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, December 11, 2015

And lo, there were shepherds....

Have you ever thought about what that first Christmas would have been like for all the different participants, from their perspective? I have a very favorite Christmas CD, probably almost 20 years old now, that is by Michael Card and each song is sung from the perspective of a different participant, i.e. Joseph, Mary, the angels, the shepherds, Simeon, etc.  It's such a meaningful way to contemplate the birth of Jesus and all that it means.  Like music, art is from a perspective too and even rubber stamps!  Stampin'Up! came up with a great stamp this year featuring the shepherds. I love the simplicity of the silhouette style and the holy and reverent posture of the shepherds as they are told the good news of great joy.   Here's my card:

I did something sneaky on this design. The original stamp comes with a different, smaller star on it. I cut that part of the rubber away so I could use the shepherd part without the star. I then searched through my stamps for the most spectacular star-like image I could find and found it with this starburst from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set. I heat embossed gold glitter on there and loved the much bigger statement it made. I have to remind myself it's okay to adapt things and switch them up to fit my style. Contrary to how some of us joke about it, there are no "stampin' police", at least in Montana!

Have a great weekend!
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