Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Those crabby days of summer

Hi again, Shantaie here with a crabby but cute summertime shaped card on the SRM blog today.
I cut this adorable crab with my Silhouette and added a bit of olive ink to his edges and used the bistro chalk marker to add a few crustacean-esque spots and highlights. He is way too adorable!!

Two hands in the air for lazy days of summer! This guy is pretty excited about his sign, made from a white banner and the August monthly memories sticker. How can you not smile when you see this crabby!!!
Have a fun and maybe even lazy summer day!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Peanuts on parade!

I'm featured on the SRM blog today with the following post:

Containers, are one of my favorite crafty products, clear containers that offer a colorful peek-a-boo inside are probably the most fun ever! Simple circus peanuts are elevated to gift worthy status all lined up in this clear box! 

A panel of patterned paper is embellished with a sweet baby elephant holding a balloon. The balloon is highlighted with a white bistro chalk marker  and a twisting twine bow in cantaloupe
I added a simple greeting of baby love from the we've got your border baby girl and a border from the baby sentiment sheet.

Making favors, gifts, or packages of any kind is just a little more fun and eye catching with a clear box!

Friday, July 1, 2016


 It's no secret that I have the reputation to be a silly, fun loving maybe even slightly twisted girl! I like to celebrate all holidays, but there are some that I like more than others!  Like shark week!!!
I made a batch of sugar cookies using these fred cookies cutters  they were super fun to decorate!!!

 I did say slightly twisted? this was the favorite cookie and nobody wanted to munch on her... but she did get eaten! :) The creator of Jaws would approve I'm certain of it!

Now all kidding aside sharks are beautiful creatures that need to be protected and understood, as a family we love and respect sharks. We love all the cheesy gory movies as much as the next guy, but we implore everyone to learn about the animal and how they help modern medicine, and the ecosystem as a whole.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Splash down little mermaid

Hi! How are you today? Feeling a little summery yet? Me too!
I've been having fun playing with heat transfer vinyl and linen bags, to make these splashy mermaid treat bags.This post was featured on the SRM blog a few days ago, I'm loving this soooo much! :)

I love this mermaid cut found on the Silhouette store, and decided to alter it, by only using the tail portion of the design, "splashing into the water" was what I was going for! I cut the design into heat transfer vinyl and ironed it onto the bag with a dry hot iron. I wanted a bit of color so I pulled out a green and a blue glimmer mist, and sprayed fairly generously! :) 

I also added a few little heat transfer gems, and glued on some half back pearls. In the top corner A small glass bottle filled with sandy hued glitter, and a rope bow are just the cherry on top! 
Dive right in and fill the bag with candy, a strand of pearls or some fabulous beach waves hair products to give as a summer gift! 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Golden Graduation Pic nic

My niece is graduating in a few weeks, she wants her event to be memorable, and unique!  The best part of being a paper crafter is being able to customize premade items, like these cards I picked up at the dollar spot in Target. A few little details and a sheet of SRM thank you stickers I can make a dozen thank you cards for her to send after the party! 

Need fast easy cards? just add the Thank you sentiment, and they are ready to go!


No party is a party without a cake or cupcakes! These cupcake toppers are quick because I picked up the pleated circles as part of a banner package, there were 8 for 3.00 and all I did was add a gold banner, and the SRM round sticker by the dozen take 2 graduation stickers and a stick to insert into the cupcake. These literally took 15 minutes total! 

Super sweet right?

Invitations are the "headliner" to any party, and as we are doing a casual glamorous party, these simple but elegant cards are perfection! I love the fun 2016 sticker under the gold embossed graduation cap, a quick peel and stick and they are ready to go!

What could be more easy? You are going to love these SRM invitation inserts, all the info you need is ready to fill in. Quick and simple!

I used the chevron embossed glassine treat bags and filled them with chocolates of gold and lavender that match the party. They are folded closed, and topped with a doily and layers of ribbon and paper flags, and sealed with a clothespin. A luxurious gold tassel is adorned with a 2016 sticker tag, and the flag to the left is sporting a sticker sentiment from the graduation stickers by the dozen take 2 

All the elements to get a party started, right here. SRM has stickers, treat containers, and all the happy additions you need to make a party both easy and gorgeous!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Try Again...

Trying new things is the absolute best, and my favorite aspect of any artform.... however sometimes it leads to small failures. I remember learning to sew I put a sleeve in a dress inside out and finished the little dress for Meagan, it wasn't until she was on her way to school in that wonky dress that I noticed the mistake! 
Oh I still laugh at the memory of that dress! However I moved on to become a pretty accomplished seamstress, no tiny failures stopped me from learning! 
Sooooo last night I had to move on from the um...ahem...ugliest card ever! LOL

 Yes it has a few redeemable qualities, but the hues, layout, composition...are all pretty terrible! The techniques are pretty awesome, the parts all smooshed together are well...awful! LOL I will laugh at this one for quite some time! I didn't want to give up on the idea, so I tried again.

Much better color, softer, sparklier, and cleaner lines! I'm glad I gave it another try, I quite like this version! Maybe not my favorite this week, and I spent more time than I should, especially when I have more packing to do! :)

side by side comparison, okay maybe its not the ugliest card I've ever made, but the others were filed in the round bin! I'm glad I photographed this one before throwing it out, to share my "failure" not sure any attempt should be a failure, just an attempt with less than desirable results! LOL

So keep trying my friends! XOXO ~ Shantaie

Monday, May 23, 2016

Watercolor hello


I love the days that I can share projects I made for my design team days or weeks ago! It feels like the crafty version of a bucking bronco holding at the gate just so excited for the door to swing open and be set free! Yay, I can show you my project!!! :) 

These pretty watercolor cards were made for SRM press and are all about using stickers for simple card making! Check out the SRM blog for all the details and the products I used to make them.

I have been using my glimmer mist a lot these days, I have had some of these bottles for years and years, now I can't seem to stop spritzing everything! (don't you love falling in love with your crafty goodies all over again?!) I have never stopped using stickers, and I keep finding new ways to use them all the time!!!!