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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! Is this exciting week really over? Say it isn’t so! While all good things must come to an end, we hope you’ve been inspired by the amazing sketches and projects we’ve featured this week. If anything, maybe it’s jump-started your creative battery and you’ve found yourself viewing sketches in a whole new light. Because let’s face it…the possibilities are endless! 

Like Jennifer mentioned yesterday, we do often get caught up in “magazine” time, which is usually 6-7 months ahead of “real” time. Being able to read your comments and see the blog traffic (thank you, by the way!) is thrilling for us because we get to relive the fun of putting together Go-to Sketches. And as you’ve seen from some of the behind-the-scenes photos this week, a good great time was definitely had by all! 

Speaking of “all”…we must thank our fabulous Go-to Gals for all their hard work this week. Someone referred to them as the “Go-to Geniuses” and I think this is an accurate description. (And if we ever get tired of the Go-to Gal title, we’ve got a something else to consider!) We’re gathering for another editorial board meeting in a couple of weeks, and I can’t wait to see my sweet GTGs! 

Okay, I’ve rambled long enough…you know it’s Friday, you know it’s coming…”What’s Kelly giving away today,” you ask? Well, I’ve got a special treat for all my Paper Crafts Connection peeps. On Moxie Fab World this week, Cath mentioned our exclusive Go-to Sketches sponsor: Doodlebug Design. In addition to creating some adorable ads for this special issue (in which they used their product to create projects from our sketches!), they took it one step further and are now offering the Go-to Sketches Card Companion Kit. This kit allows you to make ALL 18 Doodlebug cards that are featured in Go-to Sketches. And I’ve got three kits to give away to three lucky winners! PLUS, each winner will receive TWO copies of Go-to Sketches! One to keep and one to give to a friend! All you have to do is leave a comment naming a new blog you discovered from this week’s blog hop. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, April 11.

Three lucky winners will take home this fun prize package!

Happy Friday!

P.S. The sketch fun continues on Monday when we spotlight the winners from our first ever Go-to Sketch Challenge! We picked two winners per sketch, so stay tuned to see which four projects really impressed us! And if you feel like participating in Cath’s Go-to Sketches Week Challenge, she’s accepting entries until midnight (MDT) on Monday, April 26. Click HERE for more details!


P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope you managed to squeeze some paper crafting into your busy schedules. (FYI: We’re currently accepting submissions for our September/October 2010 issue! Click HERE for more details!)  

I don’t know about you, but I usually have to be inspired before I sit down and create. Sometimes a photograph sparks my creativity, sometimes it’s a heartfelt quote, but most of the time, it always comes down to gorgeous product. And if sparkles, even better!

So when our friends at Doodlebug Design invited us and the Creating Keepsakes team to their new building, all of us envisioned a bright, happy place dripping in sparkling glitter. And the good news is we weren’t wrong! Besides viewing their new product lines, they also gave us a tour of their brightly painted offices, warehouse, conference rooms, exercise room and even their bathrooms! Talk about a rainbow of color! 

Brady Lovell, their graphic designer extraordinaire, greeted us under their colorful sign.

And yes, that’s a stapler in Brady’s hand. Only at magical Doodlebug does an ordinary stapler transform itself into an actual working telephone! 

Being the owner definitely has its perks! Here's Cynthea Sandoval's pretty pink office.

This vintage license plate can also be found in Cynthea's office.

Yes, this dress is made from paper. It's called White Flourish (1436). Did I mention it's paper?

Just in case the employees are inspired to work out before or after work, Doodlebug has their own gym, complete with staff lockers.

With Doodlebug's Tonya Prawitt looking on, Creating Keepsakes' Megan Hoeppner flexes her muscles for us!

Need a shower after that workout? Here's the boys' blue bathroom.

Even the shampoo and conditioner is color-coordinated! The girls' bathroom has pink and green bottles to match the pink walls!

Next on the tour was their very tidy warehouse. Row after row of gorgeous paper, stickers and embellishments. Can I get lost now?

Where was this sticker when I needed it on Valentine's Day?

No field trip is complete without a team picture on a comfy couch!

Thanks for the fun tour, Doodlebug! I now know the secret to their success…color-coordinated shampoo and conditioner! In all seriousness, I couldn’t agree more with this Doodlebug philosophy: “Surrounding yourself with playful colors promotes creativity and will brighten your day!”

