Featured Friday Cardmaker: Suzanne H., Lincoln, NE
First of all, thanks to everyone who joined in on our virtual desert island cardmaking getaway last Friday! There were a lot of fun and funny ideas!
This week’s Featured Friday cardmaker is Suzanne H., from Lincoln Nebraska, who, like many, has a personal reason for making cards for our heroes. I think we can all also identify with her cardmaking learning curve. One of the things I love about OWH is how, every week I receive inspiration from a sketch, a tutorial, or some talented member’s shared card! To change things up a bit, I’m going to let Suzanne introduce herself in her own words. Since she doesn’t have a blog, please leave her some special OWH love in the comments.
I’m a former English/Spanish teacher. I taught for a number of years at a middle school with young American born teens and with English language learners from all over the world. I’m married, with a wonderful husband, a son( who’s an archeologist), a daughter (who’s a computer animator), a Golden Retriever, and a tabby cat. I enjoy cross stitching, quilting, reading, camping, and feeding the birds in our garden area.
How long have you been stamping?
I began some stamping when my children were small, but for a number of years I did not do much in that line. My interest in card making really began with a magazine from Barnes and Nobles. I’m embarrassed to say, but my first cards look pretty pathetic now. To state it plainly, there was a great deal of room for improvement!
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
I have called my “card room” the “room of requirement” (from the Harry Potter books). It began as my son’s bedroom, became a guest room, then it was a “library”, and now my card making has pretty well claimed it! I even built shelves in the closet last summer to store many of my papers and other items.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
My current favorite products come from Whipper Snapper Designs, My Favorite Things, and Stamps of Life. Ben Franklin, Archivers, and Paper Wishes are my staple companies that I have used for years!
Do you have a favorite technique?
I really enjoy stamping and coloring in the designs with alcohol based markers and with water color pencils and markers. I do go in cycles though, and in a month or two I may be favoring a different technique.
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
I have used stamps for years and have not ventured into digis…but I think I may try them in the very near future!
Do you have a favorite theme?
My favorite theme is Christmas, although I totally enjoy the change of seasons and holidays. It is refreshing to be able to change themes and color palates.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I love to use all of the colors, and having the different seasons provides that opportunity. I am enjoying learning how to shade with alcohol markers and coloring in whimsical cards while I watch the Cubs play…yes, I’m a Cubs fan…season after season after season…
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I subscribe to Card Maker’s magazine, and Operation Write Home was one of their featured sites for donated cards a few years ago. I also donate cards to a Marines group in Tennessee and to children’s hospitals.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My father retired from the Coast Guard after World War II, and I had an uncle who was MIA over the sea of Japan in the same war. I can’t imagine being away so long from those you love, and I appreciate the sacrifice these men and women make for our country. It’s a small thing I do, but I hope it makes their assignments away from home a little more bearable.