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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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Brandy Jesperson

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a bargain shopper. I love stretching a dollar and getting the best possible deal I can find.  

This is precisely why I love the Stamp It! 3 Ways section of our latest special issue Stamp It! Cards. I’m always drawn to the creativity and diversity of three projects that all use one stamp set (talk about stretching your supplies AND your dollar).  

Our designers are experts at thinking outside the box when it comes to techniques and occasions that seem to magically appear from a single stamp set. Take the Grow Love, Plant a Tree set from My Favorite Things:    

Grow Love, Plant a Seed set from My Favorite Things

Michele Boyer, Angie Hagist, and Laura O’Donnell were able to take this stamp set and create their Lonely, Hi Tree and Grow Love cards in three distinctly different styles – genius! 

Turn to p. 85 in Stamp It! Cards for a closer look at these 3-Ways cards.

Have I converted you to the ways of saving money while still making oodles of cards? If not, I’ve got a few more tricks up my sleeve. The Paper Crafts Go-to Gals have joined forces to show you the diversity of two more stamp sets. Three gals made cards from one stamp set and three gals made cards from another set. Visit each of their blogs and discover how easy it is to maximize your stamps with a bit of technique and a lot of creativity!  

And since this week is all about celebrating stamping, I can’t leave without offering one whopper of a prize. One lucky winner will win ALL SIX STAMP SETS featured in Stamp It! 3 Ways. That’s right, someone will win: 

Everyday Button Bits stamp set from Papertrey Ink

Harmonious Sprig stamp from Unity Stamp Co.

On the Desk stamp set from Cornish Heritage Farms

Margaret stamp set from Kodomo

Spiro Garden stamp set from Technique Tuesday

If that’s not enough, you can enter to win SEVEN TIMES! Please leave a comment here and on the blogs of all six Paper Crafts Go-to Gals. Each time you leave a comment you will be entered to win. As an extra incentive, all Go-to Gals will be giving away copies of Stamp It! Cards on their blogs. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, Feb. 26. 

Happily stamping,
Brandy 

P.S. Today on Moxie Fab World, Cath is featuring an “Ask Around” with Jennifer McGuire. There’s also a chance to win some fabulous Hero Arts stamps! 

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Jennifer’s You, My Friends, Are STAMPERS post! 

1. Kelly Sas (Feb. 23, 7:32 a.m.)
2. Rebecca MI (Feb. 23, 8:31 a.m.)
3. Bev J. (Feb. 23, 7:20 p.m.)
 

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a fun prize package from American Crafts and a copy of Stamp It! Cards! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments! 

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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Susan R. Opel

Remember in 1985 when we all marveled at the famous group of people who sang We Are the World? A-list singers, comedians and stars joined hands and voices to aid African famine relief. Today, we’re joining our hands in celebration of the Moxie Fab World’s one year blogiversary! So I’m pulling out my microphone to sing the praises of one of the coolest, trendiest and funnest places in the blogosphere.

The Moxie Fab World blog is the brainchild of Paper Crafts magazine’s very own creative editor Cath Edvalson. Inspired by her trend-watching column Moxie Fabs, Cath saw the need to share trends, teach trendiness and show the non-trendy that they really, truly CAN be (and often are) on-trend.

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Ms. Moxie Fab herself

None of us knew how far this new blog would go, but little by little the readership grew. Sure, Cath gives away pretty cool stuff on Moxie Mondays, and there are tons of great interviews with top designers of product and projects. And definitely, her Five for Fridays leave us drooling with inspiration. Her Moxie Fab World Challenges get designers flexing their fingers to try something new, and those special issue weeks knock our socks off. Cath went all over the world (via blogs) finding card-making talent from every corner of the planet for her World Tour of Card Making. Holy cow – I don’t think any of us can wrap our heads around the hours of work that must have taken.

But in my eyes, none of those things are what REALLY make the Moxie Fab World so moxie fab. It’s Cath. Her voice. Her sense of fun. Her connection to the readers. Her obvious love of what she does. Her insistence on making everyone feel like her contribution matters. She pours her heart and soul into each and every post, and it must be said that being as cute, witty and bippy as Cath is in each post isn’t simple. She works hard, and she deserves a standing ovation. She spends many of her waking hours cooking up the fabulosity that is this blog, and it must be working because she’s got one heck of a loyal following and a growing Facebook fan page.

I think we knew that the Moxie Fab World had “arrived” when Nichole Heady dubbed it the Design Sponge of paper crafting, and at CHA summer when people clamored for Moxie Fab World buttons, and recognized Cath as the Moxie Fab lady telling her, “I read your blog every day!”

So happy birthday to you Moxie Fab World!

