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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved rainbows. Maybe it’s seeing all those bright colors right next to another, each one beautiful and unique in their own brilliancy. 

Speaking of rainbows, I’m also a fan of the candy, Skittles. No just because they’re delicious to eat, but because they bring back a fun school memory. I’ve already told this story here, but if you’re new to this blog, it’s new to you! 

“…Then came Ms. Dowell in third grade. She used to keep a candy dish on her desk filled to the rim with brightly colored Skittles. Every time we would “do well” in class (get it…her name was Ms. Do-well), we would get to pick out one Skittles candy from her tall dish. (I’m convinced she refilled that thing every day because it never seemed to disappear!) I would always pick red (strawberry) and happily munched on it all the way back to my desk. To this day, whenever I open a bag of Skittles, I always reach for the red ones first and I think to myself, ‘You deserve this. You did something well today…'” 

So it’s no surprise that I love product that comes in a rainbow of colors. Bling, buttons and brads all remind me of shiny Skittles in a glass jar…just waiting to be “munched” on. But nothing excites me more than a set of never-been-opened, never-been-used markers. I love knowing that so much color resides in each small tube. And all you have to do is twist off the cap and play!  

Angie Hagist's Hello Hill Card from Stamp It! Cards.

I love how Angie used markers to color in her stamped image here. What a fun, whimsical tree with brightly colored mushrooms! For more great examples of marker-happy projects, pick up a copy of Stamp It! Cards or turn to the Marker Magic feature in our January/February 2010 issue. 

So you knew it was coming from the title of the blog, right? Right. I’ve got three sets of Bic’s Mark-it Ultra Fine Permanent Markers. Their ultra fine tips are perfect for coloring in those detailed stamped images…or if you’re like me, writing your name in 36 fabulous colors! Leave a comment telling me what you would do with a set like this. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, March 28. 

Three lucky people will walk away with 36 colors of rainbow fun!

Happy Coloring!
Kelly 

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Jennifer’s Sketchy Math post! 

Brenda (March 23, 11:02 a.m.) 

Congrats, Brenda! You’ve won a copy of our new special issue Go-to Sketches! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments! (If you didn’t win this time around, you can always purchase a copy of Go-to Sketches HERE.)

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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Is it really March 1st? Already? I swear it was Christmas just a week ago. I guess times flies when you’re having fun…and fun we most definitely had last week! I hope you enjoyed the five glorious days all dedicated to our new special issue Stamp It! Cards

I was so inspired after last week’s festivities that I went home and stamped all 12 of my cards for our monthly card group. To put us in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day, the theme was “green”. I loved picking out my favorite green paper and ribbon and then turned to stamping for the sentiment and focal image on my all occasion card. Loved the finished result! 

Fellow card group co-chair (and CK’s creative editor) Megan Hoeppner just posted all of our green cards on her blog. Hop on over to take a look! And while you there, make sure to wish Megan a belated happy birthday. She just turned 29 last Thursday! (And unlike the rest of us, she really is 29!) 

But before March comes in like a lion, let’s bid farewell to February by honoring our February Gallery Challenge winners! These three ladies not only aced our Valentine/Love-themed challenge, but they reminded us that every day is the perfect day to send a “heart”felt greeting. 

Winner #1 – Andrea Vernagus:   

We just loved the way Andrea fashioned the word "Love" out of yarn!

Winner #2 – Julie Masse:  

And the romantic in me absolutely fell in love with Julie's layered Valentine.

Winner #3 – Pat Sergeant:  

By piercing the stamped sentiment, Pat created a beautiful "stitched" focal image.

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 the Valentine/Love-themed projects from the February challenge, please visit our gallery HERE.  

Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We just launched our March Gallery Challenge! Since it’s the season of spring and new beginnings, we want to see your projects that are themed “babies” or “brides”. For inspiration, please turn to the “Thanks & Congrats” feature in our March/April 2010 issue. This three-week challenge will run through midnight (MST) on Monday, March 22. Click HERE for all the details!  

Happy Monday!
Kelly  

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner from Brandy’s Save MONEY and Use Your Stamps post!   

1. Veronica Z. (Feb. 25, 9:33 a.m.) 

Congrats, Veronica! You’ve won all six sets featured in the Stamp It! 3-Ways section of Stamp It! Cards! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments and visited our Go-to Gals’ blogs! 

P.P.S. Check back with us tomorrow when I announce the grand prize winner of our Royal Stamping Jackpot! (If you still haven’t left a comment to be eligible to win, I’m extending the deadline until midnight (MST) tonight!)

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! So glad you’ve joined us for this final day of Stamp It! Cards Week. We hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek of Stamp It! Cards, and have been inspired to go create your own stamped masterpieces. 

Over the last few days, I’ve enjoyed reading all the reasons why you love stamping. From the versatility to the economical value to the sheer love of inking up those stamps, you’re clearly passionate about your craft. Now I’d like you to be rewarded for your craft by entering our 2010 Stamping Royalty Card Contest

Each year since 2004, we’ve inducted the crème de la crème of stampers into a posh society known as Stamping Royalty. Winners will be royally honored with a prize package containing the latest stamping products from some of the hottest manufacturers. The retail value of each prize package totals over $250! Winners will also have the opportunity to be published in the November/December 2010 issue of Paper Crafts magazine. 

To enter, please create an original stamped card for the following occasions: 

1. Birthday
2. Christmas/Season’s Greetings
3. Hello/Thinking of You
4. Love
5. Thank You

So, do you have what it takes to be crowned royalty? If you would like to enter this stamping contest, please click HERE for the full rules or turn to p. 6 of Stamp It! Cards. All entries must be postmarked by March 24, 2010.

Can you guess what our grand finale giveaway is for this Freebie Friday? Yep, I just happen to have one extra set of this royal prize package! In addition to some amazing stamps, embossing powders and mists, who here would like My Digital Studio from Stampin’ Up! and their very own set of Copic markers? And if that wasn’t a cool enough giveaway, I’m also throwing in the five stamp sets we feature in the Say it with Stamps section (p. 90) of Stamp It! Cards!

One lucky winner will walk away with this fabulous prize package...

AND Ali Edwards' Simply You set from Technique Tuesday

AND Nina Brackett's Elegant Verses set from Gina K Designs

AND Daisy Bucket Designs' Clearly Petite Stamps in I Like You, I Love Your Face and You Are My Sunshine.

AND Lisa Strahl's Birthday Centers set from Cornish Heritage Farms

AND Kezia Whitteker's Card Sentiments Stampology set by Autumn Leaves

Have you died and gone to stamper’s heaven yet? To be eligible for this royal stamping jackpot, leave a comment telling me when your love affair of stamping officially began. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Feb. 28

Happy Friday!
Kelly 

P.S. I’m not the only one with an INCREDIBLE prize package up for grabs! Join Cath on Moxie Fab World for her fantastic “Five for Friday(x8+3)” giveaway! Make sure to bring your smelling salts…just in case you faint! 

P.P.S. If you’re having a hard time finding Stamp It! Cards in your local stores, why not take advantage of our special Stamp It! Cards Week promotion? Just visit our online store HERE and enter the coupon code “STAMPIT20” at check out to save 20%. This promotion will run through Wednesday, March 3. 

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kim Kesti’s Grand Gradients post! 

1. Jennifer R. (Feb. 24, 9:50 a.m.)
2. Sue D. (Feb. 24, 7:13 a.m.)
3. Haidee (Feb. 24, 7:43 p.m.)
 

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won Inkadinakado’s Branchful of Birds stamp, a set of Ranger Industries’ Adirondack Alcohol Inks and a copy of Stamp It! Cards! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Brandy Jesperson

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a bargain shopper. I love stretching a dollar and getting the best possible deal I can find.  

This is precisely why I love the Stamp It! 3 Ways section of our latest special issue Stamp It! Cards. I’m always drawn to the creativity and diversity of three projects that all use one stamp set (talk about stretching your supplies AND your dollar).  

Our designers are experts at thinking outside the box when it comes to techniques and occasions that seem to magically appear from a single stamp set. Take the Grow Love, Plant a Tree set from My Favorite Things:    

Grow Love, Plant a Seed set from My Favorite Things

Michele Boyer, Angie Hagist, and Laura O’Donnell were able to take this stamp set and create their Lonely, Hi Tree and Grow Love cards in three distinctly different styles – genius! 

Turn to p. 85 in Stamp It! Cards for a closer look at these 3-Ways cards.

