P. Kelly Smith

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! It seems like the economy is affecting everyone these days. My dear, sweet mom lost her job this week. A job she called home for the last six years (I know many of you can relate). While the shock of it is still settling in, she’s preparing herself for leaner days ahead.

And though her bank account won’t be as full, she’s looking forward to a little down time until that next job presents itself.

With her days now free, I suggested she take up card making (something I wish I had more time to do!). Her first response was, “Isn’t that expensive?” I replied, “You haven’t seen our July/August issue!” And it’s so true. Card making doesn’t have to be expensive. You just need some inspiration to point you in the right direction! Enter our July/August issue:

Our “Eco” issue is packed with 100+ projects geared towards saving you money and the environment. Take Alisa’s blog this week on rubbing flower petals onto cardstock. Who knew you could achieve so many brilliant colors? What a beautiful backdrop! Throw in a few miscellaneous supplies and voila! – you have a gorgeous card that cost next to nothing to create.

Alisa Bangerters Enjoy and Thanks cards from our July/August issue.

Alisa Bangerter's Enjoy and Thanks cards from our July/August issue.

Here’s two more eco-conscious cards from Alisa’s Paper Crafts 101 column (July/August issue). In her Enjoy card, she created her own patterned paper by rubbing leaves in a circular motion. In her Thanks card, she used a fern leaf as a mask to create a striking focal point. Make sure you “leaf” through the magazine and look at her nine out-of-the-box technique squares. You’ll also want to check out our “5 cards, 5 occasions, 5 dollars” feature. If you need some eco-inspiration, you’ll find it here.

To aid in your quest to paper craft more economically, today I’m giving away papers from Tinkering Ink’s “Becoming Green” collection, as well as Unity Stamp Company’s “Growing in Unity” stamp set. So many of you said that your favorite things in nature are flowers and trees. Well, here’s some more!

Two lucky winners will each receive this nature-loving prize package!

Two lucky winners will each receive this nature-loving prize package!

Leave a comment telling me ways you’re trimming your paper crafting costs. All comments must be received by midnight on Sunday, June 14. I’ll announce the two winners on Monday’s blog.

Here’s to being green (and liking it!)

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Alisa’s Natural Color post. Here they are in no particular order:

1. noa d (June 10, 7:32 a.m.)
2. Sara (June 11, 9:38 a.m.)
3. Sara-Jane (June 10, 6:18 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! Each of you will receive a copy of our July/August issue and Kelly Panacci’s Funtastik Flowers stamp set. I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!