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P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

What an exciting week we’re having! Yesterday we announced the Top 20 in our Gallery Idol competition and today we’re announcing the five winners from our CC7 blog hop last Friday! Is everyone sitting down? Okay, here we go… the five lucky winners are:

1. Lorie (June 28, 8:59 a.m.)

I absolutely love Kim Hughes’ Lily of the Valley card. The colors, stitching and design make it so comforting.

2. Winter (June 27, 8:33 p.m.)

Wow, this is hard to choose! All of them are great, but the one that really caught my eye was Kim Kesti’s apron card! I just really love the fabric! Y’all have picked some great cards for your magazine! Thanks for the inspriation from the blog hop!

3. Isabel Z (June 27, 7:02 a.m.)

This was so much fun hopping from blog to blog and seeing all of the amazing cards–such a talented group of women. It was almost impossible to pick a favorite, but since I have to, I will go with Dawn’s card. I have always admired Dawn McVey’s style. Her card is stunning–the use of color, simplicity, embellishments, layering–beautiful.

4. cheryl f yelverton (June 26, 10:11 p.m.)

My favorite card on the blog hop was Kim Hughes’ sympathy card with the white flowers and the handstitched stem. It was so sweet, yet elegant. Thanks for all the fun and inspiration. ~ms.cheryl

5. itskrista (June 26, 12:54 p.m.)

I have to say Sherry Wright’s card has got to be my favorite. I just loved those colors together. Oh, but I loved Kim Hughes’ too. Such sweet details. Oh my, I loved them all. Such fabulous work! Such inspiration!

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a prize package that contains a copy of Card Creations, Volume 7 and an amazing paper collection from Doodlebug Design, Autumn Leaves, Anna Griffin, SEI and Sassafras Lass. I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Until your packages arrive, here’s another look at your winnings!

If you didn’t win here, make sure to head on over to Moxie Fab World to see if you’re one of Cath’s five winners! You’ll also want to check back with our 15 designers to see if you’ve won any of the CC7 issues that are up for grabs!

Happy blog hopping (again!)
Kelly

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Sounds like everyone enjoyed our CC7 blog hop last week. Thanks so much for supporting our fabulous designers who all came together to bring you 15 different, yet very engaging blogs. All in all, I’d say it was a huge success!

Make sure you check back with us tomorrow to see who took home the 10 amazing prize packages we featured last Friday. I will be announcing five winners here and Cath will be announcing five winners on Moxie Fab World. You’ll also want to visit the blogs of our 15 designers to see if you won a free copy of Card Creations, Volume 7. This special issue is bursting with creativity and inspiration – just like our newly appointed Gallery Idol Top 20!

Yes, the results are in! Summer can officially begin because the next four weeks are going to be hot, hot, hot! We were blown away by not only the amount of submissions, but the quality as well. This year for our “Open Auditions” round, 276 members submitted 1,254 birthday cards for 20 coveted spots! It was an agonizing decision, but we’re confident we got it right with this batch of talented gals who are ready to bring their “A” game. Would you like to meet them? Drum roll, please…

Finalist One: Chris Severs (chrys23)

Finalist One: Chris Severs (chrys23)

Lizzie Jones (Gallery Idol 2008)

Finalist Two: Lizzie Jones

Finalist 3: Heidi Vanlaar

Finalist Three: Heidi Van Laar

Finalist 4: Christine Penaflor

Finalist Four: Christine Penaflor (ca_scrappin)

Finalist 5: joey_73

Finalist Five: joey_73

Finalist 6: Tessa Wise

Finalist Six: Tessa Wise

Finalist 7: Natasha Trupp (trupptastic)

Finalist Seven: Natasha Trupp (trupptastic)

Finalist 9: shortcakescraps

Finalist Eight: Candice Cruz (ShortcakeScraps)

 

Finalist 9: Carla Peicheff (moraliaweblog)

Finalist 9: Carla Peicheff (moraliaweblog)

