Thursday, May 14, 2009

Featured Cardmaker: Jody M, Scottsdale AZ

About Jody:
I am married, two grown children and life now evolves around the 2 yorkies that rule the house and a black lab.

How long have you been making cards?
I started making cards because I wanted to create my kids recipe albums that looked like scrapbooking. My 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 cards look a lot like my recipe cards. I learned this through a scrapbooking store in Scottsdale called My Scrapbook Studio. (now closed)

How did you hear about CFH?
I learned about Cards for Heroes through some odd email someone sent me about something else but there was a link to Cards for Heroes. I started looking at the website and was hooked. Unfortunately I only learned about this about 10 days before Christmas and had already made about 300 cards to send to a men and women's rehab center. I sent Sandy what I could muster up and some odd cards I had laying around. Since then I think I have sent around 600 or so cards split between you, Sandy and Kris. I recently committed to Kris to send her the smaller cards in May.

Do you have a special technique you love to use?
My techniques are very eclectic. I love paper, dimension and color/pattern combinations. I am not very good at stamping yet but trying. Since I did not start out as a stamper I still have the need to utilize all sorts of patterned paper. I am getting a lot of inspiration from Sandy's blog. I even bought my first Copic marker. I also love to make altered photo albums and give them to friends and relatives.

Are there colors, style, or product that draw you?
Lately not so much because I have been busy making some albums for friends and relatives getting married and having babies. I try to make cards almost every evening after dinner and also on the weekends. My scrap area is smack dab in the middle of our house right now so can always be part of the action. We bought an older house and are in the process of entertaining for me right now.

What motivates you to make cards for heroes?
Selfishly this helps me feed my habit because I love to create cards and how many can you give to friends and relatives????? The Heroes Blog is so inspirational and that is all I need to sit back down and start making cards. There is still nothing like receiving a letter or card in the mail. The effort that has gone into creating and maintaining this organization also inspires me. Just look at what has been accomplished just because of some blogs, emails, chats back and forth. I was and still am truly impressed.

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