Featured Friday Card Maker, Stefanie B., Somewhere in Wisconsin
Wishing a very happy Friday to everyone! Last weekend was just plum wonderful as I spoke to a very dear North GA College girlfriend which was one of those situations that only God can make happen. It was so good to speak with her and hope to set up a “30 year catch up” phone call soon. Saturday was also a great day, here is the Facebook status update: “Ohhh wheee…. I am living in HIGH cotton NOW!!!! Three new N.T. Wright Bible studies arrived yesterday, Hebrews, Romans and Revelation, re-activated Netflix as cable will be turned off soon, got a brand new tank for the grill as the original was defective and I’m about to dive into a DQ mushroom burger…sigh….it doesn’t take much to make. life.good!!!!” Today, Sunday, has started out stupendously as I got the high score in a“Criminal Case” scene, doesn’t take much to float my boat!
Y’all were SUPER at leaving comments for last week’s FFCM and I hope this week is no exception. Stefanie doesn’t have a blog, so please leave some OWH love in the comment section below. Just a few comments about Stef’s cards and believe me I’m holding back here—I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the happy birthday card. I love the colors, the layout, the geometric shapes. I want to CASE it and hope it turns out like Stefanie’s. Oh heck, I want the dadgum card for myself!!! To me it is the bomb! The tractor card paired with the chicken wire EF—PERFECT match and I need that EF, after all Gainesville, GA is the Chicken Capital of the World!! The patriotic card is very moving to me and I’m sure you’ll understand why as you read Stefanie’s story and her inspiration as to why she makes cards for OWH. Now here is Stefanie in her own words.
I am originally from Germany – and grew up in a tiny town called ‘Rheurdt’. My husband and I moved to the US 16 years ago and have since become naturalized citizen, living in Wisconsin.
How long have you been stamping/card making?
I actually started making scrapbooks – and at that time thought I shouldn’t get into card making as it looked addictive. Well – I certainly was correct in that assumption! I’ve been making cards for maybe 10 or 12 years now, and I certainly is addictive – but if that’s my only addiction, I’m doing quite well, right?
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
I actually make my cards in the kitchen. On the weekends – especially during our long winter – I get up early with my dogs and the three of us move to the kitchen, close the door and let my husband sleep in. To be exact – after I feed them, the dogs sleep again, too – so it’s only me that’s awake and making cards. But I LOVE that time, it’s quite, peaceful, I have some music going (Often Native American Flute) – how can you not love that?!
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
That depends on the mood I’m in – I love cute stamps, nature stamps, fun stamps, unusual stamps – again, depending on my mood. I learned to not try to make fun cards if I’m in the mood for more serene stamps etc. In terms of companies I use – I use quite a bit of Stampin’ Up – especially their paper, as it is coordinated and you can reorder and it matches. But I also use unusual stamps from a variety of sources – a really fun one I recently found are stamps from ‘Suzanna Loves Stamps You’ve got to check out the oddly sweet curiosity sets! Awesome and very unique.
Do you have a favorite technique?
That again depends on the mood I’m in – sometimes I love coloring with Copic markers – other times I do heat embossing, this last winter I extensively used colored paper, where in the fall I used a lot of embossing. I do like techniques though that you can combine and that are versatile.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
I cannot really say that they have – the best inspiration when I was thinking about what cards to make? – “Remember this could be the last thing someone gets from their loved one!” – well at that point, but funny stamps went right out the window (so to speak)!
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
STAMPS!!!! Absolutely- no question here! I’m sitting at my computer all day every day – don’t want to do that in my spare time.
Do you have a favorite theme?
Again – depending on my mood – but I really do like nature – so I often go into that theme.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
The colors I normally move toward are earth tones. So sometimes I challenge myself – using stamps I don’t normally use and colors that are challenging to me (I hardly ever use brights). Then – I quickly go back to my earth tones…….that is more relaxing to me.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
At work we have a card club – I was telling someone that the organization I had supported (Cookie Brigade) was no longer existing and she told me about OWH – as another way to support our serving community.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
I moved to the US because I believe in what the US stands for – and I always was impressed by how the US supports their heroes. There are not that many ways that I can show my appreciation, but making cards for them that they can use is a small way to show how much I appreciate them standing up for us and fighting for our freedom. Wish I would have more time to do more! I make cards for OWH myself, but then also get friends together – I prep the cards and we make them together – as a thank you they get one card of each card we make. This has gotten to be an established event and the ladies actually have asked again when I’ll schedule another event! – So – I’ll have to get on that!