Finalist 10: Ashley Newell (anew19)
Finalist 10: Ashley Newell (anew19)
Finalist 10: Vanessa Menhorn (vanessa.1978)

Finalist 11: Vanessa Menhorn (vanessa.1978)

Finalist 12: Beatriz Jennings

Finalist 12: Beatriz Jennings

Finalist 13: Ashley Harris (ashersjane)

Finalist 13: Ashley Harris (ashersjane)

Finalist 14: Lucy, England

Finalist 14: Lucy, England

Finalist 15: Debbie (countryheartandhome)

Finalist 15: Debbie (countryheartandhome)

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Finalist 16: luluinlove

Finalist 16: Shanna Vineyard

Finalist 17: Shanna Vineyard

Finalist 17: Belinda (dreamybg)

Finalist 18: Belinda (dreamybg)

 

Finalist 19: Rae Barthel

Finalist 19: Rae Barthel

Finalist 20: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (milkman2007)

Finalist 20: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (milkman2007)

Congrats, Top 20! Since all of you made it this far, here’s a sneak peek at your prize package, courtesy of:

Top 20 Prize Package: Cosmo Crickets Early Bird collection, plus free current issue.

Top 20 Prize Package: Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection, plus free current issue.

Top 20, we absolutely loved all of your birthday creations and can’t wait to see what you come up with for round one. We thought long and hard about the theme and since summer has officially arrived, so has the season of weddings! The theme for round one is weddings! The deadline is next Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m. All wedding cards must be posted to our gallery by this time. I’ll be e-mailing you in the next couple of days to go over the specifics for posting and answer any questions you might have. It’s time to start to creating!

Hopefully you’re hearing wedding bells!
Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Susan’s Lucky Card Creations 7 post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Kathy Kohner (June 25, 10:41 a.m.)
2. Carol (June 26, 10:53 a.m.)
3. Pat S. (June 25, 8:43 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of CC7 and a GCD Studios/SIStv prize package! I’ll be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith
P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday and the last day of our Card Creations 7 Week celebration! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed your sneak peek of Card Creations, Volume 7 both here and on Moxie Fab World. We’ve had so much fun spotlighting this incredible issue and hope you’ve been sufficiently inspired to go make your own little masterpieces of wonder.

For those of you just joining us today, make sure to read all of our fun posts this week. From talking blossoms and buttons with designer Carla Peicheff to being tickled pink to tying on aprons with Kim Kesti and hitting the jackpot with Susan R. Opel, we’ve had a grand ol’ time! And special thanks go out to all the manufacturers who’ve donated their fabulous product for our daily giveaways! As always, your generosity is much appreciated!

Today I’m going to spotlight a few of my favorite cards from CC7, which is really hard to do since there are so many amazing designs! But this first one has a special place in my heart since it was created by a humble editor whose named rhymes with “jelly” (little inside joke around here!).

Yes, little ol’ me pulled out her scraps and created this card that features one of my favorite Emily Dickinson quotes. I made it for my dear 88-year-old Grandma who lost her sweetheart this last February. Since she has the most beautiful singing voice, I knew SIStv’s Music in the Morning paper would resonate with her and “hopefully” put a smile on her face and in her heart.

P. Kelly Smiths Hope Has Feathers Card from CC7

P. Kelly Smith's Hope Has Feathers Card from CC7

My next two favorite cards are all about friendship. These are the kinds of cards I would love to give my best gal pals. And, of course, I would be thrilled to be on the receiving end too! I think it’s the punch of orange and the simple use of the word “friend” that works so brilliantly here.

