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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday and Paper Crafts latest installment of the trivia game I-Spy! Just in time for spring (the first day is tomorrow!), today’s giveaway is all about lovely, blooming trees!  

Get ready to play because I’m picking five winners this time! (Each winner’s prize package is literally growing right before my eyes! If you win, you will not be disappointed!) 

You must have a copy of our spring-infused March/April 2010 issue in front of you. All questions will be directly related to this issue and this issue only.  

 

March/April I-Spy Questions:  

1. I spy Jennifer’s Editor’s Note. She mentions that there are 19 first-timer designers in this issue. Name the three designers whose last names begin with the letter “S”. 

2. I spy our Paper Crafts Connection column. In honor of World Card Making Day, how many international bloggers participated in Cath’s World Tour of Card Making on the Moxie Fab World blog? 

3. I spy our Go-to Sketches column. How did designer Aly Dosdall create the sun rays in her UR My Sunshine Card? (It’s pure genius!) 

4. I spy our Color Play column. How many green pearl accents are on Layle Koncar’s Spring Card? (Look closely!) 

5. I spy our Shimmer & Shine feature. How did designer Kimberly Crawford get her rhinestones to perfectly match the yellow umbrella in her Cheer Up, Buttercup Card? 

6. I spy our Thanks & Congrats feature. Name the two designers who each have three-step cards in this feature. 

7. I spy an ad for our 2010 Stamping Royalty Card Contest. When must entries be postmarked by? (Hint: There’s still time submit!) 

8. I spy our Designer Challenge Your Choice: Pick Any Three feature. What three supplies did designer Maile Belles use to create her Thank You Button Card? 

9. I spy our Lovely as a Tree feature. What quote is featured on Go-to Gal Maren Benedict’s Plant Hope Card? (BTW, this Unity stamp set is up for grabs today!) 

10. I spy our Tips, Tools, & Techniques column. Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Kim Kesti paper crafted six REAL eggs – just in time for Easter! Name two of the six techniques shown in the column. (To find out how she achieved this eggscellent look, click HERE!) 

Five random winners (who answer five or more questions correctly) will win a selection of product we feature in this issue’s Product Parade and Sweepstakes columns. (Just turn to pages 80-81 for a closer look!) To play, please enter your answers in the comment field below this entry. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, March 21.  

Five lucky winners will receive an assortment of this tree-licious product!

Good luck!
Kelly

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday and day one of Paper Crafts Connection’s Blogiversary Celebration! Tomorrow, February 2, marks our official one-year anniversary, and I don’t about you, but time sure has flown by!

It was just over a year ago that I started building this blog, page by page and link by link. We knew we wanted it to be an extension of the magazine, and because we’re not limited to page count here, we knew we could give you more of everything you love about Paper Crafts. And because of its viral nature, we knew there was potential to reach paper crafters from all over the world on a daily basis. No pressure at all!

So, a year later, I’m sitting here trying to sum up 263 posts, which collectively contain 26,872 comments! And while certain posts are more memorable than others, in a way, all of them are like little babies that I’ve created and sent out into the paper crafting world for love and acceptance. And you’ve all embraced each and every one. Even the ones that were silly and lame and had nothing to do with paper crafting. Does anyone remember our Return of the Jedi Braid post? Like I said, there’s been some random ones!

That said, there’s also been some amazing ones. Too many to individually mention, but I went through our archives and pulled my favorites. In true Letterman style, I bring you PK’s Top Ten Paper Crafts Connection Blog Posts of 2009:

1. Happy World Card Making Day – Oct. 3, 2009 (Of course this would be my #1! So fun to celebrate this holiday with the whole wide world!)

2. Freebie Friday – Giving Back – Sept. 18, 2009 (You may think I picked this as one of my favorites because it features a scrumptious Johnny Depp card, but the real reason is because I so enjoyed giving my time to a wonderful charity. Brandy will talk more about our inspiring Creativity Heals campaign tomorrow!)


