>> Friday, April 16, 2010 – Featured Friday Cardmaker
This week meet Paula, and enjoy her cards! Feel free to leave her a comment at the bottom of this post.
I've been stamping for about 12 years. I didn't start stamping until I retired from a full time, full stress job, and my husband and I moved to northern Idaho to rest and relax and build our dream home. That first Christmas, I purchased a stamp set for our Grandson through my craft book club. When it arrived, I thought I would just try it to make sure it was age-appropriate for him. And as the saying goes "the rest is history."
Yes. When we were building our home, we selected one of the bedrooms to be converted into a craft room for me. At that time, I did a lot of different kinds of crafts, painting, lots of embroidery, some sewing, to name a few. But as soon as I got hooked on stamping, all those other hobbies took a back seat, got packed up and stored in boxes, and I haven't looked back once. My room is now filled from top to bottom, front and back, with stamps and supplies.
I love anything that helps me make cards. I've found out that I'm a paperholic and a hoarder, to boot. I buy background papers and embellishments, then hate to use them. I really enjoy my dry embossing machines, the Cuttlebug and the Big Kick, along with the fantastic variety of embossing folders and die cuts available. They give me a lot of versatility in the shapes and styles I can make for my cards. Last year I was introduced to Copic markers and little by little am adding to my supply of those.
I enjoy trying different folds, lots of layering, and using my Cuttlebug and Big Kick, as well as all the punches I've accumulated. I also like trying different background techniques using my stamps to make my own backgrounds, and it seems the messier the technique, the more fun I have with it.
I try to use many different colors and combination's of colors on my cards. The design of the stamp and accessories I plan on using dictate the colors of card stock, markers and inks I use. My favorite colors are pink/red/burgundy, and if I'm not careful, all of my cards would be done in those colors.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I belong to a stamping group, and once a month we select a theme as a challenge for the next month. One month we saw an article in Scrap & Stamp Magazine to make cards for Cards for Heroes. So we decided to make that our challenge for the month, and I and my friend Judie just continued making and sending in cards ever since, almost a year and a half now.
It's something I can do for the men and women who are sacrificing so much for the freedoms and safety of our country, and helping to secure peace and freedoms for the people of other countries. It gives me great pleasure to share my love of card making with others and knowing that in some small way, I am helping families and friends hear from their loved ones.