Friday, December 14, 2007

Shannon F, Jamestown CA

About Shannon
I am a Mother of two, a wife, a student-teacher, and avid paper crafter. In addition to making cards for our troops I enjoy scrapbooking and making gifts for family and friends. I use my supplies and ability to make donations for fund raisers and to support causes such as Hospice, Breast Cancer Awareness, Operation: Quiet Comfort and for many individuals whose lives have been effected by cancer. For me, paper crafting is a “creative escape” and a hobby I enjoy very much.
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How long have you been making cards?
Well, not counting the ones I made as a child…I would say roughly 3 years.

How long making them for our heroes?
This year marks the 2nd Christmas I have made cards for our troops so it has been more than 2 years.

What's your favorite kind of card to make?
Pretty, feminine ones. However, I like to experiment with a variety of cards.

Do you have a special technique you love to use?
I love to use interesting color combinations and mix unlikely patterned papers.

Are there colors, styles, or products that draw you?
Colors: I love color!
Style: I would say I am drawn to clean, classic style. I also adore anything with a vintage feel and a shabby chic look.
Products: I love paper! It is an obsession really. Some of my favorite manufacturers include; Chatterbox, Scenic Route, Crate Paper, Basic Grey, My Mind’s Eye and Making Memories. I also love ribbon, chipboard accents/letters, fonts and embellishments of all sorts.

What motivates you to make cards for heroes?
I find this image very powerful. I printed it out on cardstock and have it next to my computer. I find it very motivating for making more cards. I also am motivated by...

  1. the thank you cards/notes we receive from our troops who accept the cards we make.
    the strong and loving families who are taking care of things at home while their loved ones are overseas.

  2. the encouraging words I receive from Veterans who know what I do as well as kind words from community and family members.

  3. I feel like this is my way to “pay it forward.” My youngest brother is a pilot for the U.S. Air Force and is currently protecting the homefront. He is stationed in Great Falls, MT and I am extremely proud of him. 

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