Hello and welcome to Just a Card Day. The Just a Card campaign is highlighting how buying 'just a card' can help small, creative businesses.
Any small purchase could help a small business to break even that day/week/month. And, in my opinion (even though I'm biased!), there is nothing better than receiving a handmade card or gift. You're not receiving a mass produced item from a factory, you are receiving an item that has been made with love. You are receiving the perfect piece, the outcome of many hours of research and trial and error, frustration and finally, satisfaction because that piece is the one that is perfect enough to go to a new home.
So, how did I start my creative journey?
I became interested in making cards when I was due to have an operation 10 years ago. I thought it would give me something to do and distract me from the pain. Anyway, the operation didn't happen but my hobby grew! It grew to the point where I bought every papercrafting magazine on the market, attended (probably more than 50) workshops to learn new techniques with all kinds of tools and accessories and I discovered craft shows, where you could buy almost anything you could want and watch demos by the stars of craft TV all under one roof! Bliss!
So, after several years of making all my own Christmas cards and family and friends' birthday cards, I started to get requests from friends to make cards for them. The requests kept coming and I decided to turn my hobby into a business and I've never looked back. My cards sell all over the world.
My most popular cards (make with one of my favourite tools - the Silhouette Cameo) are my NAME and NUMBER shaped cards. I love that every week I receive orders for new names. This week's new names (ie. new for me to design) are BARRY, PERCY, REIKO and YOKO. In fact, I invented a hash tag for my cards - #uniquenamesbylouise - so that my customers can share them on social media.
I still love using inks and getting messy, so whenever I get the chance, I get my mixed media, stencils, stamps, paints, inks and texture paste out.
I used some of my favourite crafting supplies on the LOUISE card. Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, Rose stamp by Claritystamps, Inkylicious Ink Duster and white card from Papermilldirect. See the links at the end.
If you have time, please visit Instagram and Twitter and search #justacard. There, you will find other creatie businesses sharing their stories and supporting the campaign. I have even heard that Benedict Cumberbatch is involved. He has designed his own range of cards and they will be available to buy on the Just a Card website.
Thank you for sparing the time to read my story, I truly appreciate it. It would be great if you could leave a comment so I know you've visited.
Have a fabulous Thursday folks!