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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! Did everyone enjoy “meeting” little Cooper yesterday? Isn’t he a sweetheart? I must say, spring is definitely the season for babies…at least in my world right now!

My cousin and his wife welcomed their baby boy Nixon Bradley five days after Cooper was born. And my girlfriend Ann is due any day now with her first boy. I was hoping he would come on my birthday earlier this week, but the little guy is being stubborn and holding out for a cooler day. Maybe he’ll come on St. Patrick’s Day, just like my sister did 31 years ago!

With babies and birthdays clearly occupying my mind, I thought I would look up the origin and meaning of my own name. Even though I’m not of direct Irish descent, I know that the name “Kelly” is in fact Irish. According to BabyNamesWorld.com, my name means “war, strife, bright-headed”. One out of three adjectives ain’t bad, unless, of course, “bright-headed” refers to the color of my head and not what’s inside it! Sigh. I was really holding out for “warrior princess”…

Fortunately, the luck of the Irish was all over our resource book A Card a Day! For those of you of not familiar with this publication, essentially it’s a book with 365 card ideas – one for each day of the year. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

This Lucky Friend Card comes from birthday girl Betsy Veldman.

I'm so making Alli Miles' Lucky Card for my sister's birthday!

I love the sentiment on Shanna Vineyard's cute Shamrock Card.

Are you feeling the need to create something green? Then it’s your lucky day! I’ve got one giant green prize package! Leave a comment telling me the origin of your name (feel free to visit the web site I cited above) and one person will take home Little Yellow Bicycle’s Lucky Me collection. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, March 14.

One winner will take home this Lucky Me collection from Little Yellow Bicycle!

Happy Friday!
Kelly

P.S. Hop on over to the Get Sketchy blog to see editor Susan Opel’s lovely green card! And join us on Monday as we show you more card examples of the green persuasion. Perhaps there will even be some shades of “Kelly” Green!

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! I hope you’ve enjoyed our week-long blogiversary celebration. I’ve enjoyed reading all of your heartfelt comments this week and throughout the past year. And I do read each and every one! 

I love bringing you this blog five days a week, 52 weeks a year. Some might think that would be a daunting task. You have to run out of ideas sooner or later, right? Luckily, I’m constantly surrounded by inspiration. And since my introvert tendencies make me sit and stew over things, once an idea hits me, I immediately exclaim, “That could be a blog post!” And the rest is history… 

Since I shared my favorite blog posts with you on Monday, today I’d like to share some editor insights on a few of our more controversial posts. Because let’s face it, I know you all like a juicy story just as much as me! And with this full disclosure, I’ll share some of my favorite reader comments. Some of them were so laugh-out-loud funny, I immediately had to forward them on to the rest of the team. And within seconds, laughter could be heard erupting from our cubicles and nearby offices. There’s some colorful PC peeps out there! 

So, without further ado, here’s a few headline-making posts of 2009: 

1. Birthday Idol – April 29, 2009: In honor of Susan’s birthday last year, we decided to go with an American Idol theme since she loves the show and had just joined a rock ‘n roll band. Little did I know, but I apparently offended one of her die-hard fans by making this innocent comment: “Kelly Clarkson, eat your heart out! There’s a new Idol in town.” I assure you, as a fellow Texan and fan of Kelly’s music, I was not referring to her weight at all. I was merely suggesting that Susan was the new “Idol” in Paper Crafts land. 

2. Do You Like to Make Stuff – May, 26, 2009: Brandy had no idea what she was setting herself up for with this post. It began with her listing the things she likes to make: cookies, friends, cards, magazines, etc. The comment prompt to win a prize was: “What do you like to make?” Summer Braxton chimed in with: “I hope I don’t offend anyone…but I like to make whoopee with my husband…especially since he just got home from a year-long deployment.” (Summer, your comment was one I most definitely forwarded to the rest of the team! Thanks for the giggle!) 

