I love stationery, and it's important to me to send notes and cards for special occasions and just to say "thinking of you". Purchasing wedding and birthday cards can quickly add up, and I've found that I prefer making my own. Not only are they more personal, but I save money (as long as I don't go overboard buying stuff to make them, which I don't thanks to fun money). With all the cute crafty and cardmaking supplies out there, it doesn't take much time or even artistic ability to make cards. (Though of course time and artistic ability can produce more spectacular cards!)
My current favorite cardmaking item is cardstock pads (brands include Making Memories and Diecuts with a View). The cardstock comes in many colors and patterns, is pre-scored, and easily fits envelopes from office supply stores (so much cheaper!) I'm also a fan of this and these.
Anybody else make your own cards? What are your favorite ideas and supplies?