Featured Friday Cardmaker: Susan V., Elk Grove Village, ILPosted by JoAnn on Sep 27, 2013 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 33 comments
This week’s Featured Friday cardmaker is Susan V., from Elk Grove Village, Il. Not only is she the proud new grandma of a 5th granddaughter, she’s expecting another grandchild next month! She has three daughters — one who has three girls, another has two — and they’re waiting to see if number six will be a boy. If the family’s past record is any indication, my money’s on yet another girl. lol I always seem to identify with our cardmakers in some way and this week is no different. Not only did I grow up in a house with four girls, I taught piano, and came to card making from scrapping. Oh, and my dad also served in WWII.
From Susan: “I’ve been happily married to husband Jim for 37 years and we have 3 grown daughters and 5 granddaughters. I’ve been teaching piano here at home since 1991. I’ve taught students ranging in age from 4 to 70, and I’ve taught quite a few special needs students over the years. Currently my piano numbers are down, which has worked out well because I do quite a bit of “granddaughter care”, watching one family of granddaughters one day a week, and the other family of granddaughters one day a week!”
Although she follows a lot of stamping blogs, Susan doesn’t have one of her own, so please leave lots of special OWH love for her bright and cheerful cards here in the comments!
How long have you been stamping?
I started stamping in 2003, with a couple sets of alphabet stamps to add titles and journaling to my scrapbook pages. I found scrapbooking quite stressful and I agonized over each and every decision. When I discovered Stampin’ Up and cardmaking, I found that making cards was easier and not as time-consuming since the “canvas” is smaller and my pictures and memories aren’t involved! I signed up to be a Stampin’ Up demonstrator 9 years ago, and the rest is history! I’m not really a business-builder demo, but I do have Stamp Camps and classes in my home and I do an occasional workshop. I’d say that I’m a “break even” demonstrator!
I discovered that what I *love* is TEACHING others to stamp. I believe that women have so much on their plates these days, they don’t have time to PLAY, and they NEED that! My customers have become my friends and stamping brings us together. As life circumstances change, stamping can be such a stress-reliever. And I’ll never get tired of seeing the joy on the face of someone who sees embossing powder melt for the first time! And I’ve had women who say, “I could never do that!” and a couple of hours later, they’re beaming with pleasure as they see what THEY have created with stamps and ink!
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
I am blessed to have a Stamp Room, and since I don’t get rid of retired stamp sets, patterned paper, or ribbon, my supplies have overflowed into another bedroom, which I jokingly call “The Stamp Room Annex”.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
My supplies consist mostly of Stampin’ Up products, of course, and I love patterned paper, my Big Shot and everything that goes with it from dies to framelits to embossing folders. I use my Big Shot on almost every card I make.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
I love looking at all the sketches, tutorials and videos that OWH provides, but most of my inspiration comes from the Gallery on SplitcoastStampers, and the blogs of many different stampers. I’m not a good designer myself, but I can copy pretty well! I often change things from the card I’m CASE’ing, but sometimes I love it just like it is. So the cards you see here were inspired by other stampers.
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
I’ve never used a digital stamp, and really don’t have the need or desire to.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I found OWH when another SU demo was asking people to send cards to her that she in turn sent to OWH. I participated in her OWH card drives a couple times,then I found OWH TV on YouTube — I LOVE watching stamping videos!! After watching a few episodes, I decided to get involved myself, and I could hardly wait for my OWH stamp to arrive so I could start.
Strangely enough, I’m not really a card SENDER – I didn’t buy many cards prior to learning to make cards, so the cards that I made to show my customers accumulated and I stored them in binders and I had HUNDREDS of cards! My friends and customers had seen them MANY times, I decided that they needed to bless someone else, and OWH was the *perfect* solution!
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My dad fought in World War II and he taught me how blessed we are to live in this wonderful country! I’m SO glad that I found OWH and that my cards can be used to bless our heroes and their families! I think of my daddy every time I write a message in an AnyHero card.