Saturday, April 18, 2015

Love Buggin' (a mini tutorial)

Happy Saturday friends! I was so looking forward to a lazy "sleep in" kind of Saturday the kind that is so rare and precious in my life as I work weekends....but what does my {traitor} brain do? It wakes me at 6:13 AM not a slow yawny groggy awake.... nope the lightening bolt to heart, all systems go kind of awake. I should punish it by depriving it of caffeine but dang it,it will hurt me more that it will hurt her. Us, it...oh you know what I mean.

I tiptoed to the craftroom and started playing with stickers, you know those big adorable stickers that come in the crafting kits? I almost never use them, but I always want to.....
I thought it would be fun to show you how to make a whole card super quick and ridiculously easy with them and to think beyond the obvious too! Let me show you what I did!

I started with a sheet of fun stickers from an older Echo park kit called Country drive, its full of cute, and bright papers, stickers, and "project life" style cuts. I chose to use the yellow bug and cut out the windshield with a craft knife.

Now that its open , I cut a standard 4.25"X5.5" card base of white cardstock and placed my car at the lower section of the card but not adhering it fro the hood up, I placed two lady bugs one in the driver and one slightly lower in the passenger side to mimic the idea of one bug being a little taller :) { I'm short...really short} so that one is me!

Googly eyes....well because they just make the world a better place all on their own. You can't deny this fact, they are just silly and creepy, and fun!

See what I mean? This would not be the same without googly eyes!

Now just add more stickers, and embellish if you feel like it, or leave it and tada you're done! Seriously I may have to make one sticker creation a week just because this was so much fun! {not because I have years worth of sticker sheets that I can't part with " because they are useful" but still don't ever use} that's not it at all! *wink*

 You know me well enough to know that I can't ever stop, so I decorated the inside of the card, and added stitching, glitter and staples! I mean it was still the fastest card I've ever made in the history of .......ever!

What do you think? Are you going to dust off those sticker sheets?
I would love to start a new movement of crafties made with all those adorable forgotten stickers! Its your turn~ GO!!!!
XOXO Shantaie

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hello Sunshine!

There are some things in life that you can never get enough of.

  1. fun, friends, or music
  2. ice coffee { or chocolate} 
  3. love
  4. and time in the studio!
I have been spending copious amounts of time in my studio this week, mostly just being surrounded by my supplies, marveling at the potential they all hold and less time actually creating. I know ........not all that productive, but I can think more openly when I'm staring at a wall of ribbon and glitter in 100 colors, shapes, and sizes. 

I've made a few things, including this cute camping scene, compete with a little banner holding birdie!

I love stamping onto patterned paper, I don;t use this technique nearly often enough! The trees and tent are by Jane's Doodles called Happy Camper  from SRM . This stamp set is really cute, and can be used in lots of different ways. I do love it when a set can be used over and over!  I used fringe scissors to make the grass and the sentiment is from the "Hello" sticker sheet from SRM as well as that scrumptious twine  

As a family we have been dealing with a real set back and we are all emotionally wounded. We had a fire at our business last Sunday and my daughter was injured { she will be okay} and that is all that matters. My heart is filled with gratitude and happiness that my girls are alright, material objects were burned to ash, but our family is whole. Being in my craft studio brings me peace, hope, and the quiet time to reflect. More than ever, the people around me are the most important aspect of my life!

If creating makes you happy, is an artistic or emotional release, or fills your life with joy be sure to carve out a little time and make some happy! XOXO~ Shantaie

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pink Ark full of fun

I have known for a month or maybe a little longer that I'm going to hae a new niece soon, it's so exciting! So today pink is queen! I love this ark full of baby animals by Jane's Doodles you can find this adorable set at SRM and spend a little quality time coloring those precious little babes!

I pulled out all the pinks I had.A stack of markers, copics, and pencils all piled together on my desk seriously put me in the best mood! I even ended up painting my nails pink afterwards!

I added rows of waves and belted them with a seam binding ribbon, some pretty twine in blossom. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set onto a bitty tag and topped it with a chipboard bow! a paper button is tucked just behind the bow, its soft and sweet!

I'm still loving the reverse splatter embossing, so I did add a little over my colored image, and those clouds were actually the last addition, I fussed over them for 2 hours before deciding to tape them down permanently...why did I fret so much? I love them! I might make a whole gift set with this card and stamp set as my inspiration, I bet my Sister In law will love that! The elephant and the giraffe are my favorites...oh they are just so dang cute! Okay okay the hippo and the monkey are huggable as well.... yeah they are all darling!

So I don't know where this theme is going to go, but I kinda want to go shopping for for baby gifts now! :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fruit tasting party

A few months ago my girl turned 20 she is a fun, unique, and  interesting girl! We came up with a cool party idea called a "fruit cocktail" it was a big hit and maybe you may want to throw one this summer! 

