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September 2011

September Studio AE Blog Hop Winners

Hi everyone!

Thanks to the September Studio AE Blog Hop, we have some brand new Technique Tuesday winners!

The winner of the Holiday in a Box by Ali Edwards stamp set is:

Clare D’Onofrio!

The winners of the Message in a Banner stamp sets are:

Jennybean (who left a comment on Nichol’s blog) and Cynthia B. (who commented on Lynn’s blog).

Congrats, winners!

Teri will be contacting you shortly via e-mail.

We want to send a big thanks to everyone who stopped by our blog, as well as the blogs of Ali and our Studio AE team members, over the last few days.

We appreciate all of your friendly comments and excitement over the new Family Is by Ali Edwards stamp set.

September’s Studio AE shipments have already started leaving the warehouse. Watch your mailboxes!

If you are not already a Studio AE member, you can purchase the new set through our Web site for a limited time. You can also find information about signing up to become a Studio AE member there.


Bending Stamps With Laura

Hello everyone!

Laura here!

Today I’ve made a project which utilizes one of the great aspects of clear stamps, their bend-ability.

I’m starting early on Christmas cards, and for this one I’m using Technique Tuesday’s Vintage Lace Borderline stamp to decorate an ornament cut with the Tim Holtz Carved Ornaments die.

First I’ve given a slight curve to 2 of the stamps and stuck them on an acrylic block.

Then I stamped the images on a white cardstock die cut ornament with Versamark and heat embossed it with Detail Silver embossing powder.  I also pressed the top of the ornament directly in the Versamark and silver embossed it to make the ornament hanger.


Next I used Distress Fired Brick ink and the foam blending tool to color the ornament.  I started on the outer edges and circled my way in, leaving the center lighter in color.


And here is my card:

And because heat embossing is so hard to photograph here is another angle:

Just that little bend in the stamped pattern and the fading of the ink gives the impression of a round ornament, but what you’ve got is a sturdy and mail-able card that’s easy to mass produce.

To finish off the ornament I punched a small hole in the top and tied a bow with bakers twine.  The holiday words are from Celebrate the Seasons by Ali Edwards.

See you again soon!


TT Picks: The Martha Stewart Scoring Board

For those of you who know me, Fall is my time of year.

Crisp mornings,  football games and the yummy smells of pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon are just a few of my favorite things. And now that summer is coming to an end, my mind is already set on the holidays and paper crafting again.

I always take a hiatus during the summer months so the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas) mean it is time to start working again on party toppers, special treat boxes and beautiful cards.

My favorite tool for all of that is my trustee Martha Stewart Scoring Board.


I love this thing! It makes my craft projects much more attainable. It also helps keep me patient, which is very difficult to do since I am such a perfectionist.

The board is easy to use, and with the triangle tool that is stored on the back of the board, it is so easy to make coordinating envelopes and gift boxes.

And with the new craze of flower making, it is an easy way to make beautiful score lines.

This is a card one of our Technique Tuesday designers made with the scoring board.


Check out that circle! She used the scoring board to make those folds.

So for those thinking like me that the holidays are just around the corner, maybe you should give yourself a early present and pick up one of these great scoring boards and start making things with it.


September Technique Tuesday Studio AE Blog Hop

Today is one of our favorite days of the month around here at Technique Tuesday. It's the 10th so that means it is Studio AE blog hop time!

This month is a special month because we are celebrating our first year of Studio AE. Not only are our Studio AE creative team members sharing the projects that they made with the September stamp set (named Family Is by Ali Edwards) but some of them are also sharing ideas for the box that every single Studio AE member received with their August shipment. Be sure to visit the blogs of Ali and our Studio AE team to see what they've cooked up for you:

As a thank you for all the comments received during the hop on all eight blogs, we will pick two people to win our Message in a Banner stamp set. You don’t need to leave a comment on all the blogs to be eligible to win. But the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win.

In addition, we are going to give away a prize to one of you who comments on this post. Please tell us what your favorite Studio AE stamp set was over the last year and why. (Need a refresher of what we've released? Check out the Studio AE page on our Web site, as well as our Studio AE Anniversary online gallery.) We’ll pick one of you who comments on this post to win the Holiday in a Box by Ali Edwards stamp set. All comments must be made by midnight PST on September 12th. Tune into the Technique Tuesday blog on September 13th to see if you are one of the lucky winners. Plus on September 13th we'll be inviting you to share your projects too with another round of prizes!


Create Textured Backgrounds with Watercolor Crayons


Jaclyn here!

Have you tried Technique Tuesday's new watercolor crayons yet?

I think they are beyond awesome and they are so versatile. 

I've discovered a really fun way to use them: Create textured backgrounds with them.


Check out that background behind the guitar.  Yep, that was created using one of those magnificent crayons.  Here's how to do it.


You will need:



  • A Technique Tuesday watercolor crayon in your favorite color (I used Cobalt Blue.)
  • An old wash rag (Make sure it's one that is expendable.)
  • A square of white cardstock
  • A square of burlap (Any local fabric store should carry burlap.)
  • Something to protect your work surface

Begin by coloring one side of your burlap square, make sure you color it pretty heavily so that there is plenty of color to transfer.

