Happy World Card Making Day from Simon Says Stamp!
Happy World Card Making Day from Simon Says Stamp! It’s a holiday created just for all of us, and we’re excited to share inspiration with you!
World Card Making Day was created in 2006, and the original purpose was to kick-start the holiday card making season. Chances are you make lots of cards for Christmas, but we all know that those beautiful cards don’t come together in one night. So grab your scissors and adhesives and cardstock and stamps and make some cards today! Your family can fend for themselves, right? You deserve to celebrate.
Two of the best things about card making are inspiration and creative connections, and today we’re bringing you both with a parade of nations! We’re thrilled to have nineteen designers from around the world representing nineteen different countries from six of the seven continents (we couldn’t find anyone from Antarctica)! Each designer has created a holiday card using products available in the Simon Says Stamp store.
While each designer doesn’t necessarily currently live in the country she represents, they’ve all called that country home at one point or another. You can learn more about their stories by visiting the links to each blog, and you can learn more about how they created their cards there, too!
Let’s take a journey around the globe and be inspired. And stick with us, because there are prizes to be won, because every good holiday deserves gifts!
Representing Australia – Gayatri Murali
Even though Gayatri is from Australia, we get at least a taste of Antarctica with this sweet scene created with the Simon Says Stamp An Arctic Christmas set. I love how she only colored portions of the scene to focus on the adorable penguins decorating the tree.
Representing Belgium – Laura Sterckx
Laura’s adorable shaker card is snowing sequins, and what could be cuter than that? She used the Bitty Bears stamp set from My Favorite Things to create this super sweet scene.
Representing Canada – Sarah Moerman
Sarah’s beautiful heat embossed background was created with the Kaleidoscope Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp and simple, yet effective coloring with festive reds and greens. The Merry & Bright and Funky Snowflake dies create impact without taking away from that glorious background.
Representing China – Scarlet Liu
Scarlet’s Circle Doodle background from Simon Says Stamp gives a funky and psychedelic edge to her otherwise traditional Christmas card. The sentiment and images come from the pretty Christmas Essentials stamp set from Simon, too.
Representing Colombia – Bibi Cameron
Bibi’s sweet and vintage cards with an adorable winking Santa Claus came together with the help of the Swell Christmas stamp set and Damask stencil from Simon Says Stamp. She made four cards in four different colors. Hey, once you come up with a great design, why not make several like Bibi did?
Representing England – Jo Nevill
Jo has created a simply enchanting scene with the help of the Deer Friends set from My Favorite Things. The soft color palette gives a sense of calm and the pretty layers she created with the Believe and Birch Tree Window dies from Simon are delightful. The scalloped border from this My Favorite Things Blueprints die is the perfect finishing touch.
Representing Germany – Maria Fischer
Maria gives us a Happy Holidays (Frohes Fest) greeting German-style with this festive card! The Bold Alphabet dies from Altenew and the Brush Grunge Alphabet stamp set from Honey Bee are great for spelling out just about anything!
Representing Greece – Vicky Papaioannou
Vicky’s elegant card came together with the help of the very lovely Build a Flower Poinsettia set from Altenew. All of those pretty gold accents are perfect for holiday cards!
Representing Italy – Barbara Schiassi
Barbara created a rich and vintage design with the help of the Christmas Scroll Embossing Folder by Tim Holtz for Sizzix. She furthers the classic Christmas vibe with Christmas Paper Dolls Paperie ephemera from the Tim Holtz Ideo-ology collection. And how cool is it that her card matches the colors of the Italian flag?
Representing Malta – Lorraine Aquilina
Lorraine’s delicate and pretty wintry design uses the On A String stamp set and dies from Simon Says Stamp. Fun fact: according to my research, snow is almost unheard of in Malta, so perhaps this card is wishful thinking on Lorraine’s part!
Representing Poland – Marzena Ziuziakowska
Macarena’s strong and masculine design incorporating the Tim Holtz STAMPtember® Exclusive stamp set is fit to send to the men in your life to wish them a very Merry Christmas! Deer, wood, twine — it’s a nature lovers dream!
Representing Russia – Svetlana Pavlova
Nothing brightens the holidays more than a pretty poinsettia, and Svetlana’s gorgeous creation is a feast for the eyes. The Studio Katia Merry Poinsettia stamps and dies make for such a lovely design on fresh white.
