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Are you a lucky winner this week? Congratulations if you are! Email me at handerson@papercraftsmag.com by August 27th at 5 pm MT and I will get your prizes mailed out to you.

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Groovin’ With the Go-to Gals: Finding Everyday Inspiration from Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9

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Laura Williams, Paper Crafts Go-to Gals

Have you noticed that the summer is creeping closer and closer to an end? I’m starting to see pumpkin recipes on Pinterest – it’s a sure sign that change is in the air! I live in Florida, where we still have a good three more months of warm (or downright hot weather,) so I’m quite happy to sit and flip through the new Holiday Cards & More, Volume 9, while I anticipate cooler weather, festive crafts, and I can pretend it isn’t 90 degrees outside.

Although it’s fun to start thinking ahead to the coming days, you might say “Hey, this is still August, and I’m not quite ready to fly ahead to winter.” And that is totally okay. Today I’d like to share three projects from the Creative Tags section that inspired me. But I took their inspiration and created non-holiday tags. So whether you’re ready to get started on Christmas crafting, or if you just need some fresh ideas and inspiration, this is an issue for you!

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No Peeking Tag by Chan Vuong

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First up, Chan Vuong’s No Peeking Tag. I have really studied Chan’s artwork. I don’t know if it comes easily to her, but she sure does make layering stickers and papers look so easy. I adore her whimsical, cute style and the way she puts products together!

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Pinwheel Tag by Laura Williams

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Inspired by the layers and shapes, I created this pinwheel tag using Echo Park’s We Are Family collection. I pretty much stuck to Chan’s same layout and just changed up the elements. I’m trying to get better at using the stickers in my crafty stash, and Chan always inspires me!

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Merry & Bright Tag by Tracey McNeeley

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Next up is Tracey McNeely’s Merry & Bright Tag. (This is Tracey’s first published project in Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking! Congrats Tracey!) The fun angles and trendy color combo on this tag grabbed my attention right away!

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Happy Birthday Tag by Laura Williams

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It was so easy to take this layout and give it a birthday spin! I switched up the stars for flowers, and used a springtime color scheme.

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All is Calm Tag by Miriam Prantner

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The last tag I’d like to share today is by Miriam Pranter. Isn’t this watercolor and emboss resist technique just beautiful?! This is a technique I love to use, so I couldn’t resist (pun intended!) giving this simple layout a try.

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Enjoy Every Moment Tag by Laura Williams

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I used stamps from The Stamps of Life, as well as some aqua embossing powder, to create my tag. After embossing it, I brushed over the tag with diluted ink to create a watercolor background, and then added the die-cut/embossed banner.

I hope that you’ll grab a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9 and when you peruse the pages, that you’ll find holiday inspiration, as well as everyday crafting inspiration too! Leave a comment by Friday, August 22 at 5:00 pm for a chance to win your very own copy of Holiday Cards & More, as well as a stash of holiday supplies to get your holiday crafting ON! Then, hop on over to my blog for one more chance to win this festive issue! Thanks so much for joining me today!

Celebrating the season all year long,

Laura Williams
Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Go-to Gal

 

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Type It Tuesday: CK Grandstand

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 Grandstand. 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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Handmade Holiday Card Ideas from Holiday Cards & More

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Susan R. Opel, Creative Editor

As card makers, we sometimes put a lot of pressure on ourselves to send handmade holiday cards when December rolls around. I mean, our family and friends have come to expect it, haven’t they?

I’ve found that the key to not going insane with last minute ideas that never come to fruition is to a) start NOW and b) borrow ideas from talented people.

Enter Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9.

Each year we gather a vast array of inspiring seasonal cards. They range from silly to serious to sentimental and holy to homey to hilarious. Volume 9 is no different. You’ll find at least 100 ideas to spark your plan for Christmas 2014!

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Majestic Deer Card by Veronica Zalis

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If you’re anything like me, you’re a little obsessed with metallic gold. Put it on a deer and add polka dots and I. Am. In. Love. Veronica Zalis gets a gold star (get it?) for this deliciously festive card.

