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Getting the DIY Party Look: Customized Straws

Hi again!

I showed you my DIY Party on Monday. I want to show you today how I took plain old paper straws and turned them into something special for the party! 

The supplies I used were:

And here's the how-to.

Start by die-cutting a number of label shapes from cardstock and patterned paper.

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Take a sentiment stamp and ink it up. (Hint: If you only want to use a portion of the stamp, cover part of the stamp with tape before you ink the stamp. Once you've inked up the stamp, remove the tape and stamp.)

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Stamp the sentiment.

Wrap a stamped label and a patterned paper label around the straw.  Staple the labels in place.

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The end result will be something that looks like these! 

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Fun, huh?

And just in case you are wondering, here's how these straws looked on my party table. I tucked all of my straws in a small jar.

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Tune in tomorrow and I'll show you how I created the tissue paper flowers I used to decorate the table and the party banner with Technique Tuesday DIY Steel Dies.

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You're Invited to a DIY Party

Truth: I love entertaining.

Whenever I have friends over, I always get a kick out of giving them a personalized gift to make their visit a little more friendly. Whether I tie a stamped tag onto a bag of candy or fill a jar of treats and then decorate the jar with die-cuts, those handmade touches always seem to impress them.

I recently took things to a new level when I created an entire partyscape with Technique Tuesday clear stamps and DIY Steel Dies. I'd like to invite you today to take a look at some the decorations and customized treats I made for the party.

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One of my favorite things from the party are these cute water bottles.

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They were really easy to customize. I simply removed their labels and then wrapped patterned paper around them. I die-cut circles with Technique Tuesday's Circles DIY Steel Dies and then stamped on top with flowers from the Grow Happy by Lori Vliegen stamp set.

The little metal stand is a place setting card I found at the local party supply store. I die-cut a rectangle card with Technique Tuesday's Story Card DIY Steel Dies and then stamped the sentiment from the Bring on the Sun by Ali Edwards stamp set on top. It just seemed like a great phrase for a party! 

I decorated straws with labels and stamped words and filled small plastic containers with Sunflower seeds. (Because you gotta have something somewhat healthy at a party, right?)

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Each plastic treat container (found at the dollar store) is decorated with a sentiment from the Labels by Ali Edwards stamp set. You might be wondering about that pink puffball on the plate here? Well, that's a flower I made with tissue paper and Technique Tuesday's Circle dies. I made few dozen of them to decorate the room and the party table. (Come back to the blog on Wednesday and I'll show you can make some like them.)

Finally, I filled a jar with chocolate because, gosh, what's a party without chocolate?! I created the little decorative stake for it by stamping the flower design on it Petal Power stamp set, coloring it in with pencils and then mounting it to a straw. The words? They too are from the Bring on the Sun by Ali Edwards stamp set. 

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The last thing I did for this party ensemble was to create the banner. I didn't want my banner to be too big so I cut only a couple panels with the Story Card die. You'll notice I added some of my tissue paper flowers to it. I also stamped on a few die-cut labels with Technique Tuesday's I Like You stamp set.

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Tune in tomorrow and I'll show you how I made some customized straws for the party guests.

Technique Tuesday supplies used to create this party ensemble:

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Green Week: A Box of Candy Gold

Day 2 of Green Week is here, and we've got a box of goodies from Laura O'Donnell to share with you!

Check. This. Out.

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Fun, huh?

Laura turned a die-cut French Fry box into the most adorable treat box for St. Patrick's Day. She filled it up with gold coin candies and gems and then decorated the box with our Good Luck Seal stamp set.

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I just love how she cut out the center of the Good Luck Seal and replaced it with a stamped clover. So, so fun!

Speaking of our Good Luck Seal stamp set, would you like to win one to call your very own? Just a leave a comment on this blog post by midnight EST on Thursday, March 13th. I'll pick one of you to a Good Luck Seal stamp set. 

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Treats for Valentine's Day

Hi all! Stamping Tech Jaclyn Miller here today!

Need a fresh idea for how to treat your Valentine this year? Here's an easy way to say I love you! These pouches are so easy to make, and you can fill them with whatever thin goodies you can find. I've filled mine with gum and a gift card. 

Here's what you'll need:

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First, die cut two sets of Story Cards and stitch them together. Only stitch around 3 sides, leaving the top open. Because the wax paper is slick, you will need to set your machine to a larger stitch and possibly hand turn it to help it get started.

Fill your pouch with goodies. I punched out some hearts and put those inside too for some fun confetti. Then, stitch the top closed.

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Die cut and stamp your sentiments, then glue them together to create a sleeve. Slide the sleeve on and you're done.

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These are bound to be a joy for your friends and family to receive, and so pretty too!

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A Fun Treat for Valentine's Day from Laura

Looking for a fun gift to make for your sweetie for Valentine's Day?

Look no further than this sweet and clever decorated treat box from Laura O'Donnell.

Take it away, Laura!

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"This was so easy to make I almost thought I shouldn't send it in!

I used a 4" x 2" round tin that I got at Michaels. These are available at the big box craft stores all year round. I topped it with a doily, then added hearts cut with the Nested Hearts dies from glitter paper, a banner cut from glitter paper and the sentiment cut from black cardstock with the Say It - Love You die. Done!"
 
Thanks, Laura! Such a fun idea!

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Happy Fourth of July!

Here's to a safe, happy and fun 4th of July from all of us at Technique Tuesday to you!

In honor of the holiday, here are some lollipops we spruced up with our Lollipop Topper - Digital Cut Files.

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To give them an extra special personal touch, we stamped the circle on one of them with our USA Seal stamp.

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We created the star on the other lollipop by applying ink to a star from our FUNdamentals Superstars Technique Tiles. We stamped the polka dots from our Passion for Polka stamp set right on top with red ink.

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PS. Don't forget to say "hello" to Michelle, the newest member of the Technique Tuesday team. You can learn more about her right here.