Create a Joy Journal + My Current Read

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are”

-Marianne Williamson

Hi Friends,

For me it seems that durning Holiday time I become more mindful of all the blessings and happiness that has been bestowed upon me, but during the year it sometimes get a bit lost in the bustle of life.  I am sure I’m not the originator of this little book I’m about to share with you, but it has become a bit of my personal go to in life and helps to remind me when things are tough that I have a lot of “Joy” in my life.  At the end of the day I use it to write down all the things that have brought me joy that day, or anything good that has happened.  Just a bit of reflective time that I can have to reference in the future when things get a bit rough and I am feeling as if I have lost my Joy.  This would make a beautiful gift for a friend or a great stocking stuffer for a loved one!

Because this little “joy journal” is so special to me I wanted to share with all of you a creative and easy way to create your own.  So if you haven’t already stop on over to Tiare Smith Designs Blog, and let me know what you think! 🙂

Before I leave you all for today I wanted to share my current read with all of you.  I just love books and I’m a seasonal book reader as well.  Meaning I love to read winter themed books in the winter and summer themed ones in the summer  – you get it.  So this year while at Barnes and Noble I spotted this adorable book.  Well I’m sure that you can all guess why I had to have it.  I didn’t even read what it was about I just bought it well – 2 actually lol.  One for me and one for a pug loving friend.  I am almost all the way through this book and it’s wonderful!  It’s not just about a pug and it’s a beautiful, funny and touching read.  I highly recommend it!

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

xo – Sherry

Tiare Smith Designs Creative Team

Good Morning Friends today I have my first post for the Tiare Smith Designs Creative Team over on Tiare Smith Designs Blog.  I’m excited to share this will all of you and hope you have a few minutes to stop over there to see my tutorial and show me some love.  It would truly mean so much to me!! ❤️

Check out some of the products by Tiare Smith Designs that were used in creating these tags here

Thanks so much friends for sharing your time with me today!!

xoxo – Sherry

Stencil Crush Tuesday & Giveaway

Hi Friends and thanks for joining me for another Stencil Crush Tuesday.  Hope that everyone had a beautiful holiday this past week or weekend if you celebrate.  I certainly enjoyed the lovely weather we had for the most part and YEAH my Autumn Cherry Trees and Weeping Cherry have started to blossom so excited.  Especially because the crazy weather we had last year where it warmed way up way too early and then we had several frosts and snow my trees last year didn’t get any blooms :(.  So I was thrilled to see the blossoming this weekend for sure!!

So to catch you all up on a few happenings in my life, March and the beginning of April have been very hard for me it is this time last year that my dad fell terminally ill (which we found out in March and lost him just 5 weeks later) that in turn spiraled things for me with my mom having dementia and having to find her a home.  So for the past few weeks I have honestly been in a funk.  I know….. you wouldn’t know it from my social media feeds as I don’t typically talk about things that are bothering me as I tend to really keep to myself and withdraw when times like this happen for me and I just need my quite space I guess with my family.  So if I have not been commenting or chatting etc lately as much on FB and IG well now you know where I’ve been.

So on with some happier news ….. well I have several creative things in the works that I have also have had my head buried in and will for a few more weeks that I am just bursting at the seams to share with you but can’t quite yet!  But soon I promise!!

So on to today’s video and giveaway ……what giveaway ???? yup you read that right all the details will be in the video details so be sure to check it out on my Youtube Channel and below is a photo of the prize!!

And of course without further ado today’s video 🙂

Stencil used in today’s video:  MB Makes Marks Pipette by MaryBeth Shaw

 

PRIZE GIVEAWAY :

 

Thanks so much for sharing your time with me today and for always showing so much love and support with all your amazing comments.  Be sure to enter the giveaway on my channel all the details are on my channel under this video’s details.  Have an amazing and peaceful week friends !!

xxoo Sherry

 

Painted pages on a budget

Recently a friend online asked about how to create pages without all the fancy stamps and stencils and products that they see me use.  So knowing that we all have other things in our lives that have to come first in our budgets I decided to create this video to share some ideas of things you can use and things that I do currently use that you probably already have laying around the house.

Hope you enjoy and wishing everyone a fabulous weekend ❤❤❤

 

Love / DecoArts Hop

Good Morning friends and welcome to the Jessica Sporn Designs Love / DecoArts Blog hop today I am hopping along with these amazing artists: Jessica Sporn , Karen Gaunt , Kristin Van Valkenburgh , Marit Barentsen ,  and Denise Alloca

And of course what would a blog hop be without an amazing giveaway?  The blog hop give away is this beautiful 7 Hearts Stencil shown below.  All you have to do is leave a comment here on my blog and then hop on over to the other Artists blogs see their gorgeous artwork and leave comments for chances to win.

