23 Dec

12 Days of Christmas Crop & Hop – WINNERS


HELLO fellow Christmas enthusiasts and scrappers. This will be our last blog post of the year. It’s been a crazy year, and I’m so thankful for you all to be joining me on this journey.

But now, let’s get onto the reason you’re all here. =)

There were 176 people who participated in the crop party. We had 174 projects submitted, and 760 comments posted. That all adds up to 3581 entries into the draw.

Note: if you win a prize, you weren’t eligible to win another prize. We wanted to share the love around. =)

The winners of the Spotlight prize packs are…

Most Layouts Created: Karyn Schultz
Most Comments:
 Amanda Birchler
Most Challenges Used:
Rachel Dutko

And now the Blog Hop prizes…

Papercut Labs: Lauren Tomecek, Aimee Dow, Amanda Case, Felicity Wilson
A Piece of Cake Designs: Melinda Sweetman, Lisa Johnston
Kellie Stamps: Amanda Hartmann, Louise Nelson
Heidi Swapp: Judith Armstrong, Lauren Sims
The Scrappery: Lesley Jaskowski, Lorraine Bate
Seriously Scrapbooking: Julie Evers, Miriam Prantner
Maya Road: Lizzy Hill, Gail Hutchinson
Stampin’ Up!: Jasmine Tarnawsky, Paperpapier Blogspot
Scrapmatts: Emily Aybar Flanders, Renee Gabriella Johnson
D-lish Scraps: Nicky Normandale, Ashan Charmane Wimalaratne
Studio Calico: Donna Macpherson, Tammi Harris

If you’re name is on the list, please email Ellen at hello [at] papercutlabs [dot] com with your name and address and we’ll get your prize out to you in the new year!

From Papercut Labs, I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

15 Dec

Blog Hop: Adding Atmosphere (the Stampin’ Up! post)

Mobile detail

Welcome, welcome to the Papercut Labs’ 12 Days of Christmas! Over twelve days the hop is providing you with some awesome Christmas projects to inspire you and (if you’re not already) get you totally in the Festive Spirit! To keep up with the hop and where it lands each day: visit our information page. And don’t forget to join the crop event for chances to win the giveaway prizes.

So where are you in the hop? DAY EIGHT! Make sure you check the blogs that have already provided inspiration, and head on over to Scrapmatts tomorrow for day nine.

Monday, 8 December 2014: Papercut Labs
Tuesday, 9 December 2014: A Piece of Cake Designs
Wednesday, 10 December 2014: Kellie Stamps
Thursday, 11 December 2014: Heidi Swapp (via Kim Jeffress)
Friday, 12 December 2014: The Scrappery
Saturday, 13 December 2014: Seriously Scrapbooking
Sunday, 14 December 2014: Maya Road (via Angella Peardon)
Monday, 15 December 2014: Stampin’ Up! << YOU ARE HERE
Tuesday, 16 December 2014: Scrapmatts
Wednesday, 17 December 2014: D-lish Scraps
Thursday, 18 December 2014: Studio Calico
Friday, 19 December 2014: Papercut Labs

Editor’s note: The Pacific region of Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have its own blog, so we talked it out with them. We’re hosting their post — and we’re so happy we are!

Today, Susan from Stampin’ Up! joins us and helps create some atmosphere to any Christmas table.

Stars Over-the-Table Christmas Mobile

Mobile Room Views

Inks: Versamark
Papers: Bermuda Bay, Marina Mist, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Naturals Ivory, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Stamps: Bright & Beautiful
Accessories/Tools: Gold and Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Stars Framelits Dies, Adhesive (I used Dimensionals and Sticky Strip)
Cotton Thread
Hemp twine or other for hanging
Two eyelet screws for ceiling

Make approximately 30 stars (see below — note, the smaller stars were left unscored, as you can see in this detailed photo). This depends on the length of your driftwood/branch/dowel of course. Make sure your threads are all about a 60–80cm long so you have some play when hanging.

Stars Instructions

Tie on your stars at varying lengths and hang to the ceiling. A friend to help you place it and get the strings the right length is definitely helpful!



