Featured Friday Cardmaker: Kris H., Las Vegas, NV.Posted by JoAnn on Dec 13, 2013 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 25 comments
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have a favorite theme?
I like making Thinking of You and Love cards.
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.
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.