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March 2012

Easter is Coming!

It's true. Easter almost got away from me this year.

It hit me just this week that it is next weekend and I haven't sent out a single card yet. Eek!

My family has labeled me as the resident card girl. Believe me, if I didn't send cards out, some of those family members (cough cough...Grandma... cough cough) let me hear about it.

So I found a fun stamp set from Technique Tuesday to make some Easter cards with. I think the rabbit and the words in Funny Bunny are perfect for Easter cards and for Easter scrapbook pages.

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In fact, the set worked well for this card.

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I gave the rabbit just a touch of color by lightly coloring him with a light pink marker. I haven't seen any pink bunnies hopping around lately, but I think a pink bunny makes for a great Easter card a family member.

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And the winner is...

We hope you had a chance to check out all the great projects shared during the “Blooming” Blog Hop.

We sure appreciate our Stamping Techs and all the creativity they put into the projects they created with our flower stamps.

We also appreciate all of you who checked out the hop and left comments. Your comments and enthusiasm always excites us. We read each and every comment and really do love hearing what you have to say.

The winner of the Carefree Cosmo stamp set is “Holly AKA kopykat.” Holly left a comment on Ashley’s blog post (7:35 p.m. on 3/26).

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Congrats, Holly! Teri will send you a note shortly so we can get your prize off to you.

The next Technique Tuesday blog hop is slated for March 10th. It will feature great ideas for the April Studio AE stamp set! We hope you can make it.

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PS. Have you checked out the Sale page on our Web site lately? We have slashed prices on six great Technique Tuesday products. None of which cost more than $2.49 a piece.



The Sweetness of a Newborn Baby

From their innocence to their soft, little cries, there is just something so sweet about newborn babies.

We think Laura O'Donnell captured the sweetness of a baby perfectly with this card.

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Laura used our new Sweet Angel stamp set.

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We really love how she colored the baby. The baby really does look like he is sleeping. We also like how she framed the baby. It's like she captured a sweet moment that plays out time and time again in every home with a little one.

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Cards for Baby

I find myself suddenly needing to think about making baby cards.

That's because a number of my friends are expecting babies in the coming months. That means I have got to get things together and starting making some cards so they are ready to go when the little bundles of joy start arriving.

I plan to borrow some creative inspiration from Technique Tuesday Stamping Techs Laura O'Donnell and Kris Chirhart.

I just love this beautiful card from Laura.

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Laura created it with Technique Tuesday's new Little Face stamp set.

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I love the understated simplicity of Laura's card. By stamping the image and then adding just a little bit of color, you can't help but focus on the mother holding her baby. It's such a touching scene!

I am also drawn to this sweet card by Kris Chirhart.

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Kris created this sweet, playful scene with Technique Tuesday's The Moon stamp set.

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What I particularly love is how she built design around the sentiment. While she used other images from the stamp set, they are all placed so they draw you back to the sentiment. I love that idea!

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Check out the “Blooming” Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

It is blog hop time again!

Our Stamping Techs are sharing some incredible cards today that they made with our new flower stamps. You can find all of our new flower stamps in the Nature section of our Web site.

Please check out the blogs of:

From the comments received on all the blogs, we will pick one lucky person to win Technique Tuesday’s Carefree Cosmo 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 March 29th. The winner will be announced on March 30th sometime on this blog.
Happy blog hopping!

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April Studio AE Sneak Peeks!

April is almost here so it is time to give you a taste of our newest Studio AE stamp set.

We've got not just one sneak peek but two for you today!

Here's one from Teri.

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And here's from Sharyn.

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Got any idea what Ali's new stamp set is all about? Guesses are welcome.

We don't want to give away too many hints about the April stamp set, other than we think you will find it's anything but routine!

We'll share the new set on April 1st! Stay tuned to our Facebook page and blog for more sneak peeks!

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Ps. Have you purchased the March Studio AE stamp set yet? The Beauty of Spring by Ali Edwards is still available through our store and at select retailers. Check out our store locator to look for a store that carries Technique Tuesday products near you.

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10 Minutes with Charlene Austin

There are a lot of great folks who put the "TT" in Technique Tuesday.

From those who ship orders and design products to those who create samples with our stamps, we couldn't do what we do without them.

Periodically, we want to take time to introduce you to them. Today, we want you to get to know Charlene Austin, one of our talented Stamping Techs. 

Take it away, Charlene!

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TT: How long have you been stamping?       

It's been about 5 years and a little over 4 since I started blogging. I remember going to my first Stampin' Up! party and I just didn't "get it." I think I might have made fun of my friends and wondered what these grown woman were playing with stamps and coloured paper. (Whoops! Sorry, friends.) When I went to the second party, something clicked, I got hooked and I've been loving making cards ever since. 

TT: Three words that describe me right now are…

Thrifty (I'm a thrift store addict.  I love looking for unique vintage items). Chaotic (ironically I'm prepping for my first ever garage sale. What am I thinking? I GO to garage sales…I don't HAVE garage sales!). Focused (besides working on purging my house I'm counting calories and I'm determined to lose 40 pounds.)

TT: Favorite Technique Tuesday product right now?    

I am an Ali Edwards stamp fanatic. I LOVE them all! I don't scrapbook, but I'll always find a way to use her stamps on a card.  

TT: What’s your favorite stamping technique?

I am the first to admit that I'm not really a technique kind of girl, but I would choose "Paper Piecing" as the one I enjoy the most.  I love fussy cutting. 

TT: Favorite color scheme to use when crafting?  

I love kraft and cream, but I use pretty much any colour I'm in the mood for at that crafty moment. 

TT: Dogs or cats? Fruits or veggies? Ocean or mountains?  

