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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! So glad you’ve joined us for this final day of Stamp It! Cards Week. We hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek of Stamp It! Cards, and have been inspired to go create your own stamped masterpieces. 

Over the last few days, I’ve enjoyed reading all the reasons why you love stamping. From the versatility to the economical value to the sheer love of inking up those stamps, you’re clearly passionate about your craft. Now I’d like you to be rewarded for your craft by entering our 2010 Stamping Royalty Card Contest

Each year since 2004, we’ve inducted the crème de la crème of stampers into a posh society known as Stamping Royalty. Winners will be royally honored with a prize package containing the latest stamping products from some of the hottest manufacturers. The retail value of each prize package totals over $250! Winners will also have the opportunity to be published in the November/December 2010 issue of Paper Crafts magazine. 

To enter, please create an original stamped card for the following occasions: 

1. Birthday
2. Christmas/Season’s Greetings
3. Hello/Thinking of You
4. Love
5. Thank You

So, do you have what it takes to be crowned royalty? If you would like to enter this stamping contest, please click HERE for the full rules or turn to p. 6 of Stamp It! Cards. All entries must be postmarked by March 24, 2010.

Can you guess what our grand finale giveaway is for this Freebie Friday? Yep, I just happen to have one extra set of this royal prize package! In addition to some amazing stamps, embossing powders and mists, who here would like My Digital Studio from Stampin’ Up! and their very own set of Copic markers? And if that wasn’t a cool enough giveaway, I’m also throwing in the five stamp sets we feature in the Say it with Stamps section (p. 90) of Stamp It! Cards!

One lucky winner will walk away with this fabulous prize package...

AND Ali Edwards' Simply You set from Technique Tuesday

AND Nina Brackett's Elegant Verses set from Gina K Designs

AND Daisy Bucket Designs' Clearly Petite Stamps in I Like You, I Love Your Face and You Are My Sunshine.

AND Lisa Strahl's Birthday Centers set from Cornish Heritage Farms

AND Kezia Whitteker's Card Sentiments Stampology set by Autumn Leaves

Have you died and gone to stamper’s heaven yet? To be eligible for this royal stamping jackpot, leave a comment telling me when your love affair of stamping officially began. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Feb. 28

Happy Friday!
Kelly 

P.S. I’m not the only one with an INCREDIBLE prize package up for grabs! Join Cath on Moxie Fab World for her fantastic “Five for Friday(x8+3)” giveaway! Make sure to bring your smelling salts…just in case you faint! 

P.P.S. If you’re having a hard time finding Stamp It! Cards in your local stores, why not take advantage of our special Stamp It! Cards Week promotion? Just visit our online store HERE and enter the coupon code “STAMPIT20” at check out to save 20%. This promotion will run through Wednesday, March 3. 

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kim Kesti’s Grand Gradients post! 

1. Jennifer R. (Feb. 24, 9:50 a.m.)
2. Sue D. (Feb. 24, 7:13 a.m.)
3. Haidee (Feb. 24, 7:43 p.m.)
 

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won Inkadinakado’s Branchful of Birds stamp, a set of Ranger Industries’ Adirondack Alcohol Inks and a copy of Stamp It! Cards! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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Jennifer Schaerer

It used to be that we only got a peek into the craft rooms of our readers via the survey we circulated once each year. That information was, and still is, like spun gold to us.  

The reason? It’s important that we bring you a series of regular issues and special interest publications showcasing just what you want to see, exactly when you want to see it.  

That right there has always been our challenge, mainly because we work about six or seven months in advance to orchestrate the perfect symphony of new products, trends and paper crafted projects that come together in a way that’s music to your ears.  

But now with this blog, Facebook, meet-and-greets at trade shows and very engaging message boards, we hear what you think on a much more frequent basis. And sometimes? We get feedback within minutes. Minutes.  

One thing we know for sure: you are STAMPERS.  

Lots of stampers swung by our booth at CHA to celebrate the release of Stamp It! Cards.

According to our most recent survey, 85% of you use stamping most often. Naturally, right behind that on the list of techniques is inking and aging, heat embossing and coloring images with markers. You stamp alphabets and backgrounds, but mostly it’s more like images and sentiments.  

Your favorite projects to make are cards, followed in distant second place by scrapbook layouts and then by gifts. If you were in charge of the magazine, you’d be sure that projects were more plentiful than anything else but techniques would be the thing that gave project count a run for its money.  