Maren Benedicts Friends Tree Card and Dawn McVeys Friends Card from CC7

Maren Benedict's Friends Tree Card and Dawn McVey's Friends Card from CC7

And because we’re all friends in this wonderfully connective industry, I’d like you to meet 15 of my friends who just happen to have gorgeous cards in CC7:

  • Charlene Austin                                
  • Ashley Newell                                  
  • Teri Anderson                                   
  • Kim Hughes                                        
  • Carla Peicheff                                   
  • Dawn McVey                                    
  • Betsy Veldman                                 
  • Kim Kesti                                            
  • Alli Miles                                            
  • Maren Benedict                              
  • Melissa Phillips                                
  • Sherry Wright                                   
  • Debbie Olsen                                    
  • Layle Koncar          
  • Beatriz Jennings                             

These talented ladies are also directly related to our big giveaway today! Yes, we’re having another blog hop! Each of these designers will be spotlighting one of the cards they created for CC7. They’ll be talking about products, techniques and anything else their little creative minds desire. Each time you comment on a different blog (one comment per blog, please), your name gets entered to win a free copy of CC7 (there’s 15 up for grabs!) AND one of the ten amazing prize packages we’re giving away here and on Moxie Fab World!

Here on Paper Crafts Connection, we’re giving away five fabulous prize packages! Each prize set contains a collection from Doodlebug Design, Autumn Leaves, Anna Griffin, SEI and Sassafras Lass.

This is ONE prize package! We actually ran out of room on the table, so you can’t see the product from Sassafras Lass!

This is ONE prize package! We actually ran out of room on the table, so you can’t see Sassafras Lass' product!

On Moxie Fab World, Cath is also giving away five amazing prize packages! Each of her prize sets contains a collection from Pink Paislee, My Mind’s Eye, Fancy Pants Designs, Imaginisce and KI Memories.

And this is ONE prize package! Imagine this spread out on your own table!

And this is ONE prize package! Imagine these paper crafting morsels spread out on your table!

So it’s time to go visit my friends! Once you’re done with your blog hop, come back here and leave a comment telling me your favorite project from the 15 designers. And then hop on over to Moxie Fab World and tell Cath whose project you thought was the trendiest. To be eligible for the 10 prize packages, our two Paper Crafts blogs should be the last on your tour. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, June 28. The 10 lucky winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 30!

Happy blog hopping!
Kelly

P.S. Since it’s never a dull moment around here, make sure you check back here on Monday when we announce the Top 20 finalists in our Gallery Idol 2009 competition! Get ready for some summer fun!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kim’s It’s All Right Here post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Linda (June 24, 9:11 a.m.)
2. Tracy T (June 24, 4:51 a.m.)
3. Emma O (June 24, 12:52 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! In addition to winning a copy of Card Creations, Volume 7, each of you will receive BasicGrey’s Bittersweet collection. I’ll be contacting shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Susan R. Opel

Susan R. Opel

I’ll never forget the day that I first talked to Brandy Jesperson on the phone before I moved from Indiana to Utah to start my job at Paper Crafts magazine. I accepted the position on April 1st but had to finish out the school year and fulfill my duties at my teaching job before I headed west; however, Brandy wanted me to get my feet wet by writing a couple of sections of Card Creations 6.

One day a box arrived on my doorstep with a VERY large binder inside. Tucked in ten protective sleeves I found cards from Jennifer Hansen, Ashley Harris, Kandis Smith, Tracey Odachowski, Stefanie Hamilton, Davinie Fiero, Becky Olsen, Danielle Flanders, Michele Boyer, and Debbie Olson – the entire Congratulations and Easter sections of Card Creations 6. It was pretty amazing to be able to touch these beautiful creations that would be going into this special issue.

Before I could get to work writing, I had a garage sale to conduct, a house to pack up, and finals to give, but when my good friend Tina Albertson (a talented scrapbooker and card maker whose card was on the cover of Card Creations 5, BTW) came to my garage sale in Fort Wayne, IN, I pulled out that big binder, and we looked at everything with awe.

I slaved over writing the instructions and supply lists for my two sections giving each card a snazzy and befitting name and trying to very carefully follow all of the directions. Brandy would probably agree that it wasn’t stellar, but it was such a whole new ballgame to me! And I was trying to write it all while administering final exams. Shh – don’t tell my former principal.

