I have been creating cards for 12 years and have seen many changes to the industry in that time. Craft Shops were scarce and buying things over the Internet was rare, for some even a computer was rare. I didn't have one and borrowed a friends email to belong to an online group, supplies were purchased at craft shows which ran for several days and for some that was a serious shopping adventure. All stamps were wood mounted and stalls were not allowed to sell ones that weren't, this made the suitcases very heavy for the trip home.
We utilized household items for creations, the cost was then added to the grocery bill.
Craft ideas came from magazines and for me it came from a snail mail group call the rubber stamp book club(RSBC), where books were for a member and then sent out for other members to create a page and then to pass it on. Later I then joined the advance rubber stamp book club(TARSBC), this was a little different as each book was create in a particular theme.
Here are some pages that I have created. The first one is for a pink & green theme. I only seem to put green and & pink for flowers but this time I went for a different look.
Paper: pink green and white card
Other: paper clip, copics, sponge, brillance pearlescent sky blue ink, ribbon, punches
The next one was for a pink & brown theme. I used cuttlebug floral fantasy for the back ground and the martha stewart punch for the ruffles.
Paper: white chocolate and burgandy card. DP - stampin up
Other: copics, flowers, brad nestabilities oval, cuttlebug embossing folder.