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Welcome to Magazine Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope you found some time to 1). go out and buy our new special issue Go-to Sketches, 2). sit down and devour this magazine and 3). create your own projects from some 66 inspiring sketches.
If you did get crafty this weekend, why not submit some of your entries? Just a reminder that our submissions deadline for our Holiday Cards & More, Volume 5 issue is tonight at midnight (MDT). Click HERE for more information!
Even though our Go-to Sketches Week is officially over, I’m going to squeeze in one more day of sketch-filled fun. Three weeks ago we launched our first ever Go-to Sketch Challenge. With sketches from Paper Crafts Go-to Gals Teri Anderson and Maren Benedict as inspiration, submissions poured in for all occasions. We picked these four entries (two per sketch) as our final winners!
Editor’s Note: Vanessa was just published for the very first time in our May/June 2010 issue! Not only that, her Rainbow of Butterflies Card (p. 74) made the cover! Click HERE to see cover girl Vanessa literally jumping for joy when her issue arrives in the mail.
Congratulations, ladies! Each of you has won either a one-year subscription to Paper Crafts or the special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes. If you’re interested in seeing all the projects from our first Go-to Sketch Challenge, please visit our gallery HERE.
Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We just launched our bling-inspired April Gallery Challenge last Monday. This two-week challenge will run through midnight (MDT) on Monday, April 19. Click HERE to upload your sparkly entries today!
P.S. It’s time to announce each of the three winners from Cath’s Go-to Gals & Friends Blog Hop post, Kim Kesti’s Over the Top Inspiration post, Jennifer’s Behind the Lens post and my It’s a Sketch World After All post!
3. Debbie G.
1. Stacy (April 7, 10:18 a.m.)
2. Nancy M. (April 7, 11:02 a.m.)
3. Holly H. (April 8, 7:33 p.m.)
1. Kathy W. (April 8, 8:45 a.m.)
2. Denali (April 8, 12:36 p.m.)
3. Diane Jacobson (April 8, 7:32 p.m.)
1. Charlene (April 9, 5:31 p.m.)
2. Susan McMenamin (April 9, 8:23 p.m.)
3. Jessica (April 9, 9:25 a.m.)
Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of Go-to Sketches! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
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!
Welcome to Magazine Monday! Hopefully little traces of spring are popping up in your corner of the world. April is almost here!
Normally we spotlight our Gallery Challenge winners on the first Monday of the month, but next Monday, April 5, we’re kicking off our highly anticipated Go-To Sketches Week! Expect a ton a fun here, on Moxie Fab World and each of our Go-to Gals’ blogs.
But before visions of sketches dance through our heads, let’s pay tribute to our three March Gallery Challenge winners. These three ladies reminded us how sweet it is to welcome a new little one or congratulate the happy couple.
Winner #1 – Agnieszka Malyszek:
Winner #2 – Nina Brackett:
Winner #3 – Lynn Miller:
Congratulations, ladies! Each of you has won either a one-year subscription to Paper Crafts or the special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes. If you’re interested in seeing all the baby and wedding-themed projects from the March challenge, please visit our gallery HERE.
Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We just launched our Go-to Sketch Challenge last Monday. This two-week challenge will run through midnight (MDT) on Monday, April 5. We’ll also announce the theme for our April Gallery Challenge next Monday, so stay tuned for more details.
Carolyn G. (March 24, 6:39 p.m.)
Cheryl Sims (March 25, 11:35 a.m.)
1. Charlene (March 26, 1:53 p.m.)
2. Shannon (March 26, 6:09 a.m.)
3. Kelly Climer (March 26, 9:58 a.m.)
Congrats, ladies! I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
Welcome to Magazine Monday! Spring is officially here. In honor of this season of new beginnings, we’ve got something new and exciting to announce to all of our crafty friends. Yep, we’re launching another monthly gallery challenge and this one is all about sketches!
With our new special issue Go-to Sketches going on sale tomorrow, we just had to take advantage of all the hype. This magazine features 282 projects created from sketches designed by our Paper Crafts Go-to Gals. In fact, each of the six Gals designed 11 sketches, so you have a total of 66 sketches to jumpstart your creativity.
How Each Challenge Will Work:
Each month our regular gallery challenge will begin the first Monday of the month and run for two weeks. Those of you who love playing along with this challenge, you’ll still have plenty of time to submit your entries. On the third Monday of the month (just as the regular gallery challenge is ending), we’ll launch our new Go-to Sketch Challenge. Featuring two sketches from those seen in Go-to Sketches, this challenge will run for two weeks and end on the first Monday of each month – right when we begin a regular gallery challenge!
