Calling all Cricut fans! I am so excited to be able to introduce you all to Shari from Grand Forks, North Dakota this week. Shari has such a fun, whimsical style and I know that you are going to enjoy seeing her truly creative cards. Of course you can leave a comment for her here but she has recently started blogging at Create, Inspire & Amuse and took part in the 2011 Year End Hop so I know you’ll also want to go have another look at her “Best of 2011” post to see more of her terrific work.

How long have you been stamping? I attended my first Stampin’ Up! party in 1998, and have been hooked on card making ever since. 

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
I am blessed to have a room dedicated to crafting where I can spread out my mess and close the door when I’m done!

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
This past year I invested in a Cricut and I’ve especially enjoyed making kid’s cards with the Create a Critter cartridge.  The sentiment stamps from coordinate really well with shapes from my Cricut cartridges.

Do you have a favorite technique?
I like to do a LOT of layering, and to add texture to my cards, I emboss things in my Cuttlebug whenever possible! My favorite card designs have a strong focal point, interesting color combination, some texture, and a bit of shine/sparkle.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I tend to seek out pretty patterned papers for color inspiration, and my favorite colors are blues and greens.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I ran across a link to the OWH website from a stamping blog, and was really impressed with the detailed information and resources available.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
Our service members and their families make huge sacrifices for our safety and freedom. Knowing my cards might help brighten their day is very motivating! Making cards for OWH is also a great opportunity to experiment with different themes and designs I normally wouldn’t make. Plus…the OWH community is great! A big “THANK YOU” for daily doses of fun and inspiration via your blog posts, Facebook posts and OWH TV. What an awesome group of talented and caring individuals!