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Posted on January 12, 2021

Cardmaking – did you know?

Papercrafting/ Stamping

Hey Stamping Peeps! Hope the new year is going well for all of you. I've titled today's post Cardmaking – did you know? I've been making handmade cards for years but I have never taken the time to actually research the history of my craft. I found some interesting facts so I thought you might enjoy, too!

Believe it or not, the custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese and Egyptians. In Chinese society, people exchanged sentiments of good will to celebrate the new year and the early Egyptians were sending their greetings on papyrus scrolls.

Early in the 15th century, handmade greetings (now on paper) were being exchanged all over Europe. Valentines were one of the most popular forms of cards to send out.

In the 1800's, with advances in printing, more people were able to participate in this form of personal communication; it had been relatively expensive prior to this time. This trend continued on and holidays like Christmas caused an explosion in the greeting card industry.

E-cards made their debut into the market in the late 1990's. Now, I still prefer the handmade greeting card; I'm sure that comes as no surprise since I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!😊😊

Over SEVEN BILLION greeting cards were sent in the United States alone next year. I knew cardmaking was popular, but this number actually boggles my mind! Covid has curtailed many craft fairs and markets but so many sold their creations through this avenue. The wedding industry is huge and many cardmakers use their skills to turn a hefty profit making handmade wedding invitations and favors.

I thought these facts were interesting; hope you enjoyed reading them!

I'll have a new card project for you tomorrow so please pop on in!

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Posted on October 19, 2020

NOT Happy It’s Monday!

Facebook LIVE/ Online Classes

Have you ever had a weekend that was so much fun you just didn't want it to end? Think of the movie Groundhog Day!

That surely was mine this past weekend. I was able to go on a crafting retreat with several good friends and I am quite sure we are all NOT happy it's Monday! We usually go twice a year but, due to Covid19, we had missed our April time so we were very ready to get away.

We are a small group and we all have our own tables and have plenty of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. One of our friends recently lost her husband quite unexpectedly so this was a great time for us to shower her with love and companionship.

Here's a little peek of how I looked most of the weekend:

I did get quite a few projects done and you'll see some of them here on the blog in days to come! I also worked quite a bit on my upcoming Kitchen Sink Cardmaking Class. I am partnering with my dear friend Chris, The Village Artiot, purveyor of Vintage Ephemera. After class, everyone who has registered will be mailed a little kit of treasures put together by Chris. You can use these items to create your first “kitchen sink” card.

This is a brand new class, month 5 in my “Teach Me” Techniques Series. If you want to check it out, click HERE. I usually teach live on Facebook, but for this class only, I'm also offering a recorded You Tube option. Hope you will join in!

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Posted on March 13, 2018

Cardmaking Made Simple with DSP – NEW Facebook LIVE Class

Classes / Events

Cardmaking Made Simple with DSP – NEW Facebook LIVE Class! I'm thrilled to announce my latest Facebook LIVE class at my pre-launch price! You can either join me “live” or watch the recording later on your schedule.

In this class I'll show you how to use just one sheet of Designer Series Paper to create 8-10 cards like these:

Cardmaking Made Simple with DSP - NEW Facebook LIVE Class

Not only will you learn a great way to use up some of that pretty paper you've been hoarding (we all hold on to our faves!), I'll also share other tips and tricks to help you in your papercrafting!

My Stamp Slave, Dave (aka my hubby and partner in my business) recorded a short video to tell you more about this class. Watch HERE.


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