Changes ahead – Holiday Inspiration & a giveaway

Changing – Growing – Inspiring

Hi Friends,

Lately I have been feeling so overwhelmed with deadlines – commitments – trying to keep on all the sites that I have and just feeling like time is getting away from me – then I came across an article the other day in Happinez Magazine that spoke about the Hindu way and how they believe life is like a circle and never ends.   So in reality there is never “not enough time”.  They think of time as space  – not an hour or minute or day, and so they just take the space that they are in and try to be a better person and create a better life as much as they can while they are in this space.

It really got me thinking about changing the way that I think.

But even more so, it got me moving more towards where I feel I “need” to be and maybe where I don’t need to be.  Making “space” for things that matter and letting some of the other stuff go.

Almost like an omen I came across Monica Garcia’s latest blog post – all about change and letting go – such a beautiful and inspiring post and you can read it here .

So this morning using my butterfly Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue I shuffled the deck asking the question if what I was about to change was right for me.  And this is the card I selected

 One of the big changes that I am making this next year is letting go of Facebook – my business page – my group and my personal page.  Although this is where I got my start – which is why it has been tugging at me to decided to keep it or not.  I know that there are some who have started with me on FB and are not on Instagram – but I will still have my blog and website  and Youtube channel so we can connect in all those places.  There have been many things that have been pushing me to give up Facebook and I think now it’s time.  Change can be hard but to allow space for new exciting and important things it’s what needs to happen.

I want to be able to connect with people in a deeper more meaningful way.

I want to inspire people – touch peoples lives in a positive way

I will also be focusing more of my time on commissioned art – creating more online classes and for the first time in almost 3 years I will be starting in person classes and /or retreats.

I have a beautiful heartfelt retreat that I am currently working on for 2018 and as soon as I can share details with all of you I will.

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On to some Holiday Artsy Inspiration

I have a few things to share with you for a creative holiday .  Below is my latest video creating a holiday watercolor wreath.  You could do this for a holiday card or gift.

If you haven’t seen Andrea Gamoll’s Artsy Advent then you need to check it out she does a video a day and I love her style.

I love Alisa Burke’s Simple watercolor tags tutorial – very simple and cute!!

Astrid’s Artistic Efforts is a fabulous blog for Bullet Journaling, holiday cards and more.

If you missed my latest watercolor art journal pages

One more thing….

If you haven’t heard I am a guest Artist – Instructor in The One Badass Art Journal Workshop this year and Tiare Smith is having the most amazing giveaway that I don’t want you to miss out on so here is the link to enter  Below is a pic of the amazing prize pack.

Registration for One Badass Art Journal 2018 opens December 13th and you can sign up starting that day here.

Okay I’m off to walk this little baby even though it’s freezing outside lol

Just a note:  December’s newsletter will be going out by Sunday – we are doing work at our house so I have been some days with on internet access which has made it hard to get things done.  Sorry for the delay my friends.

Hope you all have an amazing day!!

xoxo – Sherry

An Inspiring Artist Who Inspires me…

“I’ve always liked quiet people:  you never know if they’re dancing in a daydream or if they’re carrying the weight of the world”

-John Green

Good Morning friends,

Today I have a Special Guest Artist with me.  

I would like to introduce you to Jenni Zmuda.  

I met Jenni as we were both on the Roben-Marie Smith Design Team together.  I selected the quote above to start out this post as it reminded me of Jenni.  Of all the team members she was the quietest – she just went about doing her thing and sharing her art in her own unique way.  I would watch her Instagram stories enjoying the mix of home life – her adorable pets and her art making.  Maybe it’s just me but I’m drawn to those who are not all “flash and dash” but just real hometown feel good kinda peeps – and that is what I felt when I watched Jenni’s IG stories.  I felt drawn to her, by what seemed to be a simplistic yet very cozy everyday living of life with simple pleasures such as cooking for her family,  because that is also how I am, and so the connection began.  I was thrilled when Jenni said yes to be interviewed for my blog.  I am so very excited too share this inspiring artist chat with all of you.  So grab that coffee or tea and enjoy ❤️

Jenni Please tell us a little about yourself:

I grew up in rural Michigan, still live there. I loved to make things and create from a very young age. Unfortunately, I lived in a dysfunctional home where any vulnerability could be used against me at any time, so I didn’t do much creating. What little I did do I hid away. Not until I was in my mid 30’s did I start working more on my art and actually showing it in a public forum.  Being an artist can be a very vulnerable thing. Sharing that part of me was not easy, but I’m so glad that I have.

