Monday, March 31, 2008

Collecting Cards

I'm a card collector (horder.... which ever term you prefer). I have been for awhile. Cards I, or my husband or kids, have received over the years, cards that I find in the store that I think are fun which I pick up and save for the coordinating occasion to occur. Cards I make, when the mood (rarely) strikes me. I repurposed an old recipe box just to hold them all... but its stuffed full and I need to move on to bigger and better storage devices... or just correspond more, either way I wont be buying any less cards anytime soon. I buy cards that I love, and I dont want to part with, which then leads me to buy another card, and so on, and so on..... anyways, you get the picture.

Etsy has been like dumping a massiave amount of fuel on an already long burning fire!!

I thought I'd share some of my favorite purchases :-)
(and because I'm lazy, and some of the cards are sent, I'm not re-taking the photos but rather using the ones in the etsy listings from which I purchased)

I LOVE Creative Paper Trail !!!!! All of her single cards are only $1.00, and she sells other wonderful goodies like tags and little embellishments that I personally love and use in my scrapbook. I buy so much stuff from her, so often that I bet she has my address memorized. Oh and I dont ever buy just one card at a time from this delightful etsy shop... but rather like 5-10!! .... I'm addicted I tell you! (could be worse... at least its not crack or something like that!)

photos courtesy of Creative Paper Trail

A new and WONDERFUL, I must add, find of mine is Vera June who makes the most whimsical cards ever! I seriously want to frame them and put them up on my walls as art I love them so much!!! Not to mention that she is a wonderfully delightful person.... as a customer as well as a seller, thats always the icing on the cake and always makes me want to come back for more. I know, with every single fiber of my being, that I will for sure be buying from her again and again and again.

photos courtesy of Vera June

I recently bought 2 cards (same design) from Vanessa Cavaco Designs and could not be more impressed. I'm so used to buying boy orientated things for my sons' that purchasing these sweet, girly cards was such a treat. Also an impulse buy, but boy am I glad I bought them because they are just stunning!! Anytime I need a girlie fix I know where to go!!!

photo courtesy of Vanessa Cavaco Designs

Last but certainly not least is this gorgeous card from ValleyKatDesigns. I acctually didnt even buy this card, but rather a print of the exact same image. (which is hung on my wall and shown in the picture from my blog post from a few days ago) She was gracious enough to send this stunning card along with the print, and still, a month later I cant bring myself to write in it. I just love it too much!

photo courtesy of ValleyKatDesigns

So..... does anyone wanna be pen pals?? ♥


Vanessa Cavaco said...

Wow thanks for featuring my card! And I know what you mean about being boy son is 4 and all I know how to buy are cars and boy clothes. When I have to give a present to a little girl I just draw a blank! I guess that's why I like to design girly things. thanks again and I love your blog!

ThisOldHenHouse said...

Oh yay! I'm thrilled that you have a blog... because now I get to blogger-stalk all of your fabulous designs!!!!!

Nnairda's said...

All very good card makers. I'm really impressed with everyone's unique take on cards. Nice features!!!

Nnairda's said...

BTW-- I just read that one of your favorite books is Suzanne's Diary. Loved it!!! I literally cried reading that book. It was a huge depatured from Patterson's usual stuff.

esque said...

These are all so wonderful! I especially enjoy the one with the girl with flowers in her hair and I enjoy receiving and sending cards too!!! :)


ara133photography said...

Wow, both of those shops are lovely - I think I need to get some cards!!! :)

Handcrafted by LaMar said...

great post. I like the cards of creative paper. Wish you were a customer of mine (a card collector) I would make cards all day just for you!


Kerry said...

WoW, you have found some really great cards! I would love to be your pen pal...I just happen to have a couple of cards hanging around!

ChristopherAndTia said...

I'm constantly wanting more penpals just so I have an excuse to buy cards like the ones you've posted in your blog. I. Love. Snail. Mail.

xx Tia

ElegantSnobbery said...

Oh no, you are a bad bad girl for introducing me to these paper shops! I'm a paper addict, too and I have boxes and drawers just brimming with them! Hmmmm... I may just have to do a bit of shopping anyway!!

Lesley of Banana Pants Clothes said...

Hey girl! I was just browsing your shop for a journal, and thought I would stop by your blog to say hi. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh I love all of these! I'm going to have to check out their shops, thanks for sharing!! ♥

P.S. I just added a new weekly Wednesday game to my blog, come see when you have the time!

princesstomato said...

what a treat to get such beautiful mail!



Anonymous said...

what a treat to get such beautiful mail!


Miss V said...

Such beautiful cards!! Hard to pick a favorite!