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Cath Edvalson

With Christmas a mere nine days away, you’ve got a Santa-sized list to make and check twice. I’m feeling your pain.  

That’s why we’ve made our Gallery Challenge elf-easy this month. The last thing we want to do is add another task to your list, so we’re focusing on a project you’re already working on—holiday cards. Since they’re already in the hopper, why not show them off?   

As a matter of fact, I’m super excited to show off these cards from our November/December issue as a way to get you inspired both to submit and to create, as the case may be.   

Jingle All the Way Card by Rae Barthel, p. 37

I love the way Rae has tied in the sheet music and the jingle bell to this card with a song as its title.   

Snowflake Happy Holidays Card by Patricia Komara, p. 41

Patricia’s gorgeous card has put a silver lining on all my Christmas dreams.   

Bright Be Merry Card by Wendy Sue Anderson, p. 38

Wendy Sue’s card puts the cute in Christmas!   

Whether you mailed your cards last week, and especially if, like me, you’re a procrastinator who hasn’t even started, we’d love to see your paper crafted holiday cards! Upload them HERE by Monday, Dec. 28 and you’ll not only be a contestant to win, but you’ll also see other inspiring cards that might get your juices flowing for those neighbor tags you still need to whip up, or for that special card for a certain someone you haven’t gotten around to just yet.   

Because at Paper Crafts, friends, inspiration is at the top of our list—and we’re definitely checking it twice!   

Good luck and have fun,
Cath  

P.S. It may be Christmastime, but in Magazineland we’ve just concepted our July/August 2010 issue! Feel like submitting? We’re always on the lookout for fresh new projects from fresh new talent. Click HERE to see our exciting July/August 2010 Call for Submissions!

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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the promotion of A Card a Day thus far. Like Jennifer mentioned yesterday, you have until 5:00 p.m. (EST) today to order this fabulous new book and receive free shipping! Why not get a head start on your Christmas shopping!

Speaking of Christmas, it will be here before you know it. I’ve already spotted twinkle lights hanging from several houses in my neighborhood. My philosophy is if you can’t beat them, why not join them? Why not get your holiday cards made and out of the way?

If you need some inspiration for all those cards you intend to send out, A Card a Day has plenty of designs to get you in the ho-ho-ho spirit. The best part of this book…when it’s January and you’re stuck in your house waiting for Valentine’s Day to roll around, this book will keep you company and remind you that every day is the perfect day to create a handmade card.

Click on the image to buy your copy of A Card a Day!

If you’re one of those people who loves to make “Just Because” cards, A Card a Day is laid out just like a calendar – all the major holidays are covered, but there’s also plenty of designs for those days in between when you just want to say “hi” or “thinking of you”. In fact, Wendy Sue Anderson, the mastermind behind this book, designed the lead project for each of the 12 months. What do you think of her Fall Blessings Card? This is the lead card for November.

Fall Blessings Card by Wendy Sue Anderson

Have two birthdays and a thank you card you need to send out in November? These are the card designs for Nov. 1, 2 and 3.

Birthday Wish Ticket by Sherry Wright; Offbeat Birthday by Courtney Kelley; and Newsprint Thank You by Dawn McVey

Are you liking what you see? If so, take advantage of our limited time offer of free shipping when you purchase A Card a Day. Hurry because this special offer is only good through 5:00 p.m. (EST) today. Click HERE to reserve your copy!

Wanna try your luck at winning a free copy of A Card a Day? Leave a comment telling me what time of the day you feel the most creative. Morning? Mid-Afternoon? Night? Very Late Night/Early Morning? I’ll pick three random winners to receive a copy of Paper Crafts latest and greatest book. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Happy Friday!
Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the winners of Maren Benedict’s Photo Cards post! Here they are in no particular order:

1. cjs (Nov. 4, 1:36 p.m.)
2. Shawna (Nov. 4, 2:31 p.m.)
3. Bernice (Nov. 4, 8:23 a.m.)

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

P.P.S. For those of you who went to our online store and purchased A Card a Day, you might have noticed that shipping charges were added to your order. Even though it’s showing up on the bill, the backend system recognizes the “free shipping” code that’s been put in place. Rest assured that you won’t be charged for shipping. If any of you have avoided buying A Card a Day because of this issue, I’m happy to report we have extended the free shipping offer through 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Monday, Nov. 9!

