Guest Blogger: Susan Opel from Paper Crafts Magazine

PCMP-PORTRAITS-SUSANHappy Friday, CK blog readers. My name is Susan R. Opel, and I am an Editor for Paper Crafts magazine. It’s a pleasure to chitchat with all of you about some serious crafty goodness.

While scrapbooking has always been my first love, I’ve found that card making is a pretty amazing way to use my stash of gorgeous stuff. And once I’ve made a card, I can send it to someone to brighten their day with something that I’ve made just for them. It’s a pretty fantastic feeling.

Just like scrapbookers celebrate National Scrapbooking Day in early May, card makers have their own holiday called World Card Making Day the first Saturday in October – this year it is October 3.  The purpose behind the holiday is A) to celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family and B) to kick-off (and get a head start on ) the holiday card making season. And if I’ve been paying attention to the world lately, it sure seems like lots of people are interested in the homemade and handmade. What if YOU made your Christmas cards with your scrapbooking supplies and started on World Card Making Day?

Not sure how to get started? Oh, boy, do I have the perfect solution to that problem. Let me introduce you to Paper Crafts magazine’s fourth installation of Holiday Cards & More which just hit newsstands on August 25!

Holiday Cards and More

Holiday Cards and More

Inside the covers of this delectable holiday treat, you will find over 100 festive card ideas sure to inspire you. Take a look at a few of my favorites!

Winter Wishes by Charlene Austin
Winter Wishes by Charlene Austin

Winter Wishes by Charlene Austin

I love the retro feel and simplicity of Charlene’s card. You could do this one easily! A couple pieces of cardstock, a border punch, some patterned paper, all topped off with ribbon and a rub-on. This wouldn’t be too hard to reproduce in duplicate to send to all of your friends and family.

Folk Tree Card by Kim Hughes

Folk Tree Card by Kim Hughes
Folk Tree Card by Kim Hughes

As one of our Go-to Gals at Paper Crafts magazine, we can always count on Kim to create simple and cute cards like this one. With a few cuts and pieces of paper, a quick machine stitch and some rhinestones, Kim has created an adorable and homey card that captures the essence of handmade love. You could use a pen to mimic the stitching or skip it altogether, and you’d still have a super cute result!

Son is Given Card by Lisa Johnson

Son Is Given Card by Lisa Johnson

Son Is Given Card by Lisa Johnson

Sometimes you may want to make a one-of-a-kind creation for someone special. Whether it is for your child’s teacher, an elderly neighbor or a dear friend, this is when you can go all out and create a card with gorgeous detail like Lisa’s. I love all of the touches she adds with layered paper, ink, an intricate border punch, ribbon and tiny jingle bells. This card says, “I took time out of my busy schedule to create this for just for you.”

I’m feeling awfully merry after looking at these cards, aren’t you?  What if you and your scrapbooking pals celebrated World Card Making Day this October 3rd by trying your hand at card making? To give you a little inspiration, I have two copies of Holiday Cards & More: Volume 4 (which includes much more than cards!) to give away. Leave me a comment by Monday, August 31, about your plans for World Card Making Day or your Holiday 2009 cards.

Happy Card Making!


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88 Responses to Guest Blogger: Susan Opel from Paper Crafts Magazine

  1. Sheri K says:

    I love world card making day! I plan to spend the day working on my holiday cards and playing with my web friends–it’s an anniversary weekend for one of my fav sites, Visualdesignsbychris . They will have games, challenges and fun stuff going on that weekend, so I’ll be crafting the weekend away.

  2. Amber R says:

    I have already started making cards for World Card Making Day. There are a lot of beautiful cards I have already seen! Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Janet Nelson says:

    I am new to card making and have taken 2 classes so far. The extra work is so worth seeing the reaction and feeling the gratitude of the recipient. I’d like to spend Oct 3rd making Xmas cards for special friends and some elderly neighbors. I think that they will all get a kick out of it…and so will I.

  4. Kimberly Ann says:

    I’m so inspired to create our holiday cards this year! I usually buy mine, but it would be so much more fun to make them. I love the first example you gave – very clean and simple.

  5. Chris Russell says:

    Cute cards!

  6. Wanda Contreras says:


    Few years ago, before the fever of making handmade cards, I made Christmas cards and I made my own wrapping paper as well. I think this year I’ll go back to that. It is rewarding and you save $$$$.
    I’ll love to win the magazine to get more inspirations.
    thank you for your generosity!!!
    Best regards,
    Wanda Contreras

  7. Carol Metully says:

    I’ll be working on cards, for sure, like last year. I don’t have any friends that scrapbook or make cards but that’s ok….I’m used to working alone. I’ll put on some coffee ( have to buy some dark chocolate though) and send my hubby fishing. Then watch out World Card Making Day…here I come!!!

