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Sending Good Thoughts with Tobi

Hi everyone!

Don't you just love a pretty card? I, for one, love pretty cards with flowers on them. There's just something about flowers. And this card from Tobi Crawford sure ranks high on my list of likes!

Good Thoughts card by Tobi Crawford for TechniqueTuesday.comWhat a gorgeous way to use the Columbine - Greenhouse Society stamp set!

Columbine - Greenhouse Society stamp set from TechniqueTuesday.comTobi heat embossed the flowers with white embossing powder on watercolor paper and then used watercolors to color in the flowers and paint the background. The vibrancy of the colors she used is just fantastic.

The Columbine stamp set is the latest stamp set released through Technique Tuesday's The Greenhouse Society auto-ship program. We release a new botanical-themed stamp set every month as part of this program. You can buy the stamp set individually or you can sign up to be member. Members get the stamp sets shipped to them automatically and get the stamps at a discounted rate. You can learn more about the program here.

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Story Card Sunday: Celebrate Star Shaker

Hello everyone! 

It's Sunday, which means it is time for Story Card Sunday. Please meet this week's Story Card.

Celebrate Star Shaker Story Card from TechniqueTuesday.com

It's not just a Story Card. It's a shaker! Let me show you how you can make one just like with Technique Tuesday's clear stamps and steel dies.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comStart by cutting a base card with the This Tag steel dies, as well as a circle from cardstock and a circle from a transparency with the Circles steel dies. You'll also want to cut a base card with the Story Card dies.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comNow, you are going to cut one more circle. This time, you are set a circle onto cardstock. And then set the medium star from the Nested Stars steel dies onto it. Use a little Washi tape (or Painter's tape) to hold the dies in place and then run them through your die-cutting machine. Remove the star and adhere the circle to the transparency circle.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comFlip the circle over. Add foam adhesive all around it. Dump some sequins in the middle of foam adhesive. 

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.com

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.com

Place the other circle on top of the foam adhesive. You'll end up with a shaker! Set the shaker aside.

Adhere the tag to the Story Card base.

Adhere a sentiment from the Smile Borders stamp set onto a clear stamping block. Mask off part of the sentiment with tape.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comInk up the stamp. Remove the tape and stamp! Only the inked up area will stamp.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comWad up a some twine or floss. Adhere it to the Story Card. 

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comPlace the shaker on top. Finish the Story Card by adding some sequins and gems to it.

I'll be back again next week with another Story Card. Hope to see you then.

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Sneak Peek! Sneak Peek! July Release SNEAK PEEKS!

July 1st is coming, and you can "plan" on some fun new goodies from TechniqueTuesday.com.

Here are a few sneak peeks at some of the new clear stamps and steel dies that we'll be debuting that day.

Sneak peek by Linda Barber for TechniqueTuesday.com

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A sneak peek from Daniela Dobson for TechniqueTuesday.comWe'll be sharing some cool projects made with all the new items after the reveal.

If you aren't already subscribing to our newsletter, go here to do so. It's a great way to keep in touch with Technique Tuesday and to hear first about new products, special offers and other Technique Tuesday news. Our newsletter also features tips and inspiration for using Technique Tuesday products.

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Cupcake Picks Perfect for a Summer Party

Hi all!

Planning a Summer party? Give your party table the handmade touch! Cupcake picks are easy to make with Technique Tuesday's DIY Steel Dies.

Summer Cupcake Picks from TechniqueTuesday.comDie-cut a few shapes. Adhere them together and then add toothpicks to them. The end result: Picks perfect to stick in cupcakes!

Sunshine Cupcake Pick from TechniqueTuesday.comTo make the sunshine pick, we cut the "rays" from yellow cardstock with a banner die from the Flair Maker steel dies. The center was created with dies from both the Flair Maker and Circles steel dies.

We drew the happy face on the sun with a black pen. Want to make the sunshine's face even cuter? Consider using wiggle eyes.

Banner Cupcake Pick from TechniqueTuesday.comFor the banner topper, we tied twine onto two toothpicks. And then we just added flags cut with the Flair Maker dies. Don't you love that bright happy rainbow color combination?! So fun!

This is just one of many project ideas you'll find in Technique Tuesday's Summer Gallery. Whether you're planning a last minute pool party, a backyard barbecue or 4th of July party, you'll find lots of inspiring ideas. There's party decor, cards, scrapbook pages and more. You will find everything you need to craft the perfect Summer!

