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Butterfly Embellishments for Your Scrapbook or Handmade Cards

Hi everyone! This is Bev and I am delighted to introduce Sheree Forcier to all of you. In today's blog post she shares some ideas about how to make gorgeous butterfly embellishments for your scrapbook pages (or handmade cards). I love the lovely, airy layout that Sheree created!

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Hi everyone! Sheree Forcier here and I’m so excited to be here as a guest designer for May and June! Today I have a layout to share with you featuring the gorgeous Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set and the matching Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamp Set.

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I layered some white cardstock onto two pieces of patterned paper then decided where I wanted my photo to go. I added some machine stitching around the edge of the white cardstock background and to the top right corner of the photo, then added some die cut flowers and leaves.

I cut a white label using the Essentials Stitched Labels Dies, then stamped the sentiment from the Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set in the center using black ink. The label was placed to the left of the photo and I added a line of machine stitching across the middle. I also stamped the ‘lovely’ stamp from the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamp set multiple times at the top right of the photo.

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Next was the fun part…stamping the butterflies! To create the multi-coloured butterfly embellishments for this scrapbook page, I simply stamped the different butterflies directly onto patterned paper and cut them out. (I didn't have the matching dies but you could use them to avoid having to fussy cut out the butterflies.) This is a great, easy way to add colour to an image if you don’t have many coloured inks in your stash or if you’re not very confident working with markers.

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Before adhering the butterflies to the page, I decided where I wanted them to go, then created a shadow for them using the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamps and a lovely neutral coloured ink. I stamped directly onto the white cardstock, then added some machine stitched butterfly trails before adding the butterflies with foam dots to create extra dimension.

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The journaling strips were added to the top left of the page and machine stitched, and the date was added to finish it off

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If you’d like to watch my process you can see how I put it all together in the video below.

I hope I’ve given you a few ideas on how you can add dimension to your next project using the Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set with the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamp Set. They have been so much fun to create with!

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Thanks so much for joining me today! Happy crafting!

Sheree

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I love the wandering lines of stitching that indicate the butterflies' flight paths. And I adore the way Sheree used the butterfly silhouette stamps to make shadows for the detailed butterfly accents. These subtle details add a sense of movement, dimension, and bring the design together!

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P.S. If you're a member of the Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship program, we shipped the Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set to you earlier this month. Not a member? No problem! You can order these stamps now. If you'd like to save 25% off the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set, sign up to become a Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship member before the end of this month!

Or, if you'd like the Beautiful Butterflies and the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamp Sets, as well as the Beautiful Butterflies Crafting Dies all in one bundle (saving you %10), check out the Beautiful Butterflies Bundle.

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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!

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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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How to Color and Add Highlights to Stamped Roses with Alcohol Markers

Hello, Julie here, and today I'm sharing a new tutorial showing how to color stamped roses with alcohol markers. I used the new Sending Roses stamp set from the Greenhouse Society collection, and colored it with Copic markers. I'll show you how to add highlights to your stamped images with alcohol markers such as Copics. Watch the video, or if you'd rather, you can read through my rose coloring tutorial, below.

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Step by Step!

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I stamped my image using alcohol safe ink on Bristol Board, which I’ve been liking a lot as an all-round paper.

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I started on the leaves first, using YG23, yellow green 23. I put down a flat covering layer on all the green areas - the leaves, stems, and sepals. For the tiny spaces, I used the chisel end of the pen.

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Next was YG17 in the shadowy areas to add some dimension. Once I had my little touches of the darker color in, I went back in with the YG23 and did some very light and brief blending. I try not to blend too much when I’m working in small spaces like these leaves, because the less you blend, the less likely it is that your color is going to bleed outside your lines.

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Once all the green was in and blended, I started in on the flowers with R35, and covered the whole flower, trying to follow the contours of the petals. I do this because there’s a chance that the pen strokes will show up, and if they’re moving in a direction that makes sense, it isn't as jarring. So on the leaves, I mostly brushed out from the base. In these petals, on the parts that are curled, I swept from one side of the petal to the other, following the curve of the petal. Then, for the parts that are flat (or flatter) I brushed up from the base. I’m not always successful in remembering this, but fortunately, this is the first layer, and will end up being mostly covered.

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Once the base color was in, I went in with R29 and start the shadow areas.

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Once I had all those in, I used the R35 to blend the color out a little. The second layer smoothed the borders of the R29, and added another level of intensity to the color – sort of an intermediate between the R29 and the first layer of R35. I used this middle layer to start the hints of highlights by not covering some of the areas to be highlighted.