  8. Melanie K. says:

    going to my LSS for their Make N Takes … awesome fun!

  9. ivy says:

    hoping to get together with a crafty friend to make stuff and gab. OR, maybe i can get my 2 & 4 yrs old boys to make a card with me!

  10. Shawn says:

    I will be online looking for fun events and blog posts, and of course making at least some cards. My 2009 Holiday Christmas cards are about done, I might make one more batch of about 10 to be on the safe side.

  11. Debbie G says:

    I have recently signed up to be a demo for StampinUp. I have been planning on having a Christmas open house. This sounds like a perfect time. Sounds like a good goal to set. Thanks for the inspiration! And Merry Christmas a little early.

  12. Brenda says:

    I have lots of holiday pattern paper to use up…so this year I am hoping to make all my holiday cards and gift tags. Bring on the inspiration!!!!

  13. Sammie says:

    I usually don’t make holiday cards, but do make tags. And I hope to be able to participate in some World Card Making Day festivities!

  14. jen shears says:

    Haven’t decided what the holiday cards will be yet, but I am at least planning on making them this year after taking a couple years off (which didn’t feel right, I tell ya!)

  15. Claude says:

    I think World Card Making Day is a great day to kick-start my Xmas card making!

  16. Tamara says:

    I have to make some christmas cards for my Grandma this year as well as ones for me :) I don’t mind though :) I still have to come up with the designs though, but I do have some of the stamps that I’m going to use already!

    :) Tamara M

  17. kimmie says:

    how fun. My plans are to find an online crop. I dont have a LSS or friends nearby to do some card making

  18. well, I am actually teaching a card class…how awesome is that??

  19. Claudia says:

    Susan, I attended my first card making class just 2 nights ago. I am so excited I want to make cards for my three daughters for all the celebrations I can think of through out the year and give the cards to the girls for Christmas. This will be a great day for me to start.

  20. readmorebooks says:

    Well, I’m pretty sure I’m making a card! :) I might make a Halloween card, but since I don’t actually send them, I’ll probably give it to my mom. (I just love the new Halloween goodies out now).

  21. readmorebooks says:

    Well, I’m pretty sure I’m making a card! :) I might make a Halloween card, but since I don’t actually send them, I’ll probably give it to my mom. (I just love the new Halloween goodies out now).

  22. I’ve always wanted to celebrate card world making day. This year I plan on making it happen. I usually celebrate making cards/scrapbook by myself since none of my friends are as interested in it as I am. So I think I will reserve the whole day to stay in my special area in the basement and have fun making lots of cards and enjoy “my time”!

  23. Madelyn says:

    I would love to win the magazine. I have tons of paper scraps, and I intend to make cards, but when I sit down to do it, I don’t know where to start. Some inspiration would be wonderful.

  24. Susan C. says:

    I would love to make Christmas Cards this year… We’ll see! ; )

  25. Margot/NZ says:

    Thanks for putting such varied samples up for us to see. Would love to get more ideas from winning that special issue!

  26. Erica R says:

    Maybe I’ll start a little early this year on my holiday cards and get them done on WCMD ;-) What fun!

  27. Carla Tarrou says:

    Every year I set aside a day or two for cardmaking using my left over scraps. I bundle up two sets for my DILS and keep a set for myself. It’s creative play time! After all I am using my scraps!

  28. Katie in UT says:

    I’d like to say that I”ll be spending WCMD in my ‘studio’ but my kids will probably have other plans. After seeing so much holiday inspiration popping up all over the place, I’m motivated to get busy!

  29. Linda E says:

    I’ll be spending World Card Making Day with by best stamping, scrapping, card-making friend!

  30. Amy says:

    I come from a very large family and so we send out a lot of cards! Some years I just send out a photo and newsletter and other years I make our cards. This year I am going to try making a hybrid card using some of the things I have learned with photoshop. Digital makes things so easy when it comes to making a lot of cards.

  31. Ashleigh B. says:

    Wow! Those cards are gorgeous!

    I plan on making our holiday cards without photos this year. They will be pretty simple because I’m due in early Dec w/baby #2. If the baby is born before I send the cards out, I will include a birth announcement with the cards.

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