Festive Friday – Paper Crafts Giveaway!

Well this week went by in a blink, didn’t it? Who am I kidding, they all do!

Today is a pretty special Festive Friday around here… I am so excited to be participating in a Blog Hop celebrating the newest special publication from Paper Crafts Magazine: Holiday Cards & More. This issue holds a special place in my heart – it was in this issue one year ago that I first saw my name in print!

You should have arrived here from Jocelyn’s blog. If you’ve landed here by chance, there is a full list of participants at the bottom of my post!

This issue is a *fun* read. There is such an incredible array of inspiration on every page, and a great variety of project types. If you don’t have it, you need it. No, really.

For today’s hop, we were challenged to use the Simple Sentiment downloads (get yours here!), and incorporate them into a card design. Now, I am a stampy girl – I love the satisfaction of touching polymer to ink and smushing it down onto some cardstock. But these sentiments are so beautiful, it wasn’t hard to put down my blocks!

When I started this card, I decided it might be time to use up some of my hoard stash. So there is a variety of older products used here, but I love how it came together. And can you see that sentiment flag? How adorable is that?

Yeah, one tip for you though – make sure you aren’t running right out of ink when you go to print one of these lovely images out. Ask me how I know… *wink*

I did mention a giveaway, didn’t I? Paper Crafts has generously offered one of my readers a copy of Holiday Cards & More! All you have to do is leave a comment on my post before Tuesday, September 25. I will choose a random winner from the comments that day to receive their free issue!

Your next stop is Clare Prezzia! Here is a whole Hop list for you, so you can be sure you didn’t miss any more inspiration!

1.       Chan Vuong
2.       Angeline Yong Jeet Leen
3.       Heather Campbell
4.       Kalyn Kepner
5.       Lorena Cantó Lavería
6.       Cristina Kowalczyk
7.       Amy Wanford
8.       Vanessa Menhorn
9.       Latisha Yoast
10.   Jocelyn Olson
11.   Meredith MacRitchie –> You Are Here!
12.   Clare Prezzia

Have a great weekend!


  • Elena
    September 21, 2012 10:07 am

    Congrats, Meredith! And also, this is such a lovely card 🙂

  • Die Cut Lady
    September 21, 2012 10:40 am

    Fun card, I love the eclectic array of goodies you chose for it.

  • Kelly Jean
    September 21, 2012 11:05 am

    Your card is my favorite! I love the chunkiness of it. It's super super cute!

  • Lee
    September 21, 2012 11:44 am

    I very cheerful card! I love it! thank you.

  • craftymom205
    September 21, 2012 11:50 am

    Lovely vintage card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  • Elise C.
    September 21, 2012 12:12 pm

    Wow this card is gorgeous! The banner looks so cute and all of the details of your card look great!

  • Diane
    September 21, 2012 12:26 pm

    Wow, your card is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Geri
    September 21, 2012 12:32 pm

    Ooooo, love it! Love how you have the image nestled down in there!!

  • Gregsgirl’s crafty corner
    September 21, 2012 12:38 pm

    beautiful and looks very vintage inspired!

  • Anonymous
    September 21, 2012 12:45 pm

    This is a great card- thanks for the inspiration on how to use up a stash.

  • Kasha
    September 21, 2012 12:51 pm

    Stunning! I love all the details!

  • krAm
    September 21, 2012 12:54 pm

    So many pretty cards – and yours too. I really hope that I win:-)

  • Anonymous
    September 21, 2012 12:59 pm

    Oooh ! First !

    ( which, statistically, means no chance !!)

    I love your card – recent stalker, but have got some great inspiration from you, thanks !

    And thanks for the opportunity !

    Margaret C

  • Heather Maria
    September 21, 2012 1:45 pm

    Wonderful card, Meredith! I love all the layers and the way you've combined all the elements!

  • Sandy
    September 21, 2012 2:00 pm

    I really love the dimension on your card that you created simply by curving the banner. I also love the little elements like the pins and glittered elements.

  • Beastybunny
    September 21, 2012 2:45 pm

    Lovely card. The vintage feel is perfect!

  • Tracey McNeely
    September 21, 2012 2:57 pm

    Meredith your card is so pretty and elegant. I love the sheet music!

  • Virginia L.
    September 21, 2012 3:09 pm

    Gorgeous layering and details!! Love it!

  • Mary
    September 21, 2012 3:39 pm

    Wow–I just love your card!! The use of the doilies, lace felt, stitching–amazing!! The holiday music paper is so cool, and reminds me of a page from an older Golden Books Christmas book. I really appreciate your creative talent–thanks so much!!

  • pamela
    September 21, 2012 3:42 pm

    Pretty and I love the cozy and vintage feeling it gives!

  • Jingle
    September 21, 2012 3:50 pm

    Very pretty collage card!

  • Renee
    September 21, 2012 4:15 pm

    Oh how I love this card!!! Glitter, lace, felt.. so much fun texture and details!! Fabulous work!

  • maria f.
    September 21, 2012 4:21 pm

    Isn't this lovely? The sheet music is so perfect and I love your little sentiment flag. So trendy.

