Friday, January 25, 2008

I took a little break in all of my planning and scheduling today to PLAY a little. I have been wanting to play around with some background techniques. I have a little more tweaking to do before I am completely happy with this, but I had lots of fun playing. I used Ranger Color Wash, Heidi Swapp Masks, Leafing Pens, the Palette Stamp and Stick Gluepad, Gold Leafing, adhesive mesh, Perfect Pearls, and Mini Misters. With that selection, it's hard to go wrong. When I finished creating my background, I immediately thought of a flower I made a couple years ago that I've been needing a great background for...and it matched beautifully. If only I had time to play all day.

It has been so cold lately, I've been waiting for some snow, but so far nothing. My in-laws had snow at their house in Albany (just an hour and a half away). My husband thinks it will snow on Sunday when he is playing in a sand volleyball league...brrr.

Well, I received the email yesterday that I made the cut, and will get to be a part of the Stampin' Cat Studio design team. It should be lots of fun. I can't wait to get my hands on some fun products and start creating. Stampin' Cat Studio is a great store, and I love Lisa (the owner). In fact, a couple weeks ago I declared my own "celebrate Lisa" day. She has done so much to help me gain confidence teaching classes, and has given me great opportunities. And although I have SO much more to learn, I have already learned a lot from her about the industry in general, and various companies. I am excited that Stampin' Cat Studio will be one of the store sponsors for our The Paper Inspired Retreat coming up in May. So Lisa, here's to're amazing...don't let it go to your head (teasing).

By the way, if you haven't seen it yet, Tim Holtz just put some really neat new videos on his blog. The new videos highlight his new Fragments, Design Ruler, and Texture Hammer. To visit his blog, you can click on the link down to the left. As usual great videos, and even better products. In fact, maybe tommorrow I'll make something with the Texture Hammer and put it on here. To many cool little time to play. I'll have to remedy that (and I don't mean by getting rid of tools).

Ok everyone, as we speak, ok, as I write, my husband is out in the garage making more mini mister holders. Some of them will be going to Stampin' Cat Studio, but there may be a couple left. If you are interested, just leave me a comment with your email address, or email me personally (


Glee-scrap said...

Congratulations on making the Design Team, Valonda! This year I decided to get out of my comfort zone and entered my first contest(the Maya Road open call), but I didn't make it. I'm going to keep learning, and practicing and submitting until it happens!
It sure sounds like you know a lot of technics and have a lot of products from your list for the beautiful background you made...I don't even have a Mini Mister : (

I love Tim's videos, too, and The Creative Journey DVD is really great...I was so lucky to win it and a stamp on his blog the day after the 12 Tags of Christmas was over-it was a surprise has fueled the fire in me to want to learn MORE!

Keep warm, and I hope it snows for you(and your kids!)...Erin : )

Stampin'Cat Studio said...

Thank you for the complements, Valonda. You are a very talented lady. I'm thrilled that you are expanding your teaching horizons! If any one ever has a chance to take a class with you, they'd be sorry if they miss it! As evidenced by the number of "class full" signs we've had to put up at Stampin'Cat!

Have fun playing. I'm off to watch Tim's videos. Let's see what trouble I can get into now, too.