Category Archives: Paper Smooches

happy thoughts

Good morning! I needed a few thank you cards recently using specific company products and I realized I forgot to photograph one or two before sending them off. Ugh. Here’s a few I came up with though. The first uses the MISTI with Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set. Love that flower and the MISTI makes it easy! I added a few Nuvo drops under the sentiment.

Altenew and MISTI diane zechman

The second one uses a sweet pup from Paper Smooches’ Woofers and Tweeters. Her muzzle was stamped a second time and popped with foam tape. The sentiment is from Slang Gang. Gotta love it!  Both cards have an embossed background with the Darice Plaid embossing folder.

paper smooches woofers diane zechman

Have a great day!



Today I am playing along with this week’s Paper Smooches Sparks Designer Drafts challenge.  Click on the logo to take you to the sketch and play along!

I made a clean & simple, one layer card with the Chubby Chums owl and a sentiment from Slang Gang

I didn’t use my Copics for coloring here…instead, I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils & Gamsol for a different change of pace.

Hope your week is going great!  I get the stitches out of my finger today so I’m hoping for lots of crafting this week!  😉

stamps- Paper Smooches Slang Gang and Chubby Chums; paper- white, ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Prismacolor pencils & Gamsol.

Scor-Pal and Paper Smooches!

Woohoo!  The Scor-Pal DT has teamed up with the gals at Paper Smooches this week!  Fun fun fun!  I have 2 cards to share today using a Scor-Pal and the new PS set called Slang Gang.

For my first one I made Diana’s Accordian Fold Card.  Along with the Slang Gang sentiments, I also used the super cute Woofers and Tweeters and Friendly Flowers.

Start with a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of cardstock.  I changed the directions slightly and kept the paper aligned with the left side as I normally place it.  With a Scor-Pal, score the long side @ 1 1/2, 3, 5 1/2, and 8.  Then mountain/valley fold (accordion fold) starting with a mountain.

Your dsp layers are 1 1/4 x 4, 2 1/4 x 4, and 2 3/4 x 4.  Then decorate as desired.  After stamping and coloring my images, I fussy cut them and attached so they hung over the edges a bit.  (The Woofers dies are on my must-have list!!)

My second card is a CAS one.  I used several of the Slang Gang sentiments together as the focal point of the card.

After masking off the left side with post-it notes, I sponged a rainbow of colors on the right.  Then I over-stamped the words with the same colors (minus the yellow).  “really?” was stamped with black and then I scored both diagonal and vertical lines to give it some definition.  (The vertical scores are hard to see).

This card also fits this week’s PS Sparks Picture Perfect challenge.  :0)  Check out the details and play along!

Now go to the Scor-Pal blog for lots more inspiration!

Accordian card: stamps- Paper Smooches Slang Gang, Woofers and Tweeters, and Friendly Flowers; paper- Pool Party, Tangerine, white, Sycamore Street dsp; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Scor-Pal, Copics, SU! Oval and Designer Label punches.

CAS card: stamps- Paper Smooches Slang Gang; paper- white; ink- Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin, Daffodil Delight, Celery, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Scor-Pal.

a color challenge

It’s time for our Challenge Chicks May challenge! Yay! 

This month I chose a color challenge and Lydia made this cool graphic for us…

If you are using SU! colors.. it’s Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, and Tangerine.  If you don’t have those colors, we still want you to play along!  Match as closely as you can with any company’s cardstock/colors you have. 

I used the Paper Smooches Teen Routine set to make 2 CAS cards…one masculine and one feminine.  The second card also uses the P.S. Duo Die 1.  (Such a cute shape!)

Come play along and show us your projects with our color combo on our Facebook page! And use the keyword CHXMAY13 if you upload to the SCS gallery. Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

  • anna wight
  • diane zechman (me)
  • jeanne streiff
  • kelli hull
  • kelly schirmer
  • lydia fiedler
  • vicki garrett
  • stamps- Paper Smooches Teen Routine and Alphadot; paper- Tangerine, Soft Sky, white, brown, MME fine and dandy boy; ink- Soft Sky, Curry, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine; accessories- Paper Smooches Duo Die 1, ribbon, Stickles, gemstones.

    mini magnetic calendars

    It’s been a few years since I’ve made these little magnetic coaster calendars…I almost forgot how FUN they are!

