Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Paper Smooches Guest Designer {Week 1}

Today's my first post as the Paper Smooches Guest Designer for October and I'm so excited! As you all know, I've been raving about Kim's stamps ever since her first release and I'm bewildered to be designing for Kim this month alongside her incredibly talented team as well as following in the footsteps of several amazing friends. Someone pinch me! Now let's get to the really fun part... cards!

When I receive new stamps, I stare at them with a notebook and pencil ready to jot down ideas. The first thing that came to mind when I looked at Hot Concoctions was that the little cube could be sugar, ice or blocks. Then I looked at the sentiments in Chit Chat and the light bulb went on inside my head. I know it sounds funny to explain it like that but that's usually what happens. I stamped the sugar cube and masked it eight times to make a Rubik's cube! The little crown is from A Little Lovin and the star is from Swanky Snowdudes. Not only is Kim a talented cardmaker and illustrator, she comes up with the best names for her stamp sets! Even if you couldn't see the images, you'd want to buy the stamps based on their titles, right?

The 'need to venti?' sentiment from Hot Concoctions stuck on me. Being the lover of all things Italia that I am, I absolutely needed to use that sentiment! (Venti really means twenty but the pun is too clever and cute to pass up.) I looked at My Peeps and the parrot or parakeet seemed to fit the bill perfectly. I can just imagine that bird asking the dachshund, "Need to venti?" Of course, the little dog is going to respond with, "Let's chat," from Perpetual Bliss, right? Maybe he needs to borrow money. LOL ;) I love all the mix and match possibilities of Paper Smooches stamps!

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How 'bout a giveaway? :)

I thought my September order had disappeared into the black hole of the postal system but it surfaced after almost four weeks. I offered to send the second shipment back but Kim suggested a giveaway instead so, this week, I'm giving away Halloweenies! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Monday, October 10th 11:59 p.m. EST. I will draw a winner via Random.org on Tuesday and announce the winner in my {Week 2} post on Wednesday, October 12th. The winner should receive this fun set in time for some last-minute Halloween projects and, next Wednesday, I will announce the next giveaway.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Please thank Kim for her generosity when you stop by the Paper Smooches Blog. :)

Sources for You are Amazing: SU Real Red cardstock; Gina K Designs pure luxury white cardstock; Paper Smooches Hot Concoctions, Chit Chat, A Little Lovin & Swanky Snowdudes; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; SU Riding Hood Red ink; Copics; Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large; Stampin' Dimensionals

Sources for Need to Venti?: Gina K Designs pure luxury soft sand cardstock; Echo Park For the Record Collection; Paper Smooches My Peeps, Hot Concoctions, Perpetual Bliss & Santa Paws; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; SU Crumb Cake ink; Stampin' Dimensionals

51 comments:

Jen said...

Oh my gosh, that rubic's cube is too cute! Love it! :)

Donna said...

Love the "need to venti" card!

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Oh, this is the custest! I LOVE it!!!!!

Jen W. said...

You have reached a whole new level of WOW with that Rubik's Cube card! I'm still trying to wrap my brain around how you masked it! LOL! It ROCKS!!! And your paper pieced dachshund totally makes me smile. :) So glad you're finally a PS GD!!

Jennifer Roach said...

You always ROCK Kim's stamps Emily. And that Rubik's cube is AMAZING. Totally ingenious :)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I looked at your first card and thought "what fun she's put out a rubik cube stamp", oh no, just Emily working her MAGIC! And love the pun and the paper piercing on the "let's venti" card... Fab...

Lisa said...

I am still picking my jaw up off the floor so please excuse me.....
ACK! I want to be inside your head! This is incredible Emily :)
Knocked it right out of the ballpark girl! (as always)

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Emily, Two more fabulous cards, love the Rubik's cube but my favourite is the parrot and dog, brilliant play on words, too gorgeous! Hugs Gay xxx

Brenda said...

I am so thrilled that you are Guest Designing for PS! How perfetc is that! It's totally your style, as you are proving with these two drop dead creative cards today my friend! I'm with Lisa on this one - I want to be inside your head! And thanks for a chance to win this awesome stamp set!

Basement Stamper said...

congrats on your GDT, love that 2nd card, it's adorable!

Annette said...

Emily where in the world do you get these ideas from... Girl you blow my mind everytime... I love your creations... these are just sooo cool....

Chunyuan said...

You are a crafting genius. Love all these cards.

Sue McRae said...

The rubik's cube card is so creative,love it!

Meghan said...

Love the rubik's cube card! So clever! Congrats on the guest designer gig...you deserve it!

Julie E said...

Oh my cuteness!!! These are both adorable. I have been waiting to see your creations as a Guest designer - it was worth the wait :>)

Emily Keaton said...

Emily, this is completely creative!! I can't believe how well you built that Rubik's Cube out of a minor sugar cube stamp--and made it into something so major. I love how you pulled elements from so many stamp sets together for this. And your animal scene? Hilarious. Bravo!

Tiffany said...

Totally sweet, so love both of these designs! Congrats on the guest designing spot, can't wait to see more!

Lisa Petrella said...

