Featured Friday Cardmaker, Linda B., Middleton, WI

……..dead silence, rustle, swish, moan, umphf, creak—okay that’s me picking myself off of the floor after I fell out of my chair, after I opened the email from Sandy about this week’s FFCM—now don’t scroll down to look at the cards, y’all  have to read all my drivel first!  I said NO PEEKING! Each card maker is unique and brings a certain something to the table with her creations and I honestly take something away from each FFCM.  Card makers have their own forte whether it be matching DP, adding the little details, coloring, embossing, masters of CAS, or bringing a mixed media art to the card. We have all noticed and commented regarding these special touches, these details that catch our eye, the DP combo that speaks to us—and ALL are great, wonderful, beautiful, creative cards and showcasing phenomenal talent.  Then there is Linda, with no art background, a relative newcomer to card making, rendering me pretty much speechless…the only word I have is….striking.

Y’all are fantastic at leaving comments for each of the FFCMs, last week was no exception, as Linda does not have a blog, leave a little OWH love in the comment section below.  Linda has recently moved to Middleton, WI after living 17 years in Naperville, IL.  Now sit back, relax and let’s learn a little about Linda and her cards. 

 How long have you been stamping/card making?

I started in January 2013. My sister got me started on Pinterest. I saw a Christmas card I liked and thought I would like to take a try making my own. I am an empty nester now and was looking for something to do over the winter months. My first stamp set was from Stampin’Up. I loved how the ink, paper, ribbon, etc all coordinated and the addiction was created! I would like to thank all the fabulous/creative ladies (and gents) who share their ideas on their blogs.

 SU Swallowtail, sentiment from SU Loving Thoughts

SU Swallowtail, sentiment from SU Loving Thoughts

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

In my previous home, I had a desk area in the kitchen. When we built our new home 2 years ago I didn’t want the desk in the kitchen so I had a small room built for the laundry and my desk area. Since I started making cards a year ago, crafts have taken over! So, I guess you can say I have a laundry, office, craft room all in one. The island in this room was originally planned for folding laundry and has 4 large drawers for storing gift wrap, bows, etc. That has been taken over with stamp sets, ink, tools, big shot & accessories, etc. and the bows and gift wrap are back in boxes stored under my bed.

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?

Everything Stampin’Up and the Big Shot’s embossing folders and dies.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft? In my previous home, I had a desk area in the kitchen. When we built our new home 2 years ago I didn’t want the desk in the kitchen so I had a small room built for the laundry and my desk area. Since I started making cards a year ago, crafts have taken over! So, I guess you can say I have a laundry, office, craft room all in one. The island in this room was originally planned for folding laundry and has 4 large drawers for storing gift wrap, bows, etc. That has been taken over with stamp sets, ink, tools, big shot & accessories, etc. and the bows and gift wrap are back in boxes stored under my bed.       What are your favorite stamp/craft products? Everything Stampin’Up and the Big Shot’s embossing folders and dies.

SU Field Flowers, sentiment from SU Simply Sketched

Do you have a favorite  technique?

Not yet. I am so new to stamping – I have a pinterest board full of tutorials and techniques waiting to try.

SU Happy Watercolor and Watercolor Wonder dsp, sentiment from SU Perfect Pennants

SU Happy Watercolor and Watercolor Wonder dsp, sentiment from SU Perfect Pennants

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

I have not yet explored the OWH site. Most of my inspiration has come from pinterest and blogs. I will definitely be spending time on the OWH site – did not realize the extent of the blog and tutorials.

Do you prefer digis or stamps?

I have only used stamps and have not looked into digis yet.

SU Banner Blast (sale-a-bration stamp set), sentiment from SU Simply Sketched, retro fresh dsp

SU Banner Blast (sale-a-bration stamp set), sentiment from SU Simply Sketched, retro fresh dsp

Do you have a  favorite theme?

