Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watercolor Techniques by Christine

Options abound when it comes to watercolor techniques and we have all kinds of products for you to play with too!  Christine joining you today with a set of techniques for you that work great using the Watercolor Twist Pencils!  The Watercolor Twist Pencils come in three different sized packages, 12, 24, and 36.The video below features several ideas with tutorials on how to do each:

Here's a card that showcases how I used one of the backgrounds I created.

I punched the two leaves out from a watercolor background I made.  Doesn't it add a lovely, whimsical element?  The more I play with watercolor, the more I love the softness it adds.

The sentiment comes from the Child of God stamp set which is a versatile set great for cards and so much more. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts Halloween Sign by Samantha

Hello! Samantha here with you today to share a Halloween decor idea. We love to decorate for Halloween in our family, but my kids aren't too big on the scary aspects of Halloween. We are also big Disney-a-holics in our family, so I decided to draw inspiration from one of our favorite Disney rides (the Haunted Mansion) and create this Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts Halloween sign. 

For this project all you'll need is wood (mine is about 11" x 13" long), paint (I used white and gray), SRM vinyl (I used black and gray), and a way to cut vinyl (I uses a Silhouette Cameo).

I started by painting my wood with white paint. To give this a little more of a distressed look, I sponged a little gray paint around the edges when the white paint had dried. 
I cut my black vinyl words using a free font called Haunted Mouse. I thought it had the perfect haunted house feel to it...old, elegant, and a little bit creepy! I added my hitchhiking ghost that I cut from gray vinyl last. It was easiest to line up my words on top first, then my words on the bottom, and finally center my hitchhiking ghosts in the empty space. 

Since we have awesome memories of family time spent on this ride, this sign is a perfect piece of not too scary Halloween decor. Do you ever take decor inspiration from your favorite places? 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop - Project by Shanna Slater

Hello, Shanna here with a fun caffeinated card using SRM Stickers Coffee Plans clear stamp set.  SRM Stickers is a Super Sponsor for this year's Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, be sure to "hop" over and check it out!

 I simply adore this set for it's tremendous versatility (it is a go to set for me frequently!).  In this particular project I used nearly every stamp in the set! 

I stamped all of my images using my stamp positioner for precision placement using Versamark ink

 I heat embossed all of my stamped images in a white detail embossing powder, allowing them to all stay front and center after inking over them with Distress Oxides in Vintage Photo.  The coffee cup you see in my pictures isn't just a prop...It's a TOOL too!  I watered down some walnut stain Distress ink and dipped the bottom of my cup in the ink.....stamped the "coffee ring" around my panel and again on the inside of my card to frame out my sentiment! 
 I love how the regular Distress ink and Distress Oxides collide and look.  

Everyone needs a little encouragement....and caffeine generally helps too! 

Supplies used in this project:
Versamark Ink
Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
WOW Super Bright White Detail embossing powder
Recollections Clear embossing powder
Tim Holtz Stamp platform
Miscellaneous puffy heart stickers
Coffee Washi (Recollections I think)

 As avid coffee addict drinker I love everything about this card... 
                                              What about you??  

And remember what coffee says... "You can do it"!!!

Until next time, stay happily caffeinated!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mixed Media Halloween by Tobi

Hi there, it's Tobi Crawford here with some mixed media fun! Halloween is a great reason to get a little messy with your projects, and it's fun to let loose and experiment a little.

I used a 3x3x3 Kraft box as my base. Before I assembled it, I did some stencilling, and misting and created a fun little background for the vampire (Sizzix). 

(For all of the stencilling I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks)

Once all of the sides were decorated, I folded the box into place and added the sentiment and vampire!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mini Rainbow Calendar by Shelly

Hey y'all! Shelly, here.
Today I'm sharing a happy little calendar with you! 

I kept things very clean and simple. I started with my white card base, which I chose to crimp. After, I put aside all my crimped card bases and then worked on my white squares. Adding a touch of rainbow patterned paper to each one. Once done, I added my sticker calendar to each square. Then added some foam squares on the back and then added it to my card bases. 

After I was done making my calendar cards, I needed to come up with something to hold them. So I used a clear box and cut it to where my cards could sit nicely inside and not cover up my calendar month. 

To top things off, I slipped everything (cards and card holder) into a clear box and then inside of a patterned bag, which I closed with a 2018 sticker. Simple, yeah?!...

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Enjoy your day!

SRM Stickers supplies:

Clear Mini Box (for card holder)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Guest Designer - Amy Tsuruta

Today SRM is excited to welcome Amy Tsuruta to the SRM Blog.   Here's a little bit about Amy in her own words: 
"I live in the beautiful state of Washington and work part-time for a Seattle biotech company.  I've always been crafty but discovered a passion for stamping in the early 2000's.  I love the Paper Crafting Community!"

Amy is a BIG coffee fan and an avid card maker.  She even has a blog that's all about coffee and card making called Coffee Loving Cardmaking.   Four times a year she puts together a blog hop and the Fall one is just around the corner.  It begins September 15th. Be sure to check it out! 

Today Amy shares with us two darling cards with us using SRM's new 
Coffee Plans Clear Stamp.  

