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Welcome to another Freebie Friday! Since our latest special issue Stamp It! Cards just came out this week, I thought I would highlight some of the very cool features of this publication and then give away a fabulous prize package, courtesy of Technique Tuesday. Sound good?
Our newly redesigned Stamp It! Cards features 155 inspiring designs for every style. We’ve even included fun sections like “Techniques from the Pros”, “Stamp It! 3 Ways”, and “Say it with Stamps” – a new section that shows off sentiment stamps.
And if that weren’t enough, we given this fan favorite magazine a little face lift. Hopefully you like the new, clean look and treatment of the logo. From an editorial perspective, it’s been so much fun to see new life breathed into this issue. Just as stamping has evolved over the years, we have too!
Are you ready for today’s challenge? Since many of you may not have Stamp It! Cards in your possession yet (click here to buy!), I’ll relate all trivia questions to this fantastic new cover:
1. What three styles do we specifically call attention to?
2. How many $ do you see? Look closely…
3. On Kim Kesti’s “New Home” card, what is the grand total of windows on both houses?
4. What prop is seen behind the “How To”?
5. How many times do we mention the word “stamp”?
Okay, leave a comment telling me your answers. I’ll pick one random winner on Tuesday, March 3 to receive this Technique Tuesday stamp binder and four stamp sets. In addition, two other winners will each receive a copy of Stamp It! Cards.
P.S. Don’t forget to enter our 2009 Stamping Royalty Card Contest! Submit an original stamped card and you could be one of our 15 lucky winners. Those stampers crowned royalty will win a $175 prize package and the opportunity to be published in our November/December 2009 issue!
Okay, here it goes. Welcome to my very first blog. The very first one I have ever written! Yeah, I know, it’s not like I am that old and I have no idea what blogs were up until now. No one has to come over and help me program my VCR. Boy… that would be sad. But I DID just start playing on Facebook. So this is my next new big adventure.
So, what to share? How about a big part of what I do here at Paper Crafts… designing openers and concepting how a feature will be shot. Hopefully, you all enjoy them. I pulled a few of my favorites and it wasn’t until now that I realize that they were all from Halloween issues. Hmm… do you all see a theme here?
My first Halloween feature was in Crafts Magazine 2002. It doesn’t seem like very long ago, but the fact that the projects were dolls, felt pillows, and crocheted table covers – that tells you something! The gargoyle was a present from a friend, and the rocks and stuff were just props we found outside.
Next was the “Art of Tattoo” feature from 2007. I had this idea to design a tattoo, but then had to find a victim that would sit still for whatever time it took to draw and paint on them. Luckily my sister had this cute friend named Cameron who agreed. He actually was a very good sport and sat for a long time. And at the end, he wore it all day, long after we were done.
Lastly, was the “Enchanted Forest” feature from last year. Sometimes in handoff I get these pictures almost immediately on what I want to do. Sometimes they work out; sometimes they don’t and I come up with something new. For some reason I really wanted to make these little paper trees for this feature. The most asked question was, “How long did they take to make?” Well, after about 11 hours, I stopped keeping track because it made me realize how crazy it was getting (11 plus hours times how many trees?). Yeah, you know how that goes – it seemed like a good idea when I started. But what was going to be a forest of trees ended up being only five. Probably a good thing that I didn’t create a forest since most of the trees would have been cut out.
Well, I hope you liked my first blog and the little stories about my openers. I decided that when I write a blog I want to give away prizes, so for my first blog… I want to give away one of my little paper trees from the forest feature. They stand about 15 inches high. Leave a comment telling me what you liked about the overall design of this feature. I’ll pick my lucky winner on Monday, March 2.
Stace, Art Director Extraordinaire
P.S. Kelly added the “Art Director Extraordinaire” bit. I’m really not that vain!
Hi fellow paper crafting enthusiasts! Welcome to our new blog. Is this exciting or what?
When Kelly asked me to write about “what inspires me” I really had to think for a bit. The problem? I’m inspired by everything! The colors in my house, the wildflowers starting to bloom here in Arizona, the new shirt I just bought. Sigh. Inspiration is everywhere.
Having said that, I thought I would go ahead and focus on a trend that has caught my eye lately. It might not be quite what you are expecting, though. Read on.
