Friday, July 25, 2014

Poppies Mini Calendar Tutorial by Cathy A.

Poppies seem to pop up everywhere in craft projects, so why not on a calendar!  

This project was created by Cathy Andronicou using SRM's Mini Calendar standardSticker Stitches ChristmasYear Of Memories 2015  and a small Glassine Bag that measures 2 3/4" x 4 1/4".

Here's a list of the other materials used: Penny Black Field of Dreams & Feather & Frames dies, Blooming Garden Stamp set, Chameleon Alcohol pens Chrimson Red, Black and Olive Green, Spellbinders Labels Eight, Dainty Dots Embossing Folder and Classic Squares LG & SM, Sizzix Small Easel Die and Circle Paddle Punch, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento dual tip markers, Rhubarb Stalk, Tuxedo Black and Bamboo Leaves, Green, Red & White card stock

And here are the step by step instructions on how to create this wonderful little calendar gem:

1) Cut 4 white pieces of card labels Eight, then cut squares (using 3 1/4", 2 3/4",2 1/4" dies) from three of the labels on the right hand side to create frame and holder for calendar.

2) Cut a square frame (using 3 1/4" and 2 3/4" dies) from red card to fit into the labels eight base.  Apply white sticker stitches to each side of frame.  Then adhere all three cut labels to the base, add in the red and white frames and cut a circle in the centre of the frame (this will allow you to easily remove and change the calendar each month). Cut the easel mechanism and trim down to fit on the back of the calendar.

3) Cut 6 2 1/4" squares from green card and apply mini calendar stickers to each side. 

4) Cut the Glassine bag top using the feather and frames die and emboss with dainty dots.  Adhere to back of calendar and put spare months into the pocket.

5) Cut Poppy from pearl card and colour with alcohol pens, then ink stamp with memento markers and stamp over the top of the coloured die cut to add texture to the poppies. Adhere to front of calendar with glue at base and foam pads on the flowers and seed pods (this will add more dimension to the project). Attach the year sticker and you are done!

Do you love creating hand crafted gifts for Christmas or Birthday presents?  Make multiples of this fabulous calendar and give them to your friends and family!  You can change the theme and color scheme on each calendar so no 2 are exactly alike!  Thank you Cathy for this wonderful project!  I'm sure that lots of our friends and fans will be CASing this calendar!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SRM Stencil Vinyl Tutorial by Lorena

Prepare for fun as Lorena Cantó shares SRM Stencil vinyl tutorial with us today.    Let's let Lorena tell us about her project in her own words.  

"Hello, SRM friends! Lorena here waving hello! Today I bring you a photo tutorial for what might be my favorite SRM product: his majesty the Stencil Vinyl. Not kidding, people! Susan and John will confirm how much I drooled over it when they introduced it last January at CHA ;)"

"And what perfect timing to introduce this vinyl! Because stencils were all the rage at the show. They where everywhere! Lots of different designs to suit any style. Now, enter the SRM stencil vinyl + an electronic die cutting machine in the equation. Custom stencils in any design you can dream. Yeah, it's possible! And I'm going to show you how to make them using the Silhouette Cameo/Portrait."

NOTE:  Cilck on these photos to see all the details.  Here's the step by step instructions:

"1. Open the design you want. It can be a cutting file from the Silhouette Store (type stencil on the search feature and you'll find lots of choices) or you can design your own stencil. Also, remember there are lots of freebies out there! I chose to make my own design by drawing a 5 3/4'' square and adding evenly spaced circles."

"2. Here are the cut settings I used: Blade at 9 (don't forget to turn the blade itself to 9 before cutting!), Speed at 3 and Thickness at 33. I also checked Double Cut because the SRM Stencil Vinyl is nice and thick. Before I discovered it, I used to make stencils with transparency sheets, but they were too flimsy. This material? It's a dream with such a heavy weight!"

"3a. Cut a 6x6 piece of stencil vinyl (I used my paper trimmer for this and it cut perfectly) and place it on the cutting mat, rough side down. My mat wasn't very sticky, so I secured the vinyl with some masking tape. Load the mat and send it to cut from the machine. 3b. Once the cutting is done, this is what you get. Remove the vinyl piece from the mat. 3c. As I said above, the stencil material is very sturdy, so you'll need a craft knife to remove the pieces. Just make a slit following the already die cut lines and pull softly. The material will pop cleanly. 3d. Here's the end result! The light that was coming from the window makes it look kind of wavy, but it lays perfectly flat. Promise.  By the way, the SRM Stencil Sheets are adhesive backed. Another nice feature."

