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Jessica Witty

If you’ve met me, you’ve probably seen them. They’re hard to miss. I mean…I’m kind of a small person, but they just keep getting bigger and more colorful. 

I can’t help it.
These days I just love ‘em.  

Accessories, people…accessories! 

Hair clips (usually flowers), necklaces (the bigger, the better), bracelets (why have just one when five is better?)…it goes on and on. Personally, I notice that I like to keep my accessories similar to how I design my cards…only one big statement at a time. 

For example…my latest love… 

I love it. Love it. It goes with everything and always makes me feel great. 

Now, let me be clear; I wasn’t always like this.
I would not have considered myself super girly by any stretch. 
I had two kids…both boys, and that seemed to contribute to me staying on the non-girls side of things.
Boys don’t require accessories other than a stylin’ necktie or cap on occasion.
And I liked it that way. 

And then I had a daughter.
I’m blamin’ it on her. 

She came as quite a shock after five years of mothering those two very boyish boys. 

And then there was the fact that this kid came with a head full of hair right from the get go. Another shock after mothering two very boyish, very bald boy babies. 

And so it came to be that I began noticing a few changes. 
I started to see the reasoning in having accessories to perfectly contrast all of her outfits. {And mine; but that’s a different story.} 

I had to wise up pretty quickly…those tiny little pieces of cuteness aren’t cheap, my friends.  

But I am a paper crafter.  
I have skills.
I have creativity.
And what else do I have? 

That’s right.
Embellishments.  

Ah…the perfect little accessories, right at my fingertips.  

For example…the flower. 

These little sweeties were made with Basic Grey’s Fabric Bloomers and they could not have been easier. Just cover a little clippie with some strong adhesive and stick ‘em on. Done. 

 

How about in felt? 

This is the same idea, just using a different type of clip and a flower from Little Yellow Bicycle

What about in chipboard? 

This cutie chipboard is from Melody Ross’ Artsy Urban line from GCD Studios. I just pulled the flower off of the backing and glued the slide clip directly to the back.  

I’ve even found that brads are super simple to work into hair clips.  

Just put a little adhesive on the clip, then stick the prongs of the brad through the hole in the center of the clip and fold the prongs flat against it. I covered the back with a little circle of felt as well. (The flower brad is from K&Company…I am loving the vintage look on that one!) 

Or, in this case, I was able to just pull the prongs off the back and adhere the top of the brad right to the clip using some foam tape. 

Now that I’ve honed on cutie pie clip-making skills, I’ve moved on to headbands.  

I was able to use a length of wide ribbon that I have been saving for, oh, years on this one. I just took some colored elastic and stitched the ends together. Then I pinned the ribbon in ruffles stitched one line down the center to hold it in place…super easy. 

I’ve noticed that my new obsession has caused me to see products a bit differently. When perusing the Prima booth at CHA, I was so overwhelmed by all the accessory possibilities that I could barely stand it!  

And then there was Webster’s Pages…I am totally imagining Noelle all decked out in a sweet headband using these: 

How about you? 
Have you ever crafted some handmade accessories for yourself or your little one? 
Tell me all about them!
I’m on the search for new accessory ideas, so I’d love to hear yours! 

Later, friends! 

Paper Crafts Go-to Gal
Jessica Witty

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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,
Cath

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!

Cath Edvalson

Cath Edvalson

As creative editor of Paper Crafts magazine, it’s my job to identify the trendiest trends at each show I attend, and even though the show was smaller this summer, I’m happy to report that there was absolutely no shortage of trends.

In fact, I’ve got a delicious dozen for you to drool over, so grab some napkins, for it’s going to be a sweet and tasty treat!

1.  Vintage. The runaway trend of the show:

Products from Crafty Secrets, Graphic 45, Jillibean Soup, Making Memories, and Unity Stamp Co.

