Featured Friday Cardmaker: Linda M., Marietta, GeorgiaPosted by JoAnn on Dec 6, 2013 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 25 comments
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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?
Do you have a favorite theme?
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I love all colors!
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.
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.