>> Friday, December 30, 2011 – Featured Friday Cardmaker
Hello Everyone! I am excited to be able to introduce you all to Kyra this week and share a wonderful group of her cards with you. I find it particularly inspiring to meet cardmakers like Kyra, who were raised in military families and can help the rest of us relate to what it's like and just how much a hand-written card sent home can really mean. Kyra blogs over at The Bunny Nest where you can see more of her terrific work. Hop on over and pay her a visit and don't forget to leave her a hello here at the end of this post too!
How long have you been stamping? My mother introduced me to stamping through her sale finds at Michael's while I was away at college, way back in the late 1900s. There has been such a huge change in the stamping industry since then! I started experimenting with stamps in the early 1990s, and bought some Stampin' Up supplies from a needy friend in 2001. I was hooked, though, when I found Unity Stamps and I've lost a lot of income since then! Happily!
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft? I own the ArtLab where I encourage experimentation with all sorts of art supplies. It's my little hide-away, and IKEA has contributed to my organization. It has taken years getting to this point, so please, readers, don't lose hope! My Lab shares purpose with art journaling!
What are your favorite stamp/craft products? I adore things that are original. Gina K Designs is my current *FAV* cardstock and image company. Ranger is my go-to ink supplier (but I have a huge building crush on Memento!); and I would be lost without my Copic markers!
Do you have a favorite technique? There are three techniques that I turn to when I need something stunning, and fast. First - dry (or pressure) embossing creates great, fast frames for the perfect image. Second - glossy cardstock turns STELLAR with some metallic mixatives and alcohol ink. And, third, I love *LOVE* using watercolors or distress inks with big-crystal salts (Kosher, Rock, etc.) to create stunning backgrounds! Oh... and the bonus, 4, I love using inks to create a scene. It's easy when you learn - you can use inks for so many great backgrounds!
Are there colors you love to include on your cards? I try to use masculine colors on most of my cards. I think there are a lot of feminine cards (beautiful ones!) put out there for our troops to use. Masculine cards, and enabling the masculine correspondence, is more difficult. Sometimes, it take me hours to make a card that I think my husband could send to his family. Being raised in a military family, I know first-hand how those messages are received. I want to give our military personnel everything they could need to connect with people back home.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home? I first heard about OWH when I discovered Unity stamps. There were ladies who made such beautiful cards, and when I asked what they did with them, they said OWH. It was a natural fit!
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes? My father served, proudly, in Korea and later we were stationed in Scotland, Turkey, and throughout the states. While we followed him to all stations, occasionally we spent time apart. Those letters were a lifeline. We saw the plane my father was supposedly on, blown up on TV during a newscast. We thought we had lost him then, but his letters were a physical symbol of hope. I wore a bracelet for a man missing in action in Vietnam. I was continually exposed to the human element in every conflict our country attends. We may not agree with the conflict, but we *must* support our men and women who are sent forth. I am humbled by those who supported our family when we faced automatic weapons just going for groceries. I am honored by those who allow me to go to market without fear of being attacked. They have my undying support. They are people, with people at home. They deserve our dead-level best. I give it. Our military members are the highest of heroes in my eyes.