Featured Cardmaker: Brenda U., Houston, TX

Happy Friday everyone! This week I'd like you to meet Brenda from Houston. Be sure to leave her some love in a comment here and then go visit her great blog Infinite Possibilities, where you can see lots more of her beautiful cards. 


How long have you been stamping?
I have been stamping for about 3 years, a lovely lady in South Africa, where I was living at the time, introduced me to this wonderful world!

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
I am very privileged to have my own craft room.  We converted one of the bedrooms that we had in excess to a craft room, thank goodness or else the house would be very messy!

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
Distress Inks and Glossy Accents, I cannot seem to do without these.  Oh, and dimensional adhesive. Yes, and good cardstock!  And as much as possible, (95%), clear, great quality photopolymer clear stamps!  I do like some dies and have a few favorite companies. Almost forgot, I have developed a love for Copic Markers!


Do you have a favorite technique?
I am just a mixed bag really!  I like to try anything new at least once, as long as it feels like it fits with who I am. Every now and then I get the coloring bug and I have to use my Copic Markers. I’m not really good with patterned paper, so I tend to stamp on cardstock to make my own backgrounds.  And if I can use my distress inks then I will.  I am also not a great embellisher, I just love to stamp.  Paper piecing is great fun too!


Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I do love Kraft, white, blues, yellows, pinks…well, I am not fussy really.  I don’t really have a good eye for colours so I keep my colour wheel handy and I also pick up from other talented crafters when I see a colour combination that they are using that I like.


How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
We arrived in the USA just a year ago and I was wondering what I was going to do now with all these cards that I love making.  In South Africa I would go to my daughters nursery school because the working Moms had no time to go to the shops so they found it convenient to buy my cards when they were dropping off their little ones. So when I got here, I was paging through a PaperCrafts magazine I think it was, and they had an article about OWH so I googled the site and there and then decided that I wanted to be one of those people who helped another get a loving word back home.


What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
Well, I have no connection to anyone in the armed forces, and I am not American.  But for me, it’s about being part of the bigger picture, helping and caring for others.  And this is a fantastic way to practice these qualities and make them come to life!  When I sit and make my cards I am always thinking about whose “hero” hands that card is going to get into and will it, can it, convey the message that they would like to bring home to a loved one.  I cannot imagine what it is like to be in their shoes, but I can understand the pain of separation and distance, and I can only believe that these cards are making a difference.


Marsha  – (May 13, 2011 at 10:23 AM)  

Very nice cards. I think my fav is the brown and mauve miss you. So glad you have chosen OWH for your stash of cards.

Paula S.  – (May 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM)  

These cards are all so nice, I don't think I can choose a favorite! Thanks for sharing your story and your beautiful cards with the rest of the OWH family today Brenda.

Sherry Hickey  – (May 13, 2011 at 1:07 PM)  

Hi Brenda, your cards are all very beautiful! I'm so glad you found OWH, and your words about why you make cards for OWH are very touching and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

Virginia L.  – (May 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM)  

Congrats, Brenda, for being featured!! You so deserve this honor! Thanks for choosing Brenda as she is super kind and talented!

Barb  – (May 13, 2011 at 2:57 PM)  

So happy for you, Brenda! Wonderful interview and beautiful cards!

Rosemary  – (May 13, 2011 at 3:10 PM)  

what a fantastic group of cards from brenda! she is a sweetheart and a talented one at that!!

Brenda  – (May 13, 2011 at 3:10 PM)  

The beauty is in your kindness! Thank you all so much!

susanne  – (May 13, 2011 at 3:24 PM)  

This is a wonderful article on Brenda and her beautiful cards!! She is very sweet and so very talented too!!

AnitaRex  – (May 13, 2011 at 5:03 PM)  

Brenda what a beauitful interview! :> And gorgeous cards! You are such a blessing with your cards! I love reading why you donate to them!

jintyoo7  – (May 13, 2011 at 6:02 PM)  

Great interview, Brenda :o) Your heart is made of gold!

joy  – (May 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM)  

What a wonderful interview, Brenda! I love the cards featured here and I always enjoy visiting your blog to see what you have created. You have such a big heart and these cards are sure to be treasured by all who receive them!

GrammySue's Creations  – (May 13, 2011 at 8:22 PM)  

Congratulations Brenda for this honor. All your cards are gorgeous and you did a wonderful job.

CinnamonSally  – (May 14, 2011 at 2:15 AM)  

Congratulations Brenda on being featured, beautiful cards you really deserve this honor.

walchowDesign  – (May 14, 2011 at 3:08 AM)  

Congrats Brenda for being featured!

Arlene  – (May 14, 2011 at 7:59 AM)  

Beautiful cards and loved reading your story.

Seongsook Duncan  – (May 14, 2011 at 8:46 AM)  

Brenda, I like all of your cards.

I am the same with you: not a great embellisher, no connection to anyone in the armed forces, not American, and everything you said why you make cards for our heroes.

Thanks for sharing your talents and inspiring our fellow OWH Cardmakers.

Stamper in TRAINing –   – (May 14, 2011 at 9:11 AM)  

Beautiful work ! Thanks for your generous contributions to our heroes!!

SuzAnn –   – (May 15, 2011 at 3:48 PM)  

Thank you so much, Brenda, for being part of OWH! Your cards are very classy and I love your distressing skills.

Trinh  – (May 16, 2011 at 7:31 PM)  

Beautiful cards & wonderful interview, Brenda! Congratulations!

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