Hand Painted Vacation Memory Ideas

A Grand Life Painting by Megan Maravich
A Grand Life Painting by Megan Maravich

Capture your favorite summer vacation memories by creating a painting that reminds you of the special location.

Megan vacations in Grand Lakes and has painted several  versions of the pelican and played on the name with the wordings.  If you are not a painter you can use your favorite photograph or map of the area or newspaper clippings.  Add anything that reminds you of the location.








Grand Fishn Tales Painting by Megan Maravich
Grand Fishn Tales Painting by Megan Maravich
Grand Lake Painting by Megan Maravich
Grand Lake Painting by Megan Maravich

Kids Crafts – Upcycled Paint Stir Sticks

Upcycled Kids Craft by Megan Maravich
Upcycled Kids Craft by Megan Maravich


Kids crafts can be fun, easy and cheap.  These cute critters are made from upcycled paint stick.  How fun woudl it be to make a few of these and decorate the planters around the house?

Make a tag, give a gift, encourage a heart!

This past week I have had a bit of time that I had to devote to publication deadlines. I have also been tied up helping a new friend with some serious legal issues she’s having with a stinky car dealer that has taken her for all she’s worth…I just keep reminding her “our God is GREATER” and try to show her that she’s not alone.

So all that to say, blogging took a back seat….but I decided to create for MYSELF today….okay so that’s not TOTALLY true, it’s really for the Mists, Masks & More event going on at Scrap, Stamp, Ink tomorrow but hey, I had full creative liberty!!!! LOL So it kinda felt like it was for me… 🙂

This tag will be my make n take tomorrow. I used a few sets from Layers of Color, some dies from Spellbinders, Inks from Tsukineko & Copic and then some awesome Scor-Tape to hold my rumpled ribbon in place. 🙂 Enjoy!


7-28-11 Mists & Masks - Sending you hugs & Prayers - Keri Lee Sereika

Patriotic Decorations by Megan Maravich

Patriotic decorations do not have to be limited to simply the 4th of July.  You can make  this Uncle Sam decoration from a wood shim and some other small wood pieces.   Megan does a fantastic job in explaining how to do so.  Megan is known for her whimsical designs that have a rustic country flair.

Patriotic Uncle Sam Decoration



Supplies used

Patriotic Decorations supplies used:

DecoArt(R) Americana(R) paints in:

  • Country Red
  • Uniform Blue
  • Warm White
  • Flesh Tone.
  • DecoArt(TM) Glistening Snow-Tex(TM) for the beard.
  • paint brushes and water
  • covered work surface
  • wood shim
  • craft stick
  • sanding paper
  • hand drill
  • wire
  • wire snips
  • magnet optional

Instruction for Patriotic Decorations:

  1. Paint the shim, both stars, and the wings Warm White.  Paint hat brim and a wide band Uniform Blue. Paint Country Red stripes on the hat. The face and nose are Flesh Tone.  Allow the paint to dry and really if needed.
  2. Apply Snow-Tex(TM) with a palette knife. Allow the paint to dry and really if needed.
  3. Use craft glue to attach wings (mustache), and nose to Uncle Sam’s face. Eyes are dip dots of Black.
Americana decoration
Americana decoration


Use a hand drill to make small holes in the hat, thread wire through and twist ends to secure. Or, skip the drilling and glue a heavy-duty magnet to the back for a groovy decoration for your fridge or filing cabinet. Or move the design up, leaving less hat and more beard, and poke Uncle Sam into a potted plant for Patriotic Pizzazz!!

3 Fabulous CHA Summer 2011 Finds

Summer CHA 2011 has come and gone.  There were a few companies that caught my attention in the brief moments I had to walk the tradeshow floor.  For one reason or another these companies caught my eye.

La Blanche Stamps from Germany are exquisitely detailed.

