Welcome back to my blog & the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Hop! This month our theme is Outdoor Fun. If you arrived here from Allie’s Blog you are right on track. If not just keep hopping & you’ll come full circle.
Our family has indulged in hiking for a long time. I can’t do it as much as I used to with cranky joints but I enjoy every minute even if it’s easier trails these days. I am originally a Washington State native & like to say I was born in the shadow of Mt. Ranier. It always has been one of my favorite mountains and was the inspiration for this months card.
A lot of the pictures of Mt. Ranier show the mountain shadowed in blues, so I used that for my design cue. The card base is Huckleberry Fusion. I took a Whip Cream panel & colored it with Panpastels for the background. After stamping the mountains from the Climbing Mountains stamp set in Huckleberry Fusion ink, I fussy cut them & colored them with Color Splash pencils. The snowcapped peaks are dusted in Sparkle Dust. The images are layered & popped with Journey Foam Squares onto the background. I stamped the sentiments from Climbing Mountains & Adventure Awaits stamp sets in Black Licorice ink.
I hope this card inspires you to adventure. Your next stop on the hop is Betsye’s blog.
Thanks for stopping by. Stay Tuned for updates on the Sassy AngelS Studio remodel & upcoming classes.
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It’s been a busy week trying to get the studio into somewhat of a workable state.
The texture & flat paint on the walls and ceiling made 3 coats of paint necessary for the white paint & only 2/3rd’s of the painting is complete.
Today we got the floor in & started to arrange furniture. It will be bare bones but I can host Angel Club this Monday, Yay!
Here is the beginning of figuring out the pattern.
There is a story to the flooring. When we thought we were going to get the 1st home we offered on, the studio space was going to be smaller. So I figured I would keep the walls white. Hubby suggested colored tiles for the flooring to add some interest so I ordered the blue & green tiles on sale planning to checkerboard the floor. Then the offer fell through on the house and I still had blue & green tiles.
Then we got this house & a bigger studio space. Somewhere in all my research I fell in love with the Teal color for the accent wall not even thinking about having primary blue & green tiles for the floor. It dawned on me about a week ago that they weren’t going to match. So since I needed more tiles to complete the bigger space, I ordered gray tiles to soften the impact of the blue/green. Don’t think it worked all too well but it’s definitely colorful. We went with foam tiles because it is a garage floor, they are mold/mildew resistant in case there is any water issues, they are easy to clean & easy to replace if for some reason a couple get damaged. Very nice to walk on so far.
I don’t have full pictures for impact yet but this was the last corner of the completed floor. We also removed the old, icky blinds revealing the nice arch of the windows. This is the final wall that needs painted as well as the ceiling above it. Do to space considerations, this wall will also hold the paper cabinets between the 2 windows instead of the opposite wall as originally planned. The brown cabinet at the edge of the photo is my 12 x 12 paper cabinet.
We still needed space for the small freezer & whole house filtration system so I had to move my work area down the back wall a bit. Trying to utilize the space as well as possible isn’t as easy as you’d think. This is a trial placement along with some items that still need homes until the painting is finished. You can see where we removed the blinds on this window & I still need to paint where they were.
It’s going to be a nice space once I figure everything out, the guys help with a few more things like more lighting & electrical & we finally decide on the garage door/separate entrance. The available wall space to hang/display things will take some thought. I have 2 inkpad units on order, & quite a few other things to figure out.
It may or may not be good news that we are going to Dallas to visit IKEA this week. I could get into more trouble & have to figure out more organization.
Stay tuned for additional updates & a final tour as it nears completion.
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As many of you know, we embarked on selling our old home earlier this year & tried to find a slice of heaven to call our own, give me a studio to hold classes in & continue our ministry work. After some bumps along the way, that dream came true on July 1st. Two beautiful wooded acres & room for my studio. (The former owners took the bench & plant pots so I have some landscaping to do.)
The bumps continued after we moved in. We were hoping to put most of the stuff that didn’t have to be unpacked immediately into the 30 x 40 foot shop on the property & stage it into the house. Well the shop was infested with black & red wasps & hornets. So everything either went into our tiniest bedroom inside the house, it is currently packed floor to ceiling, or into the garage that is becoming my studio. So I was delayed from starting on the studio until we could unpack some & organize more. We actually held Angel Club by email/text/Facebook messaging last month. Progress has been slow but steady & we were finally able to start working on the studio a couple of weeks ago.
