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Welcome to Freebie Friday! Hopefully you’ve heard a few good things about our new special issue Go-to Sketches. If you’re still curious about what this magazine is all about, it’s essentially 162 pages spotlighting 282 projects, inspired by 66 sketches. Got that?
To add to all that fun, each Paper Crafts Go-to Gal has their own section (complete with a one-page introduction!) that features projects made from each of their 11 new sketches. And as Matt pointed out yesterday, the fun part about creating this issue was shooting everything on white. The result: 282 projects and 66 sketches that “pop” off the page!
So are you ready for Go-to Sketches Week? Once again we’re partnering with creative editor Cath Edvalson and her Moxie Fab World blog to bring you five days of sketch-filled fun. In addition, because our Go-to Gals are featured so prominently in this issue, all six of them will be involved in our very special promotional week. I’d love to spill the beans, but I’m sworn to secrecy! It’s going to be THAT cool!
In honor of Easter this weekend, I thought I would share a “hoppy” project from the pages of Go-to Sketches. The talented Heidi Van Laar created this adorable Easter Basket Card from one of Betsy Veldman’s sketches. To download the pattern for this card, please click HERE.
Isn’t that just about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? And because I believe grown-ups should have Easter baskets too, I’ve got a few goodies to put in yours! Leave a comment telling me your favorite Easter candy and I’ll pick three winners to receive a fun paper collection from A Muse Artstamps, Pink Paislee’s Vintage Pop stamp set, a Paper Crafts Connection button AND a copy of Go-to Sketches! The Easter Bunny is feeling very generous this year! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, April 4.
P.S. Between now and Sunday, April 4, you can purchase Go-to Sketches through our online store and save 20%! Click HERE to buy your copy!
It’s time for another edition of Tips, Tools, & Techniques trivia! Open your gorgeous copy of the March/April 2010 issue of Paper Crafts magazine (a breath of fresh air!), turn to pages 94-96 and answer the following questions for the chance to WIN (and who doesn’t like to win?):
- Take a closer look at the brads that I created using the i-top from Imaginisce. A photo of my parents appears on one of the brads. What are they doing in the picture?
- Which Go-to Gal had the headache-inducing task of blowing the insides out of eggs for this issue?
- Tell me – what does heat & stick powder do?
- Fill-in-the-blank time! I say that Doodlebug Design’s Chunky Glitter could be classified as “_______________ in a ________.”
- What idea is your favorite from this issue’s Tips, Tools, & Techniques column, and why?
Now for the fun part. Two winners will be randomly selected to win:
- The i-top Brad Maker and the Small, Medium and Large Punches and Brad Daddies from Imaginisce shown on page 94.
- Three packages of Mica Flakes from Melissa Frances, twelve different colors of Pixee Stix from Pink Paislee and the Chunky Glitter pictured from Doodlebug Design. See page 96.
Now doesn’t that sound fun? There’s not much more to do before you are qualified to win!
- Send an e-mail with your answers to email@example.com. Put “TT&T Blog” in the subject line of your message. Please leave a comment on the blog, and let me know which prize puts a spring in your step!
- Entries are due no later than midnight (MST) on Monday, March 8th. From the correct entries received, two winners will be selected at random and contacted via e-mail. Note: Due to the number of e-mails received, I’m unable to respond to each message individually. Please know that I do read your comments and totally appreciate your participation. Thanks!
So…What are you waiting for?
Can’t wait to see your answers!
As creative editor for Paper Crafts magazine, it’s my job to make sure that the projects we show are fresh, fun and trendy. So, when I walk the showroom floor at CHA, I’m always on the lookout for what inspires, what’s showing up multiple times in multiple places and what’s getting a lot of buzz as I bop from booth to booth.
On the plane ride home, as I started to process all I had seen, I wrote down the common themes that had risen to the top of my experience. Here are they are—my CHA Winter 2010 Trends by the Dozen:
1. Doilies & Lace. Intricate lovelies straight from Grandma’s parlor:
2. Opaque. It’s been about glitter and twinkle. Now it’s about hard-core shine:
3. Textured Cardstock. Whether it’s custom to a manufacturer, raised or stitched, it’s all about texture:
4. Canvas. Speaking of texture…
5. Peace Signs. A return trend from CHA Summer, these happy icons were everywhere I looked:
6. Altered Art. Anything Tim Holtz is hot and these new tools help seal the deal:
7. Music. Carrying its own tune:
8. Frames. Picture this:
9. Buttons. As in cute as a…
10. Vintage Ephemera. Trinkets, cards, images and more:
11. Background Text. These say it all…
12. Sewing—the run-away trend of the show. Keeping us in stitches:
Which of these trends speaks the most to you and why? I’d love to hear your takes on this trendy dozen, friends! Leave me a comment by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, Feb. 10 and I’d be oh-so-happy to send the Material Girl collection from Cosmo Cricket to one random lucky winner!
