Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Frighteningly Cute

My summer went by too quickly and I was admittedly reluctant to embrace fall, no amount of pumpkin spice was going to sway me-{yeah right} like a bag of chips once you break that seal you just can't stop yourself from indulging! I drank the {pumpkin spice} kool-aid and now I am already counting down the days until Trick or Treat!
I scrubbed my front porch all sparkling clean, a pristine canvas to fill in with big pots of mums and a couple of Pumpkins, a new wreath for the front door and a bristly door mat with a stark black raven to greet all who enter.

I even marched out to the shed and drug all the containers of Halloween decor in to be sorted through, a real job in today's humid and rainy Florida weather but as I mentioned I "needed" to get the fall rolling! I did a little bit of spook-i-fying the house, and decided to dig out my Halloween stash. I got that familiar twitch that only crafting can cure ;)

I turned to Netflix for a bit of macabre inspiration and set to work, my creations are far more fun than frightening though! I often watch animated shows in the background when I make, I listen more than I watch really.

I decided to only do black, white, and orange decor this year and my cards definitely follow the theme too, I sadly need to shop for more papers and embellishments {I say with total sarcasm} woot!!!I may be a little happy about this, an excuse to buy paper is rare around here!

 I have no idea what collections to look for, do you have a favorite fall/ Halloween paper group this year? tell me all about it, help me spend my money!

papers My Minds eye, chipboard American Crafts, Stickers SRM,  cardstock Stampin' Up!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop for SRM

I'm a huge coffee lover and a crafty girl to the core, so being part of the coffee lovers blog hop is pretty good stuff in my world!!! 

I'm settled in with a venti cup of iced coffee right now sipping and clicking the links and oooohhhhing and ahhhhing at all of the offerings brewed up for this occasion!

Head on over to the SRM blog to get started and see all the amazing coffee inspired yummi-ness !!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Laugh a little every single Day mini calendar

Today I'm up on the SRM blog, I had the pleasure of making a mini calendar that could be reproduced fairly easily, but that looked  good enough to give as a gift. I think I have found a pretty good balance and my SRM mini calendar stickers and wafer thin die made it a snap to do!

For all of the details please hop on over to SRM and check out the entire post!

Happy creating!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Dip Dyed Linen bag

Hi, I'm up on the SRM blog today with a quick and totally delightful dip dyed treat bag! 

For all of the details and instructions on how to recreate this stylish and simple favor for yourself,please visit the SRM blog

Fill bag with treats or goodies and add a tag. Here I used the orange punched pieces and Halloween take 2 stickers by the dozen  tied on with cheerful and festive striped bakers twine 

Have fun making a few dip dyed linen bags for your next party! 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pumpkin Spice pancake gift set

I can't believe I haven't shared this project before now! I have given myself a daunting task, the clearing and cleaning up of 100's of photo files...not a feat for the weary I tell you! I have only just begun and already have found dozens of projects that I created for Cricut that although published have never been posted here! 

I will try to post them all in the weeks ahead, they may be projects from days gone by, but most of them are still cute enough to inspire! Like this one, a sweet fall gift set perfect for giving house guests, hostesses, and anyone with a fall birthday! 

Pumpkin spice is taking over the world already, no point in fighting it! why not yield to it's delicious powers and whip up a few of these to give! :)

Originally posted on The official Cricut blog (a long time ago) the overall idea is timeless, a patterned paper pumpkin on a gift bag/box filled with pancake mix and a pretty tag secured to real maple syrup (infused with pumpkin spice of course)

There you have it, dimensional, patterned, fall and sweet as can be!

 Now Its time for me to get back to all of those files! As a craft blogger I have thousands and thousands of project photos that I need to sort through, some bring back great memories and some I had totally forgotten about!

 Do you ever do that? Look back through pictures and exclaim "oh I forgot about that one! " yep I'll be doing that all day! ;)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Noted-Happy Birthday

Hey hey hey I'm up at the SRM blog today with a canvas tag card and a kraft bag gift set. 
For all of the details hop on over, but be sure to check out all the project photos below before you go. have a great day and let me know what you think!!

I would love to get a Birthday card like this wouldn't you!????

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Pig-Nic party on the porch

Each summer we have a party we call the pig-nic it usually stars pulled pork and bacon and all manor of maple infused deliciousness. This is a time for us to relax, rewind, and recharge before we head off to a long stretch of work. 
with Labor day weekend in full swing I thought I would share some of our festivities, who knows you might be inclined to use some of them for your next gathering!

 Favors are always a given at any party I put on, and this one hav two take home treats! These jars found at Hobby Lobby were filled with cookies and cream candies paired with piggy gummies. I made the tags using my Silhouette to print and cut my custom design {have I mentioned how much every crafty person needs one of these?}

The other take home was bottles of pink nail polish for the ladies "piggies" somehow I didn't manage to take any photos of my pretty pink collection {perhaps too many cocktails too soon!}???  :)

I ordered 6 little walking squeaking piggies from Amazon to have pig races { this was by far the most hilarious part of our event!} we lined them up and tied different color ribbons around their necks by way of identification, we held a yardstick in front of them and let them go... total silliness as each contender cheered on his mechanical champion! Prizes were issued like this glittered pig ornament.

we had pulled pork, gourmet hot dogs, a pickle bar, cole slaw, and chocolate bacon, and yes candied maple bacon too!

We had a maple cocktail complete with a mini waffle and a piece of bacon as a stir stick, and it was delicious!

We finished up with maple cupcakes topped with crisp bacon, we danced, we palyed corn hole, we told stories and pigged out! It is one of my favorite days of the year, I can't wait to do it all again next summer.

The food and fun are certainly wonderful, but more than this is sharing laughter, memories and quality time with friends and family, the cornerstone of my existence. Nothing matters as much as seeing someone I love smile... that and making them say" I'm a little piggy" LOL

Friday, September 4, 2015

Brewing up fun

I love creating, all types of  making-doing- and creating...the time to do so seems to slip away from me more and more. To paint, and fiddle with techniques to have the time to brew up some fun!!!
  I made this card for no special reason other than to enjoy the process, and get all geared up for the spooky season to come! I used the Crafty secrets Halloween scraps printables  to embellish the card along with a few leftover Silhouette cuts, and a scrumptiously bright orange tag!

I attempted a spooky dark flower by way of dying a white ribbon gray and adding black glitter...but its less spooky and more "grungy" than I planned! LOL

And I added a wispy bit of paint to my embossed layer with a paintbrush and a light hand, I must say it was very relaxing and quite fun!

Even if you are short on time, try to find time for yourself and to brew up your own kind of fun!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Floral ribbon for you

Hey Hey I'm up on the SRM blog today highlighting the gorgeous vintage floral ribbon and the Jane's Doodles Tea Time stamp set.

For all of the coloring and card details hop on over to SRM to read the entire post! {and maybe take a little tour around a few other projects!}

Have a great day, make something pretty! XOXO ~Shantaie