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Jennifer Schaerer

Sometime during the months leading into December, my life becomes one that is characterized by Christmas carols because I start thinking in lyrics. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and it’s definitely the most wonderful time of the year

Although I love the drama of the decor, the sweet sounds of singing voices and the promise of tasty pastries and other festive holiday foods, it’s the spirit of giving that really helps me dance my way through the season. There’s nothing better than the feeling of helping those who need it most. 

In the spirit of giving, the elves in the Paper Crafts workshop have been busy the last few weeks. Monday was decorating day for our donated tree for Utah’s Festival of Trees, and this year’s labor of love is now complete. 

This was Holly's very first Festival of the Trees. Judging from that big smile, she really enjoyed herself.

Cath, our moxie fab elf, helped us wire ornaments.

Our chief wire elves Brenda and Kelly whistled while they worked.

Brandy became our chief garland elf and did a great job.

Susan was our chief bag elf since she went around and picked up little bits of trash. After all, every artist needs a clean workspace!

And every artist needs a canvas to paint on. I happily took on the role as chief tree elf. Does it look straight?

Ta da! What do you think of our finished tree?

This event is an annual fundraiser for the patients at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, and every penny raised at the event goes directly to the children at the hospital who couldn’t otherwise pay for treatment. 

Brandy Jesperson, our managing editor, has been involved with this fundraiser for 10 years after being a patient at Primary Children’s as a teenager. She urged us to get involved, and we decorated our first Paper Crafts team tree a few years ago and have been doing it ever since. 

Here's last year's "Home for the Holidays" tree.

This year’s tree was auctioned off to the highest bidder and we’re certain that it brought a generous sum for the hospital. All of us at Paper Crafts are grateful to the manufacturers who helped make this tree possible with their heartfelt donations: 

We’d also like to say a very special thanks to all the designers who sent in handmade card sets for us to include with the tree: 

All of our lovely donated cards!

It’s definitely the most wonderful time of the year!
Jennifer

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Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

Holiday Cards & More Week is a little slice of early holiday heaven for me.

I’m the one who keeps my Christmas playlist on my iPod all year long (I’ve also been overheard humming carols in May). I also just bought two new ornaments last weekend for our Christmas tree. And it’s only August, but I’m already working on a few ideas for neighborhood and teacher gifts for Christmas.

Seriously, I think there must be at least one branch of elf DNA in my family tree.

Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 4 has an entire section of handmade gifts, and the elf in me wants to make cookies for this canister by Wendy Sue Anderson for my daughter’s teacher: 

Mmmmm...some holiday cookies and peppermint wishes!

Mmmmm...some holiday cookies and peppermint wishes!

Alicia Thelin came up with the perfect combination of fun, cute and simple for my neighbor gifts this year: 

Whip these up assembly-line style and youll have neighbor gifts in no time at all!

Whip these up assembly-line style and you'll have neighbor gifts in no time at all!

But vintage (especially the retro-ish 50s era) always gets me, so I’ve got to jump right into this adorable tin by Anabelle O’Malley

A retro Santa with vintage style makes this tin and tag set something extra special

A retro Santa with vintage style makes this tin something extra special.

If vintage is your thing too, you need to know that Cath is having some vintage fun (with shabby chic thrown in for good measure) over at Moxie Fab World today. Stop in and say hi, maybe even take on her vintage/shabby chic design challenge. Tell her I sent you!

Yep, thanks to the Holiday Cards & More Week celebration here at Paper Crafts Connection, I’m totally in the early holiday spirit. If you’re like me and want to get a jump start on inspiration for the holidays, hop on over to our online store HERE and get your very own copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 4 because it goes on sale TODAY…for 10% off! All this week! REALLY!

Or, if you’re feeling especially lucky, go ahead and leave a comment and let me know what kind of cookies you make around the holidays. I’ll pick three random winners to receive a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 4 PLUS a great prize package from Stampin’ Up! that you can use to make Alicia’s cute project shown above.

Hearing sleigh bells already,
Jennifer

P.S. Need some inspiration? Check out the CREATE gallery at the World Card Making Day web site. It’s growing by leaps and bounds, and October 3 will be here before you know it!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday and the final day (sigh) of our Cards & Gifts Week celebration! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed your sneak peek of 225 Cards & Gifts both here and on Moxie Fab World. If anything, we hope this fantastic special issue is at the top of your wish list, if not shopping list!

For those of you just joining us today, make sure to read all of our nifty gifty posts this week. From chatting with rising star Maren Benedict to dressing up gift cards, “wrapping” with Kim Kesti, and making wishes with Susan 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 the last two chapters of 225 Cards & Gifts – home décor and miscellaneous gifts! If you thought we had shown you every gifty thing you can do with paper, think again! To me, these projects personify the word “gift” and would make a lovely addition in anyone’s home.

Here’s one of my favorite projects from our Heartfelt Gifts of Home Décor section:

Alicia Thelin’s Inspire Frame & Card

Alicia Thelin’s Inspire Frame & Card

And who wouldn’t love to receive this beautiful ensemble from our Gifts from the Heart section?:

Tish Treadaway’s Beautiful Life Journal & Pencil Holder

Tish Treadaway’s Beautiful Life Journal & Pencil Holder

Are you ready for our unbelievably huge giveaway? I hope you’re sitting down because if you’re not, you soon will be! Today we’re giving you 12 chances to win one of these incredible prizes from our very generous friends at Provo Craft:

Think of all the gifty gifts you could create with The Cricut Expression:

Or all the albums you could creatively concoct with the Your Story Binder/Laminator:      

                              …or how ’bout all the custom-made t-shirts, hand bags, and home decor you could create and give using the Yudu Screen-Printing System?

I wasn’t lying about the prizes, right? They’re HUGE! Since we’re teaming up with Cath today on Moxie Fab World, she’s asked 10 amazing paper craftin’ gals to create a never-seen-before gifty project to get you totally inspired for all your paper crafted gift-giving. Leave a comment on each one of these blogs for a chance to win one of the aforementioned products from Provo Craft:

  1. Maren Benedict
  2. Kimberly Crawford
  3. Beatriz Jennings
  4. Kim Kesti
  5. Carolyn King
  6. Anabelle O’Malley
  7. Melissa Phillips
  8. Danni Reid
  9. Roree Rumph
  10. Sherry Wright

Each time you comment on a different blog (one comment per blog, please), your name gets entered to win. You can start by commenting here, then go see the gifty inspiration that is being offered on these 10 blogs, THEN stop by Moxie Fab World and leave a comment there as well.

That’s 12–count ’em–12 big fat chances to win!

So ready, set, COMMENT! Tell me which of these prizes you would want to win the most and why by midnight (MST) on Sunday, April 26 and that will be your first of 12 chances to make it happen!

The lucky winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 28!

Happy blog hopping!
Kelly

P.S. It’s not too late to participate in the Cards & Gifts Challenge! To play, create a Mother’s Day gift and upload it here. The deadline is midnight (MST) on Monday, April 27. We will choose TWO winners in each category and feature them either here or on the Moxie Fab World blog on Thursday, April 30. And of course, there will be prizes! For more information, click here!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the five winners from Jennifer’s  Gussy up Your Gift Cards post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Anita Young (April 21, 9:05 a.m.)
2. Kate (April 21, 7:18 a.m.)
3. Jan (April 21, 10:54 a.m.)
4. Cheryl F Yelverton (April 21, 8:41 p.m.)
5. Btrflywmn (April 23, 11:58 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! In addition to winning a copy of 225 Cards & Gifts, each of you will receive a window tin and a large hinged tin to gussy up your gift cards! I will be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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