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!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Climbing Orchids

Happy Tuesday Stampers!

I've had a crazy morning already and it isn't even lunch time yet!  I had a regularly monthly class held at a customer's house and we had a delightful time of stamping and card creating, WHILE I was also fielding texts and Facebook messages from my downline WHILE I was trying to register for a Stampin'Up! event in Las Vegas in April.  I think my blood pressure is thru the roof but everything got dealt with and I can calm down now.  As far as I know, my children, dog and husband are ok and the house didn't burn down. Other than that, it's been a morning.... !!!!

So, let's talk orchids!  I know almost nothing about plants and flowers other than the general information most people can recite. I'm not a gardener and don't even have aspirations of starting that past time/hobby.  I wasn't so sure about the Climbing Orchid bundle in the catalog because most orchids are too strong of a scent for me and I'm not really fond of the big huge ones you see in floral bouquets and weddings.  Anyway, I decided to try it out and see what I could do with it. The first card is a simple, non-layered look with some Brusho crystals watercolored on the background with an Aqua Painter. I did use Shimmery White card stock which was fun and held up to the water from the Aqua Painter quite nicely.


This second one is a completely different take. I layered the orchids after stamping with White Craft ink on Night of Navy Card stock. Once it was completely dry, I used some Wink of Stella on the orchid petals as well.  I love the color combination of Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist!



My last card was the most involved. I used multiple layers for the flowers, stamping in Perfect Plum ink on Whisper White card stock. I used a dauber and some Daffodil Delight ink to add some yellow to the petals.  The background is the fabulous brick mask and our wonderful Embossing Paste.  In case you are wondering, I used the branch framelit from the "Colorful Seasons" bundle for my stem.

This was more fun than I thought it would be and I will do some more climbing orchid cards soon. I'm thinking they would make lovely wedding cards!

My supplies are listed below and a click on any of them will take you to the online store!

My team has been rapidly expanding lately!  Please contact me if you would like to jump in and become part of Big Sky Stampers today!  We have a great time and you will feel like you found your "tribe"!

Have a great day!
Sarah

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hedgehugs and Hedgehogs!

Happy Monday Stampin' friends!

I decided to start my week off with "cute"!  I woke up from a sad/weird dream that has me discombobulated this morning so I need to turn this around and quit thinking about it. I decided something cute and whimsical might do the trick, thus, HEDGEHOGS!  We have a new hedgehog stamp set (even features a skunk too) in our new 2018 Occasions Catalog and I had to have it. You see, I'm kinda sorta related to one. My son has had a hedgehog for almost 2 years now so he's part of the family!

Anyway, here are a couple of creations featuring the cute little things...



The top card used some fussy cutting to cut out the hedgehogs and the bottom card was just stamped.  I wanted to incorporate some colorful Designer Series Paper in my creations so brighten up the day and amp up the interest.  Critter-themed designs are super versatile because you could make a kid's birthday card, a Valentine, a baby card, etc. I like to collect all the animal stamps that come along with Stampin' Up! each year so sooner or later, I'll have a whole zoo!

Here's a peek at the stamp set itself so you can see it better:



I'm sure you could come up with some more fun designs of your own!  My supplies are listed below and one click on any item will take you right to the online store where you can fill up a shopping cart and have an order shipped straight to your house!  That is so convenient when we spend enough time out and about trying to get supplies!

I hope you are off to a great new week!  It's Sale-A-Bration time, don't forget!  You can choose a free product with every $50 purchase! Contact me for more details or check out the online store as well!

Oh, and just for fun, here's a pic of our favorite hedgehog and son!



Happy Stampin'!
Sarah


Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Weekend of Waterfronts

Hi Stampers!
I am finding myself in the middle of a quiet weekend with not much that I have to do so guess where I am? Yep, down in my stampin' room with a whole lot of fun ideas and some time to relax and create. Those days or weekend don't come often and I love when they do. No distractions or deadlines this morning, just ink and rubber and paper!

I wanted to play with the "Waterfront" stamp some more as I think it is really fascinating to use the different stamp shapes to create a scene. I featured this stamp a few weeks ago but here are some new ideas. I won't take the time to list my supplies because the main feature and point of this blog is to convince you that you need this stamp set because you will love it!  Here ya go!


In case you are wondering about the background of the first card, that is the Burlap background stamp in very light Sahara Sand ink. I love, love, love the texture it created. I did that first, then did the rest of my stamping.


On this card, I needed a little help with an aqua painter for the grass. The rest of the mountains and river are stamped with stamps from the Waterfront set.


I decided I needed to try a beach scene, although I have basically no experience with beaches. We keep vacationing to mountains and will need to switch that up one of these days!

These last two I have put on my blog before, but here they are again to demonstrate some more ideas!



So, are you convinced?  The Waterfront stamp set is amazing!  You can order it online or contact me and I'll get one for you. It's in the new 2018 Occasions catalog!

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!
Sarah

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Playing with Pretty Palette

Hi Stampin' Friends!
Winter is back today in Montana! It's always so pretty when we get new snow but there is a downside with the shoveling and upkeep.  While I'm not complaining, it is causing me to rethink my to-do list and schedule for today. Maybe I'll just do what I absolutely have to and let some other things go while I stay close to the fireplace and stay warm and dry.

I'm continuing to explore and play with some new products from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. It's one thing to look at the products in a catalog and it's another thing to have them in your hands and begin to experiment and see what they can do and how they can be used. One suite I chose to buy fairly soon was the Petal Palette bundle. It has some lovely sketched drawings of foliage and a bird, as well as some awesome sentiments to incorporate.  It comes with some embossing folders and Designer Series Paper as well, which will be further featured tomorrow !  Here are some of my creations:





As you can see, I used the new Stampin' Blend alcohol markers to color my stamped images on most of these cards.  Be sure to stamp in Momento black ink so your markers don't bleed and the black doesn't bleed!  There are framelits to cut out the bird and flowers, as well as the branches and other features. If you didn't want to fuss with cutting anything out, you can always just stick to stamping, as I did in the 2nd card.  If you like trinkets, this suite also has some petal and flower trinkets to use on a project, as I did in the last card!