Many of my cards tend to be floral related. Most have no sentiment so they are more versatile. I add a sentiment when I need to send a card (besides the stash of birthday cards).

Are there colors you love to include on  your cards?

I tend to lean to pastel/floral colors but am challenging myself to use more colorful/bolder inks and papers.

SU Petal Parade (sale-a-bration stamp set), sentiment from SU Express Yourself

SU Petal Parade (sale-a-bration stamp set), sentiment from SU Express Yourself

How did you hear about Operation Write  Home?

Either on SCS or blogs I’ve been browsing. I then “googled” OWH for more information.

 Stampin’Up Backyard Basics with coordinating die, sentiment from SU Simply Sketched

Stampin’Up Backyard Basics with coordinating die, sentiment from SU Simply Sketched

What motivates you to make cards for our  heroes?

I was very excited when I heard of OWH. Not only did it give me an outlet to use all the cards I’ve made (and an excuse to make more), but it  is such an honor to be able help the men and women who serve our country stay connected with their loved ones through our cards.


45 Comments

  1. wanda

    I CAN NOT BELIVE YOU HAVE JUST STARTED. GOOD CHOICE OF COLORS AND STYLE.

  2. Linda, can we get your Pinterest addr. So we can see your ideas! If not, I will be glad to give you mine here” Pam Bowen” I have tons of card ideas LOL. Origami Owl Designer # 37495

  3. Wow! Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

  4. Beautiful cards Linda. You do a fantastic job!

  5. What stunning cards! Love the CAS designs. Will be CASEing your ideas, for sure! Wonderful job!

  6. Wow, your cards are gorgeous! You are a very talented artist and I am so glad you are sending some of your creations to OWH!

  7. Joan k

    I just had to pin a few of these as I looked at your beautiful cards! I really like your use of embossing and die-cutting along with great layering. Welcome to OWH and welcome to the wonderful world of Wisconsin – I’ve been a Badger-stater all my life and won’t change that any time soon!

  8. Val Denyer

    You are a natural, every card is stunning. So glad you have shared your talent with us and OWH;)

  9. Bonnie Van

    Absolutely beautiful cards, Linda! I’m really into teals and greens right now, so I especially love your Hello card, but the are all great. Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

  10. cdebbie672

    From the looks of those absolutely beautiful cards, you do not need tutorials, you need to teach! I love your technique…everything is perfection. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Love your style, Linda! Sweet, tasteful and so professional!

  12. I love your cards and recognize so many of the wonderful colors, papers, and other elements. SU is a wonderful company with matching card stock, patterned paper, fibers, and inks. The stamps match the punches so there’s less fussy-cutting, and the embossing folders are a perfect complement. I’ve purchased a few things from them but most of my experience is from a monthly card class with my SU friend. You’ve used their line perfectly!

  13. soccer

    Beautiful !

  14. Joyce G

    All of your cards are beautiful. I really liked the last one, I love using embossing folders. Congrations on the great work.

  15. I absolutely LOVED your cards. You would never know that you relatively new to stamping. Your color choices are wonderful and the fact that you have already ventured into many techniques is inspiring. Keep up the beautiful work. Thank you for sharing.

  16. OMG Linda, my sisters live in Naperville and I love that town. Hope your new home in WI is every bit as nice. Your cards are outstanding, and live up to every bit of the nice things that Kathy said about them. I can’t believe you are new to this hobby; I’m quite serious when I say that you should try out for some of the design teams and/or publication — your work is quite professional! I too would like to follow your work on Pinterest or (hint, hint) a blog.

  17. Beautiful cards Linda. Must CASE a few.

  18. Cheri A.

    Wow, are you TALENTED!! I’ve been stamping for decades and I don’t think I’ve ever made cards as spectacular as yours. They’re inspiring!!!

  19. Great cards, Linda.

  20. WOW These are so beautiful! I love them all.

  21. Linda, you cards are absolutely beautiful and very professional looking! You have a gift! What a blessing your cards will be to the troops!

