Featured Friday: Ann K., Seattle, WA

Today's featured cardmaker is Ann K. from Seattle. Check out her lovely cards and leave her some love at the end of this post as she doesn't have a blog yet.

How long have you been stamping? I think I've been stamping off and on for about 15 years. I took a few classes at Impress Rubber Stamps in Seattle and loved that the artwork was already created for me. My best friend and I like to get together a few times a year to make cards. Her girls also enjoy it and have turned into great card makers. I've always loved cards and stationery so getting to make my own was a great creative outlet.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp? I wish I had a craft room. Instead I use the dining room table and have to put everything away when I'm done or live with the mess. I've done both.

What are your favorite stamp products? I like a little bit of everything but don't like anything too "fussy". Embellishments with sentiments make card making so simple.

Do you have a favorite technique? Although I haven't done it in awhile, I really like heat embossing. I think the look can be so clean and elegant. I'll have to get my heat gun and embossing powder out again soon.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards? Almost anything goes, I sometimes pull out supplies in a seasonal color theme and see what comes together. Other times I find a sheet of embellishments and try to create cards around them.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I read about OWH in Paper Crafts magazine last spring and then spent a lot of time on the website reading about the organization and getting inspired by all the creativity.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes? What I liked best about OWH is that the cards they provide to the service men and women so far from home encourage them to write to friends and family. A card or letter in the mail is such a treat and so different from an email or phone call. Something more permanent, to be treasured. Messages from heros on the blog and Facebook really are an inspiration to keep making more cards for them to write home on.


Susie  – (January 21, 2011 at 2:27 AM)  

Beautiful cards - each so unique.

Unknown  – (January 21, 2011 at 4:27 AM)  

That butterfly card is gorgeous!

Paula S.  – (January 21, 2011 at 7:38 AM)  

Ann, This ia a wonderful group of cards. I absolutely love the last one! The crisp, clean layout and subtle colors with that pop of red really catch the eye.

Julie  – (January 21, 2011 at 7:44 AM)  

Beautiful cards, Ann! You have a great style. And I am a dining room table crafter as well, I feel your pain!!

Anonymous –   – (January 21, 2011 at 8:30 AM)  

Fantastic cards. Love the paper combo in the last card.
Betty T.

airbornewife  – (January 21, 2011 at 9:14 AM)  

Ann... your cards are beautiful.

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Sherry H  – (January 21, 2011 at 9:53 AM)  

Ann, your cards are beautiful; such a nice variety to inspire us!

Christine  – (January 21, 2011 at 1:01 PM)  

Beautiful cards, I love the butterfly!

Shelly  – (January 21, 2011 at 4:50 PM)  

Your cards are lovely, Ann. Such a nice variety of styles and techniques. I enjoyed "getting to know you". :)

Ann  – (January 21, 2011 at 5:41 PM)  

Thanks for all of the nice comments, they will motivate me to press onward and make more cards. The butterfly card was my submission for Joanne's Craft for the Cause contest. Thanks to Sandy for taking such great pictures!

Just Me  – (January 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM)  

All of your cards are wonderful But the butterfly card is my favorite. I'm partial to butterflys. The birthday card gave me some ideas of how to use my stamp die. I've had it for 3 years and they are still in the box. Thank you

Carol L  – (January 23, 2011 at 3:27 AM)  

Your cards are so pretty! I love the card that looks like a patchwork quilt!

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