Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, SASS News

A New Adventure

Hi Angels!

It has certainly been a strange 2020 so far. All my plans to keep up with my blog kind of went right out the window. So I am looking at a new approach for the rest of 2020. A blog of encouragement, maybe some advice to new cardmakers, Cards for Troops updates, Bible Journaling, just a big mix with an over laying theme of kindness & encouragement.

One of the biggest things the virus quarantine brought to attention was how much people have been loving getting cards in the mail. Snail mail is not gone my friends & I think we have the perfect opportunity to bring smiles to those in our circles of influence by sending out lots of cards. Especially if you can find a care or nursing facility where the residents still have to be very careful.

I am one of the moderators over on the Let’s Make Card group on Facebook. Not only are they huge supporters of getting cards to the Troop unit we mail to, there are a lot of brand new stampers and cardmakers discovering the joy of creating cards & bringing smiles. I have learned a lot over the years & I think some tips for new cardmakers might just be a good thing to revisit.

One of the key components of my life is my faith journey. I have spent a lot more time the past couple of months Bible Journaling and I love it. I also have had the opportunity to provide some encouragement cards to the Salvation Army & send out some happy mail. I think right now in our current climate, focusing on kindness & encouragement is a critical key to helping our neighbors. Together we are stronger and we are especially stronger when we are united in God’s love to reach out to a hurting world.

I really enjoy my time over on the Creative Worship Bible Journaling group on Facebook. A couple of times a month, they have a PJ Party. This week we had a mixed media lesson. I have been wanting to add an art journal to my Bible Journaling and this week’s PJ party was perfect. My lettering is a bit rough but overall I really like how this piece came out. God is good, loves us so much & is always faithful. It is a joy to praise Him & give thanks.

This page has a gesso base with Distress Oxides layered over. The cathedral window is a stencil as well as the texture paste corners at the top. There are some stamps added in for some more texture. Verse is handlettered in Micron pens & paint marker.

I hope you have a fabulous 4th of July weekend!

Stay safe!

Cards, My Favorite Things, SASS News, Sweet n' Sassy Stamps

2020 Possibilities

Happy New Year!

If you haven’t guessed it already, my word for 2020 is Possibilities. I will be revamping my art & studio over the course of 2020. Teaching a few less classes, creating in different mediums, mixing it up a bit, sharing more inspiration & encouragement and art tips & techniques.

Our charity work is growing with more Cards for the Troops to send and more Christmas cards to make for our local charities. Since this is an important part of the studio to be able to give back to our community, it will take on a bit more of a prominent roll.

I am also taking a month or so off of teaching to allow the tendonitis in my right elbow to heal up. I’m right handed so the more I do, the more it will stay inflamed so a bit of rest is in order. I will still be creating art almost daily just on a smaller scale for a few weeks. Not doing so much prep work with classes & events will allow some extra healing time.

Today’s card is a New Beginning. Each day is filled with possibilities, make the most of the day you are given, share some joy & a smile with the world.

I used emboss resist with My Favorite Things Card Sized Star Confetti Stencil and Distress Oxides. The sentiment is from Sweet n’ Sassy stamps Inspirational Word Art 1.

I hope you will stay tuned for the adventures 2020 holds in store for the studio.

Wishing you a blessed & creative New Year full of possibilities.

Cards, My Favorite Things, Penny Black, SASS News, Spellbinders

Beautiful Bloom Birthday

Hi Angels!

I have a National Craft Month Challenge to myself to post everyday in March. Some of those postings will be on Facebook, some here on the blog & there will be a live video or two also.

Working my way back into sharing now that I am more recovered from surgery. What was a simple surgery to open up my airways, turned a bit more complicated when a mass was found to be blocking the airways (benign, thank-you Lord!), and then finding out this week that the reason it’s taking so long to heal is apparently I had an anesthesiologist who decided to tear up the roof of my mouth suctioning during surgery. Eating & swallowing has been most difficult to say the least. Thankful to finally be on the mend, understand why, blessed the mass wasn’t serious & working my way to purge the studio more, organize & play with lots of crafty new goodies!

Let’s take a look at today’s card. One of my favorites from our birthday class but was a bit tricky to fussy cut as I decided not to purchase the die when I got it. If you like it, purchase the die, LOL!

