Monday, October 17, 2016

Kid Project - Boo Banner

Do you like to craft with your kids? I love to craft with my daughter, but I have to admit - sometimes it's really hard to let her do her own thing without me "directing" her. This month SRM asked me to create a project with kids and let them have fun! And guess what? We both did!
 For this "Boo Banner" project I used 5 embossed glassine bags as the banner bases. I added some acrylic paints in yellow and orange for color and texture and let it dry. I let my daughter pick out a font for the letters and cut them out with my die cut machine. Then I gathered all my Halloween themed stickers from my SRM stash. 
I told my daughter to use the borders to decorate the bags and then we would add the letters on top. My idea was to keep everything in nice straight lines, but she had her own ideas. So, with a deep breath, I stepped back and let her create.
As you can see, she piled on stickers and borders in all directions and you know what? It's awesome! Each piece is fun, colorful and original - just like her. We attached the pieces to ribbon with mini clothespins. Each mini clothespin also has a spider sticker on a punched white circle attached.
Letting your kids into your crafting stash can be scary at times, but it's also a wonderful way to celebrate and teach confidence in their own style and creativity. Plus, you'll both cherish the time you get to spend together and have a great project to show off both of your talents!

For this project I used:

Monday, October 3, 2016

Bible Journaling - Watercolor Twists Background

My page today is in my summer study journal. In Nehemiah chapter 9, God's people gathered to hear God's Word read to them and they confessed their sins and renewed their commitment to keep convenant with God. Despite the number of times they turned their backs on God (Nehemiah describes those times in sad detail) God continued to keep His promise and time and again granted them mercy and grace. As I was reading it struck me how they were saved purely by grace - not their own obedience. On this page I wanted to journal a prayer of thanks to God for his amazing grace and his wild love for me! No matter my own failings in obedience, He continually calls me back, forgives me, and helps me through His Holy Spirit to be a better me.

I created this fun and colorful background using the ColorIn Watercolor Twists. Have I mentioned how much I love these twistable watercolor pencils? So many ways to use them and such great color. The background is super quick and easy. I created a video for you to show you exactly how to create your own for your next bible journaling page or cards. Gather up: Watercolor Twists, a small plastic sheet (the backing to your SRM Faith stamps is great!), water, and a brush.

After my background was dry, I added a few rows of washi tape on the left side and a couple of printouts that came with my bible study. Then I turned to my SRM stamps. I used several stamp sets on this page (listed below). Yes, I did cut the BIG "thank you" so that it would fit on my page. So many great choices to create just the right sentiment on your bible journaling page - it's fun to mix and match from the different sets.

For this project I used:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Simple Brush Lettering and Lunch Box Notes

I love stashing little notes into my daughter's lunch bag. Sometimes it's just a quick little message scribbled on a scrap of paper, but I also like to pre-make cute notes to tuck in for her to discover and let her know I'm thinking about her and think she's amazing.

My SRM Faith and Planner stamps are giving me great inspiration for these notes. I used several stamps, brush markers (LePlumeII) and my ColorIn watercolor pencils to create a set for next week.

I've gotten lots of comments complementing my lettering on my Bible journaling pages. I'm no expert and I have to admit to having trouble achieving the look I want with just a brush marker. However - the dual tipped markers give me a great "cheater strategy" in getting the brush lettering look I like. Take a look at my simple brush lettering technique using Marvy Uchida LePlume II dual tipped markers in this video.

Now you can make your own little notes - for lunchboxes, the bathroom mirror, to send in the mail, or leave one for a coworker to find. Enjoy!

For this project I used:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Trick or Treat Layout

We aren't big into the scary parts of Halloween at our house, but we are all about the candy! SRM's clear stickers are perfect for us and it was fun to mix and match the iconic jack-o-lanterns, spiders, and candy corn, as well as lots of phrases and border stitches in this fun layout.
My daughter wanted to apply her own make-up when it was time to get ready to trick or treat, so I just watched and took some adorable photos. Behind my 5x7 photo are plenty of borders from various SRM sticker sheets. I also added a little bit of black acrylic paint for a bit of boldness and to tie in with the scalloped borders.
Titling my layout was easy with another phrase from the clear stickers on a cardstock flag above the photo. I just trimmed it out with a few more sticker stitches.
I cut out a few different sized white cardstock circles for the round stickers and popped them off my page with foam dots. To add more dimenstion and interest, I added the small candy corn stickers and then drew in black dots with a sharpie pen to round off the "confetti" look to my layout.
I had one lone spider that I hadn't used on my layout, so I grabbed a small kraft pillow box, more sticker stitches, and a bit of twine to make a quick treat holder - perfect for a couple of chocolates or a handful of yummy candy corn.