I am inspired by mustaches. Mustaches? Yep, mustaches. They are showing up just about everywhere. On t-shirts:
In wedding photos:
And, if you follow this link, in family photo shoots like these from San Diego Photographer Tara Whitney.
They have even crept into the paper crafting scene. I adore these rub-ons by the iconic Hambly Screen Prints:
Since I don’t happen to have those rub-ons here at my fingertips, I have created a card featuring a hand-cut mustache. This card is going in reserve for my Dad (since I can’t talk my husband into growing a mustache. Just to see what it looks like, you know).
I hope you get a giggle out of this silly post. I really am being serious in my own quirky way. Be sure to leave a comment and tell me about the mustaches in your life! Heh.
Good paper crafting to you!
Kim Kesti, Paper Crafts Pro
Wanna get some ink under your fingertips? You do? Me too! I’m so inspired by our newest volume of Stamp It! Cards that I’ve already grabbed my own copy and am burying myself in my craft space to get right to it.
I know I’ll probably say this about every special issue we produce, because…well, each one is really special. But this one is just incredible! We’ve featured over 150 projects in every style, from cute and fun to classy and elegant. We also show you just how versatile stamping can be with a feature on how to use the same stamp set three different ways.
This issue is also special because we introduce new designer Maren Benedict to you via 13 of her cards (that may be a record for someone who just started submitting for publication!). She’s a talented stamper and we’re thrilled to help her show off her creativity.
Do you want some of this inspiration for yourself? You could win a copy of Stamp It! Cards if you just leave me a comment telling me which stamping technique you use most often. I’ll pick three random winners this Friday, February 27 at noon MST.
Welcome to another edition of Magazine Monday! You’re probably sick of our never-ending birthday hoopla, but I hope you’ll indulge me one more time. (Well, maybe two more times… my birthday is right around the corner and if I know our little birthday fairy, the results will be worth blogging about yet again!)
So when it came to concepting the theme for our new designer’s birthday, Stace knew exactly what she wanted to do. See Matt loves Star Wars. He has all the little figurines propped up on his computer monitor and his hottie crush from last week’s post was Princess Leia (although I think he secretly harbors a man crush for that fur ball Chewbacca – or to those close to him – Chewie). Isn’t that sweet?
And if Matt’s smile wasn’t a dead giveaway, he was nice enough to send around this e-mail to all of us:
Thank you so much for celebrating my birthday for/with me. It was a lot of fun and I just wanted you to know that I really appreciate it. Thanks again for everything! You guys are awesome!
We enjoyed celebrating with you, too!
P.S. Did everyone enjoy the Oscars last night? I thought Hugh Jackman did a great job of hosting and keeping the show rolling. But did you know he forgot to hand out one last award? The award for the Nine Pockets craft apron from Jillie Willie goes to… Emily Lurker! I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing address. Congratulations! And thanks to all who played along with last week’s Freebie Friday giveaway!
I don’t know about you, but I love Oscar night. I love seeing the nominated films, picking my favorites, and then tuning in to see who takes home the golden statues. And who doesn’t like seeing all fashion hits and misses. (Does anyone remember Bjork’s weird swan dress from the 2001 broadcast? Creepy, right?)
Since Susan had so much fun with her Hottie Day at the Paper Crafts Office post this week and the Academy Awards are on this Sunday, I thought I would test your knowledge of all things Oscar.
If you answer all five questions correctly, you will be entered into a drawing to win the Nine Pockets craft apron from Jillie Willie! Made of 100% cotton, this comfortable, yet stylish accessory comes with nine pockets to keep all of your crafting supplies close at hand.
Let’s play “And the Oscar Goes To…”
1. Who is the youngest actress to ever win an Oscar? (Hint: The key word here is “win” not “receive”.)
2. What powerful love ballad won the 1997 Oscar for Best Original Song? (Hint: Four Paper Crafts editors will be hearing this song live in concert this Sunday!)
3. Who has hosted the Academy Awards a record 19 times? (Hint: He celebrated his 100th birthday in 2003.)
4. Only one animated film has ever been nominated for Best Picture. What is it? (Hint: The movie’s tagline is “The most beautiful love story ever told.“)
5. Which three films have won the most Academy Awards? (Hint: Each won 11.)
Good luck, everyone! I’ll pick my winner on Monday, Feb. 23.
Enjoy the Oscars!
P.S. This just in from Susan!
