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I’m always up for a good time, and I know you are, too, so let’s get this party rollin’!
In celebration of our new special issue, Go-to Sketches, the Paper Crafts Go-to Gals have got some fun up their sleeves, beginning with these inspiring projects from this ultra inspiring issue. Check it:
Since Go-to Sketches is all about gaining inspiration from a sketch, the Go-to Gals have not only posted the sketches from which these cards were created, but they’ve got a brand new project created just for you based on the same sketch. AND, they’ve asked five of their friends to do the same thing!
So, leave a comment here saying which of these projects inspire you the most and why, click on each of these links:
…then click on the five links of each of their friends. Visit all the blogs, gain a TON of inspiration and leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win one of three copies of Go-to Sketches. If you do the math as I have, that gives you 37 chances to win!
As in, leave a comment here + 6 comments on the Go-to Gals’ blogs + 30 comments on their friends’ blogs = 37 big chances!
The comment-to-win ends at midnight (MDT) on Wednesday, April 7, so you better get hoppin’!
Let the inspiration begin,
Welcome to Magazine Monday! Today we’re kicking off our exciting Go-to Sketches Week here, on Moxie Fab World and each of our Paper Crafts Go-to Gals’ blogs.
All week long we’ll be taking you inside the pages of our new special issue Go-to Sketches. We started with 66 sketches and then let our designers go to work in creating 282 unique projects. Who knew one sketch could have so many possibilities? We were blown away by all of the different interpretations and couldn’t wait to share them with all of you!
Today we’re going behind the scenes of one very “colorful” photo shoot. By now you probably know we work 6-7 months in advance. Hence our current call for submissions for Holiday Cards & More, Volume 5. So because of this strict production schedule, it was last September that we were concepting Go-to Sketches. Fortunately, our yearly editorial board meeting just happened to fall around this time. With our six Go-to Gals flying in for the meeting, we decided to make the most of our 48 hours together and threw in a photo shoot.
We knew Matt had an all-white theme planned for this issue, so we told each Go-to Gal to come dressed in a bright, vibrant color. The editors were removed from this conversation, but apparently there was much discussion between them about who would wear what color, how they would wear their hair and just how big they should go with the accessories. (From Jessica’s post last week, we know her philosophy on this topic: the bigger, the better!)
To see more individual and group outtakes, make sure you visit each of the gals’ blogs. They’re also talking about the photo shoot from their own perspective, so I’m sure it will be interesting and full of juicy details! (Hopefully they’ll be kind to us editors…especially since we were all in the background saying things like, “Smile, Kim! Turn your head, Teri! Stop giggling, Maren!”
Wanna win a copy of Go-to Sketches? Go visit their blogs and then come back here to tell me your favorite juicy detail revealed. From your comments, I’ll pick three people to win a copy of Go-to Sketches! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Tuesday, April 6. And check back with us tomorrow when Cath announces the Go-to Gals & Friends Blog Hop. There will be lots of inspiration and lots of chances to win more copies of Go-to Sketches!
P.S. We just launched our April Gallery Challenge! Since diamonds are a girl’s best friend, we want to see your projects that incorporate bling, glitter and anything else that sparkles. For inspiration, please turn to the “Shimmer & Shine” feature in our March/April 2010 issue. This two-week challenge will run through midnight (MDT) on Monday, April 19. Click HERE for all the details! And don’t forget…today is the last day to enter our Go-to Sketch Challenge #1! All entries must be submitted by midnight (MDT) tonight!
P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from my Countdown to Go-to Sketches Week post!
1. Le Anne (April 2, 7:03 a.m.)
2. Sonja (April 3, 4:46 p.m.)
3. Tami (April 2, 2:20 p.m.)
Congrats, winners! You’ve each won some fun goodies from the Easter Bunny! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Although my heritage does consist of an Irish past, I’d like to talk about the color green today.
Wow, what a powerful color! You can ask just about any guy what their favorite color is and I’d bet they say “green”. Why is that? It’s calming, it takes us back to nature and just gives us a refreshed feeling. Could those be the reasons why? And it’s amazing that green compliments each and every color out there…it does ya know.
