In my world, willingly forking out hard-earned cash for cards which more often than not are impersonal, overpriced and unattractive is akin to volunteering for a root canal without anaesthetic. What's that? Cheapskate you say? Yeah well, that shoe doesn't always fit but in this case it fits like a dream.
I've told friends and family to save their fiver for a rainy day rather than buy me a birthday card with just 'On your birthday' or 'Have a fabulous birthday' or something equally as inane on the inside. I'd rather have a coffee and half an hour of chinwag time or a hug (they're free!). Check out this great card made for me by a friend - she carefully cut the dragon out of an old fairy tale book.
The husband knows no fancy-pants present will get my seal of approval unless it comes complete with a card made by my boys. There's something about seeing some sweet little words written in childish scrawl that makes me go all gooey. Plus, it's knowing that they have sat down, albeit sometimes under duress, with me in mind and conjured something up out of their imagination.
I have been doing my best to make cards to give to those close to me and have found that I like the simplistic, easy-to-do designs the best.
While I admire the effort that goes into making more elaborate, detailed cards, I like the simple lines of mine and the definite homemadeness. I don't want my cards to look flash, though I'm partial to a little edible glitter bling, I want them to look like what they are - a physical manifestation of my love and affection.
I hardly think that card making merits a tutorial, well at least the kind I make don't, but I thought you might like to see a few of the cards I have made of late? I like that I can add my own touch of whimsy which makes them so much more from me than the Hallmark variety.
One of the most satisfying things about making stuff, I think, is the moment when you realise that you have not only created something (hopefully) easy on the eye, thoughtful and made with love, you've probably saved enough money for your next latte at least.
So what do you think? Handmade or shop bought, which would you prefer to be given? And am I the only one who hates shelling out for the mass produced variety?
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