Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy New Year Baby Greeting Cards and Stamps

Are you ready to wish the people you know a Happy New Year? This cute drawing of a baby holding a hammer, will help you with your greetings. A baby signifies new life and new beginnings.

The baby is sitting and holding a hammer; ready to hammer out your message. The text is easily customized on the provided template forms.

There are also matching postage stamps. This drawing is by me, Cheryl Paton. Click on the link will take you to my CherylsArt store on Zazzle. Zazzle is a print on demand company; they will print and ship your order.

May all the days in your new year be bright and happy.

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt at

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Wrap Around Fashion Neck Scarves

These neck scarves are made of 100% jersey cotton, giving them a soft feel. They are one size fits all and measure 93 by 16 inches.

This first design features a circle of love hands in various colors, giving the sign language symbol for love.

There are an assortment of scarf colors that you can choose from including asphalt, black, evergreen, forest, heather gray, lapis (medium blue), navy, red, and white.

This star design is a pattern of white stars that are outlined in blue. For a patriotic look, you can choose a red scarf.

These are light weight scarves that can be wrapped around multiple times for extra warmth.

For fun, the traffic light pattern design would be a great choice for crossing guards.

The scarves are preshrunk but may need an initial washing to soften them up, before wearing.

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt Scarves at Zazzle

Friday, November 28, 2014

Red Floral Pillows for Christmas and Spring

Christmas is just around the corner, perhaps that's why I've been thinking of red. My last post was about red luggage tags. Anyway, I, as many people do, associate red with Christmas.

Another nice thing about red, is that it also represents spring, and summer.

You don't have to get out the "Christmas" pillows, just to have them out for a month or two. You can also choose red flowers, and have them out for a number of months and seasons.

This post will feature the work by fellow Zazzler, Susang6, and also some of the different types of pillows that Zazzle has to offer. She has a nice selection of red pillows.

This first pillow features a square throw pillow with a stained glass look red flower design. With the green accents, it's a perfect compliment for Christmas, and can also work throughout Spring and Summer too. The Love you comment gives a nice warm message to come home to.

Poinsettias are commonly associated with the Christmas holidays. This one has a bright and cheery look with a white background, and a red crisscross pattern.

This next pillow features an array of poinsettias on a body pillow. The body pillow measures 20 by 54 inches. It would be perfect for someone who likes to prop up an arm and a leg while they're laying on their side.

If you'd like a design to personalize, a monogram is a nice way to do that. It can also be a great gift idea for newly weds.

Susan is also an artist. A lovely painting of a red day lily that she did is repeated in a diagonal pattern on this red and green lumbar pillow.

Being an artist myself, I am most keen with the red day lily pillow. Which is your favorite?

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt at

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Red Luggage Tags for Suitcases

Whether it's a gift or you are updating your own luggage, a custom personalized luggage tag can add that something extra.

These luggage tags will have the text printed right on them, so there are no little pieces of cardboard to have to insert. Everything is intact.

They are made of clear acrylic, allowing the design and text to show through on each side.

The red feather design offers a soft look and has a placeholder for a monogram printed on the front. The back is pink with another placeholder for your contact info.

If you like hearts and snowflakes then you're apt to like this heart snowflake design. The snowflakes are made of little red hearts outline in red. They're perfect for snow lovers.

White Heart Snowflakes Red Luggage Tags
White Heart Snowflakes Red Luggage Tags by Cherylsart
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For those who'd rather skip the snow and think ahead, we have the red tulips design.

If you want to jump right ahead to summer, then the sunglasses design will be a better fit for you.

And for those who drive a truck, we have a special one for you. The luggage tag features a red and blue tractor trailer, with Keep on truckin", printed on the front.

Red Blue Truck Keep on Truckin Luggage Tags
Red Blue Truck Keep on Truckin Luggage Tags by Cherylsart
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All of the designs have a template form for the back so that you can easily update the contact info with your own, before placing your order.

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt at

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Dash Deposits

I've been reading the book, Act Like a Success Think Like a Success, by Steve Harvey. In it he talks about making Dash Deposits - doing something that is a step towards your goal/vision. He challenged the reader to write down three dash deposits, and to share them with him.

So these are my three for today:
1. I am going to put my artistic designs on light switch covers in my Zazzle store.