Here is an overview of the soon to be Sassy AngelS Studio with the garage door open. (We are parking our cars in the now wasp/hornet free shop.) The back left corner will host the new whole house filtration system & the baby deep freezer. The nearly 470 remaining square feet will be studio space.
Most of the furniture you see to one side is part of the studio furniture waiting to be placed in its final location. Before we got to this point, the garage floor was scrubbed, the flourescent light was replaced with a new LED fixture, the water softener (which didn’t work right) was removed to make way for the new whole house filtration system (blue tanks in picture), old crummy shelves & peg board were removed from the back wall & the air conditioner was set up (so necessary in the Oklahoma heat). This step occurred about 2 weeks ago.
The air conditioner still needs its final insulation & securing & it will be finished but it functions for now. So far nothing in the house is standard, so the guys had to improvise on a support shelf. It works great keeping the space cool & we’ll work on heating solutions in Sept/Oct as it cools down into fall. Fortunately the attic above the garage is spray foam insulated & the guys are going to add some extra loose insulation under the floor boards to help keep the studio more temperature controlled.
Which brings us to the current progress on the studio. Last week my good friend Sue came to help & we got the walls scrubbed down & the first coats of paint on the back & left wall. I got the second coat of Bali Hai Teal (an HGTV dream home color) on the North wall today. So here are the remaining pictures.
The pipes you see in the left corner are to hook up the filtration system & the freezer will go in that corner. To the far left is the entry into the house where the laundry room is & a large sink to wash up paintbrushes & stencils in. The remainder of the wall will eventually house my standing work station. It will hold my cutters & die cut machines.
This is the West wall & after its 2nd coat of paint tomorrow will house my giant paper shelves. Still working on a camouflage for the electrical panel & the guys will remove the old phone box & we’ll flat cover it.
This is a peek at the East wall around the studio furniture pile up. As you can see there are 2 nice size windows to let in natural light, one housing the air conditioner. Not quite sure what will go on this wall yet. The plug in the center of the wall is the access to the well pump electrical, so probably nothing heavy & tall. It still needs painted. About 90% of the house was painted in a crappy peachy beige that has an awful yellowish tint in certain light. Yuck! Needless to say, the whole interior of the house will receive fresh paint over the next few months. My custom designed worktop & the classroom tables & chairs will be arranged in the middle of the space.
This is high on my wish list for the studio. It’s a Walk-Thru garage door, fully insulated, additional windows & will give me a dedicated entrance to the studio & still functions as a regular garage door, so no permits from the city needed. We are still figuring out the logistics, it will take 4-6 weeks to get here after ordering & we have to find a local installer for it.
On the schedule for the rest of this week is finishing the paint, laying the floor tiles (I’ll have to order more), setting the paper shelves into place & getting the tables & chairs up for club next Monday. It will be bare bones but I will be able to host club for the 1st time in the new studio. So excited!
Hope you liked this sneak peek into the studio progress. I am working to update the class calendar & will have more studio updates as it takes shape.
Make time to be creative this week!
I stole a bit of creating time this week to make 2 family birthday cards. I thought it was cool when the Can You Case It Challenge also was for birthday cards. The week turned busy & I’ve just found a few minutes to create a post.
When I saw the Artisan Stamp Set, Ahoy There SS-0348, in the making of the Fun Stampers Journey catalog video at convention, I knew it was perfect for my son-in-law Dustin’s birthday. I had fun creating this card:
The card base is Huckleberry Fusion, with a Pool Play mat background. I used several stamps from the set on a large Journey Acrylic Block to create the background with River Stone Fusion Ink. Using the Journey Circles dies, I cut Journey Brushed Silver cardstock to look like a porthole with the piercing elements. The pirate octopus is stamped on a piece of Journey Color Splash Sheets watercolor paper, actually colored with Journey Splashes at convention & was leftover from one of our class projects. I like to keep handpainted scraps since a lot of work goes into making them unique for future projects. I then fussy cut the octopus & mounted with Journey Foam Squares to the circle. I stamped the Ahoy There sentiment on Whip Cream & splashed with Silver, Turbo Teal & Cool Pool to compliment the colors in the octopus image, trimmed & mounted on a Huckleberry Fusion mat.
I used more stamps from the Ahoy There set for the inside with the Happy Birthday sentiment from Rock Notes in Black Licorice & Huckleberry Fusion inks.
