Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nutcracker Slider tutorial

During Stampcation I hopped on stage and presented 6 different projects, one of them was this super funny nutcracker with a slide open mouth, I had every intention of showing the step by step process and had spent hours perfecting the slider to make sure in functioned flawlessly on the big screen.....however
"I" did not perform flawlessly and  {ahem...} got a little flustered over a lost piece and couldn't make the project.  sigh.

It seems only right to finally show that step by step process! I'm sharing it with all of you and with all those who attended Stampcation! Here goes....



Start with a few supplies: You will need The Santa Stache stamp set, the mustache framelit die, black ink, coaster board, the scallop punch, markers, twine, hole punch,scissors, dimensionals, silver paper, and a scrap of red, and vanilla cardstock.  {All supplies Stampin'Up!} To order click here.

1. Stamp 2 Nutcrackers onto coaster board and one on silver cardstock, trim. cutting the collar off of one of the stamped nutcrackers.

2. Adhere 3 scallops to the top and bottom of a 1" X 1.5" piece of cherry cobbler cardstock.

 3. Turn over and trim any excess hangover from your scallops { these are the "teeth" so you are being a dentist elf right now} ;)

4. adhere collar to a 2 X 2.75" piece of vanilla cardstock adhere the "mouth" just above it.

5. trim along edge of mouth and collar but leave at least 1/4" T at the top to create a stopper for the slider.  

6.Run a length of tape across the T and fold over just to the top of the "teeth"

It should look like this. I trimmed the sides of the stopper to the widest part of the nutcracker, {as pictured they are just a smidgen too wide.}

7. Color your nutcracker as desired, I used cherry cobbler,pool party, and wild wasabi. You only need to color the Nutcracker that has his collar trimmed, but you can certainly color them both if you like. Coaster board is sooo easy to color and shading is a dream!

8. {I decided to add a little bit of gray to tie in my silver mustache} gather your slider layers the slider mouth will be sandwiched between the two nutcrackers.

9. lay the slider on top of the full uncolored nutcracker and place dimensionals along the side of the slider just at the mustache. Get as close as you can without impeding movement, add another along the length of mustache. Add a small bit of tape at the very top.

10. Now layer the colored Nutcracker on top and secure into place. check that it slides smoothly. Now you are ready to embellish! Add a stamped greeting, a bow tie for your slider pull, and sparkles if you like! 

He is ready to adorn a package, a card, or a tag! Enjoy!!!!
XOXO Shantaie

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I am still singing the songs!

This past weekend was the big one! Stampcation 2014 was a solid gold hit! Linda Heller {Stampcation co founder} and I have been planning, working, gluing, cutting and glittering for weeks to finalize all the details for our big stamping weekend retreat. 

We took a few years off from the annual event {that packs the house} and by all accounts it was our best event yet! To start we chose the Beatles as our theme...I know what your thinking "another 60's themed party big whoop" but we totally restyled the idea by choosing some of our favorite songs and translating them into vignettes containing paper crafts and art pieces that tell the story of the song that you can see with your eyes! It was a fun journey putting it all together, and even more fun visiting and stamping with 100 passionate paper crafters!

This was our "Rock stage" where live demos took place all weekend.....I have to say no matter how many times you talk to a group speaking into a microphone is just a little intoxicating and nerve racking all wrapped into one! I enjoyed every minute of it, and the talented ladies that went on stage to share with us were all stars!

We had several displays that I will show you over the next few days as well as close ups { and even a tutorial or two} of all the projects I made, but lets start with the song "all you need is love"  This was such a fun display area to work on!
The photos don't quite capture the amount of sparkle this display area had, but there is no shortage of love!

A heart tree, where love grows and of course cupids arrows! Do you recall my theme from last Valentines day?

My dear friend Robert made this love letter exploding mailbox. The idea is that the mailbox was so full of post that when it was opened tons of love letters came swirling out! He really brought a vague idea and breathed life into it, it was such an impressive art piece that we never could have achieved without his vision!

