Make Simple, Unique Birthday and Greeting Cards ~~ Helpful Ideas and Tips

Ready or not holiday time is here...make your connections personal this year

In a few short days we celebrate a holiday that brings families together sometimes after years of separation and then in a few weeks Christmas arrives...another time to embrace those we love and care about as well as those who are less fortunate.

Take a few minutes out of your schedule to relax and make special cards to send to a few special loved ones and friends. It will make you smile and the recipient as well.

Plain and Simple: Using a Calligraphy Pen

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This is one of my favorites: a quilled butterfly peeking out of a tiny door

SIMPLE AND QUICK TO MAKE....
SIMPLE AND QUICK TO MAKE.... | Source

How to:

You may ask, "How do I make a card? You may also ask "Why make one when I can go to Bluemountain.com and print one?" The answer is easy...it shows that you took a few extra moments to put together something special for someone you care about .

Is there one 'way' to make the perfect card?

And of course the answer is "NO".
The way to make a card is to gather what you have on hand and get started.

Simple. Yes.What to use:

plain copy paper, colored copy paper, construction paper, cardstock, buttons, sequins, glitter, stickers, lace, ribbon, quilled creations, or whatever else strikes your fancy.

The sticker aisles are filled with all kinds of clever decorations to attach to cards; watch for sales and stock up.

A Cricut is a lovely gadget to use as you can create many designs to attach to your card. Maybe you can put one on your Christmas or birthday list.


Must have tools for creative card making

These are stampin' write markers have a brush end and a fine tip point
These are stampin' write markers have a brush end and a fine tip point | Source

Select a few add-ons to perk up lovely paper

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Say "I love YOU with a hand made card (more below)

Love cards: use a fun pair of scissors to make fancy edges
Love cards: use a fun pair of scissors to make fancy edges | Source

A simple, handmade greeting card created by you speaks volumes to anyone who receives one.

Use calligraphy pens, brush tip sharpies, stickers, and other decorations to glam up your card. Write a heartfelt message and include a special quote that will be meaningful.You can add whatever touches to your card that says best how you feel.

The quotes I used were found at http://injuredlamb.hubpages.com/hub/I-love-you-quotes. I came across them the other day. They are from fellow hubber, Injured Lamb.

Make some cute little greeting cards for friends and family today.

Great tips on layering....

Simple and elegant ~~~often, less IS more

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A sweet little decoration leaving room for your message

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Elegant and lovely a hint of shabby sheek

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Share a lovely quote

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Fold a corner up on crafting paper (on sale) and apply a cute sticker

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Owl ...basking in the spring warmth

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A small selection of stickers on hand, ready for use

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The Reason for the Season

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Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting Machine
Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting Machine

Easy to use and compact for storage, this little gadget will make creating cards even more fun.

 

What card making method do you prefer?

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Greeting cards for all occasions...

Today it is not uncommon to use the social networks, emailing, or texting to send greetings. They are great ways to remember a friend or relative. If you really want to say thoughtful take a few minutes and make a handmade card.

Greeting cards for any occasions or just to say "I thought of you today" are always welcome. Uncluttered but thoughtful.

Use calligraphy pens to change up your decorating style once in a while.

I have used felt calligraphy pens in the past but I have seen the calligraphy pens shown in the photographs being used and like the appearance of the work.

It was a bit of an adjustment using the new pen but I think I like it better than the felt ones. I can get a much finer stroke if I wish. This particular set has four interchanging tips that can be used.

Stickers of various types have been used to accent these new cards.

#2 Love cards

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#3 Love cards: attach a small heart that will add a little different twist

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Simple card craft





You know that it is so easy just to walk into most any of our favorite stores and find colorful, amusing greeting cards for almost any occasion. Sometimes that is fun as there is a large selection and you can find some unusual cards.

Receiving a cared that has made just for you says that you are thought of in a special way. That is why I began to make cards for others.

I have even begun to get my grandsons involved in card-making too. It was so much fun watching my eldest grandson before Mother's Day this year. He came to my house and made a card for his Mother for Mother's Day. The Baby, two years old, sat patiently in his brother's arms while Nini (me) painted his feet blue and smushed them on a pink t-shirt for his Momma for his Mother's Day Card. We have done hands for birthday and Mother's Day before this. On the back, of the shirt, we put big brother's hands and baby boy's hands. My heart sang. Their Momma was overjoyed with her surprises.

