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uncommon cards bookGiveaway: Uncommon Cards: Stationery Made with Found Treasures, Recycled Objects, and a Little Imagination by Jeanne Williamson

Leave a comment by Feb 28, 2014 and you will be in the running for this fun book filled with great ideas and modern style card making projects. (open to U.S. residents only please)

I gave one of the projects in Uncommon Cards: Stationery Made with Found Treasures, Recycled Objects, and a Little Imagination a try and I had so much fun with it! I tried making prints with an onion. I love the modern look the print made.


Here is a close-up:


One of the cool things about printing with an onion is that if you keep slicing it you get different print images.

More about the book from the publisher Running Press:

The right greeting card is hard to find, but with the most basic sewing machine and a few recycled materials, you’ll have cards for every occasion in a snap. With 52 sewn designs made from easy-to-follow, straightforward instructions, you can show just how much you care with a beautiful, handmade creation: no sewing experience necessary! This DIY guide contains eight sheets of cardstock and basic stitch patterns that can be completed with nothing more than a needle and thread, either by hand or machine, transforming a blank card into a whimsical, inspired, one-of-a-kind design. The perfect expression for birthdays, graduations, or a simple thinking- of-you note, each design incorporates inexpensive and easy to find household items such as strips of fabric, brightly colored plastics, handmade stamps, and more. Even recycled items such as mesh produce bags and seed packets are put to new use to create truly one-of-a-kind cards!

By Stefanie Girard

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50 Comments so far

  1. Jan Bland on February 18, 2014 9:35 pm

    I need this book!! I make two cards every month for Grandsons and like to incorporate found objects

  2. Dolores Q. on February 18, 2014 9:47 pm

    This book looks great. Sometimes I need some new ideas.

  3. Naghma on February 18, 2014 10:14 pm

    Sounds like a great book.

  4. Lee on February 19, 2014 4:19 am

    What a fun looking book! thanks!

  5. Shari Harniss on February 19, 2014 6:43 am

    Would love to win this! Thanks!

  6. Holly Young on February 19, 2014 9:10 am

    This looks like a fun book! Would love to win it!

  7. Melody Totten on February 19, 2014 9:14 am

    Would love this book to get back into paper arts!

  8. Cath T on February 19, 2014 9:21 am

    I’ve seen printing done with a number of different types of produce, but never an onion. I love it, and the concept of this book.

  9. Ann Devine on February 19, 2014 9:27 am

    This might encourage me to get out the sewing machine. Sounds like fun!

  10. Robin Neidhard on February 19, 2014 9:31 am

    I am a paper nerd! This looks so fun and different. Greeting cards at the store are way overpriced. This is a much better way to show a friend or family member you are thinking of them.

  11. superstitches on February 19, 2014 9:50 am

    Looks like an interesting book with some new techniques.

  12. MaryMac on February 19, 2014 9:58 am

    This would be a great book to share with my grand daughter.

  13. kim on February 19, 2014 10:28 am

    I would love this. I so need another reason to save/keep/hoard everything, because you just never know when something might come in handy!

  14. Anne Tamer on February 19, 2014 11:42 am

    Can always use a kick-start to the imagination. I’ll have my fingers crossed!

  15. Julie Henderson on February 19, 2014 12:06 pm

    I’m your man!…er, gal, ha! Found objects I like use are ephemera, coins, wacky clipped art from magazines & junk mail, buttons. Would be thrilled & blessed to win this eye candy, inspiring book! Blessings & thank! :-)

  16. Viola Flagella on February 19, 2014 12:11 pm

    I would love to own this book!

  17. Karey on February 19, 2014 12:22 pm

    Wow, I love the idea of reusing stuff to make cards!

  18. P. A. Manders on February 19, 2014 12:32 pm

    Would be perfect therapy for my very severe case of cabin fever…..groan!

    From winter-white VT,
    The Vermonster

  19. Mary Rok on February 19, 2014 2:36 pm

    Love any book that shows great such wonderful ideas.

  20. Dennis Mullins Sr. on February 19, 2014 2:47 pm

    I would love to win this book I make about 2 hundred cards a year so this would give me a lot more ideas to work with. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Donna Reed on February 19, 2014 3:06 pm

    I would love to have this book!!

