Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gift Wrapping by Giorgia

Hello SRM friends, Giorgia here today with you to share an idea for a special gift.  I love to create handmade packaging and with SRM bags and stickers it is really quick and easy.  I created a Christmas bag to contain a gift for one of my creative friends (we are a group of girls who meet each month to create projects all together, we have so much fun!)

Here you can see my gift: it is an handmade faux dori (if you are interested in how I made it, you can find the photo tutorial here in my blog.) I gathered all the supplies I needed and started creating my bag. I chose the red polka dot bag because it screams Christmas to me, and the bigger size was just perfect to contain the faux dori. 

To close the bag I fold the top, punched two holes and passed red jute through them, then I created a bow. 

In a first time I thought to use the white heart paper doily but then I changed my mind: I composed the sentence "ho ho ho, merry Christmas to you!" with some stickers, alternating red and black color. I attached the stickers to white paper and then adhered them on the bag with different angles to create movement.I also added two circular stickers because they reminded me of the polka dots.

Until next time,
ciao, Giorgia 

SRM products used 
  | red jute | Red polka dot patterned bag big size | Express Yourself/Christmas We've Got Your Sticker/Merry Say It With Stickers/Birthday

Monday, November 20, 2017

East & West Bible Journaling by Samantha

Hello! Samantha here to day to share some Bible journaling. Today I've got a verse from Psalms, "As far as the East is from the West, so far has He removed our transgressions from us."

For my page I used 2 SRM stamp sets; Bible Backgrounds and Heaven and EarthColorIn Watercolor Pencils, a Reminisce White Gel Pen, a LePlume Black markerSticker Stitches in white, and some stamping inks. 

I used my colored inks to sponge on a soft background of blue, purple, and orange. I then stamped the crossed arrows stamp from Bible Backgrounds with the same colored inks.

I used a mixture of stamps from the Heaven & Earth stamp set and the black LePlume marker to write the verse in the margin of my page. I used the white gel pen and watercolor pencils to color in the arrows, mountains, and words. I finished up by adding a few white stitches stickers randomly to the edges of my page.

What have you been Bible journaling lately?  

Friday, November 17, 2017

Christmas Joy Card by Jenn

Hi Friends, Jenn here to spread a little Christmas cheer! Today I thought it might be fun to get you thinking about Christmas. It is cold where I live and already I am thinking about package toppers and greeting cards.  If you start right now you can rid yourself of all the Holiday stress that no one needs in their life!

The card base for this card is 4 1/4 by 5 inches. I cut a piece of dark green cardstock for added color and pop. Then I cut piece of white cardstock just a smudge smaller than the card base...I just kinda eyeballed it. I am still really new when it comes to proper procedure.

 For this card I started by pulling out my old thrift store find hymnal. I pulled out a Christmas hymn (Hark the Harold) to cut some simple bunting shapes. I love the vintage look this simple little bunting adds to the card! If you don't have a hymnal I found multiple free clip art hymnal pages over on Pinterest. I wanted to create a little contrast between the bunting and cardstock and between the white cardstock and the dark green card base so I lightly inked the edges with a black pigment ink. 

In the bottom left corner I stamped the word 'Joy' from the big sentiments merry stamp set in Versafine clear ink then dusted it with gold embossing powder. 

Gold felt like the perfect Christmasy addition to the card. I really wanted to add a little stitching just because...so I created a few messy stitches in white. 

Next I pulled out my twines and picked a basic black and red, and added a simple tiny red bow. Adding a few stars really helped pull your eye around the page.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope I gave you a fun new inspirational way to use those gorgeous big stamps and rustic twine.

SRM Suplies Used:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Gift Wrapping by Shantaie

Hello!  Shantaie here today to share some gift wrapping ideas!

I'm one of those people who cherish the opportunity to wrap gifts, I make an event of it, and truly find it to be a joyful activity. That being said I know not everyone feels the same way I do, so I thought I would share a couple of ways to add beauty to simple packages that are so pretty that you may just convert.

Let's start with a simple square kraft box Before opening the box add a joy stamp from Big Merry in a row of three with versamark ink and gold embossing powder, heat set and open box. To add a fun ribbon detail I cut a small slit in the box front bottom, and wind around to tie on top

Kraft boxes come in a ton of different sizes and I reccomend have them on hand for every occasion, but I especially stock up before the holidays.

We all love the ease of a gift bag, and if you've never given any thought to flat bags as an easy but beautiful option for gifts allow me to share with you my love of these bags!! They come in many sizes, colors and patterns

Like the box above I used a stamp to add a sentiment and embossed it with gold powder, the gift was added and I folded the top of the bag over, and tied a bow, to that I added a spray of die cut branches and a lovely gold ornament tag with a sticker from Fancy Sentiments Christmas and a spattering of pearl dot accents.

Gift wrapping can be easy if you start with a few simple basic containers, and a little crafty fun! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Teacher Shaker Card by Michele

Good morning friends!
Michele here with a card that is near and dear to my heart!
I am a 4th grade teacher and I love to recognize other teachers for the hard work and dedication they give every single day. 
My children were blessed to have some pretty remarkable educators in their lives!

I created a shaker card using oval dies and the little apple stamp from the Healthy Plans Clear Planner Stamp.   The apple was stamped repeatedly around the frame, colored in with Copics and given a coat of glossy accents.  Once it was dry, I used the White Reminisce Gel pen to add a highlight to each apple.  

I filled the center with coordinating colors!  I used the teacher sticker from the Quick Cards Back to School Stickers. 

