PUBLISHED: 4:37 PM on Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Stampers Celebrate Creative Connections
Observing World Card Making Day
Four Juneau women are getting together to organize an all day card making workshop October 6 at Centennial Hall. The event, scheduled in observance of World Card Making Day, celebrates the creativity of hand made cards and the personal connection that they create when given.

"Juneau is full of people who love crafting and being creative. So if you enjoy card making, this will be a great opportunity for you," said card maker Lecia Kahklen.

Kahklen, along with Gina Shirey-Potts, Kandi Claassen, and Teri Hill are passionate rubber stampers as well as workshop demonstrators for a rubber stamping supply company called Stampin'Up!

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  Women gathering together explore creativity by making handmade cards. A workshop celebrating World Card Marking Day will be held on October 6 at Centennial Hall. The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
One of their jobs is showing people how to make cards and other crafts. "It gives me a good feeling to help someone discover their creativity," Potts said.

"I think it's important that we all find time to be creative, and rubber stamping is a fun and easy way to be do it."

"Creativity is one of those things that really brings people together," Potts said. "Women seem to love to spend time together doing something with their hands. Then when you give someone a card that you've made, that's another positive connection that brightens someone's day."

There will be sixteen different cards designs to make at the event, which begins at 10 am and continues until 7 pm.

"We'll be making cards for all occasions from Christmas and the holidays, to birthdays, anniversaries, and babies. If you want to make all 16 cards, you'll probably want to be there by ten,"says Kahklen. The cost is a $5.00 entry fee and $1.00 or $1.50 per card, depending on the materials.

"Rubber stamping is really simple, but there's also plenty of breadth for expanding your ideas if you are a real enthusiast," Potts said.

"This is an art that encompasses many mediums. Its as easy or advanced as you want to make it, whether you want to play with markers, pastels and water coloring, or branch out into embossing techniques."

" That's why its so much fun to get together to do it. People have all different styles, and levels of skill and you get to share ideas, and learn from people who have more experience."

"You don't have to be an expert to have a lot of fun at stamping, either," Kahklen said. "One of the things I've learned is how to make the most of your mistakes. Some of my most creative cards came from goof-ups that I turned into a new technique."

Valuing service to the community is also part of World Card Making Day.

"We're going to be providing people an opportunity to donate their cards to the Pioneer Home or Wildflower Court. Its nice for the residents to have handmade cards to send to someone. So if anyone wants to spend a dollar to make a card we'll be collecting and delivering them."

"We want everyone to relax and enjoy themselves," Kahklen said. "We decided to have a pampering corner, where you can relax with a heated shoulder wrap and sample hand lotions and such."