Saturday, August 20, 2016

Mixed Media Cards

Happy Saturday!

Hope all is well with you as summer winds down.  Is anyone else looking forward to Fall as much as I am?  Love these times of transition. It almost feels like an opportunity to reset and move on. 

I have been enjoying creating and teaching some mixed media classes. Last weekend was a mixed media card class.  If you are following on FB at SY's Studio you have already seen some peeks. 

Here are the finished class samples. 

At the students request I incorporated the favorite techniques from the Mixed Mediums 101 and 102 classes. 

Kits ready for class. 

Trays all set with mediums, inks, and supplies for each card. 

Some close up details of all the mixed media goodness!

I get such a kick out of watching the students learn and have a fun time. So much so that I always forget to take pics during class. Ugh. No matter how much I tell myself I'm going to take pictures of the class and the students work I always forget. Hahahahaha. I just get lost in the moment and enjoy myself as much as they do. Ah well that's the way it goes. 

Really, truly I get as much out of teaching as the students do learning. It feeds my soul and allows me to just be. 

I'm starting some fall themed projects and will share some peeks later. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope the mixed media cards inspire you to create some of your own. 

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, July 11, 2016

Village Dwellings, Sneak Peaks, and Halloween

Happy Monday!

hope you are doing well and enjoying your summer.  I'm excited about the latest releases from Tim Holtz.  How about you?

Today's Tim Holtz Sizzix holiday release sneak peek really brought me back a few years!  Be sure to check out the Halloween Sizzix Release and the Christmas Sizzix Release and see all the fun new dies and embossing folders.  There is sure to be something for everyone.  The Village Dwelling series has been creating quite the buzz and Tim does not disappoint with the latest dwellings to add to our village.  The Halloween Manor just makes me smile.

So many of Tim's dies and stamps have such a nostalgic feel to them.  I am always drawn to the Halloween images and products.  It brings back the wonderful memories from childhood. My Mom was so great at making every holiday festive and full of happy memories.

Tim's release, including the Manor, doesn't only take me back to childhood but just about 6 years ago when I re-ignited my passion for crafting.  When I saw that Manor this afternoon I instantly went back to 2010 when I created my own Halloween manor.  Hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane.  I know traditionally its throw back Thursday but I'm just a little early this week.  Hehehehe.

I was using my Cricut more those days and can still remember the excitement when I found the Happy Hauntings cartridge.  It included a haunted mansion to put together.  What started out as simply putting together the haunted house became a multi day construction project of not only the house but a whole scene.

It looked good,  It was a challenge to put together but I was loving how it turned out.  It needs some some shingles my husband said.   Hmmmmmm, I can do that.

Yes, it does look much better with shingles.

 I glued each one of these on by hand, carefully making sure to stagger the rows.

It needs more my husband said.  Ok, what else can I add?  How about rocks on the chimney, and a yard with spooky trees and a grave yard, and a fence.  

Perhaps as a sign of mixed media things to come I got some texture paste and created the "yard" on a canvas and painted it all spooky with black and gray.

So today Tim Holtz has brought back some happy memories and struck a cord with his latest dwelling the spooky manor.  I love how crafting can become so personal and take us to another place and time.  

I am looking forward to creating the next version of my haunted house.  Wonder what construction tips my husband will come up with this time?

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you find joy in your crafting!

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Don't Forget to Fly-Winged Things


The fabulous ladies over at the Creative Carte Blanche blog are having another art adventure. This month the theme is Winged Things. You can visit them here

So happy that I played along!   This dragonfly is ready to spread its wings and fly. 

The wings were created with a recycled computer keyboard mother board.  Such a cool mechanical touch to my winged thing!

This will make a fun addition to my craft room and a great reminder to spread my creative wings. 

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you get some creative time in this weekend. Join the hostesses at Creative Carte Blanche and play along. 

Happy Creating. 

Hugs, Sharon

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Use What You Have Cards

Hello!  Happy Saturday!

Hope your weekend is going well and you are getting in some crafty time.  

My Mother In Law and Sister In Law asked me to make them some cards for any occasion that could be mailed.  I jumped at the chance to just create.

Since I was going to be making 30 cards I decided to keep things simple.  I started by pulling out my 12 x 12 patterned paper stash. I quickly selected those that caught my eye along with some matching cardstock. I cut them to size to fit the pre-made cards I had in my stash. These are the packs with coordinating envelopes that you can find at the big box craft stores.  Then I just started playing. A few of my favorite Tim Holtz sentiment stamps, the new stitched dies by Sixxiz and Tim Holtz, punches and some ink and the cards came together fairly quickly.  I let the images and patterns in the paper guide me. Pure fun. Pure joy.  Creative play. 

Grab a cuppa and check out the use what you have cards. 

My MIL was very appreciative and told me that she has already used two of the cards to write long over due notes.  So grateful that she is enjoying the cards as much as I did making them. 

These cards were a great creative jump start for me. I learned some things along the way:

Using up your stash can bring joy to many. Seriously, it's just sitting in your room taking up space if you aren't using it. Go.  Pull it out.  Make some cards. Give them away for someone else to enjoy. It will make you feel good. And them. And the person who receives the card. Spread the joy!

I am in love with the nested stitched dies by Tim Holtz and Sizzix. In love. Really. I have never had a set of nested dies before. Yes I know I'm late to that party but hey I'm here now. Such a simple way to add a little extra touch to a card, layout, or album. So many possibilities. More please Tim!

