Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stars in Our Eyes

     Yipee! One day to the first class of my Tools and Techniques course. Sharing my love of all things inky makes me blissful, so I'm really looking forward to class. My first theme, Stars in Our Eyes,  was inspired by a new stamp set in Stampin' Up's upcoming Holiday Catalog: Bright & Beautiful. The catalog goes live on August 28, but I was unable to resist the offer of the discounted bundle on my demonstrator pre-order, so the set and the coordinating Stars Framelits Dies are mine!  (Insert gleeful chuckle here. ;))

Here's a little preview.
     We'll be doing a few projects that use the stamps and framelits to illustrate several fun techniques.  Heat embossing was the technique that confirmed my stamping fanatacism. One of my favorite embossed looks is metallic embossing powder on metallic cardstock. Much wow, as my kids say.

     So I'm all starry eyed over stamping right now & looking forward to sharing a little stardust with my stamping buddies. I hope you get to have some stamping time, too.

                                                            Happy Stampy!





Sunday, August 3, 2014

Classes Starting Soon!

Happy Times! My classes are starting soon. Please check under the "Class" tab for information.

If you are reading this in email, this is today's second post. Please check out the home page for the regular post.

                                                                   Happy Stamping!

                                                                                        Valli

Summer Dreams

     One of the great aspects of stamping and paper art is the multitude of colors available for us. I love color--lots of color—and a lot of colors. My favorite color must be plaid. (I know, it's an old joke, but true.) I have commitment issues.

     So how do I choose a palette for a project? If the colors are not dictated by the subject, I find that my choices are driven by the seasons. Here in Tennessee, we have four seasons (even if winter is sort of an abbreviated sample, it still counts). Gentle spring temperatures are notable because they aren't summer temps. Summer temps are discussed because IT'S A MATTER OF SURVIVAL, folks. We use oxygen tanks* for outdoor work and take hot showers** to cool down. Autumn temperatures are celebrated because we survived summer. Winter, because if it's too mild, we could pay for it in the summer.

     It is summer now, and I love it!     
Loving Thoughts, Flower Fair & Project Life Cards and Labels
 Framelits, Striped Scallop Thinlits
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey

    You might think that in summer, I would use cool, calm, light colors. Nope, no pastels here. Light blues and purples maybe, but reds, yellows, oranges definitely—I have to celebrate my favorite season.

     Autumn is my next favorite and anything goes, but I lean toward the secondary tones. Winter, jewel tones, 'cause icy colors are, well, too cold. Pastels finally get a little attention in spring, mainly because I don't want them to feel neglected.

*Just kidding. We have gills.
**Not kidding.

   
       And now, in tribute to my mother, who taught me not to be afraid of color, I'd like to share a clip from "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House." Mrs. Blandings could have been modeled after her.  I sure was!

So, how do you choose colors for your projects? Are you seasonally constricted? 

                                                                      Stamp Your Colorful Bliss