Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, Simon Says Stamp

8 Weeks of Christmas Inspiration – Week 7 Peace

Hi Angels!

It’s our last full day of vacation & we’ll be driving home tomorrow. It’s appropriate that this week’s post is Peace. Everyone needs a bit of time to catch their breath & find a bit of peace from their normal hectic everyday schedules. Whether you take a vacation or just schedule an hour or two of solitude into your week, it’s important to refresh & refocus.

Today’s card was created for our last Christmas card class full of glitz & glitter.

I cased most of the cards from Pinterest but just used the concept idea & changed them up quite a bit for the glamour & glitz. I couldn’t resist picking up Penny Black’s Winter Trees set at My Hearts Fancy for this card.

Card Basics:

  • Cut a card base from Whip Cream 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ & fold in half. Sprinkle with Sparkle Silk.
  • I used Simon Says Stamp’s Drifting Stitches Borders & white glitter paper to cut the snowdrift. Attach to card. 
  • Cut tree from Dark Roast cardstock & adhere to card.
  • Cut 3 birds & the word peace from red glitter paper & adhere to card.
  • Cut a white glitter paper star & pop up on top of tree.
  • Attach tiny rhinestones to tree to add more sparkle. (Pro-tip: Nail rhinestones are perfect when you need tiny rhinestones.)

Amidst all the holiday preparations, find a few minutes to take a bubble bath, read for a bit or escape to your art place & create just for fun.

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, Spellbinders

Elegant Sympathy

Hi Angels!

Popping in while on vacation to share a card I made for a dear friend after her brother passed. Although we never like to think of these events, it’s a reality to our lives & it helps to have a stash of beautiful cards on hand when they are needed.

This card uses the new Blooming Sprigs Cut & Emboss folder from Spellbinders. White on white is always elegant & classy. I added just a touch of color underneath the cut areas with some handmade background paper.

Basic card directions:

  • Cut a Whip Cream cardbase 4 1/4″ x 11″ & fold in half.
  • Cut a Whip Cream mat 4″ x 5 1/4″  & emboss with the cut emboss folder. (Pro-tip: Pay careful attention to the sandwich for your die cutting machine for these embossing folders. They are thicker than normal. The sandwich that worked for both my Plantinum 6 & Big Shot machines was platform, embossing folder with cardstock inside & one cutting plate.)
  • After embossing, I used scraps of handmade background & adhered small circles of color behind mat piece. Attach completed mat piece to cardbase.
  • Stamp the Sympathy verse from the Strength & Hope stamp set in Clear Pigment on Whip Cream cardstock & emboss in Silver embossing powder & die cut. Pop onto card.

Thanks for popping by to check out today’s card.  I am planning a Cut & Emboss class for January. Stay tuned for the New Year updates.

Do something this week to make a friend smile.

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, Spellbinders

8 Weeks of Christmas Inspiration – Week 6 Reindeer

Hi Angels!

Wow, I have barely posted this week. So busy & add in an urgent root canal for a fractured tooth & yep the week went by fast.

We had a great time at the Angels Christmas Party, had a fabulous friends dinner, completed all the Christmas cards for the Salvation Army Angel Tree program & I completed all the orders from The Puppy Love Project Holiday Craft Fair. I only earned $55 of my $100 goal to help the rescued pups & homeless Veterans but I sent a $100 over anyway. Thank-you again for your support. 

With the change over to my business, I decided in November to try the large die, small die & card kit monthly clubs at Spellbinders/FSJ. Plus I just loved the reindeer die set in the card kit. I love the dies  & decided the card kit just wasn’t for me. I will be trying our new Stamp of the Month club in January. The nice thing about the clubs is you can manage them  yourself & either skip a month if you like or cancel & change when needed.  Plus they have value packages if you’d like to subscribe to two or more clubs.  Here’s this week’s card featuring the reindeer……

Isn’t she cute? Plus the dies have the option of making either a boy or girl reindeer, and most of the time you can purchase past kits if they are still available.

Card Basics

  • Cut a card base 4 1/4″ x 11″ & fold in half
  • Attach a mat 4″ x 5 1/4″ cut from Cozy Prints for the background.
  • Cut an oval from Whip Cream cardstock & reindeer peices from various scraps in your colors of choice. I used Dark Roast, Hazelnut Blend, Oatmeal Cookie, Candy Apple, Lemongrass, Summer Days, Black Licorice & a pink from some long ago scraps that I don’t remember where I got. Our Bubblegum wasn’t light enough for this card. Pop oval up onto card.
  • I stamped the sentiment from the Sparkle Trim stamp set onto Pool Play in Huckleberry Fusion, created a banner & popped onto card.

I am working on getting links into my posts for products you might be interested in, getting back to regular posts here & on Facebook, live videos & more for the New Year. Plus I have lots of new goodies to design with!  Stay Tuned!

