Featured Cardmaker: Paula S, Stamford CT

Edited to add: I'm so sorry I forgot to list Paula's blog! It's http://www.paulaposts.blogspot.com/ and you really should follow hers, she's uber talented. Not to mention a dedicated commenter on everyone's blogs who participates here on S&S!!




How long have you been stamping? I first started stamping about 7 years ago. I attended my first StampinUp workshop at the home of my best friend's sister. I had managed to avoid them until that time, sensing that once I got started I'd be hooked, and I was. Within a year or so, I had made more cards then I would be able to use in my lifetime, I had run out of storage space and so my interest diminished. I pretty much abandoned the hobby until April of 2008 when I came across what was then Cards for Heroes and fell in love all over again with card making.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp? Unfortunately, I don't have a dedicated crafting space so crafting for me entails unpacking supplies and setting up a table area. I have all my supplies organized in clear boxes and stored in one cabinet area in the corner of my bedroom. I tend to craft mostly on weekends when I have at least a few hours to devote because setting up and putting everything away takes at least 30 minutes. When I am not set up for crafting, I will sometimes color or assemble/create what I call "bits and pieces" that I then put together into complete cards when time allows. I would be great to have a craft room that I could just walk into and create a few cards whenever the mood struck and I had a few minutes to spare.

What are your favorite stamp products? It's just too hard to choose favorites and it seems there is constantly something new to add to the arsenal (this could be a vast stamping & paper craft conspiracy designed to part us from our money) but I truly believe that you can make beautiful cards with very few supplies and tools. I use my punches a lot and love my embossing folders too.

Do you have a favorite technique?
I can't say I have one favorite technique. I like to mix it up, sometimes coloring, sometimes stamping, sometimes using digital elements to create what I call a "hybrid" card, that contains say a computer generated element as part of a hand crafted card. I notice that I tend to go through phases where I will use a certain technique a lot for a few weeks and then move on to something else. It's not intentional but it seems to be the case for me.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I love all colors. There are no particularly loves or hard fast rules for me where color is concerned. It's all about the feeling I am aiming for or the recipient I imagine receiving the card. In my opinion, choosing the right color combination is the fastest and easiest way to a great card... you can't ever go wrong with bold, bright colors in a kids card or warm, earthy tones for something masculine.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home? After participating on a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) request I came across on the PaperCrafts Magazine forum back in early 2008 from a woman in Florida collecting cards for her solider son to share with his fellow servicemen I felt so moved and satisfied that I knew there had to be some other people out there doing something similar. I started scouring the net for places and people collecting cards and came across, Cards For Heroes (now Operation Write Home). I started making cards in April of 2008 and knew that I had found a perfect match.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes? As a first-generation American, daughter of Italian immigrants, freedom is not an abstract concept to me. I was brought up to understand that freedom was something that not everyone enjoyed and to respect and honor my country, its ideals and founding principals, and the military that defend them. I have always been a big supporter of our military and done what I could to support the many fine organizations dedicated to serving them. Operation Write Home has given me a tangible way to share my creativity and to say thank you in a very small way to all those who protect my freedom and our way of life.

Carolina Girl  – (August 13, 2010 at 5:17 AM)  

FOund the comments very enlightening and I love your cards you your personal style. I left with inspiration and ideas for upcoming cards. Thank you and congratulations to be chosen the featured cardmaker.

ThePurplePlace  – (August 13, 2010 at 6:40 AM)  

Hi Paula,

Congratulations on being this week's Featured Stamper. I have really enjoyed seeing all your card creations and think they are all wonderful.

Happy Crafting,
Lisa

Nancy –   – (August 13, 2010 at 6:47 AM)  

I enjoyed seeing your cards and especially enjoyed reading all about you. Thanks so much for sharing and congrats on being this week's featured card maker!

Our Little Inspirations  – (August 13, 2010 at 8:30 AM)  

It's nice to meet you Paula and get to know another fellow OWH card creator! I love your classic style of stamping!

helloholley  – (August 13, 2010 at 9:05 AM)  

I was so happy to see Paula's name on here today as the featured stamper!! Her cards are always beautiful and unique!!!! It was fun to learn a little about her as well!!! I love visiting her blog and seeing what different and creative things she has in store for me to admire!!!! Way to go Paula!!

Louise Fox  – (August 13, 2010 at 12:14 PM)  

I have to echo what Holley just said above - it is great to see Paula as Featured Stamper! She works so hard for OWH - and - constantly comments on so many of the blogs giving us encouragement and cheering us on! It was so nice getting to know you better Paula. Blessings, Louise

Anonymous –   – (August 13, 2010 at 5:03 PM)  

These cards are awesome! Mary:)

Sherry Hickey  – (August 13, 2010 at 6:38 PM)  

Paula, your cards are always beautiful and these are no exception. I enjoyed reading your comments and insight, and always appreciate your encouragement at my blog.

Marianne  – (August 13, 2010 at 9:07 PM)  

Paula,
Your cards always so well thought out.

Dixie Cochran  – (August 13, 2010 at 10:30 PM)  

Paula, I wish you were my neighbor. Your cards are always wonderful! Thanks too for all your comments and encouragement on this blog, my blog, and others.

Fabre  – (August 14, 2010 at 5:15 AM)  

Paula, what a wonderful feature! I loved receiving your cards when I was a shipper, and always marveled in your creativity! You are a great person and so dedicated to our troops! Congratulations!

Brenda  – (August 14, 2010 at 5:33 AM)  

Beautiful cards Paula, love your style and found your comments insightful.

I am so glad you were featured today and I admire anyone who takes the time to set up and take down every time they stamp -- you know they are stamping with their hearts and you do. Congratulations!

Dolores A.  – (August 14, 2010 at 10:27 AM)  

So glad that you are featured here, Paula, for you really deserve it! It's great to learn more about you as your cards are always so beautifully creative.
Your kind comments to me on my blog and others are inspiring.
Thank you so much for sharing.

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