Fast forward to early June of 2009… and it’s time to introduce Card Creations 7 to the world, and now I am a full-fledged part of the Paper Crafts team. It’s been so fun seeing this issue through from the concept meeting to the call for submissions to the submissions judging to the projects rolling in to the writing (which I am MUCH better at now – I did more than 20 cards this time!) to the hand off to the proofs to the copy of the issue on my desk. And what makes it SUPER cool is that this time I have 12 of my very own creations in this issue. I thought I’d share three of my favorites!

Susan R. Opels Fabulous Card from CC7

Susan R. Opel's Fabulous Card from CC7

I’m pretty darn dramatic (if you hadn’t already noticed!), so this Heidi Swapp damask sticker really spoke to me. I decided to pair it with some lustrous damask paper from Hambly, black satin ribbon, and some sassy red alligator paper from Fibermark. Pop on some contrasting and cute American Crafts letter stickers and you have a great card to send to your long distance BFF!

Susan R. Opels Good Luck Card from CC7

Susan R. Opel's Good Luck Card from CC7

This card was totally inspired by the cherries (also from Heidi Swapp). I tried to think out of the box on this one and steered clear of “Life is a Bowl of Cherries” or “Happy Birthday with a Cherry on Top.” Instead, I channeled my inner Vegas girl (I lived there for three years) and went with a casino theme. The inside of this card reads: “Hope you hit the jackpot!” I sent this to a friend who recently started a new job.

Susan R. Opels Life is Good Card from CC7

Susan R. Opel's Life is Good Card from CC7

Pair this amazing graphic paper from GCD Studios with some bling and a fun phrase from Scrap In Style TV (one of my favorite spots on the web), and you’ve got yourself a quick and funky card for many occasions. Hmmm, looks like I was on a little bit of a red, white and black kick, huh?

From the three cards I shared, you can probably tell that I like dramatic and graphic cards best. But you’ll find a multitude of styles in Card Creations 7 – that’s what is so AWESOME about this definitive card idea book. From shabby to girly to fun and cute to classic to pretty to simple, we’ve got what you’re looking for!

Leave me a comment and tell me what YOUR favorite style is. I’ll choose three lucky winners who will win a copy of Card Creations 7, as well as the Label Love, Morning Milk, and Window Shopping paper collections (all used in CC7!) and the Rainbow Sushi Phrase Stickers used in my Life is Good card from Scrap In Style TV and the delicious Chianti paper collection (used in my Life is Good card) and epoxy stickers in Ravishing Reds and Shades of Black from GCD Studios. Get those responses in by midnight MDT on Sunday, June 28, and Kelly will announce the winner on Monday!

Three lucky winners will take home this fabulous prize package!

Three lucky winners will take home this prize package from SIStv and GCD Studios!

Bravo for Lucky Card Creations 7!
Susan

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Brandy’s Tickled Pink post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Laurel (June 23, 7:20 a.m.)
2. SMK (June 24, 2:58 p.m.)
3. Amber R (June 23, 2:58 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! Each of you will receive a copy of Card Creations 7 and Making Memories’ Rouge Paperie collection. Kelly will be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left so many pink comments!

Kim Kesti

Kim Kesti

Are you enjoying Card Creations 7 Week? I sure am. If you missed my fun “Q & A” with Cath yesterday, make sure you head over to Moxie Fab World to read up on why I love clean and graphic cards. There’s also several other card styles mentioned (plus, a really cool giveaway!), so definitely check it out!

It was a pleasure to contribute to Card Creations, Volume 7; it’s seriously my favorite “special” of the year! Maybe it’s the fact that all the reasons why we make cards are represented so beautifully. Sometimes it’s for a special holiday and other times it’s just to celebrate friendship, but whatever the occasion, it’s all right here.

You still have three more days to buy CC7 for 10% off. Click on the magazine image to reserve your copy today!

You still have three more days to buy CC7 for 10% off. Click on the magazine image to reserve your copy today!

Two cards that came together really easily for me are my “Apron Strings” (it made the cover!) and “Kitchen, Stove, & Mom” cards. Mother’s Day is such a special day, even more so as I’ve had kids of my own.