So at the moment, many of you aren’t looking at the most perfect green grass, but we all know it’s coming since spring is just around the corner. What a wonderful color to see after those long, cold winters, right?
It’s the most recognized color to our eye, so that’s why it was chosen as our “GO” color! It’s the go-to color for me when I create anything masculine, and it’s the one color that you will see in each season. Spring (mint), summer (grass), autumn (olive) and winter (holly). Notice how the color green gets darker as the seasons move through the year.
I chose to put this delightful color into three categories: Lime, Olive and Grass
Did you know?
- 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 U.S. Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.
- Some American towns have “Irish” names. You could visit: Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia; Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio.
- The harp is the symbol of Ireland. The color green is also commonly associated with Ireland, also known as “The Emerald Isle”.
- The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south; orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.
- The name “leprechaun” has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan”, which means “a kind of aqueous sprite”. Or it could be from “leath bhrogan”, which means “shoemaker”.
- One estimate suggests that there are about 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
- Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
Green Thumb, Green with Envy, Going Green, that is one powerful color!
Please click HERE to download my rainbow. To see a cute card I designed with it, please hop on over to my blog. I’ll be posting some fun color challenges all week long, so I hope you stop by to play along.
Have a green-filled St. Patty’s Day!
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal
P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Kelly’s Green, Glorious Green post!
Melinda Wilson (March 15, 9:25 a.m.)
Congrats, Melinda! You’ve won all 11 green cards featured in Monday’s post! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all left comments!
Welcome to Magazine Monday! Is everyone getting excited for St. Patrick’s Day? Make sure you check back with us on Wednesday for Kim Hughes’ Groovin’ with the Go-to Gals post. She’s designed three cards using three different shades of green and will announce some fun challenges for anyone who wants to play along.
Since we’re in full St. Patty’s countdown mode, I thought I would share some of the cards we made at our last card group. I gave everyone the option of making either St. Patrick’s Day cards or cards of a different theme. The only catch…they all had to incorporate glorious green!
Since new momma Brandy was at home with her new little man, she sat out last month’s card group. Which means…I just happen to have an extra set of these lovely green cards. Leave a comment telling me your favorite shade of green and I’ll pick one lucky person to take home all 11 cards! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Tuesday, March 16.
P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of my Luck of the Irish post!
Jennifer Post (March 12, 2:03 p.m.)
Congrats, Jennifer! You’ve won Little Yellow Bicycle’s Lucky Me collection. I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!
In the March/April issue of Paper Crafts magazine, we always feature both babies and brides. Springtime is a good time to be thinking about new beginnings and whether it’s a baby just coming into the world or a bride and groom starting their lives together, these events are some of the most important milestones in our lives.
In addition to finding an entire feature on this topic in the magazine (see pages 48-57), we thought you would also enjoy showing off baby and/or bride projects you’ve created yourself.
Join us in our March Gallery Challenge where you can submit cards for brides and grooms, babies, and new moms and dads. But your creativity doesn’t have to stop there! We’d love to also see shower ensembles, décor for the nursery, gift bags and tags, gift card holders and any other non-card projects you’d love to whip up! Click HERE for all the details on how to enter and scroll down for some heartfelt inspiration straight from the pages of the magazine:
We can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeves for this challenge! You’ve got until Monday, March 22!
Yours in celebrating babies and brides,
P.S. Speaking of babies, the Paper Crafts team gets to meet baby Cooper tomorrow! Stay tuned for this much-anticipated love fest!
P.P.S. It’s time to announce the two winners from Susan’s Tips, Tools, & Technique Trivia post!
1. Anita Young (Winner of the i-top, punches)
2. Lori Beseke (Winner of the glitter package)
Congrats, winners! Susan will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a bargain shopper. I love stretching a dollar and getting the best possible deal I can find.
This is precisely why I love the Stamp It! 3 Ways section of our latest special issue Stamp It! Cards. I’m always drawn to the creativity and diversity of three projects that all use one stamp set (talk about stretching your supplies AND your dollar).
