Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Phoenix + Art+Friends+Creativation = A happy He{art}

It's January and for the Craft and Hobby Industry-it's a new year!!! A new year that will begin with  creative inspiration mixed with creative people and creative new products- IT'S Creativation (formerly CHA). Last year, in Los Angeles,  I was able to attend for the first time and it was jaw dropping, eye opening and heart fluttering- when the whole convention center was filled with creativity!!  This  year, it will be in Phoenix and I am sure it will be just as exciting  with new creativity and new inspiration...Also this year, I will be at the ICE Resin® Booth under the big Ranger® sign....I'll be sharing the love of ICE Resin® and all that goes with it....there will be new products that you will just absolutely fall in love with...I already have...I was able to create a few projects for the booth using some of the new products...YOU are going to have so much fun creating your one of kind jewelry pieces, cast embellishments and playing with paper is so fun with ICE Resin®...If you're at the show, please stop by and say Hi and let's create something together.

Susan Lenart Kazmer - What an incredible artist with an
amazing heart!!!

Creativation will also be a wonderful reunion of my art friends...I can't wait to connect with design team members, friends, kindred spirits..and of course, to meet new friends that will become treasured friends through this great experience...
Susan, Susan and Me- Design Teammates and also, friends

We love John Creighton Peterson --Can't wait to see him again!
The incomparable Jen Cushman!! Love her!!!

Classes and Workshops are held during the 4 days - this was
last year's class on Casting with ICE Resin®

I hope you'll follow along this journey with me...I'll be posting on Facebook and hopefully here on the blog as well...Starting the 21st, I'll show pictures of the new projects that I made for this special event that will hang in the ICE Resin® booth....Until next time, I hope your journey is filled with creative, he{art}filled days...


Friday, December 23, 2016

I am a Maker©

I  am a maker© 

Sometimes I think I should be like those who do one thing. You know like only quilt, only scrapbook or only exercise or only cook or only----.

Sometimes I think I should be like those who are minimalists, those whose have only one decorating style or those who choose to get books from the library as opposed to having a library at home.

Sometimes it's hard to explain who we are especially if we are not the same as everybody else. Sometimes it's hard to understand others or even ourselves.

Sometimes I struggle. Sometimes I am embarrassed that my studio, as one little girl said " Is this a store?" I think she was ready to shop.

Sometimes.... but not most of the time.

Most of the time I remember that we are not meant to be the same.

Most of the time I remember that we are all blest with talents, abilities, gifts and personalities.

Most of the time I remember that I love all things creative

Most of the time I remember that while my studio looks like a store it is truly a place that the inspiration (and supplies) are is free and it is open for all to come and create.

Most of the time I remember that I am a maker.  

A maker of an inviting home.

 A maker of meals in a warm kitchen. 

A maker of pretty things to inspire, to wear, to have.

A maker of family and friendships.

  A maker of a joyful life.

Most of the time I remember that I am a maker and that is how the Lord, the maker of heaven and of earth, made me. 

And by the way He made you, too!!

So if sometimes, you're like me and think about who you are and who you should be.... most of time, you're exactly as you should be!!! You are perfectly you!!!

Until next time,  Make the most of each day!!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Candle Cover ups - a quick holiday gift idea

I love candles.  the scent, the flame that flickers softly and the beautiful jars that they come in.  However, what I do not like are the labels that are that strongest stickers ever.  it ruins the beautiful ambience when you see $3.99 on the jar or where it was purchased...So I have decided rather than to fight the sticker, I'll just leave it there and then cover it with beautiful paper, ribbon and little floral touches or holiday sentiments. Using hot glue for the elements and a paper adhesive such as Mod Podge or the Xyron adhesive.  This is perfect for any occasion but here is mine that sits by the sink,..oh so much prettier than the price...

Holly, ribbon and a red velvet flower adorn this jar. 

Choose paper that fits the theme and then die cut a desired shape.
I like to adhere mine with the xyron machine adhesive.
Until next time,  Hope your home is filled with the scents of the season....

