Joys of Handmade Greeting Cards

Have you ever received a handmade greeting card? Not electronically, but actually in the mail.  You walk out to your mailbox and see a handwritten envelope. The envelope may even be decorated and you know there is something special in it.

Knowing a small gesture can bring such joy to someone’s day, why do more people not send handmade cards? It means so much when someone takes the time to send you a card made by hand, in the mail. You know that someone has been thinking of you, perhaps even thanking you or wishing you well.  We all have busy lives and with the internet, it has become so easy to just post something on facebook, or send an e-card. But these are not tangible, they are not something you can put on your desk or dresser and enjoy for several days.  Some of these handmade greeting cards are even works of art that you can frame and enjoy for years to come.

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There are so many styles of handmade cards. Some are very Clean and Simple, whereas others may have lots of mixed media and texture on them.  As a Card maker, I tend to go towards more of the Vintage inspired.  I love creating timeless treasures that people can enjoy.  Creating brings such joy to my life and I love to share it with the world.

Taylor’s Cards N Things  sells handmade items that are unique and one of a kind.  The greeting cards are not mass produced.  Some of the cards use vintage dictionary pages as seen above. These items are not digitally printed, but come from actual dictionaries found in used book stores.

With the holidays around the corner, gift giving will start to increase.  Handmade greeting cards are a gift in themselves as they are a work of art.  What better way to tell someone you care than with a one of a kind card picked out especially for them.  When the recipient opens that envelope and sees the work and detail that has gone into that card, they will know the special thought you put into selecting and sending that card.  It is not just a card out of a box that was sent to many.

Because handmade cards are more personal, we tend to keep them longer. We may have a special keepsake box where we collect special things.  Just think how wonderful it would be to look back through that box years later to find that special card!

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So think about sending a handmade greeting card this holiday season. Yes it may take a little more planning and a little more searching for those perfect cards, but that is what makes them so special.  These creative and talented card makers take great care, detail and love into creating these cards, why not share some of the love this year with your family and friends.

You can find links to Taylor’s Cards N Things along with all my social media links over on my blog, taylormadecards4u.com


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Foil Mates – The latest craze!

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Are you familiar with Foil Mates? They are one of the newest products by Gina K introduced at Creativation. If you are not familiar with this product, let me introduce you!

Foil mates are a quick and easy way to add shine to any of your projects. All you need is a hot laminator and the fun Foil Mates.  These Foil Mates come not only in backgrounds, but invitations and sentiments as well.  The laminator that is recommended is from Thermoweb and is on sale now along with the actual Foil Mates!

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Now what is also great about these, is that you can use the negative part of the Foil Mates as well to create more stunning cards, so nothing gets wasted! You will get 10 sheets of 5.5″ x 8.5 Foil Mates (5 sheets of each design.)

I have attached a link to the PDF instructions so that you can print them out and have at your fingertips! You can also see the video that was live on FB earlier today or on You Tube.

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Flowers on Mother’s Day

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner we will start to see lots of flower ads. I told my husband that this year I wanted the kind of flowers that would last forever! He looked at me quizzically and responded “you want fake flowers?” Kinda I said. I told him I would send him a link to the flowers I wanted.

Don’t get me wrong, I love real flowers, but I would much rather see my husband or my son spend money on something I can enjoy all year long. Real flowers will be gone after a week, but the flowers I can create with this Sizzix die cut will live on through my crafting.

Of course my family knows I am a crafter, but they have no idea what I have or what I want, so why not give them a little help this year! All Mother’s Day items are 15% off over the next two days so you better drop your hints fast!

Here are some of the items on my list: 

Do you get craft supplies on Mother’s Day? Leave me a comment and let me know what you want this year.

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National Scrapbook Day 2017

18199181_285501635243323_4108275243122976061_nNational Scrapbook Day is the first Saturday in May which happens to be this Saturday. It is a day where people all over the Country gather and celebrate with Scrapbooking parties to share their talents and techniques with other. It is also a time for SALES!

It was started back in 1994 by a Scrapbook company called Creative Memories and has been celebrated every year.  But how did scrapbooking originate? Back in the 15th century, people used an album called a commonplace book where they gathered sonnets, recipes and and correspondence. The friendship album came in the 16th century and photographs started to be added to these books after 1826.

Many bloggers and You Tubers get in on the action as well, including myself. I will be participating in a Video Hop creating a fun scrapbook page. So make sure you are subscribed to my channel. You will also see lots of activity on the social media platforms such as instagram, facebook and pinterest.

Scrapbook.com will be hosting 5 different challenges. Here are some of the themes. Be sure to click on the links to see all the details of the challenges and the prizes they will be offering.

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Why join a Facebook Group?

