Friday, May 15, 2015

Art From My Heart


Happy Friday! 

Hope you have something fun planned this weekend. I am looking forward to teaching at Chico Scrapbooks for my Sundays with Sharon series. This month it's a journal page featuring the Remnant Rub Resist technique by Tim a Holtz. Here is a peek at my three samples. 


I also wanted to share some gifts I created recently. I have found that when I put my whole heart into a piece I much happier with the end result. It truly becomes a gift from my heart. I'm not sure why this makes the process easier for me, perhaps because there are no limits or criteria, or that there is no pressure to meet expectations but I truly love the release and inspiration I get from these projects. 

Have you seen Tim's new coffee die?  So stinkin cute I tell ya!  It was the jumping off point for this coffee fueled canvas. My long time office mate has a wonderful husband who unexpectedly drops by the office bringing her a coffee drink. A mocha to be exact.  I affectionately have nick named him mocha Bob. Hee hee.  She has always generously shared those coffees with me. I wanted to create something to thank them for their big hearts and coffee.   The quote says it all!  


Another piece that is some art from my heart is an aloha canvas. A long time friend of my husband helped him out during a tough time while he is facing his own challenges. My husband after seeing their Hawaii wall asked me to create something to gift to them.   It was a fun process to collaborate with my hubbie to come up with a cool piece. I took my inspiration from Hawaiian tapa cloths. 


I found the turtle clip art, resized it and printed it onto textured cardstock.   This turtle already had the patterns on him and all I had to do was embellish them with my white pen.  Die cuts and punches were used for the floral shapes.  Super happy with how it all came together. 



I'm honored to say the Dave and Karen put it up on their wall right away. They even added the leaf ribbon I used on the package. I think when the heart and soul are working to create a piece magical things happen. I had never seen the Hawaii wall but as you can see my piece fit right into their theme. 


This turtle looks right at home. Mahalo Dave and Karen!

Creating from my heart is so rewarding and the shock waves of positive spirit are sent out into the universe. Art from my heart makes me happy. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend. 

Happy creating. 

Hugs, Sharon







Sunday, April 26, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 April

Hello!

Did you see Tim's April tag?  Just love the florals on the craft tags!  The flower garden stamp is fast becoming one of my favorites.  Love that we can create our own floral arrangement.

Be sure to visit Tim's blog here to check out his inspirational tag as well as those who have played along this month.

I stayed true to the original design of the tag only changing the floral stamp, colors and embellishment.



The background technique was new to me.  Loving the mottled effect.  I used Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky for my background colors.

Always fun to color and shade these florals.  I chose Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, and Spiced Marmalade for my flower colors.  Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint were used for the stems and leaves.


The splatters created with the  spritzer were Walnut Stain and Picket Fence.


For the embellishment I used a gumdrop instead of a star.


Tim even inspired me to break out the sewing machine!  He said its all in the details.  So true, the stitching adds that extra something that makes such a difference.  Now if I can just find a spot in my craft room to keep the sewing machine out I would probably use it more often.  Hmmmm, maybe I can swap the hardly ever used cricket for the sewing machine . . . 


Such a happy tag, don't you agree?  I'm not sure I would have thought to cut the one inch slit in the tag to fit the stamped and colored image into but I will most definitely be using that technique again.


So glad I took the time to create this tag.  Learned some new techniques that I will be using again.  Felt great to just make something for me.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Thanks Tim for the wonderful inspiration this month!

Happy Creating!  

Hugs, Sharon








Friday, March 27, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 24

Hello!  I'm so happy to be playing along with this challenge. CC3 challenge 24 is all about the Remnant Rub Resist.  You can play along too from your own copy of Compendium of Curiosities volume III on page 51.   All of the information and inspiration for CC3C can be found at Linda Ledbetters blog here.

I'm starting a new art journal using one of the Dylusions small journals from Ranger.  It is going to be the perfect place for me to record the new healthy living journey my husband and I are taking.   Plus it will be great fun to practice my backgrounds and journal pages.  We are focusing on heart healthy foods and exercises so I wanted a place to keep recipies, suggestions and inspiration. The Mediterranean diet is one area we are exploring so I'm going to keep the main colors in blue, greens, and white. 

