Do you do crafts as a hobby as well as to get rid of stress?

@jugsjugs (13045)
January 23, 2010 7:17pm CST
I make cards as a hobby as well as to get rid of stress.I do alot of paper pricking that go on the front of the cards and that is a great stress reliver.I have been known to sit there for hours paper pricking through a stencil as well as this helps with the stress it do wonders for my skin as i suffer from psorisis which is also stress related.What about you?
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
24 Jan 10
I used to play guitar to relieve stress but there's no music left in me. My guitars just sit around looking sad, don't even call to me anymore. I don't really have a hobby anymore but I know I should have one. I've seen some cards like what you're describing and they're really beautiful!
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@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Jan 10
You should have alook around on the internet under hobbies as that way you may find something that catches your eye.I think that there are also alot of hobbies out there that also cost alot of money as the things that you need to buy cost soo much money as well.One of my friends said that her hobby is face book and playing all those games on there as that do not cost her anything to do that all the time.
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Jan 10
dragon thats so sad, I feel sad for you and you guitars why did the music leave you, go play some Mozart then maybe the music will restart in you. I hate to think of your poor lonely guitars just sitting around all sad and lonely.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
24 Jan 10
Hatley, the music left when my husband did. He broke my heart and although it turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me, the music is gone. Perhaps it will come back some day.
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
24 Jan 10
Do you or have you ever thought of selling your cards? I love giving different kinds of cards not normally found in stores. I don't know of any one making them for sale but I buy mine at Costco, they weren't very expensive and yet Oh So different, I have got many compliments.
@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Jan 10
I do sell alot of my cards to alot of my friends as well as their family and to my family as well.I find that way i can then replace all the things like the papers as well as the cardsso that i can make even more as well as make a bit of pocket money as well.I get lots of people that order my cards as well as the people that see my cards also have been known to knock on my door and ask to buy some which is great.
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• Canada
24 Jan 10
I checked your photos but none posted. I would be very interested to take a look at your work.
@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Jan 10
I will try to put some photos up later on this week so you can see the cards.
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Jan 10
hi jugjugs that sounds rather neat. Is that something that a person without much artistic talent could do? I mean I cannot mylot all the time, and I need a hobby that would let me be creative. I do do writing which helps me alleviate stress to, but always wanted some sort of hobby that actually made something useful and pretty. I do have some artistic ideas but have never tried making cards. tell me more please. thanks.
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@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Jan 10
Hi,Hatley.I have been making cards for along time now and i have found it very easy to put a card together without a clue of what to use and where to begin with was easy.I am no artist and i never done much of anything like the art side of things when i went to school,but i love making cards as well as selling them to people.The cards that i make must be ok as the people who buy them keep coming back for more.It is best to shop around on the internet for cheap blank card as well as all the other bits and bobs that you need to make a card.I have an ornare template that i use as well as a pricking mat and a pricking pen that i use to do all the paper pricking as that way there are no mistakes made.I also put decoupage on the fronts of the cards as well and these are also cheap to buy as well as you can make a few cards out of the one sheet.I would recommend this to anyone as this is great and there are even people out there that suffer with their hands that also do card making as well.
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@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
24 Jan 10
I used to in school, but I don't anymore. Normally I try to do other things to decompress. When I used to do it in school it was always a disaster. I did find doing the projects fun, but my teachers quickly learned that I'm a literal glitter magnet. Somehow I ended up covered in more glitter then I even attempted to use on projects. I now know glitter is evil.
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@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Jan 10
Lol i was rubbish at all the craft things at school as at the time i did not like doing things like that as i would be thinking of other things whilst in the lesson like all the things i was going todo with friends after school.Where as now i find it is a great thing to release the stress as well as to make abit of money as well.I never use glitter as i am also like you i also end up with it every where that i do not want it and never where i do want it.
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@quita88 (3716)
• United States
24 Jan 10
I think that would drive me nuts to pick at paper---- Ah, usually when winter is here I do embroidry or fabric painting. Mostly since the addition of my computer I don't do anything but clean a little and stay on line. Stess? always.
