Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Merry Christmas To You

Good Tuesday Morning! 
The temperatures here in Florida have finally fallen below 80 degrees even if only for a day or two, but it sure has lifted my spirits to feel a cool crisp air and be able to wear a soft long sleeve shirt and BOOTS!  I can't help but think about the Christmas countdown as the biggest shopping weekend of the year is almost here!

I locked myself in my studio and pulled the markers off the shelf to color these elegant pine cones from the Crafty Secrets digital Vintage Christmas set. I love that I can import the digital images into my Silhouette and print and cut it at any size I want. I also centered the sentiment in a pretty label and cut it out as easy as pie! 

The pine cones are dusted with with a bit of glitter and the pine branches were cut with the Silhouette too. I spritzed the label with a bit of shimmer mist in gold and taffy pink. 

I love this peppermint-y pink and red striped paper by My Minds Eye, its so festive! It's one of those papers I will use every scrap of! 

Have a wonderful day, I am working all weekend so do some shopping for me too will ya'!? 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Burlap and Lace Christmas Stocking

Burlap, lace and glitter! Could I love anything more? This burlap stocking was embellished with layers of lace, new and vintage, the lace ribbon from SRM is so delicious that I have used my entire stash already! and need to order more! 

For all the Lacey vintage details of this stocking please visit the SRM blog and read the entire post! Have a creative day! Shantaie

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Painted Colors Of Fall

This is my favorite card in a while, ( I know a new one will soon be my favorite) but at this very minute.....it has all the elements of style that I love the most! Sparkle, a big cluster of embellishments, texture, softness, and the unexpected. 

A soft pop of pink paint, pairs beautifully with orange, creamsicle, and coral. I added a layer of reverse embossed splatter along with the hand painted stripes, this bit of sparkle is subtle but makes me so happy!

It is still hot here, record breaking temperatures, warm muggy nights that feel all wrong as the get darker sooner, but it is November and all the joys of the season are cherished even with boot wearing time being delayed! :) Pumpkin spice lattes, preparations for family dinner,  and autumn scented candles. Yeah all that good stuff!  

Visit SRM  for calendar stickers and bakers twine

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Advent calendar revisited!

Recently I discovered that an advent calendar I created a while back for Cricut has been featured in an article called best handmade advent calendars, and I thought I would share it again here! The calendar has been pinned over 2k times but sadly {for me} it's not linked to me and no one seems to know I'm the creator of the project. 
 Don't get me wrong, I'm just so excited that it is loved,that it is still being circulated and relevant and hope it has inspired others to make one .....or just to make!! That is the reason I create, and share!

I used the Cricut to make the pockets that were added to a frame, and all the papers and many of the embellishments are from one of my all time favorite Teresa Collins collections.

I originally created the calendar as a journaling calendar for my daughter, to write down the memories and feelings of the day, insert photos, ticket stubs, and add to it for the following years to come.

I still have the calendar and put it up in my craft room, it was a lot of work and I spent a few days making it, but it is beautiful, and the colors, textures, and thoughts bring me so much happiness!

I'm actually pretty shocked that with all the amazing art pieces out there that mine is included in such good company, but also thrilled that it is still being shared!

This is one of those projects that I made just for me, It was an assignment, and yes I was designing for a company, but I was free to make anything I wanted, and I fashioned it with true love for my daughter, and in my true style of modern meets vintage and simple yet more is more, I have spent so much time trying to develop my personal style and yet here it is staring me in the face! In that regard this discovery is a gift that will make my holidays sparkle all season long!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Lacy Little Bits for SRM press

It's no secret that I love all things lace, glitter, or just vintage style, but these items combined leave me swooning like a kid in a candy shop! I'm up on the SRM blog today with a trio of Holiday cards and a shaker gift box for them all to go into! Yes a shaker gift box!!! I Know! :)

I picked up this precious snowflake sequin mix from Stampin'Up! last year and I'm almost afraid to check and see if it's still in stock because I'm almost out and I NEED more! :)

