Featured Friday Cardmaker: Tanya B, Bemidji, MN
This week’s Featured Friday cardmaker is Tanya B, from Bemidji, Minnesota! Like so many cardmakers, she has a personal reason for making cards for Operation Write Home. Please leave a bunch of OWH love either here in the comments or on her blog: Tinkerin in ink With Tanya!
How long have you been stamping?
I started out as a scrapbooker about 15 years ago, which grew into all kinds of papercrafting and stamping about 10 years ago. I have to admit I only grudgingly started making cards back in 2005 when I joined a Stamp Club and made 3 projects, including one card, every month… Now I make more cards than anything else!
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
I do have an area of my home dedicated to my crafting, half of our great room that overlooks the lovely pine forest we live in. I have to admit that I frequently take of over the pool table in the throws of a creative fit, lol!
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
Wow, that is a little like asking if I have a favorite child! I love texture and depth, a little bling, die cuts and embossing, ribbon and buttons, brads and Baker’s Twine. I have also been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator since 2006. (I signed up for the discount and it grew a bit almost by itself!)
Do you have a favorite technique?
All of them! One of my signature touches is that I like to outline elements and layers, most of the time with my Signo white gel pen. I also love real stitching and paper piercing.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
Several! I mean, who couldn’t use a little design inspiration? I like that the sketches are general enough you can really use them as a jumping point. Oh, and the Interactive Cardmaking Project that Sandy spent a year building?! Amazing! If you have not checked it out, you need to. Right now!
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
Stamps. I do have My Digital Studio from Stampin’ Up! and have used it for alot of hybrid stuff, and for more scrapbooking than I thought I would, especially after my family got me a 12×12 printer for Mother’s Day last year. Now I even print my own patterned papers sometimes.
Do you have a favorite theme?
Rustic? Modern Country? I think I am kind of all over the place, but I do a lot of masculine stuff as I have mostly boys/men in my life, and there aren’t alot of ideas out there for masculine stuff.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I tend to gravitate to blues and greens. I use so much Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) paper that I always have one full unopened pack on standby! I try to use all the colors and purposefully look at my stash to find a color that needs some loving when I am just randomly making a project.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
Gosh, I think it was either on Splitcoaststampers.com or on someone’s personal blog…
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
This is just such a worthy cause, and when I found it, I was inspired to contribute to it. We had family members serving in Afghanistan at the time, and several of my kids’ friends were 17-18 years old and signing up for the service, and I thought about all of them. This just seemed like a personal and meaningful way to give back, and to let both the service member AND their families know that we appreciate their sacrifices.