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Kim Hughes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Although my heritage does consist of an Irish past, I’d like to talk about the color green today.

Wow, what a powerful color! You can ask just about any guy what their favorite color is and I’d bet they say “green. Why is that? It’s calming, it takes us back to nature and just gives us a refreshed feeling. Could those be the reasons why? And it’s amazing that green compliments each and every color out there…it does ya know. 

So at the moment, many of you aren’t looking at the most perfect green grass, but we all know it’s coming since spring is just around the corner. What a wonderful color to see after those long, cold winters, right?

It’s the most recognized color to our eye, so that’s why it was chosen as our “GO” color! It’s the go-to color for me when I create anything masculine, and it’s the one color that you will see in each season. Spring (mint), summer (grass), autumn (olive)  and winter (holly). Notice how the color green gets darker as the seasons move through the year.

I chose to put this delightful color into three categories: Lime, Olive and Grass

Lime Green: Holy guacamole, I love sour apple and the tartest key lime pie! The brightest collections of green just makes me feel so happy!

Olive Green...olive you! Consisting of sage, pears and the color of money of course! This is the most calming hue of the group.

Grass Green: I see a bowl of fresh veggies and smell fresh-cut lawns. Oh, we'll be seeing A LOT of this color today...yay!

Did you know?

  • 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 U.S. Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.
  • Some American towns have “Irish” names. You could visit: Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia; Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio.
  • The harp is the symbol of Ireland. The color green is also commonly associated with Ireland, also known as “The Emerald Isle”.
  • The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south; orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.
  • The name “leprechaun” has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan”, which means “a kind of aqueous sprite”. Or it could be from “leath bhrogan”, which means “shoemaker”.
  • One estimate suggests that there are about 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
  • Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.

Green Thumb, Green with Envy, Going Green, that is one powerful color!

Here is a downloadable image that I drew just for you!

Please click HERE to download my rainbow. To see a cute card I designed with it, please hop on over to my blog. I’ll be posting some fun color challenges all week long, so I hope you stop by to play along. 

Have a green-filled St. Patty’s Day!

Kim Hughes,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Kelly’s Green, Glorious Green post!

Melinda Wilson (March 15, 9:25 a.m.)

Congrats, Melinda! You’ve won all 11 green cards featured in Monday’s post! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all left comments!

Susan R. Opel

Last month while teaching at a Creating Keepsakes Convention in Kentucky, I had the opportunity to meet Windy Robinson, a talented card designer who’s been published in Paper Crafts magazine. She told me an inspiring story about how she became the paper crafter that she is today, and I knew that I wanted to share it with all of you! So, read on for Windy’s story…

Windy’s story: Every year my best crafting buddy and I attend a CKC event. We’ve been fortunate enough to attend CKC-Louisville just two hours from our hometown of Cincinnati for the past two years, but I’ll admit that we’ve gleefully driven 5-6 hours to hit CKC-Nashville. You just can’t beat a weekend of quality crafting time with your girlfriends, abundant new products to buy and new things to learn by taking great classes from the pros.

It’s amazing what can happen in a very short period of time. I say this because it’s hard to believe that it was only a little over a year ago when I made my first card…ever! I entered it in the Paper Crafts Card Contest at CKC-Louisville.

Windy created her You Make Me Smile Card using product she bought at the CKC vendor faire last month.

Prior to making my first card, I was die-hard scrapbooker. I made my first scrapbooks over 12 years ago when I was in college, with magnetic albums and construction paper–yikes! After making that first card and taking a few classes at CKC, I instantly became addicted to card making. This addiction has been one of life’s little surprises for me. I never would have dreamt that I’d be a card maker, but what I hadn’t realized was that card making and scrapbooking naturally go hand in hand.

I began a blog where I shared cards that I’d made from the remnants of my scrapbook pages. Within a few months of sharing my work, seeing others’ inspiring work and playing along with the challenges at Paper Crafts Connection and Moxie Fab World, my card designs started to take over as the inspiration for my scrapbook layouts.

