Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pretty Pumpkin

I'm spending my last few days here in New York packing, putting things away for the winter and enjoying the very fall like weather {that I will undoubtedly miss like crazy as soon as we cross the Florida state line!} 
The leaves are starting turn and blow off the trees and all I can its time for Pumpkin spice lattes! 

In between cleaning up the barn, and packing up what seems to be way too many clothes for one person I took a little time out to color this happy jack-o-lantern and make a card! All of my papers and the stamp are from the Crafty secrets vintage Halloween CD 

   I have to be honest .... at first the idea of a CD didn't seem appealing, but now that I have had a chance to work with them I LOVE having all that content without taking up any space in my already overflowing craft room! I have long enjoyed digital media of all forms for this same reason, and I find more and more I prefer the space over the stacks of stuff! 
{ lets be real..I just use the added space for more and more embellishments, I'm a certifiable junkie!}

I'm really loving the spectrum noir markers, and only used 4 colors to bring the image to life, orange, yellow, dark yellow and a light shade of gray.I have an incomplete set so I just blend and blend until I have the shade I want, and they are easy to blend, I mean no talent required easy! {no I don't work for them , I just really like these markers!} 

 I fiished up the image by trimming it and attaching it to a bingo card also from the aforementioned CD that is layered on a burlap banner and a kraft doily spritzed with raven glimmer mist, plus a sweet flag adorned with an SRM Halloween sticker and a big polka dot bow. 
A sprinkle of sequins are the final touch, and the card is ready to hold a Starbucks gift card so I can share a Pumpkin spice latte with my friend long distance while we chat on the phone and shop!  

Happy fall, happy creating, and happy pumpkins! ~ Shantaie

Friday, September 12, 2014

Stampcation 3!

The time is finally here, a long overdue announcement and one that I'm thrilled to share! Stampcation 3 is coming!
October 25-26 2014
At the Beautiful Embassy suites In Altamonte Florida

Together Linda Heller and I have been planning and plotting! We probably have just as much fun putting it all together as we do at the actual event with you! {almost}
We have an amazingly creative {surprise} theme for this years Stampcation and it's going to be { we think} our best event yet!

If you have attended Stampcation in the past you already know that we have 2 days jam packed with ideas, demonstrations, and make and takes, plus the yummiest paper goodness eye candy in town!  Stampcation 3 will be more and more of the same inspirational, battery recharging weekend you remember,need and deserve!

If you are a Stampin'Up! demonstrator and you need a little get away to relax, rejuvenate your mojo, and connect with others who share your passion, you need a STAMPCATION! If you have been thinking about signing up to be a Stampin'Up! demo this may be a great time to go for it, and come out to meet the happiest group of papercrafters in Central Florida! No matter where you live, you are welcome to join us!!!! 

Click here For more information or to register  space is limited and we sell out 

Let me know if you have any questions! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Adding vinyl to my rolling cooler

 I am so happy that vinyl is becoming such a noted and embraced craft product! Capable of transforming almost anything making it one of the most versatile products ever!  SRM carries a large color and finish variety and I am in love with the glossy vinyl for my deck cooler! 

The way vinyl breaths new life into an object in just a few steps is really magical! 
This is a large metal cooler we got for our deck parties and is functional and good looking, but I wanted to make it more fun and special, so I put my Silhouette to work and cut out the words "cold drinks" from red glossy vinyl.

 I love how much "cooler" our drink cooler looks now!

I bet you have a cooler that would love a makeover! Hey & guess what? even the plastic coolers can be transformed with vinyl! The summer may be coming ever closer to a close, but there are tailgate parties, and fall events coming up, so lets see what you can do with those coolers! 
Be sure to stop by the SRM blog for this post in it's entirety!  Happy transforming~ Shantaie

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Cutting and coloring of a Poppies digital stamp!

What happens when you take a crafty secrets  digital poppies stamp and print and cut it with the Silhouette Cameo and color it in with Spectrum noir markers? You get a rich beautiful image perfectly trimmed with NO hand cutting! {yay!} 

I'm still really new at shading with spectrum noir markers, so I still make mistakes...and go out of the lines! :) I have copics, prisma pencils, and other coloring markers, all of them color beautifully in their own way, Spectrum noir markers are awesome for ease of saturation and build-able blending, I did add a few shaded areas with my prisma pencils because I don't own all of the markers yet.I added a pinch of flocking in the center, than a layer of glitter for sparkle and extra dimension!
*** my little tip, if you color your image after you cut it, use a tiny bit of adhesive to anchor it down to a flat surface so it doesn't slip and slide all over while you are ..ahem trying to color INSIDE the lines. :)

Now lets talk about how fantastically happy I am that I finally played around with my Silhouette and tried my hand at creating a cut file for digital stamps!!! I watched a few videos to get a feel for what I needed to do, this one by Connie Collins was really helpful. I used the same technique for the most part and it did take some time, a few errors, and bumbling around to finally get it right, but it cut perfectly the very first try!

