Monday, May 3, 2010

Cardmaker Candy and Update (and a little "I Spy" if you have the time)


Today I am giving away a copy of CardMaker May 2010, jam packed with beautiful projects and inspiration, I was blessed to have several chosen for this issue! Two things about this issue I am particularly excited about: first, this card I made with one of Theresa Momber's first sets "Happy Camper", this is the first card I have had published with her illustrations, and I hope there will be many, many more! :) (who knew about 10 months later when this magazine actually appeared on the newsstand she'd release a fishing set? LOL! It's such a "guy" crad, but I have to send her the original now that I have it back!)
Next, "Inspiration Mosaic" is recognized as one of their favorite products in their product review section, hip hip hurray!
If you are new to my blog, although I haven''t made a sample with it in about a month, it is one of my favorite and most versatile sets, you can find tons of samples with it in my side bar under the Labels section or in the Idea Center on STV. I'm praying this will bring a whole new audience of stampers to this set and to Gina K Designs, thank you CardMaker! They will also be sharing three projects I created with the set in their July issue, coming soon...


How to win: Leave a comment below telling me what is your favorite stamping/crafting publication (or blog if you don't subscribe to or look at printed pubs) and WHY. Followers of my blog get an extra chance. I will post a winner Wednesday!



Now, just for funsies, if you already have this issue, see if you can spy (because I love "I Spy!") how many tiems my cards show up in the magazine (a few are tricky...) Email me with your number, I want to see if you come up with the same I do! :D


UPDATE: My thumb, hand/arm (yes, now I would call the problem my arm) is not doing very well. I went to the doctor Friday and am going again today. I would so appreciate your continued prayers for healing.




(I appreciate your patience if you are awaiting a candy from the past couple weeks, I have a load of stuff to take to the post office this week!! It's coming!)

66 comments:

Carolyn Mustopa said...

I used to get every stamping magazine that I could get my hands on, but I soon ran out of space! I made the tough decision to only continue my PaperCrafts subscription and to rely on the many, many blogs I follow to provide the bulk of my inspiration. I do miss those magazines, though...

Nicole said...

Congrats, Mel! Getting published is terrific, but having your set spotlighted as a favorite has to feel so rewarding.
I love Papercrafts for stamping/cardmaking and Scrapbooks Etc for scrapbooking. I am in love with the new Papercrafts "Go To Sketches" out now for card ideas.
Thanks for the chance to win the magazine. I would love an autograph if I win! :)

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Huge congratulations, Melanie! How fantastic to have your cards and stamp set featured so prominently this month! I don't subscribe to any printed magazines right now, but I always check out the Moxie Fab World blog for great inspiration and highlights of new products.
Sorry that your arm is not doing better. I hope that the Dr. can find a way to get on the healing path. Continued prayers that you will be pain-free and back to stamping soon.

Donna said...

I used to get several crafting magazines at different time periods in my life and often I'd buy mags at the store when I found something that I really liked. But it dawned on me as they collected dust that I did look at them all but rarely made something from them. I do subscribe to tons of blogs and see many things I'd love to try from them too but don't always get the chance before the next idea takes over. So at the moment I've decided that there are so many things floating around the net for free that I could work for years and never try them all. So I'm saving my money for supplies instead of buying the magazines. Stamp TV has to be one of my favorite spots to check for new ideas! And of course all the designers' blogs associated with Stamp TV. Hope your arm/hand/thumb is better soon. You continue in my thoughts and prayers!

lisa808 said...

Congrats on being published!

I don't have any favorite crafting magazines. I have so many favorite blogs that I get inspiration from, that I couldn't even list them. Other favorite sources are SCS, StampTV, & PCP.

Thinking and sending well wishes for you.

Sharri Seffens said...

Congrats Melanie!!!!
If I buy magazines it is Cardmaker, love it!
I am sorry that your pain has traveled up the arm. I hope it is better soon and will keep you in my prayers.
I also wanted to pass along that when I was having similar problems last summer/fall it ended up that I had pinched nerves in my neck that was causing the pain in my arm and hand. The Chiroprator helped me more than my regular Doctor.

Pinque said...

