Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Halloween Fun with Graphic 45

Hello there!

I wanted to thank you for all the visits and comments on my mono print shadow box. Your support and sweet comments made my day and mean the world to me. 

Another Halloween project to share. This time I used the new G45 Rare Oddities.   Classic Halloween colors with some interesting and odd images. I used the small matchbox as my base to create a shadowbox wall hanging. 

It starts out as a dimensional hanging shadow box. 

With a surprise inside!

Did you spot the image from the first photo on the middle tag?  These three tags are linked with ribbon and attached to a clip to attach to the matchbox. They were created to be folded and stored in the box when not being displayed. This is not the best photo but this is so long it was a challenge to photigraph!

Here you can see the clip used to attach to the tags extender to the box. 

Close up views of the tags. 

I think this will look great hanging from the mantle to bring some spooky fun during the Halloween season.  Have you started any Halloween projects?  I'm really enjoying getting mine done early so that I will be able to enjoy them all season long. 

I posted this one on the Graphic 45 Facebook page for the August challenge. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Friday, August 14, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 34, The Grand Finale

Hello everyone!

Well, here we are at the final challenge from The Tim Holtz book, Compendium of Curiosities 3. What great fun it has been to play along. 

First, a huge thank you to Linda Ledbetter for hosting the challenges and for gathering such a talented curiosity crew to inspire us all.  Thank You to the Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring the challenges and provide generous shopping gift certificates to randomly selected winners. A big Thank You to Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi for providing great prizes for the Curiosity Crews Choice for each Challenge. 

To all of you who have stopped by to see my creations, and those that took the time to make kind comments I am so touched and thankful for your support. 

The final challenge is the Layering Stencil Monoprint technique on page 48. This is such fun and it's easy to get carried away with a desk full of backgrounds. 

I used the technique on watercolor paper and used it to cover a shadow box die cut from Tims postage die. 

This piece ended up on the back. 

Yup, it's a Halloween shadow box. I know, I know it's only August. I love creating home decor projects for Halloween and I am getting a head start on holiday projects. I pulled out my favorite Halloween Distress Inks and got in some frightful fun. 

The jack o lanterns and skull were stamped, inked and cut out. The spider and Happy Halloween are from the same mini Halloween 4 stamp set.   The script on the front and sides is from the new ledger script stamp set. Serious, mad love for this set!

Here are some close ups. 

A good shot of the script stamp. 

The spider is stamped in black archival and embossed with clear embossing powder. The words and bat are rub ons. 

The gum drops were colored with mushroom alcohol ink for an aged look. 

This will be a fun piece for the mantel or a shelf.  I had a great time creating this shadow box.  Hope you enjoyed it to. 

This final challenge of CC3 is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate. Tim and Mario will be providing prizes for the Curiosity Crews choice. Be sure to jump over to Linda Ledbetters blog to see what the crew did as well as those who played along too. 

I admit I'm going to miss these challenges. Hoping there will be. Compendium 4 so we can do it all over again. 

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Creating. 

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge, #33


can you believe we are almost to the end of the CC3 Challenges?  It has been fun to play along and I have enjoyed learning some new techniques along the way.

Challenge #33 is all about Altered Surfaces.

Those who play along by submitting a project using the technique and visit each Curiosity Crew team member's blog and leave a comment will be eligible to receive a great assortment of Tim's products courtesy of Tim and Mario if they are selected as the Curiosity Crew's Choice.

This challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium and one lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to shop at their fabulous online store.  Be sure to visit Inspiration Emporium and check out the amazing selection.

I know I always say this but this technique is fun.  Great grungy fun!  The possibilities are endless and can be adapted to any project.  I was so inspired by the Curiosity Crew's projects and amazed at the variety.  Be sure to visit Linda Ledbetter's blog, Studio L3 to see the projects and get more details on the challenge.

I worked in my Dylusions large journal for this challenge and got a chance to play with the newly released Crazy Birds dies.  Oh what a joy!  These crazy birds just make me smile.

Cute, huh?  I decided that these crazy birds needed a neighborhood!  Their houses are created with Tim's Artful Dwelling die and some scraps of Tim's paper.  I used the challenge technique to create the house numbers.

One of my favorite things was that I could color coordinate the house number with the color of each bird.  Hee hee hee!  Oh its the little things, right?

The page was finished off with an appropriate sentiment.

I've really been enjoying playing in my art journal this year.  Such a great way to play with my inks, paints, stamps and dies.  Looking forward to the accessories stamps for these crazy feathered friends.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you love these birds and their color coordinated houses as much as I do.

Happy creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 June


What a blast I had with Tim's June tag.  The plaid, the coffee, and oh the creative fun!

Here is what Tim created

This month I wanted to recreate the technique in my Ranger Small Dylusions Journal.  I faced some challenges along the way but am so happy with the finished journal spread.

The lightest spray stain color I have is Pumice Stone.  I sprayed some water and then the stain.  It's been hot (like over 100 degrees hot) here in Chico and I think the heat and the AC caused the stain to dry too quickly and so I kept spraying and ended up with pages that were way too dark for the plaid technique. I'm sure these pages will make a great background for another journal spread.  It will be there waiting for inspiration.  In the meantime on to finding a solution.

Well, I thought, I just need to start with gesso so my ink doesn't soak in too quickly.  On went the gesso on some other pages.  The stain didn't soak in but I didn't exactly get the look I was after.  I kept going determined to make this work.  I don't have the DIY pad so I used my mini Distress Inks to create the plaid.  It was then that I remembered that Distress Inks and gesso do not play well together.  The plaid ended up looking like a bunch of dots and dashes.  This was not going well.

Ok, back to the trusty tag.   Yes!  Much better.  Still determined to do a journal spread I took my favorite peeled paint distress ink and a blending tool and blended all the inks on the gesso pages.  Turned out to be a cool background.  Happy accident.  I pulled out my Spills & Splatters stamps as well as the Scribbles and Splats Thinlits dies to create some background interest and accents.  This is why I love art journaling.  Creative play with lots of layers, inks, paints and what ever works for me.   Yay!

I added some journaling with some Idea-ology Small Talk stickers.

Tim's 12 tags series is such a great way to get some creative play time.  Thank youTim for the inspiration and generosity in sharing your cool techniques.  Be sure to stop by Tim's blog for your own inspiration and ideas.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 29


I'm joining in on the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge. This one is all about the eroded metallic technique. What a fun time!  If you want to play along grab your copy of Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities III and turn to page 44. 

I used the eroded metallic for my old jalopy and sign. Perfect for an old car, right?  I created a journal spread about driving yourself to an unique life and leaving the ordinary behind. 

The spread is a bit of a hot mess but I adore the eroded metallic on the car and the sign. 

My art journals are about learning and letting go. It's my playground and lab. Great place to practice new techniques and just have fun.  I'm ok with however things turn out as long as I enjoyed the process. 

As with all the challenges the curiosity crew will select a winner to receive some goodies from Tim and Mario. This challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium. One lucky participant will receive a gift certificate.  Be sure to visit their site at

Thanks for stopping by to see how I used eroded metallic in my journal. 

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

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


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