Dude Journey Blog Hop

Posted on February 18, 2017 By

 

Welcome to the Journey Blog Hoppers Hop!

If you arrived here from Becky’s  blog then you are right on track. No worries if you didn’t just keep hopping until you come full circle.

The theme for this month’s hop is Dude. It seems really easy to design feminine & general cards but a lot of us just draw a blank when it comes to designing a card for the guys. I find it especially challenging since I live with techno geeks not sports fanatics. I often choose nature or vehicles when designing masculine cards & this month is no exception.  I started my design process by flipping through my stamp sets & seeing what grabbed my attention. Having just modified a store-bought card with a car on it for a friend, I gravitated towards my FSJ Let’s Ride motorcycle stamp. Here is the result:

When the weather is warm, we see a lot of motorcycles here in Oklahoma. I made this card to reflect leaving the OKC metro area behind & hitting the open road. This card can easily be used for many different occasions.

The card base is Pomegranate Splash with Brushed Silver & Pool Play layers. I used the Journey Long Rectangles to create the horizon line & added a strip of Denim Days embossed with the new Love Stripes Embossing folder to the bottom. I needed a “city” so I used the Build-A Skyscraper stamp set to make my buildings. I used Pool Play ink for the buildings so they were more in the background. Tone on tone offers a softer effect. The sentiment is from the Hit The Road stamp set. I then stamped the Let’s Ride motorcycle on Whip Cream in Pomegranate Splash ink & fussy cut around the image. I then pulled out my Silver Silk & highlighted the lights & some of the chrome areas on the cycle. A touch of River Stone PanPastels beneath the bike softened the stark white so it blended with the card more. The motorcycle is popped with Journey Foam Squares.

Be sure to check out all the artists on the hop & leave some love in a comment. Your next stop on the hop is Betsye’s blog.

Here is the complete blog list:

4. Ruth Cooper – You are here
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Do something creative this week!

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All You Need is Love February Blog Hop with The Savvy 7

Posted on February 5, 2017 By

Welcome back to my blog! Today I am hopping with The Savvy 7 as a guest blogger.

Our theme for February is All You Need is Love and I chose a classic white on white card featuring some great Fun Stampers Journey products.

I like to create Valentine cards that can also be used for Weddings & Anniversaries. I used Whip Cream cardstock for this particular card but will often raise the elegance level by using our white Pearled Basics paper.  This card features the I Heart Embossing Folder from the new Bloom This Way mini catalog. I just love the little hearts. I took our White Liner adhesive sheet & attached it to the Whip Cream cardstock to cut out the Decorative Hearts Die. I then peeled away the remaining adhesive backing & added Sparkle Cuts to the delicate die cut. I cut a separate solid heart from the die to back it with. The sentiment comes from Banner Sentiments. I masked off the word forever & stamped the Love in Clear Pigment ink, embossed with Silver embossing powder & diecut with an Ovals die. The background, heart & sentiment are all popped with Foam Squares to add dimension & interest. A couple of Rhinestones with a Sparkle Heart complete the card. It is much more dynamic & sparkly in person.

 

Thank-you for visiting my blog today. Be sure to check out all The Savvy 7 projects.



 

 

 

Blessings & Hugs,

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Welcome to 2017 & Sassy Angel’S Studio Fun

Posted on February 4, 2017 By

Happy Late New Year!

2016 ended with my husband having a heart attack 2 days before Christmas & so I kind of have been behind the power curve since then. He is fine & I’m ready to get Sassy Angel’S Studio off & running for 2017.

I updated the Information & Current Class pages so be sure to check them out. I am working on  Mixed Media Canvas & Spring Wreath classes so stayed tuned for  upcoming class dates.

I did get to go to the Fun Stampers Journey Lead With Heart Leadership Conference in January. Lots of great things in store for 2017. Be sure to check out the new virtual tour RG Presents Spring  Into Summer & join me in the Studio. Going to be lots of fun!

