Mermaid Madness StencilGirl Blog Hop

Hi Friends and welcome!  What better way to get summer flowing than with a Mermaid Blog Hop with StencilGirl Products and StencilGirl’s Creative team!  There is also an amazing giveaway so be sure to read to the bottom of the post for all the details

Today I have a video tutorial for you showing how I used this beautiful stencil 

Mermaidia By June Pfaff Daley

To me Mermaids are magical, mystical, strong beings.  They seem almost light as air, yet with a beauty that just commands respect.  For my art journal page I came up with a quote that I would like to share with you.

Being a Mermaid means being Brave enough to swim into the unknown                  – Sherry Canino

without further ado my friends ……today’s video:

Hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial be sure to leave me a comment here for a chance to win some amazing mermaid stencils.  And Don’t forget to visit the blogs of my fabulous teammates listed below for more mermaid inspiration and leave them a comment for more chances to win, as well as the StencilGirl Blog for more inspiration and another chance to win.  Entry into the contest ends Noon CST 7-16-17.  Be sure to include your email address written like this ( caninosartisticcafe (at) gmail dot com)

Winners notified by email on July 17th. Good luck!

More mermaid projects from Gwen Lafleur, Karen Gaunt, Tina Walker, and Louise Nelson can be found here .
Not enough mermaid inspiration for you yet?  Check out the projects by the Designers themselves here
I also have this beautiful Mermaid Painting available for sale in my shop for some Beautiful Brave Mermaid out there that feels drawn to have it hanging on their wall for some mermaid inspiration.  Check out all the details in my shop here.

 

Remember friends Be a Mermaid
xxoo- Sherry

Stencil Crush Tuesday using Jessica Sporn Designs

Hi Friends well its been awhile since I have actually done a blog post.  I didn’t realize how long actually.  Keeping up on so many social media sites along with difficult family things I’ve had to deal with has left me in a bit of a time crunch and something had to give I guess.

I’m sure there are many others out there that can relate to having so much to do yet so little time.  That being said I have a special Stencil Crush Tuesday Tutorial to share with you today using 2 beautiful stencils by Jessica Sporn Designs.

The first one is a brand new stencil that was just released and I just love it.  It speaks to my heart it’s called Love is for everyone script . The second stencil is from November’s Stencil Club and it’s called Nature and Nurture .

I hope you will grab your stencils and your paints and come along and create with me today.

Thanks so much friends for sharing your time with me today, I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial and if you did please leave me a comment either here or on my Youtube Channel I truly love to hear from all of you.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you can get a steady dose of inspiration.  If you missed my first tutorial for the Roben Marie Smith Design team you can check it out right here

Have a fabulous day friends !! xoxo

Painterly Blooms – Stencil Crush Tuesday

Hi friends and welcome to another week of Stencil Crush Tuesday.  I myself have been dreaming about spring (okay maybe more like summer ) but I do love the smell of warm spring air, buds on the trees and all the new flowers and trees coming to life after a long cold winter.  So my video today focuses around flowers – Painterly Blooms to be exact and how you can easily use your stencils to create these.  So grab your stencils and your paints and lets get creating.

Stencil used in todays video:

Doodle it Daisy by Maria McGuire 

Be sure to check out the other videos on my channel here as there are 3 months of Stencil Crush videos here free for all of you! 🙂

Thanks so very much for watching and sharing your time with me, I always enjoy reading all of your beautiful comments that you all leave me, they mean so very much thank you from the bottom of my heart!!  Hope everyone has an amazing day and I will see you all next week! 🙂

xoxo Sherry

 

Stencil Crush Tuesday 3-21

Hi Friends hope everyone faired that snowstorm we got last week it was pretty yucky!!

Today I have an art journal page using more texture and Jane Davenports New Mermaid Markers and of course some yummy StencilGirl Stencils.  So grab your coffee and your art journal and let’s get playing.

