Category Archives: Paper Smooches

Happy Halloween

Hey strangers! It’s been a little crazy around here the last week or two. One of my issues has been cranky internet service, and I’ve worked more than one day from the McOffice. They offer free wifi as long as your battery holds out – I have never found any power outlets in the same McDonalds that offer free wifi. Do you think that is a coincidence?  Lucky for me, the battery life on my Mac is awesome, but still… It’s so different when you’ve come to rely on internet at your fingertips in the comfort of your own home.

At any rate, I’m back with this week’s CPS Sketch sample!

I ordered several sets of stickers from EAD Designs when I realized they were sponsoring this week’s CPS sketch, and I have to tell you…how fun! I’ve made several cards already and I love how fast & easy it is. I also *really* love how the stickers  are printed on a transparent vinyl. In the past, *if* I’ve used stickers, I’ve been tied to white cardstock because the stickers would have a white border. These are classier…your image looks more printed on the cardstock than a sticker stuck on your cardstock. The stickers I used on this card are from the sheet Halloween Owls. So cute!

I added a quick sentiment from the Paper Smooches set, Happy Halloweenie and a button. Done. Maybe you’ll have time to play this fun sketch and have the chance to win some free goodies from EAD Designs.

My new modem should be here tomorrow, and I’ll try to post a few more things this week.  Hope you have a happy Sunday!

Boo! & Mailing Thicker Cards

One of the very first stamp designers that I had the pleasure of working with closely was Miss Kim Hughes…back in the day when she was first designing stamps for (now defunct) Cornish Heritage Farms. Immediately loved her.

About a month ago, I saw the cutest cow card ever in the history of cow cards, and (because my husband works in the beef industry) I had to order Kim’s cute set Chubby Chums from Paper Smooches. When my set arrived, Miss Kim had surprised me with a gift from this week’s September release.

So, so cute! I got inky yesterday afternoon with a CAS Halloweenies card.

One of the things that I’ve always loved about Kim’s line is the prominent thicker lines on the images making them ideal for many different uses. What I mean is the images are super fun to color, but the lines are thick enough to stamp with colored ink and let them stand on their own, as I’ve done here. The thicker lines also make them super easy to paper-piece. Cute, fun and easy. What’s not to love? Thank you, Kim! I can’t wait to color that {witch}!

Earlier in the week, I showed you this card called Something Borrowed. I had a comment and a few emails about how I would mail something so thick. So, I thought I’d give you a few quick pictures of a mailing method that does double duty!  You can 1) mail the card securely and 2) make a pretty first impression.

I use clear plastic card boxes. I’ve ordered them from several places over the years. These came from Papertrey. The card slips right in.

I type out the recipients name & address along with my return and print it out from my computer. Then I trim that address sheet down to the same size as the card. I slip that inside the clear box so that the card shows on one side and the address on the other. I take it to the post office, have them weigh and affix postage and drop it in the mail.

If you are hand delivering your card, these clear boxes still make quite a statement. Just slip your card in the clear box and tie up with a pretty bow (or not!). Easy. Done.

I’m excited to be hanging out at home and stamping today (maybe with Chubby Chums!)  I’ll be back tomorrow with a sample for the next CPS Sketch.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Beep! Beep! It’s JiFFy time!

***Copic Coloring Guide Giveaway post is here.***

I couldn’t be happier to have a post today that’s just for fun with my JiFFy friends! It’s that time when someone picks a stamp and someone else (in this case me!) picks a patterned paper and it all gets shuffled around the country so that six different women can give us there take on the random act of stamp-ness.

We’ve got a few new faces to the JiFFy Friends challenge this month so I’m very excited. I always love to see what these goddesses create. You know them all: Michele Boyer, sweet Carole Burrage, Cristina Fischer, Jody Morrow and Amy Rohl!

