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Sarie Smith

Christmas week is finally here! Are you excited? Are you ready? I’m one of those people who shops all year long to find the perfect gifts. For me the joy of Christmas is in watching the people I love be excited upon opening my gift. However, I married to my true opposite. He doesn’t like to shop for himself, let alone go figure out what someone else would like, so he procrastinates Christmas shopping until this week.

If you are like me, then you’re probably just counting down the hours until your dad or brother or child has that special how-did-you-know-I wanted-this smile spread across their face!

If you are like my husband, then you’re probably wishing you had a few more days to figure out your shopping list and then time to go out and find it all. So, I poked my head around the office to see what people were giving this year to give you some inspiration. 

  • For the book nerd: A bestseller book from this year and a personal bookmark. 
  • For the cowboy in your life: An awesome belt buckle.
  • For the little princess: A purse filled with goodies.
  • For the movie junkie: A movie basket with movies, treats, popcorn and drinks.
  • For the neighbors: Cookie cutters with sugar cookie mix.
  • For the one who has everything: A donation in their name to their favorite charity.
  • For the one who lives in the snow: A scarf and mittens, possibly tied up with some hot cocoa.
  • For the sporty boy: Any ball: football, basketball, soccer ball, etc. 
  • For the woman you appreciate: Jewelry – a nice necklace goes a long way.
  • For the moved-out child: A nice serving dish for special occasions.  
  • For the stockings: Batteries, postal stamps, gum, popcorn balls and nail polish.

Of course, all presents should be accompanied by a handmade card to show how much you care, but I’m sure you’re already all over that. If you have all of your shopping done and are feeling creative, try making cards that match the gift and the season. I just love Dawn McVey’s festive card from Holiday Cards &  More, Volume 4!

Wishes for Your Christmas Card by Dawn McVey

I wish you a wonderful week with family and friends. Merry Christmas and good luck!

Your Paper Crafts Intern,
Sarie Smith

P.S. And let’s not forget the perfect gift for the paper crafter in your life…Subscribe or renew your subscription to Paper Crafts at our special low rate and we’ll give a one-year gift subscription to a friend absolutely FREE! That’s two subscriptions for the price of one! This special holiday offer won’t last long…so click on over today! Offer valid in the U.S. only.

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kelly’s “Sweet” Holiday Memories post!

1. shyone (Dec. 18, 11:31 a.m.)
2. conniemelancon (Dec. 18, 7:59 p.m.)
3. Donna VW (Dec. 18, 6:47 a.m.)

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a fun holiday collection from Bo Bunny! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who shared their favorite holiday sweets!

Cath Edvalson

With Christmas a mere nine days away, you’ve got a Santa-sized list to make and check twice. I’m feeling your pain.  

That’s why we’ve made our Gallery Challenge elf-easy this month. The last thing we want to do is add another task to your list, so we’re focusing on a project you’re already working on—holiday cards. Since they’re already in the hopper, why not show them off?   

As a matter of fact, I’m super excited to show off these cards from our November/December issue as a way to get you inspired both to submit and to create, as the case may be.   

Jingle All the Way Card by Rae Barthel, p. 37

I love the way Rae has tied in the sheet music and the jingle bell to this card with a song as its title.   

Snowflake Happy Holidays Card by Patricia Komara, p. 41

Patricia’s gorgeous card has put a silver lining on all my Christmas dreams.   

Bright Be Merry Card by Wendy Sue Anderson, p. 38

Wendy Sue’s card puts the cute in Christmas!   

Whether you mailed your cards last week, and especially if, like me, you’re a procrastinator who hasn’t even started, we’d love to see your paper crafted holiday cards! Upload them HERE by Monday, Dec. 28 and you’ll not only be a contestant to win, but you’ll also see other inspiring cards that might get your juices flowing for those neighbor tags you still need to whip up, or for that special card for a certain someone you haven’t gotten around to just yet.   

Because at Paper Crafts, friends, inspiration is at the top of our list—and we’re definitely checking it twice!   

Good luck and have fun,

P.S. It may be Christmastime, but in Magazineland we’ve just concepted our July/August 2010 issue! Feel like submitting? We’re always on the lookout for fresh new projects from fresh new talent. Click HERE to see our exciting July/August 2010 Call for Submissions!

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