Dogs  - my blog 'Willow & Paisley' is named after my 2 little Chihuahua/Pomeranian babies.  

Veggies - I'm addicted to Green Smoothies and drink one every day.  My favourite right now is spinach, almond milk, frozen pumpkin puree, cinnamon and fresh ground nutmeg.  Tastes like Pumpkin Pie, people!  You must try it!

Ocean -  I live one hour away from the mountains, but I'd take an ocean any day over them. 

TT: My most prized possession is…

My collection of Fire King Jadeite. I have 160+ pieces and I treasure every one of them. And yes, I do use them (very carefully and when no one else is around. Heehee).  

TT: When I was a little girl, I wanted to be…  

When I was in high school I wanted to be a coroner. I loved my Biology teacher. But then I found out how much schooling was involved and that wasn't going to happen.

TT: Can you give us a stamping or paper crafting tip?

Just recently I transferred most of my stamps into Tim Holtz clear pockets. It was well worth the time and effort, and they take up much less space now. 

We asked Charlene to share one of her favorite Technique Tuesday projects with us.

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And we love the one she picked. She used our Glee stamp set to do all the stamping on this card. And those flowers? She rolled them herself! Amazing, right?

Thank you, Charlene, for letting us get to know you a bit better!

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Memory Keeping with Linda: The Makings of a Mini Album

Linda here!
I recently came back from Barcelona, and I have over a thousand photos from the trip. Even after I edit them all, I'm figuring on ending up with 500-600 photos, so I'll probably create a Blurb book with all of that.
But I still wanted to have a layout about my trip. Sort of an overview. I used the This Life stamp, thinking it would create a nice border for each of my photos.
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I stamped it several times, cut them out, ran them through my printer to create a title for each photo (and colored the space with alcohol markers), glued the photos down.
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Then I sat down to put all of that in one 12x12 layout, and it just didn't work. It was too much.
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However, I had the makings of a mini-album! I'm not usually a mini-album person, but mini-albums are perfect for trips.
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I created a "cover" by stamping the same image without the lines, ran it through my printer (for "barcelona"), and then stamped it with a little line (I cut one word off!) from the Are We There Yet set.
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I adhered that to a Naked to Neato Technique Tile, and trimmed it out with scissors. For the back "cover", I stamped the same initial stamp, ran it through my printer for the journaling, stamped with the word MEMORY from the Are We There Yet set, then colored it in with markers. Then I adhered that to some Naked to Neato Tile. To finish it up, I stamped the words "Explore The World" from the Are We There Yet set to some Narrow White Twill and used it to tie the cards together. 
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I love it when what looks like a lost cause ends up as one of my favorite projects. What is great about this, also, is that I can keep adding more photos. Probably not all 500 photos, but I'm thinking a few more are in order.
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I've Got Quirks

Hello again!

Sharyn here.

Today I thought I’d share a few of my little quirks with you. 

Quirk #1: When I get a new order of stamps in the house, I like to put them all in a little basket on my desk and break them in, one by one. I don’t  like to put them in any permanent storage until I’ve welcomed them, so to speak.

For this project, I broke in my Friendship Never Melts set.

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Quirk #2: I often mix up several different coloring techniques on one card. Like so…

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I stamped my tree with my Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink Pad onto some watercolor paper.  I love watercolor paper for both the texture, and for the ability to play a little more with some of my coloring options.  While I left the option to watercolor my tree open, what I ended up doing was simply color it in lightly with a brown colored pencil.

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Next, I stamped the snowman with the same black ink, and I wanted to draw the tree and snowman together with some ground. I used a blue color pencil and my medium water pen, and simply used my water pen to pull the color from the pencil. I "painted" the pencil tip, then applied that color to the card – back and forth until I was content with the color. I used more in some spots where I wanted the color to be a little deeper. 

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The next coloring option I pulled out was my Copic Ciao Cool Gray marker. With this marker, I went about the whole card and just highlighted the images, tracing here and there. This especially helped with the snowman, but I did end up going back and adding some blue inside the snowman as well like I had with the ground.

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With the scarf, I found my markers to be a bit too dark – so again, I pulled out my pencils to fill this in.

With the nose, I found the pencil to be too light, so I pulled out my orange Copic Ciao marker. Quirky as all get out, right?

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It’s definitely not unusual for me to pull in four different coloring techniques on one card. I like the ability to treat each element individually and be able to highlight each to get the end result that suits me.

I used my Technique Tuesday Denim Chalk Ink from the Perspectives set for the sentiment.

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Now off to break in my next stamp set... (wink!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Round Up: March Studio AE Projects

You asked for more Studio AE inspiration. And we've got more Studio AE inspiration for you.

Head to the blog of Jill Sprott.

She will show you this amazing layout she made with the new Beauty of Spring by Ali Edwards stamp set.

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Our March Studio AE guest has also put together for you a fun tutorial on how she made her amazing title strip with the stamp set, fabric tape and wood letters. You don't want to miss it.Cleo detail 1
You will also want to check out these projects that some of our Studio AE team members have shared with the new stamp set.

Sharyn Tormanen made this card with the new set. We love how she stamped the butterfly on circles.

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Laura O'Donnell used the stamp set to make this sweet Spring-themed layout for her daughter.

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Teri used several of the set's stamps on this card. Who would have thought to mix so many of the stamps together on just one project?

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Daniela Dobson made this pretty Spring card with the set.

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We love how pretty but also how do-able this card is. You could easily create a whole set of cards like it with all of the set's stamps. Make the same card over and over and then stamp a different saying on each circle.

Have you made anything yet with the Beauty of Spring by Ali Edwards stamp set?

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Please share your projects made with the set with us through our Facebook page or Twitter! We'd love to see them!

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