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P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I hope everyone is in full Halloween countdown mode. Like I mentioned last Friday, here at Paper Crafts, we’re anxiously counting down the days until we can reveal our team costume. It’s going to be a real scream! (Hint: That may be a clue!)

Since little gremlins will soon be creeping up your walkway, I thought I would bring in an expert on all things Halloween. With two of her four daughters celebrating birthdays near this frightfully fun holiday, I just knew she would have some spooktacular ideas to share. Not to mention, I’m just batty for this designer, and have been wanting to spotlight her for many moons now…

So without further ado, let’s get to know the bewitching Lisa Johnson!

Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson

1. Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in Alaska – the Chugiak/Eagle River area. I was born in California though, and spent a lot of time there also.

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

Nope, but I volunteer in schools and am very involved in my church.

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

My girls wouldn’t hesitate to say Reese Witherspoon – with brown hair. (I don’t see any resemblance beyond us both being short.) I can’t imagine them making such a boring movie though. LOL!

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

I have to laugh…my girls screamed out the theme from Mission Impossible! LOL! (Should I be offended?) I think it’s more like Singin’ in the Rain. I do try to find the happy in life.

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

Most people are surprised when they hear me sing…I have a very full alto voice. My talking voice is more on the Minnie Mouse end of the spectrum!

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

My good friend Joan invited me over for a stamping party…that was the beginning of it all!

7. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge?

Scrapbooking! I’ve just never found my groove. I recently took a great photography class so that might change!

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

ONLY TWO? Sheesh…Okay, um…stamps (and ink since you have to have ink to stamp, right? So they really are one in the same!) and a synthetic sponge. I usually add depth by lightly sponging my cardstock edges. LOVE IT!

Lisa Johnson's Swirl Boo Card

Lisa Johnson's Swirl Boo Card

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

This may sound strange but I love Just Because. There is something so inspiring about creating a project for someone with the sheer intention of brightening their day!

10. How would you describe your style? 

This is always a hard question for me to answer…I don’t think I have a specific style. I like clean and simple, vintage, detailed, glam…I pretty much love it all! I’ve heard recently from my friends that my style is clean and classy though.

Lisa Johnson's Boo Gift Box

Lisa Johnson's Boo Treat Box

11. When is your favorite time to craft?

After lunch and reaaaaaaly late at night!

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

None! I start dancing and singing and can’t create or design. I do listen to audio books and watch movies though.

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

Well, the mere fact that I have four daughters sort of answers that! I have supplies set aside in a drawer just for them, and an area in my studio. We make everything from cards for their friends to birthday gifts. We are a bunch of busy bees!

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

I print them and put them in order on a clipboard that I hang from my studio desk. I also add the dates to my computer calendar and send myself e-mail reminders the morning of the call so I don’t forget to actually submit my projects! I pretty much assume I will forget unless it’s e-mailed in a reminder to me…so I do it with every appointment and deadline!

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

Oh my…this really ages me! My first project ever published was for the 2005 Stamping Royalty Card Contest. I think my style may have become just a little more detailed since then.

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

Yes, I currently work on the following design teams: 

I have been blessed to be able to work with We R Memory Keepers, Webster’s Pages and Prism. I’ve also done contract work for Tsukineko, 7gypsies and a few other manufacturers.

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

  • Debbie Olson – Everything Debbie creates is so full of depth and exudes a solid sense of design. I’ve watched her for so many years in awe. Her work is full and decadent!
  • Nichole Heady – When I first started being published, a friend pointed out to me how amazing this Paper Crafts designer was. I started taking notice and fell in love with her immaculate and innovative creations.  Always perfection in paper!
  • Melissa Phillips – Have you ever seen someone’s style that was so different from your own and fell in love? Melissa’s warm, eclectic, vintage touches and candy sweet creations exude her equally sweet personality. Guiltless pleasure!

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

The best thing to realize is that just because it’s not picked up doesn’t mean it’s not good! Have faith in your work and keep trying. It just might not have met the editorial needs at that time.

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

I do have a blog (www.poppypaperie.typepad.com). Please hop on over!

Thanks, Lisa! Your Halloween projects are simply boo-tiful! If any of you are looking for something sweet to put in your treat containers, make sure you check out Lisa’s “Spooky Sweets” post. Leave a comment for Lisa here and I’ll pick three lucky winners to win a sweet surprise! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Here’s to the sweet life!
Kelly

P.S. If you’ve been inspired by Lisa’s Halloween projects, why not make your own and upload them to our October Gallery Challenge? The deadline is midnight (MDT) tonight, so don’t delay!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Cath’s Meet Our New Graphic Designer post and the three winners from my Boo Crew post!

