So I have a friend who's really into paper crafting, and she takes these classes in stamping/card making pretty frequently. I finally went along when I had a free night. I used to do stamping back in the 90's or so, but I wasn't super good at actually getting the ink onto the stamps (seriously, I know that sounds dumb, but it took a lot of shoving on the stamp at the time). Then one of my aunts got into stamping and had mandatory "must buy stamps" parties and ah.... it kinda stopped being fun any more after that.
Well, hoo boy, has stamping technology CHANGED. They have SNAIL adhesive. There are glue dots. There's embossing, fancy hole punches, sponges, really nice stamp pads that you barely have to touch in order to get inked, a giant pad that cleans your stamp on one side and dries it on the other (so nice, you have no idea), tiny jewels, glitter, twine, buttons, these tiny little sticky pads you can use to make things 3-D.... It makes the whole process very easy to make something this complicated, I'll put it that way.
So now I have a few cards for Christmas and birthdays (too bad the winter birthdays for folks I know just happened...maybe they can have one late?). I am not much of a card person, but Mom and Monica (the other papercrafter I know) will be pleased on the Christmas ones, at least.