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Susan R. Opel

You know what’s fun to me about Halloween? I love the opportunity to dress up like somebody else while giving it my own twist.

Take last year for example. I dressed as Hester Prynne, the protagonist of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (forgive me – former English teacher here!).

Instead of dressing like a full-fledged Puritan woman, I incorporated my chenille cheer letter from elementary school (the scarlet letter) and wore pearls to represent Hester’s daughter Pearl.

Halloween 2008 – dressed as Hester Prynne

Every issue of Paper Crafts magazine gives you the opportunity to dress up your cards with your own unique twist. Have you ever browsed through a Paper Crafts magazine or special issue and created a card or project inspired by one of the designs you saw in the publication? Maybe you took the design of a birthday card and made it into a Valentine, or maybe you switched up the colors to take a Mother’s Day card to a Father’s Day card. We want to hear your story and see your creation!

Here’s what I’m talking about. I love this project by Cari Fennell in our September/October 2009 issue on page 42.

Chic Halloween Card

Cari Fennell’s Chic Halloween Card

The design is timeless and can be recreated in a variety of ways. I decided to turn it into a Thanksgiving card that I can send to my parents. Mine isn’t quite as pretty as Cari’s, but you can see the correlation (I hope!).

Susan R. Opel’s Give Thanks Card

So I introduce to you Inspired By!

Thumb through the pages of a Paper Crafts publication (magazine or special issue) and create a project inspired by one that you see. Submit an image of your Inspired By project HERE, tell us where we can find the original in our magazine, and you just might have your card featured in the Paper Crafts Connection section of one of our issues. Why not give it a shot?

To celebrate this week of Halloween festivity, I have a prize package of spooky projects from Melissa Phillips and Mary Bieber that were featured in our September/October 2009 issue for one lucky commenter.

You could win all of these projects by leaving a comment!

Leave a comment and tell me about a project that you’ve seen in the pages of a Paper Crafts magazine that you are inspired to recreate with your own twist! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Wednesday, Oct. 28th.

Get Inspired by Paper Crafts magazine!
Susan

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P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I hope everyone is in full Halloween countdown mode. Like I mentioned last Friday, here at Paper Crafts, we’re anxiously counting down the days until we can reveal our team costume. It’s going to be a real scream! (Hint: That may be a clue!)

Since little gremlins will soon be creeping up your walkway, I thought I would bring in an expert on all things Halloween. With two of her four daughters celebrating birthdays near this frightfully fun holiday, I just knew she would have some spooktacular ideas to share. Not to mention, I’m just batty for this designer, and have been wanting to spotlight her for many moons now…

So without further ado, let’s get to know the bewitching Lisa Johnson!

Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson

1. Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in Alaska – the Chugiak/Eagle River area. I was born in California though, and spent a lot of time there also.

2. Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do?

Nope, but I volunteer in schools and am very involved in my church.

3. If a movie were to be made of your life, who would you cast to play the part of you?

My girls wouldn’t hesitate to say Reese Witherspoon – with brown hair. (I don’t see any resemblance beyond us both being short.) I can’t imagine them making such a boring movie though. LOL!

4. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life?

I have to laugh…my girls screamed out the theme from Mission Impossible! LOL! (Should I be offended?) I think it’s more like Singin’ in the Rain. I do try to find the happy in life.

5. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you?

Most people are surprised when they hear me sing…I have a very full alto voice. My talking voice is more on the Minnie Mouse end of the spectrum!

6. What/who inspired you to start paper crafting?

My good friend Joan invited me over for a stamping party…that was the beginning of it all!

7. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge?

Scrapbooking! I’ve just never found my groove. I recently took a great photography class so that might change!

8. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be?

ONLY TWO? Sheesh…Okay, um…stamps (and ink since you have to have ink to stamp, right? So they really are one in the same!) and a synthetic sponge. I usually add depth by lightly sponging my cardstock edges. LOVE IT!

Lisa Johnson's Swirl Boo Card

Lisa Johnson's Swirl Boo Card

9. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why?

This may sound strange but I love Just Because. There is something so inspiring about creating a project for someone with the sheer intention of brightening their day!

10. How would you describe your style? 

This is always a hard question for me to answer…I don’t think I have a specific style. I like clean and simple, vintage, detailed, glam…I pretty much love it all! I’ve heard recently from my friends that my style is clean and classy though.

Lisa Johnson's Boo Gift Box

Lisa Johnson's Boo Treat Box

11. When is your favorite time to craft?

After lunch and reaaaaaaly late at night!

12. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting?

None! I start dancing and singing and can’t create or design. I do listen to audio books and watch movies though.

13. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion?

Well, the mere fact that I have four daughters sort of answers that! I have supplies set aside in a drawer just for them, and an area in my studio. We make everything from cards for their friends to birthday gifts. We are a bunch of busy bees!

14. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized?

I print them and put them in order on a clipboard that I hang from my studio desk. I also add the dates to my computer calendar and send myself e-mail reminders the morning of the call so I don’t forget to actually submit my projects! I pretty much assume I will forget unless it’s e-mailed in a reminder to me…so I do it with every appointment and deadline!

15. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then?

Oh my…this really ages me! My first project ever published was for the 2005 Stamping Royalty Card Contest. I think my style may have become just a little more detailed since then.

16. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones?

Yes, I currently work on the following design teams: 

I have been blessed to be able to work with We R Memory Keepers, Webster’s Pages and Prism. I’ve also done contract work for Tsukineko, 7gypsies and a few other manufacturers.

17. Name three designers whose styles you like and why they appeal to you.  

  • Debbie Olson – Everything Debbie creates is so full of depth and exudes a solid sense of design. I’ve watched her for so many years in awe. Her work is full and decadent!
  • Nichole Heady – When I first started being published, a friend pointed out to me how amazing this Paper Crafts designer was. I started taking notice and fell in love with her immaculate and innovative creations.  Always perfection in paper!
  • Melissa Phillips – Have you ever seen someone’s style that was so different from your own and fell in love? Melissa’s warm, eclectic, vintage touches and candy sweet creations exude her equally sweet personality. Guiltless pleasure!