Stencils used in this weeks video:

by Michelle Ward:  x Rows Stencil

By MaryBeth Shaw:  Flower Tiles Stencil

By Carolyn Dube:  Vintage Typewriter alphabet, Rectangular Patterns for Play, Butterfly Journeys

Thanks so much friends for joining me today, I adore all the comments that you have been leaving me on my video they all mean so very much to me so thank you again and thank you for sharing your time with me.  Have a beautiful and peaceful week!!

xxoo Sherry

Stencil Crush Tuesday 3-7-17

Hi Friends and welcome to this weeks Stencil Crush Tuesday.  This week its all about the Stars.  I have been wanting to create a page using Mary C. Nasser’s Star Map stencil because I love it so much.  So my art journal page this week is centered around that stencil.  I really enjoyed creating this page and I love the quote on it which says:       “Be Glad of Life because it gives you the chance to love, and to play and to look at the stars”

So grab your coffee and lets see what stencils I’m crushing on this week 🙂

 

Stencils used in this weeks video can be found here:

Mary C. Nasser:  Star Map, Go Your Own Way Arrows

MaryBeth Shaw:  Trees 6, Private Collection 15.5

Nathalie Kalbach: Amsterdam 6

Seth Apter:  Urban Insiders Star

June Pfaff Daley:  Military Stars

 

 

Thanks so much for sharing your time with me friends and I hope you all have an amazing week!!

xxoo Sherry

Stencil Crush Tuesdays

Hi Creative friends, I’m super excited to share with all of you my new inspirational videos series -ALL NEW for 2017 – Called Stencil Crush Tuesdays.  What in the world is that you might be saying???  Well it will be a weekly video tutorial (on Tuesdays of course ) featuring some of the stencils that I am currently “crushing on”. You know that I almost never even create a tag without using at least one stencil.  They have become my “go to” product / medium that well frankly I just can’t live without.  But there are soooooo many out there right?   StencilGirl has HUNDREDS out there and well this is kinda like a little intro to ones I love and use so you can decide …”yeah maybe that’s one that I need.”  Plus I want to share some of the multitude of ways that you can use stencils.  I will be using lots of different product mediums cause I’m kinda a product junkie (shhh don’t tell my hubby haha) . Each Tuesday you will get to view a fun tutorial that will be jam packed with techniques and tips and of course gorgeous stencils.  And the best part is I’m offering these all to you for free, yup you heard that right FREE :).

Most videos will be short (I will be trying to keep them under 20 mim) so you don’t have to carve out a lot of time to watch them.  So lets get started here is a peek at what you will find in this weeks video.  And be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you don’t miss and episode.

Here are a couple photos of the final tag.  I love the look of the died muslin for the ribbon because you can fray the edges as much as you like plus you can have any color your hearts desire because you make it.  I feel like with all the spools of ribbon I have, I still never have the right color!! :).

Thanks for stopping by to check out my tutorial today and I hop you will be back next Tuesday for some more Stencil Crush Fun!!

xo

Holiday Tags- gift card holder and more 

Hi friends just a bit of a catch up on what I’ve been up to since my last post. I was trying to get in one more tutorial before the holiday but it’s probably not going to happen. Things just seem to going so quickly. So for those who follow me on FB I did a live video on this gift card holder that I made. It’s still on there if you want to check it out and it has the measurements you need for creating it. 

As many of you know I’m a huge fan of the magazine Bella Grace. So this winter issue is as amazing as always.  Just look at all this winter / holiday inspiration. I love it !!

This story “Two February Coffees” was beyond touching. I have read it to my husband and the people at the support group I facilitate and each time it brings tears to my eyes. 

Of course another one of my favorite past times is sipping some good coffee with my puggies sleeping near by. 


After having to put done our oldest pug a few weeks ago it’s been a bit different at home and Pebbles is now my oldest baby she is 15. Budha who we just lost was 17. And let me tell you that the older they are does not make it easier 🙁 



So am a December baby (December 21) and this year I have to work on the evening of my birthday so last weekend we went out to dinner. Then took a walk downtown to see the big tree here are some pics of us as you can see we have lots of snow lol. The last pic is my son and his girlfriend 

This is my husband and I before we left for dinner. I just love this man so very much. After 17 years he still make my heart skip a beat ❤️


Elias and Destany 


This is where I started a tutorial and just didn’t keep going lol. So this tag I created I used Jessica Sporn’s Frames Stencil with Wendy Vecchi’s Gold embossing paste. 


Here if the finished tag. The image came from a free printable from Astrid’s Artist Efforts. A little tip on making the gold more vintage looking. Once it’s dry use your ink blending tool or a sponge and go over it with some brown archival ink. It’s really gives it a beautiful vintage look. 

