Featured Cardmaker: Dee N., Brimley, MI

This week I'd like you to meet Dee from Michigan. Dee has been a part of OWH since it's earliest beginnings and I am delighted to be able to share some her cards with you today. Dee doesn't blog (I'm guessing she is way too busy making cards :) so be sure to leave her a comment on this post.

How long have you been stamping?  Probably about 20 years.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp?  Yes, I have a lovely craft room that has lots of natural light.  It's a joy to be in here making cards for the troops.  All of the equipment has a specific spot, ribbon hangs on rods so I can see what I have, cardstock racks sit on the floor so I can see what I have, etc.  But the nicest part is everything can be left out and I can come back another day to finish a card.  It's my sanctuary! 

What are your favorite stamp products?  I don't know that I have a favorite "stamp" product.  I do enjoy heat embossing so VersaMark would be high on my list of favorites and I use VersaFine inks for my sentiments.  Otherwise, I use Stampin' Up cardstock, ink and a lot of their designer papers.  I've recently started using JustRite & Verve stamps, too.

Do you have a favorite technique?  I think my favorite technique is embossing--both heat embossing and dry embossing.  I also use a lot of Spellbinder's Nestabilities to cut out my sentiments and images.  And I've never met a piece of ribbon I didn't like but I absolutely love the May Arts silk ribbon and the Bow-Easy.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards?  Khaki, red & blue are some of my favorite colors but this time of year I get spring fever and tend to lean toward the more pastel colors: yellow, pink, light blue, green, etc.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?  I've been involved with Operation Write Home since before it's inception as Cards for Heroes.  I learned about these ladies sending cards to troops on Splitcoast Stampers and got in touch with Sandy. I've probably made and sent over 10,000 cards since I started and I continue to send 150-200 cards a week during the winter but much less in the summer.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?  The heroes!   And their appreciation for what we do when it's us who wants to thank them and their families for the sacrifices they make.  Every generation of my family has had at least one family member in the military going back as far as the American Revolution.  I want them to know how much I appreciate what they're doing.  This is my tiny way of trying to make life a little easier for them.

A Special Note:
Dee has also passed the crafting gene on to her grandchildren and some of our "old-timers" may recall seeing a Feature Friday with Jaylen and Brecklin a long time ago when OWH was still Cards For Heroes (some of their earlier work is pictured below). I thought it would be fitting to give you an update on these two special card makers. Dee reports to me that they still help her make cards and they're still making cards themselves. Jaylen is now 6 years old and Brecklin is 9 years old.

Jaylen enjoys drawing pictures to put on the front of his cards and he keeps his cards pretty simple.  He's still learning how to get the pictures glued straight on the cards!  He tends to use bright colors, especially his favorite colors of green & blue.

Brecklin likes to look through a book of card sketches and try a different layout each time.  She enjoys stamping and coloring the images but she has just learned to heat emboss so I think that is her favorite technique at the moment.  Brecklin tends to use a wide selection of colors but her favorite colors are pink & lavender.

Thanks to Dee, Jaylen and Brecklin for being a part of the OWH Family!

Misty  – (March 25, 2011 at 3:42 AM)  

Nice to 'meet' you Dee. All of your cards are elegant and fun! The embossing on the dragon looks like scales, which I like and the mono flower just draws me it.
I am very new to cardmaking & aspire to learn to make such lovely cards as your examples here.

Hummer Hugs,
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Carol L  – (March 25, 2011 at 4:53 AM)  

Hello Dee, it's nice to learn about a fellow OWH cardmaker! Your cards are all gorgeous, and I love that your grands make cards with you too! Up to 200 cards a week!? Whew! You are the energizer bunny for sure!! Keep up the great work!! Our heroes appreciate what you do, and so do the rest of us!

Unknown  – (March 25, 2011 at 5:01 AM)  

Love that top card and am amazed (!!) at the sheer number of cards you make. The kids cards look great!

Cheryl First  – (March 25, 2011 at 6:27 AM)  

Great cards, Dee! I adore your dragon card - perfect embossing for that one, and the colors are great!!

Jen M  – (March 25, 2011 at 7:01 AM)  

Dee - you make fabulous cards! I love that your grandchildren are in on the cardmaking, too - how wonderful! What a great lesson in having a servant's heart. :)

I am amazed at how many cards you make! You officially rock.

Joan –   – (March 25, 2011 at 7:50 AM)  

As usual beautiful cards. Love that first one especially. (I actually cased that one already :) )

- your SIL (and SU demo) Joan

Paula S.  – (March 25, 2011 at 10:30 AM)  

Beautiful cards Dee! I love how you've used the wide ribbon. That's an idea I will absolutely CASE. Thanks for being part of the OWH family for such a long time and for sharing your creativity with everyone today.

Leslie  – (March 25, 2011 at 1:15 PM)  

I love the dragon card...the embossing is perfect with it! Thanks for sharing that you craft with your grandkids. I love that a second generation of generous people is being taught by such a talented and caring lady.

Julie  – (March 25, 2011 at 1:51 PM)  

Dee, these cards are all fantastic! I am thinking we might have to all CASE that first one in the form of a future sketch challenge :)

Lisa N –   – (March 26, 2011 at 6:03 PM)  

Beautiful cards, Dee! Your cards are a wonderful token of appreciation that you send to our troops.

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