Freebie Friday Giveaway: Stamping Mystery Box

Happy Halloween and welcome to the last day of October!

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Today’s giveaway is Mystery Box filled with items to use when stamping to make cards. You’ll find stamp sets, ink, and more from companies you know and love.

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Leave a comment by 5:00 MDT on Tuesday, November 4th and you could win this fun box of paper crafting supplies. Have a wonderful Halloween!

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October Gallery Challenge Winners!

Our Gallery Challenge concluded on Monday, and we at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking have chosen the challenge winners.

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Our theme for this month’s challenge was Halloween. There were some wonderful entries, and it was really hard to choose three, so we didn’t! We chose five instead!

Are you ready to see the results? Here are our five fantastic October gallery challenge winners!

Tammy Hobbs

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Amanda Coleman

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Deepti Malik

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Tracey McNeely

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Mandy LaCroix

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Congratulations, ladies! You win either 1) a complimentary one-year subscription to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, or 2) the special issue of your choice, plus a fun selection of paper-crafting product! Email your shipping address to me at by November 14th, and I’ll get your goodies sent out to you! To see other Halloween-themed cards, check out the October 2014 issue.

Thanks for checking in!

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Video: Create a Stamped Scene on a Card using One Stamp Set

Create a cute Halloween card using a stamped scene. Find a stamp set that has multiple stamps and combine them to create a design that works together like the one in this video. Making cards with scenes is easy when you have the right stamp step.


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Throwback Thursday: Stamping Off to Create a Spectrum Effect

Card making is spooky on Throwback Thursday!

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Spectrum stamping when making cards can be created using a special ink pad, by applying ink from multiple ink pads, or through stamping off. Latisha Yoast used stamping off to create her Spooky Boo card for Stamp It! Techniques. She inked the stamp once and then stamped it multiple times down her card so that her design was darker at the top and lighter at the bottom. A cool effect for a Halloween card.

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Spooky Boo card by Latisha Yoast from Stamp It! Techniques

Create the look:

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Step 1: Stamp spiders and spooky on cardstock strip, fully inked.

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Step 2: Stamp spiders and spooky after stamping off once.

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Step 3: Stamp spiders and spooky after stamping off twice.

Note: Repeat these steps, increasing the number of times you stamp off, until your card base is filled with your design.

Designer Tips:

  • Stamping off (inking an image once and stamping it multiple times) is a fun way to create a ghostly spectrum look.
  • To keep your inked stamp from drying after stamping off, huff (breathe) on your stamp to remoisten the remaining ink.




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Winner Wednesday!

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Amy Jones (October 28, 2014 at 7:06 am)


Are you a lucky winner this week? Congratulations if you are! Email me at by November 12th at 5 pm MT and I will get your prizes mailed out to you!

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Groovin’ with the Go-to Gals: Halloween Treats

Treat bag inspiration from a Halloween card!

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Kimberly Crawford, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

Boo! Kimberly here with you today. The night of Halloween is drawing closer! I personally prefer the fun side of Halloween, think Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin, over the scary. And in my mind, fun equals treats! Who doesn’t love candy corn or the mallow cream pumpkins? Looking for some treat holder ideas in the October issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine, I came across a beautiful card by Tessa Wise.

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Ghost Kitty card by Tessa Wise from the October 2014 issue

Inspired by the colors, I grabbed some Halloween supplies from my stash and created this treat bag.

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Trick or Treat bag by Kimberly Crawford

The kraft surface was fantastic for me to stamp the stars from Winnie & Walter’s new set, Moonlight. And along the top fold, some spider webs, from the same set, were stamped.

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Trick or Treat bag details

I added strips of festive patterned paper and a sentiment from the Moonlight stamp set. Some black glitter stars were another fun touch.

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Trick or Treat bag top

To close the bag, I used a plain clothespin, but tucked a black twine double bow underneath.

A simple, easy, and fun to create project, thanks to a jump start of inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

Kimberly Crawford, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Go-to Gal

P.S. It is the last Wednesday of the month and you know what that means! Another Go-to Gal designer challenge! Stop on over and see what fantastic creations everyone has in store for you!

Heather Campbell

Kimberly Crawford

Kim Kesti

Laura Williams

Teri Anderson

P.S. S. In the time leading up to Halloween, I have way too much fun with cute and sometimes spooky food and treats. Stop on over to my blog, For the Love of Paper, and check out what I have been up to this year! For more immediate peeks, follow me on Instagram @kimberlystamps. Ask for approval to follow, I love fellow paper crafters!


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Type It Tuesday: CK Slim Mitch

Welcome to this week’s Type It Tuesday. This week’s free font will be available for one week and then returned to the font vaults.

Today’s Type It Tuesday font is CK Slim Mitch. Enjoy!!

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Click font image to download.

For instructions on how to download fonts and for trouble shooting, read this.

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Today’s Projects Brought to You by the Colors Orange & Black

Orange+ Black = Halloween

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Stacy Croninger, Digital Managing Editor

I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, but I find that I am not a big fan of the creepy Halloween things, but love the cute stuff – chubby ghosts, smiling jack-o-lanterns, and cute trick-or-treaters. Have no fear, the projects I selected to share today are not all sweetness, but they definitely are either orange or black.

