I can’t think of a better way to spend a chilly Saturday afternoon than taking a fabulous stamping class, and that’s exactly what I did today! I’ve been following multimedia artist Lynn Stevens’s gorgeous blog, Trash to Treasure Art, for a while now, so when I learned that she’s not only from this area, but was teaching a class at A Stampers and Scrappers Delight right here in Boise, I couldn’t sign up quickly enough!
Lynn’s enticing display at SSD. Why yes, please, I’d LOVE to register!
It’s been a while since I’ve done any ATCs, and I really don’t know why that is. I enjoy them a lot– the small format doesn’t intimidate me, and I can start one without that dizzying sensation that I’m about to embark upon a monumental task. Even better, they provide that all-to-rare experience of (almost) instant gratification! Anyway, as soon as I arrived at the classroom, I knew it was going to be a Really Good Day. Lynn is as lovely and gracious a teacher as you could ever hope for. She’s just brilliant, and she knows how to inspire and instruct her students while still allowing them the freedom to express the new techniques they’ve learned in their own unique ways.
Lynn Stevens, artist and teacher extraordinaire!
Using glimmer spray made with Distress Inks and Perfect Pearls, some beautiful papers, ribbons and embellishments, and the gorgeous new “Paris and Heart” collage images from I Brake for Stamps, we all had a blast making our little Valentine-inspired cards! As a huge bonus, all the students were awesome ladies with a lot of talent and great ideas of their own. It was an ink-tastic party!
Lynn demonstrating her stamping techniques.
I wish I’d gotten close-up photos of all the cards– seriously, everyone just rocked it!– but I didn’t want to be a flash-happy nuisance. Nonetheless, the ladies were kind enough to let me snap a few pictures of their creations:
Cindy with her lovely Bird-and-Heart Card
Claudia in the midst of ATC magic-making
Cynthia’s stunning finished cards
Susan and her fabulous materpieces
My own little homage to Paris
If you’re in the Treasure Valley area and have the opportunity to take a class from Lynn Stevens sometime, don’t miss out! She’s amazing. For that matter, even if you’re nowhere near here, don’t pass up the chance to take a class every once in a while. It’s an awesome way to support your local craft stores and artists, make some new friends and learn a new technique! Sure, we can find inspiration from a book or a website, but nothing beats sharing the experience with other people. Y’know?