18 March 2019

Paper Smooches: February 2019 RECAP

Hello friends:) 
Today I'm sharing a recap of the Paper Smooches February projects that I made! 

I'm not sure if you've been checking out the PS DT projects on the PS blog... but you should definitely start going there daily for inspiration! LOVE LOVE LOVE this DT!!! Click HERE for the PS blog

Here's what I created using the NEW PS stamps and dies from the February release:
 I was really crafty last month! LOL! 


That's it for me today but there are more creations and projects coming! Thanks for stopping by ❤️   I hope you have a blessed day! 

16 March 2019

Paper Smooches: March 2019 BIRTHDAY challenge #1

Hello, friends:}

I'm sharing my first Paper Smooches March 2019 BIRTHDAY challenge creation today. EVERY DAY it's someone's birthday- that's why I need to build up my stash 😉 I already have missed 5 birthdays this month. 🤦🏼‍♀️  Photo Credit: Brooke Lark

I needed something quick this week (so I didn't miss ANOTHER birthday), so I found a clean and simple card by Julie Ebersole (October 2017) that I could CASE. Her style is simple, fabulous, and always leaves me inspired! 

I started with an all gray background and dry embossed the polka dots.... but it just was too dark, like no one would want to celebrate after seeing that card! LOL! So I went with a white background, dry embossed the polka dots and layered on the accent embellishment and sentiment. EASY:) 
I  used the following PS stamps/dies: Birthday BashPolka Dot Borders dies, and Feather Frame die

That's it for me today! I hope you will join in the fun--- you could win a gift certificate to the PS store! Be sure to stop by HERE to link up and play along:) 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:} 

06 March 2019

Paper Smooches: March 2019 Blog Hop **************GIVEAWAY

Hello, friends!
It's time to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches March 2019 release with you! One new stamp set and FOUR new dies will be available to purchase at 10:00am Central time zone on March 7th. You will find the new products at their online store HERE once they go live. 

To add extra fun to our blog hop... there is a PRIZE! The prize - a $30 gift code to use at the PS online store

Here are the details: 
  • Leave a comment on any of the blogs listed below (you do not need to comment on all the blogs to qualify but it will increase your chances of winning)
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS blog to win the $25 prize
  • Deadline: You have until midnight Central time on March 8th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on March 9th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners!
Paper Smooches blog
Guest Designer Sandy Allnock

Ways to increase your chances of winning
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop. If you don't already like the PS FB page, please like and follow us HERE
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop (follow PS on Twitter HERE). 
  • Share our blog hop on Instagram @papersmooches
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
***NOTE: this means you have up to FOUR extra chances to win!! 

Did you know that Paper Smooches offers up a fun challenge each month? Keep an eye on the PS blog for details or click HERE to play along with the February HEARTS challenge. 
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Friends- I cannnnnnnnnnot pick which creation to share this month for the blog hop! I love each and every one of my cards... funny that all of them have the same color palette yet so very different!

Since I can only share one, I will share Trav's FAVORITE from this month's set. He calls this card "Fancy Fish". 🙃
The NEW Water dies set comes with lots of different waves, as well as splashes and a fish image. This card design is fairly simple- embossed waves with multicolored fish swimming in a pale pink ocean. I went with a pink ocean because I thought it would be unique and fun.
I really wanted to put a sentiment on the front. I still might add "Can't wait to SEA you again." from the PS Summer Sampler set!

Be sure to stop by the PS blog for details about this blog hop and giveaway! And don't forget to leave some love along the hop:) 

That's it for me today- THANK YOU so much for stopping by! Be blessed ❤️ 

16 February 2019

Paper Smooches: February 2019 HEARTS challenge #3

Hello, friends:}

I'm sharing another Paper Smooches February 2019 HEARTS challenge creation today. This challenge is almost as easy as the Anything Goes challenge because all PS wants to see are HEARTS- use one heart, use multiple hearts, or heart pattered paper. It doesn't matter as long as you there is a heart somewhere on your creation ❤️ Photo Credit: Daria Shevtsova
I was asked to create a special card for my friend's mom and dad because their anniversary is on Valentine's day. There are not very many cards that have both sentiments...so I created a Z Fold Spinner card (inspired by Jennifer McGuire). Each side of the heart has one sentiment. 
This is a *QUICK* video showing you how it spins as it opens. When I say QUICK, I mean it! It's quick in time and for speed of the spin! LOL! 
I  used the following PS stamps/dies: All Year Cheer

That's it for me today! I hope you will join in the fun--- you could win a gift certificate to the PS store! Be sure to stop by HERE to link up and play along:) 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:} 

12 February 2019

Paper Smooches: February 2019 Blog Hop **************GIVEAWAY

Hello, friends!