Windy’s classy and elegant style often includes a big dramatic silk ribbon.

As the months progressed, I started developing my style as a designer, submitting my work to Paper Crafts for publication, and building fabulous relationships with paper crafters from all around the world. The end result is that now I am a die-hard card maker (who scrapbooks), and I’ve even been asked to join the design teams for GCD Studios and Piggy Tales Academy

I love to share and learn, and this wonderful craft enables us all to do that on so many levels. Better yet, I have learned how to define my scrapbook designs, and I’m loving my layouts even more now. The moral of this story is that you can surprise yourself, but only if you give it a shot. So submit, share and most importantly, don’t stop creating!

Windy and I pause for a photo after the Paper Crafts Card Swap at CKC-Louisville.

Thanks for sharing your story, Windy. And to think that it all started because of a fun and crafty weekend with her girlfriends!

Have you ever attended a CKC event? Follow this link and see if there’s one in your neck of the woods. It might well be a weekend you’ll never forget (for all the right reasons!). 

Join me in giving Windy some Paper Crafts love!
Susan

P.S. You can see more of Windy’s cards in our current issue, as well as our May/June and July/August issues. Her projects will also be appearing in our upcoming special issues – Go-to Sketches (on sale March 23) and Card Creations, Volume 8.

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Is everyone getting excited for St. Patrick’s Day? Make sure you check back with us on Wednesday for Kim Hughes’ Groovin’ with the Go-to Gals post. She’s designed three cards using three different shades of green and will announce some fun challenges for anyone who wants to play along.

Since we’re in full St. Patty’s countdown mode, I thought I would share some of the cards we made at our last card group. I gave everyone the option of making either St. Patrick’s Day cards or cards of a different theme. The only catch…they all had to incorporate glorious green!

From left to right: Tracy's Luck Card, Rox's Green Clover Card, Beth's Celebrate Card and Andrew's Just Keep Swimming Card.

From left to right: Becky's Thoughts of You Card, Brenda's Green and Groovy Card, Brady's Thank You Leaf Card and Kalyn's Hello Tree Card.

From left to right: Jennifer's Masculine Birthday Card, my Love Helps Card and Megan's Graphic Hi Card.

Once again, we gathered around Jennifer's dining room table for a night of crafting.

Since new momma Brandy was at home with her new little man, she sat out last month’s card group. Which means…I just happen to have an extra set of these lovely green cards. Leave a comment telling me your favorite shade of green and I’ll pick one lucky person to take home all 11 cards! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Tuesday, March 16.

Happy Monday!
Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of my Luck of the Irish post!

Jennifer Post (March 12, 2:03 p.m.)

Congrats, Jennifer! You’ve won Little Yellow Bicycle’s Lucky Me collection. I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! Did everyone enjoy “meeting” little Cooper yesterday? Isn’t he a sweetheart? I must say, spring is definitely the season for babies…at least in my world right now!

My cousin and his wife welcomed their baby boy Nixon Bradley five days after Cooper was born. And my girlfriend Ann is due any day now with her first boy. I was hoping he would come on my birthday earlier this week, but the little guy is being stubborn and holding out for a cooler day. Maybe he’ll come on St. Patrick’s Day, just like my sister did 31 years ago!

With babies and birthdays clearly occupying my mind, I thought I would look up the origin and meaning of my own name. Even though I’m not of direct Irish descent, I know that the name “Kelly” is in fact Irish. According to BabyNamesWorld.com, my name means “war, strife, bright-headed”. One out of three adjectives ain’t bad, unless, of course, “bright-headed” refers to the color of my head and not what’s inside it! Sigh. I was really holding out for “warrior princess”…

Fortunately, the luck of the Irish was all over our resource book A Card a Day! For those of you of not familiar with this publication, essentially it’s a book with 365 card ideas – one for each day of the year. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

This Lucky Friend Card comes from birthday girl Betsy Veldman.

