Independent Stampin'Up! Demonstrator!

Hey friends!
I've been a demonstrator with Stampin'Up! since 2011. I'm located in Bozeman, Montana, but have customers all over the country. I have a very fun and active downline called "Big Sky Stampers" and we get together in person and online to share what we love. My blog posts feature what I'm up to recently and I try to share new product information, tips and tricks and creative inspiration. You can shop from this site or find out more information about our products and becoming a demonstrator! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tutti-Frutti FUN

Hey Stampers!
Just because I can, I hereby declare this Tutti-frutti Tuesday!  Have you seen this set in the 2018 Occasions Catalog? If you like bright colors and cheery themes, you will love this!  There is a complete stamp set of fruit and baskets and bowls to hold them in. There are adorable little punches to cut out your fruit (either that you stamp or cut on the Designer Series Paper) and there are some awesome accessories like Designer Series Paper, coordinating Washi tape and Sequins with adhesive already on them!  I had a lot of fun playing with these goodies!

I hand stamped the fruit, made a basket out of Vellum and made a table out of our Wood Textures Designer Series paper and a partial punch on the end with the Everyday Label Punch.

This card keeps it simple and I featured the sequins and the Washi Tape!

For this card, I punched the pineapples out of Designer Series Paper so minimal stamping!  I again used Stazon ink on Vellum cardstock for my bowl.

I had an extra strawberry from my 2nd card above so this time, I stamped some more strawberries and popped the one I had punched out with a mini dimensional. I embossed my Night of Navy base with the Scattered Sequin folder (currently an SAB freebie) and added some baker's twine to tie it all up ;)

This set is just fun!  There are also some coordinating ink spots you can buy if you don't have the coordinating ink colors and then you are set to whip up some Tutti-frutti fun of your own!

All the supplies are listed below and clicking on any one of them takes you right to the store. We are down to the last 2 weeks of Sale-A-Bration! The 2018 Occasions catalog lasts until the end of May but you won't be able to add any freebies to your order after March 31st. Contact me for any questions or more details. It's a great time to dive into Stampin'Up! as a customer or a demonstrator!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hello and Thanks!

Hi Stampin' Friends,

It is lovely to be back with some new work for my blog!  My creative mojo was briefly suffering for a few days as the daily cares of life took over and occupied my mind and time. I've learned to not stress when that happens because it's usually stress that precipitates it. Instead, I walk away from my stamp room, do something else for a couple hours or days and then return with some fresh energy and ideas. So far, that has worked rather well! It would be delusional of me to pretend that real life doesn't demand my attention everyday.

When I did get back to stampin', I had some fun with a set I hadn't played with yet called "Floral Satements".  The art work is a bit of an interesting twist with the words "hello" and "thanks" intertwined with flower images.   Here are a couple of the "hello" ones.

The first one I stamped in Momento ink and then colored with my Pool Party  and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  I used an embossing folder and some vellum leaves and pearls to add some interest to the background. For the second one, I used gold embossing powder and heat embossed the image. I decided to make this one really striking and stick with all gold and Very Vanilla. I used our gold fold paper for one layer and the reverse side of the "Bundle of Love" Designer Series Paper.  The picture of this card doesn't do it justice!

Here are some ideas for the "thanks" stamp.

For the top card, I again used my Stampin' Blends to color. You could grab any color of pens and change the look easily for this idea. On my second card, I wanted to see what the stamp would like with a monochromatic feel to it. I picked "Fresh Fig" for my color and used some of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper behind the image. Again, alternating your main color would change the look of this a bit.

This stamp set ended up being pretty versatile because you could get fussy with more coloring and embellishments or keep it really simple and quick with  less.  They are also highly "useable" sentiments that I need all the time.

I hope you enjoyed a look at this stamp set!  I feel like part of my goal with my blog is to showcase different products and give you some ideas of how they could be used. You can then head to the store if it's something you think you would like to have for yourself!

We have 2 more weeks of Sale-A-Bration!  So far, none of the SAB freebies have been depleted so you can still get what you want with any $50 or $100 purchase!  Take a look at the items now and put in an order to take advantage of it!

Until next time,

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Happy Pi Day!

Hi Friends,
I wouldn't know it was Pi day unless I saw it on Facebook and of course, I had a great idea for a card!  The only personal memory I have of studying or using "Pi" was probably in geometry in 10th grade but definitely Honors Math in 7th grade. The kid that sat next to me, the class brain, wrote out a bazillion decimal points of Pi on some adding machine tape and it ran the entire perimeter of our class room. Obviously, he got extra extra credit for that one!

Anyway, here's my fun card to celebrate the day as I'm sure most of you prefer PIE, not PI!

I used the new Tutti Fruiti 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper for my background. It's so colorful and inviting!  I used  my Layering Circle Framelits to make the pie and then embossed the center one with the new basketweave embossing folder, which you can get for free, along with a coordinating stamp, with a purchase of $100!  I sponged the edges a little and added a button heart from my never ending supply of random doodads... Curious about the sentiment?  It came from the Birthday Memories Suite!

