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December 2011

Studio AE Blog Hop Winner Time!

Well, the time has come to end our December Studio AE Blog Hop and pick a couple winners.

The winner of the Live in the Moment by Ali Edwards stamp set is Scrappin’ Annie (5:25 p.m. on 12/11 on Teri’s blog).

The winner of the Smooch by Ali Edwards stamp set is Deb Pereira (9:26 a.m. on 12/10 on Jaime’s blog)

Congrats winners! Teri will be contacting you both shortly via email so we can send out your prizes.

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who took part in this month's hop. We are always so thrilled to read your comments! 

If you are a Studio AE member, watch your maiboxes for the new It’s OK by Ali Edwards stamp set. The set is now shipping to Studio AE members.

It is also available for a limited time to non-Studio AE members through our Web site and at select retailers.

The next Studio AE blog hop will be Jan. 10th. Save the date. We think you are going to “love” what we have up our sleeves for next month.


Pretty Brayering with Jaclyn

I'm Jaclyn, and I'm here today to show you an oldie but goody technique: rubber brayering.

Here's how to do it. You will need:

  • Glossy Cardstock
  • Versamark or other clear ink
  • A stamp of your choice 
  • Dye Inks of your choice (I used three) 
  • Rubber Brayer
  • Foam or mouse pad 

To begin, stamp the image onto the glossy cardstock using Versamark ink. I used one of the newest stamp sets from Technique Tuesday, "Joy To The World". It really does have to be glossy cardstock; this technique will not work on a matte finish.

Now, take your rubber brayer and roll it onto your LIGHTEST color first.  Then roll the other two colors onto the outside.

It should look like this once it is loaded up - very shiny and wet.

Place a mouse pad or other soft surface under your cardstock. Roll the brayer onto the stamped image making sure to start at one end and slowly rolling to the other. Continue to roll on color until it is smooth. Your image will appear like magic!

That's it!  I finished out my card by die-cutting the brayered image and keeping it simple. Here's the finished product.


I'd love to see how you use this technique. Post a project online and link it up to Technique Tuesday's Facebook page.


Use Technique Tiles to Make Trivets

Hi Technique Tuesday Fans!

Charlene here, and I have a fun little project to share with you. I'm going to show you how I made Trivets using chipboard as stencils. If you love chipboard, you are going to have fun playing with these Tile Toppers from TT. I promise!

Here's the list of materials I used:

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Technique Tuesday Tile Toppers  (both the Classic set and the Flora & Fauna set)

Spray Paint including a clear coat

Ceramic Tiles (I am recycling ones the previous homeowners of my house left, but these tiles are readily available and are super cheap.)


Painters Tape

Glue and Glue Dots (which are not in the picture)


OK. Let's get started. After choosing which designs I wanted to use, I started to separate the pieces.   

I chose to use the "negative" portion of the Tiles as that is the areas that I wanted to be painted. I used Glue Dots and 2 sided tape to adhere the image to the centre.   

Once I covered the edges of my ceramic tiles with painters tape, I used the frame that I cut apart (see above) to create a border. 


Then outside we went! (We as in me and my tiles...ha!) I took my chances and sprayed these on the deck even though it was a bit windy that day. A painters drop cloth comes in very handy! As you can see from my test sprays in the bottom right corner I couldn't decide on the grey or the orange paint but the grey won out in the end.  I did about 3 light sprays allowing about 10 mins to dry in-between. 

Who else loves spray paint?! I may or may not have several more cans in the basement. I've recently heard that the fine line between collecting and hoarding is "dust." Judging from the top of that stand I'd say I just crossed over the line. Yikesa. But come on people....I can't resist the temptation of picking up a new colour when I'm out and about.  (Anyone else have these issues?  No?  Just me?)


Here are the ceramic tiles after removing the Tile Toppers and the tape. The chipboard can be used over and over again. The swirly frame didn't have as clean of lines but you would just use more Glue Dots in more areas to avoid that from happening.  As it is I like that it has a antique-y look.  These Trivets have also been sprayed with 2 coats of a clear sealer spray. 


My very last step was to cut some cork to fit and glue it on the bottom. The E-6000 worked perfectly and that cork is not going anywhere.  


So there you have it.  My final product just waiting to be used at the dinner table. While I plan for these to be used as Trivets I think they will look great displayed in the kitchen when they are not in use.   


Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope I've inspired you to think of different ways you can use products that might originally be meant for paper crafts.  I'd love to know if you've "stenciled" anything lately.  If you have any questions at all just leave a comment and I'll pop in here to answer ya. 

Check out the December Studio AE Blog Hop

Woohoo! It's that time of the month again: Studio AE Blog Hop time!

Our Studio AE team members are sharing some great ideas today for the new "It's OK by Ali Edwards" stamp set.


Be sure to check out the blogs of:

As a thank you for all the comments received during the hop on all eight blogs, as well as those left on the Technique Tuesday blog, we will give away two stamp sets.

One person will win our Live in the Moment by Ali Edwards stamp set.


One other person will win our Smooch by Ali Edwards 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.

