Sunday, October 27, 2013

Creating all the time!

I have been horrible at keeping up at blogging!

I am creating all of the time but have been concentrating my efforts in recording and editing my youtube videos.

I will try to to do better in the future!

Here is one of my favorites that I have created.

I fell in love with a print at Target when I went there but I could not bring myself to spend $100 on a print on canvas, there was no texture or depth in the piece, you could tell by looking at it there the original was full of texture.

I decided I would use that piece for inspiration and make my own. the video below shows the process I used to try for the same feel while putting my own twist on it.

In creating this piece I just used paper from my stash and supplies I had on hand. this piece took me only one fun day and I love the end result!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

2 lil birdies

Yes! I know I'm a horrible blogger! I am sooooo sorry!

I have been creating alot but have not been updating my blog as I should! I have uploaded a few videos on my Youtube page but I have picked my favorite finished project to link up for this post.

I used two 2"x 4" frames to make these little cuties and had a blast while making them, I call them simply 2 lil birdies.

I was trying to come up with something for a friends laundry room and these little birdies popped out! Sadly they do not work with her decor but I had fun making them!

 I hope you enjoy watching the video as much as I enjoyed creating it!

I promise I will try to keep up with this much better!
If you subscribe to me on Youtube you will see when I post new videos, which seems to be more often than I blog it up!
Much love and hugs!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Well, I finally got the video uploaded last but was too tired to post it here because it takes forever to upload! Blug! But here it is, the piece is called 'Every Child" and I had a blast making it, it was nice to get out my watercolors, I think I may need to play with them more often, its been awhile!

Please if you like it share it! and if you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to post, I will answer expediently! Enjoy!

Big hugs and mushy stuff!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Its been awhile!

Hello all! So sorry I have been out of the blog for a bit, I have a sick kitty on my hands and have been doing some mega cuddle time because she is 20 and time is limited, but she is happy for the time being ! you can see a picture of her from prior to her being sick, yes I know she is cute!

I have been creating but not so many videos or process pictures because I have had a kitty on my lap! I did start a Facebook page where I have been posting some of my finished pieces, check it out at and let me know what you think!

I think i will also put links to videos on youtube as I post them too we will see! I did make a tutorial video for a watercolor and pen piece I did this past weekend but it took me this long to complete the video, blug :) but I hope that you enjoy watching it, it is a bit longer than I usually make but I think you can learn things throughout! I am in the process saving the video as I type and than I will upload to youtube, I will post again once that is complete! but for now here is a pic of the complete page!

Big hugs and Mushy stuff!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Its all in the family!

Did I tell you that I come from a family full of talent?  I am going to blatantly promote one of them now!

My brother Scott Scholze is a professional potter!

He makes his wares under the name Steady Hands Studio , he is an artist and he is trying to make a go at making his passion for pottery his business.

It seems that what ever Scott touches turns out beautiful, from his wife and 3 children, his siblings (teehee) and his art.


I have yet to get my very own Scott Scholze Steady Hands creation, but I will be home for a visit in July (hint hint Scott my favorite color is green, and I don't need a huge family discount!)

When you look at his creations you can see that his talent is immense! Can you tell I'm a proud big sis?
Not only does he make beautiful usable pottery but he also makes awe inspiring sculpture, you will have to visit his Steady Hands Studio Website and Facebook page to see those!

Remember no 2 pieces are ever exactly the same with hand crafted pottery so they are always original.

So if you need a gift for someone or just want something for yourself go for handmade, support artists, because art is hard work!!

Check out his Facebook page look at the pictures, and find out how to get your own beautiful usable art at his website

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Give me Green!!

Winter is lasting WAY to long this year, I just want to have open windows for crying out loud! So I did my form of whining about it in my journal this weekend.

I originally started the page with no idea what it would turn into, I just knew that I wanted to use some of the used cloths pattern I bought for fifty cents at savers over the weekend. But as I mentally whined about being stuck in the house with the windows down tight this little page emerged.

This style of portrait is actually new to me I usually do not care for the look when I try to make the cute rosy cheeked girls without features so I was actually pleasantly surprised!

I hope you enjoy the video!

Big hugs and mushy stuff!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The 100lbs club

Sooo... I am part of a weight loss group at work and we are at week 7 of our 16 week project, and this week out little group of 15 hit the 100 lbs total lost, which I think is AMAZING! I am so proud of our little group and always want to encourage because if I am helping someone it makes me take my own advice! (on a side note 16.6 lbs of that loss is mine! Yay!) So I decided to make us all little tags to be put in a place to keep us in-line, for me its on my fridge! So I'll tell you my basic process!

Some of the tags I coated with white Gesso and others I left plain, the tags started out yellow so I thought it would work nice for some of the browns and it did!

For the back grounds I used color combos, on some I used Dylusions Ink spray in Crushed Grape and Dylusions Ink spray in Squeezed Orange on others I used Plain Jane from Tattered Angels in Clay with the Dylusions Ink Spray in Squeezed Orange I sprayed the combinations onto wax paper, shiny side up, then sprinkled a little Perfect Pearls into the ink, I used Silver in the Purple blend and Gold into the Clay.

