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!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Surprise Birthday card!

Hey Stampers!

At the risk of sounding a little crazy, I have to tell you that sometimes I actually "dream" a card idea. It happens at least once a month and it can vary from lots of details to a vague image to solving a problem I've been wondering about. This has happened to me for years. In fact, I figured out how to "cast off" with knitting in a dream. Anyway, I don't really question the whole thing and the rest of my dreams are crazy enough that I don't really put stock in them at all, but if a dream gives me a great design idea, I try it!

That is the origin of today's card. I want to show you the card, then I'll explain it!

I was excited to try the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit die, but I had a little different twist on it. This is where my dreaming came in.  Here's the die set:

I could figure out what every piece was except this:

I knew I could get the answer via Stampin'Up!'s Youtube videos, but I wanted to try to figure it out myself. I must have been really wondering about it all, because that night I dreamed this was a hinge.  It sorta looks like a hinge on a cabinet door, doesn't it.  Then my dream exploded into this hinge idea for a card. The front layer would actually hinge on the card and swing open to reveal a surprise and then the card would open to reveal even more!  Here's the rest of the pictures to help you understand!

What a fun card to make!  I had to use some heavier paper for my first layer but love how this turned out.  It ended up being a great way to use this die in an out-of-the box moment.

I hope you've been inspired!  My designs are relatively easy for all levels of crafting experience and will bring you lots of creative fun!

Have a great weekend!

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