Friday, August 29, 2014

Laced layers

I am drawn to soft feminine colors, curves, and textures. I gravitate to vintage masculine lines just as well, but the magnetic pull of lace and sparkle is undeniable and warmly welcomed by the side of me that loves all things girly.
  I have a layered {upon layered} soft layout featuring gorgeous papers and images from Crafty Secrets  I allowed the scraps to just overlap and fall where they may, stitching randomly as I went along.

I have a {pretty significant} stash of leftover Cricut or Silhouette cuts that I hold onto to use here and there but seem to always forget about them. This layout IS if nothing else, a "scrapstash wonderland" so I was thrown into the glory of using all sorts of small bits and leftovers to fill in the spaces of this laced layer page! {yes it was fun}

 I cut this adorable bird with my Silhouette but the word "little" was not cut as crisp as I liked, so I trimmed a new one from the baby boy homespun cotton scraps by crafty secrets cover it and add a new dimension to my page. I finished up my layout with a few sparse sequins to add shimmer without glitter. I wanted my photo of the magnolia blossom to reign as the major focal point, but still have a bit of glimmer too! {I love me some sparkles y'all }

 This was a new, carefree style of scrapbooking for me, and it combines a modern approach with vintage style, and I can promise you this is only the first! I plan to try this method again,  & dang it who knows....I may just fall in love with scrapbook pages all over again!

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Little Birdy (house) Birthday

Are you a fan of SRM clear tubes like I am? I have used them for party favors, gifts, and ornaments. There are so many ways to use them, and when a challenge is presented to use them in a new way I start dreaming up all kinds of things! I really wanted to build a birdhouse and I think it worked out pretty well! I filled the Tube with sunflower seeds and added a fun sticker sentiment from the we've got your sticker plus/birdie  

This birdhouse was cut using the Silhouette in shades that hold onto to summer and quietly beckons fall! To make this adorable bird I put the sticker on white cardstock and trimmed around it, I added a bitty party hat from a patterned paper and coated the bird with glossy accents and sprinkled it with clear glitter.  The banner was also cut from patterned paper and tied to the roof with bakers twine, then added a fancy Birthday sticker sentiment
 I hope the next time you need a little Birthday something you will give this a try!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bewitching Brew

Autumn is inching ever nearer even as we are reveling in long summer days filled with summertime joys. I'm not one to push the seasons before they are fully enjoyed, but I do like to look ahead! Maybe its all the magazine work I've done or the years in retail that instilled the "it will be here before you know it" in me!  Or maybe I just love getting a jump start on all the good stuff to come!  :)

Halloween, will sneak up on us so lets get started soon by making cute cards like this one using a crafty secrets vintage pumpkin image!  The booklet this image is from is full of sweet and spooky images and journaling tags! I used up bits and pieces of my scrap and lace stash, and made good use of my nestabilities die to frame the image.

A bit of stitching is always fun, and as a bonus Halloween cards lend themselves to throw perfection out the window and add a bit of distressed character when and wherever you can!
be sure to visit the crafty secrets store and stock up on Halloween papers, booklets, and stamps to whip up a brew of invitations, home decor projects or scrapbook pages! 

It's not too early, so happy creating my creative friends~ Shantaie

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ruffled crepe glassine treat bag

Hello crafty friends!  my craftroom is positively billowing in ruffled crepe paper today! Would you like to know how easy it is to make your own? You can add ruffles like the ones on my Halloween treat bag for mere pennies! I know you love making amazing things, especially when they are cost friendly! Lets get started, you will need a roll of crepe paper party streamer {even a leftover partial roll will do} a sewing machine or hand sewing needle and thread.

Start with your machine pressure foot down and the end of your paper up against the needle. Your stitch length should be at 3 or higher.  Begin stitching while holding your hand up against the the paper that is being fed through.

The paper will ruffle as you stitch, you can pull the threads for more ruffle or use as is. Keep in mind that different brands and thicknesses of paper will end in varying results. {that is a good thing if you ask me}

You can whip up yards of crepe ruffles in minutes, or just ruffle the amount you need. I tend to be the "make a ton -o-ruffles" girl myself! 


I added a strip of adhesive right above the embossed area of theChevron glassine bag to adhere the ruffle to. Peel away the backing and place the center of the ruffle along the adhesive.

Now you are ready to add as many or as few detailed embellishments as you prefer to your bag. 

I used a large scallop circle, a black and white label  and a Take 2 Halloween sticker to build a round focal point to the bag. 

I used another black and white label to create a flag highlighting a sentiment from stickers by the dozen Trick or treat it is tucked slightly behind the circle.And overlaps the edge a little.
 TIP; When I use stickers as banners or stand alone pieces I usually place them on cardstock first
I finished embellishing my bag with a sweet and spooky image from crafty secrets Halloween CD full of printable papers, stamps and images!

