Paper Crafts Magazine Presents: Practical Solutions for Paper Crafter's Blog Hop


    
     Hey there friends! Paper Crafts Magazine's newest special issue, Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters has hit newsstands and it is HOT! This issue is by far MY favorite because it has great ideas like:


Organization & Storage Solutions
Using Household Items in your Projects
Using Those Scraps of Paper
DIY Embellishments
How to Incorporate Items that You Might Throw Away
Five cards for $5


    Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters has AMAZING ideas that inspired me to organize my craft space with materials and stuff that I had on hand, and the projects are super fabulous! Seriously, almost every page in my issue is earmarked. I even shared it with my students, and they love it!
    I am so happy to share some fun ideas on how you can make 5 cards for $5! This idea is great for the crafter on a budget!


I love the colors and designs in Pink Paislee's Prairie Hill
collection. One of my favorite parts of the collection are the Element stickers. Because these stickers are smaller in scale, I created a smaller card base (Julia Aston's template) so they would look perfectly proportioned to the card base. The card bases are 2.5" x 8." You can make four cards just from one piece of cardstock!



Try to find new ways to add ribbon to card. I cut slits in the card and pulled the ribbon. Doing this provides just the right amount of texture without over-powering the design. 

Because the focal point of this card is the cute camera sticker, I trimmed a polaroid shape from patterned paper and created my own photo corners from cardstock. Experiment with trimming and cutting paper based on a central design element or motif; you can get a lot of bang for your buck!

 A pop of saturated color in the twine brings out the orange in the patterned paper. 

Sometimes your eye needs to rest. Colors and busy patterns can muddle the point of interest in a layout or card. Since, were making cards for $5, I trimmed the packaging that came with the Element stickers because the grid pattern of the packaging created   a relief spot between the polka dots pattern and the sun, cloud and sentiment perfectly, allowing the stickers to take center stage.

By now you can probably tell that I depth and using foam tape. Foam tape can transform simple materials into DIY embellishments. The sun in the card was created by adhering a punched patterned paper circle to a sun sticker. To fancy up the kite, I adhered it to some ribbon and added twine, mimicking kite tails.

You can make this set of cards for only $4.80!

Thanks for joining me, make sure to leave a comment at Paper Crafts Connection, a comment below, and a comment on each of the blogs for a chance to win your own copy of this FANTASTIC issue! That's SIX chances to win! Seriously, this is a MUST HAVE for all crafters!

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103 comments:

  1. Thanks for the inspiration to make 5 cards for less than 5 dollar.
    And thanks for the chance to win a copy of this magazine.
    Anke

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  2. I love your bright and sunny cards! And that they are all made for under $5~ thanks!

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  3. Love the cards. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

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  4. Such great cards that it's hard to believe that you made all five of them for under $5, Emily! Fantastic and so inspiring :D

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  5. Great cards! Great ideas! Love the slits for the ribbon to go through! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Gorgeous cards with just the perfect touch of embellishment {and I just love The Twinery twine, too!}

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  7. Love the DP and the stickers in your cards! What a lovely set.

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  8. I am so impressed! All of your cards are spectacular!

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  9. Wow, your cards are amazing! I love the colors that you used! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Very creative!...lovely cards!

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  11. Wow, these cards are awesome, Emily! Love how you can do so many layers and the set still cost less than $5.

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  12. love the cards! I too often use foam tape to pop stuff up. I think it makes a big difference in the finished project.

    Anne

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  13. Emily, these cards are so creative! Love your style. And great tip on incorporating ribbon into projects. I have SUCH a surplus of ribbon that I need to use! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  14. Great set of cards. I like the size and how you used the element stickers.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  15. Debbie Cornish23 March, 2012

    Your cards are great. I will definitely be trying this size of card...4 out of 1 sheet of paper.

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  16. Nice cards. Thanks for all the tips. I love the way you have some elements hang over the edge and others are cut flush on the same card.

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  17. Emily Todd23 March, 2012

    Love your advise and the cards!

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  18. These are great! Love the soft summery colors of the papers!

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  19. Wow! my fave thing about looking at your creations is all the ways you chose to do ribbons. i get stuck with that. imagine the possiblities for little pieces of ribbon. going to try some of this today.

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  20. Great cards! I love using foam tape for a pop on my cards and I also love ribbon, I will need to use some more on my projects, I really like them in your cards. Thanks for sharing them and what a deal!

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  21. I really like the layering on your cards! It takes it to the next level:)

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  22. fabulous cards! I really like the innovative ways you used twine and ribbon on these-gives me all sorts of ideas! :)

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  23. cool cards--thanks for the cost breakdown!

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  24. Love these!! Crafting on a budget is my middle name! I agree...this is a must-have issue! Hope I win!

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  25. Impressive cards - for just $5! Thanks for the terrific tips, too.
    Amyscats
    amylfahnestock at gmail dot com

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  26. Love your card set! The smaller card is a great idea, perfect to attach right to a gift, no envelope needed!

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  27. Fabulous cards! I especially liked the way you slit the paper and put the ribbon thru it! I hope I can remember that technique!

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  28. Very cute cards! I love how you made the stickers pop!

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  29. I love these cards..especially for only $5.00 great inspiration

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  30. I love that these beautiful cards are only costing$5.00 to make.

    You are a great inspiration

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  31. Very cute cards. Love what you created for $5. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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  32. Wow! I really like your cards. I love how colorful they are - very Spring looking!

