Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Guest Designer: Karolyn Loncon from Paper Therapy

Oh boy, do I have a treat for y'all or what! One of my favorite paper-crafters is guest-posting on my blog today! **SQUEAL**

Karolyn Loncon is the owner of the Paper Therapy blog. If you are a cardmaker but have never visited her blog, you must click HERE to see her work. If her name sounds familiar to you, you have probably come across her work in the Paper Crafts Magazine. She has been published numerous times and if you saw her cards, you would see why. Karolyn makes the cleverest cards and I just LOVE her clean and simple style. She makes everything look so easy and yet so good! I'm really excited that she is here to share a few of her cards today. Here, allow me to step aside and let Karolyn step forward and inspire you.

~ Jin

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Hola Peeps!!

Happy Wednesday!  My name is Karolyn Loncon and my blog is Paper Therapy.  I’m popping in today as the guest designer for Jin at Under A Cherry Tree – the most clever and innovative electronic die cutting expert on the face of the earth!! No seriously . . . I don’t think you understand. Jin is like the MacGyver of electronic die cutting, and I heart her like no other!! So to say that I was honored and thrilled when she asked me to be her guest designer is a total understatement. Jin asked me to share a few of my favorite Silhouette projects, so let’s get to it, shall we?

I’ve been using my Silhouette SD in my card designs for the last several months now, and I feel like it’s totally changed the way I create. I love the way it satisfies that “straight line/symmetrical” side of my creative brain, and the dimension that it adds is so amazing! For my first project, I downloaded the “Sun Bowl Sign” (Design # 21141) from the Silhouette Studio store, and created a print and cut project with it. I added the word “You” in the upper banner, and printed “Me Over” on the card front. I loves me a punny sentiment, and I thought it would be a perfect card for the guy in your life to show him how much you love him in his love language! Right?! LOL

We finally got a bit of summer here in Washington – it’s been HOT the last couple of days! But that didn’t keep me from creating this fun little winter beanie. I love taking an image (Snow Day, Design #24488), resizing it, mirroring the image, and welding it to create a shaped card. I actually learned this little trick from Jin – she’s a genius, I tell ya!

Finally, I don’t think I’ve ever shared this project with you, but this design was a fun little birthday card that was published in the recent Card Creations, Volume 10, a special issue put out by Paper Crafts Magazine.  I would KILL for a cool looking pair of Chuck’s like this, wouldn’t you?!! This shoe card was downloaded (Duh with Tennis Shoe, Design #23338), resized, mirrored and welded, similar to the hat above. I added some fun stitching with my sewing machine, and stamped the sentiment. Easy peasy!

Well, that’s it for me today, kids! I’d like to thank Jin for allowing me to share on her blog today. If you all are ever looking for die cutting tutorials, product comparisons, and fantabulous ideas for utilizing your electronic die cutting machine in your creative life, you so need to hang out for a bit at Jin’s blog, Under A Cherry Tree – you are going to be BLOWN AWAY!

Thanks so much for stopping by today – I so appreciate it! Have a great day!

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See what I mean? Isn't Karoyln just so super-talented? She is also very generous with her compliments. I am so flattered by all her kind words, I'm blushing! Karolyn, please know that the admiration is mutual. I adore you and your work! Thank you for taking the time to share your cards and inspiring all of us. Here is a special badge for you:

To my readers, if you have not checked out Karolyn's blog, click HERE to be inspired. Don't forget to leave her some love by dropping a comment or two on her blog.

~ Jin


  1. She is super creative and talented! Thanks to both of you today for sharing these great cards....

  2. Hi Jin, GREAT choice for Guest Designer! I LOVE Karolyn's style and she really knows how to ROCK her Cameo!!!

  3. Thank you so much for the chance to share with your readers, Jin!! Your peeps have left some of the sweetest comments on my blog today - it has absolutely made my day!! Thank you, also, for all of YOUR kind words - oh my goodness!! I am flattered beyond words! We should grab coffee sometime (maybe when your girls go back to school?) It'd be fun to meet in real life!! Thanks again for having me today - it was super fun!! XOXO