Hello everyone! Are you ready for your Friday dose of inspiration? Well I've got some to share courtesy of this week's featured cardmaker Kathryn! Many of you will recongnize Kathryn from the OWH Facebook page where she's often found posting helpful answers for those who are new to the OWH family. She blogs over at Kathryn's Cards where you can check out more of her fabulous creativity and of course you can leave her some love here at the end of this post!
How long have you been stamping?
In one way or another, I've been stamping about 20 years. My cousin and I were penpals throughout elementary school and middle school until we switched to e-mail and I often created the cards I sent to her. I went to some Stampin Up events around 2005 that got me into stamping as an adult.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
Yes! When I was looking for a home, I knew I wanted an extra bedroom for an office. Six months later, my crafts had permanently taken over the room. My work surface is a rectangular dining room table I bought specifically for my craft space.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
I'm a huge sucker for the $1 clear stamps and ink spots from the big stores. I also have a large collection of paper punches.
Do you have a favorite technique?
I don't know that it's a technique, but I've been working through the OWH Sunday Sketches this year. I set a goal in January to complete all the sketches at least once by the end of the year. The sketches help me design a card with a focal point and I think they help me make more cards that I'm proud to say I designed.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
Oranges and lime greens are my two favorite colors when making cards, so Halloween cards are really easy for me. My other favorite combination of late is chocolate brown and goldenrod. From watching OWHtv, I've learned that neutrals make great layering colors, so I'm beginning to embrace them as well.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
Like so many card makers have said before, I came across a mention of OWH on a website, but I can't be sure which one. It was December 2010 and I was immediately impressed by the organization of the website and the resources available, so I got involved.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My grandfather and his five brothers all served our military in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. I think of how difficult their deployments must have been on the family and I want to do my part to ease that burden for the families who currently have heroes deployed.