Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Fun with Paper Smooches

Happy Friday folks!  I have 2 cards to share with you today that were recently on the Paper Smooches blog:)   My first card uses a technique that I've used lots of times in the past, stacked stamping!  [For those of you who are not familiar with this technique, here's a tutorial]  Usually stacked stamping can be a bit tricky since you have to stamp the same set of images twice.  This is especially tricky with multiple colors.  But this time I had the help of my MISTI (check out this post here for thoughts on the MISTI).  

I stamped the butterflies twice onto 2 separate panels and then cut out the Happy Birthday die from one of the panels.  Then I attached the die cut word over the other stamped panel using foam tape.  Here's a tip for you, do not weed your die cut word completely.  If you keep the pieces inside the open spaces and loops, it makes it much more easy to place foam tape on the back of the word die.  Fun right?


For this next card, I used the Mini Cupcake dies to create this pastel, triple scoop ice cream cone!  Not that I don't love a cupcake, but who doesn't love ice cream;)  The cone was just made from a triangle piece of card stock that I scored for that waffle cone look.  Aren't those sprinkles so cute?


I hope you enjoyed the cards today!  I hope you have a wonderful day and weekend! 

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two for Thursday with Avery Elle

Hello, hello!  I've been MIA for a couple weeks (Spring Break will do that to a gal), but I'm back with 2 fun Avery Elle cards!  The first one uses the sentiment set, Amazing.  I love the oversized scale of these stamps!  I really wanted to concentrate on that lovely font, so I stamped my sentiment and misted it with 4 different colors.  Then I layered it up over vellum and my favorite b/w striped paper.  For a card with so much going on, everything seems to work together:)


My second card uses the set Humble Pie.  I used one of the cute little pie stamps to create a welcome to the neighborhood card.  [Full disclosure...I am not a baker.  I am, however, a pretty good shopper and have been known to bring over some purchased baked goods;)]  By the way, the berry-colored papers is from from the Harvest Collection paper pad (color is Vino).


Thats it for me!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

In the Doghouse with Avery Elle

Hi guys!  I have a fun little treat holder for you today that I made with the new Avery Elle Furry Friends set and Treat Topper die.  When I first got the Treat Topper die, my first thought was of a gingerbread house.  So while I was daydreaming about all the little houses I could make with this die, I thought why not a little doghouse for the cute puppies in the Furry Friends set:)  The base of the house is just a rectangle that I scored and folded around the treat bag.  I even made a little doggie door with one of the dies from the Bottle It Up set.  What other kinds of little house treat holders would you like to try?


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thar She Blows with Paper Smooches

Just a fun little thank you card today!  I used one of the new Paper Smooches Stitched Flourishes dies to create a waterspout for my happy whale.  These stitched flourishes are so great for adding that little extra something to a card.  A long time ago, I read a tip about card making that basically said, if your card feels unfinished, try adding texture.  Add another layer, embellishment, embossing (dry or heat), or in my case today, stitching!  (I wish I remembered what blogger said this little tidbit!  It still a really good tip!)

To create the waves, I die cut a stencil using one of the Borders Dies 1 and blended ink over it.  I love this technique because it's so much fun and gives such a soft look.  

Stitched Flourishes dies, Surf and Turf stamps, Borders Dies 1

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Paper Smooches March Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches April release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on March 31st at 8:00pm pacific time. Once our release goes live, you will find our new products HERE.  
To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 

The prize - a $25 gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25 prize.
  • 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) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, March 29th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, March 31st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.  
Here are the details:
JJ Bolton (that's me)

To increase your chances of winning:
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

Now are you ready for something fun?  This new die set is called Polished and it's unlike anything you've ever seen:)  Do you have a friend who is obsessed with her nails?  Or in my case, do you have a friend who's recently engaged?  I created this fun engagement card with the sentiment from the Qwick Qwips;)


This die set comes with the dies for the hand, fingernails, and the ring!  I opted to use a rhinestone to bling up the ring, but there is a faceted diamond die with the set.  To get the full sparkly effect, here's one more shot at an angle:)


Now it's time for you to hop on over to the next stop on the hop, the fantastic Jocelyn Olson!   

Mahalo,
jj

Stay Golden with Avery Elle

Hi everyone!  Just stopping in with a card with lots of shiny happiness!  I paired the new Number Balloons dies with the "happy" die from the Words Fill in the Blank dies set to create a fun little shaker card.  Don't those numbered balloons look amazing die cut in gold metallic card stock?  I was debating if I should add some strings on those balloons, but you know me.  I'm a CAS girl at heart:)


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pastel Bunnies with Avery Elle

Hi guys!  With the weather finally warming up, I'm looking forward to Spring and not looking back!  So I pulled out a bunch of bright pastel papers and paper pieced this new Avery Elle set, Easter Blessing.   Doesn't this get you in the mood for Spring flowers?


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj