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March 2012

Watercolor Backgrounds with Tanis

Hey there!
Tanis here with a fun background technique that uses Technique Tuesday's watercolour crayons and a stamping block.
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I recently ordered some metallic watercolour crayons to try out and found they are amazing! I LOVE the shimmer they give to my colouring.
So let me show you how to make a background with them and Technique Tuesday's other watercolour crayons.
This is a super easy techique that I hope you have time to try!
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Here is the card I used my paper for. P1140806 (825x1024)
The stamps are from Technique Tuesday's Love Always Wins by Ali Edwards and Hearts by Ali Edwards stamp sets.
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And the Winners are…

Hooray! We get to give out some stamps today.

A big thanks to everyone who took time to comment on our Football post during Sports Week, as well as the posts of our designers during the March Studio AE Blog Hop.

The winner of the new Football set is Connie Melacon (9:40 a.m. on 3/8).

The winner of the Big Wish set is Crystal, who commented on Laura’s blog (11:58 p.m. on 3/10).

And the winner of the Sassy Cat set is Natalie Elphinstone (11:53 a.m. on 3/10 on Jill’s blog).

Congrats to all the winners!

Teri will send you emails shortly so we can get your stamps sent off.

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Stained Glass Windows with Teri

Hi everyone!

Teri here today.

I want to show you all a fun technique that uses vellum, markers, embossing powder and Dreamy Daisy, one of Technique Tuesday's newest stamp sets.

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The technique I am going to show you today is called the Stained Glass technique.

It's super easy and super pretty!

Let's get started.

Start by stamping the image with watermark ink on a piece of vellum.

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Dump embossing powder on top. I am using black embossing powder today, but you can use any color and it will work great.

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Remove the excess powder.

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Heat up the image with your embossing gun.

Flip the vellum over so the back side is facing up. Use permanent markers (such as Sharpie markers) to color in the image.

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Flip it over and it will look like stained glass.

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I used this technique to make this flower on this card.

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When I put the card together, I didn't need to add a whole lot to it. All I did was add a sentiment and a few pearls and was good to go.

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March Studio AE from Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

It is the 10th!

That means it is yet again time for our monthly Studio AE Blog Hop!

Just wait until you see what our Studio AE team members have dreamed up with the Beauty of Spring by Ali Edwards stamp set.

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We invite you to check out the blogs of:

We love your comments so we are going to draw at random from all the comments left on all the blogs for some brand new Technique Tuesday stamp sets.

One person will win Technique Tuesday’s Big Wish stamp set.

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One other person will win the new Sassy Cat stamp set.

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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 March 13th.

Tune into this blog on March 14th to see if you are one of the lucky winners.

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Sending Cheer with Cheer!

Everyone needs a little encouragement once in awhile!

Technique Tuesday's new Cheer stamp set is perfect for making special cards that let folks know you are there for them and are cheering them on.

Here are a few cards I made with the new set.

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I first stamped the cheerleader with red ink. I masked her off and then stamped "go" repeatedly in gray ink all the way across the card. I removed the mask and finished things off by stamping "Hello Opportunity" from Saying Hello by Ali Edwards in black ink.

I also used the cheerleader on this card.

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I stamped her with gray ink. I then created the sentiment by mixing words together from the Kids Are Cool by Ali Edwards stamp set. I finished the card off with a red rhinestone.

This will be the perfect card to use next time I want to tell someone they did good!

You can find Cheer, Saying Hello and Kids Are Cool in Technique Tuesday store and at local stores.

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A Party for a Sports Fan!

Here's an out-of-the box way to use Technique Tuesday's new Sports stamps: Make party decor with them.

Jaclyn Miller did just that by using our Football set to make this clever party ensemble for her son's recent birthday.

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The Miller house is filled filled with sports fans so it made for the perfect touch!

I especially love the cake topper.

Jaclyn stamped the football and helmet on cardstock and then fussy cut them. She hung them on a line of Baker's Twine and then attached the line to two chopsticks.

