Friday, January 25, 2008

Deloris T, Cinnamon Lake OH

About Deloris
I live in a small rural farm town in Ohio at a place called Cinnamon Lake. It’s a 130 acre lake community with boating, swimming and fishing. I’m married to a great guy and this July we will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary.


How long have you been making cards?
I got bit by the stamping bug in 2002 when I discovered the real flower and shadow stamps on the Hero Arts website.


How long making them for our heroes?
For the past three years I have been making cards for our heros and also for the seriously ill children at the Keiki Cards Charity.


What's your favorite kind of card to make?
Cute cards that feature images like Fluffles, House Mouse plus other animals.


Do you have a special technique you love to use?
I love coloring with Prismacolor pencils. I blend them with a white chalk eraser or with a blending stump and baby oil.


Are there colors, styles, or product that draw you?
Currently I am drawn to the new stamps from Hero Arts. I’ve gotten lots of ideas and inspiration from the great card samples in the new 2008 catty. I also love Penny Black stamps…the hedgehogs and ducks are my favorites.


What motivates you to make cards for heroes?
I’ve read so many nice comments from the troops about how much they appreciate the cards we send.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Ann L, Orem UT

About Ann
I have lived in Utah for the past 18 ½ years, a transplant from the Heartland of the USA. Was born in Iowa, lived in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. I took early retirement three years ago, am married, have one married son and one grandson. Hobbies at the present include scrap booking, reading, photography, card making and my most favorite hobby; being a child again with my 2 ½ year old grandson.


How long have you been making cards?
For the past 6 years I made cards using plain cardstock and photos that I had taken of nature here in Utah. I now belong to a card swap group and make cards for special friends for special occasions.


How long making them for our heroes?
I started making cards about a year ago when I responded to a request for cards for the troops and also was led to Operation Quiet Comfort.


What's your favorite kind of card to make?
I don’t have a special kind of card to make, every card is special. Each card shows my growth in card making.


Do you have a special technique you love to use?
I don’t have a specific technique; enjoying the process of card making and taking part in the recent “Hoarders Anonymous” challenges [using up special saved supplies!] are my favorite techniques. Still have techniques to learn and use (embossing).


Are there colors, styles, or products that draw you?
Since I scrapbook for my grandson, I am pulled to boy colors, but with the card making I love working with the bright colors and girly papers as well as anything patriotic.


What motivates you to make cards for heroes?
When I first read about this project - it spoke to my heart and my soul and was something I just had to be doing. I am in it for the long haul. It gives me great pleasure to be supporting our troops.


Friday, January 11, 2008

Dee N, Duluth MN

About Dee
I am a wife, mother of five (with 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren), and retired business owner. In addition to making cards for family, friends, our troops, and children with long-term or terminal illness. I enjoy scrapbooking, sewing, gardening, and cooking.


How long have you been making cards?
I’ve been making cards for about 3 years. Originally all my cards were computer generated but then I started to use up scraps of paper from scrapbooking over 20 years of pictures.


How long making them for our heroes?
I’ve been making cards for our heroes for about 4 months. I sent the first cards to my sister-in-law who included them with cards she was making for the troops.


What's your favorite kind of card to make?
Any card that our heroes can send to their loved ones letting them know they are loved and missed. I think it’s especially important they have cards to send to their children so I try to include cards specifically geared toward children. I also try to include cards that can be used for Operation: Quiet Comfort.


Do you have a special technique you love to use?
I enjoy trying different techniques and styles. Some days I prefer to keep things very simple and other days my creativity goes awry and anything goes–the more layering, sewing, stamping, painting, distressing & embossing, the better!


Are there colors, styles, or products that draw you?
Everything to do with making cards appeals to me. I love the wonderful assortment of paper & supplies available although I enjoy using “found” objects on cards, too. Who knew a piece of an onion bag could look so great on a card? Or a flattened beer cap? Or a washer from my husband’s tool box? Or a dried leaf or flower?


What motivates you to make cards for heroes?
Besides the fact that I truly enjoy making cards, my motivation to make them for our heroes comes from a number of places. Knowing these cards will help people keep in touch with those they love is the greatest motivation. Can you imagine how excited a child gets when a card comes from daddy or mommy or an aunt or uncle? How excited a spouse gets to hear from his/her loved one? A parent to hear from their child? When a cousin found out I was sending cards to the troops, I received this message:



“Nice to hear that you are doing things for our troops overseas. I spent a year in Thailand and Korea and know how much I missed home. As a pilot, my living conditions were much better than provided to our soldiers in the middle east. Thanks.”



And, of course, receiving notes of appreciation back from the troops themselves is the #1 reason!


 


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.