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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chalk Board Message Mug by Cathy A.


Wouldn't it be great to leave little messages when you give someone a coffee or tea?  Well now you can!  Cathy A here today to share a fun vinyl and chalkboard project with you.

Take a plain white mug, preferably with straight rather than tapering sides.  This makes it easier to add the vinyl. Then die cut a piece of black vinyl using Penny Black's A Pocket Full die to create a very fun edge. 

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Carefully add the vinyl to the mug making sure that there are no air bubbles as you go around. Your message mug is then ready to use.

Take the White Fine Tip chalk marker and shake before use, pump the nib several times when first use to get the chalk down to the nib and then write or doodle what ever message you want!

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You can change the message each day by simply taking a damp cloth and wiping off the current message.  What a great way to personalize the start of each day!  And what a great gift idea!

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Here's a look at all the lovely Chalkboard markers now available from SRM!  

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What fun and fabulous products these are!  How do I love thee?  
Let me count the ways!  


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Chalkboard Markers Yummy Jar by Annette


Welcome to day #2 of SRM's Chalkboard feature.  As we revealed yesterday, SRM has added Chalkboard markers to our line and over the next few weeks our design team will be playing with these incredible products.  

First up is the EASY ChalkBoard Marker.  With this product, you can create a blackboard on just about any surface…. paper, fabric, wood, terra cotta, stretched canvas, glass and the list goes on and on!  Check out this YouTube to see how to use them:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msr9CpNBNcE#t=18

In addition of the EASY Chalkboard Marker, we have a selection of white and fluorescent markers for you to write on this blackboard surface you have created.  How fun is that?  Here's the complete selection of Chalkboard marker products


And now let's share with you a yummy project that Annette Allen made with these delicious products!  

Who doesn't love a jar full of candy all decorated with some fun Chalk Board Markers.  On today's projects I am using the EASY extra-wide tip Chalk Board marker and Bistro Chalk Marker Neon Blue and some Twinery Honeydew twine. 


I found these fun wood flags from Jillibean Soup. Just for fun I covered the wood flag with Marvy Uchida EASY Chalk Board Marker, and turned it into a tag. I love how the Chalk Board marker goes so perfectly on wood. Just another way to use these fun markers.  And I love that I don't have to get out chalkboard paint and brush for this job.  No fuss…no muss!

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I got this fun jar and added more Marvy Uchida Chalk Board Marker to paper and created a diecut tag to label my jar with the Bistro Chalk Marker Neon Blue. Then wrapped the fun tag with Twinery twine and tied a fun bow. 



A gift for ME. I could not resist a jar full of M&M's.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a SWEET day.
  

Monday, March 2, 2015

Chalkboard "Lucky Us" Vase by Tessa


Surprise, surprise!  We have a very exciting announcement to make today!  SRM has added Chalkboard markers to our line and over the next few weeks our design team will be playing with these incredible products.  

First up is the EASY ChalkBoard Marker.  With this product, you can create a blackboard on just about any surface…. paper, fabric, wood, terra cotta, stretched canvas, glass and the list goes on and on!  Check out this YouTube to see how to use them:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msr9CpNBNcE#t=18
SRM Stickers Blog - Chalkboard "Lucky Us" Vase by Tessa - #chalkboard #chalkmarkers #easy #blackboard #homedecor #stpatricksday #DIY

In addition of the EASY Chalkboard Marker, we have a selection of white and fluorescent markers for you to write on the blackboard surfaces you create.  How fun is that?  Here's the complete selection of Chalkboard marker products

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Now let's take a look at a very special project created by Tessa Buys.  Tessa used her Chalkboard markers on a glass vase to create a vase to match her St. Patrick's Day decorations.  How fun!   Here's Tessa telling us all about her project in her own words….

Nothing makes me happier than a vase of flowers in my living room, even if they are bright green to match my St. Patrick's Day decor. I used the Chalkboard Marker and Bistro Chalk Marker to amp up the "lucky" vibe of my vase: 

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The broad tip of the Chalkboard Marker made applying strokes of the paint to the vase easy. Holding the vase from the inside with my left hand, I used my right hand to draw the chalkboard from the bottom of the vase upward. I varied the length of my strokes for interest.

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I allowed the chalkboard to dry very well before adding my "lucky us" sentiment with a white Bistro marker.