Cath’s winners:

1. Darlene L. (Oct. 22, 4:20 p.m.)
2. Connie Wright (Oct. 22, 3:50 p.m.)
3. Shari (Oct. 22, 3:23 p.m.)

My winners:

1. Kelly (Oct. 23, 7:40 p.m.)
2. Sharon (Oct. 23, 3:50 p.m.)
3. Denali (Oct. 23, 2:38 p.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!

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Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

Would you believe that 98% of our readers – at least the ones who respond to our annual survey – are stampers at some level? I think it’s the versatility of stamping that is so appealing. After all, you can make background paper, stamp a sentiment, color a stamped image with markers and do it all in a rainbow of colors, too.

For this year’s Stamping Royalty Card Contest, we asked for card designs in five categories (see the full list below) and got hundreds and hundreds of entries. The 15 lucky winners got a fantastic prize package worth over $200, plus a tiara and custom-made tote bag.

Winner Ashley Newell modeling her Stamping Royalty tiara and tote bag.

Here's winner Ashley Newell modeling her official Stamping Royalty tiara and tote bag. All hail Queen Ashley!

Although we thought these techniques would be challenging, it turns out that it just brought out the very, very best in so many stampers. I was especially impressed with Yolanda Beltran’s winning entry, the Happy Spring Card. She took this plain outline stamp called Snow Village by Stamps ‘N More

…and turned it into a lovely spring scene with markers and some detail work.

Happy Spring Card by Yolanda Beltran.

Happy Spring Card by Yolanda Beltran

Below is the full list of winners, and in case you missed the feature in our November/December issue, you can see all 15 cards HERE.

Congratulations to our 2009 Stamping Royalty! Click the image to see the entire feature online.

Congratulations to our 2009 Stamping Royalty! Click on the image to see the entire feature online.

Build A Scene category:

Thanks for Being You Card by Julie Campbell

Back to School Card by Susan Liles

Thinking of You Card by Mercedes Weber

Stamp Kissing category:

Happy Anniversary Card by Cindy Holshouser

Have a Delightful Day Card by Rosemary Dennis

Dream Card by Stephanie Halinski

Creating Patterned Paper with Stamps category:

Hello Blossoms Card by Stephanie Halinski

Enjoy the Moment Card by Niki Estes

Just Because Card by Ashley C. Newell

Adding Color with Markers category:

Welcome Baby Card by Araceli Jessee

Academics Card by Susan Liles

Happy Spring Card by Yolanda Beltran

Adding Color with Dye Ink Spray category:

We Miss You Card by Becky Olsen (Salt Lake City, UT)

Thankful Card by Jean Cross (Brooksville, FL)

Once Upon a Time Card by Julia Stainton (London, ON, Canada)

Bowing to these royal artists,
Jennifer

P.S. If anyone will be at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in St. Paul this Friday and Saturday, come and find me to say hello!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

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

From snails and skunks to mice and monkeys, we’re giving away an entire zoo of animal-themed product. Get ready to play because I’m picking five winners this time!

You must have a copy of our November/December 2009 issue in front of you. All questions will be directly related to this issue and this issue only.

November/December 2009 I-Spy Questions:

1. I spy Jennifer’s Editor’s Note where she starts off singing one of her favorite Christmas carols. What is it?

2. I spy our Paper Crafts Connection column. How does designer Sherry Wright describe her style?

3. I spy Cath’s Moxie Fabs column. What icon does she say is “quintessential Old Country”?

4. I spy our Paper Crafts 101 column. What number is printed on the second technique square by Melissa Phillips? Hint: Look for the card featuring the vintage buttons!

5. I spy our Symbols of the Season feature. According to the vintage book page used in Angie Hagist’s Tis the Season Card, what kind of party was “Anastasia” supposed to go to? A). Pool Party B). Beach Party C). Halloween Party Hint: Look right above the point of the tallest tree?

6. I spy our Gift Trios: A Bag, a Tag, & Card feature. What striped candy is popping out of the bag in Maren Benedict’s Ho! Ho! Ho! Trio?

7. I spy The Heart of Christmas feature. According to the recipe on Wendy Sue Anderson’s Snowballs Gift Bag, how much powdered sugar is needed?

8. I spy our All Creatures Great & Small feature. What item did Kim Hughes trace to get the perfect half circle in her Not a Creature was Stirring Card?

9. I spy our Stamping Royalty feature. One winner hails from the state where bluebonnets are the official flower and armadillos roam the highways. Name the winner who has two cards featured here and calls The Lone Star State her home? Hint: This humble editor also hails from this state – as does her “boyfriend” Matthew McConaughey! 

