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, September 22, 2016

Basket of Wishes with a surprise!

I have always loved to decorate for the seasons and nothing beats fall, except maybe Christmas!  I also like baskets full of stuff.... flowers, yarn, bread, Easter eggs, ornaments, etc. No wonder that the "Basket of Wishes" stamp set in the Holiday Catalog caught my eye!  I designed a fun card to make in a class this week, using this set.   Here's my card:

It looks like a pretty simple concept actually, just a basket and flowers stamped with Archival Black ink on white cardstock and mounted on some pretty orange Designer Series Paper. BUT, it's not as simple as it looks!  Look again!

It's actually a matchbox type design where the top of the card lifts up to reveal a message for the lucky recipient!  The little blingy flower is actually a way to tuck the flap in and keep it down, to be opened by the recipient!  To make this fun card, You have to stamp your basket with the flap closed with the basket part on the base of the white card stock and the handles of the basket on the flap. The flowers are stamped on the flap!  We used straight-up markers to color, framed the white card stock piece in Rich Razzleberry,  mounted it on Pumpkin Pie DSP from the Halloween paper pack and wrapped some coordinating ribbon around the whole thing.  The inside of the card includes the wishes for a "Happy Day, Happy Year, Happy Life"!

My favorite part of this hobby is designing a card and my favorite part of that is coming up with something that I haven't thought of before, in this case, a new mechanical aspect to a card. I hope you are inspired!  I offer classes often and you are welcome to check them out, just contact me for details!

Happy stampin!

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