Featured Cardmaker: Sue A, Rockford, IL

This week we get to meet Sue! She's been a faithful cardmaker and donor for a long time - as well as her friends!

Do you have a Blog? At the present time I do  not have a blog or a gallery.  I just haven't made the time to do so.  However, the computer is one of the most useful tools in my studio.  I use it constantly for keeping up to date on the latest stamps, tool, ideas and techniques. Much of my inspiration has come from the talented individuals who have galleries or blogs.  I owe them a great BIG THANK YOU!  I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for them sharing.
How long have you been stamping?  Too long to remember.   I think I started stamping in the year of 1987.  It has been a long and wonderful journey.  I look at what I did then, and what I do now, and what a difference.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp? Yes, I do have one whole room as a studio.  Everything is organized and labeled with plenty of shelves and counter space....thanks to the Container Store, my hubby and a labeler.  When friends come over to stamp, it's easy for them to find the supplies they need.
What are your favorite stamp products? It appears that I LOVE THEM ALL when you look at my inventory.  When you've been stamping as long as I have, this hobby becomes an addiction. You just have to have all the new things that are put on the market.    I do challenge myself occasionally, to take a product off the shelf that hasn't been used in sometime, and reacquaint myself with it.  If I had to narrow it down, the Cuttlebug is probably my favorite product.
Do you have a favorite technique? I've had the opportunity to learn many techniques.  Here again, I lose track of them all, so I have to challenge myself to retry some of these.  Probably, my most favorite is the polished stone technique.
What colors you love to include on your cards?  Quite frankly, I like to use all the colors and blend the hues.  I weigh many things when choosing the color/s for a card....who is the card going to....their personality....the occasion....the season....what I am using for embellishments....and the like.  Sometimes, I have cardstock and decorative paper spread out all around me trying to set the mood for the card.  Each color has a purpose.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?  I heard about OWH (at that time, Cards for Heroes) through a blog.  I can't give credit because it was too long ago to remember.  I just know that I was so impressed that this lady was making cards for heroes (something I had ever heard of before or thought of) and making so many of them. At that time, I was looking for a volunteer job. The light bulb came on!  I could do something I enjoyed doing, giving service, and doing it from home. You can't beat that!  Great idea!  And, the rest is history.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes? Number one.....it bring me joy and happiness. It's wonderful therapy, both physically and mentally. Number two.....I can give joy to others through my creativity.  I am truly humbled that I might have some small part in being able to brighten the day of these heroes (or their families).  I feel all too often, our heroes are taken for granted in our society. Making cards for them, gives me time to recall, pause and reflect on what these individuals have done for us.  When I think of the sacrifice these men and women (and their families) are giving to keep us safe and give us our freedom, I don't think we can do enough.  This is one of the ways in which I can show my gratitude to all who serve our country.  God Bless Them and Their Families.

Yolanda  – (October 22, 2010 at 5:05 AM)  

Love your frog and Frankenstein!

Seongsook Duncan  – (October 22, 2010 at 8:01 AM)  

Love your beautiful elegant thinking of you cards. Very well written response to what motivates you to make cards for our heroes! I feel exactly the same. Thank you so much for inspiring.

JoAnne –   – (October 22, 2010 at 8:47 AM)  

Frankenstein is adorable!! I may have to borrow your idea! =) And I'm with you all the way in why we make cards!!

Paula  – (October 22, 2010 at 3:29 PM)  

Fantastic work Sue! It's hard to pick a favorite but that Frankenstein is so creative he might have to be it. Thanks for sharing your work and thoughts with the rest of us. It's always so much fun to meet members of the OWH family through the Friday Features.

Anonymous –   – (October 22, 2010 at 6:04 PM)  

Sue, I really enjoyed "meeting" you! Your cards are very creative and your craft space sounds like a great place for me to take a vacation! :-) Thanks so much for sharing and I totally agree with you on why we all make cards for OWH.

TK Cat Herder  – (October 23, 2010 at 12:37 AM)  

Too bad you are so far away from me, I want to come make cards in your craft room! I love your cards and so enjoyed meeting you. Thank you for sharing your talent and great cards. :)

pennyd  – (October 23, 2010 at 7:19 AM)  

Your cards are all wonderful! I'm going to have to "lift" your Frankenstein and put it in my idea book for next year! I promise, though, to make lots of them for OWH.

ThePurplePlace  – (October 23, 2010 at 3:35 PM)  

Hi Sue,
Your cards are all really nice and you have a lot of talent.

Congratulations on being the Featured card-maker and also for being a member of OWH!

Happy Crafting,
Lis

PS; I think the Frankenstein card is perfect for Halloween! )

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