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June 2011

Free Shipping for Studio AE Members

If you are a member of Studio AE we want to remind you that you can purchase additional products on our website without having to pay extra shipping charges. All the details are in the Studio AE newsletter that went out today. If you are a member of Studio AE and you didn't get the newsletter, send a note to our Customer Care team and they'll send you the details. Hurry - you have to have your order in by July 4th at midnight to get the free shipping this month!

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Celebrate the USA

Hello everyone! If you live here in the USA, you are probably planning to celebrate the birth of our country this weekend by putting out the flag, having a barbeque, or watching some fireworks. Wherever you live, I hope this red, white, and blue card will inspire you. Plus I hope you enjoy this special offer: you can get 15% off the products that I used to make this card. Keep reading to learn how I made this card and to learn more about the special offer!

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To make the stars:

1. I started with blank stars from the FUNdamental Stars Technique Tiles.

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2. I rubbed a blue ink pad across each of the stars until they were completely covered with blue ink.

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3. Using my scissors, I embossed lines down the stars. (Note: It works best when you use your hand to hold the tile down as you etch the lines onto the stars.)

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4. The end result looks like this.

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We'd love to see your take on this technique. Post your project and post a link to it on TT's Facebook page. You can also send us a link to your project via Twitter (@TTStamps).

Plus don't forget that you can get 15% off all of these products through July 4, 2011.

Fundamentals of Stars Technique Tiles

Harlequin Harmony Stamp Set

Perspectives Paper Pack (including designs by Ali Edwards)

A Date with Ali (by Ali Edwards)

Let's Call It a Date

Wishing you a Happy 4th of July!

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Sneak Peek of the July Studio AE Stamp Set

Hello everyone!

It is the end of the month!

That means it's a time for a sneak peek of the July Studio AE stamp set.

Can I get a woohoo?

This sneak peek comes at you, courtesy of Laura O'Donnell.

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If you look really close, you can see two stamps from the new set on Laura's sneak peek.

Check out the Studio AE page on our Web site on the 1st and you'll be able to see the whole stamp set.

For now, here are a few tidbits for you about the new stamp set:

* The set is called Get Outside by Ali Edwards.

* It consists of 10 stamps (2 images and 8 phrases).

* It has an outdoor theme. Whether you use it for scrapbook pages about kids playing in the park or cards with a nature feel, you'll find this to be a very versatile stamp set.

* Some additional stamp sets from Technique Tuesday that our Studio AE team members have found work nice with this stamp set are: Growing Wild; Kids are Cool by Ali Edwards and Fleur

The set ships to Studio AE members between July 10th and 15th. It will also be available in July for a limited time for purchase without Studio AE membership on the Technique Tuesday web site.

Stay tuned for more peeks of this great new set.

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Fabulous and Fun Projects with Felt on Friday

Hi everyone!

A happy Friday to you.

Did you know Technique Tuesday hits the road each year, attending  scrapbook conventions all over the United States? This year, we will hit 15 cities by the year's end and will have logged literally thousands of miles.

At convention, we offer some exclusive items in our booth that we don't currently offer on our Web site. This year, we've got: seam binding ribbon (50 cents a yard); felt; zippers; and, even, Technique Tiles by the piece (starting at 25 cents)! 

I wanted to share two fun projects today that were made by our Stamping Techs with some TT's convention booth exclusives.

Laura O'Donnell created this card using some of the felt offered in our convention booths in assortment packs.

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Laura diecut the hearts. Then, she added a sentiment from the Loving Words by Ali Edwards stamp set.

Daniela Dobson cut the large butterfly here from some our felt. She also made the circle with one of the zippers we offer at conventions.

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Daniela also used some stamp sets that are available in our booth and are always available on our Web site, too: Renaissance Remnants, Amazing by Ali Edwards and This Life by Ali Edwards.

Check our Convention Schedule to see if we are coming to a city near you.

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Shadow Stamping with Watercolor Crayons

Hi everyone!

If you have stamped very long, you have probably heard of shadow stamping. But did you know you can shadow stamp with a stamping block and Technique Tuesday's new watercolor crayons?

It's super fun and way easy!

Let me show you how.

To pull of this technique, you are going to need:

* Watercolor crayons

* A clear stamping block

* A spritzing bottle filled with water

* Cardstock

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And here's what you do:

1. Scribble the watercolor crayon all over your stamping block. Be generous with the color and lay down a lot of it.

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2. Spritz or mist the block with water. I squirted it two to three times.

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3. Press your stamping block firmly (crayon colored side down) onto a panel of cardstock. (Just in case you are wondering, I'm just using inexpensive, basic white cardstock here. Watercolor paper works well, too.)

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4. Remove the block. And ta-da! You have a cool shadow background to stamp on once the color is dry.

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I made all of these background with this shadow stamping technique.

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And I made this little set of cards with technique.

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I simply mounted the backgrounds to cards made from cardstock. I stamped a sentiment from the Loving Words by Ali Edwards stamp set on each one. Then, I finished them off by coloring in some of the letters with crayons and adding gems.

If you try this technique, I'd love to see your results!