3. Magazine Monday – The Paper Crafts Office Tour – August 17, 2009 (As a request from one of our readers, I went around the office and took pictures of our lobby, break room and all of our individual cubes. It was a lot of fun!)


4. Freebie Friday – And the Gallery Idol Winner Is – July 31, 2009 (Oh happy day for Rae Barthel!)


5. Welcome Go-to Gal, Teri Anderson – July 23, 2009/Welcome Go-to Gal, Jessica Witty – July 21, 2009/Welcome Go-to Gal, Betsy Veldman – July 16, 2009/Welcome Go-to Gal, Maren Benedict – July 14, 2009/Welcome Go-to Gal, Kim Hughes – July 9, 2009/Welcome Go-to Gal, Kim Kesti – July 7, 2009 (July, 2009 was a very busy month in Paper Crafts land! In addition to the weekly Gallery Idol challenges and posts, we also welcomed six talented ladies to our family – the Paper Crafts Go-to Gals!)


6. Tickled Pink – June 23, 2009 (National Pink Day just happened to fall during our Card Creations 7 promotional week in June. In true girly fashion, Brandy spotlighted some pretty pink projects, gave away some pink-alicious product and then posted a picture of us in our finest pink garb.)


7. The Lone Design Man – May 7, 2009 (Matt, our lone man on the team, dishes secrets on what it’s like to work with seven hormonal women. He also shows some of his amazing openers that are featured in our magazine!)


8. Freebie Friday – Get Your Blinkies Here – April 3, 2009 (Here we showed readers how to upload their very own Paper Crafts and Moxie Fab World blinkies! If you still don’t have them on your blogs, what are you waiting for?)

9. Freebie Friday – The Big One – March 20, 2009 (This post related to our Stamp It! Cards promotional week generated more comments than any other to date. I wonder if this jackpot of a giveaway had anything to do with it!)


10. Happy Birthday, PK – March 12, 2009 (As a Coca-Cola fanatic, this post literally leaves me feeling effervescent!)

Can I tell you how hard it was to only pick 10 posts?! Luckily, we still have the rest of the week to touch on highlights from the past year. And since no celebration would be complete without presents, today I’m giving away three fun prize packages! Leave a comment telling me one of your favorite Paper Crafts Connection blog posts from 2009. I’ll pick three random winners to each receive one of our new “Betty” t-shirts, a Paper Crafts Connection button and Cosmo Cricket’s Earth Love collection. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Tuesday, Feb, 2.

Happy Monday!
Kelly

P.S. We just launched our February Gallery Challenge today! Since it’s the season of love, we want to see your best Valentine’s Day projects. For inspiration, please turn to the Valentines for Everyone on Your List and Vintage Valentines features in our January/February 2010 issue. This three-week challenge will run through midnight (MDT) on Monday, Feb. 22. Click HERE for all the details! (January’s winners will be spotlighted next Monday, Feb. 8.)

Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

We’ve been watching the gallery on the World Card Making Day web site grow and grow and grow…and I am just giddy that it’s over 1300 cards already. If you add in the 1000+ cards from the 2008 archive, there’s a whole lotta inspiration going on!

Cath spotlighted five gallery winners over at Moxie Fab World a few days ago, and I’m here to show you the other five winning gallery cards. Wow — what a group of talented cardmakers we have in our midst! Each winner will receive a one year subscription to Paper Crafts magazine.

Happy Birthday by joey73

Happy Birthday Card by joey73

Eat Cake by Parker Laine

Eat Cake Card by Parker Laine

Ahoy Sailor by cadnileb

Ahoy Sailor Card by cadnileb

Oranges by Aga

Oranges Card by Aga

A Good Friend by VanessaMenhorn

A Good Friend Card by Vanessa Menhorn

We’re also happily slicing open the envelopes that are arriving daily with entries for the World Card Making Day Card Contest (don’t worry, there’s still time to enter – details HERE).Photobucket
Even though there’s a sweet prize package for the 20 winning cards, the real winners are the soldiers who eventually receive the entries we don’t select. For the third year in a row, we’ll be donating them to a worthy cause: Operation Write Home (formerly Cards For Heroes).
We donated the 2008 entries that were not selected to www.cardsforheroes.com

We donated the 2008 entries that were not selected to http://www.operationwritehome.org

As World Card Making Day continues to grow and bring cardmakers all over the world a lot closer to one another, we want to give a shout out to everyone who has helped spread the paper crafted love for this year.

