Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CHA - Sneak Peek

Just got back from CHA last night and wanted to share some fun stuff with you!  Here are a couple cards from the Cosmo Cricket booth using one of their four NEW lines.  This one is called 2wenty-Thr3e - it's retro, it's graphic, it's AwEsOme!
cards by debbie olsen for cosmo cricket @ CHA
You'll see all this and other goodies from this line tucked inside a future Paper Made Bakery Fresh Baked Kit...just stay tuned for more!
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Mikasa Masterpiece

Check out the very pretty card Donna Mikasa created using the January Fresh Baked Kit:

Donna made this lovely project as her final and fond farewell as a Sweet Stamp Shop design team member.  Stop by Donna's place and wish her well!  Aloha Donna!
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Five Alarm Announcement

Well, we've all been waiting for this moment and I can hardly sit still {haven't really been able to for a few days now!}  So, without further ado, please let me introduce you to Paper Made Bakery's inaugural Design Team!

ASHLEY Newell lives in Elk Grove, CA.  She's a wife and mother of two little boys who works from home doing social media for crafting companies.  She's been stamping for about five years and this is her passion -- she's mighty fond of paper, too!

LISA Arana
lives in Gilbert, AZ.  She's married eight years and has been card making all of 'em.  Lisa has two rescue dogs.  She's been blogging since 2009, has been published several times and was just recently the featured designer in the October 2011 issue of CARDS.

MICHELLE McClure grew up in Asia and now lives in Temple City, CA with her husband and two dogs. She understands the graphic design principles of scrapbooking and uses them in creating her layouts and in designing sketches.  Her other passion is playing and watching volleyball.

RYANN Salamon lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and kitty cats.  She's been on several design teams and has had projects published.  Her style is clean and simple and her go-to supplies are stamps, kraft/white card stock and patterned paper -- and she loves a good pun!

SAVANNAH O'Gwynn lives in North Port, FL with her husband and dog.  She's passionate about crafting and especially loves patterned paper.  Sav's on several design teams -- and she loves to sing!

STEPHANIE Muzzulin lives in Norfolk, CT, is a wife and mother of two.  She got into card making about six years ago when she made invitations for a friend's baby shower.  She loves paper crafting and sharing her work -- and meeting lots of wonderful people!

These *uber* talented ladies are already enjoying the next Fresh Baked Kit and creating some of the most fantastic cards you've ever seen!  The Paper Made Bakery February Fresh Baked Kit will be released on Thursday, February 2...but watch for some sneak peeks before then!

Help us WELCOME this awesome design team!!
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Caution: Creative Genius at Work

Happy Friday!  It's the start of a FABulous weekend and we've got so much to share today.  Let's start by wrapping up the month with some unbelievably wonderful cards by Sav O'Gwynn.
Here she's used our January Fresh Baked Kit to make a thank you card.  I just love how she uses that punch of red with all the soft, pretty yellows and grays of the Authentique paper in this kit.  Even the little daffodil colored pearls add just a touch of glamour while the blocks of patterned paper offer a subtle feel -- and that bird cut into the damask yellow patterned paper on the right is SO cool!  See how she stamped the Sentimental Birds onto white card stock and slipped it behind the negative die cut of the bird?  Man, that's tres chic!

Can you believe you get the 4 x 6 Sentimental Birds stamp set, the 6 x 6 Blissful patterned paper bundle, some of those daffodil pearls from Memory Box, ribbon and tulle, and buttons AND all the card stock, too, in our January Fresh Baked Kit?!
Sav must really love this kit because she also whipped up this gorgeous card today!  Look at that beautiful ribbon and bow!  Click HERE to check out Savannah's video she made showing YOU how to make it with the white crinkle ribbon included in the Fresh Baked Kit.  This card sings "farm fresh and friendly", doesn't it?

OK, I know you can't wait to land that Fresh Baked Kit before they're all gone, and because there's so much excitement around the 'Bakery today, we're going to give away a half dozen $5 off coupons for our January Fresh Baked Kit!  The first six (6) people to leave some love here (and say "Gimme 5"; you can still leave a nice comment even if you don't need a coupon) will win a $5 coupon for this month's kit.  