3. Gallery Idol Top 10…Coming Soon – July 17, 2009: This is probably the most painful post I had to write last year. (See finalist Jo Kill’s card below. The sentiment reads: “Sometimes Life Sucks…” And it did that day!) Long story short, I was on vacation in San Diego and had to post the Top 10 results of our Gallery Idol competition. Our webmaster was suppose to e-mail me the results over the weekend, he forgot and the inmates turned on him. Despite the drama, I loved this comment from Shanna Vineyard, who I believe was about six months pregnant at the time: “Hey Kelly! Who’s the “Nameless” webmaster so we can all come lynch him/her???? Bwahahahahha! J/K!!!!!!” I’m sure it was the hormones talking, right Shanna? 

So there you have it! Just a few posts that definitely caught our attention in 2009. Hopefully in 2010 we’ll continue to bring you all the things you love, plus introduce some fun things you’ve never seen before! (And I’m sure they’ll be some juicy stories to tell a year from now!) 

Happy Friday!
Kelly 

P.S. I almost forgot today’s giveaway! As my blogiversary gift to you, leave a comment about absolutely anything and I’ll pick three winners to receive Karen Foster’s Simple Elegance Card Creations Kit and one of our new Betty t-shirts. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Feb. 7. 

Three lucky winners will take home this Karen Foster Design card kit and a Betty t-shirt!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kim Hughes’ Inspiration Journals post! 

1. Jamie Greene (Feb. 3, 6:56 a.m.)
2. Julie Campbell (Feb. 3, 8:30 a.m.)
3. Victoria S. (Feb. 3, 9:52 p.m.)
 

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a new BasicGrey collection and one of our Betty t-shirts. I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I so enjoyed reading your priceless kid quotes over the weekend. Many of you referred to them as “gems” and I couldn’t agree more! Here’s some of my favorites:

Summer Braxton: “The funniest thing I’ve heard from a kid was on the first day of school. A seven-year-old student of mine asked if he would get in trouble for bringing guns to school. After seeing my shock, he slapped his biceps and said, ‘Cuz I have to bring these with me every day.’ I then knew who my class clown was for that year.”

Tasia: “When I was pregnant with my youngest child, we were told several times over that we were having a girl. Of course after all the preparation and planning HE decided to be a boy. My daughter (two at the time) came in the delivery room just after I had him, looked him over while they were weighing and such, and said, ‘Mom… She has a little bitty tail!’”

Tami Mayberry: “One day I was pushing the grocery cart through the store with my then 5-year-old daughter in it. We walked past a display of instant potatoes and she pointed to a box of Betty Crocker Au Gratin potatoes. ‘Mommy, what kind of potatoes are those?’ ‘Oh, those are Au Gratin potatoes. I don’t think you have ever had those.’ ‘Eeeeewe’ she exclaimed… ‘why would you want ‘all rotten’ potatoes!’”

Since I’m in a humorous mood today, I thought we would start the week off with some more laughs. Gallery Idol’s Top 5 finalists spent the weekend creating their humor cards – the theme for this fourth and final round of competition. I know all of them would appreciate some love (in the form of votes, mainly), so I’m spotlighting them here today. Here they are in alphabetical order:

Finalist 1: Rae Barthels Make a Wish Card

Finalist 1: Rae Barthel's Make a Wish Card

Finalist 2: Lizzie Jones I Love You... Punchline Card

Finalist 2: Lizzie Jones' I Love You... Punchline Card

Finalist 3: Belinda Chang Langes Do You Want Fries With That Pocket Card

Finalist 3: Belinda Chang Lange's Do You Want Fries With That Pocket Card

Finalist 4: Shanna Vineyards Girls Are Like Cell Phones... Card

Finalist 4: Shanna Vineyard's Girls Are Like Cell Phones... Card

Tessa Wises Crappy Day Card

Finalist 5: Tessa Wise's Crappy Day Card

Way to go, Top 5! You certainly had me giggling! If you’d like to show your support, please vote for your favorite humor card here. (If you haven’t already registered with our contest tool, you’ll need to create an username and password.) Voting will run through noon (MST) on Thursday, July 30. The grand prize winner will be announced on Friday, July 31. Make sure you check back here to see who takes home this fabulous prize package, courtesy of Making Memories!