Here’s what we like best, though — you look through our magazine and decide to make a project you’ve seen because you’re inspired by the style. It’s an added bonus if you have the supplies on hand already.  

So I’m going to make it easy on you, and be sure that you’re both inspired by the style AND have the supplies on hand. How about some bright and cheerful stamps from American Crafts?  

Could you, perhaps, be inspired by the Herbs collection of clear stamps from American Crafts?

And since you’re all about heat embossing too, maybe you need some Zing:  

Meet the color Leaf -- it will be joined by friends Rouge, Wave, Apricot and Silver!

All you have to do is tell me what your stamp style is. Are you more fun and cute, clean and graphic, classy and elegant or shabby chic/vintage? I’m going to snag three of you who comment and send you not only the stamp set and Zing colors I mentioned above, but also a copy of Stamp It! Cards and one of our super duper extra special Stamp It! Cards buttons from CHA Winter. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, Feb. 24.  

Maybe you’ll be inspired to the highest level and find your next project on one of our covers, just like Lynn Ghahary did with Stamp It! Cards.  

Cover Girl Lynn Ghahary with her very first showing!

Happy stamping, my friends!
Jennifer  

P.S. It’s time to hop over to the Moxie Fab World! I hear the Tuesday Trigger this week comes directly from the pages of Stamp It! Cards. Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Kim Hughes gains inspiration from one of Kimberly Crawford’s 12 gorgeous cards. There’s also an opportunity for two commenters to win four different Gina K Designs stamp sets!

Jessica Witty

Have you ever seen that TV show called Hoarders?   

I haven’t.   

And let me say, for the record, that I’m not like that.   

But I can appreciate the urge.   

The desire to keep.   

And keep.   

And keep.   

Until you think to yourself, “Now, Self, why exactly was I keeping this?”   

In an effort to ensure that I never start meandering down the little path to Hoarderdom, I’ve challenged myself as of late to use up the various scraps that I can’t bear to part with. Use it or lose it, I keep repeating to myself.    

I also tend to approach products from a “What else can I do with this?” kind of perspective. I gravitate towards items with multiple uses, whether that be stamp sets with themes I can use endlessly, products in colors I always gravitate to or tools that really give me a bang for my buck and lots of function for the space they take up.   

I also make living against veritable Craft Hoarderdom a sort of way of life. My cozy little dining room/craft area will soon be moved to a house a few miles away and relocated in…yup…the dining room. Some customized storage plans will make the space work just fine for me and my commitment to keeping things pared back. {As soon as there are pictures of that little life-changing project, I’ll share, I swear.}   

But…even after all that…there are some things that still confound me with this whole use it or lose it idea.   

Maybe it’s because I’m really a stamper at heart.   

Therefore, scrapbook supplies like letter stickers can still trip me up a bit.   

I mean, how do you ever use them all? Has anyone ever actually used up an entire sheet? Down to the q’s and z’s?    

Just how in the world am I ever going to be able to throw the sheet away if I can never use them all up?   

And, therefore, I attempted the impossible: the use of an entire sheet of letter stickers.   

I present to you, Exhibit A:   

This card would be the sort of entry example into using letter stickers, right? Pick a phrase, design a card and stick ‘em on. {Obviously, I should have picked a longer phrase…something like “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways?”} Ah, but wait…I did get a bit creative on the scalloped borders. Those little cuties came courtesy of all of those 3’s, 8’s, B’s, p’s, q’s, etc. Just lay them all down in a nice little line and cover up the edges with another layer. {Yeah, I’m totally on my way to using the whole sheet.}   

And now, for Exhibit B:   

Now we’re getting somewhere. A little town called Letterific, if I do say so myself. This one is sort of a modern take on using up those stickers…white on white, simple design, nothing fancy. I did use my noggin just a bit and tried to take the letters from just one section of the letter sheet, because I already had Exhibit C in mind…   

Ah, the piece de resistance of using up those letter sheets. Obviously, I was using a letter sheet where the negative image is still left on the backing that the letters come on. I just peeled the backing up, stuck it down onto the card base and trimmed off the overhanging edges. {I will admit to going with a smaller 3 ½” x 5” card base because I was not sure how this little experiment was going to turn out and I figured smaller might = easier.} I colored the “hi” in using a marker and yes, I am digging that little brain wave.   