Have I converted you to the ways of saving money while still making oodles of cards? If not, I’ve got a few more tricks up my sleeve. The Paper Crafts Go-to Gals have joined forces to show you the diversity of two more stamp sets. Three gals made cards from one stamp set and three gals made cards from another set. Visit each of their blogs and discover how easy it is to maximize your stamps with a bit of technique and a lot of creativity!  

And since this week is all about celebrating stamping, I can’t leave without offering one whopper of a prize. One lucky winner will win ALL SIX STAMP SETS featured in Stamp It! 3 Ways. That’s right, someone will win: 

Everyday Button Bits stamp set from Papertrey Ink

Harmonious Sprig stamp from Unity Stamp Co.

On the Desk stamp set from Cornish Heritage Farms

Margaret stamp set from Kodomo

Spiro Garden stamp set from Technique Tuesday

If that’s not enough, you can enter to win SEVEN TIMES! Please leave a comment here and on the blogs of all six Paper Crafts Go-to Gals. Each time you leave a comment you will be entered to win. As an extra incentive, all Go-to Gals will be giving away copies of Stamp It! Cards on their blogs. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, Feb. 26. 

Happily stamping,
Brandy 

P.S. Today on Moxie Fab World, Cath is featuring an “Ask Around” with Jennifer McGuire. There’s also a chance to win some fabulous Hero Arts stamps! 

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Jennifer’s You, My Friends, Are STAMPERS post! 

1. Kelly Sas (Feb. 23, 7:32 a.m.)
2. Rebecca MI (Feb. 23, 8:31 a.m.)
3. Bev J. (Feb. 23, 7:20 p.m.)
 

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

Kim Kesti

First of all, those of you familiar with my style know I don’t do a ton of stamping. I really need to be pushed to experiment and try new things. That’s why I was really excited (and a little nervous) to showcase gradient stamping. I think one of the best ways to learn something well is to teach it to someone else.

I know the gradient effect is really trendy in fashion and home goods; I love that we can translate that same trend into our stamping. Since I don’t own any gradient stamp pads, I decided to make my own. I choose three colors of Adirondack Alcohol Inks and grabbed a piece of Ranger Cut-n-Dry Stamp Pad Felt. (Yes, I’ve had this stamp pad felt in my stash for probably four years).

Next, I loaded up the stamp pad with the alcohol inks. I found that I needed to add even more ink after experimenting with some of my stamps. A nice saturation is important. I store the inked stamp pad in a Ziploc bag lying flat and it keeps really well.

I first used my newly created stamp pad as a traditional ink pad; meaning I choose a rubber stamp and stamped an image. But, I didn’t really have a large enough stamp that showed off the gradient effect well. Then, I thought “why not apply the stamp pad directly to my paper?” I’m definitely experimenting at this point. It worked beautifully. I swished my stamp pad left to right across my paper attempting to keep the colors from bleeding too much. This technique really showed off the three different colors of ink.

After letting the inked paper dry, I stamped a bold image in black and embossed it to make it pop a little more. I love how this turned out!

Finishing the card was easy. I printed a sentiment on cardstock, trimmed my stamped block and added it to the card front. I had a great time playing with this technique.

For more info on my Beautiful Birds Card, turn to p. 12 of Stamp It! Cards.

In fact, I didn’t stop there. Please hop over to my personal blog and see how I created another gradient stamp pad and used it three different ways on three brand new cards! I’ll also be giving away three copies of Stamp It! Cards!

Now, leave a comment here about a technique you’re nervous about trying (or one you’ve mastered) and you’ll be entered to win Inkadinakado’s Branchful of Birds stamp, Ranger Industries’ Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Eggplant, Stonewashed and Lettuce (used in my card above) AND a copy of our new Stamp It! Cards. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Three lucky winners will take home this Inkadinkado stamp, three Adirondack Alcohol Inks and a copy of Stamp It! Cards!

Take care!

Paper Crafts Go-To Gal,
Kim Kesti

P.S. Are you feeling the Olympic fever? Today on Moxie Fab World, Cath is announcing the Olympics of Stamping with a blog hop featuring 11 of the most-published designers who will show a never-seen-before stamped card. Readers will have 12 chances to win stamps from My Cute Stamps!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kelly’s Meet Kimberly Crawford post!