Thank you so much for popping in today!
Have a great day!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mini Desktop Calendar by Emma

Hello sticker fans!  Emma here today to share this cute and simple to make mini desktop calendar.  This would make a lovely gift for anyone who has to sit at a desk all day - why not give them something nice to look at?  (Bonus!  It's also useful!)

To make this item, I have used the #1 top seller on the SRM Store, the 2018 Mini Decorative Calendasticker set.  This set is so versatile, it can be used in so many ways.  The stickers are clear, so you can add them to any colour paper you like.

I have also used the 2018 Year of Memories sticker sheet to add the year onto my calendar:

So to start, I took a piece of cardboard box and folded into an 'A' shape, and covered with cream cardstock.  I then made a small pocket from the same cream cardstock, big enough to hold a small post-it note pad.  I covered the pocket and the upper part of the calendar with a Turquoise Striped Patterned Bag.

 I cut the individual months from the calendar sticker sheets, and adhered them to white paper.  (Tip: you can also get a cutting die which matches the shape of the calendar stickers perfectly!). Using some strong double-sided tape, I adhered the months together at the top, to create a 'tear-off' effect.  To finish off the calendar, I used the beautiful 'Just Believe' stamp set, and coloured the images with the Marvy Color-In Watercolor Twist pencils.  

 And there you have it, a sweet and easy gift for the desk-bound loved one in your life.
Happy crafting!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Christmas Cards - Clean & Simple by Giorgia

Hello SRM friends, Giorgia here and today I want to share some cards I created for Christmas.  I love to create handmade cards, also if I really am not a cardmaker: I love easy cards, and I love clean & simple style, so even if you are a beginner you can create these with me!

SRM Stickers has a lot of Christmas products, take a look in the shop!
I gathered all my SRM Christmas stash and started creating...

To realize this card I used We've Got Your Border/ChristmasI made it clean and simple, with white cardstock base and really few embellishments - I am in love with the cute elf!
To add depth I used foam tape to adhere the elf die cut and to add texture I added 3 tiny wooden stars.

For this one, that is really tiny because I used cardstock scraps to create it, I used a sentiment and the cute Santa  from We've Got Your Sticker/Merry  sheet; on the inside I added a sticker from Freestyle Christmas stickers.

For the third card I covered the white cardstock base with patterned paper, I added a central panel of white cardstock where I adhered We've Got Your Sticker/Merry stickers. Then I glued a small green scalloped piece when I attached a decorated wooden pin. I created a bow with red jute to complete the card.

For the last card I used the same patterned paper than the previous one, but glued on green cardstock base. I adhered a sticker from Fancy Sentiment/Christmas  on a Punched Pieces - 24 Large Scalloped Circle - 2½" - Green that I attached with foam tape to the card. To decorate it I added a button with red jute twine.

In few minutes, with SRM stickers, I created four different cards!
Until next time,
ciao, Giorgia
SRM products used 

Friday, November 10, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar

Hello!  Shanna here again with a fun and festive Christmas project!!  

In my house we have a tradition of a countdown advent calendar... Similar to the chocolate ones you see in stores, we like to give little treats and toys as part of the fun!  I have varied in the past with a full 25 days of fun, or a simpler 12 days of counting fun.  This year, for my 5 year old's first advent calendar I chose to run with the 12 days of Christmas countdown as it will be a little more simplistic for him to follow as he is autistic and the more simplified it is, the less stressed he gets.  

I adored making this fun banner-style calendar with with fun and simple flair!

Here is what I used:
Distress Oxide inks in Lucky Clover, and Candied Apple
Mini Clothespins

I started by stamping directly onto the scallop circles the numbers 1-12 using the BIG Numbers Stamp Set.  I actually ended up embossing them in clear, but it down played the oxide colors unfortunately.  Good news is my 5 year old won't be nearly as critical of them as I am!  

Next was made easy peasy by utilizing the treat bags as the wrapping/holder for the goodies.  We keep things small and affordable.  I picked up a multi pack of trains (his fave) and some figurines from the dollar store along with a couple pencils that are helping him learn to write.  Fun stuff!!  I put candy in my older kids calendars sometimes to mix it up, but for this one I stuck with small toys. 

I folded down the bags to close them and then sealed them using one of the awesome stickers in the SRM Stickers Live Life/Christmas Stickers set!!  Super easy!  I attached my numbers to the bags with some double sided tape and then strung them on the jute twine clothesline-style.  I love how it turned out and will fit on our mantle perfectly this coming December!

What is a fun tradition you like to do in preparation for Christmas??

Until next time!!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Christmas Presents! by Shelly

Hey y'all! Shelly, here.
Today I'm sharing some cute little Christmas presents with you!

How about that wrapping paper?!...I used one of the patterned SRM Sticker bag for my gift wrapping! I started with a large bag and simply cut it open to lay flat. Which in return gave me enough paper to wrap two little presents. Simple, yeah?!

To finish my presents off, I stacked them and used some jute twine to hold everything together. After, I used some fun and festive stickers (which I did a little fussy cutting with) to embellish my presents and tag. Sweet, yeah?!...

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Enjoy your day!

SRM Stickers supplies:

Red Jute Twine

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thanksgiving Table by Karen

Hello!  Karen here today sharing some ideas and a video!

Thanksgiving is such a sweet time to spend with friends and family. It's fun to make the decor and table settings extra special. Here's a quick and easy idea for you to try. Tuck your fancy silverware in a small dotted pouch marked with the initial of each guest in vinyl. Don't forget to add a small card at each place setting for guests to record what they are most thankful for. Later, these cards make great additions in a planner or scrapbook with photos of the day's festivities and a record of Thanksgiving.

Watch it come together in this quick video.

For this project, I used: