Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Custom Baby Photo Necklaces

The baby has been born and you want to share photos. A fun way to share the photo is with a special custom necklace for aunts, grandmothers, mother-in-law, god-mother, etc.

Each one can wear their special necklace of their new favorite niece, nephew, grand-niece, grand-nephew, etc.

This first design features a circle of blue with an accent of pastel dots. The lighter colored dots are to help accent the highlights of your photo.

It is also ready in solid blue if you prefer not to have the dots.

This is a solid version in pink.

The pink necklace is also ready with dots.

For a more formal and/or distinguished look, you can order the black design.

If you have a photo that will work better with a square frame, this personalized option is available in black.

If you would like any of these photo frames designed in any other color(s), you can let me know by contacting me through my CherylsArt store on Zazzle, or by sending an email to creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net. I'll be glad to oblige.

Any of these designs, along with your photo, will make a wonderful necklace and keepsake for years to come.

View more baby photo necklaces by various artists at Zazzle.com.

Cheryl Paton

Friday, June 19, 2015

Morgantown West Virginia Postcards

If you are searching for postcards that feature Morgantown, West Virginia, you have found the right place.

There are several designs to choose from here, that showcase the downtown area as seen from the Westover Bridge.

This first postcard features a photograph of the city shown as a cutout of letters of the word, Morgantown.

The second photo features a view of Morgantown, WV, as seen from Dorsey's Knob. The large rock on the lower left is called Sky Rock.

This third photo features the Evansdale area with the Monongahela River in view. Part of the West Virginia University is on the Evansdale campus.

This view features mainly the Evansdale area and along with Coliseum.

This view is also taken from the Granville area; it showcases the new baseball field located in Granville. There is shopping and lodging nearby.

If you have a student that will be attending West Virginia University, then I recommend giving them a pack of stamped postcards to encourage them to write home more often. A multi-postcard discount is applied when you purchase eight or more postcards from Zazzle, and they can be different designs. If you use a promotion code to save, then you will receive whichever discount is the greatest.

Browse more Morgantown Postcards online at Zazzle.com

You can also find vintage postcards of Morgantown at Amazon. I find it amazing to look at the old vintage photos of Morgantown. I have been a resident here for over 30 years, and a lot has changed over the years.

Cheryl Paton
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Proverbs Necklaces Apple of Gold

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Proverbs 25:11 - A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

To me, this verse means to speak kindly to and about one another. To give praise and compliments, to encourage the better in us.

In this necklace, the words of this verse are printed in silver on a painting of a gold apple on a background of silver, that I did. May it bring you many blessings.

I made another version with the text written in black and larger letters for easier reading. This necklace is shown in square; and you can also choose a different shape and/or finish.

Here are some other necklaces that feature other verses from Proverbs:

Cheryl Paton

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Custom Baseball T-Shirts

It's fun to show your support of baseball, especially if you or someone you know is a baseball player. With most of the designs that you find here, you'll be able to customize it with your own text.

Pick a design your like, then add in your own message or statement.

Any of these baseball designs from Zazzle can be ordered on the shirt style, color, and size of your choice.

This first design features a single baseball, front and center, with the customizable text of "Game On!" written under the ball. The white ball looks great on the dark colored fabric. Do note that the printing process for the dark colors is different than the ones used for light colored shirts. The design looks more blended in to the fabric on the light colored shirts. The design on the dark colored shirts appears to have more a rubberized texture that is layered on to the fabric.

This baseball jersey is ready for team name on the front, and player's name,and number on the back.

My love of the game started when I was a little kid. The picture on this shirt reminded me of my first baseball set.

Browse more Baseball T-Shirts at Zazzle.com.

Cheryl Paton

Friday, June 12, 2015

Wall Clocks for Baby Rooms

Having a clock in the baby's room, nursery is a big help for parents and caregivers for the baby. One can easily look up and see what time it is without having to get up and go to another room, or move your arm to see the watch on your wrist.

A good question to ask yourself before purchasing a clock for the nursery though, is - Do you want one that ticks or one that is silent.

Some people like the ticking of a clock and find them soothing. This may also help baby sleep better, it may be reminiscent of hearing a heart beat. I have heard that people sometimes use ticking clocks to help puppies sleep.

