Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Put me in Coach, I'm ready to play!

Hello stampers!  Welcome to Wednesday! 

Do you remember the song "Centerfield" by John Fogerty?  The lyrics went something like this:  Put me in coach, I'm ready to play today.  Look at me, I could be centerfield."   Well, today I'm not talking about baseball, but about another kind of coach... the Stampin'Up! Color Coach.  With this tool, your cards will be amazing, and I'm not kidding around when I say that.  With the color coach, you will be ready to play... with your stamps, paper, and ink!

The Color Coach (#120148, 14.95) is a great investment.  It consists of 50 double sided cards put together with a removable metal fastener so that you can add additional cards as new In-Colors are introduced each year.  The front side of the card shows one of the Stampin'Up! colors, but the back side of the card is the best part, as it gives two color combination suggestions, with each combo showing 3 colors.  Most of the color suggestions pair up colors I would never have thought to put together.  This tool is not only great for stampers, but people who sew... especially quilters... find this a wonderful tool for combining fabric colors.

I often turn to my old friend "the coach" when I'm lacking inspiration.  I might have a card layout and stamp set in mind, but sometimes I just can't seem to come up with a color combination that I like.  With all of the colors that Stampin'Up! gives us to work with, combining them in a pleasing way can be a challenge.  Often, when I'm in the middle of the creative process, I'll get out my color coach and just go through the color chips looking for a color combination that is fresh and new... one I haven't used before. 

Sometimes, however, a card calls out for a more predictable color combination, such as today's card, which is a Thanksgiving card featuring fall leaves.  In future posts, I'll show you a less conventional color scheme.
Take a look at my card for today.... I hope you'll be inspired to pull out your stamps, ink, and paper and stamp a few Thanksgiving cards to send to family and a few special friends.

This is one of my favorite stamp sets ever!  It is called French Foliage (#121166, 14.95).  I just love how realistic the leaves look when you stamp them.  They almost look like you inked up a real leaf and then pressed it onto your paper.  This great set also includes some French script, a Paris postmark, and some spots that add a very vintage look, like spots on the page of a very old book.  Check out this set on page 115 of the Idea Book and Catalog. 

The elegant saying "Give Thanks" is from a new set in the Holiday Mini called Hand-Penned Holidays(#124312, 16.95).  It includes sayings for Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day, so it can be used for multiple holidays.  If you like the vintage look, this set belongs in your collection!

As I mentioned before, the colors in this card are pretty predictable, as I don't think anyone wants fall leaves in pinks or blues.  The base of the card is Very Vanilla, layered with an embossed panel of Early Espresso.  The Very Vanilla focal panel is stamped in Cajun Craze, Old Olive, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, and Early Espresso.  I've sponged around the Very Vanilla panels with Early Espresso, and then tied on some Linen Thread for a rustic accent.  I love how this card turned out and I'll be sending some of these out in November for sure!

Thanks for stopping by today!  It's a beautiful day out there... enjoy!  I'll look forward to seeing you back here tomorrow for more stamping inspiration!

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