Creative Blog Hop

Monday, November 10, 2014



Hi friends, my friend Mindy nominated me to participate in a Creative Blog Hop.  The idea is that artists and crafters could get to know each other. Here are my responses to the questions:

1.  What am I working on right now?  I  am working up class samples for the first half of 2015 for Roadhouse Arts.  I am also perpetually working on samples and stamp designs for Paper Wings.  Besides my personal creative endeavors I am also usually working on projects for school.  I have returned to school to pursue a master's degree in Art Therapy.  

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre? I try hard not to compare my work to others.  If I try and get inspired by looking at other's art I have found that it only stifles my own creativity.  I don't know what makes my art different, I would suppose it's different because it comes from within me.

3.  Why do I create what I do?  
I make art because it's what I want to do.  The creative process is innate and simply part of my life.  I try not to overthink things and just create, spontaneity works best for me.  I also have a deep love for art materials and techniques.  I like to create and share the ideas and techniques with others.  One of my favorite quotes that really rings true is-

“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”


4.  How does my creative process work?  I touched on this above.  I'm not much of a pre-planner.  I like to just sit down and start doing things.  I often joke that my projects are based on what's near by on my desk.  I hate getting up to look for things I want to use.  I find it's a real creativity buster.   


All of my friends have already participated in the creative blog hop.  But if you're looking for inspiration, these amazing ladies are worth checking out.  Their endless creativity never ceases to amaze me.  

Dana Tatar
Norma Gomez
Erica Thompson


November Blog Hop with Paper Wings Productions

Friday, November 7, 2014




It's time for the Paper Wings November Blog Hop!  I'm so glad you dropped in for a visit.  If you are coming from Amanda's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just joined in, start at the beginning by clicking here

Our theme for November is the wonderfully warm shade of "sepia".  The Paper Wings' designers have all made projects this month using sepia.  We hope you will check out each designer's blog to see what we have created.  Once you have completed the hop, be sure and leave a comment on the Paper Wings blog for your chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the Paper Wings Productions online store

For a chance to win all you need to do is:
  • be a follower of the Paper Wings blog, The Aviary
  • visit each of the participating designer's blogs and leave a comment
  • go back and leave us a comment on the Paper Wings blog telling us you completed the hop
To increase your chances of winning you can like our Facebook page and/or invite your friends to the hop.  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of your additional entries. The winner will be announced on Tuesday November 11, 2014 on the Paper Wings blog.


I bet you're ready to see my project, am I right?  Here it is!

I made a video showing how to get the sepia look using tea, coffee, walnut ink crystals, and LEMON JUICE!  Check it out...



Here's the card I made using the pieces from the video.



You have officially finished the blog hop.  Now go back to the Paper Wings blog, leave a comment telling us you finished the hop for a chance to win that gift certificate to the Paper Wings online store.  




***Here is the complete line up just in case you get lost along the way***
Carrie  ----you are here!
you are done!  go back to the paper wings blog

What's happening with me...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Greetings friends,

You may have noticed that I haven't posted much lately.  I wanted to check in with you all and tell you what's going on in my world.  This year for me has been about change, adapting, and finding myself all over again as I turned 40.  I've always tried to embrace the fact that change is inevitable and essentially what life's all about, but some change is easier than others.  I was already thinking towards the future and making changes, but when Stamp Antonio closed it affected me more than I wanted it to.  Although I love to teach I began to wonder if I was on the wrong path, for one thing I no longer had a local place to teach.  There have been other changes too- hubby graduated and started a new job, family health has been an issue...all adding to chaotic feelings.  I also went back to school.  For a while (entirely too long for me!) it was up in the air what I was going back to school for.  Programs and requirements kept changing but now I'm on the path to (eventually) earning a Master's Degree in Art Therapy.  Right now I have to go back and take courses that were not required when I was in school many moons ago.  I'm taking a full load this semester including science and math which is proving to be quite challenging (who makes artists take PHYSICS???).

I haven't been participating in the Paper Wing's blog hops or doing much posting at all lately.  I'm leaving all of that up the the uber creative design team.  I'm still around though, working in the background and coming up with new ideas and possibilities for Paper Wings.  I truly appreciate the support and encouragement from of those of you who shop and order Paper Wings products.  It's you that have kept me going this year.  You keep me inspired and driven.   You all mean more to me than you could possibly know.