From what I've read, the clocks from Zazzle do tick, but it is not overly loud, meaning they could hear it if they were near the clock but not when they were across the room.

The clocks from Zazzle have a low ticking sound, and can also be customized if you'd like to add any text.

For a soothing look, the blends of light blue surrounded by cloud and bubble shapes can be a pretty accent. This design also comes in pink.

For a pretty polka dot design, there is the shades of pink option with red numbers. This design also comes in blue.

Another idea that I also find pretty and relaxing is the blends of lavender with pink and lavender spheres.

Any of the clocks above can be ordered as round or square. The round option comes in a choice of two sizes - 8 and 10.75 inches in diameter. The square option measures 10.75 by 10.75 inches. The hands on these clocks are black, and there is a tick. They are made of acrylic. See more clocks by CherylsArt at Zazzle.

A clock for the baby's room is both a pretty and functional gift. Is it time for you to get one?

Cheryl Paton

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Chevron Pattern Green Dots Unisex Collection

I had been admiring the various chevron designs and wanted to do something different. Then it occurred to me to do one with dots. I have already done quite a few pointillism pictures, so it seemed natural to me.

I opted to use markers, figuring that the dots would be more uniform in size than using my stylus or a paint brush.

After I did a dozen rows of those, I figured I'd better come up with plan B. That's when I got the idea to "paint" my dots by using my artist software.

Yes! That worked. The dots could all be uniform in size now!

The first products I designed with the chevron dots was meant for a baby theme. I chose invitations and gifts for mom and baby.

Then I decided to make some products that were more for all ages, especially adults. I thought car mats, personalized water bottles, mugs, and such.

I knew I wanted to go with green, and I also knew I wanted to design car mats. So the first thing I did was to do a search on green cars; that's how I came up with my color combination. The two I chose will go with a variety of greens, lights and darks alike.

Lime and Green Chevron Dots Car Mats Floor Mat
Lime and Green Chevron Dots Car Mats Floor Mat by Cherylsart
See other Green Chevron Sets of Car Mats at zazzle

The car mats measure 17” x 27” (front mats), and 17” x 13” (rear mats). The edges are finished and they have a non skid backing.

The water bottle is made of stainless steel. This style holds 24 ounces and it also comes in an 18 ounce size. You can choose from a variety of colors for the outside. Be sure to customize or delete the name.

Once you choose a mug design that you like, you can then choose the mug style and size that you want.

I hope that you like my selection; you can see more of them on the link below.

If you would like this design added to any other product(s) that are available on Zazzle, do let me know. I'll be glad to add the design for you. You can let me know through my store on Zazzle, CherylsArt, or via email to creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net.

Cheryl Paton

Monday, June 8, 2015

Yellow Aqua Chevron Dots Baby Collection

The yellow and aqua chevron design is perfect for baby showers. Here you'll find custom invitations that you personalize online, along with matching items for the invitations, and also for the nursery.

The invitations are easily personalized by changing the name on the template form. The customizable details are printed on the back.

Decorative matching stickers are ready to be customized and added as envelope seals and/or they can be customized into gift stickers.

Matching postage stamps can be ordered in any denomination.

Gifts for the baby include a baby blanket, bib, and personalized pacifiers.

Even though there is a boy's name showing on the pacifier, it can easily be customized to a girl's name as well.

Gifts for mom include a pouf to rest her feet,

a throw pillow for her back,

and a soft memory foam bath mat for her feet in the bathroom.

You can choose from different sizes for the square pillows, and also your preferred fabric type for both the square and lumbar pillows. The bath mat comes in a choice of three sizes, and the top of it has a soft short napped fabric; it is so very nice to the touch.

View more Yellow Aqua Chevron products by CherylsArt at Zazzle. If it is still June 8, 2015, then you might check back for more products to show up. If you would like this design added to any other products, you can let me know in the comment section below, email me at creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net, or contact me through my Zazzle store. You can also contact me if you would like this design in a different color combination, using two colors.

For more yellow chevron ideas for baby, here are some options from Amazon:

Thank you for your patronage.

Cheryl Paton

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Decorate Canvas Bags

It's fun to decorate a canvas bag. There are some many different options to choose from. You can paint on them, draw on them, add ribbon and/or sequins to them; and I'm sure that you'll come up with some other ideas on your own too.

