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Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 47 comments

Featured Friday Card Maker: Val D, Naugatuck, CT

Hi everyone! My apologies for the late posting today – apparently I forgot Friday was coming. LOL! Meet Val, today– she was born and raised in Stamford, CT and has spent most of her life in the state, with her husband and three daughters, although her “girls” are now grown with two of them living out of state. Be sure to leave her some love in comments on this post – she doesn’t have a blog but she does have a Pinterest board with her work HERE that you can stalk for more of her creations! (I just adore her mouse card….LOL!) -Sandy

How long have you been stamping/card making?

I have been stamping and cardmaking in earnest for about 5 years. As with many cardmakers,  I know or have read about, I started as a scrapbooker years earlier…my biggest accomplishment there was to scrap each of my daughter’s lives from birth to a special time in adulthood: engagement for the oldest, college graduation for my middle daughter, and acceptance into law school for my “baby”.  Needless to say, I collected all sorts of papercrafting tools and paper during that venture and wanted to continue to put it all to good use. So I began making our Christmas cards and quickly expanded into all holidays and yearly celebrations.

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

Boy, do I have a craftroom!! Having been relegated to a corner in an unfinished basement in our previous home, I was determined to have a clean, sunny, organized space in our Naugatuck home. What the blueprints of our condo labeled as a “bedroom”, I quickly renamed “Val’s Craftroom” and I love it. It is filled with Martha Stewart craft furniture that I assembled myself with the help of my cordless screwdriver. Every corner, including the closet is set up for crafting. A little music on my Ipod and a fresh cup of tea are all I need to keep cardmaking all day long:)


What are your favorite stamp/craft products?  

In terms of favorite craft products, I love my Copic markers, my stamps, and my Big Shot and dies. I took Copic coloring classes at my local craft store (which is now gone, unfortunately) and just love coloring. I also love 6 inch paper pads…any brand, they are easy to store and fun to use.


Do you have a favorite  technique?   

Favorite technique? I guess I would have to say layering with contrast mats…most of my cards end up with layers as I like the way they add dimension and more life to my cards. And of course, as I have said, I love Copic coloring!! And using die cuts…I really enjoy most every technique I try!

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

Sometimes, the paper or the stamp I choose triggers a layout design all on its own, but when I need some new direction, I go through the OWH sketches for inspiration. There are so many great ones there. Sometimes I use the original sketch and sometimes I tweak it as I go along. I am definitely inspired by Sandy’s tutorials. I love any that involve Copic markers (of course) as well as new techniques like insetting die cuts. I finally broke down and bought my own airbrushing system and eventually will play with that for backgrounds. (I fear I may have to plastic wrap my room like in your glitter video, Sandy, to safeguard all my white craft furniture though!)


Do you prefer digis or stamps?  

I enjoy working with actual stamps, and while I used to work exclusively with rubber stamps for a crisper image, I am finding more and more clear stamps are now giving the same crisp result. I recently won some free digis from Jess Crafts (another OWHer, thanks Jess!) though, so am anxious to give them a try. 


Do you have a favorite theme?  

I don’t have a favorite theme, I try to make cards our Heroes want to send home. I particularly enjoy making kid focused cards, so there are always some of those in my boxes.


Are there colors you love to include on your cards?     

I like to use most colors, again trying to make what our Heroes request. I like bright pinks, but know they are not in high demand, so generally try to balance my boxes with some pink, some other vibrant colors and neutrals. 

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?  

I learned about Operation Write Home from Cardmaker Magazine in the fall of  2013. I felt that OWH was the perfect outlet for me to expand my creativity and use my ever-growing craft supplies for a most worthy cause.


What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?

I have a great respect for the incredible men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our country, and for their families and friends back home. I am so grateful for their service and commitment and want them to know there is a cardmaker in Naugatuck, Connecticut who thinks they are all awesome!


  1. Val, I think all of your cards are adorable. I especially like your “I miss you so much” card that has such vivid coloring thanks to your Copic markers. I also like the background orange patterned paper that goes with the orange in the boy’s shirt. Keep those beautiful cards coming. I’ll be sure to follow you on pinterest.

    • Thank you Marq. That background paper is from one of my old 6 inch pads, it really determined the color direction of my coloring.

  2. Those are adorable . I like cards w/ trains, cards for kids, cards with hedgehogs and anything Penny Black so these are right up my alley and so well done. The layering is impressive – I’m trying but don’t quite have that knack yet. Nice to see someone, like me, from CT. P.S. Just love that little mouse one – so unique.

    • That little mouse is a Judith stamp and one of my favorites because he is versatile and such a cutie! Nice to meet a fellow Connecticutter( is that what we are called?)

  3. Every card is terrific here!

    You are rocking the layering…it’s wonderful-dont stop!

    I too love that mouse and sentiment-can you tell us where that was from???

    Your PIN board is great too!!! We have a lot of stamps in common!

