Handwriting Helps Brain Function-More Reasons to Send Handmade Cards!

Hello friends!
I found this article a few years ago from Two Sides North America and it gave me more reasons to make and send cards.  I usually include a hand written note or letter with my cards. Make and send cards everyday!

Handwriting Helps the Brain Function

20140331-IMG_6637Taking time to put pen to paper can actually increase your learning capability, retention and brain development according to many experts and studies on handwriting conducted over the past few years. While many schools are taking cursive requirements out of their curriculum and the majority of us compose our thoughts and work on computers through keyboards, we can’t let the practice and benefits of handwriting fall to the wayside.
“For children, handwriting is extremely important. Not how well they do it, but that they do it and practice it,” said Karin Harman James, an assistant professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University. “Typing does not do the same thing.”
William R. Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D. agrees. In an article he wrote called “Cursive writing makes kids smarter” published on March 14, 2013 in Memory Medic, Klemm states that in the case of learning cursive writing, the brain develops functional specialization that integrates both sensation, movement control, and thinking. Brain imaging studies reveal that multiple areas of the brain become co-activated during learning of cursive writing of pseudo-letters, as opposed to typing or just visual practice.
He also believes there is spill-over benefit for thinking skills used in reading and writing. To write legible cursive, fine motor control is needed over the fingers. Students have to pay attention and think about what and how they are doing it. They have to practice.
There are also benefits to the physical aspects of the actual act of writing. Julie Deardorff wrote an article in the Tribune newspaper that outlined the benefits of gripping and moving a pen or pencil that reach beyond communication. She stated that emerging research shows that handwriting increases brain activity, hones fine motor skills and can predict a child’s academic success in ways that keyboarding can’t.
According to an article last year by reporter Chris Gayomali in The Wall Street Journal, some physicians claim that the act of writing — which engages your motor skills, memory, and more — is good cognitive exercise for baby boomers who want to keep their minds sharp as they age. And if you’re looking to pick up a new skill, a 2008 study published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience found that adults had an easier time recognizing new characters — like Chinese, math symbols, or music notes — that were written by hand over characters generated by a computer.
“Handwriting aids memory. If you write yourself a list or a note — then lose it — you’re much more likely to remember what you wrote than if you just tried to memorize it,” said Occupational Therapist Katya Feder, an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa School of Rehabilitation.
According to Feder in the same Tribune article, handwriting proficiency inspires confidence. The more we practice a skill such as handwriting, the stronger the motor pathways become until the skill becomes automatic. Once it’s mastered, children can move on to focus on the subject, rather than worry about how to form letters.
Handwriting engages different brain circuits than keyboarding. The contact, direction and pressure of the pen or pencil send the brain a message. And the repetitive process of handwriting “integrates motor pathways into the brain,” said Feder. When it becomes automatic or learned, “there’s almost a groove in the pathways,” she said. The more children write, the more pathways are laid down.
So now you’ve heard what the experts say…keep writing!

 

FREE SHIPPING and Hydrangea Hill Fun Fold Birthday Card

Hi Friends,
You asked and we’re delivering – for free!

It’s a FREE Shipping 24-Hour Flash Sale happening on March 17th only!

Take advantage of this opportunity to get free shipping on your orders. With the exception of month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions, all Stampin’ Up! products qualify for the promotion.

Spread the word – don’t let your friends miss out on this special!

Sale ends at midnight on March 17th. Visit my online store for more details and to shop and save!

When purchasing the Stampin’ Up! products used, make sure to use the Hostess Code for March –  7RXRBRNM. Use this Hostess Code when completing your on-line order of $45.00 or more (before taxes and shipping) to receive this month’s Hostess gift plus you will also receive a FREE 4 – card tutorial using the Country Home Stamp Set!
Do not use the Hostess Code if your on-line order is $150.00 or more (before tax and shipping). Just email me that you’ve placed your order on-line and I will send you this month’s gift, PLUS you’ll receive Hostess Dollars to purchase product out of any of the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs. This month’s Hostess gift is a set of two Stampin’ Blends of your color choice. If you check the “No Contact” box when placing your order, I will not have your address and won’t be able to send your gift! 
Hydrangea Hill Fancy Fold Birthday Card
Handmade Birthday Fancy Fold CardCard
 
Materials:
Peaceful Moments Stamp Set
Butterfly Brilliance Bundle
Purple Posy Cardstock –  5-1/2″ x  10-3/4″;    3-1/2″ x  3-1/2″
Basic White Cardstock –  3-1/2″ x  5-1/4″;  scrap for greeting
Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper –  1 pattern for front of card cut to 3-1/2″ x  5-1/4″;  1 pattern for inside of card –  3″ x  5-1/4″;     1/2″ x  5-1/4″
Gorgeous Grape Ink;  Tasteful Labels Dies;  Highland Heather Ribbon;  Hole Punch; Rhinestone Jewels
Directions:
1.   Score and fold Purple Posy Cardstock at 3-3/4″ and 7″
Classy Cut-ups Creations Card Making Tutorials
 