I love Scrapbooks Etc for scrapbooking and for cards it's Card Making and of course your blog and a few others for inspiration.

Shawna said...

Yea Melanie! Congrats girl. I don't subscribe to any publications as I rely on my subscriptions to the blogs I read each and every day. Now, don't roll your eyes, because this is true ------ yours is my favorite one, because I love how you publish a tip sheet to go with your sets which, to me, is priceless and makes your sets unbelievably versatile.

Teri said...

I love Paper crafts, but enjoy all magazines and/or blogs with any stamping! I love the card ideas and designs in Paper Crafts. Plus there aren't as many ads as other magazines that fill their pages with them!

Tina Gilliland said...

YOU GO GIRL!!!! I don't think I have my copy of this yet!!DARN!I want to count and play!!!

My fav set is without a doubt, Mosaic Inspiration AND A Year of Flowers. I just used the latter this weekend and will feature it on the next Color Challenge next week, *wink*.

I'm so proud of you. You are in my prayers, as always, GF.

Sue D said...

Congrats on your projects being chosen! I like Stamp It! magazine because it focuses on stamping. I want to get as much use out of all the stamps I own as I can.

Sue D said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Celeste said...

I subscribe at this time to Papercrafts and another one (can't come up with the name of it...getting old!) I really get most of my ideas/info from blogs. I hope your arm is better soon. I went through that not too long ago and it took forever to feel better. Mine was a muscle/tendon thing.

Miesje said...

I used to subscribe to a couple of magazines but when we moved I never renewed. Now I am so hooked on following a few blogs - yours being one of them. I used to like Papercrafts. I would love to win one especially to see your incredible work. Praying for your hand and arm - told God we NEED you......

Nancy Dawson said...

Hoping and praying your arm is better soon! I love Paper Crafts too. Congrats on being publshed and 'pick me, pick me'! Thanks for a chance to win from such a great 'inspiration!'

Cheryl said...

Congrats (again)! As I was running out of room (and money), I decided to keep only my PaperCrafts subscription. (I spend a lot of time on artists' blogs! (I do subscribe to your blog!)

EileenMV said...

I'm a follower and I love Papercrafts Mag!!!

Elaine Wilson said...

I used to subscribe to everything stamping and scrap booking related. Now I just subscribe to Papercrafts, BH & Gardens Scrapbooks etc, and the online subscription of CARDS, SCRAPBOOK TRENDS, BEADS, HANDMADE,...etc. I am not I have all the names correct but there are 5 online book/magazines for $10.00 per month.
Congratulations on getting published, it must be thrilling!

StampinCathy said...

I just get Paper Craft Magazine. I really like the cards, stampers, and all the inspiring MOJO! They have great tips too! I would love to get every magazine out there, but of course I can't afford them all. That's one reason why I like the internet, cuz of all the blogs and SCS that inspire me. Thanks so much for a chance. Congrats on being published and can't wait to hear how many you have in there. I just love your creative style.

StampinCathy said...

I'm a stalker...I mean a follower. Thanks for another chance.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Melanie! I love your work. My favorite publication is Paper Creations.

Edna

Theresa Momber said...

I got my copy a few weeks ago. It was so exciting to see it in print. Wow! Thank you so much for submitting and huge congrats on getting so many accepted. My husband loved seeing it, too!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your publications! I have many blogs that I follow and I subscribe to Paper Crafts. Love that magazine as it gives all types of papercrafting as well as cards.
Teresa Blue
tmblueb@hotmail.com

Julie said...

I love PaperCrafts Magazine, Stringing magazine(beading) and Gina K's blog....Congratulations on getting published....

Gina Wrona said...

I am a PaperCrafts subscriber and follow many many blogs that I get daily feeds from in addition to my favorites and my upline, Dawn Griffith.

Hugs,
Gina

Payne Holler Cards said...

I dont subscribe to any magazines -save those $$ for stampin stuff...love seeing when you and others are published - that must be a real thrill!!!
my favorite publications are GKD's Holiday and BB Que Cook books!!!
btw, no surprise here that the Inspiration Mosaic was spotlighted!! I still use it every week!
Hoping and praying you get better soon! hugs

Linda

Ravengirl said...