2. I'm going to post them on Pinterest.

3. I'm going to create a new design.

Thank you Steve. I'm on my way to making my dash deposits today.

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt at

Friday, November 7, 2014

Royalton Bed and Breakfast Coloring Cards and Stationery

Have you been to the Royalton Bed and Breakfast yet? It is located in Royalton, Vermont. I haven't been there myself but have been honored to create coloring cards and stationery for the kids to enjoy.

If I lived closer, I would definitely give it a go. I've seen photos of not only the bed and breakfast, which sets out in the country, I've seen photos of the lovely pies that Evelyn Saenz has made for her guests.

If you have already been, do give a comment about your stay.

If you're looking to go and have kids, these coloring activities would be the perfect tie in. They can color them before, during, and/or after the trip.

This first one features the Royalton Bed and Breakfast outline drawing on chubby business cards. Older kids will enjoy coloring multiple copies of this in with colored pens and/or fine tip markers.

Royalton Bed and Breakfast Coloring Business Cards
Royalton Bed and Breakfast Coloring Business Cards by Cherylsart
Browse more Royalton Business Cards at Zazzle

There are 100 cards to a pack.

This second one is geared towards the younger crowd and is printed on 8-1/2 by 11 inch sheets of paper.

The minimum order for these is 25 sheets.

You can find out more about the Royalton Bed and Breakfast here.

Cheryl Paton

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Coloring Business Cards to Color In

So you're waiting with your child or kids and you want to have something handy for them to do, that only takes up a little space. They're bigger now and don't necessarily want the coloring books. What's a parent to do?

A teacher is wanting a fun activity, either as a reward, or just to help kids be occupied that finished their work early, etc. What's a teacher to do?

Pull out some coloring business cards and colored pens or fine tip markers, and let them color away.

These designs are printed on business cards, so they come 100 to a pack, for the standard and chubby sizes. Don't worry about there being repeat designs. Kids will like making new colorings with these little designs, and either keep them all to see their progress over time, or give them away.

Okay, so this one seems rather basic, but I'm sure the younger ones will want to do what the older kids are doing too.

Older kids can color in fancy sails.

The flowers on these can be a different color each time, or even covered with stripes and polka dots!

Here is a fun design for Halloween, featuring a cat face on a pumpkin.

I have tested colored ink gel pens and markers on my business cards, and as long as you don't immediately wipe over the color, it adheres pretty well. However, you might want to pre-test your coloring instruments before handing them over to the kids.

Check out more coloring business cards by CherylsArt at Zazzle.

Do let me know if you have any outline drawing requests for these coloring business cards.

Cheryl Paton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cute Tuxedo Cat Shirt with Bow Tie

Are you looking for something that is tuxedo style, yet still casual? Look no farther, me and my cat Muffin are here to help you out.

Muffin is our black and white tuxedo cat and she has so graciously posed for the photo that I took. I then painted her likeness in pointillism style, and added a red bow that I had painted. She looks quite handsome, don't you think.

The cat design is printed on a ringer style tshirt with black trim; and you can also pick another shirt style and/or color.

Where will you be wearing your new tuxedo cat shirt?

Cheryl Paton

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin yard stake made of wood

I was looking for a wooden pumpkin yard stake so that I could add my own painterly touches to it. I found one that I could update with my own artistic design. The original had a covering of burlap on it and a straw bow. I removed the burlap and straw, which left a furry texture under the remaining burlap.

I used Goo Gone to remove the "fur"and painted it black to cover up the inconsistencies. The black didn't really matter, I could have used a different color. After I sanded it, I painted it with two coats of my base color.

If you are purchasing a surface that is already pretty smooth, you may want to sand it first anyway; it will help the acrylic paint to adhere to the surface.

After the paint dried, I drew the face in using watercolor pencils and then used acrylic paint for painting the features and shading. Watercolor pencils work great; they easily blend in with the paint.

These are the colors that I used.
Pumpkin - Georgia Clay
Leaf - Avocado Dip
Stem - Fawn
I painted the eyes after the body of the pumpkin was completely painted.
Eyes, Nose, Mouth - Marigold - I chose a yellowish color to help it look like it was lit up on the inside. If you choose black for these features, you can add some gray highlights around the edges to add dimension.

