Friday, June 13, 2008

Lisa R, Lexington TN

Lisa’s Blog, The Tattered Tiara

About Lisa
A few years ago I moved to west TN, after living in Nashville, TN for over 35 years. There is no place like home. I’m blessed with two sons, Josh and Dakota. I’m also fortunate to have two kitties, Kahn & Bonnie Chelulah who run the household for me.

How long have you been making cards?
I believe those Valentine’s we made in elementary school started a card obsession for me. I’ve always loved to send cards. Imagine my delight at discovering rubber stamps in 1992. I had been scrapbooking for several years at that point. Cardmaking allowed me to use supplies on hand while venturing into a new world without limits.

How long making them for our heroes?
I began in the summer of 2007.

What is your favorite kind of card to make?
I enjoy the process of creating any type of card. My favorite are the mixed media cards using vintage images paired with unpredictable quotes.

Do you have a special technique you love to use?
I love the magic color pencil technique or more recently using markers and an aqua pen to color in stamped images.

Are there colors, style, or product that draw you?
The following are always on my worktable, K & Co., Basic Grey, 7gypsies patterned paper, Versafine ink, Purple Onion Design rubberstamps and a little bucket filled with bling.

What motivates you to make cards for heroes?
My pop, brother, uncles, grandfather, several cousins and my best friend have all served in the Army, Navy, Airforce and Marine Corp. Their service to our country totals over 100 years. Cardmaking is the least I can due to encourage our heroes.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Louise G, Niles IL

Louise’s Blog, Kard Krazy

About Louise
I’m 50 years old, married, and the proud mum (love that word) of one 21 year old son. I’ve worked for the State of Illinois as a court reporter for the last 30 years. It’s a great job, but does nothing to feed my creative spirit at all! Scrapbooking, stamping, altered projects, cardmaking and blogging are my creative outlets.

How long have you been making cards?
I started making cards about seven years ago after making my first scrapbook. I had lots of stuff left over and it just seemed to make sense. Since then I’ve loved the instant gratification that comes from card making. I’ve also found cardmaking as a great to give to others through a card ministry at our church as well as Cards for Heroes.

How long making them for our heroes?
I made my first batch of cards this spring. I had a cardmaking party as well where some close friends of mine gathered together to make cards. It was fun and productive!

What's your favorite kind of card to make?
My style has evolved from the early days when I used to use stickers on my cards to cards that featured mostly stamping to presently I am really
trying to learn the art of collage. I always have been drawn to collage.

Do you have a special technique you love to use?
I especially like when I can incorporate old family pictures into my work. I like to sort of create stories with my cards, and that really helps make it personal.

Are there colors, style, or products that draw you?
I love vintage and retro looks. That’s what I seem to be creating more and more of lately.

What motivates you to make cards for heroes?
My husband is a VietNam veteran. It is something that never leaves you. I know there is another generation of soldiers now that will be going through the same thing. It’s a little thing – but it’s a big thing, too, to be able to make cards for our soldiers.