadot: Kissables 1, leaf: Leafy Greens) Paper Smooches, Ink: (white, blue) ColorBox, (pink) Fresh Ink, (orange) Memento, Embossing Powder: American Crafts, Dies: (hello: Quote Tag Dies, frame: chain Dies) Paper Smooches, corner rounder: We R Memory Keepers, buttons: Buttons Galore
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

The Kissables stamp sets are designed to be used with solid stamps such as the leaves (or petals) I've used above. You can ink up your solid stamp then "kiss" is onto the patterned Kissables stamp to remove some of the ink creating a tome on tone image like the ones I've done. You can, of course, just stamp the Kissables directly onto you paper too. for the "hello" I stamped and embossed the Kissables polkadot in white onto black paper, then die cut my word. 

I really love all the patterns that come with the Kissables 1 set, great basic images that go with almost anything!

Next you're off the see the fantastic JJ Bolton!

Have fun and good luck!
Heidi

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Quick Post Amidst the Holiday Madness

Hi!
Yes, I'm still alive :) just temporarily lost in a maelstrom of holiday, plans, parties and preparations. I thought I'd stop by for just a moment though to share some Paper Smooches.

Made this with the We Totally Click set. The bulb smiley face and sentiment are all from the set, I added the strings with white gel pen.


Here's what I created with the Paws for a Cause set. I love those sweet doggie sils so much I wanted to use as many as I could on one card! I also used the paw print from the set to alter my patterned paper and finished it off with a fun sentiment also from the set.


The papers I used in both cards are from My Mind's Eye.

Hope you're all having a fabulous holiday season!

Heidi

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Have You Heard??

There's a new scrapbook company in town!


Featuring two BRAND NEW SUPER CUTE COLLECTIONS!



I'm excited about this one folks...be sure to check it out!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Paper Smooches November DT Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches December release with you!  FIVE new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase at 12:01am, Eastern time...on December 1st.  You will find them HERE
To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog
  • The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
  • 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 changes) 
  • You have until midnight MT on Sunday, December 1st to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, December 2nd 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
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(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

OK, so onto my project :) I made a sweet little card with the oh so fun new Love Struck stamp set.



I just love this set, it's full of on trend images like arrows and Kim's trademark cuteness! I used the heart arrow, the bullseye, and the love struck sentiment for my card.

Supplies:
Cardstock: (teal, pink, gray, ) American Crafts, (white) Georgia-Pacific, Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Stamps: (arrow, bullseye, sentiment: Love Struck set) Paper Smooches, Ink: (London Fog) Memento, Scarlet, Rosebud) ColorBox, Dies: (Lovestruck Dies) Paper Smooches, (Standard Circles SM) Spellbinder's, Corner Rounder: We R memory Keepers
Size: 5.5"x4.25"

Next up: JJ's blog!

Have fun and good luck!
Heidi

PS Happy Thanksgiving to all my US peeps, and Hanukkah to those who celebrate! Whether you're eating turkey, braving the shopping crowds, or just spending time with family,  I wish you all the best!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Faux Wood Burned Tags

Hi there!

Today I'd like to share something trendy, fun easy and just in time for the holidays, faux wood burned tags.

I've been seeing a lot of embellishments made from laser cut and burned wood and I really love the look! I wanted to see if there was a way to create a similar look myself. Real wood burning is created by heating up a metal stamp or stylus and darkening the surface of the wood, literally burning it. My way is much, much simpler...stamp it!

I started with some real wood veneer paper (if your looking I found mine here) and die cut it into tag shapes. Then I rifled through my ink stash to find just the right shade of brown. I used a small scrap piece of the wood to test it. I found that pigment or permanent alcohol inks worked best, dye inks tended to bleed into the grain of the wood, ruining the effect. Once I found the right ink, the rest was just about as simple as you can get...stamp! The pigment inks may require a bit of heat setting, but the alcohol inks were good to go immediately.

I chose the fabulous new Fresh Snow stamp set from Paper Smooches to embellish my tags. They were perfect for creating these Christmas tags I'm going to add to my homemade jam this year!

Supplies:
Wood Veneer paper: Creative Imaginations, Stamps: (snowflakes, sentiment: Fresh Snow set) Paper Smooches, Ink: (Timber Brown) Staz On, Ribbon: May Arts, Crochet Thread (gold) Coats & Clark, Jingle bells: Westrim Crafts, Die: (Tag Scallop die) Paper Smooches, Other: burlap, canning jar

So whadda you think? Are you going to try creating some of your own faux wood burned embellishments?

Heidi

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Moxie Fab Thanks Blog Hop



Hi there!

Welcome to the Moxie Fab Thanks Blog Hop. A hop to celebrate and say thank you to one of the most inspiring people in the paper crafting industry...Cath Edvalson.

