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!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gather Together and Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving Stamping friends!

Today's the day we typically gather with friends and family and enjoy a day of good food and conversation. I'm not so naive as to believe that all Thanksgiving days are picture perfect but most of us have much to be thankful for and I am grateful for a day dedicated to gratitude.  Here's my list:

1.  Thankful for my dad who is still with me, almost 90 years old. We will be having meal #1 with him at noon.
2.  Thankful for my husband and kids who love me so well and love each other every day of the year.
3.  Thankful for the beauty and adventure of Montana, the place we call home.
4.  Thankful for so many friends over so many years that I'm still in touch with, thanks a lot to Facebook!  You have all impacted my life in so many ways.
5.  Thankful for my faith in the Lord and His many blessings to me, His steadfastness in storms and His watchful care.
6. Thankful for my Stampin'Up! friends, customers, fellow demonstrators and the corporate office for their inspiration, creativity, encouragement and kindness.
7.  Thankful for dogs... all of them.
8.  Thankful for a short drive to Billings later today and meal #2 with our kids and their in-laws.

I know there is more, but that list is what I came up with in about 30 seconds!  I just have one card today, representing my hopes and wishes for you... spending some time with those you love, gathering and giving thanks.


Have a blessed day of thankfulness!
Sarah

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Life is Beautiful at Thanksgiving!

Hi Stampers!
I'm returning to one of my favorite sets again during this lovely fall season of the year.  It's "Colorful Seasons" (# 145348) and I love everything about it!  Here's my card today:


Of course I had to use the Adirondack chair in my fall scene.  Are you curious about the pumpkins?  They are featured in the "Painted Harvest" Designer Series paper and yes, I hand cut them out. With dies and framelits, we get a little spoiled but it's okay to grab scissors and do some cutting the old-fashioned way!  My background papers are from the "Coffee Cafe" Designer Series paper pack. I think what I love about this card is that it looks peaceful, contemplative and a perfect place to spend some time. There is probably even pumpkin spice wafting in the air!

Here are some more cards I've made with the "Colorful Seasons" set:







That is just barely scratching the surface of what this stamp set/framelit bundle can do!  It was my number 1 "must have" from the Annual Catalog this year! It's especially valuable to me when I can use it for so many ideas.

I'll be back tomorrow with some Thanksgiving inspiration! 
Until then, happy stampin'!
Sarah


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

O Christmas Tree

Hey there Stampers!
This is such a fun time of year. I love to craft, decorate, eat and smell all the traditions of the holiday season. Christmas has become a big industry no doubt. On some level that bugs me because that's not really capturing what the true meaning of Christmas is. On another level, I am inspired and amazed by store displays, people's house decorations, music programs, theater productions which all revolve around the theme of Christmas. We are saturated in it almost whether we like it or not. I am guilty of really diving into Christmas in many ways. Decorating the home is something I grew up with and have carried it much further than my mom ever did. She was not a crafter and I am. Hence, many years, we go crazy. My kids and husband have adopted my enthusiasm and there is probably no turning back at this point!

In the midst of the hubbub, simple can be inspiring and heartfelt in so many ways. Everything doesn't have to be a big production, including a handmade card. The cards I have for you today are simple and uses few gadgets and tools. It's okay to get back to the basics of ink and paper!




These both feature the "Season Like Christmas" stamp set. This is a 4 part stamping set which includes the trunk, two stamps for evergreen branches and then a stamp for ornaments (or snow as I did in the 2nd card). The sentiments are lovely and in a great font.  It would be relatively easy to create a whole stand of pine trees, but one solitary pine tree for Christmas can highlight the beauty of the season.   My first card features a traditional color scheme with Real Red and Emerald Envy. The second card is not so traditional with Fresh Fig and Tranquil tide. I love them both! It is not too late to begin a Christmas project of your own. Check out the Holiday catalog for some inspiration. There is a link to the right that will take you right there!  If you see something you want, you can go to the "shop now" link and order from the convenience of your own home. No point in getting out in that traffic, right?!

Don't forget the Online Extravaganza sale is continuing!  There are many products from the last couple of years that are on special discount from now through November 2th.   Go to this link for the complete lineup!

Online Extravaganza 2017!!

Believe it or not, I've almost blogged most of my projects that I've been making this fall, so it's time to make some more!  Yeah!! More time in ink, rubber and paper!  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back regularly and see what I'm up to!

Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Monday, November 20, 2017

Online Extravaganza starts TODAY!



Hey stampin' friends!
I hope you had a lovely weekend and are all set to head into Thanksgiving!  I heard a great sermon yesterday at church about thankfulness that really got me thinking. What stuck with me is that we can get a lot of stuff right in our day to day lives, i.e. how we speak, treat people, choices we make, etc and still not be thankful to God for all His blessings. As I'm heading towards Thursday, I am meditating on what I am grateful for and not what is wrong or what is missing from my life. I imagine there will be quite a lot as I think it over.

I don't want to trivialize the bigger picture of living a life of gratitude but I do want to say I'm grateful for what Stampin'Up! has introduced me to and brought into my life. First and foremost, I have met people who I otherwise would probably not have met and many of them have become very good friends! My days are definitely richer by the social interaction I have received around the subject of stamping. I'm also grateful for a creative outlet that satisfies that urge in me, which I've had most of my life. I love to make things. Almost anything!  Stamping has been a perfect fit for me because I can use my creative impulses in a positive and rewarding way, growing in ways I never imagined. It's also an opportunity for me to show hospitality and generosity to my customers, downline team and others with my classes, promotions and freebies. I love it all and am grateful!



I wanted to share the big news about Online Extravaganza that starts today!  There are some select stamp sets that are on sale only today. Here's a list:



ITEM #
DESCRIPTION
RETAIL PRICE
DISCOUNT PRICE
139891
Remarkable You Wood
$45.00 USD/$59.00 CAD
$36.00 USD/$47.20 CAD
139894
Remarkable You Clear
$33.00 USD/$44.00 CAD
$26.40 USD/$35.20 CAD
140643
Bloomin Love
$17.00 USD/$21.00 CAD
$13.60 USD/$16.80 CAD
143775
Celebrate You Wood
$25.00 USD/$33.00 CAD
$20.00 USD/$26.40 CAD
143778
Celebrate You Clear
$18.00 USD/$24.00 CAD
$14.40 USD/$19.20 CAD
142982
Cool Treats
$27.00 USD/$33.00 CAD
$21.60 USD/$26.40 CAD
138682
You're so Sweet Wood
$27.00 USD/$35.00 CAD
$21.60 USD/$28.00 CAD
139440
You're so Sweet Clear
$19.00 USD/$25.00 CAD
$15.20 USD/$20.00 CAD
143949
Garden Girl Wood
$27.00 USD/$35.00 CAD
$21.60 USD/$28.00 CAD
143952
Garden Girl Clear
$19.00 USD/$25.00 CAD
$15.20 USD/$20.00 CAD
143740
Good Vibes Wood
$27.00 USD/$35.00 CAD
$21.60 USD/$28.00 CAD
145080
Good Vibes Clear
$19.00 USD/$25.00 CAD
$15.20 USD/$20.00 CAD
142871
Super Duper Wood
$27.00 USD/$36.00 CAD
$21.60 USD/$28.80 CAD
142874
Super Duper Clear
$19.00 USD/$25.00 CAD
$15.20 USD/$20.00 CAD
138764
Heartfelt Sympathy
$17.00 USD/$21.00 CAD
$13.60 USD/$16.80 CAD
144865
Every Good Wish
$18.00 USD/$24.00 CAD
$14.40 USD/$19.20 CAD
144862
Every Good Wish
$25.00 USD/$33.00 CAD
$20.00 USD/$26.40 CAD
144870
Good Tidings
$21.00 USD/$26.00 CAD
$16.80 USD/$20.80 CAD
142954
Milestone Moments
$21.00 USD/$26.00 CAD
$16.80 USD/$20.80 CAD
143689
More than Chocolate
$17.00 USD/$21.00 CAD
$13.60 USD/$16.80 CAD
140653
Number of Years
$27.00 USD/$33.00 CAD
$21.60 USD/$26.40 CAD
140386
Oh What Fun
$21.00 USD/$26.00 CAD
$16.80 USD/$20.80 CAD
141934
Touches of Texture Wood
$45.00 USD/$69.00 CAD
$36.00 USD/$55.20 CAD
143251
Touches of Texture Clear
$33.00 USD/$44.00 CAD
$26.40 USD/$35.20 CAD

Be sure to look these over!  There are some favorites of mine including Number of Years, Touches of Texture,  Good Tidings and Remarkable You which is an awesome set for coloring with the new Stampin' Blends.  

