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Cath Edvalson

With Christmas a mere nine days away, you’ve got a Santa-sized list to make and check twice. I’m feeling your pain.  

That’s why we’ve made our Gallery Challenge elf-easy this month. The last thing we want to do is add another task to your list, so we’re focusing on a project you’re already working on—holiday cards. Since they’re already in the hopper, why not show them off?   

As a matter of fact, I’m super excited to show off these cards from our November/December issue as a way to get you inspired both to submit and to create, as the case may be.   

Jingle All the Way Card by Rae Barthel, p. 37

I love the way Rae has tied in the sheet music and the jingle bell to this card with a song as its title.   

Snowflake Happy Holidays Card by Patricia Komara, p. 41

Patricia’s gorgeous card has put a silver lining on all my Christmas dreams.   

Bright Be Merry Card by Wendy Sue Anderson, p. 38

Wendy Sue’s card puts the cute in Christmas!   

Whether you mailed your cards last week, and especially if, like me, you’re a procrastinator who hasn’t even started, we’d love to see your paper crafted holiday cards! Upload them HERE by Monday, Dec. 28 and you’ll not only be a contestant to win, but you’ll also see other inspiring cards that might get your juices flowing for those neighbor tags you still need to whip up, or for that special card for a certain someone you haven’t gotten around to just yet.   

Because at Paper Crafts, friends, inspiration is at the top of our list—and we’re definitely checking it twice!   

Good luck and have fun,
Cath  

P.S. It may be Christmastime, but in Magazineland we’ve just concepted our July/August 2010 issue! Feel like submitting? We’re always on the lookout for fresh new projects from fresh new talent. Click HERE to see our exciting July/August 2010 Call for Submissions!

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Susan R. Opel

Every time a new issue of Paper Crafts magazine hits the newsstands and our subscribers’ mailboxes, there’s a surge of excitement. We KNOW all of the inspiration that’s inside each issue, but we’re also curious where the creative train will stop next. We’re eager to see what our readers do with all of the ideas they glean from every glossy page. 

Enter the Inspired By Challenge! This challenge was issued for you to create a card inspired by one that you’d seen in the pages of any Paper Crafts publication, and I truly enjoyed checking out the fruits of your labors! What fun to see your interpretations and hear your stories. 

Now without further ado, I introduce the winners of the Inspired By challenge! 

Winner #1 – Lynn Miller 

Lynn went for a pretty direct interpretation of Stephanie Muzzulin’s Thank You Tree Card. Though she used the same stamp to achieve the look, her addition of buttons for fall foliage and a decidedly autumnal color scheme are just the perfect twist to the original. 

You can find Stephanie’s card in the November/December 2009 issue.

Winner #2 – Jennifer Hansen 

Jennifer’s Many Thanks Card was inspired by Kim Moreno’s Birdie Anniversary Card. Jennifer kept some of the same design elements – the triple matting, the scallop at the top and the bird motif. She used pearls as a substitution for the rhinestones that appear on Kim’s card. By using a different color palette, less whimsical patterned paper and a more sophisticated font, Jennifer’s card takes on a totally different and equally attractive look!  

You can find Kim’s card in A Card a Day.

Winner #3 – Dee Woodland 

Even though it isn’t a thank you or birthday card, we were so delighted by Dee’s Happily Ever After Card inspired by Danni Reid’s Thanks A Bunch Card that we had to share it with you. Dee was inspired by Danni’s pretty white on white on white card and added just the right amount of color with her pink flowers. Thanks for sharing, Dee! 

You can find Danni’s card in Card Creations, Volume 7.

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a free 1-year subscription to Paper Crafts or special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get you mailing addresses. Thanks to all who played along! 

Wanna join in on the fun? 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? 

Show us how YOU get inspired by Paper Crafts magazine!
Susan 

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Brandy’s Are You Feeling Festive Yet? post! 

Debbie Fisher (Dec. 8, 3:19 p.m.) 

Congrats, Debbie! You’ve won a fun assortment of paper crafting supplies! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and crossed a few things off their Christmas to-do list. Unfortunately, I did not keep my promise of putting up my tree and holiday decor. I’ve been sick most of the weekend, so I spent many hours rotating between bed, couch and another room, which will remain nameless. Enough said.