@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Jan 10
Having 6 children and some of them do not sleep etc means that i do not get much of the me time i would like to have so pricking paper helps as this relives the stress of the day.I think that i tend to do these things when the children are in bed as that is the only time i get.I also spend alot of time cleaning the house as welkl as come on the pc which also helps with the stress.
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Six kids? it's a wonder you are not pricking paper in a mental institution! But, have to hand it to you, you must do one heck of a job to cope with all you do. hang in there.
@jugsjugs (13045)
26 Jan 10
Thank you.
• United States
24 Jan 10
I love the unique look of handcrafted cards. I'd like to take time to learn one of these days. My great hobby/business/stress reliever is crochet. I'm curious. What becomes of the paper that has been pricked? Do you cut out the pricked sections and they become like appliques? I have some friends who get together and make cards. They're into stamping. One friend was telling me that making one card can take up to 4 hours.
@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Jan 10
The paper that has been pricked is placed as a back ground paper and then there is a picture put in the centre of the card so that you can see all the detailed pricking around it.The pricking on the paper stands out as much as the centre piece.The cards look like a lot of detail is on them as well as there has been alot of time and thought that has gone into them.Depends on how much detail you want on a card to how long it takes to make them.I used to do alot of stamping on the cards,but i prefer to do paper pricking as i find that a great stress relief.
• United States
24 Jan 10
So it's good for the look of the card and good for relaxing you, too! Do you sell the cards or keep them for giving to friends and family?
@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Jan 10
I sell them to friends as well as my family and i also always have cards for the childrens friends as well which is really nice and handy.I never have to worry about never having a card as i can always make one if there is not one made already.I also put peoples names on them so they are a good card for anyone as well as any occassion.
• Pamplona, Spain
26 Jan 10
Hiya jugs, Stencilling items are not my cup of tea but it is worthy of admiration to have so much patience. I love Cards but not making them not good at that at all. Taking Photos is more in my line and I take them well just about. I can copy though as I´ve already said somewhere else. I usually copy Cartoon Characters I like doing that it´s really relaxing for me when I get round to it of course another stress reliever it to write and write but my own style of writing usually I open Notepad and away I go. It´s good for stress and stress is related to that affliction my Husband worked so many hours in a Day that he had to give it up in the finish as it was way too much for him he had that skin condition too but when he stopped working so hard it just vanished.
@jugsjugs (13045)
27 Jan 10
I think that by making the cards that i do this has helped alot to keep my skin the same rather than it getting worse.I am no good at drawing picture or copying any pictures so i do not even try todo that.I rarely write only on here.I have alot of friends that make cards and we often chat about the latest designs.Even one of my daughters make cards as well as in the past she has helped me.
• Pamplona, Spain
27 Jan 10
Hiya jugs, A great Hobby but if you can make money out of selling the Cards or stencilling other things that would be an extra bit of pocket money. When I copy Cartoons I usually do Batman, Flintstones, The Prisoner, Popeye and others I enjoy that but I don´t take it seriously either as I can´t find the time or space yet for that particular thing.
@karthi_88 (299)
• India
24 Jan 10
hi friend,i too love to do craft works.it is one of the beautiful hobby i love to do friend.i used to make some gifts and will give it to my friends on their birth day.i just try out new crafts friend.what you said is right craft is also a very good stress reliever. have a nice day
@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Jan 10
I also use the excuse that i am earning the money to my husband as well as to the children by making the cards as that is the only way i am able to do something to relieve the stress.There are alot of my friends that make cards as well as other things and we do all chat about all the new things that are out there that we can buy to use for the crafts we enjoy as well as tell each other where all the good offers are.
• India
25 Jan 10
Wow. I too love to make different gifts my friend. Once I had made greeting cards, drawings, materials using loom. It'll really be fun my friend. But now a days I'm not able to spend time towards it. Thus I used to admire to these things my friend. My beloved used to do beautiful crafts my friend. I love them. Have a happy day.
