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September 2011

Technique Tuesday Stamp Party Winner!

Hi Technique Tuesday fans!

It's time once again to give away some Technique Tuesday stamps!

Congrats go out to Lisa Lara, who commented on Kris' blog during our Technique Tuesday Stamp Party blog hop! We picked Lisa Lara to receive our Hearts by Ali Edwards stamp set.

Teri will be sending you a note shortly so we can get your prize out to you.

We'd like to send a big thanks to all of you who checked the blogs of our Stamping Techs during the hop! Please join us Oct. 31st for another fun blog hop with our Stamping Techs. You can also catch our Studio AE team on Oct. 10th for ther monthly blog hop. 



Make Pretty Flowers with Daniela


I'm Daniela, and I have a fun stamped flower technique for you today.

For this technique, you are going to need:

Here's what you do:

1. Stamp flower three times on cardstock.

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2. Cut out the flowers and adhere them on top of each other, matching all the edges.

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3. Stamp the flower once on vellum.

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4. Flip the three-ply flower so it is upside down. Then, place the stamped vellum, face down, over the three-ply flower. Use an embossing stylus to trace around the edges. (Remember it's key that you are tracing on the back of the stamped vellum so you get an embossed edge on the flower's front.)

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Remove the three-ply cardstock flower. Set it aside for later so you can make more flowers with it.

5. Cut around the embossed vellum flower, leaving a slight edge.

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6. Color the back of the flower with a watercolor crayon.

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I used my flower to make this card.

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I used the polka dots from Passion for Polka to stamp borders above the strip of patterned paper.

I created the vellum lace border with the Borderline-Vintage Lace stamp set. I stamped it with white ink on and then cut it out.

The "hello" sentiment is also from the Petite Posies stamp set. I also stamped it vellum and then fussy cut it.

To give my card extra pop, I added a button to the embossed vellum flower and some foam dots to the back of it.

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Happy stamping!




Stamping on Fabric with Charlene

Hi Everyone!

Charlene here, and I am thrilled to be posting on the ol' Technique Tuesday blog. You may already know this, but I love me some TT stamps.

I am going to show you how to emboss on fabric. In fact, I am going to show you how to heat emboss on three  different types of fabric: 

  • Denim from an old pair of jeans. Everyone has a pair of these they can spare.  If not, hit your local Goodwill store. 
  • Amy Butler fabric
  • A scrap of Ikea fabric

Here are the supplies I am using today:

And the TT stamps I am using are from: Pocket full of PosiesPetite Posies and Favorite Memories by Ali Edwards.

When heat embossing on fabric, you have to be fast. But more importantly you have to make sure that your embossing ink pad is nice and juicy. You will likely need a refill bottle of ink handy unless your ink pad is new.

Heat embossing is done on fabric just like it is when you do it on paper. Stamp your image with an embossable ink. Cover the image with embossing powder. Remove the excess powder and then use your embossing gun to melt the powder.

One small trick I have found though is that after I pour the powder onto the stamped images I use the lid from the jar to lightly press the embossing powder into the ink. This makes for a much more vibrant and solid image. 


In this picture below I want to show you the difference between heat embossing and ink on fabric. The top left sentiment is heat embossed after I pressed the powder into the ink. Nice solid image. The sentiment that is cut out is heat embossed also, but I did not press the powder into the ink on that sample. It's not the one I used on the card, but I was testing out how easily I could trim the sentiment out on the fabric. The bottom left image is straight brown ink and looks great, too. It's just much more subtle. Which do you like better?
The last fabric that I stamped and heat embossed was the pretty polka dot Amy Butler fabric. I thought it turned out cute and it didn't even bother me (much) that the powder stuck in places it shouldn't have. 

And last but not least here is my card I put together using my heat embossed custom fabrics. I machine stitched them onto the card, trimmed out the sentiment and dotted it with a heart!

How easy was that?! Do you think you might try this heat embossing on fabric technique? I'd love it if you did and left us a link where we can find your creation to oooh and ahhhh over!  

If anyone has any questions just leave a comment. I'll pop in here to do my best to answer them for you. Have a great day, everyone!


Check out the Technique Tuesday Stamp Party!

Our Stamping Techs have done it again!

Today, they are having a Technique Tuesday Stamp Party!

They have dug deep into their stashes of Technique Tuesday stamps, grabbed the newest TT stamps they own and created some fun projects with them.

We'd love to invite you to take a few minutes and check out the blogs of everyone taking part in today's Stamp Party blog hop:

If you like what you see, please leave a comment or two. From the comments received on all of the Stamping Techs' blogs, we will pick one lucky person to win our Hearts by Ali Edwards stamp set.


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 Sept. 29th. The winner will be announced on Sept. 30th on our blog.

Bring on the party!