All Wired Up - featured on the ICE Resin® Blog

all wired up

One of my favorite symbols is the heart - even though it doesn't resemble our actual heart (thank goodness) it does represent balance, beauty, wholeness and unconditional love.  For my latest project on the ICE Resin® blog, I show how to repurpose all those thin, wire bangle bracelets into beautiful wired hearts that are touched with ICE Resin® and beautiful German glass glitter.  then the finishing is up to you..but be warned you will fall in love with these hearts and soon you'll be all wired up!!!

Until next time, sending you hearts full of love....

Hearts full of love!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Time for love -an art journaling project with Gauche Alchemy

Happy November!! It's been a little while since I posted here on my blog...I hope to get back into a weekly routine or at least every other week. You can always follow me on fb and Instagram for the latest happenings with me:). But today, over at Gauche Alchemy, I have a mixed media project for your art journaling pages. I hope you'll take a look here for inspiration along with a few tips and techniques for mixed media.

Until next time, make time for love!!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Fall is when nature turns to Gold and Target has great $ bins for fall stamps

Changing Colors 

When the calendar flips over and September begins, it seems as if everyone is wishing for cooler temperatures, crisp mornings and the smell of apples and pumpkins lingering in the air.  For those of us in Texas, we still have a whole lot of summer left.  But at least one can dream... in colors of deep reds, subtle browns and harvest gold’s. 

I have a stamp that reads as the title of this post… “Fall is when nature to Gold”.  I have used this sentiment for the first project today.  Along with an original stamp of mine (Jar seal) this note card is filled with fall colors and fall (wood) leaves that have been inked, embossed and an added  touch of glitter.  I love to use the shimmer stamp pads such as the Delicata stamps in the metallic shades.  Not only on the paper but this ink can be used on the leaves as well.  Follow the ink with a sealer.  Layering the paper gives is depth and stability.  I like to display these cards so that is important to me.  Adding the Ribbon and leaves finished the card with soft, subtle shades of fall.
Fall is in the air and in my studio...
And along with fall and the changing of the colors comes PSL (pumpkin spice latte), Fall M&M’s and the $bins at target filled with crafty goodness for just mere dollars…Of course by the time I buy every copper tag, stamp set….the dollars could be a little bit more than just a few dollars but it’s all worth it for the sake of fall.  The $3 stamp sets are always in my cart.  These little stamps are gems, tiny treasures to add to our stamp collection…but if I put them in a drawer, I will forget I have them until sometime mid April and I exclaim “Oh that’s where I put them.”  So for several years now, I create holiday stamp or special collection stamp jars.  Depending on the quantity and size of the stamps will determine my container whether is should be a glass jar or a flea market find coffee cup.  Then I begin to stamp small tags indicating what is in this special collection.  When all has been stamped, I add ribbon, the tag and a little embellishment.  Sometimes it is a paper flower, metal charm or my favorite- seashells!

 I hope you enjoy these little “fall” starters.  Below is a little more detail on each project.  Until next time, this might be the inspiration you need to move from the Summer Heat to the Freshness of Fall.

Gather- Fall Note card,

Manila Folder
Cardstock – choice of colors
Stamps – sentiment, fall theme
Inks – Delicata (metallic), other colors of choice
Wood leaves (Hobby Lobby) 
Sealer – such as Mod Podge
Paper Adhesive, Glue Gun, glue sticks

*Cut manila folder to desired size.  Stamp background image such as leaves in a random fashion.  Cut each layer of cardstock a little smaller and layer in desired pattern.

*Stamp focal stamp on the top layer.  Create a mask of this image so you can add the leaves or desired image around the focal stamp.

*Stamp sentiment in the middle of focal image.  Ink edges of card with a soft brown such as Chestnut Roan by Color Box.

*Ink the leaves with various colors from the inkpads.  Let dry or use a heat gun.

*On the leaves, brush on sealer.  Let dry.

*Cut Ribbon and tie around card.  Use a little adhesive to adhere the ribbon if needed.

*Using glue gun, adhere the leaves to the card. 