Let’s move on to our three winners from November’s Gallery Challenge! These three ladies not only aced our holiday treat containers theme, but they also showed us how easy it is to incorporate your paper crafting supplies into holiday gift wrap. Let’s meet our three winners!

Winner #1 – Heidi Van Laar: 

I love how the two birds are talking to each other in Heidi's Joy Bag and Tag.

Winner #2 – Beth Matson:

And we just loved the originality of Beth's Reindeer Noses Treat Bags. Per bag she included eight chocolate Whoppers for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. And then one cherry sour for Rudolph.

Winner #3 – Ashley Newell:

And who wouldn't want to see Ashley's elegant gift box under their tree?

Congratulations, ladies! Each of you has won either a one-year subscription or the special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes. If you’re interested in seeing all of our merry projects from the November challenge, please visit our gallery HERE.

Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We just launched our December Gallery Challenge! Since we know you’ve all been working on them, we want to see you best Christmas card designs! For inspiration, please turn to the Symbols of the Season and All Creatures Great & Small features in our November/December 2009 issue. This three-week challenge will run through midnight (MDT) on Monday, Dec. 28. Click HERE for all the details!

Here’s hoping my Monday is better than my Sunday!
Kelly

It’s time to announce the two winners from my Santa, Owls & Mice – Oh My! post. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Lynn Ghahary (Dec. 4, 11:39 a.m.)
2. Lisa Petrella (Dec. 4, 10:02 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! Each of you has won an assortment of American Crafts Blue Skies collection. I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! I think I’m still in denial about Christmas being three weeks away. I’ll let you in on a little secret…I still have NOT put up my Christmas tree or holiday decor. (I’m sure Jennifer and Brandy are gasping in horror as they read this!) I promise it will get done this weekend. It has to. Did I mention Christmas is three weeks away?  

My grandma and I will be attending the Festival of Trees on Saturday. (Hopefully you read Jennifer’s post and saw pictures of our beautiful tree!) Once I return home, the rest of the day will be dedicated to opening boxes and wrestling ornaments away from Devil Dog. Lexus is not really evil – she just has evil tendencies. But when her mom dresses her up like a glorified reindeer, what do you expect?    

Lexus the White-Nosed Reindeer

Besides her obvious pained expression, doesn’t she look cute? I’ve always been a sucker for little critters – especially when they’re all dressed up for the holidays! So it’s no surprise that I instantly fell in love with the shaped critter cards we featured in our November/December issue. In my humble opinion, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Teri Anderson is the queen of shaped cards. She literally dreams up these designs, makes her own patterns and then embellishes them in her cute, Teri way. It’s almost like they come to life!  

Even though he's not a critter, Teri's Triangle Santa Card makes me squeal with ho-ho-ho delight!

And don't even get me started on Teri's Christmas Owl Card! Love the personality on this guy!

But let’s not forget fellow Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Kim Hughes…her Not a Creature was Stirring Card not only made our November/December cover, but it was the perfect addition to our All Creatures Great & Small feature. To create the body of the mouse, she traced a mug to get the perfect half circle!    

I love how Kim cut out the ear flap and made a festive little night cap, complete with pompom.

If you’re looking to make some playful Christmas cards, these three designs have cute written all over them. To download the patterns for Teri’s two shaped cards, please click HERE. Instructions can be found in our November/December issue on pages 40 and 69, respectively. For complete instructions for Kim’s mouse card, please turn to p. 70.   

Ready for today’s giveaway? Since I’m happily living in denial about the time of year, I’m giving away spring-infused critter product! Leave a comment telling me where you are in your Christmas decorating process: completely done, almost done or not even started. I’ll pick two winners to take home an assortment of American Crafts Blue Skies collection! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, Dec. 6.   

Two lucky winners will win an assortment of this fun product!

Here’s to the critters!
Kelly   

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner from Kim Kesti’s December Daily Album post!   

Anita Surrett (Dec. 2, 5:42 a.m.)  

Congrats, Anita! You’ve won Close To My Heart’s chipboard album, their Reminisce stamp set and some fun holiday papers. I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!  

P.P. S. Our two-week Inspired By challenge ends at 9 a.m. on Monday! If you’ve been “inspired by” a project in one of our magazines, create a new project and upload it to our Inspired By Flickr group. You could be one of our three winners that walks away with a free subscription or special issue of your choice! Click HERE for all the details!

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Black Freebie Friday! I hope everyone had a fabulous feast yesterday and was able to find a few minutes to reflect and “give thanks”.

