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Post by jcrulesfootball on Fri 30 Apr 2010 - 19:39

hi girls,
when i have looked in likes and dis likes section for raks ive noticed alor of you dont like shop bought toppers,
and i was just wondering what that intells does that mean you dont like any of the kanban/hunkydory and such toppers,does this include ready made embellishments?im just not sure what it includes could you girls clarify for me.
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Post by Scrap Monkey on Fri 30 Apr 2010 - 20:47

erm, well for me, pretty much anything 'ready made', i.e 'all of the above'.

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Post by thriftycrafter on Fri 30 Apr 2010 - 20:48

Liking your new pic Richard, the face fungus suits you.
Well I liked the lovely little shoes and bag you put on my card.
On the whole I think it's the blobby things that mean people don't have to be creative that people dislike.

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Post by Di Masters on Sat 1 May 2010 - 13:11

I think what most of us mean is that we prefer to make our own Richard, be it stamping things and then using them with various techniques/decoupage/making our own flowers and embellishments etc etc rather than just buying and sticking a ready printed picture on something. Of course they are handy as a standby and we nearly all use ready bought embellishments sometimes, but we prefer to think up an idea and do mainly our own work. Gluttons for punishment really lol!

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Post by kimb on Sat 1 May 2010 - 14:37

eeek i dont like anything plastic ,or anything that actually takes the crafting away from you ,if its allready done and you have to have no imagination to put a card together then to me ,thats not crafting .
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Post by Lorraine on Sat 1 May 2010 - 14:54

I'm not a lover of them either, Richard. Mr Green

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Post by Scatty on Sat 1 May 2010 - 20:17

Its the same for me I'm sorry to say.For example, many years ago I learnt how to do quilling, now you can buy a quilled shape stick it on a card and say I made that. I want to scream no you didn't.

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Post by jcrulesfootball on Sat 1 May 2010 - 20:26

what about if you mix it up with some glitter or glossy accents along with some flowers and stones ect.
no,
mmmm
ill have to be carefull then i do use them alot and there very popular when people buy them.
will do my best girls please bare with me if the odd one slips through the net!!!lol!!
thankyoukarelyn its grown since then too!!
me mum doesnt like it i think it frames my face quiet well!!
that ive never been able to grow it properly before!!
ooh i know what you mean i did have some of those cause they were in a sale!!!but i wouldnt claim to have done them myself!!
you should see some of the gorgeous toppers ive got recently though girls there gorgeous!!!
like this,
i had a pic on fb for someone so can simply copy it over.
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Post by jcrulesfootball on Sat 1 May 2010 - 20:32

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Post by Guest on Sat 1 May 2010 - 20:58

No, ready made anythings are a no no for me too, although I am sure there are lots who like them Richard.

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Post by Guest on Sat 1 May 2010 - 22:08

Have to agree with everyone. I have some toppers for the grandchildren to
use (ones that I bought in the past) but I am so into pads, inks and stamping at the
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Post by supergran on Mon 3 May 2010 - 13:26

I used to use them when I started making card a long time ago, have still got some relegated to junk drawer, I use embellishments and make my own toppers with them.

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Post by Guest on Mon 3 May 2010 - 19:13

I love anything crafty richard, i am always buying embellishments. I thihnk its like Marmute, you either love them or hate them...I do like anything pretty or effective....mind you, i am in the minority, as i also like peel-offs.

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Post by WeirdCat on Mon 3 May 2010 - 20:08

I think that ready made toppers are limiting, for example I have seen some beautiful kanban toppers, but you can't match them with anything other than kanban papers and it kind of takes the fun for me out of cardmaking. I like mixing and matching papers then colouring an image to match the papers. I also think some toppers are very poorly made, I saw some in Costco this afternoon and really a 5 year old could have done better but people will buy them because some people like them, each to their own really, boring if we all liked the same stuff

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Post by karinlouise on Tue 4 May 2010 - 21:32

I'm kind of in the middle really. I have loads of topper kanban redhotbed stuff and at the moment its not being used at all as I am doing the stamping colouring thing. Having said that I think that the cards I sell quite often like the image like that as they feel its not quite full handmade and at leastI can sell them a bit cheaper and get money back for other things.

When I very first started crafting I bought off CC a set of ready made toppers that were florals and birthdays, al lmade from handmade paper. I still have a few now and if I am really stuck for a relatives birthday for instance its something I would use.

I think our crafting habits change and its this sort of thing that we might have started with. Having said that you've done some nice cards with kit stuff before.

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Post by Guest on Mon 10 May 2010 - 17:49

Ooo this is a good question and have been interested in the answers.

I too havnt been crafting that long so as Karin mentioned I think its something I definately started out with. I love hunky dory romantica packs and still use a few of these now mainly as requests from people as they love the pictures, I only use the pictures as a small part of the card and add lots of other features, I should upload some photos see what you guys think.

Anyway recently I have started making my own toppers much more frequently, using beads and beading wires, feathers etc, the funny thing is though the people I sell the cards to dont realise everything is hand made and think I have bought them and ask how much they are, so hopefully that means they look professional enough LOL.

Like Karin I am in the middle, I have used in the past, and still do once in a while, especially if its a last minute card

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