29 Days of Giveaways for you!


You heard me correctly – I’m giving away some amazing things for the next 29 days & YOU could be a winner! Books, Classes, Magazines, Art, and oh-so-much-more.

Read on….

A few months ago my friend Lia turned me onto the 29 Days of Giving  project and almost instantly I knew it was a perfect fit for me. Though I’ve never been what one would call wealthy or rich with material things I’m always eager to share what I have. As a child, I used to drive my mother nuts by giving away my beloved toys and books to friends, schools, neighbors or anyone else my little mind thought could benefit from said object. Each of my belongings all had their own voices to me, and if i felt someone else could provide them with a better home, or appreciate them – well I gave it away, and often without permission.

As I grew older, I loved surprising people with an unexpected care package, spoiling them on holidays and other occasions, sending a card with an appreciative note out of the blue.. the list goes on and on and on. I suppose at heart, I’m a sap. (Though I won’t often admit it).

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill

It wasn’t until I was an adult, that the real value of giving started sinking into my brain. What others called generous, I saw as selfish – because at the end of the day, I loved making people happy. Why? Because It made me feel good. I liked the optimism I’d attain, I relished the satisfaction that someone else’s day may just be a brighter, and in turn maybe they’d pass that kindness on. One by one, step by step.. the world becomes just a tad bit nicer as a result of that small, single action. I dunno, I kinda love that the universe is so much bigger than all of us and yet we are all a part of it. No deed is too small. No life is worthless. All that we touch, becomes a part of us. Kind of amazing when you really think about it.

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.”
– Peyton Conway March

I’ll spare you a long, thought out analysis of it — and get to my point. The last few years have been amazing, but I have become SO very overwhelmed creating my business, I began cutting out all the lil things that took away from that time – and somehow, giving (though always present in my head to do).. got pushed down to the bottom of the list. That proverbial ‘tomorrow’ I’d do it on, never came. The thing is… I had no idea how that would also rob me of small joys, human connections, and even how it’d take away a bit of my hopeless optimism. Gotta wonder what all I’ve missed as a result of letting that slip.

So, upon discovering the 29 days of giving site – I decided to make giving ( of myself, and of things ) a priority again. I promised myself, I’d find ways to make it work within my world again vs. convincing myself that I didn’t have time. Really, we always have room for goodness in our lives, if we let it in.

So here we are.

For the first 29 days — I recruited some friends along with myself to bring you some amazing giveaways; right here, through my lil’ blog. You simply have to check in daily, and leave a comment — or whatever instructions await you that day. Winners will be drawn using a handy generator online, and announced here. It starts tomorrow (or tonight if I am impatient).. and I hope you are as excited about it as I am.

It won’t end there either… but you’ll have to stay tuned to see what all is in store. True to form, I’ve altered the challenge a bit, and am doing my take on it.. as a permanent part of my life.

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Will you spread the word about my giveaways? There’s plenty to go around, and the more people we can touch – the better.

  • If you promote this online – leave me a comment, on THIS post with a link to where you announced it; and you’ll be entered into a special contest that will run throughout the duration of this project. The winner will receive a whopping $100.00 gift certificate at my new site!  
  • Everyone who particpates in this will be receiving a small, surprise something from me in the new year too.

If you’d like to be a part of this, and have something to giveaway – leave a comment, and I will get back to you – Even if it won’t fit this first part, it may fit into the next installment!

While you’re at it – let me know what you wish for on the comments. Who knows, it just may come true :-)

Adding on the links to each day, so those who come to this post directly don’t miss it!

Closed, But some awesome conversations to peruse:
Day 1/29   Day 2/29  Day 3/29  Day4/29  Day 5/29 Day 6/29   Day 7/29  Day 8/29  Day 9/29 Day 10/29  Day 11/29  Day 12/29  Day 13/29  Day 14/29  Day 15/29 

Giveaways Still Open: This one (Day o), & Day 16 & Day 17  & Day 18 & Day 19 !

Are you a Winner?  Batch 1 Winners  Batch 2 Winners  Batch 3 Winners

Warmly, Chrysti

Cover Girl, Contest & Cherished Surroundings


I think this is one of things I really, truly thought I had announced here… yet, somehow, I just hadn’t. (Dontcha just hate when that happens?)…

Despite my delay, I am extremely proud to announce that I was fortunate enough to have my photo chosen to be on the cover of the Summer 2008 Issue of Life Images magazine, and as if that’s not enough, I have yet another photograph inside the magazine !!!! If you haven’t already seen it, be sure to take a look!

I dunno. It makes me feel all fancy & stuff. Gotta frame that baby now.


I couldn’t resist taking the cliche shot of my cover on the newstands at Barnes & Noble. Doesn’t it just pop amidst the sea of magazines? That secretly thrilled me. Wish I hadn’t used my cellphone’s not-so-good cam though. Can you believe there was no red carpet laid out for me? Noone even know who I was. Sigh. The NERVE of some people! (kidding folks, really!)

