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, 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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