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Even though applying the marker to glass is not quite as user-friendly as other surfaces, it is still so much easier than a bottle of chalkboard paint and a brush. I can't wait to add chalkboard to things like mirrors and picture frames, now! 
I love the results!  So totally fun and festive!

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I did some experimenting with the Chalkboard Marker and as I played, I learned a few things. Here are some tips and tricks!

1. Unlike most other surfaces, the marker is not permanent. However, you can still have a lot of fun creating with it, so long as you keep in mind that your design won't stand up to wear and tear over time. My design will easily wash off the glass vase with water and a bit of scrubbing.  It's perfect for seasonal decor or even for a special day!  Windows, mirrors, vases are all candidates for a chalkboard surface!

2. You do not need a second coat, as recommended for other surfaces. Just skip it.

3. You do not need to "prime" or "cure" the chalkboard surface before writing on it, as recommended for other surfaces. Just skip this step. If you like the look of a dusty chalkboard, scribble with regular chalk and then remove with a dry cloth or paper towel.

4. If you want to mask or tape off a section of glass, make sure your tape is really strong and consider the shape of your glass. I tried two different tapes (masking and painter's), but because my vase was round, I had a hard time getting a really good seal with the tape. The chalkboard ink ran underneath the tape and resulted in a feathered edge. If you're more practiced than I am with taping things off, you'll probably be more successful.

5. If you make a mistake while working with your Bistro marker, you probably won't be able to remove the writing like you can on other surfaces without removing some of the chalkboard. If you're nervous, you could lightly draw with a pencil where you want to draw with the Bistro marker.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Strawberry Stamped Card by Michele


Michele here with a fun strawberry card ensemble!  Like most of you, I am ready for spring! I can't control Mother Nature, but I can get a touch of spring in my craft room! I love that SRM Stickers is carrying stamps by Jane's Doodles! They are so cute and I have been having a grand time using them in my projects! I used this adorable stamp set called Life is Good

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I colored each strawberry with Copics, cut them out, and added a coating of glossy accents.  I stamped the jar, gave it a bit of depth using my Copics again. I added some fun leafy paper, a giant gingham bow, and a scattering of sequins. 

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I recently cleaned out my scrap room and came across a few match boxes.  I thought it might be cute to stick a little sweet treat in there to go with the card.  
(Plus I had an extra strawberry....and no one likes wasting a perfectly good strawberry! ;) 

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Thanks so much for popping by today!
:)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Purse Treat by Tessa W.


 Isn't giving treats out the best!  Tessa Wise with you today sharing a little treat I made to give out on St. Patrick's Day this year.

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These medium sized Clear Purse Boxes are so fun to fill up!  I wanted it to look like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow so I filled it with some gold covered chocolates and Skittles :)  After it was full of goodies, I started decorating the front.  I went with a fun little cluster of green and gold embellishment on the left side of the handle.

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I placed a strip of green patterned paper cut into a banner shape first.  Next, I pulled a green label sticker from the Labels By The Dozen/Christmas Sticker Sheet to use as my next layer.  Once it was down, I added some green zig zag sticker stitches from the Sticker Stitches/Christmas Sticker Sheet over the banners.   

I pulled out the Life is Good Stamp Set by Jane's Doodles next, stamping out the tag and heart.  I cut around it and punched a hole through the top.  I tied a bit of Pea Pod Baker's Twine around the top and finished in a bow.  I also added the Good Luck sentiment from the Sentiment/Thinking of You Sticker Sheet.  I added the tag to the purse along with some gold sequins to finish off the look:

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Who wouldn't want a rainbow treat for St. Patricks Day? :)

Thanks for joining me today!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Reusable Laminated Planner Tags by Lorena


Hello friends! It's Lorena today with a savvy idea for those of you who love the fast growing trend of planners but still would like to keep things simple and easy. SRM's stickers are fantastic for decorating planners. I specially love the Labels by the Dozen, they come in lots of fantastic colors and I'm sure you'll find a color scheme that fits your planner needs :)



I love the freedom using a plain notebook as a planner gives me. Sometimes I may need two pages for a day, and sometimes half a page will do. So this idea will work perfectly with a plain notebook, but is still good for a standard planner with dates and such. So let me show you what I did!

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In the pic you can see my brand new reusable planner labels sitting on a plain Moleskine notebook (a lined one). I went with the colorful Labels by the Dozen/Bright Blank. To begin with, I adhered the labels to sturdy cardstock, and then used an alphabet stamp set to stamp the categories I needed. Once the stamping was done, I trimmed the labels and laminated them. See where I'm going?

