Featured Cardmaker: Fran S, Silverdale WA

This week is a unique feature from Sandy....showing off a very special lady! Fran has been sending small packs of cards - each one hand drawn and colored, each one of a kind. They are SO cute! Here's a selection of some AnyHero cards she's made:

Fran signs the backs of each of her cards "From a Gma in Silverdale WA" - which makes each one even more special! Here's a card she sent, just by itself, to me:


More about our dear Fran:

How long have you been drawing? Since the age of 9; used the margins of the newspaper as art paper since it was not easy to come by.

Do you have a craft room where you work? I do my work at my computer desk in the kitchen.

Do you have a favorite technique? Mixed media, water color pencils, pen and ink, acrylics.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards? All colors!

How did you hear about Operation Write Home? From my granddaughter that lives in Guam; she is into stamping and being a good Navy wife. Artwork has been a Godsend during bad times, and good times it fills my day with joy. Hope others enjoy my drawings.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes? I have had many family members in the service; husband in the Korean War (Navy), son five years in Germany (Air Force), grandson in the Navy, and a grandson with three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.



And now....a treat!

Fran's drawings are so much fun that I asked her a special favor - would she make some digis for us? And she said yes! I helped her with the typesetting and erasing pencil lines, but the drawings and ideas are all from her. There will be more coming in the next few months....these are just a start!

There's a big stipulation though: PLEASE only use these for OWH. She's added OWH into each design so they're proprietary to our use. She's had her art usage backfire in other occasions during her life, so if we do see these posted for use in another realm, or heaven forbid on Etsy - y'all will have the wrath of Sandy to deal with. (I love this lady!)

I made cards with each of the digis today, and the digis follow below each card. We're adding InLinkz so  you can share your cards made with Fran's art - she would LOVE to see what you make with them! To download the digis, click on the image once first, THEN rightclick on the larger image.








Paula  – (March 4, 2011 at 5:48 AM)  

What wonderful, fun cartoon images! To think that each one is hand drawn in a world where almost everything is mass-produced really puts them into the category of fine art. Thank you Fran for sharing you talent.

Kajikit  – (March 4, 2011 at 5:59 AM)  

Just gorgeous work Fran! Thanks for sharing your talents and for giving us those really cute clips to play with.

Jan Hunnicutt  – (March 4, 2011 at 6:34 AM)  

Cute drawings Fran! Thank you so much for sharing your art with us at OWH, I can't wait to color all of them and make cards :)

Joan V  – (March 4, 2011 at 8:06 AM)  

Thanks for the images for the OWH cards. These are so cute and uplifting.

Ann  – (March 4, 2011 at 8:57 AM)  

Wow, the artwork is so fun. Thanks for sharing your creativity. I love the fish.

Ann K, Seattle

Shirley G  – (March 4, 2011 at 9:17 AM)  

WOW, Fran, you are so talented. Thank you for sharing your images with us and your beautiful talent with our Heroes. I can just image them loving each card you send.
Shirley G

Nancy F. –   – (March 4, 2011 at 10:25 AM)  

Fran, you are one awesome Gma!!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us! I will enjoy using your artwork for the heroes.

Lori  – (March 4, 2011 at 10:33 AM)  

thanks for these fabulous digis . I can't wait to make some cards for the troops!

Cut n Paste  – (March 4, 2011 at 10:46 AM)  

Thank you so much for the awesome artwork! Can't wait to use some of them for OWH!

Susan  – (March 4, 2011 at 12:00 PM)  

Fran, you are a crazy talented Gma!! Love your images and Sandy did a great job on her card with them.

Carol L  – (March 4, 2011 at 12:05 PM)  

It's so nice to meet you Fran and to learn that you hand-draw your own cards! That's fabulous and so are the cards you've shared with us! Thanks for your generosity in sharing these CUTE digis and your talent with OWH!

Lisa  – (March 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM)  

Those are wonderful! Thanks so much Fran!!!! Can't wait to make some cards with these.

Seongsook Duncan  – (March 4, 2011 at 1:40 PM)  

Wow... So grateful artwork and thanks very much for sharing.

gbinion  – (March 4, 2011 at 1:52 PM)  

what a wonderful talent you have!!! thank you so much for sharing!!