1. Jingle (Feb. 22, 11:13 a.m.)
2. Kay S. (Feb. 22, 6:33 a.m.)
3. Denise M. (Feb. 22, 12:10 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve won Flourishes’ Cherries & Peaches stamp set and a copy of Stamp It! Cards. Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Jennifer Schaerer

It used to be that we only got a peek into the craft rooms of our readers via the survey we circulated once each year. That information was, and still is, like spun gold to us.  

The reason? It’s important that we bring you a series of regular issues and special interest publications showcasing just what you want to see, exactly when you want to see it.  

That right there has always been our challenge, mainly because we work about six or seven months in advance to orchestrate the perfect symphony of new products, trends and paper crafted projects that come together in a way that’s music to your ears.  

But now with this blog, Facebook, meet-and-greets at trade shows and very engaging message boards, we hear what you think on a much more frequent basis. And sometimes? We get feedback within minutes. Minutes.  

One thing we know for sure: you are STAMPERS.  

Lots of stampers swung by our booth at CHA to celebrate the release of Stamp It! Cards.

According to our most recent survey, 85% of you use stamping most often. Naturally, right behind that on the list of techniques is inking and aging, heat embossing and coloring images with markers. You stamp alphabets and backgrounds, but mostly it’s more like images and sentiments.  

Your favorite projects to make are cards, followed in distant second place by scrapbook layouts and then by gifts. If you were in charge of the magazine, you’d be sure that projects were more plentiful than anything else but techniques would be the thing that gave project count a run for its money.  

Here’s what we like best, though — you look through our magazine and decide to make a project you’ve seen because you’re inspired by the style. It’s an added bonus if you have the supplies on hand already.  

So I’m going to make it easy on you, and be sure that you’re both inspired by the style AND have the supplies on hand. How about some bright and cheerful stamps from American Crafts?  

Could you, perhaps, be inspired by the Herbs collection of clear stamps from American Crafts?

And since you’re all about heat embossing too, maybe you need some Zing:  

Meet the color Leaf -- it will be joined by friends Rouge, Wave, Apricot and Silver!

All you have to do is tell me what your stamp style is. Are you more fun and cute, clean and graphic, classy and elegant or shabby chic/vintage? I’m going to snag three of you who comment and send you not only the stamp set and Zing colors I mentioned above, but also a copy of Stamp It! Cards and one of our super duper extra special Stamp It! Cards buttons from CHA Winter. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, Feb. 24.  

Maybe you’ll be inspired to the highest level and find your next project on one of our covers, just like Lynn Ghahary did with Stamp It! Cards.  

Cover Girl Lynn Ghahary with her very first showing!

Happy stamping, my friends!
Jennifer  

P.S. It’s time to hop over to the Moxie Fab World! I hear the Tuesday Trigger this week comes directly from the pages of Stamp It! Cards. Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Kim Hughes gains inspiration from one of Kimberly Crawford’s 12 gorgeous cards. There’s also an opportunity for two commenters to win four different Gina K Designs stamp sets!

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday and the first day of Stamp It! Cards Week! The one thing I love about stampers is their enthusiasm. While I was reading through the 330+ comments from Friday’s post, I laughed out loud when I stumbled across Sharon Totton’s motto for stamping and for life:  

“If it sits still long enough, Stamp It. If it doesn’t, chase it down and Stamp It.” 

Now why didn’t we think of that tagline? Genius! It really sums up our latest edition of Stamp It! Cards. In addition to the 152 inspiring designs, we’ve even included fun sections like “Tips from the Go-to Gals”, “Stamp It! 3 Ways” and “Say it with Stamps”. We’ll touch on each of these sections this week, as well as show some amazing stamped cards from the magazine.  

Speaking of amazing stamped cards…when we were discussing who should be featured as our designer spotlight for this week, all we had to do was look at the editorial spreadsheet for Stamp It! Cards. One name kept popping up over and over. Actually 12 times! Yes, Kimberly Crawford has 12 gorgeous cards in this issue. Quite a feat considering her first ever publication was last year’s Stamp It! Cards. How’s that for a full circle moment! Go Kimberly!

Kimberly Crawford

1. Where did you grow up?    

On a lake, outside a small town called Moose Lake, MN. But as of 12 days ago, I became a resident of Iowa.  

2. Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do?   

No, I have the privilege of staying home with my newly four-year-old son.  