18. Do you have any advice/tips for someone who’s never been published or who wants to submit for the first time?

The best thing to realize is that just because it’s not picked up doesn’t mean it’s not good! Have faith in your work and keep trying. It just might not have met the editorial needs at that time.

19. Do you have a blog or online gallery? If so, please provide the URL.

I do have a blog (www.poppypaperie.typepad.com). Please hop on over!

Thanks, Lisa! Your Halloween projects are simply boo-tiful! If any of you are looking for something sweet to put in your treat containers, make sure you check out Lisa’s “Spooky Sweets” post. Leave a comment for Lisa here and I’ll pick three lucky winners to win a sweet surprise! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Here’s to the sweet life!
Kelly

P.S. If you’ve been inspired by Lisa’s Halloween projects, why not make your own and upload them to our October Gallery Challenge? The deadline is midnight (MDT) tonight, so don’t delay!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Cath’s Meet Our New Graphic Designer post and the three winners from my Boo Crew post!

Cath’s winners:

1. Darlene L. (Oct. 22, 4:20 p.m.)
2. Connie Wright (Oct. 22, 3:50 p.m.)
3. Shari (Oct. 22, 3:23 p.m.)

My winners:

1. Kelly (Oct. 23, 7:40 p.m.)
2. Sharon (Oct. 23, 3:50 p.m.)
3. Denali (Oct. 23, 2:38 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! I’ll be e-mailing you shortly to get your mailing addresses and discuss your prizes. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

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

From snails and skunks to mice and monkeys, we’re giving away an entire zoo of animal-themed product. Get ready to play because I’m picking five winners this time!

You must have a copy of our November/December 2009 issue in front of you. All questions will be directly related to this issue and this issue only.

November/December 2009 I-Spy Questions:

1. I spy Jennifer’s Editor’s Note where she starts off singing one of her favorite Christmas carols. What is it?

2. I spy our Paper Crafts Connection column. How does designer Sherry Wright describe her style?

3. I spy Cath’s Moxie Fabs column. What icon does she say is “quintessential Old Country”?

4. I spy our Paper Crafts 101 column. What number is printed on the second technique square by Melissa Phillips? Hint: Look for the card featuring the vintage buttons!

5. I spy our Symbols of the Season feature. According to the vintage book page used in Angie Hagist’s Tis the Season Card, what kind of party was “Anastasia” supposed to go to? A). Pool Party B). Beach Party C). Halloween Party Hint: Look right above the point of the tallest tree?

6. I spy our Gift Trios: A Bag, a Tag, & Card feature. What striped candy is popping out of the bag in Maren Benedict’s Ho! Ho! Ho! Trio?

7. I spy The Heart of Christmas feature. According to the recipe on Wendy Sue Anderson’s Snowballs Gift Bag, how much powdered sugar is needed?

8. I spy our All Creatures Great & Small feature. What item did Kim Hughes trace to get the perfect half circle in her Not a Creature was Stirring Card?

9. I spy our Stamping Royalty feature. One winner hails from the state where bluebonnets are the official flower and armadillos roam the highways. Name the winner who has two cards featured here and calls The Lone Star State her home? Hint: This humble editor also hails from this state – as does her “boyfriend” Matthew McConaughey! 

10. I spy our Get Inspired column. What kind of pie did Susan’s Grandma Ozella make every Thanksgiving?

Five random winners (who answer five or more questions correctly) will win a selection of product we feature in this issue’s Product Parade column. (Just turn to p. 71 for a closer look!) To play, please enter your answers in the comment field below this entry. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, Oct. 11.

Five lucky people will win an assortment of this cute critter product!

Five lucky people will win an assortment of this cute critter product!

Good luck!
Kelly

P.S. What year did Columbus sail the ocean blue? In honor of Columbus Day next week, we’re hosting a two-day sail-a-bration! Visit our three online stores on Monday, Oct. 12 and Tuesday, Oct. 13 and save 30% off your entire order! Just enter the promo code COLU-1492-1DAY during checkout. This promo code will work in all three of the following stores:

Wendy Johnson, Founding Paper Crafts Pro

Wendy Johnson

‘Tis the season for ribbons, paper galore and homemade gifts tied up in pretty things! As we celebrate an early Christmas this week on the ol’ Paper Crafts blog, I’m excited to share with you a tag I created for this very fun special issue that is overflowing with amazing holiday creations. 

The little diddy shown below and featured in Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 4 was made with love from the super cute KI Memories collection, “Festive.” I love the bright colors and whimsical design that captures the fun side of the holiday season, and I’d love to give away a set of this collection along with a copy of this extra special holiday issue. Just leave me a comment by Friday, August 28 at midnight MDT and I’ll choose three winners.

Christmas Heart Tag (p. 106)

I can’t believe that we’re already gearing up for this season and all that it brings. It seems that every season sneaks up on us whether we are prepared for it or not! I also know that along with the seasons of fall, winter, summer and spring, there comes other seasons in our lives… all of which serve a purpose and shape who we are. I love this little reminder that is perched on my mantle that helps me remember that there truly is a season and time for every purpose in our lives. 

This lovely quote greets me each and every day.

Six years ago, seeds were planted during a time of my life that has grown and flourished and become one of my most bountiful seasons. Those seeds were planted in the rich soil of Paper Crafts and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have grown and flourished within the pages of this magazine, as they themselves grew from a single issue. I was there in the beginning and have thoroughly enjoyed this little season of my life. My greatest accomplishment has come within the pages of The Joy of Card Making and The Joy of Card Making: A Second Helping special issues.

I’m so grateful for Valerie Pingree and Jennafer Martin for their vision and belief in me as we worked together to bring you little card recipes for you to use in your card making. I will never forget the late night hours with two sleeping little ones tucked in their beds, as I worked on sketches and cards to share with you, our beloved readers. After the success of both issues, I was then asked to become a Paper Crafts Pro and continued to share with you my love and passion for paper crafting each month. I have also traveled across the country to Canada and even on a Caribbean Cruise to teach eager students who are ready to learn and share in this amazing hobby! 

