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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”.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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,
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:
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!
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:
Winner #2 – Tami Mayberry:
Winner #3 – Winter Sims:
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!
1. Gwen Y. (Oct. 2, 1:09 p.m.)
2. Sara P. (Oct. 3, 7:22 a.m.)
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!
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!
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:
- Christmas/Season’s Greetings
- Hello/Thinking of You
- 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!
Happy World Card Making Day!
P.S. Jennifer is unveiling her newly designed and organized craft room today! Click HERE to see the finished result!
1. Laura (Sept. 29, 10:56 a.m.)
2. Angel S (Sept. 29, 4:18 p.m.)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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?
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 4. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Saturday, Oct. 3.
Counting down to Saturday,
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!
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!)
- 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).
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.
Let the holiday card-making begin!
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!
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!)
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.
C’mon, let’s celebrate!
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!