Birthday Bash Challenge: CASE KellyRae C., Coolidge, AZ

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ETA: The winner from last week's CASE challenge is Carol L!
Happy Friday everyone! I am excited to introduce you all to KellyRae and to be able to share some of her wonderful cards with you today. KellyRae hails from Coolidge, AZ. Which she tells me is a tiny town halfway between Phoenix and Tucson, and she blogs over at Sassy Rubber Artists. So leave her a comment here at the end of this post and then click on over to her blog for even more inspiration!

How long have you been stamping?
I bought my first art stamps and ink pads in September 2001 but didn't actually start using them until the following September. Up until then, the only stamping I knew was office stamping - fax, copy, draft.  Being the non-crafty person in my family, I was totally clueless about color, layout, or technique, and so I embraced this new-to-me industry.  I started taking classes (and then teaching what I learned to my neighbors and friends) and finally sold stamps as first an SU demo and then a TAC demo until December 2009.  Nowadays I stamp to fill my little Operation Write Home boxes.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
The kitchen table is where I do my stamping - and  my supplies are nearby in bookcases, filing cabinets, a closet under the stairs, laundry room shelves and a triple-wide ScrapRack. I have craft minded grandkids that visit and the kitchen seemed the easiest to clean after glitter and glue and embossing powder meet little fingers (as well as my own).

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
Big Shot, embossing folders, Nestabilities, Memento ink, Copic markers, clear embossing powder, and Versamark!

Do you have a favorite technique?
Embossing in all its glorious forms

Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
My color mood swings with the seasons, but generally I love bright cheery colors with a pop of black for zing.  I notice that in the spring I tend to use chartreuse, turquoise, and violet;  and in the summer the pinks and oranges.  I definitely like to have a lot of white space as well.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I was in the middle of changing from being an SU demo to a TAC demo, and had a LOT of card samples from swaps and classes. Someone on Splitcoast Stampers mentioned Cards for Heroes. And so I started triaging my stash to make hero-worthy cards. I sent over 1700 cards in late 2007/early 2008 (but not with envelopes, that came later).  Then my PC crashed, I lost touch, and didn't find the renamed Operation Write Home site until late 2009.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
I am in awe of the daily sacrifices our heroes and their families make to ensure freedom stays an American liberty. I am so thankful that I can help in this small way by sharing my little cards and showing those who give and receive them that I appreciate and honor their sacrifices.

Ronni Unger  – (September 9, 2011 at 5:37 AM)  

It sounds like you have a big heart - and beautiful cards - Yeah Arizona!

Jan Hunnicutt  – (September 9, 2011 at 9:18 AM)  

So nice to meet you today KellyRae, your cards are beautiful! I'm from AZ too :)

Carol L  – (September 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM)  

Hello KellyRae, and it's great to meet another OWH card maker! Your cards are all so unique but I'm so drawn to the one with the sailboat! I love how you created waves on the inside! Fabulous idea!

And how exciting that I won last week's CASE challenge! Thanks!!!

Unknown  – (September 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM)  

KellyRae, these are fabulous! The first card is just gorgeous and I also love the sailboat one! Aw heck... I like them all!

Paula S.  – (September 9, 2011 at 4:03 PM)  

These are all beautiful KellyRae but the sailboat one is just stunning! The wave on the inside is such a nice surprise when the recipient opens it.... lots of WOW factor for sure. Thanks so much for allowing me to share your cards and your OWH story with everyone this week.

Anonymous –   – (September 9, 2011 at 4:08 PM)  

Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards. The sail boat is my favorite! Pat K.

Lee Mae  – (September 9, 2011 at 4:43 PM)  

Your cards are beautiful. I really like the first one - I love those galoshes!

Sandy in AZ –   – (September 11, 2011 at 6:57 PM)  

You are also a hero for giving up so much of your precious time to do SO MANY cards for our military heroes. I'm sure those heroes appreciate you, as much as we all appreciate them. Your cards are beautiful! Thank you for all you do.

Just A Pac Rat  – (September 12, 2011 at 10:08 AM)  

Love your cards and thank you for making cards for our Heros.

Ann  – (September 18, 2011 at 2:49 PM)  

Beautiful cards! You are wonderful at coloring!Thank you!

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