How to enjoy the holidays & a Freebie

Hi Friends,

I know I haven’t shared a lot in the past week, to be honest I have been buried in projects that I can’t share at the moment, I’ve just been working away like a busy bee trying to get a jump on things before the holiday season is in full swing.

I really enjoy the holiday season but that was not always the case.  I grew up in a house with a lot of turmoil around the holidays so to be honest the holidays used to be my least favorite time of year.  As a matter of fact I used to tell my husband that I hated Christmas -yeah I know there are many who are saying … WHAT???  How could you hate Christmas.   Then there are those of you who – get it.

Either way that has all changed for me now and I fully embrace the holiday season, and I’d like to share a little bit with all of you how I was able to “flip this Sh*t around” so to speak.

I actually started to look at why I hated the Holidays so much, what was causing me to wish they would just not come this year.  So if you are feeling the same way, I would recommend you make a list and do it now. The sooner you do then the sooner you can change your feelings about the holidays – below is my list and after each one in pink is what I did to change my situation / feeling.

  • I disliked having to go to my extended family on the holidays just to be critiqued or have my little family critiqued – Quite frankly Just stopped going, I didn’t want to hurt peoples feelings so I would make up little white lies but once I didn’t have to go anymore my anxiety level went way down.  Because lets face it you have a whole year to do what everyone else wants you to do if that’s what you choose, it doesn’t have to be around the holidays.  
  • I disliked that at the last minute I was the one wrapping all the gifts and my husband always wanted to shop at the last minute for more things that I ended up wrapping (sorry but he’s so slow at this task lol) – I set him a deadline and when we start to go out shopping – he will always say oh we don’t need to get that now and now I say yes we are getting the shopping done and out of the way if you want to get it for (fill in the name) then let’s get it now.  At first he bucked at this a bit but I’m a tough lady (sometimes you just have to be lol) and I pushed and you know what? he’s pretty much used to it now.

  • I hated that my husband would always shop for me the day before Christmas which meant that instead of spending time together he was out shopping again another deadline for him lol, but you know what we talk about it way in advance so that this doesn’t happen and for the most part it has worked out.  He knows that it’s more important to me that he and I to spend time together than it is for me to have a bunch of gifts.
  • I disliked feeling like there was so much to do and to get ready but I was the only one that was doing  –  leaving me no time to actually enjoy the holiday season we talk about things ahead of time and see who is going to do what task, and what we plan to do together ( and both my husband and son help out a lot!).  Then we MAKE time to do fun holiday things.  Every year our local park has a 3 mile lights on the lake that you can go to and before it officially opens they have a night where you can walk through them in the evening.  It’s a tradition now that we go.   We head to Starbucks early grab a peppermint mocha and then head out for the 3 mile walk.  We have a lot of other things that we do as well, such as a near by Village has what they call a Dickens Christmas. We spend a day there walking through the village shops, sipping hot coffee or cocoa and then having a late afternoon lunch as this beautiful restaurant on the lake.  

So the moral of my story (and yeah it was a long one lol) is that the Holidays are Beautiful and Magical and wonderful to me now because I choose to let them be.  I let go of all the other “stuff” that was not important and made the holidays about spending time with those I love.  And I hope that my sharing all of this helps at least one person out there that might be feeling the same way. That maybe this can help you start to enjoy the holiday season!❤️

Okay moving on to some art!

I have been unable to get my hands on the new Jane Davenport collection and finally yesterday I was able to get the aquapastels and a package of the confetissue pieces.  So here I share a little info- video of my take on them. Someone asked if they were like gelatos and I would have to say no.  Once they are dry they are pretty set – they don’t continue to move but if you added more water they might- they seem more like a watercolor to me but definitely  not as creamy as a watercolor crayon.

A little peek at things I have been working on

I wanted to let you in on a little secret – Saturday the Stencilgirl team is having a magnificent Holiday hop so be sure to stop back in for some amazing inspiration and start your holiday crafty season on the right foot!

Now I can’t spoil what’s in store but I can share a little sneak peek with you – below and let you know that my project has a bit of Old World Holiday – Vintage Flair to it.

November here in the States

is known as the month of giving thanks.  Many of you have already begun the Gratitude Junk Journal online workshop with us.  For those who want to still want to sign up you can click here to join we are only on day 2 so not much to catch up on.  Also for those who might not know this is a “go at your own pace class” which makes it all that more amazing and you don’t have to worry about finishing each part right away or even in sequence.

Now a little something for all of you

to show my thanks for all your continued support!  I will probably be saying it over an over especially this month but I want you to all know that you are truly appreciated.  Throughout the year you share my posts, you leave me love and comments on all of the different socials media sites and here, You have bought my products, you have joined my workshops and you have shown me love and kindness that just cannot be thanked enough.