I'm so making Alli Miles' Lucky Card for my sister's birthday!

I love the sentiment on Shanna Vineyard's cute Shamrock Card.

Are you feeling the need to create something green? Then it’s your lucky day! I’ve got one giant green prize package! Leave a comment telling me the origin of your name (feel free to visit the web site I cited above) and one person will take home Little Yellow Bicycle’s Lucky Me collection. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, March 14.

One winner will take home this Lucky Me collection from Little Yellow Bicycle!

Happy Friday!
Kelly

P.S. Hop on over to the Get Sketchy blog to see editor Susan Opel’s lovely green card! And join us on Monday as we show you more card examples of the green persuasion. Perhaps there will even be some shades of “Kelly” Green!

Jennifer Schaerer

We’re a tight-knit team around here, and because of that we all feel like we’ve just had a baby.

Okay, not really.

But ohmygosh…we were so excited when Brandy let us know it was finally our turn to meet Cooper Kaleb Jesperson! Yesterday was the day, so we swung by a local restaurant to grab Brandy’s favorite meal and headed over to her house for lunch.

We were so enthralled with this little man that we almost forgot to eat.

Hi everyone! Meet Cooper!

Do babies get any sweeter than this?

Prying him away from Cath was the challenge of the day. Auntie Cath just loooooves babies!

Cooper loves him some Cath time!

Cooper was a great sport about being passed around, which is a good thing because the line of cradling arms was growing impatiently.

Ah, the experience of being a mom to three. Brenda swaddled Cooper and snuggled him right up!

Kelly in a focused moment with Cooper, trying to find the exact right spot for that binky while Brandy takes a break.

Hunger calls, though, and Cooper let us know when he was more than ready for Brandy to be back on duty.

Hey, you're not my mom.

So Brandy, in her deft and impossibly comfortable way, let Cooper join in the lunchtime occasion. And boy, can he ever mow through a bottle!

If someone can be a natural mother, Brandy is it!

Although we would have spent the entire afternoon at Brandy’s house, just admiring her little miracle and getting our Brandy “fix” until she returns to the office, we still had the small matter of a few magazines to produce.

So, we did what tight-knit teams do and grabbed a quick group shot with our new #1 little man.

Cooper and his harem of admirers

I spent the visit at a distance to protect Cooper from my late-season sniffles, but just being with Brandy and absorbing her happiness as a new mom was more than enough for me.

Since it really is the season for babies (and brides, too!), if you’re inspired to join the fun during our Babies and Brides Gallery Challenge, please do!

Basking in the baby bliss,
Jennifer

Maren Benedict

Today is a GREAT day! Not only am I feeling the warm spring sun, but it’s also the birthday of fellow Paper Crafts Go-to Gal, Betsy Veldman.

In case I haven’t mentioned this before, Betsy’s one amazing paper crafter.

Not only is she brilliantly inspiring, but she’s always making masterpieces on 4.25 x 5.5 cardstock that make us drool with delight. (To see exactly what I mean, hop on over to her blog. She just posted some adorable Easter cards that feature sentiments and images she took from a vintage children’s dictionary. I think I am in love!)

Betsy Veldman

Besides an amazing paper crafter, Betsy’s astonishingly beautiful, inside and out. I swear that girl NEVER takes a bad picture…and believe me, I’ve tried to capture one! Isn’t she gorgeous? I think she might be turning 24 today! :)

So cheers to you, my sweet, creative friend! Enjoy your special day. 

Be sure to leave a comment wishing Betsy a happy birthday. Go-to Gals Teri Anderson and Kim Kesti also have a little something for our lovely Betsy, so be sure to hop on over and see what they have created. If you’re inspired to craft something in Betsy’s honor, link it up here so we can all enjoy it! 

Maren Benedict,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kelly’s The Doodlebug Office Tour post!