I have been making my own ruffled crepe for a long time, I hope you will find lots of uses and ways to use it in your crafty adventures!

Monday, August 11, 2014


Have you ever tried to do something just to have every piece of technology you encounter turn against you like the evil electronic spawn they are? No? come on it can't just be me!!!   

Here is my story, I tried printing images using my ipad and wireless printer, {they are not friendly} and after it FINALLY decided to print it printed on photo paper with no options to resize or choose the main paper I decided to try coloring the fun golf pants image  by crafty secrets with copics on my photo paper. 
Success! HUGE success, its glossy, didn't smear and the colors blend seamlessly! I never would have thought to try this if it weren't for the demonic devices printing mistake and my curiosity taking the wheel! 

I ended up trimming some of the image away to fit the 5.5" X 5.5" card center, but it looks crisp and fresh that way! I finished up with ribbon, and twine, and paper trimmings for a bight and cheerful yet still decidedly masculine look! I am loving working with digital stamps even if my craftroom gadgets are silently plotting to take over the world!    It saves space and valuable resources to use digital products, I love movies, books, music, and paper craft supplies all in digital form!
 what about you?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Faux embossed metal tutorial

I love trying out new ways to use my Cricut cuts, and this was so much fun to see the cardstock just transform! To start I cut the word lost with brown textured cardstock to use as part of my layout title.

To begin I mixed a small amount of pearl powder and liquid matte medium, mix thoroughly for an even color.

I like to use the empty paint cups they sell in the art section of Michael's they are usually attached like the kids painting kits and I just snip them apart for single use

Cover the cut with the paint mixture and allow to dry.

Now place painted and dry cut into and embossing folder lining up the the images you prefer to be embossed into your cut.And emboss

Now the fun part! use a sponge to add shades of silver, green, and rust inks for dimension.allow to dry.

apply a coat of clear embossing ink such as versamark and sprinkle with clear embossing powder, shake off excess and melt with a heat tool.

Tada! you now have a thick textured piece of paper that looks like metal the depth is amazing and shiny but still weathered and interesting!

Add your faux textured metal cut to you card or layout and enjoy !

Happy creating! Shantaie

Monday, August 4, 2014

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party and a tutorial on making colored fluff

Hello crafty friends, I get to share my first crafty secrets linky party and challenge project with you! {whoo hoo} So scroll down and check out this short tutorial to see how I made my own colored "fluff" for the grassy sections I highlighted on the vintage childhood school image from the childhood image and journal notes booklet. {it's pretty cool}

I like to add dimension to many of my projects by inking the edges, there is no real rocket science to this, just sponge the edges lightly with an ink that you love!

I like to use a really strong adhesive when assembling 3D objects, they are inherently fragile as they are made from paper, but if you use a super sticky bonding material it wont fall apart when the first crayon is pulled from the box.

I cut this 8 count crayon box with my Silhouette Cameo, but don't fret if you don't have a die cutting machine, there are several templates you could use out there too!

I hand trimmed the little school image, but since I almost always have rough edges I like to simply sand the edges nice and smooth so my ....ahem...lack of cutting skills isn't instantly obvious! {the very reason I have a die cutting machine} ;)

Now that I have my box assembled its time to embellish a little, I added glossy accents to the entire sky portion of the image and set it aside to dry, this was hard for me because I'm really impatient but leave it you must! while it's drying grab a paper plate some green cardstock and your microplaner.

Yes the kind you use in your kitchen {or your garage} to grate lemon peel or nutmeg! I rolled up a scrap piece of paper and "grated" the paper to create a paper "dust" or fluff that can be used as a soft fluffy embellishment in any color you want!

It took two minutes to make this fluff, and cost me ZERO! 

I drew a line with glossy accents where I wanted my grassy sections to be highlighted and sprinkled it on, tapped of the excess and TADA! 

I hope you found that little tip helpful, I was pretty excited that it works! I may need to buy an extra planer for the craftroom! What do you think? Are you going to try it?

Now it’s your turn!  Visit each of the design team blogs listed below.  Then create a NEW project of your choice featuring Crafty Secrets product and link it up to the blog ( no later than 11:59PT, Sunday, August 17thth. You do not need to follow this month’s theme to play along.  If you do not have any Crafty Secrets goodies, check the FREE DOWNLOADS located in the sidebar of the Crafty Secrets blog.  Be sure to link to the Crafty Secrets Blog in your post, and let us know what Crafty Secrets product you are using in your project. One lucky player will be randomly selected to win a $50 shopping spree in our online store.  Each player who participates will receive a $6 credit to the online store.  We’ll be popping by to leave you some lovely comments on your blog post, too. Thanks for playing along, and good luck!

Crafty Secrets Design Team
Kathy Clement, DT Leader
Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations
Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest
Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes
Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life
Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s
Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker
Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink
Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography,

 Happy creating! Shantaie