I have also now found a new local place to call home.  I was contacted by the incredible ladies who own Roadhouse Arts about becoming part of their teaching staff.  Roadhouse Arts is in Bulverde, a short drive north of San Antonio.  They offer amazing workshops and even bring in nationally known artists.  My first workshops are coming up October 10-11.  In 2015 I will be teaching quarterly.  The workshops offered at Roadhouse Arts are a full day experience.  The full day workshops all you to become fully immersed in the techniques and will allow us to fully appreciate and embrace the learning process.

Here are the workshops:

Art Prints and Journal with Gelli Plates

This full day workshop will introduce us to the printmaking process of making monoprints on paper and fabric. We'll layer them to make a one-of-a-kind art print, and make papers and prints suitable for all kinds of paper arts projects, including transforming a store-bought canvas cover into a personal and unique art journal.
In the process, we'll learn a wealth of information to use on all our mixed media projects, including:
    • - How to use gels and mediums with acrylic paints
    • - The basics of art journaling
    • - How to create texture on a Gelli plate with a variety of objects
    • - How to combine multiple techniques in one print
    • - How to do a simple bookbinding stitch
You won't want to miss this fun day of mixed media play!
1 Session - 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
No Prerequisites - Beginners Welcome!
Workshop Fee: $79
Materials Fee: $25
Date: Friday, October 10, 2014


The Art of Bookbinding

Instructor: Carrie Avery
Bookbinding is a timeless artform and in this one-day workshop, we'll experience firsthand the satisfaction of making a one-of-a-kind art journal from start to finish. We'll create personalized covers using simple monoprinting techniques, then learn how to use bookbinding tools and techniques to stitch papers together for a unique journal all our own.
Among other things, we'll learn:
    • - How to use bookbinding and paper crafting tools
    • - How to create unique hand-printed covers
    • - A variety of bookbinding stitches, including the Coptic stitch, how to sew over tapes, and how to weave threads
Come play with us as we create handmade art journals, albums, and sketch books!
1 Session - 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
No Prerequisites - Beginners Welcome!
Workshop Fee: $79
Materials Fee: $25
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014



You can register on their website or by calling (830) 438-1884
Hope to see and or hear from you soon!

August Hop with Paper Wings Productions

Friday, August 1, 2014

WELCOME to Paper Wing Productions August Blog Hop & Giveaway! If you've arrived here from Amber's blog, then you're in the right place.  If you're just stopping by for a visit, please CLICK HERE to start from the beginning.



This month our theme is “what is your favorite color”.  All of our designers are showcasing their favorite colors along with some awesome Paper Wings Productions products.  So get comfortable and let us fill your day with some of our favorite colors, enjoy the hop!!


One lucky winner will get a $25.00 gift certificate to the Paper Wings Productions online store.  You can get all of the details on how to win on The Aviary, the Paper Wings Productions blog.

For a chance to win all you need to do is:
  • be a follower of the Paper Wings Productions blog
  • visit each of the participating designer's blogs and leave a comment
  • go back and leave us a comment on the PWP blog telling us you completed the hop.
To increase your chances of winning you can like our Facebook pageand/or invite your friends to the hop.  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of your additional entries. The winner will be announced on Tuesday August 5, 2014 on the Paper Wings Productions blog.

My favorite color is green: shades of lime, sage, apple, turquoise, and everything in between.  Earthly, calming goodness.  I started several projects using my favorite color but decided to share with you this box I altered.  I started off with a plain wooden, divided box.  I sprayed it with all of the Lindy's greens and aquas I had.




 I stamped the flower image and wording on tissue paper, rough cut/tore out the image and then adhered it to the box using Golden's Soft Gel. (It's in the background, barely noticeable)


I did the same thing with the saying.  The tissue trick is a great way to get your image on/in places that are impossible to stamp directly.




I stamped and colored the mermaid on cardstock, cut it out, and adhered it with dimensional tape to the box.  I adorned the bottom of the box with the Coarse Pumice Gel that is in the new August Mixed Media kit and stuck some shells in the gel before it dried.  




