Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Valentines Chocolates Gift Box

It's sweet to give sweets to your sweetheart for Valentine's Day. Here you can choose from an assortment of designs on gift boxes of chocolates.

The chocolates themselves come as an assortment of premium Belgian dark and milk chocolate or you can choose just dark or milk chocolate. There are engraved heart designs in the candies and there are 45 pieces per box.

The greeting on these box tops say, Happy Valentine's Day, which can also be easily changed on the template form. Just click on the assortment link below, then click on the design of your choice. Locate the text field (It will be to the right of the design.), backspace over the text that is there and type in your own personalized greeting.

Most of the lids have a heart design on them, ranging from techie designs to more romantic ones. There are also other ideas for those who want something other than hearts.


The chcocolates (above), are shipped by Zazzle, and they have a 100% guarantee. Enjoy.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Cheryl Paton



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Zebra Print Shirts

Here you will find a selection of zebra print animal shirts that you can purchase online.

This first one features an outline drawing of a zebra walking. The stripes and the body of the zebra are the same color. You can have some fun coloring in the stripes if you like, making your zebra any color that you like.


Here the black stripes of the zebra are already colored in.


Did you ever wonder what color if the black or the white part of the zebra is its real color? I did some research online, and found out that the black and white pattern is actually the zebra's fur. Underneath the fur, the skin of most zebras is black.

I added a turquoise teal color to the zebra print and enlarged it for this shirt design. They make a fun choice.


Here is a fun zebra shirt with the arms showcasing zebra stripes, and the head looking like it wraps around onto the front of the shirt. It comes in ladies sizes.



This all over zebra print has an appealing curve look to it. This shirt comes in junior sizes, small to xx-Large.



Did you know that no two zebra's are alike. I guess they're kind of like snowflakes, in that respect.

Are you feeling creative? Would you like to design your own zebra print shirt?
Here is an idea. Create a stencil first. Then place a sheet of cardboard between the two fabric layers. Paint in the design, with acrylic fabric paint or acrylic paint with a fabric textile medium added to it.  Then carefully remove the stencil. Then you can add any outlines or touch ups. Let the paint dry, then remove the cardboard. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for heat setting the paint, if that is required.

Here is a cute zebra print design for baby. The stripes are black on white, and the bodysuit is trimmed in pink.



Cheryl Paton



Zoo Themed Birthday Party Invitations

Congratulations on planning a zoo themed birthday party! When our daughter was little, it was extra nice going to the zoo with a group of kids. They seemed to have a lot more fun. A good tip is to have the kids wearing the same color tee shirts.

Here you will find birthday party invitations that you can customize online, and also ones that you can fill in by hand.

Be sure to check with the zoo to see how they handle birthday parties. Some will even have pavilions where everyone can meet, have cake, etc. Some may allow you to bring in your own snacks, some may want you to purchase your snacks there.

It's a good idea to send out your invitations approximately two weeks before the birthday party. If you are including a trip to the zoo, be sure to include an RSVP contact, so that you can plan on transportation, tickets, etc.

This first invitation features a tiger, with the text - Meet me at the zoo. There is plenty of space on the back to customize your details with your text.


This one shows a variety of animals, including giraffes, tigers, and elephants. It has lines on the back to either replace with text, or fill in by hand after you receive them.


The above invites were designed by me. You can check out other Zoo Birthday Invitations from other designers at zazzle.com.

Cheryl Paton




Monday, December 21, 2015

Valentine Postage Stamps

Here you will find a variety of choices for Valentine postage stamps. These stamps are legal to use within the United States and have met the USPS Guidelines.

This colorful design features a painting of layered hearts. The hearts are in different colors and are layered with a lighter or darker shade. Happy Valentine's Day is written across the hearts in white script letters.


This fun stamp uses a play on words. It features a painting of a honey bee enjoying a flower, with the text, Bee Mine written above it. There is a honeycomb design in the background.


This design showcases an abstract drawing of two cats. One is whispering into the ear of the other cat, Would you be my Valentine?


This one is for teddy bear lovers. It features a painting of a cute teddy bear wearing a red heart and red neck scarf, sitting by itself in a big comfortable chair, waiting for their valentine. The text says, Be mine.


This design is minty looking. It features two red hearts leaning in towards one another, in front of a red, white, and pink mint swirl design. Be mine is written across the hearts in pink.


