Featured Friday CardMaker: Deborah H, Longview, TX
Hello friends! I’m excited to introduce Deborah to you! She’s an awesome cardmaker…she’s an SU demonstrator, and you can see by her work that’ she’s a very creative crafter. Leave her some love in the comments section! -Sandy
How long have you been stamping/card making?
I’ve been stamping and scrapbooking for about 15 years, but I only started card making a couple of years ago. Once I got started it has become my “addiction”.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
Yes! I have a great space that has been my office for 22 years and is now my craft room. We remodeled it about ten years ago and added an entire wall of cabinets and shelves. I have since added lots of stamp, ink and embellishment storage. It’s not huge, but I can fit one or two other stampers/crafters. For more than that we move to the dining room.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
For years I got monthly pizza boxes from club scrap, then a little over a year ago I went to my first Scrapbook Expo and met a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I had looked at their products before, but didn’t have a demonstrator. Anyway, as they say the rest is history. I’m totally hooked on Stampin’ Up! I do get a monthly kit from the Rubber Café also. They always have some cute stamps. I always try to get the hero arts OWH stamp sets, too.
Do you have a favorite technique?
I’m always trying new techniques. I love watching videos and learning new things. I like to use distressing especially on masculine cards and use embossing folders to add texture.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
I have all the sketches printed out and refer to them when I need some inspiration. One of my favorite tutorials is the card making from a 6 x 6 paper pad.
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
When I first started card making I did use digis only because I didn’t have very many stamps and I could download them and use them immediately, but since I have increased my stamp collection I don’t think about using them anymore.
Do you have a favorite theme?
Not really, I like making all types of cards, simple and fancy, all sentiments, children’s cards and masculine cards.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I like using a lot of different colors, but lean towards turquoise blues and taupe/browns. I guess it depends on what type mood I’m in and what I’m making the cards for.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
About a year and a half ago, I was looking online to see where I could donate boxes of store bought cards I had and found the OWH site. I was intrigued and read all the rules and started making cards for OWH. It is very rewarding and I am always telling others about it so they can make cards or at least write some any hero letters.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
They put their life on the line for us every day, and if in some small way what I do (and enjoy doing) brings some joy to them and their family, it makes me want to keep making cards for OWH.