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, October 20, 2017

Old, Backed up and New!

Hi Stampin' Friends!
I've had an interesting week. We returned from a "bucket list" trip to the Canadian Rockies that was spectacular!  Towards the beginning of the trip, I had a bad fall and ended up with a badly sprained ankle, but all things considered, I got off pretty easy. Along with the T-shirts and other souvenirs I bought, I have a boot on my foot from the Canmore, Alberta Emergency Room!

After getting home, I was spending some time uploading my pictures from the trip and thought, gee, I haven't backed up my pictures or other important stuff in a long time.... I should do that. Luckily, I spent a couple of days backing up stuff that I had neglected, like since 2011.  Would you believe that my computer crashed a couple of days later, like total "hard disk drive failure", unrecoverable, complete toast?!!  I was grateful I had backed up what I did and wish I had done more. I can't live without a computer anymore. Those days are long gone. I decided, for various great reasons, to really go outside my comfort zone and I switched to an Apple desktop from a PC. I've been playing with it for 24 hours now and while I'm not a pro, I'm navigating it really well and feel like I can get back to blogging, working on Stampin'Up! diligently and doing other tasks that I love to do!  Like anyone else, it's sorta a love/hate relationship with technology, but I'm grateful to be back.

For some reason, none of my pictures from 2017 were backed up, even though I got years 2011-2016. Luckily, all 2017 pics are still on my phone so I was able to recover them. I take pics of my cards as I complete them and they are then used for blogging material. I will have to tweak my system a little, so bear with me if I post pics you've already seen. I lost my records for keeping track of that sort of thing and will have to set up a new way of doing it.

Ready to look at some cards?!!  I have a few to show that are just from my random time in my craft room, playing with different things. I hope you enjoy them!  I think you can figure out what I did and if you have any questions, please ask!

I'll try to share more soon. I am having some trouble accessing my pictures through blogger so obviously, more work to do!  Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hearts Come Home

Hey Stampin' Friends,
I'm eager to show you a fun card today that is Christmas-y but not. It's got a Christmas sentiment but not necessarily a Christmas color scheme. I've been continuing to try to experiment with some of the Designer Series Paper from the annual catalog and see what pieces would work for a Christmas card. So far, the "Naturally Eclectic" set is a real favorite!  Here's a couple of cards I've made from it:

In both cases, the Designer Series Paper adds some color and interest in just the right places. I fiddled around with some different stamps that are in the Holiday catalog and also brought back an old favorite, the window framelit! Christmas is a great time to be creative and it's even better when you look beyond the obvious red and green and see what happens!

What can you think of?
Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Remember last year's fabulous Cookie Cutter stamps and punch?

Hi stampers!
I'm back today with an oldie, but still goodie and current!  The Cookie Cutter Builder punch and stamp set was carried over from last year as it was such a hit!  I was excited to see that and wanted to try something for this year, using a few new products. This is what I came up with:

The idea is pretty simple. Stamp and punch some Cookie Critters.  Then, using the wood crate thinlit, cut a wood crate. I used some old birch wood paper from a Stampin'Up! Thanksgiving project, several years ago.  I also add some garland, the wonderful boxwood wreaths. They untwist easily and can be bent in any shape and glue-dotted on your project.  This whole card has more of a 3D look to it than normal as I tried to elevate the crate and the critters. It was fun to experiment with!  I've got the basic supplies listed below if you're interested in these fun tools.

Don't forget about what's lurking in your craft drawers and closets!  There are always some leftover goodies laying around that deserve some attention!

Hope it's a great day,

Sunday, October 8, 2017

2nd annual Ultimate PINK Blog Hop

Hi Stamping friends!

I'm participating in another blog hop this month. The theme is PINK, to bring awareness, support and some creativity to the fight for cancer. I was really excited to see the "Ribbon of Courage" bundle (#143855) in Stampin'Up!'s annual catalog. I make a lot of get well cards, but with cancer, the standard sentiments don't always work. I'm glad we can still make a card, just with a more appropriate sentiment to show our support for family and friends.

I have three cards for you, all using this special bundle.  On the first card, I used Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper and spritzed it with Powder Pink reinker and alcohol, to color it. That was really fun and it couldn't have coordinated better.

I cut an additional ribbon out of Whisper White card stock to act as a shadow against the pink glimmer paper. It also helped it to stand out a bit. I had enough spritzed glimmer paper to cut the small ribbon and heart out of it as well. 