1. Carrie (March 8, 12:50 p.m.)
2. Nina (March 8, 9:04 a.m.)
3. J.J. Clark (March 8, 7:39 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a fun new collection from Doodlebug Design. Kelly win be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

Cath Edvalson

In the March/April issue of Paper Crafts magazine, we always feature both babies and brides. Springtime is a good time to be thinking about new beginnings and whether it’s a baby just coming into the world or a bride and groom starting their lives together, these events are some of the most important milestones in our lives.

In addition to finding an entire feature on this topic in the magazine (see pages 48-57), we thought you would also enjoy showing off baby and/or bride projects you’ve created yourself.

Join us in our March Gallery Challenge where you can submit cards for brides and grooms, babies, and new moms and dads. But your creativity doesn’t have to stop there! We’d love to also see shower ensembles, décor for the nursery, gift bags and tags, gift card holders and any other non-card projects you’d love to whip up! Click HERE for all the details on how to enter and scroll down for some heartfelt inspiration straight from the pages of the magazine:

This card by Kim Hughes makes me grin from ear-to-ear. What a super cute way to say congrats to the happy couple!

I love the pun in this card, don’t you? Thanks for the cutie-pie chuckle, Angie Hagist!

I love the simplicity of this card by Linda Beeson. Only three quick steps to gorgeous!

The airy lift in this card by Danni Reid is so baby--and so hip! What’s not to love?

We can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeves for this challenge! You’ve got until Monday, March 22!

Yours in celebrating babies and brides,
Cath

P.S. Speaking of babies, the Paper Crafts team gets to meet baby Cooper tomorrow! Stay tuned for this much-anticipated love fest!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the two winners from Susan’s Tips, Tools, & Technique Trivia post!

1. Anita Young (Winner of the i-top, punches)
2. Lori Beseke (Winner of the glitter package)

Congrats, winners! Susan will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope you managed to squeeze some paper crafting into your busy schedules. (FYI: We’re currently accepting submissions for our September/October 2010 issue! Click HERE for more details!)  

I don’t know about you, but I usually have to be inspired before I sit down and create. Sometimes a photograph sparks my creativity, sometimes it’s a heartfelt quote, but most of the time, it always comes down to gorgeous product. And if sparkles, even better!

So when our friends at Doodlebug Design invited us and the Creating Keepsakes team to their new building, all of us envisioned a bright, happy place dripping in sparkling glitter. And the good news is we weren’t wrong! Besides viewing their new product lines, they also gave us a tour of their brightly painted offices, warehouse, conference rooms, exercise room and even their bathrooms! Talk about a rainbow of color! 

Brady Lovell, their graphic designer extraordinaire, greeted us under their colorful sign.

And yes, that’s a stapler in Brady’s hand. Only at magical Doodlebug does an ordinary stapler transform itself into an actual working telephone! 

Being the owner definitely has its perks! Here's Cynthea Sandoval's pretty pink office.

This vintage license plate can also be found in Cynthea's office.

Yes, this dress is made from paper. It's called White Flourish (1436). Did I mention it's paper?

Just in case the employees are inspired to work out before or after work, Doodlebug has their own gym, complete with staff lockers.

With Doodlebug's Tonya Prawitt looking on, Creating Keepsakes' Megan Hoeppner flexes her muscles for us!

Need a shower after that workout? Here's the boys' blue bathroom.

Even the shampoo and conditioner is color-coordinated! The girls' bathroom has pink and green bottles to match the pink walls!

Next on the tour was their very tidy warehouse. Row after row of gorgeous paper, stickers and embellishments. Can I get lost now?

Where was this sticker when I needed it on Valentine's Day?

No field trip is complete without a team picture on a comfy couch!

Thanks for the fun tour, Doodlebug! I now know the secret to their success…color-coordinated shampoo and conditioner! In all seriousness, I couldn’t agree more with this Doodlebug philosophy: “Surrounding yourself with playful colors promotes creativity and will brighten your day!”

