WCMD history lesson

World Cardmaking Day has a history that I was a part of….’back in the day’ on the now-defunct Two Peas site, some stampers and I hung out on the quiet little “Stamping” chat board. (It was also where OWH began.) We were a small but happy little bunch – and I’m thrilled to say I still count some of them among my friends! (Friends from the 2peas days – share your memories in comments, too! )

We used to put on our own online cardmaking events several times a year, since those promoted by the site were all for scrappers. We had cute names for them (we were so witty!) – and one of those events was World Cardmaking Day. It wasn’t an official day at the time – we just called it that and started promoting.

Each of our members would “host” a challenge, launched on a schedule throughout the day, sometimes one an hour! Folks would offer their own sample, their own ‘rules’ for what you had to do, and prizes from their own stash. We all blogged and posted to the gallery, visited each other, shared the love back and forth. It felt like crafting alongside others, but online! A few of the challenges we’d offer up in addition to the usual color/theme/product challenges:

  • Show your desk before/after WCMD! (hey let’s do that this weekend…post your before and after on Instagram with the hashtag #wcmdwithsandy!
  • Use an odd (or even) number of items on a card.
  • One guy offered odd challenges like “use nuts and bolts with cereal on a card.” Yeah we were off the charts!

After we’d done WCMD for 2 years we noticed…all of a sudden there was a website for “the day” and folks who “owned” it! ha. Well, that history is water under the bridge now, but I’m just glad the tradition lives on even if it was coopted, right?

Welcome to World Cardmaking Day, Crafty Girls! (and guys!)

When I saw this stamp, I just loved the idea behind it. They’re all sitting around coloring, and watching one of my videos! Yep, bet you didn’t know that was a laptop right there, playing one of my Copic playlists. Ha! Anyhoo – watch the video to see a pretty simple suggestion of a background for these ladies – you can do the soft shapes even without the dramatic lighting. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Does this look like you and your friends today? I’ll be having some crafty friends over to the studio. (And no, I won’t make them watch my videos. LOL!) If you need suggestions on who to craft with:

  1. Call a crafty girlfriend and invite her over for a little coloring or crafting fun. It needn’t be a full day, have her over for a quick cup of tea and color together!
  2. Invite a friend who’s never made a card, and help her make a CAS Christmas card. That’ll get her excited about joining our crazy hobby, right?
  3. Get your kiddos busy making cards! Have them create cards for an adult (not family) who makes them feel safe in this crazy world we’re in. Use it as a moment to remind them there are GOOD people out there – their teachers, principal, or policemen or firemen. Then make a plan to deliver the cards!


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