10. I spy our Get Inspired column. What kind of pie did Susan’s Grandma Ozella make every Thanksgiving?

Five random winners (who answer five or more questions correctly) will win a selection of product we feature in this issue’s Product Parade column. (Just turn to p. 71 for a closer look!) To play, please enter your answers in the comment field below this entry. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, Oct. 11.

Five lucky people will win an assortment of this cute critter product!

Five lucky people will win an assortment of this cute critter product!

Good luck!
Kelly

P.S. What year did Columbus sail the ocean blue? In honor of Columbus Day next week, we’re hosting a two-day sail-a-bration! Visit our three online stores on Monday, Oct. 12 and Tuesday, Oct. 13 and save 30% off your entire order! Just enter the promo code COLU-1492-1DAY during checkout. This promo code will work in all three of the following stores:

Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

Hey there…fancy meeting you here! I bet you’re wondering about the winners from the Stamp It! Week Challenge we tossed out as part of all the fun last week. The five categories (stamp kissing, build a scene, creating patterned paper with stamps, adding color with markers and adding color with dye ink sprays) yielded hundreds of entries and we sure did have a tough time choosing winners. Luckily, we split the challenge between our happy home here at Paper Crafts Connection and over at Moxie Fab World with Cath. Yay for us and double yay for the double set of winners!

STAMP KISSING: Parker Laine

What a lovely effect adding detail to the petals of her focal point flower with stamp kissing in this card!

What a lovely effect adding detail to the petals of her focal point flower with stamp kissing in this card!

 

BUILD A SCENE: Pam Smerker

I am just imagining the thoughts in that little bunny’s head as he looks over the garden fence and into the rolling green hills.

I am just imagining the thoughts in that little bunny’s head as he looks over the garden fence and into the rolling green hills.

 

CREATING PATTERNED PAPER WITH STAMPS: Ashley Newell

Damask has never looked classier than it does in this cool ocean blue with an orange ribbon to make it really pop!

Damask has never looked classier than it does in this cool ocean blue with an orange ribbon to make it really pop!

 

ADDING COLOR WITH MARKERS: CatDidIt

Just look at the depth of color layering in the tiger lily bouquet!

Just look at the depth of color layering in the tiger lily bouquet!

 

ADDING COLOR WITH DYE INK SPRAY: Linda Beeson

Not only did Linda use dye ink spray to spice up her card, but she also made patterned paper with the dictionary stamp.

Not only did Linda use dye ink spray to spice up her card, but she also made patterned paper with the dictionary stamp.

A great big cheer of congratulations to all five of these talented ladies! Email me at jschaerer (at) ckmedia.com so I can send each of you a prize package that includes five stamp sets from some of our favorite manufacturers as well as a copy of Stamp It! Cards. I hope each one of you also sent the card to us for our annual Stamping Royalty Contest so you have a second chance to win!

Wrapping up a happy Stamp It! Week,
Jennifer

P.S. If you’re anywhere near Louisville, KY this weekend, go visit our own Susan Opel at the Creating Keepsakes Convention there! Pssssst…she even made cards to swap at the Paper Crafts Card Swap class!

Guess what? These cards have a little secret!

Guess what? These cards have a little secret!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! I hope you’ve enjoyed Stamp It! Week just as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing it to you here and on the Moxie Fab World blog. (Judging from our page hits and your wildly enthusiastic comments, you’ve had a mighty fine time! And all the free product doesn’t hurt, right?)

For those of you just joining us today, make sure to read all of our stamptastic posts this week. From a wonderfully candid interview with designer Teri Anderson to Susan Opel’s “green” confession to an inspiring tutorial on dye ink sprays from PC Pro Alisa Bangerter, we’ve truly been favored by the stamping gods. And a special thanks goes out to all the manufacturers who’ve donated their fabulous product for our daily giveaways – especially yesterday’s! You’ve made a lot of people very happy!

So should we get on with the giveaway? I told you it was going to be a BIG one. I believe my exact words were “the crème-de-la-crème of all stamping prizes”. I’m hyperventilating right now just thinking about and I don’t even get to take it home. Take a deep breath, ladies. Now let it out. Okay. Here. We. Go.

One random winner will receive this grand prize package including: Cropper Hopper Stamp Station, Copic Basic Brights marker set (MSRP $70.00), six Close to My Heart exclusive dye inks, two background stamps and the Butterfly Beauty set from Unity Stamp Company, Teacher’s Apple and Spiral Bouquet stamp sets from Papertrey Ink, and the five stamp sets we featured in the “Say it with Stamps” section of Stamp It! Cards. And, of course, a copy of Stamp It! Cards autographed by all the Paper Crafts editors. Whew! Did you get all that?

