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    • Skiergirl
    • By Skiergirl 14th Nov 08, 5:05 PM
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    Making cards - Ideas for a card craft beginner (part 2)
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    • 14th Nov 08, 5:05 PM
    Making cards - Ideas for a card craft beginner (part 2) 14th Nov 08 at 5:05 PM
    I was hoping someone on here could give me some advice. I'd like to try making cards but don't have any idea where to start. I've looked in a few craft shops and found the choice overwhelming.
    So.. am I best buying a kit to start with that has all the bits in, or if its better to buy the bits separately, what do I need ?
    Also.. is it worth buying any of the magazines ? I've seen a few but they're all sealed so its difficult to know if they're worth the money, and one is about £8 !
    Thanks for any help, sorry its a bit long.


    *BOARD GUIDE INSERT - this thread is now a continuation of this original thread on making cards, it may be a good idea to look there first for advice*
    Last edited by savvy; 14-11-2008 at 5:51 PM.
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  • melissa75
    Orchid - welcome to the thread. There's no such thing as a silly question! I often cover the whole of the front of the card with patterned paper, sometimes I cut it a little larger than the card so that I can fold it over onto the back at the spine of the card so that it looks a bit neater.

    CT19720 - great cards, I too love the circle paper. I also like the last card the best - the one you used all of your new bits on.

    Gemm85 - fab card, the papers look great together.

    Mumhug - wow you really did get a bargain!
  • debsy1963
    Just like to say thanks for all the comments
    and everyones cards are great.
    • Marg
    • By Marg 16th Feb 09, 12:49 AM
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    Marg
    What a fantastic selection of cards Everyone! & posted so quick since I last looked I went to watch a bit of tv & it's all happened........!
    Melissa75 - know how it feels when you think they may bin your efforts - I always save my cards for at least 12 months even longer for special birthdays.
    Gemma85 - Good Luck with persuading OH to get a cat (or 2!) many many years ago I offered my OH the choice of going to a dance or go & get a cat we've had cats ever since........he HATES dancing!
    Saveapenny & CT19720 - I've saved your Arsenal stuff and the badge you sent me as it's not his b'day 'til October I wont forget.
    Polly - Gosh what a bad time you've had I'm even more scared now in case mine goes wrong
  • furrypig
    Thanks yet again for sharing all your cards and sorry not to name everyone individually!

    Also sorry I had a complete mental blosk yesterday and called Polly Poppy, not sure why I was confused or maybe hit the wrong keys on the computer!! Anyway, miss you Polly hope all your DT work is going well.

    I am happy to have a sketch challenge, I often look at some of the sketch challenges for inspiration/ideas. I like the Di Hackman ones which we couold easily use or something similar.

    Look forward to finding out what we are all doing next xxx
    • rainmac
    • By rainmac 16th Feb 09, 8:22 AM
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    rainmac

    and the insides:


    Originally posted by melissa75
    Your card is stunning, I would have wanted to get it back too!!!
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    • rainmac
    • By rainmac 16th Feb 09, 8:29 AM
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    Brilliant cards everyone, all so different

    Polly, sounds like you've been through the mill and back again with your teeth, it will all be worth it once they are sorted

    I am happy going with the sketch theme now I understand what it is , first of all I thought I had to draw a design for the card

    Who is going to supply the sketch for us all to work with?

    Hope you're all doing ok today, DS1 is off to football training this morning (and me and DS1 are going to Hobbycraft for a wander - we were going to go to an indoor play centre but with a poorly collarbone I didn't think that was the best idea, being pushed round Hobbycraft eating biscuits to keep him quiet sounds like a much better plan ).

    I'm off to see my wedding stationery lady tonight and hopefully will be coming home with some orders to make
    If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain
  • orchid-96
    Wow, had a bit more of a look through on here and the cards are all so fantastic, I bet I won't even get close to as good as them, but I am looking forward to giving it a go (spent a fair bit in Hobby Craft yesterday so I need to make some at least)...I got a few kits whilst I was in there, they are the ones that say 9.99 with £20 worth of stuff in but they are priced at £5.86, so got 3 and 1 actually went through at £3.99!!.....I think they are good for beginners as they do have loads of stuff in, including the blank cards, some thick paper, stamps and lots of stickers/toppers....

    I have looked at a few craft sites showing projects and notice a lot of people seem to do embossing....can anyone tell me how that works, and what I would need to do it? Think I should start small with stick ons and the like, but I would like to know whether it is worth doing embossing, if it isn't too expensive to get the stuff...

    Melissa75 I love your card, looks really special (and complicated) If I got that card, I would never throw it away......

    Gemma85 your valentine card is gorgeous, on the cat front, can't ever get one as DH is really alergic (he suffers really bad with his chest and skin when we visit my Mum who has a cat)...have a little doggie though...

