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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, 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!

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!

Kim Hughes

Kim Hughes

To me, back to school time means making new friends, reconnecting with old ones and starting a fresh new year. Anything is possible. I admit that I feel a bit like a school girl as I begin my journey as a Paper Crafts Go-to Gal. 

I turn to my Paper Crafts magazines for inspiration whenever I hit a creative wall. Every issue is filled with immeasurable ideas, but let’s not limit ourselves to the beautiful projects within the magazine. I’d love for you to take a closer look.

Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4

Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4

I can say in all honesty that Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4 blew me away. Pure creativity at every turn. How much time do you spend looking at the cover? At first glance, I notice the incredible nutcracker that Jennifer Beason created…seriously, WOW! The time and love that went into that masterpiece is obvious. Secondly, I notice the overall color scheme. It speaks to me. It’s fresh and inviting. I then notice the cuteness of Alli Miles card and how clever Claire Brennan’s tree is, and I am instantly inspired. Lastly, I read what the cover has to say. It offers everything that I want in a magazine and more.

How exactly do I use a cover to motivate my creativity? My favorite place to start is the color scheme. Hot pink, soft pink, some natural browns and beautiful shades of green…yummm.

My Mind’s Eye has a fantastic new collection called Abbey Road. The colors worked perfectly for my project. Even though this is a holiday publication, there’s no reason why I can’t create a card that is perfect for a friend, sister, co-worker, etc. for any occasion. I kept the bold green on the top, like the cover and added a graphic brown stripe in pen to help the colors pop! I pulled the orangy color from the tree’s star and the brown from the nutcracker’s face as well.

Hi There Card by Yours Truly

Here's my Hi There Card.

Another way to spark creativity is to take ideas from each of the featured projects. I decided to pull elements from each one to create my own unique card.

I pulled the stripes from the nutcracker, the clever ribbon triangles and scalloped edge from the tree and I stamped on a white panel and paper pieced the tree circles. I also tied a brown polka dot ribbon around the card. The nutcracker has a whimsical feel to it. I felt the same way about the curly tree, so that’s why I chose that image. I kept a similar color scheme for this card, but next time, I might choose a blue and green color scheme and create a baby card. The possibilities are truly endless.

Heres my Tweet Tweet Card.

And here's my Tweet Tweet Card.

I am thrilled that you joined me today for week one of my “Back to School” blog series. I will be back next week with another way to utilize your Paper Crafts magazines to their utmost potential.

Kim Hughes,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. I’d love to hear ways you’ve been inspired by a Paper Crafts cover. Leave a comment and I’ll pick three winners to receive a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

P.P.S. Paper Crafts just launched a new gallery challenge today! If you’re a fan on the clean & graphic look, click HERE to learn more about this fun challenge! And make sure to check back here tomorrow when Cath spotlights clean & graphic cards!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday and the last day of our “Christmas in August” celebration! We hope you’ve enjoyed your sneak peek of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4 both here and on Moxie Fab World.

For those of you just joining us today, make sure to read all of our festive posts this week. From our spotlight on cover girl Jennifer Beason to getting gifty to celebrating the seasons with Wendy Johnson and dressing the tree with homemade ornaments, 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!

If you haven’t entered one of Cath’s “Stretch Your Holiday Style” challenges, it’s not too late to play! Whether your style is clean & graphic, vintage & shabby, fun & cute or classy & elegant, you’ve got until Monday, Sept. 7 to upload your project image. (Or if you’re feeling really adventurous, why not enter all five of Cath’s challenges?! Today she reveals her final one!)

Today I have the opportunity to spotlight a few of my favorite designs from the diverse cards section of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4. If one of the styles mentioned above resonates with you, then you’re in luck – all of these styles can be found in the 100+ cards we feature in this merry magazine!

If youre a stamper, you cant go wrong with Alli Miles Trees of Joy Card (p. 29). Not only did this card grace our cover, it can be recreated in five steps or less!

If you're a stamper, you can't go wrong with Alli Miles' Trees of Joy Card (p. 29). Not only did this card grace our cover, it can be recreated in five steps or less!

If youre more of a clean & graphic girl (and you like to stamps!), look no furhter than Teri Andersons Trim the Tree and Joy to the World Cards (p. 16).

