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!

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.

Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

February Card Buffet Part 2

Welcome back!

Today I am posting the last 4 cards from my February Card Buffet.  Check them out:

 

Aren’t these Color Cross cards beautiful? There are 2 because I colored them differently with the Confectionary Days Panpastels within the silver embossed outlines. The lovely flower card was made with the Amazing Day stamp set from the Bloom This Way mini catalog & colored with the Color Burst pencils.

 

I was trying to incorporate a couple of cards into the set that could easily be used for guys. The pup yesterday & the world card today are what I came up with. Again if you are not a Bloom Box subscriber, you will be waiting a couple of more months before  you can order the My World stamp set. It looks gray but the mat for the globe axis is brushed silver for just a touch of elegance on this card. The Bunny Bum was just pure fun. Unfortunately I had nothing on hand to create a fluffy white tail. The sentiment is from Happy Eggster which is a free Bloom Benefit. With every $50 you order, you can pick a Bloom Benefit for free all year round. We all like bonus & free items! Bloom Benefits include stamps, dies & embellishment pieces, there are several to choose from.

I hope you enjoyed this look at February’s Buffet cards. Think about joining in on April 29th for the next Card Buffet.  For March 25th, I will be hosting an RG Presents Spring into Summer event instead of a card buffet. There will be more RG Presents events this year. Stay tuned for more info.

Do something creative this weekend!
Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Beautiful Wings Fun Stampers Journey Blog Hoppers Hop

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Welcome back to my blog & the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Hop! This month our theme  features  the Beautiful Wings Stamp Set. If you arrived here from Christine’s Blog you are right on track. If not, no worries, just keep hopping along until you come full circle.

I love butterflies & this set is so versatile. I chose to make a holiday card with the Beautiful Wings set & the Geo Burst Die. Thinking outside the box stretches your creativity. You don’t always  have to have a large selection of holiday stamps to create fabulous cards.

 

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White on white is so elegant & adding a touch of silver gives it pop. I added in some Journey Sparkle Cuts for holiday shimmer. I used  Beautiful Wings SS – 0353, the sentiment is from Robin Holiday SS-0378, Geo Burst Die DI-0217, Whip Cream Cardstock, Journey Sparkle Cuts, Journey Silver Embossing Powder, Journey Thread Silver & Journey Foam Squares.

Your next stop on the hop is Becky’s Blog.

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This months blog hop participants:

  1. Betsye Rose Cimino Erazo
  2. Heather Flaherty
  3. Christine Pennington
  4. Ruth Cooper – You Are Here
  5. Becky Lemire
  6. Lisa Kmiec
  7. Karen Schroeder

I hope you enjoy this months hop. If you are in the area, Sassy AngelS Studio is hosting an Open House & Christmas Card Buffet Sept. 24th. Details are on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/SassyAngelSStudio

You can pick up the supplies for today’s project here:

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Thank-you for stopping by today.

Do something creative this weekend.

coopersiggy

Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Limited Supply FSJ Blog Hop

Welcome to my 2nd Blog Hop.  This time we are featuring limited supplies & it’s a short hop. You should have arrived here from Susan Berg’s blog.

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Fun Stampers Journey is still a relatively new company. With the fabulous January sign on promotion, they just gained a lot of new coaches including me.  When you first join or if you are a new stamper, you often have a limited supply of items to create with. So this time the challenge was…..what can you create with just a few supplies. I chose just a handful of items featured here:

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I used Black Licorice cardstock CS-0003 $6.95, Whip Cream cardstock CS-0040 $6.95, Black Licorice Ink IP-0041 $7.95, Sentimental Prints stamp set SS-0072 $19.95 & Cut Rhinestones AC-0023 $4.95. If you were to order these, the total before S&H and tax would be $46.75. You could easily make over 50 cards just with these supplies. Definitely a budget & stash stretcher.

I love designing black & white cards. With black & white you can design classy, elegant or clean graphic cards in a snap. It would have been easy to design a dozen cards with this set but since the Sentimental Prints Stamp set has 6 sentiments perfect for several occasions, I decided to limit myself to 6 cards.

The 1st two cards are “no layer” cards meaning there is only a card base used for the design.

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The 2nd set of cards feature a 2 layer card  & a 4 layer card. Building layers adds dimension & interest.

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The final set of cards feature 3 layers each.

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Once you have a great set of basic designs, you can build a stash of cards in no time just by adding 1 or 2 items at a time to your limited stash. For example if I purchase an embossing folder, I can expand these designs by adding in that texture to the backgrounds & build with more layers. If I purchase 1 or 2 of my favorite colors, I can then add to these designs by adding a pop of color to the black & white.

You don’t have to break the bank to start creating wonderful cards. It is very easy to adapt to your budget & slowly build your stash. Before you know it, you will have plenty of items to make a wonderful variety of cards with.  I always encourage my 1st time customers to only buy what they really love, maybe something they collect or speaks to them like butterflies. Then I tell them to buy their favorite colors & it’s usually a good start without being overwhelmed and feeling that they have to buy it all right away. Half the fun of creating art is the new toys you get to play with so work within your budget & enjoy each new purchase.

Thank-you for hopping by today. Stay tuned for the March blog hop coming up in a couple of weeks. I might be offering some blog candy next round.

Please hop on over to Michelle Rothman Greenfield’s blog and see her wonderful creations.

Have a Fabulous Week!

coopersiggy

 

 

Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards

Budget & Stash Stretchers #1

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Purchasing a stamp set can be an investment if you are on a budget. It is helpful if it can be used for different occasions or holidays. This Sweet Snowman by Penny Black is a great example of versatility. I created these as Christmas cards but this little guy can also be used for a winter birthday, anniversary or congratulations. Or if you know someone who just loves snowman, he can easily be used all year. So next time you pull out a stamp set or consider purchasing one, consider what types of cards, occasions or even mixed media art they might be used in. An old artist caveat is>>>>if you can use it at least 3 different ways it is probably a good purchase.

I will endeavor over the course of the next year to provide ideas for using what you have, shopping your stash, stretching your dollars and thinking outside of the creative box. You don’t have to always purchase the latest/greatest new or most expensive art supply on the market. Believe it or not, I enjoy using my Crayola Pencils just as much as my Prismacolors. One is very affordable, one is on the pricey side but I can usually get similar results with both. These snowmen were colored with a Crayola Pencil Set. My secret to colored pencils is to have a good blender pencil on hand to smooth out my strokes. Easily makes my Prismacolors & Crayolas look surprisingly similar in results.

I have often heard it said to buy the best you can afford. After a lifetime of creating, I am not convinced that’s a good statement. I can often get similar results from all price points of art supplies. There are some cheap supplies that are truly cheap & you can’t do much with them. But there are some that produce fabulous results for little money.  Now if I was a fine artist I might be more concerned about pigment levels & quality. But I’m not Picasso nor do I exhibit in galleries. I create for the joy of creating & blessing others.

Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for more Budget & Stash Stretcher ideas.

Find some time to be creative this week.

coopersiggy