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January 2012

Come to the "All New" Technique Tuesday Blog Hop!

Hello all!

We are sure excited to be debuting new stamps this week at the CHA trade show, and we have a real treat for you today.

Our Stamping Techs have been playing with some of the new stamps already and have worked up some stellar projects with them for you to see.

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 Flurry stamp set.

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We’ll also pick one person to win the Missing You by Ali Edwards 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 Feb. 2nd The winner will be announced on Feb. 3rd sometime here on the Technique Tuesday blog.
Thanks for stopping by!

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Tips from the Pros

Hello Creative Readers and especially Studio AE members! 

This month's Studio AE stamp set, Bring on the Love by Ali Edwards, features several solid images. Plus some of my favorite stamp sets, such as Life Is Good, have large solid images. It can be challenging to get a good stamped impression using these kinds of stamps. So we asked our creative team for their advice on how to get good results with large solid images stamps. Here's their advice:

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Here's what they had to say.

* Laura used several of the Studio AE set's solid images.

"My biggest tip with these is be prepared to stamp them a few times until you get something you're happy with!

I pounce the inkpad on the stamp several times and then look at the surface really closely to see if there is even coverage and no specks of lint.  If it looks good I press the stamp to the paper, pick it up, and hope for the best.  It usually takes me 2-3 tries to get one I'm happy with.
  
For dye inks, I like Memento. I think it gives very even coverage and it is also a detailed ink so it keeps the sentiment and other white spaces looking crisp. I also like the Colorbox chalk inks, but I don't have many of these. And heat embossing with clear EP using pigment inks looks great on solid images, if you feel like getting out the heat gun."
* Nichol said her best tip for getting results with the set's solid stamps is to take the ink pad to the stamp.
"Lay the stamp on an acrylic block face up on your work table and take your ink pad to the stamp to ink it. I find that I get much more even coverage on large stamps this way."
* Teri suggests taking the time to season the stamps before you start using them.
"Ink them up and then stamp them several times on scratch paper before you start stamping with them."
Teri said that if you are having a hard time with getting good impression with the more solid stamps in the set to make sure you are stamping on a good solid surface. Also, make sure you are using good stamp form.
"That means putting the stamp in the middle of the block rather than a corner, not rocking the block as you stamp with it and apply good even pressure when you stamp."
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February Studio AE Sneak Peek

It's almost February so how about a sneak peek of the upcoming Studio AE stamp set?

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We think this new stamp set from Ali Edwards will quickly become one of your favorites.

We will reveal the whole set on Feb. 1st.

For information about our Studio AE program, check out our Web site.

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Count down to CHA!

Beautiful cards and layouts? Check! Make-n-take supplies? Check! Lots of new products? Check! We are counting down to CHA! At the show, we will be debuting more than 70 new stamp sets. If you are going to the show, stop by our booth. We will be offering make and takes and information sessions with our team and our special guests, well-known scrapbooker Ali Edwards, and Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Teri Anderson. Our booth is #3178!

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If you are not going to CHA, watch your inbox later this week! We will be sending an email newsletter to all our wholesale customers.

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Make Candy Cups with Jaclyn

Hi!

Jaclyn here. Do you like to give special things to your loved ones for Valentine's Day?  It seems like every store has aisles and aisles of candy for this holiday. So, let's create these cute, little candy dishes today to put all of that sweetness in.

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These are actually cupcake wrappers and they are so easy to make. Start with the pattern found HERE.

I created my own background paper using stamps from Smooch by Ali and the heart from Sweet Baby by Ali.

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Cut out your pattern and glue the ends together. 

To hold my liners in place, so that my goodies didn't fall through the bottom, here's what I did. Place the liner inside and punch 2 holes in the back and three holes in the front, going through both the wrapper and the liner.

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Then thread your ribbon through the holes, placing both ends out the middle hole in the front.

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This also prevents your ribbon from moving around on the outside of the cup. Tie a bow in the front and place a 5" x 5" square of tissue paper into the cup. Fill with candy and your cups are ready to please all of your guests and family members (or if you're me, they can go straight into your mouth)

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As I mentioned above, these are actually cupcake wrappers, so you could just as easily wrap them around your baked cupcakes and frost. If you give this a try, I'd love to see it. Post a project online and link it up to Technique Tuesday's Facebook page.

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Make Valentine Cards for a Whole Class with Sharyn

Sharyn here!

