Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Bloopers with Savannah O'Gwynn + Giveaway

Hello, friends:}

****Please click HERE to enter into my Season's of Giving Blog Hop GIVEAWAY! I'm giving away a $15 gift certificate to Paper Smooches! Only comments on my blog are entered into this giveaway. Deadline: Jan. 5th, 11:59pm EST 

Savannah O'Gwynn here today:) I'm sharing a very anticipated video... I know how much you all LOVE my bloopers:) Be sure to stop by my blog for your chance to WIN a $15 gift certificate to 
Paper Smooches!! 

Here's the video *****Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching! THANKS! 

Thank You so much for watching my videos--- your comments and love/encouragement mean so much to me:) 

If you want to see MORE bloopers.... check out my 2013 Bloopers Reel HERE

Be sure to link up your creations to our Inspired By Virtual Smooches post!!! 

**And don't forget if you leave a comment, please add your blog address and email so I can visit you too:) love hearing from the VS followers when you've created something based off of one of our videos:) So keep leaving comments and links- you could be our next Virtual Smooches FF!!! ***If you don't have a blog-- email me a pic and let me know what inspired you!!! 
(savannahland2 at comcast dot net)

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

Friday, December 26, 2014

Fantaschtic New Year with Incognito


Hi, it's Emily here! Now that we're winding down from Christmas festivities, it's time to think about New Year's projects. I made this with late holiday cards in mind.  It's the perfect transition from Christmas to New Year's since I tend to procrastinate a little too much and not get my holiday cards in the mail on time. ;)



I created a custom sentiment using words from both Incognito and Merry Motifs. I love the boldness and shine of the heat embossed glasses and moustache against the kraft base.


The main image is embellished with a Santa hat from Merry Motifs(Motif Icons) and mittens from Freezy Fellas (Fellas Icons). The martini is from Free Spirits Icons and the stars on the white frame are from All Yule Need.


I hope this jumpstarts your creative spark for the New Year. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Quick & Easy Holiday Tags and Treat Boxes


Hi, it's Emily here! These are the tags and treat boxes I made with my son's class last week. Each student made their own sentiment tags and coloured in the image of their choice. They also customized their packaging with a sparkly snowflake, string and pillow box. Every gift turned out so cute and I wish I had remembered to photograph them all together!



Originally, my son didn't want to do any voiceover work for this video but after watching me edit the video, he decided he had to pop in here and there. I was thrilled, especially since I know you all love him so much! :D


This first sample uses a sentiment from Holly Jolly on a tag from Gift Tags 1 and the girl elf from Enchanted Elves and Elf Icons. When it came time to giving it away, I did include a large sparkly red snowflake between the two tags.


The Hanukkah sample uses a sentiment from Kibitzing Sampler and dreidels from Kibitzing Icons on a tag die cut from the original Stitched Tag. Here, you can see the large gold snowflake that wasn't shown in the video.


My final sample is more generic and uses a sentiment from Christmas Sampler and a snowman from Freezy Fellas and Fellas Icons. Below is the stack of holiday books we personally addressed with Christmas Sampler and Merry Motifs.


It's so easy to make extras to have on hand for friends and family who pop in unexpectedly over the holidays. I hope you're all ready for Christmas! A cute little boy in my family is counting down the days 'til Santa arrives. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by during this busy holiday season!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas CAS part3 with Savannah O'Gwynn

Hello, friends:}

Savannah O'Gwynn here today:) I'm completing my "Christmas CAS" series today and sharing how to create a quick penguin card! Click HERE for part 1 of this series, HERE for part 2 of this series, or HERE for another fun CAS video... or HERE for some easy gift bags and cards! ***I actually have ANOTHER fun CAS card for this series... but it won't go live for another couple of days! I'll share that as soon as I can:)

Here's the video *****Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching! THANKS! 

Paper Smooches stamps: Winter GrovesFeline Friends, and Christmas Sampler

I hope you enjoyed this video and that you've enjoyed this entire "Christmas CAS" series!! Be sure to link up your creations to our Inspired By Virtual Smooches post!!! 

