Welcoming Baby

Posted on March 21, 2017 By

Hi Angels! It’s SASS time at the studio!

Thanks for joining me today!

Today’s card is a baby card I created for my Chiropractor & his wife. After many years of waiting, they were finally blessed with an adorable baby girl.

Isn’t the little elephant cute? It was a joy to create such a fun card.

I want to address something. As most of you know I am a Fun Stampers Journey Coach which means I sell FSJ products to my customers but you can obviously tell by this card that I used a couple of other products on it. Why would I not use all FSJ? Well quite simply I have been creating for well over 30 years now. I have a huge variety & I love creating with diverse techniques & products. Most of the time my creations are designed from a vision I see in my imagination. Sometimes inspired by another artist’s creation that I truly like, I do CASE usually with a twist but 90% of the time it comes straight from my mind.  Being able to “dig” through my stash, gives me a huge variety to make my vision into art and a wise use of the resources I already own.  I also believe this is a valuable gift from God & it’s my joy to share creativity with everyone, especially as encouragement.

I love my Fun Stampers Journey products. They form the base of all my creations. A terrific color line of paper, inks & mixed media products, fabulous adhesives, a wonderful selection of dies, punches & stamps. I love the quality of all the products & the consistency in the colors throughout the color line. This quality allows me to create knowing my colors match beautifully. The things I use over & over again, like the ovals in this baby card, or my adhesives, allow me to create wonderful quality pieces of art.

There is one more important reason to use a variety to create. There was a statistic shared at CHA that 10 years ago there were over 2700 independent stores across America & Canada, now sadly there are just 340. Several more manufacturers & other small businesses have closed not reported in this statistic. Several of the art business I purchase from are small just like me & my FSJ business. They support their local economy, just like I do. They work from their homes, small offices or store fronts.  It’s important to support small business & the arts community. Because the big box stores decided they had to feature their own craft lines a few years back, you don’t see the rich diversity of what’s available on the market if you always shop with them. They have become cookie cutter to me, copying the latest trends in their own brand name so they reap more of the profits & often offer poor quality supplies. It’s a struggle for all art businesses in our current economy but it’s a bigger struggle for the smaller companies & home businesses.

I am a local small business. This is not only my business but my ministry. I offer classes & the Fun Stampers Journey product line for ordering. I believe Fun Stampers Journey has the perfect mix of products for stampers, scrappers & mixed media artists. My club is exclusively FSJ & about 90% of my classes are FSJ exclusive. I share my expertise with everyone who loves to create. At the SASS studio you can relax, enjoy creative time, make new friends, learn new tips & techniques & bless others by helping to create cards for our Troops & our local Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

I also hope that by sharing different things from time to time it inspires you to see what you already own in a new creative light.

Live big, support small, enjoy creating & share with others.

Thanks for popping by!

(Note: If you are new to creating, CASE means Copy & Share Everything. Art is meant to inspire so CASE & add your own flair.)

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Childhood – Journey Blog Hoppers Hop

Posted on March 18, 2017 By

It’s time for another blog hop! This months theme is Childhood.

If  you arrived here from Heather’s blog, then you are right on track. If not just keep hopping along until you come full circle.

I had a bit of fun with my card this time. I love playing & experimenting. I saw a card on Pinterest from another company & decided to translate the sketch design into my card for this hop. I also had recently taken a class featuring the art of Laurel Burch & incorporated that too. Here is what I came up with in design:

I know several little girls that would love this card!

I started by making the colored circle. I took a Color Splash sheet & heavily spritzed it with water on both sides then started dropping Sweet Berry, Lavender Fusion & Pineapple Smoothie Splashes into the water on the Splash sheet.  When the color started to blob, I spritzed the sheet more. I set the sheet aside to dry.

I don’t work in gold a lot as I much prefer silver, but there is something about the thin gold lines in Laurel Burch art that is very appealing with the rich color. Much like the thin gold accents found in Washi or Yuzen paper, another favorite of mine. I stamped the angel from the Guardian Angel set in clear pigment ink & embossed in Gold embossing powder. I used my Color Splash Pencils & a Journey Blending Brush filled with water to color my angel. I left the wings uncolored, added glue & sprinkled with Sparkle Cuts. I cut my little angel out with the matching die.

Next I worked on the Whip Cream card base. I stamped the sentiment from Be Happy in Lavender Fusion. I took the large stars from Create Confetti, stamped them in clear ink & embossed with White Embossing powder.  They are subtle but add great tone on tone interest to the card with a bit of shine. After the Splash sheet was dry, I cut a circle out with Journey Circles & popped it & the angel on the circle with Journey Foam Squares.

Next up on the hop is Betsye’s blog.

It’s a short but fun hop this month! Please leave some love in the comments of each artist, it’s always appreciated.