Since I’m kind of a “plain cardstock” type of gal, I pulled out some vintage-inspired colors for both of these cards. For my “Apron Strings” card, I printed my sentiment on solid-colored cardstock and adhered it to my card base. Then, I added some fun embellishments. The fabric apron was fun to stitch up and became the focal point of this card.

Kim Kestis Apron Strings Card from CC7

Kim Kesti's Apron Strings Card from CC7

For my “Kitchen, Stove, & Mom” card, I used tiny scissors and a craft knife to make three old fashioned utensils. These “served” me well in highlighting the cooking theme of this card.

Kim Kestis Kitchen, Stove, & Mom Card from CC7

Kim Kesti's Kitchen, Stove, & Mom Card from CC7

I want to share one more card from this fabulous issue. (I know, I can’t stand making you wait.) This Valentine’s Day card would be quite appropriate for anyone you love. It’s simple, direct and would be really easy to reproduce. Once again, plain cardstock for the card base, then I added four cardstock stickers from BasicGrey’s Bittersweet collection to another matted piece of cardstock. It was so quick and easy, but quite stunning (if I do say so myself!).

Kim Kestis SWAK Card from CC7

Kim Kesti's SWAK Card from CC7

If you’d like to copy this card exactly, here’s your chance! Leave a comment about your favorite card making occasion and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Card Creations 7 and BasicGrey’s Bittersweet collection! (So many of you mentioned this collection as your favorite pink product yesterday! Now we’re giving it away!) All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Thursday, June 25. The three winners will be announced on Friday’s blog!

Three lucky winners will win BasicGreys Bittersweet collection!

Three lucky winners will win BasicGrey's Bittersweet collection!

You can’t beat that. Just like you can’t beat Card Creations 7!

Good luck!
Kim, Paper Crafts Pro

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kelly’s Magazine Monday – Meet Carla Peicheff post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Carol (June 22, 6:36 p.m.)
2. Kimmie (June 22, 8:29 a.m.)
3. Sandra Shelton (June 22, 10:56 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! Each of you will receive a copy of Card Creations 7 and American Crafts’ Romance collection. Kelly will be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left so many comments for Carla!

Brandy Jesperson

Brandy Jesperson

I’ve been a girly-girl for as long as I can remember. I never went through the tomboy phase of life and instead opted for a never-ending string of tea parties, Barbies, clothes, and shopping. Even today, I enjoy a good tea party, and consider shopping to be both a form of exercise and therapy. Wouldn’t you agree?

So it should come as no surprise that I’ve always been a fan of the color pink. I tend to gravitate more towards raspberry shades, but I also like a good bubblegum pink or a classic pastel pink. No matter which shade you prefer, put it on today and wear it with pride because today is National Pink Day. That’s right! There is an entire holiday dedicated to this rosy shade! To celebrate, I want to show a few of my favorite pink cards from Card Creations, Volume  7.

Melissa Phillips Pretty in Pink Card from CC7

Melissa Phillips' Pretty in Pink Card from CC7

I love the way Melissa Phillips combined several shades of pink and a dash of red for an utterly delectable and shabby birthday card.    

Annette Kings Will You Be My Valentine Card from CC7

Annette King's Will You Be My Valentine Card from CC7

This classically pink card from Annette King merges two of my favorite patterns of houndstooth and polka dots for a sweet Valentine’s Day card perfect for any loved one.

To celebrate this pink-tastic holiday, and the release of Card Creations, Volume 7 (on sale TODAY!), leave a comment telling me your favorite pink product and you’ll automatically be entered to win a copy of CC7 and the Rouge Paperie collection  from Making Memories – the same collection Annette used on her Valentine card above! All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, June 24. The three lucky winners will be announced on Thursday’s blog. 

Three lucky winners will receive this pink prize package from Making Memories!

Three lucky winners will receive this pink prize package from Making Memories!