As this season of my life comes to a close, I can’t say goodbye without saying thank you to those that have helped shape my life during this season…

  • Valerie Pingree – who saw something in me the very first day and captured the vision of The Joy of Card Making from the first moment she laid eyes on it. I owe this all to you!
  • Jennafer Martin – oh, how I have missed her! The e-mails and phone calls over the years as we worked together on The Joy of Card Making series and other special issues when she was managing editor of Paper Crafts.  Jennafer, you are one of the most amazing and influential women in the editorial department and I’m so proud to have worked with you. You deserve your new title more than ANYONE, and I’m a better person for having known you!
  • Nichole Heady – we became Paper Crafts Pro buddies from the very beginning. We’ve shared moments of laughter and late night talks as we discussed everything from our children, snakes that roam her Tennessee backyard and the latest and greatest in paper, ribbon and stamps. I’m so proud of you and your risk to make your dreams come true… Papertrey Ink. I love ya, friend!
  • Alisa Bangerter – There isn’t anyone that is more genuine, honest and sincere than this dear friend. Alisa, you are so very talented and I’m so proud of you! I love watching your segments on KSL as you have taken flight in your own new adventures. I will be the first in line to buy your book… so you better get it written!
  • Melissa Phillips – Seriously, can there be anyone sweeter than you?! Oh, sweet Melissa, how I love ya, girlie! You are THE MOST talented gal I know and best little mommy! Thank you for always being there, listening to me and being a part of this season in my life!
  • Sue Neal – If you haven’t taken a class from Sue, then you are truly missing out! She is one of the best teachers I know and is so full of life. I’m so glad we share some Idaho roots and that we have become such good friends! Best of luck with your cute card kits and I’ll see you at the conventions!
  • Stacy Croninger – There was no one better to take the helm of Paper Crafts after Valerie stepped down than you! I have missed your Laffy Taffy jokes and fun sense of humor! I’m so grateful that you are still a part of this huge family and that I get to see you at the Creating Keepsakes Conventions… I’m such a lucky gal!
  • Cath Edvalson – There really aren’t any words to adequately describe this amazing lady! We have spent several years working together and I have learned so much from her! Cath, I will never forget when you told me you had an “emotional reaction” over a picture frame I created years ago… that is my greatest compliment from you. Thank you!
  • Brenda Peterson – The glue that holds the entire Paper Crafts family together. I have worked with Brenda since that very first day and she is still here to keep everyone going! Thank you for your hard work and making sure I get paid!
  •  Jennifer, Brandy, Kelly and Susan – The rest of the gals that round out the amazing editorial staff of Paper Crafts magazine. Although our time spent together was very short, I’m so grateful that I have had the opportunity to have known and worked with you. Brandy, thank you for your wonderful home where we met many times to brainstorm, laugh and enjoy good food! Kelly, you have taken the blogging world by fire and you are amazing with what you do. Susan, you have added a whole other element to this family… thank you for your presence and hard work! Jennifer – everyone is in good hands with you leading the team. Thank you for your help and understanding during very difficult times.
  • Paper Crafts Loyal Readers – all I can say is… thank you. Thank you for your loyal support every month as you read the pages of this amazing magazine. We all love you!

As with every season in our lives, when one comes to a close, another one begins to come to life. And so it is with my own little journey in life. Although my season with Paper Crafts magazine has come to a close, I’m beyond excited and thrilled for my new season that is just beginning to sprout. As the new Education Coordinator for Piggy Tales, I will be designing classes and traveling across the country doing what I love the very most… teaching! I will also be designing projects galore through our monthly kit club, PTA, and many other assignments and adventures that are about to unfold. So, drop by our web site and you will be able to continue to see me in all that Piggy Tales has to offer… you don’t want to miss out!

And last, but not least, I must thank my sweet husband. He was there that very first day when I had the idea to submit my work. He has encouraged me every step of the way, washed dishes, mopped floors and wiped runny noses from two little faces when I have been buried in deadlines! If it weren’t for him, my dreams would have never come true! I love you, babe!

May we each remember that there truly is a “season and a time to every purpose” as we each journey through life… may you live each season that comes your way to the very fullest!

Wendy, Founding Paper Crafts Pro

P.S. If you’re a new reader and interested in learning more about The Joy of Card Making special issues, we’re currently offering a “Buy One, Get One” sale. If you buy the first volume, you’ll get “A Second Helping” for FREE! Click HERE to reserve your copies today!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Today we’re spotlighting our fabulous 2009 Gallery Idol winner Rae Barthel! Just announced last Friday, the shock of it all is still sinking in, but Rae certainly had a mouthful to say on her own blog. I think my favorite expletive of hers was “holy guacamole”. Pretty much the two greatest words ever uttered. And now I’m hungry for Mexican food! When’s lunch?

Besides a talented card maker, Rae has always been one of Paper Crafts’ biggest cheerleaders, so it’s a huge honor for me to return the favor and wave my pom poms high in the air for the one and only

R-A-E  B-A-R-T-H-E-L!

Shall we get to know our newest Gallery Idol winner a little better?

Rae Barthel

Rae Barthel

1. Full name: Rae Ann Barthel

2. Hometown: I grew up in McHenry, Illinois, a far northwest suburb of Chicago. Our family relocated to Huntsville, Alabama five years ago.

3. Do you work outside the home?

No, unless yard work and coaching sports counts. 😉

4. If a movie were to be made of your life, who would you cast to play the part of you?

Well, first I would have to convince Janet Evanovich to write the screenplay, then I would cast the smart, yet quirky, Sandra Bullock to play the lead.

5. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life?

Forever Young” by Bob Dylan

6. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you?

I am a VERY picky eater; there is a growing list of foods that no longer agree with me, and many that I don’t agree with!