Are you planning on a bouquet? This design features a painting of a flower and heart bouquet.


The above stamps can be ordered in different sizes and/or denominations.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Love Postage Stamps

Here you will find a selection of Love Postage Stamps. They can be used for weddings, anniversaries, sending mail to your sweetheart, and anytime you just want to send some love.

This first selection features a painting of purple and white hearts on a blended lavender background. The text is written in a script font. These are a great choice for weddings, anniversaries, and for sending some love.


If you like simple, then the light blue on solid royal blue may be for you.


This design features a bouquet with hearts and flowers, with the statement, I love you. This would be a great choice for sending love to your sweetheart.


If you are a computer geek, then you might like this techie design of a light green heart made with an outline of dashes.


This anytime design of the word Love with the o shown as a heart, is also especially a great choice for Valentine's Day.


This unique design shows a painting of a hand giving the sign language symbol for love, in purple.


If you want to send some encouragement and/or to let anyone know that it's okay to love themselves, you may like this Plaid Bunny stamp. Easter is also a nice time for using this stamp.


This design is more on the romantic side. It features the word Love written over a wave of red hearts on a blended pink background. This is another great choice for your sweetheart.


Check out other Love Stamps by CherylsArt at Zazzle.

May you have a love filled day.

Cheryl Paton


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Parrot Themed Birthday Party Supplies

Here you will find options for parrot themed birthday party invitations, along with ribbon, wrapping paper, and activity and gift ideas.

The main design is a colorful outline drawing of a parrot. For the invitations, you can choose from two sided invites and postcards. The text on each features an area to fill in the details by hand, or text can be typed in, in place of the lines - using the template forms.

An activity idea is for some unique coloring ideas. The outline parrot is printed on tee shirts, canvas bags, and cotton aprons. They can be colored in using fabric paint markers, or painted in using fabric paint and brushes. The paint markers make less mess. If you use paint brushes, then you will also need bowls of water to rinse the brushes in between the colors, and paper towels to dab them off.

Gift ideas include personalized door hangers and watches.

You can see the current choices here:


If you would like this design added to any other product(s), you can either let me know through my Zazzle store (you can use the link above), or email me at creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net.

For some color and decorations, colorful parrot windsocks will add a nice touch, also colorful streamers. This windsock is weather resistant; it measures 11 inches wide by 22 inches tall.



You can also create your own hanging birds from paper plates. The video features a dove, but you can add color to the bird and make it be a parrot. The kids can also have fun coloring the wings. It can be a pre-cake activity.



Another activity idea for the kids is to also play the REPEAT Game. Have one child think of a sentence and have them whisper it in the ear of the child next to them. Each child then repeats what they heard by whispering it in the ear of the next child in line. At the end of the line, the last child repeats the sentence out loud, seeing if it is the same sentence as what the first child had said. Then have the first child move to the end of the line and begin again with the child that was second in line. Repeat until all children have had a turn beginning with a sentence.

May you have a wonderful birthday celebration.

Cheryl Paton




Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Calendars to Design Your Own on Template

Calendars are a fun way to share family photos and/or your own art. Here you will find a selection of calendars that you can customize online with your own images. There are various choices; you can choose to have a framed photo on your calendar pages, or no frame at all. You can also choose from three different sizes: Small (7”x 5.5”), Medium (11”x 8.5”), and Large (14.25”x 11”).

You can also choose a different grid design. Click on Customize It for this option.

Each one can be personalized online, using the template forms provided. Be sure to update each page. You can also add text if you like by clicking on Customize It, and then on Add Text. The text placeholder for the year that you'd like to create is provided. Be sure to check the calendar start date to make sure the correct year will be made before you purchase.

This first calendar features the option to add one large photo per page without any frame.


This calendar features an assortment of frames to place your photos behind. The frames are different colors and include round, square, and rectangle shapes. These frames were made from paintings that I did.


This next one features a background color that serves as the frame for each page. Your picture sits on top of the background. Each page's frame is a different color.


This background color option is also ready in all white borders.

If any of your photos don't line up quite right, then click on Customize It. You can then re-position the photo and click and drag on a corner to re-size it.

If you add text, you will also need to click on Customize It. Then click on Add Text, type in your text, then click on f in the dialogue box to choose the font style. Choose your style first, then select the size of the font. You can also choose the font color.

Happy creating.

Cheryl Paton