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.

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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.

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

Fun Stampers Journey, SASS News

I Jumped Right Into A New Journey!

By now a good portion of the internet has seen Steve Harvey’s “Jump” video. We don’t stand on the sidelines or cliff edge & watch other people soar by, we are all meant to “jump” too. Take a risk, move out of your comfort zone, live your dream, work your passion, try something new; whatever is calling to you, “JUMP”!  We all need to trust God & take that step of faith into His plans for us.

I have always been creative. It’s in my DNA, it’s how I breathe, think & move through life. It took me a very long time to gain the self-confidence to trust that this was a good thing. A blessing. Once I embraced that blessing, I also realized it was important to bless others with my creativity. A special hand-crafted gift, helping someone else explore their creative journey, learn a new technique or tool, or simply sharing a blessing to make someone smile & brighten their day. I love being creative & I love sharing my creativity.

I made some decisions last year to “jump” into a new adventure. I wanted to change-up the same old, same old. So I came up with SASS, Sassy Angel’S Studio. My good friends & customers have been the Sassy Angel StamperS for a couple of years now.

I also made the decision early December to resign from Stampin’ Up! I had been a demonstrator for 8 years but recent changes & the company’s direction were no longer a comfortable fit for my ladies & me. It was a good run but sometimes you just know it’s time to move on.

So what do you do when you have a great group of ladies who like to learn & take classes? You “JUMP” right into a new journey! I am now a Fun Stampers Journey Coach! Woohoo! Coach fits so well with sharing & teaching.

FSJ Journey Coach Logo

My new kit arrives today and I’ll be creating with a fresh new perspective in no time. What do I like about Fun Stampers Journey? What’s not to like? They have wonderful deep etched red rubber stamps many with matching dies to make creating a breeze. Cardstock & patterned paper for card making, scrapbooks, mixed media & more. A wide variety of mixed media supplies, tools & embellishments for great techniques & any creative adventure you can dream of. I am so excited to share this journey with you!

You can check out Fun Stampers Journey here:

www.funstampersjourney.com/RuthCooper

If you would like a catalog or more information email me.

I will be posting more class info soon.

You will still see a variety of projects here with a variety of different products. After 30+ years of creating in papercrafts, I have a huge variety of stamps & supplies. As a good steward of what I have been blessed with it would be foolish not to use what I have.  The majority of my classes & clubs will be Fun Stampers Journey based, a girl’s got to have funds to have fun!

(I already had a couple of classes in the works before I became a coach so the next couple I post will not be FSJ based.)

 

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SASS News, Studio design

One of a Kind

Wow the past couple of weeks have just been off kilter. Was going for an average of 3 posts a week & have either been running non-stop or flat out with bronchitis. Still trying to work on a schedule balance.

Even in the craziness blessings pop up. My friend Mitzi posted for sale this beautiful island/work station her husband Lloyd crafted out of a vintage work bench, with a vintage marble counter top & vintage yardsticks that he inlaid on the top. I’m thinking great artroom work top & do I dare ask the price but couldn’t resist checking it out up close & personal. I’ve been trying to be good budget wise but I really liked this island so I bought it & now it’s in my studio ready to use. It’s the perfect counter top height to work at. I think it’s fabulous and every home should have a unique one of a kind creation.

 

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Here is the top in detail.

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After I get the rest of the studio cleaned up to be useful again, I can go back to creating where I’m supposed to. It’s going to be a juggling act the whole time we are fixing the house up to sell, stage & finding a new home. Part of my stuff is already packed & many items have shifted thus the mess. Much more can be packed or purged.  I need to keep designing for club, classes & blessings so will make it work.

One of my biggest revelations in the midst of all the chaos is that if it is causing me unnecessary stress, it’s time for it to move on or be tossed. Refreshing. A lot of stuff may be finding a new home real soon or the recycle bin.

We are praying that God will have the perfect home for us with space for classes & ministry work. We would greatly appreciate if you join us in that prayer.

Go after your dreams this week and do something creative.

