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October 2013

Happy Halloween!

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Here's to a safe and happy Halloween from all of us at Technique Tuesday to you!

Wondering what we used to make this card? Simple. We created it with the Broom Riders by Lori Vliegen stamp set.

We stamped the same broom over and over on the white cardstock panel. And to make the brooms look different, we used a couple different markers to color them in. We finished it off with a stamped sentiment.

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You can find Broom Riders by Lori Vliegen through our Web site and through some retailers. Check with your favorite store to see if they have it available or to ask them to get it in.

TTBlogTeam

Ps. Want to add some new Technique Tuesday products to your stash? Today's a good day to do it. Get 20% off stamps, inks and dies when you load up your cart on TechniqueTuesday.com and enter coupon code SpecialTreat at check-out. This code is good for today only (Oct. 31, 2013). It's not valid on Studio AE or Greenhouse Society membership.



Meet the amazing...

Teri AndersonToday I am really excited to introduce the creative, the oh-so-cool, and the amazing... Teri Anderson! When you initially meet Teri, you might think she is quiet but she has so much to say. Sometimes what she says is unbelievably funny and irreverent. Yet at other times, her words are so very wise. Her paper crafting style ranges from quirky to classic. She makes traditional layouts, cards, and pocket-style pages too. Plus she designs amazing stamp sets that manage to be clever, playful, and very usable all at the same time. Since I can't seem to find words that capture the essence of Teri, I decided to add a couple pictures and ask Teri to share a little more about who she is. Take it away, Teri!

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How did you start crafting?

My mom always kept a scrapbook when I was a kid. (Think photo album with pictures and trinkets taped in it!) I started keeping my own scrapbook when I was in high school. After college, I got a job and moved to a town in another state where I knew nobody but many people there scrapbooked. So I really got into scrapbooking then as a way to get to know people and to give me something to do outside of work. I liked it, made some awesome friends (who are still dear to me to this day) and got into making cards and other paper crafts!

What type of music do you listen to when you are crafting?

I love music! Besides crafting, going to concerts is another love of mine so I listen to a lot of music! I’m pretty eclectic in my tastes and listen to about everything from rock to country. On my “most frequently played” playlist right now are songs from: Goo Goo Dolls; Toby Keith; John Mayer; Ben Folds; Journey; Heart; Pearl Jam; Taylor Swift and Sheryl Crow.

What are some of your favorite paper crafting techniques?

Does good old direct to paper stamping count? Because I really love inking up a stamp and stamping it on paper.

I’ve also been having lots of fun lately inking more solid stamps (like the ones in Chevrons Two Step), misting them with water and then stamping them on paper. I love the artistic look it creates.

I’ve also been enjoying making backgrounds with watercolor crayons. I scribble a few crayons on watercolor paper and then spread the color with a waterbrush. I let it dry and then stamp on top with black ink.

Favorite stamps?

My current favorites would have to be: I Give Thanks; Thumbs Up by Ali; Wildflowers and Fill in the Blank. But picking a favorite Technique Tuesday stamp set is like picking a favorite child. Hard! I think my favorite stamp sets change with each stamp release. There’s always some new set that makes my heart go pitter patter!

I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about Teri. Everyone at Technique Tuesday, especially me, thoroughly enjoys working with her! If you would like to win one of Teri's stamp sets, here is your chance. Leave a comment here by midnight EST on Nov. 1st. Tell us which of Teri's designs is your very favorite. (You can see all of Teri's stamp sets on our website.) We'll announce four lucky winners here on our blog on Nov. 3rd. 

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Story Card Sunday: Sweet Little One

Hooray! It's Story Card Sunday once again.

Here is today's Story Card!

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And here is the scoop on how you can make one like it for your pocket-style scrapbook page.

We are going to kick things off today with some die-cutting.

Start by cutting a base from kraft cardstock with our Story Card die.

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Now cut a mat and center with the Magic Circle Card die from patterned paper. You'll need just the center for this project.

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Don't put away the Magic Circle Card die quite yet. We are going to use it one more time.

This time, set the die on white cardstock with the cutting side down. Now take the circle that comes with the Magic Circle Card die and place it on the paper like so.

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Use a piece of Painter's tape (or Washi tape) to hold the dies in place so you can run them through your die-cutting machine without them moving around.

Once you've run the dies through the machine and removed the tape, you should get something that looks like this.

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Set the circle and center aside to use them later on another project of your choosing. For this Story Card, you'll only need the frame.

Adhere the frame to your kraft-colored Story Card base. You can use it as it is or you can add a few stitches like I did. I simply poked holes with a needle and then ran floss through them.

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After you've completed the stitching, add the patterned paper center we cut way back when we started this project to the frame.

And now comes the "really fun" part!

Pick a 1" circle stamp to use inside the open space. (I chose one from the Baby Flair by Ali Edwards stamp set. Check out the So Into Circles category on our Web site to see some of the other circle stamps we offer.)

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Stamp with your chosen stamp on cardstock. And cut it out with either a circle punch or circle die.

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Finish the card off by adding three stars (also included with the Magic Circle Card die) die-cut from patterned paper or cardstock. To give them added dimension, use foam tape to adhere them to the card. Also, consider adding some gems to their centers.

2_scs_4_closeAnd there you have it!

Hope to see you again on Sunday for the next installment in our Story Card Sunday series.

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A Very Important Studio AE Sneak Peek

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Technique Tuesday blog posts for a very important Studio AE sneak peek.

Yes. You have asked for Studio AE sneak peeks, and we sure don't like to leave you hanging!

So here's a peek (courtesy of Laura O'Donnell) at something made with November's set.

