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Escape the Ordinary Be Brave

Hi Angels!

Today I am sharing the final installment of the September Stamp of the Month inspiration. It has been lots of fun to design with this stamp set & I hope it gives you lots of inspiration on ways to use this set. There is even a bonus card on my Facebook page if you’d like to check it out.

This card was designed for a special friend currently undergoing breast cancer treatments. She loved her card.

I knew I wanted to create a classic Pink & Black card, which fits a Pink Ribbon theme perfectly.

For this card, just as special as the front is, the inside is great too. Don’t forget to jazz up the inside of your cards. It makes them more fun & unique.

Card Basics:

  • Create a Black Licorice card base 4 1/4″ x 11 inches & fold in half.
  • Mat background is a 4″ x 5 1/4″ Whip Cream mat with a Silk Marbled background. The technique uses Cranberry Bliss & Sparkle Silks.
  • Stamp the small flowers in Watermelon Fusion in the bottom corners to ground the zebra.
  • On Watermelon Fusion cardstock, stamp the zebra in clear pigment ink. I used my custom Black Embossing Powder/Sparkle Dust mix to emboss zebra. Die cut with matching die.
  • I stamped Be Brave on Watermelon Fusion cardstock in Black Licorice ink, fussy cut & layered with Journey Glaze with a sprinkle of Sparkle Dust. Set aside to dry thoroughly.
  • Form a pink ribbon out of Bubble Gum Satin Ribbon & use Glue Dots to secure & add a Heart Sparkle Drop to center.
  • Attach everything to card, popping up zebra & sentiment with Journey Foam Squares.
  • For inside of card create a Whip Cream mat 4″ x 5 1/4″. I used Must Have Sentiments & Strength & Hope stamp sets with Watermelon Fusion & Black Licorice inks. Attach to inside of card.

Thank-you for journeying along with my 1st Stamp of the Month feature. Stay tuned for September’s stamp set, free tutorial & weekly inspiration.

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Escape the Ordinary Birthday Set

Hi Angels!

I am back for another Monday inspiration creation featuring the Stamp of the Month Escape the Ordinary.

This card & gift set was actually published on Instagram about 2 weeks ago as part of my round 2 application for the FSJ Creative Team Application. I didn’t make the team this year but I so enjoyed creating the projects.  Let’s take a look at this fun birthday set:

Card Basics:

  • Whip Cream Card Base 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″  The card front is embossed with the Inspire Embossing Folder.
  • Snapshot die cut frame cut from Black Licorice with a Colorful Journey Patterned Print for the frame background.
  • Partial zebra stamped on Whip Cream in clear pigment ink & embossed with Black Embossing powder, die cut & tucked into edge of frame. Head & body of zebra are popped up with Journey Foam squares.
  • Happy Birthday sentiment stamped in clear pigment ink & embossed with black embossing powder on a 1 1/8″ x 3″ strip of Whip Cream. Sentiment piece is then wrapped with Licorice Twist twine & popped onto Snapshot frame piece. 
  • Pop completed Snapshot frame piece at an angle onto card base.

Gift Basics:

  • Gift box is the FSJ premade Treat Box wrapped in our black & white Wrapping Paper.
  • Package is wrapped with Black Licorice Satin ribbon. The bow is made from the Special Day Organza ribbon & embellished with a Cottage Bloom die cut flower in Candy Apple with a Whip Cream center.

Don’t forget the free card tutorial available for this month’s stamp set. You can find it in the August 1st post.

Have a Fabulous Week! Make time to be creative or surprise a friend!

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Gnome Joy

Hi Angels!

I have an adorable little gnome to share with you today. 

Now those who know me well, know I am not a huge fan of gnomes especially the traveling one. I think it might be the faces on the statue variety of gnome. But these little guys in the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set are pretty cute.

I needed a quick card for Monday’s club and came up with this design in about an hour.