I have a confession to make. Ready?
I’m a bit of a Valentine snob. I just can’t get myself to buy store-bought Valentines. It sure would be easier with three out of four kids passing out Valentines this year, but I can’t do it.

So we make our Valentines in this house.
What we do each year varies from year to year and child to child.

This year we’re getting an early start since I have three kids passing out Valentines.

When I’m making Valentines (or any type of card) for a number of recipients, I make them in an assembly line fashion, like so:
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First, I gather my supplies. In this case I pulled my Monsters Ink and Love, Ali stamp sets, my corner rounder and a piece of kraft cardstock just to get me started.
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In using a piece of 12 x 12 kraft cardstock, I can get 12 cards out of one piece by cutting them 3” x 4”.
This will take care of my youngest son’s class. When making my other son’s cards, we’ll use two pieces of cardstock.
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I then have a strong need to round the corners on each card. It makes such a difference, in my mind.
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Then, adding a piece of white cardstock and black ink to my supplies, I stamped the little monster from the Monsters Ink set 12 times.
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I then cut each one out and gather in a little pile, ready for coloring.
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I also decided to stamp some hearts from the Love, Ali set onto scraps of patterned paper. With all of these in a ready to work pile I’m ready to get to work. I can be found putting these pieces in a small container and taking them on the road with me if I’m waiting at the doctor’s office or picking up a kid from sports. I like having work I can take on the go. In this case, I cut and colored these pieces while helping the kids with their homework.
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With all the pieces colored and trimmed out, I was then ready to begin assembly.

I ended up stamping the sentiment from the Monsters Ink set onto white cardstock and adhering it to the bottom of the kraft card, adding a little bit of red for a border and remembering to round the
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With foam dots, I adhered the Monster and then added a few hearts above his head.

Now to start planning the other kid’s Valentines!

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Last Day of Our Big, Big Sale

Time is running out!

It is January 17th! That means today is the very last day that you can get all of our retiring stamp sets, project kits and accessories for 60% off.

To take advantage of this deal, just go to the retiring products section of our website and load up your cart. When you are ready to check out, enter coupon code GoodLuck. This offer expires at midnight EST.

One more thing: If you are a Studio AE member, use your regular Studio AE coupon code to get 60% off the retiring products and we will ship your retiring products for free with your February Studio AE stamp set.

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January Studio AE Blog Hop Winners

The time has come to end this month’s Studio AE Blog Hop and choose some prize winners.

The winner of the Hearts by Ali Edwards set is Nicole Maki, who left a comment on Laura’s blog (1/10 at 12 p.m.)

The winner of our The Cupcakery stamp set is Chunyuan, who left a comment on Daniela’s blog (1/10 at  9:47 a.m.).

Congrats winners! Teri will send you both emails shortly so we can get your prizes out to you.

A big thanks to everyone who left comments for us during the blog hop.

The new Bring on the Love by Ali Edwards stamp set is now shipping to Studio AE members. If you are not a Studio AE member and would like the set, it’s available for a limited time through our Web site and at select retailers.

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Our next Studio AE Blog Hop will be February 10th.

Our Stamping Techs will be blog hopping before that on Jan. 30th. They will be sharing projects made with some of the new stamp sets we will be introducing at the CHA-Winter show later this month.

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Cool Project Alert: One Pretty Tin from Christina

True story: We went all went a bit crazy last week when Christina Colón shared this cool tin with us on Facebook.

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Isn't it beautiful? We love how she stamped used our Harlequin Harmony to stamp it right onto the tin.It's like it was made to go on it.

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Thank you to Christina for letting us share her tin here with you!

We always love seeing what you all dream up with our stamps, patterned paper and other products and would love to see what you have made lately. You can share them with us through Facebook and Twitter. You can also send your projects for consideration in our Customer gallery on our Web site.

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LAST CHANCE: 60% off all retiring products!

Whether you say "Goodbye", "Farewell", "Ciao" or "What a great deal", this is the final week of our progressive sale!

From now through Tuesday January 17th (at midnight EST), all of our retiring stamp sets, project kits, and accessories are 60% off.

Just go to the retiring products section of our website and load up your cart. When you are ready to check out, enter coupon code GoodLuck.

One more thing: If you are a Studio AE member, use your regular Studio AE coupon code to get 60% off the retiring products and we will ship your retiring products for free with your February Studio AE stamp set.

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