New Year – New Possibilities

Happy New Year my Amazing, Beautiful and Creative Friends!

I would like to start out with saying I feel so blessed to have all of you sweet beautiful people in my life – those who follow me – leave comments – take my classes – support me – show me love and are there for me.  I can’t express the gratitude that I feel towards all of you in words the way that I wish I could.  But PLEASE know that each and everyone of you is a blessing to me and I am genuinely thankful to have you you by my side and sharing my journey and yours as we enter and go through 2018 together.  

What Lies Ahead… and New Years Resolutions

I don’t know about all of you but I’m not so much for New Years Resolutions.  I have seen those who are all about it – Pack the gym for the month of January and by February 1st are burnt out.  Or the influx in students into the yoga studio only to have all those who said they were committed never sign back up for the next months session.  Does that mean that I don’t believe in goals or those who want to try New Year Resolutions?  Of course not they just aren’t for me.  I just feel real true goals come from within.  They are ones in your heart, ones that get followed because it’s what you WANT to do not what others are doing so you follow or what someone says you should do or even what you think others say you should do.

All that being said do I set goals for the New Year?  Well not so much or at least I don’t really like to call them goals.  I like to focus my self more on Positive Intentions for the New Year.  I take some time and ask myself what do I really want to get out of 2018?  And what do I hope to give back.  Then I make a more detailed list to mull over and answer the following questions to myself about each one of them.

  1. Does it serve a purpose for me – the purpose could simply be pleasure but it still needs a purpose.
  2. Is it something that is truly in my heart that I want to do or pursue or is it something I think I should do or that I think others expect me to do?
  3. Does it have meaning – will it make a different to me or someone or the world if I choose to move forward on an idea or goal?
  4. Will it make me a better person and help me grow in some way?
  5. Is it in my best interest?  This is extremely important because sometimes we put too much emphasis on things that are in others best interests and forget that we need to put ourself first.  It’s kind of like – in an airplane they tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others – well most of us know that if we pass out first or right after putting on another persons first we won’t be of help to anyone.  But we forget that it’s true in most things in life as well.

One of my intentions in 2018 is to make choices to include things in my life that have more meaning, to share in ways to help others and be a positive force in this universe.

I’m not looking to do “more” for the sake of more  – I want to do less but what I do I want to do with more meaning & positivity

I didn’t do a recap of 2017 prior to this post because I wanted to include it here.  I spent a lot of December really thinking about 2017 and all the things that happened, all the people I met, and all the things I was involved.  Over all it was a very turmoiled year for me – much of December I spent feeling “off” and “tired”.  Not really knowing what was going on and perhaps it had something to do with Mercury being in “retrograde”.  But I knew that I had to slow down.  I needed to really think about things and meditate on what I wanted for 2018.  Sometimes in order to move forward we have to look back and where we were.

I started 2017 out with a Bang and came up with “Stencil Crush Tuesday’s” for my youtube channel.  I wanted to do something unique and weekly on my channel I also wanted to practice creating videos.  Well as the spring progressed and I became a member of the StencilGirl Team and the Roben_Marie Team along with my mom getting ill, it soon became almost impossible to keep up with it so I let it go.  I was disappointed in myself in feeling like I didn’t complete it for a whole year but by June I was on 3 creative teams and my time was thin as well as some personal things that transpired with my family that I just couldn’t do it all anymore.

It was an honor to be a part of all these teams don’t get me wrong.  But looking back now I realized that I was in some senses trying to “keep busy” to avoid all the feelings I was having.  September rolled around and I lost my heart and soul pug.  I had already had so much heartache this year I just couldn’t understand why she had to leave me.  I wanted to give up on everything at that point.  I felt so broken it was unreal.

Coming fast was the StencilGirl and Friends Retreat in Kentucky at the end September which brought it all to a head for me.  It forced me to slow down and actually take time to art journal for me – I was surrounded by friends and love and tears when we started our first class.  Things just hit me like a damn hammer in the head and emotions all came flowing.  But shortly after I returned it was like most retreats when you are all there you are going to keep in touch and when you get back well I did have a couple who we call each other and chat.  But it was then that I realized that I miss the in-person “teaching”.

It was then that I realized that was going to be one of the things I would focus on in 2018 – creating personal – touching – in person retreats that are heartfelt and have meaning.  I was craving the “girl time” and the real true heartfelt connections that should be had with art.

