Featured Friday Cardmaker: Sandy G., Lansing, MI.Posted by JoAnn on Sep 6, 2013 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 24 comments
This week’s Featured Friday cardmaker is Sandy G., from Lansing, Michigan (does EVERYONE in The Great Lake State make cards?) who has a very personal reason for making cards for Operation Write Home, which you’ll see in the final question. She’s also really, really busy!
But I’ll let her tell you herself all she’s doing: I grew up in the small town of Potterville, MI. There were only 33 in my graduating class therefore we had to multitask. I guess multitasking has spilled over into my adult life; I am a mother of 4 boys, wife to a fabulous husband, daughter to a great mom who’s 92, sister to 5 siblings, friend, scrapbooker, card maker, crocheter, chemist, biologist, gardener and retiree. My husband, youngest son and I live very close to Michigan State University. We are avid fans of the green and white.
I have a blog – Home of the Nightengale, but to be honest I don’t post very often. My blog’s name comes from my mother’s maiden name, Nightengale. My grandparents came from Belgium and were suppose to travel to America on the Titanic; fortunately it was booked up so they came on the next available ship.
You can see more of Sandy’s wonderful cards on her blog and leave her your special OWH love there, or here in the comments.
How long have you been stamping?
I started stamping about 3 years ago. At first I was scrapbooking and used stamps that I colored or sentiments to add some pizzazz to pages. Once I discovered card making I added to my stamp collection and love using them as a focal point.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
My son, Nick, moved into an apartment 6 months ago so I turned his room into my craft room. My children gave me a craft table for my birthday that is the center of my crafting haven.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
My favorite stamps are from La-La Land Crafts; I enjoy coloring Marci and Luka. My next favorite would be my Spellbinder’s Grand Calibur and dies.
Do you have a favorite technique?
I am learning so many techniques from the OWH tutorials and On-Line Classes. Lately my favorite is paper piecing.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
I have a notebook that I keep all of the OWH sketches in. When I need inspiration I flip to a page and close my eyes and pick one to use. So far it has worked to get the “mojo” flowing.
I prefer digis because I can size them to fit on any size card. That being said, I have quite a few clear, rubber and wood stamps that I use frequently also.
Do you have a favorite theme?
Love and kid themed cards are my favorites. I can’t imagine having to leave a child behind for many months as our troops do. I think I would have to write to them daily in order to feel connected.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I reach for teal or aqua a lot, I guess because they can be soft and girly or bright and cheery. It all depends on the shade and what other colors are used.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I was creating an Air Force Scrapbook for my son and looking on line for some ideas when I discovered OWH. I immediately went to the OWH web page and after reading their mission I switched my focus to creating cards.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My son, Matt, and daughter-in-law, Natalie, are both in the Air Force. Currently they are on their 2nd deployment to Qatar. It is hard not to be with them for their birthdays, Christmas and other life events. I cherish each card I receive from them; I read them over and over. Someday they’ll go into a scrapbook for safekeeping. (Note from JoAnn: I know all the OWHers out there join me in thanking Matt, Natalie, and all Sandy’s family for their service. Because, of course, families serve, too!)