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”.

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