7. What/who inspired you to start paper crafting?

My passion for paper crafting was born out of necessity… six years ago my husband was deployed to Iraq. I had a newborn, a toddler, a six-year-old and zero patience for browsing through the greeting card aisle at the store to select cards for our large extended family. The light bulb went on when I cut apart my nephew’s birthday invitation and repurposed it as his birthday card; “A-ha”, I said to self, “you can tailor cards to suit the recipient, how cool is that?!” And then I discovered patterned paper…

8. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge? 

Can you say supply hoarder? Yep, I’ve got it BAD. I buy the stuff, and then am afraid to use it because I’m always worried that there would be something else that I would want to use it for. I even started the Use It! Challenges blog to try to convince myself and the many other guilty parties out there, that it’s “okay” to use those hoarded supplies!

9. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be?

All I need is double-sided patterned paper and scissors! I love creating embellishments from patterned paper, such as flowers, ribbon or fussy cutting a design from the paper to use on a card.

10. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why?

Birthday cards are my favorite cards to create because I can design them to suit the person that I am giving them to. {have you ever tried buying a birthday card for a teen boy?! ’nuff said.}

Raes Tweet Party Card won BasicGreys Fifth Anniversary Challenge!

Rae's Tweet Party Card won BasicGrey's 5th Anniversary Challenge!

11. When is your favorite time to craft? 

I am an early morning crafter. I seem to create the best during the day when the kids are at school (no interruptions!), and with natural lighting. 

12. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting? 

Nothing better than crafting with reruns of Law & Order {& its myriad spin-offs) playing on the TV in the background.

13. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion?

We’re definitely a paper craftin’ family. My husband raids my stash to make my birthday cards (on my birthday, of course); my oldest son loves coming into my craft room when working on his school projects (I call him the “king of distressing”) and he is a fellow font junkie; my daughter is often caught stealing my “bling”; and my little guy just likes to cut apart patterned paper (and leave lots of itty, bitty pieces for mommy to clean up!).

14. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized?

Sadly, I am not very organized when it comes to deadlines/calls… I just have the info stored in my ol’ noggin, or refer to the calls/deadlines on my computer. {Note to self: devise a better way to organize this information.}

15. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then?

The March 2008 Paper Crafts issue was my first ever publication; I had three cards published in that issue. I honestly don’t feel that my style has changed much since then; guess I’m sort of a status quo kind of girl.

16. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones? 

I have been too chicken to try out for many design teams, although, I did try out for and was chosen to be on the fabulous 2 Sketches 4 You design team for the Winter 2008 term.

17. Name three designers whose styles you like and why they appeal to you.

  • Teri Anderson makes “simple” seem so, so easy; huge fan of the “less is more” philosophy.
  • Roree Rumph has such an amazing eye for detail; her stitching is perfection; her cards are layered just right and never over-embellished; and I admire her use of bold color and pattern.
  • Melissa Phillips is my shabby idol. As much as I try, I can never, ever, do shabby chic like she does. Seriously, have you seen the magic this girl can do with a discarded piece of corrugated cardboard?!

18. Do you have any advice/tips for someone who’s never been published or who wants to submit for the first time?

Start by doing a little bit of research. Look through the magazine(s) that you would like to submit to and see what types of projects they are publishing. Invest in some current product; remember that a publication call is for a magazine that will be published six months in the future, and therefore your product will also be six months older. Stay true to YOUR style. And most importantly, don’t give up! 

19. How would you describe your style?

Somewhat all over the spectrum, as I LOVE patterned paper, and allow it to guide my card making designs. I suppose my work could be considered clean and simple with an occasional touch of whimsy.

Heres another card Rae submitted to our Open Auditions round of Gallery Idol!

Here's another card Rae submitted to our "Open Auditions" round of Gallery Idol! Love that bright, yellow flower!

20. What did you enjoy most about the Gallery Idol experience?

Winning! {just kidding} I greatly enjoyed being challenged week after week. Would you believe it if I told you that as soon as I read the new theme, an idea immediately popped into my head, and I knew that I couldn’t stop until I turned that exact idea into a card. I loved the anticipation of Monday morning, waiting to see how my talented fellow contestants interpreted the theme, and the anticipation of Friday morning, nervously reading through the names of those moving on to the next round, hoping to see mine listed. I have to shout-out a HUGE thanks to the many manufacturers who supplied the prizes for this contest. I am overwhelmed by your generosity! And thank you Paper Crafts for this wonderful experience, which proved to be the perfect distraction for me this summer; something {other than my three active children} to keep me busy and my mind occupied while my husband started his deployment in Afghanistan.

Thanks, Rae! So glad our little contest was a fun and creative distraction for you. And just like us, I’m sure your husband is very proud of you. Even in Afghanistan, I know he’s cheering you on!

May only good things keep coming your way!
Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the four winners from my And the Gallery Idol Winner Is… post and the two winners from Jennifer’s Get Spooked with our September/October issue post! Here they are in no particular order:

My winners:

1. TishSch (August 2, 8:55 p.m.)
2. Jenny McGee (July 31, 8:08 p.m.)
3. Jess (August 1, 7:57 a.m.)
4. Roxanne (July 31, 9:47 a.m.)

Jennifer’s winners:

1. Valerie Durham (July 28, 8:40 p.m.)
2. CoreyW (July 28, 11:37 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! I’ll be e-mailing you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Brandy Jesperson

Brandy Jesperson

Are you all enjoying meeting our Go-to Gals as much as we are enjoying introducing them? Tuesdays and Thursdays have taken on a whole new meaning in our parts. Well, I don’t want to tease you any longer (we are pretending you haven’t already read the title and you are desperate with suspense).

Today I have the great privilege of introducing the amazing Ms. Jessica Witty! Jessica is an uber talented stamper with a brilliant way with both words and paper. Jessica is the proud mama of three bitty Wittys and has a personality that is dynamite (just wait until you read some of her responses). If being amazingly talented and intelligent wasn’t enough, Jessica is also a fountain of fabulous tips and tricks (get the perfect bow every time by flipping your project upside down and then tying your ribbon… I’ve tried this and it TOTALLY works!).  

