Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sunny Days & Lemonade

Warm sunny days should be celebrated with good friends, a pink lemonade get together is a sweet way to celebrate indeed! I love sitting outdoors with the breeze blowing, the scent of fresh cut grass heavy in the air and birds chirping their pretty songs...that is my vision for this simple relaxed party!

The team at SRM stickers has been challenged to create summer themed projects and party ideas to help you all get the most out of your summer months! We are sharing all of our party plans and  inspiration to jump start your party mojo! 

I am quite fond of straw flags and use them almost anytime I want a get together to feel a little more festive, I cut these on my Cricut using the party picks and pennants, and slid SRM summer stickers on them, super duper fast and so easy the kids can help make them!

Whether  your event is relaxed or formal the invitation always sets the tone, for this pitcher of lemonade I used a blank invite from SRM stickers to pop right in the middle of the pitcher, its ready to be filled out with all of my key party information.

Favors are one of my little obsessions, I truly love to give favors! I love the way they tie the party together and give my guests a little something to make them feel that they are treasured. If you are not familiar with SRM TUBES let me introduce you to one of the most clever and versatile containers ever!

TUBES are clear to show off whatever you put inside, they come in 4 sizes and can be filled with almost anything you can imagine {well as long as it will fit} a stuffed unicorn not so much! lol I love that they stand on their own and since they are a "blank canvas" can be embellished to my hearts desire! Here I have filled them with pink lemonade gumballs for the kiddos!

 A note about throwing a party, To help from becoming stressed or overwhelmed, a few things to keep in mind are to stay within your don't have to take out a loan to impress your guests, they want to visit with you, not a rented ice sculpture! Keep your overall theme within your abilities if you have very little time, skip trying to overdo it, simple is perfectly fine, and most of all if you cant quite manage to do everything on your list...its OK you are the only one who knew what what on the list, they will never know {or care} that you were going to bake cookies but ran out of time! Most of all relax and enjoy your own party!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Glittered Tower

The idea of a pink Eiffel Tower is certainly not new, and to tell the truth I was inspired by the white glittery structure inside the "its a small world" ride at Disney {one of favorite stops at the magic Kingdom}  but this is one of my all time most loved cards...especially because it was made just for the fun of making it. A rare and special treat for me!

I will probably never send this card in the mail, it will most likely end up on a shelf in my craft room and stay there on display a reminder to enjoy my life! I love this stamp, its so simple and sweet! There's a lot going on on this card embossing, Cricut cuts, crochet lace by Melissa Frances in a soft pink, a velvet flower, and a beaded stickpin for even more sparkle...all of it totally scrumptious!!!! 

I am headed to the orthodontist {again} I feel like I live in a dentists office these days! Between appointments, Chelsea's finals, Design team assignments, and prepping for my summer pilgrimage to NY I'm not sure when I will get another chance to create just for fun, but you can bet when I do I will be excited to share it with you! :D Whatever you have going on today, remember to enjoy! Happy creating~ Shantaie

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Operation Write Home Blog Hop! Love Is In The Air

SRM Stickers and OWH have teamed up along with several other generous companies for a Memorial weekend blog hop! OWH is an organization that ships handmade cards to deployed heroes to use for writing to their friends and family at home. For more information about this and other ways to help visit the OWH website.  The theme of this years hop is to choose one of the many OWH sketches and create a card following the guidelines with that sketch.

It was a bit of a challenge for me to choose a sketch, because there are so many really great layouts! I settled on this one because it allowed me to add a nice size Kite and clouds cut with the Cricut. The card is very thin with no dimensional layers or bulky embellishments { a personal challenge for me} but I am very pleased with the way it turned out!

Keep in mind that all types of cards are needed for the men and women in our services to send back home, Birthday, Anniversary, thinking of you...well you get the idea! I hope you take a tour of the hop and support the companies and artists that are participating, and if you decide to join the effort let me be the first to thank you!

Leave a comment at the SRM Stickers blog to enter to win this prize pack!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Whale of A Party

I created a whale themed birthday set for the official Cricut blog using the newly released Wild card 2 cartridge For all of the cut files both gypsy and Cricut Craft Room please visit this post at the Cricut blog to download them. This set includes an invitation {that could also be adapted as a birthday card or package tag} an envelope pouch party favor, and a cupcake pick and liner.

 All patterned papers are from the Echo Park splash collection, blues and greens were used for this sweet and slightly preppy boys party, but substitute them for pink and green for a girls sea themed celebration!

You know there is something so magical about raised lettering, and this embossed invite info just makes my heart flip flop!!All you need is a cuttlebug and the A2 invitation folder to get this great look!

An envelope turned into a party favor pouch is quick and cute....double terrific!

Ahhh who doesn't love a cupcake??? Maybe a cup of fruit or bite sized cereal are more to your liking...either way a sweet wave shaped liner and a cute pick can dress it up for "shore" ;) * note* I never add glitter to items to be used around food just in case any little sparkles decide to "jump ship"  {OK I will stop with the know I can't help myself!!! }

Get your party on, and happy creating!

Numbered Note Cards

I love numbered items...I mean I really am absolutely gaga about things with big digits on them! Recently one of my favorite shopping stops introduced a home decor line in blacks and creams adorned with numbers and letters...that inspired me to make a set of numbered note cards!

I used SRM stickers we've got your number to add a large black number 3 to the embossed inset of this card. I added a double row of stitching in black thread and a beaded element over the edge. This gorgeous crochet and fabric covered button is the perfect little something to offset the twine bow behind it. Another SRM sticker a fancy sentiment on a tag serves as a greeting.

