Giveaway: Uncommon Cards: Stationery Made with Found Treasures, Recycled Objects, and a Little Imagination, by Stefanie Girard Recycled Crafts, February 18, 2014 - "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. ..."
Book Review: Uncommon Cards, Zakka Life, January 7, 2014 - "With the holidays over, I'm left with a plethora of paper, ribbon, and packaging. So, I thought this would be the opportune time to review Uncommon Cards since it's all about making cards with recycled objects. The book features 52 projects to make stationary using found materials combined with sewn designs.
... The directions were straight forward and the card was easy to make.
... The projects in the book are versatile allowing one to add their own style to the cards.
One of my favorite parts about the book is all the rich textures created from combining different materials and sewing stitches. Honestly, has a garlic bag ever looked so sophisticated?"
book reviews & giveaway #5, she shoots sheep shots, Gale Zucker, December 10, 2013 - "... full of cardmaking ideas of simple beauty, with straightforward instructions, that yield sophisticated, and very special handmade stationery.
Most involve the use of a sewing machine on paper (adore!) and many involve natural materials, or found elements. The instructions are varied enough that you may learn a new skill, like printmaking using onions, or erasers, or recycling materials to use as decorative ingredients, or mixing nature with paper . The book definitely appeals to the CraftActivism side of me, thanks to those approaches.
The layout is simple and clean. Each card design is featured on a two page spread, with easy-to-see details in the photos of the finished cards. It feels quite jump -in and doable. At the back of the book are several pages of cardstock in the colors the author shows for her examples, so you can get crafting right away. Isn’t that a lovely lagniappe?"
A Couple Books You Might Like this Time of Year, Knit and Tonic, December 4, 2013 - "Uncommon Cards is one of those books you'd find at the local book store (they're a dying breed) and pick up to look at because it is so unique. ...
Anyone who enjoys passing the time making handmade cards rather than going to the local five and dime--especially crafty types like us--will be inspired to create or make, rather than buy. I can imagine using the instructions to create my own gift tags for presents."
Bookish Thursday: Uncommon Cards, Knitting Without Needles, November 14, 2013 - "... It is chock full of ideas for making cute little greeting cards from all kinds of recycled objects from fabric to coffee filters to that orange construction fencing! The really nice thing about the book is that you can use the ideas in it easily, or you can get some great ideas to get the creative juices flowing!"
If you are a card maker looking for some fresh ideas, or you just like to make personalized cards to go with those knitted gifts you are rapidly not finishing for Christmas.. then this book is for you!"
Handmade Reviews: Uncommon Cards, Crafting a Green World, Julie Finn, November 11, 2013 - "You don’t need a store-bought, factory-made greeting card.
Handmade greeting cards really are gifts from the heart, and they don’t even have to be elaborate and fancy to be touching and inspiring.
I made this get-well-soon card for a friend, using recycled materials and a tutorial from my copy of Uncommon Cards: Stationery Made with Found Treasures, Recycled Objects, and a Little Imagination... The card is certainly no work of art, but the secret is that it doesn’t have to be!"
Book Review: Uncommon Cards, Lynn Krawczyk, August 26, 2013 - "The incredibly talented Jeanne Williamson has published her second book, Uncommon Cards. Like her first book, The Uncommon Quilter, it’s filled to the gills with ideas on how to take something as simple as a card and make it stunning and incredibly artistic.
There are directions for making 52 different cards – 52!! That’s a lot of card making! And she does it with her usual Jeanne flair – incorporating all different types of techniques to give your cards a really special feel and appearance. Among the techniques used are using recycled objects, fabric and paper to create the card. She even covers making envelopes – a nice final touch to your handmade card.
The print version of the book also includes eight pieces of card stock that can be used to get started – can’t beat that!
In this day and age when technology is king, it’s nice to slow down and create a mini piece of art that will really brighten someone’s day. I really love this book – it’s well written, easy to follow and there is something for everyone no matter where you are on your artistic journey.
A must have for card makers and if you’re not into making your own cards now, Jeanne’s book will definitely convert you!"
Karima on Goodreads.com, July 21, 2013 -
"Perfectly titled. It is exactly as stated. This book clearly illustrates how-to make the uncommon with the common. Very simple but strong designs uses the likes of paint card swatches sushi grass, garlic bag netting,orange construction fencing, coffee cup sleeves, chocolate wrappers, even old zippers! Lots of fresh new ideas."
Uncommon Cards, Vicki O'Dell - The Creative Goddess, July 13, 2013 - "No fancy schmancy equipment or pricey embellishments needed for these cards. Uncommon Cards uses supplies you probably have and home. Right now... My take on it… Even if you’ve never made cards before Jeanne Williamson makes it easy for you with here step-by-step tips and tricks for getting started... I appreciate the step-by-step instructions and the frugality of the ideas in this book and I think that there is a lot of inspiration to be had even if you don’t make the projects exactly as they are in the book.
Book Review: Uncommon Cards, The Crafty Princess Diaries, Tammy Powley’s Crafty Weblog, 11 July 2013 - "... one of the cool things about this book is that you are not just paying for a book. You are also receive materials to make projects in the book. It has eight sheets of card stock in the back of the book that is perforated in the middle so you fold them into cards... If you enjoy paper-arts and also have sewn a few straight lines, then you will enjoy the projects in this book."
Uncommon Cards by Jeanne Williamson, the art and craft of Mimi Kirchner, July 9. 2013 - "I personally had never considered stitching directly onto cards, nor did I realize how easy and fun it could be... The instructions were clear throughout the book... In short, I would buy this book. It’s well written and well thought out and it is clear that the author enjoys the art of card making and is comfortable with sharing it."
Uncommon, Wendy Knits, May 29, 2013 -
“There are some wonderful creative ideas in this book…Once you start looking at items with an eye to recycling them, it’s amazing how many fun and creative ideas you’ll come up with.”
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Paper Play and Uncommon Cards offer crafty fun, Amina Jackson for Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Florida, September 11, 2013 -
"... Another fun book filled with actives is Uncommon Cards by Jeanne Williamson. This book isn’t really for smaller children because it’s a lot more extensive within the things that you will need. However it is perfectly titled. This book is a how to guide on how to make the uncommon with the common. There are over 50 different card ideas within this book-each card created with love giving the cards a special feel and appearance. One of the most interesting things about this process is that the reader is using recycled objects such as; fabric, coffee cup sleeves, chocolate wrappers and even old zippers!
There is even a section that covers how to make envelopes.
In this day and age where almost everything is being conquered by technology, why not slow down and take the time to create a piece of art. Leave someone with a smile because you made something a little more personal. Uncommon Cards is a great value if you’re willing to put in the time."
The toolbox: DIY cards, StarTribune home + garden, Minneapolis, MN, August 27, 2013
Book offers unique ideas for making your own cards, The Daily Herald, Everett, Washington, August 11, 2013
Homestyle: DIY cards, American-Republican, Waterbury CT, August 9, 2013
In Brief: On the shelf, Go Lackawanna, Wilkes-Barre, PA, August 9, 2013
Make your own cards with help from craft book, The Vindicator, Youngstown, OH, August 4, 2013
ON THE SHELF: Make your own cards with help from book, The Modesto Bee, August 1, 2013
Make your own cards with help from book, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio, July 26, 2013