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March 2019

Tips and Project Ideas for the Love Home Stamp Set

Hi everyone… this is Bev here. Today I am going to share some tips for using the Love Home stamp set. I hope you enjoy seeing all the projects and hearing about all the tips in the video! (Or you can just read the tips below.)


When we were designing this stamp set, we were thinking about scrapbookers, pocket page crafters, folks who are doing traveler’s notebooks, and really anyone who makes memory keeper projects. So in the video, I'll start with those projects. But we have also been using these stamps to make cards, gift tags, and some home décor projects, so I’ll show you some of those too.


Tip 1: Make photo captions ahead of time.

While I have a stamp set out, I like to make some extra accents and embellishments. I have found that using neutral colors or a rainbow of my favorite colors works best. The neutral or rainbow-colored photo captions and embellishments coordinate with lots of different photos and are ready to be used immediately in a traveler's notebook or on scrapbook pages.

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Tip 2: Use stamps to make journal card prompts.

Often stamp sets designed for memory keepers make great journaling card prompts. And the Love Home stamp set seems to be especially well suited for that. Using this stamp set, I made a deck of journal cards for my friend to use to document life in her new home.

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Tip 3: Use a photo caption to hide something.

When I printed out this picture of my cousin's travel trailer, I was mostly focused on the beautiful sky and green landscape. But when I actually sat down to scrapbook my dream of going RVing with my husband, I realized there were some RV hookups in the lower, right corner of the picture. Somehow they weren't part of my RV dreams. I think one of those pre-made photo captions is the perfect way to cover those up!

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Tip 4: Make a gift tag.

Although this stamp set was designed for memory keeper projects, I've found several occasions recently to use them for other things. For example, I've had several friends who recently moved into new homes. And don't forget about gift tags for babies who are just coming home from the hospital.

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Tip 5: Make cards for any homey reason.

So yeah... this is kind of obvious... you can use these stamps to make cards for your friends who just moved in together, who just bought their first home, or who just had a baby. But I think these stamps can go even further and help you celebrate all the people who help make your house a home. Hopefully my husband doesn't read this blog post because on our next date night I am planning to give this card to my husband to let him know how much I appreciate the love he brings into our home!

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Ok... I have one more confession. For awhile I've been feeling kind of blah about my scrapbook projects. But this new travelers notebook format and the pre-stamped photo captions and journal cards have me feeling excited about memory keeping again. I hope you have found a system that lets you capture your memories in a way that makes you happy too!

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PS: Are you a Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship member? We will start shipping the Love Home set to members tomorrow. When you get them I hope these projects inspire you to get out your new stamps and make something!

Not a member? You can pre-order the Love Home stamp set now. Or if you'd like to save 25% on the Memory Keepers Studio stamps, join the auto-ship program!

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Five Fresh Peony Project Ideas

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, peony flowers are outrageously beautiful and will take your breath away. Today, I am sharing some cards featuring the Fresh Peonies stamp set and dies. I hope these projects will take your breath away and inspire you to make some flower cards and tags!


The Fresh Peonies Ideas and Inspiration Video!

I know some of you like to watch videos to see the projects and hear tips. Other people would rather read about them. So you get to choose! The video includes the same projects and tips included in the rest of this post.


Keep Things Simple - Don't Add Color!

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When we were designing this stamp set, I never imagined the peony flowers without any color. But check out this card by Dana Kirby. It is simple and oh so stunning! So, if you are short on time, just let the flower image and sentiment be the stars on your card!

Want to learn more about how Dana made this card. Here's a link to her blog post!


Use Colored Pencils and the No Line Coloring Technique

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Wow... I can honestly say this card took my breath away! Dana Joy used a light-colored ink to stamp the peony flower image. Then she used pencils to add color to her peonies and leaves, and created this gorgeous card!

If you would like to get the exact pencil colors that Dana used, hop on over to her blog post!


Frame Your Sentiment with Peonies

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I can't seem to find very many words to accurately describe how much I like this card by Emily Leiphart. She used Distress Ink to color two peony images, and then die cut them out. She stamped her sentiment, and used the Essential Stitched Labels dies to cut it out. But here is where Emily got super creative. Look at her card front. She used that same label die to emboss shapes and texture into the background of her card. I think that is so AWESOME!

Want more information? Check out Emily's blog post!


Make a Trendy Coral Colored Peony

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Often peonies are white, pink, or red. But they also come in shades of coral, purple and bright yellow. One of the trendy colors this year is called living coral. So I was so glad to see this beautiful peony card by Yasmin Diaz. In addition to using copic markers to make the lovely coral peony, Yasmin die cut out the word Friend (which is included in the set of Fresh Peonies Crafting Die) to help finish her card.


Stamp a Patterned Peony Background

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Last month I participated in a challenge where I colored a stamped image every day. I used several different kinds of pencils, crayons, and markers to make peonies in nearly every color in the rainbow. To make this card I stamped the peony image all over a 4 x 5.5 inch piece of cardstock. Then I used yellow, orange, and red makers to color in the flowers. (I used Zig Clean Color light pink, orange, and carmine red along with a water pen.) Although it took me awhile to color all those peonies, I really enjoyed doing it. I think that coloring stamped images is relaxing!


I hope you enjoyed seeing all the different ways you can color your stamped peonies. If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we'll be shipping the Fresh Peonies to you soon. I hope these projects inspire you to get out your new stamps and make something! If you aren't an auto-ship member, you can pre-order your peonies now.

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New projects, a new video and the March blog hop!

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Hip hip hooray... it's reveal day! That means it's time to share some fresh flower cards, a cute new raccoon, and memory keeper projects that celebrate what it means to be home.

To kick things off, I'd like to invite you to watch this quick, 3-minute video. In the video, I'll show you each of the new stamps & dies, and a project idea or two for each new product.

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Plus, Don't Miss Today's Blog Hop!

Our creative team, plus several guest designers, have a bunch more projects that they are sharing, too. I hope you'll visit each of their blogs and leave some comments for them along the way!

 

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Emily Leiphart
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Yasmin Diaz


I hope you enjoyed watching the video, and seeing all the projects along the blog hop. If you saw some new stamps or dies that you like, you can order them now. I've included the links below!

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