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Now I have a set of laminated labels that I can switch around daily according to my particular needs. The trick is to use a strip of repositionable dry adhesive on the back of the labels. New day, new disposition. I was able to get two labels out of the biggest ones by cutting them in two pieces.

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I love how this turned out! If your planner has already a color scheme inside, maybe you'd like to go with Labels by the Dozen/Black & White. They go with everything!

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Oh, another idea: you can also use them on a dry erase board, or even adhere some magnet sheet on the back and use them on a magnetic board. Lots of options, really.
Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Serendipity Stationery Set by Tessa Buys


Hello! Tessa Buys here today with a stationery set designed to send friends some warm and colorful greetings.

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I started by creating three cards using the Serendipity line by American Crafts and SRM's Pastel Borders stickers. I used the same template for each card to save time, but alternated the patterned papers for variety. The green "hello beautiful" border sticker made the perfect sentiment.

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Next, I filled an SRM glassine bag with color-coordinated sequins. Before I seal a card in an envelope, I like to add the sequins like confetti. I also included three self-adhesive envelope seals punched from left over patterned paper.

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Last, I cut a piece of patterned paper to fit the back of an A7 clear card box, mostly just to look pretty and serve as a solid background to the stationery when packaged. I added a pen that I purchased from the dollar bin at Target and now I have a sunny and colorful gift to give to a friend who likes to send happy mail.

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I see many more stationery and card sets in my crafty future. SRM's clear card boxes are just the thing to package handmade notes in a special way. Enjoy your day!

Monday, February 23, 2015

So {LUCKY} to Have Ewe by Shannon


Sometimes less is more. 
Sometimes you want to say a lot. 
Sometimes you're bursting with love and want to tell that person how lucky you feel. 

This card does all of the above. Massive impact, simple design. I'm in shock that it came out of me, my fingers, my thought process, because if you know me, you know that I am incapable of leaving white space anywhere...maybe it's the water colors, maybe it's the focus on the sentiment...maybe it's the amazing stamps...whatever it is, it works! I didn't want to add anything else...not even a sequin...it almost pains me to even type that. 

I created this card with an upcoming holiday that 
❤ very much! 
You guessed it, St. Patrick's Day! It's a big deal in our house!
I know so many people who are so deserving of this card.

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If you're interested in creating this card, you'll need these awesome SRM products:


Thanks for letting me share! Hope you're having a great week! 



Friday, February 20, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Doily Banner by Christine


I have always wanted to make a banner using doilies and when I saw the new green ones that SRM has I knew it was gonna have to be a St. Patrick's Day banner!  Christine joining you today with a DIY banner that uses SRM's gorgeous green and gold doilies! This project makes me really wish I had a beautiful fireplace mantle - since I don't we have it hanging up in our kitchen entryway.

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This was super easy to create - let me share with you how I did it!  I used foam adhesive and layered a Gold Lace Doily on top of a Green Lace Doily.  They layer perfectly because the Gold ones are four inches and the Green ones are six inches.  

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I used gold vellum to cut out stars and attached those to Large White Punched Pieces.  These again layered perfectly onto the doilies as they are 2 1/2 inches in size.  Adding letters to spell out LUCKY and some gemstones was the final touch.

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I hung them on a piece of Solid Peapod Twine using clothespins. If the look of clothespins isn't your thing or you don't have any - you could just string the twine through the doilies and make a great banner too!

I love it when companies make such versatile products - good for not just paper crafts but home decor too!  We'd love to see what kinds of projects you are making using SRM Stickers goodies!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A2 Card Set Kraft Window Box Shantaie Fowler


Hi crafty friends, Shantaie here with a set of cards that is quick to assemble and perfect to package up for easy giving! 

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Birthday cards are always good to have on hand and ready to go! This set of four cards is wrapped up in the A2 Kraft Window Box complete with envelopes. I love the Birthday Take 2 stickers by the dozen, they are so vivid and fun! 

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I cut 2 of the 4" doilies in half and used them to anchor the Borders and elements of the cards, each one is comprised of the same few parts but in varied colors. I added a punched piece behind the birthday sticker to resemble a prize ribbon! 

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I double wrapped each card with 
striped twine and a bow for a little touch of softness that is still not too feminine :)

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A set of cards makes a great gift, especially when they are fast but still look like high end boutique cards! SRM makes looking like a super star super easy! :)

 
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