Do something nice for someone this week & enjoy the holiday festivities!

Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, Spellbinders

8 Weeks of Christmas Inspiration – Week 5 Poinsettia

Hi Angels!

It’s time for another inspiration share & a quick update on The Puppy Love Project Craft Show. 

Considering I have been out of the craft show market for some time,  it was exciting to sell 6 items so far, especially since they benefit one of my favorite animal rescues. There are still several journals available & the Winter Wonderland wreath if you’d like to purchase an item & help. Check them out on my Facebook page. Thank-you for the support & encouragement in this adventure!

Today’s card is a CASE (copy & share everything) from the Spellbinders website gallery. I did not have the arched die they used, but I did have the Arched Elegance Die & the Layered Poisettia Etched Dies. 

Lovely! I always like white on white and the pop of color from the poinsettia is perfect. 

  • Cut a Whip Cream card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2 ” & fold in half.
  • Die cut 2 arches from Whip Cream cardstock & adhere to card.
  • Stamp Merry Christmas from Sparkle Trim set in Clear Pigment ink & emboss with Silver Embossing powder.
  • Die cut Poinsettia flower pieces from Turbo Teal, brush edges with Catalina Splash & layer onto card.
  • I did not like to big leaf in the die set for this card, so I found a smaller leaf to use on the card & die cut from Kiwi Slice & used a Stylus tip to create the leaf veins on a foam mat.
  • I used a small round paper punch to punch 3 tiny circles from Silver glitter paper for center of flower.

Elegant doesn’t have to be complicated. If you see something you like but don’t own or don’t want to purchase the needed supplies, take a look at what you do own that might give you the same type of look using the supplies you already have on hand.

Have a Wonderful Weekend as we head into December’s holiday excitement!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, Spellbinders

8 Weeks of Christmas Inspiration Week 4 ~ Sleigh Time

Hi Angels!

I am running just a wee bit behind this week. I have been working almost non-stop getting ready for Tuesday’s one day craft sale to benefit The Puppy Love Project. I have been so focused, I’ve barely come up for air, LOL!

Today’s card will make an appearance in the craft sale in a set & was designed for a class a couple of weeks back. Penny Black is one of my favorite companies & I couldn’t resist picking up the sleigh die & snowflake background the last time I was at My Heart’s Fancy in Oklahoma City. The sentiment is also Penny Black that I already had on hand in the studio.

Let’s take a look at this design.

  • Cut a card base from Blue Lagoon cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8 12/” & fold in half.
  • On a white mat 4″ x 5 1/4″ stamp Snowflake Medley background using a Create-A-Palette in blues (Cool Pool, Pool Play, Beach Ball, Huckleberry & Blue Lagoon) for an ombre look. Splatter with Sparkle Silk.
  • Die cut sleigh from Pomegranate Splash & brush River Stone ink over sleigh runners. Lightly brush Sparkle Silk over whole sleigh. Then using a Clear Gelly Roll Stardust Pen draw over stitch lines in sleigh so they stand out a bit more. Pop sleigh up on bottom of card using Jouney Foam Squares.
  • Stamp sentiment onto Pool Play cardstock with Blue Lagoon ink, clean stamp & restamp in clear pigment ink & emboss using custom mix of Sparkle Dust & Clear Embossing powder. 
  • Die cut sentiment with Spellbinders Astoria Labels die & pop onto card.
  • Adhere tiny rhinestones in the center of the snowflakes.

This card will be part of a snowflake set featuring a couple of the past inspiration cards available in Tuesday’s Craft Show. Please visit my Facebook page to keep up to date on the show or click on the link for The PLP Holiday Craft Show to see what all the vendors are offering during the sale on our assigned days. Hoping we raise lots of $ for the rescued/chained pups & our homeless Veterans.

Take some time to be a Blessing this week!

Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, Spellbinders

8 Weeks of Christmas Inspiration Week 3 Retro Snowflakes

Hi Angels!

Are you ready for turkey day this week? I hope you have an amazing holiday with family & friends!

Right after Thanksgiving we will be getting ready for Christmas. I have already seen a few decorations up around town & some have started their Christmas shopping. And then there are a few humbugs floating around too. Got to love them all. 

This week’s card has a retro vibe & I used a lot of stuff from my stash. You can still be very creative with limited supplies or the supplies you already own. You don’t always have to purchase new stuff. So I hope this card inspires you to take a look at what you already may have on hand to create with.

This card is sure to bring lots of smiles! Let’s take a look at how I made it.

