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February 2012

Just Plain Tree-mendous

Have you seen our new Tree-mendous stamp set?

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Check out this cool card Stamping Tech Daniela Dobson used it on!

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We just love it!

We think Tree-mendous is probably one of the most versatile stamp sets in our Winter 2012 release.

You can make a lot of different trees with it. All you need to do is stamp the tree trunk and then use any of the other stamps in the set to decorate it up. Stamp the tree trunk again and stamp a different set of leaves on top of it. And then do it again and again.

Just check out all these combinations Teri worked up with Tree-mendous.

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The possibilities really are endless.

One special feature of this set is how it is designed. We've included a mark in the three large sets of leaves so you can easily align them with the tree trunk when you stamp. Check this out.

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When you stamp the leaves over the trunk, you just have to make sure the notch is lined up with the trunk.

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Do that and it will help you get great results every time you stamp.

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No Monkeying Around Here

Here at Technique Tuesday we love a good challenge!

So we decided to throw out a challenge for our Stamping Techs. We asked them to take a look at this silly little sock monkey and make something inspired by it.

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Fun, huh?

And boy were they inspired. From taking inspiration from the monkey's color to making a winter-themed card because of him, our Stamping Techs came up with some amazing projects.

Go ahead and take a peek.

Kris was inspired by the texture of the monkey and gave this adorable kitten a hat. The kitten is from our new Cat's Meow set, while the hat is from Knit Wits.

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Laura also found inspiration in the monkey's texture and created this fun card with the Knit Wits set. She also drew inspiration from the monkey's color scheme.

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Tanis came up with this fun set of cards that uses the cute sea creatures from our Make A Splash stamp set.

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Tobi was inspired by the monkey's blue and green colors. She used those colors to color the butterfly (from our Wingin' It set) that she used on her card.

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Teri also found inspiration in the monkey's color scheme. She was also inspired by the stripes on his body and included some stripes on her card.

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Sharyn found inspiration in the monkey's colors for this card, which she made with our new Wishes stamp set.

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And Charlene also found inspiration in the monkey's color scheme.

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Please stop by the blogs of our Stamping Techs to give them some love. Click on each of the project pictures and you'll be taken to their respective blog posts.

We'll pick one person at random (who left a comment on one of the Stamping Techs' blogs) to win our Going Bananas stamp set. 

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Comments must be left by midnight on March 1st. We'll announce a winner here on the Technique Tuesday blog on March 2nd.

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Spotted: A Love You Card from Thienly

Truth: All of us at Technique Tuesday love seeing cool projects that use our products.

And we couldn't help but squeal when Thienly Azim shared her Love You card with us.

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Valentine's Day may have already passed, but it's never too late to send a card as sweet as this one is to someone you love.

We really love how Thienly used our Love Always Wins by Ali Edwards stamp set to make it.

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It's so clever how she created the background by stamping the love you sentence over and and over again.

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We want to send a special thanks to Thienly for letting us share her card on our blog today! Thank you, Thienly!

Have you been playing with our stamps and Technique Tiles lately?

We'd love to see how you have been using them. Share your projects with us on our Facebook page and through Twitter. You can also submit your projects to us for consideration in our Customer Gallery.

You never know, we just might ask if we can feature your project here on the Technique Tuesday blog.

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Mask Butterflies with Teri

Hi everyone!

Have you had a chance to check out Technique Tuesday's new stamps yet?

Technique Tuesday just unveiled their 2012 Winter Release. From animals and flower stamps to ones from Ali Edwards, there's a whole lot of cool new images to check out.

Two of my new favorite new stamp sets are Take Flight and Bring on the Sun by Ali Edwards.

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In my world, you can't go wrong with butterflies. There's just something so peaceful about them. And you also can't go wrong with Ali's cool mix of typography and handwriting in her designs. I just love it!

I love these sets so much that I just had to make a card with them. Just had to, you know. (Wink!)

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I created the line of butterflies by masking.

Masking is such a fun technique to use when stamping. And here's how you can do it yourself with the Take Flight stamp set.

Start by stamping the butterfly on a sticky note. Sticky notes are the best paper to use for this because they are very thin and also super affordable.

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Use your scissors to cut the butterfly. This will give you a mask to work with.

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Stamp your image once on your card or background paper.

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Then set the mask directly on top of it and stamp the butterfly again. This time, slightly move the butterfly over so it touches only a small part of the mask.

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You'll get something that looks like this.

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Repeat the last step over and over again until you get a line of pretty butterflies.

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When you are finished, color the butterflies in like I did on my card.

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I used markers, but you may want to consider using watercolor crayons or pencils.

