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P. Kelly Smith

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

From frilly flowers and papers to bingo cards and pearl stick pins, this prize package will transport you back to Grandma’s cozy parlor. Get ready to play because I’m picking five winners this time! 

You must have a copy of our January/February 2010 issue in front of you. All questions will be directly related to this issue and this issue only. 


January/February I-Spy Questions: 

1. I spy designer Rae Barthel in our Paper Crafts Connection column. Name the five rounds of competition that earned her the title of 2009 Gallery Idol. 

2. I spy Cath’s Moxie Fabs column. In Stefanie Hamilton’s Everything I Am Card, what does the woman owe everything to?   

3. I spy our Paper Crafts 101 column. In one of Kim Hughes’ technique squares she braided floss to make sun rays. How many “rays” are there?  

4. I spy our brand new Color Play column. Name the four Bazzill cardstock colors Kim Kesti uses in her Groovy Love Card. 

5. I spy our Valentines for Everyone on Your List feature. What designer tip does Jo Kill suggest for her Love You Card? 

6. I spy our Marker Magic feature. Name the items hanging from the clothesline in Maren Benedict’s Let’s Hang Out Card. 

7. I spy at least three cards in our Vintage Valentines feature that incorporate stick pins. Name two of the cards. Hint: If they’re hard to spot, refer to the supply lists! 

8. I spy our 2010 Reader Survey. What prize will 20 random respondents win? (P.S. If you still haven’t completed the survey, you have until midnight (MST) on Saturday night!) 

9. I spy our Tips, Tools, & Techniques column. What increments do Marvy Uchida’s Mega, Giga and Extra Giga Punches cut? 

10. I spy our Simple Sentiments column and the quote: “When you are in love you can’t sleep because reality is better than your dreams.” Who said this?

Five random winners (who answer five or more questions correctly) will win a selection of product we feature in this issue’s Product Parade and Sweepstakes columns. (Just turn to pages 75-76 for a closer look!) To play, please enter your answers in the comment field below this entry. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Jan. 31

Five lucky people will win an assortment of this vintage product!

Good luck!

P.S. Did you know this little blog here turns one-year-old next week? Make sure you join us for our Paper Crafts Connection Blogiversary Celebration! We’ll be recapping some of our more memorable moments from the past year, as well as giving away some fabulous product. I did just return from CHA after all. Hope to see you all next week! 

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Maren’s Groovin With the Go-to Gals…at CHA post!  

Sandy Kay (Jan. 28, 3:58 p.m.) 

Congrats, Sandy! You’ve won some fun CHA goodies! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

The energy wave from CHA is still rolling through our world, and we really enjoyed being able to connect with you in real time right here on our blog, on our Facebook fan page and with Twitter updates (Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Teri Anderson sure was busy with her tweets, wasn’t she?). Cath was updating the Moxie Fab World fan page on Facebook as well, so we hope you felt like you were at least right there with us in spirit. 

But spirit isn’t touchable or wearable, now is it? It sure would be nice if you maybe had something of your own from the show to make it all better, right? 

Shhhh…don’t tell anyone…I was just a little bit sneaky at the show and told a few teensy weensy itty bitty white lies about being out of certain buttons and t-shirts. And I also tucked away some card kits from our workshop…you know, just in case I might need them for something…something like a share-the-CHA-love giveaway right here on the Paper Crafts Connection blog! 

Whaddya think? Should I? 

Okay! Let’s do it! I’ve got t-shirts: 

Paper Crafts t-shirt

The shirt that advertises your priorities for all to see!

 I’ve also got some of each button we handed out: 

It's definitely time to get stampy!

Not now honey, I'm reading my Paper Crafts

Just in case the t-shirt doesn't say it all for you!

Paper Crafts Connection blog

Your home for all things paper crafty -- the Paper Crafts Connection blog!

And, to bring you right into the touch-it-feel-it part of CHA, I’ll also toss in the five card kits from Kim Hughes’ workshop so you can whip up some of your own: 

That's a custom sentiment drawn by Go-to Gal Kim Hughes!

Such a sweet gift card holder!

A quick and cute hello -- with another custom Kim Hughes drawing that you can color with markers!

A fun card using Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection

This card is simpler than it looks!

If you want one of these yummy CHA care packages, just let me know. Raise your hand and yell “Me! Me! Me!” or whatever it takes to get my attention. Leave a comment by midnight this Saturday, January 30 (which also happens to be the deadline for our 2010 Reader Survey — have you completed it yet?) and I’ll pick 10 random winners


P.S. Cath is featuring Kelly as an Editor’s Choice over on Moxie Fab World blog today. Click HERE to read all about her secret love affair with buttons! (And, yes, there’s a button giveaway!) 

