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!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ribbons of Courage

Hi Stampers!
I hope your week is sailing along in the right direction. I know August seems like it goes pretty fast, especially is upcoming school is a factor. This is the first year in about 30 years that it doesn't matter to me! Kinda a weird feeling, but also nice to not be locked into that schedule and have a little more freedom outside of the school calendar.

Today I want to share some projects from the "Ribbons of Courage" stamp set. I purposely bought this bundle to keep on hand for cards/projects when the traditional "get well" sentiment just isn't appropriate. I love the sentiments in the set, but also the ribbons.  Here's my first card:


I wanted to use glimmer paper to have the ribbon stand out but I also wanted it to be pink, so I mixed about 8 drops of Powder pink reinker in an almost full spritzer tube of rubbing alcohol and spritzed the Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper before cutting. I used my heat tool to make sure the glimmer paper was fully dry before I die cut it. I also decided to cut an extra ribbon out of white card stock to shadow the pink glimmer one. I think this helps it stand out a little better.  I was excited about how easy it is to color glimmer paper and get it just the right shade of pink!

Here are a couple other cards I tried with this wonderful set:


On the above one, I stamped with Smoky Slate on a piece of "Whole Lot of Lovely" Designer Series Paper with the ribbon image.


This card introduces a third color, Dapper Denim, and also features the "Bundle of Love" Designer Series Paper.

I understand that different colored ribbons are representative of different kinds of cancer or other meanings so this would really be a versatile set to work with to support any cause.

The best part of this set is that it reflects what rubber stamping has come to mean to me, which is reaching out to others and blessing them with thoughts, prayers and a hand made card. It's a simple pleasure in an era of complicated technology, geographic distances and hurried schedules.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I'm up to today!  I appreciate it and would love to chat if you have any questions about these projects or rubber stamping in general. I figure you can never have too many hand made cards in the world!

Happy Stampin',
Sarah Cade

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