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!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Candles and Bows

Hi stampers!
Part of the fun of my passion for papercrafting is thinking out of the box, or in today's case, thinking about boxes!  I am continually looking for ways to use what I have with a slightly different twist. I also like to take my original ideas that don't turn out like I thought they would and go further with them, Repurposing scraps, die cuts, pieces of this and that can yield results you hadn't thought of. My card today is one of those in a sense. I did have the idea of doing some birthday packages and featuring the wonderful bow in the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits. My random piece is the gold foil candles on one of the packages. Here's my card:

My original design had the foil piece on the card background, in the right lower corner. I quickly realized the backgroud paper was waaaaaay to busy. I couldn't even tell there were candles cut out on the foil piece.  I kept working with it until I came up with putting it on a mostly Pacific Point colored Designer Series Paper. A solid color would obviously work the best, but this was close enough! Did you notice the great bows? The center one is a little different and is a framelit that makes a tag topper shaped like a bow. I just adhered it behind the package. The other two bows are stand-alone die cuts that are so pretty and eye-catching.

This is the time of year where I have mixed emotions with Stampin'Up!  We are getting close to the end of Sale-A-Bration which is always so much fun to take advantage of, on March 31st.  In mid April, we will find out the new In-Colors for 2017-2019 and get our first looks at the new annual catalog which will come out in early June.  In May, we find out what is retiring from the product line which always means saying goodbye to some favorite stamps, inks, embellishments and tools. There is alot going on!  If you have any questions, please contact me and I'll try to help. It can be confusing!
I'll do my best to keep you posted on all the latest news as it becomes available. It should be a fun few months!

Happy Stampin'!

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