  22. Jane Thomas on February 19, 2014 3:08 pm

    I would love to have this book.

  23. aj on February 19, 2014 3:09 pm

    OMG! How fun! This book sounds like it would be very helpful in spurring new creativity in me for both cards and ATCs, which I adore making.

  24. Eden on February 19, 2014 3:56 pm

    Would love to try this!

  25. Sue Gallen on February 19, 2014 4:13 pm

    I make my own cards all the time and this looks like a great book with many ideas I could use. I’d love to win it. Thanks for your consideration.

  26. azteclady on February 19, 2014 7:30 pm

    Oh I love this! I really, really like the idea of finding ways to use what you have, rather than needing to get this, or that, or the other, to create.

    Thank you!

  27. Theresa on February 19, 2014 8:17 pm

    I send cards to my uncle every day since he can’t get out of the house. I bet there is something in this book he would like. Thanks!

  28. Deanna on February 19, 2014 9:35 pm

    I like the idea of combining my sewing with my paper crafting.

  29. Dana on February 20, 2014 2:07 am

    This book sounds awesome! I love the idea of using found treasures on cards. Thank you for the giveaway!

  30. Elmare on February 20, 2014 3:52 am

    Am starting a cardmaking youth group at my school and am very excited to find out about the book. The children do not always have the money but we can all make use of wonderful ideas that do not cost a fortune.

  31. Esak on February 20, 2014 9:55 am

    I would love to get this book. I want to make more handmade greeting cards this year.

  32. Paulette Goerler on February 20, 2014 11:02 am

    Love this site….the giveaways is a bonus! Thanks!

  33. Linda on February 21, 2014 3:37 am

    I’d love to win this. Thanks for the chance!

  34. Cynthia on February 22, 2014 11:45 am

    Looks like a great book. I love making homemade cards for birthdays and other occasions.

  35. michelle rembish on February 22, 2014 11:35 pm

    Our family has become the found object family. My children look for crazy stuff for my artwork and my husband had been bringing me surprise FO for 15 yrs. This book is an awesome concept and I am an artist and luv crafting, but I only dabbled in cards. I already make my own gifts, but would luv to expand my horizons with this creative book.

  36. Brooke on February 23, 2014 7:04 am

    ahhh ~ yes! So many super crafty ideas and possibilities I can imagine with that book;)

  37. Sarah on February 23, 2014 11:29 am

    Ooh – I’d love to win this! Always on the lookout for new ideas!

  38. Cybil Lynch on February 23, 2014 6:00 pm

    I love idea books. Im sick most of the time and have lost some of my get up and go, and need something new to inspire me back to my peaceful place…my craftroom. Thanks for the chance. Good luck all. Cybil augusta Ga

  39. Shannon Zichke on February 24, 2014 2:41 pm

    What a good idea!! I would use this book as inspiration for the cards I send to soldiers. Cards must be as flat as possible, so this book would sure help me.

  40. MaryBeth I on February 24, 2014 4:27 pm

    I love making homemade cards!

  41. Jane Reiter on February 25, 2014 7:09 am

    This is a wonderful book! The author did a great job!!

  42. Stacy L on February 25, 2014 9:20 am

    This looks like a great book to have! I hand make every card that I send out and it would be great to have some new and innovative ideas for cards for friends and families to cherish. Please pick me! :)

  43. Traci Howard on February 25, 2014 10:58 am

    This would be a wonderful book to have. Always love to recycle things so I would love some fresh ideas.

  44. Katie Dodson on February 25, 2014 11:02 am

    The book looks great!

  45. Claire D on February 25, 2014 9:27 pm

    Looks like a fun book!

  46. thia Beniash on February 25, 2014 10:18 pm

    I am making handmade cards for everyone in my large family’s birthdays this year. Looks like a great book!

  47. Karen on February 26, 2014 12:25 am

    Looks like a great idea book!

  48. Sandi on February 27, 2014 4:14 pm

    I am new to your site and so far, I love it. I am disabled and have to stay mostly in the house but I love to try new craft techniques. The book looks great! Hope I win but if not I will keep checking your website. Thanks for the great ideas!

  49. Miriam Silva on February 27, 2014 4:22 pm

    awesome book

  50. thia Beniash on February 28, 2014 4:06 pm

    What a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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