While many of you will be dressing your Christmas tree today, I’m sure there’s just as many who will be starting their day a tad bit earlier than the rest of us. For those of you who are braving the crowds for all the Black Friday sales, I tip my hat to you. I am most definitely NOT a morning person. Unless you refer to “morning” as 12 a.m.!

Since I know many of you get your creative mojo in wee hours of the night, I know how precious those few uninterrupted hours can be. And since we’re entering the busiest time of the year, we all need to make the most of our creative time. After all, Christmas is less than a month away!

Which is why I love our Gift Trios feature in our November/December issue. If you’re looking to save time and supplies, why not make a matching tag, bag and card? Incorporate the same product into three different projects and take the guesswork out of the equation.

Paper Crafts Pro Wendy Johnson's Poinsettia Trio appeared in our November/December issue.

I love how perfectly these projects coordinate with one another. Who wouldn’t love to receive these gems for the holidays? If you’d like to download the pattern for Wendy’s cute box, click HERE.

In honor of Black Friday, I’ve got two prize packages that you don’t even have to leave the house to fight over! Leave a comment telling me if you plan on shopping ’til you drop today or taking it easy and enjoying the long weekend. I’ll pick two winners to receive a copy of Holidays Cards & More, Vol. 4 and Making Memories Flowers stamp set. (I can totally see these stamps used as snowflakes, wreaths, poinsettia flowers, etc!) All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Two lucky winners will each take home these prize package!

Happy Black Friday!
Kelly

P.S. Since we know all of you like a good deal, make sure you take advantage of our huge Warehouse Blowout Sale at ShopScrapandPaperCorner.com! From now until midnight on Monday, Nov. 30, save 60% off select product, PLUS get free shipping and handling (on U.S. orders only) if $25 or more is spent. (Hint: The delicious–and I do mean delicious!–Paper Crafts Gourmet cookbook is only $17! Buy one for you and one for a friend!)

P.P.S. Here’s another freebie for everyone! This holiday, we invite you to share the inspiration of paper crafting with a friend or relative–at a GREAT DEAL! Subscribe or renew your subscription to Paper Crafts at our special low rate and we’ll give a one-year gift subscription to a friend absolutely FREE! That’s two subscriptions for the price of one! This special holiday offer won’t last long…so click on over today! Offer valid in the U.S. only.

Brandy Jesperson

All of us at Paper Crafts hope you’re having a day full of great family, friends and food. And if you’re coming to us today from some place other than the U.S., we still hope you’re having a wonderful day and taking some time to count your blessings. 

If you’d like a few trendy tips for showing your gratitude, swing on by the Moxie Fab World blog to read my post all about showing gratitude in unique ways.  

And as a special thank you to all of you, here’s an assortment of festive projects from our Paper Crafts Go-to Gals that recently caught my eye: 

Turkey Place Setting by Maren Benedict

Thank You Hospitality Card by Betsy Veldman

Much Love Card by Kim Kesti

March 25, 1922 Card by Jessica Witty

Ho Ho Santa Card by Kim Hughes

Christmas Owl Card by Teri Anderson

Teri’s cute card appeared in our November/December issue. To get the pattern, check out the Paper Crafts web site. (And while your on that page, you might as well download the pattern for Teri’s adorable Triangle Santa Card!)

Happy holidays and enjoy,
Brandy

P.S. Since we know all of you like a good deal, make sure you take advantage of our huge Warehouse Blowout Sale at ShopScrapandPaperCorner.com! From now until midnight on Monday, Nov. 30, save 60% off select product, PLUS get free shipping and handling (on U.S. orders only) if $25 or more is spent. (Hint: The delicious–and I do mean delicious!–Paper Crafts Gourmet cookbook is only $17! Buy one for you and one for a friend!)

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! We’re less than a week away from T-Day. I’m really looking forward to going home to Texas and deep-frying our turkey – Southern style! If you’ve never done this/tried this, it’s so-o-o good! There’s a little bit of prep work involved and you must have all the right supplies, but the effort is well worth the end result. If you like tender, juicy meat, this is the way to go! Click on this link if you’re interested in venturing out of your comfort zone and trying something new. (My very undomesticated sister fried her first bird two years ago…if she can do it, you can do it!)

