Featured Friday Cardmaker: Kathy H., Ocala, FL
This week’s Featured Friday Cardmaker is Kathy H, from Ocala, FL. who’s fortunate to have a group she makes cards with! Not only did seeing her first card remind me that I really need to do more pop up cards, she also has a personal reason for making cards for our heroes, given that her youngest son served in Kuwait.
From Kathy: I do not currently have a blog, although that appears to be on the horizon for me! I spend so much time on others’ blogs and on my pinterest boards that I can’t imagine having enough time for my own blog and card making too. But we all make time for what really matters to us!
So, while we’re waiting for her to carve a bit more time out of her already active life, please leave some special OWH love for her lovely and fun cards in the comments section! Since she also enjoys meeting new friends with similar interests, she’d also love to hear from any other card makers in her area.
How long have you been stamping?
I first got involved in rubber stamping/ card making in early 2008. My husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness and that seemed a way to stay home with him and satisfy my creative urges. Although I had always been involved with some type of craft — woodworking, creative painting, flower design, stained glass, jewelry making, you name it — I had never tried card making. Perhaps I thought it was too close to scrapbooking. I greatly admire the scrapbooker, but it seems like the job is never ending. I like the instant gratification that I get when I finish a card – or two or three!
My husband died in March, 2009 after 43 years of marriage. We were high schools sweethearts and had planned to grow old (older!!) together. However, the Lord had other ideas. I now live in an active adult community in Florida. I have a wonderful group of ladies who meet at my home once a month to make cards together. They usually bring a bag lunch and we spend all day making cards. I also belong to a community Rubber Stamping club. I work closely with a good friend who is a demonstrator for a stamping company. Two years ago, I started a Greeting Card Ministry at my church.
Ummm…in thinking about it, my life seems consumed with a passion for card making! What a wonderful “vice”! So many cards, so little time….
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
I have converted my den into my stamp room. However, I do find that when I get really “creative” (ie my mess is too great!), I will move out to the kitchen area and work on my kitchen island. I have a large solar light there which really helps when I am doing detail work.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
I love to work with the more intricate dies, such as memory box, marianne design, cheery lynn, etc. I also like to work with the distress inks and papers. But truthfully,anything I work with… is a favorite at the time. I just love to be doing what I do at the moment. The women that I work with can tell you that we use a variety of products and change up ideas all the time – on a whim or a suggestion!
Do you have a favorite technique?
If I have to choose one, it would be coloring with distress reinkers and paint brush. I love the shading and watercolor effect that I can achieve. And I love to layer- layer- layer! However in most cases, whatever I am doing at the moment, is my favorite.
I love to try new (to me, anyway!) techniques and ideas that I see others doing. There is so much to learn from others. When we stop learning, we stop growing! We certainly narrow our potential.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
I can not think of any particular sketch or tutorial. I look forward to the emails each week with the sketch, letters from our heroes, challenges, tutorials, etc. I always know that I can go to the OWH website and search for a sketch or tutorial to give me inspiration when my mojo is low. It is a wonderful resource for the novice and the experienced stamper. Always available any time of day or night!
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
I would have to say stamps — but perhaps that isn’t fair, since I have never tried the digis! I know that they are growing in popularity and many stampers love them. I will be trying them in the future. Part of the learning/growing process!!!!
Do you have a favorite theme?
I love to make seasonal cards, especially Christmas and fall. Christmas always holds so much promise and hope for me. I love the colors of fall… so many wonderful hues of orange, green, brown, yellow. And they all blend so well on the cards!
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
In addition to the above fall colors, I like to work with any color that is bright and fun. Sometimes, pastels for cards with flowers and/or butterflies, but definitely brights for the kids and the young-at-heart! I almost always use black to create a narrow “frame” (border) around a main image and sometimes between my card front and the card base. (Did I mention that I like to layer-layer-layer!?!?)
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I first heard about Operation Write Home when it was called Cards for Heroes. At that time, I was not making cards, so I put the info in the brain closet. When Istarted making cards in 2008, I soon realized that I was making many more cards (who doesn’t?) that I could possibly use myself. Even with giving cards away to my friends for their use, I still had way TOO many. Then I remembered Cards for Heroes – then changed to OWH. That was in early 2009 and it’s been a partnership since then.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
It gives me the opportunity to make as many cards as I want to make, knowing that I have an outlet. But even more important, it gives me the opportunity to give a little of myself in thankfulness to those wonderful men and women who are sacrificing so much for me and for this country. The appreciation and encouragement that I can give to them is small in comparison. My youngest son was deployed to Kuwait in the fall of 2011. I was disappointed to hear that his unit did not receive our cards,but I know that the need is greater than the supply. Keep up the good work, everyone. We do make a difference!