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What's Inside the Fall 2010 Issue of Paper Creations™

From the Editor

Fall is right around the corner…time to start cleaning out your craft closets and drawers. But before you begin, be sure to check out this issue’s Rethink and Reuse column first. Some unique (and unexpected) ideas are featured for recycling “toss away” items. You can have fun and save money at the same time!

We’ve also featured a great collection of cards to fit every occasion; birthdays, (for all ages), party invites, friendship, thanks…you name it, we got it. And, for those of you who can’t wait for Halloween to roll around, a sneak peek at some super Fright Night favorites.


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Spring 2010
Fall 2010 Issue

Floral Expressions
Decorative punches are plentiful and a great way to customize cards, tags, gift boxes, and other paper crafting projects. Floral-shaped punches were used to create the sweet mini gift bag set shown here.

Indian Summer
Simple, yet elegant, this single tree stamp is extremely versatile, allowing you to achieve a myriad of exciting looks. Simply change the coloring and patterned papers to reflect the seasons or sentiments from the card featured here…it’s as easy as that.

Rejoice with Friendship
A true friend is someone who sticks by you when you are down and celebrates with you when you are up. It’s someone you trust, who understands you, knows the real you, and appreciates the person you are. So whether you give one of these friendship tokens for a celebrated holiday or just because, remember that creating it just for them makes all the difference.

Precious Moments - Girl with Wand
Precious Moments - Girl with Wand             

Bestest Friends
Markers are a great way to add punch to any stamped image desired, and these sweet bug friends are a charming case in point.

Precious Moments
Simply put, this collection of charming cards just makes you smile. Both in color and design, who could resist these delightful patterned papers? The stamped images are too cute for words, and they come to life with colored markers. A button or brad perfectly placed, a burlap flower artfully positioned, and a bit of lace and twine are minimal embellishments, creating the perfect ending. Card making doesn’t get any better than this…

Appreciation Cards
There are many ways to show your appreciation to someone. A handmade card makes it that much more meaningful. Fair warning…you just might get a thank you for any one of these thank-you cards!

Border Punch Flower Cards
Sunflower Thank You

Sunflower Thank You
With brilliant yellow petals emanating like rays from its center and reflecting so many of the sun’s characteristics, the sunflower is the ideal choice when you want to send a warm and cheerful word of thanks.

Bouquet of Thanks
Cheerful orange-and-white polka dots set the tone for this heartfelt thank-you card. Accented with zigzag stitching and a bit of lace, the colorful image of a large bouquet of flowers says it all: many, many thanks just doesn’t seem like enough.

A muted grid patterned paper blends beautifully with dotted ribbon, while colored markers and rhinestones provide just the right amount of punch to this sweetly stamped card.

Love My Morning Joe
Whether it’s brewed in your kitchen, at your favorite corner deli, or at your special donut shop, nothing starts off your morning better than a delicious cup of coffee!

Striped Sentiments
Whether used horizontally or vertically, stripes can be surprisingly creative, especially when you add striped strips on top of the stripes (talk about a tongue twister!). The Ephemera Pack by K&Company made the Collage Party Invitation super quick and easy to create. Everything you need is packed in a little bag! All you have to do is choose what you want, and then play to your heart’s content…I did!).

My Pretty Garden
My Pretty Garden

My Pretty Garden
Dynamic patterned papers colored in rich shades of green, rust, gold, and cooled down with a touch of blue are the secret behind this stunning collection of fall cards.

Elegant Birthday Classics
When designer Dorothy Ensz saw the black-and-white velvet Mat Stack by DCWV, she could hardly wait to get home and start making some cards. Using odds and ends already on hand, she was able to make a total of 30 cards.

Thank You So Much
Graceful and dignified in its simplicity, this thank-you card is possessed with sophisticated charm.

Crystal Accented Cards
Although diversely varied in theme, the three cards featured here share one thing in common: colored crystal accents that provide just the right amount of pop.

For the “Krafty” Minded
The versatility of “Kraft” paper is well-known among card makers. The collection of cards featured here clearly shows that a variety of styles can be easily realized with this humble paper.

Thanks Tag Card

Country Charmers
Colorful faux-tile and bold polka dot patterned papers set the tone for this charming country French collection of all-occasion cards. Beautifully coordinated buttons, ribbons, and fussy-cut flowers finish these cards off to perfection.

For the Birds
You don’t have to be a bird lover to enjoy making (or receiving) this sweet duo of bird-themed projects. Nature’s own treasures were used to embellish both. A tiny twig with attached acorn caps was used on the owl card, and natural hemp on the seed filled paper tote bag.

Too Cute to Spook
Too Cute to Spook

It’s Party Time
Receiving a birthday party invitation or a birthday card is a very exciting and anticipated event for children. Color and imagery are very important when choosing a theme. Whether you choose primary colors and traditional designs or opt for more subdued tones and contemporary motifs, one thing is certain: the kids are gonna love the attention! The collection of invitations and birthday cards featured here presents something for everyone.

Fright Night Cards
From creepy bats and crawling spiders to moonstruck cats and pumpkin witches, this cauldron of Fright Night cards brews over with lots of colorful card ideas for you to make this Halloween.

Ghoul’s Night Out
This delightful duo of Halloween cards shows a creative combination of spirited vintage imagery with a humorous and contemporary play on words. Glitter, rhinestones, and embossing are used sparingly but are very effective in providing the perfect finishing touches.

Too Cute to Spook
Touches of glitter, mini rhinestones, and a googly-eyed cat make this charming little card definitely too cute to spook!


Rethink and Reuse
This installment of Rethink & Reuse shows a variety of ways to repurpose tissue boxes. It recognizes that styles change and what you see here may no longer be available. I haven’t seen a box with hummingbirds in quite a while, but I had several, flattened and tucked away. The fact that tissue boxes change often is all the more reason to buy what you like when you see it. Enlist your friends in the hunt, too. If they are paper crafters, they can join in the fun. If not, they’ll feel good about seeing their cast-off cardboard put to use (or they’ll think you’re a little bit wacky, but that’s okay, too!).

Tissue box crafting teaches patience…you have to use the tissues before you get to cut up the box. It also helps build creative thinking skills; choosing which part of the box should be saved, how it should be cut, and deciding what to make all come into play. But best of all is the sheer pleasure of making projects out of something that would otherwise end up as trash. I’ve turned tissue boxes into calendars, postcards, embossed backgrounds, die-cut shapes, note pad covers, tags, ornaments, smaller boxes, folded cards, and so much more. There’s not room to show everything here, but I hope that these designs will get you started and encourage you to head in any direction you want.

Happy Birthday Album
Good things do come in small packages as this charming mini album certainly proves. A distressed diamond-pane paper provides an appealing background for showcasing black-and-white photos, while nostalgic imagery sets the handwritten journaling off to perfection. Embellishments are kept to a minimum with a single colored rhinestone accenting each matted photo.

R.I.P Coffin and Mummy
Wrapped in gauze, this mini mummy (complete with spider web-draped coffin) is sure to be a crowd pleaser when used as a Fright Night table decoration or place card. Make a bunch of mummies to thread on a garland, or simply fill the coffin with your favorite candy to give as favors…fun possibilities are endless.

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Marketplace is taking a different direction for this issue. Instead of the usual paper crafting tools and supplies, we’ve selected quirky, unexpected items to tickle the fancy of children as well as adults. With early holiday wishes, enjoy!

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