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Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 37 comments

Featured Cardmaker: Susan R, Dayton OH

I’m Sandy and I am SO excited for you to meet Susan and see her cards. She is hereby the Queen of CAS! I had to ask her what she uses for card bases, because her box full of white CAS cards were on just the best cardstock. “Mostly Papertrey Ink’s white.  But when I color using alcohol markers, I use Gina K’s 120# white because no matter how much you layer the ink, it won’t bleed through. Years ago, Julie Ebersole wrote on her blog that using cheap paper makes cheap looking cards. I took that to heart!” (And I finally got around to ordering both of these white papers to try out…why it took me this long I have no idea – thanks for the motivation, Susan!)

Susan is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, but after years of moving around, she’s now settled in Ohio, and loves it. She blogs at Simplicty: Doing Simple Things Well so I bet she’ll have a lot of new subscribers after today! -Sandy


How long have you been stamping/card making?  

At least a dozen years.  

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

YES! I have a nook in our finished basement next to a giant sliding glass door that gives wonderful natural light. I can stamp but still be a part of the family.    


What are your favorite stamp/craft products?

High-quality white card stock, a variety of colorful inks, and lots and lots of stamps! Oh, and bling. Of course.    


Do you have a favorite  technique?  

Perhaps it’s not a technique, but I love precision. As a clean-and-simple stamper, I strive to use the minimal number of elements on a card to send the message in an interesting way. That means there’s no place to hide when a sentiment is crooked or an image stamps unevenly. If it’s not precise, I pitch it and try again! I’m a human, not a machine. Mistakes mean I’m learning, and after all, it’s only paper.


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

Since my cards are so minimalist and not particularly technique-driven, what has helped me most is your regular updates on what themes you need and the deadlines. Those help me focus and give me confidence that what I’m sending will truly be useful and appreciated by our heroes.  

Do you prefer digis or stamps?

Stamps. Definitely stamps.   

Do you have a favorite theme?

Nope. I like variety.      


Are there colors you love to include on your cards?

I love the contrast between bright, strong colors and lots of white space, but I love soft, subtle colors as well. It depends on the theme, I guess. Oddly, I rarely use yellow or purple. No idea why.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?

Splitcoast, I think.   


What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?

My husband served in the United States Air Force for twenty years. He deployed several times, and deployments were particularly hard after we had children. Emails were fine, but I would love to have received cards from him…something he had touched, with his handwriting on it, something I could keep and put in a scrapbook. Operation Write Home fills that need for our heroes and their families. It’s a real human need to hold something tangible that says, “I love you.” What an honor it is to contribute to that little bit of love, that little bit of connection across oceans and continents for families who are making huge sacrifices in service to our country. Thanks, Sandy, for making it possible for so many of us to play a part in making those connections a reality.  


  1. YAY, SUSAN! I love your cards – all of them!!!!

  2. These are fabulous! I LOVE all the white space, and truly appreciate the precision! My favorite is the Hello card with the rainbow along the bottom. Stunning in their simplicity. Thanks for the bit about cheap paper making cheap looking cards – great reminder that quality matters over quantity. Thanks for brightening my Friday morning 🙂

  3. I LOVE the clean simplicity of these beautiful cards. Awesome!

  4. Susan, your cards are so clean and pretty, and the last one blew me away–so poignant with the no-heart circle and “I miss you”. Just tugged at my heart strings. Good card for (future) missing OWH, too.
    Thanks for your inspiration and contributions.

  5. Wow Susan! I have never sen so many cards with white backgrounds that look so awesome. And your designs are so clean! Thank you for being part of OWH! 🙂

  6. Susan,
    These are beautiful CAS cards! So glad you shared them.

  7. Wow!

  8. Sharon, How fun to see cards crafted by a fellow Buckeye! Love your clean, crisp, and precise style. Thanks so much for your support of OWH!

  9. Truly lovely, Susan! Each one of your cards is so clean, crisp, colorful, and unique! It’s such a fresh look that will be timeless when your cards are included in someone’s scrapbook. Thanks to your entire family for their huge sacrifices for our country! Off to visit your blog. I can already tell that I’m going to LOVE it! ♡

  10. I love your cards, simple yet elegant!

  11. Susan, I’ve loved your blog for a long time. It’s great to see you and your cards featured here!

  12. Long time friend and fan of Susan’s. She’s awesome in so many ways. Thanks for featuring her!!

  13. oh my goodness these are fantastic…anything but simple…very elegant I just love the birthday card…congrats as getting chosen as FFCM – I think you will see many CASE’s of your cards. I know I have a couple I want to try.

  14. I see why the call you the Queen of CAS and these are all stunning. Love your designs.

  15. Beautiful cards.

  16. I absolutely love your clean and simple cards! Every one of them is pleasing to the eyes!

  17. Thank you for introducing us to Susan. I love her CAS style.

  18. Oh my stars!!! All of these are magnificent. Thank you for the inspirations!

  19. Your CAS cards are the best, Susan! I am always impressed by the power of simplicity.

  20. Your CAS cards are just beautiful and so unique. Love them!!! Hugs, Brenda

  21. Wow. I am so glad you found OWH! All those lucky families that got your cards!

    I am so impressed with how perfectly straight they are!

    Thank you for doing this and glad you got picked!

  22. Fabulous designs! I really like them all, but the one that I like best is the I Love You heart. Thanks for all you contributions to OWH and the country.

  23. Have been following you for awhile & LOVE your simple, beautiful cards. Am printing out lots of your suggestions to use when I get unpacked again. Thank you and congratulations on being chosen for this honor.!

  24. I adore your style and look forward to every post on your blog! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  25. I love,love, LOVE your cards! Simple and beautiful. Great choice of color. I like the bright reds set on white!

  26. Nice feature! I also have been a huge fan of Susan’s — her precise stamping is something I admire about her style!

  27. These are amazing, beautiful clean and simple cards but I know it is not really “simple” to create such perfect cards. It takes a lot of skill!!

  28. Love your clean card-making style!

  29. Susan’s cards are wonderful! Love her style! I also use Gina K’s card Stock! It’s wonderful and so affordable!

  30. Beautifully done!

  31. These are some of the most beautiful cards I’ve ever seen.

  32. Clean & simple= so elegant! Thank you for sharing!

  33. OMG, this is the CLASSIEST set of cards! What a talent you have for CAS. Thanks for sharing it with OWH.

  34. Beautiful cards!! Very inspiring!

  35. Congratulations Susan. You inspire me so much.

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