Hand Written Message Written with Fancier Calligraphy Pen

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Hand writtien with thin side of calligraphy pen

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Another Great Option: Stampin' Up!

If you are so inclined and wish to invest time and money in creating splendid cards, Stampin' Up! might just be what you are looking for.

The stamps are not inexpensive even on Ebay but if you know this is a hobby you would consider as more than a passing fancy, it could be something to explore.

There is such a wide variety of stamps that creating unique cards can be accomplished with ease.

My sister has a skadillion which she has collected over the years.

She of course has the inks that accompany the stamps.

In the photos, I show a small fraction of her Stampin' Up! collection.

Watch for sales at Joanne's or Michael's...sometimes you can find a 40% off coupon that will hep out with your purchases.


Stamps All Organized in Their Little Case

just a sampling of her many stamps....
just a sampling of her many stamps.... | Source

An Array of Inks for Making Cards Using Stampin' Up!

so many lovely shades of ink
so many lovely shades of ink | Source

A Peek at a Few of the Stamps

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A Card with a Religious Note

This card was made by my sister...
This card was made by my sister... | Source

A Greeting for a Friend....

Another card made by my sister....
Another card made by my sister....

At a glance...

Materials and supplies
to have on hand
for card making
a work space dedicated to card making*
assorted paper---a variety of colors and textures
calligraphsy pens, pens, sharpies, fine tipped markers, colored pencils
stoclers---a large assortment
scissors
craft glue
an assortment of ink to use for calligraphy
paint bruhses
paint for use on paper
bejeweled stick-ons
a cricut** + cartridges
rub-on letters
stencils
precut cards (for card-making)
an assortment of envelopes
* not mandatory but very nice to have so clean up is ot necessary each time you must stop **not required but a wonderful asset

Calligraphy Pen Set

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Tip

It occurred to me that not every one will wish to purchase special writing tools. You can make lovely hand written cards with magic marks, pens, and pencils, and inexpensive calligraphy pens. A sampling of a few ways to accomplish this are shown.

Hand written greeting using a simple magic marker

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Grandbaby's 2nd birthday...

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MAKE A SECRET DOOR TO OPEN WITH A SPECIAL SOMETHING TUCKED INSIDE...
MAKE A SECRET DOOR TO OPEN WITH A SPECIAL SOMETHING TUCKED INSIDE... | Source
INSIDE DRAW OR PLACE CUT OUTS OF SOME OF YOUR GRANDBABY'S OR CHILD'S FAVORITE THINGS...
INSIDE DRAW OR PLACE CUT OUTS OF SOME OF YOUR GRANDBABY'S OR CHILD'S FAVORITE THINGS... | Source

Randomcreatvie shares numerous creative ideas.

Randomcreative's hub shows a variety of card making ideas that will be sure to enchant and that you will enjoy making.

http://randomcreative.hubpages.com/hub/Greeting-Cards-with-Balloons

Randomcreative also has another greeting card hub that uses buttons very creatively.

http://randomcreative.hubpages.com/hub/Button-Greeting-Cards-Ideas-Handmade-Homemade-Card-Making


A Cricut is a wonderful thing

If you have a Cricut you can also make a variety of embellishments for your cards

You can purchase a wide variety of cartridges to use with your Cricut. These allow you to be as creative as you wish....

When I first received a Cricut as a gift earlier this year, I had not been able to make many cards before publishing. I have been having so much fun cutting out different designs with it.

Most of the cards I have made were mailed before I remembered to photograph them. Periodically, I will add new ones for you to enjoy.

As I add more cartridges to my collection, more cards pop up. Thanks mainly to my sister, I have a new cartridge almost every month. I have not abandoned my other card making techniques. I still use them as well.

An Assortment of Cutouts

getting ready to make a card
getting ready to make a card | Source
more cutouts...having fun learning about my Cricut
more cutouts...having fun learning about my Cricut | Source
.....ready for spring yardwork
.....ready for spring yardwork | Source
flowers bursting out all over...
flowers bursting out all over... | Source

Spring cards

i admit it. My Cricut has become a crafting tool that i have so much fun using.

Both of my sisters were born in April so I sent birthday cards off to them today that my trusty little Cricut helped me create.

