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Kim Hughes

Kim Hughes

Hello, friends! World Card Making Day is drawing near…have you made plans for this special day yet? I will be teaching at Scrapbooks to Remember in Anthem, AZ, which I’m beyond excited about. I hope to see some of you there! I’m also hosting a fashion/home decor challenge at Ellen Hutson’s CLASSroom blog, which is where I post a technique-based class every Wednesday. Please come say “hi”!

I will also be contributing a card to the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. They are a Canadian-based magazine that is found in local scrapbook stores and can also be seen online. That’s the wonderful thing about “World” Card Making Day…it’s a day where friends and strangers from around the globe can come together and enjoy what they love…creating heartfelt cards.

This is a great time to get ready for the holiday card-making season. Mass producing holiday cards can be an intimidating task, but there are ways to make your experience an enjoyable one:

  • Creating a card that is flat, light weight and standard size (4 ¼” x 5 ½”) makes it easier and more cost-effective to mail.
  • Additional postage is required for square and odd-shaped envelopes. 
  • You will also need to add postage for ribbon knots and even the tiniest of brads. (Be prepared because this can add a lot to your cost, especially if you are mailing a ton of cards. Might want to rethink that delicious bow!)
I designed this holiday card specifically with mass producing it in mind.

I designed this holiday card specifically with mass producing it in mind.

  • Get your children involved and design a card that uses punches (I used a large circle, snowflake and small folk heart punches). 
  • Create an assembly line by pre-cutting/punching papers and let your family lend a helping hand. 

I used papers from the Merry Days of Christmas collection by My Mind’s Eye. I like using a holiday paper collection because the colors coordinate perfectly. The Cold & Cuddly stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is absolutely adorable, and it can be used year after year (use the bear or walrus to create a different card entirely).

Santas Holiday Cheer Card is only five steps and perfect for mass producing!

Santa's Holiday Cheer Card is only five steps and perfect for mass producing!

This card was published in the recent Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4 and is easy to replicate. Just cut two slits in a square and add black paper through it to create Santa’s belt. The base papers are by Core’dinations cardstock and the sentiment can easily be created with a bracket die cut. Just stamp a holiday sentiment and add a jingle bell accent.

If you are digital savvy, add special touches to your family photo and use them as your holiday card. Many photo-developing stores offer great printing rates during the holidays. You just have to shop around!

When designing a card to mass produce, use the K.I.S.S. method (Keep It Simple Silly). Keep layers to the minimum and purchase embellishments that come in multiple packs, if possible. That’s a big reason why stamped cards are ideal – you can use the stamps over and over again. You can assemble them while cropping with friends or sitting in front of the television. I love the feeling that I get when they are all completed and sent, don’t you?

I have a fun giveaway today! Two winners will each take home a GCD Studios paper pad, two packages of their die cut chipboard and a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4 (which is my favorite special publication this year). Please tell me if you make your own holiday cards and about how many you send out. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, Oct. 2.

Two lucky winners will each receive this prize package!

Two lucky winners will each receive this prize package!

Let the holiday card-making begin!

Kim Hughes,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. Make sure you hop on over to Cath’s Moxie Fab World blog! Today on her world tour of card-making, she’s spotlighting cards from the Dominican Republic, Japan, Morocco, the Phillipines, Puerto Rico and Singapore!

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Susan R. Opel

Susan R. Opel

When it comes to celebrating, the Paper Crafts office is the place to be! From birthdays to Halloween to National Pink Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Super Bowl Sunday, we’re always ready for a reason to party! (Although, if you’re like us, you never need a reason to party!)

It seems only fitting then that we’ve created our very own worldwide holiday to celebrate our passion and yours – World Card Making Day!

We’d love to celebrate with you, too, (at least in spirit)! And since we love to plan parties, there are tons of great ideas of ways to spend your day HERE at the World Card Making Day web site. (Remember: it’s not too late to plan a whole day of fun-filled celebration!)

Heres some celebratory highlights from the Paper Crafts team.

Here's some celebratory highlights from the Paper Crafts team.

