Featured Cardmaker: Lee Mae E., Silverdale, WA

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.

Unknown  – (April 8, 2011 at 4:24 AM)  

Wow! Your cards are terrific, I especially love the skateboarder on blue. Terrific design.

Linda  – (April 8, 2011 at 4:57 AM)  

All the cards are fantabulous! I agree with Yolanda that the skateboader card is probably my fave.

AllisonG  – (April 8, 2011 at 5:20 AM)  

All of your cards are wonderful, but I too especially liked the skateboarder. Maybe because of its graphic nature or maybe because I find it hard to make cards for teen boys! LOL I was also amazed at how you found OWH - very cool! Thanks for sharing about yourself.

Denise Ireland  – (April 8, 2011 at 6:10 AM)  

BEAUTIFUL!!!! Love the skateboard card---such a unique look!!!! Also love the first card with the embossed daisy I have that one and wasn't sure what to do with it--will have to CASE that one for sure!!! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful work!!! :)

Marsha  – (April 8, 2011 at 8:22 AM)  

Great cards. Love the first card with the embossed flower. I know lots of people in Silverdale because we used to live in Poulsbo. I still miss that area even after 19 years.
So glad you are a OWH sponsor.

Paula S.  – (April 8, 2011 at 8:38 AM)  

These cards are wonderful Lee Mae! I too love that skateboarder. Cards for young men are the most difficult category and I often envision some soldier hunting through an OWH box for a card he can send his 15 or 16 year old son. The car card is also a great example of one that would be perfect. I think I will buy that embossing folder just so I can CASE this card! Thanks for the inspiration.

Nancy F. –   – (April 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM)  

I really enjoyed reading all about you and your crafty habits. I'm especially drawn to your first card. I really like all the others too, but there's just something about that first one that makes me want to do something similar. It has a simple elegance. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous –   – (April 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM)  

Your cards are fantastic!!
Betty T

Amy Macak  – (April 8, 2011 at 5:01 PM)  

Beautiful cards! thanks for sharing them with us. Love all the different colors.

Carol L  – (April 8, 2011 at 6:29 PM)  

Hello Lee Mae, nice to meet you! Your cards are all lovely! I just love the birthday card and how you split the embossing and colors! It's so festive and fun!!

carla  – (April 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM)  

Nice to meet you Lee Mae!! Thanks for sharing your story. I really enjoyed it. My favorite are the first and last card. However, gosh they are all beautiful!!

Unknown  – (April 8, 2011 at 10:30 PM)  

I love your cards, especially the skateboarder! Since Spring is here (finally) the skateboarders are coming out in droves. I will be trying to CASE that one.

Unknown  – (April 9, 2011 at 3:57 AM)  

Thank you dor sharing your great talents with us! I like the colored images but love the daisy card :)


Sherry Hickey  – (April 9, 2011 at 9:16 AM)  

Fantastic cards, Lee Mae; great design on the skateboarder card!

Betty Benton  – (April 10, 2011 at 8:24 AM)  

Wonderful cards, Lee Mae -- you've picked a fantastic organization to share your creativity with!!

SuzAnn –   – (April 10, 2011 at 8:40 PM)  

So glad Google sent you to us! Your cards are amazing and I too love the skateboarder and how you used the graphic image. Thanks for supporting OWH!

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