 
 
 
 
2.  Adhere the largest piece of the Hydrangea Hill DSP to the left side of the opened card.  Adhere the 2nd pattern of Hydrangea Hill on the middle panel, as shown below.
3.  Stamp the greeting on the Basic White Cardstock panel in Gorgeous Grape Ink.  Adhere the Basic White Cardstock to the 3rd panel.  Add the strip of DSP on the right side of the Basic White Cardstock. Hydrangea Hill Fancy Fold Birthday Card
 
 
 
 
 
4.  Punch a hole in the left side of the first panel (The card front.)  Thread approximately 20″ of ribbon through the whole and wrap it around the card and tie a bow on the right side of the card front.Hydrangea Hill Birthday Card Tutorial
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5.  Using the die from the Tasteful Labels Die Set, cut one die-cut from the scrap of Basic White Cardstock and 2 from the Purple Posy Cardstock.  Stamp “Happy Birthday” on the white die-cut in Gorgeous Grape Ink.  Cut the 2 Purple Post Die-cuts in half – one vertically and 1 horizontally.Enlarging a label die-cut
 
 
 
 
 
 
6.  Adhere the 2 long pieces of the die-cut to the back of the Basic White greeting.
 
 
 
 
 
7.  Adhere the other two pieces as shown below.
 
 
 
 
 
8. Place the die-cut label onto the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Add a butterfly and rhinestones if desired.
Handmade Birthday Fancy Fold CardCard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget to place your order on March 17th to get free shipping!
Terry

 

Get Them Before They’re Gone – In Colors are Retiring!

Hello Friends,
The new Stampin’ Up! 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalog comes out on May 4, 2021.  That means the 2019 – 2021 In colors are retiring.  You will no longer be able to purchase anything in Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, or Purple Posy.  This includes, cardstock, ink, ink refills, markers, Blends, ribbon, and embellishments, so get yours NOW before they are sold out. They usually sell out quickly! 
Click on any of the photos below to learn more about or purchase any of the retiring colors.
When purchasing the Stampin’ Up! products used, make sure to use the Hostess Code for March –  7RXRBRNM. Use this Hostess Code when completing your on-line order of $45.00 or more (before taxes and shipping) to receive this month’s Hostess gift plus you will also receive a FREE 4 – card tutorial using the Country Home Stamp Set!
Do not use the Hostess Code if your on-line order is $150.00 or more (before tax and shipping). Just email me that you’ve placed your order on-line and I will send you this month’s gift, PLUS you’ll receive Hostess Dollars to purchase product out of any of the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs. This month’s Hostess gift is a package of the Pearl Basic Jewels. If you check the “No Contact” box when placing your order, I will not have your address and won’t be able to send your gift! 

 

Nothing’s Better Than Online Card Class

Hi Friends,
Sorry it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted.  I was off in Colorado having a super time in the snow with some of my family.  It started snowing about 20 minutes after we left the airport and snowed most of the night.  I haven’t woke up to snow covering everything in so long and I really missed it.  It was gorgeous!
My February Online Class was a success and I even did 6 video tutorials instead of just 5, as advertised. I’m still a little nervous, but it’s getting much easier!  If you were one of my customers that purchased my February class and haven’t already told me how you liked it,  please comment below and let me know how it was.
Nothing's Better Than Stamp and Die BundleThe March Nothing’s Better Than Online Card Class  is NOT a subscription.  You can order it and never order another class again, or you may order any other class you want if it’s still available.  There are three options for the class:
1.  This class has 3 Fancy Folded cards! Purchase the class, including the  Nothing’s Better Than Stamp and Die Bundle (worth $46.75, plus $3.76 tax and $6.95 shipping), all the cut and dry embossed cardstock and designer series paper, ribbon, embellishments, and any die-cuts not included in the bundle if I use them on the cards, the step-by-step written directions (with photos), and the video tutorials to put all 5+ cards together and a couple of surprises. (I’m not finished making cards with this bundle so I may be adding more than 5!) The class kits will be sent to you by Priority Mail, which is $8.45.  The cost for this package is  $77.00. (Only available in the United States.)
2.  Purchase the class WITHOUT the stamp set and dies.  Get all the cut and dry embossed cardstock and designer series paper, ribbon, embellishments, and any die-cuts not included in the bundle if I use them on the cards, the step-by-step directions (with photos), and videos to put all 5 cards together. The class kits will be sent to you by Priority Mail.  The cost for this package is $25.00.  This option does not include any stamped images per Stampin’ Up! policy.  However, you can use your own stamp sets and dies to complete the cards. (Only available in the United States.)
3.  Purchase just the instructions for the 5 cards and a PDF will be emailed to you for $15. (Available anywhere.)
The deadline for purchasing this class is March 20, 2021.  Please let me know if you would like to have this class and I will send you a Paypal Invoice.  The kits will be mailed out by March 29th.
 

