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How to Make Scrapbook Embellishments

Calling all scrapbookers and memory keepers. Would you like to make your photos and memories be the highlight of your scrapbooks, have more fun while you are crafting and SAVE MONEY? Then this blog post is for you!

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We invited some amazing designers to make scrapbook layouts, pocket pages, December Daily projects and Traveler's Notebook layouts using the stamps and dies from our Scrapbooking Collection. Each of their projects show how you can use stamps and dies to make titles, embellishments and journaling spots using colors that complement your photos and reflect your own style.

So grab your favorite Sunday morning beverage and take a few minutes to see how you can use stamps, dies and cardstock plus a little ink to be more creative and save money!

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Make Unique Accents Using Plain White Cardstock

Oh be still my heart... I love this layout! When we were designing the Love Home stamps and Build a Birdhouse dies I imagined them being used to make photo captions and embellishments on pages about building a new house or layouts about hanging out at home. I also thought about using them to make gift tags or cards to welcome new families to the neighborhood or church. But the colorful birdhouse embellishments and these scrapbook pages by Lorilei Murphy are even better than what I imagined.

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Lorilei used the Build a Birdhouse dies to cut out black and white birdhouse pieces. Then she used some ink to add color to the white cardstock elements. Finally she reassembled the inked pieces with the black roofs and perches to make one-of-a-kind, birdhouse embellishments for her scrapbook layout.

To finish her project, Lorilei used some black ink to stamp her layout titles using the Love Home stamps. The simple black sentiments create such a lovely contrast with her colorful scrapbook embellishments and background!

Want to see more projects and a video about how to use these stamps and dies to make embellishments? Hop over to our website!

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Make Photo-Corner Embellishments

One way to highlight the pictures on your scrapbook layouts is to make photo-corner embellishments using colors that are in your pictures. Nathalie DeSousa used the Just Us Girls Stamp Set and Matching Dies to make feminine embellishments, photo captions and to start her journaling block. Here's how she did it.

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Nathalie got out markers that were similar in color to the clothes the people in her photo were wearing. She used those markers to add color to the stamped flower images. Then she used the matching dies to cut out beautiful corner embellishments to go around her photo.

To add balance to her two-page spread, she made another set of flower accents and used those corner embellishments to highlight her journaling block. What a lovely way to make embellishments for your layouts about the girls and women in your life!

See more project ideas and a video tutorial over on our website!

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Create Dimensional Embellishments

These dimensional heart embellishments would look AMAZING on soooo many different projects. And this layout could go in so many different albums! For example, you could add a page like this to your children's scrapbooks to help them celebrate and remember their grandmother and grandfather. Or make a similar layout and give it to your children's grandparents. Or make a scrapbook spread about your grandparents and put it in your own album.

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This delightful layout is by Neftali Zambrano. She used the Grandma Blessings stamps and matching dies to make this layout and create the 3-D heart embellishments!

To get started Neftali stamped the heart image using pink ink fifteen times on white cardstock. Then she used the matching die to cut them all out. (She saved the strips of white cardstock with the negative spaces left when she cut out all those hearts.)

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She folded the stamped hearts down the middle. She layered 3 of the stamped hearts to create five dimensional-heart embellishments. Then she sewed the layered, stamped heart accents to the white cardstock strips that were left over when she die cut the hearts. To finish her scrapbook layout, she used one of the sentiment stamps to make the page title.

If you are worried about what to do with this much dimension in your scrapbook, here are a couple options. You could put your layout in a shadowbox and use it as home decor. Or you can simply flatten the embellishments out before sliding the layout into your page protector.

If you'd like to make additional dimensional elements (not just hearts), look for stamps that are symmetrical. For example, you could make similar layered butterfly embellishments using the butterfly image that is included in the Grandma Blessings stamps and matching dies bundle.

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Use Phrases as Embellishments

Often we think of butterflies, stars and flowers as being page embellishments. But here's a traditional scrapbook layout by Amanda Baldwin showing how you can use sentiments or photo captions as accents on your pages.