What’s your favorite thing about art – What drives you to be creative? 

My favorite part of art is probably being able to make a mess. lol  Life is so structured and full of rules. What you should do, what you shouldn’t do.  Art, the kind of art I do, is very freeing. I can do what I want and how I want to do it which I love.  I have pretty significant anxiety and creating keeps me sane.  It quiets my mind when it wont stop worrying.

Do you ever have times when you get creative block?  If yes what do you do to get inspired or find your creativity again? 

Oh yes, I get creative blocks often. When this happens I try to continue to create one way or another.  Either by creating ugly art or by working in my gluebook.  Still being involved in art, either through Instagram or Pinterest or magazines.  Anything just to keep that spark lit no matter how dimly.

Where can people find your work and connect with you socially?

The main place I post my work is Instagram – @artgirlcreations78. This is mostly dedicated to art, though there are a few posts about my beloved pets.
I also have a YouTube Channel – ArtGirl Creations here I share time lapse and how to videos creating art.  I love to share my art process with others.
I have an Esty Shop where I sell my artwork, prints, collage sheets created from my art as well as mini art journals, and collage packs.

What’s one thing that people probably don’t know about you?

I’m actually a pretty private person. It really takes a lot for me to be able to share this part of my life.   But the response has been overall positive and I’m always glad that I decided to put myself out there and flattered that people are actually interested.

Please Share 2 pieces of your favorite artwork with us and share a little about them

Oh, that’s a toughy. It’s like choosing my favorite child. It feels so wrong. lol  If I really had to choose I’d say my favorite is a double paged spread I call Tell Me Why.

This was the first couple pages in a new journal and for some reason  that makes me nervous. These pages set the tone for the whole journal and if I mess up, then I might end up messing up the whole journal. Which is silly, of course. I’m not afraid to tear out pages I don’t like. But these two pages were just a disaster. Everything I did looked horrid! Finally I just painted a layer of white paint over everything and went to bed. The next morning it was like a mini-miracle happened. The layers of paint came through the white layer on top and all the layers made for some amazing texture. From there everything just came together and it is by far one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever created.

The second favorite is a mini-art journal page named Heal. I create these from leftover file folders. I call these mini file folders  ‘mental health’ art journals because they usually hold some sort of positive message or affirmation. I started by layering on white acrylic paint. Then, without much thought, I layered on some washi tape, an Art Pops card by Roben-Marie Smith, typewritten words and finally a photo I took of the beach. It came together so quickly and easily and I love it and the message it sends.

Do you have some final inspiring words you would like to share?

I think a lot of people think they don’t have the talent to create. This is a lie. I can’t draw a stick person, yet I find great enjoyment in pushing paint around on paper. No rhyme, no rhythm, not much thought – Just doing.  So, yes, you can do it – and you should.  We can get so caught up in the day to day and forget to carve out time for our own well being.  I don’t know where I’d be without art, it’s such an important and positive part of my life.

Thank you so very much Jenni for sharing heart with all of us and inspiring us with your Art!!

Be sure to check out Jenni’s Thankfulness Journals here – the last set sold out in just a couple days so be sure to grab one from this new batch before they are gone!

If you haven’t already signed up for my monthly newsletter be sure to do so here so you don’t miss December’s newsletter with your free download it is going on on Friday morning (December 8th).  For those who are not familiar with my monthly newsletter they are always packed with juicy bits of artful inspiration and a free download that can be used in your art!

 

 

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

StencilGirl Holiday Blog Hop

Hi Friends welcome to the StencilGirl Creative Team blog hop

The creative team has put together over 12 amazing and inspiring creative holiday tutorials to start off your holiday season in the merriest way!.

I hope you will join me in creating some vintage style tags using distress inks and some Holiday StencilGirl Stencils.

Products used in todays video listed below and most of them can be found for an amazing price here:

  • Distress Inks:  Stormy Sky, peeled paint, forest moss , Pine needles, fired brick, walnut stain
  • Distress tags #8
  • Stazon inks in Gothic purple and Hawaii blue
  • golden heavy gel matte medium
  • ribbon vintage book pages, music sheet and map paper
  • Derivan Matisse fluid Matte white wash by paint Pam Carriker
  • StencilGirl Stencils used: Christmas Poinsettias by Gwen LaFleur,  Snowflake mask 1 by Cathy Nichols,  Christmas 1 by June Pfaff Daley,  Kristie Taylor Crystaled 12 pt mandala all of these can be found at www.stencilgirlproducts.com

Don’t forget to sign up for my newletter to receive a free monthly download.  November’s newsletter will go out 11/6 so be sure to sign up right here 

Be sure to take a moment to leave a comment on my blog and on each blog below to be entered to win a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate!  

