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Old 08-04-2006, 09:38 AM   #1  
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Question What does stamping mean to you?

So someone asked me why I like to stamp so much. I talked about recognizing the family birthdays, funerals and other seasonal events, and then I mentioned that my favorite cards to send (and receive) were friendship cards unexpected little pick-me-ups. They appear in the mailbox under a bill or two; or between the MasterCard and VISA offers.

They stand out at once; maybe the envelope is decorated, maybe its not. But the card carries a special weight and the return address of a familiar name. These cards may hold a tender thought for a tough time, or a joyous cheer for a celebration. It might just be a touch point for a friendship when there isnt time for a lunch or shopping date. And then theres the Random Act of Kindness a happy note from a fellow stamper sharing the love of paper craft.

I know first-hand the healing ability of a well-timed greeting and how seeing that card on my mantle brings a smile for days. I appreciate that a person took the time to keep the lost art of letter writing alive. When creating a card, I reflect on the intended receiver and the card takes shape especially for them.

They are a physical, tangible connection; just as much a gift for the sender as for the recipient. The tactile experience of holding a card and seeing the handwritten ink has a remarkable power above and beyond an electronic text message.

Gosh - boy did I wax poetic here! LOL! But it would be fun to hear your thoughts on what stamping means to you...
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Old 08-04-2006, 11:03 AM   #2  
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I have to agree with a lot of what you said above.

For me stamping helps me get through the very long winter months here in Alaska. The darkness is very difficult for me. So it is soooo nice to have a creative outlet! I am so happy to find the splitcoast family of friends to share my passion with as well! Thank you ladies you literally have been a life saver for a lady who sometimes feels like a fish out of water way up north.

Only one more winter to go and we are back to the lower 48!
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To me it means ... a lot less money in my checking account Sorry I couldn't resist.

Seriously, its a great stress reliever and something I can do while be home with the family. I work full-time and so its important for me to have something that I enjoy that doesn't pull me away from my husband and kids.

Interesting thread idea.
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.[/quote]something I can do while be home with the family. [/quote]
Ack.. where is that edit button?!
Should have typed "something I can do while being home with the family."
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Gosh - boy did I wax poetic here!
Yes - that was absolutely beautifully written!

I got into staming because I enjoy making cards for someone - like you said, you start out with them in mind and the card takes shape...I love that part!

Another reason I love stampin is that it is a quick and easy creative fix - I don't feel I am artistic (i.e., I can't draw a straight, or curvy line ) but with stamping I can make a card under an hour and have it look beautiful. I love scrapbooking but I can't scratch my creative itch quite as easily as cardmaking (and besides scrapping serves a whole nother purpose).
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I agree with you. Very well written by the way.

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So someone asked me why I like to stamp so much. I talked about recognizing the family birthdays, funerals and other seasonal events, and then I mentioned that my favorite cards to send (and receive) were friendship cards unexpected little pick-me-ups. They appear in the mailbox under a bill or two; or between the MasterCard and VISA offers.

They stand out at once; maybe the envelope is decorated, maybe its not. But the card carries a special weight and the return address of a familiar name. These cards may hold a tender thought for a tough time, or a joyous cheer for a celebration. It might just be a touch point for a friendship when there isnt time for a lunch or shopping date. And then theres the Random Act of Kindness a happy note from a fellow stamper sharing the love of paper craft.

I know first-hand the healing ability of a well-timed greeting and how seeing that card on my mantle brings a smile for days. I appreciate that a person took the time to keep the lost art of letter writing alive. When creating a card, I reflect on the intended receiver and the card takes shape especially for them.

They are a physical, tangible connection; just as much a gift for the sender as for the recipient. The tactile experience of holding a card and seeing the handwritten ink has a remarkable power above and beyond an electronic text message.

Gosh - boy did I wax poetic here! LOL! But it would be fun to hear your thoughts on what stamping means to you...
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It is nice to get a card!! I love it when they appear in my mailbox. In these days of email, it seems like snail mail has been reduced to a trickle so a homemade "hello" is even more heart warming!
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You said it beautifully! I just say, it makes me happy creating it, and it makes the recipient's day receiving it.
Sometimes if I'm in a joking mood I say it keeps me out of the bars at night : ) My husband always knows where I am! Hee hee!
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Lynne what you said was just perfect! For me, there's joy in the creativity. And then (hopefully) there's joy for the recipient too. I just love being able to create something and it's fascinating to take ordinary things like cardstock and ink and stamps and turn them into something extraordinary. I also love being able to stamp with my friends -- those are wonderful times when we can chat and create together.
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I love stamping because I appreciate art but can't draw or paint for beans !! By stamping, I can create some artwork that I feel proud of. And, of course, I enjoy sending my cards as I usually get very positive feedback.
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lynne (look-inkgood), not only are you an artist in your stamping (just checked out your gallery), but you are an artist with your words. your message was so beautifully written, i'm making a copy of it to keep.
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What a great thread to start.

I also enjoy stamping to share with others my cards and to get a chance to stamp with others, whether it is my friends or my ds (when I can talk him into it)
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Bottom line,....time alone. Time alone to think about something other than my husband, and childrens needs. I get to use the Left? part of my brain that never gets used. Gives me a rush to create something, however ugly, and send it to someone, and feel like I did one good thing....
Otherwise, I soak socks, wash 5-6 loads a day, wait for my family to come home and if I make a meal, they do not need a meal. If I do not make a meal, they need a meal...Can not win for trying this summer. So, cardmaking is my pacifier....
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cardmaking(and i am not a talented one, just like it) allows me to validate my ability to be more than jan the spouse, jan the mom, jan the bank teller, jan the picker-upper,laundry officianoto,dish doer,problem solver.( ilove those roles but it is not entirely who i am) i can be just jan. i can be 6 again and color or school bound and read up on all the new techniques, and throw all this into my soul and thats why i stamp. every card is a minute piece of who i am. it is my hobby,my passion, my obsession, always lurking in my eyes. i do it for me. and i love the feeling it gives me.
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