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P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to another Magazine Monday! Looks like everyone enjoyed our giftastic blog hop on Friday. We’ll be announcing the three lucky winners of the Cricut, Your Story and Yudu tomorrow, so make sure you check back with us! And don’t forget… 225 Cards & Gifts also hits newsstands tomorrow! Today is the last day you can preorder it and save 10%! 

As many of you know, one of our own editors had a milestone birthday last week. Susan R. Opel turned the big 4-0 and celebrated by taking a road trip to beautiful San Francisco with her sister Beth. Even though Susan was out of the office on her actual birthday, she had a lot of fun surprises waiting for her when she returned on Wednesday.

Since Susan is a big fan of American Idol (dare I say obsessed?) and she recently joined a band as their lead singer, it was a no brainer when it came to deciding the theme of her birthday sign and cake.

Since Susan is a big fan of American Idol (dare I say obsessed?) and she recently joined a band as their lead singer, it was a no brainer when it came to deciding her birthday theme. Notice how Randy, Cara, Paula and Simon even made an appearance!

Stace, our art director extraordinaire, worked her birthday magic yet again. She found this look-alike Susan doll and trimmed her fiery red hair to match our birthday girl’s!

And the best part of this cake... it was key lime pie-flavored! Susans favorite!

And the best part of this cake... it was key lime pie-flavored! Susan's favorite!

And our always fashion-conscious Susan even managed to match her outfit to her cake that day! How did she know?

In the words of Randy: Yo, that cake was the bomb, dog!

In the words of Randy: "Yo, that cake was the bomb, dog!"

And Stace even made custom cake plates bearing Susan’s next hit record. Is she amazing or what?

Kelly Clarkson, eat your heart out! Theres a new Idol in town!

Kelly Clarkson, eat your heart out! There's a new Idol in town!

Happy birthday, Susan! We hope you enjoyed your day in the spotlight!

Kelly

P.S. Speaking of Idol, I’m happy to announce the hugely popular Gallery Idol will be back for its third season! Look for more exciting details in early June!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kim Kesti’s Fun with Food post. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Rhonda Palmer (April 22, 10:14 p.m.)
2. Christine (April 22, 1:15 p.m.)
3. Anne Klaus (April 23, 9:23 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! Each of you will receive the America Crafts prize package, as well as a copy of 225 Cards & Gifts. I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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