I love how Life Images takes these tiny, little snippets of life — usually things we take for granted,or somehow deem insignificant… and makes them… well … a bit more noticeable.. you know, where the ordinary suddenly transforms into extraordinary. I kinda think that’s what life is all about.

With that thought — I’m holding another contest.

The winner will receive an 11″ x 14″ matted print of that pretty photo & a big ol’ pack of goodies to use in your art.

Your Mission? Should you choose to accept it…

To take a few minutes in the upcoming week and really, truly, try to breathe in the world around you. Try to choose surroundings you find yourself in frequently — see if you can’t spot something new to appreciate. Turn just a part of your otherwise ordinary day – and make it extraordinary! Bonus points if you take photos to capture the moment, create a journal entry around it, or write up a love list. I am challenging you to notice the things you usually pass by; the things you typically take for granted. We have so many gifts in this life — we could all stand to appreciate them a bit more. Don’t worry, I plan to do this myself – daily – this week too.

So, to qualify for the contest:

Blog about your experience trying this, and yes shamelessly link to me, promoting this contest too. If you don’t have a blog, now is a good time to start one!

– Come back to this post, and link to your post in the comments. I’ll be posting links & summaries of all your entries when I announce the winner; and announcing the story behind this photo then too.

– Do this no later then Monday, August 11th 2008.

Have fun with it!

I’m always amazed at the inspiration y’all provide me – thank you – each of you – for continuing to allow me that honor.

( yes, I have blogged 3 days in a row now… I think my groove just may be comin’ back on…)

More fun with TIT Transfers!

“So far as the artist is concerned,
the unlimited extent of human experience is not so important for him
as the depth and intensity with which he experiences things.”
Thomas Wolfe

Alright, wish me luck tomorrow y’all…. I have an interview with the Hospital Setting Dental Clinic at UNC, I NEED to get accepted into this program. Say a prayer, send me luck, bribe the clinic…whatever it takes pleeeeeease! For those that missed it, you can read more about this ordeal here.

Earlier this week, I discussed my experiences with the TIT (Try It Tuesdays ya perv!) Week 2 Transfer Technique… Since then, i have somehow managed to complete a few more transfers. Keep in mind, none of these are finished works of art..I just wanted to share the transfers with you. These were a perfect fit to my insane schedule this week, thanks so much for sharing Heather!

Again, all were done on clear contact paper…The rest of the important details are beneath each photo or in last week’s post. Simply click the photo to have a larger one open in a new window!


Size: 4″ x 4″ Canvas Board
Transfer Source: Color Laser Copies of Vintage Girl, Dover Bird
Background:Try It Tuesdays Week 1 Technique


Size: 6″ x 9″ Art Journal Page
Transfer Source: B& W Laser Copy of Photo I Took then applied onto old text
Background: Misc. Techniques, 140 lb Watercolor Paper


Size: 8″ x 10″ Canvas Board
Transfer Source: Sepia Laser Copy of Vintage Girls
Background: Misc. Mixed Media Techniques


Size: 4″x 4″ Art Squared
Transfer Source: B & W Laser Copy of a Dover Flower
Background: Collage on Cardboard


Size: 4″ x 4″ Art Squared
Transfer Source: B & W Laser Copy of a Dover Flower
Background: Hand Painted, 140lb Watercolor Paper


Size: ATC – 2.5″ x 3.5″
Transfer Source: B& W Laser Copy of Photo I Took
Background:Hand Painted Cardstock


Size: 6″ x 9″ Art Journal Page
Transfer Source: Color Laser Printed Vintage Dog
Background: Misc. Techniques, 140 lb Watercolor Paper


Size: I gotta measure
Transfer Source: Color Laser Printed Vintage Girl Photo
Background: Misc. Techniques On Matboard


Size: 8″ x 8″ Canvas Board
Transfer Source: B & W Vintage Boy, Laser Printed
Background: Misc. Collage Techniques


Size: ATC – 2.5″ x 3.5″
Transfer Source: Vintage Book Page
Background: Hand Painted Cardstock

Speaking of TIT .. the Week 2 Showcase is up, and the Week 2 Winner was announced as well. Congrats Nici! I’ll be a bit late in getting the technique up for Week 3, but should be up by later tomorrow evening. Aren’t you excited? We’ll be tackling something i always avoided… and boy, was it ever easy!

All My Best – Chrysti

Try It Tuesdays: My Week 2 Results!

They see poetry in what I have done. No. I apply my methods, and that is all there is to it.”
Georges Seurat

So, I made time today to try the latest technique over at Try It TuesdaysWeek 2 is An Easy Transparency Alternative, and it only took me 20 minutes to do a bunch. I had done variations of this transfer previously with packing tape, but it’s seldom I am pleased with the result.. I really don’t care much for the shine on packing tape, or the limitations in it’s width.

