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Out of the Box Project Ideas for You!

Hi, friends! 

Tired of just making cards and scrapbook pages? We've got some “outside the box” projects today that you can easily make using your stash of stamps and dies.

You are sure to be inspired by this fun line-up of crafts! Be sure to click on the project photos for some tips, techniques, and, in some cases, step-by-step tutorials to make projects like these!

Summertime Treats by Jill Dewey Hawkins for Technique Tuesday

Make unique treat cups with the Sweet Summertime stamps and dies! Imagine giving treat cups like these to your kids or grandchildren. They will be sure to smile!

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Strawberry Bookmark by Jenn Brown for Technique Tuesday

Do you love to read? Got a Summer reading list? Make a bookmark to grace the pages of the books you check off your list! It's so easy to make a bookmark with stamps, ink, paper and a few basic crafting supplies.

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Spaceship Birthday Party Invitations by Kymona Tracey

Planning a party? Print the party details on cardstock. Then cut a border out of the top of each invitation with any of the border dies! Whether you are planning a child's party or one for an adult, this idea is easily adaptable! Plus you'll find we have lots of border dies to choose from.

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Cherry Blossoms Fabric Stamped DIY Bag by Kymona Tracey

Here's another fun idea for you! Use stamps to personalize a make-up or pencil bag with flower stamps. Use the bag as a gift or keep it for yourself. I promise. We won't tell if you keep it! Not a fan of flowers? Use some background and other design elements stamps on your bag instead. The possibilities are endless.

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Craving more non-traditional project ideas? Be sure to check out the DIY Party and Home Decor Projects Gallery on our website. You'll also find lots of inspiration in the Tags & Gift Giving Gallery!

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PS. Have you tried stamping on rocks? Be sure to check out Shelley's tutorial on how to successfully do it with clear stamps! 



DIY Snow Globes for the Holidays

Hi all!

Looking for a fun but easy (and economical) holiday gift to put together? Make a snow globe!

Technique-Tuesday-Snow-Globe-House-Teri-AndersonThis little globe was easy to put together. And if you have kids or grandkids, this would be fun craft to work on with them. Let me show you how you can make one.

Start by cutting a circle from vellum with the Circles steel dies. I'm using the largest circle in the set. You will also want to cut a couple houses with the Happy Home steel dies.

DIY Snowglobe Christmas Craft from TechniqueTuesday.comAdhere a home onto the circle. Use the other home for the windows and doors. Adhere them onto it as well. 

Now you are going to need a two-part plastic ornament. I found standard size ones, which you can often find at big box craft stores, work well for this project. 

Open the ornament. Add some sequins (or beads) to one half. It's up to you how much to put in.

DIY Snowglobe Christmas Craft from TechniqueTuesday.comInsert the vellum circle. It will look a bit like this. If you are concerned about the circle moving around, use a little tape or a glue to keep it in place.

Now add a pinch of batting to the other side of the ornament.

DIY Snowglobe Christmas Craft from TechniqueTuesday.comClose up the ornament and you'll end up with something like this.

DIY Snowglobe Christmas Craft from TechniqueTuesday.comCut a 7" x 1" piece of cardstock. You can use it plain or stamp a pattern on it. (I stamped the polka dots with the Lots of Dots stamp set.) Roll the piece of cardstock into a circle. Connect the ends with a staple.

DIY Snowglobe Christmas Craft from TechniqueTuesday.comThe cardstock will serve as the stand for your snow globe.

DIY Snowglobe Christmas Craft from TechniqueTuesday.comI think one of the coolest things about these snow globes is you can use them a home decor or you can use them on a Christmas tree as an ornament. If you want to use it as an ornament, flip the ornament over as you assemble it together so the hole is at the top. Use a clear glue to seal the ornament. Use the same glue to connect the cardstock snow globe base to the bottom of the ornament. Add a little twine or ribbon to the top of the ornament and it will be good to go. 

DIY Snowglobe Christmas Craft from TechniqueTuesday.comThanks for stopping by today! Hope to see you again soon!

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Take a break and watch the newest Technique Tuesday video!
 
Want to add some pops of light and color to your Thanksgiving table, Christmas mantel, or home decor throughout the year? In this video, you'll learn how to use the new Happy Home steel dies to create a tiny tea light house or make an entire village.

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Project Ideas for Your Season of Thanks

The fall holidays traditionally bring opportunities for spending time with the special people in our lives. As crafters, we enjoy adding homemade touches to our celebrations. Whether you're hosting a family dinner or visiting friends, give the holidays a personal touch by creating place cards or putting together a gratitude album to share. You'll find inspiration for these projects and more in this week's video.

(Want to see this video on YouTube? Go here.) 

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THANKS from Technique Tuesday

If you've been thinking about joining our auto-ship programs, it's a great time to join. Get a Garland of Thanks stamp set FREE with your first auto shipment, if you join by the 31st. If you're already a member, your stamp will be in your October package. Not a member, go here to learn more about the Memory Keepers Studio, Fresh Cut Studio and Greenhouse Society auto-ship programs.

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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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Time for Something Tree-mendous

Hi friends! 

