Featured Friday Cardmaker: Kris H., Las Vegas, NV.

Wow.  I guess I don’t have to tell anyone that it’s getting really close to Christmas!  Which makes me even more grateful to this month’s cardmakers who took time from their busy holiday preparations to answer my questions and send in photos.  (Also, thanks to those whose Thanksgiving preparations I disrupted!)  You’re all hugely appreciated and make my job so easy.

This week’s featured Friday cardmaker is Kris H., from Las Vegas.  As someone who also makes cards on my kitchen counters on the weekends, I have to say that her amazingly tidy workspace had me feeling a bit like that kid in Peanuts, who always has the dust and dirt flying around him wherever he goes.  I was tempted to send her a picture of MY kitchen counters while I’m working, but decided it might give her a heart attack, which would put a bit of a pall on her family’s holiday.

She doesn’t have a blog, so please leave lots of sparkly holiday love here in the comments section.  Now, with no further ado, because we’re all busy, HEEEERE’S KRIS!

How long have you been making cards?

About 10 years ago, I saw a demonstration of heat embossing at a local stamp store.  It seemed like magic, and I was hooked.  As my kids got older and my crafting time increased, my quantity of supplies grew exponentially. I’ve been making cards to donate to various causes for about seven years.

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

I’m a kitchen table crafter.  I have my supplies stashed throughout the house – under beds, in kitchen cabinets and in various closets.  I can count my stamping time as exercise, too, since I spend lots of time going up and down the stairs gathering all my supplies together.


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What are your favorite stamp/craft products?

I love using punches and my Big Shot to make fancy shapes without having to cut by hand.

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 Do you have a favorite technique?

Heat embossing still seems like magic to me.  It’s a simple technique, but I like the polished look it can give to a card.

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

 I get inspiration from OWH sketches all the time.  I will usually start by deciding on a focal image.  Then I’ll look through the sketches to find one that would work with the image.  I use the sketch and the samples from other stampers to help decide on the placement of embellishments and sentiments.

Do you prefer digis or stamps?

I like the tactile process of stamping the image, so I prefer stamps.

 

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Do you have a favorite theme?

I like making Thinking of You and Love cards.

 

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Are there colors you love to include on your cards?

I have a ridiculously large collection of many colors of card stock, so in an attempt to put a dent in it, I try to use all colors.  I get color combination ideas from lots of places, including color challenges, magazine articles on home decorating or clothing, advertisements and packaging, and photographs, just to name a few.

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How did you hear about Operation Write Home?

 The discussion forums at SplitcoastStampers.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?

Over the years, I have known many military families who have had their loved ones absent for long periods of time.  Any form of communication was precious, but handwritten letters seemed to have a specialness that an email or a Skype chat could not deliver.  Letters were savored, read many times, and tucked away as cherished mementos.

Our OWH cards are little works of art that can bring pleasure to many lives: the crafters that make them, the service member that uses them, and the families that receive them.  I like being part of that chain that helps our heroes stay in touch with their loved ones.

 

 

25 Comments

  1. Kris, these are some lovely cards you’ve shared with us today. Thank you for that. I’ve taken away some nice inspiration from you. Your kitchen is a bright, beautiful place to work. Enjoy the holidays.

  2. Thank you for sharing. Lovely cards!

  3. Your first featured card inspires me (I am making spring and Mother’s Day cards right now). All your cards are F A B U L O U S!! We kitchen crafters appreciate the photo of your workspace — I especially love your paper trimmer on the island. Peace, love and joy this holiday season and thanks for sharing.

  4. Kris your cards are beautiful!! Makes me want to go and make some cards right now, but I can’t too much other stuff. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  5. Your cards are simply lovely, Kris! They all have an elegance to them. I also love your use of ribbon, which I have a shelf full of and seldom think to use. After seeing your pretty examples, maybe now I’ll be motivated to tie a pretty bow now and then.

  6. Val Denyer

    Kris, love your beautiful cards and the idea that as card crafters for OWH we are links in the chain that helps heroes keep in touch with family sums it up beautifully. JoAnn, the Peanuts character is named “Pigpen”, one of my favorites;)

  7. Beautiful cards and color combinations! Your “love” cards are my favorites, especially the banner card with the line of x’s – cross-stitching look. Thanks for supporting OWH and our heroes!

  8. Really pretty cards. Thanks for sharing your story.

  9. I am new to the OWH community and also a newbie card maker so I look at everything to help me learn how to design. Your cards are lovely and clean looking. :) Being in an apt…we always think people in houses just HAVE to have tons of space to work, but your description of how things are tucked everywhere is SO my life with everything (not just crafts) that it made me really laugh out loud. I like heat embossing too and it was one of the first things I learned too!

    All the best for the holiday season and new year. :)

  10. Martha Gordin

    Your cards are beautiful and help inspire me. If I let my cardmaking expand into the kitchen, my poor husband might never get a meal!! Keep up your great work.

  11. I love your cards and love the work space. If mine stayed that neat I could get a lot more done. It doesn’t so I am constantly searching the table for the missing whatever! I’m scrapnapping your idea about choosing the focal then looking for the sketch. I’ve done it the other way and I get frustrated. It makes more sense to find a sketch to fit the focal than trying to fit the focal on the sketch! Thanks for sharing! I’m gonna do it your way!

  12. I especially love the first card shown in this post – just stunning. I use the sketches the same way you do and am slowly trying out ones that are new to me. Thanks for being part of OWH!

  13. Love your cards.

  14. Kris, thanks for sharing your ideas and inspirations. You have some beautiful cards. Enjoy your holidays :)

  15. Stephanie Allison

    Thank you for sharing. Your cards are beautiful. I can’t even begin to imagine doing cards in the kitchen!I know there would be coffee,chili,and butter staining everything!

  16. I thought that heat embossing really was magic. I agree that the raised finish adds to the card. You do beautiful work.

  17. Love your style & color combinations! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Cathie W.

    I love your subtle color combinations, they really work! Everything goes so well together. Like you, I really enjoy making ‘love’ and ‘thinking of you’ cards. You’re right, heat embossing is magic!

  19. Desert Rose Stamper

    Really like all the style of your cards. I will be CASEing all of them. Thanks for sharing your wonderful cards. I am also impressed how tidy you keep your work area. Mine looks like a tornado struck. Lol

  20. It’s refreshing to see a real life card maker’s workplace. Mine shares space with the laundry room (access to the sink is a big bonus).

    Love your cards, Kris. I have made a genuine connection with you through your comments (working through the paper stash, etc!!!!!).

  21. Kris, had to laugh at your comment about card making being exercise, gathering all your needed supplies. I’m lucky enough to have a crafty space, but I’m still always getting up to find this that or the other. Of course, I’m not as organized as you are, if you could see my space it would prove that in .0025 seconds!
    Super cards, great color sense. Thanks for helping our Heroes and their families though OWH!
    R/

  22. I live in Las Vegas as well Kris H … I am Terri J … I am busy making cards to send, these are beautiful!

  23. Kris your card is very nice. Love that beehive folder. So many uses for it with Bees, honey and flowers. Thanks for sharing.. Terry B.

  24. Congratulations on being featured, Kris. I, too, quite often approach sketches the way you do. I love your cheerful color combos on your cards.

  25. Sharon Scott

    Congrats on being featured. All your cards are pretty but the first is my favorite. Crafting and exercising at once. If I could do that I’d be a size. . . well, smaller.

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