One lucky winner will take this home! Maybe it will be you!

One lucky winner will take this home! Maybe it will be you!

And because I’m feeling very generous, five additional people will each receive this prize package including: five clear stamp sets and idea book from Adornit Carolee’s Creations and a copy of Stamp It! Cards.

Are you officially drooling? Good! Then I’ve done my job. Since today marks the first day of spring, leave a comment telling me your favorite spring quote. It can be from a song, a poem, a movie, etc. All comments must be received by midnight on Monday, March 23. I’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, March 24.

Five lucky winners will each take this prize package home!

Five lucky winners will each take this prize package home!

 

All in all, I’d have say there’s a lot of stampers out there who are beyond passionate about their craft. One common thread I picked up from all of your comments (yes, I read every last one!) is there are endless creative possibilities when it comes to stamping. And when there’s no limit to creativity, that’s when the real fun begins!

Thanks for making Stamp It! Week so much fun!

Kelly

P.S. Our Stamp It! Week Challenge is still going on! Wanna play? To participate, create a stamped card featuring one of the following techniques:

Stamp Kissing
Build a Scene
Creating Patterned Paper with Stamps
Adding Color with Markers
Adding Color with Dye Ink Sprays

Upload your stamped card here from now until Monday, March 23. We’ll pick 10 winners (two per category) to win a fabulous prize package. Five winners’ cards will be shown on this blog and five will be shown on Moxie Fab World. AND once you upload your card, you can turn around and mail it into our Stamping Royalty card contest!

P.P.S. Congrats to Jazy Girl, Kerry and Suzy! You’ve each won the Tattered Angels prize package from Wednesday’s Dye Inks Sprays Rock post. I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments and played along!

Susan R. Opel

Susan R. Opel

It’s pretty amazing that I have been scrapbooking since 1998, and I never really got all that into stamping. I certainly have admired all of the lovely stamps that manufacturers keep making, but it all seemed too messy – this coming from a former middle school art teacher who NEVER did a project with painting or paper mache (don’t worry – we did a lot of other really cool stuff!). But lately, things have been changing for me. What factors have been a part of that?  

A. P. Kelly Smith – Paper Crafts magazine’s Online Editor Extraordinaire – Oh, Miss Kelly! Her cubicle is right behind me, and she keeps trying to prod me to give stamping a try. She tells me, “It’s so easy. It saves time. You’ll love it!” So I humored her and gave it a shot.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I created a Celtic inspired hello card featuring a lovely Lil Davis stamp.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I created a Celtic inspired hello card featuring a lovely Lil Davis stamp.

B. American Crafts – At CHA in January, I was walking the floor with Cath, and we came to the American Crafts booth (always a source of brilliant inspiration for me). And guess what they were doing there? STAMPING! And I was like – WHOA – if American Crafts is stamping, I think I am game. So I got my hands on some sparkly green Zing! (AC’s new embossing powder) and went to town!

I created this layout with St. Patrick’s Day in mind as well – thinking about all of the things I feel “lucky” about.

I created this layout with St. Patrick’s Day in mind as well – thinking about all of the things I feel “lucky” about.

C. Stamp It! Cards – Probably the most important factor in getting me to want to give stamping a try is Stamp It! Cards. This special issue is so crazy COOL! The contributors really showed me that stamping can in fact be trendy and hip! There are so many inspiring designers in this issue, but I am blown away by the stamping prowess of Dawn McVey. I’m sure that you will find each and every one of her designs absolutely exquisite along with page after page of other dazzling designs.

Be inspired to the max by Stamp It! Cards.

Be inspired to the max by Stamp It! Cards.

So now that I am getting into the groove, what sort of advice can you give me as a newbie to ease me into the world of ink and stamps? Leave me a comment with some stamping tips for beginners, and you will be entered to win my Green Hi Card pictured above as well as this aptly named Lucky collection from Rusty Pickle.

Doesn’t this line just make you want to Riverdance?

Doesn’t this line just make you want to Riverdance?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from your Scotch-Irish redhead-by-choice associate editor!