FANTASTIC cards, Emily!!! That Rubic's Cube is total genius, girl!!! And the little scene in the second card is ADORABLE!!!! Congrats on your Guest Designer gig!!!!! WOOHOOO!!!

Jingle said...

Your cards are absolutely fantastic! That first one is SO STINKING FUN! Love them!

littlebitoftoto said...

What a brilliant idea with the rubic's cube...and I would love to venti! how sweet...thanks for a chance at candy!!

AJ said...

OMG Emily! FABULOUS cards! LOVE them both! and thanks for the chance to win!!!!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Yeah for the PS GDT post! The rubik's cube idea is brilliant--I love it!! The embossed circle behind it looks great, too. The second card is so cute...love the mix of papers. *hugs*

btenn said...

Amazing! Love the Rubik's cube and the clever puns in your second card are truly genius :). You continue to amaze and inspire me :)!

Shauna K said...

how adorable!! super loving the LO of the rubix cube and the fun popped up crown :D

Jennifer said...

Your cards are super CUTE and you always amaze me with your creativity. I mean who looks at a sugar cube and turns it into a rubix cube?? LOVE it!!! (=

Jay Gee said...

Both cards are super clever and so adorable Emily... just brilliant!

Vicky Hayes said...

Love all the thinking outside the box going on here Emily!

*Alison* said...

OKay.. LOVE these.. you are so stinkin creative.. LOVE the bright colors and how fun.. is that??
and making the cute dog and table is adorable.. :) Thanks so much for the chance to win.. I don't have this set.. :) you are so sweet.. great job with you gdt spot..hugs

Meg said...

WOW! TWO awesome cards, Em! Love the Rubik's cube of course (although I could never solve one). Great masking, and I love the embossed frame.

And that scene you created in the second card! How incredibly adorable!! Love all the paper piecing you did.

Karen B. said...

These are adorable cards! I got a cube for my sons, they actually like to try to figure it out! And they haven't figured out how to pull off the stickers yet. Great cards.

Jenny said...

Oh Emily how cool and retro, I just had to squeal when I saw the thumbnail on my dashboard and love the chat between the parrot and the pooch :)
Thanks for the chance to win a stamp set too!
Jenny x

Lorraine said...

Both of your cards are adorable! I love the rubik's cube and the images & sentiments on the second card!

Lynn said...

Seriously I wish I had a 10% of your creative juices Emily! You are so talented! I love both of these cards...can I trade brains with you for a few days?!

Lindsey said...

Ack! That is a masterful job of masking in your first card. And your second card is perfect in every way!

Angie said...

I love the sugar rubik's cube. What a great idea. And the vent card is adorable!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

girl, you are crazy amazing! You rocked the PS stamps just like I knew you would!

Mette said...

Emily - I am loving these fabulous cards. You truely deserve a spot on any DT team as you are such an inspiration :).

Hugsm Mette

Dana said...

I love this set!! Such perfect little images!!

walchowDesign said...

You ROCK, Emily! Who would think of converting a sugar cube into a rubic cube!! My jaw just dropped!!!!

I absolutely love the "venti" card too as I'm a dog lover and borned in the year of a dog!! Love the dog peeping out from the table!

Thanks for the chance of the Halloween giveaway - so many cute creatures!

onecraftymama said...

I can't even pick which card I love most, Emily! The Rubik's cube is genius, simply genius, and the parrot sitting on the coffee cup? Hilarious. And I think you're right. That dog wants to borrow money. He looks shifty that way ;) lol

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHHHHHHH! These are super adorable! I LOVE how you think--I want some of those crafty genes to head my way!!! LOVE that cube--so clever! I love your little table with the dog and cup and bird--CLEVER x2!!! You were a perfect match for PS's DT!!! Congrats on your GDT spot:) YOU ROCK!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Gosh, Emily... your cards are so neat! Love the rubik cube and that second card is absolutely adorable! Congrats on your GDT spot. :)

Kary said...

Amazing cards, Emily!! Love them both!! You are awesome, you know ;) {{Big Hugs}}

Karin said...

You are just ridiculous :) (In the best possible way!) The Rubiks, there are no words and the venti card stood out when I saw it over at the Smootches blog...I love how you combine the sets :)

Lisa H. said...

gosh....these are so clever and cute. you've got talent! looove the venti card....it's so well done. congrats on the guest designer spot!

74f9d400-f0f8-11e0-8592-000bcdcb8a73 said...

Way to think outside the box! Very clever use of images. Thanks for the inspiration.

cheiron said...

I have spent an hour at work looking at all of your creations! Love the rubik's cube card, and would love to win this set!

Angela said...

Seriously? Seriously??!!! That sugar/Rubik's cube is killing me with cuteness. I believe the sentiment should be first-person instead -- it fits!!

(Love the parrot/doggie card too, of course - so funny!)

Susie said...

Oh so cute, love your creations!!

Jen Carter said...

These are both so super creative!! LOVE how you used the images!! Congratulations on being the guest designer!! That is a wonderful honor and very well deserved!!

SHartl said...

It's easy to see how you became a DT member because that Rubiks Cube card is seriously adorable! The little faces on those cubes just make me smile BIG-TIME!! Also love, love, love the dog card with its paper piecing and cute sentiment.
Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous Halloween stamp set!