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Amanda used the Remember When Scrapbooking stamp set plus the Oval and Rectangle Stitched Labels dies to make this beautiful, traditional scrapbook layout. To get started Amanda stamped some of the sentiments and cut them out using the rectangle dies. Then she used more phrase stamps and a second-generation stamping technique on the background of her layout. The phrases stamped on the labels are more prominent and add a sense of dimension to her page. While the lighter stamped background phrases and butterflies create an almost ethereal feeling on this layout.

You can see more scrapbook projects featuring these stamps and dies in a video tutorial on our website!

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Turn Your Photo into an Embellishment

Sometimes you see something and think "why didn't I think of that?" I had one of those moments when I saw this layout by Theresa Doan. She turned her photo into something that also acts as an embellishment on her very creative scrapbook page.

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Theresa started with a simple photo of eight women having dinner. Then she used the Pieces of My Heart die to cut it out. She reassembled the picture puzzle pieces to make the heart-shaped photo on the left side of this layout. The puzzle-piece photo embellishment really amplifies the idea that when people come together they can make wonderful things happen.

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To finish her project, Theresa stamped the "Together We Make a Family" phrase as the title for her scrapbook page. Then she scattered several more puzzle piece embellishments toward the bottom of her scrapbook page. 

See more cards and layouts featuring this set of stamps and dies over on our website!

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Set the Mood with a Colorful Background

Color plays such a big part in establishing a theme or mood for your scrapbook pages. But when you are using premade stickers, chipboard accents, patterned paper or really any embellishment, you are stuck with their colors. That's where stamps and dies really are your friends. Here is an example of how you can use stamps and dies to make unique backgrounds for your pages.

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This enchanting layout by Neftali Zambrano is all about her adorable son. She used the phrase stamps that are most relevant about her son and stars from the Kids Are Cool stamp set along with sherbet-colored inks to make patterned paper for both sides of her project. Then she used the coordinating Kids Are Cool dies to cut out similarly-colored hearts, stars and words to embellish her project. The colors she used reinforce the playful nature of this wonderful scrapbook page. Plus this is a one-of-a-kind scrapbook layout her son will cherish!

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Tell Your Story Your Way

Here's another example of how to stamp your own patterned elements to help tell your story your way. Adelina Starace's pocket page project is all about the 4th of July.

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Adelina used red and blue ink along with the Things Change stamps and Captions and Labels dies to make the photo caption at the top of her pocket page project. She also used the same set of stamps to make a ticket-patterned 3" x 4" pocket page insert for the middle row on her layout.

The red, white and blue color scheme is often associated with the Fourth of July. But the phrases Adelina used are not the traditional sentiments you would find on premade 4th of July patterned paper, pocket page inserts or embellishments. Her layout is a reminder of how easy it is to create your own unique elements and tell your own story your way!

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Create December Daily Embellishments

If you make a December Daily album every year, you know that creating your foundation pages and as many elements as possible ahead of time is ESSENTIAL to finishing your album during December! Plus you also know that finding December Daily embellishments in non-traditional Christmas colors (or colors that you and your family would actually wear) can be really hard.

Here are several projects showing how you can make embellishments for your December Daily scrapbooks that complement your own style, feature your favorite colors and that are much less expensive too!

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Ashley Horton created these pink Christmas-themed pages using the Story of December Days stamp set and the Postage Card dies. She stamped the Dec 25 circle and then used the dies to add the visually-interesting postage-stamp edge.

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She also used the same set of stamps to add her journaling prompt. Then she stamped the "Magical Moment" sentiment from the December Moments stamp set below her photo. What a wonderful Christmas story and lovely December Daily layout!

Want to see more December Daily project ideas? Watch this 2-minute video featuring the Story of December Days stamp set and the Postage Card dies!

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Make Some Tag Embellishments

Tags are another easy way to spruce up your traditional scrapbook layouts, pocket pages or December Daily layouts. Kari Stiles created several tag accents for this very classy December Daily pocket page.

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Kari used the Story of December Days stamps (the same set that Ashley used on the previous layout) to make several of the elements on this pocket page. Kari stamped the rectangular December 9 accent and cut it out. To make the white tag, Kari used the "DEC" stamp and generation stamping. Finally she used "the Story of" sentiment stamp to make the journaling tag embellishment.