Our designers are experts at thinking outside the box when it comes to techniques and occasions that seem to magically appear from a single stamp set. Take the Grow Love, Plant a Tree set from My Favorite Things:
Have I converted you to the ways of saving money while still making oodles of cards? If not, I’ve got a few more tricks up my sleeve. The Paper Crafts Go-to Gals have joined forces to show you the diversity of two more stamp sets. Three gals made cards from one stamp set and three gals made cards from another set. Visit each of their blogs and discover how easy it is to maximize your stamps with a bit of technique and a lot of creativity!
And since this week is all about celebrating stamping, I can’t leave without offering one whopper of a prize. One lucky winner will win ALL SIX STAMP SETS featured in Stamp It! 3 Ways. That’s right, someone will win:
- Everyday Button Bits set from Papertrey Ink
- Harmonious Sprig stamp from Unity Stamp Co.
- On the Desk set from Cornish Heritage Farms
- Margaret set from Kodomo
- Grow Love, Plant a Tree set from My Favorite Things
- Spiro Garden set from Technique Tuesday
If that’s not enough, you can enter to win SEVEN TIMES! Please leave a comment here and on the blogs of all six Paper Crafts Go-to Gals. Each time you leave a comment you will be entered to win. As an extra incentive, all Go-to Gals will be giving away copies of Stamp It! Cards on their blogs. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, Feb. 26.
P.S. Today on Moxie Fab World, Cath is featuring an “Ask Around” with Jennifer McGuire. There’s also a chance to win some fabulous Hero Arts stamps!
P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Jennifer’s You, My Friends, Are STAMPERS post!
1. Kelly Sas (Feb. 23, 7:32 a.m.)
2. Rebecca MI (Feb. 23, 8:31 a.m.)
3. Bev J. (Feb. 23, 7:20 p.m.)
Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a fun prize package from American Crafts and a copy of Stamp It! Cards! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
It used to be that we only got a peek into the craft rooms of our readers via the survey we circulated once each year. That information was, and still is, like spun gold to us.
The reason? It’s important that we bring you a series of regular issues and special interest publications showcasing just what you want to see, exactly when you want to see it.
That right there has always been our challenge, mainly because we work about six or seven months in advance to orchestrate the perfect symphony of new products, trends and paper crafted projects that come together in a way that’s music to your ears.
But now with this blog, Facebook, meet-and-greets at trade shows and very engaging message boards, we hear what you think on a much more frequent basis. And sometimes? We get feedback within minutes. Minutes.
One thing we know for sure: you are STAMPERS.
According to our most recent survey, 85% of you use stamping most often. Naturally, right behind that on the list of techniques is inking and aging, heat embossing and coloring images with markers. You stamp alphabets and backgrounds, but mostly it’s more like images and sentiments.
Your favorite projects to make are cards, followed in distant second place by scrapbook layouts and then by gifts. If you were in charge of the magazine, you’d be sure that projects were more plentiful than anything else but techniques would be the thing that gave project count a run for its money.
Here’s what we like best, though — you look through our magazine and decide to make a project you’ve seen because you’re inspired by the style. It’s an added bonus if you have the supplies on hand already.
So I’m going to make it easy on you, and be sure that you’re both inspired by the style AND have the supplies on hand. How about some bright and cheerful stamps from American Crafts?
And since you’re all about heat embossing too, maybe you need some Zing:
All you have to do is tell me what your stamp style is. Are you more fun and cute, clean and graphic, classy and elegant or shabby chic/vintage? I’m going to snag three of you who comment and send you not only the stamp set and Zing colors I mentioned above, but also a copy of Stamp It! Cards and one of our super duper extra special Stamp It! Cards buttons from CHA Winter. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Maybe you’ll be inspired to the highest level and find your next project on one of our covers, just like Lynn Ghahary did with Stamp It! Cards.
Happy stamping, my friends!
P.S. It’s time to hop over to the Moxie Fab World! I hear the Tuesday Trigger this week comes directly from the pages of Stamp It! Cards. Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Kim Hughes gains inspiration from one of Kimberly Crawford’s 12 gorgeous cards. There’s also an opportunity for two commenters to win four different Gina K Designs stamp sets!
In the last year, we’ve shared all sorts of crazy Paper Crafts fun with you. If you scroll through the last 12 months of our blog, you’ll see that we work really hard, but we also have lots of good times, too. Having a great job is all well and good, but when you can call your colleagues friends, that’s pretty stinkin’ cool.