There is more on sale as well, all week, but the stamps are only today so I wanted to bring those to your attention!  Check out this link for the entire sale:


I know this is a hectic week and of course it can end up becoming a prelude to Christmas and all those preparations and plans. Let me know if there is anything you would like from this sale and I'll take care of ordering it for you!  I'll be placing an order by 5 o'clock tonight for the stamps (plus anything else on the sale that people already know they want) and you can jump on the group order if your total is less than $150. If it is more than $150, it's best for you to place an order yourself and reap the Stampin' Rewards for you!

Thanks so much for your friendship and business!  I truly appreciate you!
Blessings,
Sarah

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Happy Anniversary

Hi Stampers!
For several weeks, I've been bouncing back and forth between fall/Thanksgiving related cards and Christmas cards. It's good to not forget there are other reasons to create a special card like a anniversary for a special couple!  I thought the "Half Full" stamp set would be a perfect theme. Here's what I came up with:


My background paper is a piece from a retired Designer Series Collection but the rest of the card is all current products. I used some of the new Stampin' Blends to color in a bit of the glass of wine and the wine bottle. I wanted to keep this subtle overall and was really happy with the results. To go along with the current time of year, I added the silver foil snowflake!

Here are a couple of more ideas, also using this wonderful set!



Anything "wine" themed is really popular so this could be a often-used stamp set for many occasions.

Speaking of occasions, we will be gearing up for the launch of the Occasions Catalog on January 3rd!  That is a little ways off, but soon I'll be getting my hands on some products from that catalog and start to showcase some ideas.  It seems like a crafting year really goes by fast, doesn't it.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I try to create projects that are delightful to look at, interesting to create and easy to replicate. I would love to expand my customer and demonstrator base so contact me if you would like to know more about Stampin'Up!  It looks like an amazing fun and creative opportunity, which it is, but it is also the best therapy available. Working with your hands to create something handmade is unparalleled in providing satisfaction to those who create and love and paper hugs to those who receive the creation. The options are endless for any style or budget so jump in!

Have a great day today!
Sarah

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Huge News! New Tool !! The Stamparatus

Hey Stampers!
Boy did we get an early Christmas present from Stampin'Up!  Actually it is the promise of a present that will arrive around February 1st!  It's a new tool called the Stamparatus!  It's a stamping platform that allows you to mount red rubber and photopolymer stamps and stamp with perfect positioning every time. You can introduce multiple colors, multiple stamps and have awesome results that take out the "eyeball it" method which is my former go to method or using the Stampamajig which is somewhat cumbersome.  Here is more information!


Isn't that exciting!  You will be able to reserve one for delivery in February during November 16-30. Go to the online store and select "reserve". You do need a credit card to reserve the Stamparatus however, your credit card will not be charged.

For you long time stampers, you also know that Sale-A-Bration is just around the corner!  When it's closer to February, you will be able to add to your Stamparatus order to get a SAB freebie!  I will be watching all of this and remind you what you need to do and how to get the most benefit out of all the promotions.   The Stamparatus will be in the 2018-2019 catalog for regular ordering as well but you can get it sooner with the reserve system. I'll share more details in the coming days!



This is very exciting!  Did I mention it's only $49?  That's a great price for a tool you will use over and over again!

Watch my blog for more!  There are so many things going on right now I will probably be blogging more than once a day ;)

Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Saturday, November 11, 2017

With Gratitude to Veterans

Hi Stampers!
I think almost all of us have been personally impacted by a veteran who served in the US military or continues to serve at this time. At the very least, just living in this country  makes you impacted for the very freedom and liberty you cherish. We owe them a debt of gratitude that is impossible to pay.

I wanted to share a card I recently made honoring veterans. It's a small thing but can extend some heartfelt feelings to someone so special and who has sacrificed so much.


I used a retired set that I had but the current catalog has just as great of set called "Loyal and True". Check it out in the annual catalog on page 97.

I want to extend my personal gratitude to three men in my life; my father, husband and brother-in-law, all who served in their youth and were proud to do so.





Thank you to these and so many others, I'm grateful.

Sarah