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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.