As card makers, we get a thrill out of seeing the new stamps, patterned papers, die sets, and embellishments that are just waiting for us to incorporate into our handmade cards. As each release comes and goes, we squeal, we salivate, and dream about the crafty possibilities. A small fortune later, we delight in the creative journey that culminated in a card that we are proud of, but if there weren’t a recipient at the other end, I’m not sure that journey would be quite so rewarding.
As World Card Making Day nears, I find myself thinking about the connections that I have made because I am a part of this craft that is all about giving a part of ourselves to one another. I have made countless friends that I would not have made otherwise, and this year in particular, I have been on the receiving end of beautiful handmade cards from those very friends who have sent me well-wishes as I have dealt with the challenges surrounding an injured shoulder.
I mean, just look at some of the many cheerful greetings that I have found in my mailbox recently!
This gorgeous card is by Cindy Holshouser. It was one of the challenge-winning cards from The Appearance of Cameos Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. Imagine my delight when I opened it! What a lovely surprise!
When Virginia Lu and Lorena Canto started a blog hop in my honor to cheer me up when I was unable to go to CHA Winter, a few people sent me the actual cards including this fun card by Cristina Kowalczyk:
…and this layered beauty by Vanessa Menhorn:
I moxie love the sweet landscape Julia Stainton so artfully created in this card, especially that heart punched out of the clouds!
The kindness and generosity that is expressed in this craft continues to amaze me, and I am so grateful for all the connections I have made over the years. Here’s to card makers everywhere and the joy we all bring to one another!
How about you? What kinds of special connections have you made through card making? I’d love to hear about how card making has enriched your life in the comments section below. Comment below telling me about some connections you’ve made through the craft, and I’ll pick one of you to take home this moxie prize, perfect for card making: Sunny Side by Pebbles!
All comments must be received by Monday, October 8th at 5 pm MDT.
Happy World Card Making Day!