Yours in a paradise of pink,
Brandy

P.S. Not to be left out of the fun, all of us at work dressed in pink too. We look pretty cute, wouldn’t ya say?

Even though Stace forgot to wear pink, luckily her hair color came to the rescue!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the winners from Cath’s Loving It in the Moxie Fab World post and Sue’s Mad Dad Skills post!!

Cath’s winner: Congrats to Rachel S (June 16, 9:10 a.m.)!

Sue’s winner: Congrats to Summer Braxton (June 17, 6:24 a.m.)!

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

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday and day one of Cards Creations 7 Week! As I mentioned last Friday, we’ve once again teamed up with Cath and her Moxie Fab World blog to celebrate our latest and greatest special issue Card Creations, Volume 7!

On sale tomorrow, this must-have issue features nearly 300 cards for all occasions. What’s even more impressive is over 200 designs are five steps or less, so making fabulous cards just got easier!

Each day this week we’ll be spotlighting cards from this great magazine, as well as giving away some fantastic prizes. As always, make sure you check back with us on Friday for our grand Freebie Friday giveaway. I’d love to spill the beans on what we have in store for you, but then I’d ruin the big surprise! And where’s the fun in that? 🙂

Remember between now and Friday, you can buy CC7 for 10% off. Click on the magazine image to reserve your copy today!

Today we’ll be spotlighting the fabulous Carla Peicheff, who has TEN glorious projects in this issue. I first became aware of Carla when she auditioned for our Gallery Idol 2008 competition. She made it all the way to our Top 10 round with her dazzling designs! (Just as a side note, today is the last day we’re accepting submissions for Gallery Idol 2009. Get your birthdays cards in by midnight (MST) and you could be one of our Top 20 contestants!)

So without further ado, let’s get to know Carla Peicheff!

Carla Peicheff

Carla Peicheff

1. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why?  

I have to say that I absolutely love creating baby items…mini albums, cards, handmade gifts, etc. The paper lines that come out for baby items are always so adorable! Usually they feature little baby animals, polka dots, stripes, soft colors, etc. Who could ask for more really?

2. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be?

Blossoms and buttons! I have a passion for blossoms…my blossom container is massive! I honestly have thousands of blossoms (yes, it’s a bit much, but really, you never know when you’ll need that *one* perfect little blossom, right?). And buttons! I always reach for buttons to finish off my blossoms…bright and fun or vintage and faded. I have a special place in my heart for all of them!

Carla Peicheffs Citrus Wish Card

Carla Peicheff's Citrus Wish Card from CC7

3. What is your most difficult paper crafting challenge?

Definitely masculine cards! I find it so hard not to throw on lots of bling and blossoms, so keeping things clean and simple with dark, masculine colors isn’t really my style. So I tend to steer clear of masculine cards, but do enjoy creating them here and there.

4. How would you describe your style?

Hmm…I think my style is of the “more is more” school. I love to load up my cards with lots of blossoms, buttons, layered paper, rhinestones, ribbon, etc. But I will also do clean and simple cards. Overall, I think I’m pretty versatile. I’ll do whatever fits the occasion really! And depending on what inspired me, I just let my creativity take me along for the ride.

Carla Peicheffs Kiss Card

Carla Peicheff's Kiss Card from CC7

5. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized?

For magazine calls, I will submit to those that “sing to me”, so if a call comes out that I like, I’ll send in a few cards and hope for the best! I’ve been quite busy with card orders and design team work recently so haven’t been submitting, but hope to find some time to do so again very soon!

As for deadlines, I have four kids, so I really need to keep myself on track. I’m a list maker, so I’ll start up a fresh “scrapping to-do” list every Monday and note the due dates so I’m not late.

6. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones?

I love being part of a team, and working on different design teams keeps me creative and trying new things! I have served on several past design teams and as a guest designer. I am currently serving on four design teams:

  • I head the design team with a friend at Lil’ Scrappers, which is an amazing Canadian store/kit club/message board.
  • I’m also on the ShortCuts design team which sells the best clear and frosted card bases and precut gift card holders.
  • I am also on the Bitten by the Bug design team which puts my love for my Cricut Expression to the test!
  • And most recently, I made the Card Patterns design team, which is a fabulous card sketch challenge blog!

