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Cath Edvalson

In the March/April issue of Paper Crafts magazine, we always feature both babies and brides. Springtime is a good time to be thinking about new beginnings and whether it’s a baby just coming into the world or a bride and groom starting their lives together, these events are some of the most important milestones in our lives.

In addition to finding an entire feature on this topic in the magazine (see pages 48-57), we thought you would also enjoy showing off baby and/or bride projects you’ve created yourself.

Join us in our March Gallery Challenge where you can submit cards for brides and grooms, babies, and new moms and dads. But your creativity doesn’t have to stop there! We’d love to also see shower ensembles, décor for the nursery, gift bags and tags, gift card holders and any other non-card projects you’d love to whip up! Click HERE for all the details on how to enter and scroll down for some heartfelt inspiration straight from the pages of the magazine:

This card by Kim Hughes makes me grin from ear-to-ear. What a super cute way to say congrats to the happy couple!

I love the pun in this card, don’t you? Thanks for the cutie-pie chuckle, Angie Hagist!

I love the simplicity of this card by Linda Beeson. Only three quick steps to gorgeous!

The airy lift in this card by Danni Reid is so baby--and so hip! What’s not to love?

We can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeves for this challenge! You’ve got until Monday, March 22!

Yours in celebrating babies and brides,
Cath

P.S. Speaking of babies, the Paper Crafts team gets to meet baby Cooper tomorrow! Stay tuned for this much-anticipated love fest!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the two winners from Susan’s Tips, Tools, & Technique Trivia post!

1. Anita Young (Winner of the i-top, punches)
2. Lori Beseke (Winner of the glitter package)

Congrats, winners! Susan will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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Susan R. Opel

Every time a new issue of Paper Crafts magazine hits the newsstands and our subscribers’ mailboxes, there’s a surge of excitement. We KNOW all of the inspiration that’s inside each issue, but we’re also curious where the creative train will stop next. We’re eager to see what our readers do with all of the ideas they glean from every glossy page. 

Enter the Inspired By Challenge! This challenge was issued for you to create a card inspired by one that you’d seen in the pages of any Paper Crafts publication, and I truly enjoyed checking out the fruits of your labors! What fun to see your interpretations and hear your stories. 

Now without further ado, I introduce the winners of the Inspired By challenge! 

Winner #1 – Lynn Miller 

Lynn went for a pretty direct interpretation of Stephanie Muzzulin’s Thank You Tree Card. Though she used the same stamp to achieve the look, her addition of buttons for fall foliage and a decidedly autumnal color scheme are just the perfect twist to the original. 

You can find Stephanie’s card in the November/December 2009 issue.

Winner #2 – Jennifer Hansen 

Jennifer’s Many Thanks Card was inspired by Kim Moreno’s Birdie Anniversary Card. Jennifer kept some of the same design elements – the triple matting, the scallop at the top and the bird motif. She used pearls as a substitution for the rhinestones that appear on Kim’s card. By using a different color palette, less whimsical patterned paper and a more sophisticated font, Jennifer’s card takes on a totally different and equally attractive look!  

You can find Kim’s card in A Card a Day.

Winner #3 – Dee Woodland 

Even though it isn’t a thank you or birthday card, we were so delighted by Dee’s Happily Ever After Card inspired by Danni Reid’s Thanks A Bunch Card that we had to share it with you. Dee was inspired by Danni’s pretty white on white on white card and added just the right amount of color with her pink flowers. Thanks for sharing, Dee! 

You can find Danni’s card in Card Creations, Volume 7.

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a free 1-year subscription to Paper Crafts or special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get you mailing addresses. Thanks to all who played along! 

Wanna join in on the fun? Thumb through the pages of a Paper Crafts publication (magazine or special issue) and create a project inspired by one that you see. Submit an image of your Inspired By project here, tell us where we can find the original in our magazine and you just might have your card featured in the Paper Crafts Connection section of one of our issues. Why not give it a shot? 

Show us how YOU get inspired by Paper Crafts magazine!
Susan 

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Brandy’s Are You Feeling Festive Yet? post! 

Debbie Fisher (Dec. 8, 3:19 p.m.) 

Congrats, Debbie! You’ve won a fun assortment of paper crafting supplies! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

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,
Susan

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!

Cath Edvalson

Cath Edvalson

A happy Tuesday to you, friends! I’m so excited to be announcing the winners of the three generous prizes from our friends at Provo Craft from last week’s Inspirational Blog Hop! We offered 12 chances to win as part of our Cards & Gifts Week celebration here on the Paper Crafts Connection and in the Moxie Fab World

We were all overwhelmed with your comments and responses – over 8,600 of them in total! Whether you were commenting about the most memorable gift you’d ever received, which of the three prizes you wanted the most, what your favorite gourmet muffin or cupcake is, or your plans for Mother’s Day, all 12 of us hosts were thrilled with all the wonderful things you had to say. Thanks for making Cards & Gifts Week so memorable!

I’d like to congratulate these three winners! For they are the lucky ones who will be receiving one of these amazing products:

 The Cricut Expression:

The Your Story Binder/Laminator:

 

The Yudu Screen-Printing System:

Ready? Scroll!

BonnieRose who commented on Maren Benedict’s blog saying:

“Your work is fantastic!!!!”

Robin W who commented on Danni Reid’s blog saying:

“The fishing tin is such a cute idea–love the gummy worms! I once made an album for a family friend for a special fishing trip he was able to take to Russia. He loved it!”

Angela Laurie who commented here on the Paper Crafts Connection:

“How do you choose?? They would all be really wonderful. It would be so much fun to use any of these!!”

Well, ladies – I don’t know how you’re going to choose but you’re going to need to decide on which one of these prizes you would like the most. We’ll award them on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please send me an e-mail at cedvalson@ckmedia.com with Provo Craft in the subject line with your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices listed in order of preference. Be sure and include your full address in the e-mail as well.

Thanks to everyone who played, and thanks also for making Cards & Gifts Week such an inspiration to us all!

Yours in giving away moxie fab prizes,

~Cath

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Susan Opel’s It’s in the Bag post. Here they are in no particular order:

1.  Jeanie Nieva (April 23, 6:10 p.m.)
2.  Tracey T (April 23, 10:06 a.m.)
3.  Nancy Holley (April 23, 12:28 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! Each of you will receive Susan’s fun prize package, as well as a copy of 225 Cards & Gifts. She’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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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