For me, one of the most exciting aspects of World Card Making Day is that it gives me the opportunity to celebrate the fact that I have had the chance to meet and get to know so many different paper crafters from all over the world.
In the 8+ years that I have been an editor for Paper Crafts magazine, and in the nearly 5 years that I have hosted the Moxie Fab World blog, I have met countless inspiring card makers from dozens and dozens of different countries, which has enriched my life tremendously. Mostly, however, it has shown me that no matter where we live, card making is an international bridge that spans language, distance, and even time. It is a treasured hobby in which sharing our craft engenders meaningful friendships that will, in many cases, last a lifetime.
With this in mind, I have gathered 12 such friends from all over the world and asked them each to create a card in one of the World Card Making Day Contest categories (Birthday, Season’s Greetings, Hello/Thinking of You, Love, and Thank You), and to answer this question:
Have you made international friends through this craft? If so, how has that impacted your life?
Here’s what they had to say. Let’s begin in Australia, with my talented friend, Iwona Palamountain:
Oh, shoot! Plenty. Some of my dearest friends live in my computer. It’s hard to express in a single sentence how much this hobby and these people mean to me. We are lucky to belong to a truly unique community, and I’m proud to share the joy of being creative with such an amazing group of people.
A big YES to this! I’ve made friends from all around the world. I haven’t had the chance to meet and hug most of them, but that doesn’t make them less friends. When someone is there for you, and supports and understands you, it doesn’t matter where they live. That’s friendship. And actually, it was thanks to this craft that I met my two best friends in Bolivia, where we moved one year ago. They had just opened a craft shop and I went in one day not long after arriving in La Paz. We chatted about our passion for paper… and today I call them my Bolivian family. They have become my safety net. Mis amigas. If that’s not life impacting, I don’t know what is
From Canada, Pamela Ho:
I have made countless international friends through this hobby, with friends from the U.S., Taiwan, the UK, Hong Kong, and even different parts of Canada!
From England, Amy Wanford:
I’m lucky to consider many extremely talented card makers from all corners of the globe as my friends—from Australia to America. It makes me wish the world wasn’t such a big place sometimes as I’d love to have one big crafty get-together with them all. Wouldn’t that be awesome?! Crafting and crafty friends are good for the soul; I feel so lucky and blessed to have such wonderful friends around me. Even if they’re not close in person, I can always count on them for support during the tough times and giggles during the good times.
From France, Jacqueline De Groot:
The fact that the crafting community is international has impacted my life in such a positive way. Making friends and being inspired by other crafters all over the world has given a sense of purpose and creativity to my life, which I embrace every day!
From Germany, Maria Fischer:
So, I’ll be sitting at the table sharing with my family something I’ve heard in the card making world and they’ll ask “Is this a real person or one of your blog friends?” (Does this happen to anyone else out there?) So what do I answer? “Well…YES.” Although I’ve not actually met these people (lucky, those of you who have), I truly feel that a friendship has bloomed with many of the ladies I’ve gotten to know since starting to make cards for challenges and blogging. It’s like having lots of wonderful pen pals. Without the postal system. And they are from all over the globe. I just checked the last ten messages in my inbox and Europe, Asia, and Australia are covered in addition to the Americas. Crazy!
From India, Piali Biswas:
I have made some wonderful friends from all across the globe through this craft. Last month I lost my mother and I lost my dad in January of 2011. It’s been a very rough year for me so far, and my paper crafting friends have been an amazing support system. They are like an extended family to me. Their support, prayers, love and care packages have helped me a lot. It’s always good to know that there are people who love you and care for you. I’m truly blessed to have this paper crafting hobby and my crafty friends from all over the world.
From Ireland, Clare Buswell:
I’ve made some great friends from all over the globe through card making. I’ve connected with like-minded, creative people that I wouldn’t have had an opportunity to “meet” if it weren’t for this craft. I live in quite a rural part of Ireland and even though my international friends live far away, they feel much closer because of Facebook, our blogs, design teams we’re on together, and the many other sources of connection we have online. The crafting community is one of the most welcoming and caring that I have encountered and I’m thankful to be part of it.
From Singapore, Yvonne Yam:
I love that I have made so many connections through this craft. It’s fabulous to know that I have couches to sleep on when I finally do my ’round-the-world travel! *wink*
From Switzerland, Isha Gupta:
World Card Making Day means a lot to me as it’s an official day to celebrate card making with card makers from all around the world. I’ve made so many friends, friends I never would have met if it weren’t for card making in blog land. I’m thankful to have a hobby where this all is possible. Some of these friends are like family. Speaking of family, I’ll be celebrating WCMD in India with my family where I’ll be on vacation.
From Taiwan, Helen Liu:
I have known so many talented crafters from blogland and have been constantly awed by their creativity and inspiration. I only recently started to make friends, though, when I switched my blog to a Blogger platform in early September. I used to blog at Yahoo, which is popular in Taiwan but makes it difficult to subscribe and leave comments using other platforms. Now it is much easier to communicate with stampers and card makers from around the world, which I am very excited about!
And last but not least, from the United States of America, Katie Gehring:
I have been incredibly fortunate to make international friends through paper crafting. Through them, I have been exposed to other cultures and have had the opportunity to step outside my world view. I have also come to recognize and appreciate the abundance of resources available in the U.S. I am grateful that the passion we share for paper crafting is something that transcends borders, reaches all parts of the globe, and is a commonality that connects us all.
How about you, friends? Have you made international friends through this craft? If so, how has that impacted your life? I’d love to hear how the international aspect of paper crafting has influenced your world! Leave me a comment by Monday, October 7th at 5 pm MDT and I’ll draw one random commenter to win the Magical collection from Studio Calico!
Happy World Card Making Day!