I then took the tags and dragged them through the inks, I let some dry flat and others dry on end leaning on different items at different angles to get the bleed of ink down the tag, I than took my heat gun and went over each tag, the Perfect Pearls does come off in handling a little bit but not enough that I would use this process again, it could be sealed but I did not since they weren't going into books, and I didn't have any spray sealant and painting it on would smear some of the sprays.

I then went into my stamps and stencils and went to town.

I used Faber Castell big brush markers to add touches of colors to some of the stamps, where you see white I used my favorite white marker right now which is the Sakura Pen-Touch Fine Point 1.0 Quick Dry White Ink.

On some to add a pop I went into my embossing powders and added some metallic to some of the lettering and a couple little touches.

I used some craft tape from my stash on one of them and some bits I printed out from my computer on another, I went in and doodles with my Faber Castell 'S' tip in black on a few also.

I than went into my stash and found some purple ribbon and a little twine and tied  them onto the tags.

I think I covered everything, If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll let you know the answer!

Hugs and Mushy stuff!

Monday, March 18, 2013

You may have noticed!

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't posted any videos for the past 2 weeks! Uhg! I'm such a slacker! I have been creating though, it was my birthday so I have been out of the house too much to set things up!

I actually wanted to come on here and share an awesome group I am part of on Facebook, its called simply Mixed Media Art Journal, its a wonderful group of people that are always ready to give help and inspiration when ever its requested! If you look to the left a lot of them have their own blogs, that I have linked onto my page, that are amazing places to get inspiration for all kinds of projects and art styles, they are an amazing group!

Every month there is a challenge ( I haven't even started mine for this month!) This months challenge is to find a favorite artist and recreate their image in your own style! The entries that have already been entered are varied in style and composition and I am soooo glad I am not the person that has the task of picking the winner.

There is actually a sponsor that will be providing the prizes each month (previously it was provided by generous group members) so its is amazing that not only does the challenge bring you out of your comfort zone as far as art goes but there is a chance of a little prize too! :) I would do it just for the challenge though!

The sponsor website is, so please support our sponsor so they can support us!

Big hugs and mushy stuff!!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Finally the 3rd 'Tattered' video is up

So sorry it took me so long to put up the 3rd Tattered video! I had a long weekend as I said in my previous post so the editing I would usually do on a Friday waited until today! So I hope you like the 3rd video, to be honest this probably isn't my favorite project I have done but there are a lot of different techniques worth sharing throughout the process so I shared anyway!

As I said we went to the casino and spent the night so I could play penny slots until the wee hours, my husband made it until about 12:30 but I didn't get back to the room until around 3:15! it was fun! I people watched and played penny slots until I couldn't keep my eyes open, I also went around and gathered up all kinds of items to put in my journal to record the fun I had, I have all the items laid out on my craft table waiting for me to put it all together! I cant wait to share once its all put together!

Well, all done for today! Big hugs and mushy stuff!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tattered 2 is up!

Hey There! Finally got Tattered 2 uploaded to YouTube! 

I hope you like it! If you do please share away! and like it on YouTube!

I am keeping this post short and sweet because I want to get the 3rd video done tonight so I can upload it too!

Hugs and Mushy stuff!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Chit Chat

Oh My!! Busy Busy Busy! I am part of a group on Facebook called Mixed Media Art Journal and our monthly challenge is to take a piece of art and re-do it in our own style, I have been inspired by so many artists I am having a hard time narrowing things down! I think I may have finally decided to do something from Salvador Dali but I haven't decided which piece yet! But I will keep you posted!

I have given myself a project to do, this weekend for a little birthday treat my husband is taking me to Foxwoods casino for an overnight! We are going to play some Bingo and slots and check things out! I decided I am going to make a couple journal pages using found or free items from the weekend! so look forward to seeing what I end up with!

I will upload the Tattered 2 video tomorrow night so check back!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tattered video is up!!

Well! That a faster upload than I thought it would be! I hope you enjoy watching the video as much as I had making it!


So this weekend I have been working on a gift for a friend of mothers, we both have a love of buttons! I will share pictures of all of my buttons some other day, I have a lot!

 Anyway, back to the point she made me this awesome yo-yo purse! with all kinds of old buttons on it!

Isn't it adorable! I just love it!

So I decided to make her something with buttons on it, and this is what I ended up with.

She loves teddy bears so I thought this would work!

I am in the process of uploading the 1st video of the series, even if this piece is not your taste I would recommend watching this series, I used a few different techniques that can be used on other projects!

I will post the link when the upload is complete!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Finally the 3rd and last video from the 'petals' series!

Okay! The editing is finally done on the last video! Uhg, I accidentally saved over a pretty much done video, so I got to do it all over again! Yay? :) I have uploaded the 3rd and final video from the 'Petals' series!