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Delicate Days Card by Maria Fischer

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Maria Fischer
created this ethereal scene in non-traditional colors and then added vellum over the top to evoke a snowy world of wonder. And the white sentiment on vellum? Just divine. And oh so inspiring!

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Happy Hanukkah Card by Vera Wirianta Yates

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This stylish Hanukkah card gets a thumbs up with its glittering flames and serene color choices. Vera Wirianta Yates built the entire scene with three stamps sets, none of which were Hanukkah themed. Now how’s THAT for inspiring?

Want lots more Christmas card ideas? Be sure to check out our Season’s Greetings Card board on Pinterest. Or take a trip back in time on our blog through these blog posts:

In order to kick start your holiday creativity, I’ll choose one random person to win this lovely prize with goodies from BasicGrey, Lawn Fawn, Studio Calico, and Webster’s Pages PLUS a copy of Holiday Cards & More: Volume 9!

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Leave a comment by 5:00 pm Thursday, August 21 for your chance to win!

Feeling the urge to create some pretty Christmas cards!

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Join the August Gallery Challenge

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Have you created a card for the August Gallery Challenge? If not, there’s still time! The theme is clips, based on the Clip It Up! feature in the August 2014 issue. Make a card for any occasion using clips, whether paper clips, hair clips, clothespins, or bobby pins. Then upload your card to our Flickr group from now until midnight MT on Monday, August 25th for your chance to win!

Three winners will be spotlighted in the Plugged in with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog on August 29th and receive either 1) a complimentary one-year subscription to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, or 2) the special issue of their choice, plus a fun selection of paper-crafting product.

Want to make sure you’re eligible to win the prize? Check this out.

Upload your projects here, and don’t forget to check back later to see if you won. Good luck!

Join the fun and make a card for the August Gallery Challenge today!

 

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Say Ho Ho Hello to Holiday Cards & More!

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Holly Anderson, editor

It may still be summer, but we’re celebrating Christmas this week with Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9!

If you like to get crafty for the holiday season by beautifying your home, wrapping gorgeous gifts, displaying your greeting cards, sending handmade cards, and giving homemade treats, oh boy is this the issue for you! HCM9 Cover web Say Ho Ho Hello to Holiday Cards & More! pinit fg en rect gray 20 Say Ho Ho Hello to Holiday Cards & More!

One of my favorite sections in this issue is the treat containers section. I just love baking and sweets making in the kitchen for my friends.

Here are a few of my favorites:

First, we have the cute container you find on the cover of this issue. To create that cute paper top, simply cut a circle of patterned paper, mist, and tie to top of jar with twine! It adds the perfect homey touch.

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Handmade Jingle Jar by Amanda Coleman

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This cute container is pretty simple too, that is if you have the Candy Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers! Just add some ribbon and a tag to the box, and you have a cute gift you won’t want to give away.

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North Pole Box by Shemaine Smith

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Lastly, check out this cute cupcake wrap and pick! Simply die-cut the pieces, adhere together, and add your delicious cupcake!

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Santa Cupcake Wrap & Pick by Kandi Phillips

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Now, how would you like a copy of this magazine? I’m giving away a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9 PLUS a stash of holiday paper crafting goodies! Just comment telling me what crafty thing you like to do for the holidays! Leave your comments on this post by Wednesday, August 20th at 5 pm MT.

Thanks for checking in!

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Freebie Friday Giveaway: Mystery Box

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Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend? What did you accomplish this week that you are exceptionally proud of? Leave a comment sharing your answer to one of these questions and you’ll be entered to win a Mystery Box of paper crafting goodies!

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Leave your comment by 5:00 pm Tuesday, August 19. Have a wonderful weekend and make sure to do a little crafting too.

P.S. Have you read the Giveaway Rules recently? Take a minute to read them.

 

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Betsy Veldman – Go-to Gal Extraordinaire

Designers on our Go-to Gal Creative Team are naturally among the most talented paper crafters in the community. And it’s no surprise to us when they continue to blossom during their term with us, and are selected for other design teams or even end up with their own companies along the way. Nichole Heady was one of the original Paper Crafts Pros before stepping away in 2008 to start Papertrey Ink, and Kim Hughes was one of the first Paper Crafts Go-to Gals over five years ago before doing the same thing with Paper Smooches.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, Betsy Veldman has begun designing the wildly popular new MakeIt Market kits for Papertrey Ink.

