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


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

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities, Challenge 21

It's time for another installment of the Compendium challenge.   This challenge is all about the Rock Candy Distress Glitter. Wow, what fun I had with this one!  I couldn't just stop making cards and tags with this technique. 

I immersed myself in hearts and pinks and reds to celebrate love and Valentines Day!  I pulled out some newest Tim Holtz stamps, stencils and texture fades and just played and played. 

This card has a finished size of 5 3/4 x 5 3/4.   

Here are a few of the tags. 

Those who play along have a chance to win some great Tim goodies and a gift certificate by the challenge sponsor. 

CC3 challenge 21 is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium. Check out their website at for lots of Tim Holtz goodies and much more. 

Hope you get a chance to try this technique. Such fun!

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Creating. 

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, February 2, 2015

CHA Winter 2015 - Stampers Anonymous and Ranger

Happy Monday!  Hope your week is off to a great start!

I've got a few more posts on the CHA Winter show. Hope you aren't too tired of all the posts from and others. We just get so excited about the new and up and coming products we have to share. 

Today I will share some bits from Stampers Anonymous and Ranger. These two companies are among my top go to products. For those that know me, a great deal of my inspiration comes from the man himself, Tim Holtz. So you won't be surprised to see a lot of Tim products today, right?  He he he. 

Sit back and enjoy. 

Yes, I have gone crazy over these birds. Sooooo cute and full of character. Great fun to color. Thanks to Jodie at Chico Scrapbooks I was able to snag mine as soon as they arrived in the store.  Thanks Jodie!

I couldn't wait to dive in and created a card with this cute guy.  Oh and the flower garden stamps are awesome too. 

Some of the Stampers Anonymous samples at the show. 

I didn't get a lot of Ranger photos but here are a few things that caught my eye. 

While not new I need to add this small brayer to my tool kit. So versatile. 

So much coming from both Stampers Anomymous and Ranger. I didn't even talk about the new Dylusions paints. Yes, I said paint. Formulated to perfectly compliment the sprays and add more layers to your pages. I believe these are due out in the next month or two. 

Still left to share is the Idea-ology release, some fun embossing from Stampendous, and the friends I visited with while at CHA. 

I also have some Documented Life 2015 pages to share as well as what's coming up with Sundays with Sharon, my new mixed media series at Chico Scrapbooks. Oh, and there is the February Tim tag, and the latest Compendium challenge. On a creative roll right now and loving it. 

Thanks for all your kind comments and for taking the time to stop by SYs Studio. 

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Friday, January 30, 2015

CHA Winter 2015 -Graphic 45

Happy Friday!

Back with another review from CHA. Today it's all about G45. 

The Graphic 45 booth is always decorated to the nines with lots of eye candy including the costumes that the G45 staff wears. Just a fun place to hang out. 

The new releases include Home Sweet Home, Precious Memories, and Artisan Style. Super excited about the new staples:  mixed media albums and shadow boxes. Also exciting is the re-release collectors edition of Once Upon a Springtime and ABC Primer. 

Here are some peeks at my favorite projects in the G45 booth. 

My favorites are the mixed media album and the Artisan Style. Really crushing on the architectural style stamps. Looking forward to creating some home decor and mixed media with these. 

Which of the new Graphic 45 releases is your favorite?

I have a few more lines to share so stay tuned for more posts. 

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, January 26, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 20

Hello there,

A great start to a new week.  Hope you had a good day and are looking forward to the week ahead.

Last time I played along with CC3C was challenge 16!  Yikes!  I'm excited to present my take on challenge 20.  Not only is this one of my favorite Tim techniques but I got to use some newly released stamps!  Yay!

There is only one rule for those playing and that's to work from your own version of Compendium of Curiosities 3 and not provide the instructions. This is out of respect for all of Tim's hard work in creating the books for us.

Challenge 20 is all about Distress Watercoloring, Part 2 on page 40.  For more details check out Linda Ledbetters blog here.

I made a couple of cards using the new flower garden and crazy birds stamps. I am in love. Love I tell you.

Aren't these cone flowers just yummy?

And what can I say about the birds?  So stinkin cute. 

Oh my that face just cracks me up.  Hee, hee, hee.

Hope these make you smile too. They just makes me happy. 

The sponsor for challenge 20 is  The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks for stopping by.  Look for more CHA posts this week.  Lots more to share with you.

Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CHA Winter 2015 - Prima


today I want to share my favorites from Prima.  For me its all about the mixed media, metals, and bold vintage.

The Archivist by Frank Garcia is a wonderful mix of masculine, vintage, and botanical with a Parisian feel.

To compliment The Archivist is Memory Hardware by Frank Garcia.  Yummy metals, fasteners, trims, and albums.

What really got my heart all a flutter were the art basics, art extravagance, and art ingredients by Finnabair!  Mixed media heaven!  Art Basics includes 3D gels, Soft Gels, Gessos, Modeling Paste and Light Paste.  Art Extravagance includes sand texture pastes and crackle texture pastes.  And last but not least is the Art Ingredients with glitter, glass glitter, art sugars, glass beads, micro beads, mica flakes and mica powders. 

Love this piece with all the texture and crackle.

Ah look!  Upon closer inspection you can see all the micro beads.  Cool, huh?

There are also some structures to decorate and alter.   Oh the possibilities!

The Prima booth never fails to inspire.  Looking forward to all the paper, inky, and messy fun with the Frank Garcia and Finnabair lines.

Hope you enjoyed by favorites from Prima.  More CHA Winter 2015 posts to come so be sure to stop by.

Happy Creating!