Kathryn  – (March 4, 2011 at 1:53 PM)  

Fran, these are wonderful images. I haven't jumped into doing digis yet, but that singing grandma might just push me over to the digi world! Thanks for sharing your talent with us and all the recipients of OWH cards.

Linda  – (March 4, 2011 at 1:58 PM)  

Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us! God bless!

Tiffany  – (March 4, 2011 at 1:59 PM)  

These are awesome! Thank you so much, I think these will make great cards!

Teresa  – (March 4, 2011 at 2:02 PM)  

Those are great! Thank you!

Rhonda Miller  – (March 4, 2011 at 2:06 PM)  

Wow, how fabulously talented. These are so great. Thank you.

Sherry Hickey  – (March 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM)  

Fran, you are a gifted artist!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

mmwilken  – (March 4, 2011 at 2:16 PM)  

Oh my gosh, what a talent you have. I thank you so very much for the freebies and will use them with love for OWH!! They are wonderful and know it will make them smile to see them on a card. Many thanks again!! This is so special!

Peggysue  – (March 4, 2011 at 2:18 PM)  

These images by Fran are great. Fran is quite the artist!! Thank you so much & I can't wait to see more of Fran's work.

AllisonG  – (March 4, 2011 at 2:27 PM)  

We are so blessed that you decided to share your talents with us. I absolutely LOVE the signing grandma. Is that you, Fran?! :-) Thank you!

Sharon  – (March 4, 2011 at 2:43 PM)  

Love the cartoon images-great idea and SO much FUN! Mahalo!

Anonymous –   – (March 4, 2011 at 2:56 PM)  

What fun! Thank you so very much. Lilla

Angela (UK)  – (March 4, 2011 at 3:05 PM)  

Love your images Fran - thankyou :)

grandmalee  – (March 4, 2011 at 3:16 PM)  

WHat fabulous images!!!! Thanks for being so generous with us, so we have some new stuff for our heroes & their families! THANKS!!!

Pam Mitchell  – (March 4, 2011 at 3:16 PM)  

Thank you for the hilarious images, they will come in very handy.

G-ma  – (March 4, 2011 at 3:16 PM)  

awesome work...have chosen one that I will make for my son-in-law's and son's birthday. Thank you.

Mel  – (March 4, 2011 at 3:29 PM)  

Thank you so much for these wonderful digis.

Birdie  – (March 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM)  

What talent and such a generous gift! Might end up delaying current box to add a few of these.
Thanks so much.

Barbara  – (March 4, 2011 at 3:36 PM)  

Fantastic images...these have inspired me to make cards for OWH. Thanks for sharing your delightful art with all of us. XX

Tracy *SBA*  – (March 4, 2011 at 3:49 PM)  

Thanks so much for sharing your talent

Cathy -Mercieschild  – (March 4, 2011 at 3:56 PM)  

Wow I love your images, They are so very awesome. thank you so much and I can sure use them. Hugs Cathy

Susan  – (March 4, 2011 at 3:57 PM)  

Super Cute! Thanks so much

Shelly  – (March 4, 2011 at 4:19 PM)  

Your cards are so special, Fran! The heroes must love receiving them.

Thank you so much for these wonderful images that you've drawn for us to use. They are going to be terrific to work with.

Marsha  – (March 4, 2011 at 4:20 PM)  

Thanks for the cute drawings. I lived in Poulsbo for 13 year across from Bangor base so we were almost neighbors!
Keep using that talent.

SUZYD  – (March 4, 2011 at 4:22 PM)  

GREAT IMAGES.THANK YOU.SUZYD X

Purple Card Lady  – (March 4, 2011 at 4:22 PM)  

Thanks for the images. FAB cards!

Mary  – (March 4, 2011 at 4:32 PM)  

haha... love the birthday lady one! That'll be a great card for a "young" friend! Thx for sharing.

Anita  – (March 4, 2011 at 4:37 PM)  

Thanks these are super cute! I can't wait to create with them.

GrannyCharlotte  – (March 4, 2011 at 4:39 PM)  

Great images. Thanks for sharing.

Christine from FL  – (March 4, 2011 at 5:10 PM)  

Fun images! You sure were blessed with talent, thank you for sharing. I will download the images and try to make some cards with them.

schuyler dog  – (March 4, 2011 at 5:13 PM)  

WOW...HUGE talent! Thanks for sharing.

DebraK  – (March 4, 2011 at 5:13 PM)  

great digis, and free! thank you so much!