As a Journey Coach, I use Journey products exclusively for the majority of my projects. However, as a stamp artist of more than 30 years, I do have a few other favorite companies I shop from occasionally. When I saw the unicorn set from Simon Says Stamps, I knew it was perfect for Stephanie’s birthday card. I panicked when I couldn’t remember where it got packed for our move & found it at 1 am in the morning while creating Dustin’s card. I also get the Stamp of Approval collections from Catherine Pooler & used the new die in the newest SOA Lovely Notes collection. Everything else in the creation of this card is Fun Stampers Journey products.
I’m loving the new Be Amazing colors in our FSJ collection. The base is Turbo Teal, matted with Orange Rave embossed with Yummy Dots embossing folder. The die cut is an extra splashed background from my convention swaps, using all the Be Amazing colors of Turbo Teal, Orange Rave, Cosmic Grape, Electric Lime, Outrageous Pink & Sour Lemon. I stamped the sentiment from Greeting Trends SS-0166 in Turbo Teal Fusion Ink onto the die cut piece. I stamped the unicorn in Black Licorice ink & then used the Be Amazing & Silver Silks to hand paint the image. Since it was so detailed, I used an acrylic block for a palette & 1 drop of each color & a tiny paint brush. I cut the star from Electric Lime with the Star-dom dies & piercing elements. The star is flat on the die cut piece, the unicorn is popped with Journey Foam Squares onto the die cut & the die cut is popped onto the background.
By using other products with my Journey products, it shows my customers the possibilities they can achieve with their own products at home.
Have An Amazing Weekend!
Welcome back to my blog! We finally got our new house & I have been busy unpacking & setting up. I managed to squeeze out a spot to create this week until the new studio is finished.
If you arrived here from Susan’s Blog you are right on track, if not, just keep journeying along & you’ll come back full circle.
This months theme is Christmas in July and with all the new goodies from the new Fun Stampers Journey Journey Holidays Mini Catalog it wasn’t an easy choice on what to create. I really love the holiday birds available, so I picked Noel Chirp AT-0222, with the sentiment from Robin Holiday SS-0378 & the background from Pretty Flakes SS-0377. I went with a classic easy design since unpacking & getting settled in has taken top priority at the moment.
The card base is Catalina Splash, matted with Pool Play & accented with a Pretty Amethyst oval from the Journey Ovals. I am a huge fan of non-traditional Christmas color combos. For the background I stamped a snowflake in Journey Silver Fusion Ink & brushed the flakes with Journey Brush Silver PanPastel. I stamped the bird in Black Licorice Fusion Ink, colored with Catalina Splash, Pretty Amethyst, Pool Play, Citrus Cooler & Brush Silver PanPastels & fussy cut to pop onto the oval. The sentiment is stamped in Catalina Splash Fusion Ink.
Stay tuned for more projects & class updates as I get closer to opening up the new studio. It’s going to be amazing!
Now it’s time to hop on over to Kim’s Blog & see her wonderful creation!
Have a Fabulously Creative Week!
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Life is still a bit topsy turvy as we wait to close on our new home in the next few days, but I had the chance to do a wee bit of creating in the past week.
Our oldest son & daughter-in-love celebrated their 5th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, so I had to get a beautiful card done for them. In the midst of final packing, I took out some of my new Fun Stampers Journey convention goodies to create their card.
I just love these new Decorative Heart Dies! I paired them with our new Lace Background & Pan Pastels in our Confectionary Days color palette.
I stamped the Lace Background in Clear Pigment Ink. Sponged on the pastels in Pretty Amethyst, Cool Pool & Pool Play. The Pan Pastels make it so easy to create a beautiful background. I stamped the sentiment from the retiring Branch Out stamp set in the corner. Out of Pretty Amethyst I die cut out the largest heart in the set & layered on the background. I didn’t want to overwhelm the card with bling so I added just a few Cut Rhinestones to one flower’s petals & added a Heart Sparkle Droplet to the center. I then layered the background on Pretty Amethyst & popped it up onto a Cool Pool card base. Pretty, elegant & quick.
My card happened to fit in with the Can You Case It Challenge to use your favorite die. This is my very 1st time participating in the challenge & once we are moved & settled, I look forward to participating more frequently. These hearts have already become my favorite for their versatility. I can’t wait to make many more cards & designs with them. As a matter of fact, I already created another card with them in my training meeting yesterday. Deb Valder, my upline, is on the design team for Can You Case It & we got to recreate a version of her card.