Happy Bird Day Card by Betsy Veldman

Betsy’s card appeared in the May/June 2009 Moxie Fabs column dedicated to woodgrain which spurred on one of my favorite Moxie Fab World Challenges – Wood You? We’re feeling festive around here and want to give three fabulous stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms (including the Wood Grain Backgrounder used on Betsy’s card) to three fabulous commenters. And we’re throwing in one of those coveted Moxie Fab World buttons for each winner as well! 

Three lucky winners will take home these Cornish Heritage Farms stamps and the coveted Moxie Fab World button!

Leave a comment and tell us what you love about the Moxie Fab World blog! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Friday, Nov. 13. If you’ve never visited before head on over for a look and come back with your first impression – today Cath is showing all of the moxie fab banners from the last year and you can vote on your favorite. And apparently there’s a prize involved there as well. 😉

We Are the (Moxie Fab) World!
Susan

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Brandy’s These Are the Days of Our Lives post!

Karin (Nov. 10, 4:15 p.m.)

Congrats, Karin! You’ve won K&Company’s new Evergreen collection! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

Cath Edvalson

Cath Edvalson

As I sat down to write this post I could swear I heard the song, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” It sure does feel like we’re having a merry little Christmas this week as we celebrate the fact that our beloved, tried-and-true, ultimate resource for paper crafting the holidays, Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4,  is finally on sale. And not a minute too soon, for as we all know, a paper-crafted Christmas takes some time and attention to prepare!

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Inspiring your holidays since 2006

I’m here today to give you a sneak peek at the ornament section, and I couldn’t be more thrilled because ornaments are totally my thing. Since the birth of my oldest child 23 years ago, my family has been adding a unique, special ornament to our tree. We choose a Sunday a couple of weeks before Christmas, we load up the car’s CD player with our favorite carols, and we drive up the canyon to Park City where we have breakfast at our favorite joint and shop the quaint snowy streets for the coveted, group-decided-upon, most memorable ornament for that year.

How memorable would it be, however, to create handmade ornaments like these this year? I wouldn’t give up our tradition, of course, but the inclusion of handmade ornaments would be a lovely, heartfelt addition to our tree of memories:

Three Vintage Sign Ornaments by Joanne Allison, p. 157

Three Vintage Sign Ornaments by Joanne Allison, p. 157

Jingle Bell Christmas Ornament by Beatriz Jennings and Happy Holiday Co. Star Ornament by Sherry Wright, p. 151

Jingle Bell Christmas Ornament by Beatriz Jennings and Happy Holiday Co. Star Ornament by Sherry Wright, p. 151

Don’t these conjure images of a Norman Rockwell Christmas? And this is just the tip of the proverbial treetop, if you will, friends. The ornaments section of Holiday Cards & More is chock full of ornaments in every style and color palette you can imagine—something for everyone, as jolly ol’ St. Nick might say.

And because we’re all in the Christmas spirit this week, I’d love to give away the stamp set (below) from Cornish Heritage Farms that was used to create the Three Vintage Sign Ornaments. I’ve got three sets to give away, along with a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4. Just leave me a comment that tells us one of your family holiday traditions by Friday, August 28 at midnight MDT, and Christmas could come a bit early for you this year, like it has here!

Leave me a comment to win this great stamp set!

Leave me a comment to win this great stamp set!

Before you go, don’t forget to stop by the Moxie Fab World today! We’re stretching our holiday style in Holiday Cards & More Week with a week’s worth of challenges that you won’t want to miss! I’ve got some g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s classy and elegant sneak peeks for you today!

Looking forward to hearing about your traditions,

 ~Cath

Brandy Jesperson

Brandy Jesperson

If you ask me, one Kim just isn’t enough! So please join me in welcoming Ms. Kim Hughes as the next Paper Crafts Go-to Gal! Kim Hughes’ style is cute and fun – just like her. The first time I met Kim was at the 2006 CHA summer convention. Kim was bee-bopping around with business cards and candy, eager to share the fact that she scrapped every day and would love to be regularly published in the pages of Paper Crafts

Luckily for her (and us!) Kim’s persistence and amazing talent paid off. Today, Kim’s unmistakable creations frequently grace the pages of Paper Crafts magazine and now cute Kim herself gets to grace us all with her presence on this here blog. So without further ado… let’s meet the fabulous Kim Hughes!

Go-to Gal Kim Hughes

1. Where did you grow up?  Johnson City, NY

2. Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do?  No

3. If a movie were to be made of your life, who would you cast to play the part of you?  Jennifer Aniston

4. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life?  “Climb Every Mountain” (Christina Aguilera version). I don’t love the song, but I like the message… I dig adventure and taking risks.

5. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you?  I don’t drive.

6. What/who inspired you to start paper crafting?  Creating Keepsakes magazine

7. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge?  Finding the time to create everything I want to. I have so many ideas but find it hard to make it all happen.

8. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be?  Scissors and a black pen. That way I could draw patterns and words and cut them out.

9. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why?  Halloween because I can use just about any color and there are so many fun images that go along with Halloween (black cats, bats, witches, bare trees, owls… and so many more). That holiday seems to stretch my imagination most.

10. How would you describe your style?  Forever changing and evolving. Sometimes I create cute and whimsical projects, sometimes I like to grunge it up, and other times I like the romantic, shabby look. I let the topic and product that I choose dictate where I go with each creation. I like to try new things and challenge myself to be unique. Overall, I think the majority of the cards I create are fun and cute.

Kims very fun and cute Witchy Footwear Card appears in our upcoming August/September issue!

Not only is she a Go-to Gal, but she's also a cover girl! Kim's Witchy Footwear Card appears in our September/October issue!

Kims Delicate Flower Sympathy Card was a fan favorite from our recent Card Creations 7 Week!

Kim's Delicate Flower Sympathy Card was a fan favorite from our recent Card Creations 7 Week!

11. When is your favorite time to craft?  During the day when my kids are at school (or out playing with friends) and Friday nights when I crop with dear friends. 

12. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting?  I love listening to 80s music or whatever is on the radio. 

13. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion?  My kids are my favorite subjects to photograph, so that helps when creating layouts, but as far as card making goes, I sometimes ask them for unique sentiment ideas. I am amazed by their creativity.

14. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized?  A detailed list… can’t live without one. I update and print my list almost daily and work from my top priority down. Everything has a certain color code which helps me keep it all straight.

15. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then?  My first card was in the March 2005 issue. I used a wall paper remnant instead of patterned paper and a shamrock punch as an accent on that card. I think that I am much more creative and playful with my cards now. I love using the freshest product possible.

16. What are you looking forward to most about being a Paper Crafts Go-to Gal?  I hope to have the opportunity to teach for Paper Crafts and get the chance to meet more people who share the same paper crafting passion as I do.

17. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones?  Zva Creative, Therm O Web Adhesives, Ellen Hutson LLC, Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine, Splitcoast Stampers, My Mind’s Eye, Paper Salon, Around The Block, Prima, Cornish Heritage Farms, Core’dinations, Beaux Regards, plus several kit clubs, an online store, and some challenge blogs. 

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

19. Do you have any advice/tips for someone who’s never been published or who wants to submit for the first time?  Don’t compare yourself to others. Instead strive to be the best designer that YOU can be. Create from the heart and watch your style evolve as you create more and more. If you struggle with a project, set it aside and move onto something else. When you are ready to submit, just know that it was the best that you could do and have no regrets. If you don’t try, you will never know.

20. Do you have a blog or online gallery? If so, please provide the URL.  http://paperhugs.typepad.com/

Well there you have it! Whew, just thinking about all the design teams Kim has been involved with makes me tired! Thanks Kim for answering all these questions. I know I for one loved getting to know you a bit better! 

Make sure you show Kim your classic Paper Crafts love by leaving her a comment and welcoming her aboard as the newest addition to the Paper Crafts family. I’ll pick one lucky person to receive the cards she made for our 5 cards, 5 occasions, 5 dollars feature in our July/August issue. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, July 10.

Celebrating the addition of another Kim,
Brandy

P.S. Today is the last day you can vote for Gallery Idol’s Round 1 submissions. Please click here and cast your vote for your favorite wedding card! Deadline is 12:00 p.m. (MST). We’ll announce the Top 15 and the next round’s theme tomorrow!

Brandy Jesperson

Brandy Jesperson

Did you know that today is in fact National Hug Holiday? Yep, it’s true. 

So give your sweetie a squeeze, your bestie a bear hug, and your kiddo a cuddle. 

If you’re really feeling ambitious, you could even create a card to celebrate this day full of affection and twitterpation. 

I found this gem on Dawn McVey’s blog and love, love, love it! (Too bad I can’t hug it in person!)

And since it’s practically impossible for me to write on this here blog without giving away a prize, I have a stamp set I’d like to offer up. Leave me a comment telling me who you want to give a big hug to and why, and you’ll be automatically entered to win this stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. The three lucky winners will be announced on Monday, June 15.

 

 

{{{hugs}}} and kisses,
Brandy

P.S. If you’re in the Pasadena, California area, make sure you swing by the Creating Keepsakes Convention this weekend and tell Ms. Wendy J. hello!

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