I only have limited experience with paper crafting magazine, but I really like Paper Crafts. I recently picked up a copy of the Go To Sketches and it was amazing! I read their blog and a sister blog, the Moxie Fab World! There is always amazing eye candy, new product information, challenges and up to date trend information!

Darla said...

CardMaker and PaperCrafts are my 2 favourites (oh and JustCards too). I have subscriptions to the first 2 so already have this issue and just finshed counting and emailing you. WOW!!!
Lots from Gina K DT in this issue as I think I saw Carolyn King and Tami Mayberry in there too!! YAY!!

KathyM said...

I like Card Creations by Papercrafts. I think it comes out yearly as a big issue with 230 or so cards. Great inspiration! Card Makers is one that I had for a couple years and loved looking through those.

Lynda said...

I do subscribe to PaperCrafts and enjoy looking for all the familiar names of stampers I recognize from the blogs. I do occassionally 'treat' myself to an additional magazine off the rack.

Cyn Flores said...

A huge Congrats, Mel. I have to go out and buy it. I use to buy stamping magazine, but then I had piles and could not remember which items I like in the magazine and I ran out of space too. I think it's wonderful to have your cards and stamp set featured this month. I love your blog site too.

Teepee said...

Wow, I don't subscribe to any...blogs are my inspiration. I follow about 20 blogs and spend A LOT of time on them. Maybe I should stamp more!

Cheryl said...

I am another person who does not subscribe to any mags, but I love looking at Paper Crafts when I can get my hands on one.
I hope you continue to improve.
Cheryl Sims

Jessica said...

congrats on the publication!!! That is so exciting! My favorite magazine is papercrafts, favorite new issue is Go To Sketches. It's so full of great card sketches!

Sending well wishes and continued prayer for your pain. I hope you can get some answers and help from the doctors.

Carri said...

Oh my goodness I love your card, but I have been an admirer of your work for a while. I dont have a favorite magazine to be honest, I just buy what ever our local store manages to order. Thanks for the chance at some fun candy.

Mary Strauser said...

Congradulation Mel, you deserve to be in the spotlight.
I do not get anystamping magazines but sure would love to win this one.
Please pick me.
stampin hugs

Patti P. said...

Mel, so sorry that you are still not feeling any better...will continue to pray for you. I love Cardmaker and Papercrafts, but at the moment neither of my subscriptions are current. I do have all my old magazines, whatever they are that I go back and look at...would never get rid of them. Ha Congrats on your success. Will buy this issue if I do not win.

Denise said...

I love Paper Crafts magazine because it covers ALL paper crafts and I am so fickle I can't make up my mind which I love best! LOL

Congrats, and feel better!

Terri E. said...

I don't get a lot of publications, but when I do it is usually the Stamp It magazine from Papercrafts. So wonderful that you are published again!

It's a good life!
Terri E.

JenMarie said...

Yay Mel!
I flipped thru a copy of this and B&N this weekend and saw you!!
Would love to have a copy myself.
Hmmm...I like Paper Crafts, Cards... And usually the Take Tens, mainly b/c they are so packed with cards!

rstuck2003 said...

I don't subscribe to any publications...can't afford them :( Congrats on being published! I would LOVE to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

Lori said...

Congrats on being published!!!!

Right now I think that "Cardmaker" is my favorite. I have been stamping 20 years and have seen many magazines come and go. It seems these days that too much scrapbooking is being incorporated into stamping magazines that I used to follow for their cards.

MaxineD said...

I used to read magazines until I discovered the card-making communities on line, and now it's a toss-up between Splitcoast and Stamp TV as they both have awesome technique resources!

Yolanda Rodriguez said...

I subscribe to Scrapbooks Etc but just picked up my first PaperCrafts mag. I really like it. I do have a gazillion blogs I look at and refer too. I love all the inspiration there is out there!

JulieK said...

I used to get many publications but now just one - it is Paper Crafts - I find that they have cards that fit my stamping style and they are usually easy to make with what you already have on hand.
Congrats on so many of your cards getting published in this issue of CardMaker!

Kim said...

