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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope you found some time to 1). go out and buy our new special issue Go-to Sketches, 2). sit down and devour this magazine and 3). create your own projects from some 66 inspiring sketches.  

If you did get crafty this weekend, why not submit some of your entries? Just a reminder that our submissions deadline for our Holiday Cards & More, Volume 5  issue is tonight at midnight (MDT). Click HERE for more information! 

Even though our Go-to Sketches Week is officially over, I’m going to squeeze in one more day of sketch-filled fun. Three weeks ago we launched our first ever Go-to Sketch Challenge. With sketches from Paper Crafts Go-to Gals Teri Anderson and Maren Benedict as inspiration, submissions poured in for all occasions. We picked these four entries (two per sketch) as our final winners! 

Winner #1 – Cindy Holshouser: 

Cindy Holshouser's Sweetest Flower Card is a direct interpretation of Teri's sketch (Go-to Sketches, p. 9).

 Winner #2 – Vanessa Menhorn: 

Vanessa Menhorn also used Teri's sketch to create this delightful Ladybug Thanks Card.

Editor’s Note: Vanessa was just published for the very first time in our May/June 2010 issue! Not only that, her Rainbow of Butterflies Card (p. 74) made the cover! Click HERE to see cover girl Vanessa literally jumping for joy when her issue arrives in the mail. 

Winner #3 – Nicky Hsu: 

Nicky Hsu felt inspired to create her Welcome, Little One Card from Maren's sketch (Go-to Sketches, p. 33).

Winner #4 – Rosemary Dennis: 

Rosemary Dennis also used Maren's sketch to create her You're So Thoughtful Card.

Congratulations, ladies! Each of you has won either a one-year subscription to Paper Crafts or the special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes. If you’re interested in seeing all the projects from our first Go-to Sketch Challenge, please visit our gallery HERE.    

Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We just launched our bling-inspired April Gallery Challenge last Monday. This two-week challenge will run through midnight (MDT) on Monday, April 19. Click HERE to upload your sparkly entries today! 

Happy Monday!

P.S. It’s time to announce each of the three winners from Cath’s Go-to Gals & Friends Blog Hop post, Kim Kesti’s Over the Top Inspiration post, Jennifer’s Behind the Lens post and my It’s a Sketch World After All post! 

Cath’s winners:  

1. Wendy
2. ArlaMo
3. Debbie G.

Kim’s winners:  

1. Stacy (April 7, 10:18 a.m.)
2. Nancy M. (April 7, 11:02 a.m.)
3. Holly H. (April 8, 7:33 p.m.)

Jennifer’s winners: 

1. Kathy W. (April 8, 8:45 a.m.)
2. Denali (April 8, 12:36 p.m.)
3. Diane Jacobson (April 8, 7:32 p.m.)

My winners: 

1. Charlene (April 9, 5:31 p.m.)
2. Susan McMenamin (April 9, 8:23 p.m.)
3. Jessica (April 9, 9:25 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of Go-to Sketches! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!


Holly Mills

2009 may be behind us, but the prestige of being a winner of our World Card Making Day Card Contest lives on. Since we just announced the winners in our new March/April 2010 issue, I thought I would take the opportunity to spotlight these talented card makers once again.  

With 936 submissions, narrowing the field to 20 winners in five categories was a huge challenge. Kudos to these ladies for making the final cut. We’re proud to publish your winning cards in the magazine (p.82) and honor you here.  

Let’s roll out the red carpet for: 

Birthday category: 

  • Terri Davenport (Toledo, OH)
  • Ann Marie Pultorak (Romeoville, IL)
  • Debbie O’Leary (Dingmans Ferry, PA)
  • Cindy Holshouser (Edgewood, VA)

Hello/Thinking of You category: 

  • Jenny Harper (Bear Creek, NC)
  • Lynn Kirby-Griffith (Blairsville, GA)
  • Crystal Birr (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Rachael Burdick (Portland, OR)

Thank You category: 

  • Katie McCullough (Tulsa, OK)
  • Kristie Larsen (Valhalla, NY)
  • Susan Mangum (Danville, CA)
  • Cathy List (Peotone, IL)

Love category: 

Season’s Greetings category: 

I just loved the diversity of styles in the winning cards from our Hello/Thinking of You category: 

Great job Jenny, Lynn, Crystal and Rachael!

Congrats, winners! For those of you wondering about this year’s World Card Making Day, mark Saturday, Oct. 2 on your calendars. We’ve got some fabulous ideas up our sleeves for our fifth annual celebration. And look for details on the 2010 World Card Making Day Card Contest in our upcoming September/October 2010 issue. Until then… 

Keep smiling,

P.S. Speaking of fun contests…for those of you who aren’t afraid to get a little ink on your fingers, don’t forget to enter our current 2010 Stamping Royalty Card Contest.  

Not only can you impress your family and co-workers with your royalty status, but winners will each receive an amazing prize package of the latest stamping products (valued at more than $250)! So look into your creativity mirror and say, “I am the fairest stamper in the land.” Did I mention the 15 winners will each receive a sparkly tiara as well?

Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

Would you believe that 98% of our readers – at least the ones who respond to our annual survey – are stampers at some level? I think it’s the versatility of stamping that is so appealing. After all, you can make background paper, stamp a sentiment, color a stamped image with markers and do it all in a rainbow of colors, too.

For this year’s Stamping Royalty Card Contest, we asked for card designs in five categories (see the full list below) and got hundreds and hundreds of entries. The 15 lucky winners got a fantastic prize package worth over $200, plus a tiara and custom-made tote bag.

Winner Ashley Newell modeling her Stamping Royalty tiara and tote bag.

Here's winner Ashley Newell modeling her official Stamping Royalty tiara and tote bag. All hail Queen Ashley!

Although we thought these techniques would be challenging, it turns out that it just brought out the very, very best in so many stampers. I was especially impressed with Yolanda Beltran’s winning entry, the Happy Spring Card. She took this plain outline stamp called Snow Village by Stamps ‘N More

…and turned it into a lovely spring scene with markers and some detail work.

Happy Spring Card by Yolanda Beltran.

Happy Spring Card by Yolanda Beltran

Below is the full list of winners, and in case you missed the feature in our November/December issue, you can see all 15 cards HERE.

Congratulations to our 2009 Stamping Royalty! Click the image to see the entire feature online.

Congratulations to our 2009 Stamping Royalty! Click on the image to see the entire feature online.

Build A Scene category:

Thanks for Being You Card by Julie Campbell

Back to School Card by Susan Liles

Thinking of You Card by Mercedes Weber

Stamp Kissing category:

Happy Anniversary Card by Cindy Holshouser

Have a Delightful Day Card by Rosemary Dennis

Dream Card by Stephanie Halinski

Creating Patterned Paper with Stamps category:

Hello Blossoms Card by Stephanie Halinski

Enjoy the Moment Card by Niki Estes

Just Because Card by Ashley C. Newell

Adding Color with Markers category:

Welcome Baby Card by Araceli Jessee

Academics Card by Susan Liles

Happy Spring Card by Yolanda Beltran

Adding Color with Dye Ink Spray category:

We Miss You Card by Becky Olsen (Salt Lake City, UT)

Thankful Card by Jean Cross (Brooksville, FL)

Once Upon a Time Card by Julia Stainton (London, ON, Canada)

Bowing to these royal artists,

P.S. If anyone will be at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in St. Paul this Friday and Saturday, come and find me to say hello!

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