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Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 22 comments

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. 


  1. Your cards are absolutely beautiful! My favorites are the birthday wishes tree card and the Happy Christmas one. Are the stamps used on the tree card from Stampscapes? Thanks for sharing!

  2. You know, I had to go back and double check your age! So you have been doing this almost half your life? Lucky!!! I wish I had started that young!!

    These cards demonstrate not just excellent skills but a mature mind and viewpoint.

    Your sponging skills are some of the best I have ever seen. Very subtle eye and execution.

    I love them all. The second birthday trees…the trees are exceptionally well done for shading! Very real looking!

    The Christmas card is bold, striking and and a great choice of die to go with that DP and I like that strip of green paper in there…but I think my fav is the last one.

    Wow. Wonderful rich tones that play with lights and darks. Great masculine card but I would love it myself.

    You color very well!

    No wonder you got picked! It’s well deserved!

    Thank you for sharing your cards with the troops. I know the families must be thrilled to get them.

  3. Wow Carolyn, your cards are absolutely gorgeous!!!

  4. Lovely cards, Carolyn! Congrats on being featured today.

  5. Thank you for being part of OWH Carolyn! 🙂

  6. Your cards are beautiful Carolyn! I love your scene’s and your coloring. Congrats on being featured here! Hugs Brenda

  7. You do an excellent job sponging and blending the colors for backgrounds – really beautiful. The harvest of wishes card is just a stunning blend of colors from the patterned paper to the sponging, the embossed flowers and then the light stamp again under the sentiment. The purple flowers are so bright and cheerful. Love the feel of the fence behind the birch trees. The stamped ferns are just perfect behind that cute polka dot mushroom.

  8. Absolutely superb design and execution….a complete standout! Thank you not only for the stunning eye candy but the inspiration to achieve your level of excellence.

  9. Lovely cards and beautiful coloring. Love the birthday card with the trees and eagle. But all of the cards are beautiful.

  10. Gorgeous cards! You are very talented and could not pick a favorite. I love them all

  11. Hi Carolyn! Congratulations on being our Featured Card Maker this week! What a delight to see your work! I love that your cards touch on the different season–what wonderful inspiration! Each card is beautiful, but your Christmas card really won me over! Thanks for all you have done for our heroes through OWH; let’s all stay in touch on the Doobliedoo!

  12. Beautiful cards! especially the landscape with trees – my favorite.

  13. The cards are flawless! I like your nature scenes too.Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards! I am so going to miss this sharing time.

  14. Your cards are lovely. I love your style and your color choices are lovely. I was a SU demo for several years and I use lots of their stamps, inks and papers…..You are very talented. Thanks for sharing your story.

  15. Wow, what gorgeous cards! Wonderful job and congrats on being FFCM! I will certainly miss these tempting samples going forward.

  16. Every card is gorgeous and done so cleanly- really great attention to detail! And I was just in Amherst last weekend- my niece is getting married in October 2016 at Labelle Winery- gorgeous area! And we tasted cake and desserts at Fredericks……omg– I am glad I do not live closer…I would not be able to resist going in there all the time! Thanks for your support of our troops with your stunning cards!

  17. Sorry I said milk bottle, then looked again (because they are so pretty) and realized it was a hurricane lamp instead. Still my fav!

  18. Fabulous cards, Carolyn! So nicely designed and put together with beautiful coloring.

  19. Really lovely cards, all, but I especially love the Christmas card with the hurricane lamp!!! Great coloring, and I love the colors in your cards. Congrats on being a featured card maker!

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