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, April 28, 2017

New "In Colors" for 2017-2019 !!

Hi Stampers!
Every year, Stampin'Up! introduces five new "In Colors" that will be around for 2 years.  I've known what the colors are for awhile, but haven't blogged about them. Next week, the preorder time for demonstrators kicks off and I'll be able to get my hands on these lovely colors!  I've been able to get 3 of them in limited doses, but can't wait for the rest!  Are you curious?  Here they are:


What do you think?  When I can get the ink and card stock, I will begin to combine these brand new colors with some of our existing colors and share what the results are. I think this lineup will be a very interesting addition to our current color families. I'm especially curious to play with Lemon Lime twist as it is almost neon!

The new catalog will premier on June 1st, which some days, can't come fast enough!  I'll be putting in my order for paper catalogs on Tuesday and plan on having an open house for catalog pickup and preview of the new colors suite on May 11th from 4 to 7 p.m. at my house. Mark your calendars, stop by and grab a catalog. It's like Christmas!

Have a great weekend!
Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Thursday, April 27, 2017

TBT - Some old favorite stamps!

Hi there stampin' friends,
It's Thursday and occasionally I like to feature "Throw Back Thursday", a tradition that I believe started on Facebook. It gives you a chance to post an old photo or memory that you think of fondly and share it with others.  I think in this "in between" period between the old and new catalog, it's fun to look back at some old favorite stamps!  I sell cards locally in the Gallatin Valley and am always looking for a new idea in my old stash!  Here are a few I came up with recently!






When we moved a year ago, I really cleaned out my  supply of old 12 x 12 paper, some of which I had been hanging on to for nearly 20 years. I let some papercrafting friends go through it first, then the rest went to my daughter's school where she is a first grade teacher. If you have anything useful for an elementary school teacher, you can put it in the teacher's lounge and it will be gone by noon!  I also kept plenty of the paper and have fun going through some of those wonderful papers to make cards. I love the freedom of not sticking to a particular catalog's lineup of products but using whatever suits my fancy.

Don't forget about your stash o' stuff!  It's lurking back in the cupboard, closet or drawer and would love to see the light of day!

Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dad's turn!

Hi stampers!
I few posts ago, I featured a Mother's Day card... here's one for the Dads!  I love making masculine cards, primarily because I love the typical color schemes and themes. The Occasions catalog this year had a great tool stamp and framelit set to perfectly capture a lot of Dads interests and hobbies. Unfortunately, the framelit set is sold out, but the stamps are still available!  Here's one of the cards I made with a stamp set and this theme:


The stick-on metal stars are so fun and easy to apply to any card.  I decided to double stamp my sentiment. I first stamped DAD in Smoky Slate and then went over the top of it with "You're the Best" in Delightful Dijon. As you can see, the DAD letters took up a lot of space on the card so I didn't want to take more with another sentiment. I love how this turned out!

Here's another card I made using the framelits and the "Nailed It" stamp set:


I used the new Hexagon dynamic impressions folder for my background. I colored the tools with our new Watercolor Pencils and then used blender pens to blend the color a bit better. I will be hanging on to this set for a long time! It's so perfect for the handymen in my life ;)

Big news in the SU store!  The Clearance Rack has been updated and is loaded with products from last fall's Holiday Catalog. There are some screamin' deals. To check it out, go here:


Clearance Rack

Stampin'Up! Clearance Rack!

We are halfway through another week! I hope you are finding some time to be creative and inspired!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at what I'm up to!

Happy Stampin'
Sarah

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

W*O*W

Hey Stampers!
I hope you are enjoying your spring so far... We are getting lots of rain which is welcome now as it should help with reducing the forest fire risk later in the summer when everything gets so DRY!  At least, that is what I'm telling myself as I look at the raindrops.

