Featured Friday Cardmaker, Rose H., Burke, VA

Okay I’m declaring it, Rose is just too cool for school.  I absolutely LOVE the way she pulls images, sentiments, dies, embossing folders from several different companies to use on one card and the result is stupendous!!!    The beach card is to die for—I absolutely love it and how she made the sunrise, the miss you map—great job on the sponging,  the letterpressed background on the seashell card looks embossed, maybe?  In any event I am loving these cards. 

 As always y’all are great at leaving comments for our weekly FFCMs, last week was outstanding as y’all showed a lots of love.  Rose does not have a blog so please a little something extra in the comment section below.  Sit back, relax and let’s get to know Rose our world traveling card maker.

It is hard to pin down a “home town”.  I was born in Michigan and quickly went from there to Hawaii, Illinois, Wisconsin, back to Hawaii, Guam, and back to settle in Green Bay, Wisconsin (GO PACKERS!) until I got married.  Since then I’ve been to Nebraska, Texas, South Dakota, Ohio, Virginia, California and back to Burke, VA where I currently reside.  But, I’m ready to move again as soon as an opportunity comes up.

How long have you been stamping/card making?

I got into scrapbooking back in 1997 thanks to a friend who took me to a Creative Memories workshop.  That evolved into “paper crafting” when another friend took me to a Club Scrap retreat weekend in 2008 and I found that you could make all kinds of fun projects from the same paper I was using for scrapbooking.  In 2011 I heard about a 10 year old Arizona boy who was trying to collect thank you cards to send to the troops overseas.  Bazzill Basics Paper and Heidi Swapp helped his effort by offering a chance to win two tickets to the last Creative Escape weekend for every five cards sent in.  After sending in 140 cards to support that effort, I decided that I really like card making (I didn’t win the tickets though).  I still scrapbook and make other projects, but I probably spend the majority of my crafting time making cards now.

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

When we remodeled our house a few years ago, we converted an extra bedroom into a sitting area for the master suite.  That room quickly became less of a room to sit in and more of a scrap space for me.  I don’t have a ton of storage space which means I have to either stop acquiring new supplies, or get creative about how I store it all.  I do love the challenge of finding a home for all my new stuff!

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?

Currently my obsession seems to be dies and stencils. If you check back in a few months, it could very well be different though. I also love my new Stella Edge light that my husband gave me for my birthday.  It provides great light without taking up extra space on my desk.

 

Stencil background, Image is a pre-printed cut-apart from Club Scrap Big Deal kit

Stencil background, Image is a pre-printed cut-apart from Club Scrap Big Deal kit

Do you have a favorite  technique?

I don’t really have a favorite, but I love to try out new techniques.  If I like it, I make a tag and put it into a little binder with reference to where I can find the instructions.  If I don’t like the technique, I either use the art piece on a project (if it turns out ok), or it ends up in the proper circular file.

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

I do love the OWH sketches.  Each week I print the sketch and put it in a binder.  I am trying to work my way through them in order (I’m currently on #69 – ok, I am just a little anal sometimes), and although I have several that were really fun to use, I don’t think I have a favorite.  The tutorials come in handy when my mojo seems to be on vacation.

Image by I Break for Stamps, Sentiment by C. C. Designs.

Image by I Break for Stamps, Sentiment by C. C. Designs.

Do you prefer digis or stamps?

Real stamps, real paper, real ink.  As Tim Holtz said, “it is a good day when you get ink on your hands”.  I do marvel at some of the digital creations I see out there though.  I just don’t have that techno talent.

Tim Holtz Alterations EF by Sizzix, Image Stampers Best, Sentiment Hero Arts

Tim Holtz Alterations EF by Sizzix, Image Stampers Best, Sentiment Hero Arts

Do you have a  favorite theme?

Not really.  Often the theme comes after I start to figure out the design of the card. I do tend to make more love, miss you or thinking of you cards because it is what I would want to receive if I was the family at home.

Image and sentiment by Taylored Expressions (Aug. 2013 Key Ingredient Kit, “S’more Fun”).

Image and sentiment by Taylored Expressions (Aug. 2013 Key Ingredient Kit, “S’more Fun”).

Are there colors you love to include on  your cards?

Almost anything except white.  I’m not a big fan of pastel either.  I do tend to use a lot of earth tone colors.

Seascape letterpress background by Spellbinders Impressabilities; Starfish die by Cheery Lynn Designs (Sand Dollar and Starfish), Sentiment by Club Scrap “By the Seashore Remix”

Seascape letterpress background by Spellbinders Impressabilities; Starfish die by Cheery Lynn Designs (Sand Dollar and Starfish), Sentiment by Club Scrap “By the Seashore Remix”

How did you hear about Operation Write  Home?

