Thursday, January 22, 2015

Custom and Cool Music Shirts

Whether you're looking for shirts for individuals or for a group, such as a choir or band, you'll find a cool selection here.

This first design is great for both choirs and bands, and also individuals. It depicts a wavy music scale with notes on it. You can select the shirt style, color, and sizes.


This design of a female singer looks like a fun choice for a karaoke singer. The text can be customized if you like.


The guitar drawing can be a fun choice for band members.


You can also find more custom Music Instrument T-Shirts at Zazzle.com.


Sometimes I like to play the piano. My daughter got me a star piano shirt for Christmas one year.



My favorite music shirt that I saw on Amazon, says what a lot of us think. Without music, life would be flat. Of course, though, it's said in a more musical way.



Do you play an instrument?

Are you looking for yourself or for someone else?

Cheryl

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Canvas Easter Bags

Canvas bags are perfect for Easter egg gathering. They're pretty sturdy and the kids won't have to worry about their eggs spilling out. They have two flexible handles that also make them easy to carry.

If you'd like a coloring activity for you kids to do too, then this little bunny will do the job. The text can be replaced with your own message, child's name, etc. The bunny rabbit is pictured on the budget tote. It measures 15.75"h by 15.25"w.


The bags come in a variety of styles and sizes. This cute plaid bunny rabbit is pictured on a larger bag, for extra egg gathering. The text says, "I'm so hoppy to be here," and it can be customized. The tote style is the Impulse Tote and it measures 18 ½”W by 13 ½”H by 5 ½”D.


This Impulse style tote features colorful Easter Eggs. It has a front pocket, and measures 13.5"long x 18.5"wide; 5.5" deep.


If you're trying to encourage more healthy eating, you may like the strawberry design. It is pictured on the tiny tote, which measures 14.5"w by 11"h by 4"d.


Any of the designs can be purchased on a different bag style and/or color.

If you have a design request, you can let me know in the comment section below, or email me at creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net.

Shop for more canvas Easter Bags online at Zazzle.

Cheryl Paton



Unique Easter Postage Stamps

Are you looking for unique postage stamps for Easter? Here you'll find some unique ones by CherylsArt from Zazzle.

If you're trying to eat less chocolate, then strawberries might be the answer. If you really like the chocolate, you can also dip strawberries in chocolate and feel like you're getting something healthier. Better yet, these postage stamps are calorie free...


A lot of people think of bunny rabbits when they think of Easter. It seems to be the time of blossoms and pastel colors. Here the pastels are used to draw a cute and unique bunny rabbit.


If you like your bunny rabbits to look more realistic, then you'll probably like the painting of these two sitting in the grass.


Teddy Bears are popular at Easter and throughout the year too. This little guy is sitting in a chair next to a large strawberry. He is wearing a pink heart and wishes everyone a Happy Easter.


For those who love colorful eggs, then these uniquely designed Easter eggs are a fun choice.


Do you have a favorite design? However you celebrate this time of year, may it be filled with love and laughter.

Browse more unique Easter Stamps online at Zazzle.com

Cheryl Paton

Friday, January 16, 2015

Shamrock Postage Stamps for March Weddings and Events

March 17 is Saint Patrick's Day, a time to celebrate being Irish or not, and a time to see a lot of shamrocks.

If you are Irish or are planning an event in the month of March, you can find some pretty shamrock stamps to showcase your event.

If you are planning ahead, then you may be sending out Save the date information.


If it is a wedding that you're planning, a double shamrock design is made especially for you.


If you are have a party for family and friends, then this design is for you.


This border of clover is to wish everyone a Happy Saint Patrick's Day.


This shamrock collage design is ready for your own message. It's easy to type it in on the template form.


Any of the designs here can be customized with your own message, should you like something different.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you.

Cheryl Paton





Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Say Thanks with Thank You Stamps

Looking for stamps that say, Thank you?

Whether it's for a Christmas present, birthday gift, wedding gifts, and/or for some other occasion, Thank you stamps are an extra way to convey your thanks.


People do like being thanked. I know I do. This fun bubble design comes in aqua blue.


I had fun painting the circles and bubbles. They look so bright and fun to me.

Many people say thank you with flowers. This stamp features a painting of a yellow lily.