A simple way for both kids and adults to start, is by using a bag that already has an outline design printed on it. The design can be colored in with paint markers, painted in with brushes, outlined with dimensional paint, etc. The artists can also glue on embellishments, and/or add extra design elements to the original drawing.

Would you label this camel bag with, Is it hump day?

The design can be an animal, like the camel, or something as simple as an outline of a word. Kids like filling in their letters with decorative designs.

I have found that fabric paint markers work pretty well for painting on canvas.

When using the paint markers, they may require shaking them up from time to time to mix up the paint. Be sure to put the lid back on before commencing to shaking them, as the tip may fly off. So keep those lids on when shaking so you won't have to spend time searching for that little tip.

You can choose from basic colors to neon and/or pearly colors.

Also, I have found the medium tipped paint markers to work better than the fine tipped ones. The paint flow works better and was more consistent with the medium tipped ones.

Those who like more details can choose a more complex design, like the sparrows sitting on a rail. There are plants in front of the wall, and sky above the wall.

Another fun way to decorate a canvas bag is by drawing your own design, using stencils, and/or with sponge painting. Although this video didn't show it, it is a good idea to place a sheet of flat cardboard in between the fabric layers, before painting. Leave the cardboard in place until after the paint has dried.

My preferred method of drawing on blank canvas is with watercolor pencils. The paint that you add will blend in with the colors of the watercolor pencils, and any excess can be wiped away with a damp cloth once the paint has completely dried. And there are no dark pencil lines to show through.

You might also like to add ribbon and other embellishments to your design. My preference for gluing items onto fabric is the Ultimate Glue. It dries clear and remains flexible. In my own experience, it has held up very well. I have used it for hemming floor cloths.

Flowers may be your artists' desire. Flower shapes can be more forgiving for young artists. Some designs today show the colors of the petals going outside of the line, as part of the design.

Extra dimension can be added with dimensional paint. I recommend that the dimensional paint be used sparingly, perhaps just for outlining after the other colors have been painted in. The dimensional paint will take longer to dry and is easy to smudge if you're working around it. So it's best to save the dimensional paint until the end.

A simple way to add drawings and/or letters is to have some stencils on hand. These can also be outlined onto the bags using watercolor pencils.

Now that you've got some painting ideas and inspiration in mind, here are some basic tips to follow:

1. Before painting, place a flat sheet of cardboard directly underneath your painting layer of fabric, to keep the paint from bleeding through to the underneath layer of fabric and/or your table top.

2. For first time painters, use the fabric paint markers, as there is less mess and more control of the paint.

3. If this is being done as an activity for a birthday or other gathering, have the artists do their paintings at the beginning of the party so that the paint can be drying while they are eating and/or enjoying other activities. Note that dimensional paint and paint that is applied thickly, can take hours to dry to the touch.

4. Once the paintings have thoroughly dried, follow the manufacturer's directions for heat setting the design (if any), to ensure longer lasting results.

Find more outline bags by CherylsArt online at zazzle.com

Here are some coloring options for bags at Amazon:

Happy creating!

Cheryl Paton

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Love Tee Shirts for the Whole Family

Find Love and I Heart T-shirts, for all kinds of love, printed on the tee shirt style and/or color of your choice.

You'll find both stylish and fun love tee shirts for the whole family. Many can also be customized. Designs include Animals, Sign Language, I love you, Things that Go Together like Mac and Cheese, and more.

For the shirts from Zazzle, you may also choose a different style, dolor, and size. For simplicity, you'll find the Zazzle options first, followed by selections from Amazon.

The first design here features an I heart giraffes shirt, with the heart decorated with giraffe spots.

For a more universal design is the sign language symbol for I love you, in pink. The hand print also comes in green, blue, and purple.

The love hand design is also ready in a circular pattern, with I love you, printed in the center.

Another universal design is the God loves you shirt. One day when I was praying and thanking God, I felt an electrical chill run down through my body. It felt invigorating and I knew that this magnificent energy of Spirit, did not care what color I was.

On a more humorous note is the Mac and Cheese loving each other. They go so well together!

Here are some love shirts on Amazon. These can change from time to time.

Hope you felt some love while you were here and perhaps found a smile or two. : )

Cheryl Paton