Since today happens to be the third Monday of the month, we’re just finishing up our March Gallery Challenge. This babies and brides-themed challenge will end at midnight (MDT) tonight, so you still have time to play along. But if you’d like to get a headstart on our new Go-to Sketch Challenge, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s the two sketches you’ll be designing with this month:
Super fun, right? If you would like to see what other designers have done with these sketches, turn to p. 9 in Go-to Sketches for interpretations of Teri’s sketch and p. 33 for projects using Maren’s sketch. (If you don’t happen to have your copy yet, skedaddle over to your nearest bookstore. I hear it’s already out on some of the magazine shelves! And it’s going fast!)
And just like our regular gallery challenge, at the end of two weeks, we’ll be picking three winners who will each receive a free 1-year subscription to Paper Crafts magazine or the special issue of their choice. These winners will also be spotlighted on this blog for all the world to see!
P.S. If you’re ever confused on where to find our monthly challenges, just click on the links to the left of this post. Here you’ll find all the details, such as start/end dates and the theme/sketch inspiration for each month.)
P.P.S. It’s time to announce the five winners of my March/April I-Spy post:
1. NLR (March 19, 9:22 a.m.)
2. Jan Metcalf (March 19, 2:11 p.m.)
3. Sara G (March 21 11:12 a.m.)
4. Danielle (March 19, 6:15 a.m.)
5. Darryln (March 20, 1:17 a.m.)
Congrats, winners! You’ve each won an assortment of tree-themed product featured in the March/April issue! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who played along!
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!
Welcome to Magazine Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope you managed to squeeze some paper crafting into your busy schedules. (FYI: We’re currently accepting submissions for our September/October 2010 issue! Click HERE for more details!)
I don’t know about you, but I usually have to be inspired before I sit down and create. Sometimes a photograph sparks my creativity, sometimes it’s a heartfelt quote, but most of the time, it always comes down to gorgeous product. And if sparkles, even better!
So when our friends at Doodlebug Design invited us and the Creating Keepsakes team to their new building, all of us envisioned a bright, happy place dripping in sparkling glitter. And the good news is we weren’t wrong! Besides viewing their new product lines, they also gave us a tour of their brightly painted offices, warehouse, conference rooms, exercise room and even their bathrooms! Talk about a rainbow of color!
And yes, that’s a stapler in Brady’s hand. Only at magical Doodlebug does an ordinary stapler transform itself into an actual working telephone!
Thanks for the fun tour, Doodlebug! I now know the secret to their success…color-coordinated shampoo and conditioner! In all seriousness, I couldn’t agree more with this Doodlebug philosophy: “Surrounding yourself with playful colors promotes creativity and will brighten your day!”
Now our friends at Doodlebug want to brighten you day! They just released six new collections: Feeling Groovy, Mother Nature, Summertime, Great Getaways, On the Go, and Barnyard. Leave a comment telling me what color of paint you would pick for your Doodlebug office (we can all dream, right?). Three random winners will each receive one of the aforementioned collections! All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Tuesday, March 9.
P.S. It’s time to pick the three winners from my It’s a Cosmo Kind of Day post!
1. Laura (March 5, 11:17 a.m.)
2. Marla (March 5, 8:25 a.m.)
3. Star Davis (March 5, 9:12 a.m.)
Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a fun collection from Cosmo Cricket! I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
Welcome to Magazine Monday! Is it really March 1st? Already? I swear it was Christmas just a week ago. I guess times flies when you’re having fun…and fun we most definitely had last week! I hope you enjoyed the five glorious days all dedicated to our new special issue Stamp It! Cards.
I was so inspired after last week’s festivities that I went home and stamped all 12 of my cards for our monthly card group. To put us in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day, the theme was “green”. I loved picking out my favorite green paper and ribbon and then turned to stamping for the sentiment and focal image on my all occasion card. Loved the finished result!
Fellow card group co-chair (and CK’s creative editor) Megan Hoeppner just posted all of our green cards on her blog. Hop on over to take a look! And while you there, make sure to wish Megan a belated happy birthday. She just turned 29 last Thursday! (And unlike the rest of us, she really is 29!)
But before March comes in like a lion, let’s bid farewell to February by honoring our February Gallery Challenge winners! These three ladies not only aced our Valentine/Love-themed challenge, but they reminded us that every day is the perfect day to send a “heart”felt greeting.
Winner #1 – Andrea Vernagus:
Winner #2 – Julie Masse:
Winner #3 – Pat Sergeant:
Congratulations, ladies! Each of you has won either a one-year subscription or the special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes. If you’re interested in seeing all the Valentine/Love-themed projects from the February challenge, please visit our gallery HERE.
Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We just launched our March Gallery Challenge! Since it’s the season of spring and new beginnings, we want to see your projects that are themed “babies” or “brides”. For inspiration, please turn to the “Thanks & Congrats” feature in our March/April 2010 issue. This three-week challenge will run through midnight (MST) on Monday, March 22. Click HERE for all the details!
P.S. It’s time to announce the winner from Brandy’s Save MONEY and Use Your Stamps post!
1. Veronica Z. (Feb. 25, 9:33 a.m.)
Congrats, Veronica! You’ve won all six sets featured in the Stamp It! 3-Ways section of Stamp It! Cards! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments and visited our Go-to Gals’ blogs!
P.P.S. Check back with us tomorrow when I announce the grand prize winner of our Royal Stamping Jackpot! (If you still haven’t left a comment to be eligible to win, I’m extending the deadline until midnight (MST) tonight!)
Welcome to Magazine Monday and the first day of Stamp It! Cards Week! The one thing I love about stampers is their enthusiasm. While I was reading through the 330+ comments from Friday’s post, I laughed out loud when I stumbled across Sharon Totton’s motto for stamping and for life:
“If it sits still long enough, Stamp It. If it doesn’t, chase it down and Stamp It.”
Now why didn’t we think of that tagline? Genius! It really sums up our latest edition of Stamp It! Cards. In addition to the 152 inspiring designs, we’ve even included fun sections like “Tips from the Go-to Gals”, “Stamp It! 3 Ways” and “Say it with Stamps”. We’ll touch on each of these sections this week, as well as show some amazing stamped cards from the magazine.
Speaking of amazing stamped cards…when we were discussing who should be featured as our designer spotlight for this week, all we had to do was look at the editorial spreadsheet for Stamp It! Cards. One name kept popping up over and over. Actually 12 times! Yes, Kimberly Crawford has 12 gorgeous cards in this issue. Quite a feat considering her first ever publication was last year’s Stamp It! Cards. How’s that for a full circle moment! Go Kimberly!
1. Where did you grow up?
On a lake, outside a small town called Moose Lake, MN. But as of 12 days ago, I became a resident of Iowa.
2. Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do?
No, I have the privilege of staying home with my newly four-year-old son.
3. If a movie were to be made of your life, who would you cast to play the part of you?
I am going to continue the Jennifer Garner trend because if she was busy working on a film, I could flirt with her gorgeous hubby Ben Affleck.
4. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life?
A theme song? I really can’t think of one, but I have a song for everything. I am one of those people.
5. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you?
That I used to be a high school softball coach and can throw a softball 72 mph, over hand. I also love to golf and watch hockey. I am a sports nut.
6. What/who inspired you to start paper crafting?
My husband. He mentioned this “stamping thing” his mom did when we were getting married. She sent me some supplies and the rest is history. And I don’t let him forget it.
7. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge?
Finding time to experiment with all the crazy ideas in my head.
8. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be?
A stamp and watermark ink. You can do a ton with backgrounds, cutting images out and mounting them with foam tape.
9. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why?
Christmas. I am a Christmas girl at heart. Bring it on in October!
10. How would you describe your style?
Fresh and classy with a tendency towards shabby chic and cutesy on some days.
11. When is your favorite time to craft?
Naptime and bedtime for my little man. If I didn’t have a four-year-old son for an alarm clock, I would stay up until all hours of the night because after 10:30 p.m., I really get creative.
12. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting?
Everything. I love all music: country, rock, Christian, southern gospel, musicals and orchestral.
13. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion?
My husband sweetly supports my obsession passion. He looks at all my projects and provides wonderful feedback. My son has his own stamps and ink pads, and he even knows to clean the stamps off between colors!
14. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized?
Outlook on my computer. I enter them all in and then a little reminder pops up every time I check my e-mail. I also keep a printed copy of calls on my desk. You can never have too many reminders or lists!
15. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then?
It was last year’s Stamp It! Cards, and what a thrill! I am still a pretty simple girl, but I like to think I have learned how to add better finishing touches.
16. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones?
I am currently designing for Spellbinders Paper Arts, Stampendous, Pink Persimmon and am a reporter for The Scrap Review. In the past I have designed for the Flourishes blog team and for two online stores: ScrapLovers and Stamper’s Dream.
17. Name three designers whose styles you like and why they appeal to you.
- Nichole Heady because she is clean, classy and creative
- Betsy Veldman for her amazing color combinations
- Debbie Olson because she makes me want to color everything and tie beautiful bows
18. Do you have any advice/tips for someone who’s never been published or who wants to submit for the first time?
Submit, submit, submit. And then submit some more.
19. Out of your 12 cards in Stamp It! Cards, do you have a favorite? Please talk about the inspiration/design/techniques for one or more of your cards in this publication.