Lisa R  – (March 4, 2011 at 5:15 PM)  

Thanks for sharing your talent. happy drawing!

Jane  – (March 4, 2011 at 5:19 PM)  

Thank you so very much! These are darling...

snehal watwe welde  – (March 4, 2011 at 5:23 PM)  

OMG what fun and fab images ...would love to make a card as soon as possible.Thanks for sharing and for inspiring too

Jacqui –   – (March 4, 2011 at 5:24 PM)  

These digis are great! What a wonderful talent and so generous to share. Thank you so much.

Anonymous –   – (March 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM)  

so cute, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous –   – (March 4, 2011 at 5:26 PM)  

Thank you for the great images!

Cora  – (March 4, 2011 at 5:27 PM)  

Marvelous cards you have made. Thank you for sharing. Thank you also for the digis. It was a pleasure to meet you

Anonymous –   – (March 4, 2011 at 6:00 PM)  

Thanks for sharing. This is great!!

Moments by Marla  – (March 4, 2011 at 6:24 PM)  

Amazing Images!!!! Thank you Sandy for sharing your talent.

Yolanda  – (March 4, 2011 at 6:34 PM)  

Fran, what wonderful drawings. I can't wait to use them. Thanks for sharing them with us so we can share them with the troops.

Katya  – (March 4, 2011 at 6:41 PM)  

You're full of talent! Thanks for these awesome drawings. Can't wait to use them on a card or scrap layout. Thanks again for your time too. I'll be adding myself to your followers list. lol.
-Katya
kattyxotica.blogspot.com

AUSTINSGRAMM  – (March 4, 2011 at 6:43 PM)  

Great digis,, thanks for sharing.

bobbi

Katya  – (March 4, 2011 at 6:46 PM)  

Fran,
do you have a blogspot? thanks,
katya
kattyxotica.blogspot.com

kmitton –   – (March 4, 2011 at 7:05 PM)  

How cute! thanks.

Tina  – (March 4, 2011 at 7:28 PM)  

Ganz tolle Digis, vielen Dank dafür.
Liebe Grüße
Tina

Sarah  – (March 4, 2011 at 7:38 PM)  

great thing you are doing, thanks

Pauline  – (March 4, 2011 at 7:45 PM)  

What a great story to read! And thank you Fran, for sharing your talents with us cardmakers, and specifically for OWH.... a super gesture!
hugs and blessings,
Pauline

Stephanie –   – (March 4, 2011 at 7:47 PM)  

Thank you so much for your generousity. I can wait to give my hubby a card with the bunny. When we first got together we called each other " Honey Bunny ".

Pam  – (March 4, 2011 at 7:51 PM)  

Thank you for the wonderful images!

Anonymous –   – (March 4, 2011 at 8:23 PM)  

I didn't snag 'em because I don't make cards for OWH, but just wanted to say that these are awesome images. Especially love the fish and the singing lady.

Angie  – (March 4, 2011 at 8:29 PM)  

What fun images! Thanks so much for sharing!

Crazy For Scrapping  – (March 4, 2011 at 8:51 PM)  

these are all very cute, thank you for sharing

Rufus  – (March 4, 2011 at 9:26 PM)  

Thank You, Fran!! These are great OWH card material. I'm looking forward to coloring them up and including some in my next box to Dixie.
R/

Anonymous –   – (March 4, 2011 at 9:58 PM)  

Thank you so much for the Fun Images and for sharing your incredible talent.

Laura

Dona  – (March 4, 2011 at 10:04 PM)  

Thank you for these great images!!

AshKuku  – (March 4, 2011 at 10:10 PM)  

Thanks a ton for spreading cheers!!!!

Ash...
(http://hastkala-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

jannie  – (March 4, 2011 at 10:37 PM)  

dank u voor deze mooie digi beelden jannie

Pankti  – (March 4, 2011 at 10:40 PM)  

Thank you very much for wonderful digi... After looking at Missing Home digi, I also started missing my home... But I love all the digi....

Sue –   – (March 5, 2011 at 12:25 AM)  

Wonderful cartoon images, thank you so much for sharing

GrammaR  – (March 5, 2011 at 1:41 AM)  

Fran, these are great cartoons! Thank you for sharing them with us.

TamaraObee  – (March 5, 2011 at 2:44 AM)  

Thank you so much....love the birthday one!!!!

