Christina CrawfordWith over 12 years of stamping and craft experience, I've learned that one thing is for certain...there is always something new to create and share. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been recognized as one of the top demonstrators of the year each of my 11 years with the company. This is attributed to my wonderful customers and exciting and talented stamping team. I also give thanks to the stamping industry's fresh art designs and products. Stamping is great for those with little time (you can create something beautiful in minutes!), for those with tight budgets (making cards saves money over buying cards), and for those of all ages. I've enjoyed demonstrating many stamping techniques to thousands of people in workshops, stamp camps, and at several conventions. It is always my desire to show something fun and new. I love to tell new stampers that I am a former tax accountant. Everyone has a level of creativity, some more than others. With stamps, anyone can create gorgeous and simple projects! I am a great model of "if I can do this, so can you." Enjoy and Have Fun!
I am Christina Crawford and I love stamping and I love scrapbooking too. When I first started I thought well, how do you get all these colors look so beautiful together? So, there are several ways that inspire me to put different color combinations together. One was simply by looking through a catalog or a magazine, and they come to our house almost everyday, dont they, especially around the holidays. So, just for an example I saw this really pretty ad, and it just had rows and rows of towels, bath towels, packed together. I thought, Im tearing this out and putting this on my bulletin board, because this is just way too good, I have to use this. These color schemes are great, and theyre really professionally laid out for you from this company. So, I went ahead and Im using this to inspire me to put my card stock colors together for great combinations. For example, if you look at this frame right here, you will see that there is lavenders and plums, and I love them. You can see my walls in the back, I dont know if you can, but its lavender, love that, love that color. So, here is the Pale Plum and the Perfect Plum from Stampin Up!
, and these colors just look so beautiful together. But it definitely goes along the same lines of what's in this ad. Along the same lines, there was another ad which just different buckets of paint, and theyre trying to show us what is so trendy for paint on the walls. Well, if its trendy for paint on the walls, its going to be trendy to make cards with as well. So, taking a look at these colors, and again, Stampin Up! has so many beautiful colors that it was just so easy to take a look. My friends and I were able to look at one, two and three, buckets one, two and three, and say oh, thats a Cool Caribbean, Orchid Opulence, and Pretty in Pink. So, I went ahead and I grabbed at those colors, and these are the three colors of card stock. So, these three colors would look beautiful to use in a stamping project, whether its a card or a scrap of page or an altered scrapbook. Also on the market there are many magazines, and as you take a look through magazines, theyre going to show you what's hot and trendy at the moment. Just flipping through you will notice all these really fabulous color combinations, and how can you go wrong if you can copy. Well, if you have a hard time copying, coming up with different colors, Stampin Up! makes this great color coach and its great for everyone. Its actually a dial, and as you point to a color that you would like, it will actually highlight the colors that go beautifully with that color; whether its a complementing color or just colors that coordinate beautifully. It will actually list the names on it, so you dont have to say, well, that looks like a green of some sort and that looks like a purple of some sort. It will tell you exactly what colors look good together. This I just use so much to help me with my project. For example, if I take this color wheel and I go all over to -- lets see on this side, Handsome Hunter. It will tell me that Sage Shadow goes beautifully with Handsome Hunter. For example, this is the card that you can make with those two colors working together for you. Its two greens, and not all greens match, but these two will, and it looks beautiful on your finished project. Taking that color coach again and going over to Always Artichoke. It says oh, the complimentary color is Bravo Burgundy, and here is a scrapbook spread to show you with those colors going together. There is the Burgundy, the Bravo Burgundy right on top of the Always Artichoke, and I think that they just look really pretty with the pictures. Oftentimes you can pull out the colors from the photographs too, and you can say well, I really want to highlight the pinks and the reds in that. So, you can go ahead and start with the Bravo Burgundy. Take a look at your color coach. Take a look through the magazines and find out what really fun and trendy colors go great with burgundy as well, and everything looks just beautiful.
Another thing that you can do is just work with a combination card stock packet. For example, you can work with the earth tones, and when you get an assorted packet, all these colors are together, and they all work beautifully together. This is a safety zone right here. You can use one or two or three of these colors together. Well, I guess if you use one of the color, its going to match itself, but you could use one, two or three of the colors, and it will look beautiful together. These usually do come in packets. Another thing that is really popular, and I could see it on the ad and I will show you is that black and white looks beautiful with pastels and that is something thats very trendy. You will see it in the clothing stores when you go shopping. So, if you take your basic black and white and you enhance it with any kind of pastel, it just looks beautiful together. So, you can start out with just black and white and just add a pastel of your choice. Here it is with Almost Amethyst, isnt that beautiful? Here it is with the Certainly Celery. Just one more time I will show you what it looks like with the pink, the Pretty in Pink. Its just so beautiful to take those black and white combination and work it together with a pastel to make a great project. For example, I will show you a project that I made with that. Here is a card that I did, one of my friends made this, and I must have made it 100 times. I have made it at my group meetings and all of my stamp camps and stamp classes. This is my very favorite card at the moment, and its using that black, white combination with the Bashful Blue. See how it just pops out, its just so easy on the eyes. Another project here is using that card stock packet. I showed you the earth elements, but here its using the Soft Subtles, or the Barely Banana, the Certainly Celery and the pinks are going really nicely together. Again, you can take those colors in a color scheme, and Im just going to randomly fan these out, kind of in a fun way, right? You can see how all these colors just look so beautiful together. These colors were used to make this card right here. But there is really no rules. This is just something thats going to assist you in putting colors together, having a color coach will really make that easy for you. Taking a look through those magazines that come in to the mail will really help you as well. Taking a look through the clothing stores when youre going out shopping and seeing what the fashion industry is putting together will also help you decide what colors you want to put together for your stamping and scrapbooking projects. Thank you and have fun.