If you are a complete over-achiever and have all of your Christmas cards done or you’re a total procrastinator and just don’t feel like getting started yet, you could spend your day looking for inspiration online by visiting inspiring blogs on our blog tour. Cozy up at home in your jammies and fall into creative nirvana with bloggers from all over the world.

Whatever you do this Saturday, just take some time to enjoy the very essence of World Card Making Day. Creating, giving, celebrating, and sharing – it doesn’t get any better than that!

I have some fun KI Memories stickers, paper pads and copies of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4 to give away to two commenters who tell me a fun and wacky holiday they celebrate or share an unusual holiday tradition. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Two lucky winners will each take home this prize pacakge!

Two lucky winners will each take home this prize pacakge!

C’mon, let’s celebrate!
Susan

P.S. Make sure you hop on over to Cath’s Moxie Fab World blog! Today on her world tour of card-making, she’s spotlighting cards from Australia and the United Kingdom! G’day, mate!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Thanks for joining us as we officially countdown to our fourth annual World Card Making Day on Saturday, Oct. 3. I already feel the love and support for this holiday. Last Friday I left the comment prompt: “Why do you think card-making has such an universal appeal?” Here’s a few of my favorite comments:

“I can’t imagine there is anyone in this wide world of ours that doesn’t enjoy receiving a handmade card that let’s them know that they matter to someone.” ~Mary Lou

“It’s something that everybody can do no matter their age, income or skill level. It comes from the heart and is always appreciated. Cards are like little kisses. They’re little packages of happiness.” ~Sheila

“I think card-making has such a universal appeal because deep down all of us have times when we’ve needed a little pick-me-up from a friend and I think all of us hope, that at some time, we can be that for someone else when they need it – cards are a simple but effective way to say you’re thinking of someone – no matter what the occasion.” ~Cathy

And since we’re all about sharing the love of card-making, we’re once again partnering with creative editor Cath Edvalson and her Moxie Fab World blog. Today on her worldwide tour of card-making, she’s featuring some beautiful cards from Europe. Make sure you find a comfy seat on the”Moxie Fab Express” because each day this week she’ll be taking you to new countries and introducing you to cards and designers you’ve never seen before! Who knew stamping your passport could be so easy!

Today I have the opportunity to spotlight the UK-based magazine PaperCraft inspirations. I got the chance to pick the brain of one of their willing staff members, a Miss Jennifer Phin. Even though our magazines are literally worlds apart, I was surprised by her answers to my questionnaire. Card-making really is an universal hobby that bridges all cultures, languages and people. So without further ado (what a nice British word!), let’s go inside the pages of England’s PaperCraft inspirations!

Heres PaperCraft inspirations November 2009 cover.

Here's PaperCraft inspirations' November 2009 cover.

1. What is PaperCraft inspirations magazine?

PaperCraft inspirations is the UK’s best selling card magazine! As well as lots of card projects for our readers to try, we share paper crafting tips, tricks, inspirations and the latest craft products.
 
2. What types of projects does your publication predominantly feature? Cards? Scrapbook Layouts/Mini Albums? Gift Wrap? Home décor?

We focus mainly on cards of all kinds ­– paper pieced, 3D, pop-up, stamped and more! But we also regularly feature gift boxes, tags and wrapping, as well as scrapbooking ideas.

3. What occasions do your readers like to paper craft the most?

Birthdays and Christmas are the major occasions for card makers, but we know that our readers also make cards to say “Congratulations”, “Good luck”, “Thanks”, and “Get well”. In our recent survey, we discovered that on average our readers make a whopping 226 cards every year!

Heres an cute example of a card that appears in PaperCraft inspirations.

Here's a cute example of a card that appears in PaperCraft inspirations.

4. What techniques are your readers most interested in?

Our readers love to learn new techniques; we have a Master Class every issue to introduce them to more specialized areas of paper crafting. They also enjoy using our free templates to make layered and paper pieced cards, and are mad about stamping, stickers and decoupage, too!