Spring has come and I am surrounded by all of the things I love about this time of the year. I tried to capture a little of it by making simple little cards and sharing them in these new photos.

supplies

  • cards, envelopes
  • calligraphy pen if desired
  • pen
  • print outs from free on line sticker sites (if desired)/glue/scissors
  • stickers
  • peel and stick letters
  • rub on letters
  • clothes pins or other 'accessories'
  • bejeweled sticks ons
  • ribbon

You can use all or some of these to make your cards. YOU can make these to send or you can do this with children.




MimiKat33 shares creative ways to use your Cricut.

MimiKat33 shows creative ways to use your Cricut to make a card for that special new baby. Detailed steps and pictures are helpful.
http://mimikat33.hubpages.com/hub/Easy-to-Make-Card-for-a-New-Baby-with-your-Cricut-Machine


What you need...

For my cards, I went to a craft store that has a large selection of stickers. Luckily, the stickers were 40% off that day! I try not to pay full price. It can become quite expensive. As for me, I am trying not to go over budget.

An alternative to purchasing the stickers is, of course, printing them from online sticker sites. The down side to that is you will need to cut and paste unless you find those you can print onto 'sticker paper'. And, of course, there are products you can buy to install on your computer that will allow you to create and print.. If you are really lucky, you may have a machine that creates all kinds of crafts like the Cricut.

Supplies:

  • cards, envelopes
  • calligraphy pen if desired
  • pen
  • print outs from free on line sticker sites (if desired)/glue/scissors
  • stickers
  • peel and stick letters
  • rub on letters
  • clothes pins or other 'accessories'
  • bejeweled sticks ons
  • ribbon

You can use all or some of these to make your cards. YOU can make these to send or you can do this with children.


...Assemble as you wish

Add a little extra flair to envelopes too..
Add a little extra flair to envelopes too.. | Source

Shopping for supplies

Joann's
Michael's
Target (limited selection)
Walmart (limited selection)
Ebay
Amazon
Hobby Lobby
Overstock.com
Paperwishes.com
HSN.com
 
 
Your budget is a consideration. You can find some of what you need at one store and then travel to another to get the rest if store-hopping will save money. You can also order on line---just watch those shipping charges. These are suggestions...if yo

TIPS about shopping

  • At Walmart and Target you can find some of the stickers and craft materials and they usually are less expensive than a specialty craft store. However the selection is limited:
  • Joann's and Michael's have weekly coupon offers that can be quite helpful when shopping for craft supplies. They also have frequent sales on stickers and other add-ons to place on your cards. Another great perk about Joann's and Michael's is holiday stickers and add-ons are often dramatically reduced after a holiday and during the summer. Check our that section each time you visit those stores.
  • Ebay and Amazon are other places to consider...it takes frequent checking back but since it is on line you are not driving hither, thither, and you in search of a bargain.
  • Along those same lines: you may find one item is cheaper at one store but if you are driving long distances to purchase that one item, it may not be cost effective unless you are buying enough of the item so that you will not read to return there for months.
  • On line purchasing is great but shipping charges can add up.



Select and Create

You have assembled all of your supplies and now you are ready.

When I make the card, I think specifically of the person for whom it is being made. I try to personalize it is some way with a special 'something' that person likes.

Sometimes I use a calligraphy pen to make it really fancy. That is how I made all of my Christmas cards this year. I used a 'regular' pen on this one.

The rub-on or stick-on letters are suggested if you wish. I did use them on some of these cards but not all of them. I have them though for my next craft.

So, have fun. I did not go overboard when designing the cards ...some are very simple and straightforward because I liked the look of them. For smaller children, I kind of went 'sticker crazy' as it just seemed like more fun to me.

Stickers ....

Stick-ons for All Occasions

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Hand Written Greeting Using Broad Side of Calligraphy Pen

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...a Extra Little Something

wooly willy and key chains
wooly willy and key chains | Source

A Little 'something Extra'

When the cards are all decorated, they are placed in envelopes. When I decorate the Valentine envelopes, I make a little design below the person's name and place a heart on either end of it.

If the person's name lends itself to it, I will put hearts on some of the letters in the name, just for a little smile.

