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Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Card Making Day

Yes! World Card Making Day has come upon us yet again!

WHAT: World Card Making Day is a holiday especially for card makers around the world to:
Celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family
Kick off (and get a head start on) the holiday card-making season

WHEN: The first Saturday of each October, kicking off the holiday card-making season, the most popular time for creating and sharing handmade greetings.

WHO: The card-making community worldwide, including hobbyists, beginning card makers, manufacturers of card-making products, retail sellers of products, educators, and press are invited to come together to celebrate this holiday and creative passion.

WHY: It is a day to connect with fellow card makers both near and far, to applaud the creativity that powers the craft, and to provide an opportunity for card makers to connect and find resources that will empower, inspire, and encourage them in their card making.

A little history on today: 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.

Now in its fourth year, 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.

The origin of exchanging handmade greeting cards can be traced all the way back to ancient Chinese culture.

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 making cards
86% of scrapbookers also create handmade cards
92% of paper crafters create cards more than any other type of project
Creating a handmade card brings a special kind of joy. There’s joy in the process of creating, as well as in giving and receiving handmade cards.

Handmade cards are:
GIFTS. It is a little sliver of energy, time, and love that says, "I really care about you" in a world of impersonal communications such as e-mails.

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS. Beneath the cardstock and embellishments is emotion from the card maker--encouragement, celebration, commemoration, and love.

KEEPSAKES. Instead of being thrown away, they are cherished and displayed

RELATIONSHIP BUILDERS. They spark deep connections, express feelings, evoke laughter, and warm the hearts of friends, relatives, and co-workers.

The top occasions/themes for making cards are:

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
Retailers participating in this Holiday can be found HERE! See if there's a retailer near you which you can visit today!

Information provided by: World Card Making

Here is a sketch provided by BoBunny

Jump right in and see what you can come up with! Then, send me your creations, and i will be happy to share your card and link to your blog/website too.

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