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Old 09-06-2019, 10:16 AM   #41
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My design process is a mix. I'm rusty starting out, so I like to begin with a sketch or color challenge, the hardest design components for me. As I get deeper into my crafting session, it's easier to come up with my own designs. I LOVE the challenges here on SCS and I also enjoy a magazine called Scrapbook & Cards Today. The magazine has wonderful ideas and a section of PageMaps and CardMaps that I use frequently.

So glad you mentioned this magazine! I thought Rubber Stamp Madness was the only one left. I just subscribed to Scrapbook & Cards Today, which seems like a totally different style so I should have loads of inspiration swirling around! I use and enjoy pinterest, but I love the portability of magazines and the fact that I can use them when our crummy rural internet is not working.
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:21 AM   #42
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I thought I'd throw a thought out into the discussion. I have some pictures of cards from catalogs that I thought were idea-generators for me that are stacked in a small box. Lately I have been pulling a couple of them out (whatever might strike my fancy...or just a random one) and then making a card inspired by one or the other. I don't usually have the exact stamps or whatever, but I take my style and my stamps and make something similar. I get cards done this way and I don't agonize over what to make. My cards don't take anywhere near as long this way.

I love to do this, too. I get to enjoy the magazine/catalog again as I look thru and stick post-its on the pages with ideas I want to try. Then I leave it on my desk for when I need a quick bit of inspiration. Right now I'm using some that are 15 years old! I have fun putting my own spin on things using different/newer supplies and then pass the magazine on to others in my stamp group.
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Old 09-06-2019, 02:30 PM   #43
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It takes 2 hours or more for me to make a special card completely suited to a loved one. I once timed making a very simple black and white card assembly line method so I could really cut the time down as much as possible. It took more than 15 minutes per card. I seldom do simple cards so I believe 30 to 45 minutes is average for me to make a routine card that isn't special.
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Old 09-06-2019, 05:34 PM   #44
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It can take me anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks! I find it just depends on my memory..."Oh no, it's sisters b'day", card is ready to mail the next day! Christmas takes me the longest because I start abut 6-8 weeks ahead and mail maybe 2 weeks before Xmas. If I have a large project like when I made my daughters baby shower invitations it took me over a month. Whew!
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Old 11-26-2019, 05:15 AM   #45
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I don't think I have ever made a card in less than an hour. That being said, it most often takes me many hours sometimes over several days. I stamp birthday cards for a month by theme. (ie November was mums/Thanksgiving was deer and December is perfume/pocket knives/Christmas snowflakes). Therefore I look through all my ideas for those themes and use them to spur the actual card. I rarely make two cards alike---unless I am really pleased with one that is not too time consuming and I need a thinking of you or other occasion for my stash that would be appropriate. I love techniques and I try to use as many as possible for the different cards. I also teach a technique class every month, so need samples for that. In that case, I use the same technique in as many different cards as possible. The only time limits I have is to have the cards done by the time they go out, but I'm always working 1 to 2 months ahead and have cards for other occasions in my stash, so rarely, if ever, have an immediate deadline for a specific card. That way I can enjoy working as I absolutely love the process, am retired and don't care if I take days to get a card done, or end up playing with a technique until it pleases me. Since the theme drives my card making, it cuts down on much of the thought process. As many, I've had those cards that take on a mind of their own and come out way different than intended, but if I'm happy with it, great. I have agonized over the card that does come out as imagined and I look at it knowing it is not quite right, needs something, or I just don't like it. If I can't get it to my liking, it gets set aside for another time or trashed.
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Old 11-26-2019, 11:03 AM   #46
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About an hour. With that being said I tent to CASE designs. Of course they are not exact but I think it goes quicker when you are following a pre-made design.



There are some sketches that are Imprinted in my brain that make it easy to just create without a case.
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