I’m pretty happy with the little results of my experiment. One small letter sheet gave me three cards and three very different paths to using them. However…after all that…I still have something like 1/3 of the darned sheet left. {Oops.}   

Apparently this little Letter Sheet That Could is the sheet that is going to live on in my craft room for all of eternity.    

Any brilliant ideas on how to use them all up?!   

I’d love to hear what all of you do to make the most out of your products…stamps, ribbon, stickers…whatever! Leave me a little message with your brilliant double-duty ideas and I’ll pick one person to win this entire set of American Crafts Thickers. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Thursday, Feb. 18.   

One lucky winner will take home this whole sticker set!

Me and my letter stickers, signing off…
Jessica 

P.S. A little birdie told me that my cards above will be featured as a free make ‘n take at this year’s Creating Keepsakes Conventions! Click HERE to find out if a CKC is coming to a city near you!

Megan Hoeppner

Welcome to Magazine Monday! As a friend of the Paper Crafts family (former PC editor), I’m delighted to be guest blogging here today. My name is Megan Hoeppner and I’m the creative editor for Creating Keepsakes magazine. 

In this month of goal setting, I’m here to share an idea inspired by “Taking Inventory,” an organization idea I featured in my January “Tips & Tricks” column. It’s an easy-to-use tracking system to help you remember the supplies you have, using the Inventory Tracking Sheets below. In this example, I transformed the sheet for my supply of pink and red inkpads. 

Download your own free tracking sheets here.  

Inspired by these sheets, I want to share a few additional ways to keep track of the product manufacturers on your supplies, so you can toss the packaging but remember all the information you need. So often we sort our goodies by color or type, which can complicate replacing and/or sourcing products for projects (such as when you submit your work to Paper Crafts and CK, of course). Here are a few easy tricks for remembering where your product delights came from, long after you’ve tossed the packaging. 

Images
Thanks to digital cameras, snapping pictures is free and easy. Create a product file on your computer and take a pic of your product packages before you discard/recycle them. If you want to take this idea a step further, print small pics of these images and write the product info on the image. Here’s how I created an inventory card for photos of some of my accents before I separated them. 

Inventory card for accents

Patterned Paper
If, like me, you file patterned paper by color and occasionally find yourself wanting to reunite a collection, you’ll like this simple solution. Punch out small samples from the collection sheet (the one that comes in the paper pack) and adhere them to a note card with the collection name and the manufacturer. 

Inventory card for paper

Stamps (Clear and Rubber)
Remember which images came together in a stamp set by visiting the company web site and saving the image of each stamp set you own. Then write or type the name of the set and company on a card with the images. Don’t forget the name of the stamp set, the item number (if you want to get that specific) and the company name. This way you can keep track of your original sets, even if they get divided up over time or due to your unique filing system. 

Inventory card for stamps

Ribbon
Ribbon scraps oftentimes end up in jars, which can make sourcing them a challenge. Remember who made your favorite trims with cards containing small scraps of the ribbons. 

Inventory card for ribbon

With the new year upon us, I hope these tips get you off to an organized start. Speaking of organized, I’m always on the lookout for fresh organization ideas to feature in my “Tips & Tricks” column. I’d love to read your ideas in the comments section of this blog. I know you Paper Crafts peeps are a super creative, organized lot, so I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity while I’m here visiting. Thanks for letting me stop by! 

Cheers!
Megan Hoeppner

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and Santa brought you a few new paper crafting goodies. I’ve been home in Texas less than a week and I’m already catching myself saying, “y’all” and “code”. If some of you are scratching your heads on that last one, it’s how we Texans say “cold”. 

And since it has been so “code” here, I’ve really enjoyed spending time indoors and catching up with all my friends and family. One of my favorite things to do on Christmas Eve is watch the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life. I tend to buy it every year, but always find myself giving it away as a birthday or Christmas present. Just like the story I shared on Friday, I think it has a great, timeless message. And even though I have all the lines memorized, I love watching it as I wrap last-minute presents or work on my holiday cards. Yes, my cards almost never arrive before Christmas. Who has time for that?! They usually arrive sometime between Christmas and New Year’s. And I’m okay with that. 

This year I decided to send out a photo card of my little dog Lexus. Photo cards are so easy to mass produce and if you feel like spicing them up with some embellishments, you can add a little or a lot! I started by Photoshopping this cute thought bubble on my photo: 

I then ordered 40 duplicates for all my cards. When I picked up my photos, I noticed that the tops of the thought bubbles had all been cut off! Looks like I forgot to check the dimensions before I hit submit! Since I had just spent $10 on photo processing, I was going to make these work if it killed me. Since necessity is the mother of invention, I pulled out my favorite American Crafts ribbon and made a border around the photo. Ta-da! Problem fixed! 