To be honest, I’m not quite sure.  A few years back when I went to the Club Scrap retreat, they were collecting cards to send to an Army unit serving overseas.  I liked that idea a lot, and probably did a Google search to see if there was any one else doing something like that.   While I’m not sure exactly how I heard about OWH, I am grateful that I did.  I love the fact that they make it so easy to help out our heroes while feeding my crafting addiction at the same time.

Background Sizzix EF; Beach Border die Taylored Expressions; Sentiment Club Scrap Blossoms

Background Sizzix EF; Beach Border die Taylored Expressions; Sentiment Club Scrap Blossoms

What motivates you to make cards for our  heroes?

I was an Air Force wife for 15 years.  We only had to endure a couple of deployments, and those were pretty short by most standards.  However, I still went through the same worry and loneliness that all the families go through.  I would look forward to a daily email, and if I was lucky, a short phone call about once a week. While those were wonderful, it was nothing like getting a letter in the mail.  There is something special about seeing an envelope addressed to you in familiar handwriting, knowing that your loved one held it in their hands just a few days or weeks before.  It is more of a connection than you can feel from the electronic communications.  I love being able to help provide our heroes with a way to make that connection with their loved ones back home. It is my way to say thank you to both the heroes and their families for their service.


24 Comments

  1. Rose, the backgrounds on your cards are spectacular! You should do a tutorial to help us learn how to do those! Absolutely love them! Thanks for sharing

  2. Rose, I really liked your cards. The Miss you all the time card is very cool.

  3. What beautiful cards! Thank you for your family’s service to our country.

  4. Your cards are classy. I do hope the “appropriate circular file” is a recycling bin! For me that’s the only reason I ever ditch a not-so-hot paper or project. Keep up your great card making.

    • Rose H.

      That is exactly the file I use for the rejects. To be honest, there are not many that end up there…I always try to make them work.

  5. Rose, I really like your cards. the two missing you cards are very clever, and the beach scene is such a great use of an embossing folder.

  6. Val Denyer

    Great cards, love the backgrounds!

  7. Keri Parish

    Rose, I love your work! I wonder “who” that friend was that took you to the CS Retreat! :)

  8. Beautiful cards! Very creative and great use of color and design.

  9. What wonderful cards with great color and visual texture! My favorite is your miss you all the time card. Very neat! Also really love your idea of working through all the OWH sketches in order.

  10. Rose, your cards are unique and wonderfully done. I really like the backgrounds and embossing. Thanks for sharing. I too am working on the OWH sketches.

  11. Rose – your cards are amazing. I think any soldier would be honored to pick one of yours out of the box to send home. So clever, so well designed and not one flower! Just love them.

  12. Joyce G

    GREAT cards, I especially loved the miss you all the time one, really beautiful.

  13. Your cards are just lovely, Rose! I love your tip about creating tags to remind you of new techniques. You can mail off the card, but have a reminder in your binder of techniques! Thank you and your family for all of your service to our country. Your reflections on the cards that military families receive from their deployed Heroes truly touched my heart! ♡

  14. Carol in Abq.

    Beautiful Work!

  15. Jean Sundquist

    Rose, your cards are beautiful! Love all the backgrounds.

  16. Lovely cards Rose. Love how you let the design mojo dictate the card, go with the flow. Deployments are difficult no matter how long or short. There is always a type of unwritten stress that goes with it that civilians just can’t understand. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Sherry Hickey

    Stunning cards, Rose! You are really expert at making masculine cards! I was ready to say the muted tones of the first card were my favorite–then each card just got better and better! I’m your neighbor in Arlington! Keep up the great work.

  18. Really nice cards, Rose! I especially like the clock card. Congrats on being featured today!

  19. WOW!!!! these are amazing cards! My favorite is the sailboat – or the seashell, or maybe the beach scene … my goodness they are all so good. Wonderful creativity and inspiration.

  20. Darlene Satkewich

    Your cards are amazing! Love all the backgrounds and how you don’t use white. Who would of thought you could do that. Lol.

  21. Karen

    Great job on all the cards, but I’m partial to the seashells and boats. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Stephanie Allison

    These are beautiful cards.The backgrounds are stunning.Maybe you could give us all a lesson in how to think “background”!Thank you for sharing your art work and for you and your families sacrifice.

  23. Laura P

    I really like how you used the ace, spade, etc for the card. Great idea! And the beach scene is fabulous in front of the embossed sun.

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