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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.