P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! As you probably already know, we take holidays very seriously around here. Maybe it’s because we put so much thought into covering them in our regular and special issues (usually six months ahead of time!), that when the real holiday comes around, we feel like we have to acknowledge it a big way – just so the circle is complete.

Here at the office we’re finalizing the details for our team Halloween costume. And while I can’t reveal what the actual theme is (there’s a lot of Creating Keepsakes spies around here!), I can tell you it’s absolutely perfect for our team of eight women and one man. (I know some of you think you know, but it’s not what you think!) Let’s just say when next Friday rolls around, we’re going to give the CK team a run for their money in our company’s annual Halloween costume contest. We’ll show you pictures the following Monday!

For all of you moms and grandmas out there who plan on making your child/grandchild’s costume, I tip my hat to you. My own grandma is an amazing seamstress and made so many of my costumes growing up. Sadly that sewing gene was not passed down to me – even despite her best attempts to teach me. I wonder what happened to that little sewing machine she bought me?

Back to the kiddie costumes… I was leafing through our September/October issue and came across Davinie Fiero’s Boo Crew Halloween Decor on p. 32. Is that not the cutest picture/project you’ve ever seen? And it’s 5 steps or less! Make sure you click on Davinie’s blog to read the cute story behind the photo and to see the layout she created using a similar image.

Davinie Fieros Boo Crew Halloween Decor from our Sept/Oct. issue.

Davinie Fiero's Boo Crew Halloween Decor from our Sept/Oct issue.

Recently I came across this team picture from last year’s Halloween festivities. I’m thinking about recreating Davinie’s fun project and instead of the cute kiddos, it will be the groovy PC chicks! What do you think?

Beware...dangerous hippies up ahead!

Beware...dangerous hippies up ahead!

So while I won’t be sewing my costume this year (or any year to come!), I can definitely have fun paper crafting my priceless memories. For today’s giveaway, I have three sets of the Craft Fair collection from American Crafts. For all you crafty sewers out there, this collection is right up your alley! And even if you don’t sew, it’s still some cool product to play with! To be entered to win, leave a comment telling me a talent you possess. Whether you’re a butcher, baker or candlestick maker, I want to hear all about it! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Happy Friday!

P.S. If you plan on making some fun Halloween projects this weekend, why not enter them in our October Gallery Challenge? We have almost 400 entries so far! The deadline is midnight (MDT) on Monday, Oct. 26, so don’t delay!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Kim Kesti’s The Christmas Rush post!

1. Heidi Stock (Oct. 21, 2:48 p.m.)

Congrats, Heidi! You’ve won all of Kim’s cards featured in this post! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!