Representing Scotland – Debby Hughes
Debby pulled out all the Scottish stops with a festive new year card dressed in pretty pink plaid. 2018 simply sparkles with the help of the Big Numbers dies from Simon Says Stamp! Debby says that celebrating the New Year is BIG in Scotland with lots of fun traditions! Debby created her plaid with quick watercolor stripes, but you could use a patterned paper to mimic this look.
Representing South Africa – Anna-Karin Evaldsson
The textures of South Africa some alive with stitching and lace on Anna-Karin’s holiday card. She created the background with Simon Says Stamp’s Christmas Sweater Background stamp and used the Holiday Poinsettia with Embossed Leaves die from Simon to create her focal point. The sentiment comes from the middle of the Merry Christmas Ornament die from Simon. Clever!
Representing South Korea – Marge Yoon
Marge’s adorable scene is courtesy of several cutie pie holiday stamps from Pretty Pink Posh – Angel Friends, Holiday Pals, Happy Snowman, and Reindeer Friends. It’s fun to use different images from different sets to create a whole new look! The window die from Pretty Pink Posh is perfect for a festive shaker card.
Representing Spain – Amanda Korotkova
Simplicity is the name of the game for Amanda’s card, and it’s simply LOVELY. The Simon Says Stamp Christmas Sweater Background on kraft gives her design a cozy feel. You can see that she masked a portion of the background to house the sentiment from the Coolest Yulest stamp set from CZ Design for Simon Says Stamp. A twine bow and golden sequins add texture and sophistication to her design.
Representing Switzerland – Isha Gupta
The Silent Snowflake Frame die from Memory Box creates big impact in no time on this elegant card design from Isha. It’s a perfect fit for the gorgeous script of the Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas stamp. I love how the sentiment shimmers in all its golden heat embossed glory!
Representing Ukraine – Svitlana Shayevich
Svitlana’s cute little holiday scene has special Ukranian significance. The sentiment reads “Merry Christmas” in the Ukrainian language, and the scene represents a “Street Vertep” which is a traditional nativity play performed during the holidays. It’s performed by people who dress up as different characters such as: angels, demons, King Herod, goats, shepherds, sheep, etc. Svitlana has dressed her animals from various stamp sets from My Favorite Things as the characters in this Ukranian nativity play. She used the You Make My Tail Wag, Hog Heaven, The Whole Herd, and Ewe Are the Best stamp sets. So. Stinking. Cute.
Representing the United States of America – Barb Engler
Barb’s holiday masterpiece (I mean, who wouldn’t love to get this card in the mail?) is anchored by three magnificent poinsettias from the Simon Says Stamp Winter Flowers stamp set. The gorgeous script sentiment was created by die cutting Season’s Greetings (from Simon, too!) several times and stacking it for depth. What a pretty result!
Oh my goodness, wasn’t that a fun trip around the world? Lots of amazing inspiration to get you going with all of those cards that you’re making today. You should probably get back to that, huh?
What would World Card Making Day be without prizes?
Show us what you’re making today for World Card Making Day! Upload your cards at the InLinkz below by 11:59 pm on Saturday, October 14th, and we will choose 10 random winners to receive a $50 gift card from Simon Says Stamp and one random winner to receive a one year subscription to Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine!
Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Buon Natale, Feliz Navidad, щасливого Різдва, Wesołych Świąt, 메리 크리스마스, Vrolijk Kerstfeest, καλά Χριστούγεννα, Fröhliche Weihnachten, 聖誕節快樂, and Geseënde Kersfees to you all!
Have an awesome World Card Making Day, and we can’t wait to see what you’re making!
Such inspiration. I’m so excited for today because I’m at a retreat and can actually participate!
Love making christmas cards with the cute snowman from lawn.
ooohhhh WOW!!! I love all these different cards!!
Happy WCMD! Hugz
This is so FUN. Great cards ladies!
Love all the different cards shown here great job!
I have enjoyed the tour around the globe verry much! Thank you lovely artists for all your beautiful cards, they are a big inspiration.
Have a wonderful creative World Card Making Day!
Happy World card making day!!!!!
Absolutely love this celebration of WCMD and all the inspiring cards. Thank you so much!
Now this is what I call a PaRtY!!!! LOVE the beautiful designs and participation from all over the world!!!
Wonderful cards. Thanks for sharing!
Wonderful to see the great variety of the world card making creations.
Here we go! So ready to begin my holiday cards!!!!!
Beautiful cards !
I am in love with all the cards. I like that you represented so many countries. Thanks for the chance to win!!
