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Kim Hughes

Happy Veterans or Remembrance Day! Today we reflect on our heroes with pride and take time to appreciate those who have served and are still serving our country. 

I for one always get choked up at parades and ball games when I hear the National Anthem. Maybe it’s because the song just moves me or maybe it’s that friendly reminder that I’m part of something wonderful.

So, thank you, past and present military for all you do and for the sacrifices that you have made. My Dad is one of many veterans in our family, and I plan on giving him an extra big hug today.

If you would like to learn more about Veterans Day, please visit:

Please also stop by the My Mind’s Eye Blog for some more inspiration. Their talented team will be embracing Veterans Day from both Canadian and American perspectives.

Some sentiments that are great for Veterans Day cards are:

  • Thinking of You and Saluting
  • You’re My Hero
  • A Day to Remember
  • God Bless America
  • Loving Remembrance
  • Thank You for Your Service
  • Today We Reflect
  • A Special Place in My Heart
  • Saluting You
  • You Are in My Thoughts
  • Honoring our Heroes
  • Veterans Day Gratitude

Thanks so much for sharing this special day with us. Remember to thank the veteran in your life.

Kim Hughes,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

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Kim Hughes

Kim Hughes

Hello, friends! World Card Making Day is drawing near…have you made plans for this special day yet? I will be teaching at Scrapbooks to Remember in Anthem, AZ, which I’m beyond excited about. I hope to see some of you there! I’m also hosting a fashion/home decor challenge at Ellen Hutson’s CLASSroom blog, which is where I post a technique-based class every Wednesday. Please come say “hi”!

I will also be contributing a card to the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. They are a Canadian-based magazine that is found in local scrapbook stores and can also be seen online. That’s the wonderful thing about “World” Card Making Day…it’s a day where friends and strangers from around the globe can come together and enjoy what they love…creating heartfelt cards.

This is a great time to get ready for the holiday card-making season. Mass producing holiday cards can be an intimidating task, but there are ways to make your experience an enjoyable one:

  • Creating a card that is flat, light weight and standard size (4 ¼” x 5 ½”) makes it easier and more cost-effective to mail.
  • Additional postage is required for square and odd-shaped envelopes. 
  • You will also need to add postage for ribbon knots and even the tiniest of brads. (Be prepared because this can add a lot to your cost, especially if you are mailing a ton of cards. Might want to rethink that delicious bow!)
I designed this holiday card specifically with mass producing it in mind.

I designed this holiday card specifically with mass producing it in mind.

  • Get your children involved and design a card that uses punches (I used a large circle, snowflake and small folk heart punches). 
  • Create an assembly line by pre-cutting/punching papers and let your family lend a helping hand. 

I used papers from the Merry Days of Christmas collection by My Mind’s Eye. I like using a holiday paper collection because the colors coordinate perfectly. The Cold & Cuddly stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is absolutely adorable, and it can be used year after year (use the bear or walrus to create a different card entirely).

Santas Holiday Cheer Card is only five steps and perfect for mass producing!

Santa's Holiday Cheer Card is only five steps and perfect for mass producing!

This card was published in the recent Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4 and is easy to replicate. Just cut two slits in a square and add black paper through it to create Santa’s belt. The base papers are by Core’dinations cardstock and the sentiment can easily be created with a bracket die cut. Just stamp a holiday sentiment and add a jingle bell accent.

If you are digital savvy, add special touches to your family photo and use them as your holiday card. Many photo-developing stores offer great printing rates during the holidays. You just have to shop around!

When designing a card to mass produce, use the K.I.S.S. method (Keep It Simple Silly). Keep layers to the minimum and purchase embellishments that come in multiple packs, if possible. That’s a big reason why stamped cards are ideal – you can use the stamps over and over again. You can assemble them while cropping with friends or sitting in front of the television. I love the feeling that I get when they are all completed and sent, don’t you?

I have a fun giveaway today! Two winners will each take home a GCD Studios paper pad, two packages of their die cut chipboard and a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4 (which is my favorite special publication this year). Please tell me if you make your own holiday cards and about how many you send out. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, Oct. 2.

Two lucky winners will each receive this prize package!

Two lucky winners will each receive this prize package!

Let the holiday card-making begin!