Have a crafty Friday -- but come back in just a bit for more exciting news!!!
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

CHA cha cha

Happy Friday Eve!  Quick question -- are you going to CHA this weekend in Anaheim?  We're pretty excited about going...checking out all the fun, new stuff that will show up very soon in our Fresh Baked Kits; meeting lots of fabby folks from the crafting industry; and catching up with old and new friends!

If you're going, let us know by leaving a note here.  Look for us...we'll be the gals in the Paper Made Bakery aprons!  Stop us and say HI!

If you're not going, never fear.  I'll keep you posted on all the hot new trends, colors, styles...everything!

Aaaannnnddd, stop by tomorrow as we make our BIG design team announcement.  Everyone at Paper Made Bakery is over the moon thrilled with our inaugural team and can't wait to show off the talent of this group!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In My Thoughts

Tuesday's here already and Lindsay's got such a pretty card to share with you today.  It's clean and simple -- and just plain stunning!  The number of different patterns offered in the Authentique paper pad included in this month's Fresh Baked Kit makes creating lots of different designs very easy.

As Lindsay's shown you earlier, the elements within the patterned paper can quickly become dimensional embellishments.  Remember this card last week?

This makes the Fresh Baked Kit a BIG value when you think of the hundreds of creative ways the fabulous products included in the kit can be used!  There aren't many left, so be sure and click HERE to get yours before they sell out.

Thanks for stopping by...be sure to leave some love for Lindsay and then stop by her place for more creativity!

P.S.  We're in the process of getting in touch with all of our design team applicants and will have a big announcement this Friday.  Stay tuned...there were loads of fantastic applicants and we want to make sure to touch bases with everyone.  Choosing just a few from the dozens and dozens of quality applicants was a very difficult task -- we truly appreciate everyone's talent and creativity!!
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Create a simple little hostess gift this weekend!
One of my crafty girlfriends, who also happens to be a fabulous cook, is hosting a Valentine's Tea in a couple weeks.  I wanted to make her a little hostess gift, but didn't have a lot of time this weekend.  So, I made a half dozen cute little thank you notes with my Paper Made Bakery Fresh Baked Kit and some Brown Bag A1 envelopes.

Now, A1 (or 4 Bar) cards are not my typical card size, but I really like these!  An A1 card is 3-1/2" x 4-7/8".  I used the sparkly Curious Metallic card stock in Cryogen White for my card base. Here are my supplies...card stock, envelopes, patterned paper and my Big Shot for the Spellbinders die cutting.
Supplies needed...
I love the simple, no-frills feel to the Brown Bag envelopes and they go great with the Blissful patterned paper from Authentique Paper, which is just a small part of the January Fresh Baked Kit from Paper Made Bakery.  I used one of two little Thank You stamps recently given as a customer appreciation gift from Papertrey Ink for the pretty tag.
Fresh Baked Kit from PaperMadeBakery.com
The tag is cut from the Spellbinders' Fancy Tags 2 set.  The card front is as simple as can be -- just a 3-1/4" x 4-5/8" piece of patterned paper adhered to the front of the card base.  I inked the edge of the patterned paper I used to stamp the Thank You sentiment onto, as well as the scrolled edges of the Fancy Tags.  And that's pretty much it!

Use your Fresh Baked Kit scraps to whip up a batch of these A1 cards with some coordinating Brown Bag envelopes today.  Having a handmade gift at the ready is always a good idea!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Fresh Techniques

Today Sav is sharing a couple of really unique cards she made using, you guessed it, our January Fresh Baked Kit.  The first might look familiar, but look very closely and notice the details on this card.

In addition to the love birds, she's added little clothes pins to hold the hugs and kisses (XO XO) on the wire.  And the sprinkling of daffodil pearls all over the floral background -- just charming.

The next card Sav made uses a technique that's very popular these days -- negative die cutting.  See how the feather is a cut-out on the Authentique patterned paper that is raised above the clean white card front? 
Both of these are simply amazing!  Leave a love note for Sav here, then head on over to her blog for more inspiration!
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Search Is ON

Morning!  Just a quick note as we're knee deep in design team applications.  I'm just SO impressed with the quality & talent I've seen...and the applications just keep rolling in!  If you're thinking about applying, or know a talented pal who'd be great on our new team, send that application in before Friday, January 20th.  More details on our search can be found HERE.