  • Card Basics:
  • Cranberry Bliss card base 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Cozy Winter Prints mat 5 1/4″ x 4″ 
  • Cut the following die shapes –  Circle Around using next to largest circle & stitch element in Pool Play, Special Day Tags tree in Kiwi Slice, Cloud Dreams with smallest cloud & piercing element in Whip Cream
  • Stamp Gnome in Chambray Shirt Ink on Whip Cream, 2 trees on Limeade Splash in Kiwi Slice Ink & Joy in Cranberry Bliss ink on Whip Cream. Die cut out with matching dies including one extra Cranberry Bliss Joy shape to shadow sentiment with.
  • Color in gnome with Color Burst pencils 01,08,30,44 & 47 I colored 44 lightly for the beard & shaded over with 47
  • Assemble as shown.

I hope you will find some time to be crafty this weekend.

Enjoy! 

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Escape the Ordinary Smile

Hi Angels!

Welcome to this week’s Stamp of the Month featured card – Smile. I had a lot of fun creating this card and I am sure it will bring a smile to the recipient.

A Clean & Simple design that is relatively easy, it’s main feature is how I popped up the elements. The center umbrella is triple layered to add a little more depth & interest. This side view shows the details.

 

Here are the card basics:  Beach Ball card base 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  Pool Play mat layer 4″ x 5 1/4″ embossed with Above the Clouds embossing folder. The clouds are stamped with a Create-A-Palette in Lemon Drop, Beach Ball & Watermelon Fusion reinkers. The Umbrella & Smile were stamped in Black Licorice & colored with Color Burst Pencils. Die cut out the umbrella & 2 plain white umbrella shapes to form triple layer with Journey Foam Squares. Die cut the sentiment & ombre clouds with the cloud die. Layer all the pieces onto the card & sprinkle with Sparkle Silk. Quick, easy & fun.

Have a Wonderfully Creative Week!

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Double the Fun Tutorial

Creating 2 cards with 1 technique.

Hi Angels!

I have been hard at work trying to come up with some fresh & innovative designs to share with you and also as a submission for the FSJ Creative Team.  It energizes my art to search for new ideas & techniques to inspire your creativity.

I had a lot of fun developing the Zig-Zag & Swirl background techniques but haven’t created much with them. I saw an idea on Pinterest that turned into these 2 cool cards using the Swirl background technique in one Gel Press pull. Let’s walk through how to create these.

Supply List:

  • 1 each Pool Play & Limeade Splash card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ folded in half
  • 2 Whip Cream pieces cut 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Scraps of Turbo Teal, Electric Lime, Pool Play & Lemon Drop cardstocks for die cutting
  • 1 Create-A-Palette – mine is inked in Limeade Splash, Electric Lime, Lemon Drop, Cool Pool & Turbo Teal reinkers
  • Pool Play & Black Licorice inkpads
  • Gel Press
  • Leaf Pattern, Summer Branch & Special Days Tag Dies
  • Fiddle Leaf embossing folder
  • Sparkle Silk
  • Remarkable You & Thread Sketch stamp sets

On your Pool Play card base stamp Thread Sketch in Pool Play ink on front & set aside.

Take the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Whip Cream card stock & die cut Leaf Pattern from it.

Using your Gel Press, swirl the Create-A-Palette over the surface. Carefully lay the die cut Leaf Pattern over the ink. Add the 5 1/4″ x 4″ Whip Cream over top of die cut & gently rub to transfer ink to both pieces. This will create your double print allowing you to make 2 cards. Here is a quick technique video on this step:

Attach patterned pieces to card bases. The negative print onto Limeade Splash & the Leaf Pattern die cut onto Pool Play. Sprinkle with Sparkle Silk & set aside.