Kim Hughes,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. Make sure you hop on over to Cath’s Moxie Fab World blog! Today on her world tour of card-making, she’s spotlighting cards from the Dominican Republic, Japan, Morocco, the Phillipines, Puerto Rico and Singapore!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! Last week we bid a fond farewell to the last days of summer. And while I always mourn the loss of my flip-flops and snow cones, I know all good things will eventually come around again. So let’s embrace fall and all the colors, smells, textures and yes, even the cool air. For everything there is a season…

And before you know it, little ghosts and goblins will be creeping up your walkway in search of sugary treats for their plastic pumpkin pails. Whenever Halloween rolls around, I always think of my little two-year-old cousin. He’s now a cool dude of 11, but once upon a time he couldn’t pronounce his s’s very well. We were out trick or treating and he saw something that frightened him. He grabbed his mom’s hand and said, “Mommy, that was pooky and cary!” Add the s’s to front of those words and you’ll get what he was trying to say!

If you enjoy celebrating Halloween and paper crafting this “pooky and cary” time of year, we’re here to help! We have some frighteningly fun titles/quotes in the Simple Sentiments column (p. 89) of our September/October 2009 issue. Did you know that you can download every one of them right HERE?

Here’s a few of my favorites:

And because we’re always here to inspire you, look at the cute card our managing editor Brandy made with the “Beware” quote:

Bump in the Night Card by Brandy Jesperson

Bump in the Night Card by Brandy Jesperson

Who doesn’t like free quotes? I guess you could say today’s giveaway is for everyone! For those of you who need real, tangible product to awaken your inner paper goblin, you’re in luck! I have two Halloween collections (Spooked, Night Light) from My Mind’s Eye. Leave a comment telling me your favorite childhood Halloween costume and I’ll randomly pick two winners. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Sept. 13.

Happy Downloading,
Kelly

P.S. Today is our former art director’s birthday! Since Halloween is Stace’s favorite time of year, I thought I would share this groovy picture of her:

Would anyone care for one of Staces magic brownies? We dressed up as hippies last year, so her carrying a plateful of brownies actually made sense!

Would anyone care for one of Stace's "magic" brownies? We dressed as hippies last Halloween, so her carrying a plateful of brownies actually made sense!

P.P.S. For those of you attending CKC-Nashville this weekend, make sure you say hi to two of our very own Paper Crafts peeps! Both Susan Neal and Susan Opel will be teaching some fun card classes you won’t want to miss!

Kim Hughes

Kim Hughes

To me, back to school time means making new friends, reconnecting with old ones and starting a fresh new year. Anything is possible. I admit that I feel a bit like a school girl as I begin my journey as a Paper Crafts Go-to Gal. 

I turn to my Paper Crafts magazines for inspiration whenever I hit a creative wall. Every issue is filled with immeasurable ideas, but let’s not limit ourselves to the beautiful projects within the magazine. I’d love for you to take a closer look.

Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4

Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4

I can say in all honesty that Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4 blew me away. Pure creativity at every turn. How much time do you spend looking at the cover? At first glance, I notice the incredible nutcracker that Jennifer Beason created…seriously, WOW! The time and love that went into that masterpiece is obvious. Secondly, I notice the overall color scheme. It speaks to me. It’s fresh and inviting. I then notice the cuteness of Alli Miles card and how clever Claire Brennan’s tree is, and I am instantly inspired. Lastly, I read what the cover has to say. It offers everything that I want in a magazine and more.

How exactly do I use a cover to motivate my creativity? My favorite place to start is the color scheme. Hot pink, soft pink, some natural browns and beautiful shades of green…yummm.

My Mind’s Eye has a fantastic new collection called Abbey Road. The colors worked perfectly for my project. Even though this is a holiday publication, there’s no reason why I can’t create a card that is perfect for a friend, sister, co-worker, etc. for any occasion. I kept the bold green on the top, like the cover and added a graphic brown stripe in pen to help the colors pop! I pulled the orangy color from the tree’s star and the brown from the nutcracker’s face as well.

Hi There Card by Yours Truly

Here's my Hi There Card.

Another way to spark creativity is to take ideas from each of the featured projects. I decided to pull elements from each one to create my own unique card.

