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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Happiness Blooms from Within

This single page for Stick it Down's monthly challenge really makes me happy, for so many reasons.

First here is the sketch to work from, please play along. You can find Stick it Down Bog HERE

 First off the unbelievable perfect match of paper and photos. I asked my daughter for some photo's and what she sent me MATCHED perfectly to what I call a cast off sheet from mix media art. Cast off sheets are clean, usually thicker paper where you can clean off stencils, stamps after using them for a mix media page. We don't like to waste anything and you never know what you will get in the end. This was magic. Even the designs matched her clothes...this cast off page was done prior to me asking for photo's but as soon as I seen them I knew what paper I was starting with!

Anyone interested in learning more about mix media really needs to visit Vicki Boutin over on this facebook page and search her past video's - awesome human and artist!

Cast off Sheet:


End result:


My process included the following steps:

  1. |Drew a heart on light pencil
  2.  Using a flower stamp (this one is a Vicki Boutin)
  3. Stamp out some leafs
  4. Colour them in using whatever medium you want (I used Chameleon Pencils)
  5. Sew around the heart 3x for extra texture and interest
  6. Layer you photo's and ephemera (all from Vicki Boutin Collections)

A few Close ups:


 







Saturday, 20 March 2021

Exciting news to share!!

Big News! Read fully as there is a lot of information here.

After exploring many options on how I can sell my wares, I decided to join the Mavenfair Team of sellers. 


 

The link to my store is https://mavenfair.ca/members/sherryj/

Why did I choose Mavenfair as my forum of choice?

-It is a site that is designated for Canadian Sellers only! You can sell all over the world however you can only be a store owner if Canadian. If the pandemic taught us anything it is how important it is to support people closest to home and in Canada.

- The founders of Mavenfair have been attentive, extremely responsive and have assisted me in setting up my shop with minimal effort. The absolute best customer service skills and follow through. They have actually adjusted how the shop works based on my individual products and needs!

- The expense to open a store with Mavenfair is minimal and just for the service received. Must less then any other options I explored.

- Regardless of the success of my personal store, I wanted to sing from the rooftops and share this marvellous venue for all the other crafters out there like me who has a passion for crafting and is looking to share their wares in this manner. This includes the ability to sell your digital and downloadable products. So my crafty friend who do digital design work....please have a look at what this has to offer (I am not affiliated with Mavenfair to gain any profits from this post, I just really grew to respect them for what they are doing for Canadian Crafers in the short time I've worked with them,)  

For all the local people who wish to shop from my store and arrange pick-up please use discount code #freeshipping and this will remove the shipping. When I see this, I will send you a message to arrange pick up. As well I still have cards at Granny's Antiques & Gifts in Antigonish.

As a gift to you, please use this discount code for your first order #introcoupon and this will give you 15% off your first order

If you are a fellow crafter and explore this option for yourself, I do have a discount code I can give you that will give you some incentives as a new seller on Mavenfair. Just send me a message and I will forward it to you.

Please explore and place this on your list of on line buyer options for gifts in the future.

Monday, 15 March 2021

Backyard Buddy- A Barred Owl (Stick it Down March Challenge)

 This beautiful creature blessed us with a visit or is he/she living in our backyard? With the massive amount of birch trees on the property it is hard to say if he/she has been here before but I do hope so. I consider the owl to be my spirit fowl in many ways and knowing it is here makes me very happy.

Single Page Sketch

 

My take

 




Products used:
Paper from Prima Marketing (Vintage Emporium- Florence) and Blue Fern (Tranquility-Contentment)

The first attempt was using Gesso and Black Paint- I hated it BUT what beautiful accent pieces it made! Backing the photos, the banner and bits and pieces tucked behind was from this initial attempt.

I also used; Distress ink and stencils, black gesso, Speckled Egg Distress and Heidi Swapp Gold sprays, Foiled hearts; Sewing with gold and black thread; Boarder punch.
 

 

 

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Thinking of you

 Hello friends!

I've been using up some much needed vacation from work and staying close to my happy place doing what I love the most- crafting!

I have steered away from blogging and moving towards more Instagram and facebook posting of my creations. HOWEVER when I have more then one item to show, or need to really showcase a project this is still my go to forum.

These cards are perfect for sympathy, for someone who may be going to a general "rough" patch or just a simple- I'm thinking about you! The inside are blank so you can personalize it for the need.

Even though the messages are the same on all cards, they are completely unique in their art with tones and textures.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Starting with a watercolour inky play date- 


 And ended with these!

All but one has this 3D look with a stitched raised boarder

 






This is the only white card (all others are a cream color) and is not 3D. Reason being the art work was too narrow for the frame but too beautiful not to use and I live it just as much.

Thank you for taking the time to review this post and please let me know what you think!


Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Life is Lovely with you

 February's Stick it Down Single Page Challenge\

Dedicated to our furry friend and family pet; Miley. She had a very good and long life with us.

Paper-line used: Simple Stories, Domestic Bliss

Other items: Dies; title and ephemera from stash; Black gel pen; Vicki Boutin Crayons; Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine Spray





Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Mini Album Extravaganza!

Absolutely love this little mini album! I couldn't stop at just one.All featuring Gina K paper designs and a huge thank you to Paul Ford for all the inspiration.

Each are designed almost the same with little differences to the closure of the pockets inside. One has magnetic closure (the fall one); one has no closure (the red spine one) and the rest have an invisible acetate closure.

They will hold 25-35 photos ranging in size from 4x4 and smaller.

The Fall one is completely finished but the others are still requiring embellishing and will get their finishing touches once I know what they will be used for. 

The perfect gift for birthday parties, teacher gifts, grandparents, godparents, hostess, Christmas, events, etc! Stop hoarding those precious memories on your hard drive and get them out for display in your home or office.

Send me an email if you are interested in owning one of these beauties.
















Check out the video here for closer look!

 

Friday, 15 January 2021

Twenty-Twenty One

 Wishing loud existence, dreams that come true and daily adventures for this beautiful lady!

January's Stick it Down challenge single page layout






Products used:

- Vicki Boutin paper line, stencils, crayons, and embellishments

- Tim Holtz Dies Chevron

- EK success punch and Martha Stewart punch

- Modelling paste, sewing machine