3. If a movie were to be made of your life, who would you cast to play the part of you?   

I am going to continue the Jennifer Garner trend because if she was busy working on a film, I could flirt with her gorgeous hubby Ben Affleck. 

4. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life?   

A theme song? I really can’t think of one, but I have a song for everything. I am one of those people.  

5. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you?   

That I used to be a high school softball coach and can throw a softball 72 mph, over hand. I also love to golf and watch hockey. I am a sports nut.  

6. What/who inspired you to start paper crafting?   

My husband. He mentioned this “stamping thing” his mom did when we were getting married. She sent me some supplies and the rest is history. And I don’t let him forget it.  

7. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge?   

Finding time to experiment with all the crazy ideas in my head.  

8. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be?   

A stamp and watermark ink. You can do a ton with backgrounds, cutting images out and mounting them with foam tape.  

9. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why?   

Christmas. I am a Christmas girl at heart. Bring it on in October!  

10. How would you describe your style?    

Fresh and classy with a tendency towards shabby chic and cutesy on some days.  

Kimberly's Take Care Card, p. 53

11. When is your favorite time to craft?   

Naptime and bedtime for my little man. If I didn’t have a four-year-old son for an alarm clock, I would stay up until all hours of the night because after 10:30 p.m., I really get creative.  

12. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting?    

Everything. I love all music: country, rock, Christian, southern gospel, musicals and orchestral.  

13. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion?   

My husband sweetly supports my obsession passion. He looks at all my projects and provides wonderful feedback. My son has his own stamps and ink pads, and he even knows to clean the stamps off between colors!  

14. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized?   

Outlook on my computer. I enter them all in and then a little reminder pops up every time I check my e-mail. I also keep a printed copy of calls on my desk. You can never have too many reminders or lists!  

15. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then?   

It was last year’s Stamp It! Cards, and what a thrill! I am still a pretty simple girl, but I like to think I have learned how to add better finishing touches.  

Kimberly's Always Card, p. 79

16. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones?   

I am currently designing for Spellbinders Paper Arts, Stampendous, Pink Persimmon and am a reporter for The Scrap Review. In the past I have designed for the Flourishes blog team and for two online stores: ScrapLovers and Stamper’s Dream.  

17. Name three designers whose styles you like and why they appeal to you.     

18. Do you have any advice/tips for someone who’s never been published or who wants to submit for the first time?   

Submit, submit, submit. And then submit some more.  

19. Out of your 12 cards in Stamp It! Cards, do you have a favorite? Please talk about the inspiration/design/techniques for one or more of your cards in this publication.  

It would be my Live the Sweet Life Card from p. 17. I love how the card came together. I had this gorgeous peach image that I wanted to use, but didn’t have the correct color markers. So, I had to get creative. I knew I had the right color ink, but how could the ink be applied? Then the thought of letter pressing came to mind. Yay for the results! Sometimes I think I have too much stuff. My best ideas come from being forced to be clever with what is on my desk. 

Kimberly's Live the Sweet Life Card, p. 17

20. Do you have a blog or online gallery? If so, please provide the URL.    

Yes, I do! My blog can be found at www.kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com.  

Thanks, Kimberly! Our friends at Flourishes were nice enough to donate three sets of their Cherries & Peaches stamp set – the same set Kimberly used to create her card above. Please leave a comment and I’ll pick three random winners to receive this set, plus a copy of Stamp It! Cards. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Tuesday, Feb. 23.   

Three winners will take home this gorgeous stamp set!

Happy Monday!
Kelly   

P.S. Cath is featuring Technique Tuesday in her Moxie Monday post today! Head on over for a chance to win six different stamp sets!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from my Countdown to Stamp It! Cards Week post!    

1. Paulina (Feb. 19, 8:41 a.m.)
2. Viola Miller (Feb. 19, 8:03 p.m.)
3. 
Anya (Feb. 19, 12:58 p.m.)  

Congrats, winners! I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! Has this week flown by or what? Here at the office we’ve been busy with concept meetings, submissions judging meetings and a few product previews. There’s always something brewing, and that is most definitely a good thing. 

If you’re stamper, then I’ve got a very good thing coming your way! Stamp It! Cards Week officially kicks off next Monday. Our goal is to entice you to fall in love with our new special issue Stamp It! Cards. If the love fest is already going strong, then we hope you’ve been inspired to stamp some amazing cards of your own! 