I pulled the stripes from the nutcracker, the clever ribbon triangles and scalloped edge from the tree and I stamped on a white panel and paper pieced the tree circles. I also tied a brown polka dot ribbon around the card. The nutcracker has a whimsical feel to it. I felt the same way about the curly tree, so that’s why I chose that image. I kept a similar color scheme for this card, but next time, I might choose a blue and green color scheme and create a baby card. The possibilities are truly endless.

Heres my Tweet Tweet Card.

And here's my Tweet Tweet Card.

I am thrilled that you joined me today for week one of my “Back to School” blog series. I will be back next week with another way to utilize your Paper Crafts magazines to their utmost potential.

Kim Hughes,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. I’d love to hear ways you’ve been inspired by a Paper Crafts cover. Leave a comment and I’ll pick three winners to receive a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

P.P.S. Paper Crafts just launched a new gallery challenge today! If you’re a fan on the clean & graphic look, click HERE to learn more about this fun challenge! And make sure to check back here tomorrow when Cath spotlights clean & graphic cards!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! It may only be August, but I’m suddenly in the mood to decorate my Christmas tree while sipping eggnog and listening to Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song”.

Hmm… I wonder where this surge of holiday cheer is coming from? Oh, yeah, now I remember… We just got our crisp new copies of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4! Get ready to join me in singing those carols!

Hitting newsstands on August 25, we’re bringing you another spectacular issue with 292 holiday creations bursting with paper perfection. Discover creative new ideas for holiday cards, seasonal home décor, gift wrap and festive party ensembles for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s.

To coincide with its release date, all next week we’ll be giving you a sneak peek of our fourth (and my favorite!) volume of Holidays Cards & More.  

In addition to all the fun we’ll be having here, we’re partnering with creative editor Cath Edvalson and her Moxie Fab World blog. Both sites will be doing daily giveaways, as well as spotlighting projects from this festive issue.

Between today and August 28, you can buy Holiday Cards and More for 10% off. Click on the magazine image to reserve your copy today!

Between today and August 28, you can buy HCM, Vol. 4 for 10% off. Click on the magazine image to reserve your copy today!

Next week on Paper Crafts Connection:

Magazine Monday – Designer spotlight on the talented Jennifer Beason. We knew people would be talking about the unbelievably detailed nutcracker (seen on the cover), so we decided to go right to the source and interview the artist behind this masterpiece. We’ll also show two additional projects from the home decor section of Holiday Cards & More. And if you’re a fan of Pink Paislee (and who isn’t?), you won’t want to miss this fantastic giveaway!

Tuesday – It’s never too early to start on those holiday gifts! Editor-in-chief Jennifer Schaerer will spotlight three projects from the gifts section and give away some merry and bright product from Stampin’ Up!

With the Pros WednesdayPaper Crafts Pro Wendy Johnson will show you how easy it is to wrap your gifts in style as she features projects from the gift wrap section. Her adorable gift tag can literally be made in four steps! And you guessed it, there’s another fun giveaway up for grabs!

Thursday – Creative editor Cath Edvalson will join me in dressing the Christmas tree as she spotlights our ornaments section. If you’re feeling the pinch of the economy, we’ll show you how to make your own beautiful ornaments that you’ll treasure for years to come. And to aid you in your quest, we’re giving away some very cool product!

Freebie Friday – With over 100 fabulous card designs in this special issue, I’ll share some of my favorites! So whether you like to stamp, you’re into shabby or the clean and graphic look, I’ll give you a little taste of our diverse cards section. And since this is our fourth volume of Holiday Cards & More, I will award three winners a pretty fantastic prize package. But if random integer happens to draw your name as my fourth winner, well let’s just say that Christmas will be coming a little early for you!

So, are you ready for a little holiday cheer in August? I guarantee you’ll be humming along to Nat King Cole by week’s end!

Here’s to Holiday Cards & More Week!
Kelly

P.S. If some of you simply can’t wait for Monday, here’s a sneak peek at two cards that both feature My Mind’s Eye Snowed In collection.

Julia Staintons Merry & Bright Card

Julia Stainton's Merry & Bright Card

Rae Barthels Birdcage Seasons Greetings Card

Rae Barthel's Birdcage Season's Greetings Card

Like what you see? Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about the holidays. I’ll pick two winners to take home this versatile collection from My Mind’s Eye and a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4. All comments must be received by midnight on Sunday, August 23. I’ll announce the two winners on Monday when we officially kick off Holiday Cards & More Week!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Sue’s Prepartion Meets Opportunity post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Scrapcandy (August 19, 11:07 a.m.)
2. Jen Madsen (August 19, 9:21 p.m.)
3. Christine (August 19, 12:19 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! You each win a copy of Card Fashion! I’ll be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left so many comments!

Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

Hip, Hip Hooray…we’re off to C.H.A.! Cath and Susan are, right this very minute, roaming the floor of the Craft & Hobby Association Summer Show in Orlando – checking out the goods and bringing back a full report on all the delicious new products being released for fall and winter. Start drooling now…we’re here to get you in the spirit!

And I want to get you in the spirit of our September/October issue (that goes on sale TODAY!), but first I want to touch on one little bit of housekeeping. Some of you may have heard that CK Media (parent company of Paper Crafts magazine) was sold. The dust has settled, our name was changed to Creative Crafts Group, and we’re now an affiliate of New Track Media. Other than losing our beloved Art Director in the shuffle (more on that in a few days), we’re still here every day, putting together this magazine that we all love so very much.

So, right on schedule, here’s our September/October issue, packed full of fun for Halloween and sweater weather (and I hope you didn’t miss Cath’s Moxie Fab sneak peek last Friday!).

Paper Crafts September/October 2009

Our spooktacular September/October 2009 issue! Click on this cover image to order your copy today!

There’s something extra special fun about this issue, too – a You’ve Been BOOed sign that was custom-illustrated by our Lone Design Man Matt Anderson. I had so much fun BOOing people around the office last year that I asked Matt to help us share the fun with you in our own Paper Crafts way this year.

Share a little BOO! with your neighbors or co-workers this Halloween!

Share a little BOO! with your neighbors or co-workers this Halloween!

Use it as is or let the little artists in your life put color in the pumpkins and spook in the skeleton. You can download the pdf HERE. Have fun, and spread the BOO! spirit around your neighborhood or office this year. Tell ‘em Jennifer sent you. Hee Hee!

So tell me: what kind of fun do you scare up for Halloween? Have you ever gone BOOing? Do you make cards? Paper-crafted treats for a classroom or church group? Leave me a comment by midnight MDT on Friday, July 31 and I’ll pick two random winners of both of these spooktacular collections from My Mind’s Eye:

Sharing a little BOO! with you,
Jennifer

Brandy Jesperson

Brandy Jesperson

If you ask me, one Kim just isn’t enough! So please join me in welcoming Ms. Kim Hughes as the next Paper Crafts Go-to Gal! Kim Hughes’ style is cute and fun – just like her. The first time I met Kim was at the 2006 CHA summer convention. Kim was bee-bopping around with business cards and candy, eager to share the fact that she scrapped every day and would love to be regularly published in the pages of Paper Crafts

Luckily for her (and us!) Kim’s persistence and amazing talent paid off. Today, Kim’s unmistakable creations frequently grace the pages of Paper Crafts magazine and now cute Kim herself gets to grace us all with her presence on this here blog. So without further ado… let’s meet the fabulous Kim Hughes!

Go-to Gal Kim Hughes

1. Where did you grow up?  Johnson City, NY

2. Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do?  No

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

4. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life?  “Climb Every Mountain” (Christina Aguilera version). I don’t love the song, but I like the message… I dig adventure and taking risks.

5. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you?  I don’t drive.

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

7. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge?  Finding the time to create everything I want to. I have so many ideas but find it hard to make it all happen.

8. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be?  Scissors and a black pen. That way I could draw patterns and words and cut them out.

9. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why?  Halloween because I can use just about any color and there are so many fun images that go along with Halloween (black cats, bats, witches, bare trees, owls… and so many more). That holiday seems to stretch my imagination most.

10. How would you describe your style?  Forever changing and evolving. Sometimes I create cute and whimsical projects, sometimes I like to grunge it up, and other times I like the romantic, shabby look. I let the topic and product that I choose dictate where I go with each creation. I like to try new things and challenge myself to be unique. Overall, I think the majority of the cards I create are fun and cute.

Kims very fun and cute Witchy Footwear Card appears in our upcoming August/September issue!

Not only is she a Go-to Gal, but she's also a cover girl! Kim's Witchy Footwear Card appears in our September/October issue!