My friend Cyndra says that I can make  "something out of nothing" and sometimes that is true!  Perfect example.....this yard sale frame fitted with thick foam core and embellished with glimmer paper words cut on the Silhouette and a few random letters. I {for the lack of a better word" LOVE this frame, and plan to hang it in my home!

Please check back in in the days ahead for tons...and I mean tons of photos, snapshots, and projects from Stampcation, oh and I have some blog candy coming your way too!!!!

XOXO~ Shantaie

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sparkling Holiday Sundae

I will start by saying that I do NOT have a problem with sparkles..I can quit anytime I want, I just don't want to! While a new study suggests that despite all the folklore,magpies are actually not attracted to shiny things.  I however can make up for this disappointing fact because this human girl is smitten with shine! I have yet to give in to any birdlike urges and steal shimmery objects but I DO let my primal need to glitter run utterly wild! {not a problem}  :)

  I have been on a pink holiday kick for a few days, I'm not sure why but I just don't love red and green for Christmas. I loved the idea of this glass digital stamp  from Crafty secrets being turned into a pink and frothy sundae! I have a big pink glass collection, and I love this idea so much that I just may have to serve sundaes in them during our gingerbread house decorating party!

 You will have so much fun trying this foam technique- take white puffy paint { the kind you find in the t-shirt making area of the craft store} and swirl it all around the area you want to fluff up, then sprinkle glitter into the wet paint. Now blast with your heat tool and watch the magic! its frothy, sparkly, and gorgeous!
 Check out the entire kitchen classics digital stamp set and papers from Crafty secrets, they are stinkin' adorable!

XOXO~ Shantaie

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thanksgiving tee pee treat box!

I'm up on the SRM blog today and my assignment was to make something for the Thanksgiving table!

I have imagined a tee pee treat container since the very first time I laid eyes on the clear triangle box and Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion for such a project. A beautiful place setting or a sweet  appetizer placed at each table setting to greet your guests. Holidays offer such wonderful opportunities to create the special touches that your family and friends will remember long after the plates are cleared and the turkey leftovers are gone.


For the Full details head over to the SRM blog and while you are there be sure to browse all the other fantastic fall goodies the team has whipped up for you!

 Happy fall y'all! Shantaie

Thursday, October 9, 2014

SRM Doily Jack-O-Lantern

I have a fun Halloween project being featured on the SRM stickers blog today showing how to make this super cute treat container using doilies. Be sure to pop on over to SRM to see the full how to tutorial.

Happy Trick -Or- Treat time y'all! Shantaie

Monday, October 6, 2014

Thanksgiving Pie To Go A crafty secrets linky party

This months Crafty secrets Linky party challenge is Thanksgiving or Cooking and recipes. Fun right? I don't know about you but when I think of Thanksgiving my mind automatically drifts to pumpkin pie! 
 Like most families we eat too much turkey and mashed potatoes and always have to wait a while before we can tackle the desserts.  So a to go box all dressed up is going to be the perfect way to send my guests off with a slice of their favorite part of dinner! yummmmmmmo!

I started by printing and cutting a Crafty secrets Thanksgiving  acorn and leaves image with the Silhouette.

I printed the acorns in brown and colored them with copic markers. I built the color up until it had the depth and darkness I wanted. 

I cut this cute pie shaped box with the Silhouette from kraft paper, and printed out one of my favorite Thanksgiving collection patterns for the box sides. I also printed a sweet sentiment and made a banner to adorn the box top.

I printed the leaves in orange and cut them about 1/4" along the edges. 

Trace the digital stamp design with a viva pearl pen in copper. allow to dry completely.

The pearl pen dries soft and flexible, but shimmery and gorgeous too!!

I added crtstal effects to the tops of the acorns and sprinkled them with clear coarse glitter. To embellish the pie box I added lace, ribbon, and scalloped borders along the back to resemble crust. 
  I hope you will play along for a chance to win some Crafty secrets goodies, the guidelines are simple.Click here to learn how to join the linky party.

Be sure to visit the Crafty secrets design team to get all filled up on inspiration, they have made some fantastic fall projects a veritable feast for the eyes! 

happy Cooking~ Shantaie