Cheers!
Jennifer

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Cath’s A Recap of World Card Making Day post! Here they are in no particular oder:

1. CKH in Tulsa (Oct. 6, 9:51 a.m.)
2. Mary Alice Leonard (Oct. 7, 1:28 p.m.)
3. Laura J (Oct. 6, 4:17 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Cath Edvalson

Cath Edvalson

How was your World Card Making Day? No matter where you were or who you were with, I hope it was fun memorable!

Here at Paper Crafts, we are overwhelmed with the response to our fourth year celebrating this amazingly connective holiday. From manufacturers and online companies who were sponsoring events, to grass-roots blog hops and challenges, to individuals posting cards on their blogs, to groups of gals who gathered to make cards for charity, to those of you who really did get a jumpstart on your holiday cards, there was a lot going on as Oct. 3 worked its way around the globe.

Speaking of the globe, in the World Tour of Card Making that took place in the Moxie Fab World last week, we spotlighted 42 different designers in 17 countries. There were a total of 8,470 comments made–many of them in different languages–and 347 international bloggers joined in on the tour as well!

On the World Card Making Day web site, there was a blog tour for discounts on products in our online store and 383 other card makers did something special on their blogs for World Card Making Day, linking them on the site as well. Here’s some of the great cards that were featured on this tour:

Stinkin’ cute Boo Card by Becky from the Becky & Stacy Blog:

Fun Christmas Blessings Card by Lynn Miller:

Beautiful Blue Butterfly Card by Brises from Poland:

Cutie-pie Thanks a Latte Card by Michelle Woerner:

Fun Trick or Treat Card by Jona Panesa from the Philippines:

…and from what could be our youngest blogger in World Card Making Day history, this For You Card by eight-year-old Rebecca Ledlow:

Our Go-to Gals – Kim H., Maren, Teri, Betsy and Jessica were busy teaching classes at five winning retail stores around the country, while Kim K. was promoting the holiday at CKC-Glendale. Click their names for their takes on their experiences.

It was certainly a busy day, friends – but believe it or not, there’s still more fun to be had. If you live in the U.S. or Canada (except Quebec), you can send your Birthday, Christmas/Season’s Greetings, Hello/Thinking of You, Love and/or Thank You cards in to our World Card Making Day Card Contest to win a fantastic prize AND a spot in our March/April 2010 issue. But you need to hurry! Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 12! Click HERE for all the details!

What did you like most about World Card Making Day? My favorite part was the connections that I made with paper crafters from all over the world. With the click of the “translate” button, I was able to make friends with people I would never have met otherwise. Here’s hoping that the World Card Making Day spirit is alive within us all throughout the coming year until it’s time to celebrate again in 2010 on Saturday, Oct. 2!

I’d love to hear what you liked most about World Card Making Day and am prepared to thank you with a chance to win some fun embellishments from American Crafts. Just be sure to leave a comment by midnight (MDT) on Wednesday, Oct. 7 and I’ll draw three random winners!

Basking in the sisterhood of World Card Making Day,
Cath

P.S. I now get the privilege to announce the grand prize winner of Kelly’s Happy World Card Making Day post! This lucky lady is taking home this giant jackpot of a prize:

Congrats to Deanna for winning this WHOLE prize package!

Congrats to Sherry for winning this WHOLE prize package!

 Sherry (Oct. 3, 3:56 p.m.)

