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!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Blessed and Grateful!

I want to use today's post to thank you... those of you who have taken a peak at my blog over the past year or so. I've not always been consistent, but have tried to regularly post a bit of what I'm up to on my creative journey, especially with Stampin'Up!  It continues to be fun, challenging, rewarding and fulfilling, especially as life gets a little harder with other responsibilities.   To those of you who have come to some of my classes, bought some product or just commented about my ideas, thank you!  Your encouragement keeps me going!!  I'm looking forward to more of it all in the year head.

Speaking of the year head, what's coming up?
***  Occasions Catalog 2016 and Sale-A-Bration!!  That time of year when for 3 months, every $50 you spend gets you a free product choice from the SAB brochure! (starts January 5th)

***  More classes!  I plan to continue my monthly class of 3 cards for $10. This is the opportunity to learn new techniques, play with new product and build your stash of cards to give to others.

***  More blog posts!  My plan is to coordinate my posts a little better including have one a week that features a specific technique with paper crafting, a throwback Thursday post featuring well loved product from the past and more.

*** Introduction of some "Stamp-a-Stack" events where you can make as many cards as you want for a set fee, featuring a specific theme. The first one will be Cards for Guys~all ages!

Again, thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart!  Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


Happy Stampin!
Sarah

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Christmas Card Buffet!

My annual Christmas Card buffet is this week!  I have a Friday morning and Saturday morning session left and all are welcome!  The times are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can make as many cards as you want, enjoy a snack and some chatting and be on your way. The cost is $3 per card which includes an envelope.  Here are some of the featured cards! Hope you can come!






And many more!  Have a great weekend and Go CATS!  BEAT the GRIZ!!!

Sarah

Friday, November 13, 2015

Snowflake flurry

I've learned from some customers that one of the most loved "motifs" of Christmas is the snowflake!  They love all the paper, stamps and embellishments that feature this unique, one of a kind creation... no two are alike!  My card today features  the "Flurry of Wishes" stamp set. I stamped with our new archival gray ink and then used the white gel pen to color in some of the areas of the snowflake.


 I really like the way this turned out!  I also dusted off my paper piercer and mat which I had forgotten about and pierced around the edges of the gray oval.

This card and many more are available to make at my Christmas Card Buffet next week!  It will be happening on Wed night from 5 to 8:30; Friday morning from 9 to 1 and Saturday morning from 9 to 1. I hope you can come and make some cards!  I will also have some tag, gift bag and gift card options to help you with your Christmas planning.

Have a great weekend!
Sarah
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Words for the Season

This card style has been around awhile, but I have not made very many. For some reason, the design popped into my head as perfect for this paper and stamp set. I wanted to feature alot of both and when your design area is only 5-1/2" by 4-1/4", it gets tricky!  This is a card inside a card. the outer one is on blue card stock and features the ornament paper and glimmer paper. The smaller one opens the opposite direction and is partially tucked inside.


Here's a picture of it opened... still sort of hard to show in pictures how this card really looks!


Anyway, it was fun to make and the stamp set is especially versatile with many words and phrases.

I hope you have a great weekend planned!  Go Bobcats!
Sarah
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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cozy Christmas

I'm still playing with the "Home for Christmas" paper and the Sleigh Ride Edgelits!  I think there are so many fun things to do with these products!  I particularly love the color scheme of this card with the mellow Mint Macaron and bright, true RED!  Here's my card:


I have seen some more fun ideas with these houses and churches on Pinterest so will be coming back to this paper. (Hint:  Any of you collect those Christmas village pieces?)

Life is certainly busy for all of us. I hope among all the "have to do", "need to do" and "hope to do" lists you have in your head, you can find a little creative time. Let me know if I can help!  

Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Skating Santa

Just a quick post today.... and just in time for the snow we have in the Gallatin Valley, a Santa card!  This is another example of the fun and gorgeous "Home for Christmas" paper!  We will be making this card as well in my classes at the end of the week... there's still some room at the table!


There's alot going on here!  You could try almost every technique in this card from embossing, punching, Big-shotting, fussy cutting, stamping, etc!

Happy Hump Day!
Sarah


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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tradition and nostalgia

I suspect it is because of my extensive quilting background that I love color, pattern and design. Fabric is eye candy, lovely to behold and even better to touch. I have discovered that paper is the same way!  An even more pleasant surprise is when it evokes strong memories that bring warm fuzzies to my heart.  One of Stampin'Up!'s Christmas paper packs does just that. I do remember the 60's and 70's and was fortunate to be young enough to be fairly untouched by the chaos in our country at that time. All I remember is very traditional childhood, which I am grateful for.

I couldn't wait to dive into this paper and start creating!  I'm having a card class this week featuring 5 cards made from this paper, "Home for Christmas".  I'll be featuring the cards the rest of the week on my blog. There are still openings in the classes if you are interested, Thursday evening and Friday morning. Just give me a holler!


I did have to use scissors to cut out Rudolph, but other than that, this card was easy peasey!  If you look really closely, you will see a dot of red glitter glue on his nose. It's important to be accurate, don't you think?  Here's a quick look at this fabulous paper that is providing my inspiration:



We just got our first snowfall last night so winter is very close!
Happy Stampin'!
Sarah
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Monday, November 2, 2015

I've Got My Eye on You!

I'm taking a day off of Christmas posts to show you a card we made in my October card classes!  Most of you were not able to be there, so hardly anyone has seen this! I thought it was a cute concept, using some of the fall paper and stamp set, but not really for a fall-ish reason.  This could easily serve as a birthday card, encouragement/friendship card, little kid card, etc.


We popped up the wood design paper with dimensionals to make it seem like the bear was actually in the tree (probably not realistic haha)  and added the cute sign for him to hold in his paw (even more unrealistic).  I'm trying to warm up to the new green in our color lineup, Cucumber Crush. It is really GREEN!!!

I'll be back tomorrow with some sneak peeks for my Old Fashioned Christmas Card class which is this week, Thurs evening and Friday morning. Let me know if you want to check it out!
Sarah

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