I hope you are having a great day and now I'm off to find a piece of Pie!
Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Wishing you a Dapper Day!

Hi there Stampers!
I recently had a class devoted to masculine cards!  These are the ones we seem to struggle with a little to make and are always out of, so I thought it would be a great idea!  It was well attended and we had a lot of fun. One set that was perfect for the occasion was the "Truly Tailored" suite in the 2018 Occasions catalog.  Here are some more fun ideas from this set!

For this first card, I kept my color scheme bold and simple - Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla!  The sentiment is perfect and I easily cut it out with the Stitched Framelit circles.  I remembered a retired mustache framelit I still had so of course, I had to add that to the card!

My next idea was to combine the Truly Tailored suite and the Pocket Full of Sunshine set. I made a couple of "glasses" and also used the pocket framelit.  Again, the Truly Tailored set had the perfect sentiment to suggest this theme. If you haven't tried the Night of Navy Corduroy ribbon, you really should!  It is wonderful and so soft!

I let yet another sentiment from Truly Tailored suggest my last theme - a fox!  We have a fox stamp set and fox builder punch so that was fun to play with!  I actually used four different punches on this card, showcasing how versatile and functional they are!

Take a look at your collection of products and see what you can combine for a great idea!  All of our products coordinate in color but many times, there is cross over in theme as well, you just have to search for it and think about it!

We just got word today that even MORE products will be released for the Sale-A-Bration freebie lineup!  These are select current catalog items that will be available starting March 15th! Get that order ready and check out the latest freebies. There are only 3 more weeks of SAB so don't miss out~!

Thanks for stopping by! It's always fun for me to share what I've been up to!
Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Making your own Background paper - Ink, Rubber and Paper

Hi Stampers!
I have something really fun to share today!  Yesterday, I wanted to challenge myself to keep things simple for a change and limit my use of all the extras like the Big Shot, the framelit dies, the embossing folders, etc.  I wanted to get back to basics with a stamp, some ink and some paper.

The set that inspired this challenge is the "Eclectic Expressions" set, a Sale-A-Bration freebie.  I think sometimes we get caught up in all the spectacular tools we have available to us and forget about where this papercrafting hobby started... rubber stamping with ink on paper!  For my first card, I used the largest "splotch" image with Lemon Lime Twist Ink. I then went back over it with Tranquil Tide dots in each splotch. After that, I added some Pool Party bubbles in all the white spaces.

For this card, I decided on  a more geometric look. I took the upright dashes stamp and started in the left lower corner and moved across and up one space to the right, then back to the left, back to the right, etc all the way up the card piece with Chocolate Chip ink.  After that, I used the circular dots stamp and Pacific Point to fill in the white spaces.  I actually love that this didn't work out perfectly. I didn't measure anything or use a stamping placement guide like a Stamparatus or a Stampamajig. For something like this, "eyeballing" it works just fine! If you're curious about the framing piece on my Happy Birthday, I punched two Pacific Point pieces with the Tailored Tag punch and put them together.

This card is actually the first one I made. I was so happy with it, it inspired me to keep going!  I used the watercolor circle stamp and Shimmery White paper. I started with random Peekaboo Peach circles, then Flirty Flamingo, then Sweet Sugarplum. I purposely overlapped my circles here and there to bring out even more shades of color.  For my sentiment, I grabbed Fresh Fig because I wanted it to really stand out.

I wanted to make one more Thank you card for my last idea and somehow, I'm not exactly sure, I thought of a flag image. I started in the upper left corner with four Dapper Denim large splotch stamps.  I added the dots with Night of Navy. I then used the upright dashes stamp in Cherry Cobbler for my stripes.  After that, I went over the stripes with the smaller splotch stamp in Real Red.  My stars are a combination of punched out Cherry Cobbler and some random old Paper Pumpkin gold stars.

It's exciting to see where your imagination will take you when you challenge yourself by setting out some parameters like... one stamp set, no tools (other than a couple of punches), keep it simple!  I loved trying this and sharing it with you.  This is particularly good to remember for that new stamper that is starting out and has a smaller budget. You don't need all the bells and whistles to have fun. All you need is ink, rubber and paper!

If you would like to get your own stamp set Eclectic Expressions, place an order over $50 and you can choose that stamp set as a freebie for the Sale-A-Bration promotion (#147338). This promotion will be ending March 31st so act now!

Back to more creating to ink, rubber and paper!~

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Birthday Cards with Birthday Wit

Hi there Stampers!
Are you like me in that you always are short of birthday cards? It's like I almost can't have too many to have on hand. That's the thing about birthdays... they keep coming around! Knowing that I need a lot of birthday cards both to sell and give, I decided I really should get the "Birthday Wit" stamp set in the 2018 Occasions catalog. It's not a set that you would automatically notice at first because there are no cute or amazing sketches or images included... it's just words, but they are GREAT words, especially for the non-mushy cards you want to give!  Here are some ideas I came up with:

 For this card, I used markers and hand colored each word separately, lightly "huffed" on the stamp before I stamped and voila!  I also incorporated some Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper and some Tutti Fruiti sequins. Did you know these sequins come with adhesive already on them?  Genius!! Take note of my embossed background on the card as well... It adds a little visual interest!

