I really enjoy rubber stamping. It may, or may not, be the most frugal thing, but it is a creative outlet for me that is satisfying and gives me something useful when I am done. I will say...stamping is not the craze that it was several years back, and second-hand stamps can be very affordable. So are embellishments, if you look for things second-hand, on sale, etc. The library has books about stamping techniques, and there are lots of websites full of ideas and inspiration. I was a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for a couple of years (a long time ago), so I never really paid full price for any of my stamps or supplies. Still, it is more about enjoyment for me than it is about it being cheaper than purchased cards, bookmarks, gift tags, etc.
This year I am making our Christmas cards. We do not send very many, but I joined a card exchange in a group on facebook, so I will be sending to those ladies too.
Once I get started planning, I usually come up with several ideas that I like, so I make a dozen of each card, and then send different cards to different people. I have paper, cardstock, scissors, adhesives and embellishments on hand, so it feels like an affordable thing to do...you know...since I'm not spending any money at this time. Anyway, I wanted to share some of the card designs I am making this year.
This is our snowman card. When I ran out of the baker's twine in the colors that matched, I switched to ribbon:
I like nature themes, and this is what I came up with this year. Each card is a little different from the others:
I have some more planned, but I am not sure how many I will get completed. Do you make Christmas cards, or do you have other crafts you do at the holidays...or year round? I'd love to hear about them!