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!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Congratulations with pizzazz!

Hi Stampers! Happy Hump Day!
Wednesdays are traditionally called "Hump Day" because we are half way through the week and just above over the hump so to speak. I think we deserve some congratulations each week for making it this far, right?

How many of you have seen the "Amazing Congratulations" stamp set in the Occasions Catalog (pg 51) and thought, oh boy, that looks complicated?  I will admit that I did!  At first I wasn't even sure what was going on but then realized there are three separate stamps used to create the word "congratulations". There is an outline of the word and two different stamps to color the inside. I tried it this week, using different color variations. I discovered it is best to stamp the outline first and then quite easy to add the color. This kind of stamp will be perfect to use for the Stamparatus tool when it becomes available later in June (more on that in the coming months!).

Here are a few of my projects:


On the card above, I used some Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper on the background and that determined my color scheme, Fresh Fig, Rich Razzleberry and Lemon Lime Twist.  I used the balloon punch for my balloons and added some Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.


For my second card, I incorporated one of the new Valentine stamp sets and framelits for a wedding theme. The hearts came from "Heart Happiness" and the background paper comes from the Bubbles and Fizz DSP.  I have never used Calypso Coral with Cherry Cobbler before, but I really liked how this turned out! Anything orange and anything red usually clash, but these were toned down enough that I think it worked!


Of course, this set would also make great new baby cards and what better way to welcome a new one than with cute animals!  The animal stamp is from the "We Must Celebrate" set and the only reason I got this set was because the sentiments use the pronoun "we" instead of  "I". That will come in very handy!!! I snuck in a little bit of the Bundle of Love DSP on the sides of the card.

All in all, I was very happy with my experiments with this congratulations stamp. We should be congratulating people more, right?  I can't wait to think of some more ways to incorporate this stamp set.

As always, you can click on my supplies below and it will direct you to the online store! Stampin'Up! is known world-wide for high quality and coordinating paper and ink products to use with their unique stamp sets that you can only get from Stampin'Up!  Once you try our products, you won't settle for less!

Well, again, congratulations on making it to Wednesday and may the rest of the week sail along!
Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

How about some Dinosaur Love!!

Happy Tuesday  Stampers!

Hope your week is roaring along (pun intended as you soon shall see)!  In the midst of all the Sale-A-Bration excitement and even having the new Occasions catalog in our hands, I don't want to completely forget about the fabulous annual catalog. It is still current until June 1st and I have lots more to explore and share!  There is one set that has been around for about three years now that I haven't given nearly enough attention to - "No Bones About It" - a fabulous dinosaur set complete with dinosaurs, their bones and foliage and tracks. It's really fun to work with and I decided to spend an afternoon playing around. What inspired me this time is the Designer Series Paper set "Pick a Pattern" and its sheet of dinosaurs. You'll see it featured in the 2nd card!  Here are my ideas:

For my first card, I combined a eye popping color combination, Night of Navy, Perfect Plum and Lemon Lime Twist!


My second card is a more bright color palette with Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry and Flirty Flamingo. I had fun making my own background paper with the "bones" stamps and foliage.


For my last card, I grabbed some DSP and embellishments from last spring. It's okay to combined retired stuff with current stuff, I promise!  After 6 years with Stampin'Up!, I'm finding I rarely use all my ribbon and embellishments and DSP before it actually retires so one of my goals this year was to be generous with it and quit hoarding!!! 


If I were to do this card again, I would use black ink for the skeleton part. I used Pacific Point under Emerald Envy and it wasn't dark enough to really show through. I think the bones are the fun part as they combine what we see in museums and then we can stamp the flesh to imagine what they must have looked like in person. Fun to dream about... ask any kid!

I hope you enjoyed my detour back to the Annual Catalog!  I haven't forgotten about it and you shouldn't either!  My supplies are listed below so you can click on any item and it will take you right to the online store for shopping. Check out the Sale-A-Bration, Occasions and Clearance Rack sections while you're there. You never know what you have to have until you see it!

Have a grrrreat day!
Sarah


Monday, February 19, 2018

Celebrate and Celebrate some more!

Hi Stampin' Friends!
Here goes another week, right?  These Mondays always roll around and as I look at my week ahead of me, it's a little daunting. I hope I have some time for fun  in between all the "have to do" things. Do you ever feel that way?

