Featured Cardmaker: Patricia S, Spencerport, NYPosted by JoAnn on Jan 11, 2013 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 15 comments
This week’s Friday featured cardmaker is Patricia S, who also has a family member serving in the military. Although she doesn’t have a blog, she does have a flickr account, so you can see more of her work in her gallery there. You can also leave some OWH love for her here in the comments!
How long have you been stamping?
I have been actively using them over the past 3 years, even though I have been collecting them for many, many years.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
Yes, I have a fabulous area in my basement set up with 2 kitchen tables, 10 chairs, 4 bookcases, a dresser, a couple of those rolling plastic storage bins, and enough art supplies to fill all these furniture pieces to overflowing. I have been an amateur artist for 50 years and I am involved in an online international art group where our art is traded, I have an etsy shop, and I used to do a lot of local craft shows. My area in the basement is a sacred spot for my 6 grandchildren when they come to visit. Recentely, I have given them art journals and they bring them when they visit and work on them in our art area.
I really couldn’t live without my paints and brushes, but for OWH cards I find that I love the Staz-on ink pad, and the Tombo adhesive runner.
Do you have a favorite technique?
Right now I am really into using my scrap paper, so I found the instructions on the 5 paper reverse iris fold quite interesting and I just love the results. The blue card shown that has a Miss You in the center is an example of that technique. I actually had to take out one of my very old exacto knifes for these cards.
I am very new to the digis idea. I had a sketch that I did for a large painting of my granddaughters on my computer, I printed that on cardstock and I colored it in with markers and colored pencils. It has a patriotic feel, and the large painting hangs in my army wife daughter’s home.
Do you have favorite themes?
I like to make love cards. Hearts are very cool too.
I haven’t met a color I did not like, so I try to use them all.
My daughter received many cards from my son in law while he was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. She showed me them and said, “Ma, you and your friends can make these for other family members.” So I did get a group together and we made them a couple of times a year, then that group lost interest. So, last year, I looked around my craft area and thought I better start making some cards on my own. I found the OWH website and realized how much information was out there. I was astounded, excited and encouraged.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
I know firsthand how much these cards mean to the families and friends that receive them. My daughter cherishes each and every one of them. And, my son in law in the US Army told me how wonderful it was to be able to have cards that they all could share and have on hand.