Thank you, Paper Smooches!

Hello Everyone! Today is a special day to celebrate Paper Smooches ♥️!! In case you didn’t know, Paper Smooches has been retired and Kim is on to a new adventure! We thought it would be fun to celebrate Paper Smooches and surprise Kim with a little Blog/Social Media Hug! #hugstoKim

A bunch of us are sharing cards/projects today to celebrate NINE YEARS of Paper Smooches!  That’s a long time! We wanted to create a project to send HUGS to Kim and thank her for all the creative inspiration she’s put out into the world for us all! ❤

For my card, I figured it would be best if I used my favorite Paper Smooches stamps EVER. And well, while  that sounds amazing in theory, there was NO WAY they would all fit onto one card! Haaaaaa! I learned that super quick as I was pulling out dozens of sets. Ha! So I had to bag that idea quick, and instead made a card to say YAY!! We love you! 🙂

Here is my project I made and sent to Kim: ❤

This card includes the following Paper Smooches goodies: Falling for You, Vanilla Verbiage, Hearts Stencil and Fab Frames Dies. Gah!!! These hearts!! And this sweet little Monster! ❤ I’m also using my little Paper Smooches watermark just one last time. 🙂

I know that I am far from alone in loving so many sweet images Kim has drawn. Kim also has an amazing gift in that her handwriting is so fantastically lovable, creating unique sentiments that are forever perfect for so many reasons. And Kim’s heart and appropriately her handdrawn hearts are some of my all time favorite–so sweet! 🙂

I thought I’d try and convey a little bit of my own personal gratitude to Kim and Paper Smooches today too. Although I often feel there aren’t words big enough for that amount of Thanks, I’ll try! My very first photopolymer stamp set was Paper Smooches and when you consider that Paper Smooches was created just nine years ago, I find this so odd. A good odd! I feel like I have been stamping and loving PS for so many more years than that. Kim has been around  in the crafting industry for many year prior to PS and her resume overflows with her accomplishments, as many of us know. What talent!

I first started my Paper Smooches collection with the one stamp set. I didn’t have a die cut machine back then, so I couldn’t even say if dies were available? Again, another odd thing to think about. ha! But I collected and cultivated my PS collection, over time, entering PS contests and submitting my Paper Smooches cards for publication. And while I did earn more PS products to create with, what I am most grateful for was the mutual ❤ for crafty fun, design and sharing. From my first communication with Kim, it was ever so apparent of her kindness and support. Kim’s support has always given me steps to climb on, motivating me to practice and enjoy this craft more and more! I love making cards and over the years, Paper Smooches designs have always been at the top of my list. ❤ Thank you, Kim, for sharing your talents and kindness with all of us over the years. I am so grateful for you, your kindness, support and friendship and I CANNOT WAIT to see what you’re up to next, my friend! 🙂 ❤

Thank you to many of the Paper Smooches designer Alumni who are joining in this HUG to Paper Smooches today! Be sure to pop over to all these links below and see what projects they are sharing as well. I’m certain they are amazing!!  I can’t wait to be inspired by them too. ❤

Paper Smooches
Jill Hawkins << Me. 🙂
Alice
Karin
Michele
Savannah O’Gwynn
Teri
JJ Bolton
Kay
Kim Kesti
Emily Leiphart

Also–JOIN US on the fun! Share your projects with the hashtag  #hugstoKim on Instagram and we can keep the Hug chain going! If you’d like, you can also leave a hug via comment  over on the Paper Smooches Blog.

Here’s a couple more cards I created more recently with some Paper Smooches goodies.  I shared them all on Instagram, but I thought I’d share here today too, for extra fun! 🙂


Thank you to everyone on the PS Teams for helping get this little celebration together! Thank you to JJ Bolton for creating our cutie little Paper Smooches Hug badge to celebrate as well! Thank you to Sav for sneaking in a little help on the Paper Smooches Blog  🙂 . Thank you again, Kim–I am forever grateful and I look forward to supporting you always.

Thank YOU for stopping by! ❤

Take care–Jill 🙂

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A Happy Hello

We meet again! Every Friday! 🙂

Today I’m sharing another little cutie from Paper Smooches! For this card, I used the following Paper Smooches products: In Stitches, Fun and Flirty,  and Falling for You stamps (and dies).

