Friday, March 27, 2015

Tags all abloom

Today was a typical spring day in Florida, we had sunny, humidity, rain, thunder, and a beautiful pink and purple sunset! The weather is nothing but spectacularly ever changing here! 

I wish we had cool predictable sunny days like other parts of the country...oh wait it is snowing everywhere else..... in that case I will create my own spring things with pretty papers and ribbons!

First up in my tag duo is a sweet squat tag that is meant to "feather my nest" of on hand birthday gift supplies. I tend to be ever in need of either a tag or a gift box! I try to make a few ahead but well you know how that goes!

A glittered SRM sentiment sticker and a stitching border balance out the heavy fabric bow and row of felty soft pom poms, I hope pom poms never ever go back out of style I do love them so! The image tucked behind it all is a sweet Crafty secrets floral scene that can be pulled out and used as a note!

This second tag is another crafty secrets flower all dolled up with a swipe of paint and glass glitter edges. I added a fringed border and a border sticker to the ribbon, that is my favorite thing about SRM stickers, they are so versatile! I can promise you that I will be forever in love with these stickers!

I will forever be in love with spring too, if only mother nature was as easy to put together as a tag is! Oh well where would the fun be in that?

make some pretties , enjoy your spring! XOXO~ Shantaie

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Easter Up and Away

As Easter grows closer it seems I have getting away on my mind more and more. Life changes when there are no eggs to hide or to hunt and our annual Easter party is no longer being put on. I know for the world Easter hasn't changed, We have. we are all adults in this house and free to have new springtime adventures.... free to make memories of a less plastic egg variety! It is slightly bittersweet, and frankly slightly more sweet than bitter ;)

With barely more than a week to go, we still have no solid plans only to exchange baskets and take a tiny holiday! I do love the idea of winging it. {I know some would be nervous Nellies at such an unorganized plan} but so much of my life is ruled by the alarm clock, the calendar, and work that "loosey  goosey" playtime sounds like a blast! I will of course share the outcome!

This sweet vintage image of a bunny from the bunny hop stamp set floating away in a hot air balloon from Crafty Secrets is the prefect card to capture our Easter land where we are blown! How exciting! 

The image was printed onto smooth white cardstock and colored with copics. I added a row of tiny pearls and bitty paper flowers. I say I also get major bonus points for using shades of know what a hard time I have with purple! *giggle*

So for Easter we will be up and away, what are your Easter plans?

xoxo~ Shantaie

Friday, March 20, 2015

SRM and 17 Turtles layout

 Hi friends! Guess what? I'm up on the SRM blog today showcasing a digital cut file from our product partner 17 Turtles { fun right? } I chose the Everyday Polaroids 3 to use on my scrapbook layout, all decked out with SRM stickers and lots & lots of embellies!

The cut files are super easy to use and I am shaking my pom poms for the owner of 17 Turtles Juliana! We have know each other for a few years and got the chance to hang out at CHA when we were both on The Cricut design team....good times! She is so sweet and genuine, I just adore her! Her shop is full of super usable cut files and pair quite nicely with cards, layouts or crafty projects of all types!

I forced myself to leave a space for journaling, but to be honest Journaling strikes fear into my heart like no other....I am always so self conscious about...
well all the things people are leery of I suppose!

"I don't like my handwriting", "I'm nervous that I will ruin my layout", and most of all "I am not brave about telling the story that is in my heart!"
 Exposing true feelings is not for cowards, I admire those who do, poets, songwriters and scrapbookers. brave souls all!  :)

I did open up a little and "lay it all out" no pun intended. I let the page title steer me in the right direction, the sentiments from SRM sickers were instrumental in not only the overall design, but the guiding force for my journaling!

To see all the details please visit the SRM blog and be sure to take a little stroll around while you are there to see all the posts featuring 17 turtles and to view some of the newest SRM products that have been added! Oh the goodies!!!!

Happy creating~ XOXO Shantaie

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Smile for the camera

Hi!!! I have been missing out on posting these past weeks with my "real job" taking over my life! Ahhh isn't that the way? Time is either plentiful or nonexistent in my world...I bet yours is that way too.

While I was on a craft binge a little while back I made as much as I could knowing that time would soon be all too limited. buzzing around in a coffee fueled frenzy of paper, glue and ribbons I fell into "embellishment overdose" don't worry {its a good thing } I made a ton {read five or 6 projects} crafty types embellish stories too. You know how it is.

I super love this card, I hope you do too! Its all happy and sweet, and I need all the happy and sweet I can get right now!

A little stitching, and chipboard and my favorite SRM sticker sentiments are all combined with die cut stamps, tags, and washi tapes. I cut out a page of leaves months ago and I'm still using them on everything, I'm like a five year old with a book of stickers, its hard not to put them on everything!

I have no regular posting schedule in the near future but I will be posting a layout on the 20th so please stop back in {insert shameless on my knees begging here} I'm just so excited to share it with you that I can't stand it!!!  :)

tell me what you overdose on while crafting in the comments below. Like what do you want to pour out and roll around in {besides Robert Downey Jr} glitter? ribbon? vinyl? do tell!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Artchain day 2 a few of my favorite layouts

Its day two for me to participate in the artchain artshare project. Today I decided to share a few of my favorite layouts.

