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Special Birthday

Hi Angels!

Welcome back to the SASS blog!

Today I am sharing the card I made for my FSJ upline’s birthday. Deb Valder is an amazing upline. She encourages, teaches, shares & loves all her downline & is a true inspiration to me.  Her encouragement helps me stretch my business further & work harder at sharing the love of art.

Deb loves black & white so I created this beauty with our Pearled Basics Specialty paper. It comes in black & white & shimmers throughout.

This card was hard to get a good picture of between the shimmery paper & the silver foil for the feather. So while it may look all black & white, there is a pop of silver in the feather. I experimented with adding more dimension to the feather by using the negative cut outs from the white feather & I modified a leaf from the Blooming Details die set.

Here is another angle on the card.


 

This post will make day 213 on my Facebook page. Creeping ever closer to one year of sharing everyday. Working on consistency.

 

Supply List

Stay tuned for the 12 Days of Deals in December. There are some great specials & flat rate shipping of $5 each day you order.
I am also working on the New Year of classes & a couple of special Cards for the Troops events.
Stay Creative!
SASS News

November at SASS Studio

Hi Angels!

Wow! I need to get busy with my blog & post more often! I just moved my website to a new service & am hoping it is so much easier to navigate their system. So far so good!

The holidays are fast approaching & there are only a couple of classes left at the SASS Studio for this year. November brings the Birdsong Bloom Box Class for $5 on the 16th. This is another set that is predicted to sell out. These birdies are fabulous! I often add a re-design to the cards so they may look a wee bit different from the actual cards below.


Remember you have options now for the Bloom Box. You can get a 6 month subscription for $24.95 + s & h Kit #KO-0002 or you can purchase just the boxes you want for $29.95 + s & h Kit #KO-0003.

On Nov. 20th will be a Frames class featuring the Ornamental & Snow Frames from the Journey Holidays catalog. Cost is $7 & will feature 5 projects including this gift card holder I designed & did a Facebook live video on.

This month’s sales special is Pockets & Lockets, perfect for gift giving. We have a beautiful jewelry collection in the catalog that you can wear as is or add your own creative spin on. Plus there are 2 exclusive kits perfect for holiday gifting. I love our jewelry because I have metal allergies & I can wear this jewelry! It is rhodium plated so no allergy issues for me. I have spent years buying cheap earrings & transferring them to hypoallergenic wires so I can wear a bit of sparkle. With the Bloom Collection, I can now wear necklaces & bracelets too. And with our pocket sale, you can create beautiful packaging for your holiday gift giving.

Speaking of holiday gift giving, our planner kits are still available this month & there will be Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials!

Finally to round out November, the Big Deal promotion is still going on too. It’s the perfect time to join the Journey for just $25 & I would love to have you join the Sassy AngelS Stampers as a team member.

I am a wee bit busy this month but will do my best to find the time to get in a few more blog posts. So I am challenging myself to a post a week for November. I am still learning to coordinate all my media areas.  You can always check out my FB Business Page too.  Stay tuned for more inspiration!

Take some time to be creative this weekend!

Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, Planners, SASS News

October News at the SASS Studio

Hey Angels! Welcome back to my blog!

Gee, September went by quickly. I was hoping to get a couple of more posts done. Sometimes life just has other plans.

October is full of fun promotions & a couple of classes & the 2nd Sassy Angel’S retreat this year.

Right now there are only 2 classes on the calendar. This Thursday the 5th is the Koi Dreams Class. You can make 4 cards & receive the stamp set for $8. October 30th is the Love Card Class for $5. I have a frames class in the works using the new holiday frames sets in the Journey Holidays catalog.

Are you a planner girl? This month’s Fun Stampers Journey promotion is 25% of planner supplies plus 2 exclusive planner kits! AND some of the biggest artists in the planner community will be featuring FSJ planner products on Instagram all month. They include Steph Buice, Jennie McGarvey, Nancy Daniano, Anabelle O’Malley, Jomelle Gomez, and Stephanie Howell. Cool! I think I’ll dabble more in planner art this month myself.

