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

The Empowered Creative Woman Week 1

Welcome to week one of the Empowered Creative Woman Workshop

Hello!! I’m Sherry Canino and I will be your Artist Guide for this weeks class.  I’d like to start off by saying thank you to each and everyone of you for being here and sharing your time with me.  I for one know that there are tons of online classes and workshops out there, and having all of you beautiful souls participate in mine is a pure blessing!  So THANK YOU!!❤️

I have an introduction video below that is labeled Video 1 – this is where you should start as it lays the foundation for what we are doing in the creative videos that follow.

As you embark on this creative journey with Leslie and I please remember that there is no right or wrong way for you to create your journal pages or art.  There is no better than someone else or not as good as someone else, there is simply a FABULOUS group of ladies all on different paths and at different stages of our journey.  Please if you haven’t joined the Facebook group do so here is the link, here you can feel comfortable and safe to share your photos and connect with myself and others during this workshop.

Here is a list of this week prompts:

  • Empowerment

  • Individuality 

  • Fierce

  • Strength

  • Serene

  • Peaceful

  • Safe

  • Tranquil 

  • Spirit

The prompts are only to give you some guided inspiration in your journey and for your creative process.  Feel free to incorporate one, several, all or none into your art.  The choice is yours again there is no right or wrong – only what feels right and good to you.

Video 1 – Introduction

You do not have to immediately jump into the creative videos if you don’t want.  You can take some time prepare your space, get in a comfortable setting, pull out your supplies and do the creative videos as time allows and as you feel drawn to do so.  Remember this is not a race this is a workshop to be done at your own pace when it feels good to you.❤️

Here are your creative videos for this week I hope you enjoy them!!❤️❤️

Creative Video #1

Creative Video #2

 

Creative Video #3

 

Here are My Final pages – the next day I went back in and added some leaves to the flower in here hair – this to me added what I was looking for to kind of ground it to my page.  I also added little bit here and there with a script stamp that I have by Pam Carriker using a brown Archival Ink stamp pad.  I also wrote some positive affirmations in her hair that I need for myself on this creative journey.

Here is a list of items I used in my art journal this week:

Jane Davenport Watercolors, charcoal pencil, dip pen and ink, ephemera, water color crayons, matte acrylic paints, script stamp, white gesso

Again thank you so much for sharing your time with me and all of us this week.  I will see you all over in the Facebook group.  If you want to share your projects online feel free to do so tag me if you’d like, and be sure to use the hash tag #theempoweredcreativewoman

Be Fierce and Empowered my dear friends!!

Sherry xxoo

 

 

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