Friday, October 3, 2014

October Challenge

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great week. We have made it to my favorite month, October! I love all things pumpkin, Halloween and the crisp weather. I just love the overall feeling of October.  Here are the rules for this challenge...have fun!

we ask is the you use ONLY SRM Stickers and Products but you can also use SRM in combination with your own stamps, papers, die cuts and so on!

Our rules (to keep this fun and fair):

1.  Only SRM product is permitted but you can combine with any stamps, paper, die cuts, etc. 

2.  Please comment on the project ahead of you and behind you in the link.  Everyone LOVES comments!

3.  You can link to other challenges - there is no limit.

4.  Anything that is offensive or does not follow our guidelines will be removed.  

5.  Have fun!

Prizes:

The winner will receive a Prize Package from the SRM Online Store.  We will also be recognizing some honorable mentions! 
http://thesrmchallenge.blogspot.ca/



For this months challenge I decided to use the theme and inspiration photo. I liked the classic orange and black colors of the inspiration photo. I decided to make my card into a mummy and I think he turned out really cute. I hope you play along with us this month and have a wonderful October!
And dont forget to check out the rest of the design teams creations.

~Tori



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Seeing stamps in a different way

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a fantastic week so far. Today I wanted to show you how you can use your stamps in a different way. When I am trying to figure out how to use a stamp  in an unexpected way I like to do a couple things, first I use my fingers to mask off different parts of the stamp to see if it starts to look like something else. I also like to turn in upside down or on its side because sometimes this helps me imagine it as something else.


To make the flowers I used the Christmas tree in this stamp set. When I turned it upside down it started to look like a flower to me. Now obviously you cant do this with all your stamps like the bunnies really cant be anything other then bunnies. The other two trees in this set would be fun banners or maybe party hats. I love being able to use my Christmas stamps all year long.


I selectively ink up the parts of the trees I wanted to use but you could mask it off too. I first stamped in a light color and then inked just the bottom of my stamp in a darker color to get a nice ombre affect. The stems of the flowers are from Lawn Fawn's "Love you S'more" set.



To create this card I used my masking method to come up with the idea of the shark fin.
I stamped on watercolor paper and used copics to color the fin in. I stamped the ocean in different distress inks then sprayed with water so i would get soft looking waves.



This card I have shared before but still wanted to show it to you. This idea was not mine to use the flowers as apples but I thought it was brilliant so I had to create my own version of it. The apples I made are actually the base to flowers but if you don't stamp the top piece of the flower they are just blobs that you can use for lots of other projects. I made them into apples but they could also be pears, cookies or stacked to make a snowman.
So I encourage you to pull out your stamps and stretch them a little further to create something unexpected. There is no right or wrong way to do this technique. Just start creating!

Happy Crafting
~Tori



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Distress Markers


Hello everyone! Will fall ever come? I am ready for that nice crisp air and wonderful colors that only fall can bring. I recently got some new distress markers and thought I would share a couple cards I created with them.




These markers are so easy to use. If you have a hard time water-coloring images these markers will be your new favorite product. Creating these flowers was so quick and easy. I dont want to tell you to much about these cards right now because I am going to be starting my Feature Friday's again and my next one is on watercolors. So every first Friday of the month I will be featuring a new technique or products I like to use. So I thought this post with the water-colored flowers would be a nice peek into some things I will be showing you.
Happy Crafting!

~Tori

Friday, September 19, 2014

September Reminder

Hello Everyone. i just wanted to remind everyone that there is still time to play along over at the SRM challenge blog
http://thesrmchallenge.blogspot.com/
Click here for all the rules



I made a fun treat bag for my project. The bag is an SRM kraft bag and they are perfect for gifts and little treats. I stamped the "apples" using a set that is supposed to be for building flowers. I didn't have an apple stamp but thought this was pretty close. Real apples are not perfectly round so I think that's why this flower stamp works. I love taking stamps and using them in a different way then they were made for. I also bought this fun new product from ranger, sticky embossing powder. I love glitter but it is so messy I don't use it a lot but with this product I think I will be using glitter a lot more. I will do another post on this sticky embossing powder. Please stop by http://thesrmchallenge.blogspot.com/ and play along! I cant wait to see what you create.

