Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Stampin Wisdom

I'd like to share a piece of Stamping wisdom that I recently acquired. I have been stamping and scrapping for over 10 years and I just did it for the fun. Never stopped to think about "colour rules", never had any formal art classes - just enjoyed creating and sharing.

But I felt that sometimes I didn't quite attain that professional look that I wanted. Is that you? There are tons of indepth suggestions on how to choose color (monochromatic, tri-colour etc) but simply put, it is recommended that you stick to no more than 3 main colours, and try and have these colors all show up at least twice on what you are producing. Then the real trick - how do you choose the colours? Start with your paper!

I always started with my image, coloured it as I thought it should be coloured and then tried to find something that worked. I had an idea but when I put it all together, it really didn't look great. I describe my style as a cross between Thomas Kinkaide (he does the cottages scenes with all the beautiful garden colours) and Picasso - primarily the mixed up face. See, no art class! I don't know the name of this painting but I am sure you know what I am talking about. I never put enough planning into my final product. As I said, I just wanted to create.

So there you have it! Try it yourself and see if you get a different result. Stampin Up uses the same principle in that if you were new to our product and I was recommending what to buy, I would try and get you to pick one of our 4 colour groups, choose some ink or markers from the same colour group, a neutral paper pack and maybe a designer paperpack. (of course a stamp set silly!) You would not be able to go wrong as all these colours would match beautifully. So if you are in the neighbourhood, I would be happy to show you how this works. In the meantime, start with your paper!

Stampin Class - Easter and Mothers Day Card

These are the cards that we created in my most recent Stampin Up class. The first two cards are adapted from cards I received in a card swap, the third one I designed. I hope to inspire you with my different cards using different product lines. The next mini catalogue comes out May 1st and has some great new stamp set and other new product lines to Stampin Up. Look for your catalogue in the mail later this month.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tilda celebrates my Grand-Daughter's Birthday!

Getting together with family is great - but when you have an occaison to make a card it is even better! We were celebrating birthdays this weekend, including my grand-daughter. So I decided to let Tilda join the fun. As part of an upcoming card swap - I will be including this image and paper. I just needed to see what I could do with my own kit.

Feeling Green for Spring - Using Winter Stamps

Ok - so I am one of those gals who believes in preparing for Christmas starting January 1st! I love this idea of Christmas in July - heck, April, May and September. You get the idea. Some of my new Magnolia Stamps were winter scenes. I couldn't just let them sit there till next year. So here they are.
The winter scene is a Magnolia stamp called Winter Night, and the first card uses the Tilda Caroller as a compliment. The second card is a tent card, so the scene is actually hanging. It helps that I dabble in jewellery making as I went running looking for jump rings! The bottom card has Tilda and Edwin outside and opens up to a skating scene. I used the space on the back of the circle from the front to put on a greeting. Enjoy!