Sunday, September 29, 2019

Share the Seasons card workshop

Introducing my new card workshop that features the National Stamping Month Share the Seasons special.  The special includes several purchasing options to best fit your needs - I purchased the complete bundle and loved using all of it!  Whimsical, and adorable, the stamped designs are so stinkin' cute!  And the Thin Cuts just added to the fun!

Inspired by Pinterest

Inspired by a consultant - still looking for original artist

Inspired by Janice Gilhooley

Inspired by Janice Gilhooley

Inspired by Kathy Carson

Supplies used:  (Z2480) Tri-Blend Marker Orange, (Z2496) Tri-Blend Marker Pale Pink, (Z2478) Tri-Blend Marker Earth Brown, (Z2485) Tri-Blend Marker Light Green, (Z4223) Red Shimmer Brush, (Z4234) Black Shimmer Brush, (Z3293) Clear Shimmer Brush, (Z3314) Black and White Dots, (1385)White Daisy cs, (X6047) Black cs, (X6038) Candy Apple cs, (X5951) Espresso cs, () Green Apple cs, (Z2060) Thin 3-d Foam Tape, (Z3341) Thin 3-d Foam dots, (Z2805) Black exclusive ink pad, (Z6513) Green Apple exclusive ink pad, (Z6509) Candy Apple exclusive ink pad, (Z2829) Espresso exclusive ink pad, (X254) Value Card Bases and Envelopes, (Z1809) Black Shimmer Trim, (Z3563) Diamond Stickles, (retired) Stargazer Dots, (CC9195) Share the Seasons Bundle.  These items may be purchased on my website here:

These cards are available as a kit in my In All Sassiness Designs shop.  Click here to see them.  The kit includes 2 each of 7 designs and a full package of Thin 3-d Foam dots.  Participants may also purchase the Tri-Blend Markers (Pale Pink, Orange, Earth Brown and Light Green) and the Shimmer Brushes (Red, Black, Clear) for $5 each or, of course, could use colors they already have.  

Friday, September 27, 2019

Peace, love and joy.

Old meets new and together they can create fabulous artwork!  I love that we keep the same color palettes from year to year and just update come of the colors!  I created a layout as an i.e. for my crop next weekend that you can go back and use older items in your stash and pair them with new collections and the results can be amazing!  This paper, called Evensong - Creative Basics - is multiple years old but it was one of my absolute favorites so I (OMG) hoarded it.  When I saw this layout design on our new Complete Creativity Cricut Cartridge, I had to bring the paper out of the archives and create with it.  Luckily for me, New England Ivy is still a popular, and current, color and now it is two-toned allowing me to use the softer side of NEI for my bases.  This is an awesome perk as the weight of our patterned paper years ago was very thin compared to what we have now, and having it backed on cardstock was quite helpful.  The details in this Cricut designed layout create quite the harmony together.  If you look closely (click on the photo for a larger view if need be), you will see that the wreath is three layers deep - the first, loose leaves, the second - a wreath of the NEI printed paper and the third Colonial White (now retired).  Other details to note: there are scallops on the top borders, and a very intricate design in the photo mats on the right page.  

Supplies used:  CTMH Complete Creativity Cricut Collection (see below to order).  (retired) Evensong Creative Basics; (retired) New England Ivy ribbon; (retired) Red glitter gems.  (retired) Colonial White cs.  (X5959) New England Ivy cs; (Z2060) Thin 3-d Foam Tape.

A very limited supply of this layout is available in my In All Sassiness Designs shop for $15.  They are pre-cut for you, include bulk embellishments, detailed instructions and a color photo to assist you in the creation process.  You can combine with other kits there to save on shipping cost.  Click here to see the kits.

To order the CTMH Complete Creativity Cricut Collections, click here and I will receive a small commissions (and thank you!) as CTMH consultants are now also official affiliates of Cricut.

Have a delightful day!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunflower cards

Don't these sunflower cards just brighten your day?  And make you smile?  I adore sunflowers and they always bring a smile to my heart, but they never seem to last very long (which I have no doubt is contributed to my extreme lack of a any sort of green thumb!) but these cards will help those sunflowers last a little bit longer and hopefully have the same result - bringing a smile to the recipient's face!  Created, and inspired by Pinterest, I created these cards to reflect various styles and techniques using Close To My Heart's Sunflower stamp/Thin Cuts and our fabulous Cricut Collections - Flower Market and Complete Creativity!  I also opted to use multi-types of embellishments for the variety, but in recreating them you of course could use just one or two styles (no doubt the power of the bling!)

