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!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Dragonfly friendship

Hi Stampers!
It's another lovely day in Montana. The sunrise was especially sweet and lingering this morning, the perfect way to wake up.  I'm meeting one of my daughters to go to her church soon, but have time for a quick post.  If you are wondering where all this new found energy for stamping has come from, I recently lost my medical transcription job/work to outsourcing and automation. While I am trying to decide what I should do now (??), I'm immersing myself in my art as a way to not waste my days!  It's been fun in an unplanned sorta way.

Today I have some more new products to feature, including the wonderful Dragonfly stamps and framelits. Here's the card:

This card was a bit of an experiment, but I like how it turned out.  My color scheme comes from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, seen on the left side of the card.  Using some of those colors, I watercolored with ink and an Aqua Painter on some watercolor paper, a piece big enough to cut out the dragonflies on. After the watercolor paper dried sufficiently, I die cut the dragonflies. This is an all-in-one framelit, even though there are several dragon flies all hooked together. I realized I needed a different background as the DSP paper was too busy behind the dragonflies. I grabbed some Gold Foil paper and embossed it with the new Falling Petals Embossing Folder. Foil paper is so fun to emboss and instantly looks so classy.  My sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. I added some of our wonderful rouched ribbon and I was done!  I'm looking forward to trying this combo set some more... lots of possibilities!

Yesterday was a fun and gratifying day. I hosted some stamper friends and we got together to make cards to donate to charity. Our first charity choice was our local Humane Society which does such a good job with dogs and cats. We wanted to give them cards to use for clients, volunteers, staff, whatever. They requested Sympathy, Thank You and Thinking of You cards and that's what we did, all with a dog or cat theme. By the time we were done, we had 100 cards ready to go! Here's a glimps of the fun morning!

It's so fun to see what happens when you combine supplies and talent and work towards a common goal. We readily agreed we are going to try to do this every month or so and came up with a list of future charities to donate to.  The world needs more lovin' and a handmade card is a great way to provide that!

Happy Stampin' and I hope you have a blessed Sunday!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for organizing and hosting this fun event! I had a wonderful time and can't wait for the next one.