    Keep up all the great work guys (I need all the inspiration I can get)...


    Just a quick question if anyone can help, is there any way of changing my username without starting all over etc....(I have my reasons!!)
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  • paddingtondoo
    Beautiful cards everyone - I hate it too when you spend ages making someone a card and you know it's going in the bin so I'm selective how long I take making them for some people now.

    I can put together a lick it and stick it one in about 10 mins now so I don't mind that too much .

    Orchid-96 - you need a load of stuff for embossing - rubber stamps, ink pads, embossing powder and a heat gun - but it gives a fantastic raised effect - I go through phases with it and haven't done any for ages as I've bought so much paper recently so have been playing with that - next week it will be brad and eyelets as have just ordered a load in the crafty devils pound shop . And I rteated myself to s crop o dile on Saturday .

    My treat for today is to make a wedding card after DD goes to bed - she has her friend coming over to play this afternoon so will be crawling the walls
    Officially a non-smoker but still rounder than recommended

  • melissa75
    Orchid - I have no idea how to go about changing your username! Paddingtondoo mentioned the things you need to do heat embossing, but there's also dry embossing, (card making is confusing). This is where you put textured patterns onto your card or paper. A lot of people use cuttlebugs to do this but the machine is quite expensive. I'm sure you can buy individual plates that you just put your paper on top of of and then rub over with a special tool. I have never done it myself - so my advice is a bit limited.
  • melissa75
    Paddingtondoo - I love that phrase - a "lick and stick it one".
  • mumhug
    Hi orchid the dry embossing is normally using an embossing tool (like a pen witha litte ball on the end) You put a stencil under your card/paper and use your embossing tool to kind of rub into the groves of the stencil.When you have done turn your card/paper over and you should have a raised design of the stencil. The whole thing is made easier if you have a light box as you can see the stencil design through the card.


    Sorry reading through what i have written it sounds complicated but its really not. just me being rubbish at explaining
    • minimacka
    • By minimacka 16th Feb 09, 10:53 AM
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    Morning Ladies, hope you are all well, im feeling a lot better this morning after a good nights sleep. lol

    Melissa - That book card is absolultely lovely and yes i would want it back too, people just dont understand how much work goes into one.

    Mumhug - what a lovely peek a boo card its looks very neat

    dragollew, Debsy1963, gemm85 and CT19720 what lovely cards you have made

    I promise that tonight when i get in from work i will upload my photos onto photobucket so that i can post them.

    Im now a new member of facebook and im sure that it was on this fourm that people on here have a facebook page but i cant remember who to look for can anyone point me in the right direction.

    mm
    • Marg
    • By Marg 16th Feb 09, 11:11 AM
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    Minimacka - It's MSE Crafty Girlies the group that is.....
  • paddingtondoo
    Paddingtondoo - I love that phrase - a "lick and stick it one".
    Originally posted by melissa75
    My friend teaches cardmaking and takes the mick out of me because my cards don't take long to make and hers take hours - she coined the phrase .

    It's great for kids cards when I don't have much notice and as I was never very organised it came from necessity
    Officially a non-smoker but still rounder than recommended

  • orchid-96
    My friend teaches cardmaking and takes the mick out of me because my cards don't take long to make and hers take hours - she coined the phrase .

    It's great for kids cards when I don't have much notice and as I was never very organised it came from necessity
    Originally posted by paddingtondoo

    Mine will probably be 'lick and stick' ones and still take hours
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    • CT19720
    • By CT19720 16th Feb 09, 12:45 PM
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    And I rteated myself to s crop o dile on Saturday .
    Originally posted by paddingtondoo
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    Hi Paddingtondoo,

    Can I ask where you got your crop o diles from, and if you don't mind me asking what you paid for them - as I have seen mention of these a lot recently and am very tempted to get some. Are they easy to use, in so much as you don't need a lot of pressure to make the holes or add the eyelets, as I don't have good strength in either of my arms. I saw something like this in our local market on Saturday for £3.99, http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/REVOLVING-H-D-LEATHER-FABRIC-HOLE-PUNCH-RIVET-EYELET_W0QQitemZ360045042582QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_ Crafts_Leathercraft_LE?hash=item360045042582&_trks id=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1688%7C66%3A2%7C65% 3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

    but would hold out for a crop a dile if it is easy to use, as it would allow me to do eyelets.


    Thanks
  • Jerseygirl55
    Wow, had a bit more of a look through on here and the cards are all so fantastic, I bet I won't even get close to as good as them, but I am looking forward to giving it a go (spent a fair bit in Hobby Craft yesterday so I need to make some at least)...I got a few kits whilst I was in there, they are the ones that say 9.99 with £20 worth of stuff in but they are priced at £5.86, so got 3 and 1 actually went through at £3.99!!.....I think they are good for beginners as they do have loads of stuff in, including the blank cards, some thick paper, stamps and lots of stickers/toppers....