For this layout I used:

Friday, September 2, 2016

Happy Birthday Banner for a Birdhouse Birthday

We recently were able to celebrate the 70th Birthday of a wonderful and sweet woman - my husband's mom. To add to the day's celebration I created this fun birdhouse themed banner to hang at her party. I really like how the natural look and feel of the burlap ribbon and twine plays with the soft colors and elegant touches of lace ribbon and doilies.

I used my Cricut to cut the basic banner shapes (3 layers). I cut 4 inch doilies in half and adhered a half on the bottom portion of each base piece and added a row of black stitching sticker at the midpoint. Each two layered letter is adhered with pop dots for added dimension.

I love to add words and phrases to my projects and SRM clear stickers are perfect for doing just that. I used a variety of sticker sheets to find just the right words in just the right sizes to add fun details.

I wanted to add a little bit more to my banner and a strip of the new raw-edged burlap ribbon behind each banner shape added another great layer and natural element. I used mini clothespins to hang the pieces from the new jute twine.

To dress up my banner I also added several lengths of ribbon to each end, including the wired burlap (curled so cute!), white lace, and bit of the blue in a blue striped ribbon from my stash.

For this project I used:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Back to School

It's back to school around here. I love the yearly supply shopping and getting back to a routine. I'm glad my daughter loves school and shares some of my enthusiasm for this time of year.

It's also a great time for crafting up some back to school goodies. This year I created an adorable banner that I used for our annual back to school photo shoot and now have it hanging in our dining room. Most of the die cuts are Cricut cuts that I just selected randomly from various cartridges. I used school themed paper to coordinate the different elements. To add a little interest at the top of each pennant I added a small doilie (from SRM).  I also grabbed a few clear sentiment stickers from my SRM stash to add to some of the banners.

Of course we needed a sign for my 2nd grader to hold during the photo shoot and on the first day of school. I used an piece of wood (found a great size in my garage) and added some SRM stickers and a die cut title. Simple and much faster than the banner! 2nd Grade here she comes!!!

I also like to give a small gift to our new teacher. This small red wire basket was in the dollar bin at Target as were some of the included goodies. I used some more SRM stickers and put them on cardstock and attached a magnet to the back so they would stick to the basket. A little twine wrapped around it and the gift was done. Teaching is a hard job (I taught middle schoolers for 13 years). We like to look for anything we can do to make their day a little more fun and a little easier.

You can find the SRM sticker products I used HERE:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Walk in the Light

Today I'm sharing a page in my journaling Bible. In Ephesians 5:8 we are urged to, "walk as children of light." One of the many reasons I love SRM and am so excited to be a part of their Design Team is that, by offering a variety of faith-themed stickers and stamps, they are not only walking in the light, but shining that light and providing products for others to do the same. 

I wanted to set up a contrast between dark and light on this page ("...for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord." verse 8). To create the background, I used my ColorIn Watercolor Twists to color areas with black, purple, and blue. Then I took my waterbrush and began to blend them. I love this effect and it's easy to control the amount of water on these thin bible pages so it doesn't become completely saturated. 

When the page was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment and stars in (waterproof) black ink. The new SRM Faith stamp set "The Lord is my Light" worked perfectly here. This set makes it really easy to create a variety of perfect phrases and sentiments. I couldn't resist the super-cute star banner stamp found on the new "Birthday Plans" set either. To create the glow, I again used the Twistable and waterbrush to add the yellow. 

I used:
The Lord is my Light Faith Stamps | Birthday Plans Planner Stamps | ColorIn Watercolor Twist | Watercolor Brush