So, are you ready to meet this long lost sister of Punky Brewster? 

Go-to Gal Jessica Witty

Go-to Gal Jessica Witty

1. Where did you grow up? I spent most of my growing up years deep in the heart of Texas. In fact, my husband and I still live a few miles from our childhood homes.

2. Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do? In my pre-SAHM days, I worked as a radio script editor and writer for an internationally broadcast radio ministry. I’ve been a SAHM for a few years and I enjoy the craziness that defines my life now!

3. If a movie were to be made of your life, who would you cast to play the part of you? Oh, good grief… um… the girl who used to play Punky Brewster? Punky and I used to be twins back in the 80’s. 

Jessica and Punky...separated at birth?

Jessica and Punky... separated at birth?

4. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life? “Walkin’ on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves. And for a more serious choice, “Be Thou My Vision”.

5. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you? I have three first-born children. Seriously! Two of my three kids are adopted, and both times we had no idea we would be adopting before we were asked to. With baby #3 (Noelle) we only had seven days time between being asked to adopt and being at the hospital for her arrival. That was only 11 weeks ago, so my head is still spinning!

6. What/who inspired you to start paper crafting? Like so many of you, I’ve always been crafty. However, I *cannot* draw. At all. No sketching skills whatsoever. I always struggled with that because I felt like it meant I couldn’t really be “artsy”. I was totally intrigued when a friend of mine invited me to a stamping party seven years ago. Creative expression using paper and ink but not requiring the ability to draw?! Sign me up!

7. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge? In this season of life… TIME! I have three kids (two of them under the age of two) and all that comes along with it, so my time is definitely limited. That means that I have to be ready to create right when I sit down at my table… and that’s hard for me. Perfectionism is my other battle, and a lack of time + perfectionism just do not equal good results! Honestly, I like to plan out my entire project, down to every detail, before I even put one stamp to paper or make one cut. Lately I’ve been trying to focus on being willing to make mistakes for the sake of getting started and letting my creativity come out during the process.   

8. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be? Stamps and ink, no question! My one embellishment necessity would be ribbon. Followed closely by buttons. Huh… apparently I need more than I thought!

I love the way Jessica transformed plain kraft cardstock into this amazing card with a few stamps and a little ink – now THAT is talent!

I love the way Jessica transformed plain kraft cardstock into this amazing card with a few stamps and a little ink – now THAT is talent!

9. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why? Lately, that would be thank you cards! (I still have many, many to make!) Generally, I’d say either all occasion/friendship or thank you cards. 

10. When is your favorite time to craft? Naptime! (The kids’ naptime, not mine!) I used to pull a lot of all-nighters to craft, but that habit went by the wayside as more kids came along and I passed the 30-year mark.

11. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting? None! And for the record, I am so technologically disabled that I could actually be the last person on earth to get an iPod. My work table (a.k.a. dining room table) faces the living room, so I’m generally listening to the oh-so-soothing sounds of my children.

12. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion? My oldest son now has an obsession for paper as well… he says he is going to be a “paper collector” when he grows up! He likes to make his own books and art projects at his little table while I’m working at mine. At Christmas, my husband pitches in with what we affectionately call The-Witty-Family-Christmas-Card-Sweatshop.

13. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized? To be honest, organization is really not my middle name. I finally got a daily planner specifically for my design work and that works really well for me. I track due dates on the monthly layouts, print out any assignment and call details and paper clip them in the appropriate weeks. I also use the daily sections to write and sketch out my project ideas.

14. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then? My very first issue was November 2006 when my first and second submissions ever won spots in the Stamping Royalty contest that year. I’ve definitely refined my style since then… I tend to use much more white space now. 

15. What are you looking forward to most about being a Paper Crafts Go-to Gal? You know, the fame… fortune… paparazzi, etc. HA! I’m so looking forward to getting an inside glimpse into the inner workings of Paper Crafts, the challenges that come with our assignments, and continuing to be inspired by what has always been my favorite magazine. This is a long-time goal realized for me and I’m so grateful and excited for the opportunity!

16. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones? I was previously a designer with Paper Salon and I currently design for Emma’s Paperie

17. Name three designers whose styles you like and why they appeal to you.

  • Julie Ebersole was the very first designer who totally struck me years ago with her designs and is still inspiring me to this day. I love her ability to pair brilliant ideas with an editorial eye. 
  • Nichole Heady always grabs me with her simple elegance. 
  • Melissa Phillips and Anabelle O’Malley simply because their styles are so different than mine! I analyze their work to see how they layer and put things together and try to incorporate the feeling of whimsy they have into my own designs.

18. Do you have any advice/tips for someone who’s never been published or who wants to submit for the first time? Focus on your strengths and refine them! Figure out your comfort zone, become  proficient at it, then move beyond it. And submit every project along the way! It’s been said before, but you just never know what will be a winner. 

19. How would you describe your style? I am definitely a less is more, simple and graphic with clean lines and lots of white space kind of designer. My goal is generally to do more with less, to use what I have, to edit as much as possible while keeping a big visual punch, and to do all of that in a short time frame. Layering and embellishments are definitely a challenge for me… two layers on a card is a lot of layers to me! White space is my friend. 

I’d say white space is Jessica’s friend!  The white space on this gem (from Stamp It! Cards) really lets the swirly flowers and simple sentiment do the talkin’.

I’d say white space is Jessica’s friend! The white space on this gem (from Stamp It! Cards) really lets the swirly flowers and simple sentiment do the talkin’.

20. Do you have a blog or online gallery? If so, please provide the URL. You can find my work at Emma’s Paperie and I still work with my designer friends from Paper Salon. You can also see my gallery at splitcoaststampers.com. I just launched my blog, and it’s still a little bare but I’ll be posting links and other good things very soon. I’m on Facebook, too.

I told ya… tons of personality in this one! Thanks, Jessica for answering these questions. I for one can’t wait to see all your brilliant projects and read your great tips in the upcoming issues of Paper Crafts

Make sure you leave sweet Jessica a comment before you run off to check out all the cool stuff she mentioned in her answers. In honor of her three itty bitty Wittys (I just love saying that!), I’ll pick three winners to win a copy of Stamp It! Cards and an assortment of itty bitty stamps. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, July 22.

