Sunday, April 28, 2019

New Foam Stamps with Joggles.com


New Foam Stamps with Joggles.com

Am I excited, you bet ya! 
Check out my new video where I talk a little bit about the stamps and give you three project ideas. Watch the video here!


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Creative Funk, It's real!

It's been a busy couple of months. One thing after another. Strangely, now that the air has cleared, things have settled down and I'm back to everyday creative work, somethings off. Like a fog wrapping itself around me and I can't make out what's ahead. It's like feeling a little lost, a little uninspired, a little scared and a lot insecure...and whenever I try to work on something new it's like that one step forward, three steps backward kind of thing. Ugh.
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Maybe I need to take a class or do something mindless like clean, or shopping, or maybe spend some time at the beach or maybe even reach out to other creatives. Talking to other creatives always leaves me feeling inspired...but somehow I knew, that this funk was different...this time, I need to do something I've never done before...so, instead of trying to cure it, I let myself soak in it.
While I was banging my head against the wall, hee hee, I suppose I may have dislodged something because a question popped into my noggin and it made me realize something.
The question: "Why do I always put so much pressure on myself to always be doing/creating/learning?
The answer: "Stillness is just as important as productivity. Both the ebb and the flow of life has something valuable to teach us".
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Stillness, when forced, (as when feeling uninspired) can open a much-needed door. I've always believed that inspiration needs to find you working... but I now also see that the lack of "doing" can bring something just as valuable, a new perspective. Stillness forces us to rest and leaves us feeling refreshed and reborn with new eyes and new ideas. So instead of trying to fight this funk, I decided to let it have its moment in the spotlight. "Come in", I offered. "Stay for a while and have some tea."
The alternative would be to push it out the door and create something that I am unhappy with. Forcing creativity is a sure way to end up with something that doesn't make you proud. So sit back, relax and enjoy the downtime. Sure it might be a week(it's been three weeks for me) or a month but Inspiration will come knocking...but only when it's ready.
So you might be wondering...why am I sharing this with you. I know how hard we can be on ourselves and I just wanted to let you know that the best thing we can do when we're in a creative funk, or any other type of funk...is go play outside or some of the things I mentioned above...or you can do what I did this time around... absolutely nothing. Spend time with yourself and those that make your life joyful. When you're ready and feeling inspired, get back to work.



"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Sunday, April 8, 2018

"Roots" Disc Bound Journal Video Tutorial

Mighty trees with their mighty roots inspired a new tutorial. 

"Roots"
...they run deep in all of us.

They remind us, who we are, where we came from
and they help to guide us to where we are going.

This "Roots" Journal was created by using a Joggles Disc Bound Watercolor journal



I'll admit it....I am KINDA obsessed with these products. 

 

Hi, my name is Cat 
and 
I am addicted to good quality craft supplies. 

I just love how thick the journal pages are and the stunning vibrant colors of the sprays and crayons!
Yum!!



Check out the full video tutorial below! I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it! And if you want to purchase some of the materials used, be sure to check out the Joggles.com website because they are having a super duper double decker sale on these very special products! 


         

Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique and natural beauty and always, always keep growing." Joann Rapits


Materials used in this tutorial:


6x 9 Disk Bound Watercolor Journal http://bit.ly/2GKoLdK
Deco Arts Gel Medium '
Deco Arts Crackle Texture Paste
Tissue Paper
Starlight Starbright Stencil by Cat Kerr http://bit.ly/2uQLPGh
Watercolor Art Parts Feathers #1 http://bit.ly/2FLSjah
Watercolor Art Parts Bare Tree http://bit.ly/2qd7ELr
Scissors
Marabu Art Spray Cherry Red http://bit.ly/2GwZdBr
Water Bottle
Marabu Art Crayon Sunshine Yellow http://bit.ly/2DxfCmz
Marabu Art Crayon Turquoise http://bit.ly/2Ir2DGt
Marabu Art Crayon Black http://bit.ly/2G4eagu
Water Brush or paint brush http://bit.ly/2pjcNAm
Cat Kerr Text Stamp
Deco Art White Paint
Palette Knife http://bit.ly/2FGED4C
Black Spray apaint
Chipboard Tag
Black Ink Pad http://bit.ly/2Is3QNQ
Adhesive
White Water based Sharpie http://bit.ly/2DwjaFy
5" Canvas Roll http://bit.ly/2tTFj0R
Stapler
Text
Trim and embellishments


 "Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Monday, January 29, 2018

Creativation 2018 Phoenix

There's just to much to say about this years Creativation.

If you're not familiar with it, it's a large Arts and Crafts Convention that is held once a year.

This year I was invited to demo with the 
Alumilite Corp.
and 
Gel Press.
How lucky am I!

It was an absolutely wonderful experience, even though I was shaking in my boots at the time.
Here are some fun pics of the event.














By the end of the trip I was exhausted but my heart was so very happy.


and I left feeling that I was surrounded by the inspired, the passionate, the motivated, the grateful, and the open minded,




"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sale Sale Sale!!!