If you've been visiting my blog at all in the past few weeks, you are well aware that it is Sale-A-Bration time, a huge promotion with Stampin'Up! every year. It kicks off with the Occasions Catalog and is coordinated to allow you to get some freebies when you purchase products in any catalog or Clearance Rack. It's fun and generates a lot of excitement because the freebies are exclusive products that can only be obtained for FREE with purchases of $50 or $100. This year, Stampin'Up! upped their game and offered a thinlit set and a stamp/embossing folder bundle. The thinlits and basketweave embossing folder are going to carry over into the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog (coming in June) so that is awesome news!  Meanwhile, I'm still playing with these freebies and seeing what I can come up with. I have some more fun samples today for you:

My first card features the Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper that coordinates with the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits from the Occasions Catalog. It was easy to cut out the bottles from the DSP with the framelits! The "Celebrate" thinlit is one of the SAB freebies I was referring to.


In my second card, I'm featuring the other two thinlits in the freebie set, "Amazing" and "You".  These are going to get a lot of creative time in the weeks and months ahead, especially the word "You". I can think of all kinds of ideas for that. I also used the "Amazing You" stamp set (another SAB freebie) for the flower. I cut off the leaves and just  featured the flowers. They are colored with the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers, a wonderful coloring tool. Don't miss the Scattered Sequins embossing folder on my yellow background!


For my last card, I turned to a favorite product with everyone, Glimmer Paper!  We have three new colors in the Myths and Magic suite, White, Bermuda Bay and Old Olive. I used my balloon punch to punch out some balloons, added some string and placed them on a Shimmery White card stock background that I also used the Scattered Sequins embossing folder on. My contrast color is Berry Burst which I used for the card and the word "Celebrate".  These cards are easy to make and fun to have on hand. I've intentionally left the inside blank so I can customize it at the time I use it.. i.e. birthday, graduation, whatever!


Interested in any of these products? Click on any of the links below and it will take you to the store where you can shop online and have convenient delivery right to your doorstep. Also, you can place an order via text, phone or email with me. Whatever works best for you works for me!

I hope your week is off to a great start!
Happy Stampin',
Sarah

Saturday, February 17, 2018

More Sale-A-Bration Ideas!

Hi Saturday Stampers!
I don't often do a blog post on the weekend as I figure most of you are out and about, busy with life and wouldn't see it. However, who am I kidding? It's the middle of a doozy winter and I'm sure a lot of you are hunkered down at home, just trying to stay warm. We have yet another storm on the way so crafting and Netflix and the Olympics have been my mainstay!  What's yours?

I have been busy revisiting some of the Sale-A-Bration freebies again. I got pretty excited about them in December when I was able to preorder  product from the 2018 Occasions catalog (a huge perk of being a demonstrator with Stampin'Up! - early access to new stuff!) and qualify for some freebies. We are half way through the Sale-A-Bration promotion and I decided to go back and see what else I could make with some of these fun products! 

Here are the results!
The first card features the peacock set. This stamp set is a little tricky to use, but thankfully is a photopolymer stamp set so placing the peacock and his feathers aren't too difficult.  I did this two ways and one is definitely easier!  It is best to stamp the body of the peacock first (Night of Navy) and then add the plumage (Bermuda Bay).  I added some Island Indigo flourishes and some Pool Party dots to complete the stamping. There are two other awesome products to taken note of in this card.  The Bermuda Bay glimmer paper is new this spring as part of the Myths and Magic suite.  Also, I used the basketweave embossing folder on my background piece but reversed which side faces up for something different. That folder is available as a SAB freebie with any order over $100 and comes with a gorgeous flower basket stamp set!


My second card goes back to the Party Pandas! I've struggled a little bit with when to use Lemon Lime Twist ink and card stock but it always looks sharp with black!  My background DSP is from the "Whole Lot of Lovely" paper set and I sponged Lemon Lime Twist ink on the white polka dots to turn them green! I added some retired black glimmer paper and some black rhinestones (in current annual catalog) to complete the look. 


Next, I grabbed the "Happy Wishes" stamp set, again another freebie that is extra special and requires a $100 purchase to obtain. There are so many different combinations of greetings for this set, it's almost hard to choose!  I also grabbed some more background paper from the "Whole Lot of Lovely" DSP. Don't miss the cute grosgrain ribbon too!  It comes in all the 2016-2018 In Colors and will be retiring later this spring!