Sometimes the thanks isn't actually what it was intended for... For instance, our cats were certainly thankful for the decorated Christmas tree, although we didn't intend it to be a play toy.


If you'd like to share, what type of general thing are you wanting to say Thank you for?

Also, if you have a design request for Thank you stamps, you can email me at creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net.

If you're looking for the rubber kind on wood blocks, check out these Thank you stamps.

Cheryl Paton



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Unique Personalized Baby Shower Invitations

Looking for something a little different for a baby shower? These are some of the designs that I've created. They are printed when you place your order, so be sure to update any details for your party.

I thought that a watering can would be a neat idea. The pink can sprinkles a spray of pink water. The details are on the back; they can be easily customized by typing in your info on the template form.


It also comes in blue which shows a blue can and blue water.

This next design features an umbrella that is green and orange. The handle is striped too. The customizable details are printed on the back.

Orange and Green Umbrella Baby Shower Invitations
Orange and Green Umbrella Baby Shower Invitations by Cherylsart
Check out Umbrella Invitations online at zazzle

This design is made from a painting of colorful baby booties on a gray background. I chose gray for the background because I wanted to make it suitable for men too. The booties are in eight different colors.


The text to personalize is also on the back.

This one has both pink and blue flowers on it, for a shower for twins, but it doesn't have to be for twins. The flowers and leaves are arranged in a flowy type of pattern.


Be sure to personalize the text on the back.

You can browse more baby items here to find matching postage stamps, stickers, and more.

Do you have a favorite?

Cheryl Paton

Monday, January 12, 2015

Art on Products - Have a nice day

What day of the week is it? Is it Monday? Do you dread it or do you look forward to it?

Do you know the song that says, "Just another manic Monday. Wish it were Sunday. That's my fun day."

Well I decided to sing magic Monday in place of manic Monday, whenever I hear that song now. It does have a catchy tune, but Mondays don't have to be manic or bad in any way. Mondays can be fun too - time for a new start, time for a little magic, time for another day of fun,... Mondays can even be marvelous!


Right after Monday comes Tuesday. I haven't heard much said about Tuesdays, but I've decided that they can be terrific.


Wednesdays are usually referred to as hump day, meaning the first half of the week was up hill, and now it's down hill and smooth sailing. If you like thinking of Wednesday as hump day, then you might like to wear a camel shirt on that day. Or you could just think of Wednesdays as being wonderful!


Not much has been said about Thursdays, other than - Tomorrow is Friday. How about we make Thursdays thoroughly good!


Most people already think that Fridays are fantastic. But add a little magical thinking in the mix, and then they can be fanciful.


Then the next day, Saturday, is bound to be sensational!


Sunday can be all about gratitude and good eats. In fact, Sundays can be just plain scrumptious!


So whatever day of the week it is for you right now, may it be a great one. Have a marvelous, terrific, wonderful, thoroughly good, fanciful, sensational, scrumptious, nice day!

Cheryl Paton

Art on Products - Peaceful Thoughts

My thoughts have ran rampant at times, and not necessarily in a good way. I'm better at catching myself now, and either just stopping it, and sometimes I actually come up with a new thought that brings about a whole new way of thinking.

One day I was thinking about a particular web site; it wasn't pleasant at all. I was thinking of the next thing I could say to them, that wasn't nice either. Then I caught myself. I finally stated to myself, "I am doing the right thing."

I had not idea what the right thing was, but I new the previous thoughts weren't the right thing. But I did and do have the power to set myself on the course of better thinking.

Once I declared that I am doing the right thing, several times or so, I felt calmer. The things I had been thinking about, faded away. New ideas came to mind.


Another thing that I have done to improve my mood is to go to a mirror and give myself a smile. This simple action can be pretty powerful.


How often do you smile at yourself? Go ahead, you have my permission, not that you need it though. You are definitely worth smiling at yourself.

This little sweeties also helps me to smile. She is my cat Muffin, and she'll be glad to help you smile too.


She doesn't usually wear a dress, but she did for a short time. She did look quite cute in it. Anyway, she gives me lots of love and purrs.

Before you go, here is a {{{{hug}}}} for you.

