Cards, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, Spellbinders

Birthday Foiling

Hi Angels!

Recently I held a foiling class using the Spellbinders Glimmer Machine. After class I needed to make my dear friend Margaret a birthday card, so since the machine was out I did a “Happy Birthday” sentiment. After I designed the card, I liked it so much, that I decided to make it our club card too for this week except I changed it from pink & red to red & silver.

Margaret loves red & this came out so elegant.
The club version is even more classy.

These cards are so beautiful & easy to make.

  • Cut a Cranberry Bliss card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and fold in half.
  • Take a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Black Licorice cardstock mat & die cut with the FSJ Artful Burst die and adhere to card base. (Pro tip: cut your cardbase & decorative mat while waiting for the Glimmer machine to heat up.)
  • I used the Happy Birthday from Becca Feeken’s Elegant Occasion Sentiments Hot Foil Plates to create the foiled sentiment. I like this set because it has matching outline dies to cut the sentiment out when done. The Glimmer machine is very easy to use.
  • Pop sentiment up on card with foam squares & add rhinestone accents.

Thanks for stopping by. More shares coming soon. I am working harder to make my art & posting a priority with this year’s schedule.

Classes, home & holiday projects, Mixed Media

Joy Filled Canvas Class Part 1

Hi Angels!

I meant to post last week but was busy chilling. Hubby encouraged me to schedule one week a month for me, no appointments, errands or teaching classes & use that week each month for professional development, to work on my business & upcoming classes. So I played with some backgrounds, took a couple of personal classes, checked out some Creativation & technique videos, decided on my February classes, started painting our tiny upstairs bathroom & worked on the canvas class. I think it’s going to be a good addition to my schedule this year.

I saw a pin on Pinterest a few weeks back of a multiple canvas wall collage featuring words & phrases & thought it would make a great class. On Saturday we created our center focal canvas in class. I used my word of the year, Love, for my center canvas.

I am so happy with how it turned out & each participant’s canvas is different based on their color choices & themes for their own displays. Several also used hearts & a couple went a different direction.

This canvas incorporates sponging techniques, stencil work & hand lettering. I worked with acrylics, glaze, molding gel, gilding polish & paint pens.

It is going to be so much fun to design the next set of canvases to compliment this center design.

Take some time to breathe this week. It’s important to rest & take care of you.

Cards, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, home & holiday projects, My Favorite Things

Key to My Heart Class

Hi Angels!

I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend! Ours is a bit cold, so there is a stew in the crockpot & I am playing in artwork all day inside snug & warm.

If you got the chance to see my last video on Facebook, I showed the projects we created in the Key to My Heart Class featuring the new FSJ Stamp of the Month. I said I would post a few pictures so you could see the projects better & here they are.

The wings box was showcased on the project sheet that arrived with the stamp set. When I saw it previewed, I knew it was the perfect class project & yes I changed it up some.

My colors are fairly true to the original sample except I custom mixed the outside color with my acrylic paints to match.
The outside of the box was pretty plain so I took one of the key stamps & added some interest to the back & sides.
I removed the little hanger at the top & replaced it with a key. The key represents the one that unlocks your wings so you can fly.

How fun it was to get all glittery making the box & the Angels customized their colors in class.

Here is a look at the card I demoed on the video. I have been watching technique videos while I have been walking on the treadmill. I saw this card design on a My Favorite Things Stamps video with stamped trees & switched it to hearts with the Heart Wall Stencil. This makes a great no layer card.

This last card is a Pinterest CASE. I loved the clean white with a pop of color so I redid it for class. The colored background is made with Color Burst colors on the Gel Press. Easy & fun. Maybe I’ll pop in next week with a technique video.

I hope you enjoyed this class close-up. It’s lots of fun to design & create for class & there is so much inspiration available to inspire your creativity. When I see a technique or share online that I like, I start thinking “Oh, that would make a great class!” or “I like the concept but I’d change it up this way.” So thanks to those artists that share their artwork to spark more ideas for other artists.

Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, Mixed Media, Simon Says Stamp

2019 Calendar Creation – Part 3

Hi Angels!

Sorry, was planning to post this yesterday & was in the studio creating for today’s class & lost track of time. Technically it’s after midnight so 2 nights ago, but it’s not the next day until I get to bed & get some sleep.

Let’s take a look at the last 4 months of calendar pages.

 

September’s page was created with another Clarity Stencil I found on Simon Says Stamp. Just love it. Since it doesn’t cover the whole page, I  added in one of the greens to the bottom of the page. This one ties a close 2nd to my favorite April page.

October had the Create-A-Palette Swirl Technique on the base & then the leaf stencil in 2 colors over top to create more depth in the background.

 

 

November had a liquid color background, which actually came out lighter than I had hope for, but looks great with the woodland stencil over the top in Oatmeal Cookie ink. Reminds you of the fiery changes of fall some trees showcase. One of the drawbacks of many of my stencils is that some manufacturers don’t mark their stencils. So once I open it & start creating with it unless I know the brand well, I can’t tell you where November’s stencil came from.

December’s page is pretty classic Christmas with the poinsettia stencil from Tim Holtz in reds & greens. And, yep, that’s a bit of blue in the center. Sometimes class samples get exposed to other colors during class use. I wasn’t redoing the whole page over a bit of blue. As Bob Ross says “It’s just a happy little accident.”

