Winner Wednesday!

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Are you a lucky winner this week? Congratulations if you are! Email me at by August 6th at 5 pm MT and I will get your prizes mailed out to you.

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Groovin’ With the Go-to Gals: It’s All in the Details

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Laina Lamb, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Go-to Gal

Hello fellow crafters! Today I thought I would share with you a few of my go-to ideas for dressing up a quick and simple page. All of these ideas can certainly be used for cards and projects as well.

The foundation of a page layout doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. In fact, getting your paper and photos down quickly means getting to the best part of the layout…the details!

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Brace Face by Laina Lamb

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For my Brace Face page, I simply layered several pieces of patterned paper to create a colorful but not overwhelming background. When selecting patterned papers, I tend to pick papers that lean towards the tone on tone effect. For my style, patterned papers with too much “white” background are difficult to use together. I like to embrace bold, beautiful colors.

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Embellishment cluster

When I add embellishments to my page, layering and altering to fit my needs are important. I started this cluster by cutting the “100% Boy” from Double Dog Dare paper.

The image on the paper was square but I decided a circle element would be a better fit for my design. I then began to add extra elements to the circle with various thicknesses of thin foam dots. Using different amounts of foam dots allows me to achieve a variety of layers at varying heights.

Instead of adding the chipboard elements as is, I decided to dress them up a bit. I started by adding enamel dots to the camera buttons. To make the glasses match my son’s in the picture I used black ink to stain the frames. When the ink was dry, I added acetate and vellum to the open areas of the frame to resemble glass. Tiny brads in the corners were the finishing touch.

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Journaling spot

I added a little bit of hand journaling to this die cut with a pencil first, then wrote over the top with pen. I cut several stars from patterned paper and layered them with clear epoxy stickers for added dimension.

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Title detail

In my opinion, having an attention grabbing page title only comes second to good photos on a page. To give my title a little pizazz, I cut “Braces” from metallic foil paper. To achieve the look of dimensional chipboard, I cut and layered both words four times. I like to use spray glue for a tight bond between the layers of cardstock. I hope these tips inspire you to make a quick page with specialized and dimensional extras. To get you started I’ve drawn up a sketch you can download to create your quick and simple page!

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Layout sketch

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See more of Laina’s designs in the August 2014 issue.

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Type It Tuesday – CK Stacatto

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 Stacatto. 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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Food for….Cards!

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Stacy Croninger, Digital Managing Editor

It may be because it’s kind of late and I tend to get the munchies at night or it might just be that I have a small obsession with food. Regardless, I was amazed at how many cards have food items, food references, or food related words in their sentiments. You don’t believe? Let me show you just a few of the many I found.

Sweet As Pie

Yes you are! Sweet as pie and so is Teri Anderson’s card from Card Creations, Vol. 12. Not only does this yummy card include a slice of pumpkin pie, but the sentiment includes the pie reference. And who can resist a piece of pumpkin pie? Not me!

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Sweet As Pie card by Teri Anderson from Card Creations, Vol. 12


Bomb Pop

I willingly admit that I’m not as young as I used to be so when I saw this card it instantly transported me back to childhood summers, sitting on the front lawn, eating a bomb pop. Ah, those were the days. Betsy Veldman rocked her Bomb Pop card from the May/June 2013 issue. And if the paper pieced bomb pop weren’t enough, she made her sentiment big and bold just like the frozen treat. Plus, there’s a pattern for the bomb pop, which makes this card quick to make.

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Bomb Pop card by Betsy Veldman from May/June 2013

Birthday Cake

I love cake! Cupcakes, tiered cakes, cake pops, if has cake (and frosting) I’m there! Jennifer Rzasa made a lovely tiered cake for her Star Burst 90th card found in the January/February 2013 issue. I love the way the star bursts bring the cake to light. Can’t you just picture the filling between those lovely cake layers? I only hope I don’t have to wait until I’m 90 for a card like this. But wait! Those cake top numbers are stamped, so you can easily do any year your little heart desires!

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Starburst 90th card by Jennifer Rzasa from January/February 2013

There you have it! A foodie’s take on card making. And there are plenty more where these came from. If you’re not too hungry after looking at these food creations, you should head to your creative place and get crafting! Make sure you grab a snack on the way.

Have fun creating!

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Make It Today: Life is a Beautiful Ride Notebook

Need a quick gift you can make? This Life is a Beautiful Ride notebook created by P. Kelly Smith is fast! All you need is a simple notebook, the Life is a Beautiful Ride free download, a few doilies, and a little ribbon. Voila! If you love this project you should see the other summery ideas in the July/August 2013 issue.

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Life is a Beautiful Ride Notebook by P. Kelly Smith from July/August 2013

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SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (white) Patterned paper: (Jump Rope, Dodge Ball from Knee Highs & Bow Ties collection) BasicGrey Accents: (pearls) Michaels; (doilies) Wilton Fibers: (blue ribbon) Martha Stewart Crafts Digital element: (sentiment) Adhesive: Glue Dots International Tool: (corner rounder punch) McGill Other: (notebook) Close To My Heart

Finished size: 5 3/4″ x 7 1/4″

1 Trim patterned paper to fit notebook sleeve; adhere doilies. Insert in sleeve.
2 Trim patterned paper; round corners and tie ribbon around panel.
3 Print sentiment on cardstock; trim and adhere to panel.
4 Affix pearls.
5 Adhere panel to notebook.


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What I Learned from the Stylish Maria Fischer

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Kerri Miller, Managing Editor

Welcome back to my “what I learned from the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking designer” series. This week I’m reviewing Maria Fischer’s approach to card making.

I absolutely love Maria’s card making style. She’s got a great sense of design. Some of my favorite things she does are to add touches of graphic elements to an ultra feminine card, experimenting with different textures, and playing a theme throughout all elements on a card. Overall, I am struck by how consistent she is in creating contemporary looking and stylish cards.