When all finished, I am ready to place them in a box. Why a box? Because the the card is not all I send. I find some inexpensive little trinkets to send along. This time here is what I am sending:

  • a sampling of left over stickers for each child
  • a small picture frame for the teenage girls
  • squishy animal key chains
  • Wooly Willys (picture with magnet to make face on Willy)
  • a 'Chinese food container' filled with tiny candies in a tiny baggie

I spent less than fifty dollars exclusive of shipping and made about 20 cards. (not quite finished)

Caution:

When mailing cards, note the following information:.

If you have stickers that are 'raised' on your card, they may catch on the machine in the post office as the mail is sorted. I was informed of this by a postal worker. For a small fee, you can add extra postage and your card will be marked so it will not go through the machine. If you have ever gotten a card that looked somewhat disheveled, that may have been the reason.

There are much more sophisticated ways to prepare cards. Stamping is very popular. One day I will do that perhaps. But for now, this is a way I have of connecting with family I do not see often.

A Student Graduates from High School

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Graduation Cards

Back in 2003, the first class of students that I was blessed to be the teacher for was a remarkable group of fourth grade students. This class of students graduated from high school a few days ago.

Two cards shown here are for two of the girls that were in that class. They were best friends then and are best friends now. They went to school throughout elementary, middle, and high school together. I have been especially aware of one of the girl's successes as I was blessed to be the teacher of her twin sisters who came along after she left our school. And, I am friends with their Mother.

The BFF I would hear about from time to time on facebook . Both girls have done quite well and now are beginning a whole new part of their journey.

There are much more sophisticated ways to prepare cards. Stamping is very popular. One day I will do that perhaps. But for now, this is a way I have of connecting on a more personal level than texting and emailing with family and friends that I do not see often.

A Second Student Graduates

message on the inside of card
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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

The fun thing about making your own cards is that they sky's the limit. You can make them as clever and entertaining as you wish.

Thanks, 'Diva' for stopping by.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

It is a fun way to say to someone we know and care about that we are thinking of them. The card can be as elaborate or plain as we wish and it is still appreciated.

thank you for visiting peachpurple.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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divacratus 20 months ago from India

My interest in cardmaking started only recently when I wanted to gift a handmade card to a friend. This page is going to be a great reference in the future when I make more cards. Thanks so much!


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i love your easy to make cards, really easy with just markers and cards, clever ideas, voted up


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Peggy W 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

I loved seeing all the examples of cards you have made. They are lovely!

I am not familiar with a Cricut but it would seem that it enables you to make all of those cute designs. (I just looked it up and found out that it is an electronic cutting machine.)

I did take some free calligraphy lessons many years ago and occasionally use it for something special. I like that effect.

Up votes and will share with others. Also pinning to my crafting board. Reading this is inspirational! By the way, inserting plain paper over raised cutouts helps protect them when mailing. It may or may not cost extra postage that way depending upon weight.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

They really are, Rebecca. I will be adding some new ones in a few days for Valentine's Day and for birthdays.

Hoping all is well with you.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for the votes, Aufait I enjoy so much making cards and learning new techniques to use. I am still working on quilling which I find so enchanting

So appreciate you stopping by today.

Angels are winging their way to you this morning ps


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rebeccamealey 23 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Your homemade cards are so pretty and creative. They are inspiring, and look like so much fun to do! Thanks!


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Au fait 23 months ago from North Texas

A very useful article! Handmade cards mean so much knowing someone cared enough to take time and energy to create them. Valentine's Day is coming up fast and I think handmade Valentine's are the very best sort. This article has so many good ideas that will adapt well to whatever kind of card one needs for any occasion. Very useful. Voted up, BAUI, and shared with followers.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you again for stopping by


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you again for stopping by


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

hi thanks for stopping by...I am working on new cards for this year. I cannot believe time has slipped away so quickly

Angels are on the way to you this morning


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

hi thanks for stopping by...I am working on new cards for this year. I cannot believe time has slipped away so quickly

Angels are on the way to you this morning


egvejr 3 years ago

i like it


egvejr 3 years ago

i like it


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi DDE How sweet of you to stop by. This is a reminder to get busy on greeting cards for this year. Thank you for the reminder.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

How to Make Simple Birthday and Greeting Cards Helpful Ideas and Tips a brilliant idea for special cards great words and so meaningful


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Kevin

thanks for stopping by to visit.

Making the cards for me is a way to let others know I think they are special. It is easy for me to go to the internet and select an e card to send. But that just does not seem personal enough for me so that is why I make a little something to send.

