Budget & Stash Stretchers, Card Buffet, Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

February Card Buffet Part 2

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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Beautiful Wings Fun Stampers Journey Blog Hoppers Hop

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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.

coopersiggy

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Limited Supply FSJ Blog Hop

Welcome to my 2nd Blog Hop.  This time we are featuring limited supplies & it’s a short hop. You should have arrived here from Susan Berg’s blog.

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Fun Stampers Journey is still a relatively new company. With the fabulous January sign on promotion, they just gained a lot of new coaches including me.  When you first join or if you are a new stamper, you often have a limited supply of items to create with. So this time the challenge was…..what can you create with just a few supplies. I chose just a handful of items featured here:

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I used Black Licorice cardstock CS-0003 $6.95, Whip Cream cardstock CS-0040 $6.95, Black Licorice Ink IP-0041 $7.95, Sentimental Prints stamp set SS-0072 $19.95 & Cut Rhinestones AC-0023 $4.95. If you were to order these, the total before S&H and tax would be $46.75. You could easily make over 50 cards just with these supplies. Definitely a budget & stash stretcher.

I love designing black & white cards. With black & white you can design classy, elegant or clean graphic cards in a snap. It would have been easy to design a dozen cards with this set but since the Sentimental Prints Stamp set has 6 sentiments perfect for several occasions, I decided to limit myself to 6 cards.

The 1st two cards are “no layer” cards meaning there is only a card base used for the design.

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The 2nd set of cards feature a 2 layer card  & a 4 layer card. Building layers adds dimension & interest.

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The final set of cards feature 3 layers each.

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Once you have a great set of basic designs, you can build a stash of cards in no time just by adding 1 or 2 items at a time to your limited stash. For example if I purchase an embossing folder, I can expand these designs by adding in that texture to the backgrounds & build with more layers. If I purchase 1 or 2 of my favorite colors, I can then add to these designs by adding a pop of color to the black & white.

You don’t have to break the bank to start creating wonderful cards. It is very easy to adapt to your budget & slowly build your stash. Before you know it, you will have plenty of items to make a wonderful variety of cards with.  I always encourage my 1st time customers to only buy what they really love, maybe something they collect or speaks to them like butterflies. Then I tell them to buy their favorite colors & it’s usually a good start without being overwhelmed and feeling that they have to buy it all right away. Half the fun of creating art is the new toys you get to play with so work within your budget & enjoy each new purchase.

Thank-you for hopping by today. Stay tuned for the March blog hop coming up in a couple of weeks. I might be offering some blog candy next round.

Please hop on over to Michelle Rothman Greenfield’s blog and see her wonderful creations.

Have a Fabulous Week!

coopersiggy

 

 

Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards

Budget & Stash Stretchers #1

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Purchasing a stamp set can be an investment if you are on a budget. It is helpful if it can be used for different occasions or holidays. This Sweet Snowman by Penny Black is a great example of versatility. I created these as Christmas cards but this little guy can also be used for a winter birthday, anniversary or congratulations. Or if you know someone who just loves snowman, he can easily be used all year. So next time you pull out a stamp set or consider purchasing one, consider what types of cards, occasions or even mixed media art they might be used in. An old artist caveat is>>>>if you can use it at least 3 different ways it is probably a good purchase.

I will endeavor over the course of the next year to provide ideas for using what you have, shopping your stash, stretching your dollars and thinking outside of the creative box. You don’t have to always purchase the latest/greatest new or most expensive art supply on the market. Believe it or not, I enjoy using my Crayola Pencils just as much as my Prismacolors. One is very affordable, one is on the pricey side but I can usually get similar results with both. These snowmen were colored with a Crayola Pencil Set. My secret to colored pencils is to have a good blender pencil on hand to smooth out my strokes. Easily makes my Prismacolors & Crayolas look surprisingly similar in results.

I have often heard it said to buy the best you can afford. After a lifetime of creating, I am not convinced that’s a good statement. I can often get similar results from all price points of art supplies. There are some cheap supplies that are truly cheap & you can’t do much with them. But there are some that produce fabulous results for little money.  Now if I was a fine artist I might be more concerned about pigment levels & quality. But I’m not Picasso nor do I exhibit in galleries. I create for the joy of creating & blessing others.

Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for more Budget & Stash Stretcher ideas.

Find some time to be creative this week.

coopersiggy