Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy World Card Making Day!

This is one holiday that upsets me! I think it is always on a Saturday so we will never get the day off with pay for this fantastic holiday. I began to wonder where this all started and I was able to find the following information on the World Card Making Day website *okie thinks...who knew there was a website*...

World Card Making Day began in 2006 as National Card Making Day. Founded by Paper Crafts magazine to bring card makers together at the beginning of the busiest card-making season of the year, it was first held on October 7, 2006. The initial celebration involved the Paper Crafts magazine audience only; however, due to the positive response it received and the worldwide popularity of card making, the holiday became known as World Card Making Day from then on.

Celebrating its sixth year in 2011, World Card Making Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October. It's a day for the card-making community -- hobbyists, retailers, and manufacturers -- to unite and celebrate the connection and creativity that is the heart of card making. Join us in the fun on October 1, for World Card Making Day 2011!
 And by the way, they are having a contest and giving away a chit load of awesome prizes!! If would like to see how to enter just go to World Card Making Day Contest.

I know a lot of folks think I started making cards after I got my Cricut and after some time of making layouts. However this is not true. I first remember making cards years ago.  I had returned to college to finish my bachelors degree when my daughter was a baby. During this time I was on state assistance and had no money for such luxuries as Christmas cards. I had, however, saved my favorite Christmas cards over the last few years and would use them to decorate a shelf in my house. Since I had those cards I bought some cardstock and cut those up and made new cards out of them so I could hand out some Christmas cards. After that I would make a card every now and then for someone special or a very special occasion. Years later, but before my Cricut, I had a few "Card Party" events at my house with my girlfriends. Generally this was at Valentine's day and I would have supplies for them to make Valentine cards for those they loved, or sometimes just liked and I think in one or two cases just tolerated. Now, as you guys know, I am an avid card maker *okie thinks...but not a card sender*.
This card was one of my first ever I posted to my blog, back from March of 2008. I remember thinking that I had done a nice job on it but now as I look at it I think it just doesn't look "finished" LOL.

I had gotten a set of My Favorite Things stamps at my LSS and was trying the "magic colored pencil" technique. I remember thinking how cool it was to use that method to color images but thought it took way too long! I most definitely prefer my ProMarkers these days and can color an image in about 1/20th of the time!

To be honest I am not really even sure of the purpose of this post *okie thinks her little homemade cough remedy still might be effecting her brain this morning* but you do now have the history of World Card Making Day and the history of how I got started making cards. So with that my dear friends....



  1. Isn't it amazing how much we have changed over the years? The Cricut sure has allowed me to make nicer cards and as I look back I am amazed at what I used to think is attractive. At least your card is really cute. I used to paste colored patterned paper to a solid cardstock attach a ribbon and called it lovely!!! Yes, times have changed...

  2. It's amazing how we've all changed over the years with our skills at cardmaking and scrapbooking! I started over 13 yrs. ago.... And I Look back at some of my creations and shreek! LOL I actually think your card looks great Okie... I wouldn't change a thing... Because it shows how far you've come in crafting... :o) Have a great "World Card Making Day"! I'm off to go create some cards! :o)


  3. Thanx for the World Card Making Day history ... that was good info to know.

    Like you, I have been card crafting long before the Cricut was around. I look back on some of those early cards and I think, OMG what was I thinking? And yet, at the time, I thought they were pretty spectacular! Back then, I used a lot of satin flowers, glitter and jewels ... only they were real jewels like rubies, sapphires, emeralds, amethysts, topaz, etc. (I purchased parcels of faceted gems just for card making). These days, I still have a lot of bling, but now I use Swarovski crystals. Luckily, not only do my cards look better now, but they are much less expensive to make too!

    We live and learn ... don't we!

  4. I think that card is adorable. I know I look back at me earlier cards and think "YUCK! did I actually give things like this to people" A friend of mine had a Stampin Up party and told me I just had to come I would love it, well I fought it because I knew I would love it and would have to have everything to do with cardmaking, well here I am 16+ years later and still making cards, collecting stuff and loving every minute of it. But I am glad that my cards have evolved I can even see a difference from a couple of years ago till now

  5. This card you made is still a great card and it always will let you see how far you have come in making cards.

    My Aunt, My Moms youngest Sister became like my adopted Mom when my Mom passed away in 1973. Most of the time I made her cards for every occasion.

    When she passed away in December 2009, my cousin gave me a book that had all the handmade cards in it that I had made my Aunt over the years.
    But not one bought card was in there, not even the Helen Rice cards that she loved so much.

    But from the first ones I sent to her to the last ones was a BIG difference!!
    But still fun to look at.

  6. Miss you shirley!!! I need you to call your people in NY :)

  7. Peculiar article, totally what I wanted to find.