Cards, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, Impression Obsession, Sizzix

A Tale of Two Cards

Hi Angels!

I have been working on cards for our class Monday featuring Pretty Poppies. It started with one of the cards featured today that was posted a month or so ago on Facebook. A couple of the Angels just love poppies. So I decided a class was in order especially since there are so many wonderful poppy stamps available currently.

Today’s cards feature the Impression Obsession Poppy Collage stamp. I took a class up at My Hearts Fancy in OKC and we made this card:

Now this card is beautiful but all the cards in class were 5 x 7 inches and I don’t usually work that large. Plus I am pretty sure this one would cost extra to mail. So I created this card for tomorrow’s class:

Although smaller in scale at the traditional 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, this small card is just as stunning and I like the watercoloring on it better.

So let’s take a quick comparision between the two:

One is larger, one is smaller but both include the same great design.

Both images were stamped & embossed on watercolor paper.

The larger card uses Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor. It was harder to get a richer color to the poppies with it but by taking class, I got to try it out. I take classes for my own enjoyment. Plus since I design all the time, it’s nice to take a class that someone else designed & I stay fresh on techniques & products.

The smaller uses FSJ Liquid Color which isn’t quite a watercolor but has richer pigment to it and works just like watercolor. I believe the top card has a Liquidtex Gold Metallic on the frame portion of the stamp. I dug out my old Twinkling H2O’s Egyptian Gold for the bottom card. Again both are stunning.

I am not sure the brand of foil used in the top card but the bottom is FSJ Mirror Gold. Both were embossed with Tim Holtz’s Elegant 3D Texture Fades. The top one is a bit less shiny but just as lovely.

If you study a card design, it is usually fairly easy to recreate the card with what you may already have in your craft room. Do not be afraid to change sizes to suit your project needs.

Summer is a great time to find inspiration in the bright sunny outdoors & activities. Use that inspiration to get crafty this week.

Cards, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, My Favorite Things, Spellbinders, Tonic Studios

Live Laugh Love

I hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far. I am having fun working on my Wild & Wonderful Summer projects. A lot of going with the flow creating happening here.

I decided to pop in & share the final card from the Tonic Studios Kit 21 class this week. I decided to mix up my class a bit and add in other stamps & products this time. I have been getting the kits because A. they are a fabulous value and B. so I am familiar with the Tonic Studios & Nuvo products. When you have done direct sales for over 10 years representing certain products, it’s time to play and learn what wonderful things are available when you go independent. That includes mixing companies & products into the creative process.

This card has a mixture of elements on it. Let’s take a look.

Card Basics:

  • Cut a card base from Catalina Splash 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Cut a Turbo Teal layer 4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Cut a Lemon Drop Layer 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • On the Lemon Drop Layer I used the Distress Stencil in the kit and the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse that was included to add the hearts.
  • After the hearts were dry, it needed a bit more interest so I took my Romantic Script background stamp from My Favorite Things and stamped it over the Lemon Drop Layer in Lemon Drop ink.
  • Cut Spellbinders Shapeabilities Live Laugh Love dies out of scraps of Cool Pool, Turbo Teal & Catalina Splash and adhered to the card.
  • I used Nuvo Glitter Gloss to highlight everything with a bit of sparkle.

Take a look at the products you have on hand & see how you can mix them up while you are creating.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Classes, Tonic Studios

Wild & Wonderful Summer

Hi Everyone!

Let’s get this blog up & running again!

I have a new theme for the next 100 days, June 1st – Sept. 8th.

Summer!

I will be playing in several different types of art & media from standard cards to hand lettering, Bible journaling/handmade books to mixed media. I have goals to post to the blog, do some live videos & of course share everyday here or on FB.

My Wild & Wonderful theme runs through 3 areas of life and is as much personal time as it is sharing time.

Worship – time in God’s Word, Bible study & journaling, plus hand lettering Bible verses.

Wild Art – joy in creating & playing in different areas & sharing art, tips & techniques.

Wonderful Life – celebrating each day & finding ways to share more blessings & brightening up someone’s day.