Since Lexus had such a pained expression on her face, I knew I could be creative with my inside sentiment. So this is what my dear pup wished for: 

Sadly, Santa did not bring her a new mom for Christmas. But he did bring her a gorgeous faux pearl necklace. So we’re definitely working on the dignity thing! 

Happy Monday!
Kelly 

P.S. There’s still time to upload your Christmas cards to our December Gallery Challenge! Three lucky winners will walk away with a free subscription (or special issue of their choice) and the opportunity to be spotlighted on this blog on Monday, Jan. 4! Click HERE to upload your cards today! The deadline is TONIGHT at midnight

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the winners to Susan’s Home for the Holidays post, Kim Hughes’ The Magic of Coloring post and my Christmas Orange post! 

Susan’s winner: 

Alyssa M. (Dec. 22, 8:56 a.m.) 

Kim’s winner: 

Vicki B. (Dec. 26, 10:35 a.m.) 

My winner: 

Beth (Dec. 25, 8:31 p.m.) 

Congrats, winners! I’ll be contacting you next Monday, Jan. 4 to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Susan R. Opel

At this very minute, I am in my home state of Michigan for Christmas, and I’m seriously giddy! There’s nothing like being surrounded by family and friends, you know?

Today I am getting together with my college roommate and suitemates for a little reunion. The four of us had some hilarious and fun times at Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI, in the early 90’s jamming out to EMF and Vanilla Ice. Now 18 years later, it’ll be exciting to share our experiences since then.

Tomorrow, I’ll be gathering with all sorts of old friends from my alma mater, Valley Lutheran High School for a night of karaoke and reminiscing. We’re all a little older and grayer (underneath the hair color), but we still know how to rock!

And the rest of this week and into the weekend I’ll be basking in the Christmas joy with my sweet family. My brother Kurt and his family spent the last two Christmases in Istanbul, Turkey, so I’m awfully thrilled to spend time with my cute nephews (and my brother and sister-in-law, too, of course!). My brother Paul is coming from upstate New York, and my sister will arrive from Utah on Thursday. My adorable parents will have a houseful! We’ll spend time celebrating our Lord’s birth at one of my favorite places on the planet, St. John Lutheran Church.

Yes, spending time with family and reconnecting with friends is one of my all-time favorite parts of the Christmas season. One way that we can stay connected all throughout the year is to send handmade cards. That personal touch makes all the difference in saying, “You mean the world to me!”

I recently created this sparkly thank you card using the brand new L Letterpress from Lifestyle Crafts, and I think I just might send it to a fabulous friend in 2010 just to say thanks for being so awesome.

This year I’m particularly thankful for Facebook! Both my college and high school reunions came about because of our contacts there. And did you know that you can be connected to Paper Crafts magazine through our Facebook Fan Page? Become a fan and join in the rollicking good time!

So now I want to know, who are you looking forward to seeing during this festive time of year? Leave me a comment by Friday, December 25th at midnight MST, and you can win this stash of goodies to create your own cards for someone special. We’ll announce the winner on Monday, December 28th!

Festive goodies courtesy of TaDa Creative Studios and American Crafts.

Wishing you a Christmas filled with family and friends,
Susan

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! I think I’m still in denial about Christmas being three weeks away. I’ll let you in on a little secret…I still have NOT put up my Christmas tree or holiday decor. (I’m sure Jennifer and Brandy are gasping in horror as they read this!) I promise it will get done this weekend. It has to. Did I mention Christmas is three weeks away?  

My grandma and I will be attending the Festival of Trees on Saturday. (Hopefully you read Jennifer’s post and saw pictures of our beautiful tree!) Once I return home, the rest of the day will be dedicated to opening boxes and wrestling ornaments away from Devil Dog. Lexus is not really evil – she just has evil tendencies. But when her mom dresses her up like a glorified reindeer, what do you expect?    

Lexus the White-Nosed Reindeer

Besides her obvious pained expression, doesn’t she look cute? I’ve always been a sucker for little critters – especially when they’re all dressed up for the holidays! So it’s no surprise that I instantly fell in love with the shaped critter cards we featured in our November/December issue. In my humble opinion, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Teri Anderson is the queen of shaped cards. She literally dreams up these designs, makes her own patterns and then embellishes them in her cute, Teri way. It’s almost like they come to life!  