5. What differences in style do you notice between UK readers and American readers? How are they similar?

We think UK and American crafters have very similar tastes and passions – in fact, we’ve heard from some readers here who have crafty pen pals in the U.S.! They swap cards and ATCs and really enjoy sharing tips.
 
6. Would you say card making has risen in popularity in the United Kingdom?

Card making has always been popular; the difference now is that crafters have access to more exciting new products thanks to the Internet and specialist stores like HobbyCraft. Crafting groups and clubs have definitely become more popular, which has played a big part in making the craft community more visible.
 
7. Why do you think paper crafting has such universal appeal?

Handmade cards are such a personal way to send special messages – we know that our creations will be cherished for years to come. Every creation is unique, low-budget and given with love – what could be better?
 
8. How will your publication be celebrating World Card Making Day on Saturday, Oct. 3?

We trumpeted the good news of World Card Making Day in our October issue, so we hope our readers will be joining in by making cards with friends and family, visiting the official web site and generally crafting their socks off!

9. Why is it important to have a holiday that commemorates paper crafting?

Everyday life is so busy with work, kids and chores that it’s important to take time to celebrate the skill and talent of card makers, and to dedicate a little time to our favorite hobby. Giving over a whole day to crafting might feel quite decadent to many card makers, but – hey! – we deserve it.

I couldn’t agree more, Jennifer! Thanks so much for sharing your magazine with us and answering some of our burning questions. We wish everyone in England a very merry World Card Making Day!

Are you ready for today’s giveaway? I was blown away when Jennifer revealed that PaperCraft inspirations readers make 226 cards each year! I love to hear how many you make a year (rough estimate, please). Leave a comment and I’ll randomly pick two people to win Dream Street Papers’ Wonderland and Angel Heart collections, PaperTrey Ink’s Polka Dot Basics stamp set and a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Two lucky winners will each take home this prize pacakge!

Two lucky winners will each take home this prize package!

Happy Monday!
Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from my Freebie Friday – Countdown to World Card Making Day post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Tina B. (Sept. 25, 10:17 a.m.)
2. Jaquelyn (Sept. 26, 1:26 p.m.)
3. Amber (Sept. 25, 6:11 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

Holiday Cards & More Week is a little slice of early holiday heaven for me.

I’m the one who keeps my Christmas playlist on my iPod all year long (I’ve also been overheard humming carols in May). I also just bought two new ornaments last weekend for our Christmas tree. And it’s only August, but I’m already working on a few ideas for neighborhood and teacher gifts for Christmas.

Seriously, I think there must be at least one branch of elf DNA in my family tree.

Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 4 has an entire section of handmade gifts, and the elf in me wants to make cookies for this canister by Wendy Sue Anderson for my daughter’s teacher: 

Mmmmm...some holiday cookies and peppermint wishes!

Mmmmm...some holiday cookies and peppermint wishes!

Alicia Thelin came up with the perfect combination of fun, cute and simple for my neighbor gifts this year: 

Whip these up assembly-line style and youll have neighbor gifts in no time at all!

Whip these up assembly-line style and you'll have neighbor gifts in no time at all!

But vintage (especially the retro-ish 50s era) always gets me, so I’ve got to jump right into this adorable tin by Anabelle O’Malley

A retro Santa with vintage style makes this tin and tag set something extra special

A retro Santa with vintage style makes this tin something extra special.

If vintage is your thing too, you need to know that Cath is having some vintage fun (with shabby chic thrown in for good measure) over at Moxie Fab World today. Stop in and say hi, maybe even take on her vintage/shabby chic design challenge. Tell her I sent you!

Yep, thanks to the Holiday Cards & More Week celebration here at Paper Crafts Connection, I’m totally in the early holiday spirit. If you’re like me and want to get a jump start on inspiration for the holidays, hop on over to our online store HERE and get your very own copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 4 because it goes on sale TODAY…for 10% off! All this week! REALLY!

Or, if you’re feeling especially lucky, go ahead and leave a comment and let me know what kind of cookies you make around the holidays. I’ll pick three random winners to receive a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 4 PLUS a great prize package from Stampin’ Up! that you can use to make Alicia’s cute project shown above.

