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!

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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!

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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!

 

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!

SASS News

Special Birthday

Hi Angels!

Welcome back to the SASS blog!

Today I am sharing the card I made for my FSJ upline’s birthday. Deb Valder is an amazing upline. She encourages, teaches, shares & loves all her downline & is a true inspiration to me.  Her encouragement helps me stretch my business further & work harder at sharing the love of art.

Deb loves black & white so I created this beauty with our Pearled Basics Specialty paper. It comes in black & white & shimmers throughout.

This card was hard to get a good picture of between the shimmery paper & the silver foil for the feather. So while it may look all black & white, there is a pop of silver in the feather. I experimented with adding more dimension to the feather by using the negative cut outs from the white feather & I modified a leaf from the Blooming Details die set.

Here is another angle on the card.


This post will make day 213 on my Facebook page. Creeping ever closer to one year of sharing everyday. Working on consistency.

I am also working on the New Year of classes & a couple of special Cards for the Troops events.
Stay Creative!
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November at SASS Studio

Hi Angels!

Wow! I need to get busy with my blog & post more often! I just moved my website to a new service & am hoping it is so much easier to navigate their system. So far so good!

The holidays are fast approaching & there are only a couple of classes left at the SASS Studio for this year. November brings the Birdsong Bloom Box Class for $5 on the 16th. This is another set that is predicted to sell out. These birdies are fabulous! I often add a re-design to the cards so they may look a wee bit different from the actual cards below.


Remember you have options now for the Bloom Box. You can get a 6 month subscription for $24.95 + s & h Kit #KO-0002 or you can purchase just the boxes you want for $29.95 + s & h Kit #KO-0003.

On Nov. 20th will be a Frames class featuring the Ornamental & Snow Frames from the Journey Holidays catalog. Cost is $7 & will feature 5 projects including this gift card holder I designed & did a Facebook live video on.

This month’s sales special is Pockets & Lockets, perfect for gift giving. We have a beautiful jewelry collection in the catalog that you can wear as is or add your own creative spin on. Plus there are 2 exclusive kits perfect for holiday gifting. I love our jewelry because I have metal allergies & I can wear this jewelry! It is rhodium plated so no allergy issues for me. I have spent years buying cheap earrings & transferring them to hypoallergenic wires so I can wear a bit of sparkle. With the Bloom Collection, I can now wear necklaces & bracelets too. And with our pocket sale, you can create beautiful packaging for your holiday gift giving.

Speaking of holiday gift giving, our planner kits are still available this month & there will be Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials!

Finally to round out November, the Big Deal promotion is still going on too. It’s the perfect time to join the Journey for just $25 & I would love to have you join the Sassy AngelS Stampers as a team member.

I am a wee bit busy this month but will do my best to find the time to get in a few more blog posts. So I am challenging myself to a post a week for November. I am still learning to coordinate all my media areas.  You can always check out my FB Business Page too.  Stay tuned for more inspiration!

Take some time to be creative this weekend!