Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sale! "Mastering the Mediums" Online Workshop

Craft Classes Online-Mastering the Mediums

Acrylic mediums can be so confusing. There are so many to choose from. Gel Medium, Fluid Medium, Gesso, Crackle Paste, Molding Paste, matte, glossy, etc. What are they for? Which should you use? Which brand is best? Can something else be substituted? Can someone just cut to the chase and speak in plain English?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Book Recommendation: "The Walk"

I love books. No, not eBooks, not text read from a device, but a real book with paper pages. I have this thing for the feel of a paper page and the smell of a book. Am I alone in this? Will all our traditional books go by the wayside one day? I hope not!

Beside my bed I always have a stack of books and magazines (I love magazines, too!) and read a bit before bed at night. The latest book I'm reading is "The Walk" by Richard Paul Evans. It is a series and I'm now on the second book, "Miles to Go".

I HIGHLY recommend this book series for absolutely anyone. There is no foul language or uncomfortable situations described in this book. It is pure and clean. It has a great story line and the author writes in a way that wraps you into the characters' lives.

"What would you do if you lost everything—your job, your home, and the love of your life—all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he’s tempted by his darkest thoughts. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Alan leaves behind all that he’s known and heads for the farthest point on his map: Key West, Florida. The people he encounters along the way, and the lessons they share with him, will save his life—and inspire yours. 

A life-changing journey, both physical and spiritual, The Walk is the first of an unforgettable bestselling series of books about one man’s search for hope."

Buy it now, or visit your library! You'll be glad you did!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Stop by for a Visit!

I'll be taking a little break from blogging on my blog here, but come find me at Everyday Moodlings. Stop by for craft challenges, tips and tutorials. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Long time, no see!

Yes, I do realize it's been a while since I've posted to my poor lonely blog. I have been working hard since December on several brand new online workshops that opened this Spring.  Have a look at one card from my most recent online workshop, The Art of the Gelli Plate.

Butterfly card

Friday, March 27, 2015

When Do Blue Jeans = Art?

Do your kids go through jeans like crazy? Do you have a perfectly good pair of jeans that are worn out at the knees or backside? No sense throwing it away. Save it for art! 

Blue Jean Heart card

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A New Baby is a Joy! New Baby cards + sentiments

Anyone you know having a baby soon? Maybe they've just found out they are pregnant or are having a baby shower. It is always such a happy event, filled with hope and excitement. Here's some ideas for several NEW BABY cards so you will be ready when someone makes that oh-so-special announcement!

Baby card

Monday, March 23, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Cards to Celebrate SPRING!

Yep, it's Spring! Well, here in Central Florida I think it has jumped right into Summer, but for the rest of you in North America I'm here to tell you that Spring is definitely on it's way! Let's create a few cards celebrating SPRING!

Bloom card

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

In Search of and Praise of Creativity

I can usually find creative inspiration most everywhere. In church, at the beach, in a hotel, at a restaurant. But this past weekend I found it at a music festival. My DH and I went for the weekend to visit my BFF in Jacksonville, FL. She and her husband live on the river with this fabulous view.

One of the many events on our trip, but an impromptu one at that, was the Natural Life Festival in Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Card Sentiments for the Men in Your Life

Ever at a loss for words for the inside of your handmade card? Well, look no further. Here's loads of sentiments that may just be what you have been looking for.

Birthday Wishes card

Friday, March 13, 2015

FREE Fonts for masculine cards

There may be times when you will want to print out a font that will complement the look of your masculine embellishments. Those fonts may be ones that look sporty, bloody(!), or like a tattoo.  Maybe they are ones that remind you of a specific cartoon, game, or movie.

Free Fonts banner

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Brand New Online Workshop: Art Journaling for the Non-Expert

Introducing a BRAND NEW online workshop for those of you who are dying to try art journaling but were afraid or intimidated or...whatever the reason.

