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Card makers....

If you had a $50 gift card for a craft store...what would you buy?

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Oooh.... let's see. I have a lot of stuff. So for me personally....

I would buy some prefold cards and envelopes in the value pack. (Probably about $14 to buy a 5x7 and a 4.25x5.5 set)
I would buy clear stamps. (On average, 1 set =$10. One to two sets)
I would buy some more glue. (I'd buy a big bottle- $8)
I would maybe buy another color ink pad. ($5)
I would peruse the ribbons and embellishments. (varies)

Now- this is because I have a bazillion stickers and tons of patterned and blank cardstock. So I don't need the basics anymore. I'd get the prefolds because it's just SO nice to cheat and not have to cut cardstock. Glue is a card maker's best friend. Stamps, I'm just addicted to them and I'm always finding good stuff. Hurray for the $1 clear stamps too. I'm just filling in the events I need. I look for a lot of word/sentiment based stamps or other stamps that can be used for a wide array of occasions. Stamps work nicer for cards when you make sets of cards at a time. The value of the stamp is used when I make 15 or so cards. Trying to get that many of the same image in stickers can get expensive. But if you're only making a card here and there, the value of stamps might not be reached and stickers would then be a better choice. Ink pad because I only have a black big ink pad. I have other colors, but they're on tiny tear drop pads and that's harder to use. Then I'd finish it with ribbon/embellishments because a well placed metal something or a really cool ribbon can reall make a card go from good to WOW.

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Yeah, prefold cards are my favorite- no messing with finding the right sized envelope or cutting card stock.

I love stamps too, but since they are expensive, I really look at what I'll get the most use out of.

I haven't quite figured out what glue is best for cardmaking.

I would also suggest little clear rhinestones they seem to make the difference in some cards.

I know you mostly do digital, so do you have the basic paper cutters already?

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  • Definately some cards. I can't live without mine. I hate cutting them myself and finding an envelope.
  • I found some really neat stamps at Hobby Lobby. I have overlooked them everytime b/c I wasn't sure what they were. They were only $11.99, and there were a lot in there. That might be a good idea.
  • Ribbons
  • Buttons
  • Zots- (my best friend)
  • Maybe a cute stack of card paper. The stack I bought was a 5x7 I think, and it's nice to have something that little and handy to work with.

HTH! Biggrin Let us know what you get!

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Micheals has some great $1 bin stamps. Glue and an extra blade if you have a sliding cutting. I have found it very difficult lately to get anything accomplished if you run out of either of these. Look for what they have on sale. Also, if you sign up online, Micheals will send you a coupon. This week it is 40%. You can use that to invest in some chalks or markers or something like that. And remember, you don't have to spend it all in one day. I really like to look for bargains and make the dollar stretch.

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Knowing now that it's Michaels, I HIGHLY recommend the dollar bin for stamps and ribbon. I also modify my answer... I do not like any of Michaels glue options. I use Fabritac (from the sewing section) from Walmart and glue dots for clean card options. Oh, and the dot runner from Walmart is really nice too.

You DEFINITELY need a 12 inch slide cutter if you don't have one. If you don't have the patience for rhinestones, stickles is a great option. It's kind of like glitter glue.

If you want to cut your own cards, you can buy invitation envelopes from an Office supply store and cut an 8.5x11 sheet of paper in half to make 2 cards that fit in those envelopes.

If you're digital usually, then yes, invest in a paper pack for some variety in color.

Sorry for hogging this thread. Cards and very near and dear to me.

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prefolded cards would be the top of my list. Then i agree with maybe a few stamps, some ink pads, then ribbons and embellishments. That would be good for making cards.

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Pre folded cards

A big glue stick. I like Scotch Glue the best. Never buy Elmers again.

Some pretty papers.

Ribbon from the dollar section

Some new ink pads and maybe a new embossing powder

Stickers.

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lol i completely forgot about this thread!!

ok, going to go read the respponces!

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"Avalon321" wrote:

Yeah, prefold cards are my favorite- no messing with finding the right sized envelope or cutting card stock.

I love stamps too, but since they are expensive, I really look at what I'll get the most use out of.

I haven't quite figured out what glue is best for cardmaking.

I would also suggest little clear rhinestones they seem to make the difference in some cards.

I know you mostly do digital, so do you have the basic paper cutters already?

Yeah, i have a lot of card stuff already, mostly paper, buttons, glue, cricut and a paper trimmer.

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"MinaAriel" wrote:

Micheals has some great $1 bin stamps. Glue and an extra blade if you have a sliding cutting. I have found it very difficult lately to get anything accomplished if you run out of either of these. Look for what they have on sale. Also, if you sign up online, Micheals will send you a coupon. This week it is 40%. You can use that to invest in some chalks or markers or something like that. And remember, you don't have to spend it all in one day. I really like to look for bargains and make the dollar stretch.

lol i can never go to a store and only spend partial gift cards! LOL i'm an all or nothing kind of gal! Smile

I will def be getting the 40% off coupon!

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I'd buy some distressing ink pads (probably three), some more embossing ink pads, embossing powder and ribbon. And I'd browse through all the stamps and spend the rest on them. Biggrin Ah to dream.

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"MommyCB" wrote:

I'd buy some distressing ink pads (probably three), some more embossing ink pads, embossing powder and ribbon. And I'd browse through all the stamps and spend the rest on them. Biggrin Ah to dream.

this sounds like heaven!!! do you have an embossing gun? Are they expencive? Can I use a hair dryer?

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Liz, my embossing gun at Michaels was under $15 with the 40% coupon.

And I wouldnt use a hair dryer because it would blow all the powder off before it was raised.

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oo cool! def something i'll be getting then. Smile

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Yeah, a hair dryer doesn't work, but holding your paper over a stove burner works perfectly. I do have an embossing gun that I got on sale for like $8 a long time ago, but I use my burners just as often. Biggrin Esp. when I'm scrapbooking on my kitchen table. lol

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Embossing is fun when you have the time and space to do it.

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Embossing is more messy than anything but once you find a groove that works for you, stick with it. I put a prefolded card under my paper while the card was open and then I just put all the loose powder onto there and folded the card while emptying it back into the jar.