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


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