**And don't forget if you leave a comment, please add your blog address and email so I can visit you too:) love hearing from the VS followers when you've created something based off of one of our videos:) So keep leaving comments and links- you could be our next Virtual Smooches FF!!! ***If you don't have a blog-- email me a pic and let me know what inspired you!!! 
(savannahland2 at comcast dot net)

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Coffee & Tea Dies


Hi, it's Emily here with a heart-warmer featuring the new Coffee & Tea dies. I thought they'd be perfect in the hands of the Snowman dies! Aren't those mugs the cutest?



I die cut the hill into the card base using the Stitched dies. Then I created a mask with the Quotables dies and sponged the light of dawn at the horizon, just like in the Universal Studios logo. It provides a nice contrast for all the white and highlights the mugs.


After assembling the snowmen, I stamped the sentiment from A Holy Holiday and heat embossed steam from Fresh Snow behind the mugs. The snowmen were then adhered to the card base with foam tape.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Birthday Shaker Card with the Paper Smooches/Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Stamp Set


My neighbour's youngest turned one this weekend so I decided to ink up the Paper Smooches Stamptember Exclusive, only available at Simon Says Stamp. This set has the most adorable dog and turtle! I'm sure you've seen the turtle used a few times so I decided to feature the cute little dog on rubble, created with the festive dots.



All of the patterned paper is from Crate Paper's Notes & Things 6x6 paper pad. I stamped the dog four times on two different sheets and pieced him together.


The shaker balloon is from the Big Balloons dies and the small, striped one is from the original Balloons dies. The two sentiments featured in the Stamptember Exclusive were too big for my design so I used the 'celebrate' word from Hullabaloo.


I love that this stamp set could be used for so many celebratory occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries, New Year's and even a new pet.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas CAS part2 with Savannah O'Gwynn

Hello, friends:}

Savannah O'Gwynn here today:) I'm continuing my "Christmas CAS" series today and sharing how to create a reindeer tag 3 different ways! Click HERE for part 1 of this series, or HERE for another fun CAS video... or HERE for some easy gift bags and cards! 

Technically... there are 4 tags in this photo... but three really different ideas:) 

Truth be told... I only created 3 different versions of this Christmas tag because I thought the first one was WAY TOO SIMPLE! And then I added a small detail and then another... LOL! 


Here's the video *****Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching! THANKS! 


Paper Smooches stamps: A Holy Holiday; PS dies: Gift Tags 2
TOO simple...
A bit more detail...
JUST right:) 

I hope you enjoyed this video and that you might create some reindeer gift tags for your 2014 Christmas gifts! Be sure to link up your creations to our Inspired By Virtual Smooches post!!! 

**And don't forget if you leave a comment, please add your blog address and email so I can visit you too:) love hearing from the VS followers when you've created something based off of one of our videos:) So keep leaving comments and links- you could be our next Virtual Smooches FF!!! ***If you don't have a blog-- email me a pic and let me know what inspired you!!! 
(savannahland2 at comcast dot net)

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Paper Smooches Sponsored Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Welcome to Amy Tsuruta's Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! If you know Amy, you know that her first love is coffee. Haha! Whenever I see coffee stamps, dies, paper or embellishments, I think of Amy! I met Amy in blogland a few years ago and discovered that she is originally from Toronto. Woot! She's a big star in this industry and I'm thrilled to call her my friend. This one's for you, Amy!


I started by creating a background on the card base using two sizes of stitched squares from the Stitched Frames die collection. Then I die cut, stamped and coloured the elf from Enchanted Elves (Elf Icons) and the takeout coffee cup from Warm Hearts (Warm Hearts Icons).



The sentiment is also from Enchanted Elves but any number of sentiments would've worked with these images. To create the steam rising from the coffee cup, I used the ends of a finely scripted die from the Hello Words die collection.


To play along, head over to Amy's blog to link up your project and leave comments on all the participants' blogs to be eligible for a bunch of incredible prizes, including one from Paper Smooches!


Thanks so much for hopping with us!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Flash Cards featuring Gift Tags 2


Hi, it's Emily here! I used the Gift Tags 2 dies to create a set of flash cards for my son who spent the first two weeks of grade one studying math basics. My mom used to have me recite the multiplication tables (yes, all 12) before bed every night. Once memorized, math becomes super easy, and that is the point of these flash cards. By making math fun and cute, kids will definitely want to use these for learning.


