Cute cards ladies! I've made more cards this year than I ever have. Only drawback I have is that I get on roll with making cards and it never leaves me much time for scrapbooking. I like that I can go whip up a card or two in an hour vs. days working on a scrapbook page.
lol Lisa I can relate to that. sometimes I think I should just switch to making cards. Then I get motivated and go back to scrapbooking. I love that doing both gives me a creative outlet and a break from each other.
Danielle I never really used stamps much until I started making cards. There are some great cardmakers out there who do instructional videos I really learned a lot from Kristina Werner and Jennifer Mcguire's videos. You can google them and to go their blogs or just go over to YouTube and look the up. You can learn a lot of cool techniques that and also how to put your stamps to better use.
Yes, that is A2 size. I think it's very common because you can get exactly two cards out of an 8.5x11" sheet of cardstock. There's no waste that way. I like my cards a little bigger sometimes though at 4.5x6". I always have both size envelopes handy.
I'll be no help with standard size questions though. I live in the UK and our sizes are different from in the US. Actually everywhere is different from the US!
We have A4 which is slightly taller and thinner than your 8.5"x11". So our "standard" card sizes are A5 (A4 folded in half) or A6 (A5 folded in half). Our envelopes are C5 and C6 respectively, just a little bigger than the card sizes.
I finish all my Christmas cards I just need to get a pic of us and dogs. I am think we will go up to the mountains to take a pic before it get to cold out here. last year I Waite to do Christmas cards because I was so busy with work and other stuff. but this year I have time.
Wow! Danielle, you're way ahead of the game! I usually end up spending Thanksgiving weekend rushing around making cards. I make around 50 every year. It usually takes me a couple weeks to finish off my list. I was actually thinking of starting them soon so I'm not so rushed this year.
Magnolia stamps are very cute. I haven't been able to pick up the love of stamp coloring but I enjoy seeing everyone else's. There are some great video tutorials out there. For some reason I just can't get into it.
It must not be but it sure is pretty. I'm in awe over some of the shading affects that cardmakers put into some very intricate stamp designs. I do enjoy watercoloring a lot though. So fun and it seems like no matter what I do I can't fail with watercolors.
Oh, I saw the words "copics" and "cards" and here I am!!! LOL. I am a huge copic fanatic, so I'd say they are my favorite tool for making cards. Also love my trimmer, 6x6 paper pads, cutterbee scissors, and nestabilities.
I haven't been on this site a lot in the last year or two, but I am trying to come back and get back into things. I need to update my gallery!
For those of you looking to learn how to color with copics or distress inks for people stamps, Kit and Clowder has amazing online classes. I just started the skin and hair class and love it.
Oh, I forgot to answer one of the questions about fave "people" stamps, in addition to Magnolia: Ching Chou Kiuk (find them at SweetPea stamps), Elisabeth Bell, Sylvia Zet, and Saturated Canary. Oh, and CC Designs and The Greeting Farm. Oh, yeah, Lili of the Valley. I could go on and on for ages!!! LOL.
Facebook has several groups of people selling their scrapbooking and card making inventory. I've gotten some great deals on stamps that way.
I agree the envelope punch board is really cool. I'll have to look for that bow video. I found a video to make envelope boxes with that punch board. They hold about 6 cards and envelopes. I've been wanting to make up some card sets to have on hand for gifting. I've already given a few sets out and get a great reaction from my friends.
I have a certain amount I can spend each month. I used to buy all kinds of things. Now i really think about my purchases and how i can use the items. I will often save my money for several months and then make a huge purchase.
Amy glad your dad said he can cut your folder down. I have a bunch of embossing folders and really need to use them more.
Are we talking budgets? Omg, I am on a tight,tigher, tighest budget. I am really giving my stash a run for it's money and also getting creative. For a long time I just spent on anything I wanted like a child.
100% happy with the envelope punch board Andrea. It's such a cool tool. I've been searching around to see how many other things can be made with it. So many creative ideas out there. I love that you can make a card box with it and I just made up some pretty bows. Check out YouTube for ideas. I use the card boxes to give away sets of my cards to my friends. They love them!
Lisa -hope you can get in the spirit to do Christmas cards.
yea it was hard for me to get my Christmas cards but I want to be ahead. that way I can send them on time. I just have to take a pic of us and be done. now I need to start work on make tags Christmas ones.