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December 2012

They Call Me "The Card Girl"

To my family and friends, I'm the card girl.

They have come to expect handmade Christmas cards from me every year.

I have great intentions every year of starting work on my cards in July and completing them by September. Somehow though it becames October and then November. December hits, and I'm ready to hit the Christmas cardmaking panic button.

Leave it to our Creative Team to come to the rescue.They are here today with some inspiring ideas for Christmas cards.

(Special note to my family and friends: If you are looking at this post, please turn away right now. Leave this page. You might find a card like one of these beauties in your mailbox... wink!)

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(By Laura O'Donnell. Made with Tis the Season Banners by Ali Edwards and Good Cheer by Ali Edwards.)

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(By Linda Barber. Made with Twinkle On and Jingle All the Way by Ali Edwards. )

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(By Ashley Harris. Made with Jingle All the Way by Ali Edwards and Chevrons Two Step.)

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(By Teri Anderson. Made with Jingle All the Way by Ali Edwards.)

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(By Ashley Harris. Made with Tis the Season Banners by Ali Edwards.)

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(By Teri Anderson. Made with Merry Christmas Snowflake Seal and Passion for Polka.)

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Three Tags, Three Ways

The holidays would not quite be the holidays around here without wrapping a few presents to give to loved ones.

And handmade tags are a quick and wonderful way to doll up your holiday packages and give them that personal touch.

With Christmas just three weeks away, we challenged Kris Chirhart, Charlene Austin and Sharyn Tormanen from Creative Team to come up with some festive holiday tags for you.

First up is this fun number from Kris.

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How cute is that little cat with the hat from Twinkle On added to it? So "meow-y" cute, if you ask us!

Kris created the banner by stamping one of the banners from Tis the Season Banners by Ali Edwards with green ink on white cardstock and then fussy cutting it out. The "to" and "from" words stamped onto her tag are from the Happy Birthday Seal stamp set.

Next up is this fun tag by Charlene.

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Charlene created her tag by die-cutting several label shapes and adhering them together.

She sponged ink on the smallest label and then heat embossed words from Believe by Ali Edwards with white embossing powder onto it. 

She finished her tag off with a sentiment strip created with the Be Jolly stamp set and a tree from Celebrate the Seasons by Ali Edwards.

Finally, we've got Sharyn with one more tag.

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Sharyn created a peek-a-boo panel of sorts on her tag by stamping the tree (from Be Jolly) on cardstock and then folding it over the side of the tag. The tree opens up, allowing her to write a message under it.

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Sharyn finished her tag off wih some ribbon and some stamped words (also from Be Jolly).

And there you have: Three Tags, Three Ways!

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Studio AE: December Reveal

Say hello to December and the newest Studio AE stamp set from Ali Edwards and Technique Tuesday.

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Well-known scrapbooker Ali Edwards had done it again with her My Life by Ali Edwards stamp set. This new set features 14 clear stamps on a 4" x 6" storage sheet.

The set starts shipping to Studio AE members on Dec. 10th. Not a Studio AE member? You can find out about our direct-ship, limited edition stamp club, featuring a new stamp set every month from Ali, on our Web site. You can also sign up for the club on our Web site, too.

The set is available for a limited time for purchase by non-Studio AE members through our Web site and some retailers. Check with your favorite retailer to see if they carry Studio AE stamps or to ask them to get them in.

Joining us as this month's Studio AE guest is talented paper crafter and scrapbooker Joscelyne Cutchens.

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"Joscelyne (Joscie, rhymes with bossy) Cutchens has been crafty for most of her life. She has dabbled in creating hand made papers, sewing, screen printing, book making and beading but her true passion is in photography, computers and paper crafts. Joscie says that Hybrid crafting is a great way to incorporate all of her passions in one hobby.

In June 2012, Joscie was named the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol 2012 through a vote based card making contest hosted by Paper Crafts magazine. Joscie creates bossyJoscie flair for adding to crafty projects, wearing and use as magnets.  Joscie is currently a member of the Two Peas in a Bucket Digital Creative Team, Samantha Walker Creative Crafters, Punky Sprouts Design Team, and BasicGrey.

Joscie and her husband Troy were married in Honolulu, HI in 1996.  They have moved with the Navy through Hawaii, Alabama, Maine and back to Hawaii.  They are happily raising their sons Jalen (12) and Jordan (7) in Honolulu, HI."

Joscelyne blogs at OHScrap!

You'll get to see what she has made with December's set throughout the month.

Here's a sneak peek of the first project she's made with it to share with you this month.

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Keep an eye on her blog to see the whole project, as well as the other projects she makes with it!

Hooray for December and Studio AE! Join us on the 10th for the Studio AE Blog Hop. It starts right here!

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