  If you might want to get your hands on this gorgeous lace or my must have essential SRM clear stickers or for all of the deatils and a supply list visit the SRM blog, 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Celebrate Autumn

Some days I need a boost of inspiration, I need to work on something that is all consuming and in depth so that it pushes away the rest of the world. Designing , painting, cutting, and experimenting with new things is my version of checking out of the day to day stresses and checking into my real self... okay thats getting a little deep for early morning card conversations huh?! :)

 I am often inspired and awed by the art of others and in this case I was planning to attempt a version of this layout by Wilna but transformed into a card. Can I gush a little? I love her blog, it is filled with the most beautiful art! She is so sweet! I want to be clear that yes I 100% followed her video instruction and idea and used it in my own way to make a card,
like I said I was looking for a way to be absorbed in the process of making, it was uplifting, and tuned me into my own creative process.

Life gets so muddled, we all have too many obligations, and I wear so many hats as a business owner, employer, Mom, wife, friend, accountant....on and on, you know how it is.

I feel pressure sometimes to quit making, to give up my design team work and focus on my real job, but along comes a scrapbook page video and I remember that no matter what I do or who I am ....one thing is my true north.....I was meant to create. I need to be creative and nothing will ever make me as happy, as whole or as fulfilled, I need art, music, and beauty as much as I need air and water, I will wither and die without it.

I know some of you out there feel the same way, and I know that being a real grown up sometimes means that you must do the dishes and finish the taxes,or work a full time job that pays the bills but doesn't feed your inner artist. please remember to check into your real self from time to time, flourish, smile, create.... even if its a just a plate of pretty cookies, { I Like cookies}

I love who I am so much more when I'm being who I am, and I'm so much better at everything else I have to do, when my heart is full. No I will not stop creating, I will challenge myself to learn more, to do more, and tap into that vein of artistic talent that I quiet far too often. I'm stronger with all the components of my being nurtured.

We might be talking about markers, paint, and stickers, but these tools allow me to be creative in a world where time is precious, so I value them like treasures! :)

Thank you to all of you who share your art to inspire and add beauty to the world, to artists who bare their souls through paper, song, humor, and stage.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Count Your Blessings

Today I transformed the house into what David calls "a pumpkin patch" better described as fall decor. It took more hours than I care to admit to put all the Halloween decorations away, and part of that was hot dirty work rearranging the and cleaning the shed- oh how I wished for cooler temperatures and fall breezes! That brings me to my dreamy fall inspired card!

A few sponge inked leaves in pure white shades and that wrapping of scrumptious SRM lace ribbon overlaying patterned paper and corrugated kraft makes the heart swell for crisp fall air and mugs of spiced cider!

I will have to wait several more weeks for anything resembling fall here in the Sunshine state, but that will not stop me from enjoying boot season, pumpkin spice lattes and dreaming of streets lined with the majesty of leaves falling from trees!
XOXO~ Shantaie

Monday, November 2, 2015

November Crafty secrets linky party and a tassel tutorial

If you have hopped here from Diane's Hi and welcome to the November edition of the Crafty secrets Linky party. This month our challenge was to make anything but a card with the prompt  "visions of sugarplums" isn't that just the sweetest saying? 
 When I was little I thought sugarplums were the sugar covered gumdrop candies, (that I didn't like) and wondered why anyone would have such sticky visions! Fast forward to the age of the "google" and I looked it up to learn that sugarplums were a candy that was quite complex to create and therefore a luxury item. Now that I can understand! 
Dreaming of treasures rare and sweet, what conjures up the idea of Christmas wishes more than that? 

For the challenge I embellished a decadent scented candle, with velvet ribbon, a handmade tassel and of course jingly bells! A classic Santa image serves as a tag and was cut from the  Crafty secrets seasonal vintage image book . I inked the edge in blue and attached it to the bow. The ticket was cut from a tags page found on the Vintage Christmas CD filled with tons of Christmas images to print! Now let me show you how I made that tassel!


Embellish and enjoy!
Now its your turn to play along! for all of the details and to get started on the hop visit the Crafty secrets blog