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Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 22 comments

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How did you hear about Operation Write Home?    

I heard about OWH through an article in our local newspaper.

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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.

22 Comments

  1. What absolutely gorgeous cards! I love your design style!

  2. A great batch of cards.

    Your style is so nicely crisp and clean. You have interesting elements-a bit of DP here, some embossing there…some die cuts….but the constant good contrast between the colors makes it all tie together and look terrific!

    It is true how you used the anchor differently-both wonderful.

    I very much like the brads on the sailing ship-really polishes the whole card well.

    And the way you used the anchor to make a BG-looks like DP!

    You have been at this a long time in different ways. Thank you so much-I bet thousands of servicemen have benefitted from your efforts!

  3. Love your cards! You are very talented!

  4. Love all the cards! Great designs and gorgeous stamping!

  5. Love the crisp clean feel of your cards. The birthday one with the anchor is my fave. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  6. Your cards are really beautiful, Karma. I’m having trouble picking a favorite. I love the colors, and the use of embossing folders. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

  7. Beautiful, stunning cards! Thanks for sharing.

  8. I will truly miss FFCM. Each week is another talented card maker with unique and beautiful cards. The variety never ceases to amaze me and Karma’s cards are no different. Love that oodles of love squiggly stamp. It would make a great background for so many cards. The nautical cards are all “ship shape” – clean designs. neat layers, strong focal point – just can’t get any better than those cards. The simplicity of the bicycles is perfect for all ages, boys or girls – just a stunning card. And last but not least the yellow flowers are super cheerful with that touch of black that makes the whole card pop. Can you tell I am crazy about each and every card you made Karma? Now I am off to visit your Pinterest board.

  9. Wow! Great cards. I love your nautical cards and the bright yellow birthday card. You have a great eye for details and I love your designs. TFS with us. Thanks for supporting OWH and our heroes.

  10. Karma,ur cards are awsome. I love all of them. I also have a Stampin up demo and I like the paper that is so easy to cordinate..
    I have all of the stamps that u used to make ur cards.I made some cards with the Anchor,bicycle and ship
    Ur cards,give me some more ideas.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Albertine L.

  11. Karma, What a gorgeous set of cards! You are one talented — and giving — lady! Please thank your husband for his service, and have a wonderful 4th of July celebration. 🙂

  12. Hello Karma, I really enjoy all of your cards. I especially like the clean and beautiful elegance of each card. I have added an embossing machine to my gift wish list. Really excited about being creative.

  13. Karma, I love you clean cut style. It works so well on each of your cards. I am sure your cards are very popular with our heroes. Thank you for all you have done through the years for our troops and for being an OWHer.

  14. I really enjoyed hearing your story. I too started my passion of cardmaking by working in a friends rubberstamp store. That was a long time ago and I am still enjoying every minute of it. Beautiful cards!

  15. Great cards and I love them all; but, I absolutely LOVE the first cards with the oodles. Adorable.

  16. Lovely cards, Karma! I’m partial to the naval themes, but love ’em all! Congrats on being featured today.

  17. What fun to enjoy your gorgeous cards! Thanks for sharing and for all you have done for our heroes!

  18. Beautiful card Karma! I loved hearing your story and how you have been making cards for soldiers for such a long time now. Thanks for all you did for our Hero’s past and present!! Hugs, Brenda

  19. Karma, your cards are WONDERFUL!! I loved the first card with the ship inside of the Port hole.
    Thank you for sharing your cards, and thank your husband for his service and I thank you for your service as a military wife and as a card maker.

  20. Your cards are beautiful! I also love SU stamps and have many that you used. Open Sea is a favorite and I’ll have to dig it out. By the way I’m a near neighbor down in Roy, WA 🙂

  21. Awesome cards… love them all. They are just my style… each using a little different technique but consistent with the contrast of colors and just the perfect amount of layers to make the colors pop! You can tell you’ve been doing this a long time, and I’m happy for you that you were able to find so many good outlets for the cards you make! Off to go check out your Pinterest board 🙂

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