Card Basics:

  • Cut a card base from Turbo Teal cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ & fold in half.
  • Take a Whip Cream mat 4″ x 5 1/4″ and splatter it with Sparkle Silks. I custom mix my colors. (Pro tip – When a Sparkle Silk bottle has about a third left in the bottle is a perfect time to mix colors. Or I have even bought empty nail polish bottles on Amazon for about $1 each & mixed in them.) I used regular Sparkle Silk, Turbo Teal regular Silk mixed with Sparkle Silk, Candy Apple & Limeade Splash Liquid Colors mixed with Sparkle Silk to splatter this background. (Pro-tip – When you find a formula you like, mark the bottle top with how many drops of color you added to achieve the color you like and label the bottle with the color used.) Set aside to dry.
  • Using Panpastel Colorless Blender, brush corner for sentiment. Stamp sentiment in Limeade Splash & then again in Clear Pigment. Emboss with custom Journey Clear embossing powder mixed with Sparkle Dust. This sentiment if from Unity’s Cheerful Prancing set.
  • Die cut swoosh from Watermelon Fusion cardstock. Unfortunately the Contemporary Circle die from Spellbinders is retired but you could easily use a curvy border die & some circles to create a similar effect.
  • Die cut snowflakes in Bubble Gum, Limeade Splash & Turbo Teal. I used FSJ Snow Blooms & a tiny set I have on hand from Penny Black. Glitter snowflakes with Sparkle Dust.
  • Adhere die cuts to card.

We invest a lot into our supplies. Next time you are flipping through your dies & stamps, see what you might be able to design with them. There was an old saying in the stamp world many years ago that said before you buy a stamp set, you should see if you could create at least 3 – 5 different projects with it to make it worth the cost of getting the stamp set. See if you can look at your stash with  a fresh view point & then have fun creating!

Find some time to be creative this week, art really is the best therapy.  It brings joy to you and the one you are creating for.

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

8 Weeks of Christmas Inspiration Week 2 – Snowflurries & an Exciting Announcement!

Hi Angels!

It’s been an interesting week here at the studio, 2 great classes, some volunteer time & a wee bit of a fender bender, nothing serious but enough of a rear-end bump to irritate my neck & shoulders & require me to take it easy a couple of days.

This week’s card is a CASE of the one on the Bloom Benefit page of the Journey Holidays catalog. Now with the business change, the Bloom Benefits went away but may appear down the road as special offers, so the Frosty Snowflake die isn’t available right now but I challenge you to use the snowflakes you do have & recreate a variation of this fun quick card.

Card Basics:

  • Cut a card base 11″ x 4 1/4′ from Catalina Splash cardstock & fold in half.
  • Cut a mat 4″ x 5 1/4″ from Whip Cream cardstock.
  • Brush bottom corner of Whip Cream mat with Panpastel Colorless Blender then stamp sentiment from the Holiday Joy stamp set in Clear Pigment ink & emboss with Journey Silver embossing powder. After you emboss, splash some Sparkle Silk over background to add more shimmer.
  • Cut 3 snowflakes from Grape Fusion, Turbo Teal & Watermelon Fusion cardstocks & adhere to the mat. Attach to card base.
  • Embellish with small rhinestones & Sparkle Drops. (Pro-tip – if you have a hard time finding tiny rhinestones, check for nail rhinestones in your favorite cosmetic section.)

Now for my special announcement!

If you have ever wanted to purchase a SASS Studio Design, you’ll have that opportunity in just a couple of weeks. I am participating in the Puppy Love Project online craft sale to benefit a variety of rescued & chained dogs & some Homeless Veterans & their furry companions.  I am so excited to participate in my 1st craft sale in years & up to 50% of the profits will benefit The Puppy Love Project!  I have been a supporter of PLP since shortly after Felicia started transporting rescues & then started rescuing herself.  This is where part of my income from the Studio goes in giving back to the community. 

If you’d like to see what I offer for the online Holiday Sale & see the other artists & businesses supporting Puppy Love, send me an email or message me on my Facebook page to be added to the event.  I would appreciate your support!

I will have some Rosette Wreaths, thanks to Chelsea Comer at Inky Stamper for her original design & permission to use it to fundraise & teach a class (I purchased her instructions). I will also make handmade Japanese Stab Bound journals/sketchbooks & some card assortments ready for holiday mailing. You may even see today’s card in those assortments. My goal is to raise $100 for The Puppy Love Project for my very 1st online craft show.

Oh & I keep forgetting to announce that all my international friends can now shop for Fun Stampers Journey products through my link. A huge benefit of the business change! Just click the logo at the side of my page.

Take some time to create a snowflake card or two   

&

Have a Great Weekend!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, Monthly Inspiration, Spellbinders

8 Weeks of Christmas Inspiration – Delightful Snowman

Hi Angels!