Finishing the Cards:

Pool Play card __ A – using the elongated hexagon shapes from the Special Days Tag set, die cut large Lemon Drop & small Pool Play pieces. B – Stamp Lemon Drop piece in Pool Play ink using the Thread Sketch.  C – Stamp Sentiment of choice from Remarkable You in Black Licorice ink on Pool Play shape.  D – Layer shaped pieces together, sprinkle with Sparkle Silk & pop up with Foam Squares on card.

Limeade Splash card __ A – With Summer Branch die cut Turbo Teal & Electric Lime leaves.  B – Emboss Electric Lime piece with the Fiddle Leaf embossing folder. (Note: the embossed leaf piece will be fragile, handle carefully to prevent it tearing.) C – Adhere die cuts together slightly off set to create a shadow effect and attach to card. D – Stamp sentiment of choice onto card base in Black Licorice ink.

I hope this tutorial has inspired you to create & play with your art supplies.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Escape the Ordinary Be You

Hi Angels!

Welcome to week 1 of our featured Stamp of the Month Escape the Ordinary.  I will be featuring a new card design each Monday. Don’t forget to check out the August 1st post for the link for the free download tutorial of the bonus project.

For this week’s card I did a side cut out using the umbrella image. It can be a little challenging to do but with a few tips you can create a side cut in no time. Let’s take a closer look at the card. I popped onto my video program & did a short video close up. This video stuff is still kind of new territory so I am trying to see what I can do or not do successfully. For all the creating I do, my technical skills are minimal and it takes a bit for me to learn.

When deciding to do a side cut, you’ll want to first determine how many times the image can be repeated down the side of your card. I would practice on a card sized scrap first before working on your actual card. For Be You, I decided 3 would work. I took 5.5 inches, divided by 3 and came up with 1.8 and marked the card at 1 7/8″  from the top & bottom of the card. Then I angled the umbrella in the direction I wanted & stamped using my Create-A-Palette. I found stamping the bottom image first gave me a better spacing guide. I did use a small mask to keep the umbrella handle from overstamping the previous image. Then you need to decide how much of the edge of the image you plan on cutting away to give you a cut edge. With this image going from edge to handle was perfect. If you haven’t done this before give it a try sometime. 

Here are the card basics: Whip cream card 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ with a Catalina Splash insert 4 1/4″ x 5/12″. Create-A-Palette inked with Liquid Color in Watermelon Fusion, Lavender Fusion, Cool Pool, Limeade Splash & Catalina Splash, sentiment embossed in my custom mix black embossing & Sparkle Dust mixture. Card base sprinkled with Sparkle Silk. 

I hope you like this fun and cheerful card. 

Have a Creative Week!

 

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Escape the Ordinary Stamp of the Month

Hi Angels!

Welcome to the new SASS Stamp of the Month Inspiration Project!

Each month I will be featuring a stamp set and a project a week of inspirational uses for that stamp set to fuel your muse with creative ideas.  Plus there will be an exclusive FREE project download for anyone visiting the SASS blog.

If you live locally, there will be a Stamp of the Month class where you will get to create the 4 weekly projects that will be showcased on the blog. Check the date out on the Events page.

Let’s take a look at the August exclusive download.

Isn’t this a fun card? I decided to go with a classic black & white with a pop of color. Good for birthdays, travel, graduation, promotions or retirement. To claim your free tutorial click here. For future tutorials, I will be working on adding a landing page to my blog, but I needed to get this endeavor off the ground so for August this will work.

I hope you enjoy this new feature. Stay tuned next week for the next card in this series.

Find some time to be creative soon!

 

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Cards for Troops Christmas in July

Hi Angels!

I thought I would pop in with a quick update of Saturday’s Cards for Troops event.

We had lots of fun & had some new friends helping us create. An Army Veteran & his lovely wife came and made cards. We also had a special group of ladies who help promote patriotic events – The Patriotic Pin Up Girls of Oklahoma. I had a real hard time with the windows at our venue trying to get a good picture. Think 1940’s bomber girls & you are on the right track!