This is the final week to take advantage of products in the Spring Into Summer Catalog & the retiring products at 40% off from the Fun Stampers Journey Big Catalog. Don’t miss out on the fun & savings! You can order here: www.funstampersjourney.com/RuthCooper
Stay tuned for updates as I get the new studio set up & plan our new classes. Please say a prayer, closing goes as planned for Friday. Thank-you!
Have a Fabulous Week & Create Something Wonderful!
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If you arrived here from Susan’s Blog then you are right on track, if not just keep hopping until you come full circle.
This month’s theme is Anything Goes!
Most of my house is still packed up since we are kind of semi-homeless, with bare bones day to day items available, mainly kitchen & linens. However, since I was able to attend the Fun Stampers Journey Convention, I kept out all my products to create swaps with.
I brought back several new goodies from convention & decided to use a new product with a mix of current & retiring items.
Here is my card featuring the new Fun Stampers Journey Pan Pastels collection.
I was so excited when they announced that FSJ was adding Pan Pastels to the catalog, because I have worked with them before & taken classes in Pan Pastels!
To create this card I chose the dragonfly from the Color World stamp set from May’s Bloom Box. (Not a Bloom Box subscriber yet? You should be! You get a fabulous stamp set a full quarter before anyone else can purchase it & the kits & instructions to create 4 beautiful cards.)
I used the sentiment from the Glass Blooms stamp set also from a Bloom Box but you will find it in the new catalog July 1st!
After stamping both it was color time. We will have 4 new Pan Pastel color sets available & they come complete with Sofft tools to color with & palettes to hold your colors. I used a bit of color from all 4 collections.
This is one of the color collections. Yummy & easy to use with a variety of media. Pan Pastels work with just about everything. Cardstock, canvas, even on your Journaling Bible pages & doesn’t need to be set unlike traditional chalks & pastels, so very little chance of transferring color to other pages or items. It’s even erasable with a standard white or gum eraser.
My card includes Pool Play, Lemon Grass & Whip Cream cardstock with Media Prints Paper (retiring June 30th), a dash of Journey Sparkle Dust & Cut Rhinestones. Easy, peasy, lemon, squeezy.
If you would like a new catalog, would like to start a Bloom Box subscription or want to order some of these great supplies for your projects, click on the shop now button above. Just remember, new items won’t be available until July 1st.
If everything goes as planned, we will finally get to move into our new home July 1st. I will have a new 486 square foot studio & classroom space. Stay tuned for upcoming class announcements. I have several fun projects planned featuring items from the new Fun Stampers Journey Catalog. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Now hop on over to Betsye’s blog to see her fabulous creation!
Welcome to another Fabulous Fun Stampers Journey Blog Hop!
If you arrived here from Sandra’s Blog then you are right on track. If not, just continue hopping along until you come full circle.
Today’s card was created as a special encouragement to let someone know they were being thought of during a difficult time. It is important to let others know we care & are there for them.
The card base is Lemon Grass with a Banana Cream mat embossed with the Petals Wall Embossing Folder (EF-0007).
I knew I wanted to do a wreath with the Hello Amazing Stamp Set (SS-0206). I stamped the wreath on Lemon Grass cardstock with Fresh Forest Fusion Ink. I then used my Details Pro Shears (TO-0063) to fussy cut the wreath out. I love these detail scissors, they are sharp & easy to use.
I die cut some flowers with the Summer & Tattered Blooms Mini dies (DI-0019 & DI-0020) in Pretty Amethyst & Lemon Drop. The large ball tip on my Bloom Tool (TO-0073) and a mouse pad give the flowers some shape. I added in Rhinestones (AC-0023) for some sparkle. I added leaves with the new Bloom Cluster Die in the Spring Into Summer Mini Catalog (DI-0163). I punched the butterflies out of Bubble Gum & Pretty Pansy with the Flutter By punch cassette & punch handle (TO-0008 & TO-0031). I edged the butterflies with Journey Sparkle Dust (AC-0013). I used Whip Cream Thread (AC-0128) for the bow after using my Lemon Drop ink pad to color the thread. I adhered all the pieces together & used my small Journey Foam Squares (AD-0084) to pop the wreath on the card.