Gallery Idols grand prize winner will receive all of this!

Gallery Idol's grand prize winner will take home all this fun!

May the queen of funny reign supreme!
Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from my Freebie Friday – Gallery Idol Top 5 post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Deanna (July 24, 6:39 a.m.)
2. Mary Ann T (July 24, 2:02 p.m.)
3. Julie Overby (July 24, 10:12 p.m.)

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won Inkadinkado’s Tell it Like it is stamp set, You Stand Out Kid Quotes stamp and BasicGrey’s Offbeat collection. I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left so many humorous kid quotes!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to another Freebie Friday! Well, we’ve finally announced all six of our Paper Crafts Go-to Gals! We hope you’ve enjoying reading their spotlights and getting to know their individual styles and voices. You’ll be hearing A LOT from these talented ladies… not only in our future magazines, but right here on this blog. So start thinking of questions you have for them. No paper crafting subject is off limits!

In fact, if you happen to already have a design question, feel free to start e-mailing them at gotogals@papercraftsmag.com. We can’t promise they will all be answered, but if we select your question for an upcoming column or blog post, we’ll definitely be in touch. These six Go-to Gals are ready to instruct, inspire and knock your socks off with their boundless creativity!

Speaking of creativity… did everyone see this week’s Gallery Idol entries? Who knew you could do so many things with your average, ordinary button? I want to commend the Top 10 for really stretching their imaginations and thinking outside the box with this theme. Truly amazing! Sadly, we must bid farewell to half of you, but five of you have made it to the final round of this competition. And you are (in alphabetical order)…

Finalist 1: Rae Barthel’s Wish Big Card

Finalist 1: Rae Barthel’s Wish Big Card

Finalist 2: Lizzie Jones’ Christmas in July Card

Finalist 2: Lizzie Jones’ Christmas in July Card

Belinda Chang’s Catch Some Rays Card

Finalist 3: Belinda Chang’s Catch Some Rays Card

Shanna Vineyard’s Give a Hoot… Don’t Pollute Card

Finalist 4: Shanna Vineyard’s Give a Hoot… Don’t Pollute Card

Tessa Wise’s Button Tree Card

Finalist 5: Tessa Wise’s Button Tree Card

Congrats, ladies! You’ve made it to the fourth and final round of Gallery Idol! By making it into our Top 5, you’ve each won a free copy of Paper Crafts Gourmet and this fantastic prize package, courtesy of K&Company!

Top 5 Prize Package: Amy Butler Scrapbooking Tote Bag, Lotus Faded China collection and copy of Paper Crafts Gourmet.

Top 5 Prize Package: K&Company's Amy Butler Scrapbooking Tote Bag, Lotus Faded China collection and a copy of Paper Crafts Gourmet.

Top 5, are you ready for your final theme? Round 4’s theme is… humor! We want you to make us laugh! Feel free to incorporate jokes, riddles, quotes or your own funny bone! The one finalist who clearly conceptualizes, designs and posts the most humorous card will be crowned this year’s Gallery Idol winner. The deadline for submissions is next Monday, July 27 at 9 a.m. (MST). All “Humor” cards must be posted to our gallery by this time. Voting for Round 4 will begin at noon!

Best of luck, Top 5!
Kelly

P.S. Since it’s Freebie Friday, it’s time for knock knock joke!

-Knock, knock!
-Who’s there?
-Water.
-Water who?
-Water today’s prizes, Kelly?

