Friday, June 27, 2014

Face the sun

 As a papercrafter I often see the world around me as an inspiration source for project ideas, a tile floor could become a background, a household object a shaped card or tag, an outfit provides a pretty color combo.

When I'm feeling like I need a push, I push myself to go window shopping for inspiration, sometimes the end result looks nothing like the original object, but

sometimes its a direct interpretation of whatever struck my fancy to begin with.

Like this card that was literally inspired into existence by this amazing room design. Hexagons have been trendy since well forever actually , but the way we use, color, and place them makes them downright chic! 

I inked the edges of every hexagon, and placed them tile-like with about 1/8th of an inch apart. the colors pop and fade to white from right to left...or grow bolder from left to right.... you know perspective is everything! :)

I cut all of my shapes including the dimensional flower with the Silhouette. Here is the hexagon I used  cut @ 1.25" and here is the flower. I stamped my greeting with versamark and embossed it with yummy gold powder, Iv'e said it before, and it bears repeating "pastels and gold are stunning", they are beyond trendy & immediately catch the eye!

Happy creating, XOXO Shantaie

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Movin' On

I thought I would share a "throwback Thursday" project! We all love to dig up photos from the past, so why not dust off the photos of projects that we made way back when? I made this sparkly snail for the Cricut Circle January 2012 magazine!  { you know I still think its kind of cute!} It could use a little   or maybe a lot of updating, but it makes me smile.

So post your throwback Thursday projects and leave me a link in the comments below, I would love to see your "ghosts of craftroom past"!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Swan Birthday Cake Topper

 For my youngest daughters birthday I decided to celebrate the day by having a picnic in the park, and taking a ride in a swan boat on the lake. We also fed swans and had cake, gifts and took a long stroll along the lake. It was a really fun day. One I will not soon forget.

 This is the Swan cake topper I made to decorate her cake.

To make the topper, I took  two oval paper boxes, and painted them. I layered the boxes with glitter, tulle trim, pom poms, tinsel,ribbon, and flowers. The swan is just an inexpensive  plastic party favor that I encrusted in coarse glitter, {that resulted in very sticky glittery fingers!} also feathers were adhered to the back for extra fluff. We all know fluff is fun, this is a fact! *wink*
 a glittered banner made from an SRM sticker adorns a stickpin and floral cluster.

This sparkly swan sat atop her blue and white cake next to a confectionery garden of buttercream flowers and leaves. The topper now serves as a special keepsake box of birthday mementos. It was actually easy to make, but was somewhat time consuming. I considered it a labor of love, I love glitter, I love swans!
 mostly I love making birthdays special!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Watercolor Lace Overlay (and SRM design team reveal)

I have to gush about my excitement before I implode! I may be a notoriously great secret keeper, but this is one secret that I have been dying to spill! I am pleased to announce that I will be part of the 2014-2015 SRM creative team!
*{Imagine me skipping through fields of daisies, hugging rolls of vinyl, and singing silly made up design team limericks in the shower} yup that's the kind of happy dance I do!

Okay now that I'm done bubbling over.... lets talk about the card! I started with a watercolor paper base and stamped flowers randomly in black ink. Good stuff right? I swirled my aquapainter in ink and colored in and around the flowers adding darker colors after each area dried. Still good stuff right? Not so much....

 To my dismay the black stamped images stole the spotlight from the careful and pretty watercoloring I had just spent an hour on... what is a girl to do?

I opted to soften the harsh black lines and bold colors with a layer of lace. I then cut out a couple of accent flowers and leaves to add a gentle pop on top of my overlay. a few sequins and a label sticker and a thank you sentiment from SRM are the perfect balance to the flower and bow.
 The next time you do a bit of watercoloring try a lace overlay for a soft wispy effect!

I love the look of the overlay acting as s gentle filter. I barely notice the harsh black stamped images, and really love all the color and softness it allows to show through. If you give this technique a try, let me know I would love to see what you make!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Parade Day Treats

Most every hometown has a parade celebrating the 4th of July, Memorial day, Labor day and veterans day.
  Showing our red white & blue spirit is a long held tradition!
 Why not whip up a few treats for kids of all ages to make the day even more fun?

Cover a paddle ball game in patriotic paper, and add a themed die cut, coat with clear decoupage and give as a fun party favor for your picnic, or a boredom buster while waiting for the parade...... of course to be enjoyed a safe distance from others ;)
Inexpensive, fun, and an unforgettable favor!

Pinwheels are simple and fun! Make a big paddle fan complete with a star embellished center for those muggy afternoon outdoor activities!

