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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! Hopefully you’ve heard a few good things about our new special issue Go-to Sketches. If you’re still curious about what this magazine is all about, it’s essentially 162 pages spotlighting 282 projects, inspired by 66 sketches. Got that? 

To add to all that fun, each Paper Crafts Go-to Gal has their own section (complete with a one-page introduction!) that features projects made from each of their 11 new sketches. And as Matt pointed out yesterday, the fun part about creating this issue was shooting everything on white. The result: 282 projects and 66 sketches that “pop” off the page! 

So are you ready for Go-to Sketches Week? Once again we’re partnering with creative editor Cath Edvalson and her Moxie Fab World blog to bring you five days of sketch-filled fun. In addition, because our Go-to Gals are featured so prominently in this issue, all six of them will be involved in our very special promotional week. I’d love to spill the beans, but I’m sworn to secrecy! It’s going to be THAT cool! 

In honor of Easter this weekend, I thought I would share a “hoppy” project from the pages of Go-to Sketches. The talented Heidi Van Laar created this adorable Easter Basket Card from one of Betsy Veldman’s sketches. To download the pattern for this card, please click HERE

Heidi Van Laar's Easter Basket Card can be found on p. 114.

Isn’t that just about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? And because I believe grown-ups should have Easter baskets too, I’ve got a few goodies to put in yours! Leave a comment telling me your favorite Easter candy and I’ll pick three winners to receive a fun paper collection from A Muse Artstamps, Pink Paislee’s Vintage Pop stamp set, a Paper Crafts Connection button AND a copy of Go-to Sketches! The Easter Bunny is feeling very generous this year! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, April 4. 

Three lucky winners will take home this fun prize package!

Happy Easter!
Kelly 

P.S. Between now and Sunday, April 4, you can purchase Go-to Sketches through our online store and save 20%! Click HERE to buy your copy!

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and crossed a few things off their Christmas to-do list. Unfortunately, I did not keep my promise of putting up my tree and holiday decor. I’ve been sick most of the weekend, so I spent many hours rotating between bed, couch and another room, which will remain nameless. Enough said.

Let’s move on to our three winners from November’s Gallery Challenge! These three ladies not only aced our holiday treat containers theme, but they also showed us how easy it is to incorporate your paper crafting supplies into holiday gift wrap. Let’s meet our three winners!

Winner #1 – Heidi Van Laar: 

I love how the two birds are talking to each other in Heidi's Joy Bag and Tag.

Winner #2 – Beth Matson:

And we just loved the originality of Beth's Reindeer Noses Treat Bags. Per bag she included eight chocolate Whoppers for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. And then one cherry sour for Rudolph.

Winner #3 – Ashley Newell:

And who wouldn't want to see Ashley's elegant gift box under their tree?

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

Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We just launched our December Gallery Challenge! Since we know you’ve all been working on them, we want to see you best Christmas card designs! For inspiration, please turn to the Symbols of the Season and All Creatures Great & Small features in our November/December 2009 issue. This three-week challenge will run through midnight (MDT) on Monday, Dec. 28. Click HERE for all the details!

Here’s hoping my Monday is better than my Sunday!
Kelly

It’s time to announce the two winners from my Santa, Owls & Mice – Oh My! post. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Lynn Ghahary (Dec. 4, 11:39 a.m.)
2. Lisa Petrella (Dec. 4, 10:02 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! Each of you has won an assortment of American Crafts Blue Skies collection. I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I hope everyone had a spooktacular Halloween! Here at the office, we had so much fun channeling our inner bride of Frankenstein. If you missed the pictures we posted on our Facebook fan page, we also shared them on the blog HERE. (By the way, if you’re not a member of the Paper Crafts and Moxie Fab World fan pages, what are you waiting for? Click on the links to join today!)

Like I mentioned on Saturday, we were blown away by all the projects submitted to our Halloween-themed October Gallery Challenge! Narrowing the field to three winners was almost impossible, but in the spirit of Halloween, these three designs put us under their magical spell!

Winner #1 – Stephanie Jake:

We loved Stephanie Jake's clean and graphic Happy Fright Night Card!

Winner #2 – Aga:

And Aga's gorgeous Quilled Spider Card was just too pretty to pass up!

Winner #3 – Heidi Van Laar:

And Heidi Van Laar's Yikes Card was just the right amount of spooky!

Congratulations, ladies! Each of you has won either a one-year subscription or the special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes. If you’re interested in seeing all 469 projects from the October challenge, please visit our gallery HERE.

Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We just launched our November Gallery Challenge! Since the holidays are rapidly approaching, we want to see your most festive treat containers – gift bags, canisters, food wraps, etc. For inspiration, please turn to The Heart of Christmas feature in our November/December 2009 issue. This three-week challenge will run through midnight (MDT) on Monday, Nov. 23. Click HERE for all the details!

Happy Monday!
Kelly

It’s time to announce the three winners from Friday’s Mischief Night post. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Yvonne C. (Oct. 30, 9:08 a.m.)
2. Rachel B. (Oct. 30, 7:41 a.m.)
3. Karen S. (Oct. 30, 2:53 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! Each of you will receive Cosmo Cricket’s Haunted collection. I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Cath Edvalson

Cath Edvalson

Yesterday, Kelly announced the theme of our September Gallery Ghallenge: Clean & Graphic. If you may recall, you have until Monday, September 28 to give it a try.

We did a whole big feature on the clean & graphic style in our September/October 2009 issue, and maybe you’ve had a chance to give it a look-see. Here are some great examples from the Graphically Speaking feature:

Circle Graphic Thanks Card by Kimberly Crawford

Circle Graphic Thanks Card by Kimberly Crawford, p. 51

Caption: G Thanks Card by Heidi Van Laar, p. 49

G Thanks Card by Heidi Van Laar, p. 49

Thank You Dots Card by Angie Hagist, p. 56

Thank You Dots Card by Angie Hagist, p. 56

These three cards are perfect examples of the clean & graphic style. Why? Because they have all incorporated white space, clean lines and simple treatment of text.

The best part? Clean & graphic cards tend to be the least time-consuming to make because they are, in essence, simple. In fact, every single card in our Graphically Speaking feature can be made in 5 steps or less…many in just three!

Here are some more clean & graphic cards that I found in the blogosphere to get your creative juices flowing:

Note how simple Kalyn Kepner has treated the elements on this card. Simple color scheme, simple design, simple treatment of text.

Flower Hi Card by Kalyn Kepner

Note how simple Kalyn Kepner has treated the elements on this card. Simple color scheme, simple design and simple treatment of text.

Graphic Halloween set by Teri Anderson

Boo Treat Bag and Tag by Teri Anderson

I love this Halloween gift set by Teri Anderson. Again, it meets our three basic requirements: white space, clean lines and simple treatment of text.

Gift Bag by Kim Hughes

School Days Bag by Kim Hughes

This gift bag by Kim Hughes is super clean & graphic because it plays on the simplest of shapes: the circle. It’s graphic because she’s repeated the circle in interesting patterns while varying the colors, and it’s clean because she’s used a lot of white space.

Are you ready to give it a try? We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Click HERE for more examples and explanations of the clean & graphic style and HERE for the details of our Clean & Graphic Gallery Challenge!

Enjoying the calm in all that white space,
Cath

P.S. It’s time to announce the two winners from Kelly’s Freebie Friday – Endless Summer post! Here they are:

1. Kristen (Sept. 5, 10:11 a.m.)
2. Tanna (Sept. 4, 11:19 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a fun Cosmo Cricket prize package! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P.P.S. Guess whose birthday it is today? Yep, our very own Go-to Gal (and queen of the clean & graphic style) Kim Kesti! Stop by her blog and give her some birthday love!

Kelly
P. Kelly Smith

Okay, friends! I know it’s a bit delayed but we finally have the list of the Gallery Idol Top 10! As always, it was a close race but these 10 gals received the most votes in our around the house-themed card challenge. Here they are in no particular order:

Finalist 1: Jo Kill's Sometimes Life Sucks...Card

Finalist 1: Jo Kill's Sometimes Life Sucks...Card

Finalist 2: Rae Barthel's Sweet Dreams Card

Finalist 2: Rae Barthel's Sweet Dreams Card

Finalist 3: Heidi Van Laar's Party Card

Finalist 3: Heidi Van Laar's Party Card

Finalist 4: Lizze Jones's Right at Home Card

Finalist 4: Lizzie Jones' Right at Home Card

Finalist 5: Tessa Wise's The Right Pair of Boots Card

Finalist 5: Tessa Wise's The Right Pair of Boots Card

Finalist 6: Carla Peicheff's Kind, Loving, Hugs Card

Finalist 6: Carla Peicheff's Kind, Loving, Hugs Card

Finalist 8: Debbie Nicholas' U Make My World Go Round Card

Finalist 7: Debbie Nicholas' U Make My World Go Round Card

Finalist 9: Belinda Chang's Thanks Laptop Card

Finalist 8: Belinda Chang's Thanks Laptop Card

Finalist 10: Chris Severs' Hello from the Heart Card

Finalist 9: Chris Severs' Hello from the Heart Card

Finalist 10: Shanna Vineyard's Mixed with Love Card

Finalist 10: Shanna Vineyard's Mixed with Love Card

Congratulations, ladies! By making it into our Top 10, you’ve each won a free special issue and this fantastic prize package, courtesy of BasicGrey!