Today’s card is the 1st for this Monday’s class featuring Tonic Studio’s Craft Kit #21 which they labeled as Distressed Detail and I think of more as Shabby Chic. I took one of the element dies & created an elegant card perfect for a wedding or anniversary or just simply to brighten somenone’s day. It would be easy to change out the sentiment for several occasions.

Card Basics:

  • Deep Lilac base 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Lavender Fusion layer 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Brushed Silver layer 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Die cut Brushed Silver on both ends with small border type die in Tonic Studios Craft Kit 21 or similar die of choice and assemble together.
  • Die cut Lovely day sentiment in Brushed silver & border in Deep Lilac & adhere together. Pop onto Brushed Silver mat layer.
  • Add rhinestones or gemstones of choice.

Note: Feel free to use this card as a sketch or jumping off point to use the items in your supplies to create a similar look.

Summer is a great time to work on mini goals. I challenge you to find a goal you want to work on for the summer. Maybe it’s reading a couple of books, relaxing more, ramping up your exercise, spending more time with family, taking a class in something you’ve always wanted to learn. What will you do with your summer? List your goal(s) and how you want to tackle them.

Have a Wild & Wonderful Summer!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Escape the Ordinary Be You

Hi Angels!

Welcome to week 1 of our featured Stamp of the Month Escape the Ordinary.  I will be featuring a new card design each Monday. Don’t forget to check out the August 1st post for the link for the free download tutorial of the bonus project.

For this week’s card I did a side cut out using the umbrella image. It can be a little challenging to do but with a few tips you can create a side cut in no time. Let’s take a closer look at the card. I popped onto my video program & did a short video close up. This video stuff is still kind of new territory so I am trying to see what I can do or not do successfully. For all the creating I do, my technical skills are minimal and it takes a bit for me to learn.

When deciding to do a side cut, you’ll want to first determine how many times the image can be repeated down the side of your card. I would practice on a card sized scrap first before working on your actual card. For Be You, I decided 3 would work. I took 5.5 inches, divided by 3 and came up with 1.8 and marked the card at 1 7/8″  from the top & bottom of the card. Then I angled the umbrella in the direction I wanted & stamped using my Create-A-Palette. I found stamping the bottom image first gave me a better spacing guide. I did use a small mask to keep the umbrella handle from overstamping the previous image. Then you need to decide how much of the edge of the image you plan on cutting away to give you a cut edge. With this image going from edge to handle was perfect. If you haven’t done this before give it a try sometime. 

Here are the card basics: Whip cream card 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ with a Catalina Splash insert 4 1/4″ x 5/12″. Create-A-Palette inked with Liquid Color in Watermelon Fusion, Lavender Fusion, Cool Pool, Limeade Splash & Catalina Splash, sentiment embossed in my custom mix black embossing & Sparkle Dust mixture. Card base sprinkled with Sparkle Silk. 

I hope you like this fun and cheerful card. 

Have a Creative Week!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Christmas in July Inspiration

Hi Angels!

Now that the blog has had a bit of a refresh, my goal is 2 posts a week. Some weeks it’s tough but if I can do 2 videos a week, I can do 2 blog posts too. I haven’t figured out what days might be best for consistency but I’m working on it.

So most of this past week I have been working on my FSJ Creative Team Application. In between trying to choose items to represent my artwork, I was busy trying to figure out my creative resume & share a bit about me. My final project was this Christmas card using our new Christmas Sprig ATS with the sentiment from the Sparkle Trim stamp set. I have been practicing staging my photos a bit differently than just using my light box. What do you think?

Isn’t it lovely? It is very hard to pick up the shimmer and sparkle on this monotone style card with a hint of color. My secret to making it interesting is using layers & texture. I chose the beautiful new Rose Gold embossing powder for my focal images.

