Did you know that March is National Craft Month? I'm a little embarrased that I did not know that until last week when I received inspiration from an incredible artist and designer of unique gifts, Patience Brewster. On my first visit to her website I got lost (in a good way!) for a very long time. I was fascinated by this post that shows how Patience's art comes to life and fell in love with her unique style. You can (and should!) check out her work. :) I pinned my very favorites...these reindeer...and shortly after my sister sent me a message saying that those were the ornaments that her mother-in-law had bought for my sister's family for Christmas. Small world, right? I can't wait to see them in person when we visit this summer.
In honor of National Craft Month, I created this post reflecting on why this craft is important to me. The card I'm sharing today is a perfect illustration of why I love card making.
Last week I made a card for my sister's birthday. (You can see it here.) I was happy with the card, but the more I looked at it, the more I knew it was the wrong card for her. The colors were right, but I knew that I could make a card that reflected her so much better. Then when I started thinking about why I love this craft, I knew I had to make a new card. Late the night before I was supposed to drive to my sister's house, I pulled out Altenew's Vintage Roses and got to work. I was on a mission. I spent hours on this card, but it was so worth it. The final product (at least in my opinion) is a perfect reflection of my sister and some of the things she loves most.
So why do I love this craft? It's a way for me to show my love for other people. I almost always make a card with a specific person in mind. I love to personalize cards with the recipient's favorite colors or images, to create a card that is a reflection of how I see them, or to create a card that conveys the feelings in my heart. I try to create something that reflects their style/personality...to create something that they would love. I also love card making because most of the cards I make are thank you cards, and I love that this craft helps me to not only better recognize the blessings in my life but to express that gratitude.
And selfishly, I love this craft because it makes me happy. I was giddy and dancing after finishing this card. It was a challenge. Just the process of creating the right color of ink for each layer alone was more intense than I normally do (these three and four step images actually ended up being five to eight step images), but it was so worth it...because I knew it would make my sister happy. :) Thanks so much stopping by today! You are amazing if you've stuck with me to until the end of this very long post. I hope you do something special in honor of National Craft Month, and I hope that you have a wonderfully happy week!
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