Monday, February 15, 2010

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Cardmaking Memories

A Workshop Hostess asked me to demonstrate Heat Embossing and everytime a hostess asks for that classic technique I remember my cardmaking beginnings and all the changes in style, all the techniques I've learnt in over ten years as a cardmaker/papercrafter.

I was introduced to cardmaking at a workshop by a Krafty Kids consultant. I remember my absolute excitement when I saw the dull embossing powder turn into a raised metallic sheen and I was hooked.  I embossed a butterfly over a toaster, no heat tools back then and watercoloured the image using water colour pencils. (I still have the pencils that I ordered that day).

Over time more products have reached the market, with products being much easier to source online and through Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators.  Products that have made things quicker and easier, like heat tools, paper cutters, stampin' scrubs etc, etc.

But most of all those memories show that cardmaking has been a consistent part of my life, from a single career woman living alone, right through the nearly twelve year relationship I'm enjoying with Dave, has kept me sane when I gave up my career to become a SAHM Mum and then as the boys grew older became my business as a Work at Home Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator.

Cardmaking is a hobby that can be anything you need it to be, a fun time, a creative outlet, a way to socialise with friends, something for yourself as a busy Mum, a new business outlet and a constant friend. 

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This is a card that was very popular with hostesses last year using last years Level 1 Hostess Set Oh So Lovely.  Gold Embossing always gives a very elegant touch to a card.

I made something similar for my hostess above using the current Level Two Echoes of Kindess Stamp Set in place of Oh So Lovely.  You really can't go past 'Sincere Salutations' for an allround inexpensive greeting set.



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