Dipped Pinecones

Table Setting detail

Pinecones, Baking Trays, Tin Foil, Paint of your choice

I went cone collecting with my four-year-old daughter where we braved all the bugs hanging out under the pine trees.

Bring them all home and bake on a tray lined with foil for two hours at 110C/225F.
This melts off the sap, kills all the creepy crawlies, dries out the cones and opens the ones that are closed. Plus it fills your home with a beautiful woody aroma!

Let them cool then remove any loose bits including the seed pods.

Dip in paint, drain as much paint off as you can then place on a fresh tray lined with foil and let dry. You could add glitter too if you’re game!

19 Nov

Let the fun begin! (12 Days of Christmas)


Today is the day! Tonight at 7pm (Australian Eastern DAYLIGHT savings time), the challenges will be released and you can start creating and getting entries.


A reminder of the ways to get entries:

1.  By joining the crop party event, you get an entry into the giveaway draw.
2.  By creating a project (card, layout, OTP, something paper-y) inspired by the challenges, and uploading it to the event page, you’ll receive SIX entries into the giveaway draw. (Make sure you tell us which challenges you used!)
3.  By commenting on a project on the event page, you’ll receive an entry into the giveaway draw.

UPDATE: They do not need to be Christmas pages, unless you’re using challenge 12 (“Must be Xmas-y!”).

Remember: You need to have posted your projects to the EVENT PAGE by midnight, Saturday 6 December. (You should be able to add a post to the event page (this link is an image), you can also upload a picture here.)

Number two needs a little further explanation.

You’ll get six entries if you make a card using challenge one. But, you’ll get twelve entries, if you make a card using challenge one and challenge three. You can use as many challenges as you like and you’ll get six entires for each challenge used.

Not only that, but you can reuse challenges! Let’s say you’re really inspired by challenge eight. You make a layout, two different cards (not a set) and use it in your December Daily. You’ll get twenty-four entries for those four projects.

Imagine the possibilities!

In the week since the last blog post, we’ve been figuring out bonus prizes to give away. So there are some special prizes that you’ll need to work for, but these prizes are still in development, so we can’t entirely share them. How do you get them?

One of the prizes will be given to the person with the most entries. One will be given to the person who used the most challenges on one project. Another will be given to the person who creates the most projects.

If you miss the crop, don’t forget to check back here at about 8.30pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time — we’ll update this post with all the challenges!


12 Nov

12 Days of Christmas! (Blog Hop & Crop Party)

We’ve been pretty quiet lately. Who can blame us with two amazing classes running at the moment: Flashy Cards Fast! and Fun & Funky Christmas. But that’s not what we’re talking about today.

Let’s talk about the Christmas celebrations!


We’ve joined together with a multitude of business (as seen in the picture at the very top of this post) to give YOU a little Christmas cheer. Each business has put together TWO giveaway prizes just for you.

That’s TWENTY FOUR prizes in total.

We’ve got some of the prizes displayed below.

I guess the question is, how do you win one of these amazing gifts?

It’s really easy.

1.  By joining the crop party event, you get an entry into the giveaway draw.
2.  When the crop opens next week Wednesday, by creating a project (card, layout, OTP, something paper-y) inspired by the challenges, and uploading it to the event page, you’ll receive SIX entries into the giveaway draw.
3.  By commenting on a project on the event page, you’ll receive an entry into the giveaway draw.

Simple, right? We’re honestly trying to help you get your Christmas crafting done. =)

(Unfortunately FB have changed their giveaway/competition rules and we can no longer ask you to like pages–which honestly would have been easier.)

And what’s this about a blog hop?

WELL, we’re glad you asked! Starting on Monday 8 December, each of the giveaway suppliers (what would you call them? I can’t think of a better term) will be posting a creative project on their blog. And on the same day, here on our blog, we’ll be announcing the winners of their giveaway.

I hope that’s clear. I’ve been thinking about this for months now, that sometimes details get missed when I try to explain it. So if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment below.

P.S. We know that the 12 days of Christmas is actually AFTER Christmas, but we really like the idea of 12 days. Please forgive us!