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Story Card Sunday: Wow

Hi everyone! 

It is Story Card Sunday once again, and I've got another fun one to share with you.

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This pocket page-friendly card came together quickly with Technique Tuesday's DIY Steel Dies and clear stamps. Let me show you how to make one like it. 

You are going to start by doing quite a bit of die-cutting. Cut one base with the Story Card Die and one piece of white cardstock with the Memo Pad Card dies. You'll also want to cut a paper clip and word with the Memo Pad Card dies and a star with our Nested Stars dies.

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Use Technique Tuesday's Grid stamp to stamp a grid design onto the white paper. When stamping, stamp the pattern vertically  like so.

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Adhere the panel onto your base card at an angle. Cut off any excess.

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Add the die-cut paper clip, word and star to the Story Card.

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I felt like the Story Card looked a little flat so I tied a bow with white floss onto the paper clip. You may may even want to consider adding some sequins, pearls or gems to the Story Card.

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And that's a wrap!

I'll be back again next Sunday with another Story Card.

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Greenhouse Society: June Project Parade

Let the shipping begin! The 25th means the new Hello - Greenhouse Society stamp set is ready to start leaving the Technique Tuesday warehouse.

And we've got some fabulous projects made with the new set! Please give it for the Technique Tuesday Creative Team!

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(By Tobi Crawford)

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(By Tobi Crawford... again!)

Did you notice how Tobi created a similar but different card here than the last with a different splattered background? Such a fun idea for this stamp set.

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(By Teri Anderson)

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Like what you see? Not a Greenhouse Society member yet? We have you covered! It's on sale for a limited time to non-members for $12.99 (plus shipping and handling).

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.

Tune in again on July 15th when we reveal the next Greenhouse Society stamp set. Hope to see you then!

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A Patriotic Banner for the 4th of July

Hi, Technique Tuesday fans!

Looking to add a patriotic touch to your home for the 4th of July? Here's a fun idea: Make a patriotic banner to hang on your front door! 

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With Technique Tuesday's Nested Stars DIY Steel Dies, you can quickly put together this rustic home decor project.

One of the cool things about TT's DIY Steel Dies is you can cut a lot of different materials with them. From paper to washi tape to chipboard to foam, there's a lot of possibilities.

For this project, I used a pre-made burlap banner. Don't have access to one? You easily make your own by just cutting a triangle from burlap and adding some string to it.

So let me show you how to make the stars. You'll need craft foam and wool felt. Wool felt costs a bit more than the cheap synthetic craft felt, but you will find it cuts easily with steel dies. (By the way, I found wool felt for this project at a fabric store. I've also found it on Etsy by searching for "wool felt".)

To make the stars, you'll cut one small and one large star from wool felt. You'll also cut one medium star from craft foam.

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Cut as many stars as you want for your banner.

Stack the stars together. Use a strong glue to adhere them on top of each other.

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Place some blue floss through a needle. Use the needle to poke holes into the stars. You should poke a hole at each point and in between the points. This pre-poking will make it easier when you start sewing.

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Use the needle to bring the floss through the holes.

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Keep going until you've brought floss through all the stars.

When finished, adhere the stars to the banner with a strong adhesive. 

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To finish the banner, I cut a couple more stars and stamped the word "freedom" from the My Hero stamp set on a strip of cardstock. I stacked them together and put them right in the middle of the two stitched stars.

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Story Card Sunday: Love You Shaker

Hello again!

Story Card Sunday means it is time for a brand new pocket page-friendly Story Card.

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Not a pocket page memory keeper? That's OK. This Story Card would also look great on a traditional scrapbook page or greeting card. 

Let me show you how to make one like it.

Start by placing the Story Card DIY Steel Die and a circle (from our Circles steel dies) on a piece of cardstock. Use a piece of decorative tape (or Painter's tape) to hold the dies in place as you run them through your die-cutting machine.

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You'll end up with something that looks like this.

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Now cut two base cards with the Story Card die. One should be cut from vellum. The other should be cut from cardstock.

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Adhere the vellum card to the circle card.

You'll get something that looks like this.

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Flip the card over. Place foam tape all the way around the circle. You'll also want to put it elsewhere on the card.

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Dump sequins in the opening.

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Adhere the second cardstock card onto the tape. You'll end up with something that looks like this.

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Die-cut "love you" (from the Say It - Love DIY Steel Dies from Technique Tuesday) from cardstock. Snip apart the two words.

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Finish the Story Card by adhering the words and some additional sequins to it.

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And there you have it!

I'll be back again next week with another Story Card for you.

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PS... Did you miss out on True Stamp 2014? All individual classes (including the one taught by Technique Tuesday's Bev Grey) are on sale for $9 each until June 30th. Go here to learn more.



Festive Fourth of July Party Decor

Hi all!

Planning a 4th of July Party this year? Here are a couple quick and easy ways to add a personalized touch to your holiday picnic table! 

Wrap Up the Utensils

Set plastic utensils on a paper napkin. Roll them up. Wrap a strip of cardstock and jute around the rolled napkin and utensils. Die-cut and layer together some stars cut with Technique Tuesday's Nested Stars DIY Steel Dies

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To create the flag stars, I stamped onto the white stars with a stamp from the My Hero stamp set.

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I covered the bottom portion of the star with red ink and the top with blue and then I just stamped. 