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners of Teri’s Stamptastic Storage Solutions post! 

1. Jan B. (Jan. 20, 7:54 p.m.)
2. Diane S. (Jan. 21, 4:05 a.m.)
3. Shelly Abbs (Jan. 20, 9:55 a.m.) 

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of Stamp It! Cards! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Susan R. Opel

This morning when you awoke, did you feel a certain tingle in your toes? Were you feeling more chipper than usual, too? You know why that is, right? 

Oh, yes, Stamp It! Cards goes on sale TODAY! 

On the Paper Crafts Facebook Fan Page we asked our readers what their favorite special issue from 2009 was. Why, Stamp It! Cards, of course! And it really does make sense. If you’re looking for card making inspiration and you love to stamp – this issue is the be-all end-all of stamping and paper crafting nirvana. 

Click on the cover to order your copy today!

Do you hear the angels singing with joy? 

Our reader survey (Have you taken it yet? There’s still time!) tells us that almost all of our readers use stamps, but even the non-stamper will be inspired by the colorful, trendy and inspiring cards. There’s so much to love! 

Do you like what you see so far? Silly question, right? Be sure to mark your calendar for the week of February 22-26th where we’ll host a Stamp It! Cards promotional week here on Paper Crafts Connection as well as on the Moxie Fab World blog. Kelly and Cath will share all sorts of insights and fabulousness from this amazing issue, and I’m pretty sure there will be some prizes involved. 

Since Stamp It! Cards is one of our most popular issues, we’re even throwing a little party next week at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Trade Show in Anaheim, CA, to celebrate. We’ll be giving out these awesome buttons. How cute are they?  


Do you want to win one of these buttons? Read on… 

To win one of these limited edition Stamp It! Cards buttons and a few stamps to get you stamping, I’d love to hear your answer to one of the following questions

  • What was the very first stamp you bought?
  • If you could create your very own stamp, what would it be?

Leave me a comment by Wednesday, Jan. 20th at midnight (MST), and you might just win! We’ll announce three winners on Monday, Jan. 25th

Yours in Stamp It! Love!

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kelly’s He Said, She Said post! Kelly’s own sister picked these as her favorite card sentiments and said reading them made her feel instantly better.

1. Summer Braxton (Jan. 15, 8:18 a.m.) 

Picture #1: speech bubble over Lexus’ head: “Get better soon ‘cuz this guy’s a mess without you.” 

2. Michelle A. (Jan. 15, 11:39 a.m.)  

Picture #1: “Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. Wish I could offer you my blanket but Charlie back there stole it!” 

3. Patty (Jan. 15, 4:15 p.m.) 

Picture #2: “Oooh – you’re sick. Want company in that big bed of yours?” 

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a copy of Card Creations: Start to Finish, Vol. 2. Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Brandy Jesperson

Today is January 5. It’s the birthday of my cute friend Brooke and my Papa Curtis. Apparently it’s a day for celebrating and giving gifts.  

Do you know what else happens on January 5? Why, it’s National Bird Day, of course! Yep, these chipper little creatures aren’t just for springtime. No sir-ree. In fact, January is the perfect time to celebrate these fine feathered friends.  

I thumbed through our January/February 2010 issue and found a flock of bird projects that are perfect for Valentine’s Day, Thank You, Thinking of You, Birthday and more! 

Whooo Loves You Card by Teri Anderson (Click on her blog to see her cute Mother Owl Card!): 

This hoot of a card from Teri makes me smile and would be an ideal Valentine for my handsome husband.

Thank You Card by Maren Benedict

I adore the simplicity of Maren's Thank You Card. Not only is this easy to make, but it could be given to practically anyone on my list!

 Thinking of You Card by Ana Wohlfahrt

Ana had me at glitter with this daring Thinking of You Card. A happy robin, a colorful birdhouse and sparkly leaves…what more could you ask for?

Birthday Bird Card by Kim Hughes

I can’t blog on this day of birthdays without showing a clever card all about party hats and presents. Kim’s card is quirky and weird and I love it!

So happy National Bird Day to all you tweeties out there. Drop me a line and let me know if there’s any bird product out there that really gets your wings a-flappin’. I’m always on the look-out for new products to play with and maybe even include in the magazine. Leave a comment by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, Jan. 6 to win this selection of bird goodies from Stampin’ Up (Sweet Pea Designer Series Pack, 2-Step Bird punch) and Inkadinkado (Butterflies & Birds stamp set). 

One lucky winner will fly away with these bird goodies from Stampin' Up! and Inkadinkado!

Wishing you sweet tweets,

P.S. Are you a fan of Paper Crafts magazine and this blog? Here’s your chance to tell us what you like, what you want to see more of, etc. Complete our 2010 Reader Survey and 20 random respondents will win a copy of our newest book, A Card a Day: Your Ultimate Resource for Inspiration, Design, Tips & Techniques (retail value $21.95!).

