Friday, July 25, 2008

Lori L, Elyria OH

About Lori
My name is Lori, I live in Ohio with my hubby of 24 years. I have 3 children ages 22, 18, and 15. My family is my life, we are all very close. I’ve always loved crafts of all sorts and have tried many different things over the years, but paper crafts is one of my favorites.

How long have you been making cards?
When I was a young girl I always looked forward to special occasions and holidays because it meant that I could make something for that person. I had a shoebox full of glue, crayons, scissors, construction paper, and glitter. While other kids my age were outside playing, I was in my room crafting, and I haven’t stopped craftin’ since, lol!

How long making them for our heroes?
I suppose it’s been approximately 6 months or so.

How did you learn about CFH?
I met Sandy and Claudia (wonderful ladies) thru an online scrapbooking message board and learned thru them.

What is your favorite kind of card to make?
I’m not sure I have a favorite, although I still love making special birthday cards for family members, it’s a labor of love. But I love making all different kinds.

Do you have a special technique you like to use?
I love using chalks on my cards, I love the soft effect it gives. But I would love to learn new techniques.

Are there colors, style, or product that draw you?
I love working with vintage type of materials, old jewelry finds, doo-dads, lace, ribbons, buttons. I also love anything “nature” as well as cute cuddly animal images.

What is your motivation to make cards for our heroes?
My younger brother Ron has been with the Air Force for years. And although he had been taken overseas a couple times for calls of duty, nothing compared to the worry and fear we all felt when he was deployed to Iraq when the war started. When the whole family gathered at my house that Christmas, including Ron’s wife and 3 kids, I had set a special setting for Ron at the dinner table, instead of Ron sitting there where he should have been, I had a candle set in his honor and his wife and kids lit the candle as we all sat down to dinner. Thank the Good Lord that he came home safe many months later. When I learned of Cards for Heroes I knew it was something I had to do. I can’t even fathom the things our soldiers go thru for us, and they ask for nothing in return. Every single one of them is a hero.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Kris A, Olathe KS

About Kris
I’m a SAHM to two teenages (14 year old daughter - Freshman and 17 year old son - Junior) and married for 19 years to my husband Terry. I love to volunteer. Some of the places I volunteer are Operation Christmas Child, CFH, Operation Quiet Comfort, Youth missions coordinator at church, Homes Association board member, PTO and for my kids’ sports teams. We live in Olathe KS but I’m a Washington State native. I have also lived in Michigan and Arizona.

How long have you been making cards?
I have been stamping since about 1998. Met someone at a church we visited when we first moved here and went to a party she had and was hooked.

How long making them for our heroes?
Since January 2008.

What is your favorite kind of card to make?
My favorite card would be birthday and Christmas cards.

Do you have a special technique you love to use?
I will try any technique at least once. At the moment, my favorite would be coloring with my prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits. Generally I like the simple, elegant style of cards with few embellishments or layers.

Are there colors, style, or product that draw you?
Bright colors, anything green, any shaped brad and ribbon. But then again, it depends on my creative mood and time of the year.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My husband was in the Army in the early 80’s and our nephew returned home this past December from his second tour in Iraq. We also know several people at church who have a family member serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.