I finished off the edges by embossing with the Relique Turquoise embossing powder.

You have officially finished the hop and now it's time to back to the PWP blog and leave a comment saying that you've finished the hop.  

***Here is the complete line up***

Paper Wings Productions Blog “The Aviary” - http://paper-wings-productions.blogspot.com





Upcoming classes at Stamp Salado

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hi there,

Just a quick note to let you know that I am teaching at Stamp Salado on August 9 & 10.  With school starting, this will be my last trip for a little while.  Hope to see you there!  Call the store at (254) 947 - 8848 to register for classes.


Saturday August 9 - 10:30-12:30
Stamping on Dominos- 
Learn the tips and tricks behind stamping on a non porous surface like dominos.  Several different coloring techniques will be demonstrated as well as how to edge your domino and ideas on how to make it hang.  You will make several domino pendants in class.  



Saturday August 9 from - 1:30-4:30
Sewing Over Tapes Book- 
Learn the art of making books. In this workshop, you will create custom covers using stamps and a fun image transfer technique.  You will learn how to sew paper pages together to create a unique, one of a kind handmade book.  This class is great for both beginners and seasoned paper artists.  Please bring a heavy duty awl, bookbinding needle, scissors, adhesive, bone folder, ruler, pencil, AND PATIENCE to class.  



Sunday August 10 from 12:30-3:30
Chain Link Stitch Book-
In this class, we will be deconstructing an old book, bleaching the covers and replacing the spine with leather.  The book will be bound using a chain link stitch. Please bring a heavy duty awl, bookbinding needle, scissors, adhesive, bone folder, ruler, pencil, AND PATIENCE to class.  
We will be hand deckling the inside pages, come ready to work hard! If you don't want to deckle the pages, please bring your own paper trimmer.








July Blog Hop with Paper Wings Productions

Friday, July 4, 2014

WELCOME to Paper Wing Productions July Blog Hop & Giveaway! If you've arrived here from Inna's blog, then you're in the right place.  If you’re just stopping by for a visit, please CLICK HERE to start from the beginning.



This month our color theme is Yellow.  Although I think it's often overlooked, I love yellow for it's warmth and direct homage to the sun.  Participants of the blog hop can register to win a $25 gift certificate to the Paper Wings online store.


For a chance to win all you need to do is:
  • be a follower of the Paper Wings Productions blog
  • visit each of the participating designer's blogs and leave a comment
  • come back and leave us a comment on the PWP blog telling us you completed the hop.
To increase your chances of winning: like our Facebook page and/or invite your friends to the hop.  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of your additional entries. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 on the Paper Wings Productions blog.

Ok, I admit when I sat down to work on this project I had no idea how I was going to use yellow.  Since it's a bright yet sometimes subtle color I knew I probably couldn't use it as a focal color.  I also knew that I was really wanting to play with the new Tea Time set from Paper Wings.  It turns out that I had an abundance of ideas and I used EVERY STAMP on the set.  I don't think I have ever used every stamp from a set before in one sitting.  I hope you enjoy my cards!



On this card, I used the Faber Castell Big Brush markers to ink up the flower stamp, gave it a light mist and stamped onto the card.  I was able to stamp it twice before reapplying the ink.  The saying and the lace border (around the saying) are from the Tea Time Set.  (Links to all the supplies are at the bottom of this post)



For this card I stamped in black ink and watercolored using ink from the Big Brush markers.  I hand drew the heart on the tea bag tag.  The lace border is stamped on the side (my newest favorite stamp!)



For this card, I stamped the Lace Pattern stamp with the yellow Big Brush Marker, stamped the tea cup on top of it and cut it out.  I also stamped the saying inside the tea cup (meant to fit!).  I also added the heart steam from the clear stamp set Play with your Coffee.  There's that lace border stamp down at the bottom.



This card is fairly simple.  The images all stamped in black with the lace border in yellow and the green background has the Lace Pattern stamped on it.




***Here is the complete line up just in case you get lost along the way***

Mini Configurations Book Box

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Hey there friends,

I shared a Mini Configurations Book Box on the Paper Wings Productions blog this week.  You should stop by and check it out!





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