Pumpkin Treat Bag

Katie Gehring created this cute, yet simple, treat bag for the September/October 2012 issue. It is perfect for co-workers, class treats, neighbors, or anyone that needs a sweet treat. If you don’t have a jack-o-lantern face stamp, cut one by hand or using a die-cutting machine. And then stuff it full of goodies! You’ll be the hit of the party or neighborhood.

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Pumpkin Treat Bag by Katie Gehring

Fancy Ms. Boo Card

When I saw this card in the October 2014 issue, I instantly fell in love. I think it’s the ruffle under the collar made from doilies. Brilliant! Amanda Coleman created a realistic dress front using glitter paper, patterned paper (for the spider), and a charm. So fun!

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Fancy Ms. Boo card by Amanda Coleman

Ghost Trick-or-Treater

So technically, this next card doesn’t scream orange or black, but it was too cute to pass up. This adorable ghost just makes me smile! Teri Anderson created her for the September/October 2012 issue using cardstock, a few rhinestones, and wiggle eyes. You’d fill up her bag with treats if she showed up at your house, right? The best part of this card is the pattern is a free download – bonus!

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Ghost Trick-or-Treater card by Teri Anderson

Speaking of bonuses, we have a page filled with free Halloween downloads, patterns, and more. Most of the projects can be created quickly to use for Halloween this week. All you need is your username and password (not the one that you use to read the magazine, but the one for the website). Note: You’ll find the login at the bottom of the page. If you don’t have one, you can set it up on the download page. And feel free to share the page with your friends.

I hope you like these orange and black projects as well as the free downloads. Have fun creating for Halloween!

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Submit Your Cards to the Stamp & Ink It! Call for Submissions

Stamping fanatics! We’re giving you an excuse to lock yourself in your craft space and get inky with our newest call for submissions for Stamp & Ink It!

Submission Call Submit Your Cards to the Stamp & Ink It! Call for Submissions

Grab your favorite stamps, tools, and inks and get inventive! We’re looking for mind-blowingly amazing cards showcasing your hottest and most favorite techniques. Here are just some of the techniques we are seeing:

  • Alcohol inks and markers
  • Backgrounds
  • Build a Scene
  • Chalkboard techniques
  • Distressing
  • Heat Embossing
  • Layering
  • Make your own stamps
  • Markers
  • Masking
  • Mixed Media
  • Multi-ink stamping (aka Rock and Roll)
  • Paper piecing
  • Resist
  • Second Generation stamping
  • Shadow stamping
  • Spray inks
  • Stamp & die combinations
  • Stamp into malleable surfaces (like wax)
  • Stamping on non-paper surfaces (acetate, fabric, metal, et al.)
  • Stenciling with ink
  • Unique sentiment treatments
  • Watercoloring

Once you have your card created, head to the website to submit your creation. If you’re looking for stamping inspiration, Stamp It! Techniques and Stamp It! Card Challenges have tons of ideas to get you started.

Have fun stamping and inking!


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October 2014 I-Spy Trivia!

Get ready to search your October 2014 issue!

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Holly Anderson, editor

Halloween is THIS WEEK! Eek! I’m excited. I love this holiday. So let’s celebrate the October issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking today, shall we?

Today’s giveaway has a little something for everyone! From lots of fun cork to gelatos, Halloween paper, dies, stamps, and sewing tools, these fabulous products are courtesy of The Alley Way Stamps, Cosmo Cricket, DCWV Inc., Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Pebbles, Technique Tuesday, and We R Memory Keepers.

To begin, open up your October 2014 issue. All I-Spy questions will be related to this issue and this issue only. Get ready because I’m picking three winners this time!

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  1. I spy our From the Editors column. Which editor showed off a cute way to use a simple printable?
  2. I spy our Plugged In with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking column. What was Tarynne Wise’s response to our “You know you’re a paper crafter when…” Facebook conversation?
  3. I spy our Trend Talk column. How many ampersands are on the opening card?
  4. I spy our Stamp It! Techniques column. What did Heather use on her Fabulous Card to blend the colors together?
  5. I spy our Sparks of Creativity column. Which Go-to Gal used clear pockets from Hazel & Ruby?
  6. I spy our Halloween Hoopla feature. On which page do you find a cute owl-shaped card?
  7. I spy our Wonderful World of Wood Veneer feature. What’s cool about the wood veneer on the Ocean of Love Card on p. 59?
  8. I spy our It’s Stitching Time feature. On p. 73, what did Amanda Coleman make out of embroidery floss with her stitching?
  9. I spy our Tips, Tools, & Techniques column. What is the new company featured?
  10. I spy our 10-Minute Tricks column. What are two ways Laina used cork on her layout?

Three random winners (who answer these questions correctly) will win a selection of products we featured in this issue’s Sweepstakes column. (Just turn to page 90 for a closer look!) To be eligible to win, please enter your answers in the comment field. All comments must be received by Wednesday, October 29th at 5 pm MT. (Read Giveaway/Prizes rules and information.)

oct sweep October 2014 I Spy Trivia!Three lucky winners will take home goodies from this prize package!

Good luck!

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P.S. Have you looked at the November issue yet? It’s available to read online, and it’s pretty amazing!


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