A "Share Your Story" Project from Samantha

I love a good challenge!
So when one of my co-workers suggested I make something inspired by our Share Your Story challenge, I jumped on the opportunity.

I may work for a scrapbook company, but I don't get to create all the time. I am busy getting kits ready and helping ship orders for TT. When I am not working, I am busy with family, school and things around the house.

When I saw the new October Studio AE stamp set (It's called Give Thanks by
Ali Edwards and officially debuts on Oct. 1st), I knew it would be perfect for my project! 

I love Fall and everything it has to offer! The new Studio AE stamp set is all about the Fall and giving thanks!

I decided to make a Gratitude box.

The base of my cube is one of TT's folding boxes.

On each of the outside squares of the box, I added photos of my family. I adhered the bottom and the sides of the pictures so that each picture forms a pocket. The picture pockets hold Gratitude journaling spots. I gave all my family members a journaling spot and asked them to write down what they are thankful for today. I added a tab to each journaling spot so they they are easy to pull up and read.

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The project came together so easily. The stamps reminded me how great life is, how wonderful it is to take an hour for myself and do some crafting and how grateful I am for my family and friends.

I hope my story and project inspire you to take some time to craft this week. If you haven't already checked out our Share Your Story contest, you should! We want to see the projects everyone has been making with their Studio AE stamps.


A World Cardmaking Day sale!

Hello again!

World Card Making Day is coming soon! October 1st to be exact!

To celebrate, we're giving a 25% discount on some of our Technique Tuesday card kits.

The things I love about our card kits is that not only do you produce impressive cards, but in the process you get inspired about how you can vary the color or the sentiment and use the basic card design over and over.

I enjoy Portlandia, the Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein comedy. I get a kick out of how it makes fun of Portland, where I live. Have you heard the "Put a bird on it" phrase? Well, it comes from that show. And I must confess I really like the bird on the "Hello" card from A Greeting for Every Season.

To see our card kits that are on sale, visit the Sale page on our Web site. 



Getting More Out of Your Stamps with Ashley

Hi Technique Tuesday fans!

Ashley here!

I have a fun way to get more bang for the buck with your stamps.

Next time you stamp: Rather than ink up all of your stamp, just use part of it.

The "hello love" stamp from  Love Always Wins by Ali Edwards is perfect for this technique.


Let me show you how I use it by inking up only some of the stamp rather than all of it.

Use an ink stick to pick up ink from your ink pad. Dab the ink repeatedly onto the stamp's heart.



Then use the same stick to dab ink repeatedly onto the stamp's words.

Keep going until the words are totally covered with ink.

And here is how my partially inked stamp looks when stamped.

Just for comparison, here is how the stamp looks when I ink it up all the way versus part way.

See how one stamp can look like two? FUN!

I used my partially inked stamp to make this card.

Let's stamp together again soon!


TT + the CK Scrap & Play = FUN

We are super excited to be heading out on the road for another CK Scrap & Play. We sure had a good time at the ones held this summer in Lancaster and Boise!

We will be taking part this time in the CK Scrap & Play in Omaha on Oct. 7th and 8th!

We'll be teaching one of the five core classes every attendee gets to take.

Our Merry & Bright class will give attendees a jump start on their Christmas cards. They'll make four cards and one tag. Plus, they will get to learn some fun techniques along the way.


We'll also be offering one of the optional Ala Carte classes.

Students who register for our optional Friends class will get to make a fun mini book. The book features our patterned paper, Technique Tiles and stamps

To register to attend the CK Scrap & Play in Omaha, head to the Creating Keepsakes Web site.

We hope to see you there!



We Would Like to Invite You to Share Your Story...

This month we are celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Studio AE. During the last couple weeks, we have shared some of our favorite projects that the Studio AE creative team made during the last year. Now we would like to invite you to share your projects here on our blog, too. You don't have to be a Studio AE subscriber to participate. All you need to do is create a new project using any Studio AE stamp set. Take a picture of your project and upload the picture to any online gallery. Then add a link using the "Add Your Link" button below. If you add a link to your project by October 5th (at midnight), you could win a prize. Here is what is up for grabs:

  • One $50 gift certificate
  • Two $25 gift certificates
  • Five Fabulous by Ali Edwards stamp sets ($9.99 value)

Plus there is a bonus prize just for Studio AE members. Every Studio AE member received a folded box in their August shipment. If you add a link to a project that you made using the box and any Studio AE stamp set before midnight on October 5th, you'll be eligible for another $50 gift certificate. (Several of the Studio AE creative team members made box projects for our September 10th blog hop. If you are looking for some inspiration, check out their projects.) Plus here's a bonus box project that Teri Anderson made using some of her Studio AE stamps!


We will be choosing the winners based on overall creativity, innovative use of Studio AE stamps, and how well the project tells the story. We will announce the winners here on our blog on October 11th. We can't wait to see what you make!