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Post by lyndaejane on Fri 4 Oct 2013 - 16:41

This is the first year I've gone back to full production of charity cards, as we haven't really known enough people to give them to since we moved up here.  I call it Card Giving: I give a pack of 10 cards - made from used cards in one way or another, plus bits and pieces of my own stash - to someone, on the condition that they make a donation to their favourite charity of the amount they would have spent on a pack of 10 cards.  They can then give the cards at Christmas, so it's double giving, plus what I give back to the planet by recycling so much stuff.  It also means that, if your favourite charity doesn't produce its own cards, they will still get the money - in fact, they'll get all the money rather than the piddling amount that usually finds it way to charities from the so-called charity cards.  I have to give the cards rather than let anyone sell them at a fair, as I'm using copyright material from commercial card companies.

The most basic cards are (usually) scenes which I can fold in half: the main focus of the scene has to be on the right-hand side, so that it finishes up on the front of the new card.  I put in a liner with a greeting to finish it off and maybe add a bit of glitter to a snowy roof if it looks a bit plain.

If a card is particularly gorgeous, I just remount it on a fresh card blank.  Believe me, when you get given bagfuls of used cards, there are some pretty tremendous ones!

Attractive cards are also remounted on a card blank, with the odd jewel, pearl, ribbon etc added.

Some cards are handmade, using pieces of surplus wrapping paper, Christmas cracker card/paper (you have to pull crackers in a certain way in this house, so you don't crease anything!), bows, stars, jewels, snowflakes or any other embellishment I can scavenge.

Card blanks can be just that, or the backs of used cards that had liners and so have no verse or writing on (correction roller over the maker's name on the back, fold that as the inside of the card blank, liner covers up the tape).  Or can be unused cards that people give me - you know, the ones you don't like out of the box you bought.  Or can be a pack of cards bought for 50p in January that the supermarket didn't sell - even better, as the greeting is already inside and you just cover up the horrible front (usually why they didn't sell).

I have the fun of making them, and being inventive with what I've been given (my neighbour organised all her friends to give me their cards last year), so I'm happy!

Will post a piccie or two when I get to sorting them all out.

Lynda


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Post by WeirdCat on Fri 4 Oct 2013 - 18:17

Well done. Basically if anyone gets a card from me this year it'll be a flippin' miracle!

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Post by thriftycrafter on Fri 4 Oct 2013 - 18:48

lol Ruth.
All sounds like a great idea Lynda.

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Post by Lorraine on Fri 4 Oct 2013 - 21:45

I think it's a smashing idea Lynda and all power to you for doing it hun.

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Post by Di Masters on Sat 5 Oct 2013 - 10:50

Recycling at it's best, good for you.

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Post by supergran on Sat 5 Oct 2013 - 12:43

Thats a good idea Lynda.

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Post by Scatty on Sat 5 Oct 2013 - 22:00

Well done Lynda, great giving all round.

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Post by cb on Sun 6 Oct 2013 - 12:07

A great idea Lynda, I've usually cut pieces of old cards and used them for gift tags which I'm sure we've all done.

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Post by lyndaejane on Sun 6 Oct 2013 - 15:02

Just to give you some idea of things I do to make the cards (don't think the scans do them justice):



Top left: you can't see very well, but the design is in grey and silver.  It was a long, thin, landscape card - but with the greeting in the middle, so I couldn't fold it in half.  I chopped it in half, put one piece at the top and the other at the bottom, found a used greeting in silver on white and hid the joins with some recycled ribbons.  Added gems for colour.
Top right: also a long, thin, landscape card.  Had 2 of them: one had the main focus of the scene on the right, the other had the greeting in the wrong place, so couldn't fold it in half.  So chopped the two of them up into 4 pieces and mounted them with green on a red square card.
Bottom: 2 pieces of leftover papers in a silvery grey colour.  Tags were from 3 shirts Steve bought, toppers are cut from a card which had multiple square motifs on it.  Ribbons recycled.


Top: original card had a gold tree and debossed gold Merry Christmas on a cream shiny card with the tree on a white swirl-embossed background edged with gold.  I hate the shiny cards!  Cut round the gold edge, mounted the tree on white (matt - back of an old card) swirl-embossed card and stuck inside gold edge, then a cream card. Cut out the greeting to stick on.
Bottom: Baubles are brown glitter, and gold with brown sequins, which had been 3D mounted so no cutting out!  Had to cut a top for the gold bauble, then made hanging wire loops (out of wire stripped from wire-edged ribbon).  Stamped flourish in brown on cream card, hung baubles from gold thread and finished with recycled gold bows.

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Post by thriftycrafter on Sun 6 Oct 2013 - 16:28

Liking the tag one in particular, very nice cards Lynda.

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Post by Scatty on Sun 6 Oct 2013 - 20:51

Great cards Lynda

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Post by Lorraine on Sun 6 Oct 2013 - 22:35

Well...they are smashing. Mr Green

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Post by supergran on Mon 7 Oct 2013 - 12:12

Great cards love the last one.

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Post by Di Masters on Mon 7 Oct 2013 - 12:24

They are lovely, shows what can be done with a bit of effort and imagination.

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Post by Scrap Monkey on Mon 7 Oct 2013 - 16:45

Oh they're fab Lynda! What a brilliant idea too.

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Post by lyndaejane on Mon 7 Oct 2013 - 18:25

Thanks for all the nice comments. They make a bit of a change from the stick-the-whole-of-the front-on-a-new-card-blank brigade. Does take longer, of course (some of them take longer than making one of my own cards!), but it should make people want to use them and feel they've got value for their donation.

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Post by Mrsfeefee on Tue 8 Oct 2013 - 8:40

Great cards Lynda.

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Post by kimb on Tue 8 Oct 2013 - 9:28

love the bottom one with pretty baubles.all great , hope you sell loads

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Post by lyndaejane on Tue 8 Oct 2013 - 14:26

That's the beauty, Kim: I don't have to sell them - I just give them away and the recipient makes a donation to charity. So, provided I can force them to take a pack, it's a piece of cake! And I might not even have to do that, as my neighbour had several packs last year and some of the friends she gave them to remarked on how nice they were, so she's going to get them to have packs for themselves this year.

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