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Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 17 comments

Featured Friday Card Maker: Wendy S, Raleigh NC

Hello everyone! I’d like you to meet Wendy – she’s from North Carolina, and makes lovely cards! I asked if she had a blog or shared her work online… “I have always been intimidated by the process and have never conquered that apprehension. I do keep photos on my own computer for reference and enjoyment.” Maybe your warm and loving comments will help her to be willing to start sharing more! Leave her some OWHstyle love. -Sandy

How long have you been stamping/card making?     

I have been card making since 2005 or 2006. At that time I was scrapbooking and looking for a way to use my scraps. No, not those teeny, weeny scraps but the usable size. Each time I finished scrapbooking I cut my scraps from that session into regular shapes with nice clean edges and stored them in two boxes. One box was labeled solid card stock and the other was patterned paper. That sounds kind of compulsive but it always made my tiny work space feel neat and clean.

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

I do not have any craft room or dedicated space. I do all my work on my desk which is cleared off after each crafting session. Luckily I am very organized and neat; one of those people who puts their scissors back in their proper spot right away. 

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?     

Generally I do not have any preferred stamp or craft products but I must say, at this time, I am loving my MISTI stamp press. It allows easy and quick repeat stamping. I never could work the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig correctly and, although many people can stamp on top of their first images when using clear stamps, I can not do it!

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Do you have a favorite  technique?   

I do not have a favorite technique. I tend to be a clean & simple card maker but I am trying to extend myself and am learning about watercoloring, heat embossing, and any other techniques I discover while trolling craft videos and websites.

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

I really like sketches. I often turn to the OWH sketches for inspiration but also look on Pinterest, YouTube and multiple websites like Simon Says Stamp for ideas.

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Do you prefer digis or stamps?    

I have never used a digital stamp. I prefer to work with pattern paper and card stock. Just this year I began experimenting with building scenes using stamps but I still fall back on using paper and card stock.

Do you have a favorite theme?     

I do not have a favorite theme. I just try to stay within the OWH parameters.

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Are there colors you love to include on your cards?   

I really like the clean look of a white or cream card base and rarely divert from that. I was a young, impressionable teenager when I learned about “white space” and it has stuck with me all these years. I have always loved the pinks and greens but I really try not to discriminate. At the beginning of the year a friend gave me some very masculine paper (which I never purchase since I am not surrounded by males) so I have tried designing more masculine cards using the gifted paper.

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How did you hear about Operation Write Home?    

I was introduced to OWH through a card crafting club and thought is was a wonderful way to utilized scraps since, at that time, I was mainly a scrapbooker. I was looking for a way to give back and card making used my creative juices. 

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What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?

My card making motivation is love and support. Our troops do so much for us. They seem to be unsung heroes. My heart hurts when I think about all the physical, emotional, and psychological issues that arise from being overseas and in combat. I want the troops to feel love and support because it seems like a very thankless job. If, in some small way, I can bring joy and beauty into their lives then I want to do it. I was blessed to discover OWH and Soldiers’ Angels at about the same time and have since played a small part in both their missions to support our troops.

17 Comments

  1. In viewing your lovely cards, the word which comes to mind is “serene.” Very comfortably lovely.

  2. Lovely cards, Wendy! I enjoyed checking out the details and techniques that you used.

    Don’t be intimidated by starting a Blog. Sites like blogspot.com offer templates that you can use as is, and modify later if you want. Having a place for your work online makes it easy to enter challenges and share your projects with others. Flickr is also a good place to store and showcase your work.

    Congrats on being featured today!

  3. Your cards are very nice 🙂

    I really like the masculine miss you and birthday so I think you have that down!

    The one with the spirals is very inspirational to me. I kept my spirograph toy always thinking I would try to use it to make cards, but have not yet-yours is so nice, I am motivated now to try it! It was the only toy I had to play with when we went to my uncle’s house as a child. They had one-it was not even complete. In those days no one made plans to entertain kids-you had to entertain yourself. There was no cable tv. So it was the basic 7 channels (little kids dont like soaps) and this toy for me.

    I like how you popped the middle of it!

    Thank you for your cards for OWH. I am sure whoever gets them is very happy for it!

  4. Your cards are beautiful. I love your clean and simple style. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  5. Beautiful cards, Wendy. The thank you card with circles is stunning and the masculine fish card is very handsome. Those are my two favorites but someone will be delighted to receive any of your cards.

    I am a neat freak too, love visiting blogs but don’t have one, have learned just about everything I know about card making on line and also scan my cards into my computer for the same reasons you do. We have a lot in common (I think your card making style is just great) but I have never done any scrap booking.

    Thanks for sharing your cards with OWH

  6. Beautiful card Wendy!! I love your card making style. I too can’t for the life of me stamp again with clear stamps in the same spot. You would think it is easy, but it isn’t for me. So I turn to my MISTI too, love that tool! I knew could get the stamp-a-ma-jig to work for me either. You really should consider starting a blog, I know you would get lots of love! Hugs, Brenda

  7. Wendy, Your cards are so lovely! I’m especially drawn to your typewriter with that striking red font. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and talent with our troops. 🙂

  8. Very lovely and very CAS but packs a lot of interest. Great job. The circle card is great! i’ll have to try that one!

  9. Your cards are wonderful Wendy! Thank you for being part of OWH!
    🙂

  10. Very nice cards Wendy! It is hard to throw away perfectly good scraps when you finish a scrapbook project! So glad that you have been able to use your scrap stash for OWH. I especially liked both Thank you cards – they are eye catching with the pop of color on the white. Congratulations on being a Featured Cardmaker!

  11. Your cards are great. You do a great job of picking papers and colors. And I love that thanks card….soft colors. You deserve to be recognized as the Featured Cardmaker. Thanks for your donation of cards to OWH. I am sure they have been appreciated by both the service member and the recipient.

  12. Your cards are great, you should share. I only use my blog to share cards when I do a challenge. I am a messy crafter, you could be my inspiration.

  13. Beautiful cards. Clean and simple is always a winner! Love the birthday fish card.

  14. Great cards! TY OWH for featuring someone from my own backyard!

  15. I love your style…the Thank You card with the outlined shapes is so cool, and I just love that birthday card with the fish and sea shell.. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on being chosen for FFCM

  16. Lovely cards. you do incorporate your white space perfectly! LOL
    Thanks for being a part of OWH and for all you do to share your gift!

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