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Jennifer Schaerer

I think I had been on the job for about a month when someone started asking about editorial outlines for the books we were planning for the upcoming year. 

Books. Seriously? I was still trying to figure out how a magazine works!

Luckily for me, the team raised their collective hand and suggested an inspiring idea by Wendy Sue Anderson…our friend, regular contributor, and – as of yesterday! – brand new member of the Creating Keepsakes 2010 Dream Team.

Here's CK and PC team members having some fun with Wendy Sue.

She had noted that, while cleaning up her scrapbook room and organizing stacks of idea books, she was struck with the thought of how many of them were so similar – in concept and content. She had then started thinking about what she’d like to see in an idea book – something new and different. That’s when the concept of “a card a day” popped into her head.

The rest is history, and with the expertise of our business partners at Leisure Arts, we’ve published A Card a Day: Your Ultimate Resource for Inspiration, Design, Tips & Techniques. And it seemed only natural to ask Wendy to create the cards that would open each month of the book. By now you’ve probably already seen the sneak peek, but if you haven’t then hop to it!

Speaking of sneak peeks, Wendy and I had a hoot of a time getting our official shot for the editor’s note in the book. Switching shirts, getting close, and completely trusting the experts on the shutter-clicking side of the camera to capture the excitement we had for this fun project!

Here our photographer Symoni gets a close-up of Wendy Sue.

Then it's my turn to join Wendy Sue under the spotlight.

Here Symoni looks at the computer to see if she got a good shot.

Then Symoni joins fellow photographer Brian at the computer. Notice all the cool colored drapes and boards in the background. There's every color under the rainbow!

And here Brian picks the best picture out of the bunch. Isn't Wendy Sue photogenic?

Just because we don’t want the fun and excitement to end, we’re making a special offer for the next 36 hours — order your copy now (guess what? It’s even in stock…so hurry!) and get free shipping! Make sure you place your order by 5:00 p.m. (EST) tomorrow (Nov. 6) to take advantage.

Better yet? I’ve got THREE copies sitting right here, ready to ship out to three lucky (and random!) winners. Let me know by Saturday, Nov. 7 at midnight (MST) what your favorite card making occasion is and I’ll select three of you to receive your very own copy.

Who knows, maybe your new favorite occasion will be National Chocolate Cupcake Day, or even Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Hoping you find ANY excuse to make and send a handmade card,
Jennifer

P.S. Can you guess what the giveaway will be for tomorrow’s Freebie Friday post?

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Maren Benedict

One of my favorite things about the holidays is sending and receiving holiday photos. It’s amazing how much people, especially children, change throughout the year. 

This last year I decided to send photo cards year-round because great pictures can be enjoyed all year long! I take photos of the kids with their gifts for Thank You cards, and also have begun sending them off periodically to distant family and friends. 

Photo cards are quick and easy to make, too. All you need is a good photo…let it do all the work for you!

Photo cards are the perfect way to say "hi".

Let someone know you are thinking of/missing them.

Or that you are thankful for them.

Photo cards are always well received and cherished! What are ways that you share photos throughout the year? I would love to hear other ideas for using photos on cards! Leave me a comment and I’ll randomly select three people to win a copy of Paper Crafting with Photos! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Have a marvelous Wednesday!

Maren Benedict,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. Hop on over to Moxie Fab World today! Cath is spotlighting the oh-so-talented Wendy Sue Anderson, the creative inspiration behind our new book A Card a Day. Make sure you check back here tomorrow when we start our two-day promotion of this fabulous book! (And yes, we’re giving away free copies!)

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:

P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! We were blown away by all of the amazing comments we got from Brandy’s blog yesterday. We love that you, our loyal readers, are just as passionate about what goes into the pages of Paper Crafts magazine as we are! We will definitely take your suggestions to heart when we come together at next week’s Editorial Board meeting. After all, this hobby is all about creative expression, sharing your time and talents and giving back to a community that’s always ready to rally.

Which is why I was thrilled when Paper Crafts designer Becky Olsen asked me and Creating Keepsakes’ Megan Hoeppner to join her last Saturday for a fundraising crop benefitting cystic fibrosis. Becky’s friend Brenda Hurd has a six-year-old son afflicted with this fatal disease, so every year Brenda hosts a crop to raise money towards finding a cure. I’m happy to report she made almost $4000 at this year’s event!

