Monday, September 25, 2017

Double Thanks

My planner is filled with things to do today, and this might surprise you, but I'm thankful for that! I have my Amazon echo playing piano pieces in the background and sipping iced coffee while I power through my list. I'm thankful for life in Florida getting back to "normal-ish" anyways, and I have some people to thank for helping me get through the storm and its after effects, so a few thank you cards were in need.

I'm not the type of maker that waits for a reason to make a card, I love having them on hand all the time, and it dawned on me as I was making these that I could in fact use them right away!

I used a cuttlebug die to make the sentiment and layered it over a tag nestled on a SRM doily and a few die cut leaves.

A bow of bakers twine in that delightful shade of teal that is becoming so infused into fall decor that it feels like it always has been a fall color! I love that splash of blue that adds such a happiness to fall.

To the sentiments and the leaves I painted on a bit of shimmer with a wink of stella pen, so easy and so pretty! I actually love how that one pen can replace some other products and be a true multitasker! In my pursuit to minimize that is a win win!

Have a great day, and be thankful for whatever your planner has on it because that means you are being productive and moving forward with your life goals.....even if reading a good book is all you have planned!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Boo Means Trick Or Treat

Hiya! Thank you for visiting me, as Halloween gets closer by the day so does my level of excitement! Around here Halloween festivities rival any other occasion for the top spot, and it is easy to get swept up in all the fun. We decorate, go to haunted houses, and anticipate the stream of "trick or treaters" knocking on the door the way some wait for the release of the next star wars movie.

In short we love this time of year.

Each year I gather up little gifts to give my lovies and make them trick or treat for them, it is a silly tradition that even as adults my girls treasure. I wanted a cute little container to fill with some pretty lip color, or something equally sweet.

I cut these adorable candy containers with my silhouette Cameo and they were surprisingly easy to assemble, and cuter in person than you can imagine!

I added these chipboard ghosts and a little sentiment from SRM Halloween stickers by the dozen along with a few little sequins. To close the ends in a way that is easy to open I added a jute twine bow in black, super cute!!!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Blessings

Last week we were all glued to the weather channel watching each mile hurricane Irma traveled, while awaiting Florida's impact I distracted myself with a bit of creating. It was calming, and did serve to pull my attention away from the news for a short time.

I stamped the Pumpkin from Verve stamps bountiful harvest set onto white cardstock in versamark ink and embossed it in gold. I then and colored it in with copics and added a reverse embossing splatter.

I used my Silhouette cameo to create the frame and the fall sentiment also embossed with gold powder. A few sequins, and a little clear sticker from SRM thanksgiving express yourself sticker sheet.

I love how crisp yet warm and "pumpkin spice" this card feels, like a hug in an envelope!
Have a great day!! XOXO Shantaie

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Candy Corn and Trick or Treat

There are two kinds of people in this world, those who love candy corn and those who don't, even if you aren't part of the candy corn tribe can we all agree that it is one of the most adorable fall icons ever!? To distract me from all the hurricane Irma news, and the sound of wind, rain and branches blowing I have been spending some time with my Silhouette, and I'm testing out my new premium blade.

One sure way to test your blade is to cut glitter cardstock and so far it's still super sharp.
 Last season I fell in love with a candy corn die that lots of bloggers were using, I wanted to get my hands on that really "needed" was sold out and I didn't get one. This is why I love owning a die cutting machine for not only ease of use, but it saves space and money, I can cut almost I found a candy corn design and now I can tweak it to make shaker cards, vinyl,or anything!
This glittery card is so stinkin' cute it may even lure some of you over to the dark side and love candy corn too! ;)

silhouette cameo
Bakers twine
Sticker sentiment

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fall acorn pillow boxes

Over the years pillow boxes have been decorated, and altered into all types of animals, shapes, and even ornaments. I thought I would make acorns from my medium sized kraft SRM pillow boxes.