7. Name three Paper Crafts designers whose styles you like and tell me why they appeal to you.

Oh boy…this is a tough one, but I do know my first and foremost. I absolutely LOVE Melissa Phillips. Her style is so unique and feminine that I can *always* pick her stunning creations out of a magazine!

Two more designers I love are Sherry Wright and Kim Kesti… Sherry’s work is so sophisticated and detailed. She has an amazing eye, and it’s always a treat seeing her work! Fabulous! Kim’s work is clean and crisp! Her bright and fun creations always put a smile on my face! 🙂

8. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then?

It wasn’t that long ago at all… it was the March/April issue of 2009. So no, I don’t think my style has changed much since then… lol!

9. Do you have any advice/tips for someone who’s never been published or who wants to submit for the first time?

A few tips from my own experience:

  • Send in clear, bright and crisp pictures, and always be sure you know your materials.
  • Send in your very best work! I’ve never seen a sloppy, slapped together card in any magazine.
  • Don’t give up! I can only imagine how many thousands of submissions magazines receive. Just because you may not get picked up right away, it doesn’t mean they don’t like your “style”, or that you’ll never get picked up. It may just not be exactly what they’re looking for in that issue. So stick to it – your time will come!

10. Do you have a blog or online gallery? If so, please provide the URL.

I do have a blog (www.moralia.wordpress.com), which I update almost daily. You’ll find all my work here, along with random ramblings, pictures of my kids, etc. Please stop by and say hello!

So hopefully you’ve enjoyed getting to know Carla Peicheff! Our friends at American Crafts were nice enough to donate three sets of their Romance collectionthe collection Carla used to create her Kiss card above. Please leave a comment below and I’ll pick three random winners to receive this awesome prize package, plus a copy of Cards Creations, Volume 7. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Tuesday, June 23.

Three lucky winners will receive this prize package valued at more than $100!

Make sure you head on over to Moxie Fab World for Cath’s moxie fab take on CC7! And get ready for Brandy’s post tomorrow on National Pink Day!

Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the seven winners from last week’s Freebie Friday – Cards Creations 7 Week! post. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Maria Gurnsey (June 19, 8:37 a.m.)
2. Gail (June 19, 2:32 p.m.)
3. Malia Leuck (June 20, 11:27 a.m.)
4. Karen D (June 20, 5:49 p.m.)
5. Kim M (June 19, 3:35 p.m.)
6. Lynette C (June 20, 1:49 a.m.)
7. Mary D (June 19, 1:17 p.m.)

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the five winners of Jennifer’s 107 Days and Counting! post. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Ellen (June 18, 8:46 a.m.)
2. Kristie Larsen (June 18, 5:05 p.m.)
3. Carol Metully (June 19, 12:31 p.m.)
4. Tina (June 18, 6:17 a.m.)
5. Carol (ScrapMomOf2) (June 18, 8:38 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! I’ll be e-mailing me shortly 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! Guess what? The wait for Card Creations, Volume 7 is finally over! I’m holding a crisp copy in my hot little hands and let me be the first to say: this is one smokin’ hot issue! Besides its fire red cover and mesmerizing call outs, it has almost 300 sizzling card designs!

You know what else is going to be hot? (I must be channeling Paris Hilton right now!) We’re gearing up for Card Creations 7 Week! To coincide with its release date (June 23), all next week we’ll be giving you a sneak peek of this seventh edition of Card Creations.  

Not only will we being having a ton of fun here, but we’re partnering with creative editor Cath Edvalson and her Moxie Fab World blog. Both sites will be doing daily giveaways, as well as spotlighting some amazing cards from this red hot special issue.

Between today and June 26, you can buy CC7 for 10% off. Click on the magazine image to reserve your copy today!

