I’m so excited. This card, I call "Fly Home Birdie," is one I made a while back at the request of Sandy who owns Stamp Salado. She asked me to teach a class at her store but, because it’s a little far while my mother is so ill, we agreed she would use my designs to teach the class herself. Her store is so beautiful, it’s an honor to be included in the "curriculum."
Of course, in designing the card I needed to use only products Sandy could promote. It was my first chance to use the Gamsol/Prisma colors technique and that was a lot of fun. But, oh my, no Stampin’ Up! I’m so spoiled with our coordinated stamps sets and color families. It was truly a step out of my comfort zone to create a card sans our color wheel, coordinated embellishments or tools. I felt like I was trying to stamp with one hand behind my back . . . doable, but challenging. As she does for everyone in her store though, novice or expert, Sandy gave me one-on-one guidance, and I’m pretty happy with what we came up with together.
If you’re anywhere near the central Texas area, I can’t say enough nice things about Sandy’s store. Her website isn’t up yet, but it should be later this month with the address www.stampsaladotexas.com. Meanwhile, you can find her at 642 North Main Street in Salado, Texas, or call 254-947-8848. Sandy is such a advocate for paper crafting, and visiting her store is just a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Combine that with some lunch at the nearby tea room, dinner at La Mansion, and a stay at one of the many charming Bed and Breakfasts in the area and you have a very memorable weekend. And, of course, if you’re there on April 15, you can make this little card. Please be sure to tell Sandy this little birdie told you.