(I know… better stick with my day job!) To go along with Gallery Idol’s next theme of humor, I’m giving away three prize packages featuring Inkadinkado’s Tell it Like it is stamp set, You Stand Out Kid Quotes stamp and BasicGrey’s Offbeat collection (which features peas, among other things). I just love these stamps with the kiddie quotes! They don’t mean to be funny, but kids sure say the darnedest things sometimes. To be entered to win, leave a comment telling me the funniest thing a child has ever told you. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, July 26. I’ll announce the three winners on Monday’s blog.

Three lucky winners will each take home this prize package!

Three lucky winners will each take home this prize package!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the five winners from Sue’s With the Pros Wednesday – The Baby Bunny Buggy Baggy post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Jennie Harper (July 23, 2:27 p.m.)
2. Alicia (July 22, 8:16 a.m.)
3. Linda C. (July 22, 6:26 p.m.)
4. Carleen (July 22, 7:35 p.m.)
5. Roseanne (July 23, 8:04 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! Each of you will receive one of Sue’s Bliss card-making kits (valued at $19)! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left so many blissful comments!

Kelly
P. Kelly Smith

Okay, friends! I know it’s a bit delayed but we finally have the list of the Gallery Idol Top 10! As always, it was a close race but these 10 gals received the most votes in our around the house-themed card challenge. Here they are in no particular order:

Finalist 1: Jo Kill's Sometimes Life Sucks...Card

Finalist 1: Jo Kill's Sometimes Life Sucks...Card

Finalist 2: Rae Barthel's Sweet Dreams Card

Finalist 2: Rae Barthel's Sweet Dreams Card

Finalist 3: Heidi Van Laar's Party Card

Finalist 3: Heidi Van Laar's Party Card

Finalist 4: Lizze Jones's Right at Home Card

Finalist 4: Lizzie Jones' Right at Home Card

Finalist 5: Tessa Wise's The Right Pair of Boots Card

Finalist 5: Tessa Wise's The Right Pair of Boots Card

Finalist 6: Carla Peicheff's Kind, Loving, Hugs Card

Finalist 6: Carla Peicheff's Kind, Loving, Hugs Card

Finalist 8: Debbie Nicholas' U Make My World Go Round Card

Finalist 7: Debbie Nicholas' U Make My World Go Round Card

Finalist 9: Belinda Chang's Thanks Laptop Card

Finalist 8: Belinda Chang's Thanks Laptop Card

Finalist 10: Chris Severs' Hello from the Heart Card

Finalist 9: Chris Severs' Hello from the Heart Card

Finalist 10: Shanna Vineyard's Mixed with Love Card

Finalist 10: Shanna Vineyard's Mixed with Love Card

Congratulations, ladies! By making it into our Top 10, you’ve each won a free special issue and this fantastic prize package, courtesy of BasicGrey!

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Top 10 Prize Package: BasicGrey's June Bug collection, plus free special issue.
Top 10 Prize Package: BasicGrey’s June Bug collection, plus a free special issue.

Top 10, are you ready for the next theme? Round 3’s theme is… buttons! Whether you create borders, layer them or fashion beautiful button flowers, we want to see your creative and unique uses for BUTTONS! The deadline for submissions is next Monday, July 20 at 9 a.m. (MST). All “Button” cards must be posted to our gallery by this time. Voting for Round 3 will begin at noon!

Best of luck, Top 10!
Kelly

P.S. Since it’s Freebie Friday, I simply can’t blog without giving away a prize. To go along with Gallery Idol’s next button bonanza of a theme, I’m giving away an assortment of fabulously colored buttons from Papertrey Ink. To be entered to win, leave a comment telling me your favorite use for buttons. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Monday, July 20. I’ll announce the five winners (each person will receive two bags of buttons) on Tuesday’s blog.

Five lucky winners will recieve an assortment of buttons from Papertrey Ink.

Five lucky winners will receive an assortment of buttons from Papertrey Ink!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! I hope everyone has enjoyed this exciting week on our blog. From Gallery Idol voting to Go-to Gal spotlighting, there’s been a huge outpouring of love and support for our designers. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what makes this addiction hobby so great?