 

coopersiggy

Faith Based Art, SASS News

Traveling Home & Faith Based Art

Yesterday’s drive home proved interesting. We spent the week in Branson trying to relax & well the resort wasn’t the greatest. We booked too late to get into one of our favorites so tried a new one, big flop. So we decided to come home a day early & enjoy the drive. We headed towards Springfield for gas, lunch & a bit of shopping. We decided on Logans Roadhouse for steaks. Our waitress seemed a bit ditzy & was definitely slow but the food was good. I usually pre-bus the tables by stacking our plates & cleaning up (comes from having a daughter who waitressed). Well hubby tried to help & in the process knocked his full glass of coke over, giving me a coke bath. I told him “thanks, I love you too”. Now wet & cold, we both stand up next to our booth & attempt to mop the spill with our 2 small paper napkins. Our waitress comes over & asks if we are ready for dessert? Really? There’s a huge spill, we are standing by the table & she’s oblivious.  Me: No there’s been a spill & we need clean up.  Waitress: Oh, well. Would you like to-go drinks? Ha-ha-ha. Obviously she’s on another planet. Hubby goes out to the car for my duffle so I can put on dry clothes & our waitress returns with our check & asks if I’d like a couple of napkins to dry off. Really? I don’t think napkins are going to do any good at this point. There were diners at the table next to us, so in an effort not to disturb them further, I move around the corner towards the hostess station. The hostess asks if she can find our waitress, when the manager appears, politely says take all the time you need to clean up, processes our check & then makes our waitress bring it to me. He shouldn’t have bothered, she still wasn’t on this planet. Waitress: Oh just sign this & leave it wherever. Really? You don’t care where we leave it. Maybe you don’t want the meal paid for or a tip? Hubby returns, I head to the ladies room for much appreciated dry clothes & after cleaning up found my still apologetic husband & headed out to shop. Our waitress wandered by one more time & said I guess I’d better pick up your ticket, all while acting like that simple task was such a huge effort. Who knows, maybe she was still hung over from the New Year’s Eve celebrations. (PS. I still gave her a decent tip. The food was good even if her overall service was scatterbrained.) Lunch was good for a laugh even if I was a bit inconvenienced & didn’t get to finish my cinnamon apples.

We decided to head over to the local Lifeway Christian Store. We’ve always loved poking around in bookstores. I decided to finally invest in my first journaling Bible. Zondervan just released a new NIV with slightly thicker pages. I have had a debate for awhile on whether or not I needed another Bible especially one just for journaling. I enjoy art in all forms, can do a bit of decorative lettering in the very small margins of my The Voice Bible, am always willing to create on whatever is handy whether it’s plain old paper or a sketchbook. After seeing so much art on the local Facebook Journaling Bible community, I decided that I would like to do some special art in a journaling Bible. So here it is…..

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It’s actually a deeper blue than this but the natural lighting was off today.

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Now to take the plunge & design something for it.

By the way, Lifeway Christian Stores are having a free Bible Journaling event Jan. 12th. Check with your local store for details if you would like to explore more about Bible journaling.

Here are a couple of examples of my Faith based art:

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I doodle from time to time during sermons. I sketched this page out awhile back but finally added color to it recently. And the bookmark was a free download offered by a member of the Facebook Bible Journaling Community as a set of 4 different words. I printed it out & colored it on a slow afternoon volunteering at the Salvation Army.

Enjoy the Weekend & Find some time to be creative this week!

coopersiggy

 

SASS News

Welcome 2016 & New Beginnings!

Welcome to the newly branded Sassy Angel’S Studio or SASS for short. I felt it was time to refresh my ministry & artwork & since my card club is called the Sassy Angel Stampers, why not continue the logo into my new art endeavors.  I love adding color & spunk to life & sharing joy with others to brighten up their day. Blessed to be a blessing!

You may find faith & art inspiration here. A challenge or two. A technique to learn or encouragement for life. I will be sharing cards, scripture art, mixed media & more.

Like many individuals, I have a chosen word for the New Year     GRACE!

 

Grace

I did this piece of art in 2014 but since I only had a short time to get my new blog up & running, I will have to work on a new piece for 2016.

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10 NASB

There are several definitions of grace. A state of santification through divine grace. A virtue from God. All true & what I believe but my focus for 2016 will be Grace as an act of kindness or courtesy and/or the quality or state of being considerate & thoughtful. Sharing grace with others. Sharing God’s love. I have always loved to make & do nice things for others, so I hope to focus more on blessing others in the new year. Find your word for the year & come along on the journey too.

I will be developing strategies for my blog over the next week or two. Pop back in & check out what’s happening.

 

Blessings for a Great New Year!

coopersiggy