Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, home & holiday projects, Mixed Media, Simon Says Stamp

2019 Calendar Creation – Part 1

Hi Angels!

Nothing like watching the past 2 weeks fly by & miss my new goal of 3 blog posts a week. The 1st week I was unearthing the study & last week was a variety of appointments. Whew! I did get a live video in so a bit of progress is always good.

Today’s share is from the 2019 Calendar Class. I think this is the 5th or 6th year the Angels have enjoyed creating a calendar. Instead of just some stamping & diecuts this year, I designed mixed media style backgrounds with inks, Liquid Color & Color Burst & stencils. So fun & definitely messy.

Let’s take a look at the 1st four months.

For January – I did the zig-zag technique on the Gel Press with my custom Create-a-Palette ink pads in blues & purples. Then I stencil snowflakes over the background.

For February – I used Distress Oxides & a dauber on the background, then overlaid a stencil with hearts & applied more ink daubered on.

For March – I applied a bit of Color Burst to the Gel Press, spritzed & got a great watercolor type background. But it was the 2nd pull that was a bit more blotchy that was the winner for this page. It really popped with the stenciled leaves.

For April – I used my new Clarity Stencil I picked up from Simon Says Stamp with 3 ink colors & applied with a dauber.

The really fun part of working with so many different mediums is no 2 backgrounds are exactly the same. They all vary based on amount of color, amount of medium, how it’s applied, etc.

Backgrounds are a cool way to play when you think your muse took a hike, you feel uninspired, your tired but still want to make a little art or you just flat want to get messy & create something!

Pull out some inks, paints, liquid colors, whatever you have handy & add some color to some cardstock with no plan in mind for the outcome. Pick your favorite colors & have fun!

More calendar pages coming soon.

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, Penny Black

Happy New Year & A Little Love

Hi Angels!

Welcome to 2019! I am wishing you love, joy, laughter & tons of inspiration & creativity in the new year!
I am definitely looking forward to sharing more inspiration with you!

And speaking of more inspiration, last year I chose to carry the word Joy over from 2017 & pair it with Inspiration for my 2018 words of the year. Not only was I able to post lots of inspiration, I was refreshed & inspired more too. So let’s take a look at my 2019 word……

LOVE – yep I’m going to have fun with this years word too. While we were in Branson recently, I spotted a sign I wanted for the studio but since we were Christmas shopping bypassed it. Well while I was shopping in the Scrapbook store, hubby went back & got it for me for my Christmas stocking. It has Van Gogh’s quote hand painted on it by a young artist that says “I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” This sums up my love of creating & Sassy AngelS Studio, sharing artwork to brighten others day. Whether I am sharing something online with you, teaching in studio, creating Cards for the Troops, Salvation Army or Feed His Sheep, sharing art with my granddaughter or making a special gift, it’s all to share love, encouragement, hope & inspiration.

Today’s card was made during the Fun Stampers Journey December Follow Your Heart event. While we were watching the show, they demoed using the heart stencil over the patterned paper so I created this card using that technique with the Angels.

Let’s take a look at how it was created.

  • Cut a card base from Tin Pail cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ & fold in half. Emboss card front with the I Heart embossing folder.
  • Trim a patterned strip 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ from the Follow Your Heart Prints. Sponge heart pattern over the strip using the Heart Wall stencil, Turbo Teal ink & sponge daubers.
  • Trim a mat piece for the strip 2 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ from Turbo Teal cardstock and adhere patterned strip to mat and attach to card base.
  • Die cut Penny Black Soft Caress in Lemon Grass cardstock. Using the Love Is punch, punch hearts from blue glitter paper & adhere over heart flowers on die cut. Adhere to card.
  • Die cut small purple glitter hearts using the Heart Strip Die & adhere to edges of card.
  • Stamp sentiment from the Cottage Bouquet stamp set on Tin Pail cardstock square in Black Licorice. Clean stamp & stamp again in Clear Pigment ink. Emboss with custom Journey Clear embossing powder & Sparkle Dust mix. Pop up on card.

Look for class updates in the next couple of days. I am in full out purge, organize & clean mode for the New Year so haven’t updated everything yet.

Do something special for yourself this week.

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

Anniversary Bears

Hi Angels!

I hope you have had time to catch your breath from all the holiday bustle & perhaps spend some time playing with new art goodies.

Today’s share is the anniversary card I made for my oldest daughter & son-in-law for their 17th wedding anniversary. I used the new Penny Black Nose to Nose stamp I picked up in Branson.

Originally released for the holidays, I think this stamp makes a great anniversary, love or Valentine card too. Let’s take a look at the basics.