Now, for the REAL question I want to put to you all -- Do you know of a new (or new-ish) stamp company that has out-of-this-world designs you LOVE, their product is made in the USA, the quality is simply outstanding, and you can just picture their newest set fitting right in with Paper Made Bakery's Fresh Baked Kits?!  Well, do tell!  We want to partner with up-and-coming companies who feature high quality products and designs you LOVE.  Please share the name and link to their website in the comments below.

Hope your Wednesday is wonderful!
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Need A Hug?

Lindsay's got another terrific card today that she made with Paper Made Bakery's January Fresh Baked Kit.  We all just love the gorgeous colors in the Authentique patterned paper and the very versatile Sentimental Birds stamp set by Sweet Stamp Shop included in the kit.  Don't forget -- there are only a couple kits left, so don't miss out, and order yours right away.  All that yumminess will land on your doorstep in just a few days!

Let her know how much you enjoyed her creation here, then stop over at Lindsay's to see how she made this pretty, pretty card!  And, have a wonderful day!
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Lucky Laura Likes Us

Happy Monday everyone!  While it's a bit wet and gray here in San Diego, I'm feeling sunny and bright because (1) our Fresh Baked Card class is beginning soon and (2) lovely Laura O'Donnell shared a fantastic card she made with the Fresh Baked kit she won when our Facebook page hit 100 Likes.

Isn't this pretty?  I love what Laura's done with the Memory Box stamp image to turn it into a spring scene.  Laura won our October Fresh Baked Kit, which is sold out, but we still have a couple November and December kits, as well as three Fresh Baked kits for January.

Enjoy the MLK holiday and don't forget, you still have a few days to apply to Paper Made Bakery's inaugural Design Team!  Click HERE for more details.
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Design Team Call...JOIN US!

We're so excited to form our inaugural Paper Made Bakery Design Team!  The call has gone out and we've gotten dozens of fantastic submissions from talented people all over the world!  Think you've got what it takes?  Why not check out the details and submit your application before the January 20th deadline.

We've definitely got our work cut out for us, but we're reviewing each and every application carefully.  It's so amazing to see such talent...why not show us what you've got!
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Come Fly With Me

This fabulous weekend is flyyying by, so take a break and stroll through these fantastic cards made by the Sweet Tooth Gals from Sweet Stamp Shop using Paper Made Bakery's January Fresh Baked Kit.

Aga's first card with the kit
Julie Ranae's loopy for the Fresh Baked Kit!
Another CAS card from the fabulous Aga
Donna's delightful design
Such pretty cards, don't you think?  Remember, "imitation is the greatest form of flattery" -- why not get your Fresh Baked Kit today and make some of these beautiful cards for yourself?!  There are only THREE kits left...click HERE to get one delivered to your doorstep!
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Weekend Update

Happy Friday!  It's the beginning of another long weekend.  As if that's not thrilling enough, this sweet card by Savannah is sure to put a smile on your face!
Sweet thoughts...
The Authentique papers in this month's Fresh Baked Kit provide so many different looks -- vintage, modern, classic and funky.  I love to mix and match and Sav's done a great job here, too.

Our Fresh Baked Kits are selling fast -- only FOUR left, so don't miss out -- order yours today!

If you or someone you know is interested, our Design Team Call has one more week before the submission deadline.  We've gotten so many fantastic applications so far -- and have loved seeing so much talent!!

A BIG thanks to all our new friends and fans on PMB's Facebook page -- you all rock!  Have a fantastic weekend and check back for lots of fresh new creations!
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Sweet Thoughts

When you think of a box of candy, do you think frills and fluff?  Not that that's a bad thing, but how about a little vintage chic, or some might call it a masculine bit of sweetness.

