Independent Stampin'Up! Demonstrator!

Hey friends!
I've been a demonstrator with Stampin'Up! since 2011. I'm located in Bozeman, Montana, but have customers all over the country. I have a very fun and active downline called "Big Sky Stampers" and we get together in person and online to share what we love. My blog posts feature what I'm up to recently and I try to share new product information, tips and tricks and creative inspiration. You can shop from this site or find out more information about our products and becoming a demonstrator! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Memories AND Fun!

Hi Stampers!
Thanks so much for the comments and attention with yesterday's post focused on two different challenges. I'm trying to up my game a bit and that was fun!  I think it does force you to stretch yourself a little when you impose some "rules" with your design process and I look forward to more of that.

Today, no rules!  There is a particular stamp set in the Occasions Catalog that caught my eye right away, but I stalled a bit to buy it because I wasn't sure what I would do with it. I loved the concept and images and hadn't really paid too much attention to the sentiments. Then, I looked closer at the sentiments and had to have it!  It's called "Bookcase Builder" and has a very unique concept. Here's my card and then I'll tell you more about it!

Different, huh?  The stamp set includes a "shelf" stamp and then tons of things to put on your shelves to create an overall theme.  I knew I wanted the antlers at the top of my shelves, so I kept the theme somewhat masculine. My color scheme evolved... I picked Delightful Dijon for the trophy, Always Artichoke for the greenery, etc.  I started at the bottom and worked my way up, adding the next shelf when I saw how high it needed to be. I didn't plan this all out or use a Stampamajig, I just eyeballed the entire thing. I felt like I did really well with the exception of the floating bottles, they were not stamped low enough on the shelf ;)  I was going to start over, then I decided it's good for you to see my flaws (they happen a lot!) and relax about the need to have everything perfect.

For my background, I chose the newest embossing folder, "Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder".  Before I embossed, I did ink up the raised side of the folder with some black ink just to see what would happen. I loved the effect! I wanted to get a tad more blue in there so chose some washi tape from the Moroccan Designer set and added some Metallic Enamel shapes.  Don't you love the sentiment!  I think that is the perfect way to say that in the midst of plans and dreams, life happens and it is wonderful most of the time. The older I get, the more important all my memories are to me!

Here's a close look at the stamp set so you can see all the possible ways to take this bookcase idea!

I hope you are inspired today and can think of some ways to build your own bookcase!  I'm anxious to spend some more time with this fun set!

I want to invite you to follow me on Pinterest!  I pin all my cards as well as many from others that I like. I even pin some cards that I don't have on my blog so take a look!  Here's a link:

Pinterest - Sarah Cade

If you scroll to the very bottom of my blog posts, you will see a Pinterest icon and if you click on that, you can easily pin the pictures featured in my blog post.

Happy Stampin'!

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