My second card adds a touch of another color, Dapper Denim. I wanted to incorporate the "Bundle of Love" Designer Series Paper because of the beautiful pinks.

My third card uses the "Whole Lot of Lovely" Designer Series paper and I stamped on my background piece with the ribbon stamp. I used the Smoky Slake ink so it wouldn't be too dark and distracting. I again cut a second ribbon in the Smoky Slate to shadow the pink ribbon. It was fun to incorporate some ribbon and bows on this card as well.

I think you'll see this is a great set to have on hand, especially for those special cards where you really want to encourage and support someone going through one of life's biggest challenges.

Be sure to check out all the blogs in the hop for some more fantastic ideas!
Happy Stampin'!

Friday, October 6, 2017

And So Your Story Begins

Happy Friday Friends!
I'm back today with a different use of a holiday stamp set, "Cheers to the Year".  I think it's ingenious that Stampin'Up! included some wedding related stamps to this New Years set. It makes it more versatile and usable for the whole year!  Here's what I did:

I loved the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series paper and especially the pattern that looks like fireworks going off.  Fireworks would be a great addition to a wedding, wouldn't they!  I combined the paper with the stamp set and love how this turned out. I kept my color scheme simple with some metallic inks and Night of Navy for an accent color.  I will be using this again!

I hope you like additional ideas for the stamp sets that Stampin'Up! has. I love getting more than just one use out of a stamp set. Makes me feel like I'm getting a better return on my investment, which is always good!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Classy Noel

Good morning!
It's so fun to look at my batch of cards each day and decide what to feature on my blog. I don't really have any plan in mind, just what strikes my fancy. Today it's back to Christmas and a card that is notable for no stamping, only die cutting and punching!  Here it is:

This is a very traditional card with a classy feel to it because of my use of the metallic foil paper. This time, I chose our new "champagne" color. It isn't quite as bright as the gold and I just love it. Guess how this card was started?  I had the background Real Red piece of card stock on my desk, already embossed with the Ruffled folder and hadn't used it for another idea. First rule of papercrafting is don't throw anything away!  I knew I was limited to 4 letters or less for a word and chose "NOEL" because it's a common Christmas greeting as well as a 4 letter word.  I used my Large Letters framelits to create the word. The top border piece was cut using the new "Swirly Snowflakes" thinlit die that creates a beautiful edge piece. I love this die, so fun to use. I finished up with the "Holly Berry Builder" punch and some red rhinestones for the holly.

This card would be relatively easy to mass produce and then you could stamp in the inside of the card with whatever sentiment you wanted to use. Is this the year you want to hand-make some Christmas cards? It isn't hard and there are all kinds of ideas to fit any style, level of expertise and budget. Contact me and I'll help you get started!

Hope you have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

More Fall cards

Hi Stampers!
Who's with me? Fall is my favorite season as far as the colors, the smells, the landscape, the warmth etc. It is all so nostalgic and heartwarming. It's funny that while a lot of things are fading like the glorious summer flowers, hot temperatures and long days, it's still okay to welcome gorgeous leaves turning colors, pumpkins and apples, crisp and colder air and early evenings.  I feel that often I don't get enough time to just play with my fall themed stamps and wanted to do so last week. I made a couple of cards that are just for fun:

If you've been around with Stampin'Up!, you will recognize a conglomeration of bundles that I used!  My main focus was the "Grown with Love" bundle. I used the big clay pot in the first card and the wagon and veggies in the second card. The sunflowers are from the "Bike Ride" bundle and for fun, I embossed the background with one of our new dynamic texture embossing folders, "Layered Leaves."  On the second card, I used an old favorite, the brick wall embossing folder. This time, I inked up the folder before embossing to color the bricks just a tad with some gray ink. My ribbon and button on retired products! Anyone recognize them?  They are from several years ago!

Most of the time, an upcoming holiday or occasion get us working on a project but every once in awhile, it is fun to just create for fun, no special reason or person in mind. I know these cards will be given out some day, but for now, they were just fun to play with and work on some ideas. I have more ideas than I have time so it's always good to click off a few!

Don't forget about my online party!  I'm hosting an online party from now through the 15th of October. For every online order placed with me, I will send/give you a free stamp set from my retired collection and a goodie bag of stuff to go with it like paper, embellishments, ribbons, etc. It's my way of thanking you for shopping with me. Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy Stampin'!