Monday, 24 September 2012

Review: Let's Make Cards Issue 55

Soooo, today I am going to review the latest issue of Let's Make Cards, which is in the shops now, and I got last week.  Apologies in advance that I haven't actually made any of the projects yet, as I have just been really busy working and making bags.

Anyway, on to the review . . .

This month's kit comes with:

  • card blanks
  • shaped card blanks
  • papers
  • border strips
  • glitter
  • bows
  • stars
  • snowflakes
  • gems
  • ribbons
  • glittery die-cuts
  • chipboards and
  • die-cut letters and numbers.
There are loads of cards in this issue that I love, but they are ones that I would like to make as a batch rather than one-offs, and even though I know you can buy extra kits, I wouldn't want everything in the kit, so a lot of it would go to waste for one or two things.  Anyway, enough of my moaning, I will take you through the issue.

I shall start with the most important thing, which, as always, is the giveaways.  This issue, you could win:
  • A copy of CraftArtist to Professional CD-Rom
  • Ribbons from Berisfords
  • Mittens stamp and punch step from Stampin' Up
  • Nordic-inspired Christmas paper packs from Papermania
  • Cards from Belvoir.
There is also a Hobbycraft voucher to be found in this issue, along with 20% off at ExpressYourselfDIYcards.co. and Free Downloads from Jammi Panda.

Along with the usual cards in this issue, there is also a feature on Stampin' Up, advice from Dawn Bibby and ideas on how to use photos in your Christmas cards.  There are also loads of 'How Tos', which this issue include how to:
  • draw a perfect circle
  • tie a bow
  • make a glue batik card
  • use watercolour brush markers
  • make an envelope
  • make an easel card
  • do traditional decoupage
  • get the perfect finish and
  • use glitter.
The card projects in this magazine are:
  • 22 modern makes using your kit, of which my favourites are 'Pile of Presents' and 'Hanging Stocking'.  I also like the cute little gift tags in this feature;
  • 6 festive-themes quick makes, from which I love 'Festive Mail';
  • Crafter's guide to making cards using decoupage;
  • 4 easy to do Christmas folded cards;
  • 3 designs with festive decoupage;
  • Colour in cards stamped with Just Inklined designs, my favourite of which is 'Holly Design', and I also like 'Bridge Scene';
  • Card school's Festive Pop Up, which I really like and when I have some time to spare want to attempt a version of this;
  • 6 cards using the Graphtec Silhouette Cameo, from which my favourites are 'Love You' and 'Three Tags';
  • 6 cards with seasonal shapes, from which I like 'Glittery Snowman', 'Star Card' and 'Bauble Shape';
  • Top makes with your Christmas die-cuts.
As I have already said, all these cards that I love, I would want to make in batch form, so I am going to have to find another way around that one.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

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