So throughout the month I will be giving back to all of you.  Today I have a beautiful free collage sheet for you to download, just signup below and your collage sheet will be immediately emailed to you.

Thank you my friends for all you do throughout the year!

xoxo – Sherry

Upcoming things to look for:

11/4 – Holiday Blog hop with StencilGirl Creative Team

11/6 – Monday will be the first post of a new blog series and you won’t want to miss this!

11/6 -November’s Newsletter will be going out 11/6 with the free monthly download -Be sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter here – this month’s download is all about tags so don’t miss out!

I also have another “BIG” secret that I can’t say much about yet other than I have something amazing planned for 2018 and I’m dying to share with all of you. I am hoping that by the beginning of December I will be able to!  So be on the look out for sneak peeks here and there on my different social media sites! ❤️

 

An Artist I admire

Friends I’m excited to share with you all that I am a guest Artist in an online class with one of my most admired Artists – Traci Bautista.

We are both Guest Artists – along with several other amazing artists – teaching in Hacking the color wheel session 2

I had the great fortune to meet Traci at the September Retreat that I went to in Kentucky – photo below.

So it seems pretty surreal now teaching in the same online workshop with her.

  Hacking the Color Wheel Session 2

I urge you to check out the link here for all the details.   I am most excited about is the fact that Traci is Teaching a live session.  Since I taught in session 1 and have been to the live sessions I can tell you that it’s the next best thing to being right there in person.  You get to interact with the teacher and the other students and other teachers that attend,  and you can bet that I will certainly be there!

In my class we will be learning how to layer watercolors to create depth, below is a little sneak peek of my class 

You will walk away with a set of cards that will provide you will new color palettes to use, as well as a better understanding on how to layer, what colors give you the best depths and the difference between layering and mixing.

Here is a look at the other amazing artists and you can still sign up for Session 1 here  so you can see what we did in the first round of classes.

 

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend my friends !!

xoxo – Sherry

Gratitude Workshop Winner

Hi Friends,

I’m excited to announce the winner of the free spot in the Gratitude Junk Journal is:

Hi Sherry – I shared a link to your awesome looking workshop on Facebook. Let’s see something i’m grateful for: 1. that Pumpkin Spice season is only so long and 2. For creativity in all of us.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated.  For those who are still interested in getting in on this beautiful workshop there is still time to take advantage of the early bird special and receive $10 your enrollment. – no coupon needed.

Want to know more about my class in this Collaborative?

My special class focuses on the gratitude of loss and sadness and although the class is focused on gratitude it is also focused on art. Specifically in my class we will be exploring the use of liquid ink in our art journals, creating a delicate and meaningful background to add our focal image to that has depth and meaning.

Have you been wanting to incorporate a face into your art journaling but unsure how to?  Let me guide you step by step into creating a beautiful soulful face with eyes that have meaning and intensity.  This class is for beginners through advanced, and along the way we will cheer each other on in the online group and create beautiful connections through this class of Gratitude.  Click here to reserve your spot today

Wishing everyone a beautiful and relaxing evening!!

xoxo – Sherry

The Empowered Creative Woman Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of the Empowered Creative Woman Workshop

Hi Friends, I’m Sherry Canino and I will be your Artist Guide for this week’s class.  If you were with us last week welcome back, if you are new to the class welcome I’m so happy to have you here!!

I want to send out a HUGE Thank you to all of you who joined us for week one and for all of those who have shared their art, commented and left uplifting feedback for others as well as myself in the group.  You all fill my heart up with so much love, it’s overwhelming and I can’t thank you all enough!  I adore each and everyone of you and appreciate that you share your time with me!!

Here are a list of this weeks prompts:

  • Peaceful

  • Free or Be Free

  • Using your voice

  • Emotional Freedom

  • Freedom

  • Being heard

  • Letting go

The prompts are only to give you some guided inspiration in your journey and for your creative process.  Feel free to incorporate one, several, all or none into your art.  The choice is yours again there is no right or wrong – only what feels right and good to you.

This week I chose to use some butterflies in my art journal page, although to many they represent change, to me they have always represented being free and this can mean being free in any sense that you want for me its kinda like freedom from emotional baggage or emotional overload.  This to me is key into being able to find my voice, being able to be heard and being free to just be ME!