It would be my Live the Sweet Life Card from p. 17. I love how the card came together. I had this gorgeous peach image that I wanted to use, but didn’t have the correct color markers. So, I had to get creative. I knew I had the right color ink, but how could the ink be applied? Then the thought of letter pressing came to mind. Yay for the results! Sometimes I think I have too much stuff. My best ideas come from being forced to be clever with what is on my desk.
20. Do you have a blog or online gallery? If so, please provide the URL.
Yes, I do! My blog can be found at www.kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com.
Thanks, Kimberly! Our friends at Flourishes were nice enough to donate three sets of their Cherries & Peaches stamp set – the same set Kimberly used to create her card above. Please leave a comment and I’ll pick three random winners to receive this set, plus a copy of Stamp It! Cards. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
P.S. Cath is featuring Technique Tuesday in her Moxie Monday post today! Head on over for a chance to win six different stamp sets!
P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from my Countdown to Stamp It! Cards Week post!
1. Paulina (Feb. 19, 8:41 a.m.)
2. Viola Miller (Feb. 19, 8:03 p.m.)
3. Anya (Feb. 19, 12:58 p.m.)
Congrats, winners! I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
Welcome to Magazine Monday! I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s weekend. Around here, L-O-V-E was definitely in the air.
I woke up Friday morning to the happy news that our managing editor Brandy Jesperson had delivered her beautiful baby boy. I guess little Cooper Kaleb couldn’t wait for his scheduled Feb. 17 C-section. Both mom and baby are doing great and proud Grandma Tammy (Brandy’s mom) has already updated her blog four times since Cooper’s arrival. (Someone’s not excited at all!) Brandy is still in the hospital, but as soon as she gets home, I’m sure we’ll get more details. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at Brandy’s handsome little man…
While Cooper was enjoying his first few days of life, I was enjoying my rain-soaked cousin’s wedding. It turns out when The Weather Channel says there’s a “60 percent chance of rain and snow”, you can take that to the bank!
I posted a picture on Friday of the beautiful wedding dress my 75-year-old grandma made for Tanner’s bride. (It’s even more gorgeous in person!) Since many of you commented that you’d like to see the front of the dress, I hope you’ll indulge me with a few more pictures, courtesy of my talented sister. And since we just celebrated Umbrella Day last week, I knew you would enjoy this picture of the happy couple Singin’ in the Rain:
Tanner and Darlene’s colors were black and gold. Tanner and his brothers wore black and gold bow ties with their tuxes and Darlene’s bridesmaids wore black dresses with gold sashes. Like all of you mentioned last week, more and more brides are pairing an accent color with black or black/white. As this wedding proved, you can’t go wrong with this classic color combination. Best of luck to all of you planning your own 2010 weddings. If any of you are looking for that special, one-of-a-kind wedding dress, I do happen to know a gal!
It’s time to announce the winner of my Happily Ever After post!
Jennifer H. (Feb. 12, 12:15 p.m.)
Congrats, Jennifer! You’ve won Imaginisce’s brand new To Love & Cherish collection. I’ll be contacting you shortly for your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!
Welcome to Magazine Monday! Thanks again for all the comments from last week’s blogiversary celebration. You sure know how to make this humble editor feel good. It makes all the 2 a.m. “feedings” and lack of sleep well worth it. And now you know why I begin every morning with a tall glass of Coke over ice! Breakfast of champions!
Did everyone have a good weekend? For those of you affected by the snowstorms, I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to stayed indoors and catch up on some paper crafting. Perhaps a few of you even started or finished your Valentine’s Day projects. Remember it’s not too late to shower your sweeties in love!
But before Feb. 14 arrives, let’s fall in love with our January Gallery Challenge winners. These three ladies not only aced our marker-themed challenge, but they actually made me want to go play with my Copics!
Winner #1 – Vanessa Menhorn:
Winner #2 – Nina Brackett:
Winner #3 – Alice Wertz:
Congratulations, ladies! Each of you has won either a one-year subscription or the special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes. If you’re interested in seeing all the marker projects from the January challenge, please visit our gallery HERE.
Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We launched our February Gallery Challenge last Monday and already have 87 entries! Since it’s the season of love, we want to see your very best Valentine’s Day projects. For inspiration, please turn to the Valentines for Everyone on Your List and Vintage Valentines features in our January/February 2010 issue. This three-week challenge will run through midnight (MST) on Monday, Feb. 22. Click HERE for all the details!
2. Sara-Jane (Feb. 4, 8:44 a.m.)
3. Maureen D. (Feb. 4, 5:14 a.m.)
1. Jami (Feb. 7, 4:14 p.m.)
2. Anita Young (Feb. 5, 11:13 a.m.)
3. Erika M. (Feb. 5, 6:42 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!