Eeeeeep! I SO ❤ this little monster!! 🙂 And I ❤ how these heart stamps work together! I actually made an error lining these up, but I made it very less obvious by placing my sentiment and monster where I did. Wink wink! I didn’t realize it until I had done all my stamping and I about screamed. LOL! But then I just smoooooothed it over. Usually you can salvage your errors. Usually. Unless you drop an ink pad on your project…then, mmmmm not so much.

Hope your weekend is AWESOME! We have LOTS of snow here! LOTS!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Happy Halloween, Ghoulfriend!

Happy Halloween! Popping in with a quick little Paper Smooches number to celebrate! 🙂

I used Paper Smooches September release of Halloween Sampler and the previously released Falling for You. (and coordinating dies HERE.)  Sooo cute!! 🙂

For the background, I just masked off that area and brushed on some Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink. Then I splashed some water. After that, I came back with a little Mustard Seed Distress Ink and Black Soot to blend on the edges. It turned out super fun with my Copic colored bat. When dry, I added some quick stitching and poof, done! (I should also note that I am currently using Grey thread! What the wha? I NEVER change from white, and now, I have. 😉 Haaa!) Very eerie color in person. I think my ghoulfriend will enjoy it! 🙂

Also, the latest Paper Smooches release was last night and all the new products can be found HERE! Hooray!

Have a very happy and safe Halloween!

Jill 🙂

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A lil’ cuteness…

Happy Wednesday! I thought I’d pop in super quick and share a few recent Paper Smooches cards I made. I am ALWAYS excited about new products, but I love using my older products as well. After all, I have them for a reason!  🙂

First up, are these cuties I recently made with my son. Normally, when we make cards together, I personally never get anything made. That’s because I’m always helping him set up the MISTI or get this supply or that, etc. But this session, I did get these cuties made! I was amazed. Nothing fancy, but worth sharing because I loved making them with him. ❤

These cards are all made with Paper Smooches Cuteasaurus set! ❤ I colored the first card with Prismacolor colored pencils, and the one below with Copic Markers. That was super tricky, because I stamped these on basic white cardstock. Well, I am blender and bleeder when it comes to Copics, so I was surprised that these did not turn out completely awful! 🙂 (I normally use Copic blending card.)

For this card, because the Dinosaur needs to face the other way too, you need the mirror image. For this, you can use Paper Smooches’ Mirror Blocks. I was a little distracted, so I didn’t get a super clean image when I stamped it in reverse. No biggie though, because you can go back and fill in with a fine tip black pen! Yay! 🙂

This sentiment is from the July set Body Language. 🙂 Perfect with the googley eyes, of course. 🙂

Here is a photo that includes the ones my son made. He does all his own stamping, and that includes trying to get ALL THE STAMPS on one card! Haaaaa! ❤ It is seriously the cutest thing to this 100% biased Mom. He then uses my Copics & Zig Clean Color markers. Because why would he use any of his dozen coloring implements? LOL!!

I love that he made the dinosaurs and drew in his own heart! 🙂 He also thought the little Kidneys were potatoes, so he ran with that. I was cracking up!! They can definitely be potatoes, right? ❤

He spent a lot of time coloring these and then gave it to Dad. (I hope i get the Dinos….shhhh! 🙂 ) I adore how they turned out.


For this next card, I used Paper Smooches Falling for You set, and coordinating Falling for You Dies. I also used the Cardbooking dies for the speech bubble fun!

I made this background a long while back, and it was sitting on my desk. But I’m fairly certain I used Orange and Yellow Distress Inks and blended those on. 🙂 I colored the bat with Copics.

Thanks for stopping in! I’ll see you tomorrow for Paper Smooches Pep Rally week–sneak peeks for the new release!! eeeeeeee! 🙂

Jill 🙂

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Love Monster

Happy Fourth of July!

If you haven’t seen it all, Paper Smooches July release is available HERE! And it’s goooood! 🙂

Today I am popping in to share this cutie little Monster Love card I made for our son! I’m trying to build up a small stash of ❤ 🙂 cards for him.

For this card, I used Paper Smooches Falling for You set, and coordinating Falling for You Dies. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this little monster, and I know my son will too! I also used Paper Smooches Balloons Dies, that I have had for what seems like forever. Faves! ❤

I colored the lil’ monster with Copic markers. For the background, I used Faded Jeans Oxide ink and a little mini stencil I have had for years! I really like breaking out stash stuff and using it! 🙂

Thanks for stopping in! Have a safe evening all!

Jill 🙂

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