So without further ado here are this weeks videos.  The first one is just a short intro and because I wanted to pop in and say hi to all of you lovelies!! 🙂

Intro Video

Creative Video 1

Creative Video 2

Here is a list of products used in this weeks video:

Jane Davenport watercolors, white gesso, matte acrylic paints (Folk Arts and Blick Arts), heavy gel matte medium, charcoal pencils – black and white, black gel pen, black Identi pen, Wendy Vecchi script stamp, Carabelle Studio life is good stamp, brown archival stamp pad, ephemera

Again thank you so much for sharing your time with me and all of us this week.  I will see you all over in the Facebook group.  If you want to share your projects online feel free to do so tag me if you’d like, and be sure to use the hashtag:  #theempoweredcreativewoman

Be Free and Empowered Beautiful Friends

xxoo – Sherry

The Empowered Creative Woman Week 1

Welcome to week one of the Empowered Creative Woman Workshop

Hello!! I’m Sherry Canino and I will be your Artist Guide for this weeks class.  I’d like to start off by saying thank you to each and everyone of you for being here and sharing your time with me.  I for one know that there are tons of online classes and workshops out there, and having all of you beautiful souls participate in mine is a pure blessing!  So THANK YOU!!❤️

I have an introduction video below that is labeled Video 1 – this is where you should start as it lays the foundation for what we are doing in the creative videos that follow.

As you embark on this creative journey with Leslie and I please remember that there is no right or wrong way for you to create your journal pages or art.  There is no better than someone else or not as good as someone else, there is simply a FABULOUS group of ladies all on different paths and at different stages of our journey.  Please if you haven’t joined the Facebook group do so here is the link, here you can feel comfortable and safe to share your photos and connect with myself and others during this workshop.

Here is a list of this week prompts:

  • Empowerment

  • Individuality 

  • Fierce

  • Strength

  • Serene

  • Peaceful

  • Safe

  • Tranquil 

  • Spirit

The prompts are only to give you some guided inspiration in your journey and for your creative process.  Feel free to incorporate one, several, all or none into your art.  The choice is yours again there is no right or wrong – only what feels right and good to you.

Video 1 – Introduction

You do not have to immediately jump into the creative videos if you don’t want.  You can take some time prepare your space, get in a comfortable setting, pull out your supplies and do the creative videos as time allows and as you feel drawn to do so.  Remember this is not a race this is a workshop to be done at your own pace when it feels good to you.❤️

Here are your creative videos for this week I hope you enjoy them!!❤️❤️

Creative Video #1

Creative Video #2

 

Creative Video #3

 

Here are My Final pages – the next day I went back in and added some leaves to the flower in here hair – this to me added what I was looking for to kind of ground it to my page.  I also added little bit here and there with a script stamp that I have by Pam Carriker using a brown Archival Ink stamp pad.  I also wrote some positive affirmations in her hair that I need for myself on this creative journey.

Here is a list of items I used in my art journal this week:

Jane Davenport Watercolors, charcoal pencil, dip pen and ink, ephemera, water color crayons, matte acrylic paints, script stamp, white gesso

Again thank you so much for sharing your time with me and all of us this week.  I will see you all over in the Facebook group.  If you want to share your projects online feel free to do so tag me if you’d like, and be sure to use the hash tag #theempoweredcreativewoman

Be Fierce and Empowered my dear friends!!

Sherry xxoo

 

 

The Empowered Creative Woman

Free Online Workshop –

Hosted by myself, Sherry Canino and Leslie Ackman

 

Good morning dear friends,

I am so happy you are here with me today as I make this very special and exciting announcement.  Leslie Ackman has decided to join me in hosting this beautiful online workshop and we are bringing this to all you beautiful souls for free.  I do hope that you will join us. I have created this little video as an introduction and hope that you will join us each week here on our blogs for weekly inspiration, love and uplifting support as we make our way through this brand new online workshop.

A little bit about Leslie Ackman, you can check out her blog here 

I also wanted to share a little bit of her art as well so you can see her beautiful style

Week 1 will start next week on Thursday July 20th, you will find the first post here on my blog along with the video.  The first week we will be focusing on Empowerment and what does that mean to you.  We will also be creating our “safe, calm, tranquil space” for this workshop.

Supplies:  USE WHAT YOU HAVE!  Paper for creating on – some type of medium to create with, and an open heart and open mind.

Supplies I will have on hand for week 1 and may be using

  • An art Journal (or single sheet of paper – I haven’t decided if I’m going to work in a book yet)
  • Paint – acrylic and water colors
  • black pen / marker
  • white gel pen
  • magazines
  • old fabric (if you have old clothes that you are going to discard you can use that )
  • Other items you might want to have on hand:  A few items that are special to you – can be a photo or photos – a something you made or were given, something that inspires you (don’t worry too much about this as it will all be gone over in the first video next week)

Don’t worry if you don’t have some of what’s listed above use what you have this is not about “stuff”

Be sure to follow my blog as well as Leslie’s Blog so you don’t miss any of our posts for the classes.  All the videos will be on our blog that will be the only place to find and watch them, they will not be directly on our youtube channels.

I hope that all of you are as excited about this as I am.   It’s going to be an amazing heartfelt journey and I do hope that you will join us as we learn and grow together and uplift each other while finding our own voice.

Much peace and love xxoo

Sherry

Morning Inspiration & Online Workshop

Good morning friends.

