Thursday, August 27, 2015

Paper Smooches September Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches SEPTEMBER release with you!  TWO new stamps and TEN new dies will be available to purchase on August 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 you 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, August 30th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, August 31st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.  
JJ Bolton (you are here)

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, let's take a look at the new die, Birch Trees, in action!  This new die is the perfect thing to get you in the mood for Fall (which I have to admit is my favorite season)!  So for my card, I colored my birch tree in two shades of blended ink, a light grey and a darker grayish-tan.  For the background, I masked off a circle and then blended some clouds in a dusty blue.  


Next I perched a little cardinal (from the Warm Hearts set) on one of the birch branches.  I love that little bird:)  The final step was to add the sentiment (from Scripty Sentiments) which I heat embossed in white on black and then fussy cut.   


Thanks for hopping with us today!  The next stop on the hop is the wonderful Kalyn Kepner!  Have an awesome day guys!

aloha,
jj



Friday, August 21, 2015

Flip Flop Friday with Paper Smooches

Back-to-school stuff is everywhere, but I'm still holding on to summer!  This Paper Smooches sentiment is just how I'm feeling:)  And what says summer more than flip flops and tropical flowers?  Just a tip, when you put together your die cut flip flops, bend the straps ever so slightly off the card to create a 3D look.  Fun, right?


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a great weekend!  

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Three for Thursday with Avery Elle

Hi guys!  Just stopping in to share a couple of cards I made with the summer Avery Elle release!  This first card uses the Geek Love set and the matching die.  Instead of die cutting an aperture with the die, I used it to create a mask and blended the background heart.  I love the softness and depth of that blended ink heart:)  To create the panels, I used the Double Pierced Rectangle die set.  


These next two cards were made awhile back, but didn't get a chance to get them up on the blog yet.  Both of these use the Tweet Tweet stamp set.  For the card below, I just chose my favorite of the bird stamps and started stacking them up!  For the overlay panel, I used one of the dies in the Dotted Borders die set to create that wave cut.  


My last card also uses the Tweet Tweet stamp set, but in less obvious way.  This card was inspired by a movie that my mom used to love called Paulie.  It's about a parrot trying to find his way home and it's such a sweet story.  


That's it for me today!  Thanks for visiting!

XOXO,
jj

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Double Burst with Avery Elle

Hi everyone!  This summer has been pretty crazy, but I have a couple new cards to share with you today!  These two cards use the really fun Burst die from Avery Elle.  This die is perfect for adding texture and detail without being to busy.  For this card, I used it as a frame for a background I made with watercolor powders.


For this card, I used the burst frame to mimic rays of sunshine.  I trimmed off the closed edge around the die cut so that I could fan out the rays.  


Hope these cards spark some ideas!  Thanks for visiting!

XOXO,
jj

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Paper Smooches August Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches AUGUST release with you!  Four new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on July 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 you 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, August 4th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, August 5th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.  
Emily is taking a small hiatus to care for different things in her life. Kathy Racoosin is filling in for her.  We are so excited to have Kathy join us in August!

JJ Bolton (you are here)

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)

Are you ready to get a look at one of the new dies?  My card today features the new Easel die and Spreading Sunshine stamp set!  The new Spreading Sunshine set has such lovely, uplifting sentiments.  I know that I will be that set A LOT!  This mini easel was specially made to coordinate with the Spreading Sunshine stamps, which is what I did right here...


I die cut my easel using woodgrain paper for a bit of realism:)  Then I stamped my sentiment in two different colors.  On the card base, I used a scrap piece of paper as a mask to create rays of sun with ink and a blending tool.  The rainy clouds were made using one of the Landscape dies blended with some soft blue ink.  The "raindrops" are just water drops dripped and flicked over the water-based ink.  That's it!


Thanks for hopping with us today!  The next stop on the hop is the fantastic Kalyn Kepner!  Have a wonderful day guys!

aloha,
jj




Watercolored Cards with Avery Elle

Hi guys!  I've got two colorful cards today using some of my Avery Elle stash!  This first card uses the Giraffe Balloon stamp set.  I stamped the balloon with Versamark and heat embossed it in clear onto watercolor paper.  Then I used my Zig Watercolor pens and a water pen over the embossing.  (Love the intense color of the pens)  I cut down watercolored panel using the Double Pierced Rectangle dies because I wanted the clean white background around it.  I finished it off with some acrylic raindrops.


My second card uses the Stay Fresh set.  I love me some pineapples!  (I'm from Hawaii, what can I say?)  But this time, I used the same watercolor pens to create a pink and teal version.  The background is just the one "mahalo" stamp covered with some vellum.  


I really had fun using watercolors with my Avery Elle stamps today!  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

XOXO,
jj

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Poppystamps Blog Blitz ~ Holiday 2015


Stop by the Poppystamps blog to check my second post for the new release Blog Blitz!  Just a reminder, you have a chance to win a die for each Blog Blitz post you comment on!  You don't have to comment on all the blog posts (although we hope you are moved to do so), just the ones you want a chance to win:)

I'm featuring the new die Stitched Snowflake Cutouts!

Aloha!
jj