Thursday, January 29, 2015

Paper Smooches January Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches February release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on January 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.
  • 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 chances) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, February 1st to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, February 2nd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.  
  • 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

Here are the details:
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 to my card:)  I'm using the new alpha die set called Sassy Letters! Kim always designs the cutest, most unique letters!  For my first card, I paired the letters up with that adorable little chick from Spring Fling.  An fun (and super easy) card:)

I also made this quickie card using the entire set of letters.  Don't you love that "i"?  I colored my inlaid pieces with my copic markers to get the rainbow look.  Again, the letter dies make this super easy to do!

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


Shaker Heart with Avery Elle

Hello!  I have a CAS shaker card today that I made with the Avery's Alpha stamp set.   The scale of these alphas is on the small side which is good for things like tags and banners. I thought I'd use the set to create a background for my shaker.  I added a the inlaid arrow pieces to finish off the heart frame.  {I used this heart die and this arrow die for the shaker frame}  I don't care if shakers are trending out (aren't they?), I still can't resist making them:)

I hope you have a fantastic day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Mahalo and Aloha,

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cupcake Invite with Avery Elle

Hi guys!  I've got a quick card today that I made with the new Avery Elle You're Invited stamp set.  This set is a mini set, but it has a bunch of options for different kinds of invites. For my card, I used the frame of the You're Invited Die (I love that frame!).  To dress up my invite, I added a border inside the frame.  To do this, you have to cut another frame and cut it in half.  The two halves will look like parenthetical braces:)  The little bit of blue gives the reverse cut a bit more definition.  At the bottom, I added a little die cut cupcake sprinkled in mini sequins.  (Very easy to make with the Cupcakes stamps and dies)

Thanks for visiting today!  

Mahalo and Aloha,

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Awesomeness with Avery Elle

Hi folks!  Today I have a recent card I made with the new You're Invited Die.  There's nothing I like more than using my dies in new ways.  With this card, I trimmed up the final die cut and only used the "You are" part of the die cut.  This is such an EASY way to get more out of a die:)  I used the Avery's Alphas dies to make a totally custom sentiment.  I inlaid each letter using various Avery Elle papers.  The final touch was to create a frame with the largest Finished Frame die.  I love that frame die because it gives each card a little bit of polish without competing with the rest of the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mahalo and Aloha,

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Mahalo 2014 and Aloha 2015

Just a short post to wish everyone a joyous New Year!   This card pretty much sums it up for me...

Dotted Borders, Count On It dies, So Happy stamps, Cloud Mask

And before we totally say goodbye to 2014, I want to say...

Thank you die, Signature dies

2014 was an amazing year for our me and my family, and I don't take that for granted!  And, of course, I'm so thankful for you and all the those folks in this crafting community!  

Mahalo and Aloha,

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Custom Gift Holders with Avery Elle

Hi folks!  Just dropping in with a few ways to use the Just a Note die from the latest Avery Elle release!  With this die set, you get the large die plus a "just a note" word die and a bunch of cute die cut flourishes.  The large die can be used in a variety of ways: gift card holder, treat holder, envelope wrap, self-closing card (check out the Avery Elle site for some more tips on how to use the die).

I chose to use the die to create a couple of quick and easy treat and gift card holders... 

I used the dies from Fill in the Blank and Holiday Fill in the Blank to dress up my treat holders.  When folded, the large die creates a pocket.  The pocket is slim, but can accommodate small, flat items.  I slipped in a chocolate square candy but you could try something like a tea bag or flat lollipop.  

I also created a gift card holder with a snowflake (Noel dies) reverse cut that I backed with some glitter paper.  The "Enjoy" sentiment is from the Gift Tags stamp set.   I kept it pretty CAS, but the stitched line gives it just a little something extra.  Here's a pic of the backs of each holder...

I told you, easy, right?  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  

Mahalo and Aloha,

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sunshiny You with Avery Elle

Good morning everyone!  Just a little card today to bring a bit of sunshine to your week:)  I'm using a couple of sets from the new Avery Elle release,  Simply Said You die and stamps & Dotted Borders dies!  This card combines so many of the elements I love: sunshine theme, word dies, and border dies.  I usually do vertical cards, but I thought it rotate it for a different perspective.   

Because the card background is just one color, I blended a bit of yellow and orange ink onto the sun and the rays to give them some depth.  This helps you avoid that flat look that you get with color card stock.  The "sun" is adhered to the card with foam tape and I glued the "you" die cut to it.  On the "y" side of the word die, I glued it straight to the sun, but the "u" side is glued to the card base with foam tape.  This keeps everything level.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you are having a beautiful week!  

Mahalo and Aloha,