Here are a couple of highlights from Leadership.

 Pictures with Gabby & Richard & most of the Amazing Bloomers who attended.

 My main swaps for the event.

Friday night we went on the High Roller Ferris Wheel. The pretty fountain was on the promenade. My picture on the ride & the wheel with my fabulous upline Deb & her husband in the foreground.

My make & takes from the event.

I learned a lot & will be working to make 2017 the best year yet for Sassy Angel’S Studio.

Stay tuned for my 1st blog hop of the year tomorrow with The Savvy 7.

Blessings & Hugs,

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Fun Stampers Journey Holiday Blog Hop

Posted on December 17, 2016 By

Welcome back to my blog and this months Journey Holiday Blog Hop! If you arrived here from Crissy’s blog  then you are right on track. If not just keep hopping right along & you’ll come full circle.

This month’s theme is holiday and I chose to do something a little different.

I decided to use the Bloom Cluster die, some Cranberry Bliss & some Pearled Basics paper in white to create my focal image on my card. I started with a Limeade Splash card base. I embossed Silent Night from the Oh Holy stamp set in Gold Embossing powder. I then added a splashed background with my Gold & Silver Silks. I attached my Bloom Cluster die cuts & a few rhinestones for a simple elegant card.

As you read this, I am traveling home from a Christmas trip to Nashville Tennessee. I took very limited supplies with me on my trip. This helps me think outside the box. It also shows that with just a few items & one holiday stamp set that you can create a variety of cards on a budget. Creating can be as budget friendly as you need it to be, while still allowing you to add in a new purchase here & there to your stash. For the New Year, take a fresh look at your supplies & see how many possibilities are there. When you pick up a new purchase think of how many different ways you might  be able to create with it. A good suggestion is if you can make 3 different projects with it, it’s a good purchase.

Stayed tuned for the new Bloom This Way mini catalog launching Jan. 1st. You might just find a new supply or 2 that might have endless possibilities for creating.

Hop on over & check out what  Kim Lamos has created.

Blog Roll:

2. Ruth Cooper – You are here
Thanks for hopping by! Have a truly Merry Christmas!

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Be Amazing Blog Hop

Posted on November 19, 2016 By

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Welcome back to my blog & the Fun Stampers Journey Be Amazing Blog Hop. If you arrived here from Betsye Rose’s blog you are right on track. If not, no worries, just keep hopping until you come full circle.

This month we are featuring the Be Amazing Collection. This collection is fun, vibrant & has possibilities for endless creating.

I made an encouragement card. Everyone needs a day brightener now & then. The Amazing neon colors deliver sunshine & smiles & would definitely chase away the winter blues.

 

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This card features a Black Licorice card base with a Whip Cream layer stamped with the Amazing Hearts background stamp & Turbo Teal Fusion ink. I accented the hearts with Outrageous Pink & Electric Lime Silks using a stylus tip. The center of the card is trading card size & has an Orange Rave mat, layered with a Cosmic Grape background embossed with the Yummy Dots embossing folder & popped with Journey Foam Squares onto the Amazing Hearts background. The sentiment is from the Rock Notes stamp set & was stamped with Turbo Teal Fusion ink first, then stamped with Clear Pigment ink & embossed with Clear Embossing Powder with a touch of Sparkle Dust mixed in. I die cut the sentiment with Journey Tag Elements dies & layered on a black mat and popped onto the Cosmic Grape background. I used a heart & star from the Amazing Accents painted with Outrageous Pink & Electric Lime silks. A few Outrageous Pink, Electric Lime & Orange Rave sequins finish off the card with style.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Hop on over to Kim’s blog next and enjoy her amazing creation.

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Here is the Blog Roll of all our participants.

2. Ruth Cooper –  You are Here
Have a Wonderfully Blessed Thanksgiving!
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Faith Journey Blog Hop

Posted on October 22, 2016 By

 

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Welcome back to my blog & the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Faith Journey Hop! If you arrived here from Carol’s blog then you are right on track. If not, no worries, keep hopping & you’ll come full circle.

