Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ooh La La



Have you been seeing all the amazing cards made with watercolor backgrounds out there? They are so gorgeous, and captivating. Although watercolor paper backgrounds themselves are not new,  the ways they are being stretched to new limits by paper artists, is innovative and exhilarating! 

To try my hand at creating something new I decided to just let my playfulness loose and do whatever came to mind as I pulled supplies from my drawers. I settled on a monochromatic background in an ombre, that seemed like a beautiful backdrop for a floral stamp set. I started to grab white embossing powder, but opted for a glitter infused powder of pink, white, and gold instead. The result is slightly shabby, and super gorgeous.


I used the textured side of my watercolor paper for this card, a choice I wouldn't ordinarily make, but I was interested to see how it would look, in the name of experimentation and adventure if nothing else! I love the lines it added to my background, but the real surprise was the "resist" effect it had on the stamped images...perfectly distressed right?!!! 

  
Another trick I tried  was to add fine clear glitter to the back of my SRM sticker in hopes of adding shimmer without any glitter shed, in person it is a tad shimmery but not overly so, and it doesn't come off! I count that as a winning new clear sticker technique for just a little shine. As far as getting really glittery, I'll add it on top next time. 

Take a tour of instagram, and pinterest and I can promise you will find a treasure of inspiration for watercolor backgrounds, done in every way imaginable, I'm happy with my twist on this trend!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spring Treat bags


Hi!!! Are you feeling the warmth of spring beckoning you to bask in pastel colors like I am? I love spring colors all year, and when the birds start singing, and butterflies start fluttering around the backyard I can't help but let all things spring take over!

You probably know by now how much I love making, giving, and wrapping gifts and these new SRM patterned treat bags are divine!!!


I have taken on a quest to use my older stamp sets, especially the ones that have gathered a little dust so to speak, and I have found this rewarding in multiple ways. Recapturing your love for what you already own is a little gift in itself!  I simply stamped these little skunks in gray and trimmed them out, I popped them onto a layered tag filled with sequins, and several little embellishments for an updated look.



 The twine circles, and printed ribbon, are just added layers of fun, I do so love lots of dimension on my projects! Add a little gift, like candy or maybe some scented oils as a sugar free alternative.

I intend to let spring take over my home, my heart, and my wardrobe! Bring on the pastels!!!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Tickles You Pink



I love my "vintage" stamp sets the way one loves the perfect pair of cozy broken in jeans, or a favorite lip gloss that you stock up on just in case! I think it is so fun and challenging to grab a favorite set from days gone by and breath new life into it with all the joy and fervor you had for it when you first chose to make it yours.


I have edited my collection of stamp sets in the past year from several cabinets full to down to take up just a few shelves, I kept only my favorites or most recent acquisitions. That has really helped in rediscovering my love for ink, paper, and stamps.

To update this set from Stampin' Up! called tickled pink ( I know adorable) I used copics to color the flamingo and trimmed it up, mimicking all the newer sets that have matching dies. Adding a few pops of highlighting with an SRM white gel pen, and of course sequins are a great way to add an updated sparkle. And by trimming the card layers with SRM sticker stitches I  easily added a sewn look in a snap! 



I know buying stamps is an investment, and many are incredibly versatile, while others are more suitable for specific use, rotating them and maybe dusting off an older set may keep you from getting bored with what you already own. 

In my personal quest to minimize clutter and truly love the things I buy or choose to keep, actually using these "vintage" sets fits right into my goals. As a bonus I am refreshed and feel happily challenged to find new ways to see my supplies, and that is a win win for the crafty and clutter free side of me! 
XOXO Shantaie






Multicolor Jute Gift box




I know everyone loves getting a gift, I also loving giving gifts, it's one of my favorite things to do. The new colorful jute twine is quickly becoming my crafting "go to" product and as you can see I love each color equally. 
I wrapped a kraft box  with patterned paper and topped it with a 4" doily  embellished with a flag border from we've got your border birthday and wrapped it with all four colors of jute twine tied at the top. I placed itty bitty pom-poms along the twine and added a punched piece tag made with take 2 stickers by the dozen birthday


This really is such a festive and cheerful gift wrap that anyone can make. Be sure to keep an eye out for lots of fun ways to use the jute twine in your crafting, making, and of course gift wrapping! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Entryway redo for zero cash!


I recently decided my "entryway" that may be to grand a word for a tiny stretch of wall to the right of my door as I walk inside.... was looking shabby and neglected. It became a catchall for puppy toys, mail, keys, and  such. Functional sure. Warm, and inviting? Not lately.

The previous table was enjoying a second life, it was originally a filing cabinet, the drawer long ago fallen apart, I added a shelf and basket and a little jewelry box with a silver tray to hold keys and candles, I replaced it with a console table I purchased years ago for my daughter to use as a slim makeup table in her room, it was serving as a tv stand in the guest room, and now a new life by the front door.


I tend to use decor that will fit in any room, and move things around from time to time.....not always my family's favorite past time I'll admit, but shopping from your own space is not only a great way to give things a new purpose, and save a ton of cash, but it also challenges you to look at your things in a new and exciting light! Even the not so perfect items!

I posted the above photo on instagram, Facebook, and a couple of groups, and the response was very encouraging, although the vote was to switch the watering can to the opposite side and not to have both greenery elements stacked one on top of the other, I noticed it immediately after I posted the photo, and I agreed with the masses! 


The switch is a better look! I pulled every single item from other areas in my home. of course I had to do a bit of rearranging in the places I "shopped" from, but that's pretty easy to do. As Easter ushers in I will undoubtedly change the items on or under the table  adding bunnies, eggs, and nests, how I love spring!

The real trick is not to let things get too stagnant, your home decor shouldn't fall into the "background noise" category, it should be calm, or bold, but always in focus. I was definitely guilty of letting this entryway that greets me and my guests every single day, fall into neglect and it became stale, blah, and not at all "me"   

  


How do you keep your home fresh, and do you shop from your house too??? I would love to know!

XOXO Shantaie



Sunday, February 26, 2017

Painted Flowers



Why not start the week out with flowers? I certainly can't think of anything better. I imagine it must be wonderful to work near a flower market, where fresh flowers are abundant and you could have a new bouquet each day! Until that day arrives for me I will have to stamp my own :)


I enjoyed coloring and cutting, blending, and shading these flowers. I embossed my greeting in gold, I used one of the big happy stamps from SRM and added a sticker from SRM below. I love the simple yet elegant combination.

How can this week be anything but wonderful when it starts with flowers?!!!

XOXO Shantaie


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hello There


It has been such a very long time since I employed a sketch as my inspiration kick off, and how I have missed it! I had forgotten how much fun it is to be guided and challenged by the sketch, and my all time favorite sketch blog is mojo Monday 
 While watching the Crown on Netflix and pulling out several stamp sets and marveling at the stunning lack of a cactus in all my collection ( how is that possible) I just layered papers and patterns and textures until I found a delicious mix I was happy with. Sometimes the process of pulling together the elements is as rewarding as the finished product, kind of like decorating a room or making a meal!


The act of creating is raw and romantic, it opens your mind and your heart, it's meant to be fun and free, like all the joys of life, don't take it too seriously, don't extract the happiness from it by being too comparative or competitive. I speak to myself mostly, I had lost my reason for creating for a long time, and I'm getting back to "me" one day at a time.
 Knit, bake, sew, read, stamp, paint, eat, love, and be you... you are beautiful, you inspire me daily, I love you all so much for that!!!