>> Friday, July 15, 2011 – Featured Friday Cardmaker
Happy Friday Everyone! This week it's my pleasure to introduce you all to Jan and to share some of her beautiful and very artistic cards with you. Jan doesn't have a blog so be sure to leave her your comments here at the end of this post.
How long have you been stamping?
I have been stamping for about fourteen years. I started out just stamping and then added scrapbooking. Most of my cards are now a combination of the two.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you craft?
Yes. I have a small bedroom where I am able to have my crafting and my computer together. I use my computer a lot in my crafting.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
I love using my Sure Cuts A Lot program for die cutting. They have a wonderful forum where the members design and share all sorts of wonderful files. If I am unable to find or design something someone on the forum will design it for me. I also love using my Colorartz airbrush. It is supposed to be for fabric but I love the look I get on paper.
Do you have a favorite technique?
Actually, I love to try different techniques. My first love is collage, but if I see something during the day that sticks in my mind I will go home and try to recreate it with the supplies I have on hand.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
My family is always giving me a hard time because I like the earth tones so much but when I am designing for OWH I like to use bright, cheerful colors. I think our service people have enough drab in their lives so I strive for something upbeat.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I read about it in a scrapbooking magazine. Since I started making cards for OWH I have learned that many of the women on the Sure Cuts A Lot forum also support OWH.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My husband is a veteran of the Vietnam War. When I see the pictures of those young faces, dressed in their combat gear in remote places my heart just goes out to them and to their families. As a parent I just can’t imagine the stress and concern that they have worrying about their loved ones every day. I do believe that just a simple card or letter on a regular basis can help to ease that stress and if we make it easy for the heroes to send that card we have helped in some small way. We can only repay their sacrifices by giving of ourselves to others and passing it on.