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Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 12 comments

Featured Friday Card Maker: Lois B, Florida + Colorado

Lucky me! I divide my time between Florida and Colorado. People assume I winter in Florida but that’s not always true! I love the seasons and Colorado is where my heart lives!

How long have you been stamping/card making?     

 About five years ago I needed a hobby and began dabbling in card making. It was not pretty! But my daughter gave me a gift certificate and some supplies and I’ve been addicted ever since.

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

 In Colorado I have a huge basement area that I’ve managed to fill with supplies. I love to turn up the music and just play!

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What are your favorite stamp/craft products?     

After trying to figure everything out for myself, I finally discovered You Tube and Stampin Up. Those resources help me improve my techniques. I also love Simon Says Stamp for dies and stamps. But anything that catches my eye seems to be where I order next!

Do you have a favorite  technique?   

My family laughs at our lack of artistic ability so I have no favorite techniques. I try new things and some work, but most of the time I just try to get a clear image stamped! One of my goals is to learn to use Copic markers to color my images. Thankfully there are lots of clever ideas I can CASE!

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

OWH sketches are a lifesaver! I print many of them to put in a notebook to use when I need inspiration or to challenge myself to find new ways to use stamps.

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 Do you prefer digis or stamps?    

I never got the hang of digis. All my cards are stamped. There are so many cute stamps and a variety of sentiments and I just can’t stand not to own them and make new cards!

Do you have a favorite theme?     

I love to make OWH cards that are most often requested. I think it’s important to send cards with no theme, love, thinking of you, and birthday. I try to make masculine cards as a challenge to myself. Those aren’t the easiest for me. I enjoy making holiday cards but I don’t always get them done in time so I leave most of that to others.

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 Are there colors you love to include on your cards?      

Seasons and themes seem to dictate my colors. I love them all! Sandy has done some tutorials about color wheels and using a contrasting color to make images “pop.” I’m working to incorporate her hints into my cards.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?    

I heard about Operation Write Home from a magazine. I’ve always enjoyed sending cards to others – especially older people who don’t get out as much. (Yes, I’m quickly becoming one of them! Eek!) OWH is a cause I truly believe in and allows me to make cards to my heart’s content knowing they will not just collect dust but will encourage soldiers to keep in touch with loved ones.

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What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?

I am very patriotic. Many young men and women commit to serving our country and often risk their lives. It’s an honor to give back to them through OWH.

 

 

12 Comments

  1. What wonderful cards! And yes, it’s a very addicting hobby! LOL

  2. Lovely cards, Lois — Congrats on being featured today!

  3. I like the shades of green in the first card, the double circle thing in the second…that you use rhinestones because I like those too! 🙂

    I see you did a double lining in the last card-very nice! I am challenged by those scroll type stamps but your card is great!

    I think your layouts are good too. You probably know more than you think you do! 🙂

    It is so addicting!

    Thank you for being a member-I know the people who get your cards are going to be so happy. 🙂

  4. Love your beautiful cards. I think the tree is my favorite, the bark background is great.

  5. Well someone in the family now has artistic ability and that is you. Your cards are great. Congrats on being the Friday featured card maker.

  6. Simply Awesome!

  7. Lois…looks to me like you have a lot of artistic talent. Your cards are beautiful. You have a great eye for color and design. I love the whimsical turtle card too. So cute. Keep up the good work!

  8. Awesome cards!!! Enjoyed looking at them!

  9. Beautiful cards!

  10. Lois, great cards! You’ve definitely gotten good crisp clear stamped images! Such beautiful combinations of colors and compositions show you to be very artistic-I think your family secret is out! Love the tree card. And the stars…..and…nope, can’t pick a favorite. Thanks for the inspiration and for your OWH work.

  11. Lois, What lovely cards! Had to LOL about just trying to stamp a clear image — I’m with you on that one. Thanks so much for your support of OWH. 🙂

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