“I have been illustrating stamp sets and designing for Gina K Designs for three years, but I started stamping almost eight years ago. Those years of card making before I started illustrating were really valuable in planning out my sets and knowing what had been done before and what hadn’t. I love to experiment with new ideas and some of my favorite sets have been for stamps I haven’t seen anywhere else or feel like are “missing” from what is currently out there.
“Additionally, I met some amazing women through stamping that had a different family life than my own, Beate Johns, Emily Giovanni, and Carolyn King, stampers who have several young children and husbands that serve in the military. This separates their families for long periods of time, often transplants them to different cities and their children to different schools, but they all handle it with such grace and I am so grateful for those who make sacrifices like these, it really inspired me to create a special set to honor them.
|Where Your Heart Is|
“Shortly after I read a comment on a blog from a stamper who was actually the soldier, a mom who was in Iraq while her husband was at home with the children. This opened my eyes even more, realizing how much soldiers would also like to make and send cards like the ones I’d imagined for the set back home! I originally intended to call this set “Love & Service”, a set for making cards for heroes, and from heroes! But the set grew over time to include sentiments for people who serve in other capacities, clergy, nurses, volunteers, anyone with a servant heart, and then I found the perfect image that would convey love and thanks and still be appropriate for anyone to send to someone of any age: two hands forming a heart, a universal message of love. The finished set is called “Where Your Heart is” and is now available for purchase at Gina K Designs. The sentiment combinations are practically endless: “In our time apart, I am working for us” “I do this for our family” Praying for our country”, “Your letters mean everything to me”, “Thanks for your sacrifice” etc. I will be posting a tip sheet shortly with all the ones I’ve come up with, but I’ll probably miss a few! I am thankful to our have our Gina K Designs Design team showing off some of the possibilities for this set so beautifully, and thankful to Gina for donating two sets today!
“I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to read so many enthusiastic comments from ladies who participate in Operation Write Home when we previewed the set this week and excited about the support from OWH! I am grateful to Gina K for the opportunity to express myself creatively and for the freedom she gives me to design sets I feel will be meaningful to others. I truly believe the Lord laid these words and image in my heart to share with the world. It is a blessing to have crafters working with my stamps and a great privilege to be a small part of such meaningful causes as Operation Write Home. I hope you will visit my blog for more inspiration on how to use this set and others I’ve designed. Thank you all very much for reading and for your servants hearts that brighten the lives of our soldiers and their families! God bless!”
The GinaK Designs design team created samples with this stamp set to inspire us! Each designer’s blog is listed below their card, so be sure to go see them as well. Read on after the samples to see how you could be one of two winners of this set of stamps to use for your OWH cards!
There are two chances to win this set of stamps….one winner will be drawn from comments left here on our blog today, telling us why YOU make cards for our heroes. The other chance to win is by leaving a comment over on Melanie’s blog, Hands, Head and Heart! Comments are open til Monday night, PST – and if you stay tuned here, Melanie might have an extra goodie for us right here on S&S too. Good luck!