Friday, October 24, 2014

Festive Friday #43, Paper Smooches Design Team !!! and Pictures!

Hello my friends! I have been on the road traveling for a whole week now. We have been all over North Carolina, Tennessee, and now Virginia. We're headed to Gettysburg tomorrow to take in a bit of American History. My 14 year old son is so excited! Here are a few of my favorite photos so far.

Me with my two sweet kiddos!

I fuss at the kids for doing things like this! ha!

Beautiful scenery off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

So some super exciting news!!!!!!

Not sure if you saw it on my Facebook page or on the Paper Smooches blog, but I have joined the amazingly talented design team at Paper Smooches! To say I am excited is an enormous understatement! I almost fell out of my chair when I got Kim's email inviting me. I guested for Paper Smooches exactly a year ago this month and never would have guessed I would be on the team a year later. Soooooo excited about this!! Thank you to all of you who commented on my fb post and who have sent personal congratulations! :)

Well it is Friday already, and  time again for another challenge at Festive Friday! If you've been playing along with us all year, you should have a pretty good stash or Christmas cards by now!

Here is the inspiration photo for this time. OH aren't presents great! I love presents! And when  saw this photo, I knew exactly what I wanted to use for my card!

And here is what I came up with!

I used my new presents die from Simon Says! How perfect was that? I love this die and I had so much fun picking out all the different little papers to go in each shape! Now there are all kinds of ways you can use this die, and I had to think about it for a while before I decided which way to approach it. What I did was, I die cut the presents out of the white and then laid that down on the red card stock and traced in all the little shapes with a pencil. Then I cut small pieces of patterned paper and glued them down over my traced lines. When I was all done, I glued the white die cut panel down to the red mat over all the patterned paper pieces. Lastly I cut the jolly die out three times and glued them together, then glued it onto the white mat. A little time consuming, but a really fun card to put together :)
  • Supplies:
  • Dies: Stitched rectangle- Lawn Fawn, Presents- Simon Says Stamps, Jolly- Penny Black
I'm also adding this card to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge, Show Us What You've Got.

I hope you will play along with us at Festive Friday!

You can also check out the amazing talent from the other design team members at Festive Friday!

Thank so much for stopping by!

I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend! 


Kay :)


  1. I'm so happy for you Kay. You are going to be amazing on the PS team! Can't wait to continue to be inspired by you. Love your sweet card and beautiful pictures of your family!

  2. That is a great present die! Love how you put different patterns behind each gift. Fab card! Thanks for having me as GD this challenge! Congrats on you DT spot at PS too! :-)

  3. What a happy post! Congrats on the PS design team spot. So very happy for you! Loved the photos you shared. What a face! Be careful or it might freeze like that. hee, hee. As for your card. Fantastic! Loved that you took the time to use those different papers. Makes it look even better. I really like the dimension you got in the word, too. Excellent work! Have fun in Gettysburg. What a wonderful trip you are having!! Hugs!

  4. To say that every single card you inspire us with is just perfect, would not be a lie! With so much precision,,, I love it!
    Thanks for sharing your family photos... Fall creates a fabulous background!
    oh yes... and a HUGE congratulations to you for joining the paper smooches team!

  5. Very happy post, Kay! Great pictures. ;) Congrats on the PS design team spot! So happy for you. Love the card for Festive Friday. That die is just perfect. I think I need to add it to my collection.

  6. Fun pictures, looks like you guys are having so much fun!
    Yahoooooooooooooooooooooooooo about Paper Smooches! So excited for you!
    LOVE your festive friday card, it's beautiful!

  7. Kay amazing photos from your trip so far, your kiddoes are cute! I like you action shot. ;) That is beautiful country where you are! A huge congratulations with Paper Smooches, I am so happy for you! You Festive Friday is exactly what I thought it would be--fabulous! Happy weekend, enjoy the rest of your trip!

  8. That die was made for this challenge! I love that it's intricate and yet the card feels clean and beautiful! So glad you've enjoyed your trip - looks like fabulous weather!

  9. I just wanted to say Hi and say congrats to you on joining the paper smooches team even though I have been secretly looking at your blog for a few weeks now. I have enjoyed your posts since I found your blog. I look forward to seeing many more of your projects on the paper smooches sites and here on your blog! I am off to follow you! Enjoy the rest of your trips!!!

  10. Beautiful pictures and card! What I would give to see that beautiful fall scenery here in LA LOL. And congratulations!! How exciting, so happy for you! Hope you're having fun and wish you a safe trip home ♥

  11. Beautiful family time and pictures...treasures! Congrats on joining the Paper Smooches DT, they are lucky to have you! Your card is so festive and those gifts!

  12. Congrats Kay! You are going to be one busy lady lol!! I love the pictures of you and the kids, looks like a fun trip!!

  13. CONGRATS on your new DT assignment with Paper Smooches, Kay! I'm so excited about this, b/c your Guest DT spot is how I found, I guess it's our one year anniversary :) Seriously, I can't wait to see how you play with all of the new stamps and dies Kim has in her line...Yay!!!
    Love the photos you shared with us...especially with your 'funny face'! I'm glad you're all having such a great time, certainly deserve it!
    Such a fabulous and festive Christmas card! I love all the pretty patterns on your presents, and how beautifully the red pops on your card! Enjoy the rest of your trip ~ Hugs, Barb

  14. After a round of happy dancing at the most EXCELLENT news that you're joining PS, I've finally settled down (momentarily...I'm still giddy with excitement for you, and us!!), to wish you huge CONGRATS! You will rock the PS products (as you do everything you touch!), and I can just imagine how you'll fan the flames of our inspiration with your own. Your family photos: pure delight! The love you have for your kids shines through every one, and the fun face! Only perfect! Moms are supposed to be goofy sometimes, too! Of course, your Christmas card is gorgeous: love that stack of gifts, that you so 'carefully' wrapped! Enjoy the next round of your travels; looking forward to stories as you go along or when you return! Hugs~c

  15. Congrats on your PS DT role!! I can't wait to see what you create with their gorgeous products! Also I love your festive Friday card, the colors and patterns are gorgeous!

    I am wondering if you will share how you take your photos ( natural light or light box), I started my blog earlier this year and am still trying to figure out how to get bright photos.

  16. Looks like you're having fun Kay - HUGE congrats on the paper Smooches gig! So exciting! Love your card!

  17. What a fun and pretty Christmas card with all the presents! And, congratulations on your exciting news joining Paper fun! I'll be looking forward to seeing your projects using their awesome products!:-)

  18. Oops, sorry...didn't mention your wonderful photos with your kids! Looks like fun and gorgeous scenery! Take care!:-)

  19. Kay I was so happy to see your name show us as the newest member of Kim's team at PS! I can not wait to see all your amazing creations there. Its always a joy to see them here. Thank you for being such a thoughtful and kind commenter on my own Flickr page! Your encouragement is truly appreciated!

  20. Beautiful pictures from your trip in the south. I hope you and your family had a great time.
    I'm so excited and happy for you about your news of joining the Paper Smooches team, you're a perfect fit.
    Your card for today is lovely! Those die cut packages look fantastic!

  21. Congratulations on the super happy news, can't wait to see more of ur awesome creations ! I love the patterned paper on those boxes :)

  22. oh, you are silly! You make good faces! haha! Beautiful family! : ) LOVE your packages card... I have to think of something to make with that die too! hmmmm ; ) TFS!


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