Friday, February 27, 2009

Janine C, El Monte Ca

About Janine:


I’m single and live in southern California. I have a wonderful boyfriend, Scott, who is very tolerant of my stamping addiction. I also have a pile of rather spoiled fur babies. I work full time in a managerial position for a large insurance carrier. When I’m not working or making cards I like to read, watch baseball, basketball and boxing, cook, eat, and go to the gym to make up for all the cooking and the eating. 


How long have you been making cards?
I’ve always done some sort of card making or scrapbooking since the 1990s, but I didn’t get really serious until a couple of years ago. My friend invited me to her Stampin’ Up hostess group and that was it—I was hooked. I hardly ever scrap now, making cards is so much more fun!


How long making them for our heroes?
I think I started making cards for the troops in 2007. I would include them in my Any Soldier care packages if they had requested stationary. I sent my first box to CFH late last year.


How did you hear about CFH?
I first heard about CFH on 2 Peas in a Bucket.


What’s your favorite kind of card to make?
I love making birthday cards and cards for children—any opportunity to use a goofy animal stamp!


Do you have a special technique you love to use?
I don’t really have any special techniques. I like to color, but I’m not very good at it. Hopefully someday I’ll figure out that shading thing…


Are there colors, style, or product that draw you?
This is a tough question-for me it’s a matter of what DON’T I like. Besides my piles of Stampin’ Up stuff, I really like Hero Arts, A Muse, Papertrey and The Cat’s Pajamas stamps. I love ribbon and use it on almost every card I make. I love patterned paper. I am a vendor’s dream at a scrapbook expo-I buy tons of paper. It’s an illness. As far as color goes, I love bright, cheery colors. I know soldiers get tired of seeing green and brown all the time, so I keep that in mind when making my cards.


What motivates you to make cards for heroes?
Currently I have five family members who are either active duty or retired military personnel. Our family all does stuff to support the troops. I don’t quilt, I can’t knit fast enough to be of use to Operation Helmetliner, so I make cards. Plus it gives me an excuse to buy more stamps!


Friday, February 20, 2009

Denise W, Las Vegas NV

About Denise:
I was an active duty Army W.A.C., where I met and married a wonderful career military man. After meeting, we remained in the military and retired after 22 years. I worked as a military civilian (DAC), most of my adult life and worked along side some of the best military personnel our country had to offer. I have recently retired, where I now have the time to create cards in my spare time.


How long have you been making cards?
I have been making cards since the year 2000, when we moved to Las Vegas, and I met a wonderful Stampin-Up! demonstrator. I have been a Stampin Up! demonstrator (hobbyist) since 2006. I just love the discounts from Stampin Up! as a demonstrator, which helps me with my stamping addiction.


How long making them for our heroes?
I have been making them for 4-6 months.


How did you hear about CFH?
I heard about Cards for Heroes while trying to get new ideas for cards from the wonderful “Split Coast Stampers Blog.”


What’s your favorite kind of card to make?
My favorite cards are making birthday and thank you cards. There always seems to be someone needing a Happy Birthday reminder or a wonderful Thank You for something they have done.


Are there colors, style, or product that draw you?
I love using the Cuttlebug Embossing folders. I use my amazing new Sizzix Big Shot to emboss with. I find irresistible the Little Mice stamps from House-Mouse. All these wonderful products make some very cute and quick cards.


What motivates you to make cards for heroes?
Two things – One, I know from personal experience how hard the families have it when their loved ones are away from the families. It is always a nice feeling when you get something in writing that you can hold on to while your loved one is away. And second, it is nice to know someone can really use all the cards I make.