“Happy World Card Making Day from Iowa! I’ve been looking at the web pages and gathering lots of inspiration and reading blogs while putting together a few cards! Oh What Fun!!!”

Well done, Sherry! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all of our 408 commenters! We loved hearing how you spent your World Card Making Day!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I hope everyone had fun celebrating World Card Making Day on Saturday. Whether you made one card or 20, hopefully the creativity gods were with you. And if you didn’t see our special post on Saturday, you have until midnight (MDT) tonight to leave a comment and be eligible to win our giant jackpot of a prize! The grand prize winner will be announced tomorrow, so make sure you check back with us!

If you did make some cards on Saturday, it’s not too late to send them in to our World Card Making Day Card Contest. We’ll pick 20 lucky winners to receive a prize package valued at $185 and be published in our Mach/April 2010 issue! All entries must be postmarked by Monday, Oct. 12. For more information, including full rules and where to submit entries, see p. 47 in our September/October 2009 issue or click HERE.

Since it’s the first Monday in October, it’s time to announce our next gallery challenge theme! But first, let’s pay tribute to our three September Gallery Challenge winners! These creative gals not only aced our clean & graphic-themed challenge, but they also reminded us that gorgeous cards can be made with limited product and just a few steps. Way to go, ladies!

Winner #1 – Kelly Marie Alvarez:

We loved Kelly Maries festive Joy Card.

We loved Kelly Marie's festive Joy Card.

Winner #2 – Tami Mayberry:

Tami Mayberrys Love You to the Core Card is apple-solute perfection.

Tami Mayberry's Love You to the Core Card is "apple-solute" perfection.

Winner #3 – Winter Sims:

And Winter Sims Absolutely Fabulous Card is well, you know...

And Winter Sims' Absolutely Fabulous Card is well, you know...

Congratulations, ladies! Each of you has won either a one-year subscription or the special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes. If you’re interested in seeing all of the clean & graphic projects from the September challenge, please visit our gallery here.

Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We just launched our spooktacular October Gallery Challenge! We want to see your best Halloween cards, bags, tags and treat containers! This three-week challenge will run through midnight (MDT) on Monday, Oct. 26. Click HERE to learn more about this frighteningly fun challenge!

Happy Monday!
Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the two winners from Brandy’s Gallery Goodness post and the two winners from my Editor Ask Around post!

Brandy’s winners:

1. Gwen Y. (Oct. 2, 1:09 p.m.)
2. Sara P. (Oct. 3, 7:22 a.m.)

My winners:

1. Beverly S (Oct. 2, 7:40 a.m.)
2. April Z (Oct. 2, 10:54 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Today is the big day! Isn’t it a nice feeling knowing that people from all around the world are creating cards at this very exact same moment? If you find yourself needing some inspiration, why not check out our official World Card Making Day blog tour? We have over 300 passionate supporters whose blogs are just bursting with World Card Making Day cheer!

And while you’re blog hopping, make sure you stop by one (or all!) of our top 25 featured blogs. Each designer is giving out a 25% off coupon code that’s good for ANYTHING in our online store! Click HERE to see the 25 designers, then go visit their blogs and finally, go shopping HERE! The coupon expires at midnight (MST) on Oct. 12, so don’t delay!

The Paper Crafts team made these cards on World Card Making Day, 2008.

The Paper Crafts team made these cards on World Card Making Day, 2008.

And since you’re all making cards today (nod yes), why not enter them in our World Card Making Day Card Contest? We’ll award 20 winners a prize package containing the latest card making products from some of the hottest manufacturers. The retail value of each prize package totals over $185! Winners will also have the opportunity to be published in the March/April 2010 issue of Paper Crafts magazine. How’s that for a sweet deal? Please submit a card(s) under the following categories:

  • Birthday
  • Christmas/Season’s Greetings
  • Hello/Thinking of You
  • Love
  • Thank You

All entries must be postmarked by Monday, Oct. 12. For more information, including full rules and where to submit entries, see p. 47 in our September/October 2009 issue or click HERE.

