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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! I hope you’ve enjoyed our week-long blogiversary celebration. I’ve enjoyed reading all of your heartfelt comments this week and throughout the past year. And I do read each and every one! 

I love bringing you this blog five days a week, 52 weeks a year. Some might think that would be a daunting task. You have to run out of ideas sooner or later, right? Luckily, I’m constantly surrounded by inspiration. And since my introvert tendencies make me sit and stew over things, once an idea hits me, I immediately exclaim, “That could be a blog post!” And the rest is history… 

Since I shared my favorite blog posts with you on Monday, today I’d like to share some editor insights on a few of our more controversial posts. Because let’s face it, I know you all like a juicy story just as much as me! And with this full disclosure, I’ll share some of my favorite reader comments. Some of them were so laugh-out-loud funny, I immediately had to forward them on to the rest of the team. And within seconds, laughter could be heard erupting from our cubicles and nearby offices. There’s some colorful PC peeps out there! 

So, without further ado, here’s a few headline-making posts of 2009: 

1. Birthday Idol – April 29, 2009: In honor of Susan’s birthday last year, we decided to go with an American Idol theme since she loves the show and had just joined a rock ‘n roll band. Little did I know, but I apparently offended one of her die-hard fans by making this innocent comment: “Kelly Clarkson, eat your heart out! There’s a new Idol in town.” I assure you, as a fellow Texan and fan of Kelly’s music, I was not referring to her weight at all. I was merely suggesting that Susan was the new “Idol” in Paper Crafts land. 

2. Do You Like to Make Stuff – May, 26, 2009: Brandy had no idea what she was setting herself up for with this post. It began with her listing the things she likes to make: cookies, friends, cards, magazines, etc. The comment prompt to win a prize was: “What do you like to make?” Summer Braxton chimed in with: “I hope I don’t offend anyone…but I like to make whoopee with my husband…especially since he just got home from a year-long deployment.” (Summer, your comment was one I most definitely forwarded to the rest of the team! Thanks for the giggle!) 

3. Gallery Idol Top 10…Coming Soon – July 17, 2009: This is probably the most painful post I had to write last year. (See finalist Jo Kill’s card below. The sentiment reads: “Sometimes Life Sucks…” And it did that day!) Long story short, I was on vacation in San Diego and had to post the Top 10 results of our Gallery Idol competition. Our webmaster was suppose to e-mail me the results over the weekend, he forgot and the inmates turned on him. Despite the drama, I loved this comment from Shanna Vineyard, who I believe was about six months pregnant at the time: “Hey Kelly! Who’s the “Nameless” webmaster so we can all come lynch him/her???? Bwahahahahha! J/K!!!!!!” I’m sure it was the hormones talking, right Shanna? 

So there you have it! Just a few posts that definitely caught our attention in 2009. Hopefully in 2010 we’ll continue to bring you all the things you love, plus introduce some fun things you’ve never seen before! (And I’m sure they’ll be some juicy stories to tell a year from now!) 

Happy Friday!
Kelly 

P.S. I almost forgot today’s giveaway! As my blogiversary gift to you, leave a comment about absolutely anything and I’ll pick three winners to receive Karen Foster’s Simple Elegance Card Creations Kit and one of our new Betty t-shirts. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Feb. 7. 

Three lucky winners will take home this Karen Foster Design card kit and a Betty t-shirt!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kim Hughes’ Inspiration Journals post! 

1. Jamie Greene (Feb. 3, 6:56 a.m.)
2. Julie Campbell (Feb. 3, 8:30 a.m.)
3. Victoria S. (Feb. 3, 9:52 p.m.)
 

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a new BasicGrey collection and one of our Betty t-shirts. I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday and Paper Crafts latest installment of the trivia game I-Spy! If you’re a fan of the vintage look, then you’re going to love today’s giveaway!  

From frilly flowers and papers to bingo cards and pearl stick pins, this prize package will transport you back to Grandma’s cozy parlor. Get ready to play because I’m picking five winners this time! 

You must have a copy of our January/February 2010 issue in front of you. All questions will be directly related to this issue and this issue only. 

  

January/February I-Spy Questions: 

1. I spy designer Rae Barthel in our Paper Crafts Connection column. Name the five rounds of competition that earned her the title of 2009 Gallery Idol. 

2. I spy Cath’s Moxie Fabs column. In Stefanie Hamilton’s Everything I Am Card, what does the woman owe everything to?   

3. I spy our Paper Crafts 101 column. In one of Kim Hughes’ technique squares she braided floss to make sun rays. How many “rays” are there?  

4. I spy our brand new Color Play column. Name the four Bazzill cardstock colors Kim Kesti uses in her Groovy Love Card. 

5. I spy our Valentines for Everyone on Your List feature. What designer tip does Jo Kill suggest for her Love You Card? 

6. I spy our Marker Magic feature. Name the items hanging from the clothesline in Maren Benedict’s Let’s Hang Out Card. 

7. I spy at least three cards in our Vintage Valentines feature that incorporate stick pins. Name two of the cards. Hint: If they’re hard to spot, refer to the supply lists! 

8. I spy our 2010 Reader Survey. What prize will 20 random respondents win? (P.S. If you still haven’t completed the survey, you have until midnight (MST) on Saturday night!) 

9. I spy our Tips, Tools, & Techniques column. What increments do Marvy Uchida’s Mega, Giga and Extra Giga Punches cut? 

10. I spy our Simple Sentiments column and the quote: “When you are in love you can’t sleep because reality is better than your dreams.” Who said this?

Five random winners (who answer five or more questions correctly) will win a selection of product we feature in this issue’s Product Parade and Sweepstakes columns. (Just turn to pages 75-76 for a closer look!) To play, please enter your answers in the comment field below this entry. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Jan. 31

Five lucky people will win an assortment of this vintage product!

Good luck!
Kelly 

P.S. Did you know this little blog here turns one-year-old next week? Make sure you join us for our Paper Crafts Connection Blogiversary Celebration! We’ll be recapping some of our more memorable moments from the past year, as well as giving away some fabulous product. I did just return from CHA after all. Hope to see you all next week! 

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Maren’s Groovin With the Go-to Gals…at CHA post!  

Sandy Kay (Jan. 28, 3:58 p.m.) 

Congrats, Sandy! You’ve won some fun CHA goodies! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

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!

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