CREATE Mixed Media Retreat is coming to Irvine, CA again this year.  I will be taking Chris Cozen's workshop - Drawing on Paint on Friday, May 31st from 6pm-9pm as well as her full-day workshop - More is Hidden Than Revealed:  Deeply Layered Collage on Saturday, June 1st from 9am-4pm
I hope to see you at the retreat!  Oh, and there's an Artists' Faire Friday, May 31st as well.  Always fun!

Journal - Part Deux

Well I started - and completed - sewing the signatures into my handmade fabric journal today.  Here are the pages with the journal opened fully . . .

After sewing in the signatures, I decided to add some beads to some of the waxed linen tails.  Here they are on the spine with the journal closed . . .

And here's the back side of the closed journal . . .

Now my new Remains of the Day journal is ready to start journaling in!  What a fun on-line workshop this was.  I can hardly wait to make more of these.

If you'd like to see some of the papers I used inside, go to the previous post.
Thank you for stopping by today and leaving your comments.  xo sherry

Yes, I'm Actually Blogging Today!

I tell you, I've been so busy enjoying life when I'm not at "the day job" that I haven't even had time to sit down and write a blog post!  I've been finding it faster to just do a quick post on my Facebook page every few days or post my latest journal page on the Art Journaling for Women FB group I belong to.
Saturday, July 21, 2012

My friend Mary Valleau told me I needed to get back to blogging.  Easy for HER to say, now that she's retired from HER "day job"!  *smiles*

Anyway, I won't fill you in on EVERYthing I've been up to since my last blog post, but I DID want to tell you about an on-line workshop I was gifted by my friend Nancy Lynn.  The workshop is all about making a journal called Remains of the Day.  You can learn more about it and/or sign up for the workshop by clicking on the link.  The instructor, Mary Ann Moss is great and a lot of fun!

more pages
I've got to tell you though, I started this journal around noon today and didn't put it down until 8:30 tonight!  I still have a few more steps to complete, but here's a peek at what I've done so far . . .

5 signatures

closed but empty (until tomorrow!)

Ok, so since I haven't completed my handmade journal, I guess you'll be seeing me back here as soon as I finish.  It's almost 11pm so I'm going to call it a nite.  Hugs & Kisses - sherry

Vintage Book Page Necklace

This is my latest vintage book page necklace:
I created this necklace by punching out lots and lots of 2" circles from the book pages.
Then I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a center hole in the circles.
Using LuminArte Radiant rain Shimmering Mists in Teal Zircon and Sea Foam, I spread the circles out on a Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet and randomly sprayed them with the Shimmering Mists and let them dry in the warm, California sun out on my deck.

Once dried, I strung the little 2" circles onto one of Susan Lenart Kazmer's industrial CHIC necklace blanks

Here's the first one I made . . .
What are YOU working on these days?

Art Abandonment - My First

I recently joined an artist on-line FaceBook group started by Michael deMeng called ART ABANDONMENT.
Yesterday evening I secretly placed a piece of my 2009 artwork on canvas at a "resting station" along a bike trail that runs along the El Toro side of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.  I snapped a couple of photos and quickly made my escape before anyone saw me :)
The attachment you see taped in the upper right hand corner reads: 
"This is a handmade item I created that I am secretly placing here.  If you have found it, it was meant for YOU!  I am a member of a group of artists on FaceBook called Art Abandonment, and we just want to share a little piece of what we love to do - CREATE ART!  I have attached a card with my contact information.  Won't you drop me a line and le me know how finding this made you feel?  Have an art-filled day today!"

If you would like to learn more about our group and maybe even join in on the fun, check out Michael's video here:
This is fun. I'm definitely going to be doing this again real soon!

Etching Cuffs

I've gotten a little hooked on etching cuffs the past couple of weeks since I took a class at CREATE in Irvine, CA with Kristen Robinson.

This one reads "Embrace Imperfection":
I used one of Tim Holtz rubber stamps to create this etched copper cuff.  The stamp is from the Spills and Splatters collection. 

And the one below was created using the Stuff to Say Tim Holtz collection.  I had to take two photos to get all of the words in the picture . . .
"Experience is not what happens to you, it's what you do with what happens to you".

And the cuff below is one I hammered and metal stamped the word "Journey" on . . .
I'm having sooooo much fun with these!

Vintage Paper Necklace

This is probably a little much for some people to wear as a necklace, but I was told it's a "statement piece".  What do YOU think?  
I created this necklace using pages from a couple of vintage books and some vintage sheet music by using a circle punch to make the discs and my Crop-a-Dile to punch the center holes.
I added some shellac to give the necklace an even more vintage look as well as giving the paper discs some "body".