I used the Mystic Impressions embossing folder for the background sprinkled with Sparkle Silk. The pine boughs are from the new Branch & Cone die set. (Sorry it wasn’t available for the product view below. DI-0470 $16.95) I brushed the tips with our Craft Glue & added Sparkle Cuts for a snow like glittery effect. The flower is stamped twice in clear pigment ink. (Tip: brush your paper with Journey Panpastel Colorless Blender to help prevent stray embossing powder from sticking.) The first one is embossed in regular Rose Gold embossing powder and the 2nd with my custom Rose Gold and Sparkle Dust mix of the embossing powder. Fussy cut the 1st image in full and just the flower itself from the embossed sparkle image. Pop the flower up over the 1st image with Journey Foam Squares. I embossed the sentiment from Sparkle Trim with my custom mix of Rose Gold/Sparkle Dust and fussy cut. I glued the pine boughs flat to the background of the card and popped the flower & sentiment up. Simple elegance.

 

It may be hot outside but by working on your Christmas projects now, you’ll be ready for the holidays in no time with less stress.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Anniversary Creation

Hi Angels!

Welcome back to my blog!

Today I am sharing the Anniversary Card I made for my daughter’s 3rd wedding anniversary.

I used a hand painted paper I made quite a while ago. I often hand paint in large batches & then can pull from my files anytime I want a special background. I believe this one was created with Easter egg dyes. You can buy the kits on clearance after the holiday. I used the tablets, dissolved in warm water & placed in a spray bottle.

The stamp for this card is from an old Unity KOTM April 2014. Sparkle is added with the glitter words & Fun Stampers Journey Sparkle Silk. It looks like it has spots but it’s the sparkle reflecting in the light.

Simply Stunning!

I have officially been posting now for 209 days on my Facebook page. Be sure to check out my other creative endeavors. There are a couple of sneak peeks of the new Bloom This Way catalog premiering Jan. 1st. But there is lots of fun before then. We are having a Black Friday – Cyber Monday special this weekend and in December stay tuned for the 12 Days of Deals. Click my shop now button to go shopping.

Stay Creative!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, SASS News

Welcoming Baby

Hi Angels! It’s SASS time at the studio!

Thanks for joining me today!

Today’s card is a baby card I created for my Chiropractor & his wife. After many years of waiting, they were finally blessed with an adorable baby girl.

Isn’t the little elephant cute? It was a joy to create such a fun card.

I want to address something. As most of you know I am a Fun Stampers Journey Coach which means I sell FSJ products to my customers but you can obviously tell by this card that I used a couple of other products on it. Why would I not use all FSJ? Well quite simply I have been creating for well over 30 years now. I have a huge variety & I love creating with diverse techniques & products. Most of the time my creations are designed from a vision I see in my imagination. Sometimes inspired by another artist’s creation that I truly like, I do CASE usually with a twist but 90% of the time it comes straight from my mind.  Being able to “dig” through my stash, gives me a huge variety to make my vision into art and a wise use of the resources I already own.  I also believe this is a valuable gift from God & it’s my joy to share creativity with everyone, especially as encouragement.

I love my Fun Stampers Journey products. They form the base of all my creations. A terrific color line of paper, inks & mixed media products, fabulous adhesives, a wonderful selection of dies, punches & stamps. I love the quality of all the products & the consistency in the colors throughout the color line. This quality allows me to create knowing my colors match beautifully. The things I use over & over again, like the ovals in this baby card, or my adhesives, allow me to create wonderful quality pieces of art.

There is one more important reason to use a variety to create. There was a statistic shared at CHA that 10 years ago there were over 2700 independent stores across America & Canada, now sadly there are just 340. Several more manufacturers & other small businesses have closed not reported in this statistic. Several of the art business I purchase from are small just like me & my FSJ business. They support their local economy, just like I do. They work from their homes, small offices or store fronts.  It’s important to support small business & the arts community. Because the big box stores decided they had to feature their own craft lines a few years back, you don’t see the rich diversity of what’s available on the market if you always shop with them. They have become cookie cutter to me, copying the latest trends in their own brand name so they reap more of the profits & often offer poor quality supplies. It’s a struggle for all art businesses in our current economy but it’s a bigger struggle for the smaller companies & home businesses.

I am a local small business. This is not only my business but my ministry. I offer classes & the Fun Stampers Journey product line for ordering. I believe Fun Stampers Journey has the perfect mix of products for stampers, scrappers & mixed media artists. My club is exclusively FSJ & about 90% of my classes are FSJ exclusive. I share my expertise with everyone who loves to create. At the SASS studio you can relax, enjoy creative time, make new friends, learn new tips & techniques & bless others by helping to create cards for our Troops & our local Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

I also hope that by sharing different things from time to time it inspires you to see what you already own in a new creative light.

