Mixed Media Monthly – Challenge #29

This is the first challenge I’ve participated in for Mixed Media Monthly. I recently discovered the challenge after following the link on a new Facebook friend’s, Ruth Mescall’s, artist blog. 

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #29


Mixed Media Monthly’s October Challenge is posted above. Halloween, as I’m sure for many, is the first thing that comes to mind when seeing this mood board. I LOVE Halloween, it’s my second favorite holiday, Thanksgiving being the first.  It’s a fun, spooky, sweet filled holiday and comes at the most wonderful time of year. It’s cool outside and the landscape is bursting with beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow…(in my mind), of course. I’m in central Florida, so sadly there is no burst of color here. LOL. 🙂

This is my interpretation for the mood board challenge. I’ve been drawn to the home shape in my mixed media art for several months. This is the biggest one to date and was so much fun to create.



I started with a piece of white mat board cut into the shape of a house. The roof is two pieces of wood fillet I had left over from a custom framing job. Any small wood pieces will work nicely for this project…think balsa wood, doll house trim, etc.


I attached and wrapped the front of the house shaped mat board with crinkled Kraft colored tissue paper using Modpodge. Other items used; a small paper frame, cheese cloth, a used teabag printed with words from a rubber stamp, black paper given to me by a friend, and the backing paper from a vintage picture frame.


The photo used came from Tim Holtz’s idea-ology collection. I added a little distress with a crackle rubber stamp. I also used a rubber stamp with words, washi tape, a bottle cap, and pewter number 31.


Finishing touches like the splatter dots were added using watered down black craft paint. I also went around roof line and paper frame with a black Stabilo marks all pencil. I then wet it with small round brush so it would bleed into the tissue paper. The rickety fence at the bottom was cut from Kraft paper in random widths and marked with the edge of a black ink stamp pad.

Thanks so much for visiting my site. Please follow links above to see how others interpreted the October Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

xo, cheryl


Hello and welcome. So delighted that you’re visiting my site. There’s exciting stuff happening; several pieces of art are being published in two issues for Stampington & Company, Somerset Apprentice and Somerset Studio.

I was blown away when Gracy Wilkins, editor of Somerset Apprentice, emailed that “Flower Shop” a mixed media painting was selected for the Autumn cover. It was difficult to hold back such news, but was probably best that I did the HaPpY DaNcE in secret. 🙂

 “Flower Shop” chosen for the cover, is part of a small series. I decided to wait and release them all together. The originals and prints will be available soon in my Etsy shop.


The rest of the “Flower Shop” series.


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“Big Dreams” an assemblage piece was also selected for Somerset Apprentice.

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Somerset Studio published  “Wire Trees” in their Autumn Issue. The inspiration for these came from a “Torn Fabric” challenge put forth by Somerset Life. The trees were sitting around my studio for months; an unexpected discovery made while playing around with some old wire. I was unraveling it to extract a single strand to attach a found object in an assemblage piece. After a few twists the wire started to look like a winter tree with no leaves. And of course, I held on to them, suspecting they would find new life in a future piece of art.



So if you get a chance, go pick up a copy, both magazines are full of wonderful art, artists and inspirational articles. Available now in book stores and select craft stores in your area or online at Stampington & Company.

Thanks so much for visiting!

xo, cheryl



Crow’s Feet – Mixed Media with Photography

Several photo images were gathered to create “Crow’s Feet”. The inspiration came from one found at a local vintage store. As a collector, I’m always on the hunt for old photographs to use in my mixed media art. 

For this photo project I used Picmonkey, an online editing software. PicMonkey’s online service offers just the right amount of tools for creative play. It’s a great place to start if you’re at all interested in the altering your photos using digital editing.

“Crow’s Feet”

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The photo that started it all…


I then searched for a dress and crow’s feet online.



After editing these three photos together, it was printed and mounted onto black card stock. I painted around entire image with an off white craft paint. The shawl was painted white, and some decorative details were added with pencil and a white gel pen.


The final step was to scan an upload it into PicMonkey again for the final edits; the text and the blooms in the left corner. 

Thanks for visiting. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions about this process.

xo, cheryl

Published in Somerset Studio July/August 2016

Being published is such an exciting feeling, no matter how many times it happens. Whether it’s a full article or just a singular chosen piece, it’s still so gratifying to see your work in print. 

 “Winged Inspiration” a three page article, inspired by a paper dolls challenge, also includes easy following how to instructions. It’s being featured in Somerset Studio’s July/August issue

Available July 1 at news stands or craft stores near you. 

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Thanks so much for visiting.

xo, cheryl

ICAD 2016

IT’S SUMMERTIME…and time for Index-Card-A-Day 2016

The information below was taken from the ICAD website: follow links to find out more.

This year is the 6th Annual Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge The idea is simple; create something on index card every day for 61 days from  June 1 – July 31. 

This is not an art competition.
This is a creative challenge.
Can you create something on
an index card every day
for 61 days? I bet you can.

Learn everything you need to know in the ICAD FAQ. And yes, it’s gotta be an index card. That’s the point! Simple!

I’m drawn to this challenge more many reasons; it allows me to create more freely, try new techniques, different mediums and subject matter without the stress of trying to make it perfect. It’s about playing and giving my muse the freedom to run wild without restriction.

There is also a Facebook page for all those who partake so we can see, share and learn what others are doing. SO MUCH FUN!!

I couldn’t wait for this year to begin. Here are a few of my favorites so far…






Follow the links above to find out more about this wonderful challenge.

Thanks for visiting!

xo, cheryl

Mixed Media Homes – Dixieland Spring Arts Festival

OMG! This is the first post of the 2016. I really need to tend to this blog more frequently. With that being said, I thought this might be a good time to reach out to the readers of my blog. You know who you are, the two or three people out there in the universe, who may see and possibly read this post. Forgive me for not being more diligent, but I wanted to announce, The Annual Dixieland Spring Art Festival is coming up on Saturday April, 16. 

dixieland show 2016This will be my second year in attendance. I really enjoyed it last year. The weather was perfect and the crowds were friendly and steady throughout the day. 

Here are a few images from my “Mini Homes” collection that will be available for sale. These have been so much fun to create. Each one is different and unique. 


If you’re local I hope you’ll be able to attend the festival and support the local arts in your community and stop by and say “Hello”. The festival will also have food vendors and be offering kids activities. A great family day out! 

xo, cheryl

Somerset Life “Washi Tape Photo Mats”

Happy New Year!

2016 is starting off with a bang…some of my work is featured in two winter issues of Somerset magazine hitting the newsstands January 1.


It’s so exciting to see ones work published in a magazine. Two mixed media pieces were selected for the Somerset Studio Laguna Teal color challenge, and in Somerset Life, an article “Vintage Photos Made Modern with Washi Tape.”

Below is the short video mentioned at the end of the article on how the washi tape was attached to the Bristol board mat. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about this process. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy New Year! 

xo, cheryl