Featured Friday Card Maker: Mary Frances A, Tampa FL
This week meet Mary Frances; she’s originally from Mobile, Alabama, but she and her husband have lived all over the southeast…Atlanta, Nashville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Birmingham, and finally landed in Tampa, FL, where they’ve lived for the past twenty years. I love the reactions from crafters when I email to ask if they’ll be a featured card maker….Mary Frances just made me smile: “I’m thrilled to be asked to be a featured cardmaker! And, it means so much for you to say that I make such nice cards! I’ve watched so many of your videos to help me improve, and to make sure the cards are good to send to our troops and their families! I’m truly honored to be chosen!” So go meet Mary Frances and see if you agree with me – she makes lovely cards! She has a Pinterest board with her creations HERE. -Sandy
How long have you been stamping/card making?
I’ve been making cards for the past twelve years. I attended a Stampin Up workshop in 2003 and bought one stamp set and a black ink pad. The rest, as they say, is history! I soon became hooked!
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
My crafting area shares space with our guest room. Over the years, I have to say that the room has become much more of a craft room than a guest room. Several pieces of furniture have been added to accommodate my hobby!
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
I have quite a collection of Stampin Up products as that is what I started out with. I use embossing folders and dies quite a bit, so my Vagabond is my go to tool/machine. I also like to use punches, there are so many cute shapes, and love the border punches to add interest. I recently received a MISTI and that is fast becoming one of my favorite tools!
Do you have a favorite technique?
I don’t really have a favorite, but I do love embossing folders and dies to add texture and dimension to my cards. I also love the look of heat embossing. I follow blogs, etc. to watch for new techniques or refine old ones!
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
I have really appreciated all of the OWH sketches and have printed them out. When I’m stumped for an idea, I pull them out and search for inspiration. You can follow the sketch exactly, or combine ideas from several sketches and design a beautiful card. I will miss new sketches when Operation Write Home ends its mission! You will probably see a sketch design or two in the cards shown here!
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
I have used a few digis, but I prefer stamps. I love inking up the stamp and the feeling that I am creating the card. I’ve collected beautiful inks over the years, and love the look of a great stamped image.
Do you have a favorite theme?
Holiday cards of all types have always been a favorite, I love sending my creations to family and friends. I have always loved beautiful floral designs, but have really learned to branch out since I starting making cards for OWH. I now make a lot more masculine cards, and love making cards with a patriotic theme or colors.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I would have to say that shades of blue end up in a lot of my cards, and the decorative paper I buy. I’m also a big fan of neutrals and use craft, browns and blacks for my cards. I am trying to use more bright colors, especially with OWH cards.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I’ve participated in a Stampin Up group workshop for years, and for several years we provided Christmas Cards to OWH. After asking the ladies about the organization we were making cards for, I researched Operation Write Home and knew I wanted to make cards for the troops and their families.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My husband and I have always supported our military men and women, and are so grateful for all they and their families sacrifice. My father was a WWII veteran and after he passed away a few years ago I knew that providing cards for Operation Write Home would be a wonderful way to honor his memory. I am so honored to use my hobby to help military families stay connected.