Susan 

P.S. Our Stamp It! Week Challenge is off to a great start! Wanna play? To participate, create a stamped card featuring one of the following techniques:

Stamp Kissing
Build a Scene
Creating Patterned Paper with Stamps
Adding Color with Markers
Adding Color with Dye Ink Sprays

Upload your stamped card here from now until Monday, March 23. We’ll pick 10 winners (two per category) to win a fabulous prize package. Five winners’ cards will be shown on this blog and five will be shown on Moxie Fab World. AND once you upload your card, you can turn around and mail it into our Stamping Royalty card contest!

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday and the official countdown to Stamp It! Week. Since our special issue Stamp It! Cards just went on sale, we thought it would be fun to dedicate a whole week (March 16-20) to the wonderful world of stamping.

Not only will we being having a ton of fun here, but we’re partnering with creative editor Cath Edvalson and her Moxie Fab World blog. Both sites will be doing daily giveaways, as well as offering great stamping tips and techniques for every skill level.

Next week on Paper Crafts Connection:

Magazine Monday – Designer spotlight on stamping queen Teri Anderson. She’ll tell you why she loves stamping so much and even give away an original stamped card set to one lucky winner.

Tuesday – Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Associate editor Susan Opel will admit a BIG stamping confession here, but she’ll also give away a fabulous green-themed prize package! Go Irish!

With the Pros WednesdayPaper Crafts Pro Alisa Bangerter will show off one of her amazing cards from Stamp It! Cards, as well as offer great tips for working with dye ink sprays. And there will be three fun prize packages up for grabs courtesy of Tattered Angels!

Thursday – Managing editor Brandy Jesperson will spotlight some of the cool projects from our Stamp It! Cards feature “Stamp It! 3 Ways”. And you guessed it – she’ll be giving away something stampy!

Freebie Friday – Since this day is synonymous with free prizes, you’ll definitely want to check back for the crème-de-la-crème of all stamping prizes. Word on the street is you ladies will go nuts for it!

And if that weren’t enough, we’re starting this party with a little online contest. The Stamp It! Week Challenge officially begins right now! To play, create a stamped card featuring one of the following techniques:

Stamp Kissing
Build a Scene
Creating Patterned Paper with Stamps
Adding Color with Markers
Adding Color with Dye Ink Sprays

Upload your stamped card here from now until Monday, March 23. We’ll pick 10 winners (two per category) to win a fabulous prize package. Five winners’ cards will be shown on this blog and five will be shown on Moxie Fab World. AND once you upload your card, you can turn around and mail it into our Stamping Royalty card contest! How’s that for a win-win?!

So, as you can see, we have a lot going on for Stamp It! Week. We hope you come back for what promises to be a stamp-a-licious good time!

Kelly

P.S. To win a copy of Stamp It! Cards, as well as my stamped butterfly card (seen below), please leave a comment telling me why you love stamping so much.

Even I have been bitten by the stamping bug! Heres a card I created for my monthly card group. I ended up tracing the stamped butterfly image with a glitter pen to give the wings a little extra shimmer.

Even I have been bitten by the stamping bug! Here's a card I created for my monthly card group. I ended up tracing the stamped butterfly image with a glitter pen to give the wings a little extra shimmer.

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to another Freebie Friday! Since our latest special issue Stamp It! Cards just came out this week, I thought I would highlight some of the very cool features of this publication and then give away a fabulous prize package, courtesy of Technique Tuesday. Sound good?

Our newly redesigned Stamp It! Cards features 155 inspiring designs for every style. We’ve even included fun sections like “Techniques from the Pros”, “Stamp It! 3 Ways”, and “Say it with Stamps” – a new section that shows off sentiment stamps.

And if that weren’t enough, we given this fan favorite magazine a little face lift. Hopefully you like the new, clean look and treatment of the logo. From an editorial perspective, it’s been so much fun to see new life breathed into this issue. Just as stamping has evolved over the years, we have too!

Are you ready for today’s challenge? Since many of you may not have Stamp It! Cards in your possession yet (click here to buy!), I’ll relate all trivia questions to this fantastic new cover:

1. What three styles do we specifically call attention to?

2. How many $ do you see? Look closely…

3. On Kim Kesti’s “New Home” card, what is the grand total of windows on both houses?

4. What prop is seen behind the “How To”?

5. How many times do we mention the word “stamp”?

Okay, leave a comment telling me your answers. I’ll pick one random winner on Tuesday, March 3 to receive this Technique Tuesday stamp binder and four stamp sets. In addition, two other winners will each receive a copy of Stamp It! Cards.

Good luck!
Kelly

P.S. Don’t forget to enter our 2009 Stamping Royalty Card Contest! Submit an original stamped card and you could be one of our 15 lucky winners. Those stampers crowned royalty will win a $175 prize package and the opportunity to be published in our November/December 2009 issue!

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