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 2, 2016

Merry and Bright!

Hi Stampers!
As I'm thinking about and designing a card, I like to go out of the box if I can but not get toooo weird. I sometimes do that by using a stamp or die or embellishment in an unexpected, unintended way. Another thing I like to do is change up the traditional color scheme for a card or project. That's what I had in mind with today's card!  It's a sidestep design which are always interesting and fun. The "out of the box" moment came when I incorporated blue instead of red with my Christmas card theme.
Here's my card:

You would not think twice about brown reindeer or green trees but I used a medium blue, Marina Mist, for the sleigh and sentiment. I really liked it as it is a little on the unexpected side. No red anywhere!  I used the Santa's sleigh framelits for my design elements and really liked how it turned out. I especially like the silver glimmer paper on the sleigh. I wanted to "tie" the reindeer to the sleigh somehow so I settled for some baker's twine around his neck. I'm positive that would never work in real life but it worked for me !

I hope you try some out of the box ideas. It's fun to challenge yourself and see what you like and don't like. There are things that end up in the garbage and there are things that end up on a blog!

Happy Weekend!

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