March 21, 2012

Practical Solutions Week: The DIY Embellishments Challenge


I don't know about you, but with the economy the way it is, I'm trying to find ways to save. Whether that's driving my car less, or making more meatless meals, or giving up the little things that I don't really need, I'm trying to make a difference. And while all of that goes hand-in-hand with my desire to also live a simpler, more sustainable life, it also means that I'm saving money as well.

Which is what the latest and greatest special issue from Paper Crafts magazine is all about. Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters is loaded with funtastic ideas for how to paper craft on a budget.

On Monday, I showed you some moxie fab ideas for how to paper craft using common household items. Yesterday, we talked about some incredibly creative ways to incorporate scraps into your projects. And today, I'm going to show you some out-of-the-box approaches to making your own embellishments for your projects. Check it:

Birthday Butterflies Card by Sarah J. Moerman, p. 85

Moxie Fab Alert: While you can easily purchase ready-made embellishments such as these for your paper crafted projects, creating them yourself is not only fun, it is a much less expensive approach--and, you are guaranteed that the embellishments will be exactly what you want them to be!


Roll With It Card by Katie Gehring, p. 88

Moxie Fab Alert: Talk about a creative--and unique!--approach to handmade embellishments!

Cameo Birthday Card by Agnieszka Malyszek, p. 88

Moxie Fab Alert:  In this retro-tastic card, Aga has created her own cameo focal point with a stamp, some dimensional glaze, and some rhinestones.

I can see the wheels spinning around in your creative DIY heads, my friends, and can't wait to see the creative ways you approach this challenge. Here's the 411 so you can play:
  • Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates a handmade embellishment that functions as the focal point.
  • Upload it to your blog, click on the title of that post, copy the URL, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Tell your readers that you've created your project for the DIY Embellishments Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and link it back to this post to encourage your readers to play along as well.
  • If you don't have a blog, upload your project to this flickr gallery, copy the URL to your project, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Upload your projects by midnight EDT on Monday, April 9.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, April 11 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a copy of Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters.

Celebrating our resourcefulness,

~Cath

PS Be sure and stop by Paper Crafts Connection today for even more inspiration from this moxie fab special issue!


41 comments:

Linda Walker said...

I love you mags they look so informative! Just the title of this is great! :-) xx

Linda Walker said...

I have posted a link to this on my blog! http://kidsgetcrafty.blogspot.co.uk/

Katie Gehring said...

Thanks for featuring my card, Cath! This is such an awesome issue and I feel so lucky to be a part of it!

Noreen said...

And you didn't mention: a super way to use up lots of your crafting scraps of all kinds!

Lisa Barrie said...

I love copying embellishments I see and challenging myself to replicate them. http://lisabarrie.blogspot.com

{Chrissie} said...

I loved this challenge! Thanks for the inspiration!

http://harvestmoonpapiere.blogspot.com/2012/03/moxie-fab-diy-embellishment-challenge.html

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Pam said...

Can't wait to get a copy of this!

Cathy A said...

So many wonderful ideas, love Sarah's butterfly card!

sanketi said...

Thanks for the inspiration!

Dawn said...

Gorgeous cards to inspire. Great challenge

Sarah C said...

So fun! What a great challenge. As a thrifty crafter, I can't wait to see what others come up with! :-)

Marlena M. said...

I love this challenge. Great way to motivate us, Cath!

Denacline88 said...

I love all the great card ideas. Such talented crafters on here.

Vivian Keh said...

I'm so all about using things you'd otherwise dump! Thanks for this great challenge!

Cindy Holshouser said...

Love this challenge. Thought for sure I had linked earlier but don't see it so I'm linking again:)

Mei Ann Guerrero said...

Practical and fun challenge! Thanks Cath! I truly enjoyed it.

Laura said...

Such a great challenge and these articles sent me to the store to grab a copy of this issue!

NinaN said...

Fun challenge!

Pamela Haskin said...

Just sent my card to Mr. Blinkie. Another fun challenge.

Wendy Coffman said...

Love all the new challenges!

Tania said...

Thanks for the chance to play :o)

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Morena Hockley said...

Another fun challenge. Thanks!

maria f. said...

Thanks for all of the inspiration Cath and all the participants too!

Bethany said...

thanks for the fun challenge :)

Bethany said...

I had a lot of fun...thanks :)

maria f. said...

Uh oh... tried to link up but it's not working. Here is my DIY embellie:
http://rieslingmama.blogspot.de/2012/04/sending-some-sunshine-diy-embellies.html

lsiza said...

Thank you for the wonderful chance to play! I totally agree that making our own embellishments is much nicer and cheaper. Anyhow, I don't have much of a choice since it's hard to find card making products here, in Portugal so what I usually do is watch other people's tutotials and blogs and then try to make my ones.

Myoriah said...

Just linked my card. I enjoy making my own embellishments and trying new things. I also like saving money and I have often passed up embellishments that I like because of the price. Thanks for hosting another great challenge.

Kimberly S. said...

I just linked my card through Flickr.com. I made the rose buds on this card from different sized circles. It was the first time I made them, but I like how they came out so I'm gonna have to do more!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudsangel/6901814228/

Sharon D said...

All terrific inspiration cards! Not super thrilled with the card I made, but I enjoyed making it, so I'll still count the challenge as good :)

Elizabeth said...

I'm loving these sample cards! Might just have to get a copy of this magazine :)

Amy said...

Hi all - some lovely cards here! I've just linked my own card. I made the birds nest with jewelery wire and some beads from a broken necklace. The feathers and embroidered flower were gifts from friends and family who collect random things for me to use in my crafts. Aren't I lucky : D

bjmartin said...

Wow, so much inspiration! It was fun to challenge myself.

Bethany said...

this was a challenge for me-but I had a lot of fun!

Miriam Prantner said...

This was a fun one. Thanks!

Lynda said...

Love this issue...so many great ideas! I can't wait to play with all of my scraps!

cheryl (clee') said...

I may start mass producing my own embellishments now - this was a fun challenge!

cheryl (clee') said...

So sorry, Cath - you will see my link at #85 just loops back to Moxie fab - I fixed it in #86.

Aimes said...

Thanks for a fabulous challenge, Cath! I had so much fun with this and have had a serious mojo boost checking out all of the awesome entries! :)
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