This a Pinterest case modified of course because I can. We also created a small set of these for the troops.

Card Basics:

  • Cut a card base from Grape Fusion cardstock 4 1/4″ x 11″ and fold in half.
  • Cut a mat out of Whip Cream cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp with the Border Line stamp from Spellbinders in Black Licorice.
  • Stamp My Favorite Things Beautiful Bloom onto Grape Fusion cardstock with clear pigment ink & gold emboss. Die or fussy cut out and trim in half down the middle. Adhere to card as shown.
  • Stamp sentiment from Penny Black Sprinkles & Smiles set in Grape Fusion in card center, clean stamp & restamp in clear pigment ink & emboss with custom clear embossing & Sparkle Dust mixture.

The Events page has been updated with the March classes, take a peek & join us in studio for some creativity.

I hope this month’s shares will inspire your creativity during National Craft Month.

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, SASS News

Enchanted Cat Stamp of the Month – Autumn Greetings

Hi Angels!

Are you ready for some cooler fall temperatures? In Oklahoma it still fluctuates between hot & cooler temps this time of the year. Today it could be the air conditioner, tomorrow the heater.

I am just back from a 5 day retreat with the Sassy Angels. We really enjoy getting away for a bit of crafty fun & exploring. I did not get a lot of creating done with the recent Fun Stampers Journey announcement & preceding information meetings but can’t wait to share the details with you once I get a new business plan in place. In the meantime I will still be featuring all FSJ products in my creations this month. Then starting in November, I’ll be able to expand & add other products to my much loved FSJ products. Endless possibilities ahead.

I am featuring the Enchanted Cat stamp & die set for this month’s stamp of the month inspiration. This is a great set for all year round but fits in well with fall & Halloween too. Let’s take a look at this week’s card. 

How fun is this card? I love combining purples & oranges for fall/Halloween type  cards. You can easily change the sentiment for Halloween greetings. 

Card Basics:

  • Cut a Citrus Cooler card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ & fold in half
  • Cut a mat out of the new Fall-o-ween Prints paper pack 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere to card base
  • Using the large Journey Oval die cut a Limeade Splash oval & emboss with the Changing Seasons embossing folder & attach to card as shown
  • Dust Whip Cream cardstock with Panpastel Colorless Blender & stamp cat image in Pretty Pansy ink, clean stamp & re-stamp in Clear Pigment ink. Emboss image with Clear embossing powser & die cut image.
  • Dust Whip Cream cardstock with Panpastel Colorless Blender & stamp smallest pumpkin from the Martha’s Pumpkins stamp set in Citrus Cooler & sentiment from Hello Fall stamp set in Black Licorice. Clean stamps & re-stamp in Clear Pigment ink. Emboss images with custom Clear embossing & Sparkle Dust mix. Die cut pumpin & fussy cut sentiment. (note: I always use a MISTI for re-stamping.)
  • Using a Journey circle die, cut cresent moon from Summer Days cardstock. Cut full circle, then use die to cut crescent from full circle.
  • Pop die cut images onto oval on card base using Journey foam squares.

Thanks for popping in. If you’d like to join in my Stamp of the Month class this Saturday the 6th & make this card & a couple more, I’d love to see you.  Email for more info.

Have a fabulous week!

SASS News

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! 

SASS News

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!

 

SASS News

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!

SASS News

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!

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!

SASS News

February Notes

Hi Angels! Welcome back to my blog!

I am working hard to bring fresh new content to my blog, including more tips & techniques, a free tutorial download every couple of months & more.

You may have noticed when you stopped by that I have a new newsletter sign-up. SASS Art Notes will be a monthly update of classes, sales & other happenings going on at the Sassy AngelS Studio. I will be offering a free card tutorial soon for those who sign-up. Here is a preview of the new newsletter http://preview.mailerlite.com/u3n8t3

Social media is hard work & I am setting a goal to master more of the basics this year. How exciting! Be sure to head on over to my Facebook page where I will be doing 2 live videos a week & sharing more inspiration.

Here is a peek at the Valentine Class this Saturday & the Spring Botanicals class the 12th.

I will be updating the class calendar tomorrow. Stay tuned for some exciting classes!

 

Have a Fabulously Creative Week!