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.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Important Things...

The important things is a journaling model that I was introduced to spring a year ago.  I embraced this model and used in during my journey with Leukemia to journal -- for me it served two purposes -- it was a coping for me to write my thoughts and feelings down and it also became a tool to share updates with my friends and family through my Caring Bridges site.

When Close To My Heart announced the guidelines for this year's Layout Contest and that the focus was on journaling, I knew this was what I wanted to create a layout using.  Below is my contest entry, which I am humbled to say, was chosen as one of the winning entries.  I took little bits and pieces of my journaling and pulled them all together to tell my story.  

Full Spread with 4" x 12" Flip Flap closed

Left side with 5" x 7" flip flap open & top 3" x 4" flip flap open

5" x 7" Flip Flap journaling:  
"The important thing about today is that my heart is filled with hope.  Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.  Many words are used for synonyms of hope:  aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, await, goal, design, dream.  These synonyms define my heart right now.  I believe in wishing on stars…my wish is for the Leukemia cells will not return to my blood.  My desire if for the next 2 weeks to move quickly, uneventfully, and with no obstacles.  I anxiously await my next bone marrow biopsy to be clear and to enable me to go home.  I aspire to be home in time to celebrate Nicholas’ 14th birthday.  My dream for when I leave the hospital is to go to the beach, and witness the ocean, in all its majesticness, with family.  My expectation is that this journey will continue to be challenging but my plan is to continue to fight with grace, faith, courage and dignity.  My goal is to lead a life of joy and to find the joy within every situation.  My ambition is to live a life that I design not one that the Leukemia lays out for me.  But, the important thing about today is that my heart is filled with hope."

5" x 7" Circle journaling:
"The important thing about today is that I am alive and I am fighting.  The sun came up again this morning and it is a new day. Yesterday is behind me.  I can see His beautiful mountains from my window which makes me smile.  My medical team are holding my hands and guiding me with compassion, dignity and knowledge.  I am persevering. I am overwhelmed by the love of my friends and family.  My body, and my blood, may be broken, but my heart is full.  I am not where I WANT to be but I am where I NEED to be.  This is ME.  I am filled with hope and faith.  But the important thing about today is that I am alive and I am fighting."

left side with 5" x 7" flip flap open and bottom 3" x 4" flip flap open

3" x 4" Flip Flap journaling:  
"The important thing about today is that my hair is gone and I am still smiling.  My hair has been increasingly falling out and with each clump in my hands, I have found my emotions growing.  So today, my dear friend, who has cut my hair since I moved to Virginia, came to cut what was left of my hair.  If someone was going to shave it I wanted her to be “my person”.  My nurse filled my day with sunshine, and smiles.  She helped ease the way.  She added a little soft humor which went such a long way.  My husband was here for support.  I thought he would have a hard time but instead he hugged me, kissed my head and called me beautiful.  My friend laughed with me and made me feel normal during the entire process.  She was wonderful.  And it filled my heart.  I thought it would be absolutely horrible but really, it was not.  I thought I wouldn’t be able to cope with it, but I am coping.  I thought the reflection in the mirror would be frightful, but it was not.  It was just different. Once my hair was cut, we pulled out the scarves and she taught me how to tie them.  I felt like I was  a little girl playing dress up. There was laughter and smiles. Instead of feeling sad, I found myself feeling empowered and even a little confidant that I could do this.  When all was said and done, I was relieved and felt a sense of peace.  I am sure there will still be emotional ups and downs along this “bald-journey”, but for now, I am okay."

Full spread with 4" x 12" flip flap open

right side with 4" x 6"

circle journaling:
October 7th:  The important thing about today was that the Lord carried me through the day when I needed Him most.

October 7th:  I pray for my children.  They are struggling with my diagnosis - each in his/her own way.  They are just so young to have this on their little shoulders.  I see their tears and I just ask that the Lord provide comfort to them.

October 9th:  The important thing about today is that I have angels watching over me.  I believe in angels.  I believe that there are angels here on earth and angels in the Heavens and I believe there are some of both watching over me,

October 11th:  The important thing about today is that I am alive and I am fighting.  My Halloween costume is now complete - I have petechia over about 95% of my body.   My entire body itches beyond anything I have EVER experienced.

October 18th:  The important thing about today is that my day was filled with sunshine!  My husband hung a string with clips across my window so I could see all the beautiful cards that my friends and love ones have sent - each a little dose of sunshine.  I absolutely have no doubt my room is the most beautiful in the hospital.  Most certainly the most artsy!

October 25th:  The important thing about today is the I know "when I do through deep waters God is with me".  My old PICC line had some infection in it as well as a great deal of damaged skin around it that made it challenging to deal with so I was given a new PICC line.

November 21st:  The important thing about this week is that I am grateful beyond all measure.

right side with 3" x 4" flip flap open

I have had several ask that I teach this layout as a class, and offer it as a kit so I have decided to do so.  I decided because this was such an important journey for me that I would give $10 from each kit/class to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through Team in Training and all $10 from the purchase of the digital files.  The kits may be purchased in my Square Shop at:  For those who would like the digital file, you may purchase that is my Square shop as well for $10 (all $10 going to LLS) or you may make your donation directly on my Team In Training Site ( to have the receipt for your taxes.  

Supplies used:
X7244B True Love Paper Pack, X5994 Ballerina cs, X6027 White Daisy cs, Documented Dots (retired), Z3230 3" x 4" Flip Flaps, Z3231 4" x 6" Flip Flaps, Z3232 5" x 7" Flip Flaps, X5993 Sage cs, Z4182 Thin Cuts - Stitched Hearts, Z4309 Thin Cuts -  Shaker Window and Confetti, D1860 You Are My Sunshine stamp set, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Ink, Z679 Liquid Glass, Z4088 White Alphabet Foam Stickers.

Special note:  the 4" x 12" Flip Flap is not included in the kits however the materials to create this element are included in the event that you have, or have access to a 4" x 12" flip flap as this item is retired.