Dealing in dozens,
Welcome to Magazine Monday and day one of Holiday Cards & More Week! As I mentioned last Friday, we’ve once again teamed up with Cath and her Moxie Fab World blog to celebrate our latest and greatest special issue: Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4!
On sale tomorrow, this festive magazine features nearly 300 holiday projects for everyone on your list. And since Christmas is only 123 days away (yikes!), we know you need to get started on those holiday cards. This year we added more pages to the cards section, so you now have over 100 designs to jumpstart your imagination!
Each day this week we’ll be spotlighting projects from this merry magazine, as well as giving away some fantastic prizes (including free issues of Holiday Cards & More!). As always, make sure you check back with us for our grand Freebie Friday giveaway.
Today we’ll be spotlighting the talented Jennifer Beason, who is the creator of the gorgeous nutcracker that appears on the cover. Can you believe this is her first published project in Paper Crafts?! When we first set eyes on this little piece of holiday heaven, we just knew it had to appear in THIS magazine. And truthfully, it wasn’t hard to pick it as one of our three cover projects. Who wouldn’t want this jovial little guy in their home around the holidays?
So without further ado, let’s get to know Jennifer Beason!
1. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in England and then moved to Florida with my family when I was 16.
2. Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do?
No, I’m lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom.
3. If a movie were to be made of your life, who would you cast to play the part of you?
I would cast Jada Pinkett-Smith. We don’t look anything alike, but I’ve always loved her.
4. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life?
“This is Heaven to Me” by Madeleine Peyroux.
5. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you?
I’m not sure… maybe that I’m only five feet tall.
6. What/who inspired you to start paper crafting?
I’d have to say my kids. After my daughter was born, I began scrapbooking all of the photos I had taken of her. I then started making cards, and now I’m doing altered projects as well.
7. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge?
Not having enough time!!!
8. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be?
A knife and patterned paper.
9. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why?
I love to decorate my home at Christmas time with things that I’ve made. I also enjoy making gifts for my friends and family. Christmas is the perfect time for homemade gifts.
10. How would you describe your style?
Playful and fun!
11.When is your favorite time to craft?
Late at night… when the family is asleep.
12. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting?
Anything soft and mellow – Sade, Madeleine Peyroux and Melody Gardot are some of my favorites.
13. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion?
They give me great ideas, especially the kids. Both of my younger kids enjoy making crafts, so I have a specific area in my craft room just for them. We are now able to work together.
14. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized?
I have one of those huge desk calendars hanging up in my craft room. I write down all the calls that I want to try out, along with all my assignments. This way I can see at a glance what’s due and when.
15. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then?
My nutcracker was the first to be published in your magazine. My style really hasn’t changed much. However, I’m consistently trying to improve my technique.
16. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones?
I have been on the following design teams:
17. Name three designers whose styles you like and why they appeal to you.
- Danielle Flanders – she has a knack for making everything she creates simply gorgeous.
- Linda Albrecht– her work is beautifully detailed. I saw some of her altered projects at the recent CHA in Orlando, FL. I’m definitely a fan for life.
- Rachelle Anne Miller’s illustration style really inspires me because it’s so whimsical and cute.
18. Do you have any advice/tips for someone who’s never been published or who wants to submit for the first time?
Just go for it! What you create may be just what the magazine is looking for. You won’t know unless you try.
19. What was the inspiration for your nutcracker that appears in Holiday Cards and More? How long did it take you to create it? Any tips for people who want to recreate it?
The patterned paper was actually the inspiration for the piece. I was planning to make something different. Then the pattern in one of the papers started to look like a beard to me. I had the nutcracker laying around, so I started playing around with it. It took me a while to make, over the course of several days, and between other projects. One tip I would offer is to try and avoid covering large areas of the nutcracker with paper all at once. Use small sections of patterned paper instead.
20. Do you have a blog or online gallery? If so, please provide the URL.
I do have a blog (www.jenniwren32.blogspot.com). Please hop on over!
Thanks, Jennifer! Our friends at Pink Paislee were nice enough to donate three sets of their Tinsel Town collection – the same collection Jennifer used to create her nutcracker above. Please leave a comment below and I’ll pick three random winners to receive this collection, plus a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Tuesday, August 25.
P.S. Because I’m feeling so jolly, I just had to share a couple more projects from the home decor section of Holiday Cards & More. It looks like hot pink and lime green are going to be the “it” colors this holiday season!
Are visions of sugar plums dancing in your head? If not, head on over to Moxie Fab World for some more holiday inspiration. And make sure you check back with us tomorrow as Jennifer spotlights the gifts section of Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4!
P.P.S. It’s time to announce the two winners from Susan’s Tips, Tools, & Techniques Trivia post, the winner from Brandy’s Memories Made post and the two winners from my Holiday Cards & More Week post! Here they are in no particular order:
1. Jenn Coker (August 18, 10:15 a.m.)
2. Sue Blondin (August 19, 5:27 a.m.)
Jamie Greene (August 20, 6:46 a.m.)
1. Nancy L. (August 21, 10:41 a.m.)
2. Leslie (August 21, 11:42 a.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!
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.