I like using the Americana acrylic paint. It comes in convenient little bottles and has a pretty good consistency. Coverage is good with most colors. Reds can be more transparent than other colors.

Covering with two layers will give the colors a more solid look.

When I did the highlights for the body, I mixed Georgia Clay paint with some of the Marigold. Then I dipped one corner of a flat brush in the Georgia Clay paint and the other corner of the brush in the mixture. Starting from the center, I painted stripes of the highlights, out toward the edges.

I also turned my brush around and painted the other side of the highlight using the same technique. This gives a more blended look on each side of the highlight.

I repeated this step for each curved section of the pumpkin that I wanted highlighted.

I did lighter highlights at the top of the pumpkin, slightly darker ones towards the middle, and no highlighting at the bottom.

How you decide to do this is up to you. Think about your pumpkins' face, where you want the light to look like it is shining on the pumpkin, and shade and highlight accordingly.

At the end, I added some fall accents to the leaves. You can dab on different colors with a paint brush or use a sea sponge. It helps to wet the sponge first, and then squeeze out the water before dipping it in the paint. You sponge will be more flexible then, and also be easier to rinse out afterwards.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun painting your own pumpkin face. It's so neat to get creative with pumpkin designs.

This yard sign is made of pine wood, if you would like to refinish and paint some yourself.

Cheryl Paton

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Heart Luggage Tags

My neighbor and friend had asked me to design a colorful heart luggage tag for her. She had a heart design on her suit case and wanted a tag to go with it.

I invited her over to pick out the colors that she wanted on it. So the color combination that she picked is of her choosing. I did however make some colors lighter or darker, so that they could be in various shades.

This is the luggage tag design that I made for her.

I added a patch of yellow using Paint Shop Pro, to give her a place to write her contact info on the back.

She loved the design and placed her order. Later when I talked to her, after she received them, she said that she was very impressed with the luggage tags; the design was great and the tags were made of a sturdy plastic. She was very happy with them.

The tags themselves are the size of a standard business card, at 2 by 3.5 inches. They are made of durable acrylic, and are UV resistant and waterproof.

Here is a different kind of heart design that is bright and colorful too. The background color of light yellow can be customized on this one.

Both designs have a template form to easily customize your text.

Cheryl Paton

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Custom Autumn Halloween Thanksgiving Paper Napkins

It's that time of the year when the leaves are transforming into their fall colors, making landscapes of red, yellow, orange, and brown across the autumn sky.

It's time to think of Halloween and festive dinners. It's a fun time of the year to add some creative flare.

If you are planning a Halloween party, these happy pumpkins will be glad to greet your guests. I enjoyed creating these pumpkin faces; I like seeing cute happy faces.

If your event is a Halloween wedding, these pumpkins in love will be glad to portray your love to your guests. This cute couple are snuggled together and entwined in the pumpkin vines, giving them an extra look of love.

Napkins are not only functional, they can also be kept as a wedding memento. These are easily personalized with the names of the bride and groom, and wedding date on the template forms.

If your gathering is closer to or on Thanksgiving, these cornstalk and pumpkins harvest napkins will be there to protect your guests' laps. These napkins picture a simple drawing with the words, Happy Harvest. A simple drawing can reflect more on the message that you would like to convey. It can also be easily customized with your own words.

It was freeing and fun to paint these autumn leaves. These autumn birch tree leaves works well for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and any other fall occasion. The yellow, green, and brown shades reflect some of the colors of the landscape.

May you enjoy your autumn get-togethers.

Cheryl Paton

Monday, August 25, 2014

Outline flower drawing tote bags

Many creative people have several projects going at once, and it helps to have them stored in various tote bags. These same creative people, many times, also like decorating their storage containers, giving them their own special touch, so that they are even more appealing.

If you or your creative person likes to color things in, and have projects to store, then you'll want to check out these custom tote bags.

They are made of canvas and they have flower designs already printed on them.

They can be easily colored in with fabric paint markers, or by some other favored method of the artist.

This first design is in black and white, and has an array of lilies on it.

This second design features a yellow coreopsis flower with green leaves.

Both designs can be customized with added text, if you like.

Enjoy. : )

Cheryl Paton

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sweet Gifts - Apple Shortbread Cookies for Teachers

The idea of apples and teachers just seem to go together. I'm not sure how it all started. Perhaps it's because apple is one of the first words taught to the new students. It does start with the letter a.