“I don’t study; I create.”
Viktor Korchnoi

On this batch, I used Clear Contact Paper.. and I LOVE the results.. once it’s adhered to the surface it’s nearly  impossible to detect. A quality I seek in transfers as I want to look as if it’s a part of the artwork.. not just an element that was added. Besides, it allows me the freedom to create transfers of almost any size. I found that the better I burnished each image, the better the clarity of the transfer.

Laser printed images were used for almost all the transfers on the pieces you see below. Keep in mind, these are all works of mine in progress, notta one is completed. Further details are provided beneath each photo. I also did a few additional transfers with other image sources — something I’ll share with y’all later in the week. Matte Gel Medium was used to adhere all of these, burnishing the transfer well to the piece so it’s virtually seamless. Clicking on the image, will open a larger one in a new window. 

cah-tryittuesday-week2-1 B & W Laser Printed Vintage Girl, Dog, House ImageContact Paper TransferAdhered to a hand painted ATC/ACEO background on cardstockTransfer covers the entire Artist Trading Card
cah-tryittuesday-week2-2 B & W Laser Printed Door ImageContact Paper TransferAdhered to this canvas background from Try it Tuesdays Week 1
 cah-tryittuesday-week2-4 Sepia & Black Vintage Receipt Laser ImageContact Paper TransferAdhered to a 4″ x 4″ Art Squared Collage background on board.Transfer is applied over the girl on the left. 
 cah-tryittuesday-week2-5 B & W Laser Printed Vintage LetterContact Paper TransferAdhered to this canvas background from Try it Tuesdays Week 1Handwriting Transfer covers entire canvas.
 cah-tryittuesday-week2-6 Vintage Dictionary PageContact Paper TransferAdhered to this canvas background from Try it Tuesdays Week 1Transfer is the definition of Beautification on the statue.

Using the old dictionary was awesome.. paper rubbed off much faster!

 cah-tryittuesday-week2-3 Color Laser Printed Window ImageContact Paper TransferAdhered to this canvas background from Try it Tuesdays Week 1Transfer is the window on the upper right.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso

All in all, I think I will use this transfer method in my altered art more frequently. Heat transfers are still my favorite, but they don’t work effectively on all surfaces, and can tend to be a lil bit too unpredictable for my taste. This method has less limitations. Thanks so very much Heather for exposing me to this again — I  may never have revisited this process otherwise!

That’s about all folks, if you have any questions.. just leave a comment and I’ll get back to ya ASAP!

Keep those answers comin’ in from earlier too, I am so enjoying your stories!


Hope and Better Days ..

Remember this post yesterday? Well, did I ever ‘Scream’!  True to myself, I did it unconventionally allowing it to take form in my newest altered art piece… and wow.. the healing power of creating art… never, never ceases to amaze me. I blogged about the background earlier, it was one of the Try It Tuesdays canvas’s I experimented with…see it here.

 A Better Day
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A Better Day
This life’s a rugged way for us, But there’s a better day for us
8″ x 8″ Mixed Media Collage & Painting on Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

“In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.”
Robert Ingersoll

Initially, I went up into my art room, just as crabby as could be .. really, I was in a downright foul mood. I chose this adorable vintage dog, as his sad face.. well, it just spoke to me. In that moment? I was that pitifully sad, almost hopeless puppy. His whole world began dark and gloomy.. but as I worked the piece.. something, well magical happened..

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus

I wanted a better world, a more colorful world for the puppy…a happier place, as it’s what he so richly deserves. I wanted him to have wings, to soar.. to fly free.. My heart ached for him and I wanted him to have love, companionship…and hope for a better day. It was my desire that he find a whimsical world, where anything was possible. Little by little, both my mood and the piece began to transform before me.. it was an amazing experience.. and I am more then pleased with the result.

“We must learn to let go, to give up, to make room for the things we have prayed for and desired.”
Charles Fillmore

I’m gonna have a heck of a time parting with this piece, but alas.. finances (or my lack there of) need to win out this internal conflict.. so it’s for sale here. You can read a bit more about it there as well. It’s my hope, that this piece touches someone else, as it did me. It truly is a small part of me… amazing how that occurs isn’t it? Ahhh, better days ahead.

Remember Friends..
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
– Chrysti

More Try It Tuesdays Week 1 Backgrounds

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am absolutely addicted to making backgrounds… especially when life’s a tad chaotic.. I find creating these to be incredibly soothing, and a great release of any tension that I have internally stockpiled.

This is what drew me back to experimenting with Karyn’s Easy, Acrylic, backgrounds technique (Week 1 of Try It Tuesdays). I should have posted these the day I did them, as now some of the details are foggy to me.. but here’s a general idea of what I did, and the results they yielded.


