Super Bowl Sunday was super indeed! The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and I had a pre-game meal at our new Portillo’s for the first time ever (they’re famous for hot dogs, and I’d been craving a good hot dog!). But those weren’t even the best parts of the day. The highlight was my friend Jessica’s Year of Cards Make and Take class. I love her card classes and attend as many of them as I can. During the class attendees choose five projects to make for a class fee of only $10. I love that I always leave with a fresh stash of adorable homemade cards, tags, etc. for the next special occasion that pops up. Jessica provides all the supplies and tools you need to complete the projects, as well as an instruction sheet. Projects are organized in baskets and you pick the five you’d like to make from the several options available, then make them at your own pace. She also has yummy snacks during her classes, like homemade caramel corn and brownies. Her spacious craft studio is so organized, inspiring, and conducive to creativity.
She also sells her cards she makes at her classes and at craft fairs around central Indiana. I always find several to buy. They’re great to have on hand because I don’t always have time to make cards to give on short notice, and once you’re a card maker, it’s really hard to buy them at the store! Not only are her cards cuter, they are more affordable than store-bought greeting cards.
The photo at the top of this post shows the projects I made February 4. I picked the snowman tags, pumpkin tags, the Valentine’s treat box, the St. Patrick’s Day card, and the Easter card. For the tags, you could make two of each! The Valentine’s treat box was the easiest of the projects, since the gable box just had to be assembled and decorated. The shamrock card was the most challenging one, mainly because I was talking instead of following the instructions on how to assemble the hearts to form the three-dimensional clover.
I met Jessica through my friend Rebecca, who also attended Sunday’s make and take with her mom, who was in town visiting. Rebecca took me to the inaugural Handmade Vintage Market in 2012, held at another friend’s home, and that’s where I first met Jessica and purchased her cards. We bonded over our love of paper crafts, and I was drawn to Jessica’s warm and bubbly personality. She is truly one of the sweetest people I know. Since we met, Handmade Vintage Market has since grown from a handful of vendors to a large craft fair with over 50 vendors. The next show is May 5 in Noblesville, Indiana. If you’re local, I encourage to check it out and buy cards from Jessica! She’ll be one of the vendors this Spring. Check out Cards by Jessica on Facebook to see more of her work, purchase her cards, and get notified of more of her upcoming craft shows and events.
My mom and I have been to several of Jessica’s make and takes throughout the years. Her classes are one of our favorite mother-daughter activities. Here are some of my past projects I’ve made at Jessica’s make and take events.