    I have looked at a few craft sites showing projects and notice a lot of people seem to do embossing....can anyone tell me how that works, and what I would need to do it? Think I should start small with stick ons and the like, but I would like to know whether it is worth doing embossing, if it isn't too expensive to get the stuff...

    Melissa75 I love your card, looks really special (and complicated) If I got that card, I would never throw it away......

    Gemma85 your valentine card is gorgeous, on the cat front, can't ever get one as DH is really alergic (he suffers really bad with his chest and skin when we visit my Mum who has a cat)...have a little doggie though...

    Keep up all the great work guys (I need all the inspiration I can get)...


    Just a quick question if anyone can help, is there any way of changing my username without starting all over etc....(I have my reasons!!)
    Originally posted by orchid-96
    As I new crafter it is easy to get carried away, and buy loads of stuff to try different techniques, I did and bought a Heat Gun, Embossing powder lots of stamps, then a Light Box Stencils and Embosing tools made a few cards.... then bought the Fiskars Embossing Kit about £20 then loads of stencils for that......, then moved on to Lace ( cutting designs in paper then folding) bought all the Lace tools and ruler and metal templates..... then it was paper-piercing bought loads of patterns,and pricking tools. then it was punches,border punches, corner punches and any other punch I could find, next came clear stamps, chalks, then all the distressing inks and Ink pads ( which I will use eventually) Oh and there was papers for Iris folding, eyelet setting tools eyelets and brads, then a couple of Glitter Girls Boards, then it was Decoupage papers ( but hated cutting out) oh and then the craft were you roll strips of paper to make flowers I cannot think of the name
    I did make a few cards using the above but to be honest I wasted a lot of money.
    so beware, think before you buy try and join a craft class were you can try before you buy !! it will work out cheaper
    I have made a decision not to buy anything else but to use up some of the stuff I have,
    But I could be tempted tp buy a Bind it All , to make mini books !!

    cheers

    Jerseygirl
  • saveapenny
    Mumhug...thank you it arrived safley and its lovely xx

    Ive asked before but cant find the page with the answers on the old thread...Can anyone recomend a place or web site for buy pearlesent card ( cheaply)

    Jerseygirl...the bind it all is expensive and you would have to make a lot of minibooks there are lots of free ideas on the net for minibooks that dont use binders
    The rings are just as good http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/50-19MM-Scrapbook-Paper-bag-Album-Hinged-Binding-Rings_W0QQitemZ250313438660QQihZ015QQcategoryZ7557 2QQcmdZViewItem and a hole punch
    Here is a site for soem free minibooks http://www.scrapbook-crazy.com/chipboard-mini-album.html also search youtube for things like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDRteLpX4S4&feature=related
    Last edited by saveapenny; 16-02-2009 at 1:09 PM.
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  • paddingtondoo
    snipped


    Hi Paddingtondoo,

    Can I ask where you got your crop o diles from, and if you don't mind me asking what you paid for them - as I have seen mention of these a lot recently and am very tempted to get some. Are they easy to use, in so much as you don't need a lot of pressure to make the holes or add the eyelets, as I don't have good strength in either of my arms. I saw something like this in our local market on Saturday for £3.99, http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/REVOLVING-H-D-LEATHER-FABRIC-HOLE-PUNCH-RIVET-EYELET_W0QQitemZ360045042582QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_ Crafts_Leathercraft_LE?hash=item360045042582&_trks id=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1688%7C66%3A2%7C65% 3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

    but would hold out for a crop a dile if it is easy to use, as it would allow me to do eyelets.


    Thanks
    Originally posted by CT19720
    I haven't really used it yet - only to punch 4 holes so far and it didn't need hardly any pressure to use. It cost £29.99 from the range but it is the big bite one - I have seen them online for about £26 but I wanted it now .

    I'm going to have a play tonight when DD goes to bed so will report back although I know several other on here have them and they love them
    Officially a non-smoker but still rounder than recommended

    • CT19720
    • By CT19720 16th Feb 09, 1:35 PM
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    CT19720
    I haven't really used it yet - only to punch 4 holes so far and it didn't need hardly any pressure to use. It cost £29.99 from the range but it is the big bite one - I have seen them online for about £26 but I wanted it now .

    I'm going to have a play tonight when DD goes to bed so will report back although I know several other on here have them and they love them
    Originally posted by paddingtondoo

    Thanks Paddingtondoo, i'd be grateful to hear what you think about it, and any comments anyone else wants to tell me - I have a feeling though that I will want one and will also want it now!
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