Sending birthday cards is my jam.
It’s the perfect time to let someone know I’m thinking of them and I get to use my passion! I’ve moved around enough to not always be close enough to friends and family, and calling and texting sometimes needs a little changeup.
And let’s be honest: there is something special about receiving a handmade card in the mail.
I send cards to help the person on the other end of the mail smile. While I know my friends and family appreciate their cards (I just learned my mom has saved EVERY SINGLE CARD I have ever made for her!), I don’t ever expect anyone to send me a card or to keep all of the cards I make for them. No strings attached. I just like sending the cards I make.
That’s what made it feel so very special to receive handmade cards for my birthday this year!
Fellow crafters often truly know what effort and time went into each card, and I am just overwhelmed with the delightful cards sent from my talented fellow crafters. Many of these beauties are from my Stamp Club! This is a fantastic group of talented ladies and we met monthly to create a few cards together and shared what we had made in the previous weeks. I moved recently and I am really going to miss them, but they reminded me with their cards that being pen-pals will still be great!! I can’t wait to make a few cards to send to each of them!
A few months ago, two of my Stamp Club friends told me about a birthday card-making group on Facebook. Each month, I create and send 1-4 cards to the people in this group with birthdays. It’s really fun to see everyones cards, with unique touches and new techniques, but receiving them for my own birthday was the cherry on top!! These cards come from 3 other countries and 9 different states! What a way to meet other carmakers. 🙂 If you’d like to join this card-making group, leave me a comment or send me a message and I’ll get you an invite!
Lastly, anyone can make a card. My partner of 5 years has “snuck into” my craft closet for each of my birthdays and other occasions and created cards for me that are super special to me. He’s definitely got an eye for color, too!
What do you do with the handmade cards you receive? Do you display them? Save them? Reuse pieces?? I’d love to know!
Thank you to everyone who has sent me a card!! Thanks for letting me share with you my happy card wall in my craft closet!