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Top 10 Prize Package: BasicGrey's June Bug collection, plus free special issue.
Top 10 Prize Package: BasicGrey’s June Bug collection, plus a free special issue.

Top 10, are you ready for the next theme? Round 3’s theme is… buttons! Whether you create borders, layer them or fashion beautiful button flowers, we want to see your creative and unique uses for BUTTONS! The deadline for submissions is next Monday, July 20 at 9 a.m. (MST). All “Button” cards must be posted to our gallery by this time. Voting for Round 3 will begin at noon!

Best of luck, Top 10!
Kelly

P.S. Since it’s Freebie Friday, I simply can’t blog without giving away a prize. To go along with Gallery Idol’s next button bonanza of a theme, I’m giving away an assortment of fabulously colored buttons from Papertrey Ink. To be entered to win, leave a comment telling me your favorite use for buttons. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Monday, July 20. I’ll announce the five winners (each person will receive two bags of buttons) on Tuesday’s blog.

Five lucky winners will recieve an assortment of buttons from Papertrey Ink.

Five lucky winners will receive an assortment of buttons from Papertrey Ink!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! I hope everyone has enjoyed this exciting week on our blog. From Gallery Idol voting to Go-to Gal spotlighting, there’s been a huge outpouring of love and support for our designers. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what makes this addiction hobby so great?

Thanks so much for embracing Kim Kesti and Kim Hughes as our next Go-to Gals. The “Kims” are full of energy, creativity and their own special brand of magic – just like the four other ladies we have yet to announce. Make sure you check back here next Tuesday and Thursday for the next set of Go-to Gal spotlights!

Should we get to the results of the first round of Gallery Idol? It was definitely a close race, but these 15 gals received the most votes in our wedding-themed card challenge. Here they are in no particular order:

Finalist 1: Jo Kills Best Wedding Wishes Card

Finalist 1: Jo Kill's Best Wedding Wishes Card

Finalist 2: Lizzie Jones So Happy for You Card

Finalist 2: Lizzie Jones' So Happy for You Card

Finalist 3: Ashley Newells Newlywed Monogram Card

Finalist 3: Ashley Newell's Newlywed Monogram Card

Finalist 4: Heidi Van Laars Always & Forever Card

Finalist 4: Heidi Van Laar's Always & Forever Card

Finalist 5: Tessa Wises Fairytale Wedding Card

Finalist 5: Tessa Wise's Fairytale Wedding Card

Finalist 6: Belinda Changs Happily Ever After Silhouette Card

Finalist 6: Belinda Chang's Happily Ever After Silhouette Card

Finalist 7: Laura Craigies True Love Card

Finalist 7: Laura Craigie's True Love Card

Finalist 8: Carla Peicheffs Mr. & Mrs. Card

Finalist 8: Carla Peicheff's Mr. & Mrs. Card

Finalist 9: Shanna Vineyards I Do... Always & Forever Card

Finalist 9: Shanna Vineyard's I Do... Always & Forever Card

Finalist 10: Rae Barthels Congrats Card

Finalist 10: Rae Barthel's Wedding Cake-Shaped Card

Finalist 12: Chris Severs Live Your Wedded Bliss Card

Finalist 11: Chris Severs' Live Your Wedded Bliss Card

Finalist 13: Beatriz Jennings Our Special Day

Finalist 12: Beatriz Jennings' Our Special Day Card

Finalist 13: Debbie Nicoloas Happily Ever After Card

Finalist 13: Debbie Nicholas' Happily Ever After Card

Finalist 14: Vanessa Menhorns Wedding Cake Card

Finalist 14: Vanessa Menhorn's Wedding Cake Card

Finalist 15: Candice Cruz Laughter Wedding Card

Finalist 15: Candice Cruz' Laughter Wedding Card

Congratulations, ladies! By making it into our Top 15, you’ve each won a free special issue and this fantastic prize package, courtesy of American Crafts:

Top 15 Prize Package: American Crafts' Craft Fair collection, plus free special issue.

Top 15, are you ready for the next theme? Round 2’s theme is… incorporating household items! So we want to see cards featuring chairs, frames, bird cages, lamps, kitchen utensils, pillows, chandeliers, teapots, appliances, dishes, tables, etc. The deadline for submissions is next Monday, July 13 at 9 a.m. (MST). All “Around the House” cards must be posted to our gallery by this time. Voting for Round 2 will begin at noon!