Now our friends at Doodlebug want to brighten you day! They just released six new collections: Feeling Groovy, Mother Nature, Summertime, Great Getaways, On the Go, and Barnyard. Leave a comment telling me what color of paint you would pick for your Doodlebug office (we can all dream, right?). Three random winners will each receive one of the aforementioned collections! All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Tuesday, March 9. 

Happy Monday!

P.S. It’s time to pick the three winners from my It’s a Cosmo Kind of Day post! 

1. Laura (March 5, 11:17 a.m.)
2. Marla (March 5, 8:25 a.m.)
3. Star Davis (March 5, 9:12 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a fun collection from Cosmo Cricket! I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Susan R. Opel

It’s time for another edition of Tips, Tools, & Techniques trivia! Open your gorgeous copy of the March/April 2010 issue of Paper Crafts magazine (a breath of fresh air!), turn to pages 94-96 and answer the following questions for the chance to WIN (and who doesn’t like to win?): 

  • Take a closer look at the brads that I created using the i-top from Imaginisce. A photo of my parents appears on one of the brads. What are they doing in the picture?
  • Which Go-to Gal had the headache-inducing task of blowing the insides out of eggs for this issue?
  • Tell me – what does heat & stick powder do?
  • Fill-in-the-blank time! I say that Doodlebug Design’s Chunky Glitter could be classified as “_______________ in a ________.”
  • What idea is your favorite from this issue’s Tips, Tools, & Techniques column, and why?

Now for the fun part. Two winners will be randomly selected to win: 

  • The i-top Brad Maker and the Small, Medium and Large Punches and Brad Daddies from Imaginisce shown on page 94.





Now doesn’t that sound fun? There’s not much more to do before you are qualified to win! 

  • Send an e-mail with your answers to Put “TT&T Blog” in the subject line of your message. Please leave a comment on the blog, and let me know which prize puts a spring in your step!
  • Entries are due no later than midnight (MST) on Monday, March 8th. From the correct entries received, two winners will be selected at random and contacted via e-mail. Note: Due to the number of e-mails received, I’m unable to respond to each message individually. Please know that I do read your comments and totally appreciate your participation. Thanks!

So…What are you waiting for? 

Can’t wait to see your answers!

Holly Mills

Everyone has their personal style that is unique to them and helps them feel their best. Feng Shui. Clean, modern lines. Chic and feminine. But the one thing that we all need every now and then is inspiration.  

Last week the Paper Crafts team was privileged to tour Doodlebug Design’s new headquarters. Sure, we wowed and drooled over their latest products, but there was something extra special about their building. After several minutes I realized Doodlebug had caught on to that special equation: inspiring workplace = inspired product.  

While comparing the new Doodlebug offices to my humble cubicle isn’t exactly apples to apples, I left our tour dreaming of transforming my personal workspace into something more conducive to creative production. And then I started to wonder: how many of us are inspired by our work environments? My work environment is where I’m toiling away to make a small contribution to the world. It’s where I brainstorm, talk, fester and muse. But do I receive aesthetic nourishment from this place? Does my workspace help me be at the top of my creative game?   

Honestly, I have some work ahead of me. But I feel excited to start designing my space. Even the planning and brainstorming is inspiring. For me, doing the research and discovering so many great web sites and ideas is half the fun. I’m transferring ideas back and forth between what would work best at home vs. at the office. There are so many possibilities. But one tip that is universal to an inspiring workspace and a challenge in the crafting world is: UNCLUTTER.  

I love the blue theme in the office supplies and accessories courtesy of

Check out how clean and organized this craft room is courtesy of

I’m digging these chic clipboards courtesy of

The floral backdrop on the cubicle walls is very inspiring courtesy of

Of course, having an inspiring space doesn’t need to be confined only to where we leave the blood, sweat and tears of our craft creations. Why not find inspiration everywhere? Not only can we decorate our homes and offices to be more inspiring, but we can also open our eyes more and pay attention the inspiration the world has to offer. After all, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer  

That said, here’s some sweet web sites to help with the inspiration quest:  

Remember, we create in the kitchen, craft room, cubicle, car and even on napkins at the restaurant. Our minds are always working. Whatever space you create in, let it be an inspiring one!  

