Friday, January 4, 2008

Sandy A, Federal Way

About Sandy
I am a ’single mom’ of four - each one of whom has four legs!! My golden retriever, two adult cats, and one kitten all keep me company on long days in my craft room. The new kitten tries so hard to “help,” especially with embellishments! I’m an avid blogger (some might say “oversharer!") and active participant on a few message boards, and I really enjoy talking with others about crafting, and laughing together especially over this crazy hobby. By day I’m a graphic designer at a Christian humanitarian organization (World Vision), and hobbies other than paper are mostly played out in my garden - I have a weakness for flowers and critters! :)

How long have you been making cards?
I think I’ve always made crafty things, something artistic always going on. I started in heavily on cardmaking probably about 1996.

How long making them for our heroes?
I started in March of 2007. And I can’t seem to stop! :D

What's your favorite kind of card to make?
I love to make birthday cards…I love to celebrate people, so if I can customize a birthday card for the person it’s going to, that’s even better. When it comes to the cards for our heroes, I have a tender spot for those cards they’ll send someone to tell them how much they miss them. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be doing what they are, so far from their kids and spouses.

Do you have a special technique you love to use?
I go through phases, and right now I love mixing and layering patterned papers, ticket-punching corners, and stamping on large flowers…for a while I was edging *everything* with ink or distressing all my cards. Things change depending on what supplies I have jumping out to inpsire me! You can see by these samples that I’m kind of all over the place creatively.

Are there colors, styles, or products that draw you?
Colors: I tend to change with the seasons. But yellow is my fave color! So bright and cheery!
Style: I like a unique layout, no matter the style;
Products: Yes. Oh yes. Lots. I have an embarrassing number of stamps, love to use patterned papers, and those twinkling H20s.

What motivates you to make cards for heroes?
I saw this video, and just cried. It broke my heart, and changed me. I am not your average flag-waving patriot—or, should I say, I wasn’t before this. The images brought home to me the individual sacrifices made every day by the men and women who serve this country - no matter what I do or do not think about our government’s actions. These folks deserve our respect and support, and their families at home as well. The idea of a card carrying a double blessing - one for the deployed hero, and another for their loved one at home - gets me so excited. I just love knowing these cards will help people keep in touch with those they love.


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