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 Wednesday – Paper 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!
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.
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!
As creative editor of Paper Crafts magazine, it’s my job to identify the trendiest trends at each show I attend, and even though the show was smaller this summer, I’m happy to report that there was absolutely no shortage of trends.
In fact, I’ve got a delicious dozen for you to drool over, so grab some napkins, for it’s going to be a sweet and tasty treat!
1. Vintage. The runaway trend of the show:
2. Cameos. Showing their best sides:
3. Fruit. Juicing things up:
4. Patchwork Patterns. More mix than match:
5. Line-drawn images. More than just reading between the lines:
6. Clouds. Always a silver lining:
7. Lace. It’s all about the finery:
8. Letterpress. Straight from your local stationery store:
9. Bingo Cards. Take a chance on these:
10. Peace Signs. Keepin’ it groovy:
11. Holiday Lines with Yellow Pop. A moxie fab surprise:
12. Smaller scale products for card makers. These are just for us!
A dozen delicious delights, yes? Watch for these tempting trends in the aisles of your local scrapbook store… and coming to a magazine near you, I’m sure!
I’d love to hear what trend tempts you the most, so leave me a comment by midnight (MDT) on Thursday, August 13 and I’ll whip up a tasty treat for one random winner.
Delighting in the dozen,
It’s no secret that I have a serious case of wanderlust. As a matter of fact I think that I was born with it. And now that I work for Paper Crafts magazine, I get a pretty regular chance to feed my travel addiction. This year alone I’ve been to Anaheim, Louisville, and Manchester, NH, for work-related adventures (as well as trips to San Francisco and an upcoming one to Michigan for pleasure). And I still have one more business trip to Nashville in September. Last week work took me on an odyssey of sorts all over the USA.
Early last Monday morning (July 27th), my sister escorted Cath and me to the Salt Lake City airport for the first leg of my trip. Cath and I were headed to Orlando, FL, to see what was new and hot in the land of paper crafting at CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association trade show). And let me tell you, it is pretty hot in Florida in July. Whew! It was a mistake to attempt doing my hair with hot rollers. Okay – and now for a random side note… Cath and I both pulled out the exact same book (Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan) on the airplane. How wild is that?
Cath and I walked the show floor for two solid days (Tuesday and Wednesday) at the Orange County Convention Center, drooling over new products and glad-handing with manufacturers and designers alike. It’s a dirty job, but somebody needs to do it. 😉
Thursday morning was a super early one for me since I had to be in the lobby of our hotel at 5:50 a.m. to catch a shuttle to the airport. Now I will admit I am a morning person, but not quite THAT much. I didn’t sleep well at all worrying that I might miss my alarm, so I developed quite a headache. But the Paper Crafts show must go on! My Thursday morning flight was headed north to Philadelphia where I’d catch another shuttle to Valley Forge, PA, to teach classes at CKC (Creating Keepsakes Convention).
Once in Valley Forge, I was delighted to find a comfy bed to rest my weary head, a jetted tub for a rejuvenating bath, and complimentary Internet service so I could catch up on Facebook. Huzzah! It was a welcome bit of solace and allowed me to gear up for the two days of teaching that lay ahead.
On Friday and Saturday I taught eight fabulous classes to countless eager students (men – yes, that’s plural – and women alike). I can only hope that I instilled a little bit of card making love in their hearts. They certainly seemed to enjoy every last minute of it. And I’ll admit the teaching came back to me in a hurry. Those 16 years of teaching junior high and high school really paid off.
You might remember Kalyn as our faithful Paper Crafts intern last summer. She and I had a delightful and chat-filled dinner after my classes on Saturday.
On Sunday, I finally headed back to Utah after quite an eventful week of work-related fun. First I had to brave a pretty fierce thunderstorm stranded in a plane on the tarmac in Philadelphia for almost two hours, which meant I’d miss my connection in Denver. But I gotta send a shout out to Southwest Airlines for squeezing me in on the next available flight to SLC.
Whew! So my triangle trip – SLC to Orlando to Philly to SLC – was complete. What a week! It was definitely fun, but I am pooped!
How would you feel about getting your hands on some of the brand new stuff that debuted at the CHA summer show? You’d like that, wouldn’t you? I have two sets of some brand new papers from Pink Paislee to give away. Leave a comment by midnight MDT on Friday, August 7th for a chance to win.
Your expert Paper Crafts traveler,
P.S. In all my whirlwind travels, I forgot to announce the five winners from my Welcome Go-to Gal, Teri Anderson post! Here they are in no particular order:
1. Gina (July 23, 12:09 p.m.)
2. Janet L. (July 23, 5:51 a.m.)
3. mloukirby (July 23, 9:06 a.m.)
4. Yvonne C. (July 24, 8:56 a.m.)
5. Julie Masse (July 23, 6:37 a.m.)
Congrats, winners! You each win three sets of Art Declassified stamps! Kelly will be contacting you shortly for your e-mail addresses. Thanks to all who left so many welcoming comments for Teri!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!