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You'll notice Jaclyn even added texture to the footballs. She did this by inking up a piece of sandpaper with brown ink and then gently touching the footballs with it. And because her family loves the Indianapolis Colts, she gave the helmets a horseshoe logo!

Want to win a Technique Tuesday Football stamp set to call your very own?

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Leave a comment for me and tell me if you are athlete, fan or a bit of both. I'll take comments until midnight PST on March 12th and announce a winner on March 14th.

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PS. Don't miss out on the special offer involving our Go Team stamp set. Check Wednesday's post for details.



Celebrate the Athletes or Sports Fans in Your Life

How many athletes or sports fans do you have in your life? There are several in the Fullerton household. And they each have their own sport. This family is just the kind we had in mind when we designed our new sports collection. We asked Summer (the crafty mom in the Fullerton household) to do a layout about her family of athletes. We love the page she made!

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Instead of doing a page about each athlete and their individual sport, Summer combined all of them on one layout. She created sections within her layout for each sport and used images and words from the stamp set associated with that specific sport. Summer used simple floral pins to anchor the pennants and scalloped accents at the top of her layout. She painted a baseboard Technique Tile purple. Then she stamped more general sports words (from the Go Team stamp set) across the purple tile. By adding the purple baseboard tile across the entire layout, she tied the three different sections together to ground her layout and make it more visually pleasing.

Technique-Tuesday-Special-OfferIf you'd like to make a layout like Summer's (or a sports-themed card like those we've been featuring this week here on our blog), we have a special offer for you! From now until Monday, March 12, go to our website and add any of the stamp sets in our new sports collection to your cart. When you check out, our website will automatically offer you 25% off the Go Team set. Using these stamps you can make layouts, coach cards, team mom cards, birthday cards, and party decorations for all your sports fan or athletes!

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Click on the images below to learn more about each of these stamp sets or to order them.



Happy Birthday with a Sporty Twist!

Truth: I love watching sports, but I always struggle with making cards for the athletes and sports fans in my life.

Next time I need to make one, I am going to borrow some inspiration from Samantha Kangas. She created an amazing birthday card that could easily be given to either a soccer player or the local soccer team's biggest fan.

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I love how she used the soccer ball from Technique Tuesday's Soccer set. She stamped it three times on cardstock and fussy cut the images out. She then layered the soccer balls between two handcut rows of cardstock grass. So clever!

I also like the custom sentiment Samantha created by mixing together stamps from the Happy Birthday and Go Team sets. I could see using that phrase on not just a soccer-themed card but baseball, football and basketball ones, too!

You can find Technique Tuesday's Soccer, Go Team and Happy Birthday stamp sets in our store and at select retailers.

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Thanks, Coach!

Basketball season is almost over.

With things winding down, I found myself motivated to make some thank you cards for the coaches. I started with the Basketball set images which were a slam dunk for my project. 

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Once I made the first card, my creative juices were flowing. I stole the ball and ran with it. I actually finished a card, then another.

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Then I pulled out the new Go Team stamp set which is full of generic sporty words. By the time I was finished I had made a whole pile of cards.

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I even came up with a card for "Coach Mom" by adding in some stamps from Mama = Love by Ali Edwards and Dad Rocks!

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At the next game, I pulled out a few of the card options for the mommy posse and the compliments were flying. And the coaches loved the cards too. Score!

You can find Basketball and Go Team in our online store and at select retailers.

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And the Winner is...

It is time to give some stamps to one of you for commenting on the results of our Sock Monkey Inspiration Challenge.

The winner of the Going Bananas stamp set is Natasha G.P., who left a comment on Charlene's blog post (11:42 a.m. on 2/29). 

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Congrats, Natasha! Teri will send you an email shortly so we can get your stamps sent off.

A big thanks to everyone who left comments for our Stamping Techs! We appreciate each and every one of them.

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