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Traditionally, a blog was a place to share your creation and crafty projects. Many crafters created blogs to not only showcase their projects, but also provide information on how those projects were created.  You could subscribe to their blog and when a new post was created, you would be notified or you would check your subscription feed.

While this is a great landing page, it is not as interactive as Facebook and you don’t even need to be at your computer anymore! You can easily tie your facebook page to your smart phone which most of us carry all the time!

While there are many crafting groups out there it is sometimes hard to know what groups to join. While members are called facebook “friends”, the people in these groups are still strangers, not “real friends” right?  Well that may be the case for most groups, but not for a group I have been fortunate enough to be a part of, Stamp Junkies! From the moment you join this group you are welcome with open arms. The Admins are friendly and keep the group drama free.

Most groups have rules, or guidelines that the admins wish you to follow. These guidelines help members to understand what types of posts are acceptable and help control the theme of the group. Groups like Stamp Junkies don’t allow selling or destashing on their page, but freely provide or allow members to post alternative pages that do.  They not only support and promote their own group, but their members as well. It is more than a group, it is a community!

Stamp Junkies  recently celebrated their two year birthday! They have become a community for beginner stampers as well as seasoned ones. A community where you can interact with shop owners such as Gina K from Gina K Designs or Effie C from The Ton.  It is a place to learn and share freely without fear of negativity! So if you are a member of this group, get involved, share your projects and make a friend! And if you are not a member, what are you waiting for?

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National Scrapbook Day – May 6, 2017

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You don’t have to be a scrapbooker to be excited about this! National Scrapbook day is May 6th. There are so  many festivities and giveaways planned that you won’t want to miss. Not only will there be festivities, but you will also see many companies having sales! Many bloggers and You Tubers get in on the action as well, including myself. I will be participating in a Video Hop creating a fun scrapbook page. So make sure you are subscribed to my channel.

If you are a card maker, mixed media designer or just a crafter in general then this is for you!

Scrapbook.com will be hosting 5 different challenges. Here are some of the themes. Be sure to click on the links to see all the details of the challenges and the prizes they will be offering.

My birthday Celebration link up starts on May 1st and these themes fit perfectly into my Mood board. Be sure to link up and participate in my giveaways as well!

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Now if there are any supplies you need to get ready for this party, there is currently a “Stock up on Staples” sale going on right now where you can save up to 50% on select items. Here are just a few:

Dazzle Caddy Storage for Stickles (44% OFF)

Umbrella Crafts Adhesives (Individuals 40% OFF!)

Umbrella Crafts Page Protectors Variety Pack (50% OFF)

Sizzix Big Shot (33% OFF)

Umbrella Crafts Paper Trays (20% OFF)

Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy (30% OFF)

Umbrella Crafts Acrylic Blocks (50% OFF)

Scrapbook.com Black Pen (50% OFF)

Here are some of my essentials:

Happy Shopping!

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FTC – Fun To Craft?

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No FTC does not stand for Fun To Craft. They are the initials for the Federal Trade Commission. Now you might ask, well what do they have to do with Crafting? If you use affiliate links…a lot!

So what is an affiliate? It is a company that you have signed up with to promote their product. Bloggers and influencers use affiliate links in their post and when readers click on these links and purchase a product from that store, the blogger/influencer gets a small percentage of the sale at no EXTRA cost to the reader.

Many bloggers use affiliate links and companies, such as shareasale.com to help manage their links and support their channels, including myself. I want to be able to blog and create videos on the most up to date products, and that does cost money. I don’t make a fortune, but every little bit does help…at no EXTRA cost to my readers. Additionally, some companies also give their designers a special coupon code for their readers that offers a % off their purchase. The Designer may get a small % of that purchase at no extra cost to you.

With the increase usage of affiliate links in Social Media, the FTC recently put out a statement to remind influencers and brands to clearly disclose relationships. On instagram or social media, it can be as simple as stating “affiliate link” next to your URL. If you have a resource page that lists products that you use and recommend it could be something like “This page contains affiliate links. If you purchase, I will get a few bucks.” I have provided a link to that statement for your convenience.

Most craft bloggers use the product that they recommend and are not trying to trick you into purchasing a product. Let’s face it. This hobby can be a bit addicting, and if your social media friends can give you a tip on a good product, or recommend a sale at a store, the store should give them a little something for the referral, don’t you think?

So when you see these affiliate links, don’t feel that we are trying to deceive you, perhaps enable you, but not deceive. If the information was helpful and it does lead you to purchase that product or service, click on that link, you may save a few extra bucks as well as help out a fellow crafter.

So leave me a comment and let me know if you found this information helpful. Would you like more information on this topic in future posts? I would love to hear from you.

Happy Shopping!

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