 A huge focus for me this year is teaching in person workshops and retreats

I am thankful for all the amazing creative teams I have been on and am on – they have given me so much experience and the wonderful people I’ve met through being on them has been priceless.  My term for Roben Marie ended in December and Tiare Smith has decided to not continue the team as she it focusing in a different direction – although we do have plans to continue to work collaboratively together which I’m excited about!!  And of course I have the StencilGirl team which I am still proudly a part of.

  I am looking at the changes as positive.  Closing doors that no longer serve a purpose and opening new doors to new opportunities and exciting paths.

I feel so good about 2018 and excited about the possibilities and new endeavors that it holds for me and my art – I feel like being that fire work I posted above and I want to shoot into the night sky with an open heart and mind to what the universe has in store for me!  And I wish the same for all of you!  Lets shoot into the night sky together a bunch of beautiful blazing stars Shining Bright!

My Word of the Year = LOVE 

you can read all about it here in this post I did at the end of 2017 for StencilGirl

I have a beautiful new project I’ve been working on that will be ready I hope by the end of the week to launch and share with all of you.  But for now I will share a little sneak peek.

Don’t forget that you can still sign up for the BadAss Art Journal Class and get a $10 discount using the code : SOBADASS time is running out to save with this code so be sure to sign up today right here.  I want to share this class with all you BadAss Creatives out there.  So let’s get our Paint and Journals out and Share some creative time together.  Sign up today right here.  A list of products used in my project will be going out before the end of the month in my newsletter.  Below catch a sneak peek of the project you will be creating with me in this class.

Friends thank you for sharing some of your time with me today!!  I cherish all of you!!  Enjoy your First day of the New Year!!

This is what you get when you keep a puppy up till Midnight lol – Happy New Year My friends xxoo – Sherry

 

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

Out of the box holiday gift ideas

Hi Friends,

We are just a few short days away from Thanksgiving and then the mad rush of the Holiday season really starts with gift buying madness as I call it :).  With this in mind I thought that I would share some “out of the box” gift giving ideas and also some ideas of giving back.

When I was young one of my most favorite things to do at Holiday time with my mom was to select names off the “Giving Tree” either at our church or at the mall (the Salvation Army here puts names on trees in our mall of people and kids of all ages who are in need).  My mom would always let me select about 4, we would go shopping and by things like gloves, hats, scarves etc.  We would take them home, wrap them up and bring them back the next week.  I have continued that tradition and I still find so much joy in doing it, knowing I’m providing someone who otherwise might not have a gift.

But, What if you want to give back but don’t have extra money to spend?  Being a single mom for many years and working 3 jobs to stay afloat  – that was totally my situation most Christmases.  I did not always have extra money to purchase gifts.  So I had to find creative ways to give back.  For those of you who feel like they want to do something but don’t have the extra funds here are some of my….

“creative – out of the box” ideas I’ve come up with:

  1.  Volunteer some time at a soup kitchen – there are so many places that would love to have someone stop in and help cook a meal or bake some cookies – don’t just think of Rescue Missions or Salvation Army – There is the Ronald McDonald house, we have one of those that is for adults called the Sarah House, there are hospice homes, disabled veteran homes – elderly shut-ins – do a search you will be surprised at what you will find locally in your area
  2. Volunteer some time at an animal rescue or humane association
  3. Have old towels and washcloths?  Animal rescues are always looking for these things.
  4. Have used but still good coats – boots and outerwear? – Donate them to a church or school – there are so many out there that would love something that you or your kids don’t fit anymore 
  5. Volunteer some time at your church… if they have a day care during service or youth group or after school group that might need some extra help
  6. Love to bake cookies or breads ?  How about dropping some off at a Hospital or hospice home especially for the over night shifts – even nursing homes.
  7. Knit or crochet?  How about a blanket or 2 for a nursing home resident
  8. Have holiday music on a CD or MP3 player?  Copy some on to some CDs (they are so cheap now a days) and drop off at nursing homes – respite houses – disabled homes VA hospitals etc
  9. How about a box of instant hot cocoa and a bag of marshmallows to a low income after school program or day care

For out of the box – low cost ideas for loved ones and friends:

