Paper Crafts Magazine Presents 350 Cards and Gifts

It's blog hop time, so you know what that means--another fabulous special issue from Paper Crafts Magazine has hit newsstands. 350 Cards and Gifts is full of all your favorite project ideas like card sets, gifts and tags. To celebrate this page-turner, I've created a gift wrap set with a matching card using Avery Elle's Ikat set; a super trendy pattern seen everywhere from kitchenware to home furnishings, and now paper crafting!
In a continued effort to not over-think my paper crafting, I am amazed at the sheer ease of this project, particularly the gift wrap. I took regular 'ol printer paper and stamped a fun ikat pattern on it (note: I went through five sheets of patterns until I settled on this one!). Then, I wrapped up some boxes with it, and added ribbon and twine!
I repeated the colors of the wrap in the card, and stamped the ikat pattern at a diagonal.  I added a wood veneer  and stamped a sentiment to create some visual interest.

This whole project was quick and easy--a perfect solution if you ran out of wrapping paper or need a coordinating card.

Please make sure to stop by the other lovely designers blogs to see what they've created for the hop. Leave some love at each blog for your chance to win a copy of this fantastic issue.

Emily Branch (that's me!)

I have a free issue to give away, so leave me a comment below telling me what's your favorite birthday craft to create by Tuesday, May 14th, and I will post the winner on Wednesday, May 15th! Please check back to see if you've won. I always pick a winner, but the winner forgets to check!

58 comments:

  1. love the fun, bright colors on your project.

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  2. The patterned paper you made is awesome!!!!!

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  3. Lovin this idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Amazing colors and patterns! Love the idea of stamping your own gift wrap!

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  5. Great packaging, of course, but I love ALL the angles you incorporated onto your card ... holy smokes is that cool!

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  6. love the ikat wrapping paper. The card is fabulous too.

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  7. I love the colors in your paper - card is so bright and cheery!!!

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  8. I think I found a reason to get an ikat stamp-you rocked it.

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    1. Cards are my favorite thing to create for birthdays. I love the wrapping paper you created and the awesome color scheme.

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  9. Love the fun colors!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  10. So pretty, Emily! I love the bright colours, the patterns you created and the way you tied and stapled the tag!

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  11. That hand stamped pattern is amazing, Emily! You really made the Avery Elle set shine!

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  12. Love the beauty and simplicity of this idea!

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  13. So bright and colorful!

    Noreen
    http://craftyjournal.com

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  14. OOOHHHH....Fabulous patterns on the wrap and the card. Love the bright colors you used.

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  15. PRETTY handmade wrapping paper and color matching card, Emily! Great ideas!

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  16. ooh! Love the look of these!

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  17. Nice vibrant colors!

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  18. very pretty, great colors as well. I love making cards mostly, and gift bags.
    mexicopetshop at hotmail.com

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  19. Wow! This is beautiful! Love the colors!

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  20. I like to stamp on wrapping paper, too. I like your neat design.

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  21. You picked some great colors. Nice job.

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  22. I only usually have time to create a card but i would love to try this technique and maybe some type of box. Great projects thanks.

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  23. Such a fun birthday ensemble! Love the IKAT pattern for your wrapping paper!

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  24. LOVE this, girl!!! My favorite birthday craft to create is a birthday card!! I keep it KISS....lol!!!

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  25. Love the colors...so festive and fun! Love it!

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  26. Fabulous! Love the colors!

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  27. Fabulous projects, matching gift wrap and card!!

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  28. I like you choice of colors. The design is cool

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  29. How clever! Great way to customize gift wrap!

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  30. nice colours and love the stamping emily

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  31. Love this idea and the colors are absolutely scrumptious!!!

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  32. I forgot to say that my favorite Birthday craft to make is a set of notecards with coordinating envelopes. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. wonderful idea to create a stamped gift wrapping. I love the colours and esp love the twine detail on the card.

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  34. Okay, super fun...love that you just used copy paper. the colors are fabulous! I tend to alter pillow boxes for birthday gifts, they are a perfect vessel for gift cards:)

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  35. I love your project! To answer your question-I usually just stick with creating gift bags Not nearly as nice as your gift wrap:)

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  36. Yes, so clever! I have the last edition of this issue and would love the new one!! My favorite Birthday Craft to create is a pinwheel card. I love that is unique and has movable parts!

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  37. Love your idea. For birthday I love to make cards and gifts like personalized notebooks.

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  38. I used to give hand embroidered hand towels, but as I don't have that much time nowadays I mostly give a set of handmade cards. TFS

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  39. Love your style, Emily & this is a fabulous project! Most of my crafted gifts so far have been candles, but I also love altering a wooden word (did a RELAX one for our travel trailer & for a friend's birthday). I'd love a copy of this issue--thanks for a chance to win.

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  40. OH MY, Em!! I just love these colors for this card and gift wrap! LOOOOOVE these stamps-- I MUST get them ASAP! LOVE your design-- you knock my socks off! LOVE LOVE LOVE x10000000:)

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  41. Oh this is fabulous and I'd love to receive e a hand stamped gift like this!! My favorite thing to give is hand stamped card sets!!!

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  42. I always try to check back to see if I've won something. I love to win.
    Good idea to make wrapping paper and a matching card. I have to remember that trick.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  43. I love to give jewelry I've made!

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  44. What a great project!

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  45. I still like to do cross-stitch for very special people. Love your card and gift-set

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  46. My fave bday craft is creating cards for my kids. Kid cards are so fun!! Love your gift wrap! :)

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  47. Great wrap! Love your color combo!
    I love baking for people's birthdays! And making birthday cards!

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  48. I love to make personalized cards,etc. great job

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  49. Love your colors and stamped pattern. Great work!! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  50. I usually like to check out handmade gifts ideas from blogs I frequent. My favorite was a little birdhouse ornament I made using grungeboard! Love your bright colors on your giftwrap and matching card.

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  51. Gotta love that wrapping paper and card Emily! You rocked it!

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  52. You've really created on-trend wrapping paper and cards and made it look so easy! Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  53. so beautiful and happy! I love these!

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  54. Wow, who knew simple copy paper could make such cute wrapping paper and a matching card to boot. Great work, thanks for the inspiration!

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