Featured Cardmaker: Katie H., Chicago, IL

Happy Friday everyone! This week it's my pleasure to be able to introduce you all to Katie. She is a hero mom and a dedicated OWHer. She also blogs regularly over at Crafty Khandy where you can see more of her wonderful creations. So leave here some love here and then pop on over to see some more!

How long have you been stamping?
I started stamping 15 years ago, was terrible at it and let it go. But I was still scrapbooking a lot. Then about 4 or 5 years ago I picked it up again. I still stamp the same thing 5 or 6 times to get one I like. When someone comes up with a use for smudged images – I’ll have a gold mine!

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
My craft room is a work in progress but when finished it will be pink with zebra print. My space is pretty small about 7x7 and it is stuffed to the gills.  For my birthday my dad made me a pegboard to hang my tools on which has freed up a lot of desk space.  He even hand painted a zebra print on it!!

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
My favorite??? Whatever is in my Michael’s bag. Though, I couldn’t function without my ATG gun; other than that, I always have a new crush; Kanban die cuts, Graphic 45 paper, My Favorite Things Stamps, Cricut, Perfect Pearls…

Do you have a favorite technique?
With all the fun toys and fancy stuff I have found and learned – I really think layering is what makes a project look finished and polished.  It used to seem like a pain to try to cut things even and get one layer centered on top of another nice and clean.  Now, I can’t even mentally picture things without a layer.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
Red, I love red- so vibrant and so ME. Pink – it is so pretty. Brown – is subtle and cozy. Cream – because you can’t see all my smudges.  Blue – because it is cheery. Yellow – because it reminds me of my kids. I guess the answer is yes – there are colors I love to include on my cards.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
My mother is a librarian and she had been organizing OWH card parties with her paper crafting groups for quite a while. I honestly didn’t pay a lot of attention to it until we got news in early 2011 that my daughter would deploy on the Geo HW Bush. I pledged to myself that I would make one OWH card for every day she was at sea as a way to support her. She ended up not deploying, and I ended up making much, much more than one card a day.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
I am the mother of an active duty US Navy Sailor, mother-in-law to an active duty US Airman, sister, cousin, niece, and granddaughter to former and active duty service members as well. The idea that our way of life is protected by a 100% volunteer military is amazing to me. I am humbled that they and their families volunteer to put the ideals and values we share before their safety and comfort. My contribution of paper, ribbon and ink is so small by comparison. The notes we see on the Stars and Stamps blog and Facebook from loved ones who receive our cards reinforces that what we do makes a difference to someone.

Linda  – (May 11, 2012 at 5:25 AM)  
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Donna Hanley  – (May 11, 2012 at 6:17 AM)  

Katie, all very nice cards you shared with us today. You have given us some nice inspiration today. Thank you for that.

Anonymous –   – (May 11, 2012 at 9:08 AM)  

Lovely cards! Thanks for sharing ... and inspiring! Pat K.

Sherry Hickey  – (May 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM)  

Beautiful cards, Katie! Especially love that pay phone image. Great work. You rock!

Crafting Adventures  – (May 11, 2012 at 1:12 PM)  

I personally love Asian inspired images, and I think your first one is beautiful!

Margaret  – (May 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM)  

Great cares. I especially like the red and white one with the tree. I love all the layers.

Ann  – (May 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM)  

Way to go Katie, you sure deserve it! Your cards are always inspiring!

Carol L  – (May 11, 2012 at 4:49 PM)  

Your cards are all so pretty Katie, and keep up the great work for OWH! We're all doing this for the same reasons you are ;)

Paula S.  – (May 11, 2012 at 5:11 PM)  

This is such a nice group of cards! I particularly like the pink and brown combo in the first one. That dogwood paper print is just lovely and perfect for the image as is the row of pearl embellishments. Sincere thanks to you and your family full of heroes for all they've done to serve our nation and thanks for letting me share your cards with everyone this week!

Rufus  – (May 11, 2012 at 9:51 PM)  

Lovely cards, Katie. Thank you to your family for all of their service to our country, Heroes all.

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