Friday, April 25, 2008

Leslie F, Clinton UT

About Leslie
I live in Clinton, UT with my hubbie, Dave and our menagerie of four dogs and a cat. We have three kids, two boys and a girl. We also have three grandchildren with a fourth grandbaby due in November. I am a freelance writer and currently write a bi-monthly column for on crafting with grandchildren.

How long have you been making cards?
I’ve made cards for about ten years, mostly as a method to practice some skill I was trying to perfect in scrapbooking.

How long making them for our heroes?
I saw the information about Cards for Heroes in December of ’07 on the Two Peas Message Board and started making cards in earnest for our Heroes in January.

What is your favorite kind of card to make?
My favorite kind of cards to make are those with simple messages like thinking of you or miss you!

Do you have a special technique you love to use?
I don’t have a favorite technique as yet, as I still feel like I’m very much a beginner. I love to work with patterned paper and embellishments and am learning how to use copic markers to color in stamped images.

Are there colors, styles, or products that draw you?
As far as color and product lines I’m pretty eclectic, but am almost always drawn to My Mind’s Eye and Daisy D’s. My current stamp “favs” are Hero Arts and anything hedgehog by Penny Black.

What motivates you to make cards for heroes?
Making these cards is a tangible thank you from myself, (and my family), to these unselfish individuals who are willing to put their lives on the line for our freedom. It is a small gesture, but I always hope that those that receive the cards see beyond the paper and embellishments to the underlying appreciation of their willingness to serve.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Kathay P, Humble TX

About Kathay
I am a professional Sign Language Interpreter, specializing in medical, in my real life. I do a small amount of legal, but prefer medical. The more serious, the more I enjoy the challenge. I also interpret in a huge church every Sunday for the Deaf people in the congregation. I have been interpreting for over 24 years and spent approximately nine of those 24 years interpreting in several different medical schools… this included physical therapy, phlebotomy, otolaryngology, obstetrics/gynecology, and general medicine. Prior to becoming an Interpreter, I spent several years involved in veterinary medicine, including Marine Mammal Stranding Network – focused on the rescue of dolphins and even one whale. I worked as an Educator and Presenter for exotic animals in an Animal Therapy program and have 2 rescue dogs and 3 rescue cats of my own.

How long have you been making cards?
I started making cards about 6 years ago and it became my “psychiatrist” as my job can be so serious. The first time I saw gold embossing powder melt, I was hooked.

How long making them for our heroes?
I began making cards for military personnel just this past Christmas (2007) as it was hard to find individual addresses for service men and women, but through one of my online stamping groups, I was given 12 personal names and addresses for service men and women serving in Iraq.

How did you find out about CFH?
Dick Robinson with House Mouse Stamps sent out an E-mail to his yahoo group, telling us about Cards for Heroes. I donated money, but felt this was something I wanted to do. I got out my “stash” and sent them off to Sandy. I have about 80 ready to go right now, just need to box them up and get to the post office.

What's your favorite kind of card to make?
I love elegant cards – I am a real nature lover so I use a lot of trees, leaves, scenic stamps and flowers. The more complicated the card, the more I enjoy making it. I love making very unusual backgrounds, using my Score-It and Lumiere paints. I love Twinkling H2O’s (watercolor) and chalks. My big thing is BLING!!! Love anything that shines, glistens, glimmers or blings!

Do you have a favorite kind, color, style of card?
I love any color as long as it is of the “cool” family. I love blues, greens, purples, pinks, and shades of yellow that are to the blue/yellow shade. I also love red, but not orange reds… The only time I ever use orange for anything is at Halloween (Which is my favorite holiday) I never use rust and brown except in the fall for the leaves.

My favorite stamps are Stampscapes, B&J Artstamps, StampZia (Zana Clark is a dear friend), OnyxXpressions, Inkadinkado, Penny Black brushstroke, Dee Gruenig, and StampinUp. I am not crazy about the clear acrylic stamps and still prefer the good old fashioned rubber – red, black, green, or whatever as long as it’s cut deeply and clearly.

What motivates you to make cards for heroes?
My grandsons are 13 and 10 – I pray with all my heart that this horrible war is over by the time they become draft age. I so respect the men and women who are willing to leave their families, the safety of the US, their professions, and all that’s dear to them to risk their lives to protect those of us still here. If a card can bring a smile to their face, then what a small price we pay for that honor. I have been blessed to have received “Thank You” notes from some of the service men that I sent a simple Christmas card last year. My heart was so full when I realized that this small token – a Christmas card – could mean so much to some person who is so brave and unselfish. I will continue to do what little I can – making cards – to hopefully bring a tiny drop of “home” to such a giving soldier. It’s not much, but at least it’s a way to say “Thank You”.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Lauren H, Fort Collins CO

Lauren's blog: here.

About Lauren
I live in Northern Colorado with my wonderful husband Andy and our two lovely dogs, Hailey & Crackers. I work in the admin/clerical field full time outside the home, but we all know it’s really just the “means” for my craft supplies!

How long have you been making cards?
a little over one year

How long making them for our heroes?
a little over 4 months

What's your favorite kind of card to make?
Hmmmm…. the fast, easy one that comes together looking amazing??? Seriously, I like punches, patterned paper, inked edges & rub ons. Fast, easy - fun. :o)

Do you have a special technique you love to use?
I seem to like inking the edges of things… does that count? I also love using punches.

Are there colors, styles, or products that draw you?
I LOVE the color blue and anything by Hambly. But when it comes to card making, I really try to fit my audience. I am NOT a pink kinda girl. But if it involves my niece or valentine’s day, you will find me embracing pink! I also use it as a place to try techniques out and most often am pleasantly surprised with the results.

What motivates you to make cards for heroes?
I have a cousin and a friend who both spent time in Iraq a few years ago. I know the love and support they both need to give and receive. Card for Heroes gives the love and support to the troops and then allows them to give that love and support back to their families. Wonderful! And don’t forget to make “thank you” cards for our heroes too!!! They need love, support and encouragement for a swift recovery and hopefully a quick trip home!