Products from Crafty Secrets, Graphic 45, Jillibean Soup, Making Memories and Unity Stamp Company

2. Cameos. Showing their best sides:

Products from Sassafras Lass and Websters Pages

Products from Sassafras Lass and Webster's Pages

3. Fruit. Juicing things up:

Products from October Afternoon, BasicGrey, and Sassafras Lass

Products from October Afternoon, BasicGrey and Sassafras Lass

4. Patchwork Patterns. More mix than match:

Products from BasicGrey and Die Cuts With a View

Products from BasicGrey and Die Cuts With a View

5. Line-drawn images. More than just reading between the lines:

from Crate Paper, Bella Blvd., Technique Tuesday, and Die Cuts With a View

Products from Crate Paper, Bella Blvd, Technique Tuesday and Die Cuts With a View

6. Clouds. Always a silver lining:

Products from My Little Shoebox, Crate Paper, and Cosmo Cricket

Products from My Little Shoebox, Crate Paper and Cosmo Cricket

7. Lace. It’s all about the finery:

Products from Hambly Screen Prints, Graphic 45, Kodomo, Webster's Pages, Bo Bunny and BasicGrey

 8. Letterpress. Straight from your local stationery store:

Products from Spellbinders, Ellison, and QuicKutz

Products from Spellbinders, Ellison and QuicKutz

9. Bingo Cards. Take a chance on these:

Products from Unity Stamp Company and Melissa Frances

10. Peace Signs. Keepin’ it groovy:

Products from Die Cuts With a View

Products from Die Cuts With a View

11. Holiday Lines with Yellow Pop. A moxie fab surprise:

Products from Crate Paper, American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket, and Bella Blvd

Products from Crate Paper, American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket and Bella Blvd

12. Smaller scale products for card makers. These are just for us!

Products from Jenni Bowlin, May Road, Cosmo Cricket, and Pink Paislee

Products from Jenni Bowlin, May Road, Cosmo Cricket and Pink Paislee

A dozen delicious delights, yes? Watch for these tempting trends in the aisles of your local scrapbook store… and coming to a magazine near you, I’m sure!

I’d love to hear what trend tempts you the most, so leave me a comment by midnight (MDT) on Thursday, August 13 and I’ll whip up a tasty treat for one random winner.

Delighting in the dozen,
~Cath

Susan R. Opel

Susan R. Opel

And now for the last of our big reveals – please welcome Paper Crafts Go-to Gal, Teri Anderson! It’s been a long, secretive journey, but like any good Paper Crafts soldier, Teri has served her magazine honorably (and discreetly!) and has thus earned her day in the spotlight. In fact, she just told me this week, “I’m mean it’s light at the end of the secrecy tunnel, baby!”

Since Teri knew she would have the last laugh with her announcement today, she’s been leaving cryptic comments for all of her fellow Go-to Gals. Here’s just a few that brought smiles to our faces:

Jessica: “Congrats Jess! I’m so happy to see you are one of the new GTGs! Such a great group of gals you are with.”

Maren: “Yay, Maren! I’m so happy for you. You are quite the secret keeper!”

Kim Hughes: “Yay Kim! You are one of my favorites, ya know. Congrats! Can’t wait to see who joins you and Kim K. on the team!”

That jokester! Just another reason why we love this gal… Besides her quick wit, Teri’s instantly recognizable simple and graphic designs certainly inspire me, and we look forward to sharing her talents with you, our readers!

So sit back a bit and learn some fascinating stuff about totally talented Teri!  

Go-to Gal Teri Anderson

Go-to Gal Teri Anderson

1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in the Pacific Northwest near Portland, Oregon. 

2. Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do? I occasionally work a day here and there as an extra for movies. I’ve been an extra for Untraceable, The Burning Plain, and a yet untitled movie starring Harrison Ford, Keri Russell, and Brendan Fraser. I’ve been on a call a few times for other projects as well.

[Ladies, Teri was almost an extra on the set of Twilight! She came this close to seeing Robert Pattinson in all of his vampire glory! Personally, I’m glad Hollywood didn’t snatch this gal up. They couldn’t handle her talent anyway.]

3. If a movie were to be made of your life, who would you cast to play the part of you? Drew Barrymore. It seems like she doesn’t take herself too seriously.

4. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life? “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey.

5. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you? I once spent a summer as an intern for a professional roller hockey team. I wrote post-game press releases, represented the team at a couple small-town parades, gave players rides home, and did pretty much anything else asked of me.

6. What/who inspired you to start paper crafting? I saw Becky Higgins’ Creative Cards: The Complete Guide to Card Making book. I had scrapbooked and made a few cards with stamps before that, but Becky’s book really clicked with me. It inspired me to use supplies I’d been using for scrapbook pages on cards. Six or seven years later I’m still making cards.

7. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge? No matter how many times I say that I won’t hoard, I think it will always be using up those special things I’ve tucked away.

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

Teri’s Relax Card is very soothing with its simple and serene landscape. This card was featured in Card Creations: Quick & Easy which means it would take you 5 steps or less to recreate it!

Teri’s Relax Card is soothing with its simple and serene landscape. It was featured in Card Creations: Quick & Easy, which means you can make it in 5 steps or less!

9. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why? I love to make general occasion cards. I also have a thing for making encouragement and sympathy cards. I really like the challenge of trying to come up with just the right words for those situations.

10. How would you describe your style? Paper crafting for the busy gal or guy. I tend to make projects that do not take a lot of time. My style is simple yet a little bit funky with a few flecks of technique on top. I stray once in awhile, but I am generally happiest with my simplest projects.

Teris You Measure Up Card appears in our upcoming September/October issue.

Teri's You Measure Up Card appears in our upcoming September/October issue.

11.When is your favorite time to craft? I’m a total night owl, so I love working late at night.

12. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting? I make no secret that I have great appreciation for John Mayer’s music, but I also like a lot of other musicians. Nirvana, Jessica Harp, Goo Goo Dolls, The Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5 and the Lovehammers are also favorites of mine.

13. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion? My mom does it, too. We like to go to conventions and crops together.

14. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized? I keep lists. I have a clipboard which has assignments and calls that I want to work on and follow-up work I need to do.

15. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then? I had a tag in the second issue of Paper Crafts. It was a baby tag and had cute baby stickers on it. My style has changed a few times since then but has finally settled on a “less is more” look.

Teris Smile Card was featured in our March/April 2009 issue.

Teri's Smile Card was featured in our March/April 2009 issue.

16. What are you looking forward to most about being a Paper Crafts Go to Gal? Um. Pretty much everything.

17. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones? I’m currently on one design team, a rubber stamp company called Art Declassified. In the past I’ve also been on the design teams for Wordsworth, Paper Love Designs and SEI. I also did some design work for Webster’s Pages in their early days.

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

  • Danni Reid has such a simply complicated style that I just love. Her cards are so clean, but they have a lot of great little details that put them over the top. 
  • Alli Miles makes so many cheery, stamped cards. They make me want to dig out my stamps and play.
  • Linda Beeson is a card maker whom I have admired for years. She is one of the first designers who caught my eye in Paper Crafts because her cards are so well-designed and thought out. It always excites me to see one of her projects.

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

  • Watch for the calls. This blog is a great place to find out about new calls. [Just posted March/April 2010!]
  • Don’t fuss over submitting, just take the chance. Pick a call you like, make a couple cards and submit. If they do not get picked up, don’t give up. Try again.
  • Try not to lose your joy for paper crafting. If submitting takes the fun out of it for you, take a breather and step back a minute. No one is going to get mad at you for not submitting. Just enjoying the paper crafting process.

Wow! It’s amazing to think that we have a movie star in our midst. I, for one, am a little star struck! And I’m so with you, Teri – Don’t Stop Believin’!

Head on over to Teri’s blog, and see her card of the day. Her cute cards seem almost like little people since Teri asks her readers to “meet” each card. And you’ll definitely benefit from her tips and techniques that she throws in each day.

So let’s give Teri a ton of Paper Crafts love today and a big high-five for being a Paper Crafts Go-to Gal! I’ll pick five lucky people to receive three sets of Art Declassified stamps. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Friday, July 24. The winners will be announced on Monday’s blog!

Rolling out a big welcome mat for Teri,
Susan

P.S. Today is the last day to vote for our button-themed round of Gallery Idol! Click here to see the Top 10’s cards and to vote for your favorite project. Note: Voting ends at 12:00 p.m. (MST), so make sure you get to the “polls” early! And check back here tomorrow when we announce the Top 5 finalists!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Brandy’s Welcome Go-to Gal, Jessica Witty post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. Jennifer Scull (July 22, 12:47 a.m.)
2. Karisa (July 21, 8:42 a.m.)
3. Tina B. (July 21, 8:14 a.m.)

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a copy of Stamp It! Cards and some itty bitty stamps. Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments for Jessica!

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