  1.  Offer a friend with kids a free night of kid sitting so they can have the night off
  2. Offer to walk or sit a friends pet – especially during holiday time it’s hard sometimes to get things done like shopping if you have to keep stopping home to let a pet out
  3. Help a loved one who doesn’t write well do the addresses on their holiday cards – I used to print up for my mom – mailing addresses of our family so that when she would send cards for any occasion she wouldn’t have to write these out as she has bad arthritis in her hands.
  4. Offer to help a friend or loved one wrap their holiday gifts
  5. If you can foods and have extra – put together a little “gift box” of some of your delicious canned goods – I know for myself I love things made by hand and with love!
  6. Again if you knit or crochet – think about scarves, coffee cozies, gloves, hats, socks or a lap blanket for a loved one or friend. 
  7. Have a friend or loved one who reads?  How about hitting a used book store or thrift store and picking up a few new reads – wrap them with a few new tea bags for a special night of reading and tea  
  8. Have a friend who loves coffee?  Look for a pretty mug (places like Marshalls or TJ Maxx, even the thrift store sell some beautiful inexpensive mugs) – grab a couple sample bags of some flavored coffees and wrap them all up with a couple candy canes for stir sticks. 
  9. How about a little handmade journal this could even be for a young girl.
  10. Put together a little art set – put together according to age but you can find fairly inexpensive mini paint sets or small watercolor paint sets at Michaels – even check out your local dollar store you’d be surprised what you can find in there.  Pick up a pretty journal – or make one add to it a couple pretty pens again you can find gel pens for fairly inexpensive – you don’t have to buy a huge set just a couple.  Wrap it up with a few pieces of pretty ribbon you have in your stash kids & adults love little kits of pretty creative things!

I hope that this helps some of you out there looking for some unique ideas for giving or giving back.  There are really so many creative ideas and you may have some of your own that would be unique to your loved one, these are more of a “General one size fits all ideas” just to help you get those creative juices flowing with ideas!!

I hope to have time to share a few gift giving ideas that are handmade with all of you in the next few weeks for those of you who would like to give something handmade.

If you missed my video posted on Saturday you can watch it by clicking here I show you how to create your own tag kit for holiday time – this could also be made and given to a friend or loved one or change the colors – paper etc to something neutral and not holiday and give as a gift to be used for any occasion throughout the year.

This year for the Holidays I am committing to not buying more crafty stuff but I am going to use what I have and make some pretty handmade gifts and kits (because lets face it most of us have a lot of “stuff” we can use).  It feels so good to use things I bought and loved but have been holding on to for the “right time to use it”. Well NOW is the right time.

Who else is in?  All you have to do is use something you already have in your stash instead of buying something new.  Share that you are using your holiday stash and tag me on social media – if you share on your blog please link back here so I can see what you are making and creating!  Get creative and use up some of the delicious holiday stash you have collected!

I will have a new Holiday tutorial on Friday, 11/24 on my Youtube channel.  Many times my tutorials get posted there before I can share them on my blog so be sure to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss any of my free tutorials.  You can do that here .

I leave you all with a little pug and frenchie love on this chilly day here 🙂

Have an amazing Monday my friends!!

xxoo – 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

StencilGirl & Tim Holtz Blog Hop

What happens when 2 Amazing creative companies come together?  The  StencilGirl & Tim Holtz Blog hop

Now I realize you are getting SUPER Excited. But before I lose you in the sea of creative wonderland let me tell you to be sure to read all the way to the bottom as there is fabulous giveaway that you don’t want to miss out on.  Giveaway has ended.

Okay so without further ado – I have a Creative Video Tutorial Full of Inspiration for all of you today .  We will be creating 4 art tags and a 2 page art journal spread using ALL StencilGirl Stencils and Featuring Tim Holtz Distress crayons.

So come along with me and let’s spend some creative time together shall we?  🙂

Stencils used in todays projects:

Tim Holtz Products used:

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!  

There is still time to get the early bird discount of $10 off for the Online Collaborative I’m teaching in:  

The Gratitude Junk Journal

Take a peek at my class in the video below

Sign up here today – no discount code needed discount has already applied – Save on this class until October 22, 2017.  10 Epic Artist Instructors – 1 Low Price – Mountains of Love and gratitude – Priceless.  Looking forward to having you join me on this beautiful journey together!

Have an amazing day Friends!!

xo – Sherry

 

Autumn Themed Art Journal Tutorial

Hi Friends,

I have an exciting tutorial to share with all of you today.  Many of you received my Autumn Themed printable sheet free in my newsletter.  I wanted to share with all of you and art journal page that I created using some elements from that sheet as well as one of my new Digital Stamps that is now available in my Etsy Shop.

For those of you who missed out on this months free collage sheet you can purchase it here 

I will have a new free printable each month with my newsletter so be sure to sign up for it under the tab that says Artsy News at the top.