Loving big reveal Tuesdays,
Brandy

P.S. It’s to announce the five winners from Kelly’s Freebie Friday – Gallery Idol Top 10 Announced post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Laurie Takens (July 17, 4:51 p.m.)
2. Melissa (July 17, 1:02 p.m.)
3. doverdi (July 19, 5:31 a.m.)
4. Kelly R (July 17, 11:42 a.m.)
5. Bonnie (July 18, 3:53 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won two bags of Papertrey Ink buttons! Kelly will be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses! Thanks to all who left comments on their favorite way to use buttons! Speaking of buttons… that’s the theme for Round 3 in our Gallery Idol competition. Click here to view these 10 amazing button-infused cards. And make sure you cast your vote for your favorite design!

Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No…it’s   Betsy Veldman, Superhero…er, I mean Paper Crafts Go-to Gal! With super powers that include cutting, stamping and gluing, plus weapons like stickers, super-sharp scissor hands, and glue gun, it’s no wonder we chose Betsy Veldman as one of our six new Paper Crafts Go-to Gals.

Her son beat us to it and awarded her Superhero status a few years ago (want to giggle? Read Betsy’s blog – it’s all about the expression on the littlest one’s face!), so we’ll just have to settle for working with her as a mere mortal. But since there’s nothing that isn’t super-powered about Betsy, set your mouse to super-scroll and read more about this super-scrapper paper crafter who grew up in small town North Dakota and now lives in Iowa.

Go-to Gal Betsy Veldman

Go-to Gal Betsy Veldman

1. Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do? No, I do not work outside the home right now. When I did, before the birth of my third child, I worked as a floral designer.

If you noticed our Get Inspired column (p. 98) in our March/April 2009 issue, you saw Betsy’s flair for floral!

2. If a movie were to be made of your life, who would you cast to play the part of you? Gosh, I don’t know…I asked my husband and he said Alice from The Brady Bunch. What a romantic.

3. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life? The Sponge Bob theme song? Oh, wait, that’s just what I hear in the background 20 times a day!

4. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you? That I hate to try different foods. I am such an American girl when it comes to my food choices…give me a hamburger and fries any day! My friends tease me and are constantly threatening to take me out and make me eat squid or something. 

[So now we know that sushi is probably not an option for our next Editorial Board meeting…but for Betsy, we’ll have burgers and fries at least once!]

5. What/who inspired you to start paper crafting? My sister was actually the one who got me started. She got into scrapbooking about the time I got married and she bought me an album and a bunch of supplies. It’s kind of funny that she would be the one to start me on it, since I have always been the craftier one.

6. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge? Organization! I make such a mess when I create and I wish I could find a way to keep it under control! Sometimes I feel like I spend more time cleaning and trying to organize than actually creating. Finding time is also a big challenge (this might also have something to do with all the time I spend cleaning???). With three little ones to keep up with, life is a bit crazy sometimes!

7. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be? This is an easy one…stamps and my Cricut. Can’t live without either one!

8. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why? Christmas! I love creating little handmade gifts for friends and family. It’s a great excuse to spoil everyone with little treats. It might just be the handmade tags on the gifts, or a handmade card, but my friends and family enjoy getting something created from the heart.

[Watch for Betsy’s 15 Christmas projects in our upcoming special issue Holiday Cards & More, on sale August 25!]

9. How would you describe your style? I think my style is colorful, bright, full of details and has just a touch of vintage funk. 

Look for the supplies and instructions for Betsy’s adorable treat bag in our Sept/Oct issue, on sale in two weeks!

10. When is your favorite time to craft? Definitely late at night when the house is quiet. I drink a little caffeine around 9:00 p.m. and as soon as the little ones are tucked in bed, my mind starts to unwind and the creativity flows a lot easier than it does during the busyness of the day.

11. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting? Many times I just like to have it quiet and peaceful, since I usually craft late at night, but if I listen to anything, it’s usually just the radio.

12. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion? My kids love to hang out with me in my craft room. It doesn’t always work out so well with the two-year-old, but my other two children love to craft with me, especially my 5-year-old daughter. She has her own stash of stuff and I love to see what her little creative mind comes up with!

13. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized? I have a calendar hanging above my desk that I write all of the calls and deadlines on. It’s right above my computer, so it’s always right there in front of me!

14. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then? Hmm…I think the first issue I was ever in was the August 2007 issue [Yep! She’s on pgs. 53, 57, and 75!]. I’m not sure how much my style has changed – I still love bright colors and lots of details, although I do feel like I’ve really grown as a designer since then. I’ve learned so much about different techniques and I think my work has become more polished. I also don’t think I owned more than a handful of stamps back then, and today stamps are such an integral part of my paper crafting.

15. What are you looking forward to most about being a Paper Crafts Go-to Gal? Working more closely with all the special people at Paper Crafts. They are such a joy to work with. Their creativity and vision for the magazine are just outstanding!

[Thanks, Betsy! We think you’re pretty special, too!]

16. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones? Yes, I’ve contributed to quite a few design teams, past and present. Some of my past commitments include Tinkering Ink and Inque Boutique. Currently, I design for Papertrey Ink and Provo Craft (for their Cricut and Cuttlebug team). I also do a bit of freelance work for Die Cuts With a View for some of their QVC shows.

17. Name three designers whose styles you like and why they appeal to you. 

  • Melissa Phillips (for the charm and amazing details she adds to her work)
  • Dawn McVey (for her inspiring color combos!) 
  • Heather Bailey (the color and pattern combinations in her fabrics blow me away! it also helps that my biggest love after paper is fabric!)

18. Do you have any advice/tips for someone who’s never been published or who wants to submit for the first time? It’s been said a million times, but you can’t be published if you don’t submit! And don’t give up if you’re not chosen the first time! I think I submitted for over a year before I had anything picked up by Paper Crafts. Also, take clear, crisp, bright photographs and make sure your work is clean and polished. When you see a call, print it out and go down the list…many times I try to make at least one card or project for every section of the call. It challenges me and gets my creative juices flowing.