Suites are a good way to go if you need help coming up with ideas or coordination of products. Stampin'Up! has created a whole line of products that coordinate for you and you can go from there to create your own ideas.  Believe it or not, I have several more things I've made which I will feature tomorrow!

Getting just the stamp and framelit bundle is enough to qualify for one Sale-A-Bration freebie and if you add more to your order, you can get even more freebies!  Don't miss out on Sale-A-Bration! It goes from now until March 31st and is a perfect time to stock up on basic supplies or some special products on your wish list.

Have a great day today and do something creative!
Sarah

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Lookin' Sharp!

Hey there Stampin' Friends!
I don't know if you noticed, but I missed a blog yesterday. I unexpectedly made a quick trip about 2 hours away (Billings) to help my son out with a medical emergency. That ended up ok and I headed back home early this morning.  It was a gorgeous day across Montana with just the right amount of snow, sun peeking through clouds and dry roads!

I wanted to share a fun suite of products with you today that is featured in the new 2018 Occasions catalog. I think most of us always need some new ideas and products for masculine-themed cards. It's easier to get a feminine look with all the floral and vintage and lacy products but harder to go masculine. Stampin'Up! has a great suite this spring with some fun stamps, an awesome new punch and to-die-for Designer Series paper. I recently played with this suite and here are some results:




I wanted to especially focus on the Designer Series Paper so you will see many pieces of that in the above cards. The stamp set I used is called "Truly Tailored".  The punch is featured on the top card and I can cut a framing piece of the same shape in some Night of Navy card stock. The buttons are part of the suite as well as the wonderful corduroy ribbon.  There are even more stamp choices as well as another father-related set in the catalog.

Have you started a wish list yet out of the new catalog? Are you remembering it's Sale-A-Bration and with every $50 you spend, you can receive a free product from the SAB brochure!  If you have any questions or need more details, be sure to contact me. Otherwise, click on the links to the right and have fun!!!

I'll be back with more tomorrow! Until then,
Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy Wishes

Hi Stampers!
Woohoo!  It's Friday!  So far, 2018 has been ok... no disasters, unexpected surprises or derailments in my life, so I'm happy.  I hope it continues, at least for awhile...

I've been featuring the free Sale-A-Bration stamps all week on my blog and I've saved one of the best for last. It is an expanded stamp set and so it's a higher level reward stamp, meaning it requires $100 or more of purchases to be able to get it.   It's called "Happy Wishes" and I know I'll be grabbing it a lot for quick ideas.  Here are some of the things I came up with yesterday:




Here's a look at the stamp set, which you can see has a lot to offer!



That's quite a bargain when you consider it's free and you can combine all of these sentiment to say exactly what you want!

I hope you've had a chance to peruse the new Occasions Catalog. If not, it's at the top of my blog on the right, as well as the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  New to this sport?  I can help!  Give me a budget (i.e. $50, $100, $150 etc) and I'll help you put together an order of product that you want, will use and will get you started on your own creative adventure. Remember, with every $50 purchase, you get a SAB freebie so at a $150 order level, you get 3 freebies!

Hop online and check out all the fantastic products Stampin'Up! has. You can't beat the quality anywhere else, especially the big box stores. You'll love our color coordination between paper, inks and embellishments and you get personal customer service from me. When you contact me, I'll respond as quick as I can, usually within a few hours and quite often within minutes! Click on "shop now" to get started!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!  What's on your creative agenda?!
Sarah

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Lavender Love

Happy Thursday friends!

How is your first week in the new year going so far?  It sounds like for most of us, it is COLD!  That makes it tempting to stay inside, stay warm and do something creative.  I've been digging around in my various closets and crafty spaces and pulling out some never-finished knitting projects and quilting projects, as well as spending extra time in my stamp room. I am always amazed at how satisfying it is to make something from scratch and handmade, even soup!  If you are a "crafty" person, it is funny how you want to be doing something most of the time.

I have some more Sale-A-Bration stamp sets to feature for you today. I've been working my way through some of my favorite sets all week so check back to the three previous posts this week if you missed them.  Today, it is the set "Lots of Lavender". This is a watercolor-like two step stamp set that is really pretty. Here are some ideas:



Since the set is called "Lots of Lavender", I stuck with shades of purple for my stamping. I think any floral color would work however and I for one, would not notice that it really is lavender and should be purple.  I grabbed some Designer Series Paper for my backgrounds and then tried to use the stamp set as a focal point on the cards.  This set does not have any sentiments so I had to add something from another set.  All my supplies are listed below and available now!

This "Lots of Lavender" set is available for free with an order of $50 or more during our Sale-A-Bration promotion. You can see all the freebies in the link to the brochure on the right ====>>>.

There are other perks to Sale-A-Bration!  While every $50 gets you a free product, if your order totals $250 or more, you qualify for $50 or more in free product as hostess dollars! At that level, you are also able to choose 5 freebies from the SAB brochure!  What if you want to join Stampin'Up! and receive a 20% discount on all your purchases and other benefits?  You can join during SAB and receive 2 free stamp sets on top of the regular Starter Kit deal!  It only costs $99 to join Stampin'Up! and try it to see if you like it!  I can share all the details with you and answer any questions you may have.  Check out the "Join My Team"  link on the right =====>>>>

I hope you are diving into the fun with Sale-A-Bration! It's awesome!
Happy Stampin'!
Sarah