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.
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 favorite technique?
Not yet. I am so new to stamping – I have a pinterest board full of tutorials and techniques waiting to try.
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.
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.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
Either on SCS or blogs I’ve been browsing. I then “googled” OWH for more information.
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.