The basic idea:
Gather several types of fruit from the everyday to the exotic and have a fruit tasting, cut pieces for guests to taste and compare (similar to a beer tasting!) This was really fun,we all discovered fruits that we had never tried, and found new favorites and a few that were best left to our imagination! :)

What Else to serve?
We made cheese and meat platters and several appetizer plates to fill up on, we played music in the background and mixed up two signature cocktails, one for the adults and one for the under 21's

We tasted, we danced, we mingled, and we shared stories, had cake and opened gifts. It was truly the perfect blend of an adult party and the last hurrah of the teen years! Print out a sheet so guests can keep a log of what they did or din't love, what was sweet, sour or grainy! A fruit cocktail is one sweet party idea! :)

Me and my beautiful beautiful girls!

I love these two, they make life so much fun! My moon and my stars! :)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

It's Raining

Hi ya! I just want to share my spring card before the weekend kicks in for me and I loose all track of time and all ability to sit upright and speak! We have 3 events this weekend and there will be no rest for the wicked!

I found this beautiful color mood board that really inspired the kiwi and amethyst combo, I'm kinda liking it! What do you think?
How thrilled I was to find that the SRM April Showers sticker was trimmed with a green accent and worked perfectly!

I'm on a paper flower kick, that is not going to be short lived........ so I hope you can all agree with me that they are fantastic and must adorn almost everything in their path!  :)

Oh the joys of twine, ribbon and lace! If I couldn't make cute things I'm quite certain I would implode or at the very least turn into a Vampire or worse yet.... interview for a reality TV show or something.equally crazy....I shudder to think! 

Say it with me..."thank you paper crafting for saving me from reality TV!" 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Hello

Soft colors, sequins, paint splatters and lace. Spring is in the air and all over my crafty space!  I gathered up some bits and pieces and layered them all together to create a sweet all occasion  card.

I have been burning the candles at both ends these past few weeks and our mini Easter holiday was refreshing albeit far too short. I actually had to work on my taxes before my holiday was officially over, and seeing these pretty spring projects on my desk and on my craftroom shelves is so uplifting!

We tend to send text messages, tag friends in Facebook posts or send snapchats to stay in touch, but every now and then send a real live handmade card to brighten someones day with happy mail! I promise it will be appreciated!

I topped a rosette with lace, and dimensional butterflies complete with a clear sticker from SRM saying hello! I pleated a row of polka dot paper and tucked it just above the rosette for more texture! I always forget about washi tape so I've been placing a stack near me and using it more often...okay 2 little strips of tape on my card is not monumental but it IS more than usual!  just sayin'*giggle* 

My favorite part of this card is the bottom, I used my scoring tool to add a row of debossed lines and a fun little stitched border that begins just into the edge and ends with a neat little bow, not too fussy but a punch of color and tactile softness that I love so much!

Now I'm all done with taxes, and cleaning, but I do have 3 events to prepare for this weekend so I'm gonna treat myself to a little humor by way of a movie that will no doubt make me spit diet coke out of my nose...or at the very least make me snort!

keep making pretty things, you make the world a better place one grain of glitter at a time! XOXO~ Shantaie

Monday, April 6, 2015

April Crafty Secrets Linky party with a full tutorial!

Welcome back creative friends to another Crafty secrets linky party and giveaway! This month we were challenged to create "anything spring" and as a bonus to use ribbon...which is super easy when working with our sponsor Really reasonable ribbons  beautiful new ribbon pack called Auqa and coral mix oooooh its so pretty!

Well let me show you how I made my layered card using the farm chicks digital stamp set.

Print the stamp of choice onto white cardstock and use an open area die to cut out the image, here I have used a spellbinders die and placed masking tape on the die to hold it in place (I don't have a magnetic plate so this is my assured way that it will stay put)  :)

In my cuttlebug I use the base plate A, one C plate and one B plate sandwiching paper and die between C and B to cut.

Using the next larger size die cut one shape in patterned paper.

Fill in desired areas with color, here I have used copic alcohol markers, pencils, paints, or any markers will work. I sart with the lightest shades and build color as I go allowing a little bit of time for the ink to dry. I wanted fresh spring like colors to fill the image but not to take over the gorgeous scene!

Use a sponge to add color to the edges, here I have used Bermuda bay from Stampin' Up!

To soften any patterned paper just swipe a light coat of white or cream paint, the pattern will still show but be a little muted and softer.

 Ink the edges of this cut with Bermuda ink as well.

Add a thin layer of crackle accents and allow to dry, apply a second coat and allow to dry completely. If the cut has curled roll it to accent the cracks and flatten.  Continue to build your card adding a layer of cardstock in coral printed with chicken wire from the Farm chicks stamp set and swiped with white paint along the edges.

Add ribbon, flowers, and gold twine, two little eggs and 3 gold dots to finish the card. Easy as can be!

I hope you decide to play along at  with Crafty secrets and enter to win some yummy crafty secrets products!  Check out all of the beautiful projects from the design team and be sure to take a peek at the beautiful ribbons at Really reasonable ribbons!

*edited to add* This month’s lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for any DIGITAL products in the online store!  You can choose from any of the Digital Art Stamps, digital paper packs, digital printable sheets or digital Creative Scraps and fill your shopping cart to the brim with wonderful digital vintage goodies from Crafty Secrets!

Kathy Clement team leader
Michele Kovak
Darlene Pavlick
Diane Hover
Elizabeth Lincoln 
Ginny Nemchak
Gloria Stengal
Melody Clement
Sheila Rumney