Happy Friday everyone! This week I’d like you all to meet Joanne. I’m happy to be able to share some of her beautiful cards with you (including some love themes to help get you geared up for Valentine’s Day) here today. Joanne has a blog chock full of more terrific work so be sure to pay her a visit at www.sleepyinseattle.net and of course you can leave her some love here at the end of this post too.

How long have you been stamping?
I think it has been 10 years already. A friend brought me to a stamping party and I was hooked right away.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
Yes, I have the stamp room of my dreams. When we were out house hunting and I saw this home with a room with a wall of built in shelves, I knew it was the one for me. We have recently completed a renovation with new paint all around and new carpet. I am in my happy place here!

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
I love so many different company’s products, the stamp and paper selections just keep getting better all the time. I am really partial to Stampin’ Up and mostly buy from them, they are my absolute favorite! I think my most used product is the Big Shot and all of the different dies and embossing folders.
Do you have a favorite technique?
I think my favorite technique is learning new techniques! Don’t be afraid to try new things. Whenever I get stuck with a creative block, I go to my favorite websites and challenge blogs and pick a technique I’ve never tried before or pair up a new sketch with a specified color combination or theme. It really helps you to get some focus and get your creativity going again.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards? 
I love red! I think my favorite color combination is black, white and red, followed closely by chocolate and pink.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?

I heard about OWH on a blog but I can’t recall which blog it was.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
I have the greatest respect and admiration for our military and their families. What they do for us is amazing and I don’t know how I could ever express the gratitude that is in my heart. I pray for them daily and I hope that I can bring some joy by sending cards so they can keep in touch with their friends and family when they are so far apart.

Note: while standard A2 cards are preffered by OWH square cards are accepted but please be certain to include an envelope to fit your card. Shipper’s do not have square envelopes readily available and without an envelope they cannot be sent for use by our heroes.