It was roughly one year ago that I, Cathy Zielske, being of sound mind and crafty body, decided to start making some cards.
In early March of 2017, Stampin’ Up sent me their Big Shot machine, along with a few Framelits dies, and I made this magical card you see here for an 11th birthday celebration at Scrapbook & Cards Today, (the magazine I presently serve as art director for!)
I had been dabbling in designing some clear stamp sentiments and decided it was time to possibly play with a few of the accoutrements of the card realm. Well, one thing led to another and I found myself, to quote Bella Swan, “…unconditionally and irrevocably in love with…” card making.
Y’all know I have been in the craft biz for a LONG time now, right? I’m a member of what they call the Old Guard in the industry. And though I had people telling me a long time ago (yes, I’m talking directly to you, Jennifer McGuire!) that I should make cards, I guess I just thought, “Nah. I’m good.”
But something clicked inside my brain with cards. A certain playful innocence that had been missing from my crafting suddenly blew up all around me.
I decided to start posting videos to my long neglected YouTube channel, posting this decidedly rough around the edges first-ever process video, and I began sharing my journey as a new card maker.
I think that people think because I like clean and graphic that cute stuff doesn’t really fit into that formula.
But card making only energized my love of design.
And it is helping my business, as well. Partnering with Simon Says Stamp has allowed me to reach a much wider—and often brand new—audience, and it has been amazing to see what people create with the stuff I’m designing. I truly am grateful that I have made my living in this industry for 18 years now. Anything that helps me to be able to continue to keep doing the work that I love is a good thing.
So today is all about celebrating one year of making cards. (And to see every card I’ve shared here on my blog, click here.) And because it’s my Cardversary, I’ve got a video and a new card to share first and a really fun giveaway, second!
The card in today’s video was creating using my new friend (and oh, do I adore her!) Gina K. Design’s ingenious Wreath Builder stamp bundle (also available at Simon Says Stamp!) Not only have I fallen in love with Gina K herself, I also love her products, her YouTube channel and her ability to teach you that you CAN stamp and make really lovely cards.
Gina also taught me how to make my own custom square envelopes to match my square cards! Check out my tutorial below, and then keep on reading for details of my giveaway today!
So there’s that, and now…
THE CARDVERSARY GIVEAWAY
Today I’m so excited to be doing and Insta Giveaway on my @czdesign Instagram account! I have FIVE $50 gift certificates to give away—three to Simon Says Stamp and two to Gina K. Designs! If you would like to enter, go check out @czdesign on Instagram today and look for the graphic you see above for the details on how to enter for your chance to win! I will announce the winners next week by tagging you on Instagram (so you have to be on Instagram to win!)
Good luck! And don’t worry… I still make scrapbook pages, too! I’m just following where the current inspiration leads me! That’s how I’ve always done it.