~Tori

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Watercolor + Bokeh background

Hello Everyone! Its been to hot here in San Diego that I have spent a lot of time sitting around crafting so I decided to play along with Fusion Card Challenge today.


I love making watercolor backgrounds. They are so quick and easy but it looks like you took a long time making it. I have also been seeing a lot of cards out their with the Bokeh style so I decided to attempt to re-create that look with this card. I must confess that creating the Bokeh effect took me four different times and I finally decided this card was close enough. I made my own stencil using acetate and some circle punches I had. I think you can buy stamps to create this effect but I wanted to use what I had at home. For my first two attempts at this card I used Avery Elle white pigment ink and they still haven't dried and its been a week. I don't know if there is a trick to getting your pigment inks to dry but mine is still smearing after a WEEK! Needless to say I needed a new white ink so I ended up using Memento Luxe pigment ink and it dried in a matter of hours. The big circles I applied less ink to make them appear to be behind the little circles. The smaller the circles got the more ink I applied to make them appear closer.  
I am happy with how this card turned out and hope you enjoyed it too!
Have a great week

~Tori


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Distress Inking

Hello everyone! Today i decided to play along with the lawnscaping Challenge blog. I LOVE lawn Fawn stamps and one of my favorites is Penelope's Blossoms. I am really loving all the stamp sets that you can build your own custom designs and this stamp set is perfect for that. You get all these beautiful flowers in all different sizes and some great sentiments. So the theme of this challenge is one layer cards. When I saw this challenge I thought this would be no problem to create a one layer card but it turned out to be much more challenging then I originally thought. I loved playing along this month because I really pushed myself to create a one layer card that still had lots of dimension.


So to create the watercolor look behind the sentiment I used my distress inks and WATERCOLOR paper(the watercolor paper is key), now this took a bit of time to create but I think it was well worth it. I inked up different sections of my sentiment using bright colored distress inks. I ink one color at a time, stamped then cleaned my stamp and repeated the process. If you had the mini distress ink pads you could probably do the whole sentiment at once but I have the big ones so I did one section at a time. After I had my sentiment all stamped I used a mini mister (any sprayer would work) and sprayed my sentiment. The great thing about distress inks are they instantly react with the water and give you a beautiful watercolor look. After it had dried completely I stamped the sentiment again in black so it was nice and bold. Now if you did this technique on regular cardstock it would work but your results would not be as good. The watercolor paper really allows those colors to bleed and still stay vibrant.
Here is another card I did using the same technique just with different stamps by Avery Elle.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!
~Tori




Friday, September 5, 2014

September Challenge


Hello everyone and welcome to another SRM challenge. I love september because I can feel fall start to slowly creep in. Fall is my absolute favorite season. I love the colors and cozy feeling I get. This Months challenge really kicks off fall right with back to school vibe and the Apples/Harvest theme. I hope you play along this month because you can win some awsome prizes and who doesnt want their creation to win stuff? Here are the rules for this challenge.

we ask is the you use ONLY SRM Stickers and Products but you can also use SRM in combination with your own stamps, papers, die cuts and so on!

Our rules (to keep this fun and fair):

1.  Only SRM product is permitted but you can combine with any stamps, paper, die cuts, etc. 

2.  Please comment on the project ahead of you and behind you in the link.  Everyone LOVES comments!

3.  You can link to other challenges - there is no limit.

4.  Anything that is offensive or does not follow our guidelines will be removed.  

5.  Have fun!

Prizes:

The winner will receive a Prize Package from the SRM Online Store.  We will also be recognizing some honorable mentions! 
http://thesrmchallenge.blogspot.ca/

There is a sketch, a color challenge, an inspiration photo and a theme!  Choose one of the challenges or all 4! Create one card for each challenge or create a card that incorporates ALL the challenges! 


I loved the idea of doing a back to school card for this challenge. I think this card would be so fun to give your kids their first day of school as a good luck. The SRM stickers look so great on vellum. I love that it looks like you took a lot of time stamping all those sentiments but you simply used those wonderful SRM stickers. This card is simple so it would be easy to make multiples for all your kids 

If you are interested in the SRM products I used you can find them here:


Make sure to check out the rest of the design team and their beautiful projects!