The project I have to share with you today is Love themed in a Shabby Chic style and  centers on a quote that ended up coming up with since I couldn’t find one that I really liked.  And since Valentine’s day is about love I think it’s important to remember to love yourself so this is the quote on my page today:

“Your Love is Precious

Don’t Forget to give it

to the most important

Person in your life…..

You”

-Sherry Canino

Hope you enjoy watching the process of this art journal page

If you are interested in purchasing the stencils used in today’s video you can find them here:  Eastern Leaf, Lotus and Flower Repeat and Becoming

Thanks for visiting my blog and taking time out to watch my video, I do hope you enjoyed it,  Don’t forget to leave a comment below to be entered to win that gorgeous stencil and then stop over to see more amazing art work on these artists blogs and leave comments for more chances to win:   Jessica Sporn , Karen Gaunt , Kristin Van Valkenburgh , Marit Barentsen ,  and Denise Alloca   Comments close 9/13 at 9AM EST

The Winner will be announced on Jessica’s Blog on 9/14 at 9AM EST

Due to our Team blog hop today Stencil Crush Tuesday will happen on Wednesday (tomorrow) 2/8 – hope you will come back and join me for a super fun Stencil Crush day!!

Wishing all of you much peace, love and happiness always !! xxoo Sherry

Holiday Catch up and repurpose those Holiday Cards

Hi friends I truly hope everyone has been having an amazing holiday season.  I know for myself it’s always a bit of ups and downs along the way, but such is life and we just have to go with the flow or we get too bogged down in the what could have should have been nonsense.

So a bit of a holiday catch up here.  Below are some of my favorite ornaments on my tree.  They are “our first Christmas together” that Dan and I got way back in 1999 , the second pic is the oldest ornament on the tree from when I was in Kindergarten it has my name on it in glitter and the year 1978 (yeah I know along time ago lol), next is a pug in a stocking that my sister gave me years ago and then one of my sons Christmas pictures when he was 5 (1998).  Most of my tree is made up of very special ornaments, given to me from others from the time I was small.

 

And here is a pic of our tree Christmas morning

Here are some holiday pics from time spent with my mom

 

And some pictures of our Holiday at home with my husband, son and his girlfriend

 

Okay so now what have I been up to creatively well, more than you might think.

How about a little tutorial on how to repurpose those holiday cards into some tags- yes I know I too am all Holidayed out but if we do this quick now before putting them away then you will have them for next year when the time rolls around and you will remember YEAH they are all done.   So I started out with some clothing tags that I would have normally just thrown away.

And now take those holiday cards and some punches or if you don’t have any you can just wing it and cut out some of the pics in easy shape like squares.

 

Use some gesso and paint your tags and then select a color or 2 and paint your tags

add some more paint / colors with stencils, I choose a star stencil from Stencil Girl and used some red and gold with it.

next you can just glue on some of your cut outs, add some accents with a black pen and some doodles with a white pen, even add some glitter if you want – glitter makes everything look great and holiday-ish 🙂

Don’t forget the backs you can paint them or glue them to some of the cards and have a picture on the back as well

and here are the finished tags and I actually have lots more cutouts I can use later on or next year.

 

One more quick tip, so if you have some old calendars that you are going to just throw away STOP before you do lol.  I took one and cut it up for beautiful collage pieces and tags to use throughout the new year.  But they also make excellent art journals just gesso over then and bam you have a nice larger sized art journal.  They usually have thicker pages so they make a great choice for an art journal.

here are a bunch of the pieces I got out of just one of mine it was a sunflower one and I even cut out the names of the month in case I want to use those for a planner etc.

Just look at all these scrumptious pieces, this calendar had quotes at the bottom of each page so I cut those out as well or at least the ones I loved.

Thanks for letting me share with all of you hope everyone has an amazing evening xo

 

 

December StencilGirl Club Voices

Hello Hello Hello friends, it’s such an honor this month to be a part of StencilGirl Club Voices.  This month’s stencils are designed by Artist, Gwen Lafleur and are just simply amazing.  Here is what this month’s club stencils look like.

If you haven’t heard of Stencil Club before you totally need to check out all the details here.  Here are a few of the fun details about the club:  Each month you get 3 exclusive stencils, yup that’s right exclusive stencils that can not be purchased anywhere else.  Always created by one of the StencilGirl Artists and always amazing! I have been a part of the club for over a year now (yeah I know only a year – that’s only because I hadn’t heard of it before!).  You also get a wonderful video tutorial showing you how they used their stencils and that again is exclusive to club members and …….you get access to a private Facebook group that yup you got it is exclusive to club members.  Now I know you are thinking there are tons of FB groups for art and yup there are, but this one is sooo different, it’s super interactive with lots of the StencilGirl artists also being present and commenting / posting etc in the group and on your artwork.  Even the StencilGirl herself Marybeth is in the group all the time.  I honestly could go on and on but I think you get that it’s the most amazing Club out there and something you must check out for yourself.