I used the Remant Rub Resist on the inside cover.  What a fun technique!  Quick and easy too. 





Love the blues and greens with the pop of white. This will provide inspiration every time I open the book.

As with every challenge Linda and the oh so inspirational curiosity crew will select a winner who will receive a bunch of Tim Holtz goodies courtesy of Tim and Mario.  Challenge 24 is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique who will provide a gift certificate to one lucky winner.  Check out the website here.

All are welcome to join in these challenges. If you haven't yet I encourage you to join us. Be sure to stop by the blog to check out all the great art from the Curiosity Crew and those playing along. 

Be sure to stop by my blog to check out the progress on my healthy journey journal. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon




Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pinterest Blast

Happy Saturday!

Do you pin?  Love to makes boards on Pinterest?  Me too!  Occasionally I will search a topic and do a blast of pinning. Just pinning as each photo catches my eye. Not really putting much thought into it. Going with my gut. This morning it was all about Mediterranean Moods and Styles. See the menu options over to the right?  There is a link to my Pinterest page. You can check out my latest pins and more. 


Why Mediterranean you ask?  Well hubby and I have been seeing articles lately on the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. After some coffee fueled discussion this morning I started making some notes. After I got to my seventh page from a tiny note pad it dawned on me I could write all this in a small journal as a reference and do some fun mediterranean style backgrounds. Thus the Mediterranean Moods Pin board was born. I'll be posting color and style ideas as well as recipies on the board and the ones I most want to reference in my journal.   Looking forward to combining health and cooking with art!

What would you blast on Pinterest?

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great weekend. Happy creating, and pinning!

Hugs, Sharon

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sundays with Sharon-Grungy Botanical Wall Hanging

Happy Friday everyone!

So excited for the next Sundays with Sharon this weekend. This time we will be playing with Tim Holtz burlap panels, wallflower paper, texture paste and lots of idea-ology metals. Here is a peek at what we will be creating on Sunday at Chico Scrapbooks. 







Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great weekend. Happy Creating. 

Hugs, Sharon

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 February

Happy last day of February!

I was able to squeeze in Tim's February tag.  Yahoo!  His tag was love themed and since we are way past Valentines Day I went with a steampunk theme.  The Tim Holtz original tag is on his website.

Loving the collage effect of these techniques.  I used what I had in my stash.  Using all the bits of Idea-ology paper that I have been saving was very satisfying.  What a great way to use your scraps!


You can see one of my favorite gents peeking out from the frame.  Papers are from a variety of paper stash pads including French Industrial and Wallflower.

The pocket watch is a movers and shapers die.  The center is filled with metal gears and bits as well as some mica flakes.  It's all held in with a good dose of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel).

The wire wrapped around the spinner makes a great touch.

Well that's my take on Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 February.  Hope you enjoyed it.  The new tag for March comes out tomorrow so be sure to stop by Tim's blog to check it out.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sundays with Sharon

Hello!

I'm so excited to share with you a new class series I am teaching at Chico Scrapbooks.  It's all about mixed media and art journaling and its called Sundays with Sharon.  Fun, huh?

My first class was last Sunday on January 15th.  We created an art journal page using Dylusions techniques.  The theme was luck and the color scheme was green.  My take on a St Paddy's Day page.

Thanks to Terri, Patti, Dede, Pam, Marge, Lynda, Rosemary, Annie, Ruby, and Eva for attending the first Sundays with Sharon and for making it such a great experience.  It warms my heart to see all of you having such a good time getting inky and creating!

A huge thanks to Jodie Beck, the owner of Chico Scrapbooks, for saying yes to my crazy idea.  Your support means so much.  Oh, and thanks for taking such great photos of the day!

 
 My pages to inspire the group.  I did a one page spread on water color paper and a two page spread in my Dylusions Journal.



First up a little discussion on how I chose my colors.  The one on the right looks like camouflage, ha ha

This is how we use our paper towels, aka kitchen roll to mop up the excess ink.  

What a fun day!





 

What a great day!  I so enjoy teaching.  It's all about seeing the joy in the faces, hearing the laughter, and knowing that everyone walked away with a new technique or skill.

Looking forward to the next Sundays with Sharon in March.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed the day with me.

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon