Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Special Thanks Blog Hop for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine!

If you're following along with us on the hop, you have arrived from Tenia Nelson's blog, one of my dear virtual friends, and awesome talent in the papercrafting world, not to mention in the music, teacher, and mommy world as well!

This is a hard post to write, because we are here to express our love and gratitude to the amazing staff at the magazine for all of their support and friendship through the years, but another part of me wants to baaaawwwwwl like a baby, because I can't believe their wonderful magazine is coming to an end. There just aren't words to describe how this magazine has brought so many paper crafters together and helped form so many friendships.

Below is the special card I created for this blog hop.
Yes, there is a story behind it. Isn't there always? lol!

My first card published in the January/February 2009 issue of Paper Crafts Magazine is shown below.  Oh, I still remember the excitement of that first publication email! It was like Sally Field winning an Oscar, "You like me! You really like me!" And getting an email from Susan Opel is like Meryl Streep herself is presenting the Oscar to you! :)

For that first published card, I used some brand new (at the time!) Amy Butler paper. I love Amy Butler (uh, see the quilt my mom made me below from Amy Butler fabrics!) and still have that 4" x 6" paper pad, and the majority of the paper has even been used, go me! So for my special card today, I took the same sheet of paper and fussy cut the flower out and added a "trendy" little Maya Road Deer Resin charm. I used the "recycled" back of the paper pad, but "blinged" it up with some Heidi Swapp Gold Shine mist and sequins. I really needed some cream embossing powder (better get that ordered stat!) for the sentiment, but it says "Don't let anyone ever dull your sparkle." That's great advice for our amazing friends at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine as they head out on new adventures. 

So thank you, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, for your dedication to the papercrafting industry. Thank you for the inspiration and creativity you've shared with us. Thank you for believing in us, for lifting us up as artists, for being our cheerleaders. Most of all, thank you for your friendship, for being real with us, for taking the time to get to know us. We are grateful and we love you!

Whew, that was my sniff, sniff part. Where's the Kleenex..

Keep those Kleenex handy as you head over to the next stop on the blog hop, the fantastic Lawn Fawn!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

p.s. I finished this card and blog post the same way I finished every Paper Crafts magazine publication call and project the last possible minute! I bet they won't miss that! :)


Keren Baker said...

Ha ha- about finishing the card last minute! Mine was too. Love the card- that little reindeer is gorgeous. Really love your original card with that swoony Amy Butler design! x

~amy~ said...

I love this post...I love Amy Butler so both your pubbed card and that gorgeous quilt (please tell your momma that I love that quilt...perhaps she can adopt me and we can be crafting sisters!...evidently I'm delirious since I've been sitting here since 3 am) makes me a happy girl. Today's card that you design...girl, that's my new fav of yours!!!!

Anonymous said...

Awww, I love the story behing this card, Angie! Oh, and the Amy Butler patterned paper (was it with K&Co?) was one of the first ones I purchased when I started crafting!!!

Shelly said...

Such a sweet post!

maria f. said...

From one procrastinator to another... love the story behind the card. And who doesn't love Amy Butler?!?!

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous card!

Christine Kiehl said...

Love this card and that sweet little deer! Thank you for sharing and Happy Holidays to you and yours!