You all know I'm not a big time scrapbooker, but I do really enjoy the larger area to work with, it opens up so many possibilities! 

I nominated Ginny as my next artist, I hope she will enjoy sharing her beautiful work with the world! :)

wanna see a few closeups of these pages? sure why not?

My youngest beautiful daughter! She is gorgeous and sweet and sarcastic, and I just love her!
This page was designed for Cricut magazine and is my all time favorite!

Layers, and borders and maps, and well...I have a special love for this layout partly because it was featured on the Cricut magazine Facebook page and website! 

ruffled, crepe, glittered roses, and lace. enough said! :)

This is a perfect example of my silly family, I love this layout because It reminds me of such a fun day!

This is the brightest most cheerful page I have ever made! I love those sunglasses and flowers together!

My sweet niece Sophia what a funnyface girl! Lots of butterflies were added to this page created for Cricut magazine last year!

Thanks for letting me share!!!  Stop back by for more shares!

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party Going green! Plus a full tutorial

Can you just feel the spring sun and hear birds chirping when you see these adorable little houses?
This month the theme for the Crafty Secrets linky party is "going green" you could make anything spring, Easter, or garden related, OR use recycled items to be a green crafty girl! I chose to revamp a few toilet paper rolls!

Want to see how I made them? Below I have a step by step tutorial so you can make your own!

1. Gather a few paper tubes I decided 3 in a row would be cute! Paint them with craft paint and a sponge brush. Allow to dry completely.

I'm a messy painter, all part of the fun times! 

I printed 3 sheets of computer paper on both sides choosing from the Crafty secrets 99 cent double sided digital papers. I used pink rosebuds, letter press and red teal floral I trimmed them to 6'X6"

 Fold the paper into a half triangle trimming the excess strip and set it aside to create your chimney later!

Now fold half of that triangle to the center, using your point as your folding guide. Now Fold the opposite side into the center.

you should have a hot mess that looks like this, don't worry I promise this works! :)

Now you fold up half of the triangle again towards the top (the point being the top) as pictured.

This is the result, I like all the folds showing, and they fit perfectly onto this size tube!

Now add your embellishments! I made a fringe of crepe paper, added pom poms, glitters, buttons, and hand drew my doors and windows with a sharpie onto the scraps of paper. I folded my strips and tucked them into the roof with a spot of hot glue.

I recommend hot glue for most of the roof embellishments if you want to display these little cottages, you can also add a bottom to them and give them as Easter treats!

I printed a few sentiments from the Spring Bunnies Crafty secrets digital stamp set, and trimmed them and of course coated them with clear coarse glitter! The roof of each house is also sprinkled with a bit of glitter for shimmer and springtime fun!

I hot glued a bit of moss along the bottom and spritzed the moss with spray glue and immediately sprinkled glitter on the moss, this was messy but the effect is pure magic! And Mr. bunny  (also from the spring bunnies stamp set) has a sparkly home in addition to a fluffy tail!

Now it's YOUR turn!  Simply create a NEW project featuring CRAFTY SECRETS products and link it up before midnight PT, Sunday, March 15th and you could be the winner of our wonderful prize package this month.  The team will be hopping by to take a look at your wonderful creations, and we just can't wait to see what you make.The prize winner will be announced here on Tuesday, March 18th...and don't be surprised if we share some of your creations on the crafty secrets Facebook Page or even on the blog!  

The whole team has the most amazing spring projects complete with tutorials!  go on now and take a look at them!!!

Our guest designer Karen
Our Team leader Kathy
Shantaie {that's me}

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Artchain Art share day one!

Last week I was asked to participate in the artchain art share, the idea is to promote and inspire by sharing the works of artists of all types on Facebook, I love the idea of art in every form getting a little extra exposure. I know some do not see papercrafts as art, but I do and feel that there are 100's of truly talented paper artists that deserve a bit of cyber applause!  

Its not too difficult, you post 3 or 4 of your favorite projects representing your personal style everyday for 5 days and each day you nominate an artist of your choice. I was nominated by Julee Tilman  who by the way is a mojo monday sketch designer { you may all know what a huge fan I am of Mojo Monday!} And the stamp designer of Verve stamps! She is very talented and I'm honored to have been nominated by her! 

I decided to post a few of my favorite 3D projects...I'm not sure these are my all time favorite, but they DO represent my style over the years! All of these are projects form the past some as far back as 2011! 

A fun giftbox cut with the Cricut and features embossed flowers.

This frame is one of my favorites and hangs in my house still! It was published in Cricut magazine, and I LOVE it!!! 

I created this oven box and it was published in Cricut magazine, many other oven boxes have been designed and many people have made them since then, and they are so fun to see all over the creative world!

3D cake slice... a perfect gift box and I love the colors!

I have Nominated Kimberly Van Diepen to play along, I can't wait to see what she shares!!!