Name: Heather Hoffman
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:
Hi! My name is Heather, wife to the man of my dreams (Michael) and mother to two beautiful (inside and out!) daughters—Katie (13) and Amy (12). I began making cards after my mom and husband conspired to purchase a Cricut machine for me for my 30th birthday; I soon fell in love with the ability to sit down and in a short amount of time create a finished card. It’s amazing how good it feels to complete something when you are raising two young kids! I soon discovered that I couldn’t use all the cards I was making, and began selling them with all proceeds going toward building houses for widows and their children in Burundi, Africa—which is how my blog got its name, Houses Built of Cards. If you’re interested, you can read more on my blog HERE!
Here are a few of Heather’s favorite cards she’s created:
This is one of my favorite cards—a rare time when I wasn’t rushed with life or a deadline. I created it for no other reason than because I wanted, too. I took time to color, fussy cut, arrange, then re-arrange until I loved it.
As with most people, guy cards can be some of the hardest to make for me. So I was thrilled with this card! It was totally fun to color these darling images, and the layers were so fun as well!
These are special to me because I used a technique that I had never seen anywhere before. It was something that popped into my head as I was falling asleep one night, and I was so excited when it worked the way I hoped! I call it double layer embossing; basically, it’s stamping the images in clear embossing ink, then the sentiment in black pigment ink, then embossing them all at once with clear embossing powder before applying distress inks over the whole thing. So fun for flat, easy-to-mail cards!
This was probably my most liked card posted on Instagram this past year. Both the sneak peek and the final photos made it on my nine most liked photos of 2016. I adore plaid lately, and adding a sparkly shaker window was super fun!
And finally, as I was narrowing down my favorites from the year, I almost decided to leave this one out (or “cut the crap” as my hubby and I jokingly laughed!) but I just LOVED combining different sentiments with these adorable images to create these hilarious cards. They make me laugh every.single.time!!!
My favorite junk food is chewy candies like caramels, gummy bears, etc. All those things that are horrible for your teeth but SOOO yummy!
If I could take a vacation anywhere, I would love to go to Scotland, Ireland, or New Zealand—they have been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember!
The one word that best describes me is … just one? Ugh … so hard! I would say “caring.” I had hubby help me!
If I could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), it would be some of the amazing women that I gained as friends when we lived in Wyoming a couple years ago and rarely get to see. I love and miss them so much!
My favorite movie/television show is stuff we can watch on Netflix! We have never had cable or satellite in the nearly 17 years we have been married, but we enjoy watching different shows that way on our own schedule and time frame. And I love animated movies. Some of my favorites are Frozen (I know—it should drive me crazy by now, but I still love it!), Tangled and Home—they always crack me up!
I’d love to learn how to manage my time better which is something that challenges me daily.
I’m never without my water glass or water bottle. I almost panic if I leave home without water, and even if I wasn’t thirsty, I suddenly can think of nothing I want more than a drink of water. I must have some hidden fear of dying of thirst?