"And of course, I had to make something immediately with my brand new stencil! First I made a card blending Distress Inks over the stencil. The stamped sentiment and stars are from Waffle Flower Crafts. I didn't add much more to let that cool background shine!"

"I also made a tag. Again, I blended Distress Inks but this time I also stamped a starry background in gold Delicata ink before removing the stencil. The sentiment word was die cut with the Cameo."

"Phew! It was a long post, right? But before leaving, did you know that the SRM Stencil Material comes in a 12 x 24 inches sheet? Imagine how many different stencils you can make!

Thanks so much for stopping by the SRM blog! See you soon :)"

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Happy Summer {Card} by Shannon

Shannon Morgan is getting "punchy" using lots of SRM Punched Pieces on her cards.  She loves the 3 different sizes and the 10 different colors.  They make the creative possibilities endless.  

Let's take a look at Shannon's fabulous layered summer card.  And let's have Shannon, in her own words, tell us about her creative process. 

"I focus a lot on layers when I am creating. I always start with a base and build from that. Usually, my focus is also on colors. I think the key to layering is colors that compliment each other. Look at this card and you will see a trend. I started with the orange, placed the aqua on top. The yellow punched piece was placed on top of that. That becomes my base."

SRM Stickers Blog - Happy Summer {Card} by Shannon - #card #summer #stickers #sentiments #punched pieces #twine

Shannon loves the new punched pieces.  Note how she splattered alcohol inks to decorated the large yellow punched piece and then added a bit of bling.

"From there I tuck things here and like the additional punched piece, the fish and placing the tag just slightly askew. I then added the beach ball and flip flops. They are adhered to vellum, so while they add a layer, they don't take away from what's behind them."

SRM Stickers Blog - Happy Summer {Card} by Shannon - #card #summer #stickers #sentiments #punched pieces #twine

Shannon loves using vellum, twine and staples on her cards and layouts.  They are all part of the laying process.  

"The beauty of vellum, is I can add a foam dot behind the solid part of the sticker and no one is the wiser...adding dimension without sacrificing design. Wrapping twine around the card also adds a layer (that's an easy way to add dimension...if you're having trouble getting it to look just so, add a dab of clear glue behind the twine). Staples are also a big impact without sacrificing space."

SRM Stickers Blog - Happy Summer {Card} by Shannon - #card #summer #stickers #sentiments #punched pieces #twine

Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall watching Shannon create? We hope you'll give all of Shannon's little tricks a try!  And we hope that this blog post has been a "Shannon Tutorial" so that you can make cards as fun and free as the one we have shared today!  And remember that SRM's Sentiments are printed on clear and look like they were printed on your cards!

Here are the SRM Products Shannon used on her card: 

Punched Pieces - Medium Scalloped Circle 

Punched Pieces - Small Scalloped Circle 

Sticker Sentiment/Summer 

Live Life/Water Fun

FreeStyle/Water Fun

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Gold Trend by Cathy H.

Cathy Harper is loving the gold trend that you are seeing in almost all of the new paper collections this summer and she thinks that SRM has the perfect gold doily to embellish all of those projects.  Cathy loves how this card turned out and so do I! The gold doily really sets off the the colors in the papers she chose.  Cathy used her Silhouette Cameo to cut the fun card base and little banners.  

SRM Stickers Blog - The Gold Trend by Cathy H. - #card #gold #doilies #twine #stickers #srm

She loves the fun little detail stickers from the Sticker Stitches/Valentine set on the side where the mason jar vase is. And she loves the detail that the "best wishes" sticker adds from the Thinking of You Sticker Sentiments.

SRM Stickers Blog - The Gold Trend by Cathy H. - #card #gold #doilies #twine #stickers #srm

 Of course, Cathy added a bit of Twinery Twine in Blossom Pink. She rarely creates a card without twine.  It's one of her "go to" supplies. 

