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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 26 comments

Featured Friday Cardmaker: Jane E, Garden Grove CA…rest in peace

Today’s featured cardmaker makes my heart a little sad…so I asked JoAnn if I could post this one.

Jane was a cardmaker who sent cards to me since January of 2010. She was such a sweet lady, always wrote little  happy notes on her packing slips. There are some packages that I recognize names on after all these years, and Jane’s was one I always looked forward to. At CHA this year, friends of hers came by our booth to let us know the sad news…she had passed away.

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Jane’s friend and LSS owner Linda had this to say:

Jane loved the outdoors. She rode motorcycles and liked to go shooting with her husband Morgan. She taught high school English for many years. Jane liked to tell others that she appreciated them. Whenever Jane saw police or fireman in uniform in a restaurant she always walked up to their table and quietly thanked them for serving the community. Jane was introduced to card making in 2008 by her friend Dee. Jane was very talented and creative and had a wonderful eye for color. Card making brought to life the many art classes she had taken in college. Jane’s passion became making cards for OWH and she loved designing and creating cards for the soldiers. Jane passed in October 2012, from cancer, but her talent will never be forgotten.

I’ve also been told that Jane didn’t want to take any classes that were for techniques that wouldn’t be good for our heroes – that was her focus. Cards perfect for them. And Jane’s supplies have been passed on to an OWHer in the area to continue to bless our heroes….just what Jane would have wanted.

Here are just a few of the hundreds of cards Jane left behind….they were shipped to us courtesy of her LSS, Stamp Fever; I’m excited to get to go through them, stamp the backs with Jane’s retired stamp (see the final photo), and process them for our heroes.

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Jane’s stamp is retired now. So in honor of her and all she accomplished for our heroes, will you CASE one of her beautiful cards?



26 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this. It’s always a good reminder when I hear of people who are so full of gratitude and work so hard to spread joy wherever they go. That’s exactly how I want to be. Jane’s talent and love will be greatly missed. I hope that this inspires lots of others like it inspired me.

  2. Jane’s cards are wonderful and perfect for OWH. She is a great example of living her life with gusto. Thank you for this post, it was sad but also inspiring.

  3. Beautiful words and cards – Thank you for sharing it. CASEing her cards is a fine way to honor her.

  4. Thank you for sharing these beautiful cards from a beautiful woman. Bless her family and friends who are mourning her loss. May sweet memories bring comfort. And yes, I will CASE her cards and remember her service to our heroes.

  5. Thank you for sharing. She’s an inspiration.

  6. Thank you so much for the wonderful tribute to my dear customer and friend Jane.

    • I am sorry for the loss of your friend and customer. She was truly gifted. I spent most of 2010 in cancer treatment and my cardmaking got me through the toughest days and nights. Sometimes I could only make one card in a day, but it was still a step forward. It is good to realize, though I never knew it, their was a kindred spirit out there who loved this hobby as much as I do.

  7. Such an inspirational woman, crafter, and obviously such a wonderful friend to those who knew her.
    All things I strive to be.

  8. Thank you so much for filling us in on this dedicated and talented woman.

  9. Jane sounds like she was a great lady. Thank you OWH for featuring her today!

  10. These are beautiful cards. She was very talented. Will save some of these into my “to be CASEd ” file.
    Thank you for this article.

  11. Very much appreciated. I love Jane E.’s cards. Thanks for the inspiration every Friday.

  12. To Jane’s family,
    Thank you for sharing Jane with Operation Write Home. Her card-making talent has inspired us.
    Melissa T., Yorba LInda, CA

  13. Thanks for letting us get to know Jane. Her cards are beautiful and it sounds as if her heart was as beautiful as her cards. A true inspiration.
    Nikki S.

  14. Thank you for featuring this wonderful person today. Her cards are lovely, and the inspiration she gives is her legacy to OWH.

  15. What lovely cards from what sounds like a most talented and beautiful lady. She is definitely and inspiration and I am sorry I never got to meet her in person. RIP Jane……….

  16. Jane’s card making talent, like the lady herself, is beautiful. I can tell by the photos shown that she lived life to the fullest, and she will be deeply missed. Thanks you for featuring Jane’s cards and her story. God has gotten a new angel.

  17. Jane’s cards are beautiful. She was a talented lady with a heart of gold! I will be honored to CASE her cards.! God bless her family and comfort them from their loss.

  18. Thank you for featuring Jane and sharing her inspirational life and cards. I’m with Kaylee–I’d like to be remembered as Jane is. I am casing two of the cards.

  19. What a beautiful dedication of one deserving. May her inspirations continue to live through others whom knew her. Her cards were beautiful with meaning.. God Bless the family and loved ones.

  20. Thank you for sharing the work of a dedicated OWHer. I am casing a few of her cards.

  21. What a lovely tribute to Jane and what a great opportunity for us to learn a bit about her and see her beautiful cards. She sounds like a wonderful person with a giving heart.

  22. Jane’s cards are all so beautiful and she sounds like a really fun person with a generous spirit. Thank you for telling us her story and giving us a chance to CASE some of her work.

  23. Thanks for sharing the story about Jane and her wonderful cards. She sounds like someone you might meet and have a great friendship. She will be missed. I will be casing one of her cards today or tomorrow in honor of her memory and for our heroes.

  24. Thank you for sharing these beautiful cards and honoring Jane this way with the story, pictures of her, and the cardshare. I am not able to CASE her work and do it justice, as it is above my talent, but I will be inspired to try my best to do beautiful, quality work in her memory!

  25. What a beautiful way to honor Jane’s memory. Thank you for featuring her. She was very talented and inspiring.

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