They will be available at my (rescheduled) Sunflower Event on Friday, September 20th (from 2-10PM) and Saturday, September 21st (from 9am-8PM) at the Timberville Church of the Brethren as a part of my card buffet, or you can purchase the pre-stamped, pre-cut kit or the digital files from me in my In All Sassiness Designs Shop by clicking here.

For the stamped images, I used the Sunflower Sympathy Thin Cuts and stamp set.  This stamp was a lot of fun to create with as the sunflower itself is stamped in three layers - I tried all sorts of color combinations and fell in love with many of them - each one was a little different sort of like the flowers themselves!  On the Sangria Sunflower, I even painted the center with the Gold Shimmer Brush to create that wow! effect.  I also love the sympathy sentiments that this set features - many of my card makers are always looking for nice sympathy sentiments and this one certainly provides them.  Most of the sentiments were stamped with the September Stamp of the Month - Random Acts of Cardness - which in only available during the month of September when you place a $50 qualifying order on my website.  This is most certainly a sentiment stamp that I will hold onto as the sentiments really spoke to me!  


Z3544 Sunflower Sympathy Stamp and Thin Cuts
(S1909) September Stamp of the Month - Random Act of Kindness

Additional supplies used: (retired) Bronze sequins, (retired) Gold Sparkles, (retired) Burlap Ribbon, (X6034) Sangria cs, (Z3569) Sangria Ribbon, (currently unavailable) Sangria Exclusive Ink Pad, (X5951) Espresso cs, (Z2829) Espresso Exclusive Ink Pad, (Z3312) Gold Glitter Gems, (Z4054) Gold Embellishing Thread, (Z3316) Gold Shimmer Brush, (X5961) Saffron cs, (Z2851) Saffron Exclusive Ink pad, (X7249B) Hawthorn Paper Pack, (X9007) Mix-Ins Paper Pack, (Z4065) Rose Gold Loose Sequins, (Z4235) Gold Loose Sequins, (Z4304) Silver Loose Sequins, (Z341) Mini Glue Dots, (X254) Value Pack Cards and Envelopes, ()Thin 3-d Foam Tape.  These items may be purchased by clicking here.
To order the Complete Creativity and Flower Market Cricut Collections, click here and I will receive a small commissions (and thank you!).

Make sure to have a sunflowery day and create something beautiful today!
Sassfully yours,

Friday, September 13, 2019

Autumn Days Layout

Tonight I want to share with you a layout that I created with Close To My Heart's new Complete Creativity Cricut Cartridge.  I love the autumn colors used in the layout!!  The layout was very easy to create -- just cut it out with the Cricut, adhere the color backings to the overlays, adhere the overlay and embellish!  Truly, it was as simple as that!

The left side is the exact image as found on the cartridge just re-sized slightly so that the photo mat held a standard 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" photo.  The right page, was inspired by my up-line Tina Sutton.  For this page, we took the images on the left page, separated them, and then created a border for the bottom of the right page.  The Fern and Canary leaves and the Ruby heart are popped up on Thin 3-d Foam tape for dimension.  Once this was done, the mats were adhered and embellishments were added.  Truly, simple.  fast. easy.

Supplies used: (Z2060) Thin 3-d Foam tape, (retired) Florence Sequins, (retired) Cream Burlap Ribbon, (X5962) Goldrush cs, (X5951) Espresso cs, (X5960) Fern cs, (X5982) Canary cs, (X5965) Ruby cs, (X5950) Toffee cs, (X5959) New England Ivy cs, (X5946) Linen cs.  

This layout will be featured at my Sunflower event tomorrow from 5-9PM at the Gathering Place in Harrisonburg, VA.  If you love the layout, and can't make it to the event, you can also purchase it in my In All Sassiness Designs Shop!

To order your own copy of Complete Creativity, click here!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Complete creativity in action!

So yesterday, I shared that Close To My Heart had released a new digital Cricut collection called Complete Creativity and I shared a layout that I created within Design Space using one of the collections new images.  Today, I want to share with you a layout that I created with the cartridge where I made minimal changes to the original design.

So this is the image as shown in the collection.
And this is the image when I open it up in Design Space.

And here is my finished layout - basically, I took all of the white images and changed 
those to either the dark or light side of Espresso.

For those who would like to create this layout with my color changes, here is the design space file:  (note you need to own Complete Creativity to utilize this file.  To purchase Complete Creativity, click here.).