Looking for a last minute gift for a friend? Check out this little tree I put together the other day.

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It was tree-mendously fun to make! Get it? Wink!

Seriously, I think this little tree would fun to give to a friend or co-worker as a small Christmas gift.

The tree was so easy to make. I cut two hearts with Technique Tuesday's Nested Hearts steel dies and adhered them together. 

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I then added a small heart (also cut with the Nested Hearts dies) and a small star (cut with TT's Nested Stars steel dies). 

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I flipped the tree over and then adhered a toothpick to it. 

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Because I didn't want anyone to see my tape, I cut two more hearts and used foam tape to place them over it. 

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The base of my tree is a chunk of wood I found at a big box craft store. I glued a little piece of cork onto and then stuck the tree inside it. 

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To finish my tree off, I added a little texture paste and glitter to the base. I also tied a bow toward the bottom of the tree and placed some enamel dots on the tree.

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If you didn't want to use enamel dots, gems or pearls would also work.

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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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Getting the DIY Party Look: Tissue Paper Flowers

Teri here, and I am so happy to see you again today.

I think one of the neatest decorations from my DIY Party were the tissue paper flowers I made.

I made a few dozen pink flowers to decorate the party table, the room and even the party banner.

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These were really easy to make, thanks to Technique Tuesday's Circles DIY Steel Dies.

I piled up a stack of tissue paper (about 8 sheets worth) and ran them through my die-cutting machine with a circle die.

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I stapled the circles with a stapler so they'd stay together. I crinkled them up with my fingers and then uncrinkled them, seperating one sheet of tissue paper from the next. 

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I think they kind of look like rosebuds. 

Then I placed a glob of glue onto a piece of scratch paper and dipped the flowers in it. Then I dipped them into a pile of glitter.

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The end result was something like this.

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The cool thing is each one looked a little different. I also loved that I could place them anywhere I just wanted to add a pop of color, even on some on the party table.

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Thanks for joining me to today. To learn more about the Spring Party, go here and here.

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Getting the DIY Party Look: Customized Straws

Hi again!

I showed you my DIY Party on Monday. I want to show you today how I took plain old paper straws and turned them into something special for the party! 

The supplies I used were:

And here's the how-to.

Start by die-cutting a number of label shapes from cardstock and patterned paper.

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Take a sentiment stamp and ink it up. (Hint: If you only want to use a portion of the stamp, cover part of the stamp with tape before you ink the stamp. Once you've inked up the stamp, remove the tape and stamp.)

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Stamp the sentiment.

Wrap a stamped label and a patterned paper label around the straw.  Staple the labels in place.

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The end result will be something that looks like these! 

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Fun, huh?

And just in case you are wondering, here's how these straws looked on my party table. I tucked all of my straws in a small jar.

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Tune in tomorrow and I'll show you how I created the tissue paper flowers I used to decorate the table and the party banner with Technique Tuesday DIY Steel Dies.

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You're Invited to a DIY Party

Truth: I love entertaining.

Whenever I have friends over, I always get a kick out of giving them a personalized gift to make their visit a little more friendly. Whether I tie a stamped tag onto a bag of candy or fill a jar of treats and then decorate the jar with die-cuts, those handmade touches always seem to impress them.

I recently took things to a new level when I created an entire partyscape with Technique Tuesday clear stamps and DIY Steel Dies. I'd like to invite you today to take a look at some the decorations and customized treats I made for the party.

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One of my favorite things from the party are these cute water bottles.

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They were really easy to customize. I simply removed their labels and then wrapped patterned paper around them. I die-cut circles with Technique Tuesday's Circles DIY Steel Dies and then stamped on top with flowers from the Grow Happy by Lori Vliegen stamp set.

The little metal stand is a place setting card I found at the local party supply store. I die-cut a rectangle card with Technique Tuesday's Story Card DIY Steel Dies and then stamped the sentiment from the Bring on the Sun by Ali Edwards stamp set on top. It just seemed like a great phrase for a party! 

I decorated straws with labels and stamped words and filled small plastic containers with Sunflower seeds. (Because you gotta have something somewhat healthy at a party, right?)

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Each plastic treat container (found at the dollar store) is decorated with a sentiment from the Labels by Ali Edwards stamp set. You might be wondering about that pink puffball on the plate here? Well, that's a flower I made with tissue paper and Technique Tuesday's Circle dies. I made few dozen of them to decorate the room and the party table. (Come back to the blog on Wednesday and I'll show you can make some like them.)

Finally, I filled a jar with chocolate because, gosh, what's a party without chocolate?! I created the little decorative stake for it by stamping the flower design on it Petal Power stamp set, coloring it in with pencils and then mounting it to a straw. The words? They too are from the Bring on the Sun by Ali Edwards stamp set. 

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The last thing I did for this party ensemble was to create the banner. I didn't want my banner to be too big so I cut only a couple panels with the Story Card die. You'll notice I added some of my tissue paper flowers to it. I also stamped on a few die-cut labels with Technique Tuesday's I Like You stamp set.

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Tune in tomorrow and I'll show you how I made some customized straws for the party guests.

Technique Tuesday supplies used to create this party ensemble:

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