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!

Friday, June 23, 2017

A Pocketful of....

Hey friends!
So far, summer is bringing out the best in me.... I'm creating, exercising, biking, seeing new countryside, visiting with friends, getting a few chores done, etc. I no longer have a rigid schedule any time of the year, but summer still seems laid back and with more time to be spontaneous and flexible. I'm having some time to try some ideas that ruminate in my mind and are finally making it to paper and ink.  I wanted to feature a different set of stamps and framelits today that didn't catch my eye at first, but now that I've spent a little time with them, I think I'm a fan!  Have a look:





This is from the "Pocketful of Sunshine" set!  Since it's a pocket, I decided to put something in it including a tag, a stamped image of cash and I will add a gift card when I use it.  I wanted to be traditional with my color scheme and make a blue jeans "pocket" so I used "Dapper Denim" for my pocket piece, which was a no brainer. I then used some craft White ink to stamp the stitching on the pocket and of course added just a touch of bling.  I wanted to make this a bit more gender neutral so paired the Dapper Denim with Lemon Lime Twist and used pieces of Designer Series Paper from the Eastern Palace Suite.  I used Garden Green ink for my "cash" to try to make it look a little more realistic.

Here's a look at the bundle so you can see all the different options for creating a project:



I have some more ideas for this set and summer time is the perfect time for sunglasses and sun images!  So, back to the stamp room and drawing board!

I hope you have a fun weekend ahead of you. Summer time is something to savor but it sure goes by fast, especially when it is so short in Montana!

Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Wonderful Life Together

Hi Stamper friends!
I'm back today with some new work from my stamping studio/craft room. I don't want to make it sound to pretentious... it's a spare bedroom where I can escape and create - haha!  Today I have a card that would serve double duty.. a wedding greeting or an anniversary card!  here it is:


I had a couple of goals with this card. I have been trying to design a card using our acetate sheets that have gold designs on one side and silver designs on the other. I was excited about them, thinking they would be super useful and it turns out they are harder to incorporate than I imagined!  I've made a few cards now that I haven't been crazy about but this one seemed to work. I chose the gold side of the polka dot acetate sheet.

And the flowers... more flowers!  Can we ever get enough?! This is a new bundle called "Beautiful Bouquet". There are tons of flower, leaf and stem options between the stamps and the framelits but the true value of this set is the many versatile sentiments. If I was a new stamper with a big shot, this would be a must have set for that reason alone! Here's a peak at the set:



You can see what I mean about all the options! Obviously you can make any kind of bouquet in any color scheme.  I also used this set to stamp a card and here it is:


I was trying to capture the sense of a field of blue flowers that we see when we are out hiking or 4-wheeling in the mountains. They are prolific this time of year and so pretty.  Here's the real thing:


This picture doesn't do them justice and they look more purple than blue here, but they are blue! Speaking of nature, you sure see a lot of Lemon Lime Twist out there among the leaves!

If you like what you see and would love to create some projects with stamps and ink, contact me and I'll get you started!  It's not expensive to get going on a project and gradually grow your stash of supplies with some well thought out purchases or even our monthly craft kit called Paper Pumpkin. This is a sport that all can play! Think about it !

Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sunshine!!

Howdy Stampers!
It's summer and I'm sure the sun is shining on some beach somewhere!  I live in Montana so I have to pretend sometimes and imagine the warmth and awesomeness of it all. If I could be on a beach, I would want to be here:



I love the blue sky, the warm sand and the comfy chair!  I combined several things for this card and all are listed in the supplies!  When I stamped my chair frame partly on card stock and partly on real sandpaper, it didn't stamp the best so I took a Stampin'Write marker and went over the lines a little more thoroughly. I stamped and cut out the chair part separately to make it more 3D looking.

Don't forget to think outside the box and combine alot of framelits and stamps to create your perfect card!  There are so many possibilities! Have fun!!

Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Friday, June 16, 2017

Leafy Thinking of You - CAS (Clean and Simple)

Happy Friday fellow Stampers!
Sometimes simple is just the ticket!  I got to looking at the "Colorful Seasons" stamp set and noticed the pretty leaves (they are maple I think). I usually associate really pretty leaves with autumn and the rich fall color tones. In a moment of clarity, I realized how fun it was to see all the trees in my yard pop out this spring in many shades of green. Duh... leaves on cards can be green too!  After that "aha" moment, I checked out the Color Theory paper and realized that it would be perfect to stamp on and then die cut. Here's my simple and leafy card:


I used some Color Theory Designer Series Paper (DSP) for the background as well as the leaves. I also used some new mini Chevron ribbon in Old Olive which is fabulous to work with and tie. My branch is a die cut out of Early Espresso but you could just as easily stamp it.  What a simple card and easy to make. After I stamped my sentiment, I thought about how great of a sympathy card this would make as well. Here's a picture of my stamping so you can see how I maximized the paper use.


So what do you do with leftovers?  Here's an idea!


