Creative Fun with the Purple Papercrafters!

Whether it was a specially-made Mother’s Day card, a happy Spring card or a unique card for that amazing friend, participants in last Sunday’s Art Box Party – the Card Café had a great time exploring the world of card making.

Leading the way were Martha Ballou and Pam Abfalter, also known as the Purple Papercrafters. Martha and Pam are independent distributors for Stampin’ Up!, a company that helps people “express their own creativity through handmade cards, papercrafting projects, memory keeping, and home décor” (

And that’s just what they did. They helped the class explore paper, stamps, inks and embellishments as they created their own card designs.

And did you know that, according to, seven billion greeting cards are purchased every year. And even though there is a significant trend towards combining high tech with greeting cards, there is a growing appreciation for handmade cards.

Handmade cards are a combination of card, artwork and gift, and making high quality cards with special details makes them highly appreciated!

Count yourself as a lucky one if you’re on the receiving end of one of these cards. Here's just a sampling of what they created:

If you’re interested in creating your own cards and would like to attend one of these workshops, let us know.

If you’d like to find some handmade cards for purchase, stop down to Ledge Craft Lane where you’ll find a variety of cards created by several of our artists, including Martha and Pam.

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