I don’t know about you, but I had a GREAT time hanging out with you guys on Tuesday as you tried to match the hotties to the Paper Crafts staff member. And now it’s time for the reveal! Yay! First for our winners… Hats off to Thespa McLaughlin who was so off the mark for such a long time, and then outta the blue she came up with the first right answer! Here is what she said on February 17th at 3:22 pm:
Ok, this is my last try. I think I have it figured out?
1. Susan – Mellencamp
2. Brandy – George Clooney
3. Cath – Brad Pitt
4. Kelly – Mathew McConnaughey
5. Jennifer – Daniel Craig (Bond)
6. Stace – David Boreanez
7. Matt – Princess Leia
8. Brenda – Johnny Depp
It’s no secret that I love my husband. I mean he’s easy on the eyes, keeps a tidy house, and loves me for exactly who I am. If all that wasn’t enough, my handsome hubby even makes cards. Okay…well he made a card but I’m still gushing about it days later. On Valentine’s Day my knight in shining armor made me an adorable handmade Valentine. Yep, he dove into my closet of scrappy goodness, pulled out the Making Memories stickers and American Crafts chipboard shapes, and concocted this lovely creation!
So not only do I have this adorable card that will end up on a scrapbook page in no time at all (I’m documenting this for our future children), but I also have a husband with a newfound appreciation for card-making.
Has your significant other taken the card-making plunge? I am pretty confident that I won’t be getting more cards a la Dave to add to my collection, but you know what? I’m okay with that. I love this little gem and I adore the fact that he took the time to create it for me. I suppose that’s really why I love card-making. Whenever you receive a paper crafted creation you also get a little piece of the person who made it. Wouldn’t you agree?
Paper Crafts magazine is celebrating its 5th birthday this year! I have had the honor of designing for the magazine since the premier issue and can hardly believe that five years have gone by so quickly. It’s been fun to watch the magazine change and grow and become the wonderful and inspirational publication it is.
So in honor of Paper Crafts’ birthday and the fact that I’m always in need of cute birthday tags to attach to a gift, I decided to host an online birthday tag swap. If you haven’t participated in or hosted and online swap, you are missing a real treat. When I host a swap, my favorite part is opening the packages that come to me from all over the country. It’s so fun (almost like Christmas!) and I’m constantly amazed at the creativity of the darling paper crafted items from participants.
So… my challenge to you is to join an online swap. There are many types of swaps to choose from and if you don’t see one you are interested in… post your own. Click here to see all the card swaps posted on the CreatingKeepsakes.com web site. Make sure you scroll through all six pages! (The PC Pros also regularly post swaps so keep your eye out for those as well.) It’s a great way to stock up on cute paper crafted items and to make a few new paper crafting friends as well!
Friday the 13th wasn’t an unlucky day for the Paper Crafts staff. No, instead, some of our greatest wishes came true.
As each of us arrived, we were greeted with a frame on our desk from someone special dropped off by Cupid (aka Stace our over-the-top art director – see this post). I was here first that day, and I couldn’t wait for everyone to find their photo frame and hear their laughter.
Staff members: Brandy Jesperson, Brenda Peterson, Cath Edvalson, Jennifer Schaerer, Kelly Smith, Matt Anderson, Stace Hasegawa and Susan Opel
Welcome to Magazine Monday! And Happy Presidents’ Day! We’re currently enjoying a much-needed day off (thanks George and Abe!), but through the wonders of modern technology, I was able to schedule this blog to post today – even though we’re not in the office! Cool, huh?
For today’s peek into our world, I thought it would be fun to share some pictures of us decorating sugar cookies. Since we were all in the Valentine spirit on Friday, we congregated in the break room for the annual CK Media Cookie Decorating Contest. Everyone got to decorate a cookie and then Katie, our cute receptionist, photographed them and then sent the pictures in a company-wide e-mail. After we all picked our top three, she sent around another e-mail announcing the three lucky winners. What did they win? Just the bragging rights, but around here bragging rights go a long way – especially if you’re a creative diva.
We sure had fun oohing and aahing over everyone’s cookies. And the best part – we got to eat as many as we wanted! (Don’t you worry about me… I managed to decorate another cookie in plain vanilla frosting. It was sinfully delicious!)
How did you spend your Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear from you!
Yours in cookie heaven,