Be sure to visit the SRM blog to see all of the amazing ways the team has been using numbers in all manner of interesting and unexpected ways...numbers are certainly not just for calendars or tag sale signs!!

Happy creating!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

4 You Teacher

Is there anything more delicious than a shaped card....I always gravitate towards them because they tell a big part of the story before you even read the sentiment or open it up to see whats inside. I made this for a friend that was just named teacher of the year at the Elementary school where she teaches. How exciting is that?!!! Most of my best friends are teachers {or were teachers at one time} I'm not sure why I tend to be a teacher magnet...maybe its because they are usually animated and talk as much as I do {lol} or because they are nurturing spirits, but whatever the reason I appreciate all they do for our community. 

I kind of think the apple is a wee bit overdone when it comes to school projects {don't send me hate mail just yet, let me explain} I know some images are absolute icons, but they do get boring after a while if we don't make them over from time to time. So add a bit of lace or use a really unexpected paper or color combo to spice it up a little. I used paper from 3 different sources the base layer is a paper printed with the Cricut Imagine, the leaves are cut with Cosmo Cricket Early bird and the apple is Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934

This card was cut with The Cricut Expression, using the Just because cards cartridge, and uses the Its a wrap Holidays Stampin'Up! stamp set, and a "teacher" sticker from the SRM  stickers quick cards line.  
 Be sure to thank the teachers who shape the days your children spend at school for all they do!
Happy Creating~

Monday, May 21, 2012

Vintage Neon- wait whaaaaat?

That's right neon colors are hot hot hot! They were all the rage in the 80's but I'm not stuck in the past... neon colors can be toned down a bit and updated by using them in new and totally unexpected ways like this vintage inspired look. I have to admit the idea of neon pink paired with lace may seem a little out of the ordinary..but that is the whole idea! Old and new collide in a bright beautiful {non blinding} way!

I stamped this Pink Paislee Cake in 3 bright colors and paper pieced the cake on a yellow cake plate and coated the whole confection with coarse glitter. A bitty punched flower with a neon pink center is toned down a little with glitter as well. I scrunched a paper doily to use as the circle base layer and to add softness and dimension.

A bright green bow embellished with a glowing pink button and white cotton thread, an itty bitty tag and a flag on a pearl pin. There are many neon and bright scrapbooking and craft supplies out there, but the secret to making it work for you is to mix these with your other crafting supplies to create your own personal style. The key to updating neon is not to go overboard! {I know I'm usually a more is more girl}

All of the patterned papers are from the Pink Paislee Soiree, as well as the stamps. The neon cardstock and ribbon are available at Michael's crafts. Martha Stewart crafts also has a pack of neon glitters and paints.
For this card I loosely followed the deconstructed sketch #52 I thought this sketch was a lot of fun, and you all know how much I love to work with a sketch!

If you are checking in to see who the FIVE lucky pink Gypsy sleeve winners are, here you go!
Congratulations to:

  1. JCINOKC {Jen}
  4. NEDGIRL {Rebecca}
  5. CDM317 {Colleen}

Saturday, May 19, 2012

How To Create Nested Style Shapes With The Cricut

We all love the look of stacked shapes and labels and I will show you how to get that precise layered look without spending a cent on dies! Whether you are a stamper, a card maker or a scrapbook page maker, this will save you time, storage space,and money!

What you will need to create your own Shape-tastic layers
  • Cricut die cutting machine
  • Cricut cartride with solid shape cuts {almost every cartridge has these cuts, I will list a few of my favorite choices below}
  • White cardstock, or watercolor paper {optional}
  • Dark or colored cardstock of choice
  • *optional* Cricut Craft Room, or Gypsy handheld device
Lets get Started

I start by placing a 6x12 piece of white and black {or color of choice} side by side on my Cricut mat. In the case of this tutorial I am cutting several sets of shape-tastic layers to save and use as I need them so they are always on hand and readily available {saving me lots of time in the future}

I'm using Cricut Craft Room a free online Cricut editing program by Provocraft, you can also use your Gypsy or cut your shapes directly from your cartridge. The cuts in this photo were all cut using the Cricut Paper lace cartridge. On the left side of my mat I have selected shapes that I like in various sizes to cut in white cardstock or water color paper. Because I am primarily a card maker all of my shapes are small enough to fit on a card, or an altered item, all are 4.5" or smaller. If you are a layout diva you may want to create larger layers.On the right side of the mat I have the same cuts selected to be cut in black, brown or whatever colors you want to layer with. These cuts are are 1/4" to 1/2" larger depending on the look you desire.

*for ease of photos I have only created 2 stacking layers, however several layers can be used to create different visual effects, simply continue to add an additional 1/4" to 1/2" per layer.*

For these shape-tastic layers I have used watercolor paper to stamp on and color in my images with markers etc. I will cut a couple of dozen at a time playing with tiny sizes or large unusual shapes like the gear above, for a masculine look.  Save your negative cuts to use as stencils, or use The Cricut Imagine to add patterns! Keep them in a little container or plastic bag to grab and use as you need them, they are the perfect base for Cricut cuts, flowers or of course for stamping!

Some of my favorite Cartridges for this money saving trick: {but look through your cut books you will be surprised how many cartridges will have interesting solid cuts}
HERE is where to visit to create your own free Cricut Craft Room account.

I hope this little tutorial was helpful to you, and you will be stacking those shape-tastic layers on your future projects with a victorious {money saving} smile on your face!