Featured Friday Cardmaker: Mary Evelyn, Hong KongPosted by JoAnn on Nov 1, 2013 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 24 comments
This week’s featured Friday cardmaker is Mary Evelyn, from Hong Kong! And after imagining her managing to fit all her her card making supplies into a city highrise, I feel guilty about whining about my lack of space after we downsized. Her responses also make me really want one of those “button back” removing tools and I love anyone who quotes the fantabulous Tim Gunn’s “Make it Work” advice!
Mary Evelyn is the second cardmaker in two weeks I’m going to have to quibble with about her self-proclaimed limited creativity. She doesn’t have a blog, so please leave some special OWH love for her eclectic, beautiful, and whimsical fun cards here in the comments!
How long have you been stamping?
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
I stamp in front of the television usually watching college football, tennis, or one of my shows I have taped on Slingbox. My husband bought me a large chest with 24 drawers that I have managed to fill with all my stamping supplies. I also have two bookcases in my spare bedroom filled with paper and larger stamping tools. I have to be pretty organized since I live in a high rise and storage space is a luxury. (Note from JoAnn: I’m late adding this photo because November sneaked up on me and I forgot to ask Mary Evelyn for a photo until last night, so some people who’ve already commented will miss it, but here’s the gorgeous chest her husband got her for storage.)
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
My Cuttlebug and Cricut are my top two. I love brads and buttons. I have some snazzy tools to make using those two embellishments easier. Another OWH friendshowed me the “button back” removing tool…. I ran out the next day and bought one!
Do you have a favorite technique?
I love coloring and finally talked my sister into buying me a set of prismacolors for my birthday/christmas present last year. It takes time, but I find it relaxing to color.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
I love all the sketches. I am not super creative and it is much more enjoyable to take a sketch, see what materials I have in stock, and then “make it work.”
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
Do you have a favorite theme?
I tend to head towards nature first then after that I would have to say “cute” figures like penny black hedgehogs or cute kid figures.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
Yellow, black, and nature shades of green.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
My sister and I did a challenge on Split Coast Stampers and I was telling my stamping friend about it and she invited me to the monthly card night of Carol Ann Smith in The Woodlands, TX. . . The rest is history.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My dad was a WWII vet and one of my brothers was in the Army. I have always had a soft spot for the soldiers who sacrifice so much so we have the freedom of choice. Living overseas has deepened my appreciation for what they do now that I only see my family two to three times a year.