La Blanche Stamps from Germany
La Blanche Stamps from Germany









La La Land Crafts.  I thought for those of you who like Copics and coloring would love these fun little characters.

la la land crafts
la la land crafts











Jilly Bean Soup had some great papers and fun embellishments

Jilly Bean Soup
Jilly Bean Soup

Pleated linen purse

Pleated linen purse

Pleated linen purse


This was a special order through my etsy shop. The customer had requested yellow linen, pleats, and a black and yellow lining. I had seen a collection of fabrics in black, yellow, and white at the local quilt store and was eager to use it for something. It seemed like the perfect choice.

pleat and bow detail

I loved how it all came together and was very sad to tuck this beauty into a box for shipping, but I think her new owner was quite pleased to finally receive her.

interior detail

Make a difference, send a card today!

We found out this past week that a sweet friend at church has been diagnosed with Liver Cancer and that they Drs have found precancerous sells in her breast as well. Her darling husband has been ill for a number of years and has to have kidney dialysis three times a week…needless to say they could use some encouragement! Well what came in the mail today? Two of Layers Of Color’s newest releases! And they just made the most perfect stamped image for this card. I used the new sets called Gifts of Love & Encouragement. I used some of my newest purchase – papers from the K&Company Ancestry line…isn’t it gorgeous? I hope you enjoy my card and that you will take a moment to say a prayer for our dear friends, JoAnn & Otto. Thanks!

7-19-11 God Understands LOC - Keri Lee Sereika
Here’s a close up of the Copic AirBrushing and the detailing. One of the best things about Spellbinders Dies is that you can airbrush or sponge over the die and add an entirely new feeling of depth to any project!

7-19-11 God Understands LOC - Keri Lee Sereika Close UP

Clearsnap, Spellbinders, Stamps of Life, My Mind’s Eye, OH MY!

Today I decided to do this week’s CPS sketch…I have just rejoined their team for a little while! 🙂 I asked Tami if she needed anyone to fill in over the summer with all the designers being busy with vacations and such and she said “Yes, want Tuesdays?” LOL I loved being part of CPS before Lily Kate was born and now that she is two and out of diapers I feel like I have the ability to add that back into my weekly routine. YAY for successful potty training! Hehehe

Today’s card uses some new stamps I rec’d from Stephanie at The Stamps Of Life. I used All4Stars, Thanks4You and Type4Background. This is the first time I have used The Stamps of Life and I have to say, they are great quality, they stamp crisply and clearly and are even cuter in person than I thought they were on the website!!! I used the new ink from Clearsnap – Archival Wicked Black, and Archival Cookie Dough.
I also put to use Spellbinders Labels Eighteen… LOVE this set! LOL And some great papers I bought at Archiver’s last night. It’s by My Minds Eye 6×6 paper pad called LimeTwist – Out of the Blue collection.


7-18-11 CPS227 - SOL Thanks! - Keri Lee Sereika

Mixed Medium Creation

MIxed Medium BIrdiary
Mixed Medium Birdiary


Mixed Medium art is a form of personal expression.  When you mix mediums it gives you the chance to play around and explore new combinations.  There are no real rules when creating mixed medium art.  I took this opportunity to play around with a bunch of styles I wanted to try.  I used a re-inker to make the texture paste green.  I used Sparkle Fiber to imitate water.  I also incorporated paint, ink, sewing, found items, clay and glitter.

The Crafters Workshop Stencil and Texture Paste
The Crafters Workshop Stencil and Texture Pastecreative inspiration

Make your own Faux Jasper Jewelry

I decided to stretch myself a bit last week and try out a few new clay techniques. Polyform Products is having a “Faux Stone Jewelry” Contest for the month of July. I decided I would try my hand at making Faux Jasper. My inspiration came from the real stone pendant in my recent necklace post – I am pretty happy with the results. I used a variety of the new Premo Accents, Antique Gold Findings from Nunn Design, and Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements crystals & pearls to finish it off. Enjoy!


7-10-11 Faux Jasper Pendant & Earring Set - Keri Lee Sereika WEB