Art Journaling for the Non-Expert with Shirley Pando

Have you always wanted to start an art journal but feel intimidated by all the gorgeous pages you see on Pinterest and Flickr? Do you think to yourself, “I can’t draw, I can’t paint, I don’t make art as well as (fill in the blank)”? UGH! I sometimes feel the same way. But don’t let that stop you from beginning your journey into art journaling. Come find that safe place to learn techniques, experiment with supplies, and be wild and adventurous with your creativity. In an art journal, sometimes called a visual journal, anything goes…there are no rules! Let’s hear it for creative freedom! J

Join me for this 3 Week/6 Lesson workshop to (finally!) begin the art journal you’ve always wanted to start. You’ll learn about different types of journals and papers, the pros and cons of using gesso, create backgrounds, and work with patterns and collage. You’ll also learn fun ways to jump-start your creativity. If you've taken any other workshops with me you know there will be TONS of videos and techniques to keep your creative streak going. Now you, too, can express yourself in your own unique way. There’s no pressure to compete with others or share your work. Just be encouraged to create!

Lessons include:
·         Lesson 1: Having a Good Art Journal Attitude; Journals, Papers, and Supplies
·         Lesson 2: Creativity Starters and Stash Busters - Moving Past a Creative Funk
·         Lesson 3: Color Play – Overview of Color Theory, The Pros and Cons of Using Gesso, Coloring Mediums, Creating Backgrounds
·         Lesson 4: Pattern and Collage – Adding Life to Your Pages
·         Lesson 5: Getting Transparent - Creating Transparent Layers with Papers, Transfers, and More!
·         Lesson 6: Soul Statements, Use Your Words, Journal Prompts

Start date: Tuesday March 31, 2015
Length:  Six Lessons, 3 Weeks
Price: $25 Early Enrollment Special! Price will increase to $30 on 3/31/2015.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A Little History and some Luck O' the Irish for St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 17th is St. Patrick's Day. A little luck and green clothing never hurt anyone. But where in the world did St. Patrick's Day originate? I'd say probably in Ireland, wouldn't you?

Actually, St. Patrick was not even Irish, although he is known as the patron saint of Ireland. 

St. Patrick's Day card

Find out more about St. Patrick and how I made this card.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Feeling Blue? Get Well Cards for You!

So much cold weather! Yes, I am in Florida and there's absolutely no comparison between our winter and the extreme weather that those to the north of us are experiencing. I am grateful I live in the Sunshine State! 

But with all of this crazy winter weather, there are many folks who have been bitten by the flu bug or have horrible allergy issues. I am sure you know at least one person who is suffering. Send a handmade card to your friend who is feeling blue. What a great pick-me-up it would be.

A Little Birdie... (1)

Here's a few Get Well cards I had loads of fun making.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cards with a Masculine Edge!

Having a difficult time creating masculine cards? It's all about the colors, papers, and embellishments. Make sure to check out my blog post, "Using Masculine Cardmaking Materials for the Men in Your Life", for a few ideas. I bet you have a few things already in your stash - or garage - that you could use!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Using Masculine Cardmaking Materials for the Men in Your Life

Let's face it. It is much easier to create handmade birthday cards for females than it is for males. For masculine cards, you have to be rather clever with your colors, papers, and embellishments in order to create a card that is appropriate. One of my brothers-in-law's birthday is this month so I had better whip up a manly card for him!

Creating Birthday Cards for Men

Friday, February 20, 2015

Best and Worst Crafting Products

In honor of the upcoming Academy Awards and the ever-present Best and Worst dressed list that goes along with it, I have put together my "best and worst" crafting product list. OK, it may not really be best and worst...more like favorite and what products would I bring with me on a desert island and what can I live without?

Best and Worst Crafting Products Awards

So without further ado, the "official" BEST AND WORST Crafting Products Awards:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Birthday Cards for Young Boys

Gearing handmade birthday cards to young boys might not be too much of a challenge as long as you use the right colors and embellishments.

These cards were originally made for an online workshop I previously taught with Jeri Parks and Linda Dotterer called "Card Boot Camp: Boys to Men".

100% Boy birthday card

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Birthday to You!

Since February is my birthday month I have to share more birthday cards! Keep a stash of cards handy so you're ready for the next birthday on the calendar!

Happy Birthday to You! card

The cards I share were made for an online workshop I previously taught with Jeri Parks and Linda Dotterer called "Card Boot Camp".

Monday, February 9, 2015

February is my Birthday Month!

February is my birthday month! I love that it comes early in the year and is in the same month as Valentine's Day. When I was a kid, my mom used to cook our favorite dinner on our birthday and, of course, our favorite cake. I remember one year I chose ham and potatoes and green beans (YUM!!) for dinner and every year it was ALWAYS a heart shaped homemade strawberry cake. With big chunks of strawberries. OMG!

