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Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 24 comments

Featured Friday Card Maker, Jean S., St. Louis Park, MN

Hey y’all, I got the BEST txt last Friday asking me to dog sit Charlie and Lucy.  Of course I said YES!!!!  We have the best time at McFadden’s Place (my house) doing crafts, cooking, going on safari, and my personal favorite, nap time!  As I will have my fave dogs over Easter weekend, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion there is an egg hunt in the making along with a special craft project for their “sister’s” 1 year old birthday.  My precious boy, McFadden has been gone for 3 years, I still miss him, but not the dog hair. I am so fortunate that I get to play with Charlie and Lucy a few times during the year.


Okay enough about me and my fun weekend to come, let’s get down to our fun hobby—card making!  As always, y’all were great in leaving comments last week, thank you!  Jean doesn’t have a blog, so leave a little something in the comment section below. I really like how Jean used the Gorgeous Grunge set, which I have and have tried to use—it’s out of my CAS box, so I keep trying to make it work.  Also on her Forever & Always card—great use of a designer paper with a busy pattern  coordinated with another matching DP.  So…sit back, relax and let’s learn about Jean and her cards.




How long have you been stamping/card making?

I have been stamping about 20 years. I have been a Stampin’Up! demonstrator since 2000.  *Editor’s note: the car image is by Prickly Pear, all other images/sentiments are by Stampin’Up!

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

Yes. I have an area set up in our basement.

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?

I use all Stampin’Up! ink and cardstock. Most of the designer paper I use is Stampin’Up! but I do have some 6×6 pads from other manufacturers.  I have hundreds of Stampin’Up! stamp sets that I love to use.  I do have a few other stamps from other manufacturers that I have purchased since I joined OWH.

Jean S5

Do you have a favorite technique?

No. Not a favorite technique, but I do use my embossing folders and dies a lot.

Jean S1

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

I am trying to use the sketches more often. I have used ideas from some of the tutorials.

Do you prefer digis or stamps? Stamps!

I have used a handful of digis but am too lazy to size and print when I can just grab a stamp!

Jean S4

Do you have a favorite theme?

I love flowers. But, I have been using them less as Sandy said she receives so many. I have been trying to make half my cards masculine and kids themes.

Jean S3

Are there colors you love to include on your cards?

I have all the Stampin’Up! inks and papers, including all the retired colors, but I find I have to keep ordering the same papers over and over… Old Olive, Gumball Green, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Burmuda Bay, Pool Party, and Basic Black.

Jean S2

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?

I don’t remember the website but I know it was a sewing site. I was checking out ways to volunteer as I love to sew and I saw a section of other volunteer sites other than sewing and found OWH. Haven’t had much time to sew as I am always stamping!

Jean S6

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?

My husband was a career soldier. He retired from the Army in 1990. So the military is near and dear to my heart. I retired from my job in January and now get to spend part of every day stamping for OWH!



  1. Such beautiful cards!

  2. Jean, I love all your cards but especially love what you did with the designer papers. Beautiful!

  3. Very creative cards!

  4. Great cards, I really love the grunge one. Thanks for sharing!

  5. WOW! Great cards… ALL of them! I am guessing that the first one is the “grunge” card. Fantastic! Grungy as you created it isn’t at all what “grunge” has always meant to me!

  6. Your cards are beautiful. I espectially like the one with the antique cars. Will be copying that one I’m sure. Congrats on being selected as Featured Cardmaker!

  7. Really nice cards, Jean! They mostly have a masculine feel to them — something I struggle with sometimes. Congrats on being featured today!

  8. Great cards Jean! I love the “grunge” with the splotches of color. Think I will break out my watercolor pencils and see if I can create something similar. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Jean — I love your classic, traditional style splashed with bits of mod stuff! What fun to showcase your work! Enjoy!

  10. All of these are truly fantastic, but the first one is by far my favorite. I love all the C&S lines. Well done!

  11. Wonderful cards, they are so clean looking. Your papers all coordinate well too.

  12. Jean I like your style!!! I really like the one with the ribbon down the middle and the inchies on top…very chic. Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself.

  13. These are all gorgeous, Jean. Thanks for sharing. I really like your masculine one with the stamps and the netting stuff..the name of it escapes me now. I love that stuff and have a stash. I need to get it out and use it again! Isn’t retirement great for getting to “play” more with our craft goodies? And what better cause than OWH.

  14. I really like these cards.They are good masculine ones.I am going to go get my grunge one out and see if I can doing something like that with what I have. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Jean, Very nice cards! I am from Rogers, near Albertville. Glad to meet one of our own so near. Jean Mc Farlane

  16. Jean, ur cards are beautiful. I love the stampin Up paper and card stock. I have been using a lot of Stmpin Up supplies but the paper is not famalier. Perhaps I am a bit behind.

  17. Such great cards! I like your style, and especially admire that you can use a grunge set you own. All of mine are sorely neglected.

    I used to be an SU Demo and have a large collection of papers and card stock. I saved them to use for OWH cards. I will never run out!

    Congratulations on being a Featured Stamper for OWH!

  18. So lucky for you to be retired and get to stamp more! Love your cards, you have some beautiful designs. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being the FFCM 🙂

  19. Very nice cards. I like the dinos for a boy card and the Forever and Always is elegant. Congrats on being showcased! 🙂

  20. Beautiful cards Jean.It’s good to see a fellow Minnesotan on here! We are not very far apart, I live near Hutchinson.

  21. Jean, thank you so much for the great inspiration I’m looking for right this minute–masculine and grunge! These are so well done you can be sure they’ll be CASed today. I, too, am trying to give the flowers a rest!
    Thanks again!

  22. Jean your cards are wonderful. Thank you for being part of OWH! 🙂

  23. Jean I love how you used the “Gorgeous Grunge” stamps. You have such great masculine cards. Thanks for sharing with us!

  24. Awesome cards!


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