Happy World Card Making Day! Woot woot! What an amazing array of cards from such talented crafters all around the world. Takes my breath away!
Happy WCMD and thanks for all the lovely inspiration.
I’m so excited to see that you have a challenge link up today! I was hoping someone would! I better get cracking!
What incredible cards! I didn’t realize how World Card Making Day originated so I learned something new today! :)
Wow! So much beautiful inspiration from so many different countries! I was so happy to see Canada represented – thank you, Sarah! I’m having a good day today and plan to make lots of cards all day – I’ll share as many as I can! Thanks so much for the awesome inspiration! Happy WCMD!
Love this “worldly” take on WCMD!
What absolutely beautiful cards.
I just have to say thank you to Susan and Simon Says Stamp for inviting me to represent the USA! And Susan, this is such a brilliant idea to celebrate WCMD! Love the cards from all these ladies! So much talent!
These are all so very beautiful and packed full of inspiration!!… Happy World Card Making Day!! ????
These cards are awesome. Thanks for the inspiration.
Fun way to celebrate WCMD–lots of inspiration! Any limit on the number of cards we can enter? Thanks for the generous prizes & Happy WCMD, SSS!
WOW, That was so cool and interesting !!!! Thanks.
That was AWESOME! Go Canada! Loved seeing the cards from around the world!! :)
They are all so beautiful!! HAPPY WORLD CARDMAKING DAY!!
fa la la la la-fabulous holiday cards!! Now I’m ready to make my first Christmas card for this year.
PS- I could have represented France;)
What a fabulous idea to have countries represented – lovely work by all and thanks for the challenge!
Susan, that was wonderful having the flag’s from around the world for each of your designer’s intro to their project. Give a raise to the brain child of that idea.
Such beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing….
What a wonderful collection of cards from around the world!!! Love all of them :)
This is so awesome to know all these great card makers around the world ! Thanks for that ! And happy world card making day to everybody ! Love from France, Marjorie
Happy World Card Making Day – I just adore these cards from all over the world! :)
This is the best way to celebrate World Cardmaking Day, with cards from around the world! Thank you for the wonderful cards, and for putting this together!
Loved seeing all the cards from the around the world. Now I am heading into my little craft room in my part of the world to play the day away. (Thanks for the generous prizes you are offering. That makes the day even sweeter!)
Such beautiful cards! Thanks for making and sharing. I’d love to post my card to share but the link site isn’t working for.
Wow!! This is alot of inspiration!!! Really Amazing cards!!!
Love seeing this and I want to participate, but I don’t have a blog. ??? Can I post a picture?
You can share it from Flickr or Instagram or an online gallery. If it’s online somewhere, you should be able to post a link!
Thanks, Susan! I can put them on my pinterest board and then try…
Yes! That should work!
Here’s an anniversary card I made my son and his wife for their 5th anniversary yesterday. I love how this turned out. Stamped with distress ink– then used tiny brush with a tiny amount of water to color it in. then dried it and then stamped again. I LOVE it!
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/52/9f/23/529f2389b5957b7847a41df12927cb46.jpg (I don’t know if this will work or not!)
I apologize for putting those links to my cards in my comments- I couldn’t figure out any way to do it otherwise- then, I finally figured it out. I wish I could delete my posts but I cannot see how to do that, either. Please bear with me. Thanks!
I apologize for putting those links to my cards in my comments- I couldn’t figure out any way to do it otherwise- then, I finally figured it out. I wish I could delete my posts but I cannot see how to do that, either. Please bear with me. Thanks! Thanks for suggestions!
I enjoyed seeing cards from so many countries! Christmas brings us together ♥
Thanks for the world tour! What a wonderful idea!
Here’s my first Christmas card for this season of 2017!
Celebrating World Card-making Day!
This is supposed to be my first Christmas card for this year…
Here is a card I put together for a craft group at our church. My first Christmas card for this year!
Christmas cards are my favorite cards to make (well, maybe baby….and birthday!)
what a great idea this was. i enjoyed it.
Such awesome cards with creative inspiration to me. Your project is just amazing. And you’ve organized it so nicely! Thank you so much Susan and Simon Says Stamp for inviting me to this honorable party. Happy WCMD 2017!!
Oh my goodness. So many beautiful and cute cards from all over the world. Thanks to all for sharing.
Happy World Cardmaking Day!
Thank you Susan and Simon Says Stamp for inviting me to represent Ukraine in this party! I’m amazed by the stunning cards from all around the world!