Card­maker around the world

Card­maker Joanna Gould in hot and sunny Syd­ney re­veals what hap­pened when she sent a card to her favourite Home and Away star!

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Contents - As told to Sarah Trevor

Meet keen crafter Joanna who lives in Syd­ney

I was born in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia where I’ve lived all my life, it’s a big mod­ern city with a beau­ti­ful har­bour – ev­ery­one will have heard of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge and Syd­ney Opera House. I live in a granny flat in my mother’s back­yard out in the sub­urbs about 50 min­utes away from the heart of the city with my won­der­ful hus­band of five years. A lot of tourists that come to Syd­ney do take the jour­ney out to the area where I live as there’s this lit­tle place called Koala Park where you can cud­dle a koala.

I’ve been a keen crafter since I was a lit­tle girl and I first started mak­ing cards 16 years ago back in 2002. I saw a gor­geous Lady and the Tramp gift card on the front of a magazine and, be­ing the huge Dis­ney fan that I am, I just had to get it. From then on, I was hooked. The beauty of card­mak­ing is you know that the re­ceiver won’t get the same card from some­one else.

I also love to make ATCs (artist trad­ing cards) and scrap­books, I like to sew patch­work quilts and cush­ions and I do jig­saw puz­zles, too.

I’m the only one of my fam­ily and friends who makes cards and my mum often says she doesn’t know where I get my crafty genes from. Card­mak­ing is some­what pop­u­lar in Aus­tralia, but not as big as it is in the UK.

Syd­ney is quite a warm place to live and it can reach tem­per­a­tures of 40°C in sum­mer, but when the weather is not too hot it’s just per­fect for sit­ting in the sun on my porch mak­ing cards. This is def­i­nitely my happy place. Here in Aus­tralia we have Christ­mas in the hot sum­mer so, be­cause we don’t have a white win­ter, my cards usu­ally fea­ture things like Christ­mas trees, dec­o­ra­tions, Santa and an­gels in­stead of snowflakes and snow­men. I do, how­ever, make a few win­try ones for my over­seas pen­friends. I don’t usu­ally get the Card­mak­ing

& Paper­craft Christ­mas pa­per pack un­til some time af­ter Christ­mas but I tend make some cards with that in Jan­uary as I can’t wait to play with the pack. Then I start mak­ing the rest in Oc­to­ber. I usu­ally make over 60 cards as I make some for my fam­ily to use as well as my­self.

Syd­ney has craft shops, but they are

“It’s per­fect for sit­ting in the sun on my porch mak­ing cards. This is def­i­nitely my happy place”

Joanna makes Christ­mas cards in the hot sum­mer sun

Joanna lives close to the har­bour city of Syd­ney

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