    Congrats on getting picked and thank you for giving to OWH. 🙂

    • Thank you for all the kind words Margot;) I am afraid I don’t recall where the hurt brain sentiment comes from. I store my clear stamps by theme rather than manufacturer, in cd cases, so no longer have the packaging. The mouse is by Stamps by Judith.

  4. Love these cute cards — the hedgehogs, the typewriters — but my fave has to be the mouse whose brain hurts from “thinking of you” so much! Congrats on being featured today.

    • Thank you Adele.

  5. Wow, these are all beautiful cards! I hope to soon have a “real” craft room – yours sounds like just what I need. Keep up the beautiful work – you have more than justified having a fab work space!

    • Hope you get the craftroom of your dreams soon, Joan. I really feel so lucky to have mine. Thanks so much for your kind words.

  6. They are all so very awesome, I love them all and the mouse is so funny. Great cards!

    • Thank you Viola:)

  7. Wow!!!! What great cards! You are rocking those Copics!! — I am completely intimidated by coloring. Get 75% done and then I make a mistake! Doh! And I came within inches of buying those little hedgehog stamps! They just came back in stock so guess I have to get them now! And that mouse is definitely a winner! Some lucky person is going to receive an adorable card!

    • I read somewhere that there are no mistakes in crafting, just opportunities for embellishments! Keep playing with the copics, it took me a while to get used to them. Once I decided to stop stressing and enjoy the process, my coloring got better. Plus we have a great teacher in Sandy, her tutorials are always helpful!

  8. Your cards are so great! So many ideas here & I love your sentiments. Where did you find the hedgehogs/hedgehugs & the mouse/miss you so much my head hurts? Those are great & you have really done them proud.

    • The hedgehog stamps and dies are Lawn Fawn, they are tiny and so much fun to add to a scene. The mouse is a Judith stamp. Sorry, I don’t remember wher I found the sentiment 🙁 so glad you enjoyed my cards. Thank you Bev.

      • Thank you. Going to check on those now.

  9. Oh how nice these are! I’m another fan of the flat-out mouse!

    • Thanks Ellen.

  10. I love all of them!! Now I’ll have to head over to Pinterest so that will take up the rest of the day.Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Thank you Stephanie. Hope you enjoy Pinterest too!

  11. Val,
    I love all your cards and the great coloring.

    • Thank you Mary.

  12. Your cards are awesome! I love your coloring and use of papers!

    • Thank you Darlene.

    • Thank you Debbie.

  13. Wow, love Your coloring – I haven’t tried copic markers, but your cards look so good, I might have to get brave and buy some. Headed over to your Pinterest board to see what else you’ve been up to

  14. What fun and whimsical cards you make! I love your style! Thank you for being an OWH member and contributing to our service men and women!

    • Thank you Celeste.

  15. Val, I loved your cards. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you Rae.

  16. Loved everyone of your posted cards. Not only were they cute but so colorful and eye catching. Thank you for sharing with us.

  17. GREAT group of cards! LOL at the flat mouse and sentiment. Congrats on what sounds like an awesome craft room. Thanks so much for using your talents for our Heroes and their families!

  18. Great cards Val…I love the two little boys as it reminds me of my two little grandsons! The train card is perfect for a masculine card and I love your use of layers. Congrats on being a Featured Friday Card Maker!

  19. What wonderful cards! Love your use of contrast to pop your focal points. Thanks so much for your support of our troops. 🙂

  20. Thanks so much Jo Ann.

  21. I just remembered Sandy said you were on Pinterest. I jumped on and realized I just need to follow your whole board. Your cards are great. I can learn a lot from them. Poking through those will be a perfect way to spend some time on this gloomy CT weekend.

  22. Wonderful cards Val! Thank you for being part of OWH!

  23. Awesome cards! I love the mouse – such a cute sentiment! Definitely following your P board!!

  24. Oh my!! You do beautiful work. And your masculine cards are wonderful. I have to admit my favorites are the funny mouse and the darling kitty. The colors and papers you used on the kitty are so pretty!! You’re definitely an asset to OWH. Thanks for sharing your story. 😀

  25. Beautiful cards. Love the masculine cards. I think my favorites are the cute mouse and the sweet kitty cards. I really love the colors and papers on the kitty card. Great job. Thanks for supporting OWH and thanks for sharing your work!

  26. OMG, all your cards are great but that mouse card just made me laugh out loud! Thanks for sharing your talent.

  27. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and for your contributions to OWH… I know I am in good company!

  28. Love your cards! Was so impressed with your craft room. It is always special when you share one with us. Even more so that you share them with the military and their families.

  29. Thanks Josie

  30. I have just realized that “Josie” is my friend who used to live in Connecticut! Her husband Tom is a veteran of the Vietnam Nam war. They visited last fall, got the tour of my craftroom, and even wrote out some Any Hero Christmas cards while they were here. I am grateful for their service and their friendship.

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