  • Diana N.
    September 21, 2012 4:35 pm

    Love the way you combined older items from your stash to make a terrific card@!

  • Lynda
    September 21, 2012 4:46 pm

    Wow, this is adorable, Meredith! Great use of your stash, too!

  • Keri
    September 21, 2012 4:53 pm

    You never disappoint Meredith! Love the vintage feel of your card and you'd never know that you didn't stamp the "holiday cheer" yourself! Great inspiration.

  • janet33234
    September 21, 2012 5:09 pm

    Very festive. Love your attention to detail. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Tina
    September 21, 2012 5:17 pm

    Your card is so pretty! I love all the dimensions on it!

  • Leigh
    September 21, 2012 5:24 pm

    Gorgeous card, Meredith!

  • Judy
    September 21, 2012 5:35 pm

    I like how you used a variety of elements on this card. I love the music paper. Thanks for sharing.

  • Beatrice Lawson
    September 21, 2012 5:53 pm

    What a richly layered card, and I love the gold doilies. Wonderful!

  • Katherine
    September 21, 2012 6:43 pm

    Cute card! Love the pins you used as a nice accent.

  • carpediem
    September 21, 2012 7:02 pm

    very pretty card! thanks for sharing! laura j

  • Anonymous
    September 21, 2012 7:14 pm

    Love the comment about your h…d/stash. Great idea to use some of that in your card. I have some music paper that would work great in this idea. thanks.

  • Sandi
    September 21, 2012 7:24 pm

    beautiful card

  • cjgusloff57
    September 21, 2012 7:27 pm

    Love this card! Like the colors, music and embellishments! Very pretty!

  • Agata
    September 21, 2012 7:31 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous card! Love all the details!

  • Kailash
    September 21, 2012 7:39 pm

    Gorgeous and luscious card, love the different elements. Beautiful!!!

  • Lindsey
    September 21, 2012 7:39 pm

    Super pretty card! I love the sheet music element you incorporated.

  • Dana
    September 21, 2012 7:48 pm

    Awesome card!! I love all the layers!!

  • karenelr
    September 21, 2012 8:23 pm

    I love your old fashioned card–the music is perfect with the banner molded over it! Thank you for sharing!

  • Carla
    September 21, 2012 8:36 pm

    Very nice and lovely card! Thanks for sharing.

    Carla from Utah

  • Meghan
    September 21, 2012 8:44 pm

    Such a great card. Love the layers!

  • Ange
    September 21, 2012 8:52 pm

    Beautiful! Lovely layers!!

  • Angela Fehr
    September 21, 2012 9:03 pm

    How awesome that you get to be in a Paper Crafts blog hop! Love your card – your style always makes me smile!

  • Lillian Child
    September 21, 2012 9:05 pm

    I've pinned your card – just too delightful not to share and try to recreate. LOVE IT!!!

  • Helen L
    September 21, 2012 9:09 pm

    Meredith!! Yours was the first name I clicked on when I saw the participants on this blog hop!! Congrats on participating!! and I love your card: the banner, the music paper, the doily. A very pretty creation!!
    Have a great weekend!! Hugs, Helen

  • Pam
    September 21, 2012 9:11 pm

    Beautiful card! Love the layering with all your goodies.

  • Lisa’s Creative Niche
    September 21, 2012 9:58 pm

    Wow this is beautiful! I love the doily and the musical background! I also like how you made the sentiment pop out!

  • Cat Craig
    September 21, 2012 10:20 pm

    Very festive, I like it!

  • Conniecrafter
    September 21, 2012 10:45 pm

    Wonderful vintage feel to this, great texture and image!

  • bzyPTmom
    September 21, 2012 11:03 pm

    Great card–I too am a "collector" of papers–and it's good to release some from your stash and make something fabulous!

  • The Paper Parade
    September 21, 2012 11:26 pm

    How awesome that you were featured in such a cool magazine! I would love to have a copy of it myself to peruse 🙂 Really neat use of the vintage looking heart doily and sheet music!

  • Cheryl B.
    September 21, 2012 11:40 pm

    This is a wonderful example of using some of that gorgeous stash we all have. What are we saving it for?
    Love all the elemnets.

  • Marie B.
    September 21, 2012 11:43 pm

    Excellent use of your "stash", I'd say! 🙂

  • Mary-Anne V
    September 21, 2012 11:45 pm

    how pretty…love the vintage feel of this card.

  • Joan Figueroa-Jiménez
    September 21, 2012 11:57 pm

    What a wonderful and inspiring card!! Love the cute musical sheet with that great image. And the use of the sentiment is wonderful too. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win. Hugs, Joan

  • Amanda Coleman
    September 22, 2012 12:14 am

    What a fun and fancy card! I love how you used the sentiment across the center of the card.

  • Dana Nelson
    September 22, 2012 1:30 am

    Congrats, Meredith! Lovely card, too!

  • Bethany
    September 22, 2012 1:31 am

    Beautiful vintage card! I love the little pins, well all of the elements really 🙂

  • Kim H
    September 22, 2012 1:51 am

    great card, love the vintage feel. thanks for sharing.