# 1. Paint Colors Used: Yellow, Mango, Midnight Blue
8″ x 8″ Canvas Panel
I started with a collaged background of ephemera scraps.. then applied the gesso.. and did Karyn’s technique .. the washes were more watered down, so that the text would peek through.. on this one, I used a finer mist of water and let it sit for a lil over 5 minutes (great time for a quick studio clean up!).. I applied my stamping, then washed over the entire board with a combo of the yellow & mango washes.. the canvas looked duller, so I re-applied the midnight blue .. over the stamping.. re-misted the water.. and was thrilled with how it turned out. The colors are different for me.. but I love the tropical feel this has… I’ve already finished a stunning piece out of it, one I’ll share later. I will definitely continue on this path of experimenting more with this process. It has endless possibilities!



# 2 & 3. Paint Colors Used: Mango, Barn Red, Lumiere Gold
5″ x 7″  & 4″ x 4″ Canvas Panels
Not much of my own take on these.. I tried using Lumiere paint as the final paint, and am pleased with the sparkle these have. I’m not happy with the depth, so I can guarantee these will end up altered more :-) I did make sure not to completely brush the edges.. I applied the 2nd color randomly around the edges, instead of total coverage.. and am much more content with the blending.

In case you missed it, you can see more of what I did with this technique in this blog entry and see what others have done as well by clicking here.

That’s all for now folks.. ’til later.. Chrysti

Artwords: Balance

“People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Well, didn’t this work out perfectly! One of the Try it Tuesdays backgrounds I created, worked out perfectly for this week’s Artwords theme: Balance! But first … (always) .. a word from our sponsors errr me .. ok, so i’m lame.. sue me!


 1. Danja Mathari, Summer Spirited, 2. Against Gravity Rule
3. A Leap of Faith, 4. Buddha dog

“Fortunate, indeed, is the man who takes exactly the right measure of himself and holds a just balance between what he can acquire and what he can use.
Peter Latham

Anyone who knows me well, will tell you my mind never stops running, processing ideas, solving problems, hashing over this & that … I truly do possess An Unquiet Mind.  It’s a trait, I’ve always thought was ‘normal’… but the older I get, the more I realize just how untrue this is. Balance, is a topic that is continually on my mind…

.. Is it possible .. how to find it .. oh, how I crave itwill the scales always be tipped .. should I do this .. should I change that .. what if.. I can’t handle things... need a gripis this out of whack..

Is it possible I spend more time thinking about how to create balance within my life, then I do at actively making it happen? Between my work, my hobbies, my personal life, my health, fun and of course my obligations.. I just can’t seem to find a way to balance it all. No matter how hard I try, how close I feel to achieving it, there’s always that ‘something‘ that seems to interfere. Perhaps, true balance.. is accepting this?

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.”
Thomas Merton

A Balancing Act

“A Balancing Act”
Done on 140lb Watercolor Paper, In my Visual Art Journal
OOAK (One of a Kind) Mixed Media Artwork
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

Everything about this piece is symbolic.
Brief meanings below..

  • The use of my Try it Tuesdays background representing both the toll, and the extreme joy from my newest venture. Throwing this project into my array of activities .. has tipped those scales even further.. something I’m struggling to get a grasp on, but do not regret in the least.

  • The men at the top, symbolic of all the different things I have going on in my life, how they are each so different, yet so very much the same.

  • Use of the torn vintage dictionary piece expresses not only how torn, aged & worn I feel .. but my constant thirst for knowledge. The clothespin a sign of how I tend to feel very ‘pinched’ for time in this area.

  • Notice, there is 1 bird, 1 girl, 1 tree, 1 dog .. a visual of how I feel isolated in my struggles for balance, surrounded by people, yet continually alone.

  • The Caged Bird w/ his head peeking out, is pretty much self explanatory. I do tend to feel ‘caged’ .. but not completely, it’s as if I can stick my head out the door.. but never get much further. Wings that haven’t flown.

  • The ever so sweet, and sad puppy is two-fold. He represents not only myself and the sadness I carry, so wanting to find the perfect balance.. that ‘come on already‘ look is very much I feel trying to obtain this. He also has a more literal interpretation .. these darling animals that have unconditional love, and patience with me.. but at the end of the day, I always feel as if I haven’t given them enough. Yet, another area of my life I need to balance properly.

Even the additional elements, all pertain to the strong yearning for balance I have… but I won’t bore you now .. besides.. writing this has yet again tipped those perpetual scales of balance.. and it’s on to the next activity.. Does it ever end?

“I always try to balance the light with the heavy — a few tears of human spirit in with the sequins and the fringes.”
– Bette Midler

Ahh ..time for me to move on to the ‘sequins & fringes’! — Chrysti