Friday Featured Card Maker, Robin L., Plano, TX
There are so many things I like about Robin’s cards that I would have to issue a spoiler alert, so I will try my best to not say a word!!!! As you can imagine—for me that’s just plum near impossible. So I shall tell y’all a little about Robin instead! Robin calls Plano home, it’s just outside of Dallas. They have 6 Westies, 5 are rescues. She and that great guy she’s been married to for 14 years, have a hard time saying “no”, which I can understand—my dear McFadden was a pound rescue—he has passed now and I still miss him.
Y’all are fantastic at leaving comments, last week was no exception. Robin doesn’t have a blog, so leave a little something extra in the comments below. Now sit back, relax and enjoy Robin and these absolutely beautiful cards—I have a hard time picking a favorite—but notice the blue flower card with the turned image, and the circle card—CASEing both of these ideas—okay I promise not another word. Enjoy!!!
How long have you been stamping/card making?
I have been card making about 7 years. I saw an episode of Carol Duvall and they made a cute simple card. And I told Maggie (my Westie) Hey we could do that! And it just opened a whole new world. Now if I’m not making a card I’m learning, looking at cards, shopping for card supplies or thinking of making cards. I have been crocheting and other crafts for 30 + years. And found inspiration for a couple of the cards shown from StampTV, Judy Woodland, and darlenedesigns.com, and various sketches.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
I took over my son’s room when he moved out. It is my favorite place. And full of goodies. My husband is very supportive of my hobby/obsession. I think every crafter has a little bit of hoarder inside (HA). I have a computer and TV in my “studio” so I think I am very lucky. I have been lucky to get some storage from “repurposing”. I got a cassette holder for 50 cents that is great for ink [pad] storage. We found a drawer with dividers and turned it on its side and use it for a shelf. My work stations are a huge desk and a very deep wooden book case that we got for free. And I use a sewing desk for embossing. Most of my punches are in a shoe holder hanging in the closet.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
I get a lot of inspiration from StampTV by Gina K Designs. They have great sturdy cardstock and stamps. Hero Arts and Paper Smooches stamps are favorites too. Also Splitcoaststampers is another great place for ideas. I also follow Darlene Designs and Kristina Werner. Dies and punches are a must, couldn’t live without my Cuttlebug. I’m a sucker for stamps with coordinating dies.
Do you have a favorite technique?
I love to try different techniques. I donate card sets for different silent auctions too so I like to mix it up. Bleaching is fun too watching the color change. That’s the great thing about this hobby because there is always something new to learn. I enjoy different online classes. As for a favorite I guess just old fashioned stamping and coloring is my favorite.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
I do love all the sketches/tutorials on OWH. And Sandy’s videos are great. I especially love the 6X6 pad tutorial cause I love patterned paper. I think I am a paperholic. I have so many 6×6 pads and love them. And just hate to waste any of the paper. And I love how the sketches have measurements.
Do you prefer digi’s or stamps?
I like to use rubber/clear stamps. I haven’t used any digi’s as of yet. I guess I’m still old school. I like the hands on approach.
Do you have a favorite theme?
As for a favorite theme I love to do Happy Birthday, and Love cards because they are well happy. When I’m about ready to send a box I check and see what the needs are for that month. Sometimes I make cards that I can leave off the sentiment and add as needed. I made some of the Triple Time Stamping technique using some patterned paper which I could use for any number of themes.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
It really depends on the color of the paper I use. The bright happy colors are so much fun. My husband knows one of the guys in the paint department at Home Depot and they gave me a bunch of paint chips that they were going to throw away. Well I made them some cards and told them I make cards for OWH they started saving them for me and now I have a ton to use. So If you just ask they will usually be glad to give them.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I think I heard about OWH on Splitcoaststampers. I checked it out and knew it was something I really wanted to contribute to.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My motivation to make cards for our heroes is the easiest question. My Dad was a Green Beret in Vietnam and I remember my Mom making reel to reel tapes that we would talk on to send to him in a big care package. My husband J spent 22 years in the Navy. He is retired now and is so supportive of my participation with OWH too. We feel very passionate when it comes to supporting the troops. Everybody has different things they can do. And this is what I can do. And it makes it even better when you combine card making which I love so much and using that to support our nations heroes.