I am always looking for new team members for the Sassy Angel’S Team & we have a great sign-up special for Oct & Nov for new coaches! You can sign up with the Designer Kit option regularly $49.99 for just $25! Perfect if you are a hobbyist or maybe you’d like to try building an FSJ business but don’t want to invest a lot of $ to get started. If you are tired of not having a great store near you or the cheaper quality product the big box stores are selling lately, than this is the perfect opportunity to have access to great quality product at a 20% discount. Think consistently matching color in paper, inks & accessories, mixed media supplies, we even have jewelry to help you sparkle & shine. And there is an added bonus of being able to purchase the Platinum Die Cutting Machine for just $50 if you place your 1st qualifying order in the first 21 days. The Platinum Machine takes a lot of your larger dies, 8 x 8 embossing folders & my favorite when you are using tiny dies, half the platform is magnetic & half is not, no more jumping dies. Now let’s break it down a bit further. The Designer Kit is valued at $130 & you get it for $25 that’s $115 in free product to get you started. The Platinum Machine is $249.95 & you can purchase it for $50 a savings of $199.95 so you receive a savings of almost $315. WOW! Wish I could sign-up again. Contact me if you need more info.

 

Now there wouldn’t be creating at the SASS Studio without paying it forward & blessing others. This month there is a special opportunity to provide cards for breast cancer patients & those who care for them with our Be Brave Card Drive. The Journey Station has a goal of 500 cards. If you have the opportunity to make a card & send it off to the Journey Station that would be fabulous! You can send your card to

Fun Stampers Journey

1125 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
Building 4, Suite 141
Phoenix, AZ 85027

I know there is a lot of updates here but I hope you are excited to create during October. Maybe try your hand at planner art or making a card to bless a cancer patient. I’ll pop back by soon with another post. I promise it won’t be a whole month this time.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Fun Stampers Journey, Mixed Media, SASS News

September News & Updates

Hey Angels!

Wow, August flew by fast! I thought I’d get a couple of more blog posts in & poof the month was gone!

I am working harder on my creating & business to continue to move myself ahead of schedule. Start to look for more updates on classes & techniques soon.

I also did my first Facebook live with a quick intro & tour of the studio.  You can see my Facebook page here. There’s a marbling video coming soon, maybe even by this Friday. Stay tuned.

So on to September. I did some adjusting to the class schedule. Please check the current class page for details. I am hosting an all day Blessing Events for the Troops on Saturday Sept. 16th to make as many Christmas cards as possible for our service members. They have to be sent in October to reach them in time to send home to their families. Please consider joining us in studio for this event.

I am also adding a Shaker card class to the calendar Monday Sept 18th. Join us for a “shaking” good time. :0)

We have some great specials in September. Mixed media is the current hot trend. Several Fun Stampers Journey products will be 20% off during September including our Gel Press. It’s a great time to stock up on fresh new creative supplies.  A great starter kit just got better with more supplies heading your way. If you’d like to join the Sassy AngelS team, this is a great time. After you place your 1st $150 order, you will receive a mixed media kit valued at over $100, sure to spark some great creative projects.

 

The September Bloom Box is fabulous! Hello Sunflower is expected to sell out. Remember you can now order 2 ways,  either a 6 month subscription so you never miss the fun or one box at a time for the ones you really like. 

I will be traveling to Waco, Texas in late September to attend RG Hits the Road. The wonderful thing about our FSJ events is the creative inspiration & new ideas shared. I am sure I will be bringing back some fabulous ideas to share for future projects.

Thanks for popping by for an update.

Do something creative to bless others this week.

 

 

Cards, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, SASS News

August Class News & Updates

Hey Angels!

Wow! It’s already August. Doesn’t seem like we should be this far into the year or that school will be starting back up soon.

Have you started thinking about the holidays yet?  Well hang on to your hats because the Journey Holidays catalog is live. There are Halloween, Fall/Thanksgiving & Christmas goodies to inspire your holiday projects. I have already created a few cards that you can see over on my Facebook page.  Click here or on the catalog below to check it out.