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One of the things I really like about Kari's project is that there isn't a single red or green accent on it. And she didn't get stuck using someone else's trendy color scheme. She kept it simple and only included embellishments that complimented and helped highlight her photos.

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Make Your Own Santa Embellishments

Just look at the amazingly creative Santa accents that Tina Stepanova made for her December Daily album! I want to go straight to my craft table and make some embellishments and pages just like hers!!!

Make a Transparent Santa Embellishment for Your December Daily Scrapbook Page

To make this December Daily transparency, Tina used the Dear Santa stamp set and permanent white ink.

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She used the same stamp set along with the matching Dear Santa dies to make embellishments for several 3" x 4" pocket page inserts.

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And just like Ashley and Kari, Tina created date embellishments using the Story of December Days stamps.

Tina shares more details about how to make these projects over on her blog. Plus she shows several more Christmas-themed scrapbook pages that are AMAZING. This is a blog post you don't want to miss!

You also aren't going to want to miss this 2-minute video where you can see lots more Santa embellishment ideas!

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Wow... whether you create clean and simple layouts or prefer a more elaborate look, I hope you saw some ideas here that inspire you to make some embellishments for your own scrapbook pages!

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PS: Don't Miss Your Chance to Choose a FREE Stamp Set!

If you saw some stamps and dies on any of these projects that you'd like to own, now would be a good time to get them. From now until Thursday, 9/19, you can choose your own set of free stamps when you place an order on our website. Here's how to claim your FREEBIE!

  1. Go to our website and put $30 of products in your cart.
  2. Then go to the Free Flair page, choose your free stamp set, and add it to your cart.
  3. When you check out, enter the code Free-Flair. The charges for your free stamp set will be removed from your order.
  4. BONUS: Spend $75 or more and you'll get FREE shipping too!
Not sure where to start shopping? We've included links to all the stamp and die bundles used to make the projects featured in this blog post. Or you can see the entire collection of stamps and dies designed especially for scrapbookers!
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A Scrapbook Layout That Will Make You Smile

Heya, Julie here with another colorful scrapbook layout from Nathalie. I really like how she combined the small, stamped phrases with the script-y "smile" and "laugh" die-cut words to make a title for this layout. The black stamped elements and die-cut phrases look fabulous with the bright, patterned paper she used! 

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Hi there! Nathalie with you today with a layout that uses the fun Laugh and Smile Stamp Set, along with the Layered Smile Crafting Dies, and the Layered Laugh Crafting Dies. These new sets are sure to be a staple in my documenting, as they are versatile and lots of fun. Let me show you what I have created.

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To create this page, I pulled the Oh Happy Day collection from Simple Stories and cut one of the collection’s papers to fit the size of my Life Crafted album (Citrus Twist Kits). The idea was to create a fun border for the pages, so I used the Cascading Hearts Border crafting die to create the edges of the layout.

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In addition, I used the Cascading Hearts Border Crafting Die to detail another strip of paper (same collection) so that I could use it to create the title of the page on the other side of my layout. Here I used a combination of the Laugh and Smile Stamp Set and the coordinating dies to create an elaborate title for this layout.

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For the title, I used some black ink to create two sentiment boxes on white cardstock using the Laugh and Smile Stamp set. These were fussy cut and popped with foam adhesive on the page. The Layered Laugh crafting die and Layered Smile crafting die sets were used to create the script “Smile” and “Laugh” words twice from metallic black paper. This were stacked together, and then glued on the page to complete my title, so that it reads, “I LOVE YOUR SMILE, but THIS PHOTO MAKES ME LAUGH”.

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To balance the title, I chose to add the picture at a mirror position and then added a few clusters around it. I chose to use the words, “smile” and “laugh” from the Laugh and Smile Stamp set at the bottom of the picture to emphasize the sentiment of the page. Some of the negative heart pieces were then glued to the layout to bring some extra color pops.

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The Laugh and Smile stamps are sure to become a staple on my collection. They are part of the Memory Keeper Studio Collection. Make sure to check them out on the Technique Tuesday shop. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you all so much!