As I mentioned, I was the paper-picker this month, and I had chosen this beautiful piece called Bohemian Floral from Graphic 45 many moons ago for my next hostess month…I was thinking beautiful floral cards, sweet sentiment cards… I’ll admit I was a little set back when Carole chose super darling Spiffy Scooters from Paper Smooches. Like fried onions and chocolate…I love them both, but don’t choose to eat them together at the same time. 🙂 That feeling didn’t last long though, and I love how this turned out!

I have a Copic Coloring Guide giveaway going on thru Saturday on this post, and the question I asked was, ‘I knew I was in love with Copics when _______!‘ For me, it was when I saw the flat, smooth coloring that could be achieved with the markers. Put the shading aside, I love that rich, smooth look you can get with these markers, and it’s a great way to make use of a limited color selection.

To color large areas, you sometimes need to color the image twice over to smooth out the streaks since the first pass over your cardstock can be a little splotchy. This is because the cardstock is dry.  After the cardstock is wet from the first pass of the marker, however, the second pass will even out the splotchiness. Sometimes, like here with BG72, I don’t want super dark images that multiple layers of color would create so I color the image first with my blender pen to moisten the cardstock and then apply color with my Copic Marker. One pass with the marker is all that is required for smooth, vibrant and not too dark color. The body of the scooter and the fenders were both colored with BG72, the only difference is that the fenders were colored first with the colorless blender pen, so they aren’t as dark as the scooter body.

Tip: Work in the smallest possible sections. So in this case, I would color each different element of the scooter completely before moving on to the next (i.e. front fender, back fender, body, headlamp, etc.).

It’s just about time to hit publish, so I’m going to see what the rest of my girlfriends cooked up with this stamp and paper combo. I know I’ll be blown away…always am with this group. Hope you can check them out, too!

  • Stamps: Spiffy Scooters – Paper Smooches
  • Cardstock: kraft, orange – Prism, Bohemian Floral – Graphic 45
  • Ink: Tuxedo Black – Memento
  • Assc: Perfect Bracket Edge & Notched Tag die – My Favorite Things, Copic Markers (BG72, W3, Y32 and R14) and dotted embossing folder – Sizzix

Paper Smooches Co-Hop

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It has been the craziest winter! I’m ‘snowed in’ Southern California after CHA, I’ve been trying to get home since Monday. Even the ‘snow in’  couldn’t keep me from celebrating with my sweet friend, Kim Hughes, today.  I’ve been a fan of Kim’s whimsical images for years, and I was thrilled with the opening of her new stamp company, Paper Smooches, this week!  She’ll be releasing 3 fun, clear stamp sets on the first day of each month.

Kim asked me to create a card using one of her February stamp sets.  I chose  Falling For You!

Kim offers high quality photopolymer clear stamps, shaped card templates, a design center and much more.

There will be a monthly challenge on the Paper Smooches Blog.  There will be free digi stamps involved and a guest designer spot for the next month will be up for grabs. How fun is that?

I’m headed to the airport and hoping to make it home to my sweet family today, but I’ll leave you with an inspirational line-up for today’s Paper Smooches hop (I can’t wait to see what the girls have created!):

Michele Boyer
Alli Miles
Lori Craig – you are here
Julie Campbell
Carole Burrage
Karolyn Loncon
Kim Kesti
Betsy Veldman
Maren Benedict
Debbie Olson
Melissa Phillips
Carly Robertson
Julia Stainton
Becky Olsen
Teri Anderson
Kyrssi Ng
Heidi Van Laar
Heather Pulvirenti
Laurie Schmidlin
Lisa Johnson
Lori Barnett
Jessica Witty
Asela Hopkins
Rae Barthel


  • Stamps: Falling for You – Paper Smooches
  • Cardstock: Choice Snow White – Taylored Expressions, Ocean Blue – Bazzill & patterned paper from Imaginisce’s Apple Cider line.
  • Ink: Black Memento
  • Accessories: buttons, twine, Copic Markers (BG72, E44, E47, E31, E33, E35)