SRM Stickers Blog - The Gold Trend by Cathy H. - #card #gold #doilies #twine #stickers #srm

 Cathy can't wait to create a layout with these gorgeous gold doilies!
Here are the SRM Supplies you will need for making this card: 

Gold Lace Doilies

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thank You Glassine Bags by Michele

Michele Kovack always seems to need little thank you gifts.   Her daughter Cortney has many caregivers. People like her teachers, aides, bus drivers, and therapists.  They all know Michele is a crafter, which puts a lot of pressure on her to make them something they are going to like.  ;)  So what better way to give a little gratitude than chocolate candies in pretty SRM glassine bags all dolled up with doilies, bows and twine?

SRM Stickers Blog - Thank You Glassine Bags by Michele - #glassine #bags #gold #doilies #twine #thanks #gift

Michele topped off her glassine bags with with a classy gold doily from SRM and bows she cut using her Silhouette.  YUM!

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Michele used a variety of thank you stickers, because as she likes to say, "Variety is the spice of life!" 

SRM Stickers Blog - Thank You Glassine Bags by Michele - #glassine #bags #gold #doilies #twine #thanks #gift

Michele added a pearl and a bit of color coordinated twine to finish her gift bags off!  Perfection!

SRM Stickers Blog - Thank You Glassine Bags by Michele - #glassine #bags #gold #doilies #twine #thanks #gift

Michele says "You will be seeing more gifty items from me because they are always in need around my house!"  So happy to hear that Michele.  We can't get enough of your beautiful crafted gifts!  Keep 'em coming!

Here's the SRM Products that Michele used in her project: 

Friday, July 18, 2014

5 Months Layout by Christine

Christine Meyer loves all those awesome onesies and stickers that they have to help you document your baby's first year pictures!  And she thinks that SRM has the perfect stickers for personalizing your layouts for those!  Her little guy is 20 months old now but she's still trying to finish off a couple of these pages - so she dug into her SRM Stickers to get the job done!

Not only does SRM have the We've Got Your Number Stickers but we also have a huge variety of phrases and words so you can showcase that personality!  The label stickers make for a perfect little journalling spot. The brand new Punched Pieces are so perfect for all the fabulous circle stickers that SRM has!  Christine loves how they add a little something extra to her layout.

SRM Stickers Blog - 5 Months Layout by Christine - #layout #baby #boy #numbers #stickers #labels #stitches #sentiments #punched pieces

Christine had three pictures that she wanted to use so she made the fourth piece of her grid the title area.  It is made up of 5 different stickers: We've Got Your Number, Sentiment/Baby, Express Yourself/Everyday Boy, Stickers By the Dozen Valentine, and Sticker Stitches.

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Christine added words/phrases to some coordinating yellow patterned paper and used those in addition to the punched pieces to help tell about her little guy.

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Christine tends to do a lot of adding words and not tons of actual journaling, but in this case she wanted to make sure she documented his size and such.  The SRM Bright Blank Label sticker was perfect for doing just that!

SRM Stickers Blog - 5 Months Layout by Christine - #layout #baby #boy #numbers #stickers #labels #stitches #sentiments #punched pieces

If you do monthly scrapbook pages for your baby or grandbaby, you might want to give Christine's page layout a try.  And don't forget your SRM Stickers! 

Here are the SRM supplies used on Christine's layout: 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Shine Your Light by Diane

Diane Jaquay has created a set of cards that she's donating to the women's ministry at her church.  It's a way of saying thank you to all the women in this group who have been a Godsend to her, uplifting her in so many ways.  She opes these cards will be used to encourage women who might be going through a difficult time.  What a wonderful idea.  And what beautiful cards. 

Diane said that these cards were a snap to make using SRM's Shine Your Light Sticker Sentiments.  She found so many wonderfully uplifting sentiments on this one sheet.  

Diane used the same formula on each card, simply changing out the sentiment.  

SRM Stickers Blog - Shine Your Light by Diane - #cards #gift #faith #stickers #religious

The cute little images that she used to create the banners are from We've Got Your Sticker Thanks and Hello designs. 

SRM Stickers Blog - Shine Your Light by Diane - #cards #gift #faith #stickers #religious

 Diane loved how nicely the colors of the stickers go along with her patterned papers from Crate paper's Little Bo Peep paper pad.  Diane said "These cards were a joy to create!".

And Diane has over 25 more sentiments to use on other cards.  With just one Sticker Sentiment sheet you can make 30 cards!  Amazing!  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Thinking of You Card by Michele

Michele Kovack is here today playing with her favorite new SRM product, Punched Pieces!  She's having a lot of fun with these.  Here's her project described in her own words.

