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

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

CHA 2016 Favorite Tim Holtz Dies and Stamps

Hello!  Another review on CHA 2016. This time it's all about Tim Holtz dies and stamps. 

Sizzix is my die company of choice. I'm especially in love with steel rule dies as I can cut thick things like chipboard, fabric, metal, and other media.  Chipboard people!  

Here are a few new things that caught my eye. 

Tim Holtz will be releasing some more steampunk inspired dies. Yay!  A Bigz to coordinate with the original gear and a thinlets with tons of sizes and a cool corner piece. 

Some new dwellings to expand our village.  Check out these dwellings created by the talented Annette Green. 

Clever die to create textured roofs. Oh the possibilities  

The new Tim Holtz release by Stamper Anonymous does not disappoint. The steampunk theme continues along with some botanicals, smaller crazy birds, and some crazy cats. Looking forward to the set of cars for masculine pages and cards. 

I'm also excited about the release of a smaller size stencil. These will include all of the original designs as well as the new releases. Available in sets of three coordinated designs. 

Did you see anything that just makes you want to create something?  Inspiration is everywhere.  It is wonderful to see what all those creative souls make with the tools and materials. 

I will wrap up my favorites from CHA with my one more post. Hope you will join me. 

Happy Creating!  Have a JOYfull day. 

Hugs, Sharon

Sunday, January 17, 2016

More CHA 2016

Happy Sunday!

Back at home from our trip to Anaheim for the CHA 2016 Mega Show. Today I'll show some more of the new products I'm excited about. 

Spellbinders has added two new designers to their line up that I was jumping for joy over. Seth Apter from the Altered Page and Tammy Tutterow. Both have stamps, embossing folders, and of course dies. 

Seth is a mixed media artist. His style is all about layering and texture. I was lucky enough to be able catch one of his demos and I was having so much fun I forgot to take any photos. So great to meet you in person Seth. One thing that rocked my world a bit was that Seth starts his pieces with cardstock and adds color with paint. Really?  Why did I never think of that?   I will be adding that technique to my toolbox.

Here are some pics of Seth's table at the Spellbinders booth.  Be sure to check out Seth's blog at http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/

Tammy Tutterow is known for her quotes and doodles. With Spellbinders she has released a line of stamps that feature those very same doodles. She has a vintage, distressed style. 

Here is here table at the Spellbinders booth.  I some how missed getting photos of her spinner rack with all of the cards featuring her stamps. I'm sure that she will share some on her blog so be sure to visit her at http://tammytutterow.com/

Are you loving Seth and Tammy as much as I am?  Looking forward to more inspiration from them and Spellbinders. 

Look for most posts on what I found at CHA featuring Sizzix, Stampers Anonymous, and more. 

Have a wonderful day. Happy Creating!  May you find JOY in all things. 

Hugs, Sharon

Sunday, January 10, 2016

CHA 2016


Hope your Sunday is going great!

I am down in Anaheim at the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Mega Show.  This is an annual event for retailers to see  and order the new releases. So much to see and look at!

I love that I get to come here with Jodie at Chico Scrapbooks and be a part of the excitement. Big hugs and thanks Jodie!

These are long days but it recharges all of our creative batteries for the upcoming year. 

I'm not taking as many photos as usual but are a few shots. 
On the way. Must have our airplane selfie, right?

A favorite stop is the ideology booth!  So much to look at with all the vintage goodness. Thanks Paula for taking good care of us. 

We also stopped by the Graphic 45 booth. Always a joy to see their set up and new papers. 

Getting ready for another full day on the CHA show floor. Stayed tuned for more updates. I will also post some pics on my Facebook page SY's Studio. 

Have a wonderful day. Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Oh Christmas Tree Cards

Happy December!

Really, it's almost Christmas?!  I have missed sharing my creations with you but just wasn't able to. More on that in another post. Today I want to share some Christmas cards with you. I have been having a festive time with the new Tim Holtz Sizzix dies Evergreen and Woodlands. Oh Christmas Tree!  Such versatile dies!

Wanting to keep things simple and quick, I used the Yuletide paper pad for the snow and the background. Metallic Kraft Core cardstock was used for the words and accents.  I used texture paste to create the snow on the trees as well as flicks of white picket fence paint to give the feel of snow fall. 

One last card is a steampunk, masculine Christmas for a friend in the construction industry. I used the same Yuletide paper pad and the metallic Kraft core. This time I embossed the copper metallic with the blueprint texture fade and sanded and inked it for a grungy feel. 

Do you want to see a sneak peek of my next class at Chico Scrapbooks?  It has a love/Valentine theme and will be on Sunday, January 17th after we get back from CHA.

These tiles are inspired by Paula Cheney. Check out her tutorial on her blog One Lucky Day http://www.oneluckyday.net/2015/12/star-bright-tree.html

Thank You so much for visiting my blog. I appreciate all those who stop by and all the wonderful comments. I appreciate each and everyone of you!  Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with blessings, joy, and love!

While I have been missing here on the blog I have been posting to my Facebook page SY's Studio. Please come on by if you are on Facebook. 

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Halloween House


I have been having fun with Halloween home decor pieces this year. I got my hands on the new Tim Holtz Village Dwelling dies and I'm in love. These houses are easy to put together and personalize to any season or occasion. You know I had to do a Halloween house!

I was so excited to make my house that I didn't get any stepped out photos!  Here are some finished shots. 

I used the Tim Holtz Regions Beyond paper stash, some Idea-ology with a touch of glitter and sequins.

These ghosts were the perfect size for the house. This is one of the original yellow Sizzix dies I've had in my stash for a long time. Love it when I can combine my old dies with the new ones.  

My Hero Arts web stamp works to decorate the sides of this spooky house. 

Some detail shots. 

I cut a hole in the base before gluing the house down. This makes it easy to put a tea light under the house for extra frightful effects. 

This Village Dwelling XL die is the basic house. Two other Bigz dies were introduced to transform this one into a church or school house and a winter dwelling. Perfect for creating a winter or Christmas village.  The possibilities are endless.  Really. It's all up to your imagination. 

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you get time to create your own spooky Halloween home decor pieces. There is still time!

Happy creating!

Hugs, Sharon