Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy Hello Friend

I spent the better part of last year decluttering, organizing, and reducing. I started not to any real end goal, minimalism seemed too extreme, I mean I am the more is MORE girl! LOL

 I continue to fine tune what living with less means to me, but as far as my cards, layouts, and papercrafting is concerned...more is still perfect! I have pared down my crafty stash, although another big purge is planned for next month, my favorites are staying! SRM everything, my silhouette, Verve stamps, and Stampin'Up! inks and papers!!!!

I inked up a sizzix stamp set and matching dies that has been ignored for a long time, it really is so cute, I had fun just stamping and cutting flowers by the dozens, and I really should use my stamps more, I mean I LOVE to stamp!!!! I used the SRM shape die and sticker to add a sweet sentiment. And that adorable bow is made with a brand new product called mint jute twine it reminds me of a sweet dessert, it's color is just delicious!!!!

Hello Friend! thanks for stopping in, I hope you are have a happy day! I have this sweet puppy  sitting at my feet begging to play! (could that be any happier?) :) Have a wonderful day y'all! XOXO Shantaie

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Heartfelt wishes

Oh how I love a quick and simple card!!! I have been over-scheduled, and trying to do it all these last few weeks, and I needed a very fast bridal shower card...did I mention very very fast?
   I relied on texture to add interest and ran some shimmer paper through the cuttlebug, {my last little piece of shimmer paper, I fell in love with it all over again!!!} I will have to order more!
  I popped a chipboard flower and a couple of die cut leaves and an SRM sticker and a spritz of shimmer mist...because I had to have MORE shimmer!!!! and it was good to go!

If I could only get the rest of my life to be so quick and lovely!!!  :)

Have a wonderful day! XOXO Shantaie

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks

I'm thankful for so much, the little things and the everyday things....... maybe more than I can express. The sweetness of an iced pumpkin spice latte, the cool air finally making its way south, and the feeling of anticipation that friends and family will be gathering together soon!

I made this card using Verve stamps bountiful harvest stamp set

I spent today cleaning my garage, at first I was overwhelmed with all that needed to be sorted, and cleaned but after a truckload donated and a few bags tossed I was ready to really embrace the changes I've been working towards. I can't say minimalism is my end goal, but a more thankful, purposeful lifestyle is. I am more thankful for all the items I chose to keep, and certainly for the ease of finding what I'm looking for next time I head to the garage!

Now if I could only find an easy way to choose my Thanksgiving menu! I have pinned sooooo many recipes ...and the shopping...not my favorite part of cooking!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

15 cents each

I know what you're thinking....I'm a floridian what do I know about snow days! Not a lot in truth, I have spent holidays in the snow but the closest we get to a snow day here in the sunshine state is in our dreams! 
I love snowflakes, they are one of my favorite images, and despite the rarity of flurries here, I often embellish my holidays with them in every room! I even have a snowflake pendant I wear from the day after Thanksgiving til the first day of spring! 

I pulled out the Holiday stash, and this is my first official Christmas card of 2016 ..I think I may be a bit behind, but what more perfect way to start! Happy creating my friends!
XOXO Shantaie

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

2017 oh so pink mini calendar

I made a pink white and black calendar suite to give as a gift using beautiful and sometimes whimsical stamps, stickers, and accents from SRM Stickers  I spent an afternoon planning, and playing around with my set, the execution was not really too lengthy but I did turn on the music in my studio and just enjoyed the process!

I love these crisp yet soft colors, so beautiful!

The calendar is featured on the SRM press blog today and all the details can be found there, I just love the way it came together, a unique look for each month, but a suite of pinks running through the year.

Have you ever made a mini calendar set before? I would love to see your ideas!
XOXO Shantaie

Friday, October 28, 2016

It's All About The Candy!

I recently adopted a clean eating lifestyle ( with the exception of the occasional pumpkin spice latte...but that's another story) and I really truly waffled back and forth about Halloween treats. I way over thought this people...way!!!
However in the end I came to the decision that Halloween for kiddos is all about the candy, and hello, I'm not messing with that!
I had fun bagging up these treats in a simple kraft bag and layers of cute Halloween images.

The papers are from my spooky stash and combine a mix of my little shoebox, American crafts, and SRM stickers

I found these glittered cobwebs at Michaels earlier in the season, and I have made good use of the pack I picked up, I have put them on almost everything!

The kraft bags are from SRM and I love shopping from my desk for supplies like these that can be used for absolutely any occasion! I keep a dozen or more on hand at all times!

That sheer and spooky gauze was found in the decorating area of Michael's Halloween section, and I thought "oh that will be gorgeous as ribbon for cards" (because I talk to myself in my head when I shop just like everyone else) right? :)

I'm sure the kiddos will much happier with the treats full of candy and handmade with love bags, that a plastic ring or bouncing eyeball.... okay a bouncing eyeball would have been pretty cool too! 

Have a wonderful weekend filled with ghosts, goblins, and of course's all about the candy!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hello Fall Vinyl greetings

Today on the SRM blog I tell you all about adding Vinyl to a craft pumpkin for fall decorating! I love pumpkins, and even though I do always mix natural and crafty pumpkins, sometimes it gets a bit dull. Adding a bit of vinyl is just the thing to spark a little creativity to your home, porch, or yard for fall!

Here is a recipe for a guilt free fall treat from stupid easy paleo yummy!!!