I subscribe to PaperCraft because they cover everything and I also subscribe to Creating Keepsakes for scrapbook layout idea. I rely on a numerous amount of blogs for inspiration and I get ideas from Stampin Up and Split Coast Stampers

Lori said...

Hi Melanie! I am patiently waiting, but am more concerned about your thumb to arm issues. Do you have to have or had an EMG? I'm keeping you in my prayers, gotta get you back up and running. **grins**

joy said...

RV Life Magazine is one I read occasionally. My son in law is in the RV business and many of my friends are RV-ers -- so I sometimes read it just to keep up with them. Hope your thumb is doing better really quickly!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I'm not into the magazines, but I do love checking out blogs. Yours is definnitey a favorite, and Also Cammie's and Becca's. 3 I'd never miss visiting!

Darlene L said...

Congrats on all your cards making the magazine. I love that they chose your set as a must have. It is so versatile. PaperCrafts magazine is the one I read most. I subscribe to several blogs including you and most of the Gina K team.

I continue to pray for your "problem." Hopefully your MD will be able to properly diagnose and heal it.

Paula said...

Cardmaker is probably my favorite publication and my favorite blog besides here is Splitcoaststampers. Congrats to you for making it into such a fine publication.

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trish said...

Congratulations Mel in getting a couple of your cards published. I'm a follower of many blogs and get so much information (and fun) from them. I do love your blog and also Gina K and stamp TV.
Hugs,
Trish

ellie said...

Wow! Congratulations!!
My favorite magazine used to be Take Ten, published only quarterly, but lately there are less examples that I like and more artsy/goofy types!! :)
I just bought my first Cardmaker last month and liked it, but haven't bought this one yet!! Would love to win it. Thanks for the chance!!
Hope you feel better soon--we NEED your inspiration!!

Joanne Brandt said...

I love making cards and paper crafts magazines. I get tons of new ideas from them both. I love how you make and color your cards and the colors you use on them. Keep up the good work! I also love stamping I have 150 sets of stamps. Hope to learn to do good work like you someday!

Betty Neville said...

Just wanted to congratulate you Melanie! I just bought this issue so no need to include me in the blog candy :) Looking forward to going through it! Sorry your arm/hand is still bothering you. Hope your doctor is able to find a way to effectively treat it.

Deborah said...

CardMaker was/is my fav, but I had to make some budget cuts and well...it was cut. I really miss it. It's a great resource for the latest and greatest in this industry, but I get to see ideas on blogs, so all is not lost.

JessicaK said...

Congrats on the publication Mel! CardMaker is one of my two go-to crafting pubs; PaperCrafts is the other. I'd love to get both, but I usually end up alternating. I love the mix of techniques and difficulty that they both provide, and I love seeing creative peeps like you, whom I follow, featured in the issues.

JessicaK said...

2nd posting as a follower - yay!

Casmiles said...

PaperCrafts is the only one I subscribe to these days. I used to get RSM, and a couple others that no longer exist. I rely so much on blogs these days, more info, fun, and less "junk". I hope the dr comes up with a fix for your arm.

Christine Pethers said...

Thanks Mel for this opportunity to see a magazine from your side of the pond . Congratulations on being published .
The 2 magazines I subscribe to over here are 'Making Cards' and one I have only just discovered 'Complete Cardmaking ' which is totally about making cards using your pc.
keep producing all this beautiful work to inspire us
love Chris

Pat (mspfd) said...

I just got my copy! Congratulations on being published. Super cards.

Margaret C said...

Oooh ! This is a toughie ! I don't suscribe to any cardmaker mags as the ones in the UK tend to be pretty dire.. and I have a HUGE list of blogs I visit daily ...including yours !!! Congrats on the publications!

BishopsMommie said...

I am usually the paper crafts mag type o' girl...but I have a subscription to Scrapbooks etc. right now..I so love them..because I have a 1 track mind and when I can't scrap at least I can look at it..lol. Congrats on your published work That is AWESOME..one day I hope to be.

BishopsMommie said...

oh btw I am now officially a follower

Evelyn said...

Love your fisherman card...I like Cardmaker, but am not a subscriber at the moment...follow several blogs.