With so many fun expressions, Amy chose two of her favorites and created these fun and fabulous cards.   The cards are perfect for Fall... so warm and cozy!  First up a card that uses one of my favorite expressions:  
"you can do it" ~coffee
Love how it appears that coffee is cheering you on! :)

The second card features the sentiment:  "Caffeine is the new BLACK".  
Every coffee loving carmaker can relate to that! :)  And I love how she has lids for cups of coffee in the photo to "perk" her up! 

Thanks for sharing your darling cards Amy!  And thank you for being a fan of SRM throughout the years!  See you at the Blog Hop!  It is always so much fun! And lots of prizes too!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Coffee for the Teacher Gift Idea by Shanna

 Hello SRM friends!  
This is Shanna here to show you a great back to school gift for your favorite teacher!  

Back to school is a stressful time for everyone, teachers especially.. How better to show your gratitude and appreciation for their time and dedication with our children than to brighten there day with a little caffeinated lovin'??

I am a huge coffee drinker, but realizing not everyone is as avid a java-junkie as I am, a gift card seemed the way to go for my son's teacher for the first day back to school so she could pick her favorite treat out... I started with asking my local coffee shop for a clean cup and lid to be used as packaging for the gift, and went from there.  The stamps in the Coffee Plans set are perfect for any coffee related craft, this one being no exception!  I stamped an array of coffee words and icons on my gift card holder that I had previously cut out on my Silhouette Cameo, and then heat embossed my main sentiment to give it a little bling and dimension.

I needed a tag, and loved grabbing a couple of the Scalloped Circle Punched Pieces and the Reminisce white gel pen for a chalkboard feel tag for the teacher. Added a dry embossed strip of coffee cups layered with a sticker from the Live/Life School stickers set.  Quick, simple, and ADORABLE!

After the gift card holder was complete it was time to package!  YAY!  I placed a red apple in the base of the cup with some tissue paper filler under it and topped the cup off with some Starbucks K-Cups for fun.  An apple for the teacher is tradition right?? My little guy sure does think so!

I love how quick this came together, and how much my little guy enjoyed writing a note to his teacher in the card!  I opted to tie a bow with some jute twine for my final touch and added the tag with the twine. My little guy loved giving this to his teacher the first week of school!  

What do you like to make teachers??  Let me know in the comments!  

Until next time...

Materials used:
Live/Life School stickers

 Silhouette Store file: 3d Gift Card Box

Friday, September 8, 2017

Birthday Card Set by Karen

Hello!  Karen here today with a fun birthday card ideas!

Do you still send out birthday cards to friends and family? I'm not always perfect at it, but I do enjoy sending out handmade birthday greetings. Last week I dug into my stash to look for a birthday card and discovered I was out (sorry to all those early August b-days).

When I need to make a lot of cards, I settle on one design that I can duplicate easily. For this set of birthday cards, I used my die-cut machine to cut and assemble several cupcakes. I find it easier to do several images at the same time and make a sort of assembly line process. To fancy up these cupcakes, I even added some glitter at their final stage.

Once all the cupcakes were assembled and dry, the cards were super easy and quick to put together. I used plain white cardstock for the base and two layers of patterned cardstock on the front. Then I added one or more cupcakes and a clear sentiment sticker or two. There are so many to choose from in SRM's collections.

As seen in the first photo, I packaged up a few to share. Five cards plus envelopes easily fit into a flat glassine bag touched simply with a ribbon, "just for you" sentiment, and a green stripe at the bottom.

Do you need more SRM Birthday stickers?
Check out the birthday section of the SRM Store!  

For this project, I used:

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Jesus Teach My Children by Jennifer

Hello all, Jenn here! I am excited to share with you a page from my Bible. August 7th was a very exciting day, as it was the first day of school for my Preschooler, 1st grader and 2nd grader. As a homeschool mom every year is full of a little anxiety, and excitement. I loved this verse I found in Isaiah 52:14 "All your Children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children."

To begin this page I started with the lettering I simply wrote the words and found some amazingly cute washi tape at Target for the word teach as well as the fun alphabet pictures at the top and bottom of the page. Next I pulled out the school stickers and fussy cut the apples and added them to the page to create a fun element and to keep your eye moving around the page. I thought the side of the page looked a little empty so I stamped the pencil from the Sermon Notes stamp set in a red and yellow to coordinate with the apples and fun "teacher" look of the page. 

I also pulled out the curvy arrow to help mark the verse and colored the verse with my watercolor pencils.The red and yellow border stickers were added to the top and bottom under that fun alphabet washi. After adding a very heartfelt prayer to the page and a super fun fabric paperclip the page was finished and my heart was at rest.
Supplies used:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Winter Treat Bags (A Bit Early!) by Michele

It's never too early to get a jump on your holiday projects right?  
I always find it funny when I am creating for Christmas and I am in shorts, AC, and it's 95 degrees outside! ;)
I am totally in love with these new linen bags!
I decided to add a dot of Silver Stickles to the center of each dot for added sparkle. 

The flowers and snowflakes were cut using my die cut machine. 
I added more Stickles to the centers of the flowers.  

I stamped the word "WINTER" on a tag and embossed it in white.  I stamped the snowflake in a pale pink on a circle and then adhered it to the tag.  I added silver STickles to the center of the snowflake. 

I added silver jingle bells, silver string and tinsel and glued it underneath my snowflake/flower combo. 

Thank you for stopping by today!