>> Friday, April 8, 2011 – Featured Friday Cardmaker
I'm happy to introduce Lee Mae to all of you as this week. I know you'll be as inspired as I am by her wonderful cards. Lee Mae does not have a blog so you can leave her your comments at the end of this post.
How long have you been stamping?
Well, I don't really consider myself a stamper. I do hybrid cards, which means I use clipart I have purchased a license for which allows me to use an artist's copyrighted image a certain amount of times per year in place of stamped images. I do stamp the word art however, and I have only been doing that since about June last year when I started making cards for OWH.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp?
I was a dining room crafter until late last year when I took over my daughter's old bedroom. I thought I wouldn't have such a mess, but it is just a mess in a bigger area!
What are your favorite stamp products?
I love embossing so embossing powder and my heat gun are favorites, but my embossing folders get me fired up whenever I stall out over a blah design. Since I love to stamp and emboss my sentiments, I find I love the Hero Arts clear stamps with sayings. I also love the $1.00 stamps at JoAnn's and Michael's too.
Do you have a favorite technique?
Other than embossing every surface I can, lol, I like to use Glossy Accents to add some gloss and dimension to my cards; I also love using rhinstones too - I definitely love to bling up my cards if I can. I am still learning a great many techniques - I just learned (forced myself actually) to use a knotted ribbon on my cards (thank you Sandy, for your tutorial!). I just saw an awesome technique on a blog that showed how to do a bow, so maybe I can get over my bow fear and use those on my cards!
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
Lately I have been using a lot of purple, but I love color - flowers, material - I have done a little bit of quilting, scrapbook paper - I can't even tell how much paper I have accumulated over the years. Really, I just fall in love with whatever color I am using on the card I am making at the time.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I found Operation Write Home on the Internet because I came to a crossroads with all of my paper. I became a digital scrapbooker because I could never be satisfied with my traditional scrapbook pages - something was always too small or too big or needed to be turned a different way....so I gave up the paper for Photoshop and digital papers and elements. But, I still had these pads of paper I had acquired ages ago when I thought I was going to be a paper scrapper. I was contemplating donating all of my paper somewhere, but how could I let all of that beautiful paper go? Plus I had accumulated tons (and I mean tons) of digital clipart from a club I belonged to where I had bought three whole sets of artwork every month for the past eight years in addition to other clipart from different sources. Well, my daughter moved out, and to fight off the empty nest, and in a last ditch effort to combine my paper and clipart, I Googled charity plus cards and up popped Operation Write Home and Sandy Allnock's blog. I was hooked.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My Dad was retired Navy, my Mom served as a WAVE during WWII, my husband's Dad was retired Air Force, and my husband works for the Navy in Bremerton. I know how hard it is on kids and spouses when their loved one has to leave. The leave is usually for a very long time. I hope my cards can help everyone feel more connected and maybe a little bit special. I especially like making cards for kids. I met a lot of Navy kids at my children's schools, and it was always a sad time when a boat had to leave; I also remember the dedication of the enlisted parents - some would even come in to help at PTA events during their lunch breaks, and Moms with little ones at home would clip boxtops or soup labels as a way to help out without having to leave home. I like to feel that my way of thanking them for their sacrifice is through my cards.
Lee Mae provided the artists info for each of the images shown here.
A reminder: When you download any images from a website to use on your cards, be sure to look for the Angel Policies on the site; that will tell you if it's ok to use their images for OWH cards.
Please use cardmaking supplies/stamps/digital images only. Coloring pages on some websites are not always legal to use; sometimes a mom will scan in her child's coloring book without seeking permission to distribute it from the copyright owner, not even realizing she's violated copyright law. Downloaded images of licensed characters (Peanuts, Disney, etc) especially may not be used for OWH cards; when we add "Operation Write Home" to the back, that makes us responsible - and potentially liable - for them.
Giftwrapping, parts from printed greeting cards, newspaper cartoons, magazine photos, napkins, etc, cannot be used either.
You can use manufactured rubberstamps or stickers with licensed characters, though; those are created for papercrafting.