Okay on to some art.  So what did I create with this month’s club stencils…… Well when I heard that the Artist was Gwen Lafleur I just knew that I wanted to do something regal with these and something that had some bling.  If you have ever seen Gwen’s art it is always filled with gold and gems and glitz (truly amazing!)

So I started out with a sketch of a girl, anyone who has been following me knows that I have been working on my “whimsical girls”

To draw the bottom of her dress I used this part of the stencil, when I saw it, it totally reminded me of a ball gown.

I first painted her face, this has several layers of both watercolor and acrylic paints.

I am working on a watercolor pad, so I took out some of my inktense pencils and a watercolor crayon and lightly scribbled some background color and used a wet brush to blend it out.  I wanted to keep the background more simple so not to take away from my “girl” as the focal point.

I painted her dress in a magenta, actually mixing in some of the left over face color.

I wanted her ball gown to have one of these gorgeous stenciled flowers and chose the larger of the two in the set and stenciled that in white and added some yellow in the center.  Later on I change my mind about the yellow and go back over it in a deep violet color.

 

These adorable motifs on the large stencil were perfect for adding some additional accents to the dress and I stenciled those using a white acrylic paint as well.

Now it’s time to give her a crown.  Using Cobalt Violet hue for the outline I stencil that first, then filled it in with the gold using a small paint brush.  Once dry I went back over it with the cobalt violet again and then use a small round paint brush to close up the stenciled lines so it no longer looks like a stencil but solid lines.

Now I do like the crown as it is but she’s royalty right?!  So I decided to add some glitter and gems

I used my stickles and put some on my palette and applied it with a small paintbrush to the crown, the 3 bottom diamond shapes on the crown I did not have a gem small enough to fit in them so I used the stickles from the bottle to fill them in creating what looked like a gem.

I ended up giving her a gem necklace and added some glitter to her dress as well on the flower and those little motifs I stenciled around the bottom.

Tying it all together I added 3 of the same motifs that I added to her dress to the top of the page and drew hearts hanging from them.  I used a purple identi-pen (marker) to draw the lines and hearts then added glitter to the motifs at the top as well.  Painted the hearts in with a turquoise blue and then she was done.

Thanks so very much for stopping by my blog, all your comments are cherished so if you have time to leave a comment it would mean so much to me.  If you want to get in on the action and get this month’s amazing club stencils here is the link once again.  Wishing everyone one a day filled with Royalty. xo

Holiday Blog Hop

 

Hi Friends and welcome to the Holiday Blog Hop for the Jessica Sporn Designs Creative team.  Today I am hopping along with Jessica Sporn, Kristin Van ValkenburgKaren Gaunt, and Denise Alloca to share some fabulous holiday creations  using Jessica Sporn Designs stamps and stencils.  ALSO ….. we have an amazing GIVEAWAY – Three Lucky commenter will win  One of these three beautiful items:  Jessica’s Blessings Stamp, Jessica’s Handmade ornament and Denise’s Love Memo Board/Photo Display (see the photos below of these gorgeous items) – all comments on all the blogs count so be sure to hop on by each blog and leave some love on each one.

 

Today I’m sharing something a bit different.  Today’s project I have used an old piece of wood that I found in my basement and altered it into a holiday / Christmas themed decoration.

I used a light layer of gesso to go over it mainly because when you paint on a piece of unsealed wood the paint tends to really seep in and you have to add several layers in order to get the color you are trying to achieve.

Next I used the “Doors and Windows Stencil”  selecting one of the doors and one of the windows that I thought went together and using some black Dylusions paint (because I wanted a matte finish and it’s the only matte black I have ) I stenciled the door and then the window right above it.  While it was still wet (takes a bit longer to dry on wood I’ve noticed) with some red matte acrylic paint and I choose to do it while it was wet because I wanted the door to look more worn so this helped the black run into the red while I was painting it. I also took some more black paint and closed up the stencil lines on the door and window so they were solid lines and no gaps.

Next I found in my stash this “pine looking” pipe cleaner (I know right who knew lol) well it was perfect for making a wreath for my door.  I decided on the size I wanted it to be and then just twisted it around twice to make it a little more full, then added this tiny bow that I also found in my stash (I didn’t buy anything for this project it’s was created by things I have collected over the years).  I glued the wreath on with some E6000 glue and I left it to dry for probably and hour.

Then using the “Herbs Stencil” to create the look of an evergreen tree, I stenciled on the edge of the wood to make it look like there were branches hanging in front of the house and used a matte green acrylic paint.

Working on the windows a bit more I added another layer of white and then a thin coate fo the Nickel Azo Yellow (this is a very transparent yellow and worked perfect for the look I was going for).  As I wanted to make it appear that there were lights on in the house.