Make Cupcake Picks

Spruce up your cupcakes with patriotic toothpicks!

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I used the Nested Stars dies to cut three stars from cardstock.

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I stamped a sentiment from the My Hero stamp set on a strip of cardstock. I adhered all four pieces together and mounted them to a toothpick. I also added a little bit of twine to the toothpick.

Imagine making a whole bunch of these picks for a dozen or so cupcakes! How fun would that be?!

Here's to fireworks, picnics and all things 4th of July,

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Greenhouse Society: June Reveal

June is here, and we've got a new Greenhouse Society stamp set to share with you.

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Say hello to the Hello - Greenhouse Society stamp set. Isn't it lovely?!

The Hello - Greenhouse Society stamp set consists of 12 clear stamps on a 3" x 4" storage sheet. The stamp set starts shipping around June 25th to Greenhouse Society members.

Not a Greenhouse Society member yet? We have you covered! It's on sale for a limited time to non-members for $12.99 (plus shipping and handling).

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.

Just what can you make with the set? Our Creative Team has you covered. Check out these fun cards they made.

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(By Birgit Edblom)

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(By Laura O'Donnell)

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(By Teri Anderson)

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Thanks, team! The gang will be back on June 25th with some more fantastic projects made with the stamp set. 

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Ps. Who won the $25 e-Gift Card for commenting during the June Studio AE Blog Hop? That would be Laurie Newbigging who commented on Daniela's post (12:03 a.m.). Congrats, Laurie! Teri just sent you an email about your prize! A big thanks again to everyone who took time to comment during this month's blog hop. We appreciate all of you.



Story Card Sunday: You're Cool

Hello all!

It is Story Card Sunday, and I've got a fun one to share with you.

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This pocket page-friendly Story Card was so easy to make. Let me show you to make one like it!

Start by cutting a base from dark cardstock with Technique Tuesday's Story Card DIY Steel Dies. You'll also want to cut two frames from white cardstock with the Classic Label Card DIY Steel Dies.

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Now you are going to want to stamp the tie from the Mister Man stamp set repeatedly on the dark piece of cardstock with black ink. (Don't have this stamp set yet? Any small and open stamped image will do.)

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Use a white pencil to color in some of the ties. For added visual interest, doodle some polka dots, stripes and scribbles on some of the ties. 

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It's a cool look, huh?! 

Now you want to stack the two frames together and stamp a sentiment on top. The words I used are from the Mister Man stamp set.

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You'll end up with something like this.

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And there you have it! I'll be back again next week with another Story Card to share with you! 

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PS. Are a fan of digital die-cutting? Did you know we offer many of our steel dies as digital cut files? You'll find them here



Make Your Own Embellishments with Die-cuts

Hello, Technique Tuesday fans!

We've got a real treat for you today.

Ashley Harris, one of our wonderful Creative Team members, put together a fun video on how to make your own embellishments for cards and scrapbook pages with heat embossing and die-cuts. Watch this video to see how she transformed a word die-cut with our Say It - Hello DIY Steel Dies into something special to use on her next project.

 

Thanks, Ashley, for sharing this fun and easy technique!

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Let's Blog Hop

The 10th means it is time for June's Studio AE Blog Hop.

Please check out the blogs of:

They are excited to share with you some great ideas they have for the Pure Magic by Ali Edwards stamp set, which begins shipping today.

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Be sure to comment as you go! 
We'll choose one person at random from all the comments made during the blog hop to score a $25 e-Gift Card from Technique Tuesday. The lucky winner will be announced on this blog on the 15th.

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Story Card Sunday: Joy + Stars

Hello all!

It's Story Card Sunday yet again! I think you are going to have a lot of fun making this week's Story Card as it involves playing with some materials other than traditional cardstock. So let's get started!

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Like all the Story Cards we feature on Sundays, this one would work great in a pocket page or on a traditional scrapbook page. It would look great on a greeting card.

Start by double cutting a star from cardstock with our Nested Stars DIY Steel Dies. Set the largest die on your piece of paper and smaller one inside it. Use a little decorative tape (or Washi tape) to hold in place as you run it through your die-cut machine.

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You'll end up wih two stars that look like this.

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Now you are going to want to cut some stars from a non-traditional material. Some materials that would work? Cork paper, wrapping paper and even tissue paper would work swell. I'm going to use corrugated paper.

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Cut as many stars as you'd like to use on your Story Card. Once you've got what you need, set your stars aside and pull out some foil.

Using Technique Tuesday's Story Card DIY Steel Dies, cut one base from foil. (By the way, the foil I am using is the foil you'd find in your kitchen!) You'll also want to cut one from cardstock.

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Adhere the foil card to the cardstock base card.

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Now the real fun begins. You want to add a little color to the foil. Using a broad tip, alcohol-based marker, liberally brush color all over the Story Card.

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Pat the color dry with a paper towel.

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Adhere the stars to the Story Card.

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Finish the Story Card off by adding a few gems and stamping a sentiment on a strip of cardstock. I used a phrase from the Labels by Ali Edwards stamp set.

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That's it for this week's Story Card.

I'll be back again next Sunday. Hope to see you then!

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PS... Did you miss out on True Stamp 2014? All individual classes (including the one taught by Technique Tuesday's Bev Grey) are on sale for $9 each until June 30th. Go here to learn more.