Try it...you will like it :)

Angels are on the way again today ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Kevin

thanks for stopping by to visit.

Making the cards for me is a way to let others know I think they are special. It is easy for me to go to the internet and select an e card to send. But that just does not seem personal enough for me so that is why I make a little something to send.

Try it...you will like it :)

Angels are on the way again today ps


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Kevin Peter 3 years ago from Global Citizen

The ideas you have mentioned in the hub is really very wonderful. The cards look very cute. Hand written greeting ideas sound very great. It has given me inspiration on making cards myself. Thanks a lot for your simple as well as creative ideas.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thanks for stopping by learningtofly

hope to see some of your articles soon.

Sending Angels your way today :) ps


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learningtofly 3 years ago

Great ideas! Thanks!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by. These are fun to make and send to friends and family.

Maybe you can give them a try sometime. ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by. These are fun to make and send to friends and family.

Maybe you can give them a try sometime. ps


parul gupta 3 years ago

hi,

beautiful greetting cads design.....


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rumana

I think that is why I like making them so much---it takes me back to earlier days when we enjoyed making these so much.

Thank you for visiting today

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rumana

I think that is why I like making them so much---it takes me back to earlier days when we enjoyed making these so much.

Thank you for visiting today

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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rumanasaiyed 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

Hi Pstrabiue48,

Your hub reminded me of my school days, when we used to make cards for Christmas and New Year. Your cards looks amazing.

Voted up Interesting and Shared!


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moronkee 3 years ago

Your hub is beautiful,useful and interesting. I'll give it a five star out of five.


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bisnar6665 3 years ago from Irvine, California

So cool! I'm always trying to find new things to do with my little one.

Yay for good hubs!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Celeste

Nice to see you again today.

There is just something special about making them to me. It is a relaxing activity and I think of how the one I am making it for will feel when it arrives.

You sound like you are already to make some yourself.

Angels are coming to you again today :) ps

Enjoy


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Celeste

Nice to see you again today.

There is just something special about making them to me. It is a relaxing activity and I think of how the one I am making it for will feel when it arrives.

You sound like you are already to make some yourself.

Angels are coming to you again today :) ps

Enjoy


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celeste inscribed 3 years ago

I love these ideas. I really enjoy making cards. I have a whole box full just made for the fun of it. I love collecting stickers and recycling paper that has some textural interest, then using them on cards. Voted beautiful!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Glad to see you stopping by this morning. Making these cards is a great way for me to keep in contact with friends and family in a little more personal way than a text or email.

Thanks for visiting.

Sending Angels on the way to you today :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Glad to see you stopping by this morning. Making these cards is a great way for me to keep in contact with friends and family in a little more personal way than a text or email.

Thanks for visiting.

Sending Angels on the way to you today :) ps


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khmohsin 3 years ago from London,UK

Very nice and useful hub, in fact a good way to save money on cards of many occasions. Thanks for sharing your knowledge in this helpful and beautiful hub.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi PauloJpm

Awesome...you can make many of these materials...I wish I could. Thanks for visiting.

Sending Angels your way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi PauloJpm

Awesome...you can make many of these materials...I wish I could. Thanks for visiting.

Sending Angels your way ps


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PaoloJpm 3 years ago from Philippine

I enjoyed most of the outputs that can be done using those materials that I can custom make it myself! I truly enjoyed your hub voted up and shared!

Moreover, I once made one and like what you said it truly shows more spirit within.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good evening ezzly

I am just learning once again to use the calligraphy pen. My Daddy used a calligraphy type pen for years and years...he would open the little lever on the side and it would draw ink from the ink well into the pen. His script was amazing.

Thanks for stopping by ....

Sending Angels to you and yours..:) ps


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ezzly 3 years ago

Wonderful creative article, I have to say I'm a huge fan of calligraphy. Your pictures look great !


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Neinahpets 3 years ago from Greater Toronto Area, Canada

Great article especially with Valentine's Day coming up! :) Thanks for sharing!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for stopping by. Making these little cards is a relaxing activity. It does take time and some planning but the ideas take on a life of their own much like writing a story does. I never really had time to do much of this when I was working full time so do enjoy it.So nice to see you.

Sending Angels to you and yours :) ps


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rumintasari 3 years ago from Sleman

wow, very interesting, you have a really creative mind.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Well thank you Janet for your sweet comment. I get inspiration from others too particularly in the qoutoes and sayings. It is fun, isn't it?

