Happy Friday everyone! I’m delighted to introduce everyone to Kristie this week. I have a great group of her cards to share with you but before I do that I want to remind everyone that the deadline for the Mother’s Day Challenge is fast approaching. The challenge cards need to be in your shipper’s hands by March 20th to be entered in the prize drawing. Now onward to the inspiration! Kristie does not have a blog but you can of course leave her some love in the comments section at the end of this post. 

How long have you been stamping? I started scrapbooking a little over 15 years ago, and that is when I first started to use stamps. But when I was pregnant with my first child, he is 9 years old now, I decided to make my own baby announcements. I really enjoyed making the cards and I haven’t stopped.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft? I have always had a space set aside for crafting. In our current house, I used to have the entire 3rd bedroom all to myself with custom cabinets installed. However, 2 years ago, when my daughter was born, I lost my space and was crammed into the corner of our family room. It wasn’t working out well, so last year we converted our garage to the family room. Now the former family room has been painted my favorite color combination, pink and brown, and is home to my crafty supplies. Although, a corner of it is set aside as my daughter’s playroom. However, if she sees her mama crafting, she insists on sitting on my lap to “help”.
 
What are your favorite stamp/craft products? I have a very strong addiction to patterned paper, but recently have been purchasing more of the mini 6 X 6 paper pads. I enjoy having a variety of coordinating papers all together in one handy pad. I also love to use the Spellbinders Nestabilities.

Do you have a favorite technique? I really love to use the dry embossing plates to add texture to my cards. And I am also a huge fan of adding a bit of ribbon to finish it off. (Which makes it hard for me to make masculine cards.)

 
Are there colors you love to include on your cards? Pink is always my favorite color to use. But I also really love to use the autumn hues. I do try to challenge myself to use colors out of my comfort zone. Lately, I’ve also been using black for layering my cards to add that little extra something.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home? When I really started making cards, I felt the need to use the entire piece of patterned paper, so I would end up with a dozen or more of the same card. Since I continued to make cards and was only giving a small amount away, I ended up with boxes and boxes of cards sitting under my bed. One day I was reading on a scrapbook blog (can’t recall which one) that mentioned giving cards to Operation Write Home. So I went to the website and learned how I could help out with my cards. Last year was the first year I started making cards for OWH.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes? In a day of electronic communication, I believe having a physical card in your hands with writing from your loved one is irreplaceable. Our heroes and their loved ones deserve the best. They sacrifice so much for all of us everyday. This is one way I can help show my support and love to them.