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 :

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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

 

Art Journal Love – Mind Body and Soul Art Journal Group 

Hi Friends I’m so excited to share with you that today I am a featured artist on Leslie Ackman’s Blog. She is having this awesome free art journal class on her blog called “Art Journal Love” and you can find all the details along with my feature here. Also check out and join her amazing Facebook Group called Mind, Body and Soul Art Journaling.  I also have a special Mixed Media “Love ” tag tutorial for you as a little bonus. I hope you will enjoy it !!❤❤❤

 

Here are some close ups of the final project.

Thanks so much for stopping by and joining me today, hope to see you all over at the Mind, Body and Soul Art-Journaling Facebook Group.  Xxoo

Stencil Crush Tuesday 1/24/17

Hi Friends, I’m back with a new Stencil Crush Tuesday and this week I delve into creating your own embellishments out of scrap papers and using them on a project.

Wow it’s hard to believe that we are almost to the end of January.  Typically January seems like the longest month of the year and yet here we are in the last full week of the month.  This weeks project are some collaged art tags and I truly am trying to mix it up for all of you but Damn I’m just in love with these water color crayons and collage haha.  This weeks video does have a twist to it and I think you will like it but it’s a bit longer than my other videos so hang in there (I did try to edit out as much not needed “stuff” as possible to shorten it up).  So without further ado here is this weeks Stencil Crush Tuesday Video, I hope you enjoy!!

Links below on where you can find these gorgeous stencils and stamps.

Here are a few close ups to see the details on the tags and the little embellished circles.


Here are the links to the stencils and stamps used in today’s video:

Gigi Stencil, Fingal Flower & Leaf stencil, Butterfly Journeys, and Mary C. Nasser’s Stamps

These circles would be awesome for planners and for your art journals, you could run them though a sticker machine and turn them into stickers (put them on a piece of deli paper or waxed paper and have them ready to use).  Backing up to give you an idea of where the inspiration came for these, I was in Michael’s over the weekend (I went to get the new Jane Davenport watercolor markers and of course they were out) so walking around I saw all this new planner and art journal “stuff”.  Everything from paper, to washi tape to die cuts and stickers.  Well there were these gold seal stickers that just jumped out at me and I almost bought them but I refrained because I almost never use stickers after I buy them.  And I was like I could make some custom ones that I can use in my art.  And now that I have I want to make more lol, they are so easy and fun and just a relaxing and fun way to spend a few minutes creating when you don’t have tons of time.  They also help you use up your scraps so there is an added bonus at least to me, as I always have a HUGE bin of scraps that I just can’t toss because I always feel like it would be a waste and I just have to be more creative on ways to use them up.  So enjoy using up them scraps and creating your one of a kind embellishments.  If you do create some please post a link here in the comments so that I can see what fun creations you have made.  Thank you all for sharing your precious time with me!  Peace and Love to you all xxoo

 

 

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.

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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!! :).

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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 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.

 

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

 

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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.

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


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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 ❤️❤️❤️