Best of luck, Top 15!
Kelly

P.S. Since it’s Freebie Friday, I’m contractually obligated to give away free prizes. 🙂 To go along with Gallery Idol’s next theme of household items, I’m giving away three sets of Cosmo Cricket’s Early Bird Crafting Kit and Ready-Set-Chipboard, which features cute toasters, kitchen utensils, etc. To be entered to win, leave a comment telling me your most cherished household item. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, July 12. I’ll announce the three winners on Monday’s blog.

Three lucky winners will take home this prize package!

Three lucky winners will take home this prize package!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Alisa’s Dimensional Technique post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Bev (July 8, 9:49 p.m.)
2. Maureen W. (July 9, 2:27 a.m.)
3. Pam K (July 8, 12:19 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of Paper Crafts 101! I’ll be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Sounds like everyone enjoyed our CC7 blog hop last week. Thanks so much for supporting our fabulous designers who all came together to bring you 15 different, yet very engaging blogs. All in all, I’d say it was a huge success!

Make sure you check back with us tomorrow to see who took home the 10 amazing prize packages we featured last Friday. I will be announcing five winners here and Cath will be announcing five winners on Moxie Fab World. You’ll also want to visit the blogs of our 15 designers to see if you won a free copy of Card Creations, Volume 7. This special issue is bursting with creativity and inspiration – just like our newly appointed Gallery Idol Top 20!

Yes, the results are in! Summer can officially begin because the next four weeks are going to be hot, hot, hot! We were blown away by not only the amount of submissions, but the quality as well. This year for our “Open Auditions” round, 276 members submitted 1,254 birthday cards for 20 coveted spots! It was an agonizing decision, but we’re confident we got it right with this batch of talented gals who are ready to bring their “A” game. Would you like to meet them? Drum roll, please…

Finalist One: Chris Severs (chrys23)

Finalist One: Chris Severs (chrys23)

Lizzie Jones (Gallery Idol 2008)

Finalist Two: Lizzie Jones

Finalist 3: Heidi Vanlaar

Finalist Three: Heidi Van Laar

Finalist 4: Christine Penaflor

Finalist Four: Christine Penaflor (ca_scrappin)

Finalist 5: joey_73

Finalist Five: joey_73

Finalist 6: Tessa Wise

Finalist Six: Tessa Wise

Finalist 7: Natasha Trupp (trupptastic)

Finalist Seven: Natasha Trupp (trupptastic)

Finalist 9: shortcakescraps

Finalist Eight: Candice Cruz (ShortcakeScraps)

 

Finalist 9: Carla Peicheff (moraliaweblog)

Finalist 9: Carla Peicheff (moraliaweblog)

Finalist 10: Ashley Newell (anew19)
Finalist 10: Ashley Newell (anew19)
Finalist 10: Vanessa Menhorn (vanessa.1978)

Finalist 11: Vanessa Menhorn (vanessa.1978)

Finalist 12: Beatriz Jennings

Finalist 12: Beatriz Jennings

Finalist 13: Ashley Harris (ashersjane)

Finalist 13: Ashley Harris (ashersjane)

Finalist 14: Lucy, England

Finalist 14: Lucy, England

Finalist 15: Debbie (countryheartandhome)

Finalist 15: Debbie (countryheartandhome)

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Finalist 16: luluinlove

Finalist 16: Shanna Vineyard

Finalist 17: Shanna Vineyard

Finalist 17: Belinda (dreamybg)

Finalist 18: Belinda (dreamybg)

 

Finalist 19: Rae Barthel

Finalist 19: Rae Barthel

Finalist 20: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (milkman2007)

Finalist 20: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (milkman2007)

Congrats, Top 20! Since all of you made it this far, here’s a sneak peek at your prize package, courtesy of:

Top 20 Prize Package: Cosmo Crickets Early Bird collection, plus free current issue.

Top 20 Prize Package: Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection, plus free current issue.

Top 20, we absolutely loved all of your birthday creations and can’t wait to see what you come up with for round one. We thought long and hard about the theme and since summer has officially arrived, so has the season of weddings! The theme for round one is weddings! The deadline is next Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m. All wedding cards must be posted to our gallery by this time. I’ll be e-mailing you in the next couple of days to go over the specifics for posting and answer any questions you might have. It’s time to start to creating!

Hopefully you’re hearing wedding bells!
Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Susan’s Lucky Card Creations 7 post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Kathy Kohner (June 25, 10:41 a.m.)
2. Carol (June 26, 10:53 a.m.)
3. Pat S. (June 25, 8:43 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of CC7 and a GCD Studios/SIStv prize package! I’ll be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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