Since it is World Card Making Day and I mentioned there would be one giant jackpot of a prize, let’s get on with it! I just happen to have an extra set of prizes from our World Card Making Day Card Contest. What’s a girl to do? How about I offer it up as a prize for one very lucky person?! Leave a comment telling me how you’re celebrating World Card Making Day. Whether you’re celebrating in a big way with lots of friends or just you in your craft room, I want to hear all about it! All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Monday, Oct. 5. The big winner will be announced on Tuesday!

This WHOLE prize package could be yours!

This WHOLE prize package could be yours!

Happy World Card Making Day!
Kelly

P.S. Jennifer is unveiling her newly designed and organized craft room today! Click HERE to see the finished result!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the two winners from Susan’s Let’s Celebrate post and the two winners from Kim Hughes’ It’s Time to K.I.S.S. post!

Susan’s winners:

1. Laura (Sept. 29, 10:56 a.m.)
2. Angel S (Sept. 29, 4:18 p.m.)

Kim’s winners:

1. Lee Anne (Sept. 30, 1:19 p.m.)
2. sweetpapertreats (Sept. 30, 6:02 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! I’ll be contacting you on Monday to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! I hope you’ve been enjoying our week-long promotion of World Card Making Day, both here and on the Moxie Fab World blog. If you haven’t yet boarded Cath’s “Moxie Fab Express”, today her magical train is touring the grand ol’ U.S.A. We’re making some picturesque stops in Cardstock City, Ribbon Falls and beautiful Buttonville, so make sure you board early to get a good seat!

I still can’t believe that tomorrow is the official day! This little holiday just keeps getting bigger and bigger. It seems more people are recognizing the need for a day that celebrates the art of card-making. We’d like to thank all of our loyal readers who have embraced World Card Making Day and have been so willing to share their time, talents and enthusiasm for this holiday.

Have you ever wondered if the Paper Crafts editors celebrate World Card Making Day? Well, we most certainly do and today we’re revealing our plans!

Jennifer: I’m unveiling my newly designed and organized craft area – it’s amazing what a difference it makes in my creativity and ability to actually make projects instead of just think about making them. Hop on over to my personal blog tomorrow for the big reveal!

Brandy: I can’t think of any better way to spend World Card Making Day than curled up on the couch with a cookie sheet on my lap. Let me explain. Some of my holiday cards are already designed, the pieces pre-cut and my handsome husband is sure to be at my side (he’ll just be watching TV instead of trimming paper). I’m going to make my cards assembly line style so I can get them done in a holiday hurry (that means efficiently and with a big smile on my face). 

If you love this card featuring American Crafts’ new Merriment collection, check out the CKC web site. A holiday card class featuring this very project (designed by yours truly) just might be coming to your town!   

Home for the Holidays Card by Brandy Jesperson

Home for the Holidays Card by Brandy Jesperson

Cath: I’ll be spending the day mass producing some of my favorite cards from my old card business, Cards by Cath. This wedding card was a top-seller and I still love it!

I Thee Wed Card by Cath Edvalson

I Thee Wed Card by Cath Edvalson

Susan: In my house, every Saturday is an opportunity to get creative, but this Saturday I’ll be making Christmas cards in honor of World Card Making Day. I’ll also be watching the college football game between Michigan and Michigan State. M go Blue!

Heres to my favorite team!

Here's a toast to my favorite team!

Kelly: My sister happens to be in town this weekend, so we’ll spend part of the day driving through her favorite mountain canyon. After I’m sufficiently inspired, I plan on finishing the friendship cards I still owe our card group!

Who wouldnt find inspiration in these surroundings?

Who wouldn't find inspiration in these surroundings?

Well, now you know how the Paper Crafts editors will be celebrating World Card Making Day. We hope that in whatever country you call home, you’ll find some time to be inspired and create a card or two. For today’s giveaway, I have two prize packages featuring Little Yellow Bicycle’s Zinnia collection and a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4. Leave a comment telling me how you get your creative juices flowing. Music? Chocolate? Blog Hopping? All comments must be received by midnight on Sunday, Oct. 4

Two lucky winners will each take home this prize package!

