Featured Cardmaker: Louise F, Frazier Park CA

This week, get to know Louise! Her blog is Trinity Paper Arts, and is filled with even more of her beautiful creativity!

How long have you been stamping?
I have been stamping about 15 or 16 years, although I just returned from a 4-year hiatus when I did quilling (paper filigree) exclusively. A very good friend of mine, who was a Stampin Up Demonstrator at the time, invited me to a stamping party and I was hooked. I am not an artist who can draw, but through stamping and quilling, I can call on that “inner artist” who continually yearns to be released. There is a song called Mr. Tanner by Harry Chapin that says, “He did not know how well he sang, it just made him whole.” The same is true for me – I do not know how well I stamp, it just makes me whole.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp?
I have more of a “craft area”. My husband Chuck and I live with his 94 year-old mother to care for her needs. She is a lovely woman who crochets every day making afghan squares for a foundation called Warm Up America!. When my father-in-law passed away a couple of years ago, Chuck and I decided we needed to be in the same area as Mom so that she would not be alone all the time. So we moved our computers and my crafting supplies to the dining room. I have lots of light, a beautiful view of the mountains and my family with me, which makes up for any lack of space.

What are your favorite stamp products?
I returned to stamping last August and found there have been so many new innovations. There are many more wonderful – and improved – products to use, which makes it a very exciting craft. One of my favorite new tools is the wide variety of cutting and embossing dies that produce those perfect straight edges that I could never obtain before, not to mention the beautiful shapes and sizes. The embossing folders are great for backgrounds. My other favorite is Copic markers, which gives one the ability to easily add dimension to a project with the use of color. It has really been a learning experience for me, and there are so many tutorials on the web to explain easy to learn techniques. Then, of course, there is my addiction to paper and ribbon!

Do you have a favorite technique?
I think my favorite technique is always the one I am working on at the time. It can be anything that stirs my creativity so that I become a more centered person.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I definitely have a strong leaning toward the jewel tones and the metallics. I like that which sparkles, but it must be a subtle embellishment! Every once in a while I get a strong urge to do a white card trimmed in pale pink. I wonder what that is all about.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
When I began stamping again, I found that if I had a specific use for the card I was creating, it came out nicer and gave me much more satisfaction to make. When I realized this, I wanted to find a worthy cause that could use my cards. One day, I was on the Split Coast Stampers website and someone mentioned OWH. After visiting the OWH website, I knew this was the place for me! Now when I post one of my OWH cards on another website, I try to always mention OWH because maybe, just maybe, there is someone who will see that card who is also looking for a home for her cards.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
There are oh so many reasons – and I know I receive more than I give from making and sending the cards. I do feel sometimes that when a soldier is deployed, our cards might provide the “sticky glue” that holds the relationship together. I also could not imagine being away from my husband for any period of time – it would be so painful – and I have a vision of how excited and happy I would be for communication from him, especially in the form of a beautiful card that says “I love you” or “I miss you”.

Carol L  – (March 19, 2010 at 4:44 AM)  

Louise, it's nice getting to know a little about you. Your cards are oh so pretty, and I am completely taken with your amazing quilled card! I must learn to do that one day!!

Seongsook Duncan  – (March 19, 2010 at 7:47 AM)  

Louise, what such beautiful cards these are! It is just amazing to see your quilled card. Thanks for sharing your techniques and great inspiration.

Sue –   – (March 19, 2010 at 10:34 AM)  

Thanks, Louise. I am facing possibly moving home with my mother so she can stay in her home. I can picture your crafting supplies in the dining room.

TK –   – (March 19, 2010 at 12:31 PM)  

Your cards are so beautiful. I love the colors. The more I hear about Copics, the more I know I'm going to try them one of these days. And like Seongsook said, your card w/the quilling on it is very lovely.

Paula S.  – (March 19, 2010 at 1:20 PM)  

What lovely cards Louise. The detail in each of them is really nice and it's wonderful to hear a little bit about other cardmakers. Thanks for sharing!

Kate  – (March 19, 2010 at 1:20 PM)  

You and your cards are lovely! That Harry Chapin song is one of my very favorites. Great to get to know you!

StampinSher  – (March 19, 2010 at 7:49 PM)  

You have a wonderful story to share and your card creations are beautiful. Thank you for your contributions, especially to OWH.
Your Friend,

Anonymous –   – (March 19, 2010 at 8:14 PM)  

Louise! I am the blog before yours on the blog hop! I LOVE QUILLING! So beautiful...good for you!

Kajikit  – (March 20, 2010 at 4:05 AM)  

What lovely cards... I love the delicate diecut frames you use - and that quilling is magnificent!

(waiting impatiently for the bloghop to begin... it's 7am in Florida!)

Jeanette R. Graves  – (March 20, 2010 at 5:14 AM)  

Wonderfull cards. They are amazing. This is my first blog hop. It is 8 am here in Bergen, NY.

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