  22. Margot

    Clearly you have natural talent…for color, proportions, design. I can see why Kathy fell out of her chair-no way would I guess you are only at this some 15 months! I like them all but esp the butterfly and the last one. I am a beginner too and always thought I would have to be doing it some 5-10 years to get as good as so many I see (since they all seem to say they’ve been at it 10+ years) but you prove that maybe I won’t!

    Enjoy for many years to come and thanks for supporting OWH :)

  23. beautiful cards! I cannot believe you are new to stamping!!
    Hello and welcome from another cheesehead,
    Jen

  24. Sherry Hickey

    Gorgeous work, Linda! Congrats on being Featured Card Maker; I can see why! Keep up the fantastic work; so glad you found OWH!

  25. Carolynn Wilson

    Gorgeous! Lovely! Handsome! Inspiring!

  26. Such beautiful creations! For a beginner with no art background you have a great eye! Just lovely.

  27. Rosie

    Love your cards! Hard to believe you just started stamping! I’m glad that you found OWH.

  28. Stephanie Allison

    These are beautiful cards! It looks like to me that you have been doing this all of your life.Congratulations! Now I need to go find you on Pinterest.

  29. Jean Sundquist

    SU makes it so easy to put paper, stamps, ink, and accessories together. But your natural talent shines through with perfect layering and coloring. Beautiful cards.

  30. Leslie

    Your cards are fantabulous. You have some serious talent for this and our Heroes are so lucky to have you share your gift with them. Thank you for all you do for OWH!

  31. Ronni U

    Each card is more beautiful than the one before!

  32. There is no doubt that you are gifted…each card is eye candy and a delightful composition of color and shapes. Thank you for sharing with us and joining OWH in its endeavors. Please know that you are appreciated. TFS!

  33. Sharon S. aka Desert Rose Stamper

    Oh my — am I impressed. Very gifted and love all of her cards. Welcome and thanks for sharing your wonderful creations

  34. What a marvelous group of cards Linda! Each one of these cards is beautiful and it’s obvious you have a great eye for design and color. Congrats on being chosen as a FFCM!

  35. Mary G Volk

    Beautiful cards. Very inspiring. Thanks for being part of OWH.

  36. Laura G.

    Beautiful color combinations. Love the embossing too. I think it always adds a little something to the cards. You are very talented and have fun making them.

  37. I love your cards and especially the “SU Happy Watercolor and Watercolor Wonder dsp, sentiment from SU Perfect Pennants” card. It is so great to hear that you are new also and gives me more hope and encouragement. I enjoyed hearing your story.

  38. Elaine

    Beautiful cards! Can’t believe you’ve only been at it a little over a year. OWH does have wonderful ideas and blogs for new ideas. I was a Stampin UP demonstrator for 10 years but I’ve learned a lot from OWH.

  39. Pam B

    Linda, I think you’ve found your niche. Beautiful cards!

  40. Love, love, love your cards! My favorite is the one with the watercolor flower paper. I just love that paper and should order some.

  41. dlweldon

    Beautiful cards! Love your choices of colors! So very pretty.

  42. Barb Housner

    Linda – another Wisconsin cardmaker – I am in the Janesville area – there are several in the Milwaukee area – Robin in Lacrosse. We are doing an information meeting June 1 at a scrapbook store in Milwaukee on Hwy 100. Barb

  43. Sharon B

    Beautiful Cards!!!! I LOVE Stampin’ Up products and you have taken them to a whole new level!!

  44. Mary Novak

    Linda, your cards are really beautiful. I’m a native of Sun Prairie, WI. but now in KC Mo. Nice to see another Wisconsin Stamper on the site.

  45. Mary Ann T.

    Love your cards..they are beautifully done and would be a joy to receive. Your cards definitely don’t say,”Ï was made by a beginner”–lovely designs (sketches) and color choices.

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