Live big, support small, enjoy creating & share with others.

Thanks for popping by!

(Note: If you are new to creating, CASE means Copy & Share Everything. Art is meant to inspire so CASE & add your own flair.)

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Childhood – Journey Blog Hoppers Hop

It’s time for another blog hop! This months theme is Childhood.

If  you arrived here from Heather’s blog, then you are right on track. If not just keep hopping along until you come full circle.

I had a bit of fun with my card this time. I love playing & experimenting. I saw a card on Pinterest from another company & decided to translate the sketch design into my card for this hop. I also had recently taken a class featuring the art of Laurel Burch & incorporated that too. Here is what I came up with in design:

I know several little girls that would love this card!

I started by making the colored circle. I took a Color Splash sheet & heavily spritzed it with water on both sides then started dropping Sweet Berry, Lavender Fusion & Pineapple Smoothie Splashes into the water on the Splash sheet.  When the color started to blob, I spritzed the sheet more. I set the sheet aside to dry.

I don’t work in gold a lot as I much prefer silver, but there is something about the thin gold lines in Laurel Burch art that is very appealing with the rich color. Much like the thin gold accents found in Washi or Yuzen paper, another favorite of mine. I stamped the angel from the Guardian Angel set in clear pigment ink & embossed in Gold embossing powder. I used my Color Splash Pencils & a Journey Blending Brush filled with water to color my angel. I left the wings uncolored, added glue & sprinkled with Sparkle Cuts. I cut my little angel out with the matching die.

Next I worked on the Whip Cream card base. I stamped the sentiment from Be Happy in Lavender Fusion. I took the large stars from Create Confetti, stamped them in clear ink & embossed with White Embossing powder.  They are subtle but add great tone on tone interest to the card with a bit of shine. After the Splash sheet was dry, I cut a circle out with Journey Circles & popped it & the angel on the circle with Journey Foam Squares.

Next up on the hop is Betsye’s blog.

It’s a short but fun hop this month! Please leave some love in the comments of each artist, it’s always appreciated.

2. Heather 
3. Ruth Cooper – You are here
Thanks for stopping by! Have a Fabulous Week!
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!
Cards, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey

February Card Buffet Part 1

Welcome back to my blog!

I’m  running a bit behind my goal to get 2 blog posts in a week but determined to make this week work. Life is still just upside down enough that I also am not getting my samples done as early as I’d like but I’m improving.

Most months of 2017 I will be offering a Card Buffet on the last Saturday of the month. It will include 8 cards for $1 each & you can make as many as you like. Now in order to keep it budget friendly these are simple, basic cards with just a touch of WOW. Also at this price point everyone is required to bring their own adhesives. It works really well & leftover card kits are modified either for Cards for the Troops or the Salvation Army to bless others.

In this post, I am highlighting the first 4 cards.

   

These cards feature our FSJ ATS stamps, perfect size for quick cards as well as Artist Trading cards and very affordable for starting your stamp collection. I also used our newest embossing folders for a bit of dimension. Fun! You can check out the newest products in the Bloom This Way mini catalog, but you’ll need to hurry as this is the last month before the Spring into Summer catalog launches April 1st.

  

These cards are so yummy! I cased the butterfly idea from a fellow coach because it’s so pretty. If you are not a Bloom Box subscriber you are going to have to wait a couple of months to purchase the butterfly. Bloom Boxes are so much fun & at $24.95 plus shipping a great way to treat yourself to a new stamp set & 4 cards kits, plus learn some new techniques each month. Bloom Boxes are a 6 month minimum commitment. You’ll get to play with brand new stamp sets a full 3 months before they are released for everyone to buy.

I used Panpastels on both of these cards for the fabulous bold color. On the banner card, I stamped the background in clear pigment ink & then colored with the Panpastels. The butterfly is stamped in Black Licorice & then colored.

Thanks for popping by! Stay tuned for Part 2 of the February Card Buffet.