A treat box filled with little trinkets will be a hit with everyone! party poppers, streamers, little candies, ring pops, confetti, sparklers...whatever you want to share! I cut these using the Cricut in all reds, whites, and blues.
A little glitter here and there adds a "spark" too!

As you are planning all those fun picnics, parties, cookouts and parades, have a bang by adding your own "fireworks" to your events through paper crafting!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shimmer & Shake (welcome little one)

Don't you just love traditional baby icons? Me too especially when they can be renewed and "freshened up" a little bit with fun embellishments. I had a vision of this Silhouette rattle shaker filled with sequins from the moment I saw it! I have to tell ya' this was one of the easiest shakers I have ever built, it's designed to just build layers until the base is tall enough to hold the items you want to fill the shaker with. 

The Original design has a sweet little bow, but Could I leave well enough alone? Nope! I switched the bow for a 3D paper bow, I also added a scalloped edge to the back for just a little softness, I wanted a lot of dimension and femininity... partly because the new Mommy was finally graced with the little girl she has always wanted, so sweet & girly was my goal! 

Shake and Shimmer folks, shake and shimmer! I love the way this card turned out, a pretty little stamped tag, a great shaker by Lori Whitlock, the perfect sentiment sticker by SRM, and a mix of silver micro beads, and pink sequins! I may have a hard time parting with this one!

Happy Creating! Shantaie

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chill & Grill

 Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there. Happy day to you too, my crafty and creative friends. I have a cute themed card to share with you today, I've been planning to get Mr. Wonderful a metal rolling cooler for the deck for quite some time, Father's Day seemed the perfect occasion!
We love to grill so a BBQ themed Father's Day seemed prefect too!
It was fun to surprise David with his deck cooler {that was surprisingly easy to hide from him, he almost always finds out about his gift before he should!} and other misc chill and grill gifts like a giant flipper and a trio of gourmet rubs. The guys made him a handmade card too, it was legal paper with a funny sentiment written with a sharpie...
I spent hours on a card, they spent 3 minutes, but he loved them both equally! LOL

All the cuts were made with the Silhouette, and the papers are all from Echo park.I had a lot of fun with this card despite taking "for-near-ever"!
 Being in my secondary craft space, I have very few things to work with here in New York as compared to my craft studio back at home, so it takes longer to design and I always wish I had a tool or embellishment that I don't have on hand! *this is my mini pity party* moving on! ;)

The Inside of the card was originally going to be the outside of the card, and as I started working I decided the grill would make a better "cover" than the cooler would, But I still loved it so much I used it inside instead of pitching it. We don't often use large cuts on the inside of cards, but it is fun sometimes! I like to do crazy things like that!

Hoping you are having a wonderful day, I plan to enjoy a BBQ, make a card or two and park myself in front of the TV to watch Game of Thrones with a bowl of popcorn and and good friends!
happy eating!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Trophy for Dad

If you were a Cricut circle member you may recall this trophy card that I created for the Circle blog, I love designing some of the templates that as card makers we usually have to cut and score by hand with the Cricut. It is so easy to have the details all cut and ready to assemble and embellish. The opening is large enough to slide closed even with foam tape to add dimension to the card!

I added a sentiment from SRM stickers, and dimensional stars to add a bit of detail when the card is closed. With tomorrow being Father's Day you still have a little time to still get a card or two finished by breakfast! ;) good luck to all of my fellow procraftinators!
If you would like the Cricut craftroom cut file for this card let me know in the comment section below.

Happy crafting!  Shantaie

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fathers Day Round up

This is a card I made for Cricut Circle magazine "back in the day" As you can see I have always had a serious love for texture! This card has all the details necessary for a dude!

  • Distressing check
  • Stitching  check
  • Embossing check
  • Sanding check
  • .....okay it is missing metal but gray buttons are "close"   metal embellishments would have been the topper on the truck so to speak! *wink*

I thought it would be fun to gather up some of my all time favorite Father's day cards, projects and ideas. Over the years I have created quite a few for my personal use and a ton for various design teams and publications. Making masculine "stuff" is fun for me, but..

I know that lots of girly girl crafters have a hard time making the manly projects, so maybe one of these will help so feel free to CASE any of them!

  1. K-cup container cut with the Cricut
  2. For the poker players
  3. For the down To Earth types
  4. Ombre' Chevron { my favorite}
  5. Texture, acetate, and paisley!
  6. A little vintage
  7. For the Hero
  8. Super Truck
  9. For the coffee or tea drinker
Stop back tomorrow for another fun Father's Day card idea tomorrow and,
  on Sunday I will reveal my 2014 Father's Day theme and gift idea! 

