Big Sky Stampin' Papercrafting

I have been a crafter most of my life, starting in about 8th grade when I tried to embroider some frogs on a quilt, that I never finished! Although the list of what "I never finished" is long, and includes cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, quilting and more, my latest obsession is paper! I joined Stampin'Up! as an independent demonstrator in October 2011 and have been going like crazy ever since! I offer classes in my home, do catered card parties at your home and sell my cards locally in Bozeman, Montana and around the lovely Gallatin Valley. I would love to meet and talk to you if you are interested in the papercrafting hobby or just need some unique handmade cards for a special occasion!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

TBT - WEDDINGS!

Hi there Stampers!
I love to take the TBT - Throw Back Thursday opportunity to revisit some old favorites with stamp sets, papers and embellishments. As excited as I am for new catalogs, I often feel like I barely got started with a former catalog and poof.... it's gone, all retired!  Consequently, I have a pretty huge stash of paper, stamps and embellishments that didn't get enough lovin' from me. I sell cards at several retail locations in the Gallatin Valley and I am quite sure my customers could care less if something is technically "retired" so it's a great way to dive into that stash and find some goodies. I have been in sore need of wedding cards lately so here are some of the fun ones I tried. You will see a mix of old and new. If you have any questions about a particularly product, just ask. I won't bother to list them as the list is extensive and as I said, much of it is "retired."  Enjoy the trip down memory lane!







Next up?  Thank you's!!  All out of those too ;)

See you next time,
Sarah

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Whole Lot of Lovely

Hi Stampers!
How is your Wednesday going so far? Did you check out the Clearance Rack yesterday?  There are some great deals on last year's products. You can access it through the "shop now" link on the right.

I'm excited to share a fun card today that features the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper. Boy, is it pretty!  It features hand-painted designs by a Stampin'Up! artist that are absolutely gorgeous. The paper is so pretty, it's hard to know what to do with it as you don't want to detract from it!  Here's my card:


As you can see, I combined the "Lots of Love" stamp set with the "Beautiful Bouquet" stamp set to try to get the right flower arrangement. I think the most striking thing is the black background on the Designer Series Paper. It really makes the colors pop.  Did you notice my embossed background?  I used a new favorite folder, the "Layered Leaves" folder which is a dynamic texture embossing folder and gives a really nice embossing with varying layers of depth.  This is a card where I wish my photographic skills and set up were more professional. The colors aren't quite perfect but I hope you get the idea!  Photography for my Stampin'Up! business is on my list of things to do!

Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions! I'm always ready to chat about crafting, haha!

Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Daisies and MSU Bobcats!

Hi there Stampin' friends!
I have a couple of things on my mind today!  Daisies and Bobcats!  I know, I know... weird combo, right?  First about the Bobcats. It is time to buy football tickets for the season so of course that gets the Blue and Gold blood flowing. My husband and I are not alumni, but two of our kids are and we've been rooting for them for 30 years so we are almost diehard!  Secondly, about the daisies.  Stampin'Up!'s annual catalog features a wonderful suite called "Delightful Daisy" which has a wonderful new daisy punch. Apparently all of us like it a lot as they have had trouble keeping it in stock, but it is BACK and available again!  The coordinating Designer Series Paper is gorgeous and features such a pretty navy blue and yellow combination. Now you see where I'm going with the Daisies and Bobcats, right?  Here's my card:


So other than the color scheme, this card has nothing to do with football, Montana State or Bobcats. I don't know anyone that doesn't like the color combo of blue and white and when you add a pop of yellow, it is really pretty!  These daisies are easy to stamp and punch out. Although I didn't, you can punch out 2 for each flower, creating a thicker petal look. They look great stamped or just cut out of paper without stamping.  For you sharper eyes, that's some new ribbon tucked in the background too!
I hope you like my daisy card. It was fun to create and this will definitely go to someone who is a Bobcat fan. Just between you and me, we will see if they catch on!

Thanks for stopping by!  Oh, BIG NEWS!!!  The Clearance Rack has been updated and that means wonderful savings on all kinds of products!   Check it out here:

Clearance Rack

CLEARANCE RACK!!

Shop online your self or contact me and I'll submit an order for you... either way works great! I like to buy some of the less expensive products to give away as gifts to fellow stampers, customers and demonstrators on my team!  We all love more supplies and what a fun way to share some love!

Happy Stampin'!,
Sarah

Monday, August 14, 2017

Born to be Loved!

Good Monday morning stampers!
This is a welcome Monday in Montana. For the first time in weeks, we are getting some rain. Much of the state has been on fire for a month now and the rain is so very needed and welcome. It seems like October today and I know the sun and heat will be back but hopefully the smoke is gone!

Today I want to feature a fun suite in the Annual catalog called "Bundle of Love". There is paper, card packs, ribbons, an embossing folder and stamps. It is suitable for weddings or new babies! Here are a couple of samples I made while I was playing around with this suite:



The first card features Pool Party blues to set the tone. I used my new Marble background stamp and can't even believe how gorgeous that is. I also incorporated the "Moon Baby" set for both cards. The second card features the Bundle of Love embossing folder which has a heart shaped clear spot in the middle that lines up perfectly with the stamp set. It was fun to play with these new products and see what they can do!  I also incorporated some retired ribbon, buttons and washi tape. I have been hoarding way too much of this for years now and you are going to see these items pop up some in my samples as a way to whittle down my supply!

My holiday catalogs have arrived! If you live outside Gallatin Valley and would like a copy of one, please contact me and I'll get one to you. If you are local, sign up for a class or contact me and stop by to pick one up! It's amazing and I can't wait to show you what I've been up to with our new holida products!

