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Susan R. Opel

It’s time for another edition of Tips, Tools, & Techniques trivia! Open your gorgeous copy of the March/April 2010 issue of Paper Crafts magazine (a breath of fresh air!), turn to pages 94-96 and answer the following questions for the chance to WIN (and who doesn’t like to win?): 

  • Take a closer look at the brads that I created using the i-top from Imaginisce. A photo of my parents appears on one of the brads. What are they doing in the picture?
  • Which Go-to Gal had the headache-inducing task of blowing the insides out of eggs for this issue?
  • Tell me – what does heat & stick powder do?
  • Fill-in-the-blank time! I say that Doodlebug Design’s Chunky Glitter could be classified as “_______________ in a ________.”
  • What idea is your favorite from this issue’s Tips, Tools, & Techniques column, and why?

Now for the fun part. Two winners will be randomly selected to win: 

  • The i-top Brad Maker and the Small, Medium and Large Punches and Brad Daddies from Imaginisce shown on page 94.





Now doesn’t that sound fun? There’s not much more to do before you are qualified to win! 

  • Send an e-mail with your answers to Put “TT&T Blog” in the subject line of your message. Please leave a comment on the blog, and let me know which prize puts a spring in your step!
  • Entries are due no later than midnight (MST) on Monday, March 8th. From the correct entries received, two winners will be selected at random and contacted via e-mail. Note: Due to the number of e-mails received, I’m unable to respond to each message individually. Please know that I do read your comments and totally appreciate your participation. Thanks!

So…What are you waiting for? 

Can’t wait to see your answers!


Teri Anderson

Mark my words.

Crepe paper will be one of the next big things in paper crafting.

Lately, I’ve seen projects pop up in the blog world. Just check out this cute house by fellow Go-to Gal, Betsy Veldman. Look at those cute curtains she made with the stuff. Neat!

I also saw it at the recent CHA trade show. Heidi Swapp and demonstrators at Tattered Angels changed the color of crepe paper by applying Glimmer Mist to it. Make ‘n takers in another booth decorated boxes with crepe paper ruffles.

Let’s just say all these sightings have piqued my interest in crepe paper. So I recently picked up a couple rolls of crepe paper and spent an afternoon playing with it. My mission: to figure out just what I could do with the stuff.

I was pleasantly surprised with the results:

I used crepe paper to make the flower on this card.

I simply rolled a piece of a piece of crepe paper in a circle, scrunching it as I went. I adhered the completed circle to the card with glue.

I also used it on this heart here.

I cut several squares of pink crepe paper and then glued them onto the chipboard heart.

I also used crepe paper to:

  • Make a pleated ruffle. I took a strip of crepe paper and folded pleats into it. I placed two-way tape on a piece of cardstock and set the top of my piece of crepe paper right on it.
  • Sew with. I laid a piece of crepe paper on cardstock and then hand stitched a line right down the middle of it. I used my fingers to crinkle up the paper’s edges.
  • Stamp on. I stamped a solid image on a piece of it over and over again. If you do this at home, be sure to place scratch paper underneath your paper before you stamp – just in case the ink bleeds through.

The beauty of crepe paper is it’s forgiving. You can crinkle and scrunch it again and again without it looking too worn or tattered. It’s also just plain fun. Have you tried paper crafting with crepe paper? I’d love to hear what fun ideas you’ve come up with!

Yours in crepe paper playing,

Teri Anderson
Paper Crafts Go-to-Gal

Cath Edvalson

As creative editor for Paper Crafts magazine, it’s my job to make sure that the projects we show are fresh, fun and trendy. So, when I walk the showroom floor at CHA, I’m always on the lookout for what inspires, what’s showing up multiple times in multiple places and what’s getting a lot of buzz as I bop from booth to booth.