Now our friends at Doodlebug want to brighten you day! They just released six new collections: Feeling Groovy, Mother Nature, Summertime, Great Getaways, On the Go, and Barnyard. Leave a comment telling me what color of paint you would pick for your Doodlebug office (we can all dream, right?). Three random winners will each receive one of the aforementioned collections! All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Tuesday, March 9. 

Happy Monday!
Kelly 

P.S. It’s time to pick the three winners from my It’s a Cosmo Kind of Day post! 

1. Laura (March 5, 11:17 a.m.)
2. Marla (March 5, 8:25 a.m.)
3. Star Davis (March 5, 9:12 a.m.)
 

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a fun collection from Cosmo Cricket! I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! I hope you’re enjoying this first week of March as we inch closer and closer to spring. Even though a lovely snowstorm greeted me and my unprepared wardrobe today, I’m still confident that warmer weather is right around the corner. And that makes me a happy girl! 

Do you know what else makes me happy? Cosmo Cricket’s three new CHA releases: Material Girl, Joy Ride and Garden Variety. If you haven’t had a chance to preview these delightful collections, they’re quintessential Cosmo Cricket: bright, happy and full of paper crafting potential. 

Do you know who makes me happy? Our talented Paper Crafts Go-to Gals who are so supportive of our magazine, each other and you, our loyal readers. So it was no surprise at all when I rattled off an e-mail yesterday saying, “Has anyone played with Cosmo’s new lines?” And Maren instantly chimed in with, “I have cards with all three collections. I’ll send them your way.” And now you understand the “go-to” part of their titles!

Maren used Material Girl for her Happy Together card.

Anyone feel like a Joy Ride? Maren used this fun line for her On the Road card.

Who doesn't like smiling peas? Maren used Garden Variety for this card.

Way to go, Maren! I love all three of these collections for different reasons, but I think Garden Variety is my current favorite…at least for today. I especially love the product description on the Cosmo web site: “Here, the strawberries smile, the peas are friends and the chicks wear bonnets.” And all I can say to that is…well, wouldn’t they smile and be friends? It’s a Cosmo kind of day!

And since you’re all my friends and I want to make you smile, today I’m giving away all three Cosmo Cricket collections! Leave a comment telling me which product line is your current favorite. Are you a Material Girl, out for a Joy Ride or just another Garden Variety paper crafter? All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, March 7.

Happy Friday!
Kelly

Susan R. Opel

It’s time for another edition of Tips, Tools, & Techniques trivia! Open your gorgeous copy of the March/April 2010 issue of Paper Crafts magazine (a breath of fresh air!), turn to pages 94-96 and answer the following questions for the chance to WIN (and who doesn’t like to win?): 

  • Take a closer look at the brads that I created using the i-top from Imaginisce. A photo of my parents appears on one of the brads. What are they doing in the picture?
  • Which Go-to Gal had the headache-inducing task of blowing the insides out of eggs for this issue?
  • Tell me – what does heat & stick powder do?
  • Fill-in-the-blank time! I say that Doodlebug Design’s Chunky Glitter could be classified as “_______________ in a ________.”
  • What idea is your favorite from this issue’s Tips, Tools, & Techniques column, and why?

Now for the fun part. Two winners will be randomly selected to win: 

  • The i-top Brad Maker and the Small, Medium and Large Punches and Brad Daddies from Imaginisce shown on page 94.

OR 

 

 

 

Now doesn’t that sound fun? There’s not much more to do before you are qualified to win! 

  • Send an e-mail with your answers to sopel@papercraftsmag.com. Put “TT&T Blog” in the subject line of your message. Please leave a comment on the blog, and let me know which prize puts a spring in your step!
  • Entries are due no later than midnight (MST) on Monday, March 8th. From the correct entries received, two winners will be selected at random and contacted via e-mail. Note: Due to the number of e-mails received, I’m unable to respond to each message individually. Please know that I do read your comments and totally appreciate your participation. Thanks!

So…What are you waiting for? 

Can’t wait to see your answers!
Susan

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