Not only will we have a ton of stamping fun here, but we’re partnering with creative editor Cath Edvalson and her Moxie Fab World blog. Both sites will be doing designer spotlights, showing projects from the issue (as well as a few new ones!) and giving away some amazing prize packages. I think between Cath and I, we’re giving away over 50 stamp sets! 

Click on the cover image to reserve your copy today! Enter the coupon code "STAMPIT20" at check out and save 20%.

Next week on Paper Crafts Connection

Magazine Monday – Designer spotlight on stamper extraordinaire Kimberly Crawford. She has 12 (count ’em, ladies!) gorgeous cards in this issue and get this…her very first project was only published a year ago – in Stamp It! Cards 2009. How’s that for inspiring? 

Tuesday – Our fearless leader Jennifer Schaerer will give you highlights from our Stamp It! Cards promotion at CHA. She’ll also dissect our most recent reader survey and give you data on one of your favorite paper crafting techniques. Can you guess what technique I’m referring to? 

Wednesday – Miss Kim Kesti will show off her Beautiful Birds card from the “Tips from the Go-to Gals” section of Stamp It! Cards. She’ll talk about how she achieved the gradient stamping look and illustrate it with a brand new card. 

Thursday – New momma and managing editor Brandy Jesperson will spotlight some diverse projects from the “Stamp It! 3 Ways” section. Then the Paper Crafts Go-to Gals will show you how diverse they can be with their own Stamp It! 3 Ways challenge. Three gals were given one stamp set; three gals were given another. Stay tuned to see the results! 

Freebie Friday – Not sure if I can top last year’s jackpot of a giveaway, but I’m sure going to try! The Big One generated more comments (763!) than any other blog post…to date. Will Freebie Friday reign supreme again? 

Since I do love my Freebie Fridays, I’ve got some great prize packages today! Stampin’ Up! recently came to our office and left us some sweet stamping goodies. Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing to stamp: focal images, sentiments, backgrounds or all of the above. I’ll pick three lucky people to win Stampin’s Up’s Vintage Vogue stamp set, a stamping block and a charm and necklace set from their Simply Adorned collection. And a little inspiration to go with it…a copy of Stamp It! Cards and our fun CHA button. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Feb. 21. 

Three lucky winners will take home this stampy prize package!

Happy Friday!
Kelly 

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Jessica’s The Little Letter Sheet That Could post! 

Kimmie (Feb. 17, 5:56 a.m.) 

Congrats, Kimmie! You’ve just won a fun set of Thickers from American Crafts! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

Brandy Jesperson

I know it’s cliché, but time flies when you’re having fun. I distinctly remember talking with the Paper Crafts team and dreaming up a blog full of interactive challenges, beautiful pictures and prizes galore! Sure enough, two blinks of an eye and one year later here we are! 

One of our goals when we concepted this blog was to encourage people to serve those around them. After all, card making is innately generous. We make cards for our loved ones to celebrate events, give condolences and simply say “hi.” 

As I think back over the past 12 months, we’ve not only had the chance to give back, but we’ve also had a lot of fun doing it. So put on your magical time machine hats (you’ve all got one, right?) and join me for a quick trip down memory lane.  

Last Fall Kelly joined forces with some crafty friends to crop for Cystic Fibrosis. Not only did all the proceeds go to a great cause, but it was also a chance to meet new people and create into the wee hours of the morning!

Here's Roxanne (Becky's sister), Kelly, Megan, Brenda and Becky.

In November we continued our tradition of decorating and donating a tree (complete with oodles of donations from manufacturers and designers) to the Festival of Trees. All the money raised at this event goes to the patients at Primary Children’s Medical Center, and over the past three years our trees have made more than $5000 for this great cause. 

Ta da! What do you think of our finished tree?

Even our Go-to Gals got into the act this year! Ms. Maren shared a delicious assortment of chocolate-covered creations (accompanied by a hearty dose of papery goodness) ideal for teacher gifts. With two former teachers on our team, we love and respect the fine people who teach our children each day.

Switch out the tag and you've got a yummy Valentine's treat!

In December we joined forces with Creating Keepsakes magazine and Creativity Heals. This program encourages people to donate time, creativity or extra crafting supplies towards improving the lives of others. We invited all of you to donate cards to Operation Write Home and were blown away by the generosity you showed on our blog and Facebook pages. We’ve been associated with this charity for years and love their support for our nation’s armed forces. We also donated hundreds of cards to this charity following our World Card Making Day Card Contest in October.  