Kelly recently called me the team cheerleader (ooh, I like that title!), so I’ve gathered a synopsis of the silly, mundane and cool things that we’ve done since this blog’s inception.
Can I get a Go! Fight! Win! Paper Crafts?
We’ve had six interns in the last year, and each has brought her own personality to our team. I always loved seeing their blog posts with their impressions of what it’s like to work in our office. I think we’ve turned a few of them into paper crafters. But really, how can they resist?
You also got the chance to look into our daily lives with meetings, an office tour, photo shoot preparation and us just generally loving each other. We keep busy in our offices and cubicles bringing you the magazine, but we take time to chit-chat sometimes, too.
But we’re not confined to the office, no siree! We’ve been out in the world together on many occasions. A crew of us visited Disneyland, four of us saw Celine Dion in concert, the whole gang painted plates at a do-it-yourself pottery place, many of us participated in card group and we even had a field trip to the Making Memories office.
As a card making magazine, it probably comes as no surprise that we LOVE to celebrate every little holiday possible. From Halloween (oh, those polygamist brides of Frankenstein!) to St. Patrick’s Day (any reason to dress in a theme) to the Super Bowl (don’t let that Steelers jersey fool you – Go COLTS!).
And what would we do without our friends? We love having visitors stop by, and when they do it’s hugs all around. When are you going to stop by?
So what do you want to see in the upcoming months from the Paper Crafts team? I’ve got three new Imaginisce collections and three of our Betty t-shirts to give away to three lucky commenters. Leave a comment by Friday, Feb. 5 at midnight (MST), and you might just win!
Your Paper Crafts cheerleader,
P.S. It’s time to announce the winner from Brandy’s A Year of Giving Back post!
Jess (Feb. 2, 8:53 a.m.)
Congrats, Jess! You’ve won two prize packages! One for yourself and one to give to a friend! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!
Attention all list makers! Are you like me and have a bazillion little notes left in every corner of the house? I vow to get that under control in 2010. One month down and I’m doing umm…okay with keeping up.
I find there to be a wealth of information here on the Paper Crafts Connection blog, don’t you? So, I decided to keep a special journal next to my computer, compiled of notes, design ideas and inspiration.
I found an old journal book that I had only used a couple of times (because those little notes never seemed to make it in there). I covered it with some fresh Three Bugs in A Rug paper, added a black paper strip to the spine and voila…a sweet place to leave my Paper Crafts Connection notes!
I chose to keep my cover simple. I didn’t want anything dimensional on it to distract me, and I decided on a fresh color palette to make me smile every time I pick it up.
The inside page is a pocket, just in case I do reach for some scrap paper to write something on. These little notes can slip inside and still be where they should be, until they make it into the journal.
The editors and Go-to Gals shared what they were looking forward to in 2010 in this post, so I wrote a few extras in my journal.
I was inspired by a card on Melanie Douthit’s blog, so I created two sketches based on her design and made note of a fun color combo to use in the future.
Inspired by Brandy’s Happy Bird Day post, I jotted down some fun ideas to keep in mind when I create.
And I wrote a friendly reminder to myself to create something FUN based on the new Card Creations: Start to Finish special issue!
If you don’t have a journal handy, try making a cover for a notepad. Or bind a book with different colored papers. Punch a hole in note papers and tie a ribbon through them all. The point is to keep all of your notes together and to find inspiration here.
Beautiful creations, challenges, prizes…what else could you ask for? It’s all here, and I make a point to stop by every day. I hope you do as well.
Happy Blogiversary, Paper Crafts!
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal
P.S. I fell in love with the new BasicGrey lines at CHA! Leave a comment telling me how this blog inspires you and I’ll pick three winners to take home one of these collections and a Paper Crafts Betty t-shirt! All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Thursday, Feb. 4.
P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kelly’s Happy Blogiversary post!
1. Reah Feiertag (Feb. 1, 8:38 a.m.)
2. see mary stamp (Feb. 1, 6:09 a.m.)
3. Rachael Wood (Feb. 1, 7:57 p.m.)
Congrats, winners! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!