Friday, October 1, 2010

Tomorrow's World Card Making Day and Some Cards & Tags

Fun Facts ( courtesy of the World Cardmaking Day website...yes, there's a website for that)

  • Today, card making is a worldwide hobby, especially popular in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • 1 in 6 U.S. households participates in making cards
  • 86% of scrapbookers also create handmade cards
  • 92% of paper crafters create cards more than any other type of project
  • The top occasions/themes for making cards are

    • Birthdays
    • winter holidays (Christmas, New Year’s, etc.)
    • thank you
    • Valentine’s Day
    • Mother’s Day
  • Card makers prefer stamps and rub-ons for use on their holiday handmade cards
  • 73% of card makers use their computer in part or all of their design
I've always done creative stuff but my first foray into the formal craft world was cards. It started when I went to a store with a friend who was trying to explain embossing powder to me. I later went back and proceeded to mistakenly buy glitter (powdery stuff in small bottles...who knew) and felt like a complete idiot when I went back again to complain it didn't work and the lovely woman who'd obviously experienced this before,politely explained my mistake. Nevermind.

Fast forward to today where I have a dresser drawer full of stamps, have migrated to buying clear cling stamps that go on acrylic blocks ( easier storage and some argue better for the environment), have expanded my crafts repertoire well beyond cards but use stamps in a lot of things, have a collection of paper that's probably a fire hazard, plus the increased array of scrapbooking embellishments and now a Cricut Expression get the idea. But cards are still a true love and from October through December especially, I am in high card mode!

So if you've never made a card, World Card Making Day is a great time to start. Most likely your local stamp or scrapbooking store will have something going or look out for "Make and Takes" and Stampin Up demonstrators are always willing to teach you! Or you could look here:

Here are some cards and  tags I've made as part of the inventory for my first craft fair: (ironically, no stamps)
K&Co "Life's Journey" Collection
I can still bust some stash and found some tag shaped cards I'd picked up on clearance somewhere for $1 for a package of 2. I cut them at the fold to make two tags from one card, cut selected pieces from the above sheet of paper, got out my stash of self ahesive scrapbook borders (also K&Co) and my bin o scraps and went to town!

I had some chairs I'd cut out using my Cricut and a chair image from The Graphics Fairy  I printed out on a transparency , so I made these cards:

Go forth and make cards!
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Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Gorgeous! I love the vintage look. Happy card making day (tomorrow!)!

Cindy Adkins said...

These are fantastic! And I see we both love the same scrapbooking paper!!! I had also recently made little altered art canvases with Karen's amazing chairs--I tell you --you and I think alike! lol
These cards look incredible!!!

Christine said...

Oh my gosh, I have that paper too! Great minds ladies, great minds! I love the tags, they are beautiful...

Rachel (Diary of a Recovering Chocoholic) said...

I did not realize there was an offical day! Now I have to celebrate it!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Beautiful cards!

I am trying to catch up on my Bloggie visits since I have been off on a Birthday Frivolity Vacation with my sister! I am still eating cake! *sheepish look*


Michelle L. said...

The statistics kind of startled me! 1 in 6 households? Wow. I love the chairs and all the lovely neutrals. They are so you!

Anonymous said...

LOL! I have some of these papers too! These are fun!
Hugs, Diane

joybear said...

Beautiful cards!

Audrey Pettit said...

Very cute projects, and I love your story, too. Thanks for sharing and happy WCMD.

Melissa said...

Cute cards - I LOVE the chairs!! Happy World Card Making Day!


Megan Gunyan said...

These are SO CUTE! I love them! Thanks for sharing your creativity!