Right away, after I had cut my leaves out with the framelit, I realized that because I had stamped in a line, I could use this piece as part of a card too. Just for fun, I daubed some brown ink around the edges and placed some of our new Wood Textures DSP behind it. I then used a Soft Suede card base and embossed it with our very popular Woodlands embossing folder. It was easy to grab a sentiment and finish up the card. In a way, I got two cards out of one idea!  Next time, before you toss that scrap in the wastebasket, take a close look at it and see if it can be repurposed into something else! You never know!

Here's to scraps and unintended leftovers that are repurposed into something wonderful!
Happy Stampin'
Sarah

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Background Bits Thank You

Hi Stampin' friends!
One of the things I'm always excited to check out are the Hostess Stamps in our catalogs. They are usually at the back of the catalog, require a minimum purchase to be able to order and are such a great value!  I think they are often some of the more unique and trendy stamps that Stampin'Up! comes up with!  You can get 1 or 2 of them with an order in the $150-$200 range!  My first choice was the "Background Bits" stamp set. I love anything with a vintage, collage feel to it and of course anything with a antique script. This stamp set had them all!  Here's my card:


I tried to work as many elements in as I could and used the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper (DSP) to direct my color palette. Are you wondering about that new looking ribbon?  It's a great new ribbon offered in all of last year's In Colors (2016-2018). You can resist stripes and when the ribbon is narrow, even better!  I love this card. Here's a peek at my process/supplies:


It's easy to be inspired with such beautiful paper and stamps and colors. Contact me if you want to know how to get this stamp set for yourself!  It's a keeper ;)

Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Embossing paste - Whoa... that's fun!

Hi there stampers!
I have a fun post today. I want to share my first experiment with our new Embossing Paste!  Here's my card and I've got lots of pics and details for you and a video!


I wasn't so sure about what embossing paste even was, but knew I wanted to try it!  It is a paste-like substance that is thick like a frosting but very spreadable. It dries really quickly and can be died with our reinkers to any color!  How's that for a fun new tool in your tool belt?

Here are some pics of my experiment:


The container of paste you can order is good sized. I think it will last for a lot of projects. You can also purchase knives (spreaders) and masks (like stencils) to use for your project.


There are several masks to choose from but any stencil will work. I've already decided the clouds and bricks will be my favorite before I even try them!


It's easy to put some paste on your knife and spread it around on the mask, which is over the card stock. If you are worried about your card stock or mask moving around too much, tape them down with some Washi tape temporarily.  As soon as you are done, wash the knife and mask off with warm soapy water so the paste doesn't dry on there!


Carefully peel off the mask and look at your embossing!  It's amazing!  It will dry relatively quickly but you can always speed the process up by using your heat tool for a few minutes.


That was so fun, I decided to try the clouds too!  The embossing gives a raised look that is really interesting and unlike heat embossing with embossing powder or dry embossing with embossing folders.


And you can finish it up into a card!  I can't wait to try coloring my embossing paste (use our silicone mat for best results with a dab or two of embossing paste and some reinker drops). I'm completely enamored with this new technique!  Here's a quick video I put together demonstrating this whole process. I apologize for having my phone "sideways" when I was videoing... learn something new everyday, right?


Interested in trying this for yourself?  My materials that I used are listed below and click on any of them to get you to the store!

Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Life Happens, Coffee Helps

Hi stampers!
There were so many new products that caught my eye, it was a little difficult to choose where to start. You may be surprised that my first choice of suites was the Coffee Cafe. Why is that, you say?  Well I don't drink coffee for one thing!  I like the smell of it in a coffee shop, but haven't been able to develop the habit for myself. I tried really hard in college when I was first exposed to the "coolness" of drinking coffee, but blech.....couldn't do it. All this is to say there is something to love in this set for even the non-coffee drinkers like me!  I love the color scheme of pale blue, dark brown and rich green.  The Designer Series Paper set is creative and unique and the framelits, especially for the "to-go" cups are adorable!  Here's my first card with this fun set!


The best part of this card is the sentiment. I know many people who subscribe to this motto!  I added some fun details to my design as well. I used the coffee bean stamps and framelits as well as the little corrugated element tag in the corner. I especially want to draw your attention to the background, to a new product that would be easy to overlook on this card. It's the dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, "Pinewood Planks". These type of embossing folders are thicker than the standard ones and create an especially deep embossing texture. If you want to go even deeper, spritz your card stock lightly prior to embossing - that really bends the paper! After I had embossed, I used the coffee ring spill stamp from the "Timeless Textures" stamp set for some added interest. In spite of all that detail, the to-go coffee cup is my favorite design element!  There are so many possibilities with the cup and the hand cooler sleeve.  I've listed all my supplies below so you can see what I used. Click on the picture and you'll be directed right to the store!

I hope you have a great day today, especially if you are a coffee fan and are inspired by my card!
Happy Stampin'!
Sarah