Flowers are Prima. I added White distress stickles to the red flowers and some gold to the leaves and the green roses. Then added a bit of gold glitter to edges of the tag. Let it dry and the. Used the brown archival ink to go around the edges to again give it a vintage look. Go right I’ve the gold glitter bc again it will keep its shimmer but give it a vintage look. 


Thanks for joining me today wishing all of you lots of love and peace in your day and week ❤️❤️❤️

Mixed media holiday art cards with StencilGirl Stencils 

Hi friends can you believe we are less than 2 weeks away from Christmas. Seems like just yesterday it was fall. Time sure does go fast and I hope you are enjoying every second of the holiday season.  I have always had a love / hate relationship withy the holiday season it does tend to get a bit too stressful at times and I can add unnecessary things to my “to do” list as I’m sure we all do. So the past few years I’ve been scaling that back and taking more time to really enjoy what the holiday season is about. One thing my husband and I really enjoy is watching a Christmas movie each night on the Hallmark Channel (yes I know sappy) but I love it. You know all those movies have happy endings and well I’m all about that  :).   And there is nothing quite like snuggling up with a hot mug of coffee, a snuggly festive blanket and of course my hubby and puggies. I also tend to skip the farmers market in the holiday season many times but not this year. We have been heading out each Saturday morning, coffees in hand and all bundled up to enjoy some fried dough and get our fresh veggies for the week. Would love to hear what all of you do during the holiday season.  If you are like me and put too much on yourself try going through that list and see what really matters and what can be cut out so you can enjoy more time with friends and family and time for yourself. ❤️ 

Ok so on to the project at hand. I used just 2 stencils to make 6 festive art cards. The other stencil I used is the Holiday Stencil By MaryBeth Shaw. 

And the second stencil is Military Stars by June Pfaff Daley. 


So start with a piece of cardboard cut to the size you would like. I had some in my stash I think they are 2-1/2″ x3-1/2inchs. Add a layer of whit gesso 

Then once they were dry I took a sheet of old book paper and tore strips to add to each card and adhered it with some Golden Heavy Gel Matte Medium 



Let them dry before the next step or use a heat gun. 

Next I took the stars stencil and some Postbox red dylusions spray and with all 6 cards placed close together I sprayed the ink, moved the stencil to the other side and sprayed again. This is not being precise just getting some color and a layer  down for the back ground. 



Now I took my Holiday Stencil and I had already cut them apart into the individual stencils for easier use and selected 2 I wanted to use:  a tree and one that reminds me of retro branch from a pine tree. I applied the texture paste over the stencils with a palette knife. 



Now I added a strip of glitter washi tape to the bottom of each. I used the matte medium to adhere it to be sure it would stay. If you don’t have any you could add some ribbon or a strip of patterned paper. 


Once they were dry in went in with some green (Mowed Lawn ) distress spray. Adding another layer of color to the main focal points 

Once they were a little dry but not completely I went  in with some mica powers. The first was this mint green and just dusted it on with a dry paint brush on  my focal points and wow what great shimmer ! 


Then I used a rust which is more of a brown color to add some accents and grunge it up a bit. 

Then on each card I added some of the heavy gel matte medium to random spots and pressed in some ruby glass beads. 

Then while the medium was still wet I took a pinch of distress glitter in vintage photo and held the card over my trash can and just sprinkled the glitter around where the beads were and tapped it off to get off any access 



I used my brown archival ink pad and a foam brush to ink the edges of each card as well as on the edges of the textured focal points. 

I took some white gesso with my fingers and added a bit in random areas and also took the back of a paintbrush to add some white dots. 

When every thing was dry I took a black sharpie and wrote Joy, Peace or love on each of the cards. I could have used a stamp but if you plan to stamp do this in the beginning because once you have all that texture on there you will have a hard time getting in there with stamp and getting a clear image. 

Here are some close ups of the completed cards 



I posted lots of final pics hoping to get some good angles so you could just see the beautiful shimmer on these. 

These could easily be turned into tags by punching the top of the card and adding a ribbon or turned into a holiday card by adhering them to the front of a blank card. 

Follow me on Instagram, I will be having a huge give away once I reach 1300 followers and I’m soooo close 🙂 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and as always your comments mean so very much to me if you have time to leave me a comment it will be cherished ❤️. 

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