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Brandy Jesperson

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:    

Grow Love, Plant a Seed set from My Favorite Things

Michele Boyer, Angie Hagist, and Laura O’Donnell were able to take this stamp set and create their Lonely, Hi Tree and Grow Love cards in three distinctly different styles – genius! 

Turn to p. 85 in Stamp It! Cards for a closer look at these 3-Ways cards.

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 stamp set from Papertrey Ink

Harmonious Sprig stamp from Unity Stamp Co.

On the Desk stamp set from Cornish Heritage Farms

Margaret stamp set from Kodomo

Spiro Garden stamp 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. 

Happily stamping,
Brandy 

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! 

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Cath Edvalson

Cath Edvalson

As creative editor of Paper Crafts magazine, it’s my job to identify the trendiest trends at each show I attend, and even though the show was smaller this summer, I’m happy to report that there was absolutely no shortage of trends.

In fact, I’ve got a delicious dozen for you to drool over, so grab some napkins, for it’s going to be a sweet and tasty treat!

1.  Vintage. The runaway trend of the show:

Products from Crafty Secrets, Graphic 45, Jillibean Soup, Making Memories, and Unity Stamp Co.

Products from Crafty Secrets, Graphic 45, Jillibean Soup, Making Memories and Unity Stamp Company

2. Cameos. Showing their best sides:

Products from Sassafras Lass and Websters Pages

Products from Sassafras Lass and Webster's Pages

3. Fruit. Juicing things up:

Products from October Afternoon, BasicGrey, and Sassafras Lass

Products from October Afternoon, BasicGrey and Sassafras Lass

4. Patchwork Patterns. More mix than match:

Products from BasicGrey and Die Cuts With a View

Products from BasicGrey and Die Cuts With a View

5. Line-drawn images. More than just reading between the lines:

from Crate Paper, Bella Blvd., Technique Tuesday, and Die Cuts With a View

Products from Crate Paper, Bella Blvd, Technique Tuesday and Die Cuts With a View

6. Clouds. Always a silver lining:

Products from My Little Shoebox, Crate Paper, and Cosmo Cricket

Products from My Little Shoebox, Crate Paper and Cosmo Cricket

7. Lace. It’s all about the finery:

Products from Hambly Screen Prints, Graphic 45, Kodomo, Webster's Pages, Bo Bunny and BasicGrey

 8. Letterpress. Straight from your local stationery store:

Products from Spellbinders, Ellison, and QuicKutz

Products from Spellbinders, Ellison and QuicKutz

9. Bingo Cards. Take a chance on these:

Products from Unity Stamp Company and Melissa Frances

10. Peace Signs. Keepin’ it groovy:

Products from Die Cuts With a View

Products from Die Cuts With a View

11. Holiday Lines with Yellow Pop. A moxie fab surprise:

Products from Crate Paper, American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket, and Bella Blvd

Products from Crate Paper, American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket and Bella Blvd

12. Smaller scale products for card makers. These are just for us!

Products from Jenni Bowlin, May Road, Cosmo Cricket, and Pink Paislee

Products from Jenni Bowlin, May Road, Cosmo Cricket and Pink Paislee

A dozen delicious delights, yes? Watch for these tempting trends in the aisles of your local scrapbook store… and coming to a magazine near you, I’m sure!

I’d love to hear what trend tempts you the most, so leave me a comment by midnight (MDT) on Thursday, August 13 and I’ll whip up a tasty treat for one random winner.

Delighting in the dozen,
~Cath

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