I have always been the practical type, so when I discovered card making with Hochanda, it was the perfect creative hobby.
I was a chiropodist, so I’ve always worked with my hands. When I retired and started making cards, a lot of them were pretty useless! But card crafting is about practice, playing and having fun.
Like many others in the Hochanda community, crafting gives me something enjoyable to do indoors. I’m not outdoorsy and I don’t go to the pub – it’s not me. I wanted to find something I could do in my home. When I sit in my crafting room, I can disappear for a few minutes away from the stresses of the day.
Although I find card making relaxing, I don’t just do it for myself. I run a small craft group every second Saturday of the month. At Christmas, there’s a lot of people out there in nursing homes who never receive a card, so it’s nice to send them something tangible to let them know someone is thinking of them. If a member of my church group isn’t feeling good, we always send them cards. I get a great deal out of my craft – it’s about spreading the love.
At times though, card crafting can get pretty messy. I listen to music while I craft and have a coffee on the side. If anyone can knock it over, it’s me! I enjoy getting mucky with ink and glue all over my hands. With such a wide range of crafty products to try, I'm not planning on slowing down anytime soon: There are so many dies (for cutting shapes) out there now – Spellbinders, Sizzix and Sue Wilson dies are very good. Phil Martin’s stamp range has just come out and they make lovely organic pictures. I’ve also just made Chloe from Hochanda’s card – the Allium – and it’s absolutely beautiful! Just give it a go.