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