This is a candy box that six Nugget-type candies can fit into.  I made a couple of these boxes with both kraft cardstock and Blissful patterned paper from Paper Made Bakery's January Fresh Baked Kit, plus some fun embellishments we'll chat about in a minute.
Box Top Supplies

I learned how to make these boxes when I bought my first Scor-Pal.  For the six-piece candy box's bottom cut a 5.75" x 6" piece from either cardstock or patterned paper.  For the lid, cut a 8.625" x 3.25" piece from the same cardstock.  To make the bottom score the cardstock at .75" and 1.5" on each side (rotate the cardstock and score at these measurements on all four sides).  Bend at the score lines and cut away the three squares at each corner and create tabs like shown.  I always trim the tabs just a hair to help them fit under the flap.  Place a little adhesive on each flap, fold over the first section of each side, then fold over with the sticky tab in between.  Here I used white paper to help illustrate the score lines, folds and tabs:
Once the box bottom is made you can either leave it just like it is or have some fun decorating the inside.  Remember, you'll place those tasty chocolates inside, but why not leave something pretty to look at after the candy's gone?
Slide out the box bottom and find your treat...
This box uses more Blissful patterned paper for its bottom
The inside of the kraft box bottom is simply a corner of one piece of the patterned paper and the "I love you" stamp is from Sweet Stamp Shop's Sentimental Birds set, which is also included in the Fresh Baked Kit.  I edged all the paper pieces in Tea Dye Distress Ink and cut two pieces (one patterned and one white) of paper with Spellbinders' Labels One dies.  I used the Sentimental Birds stamp on the smallest Labels One piece with SU's Sahara Sand ink, then stamped the sentiment "Sweet thoughts" in black ink.

Here's a fun thing to remember if you need a quick color coordinated embellishment and all you have are little white pearls -- color them with a matching Copic marker!  The alcohol ink will happily "stick" to the pearl and you'll have matching bling every time!  For these pearls I used YR 12 (Loquat).  Did you notice all four colored pearls on the box top?
Patterned paper and clear stamps from the kit
To create the box top simply score the cardstock at 2" and then 2.75" from each end.  This creates a sort of belly band.  Decorate with patterned paper and embellishments as described.  This was a quick and simple project that can be made into party favors or even small gifts for your co-workers or pals.  I'm going to use this one for my sweetie's Valentine's Day gift!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Great Partnership

This month Paper Made Bakery is partnering with Sweet Stamp Shop to bring you our January Fresh Baked Kit chock full of FABulous products like Sweet Stamp Shop's Sentimental Birds clear stamp set, which they are releasing TODAY.

Some of Sweet Stamp Shop's design team are using the January Fresh Baked Kit this month.  You know Lindsay and Savannah -- they'll be posting all month long the fantastic cards and creative projects made with the Fresh Baked Kit.  And, some of the other Sweet Tooth Gals are whipping up some tasty eye candy, too. Follow along on the blog hop to enjoy some of these ladies fresh baked creations:

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Here's What's Cookin'!

We're so glad that both Lindsay and Savannah are joining us again this month as guest designers.  These ladies are just some kind of talented!  Today Lindsay has a simple yet elegant card to show you using Paper Made Bakery's January Fresh Baked Kit.  Don't you love the yellows, grays and taupes in the Blissful paper bundle from Authentique?  And the patterns are so much fun...elegant, whimsical, grungy, petite, and more!

Lindsay also used the Sentimental Birds stamps set from Sweet Stamp Shop, which is included in the Fresh Baked Kit, can you believe it?!  I just love this set -- so many sentiments available in just one place.  Say HI to Lindsay here and then check out what's cookin' over at her back porch...Don't forget to pick up your own kit (see menu bar) before they run out!
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Star Search 2012

How many remember that TV show?!  Well, I've spent a good part of today reviewing some OUTstandingly talented resumes from folks applying for the Paper Made Bakery design team.  WOW, am I impressed!  Our job is going to be tough!

If you haven't already done so, take a look at our Design Team Call page (see above) -- maybe this is something you'd like to have a crack at?  We're looking for talented, enthusiastic people with a real love of paper crafting -- who enjoy sharing their designs with the world!  The deadline for submission is January 20th...
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

You Did It!

Our Bucket o' Fans
We're just thrilled to have so many new friends -- more than 100, in fact!  On Thursday afternoon we hit that mark (and then some).  To celebrate, we've drawn two names from the Facebook Likes list, plus added the names from our comments here on our blog/site, and we have winners:

Laura Hough O'Donnell
Lisa Mack

Congratulations!  These ladies have won a Paper Made Bakery Fresh Baked Kit from our archives, each loaded with all the fabulous products you've come to expect: stamps, patterned papers, note cards, embellishments and MORE.  All from companies you love like Memory Box and My Mind's Eye.

So Laura and Lisa, please drop me an email HERE and let me know where I can mail your Fresh Baked Kit!  Congratulations!
Our winners...

That was so much fun I think we should do this EVERY time we hit a century mark!  So, help us get to 200 Facebook fans/likes and we'll have another giveaway!

Thanks everyone -- we really appreciate having you here!
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Friday, January 6, 2012

Kickin' January Off Right

Once again, Paper Made Bakery is so very pleased to have Savannah O'Gwynn as a guest designer for January's Fresh Baked Kit.  Remember that we're partnering with Sweet Stamp Shop this month to bring you a versatile and simple clear stamp set filled with wonderfully unique sentiments -- called Sentimental Birds.  It's just part of this great kit that also includes Authentique's Blissful 6 x 6 bundle of patterned papers, loads of fun and frilly embellishments and rich cardstock in coordinating and complimentary colors.

Sav's card, called Forever Yours, clearly illustrates some of the fantastic patterns in the Blissful paper bundle.  Look at the surprising *pop* of red among the subtle yellows and grays and how Sav took that and tied in her heart shape near the bottom.  I'm thinking "a new twist on Valentine's Day" here!!  Leave some love for Sav then head on over to her place for more!
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Thursday, January 5, 2012


We did it!!  Paper Made Bakery has over 100 fans on our Facebook page and we want to THANK YOU for your part in this.  We're so thrilled with this feat that we're giving away TWO of our fabulous {archived} Fresh Baked Kits!

We'll announce the winners shortly...check back to see if YOU'RE the lucky winner.

It's a good day here at the Paper Made Bakery!
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Sketch It, Baby!

Simple & Romantic
I love to make cards, don't you?  And I'll bet that sometimes you need some inspiration, or maybe just a good idea, right?  I used our January Fresh Baked Kit and My Favorite Things' Wednesday Stamp Club sketch #53 (whew, that's a long one!) to create today's card.

This card was easy to make because the Authentique Blissful paper has such a great variety of patterns to choose from.  The sketch looks like this:

I didn't use a lot of stamping just several patterns of paper, Spellbinders' Classic Circles dies and several of the embellishments included in the Fresh Baked Kit.  I LOVE the pleated tulle from Maya Road -- it made it SO easy to create the fluffy rosette with the button/rhinestone center.
And the sentiment from Sweet Stamp Shop's Sentimental Birds set, included in our Fresh Baked Kit this month, was perfect for this card and this sketch.  Hope you like it...let us know if you do.  And, tell us which are your favorite card sketches or challenges!
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Guest Designer: Lindsay Amrhein

In case you missed the fun interview with Lindsay Amrhein, one of our fabulous guest designers, here is the article originally written for San Diego's Examiner.com:

