Featured Friday Card Maker: Carolyn S, Amherst NH
Hello friends! As we’re nearing the end of the month – we have a little more inspiration for you that comes from the awesomely talented Carolyn, a 19-year resident of New Hampshire! Be sure to leave her LOTS of love in the comments! -Sandy
How long have you been stamping/card making?
I started stamping and making cards in the spring of 2006. My sister, Joan, who at that time was a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, walked me through the steps to making a card. After that I was hooked and started on my own, buying both paper and stamps from her. Now I order from various sources.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
Yes I do. I have taken over the fourth bedroom in my house which is now packed with all sorts of stamps, stamp pads, paper, markers, gadgets, and embellishments.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
I use Gina K. Designs, Stampin’ Up, and Stampscapes Stamps the most. My preference being any and all stamps that require coloring using Copics and adding ribbons and brads.
Do you have a favorite technique?
I have no favorite per se. My mood, the stamp, the type of card needed, and/ or the time of year usually dictate which technique I use which includes sponging, die cutting, embossing, or just plain coloring and adding embellishments.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
I am sad to say no to this question. I have used mainly the card sketches from Split Coast Stampers, and the tutorials from Gina K. Designs, and Stampscapes.
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
I use stamps 95% of the time and digis for the rest.
Do you have a favorite theme?
I would have to say that I lean towards Nature, for example flowers, animals and scenes. Those types usually lend themselves to coloring with Copics which I love to do and find very relaxing.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I use all colors on cards and love the brighter ones. On the ones included here I seem to use lots of green which plays into my Nature theme.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I first heard about OWH from my sister, Joan. Her sister-in-law, Dee Nixon, was sending you 100’s of cards each month and I decided I would check out your organization and see if I could contribute also. I only have been part of this worthwhile campaign for a few years but it has been very rewarding.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
Since I make duplicates of all my cards and can’t use them all, I figure that our troops could use the extras that I make. They sacrifice so much for our freedom that it seems only fitting they should have nice cards to send home to loved ones.