Kims Delicate Flower Sympathy Card was a fan favorite from our recent Card Creations 7 Week!

Kim's Delicate Flower Sympathy Card was a fan favorite from our recent Card Creations 7 Week!

11. When is your favorite time to craft?  During the day when my kids are at school (or out playing with friends) and Friday nights when I crop with dear friends. 

12. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting?  I love listening to 80s music or whatever is on the radio. 

13. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion?  My kids are my favorite subjects to photograph, so that helps when creating layouts, but as far as card making goes, I sometimes ask them for unique sentiment ideas. I am amazed by their creativity.

14. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized?  A detailed list… can’t live without one. I update and print my list almost daily and work from my top priority down. Everything has a certain color code which helps me keep it all straight.

15. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then?  My first card was in the March 2005 issue. I used a wall paper remnant instead of patterned paper and a shamrock punch as an accent on that card. I think that I am much more creative and playful with my cards now. I love using the freshest product possible.

16. What are you looking forward to most about being a Paper Crafts Go-to Gal?  I hope to have the opportunity to teach for Paper Crafts and get the chance to meet more people who share the same paper crafting passion as I do.

17. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones?  Zva Creative, Therm O Web Adhesives, Ellen Hutson LLC, Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine, Splitcoast Stampers, My Mind’s Eye, Paper Salon, Around The Block, Prima, Cornish Heritage Farms, Core’dinations, Beaux Regards, plus several kit clubs, an online store, and some challenge blogs. 

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

19. Do you have any advice/tips for someone who’s never been published or who wants to submit for the first time?  Don’t compare yourself to others. Instead strive to be the best designer that YOU can be. Create from the heart and watch your style evolve as you create more and more. If you struggle with a project, set it aside and move onto something else. When you are ready to submit, just know that it was the best that you could do and have no regrets. If you don’t try, you will never know.

20. Do you have a blog or online gallery? If so, please provide the URL.  http://paperhugs.typepad.com/

Well there you have it! Whew, just thinking about all the design teams Kim has been involved with makes me tired! Thanks Kim for answering all these questions. I know I for one loved getting to know you a bit better! 

Make sure you show Kim your classic Paper Crafts love by leaving her a comment and welcoming her aboard as the newest addition to the Paper Crafts family. I’ll pick one lucky person to receive the cards she made for our 5 cards, 5 occasions, 5 dollars feature in our July/August issue. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, July 10.

Celebrating the addition of another Kim,
Brandy

P.S. Today is the last day you can vote for Gallery Idol’s Round 1 submissions. Please click here and cast your vote for your favorite wedding card! Deadline is 12:00 p.m. (MST). We’ll announce the Top 15 and the next round’s theme tomorrow!

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!

Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

We love our Freebie Fridays around here – getting product in the hands of our talented readers is one of our very favorite parts of doing this little blog of ours. I’m always entertained when I see what hoops our blog hostess P. Kelly has lined up for you to jump through in order to enter the contest.

For example, on the Friday before Valentine’s Day, she got you all thinking about love when she sent you on a hunt through our “Quotable You” feature to find the authors of a few quotes. Seek and find is one of my favorites, and judging by the dozens of entries on that Freebie Friday, I’d say it’s one of yours, too!

Winners received this heart-warming selection of love-themed goodies:

Stampin Up, Glitz Design, A Muse Artstamps, Inkadinkado, and My Minds Eye donated the items in this lovely collection.

Stampin' Up, Glitz Design, A Muse Artstamps, Inkadinkado, and My Mind's Eye donated the items in this lovely collection.

One of our winners was Kelly Marberry, who took advantage of her product right away and made this adorable card to say thanks:

Paper piecing and stamping – what a great combination!

Paper piecing and stamping – what a great combination!

But what really warmed our hearts was Kelly’s message inside:

We think Kelly is already running with a pretty talented group!

We think Kelly is already running with a pretty talented group!

The cycle of creativity, from inspiration to product to completed projects, is what keeps us going around here. Thanks, Kelly, for taking the time to show us your stuff – and we’ll look forward to hearing more from you, too!

From my heart,
Jennifer

P.S. Kelly wanted me to announce the winners from last week’s Freebie Friday – March/April I-Spy! Drum roll, please! Congratulations to Jaquelyn, Belinda, Jeni, Cass and Vianna! She’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments and played along!

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