Featured Cardmaker: Allison G. Fort Worth, TX
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! If you are like me and plan to spend your day crafting instead of joining in the crowds that ‘Black Friday’ shoppping brings I have some terrific inspiration to get you started. This week it’s my pleasure to introduce you all to Allison. Allison joined the OWH Blog Team earlier this year and has been instrumental is planning our huge hops among other things. She is also a member of the Doodle Pantry Creative Team and blogs regularly over at Allison’s Creations. Please be sure to take a moment to say hello in the comments section on this post and then make a trip over to check out her blog and she what she’s been up to lately.
How long have you been stamping? I started seriously scrapbooking in 2004 when I completed a scrapbook of my daughter’s first year. During this time, I just dabbled in making cards, usually through friends who were Stampin’ Up! demonstrators or by making my own Christmas cards. In 2011 I discovered Operation Write Home. That’s when the serious card making began and with it came stamping, using digi images, and blogging.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft? I am so fortunate to have an entire room in the house devoted to my crafts. For years we lived on our family farm where my husband built me an “outbuilding” to use as a craft room, but because it was a separate building I rarely made it out there. With the room IN the house now, I spend most weekends happily crafting away!
What are your favorite stamp/craft products? I love Doodle Pantry pre-colored digis and coordinating papers and Stampin’ Up! supplies because everything goes together – are you seeing a trend here?! Other stamps I like to use are Hero Arts and Lawn Fawn. My biggest weakness is paper – I have more paper than I could ever use in a lifetime and somehow I continue to accumulate more!
Do you have a favorite technique? If using sketches is a technique, then it’s my favorite! Of course, Operation Write Home sketches are the best because the measurements are included (yes, I measure everything to the disappointment of my LSS owner who encourages me to “eyeball” everything!), but I also like Mojo Monday, Clean and Simple Stamping, and Something For You To Try sketches. As far as tools, my Big Shot and dies get used the most!
Are there colors you love to include on your cards? Bright colors are my favorites, but I’ll use just about anything – after all, with all the paper I have I can find just about anything in my stash!
How did you hear about Operation Write Home? In January 2011, I received my February issue of Scrapbooks Etc. magazine announcing a Craft It Forward feature/challenge they were starting. I went to their website for more information where they listed Operation Write Home as an organization I could donate cards to for deployed troops to write home on. I thought it was a fantastic idea and set a goal of making 365 cards in 2011. I ended up making 1,280 cards in 2011 and have never looked back! Now I spend more time card making than scrapbooking.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes? The war in Iraq began just months after my daughter was born. She is now about to turn 10 years old. Knowing that our troops have voluntarily served our country in an effort to keep us safe, preserve our way of life and maintain our freedom to live in a democratic society for as long as my child has been alive motivates me to do whatever I can to show them my gratitude and appreciation for their sacrifices.