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The next Studio AE set from Ali Edwards and Technique Tuesday just might inspire you to celebrate your family by making either a scrapbook page or card, if you catch our drift! (Wink!)

We'll reveal the set on Nov. 1st! In the meantime, watch our Facebook page for more sneak peeks of the new set.

TTBlogTeam

PS. Did you know Technique Tuesday is on Pinterest? We've pinned over 1,300 inspiring tricks and projects that use Technique Tuesday products!



Greenhouse Society: October Project Parade

Watch out! Things are going to be hopping in the Technique Tuesday Warehouse today.

That's because it is October 25th, which means the crew is firing up their tape guns and flexing their packing muscles so they can begin shipping our Evergreen - Greenhouse Society stamp set.

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Not a member of the Greenhouse Society but want our Evergreen - Greenhouse Society stamp set? We have you covered! We still have a few available for non-Greenhouse Society members to purchase for $12.99 (plus shipping and handling). Grab the set fast because when it's gone, it is gone. Our Greenhouse Society stamp sets are available for a limited-time only.

If you like botanical-themed stamps, you may want to consider joining the Greenhouse Society. We release a new stamp set every month as part of this collection. Members get the Greenhouse sets for $9.99 each (plus shipping and handling) and enjoy other benefits. Check out the Membership Agreement and FAQ page on our Web site for more details on joining the Greenhouse Society.

We've asked our Creative Team to be here today and share some more projects made with this stamp set. Take it away, ladies!

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(By Teri Anderson)

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Thanks, ladies! Your cards are lovely!

Tune in on Nov. 15th to see the next installment in our Greenhouse Society collection.

TTBlogTeam

Ps. Want to add a few new stamp sets to your supply stash? Tena's slashed prices on some of our Summer-themed sets, including some flower sets. You find all the deals on our Sale page.



Happy Times are Here Again

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Join us for some fun in Happyville! The sweet stamps in the Happyville collection are what we imagine the town of Happyville would be like with buildings, clouds, people and the cutest bike imaginable. Our Happyville sets can be used on their own or to build countless scenes.

Receive 20% off all the stamps in our Happyville collection when you place an order on our Web site through Oct. 28th. Use coupon code HAPPYVILLE at check-out to get the discount on our Happyville stamp sets.

TTBlogTeam

PS. Who won the $50 gift card for spreading the word about October's "So Very Social" release of new stamps, steel dies and digital cut files! Well, congrats goes out to Annette A.! Annette, watch for a message from Teri about your prize! A big thank you goes out to all of you who helped spread the word!



Eeeek! Halloween's Coming!

Gosh, I can not believe Halloween is next week.

I have got my costume picked out. But I still haven't settled on the most important Halloween decision of all: What will this year's treat be? Peanut butter cups are my favorite, but chocolate bars are always a crowd pleaser!

Decisions. Decisions.

As I contemplate the all-important candy question internally, I'd like to present you with some spook-tacular Halloween card inspiration from Lori Vliegen.

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So fun!

Lori created her card with her Boo stamp set from Technique Tuesday.

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PS... Craving more cool ideas from Lori? Well, check out her blog to see a fun home decor project she made with her Boo stamp set and glitter!



Awesome vs. Awesome

You could call it a case of Awesome vs. Awesome.

We've got two great stamp sets by Ali Edwards (and a set of steel dies) that feature the "awesome" word in her handwriting.

Yep. They are pretty awesome. But did you know the words aren't the same size? The “awesome” word in the Say It - Fabulous by Ali Edwards stamp set & Say It - Awesome  steel die is larger than the “awesome” in the Incredible by Ali Edwards stamp set? Here’s a look at how they compare.

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You can find these stamp sets and dies on the New for 2013 page on our Web site.

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Ps. Technique Tuesday could still use your help in spreading the word about our latest release of stamps, dies and digital cut files. Head to this post for details on how you could possibly win a $50 gift card to our Web site for chatting it up!



Story Card Sunday: Really Cool

On your mark. Get set. Get ready for the latest installment in our Story Card Sunday series.

Say hello to today's Story Card.

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Here's how you can make one just like it for your pocket-style scrapbook pages. And, bonus! This week's Story Card would even look nice on a greeting card!

You'll need the Story Card - Steel Die set to make this card.

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Start by placing the Story Card and photo corner dies on piece of cardstock. Hold the photo corner in place with a piece of Painter's tape. (Washi tape works swell, too.) Run the dies and paper through your die-cutting machine.

Once you've done that, remove the dies. And now move the photo corner down about 1/2" down the card. Use the tape (again) to hold it in place and run it through your die-cutting machine.

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Repeat the last step one more time so you have cut the photo corner out of the card three times.

Now it's time to stamp on your Story Card.

I wanted to give the card a border so I used one of the stamps from Technique Tuesday's In Stitches stamp set to stamp a line on each side of the card.

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I also wanted it to have some words on it so I stamped a phrase using TT's Cool stamp set. With this Story Card's design, you could use pretty much any sentiment stamp of your choice.

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Once you've completed the stamping, you'll want to flip the card over. Place a little adhesive around the edges of the photo corner openings and place some patterned paper over the openings.

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Yes, it's not pretty. But flip it over and you'll get something like this.

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Pretty cool, huh?

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We'll be back next Sunday with another Story Card!

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PS. Wanting to try our our Story Card die and get some stamps to use with it? Well, we have a Introductory Die and Stamp Bundle available right now for $29.99 (regular price $39.97). The bundle consists of the Story Card - Steel Die and our Important Stuff and Well Worn Journals stamp sets, as well as project ideas with links to videos.