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Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 14 comments

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!

Tanya B FF


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.

Tanya B FF

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.


Tanya B FF

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.


Tanya B FF


How did you hear about Operation Write Home?

Gosh, I think it was either on 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.















  1. Tanya, I love your style. While I’m not usually attracted to the country themes, I love your pig and rooster cards – awesome! I will be following your blog. Thanks, JoAnn, for spotlighting another inspiring card maker!

  2. Tanya your cards are so cute. I am really liking the one with the chicken, probably because of the chicken-wire like paper. Thank you for all you do for Operation Write Home.

  3. Tanya, really like all of these cards – your style is right up my alley! And your ‘signature’ white penwork is just perfect on everyone of those samples! Thanks for sharing yourself and your cards.

  4. Tanya, I’m with the others. These are such great cards! I’m with Tanya in that country usually isn’t my thing, either. But you rocked it and now I’m thinking I really need that chicken-wire! 🙂

  5. My favorite is the masculine sailing ship. Love the colors and the energy the diagonal stripe adds. It’s balanced nicely with the ribbon and buttons too.

  6. I too love the sailing ship card, the image is awesome and the diagonal stripes give it a sense of movement. Nicely done. I like that you seem to use vertical sketches and that inspires me as I almost always do horizontal ones!

  7. What a great style – this is really unique and so great for masculine cards.

  8. I love the work that you do! Thank you for sharing!

  9. You have wonderful style and creativity! My favorite of the featured cards is the sailing ship. Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing!

  10. Hi Tanya! Thanks for sharing these samples of your work and for inspiring us with your creativity and talent. I also enjoyed visiting your blog, where there is much more gorgeous-ness!!

  11. Beautiful group of cards Tanya! These are all so nice that I don’t know if I can pick out one as a favorite. Each one shows and attention to detail and the colors are all so beautifully coordinated in each. Your signature touch of drawing outlines on layers and elements is great. You must have a very steady hand to manage that so well. 🙂 Congrats on being featured this week and thanks for the inspiration!

  12. I love all oof ur cards. I also make cards for OWH.
    Seeing so many beautiflul cards is wonderful. I find it difficult to make cards for me. The card with the ship is really great. for a man’s card.
    Thanks so much for ur cards.
    Now I need to get back to making more cards.
    i am trying to ship approx. 150 next month.

  13. Congratulations! Your work definitely deserves to be featured. Your cards are wonderful…I can’t wait to see what you have on your blog. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to seeing more of your creativity!

  14. thank you for featuring Tanya and her beautiful cards! I scraplifted the “ps. I love you” card last night and it came out great!


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