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!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Life is Still Beautiful

Happy Wednesday Stampers!
I woke up in a melancholy mood today as I realized the whole month of August is ahead of us and there is no end in sight to the forest fires that are burning up our beloved Montana.  All winter, most of us welcome the snow, the more the better, in hopes that it would produce really great spring runoff and give some much needed moisture to our parched land. There's always the threat of forest fires lurking for August, but this year, it started in July and is really roaring. Our skies are smoky and hazy and the sun is usually bright orange. It's hard to be motivated to be outside and hike, fish, boat, camp when the air is compromised and the views are almost gone. Our already "too short" summers are cut in half when this happens and this seems to be another one of those years right now.

So, what do you do when you have the doldrums?  There are a lot of options, some better than others for your health and sanity.  My craft room happens to be in my basement where it is still cool and I'm less aware of the smoke. That's where I go in the evening. I can take a break from what I'm seeing outside and focus on what I know to be true... Life is still a beautiful thing. Here's my card today:

This is a pretty simple card but the color scheme is what makes it shout. I used Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Night of Navy to make it pop. My stamp set/framelit combo is the "Colorful Seasons" set which is so popular!  I think sometimes we need to be reminded that life has its own beauty in all seasons, even fire season. I know I needed that reminder today and I'm feeling better as I blog already. I also know that making a card won't solve most of life's problems but the process does bring some joy in the midst of "whatever".

Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate you and your interest in my creations!
Happy Stampin'!

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