Now lets to get on with the creating shall we?

I do hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial and I really appreciate you sharing your time with me on this fabulous day!

xoxo – Sherry

 

 

Artsy Gift Tags & Giveaway Update

Hi Friends,

First quickly about my giveaway for the free spot in the Gratitude Junk Journal Online Workshop – We have been asked to not reveal our winners until after the weekend – when the blog hop has finished for all instructors.  So Monday I will reveal the winner on my blog.

You can still take advantage of the early bird discount (Until October 22, 2017)  $10 off the original price – no discount code needed it’s already been discounted on the site – Click : GRATITUDE JUNK JOURNAL to sign up today.  I do hope that you will join me in this Epic Journey of Love and Gratitude, I know it is something I feed I need right now in my life even more than ever.

If you haven’t seen the video trailer for my class take a quick peek here.

 

I also wanted to share that today I have another team post for the RobenMarie Smith Design Team 

Here is a little sneak peek

Be Sure to stop over to RobenMarie’s Blog to see the video and all the details

And lastly I want to send out some positive vibes and thoughts to all those who have been dealing with flooding, hurricanes, wild fires and mass shootings.  My heart is heavy with all this grief in the world, I honestly can’t wrap my head around what is going on.  I turn on the news and it’s just pure heartache.  I have been dedicating my Yoga classes to all in the world who need strength and healing and praying that all of this suffering and sadness can come to an end soon.

Light, Love and Peace to all of you!

xoxo – Sherry

 

Team Tuesday Tutorial

Good Morning Friends,

Just a quick pop in before my big reveal tomorrow.

Today I have a fun team tutorial for StencilGirl Products (it includes a fun video) and would love for you all to take a minute to check it out and leave me some love over there!!❤️  Click here to check it out.

 a little sneak peek of the finished gift card holders.

Thanks for sharing your time with me.  I will be back tomorrow with all the details on my Epic Class in this amazing online collaborative workshop.  Be sure to sign up for my email list for exclusive giveaways as they will not be posted in my blog post.

Have an amazing day friends!!

xoxo – Sherry

 

How I used my art journal for healing

Hi Friends,

How are you?  Long time no chat, I’ve missed you all terribly – I wish I could have brought you all along with me to view the amazing sites we saw on our trip.  I have taken many photos and I will share a couple at the end but first I want to get into what I’m sharing with you today.

I have a Vlog that I did and on it I am sharing some of our trip, as well as a journal flip through and a very meaningful art journal page.  Below you can see a photo of this art journal page and in my Vlog I will share with you my very emotional story behind this page and how creating this page helped me to heal.

 

Thank you so very much dear friends for letting me share this Vlog and my heart with all  of you today.  I also have some exciting news that I can’t share yet about an online collaborative class that I will be teaching it the details will be announced in October but I can tell you that if you like the idea of using your art journal to express your Art and your Heart you are going to love this new class I’m teaching in to keep your eyes peeled for sneak peeks here and on social media along the way!!❤️

Here are some of the links that I mentioned in my blog that I wanted to share with all of you:

The Validation Breakthrough by Naomi Feil

My latest project and video tutorial for the Roben-Marie Smith Design Team

Click here to watch the video

If you missed my little video on Instagram using this months StencilGirl Club stencils you can check that out below and here is a link to StencilGirl Club

Love handmade tags but no time to make them? How about a last minute tag for the bottle of wine you are bringing to a dinner party?  My Mermaid tags are just what you need.  They can be printed whenever you need them or ahead of time to have on hand, add some pretty ribbon or twine, or maybe a charm and they are ready to go.

Be sure you get them before they are gone, there are only a few left, and once they are gone they’re gone.  You have them for life to download them as many times as you want, so you will always have that special tag whenever you need it.

The other day I printed them out on some sticker paper that I had that is meant to be used for the Cricut (it’s a die cutting machine for those who might not know).  I just wanted to see what would happen if I printed them on this clear sticker paper and wow the result was amazing.  I stuck them to some mixed media paper, cut them out in a rectangle, used my corner rounder on all the corners.  Punched holes and added some natural hemp cord and some charms and pearls.  Wow the result was just gorgeous!!  Below I just wanted to show you a quick video of them.  Here is the link if you want to purchase:  Mermaids

I’m happy to be back here with all of you and I’m thankful to each and everyone of you in my life.  Have an amazing evening friends !!

xoxo – Sherry