This week I’d like to introduce you all to Dotti. She’s recently joined the OWH Blog Team and will be working behind the scenes at OWH on the Board of Directors too. Dotti’s told me that she spends way too much time looking at all the great cards on other peoples blogs to have time to keep up her own blog! (I know that feeling!) Be sure to leave a hello in the comments section of this post for her.

How long have you been stamping? Since 2000, when my hubby gave me a birthday gift of a Basic Stamping class at a local stamp store. Wow, I was immediately hooked!

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft? Yes, in fact I’ve “taken over” (as my hubby calls it) four separate rooms in our house. I don’t craft in them all, but they all have lots of craft supplies in them! I end up doing all my crafting at the dining room table because it’s in the big open area between our kitchen and living room – so I can “hang out” with my hubby while I’m crafting! 🙂

What are your favorite stamp/craft products? I love my Cuddlebug with the dies and embossing folders. I also love embellishments and ribbon and all kinds of paper…LOTS of paper!

Do you have a favorite technique? I love learning new techniques because I get bored doing the same thing over and over! I really like dry and heat embossing though – love the depth that it creates. So, I guess, I like anything that “pops” off the card and gives it some dimension! I also like different textures on cards, like fabric, ribbon and specialty papers.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards? All of them! Of course, it depends on the theme of the card. If it’s not theme specific, it seems like I gravitate to browns and greens. But I also really like black and white, with a splash of a bold color…yeah, all of them! LOL! 🙂

How did you hear about Operation Write Home? A friend invited me to an OWH Card Making party at a Federal Way scrapbook store that Sandy hosted in June 2011. We stayed the entire day and I just loved it…the mission of OWH captured my heart.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes? I have a passion for encouraging people to use their gifts and talents to serve others. One of the ways I love to do this is by making cards to encourage people, and have wanted to find a way to impact others with this gift for years. I was so excited to have found OWH with an organized way to support and encourage our troops to stay connected with their families using handmade cards! I knew right away that this was the opportunity to serve others that had been on my heart for so long (I just didn’t have any idea of how to accomplish it!). I am blessed by the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our heroes and their families by serving them through OWH!