I cant wait to see what you guys create!
Happy crafting
~Tori

Friday, August 1, 2014

Back to school

Hello Everyone and welcome to another month of an SRM challenge! Growing up I loved going back to school. I loved being able to see all my friends, show off my new clothes and of course meet my new teacher. For this months card I decided to make a card for all those hard working teachers out there. Here are the rules for this months challenge.
 All we ask is the you use ONLY SRM Stickers and Products but you can also use SRM in combination with your own stamps, papers, die cuts and so on!

Our rules (to keep this fun and fair):

1.  Only SRM product is permitted but you can combine with any stamps, paper, die cuts, etc. 

2.  Please comment on the project ahead of you and behind you in the link.  Everyone LOVES comments!

3.  You can link to other challenges - there is no limit.

4.  Anything that is offensive or does not follow our guidelines will be removed.  

5.  Have fun!

Prizes:

The winner will receive a Prize Package from the SRM Online Store.  We will also be recognizing some honorable mentions! 
http://thesrmchallenge.blogspot.ca/

So here is the deal there is a sketch, a color challenge, an inspiration photo and a theme!  Choose one of the challenges or all 4! Create one card for each challenge or create a card that incorporates ALL the challenges! 
I decided this month I would base my card off the theme which was back to school...here it is!
I used SRM Honeydew twine and Teacher Quick Cards stickers
which you can find here

This moth we have a wonderful guest designer named Stacey Schafer so make sure to check out her card!
and of course go and check out the rest of the talented design team cards. They are all so talented and have some beautiful cards to share with you.

Happy Crafting!!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

July SRM Challenge

Hello everyone and welcome to another SRM challenge. Last months projects were amazing, everyone did a wonderful job! This month we are changing  things up a bit. There is a sketch, a color challenge, an inspiration photo and a theme!  Choose one of the challenges or all 4! Create one card for each challenge or create a card that incorporates ALL the challenges! 

All we ask is the you use ONLY SRM Stickers and Products but you can also use SRM in combination with your own stamps, papers, die cuts and so on!

Our rules (to keep this fun and fair):

1.  Only SRM product is permitted but you can combine with any stamps, paper, die cuts, etc. 

2.  Please comment on the project ahead of you and behind you in the link.  Everyone LOVES comments!

3.  You can link to other challenges - there is no limit.

4.  Anything that is offensive or does not follow our guidelines will be removed.  

5.  Have fun!

Prizes:

The winner will receive a Prize Package from the SRM Online Store.  We will also be recognizing some honorable mentions! 


You can make one card that incorporates all four challenges of do different cards for each theme. I decided to use the color challenge as my inspiration. I used and SRM doily, stitched borders,and patriotic stickers by the dozen.

Check out what the rest of the deisgn team did this month. They are all amazing!!

Plus we have an amazing guest designer this month

Have fun playing along and Happy 4th of July!!
~Tori

Friday, June 6, 2014

Happy Summer

Hello everyone! I hope you had fun playing along with last months challenge. We had a ton of great participants! This months challenge is all about summer. When I think of summer I think of watermelon, the beach and otter pops. I had a lot of fun with this months challenge and hope you join in.




Check out the other design team members projects and play along at thesrmchallenge.blogspot.com!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Hippo Birdie!

Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful week. Today I decided to play along with the Lawnscaping Challenge. This challenge blog is all about Lawn Fawn and they challenge this week is creating your own backgrounds with stamps. You can play along too HERE.


I decided to make a birthday card using the Year Four stamp by Lawn Fawn. This stamp set is so cute and makes me laugh every time I see it. The sentiment that goes with the hippo and bird is perfect for a fun birthday card.


To create my background I used the balloon from the set and stamped it using a watermark randomly around my kraft paper. 
The colorful polka dot paper is an older line from Bo-Bunny and was a birthday line.
The banner I stamped the sentiment in is from another Lawn Fawn stamp set called Penelope's Flowers, which is one of my favorite sets of Lawn Fawn.

Happy Mother's day and have a great weekend
~Tori


Friday, May 2, 2014

SRM Challenge #2:Birhtday's

Hello everyone! I hope you all participated in last months challenge. I love making birthday cards so this challenge was especially fun for me. 