It's time to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches February 2019 release with you! ONE new stamp set and FOUR new dies will be available to purchase at 10:00am Central time zone on February 14th. You will find the new products at their online store HERE once they go live. 

To add extra fun to our blog hop... there is a PRIZE! The prize - a $25 gift code to use at the PS online store

Here are the details: 
  • Leave a comment on any of the blogs listed below (you do not need to comment on all the blogs to qualify but it will increase your chances of winning)
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS blog to win the $25 prize
  • Deadline: You have until midnight Central time on February 14th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on February 15th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners! 
Savannah O'Gwynn [you are HERE}

Ways to increase your chances of winning
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop. If you don't already like the PS FB page, please like and follow us HERE
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop (follow PS on Twitter HERE). 
  • Share our blog hop on Instagram @papersmooches
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
***NOTE: this means you have up to FOUR extra chances to win!! 

Did you know that Paper Smooches offers up a fun challenge each month? Keep an eye on the PS blog for details or click HERE to play along with the February HEARTS challenge. 
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I am super excited to share with you one of my creations using the Bannerific dies. I saw THIS tutorial by Ali on how to create a hinge using brads and knew that was what I wanted to do with the round banner! I love love love how it turned out! 

I used my Neo Color II crayons to watercolor some clouds- pink hues of course, as well as the sun. This was a fairly easy technique... I did flip the design so it was a bit more tricky, but I got it to work! I used some of my FAVORITE Pink Paisley Memorandum 12x12 papers for the background- I love a great gray design.

When you pull the banner tab to the left, a super cute little sun winks at you and a sentiment is seen!
This card is perfect for the PS February HEARTS challenge- all entries have to have a heart somewhere on their project. I used one- making this an easy challenge entry:) I used the following Paper Smooches stamps/dies: Luminous Spring, Hello Sampler, Group Hugs, Fruitastic, Spectrum, Clouds diesBannerific dies, Tiny Hearts dies, Spectrum Icon dies

Be sure to stop by the PS blog for details about this blog hop and giveaway! And don't forget to leave some love along the hop:) 

That's it for me today- THANK YOU so much for stopping by! Be blessed ❤️ 

02 February 2019

Paper Smooches: February 2019 HEARTS challenge #2

Hello, friends:}

I'm sharing another Paper Smooches February 2019 HEARTS challenge creation today. This challenge is almost as easy as the Anything Goes challenge because all PS wants to see are HEARTS- use one heart, use multiple hearts, or heart pattered paper. It doesn't matter as long as you there is a heart somewhere on your creation ❤️ Photo Credit: Daria Shevtsova
I went with a "get well" themed card for our friend Henry- he is recovering from a fall off a ladder and major surgery. Remember: you don't have to create a LOVE themed card or project! All you have to do is add hearts. I added stamped hearts to vellum using Illustrated Faith Grey pigment ink as well as inlaying a heart in a circle. I used up some of my FAVORITE Pink Paislee Memorandum 12x12 papers #usingupmystash DONE! Easy entry:) 
I  used the following PS stamps/dies: First Aid KitLove-StruckTiny HeartsFringeEmbroidery HoopOrnaments dies

That's it for me today! I hope you will join in the fun--- you could win a gift certificate to the PS store! Be sure to stop by HERE to link up and play along:) 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:} 

Paper Smooches: January 2019 RECAP

Hello friends:) 
Today I'm sharing the Paper Smooches January 2019 projects that I made! 