Like the blog title suggests, I look forward to Thanksgiving because it allows me to reflect on all my many blessings. If you’re ever having a bad day, I really encourage you to sit down and make a list of everything you DO have. And try to include all the little things, because it’s the little things that make a rich, full life. I guarantee your glass will start to look half-full again.

Miss Kim Kesti, one of our talented Paper Crafts Go-to Gals, recently hosted a five-part blog series where she encouraged her readers to post five things they’re grateful for. I loved reading all the comments and seeing pictures of the things that fill her with gratitude. I think my favorite was seeing her adorable toddler Eloise playing peek-a-boo. It’s doesn’t get much sweeter than that! Click here to see all her cute posts!

As a mother of eight, family is obviously important to Kim. She made this gorgeous table decoration for our “Get Inspired” column in our November/December issue. If you’re looking for that one piece to set your Thanksgiving table a part, this one does the trick. It would also make a beautiful decor piece for your fireplace mantle or bookshelves, and the best part…you could display it year-round!

Looking for that perfect centerpiece? Why not make Kim Kesti's Family Table Decor?

Since we’re talking gratitude today, I just happen to have two sets of Reminisce’s Autumn Forest collection. This collection screams fall/Thanksgiving/gratitude. Talk about cute turkeys, squirrels, deer and owls! There’s also some nice solid prints, so if you wanted to recreate Kim’s project above, this would be a great collection to use. Wanna try your luck at winning this fabulous prize package? Leave a comment telling me something your thankful for right this very minute. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Two lucky winners will be thankful for this prize package!

“There is always something for which to be thankful.” ~Charles Dickens

I’m thankful for all of you!
Kelly

P.S. Like Cath mentioned yesterday, there’s still time to upload your holiday treat containers to our November Gallery Challenge! Three winners will receive a 1-year subscription to Paper Crafts (or a special issue of their choice) and be featured on this blog on Monday, Dec. 7. You better act fast…this challenge ends at midnight (MDT) on Monday, Nov. 23. Click here for the details!

P.P.S. Here’s another freebie for everyone! This holiday, we invite you to share the inspiration of paper crafting with a friend or relative–at a GREAT DEAL! Subscribe or renew your subscription to Paper Crafts at our special low rate and we’ll give a one-year gift subscription to a friend absolutely FREE! That’s two subscriptions for the price of one! This special holiday offer won’t last long…so click on over today! Offer valid in the U.S. only.

Cath Edvalson

In the November/December issue of Paper Crafts magazine, we’ve assailed you with inspiring projects you can create for the holidays. There’s an entire section devoted exclusively to holiday cards, a feature that shows projects with cute little Christmas critters on them and two features devoted to the gifting aspect of the holiday season.

While the Gift Trios feature shows you great gift-wrapping inspiration in which the same product was used for a gift container, a tag, and a card; another feature, The Heart of Christmas, shows you fun and unique ways to wrap up the tasty goodies we like to share with friends, family and neighbors during this bake-fest of a season.

I got busy baking myself for the feature’s opener:

Fresh from my oven to the pages of my favorite magazine.

Known as the “bringer of pies” in my circles, I just happened to be baking a birthday pie for my oldest daughter the weekend before the opener needed to be shot…way back in July. So naturally I volunteered to make another “while I was at it” pie. I was asked to cut a heart out of the center of the pie so the meaning of the title could be visually communicated, and while it was super easy to cut the heart out of the center of the crust, placing the heart in the smack-dab middle of the pie turned out to be much more challenging than I knew! Let’s just say that I’m very grateful for the powers of Photoshop, because as far as you know, *wink*, I placed that puppy dead-center, right?

Speaking of challenges, I’m not sure if you’re aware, but our November Gallery Challenge is “centered on” festive treat containers. Inspired by fantastic designs such as these from the feature, we’re hosting a super fun challenge that offers you an opportunity to show off your own festive ways of dressing up food gifts of all types and varieties!

I love the sweet paper crafted stocking Paper Crafts Pro Wendy Johnson has used for this treat container!

It doesn’t matter what your baking, there’s a way to paper craft the container! Here Paper Crafts Pro Susan Neal has fashioned a bread wrap and you could put just about anything in this beautiful container by Sherry Wright!

You have until Monday at midnight (MDT) to upload your creations, and you’ll not only receive a prize and be featured on this blog if you win, but you’ll also be able to scratch those homemade treat containers off your to-do list before Thanksgiving even thinks about putting itself on the table!