I used an Avery Elle stamp for the animal balloons and i think they are just to cute. They are perfect for a birthday card and the SRM sentiments fit perfectly in the center of the balloon. I also used SRM twine and another sentiment in the middle of my card. 
Be sure to play along this month. There are fun prizes!
http://thesrmchallenge.blogspot.ca/
Make sure to check out the rest of the design team and their beautiful projects!


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Exciting News

I have some exciting news for everyone...we have three new designers on the SRM Challenge blog. Please welcome



and last but not least 
My Photo

Please stop by their blogs and welcome them to the team!
Plus don't forget to  join us Friday for this months challenge!



Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Just because

I made these cards a while back and thought they were so cute I just had to share them. Both these cards are made using Lawn Fawn stamps. I was feeling in the mood to make some winter cards (maybe because as it gets hotter the more I long for winter) so I busted out my winter stamps and got to work.



Well I hope you enjoyed and have a crafty wednesday!
~Tori

Friday, April 4, 2014

SRM Challenge: Celebrations


Hello everyone!! Its the first SRM challenge and I am so excited to see all the beautiful projects everyone submits. This months challenge is celebrations. I think this is a perfect first challenge because their are so many different options for you to choose from. My brother-in-law and his wife are pregnant and are having a girl! I decide this challenge was the perfect opportunity to make their baby shower card.



I used and SRM sentiment, doilies and strawberry twine.
Hope you play along and good luck to everyone!
Make sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created

Happy Crafting
Tori


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dress Up!

Hello everyone! I decided to play along with Fusion because I love their inspiration this week. You can find the challenge here. I LOVE dress forms and it just so happens that I have a beautiful stamp of one (for some reason I had never used it so this challenge gave me a good reason to pull it out). 
Here is this weeks inspiration

and here is my card

The paper is a Kaiser Craftt line( not sure which one)
The dress form and ruler are part of the same stamp set by The Girls' Paperie
The sentiment, doily and and twine are SRM
The buttons are Bo Bunny

Thanks for stopping by!
Tori


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Have you heard the news?!

SRM has started a new challenge blog and I have been asked to be on the design team!! I think it is pretty obvious that I am so excited and honored to be part of this wonderful group of ladies. 



The first challenge is Friday, April 4th, there will be a new challenge every month and we would love for you to come  play along. 
Thanks and I look forward to seeing your SRM creations!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

DD #91

Hello all. I decided to have some fun and join another challenge this week. Today I am playing along with Dynamic Duos. So here is their color combo for the week

and here is my card
supplies:
paper-October Afternoon
SRM sentiment & doily
Studio 490 embossing paste
Heidi Swapp stencil 
Well I got some embossing paste a couple weeks ago and have been itching to play with it. This is the first time I have ever used the paste and really love the way it turned out. Since this was the first time I had used the paste I messed up on a few parts of the card but nothing to noticeable. It drys a little transparent but that's probably because I didn't put a very thick  layer on. I am going to make a few more cards using the embossing paste to share with everyone next week and hopefully have some tips/tricks for using it. 
Till next time!
~Tori


Friday, February 21, 2014

Fusion #4

Hello all my crafty friends. Well its been a while since I posted anything so I thought I would play along with a challenge this week. I have decided to play along with Fusion Card Challenge and I had a wonderful time making my card. Last week a friend of mine really helped my out and I wanted to make her a thank you card so this challenge was a perfect opportunity to make her card.
So here is the inspiration for the card challenge

and here is my card
I used October Afternoon's 9 to 5 collection, Martha Stewart butterflies and an SRM sentiment.
Hope you enjoyed
Happy crafting!!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Challenge Time

Hello all my crafty friends! Well its been a while since I shared anything you with you so I decided to do a card challenge. Today I am joining the Curtain Call challenge and you can also play along here. I always have a lot of fun with the Curtain Call challenges. They give you a picture and you create your project using the picture as your inspiration. So here is the picture they give you

And here is my card
I tried to keep it pretty simple. I loved the red and kraft together in the inspiration picture so I wanted to bring that element into my card. The frame is a Maya Road product, sentiment/twine is SRM and the heart is Bella Blvd.
I hope you enjoyed my card and have a wonderful day
~Tori