"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover

"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover
This Coloring Book was featured in the TV show Make It Artsy

Monday, August 29, 2016

Think Happy!

Stay happy - no matter how much life throws at you! 

That's the theme of Karen Salmansohn's Think Happy: Instant Peptalks to Boost Positivity which is a collection of 50 uplifting pep talks you can give yourself and others to face life as it unfolds. Even when you feel beaten down, these positive words will help rebuild confidence, overcome frustration, nurture resilience and stay motivated. 

For example, in 5 Things to Say When Trying Something New (and thereby scary), the author gives examples of phenomenally successful people such as Michael Phelps, Walt Disney and Bill Gates who also saw failures. She says, 

'It's okay to make mistakes, to fail, to struggle. What's not okay is to think that mistakes, failure, and struggle are permanent states of being! They're simply a bridge you must cross to get to the Land of the Highly Awesome.' 

'Every expert started out as a beginner.' 

It's true that we have all heard many of these words before, but Karen Salmonsohn's book approaches it in a very fun way with positive, almost feisty words accompanied by heart-warming and cute colorful illustrations. Repeat the words and they will help build a positive neural circuit that will help you become more positive and happy in everything you do.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Beware! Lost Zombie On The Prowl

It's only August but as I walk down the store aisles, I see Fall finery all around. While we wait for nature to catch up, it's fun to get in the mood of things to come. So it goes with crafting as well. Creating this spooky little Village Manor complete with a broken Gothic Gate and house number 31 to attract a Lost Zombie jump-started my Halloween crafting this year. Follow along to see how I put this seasonal home decor piece together.

Start with these Sizzix dies: Sizzix Bigz L Die - Village Manor, Sizzix Thinlits Die - Gothic Gate, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Halloween Words: Thin, Sizzix Bigz Die - Lost Zombie and Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Village Dwelling. Let's get started!

To create the Village Manor, you'll need these two dies: Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Village Dwelling which makes the basic house and
Sizzix Bigz L Die - Village Manor which gives it the Manor look.

To diecut the Village Dwelling, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on a Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pad - Extended, lay the Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Village Dwelling blade-side up. On it lay 13" x 6" thin chipboard (I upcycled a used envelope) and cover with the other Extended Cutting Pad. Pass the whole Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Create the same Sizzix Sandwich using Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads- Standard and Sizzix Bigz L Die - Village Manor to diecut the Village Manor, also out of similar chipboard. You may want to cut multiples of the window frame.

Repeat to die-cut the Lost Zombie.

Use adhesive to assemble the Village Dwelling and then add the Village Manor parts to it following the instructions from the die package insert or click here for assembly instructions.

To diecut the Gothic Gate, create this Sizzix Sandwich: on Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform For Wafer Thin Dies, lay a Standard Cutting Pad. Lay cardstock down and place the Sizzix Thinlits Die - Gothic Gate blade-side down on it. Cover with another Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Repeat with Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Halloween Words: Thin to diecut the number 31.

With scissors cut off part of the Gothic Gate diecut to create a broken gate look. Cut the number 31 in a block to use as house number.

Attach the broken Gothic Gate, house number and the Lost Zombie to the Village Manor as shown.

Apply some Whipped Spackle or another texture paste to fill up any gap in the construction as well as to add some texture to the Village Manor.

Color the Manor walls with black Chalkboard Paint.

Paint the roof and other parts of the Manor along with the broken Gothic Gate and Lost Zombie.

Paint details to the roof, walls, windows and base.

Cut a left-over door die-cut at an angle and glue to the base as a headstone. Paint details on the headstone.

Here is a close-up of the Manor.

And a 360 degree view of the finished piece.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and happy-get-in-the-Halloween-mood to you!

Supplies (Affiliate Links):
Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair
Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Extended, 1 Pair
Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White and Gray)
Others: cardstock, chipboard, paints, paint brush, adhesive, Whipped Spackle

Friday, August 19, 2016

Here's Your Chance to Win Some Noteworthy Prizes

Join us for our #Noteworthy Photo Challenge! 
Share a noteworthy moment and tell us why! 
Be sure to use #RGshares & tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter! 
Have fun snapping away! =)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Extraordinary Ordinary Moments

How much attention do we usually pay to our surroundings? 

When we are rushing, trying to cram some more into our days to check a few more items off our ever-growing list of important things to do, I doubt we can afford the luxury of slowing down to smell the roses.  And this mad rush takes its toll on our minds, bodies, and relationships. It does not get better unless we take the time and make the effort to do so.

Of course there are many ways of slowing down just a little. Meditation. Yoga. Coloring. Taking pictures. In Extraordinary Ordinary Moments: A Journal, the author Jorey Hurley speaks of noticing the beautiful, the quirky, the surprising, and the overlooked bits of an ordinary day and making it into a daily ritual to celebrate them. She does it through her amazing illustrations and offers the readers with simple prompts such as, 'something that flies', 'the first thing you do when you wake up,' etc. The journal format of the book lets you work in the book itself. It makes you focus on the day that you already had and find a nugget of joy in it. 

I loved how the author puts it: "It’s kind of like alchemy: Take the lead of everyday life and turn a tiny bit of it into gold. Not that there isn’t still a lot of lead, but it’s a powerful feeling to pluck out a few flecks every day. You’ve got to have your eyes peeled for a little sparkle all the time, but once you start looking, you’ll see it everywhere."  

I would recommend this book to anyone who cares to slow down!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Behind the Scenes from Color Happy Studio

Every now and then, I like to invite you to my studio and take you on a behind the scenes tour of what I am working on right now. If that sounds interesting to you, click on over to the Color Happy Blog to see my creative process for collage paintings!