Allison

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Isn't that a pretty layout? I'll admit, I'm probably biased because she used the Cascading Hearts Border Die, which was the first in our border dies collection a year and a half ago. I got to design that die, so I love seeing how everyone uses it!

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P.S. Are you a member of the Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship program? Or the Fresh Cut Studio auto-ship program? We shipped the Laugh and Smile stamp set and Layered Smile Crafting Dies to members in June.

Not a member? You can order the stamp set and the dies now!

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11 Cute Stamped Chameleon Cards and Project Ideas

Can you believe it's already September and that the trees will be changing colors soon? To go along with the idea of changing colors, we thought it would be fun to introduce a cute chameleon this month. I hope you enjoy seeing all these projects from the Technique Tuesday team featuring this month's new Chameleon Friends stamp set and matching dies.

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Watercolor Stamped Rose Tutorial with Dana Kirby

Hey there, it's Julie! Today I'm happy to welcome Dana Kirby back to our blog. In this blog post, Dana shares her stamped rose watercolor tutorial. Dana used her watercolors and the Sending Roses stamps and the matching Sending Roses dies to create such a sweet card! (These stamps and dies are the May additions to the Greenhouse Society Collection.)

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Hi Friends! It is Dana here today sharing a card using the gorgeous Sending Roses Stamp Set from the May release.

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I started my card by stamping my rose image in black ink and water coloring it with a pale blue and green watercolor. I used a lot of water, and just kept adding color until I got my desired look. Next, I used the Sending Roses dies to die cut my rose image. I set this aside and began working on my card design.

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I started by die cutting the large Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Die from light gray cardstock for my center label. Next, I die cut Sending (included with the Sending Roses die set) from medium gray cardstock. I attached this to my label and stamped the rest of my sentiment (lots of love from the Sending Roses stamp set) underneath. I also added my rose image to my label at this time.

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To finish my card, I used an aqua piece of patterned paper to create my card panel. I attached this to a medium gray mat before attaching it to my A2 card base. Lastly, I attached my label to my card front with foam adhesive.

Don't you just love this Sending Roses stamp set and dies? The image is gorgeous and the sentiments are definitely some of my favorites!

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Dana's card is so beautiful, right? And her rose stamp tutorial using watercolors makes it so easy to replicate this card. If you aren't into watercolors, you might like my tutorial about how to color and add highlights to these stamped roses using alcohol markers. Or use the Sending Roses stamps and dies with any or all of your favorite coloring mediums. I hope Dana's card and these tutorials inspire you to make some beautiful stamped roses of your own!

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P.S. If you're a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, you should already have received the Sending Roses products. Not a member? You can order these stamps and dies individually now. Or, if you'd like to save 25% off the Sending Roses, sign up to become a Greenhouse Society auto-ship member before the end of May!

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Cute Crocodile Card Ideas by Norine Borys

Good morning all! Julie here, bringing you a couple of unbelievably cute crocodile cards by Norine Borys. She used the newest stamps and matching dies from the Animal House collection. Take it away Norine!

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Hi friends, it’s Norine back with you today, sharing a couple of cards made using the May Animal House stamp and die sets, called Alligators and Crocodiles. First up is a cute birthday card!

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To emphasize the numerical aspect of a birthday, I also used the By the Numbers crafting die. I began by stamping the Croco/Gator image onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock with Versafine Onyx black ink - an ink that is watercolor friendly, and then coloring the images with Arteza Real Brush watercolor markers, and blending the colors with a water brush. I used the coordinating Alligator & Crocodile dies to cut the crocodile and bird shapes and set them aside.

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Next, I die cut a panel of white cardstock with the By The Numbers die and adhered it to the front of a white cardstock card base. I love to use over-all die cuts like this to support the theme of my card as well as to provide some interest without being distracting, so that the images and sentiment can have the attention. I used Versamark ink to stamp a sentiment onto black cardstock, heat embossed with white embossing powder and cut out the sentiment block, then backed it with foam tape to pop it up on the card front.