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So you can probably guess what’s coming, right? Yes, much to our bittersweet delight, Betsy’s work with Papertrey Ink has become all-consuming and she’s decided it’s time for her to focus her attention fully on that part of her creative life. She’ll be stepping away from the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Go-to Gal Creative Team shortly, but because of the magic of Magazine Time you’ll see her in our regular issues through next March.

Psst…she’s already taken on a few project assignments for issues after that, so stay tuned!

Betsy is an original in so many ways – often emulated but never truly duplicated – and we’ll miss her as a talented and valued member of our editorial team. Each editor here has worked with Betsy on many different levels, and we thought today is the perfect day to share with all of you what we love so much about this lovely and creative crafter.

Teri, Kim, Heather, Laura, Laina and Kimberly are sharing their thoughts on Betsy in a mini-hop celebrating her creativity as well, so be sure to stop by their blogs today, too.

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Jennifer Schaerer, Editor in Chief

She’s one of the most gracious and delightful people I’ve ever met and has more talent in her little finger than I’ll ever have in my whole body! She’s a trend-setter and a technique-developer, and has always led the way when it comes to breathtaking card and project designs. Her stamping skill is off the charts, and I’ve picked my jaw up off the desk many times as project photos from her have come in for review. Like the one below, where she used a stamp over patterned paper and then heat embossed it. She’s truly one of a kind, like everything she creates, and I’ll really miss her.  –Jennifer

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Floral Love by Betsy Veldman, from Stamp It! Cards Vol. 9

 

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Kerri Miller, Managing Editor

I don’t know life at the magazine without Betsy as a Go-to Gal! She has been around for as long as I’ve been here, and I’m going to miss having her as a part of our team. Betsy is so full of talent and I always love to see what she comes up with for her projects. One of my very favorite cards of Betsy’s is her Touch of Gold Thank You Card from our March 2014 issue. I love the color combination, the inlaid die-cutting, and the mixing of patterns – all things Betsy excels at with her card making. I can’t wait to see what the clever girl does next. Good luck with your new adventures Betsy!  –Kerri

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Betsy Veldman’s Touch of Gold Thank You Card from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking, March 2014

 

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Stacy Croninger, Digital Managing Editor

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Betsy for many years and have loved watching her designs evolve. But I think what I love most about Betsy’s cards is her sense of design and awareness of trends. She has an incredible eye for color combinations, which I absolutely adore. Her Happy Triangles card from Card Creations, Vol. 12 is one of my favorites! The sequins combined with the triangle shaker windows are so lovely, but I think the color combination is what really speaks to me. And the best part about Betsy’s work is that she can easily go from beautiful to masculine to graphic or shabby at the drop of a hat. I will truly miss working with her on a regular basis but couldn’t be happier for her and the creative path she is on. Whatever she touches will turn to gold, if not pretty pastel sequins. Good luck sweet Betsy!  –Stacy

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Happy Triangles card by Betsy Veldman, from Card Creations Vol. 12

 

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Holly Anderson, editor

It is simply impossible for me to pick a favorite project of Betsy’s–there are just too many. But her ideas in Paper Crafting 101 in the July 2014 issue are truly fabulous; the woman can work wonders with transparencies. On this stunning card, she colored a sheet of transparency blue, then embossed and die-cut it to create a glass jar. With those cute flowers and a coordinating sentiment, it makes the perfect birthday card for a sister, mom, or girlfriend. Plus, notice the twine wrapped around one of the jars. Betsy always knows how to add just the right finishing touch to her designs. We’ll sure miss her on our Creative Team!  –Holly

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Have a Ball card by Betsy Veldman, from July 2014 Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine

 

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Susan R. Opel, Creative Editor

