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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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Story Card Sunday: I Give Thanks For...

Hello again!

Are you ready for another installment in our Story Card Sunday series? Well, here we go.

Meet this week's Story Card.

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This Story Card is versatile enough that you can use it to decorate a Thanksgiving table by wrapping up some utensils. But it's also good to use in a pocket-style scrapbook page like this.

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Here's how you can make one just like it.

First, we are going to do some cutting. Cut two bases with the Story Card die. You'll want to cut one from white cardstock and another from kraft cardstock.

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Now, cut out a center and a frame from patterned paper and cardstock with the Hi Banner Card die. Keep one frame and one center. Set aside the leftover die-cuts to use on a project of your choice later on.

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You'll also want to cut two flags from patterned paper with the flag die that's included with the Hi Banner Card die.

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Now, let's start assembling!

Adhere one Banner Card frame and center to one of the Story Card bases you cut out. And then adhere the two patterned paper flags.

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Poke two holes into the card like so.

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And run a piece of twine or string through the holes. Tie a bow.

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Ta-da!

Stamp a sentiment of your choice on the card. (I used one from Technique Tuesday's I Give Thanks stamp set.)

If you want to use this card in a pocket page, you are good to go.

If you want to use this card as a place setting utensil wrap, you've got a couple more steps.

Flip the card over. Place strips of two-way tape on it, leaving enough room for your utensils.

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Remove the tape's backing and place the second Story Card base on top. Slide the utensils between the two base cards.

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And there you have it!

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Please join us again next Sunday to learn how to make another Story Card.

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PS. Who are the lucky winners from the Meet Teri post? Well, the four winners are: Donna Mikasa; Cheryl Mussell; Debbie Taylor; and Nancy Haskins. Congrats, ladies! Check your email for a message from Teri about your prize!



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.



Stamps + Photos = A Banner from Jaclyn

Here's a clever idea for using the This Story by Ali Edwards stamp set: Make a banner with it!

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Jaclyn Miller created this fun banner by combining twine, pictures and stamps from the This Story by Ali Edwards (March's Studio AE) stamp set.

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To see more of Jaclyn's banner and learn how she made it, check out her blog!

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A Patriotic Party Favor from Jaclyn

I love the 4th of July.

After I graduated from college, I moved to a small city that celebrated Independence Day in a big way every year. That small city would literally double in size every Fourth of July with people from around the region wanting to spend the day there.

With a morning parade, picnics and barbecues in the afternoon and a huge fireworks dispay in the evening, the holiday was always a truly incredible and memorable experience.

Jaclyn Miller has come up with a party favor reminds me so much of that small town on the Fourth of July. 

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Jaclyn's favor began as a jar and a bunch of bottles of bubbles.

She made tags to hang on the bubble bottles with the USA Seal.

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I love how she popped the flag off the tags with foam adhesive!

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She placed all the bottles of bubbles in a jar and then tied lots of beautiful red ribbon around it.

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She finished things off with a small "Thanks" tag created with the Swanky Sentiments stamp set.

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