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Finally, I adhered the die-cut crocodile accent, with his big toothy grin, to the card front, adding one of the die-cut flamingos to his back, safely away from those teeth! I’m kidding, these two are the best of friends! The addition of a few coordinating enamel dots (I never get tired of those!) completes the card!

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My second card is a fun “hey, how’ve you been?” card. I started by ink blending onto an A2 sized white cardstock card panel with a wave stencil and some blue Tim Holtz Distress ink.

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Following the lines at the top, I hand cut the stenciled portion about 1/4th of the way down. I used a piece of green patterned paper for the background and adhered it to a card base.

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Next, I stamped an alliga-dile (sorry, I don’t actually know the difference well enough to know which I made) onto Bristol Smooth card stock with Versafine ink, and colored again with water-based real brush markers before die cutting with the coordinating dies. Before adhering the water portion of the card panel to the card base, I tucked the alliga-dile under the edge to appear like he’s menacingly peeking out, although the little bird sitting on his back totally gives him away!

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I stamped the sentiment directly onto the stenciled cardstock with black ink. I found some blue glitter enamel dots in my stash that made me think of water bubbles so I used them and some yellow dots (to tie in with the yellow bird) to complete this card.

Thanks for visiting the blog and enjoy the rest of your day!

Norine

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I love these crocodile card ideas!

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PS: Are you an Animal House auto-ship member? We shipped these alliga-diles (or croco-gators?) to you earlier this month. Not a member? Learn how you can save 25% of these cute alligator stamps and matching dies!

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Alligator Card Ideas by Allison Arbour

Hello, Julie here! Today I'm happy to bring you a new blog post from Allison Arbour. She's showing us how she made this super cute card using the Alligators & Crocodiles Stamp Set, the matching Alligators & Crocodiles dies, and the Stars on the Border dies.

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Here's Allison's Alligator Card Tutorial!

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First, start by blending distress oxide inks in colours Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron on 2 separate pieces of white cardstock.


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Use the Stars on the Border Die to cut through from each sheet. You will be using the negative cut from this die to create the bite marks but be sure to save the positive image and all the stars for another card or project.


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Trim the negative sheets (the bite marks) to the size you want to fit your card base.


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I positioned for placement then stamped my sentiment in black ink and heat embossed in clear.


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Using foam tape on the back of the bite mark sheets, I adhered them to the card base.


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I coloured the alligator in copics using colours YG23 and YG21. I then used the matching die to die cut out the alligator.The birds were coloured in copics and die cut as well, using the colours R22,R20,RV63,RV55,YR30,YR31,Y19


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Foam tape was used on the back of the alligator and birds and adhered to the card base.

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And voila! Here is Allison's finished card! I love that she used the negative space from the Stars on the Border die for this card. If you missed this month's blog hop, you probably also missed Allison's other card where she used the positive space (the star border). Here's a link to that alligator card on her blog. Finding new ways to make the "scraps" into something beautiful on their own is a great challenge that can bring out your creative side! What kinds of "scrap" projects have you made?

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Take a Blog Hoppin' Tour of the May Release!

Yay... it's finally time to talk about the May release! We've been so busy celebrating National Scrapbook Day that we haven't had time to say much about the new stamps and dies we released on May 1st. But that all changes today!

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Today, Bev is sharing a quick video showing you all the beautiful butterflies, the lovely roses, and the snappy alligators and crocodiles. Watch her video to learn a little bit about each of the new products. Then make sure you visit each stop on the blog hop to see tons of project ideas!

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Technique Tuesday - that's us, you're here!

Allison Arbour

Sheree Forcier

Yasmin Diaz

Ana Anderson

Jung AhSang

Natasha Kara

Dana Kirby

Amy Kolling

Latisha Yoast

Emily Leiphart

Kymona Tracey

Norine Borys

Nathalie DeSousa 

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Thanks so much for visiting and joining in on the blog hop!

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Tips and Project Ideas for the Build a Birdhouse Crafting Dies

Hi everyone. This is Bev. I have been having a lot of fun playing with the Build a Birdhouse crafting dies and I have so many tips I want to share with you for using them. You can watch the video, or keep reading to make sure you see all the project ideas and see all the tips too!


Tip 1: Don't Cut Apart Your Dies!

Now my first tip may seem a little odd. I recommend that you leave these dies connected. In other words, don’t nip apart the connectors between each of these dies. Here is why. First, some of these dies are small and easy to lose. Second, these birdhouse pieces are designed to be mixed and matched in a bunch of different colors. Since none of these dies are nested just leave the dies connected and make lots of die cut roofs, perches, and birdhouses. And don't forget that in addition to cardstock and patterned paper, these dies will cut out felt, thin chipboard, cork, thin wood paper, fabric, and more. Those unusual materials make great birdhouse parts!

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Tip 2: Keep All the Extra Die-Cut Birdhouse Pieces!

My next tip is don’t throw away the extra birdhouse pieces. Instead keep them together for future projects. Here at the Technique Tuesday offices, we keep the dies in a plain envelope and we keep all those pieces in that same envelope with the dies. Having all these extra birdhouse pieces in one place makes it easy to create a quick card, gift tag or scrapbook layout later.

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Tip 3: Use a Glue Pen or Fine Tip Adhesive Applicator!

Once you’ve picked out the pieces you are going to use for a specific project, you need to adhere them together. If you are working with paper, I recommend using a glue pen to adhere small, die-cut pieces together. I prefer this Quickie Glue Pen. A high-quality glue pen lets you add a small amount of glue right where you need it and dries clear too.

If you are working with more porous materials, like felt or chipboard, you’ll need a stronger adhesive and more of it. For these porous materials, I prefer this On Point Glue. Now the first thing I like about the On Point Glue is that it has a very fine tip that lets me get the glue where I want it to be. It also has a little pieces of metal, really a pin, inside the lid that slides down into the tip to keep it from clogging. And the adhesive is pretty strong so it will keep these heavier materials together better.

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Tip 4: Make the Entrances Look Dark and Shadowy!

Once you have those pieces adhered, you need to decide what to do about the hole in the front of the birdhouse. Now, one option is to leave the hole open. But I wanted it to look dark and shadowed, so here’s how I do that. I cut out a piece of black or dark shadow colored cardstock. Then I adhere it to the back of the birdhouse. Not only does this provide the shadow color, the dark piece is actually behind the birdhouse so it adds just a bit of dimensional interest too.

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Tip 5: Cut Down Your Birdhouses!

Another tip is that these die-cut birdhouses are designed to be cut down. We made them this way so that you could adjust the size to fit better on your specific project. Plus being able to make different sized birdhouses lets you make more visually interesting projects. To make different-sized birdhouses, just trim off the bottom of the one-hole or three-hole birdhouse die cuts. Then add roofs or perches!

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Tip 6: Cut Out Some White Pieces and Add Patterns!

My final tip is to also consider die-cutting out some birdhouse pieces from white cardstock or watercolor paper. You can use a fine tip pen to add a wood grain pattern or some other pattern to your birdhouses. Or use your favorite coloring medium to add shadows and highlights. For example, Tam used Copic markers to make it look like there are red shingles or corrugated steel on the roof of this die-cut birdhouse accent.

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I hope you enjoyed these tips and projects featuring the Build a Birdhouse dies. And I hope you are inspired to go make some cards, gift tags, or accents for your scrapbook pages using some of your own die-cut birdhouses.

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PS: The Build a Birdhouse dies are part of our Fresh Cut Studio Collection of Crafting Dies which are all less than $10. And if you become a member of the Fresh Cut Studio auto-ship program, you'll pay even less!

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Animal House Sneak Peek + a Giveaway!

Wow... can you believe January is almost over? It's time to start the new release countdown! From now through January 31st we will be sharing sneak peeks each day. Then on February 1st and 2nd, we'll be revealing all the new products and we'll be having a blog hop featuring lots of projects we hope will inspire you. So let's get started with today's sneak peeks!

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Get ready to meet some new, cute critters. These fur-balls will be joining the Animal House Collection of stamps and dies on February 1st. Like all the Animal House stamps and dies, these cuties are designed to help you make cards that are fun to color. So far we've made these critters be pink, purple, orange, gray, and also very SPARKLY!