@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
24 Jan 10
no, unfortunately i am not good with my hands, but i do so love to read, to relax. That helps a lot in my case. Enjoy your crafting.
@jugsjugs (13045)
26 Jan 10
I do not read the only time that i read is when i buy a craft or card making book.I find that it can be see inspiring to read all the craft books as that way you get more ideas of the different materials to use when wanting to add different things to my cards as well as to try out different techniques as well.There are lots of nice as well as cheap craft magazines as well the a few gifts that you get on them.
@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
26 Jan 10
As long as you enjoy it. That is what is important.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
24 Jan 10
used to do crafts but not to releive stress just for the fun of it. Now this is my hobby reading emails lolololol
@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Jan 10
I know what you mean by reading all the emails as well as playing delete of them as well is a good pass time,lol.The cards that i make get rid of the stress as well as they make me pocket money as well.There are alot of other crafts that i like to have a go at but they are really expensive todo and so i can not afford to do those as well as i would not have the time to do them.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
24 Jan 10
I know how that goes!
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
24 Jan 10
I do a lot of needlepoint and crosstitch. I don't really have a lot of stress, but it is relaxing. I also read a lot. My hands are always cold, and it seems to keep them warmer as they are in motion all the time. A friend of mine makes a lot of cards. I never heard from her much till she started making them, now I hear from her all the time.
@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Jan 10
I have found that doing the cards i am alot better as in temper wise as well as i seem alot more chilled out.I am trying to replace all the cards that i have sold as that way i still know how much craft stuff i have as well as then i can go out and buy more.I find there are alot of my friends that now make cards as well and we always have a good laugh at all the mistakes we have made as well so in a way this has given us alll something to talk about other than the childrten as well as the partners.
• United States
24 Jan 10
I think I'll try cards next. I think I've made just about everything in the cross stitch catagory, so it's time to try something new. My friend that makes them now always says how much she enjoys it!
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Jan 10
H Jugs, Since i was a kid my mom taught me to do crochet. i develop the passion for tis craft since then. i started from making center tables, doilies, headbands until it became a hobby tome. i helped my mom in making bedspread and blouses. now, crochet is a productive hobby for me. my mom, my sister and i make this as a business. we do made to order crochet dresses, blouses, skirts, etc. now our market is not only in the philippines but we also export our crafts in the US and Qatar. It's not only a productive hobby where we earn money but it does relieves me from stress.
@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Jan 10
I can not crochet to a pattern,but i did used to crochet the blankets when i was alot younger as a hobby with a friend as well as with my mum and nan.When i had my first child i did crochet a blanket for her and then i made another blanket for a cat i had as well.I do think that it helps to relieve the stress.I then went on to do knitting and now i have found a hobby that i really enjoy as well as there are lots of other things that can be intoduced into card making.
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Jan 10
i am so good with patterns too. i explore and make my own designs. i have a signature design that can be seen in all my crafts. that's a good alternative--card making. i used to do it before. i made cards out of recycled art papers, felt papers, color, etc. now there's a lot that you can choose from to make a unique personalize card. goodluck. it a therapeutic hobby and can be productive too!
• Philippines
28 Jan 10
I don't do crafts, but if making slumbook is included as crafts I certainly enjoy doing it. I love cutting papers, I love decorating and I love pictures. I love to cut words and I love different coloring materials. It relieves stress, much more when you see the final outcome. I am not talented, but i try my best to make my slumbook really look good and creative.
@jugsjugs (13045)
28 Jan 10
That sounds a great hobby is it like or simular to doing scrap booking as in you decorate the pages where the photos are? A friend of mine do the scrap books and they are really great as well as she gives the scrap books to friends as gifts as well as make a few for their relations.I think it is great if you can find a hobby that you can enjoy.