All comments must be made by midnight  PST on Dec. 13th.

Tune into the Technique Tuesday blog on Dec. 14th to see if you are one of the lucky winners.


An Ir-resist-ible Card and Technique from Daniela

Daniela here today.

My technique is pretty simple this month. I'm going to heat emboss a background and then use Smooch Spritz. I love this technique and use it all the time.

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Here is what you do:

1. Use Watermark Ink to stamp your background.
2. Apply white embossing powder and heat it up.
3. Spray the background with Berry Holly Smooch Spritz. Blot it with a paper towel.
I used my background paper to make this Holiday card.

Create Spiffy Sentiments with Charlene

Hey everyone!

Charlene here, and I'm back to share with you my most favorite way to add sentiments to cards. I have always loved Ali Edwards stamps because of the swirly and handwritten style of them. They are begging to be cut out and that's exactly what we are doing today. 

I can specifically remember making the card below and thinking that I did not want to cover up the vintage velvet ribbon with a large strip of cardstock that the sentiment was on. So I trimmed it nice and close and it worked perfectly.  I liked that it was out of the box and a bit unique looking. Don't think of this as "Fussy" cutting because when you fussy cut you have to precise.  Cutting my way is a loose and flow-y process. There's nothing precise about it.  

I know, I're probably saying you know how to add a sentiment to your cards. I'm just here to encourage you to give this look a try so I snapped a few pictures to show how easy it is.


The stamp sets I am using are:

Good Cheer by Ali Edwards


Loving Words by Ali Edwards

Favorite Memories by Ali Edwards

Kids Are Cool by Ali Edwards

Simply You by Ali Edwards

Stamp a single sentiment or do a bunch at once for future use.  Cut them from the sheet of cardstock to make it easier to trim close. 

While you are cutting I find it helpful to move the paper rather than moving the scissors.  Relax your hand and follow along the valleys and shapes of the letters.  You don't have to be exact...AT ALL.  Just go with the flow.  Here are the ones I did in no time at all. You can make the border as tight or as wide as you like. Notice the difference in the 2 "thank you" sentiments?

I used the sentiment with the little holly & berries on my card below.  I find if you ink up the edges it helps pop the shape.  It almost looks like a die-cut sentiment doesn't it? 

Here's my card.  I hope you like the look of the "swirly cut sentiments" and will give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have the best day ever!


Make Holiday Tags with Sharyn

Sharyn here today.

One thing I like to make during the holidays is more personalized gift tags for our gifts. I love being able to decide for myself what colors I’d like, rather than trying to purchase pre-made gift tags that may or may not match whatever gift wrap I choose this season.

TT_Tiles_080 For these tags I chose to use the FUNdamental Postage Frames and chalk inks.

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I began by sweeping the color of choice over my tile and then stamping the image on top of the color.

Once I completed stamping and coloring all my tags, I then went over all of them with Glossy Accents and let them sit overnight.

When I woke the next morning, they were ready for a little bit of Stickles, some floss and a package to adorn.


TT_Tiles_088The part I really like about these is that they can move right over to the Christmas tree and become part
of the holiday décor. Bonus!


Little Treasures Blog Hop Winners

Who has Little Treasures Blog Hop winners?

Technique Tuesday does! Yes, we do!

The winner of the A Million and One by Ali Edwards stamp set is Carol Metully, who posted on Charlene's blog (November 28 at 10:18).

The winner of the Love Makes the World Go Round stamp set is Anita, who commented on Sharyn's blog (November 30th at 5:15).

Congrats, winners! Check your inboxes for a note from Teri so we can get your prizes out.

We want to thank everybody who took part in our Little Treasures Blog Hop. We appreciate your kind words!


Meet December's Studio AE Stamp Set!

It's the 1st!

That means it is time to show off the new Studio AE stamp set.


The new "It's OK by Ali Edwards" stamp set consists of 19 stamps.

This clear stamp set is a wonderful set for making scrapbook pages and cards.

The set ships to Studio AE members between the 10th and 15th.

If you are not a Studio AE member, you can order the stamp set for a limited time through the Technique Tuesday Web site and at select retailers.

We are thrilled to have Jen Gallacher joining us as December's guest designer.


"In 1998 I attended my first scrapbooking class with my sister at a local scrapbook store. I was instantly hooked and shortly thereafter began designing and writing for PaperKuts Magazine. Over the years I have had the opportunity work for a variety of design teams as a designer including Making Memories, Li'l Davis Designs, Little Yellow Bicycle, Karen Foster Design, American Crafts, and Echo Park Paper Company. Recombining two of my passions: creating and writing, I served as a Contributing, Creative and Assistant Editor for Northridge Media's Scrapbook Trends, Cricut, and Create Magazines. Currently I also serve as a Garden Girl for Two Peas In A Bucket. When I'm not writing or designing, then I am most likely reading a book or spending time with my husband and two children."

Be sure to check out Jen's blog today. She's worked up a project with the new Studio AE stamp set to share with you. She will also be taking part in our Studio AE blog hop on the 10th as well!

Hooray for December and Studio AE!