See you again soon!

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Stitch on Technique Tiles with Charlene

Hello wonderful TT fans!

It's Charlene here with a little bit of machine stitching.......on CHIPBOARD! Yes, that's right. Did you know that your sewing machine can go through chipboard? And probably go through it like buttah!

Let's get started by showing you the supplies I used on my card. Of course the star attraction, and my chipboard of choice today, is TT's Technique Tile - Buttons.

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Besides your chipboard, you will also need a sewing machine.  You don't need a fancy one.  Mine is from Wal-Mart and I paid less than $200 for it.  Here is the model I have and the settings it is on.  I almost never change the settings.  In fact, I don't actually even know what they all are.  But I do know if you are having trouble with your machine and your chipboard you might want to adjust your tension.  Don't worry if you break a needle at first.  It happens but once you get the hang of it I don't think you will have any trouble. 

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Do you see my finger there?  Yeah, don't be me.  BE CAREFUL!  Once you get a piece this small started use something to push it through.  I used the end of a paint brush to do that.

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For a little banner like the one I'm making just continue to feed them through nice and slow.  Be sure to make a few stitches in between the chipboard buttons leaving spaces. 

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Here is the completed little "banner."  Adorable, no?

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I also wanted to show you that it's very easy to trace a shape with your sewing machine and you are not limited to just straight lines.  Just take it slow and follow the curves and lines of whatever chipboard shape you are using.  You'll get the hang of it with a little practice.

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I adhered the red cardstock to the chipboard in the centre of the heart only.  Do not put any adhesive where the needle is going to be going through.  That will be a sticky mess and will affect the needle. 

I will be making a bunch of these hearts to create a banner to string across an old set of shutters that are on display in my living room. 

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Below is my finished card.  I used Glue Dots to adhere each "banner" button in place.  (Note: I used a Copic marker to colour the Technique Tile buttons. The tiles takes ink really nicely.)

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These fantastic sentiments are from my most favorite stamp set, Loving Words by Ali Edwards.

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So there you have it.  

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Are you inspired to sew on some chipboard?  I hope you will give it a try.  I know you will love creating these dimensional embellishments for your cards and scrapbooking pages.

Have the best day ever!

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February Studio AE Blog Hop Winners

The time is here to pick some February Studio AE Blog Hop winners.

The winner of the Fabulous by Ali Edwards stamp set is Rebecca W. who commented on Julie’s blog (2/10 @ 8:03 p.m.).

The winner of the Missing You by Ali Edwards stamp set is Sheri Twing, who left a comment on Laura’s blog (2/10 @ 10:32 a.m.).

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

A big thanks to everyone who commented during the hop. We truly enjoy reading your comments about the stamp set and the Studio AE team's projects.

The new Favorite Story by Ali Edwards stamp set is now shipping to Studio AE members.

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It is also available for a limited time through our Web site and through select retailers.

Our next Studio AE Blog Hop will be March 10th. Save the date.

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A Quick and Easy Valentine Treat Box from Laura

Hi everyone!

It's Laura here today with a quick and easy Valentine treat box.  

I made this with the Lifestyle Crafts Fry Box die and Technique Tuesday's Hearts by Ali Edwards stamp set.

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I found the fry box die on Amazon. I didn't know what I was looking at, but down at the bottom in that section that says "customers also viewed ..." I saw it and threw it in my cart. Who doesn't smile at the thought of french fries? It was a good purchase and has great potential to be embellished with stamps!

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I made this with my husband and daughter in mind. They like basic chocolates. Nothing fancy, and no nuts! Hershey bars and plain M&Ms is perfect for them.

Here is what the fry box looked like as a work in progress:

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After I die cut the fry box from Speckletone cardstock I stamped the open hearts in pink, then the sentiment overtop in black. Then on a cardstock scrap I stamped the polka dot heart in red, cut it out, and pop dotted it on the assembled fry box. Fill it up and it is good to go!

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February Studio AE from Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

It is our favorite day of the month: the 10th!

That means our Studio AE team is blog hopping today and sharing some amazing ideas for the new Favorite Story by Ali Edwards stamp set.

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On your mark. Get set. Check out the blogs of:

Just wait until you see what they've done with the new set.

As a thank you for all the comments received during the hop on all the blogs, as well as those left here on the Technique Tuesday blog, we will give away two stamp sets.

One person will win our Fabulous by Ali Edwards stamp set.

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One other person will win our Missing You by Ali Edwards stamp set.

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

All comments must be made by midnight  PST on Feb. 13th.

Tune into this blog on Feb. 14th to see if you are one of the lucky winners.

Happy hopping!

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