Here are links to all the fantastic, magic, merry, holiday projects:
Sherry Canino  You are here.

Karen Gaunt

Tina Walker 

Torrie Gass

Cindy Gilstrap

Sandee Setliff

Kiala Givehand 

Janet Joehlin

Belen Sotelo

Louise Nelson

Debi Adams 

Carol Baxter

Giveaway details:
Comment by midnight CST in the USA on November 8th and we’ll randomly choose a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate winner. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook Page on November 9th.
Please feel free to share the hop with your friends and Happy Holidays my friends !!
xoxo – Sherry

 

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! ❤️

 

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

Ghostly Art Tags

We are but a week away from Halloween so let’s create something spooky together.

 

Hi Friends, I can’t help it I might be grown but I just LOVE Halloween.  Last weekend Dan, my son & (his girlfriend ) and I all went to a place called Demons Acres.  There they had a haunted house – a haunted maze called Jail Break, an Insane Asylum and a Haunted hayride.

Well we did them all except the haunted house and they were all so much fun.  The best being the haunted hayride which they are known for.

The pics are dark and not that great but I wanted to share anyways – there really was not much lighting out there!!  Very spooky ambiance for sure!!

This bottom one is me getting strapped into the Insane Asylum chair – super crazy scary!!

A couple pics from the Haunted Hay Ride

I Have to say that we all had a blast and it was worth the almost hour drive to get to this place out in the middle of no where lol.

So today I have a Halloween tutorial for you all – I am using mostly products by Tim Holtz to make these 2 tags.  I really had a blast making them, I hope you will join in and create a couple with me – just use what you have don’t worry if you don’t have all the exact same elements as I do.  All the products used are listed in the description of my Youtube video.

Come on lets have a little Halloween fun together !!

A reminder that we are only a little over a week away from starting the Gratitude Junk Journal online class.  The Facebook group has already opened and so many have already signed up and will be joining us in this amazing class.  Won’t you join us for 30 days of Gratitude Starting November 1st lets make this a fabulous start to a beautiful Holiday season.  Sign up today :  Gratitude Junk Journal    

Just look at the amazing line yup of artists in this beautiful class

Don’t forget to share in the comments some of the fun things that you do for Halloween fun, I’d love to hear from you!

Have an amazing day friends!

xoxo Sherry

My 5 Fall Favs

Another Beautiful Fall weekend

My idea of fall is more like weather in the 70s where it’s cool enough to wear a long sleeved shirt but you can still be in a pair of shorts.  Not Ideal for everyone I’m sure but since I’m always cold that’s my ideal.  This weekend was just that.  

Each season brings with it so much beauty and inspiration.  So I thought that I would share with you my 5 favs for fall.

  1.  Taking a walk through the leaves on a warm fall day

Yesterday was a perfect day for this – we live right near a beautiful park with gorgeous walking trails along the water.

2.  Picking up leaves – no I still haven’t out grown this

When we were walking there was plenty of leaves to choose from but I found my self drawn to the red ones – so bright and vibrant I couldn’t help put pick up 3 or 4 to bring home with me.

3.  A hot cup of coffee out on the deck in the cool fall air

there is just something magical about drinking something steaming hot in the cool crisp air that just gives you such a cozy feeling

4.  Reading a good book

I love nothing more than on a cool rainy fall day than to hunker down with a book – I especially like to re-read books that I have already read but love – the feel of the worn soft pages is like nothing else – just so familiar and comforting

5. Fresh baked bread and pastries

I truly enjoy baking in the fall and love the smell of warm apple bread fresh from the oven – but when I don’t have time to bake there is a little pastry shop not far from us with delicious pastries that my husband and I enjoy warmed up with a hot cup of coffee of course.

Looking over my 5 favs for fall I can see the “art” inspiration in each one. – Texture, colors, layers all just waiting to be added to my art journal with little bits and details written in.

If you haven’t seen my latest Autumn Themed art journal spread have a peek here it is full of autumn goodness.

Share your fall favs in the comments below I would love to hear what everyone else enjoys this time of year!!

xoxo – Sherry

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