If you're wondering about me and my qualifications to offer advice on this site; this is a brief introduction:
I have been a creative person from my earliest memories. During my life I have tried many different types of craft. During the last couple of decades, I have been doing mostly various forms of paper crafting.
I have been card making for several decades and was trained with an Australian craft company Crafty Kids the predecessor of Kaszazz as a card making and scrapbooking instructor about 20 years ago.
For 3/4 years I made birthday cards for my local church. This church has more than 200 members, so I handed out anything up to 10 cards in any one week. Then for several years I made Mother's Day and Father's Day cards for the congregation. Which required about 80 cards for each of the occasions.
For two years, as a women's ministry activity by facilitated card making days several times a year. Each of these days were themed. Prior to each day, I produced ~50 different cards, demonstrating the theme for the participants inspiration. I was doing this while making birthday cards for the congregation. Many of the cards that I made to inspire the participants in the facilitated card making days, I later gave away as birthday cards.
In addition to my creative side, I am also a very strong scientist. When I returned to study chemistry as a mature age student, I started making Christmas cards for my lecturers and tutors. When I started graduate study, I also make cards for the other graduate students in my office. This was in addition to the cards that I had been making for friends at church and my family. So I made between 50 and 70 Christmas cards in any one year.
While I was a graduate student my faculty student support officers offered various activities: either personal development, academic or stress relief.
I offered to run facilitated card making sessions, similar to what I had previously done at the church, for my fellow students.
Christmas 2018, I volunteered with my local Salvation Army Christmas parcels program. I offered to make handmade Christmas cards to go in each parcel.
I ended up making more than 150 cards. The Christmas cards you can see on this page are some of them.
Some cards that I have created recently for a project to support grocery shop staff during the panic buying due to COVID-19 can be viewed here. Another project in this space, involved several cards made from postcard thank yous included in orders from a company I support who shares my environmentally conscious ideas. It was particularly appropriate to recycle their postcard into other thank you cards.
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