I then took the 6 Point Stary Night Stencil  and added some stars above the window I used the Sugar glitter paste by Bo Bunny.  You just apply it as if you were using texture paste with a palette knife just be sure you wash your stencil immediately because this stuff tries really fast and it will ruin your stencil.

Once the stars dried you can see they are barely visible so to make them pop and stand out a bit more I took a sponge and just dabbed on a bit of distress ink in fossilized amber.

To give the windows more of a “glass look” I used my DecoArt Media Liquid Glass and applied a thin coat to all 4 windows – this takes a bit of time to dry so I would definitely do this part last and just let it set over night if you can.

Then to embellish it just a bit more I found a few more goodies in my stash.  The first were these little mini presents I used my E6000 glue and glued them right to the wood in a stacked manner to look as if there were presents stacked outside the door and then a little tree.  This isn’t actually a tree – you know that scented “stuff” you can get at craft stores that has pine cones and other items in it – I guess it’s called vase filler.  Well I had some of that and in it was this little piece of pine.  I turned it upside down and it looked just like a little mini Christmas tree so I took a piece of this fluffy garland that I had that was meant for a mini tree and wrapped that around it and then this little cardinal that came in a flower arrangement I received years ago and have saved all this time and glued that to the top with my E6000 glue.  I glued the whole tree next to the door with the same glue and left it over night to dry secure.  This particular piece of wood is large enough that it stands on its own.  I think it’s 1/2″ thick, but if yours can’t stand on it’s own or you prefer to hang it you could certainly add a hanger to the back of it or some nails or pegs to the top or back and add some twine to hang it as an idea.

Here are some photos of the final project and a couple close ups.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win one of the great items listed above and be sure to stop by the other blogs listed here: Jessica Sporn, Kristin Van ValkenburghKaren Gaunt, Denise Alloca and leave a comment by 12/12/16 9AM EST for more chances to win.  The winners will be selected and announced on Jessica Sporn’s Blog on 12/13 7AM EST.  Happy Holiday Season my friends !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday tags and Paper ornaments with StencilGirl’s Snow Storm Stencil

Hi creative friends, crafting this time of year is so much fun I almost have too many ideas that I want to create and definitely not enough time to get everything created. One thing I love to do for the holidays is make special gift tags that can also be used as ornaments on the tree. I have a hard time getting cards done if I create them all hand made so i focus on the gift tags which I can create a bunch at a time. So today I have decided to use this beautiful Stencil called Snow Storm found at StencilGirlproducts.com. 

I started out by creating a background on a sheet of mixed media paper with my brayer and some matte acrylic paints from Blick Arts. This is a tutorial I saw on PaperArtsy. 

It’s quite simple take 2 or more colors that go together and use your brayer to layer them. Don’t cover the whole sheet with one color just keep adding with the colors you picked to get a nice layered look with lots of depth. 

The matte colors I think work best bc they really give it a nice vintage look. But use what you have, Experiment, have fun that’s what art is all about !! 😊

Once you are happy with your back ground lay your Stencil down and go in with a darker or lighter color that will pop when you Stencil. Here I choose Violet Deep and just sponge on with the sponge of your choice. 

Here is how this sheet came out, I love it ❤️

On this sheet I choose a Magenta with some dabbing of thenoff white over the top of it. 



For the next sheet I took a plain white mixed media paper put my Stencil down and took a baby wipe and just used all the paint that had collected on my stencil to create this next sheet. It’s amazing how beautiful this turned out and I didn’t use any fresh paint


Next cut up your sheets in the sizes of tags that you want or use punches / die cuts whatever you love.  I did some in shapes of tags and some with a round scalloped punch in 2 different – layering sizes. 

Now comes the fun and the sky’s the limit to embellishing these babies. Here I added more layers in a complimentary color with the same stencil. 

I added some snowflakes using the texture paste then painted them once they were dry with paints and inka gold in a turquoise. 




I used some liquid pearls to accent the snow flakes. 


These are Holiday tags so break out that glitter. I used my stickles but I put some on my palette and brush it on 



I added some stamping to most of them with some hold embossing powder and again accented with the liquid pearls. 

Let them dry and add some pretty ribbons to the tops and you are good to go. The round ones I love to use for ornaments the layered ones I used pop dots to raise them. But if you don’t have those you can use a folded piece of felt or a piece of bubble wrap. Anything to raise it works. 



Thanks so much for stopping by. I am back on Jessica Sporn Designs blog tomorrow for my newest Creative Team blog post son be sure to stop by and check it out Here. Also next week we have an awesome blog hop going on so be sure to subscribe to her blog so you don’t miss all the awesomeness. 

Have an amazing day friends ❤️❤️❤️