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Cath Edvalson

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:

Products from October Afternoon, Little Yellow Bicycle and Donna Salazar

2. Opaque. It’s been about glitter and twinkle. Now it’s about hard-core shine:

Products from Ranger and Pink Paislee

3. Textured Cardstock. Whether it’s custom to a manufacturer, raised or stitched, it’s all about texture:

Products from Cosmo Cricket, Bazzill Basics Paper and Anna Griffin

4. Canvas. Speaking of texture…

Products from Prima, Canvas Corp. and BasicGrey

5. Peace Signs. A return trend from CHA Summer, these happy icons were everywhere I looked:

Products from Little Yellow Bicycle, Adorn It and Reminisce

6. Altered Art. Anything Tim Holtz is hot and these new tools help seal the deal:

Products from Tim Holtz, GCD Studios and Zutter

7. Music. Carrying its own tune:

Products from Glitz Design, Technique Tuesday and October Afternoon

8. Frames. Picture this:

Products from Teresa Collins Design, Webster’s Pages and 7gypsies

9. Buttons. As in cute as a…

Products from Webster’s Pages, The Girls’ Paperie and Jenni Bowlin

10. Vintage Ephemera. Trinkets, cards, images and more:

Products from Melissa Frances, Glitz Design and K&Company

11. Background Text. These say it all…

Products from Prima, Technique Tuesday and Impression Obsession

12. Sewing—the run-away trend of the show. Keeping us in stitches:

Products from Cosmo Cricket and Maya Road

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,


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!

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.

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