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December 2011

All Things Love Blog Hop Winners

Woohoo! The All Things Love Blog Hop is over, and we have some stamps to give away.

The winner of the Bear Necessities stamp set is: StacyC, who commented on Jaclyn’s blog (9:28 p.m. on 12/27).

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The winner of the Home Tweet Home stamp set is Sandra Itb, who left a comment on Tobi's blog (6:15 a.m. on 12/26).

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Congrats to the winners! Teri will be sending you emails shortly so we can send out your prizes.

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who took the time to leave comments for us during the Blog Hop.

We love reading your comments and sharing our ideas with you.

We'll be back again with another Technique Tuesday blog hop next month.

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It's Progressive Sale Time!

It is that time of year again. We are retiring some popular stamp sets to make room for the new products we have planned in 2012. Take advantage of this once-a-year chance to save during our progressive sale!

  • December 26th - January 1st: All retiring products are 40% off.
  • January 2nd - 8th: The discount will increase to 50% off.
  • January 9th - 15th: If there are any retiring products left, they will be an astounding 60% off.

But here's the catch... if you wait, you may get a bigger discount or you may find the products you want are permanently out-of-stock!

 

Let's kick off the sale with this week's code.

Visit the retiring section on our Web site. Select the retiring products you want and enter coupon code SafeBet when you check out to save 40% on those items this week!

 

Sign up for our newsletter to get next week's code first. It will also be shared on Facebook, Twitter and our blog, but newsletter subscribers get it first.

 

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Rockin' the Faux Metal Technique with Kris

Hello!

Kris here.

Today I am showing you the Faux Metal Technique using my All Aboard set from Technique Tuesday.

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First, apply Versamark ink to a small piece of cardstock.

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Then, completely cover it with metallic embossing powder. Heat embossing powder with heat gun. Repeat until you have at least 4-5 layers of embossing powder.

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Once you have 4-5 layers of embossing powder, you want to heat the powder again until hot. While still hot, stamp image using StazOn ink into the powder, pressing very firmly. You will need to do this quickly, before the powder cools.

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At this point, you can use the image whole, as I did, or you could trim around the image for a "faux metal" embellishment.

Here's a close up of my image.

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Here it is on a card.

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I also used the Vino and Measure Up sets.

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This card uses the same Faux Metal technique.

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Happy stamping!

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Check Out the All Things Love Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

Technique Tuesday’s Stamping Techs are blog hopping again, and they are sharing some amazing love-themed projects this month.

We'd love for you to check out the blogs of:

We love reading your comments so we will have some random draws for prizes.

From the comments received on all the blogs, we will pick one lucky person to win the Bear Necessities stamp set.

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We’ll also pick one person to win the Home Tweet Home stamp set.

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You don’t need to comment on all the blogs to be eligible to win. But the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!

Comments must be posted by midnight on Dec. 28th. The winner will be announced on Dec. 29th sometime here on the Technique Tuesday blog.

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A Quick Holiday Card from Tanis

Hello Fellow TT Fans!

It's Tanis chatting here today and sharing a quick card I made with some of TT's Technique Tiles.
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I really love the Technique Tiles - Squares, just because they're so versatile.
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In this card, I used my Holiday in a Box set with Passion for Polka.
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I prepared my tiles by coloring sections with my watercolor crayons and spritzing the tiles with water. I let them dry completely (a hair dryer can speed up this process), inked up my stamps with permanent black dye ink and stamped my images onto my tiles.
 
So fun and so easy! And I just love the dimension those little tiles give to a card.
 
Thanks for tuning in today and hope you are inspired to give this easy little technique a try!
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Last Minute Christmas Gifts with Teri

Say it with me: Christmas is just six days away.

Oh, good golly. Six whole days away!

Still looking for a few last minute gift ideas? Well, I've dug into my Technique Tuesday stash of stamps and used them to work up a couple easy holiday gift ideas for you today.

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This first gift is just a simple paint can filled with tulle and pieces of chocolate.

It took just minutes to make it.

I think the hardest part was creating the circle tag.

I started by cutting a couple circles from cardstock.I then stamped the Houndstooth pattern on the green circle with Technique Tuesday's Houndstooth stamp set.

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The word is from the Believe by Ali Edwards stamp set.

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For that, I stamped it on cardstock with red ink and then fussy cut it out. If you try fussy cutting a word out at home, just remember to take it easy as you cut the word out. It's no rush!

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Once I finished the stamping and cutting, I assembled the circle. I used Glue Dots to lay a couple glittery leaves behind the circle. I found these leaves in the floral department at the craft store, and I think they just add a special touch to the paint can.

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I created the second gift with clear plastic tubes.

I filled three tubes with chocolate candies. I then tied them together with tulle and made a circle tag to hang from the tulle.

I again used the Houndstooth and Believe by Ali Edwards stamp sets to make the circle.

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Happy holidays!

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Mask a Film Strip with Laura

Hello!

I'm Laura, and today’s tutorial focuses on masking with stamps.

Masking is a basic technique that allows images to overlap without showing a tangle of intersecting lines. It is done very simply with either sticky notes or plain paper and repositionable adhesive.

What I’m making today uses the filmstrip stamp from Life in Pictures and the tiny holiday images from Good Cheer to make a stamped embellishment for a scrapbook page.

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Here I’ve stamped the filmstrip 2 times side by side to make one long filmstrip.

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Next I’ve lined up the sticky edge of 2 sticky notes along the top left corner of the filmstrip and stamped one of the snowflakes with the image going off the edge.

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Take off the sticky notes and the image is in the frame. Now I’m going to keep going. I’ve moved the sticky note to cover the line separating the filmstrip frames and stamped another snowflake.

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Now for the next frame I moved the sticky note to the bottom and stamped the ornament. I must have had too much coffee because my hand wiggled and the image is not so crisp. Normally this would bother me and I’d start over but instead I’m going to try to fix this later.

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Next is Masking – Level 2. I stamped the ornament on the sticky part of a sticky note and cut it out to “mask” the ornament so that a snowflake could go behind it. I only cut out the one side because that’s the area I need to mask right now. Once you’ve stamped and cut out a mask you can use it over and over. I just stick them on the clear sheet with the stamps.

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And here is the finished filmstrip.

Here it is used on a layout.

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I used a sentiment from Celebrate the Seasons for my title.

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And here is a closeup. 

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By the way, the red ornament that I wasn’t too happy with is partially covered with a punched out snowflake. That’s how I “fixed” it. :)

I’ve done the masking  technique with the filmstrip before on cards, too.

Here is a summery card I made with Awesome Days of Summer.

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And a birthday card made with Happy Birthday.

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A Christmas Tag from Ashley

Hi everyone!

It's Ashley. Looking for an easy way to doll up your Christmas pages? Well, I have a fun Christmas tag to share with you today.

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I stamped the tag with stamps from the Celebrate the Seasons by Ali Edwards stamp set.

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To make the red border, I used a watercolor crayon and hot glue. Yes, really. Hot glue. 

I drew a line on the tag with hot glue.

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Then, I colored the line of hot glue with a watercolor crayon.

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This technique is so easy. And I just love this technique because the crayon gives the glue a soft color that makes it a beautiful accent for any project.

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