Betsy is amazing and totally awesome. She’s inspiring, kind, and wildly talented. Her designs are gasp-worthy, trend-setting, colorful, and gorgeous. Betsy Veldman is truly one of a kind, and I am blessed to call her friend.  One of my very favorite Betsy cards is her You Are No.1 Card from the September/October 2013 issue of Paper Crafts magazine. Her exquisite and sophisticated take on Tiffany blue and gold in this chic card is nothing short of divine. I also want to give Betsy a shout out on her Scrap Basket Challenge that she posted on our blog over three years ago. It inspired me to do a follow-up blog and clean up my own scrap stash. Her original post is one of our most pinned blog posts.  God’s richest blessings to you, Betsy, as you continue to share your remarkable gift with the paper crafting world.  –Susan

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You are No. 1 card by Betsy Veldman, from September/October 2013 Paper Crafts magazine

 

So, Betsy, I think what we’re all saying is you’re such a good friend…

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…we care about you…

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…because you’re one of a kind…

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One of a Kind card by Betsy Veldman from Stamp It! Cards Vol. 9

…and we’ll always treasure the scraps in your creative quilt, wherever and however they come together.

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From the bottom of our hearts…with affection and very best wishes,

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Video: Create a Woven Background with Ribbon

Ribbon is a versatile embellishment that we typically have scraps left over from projects. Or maybe you have oodles of spools full and are looking for ways to use those lovely fibers. This video walks you through creating a background by weaving ribbon. Its a great way to create a custom accent for your next paper crafted project.

You can see all the videos available from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking on our YouTube channel.

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Throwback Thursday: Back to School Gift Set

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School has either started in your area or is starting in the next few weeks. This Back to School Set by Kalyn Kepner from 350 Cards & Gifts, Vol. 1 would be fun to give to your child’s teacher or to a student on their first day of school. With a few simple supplies, you can have a handmade gift they’ll love!

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Back to School Gift Set by Kalyn Kepner from 350 Cards & Gifts, Vol. 1

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Kalyn found cute apple fabric to cut her accents from. In case you can’t find apple fabric, give this apple pattern a try with cardstock or felt for an equally fruit-tastic option. And remember, Throwback Thursday projects often contain products no longer available so use what you have on hand or substitute with something similar to make it your own creation!

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Apple pattern download

SUPPLIES:  Cardstock: (Beetle Black, white) Bazzill Basics Paper; (yellow) Wausau Paper  Patterned paper: (Homeroom, Grade Card from School Spirit collection) Crate Paper  Clear stamp: (sentiment from Daily Designs Sentiments set) Papertrey Ink  Dye ink: (black) Tsukineko  Accents: (teal button) Papertrey Ink; (brown glitter glue) Ranger Industries; (red rhinestones)  Stickers: (chipboard ABC, notebook rectangle, star) Crate Paper  Fibers: (teal floss) DMC  Tools: (decorative-edge scissors, circle cutter) Provo Craft  Other: (apple fabric) Timeless Treasures Fabrics; (black notebook) MeadWestvaco; (white paper bag) Xpedx

Finished sizes: notebook 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″, card 3″ square, bag 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″

NOTEBOOK

1 Trim patterned paper pieces; adhere. 2 Trim apple from fabric, adhere to cardstock, and trim. 3 Apply glitter glue to stem, adhere rhinestone, and adhere using foam tape. 4 Affix ABC.

CARD

1 Make card from cardstock. 2 Trim cardstock, mat with cardstock, and trim with decorative scissors. Adhere. 3 Trim apple from fabric, adhere to cardstock, and trim. 4 Apply glitter glue to stem, adhere rhinestone, and adhere using foam tape. 5 Stamp sentiment on notebook rectangle and affix. 6 Thread button with floss and adhere.

BAG

1 Trim circle from patterned paper, cut in half, and mat with cardstock circle. Trim mat with decorative-edge scissors and adhere over bag top. 2 Trim apple from fabric, adhere to cardstock, and trim. 3 Apply glitter glue to stem, adhere rhinestone, and adhere using foam tape. 4 Affix star.

Tip
Adhering fabric pieces to cardstock before adhering them to a project allows you to pop them up with foam tape.

 

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