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, September 21, 2016

Anything cuter than a puppy tied to a balloon?

I have a card to show you today that we made in a recent class featuring the "Bella and Friends" stamp set. I love this stamp set of dog images!  The ones we have had in the past were too breed-specific and if you didn't have/like that breed, you weren't that interested in using the stamp. This set is just adorable generic puppy! Don't worry cat lovers, there's a set for you too that I'll mention down below!  Here's my card:



I love our Designer Series Paper and am constantly looking for ways to get it in a card. It inspires me and gives me my launching pad for my color scheme. The striped paper here is from the "By the Shore" set.  On one side, all the designs are ocean related. On the other, they are random patterns of dots, stripes, etc that can be used for anything. I loved this stripe and was excited to use it for this card.  I colored the dog and balloon using blender pens. This is a fun way to color and offers some shading ability that you can't get with just using a marker itself. When you use blender pens, be sure to squeeze the lid of your ink pad gently, while closed and then use the ink that is on the lid and not the ink pad itself. That way, you aren't putting anything but a rubber stamp on your ink pad. This card also features some new framelits that are really handing... layering ovals!  There are 15 dies in this set, half are rounded and half are scalloped!  Great bargain for layering. It's hard to see, but we cut an oval out of the striped paper, adhered our dog image to the back and then made a frame with 2 more ovals and put that on with dimensionals to raise it up. I topped the card off with some fabulous rouched ribbon in Dapper Denim.  All my products are listed below so you can see what you need to make a card like this!

Here's a picture of the stamp set and all of its possibilities:



And here's a picture of the cat stamps!



As you can see, the same artist created both so they actually complement each other in style. Animals are a big part of our lives and they deserve some time on a card!

Hope you are having a great week! Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I'm up to!
Sarah

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