Featured Friday Card Maker Mary M., Lincoln, CA
Hey y’all hope all is well with you on this very good Friday. I love to get mail, not bills, but mail. I can remember as a little girl getting the mail and being told that all the “Occupant” and “Resident” mail was mine—boy howdy I though that was cool beans!!! I loved it when I was in swaps on SCS because of all the mail I would get and then to pour over the cards, hold them in my hand, figure out how it was made…oh it gave me the good kind of shivers!!! Now I get excited when I see FFCM nominations in my email box from Sandy—woohoo new people to meet and new cards to study!!
I am so glad y’all are really looking at the cards, I can tell from the comments it is more than a cursory glance because I totally missed the eyelets in the center of the small flowers in one the cards last week!!! ACK!!! Thanks for leaving such great comments last week and as Mary doesn’t have a blog, leave a little oh dadgum leave a BUNCH of OWH love in the comment section below. Now just a quick tease on Mary’s cards—y’all will pick out what strikes your fancy and personal faves—but these are just a few things that caught my eye….the bamboo card is to die for—have not a clue as to how Mary colored the embossed panel—wowza! The blue/green daisy card I really like that she continued the color combination throughout the card not only with cardstock but ink as well. I’ve seen so many cards that use some odd color either in ink or card stock that just doesn’t match and scratch my head. The tag card, to me, is so light and airy and whimsical as if the flutterby is flying away with the tag. Also like the bright colors on the tag and the bit of ribbon used. The purple flower card—those flowers remind me of starburst fireworks. Okay enough teasing, y’all sit back and get comfy, pick out your own fave and details! Now lets learn about Mary in her own words……
I was born in Eugene, OR but constantly on the move as my father was in the Air Force. I am presently living in Lincoln, CA. I went to nursing school at the Univ. of San Francisco and upon graduation, went into the Army as a nurse. I then went to college at the Univ. of Georgia to study animal science and then Texas A&M for a postdoctoral fellowship in animal behavior in hopes of following my dream of working with animals.
Finding jobs in that field was slim so I went back into nursing and retired 6 years ago. Being a left brain analytical kind of person, card making couldn’t have been further from my mind. A neighbor got me interested and now I’m desperately in need of an intervention. I’ve never been artistic and can’t cook without a recipe so this has been an interesting journey to stimulate my right brain.
How long have you been stamping/card making?
Not quite 3 years. I still remember the first class I took and had absolutely no supplies. I felt like a fish out of water. And my first card had every piece of embellishment and color of paper imaginable–cringe. I wandered around that store for a couple of hours totally at a loss as to what I should buy and what would I do with it once I bought it. Boy has that changed.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
No one told me that card stock is heavy and when 2 shelves of card stock ripped out of the closet wall, I knew it was time to get serious about storage. I had been using the dining room table with boxes scattered everywhere around the house. Now everything is in my guest room and the closet has been designed for craft supplies and sturdy enough for all the heavy paper.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
Unequivocally dies. My Memory Box/Poppy Stamp dies are my favorite. I have all brands of stamps depending on the image I am seeking. My go to source of specialty card stock is at The Paper Garden in Sacramento, CA.
Do you have a favorite technique?
I suspect this is a common answer for many of us. Everything is my favorite technique. I’m not much for mass production because there is always a new technique I want to try. I love to color and use water colors. I can guarantee there is one technique that is not my favorite and that is fussy cutting. Ask anyone who knows me.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
I have a binder with all the OWH sketches but I must confess that I haven’t used them yet. There is always another idea that pops into my head before I reach for that binder. But I watch all the videos from OWH and I am totally addicted to Pinterest and Splitcoaststampers.
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
Stamps but I have used clip art when I am stumped for a unique card theme.
Do you have a favorite theme?
I love all things Asian. Flowers and trees are very high on my list of favorites. The sentiments vary depending on the need but I prefer CAS without themes as I can always add a sentiment later.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I love black and white. I find myself going more to the darker colors but will use lighter colors for particular themes.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I’m not sure where I heard about OWH. My inventory of cards was increasing exponentially and card magazines listed different charities where I could donate. I tried them for awhile but then I read about OWH either in a magazine or SCS. Hands down, the most gratifying charity. I loved the positive attitude, ability to learn new things and most important, positive feedback that what I was doing was appreciated.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
With my father being retired Air Force, my best friend serving with the Army in Vie Nam and my service during the VietNam era, the military has been an integral part of my life. Serving during VietNam was a sad time both for the loss of lives and loss of respect for those of us who served both voluntarily and drafted. I knew what it was like to have loved ones in harms’ way and the only way to communicate was by mail as the internet didn’t exist at that time. In my small way, I hope to mitigate some of that sadness and disrespect.