I'm not sure if you've been checking out the PS DT projects on the PS blog... but you should definitely start going there daily for inspiration! LOVE LOVE LOVE this DT!!! Click HERE for the PS blog

Here's what I created using PS stamps and dies.
That's it for me today but there are more creations and projects coming! Thanks for stopping by ❤️   I hope you have a blessed day! 

31 January 2019

Paper Smooches: February 2019 HEARTS challenge #1

Hello, friends:}

I'm playing along with the Paper Smooches February 2019 HEARTS challenge This challenge is almost as easy as the Anything Goes challenge because all PS wants to see are HEARTS- use one heart, use multiple hearts, or heart pattered paper. It doesn't matter as long as you use a heart ❤️ Photo Credit: Daria Shevtsova
I wanted a semi-masculine card so I pulled out some of my OLLLLLLLLLLD Simple Stories Sn@p Life paper pads and journaling cards. This is a card for Trav (hopefully he doesn't see it before I give it to him, but he probably will 🤦🏼‍♀️). I want to celebrate National Marriage Week [February 7th-14th] by giving him one card a day 😍 I feel like myself again because I used one stamp or image from MULTIPLE stamp/die sets! HOOOOOORAY! 
I  used the following PS stamps/dies: Off the ChartsA Little Lovin'Luminous SpringI Love You dieHearts diesGift Tag 2 diesOrnaments dies

That's it for me today! I hope you will join in the fun--- you could win a gift certificate to the PS store! Be sure to stop by HERE to link up and play along:) 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:} 

30 January 2019

Paper Smooches: August 2018 RECAP

Hello friends:) 

Today I'll be caught up with my monthly recaps sharing the Paper Smooches projects that I made in 2018. This batch is from August.  

Here's what I created using PS stamps and dies.

That's it for me today but there are more creations and projects coming! Thanks for stopping by ❤️   I hope you have a blessed day! 

18 January 2019

Paper Smooches: October 2018 RECAP

Hello friends:) 
Today I'm sharing the Paper Smooches October 2018 projects that I made. These are some of my favorite cards, mainly because of my card for my friend, Danielle. Please click HERE to see a special post about this card. 
I'm not sure if you've been checking out the PS DT projects on the PS blog... but you should definitely start going there daily for inspiration! LOVE LOVE LOVE this DT!!! Click HERE for the PS blog

Here's what I created using PS stamps and dies. 
That's it for me today but there are more creations and projects coming! Thanks for stopping by ❤️   I hope you have a blessed day! 

14 January 2019

Paper Smooches: My First and Last

Hello friends:) 


Today I'm sharing a very special Paper Smooches projects that I created back in October.
This card was my "first and last". First because it was the first card I created since my bike accident in June 2018 from start to finish, no stopping, and my wrist didn't hurt. 

Last because this is the last card I sent to my friend, Danielle, before she passed away. 

You see, Danielle was a very special friend of mine. I met her about three years ago in North Port, FL. 

She knew Trav first; she used to shop at Walgreens. He came home one day saying she was our neighbor (close enough to be a neighbor! LOL!). One day she came in visibly upset. He texted me about it, and I decided to visit her by walking Olsen to her house. She didn't answer the door. 

I visited frequently, but she didn't answer her door- for at least a month. I made her a Thanksgiving card and went to deliver it but again she didn't answer her door; however, her neighbor across the street came out and chatted with me. This neighbor took the card and said she would give it to Danielle. 

A week went by and on my walk that day, I took Olsen over to Danielle's house to check on her. She FINALLY answered:) #instantfriends 

We decided to meet up daily to go for walks, to get some exercise. We talked about so much--- if you know me, then you know it was ME that was talking! LOL! I remember after about a week of walking and talking Danielle told me she needed to tell me something. I instantly regretted talking so much and wondered if I had said something that offended her. She explained that I had said that I enjoyed being a wife to Travis which included cooking. She was relieved that I said that because she too enjoyed being married to her husband. WHEW! My mouth didn't get me into trouble:) I learned that the reason she was upset that one day was that her husband of 25 years passed away due to suicide. She was a widow with no children and no family near her. We also talked about Jesus (because I couldn't help but share about Him), our dogs, life, plants and animals, her mom, how much we wanted to lose weight but loved food, how to cook and prepare different meals, and the neighborhood. We started to walk daily 1 or 2 miles, but by the time we moved we were going 6 miles a day! LOL! 