Hearing sleigh bells already,
Jennifer

P.S. Need some inspiration? Check out the CREATE gallery at the World Card Making Day web site. It’s growing by leaps and bounds, and October 3 will be here before you know it!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! It may only be August, but I’m suddenly in the mood to decorate my Christmas tree while sipping eggnog and listening to Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song”.

Hmm… I wonder where this surge of holiday cheer is coming from? Oh, yeah, now I remember… We just got our crisp new copies of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4! Get ready to join me in singing those carols!

Hitting newsstands on August 25, we’re bringing you another spectacular issue with 292 holiday creations bursting with paper perfection. Discover creative new ideas for holiday cards, seasonal home décor, gift wrap and festive party ensembles for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s.

To coincide with its release date, all next week we’ll be giving you a sneak peek of our fourth (and my favorite!) volume of Holidays Cards & More.  

In addition to all the fun we’ll be having here, we’re partnering with creative editor Cath Edvalson and her Moxie Fab World blog. Both sites will be doing daily giveaways, as well as spotlighting projects from this festive issue.

Between today and August 28, you can buy Holiday Cards and More for 10% off. Click on the magazine image to reserve your copy today!

Between today and August 28, you can buy HCM, Vol. 4 for 10% off. Click on the magazine image to reserve your copy today!

Next week on Paper Crafts Connection:

Magazine Monday – Designer spotlight on the talented Jennifer Beason. We knew people would be talking about the unbelievably detailed nutcracker (seen on the cover), so we decided to go right to the source and interview the artist behind this masterpiece. We’ll also show two additional projects from the home decor section of Holiday Cards & More. And if you’re a fan of Pink Paislee (and who isn’t?), you won’t want to miss this fantastic giveaway!

Tuesday – It’s never too early to start on those holiday gifts! Editor-in-chief Jennifer Schaerer will spotlight three projects from the gifts section and give away some merry and bright product from Stampin’ Up!

With the Pros WednesdayPaper Crafts Pro Wendy Johnson will show you how easy it is to wrap your gifts in style as she features projects from the gift wrap section. Her adorable gift tag can literally be made in four steps! And you guessed it, there’s another fun giveaway up for grabs!

Thursday – Creative editor Cath Edvalson will join me in dressing the Christmas tree as she spotlights our ornaments section. If you’re feeling the pinch of the economy, we’ll show you how to make your own beautiful ornaments that you’ll treasure for years to come. And to aid you in your quest, we’re giving away some very cool product!

Freebie Friday – With over 100 fabulous card designs in this special issue, I’ll share some of my favorites! So whether you like to stamp, you’re into shabby or the clean and graphic look, I’ll give you a little taste of our diverse cards section. And since this is our fourth volume of Holiday Cards & More, I will award three winners a pretty fantastic prize package. But if random integer happens to draw your name as my fourth winner, well let’s just say that Christmas will be coming a little early for you!

So, are you ready for a little holiday cheer in August? I guarantee you’ll be humming along to Nat King Cole by week’s end!

Here’s to Holiday Cards & More Week!
Kelly

P.S. If some of you simply can’t wait for Monday, here’s a sneak peek at two cards that both feature My Mind’s Eye Snowed In collection.

Julia Staintons Merry & Bright Card

Julia Stainton's Merry & Bright Card

Rae Barthels Birdcage Seasons Greetings Card

Rae Barthel's Birdcage Season's Greetings Card

Like what you see? Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about the holidays. I’ll pick two winners to take home this versatile collection from My Mind’s Eye and a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4. All comments must be received by midnight on Sunday, August 23. I’ll announce the two winners on Monday when we officially kick off Holiday Cards & More Week!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Sue’s Prepartion Meets Opportunity post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Scrapcandy (August 19, 11:07 a.m.)
2. Jen Madsen (August 19, 9:21 p.m.)
3. Christine (August 19, 12:19 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! You each win a copy of Card Fashion! I’ll be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left so many comments!

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