It is now ready to be displayed on an easel, given as a card or added to an art journal.

Love this raised "dot" jar with my new Fall stamps...
Holiday or Specialty collection stamp Jars.


Small stamp set (mine were from Target, these can be from anywhere)
Jar, cup or container of choice
Tags – sized for your stamp collection
Ink – color of choice
Eyelets and Eyelet setter
Adhesive – I use the glue gun for attaching some of the embellisments.

*Select desired container
* With the ink and tags, stamp desired number of images from the stampset
* Using an eyelet setter, set eyelets in the tags.
*Add Ribbon to the container
* String the tag onto the ribbon and knot the ribbon.
*Add desired embellishments with glue if needed.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Reflections from my soul to yours..an original writing by Chantal Johnson

His Love is as vast at the ocean

Reflections from my soul to yours…

Normally, I share a new art project, a trip or a family event.  Today, I am sharing what is on my heart.  I wrote this reflection in June as I was in the midst of healing from surgery.  I thought of who I am (good and no so good), what I have done (good and not so good) and my thoughts brought me to the One who makes all that I am and all that I have, his and he redeems me and sets me on his path…which is way better that mine! I hope this resonates with you…I put a few scriptures to help us learn to rest in his peace and see his goodness towards us… And for my friends who find their paths on a different road than mine, I hope, this too will resonate with you as we travel this daily living together…

I am …

A gatherer
A doer
A dreamer
A believer
A try-er
A wish-er
A writer
A reader
A listener
A talker
A giver
A teacher
A traveler
A painter

 I am an experience-er.   I have lived, loved, and lost. Lived in the south, homes and apartments. Loved dogs and hens, horses, the Cowboys, but most of all, loved people. I have lost my keys, track of time and yes, people, and relationships. I have had victories, defeats and ties. I've had highs, lows and in betweens. I have seen God’s gift of grace more than I have felt his judgment. I have received redemption rather than his rejection. I see his word is truth where my truth falters.  I have had miss steps, fallen steps and wrong steps and yet my feet are firmly set on his path.  When I feel as if I can't in this day-to-day world, he is already in my tomorrow, cheering me on. He sees my past, is in my present and is planning my future and all is well. Whether I feel that I am sometimes good and other times not so good, God is good all the time. He seeks to give his good gifts to me-gifts of love, life, and forgiveness, freedom from my not so goodness,  his grace, his joy and his happiness. My good gifts pale in comparison to his gracious and loving gifts.

When I make it hard to see him, he gives me eyes to see his goodness. When I can’t hear his voice, he whispers. He asks me to lean in and rest, be still and know that he has it altogether and I don't have to. Whew!! What a relief he brings.

Relief- yes, the breathing deep, shoulders down, defenses down kind of relief. When I give my life's brokenness, my worries, my tired self, to the One who brings rest to the weary, wholeness to the broken, and assurance to the worrier-I can truly breathe in his rest, his wholeness and his assurance and feel relieved.

What do I do with this new rest, this new assurance-I must pass it on to others, to help their brokenness, their worries, their tired selves, and what exactly is "it"-it isn't an it. It is he. It is Jesus, the author and finisher the beginning and the end, the giver of good gifts, the one who delights in me and in you. The gentle whisperer, the ever present help in times of trouble, the ever encourager in our day to day world and the One who will meet me where I am and love me for who I am but will challenge me.  To love and give as he has, to be authentic and genuine, to live a life of love, to speak with grace, to have a pure heart, to offer friendship as it has been offered to me.

And sweet friends,  that is what makes the experience worthwhile- that no matter the road, be it smoothly paved or cobblestone, you and I are not alone!!
                                        - I am© Chantal Johnson, June 2016 

Until next time, I am here for you but better still He is here with you!!!

Ps 130:7
Eph 1:7
James 1:17
2 Samuel 22:37
Psalm 17:15, 66:9
Psalm 62:1,5
1 Peter 5:7
Psalm 55:22
Psalm 34:18
Proverbs 22:11
Hebrews 12:2