Category Archives: Paper Smooches

Let it SNOW-MEN!

It’s time for another Challenge Chicks Challenge and this month Jeanne chose the theme of snowmen!  Fun!  I made 2 cards to share today…the first is super easy, a CAS card, and didn’t actually have any stamping involved.

I simply hand cut a rounded top to my card base, then hand cut a nose, hat, and scarf.  I added some faux stitching and two buttons…that’s it!

For my second card, I followed this past week’s tutorial on Splitcoast for a Flip Down Stack Card.  Pictured is the card with the stack folded up and also with the stack after it flipped down.  I used the Paper Smooches Warm Hearts stamp set.  Instead of using a photo turn or magnetic closure, I used sticky-back velcro on the tab.

The hearts and trees were paper pieced.

I used the same snowman for all three frames…just stamped him in different directions…

Now go check out what the other chicks created!

  • anna wight
  • diane zechman (me)
  • jeanne streiff
  • kelli hull
  • kelly schirmer
  • lydia fiedler
  • vicki garrett
  • Want to play along?  Come join us!  Upload your snowman creations to our Challenge Chicks Facebook page or use the keyword CHXJAN13 when uploading to the SCS gallery.

    CAS card: paper- white, Simple Stories- Snap Color Vibe papers; accessories- Micron black pen, buttons, glue dots.

    Flip card: stamps- Paper Smooches Warm Hearts; paper- SU! Marina Mist, white, Simple Stories- Snap Color Vibe papers; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Marina Mist; accessories- Kars Snowflake embossing folder, sticky-back velcro, ribbon, Scor-Tape, Copics.

    The Challenge Chicks

    Last month my friends Jeanne, Anna, and I had a little Critter Challenge…and it was so much fun that we decided to make it a monthly event!  Now we are The Challenge Chicks and a few other gals have joined us.  Fun!

    We’d love for you to play along with us!  All you need to do is follow the theme each month and post your project to our Facebook page or use the specific keyword when uploading to SCS.  Easy!  And if you play along, we have a cool badge for you to add to your blog (thanks to our talented Anna)!  Just save this one…or copy the code in my sidebar for your widget.———>

    This month I challenged The Chicks to create a Christmas tag (Use keyword CHXDEC12 on SCS).  I ended up making two tags using Tina Wenke’s Winter Collection papers, Spellbinders dies, and some Paper Smooches stamps.  First I used the Nested Mittens…

    Next I made a Frosty’s Hat tag with the Reverse Wonky Rectangles die.  Don’t know where I saw this idea but it was perfect!

    Now go check out all the other Chicks’ tags!  (and come play along!)

  • anna wight
  • diane zechman (me)
  • jeanne streiff
  • kelli hull
  • kelly schirmer
  • lydia fiedler
  • vicki garrett
  • mitten tag: stamp- Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes; paper- Tina Wenke’s Winter Collection, white, kraft; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Tea Dye; accessories- Spellbinders Nested Mittens, Martha Stewart Mini Hearts punch, linen thread, ribbon, button, Copics, 1/16″ hole punch, EK Success snowflake punch, gemstones.

    hat tag: stamp- Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes; paper- Tina Wenke’s Winter Collection, black, white (on back); ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles, linen thread, Copics, 1/16″ hole punch, Martha Stewart Holly Leaf punch, Stickles.

    baby frame

    This past weekend I attended a relative’s baby shower.  Along with the purchased gifts, I also made a framed 12 x 12 page that coordinated with her baby bedding.

    When I found out that she was using the Trend Lab Baby Barnyard bedding, I searched online and found these pics for inspiration…Then I found a pic with fabric squares that are used in the bedding…score!  I used it to make my own patterned paper.  🙂

    The papers were carefully laid out and diecut with my Big Shot Pro and the Bigz Pro Puzzle Page die.  Then I used various Paper Smooches stamp sets for all of the animals…I just think they are so cute and match pretty well to the bedding.  The barn is from an old SU! set.  I added some Judikins “straw” to the barn and popped up the cow’s nose.  The words were inspired by a scrap page title I saw…I thought they would go perfectly with the puzzle die.

    I also popped up the puppy’s feet and added the animal sound words to coordinate with the sheet in the bedding.

    This was a lot of fun to create and I hope it matches the room well since I haven’t actually seen the bedding in person.

    Thanks for stopping in and I hope this inspires you to create some wall art of your own!

    stamps- Paper Smooches- Chubby Chums, Alphadot, Green Acres, and Party Posse, SU! On The Farm; paper- Creamy Caramel, Gable Green, Bashful Blue, white, kraft; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Gable Green, Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue, Brown Marvy LePen; accessories- Sizzix Bigz Pro Puzzle Page die, Copics, ribbon, Magnolia Romantic Tag and Lovely Fence dies, dimensionals, buttons, Judikins Straw Speckles, SU! flower brad, C.C. Designs grass border die, MFT Wonky Scallop Border die, PTI Cloud dies, SU! Oval punch, Cuttlebug Red Tag Sale dies, heart punch, computer font- PeggyFont.


    Today I have a card that I made to play along with the Paper Smooches Trend Watch Challenge.  The challenge this week is to use typography…check out the inspiration pic and details here.