If you're more of a clean & graphic girl (and you like to stamp!), look no further than Teri Anderson's Trim the Tree and Joy to the World Cards (p. 16).

Or if youre into the vintage & shabby chic look, why not gain some inspiration from Renee Lambs Partridge in a Pear Tree Card.

Or if you're into the vintage & shabby style, you'll definitely find it in Renee Lamb's Partridge in a Pear Tree Card (p. 55).

And these amazing designs are just a sampling of what graces the pages of 8-82. I told you it was a big section!

Knows what else is big? Today’s giveaway! I’ve been wanting to spill the beans all week long, but then I would surely end up on Santa’s naughty list. And since I’ve been a pretty good girl (up until this point), it wasn’t worth the risk! But since Friday is officially here, it’s time to unload Santa’s sleigh!

Since this is our fourth volume of Holiday Cards & More, three winners will each receive:

  • Technique Tuesday’s Peace, Joy, Love, Holly Jolly Christmas and Frayed Ends stamp sets (Teri used these sets on her Joy to the World Card.)
  • Making Memories’ new Mistletoe collection
  • A copy of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4
But if random integer happens to draw your name as my fourth winner, you will take home this grand giveaway, courtesy of Close to My Heart:
How would you like to unwrap this present under your tree?

How would you like to unwrap this present under your tree?

To be entered to win, leave a comment telling me the best present you’ve ever unwrapped. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, August 30. I’ll announce ALL of the winners from Holiday Cards & More Week on Monday’s blog!

Have a happy “holly-day”!

P.S. Just a quick reminder… If you’re looking to buy Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4 for you or a friend, today is the last day you can purchase this special issue for 10 percent off the retail price. You might as well start your Christmas shopping early! Click HERE to reserve your copies today!

Susan R. Opel

Susan R. Opel

And now for the last of our big reveals – please welcome Paper Crafts Go-to Gal, Teri Anderson! It’s been a long, secretive journey, but like any good Paper Crafts soldier, Teri has served her magazine honorably (and discreetly!) and has thus earned her day in the spotlight. In fact, she just told me this week, “I’m mean it’s light at the end of the secrecy tunnel, baby!”

Since Teri knew she would have the last laugh with her announcement today, she’s been leaving cryptic comments for all of her fellow Go-to Gals. Here’s just a few that brought smiles to our faces:

Jessica: “Congrats Jess! I’m so happy to see you are one of the new GTGs! Such a great group of gals you are with.”

Maren: “Yay, Maren! I’m so happy for you. You are quite the secret keeper!”

Kim Hughes: “Yay Kim! You are one of my favorites, ya know. Congrats! Can’t wait to see who joins you and Kim K. on the team!”

That jokester! Just another reason why we love this gal… Besides her quick wit, Teri’s instantly recognizable simple and graphic designs certainly inspire me, and we look forward to sharing her talents with you, our readers!

So sit back a bit and learn some fascinating stuff about totally talented Teri!  

Go-to Gal Teri Anderson

Go-to Gal Teri Anderson

1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in the Pacific Northwest near Portland, Oregon. 

2. Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do? I occasionally work a day here and there as an extra for movies. I’ve been an extra for Untraceable, The Burning Plain, and a yet untitled movie starring Harrison Ford, Keri Russell, and Brendan Fraser. I’ve been on a call a few times for other projects as well.

[Ladies, Teri was almost an extra on the set of Twilight! She came this close to seeing Robert Pattinson in all of his vampire glory! Personally, I’m glad Hollywood didn’t snatch this gal up. They couldn’t handle her talent anyway.]

3. If a movie were to be made of your life, who would you cast to play the part of you? Drew Barrymore. It seems like she doesn’t take herself too seriously.

4. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life? “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey.

5. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you? I once spent a summer as an intern for a professional roller hockey team. I wrote post-game press releases, represented the team at a couple small-town parades, gave players rides home, and did pretty much anything else asked of me.

6. What/who inspired you to start paper crafting? I saw Becky Higgins’ Creative Cards: The Complete Guide to Card Making book. I had scrapbooked and made a few cards with stamps before that, but Becky’s book really clicked with me. It inspired me to use supplies I’d been using for scrapbook pages on cards. Six or seven years later I’m still making cards.

7. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge? No matter how many times I say that I won’t hoard, I think it will always be using up those special things I’ve tucked away.

8. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be? Letter stickers and a corner rounder.

Teri’s Relax Card is very soothing with its simple and serene landscape. This card was featured in Card Creations: Quick & Easy which means it would take you 5 steps or less to recreate it!

Teri’s Relax Card is soothing with its simple and serene landscape. It was featured in Card Creations: Quick & Easy, which means you can make it in 5 steps or less!

9. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why? I love to make general occasion cards. I also have a thing for making encouragement and sympathy cards. I really like the challenge of trying to come up with just the right words for those situations.

10. How would you describe your style? Paper crafting for the busy gal or guy. I tend to make projects that do not take a lot of time. My style is simple yet a little bit funky with a few flecks of technique on top. I stray once in awhile, but I am generally happiest with my simplest projects.

Teris You Measure Up Card appears in our upcoming September/October issue.

Teri's You Measure Up Card appears in our upcoming September/October issue.

11.When is your favorite time to craft? I’m a total night owl, so I love working late at night.

12. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting? I make no secret that I have great appreciation for John Mayer’s music, but I also like a lot of other musicians. Nirvana, Jessica Harp, Goo Goo Dolls, The Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5 and the Lovehammers are also favorites of mine.

13. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion? My mom does it, too. We like to go to conventions and crops together.

14. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized? I keep lists. I have a clipboard which has assignments and calls that I want to work on and follow-up work I need to do.

15. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then? I had a tag in the second issue of Paper Crafts. It was a baby tag and had cute baby stickers on it. My style has changed a few times since then but has finally settled on a “less is more” look.

Teris Smile Card was featured in our March/April 2009 issue.

Teri's Smile Card was featured in our March/April 2009 issue.

16. What are you looking forward to most about being a Paper Crafts Go to Gal? Um. Pretty much everything.

17. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones? I’m currently on one design team, a rubber stamp company called Art Declassified. In the past I’ve also been on the design teams for Wordsworth, Paper Love Designs and SEI. I also did some design work for Webster’s Pages in their early days.

18. Name three designers whose styles you like and why they appeal to you.  

  • Danni Reid has such a simply complicated style that I just love. Her cards are so clean, but they have a lot of great little details that put them over the top. 
  • Alli Miles makes so many cheery, stamped cards. They make me want to dig out my stamps and play.
  • Linda Beeson is a card maker whom I have admired for years. She is one of the first designers who caught my eye in Paper Crafts because her cards are so well-designed and thought out. It always excites me to see one of her projects.

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

  • Watch for the calls. This blog is a great place to find out about new calls. [Just posted March/April 2010!]
  • Don’t fuss over submitting, just take the chance. Pick a call you like, make a couple cards and submit. If they do not get picked up, don’t give up. Try again.
  • Try not to lose your joy for paper crafting. If submitting takes the fun out of it for you, take a breather and step back a minute. No one is going to get mad at you for not submitting. Just enjoying the paper crafting process.

Wow! It’s amazing to think that we have a movie star in our midst. I, for one, am a little star struck! And I’m so with you, Teri – Don’t Stop Believin’!

Head on over to Teri’s blog, and see her card of the day. Her cute cards seem almost like little people since Teri asks her readers to “meet” each card. And you’ll definitely benefit from her tips and techniques that she throws in each day.

So let’s give Teri a ton of Paper Crafts love today and a big high-five for being a Paper Crafts Go-to Gal! I’ll pick five lucky people to receive three sets of Art Declassified stamps. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Friday, July 24. The winners will be announced on Monday’s blog!

Rolling out a big welcome mat for Teri,

P.S. Today is the last day to vote for our button-themed round of Gallery Idol! Click here to see the Top 10’s cards and to vote for your favorite project. Note: Voting ends at 12:00 p.m. (MST), so make sure you get to the “polls” early! And check back here tomorrow when we announce the Top 5 finalists!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Brandy’s Welcome Go-to Gal, Jessica Witty post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Jennifer Scull (July 22, 12:47 a.m.)
2. Karisa (July 21, 8:42 a.m.)
3. Tina B. (July 21, 8:14 a.m.)

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a copy of Stamp It! Cards and some itty bitty stamps. Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments for Jessica!

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!

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!

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