Heres Roxanne (Beckys sister), myself, Megan, Brenda and Becky.

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

In addition to the goodie bags of product for each guest, Brenda also held hourly drawings and gave away a ton of raffle prizes. As a special treat, Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes designer Wendy Sue Anderson was also on hand to teach a fun class featuring a layout she designed. And we each got to take home a kit to recreate this autumn layout!

Heres a cute photo of Wendy Sue and Megan. Isnt Wendy Sues layout adorable?

Here's a cute photo of Wendy Sue and Megan. Isn't Wendy Sue's layout adorable?

I first got into scrapbooking 11 years ago, so it was fun to spend a day in the world of layouts (even though I spent most of my time making a card!). I had a birthday party that night for Paper Crafts’ former art director Stace Hasegawa. I wanted to give her the perfect card to sum up her love of Johnny Depp. So I searched our photo archives for a picture of Johnny that she had Photoshopped long ago. She had added that perfect touch to his already perfect body. Knowing she would appreciate the walk down memory lane, I printed out the picture and made this birthday card:

Who knew Johnny was such a fan of Paper Crafts?

Who knew Johnny was such a fan of Paper Crafts?

Needless to say, Stace loved her card! And I loved completing a project (even if it was a very small one!). But the real thrill of the day was spending time with crafty friends and knowing that our combined efforts were going towards a very good cause. If you would like to help Brenda reach her crop goal, you can purchase one of Wendy Sue’s layout kits for $10 (includes shipping). Click HERE for more information. All proceeds will go towards cystic fibrosis research.

For today’s giveaway, one random winner will take home one of these very special kits. Leave a comment telling me a foundation/charity/cause that’s near and dear to you. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Happy Friday!
Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Teri Anderson’s Eyelet Hoarder post!

Congrats to Cynthia B (Sept. 16, 4:23 p.m.)!

Cynthia, you’ve won both of Teri’s eyelet cards! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

Jennifer Schaerer

Jennifer Schaerer

Holiday Cards & More Week is a little slice of early holiday heaven for me.

I’m the one who keeps my Christmas playlist on my iPod all year long (I’ve also been overheard humming carols in May). I also just bought two new ornaments last weekend for our Christmas tree. And it’s only August, but I’m already working on a few ideas for neighborhood and teacher gifts for Christmas.

Seriously, I think there must be at least one branch of elf DNA in my family tree.

Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 4 has an entire section of handmade gifts, and the elf in me wants to make cookies for this canister by Wendy Sue Anderson for my daughter’s teacher: 

Mmmmm...some holiday cookies and peppermint wishes!

Mmmmm...some holiday cookies and peppermint wishes!

Alicia Thelin came up with the perfect combination of fun, cute and simple for my neighbor gifts this year: 

Whip these up assembly-line style and youll have neighbor gifts in no time at all!

Whip these up assembly-line style and you'll have neighbor gifts in no time at all!

But vintage (especially the retro-ish 50s era) always gets me, so I’ve got to jump right into this adorable tin by Anabelle O’Malley

A retro Santa with vintage style makes this tin and tag set something extra special

A retro Santa with vintage style makes this tin something extra special.

If vintage is your thing too, you need to know that Cath is having some vintage fun (with shabby chic thrown in for good measure) over at Moxie Fab World today. Stop in and say hi, maybe even take on her vintage/shabby chic design challenge. Tell her I sent you!

Yep, thanks to the Holiday Cards & More Week celebration here at Paper Crafts Connection, I’m totally in the early holiday spirit. If you’re like me and want to get a jump start on inspiration for the holidays, hop on over to our online store HERE and get your very own copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 4 because it goes on sale TODAY…for 10% off! All this week! REALLY!

Or, if you’re feeling especially lucky, go ahead and leave a comment and let me know what kind of cookies you make around the holidays. I’ll pick three random winners to receive a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 4 PLUS a great prize package from Stampin’ Up! that you can use to make Alicia’s cute project shown above.

Hearing sleigh bells already,
Jennifer

P.S. Need some inspiration? Check out the CREATE gallery at the World Card Making Day web site. It’s growing by leaps and bounds, and October 3 will be here before you know it!

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