  • Sue D
    September 22, 2012 2:19 am

    Great card–I like all the embellishments and the sentiment flag.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  • Betty
    September 22, 2012 3:25 am

    Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous
    September 22, 2012 3:35 am

    This is so cute, I love the sheet music!

  • HawaiianLibrarian
    September 22, 2012 3:47 am

    OMGosh your card is scrumptiously glittery and colorful and full of holiday cheerfulness. Mahalo for sharing what we could do w/ our stash, also.

  • Susan S.
    September 22, 2012 4:03 am

    It's Valentine's Day and Christmas all rolled into one. Great way to show how much you love Christmas.

  • Helen F.
    September 22, 2012 4:09 am

    Oh Meredith, your card is a real beauty! I would frame this card if I received it from you 🙂

  • Kim
    September 22, 2012 4:12 am

    So fun and festive…love all of the sparkle!

  • justasiam
    September 22, 2012 5:26 am

    You have made a very beautiful card!

  • Kris in Alaska
    September 22, 2012 7:03 am

    Fab card! Thanks for sharing!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

  • *Jennyfer Leung*
    September 22, 2012 10:22 am

    Meredith, you crack me up with your ink comment! 😛

    I love how you've used your stash and incorporate them for this adorable Xmas card!

  • Barb
    September 22, 2012 1:22 pm

    this is traditional christmas to me. golds, greens, reds…vintagey patterns, textures. i LOVE it!

  • Patty Chalas
    September 22, 2012 1:46 pm

    Very fun card! Meredith your LO is so fun !!! TFS

  • calamity jane
    September 22, 2012 4:49 pm

    OMG!!! Your card is so beautiful! I love all of the layers. This sentiment is perfect here!! Thanks for sharing..can't wait to see more!

  • Aimes
    September 22, 2012 6:24 pm

    What a fabulous vintagey card! Love that snowflake 🙂
    It's been a pleasure to be a part of this fantastic hop with you!

  • bjmartin
    September 22, 2012 6:43 pm

    I love all the layers on your card Meredith! Yummy texture – definitely worth digging into the “stash” for all those details!

  • cards by cara
    September 22, 2012 7:45 pm

    Gorgeous, as usual!!! I love that flag! <3

  • Big Mamma~ a.k.a. Mary S
    September 22, 2012 9:50 pm

    What a beautiful card.. Love the layering and how it is distressed on the edges.

  • Donna G.
    September 22, 2012 10:17 pm

    I love including the sheet of music on the card.

  • Emily Leiphart
    September 22, 2012 11:45 pm

    So very cool, Meredith! I love all the beautiful layers and textures.

  • Lisa Norstrom
    September 23, 2012 1:59 am

    Cute and vintage looking card – The sheet music paper is the best and all of the extra little details are great – being low on ink helped your sentiment look old – it fits well with this card.

  • Katie
    September 23, 2012 3:43 am

    Great whimsical card! Love that lace! Thank you for sharing.

    Katie B.

  • Mary Mac
    September 23, 2012 4:45 am

    Love all your beautiful detail. Very pretty/festive card

  • Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams
    September 23, 2012 4:59 am

    I like the layers and the colors. Very festive!

  • Sarah Biswabic
    September 23, 2012 10:45 am

    What a beautiful card!

  • Cindy H.
    September 23, 2012 3:28 pm

    So creative! Love the sheet music!

  • teresa
    September 23, 2012 4:59 pm

    This card is beautiful love the gold heart !

  • Barbara
    September 23, 2012 10:09 pm

    Beautiful card! All the attention to detail just makes it fabulous!

  • tape
    September 23, 2012 10:33 pm

    Love the variety of textures on your beautiful card!

  • Amy McCue
    September 24, 2012 11:41 am

    Very cute card. I love the music sheet.

  • Karen
    September 24, 2012 11:41 am

    Love the vintage feel to this card.

  • Elizabeth T.
    September 24, 2012 2:38 pm

    I like how you incorporated vintage sheet music into your card. The curve of your holiday sentiment strip is great — I must try this technique. It is a lovely card!

  • Mary B
    September 24, 2012 3:10 pm

    Congrats on having so many cards published, Meredith! Also, I loved reading your post last week on your adorable DD's first day of preschool.

  • hopefulcrafter
    September 24, 2012 4:13 pm

    I love all the items that you used for your card, I really love the glittery snowflakes. Thanks for sharing.

  • Amber S
    September 24, 2012 8:30 pm

    Super cute! I love the way you layered all the embellies!

  • Jen W.
    September 25, 2012 12:10 am

    Love all the gorgeous layers and the cool retro style!

  • Lindsey
    September 25, 2012 3:44 am

    Gorgeous. Love your waving banner.

  • DJ
    September 25, 2012 6:59 am

    Lovely colors and layers! Thanks for the reminder about checking if there's enough ink in the printer. I've been there!

  • Isha
    September 25, 2012 9:56 am

    Great card. TFS

  • Anonymous
    September 25, 2012 8:34 pm

    Congratulations! You've made a lovely card here – sometimes old isn't so bad… lol.

  • Geri
    September 26, 2012 2:59 am

    Love the bling and the music sheet background looks awesome!

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