We made all 22 card kits we took with us for a total of 401 cards! Fabulous! We set a goal of 300-500 and I’d say we were very successful. We got a few kits done earlier this  year so we now have 581 Christmas cards ready to send off.

The Angels & I pull on what we have on hand in our art rooms to create the kits so you will see several non-FSJ items depending on which Angel designed the kit. More importantly all are made with love for our service members. Here are a few of the creations we made:

Our service members will have lots of fun picking out cards to send home this holiday season.

Thanks for helping us support our troops!

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Christmas in July Inspiration

Hi Angels!

Now that the blog has had a bit of a refresh, my goal is 2 posts a week. Some weeks it’s tough but if I can do 2 videos a week, I can do 2 blog posts too. I haven’t figured out what days might be best for consistency but I’m working on it.

So most of this past week I have been working on my FSJ Creative Team Application. In between trying to choose items to represent my artwork, I was busy trying to figure out my creative resume & share a bit about me. My final project was this Christmas card using our new Christmas Sprig ATS with the sentiment from the Sparkle Trim stamp set. I have been practicing staging my photos a bit differently than just using my light box. What do you think?

Isn’t it lovely? It is very hard to pick up the shimmer and sparkle on this monotone style card with a hint of color. My secret to making it interesting is using layers & texture. I chose the beautiful new Rose Gold embossing powder for my focal images.

I used the Mystic Impressions embossing folder for the background sprinkled with Sparkle Silk. The pine boughs are from the new Branch & Cone die set. (Sorry it wasn’t available for the product view below. DI-0470 $16.95) I brushed the tips with our Craft Glue & added Sparkle Cuts for a snow like glittery effect. The flower is stamped twice in clear pigment ink. (Tip: brush your paper with Journey Panpastel Colorless Blender to help prevent stray embossing powder from sticking.) The first one is embossed in regular Rose Gold embossing powder and the 2nd with my custom Rose Gold and Sparkle Dust mix of the embossing powder. Fussy cut the 1st image in full and just the flower itself from the embossed sparkle image. Pop the flower up over the 1st image with Journey Foam Squares. I embossed the sentiment from Sparkle Trim with my custom mix of Rose Gold/Sparkle Dust and fussy cut. I glued the pine boughs flat to the background of the card and popped the flower & sentiment up. Simple elegance.

 

It may be hot outside but by working on your Christmas projects now, you’ll be ready for the holidays in no time with less stress.

Thanks for stopping by!

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SASS News & Updates

Hi Angels!

I did not realize I had been missing in action for so long. I updated the classes last month but never posted. My apologies. I am partially through a blog refresh & on the way to posting more often. All the page tabs on the site have been updated. Check out the Art Event page for upcoming classes.

It’s a new catalog year with Fun Stampers Journey! If you would like to receive a catalog, you can contact me or click on the catalog image below. There are over 300 pages of products & inspiration to fuel your creativity!

As usual I had a fabulous time at convention & came back ready to put more time & effort into sharing my passion for art & FSJ. Stay tuned for a new monthly Stamp of the Month feature where I will be highlighting a current stamp set throughout the month with 4 projects & a free tutorial for a 5th project. August’s featured stamp set will be Escape the Ordinary.

So I had a bit of a surprise while I was at convention. Unbeknown to me, I was nominated for the Spirit of FSJ Award for my work not only in art but in the community with our Cards for Troops, the homeless at Feed His Sheep & the Salvation Army. You guessed it, I was given the award. This picture was taken right after I stepped offstage & I was still surprised & shocked. What a blessing! I don’t usually like to stand in the limelight.

 

I am enjoying sharing more through live video and I am going to learn how to post my videos here too. I still am using my phone for now. We have to invest in a new computer for me to be able to get a more professional look going. Stay tuned for the technique videos on the ZigZag & Swirl Backgrounds. Here is a picture of the Swirls.

 

You can connect with me on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest too. I will work on getting the social links updated next.

Have a Fabulous Weekend! Spend some time creating!