Sale Sale Sale!!!


25% off EVERYTHING in the shop! Just use code GRATEFUL2017 Sale Begins TODAY and lasts through MONDAY!

Just go here to visit my shop!!

Eeeeek! My stencils are on Sale Cyber Monday!!!
Save 25% off all* stencils
Use code: cyber25 
Monday, November 27, 2017
from midnight until 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA

PLUS 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size!
NEW THIS YEAR! Choose 1 FREE large stencil for every $100 spent (after discounts are applied). You MUST specify your choice(s) by L### code in the comments section of the cart when you check out or it will be StencilGirl's choice. Sorry, no exceptions.
BONUS! Spend $500+ (after discounts are applied) and StencilGirl will send you an original work of art by Mary Beth Shaw.




This month I'm sharing a new Resin video with you. Three project ideas using Amazing Clear Cast and Nunn Design Bezels and Charms. Plus one bonus project at the end that may have you looking at your plastic palette cups a little bit differently!! Go here to see the video!


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Friday, September 1, 2017

Wanderlust 2018

I am thrilled to pieces to share that I will be teaching at Wanderlust 2018!!

 Click on the Image to go to the Wanderlust Site!

If your're not familiar with it, Wanderlust is a whole year long journey - an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers on a weekly basis (each one is full length, high quality and downloadable) and easy access to the Wanderlust Community with a supportive and friendly atmosphere, where all of the classes are gathered.

So what am I teaching??

Introducing my new "Joy Seeker" Soldered Spools
These were inspired by my theme for Wanderlust..."Sunrise"

"Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning. Watch now, how I start the day in Happiness and in Kindness"


Here's a little bit about the event!!

Wanderlust 2018 from Everything Art on Vimeo.

Be sure to check out the site here and take advantage of the early registration price!! Woohoo!!

So excited to be part of this adventure and I hope you'll join me and the other amazing artists at Wanderlust 2018!!


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Friday, August 18, 2017

Finding Balance

I honor all the amazing intuitive artists out there. They create without a plan, they let their hands and heart guide them. They honor the joy in creating, unabashed and unleashed, they play. They are inspiring beyond words and ooooh how I wish I could be like them! But I'm not. I'm a planner...always have been, always will be. When I create I see the end result and take a step by step approach.But I always crave and wish I was more like the former.
Then I started art journaling in hopes of freeing some of my creative process....I would sit, create a page from start to finish and as soon as I done I would feel unhappy with the results, I would end up ripping out the pages from my book, because in my mind, ...they just didn't make any sense. So what was I to do? How could I get out of my own way?
I decided to leave my art journal open on my desk. I left everything out I thought I would need.. Paint, brushes, water cup, stencilsstamps...anything and everything...and then...I walked away.
I went on with my days and worked on other projects. Sometimes, I would walk by my desk, look down at my journal and instinctively pick up my brush and add a little bit of paint. Hours, sometimes days later, the journal page would call me again. Every time I stopped to work on it, I did so, for about five minutes at a time. I would create a new layer and then walk away. For the first time, I found myself enjoying the process even though I had no idea where I was going with it.
Eventually the page stopped calling. I realized, I don't have to be one or the other. I can be structured and intuitive. I just needed to find my own way of letting go and not "thinking" about the process. By not working on the journal page, in one sitting, I was free to look at it from a distance...free from having any predetermined ideas...free to simply, play.
The end result was still messy and all over the place, but for the first time I didn't seem to mind. Creating for 5 minutes at a time, doing only what caught my eye as I walked by, was liberating. Ultimately, we all create and express ourselves differently. It's hard,as artists, as humans, not to compare yourself to so many other amazing creative souls. But no matter how much we want to be/create like them, we are perfectly imperfect just the way we are....and it's quite wonderful when you think about it!!
Now in the Shop!


Here's the journal I spoke of above. It's been so long since I've used neutral colors and I love the way it came out! I also used some of my "Seek" and "Organized Chaos" Stencils as well as some of the stamps I designed. You can now find my stencils and stamps in my shop as well as many other items I used on this cover like
-and so much more!
Stay tuned as I am slowly adding more and more of my favorite art supplies to the shop! Check out my shop here!!

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stencils Stencils Stencils


I am over the moon to share some exciting news with you!! Me, moi, this cheeky gal, has partnered with StencilsGirl Products and now has a new Stencil Collection!! Yup!! 

Introducing my Hand Carved Stencils inspired by my carved rubber stamps!















It's a dream come true to work with StencilGirl!!
and when I got them in the mail, I'll admit, I was like a kid in a candy store...didn't know which one to play with first!!






But once I got started...I couldn't stop!!


I even have a video tutorial to share with you! 
Check out how I made my "Starry Night" Inspired Leather Cuffs!



These stencils are now available here!!
For more inspiration, be sure to check out StencilGirl Talk where I go over how to make my Crackle Atc's! 




"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,