It seems lately with summer upon us that my heart has been filled back up with inspiration. For the past month and a half I have been battling with family issues – my mom being sick and just so much has been weighing my heart down. So much that for a while I would sit at my art table and have absolutely no creativity come out of me. Because this has happened to me many times I knew enough not to try to force it as it would totally just leave me feeling frustrated. But with creative deadlines looming for the design teams I am on I do admit I was in a bit of a panic.

So what did I do……

Well not much haha. Bet you didn’t expect that answer. ❤️.

I have found what works for me is just sitting with my thoughts n feelings, allowing them to be inside of me – cry if I needed to but just allow myself to feel my feelings.

I will say that this is not an easy thing to do.   Especially when your feelings are those of hurt and pain, of things you can’t control, of things you just plain don’t want to feel.

I turned to my oracle cards, which I often do during times of stress and heartache. I would cleanse the air each morning and do a reading, asking the cards to give me the guidance I needed to keep moving forward. Praying I wouldn’t just get stuck.  Each time I would get the guidance I needed I would feel a tiny bit better but still my creativeness was on what seemed like permanent vacation without me.  You can see my readings on my Instagram posts here and here .

The other morning I woke up and inspiration hit me. I mean like totally not expecting it out of the blue hit me. I all of a sudden wanted to paint. I had so many ideas looming inside of me wanting to break free and this….. the most powerful feeling I have had since I came up with my Stencil Crush Tuesday Videos. The urge to create an online class. Not just any online class but one that would have meaning, one that would help others , one that would put me back in the creative game to inspire others and myself along the way.

So with that being said, in just a few short weeks I will be offering my first ever solo online workshop for FREE. Yes you heard that right for free. Why you might ask?  Because I want to give back to all of you, to the world, to the women out there that need this as much as I do.

In just a few short weeks I will be releasing “THE EMPOWERED CREATIVE WOMAN” workshop – designed to help women find their voice through art and creativity.

This free online workshop will include private videos created in real time, journal prompts, art techniques, inspiration to help you empower yourself.  But most of all it will include a lot of love and self love that we all need. There will be a private safe and nurturing Facebook group created for all of us to connect, to give each other support and lift each other up.

As this beautiful workshop is still in the works I will share more details as I get closer to the release.  Be sure to follow my blog and sign up to get notifications when I post on my blog so you won’t miss the realize of this class.  The only way to access this free online workshop will be through my blog.

For now I leave you will several photos that have inspired me today from my yard. Nature is so alive, so vibrant so full of peace and happiness. It brings a soothing feeling over me to gaze at the flowers being touched by the morning sunlight.


Wishing you all an amazing rose petals and flowers kinda day.

Xxoo Sherry

Announcing my first Online Workshop

Good Morning my sweet friends and Happy Monday to all of you.  Wow I am super excited to share with all of you today my first Online Workshop that I will be teaching in.

Many of you know how much I just LOVE color so very fitting that I would be teaching in a workshop called Hacking the Color Wheel.  And just look at the amazing lineup of teachers in this FABULOUS set of classes!!

If you are looking at this amazing lineup and are ready to sign up right now to take advantage of the early bird special you can do so right here.  There are also more details on the sign up site. registration opens May 1st at noon EST.

 

I have put together a little video about this amazing opportunity to learn more about color and using it in your art and there is also the details on how to WIN a spot in this wonderful class on my my video so check it out below

A little bit about my class and what you can expect – Demystifying Color to Create Depth and Mood

I will teach you how to create several mood / color cards and put them into a mini book (no sewing I promise 🙂 – these will serve as inspiration for the art journal pages and tag we will create, where you will learn how to use color to create depth in your projects. As a bonus we will put our pages we create into a mini art journal. You will leave this class feeling confident on making your own color combo choices, how to come up with new ones for inspiration when you are feeling stuck and learn my tips and tricks on creating depth in your work that I have not shared with anyone.  To Sign up now and take advantage of the early bird discount use this link here

Soooo now for some exciting news, I will be selecting one person to get a free spot in this class, this is for Session 1.  How can you enter to win this – well it’s going to be very simple –

1.  Subscribe to my Youtube Channel if you have not already

2.  Leave me a comment on my Video where I announce the class  telling me why you would like to win a spot in this class.

– See Super Simple.

I want to say a huge thank you and shout out to Kiala Givehand for inviting me to participate in this beautiful class and also to share with you a link to all of her online classes as well as “Hacking the Color Wheel” which I encourage you to check out here .

I encourage you to share this post and my video as well as the link to the class  with all of your friends who you think would love to learn more about color or enjoy this online class.

Okay friends if you have any questions about the class or giveaway – all the details are given in the description on my Youtube video so good luck to all and have a fabulous week filled with love and happiness.

xxoo – Sherry