The sentiment is from Sentimental Prints (SS-0072). I used the Journey Rectangles Dies (DI-0041) for the mats. The smallest die is in Banana Cream cardstock stamped in Black Licorice. I hand trimmed a slightly larger rectangle mat in Lemon Grass to add more dimension & interest. I then took the next size up in the rectangles with its matching piercing element & cut that rectangle out of Pretty Amethyst to complete the look. I popped the sentiment on with larger Journey Foam Squares (AD-0085).
I think this card needs an award for the most Journey products used in one project, LOL!
I certainly hope it brings a smile to the recipient when she receives it.
Be sure to visit Christine’s blog, the next journey stop on the hop.
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Wow! Life has certainly been a roller coaster around here. Finding a new home & selling ours certainly takes time & adds stress to an already busy schedule. If everything goes well we’ll be moving in 2 short weeks into our new home complete with a classroom for my classes. Woohoo!
Since becoming a Fun Stampers Journey Coach, I have been brainstorming ideas on how best to keep my new supplies organized & easy to use. So I settled on the first priority, having my stamps close at hand to use in my projects. FSJ stamps come in gusseted envelopes, not bad for the everyday stamper, but with teaching & multiple use, they can start to look shabby fast. So I turned to my new favorite storage, Interdesign Refrigerator Bins. I love how sturdy they are, several come with carry handles, they are clear & I can find the perfect sizes for my art supplies. Then I added clear envelopes to house my stamps. I decided on the C-Thru Reusable Dry Erase Pockets designed for classrooms, sturdy for sure. Now I trimmed my envelopes with my stamp index on them to fit the pockets. If I think I’ll want to rehome a set after it retires, I would probably copy the front of the envelope instead & store the envelope away to retrieve later. Here is what my system looks like:
As you can see the C-Thru pockets come in different colors & can be used to further organize & divide my stamp sets. The Beautiful Bride (SS-0253 Spring Into Summer Mini Catalog) stamp set featured shows how the index & stamps appear front & back in the pocket. The bin rests on the corner of my work table within easy reach for my projects. I estimate it will hold about 40 – 50 stamp sets. I can fit 2-3 of the smaller ATS stamp sets into one pocket.
A C-Thru pocket also currently houses my FSJ stencils.
Now several of our stamp sets come with matching dies. I don’t mind separating my dies into an Artbin Magnetic Die Storage Case. I now own 10 of them sorted by stamp company & 2 of them are for Fun Stampers Journey dies! I label each sheet with the Die set name, catalog number, the number of dies in the set & if the die is retired.
A trick I have learned especially when teaching a class or doing a project with multiple dies is to keep one magnetic sheet available to keep all the dies on for that particular project. When class is done, I just return them to their correct sheet. My students & I are less likely to misplace a die this way, even the tiniest ones.
Thanks for peeking in on my studio storage ideas.
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Have a Fabulous Weekend!
Welcome to the Fun Stampers Journey April Showers Blog Hop!
If you arrived here from Wilma Payne’s blog you are right on track! No worries if you didn’t, just keep hopping right along to come full circle!
We all know the saying “April showers bring May flowers” but sometimes life just brings us showers. Events happen, things don’t go as planned, someone gets sick, etc. So this month’s theme made me think of “Showers of Blessings”. Showing someone who is going through a difficult time that you care, you are thinking of them, you are sending them a bit of joy to brighten their day. I designed this months card with that in mind.
I used the Bubble Bubble Stencil and applied Pretty Amethyst & Pool Play Fusion Inks by sponging on the color in varying degrees of light to dark. I stamped the sentiment from the Lead Me stamp set in Black Licorice. I applied this to a mat of Pretty Amethyst & then layered it onto a Pool Play card base to one side to create some interest.
I then stamped the Rose Garden ATS (retiring) onto Whip Cream with Black Licorice ink (heat set). I used the reinker & Fusion Blending solution method of coloring the flowers & leaves. I die cut with Journey Ovals & used foam squares to layer onto a oval mat cut from Pretty Pansy to add some contrast & dimension. I then mounted onto my prepared card.
I used Journey Glaze on just a few of the background bubbles to look like raindrops. After my raindrops dried, I added just a touch of Journey Glaze to the flowers & sprinkled with Journey Sparkle Dust.
Thanks for stopping by this months blog hop. I’ll be a bit scarce on posts for awhile longer as we are preparing to move to a new home where I’ll be able to have a classroom to teach more techniques, cards, mini albums & more.
Now Journey on over to Betsye Rose’s blog to see what she has in store for April Showers!
Have a Blessed Weekend!