Nancy and her family (Husband, two teen boys and various pet life!) live in Ammon, Idaho.They are not very far away from Yellowstone National Park and they spend a lot of time in the summer just outside the park and do a ton of camping and outdoorsy type stuff! She blogs over at Scrap Happens! and she has a YouTubeChannel with some great stuff so be sure to check out her blog.
How long have you been stamping? I have been stamping and scrapbooking and making cards and other paper crafts since childhood. I got real serious about scrapbooking when my son was born and I started making his baby album. Card making just kind of naturally followed – since it was a great way to use up extra supplies. These days, cards are the things that I make the most often, and enjoy the most!
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft? My hubby has been generous enough to allow me to take over what was once a formal dining area. We usually eat in the kitchen nook or in the living room (bad, I know…) so this space was perfect for me. I like it because I can work at my table and still see what the family is up to out in the TV area or kitchen. My dream is to some day have a whole scrap room or even a “Scrap Shack” (one of those very nice storage buildings) out in the yard.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products? I love all products, but lately I have a real fondness for edge punches, Spellbinder products, my Cuttlebug embossing folders, and digital stamps. I love heat embossing, and I could not live without my Cricut machine. I also love to find alternative items – and incorporate them into my cards in ways that may be new or fun. (See: dryer sheet cards and puff-paint cheese!) I have been known to use twigs, leaves, pine needles, pine cones, bark, real flowers and various things stolen from my husbands’ garage on my cards – much to his dismay.
Do you have a favorite technique? I think that my favorite thing about techniques is finding my own, or inventing new ones. Nothing excites me more than coming up with something completely unique! I also love making video tutorials about what I do, but I am a complete nutball. Nothing about my videos is serious or professional. The lighting and editing is bad. I love to add cheesey music and sound effects. But people seem to like them, so I will keep making them, as long as people keep asking! I love to try to make digi-stamps but my doodling is not that awesome, so they don’t happen very often.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards? I love jewel tones, bright primary colors, and earthy colors and patterns. As the only lady of the house, I tend to lean more towards the masculine side of things. Nobody but me seems to appreciate pink, fluffy, flowery or sparkly around here. . . but I am ok with that. 🙂 I try to make cards that men would like, so I tend to use a lot of metallics, woods, reds, browns, twines and even leather or suede.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home? I first heard of OWH when it was called “Cards for Heroes.” A lot of ladies that I know either had sons or husbands deployed. I had just made one of my first “Hero” cards for a co-worker, when her brother (a classmate of mine) was deployed to Iraq for the second time or so. Some kind of internet search I was doing brought me to the “Cards For Heroes” site and it was like magic… I had a metric TON of unused, handmade cards around the house, and found OWH to be exactly what I was looking for! I have been involved ever since.