I hope you have enjoyed this look at my 2019 Calendar designs. Really truly pure fun to create.

Stay tuned for more creative inspiration, I have plenty to share. Rumor is there may be a video on Facebook in the next day or two.

Create something that makes you happy!

 

 

 

Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, home & holiday projects, Mixed Media

2019 Calendar Creation – Part 2

Hi Angels!

I’m back with part 2 of the calendar pages. I figured I’d better get them posted one after the other so you didn’t have to wait so long to see them.

Lets take a look at May & June:

May’s background was created with Liquid Colors on the Gel Press. Then lightly stenciled over in Watermelon Fusion ink.
June was created with 2 different stencils & 3 different blue Distress Oxides.
July was created with Color Bursts in 2 colors on the Gel Press. I then stenciled over the background with Whip Cream ink through the stencil.
August was easy peasy. I streaked a Create A Palette ink pad over the Gel Press, placed the stencil on top & rubbed the pattern onto the calendar page.
I think I’ll design a few more “messy fun” art classes for 2019, it was lots of fun playing with these. Stay tuned for part 3 tomorrow.  

 

         Do something creative this week!


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.

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!

Cards, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey

Life is Beautiful

Hi Angels!

Popping in with a bit of fall today. We had our Design & Dine a couple of weeks ago. We created the cute monster card from last week, this fall inspired card and a couple of Christmas cards. 

Most people who know me know I am not a huge fan of brown, orange or red for clothes, home furnishings etc. But in the art world I play with them a bit more. I really like this print from the Fall-o-ween Prints pack from the Journey Holidays catalog & grabbed the dahlia set to compliment it. The copper embossing is the perfect accent to complete the look on this card.

Card Basics:

  • Cut a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ from Tangerine Fusion & fold in half.
  • Cut a 5 1/4″ x 4″ mat from floral print
  • Die cut a Square Film piece from Oatmeal Cookie, dust with Panpastel Colorless Blender, stamp sentiment from the Life is Beautiful in Clear Pigment ink & emboss with Copper & Sparkle Dust custom combo.
  • On Whip Cream cardstock swirl Rich Coral, Tangerine Fusion & Summer Days ink onto cardstock using a dauber. Heat set with a heat gun.
  • Dust inked cardstock with Panpastel Colorless Blender & stamp Dahlia flower in Clear Pigment ink & emboss with Copper & Sparkle Dust custom combo. Die cut flower.
  • Stamp leaves onto Lemongrass cardstock with Fresh Forest ink & die cut.
  • Pop sentiment square onto cardbase with Journey Foam squares and attach flower & leaves on corner of square.

Quick, easy & elegant & useful for a variety of occasions. 

I’m officially on retreat with the local Angels. We are exploring, relaxing & having fun creating. 

Find a bit of “me” time this weekend for  yourself, take a Sunday drive or spend some time with your friends. 

Enjoy life!

Angel Club, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, SASS News

April Notes

Wow! February & March flew by! I was a bit busy & a bit under the weather with allergies.

I have been re-evaluating my business practices & working to improve. I place my priority on being creative & keeping my Facebook business page up. Working several social media sites takes a bit of work.  I will be strategizing on my 40th Anniversary trip, later this month, with my hubby some plans to improve sharing content & getting a better video system set up. So thankful he is willing to help with some of the technical aspects.

The calendar is updated through May & I got the newsletter done. You can preview it here: Sass Art Notes April

Here are some highlights of April, more info in the newsletter, be sure to sign up to receive it.

Stay Creative & Enjoy April!

Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, SASS News

2018 New Year Update

Hi Angels!

Welcome back to my blog & a brand New Year!

It’s always fun to think of the exciting possibilities & fresh start a new year brings. Maybe you have travel plans, looking to start a new career, take a bit more time for yourself, upsize, downsize, organize, reflect or refresh. The possibilities are endless.

I am busy working on some new classes & adventures at the SASS Studio. January classes are posted & will be on the light side as I am off to Fun Stampers Journey Lead by Design Leadership Conference on the 9th. I will be hosting a couple of bigger Cards for Troops/Ministry Blessing Events this year and I hope you will join us in making cards to bring smiles to our service members & others who can use a blessing.

January 1st launches our new Bloom This Way Catalog. Join us the 1st five days of the month for a launch party over on the Fun Stampers Journey Facebook page.

The January promotion will help you get your art space organized for the new year of creating. Enjoy 20% off storage items & clear acrylic blocks. I love our blocks with the grid lines that help you line up your stamp for straighter stamping. I have the silver storage cases & love them. A stylish way to organize your supplies.

I love, love the January Bloom Box too! Who doesn’t like terrariums with pretty plants?


I am still debating if I can squeeze a class in this month for this box. Remember you can have crafty fun delivered to your door every month with a 6 month subscription KO-0002  for $24.95 a month + S&H&tax or you can purchase individual Bloom Boxes KO-0003 for $29.95 a month + S&H&tax for just the ones you love.

One of my goals is to get more posts in for 2018. Stay tuned for more art adventures.

Wishing You a Fabulous New Year!