Guess What’s Coming to Town!

Butterfly Brilliance Collection

The Butterfly Bouquet includes early-release products from the 2021 Annual Catalog in addition to exclusive products. It includes a 10% discount on the stamp set and dies when purchased with the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle or the Butterfly Brilliance Collection.  The Butterfly Brilliance Collection includes stamps, dies, and paper.  It is available from March 2, 2021 until May 3, 2021.  The stamp set and dies will be included in the 2021 Annual Catalog, but the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper and the Natural Touch Specialty Paper will not! They are only available until May 3rd or while supplies last.
BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE CLING STAMP SET
Prepare yourself for a burst of butterflies with the Butterfly Brilliance Background Stamp. Use this stamp to create projects for Mother’s Day, weddings, and more. Pair this stamp with greetings of your choice to customize it for the season or occasion. Stamp the line-art image and add color with your choice of coloring technique, or apply different colors of ink to the stamp before stamping to create a unique look. Whatever you do with it, the results will be glorious.  
BRILLIANT WINGS DIES
Create beautifully detailed butterflies for all of your paper crafting projects with the Brilliant Wings Dies. Once you’ve cut out a swarm of butterflies, you can create a background, make a focal point, or use them as accents. There’s so much you can do. Start now!
BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE BUNDLE
10% bundled savings. Includes the Butterfly Brilliance cling stamp set and brilliant wings dies (see details above); early-release bundle from 2021 Annual Catalog available during the Butterfly Bouquet promotion.
BUTTERFLY BIJOU DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
Some people call a group of butterflies a kaleidoscope, and that’s what you’ll get with the Butterfly Bijou 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. Choose from glorious butterfly patterns in shades of aqua, pink, and yellow on one side or watercolored patterns that coordinate beautifully on the other side. You can’t go wrong with these unforgettable patterns. Exclusive Designer Serie Paper; available only during the Butterfly Bouquet promotion and while supplies last.
NATURAL TOUCH SPECIALTY PAPER
Exclusive Specialty Paper; available only during the Butterfly Bouquet promotion and while supplies last.
Add lovely texture to your creations with the Natural Touch Specialty Paper. The pale woodgrain is versatile enough for any project and any time of year. You can stamp on it, emboss it, and use it with dies. Use large pieces of it as a background or cut out pieces to use as accents.
BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE COLLECTION
Instead of ordering each product individually, get the Butterfly Brilliance collection. You’ll get one of each product at the best price. 
Includes the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle, the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper and the Natural Touch Specialty Paper. 
I  have used one of the butterfly die-cuts on this card.

True Love Designer Series Paper

I colored the flowers and leaves on a piece of the True Love Designer Series Paper with Rich Razzleberry and Just Jade Blends.  I added Clear Wink of Stella to the shaded parts of the flowers and leaves. You can’t see if very well in the photo, but it looks really pretty.
The butterfly from the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set was stamped in Momento Black Ink and colored with Mango Melody and Just Jade Blends.  I then cut it out with the coordinating Brilliant Wings Dies.  There are 2 dies that match each butterfly – one that cuts out the whole butterfly and one that cuts out parts of the wings.  I used the one that cuts out part of the wings.
The card base is Basic White Cardstock and the next layer is Rich Razzleberry.  The greeting was stamped in Just Jade and cut out with one of the Tasteful Label Dies.
Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon was wrapped around the True Love Designer Series Paper and a bow was tied before the paper was adhered to the Rich Razzleberry Cardstock.
When purchasing the Stampin’ Up! products used, make sure to use the Hostess Code for February – 6NDTKWX2. Use this Hostess Code when completing your on-line order of $45.00 or more (before taxes and shipping) to receive this month’s Hostess gift. Do not use the Hostess Code if your on-line order is $150.00 or more (before tax and shipping). Just email me that you’ve placed your order on-line and I will send you this month’s gift, PLUS you’ll receive Hostess Dollars to purchase product out of any of the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs. This month’s Hostess gift is a package of the Pearl Basic Jewels. If you check the “No Contact” box when placing your order, I will not have your address and won’t be able to send your gift! 
Click on one of the products below to learn more about it or to purchase it.  The stamp set and dies are not pictured since they are not available yet.

 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Terry