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Documenting Your Hobbies from Laura

Hi everyone!
Like to scrapbook? Into pocket pages? Have you given any thought to documenting your favorite hobby?
We think you are going to enjoy today's post from Laura O'Donnell. Take it away, Laura!
A scrapbook page by Laura O'Donnell for TechniqueTuesday.com
"About a year ago I took up knitting and I've discovered that knitters are prolific Instagrammers.  I was looking at these pictures on my phone and thought it would be fun to chronicle the knitting of this sweater in a pocket page layout.  
I used the License Plate alpha stamps for the "madewell" title on the top left 4x6 card, which is the sweater pattern name.  
I love these alphabet stamps!  They go with everything.  The "look" arrow is from the Always Arrows set and is a great size for fitting in small spaces.
The stamps on the top right card are from the Scrapbookers Embellish It stamp set.  There are a few stamps in this set that apply to general crafting.
In the middle row I used the Simply Circles die and left a lot of the holes open.
I used a check stamp from Flairific but there are a lot of other circle stamp sets that will fit perfectly in this spot in the die. Then right next to it I set the Straight Talk Smile die cut under the photo.  Die cuts are such a great way to add flat dimension to pocket pages.  The plastic pockets aren't very roomy to begin with and as these books fill up dents will happen!
Then in the last row since I had 3 full sized photos with no embellishments I wanted to make the journaling card stand out so I layered the Hello die from Why Who Hello over the Cool Tab die over a lightly patterned journaling card.  
Do you see my cat in the bottom left?  He loves to sit on my lap while I knit. He doesn't even swat the yarn. :)"
Thank you for sharing your page, Laura!
By the way, here's a complete list of Technique Tuesday products Laura used on her page:


Story Card Sunday: Celebrate Banners

Hi all!

It's time for another installment of Story Card Sunday so please meet this week's Story Card.

A Story Card from TechniqueTuesday.comWhile this Story Card is pocket page-friendly, it would also work on a traditional scrapbook page or greeting page. 

Here's how you can make one like it.

Start by cutting a base card with Technique Tuesday's Story Card steel dies. Cut five solid flags and three flags with stars with the Flair Maker steel dies. Save the stars. You going to need them for this project.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comArrange and adhere the flags onto the Story Card. Be sure to layer a couple of the flags together for the layered look.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comTie twine around the Story Card. Use a little glue to anchor the bows in place.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comStamp a phrase onto the Story Card. The phrase I used is from the A Reason To Party stamp set.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comFinish the Story Card off by adding a few gems or enamel dots to it. Add the three stars to the card too.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comSure turned out cute! And while this Story Card has a definite Independence Day feel to it, consider changing the colors to make it more appropriate to use on a birthday, anniversary or graduation project. 

See you next week! I'll show you how to make another Story Card using Technique Tuesday's steel dies and clear stamps.

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Step Right Up For Hugs!

Yes! We've got free hugs for you! 

Die-Week-Splash-ScreenWe've been celebrating dies this week at Technique Tuesday! To share the celebration with you, we have a special offer good through tomorrow, Sunday, June 21st. Place an order for $30 or more on TechniqueTuesday.com and get the Straight Talk - Hugs die included for FREE (no need to put it in your cart). Just enter HUG ME in the Comments section at checkout.

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Die Week: Non-traditional Cutting Surfaces with Teri

Hi everyone!

Teri here again, and I'm excited to finish up this week's Die Week festivities with one more card created with Technique Tuesday's DIY Steel Dies.

Smile Clipboard card from TechniqueTuesday.comOne of the things I dig about Technique Tuesday's dies is all the different materials you can cut with them. You aren't limited to plain old paper. No. you can use Technique Tuesday's DIY Steel Dies with cork, sandpaper, metal tape and more.

I used an non-traditional paper (a very thick watercolor paper) to cut the bases for the octagons (from the Going Places steel dies) for this card.

Smile Clipboard card from TechniqueTuesday.com

I die-cut the octagons and then brushed some watercolor paint onto them. I love the artsy look the paint gave them. For added visual interest, I added some hearts (also cut with the Going Places dies) and banners (cut with the Flair Maker dies) to some of them. I also added a few gems. 

Another fun non-traditional surface to use Technique Tuesday's steel dies with is craft foam. Check out this Story Card from the Technique Tuesday Inspiration Vault.