Thanks so much for embracing Kim Kesti and Kim Hughes as our next Go-to Gals. The “Kims” are full of energy, creativity and their own special brand of magic – just like the four other ladies we have yet to announce. Make sure you check back here next Tuesday and Thursday for the next set of Go-to Gal spotlights!

Should we get to the results of the first round of Gallery Idol? It was definitely a close race, but these 15 gals received the most votes in our wedding-themed card challenge. Here they are in no particular order:

Finalist 1: Jo Kills Best Wedding Wishes Card

Finalist 1: Jo Kill's Best Wedding Wishes Card

Finalist 2: Lizzie Jones So Happy for You Card

Finalist 2: Lizzie Jones' So Happy for You Card

Finalist 3: Ashley Newells Newlywed Monogram Card

Finalist 3: Ashley Newell's Newlywed Monogram Card

Finalist 4: Heidi Van Laars Always & Forever Card

Finalist 4: Heidi Van Laar's Always & Forever Card

Finalist 5: Tessa Wises Fairytale Wedding Card

Finalist 5: Tessa Wise's Fairytale Wedding Card

Finalist 6: Belinda Changs Happily Ever After Silhouette Card

Finalist 6: Belinda Chang's Happily Ever After Silhouette Card

Finalist 7: Laura Craigies True Love Card

Finalist 7: Laura Craigie's True Love Card

Finalist 8: Carla Peicheffs Mr. & Mrs. Card

Finalist 8: Carla Peicheff's Mr. & Mrs. Card

Finalist 9: Shanna Vineyards I Do... Always & Forever Card

Finalist 9: Shanna Vineyard's I Do... Always & Forever Card

Finalist 10: Rae Barthels Congrats Card

Finalist 10: Rae Barthel's Wedding Cake-Shaped Card

Finalist 12: Chris Severs Live Your Wedded Bliss Card

Finalist 11: Chris Severs' Live Your Wedded Bliss Card

Finalist 13: Beatriz Jennings Our Special Day

Finalist 12: Beatriz Jennings' Our Special Day Card

Finalist 13: Debbie Nicoloas Happily Ever After Card

Finalist 13: Debbie Nicholas' Happily Ever After Card

Finalist 14: Vanessa Menhorns Wedding Cake Card

Finalist 14: Vanessa Menhorn's Wedding Cake Card

Finalist 15: Candice Cruz Laughter Wedding Card

Finalist 15: Candice Cruz' Laughter Wedding Card

Congratulations, ladies! By making it into our Top 15, you’ve each won a free special issue and this fantastic prize package, courtesy of American Crafts:

Top 15 Prize Package: American Crafts' Craft Fair collection, plus free special issue.

Top 15, are you ready for the next theme? Round 2’s theme is… incorporating household items! So we want to see cards featuring chairs, frames, bird cages, lamps, kitchen utensils, pillows, chandeliers, teapots, appliances, dishes, tables, etc. The deadline for submissions is next Monday, July 13 at 9 a.m. (MST). All “Around the House” cards must be posted to our gallery by this time. Voting for Round 2 will begin at noon!

Best of luck, Top 15!
Kelly

P.S. Since it’s Freebie Friday, I’m contractually obligated to give away free prizes. :) To go along with Gallery Idol’s next theme of household items, I’m giving away three sets of Cosmo Cricket’s Early Bird Crafting Kit and Ready-Set-Chipboard, which features cute toasters, kitchen utensils, etc. To be entered to win, leave a comment telling me your most cherished household item. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, July 12. I’ll announce the three winners on Monday’s blog.

Three lucky winners will take home this prize package!