Ready for some holiday inspiration? Today I am kicking off 8 weeks of Christmas ideas to help you get ready for the holidays. This feature will replace the Stamp of the Month to Monthly Inspiration since I can now mix up my products & share more. I’ll be able to feature a die, stamp set, theme & more with the new feature.

This week’s post features the Spellbinders D-lites Snowman Etched Die with Fun Stampers Journey paper &  sentiment. Let’s take a look:

A very classic red & green combo for the holiday season & sure to delight the recipient of this card.

Card Basics:

  • Cut a card base from Candy Apple cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ & fold in half.
  • Trim the holly leaf print from Cozy Prints to mat size 4 ” x 5 1/4″ and adhere to card base.
  • Take a piece of Lemongrass cardstock & die cut with the largest Journey Oval & matching piercing die. I used an old Paper Studio embossing folder with holly leaves on it to emboss the oval.
  • Die cut the various pieces of the snowman out of scraps of cardstock & assemble. Pop onto oval with Journey Foam Squares.
  • Stamp “tis the season” from the Snowmen Days stamp set on Whip Cream cardstock in Candy Apple ink. Fussy cut & pop up on oval. 
  • Pop completed oval onto the card base.

If you like this die, you can shop at the Spellbinders/FSJ store through my logo/affiliate link on the sidebar & save 10% with the code SBSAVE10 or click on the snowman below.

I hope you are inspired to get started on your holiday creations.

Have a Fabulous Weekend!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Enchanted Cat Stamp of the Month – Happy Halloween

Hi Angels!

It’s been a busy & exciting week here at the SASS studio as our 2nd granddaughter arrived on Sunday & grammy & papa were taking care of big sister. Introducing Zoe Ashlyn with big sister Nora. 


I hope you’ll forgive this late Stamp of the Month posting but it’s appropriate to have Halloween Kitty on Halloween. A fast & easy design to make when you need a last minute holiday card.

Card Basics:

  • Cut a standard card base from Grape Fusion 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ & fold in half.
  • Trim the stripe pattern from Fall-o-ween Prints 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ and attach to card base. 
  • Stamp cat on Orange Rave in Black Licorice ink & die cut.
  • Using Grape Fusion ink on Whip Cream card stock, stamp hat from Bad Witch ATS & sentiment of your choice. Clean Stamps & re-stamp in Clear Pigment & emboss with custom Clear Embossing powder/Sparkle Dust mixture. Die cut hat & fussy cut sentiment.
  • Flip hat & cat over & make 2 dots on either side of ears & cut opening with the Retractable Craft Knife. Pop kitty ears through holes & glue to the cat’s head to keep secure.
  • Add Journey foam squares to back of cat & sentiment & adhere to the card base.

Have a Fabulous Halloween 

&

Pop in tomorrow for some great news & a new Inspiration feature.

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Enchanted Cat You’re Invited – Stamp of the Month

Hi Angels!

I am popping in with this week’s SOTM inspiration card. I really had fun designing this card. It’s the invitation for our 2nd granddaughter’s baby shower.  Enchanted Cat worked perfectly with the kitty theme.

You could easily change the sentiment out for a birthday card & still have a fabulous card.  Let’s take a look at how it was created.

Card Basics:

  • Cut a card base from Beach Ball cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ & fold in half
  • The background & coloring for the cat image were created by the following technique on the Gel Press:  
  1.  Place several drops of the following reinkers side by side on your Gel Press in a vertical line.  Cosmic Grape, Grape Fusion, Turbo Teal, Electric Lime & Sour Lemon.
  2. Take your brayer & roll straight up & down through the colors shifting ever so slightly to one side to blend them together just a bit. Don’t overblend.
  3. Lay mat size ( 4″ x 5 1/4″) Whip Cream cardstock into blended color & pull a print of color.
  4. Without cleaning the brayer, reroll ink on brayer in same spot to transfer more ink to Gel Press & pull another print. You can repeat this with the brayer several times and will be able to pull 8 or more prints from one inking. Each inking will get lighter in color & give a different look.
  • After pulling your inked backgrounds, stamp the cat on a medium shaded background with Catalina Splash & die cut image.
  • Taking a lighter background, emboss with the All Stars Embossing Folder (Bloom Benefit). Splash background with Sparkle Silk & adhere to card base.
  • Stamp sentiment of choice on Beach Ball cardstock with clear pigment ink & emboss with custom blend of White embossing powder & Sparkle Dust & fussy cut.
  • Pop cat & sentiment up on card background.
  • Take scraps of Beach Ball, Grape Fusion, Limeade Splash & Lemon Drop cardstocks & punch an assortment of stars with the Star handpunch and glue randomly to background to finish the card.

I hope you will take the time to try this background technique, it’s really fun & if you try new color combos, you will have a stack of ready made custom colored backgrounds for quick cardmaking.

Thanks for popping by! Have a Fabulous Week!