For my colors, these are the Close To My Heart cardstock colors that I used:
dark brown: Espresso - dark side (X5951) (2 sheets)
light brown:  Espresso - light side (X5951) (1 sheet)
yellow: Saffron - dark side (X5961) (1 sheet)
blue:  Sapphire - dark side (X5957) (1 sheet)
dark green: New England Ivy dark side for leaves and light side for the veins (X5959) (1 sheet)
light green:  Fern dark side for leaves and light side for the veins (X5960) (1 sheet)
bases:  Mink - light side (X5947) (3 sheets) (also used for journaling mat)
You can order these shades of cardstock now in sets of 24 sheets per color or as a make your own combination of 12 or 24 sheets.  Click here to order.  I love this new option for which makes on-line classes so much easier!!!  (and stay tuned to more about my on-line class offerings!)

Additional creation notes:
1.  The coordinating exclusive ink colors were used to sponge the edges of the pieces and the tops of the butterflies.  The leaves' edges were sponged and the top of the veins were inked.  Fern (Z2850), Espresso (Z2829), New England Ivy (Z2835), Saffron (Z2851), Sapphire (Z2848).
2.  The leave tips (ends) were popped up with alternating Thin (Z2060) and Thick Foam Tape (Z1151) and some were adhered flat to show depth.
3.  The butterflies are popped up in the centers with Thick 3-d foam tape and their tips with Thin 3-d foam tape.
4.  A Bonding Memories Glue or Dual Tip Multi Bond Glue Pen (Z3441) works best to adhere veins to leaves, the filigree outlines to the butterflies and the "so thankful" outline to the bases.
5.  Accent layout with sparkles, gems, sequins or other embellishments as desired.  I used the retired Bronze Sequins.

I hope you have fun creating!  And for those who would rather have the option of a pre-cut kit, verses cutting your own, you may purchase a pre-cut kit in my In All Sassiness Designs shop.  If you are attending my BINGO open house, this will be one of your projects so need to pre-order it.

Complete Creativity is now live!

Close To My Heart has a new digital Cricut cartridge that was introduced today - Complete Creativity!  I am so excited to share it with you!  It has seasonal layout and card projects that you can create as is, or alter to fit your needs (as I have done here).  And even better, now, all Close To My Heart consultants are Cricut Affiliates!  Exciting!  To order this new cartridge, or any of Close to My Heart's retired collections, you simply click on my affiliate link then shop away.  You can also grab any needed supplies (mats, blades, machines) while you are there and I will receive credit for those too!  Here is my personal affiliate link!

Here are just a few of the projects that you can create!

Now that I have told you about the cartridge, let me share with you some artwork that I created using this cartridge.  I began with a one-page 8 1/2" x 11" layout design.

I manipulated the image to turn this 8 1/2" x 11" page into a 12"x 12" 2 page layout.

And then added our new Sangria Ribbon, Golden Rod Stickles, Gold Thread and Loose Gold Sequins to embellish the layout.

Here are a few close ups of the sunflowers:

I will be teaching this layout at my Sunflower Event on Friday, September 13th at the Gathering Place in Harrisonburg.  Participants may register to take the class for a discounted rate of $12.00 which will include all the needed pre-cut materials to create the layout.  For those not attending the class, the physical kit may be purchased in my In All Sassiness Designs Shop for $15.00 or as a digital file for $8.00.  You do need to own the Complete Creativity Digital cartridge to access the digital files.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Adventure - No Worries

No Worries! I still love this retired paper collection and have been working with it all summer!  This is my favorite of the layouts that I have created thus far and I love it so much I am saving it for my trip to Tahiti with my daughter Abby, and Close To My Heart in April.  The left side of this layout was inspired by a single page layout created, and shared, by fellow consultant Jennifer Smith.  I have thought about this layout since I first saw it so I reached out and asked to use it for inspiration, and creation.  

The planks on both pages are from a piece of patterned paper that is cut apart, distressed using a distressing tool, and then inked with Whisper Ink  (you could use another shade of grey --Mink or Heather -- if you don't have Whisper as it is now retired) and then adhered back together.  Once the planks are adhered down, comes the fun part of creating clusters of embellishments - a mixture of stickers, chipboard pieces, ribbon and stamped images.

Supplies used:  (retired) No Worries paper pack, No Worries Compliments, Footloose WTG stamp set, Whisper Exclusive Ink Pad, Whisper cardstock, Thin Cuts - Scalloped Border, Wooden pieces.  (Z3293) Clear Shimmer Brush.  (X5946) Linen cardstock.  (Z2895) Lagoon Exclusive Ink.  (X5968) Lagoon cardstock.  (Z2848) Sapphire Exclusive Ink.  (X5950) Toffee Exclusive Ink.

I have a few of these kits left for sale in my In All Sassiness Designs Shop.  You can view them by clicking here.