And we’re happy to have those Superhero creative juices! Since Betsy loves stamps so much, especially those from Papertrey Ink, I’ve got some PTI stamp sets to give away. Leave Betsy a cheery welcome note in the comments section no later than midnight MST on Sunday, July 19 and I’ll pick six lucky winners!

Welcome aboard, Betsy!
Jennifer

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner from Cath’s Welcome Go-to Gal, Maren Benedict post!

Congrats to Brianna! (July 15, 1:36 p.m.)

Brianna, you’ve won an amazing prize package from Unity Stamp Company! Kelly will be contacting you shortly for your mailing address. Thanks to all who left so many welcoming comments for Maren!

Susan R. Opel

Susan R. Opel

This should be a familiar face to you. It’s Kim Kesti – former Paper Crafts Pro and creator of that fabulous apron card we’ve all been adoring so much recently. Kim has the distinction of being the only Go-to Gal that was once a Paper Crafts Pro. I’d like to think that she’s the cheer captain, and she’ll be teaching all the new girls the routines, but you’ll see – they won’t need much help.

I first met this fabulous red-headed paper crafting wonder in 2005 when I knew her as a Creating Keepsakes Hall of Famer. But when I started working for Paper Crafts magazine, I began to see that she was not only an award-winning scrapbooker, but she was also a pretty fantastic card maker. And funny! Her sense of humor (and her laugh that goes with it!) is pretty much one of my very favorite things about Kim. And the fact that she has a graphic style that makes me want to be like her when I grow up – I love that about her, too.

Let’s get to know Kimmers a little bit better, shall we?  

Go-to Gal Kim Kesti

Go-to Gal Kim Kesti

1. Where did you grow up? I’m one of those rare birds – an Arizona native. I was born and have lived in Phoenix all my life.

2. Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do? Not currently, although I did own my own little craft & antique shop for 14 years.

3. If a movie were to be made of your life, who would you cast to play the part of you? Oh heavenly days – what was name of that housekeeper on The Brady Bunch? Hee, hee.

4. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life? Another hard one, I’m not a huge music fan…how about “Here Comes the Sun”?

5. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you? Mostly people are surprised to hear that I have eight children. They usually ask a) If they are all mine and b) With the same guy? Hmph…yes and yes.

6. What/who inspired you to start paper crafting? I started scrapbooking in early 2000, and then jumped ship into paper crafting in 2005 when Paper Crafts magazine requested a few projects. I suppose you would call it fate.

7. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge? I pretty much stress out trying to do the shabby chic/vintage look. I just get tangled up with all those layers.

8. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be? Easy – letter stickers and brads.

9. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why? I love making birthday cards; Christmas is probably my second favorite. I make plenty of “just because” cards, too. Those are fun!

10. How would you describe your style?  I’m pretty much a clean and graphic girl. I love working with plain cardstock and enjoy a clever turn of phrase. Give me the straightforward bold and funky, and I’ll run with it every time.

Kim Kestis Get Happy Card from Paper Crafts October 2008 issue.

Kim Kesti's Get Happy Card from Paper Crafts October 2008 issue.

I love so many of Kim’s fabulous creations, but this one really stands out for me. Totally fun. Graphic as all get out. And, hello! Orange and green (my top two favorite colors) in harmony. And I’m singing the theme from the Partridge Family, are you?

11. When is your favorite time to craft? While baby is napping – bliss!

12. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting? Again, not a big music girl, I do listen to talk radio, though.

13. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion? Um, did you say participate or tolerate?

14. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized? I have a magnet board strictly for submissions, calls, contracts, etc. Everything gets printed out and hung up on this board. As paperwork is finished, it goes into a file.

15. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then?  Oh yes, it was a joint issue between Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes magazine – a special issue all about weddings. My style has definitely evolved since then; I am much more graphic and edgy nowadays.

16. What are you looking forward to most about being a Paper Crafts Go-to Gal? I love, love, love working with the crew in Utah. The people are my favorite part. Of course, seeing my work published is a thrill that never gets old.

17. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones? Yes, I’ve worked for several manufacturers (Scrapworks, Daisy D’s, Imagination Project) and enjoyed working with an online store (Scrapsupply) for quite a few years.

18. Name three designers whose styles you like and why they appeal to you.  Three of my favorites are:

19. Do you have any advice/tips for someone who’s never been published or who wants to submit for the first time? I can only say, stay true to your style and submit, submit, submit. I once asked an editor if it made a difference that someone kept submitting even after not getting picked up – she said “yes”…so they DO notice!

See? Isn’t Kim just great fun? Head on over to Kim’s blog, and soak in her creative vibes. Her blog posts are fun and happy – just like her!

So what’s YOUR favorite Kim Kesti card OF ALL TIME (besides the apron one – that’s a given!)? 😉

Here’s to more inspiration from K2!
Susan

P.S. Voting began yesterday for Gallery Idol’s Top 20 wedding cards! Make sure you head on over to our contest page and vote for your favorite design! Round 1 voting will run through noon (MST) on Thursday, July 9. We’ll announce the Top 15 and the next round’s theme on Friday, July 10.

P. Kelly Smith
P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday and the last day of our Card Creations 7 Week celebration! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed your sneak peek of Card Creations, Volume 7 both here and on Moxie Fab World. We’ve had so much fun spotlighting this incredible issue and hope you’ve been sufficiently inspired to go make your own little masterpieces of wonder.

For those of you just joining us today, make sure to read all of our fun posts this week. From talking blossoms and buttons with designer Carla Peicheff to being tickled pink to tying on aprons with Kim Kesti and hitting the jackpot with Susan R. Opel, we’ve had a grand ol’ time! And special thanks go out to all the manufacturers who’ve donated their fabulous product for our daily giveaways! As always, your generosity is much appreciated!