I started with a few leaves and an acorn top cut with my Silhouette Cameo, SRM planner stickers, and a leaf die from Richard Garay 

Trim the bottom of the pillow box into an acorn shape, I used a pencil to draw my shape and hand trimmed the boxes, then used a strong adhesive to close the bottom.

Stamp the word fall in versamark ink and emboss.

Close the top, and add the acorn top and embellish!

I inked the edges of the leaves, and used a wink of stella pen to add a bit of shimmer!

A pretty place setting, or gift card holder for someone who loves all things pumpkin spice season! :)
This was one of the most enjoyable little projects I've made in a while! 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Fish bowl box

I'm sharing a fun packaging post I did for SRM press a little bit ago, my summer schedule is always unpredictable and totally crazy.... so I'm a bit behind on my posting! 

So I love all things gifty, like obsessively love to give themed gifts and for a fun summer treat what could be more fun than sweedish fish in a fish bowl box?!!

All the details can be found here but here is the quick rundown, I used a window box and fitted a Silhouette cut over the window, super easy and adorable!

Sweet treats, cute little favor, or an elaborate invitation, these boxes are so much fun to make and give! XOXO Shantaie

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mint, Black, And Gold

I love this color combo, it's so casual and refined at the same time!
I made this favor bag for SRM and was featured on the blog last week, as usual I'm unfashionably late to the party! LOL

These patterned bags are everywhere, and why not?! They are gorgeous!!!

I paired some stars, a few sequins, and that irresistible mint jute twine, to finish this bag of goodies, time to party!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

How to make a personalized dog bandana

Hi! Today I'm showing off my sweet little Lilly and her brand new doggie bandana. This is really a quick and easy project for anyone who has a die cut machine and an iron!

I made this for SRM and it is featured on the blog today, a full list of supplies and instructions can be found here

I have two tips to always always insure a successful heat transfer vinyl project, and that is to cut your image in reverse {mirror} and to make sure to use a pressing cloth or a flour sack towel over your ironing. this prevents scorching, and saves your iron from being exposed to anything.

Lilly loves the camera.... and it loves her, but getting a puppy to sit still is a big job y'all! I must have 20 "action" shots LOL she is such a sweetie, and I swear she pranced around for an hour showing off her new neck gear!

To order SRM heat transfer vinyl check it out here

Lilly and I had fun working together on this project, and I hope you will have fun making them for all the pet lovers you know!!!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Adding shimmer to stamped images

Good morning my sweets! Have you ever wanted just a little extra shimmer on your images?

I recently got this set from Mama Elephant  and it so cute! I love stamps that have matching dies, makes it so easy!!! I colored in the stamped images with copics and cut them with the matching dies.

I added an embossed panel and began building the card, after I had all my elements in place I grabbed a tiny paintbrush, and a bottle of seaglass glimmer mist. I "painted" on the glimmer mist rather than spray it. Open the bottle and dip your brush into the bottle and lightly sweep on the color as desired.

For a bit of magical shimmer on the unicorn I used tattered angels glimmer glam glitter paint   in chandelier. this is super easy, super shimmery, and super magical!!!

I just want to stamp unicorns all day!LOL I just love these sweet little stamps!

see you soon! XOXO Shantaie

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Trying my hand at a galaxy background card.

If you have been on pinterest lately no doubt you have been seeing galaxy everything... cakes, slime, hair, donuts, and converse....and of course galaxy card backgrounds.

My first go already has me hooked!

 I do have some "muddy" spots and decided to just roll with it, and be more aware of my color placement next time. All in all I love this card, and I will be making more.....galaxy everything!

For this version I used watercolor paper, watercolors, and brushes, stamps, versafine black ink, and glitter paper for a sparkle! I used 3 different whites, white glimmer mist, white paint, and a white gel pen. super fun and a wee bit messy, but a good happy messy!!!!!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Painted Planner Pages This Week

I had a sticker sheet leftover from a scrap kit, and thought it would be a pretty way to design my planner for the week. I have a lot going on, so I wanted it to be sunny and happy!