Happy creating Shantaie

Monday, June 9, 2014

Stir, Mix, Blend

Have you seen the scrumptious blue Kitchen Aid mixer? It is so pretty, and it is way up on top of my wish list! ooooohhhhh or maybe the pistachio?  What color would you pick? 

I love to bake, and with our kitchen revamp almost complete, I'm dreaming of a mixer update too. The one I'm using now is from the 60's and was my Mother-in-laws, it works okay but can't do the job a kitchenAid can. Since a new mixer is not in my budget today, I decided to make my own {paper} version! I may keep it on my kitchen counter for a few days just so I can look at it! ;) This too cute mixer cut is by Lori Whitlock  & is available at the Silouette store.
I cut out the mixer shaped card with the Silhouette and glittered it with my favorite coarse clear glitter.

I stamped this darling bitty cupcake from Stampin'Up!s Another great year stamp set with tuxedo black ink and colored it with Faber Castell watercolor pencils and an aquapainter.

 I then coated the cupcake with glossy accents and sprinkled microbeads on the frosting! 

All the greetings are from SRM stickers and are the perfect ingredients for a mixer card! I feel the need to whip up a batch of cupcakes and gift them just because! Lets be honest I'm not going to bake tonight, but I am going to enjoy my little paper crafted mixer!

Okay give me your votes, what color mixer do you want, own or dream of????

* update* guess what? this card was added a s one of the Splitcoast stampers favorite of the week! I'm honored and super excited!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Shut The Front Door!

I have been painting and painting, and painting for days, the kitchen is almost done! A victory I may never forget! But this is not the kitchen is it? I decided to paint the front door in between coats of seemingly never ending cabinet doors. The door had been damaged in a storm more years ago that I care to admit....we are not lazy I swear, time however is in short supply while we are here! We sanded it down and on goes two coats of glossy black gel paint.

Gel paint is amazingly smooth and glossy......
 It's also a big gelatinous glob in the can!

I actually returned it to the hardware store after I opened it telling the salesgirl that it had dried up or something terrible had happened and I wanted a new can. Imagine my shock when she opened the can and said "that's the way it's supposed to look" what?? So I trusted her and brought it home and bravely pushed my brush into the goo, and oh how smoothly that globish gook covered the door! I really love this paint! The only downside was cleanup requires mineral spirits, but a minor paint in the butt all things considered!

After a day or two of drying time I decided our newly transformed door needed a little boost! We have long called our little place sugar hill because it's the home base for Fowler's Taffy, our family run handmade candy business. So I cut out Sugar Hill at 5" with My Silhouette and some SRM Vinyl. It looks so so good walking up to the entrance of the house! So much better than the damaged paint and tarnished doorknob we lived with for many years!

 I'm training myself to take a look around and really see things with fresh eyes, paint can totally refresh and renew a room, a door, a lamp..... whatever! Add a fun font with vinyl and wow what a transformation!

Do you like to paint?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sugar Lobster

I'm in the process of repainting my kitchen cabinets, walls, and clearing out years of clutter in our summer cottage. It has been an enormous job, and I can't wait to show you all the glorious before and after shots...

but for now how about a tiny sneak peek into the kitchen via one of our favorite summertime traditions?

Lobster cookies are a sure sign that summer has started for our family, the cookie cutter was a gift sent to me after a funny summer adventure that all started with a gaudily embellished lobster purse that was waaaaay overpriced. We giggled for days as we spotted lobsters everywhere,on pillows, candle holders, and even shoes! Soon after the running gag was to buy lobster themed gifts, a tradition I have become quite fond of.  In fact we have grown to completely adore lobsters {on or off our plates} 

when we were invited to a big lobster boil it was a given that I would bake up a batch of sugar lobsters.

Despite the less than perfectly functional state of the kitchen, we managed to decorate a tray of cookies just in time to be fashionably late to the shindig, where we all ate too much, drank even more, and laughed ourselves silly. A sweet reminder that even when life is crazy busy, totally unorganized, and you have paint in your hair, that simple things like traditions and adorable googly eyed cookies can still right the world somehow.

I love to bake cookies,and really how can you not love a face like that?

My favorite sugar cookie recipe 
My favorite royal icing { I add lemon extract for flavor}
I use squeeze bottles to outline and fill the cookies, its quicker, easier and a lot less messy!

Stop back in for my Kitchen reveal! I'm so excited to share it with everyone!
make something sweet today
XOXO~ Shanatie