• United States
27 Jan 10
I sew my bags to make money for myself. I never thought about the stress it could relieve. I am always trying to destress my life. Do you sell your cards any where? I need to find another craft to do that I can resell for money. I love to scrapbook as well. I would go crazy if I could buy myself the cricket machine. I would make cards for sure.
@jugsjugs (13045)
28 Jan 10
I do sell my cards to friends as well to family and also my friends relations also buy them.I try to make the cards so that i make 4 of the same design up as that way there will be spares ready for when people want them.I do have a friend that sells hers in a friends shop as well as on ebay which i think is great.Scrap booking is really nice as a friend of mine do scrap booking.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
27 Jan 10
somewhat but of course, sometimes it can add to your stress too! lol. seriously, i can be found in my craft area doing some sort of crafty thing almost every day because that is what i love to do.
@jugsjugs (13045)
28 Jan 10
The only time when i get stressed out is when i start to do my cards and have only just got started up and then someone wants me to stop as well as if i get all my craft things out and then the children start playing up.I like to be relaxed whilst doing them other wise there is no point in doing them to destress.An hour a week of doing my cards is great as that is the time for me.
• United States
27 Jan 10
I listen to music or read. I also play guitar, I hardly ever start something that takes a while because I'll have to be stressed to pick it up again and that's no way to look at an art or craft if you ask me.
@jugsjugs (13045)
27 Jan 10
I try to set a side a few hours a week to do all the things that i want to do as i think that life is too short just to not have time todo some of the things that we enjoy doing.I think that this year i am going to try some other craft things as well as this helps with the stress as well as it is what i call a bit of me time.There are alot of hobbies out there but like you i would have to keep stopping and starting all the time as well.
@msinfo79 (325)
• United States
25 Jan 10
I do have quite a few craft hobbies but my obsession lately is sewing my own clothes and designing my own masterpieces. I love crafts of all kinds.
@jugsjugs (13045)
27 Jan 10
I am no good at sewing,unlike a friend of mine she is great and she makes all her childrens clothes as well as her own.I find that it helps to relax when doing all types of crafts.I am into paper pricking at the moment as this can be done for all types of back grounds of cards as well as all types of embelishments.It is also not expensive to make cards and they are easy to sell.
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
25 Jan 10
Oh my yes...I sure do. I love doing them, finally getting through with them and seeing the finished product and then starting a new one. I make many things, dream catchers, I sew, I make what is called dough art, and sculpt with a modeling clay, I also love to paint things, and refurbish antiques as well as other furniture and things. I make necklaces and bracelets. My goodness, I do many many things.
@jugsjugs (13045)
28 Jan 10
I make alot of my cards all at the same time as this is alot easier to do say 4 of the same type as no sooner have i made one of a design i then find out i have sold it and that a person wants a simular or the same design as that one.I also try to get new things to put on cards when i have made enough money to buy things for them as that way i know i can afford them as well.Great fot the stress.
@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
24 Jan 10
I do think crafts and hobbies really do relieve stress. For me, it has a lot to do with the fact that this is something I can control and I can complete! Whenever I complete a new scrapbook page (my main hobby), I'll feel like I accomplished something and completed something. And then I feel less stressed about whatever else was going on :) Maybe crafts are just a good way to get your mind off of lives everyday stresses.
@jugsjugs (13045)
27 Jan 10
I do sell alot of my cards to alot of my friends as well as their family and to my family as well.I find that way i can then replace all the things like the papers as well as the cardsso that i can make even more as well as make a bit of pocket money as well.I get lots of people that order my cards as well as the people that see my cards also have been known to knock on my door and ask to buy some which is great.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 10
I also make cards and I do Layouts and Graphics which I find releases the Stress and the other thing that helps me is Reading
@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Jan 10
I do not do any reading other than on here as i never liked reading as a child or an adult.The funny thing is that i also hated craft at school.I used to do knitting as a hobby,but i do prefer to make cards as this do help with the stress as well as helps to relax me when the day has been really bad.I just have to try to make more time to do my cards.