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We had an amazing response to our annual card contests this past h0liday!  Customer submissions were posted to Instagram (via #papersourceholidaycontest) between October 15th and December 15th, plus we also ran a holiday card contest for our store employees! We were wowed by everyone’s creativity!  Thank you to all who participated – you certainly made our decision difficult. Take a glimpse at the winners of both contests below.

Customer Contest: 1st place, Camie D. (Freshbakedpapergoods)

Camie D. came up with a very clever way to show off her family photos with her card.  This paper version of a retro View Master sparks a little nostalgia and is fun to interact with.

1st place


Customer Contest: 2nd place, Claire D. (Clairedefouw)

Claire D. created a lovely card that combines paper cutting, stamping and a little sparkle with the help of some glitter.  The fine paper is the perfect choice for complimenting envelopes!

2nd place


Customer Contest: 3rd place, Bebe L. (Kalice_design)

This rustic card by Bebe carries a sweet holiday sentiment without saying a word.  This was a nice use of wood grain paper and wood moose adornments.  By double-stamping the Cardinal in Tree stamp, Bebe created a lovely forest for them to meet in.

3rd place


Customer Contest: Most Creative Use of Decorative Paper, Amy H. (Amyheairet)

For the full effect of this card, check out amyheairet’s instagram video.  This labor-intensive pop-up card was a very clever use of our feather gift wrap and had us signing the Sleigh Ride carol!

most creative use of paper


Customer Contest: Most Creative Use of Decorative Tape, Kelly N. (Kellynino)

Among our most popular holiday crafting products this past season were the Christmas Washi Tape and the Christmas Tree Punch.  Kelly N. found a fun way to use them both and top them off with whimsical Santa Hat Stickers!

most creative use of tape


Customer Contest: Most Creative Use of Stamping, Steph S. (Stefanysummer)

We love adorable critters – especially this hedgehog stamp!  Steph S. thought outside of the box and turned them into playful holiday ornaments.

most creative use of stamping


Employee Contest: 1st Place, Theresa S., Naperville Store

Pictures don’t do this one justice!  This gnome does a surprisingly zippy twirl as he spins down the hill.  Very clever mechanics, nice use of glitter paper and stamping and great craftsmanship!

1st place


Employee Contest: 2nd Place, Theresa B., Southport Store

This retro card combines vibrant colors and wood grain.  Great use of fine paper, Silhouette machine and our new gold foil tape.  There was a lot of detail and layering that went into this card and the result was bright and fun!


Employee Contest: 3rd Place, Susanne S., Austin Store

This pop-up surprise delighted everyone!  When you open this little gift the trees and reindeer spring up like a jack-in-the-box.  Great use of paper and stamping and very well executed!

third place


Employee Contest: Creative Use of Decorative Paper: Laura P.,  Naperville Store

This playful card shows a clever use of red glitter and holiday plaid papers in combination with the cat stamp.  All the color choices come together to make a fresh yet classic look.



Employee Contest: Creative Use of Decorative Tape: Amy T., Lincoln Park Store

These sweet little packages look great wrapped up in washi—and the gift tag, too.  This card plays up the trend of Coral and Gold very nicely.  Simple yet lovely!



Employee Contest: Creative Use of Stamping: Lindsay E., Walnut Creek Store

This starry night sky shows off a very artful use of stamps, inks, embossing powder and glitter.



For more card submissions search the hashtag #papersourceholidaycontest on Instagram.  We hope you join in the fun next season!  Until then, feel free to show off your handmade Valentine creativity on Instagram by hashtagging your picture #mypapersourcevalentine


2 Responses

  1. Jaime says:

    How awesome!!! What incredibly talented people 🙂 Really beautiful! Great job to everyone!

  2. Natasha says:

    Pretty pleeeeeeease bring back the moose punch!