"Hi there! Michele here with another idea for using those fun SRM punched shapes!  I had this great fern stamp by JustRite Papercraft and stamped it in glue on cream cardstock. I then stamped it in 3 other colors of glitter on the punched pieces, and placed them over the first image using pop dots." 

"I wanted to connect the 3 punched pieces so I used some flowers I had created using my Silhouette, gold cording, black string, and a thinking of you sentiment from SRM. I added a few sequins and matted the main image in coordinating colors."  

Michele has some more cards in the near future using these 
Punched Pieces! So stay tuned!  Who would have thought that such a simple product would provide such crafty inspiration for Michele?  Love it! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas & Video by Shery

Shery Russ is here with us today with a fabulous project, an 8" by 10" mixed media canvas PLUS a video featuring the Scalloped Circle Punched Pieces. All of our design team members are loving these punched pieces! The are on almost every project.  As soon as Shery saw her Punched Pieces, she wanted to use them in a mixed media project.  It's interesting that something as simple as punched scalloped circles have become such a Design Team favorite! 

SRM Stickers Blog - Mixed Media Canvas & Video by Shery - #card #mixed media #punched pieces #stickers #stitches

Shery partially stamped a daisy (one she had illustrated) on 3 white large scalloped circle punched pieces, watercolored them with Inktense blocks, and then inked/sponged the edges with Ranger archival ink, Coffee. 

SRM Stickers Blog - Mixed Media Canvas & Video by Shery - #card #mixed media #punched pieces #stickers #stitches

She layered the large punched pieces with black medium scalloped circles. See her video and how she has added SRM 4" Doilies and black Sticker Stitches to the mix.

SRM Stickers Blog - Mixed Media Canvas & Video by Shery - #card #mixed media #punched pieces #stickers #stitches

To create the textured background on the canvas, Shery started by adhering designer paper with a newsprint design using gel medium. Next, she applied an uneven coat of gesso all over to lighten the background. She used modeling paste onto the 12" by 12" Love Post and Sketch Grid stencils from The Crafter's Workshop. Shery simply built on the background from there, adding distress paints, Gelatos, and rub-ons as she went along. Shery also added some Sticker Stitches and finished the canvas by partially stamping a script stamp all over.  I love how so many different products that are probably in your stash can be used together with SRM products to create so many amazing projects.  

Here's another look at the finished canvas. Shery's got a video showing how she made this from start to finish and you'll find it HERE.

SRM Stickers Blog - Mixed Media Canvas & Video by Shery - #card #mixed media #punched pieces #stickers #stitches

 I hope you're inspired by Shery's canvas and that you enjoyed the video!  I love how SRM's Clear Stickers are perfect for Mixed Media and I'm tickled how much Shery loves her Punched Pieces and how she's added them into the Mixed Media mix.  Fantastic project!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Doily Hello Card by Tessa Wise

Hello!  Tessa Wise has a card for us today featuring the new 6 inch and 4" Gold Doilies.  They are among her favorite new SRM products!  

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Hello Card by Tessa Wise - #card #doilies #gold #stickers #stiitches #vellum

The 6 inch round doily is such a nice size!  Here, Tessa has folded it in half and you can see how it looks on a regular A-2 sized card.

She started with a card base made of kraft cardstock. Tessa then added a panel of patterned paper from the Authentique Adventure Collection 6x6 pad and sewed around the edges with her sewing machine.  Next she added doilies. YUM!  Tessa folded the 6 inch round doily in half to add the look of layers.  She cut the Gold doily in half so it looks like it's wrapped around the white one.  She added a zig zag stitch from the Black Sticker Stitches sheet to the top edge and then sewed along over all the layers with her machine, leaving the end threads long.  

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Hello Card by Tessa Wise - #card #doilies #gold #stickers #stiitches #vellum

The bracketed hello sticker is from the Quick Cards/Hello sticker sheet.  Tessa added it to a vellum label die cut and adhered it to her card.  Next came her embellishments: vellum flowers from the Pen Pals collection by Pink Paislee, the flair button by Jenni Bowlin Studio, and blue sequins from the Urban Market collection by Teresa Collins.  Tessa just loves how well all the elements work together!

Thanks for joining us today!   Hope that we've given you lots of Doily inspiration!  Doilies are just too much fun!

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