Next week on Paper Crafts Connection:

Magazine Monday – Designer spotlight on the fabulous Carla Peicheff. Carla was a Top 10 finalist in our Gallery Idol competition last year, and since then she hasn’t slowed down! We’ll show two of her 10 cards from CC7, as well as get to know her a little bit better. If you’re a fan of American Crafts, pull out your fire extinguisher! This giveaway is bursting with incredible product!

TuesdayHappy National Pink Day! Managing editor Brandy Jesperson will have us all thinking pink as she spotlights pink cards and gives away pink product from Making Memories. We’ll even share a staff photo of us rockin’ the pink. Yes, even manly-man Matt and will be wearing this splendid color!

With the Pros WednesdayPaper Crafts Pro Kim Kesti will show off her colorful, graphic style with two of her 10 designs from CC7. She’ll also be giving away some fun product from BasicGrey!

Thursday – Editor Susan R. Opel will share her journey of writing for Card Creations, Volume 6 to actually appearing in Card Creations, Volume 7! And she’s giving away some scorching hot product from GCD Studios and SiStv!

Freebie Friday – I’ll share some of my favorite cards from this special issue and announce our hot, hot, hot giveaway! Ten lucky winners will each take home a fabulous prize package, so you won’t want to miss it!

So, are you feeling warm yet? I sure hope your air conditioner is working next week because I hear there’s going to be CC7 heat wave!

Here’s to CC7 Week!
Kelly

P.S. Since Father’s Day is this Sunday (yep, it’s almost here!), I thought I would share two Father’s Day cards from Card Creations, Volume 7. If you need some quick inspiration, you can’t go wrong with these masculine designs!

Heres Wendy Johnsons Love Beyond Measure and Layle Koncars Happys Dads Day cards.

Wendy Johnson's Love Beyond Measure and Layle Koncar's Happy's Dad's Day from Card Creations, Volume 7.

In honor of dear ol’ dad and our seventh edition of Card Creations, I’m giving away seven paper Stacks from Die Cuts With a View! Leave a comment telling me the best advice your dad/father figure ever gave you. All comments must be received by midnight on Sunday, June 21. I’ll announce the seven winners on Monday when we officially kick off CC7 Week!

Are you feeling lucky? Seven winners will each win a Die Cuts With a View Stack!

Are you feeling lucky? Seven winners will each win a Die Cuts With a View Stack!

Susan Neal

Susan Neal

I was going through an old photo file the other day and stumbled across this priceless gem…

Twenty-one years ago my husband gave this card to me for my birthday. I think, more than anything, this photo/card (he was ahead of his time!) says more about him as a Dad than a husband.

He was always doing things with the boys…stuff moms just don’t do, and I have countless pictures that are proof of his mad dad skills.

 

 

 

Here’s another one that just makes me laugh! Emma is now 17 and Ethan is 18, and frankly not much has changed in the personality department (except for the thumb-sucking!). I actually made this awhile ago for an issue, but will be giving it to him this year. I know he’ll get a kick out of it.

To create this swivel card, I used a great die-cut from the Cricut’s Going Places Cartridge (the earth) and a brad. You can download this sentiment (and the one below) here if you’d like to re-create it.

Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of die-cuts. I just can’t help thinking how impossible most of these cards would be without the variety of die-cutting systems I have.

I just got a new cartridge for my Cricut called “Life is a Beach” and I’ve been dying to try it. When I saw this “Big Kahuna” shark, I knew it would make a perfect Father’s Day card from the kids this year since we were just in Hawaii.

I’ll be posting several more Father’s Day cards I’ve made over the years on my blog, so if you still need some inspiration, please check them out.

And just when you thought I was not doing a giveaway…

Perfect for the men (or women) in your life who play baseball, I’m giving away one Baseball Solutions Cartridge from Cricut. Just convince me you love die-cutting as much as me and you might win! 

One lucky winner will score a home run with this fun cartridge!

One lucky winner will score a home run with this fun Cricut cartridge!

Good luck!
Sue, Paper Crafts Pro