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?! :)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Planning a beautiful week

I use a planner, a to do list, and shopping lists each and every day, It was almost a year ago that I accepted the challenge to.... "plan my planner" That is to stylize it and decorate the pages with fun elements. I was a nervous wreck, here I had been designing for years but was daunted and felt out of my scope. My first planner pages were...not amazing, but wow so much fun!!!!

Fast forward and I have found my personal style, my absolute love for designing, and personalizing my planner. I use my planner as a reminder to stay focused, not as a to do list so much. Mainly because my lists are typically quite long, and who needs to see each daily task written out? mop the floors, sort the mail, make the's exhausting! So My personal style is to list those things I'm likely to forget!!! I'm naturally quite unorganized, this helps!!!

Paint, paper, thin embellishments, like stickers or acetate bits are perfect! I get pretty jazzed to look at my planner each day, and usually leave space to add items as I go. I'm still trying my hand at brush lettering, like most people I don't love my handwriting.

I'm planning to share my planner pages each week, a lofty goal for a girl that has let her blog all but die, but It's in my planner! I'm hoping to hear from you about all of your planner designs, fears, and of course plans

It is important to me to treat my week, and my plans as though they matter, and are important...because they are, the little everyday moments, big tasks, errands, work...well that's the makeup of your life isn't it? This is a scrapbook of what you really do!!! 

XOXO Shantaie

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ooh La La

Have you been seeing all the amazing cards made with watercolor backgrounds out there? They are so gorgeous, and captivating. Although watercolor paper backgrounds themselves are not new,  the ways they are being stretched to new limits by paper artists, is innovative and exhilarating! 

To try my hand at creating something new I decided to just let my playfulness loose and do whatever came to mind as I pulled supplies from my drawers. I settled on a monochromatic background in an ombre, that seemed like a beautiful backdrop for a floral stamp set. I started to grab white embossing powder, but opted for a glitter infused powder of pink, white, and gold instead. The result is slightly shabby, and super gorgeous.

I used the textured side of my watercolor paper for this card, a choice I wouldn't ordinarily make, but I was interested to see how it would look, in the name of experimentation and adventure if nothing else! I love the lines it added to my background, but the real surprise was the "resist" effect it had on the stamped images...perfectly distressed right?!!! 

Another trick I tried  was to add fine clear glitter to the back of my SRM sticker in hopes of adding shimmer without any glitter shed, in person it is a tad shimmery but not overly so, and it doesn't come off! I count that as a winning new clear sticker technique for just a little shine. As far as getting really glittery, I'll add it on top next time. 

Take a tour of instagram, and pinterest and I can promise you will find a treasure of inspiration for watercolor backgrounds, done in every way imaginable, I'm happy with my twist on this trend!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spring Treat bags

Hi!!! Are you feeling the warmth of spring beckoning you to bask in pastel colors like I am? I love spring colors all year, and when the birds start singing, and butterflies start fluttering around the backyard I can't help but let all things spring take over!

You probably know by now how much I love making, giving, and wrapping gifts and these new SRM patterned treat bags are divine!!!

I have taken on a quest to use my older stamp sets, especially the ones that have gathered a little dust so to speak, and I have found this rewarding in multiple ways. Recapturing your love for what you already own is a little gift in itself!  I simply stamped these little skunks in gray and trimmed them out, I popped them onto a layered tag filled with sequins, and several little embellishments for an updated look.

 The twine circles, and printed ribbon, are just added layers of fun, I do so love lots of dimension on my projects! Add a little gift, like candy or maybe some scented oils as a sugar free alternative.

I intend to let spring take over my home, my heart, and my wardrobe! Bring on the pastels!!!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Tickles You Pink

I love my "vintage" stamp sets the way one loves the perfect pair of cozy broken in jeans, or a favorite lip gloss that you stock up on just in case! I think it is so fun and challenging to grab a favorite set from days gone by and breath new life into it with all the joy and fervor you had for it when you first chose to make it yours.

I have edited my collection of stamp sets in the past year from several cabinets full to down to take up just a few shelves, I kept only my favorites or most recent acquisitions. That has really helped in rediscovering my love for ink, paper, and stamps.

To update this set from Stampin' Up! called tickled pink ( I know adorable) I used copics to color the flamingo and trimmed it up, mimicking all the newer sets that have matching dies. Adding a few pops of highlighting with an SRM white gel pen, and of course sequins are a great way to add an updated sparkle. And by trimming the card layers with SRM sticker stitches I  easily added a sewn look in a snap! 

I know buying stamps is an investment, and many are incredibly versatile, while others are more suitable for specific use, rotating them and maybe dusting off an older set may keep you from getting bored with what you already own. 

In my personal quest to minimize clutter and truly love the things I buy or choose to keep, actually using these "vintage" sets fits right into my goals. As a bonus I am refreshed and feel happily challenged to find new ways to see my supplies, and that is a win win for the crafty and clutter free side of me! 
XOXO Shantaie

Multicolor Jute Gift box

I know everyone loves getting a gift, I also loving giving gifts, it's one of my favorite things to do. The new colorful jute twine is quickly becoming my crafting "go to" product and as you can see I love each color equally. 
I wrapped a kraft box  with patterned paper and topped it with a 4" doily  embellished with a flag border from we've got your border birthday and wrapped it with all four colors of jute twine tied at the top. I placed itty bitty pom-poms along the twine and added a punched piece tag made with take 2 stickers by the dozen birthday

This really is such a festive and cheerful gift wrap that anyone can make. Be sure to keep an eye out for lots of fun ways to use the jute twine in your crafting, making, and of course gift wrapping!