Thank you for stopping by. I will be over to visit soon. Happy tenth day of our new year..:) ps


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JGD Crafts 3 years ago from Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK

So many lovely card making ideas here - a really nice hub. I always make my own cards but sometimes need a bit of inspiration from others to get new ideas and that's what I got here :-)


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Tom

I am learning learning....I hope to be able to show some really fancy work in the near future. So glad to seem you stopped by. :) ps


tom 4 years ago

I just love this card & the tips for it. : )


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you so much for your kind words. I am having fun making cards for my family and friends. It is really a relaxing activity. Sending Angels your way. ps :)


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you so much for your kind words. I am having fun making cards for my family and friends. It is really a relaxing activity. Sending Angels your way. ps :)


Urja Narang 4 years ago

Beautiful Birthday And Greetings Cards !!!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi, Marj.

I hope you stop by again soon. I am just getting ready to make Halloween cards. Have fun with your Cricut. You will have so much fun with it. Thank you for visiting.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi, Marj.

I hope you stop by again soon. I am just getting ready to make Halloween cards. Have fun with your Cricut. You will have so much fun with it. Thank you for visiting.


Marj 4 years ago

Oh, this is so cool. I have just gotten a cricut as a gift and am getting ready to make things for my grand daugthers. I am so glad I saw this. Nice job.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Steffie...thank you for stopping by. I hope you have fun crafting. You really should think about joining us on hubpages. We would like to see your cards.


Steffie 4 years ago

I love making little cards for my family. This looks like fun. My grandchildren are coming this summer and this is something we can together. Thank you for sharing these ideas.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Deanne

I do not know I will get to make spring cards. I am only now just getting settled in my new home so have not even gotten my circuit out of the box again. If I do I will post them on this hub. Thanks for stopping by.


Deanne 4 years ago

I have stopped by this hub before but this time is the first time I am commenting. Are you going to make any spring cards with your cricut? I am toying with the idea of buying one but was looking for more ideas before I do. 'Homemade cards' says so much to those who receive them. So glad you shared this.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

vuyanilodge, thank you for stopping by...hallmark does make great cards...i have sent many of them...but now that i have the time i choose to make those for my fam....i have a box full of little notes and cards from my grandboy and my daughter...they just mean so much ...i hung a very tatttered ornament onto my tree this Christmas...made from an egg carton, colored with crayon..so special handmade gifts i have received.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

rebeccaameley...i hope i got all of the letters in your name correct....thanks for stopping by...just a simple, not 'fancy' or over the top way to say 'i thought of you today.' you can get very elaborate if you choose...i have always pretty much subscribed to the KISS model....i will be stopping by soon.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Nice Hub! I enjoyed the pics and your tips for homemade cards are awesome!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Terry Gruber....isn't it fun?? putting together a simple little something to brighten someone's day. thank you for stopping by...it is nice to see someone stop at more than one of my hubs!!!


Terry Gruber 4 years ago

another thing we share!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Betty....in response to your question...i do not know what brings people to my site...if they are like me they look for a topic or title that seems interesting and go there..once i find writers i like, that have interesting hubs, i revisit...hope this helps...


betty 4 years ago

hi. how did you get people coming to your site? i am interested.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Journey*....thank you for the vote up...and for the kind words. i have just kind of fallen into this again...i used to send many letters and cards and got away from it with email and texting...and then i saw some of my young family members opening cards...it was just so much fun for them...hence, my new interest in an old hobby.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Pamela...it really is fun...and i feel connected in a way to the one i am making them for...envisioning their smile at the little whimsy...we just don't send enough 'snail mail' any more..so that is one reason for this endeavor. i always excitedly open a card. thank you for stopping by and for your kind words.


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Journey * 4 years ago from USA

With Valentine's Day coming up next month, these are such nice ideas that you share! I like the way you decorate the envelope in addition to the card. Lovely and thoughtful. I enjoyed this hub. Voted up.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I enjoyed your article completely. I missed out on the whole scrapbooking 'event' because I like to hand-illustrate my letters to friends and do the same in my journals, but for grandchildren I don't mind cheating a little and using stickers. That's because I can send notes and cards more often if it's simpler. And it's so fun. Thanks for an inspiring hub of ideas and photos.

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