Smile Story Card from TechniqueTuesday.comWe die-cut the Smile word (from the Say It - Smile steel dies) from a white craft foam. I just love the dimension it gives the Story Card! 

We sure hope you've enjoyed this week's Die Week projects. If you've made something lately with Technique Tuesday's DIY Steel Dies, we'd love to see it! Share it with us on Facebook or on Instagram or Twitter. Be sure to use the #TechniqueTuesday hashtag!

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PS. Don't forget! There's still time to get free hugs! You can get the Straight Talk - Hugs die for free this week. Spend $30 or more on TechniqueTuesday.com by Sunday, June 21st, 2015, and Technique Tuesday will include it for free with your order. There's no need to add the Straight Talk - Hugs die to your cart, but be sure to write "Hug Me" in the Comments field at checkout so we know to include the die for free with your order when we ship it.



Die Week: Adding Dimension Without Bulk from Daniela

Hi all!

Welcome back to Die Week!

We've been showcasing Technique Tuesday's DIY Steel Dies all week here. And today we've got a fun card from Daniela Dobson that uses a number of our dies.

Oh Happy Day card by Daniela Dobson for TechniqueTuesday.com

Talk about lovely! What's so cool about Daniela's card is she added a lot of dimension with die-cuts. Look close and you'll see six different die-cuts underneath that pretty butterfly she stamped with the Oh Happy Day stamp set. Die-cuts are a great way to add dimension to a card without adding a lot of weight and bulk, which helps keep the card affordable to mail! 

Oh Happy Day card by Daniela Dobson for TechniqueTuesday.comAnd I sure love how Daniela stacked together the die-cuts (cut with the Marquee Label, Photo Frame, This Tag, Label and Story Card steel dies). Looks so great!

To see another cool card Daniela made with Technique Tuesday's steel dies, check out this post on her blog! You'll see a cool DIY flower she made with the Happy Butterfly and Marquee Label dies. Here's a sneak peek!

Smile Butterfly card by Daniela DobsonSo cool!

And be sure to stop by this blog again on Friday. Another Technique Tuesday Creative Team member will be here with another project made with our dies! Hope to see you then!

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PS. Want some free hugs? You can get the Straight Talk - Hugs die for free this week. Spend $30 or more on TechniqueTuesday.com by Sunday, June 21st, 2015, and Technique Tuesday will include it for free with your order. There's no need to add the Straight Talk - Hugs die to your cart, but be sure to write "Hug Me" in the Comments field at checkout so we know to include the die for free with your order when we ship it.



Die Week: A Die-licious Background from Jaclyn

Hi all!

Die Week continues today with a cool technique for creating backgrounds from Jaclyn Miller

Check out this card Jaclyn made.

Birthday card by Jaclyn Miller for TechniqueTuesday.comAren't those chevron panels "die"-licious?! Get it? Hee!

Sure, they look like patterned paper. But guess what?! They are not! Jaclyn made her own patterned paper by cutting several Chevron Strips with the Chevron Strip steel die and then laying them onto her card. So clever!

Chevron Strip steel die from TechniqueTuesday.comYou can use this same technique with many of Technique Tuesday's steel dies. For instance, cut several hearts with the Nested Hearts steel dies and adhere them to cardstock. You'll get a great paper for a Valentine's scrapbook page or card. Cut several clock faces with the Good Times steel dies and adhere them onto a piece of cardstock. You'll end up with the perfect paper for a heritage scrapbook page.

Speaking of cool backgrounds, here's a scrapbook page from Heather Balzer, a friend of Technique Tuesday. 

A Scrapbook page by Heather Balzer

Heather created the background paper for her page by die-cutting several globes from white cardstock with the Let's Go steel dies. Then she adhered them onto a sheet of white cardstock.

By using white on white cardstocks, Heather not only ended up with a DIY patterned paper but she ended up with a faux dry-embossed look! Love that! 

Be sure to swing by the Technique Tuesday blog again tomorrow. Another Creative Team member will be here with a project created with TT's DIY Steel Dies! Hope to see you then!

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PS. Looking for a deal? You can get the Straight Talk - Hugs die for free this week. Spend $30 or more on TechniqueTuesday.com by Sunday, June 21st, 2015, and Technique Tuesday will include it for free with your order. There's no need to add the Straight Talk - Hugs die to your cart, but be sure to write "Hug Me" in the Comments field at checkout so we know to include the die for free with your order when we ship it.