Finally, I was missing my son so I thought of him and made this card.  Guitars, headphones, brick wall (think Pink Floyd) and you will think this card is perfect.  The framelits are also a SAB freebie requiring the higher purchase threshold but the stamp set is is a SAB freebie called "Epic Celebration" and only requires a $50 purchase.


I hope you've had a chance to acquire some of the exclusive products in Sale-A-Bration. They are rarely offered again and that's what makes them so special!

I would love to be your SU demonstrator if you don't already have one!  Place an order through my online store (link on the right) and I'll make sure everything goes smoothly.  I'm available to answer questions, help with strategizing purchases and coach you through your next great idea if needed.  I'm on Facebook at "Big Sky Stampin" and even have a downline of fabulous stampers that amaze me with their creativity, big ideas and camaraderie. Join us!  It will be so fun!

Have a great Saturday!
Sarah

Friday, February 16, 2018

2nd Release Sale-A-Bration Freebies!!

Happy February 16th Stampers!
It's a great day to be a stamper and an even greater day to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration!  Stampin'Up! has released some new exclusive products, free with any $50 or $100 purchase. All the details are in the brochure on the right ---->>>

I love all of it and have had fun playing with most of it!  There's a really sweet basket stamp/basketweave embossing folder bundle, a great happy birthday set and the nicest paper with metallic embossed designs on it, all ready for you to color or leave alone! 

Here are some of my first ideas!


As you can see, there is some fabulous new metallic embossed paper that is sooooo fun to color with our Stampin'Blends alcohol markers!.  The color slides on perfectly and doesn't smear because it dries so fast. I also used the basketweave embossing folder on this card.


For my second card, I'm featuring the new basket of flowers stamp. Again, I colored it with the Stampin'Blends.  I added some Foil Frenzy paper for some sparkle in the background.


For my last card, I chose to sponge ink on the entire sheet of background paper. The metallic embossing does not take up the ink, so only the background is colored.

I can't wait to try some more fun with these new Sale-A-Bration products. See them all here:

Sale-A-Bration Freebies!!

I'll be posting through the weekend with some more fun so check back!

Happy Friday!
Sarah

Thursday, February 15, 2018

This Little Piggy

Happy Thursday Stampin' Friends!
It seems like this week has flown by, right? It is crazy how fast time flies. What else flies, you might ask?  Well, how about pigs?  When do pigs fly?  When they are featured in a new stamp set from the Occasions 2018 catalog, that's when!  Curious?


I've heard pigs also like donuts!


And of course, they love to gaily skip around with spring flowers!


And a pig would never forget Valentine's Day, right?


Ok, enough of the silliness~ !  I wanted to show you several different ways to use the "This Little Piggy" stamp set for a variety of reasons. While we don't like to live in a pig stye or eat like a pig, they are pretty cute to craft with.

You can get your very own set of piggy stamps from the Online Store. Just click on "shop now" and you will be on your way!  Here's a link which is even easier!

THIS LITTLE PIGGY!

On to another subject... There is a 2nd release of Sale-A-Bration items coming tomorrow!  Watch for my blog spot featuring the new items and details on how to get them!  You won't want to miss them, especially the new selection of paper!  Come back tomorrow and check it out!

Happy Stampin',
Sarah

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love You More Than Chocolate

Happy Valentine's Day Stampers!
This is a great day to share some extra love with the special people in your life and I have a fun way to do that - with a card of course!  Do you have any chocoholics in your home?  I do and for him, the darker, the better. He has to have at least a bite, EVERYDAY!  When I saw the "More Than Chocolate" stamp set in the Annual Catalog, I knew sooner or later I would be buying it!  This is a very interesting set that works almost like a puzzle. First, here are the finished projects:




The puzzle part comes in on the candy design. Each piece is an individual stamp and you have to figure out how to fill up the "box" on your own. These were actually my first two tries so it wasn't too hard to give it a go. You need to have your "box" stamped first so you know what your outside perimeter is and then fill it up. I was very happy with the results. I think the more you do this, the better it would get.  The sentiments in this set are especially fun!

I thought you'd like a peek at the stamp set itself so you can see how intricate and involved it is!


I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day, no matter what you have planned. I've loved the years with my husband and kids, but still remember back to elementary school, making the valentine box and then opening up all those valentines from classmates. That is still such a fun memory!

Thanks for stopping by! There's a lot of competition out there for your crafty dollars and screen time and I appreciate your interest in my creative endeavors!

Happy Stampin'!
Sarah