I used gesso to prime the page for paint, and added a bit of seaglass paint, and a few drippy bits, and a spritz of lemon glimmer mist.

I added the stickers, and filled in a sampling of my schedule, and to do list. As the days arrive, I typically fill in my planner the night before. As always, I only fill in the things I may need reminding of, not my each and every action. I don't need to list mop the floor, or wash the bed linens.

I say have some fun with your planner, after all when the year is done, its like a time capsule of your daily life!

There are no real rules, but do keep in mind, that you have to be able to write on the next page next week, so use gesso before painting, or using dark markers that may bleed through. 
{yes I learned the hard way}
That is a happy accident, as it's the reason I started using paint cover black sharpie. 
I plan to have a great week! what's you plan?

Friday, June 2, 2017

I XOXO Flamingos

Good morning to you! How's the weather in your home today? Here in central Florida it's a soggy but mild day, and a perfect day for spending time in the studio!

I may not have this much stamping time again for a while, so why not enjoy as much stamping as I can?
In the spirit of my goal to minimize clutter, and overstuffed spaces, as I'm stamping and creating I'm removing items from my workspace that I no longer use, want, or need. This is a much method of clearing things out, and feels natural and much less like a task or chore. I hope that is helpful to many of you who like me are on a journey to get the most out of life!

I have some items in my studio that are multitaskers and are truly my favorites, in my top 5 are SRM clear stickers sheets. Sentiments, phrases, stitching, so many sayings like the "xoxo" on my card....all on one sheet can replace dozens of stamps, and they can be placed almost anyplace on your project, check them out here.

I used my silhouette to cut this dotty background piece and popped it up with foam dots, I used mostly leftover cuts that were in my little bin, to build a platform for the pink flamingo and flowers. I just love flamingos, they always make me smile.

I had a lovely time playing fetch with Lilly while stamping...or in between anyways! she is a playful puppy!

have a great day XOXO Shantaie

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How I used 3 stamps sets to make a background

Hello my sweets! I'm stamping! I'm using paper, ink, and stamps!! That seems a rather redundant statement I know, but the simple art of stamping images onto paper has been lacking in my studio as of late. I have some free time, that I haven't had in months, and in addition to cleaning up clutter, I scheduled in some studio time with the intention of reconnecting with my stamps.

To make this gold embossed oh so sweet background, I smashed up 3 different stamps from 3 sets! Why? I loved the donut, but all donuts would have been a bit boring I think, so I pulled out a set called small packages from Verve stamps, and little hearts from SRM coffee time. 

I stamped small sections at a time with versamark ink on multimedia paper, I embossed in gold and when I had a background full of confections, I colored them in with gellato's and a fine wet paintbrush.

The donuts were topped with glossy accents, and a few microbeads then a splash of sequins....beacuse sequins!!!!!!!!! I stamped the border, and greeting and cut them with the coordinating die, and popped them with foam tape.

Here is a shot using a flash setting, you can see the gold embossing, and just how pretty it really is!!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

hello neighbor

How do you tell your neighbor that you are having a new fence installed, and that the construction and mess and noise will likely disrupt their day? Send a handmade card of course!!!

I have three neighbors that will be affected directly, and plan to send each a card with all the details, and a way to contact me if they have any questions. I don't really know them well, but think it's a kindness that should not be passed by! 

I used a brayer to add color to the background, and a couple of stamps embossed in gold really pop. The neighbor stamp is from SRM love one another and the hello is from a sizzix set I picked up at a craft shop. The thank you is a sticker from SRM Thank you stickers by the dozen, popped up with foam

I added a few colored rhinestones, and a spritz in a matching color glimmer mist for a bit of splatter.
perhaps a little gift card to starbucks is in order too....on the plus side they will no longer have to look at a disheveled broken fence! win win eh?! :)