Today I’m going to spotlight a few of my favorite cards from CC7, which is really hard to do since there are so many amazing designs! But this first one has a special place in my heart since it was created by a humble editor whose named rhymes with “jelly” (little inside joke around here!).

Yes, little ol’ me pulled out her scraps and created this card that features one of my favorite Emily Dickinson quotes. I made it for my dear 88-year-old Grandma who lost her sweetheart this last February. Since she has the most beautiful singing voice, I knew SIStv’s Music in the Morning paper would resonate with her and “hopefully” put a smile on her face and in her heart.

P. Kelly Smiths Hope Has Feathers Card from CC7

P. Kelly Smith's Hope Has Feathers Card from CC7

My next two favorite cards are all about friendship. These are the kinds of cards I would love to give my best gal pals. And, of course, I would be thrilled to be on the receiving end too! I think it’s the punch of orange and the simple use of the word “friend” that works so brilliantly here.

Maren Benedicts Friends Tree Card and Dawn McVeys Friends Card from CC7

Maren Benedict's Friends Tree Card and Dawn McVey's Friends Card from CC7

And because we’re all friends in this wonderfully connective industry, I’d like you to meet 15 of my friends who just happen to have gorgeous cards in CC7:

  • Charlene Austin                                
  • Ashley Newell                                  
  • Teri Anderson                                   
  • Kim Hughes                                        
  • Carla Peicheff                                   
  • Dawn McVey                                    
  • Betsy Veldman                                 
  • Kim Kesti                                            
  • Alli Miles                                            
  • Maren Benedict                              
  • Melissa Phillips                                
  • Sherry Wright                                   
  • Debbie Olsen                                    
  • Layle Koncar          
  • Beatriz Jennings                             

These talented ladies are also directly related to our big giveaway today! Yes, we’re having another blog hop! Each of these designers will be spotlighting one of the cards they created for CC7. They’ll be talking about products, techniques and anything else their little creative minds desire. Each time you comment on a different blog (one comment per blog, please), your name gets entered to win a free copy of CC7 (there’s 15 up for grabs!) AND one of the ten amazing prize packages we’re giving away here and on Moxie Fab World!

Here on Paper Crafts Connection, we’re giving away five fabulous prize packages! Each prize set contains a collection from Doodlebug Design, Autumn Leaves, Anna Griffin, SEI and Sassafras Lass.

This is ONE prize package! We actually ran out of room on the table, so you can’t see the product from Sassafras Lass!

This is ONE prize package! We actually ran out of room on the table, so you can’t see Sassafras Lass' product!

On Moxie Fab World, Cath is also giving away five amazing prize packages! Each of her prize sets contains a collection from Pink Paislee, My Mind’s Eye, Fancy Pants Designs, Imaginisce and KI Memories.

And this is ONE prize package! Imagine this spread out on your own table!

And this is ONE prize package! Imagine these paper crafting morsels spread out on your table!

So it’s time to go visit my friends! Once you’re done with your blog hop, come back here and leave a comment telling me your favorite project from the 15 designers. And then hop on over to Moxie Fab World and tell Cath whose project you thought was the trendiest. To be eligible for the 10 prize packages, our two Paper Crafts blogs should be the last on your tour. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, June 28. The 10 lucky winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 30!

Happy blog hopping!
Kelly

P.S. Since it’s never a dull moment around here, make sure you check back here on Monday when we announce the Top 20 finalists in our Gallery Idol 2009 competition! Get ready for some summer fun!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kim’s It’s All Right Here post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Linda (June 24, 9:11 a.m.)
2. Tracy T (June 24, 4:51 a.m.)
3. Emma O (June 24, 12:52 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! In addition to winning a copy of Card Creations, Volume 7, each of you will receive BasicGrey’s Bittersweet collection. I’ll be contacting shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Brandy Jesperson

Brandy Jesperson

I’ve been a girly-girl for as long as I can remember. I never went through the tomboy phase of life and instead opted for a never-ending string of tea parties, Barbies, clothes, and shopping. Even today, I enjoy a good tea party, and consider shopping to be both a form of exercise and therapy. Wouldn’t you agree?

So it should come as no surprise that I’ve always been a fan of the color pink. I tend to gravitate more towards raspberry shades, but I also like a good bubblegum pink or a classic pastel pink. No matter which shade you prefer, put it on today and wear it with pride because today is National Pink Day. That’s right! There is an entire holiday dedicated to this rosy shade! To celebrate, I want to show a few of my favorite pink cards from Card Creations, Volume  7.

Melissa Phillips Pretty in Pink Card from CC7

Melissa Phillips' Pretty in Pink Card from CC7

I love the way Melissa Phillips combined several shades of pink and a dash of red for an utterly delectable and shabby birthday card.    

Annette Kings Will You Be My Valentine Card from CC7

Annette King's Will You Be My Valentine Card from CC7

This classically pink card from Annette King merges two of my favorite patterns of houndstooth and polka dots for a sweet Valentine’s Day card perfect for any loved one.

To celebrate this pink-tastic holiday, and the release of Card Creations, Volume 7 (on sale TODAY!), leave a comment telling me your favorite pink product and you’ll automatically be entered to win a copy of CC7 and the Rouge Paperie collection  from Making Memories – the same collection Annette used on her Valentine card above! All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, June 24. The three lucky winners will be announced on Thursday’s blog. 

Three lucky winners will receive this pink prize package from Making Memories!

Three lucky winners will receive this pink prize package from Making Memories!

Yours in a paradise of pink,
Brandy

P.S. Not to be left out of the fun, all of us at work dressed in pink too. We look pretty cute, wouldn’t ya say?

Even though Stace forgot to wear pink, luckily her hair color came to the rescue!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the winners from Cath’s Loving It in the Moxie Fab World post and Sue’s Mad Dad Skills post!!

Cath’s winner: Congrats to Rachel S (June 16, 9:10 a.m.)!

Sue’s winner: Congrats to Summer Braxton (June 17, 6:24 a.m.)!

Congrats, ladies! I’ll be e-mailing you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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