December 10, 2013

December ~ Naturally Winter

 Winters frigid days have crept in while our attentions were focused on the gift-giving holiday.  Soon our surroundings will be transformed from brightly-colored holiday lights to neutral colors of the winter season.

Our December issue celebrates beautifully muted colors of the season.   The bases of the projects are inspired by woody bark and snow-covered, leaf-less trees.  Insert a splash of color from the winter cardinal, glistening snowflakes or sparkling icicles and you have a “Naturally Winter” issue.
In this issue you will find nature-favored greeting cards, winter linen bags, snowman-survival kits and the "Collections Container" template of the month.


Here are a few sneak peeks for you:

November 11, 2013

November ~ A Merry Season

The Christmas issue of the Sampler is live.  Make sure you take a break during the busy holiday season and enjoy a little crafting time for yourself with ideas from the seasonal Sampler, "A Merry Season".

October 28, 2013

Halloween Special - 3 days only


Time to wrap up those Halloween projects.   For those in a crunch, here's a special offer to help you finish up.

For the next 3 days, purchase the current Halloween issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler "Greetings a Brewing" at it's regular price of $12.99 and get the 2012 & 2011 Halloween issues for FREE.

In order to receive the two free issues, you must use the designated Buy Now button below.


Here are a few of the Halloween projects included:

Take a glimpse at the 2013 Halloween issue sneak peeks HERE.

October 10, 2013

October Sampler ~ Abundant Thanks

The October 2013 issue of the Sampler has arrived.  The issue, “Abundant Thanks”, offers project ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving.  Inside this issue you’ll find seasonal holiday banners, table settings, gift ideas and of course, beautiful hand-made cards.
While recreating the projects in the issue, take time to reflect on all things you are grateful for and the anticipation of gathering with family and friends to toasting your blessings.
Here's a sneak peek of my project using the new Horn of Plenty template.

October 1, 2013

PCS ~ Blast from the past

Looking back to the October 2012 issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler "Halloween Hoopla".
Moveable treat container, "Ghoulie hangout".

So sweet witch shoes.

September 10, 2013

PCS September ~ Greetings a Brewing

Looking for some Halloween-themed projects?  Check out the September issue of the Sampler. 
In the Greetings a Brewing issue, you'll find a variety of Halloween greetings covered with pumpkins, witches, skeletons and more.
This month we have the PCS Ghoulie Hand with Treat template.  A wickedly fresh twist on offering up some sweet treats for your goblins and ghouls.

September 1, 2013

PCS ~ Blast from the past

Looking back to a few of the samples from the September 2012 issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler, "Autumn Amidst".
The Pocket Acorn.

 Woodland candle d├ęcor by Heidi Baks

August 10, 2013

PCS August ~ Prelude to Fall

The August issue of the Sampler has arrived.  Prelude To Fall sets off earthy tones of nature with the bright get-up-and-go hues for back to school.
This month's template is the Jumbo Pencil Box. 
Here's a sneak peek of my project.


July 18, 2013

Harvest Deer

A little something I put together for a swap using the soon to be released stamp set, "Remembering Christmas".

While the name of the set puts the images in the Winter category, it's useful for more than just Christmas.

There seems to be a new trend in silhouette deer.  Remember not to long ago when owls were all the rage?  Well, they're still popular, but I think these deer silhouettes are taking over.  Can't say I don't mind.  I think they're beautiful.  

July 10, 2013

Sand and Sea

The July issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler, "Sand and Sea", offers an array of beach and sea loving projects.  You'll find mini beach totes, colorful sunsets, salt-water taffy containers and images of marine life and seashells.
This month's template is Calypso the Seahorse.

Here's a little peek of my project:

June 10, 2013

June 2013 Sweet Liberty

It's a red, white, blue theme for the month of June.  Stars, stripes and fun 'Sweet Liberty' themed table decor.  Great projects for July 4th, Memorial Day, Veterans Day or flag day.
The template of the month is the "Simply Starry" favor box.


Here are a few sneak peeks of what's inside:

May 19, 2013

Row-ya Boat Desk Caddy

Well, helllllllllllloooooo there.  It's been quite some time since I've shared something here.  No excuses, simply taking care of the family.  The older the children get it seems the more they're in need of my attention.  I'm trying to figure out why that is as I always thought as they got older, the less they'd need my help.  I'm not going to complain.  It's nice to be needed.

Thought I'd share my Creative Take on the PCS Display Rowboat template from the May issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler, "Tribute to Dad".

As usual, my goal in designing the templates is to offer something fresh; something that I haven't seen before.  This can be quite challenging, especially when it comes to masculine projects.  The idea for this particular template stemmed from the rowboat bookcases seen in many home magazines.

Below I've created a Rowboat Desk Caddy.  Won't this make a great Father's Day gift?  It's hand-made, practical and he can view it everyday on his desk, reminding him of the person who made it.  Here I've stuffed the caddy with mini bull clips, gold paper clips and in the rear, some coffee-flavored candies. 

In need of an alternative idea?  How about place business cards inside, or mini post-it notes?

This particular gift also works for upcoming Memorial Day.  The muted red, white and blue colors are a great alternative to the brighter colors.

A little whale die cut here for some extra color.

The bench/seat in the rear of the boat is not part of the original template.  It was something I added for this particular projects as an extra.  Simply create an Oval die-cut, or any of your choice, score the sides, bottom and cut notches to fold over.  
I hope you enjoyed this little rowboat project and it inspires you to think of creating your Father's Day projects.

May 10, 2013

Take a look at the May issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler.  Tribute to Dad offers project ideas for upcoming Father's Day.

This month's template, "Display Rowboat".  A three-compartment rowboat for stuffing with office supplies, sweets, fishing ephemera and other goodies dad finds enjoyable.

Here's sneak peek of my projects:
Thanks for looking.


April 11, 2013

PCS April 2013 ~ Tribute to mom

Tribute to mom.  That's the theme of the April 2013 issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler.  Projects this month designed for moms, wives, sisters and all those women in your life who nuture others.
This month's exclusive template is the Dynasty Decanter.  Dress up this paper perfume decanter with sparkle and bling and stuff with sweets or momentos.
Here's a few sneak peeks of my projects.


March 10, 2013

The Garden Gate

There's nothing more ovely than to view a well tended garden.   Flowers in full bloom and loads of color, with visits from pollenators, insuring growth year after year.

The March issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler, "The Garden Gate", highlights the abundant blooms and butterflies found in the garden.  This month's template is a Garden Caddy.  Below are a few sneak peeks, and more can be found on the Paper Crafters Sampler (PCS) website.