The sentiment in this card is perfect when you want to keep the fuss to a minimum. I'm sure you know several people who are not exactly shouting from the rooftops when they have another birthday. Some people just don't want that much attention on themselves and others just hate getting older!  This card perfectly reflects "I'm thinking of you, wish you well, but it's still no big deal." I kept it real simple with black ink on a white background and some of our Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. Can't get much more understated!

For this card, I wanted to incorporate some birthday paper from last year that I had plenty of. I love the slices of birthday cake and thought the sentiment was perfect, albeit tongue in cheek!

My final card ended up being my favorite!  I again used a piece of Wood Textures Designer Series paper and stamped with one of the "Lovely As a Tree" stamps. I then used a dauber and tried to daub some Pool Party ink in the background of the trees for a sky effect. I paired all this with Calypso Coral stamping and card stock. That is one of my favorite color combinations, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and any shade of brown. Unfortunately, sometimes I forget a birthday or am just a tad late so this sentiment will come in handy!

That's it for today, however, I know I will grab this set time and time again when the mushy sentiments, flowers and birds just won't work!  That's something I love about Stampin'Up! They try to create designs that appeal to all people for all occasions.  Their products are as diverse as all of us, which is just as it should be!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!  Contact me with any questions and I'll try to help you out. If you live in the United States and need to connect with a Stampin'Up! demonstrator (all purchases have to go through a demonstrator), I would love to be yours!  It's easy to shop online but you can always personally contact me to get you going. There are lots of helpful links on the right sidebar of this blog so be sure to check them out!

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Live in a barn? Or just like barn doors?!!

Good morning Stampin' Friends,
How are you this lovely day? Actually, it's still snowy and cold here but we are into March so that's great news! I have a most unique product bundle to show you today - a barn door theme!  I'll show you some cards and then talk about it.

Believe it or not, these are all standard A2 size cards (4-1/4" x 5-1/2").  While they look complicated, they are quite easy as all the sliding slots, hardware, door, etc are made with the use of framelits. It is quite easy really to get all your parts made and then assemble the card with a sliding door.  If you spend any time on Pinterest or watching the home design shows, you already know how popular these doors are! You can make them out of any colors and go for an outdoor or interior look as well.  on my top card, I didn't have the dog at first and it just looked a little empty, so I added him.

So what is the trick for getting the door to slide?  Here are a couple of my tips:
1) .  When you cut your upper and lower slot, using the framelit, place it slightly lower on your cardstock. You need room at the top for the door hardware to be glued on the card stock. You can see the different width in my red cardstock above and below the sliding slots. At this point, you can emboss this piece if you want. I used our new stripe folder so it looked like siding on a house on my Pool Party card.

2) Build 4 "washer sandwiches" to adhere to your door. These are what allow the door to slide. I used washer size 6 and our mini dimensionals. That is a great width. You can still get the mini dimensional through the slot, but the washer is wide enough to stay behind the slot opening.  The layering is
washer, then dimensional then washer. Think of the washers as the cookie part of the Oreo and the dimensional as the cream filling part.  I put one washer on the dimensional, laid it under the slot, dimensional side up and then peeled off the backing of the other side of the dimensional and placed the top washer.  That way, I didn't risk tearing my slot trying to get the washer sandwich in there. Here are some pics to make it more clear.

3) . Place the washer sandwiches in the slots. Add some of our dimensional strips above and below each slot. This card stock piece has to be raised above the actual card piece in order for the washers to move freely.

4) BEFORE you attach this piece to your card, add the door. I used a glue dot to adhere the door to the washer sandwiches. I did one side, top and bottom first, then the other side.

5) Once you have the door attached to the washer sandwiches, peel off the backing from the dimensional strips and attach this piece to your card. You can then continue decorating the card as you wish, adding sentiments, etc.

6) I recommend putting the "bar" piece across the top of the card on next  and then add your door sliding hardware to the door. I only glued the bottom of the hardware on the door. The upper "circle" part is sliding free so the door can move. It looks attached, but is not.

I hope my tips and pictures have helped you see how to do your own sliding barn door card. There are also several YouTube videos out there to help you, if needed.  I am hoping to transition to some short videos in my blog soon. I just need some courage!

If you like the barn door style, you will want this bundle!  What a fun way to play with paper and ink and a few tools.   I've listed my supplies below  and by the way, you can get washers at any local hardware or big box store. I was lucky... I only had to go as far as our garage and my husband gave me a whole bunch of them!

Until next time, Happy Stampin'!