We’re Grateful – November 2014 Issue is Here!

Gratitude, Gold & Simple Scrapbooking found in the November 2014 issue!

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Stacy Croninger, Digital Managing Editor

Yes, you heard correctly, the November 2014 issue is now available. And this issue is packed with projects you’ll have fun making and will make you grateful for paper crafting. So let’s take a quick look at a few things you’ll find in this issue.

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The Attitude of Gratitude

The Thanksgiving season often has us reflecting on what we are grateful for so we’ve included a selection of projects that you can use to express your gratitude throughout the year. Some use traditional fall colors and icons while others are non-seasonal. Chan Vuong created her So Very Thankful card using a gorgeous color combination you can use any time of year.

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So Very Thankful by Chan Vuong

Simple Scrapbooking

With so many photographs to scrapbook we’re often looking for uncomplicated ways to record those memories. We’re going to show you that scrapbooking doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated with tips and ideas from a variety of layouts. Latrice Murphy used stickers for the journaling and title, die cuts for accents, and coordinating product for her Once Upon a Fall layout. All these items allowed her to create a simple layout that captured the essence of time spent with her daughter.

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Once Upon a Fall layout by Latrice Murphy

Glamorous Gold

Add some extra elegance to your projects with a bit of gold! The projects in this section include gold leaf, metallic paper, shiny markers, and gorgeous accents. Amy Ryall showed how die-cutting beautiful, gold papers in trendy hexagon shapes combined with a brush font make a stunning card, as visible in her Golden Hexagon card.

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Golden Hexagon by Amy Ryall

In addition, you’ll find art deco designs, easy and creative ways to add mixed media to your creations, an inspiring sketch, and phone apps to make the most of your photos. If you’re a subscriber, you can read the November issue now on your computer or using the iOS app. If you don’t subscribe, purchase a copy today with the same options for reading (on your computer or using the iOS app).

We hope you love this issue as much as we loved putting it together! Happy reading!

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Join the fun on World Card Making Day!

Saturday, October 4, is World Card Making Day and we want to see what you’re doing. There are plenty of ways to share your festivities, card creations, and all the other fun you’re having.

If you’re a blogger, you’ll want to link up with us. We have a special page set up where you can share your World Card Making Day blog post using a Mr. Linky widget.

If you are on Instagram, take a photo and include #wcmd2014. We’ll be watching and will pick one random person on Instagram to win a mystery box of paper crafting goodies.

You can use this same hashtag (#wcmd2014) for Twitter and Facebook as well. We love seeing everyone’s creations.

And don’t forget about the Card Contest. You can see details on the blog post from last week.

Make sure you stock up on adhesive, cardstock, and your favorite snack and get ready to make cards!


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Guest Blog Post: Ellen Hutson

We’re happy to have Ellen Hutson join us on the blog today.

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Please give her a big welcome!

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Ellen Hutson LLC started with a shoe; a paper shoe. Drawing on pattern making skills from design school I created and submitted a paper Witch’s shoe to Paper Crafts magazine. Thrilled when it was accepted I contacted the manufacturer of the shoe stamp I had used for the coordinating Halloween ensemble to share my excitement. That day many years ago changed the direction of my life in ways I could have never imagined.

Now I laugh and shrug my shoulders at the lack of creativity I had when coming up with a name for the store. It was never my intent to have a retail store – I simply loved to design, create, and experiment with new products, media and techniques. The store began as a way of trying to help bring a stamp line that I loved to the public. My goal at that time was to develop new products and share how the principles and elements of design could make a big difference in the final outcome of a project. Funny how life has a mind of its own because with that little venture I have received many blessings over the years and the store became a reality.

Inspiration typically comes from my background in design. Learning to spot and produce trends was an important part of my education. My eye is drawn to fabrics, architecture, store displays and fashion. I love to analyze how something that is visually appealing is put together.

As an early member of Splitcoaststampers, I was known for being a gadget girl. I simply had a passion for all varieties of tools that make ones’ project appear to be professionally crafted. If there wasn’t a tool for the job, my mind would wander to what could be used to do that job. I discovered the Teflon bone folder and the wonder of shine free cardstock folds transpired. Punches didn’t do the job I desired, so I went on a mission to develop and create a system that would help card makers create meticulous layered card fronts and my passion for low-profile dies emerged. Most importantly I love to color – to sit with a stamped image and bring it to life with color is a wonderful form of stress relief and I cannot live without my Copic Markers and Prismacolor Color Pencils.

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This World Card Making Day, Saturday, October 4th another dream will become a reality. It is my honor and privilege to bring you a magical holiday release of stamps and dies created by longtime friend and colleague Julie Ebersole. If you haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know this amazingly talented lady you are missing out. Julie’s video series on their YouTube channel, “Hello, Monday,” is a ray of sunshine and the most amazing pick-me-up on cloudy days.

It has been almost eight years since I welcomed the first shoppers to the store where I sold stamps from a shelf in my laundry room. It is the interaction with the many women whom I have had the great fortune to meet and work with over these past several years that has made this an adventure of a lifetime. With the support of an amazing team of women they continue to grow and develop – I am so very grateful to have each and every one of them in my life! Through the years this fabulous team has stood beside me, as together we strive to provide our customers with quality products, excellent customer service, and education and inspiration to go along with each of the products we carry.  We would like to invite you to join in the fun as our adventure continues this World Card Making Day, so please be certain to visit the storefront and blog for complete details.

PaperCrafts Blog Giveaway Guest Blog Post: Ellen Hutson

To kick off World Card Making Day week, I’m giving away the entire release we are launching on World Card Making Day to one lucky Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking reader (that’s a $210 value!). Just leave a comment by 5:00 pm Wednesday, October 1 and you’ll be entered to win. Good luck!