Anyway, if you're looking for a new apple idea as a gift for any teachers, you've found the right place. Cookies can be your answer.

This first cookie features a picture of a red apple painting, with a stem and green leaf. There is a placeholder to easily modify the text, on a template form.

The above sheet type cookie measures 11.25 by 8.75 inches, and is baked fresh once you place your order.

This design is also ready on small cookies. The small cookies come in a choice of round and square. These are ordered in quantities of four, and also by the dozen.

This next design is a perfect reminder for the knowledge that teachers pass on to their students. It features a half an apple that is sliced open, showing the seeds inside. The customizable text reads, "Teachers plant seeds of knowledge."

Both of the above designs are ready on both sizes of cookies, at CherylsArt at There are so many different gifts that teachers can get; I thought it would be nice to have special cookies.

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt at Zazzle.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Get Custom Halloween Cookies for Your Parties Here

If you like sugar cookies and Halloween, you'll love these cookies.

These smiling pumpkins look happy to greet your guests, and/or family and kids.

Not that your kids need any reminders on what to say, but these Trick or Treat cookies should do the job.

Will your kids, family, and/or friends be willing to eat a skeleton hand?

For thoughts of magic and fun, these cute wizard hat cookies should do the trick.

These cookies are baked fresh before decorating and shipping them to you. They come in a choice of round or square shaped, and in quantities of 4 cookies or by the dozen.

View more Halloween Cookies by CherylsArt.

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt at Zazzle

Friday, August 8, 2014

Wrap baby in peace baby blankets

Everyone wants their babies to sleep peacefully and have sweet dreams. I think that is the thought behind these baby blankets.

Babies notice bold and vivid colors before they notice the more pastel colors. So they would probably find it more relaxing to rest in pastels.

This one features a circle of love on a light green background.

This next one features a peace sign made of flowers. The blanket can either be personalized with a name, or you can delete or change the text to your own special message.

This one looks so peaceful with the design of butterflies and flowers.

Peace Butterflies Swaddle Blankets
Peace Butterflies Swaddle Blankets by Butterflysarebloomin
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May your baby or the one that you're buying for be blessed with peaceful sleep and sweet dreams.

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt at

Friday, July 18, 2014

Music drawstring backpacks that can be personalized

The following music backpacks are made of nylon and measure 19.25 by 16.25 inches. They make a nice gift for the music student. The designs are printed on the side that faces the observer, the back side is white.

The simplicity of the wavy music scale just seems to say, stylish.

The colors of the multi-instrument design seems to say, jazzy.

The treble clef design seems to say, grooving.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

The above designs can be customized with a name, text, etc.

Visit music bags to see more style options.

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt at

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Colorful Luggage Tags to be Personalized

So you'll be traveling and you want some luggage tags that have colors! I've got a fun, bright selection for you. Each of these has a template form on the back to easily type in your text.

This first one is an abstract painting done with bright vivid brushstrokes, that are accented with skinny strokes. The colors are complimenting to one another, an artistic choice:

This second selection is less bold, but full of dainty blossoms. It just seems to say spring.

Digitally painted chrysanthemums brighten this festive selection:

And if your like the more natural look, a patch of painted sunflowers awaits you:

Happy travels to you.

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Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt, at Zazzle

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Fun Painting Activities for Kids

"What is there to do," was a favorite of question of mine to my mom, when I was a kid. Sometimes it was the weather, a scheduled break in the school schedule, and sometimes just for wanting something fun that isn't a chore.

If the kids are older and want to do more than color, then they are probably ready to paint, especially if it is something that they can also wear.

You can let your imagination run wild, and be prepared, with activities that have long lasting appeal. Painting in designs on tee shirts is a great answer.

This toucan bird is ready for some color:

I have found that acrylic paint pens work the best for this activity. Although it can also be done with acrylic fabric paint and paint brushes. Either way, remember to place a flat sheet of cardboard between the two layers of fabric before the painting begins.

For something that can be hung afterwards, there are outline drawings on wrapped canvas. Those that are feeling more creative, they can also add their own added details; such as grass and trees for this camel, zebra, and elephant drawing.

I recommend acrylic paints and a variety of brushes. It's nice having some flat edge brushes as well as ones with small tips.

Let the creativity begin.

Cheryl Paton