Two lucky winners will each take home this prize package!

Happy Friday!
Kelly

P.S. Make sure you join us tomorrow for a special Saturday blog post! We’ll be celebrating World Card Making Day by giving away one giant jackpot of a prize! Will you be the lucky person who strikes gold?

P.P.S. Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Maren Benedict is a guest blogger today over at Creating Keepsakes! Click HERE to read her fun post!

Brandy Jesperson

Brandy Jesperson

My last blog post was all about my countdown to several exciting dates: the birth of my first baby, the arrival of pumpkins in my grocery store and the Paper Crafts Editorial Board meeting. Well, our Editorial Board meeting was a big success, I have several happy pumpkins perched atop my front steps and my hubby and I find out on Monday if we’re having a baby girl or boy. But before that there’s one big event I can’t skip. 

World Card Making Day is this Saturday and it’s going to be spectacular (if I do say so myself!). We have bloggers from all over the world playing along on the Moxie Fab World blog. We have the top 25 bloggers in the industry participating in our official World Card Making Day blog tour (and offering 25% off coupons for anything in our online store). And we have a gallery full of cards from the World Card Making Day sponsors and designers just like you that are begging to be looked at. 

The gallery is a great place to share your designs and to find oodles of inspiration. And as an added bonus, I’ll be picking 10 cards from the gallery to be spotlighted on the Paper Crafts Connection and Moxie Fab World blogs next week. So make sure you post your creations and check back daily between October 5 and October 9 to see if your card is one of the lucky 10. (There will, of course, be prizes for the 10 winners!)

NOTE: To post your card(s) in the gallery you must first login. Then click on the SHARE button. Select MY GALLERIES followed by ADD NEW GALLERY. Enter your information, upload your project, and that’s it…you’re done! Due to the volume of entries, please allow a few hours for the galleries to appear on the site. 

Since I love sweetening the pot, I’m going to offer up a little incentive for posting your project(s) to the gallery (in case having your card posted on our uber cool blogs isn’t enough!). Leave me a comment letting me know you’ve posted a card in the gallery (make sure you include the name of your card). Then I will randomly select two winners to receive SEI’s Alpine Frost collection (which includes paper, stickers, rub-ons, ribbon, etc.) and a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Two lucky winners will each receive this prize package!

Two lucky winners will each receive this prize package!

Counting down to Saturday,
Brandy

P.S. Make sure you hop on over to Cath’s Moxie Fab World blog! Today on her world tour of card-making, she’s spotlighting cards from our neighbors to the north, O Canada!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the two winners from Kelly’s Magazine Monday – Meet PaperCrafts inspirations post!

1. Anne B. (Sept. 29, 12:50 a.m.)
2. Carol Metully (Sept. 29, 2:50 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Kim Hughes

Kim Hughes

Hello, friends! World Card Making Day is drawing near…have you made plans for this special day yet? I will be teaching at Scrapbooks to Remember in Anthem, AZ, which I’m beyond excited about. I hope to see some of you there! I’m also hosting a fashion/home decor challenge at Ellen Hutson’s CLASSroom blog, which is where I post a technique-based class every Wednesday. Please come say “hi”!

I will also be contributing a card to the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. They are a Canadian-based magazine that is found in local scrapbook stores and can also be seen online. That’s the wonderful thing about “World” Card Making Day…it’s a day where friends and strangers from around the globe can come together and enjoy what they love…creating heartfelt cards.

This is a great time to get ready for the holiday card-making season. Mass producing holiday cards can be an intimidating task, but there are ways to make your experience an enjoyable one:

  • Creating a card that is flat, light weight and standard size (4 ¼” x 5 ½”) makes it easier and more cost-effective to mail.
  • Additional postage is required for square and odd-shaped envelopes. 
  • You will also need to add postage for ribbon knots and even the tiniest of brads. (Be prepared because this can add a lot to your cost, especially if you are mailing a ton of cards. Might want to rethink that delicious bow!)
I designed this holiday card specifically with mass producing it in mind.