  • Cut a card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ from Cranberry Bliss cardstock & fold in half.
  • Cut a mat 4″ x 5 1/4″ from Brushed Silver & emboss with Darice Tribal Background embossing folder. Attach to card.
  • Stamp bears in Riverstone ink onto Whip Cream cardstock & color with your choice of colors. (Pro-tip – a gray or brown ink softens a stamped image.)
  • I used Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics set B to trim image & cut a matching Cranberry Bliss mat. Adhere both layers together & pop onto card.
  • Since the sentiment distracted from the image on front, I stamped the new Fun Stampers Journey sentiment “All you need is love” on the inside of the card from the All The Feels stamp set.

Now that the holidays are coming to an end, before you put those holiday stamps away, take a look at them & see if some of the images are suitable for everyday & other occasion cards. It’s a great way to get your stash to stretch further.

If you haven’t already, take a bit of quiet time for yourself to recharge before the New Year’s celebrations begin.

Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, home & holiday projects, Penny Black, Spellbinders

Christmas Wreath Wrap Up

Hi Angels!

I thought I’d share a post on the 6 wreaths I created for The Puppy Love craft show all in one spot. I sold 4 & kept the final 2 for me. Well the 1st one was my prototype so I often keep that one. After you’ve made several of any project, you develop a rhythm & some shortcuts to speed up the process.

Again a big thank-you to Chelsea Comer at Inky Stamper for her original design & instructions, plus permission to recreate these wreaths to benefit Puppy Love.

I used a wide variety of dies including Penny Black, Memory Box, Sizzix, Spellbinders, Fun Stampers Journey, Simon Says Stamps & probably a couple of others. Many are current product, a few are retired. Don’t forget to check & see what you already own that might produce the same results.

Custom designed burgundy, black & silver.
Red & Green #1 included champagne & gold glitter with the red & green glitter paper.
Red & Green #2 with only champagne glitter paper paired with the red & green glitter paper.
Winter wonderland became my wreath when it didn’t sell, That’s OK, it’s in my favorite colors.

My original design. As you may note it’s not as symmetrical as the others which makes it more original.
Snowman wreath #2 custom order. I used more glitter paper colors on this one.

The rosettes are so much fun to make & so versatile for a variety of projects. You may be seeing more projects in the future with them.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, Spellbinders

Christmas Greetings

Hi Angels!

I thought I’d put a wrap on the holiday sharing the next couple of days leading up to Christmas. I created today’s card for a December swap. I love My Favorite Things Stamps or MFT for short & decided I really wanted to be an affiliate for them too so I got some new goodies in to play with recently including the BB Polar Bear Pals set.

Isn’t he cute? True to my clean & simply styling, it doesn’t always take a lot to create a fabulous card.

  • Cut a Whip Cream Card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ & fold in half. Add a Whip Cream mat 4″ x 5 1/4″ sprinkled with Sparkle Silk on card base.
  • With white glitter paper use any type of snow drift, wave, hill, etc. die to cut a snowy hill. I used MFT Whimsical Waves now retired. Adhere to mat base. (Pro-tip: just because my wave die is retired doesn’t mean you can’t duplicate my card. See what dies you might have in your own stash that could create hills. Remember to use what you have, it’s doesn’t always have to be the newest item on the market. Although new goodies are lots of fun too.)
  • Stamp & color waving bear, die cut & pop up on card.
  • Die cut sentiment of choice & adhere to card. I used Simon Says Stamps Christmas Blessings paired with MFT retired Peaceful Greetings.

All done, quick, fun & elegant.

Don’t forget to head on out to see some Christmas lights or cozy up by the fire & relax. Share the joy of the season.

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, My Favorite Things, Penny Black, Spellbinders

8 Weeks of Christmas Inspiration – Week 8 Joy

Hi Angels!

We made it to the 8th week of Christmas Inspiration! I am already making plans for a New Year of inspiration so stay tuned. Today’s card is full of sparkle & joy. Classic white on white with just a pop of color.

Just a few simple steps & this card is ready to send.

  • Cut a Whip Cream card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and fold in half.
  • Cut a white glitter mat 4 ” x 5 1/4″ and adhere to card base.
  • Cut a Whip Cream mat 3 3/4″ x 5″ & emboss with Darice Snowflake Scroll & attach to glitter mat. (Pro-tip: Adhering anything to glitter paper can be challenging, I switch to red-liner tape or PVA glue to attach items to glitter paper.)
  • Die cut a large snowflake & the word Joy out of blue glitter paper and a medium snowflake out of silver glitter paper. (Note: my joy die is retired, I put a similar one in the product list)
  • Layer 2 snowflakes together & attach to card. Placing a rhinestone in the center. Adhere word to card front in desired location.

That’s it, easy peasy.

Have a wonderful weekend full of holiday joy!

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!