Keep smiling!

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Kelly’s Royal Stamping Jackpot post!  

Colleen (Feb. 26, 12:32 p.m.)  

“My love affair with stamps started a couple of years ago. I needed a treat for the kids’ school and I wanted it to be packaged up pretty…years later…still loving stamps and…the treats!”  

Congrats, Colleen! You’ve won our 2010 Stamping Royalty prize package, plus the five stamp sets we featured in our “Say it with Stamps” section of Stamp It! Cards! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all of you (almost 700!) 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!

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson

Wild blackberries have fully ripened and been kissed by the sun around here. Every year we go out along the Sacramento River banks and bring home these delicious berries for shakes and cobblers. I just finished making our last batch of our favorite strawberry jam and it’s tucked away in our freezer to be enjoyed during the long winter months.

Another favorite around our little home is fresh berry trifle! I layered cake, whipping cream and scrumptious raspberries, strawberries and blackberries in a beautiful trifle bowl for our family to enjoy after dinner the other night. If you haven’t ever made a trifle, you’ve got to try this yummy dessert! 

And speaking of these cute little plump berries… they are EVERYWHERE in our paper crafting world as well!  

KI Memories Strawberry Fields paper

KI Memories Strawberry Fields paper

Doodlebug Tutti Frutti Brads

Doodlebug Tutti Frutti Brads

Basic Grey Bling It Accents

BasicGrey Bling It Accents

4.	Sizzix Die-cuts

Sizzix Die-cuts

Sassafras Lass Accents

Sassafras Lass Accents

Cosmo Cricket Cherry Pie paper

Cosmo Cricket Cherry Pie paper

One of my favorites in the Green Thumb stamp set from Papertrey Ink. Oh, how I love the crisp image of the strawberry! 

I used this cute berry to create this card to give to friends and neighbors with a jar of jam and a warm loaf of bread. I love bringing warmth to those around with me with a little handmade gift and card! 

So, with all of these berry-inspired products and berries spilling over at the farmer’s markets and fruit stands, I would love to hear what your favorite berry is and why!

Have a “berry” wonderful day!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

What an exciting week we’re having! Yesterday we announced the Top 20 in our Gallery Idol competition and today we’re announcing the five winners from our CC7 blog hop last Friday! Is everyone sitting down? Okay, here we go… the five lucky winners are:

1. Lorie (June 28, 8:59 a.m.)

I absolutely love Kim Hughes’ Lily of the Valley card. The colors, stitching and design make it so comforting.

2. Winter (June 27, 8:33 p.m.)

Wow, this is hard to choose! All of them are great, but the one that really caught my eye was Kim Kesti’s apron card! I just really love the fabric! Y’all have picked some great cards for your magazine! Thanks for the inspriation from the blog hop!

3. Isabel Z (June 27, 7:02 a.m.)

This was so much fun hopping from blog to blog and seeing all of the amazing cards–such a talented group of women. It was almost impossible to pick a favorite, but since I have to, I will go with Dawn’s card. I have always admired Dawn McVey’s style. Her card is stunning–the use of color, simplicity, embellishments, layering–beautiful.

4. cheryl f yelverton (June 26, 10:11 p.m.)

My favorite card on the blog hop was Kim Hughes’ sympathy card with the white flowers and the handstitched stem. It was so sweet, yet elegant. Thanks for all the fun and inspiration. ~ms.cheryl

5. itskrista (June 26, 12:54 p.m.)

I have to say Sherry Wright’s card has got to be my favorite. I just loved those colors together. Oh, but I loved Kim Hughes’ too. Such sweet details. Oh my, I loved them all. Such fabulous work! Such inspiration!

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a prize package that contains a copy of Card Creations, Volume 7 and an amazing paper collection from Doodlebug Design, Autumn Leaves, Anna Griffin, SEI and Sassafras Lass. I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Until your packages arrive, here’s another look at your winnings!

If you didn’t win here, make sure to head on over to Moxie Fab World to see if you’re one of Cath’s five winners! You’ll also want to check back with our 15 designers to see if you’ve won any of the CC7 issues that are up for grabs!

Happy blog hopping (again!)

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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