After I dried the discs in the sun, I strung them on one of Susan Lenart Kazmer's industrial CHIC necklace blanks.

Probably don't need a fancy outfit to wear THIS necklace with huh? *smiles*

June Inspiration Emporium Challenge, a Private Party and Things I've Been Creating

Hello Blogger Peeps!  The June Challenge is up and awaiting your works of art over at the Inspiration Journal blog.  

stamped, watercolored
and zentangled
The Challenge this month is STAMP A LITTLE SUNSHINE (sun, summer, beachy theme).  And guess what you can win just by submitting to this challenge?  A whopping $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend any way you'd like in the Inspiration Emporium On-line store.  Yep, and the Challenge is open to those of you that live outside the U.S. as WELL!

So what are you waiting on?  Start creating your stamped piece full of sun and fun! *smiles*.

On another note . . .
Later this month I'll be teaching a little private workshop at the home of my friends Mary and Trina.

When Mary saw the above Tim Holtz Idea-ology Pocket Watch necklace I was wearing at the last Rubber Stamp Convention in Carson, she immediately told me that I had to host a class :)

If you would like to have me teach at your home, just e-mail me ( with a project you would like me to teach and we can pick a date and time.  Then all you have to do is secure 5-8 of your crafting friends/family members/co-workers, maybe provide a few snacks and the party is ON!

I always supply just about everything you need to walk away with a finished project and a printed handout so you can relax and not have to take notes to try to remember how we did what was created in the class.

Search through my blog here for workshops I've taught either privately or at stores to help you plan your next party. 

Lately I've been into creating bracelet cuffs.  Here are a few I've finished and a few I'm still working on . . .

Have an art-filled week ahead!

Not Rushing . . . Just Looking Forward :-)

The CREATE Mixed Media Retreat is not even over yet and I'm already thinking about The Rubber Stamp Convention in Carson in July.  Wanna know WHY? . . .
Teesha Moore will be hosting some workshops starting on Friday, July 13th.  First up is her 100% Recycled Journal from 9a to 11a.  (see photo above)
Scrapbooking Outside the Box is also on Friday, July 13th from 12:30p-2:30p (see photo above)
Japanese Tape Tricks is early on Saturday morning from 7:30a-9:30a (see photo above)
Collage Love is on Saturday, July 14th from 2:30p-4:30p (see photo above)

To enroll in any of Teesha's classes above, you need to go to A Stamp in the Hand website.

Ooooooh, and on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th all the way from the U.K., Dyan Reaveley will be demonstrating her fab-u-lous art in the Stampers Anonymous booth.  Can hardly wait to see Dyan in person and in action again!  She is one of my favorite new peeps! :-)

Gotta go do my final packing for my class at CREATE tomorrow.  In the evening from 6p-9p is the Artists' Faire.  Unique supplies and one-of-a-kind artwork.  I hope I have self control at THAT event!  It's open to the public, so even if you're not taking classes, you can stop by after dinner and do some looking around and shopping *wink wink*

Stay Creative and have an art-filled rest of the week!


I am sooo looking forward to the Create Mixed Media Retreat that begins next week.  I need a vacation from "the day job" and what better way to relax than to be around like-minded souls creating art?!

Excited to be taking Glamour and Grunge Etched Cuffs workshop with Kristen Robinson on Friday, June 1st.  I've been going through my hundreds of rubber stamps and trying to select a few of my favorites that I think will work nicely on the cuffs.  We will be filling bezels for our cuffs as well, so I've been trying to narrow down my favorite quotes and photos that I think I might like to use.  I guess I need to keep in mind that I can always create more cuffs once the workshop is over and just focus on learning all of the techniques and stop fretting over which stamps and quotes to take with me! :)

I waited too late to get into Laurie Mika's workshop "Home Sweet Home-Shrine" on Friday, May 30th.

But maybe I should sign up for Laurie Mika's Embedded Hearts class that night from 6-9.

Oooooh why did I wait to sign up for THIS workshop?! - Larger Than Life by Alisa Burke.  Now it's FULL :(  I didn't realize how much fun and how freeing this looks like it will be.

On Sunday, June 3rd I'm taking Pam Carriker's workshop Sketching Without Pencils.

Anyone reading this blog post going to be at the CREATE event as well?  What day(s)?  What workshops?  Are you going to the CREATE Mixed Media Mixer on Tuesday night, May 29th from 6:30-8:30? 

Sure hope to see you there!