They also studied different ways to make ten, i.e. 1+9=10, 2+8=10, 3+7=10, 4+6=10, 5+5=10. I'll be adding those to the next stack of flash cards.



As explained in the video, the cover cards are double-layered so that all the character and star dies are inlaid. Each set of flash cards can be combined with the cover cards and used to section off different sets or they can be used separately with their own book rings.


I used the following stamp sets and dies to create these cover cards: (red) Smarty PantsSmarty Pants IconsStarsUplifters; (orange) Great ChemistryGreat Chemistry IconsStarsUplifters; and (yellow) SuperSuper 1StarsSmarty Pants. All of the stamp sets that were used for the flash cards themselves are listed on my blog.


For the past six weeks, my son's class has been doing Spell Well tests so these flash cards could be used to practice spelling words as well. At some point in the future, these could be also used as gift tags or embellishments on a greeting card. Awesome, right? ;)


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas CAS part1 with Savannah O'Gwynn

Hello, friends:}

Savannah O'Gwynn here today:) And I'm starting a new series (kind of... I hope I have enough ideas! LOL!) called Christmas Clean and Simple. 
I've created this super simple snowflake wreath card using just three Paper Smooches stamps/dies! EASY! And it could be mass produced! LOVE it! My inspiration for today's card came from THIS photo.


Here's the video *****Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching! THANKS! 


Paper Smooches stamps: A Blessed Christmas; PS dies: StreamersLarge Snowflakes

I hope you enjoyed this video and that you might create these glittered snowflake wreaths for your 2014 Christmas cards! Be sure to link up your creations to our Inspired By Virtual Smooches post!!! 

**And don't forget if you leave a comment, please add your blog address and email so I can visit you too:) love hearing from the VS followers when you've created something based off of one of our videos:) So keep leaving comments and links- you could be our next Virtual Smooches FF!!! ***If you don't have a blog-- email me a pic and let me know what inspired you!!! 
(savannahland2 at comcast dot net)

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

Sunday, November 30, 2014

NEW RELEASE: Lovely Thoughts + SquirrelFest Winner!


Hi, it's Emily here, and I'm sharing a card that uses one of the newest Paper Smooches stamp sets called Lovely Thoughts. I combined it with the Roses Dies. While the Roses Dies are not a match to the Lovely Thoughts stamp set, they complement each other and can be used together in so many ways.




After three-step stamping the roses, I used the much-loved Stitched Dies to die cut the stems. Then I used the small leaf die from the Roses Dies with a similar one from the Flowers Dies. I stacked a vellum layer over top of the glimmer layer for a light and pretty effect.


The Lovely Thoughts stamp set and Rose Dies will be available for purchase at midnight Eastern Time tonight in the Paper Smooches Store, and at participating retailers on December 1st or shortly thereafter.


I used Random.org to select the category and that was the challenge portion of the festivities. From there, I used Random.org again to select from the challenge participants and the lucky winner of Chilly Chums and I Blank You is Samantha Mann! Congratulations, Samantha! Please contact me with your mailing address and I'll ship those Paper Smooches stamps out to you right away.


Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by during my month-long SquirrelFest Challenge and Giveaway!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Roll With It: Holiday Card inspired by Gymboree


Happy Thanksgiving! :)


Hi, everyone! It's Emily here with a card that was inspired by the gingerbread man pyjamas at Gymboree. As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly which stamps I would use to replicate it.

I used the rolling pin from Kitschy Kitchen(Kitchen Icons), the gingerbread man from Giddy Gumdrops(Gumdrops Icons), a sentiment from Calorie Free, and shadows from the Shadows stamp set.

My son also pops in the video to offer his suggestions on card design! ;)




The patterned papers are from the Jubilee Wild Berry paper pad by My Mind's Eye. The enamel dots are from the Charmed collection. They were originally white and I coloured them with a R27 Copic marker to coordinate with the hat. I added shimmer to the icing on the gingerbread man and white parts on the hat with a Wink of Stella pen.


See you tomorrow for the Paper Smooches DT Blog Hop! We have another big release for you and it's fantastic!!