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  33. Love your cards. I fell in love with Prairie Hill and am waiting to get it.

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  34. Great sunshiny colors! A lovely set.

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  35. How clever you are with your set of cards. I love your use of pop-dots to layer your creations. I save packageing too. Let's don't waste anything that can be used later. he he!

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  36. i love how you folded the ribbon in the 2nd to the last card posted!!! Just love that casual look and you don't need to mess with a bow!!! I want to remember this. All the cards are so fun!

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  37. Love the cards you created for under $5 but especially appreciate seeing the different ways you embellished them. Running ribbon through slits and tucking it in here and there is the perfect finishing touch. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win PCC's prize!

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  38. great design. Thanks for sharing the tips.

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  39. I love the grid pattern from the packaging. I've done that myself. And the threading ribbon through is an interesting idea. Thanks!

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  40. hard to believe that these beautiful set of cards cost just under $5..!!!

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  41. What a lot of FUN cards! So very cheery!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  42. Lovely cards! The recipients will be pleased.

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  43. Love your card inspirations! especially the ribbon idea! Keeps the bulk down as well for sendin!!
    jordanbev5@yahoo.com

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  44. Great paper, GREAT cards!
    Carrie C

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  45. I like what you did with the paper line and how you incorporated the twine at such a reasonable price. Thank you for sharing your ideas and for the opportunity to win a copy of Practical Solutions.

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  46. Awesome cards and great explanations for us for ideas! Thanks for the chance to win the magazine!

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  47. Just fantastic! I am inspired by the variety in your designs!

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  48. Your 5 for $5 set of cards is wonderful, Emily! Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win this awesome magazine :)

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  49. Great cards, love the pretty colors =) TFS!

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  50. Gorgeous. I ofter find that card sets look great together, but on their own each card is quite boring. This set isn't like that at all - each card is amazing on it's own. And all for $5! Awesome job.

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  51. wow - these are great!

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  52. Amazing creations Emily. Love each one - fab idea to use one sheet of cardstock. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  53. Wow, these cards are amazing.

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  54. Fun set of cards! i so want this magazine! :)

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  55. Your cards are fabulous and I love that you made them for $5 or less! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  56. great projects Emily!!

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  57. Lots of great ideas on your cards, Emily! Thanks for the tips and the chance to win!

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  58. Gorgeous set! Love those colors, too!

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  59. Cindy Holshouser23 March, 2012

    This color combination is so cheery and fun.

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  60. What a wonderful idea for budget minded creators! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  61. What a great idea for budget minded creators. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  62. a great array of cards i love it, though if you brough all that stuff here in australia you would have to call it 5 cards for under $20.00!!! we are so over charged in australia!!!

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  63. Great idea to use packaging on your card!

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  64. Seriously, Emily, I love your cards!! :D You have such a knack for layering and creating that collage-y look! Love the colours you used, too! FAB-U-LOUS card set!!

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  65. Great choice of colors, and patterns. They surely look as if they cost more than they do. Also love your innovative use of the materials.

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  66. Love these ideas. Thanks so much.

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  67. your cards are adorable. - blue

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  68. Jenny McGee23 March, 2012

    Great cards, I love the one with the kite. Thanks for a chance to win the copy of the magazine. jeannett_mcgee@comcast.net

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  69. You may have spent less than $5 making five cards, but the recipient would never know that. They will think they are very expensive and hopefully appreciate all the work you put into them.

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  70. lovely set! i like the way you fit 4 cards in a 12x12" sheet

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  71. Great set of cards--love the inspiration, thanks so much!

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  72. What a terrific card set -- really original!

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  73. Thanks for some great ideas! This looks like a great magazine to have as resource material!

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  74. Your cards are great - and your comments so helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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  75. So much color and detail for so little money! Great set of cards.

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  76. This was so much fun! I love these ideas, and love how it's all uner 5! Also love the paper you chose! Thanks so much!
    Lisa

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  77. Great cards and ideas. I love the cute size too!

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  78. Nice cards, soft colors with a touch of brightness.

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  79. Wow, your cards are stunning! I especially love your little kite card and great ideas on how to use ribbon too! TFS! :)

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  80. Fantastic inspiration!

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  81. your cards are so fun! great job!! :)

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  82. So many ideas!!

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  83. gorgeous cards and I wholeheartedly agree ... what a great DP line! thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opp! looks like another great special issue!

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  84. Emily, loved the idea of the slot to insert the ribbon. Never thought of that. Thanks

    Lady Di

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  85. Gorgeous cards! I love this DP line as well! I gotta get some of that great paper!

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  86. Wow! You made some really pretty things for 5$!

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  87. Love your cards! They are beautifully crafted and I can't believe you only spent $5!

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  88. These are beautiful. I love the ribbon through the slits idea. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  89. TFS this wonderful inspiration. Love your cards.

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  90. So pretty! I love that Pink Paislee paper, too!

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  91. I want to make 5 cards for $5! Mahalo for all of your inspiring ideas.

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  92. LOVE these super cute cards! Especially the colors! It amazes me they all only cost $5! WOW!

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  93. Great cards! Thanks for the chance.

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  94. Different look to your card set - thanks for the inspiration!

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  95. Those sure don't look like those only cost $4.80. I love them.

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  96. Great cards! Thanks for sharing.

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  97. I do love this color combo. Beautiful cards.

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  98. I like the challenge to make 5 cards for less than $5. Can't wait to try it myself

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  99. Adorable cards. Love your use of bits of ribbon. And LOVE this topic.

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