If you would like to know when I upload something new subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Off to bed I go!

Check back to see what I come up with next! Have a great night! Hugs love and mushy stuff!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Looky what I did!

MONDAY!!! YUCK and even worse, tomorrow is TUESDAY!!! But I am feeling better about it already because I have uploaded the 1st video of the finished project 'Petals' I posted yesterday!

 I am trying to keep the videos around 5 minutes each so they will be in bits at a time, its easier to edit and upload and I know how a long video can get 'BLAH'

Please let me know if you have any suggestions about how I could better my videos!

Had to edit today's entry! I actually finished the 2nd video edit! so its a 2-fer day today!


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday Funday!!

So today was Sunday Funday in my house! I woke up, drank some coffee, looked outside the weather was icky with snow and a crisp chill in the air so I decided not to leave the house,  took a shower and changed into a fresh pair of P.J.s. and got out my supplies!

I pulled out a canvas board and decided to look in my stash for inspiration, I was inspired by some paper but I liked it to much to cut it up! (Sorry I don't have a pic, but it will be in the video once I upload it.)

So instead I used the colors, and the flowers to fill my canvas, I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it! the video should be up within the week! So check back!

The materials I used in this project were assorted stamps and stencils, Inktense Pencils, Dylusions Spray Inks, acrylic paint, Momento marker and decorative papers. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Scrap Journal Part 2

Part 2 of my Scrap journal video is complete!!

I hope you enjoy! Press like if you do!
Okay Peoples!! I am so excited! I have just finished uploading my 1st tutorial video, granted I learned a lot from the process which is a less demeaning way of saying its slightly fuzzy and there are hiccups in the clips, but hey I think it works!

I am going to start recording part two as soon as I get done typing here! I hope you enjoy and don't forget to leave a comment if you see anything you'd like me to go over! Hugs and mushy stuff!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Its Tuesday, YUCK, not happy about that, can you tell? its my least favorite work day, worse than Monday! The past weekend has worn off and the next one is too far away! But I guess it could be worse, I get to leave work and look at the lovelies I have created for my house that has made it a home. I thought I should share some of the items!

This is a photo I took of my 20 year old Maine Coon kitty, I love the different textures, and her little pink nose as she peaks through the crack of the front door.

I took this photo of crows in the tree across the street, it was a neat photo on its own but I had an awesome green frame to fill! So I used the free editing on PicMonkey to alter it. I soon graduated to buying PhotoShop, but this is still one of my favorites.

I needed pictures for the wall in the kitchen but my kitchen colors are in green, orange and brown, and its not Halloween themed so finding things I liked in the right colors was hard, so I went looking, got inspired and I made my own!

I wanted a matchy matchy cup and saucer and I wanted to try out the Sharpie cup decorating that is everywhere and this is what I ended up with! Sadly the colors have faded from use 3 months later but that just gives me another palette! 

I found this end table at a consignment shop for $5 it was stained, with dings and dents, so I sanded it down and primed and painted it my favorite color!

My husband is a musician and thinks my doodles are cool so I found a plain white guitar shaped frame at Christmas Tree Shoppe and went crazy with my Sharpies, I gave it to him for his birthday and he loved it!

There are other items around the house but these are the ones that make me smile the most! I hope you enjoyed my sharing!

Monday, February 18, 2013

New Book for a New Blog!

I just started a new journal since I started this blog, I figured I would show the book as it happens! I have gotten a good start on the 1st two pages and thought I would show the step by steps of what I have done so far!

The first step was to cover the cover back and first page with gesso, while it was still wet I sprayed it generously with Dylusions Ink than blotted it with paper towels until it was blended they way I liked it :)

 I found a picture in a beauty salon add and used Gesso Gel to adhere it to the page. I used my marker to outline some fun little doodles and filled them in with black paint, on both pages, sadly the
pic I took of the full book was horribly out of focus, Ooops!

I used my white gel pen to add the lines and dots around the edge of the black

And the last thing I did to it today was use my Inktense Pencils to outline the and color the  lips and add tendrils of hair

I hope you like what I've shown you and let me know if there is anything you would like me to try out!

Sunday, February 17, 2013


My Name is Shana (rhymes with banana) I have been roaming the electronic world looking at Pinterest, Blogs, Videos and anything I can get my little eyes on for inspiration for creative outlet, this has led me to be inspired to start my own blog! So here I am! We'll see how long I keep this up!

I enjoy all mediums of art, I love photography, Photoshop, drawing, painting and mixed media journals and canvas work depending on the mood that suits on the given day! I just need creative outlets to stay sane!

My current favorite mediums to work with are paper, acrylic paint and my Derwent  Inktense pencils, on canvas.
Here are a couple of bits from a project I did for a friend going through rough times.

Now that I have started this blog I will start documenting my process so that I can share what I have learned in my creative journey!

Please let me know if you have any requests for me to create and we can work through the process together! 

Hugs and Love!
- Shana