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What kind of animal do you think they are? What color would you make them? Or what sentiments would you put with these animals? Tell us what you think for a chance to win!

Leave a Comment for a Chance to Win One of Three $20 Gift Certificates!

From now through February 2nd, there are a bunch of ways you can enter for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Technique Tuesday store. You can enter once, several times or all of these ways!

  • Between now and midnight on February 2nd, leave a comment here on our blog on each of our sneak peek and blog hop posts. Tell us what you liked about that day's post. (If you do this every day, you'll have 5 chances to win.)

  • Like and follow our Facebook page. Then come back here and leave a comment telling us that you've joined our Facebook community. (Since you can only follow us once on Facebook, you only need to to this once for another chance to win. And if you already follow us on Facebook, just leave us a comment here telling us that you are already part of our Facebook community!) 

  • Follow us on Instagram. Then come back here and tell us that we'll be seeing you on Instagram too. (That's another entry for this giveaway!)

We will announce the three winners right here on our blog on February 5th. Good luck everyone!

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Project ideas for Valentine's Day...

Hey friends, it’s Shelley! Have you started thinking about your Valentine's Day projects? While I was out packing some orders in the warehouse today, I noticed lots of loved-themed stamps and dies that have me inspired. Here are some project ideas to get your creativity flowing! (Clink on the project pictures to learn more about the featured products. Or see them all in the Love Collection!)


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Shake things up! Although it’s hard to see in this photo, the die cut Love Puzzle pieces on this card are raised to make a shaker box filled with sequins. Interactive cards are such fun to receive!


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Create a sweet paper airplane border inside and out: Cut a border along the outside edge of your card using the Paper Airplane border dies. The pink airplane and heart-trail are glued to the inside so when the flap is lifted the plane is sailing across the inside of the card as well. (Tutorial Coming Soon! Sign up for our newsletter to see it first!)


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Just Charming: There are 6 different dies in the Charming Hearts craft die set and it’s only $9.99! These delicate dies are great on cards or tied to packages. Cut them from shiny metallic gold or silver paper and they almost look like jewelry!


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Sassy Sentiments: Valentine messages don’t have to be sentimental. If you’re looking for a sentiment will a little attitude, add some humor to your cards with the Love Stinks or You’re Not Normal stamp sets.


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Piece it together: This unique card combines die cut puzzle pieces from the Pieces of My Heart craft die and a stamped image. Stamp and color the Cherry Blossom stamp set on white cardstock. Then position the puzzle die over the cherry blossom image and run it through your die cutting machine. It’s also fun to stamp a message and put the loose puzzle pieces in an envelope for the recipient to put together!


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Punny Valentines: Remember the Valentines you received in school with adorable animals and punny sayings? You can re-create the nostalgia using your favorite critters from stamps in the Animal House collection, like Frederick and Fiona Fox.


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Send Some Love: Consider sending Valentines to someone other than your sweetie. Brighten the day of an elderly friend or reach out to someone you haven’t seen in a long time with an unexpected card. This cheerful greeting features the Sending Love craft die and Love is in the Air stamp set.


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Lots of Love: This card goes together in a heartbeat! Just die cut the word “Love” from the Long Love craft die set in a rainbow of colors, add a couple hearts and there will be no question how you feel!


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One die, lots of impact: The Cascading Heart border die is sized perfectly to create a border down the edge of an A2 card in one quick cut. You can keep your project time to a minimum by cutting the border and letting the hearts fall out, then place a piece of red paper inside to shine through the open hearts. Or fill in the hearts by cutting the die on various colors of cardstock and piecing it back together.


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Love takes flight: The new Love is in the Air stamp set makes my heart happy! The simple images lend themselves to all kinds of coloring mediums, but won’t take a lot of time to finish. I also like the versatility of the set as I can use it for cards but also my scrapbook layouts.


After looking at all these projects from our creative team, I can’t wait to get started on some cards of my own…I just have to decide which I LOVE the most! Which card inspires you?

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P.S. Congratulations to Sue D., who won the $20 gift card from the January 2019 Reveal Day post by commenting on Amy Kolling’s blog post. Sue, please check your email inbox, your gift card is on its way!