I have a really fun card for you today. I recently participated in a local card swap and the "rules" were to use things that you have purchased but not yet used. Unfortunately, that is all toooooo easy!  Why is it I just have to have something, then never use it?  Crazy, right?  Here's what I came up with:


I had quite a bit of 12 x 12 paper that doesn't get alot of attention so I decided to start there. I also had a Big Shot Die that does banners. It happened to retire shortly after I purchased it. I also had a couple of stamp sets that were brand-spanking new. As you can see, I combined all of that into this card. It was easy to score my card at 4" and 8" and have 3 panels to work with. I used some extra old Sale-A-Bration paper for my color scheme and went from there. In order to make it truly look like a banner, I I punched some holes at the top of each banner and threaded some Baker's twine throughout. I really like how this turned out. Due to my design, I limited myself to 3 letter words. I decided to make a Congratulations card as it is graduation season and I wanted the gals who received my card be able to use it!  Another idea would be "MOM" or "DAD" etc. You could also make 3" panels and have four of them, allowing for 4-letter words (only nice ones ;)

Anyway, there's any idea for you on a rainy Tuesday!  Challenge yourself to use something you have purchased but not tried out yet - It's fun!

Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Monday, April 24, 2017

Many Words for Birthday Wishes!

Hey there!
I have a great birthday card to show you today. It features a retiring stamp set that is really fun to use. All the words and cake layers are angled! Curious?  Here's my card :


Here's a picture of the stamp set (Crazy Cake  #142850) so you can see how it works:




I think it helps to see all the angled pieces. You can build a sentiment, build a cake or build both. You could even throw some candles on top for a truly wonderful celebration.  I want to play with this set some more and see if I can come up with some ideas that aren't cake-related. I love to think outside the box and get a more versatile use out of my Stampin'Up! tools, papers and stamps.  You're imagination is the limit!  For this particular card, I used some Fiesta Designer Series Paper and I inked up some bubble wrap and then placed some white card stock on top of that and ran a brayer over it for my second layer. That's a great way to get some color and texture.

Don't forget about our retiring products!  Some things have already sold out but there are still some great deals. Here's the best place to see them:

Retiring Products 2017

You can contact me if you would like to place an order, or you can conveniently shop from the site listed above. Setting up a profile is easy and you can shop to your heart's content! It's a great time to check your supplies and make sure you have what you want from what is retiring. Once it's gone, it's gone!

Have a great day!
Sarah


Friday, April 21, 2017

Mother's Day with Flirty Flamingo

Hi friends,
It's a rainy Friday here, kinda dark and moody outside. I decided I needed to post a happier card to lighten the mood!  I've been focusing on products that are retiring soon so if you are at all interested, I would get them while supplies last!  I have a special Mother's Day card today:


When the new 2016-2018 colors came out last June, my least favorite was Flirty Flamingo. I've since made my peace with it and decided it has it's place in the world of color. I think it was a little toooo bright or something. Then, Stampin'Up! offered the "Falling in Love" Designer Series Paper in the occasions catalog which incorporated this color. I really jumped on board then... I love the subtle brown tones with it to tame down the brightness!  The main feature of this card is the tag set, "That's the Tag". There are plenty of sentiments to use but my favorite part is the cut out dies that include butterflies, stars and petals. I also added an embossed background with the "Petal Burst" embossing folder. I was really happy with the simplicity of this card and Mother's Day is a perfect occasion for a hand made card.

Keep checking my blog each day as we count down to the new catalog!  I'm continuing to feature retired products now but will soon transition into the preorder time of new products and then the full new catalog on June 2nd!  I hope I've inspired you today to get creative!

Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Thursday, April 20, 2017

It's that time of year! Graduation!!

Hi there stampers!
I have an easy graduation card today that makes a dramatic statement. Any guesses what school this recipient is graduating from?!!


I love to do cards with school colors because then it's a no brainer for color scheme!  Montana State grads bleed blue and gold forever and this card will help launch the graduate I have in mind with her future plans!  I'm excited for her and can't wait to give it to her!  My supplies are listed below. If you don't have the Large Letters Framelits, I would save up your pennies and buy them!  You can spell anything and they won't go out of styles!

Happy Thursday!  My retired product sale starts tonight at 5 so stop by my house if you can and pick up some awesome bargains. Contact me if you need directions!

Sarah