Featured Friday Card Maker: Karma K, Enumclaw, WA
Hello everyone – happy Independence Day Weekend!! Today I wanted to share Karma’s cards with you, isn’t she just so talented! She’s got a Pinterest board you can check out – and she’s a big fan of SU…the “oodles” card was designed by her demonstrator. (Finding your local demo is a great way to meet other crafters and get inspired!) And I love that she used the same anchor stamp a couple ways so I included both so you could see the different looks! Be sure to go leave Karma some love in the comments! -Sandy
How long have you been stamping/card making?
I have been stamping since 1994 when we moved to WA for my husband’s job. We had family for Thanksgiving so I walked into the local stamp store because I wanted to make place cards for the dinner table. That was the beginning of my obsession. I even worked at this particular store for a short time and spent all of my hard earned money on supplies. It was wonderful.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
I do have a whole room to myself for my stamping and crafting. I started out at the dining room table but as my boys grew up and left the nest, I converted a bedroom into my craft room. That particular son was not happy when this happened.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
I used to buy whatever, wherever, but have in recent years settled on Stamping’ Up products. I love how everything is color coordinated plus I love going to my SU demonstrator friend’s house once a month to learn new techniques and make awesome cards! In fact, the Oodles of Love card was designed by her.
Do you have a favorite technique?
I love to try different techniques and I seem to go through phases. Right now I absolutely adore embossing folders and using decorative papers.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
I have printed off many of the OWH sketches and love the inspiration they give me.
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
I prefer stamps but have never tried digis. They seem like they would be a good supplement to stamps. But nothing compares to physically holding a stamp in your hand and creating an image with it.
Do you have a favorite theme?
I don’t think I have a favorite theme but so many of my cards contain flowers that I might have to consider that. Plus I enjoy making masculine cards.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I love to use all colors but the brights always seem to be so cheerful.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I heard about OWH through an article in our local newspaper.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My husband was the first to motivate me. He was in the military for over 30 yrs and when he was a base commander in Iraq, he asked me to make blank cards for his airmen to send home to their loved ones. There was such a special feeling in doing this that when he returned I looked for other avenues to send cards to our heroes. A friend of a friend was holding once a month card making sessions for our heroes so I did that until we moved to Germany. There I joined a group who met once a month and made blank cards for the Wounded Warriors at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to send home. Then a couple of years after returning from Germany, I read an article in our local paper about OWH and was so excited to find yet another avenue to continue making cards for those who give so much.