Click HERE for all the details you’ll need to get your craft on!

I can’t wait to be inspired by you,
Cath

P.S. We just sent out our Call for Submissions for Card Creations, Volume 8! Interested in submitting to our most popular special issue? Click HERE for all the details!

Betsy Veldman

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is a week away. I’ve been given my food assignment: mashed potatoes. Thank goodness! I’m pretty sure I’ll never have to bring made-from-scratch stuffing again after last year’s fiasco. The words “wallpaper” and “paste” come to mind. So, mashed potatoes it is! I can handle that.

So what’s your Thanksgiving like? Do you have an elegant sit-down dinner? Or are you more laid back? We get together with the entire crew on my dad’s side, since there are too many of us for a formal meal around a table. We do buffet style, so there is really no need for formal table decorations, place cards and the like, but this paper crafting girl can dream, right?

In case you’re the type that goes all out with your table décor (and if you are, I’m jealous!), I’ve got a few place card ideas for you today. When doing this sort of thing, I always reach for products and tools that allow me to easily make multiples. Stamps and die cuts are the first things that pop into my mind, so here we go…four different place card ideas, each one easily reproducible. I’m here to make your life easy.

This first card uses the largest die from the Labels 1 Nestabilities set. Just score and fold it in half, add a little stamping and you’re set! You can add the names by stamping them with alphabet stamps or print them using your computer like I did…super fast and easy!

Next up is a little pocket card. I used the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut cartridge to cut these. The tag pulls out and is stamped with some journaling lines. I thought it would be fun to have a space for each guest to write something they are thankful for. The tags could then be hung on a little tree or kept for next year, or even used on a scrapbook page.

Next is a pocket made from a mini envelope. You can easily tuck a few berry sprigs (real or artificial) into the pocket for a simple, but elegant place card.

And lastly, this one was made with the little pilgrim’s table in mind. I know my little turkeys would get a kick out of having their very own pilgrim hat place card. This was cut using my Cricut and the A Child’s Year cartridge.

Well, here’s hoping you get your table all “set” for the upcoming holiday! I’d love to hear your ideas for holiday table décor! And if you’re looking for even more place card ideas, check out the Photo Finish column in the Nov/Dec issue of Paper Crafts, where five Go-to Gals show you a different way to personalized place cards by adding photos. So fun…your guests will love it!

Paper Crafts Go-to Gal,
Betsy Veldman

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Melinda’s Happy Button Day post!

Rhonda (Nov. 16, 11:18 a.m.)

Congrats, Rhonda! You’ve won an assortment of buttons from American Crafts! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I hope everyone had a spooktacular Halloween! Here at the office, we had so much fun channeling our inner bride of Frankenstein. If you missed the pictures we posted on our Facebook fan page, we also shared them on the blog HERE. (By the way, if you’re not a member of the Paper Crafts and Moxie Fab World fan pages, what are you waiting for? Click on the links to join today!)

Like I mentioned on Saturday, we were blown away by all the projects submitted to our Halloween-themed October Gallery Challenge! Narrowing the field to three winners was almost impossible, but in the spirit of Halloween, these three designs put us under their magical spell!

Winner #1 – Stephanie Jake:

We loved Stephanie Jake's clean and graphic Happy Fright Night Card!

Winner #2 – Aga:

And Aga's gorgeous Quilled Spider Card was just too pretty to pass up!

Winner #3 – Heidi Van Laar:

And Heidi Van Laar's Yikes Card was just the right amount of spooky!

Congratulations, ladies! Each of you has won either a one-year subscription or the special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes. If you’re interested in seeing all 469 projects from the October challenge, please visit our gallery HERE.

Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We just launched our November Gallery Challenge! Since the holidays are rapidly approaching, we want to see your most festive treat containers – gift bags, canisters, food wraps, etc. For inspiration, please turn to The Heart of Christmas feature in our November/December 2009 issue. This three-week challenge will run through midnight (MDT) on Monday, Nov. 23. Click HERE for all the details!

Happy Monday!
Kelly

It’s time to announce the three winners from Friday’s Mischief Night post. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Yvonne C. (Oct. 30, 9:08 a.m.)
2. Rachel B. (Oct. 30, 7:41 a.m.)
3. Karen S. (Oct. 30, 2:53 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! Each of you will receive Cosmo Cricket’s Haunted collection. I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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