I designed this holiday card specifically with mass producing it in mind.

  • Get your children involved and design a card that uses punches (I used a large circle, snowflake and small folk heart punches). 
  • Create an assembly line by pre-cutting/punching papers and let your family lend a helping hand. 

I used papers from the Merry Days of Christmas collection by My Mind’s Eye. I like using a holiday paper collection because the colors coordinate perfectly. The Cold & Cuddly stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is absolutely adorable, and it can be used year after year (use the bear or walrus to create a different card entirely).

Santas Holiday Cheer Card is only five steps and perfect for mass producing!

Santa's Holiday Cheer Card is only five steps and perfect for mass producing!

This card was published in the recent Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4 and is easy to replicate. Just cut two slits in a square and add black paper through it to create Santa’s belt. The base papers are by Core’dinations cardstock and the sentiment can easily be created with a bracket die cut. Just stamp a holiday sentiment and add a jingle bell accent.

If you are digital savvy, add special touches to your family photo and use them as your holiday card. Many photo-developing stores offer great printing rates during the holidays. You just have to shop around!

When designing a card to mass produce, use the K.I.S.S. method (Keep It Simple Silly). Keep layers to the minimum and purchase embellishments that come in multiple packs, if possible. That’s a big reason why stamped cards are ideal – you can use the stamps over and over again. You can assemble them while cropping with friends or sitting in front of the television. I love the feeling that I get when they are all completed and sent, don’t you?

I have a fun giveaway today! Two winners will each take home a GCD Studios paper pad, two packages of their die cut chipboard and a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4 (which is my favorite special publication this year). Please tell me if you make your own holiday cards and about how many you send out. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, Oct. 2.

Two lucky winners will each receive this prize package!

Two lucky winners will each receive this prize package!

Let the holiday card-making begin!

Kim Hughes,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. Make sure you hop on over to Cath’s Moxie Fab World blog! Today on her world tour of card-making, she’s spotlighting cards from the Dominican Republic, Japan, Morocco, the Phillipines, Puerto Rico and Singapore!

Susan R. Opel

Susan R. Opel

When it comes to celebrating, the Paper Crafts office is the place to be! From birthdays to Halloween to National Pink Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Super Bowl Sunday, we’re always ready for a reason to party! (Although, if you’re like us, you never need a reason to party!)

It seems only fitting then that we’ve created our very own worldwide holiday to celebrate our passion and yours – World Card Making Day!

We’d love to celebrate with you, too, (at least in spirit)! And since we love to plan parties, there are tons of great ideas of ways to spend your day HERE at the World Card Making Day web site. (Remember: it’s not too late to plan a whole day of fun-filled celebration!)

Heres some celebratory highlights from the Paper Crafts team.

Here's some celebratory highlights from the Paper Crafts team.

If you are a complete over-achiever and have all of your Christmas cards done or you’re a total procrastinator and just don’t feel like getting started yet, you could spend your day looking for inspiration online by visiting inspiring blogs on our blog tour. Cozy up at home in your jammies and fall into creative nirvana with bloggers from all over the world.

Whatever you do this Saturday, just take some time to enjoy the very essence of World Card Making Day. Creating, giving, celebrating, and sharing – it doesn’t get any better than that!

I have some fun KI Memories stickers, paper pads and copies of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4 to give away to two commenters who tell me a fun and wacky holiday they celebrate or share an unusual holiday tradition. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Two lucky winners will each take home this prize pacakge!

Two lucky winners will each take home this prize pacakge!

C’mon, let’s celebrate!
Susan

P.S. Make sure you hop on over to Cath’s Moxie Fab World blog! Today on her world tour of card-making, she’s spotlighting cards from Australia and the United Kingdom! G’day, mate!

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