I really like the Handwritten sentiment stamps by Stampers Anonymous and Tim Holtz. Makes it look like I hand lettered my cards. Shhhhhh, it's our secret. Hehehehe.  Seriously Tim, please make more of the handwritten sentiment and word stamps.  Pretty please!!!!!  

It doesn't have to be about big, fancy mind blowing techniques or complicated cards. A simple card made with pretty paper, joy, and a few extra touches makes a big impact. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I appreciate you. 

Now, go pull what you have and make some cards!  Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Friday, May 6, 2016

Bugs and Mothers Day

Hello everyone!

Bugs and Mothers Day?  Ewwwwww! Right?  Well, let me explain. I wanted to create a bunch of Mothers Day cards and started with some scraps of Tim Holtz idea-ology wallflower and Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime and Botanical Tea.   Next was a card layout idea I pinned. Thanks to Jacqueline at Jacqueline's Craft Nest, Suzanne Czosek, and Moxie Fab World for this fabulous inchie card idea. 

But what about the bugs you ask?  Not a bug in sight. Yet. Wait for it. I took the Wallflower and G45 papers and started cutting my inchies and gluing them to my card fronts. I liked where this was going. I punched some layered butterflys from the same papers. Used the Sizzix Tim Holtz thinlit labels die to cut some layered  labels for my sentiments.  As I assembled my cards I realized that one card in particular might not make the best Mothers Day card. You see there is one paper in the Wallfower pad that has an almost scientific look that I just love. I came to realize that some may not love it so much as it's covered in various bees and bugs!  And the sentiment says when I want to see love I look at you. So no "real" bugs involved here. Hehehehehe!  I think the card is cool and I know two Moms in heaven who would like it too. Happy Mothers Day to my Mom and sister Denise! This bug card is for you!

While this bug card may not be for all you Moms out there one of these other may. Happy Mothers Day !

Tim Holtz Idea-ology papers:

Graphic 45 papers:

Some detail shots. The butterflys and some elements received some added sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella pen work. 

These were fun to make.  A good way to use of your scraps. 

I'm off to get ready for National Scrapbook Day.   I will be spending the weekend with my Northern California friends at the new location of Chico Scrapbooks. Look for updates on my Facebook page, SY's Studio. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Life and Art

Hello Friends!

It's been a while.  Life has been busy and the blog got pushed down the list.  I have been working on some projects for classes and myself but haven't had the time or energy to share here. 

Lots of things going on in my life. My general rule is that this blog is about creating and sharing my projects. I tend to stay away from anything too personal. Not because I want to keep it private but because I want this to be my happy place.  I debated whether to share the events of late with you. Last year was a tough one for my family and we are still finding our way.  It has affected my energy and outlook and decided it was worth a share so that you can get to know me better. 

My Father In Law passed away last Easter after suffering a massive stroke.  I focused more time and energy to my husband plus we had to make several trips to Santa Barbara to take care of family business.   No matter how much you think you are prepared it's tough to lose a parent.  We miss Alby everyday.  

Last October my big sis Denise passed away after a short but difficult battle with cancer.  She was brave and fought til the end. I still can't believe she is gone.  We had a belated memorial for her last Saturday in Santa Cruz.  It was good to gather with those who loved her.  We were blessed with beautiful weather on the coast.  

Here is a photo, the mid 1960's I think, of my family.  I'm the youngest so I'm sure you can guess who I am. My sister Denise, my brother Glen, and my Mom and Dad have all passed. My brother Scott, my sister Lisa (not in this picture) and I are the remaining members of our immediate family. 

These events have left me a bit unsteady and unsure.  I feel that I am questioning all aspects of my life including my art. Big things like when do we want to retire and do we really want this big house?  To other small things like do I really need all these craft supplies and tools and what kind of art makes me happy?  I know it is all part of the process and it's a good thing but at times it is just painful, leaving me feeling raw and on edge.  

I do know that my creative process is important to me and all of my friends in the art community are too. Thanks and big hugs to all of you!  Your support and comments along the way mean so much to me.  I appreciate each and every one of you. 

Please be patient, kind and gentle with me as I make my way back to blogging. 

Life is short people. Make the most of every moment. Remember the now. 

Happy Creating. 

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CHA 2016-Prima and More

Hey, you guys I forgot to post my last pics of CHA 2016. Hope you aren't tired of the recaps yet. 

Let's look at what Prima has to offer and then talk about the people. 

Prima always has such yummy eye candy.  It's a fun booth to visit and get inspired from. My two favorite lines are Salvage District and French Riviera. I just realized that I missed getting photos of French Riviera but here are a couple of Salvage District. It's classic with mostly black and white prints which I'm looking forward to inking up.  French Riviera has a nautical/sea theme. 

Isn't this canvas by Frank Garcia just yummy?

Here are Finn's new metals. 

Think I'm most excited about these sticky rub ons that you can decorate with foils, glitter and more. Great for cards and home decor pieces. 

While the launch of the new products is exciting, amazing, and inspiring it's really the people that make the show and the experience. 

To my travel companions Jodie, Terri, and Marybeth:  thanks for the fun and keeping it real.  

While we work hard to make decisions about what to bring in this year for Chico Scrapbooks we make time for friends and fun. Thanks friends for the great meals, conversation, shopping, smiles, hugs, and encouragement!  Pleased to meet some new friends that I have only met online. 

And then there is this . . . . . 

Life is short - try on silly hats and have fun!

Thanks for sticking with on the CHA recaps. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Look for some new projects on my next post. 

Take care. Happy Creating. 

Hugs, Sharon