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Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 26 comments

Featured Cardmaker, Kim L, Omaha, NE

This week’s featured cardmaker is Kim L, from Omaha, NE!  (Fun facts I learned while researching Omaha for a novel: Both the Reuben sandwich and Kool-Aid were invented in Nebraska.  There’s even a Kool-Aid exhibit in the Hastings Museum about two hours from Omaha  and during the Depression, a packet of Kool-Aid cost more than a loaf of bread! )

But I digress. . .

Kim doesn’t have a blog, and I suspect it’s really cold in Nebraska this time of year,  so please leave her some extra warm OWH love in the comments!

How long have you been stamping?

I have been stamping for seven years now.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?

Yes, the spare bedroom downstairs.

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?

I just love the textures I get when I use embossing folders with my Stampin’ Up Big Shot machine.

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Do you have a favorite technique?

I enjoy using the blender pens with my chalks and coloring images with colored pencils and markers.

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 Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?

I have used the tutorial Fussy Cutting on my cards a lot.

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 Do you prefer digis or stamps?

I love using stamps.

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Do you have a favorite theme?

I can not make a choice; I enjoy making thinking of you and thank you cards.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards?

I tend to use blue, yellow and green, but I do not limit myself to those colors only.

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How did you hear about Operation Write Home?

An advertisement in Paper Crafts magazine.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?

Just the idea that a soldier picks one of my cards to send back home and knowing that card puts a smile on someone’s face keeps me motivated to make more cards for the troops.

Also, right before I started making cards for OWH, I got really sick and haven’t worked since May of 2011.  It was really difficult  to come to terms with the fact that after working for thirty-six years, I will never be able to work again. Making cards for OWH helped me get through that part of my life and now I just take things one day at a time and can not go a day without trying to make at least one card.  So, I guess you could say that OWH has helped me just as much as I have helped them.

26 Comments

  1. Hello Kim!!! I completely understand the part about OWH helping you because I have the same feelings. I adore the embossing on the first card. The corner details on the last card add so much! Great cards! Keep on taking one day at a time! PS I feel like a neighbor cause I live in Iowa.

  2. Kim, these are beautiful cards! You’re very talented and I’m sure the soldiers who receive them deeply appreciate your art.

  3. Thanks Kim for sharing your cards and your story! Your color combinations are beautiful. My favorite card is the last one with the butterfly – great colors and the pierced dots details.

  4. Kim, your cards are beautiful! I especially love the owl ones. Thank you for sharing with us today!

  5. Hi Kim, your cards are lovely! Look at all of those owls! I’m jealous you have a dedicated room for stamping, but I’m sorry to hear you’ve been ill. Prayers for you as you adjust!

  6. Beautiful cards Kim! I’m sure there are a lot of happy families with your cards that they look at again and again.

  7. Great cards & colors. On the last one did you just use a pen for the corner? It’s hard to tell if you pierced it too. I think the owl with the heart is my favorite.

    • Hi Bev, I did pierce the corners on that card. I just fell in love with that owl stamp.

  8. Kim, what a great inspiration you are, showing that things get better if you turn something bad into something good. Your cardmaking is beautiful, so its the “working world’s” loss and OWH”s gain. Hang in there. 😉

  9. Love your cards Kim. I can relate in the fact that what gets taken from us opens the door to discover opportunity to spend more time pursuing a different path.My multiple sclerosis diagnosis 15 years ago (and tests revealing it was there 7-10 years prior) had progressed to the point that I have not been employed for almost 8 years. But I CAN and DO make cards having kept friends steadily supplied with sets of all occasion cards — and even sold cards to their that wanted cards and card sets too plus had an order to make 120 wedding invitations. I discovered OWH and have wanted to start making cards for them…BUT when I went through many of the videos available on the site, one where Sandy showed taking some cards she said need alterations and changes which really intimidated that my cards would not be “good enough” to meet her standards. (No hate intended!! Just stating reason for not having sent a bundle of cards yet.) HOWEVER, from seeing Kim’s cards, I am seeing a similarity to my stamping style. So now thinking that my cards just might “measure up”.

    • Just so everyone is clear about it when Sandy, me (or anyone on the blog team) has done ‘before & ‘afters’ they are absoultely NOT cards sent it by anyone. We create BOTH cards oursleves and it is done only to help those who are interested in improving their design skills. Never, EVER is any card you send to OWH altered. If something falls off in shipping because it wasn’t glue on well or your card has a dark base but lacks the required light liner, it may wind up in the card hospital to fix those things, but the goal is that all basic guidelines will be tended to before you ship and won’t be necessary. 🙂

      • Thanks for clarifying that Paula…that is good to know. I have looked, but can’t find that particular video again (there are so very many, which is great but my various keyword searched failed to locate that particular video). She possibly said that but I was just so surprised at what she was doing and missed it? Working on cards this weekend. 😀

        • So glad you saw this Carol. It’s been misunderstood many times as new people join us and are not listening or reading carefully, so I am happy to have the chance to explain it again. We have an entire board of before & afters on Pinterest. It took hours and hours to create two cards for these but we’ve found the work really well as learning tools for those who are interested.

          http://pinterest.com/colourful/cardmaking-before-after

  10. Hey Kim from Omaha! This is Penny from Lincoln! We’re neighbors here in Nebraska! Lovely cards and I really like your color choices, also. I’m always drawn to blue & green….so much so that when I scrapbook I have to intentionally try other papers & colors! All your cards are great, but I think my fav is the “Love” card of red & white with that wonderful owl! So very glad that you are finding things you enjoy doing that bring you fulfillment since your health problems and loss of ability to work—loving what you do is so important and it sounds like you’re finding some “love” with OWH!

  11. Hi Kim,this is your dad,I am so proud that I cant stop the tears.Love Ya,Dad.

    • Awww…thank you Dad. Big hugs 🙂

  12. Omg… That post above mine!!! Love!!! How sweet!!! I love your collection of cards and I’m so glad to know more about you. Keep up the awesome work and I know that you will continue to find such great friendships and fun here at OWH. Doesn’t it make your days just so much brighter? 🙂 hugs!

  13. Hi Kim! I was really touched and inspired by your story! I’m so glad you found OWH and that it helped you with the transition after your medical retirement. In a similar way, finding OWH helped me find a new purpose and activity after I retired. What a great organization! Your cards are beautiful; I keep going back to look at that vivid red heart with the piercing and the tiny punched heart. Great work; keep it up and take care!!

  14. Love your cards, especially the owl with the heart. Even more exciting since I have some of the same stamps.

  15. Aaw, your dad made me tear up! That is so sweet! And hey, he followed my instructions about leaving love in the comments! Yay Dad! 🙂

  16. Kim is my SuperStar. I am so proud of her. I have watched her spend hours sometimes days working on a card. When she start doing cards for OWH, she didn’t think they were good enough, yes they are dear you just don’t see it. Each time she does another card is better than the last in a new way.
    So I thank OWH for picking her and for giving her a goal to make a cards for soldiers. Love you my SuperStar!!

    • WOW!!! It feels good to have so much love for me out there 🙂 I am so glad that my story and cards have inspired so many. Thank you all so much for your comments 🙂

  17. Kim, what a great OWH story! I think many OWHers can see themselves as you do…. Getting as much (if not more) out of creating the cards as they put into it. Keep up the good work!

  18. Hi Kim. Beautiful cards. I am glad that OWH has provided a creative outlet for you! It always feels great to help someone else doesn’t it? Have a great day and thanks for supporting OWH.

  19. Always thrilled to see Stampin’ Up! products. Congrats on being the featured card maker. All your cards are beautiful!

  20. KIm, Thanks for sharing your talent with our american heros, you are blessed as u bless them.
    continue to go forth and create your new world, while creating a vehicle of love for others, I thank you for sharing you’re ventures with me. Sweet blessings my old friend glad I found you,
    Mary Jane

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