Jennifer Schaerer


I’ve got news. Big news.

Guess what? It’s NEW YEAR’S EVE!

You…you mean…you already knew that?


I guess the communication glitches that come with our current phase of Mercury in retrograde are playing out as expected. Pardon me? What’s that you say? Ohhhhhhh…I see. You’re not quite sure what Mercury in retrograde is all about. I’ll take a stab at explaining it as simply as I can, but I’m no expert. I just pay attention to these phases because I fancy myself an astrology enthusiast, and I’ve been doing natal charts for quite a few years now as a hobby.

In a nutshell, Mercury’s retrograde is a 6-week astrological phase that crops up about every 3 months and wreaks havoc in areas of communication and transportation, as well as commerce and education. You’ll feel the pinch of the retrograde period if you do things like sign agreements, make major purchases, travel, have deep conversations or switch internet service while in its grip.

If you’re familiar with Mercury retrograde periods, then you may be dreading the next several weeks. After all, it’s a time when normally functioning devices (televisions, computers, phones) and transit options (cars, buses, trains, airplanes) cause an extra headache or two.

But you may be missing a fantastic opportunity if you pull the covers over your head until late in January when it’s all over. I’ve found that it’s a great time to take advantage of “re” activities like reviewing, revitalizing, rejuvenating, renewing and revealing – everything from projects around the house to relationships from long ago. Retreat into your resolve and get things done that you’ve left for another day.

My big activity for this retrograde period is to revisit all the half-finished paper projects in my craft area and get them done – with a different perspective than I had when I set them aside in frustration months ago.

You could also take the time to review your stash and purge what isn’t working for you anymore (donate the overage – a school, church, shelter or retirement home would love to have the supplies!). Do the same with all those cards you’ve made and haven’t used, and share with Operation Write Home.

While you’re sorting all those cards and other projects, take a minute and see if your style reveals itself to you. Are you fun and cute? Vintage? Classy and elegant? Or maybe a little bit shabby chic? Resolve to be true to your paper crafting style in the coming year and see where it takes you!

If you’ve read this far, you deserve some sort of reward for indulging my retrograde rhetoric. Raise your hand in the comments by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Jan. 3 if you’d be interested in seeing what your natal report has to say about your personality and style – I’ll pick 5 of you randomly and do your reports just for fun!

Happy New Year!

Renew, recharge, review and – above all else – rejoice in the new year!

Wishing you all the best in 2010,

P.S. Speaking of reviewing, please take the time to give us your feedback in our 2010 reader survey HERE. We sure do appreciate and value your opinions!

Jennifer Schaerer

Let’s see. We got through Merry Hallowistmas, and Happy Merrygiving is long past as well. Hmmmm…

Then it must be time for Happy Christmastine’s Day here in Magazineland, which means that even though it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, my inner lyrics are saying what the world needs now is love, sweet love.

That’s because, along with a few changes in our columns, we’ve been thinking about the glory of love and Valentine’s Day since early last summer. We’ve also been fine-tuning our cover look, and are head over heels in love with this one:

Get ready to fall in LOVE with our January/February issue!

Aren’t those cards by cover girls Teri Anderson, Julie Campbell and Dawn McVey just, well, lovely? And hey – it sure looks like kraft is popular, doesn’t it!

As for the changes in our columns, you already know about our shift from Ask the Pros to Dear Go-to Gals. But we’ve also re-launched the Joy of Card Making column as Go-to Sketches starting in this issue.

And, since you told us in our reader surveys that you love color and the inspiration of color combinations, we’d like to introduce you to Color Play. In this new column, five designers will be given a palette of four colors to create a design that’s all about inspiration, style and trendy color combinations.

How’s this for a lovely color combination? Don’t miss our newest column: Color Play!

We’ve also covered our Valentine bases with features on Vintage Valentines and Valentines for Everyone on Your List. Oh, and don’t miss our talented Paper Crafts Go-to Gals as they Try Something New – we asked them to step out of their comfort zone and create a card in a completely different style than their usual one. Our own Kim Kesti did shabby chic. Seriously.

So if you still need to get your hands on our January/February issue, leave me a comment and I’ll send FIVE random commenters a copy. I might even find some lovely goodies from our stash to include with it, you just never know…

Love is definitely in the air,

P.S. Are you a fan of Paper Crafts magazine and this blog? Here’s your chance to tell us what you like, what you want to see more of, etc. Complete our 2010 Reader Survey and 20 random respondents will win a copy of our newest book, A Card a Day: Your Ultimate Resource for Inspiration, Design, Tips & Techniques (retail value $21.95!).

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