Place your white cardstock down on your work surface and place the burlap, colored side down, on top of it.

Wet your rag and wring it out so that it isn't too wet.  

(Note: The wetter it is, the more your texture will look like watercolor and will blend together.  The drier it is, the more of the texture look you will get.)  


Place your damp rag on top of the burlap piece taking care not to move it around.

Apply gentle pressure with the heel of your hand to moisten the burlap.  Gently lift the corner of your burlap to see where it's at. If it looks too dry, try pressing a little bit harder to force some of the water out of the rag.



Carefully remove the rag and the burlap from your cardstock.  It will be wet, so you will need to set it aside to dry.  Depending on how much it curls up when dry, you may need to stuff it in a heavy book overnight to flatten it out.  Once it's dry, it should look like this.


At this point, you can stamp over it or use it as a background.  I finished mine off using the Rock On stamp set.


Experiment and have fun with this.  Try using different fabrics and objects for different textures.  Try mixing colors on one piece of burlap.  Try using a spray bottle instead of a wet rag.  There's no limit to what your creativity can do.  


We'd love to see how you use this technique. Post a project online and send us a link via Twitter or Technique Tuesday's Facebook page.



We're Headed to CKC Jacksonville

Technique Tuesday is hitting the road this week!

We are heading to the CKC Jacksonville scrapbook convention in Florida on Friday and Saturday.

We, of course, will have lots of great Technique Tuesday stamps and project kits for sale in our booth. We'll also have Technique Tiles (starting at 25 cents), seam binding ribbon (at just 50 cents a yard), watercolor crayons, inks and much more.

In fact, we made this card in honor of CKC Jacksonville.

We used our Awesome Days of Summer by Ali Edwards and Passion for Polka stamp sets on it, as well as a Technique Tile, ink and a watercolor crayon. These are all items you can find in our booth at the convention.

We are also offering classes at the show. While online registration has closed, you can still pick up tickets for some of our classes at the registration desk at the convention. 

If you are taking one of our classes or are hoping to pick up a ticket for one at the show, be sure to check out our class description page to see what supplies you will need to bring from home.

We hope to see you in Florida!


The TT Prize Patrol Strikes Again

It’s Technique Tuesday Blog Hop winner time!

We want to thank all of you who left comments during our Printables Blog Hop.

The winner of the Verbose stamp set is:

Jenn McNeel, who left a comment on the blog of Tanis (8/31 at 11:42 a.m.).

Congrats, Jenn!

Teri will be contacting you shortly via e-mail so we can get your prize out to you.

Thanks again to all of you who visited our Stamping Techs’ blogs.

You can find our Printables in our booth at the upcoming CKC Jacksonville, CKC San Marcos and CKC Seattle scrapbook conventions. You’ll also be able find them soon on our Web site.


Meet the September Studio AE Stamp Set!

Woot! Woot! It's the 1st! That means it is time to reveal the newest Studio AE stamp set.


The new set is called Family Is by Ali Edwards.
The set consists of 19 clear stamps.
Of course, this is a terrific stamp set for scrapbook pages. Because so many of the words can be mixed and matched together, it is also great for cards for the whole family.
Be sure to watch this blog and the blogs of our Studio AE team throughout the month to see how they've used the new stamp set.
The stamp set starts shipping to Studio AE members on the 10th. It is also available for a limited time to non-Studio AE members through and at select retailers.
We have a new addition to the Studio AE team this month.
Daniela Dobson, one of our talented Stamping Techs, is now also a part of our Studio AE team. Daniela will be sharing card and scrapbooking projects made with our Studio AE stamp sets every month on her blog. She'll also be taking part in our monthly Studio AE blog hops! (The next one is Sept. 10th!)
Scrapbooker and card maker Lynn Ghahary is also joining us this month as the September Studio AE guest. Lynn just happens to be a Studio AE member, too!

Lynn was first introduced to the wonderful world of scrapbooking way back in 2000. 
As a young girl, Lynn had always loved to be artsy and creative so this hobby was right up her creative alley so to speak and she was hooked immediately!
Scrapbooking is Lynn's creative outlet - it lets her get in touch with who she is all while preserving her most cherished family photos and memories. 
Not only does Lynn love to scrapbook but she loves to create paper crafts of all kinds including cards, mini albums, and altered projects.  Lynn has had her work published in several magazines including Creating Keepsakes, CARDS, Paper Crafts, Scrapbooks ETC, Scrapbook Trends, and Scrapbook & Cards Today.  She is currently a Garden Girl at Two Peas In A Bucket, the DT Coordinator for Pebbles Inc., and a member of the creative team for Pink Paislee.  
Lynn lives in New Jersey with her husband and high school sweetheart Salar and their two wild and crazy boys, Darian and Brandon (ages 7 and nearly 5.5).
In addition to scrapbooking, Lynn is also an avid gardener, bookworm, and wannabe photographer. She is also a self-professed reality TV show junkie and organzing diva.

Here's a sneak peek of a project Lynn made with the new Family Is by Ali Edwards stamp set.


Watch her blog all month long to see how she's used the set.