Here's where you should be in the hop:

...

Christina MacLaren 

Me!

Giovana Smith 

...

If you'd like to start from the beginning or see the whole list of blog participants head on over to the Moxie Fab World.

I want to tell you a little bit about what Cath means to me. She is my mentor, my cheerleader and my constant source of inspiration. She is a huge part of why I had any sort of success in this industry. The fact that this hop is, well, massive tells you that I'm probably not the only one who feels this way about her.

With that said let me share a few projects that summarize my adventures in the Moxie Fab World.

Dec 2008, I won my first Moxie Fab Challenge with this Christmas Creation (I went by my Paper Crafts forum name SAJ Mom)


I nearly had a heart attack when this happened! At this point I'd never been published or won any kind contest, so this was a HUGE honor and a big boost to my confidence. It also wasn't long before Cath sent me and invitation to submit to Paper Crafts magazine, I said I'd never been published, but the truth is I'd never even submitted before...too chicken :) but this simple act from Cath gave me the push I needed. I had 8 cards picked up for that first publication and suddenly paper crafting went from a hobby to a passion!

I continued to play along with various Moxie Fab world Challenges and Tuesday Triggers throught the years, and truly they've resulted in some of my favorite creations.

A Stitch in Time


Around the House


All Creatures Great and Small


Sweet on Spring Tuesday Trigger


Tissue Paper Magic


Beads and Baubles Tuesday Trigger


I'd have you stuck here all day if I showed you every creation inspired by Cath or told you all the ways she encouraged or supported me and I know you have soooo very many more blogs to visit, so let me just say...

Thanks Cath!! you are the embodiment of Moxie Fab!!

Heidi
 Now onto Giovana Smith's blog!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

3 Cards, 1 Post!

Hi again!

Wow! Can you believe it's November already? I feel like if I blink it'll be Christmas! The more you have to get done, the faster time flies, right?

I have another pic heavy post today featuring some of the new November releases from Paper Smooches.

First up a card I created with the new Calorie Free set.

Supplies:
Cardstock: (yellow) Bazzill, (black) The Paper Co., (white) Georgia-Pacific, Stamps: (sushi and sentiment: Calorie Free) Paper Smooches, Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento, Markers: Copic, Dies: (Calorie Free Icons) Paper Smooches, Embossing Folder: Spellbinders
Size: 4.25"x5.5"

Calorie Free is loaded with all kinds of cute food imaged and fun punny sentiments to go with them. I absolutely loved this sushi image and immediately knew I wanted to cut the roll out and put it between some chopsticks.


My next card features the Chains dies

Supplies: 
Cardstock: (white) Georgia-Pacific, (Gold) ??, Stamps: (sentiment: Birthday Sampler) Paper Smooches, Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento, Sequins: Teresa Collins, Dies: (bubbles: Chains dies) Paper Smooches, Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Crafts
Size: 4"x 8"

The die I used on this card looks like bubbles and I thought they'd be perfect champagne bubbles if they were in gold! A few sequins and a fun sentiment later and this card is ready to party :)


Last but not least a fun boy appropriate card created with the Enjoy the Show set.

Supplies: 
Cardstock: (cream, red, yellow) World Win, (white) Georgia-Pacific, Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye, Stamps: (elephant, pedestal, sentiment: Enjoy the Show set) Paper Smooches, Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento, Markers: Copic, Dies: (Flag Tags, Banners) Paper Smooches, (circles) Spellbinders
Size: 4.25"x 5.5"

I have a real thing for elephants, so of course I chose to work with this super cute little guy. His pedestal and the sentiment on his flag are both also from this set.


Whew! did you make it through all that :)

Have a fabulous day!
Heidi

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Paper Smooches October DT Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches November release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase at 12:01am, Eastern time...on November 1st.  You will find them HERE
To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog
  • The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the eight 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) 
  • You have until midnight MT on Sunday, November 3rd to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, November 4th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.
Erin Lincoln is joining the PS design team this month - yay!  Laurie Schmidlin is out on maternity leave and will return in time for our December release.  

Emily Leiphart
Heidi Van Laar -- me!

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My card feature the new sentiment set...Group Hugs.



 I always love Paper Smooches Sentiment sets! They're whimsical and fun and almost always include fun little motif stamps like the hearts I used here.

Supplies:
Cardstock: (white) Georgia-Pacific, (navy) World Win, Patterned Paper: (My Mind's Eye), Stamps: (sentiment, hearts: Group Hugs set) Paper Smooches, Ink: (Navy) Fresh Ink, (Peacock, Seaglass, Sky Blue) ColorBox, Adhesive dots: My Mind's Eye, Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Crafts, Die: (Bubbles) Paper Smooches
Size: 5.5"x 4.25"

Next up: Kalyn's Blog.

Have fun and good luck!
Heidi
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