Happy Independence Day weekend everyone! It's my pleasure to introduce you to Mardee this week. I know you will be as inspired as I am by her colorful, fun cards. Mardee doesn't have a blog so be sure to say hello and leave her some love in the comments section at the end of this post.
I have been stamping for over 10 years. That's when one of our daughters became a Stampin' Up demonstrator.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
With respect to where I stamp, let me say that I have a desk to work on but more often than not, before it's over with, I'll have projects laid out on any flat surface I can find in the house. I initially lay out a project on large cardboard panels so that I can move a whole project at once when a particular flat surface needs to be used for something else like eating or sitting or sleeping for example. My husband is a prince.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
Almost all of my stamps and products come from Stampin' Up (our daughter is still a demonstrator). I do confess a weakness for background papers however and love, love, love the little six inch pads of the stuff. Just the right size and amount for card making. And all coordinated. Yay! I have always liked stickers but never used them on cards (only on envelopes) until the last batch of juvenile birthday cards I sent to you ladies. I was sort of forced into it because I knew you needed juvenile birthday cards but I didn't have a lot of juvenile stamps. I wanted some bright and colorful images that wouldn't take me forever to color in and voila.
Do you have a favorite technique?
With respect to a favorite technique, I am on a dry embossing kick. I love the subtle texture of it. Just a small strip of textured cardstock or an embossed die cut can be just the touch a card needs.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
Stampin' Up has four color families and I lean toward the bright and regal families, but I pretty much let the project/season/occasion/recipient determine what colors I work with. Cards for adult males are the most challenging in my book.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I heard about Operation Write Home from our demonstrator daughter last October (2010). One of her stamping ladies suggested that a group get together and make some cards for OWH. I jumped right on that. Even though I couldn't join them, I made about 50 or 60 cards and sent them to her. Then I went on the website and learned more. I was hooked!
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
There are a lot of reasons I enjoy making cards for OWH. I have three brothers who were in the Marines during Viet Nam and the country did not treat them well upon their return home. I want the men and women who put themselves in harm's way to know that the people back home support them and think about them. Making these cards gives me a creative outlet, allows me to use my stash (like that will ever happen) and hopefully put a smile on somebody's face. Does it get any better than that?