    I put sentiments from 4 different stamp sets together to basically say “hello”.  Fun challenge!  Click here if you want to play along…

    Thanks for popping in…have a great weekend!

    stamps- Paper Smooches Sugar Rush, Hang Ups, Friendly Flowers, and Swanky Snowdudes; paper- So Saffron, MME Stella and Rose- Hattie; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- pop dot, Stickles.

    hey chickie

    During Hurricane Sandy there wasn’t a whole lot to do while waiting out the wind and rain.  I grabbed a hot cup of tea, some Paper Smooches stamps, and watched a movie with my family.  Then the power went out.  ugh.  My heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible storm.

    Playing along with the current Sparks Challenge, here’s what I came up with.

    The PS stamps are just so fun to paper piece…I have a hard time not piecing them!  ;^)

    Click on the banner below to find the inspiration photo and info to play along.

    stamps- Paper Smooches Chubby Chums, Hang Ups, and Friendly Flowers; paper- MME Stella and Rose- Hattie, MME Moments, Black, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black.

    a reindeer tag

    Just popping in quick before the hurricane comes through.  Stay safe, everyone!

    Here’s my October Christmas cards for the Dirty Dozen & Alumni Christmas Card Challenge.  Stacy challenged us to make tags this month and I chose to put my tags on a card so I could build up my Christmas Card stash.

    I had these done about a week ago but I was preparing for company and Hurricane Sandy so I’m just now getting them up.  I used another Paper Smooches image…love that reindeer!  I also used a reindeer embossing folder that I found on my last visit to Buffalo Stamps.

    Keeping it short…going to cook dinner before we lose power!

    stamps- Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes and Santa Paws; paper- Kraft, white, Blue Bayou; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Tea Dye; accessories- SU! Bigz Two Tags die, Copics, corner rounder, Cart-Us Reindeer embossing folder, May Arts ribbon, linen thread, Stickles, Gelly Roll Stardust pen.

    Millie Mousie

    This past weekend I was asked to make a thank you card for a nursing instructor.  With little time to make one, I knew it had to be a CAS card.  I’ve also been wanting to use this cute Inky Antics set that I got from my friend, Tracy.  With a little coloring and stamping on kraft cardstock, I was able to pull off a quick & easy card.

    Look ma…no layers!  I did pop up the nursing cap though.  The “thanks” was done with the Paper Smooches alphabet called Alphadot.  Then I just drew some lines to tie the mouse and sentiment together.  This would be great with a get well sentiment too.  I might just have to make a few more.  :^)

    stamps- Inky Antics- Millie Mousie, Paper Smooches- Alphadot; paper- kraft, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Ruby Red marker; accessories- Copics, dimensional.

    Halloween hangout

    Happy Wednesday!  Today I have a Halloween card that I made for the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge.  This was easy…the PS stamps are so fun to play with!  It was a color challenge but I was also inspired by the circles and black background.  Here’s my card.

    I wanted this card to be a bit slimmer.  The finished size is 3 1/2 x 5 1/2.  I just cut one side down a bit and it still fits a regular A2 envelope.

    Click on the banner below to see the challenge colors and play along…

    Thanks for stopping by…have a great day!

    stamps- Paper Smooches- Falling For You, Chubby Chums, and Hang Ups; paper- So Saffron, Gable Green, Black, Lavendar Lace, Peach Parfait; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- 1 1/2″ circle punch, baker’s twine.

    to my core

    Hello!  It is a chilly fall day here today.  A perfect day to share a card with an apple, I think.  Yes, I finally stamped.  :0)  This card is playing along in the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge.  I ♥ my Paper Smooches stamps…I really need to get some more!

    When I look at the inspiration picture, I think of the beautiful fall leaves (which are turning here right now!) and the apples that are ripe for picking.  So here’s what I came up with…

    This is an Offset Gatefold card…so easy to make with a Scor-Pal.  Just start with a normal 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch piece of cardstock.  Score the 8 1/2 inch side @ 1 1/4 and 5 1/2.  Fold.

    My striped paper layers measure 2 3/4 x 5 1/4 and 1 x 5 1/4.  The banner is 1 3/4 x 4 3/4 with a notch cut in the bottom.  The apple was paper pieced, which is so fun to do with the PS stamps.  The image layer is only attached to the left flap.

    Here’s a pic of the inside.

    Have a great day and thanks for popping in!

    stamps- Paper Smooches- Falling For You; paper- Riding Hood Red, white, Cosmo Cricket- Tea For Two; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Micron Black pen; accessories- Scor-Pal, Copic markers.

    my April Christmas cards (a little late)

    I was so busy in April that I didn’t get a chance to make a few Christmas cards.  So now I am catching up!  The monthly Dirty Dozen Christmas card challenge on Splitcoast for April was to use any bird image.  I decided to use this cute little Paper Smooches cardinal and some Jillibean Soup papers to make a few clean & simple cards.

    The bird and branch were paper pieced and the beak and needles were colored with Copics.  I love that little bird but I think my favorite part is the paper pieced branch…

    The brown patterned layer with words came from a piece of 12×12 papers.  I also happened to have the same print in the 6×6 size pad, so I used the smaller size to paper piece the branch.

    I still have a long way to go to finish my cards for the 2012 holiday, but I am so glad that I slowly keep plugging along!  If you want to join us, use the keyword SCSCCAPR12 when you upload to the SCS gallery.

    stamps- Paper Smooches Hang Ups, Santa Paws, and Swanky Snowdudes; paper- vanilla, Jillibean Soup Christmas Eve Chowder- Frozen Shrimp; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, brown Marvy LePen; accessories- Copics, Quickie glue pen.