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Freebie Friday Giveaway: Halloween Hoopla

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Today is the last Friday in September! Wow, time is flying. With October knocking on the door it seemed appropriate for today’s giveaway to focus on Halloween. This prize package is a variety of Halloween goodness from the following companies: Amuse Studio, EK Success, Karen Foster Design, Lawn Fawn, October Afternoon, and Teresa Collins. You’ll find stamps, stickers, decorative tape, buttons, and more.

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If you’re interested in winning this Halloween Hoopla, leave a comment by 5:00 pm Tuesday, September 30. Remember to check the rules to make sure you’re eligible to win. Have a wonderful weekend!

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September Gallery Challenge Winners!

Our Gallery Challenge concluded on Monday, and we at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking have chosen three talented challenge winners. Our theme this month was Talk Nerdy to Me. You submitted some adorably nerdy cards, but we narrowed our favorites down to three.

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

Linsey Rickett

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What a fun and nerdy sentiment, plus I like those nerdy (now known as hipster) glasses.


Stasia Sloma

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Love those bold stripes and the sentiment that pulls the card together.


Yana Smakula

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And this card is funny, clean, and definitely well designed.

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 handerson@papercraftsmag.com by October 10th, and I’ll get your goodies sent out to you! To see other nerd-themed cards, check out the September 2014 issue.

Thanks for checking in!

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Holiday Cards & More Challenge Winners

Back in the day, we kicked off the release of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9 with a challenge to start your holiday card making and several of you participated with amazing cards. In the challenge, we stated that one lucky person would receive a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9 plus a box of holiday products. And today, we’re announcing who that person is.

Drum roll………

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Amber, from Florence, Arizona! Congrats! You can see the supplies she used by visiting her blog.

There were so many great cards that we also picked an Honorable Mention.

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Lin is our Honorable Mention. You can learn more about her card and see a couple more she created when you go to her blog. We’ll be sending Lin a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9.

Thanks to all that participated! We hope you enjoyed getting a jump start on your holiday card making.

Amber and Lin, please email me at stacy.croninger@fwmedia.com with your mailing address and I’ll get your prize sent to you!



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Throwback Thursday: Embossing Metal

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Dry embossing adds interest and texture to any project. Whether you use conventional templates or everyday items to create your design, you’re sure to love this effect.

Teri Anderson used an embossing plate with metal to create her Spooky Halloween card for the Paper Crafts 101 special issue. She then applied paint to the design, which she rubbed off the raised portions leaving a rustic orange color with gold highlights.

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Spooky Halloween card by Teri Anderson from Paper Crafts 101

Create the look:

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Step 1: Place metal on embossing plate, then between pads.

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Step 2: Roll through machine; remove from pads.

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Step 3: Paint, wipe off paint from raised portion, and let dry.

For additional stamping and embossing ideas, get a copy of Stamp It! Techniques, Vol. 1 or Stamp It! Techniques, Vol. 2.


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Winner Wednesday!

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Debbie Kruse (September 16, 2014 at 8:47 am)


Freebie Friday Giveaway: DCWV Stacks post:

Renee VanEpps (September 20, 2014 at 9:44 am)


Are you a lucky winner this week? Congratulations if you are! Email me at handerson@papercraftsmag.com by October 8th at 5 pm MT and I will get your prizes mailed out to you.

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Groovin’ with the Go-to Gals: Crafting for Unusual Holidays

Paper Crafting for Unusual Holidays

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Kim Kesti, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Go-to Gal

If you have had a chance to peek at the October issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, you might have seen some stunning projects featuring motifs from an unusual holiday called Dia De Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead). Largely a holiday celebrated in Mexico, some people get it confused with Halloween. But, Dia De Los Muertos is observed November 1st and 2nd and honors the dead with festivals and celebrations.

The holiday also includes cleaning and decorating the graves of loved ones. The most common flower used in decorating is the bright marigold.

Even those of you who are not in the Southwest United States (like I am) will recognize the popular “sugar skull” motif used in Day of the Dead festivities. In keeping with the true spirit of the holiday, these skulls are never creepy or morbid, but usually feature bright colors and sparkly accents.

These felt “Calaveras” and others like them are popping up all over in our crafty world. It didn’t take long for a few stamp companies to produce adorable images for the paper crafters!

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Day of the Dead Shadow Box by Kim Kesti

This is a shadow box I helped create (along with my friend Michelle) using an amazing stamp set from Fun Stamper’s Journey. Here is a closer look.

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You can see that the sugar skulls are paper pieced with bright colors, then accented with a layer of fine glitter. They are sure to make you smile! (I also love the fringed ombre background, which was fun to create!)

What unusual holidays do you craft for? Leave a comment about your local or ethnic holiday! I would love to learn more about you. To see another example of a sugar skull, check out the October 2014 issue!

-Kim Kesti

P.S. Join us on a blog hop using Winnie & Walter stamps.

Teri: http://terisplace.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/go-to-gal-designer-challenge-winnie-walter/

Kim: http://www.kimkesti.com/2014/09/24/september-designer-playdate/

Heather: http://parkermolly.blogspot.com/2014/09/go-to-gal-designer-challenge-winnie.html

Kimberly: http://kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com/2014/09/go-to-gal-designer-challenge-winnie-and.html

Laina: http://lainalambdesign.com/wordpress/go-to-gal-designer-challenge-winnie-and-walter/

Laura: http://lauralooloo.blogspot.com/2014/09/october-mini-cards-on-gtg-designer.html


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Type It Tuesday: CK Muck

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 Muck. 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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