Cheryl Paton

Art on Products - Feel Good Affirmations

We all like to feel good, and/or better. Isn't it such a good feeling to have when you're feeling good!

However, if you're not, there are some things you can do to help improve the moment. One of those is actually just letting the thoughts be. Stop judging them, and just observe them.

And then, when it's not so difficult, start fostering some more positive thoughts. Focus on things that you like.

You may be wondering what this has to do with art. When I first started using affirmations, I found that I wanted something more. For me, it helped to have little pictures that went with them; my mind then made a quicker connection to them, and it also gave my mind an image. I liked that, and it worked for me.

If you like art, then that might work for you too.

It helps to be appreciative and/or loving. Think about a favorite pet, or when you felt loving towards someone (it can even be towards yourself.) It's nice to foster those kinds of feelings.

Rhymes are also a good way to make a positive connection to good feelings:


I have said this little rhyme often, to help me think of things that I appreciate.

And yes you are loved. It helps when you are also loving towards yourself. Give yourself a hug, a smile; you're worth it.


Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that we are loved, loving, and lovable. And then we may need to update our minds on what loving is - such as being kind, doing something nice, giving praise or a compliment to another, and/or to yourself.

When we teach our minds what we expect loving to be, we'll be more able to recognize the love in ourselves and then we can see more of it in our lives.

Smiling also helps. Think about something you like, or you could even just smile first. Sometimes the positive thought can also follow the positive action.


Cheryl Paton




Thursday, January 8, 2015

Outline Drawings on Aprons

Sometimes you just want an outline drawing on an apron. Perhaps to wear as it is or to paint it in. Either way, you have come across a fine selection.

The drawings range from simple flowers and animals, to more complex designs.

This first design features an outline drawing of a mother and baby fish swimming next to each other.


Here is an example of the fish design that I painted with dimensional paint. I also added in some coral and seaweed outlines with the paint.

The aprons come in three styles and three color choices. The styles include children's aprons, and two different lengths for the adult aprons. Any design can be ordered on any style apron.

The fuchsia flower apron for adults is shown here in the medium length option on yellow.


The Chef Pizza Toss apron is shown in the long length on white.


I own several of the aprons from Zazzle, and they have all been well made. The fabric is a medium weight cotton which is made of 65% polyester and 35% cotton. They wash up quite well in the laundry and do not need ironing.

The strap around the neck on the adult aprons has an adjustment buckle on it. The straps around the waist are quite long; there is enough room for me to bring it around and tie it in the front. I wear a size 10.

You can view more outline aprons by CherylsArt at Zazzle.

Cheryl Paton



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Color in Aprons - Fun Painting Activity for Kids


Are you looking for a fun activity for the kids to do at a party and/or as a family activity? Aprons to color in can be your answer.


Kids like being creative and also making things that can be used. They like seeing their good works being useful and appreciated in some way.


Coloring in aprons can be less messy or more messy. It mainly depends on the kids, and also what kind of paints you choose. I prefer the fabric paint markers. They don't require any bowls of water or brushes. They do require a little bit of practice first, so that the kids don't press the tips to far, and inadvertently have too much paint run out. In my experience, the Sharpie Permanent Markers bled on the fabric when laundered, even though I had heat set it first.

You can also use fabric paint, and/or fabric painting medium mixed in with acrylic paints, along with paint brushes.


Dimensional paint can be used for outlining an already painted in design, or just by itself. The dimensional paint will take longer to dry; so it should be laid to the side for several hours or more before any kind of manipulation.

Whatever painting medium you use, do have flat sheets of cardboard on hand to place under the apron, before having the painting to begin. This will prevent paint bleed through onto the table or onto anything else that might be under the apron.

Also, be sure to have the painting activity occur early on during your get together, so that the paint can be drying while the kids are snacking or playing games.

This is the cat apron before any paint is added to it. You can order with your own text, or just delete the text if you don't want any.


The kids aprons are smaller and come in the style that is pictured above. There are also adult sized aprons for older kids that come in medium and long lengths. All three styles come in a choice of white, khaki, and yellow.

When buying, choose the outline design that you like first, then choose your apron style and/or color.

If you have any questions and/or design requests, you can submit them in the comment section below. Outline design requests can also be emailed to me at creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net.

Cheryl Paton