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Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 14 comments

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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14 Comments

  1. Wonderful Cards Suzanne!
    Love all the patterns & colors!
    Each is so different but every one of your great images is really highlighted!

  2. Susanne,
    So nice that you are the featured card maker this week. Congratulations. Your cards are colorful and cheerful. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Great cards and I love your coloring! 🙂 It really adds a nice touch to the cards to have an image on there.

  4. Good to see someone in Nebraska helping out! Love your cards! Keep up the good work that you do.

  5. These are all nice but I just love the little boy in the big hat! Beautifully colored and a perfect composition that really lets the image take center stage. I think every card maker can relate to looking back on their first cards and cringing a little (LOL) and I know a lot of us are glad to hear you say that today. 🙂 Congratulations on being chosen as this week’s Featured Cardmaker Suzanne!

  6. I love the cards you created. You are very talented and your coloring is wonderful!

  7. Beautiful cards and wonderful colors! You are so talented!!

  8. Suzanne, what a gorgeous group of cards! I especially liked the wonderful shading on the flower pot–looks so nicely rounded; the bright/crisp blue and white paper with the darling and beautifully colored little boy; the FUN colors and perfectly matching sentiment on the girl with the star wand; and the CAS earthy-colored tree card. Congratulations on being featured!

  9. I love you cards, they have nice color and depth. Thank you for sharing ideas!
    Lyn

  10. Hi Suzanne…sweet cards…adorable images! Thanks for sharing your talent with OWH!

  11. Hello Suzanne from a fellow Lincolnite! Nice to know of other OWH’ers living here! 🙂 Your cards are wonderful…you’re obviously very skilled in coloring and shading. And I see such a strong focal point in each of your cards….great designs. Congratulations with being this weeks featured card maker!

  12. WOW- All of your cards are fabulous- love your style! I hear you about changing it up with techniques every so often- but please do not give up on your alcohol markers– your coloring is outstanding! And please consider do a blog– I want to see more of your creations!!

  13. Wonderful cards Suzanne! I love your ” room of requirement” and your coloring. Best of luck on your adventure into digi-stamps, if you do so. Watch out, it’s just as addictive. 🙂 Stock up on printer ink now!!

  14. Beautiful cards Suzanne. I love the images and how well you put colors, patterns and shapes together so complimentary!

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