Three lucky winners will take home this prize package!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Alisa’s Dimensional Technique post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Bev (July 8, 9:49 p.m.)
2. Maureen W. (July 9, 2:27 a.m.)
3. Pam K (July 8, 12:19 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of Paper Crafts 101! I’ll be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Sounds like everyone enjoyed our CC7 blog hop last week. Thanks so much for supporting our fabulous designers who all came together to bring you 15 different, yet very engaging blogs. All in all, I’d say it was a huge success!

Make sure you check back with us tomorrow to see who took home the 10 amazing prize packages we featured last Friday. I will be announcing five winners here and Cath will be announcing five winners on Moxie Fab World. You’ll also want to visit the blogs of our 15 designers to see if you won a free copy of Card Creations, Volume 7. This special issue is bursting with creativity and inspiration – just like our newly appointed Gallery Idol Top 20!

Yes, the results are in! Summer can officially begin because the next four weeks are going to be hot, hot, hot! We were blown away by not only the amount of submissions, but the quality as well. This year for our “Open Auditions” round, 276 members submitted 1,254 birthday cards for 20 coveted spots! It was an agonizing decision, but we’re confident we got it right with this batch of talented gals who are ready to bring their “A” game. Would you like to meet them? Drum roll, please…

Finalist One: Chris Severs (chrys23)

Finalist One: Chris Severs (chrys23)

Lizzie Jones (Gallery Idol 2008)

Finalist Two: Lizzie Jones

Finalist 3: Heidi Vanlaar

Finalist Three: Heidi Van Laar

Finalist 4: Christine Penaflor

Finalist Four: Christine Penaflor (ca_scrappin)

Finalist 5: joey_73

Finalist Five: joey_73

Finalist 6: Tessa Wise

Finalist Six: Tessa Wise

Finalist 7: Natasha Trupp (trupptastic)

Finalist Seven: Natasha Trupp (trupptastic)

Finalist 9: shortcakescraps

Finalist Eight: Candice Cruz (ShortcakeScraps)

 

Finalist 9: Carla Peicheff (moraliaweblog)

Finalist 9: Carla Peicheff (moraliaweblog)

Finalist 10: Ashley Newell (anew19)
Finalist 10: Ashley Newell (anew19)
Finalist 10: Vanessa Menhorn (vanessa.1978)

Finalist 11: Vanessa Menhorn (vanessa.1978)

Finalist 12: Beatriz Jennings

Finalist 12: Beatriz Jennings

Finalist 13: Ashley Harris (ashersjane)

Finalist 13: Ashley Harris (ashersjane)

Finalist 14: Lucy, England

Finalist 14: Lucy, England

Finalist 15: Debbie (countryheartandhome)

Finalist 15: Debbie (countryheartandhome)

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Finalist 16: luluinlove

Finalist 16: Shanna Vineyard

Finalist 17: Shanna Vineyard

Finalist 17: Belinda (dreamybg)

Finalist 18: Belinda (dreamybg)

 

Finalist 19: Rae Barthel

Finalist 19: Rae Barthel

Finalist 20: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (milkman2007)

Finalist 20: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (milkman2007)

Congrats, Top 20! Since all of you made it this far, here’s a sneak peek at your prize package, courtesy of:

Top 20 Prize Package: Cosmo Crickets Early Bird collection, plus free current issue.

Top 20 Prize Package: Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection, plus free current issue.

Top 20, we absolutely loved all of your birthday creations and can’t wait to see what you come up with for round one. We thought long and hard about the theme and since summer has officially arrived, so has the season of weddings! The theme for round one is weddings! The deadline is next Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m. All wedding cards must be posted to our gallery by this time. I’ll be e-mailing you in the next couple of days to go over the specifics for posting and answer any questions you might have. It’s time to start to creating!

Hopefully you’re hearing wedding bells!
Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Susan’s Lucky Card Creations 7 post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Kathy Kohner (June 25, 10:41 a.m.)
2. Carol (June 26, 10:53 a.m.)
3. Pat S. (June 25, 8:43 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of CC7 and a GCD Studios/SIStv prize package! I’ll be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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