It’s been a rough couple weeks dealing with a severe asthma flare, however I’m finally feeling much better. Not much creating when it’s a big struggle to get through each day and I’m more than ready to dive into some creative fun!
Today I’ll be starting my Gloriously 60 days of art showcasing as many different ideas & techniques as I can over the next 60 days. I have lots of new goodies to play with & lots of ideas written down.
I’ll be also be searching for opportunities to share extra blessings the next 60 days although I probably won’t highlight all of those. Some blessings are better when given quietly.
I hope you’ll find lots of inspiration & encouragement throughout the next 60 days.
Bonus-I’m putting together a small prize package of goodies for the person who comments the most over the next 60 days on my blog, MeWe & Facebook.
May your year be filled with the wonder of God’s blessings, joy and lots of creative inspiration.
I am going to be switching things up for 2021.
I am celebrating my birthday all year long as I turn Glorious 60!
The SASS Studio has already been reset into more of a personal work space including a lounging area to watch my favorite Hallmark movies or reading a good book.
I am officially on sabbatical from regular teaching and Cards for the Troops. There will still be a class here & there as well as studio play days. The schedule will be entirely on a whim, nothing set in stone. I will still be doing some local charity work at the Salvation Army & Feed His Sheep as well as finding a few more local places that would like cards of encouragement.
We also have some house projects in the works. A little refreshing & remodeling along with more purging & organizing.
Don’t worry there will be plenty of art to inspire and perhaps I’ll be diving back into videos.
I was planning on this post a couple of days ago but I’ve had a couple of migraines.
The Holiday/Christmas shipment of cards to the troops is officially complete.
I sent 2 shipments out Oct. 30th and Nov. 6th of 9 boxes containing 2965 cards. One box was holiday thank-you’s for care packages they receive and one box was Christmas cards which have to be distributed by the chaplain at services since we have a restriction on “religious” cards. The remaining 7 boxes had a large variety of happy holiday type greetings.
Here are some samples of cards made by several members of the Let’s Make Cards group, who whole-heartedly support this endeavor. Many, many thanks!
And here are the photos of all the cards ready to mail.
Our next shipment of cards for the Troops will be Valentine’s, then back to everyday cards.
In the meantime, work has begun on the holiday cards for our other 2 charities, the Angel Tree program for our local Salvation Army and Feed His Sheep a local homeless ministry.
It is a true blessing to have so many who support our military and be able to send so many cards to support our unit.
I have been working hard getting the fall shipment ready of Troop cards. The fall shipment includes fall themed cards in no sentiments, thank-yous, happy fall and Thanksgiving cards.
The AngelS & I have been processing cards as they come in & today I finished the last few that arrived while we were on retreat. There are 3 boxes heading out containing 1012 cards!
With an average of 2600 cards coming in each month, we stay pretty busy processing cards. It should taper off a bit with the last of our holiday push on the horizon. This picture is just part of the cards ready to go. There are already 6 boxes packed for the winter holidays plus everyday cards. The 2 priority boxes are already being filled with the next batch of holiday cards.
I am so glad hubby had me get the bankers boxes as I was running out of containers for all the cards!
Cards for the Troops is purely a labor of love. Being retired military & having lived through years of deployments, I know how exciting it is to receive a piece of mail from your loved one when they are gone. The holidays are extra special and this year we will be able to send quite a few to help our service members stay in touch.
The AngelS & I are blessed so many card makers around the country are participating in this important ministry. They have the joy of making the cards, the Troops know we are thinking of them & their families, and the families are thrilled to hear from their loved ones via old fashioned snail mail.
I knew as soon as I saw the patriotic printables from His Palette that I wanted to do a 4th of July Bible Journaling page. While designing it turned into a full 2 page spread in my new Art Journal dedicated to Bible Journaling.
We may be a retired Air Force family, but we will always work in service for our country. That is one of the reasons Cards for the Troops is such a labor of love for me. I understand a lot of what the families go through when separated from their loved ones. My husband still works in the aerospace industry supporting our military.
With all the unrest lately in our country, I choose God Bless America for my first page with 2 Chronicles 7:14 as the focal verse. “If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Our great country needs a lot of prayer, kindness & love right now.
For my 2nd page I focused on being an American & serving our country. John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”; and the chorus from Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA.
Both pages feature distress oxides & stenciled stars, the Freedom & Sacrifice Printables from His Palette and Allie Scraps Pocket Prayers Stars & Stripes with hand lettered verses. God Bless America & God Bless the USA are just printed from internet images.
May your holiday weekend be full of blessings and the reminder that we live in a great country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.