Have a great, creative day!
Sarah

Friday, August 11, 2017

Life is a Beautiful Thing!

Hi Stampers!
I recently started a "Techniques Tuesday" class to explore different techniques with papercrafting. There are so many inventive ways to use ink, paper and other supplies that it is really fun to see what you can come up with!  At our first class, we used the new embossing paste and coordinating products on a card:  Here's the result:


We used the brick mask to create the pattern with the embossing paste. We then used the very edge of a dauber and some Cajun Craze ink to color the bricks. There are other ways to color the embossing paste, but this was easy and quick and you didn't have excess paste that is dyed a specific color that you don't need anymore. One more trick:  We colored the plant and basket with markers before we stamped, allowing us to use 2 colors, which is always a great result!

Another project included a fun fold picture frame featuring the "Foil Frenzy" paper. This paper is thick and stiff and to work with it, you need to score well, use a bone folder and then secure the folds with tear tape!  Here's the project:



By creating the folds on each side, it left some space for a picture to be inserted into the frame. The dimension for the front of the frame (Foil Frenzy paper) is 5" x 9". We scored at 1" and 1-1/2" on the left side, flipped the paper over and scored at 1" and 1-1/2" on the other side.  The folds are a Z pattern, then adhered down with tear tape. The back of the frame is a 5" x 8" piece of white cardboard that comes in every pack of Designer Series Paper. I always save those as you never know when you might need one!

Our last project was the card featured on my blog yesterday, using the "Ribbons of Courage" bundle and spritzing Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with reinker and alcohol in a spritzer.


I'm going to try and hold these classes monthly and would love to add an evening session if there is enough interest!  It's fun to play around with different ideas. I promise you will learn something new!

Hope you have a great weekend!
Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ribbons of Courage

Hi Stampers!
I hope your week is sailing along in the right direction. I know August seems like it goes pretty fast, especially is upcoming school is a factor. This is the first year in about 30 years that it doesn't matter to me! Kinda a weird feeling, but also nice to not be locked into that schedule and have a little more freedom outside of the school calendar.

Today I want to share some projects from the "Ribbons of Courage" stamp set. I purposely bought this bundle to keep on hand for cards/projects when the traditional "get well" sentiment just isn't appropriate. I love the sentiments in the set, but also the ribbons.  Here's my first card:


I wanted to use glimmer paper to have the ribbon stand out but I also wanted it to be pink, so I mixed about 8 drops of Powder pink reinker in an almost full spritzer tube of rubbing alcohol and spritzed the Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper before cutting. I used my heat tool to make sure the glimmer paper was fully dry before I die cut it. I also decided to cut an extra ribbon out of white card stock to shadow the pink glimmer one. I think this helps it stand out a little better.  I was excited about how easy it is to color glimmer paper and get it just the right shade of pink!

Here are a couple other cards I tried with this wonderful set:


On the above one, I stamped with Smoky Slate on a piece of "Whole Lot of Lovely" Designer Series Paper with the ribbon image.


This card introduces a third color, Dapper Denim, and also features the "Bundle of Love" Designer Series Paper.

I understand that different colored ribbons are representative of different kinds of cancer or other meanings so this would really be a versatile set to work with to support any cause.

The best part of this set is that it reflects what rubber stamping has come to mean to me, which is reaching out to others and blessing them with thoughts, prayers and a hand made card. It's a simple pleasure in an era of complicated technology, geographic distances and hurried schedules.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I'm up to today!  I appreciate it and would love to chat if you have any questions about these projects or rubber stamping in general. I figure you can never have too many hand made cards in the world!

Happy Stampin',
Sarah Cade

Monday, August 7, 2017

Missing You

Happy Monday Stampers!

It's another week of summer that needs to be well spent!  We are getting a reprieve from the smoke so spent some time 4-wheeling yesterday south of Big Sky Montana. It was absolutely spectacular and so fun to be out in God's magnificent creation. You are going to think I'm crazy, but I get a lot of inspiration from nature. Sometimes it is specific colors that I see which are also in Stampin'Up!'s palette like Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral and all the greens!  I always make a mental note to remember that particularly color when I get back to the stamp room. Sometimes it is a particular scene that sparks my imagination and gets the wheels turning. I just never know when I will be hit by a good idea haha!

Today, the card I have for you was inspired by the Designer Series Paper I'm using, from the "Whole Lot of Lovely" pack. The papers that feature a black background are stunning and I knew I wanted to figure out something that used it. Here's my card:


I know many of you are curious about the creative process itself. I get lots of questions about "where do you start" with a project. My main two starting points are either a piece of Designer Series Paper that gives me my color scheme, OR a specific stamp set I want to use. Ideas pop in my head pretty quickly once I've chosen one of those two components. Sometimes I don't like what I make and most of the time, I do. Here's a look at where I started with this card... the Designer Series Paper, the stamp set and my card base.


I also had a technique in mind that I hadn't used for awhile.. sponging with dry wall tape as my mask. It works great and gives you a faint polka dot background.


I also wanted to use the "Oh So Eclectic" stamp set as it had recently come in the mail. This is going to be a favorite set to go back to, even though I already have a ton of floral stamps! You will see that my flower colors were determined by the Designer Series Paper colors of flowers.

I hope that helps a little with some sharing of my creative process. I know it's different for everyone, but this is the most often how it starts for me. Want some help? I'm always available to chat about papercrafting, Stampin'Up! products and more. Just contact me and I'll get right back to you!

Hope today is a creatively great day!
Sarah