Birthday Cards Banner

So while birthday's are on my mind I figured it was a fine time to share some birthday cards.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Life's Too Short for Ugly Supplies!

If you are a crafter or artist then you probably want to create pretty stuff. Am I right? Do you have stuff in your stash of supplies that you really don't like? I sure do. And I say Life's Too Short to use stuff you hate...Only Use Pretty Stuff!

Live's Too Short Baby Embellishment

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My Favorite Valentine's Day Pins!

Are you addicted to Pinterest? I sure am! Seems like there's always another reason to create a new Board and add more Pins! Here's a look at my favorite Valentine's Day Pins on Pinterest! And while you're there, let me know if you see anything else I'd like!

Follow Shirley's board Valentine's Day on Pinterest.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Get Ready for Valentine's Day with a Cute Mini Album!

Don't you love to give something handmade to your sweetie (or even your BFF) on Valentine's Day? It is such a fun holiday that can be prepared and decorated with such an array of adorable and sweet items. From vintage labels to children's Valentine cards to crepe paper banners and balloons, there's sure to be something that will tell your special someone just how you feel about them.

I have a video tutorial to share today of a mini album I made many years ago. It is still one of my favorite projects as it is small and oh-so-cute! There are so many ways you can decorate it to make it personal and use up all of that crafty stuff you have been accumulating throughout the years!

Valentine Mini Album

Let's have a look at the videos and how it is made.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Cards With Your Deepest Sympathies

While we hate to think about it, there are some cards you just might not want to make. Sympathy cards is what I'm talking about today. In the blink of an eye we realize how short life really is. We want to "be there" for our friend or loved one who is going through a tough time. If we create a handful of sympathy cards we will be ready when life throws a curve ball and we will be ready to help others in their time of need.

Heaven's Healing Rays card

Check out how I made these three cards, below.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Love, Wedding, and Valentine's card sentiments

When you create your card, you always need a sentiment to let the recipient know of your feelings.

  1. 1.
    a view of or attitude toward a situation or event; an opinion.
    "I agree with your sentiments regarding the road bridge"
    synonyms:view, feeling, attitude, thought, opinion, belief
    "the comments echo my own sentiments"
  2. 2.
    a feeling or emotion.
    "an intense sentiment of horror"

I have loads of sentiments listed below for your Love, Wedding, Anniversary and Valentine's Day cards.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

UR2 Cool!

Ah, the month of February (yes, it's coming soon) always brings thoughts of Valentine's and those little Conversation Hearts. By the way, does anybody really like those? We always ate them as kids, but they are certainly not my favorite candy!

conversation hearts

So let's get a jump on Valentine's Day and create a few LOVE cards! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sentiments for your Thank You cards

When you make a thank you card, or any card, for that matter, you need a sentiment. A saying or quote for the inside of the card, or perhaps the outside, that will let the recipient know just how much you appreciate them.

blue thanks card

Here's a list of possible sentiments you may want to use on your next thank you card.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Thank you cards come in handy!

We are always in need of quick, easy cards to send out for the special things others do for us. Why not create a small stack of cards so you are ready for someone's RAK (random act of kindness). Oh, I can give a whole stack of thank you cards as a RAK! 

Red Black Thank You Card

Check out how I made this and one more card...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Jury Duty

The court calls! UGH! I got picked for jury duty. I was hoping the case would be settled out of court and they would dismiss me, but no such luck. I have to report at 8am tomorrow morning. Needless to say, my blogging will be postponed until I can get back!!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Orange You Sweet Thank You Card

Did you receive some Christmas gifts? If so, you probably will be sending out Thank You cards. Here's one I made from an unusual material!

Orange You Sweet Thank You Card

Check out the details below.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Answer to Your 2015 Resolution - Perpetual Calendar Card Organizer

Did you make a resolution (just a few days ago) to create and/or send cards to your friends and relatives this year? I seem to always have that on my list each year but don't ever quite make it to December successfully. This year can be different with a Perpetual Calendar Card Organizer. 

Come see how easy it is to make one with just a few basic supplies. You will be so organized and will have the perfect place to store your handmade or purchased cards and envelopes that I bet you'll never forget to send out a single card this year. ;-)

Perpetual Calendar Card Organizer

 Check out the video instructions, below, to find out how to make this very handy, and stylish, organizer.