Maria was a winner of the World Card Making Day contest from 2013, which was shown in the March 2014 issue.

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Get creative with your sentiment. This card tugs at my heartstrings. Maria’s approach with this card is simply amazing. She personalizes the sentiment without getting too mushy and she supports the sentiment with elements like a map heart, arrows, and knotted twine to complete the overall card theme.  This is the perfect masculine card you can give to your significant other.

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Maria Fischer’s Right Time. Right Place. Card from p.53 of Card Creations for Him

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Try it on acetate. I came across several published cards by Maria where she used acetate or vellum. She stamps, heat embosses, and applies modeling paste on acetate or vellum to create an extra layer that doesn’t take away from the overall design. I especially love how Maria stamped the posies in black on the acetate to add layers to this floral bouquet. Her decision to add the stitching and green triangle strip gives this card a decidedly modern twist. I love this card so much that I picked it for the From the Editor’s page of the June 2014 issue.

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Maria Fischer’s Floral Hello Card on p. 22 of June 2014

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Create your sentiment and then walk away! Don’t be afraid to leave empty space on your card. Maria brilliantly uses die-cut letters in various colors to create a fun music-inspired sentiment without a lot of fuss. It’s not always easy for card makers to stop at just one element. Sometimes a simple design with lots of white space is just what you need in a card. This style is ideal for cards with creative sentiments.

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Maria Fischer’s I Got You Babe on p. 84 of June 2014

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Maria is a very talented designer with a fresh style that is all her own. You can see more of her projects on her blog at I can’t wait to incorporate these things I learned from Maria into my own card making.

Happy Crafting!

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P.S. Leave a comment by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 23 for a chance to win these summer inspired products from Echo Park Paper.

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Freebie Friday Giveaway: DIY and Stamps

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Happy Friday!! Did you have a productive week? Did you do something fun, get some crafting time in? Today’s prize is one that you can have fun with and be creative. It includes product from American Craft‘s DIY Shop line – a flag banner, chalkboard cards, and woodgrain journaling cards. It also has five stamp sets from Fiskars for birthday, creating tags, and other occasions.

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If you’d like a chance to win this prize package, leave a comment by 5:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 22. Have a great day and enjoy your weekend!


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July I-Spy Trivia!

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Holly Anderson

Hello, hello! I know we haven’t had an I-Spy post in some time, but I’m bringing it back today. Let’s honor our July issue with a little trivia game, my friends!

Today’s giveaway has a little something for everyone! From trendy stamp sets and tools to three fun paper collections, these fabulous products are courtesy of Chickaniddy Crafts, Close To My Heart, Imagine Crafts, Jillibean Soup, Lawn Fawn, Lil’ Inker Designs, Teresa Collins Designs, Webster’s Pages, and We R Memory Keepers.

To begin, pick up a copy of our July 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 chose a card with peacock feathers on it?
  2. I spy our Plugged In with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking column. Which winners are wearing glasses in their headshots?
  3. I spy our Trend Talk column. Which icon is used on both cards on p. 18?
  4. I spy our Paper Crafting 101 column. Which two techniques that Betsy Veldman shared on p. 20 did she use on her Have a Ball card on p. 21?
  5. I spy our Creative Sketch column. What make up the circles of the sketch on Meghan McMillan’s card on p. 23?
  6. I spy our Texture Paste feature. How did Miriam Prantner create the gold image on her card on p. 35?
  7. I spy our Documenting Your Passions feature. Which famous landmark appears in the layout on p. 41?
  8. I spy our Stamping Royalty feature. On. p. 67, what kind of flowers appear on Lizzie Jones’s winning card?
  9. I spy our Tips, Tools, & Techniques column. Whose stencils do we feature on p. 76?
  10. I spy our Simple Printables column. What time does the watch printable say it is?

Three random winners (who answer these questions correctly) will win a selection of product we feature in this issue’s Sweepstakes columns. (Just turn to page 87 for a closer look!) To be eligible to win, please enter your answers in the comment field. All comments must be received by Tuesday, July 22nd at 5 pm MT.

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Three lucky winners will take home goodies from this prize package!

Good luck!

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P.S. Would you like to enter the current sweepstakes? Just click here to enter!


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Free Download: Hello Sentiment

Download and print the Hello sentiment from the August 2014 issue. The hand drawn look is perfect for a cute card or gift tag.

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Download this free Hello sentiment

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Download sentiment in JPG format

Download sentiment in PDF format

You’ll find a variety of other printables in the August 2014 issue as well as past Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking issues.

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Throwback Thursday: Book Gift Card Holder with Pattern

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Julie Campbell made this adorable Book Gift Card Holder for 350 Cards & Gifts that is perfect for birthdays, to say thank you, or just because. The pattern makes it a snap to create and you can choose any patterned paper or journaling card to embellish the front to match the occasion or the recipient.

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Book Gift Card Holder by Julie Campbell from the 350 Cards & Gifts special issue

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1 Make box from cardstock, following pattern. 2 Stamp sentiment on cardstock strip. Trim journaling card and adhere. 3 Adhere strip to cardstock panel. Adhere ribbon. 4 Adhere panel to box. 5 Punch hole in cardstock; tie on twine. Insert in box.


SUPPLIES:  Cardstock: (Moss) The Paper Source; (Fine Linen) Papertrey Ink  Clear stamp: (sentiment from Believe In You set) There She Goes  Dye ink: (Brown Sugar) Ranger Industries  Accent: (journaling card) October Afternoon  Fibers: (taupe ribbon) Martha Stewart Crafts; (white twine)  Finished size: 2 3/4″ x 4″ x 1″


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Pattern to create book gift card holder

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