WHAT A DEAL – Magazine Reviews…..sorta

Hello Friends,

After the excitement of last week’s joyous marriage and birth of my new granddaughter, what more could I ask for…..how about 70 degree weather for 2 days in February and a discovery of the decade.

So for last Christmas, I received a couple of magazines on card making.  I hadn’t had time to really read through them but when I finally did, boy was I impressed. Not only are they jam packed with samples, ideas and instructions, they also come with a free gift of some sort, depending on the magazine.  So you know what that meant.  I was on a mission to find out more about these magazines and give them a closer look.  Nine magazines later….I’m obsessed.  And the price point is fantastic.  All were around $17 dollars or less. You can’t even purchase a large stamp set for that little money.  Note:  These magazines come from England (or Europe) and are all in the metric system but that’s easy to get around.  Lots of them have free papers that you can use as is or copy onto card stock.

I’ll give you a quick rundown on each that I have purchased.

Make Special Cards comes with a huge stamp set (below) along with lots of printed papers, tags and sentiments inside.  I thought ahead and decided NOT to cut up the papers but instead copy them onto card stock and save the originals as my masters for future use.

Next is Make Birthday Cards.  This issue, by far, had the most additional freebies inside.  Tons of papers, sentiments and embellishments which I copied onto card stock.

Papercrafts Essentials came with a beautiful embossing folder and coordinating stamps.

Another Papercraft Essentials with a beautiful mandala stencil.

All Occasion also has a free beautiful embossing folder.

Simply Cards & Papercrafts comes with a adorable stamp set.

Crafts Beautiful has a huge stamp set, all flowers, butterflies and sentiments.

Quick Cards Made Easy has  another floral stamp set, British Wildflowers with companion border embossing folder.

And finally Die-cutting Essentials which comes with a free Cherry Tree 2-die set.

So, what do you think?  Worth the money?  I think these magazines are a fantastic deal.  Plus, the few I purchased at Joann’s were on sale (20-25% off) and I got my SIL discount (30%) for others I purchased at Barnes & Noble.  These magazines are readily available at all craft stores, usually near the checkout area and at Barnes & Nobel and probably other large bookstores.

I’m busy making lots of cards for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter/Spring, Thinking of you………no limits.

I’ll be back next week with some pics of the cards I’m working on using my goodies from these magazines.  I’m like a kid in a candy store LOL!!!

Linda

 

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2 Responses to WHAT A DEAL – Magazine Reviews…..sorta

  1. Robinongo says:

    Wow, I have seen these magazines but never paid much attention to them. I’m headed to Joann’s tomorrow! I can’t wait to see your cards next week!

  2. Fran says:

    I’ve seen them too and never thought of buying them. They are great deal and so full of great ideas. I will have to check them out the next time I go to Joann’s. Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, Fran

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