Featured Friday Cardmaker: Linda M., Marietta, Georgia

This week’s Featured Cardmaker is Linda M, from Marietta, GA, who, like so many others,  has a personal reason for making cards for our heroes.  Here’s a photo of her with her son, Craig, who’s career Navy, on the Amalfi coast.  She and I were chatting about how we were both scrappers and she said that one of her favorite scrapbook ideas is to show her little boy in the elementary rocket club, then all grown up on a ship, shooting cruise missiles in the Gulf.  Would that not make a cool page?

FF Linda M Craig and Linda Amalfi Coast

Please leave bunches of special OWH love and appreciation for Linda’s wonderful cards and her family’s service in the comment section!

How long have you been stamping/cardmaking? 

Almost 15 years.  My  mother and grandmother were crafty and I followed in their footsteps, making tissue flowers, loom pot holders, candles, shell crafts, paint-by-number, scrapbooking, beading, crocheting, etc.  You name a craft and I’ve done it – but stamping is the only craft that “took.”

FF Linda M million and one

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

Yes, stamps took over my son’s bedroom once he was on his own, and they have no intention of giving it back.

What are your favorite stamp/craft products? 

I love Stampin’ Up! products, so much that I became a demonstrator 10 years ago.  I love the weight of the cardstock, and I especially love the way the colors match.

FF linda M all dress

 Do you have a favorite technique? 

I have a new favorite technique every month, it seems.  A friend just showed me how to make “quilt” backgrounds using paper strips, and that’s my new technique of the month.  I love making red, white and blue ”quilt” background for OWH cards.

FF Linda M rwb quilt

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

OWH sketches are wonderful.  The first sketch I used was during the Labor Day weekend virtual card making party.  I like them; they give good direction and inspiration.

Do you prefer digis or stamps? 

Stamps, definitely.

FF Linda M

Do you have a  favorite theme? 

No.

Are there colors you love to include on  your cards?

  I love all colors!

FF Linda M heart day

How did you hear about Operation Write  Home?

It’s been so long ago, I don’t recall how I heard of Operation Write Home.  I know it was called Cards for Heroes when I first started sending cards.

FF Linda M love ya much

What motivates you to make cards for our  heroes?  

My son, who is career Navy. He’s served overseas many years, he’s served on ships and subs, in Hawaii, Japan and Italy.  When he was at sea I sent cards for everyone on the ship to have a Christmas card, and I sent the chaplain birthday cards for everyone on the ship. The chaplain told me that those cards were the only cards some of the sailors received.  When my son left that ship, I connected them with OWH so they could continue having a supply of greeting cards.

 

 


25 Comments

  1. Linda, first off, Handsome son you have there. Your cards are just lovely each and every one of them. All will certainly be pleasing to receive by a hero’s family member. I like the strip you also placed on the envelope in your first card. I think that really adds something to the presentation. Thanks for sharing you cards with us and giving us some more inspiration.

  2. Love your cards, Linda! The decorative envelope makes that card extra special, and I’m wowed by the embossed and “quilted” technique! Congrats on being featured today!

  3. Linda, Thank you and your son for serving our country. Your cards are very pretty and I love the quilt background one, thank you for the inspiration.

  4. Linda, thank you for sharing your story and your lovely cards. You should do a tutorial on how to make the quilted backgrounds. That looks fun! Thanks to your son for serving.

  5. Your cards are gorgeous – as is your son! LOL I love your idea of sending cards to your son’s ship. My youngest just finished Navy boot camp and I will copy your idea when he goes to sea. I particularly like your gender neutral cards – perfect for the women who are deployed. I love to make frilly, pretty, but remind myself the guys need cards too!

  6. Linda, these are beautiful cards! The designs are simple enough to duplicate, but pretty enough to compete with any “fru-fru” card. I know your son appreciates your card donations and we appreciate his service. Because of good young men like him, I am safely at home, enjoying a wonderful life that I sometimes take for granted. May God keep your son and all military heroes (& their families) who serve our nation in the palm of His hand.

  7. Val Denyer

    Linda, your cards are beautiful and so is your heart. Thank you to you and your son for your service.

  8. Your cards are stunning, Linda. I especially love the quilted one and the first card (thanks). Very elegant cards and I love how you made them without fru-fru – yeah, guys will easily pick these cards or won’t mind getting them.

  9. Kitty Doza

    Linda, as always, your cards are just beautiful. Love all the designs featured here. You do beautiful work. Thank you to Craig for his service to our country! Love you, Cuz! Kitty

  10. Martha Gordin

    Your cards are just beautiful! Thank you for sharing them with us and many thanks to your son for his service. Blessings to you and your family.

  11. Paula K.

    Love your cards, I like the coordinating envelope and as a quilter it is nice to see you incorporating that into your cards! Thanks to your son for serving…it is amazing how much you two look alike..same eyes and great smiles!

  12. Hello Linda! What a beautiful group of cards. I really like how you embossed the texture on your quilted background. Thank you to your son (and the whole family too) for serving our nation. It’s always great when we hear directly from those with first hand experience that what OWH does is meaningful. Congrats on being the OWH featured card maker this week!

  13. Awesome cards, Linda. Loved your idea of sending cards to the ship for the crew members; very generous of you. Thank your son for us; I have a nephew in the Air Force and they are greatly appreciated for their service.

  14. Finally, a cardmaker after my own heart! I always like some or most of the cards featured on Fridays, but this time I love *every single one*!!

    Fantastic job, Linda!

  15. Sharon Scott

    Congrats on being featured.

  16. Wonderful cards and we thank your son for his commitment to the Navy. We are a retired Navy family and know it can be difficult. Your cards offer a variety of techniques.

  17. Patti T. From Gainesville, FL

    Your cards are elegant and classic! Thanks for your love and dedication to our heroes!

  18. These cards are gorgeous! Linda, you do beautiful work for some very deserving people!

  19. Hi neighbor, I work in Marietta
    You are an inspiration!

  20. Veronica green

    I love all your card,pretty papers and i love love the quilt one, I’m going to try it…congrats…

  21. Beautiful cards! especially love your quilted embossed pattern in red, white and blue. Thanks for sharing your talents with OWH and our heroes!

  22. Thanks to your son and your family for your service to our country! Love your cards and the “quilted” red/white and blue is a stunner.
    R/

  23. Congratulations on being featured card maker, your work is worthy of the honor! A huge thank you to your son and the entire family for their service to our country!

  24. Great cards and congrats on being the featured card maker! I’m a Georgia girl myself, I grew up not to far from Marietta.

  25. Glenda F

    Congratulations on being featured, Linda. Your use of color overall is very pleasing, and I love the visual textures on the “You’re in my thoughts” card. Thank you to your son for his service.

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