Even though he's not a critter, Teri's Triangle Santa Card makes me squeal with ho-ho-ho delight!

And don't even get me started on Teri's Christmas Owl Card! Love the personality on this guy!

But let’s not forget fellow Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Kim Hughes…her Not a Creature was Stirring Card not only made our November/December cover, but it was the perfect addition to our All Creatures Great & Small feature. To create the body of the mouse, she traced a mug to get the perfect half circle!    

I love how Kim cut out the ear flap and made a festive little night cap, complete with pompom.

If you’re looking to make some playful Christmas cards, these three designs have cute written all over them. To download the patterns for Teri’s two shaped cards, please click HERE. Instructions can be found in our November/December issue on pages 40 and 69, respectively. For complete instructions for Kim’s mouse card, please turn to p. 70.   

Ready for today’s giveaway? Since I’m happily living in denial about the time of year, I’m giving away spring-infused critter product! Leave a comment telling me where you are in your Christmas decorating process: completely done, almost done or not even started. I’ll pick two winners to take home an assortment of American Crafts Blue Skies collection! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, Dec. 6.   

Two lucky winners will win an assortment of this fun product!

Here’s to the critters!
Kelly   

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner from Kim Kesti’s December Daily Album post!   

Anita Surrett (Dec. 2, 5:42 a.m.)  

Congrats, Anita! You’ve won Close To My Heart’s chipboard album, their Reminisce stamp set and some fun holiday papers. I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!  

P.P. S. Our two-week Inspired By challenge ends at 9 a.m. on Monday! If you’ve been “inspired by” a project in one of our magazines, create a new project and upload it to our Inspired By Flickr group. You could be one of our three winners that walks away with a free subscription or special issue of your choice! Click HERE for all the details!

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

Melinda Dann

Hello again, it’s your lovable design intern! And Happy Button Day!

Back to blogging! I can’t say I’m hooked, but it’s pretty fun. (And not quite as scary the second time around!)

When I was told that today was Button Day, it raised a lot of questions. What is Button Day? What kind of buttons are they talking about? Are they metaphorical? Is it a day for pushing people’s buttons? What about flair? My Facebook flair collection is fairly large…perhaps the day should be celebrated by doubling it? (Sadly, Wikipedia is of no use in this case. Whatever shall I do?)

And why are we celebrating buttons? It’s not that buttons aren’t useful or fun, but do they need a whole day to celebrate? What about Zipper Day? Snap Day? I’m just saying…maybe there are other things we could have celebrations for. It’ll catch on, right?

Of course, there is definitely a lot to be said for buttons in paper crafting. I have seen so many cards with buttons made into balloons, flowers and birds. There are really cute ideas that I would never have thought of before, and some of them even incorporate the design on the button into the new design. Too cute! Just like Former Paper Crafts Pro Alisa Bangerter’s Birthday Buttons Card from our new resource book A Card a DayI would love to receive a card like this for my birthday!

Birthday Buttons Card by Alisa Bangerter

Okay, maybe I’m starting to see the need for Button Day. (For more button inspiration, click HERE to see how our 2009 Gallery Idol finalists incorporated buttons into their card designs. Pretty amazing, huh?) I bet you’re saying you could really use some buttons about now. Your wish is my command! Leave a comment telling me why you love buttons so much and I’ll pick one winner to win this assortment of colorful buttons from American Crafts! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

One lucky winner will take home ALL of these buttons!

Your Paper Crafts Design Intern,
Melinda

P.S. Ok, now that my gushing is over, I want to encourage everybody to come back tomorrow to this here blog. I’ve been working on something for Paper Crafts that is going to be posted tomorrow! It was a challenge to pull together, but I’m really proud of how it turned out! Make sure you come back and see it!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Susan’s We Are the (Moxie Fab) World post and the two winners from Kelly’s Living in the Now post!

Susan’s winners:

1. Marla H. (Nov. 12, 4:53 p.m.)
2. Cheri Howard (Nov. 12, 5:44 p.m.)
3. Mary D. (Nov. 13, 3:23 a.m.)

Kelly’s winners:

1. Wendy (Nov. 13, 4:51 p.m.)
2. Charlene G. (Nov. 13, 1:09 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! Kelly will be contacting 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 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!
Kelly

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!

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