Monday, December 1, 2014

Puffy Santa Cap December Crafty Secrets Linky Party

I love Vintage Santa, he is so cheerful and rosy cheeked! Crafty Secrets has a new collection of the dearest old Santas you have ever laid eyes on! I chose this jolly man so I could show you how to make a puffy trim on his cap!

I printed my stamp and colored it in with copics complete with a set of pink cheeks, and a rosy little nose. I left a big portion of the image white, to add embellishments later.

To create that textured look apply a medium thick coat of Puffy dimensional fabric paint to his cap trim.

You can let it sit overnight to dry and puff up on its own {yeah right} or do what I do and hit it with the heat gun and watch all the Christmas magic! The paint will puff as it dries, and look just like fur trim! {I know cool!!!}

Now add a few finishing touches like snowflake sequins and a crepe paper round topped with a silver glitter star!

Be sure to play along with the Crafty secrets Linky party, not only will you get some of your Holiday projects done, but you could win some yummy crafty secrets prizes! It's a win win!

For inspiration, or just plain Holiday eye candy be sure to visit the design team blog and oohhh and ahhhhh! :)For all the Linky party details hop on over to the Crafty secrets blog and join us!

Shantaie {me}

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thankful Thoughts cracked glass tree

Let me start with a quick disclaimer...I never liked Thanksgiving {I know I know, but let me explain}
 Growing up, Thanksgiving holiday was less than a picture perfect gathering around a table of bounty and family togetherness. It was usually stressful and meager. it just sucked.

I didn't get why  people loved it so much..this "Holiday that celebrates eating too much"  It wasn't until I moved away and opened my heart up to the idea of family, and learned to love that I began to understand gratitude, thankfulness and the much bigger idea. The celebration of food at one time in our human history literally equated to life. Celebrating life, now that I can understand, that I can stand for.

 Each day I am surrounded by people that I love, {I don't say that lightly because by nature I don't give up love so freely}. I have friends and family that mean the world to me and I am beyond thankful to have them in my life. { yes they drive me crazy, and yes I annoy them} but I am grateful for every day. every moment. that I am here, that I am me, and that I have so much. I try to celebrate life daily, but this is really a time to focus on all the little things we take for granted.

Happy Thanksgiving to you my long distance friends, my readers, and my fellow "make beautiful things" soul-mates.

 I have been so fortunate to add designing for such incredible teams and meeting so many talented and kind people to my cornucopia of  things to be thankful for.
Thank you for being part of my life, for supporting my "art" and for always lifting me up higher than the teenage version of myself could ever ever have imagined!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A sign that the Holidays are here!

Happy Holiday time! Today I have a home decor Seasonal project using SRM vinyl that is sure to wow your guests and stop Santa in his tracks! There may be a reindeer pileup in your front yard this is so cool!

I have a full tutorial and lots of tips, posted on the SRM blog today, hop on over and learn how to make your own!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How Is It Shakin'? Using mini Calendars in a whole new way!

How's it shakin'?  I have a really fun way to use SRM  mini calendars that will be as much fun for you to make as it will be to get! 

Cut a fun shape with a window to see the mini calendar of the birth month inside, mark the birthday with a sticker, a stamp or a little confetti hat like I have done with this one. For all the details hop on over to the SRM blog!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Washi Tape Tealights and winner announced!

Holidays are filled with the spirit of giving, and filled with wrapping, shipping, school plays, shopping, and....well you get the idea. 

The season is busy, so to help balance your time and your budget I have a quick and very useful little gift set. Wrap a set of tea lights with festive washi tape, I like the clear light containers because washi tape is thin and you can see through it usually. As a bonus embellish a box of matches and whip up a pretty box to present them in. 

I cut the Box with my Cricut and added a dolled up bow and bells. pop a tag on and your gift is complete. Its beautiful, its fast, and best of all its something they can use!

Are you the lucky winner of the Ribbon roll control giveaway? you are if you are comment number 11!!! Congratulations Cathy!!!!! I will contact you for your mailing address and Trish will get this out to you! I bet you are going to LOVE it!
  Blogger Cathy said...
My favorite is a star. It reminds me that the kings and shepherds followed the star to find baby Jesus. I'd love to win the Ribbon Roll! Thanks for the.opportunity to win!

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I enjoyed reading all of your comments and learning what Holiday icons you love the most! Thank you for taking the time to share with me! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gold Joy

This week I have been having fun with the new Kitchen memories digital kit from Crafty Secrets, I have also challenged myself to use some of my long neglected or downright forgotten craft supplies. I have boxes, cabinets and drawers full of things I really need to use!
The mix of the two led me to make a nontraditional Christmas card! 

I embossed some of my chipboard letters from way {way} back with gold embossing powder and infused the sweet floral image with a gold frame and chipboard bird. The printed doily is layered with a paper lace doily. Its vintage for sure but the mix is pure "found and fabulous"  

You may have noticed that the cuts around the images are super crisp and there is no way a human can cut that perfectly..well that is because I used the Silhouette to print and cut the digital images. I love that I can do that! {if you don't have an ecutter you totally need one}!!

Don't forget to enter my Ribbon roll control giveaway here You still have time, and anyone can win!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Peppermint Twist Tags and a giveaway!

If you were a Cricut magazine subscriber this may be a repeat project for you, but I love to share some of my all time favorites here too! This was published in November of 2012 and you know what I still love this set of tags! We are pretty darn in love with candy canes, and I have used them for lots of different Holiday crafts over the years but this one is still my favorite!

I cut the candy canes with my Cricut and sponged all the cut edges, there are lots of layers and texture! I cut the little tag with the cuttlebug 2x2 tiny tags set and you know I have used that die probably 1000 times and it is always my "go to" for making a little "to and from" tag!

The three little buttons as holly berries is a luxurious detail that makes this tag just pop, they could only be sweeter if they were really made from sugar!  

I have talked myself right into making another set! 

Do you own Ribbon? 
I have the perfect gift for you!
You guys know that I am a serious collector and advocate of ribbon and glitter, I use it every single day. You also know that I will not tell you I love something unless I actually do, I have found the perfect ribbon storage solution. And it is amazing! If you have a crafty friend {of course you do} and you are getting your Holiday shopping started OR you are ..ahemmm making your list for Santa  ribbon Roll Control  is the best gift you can give or get as a ribbon addict! I love that its clear and I can see all the ribbon plus easily access it!

Would you like to win one?

{photo Linda Heller}

Trish the owner of Ribbon Roll control has generously offered to send one of these beauties to one of my lucky readers! All you have to do is tell me in the comments below what your favorite Holiday icon is { mine are Snowflakes and candy canes} and you will be entered to win!  I will select a random winner on Monday Nov. 17 2014! good luck!