Danielle and I added others to our walking crew- Arlene and Charlene are neighbors to each of us. They would walk and talk with us too. One time we were so involved in our conversation that we didn't see that we were taking up the WHOLE road and the cop that had turned down the road had to honk his horn to get by! LOL! 

Telling Danielle that we were moving to Tampa (2 hours away) was hard. She would watch Olsen and Olly on Sundays when we were at church (we would leave around 8am and get back from Tampa around 2pm). She loved our pups and they loved her! 

Our move was quick. Within one day of God opening up a position for Trav to transfer to, God had revealed a house for us that we both loved. God's hand was completely in this move- that story is for another time. Within a month of all of this, we were packed and the movers came to our house to load us up. Danielle was so sweet to stop by our house one last time to give me a gift. It was a small dish with Jeremiah 29:11 on it. She wasn't a believer but knew my faith and the reasons we were moving. I love that she knew enough about God and my faith to buy me this little dish with a special verse on it. 

Trav and I moved and I would text once or twice a month to check in with Danielle. She continued to walk with the neighborhood group, found love again, and even was engaged. She talked with me about coming up to Tampa to visit me and to go wedding dress shopping. 

I didn't get to text her again after September 2018. But I was already thinking about her 50th birthday on October 6th and how I needed to make her a special card. I sent this card out about four days before her birthday. 

On Sunday, October 7th, I received two texts and a phone call during practice for our worship service around 9am. I normally don't answer but was concerned with what I read. Danielle had passed away on her 50th birthday- suicide by drowning. The investigation has not been completed and is on-going. 

It doesn't seem real. I am still trying to understand it all. 

She's everywhere I look, and I think of her often. Here's a list of some of things that make me think of her: 

  • Any time I go for a walk- I can see her walking down the street to meet me, Olsen pulling to go sniff her. 
  • Pyrex- she turned me on to vintage Pyrex and now I collect it. 
  • Raw chicken or thawing out chicken- she told me to never set chicken out on the counter to thaw out.... I still might do this:) 
  • Our iron- when she would watch Olsen and Olly, she would freak out that our iron was always plugged in and in a "down" position. It's safe- I promise! We have an Oliso iTouch iron. 
  • Plants- her husband was very knowledgeable about Florida plants, and she would share that info with me. 
  • Animals (specifically birds)- again, she shared knowledge about animals we would see while walking.
  • Crows- she was obsessed with crows after her husband died. She would get tattoos of them all over her body, and I would sit with her during these sessions. 
  • The Internet or an iPhone- she was sooooo funny! She finally got rid of her dial-up internet service back in 2017! She bought a smart phone a little after that. LOL! 
  • Oils/Spices- Danielle and I would talk about cooking a lot. One day she gave me some hot/spicy oil, but we could never find it again at the store. The other day I saw something similar, and it made me think of her. 
  • Lodge Cast-iron skillets- she bought my first skillet and multiple after that; that was a game changer! LOL! 
One thing I think about is how one time we talked about God and life after death. She said that she thought she would just beg God to let her in when she died, say that she didn't know about Him. I told her about Christ and how He was the only way in to Heaven. I pray that she was changed by that conversation and that she accepted Christ into her heart before passing. It makes me shiver to think that those we love could possibly suffer for all eternity if they don't accept Christ as their Savior. Her death makes me want to share about Christ more... spread the GOOD news of life, healing, wholeness, forgiveness, and MORE! I cannot bear to think that someone I love could be in Hell- it literally breaks my heart. 

This is just one of the things I think about.

(sigh)

That's it for me today. I know this was a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG post. I just wanted to share about my friend and how much I think about her. This card is very special to me. Thanks for letting me share the story behind it.

If you have thoughts of suicide or are depressed or think you can't handle your situation any longer, PLEASE reach out to someone! Please find help! Call this number: 1-800-273-8255 My mom once told my brothers and me (after finding our renter had committed suicide) that there is NOTHING in this world that could cause you to give up, end your life. Nothing in this world that cannot be fixed or worked out. Don't give up! 

Thanks for stopping by ❤️   I hope you have a blessed day!