How we express our faith is different & unique to everyone. I usually don’t post a lot of “religious” stuff. I try to live by, though imperfectly, the 2 commands Jesus gave us. To love God with all our heart, soul & mind and to love our neighbors. Being the hands & feet of Jesus by loving & serving others is my small part in this world & it’s taken me a long time & a lot of grace to discover this.

One of the ways I absolutely have always loved to share is by encouraging others. Everyone can use a smile, kindness, thoughtful deed or some other small act to brighten their lives.

During October, Fun Stampers Journey is hosting a Be Brave Card Drive for breast cancer patients & their caregivers. Anyone battling any type of cancer is in for a rough road & faith can play an important part in the patients or their families journey. So I chose to make a pink ribbon card & use the Through the Storm stamp set.

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Pink cards don’t have to be all pink. I used Huckleberry Fusion for the card base. The designer paper is a lovely ombre from the Party Pop Prints paper pack. I embossed the print with the Above the Clouds embossing folder & then highlighted the edges of the clouds with Bubble Gum Panpastels. I used the Heartfelt dies & piercing elements for the heart, which I also edged in Bubble Gum Panpastel. The sentiment is stamped in Watermelon Fusion & the heart is popped up with Journey Foam Squares. Unfortunately, I realized I had not yet purchased any FSJ pink ribbon so I raided my sewing stash for the ribbon & added a Sparkle Heart embellishment to the center. Pink ribbon will definitely be on my next order.

I’ll send this card off with a prayer that it brightens up the day for a patient or their family.

If you would like to send in a card before the end of October to the Be Brave Card Drive, you can check out the details here:

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Your next stop is Kim’s blog.

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4. Ruth Cooper – You are here

Make a difference & share a little love. Do something special this week to brighten someone’s day.

Thank-you for visiting my blog!

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Beautiful Wings Fun Stampers Journey Blog Hoppers Hop

Posted on September 17, 2016 By

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Welcome back to my blog & the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Hop! This month our theme  features  the Beautiful Wings Stamp Set. If you arrived here from Christine’s Blog you are right on track. If not, no worries, just keep hopping along until you come full circle.

I love butterflies & this set is so versatile. I chose to make a holiday card with the Beautiful Wings set & the Geo Burst Die. Thinking outside the box stretches your creativity. You don’t always  have to have a large selection of holiday stamps to create fabulous cards.

 

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White on white is so elegant & adding a touch of silver gives it pop. I added in some Journey Sparkle Cuts for holiday shimmer. I used  Beautiful Wings SS – 0353, the sentiment is from Robin Holiday SS-0378, Geo Burst Die DI-0217, Whip Cream Cardstock, Journey Sparkle Cuts, Journey Silver Embossing Powder, Journey Thread Silver & Journey Foam Squares.

Your next stop on the hop is Becky’s Blog.

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This months blog hop participants:

  1. Betsye Rose Cimino Erazo
  2. Heather Flaherty
  3. Christine Pennington
  4. Ruth Cooper – You Are Here
  5. Becky Lemire
  6. Lisa Kmiec
  7. Karen Schroeder

I hope you enjoy this months hop. If you are in the area, Sassy AngelS Studio is hosting an Open House & Christmas Card Buffet Sept. 24th. Details are on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/SassyAngelSStudio

You can pick up the supplies for today’s project here:

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Thank-you for stopping by today.

Do something creative this weekend.

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Fun Stampers Journey Blog Hop Outdoor Fun

Posted on August 21, 2016 By

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thanks for stopping by. Stay Tuned for updates on the Sassy AngelS Studio remodel & upcoming classes.

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Studio Makeover Part 2

Posted on August 14, 2016 By

Welcome to my blog!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Studio Makeover Part 1

Posted on August 9, 2016 By

Welcome back to my blog!

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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