 

 

The August Special is Fusion Vibes. You might need a few new colors for your holiday creating. You can stock up on all the basic inkpad colors at 20% off. This does not include the ink bundles, Create-a-Palette, Clear Pigment or Gold & Silver pads.

 

 

Now as if bright color wasn’t enough, we have a really cool Retro Bloom Box this month. This set is called Pop Art &  if you love old school comics this kit’s a must have. Remember you can order by subscription so you don’t miss out KO-0002 or you can do a one time purchase K0-0003 of any Bloom Box while supplies last. I can’t wait to get mine & start creating.


This Bloom Box was the inspiration behind this card for my son-in-law’s birthday:


Really cool & on trend!

The class calendar is up to date if you check out the Current Classes page.  Join me in studio for marbling backgrounds, creating great nature cards or learning some Gel Press techniques. Don’t forget our Blessings event to bless our troops & the local community and our  regular 10-10-10 Card class.

Have a fabulous August & I hope to see you in studio soon!

 

 

SASS News

Welcome! It’s a New Catalog Year

Hey Angels! Welcome back to my blog!

Life has been a bit hectic again but I am purposefully scheduling in time to be creative & share tips & techniques. I am even practicing so I can add video. So far I have shared artwork every day for 63 days on my Facebook page. I’m aiming for 100 but also trying to make it a regular habit. You can follow along on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SassyAngelSStudio

Have you seen the wonderful new Fun Stampers Journey Catalog that launched July 1st?  If you thought last year’s catalog was great this year’s is absolutely fabulous! It’s even bigger! The stamp sets are dynamite, the mixed media offerings are off the charts, there’s scrapbook goodies, new jewelry and some fantastic planner & organizational bits to keep you on track. But don’t take my word for it, click on the image below to check it out for yourself.

 

Have you ever considered becoming a Fun Stampers Journey Coach? There’s no better time than between July 1st – 31st. We are offering a new starter kit & double stamps in your kit when  you sign up in July. What are the perks of being a Fun Stampers Journey Coach? You’ll be joining a company that cares about their coaches and helps them build their business.  You can easily be a hobbyist & keep your own creative studio well stocked. FSJ offers the lowest minimum in the industry at just $150 a quarter. That’s just $50 a month & you get your coach discount of 20% plus generous hostess & customer benefits. We offer the widest variety of product on the market with exclusive partnerships with other major companies like Simple Stories, Gel Press & PanPastels. Email me for more information at sassyangelsstudio@gmail.com   I would love to have you join the Sassy AngelS Stampers team!

Our Bloom Boxes now have 2 options. Subscribe for 6 months of inspiration delivered directly to your door for $24.95 or purchase your favorite Bloom Boxes individually for $29.95 but this only applies while supplies last. Once they are gone, they’re gone.  Bloom boxes make it great to squeeze in some creative time every month if you have a busy schedule with 4 card kits & a stamp set that can be used indefinitely. Plus join me most months for an exclusive Bloom Box class in the SASS Studio.  July’s Mermaid Wishes class is going to be fabulous & fun! Sign-up today!

Speaking of classes. The Current Class Page has been updated through September. Most classes are limited to 8 per class, but no worries, most classes can be scheduled more than once. Secure your spot by emailing me at sassyangelsstudio@gmail.com or pre-paying for class at PayPal.Me/RuthCooper4SASS

 

Thanks for checking out SASS studio’s  update.

Stay tuned for fun art.

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, SASS News

Welcoming Baby

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.)

Cards, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, SASS News

Welcome to 2017 & Sassy Angel’S Studio Fun

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,

SASS News, Studio design

Studio Makeover Part 2

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.

Floor-start

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.

floor-finished

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.

Layout-trials

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!

coopersiggy

 

SASS News, Studio design

Studio Makeover Part 1

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.

Air-Conditioner

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.

West-Wall

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.

East-Wall

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.

Walk-Thru-Garage-Door

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!

coopersiggy