Jane  – (March 5, 2011 at 3:37 AM)  

oh...luvin these!! Thank you

Lori B –   – (March 5, 2011 at 5:47 AM)  

Love the birthday one, thank you

Nannieflash  – (March 5, 2011 at 9:28 AM)  

Thank you so much for the freebies. with hugs Shirleyxxx

Anonymous –   – (March 5, 2011 at 9:49 AM)  

Fabulous thanks for the digi stamps....absolutley love the gma and fish

Elizabeth  – (March 5, 2011 at 10:34 AM)  

Thank you for your hard work. these are so cute. Thank you again

Chris  – (March 5, 2011 at 12:05 PM)  

Thank you so much they are all awesome.
ChrisA.

Susan  – (March 5, 2011 at 12:50 PM)  

PLEASE list me back in the #390 spot, my post was set to auto post at 8:45am EST, I was out all day, I just got in and saw that it did not post. it is NOW UP and I extended the due time for their cards and the drawing of the prize. I am so sorry i have no clue what went wrong with Blogger for me.
Susan... Pieces of Fate

Adele  – (March 5, 2011 at 12:53 PM)  

I love those digis, especially the fish! I promise that I will only use them on OWH cards, because that's the only kind I make (except for a few birthday cards for family & friends). You are very generous with your talent. Thanks!

Julie MacKim –   – (March 5, 2011 at 12:56 PM)  

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us!!

Cindy in Wisconsin  – (March 5, 2011 at 2:14 PM)  

Looking forward to using these fun digis on some cards! I think this is going to be the boost I needed to make cards for OWH! Thanks so much!

ms Joyce  – (March 5, 2011 at 2:42 PM)  

Thanks a ton .. I'll have a blast making the cards for OWH. These are GREAT>

Diane McJannet  – (March 5, 2011 at 3:08 PM)  

these digis are just way too darn cute -- tfs!!!

Vicky Gould  – (March 5, 2011 at 3:34 PM)  

Fabulous digitals. Thank you sooo much!

Anonymous –   – (March 5, 2011 at 5:49 PM)  

Thank you so much for such great images! These will definitely make the soldiers smile & their families.I can't wait to make cards for them with these! Keep up the great work:)

Marianne  – (March 5, 2011 at 6:40 PM)  

Fran,
You have been blessed with a wounderful talent. Thank you so much for sharing it with your OWH family.

Ceci V.  – (March 5, 2011 at 7:34 PM)  

Thank you for the freebies. You are so talented!

Anonymous –   – (March 5, 2011 at 9:09 PM)  

thank you for the digis. I, too had a son in Iraq with the 1MEF. Said lots of prayers and still do for the men and women keeping us safe. jane

Intruderlady  – (March 6, 2011 at 2:35 AM)  

great stamps. tfs! love the old lady.

Anonymous –   – (March 6, 2011 at 6:54 AM)  

Thank You so much!

Jenny S. (UK)  – (March 6, 2011 at 9:11 AM)  

Thanks so much for sharing your artwork, these are fabulous. x

dannakaye –   – (March 6, 2011 at 12:43 PM)  

Thanks for sharing your talent Fran. I have 2 career military sons and love sending them special cards. I hope to join this special group and send cards to servicemen/women. what a ministry!

Pac –   – (March 6, 2011 at 2:59 PM)  

What a fantastic sketch of the woman singing, so funny.
Thank you

SuzAnn –   – (March 6, 2011 at 6:12 PM)  

love the sense of humor, Fran! thanks for sharing your talents.

txexperiment  – (March 6, 2011 at 7:01 PM)  

These drawings are very good and so unique. Thanks!

Leigh M  – (March 7, 2011 at 7:52 AM)  

Great images! Especially the Honey Bunny. My husband calls me that all the time!

Regina130  – (March 8, 2011 at 6:26 AM)  

wonderful talent!! Thank You!!

Bonnie aka raduse  – (March 11, 2011 at 9:06 PM)  

These are so fantastic!! I haven't snagged them since at the moment I don't make cards for OWH, however, if I do start, these will be some of the first ones I use.

Laura  – (March 28, 2011 at 3:28 PM)  

GREAT stuff!!! your cards are great! Thank for sharing :O)
Laura

ali naqvi  – (December 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM)  

Awesome cards...i like it!! HOW can i make my own Plastic business cards

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