 A whole new world was opened up to me when I realized how many cool ways I can use this technique with my favorite craft room tool! {I know its not new but it is new to me!}

So one more thing before I sign out if you want to pick up some Crafty secrets delicious deals check out the big blow out sale going on now!

happy shopping~ Shantaie

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Feathered Hello

This is the first year of my adult life that I don't have a kiddo in school so my summer feels a little bit extended. I did miss the exhilarating stress of back to school shopping and the beloved injection of fresh pencils and packs of paper into the house! You know what I'm talking about..ahhhh all those perfectly new sharpened pencils and blank notebooks just waiting to be written in ...... is that just me? {okay so I'm a little nerdy about paper} is that really a surprise?

 Blank paper is the foundation of most of my projects and all sorts of inky experiments like this card!  

Published in May of Cricut magazine, this card has two themes, one being the feathers and the second is the silver ink I swiped over the embossed areas.

I tried sponges, paintbrushes, and little finger daubers, in the end a slightly moist paper towel delivered the best result. A swiped fine layer of ink without too much coverage.
 Let me tell you...I am in love with viva pearl pens, {like Pokemon you gotta collect them all!} I used the silver to add a few dots of shimmery round goodness, they dry pretty much exactly as they were applied... so uniform size is a skill that comes with practice! {I need more practice} :)
Feathers were cut with the Cricut and embossed with the cuttlebug, and mixed with circles of all kinds me thinks it turned out rather pretty.
Go get your craft on! Have a happy day~ Shantaie

Monday, September 1, 2014

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party! Painted burlap place settings

Can you even believe that it's September already? Fall is around the corner and I'm slowly shifting gears and stating to think of all the things I love about Autumn. Specifically gatherings around the table. Even brunch can feel like a special occasion with these painted burlap bag place settings and gorgeous tags made with Crafty secrets papers and stamps. They are really easy to make, let me show you how! 

I don't have a huge paint collection so I blended a tiny bit of white paint with Tsukineko walnut inks in Eucalyptus and terra cotta. I taped off the bag with painters tape to create the stripes I chose two wide stripes, but you can add as many as you like. I used a paintbrush to mix the color and apply the paint mixture. Burlap is very absorbent so it will drink up the paint, but dries fast. 

After the bags are dry, peel the tape away and set aside while you get your tags made.

I cut my tags with the Silhouette Cameo using papers from the Thanksgiving collection and the brown paisley digital collection. You can also use a tag punch, or embellish a pre-made tag.

I used this adorable acorn image from the Thanksgiving collection and punched it out with a scallop square punch, the edges are inked in brown and added to the tag along with a gold doily, lace ribbon and a vintage button.

I say this all the time, but I really do mean it...I love little touches like these that make others feel special, welcome and appreciated. {Don't get me wrong} A gathering of course would be no less warm and cherished without them, but all the more memorable and personal because of their addition! 

Now its your turn to make something! Want to play along with this months Linky party?
The rules are simple.  Just create a NEW project featuring Crafty Secrets products and link it up here on the Heartwarming Vintage blog using the Linky Tool below. 
 Be sure to link back to the Crafty Secrets blog in your post, and let us know what product you've used in your project. Be sure to visit all of the designers to see the amazing inspiration!

Crafty Secrets Design Team

Friday, August 29, 2014

Laced layers

I am drawn to soft feminine colors, curves, and textures. I gravitate to vintage masculine lines just as well, but the magnetic pull of lace and sparkle is undeniable and warmly welcomed by the side of me that loves all things girly.
  I have a layered {upon layered} soft layout featuring gorgeous papers and images from Crafty Secrets  I allowed the scraps to just overlap and fall where they may, stitching randomly as I went along.

I have a {pretty significant} stash of leftover Cricut or Silhouette cuts that I hold onto to use here and there but seem to always forget about them. This layout IS if nothing else, a "scrapstash wonderland" so I was thrown into the glory of using all sorts of small bits and leftovers to fill in the spaces of this laced layer page! {yes it was fun}

 I cut this adorable bird with my Silhouette but the word "little" was not cut as crisp as I liked, so I trimmed a new one from the baby boy homespun cotton scraps by crafty secrets cover it and add a new dimension to my page. I finished up my layout with a few sparse sequins to add shimmer without glitter. I wanted my photo of the magnolia blossom to reign as the major focal point, but still have a bit of glimmer too! {I love me some sparkles y'all }

 This was a new, carefree style of scrapbooking for me, and it combines a modern approach with vintage style, and I can promise you this is only the first! I plan to try this method again,  & dang it who knows....I may just fall in love with scrapbook pages all over again!