I am honored to have the opportunity to be a new member of the Hallmark Cards blogging team. I have very special memories of spending lots of time in Hallmark stores throughout my life, looking for just the perfect card for someone special, just the perfect gift to celebrate an occasion.
Since I was a young child, the written word and expressing sentiments have always been important to me. I was blessed to grow up with parents and two sets of grandparents who likewise expressed their love for me through the written word on all kinds of occasions, sometimes the important occasion of "just because". Among my treasures are cards I have received through the years from a number of loved ones who have passed on. I proudly carry on that written tradition as a grown-up as much as I can.
Hallmark has launched a new campaign this Valentine's Day called #PutYourHeartToPaper and they have created a website called putyourhearttopaper.com where you can find lots of ideas from Hallmark writers for creating a valentine message that is uniquely you. There are facts about the history of the Valentine's Day holiday and a look at some of the newest card designs in their valentine collection.
The site also features a video series profiling six real-life couples who share what love means to them. Bob and Kim's love story about their 56 year marriage touched my heart so deeply and I want to share it with you today:
In a day and age that is becoming increasingly "electronic", I am proud to join Hallmark in the mission to encourage people to pause from the hectic pace of life for a moment and write down words of care for someone in your life on paper to create a lasting reminder of how you feel.
Hallmark sent me an assortment of their Valentine's Day collection of cards from this year for me to review and give to dear people in my life. I was immediately drawn to the individual care put into each card. There are cards that convey everything from the ease of simplicity
to intricate artistry in craftsmanship, sparkling beauty and dazzling cut-out lettering.