On the plane ride home, as I started to process all I had seen, I wrote down the common themes that had risen to the top of my experience. Here are they are—my CHA Winter 2010 Trends by the Dozen:

1. Doilies & Lace. Intricate lovelies straight from Grandma’s parlor:

Products from October Afternoon, Little Yellow Bicycle and Donna Salazar

2. Opaque. It’s been about glitter and twinkle. Now it’s about hard-core shine:

Products from Ranger and Pink Paislee

3. Textured Cardstock. Whether it’s custom to a manufacturer, raised or stitched, it’s all about texture:

Products from Cosmo Cricket, Bazzill Basics Paper and Anna Griffin

4. Canvas. Speaking of texture…

Products from Prima, Canvas Corp. and BasicGrey

5. Peace Signs. A return trend from CHA Summer, these happy icons were everywhere I looked:

Products from Little Yellow Bicycle, Adorn It and Reminisce

6. Altered Art. Anything Tim Holtz is hot and these new tools help seal the deal:

Products from Tim Holtz, GCD Studios and Zutter

7. Music. Carrying its own tune:

Products from Glitz Design, Technique Tuesday and October Afternoon

8. Frames. Picture this:

Products from Teresa Collins Design, Webster’s Pages and 7gypsies

9. Buttons. As in cute as a…

Products from Webster’s Pages, The Girls’ Paperie and Jenni Bowlin

10. Vintage Ephemera. Trinkets, cards, images and more:

Products from Melissa Frances, Glitz Design and K&Company

11. Background Text. These say it all…

Products from Prima, Technique Tuesday and Impression Obsession

12. Sewing—the run-away trend of the show. Keeping us in stitches:

Products from Cosmo Cricket and Maya Road

Which of these trends speaks the most to you and why? I’d love to hear your takes on this trendy dozen, friends! Leave me a comment by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, Feb. 10 and I’d be oh-so-happy to send the Material Girl collection from Cosmo Cricket to one random lucky winner!

Dealing in dozens,

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,

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! Today I’m in a celebratory mood because this little blog here just surpassed 100,000 page hits. Wahoo! Thanks to all of you who keep coming back for your daily dose of Paper Crafts!

In the four short months since we launched Paper Crafts Connection, we’ve proudly brought you 85 posts that have generated 7,575 comments. I’m no mathematician, but I’d say those numbers are pretty darn good! 

And just when I think I can’t possibly come up with another blog topic, inspiration comes knocking on my door and I’m compelled to share it with you, my Paper Crafts friends.  

I so enjoyed reading all of your comments from Cath’s Ready? Set! Access! post last week. Most of you said your favorite way to access Paper Crafts is by picking up the actual magazine and devouring each and every page. Some of you even admit to drooling! And in between issues, you bide your time by reading blogs for inspiration and participating in fun design challenges like those offered on Cath’s Moxie Fab World blog.

Cute side note about our cute Cath. Even though she can have as many free issues as she wants, she also has a subscription. I’m totally serious! She says there’s nothing cooler than opening her mailbox and seeing her shiny new issue smiling back at her. She says it’s like having six mini Christmases all year round! Plus, how many of us can look our postman in the eye and say, “You know what, I helped make that magazine.” I have no idea if she really does this, but if she wanted to, she could totally get away with it!

Should we get on with today’s giveaway?! Since I’m in such a good mood over our blog’s page hit achievement, I’m giving away Melissa Frances’ Ambiente page kit to TWO random winners! Each kit comes with gorgeous paper, stickers, embellishments, ribbon, rub-ons and and a clear stamp set that’s perfect for every celebration in life.

Two winners will have fun celebrating with Melissa Frances' Ambiente page kit!

Leave a comment telling me your favorite way to celebrate. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, May 31. I’ll announce the two lucky winners on Monday’s blog. 

Here’s to 100,000 more page hits!

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners of Sue’s Heart”felt” Greetings post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Laura Stewart (May 28, 5:16 p.m.)
2. Anita Young (May 27, 9:08 a.m.)
3. Rachael Wood (May 27, 10:59 a.m.)

Congrats, ladies! Each of you will receive a selection of felt from Sue’s own colorful stash. I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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