All of these cards were sent in to Operation Write Home.

At each turn we have been struck by the kindness and willingness to give all of you readers have shown. Thanks for making 2009 a year of giving back. As a thank you I’d like to give ONE lucky person two copies of our new special issue Stamp It! Cards, two Fiskars stamp sets and two of our sassy Betty t-shirts. All that I ask is that you keep one prize package for yourself and give the other to a friend. To be eligible to win, please leave a comment telling me how you like to give back to those around you. Perhaps we’ll be able to take something YOU do and work it into 2010. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Thanks and love,
Brandy

P.S. It’s time to announce the 10 winners from Jennifer’s Sharing the CHA Goodies post and the five winners from Kelly’s January/February I-Spy post!

Jennifer’s winners:

1. Diane S. (Jan. 29, 7:59 p.m.)
2. Carisa (Jan. 28, 3:17 p.m.)
3. Brandy Jarvis (Jan. 28, 2:12 p.m.)
4. Tammy Wisterman (Jan. 28, 8:08 p.m.)
5. Carol (Jan. 28, 3:31 p.m.)
6. Iris Soscia (Jan. 28, 1:48 p.m.)
7. Diana N. (Jan. 28, 6:40 p.m.)
8. Sue B. (Jan. 29, 7:56 p.m.)
9. Letisia Chubbuck (Jan. 28, 6:43 p.m.)
10. Jennifer Hansen (Jan. 28, 11:15 p.m.)

Kelly’s winners:

1. Carol H. (Jan. 29, 9:53 a.m.)
2. cards4ever (Jan. 29, 10:39 p.m.)
3. Wendy M. (Jan. 30, 8:47 a.m.)
4. Kerry A. (Jan. 31, 9:43 a.m.)
5. Mary Ashby (Jan. 29, 8:04 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

As you’re reading this post, the Paper Crafts editors and Go-to Gals are jet-setting to California for the Winter Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) trade show. Here we’ll see all of the manufacturers’ new product lines and mingle with designers and those who share in our paper crafting passion.   

At the show we’ll be holding several booth events. We’ll be promoting our current January/February issue, Stamp It! Cards, our two blogs, as well as greeting fans and giving away some fun prizes.    

If you happen to be in the Anaheim area, we’d love to meet you! Here’s a schedule of CHA events for Friday, Jan 22 through Tuesday, Jan. 26:   

  • SuperShow: Friday, Jan. 22: 6-7 p.m. /Sat, Jan. 23: 11 a.m.noon, Booth #834: No trade show credentials? No problem! Join the Paper Crafts editors as we mingle with readers, introduce our sassy new t-shirt (that’s available for purchase!) and hand out issues and buttons.  
  • CHA: Monday. Jan. 25: 11 a.m.-noon, Booth #2777: Come meet the Paper Crafts editors and Go-to Gals! We’ll be talking about our new columns, taking photos and giving away free copies of our January/February issue! A few will also walk away with our new t-shirts!  
  • CHA: Tuesday, Jan. 26: 2-3 p.m., Booth #2777: It’s time to get stampy! We’ll be promoting our new special issue Stamp It! Cards, as well as giving away free copies of this highly anticipated magazine.  

Want a sneak peek at our brand new t-shirt? Based on the Moxie Fabs column in our January/February issue, we had so much fun pairing this sassy sentiment with a vintage image. Very Anne Taintor-esque!  

Paper Crafts proudly presents the next big thing in fashion: our sassy t-shirt!

Here's a close-up view of this cute sentiment.

Can you guess what today’s giveaway is? Yep, I’ve got three t-shirts up for grabs! To win one, leave a comment telling me what you think we should name this sassy girl. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Jan. 24.   

Hope to see ya at CHA!
Kelly   

P.S. Just a friendly reminder that our January Gallery Challenge ends on Monday, Jan. 25. If you’d like to enter this marker-themed challenge, please upload your projects HERE.   

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

1. Cheri Howard (Jan. 21, 12:46 a.m.)
2. Danya Johnson (Jan. 20, 10:31 a.m.)
3. Carol Metully (Jan. 20, 5:57 p.m.)
 

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a copy of Stamp It! Cards! I’ll be contacting you next week to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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