    I’ve had the chipboard coasters in my stash but the webstore where I used to get the calendars seems to be out of business.  phooey.  Luckily, while searching, I found them at Taylored Expressions…and I know how fabulous Taylor is so I had no qualms about ordering them there!  :)

    I covered the 4″ coasters with various scraps of patterned paper, attached the calendars, and decorated them with some fun Paper Smooches stamps.  Then I added some bling and pearls to finish them off.  All they need yet is a magnet on the back.  They’ll be perfect for a little random RAK, don’tcha think?

    Some closer views…

    Hope you are keeping warm!!  It’s 5 degrees here….BRRRRRR!

    stamps- Paper Smooches- Woofers and Tweeters, Green Acres, Hang Ups, Warm Hearts, and Friendly Flowers; paper- white, Making Memories- Love Story, K&Company- Lovely, Momenta- Kaleidoscope, Autumn Leaves adhesive mats; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- 4″ chipboard coasters, magnets, Copics, mini calendars (Taylored Expressions), adhesive pearls and gemstones.

    Mini Blind card tutorial with video

    Today on the Splitcoaststampers website, I was asked to do a tutorial for my Mini Blind card.  You can check it out in the tutorial section of the SCS site here.  You can also see my original tutorial and card here.

    Here’s my card with the blind closed and also open.  * Video tutorial is at the end of this post.


    card base- 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of cardstock (SU! Cherry Cobbler)

    layer- 4 x 5 1/4 piece of cardstock or patterned paper (Echo Park)

    inside layer (optional)- 3 1/2 x 5 piece of neutral cardstock (white)

    blind- 2 3/8 x 4 7/8 piece of patterned paper (Echo Park)

    valance- 3/4 x 3 1/8 piece of cardstock or patterned paper (E.P.)

    window frame- 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 scrap of cardstock (Choc. Chip)

    Stamps- Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes

    Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black

    Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, glue, 18” ribbon, Crop-A-Dile, Large Rectangle Nestabilities, die cutting machine, SU! Scallop Edge punch, EK Success snowflake punch, Stickles, large-eyed needle (optional).

    Step 1:  Adhere the layer to the cardfront. Using the next to the largest size of the Large Rectangle Nestabilities, die cut an opening in the card front only.

    Hint: If you don’t have Rectangle Nestabilities, simply cut a 2 3/8 x 3 opening in the card front with a paper trimmer or craft knife.

    Step 2:  Using the same die, along with the largest die, diecut a piece of brown cardstock to create a window frame. Use a little tape to hold them in place if necessary. Attach this frame to the card front.

    Step 3:  Score the 4 7/8″ side of the blind every 3/8″.

    Hint: To do this on the Scor-Pal- first align the paper against the left fence and score @ 3/8″, 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/4″, 3″, 3 3/4″, and 4 1/2″.

    Step 4:  Next, move the paper over so the left edge is aligned at the 1/8″ groove. Score @ 1 1/4″, 2″, 2 3/4″, 3 1/2″, and 4 1/4″.

    Step 5:  Starting with a valley fold at the top, accordian fold the blind. Then, holding it folded up, punch each end with the smallest hole of the Crop-A-Dile.

    Step 6:  Unfold.  It should now look like this…

    Step 7:  Lightly trace the window opening onto the inside of the card with a pencil.  Hint: If using a colored cardstock base, first adhere a neutral layer of cardstock to the inside.

    Step 8:  Open the card and stamp images as desired using the pencil lines as a guide.

    Step 9:  Color your stamped images, if needed, and erase the pencil lines.

    Step 10:  Attach the top section of the blind to the inside of the card front, aligning the first (top) scored line with the top of the window opening.

    Step 11:  Apply Scor-Tape or glue to the inside of the card front as shown. Adhere the front to the back. (The finished card will not open like a normal card.)

    Step 12:  Thread ribbon through the holes in the blind, starting and ending at the top. A large-eyed needle may be used to thread the ribbon through if needed. Knot ends of ribbon.

    Step 13:  To create a valance, score the 3/4” side at 1/4″.  Then punch the other side with a scallop edge punch.  Attach valance to the top of the window and finish card as desired.

    Step 14:  Pull both ribbon tails at the same time, in opposite directions, to make the blind go up.

    The finished card open…

    And closed…

    Variation:  Try using a window die instead of the rectangle dies to create the opening.  Adjust the width of the blind as necessary.

    Also…sometimes we like to add a little “instructions” with our interactive cards, so I made a sheet with multiple copies.  This can be printed out and cut up so one can be included with the Mini Blind card when mailed. Click on it for a larger pic and “right click” to save to your computer.

    VIDEO:  SORRY my camera cut off the end…as I was saying…the blind unfolds flat and the card will fit into a standard A2 envelope.

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    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.