I've been making handmade cards for quite a number of years - probably at least the past 12 years or so.
They mostly involve rubber stamping but there are plenty of other elements you can add to your handmade cards - ribbons, paint, tags, leaves, metal buckles.
You can swap cards among friends where each month you make cards for the other people in the group and then you get a card from each of them (although I'm late with making my card this month, right Elaine!!). We even go to conventions where you can see all sorts of creative things.
Hope you enjoy my C post. Now I better get busy and make my cards for my February swap!