2. Heather 

 

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February Card Buffet Part 2

Posted on March 11, 2017 By

Welcome back!

Today I am posting the last 4 cards from my February Card Buffet.  Check them out:

 

Aren’t these Color Cross cards beautiful? There are 2 because I colored them differently with the Confectionary Days Panpastels within the silver embossed outlines. The lovely flower card was made with the Amazing Day stamp set from the Bloom This Way mini catalog & colored with the Color Burst pencils.

 

I was trying to incorporate a couple of cards into the set that could easily be used for guys. The pup yesterday & the world card today are what I came up with. Again if you are not a Bloom Box subscriber, you will be waiting a couple of more months before  you can order the My World stamp set. It looks gray but the mat for the globe axis is brushed silver for just a touch of elegance on this card. The Bunny Bum was just pure fun. Unfortunately I had nothing on hand to create a fluffy white tail. The sentiment is from Happy Eggster which is a free Bloom Benefit. With every $50 you order, you can pick a Bloom Benefit for free all year round. We all like bonus & free items! Bloom Benefits include stamps, dies & embellishment pieces, there are several to choose from.

I hope you enjoyed this look at February’s Buffet cards. Think about joining in on April 29th for the next Card Buffet.  For March 25th, I will be hosting an RG Presents Spring into Summer event instead of a card buffet. There will be more RG Presents events this year. Stay tuned for more info.

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Do something creative this weekend!

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February Card Buffet Part 1

Posted on March 10, 2017 By

Welcome back to my blog!

I’m  running a bit behind my goal to get 2 blog posts in a week but determined to make this week work. Life is still just upside down enough that I also am not getting my samples done as early as I’d like but I’m improving.

Most months of 2017 I will be offering a Card Buffet on the last Saturday of the month. It will include 8 cards for $1 each & you can make as many as you like. Now in order to keep it budget friendly these are simple, basic cards with just a touch of WOW. Also at this price point everyone is required to bring their own adhesives. It works really well & leftover card kits are modified either for Cards for the Troops or the Salvation Army to bless others.

In this post, I am highlighting the first 4 cards.

   

These cards feature our FSJ ATS stamps, perfect size for quick cards as well as Artist Trading cards and very affordable for starting your stamp collection. I also used our newest embossing folders for a bit of dimension. Fun! You can check out the newest products in the Bloom This Way mini catalog, but you’ll need to hurry as this is the last month before the Spring into Summer catalog launches April 1st.

  

These cards are so yummy! I cased the butterfly idea from a fellow coach because it’s so pretty. If you are not a Bloom Box subscriber you are going to have to wait a couple of months to purchase the butterfly. Bloom Boxes are so much fun & at $24.95 plus shipping a great way to treat yourself to a new stamp set & 4 cards kits, plus learn some new techniques each month. Bloom Boxes are a 6 month minimum commitment. You’ll get to play with brand new stamp sets a full 3 months before they are released for everyone to buy.

I used Panpastels on both of these cards for the fabulous bold color. On the banner card, I stamped the background in clear pigment ink & then colored with the Panpastels. The butterfly is stamped in Black Licorice & then colored.

 

Thanks for popping by! Stay tuned for Part 2 of the February Card Buffet.

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Another Dude Card

Posted on March 2, 2017 By

Welcome back to my blog!

There are pluses & minuses to working your own business from home, the most challenging one being time dedicated to the business. So I am going to challenge myself to post twice a week during the month of March & see if I can develop a new habit of posting more regularly. And don’t forget you can find more of my business posts over on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/SassyAngelSStudio/    I will often do quick posts of cards & artwork there as well as Fun Stampers Journey promotions & class reminders.

Our youngest son’s birthday is in February & like most of the guys in my family, well…let’s just say they don’t really care if we celebrate their birthday or not, or if they get a handmade card. However, we have a standing tradition of a family birthday dinner. Sometimes at a favorite restaurant & sometimes take out at home, playing board games & visiting.  I let Colton off the hook the past year or two with no card, so this year I made sure to create one for him.

I originally thought I might use this card for the Dude Blog hop & then decided to make the motorcycle card instead.

I used one of the prints from our Mother Nature collection for the background, layered on a Lemongrass card base. I happened to pick up the Pennant Fun dies at Leadership & decided they fit the patterned paper perfectly. I cut out my Whip Cream pennant with the piercing element for detail. I choose the Bike Life stamp set & embossed the bike with silver embossing powder. I then layered it on a Riverstone mat that I hand trimmed to be a little closer than the next size die cut which was too big for the card. The happy birthday sentiment is from the Rock Notes set & is silver embossed on the patterned paper. I whipped this card up in under 30 minutes, great when you need a card quick.

Thanks for stopping by!

Take some time out of your busy schedule to do something fun this week!

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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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