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Stamped Backgrounds with Watercolor Crayons

Have you caught the watercolor crayon bug yet?

Seems Technique Tuesday's Stamping Techs have. They've been playing with them a lot.

Daniela Dobson found a really fun way to use them while working on this card.

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She used a paintbrush to wet a polka dot stamp from our Passion for Polka set with water. 

Then, she colored over the stamp with a crayon and stamped.

So cool! I love the result.

She said that while she used Kraft cardstock for this card, the polka dots would have been even more vibrant on white.

In addition to using the crayons to color the polka dots, Daniela used them to color in the tree house on the branch. 

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Well done, Daniela!

Here's to having fun with watercolor crayons.

Stay tuned to our blog for more great projects and tips for using them. 

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Don't Miss Laura's Color Challenge

We love a good challenge, and Stamping Tech Laura O’Donnell has a great one up her sleeve.

Laura is hosting a Color Challenge for World-Wide Stamping Weekends on twopeasinabucket.com.

Laura's challenge calls for making something with purple, lavender, red, light blue, and a neutral color on it. (Need to see a swatch of those colors? Hit Laura’s challenge post to see one.)

 “These colors are not specific to any particular ink manufacturer,” Laura said. “You can use what you've got and just try to get as close as you can.”

The only catch is the project has to be stamped.

Laura took the challenge herself and came up with this fun card that uses one of our Periwinkle watercolor crayons with the Harlequin stamp from our Harlequin Harmony set.

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To make the background, she colored the white paper with the crayon. She then used water to spread the color.

While the paint was wet, she pressed the uninked Harlequin Harmony stamp into it to pick some off the color and make the reverse pattern.

She finished her design off by heat embossing the Eiffel Tower with black embossing powder and the sentiment frame with red embossing powder.

What a great idea!

Laura’s challenge runs through June 19th.

Be sure to check it out. She will give away a Technique Tuesday stamp set and Technique Tiles to one of the participants.

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June Studio AE Blog Hop Winners!

It’s prize time!

We are happy to announce the winners of the June Studio AE Blog Hop.

The winners were found on the blogs of Laura and Sharyn.

On Laura’s blog, the winner was Mel Horn, who left a comment on 6/10 at 12:37 p.m.

On Sharyn’s blog, the winner was Ellie.

Congrats to you both!

You have both won the So Sorry by Ali Edwards stamp set.

We have your email addresses so Teri will send you a note shortly so she can get your prizes out to you.

Before we go, we’d like to send a big thanks to everyone who stopped by our blogs over the last few days and left so many nice comments about our projects and the June Studio AE stamp set.

Thanks so very much from all of us. We love hearing from you and being able to share our ideas with you.

Please be sure to share the projects you make with the new stamp Studio AE set. We’d love to see what you do with it.

Please send us a link via Twitter (@TTStamps) or on our Facebook page. You can also submit them for consideration on the Studio AE gallery page on our Web site.

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June Studio AE from Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

Hi everyone!

Hooray! It's the 10th, which means it is time for the monthly Studio AE Blog Hop.

We at Technique Tuesday would love to invite you to join our Studio AE team today for the June Studio AE Blog Hop.

The team is joining Ali Edwards to show off some fun and fantastic projects they made with June’s Studio AE stamp set. Believe me when I say that these projects will knock your socks off.

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The new stamp set from Ali and Technique Tuesday is called, “The Observant Traveler by Ali Edwards.”  The set consists of 24 clear stamps. The set works great for scrapbook pages, cards and mini books.

 The set ships to Studio AE members between the 10th and the 15th. Non-Studio AE members can also purchase the set for a limited time through the Technique Tuesday Web site. Some retailers are also now offering the Studio AE stamp sets for purchase.

Please check out the blogs of Ali and all of Technique Tuesday’s Studio AE team members taking part in today’s blog hop.

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Kelly Purkey (June's Studio AE Guest!)

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Laura

Sharyn

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Leave a comment on one or all of their blogs by Midnight PST on June 12th.

We’ll pick two people from comments received on all seven of the blogs to receive the So Sorry by Ali Edwards stamp set from Technique Tuesday.

The more comments you leave, the better chance you have to win. The winners will be announced here on the Technique Tuesday blog on June 13th so be sure to check it out.

We hope you will join us in today's fun!

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Crayons + Twill tape = FUN

My name is Teri, and I love my crayons.

Specifically, I love the watercolor crayons Technique Tuesday recently started selling.

As Bev says, they are crayons for adults.

They are as easy to use as childrens' crayons, but these crayons lay down is much richer, more pigmented, and more lightfast than the products for children. Plus, you can create beautifully shaded images using just one of these crayons.

The best part is TT carries 36 different colors. Pink, red, blue, greenyellow and more! 

One of my favorite ways to use the crayons is to change the color of Technique Tuesday's Twill tape, just like I did on the strips on this card here.

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It's super easy.

Here's what you do:

1. Set a piece of twill tape on scratch paper.

2. Unwrap the paper off of part of the crayon.

3. Roll the crayon over and over the piece of twill tape until it is the color you prefer.

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