You've probably seen Lindsay Amrhein's fabulous handmade cards in one of dozens of papercrafts and card magazines.  Lindsay's also on several design teams and guest designs for Paper Made Bakery, Sweet Stamp Shop, The Craft's Meow and Ribbon Carousel.  She's a mom, wife and cardmaker extraordinaire!  Here's what you should know about Lindsay Amrhein:
How would you describe your artistic style?  I'd likely describe my style as a bit clean and graphic, with a smidge of fun and cute mixed in.  Some days I love to pile on stuff and other days I like a really simple card with lots of white space.
Name your three favorite paper crafting tools:  I have to have my Corner Chomper...love that thing!  I must have my Tim Holtz Tonic scissors within reach.  And lastly, stamps and ink.  I know that's more than three, but stamps and ink go together like PB&J...
What project is sitting on your work table today?  Right at this moment I have some hot-off-the-press new clear stamps fro WPlus9 and a few new 2012 Hero Arts goodies.  Time to play!
If you could wiggle your nose and make ANYthing appear, for what would you wiggle your nose?  Oh my!  That's a tough one for sure, but I would have to say more stamps, of course!  I would certainly not turn down a pile of fresh stamps!
What companies and/or publications are you working with now?  I really enjoy working on projects for Paper Crafts Magazine.
What, or who, is your artistic muse?  Oh my, there are quite a few really talented women out there, but I would have to say that I am completely inspired by Cristina Kowalczyk and Maile Belles.  They do such clever things with die cuts and stamps!
Where did you go on your last family vacation?  We went camping in Gatlinburg, Tennessee this past summer.
Tell us one thing about you that hasn't been printed before:  I'm a bit of a health nut, even though I wouldn't call it nuts {smile}.  I enjoy taking care of my body and seek ways to improve my health through many alternative avenues.  I love fresh vegetables and enjoy wholesome grain-free treats whenever I can make them.
What are some upcoming classes or events on your calendar?  I wish I could say there were some, but alas, I'm totally open!  I guess that means there is plenty of time to get crafty!
What is the last class you TOOK?  A standard Copic certification course this past summer.
How do you like to spend your free time?  Make cards, of course!  When I'm not doing that I' spending time with my rambunctious three-year old and trying to keep my house semi-clean.
Tell us about a favorite childhood memory:  Holidays at my grandparents were an exciting and happy time.  My grandfather would be whipping the potatoes in the pot and always dug out a huge spoonful and would say to me, "hey buddy, have a taste!"  It always made me laugh!
What do you want Examiner.com readers to know about you?  I'm a simple girl who loves to make things with ink, stamps and paper!  I love Jesus, my husband and my adorable son, and want to live each day with a purpose and a passion!  If I can make one person smile with a handmade card, I have fulfilled a mission.
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Monday, January 2, 2012


Paper Made Bakery is kicking off this New Year by heading straight for the stars and we’re looking for five design team members to join us.  This will be our inaugural design team, so come be a part of history!  We’re searching for team members who can commit to a 6-month term beginning February 1, 2012 through July 31, 2012.   

We’re looking for team members who are enthusiastic, friendly and passionate about paper crafting!  If you love using the latest and greatest products on the market and you want to show off your design talent to the world, then we want to see what you’ve got!

To find out all the details, please click on the tab above: Design Team Call

Submission deadline is January 20, 2012
Our new Design Team will be announced on January 27, 2012.
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hope your FIRST day of 2012 was outstanding and the next 364 days are even better!

I've been finishing up the installation of my new craft studio today...it wasn't hard, but I have lots of new space to get creative!  I'll keep you posted with photos as I load it up with all my goodies.  Can't wait to use my January Fresh Baked Kit to make some more beautiful cards (I found some great dies in my stash!)

Be happy, be well!

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Here's a look at all the goodies you'll receive in our January Fresh Baked Kit:
We mentioned earlier the pretty Authentique 6 x 6 bundle called Blissful and Sweet Stamp Shop's very pretty and uber useful set called Sentimental Birds.  We've added some blank notecards made of Bazzill cardstock in African Daisy and Gray Prismatic, plus some nice white cards, too.  We didn't forget the envelopes -- be sure to stamp those as well.  Throw in some hard-to-find Maya Road pleated tulle in Grey, and crinkled white ribbon to bring a freshness to your creativity.  How about some bling?  We included a few Memory Box pearls in Daffodil, a few vintage buttons and some Maya Road bingo pieces.

This is a jam-packed kit, full of goodies to help you create loads of beautiful cards...with plenty left over to make a few other fun things.  The awesome design team members have come up with all kinds of great samples, so stop by every day for eye candy galore!

To start us off, here's a card made with January's Fresh Baked Kit -- created by the one-and-only Nicole Rixon of Sweet Stamp Shop!  I was ga-ga when I saw this card for the first time!  What do you think? Great, huh?  Leave some love for her here and then check out the Sweet Stamp Shop blog for lots more great things.

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