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Now I used the colorless blender to blend the edges of my colors out. The blender mostly moves the color around, since it’s just alcohol, with no color. It thins the color and will spread it around to a degree. I used this effect to create my highlights, by moving a bit of the red out of the way for the shine. I went back and forth a touch between the R35 and the blender, until I was happy with the highlights.

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Then I used Y21 to warm up those highlighted areas. Because this yellow is such a light color, it could be used by itself to add the highlights if you either didn’t have the blender pen, or just didn’t want to use still another pen color. I like the blender for softening the lines between colors without adding more color.

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And I went back and forth with marker colors a touch, until I was happy and had my finished stamped rose image, like this. I used the matching Sending Roses crafting die to die cut out my flowers. To finish my rose card, I cut out two labels from the Essential Stitched Labels crafting dies and then stamped a sentiment that was included in the rose stamp set. Then I added some patterned paper in the background and assembled my card.

I really enjoyed working on this project, getting to color the Sending Roses. Of course, these alcohol maker techniques will work on all kinds of flowers like those in the Greenhouse Society Collection. The Rhododendron Flower, Happy Hydrangea, and the Sweet Succulents would all work really nicely with the techniques you learned in the alcohol marker tutorial. In fact, I just might have worked on one of those for a card for my Mom for Mother's Day. ;)

I hope you saw something you can use on your next coloring project. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

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PS: If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we started shipping the Sending Roses products to you on Friday, 5/10.

Not a member? No problem! You can pre-order these stamps and dies individually now. Or, if you'd like to save 25% off the Sending Roses stamps (and the matching dies), sign up to become a Greenhouse Society auto-ship member!

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Stamped Poppy Card or Meadow Flowers? You Decide!

Hi everyone! It's Julie and I'm here to welcome Amy Kolling to our blog. Today Amy is showing us a couple of sweet flower cards she made using the Meadow Flower stamps and matching dies and the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies.

When I first saw this flower stamp set, I thought they would make amazing stamped poppy cards. But the leaves don't really match those on the poppy plant so we named it the Meadow Flower stamp set instead. Whether you color your stamped flowers to look like poppies, or make your flowers be some other color, the projects you make with these Meadow Flowers stamps and matching dies will be lovely!

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Hello Technique Tuesday fans! Amy Kolling here to share a pair of clean and simple cards that feature one of the latest flowers in the Greenhouse Society Collection. These flower stamps and matching dies are named Meadow Flowers.

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If you google Meadow Flowers, you will find gorgeous flowers in a multitude of colors. I black heat embossed the Meadow Flowers onto Bristol Smooth cardstock and colored my images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (No. 021, 230, 052, 070, 047, 041). Using a waterbrush, I pulled the color upward to do some shading. The flowers were die cut using the coordinating Meadow Flowers Crafting Die.

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I used black ink to stamp two different sentiments from the Meadow Flowers stamp set. Then I used the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies to cut the sentiments out. The labels were adhered in the center to white top folding notecards and the Meadow Flowers were added with foam adhesive to the right. As final touches, a few white gems were added for some sparkle and the corners were rounded on each card.

Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me here at Technique Tuesday!

Amy

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Aren't Amy's cards lovely? Her orange flower really looks like a stamped poppy to me. Both of her cards are just beautifully simple!

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PS: Are you a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program? If so, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you in April. Not a member? You can order these stamps and dies individually now. Or you can order them together as a stamp and die bundle!

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Tutorial for Handmade Cards for Friends

Hey there! It's Julie. Today Yasmin is sharing some beautiful, stamped friendship card ideas. She used the Garden Sentiments Stamp Set and matching Garden Sentiments Crafting Dies to make these friendship cards. Yasmin is also sharing her step-by-step tutorial so it will be easy to to make your own friendship cards like these!

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Hi everyone, Yasmin here for Technique Tuesday. Today I’ll be sharing with you these three quick and easy Friendship/Encouragement cards featuring the Garden Sentiments Stamp Set and Garden Sentiments Crafting Dies. So, without further ado, keep on reading the step-by step tutorial.

To begin with I started by scoring all thee A2 standard size cards bases that I was going to need for these cards, and I set them aside. In the meantime, I stamped all 3 floral images from the stamp set on a piece of white card stock with Versafine Onyx Black, as I was planning to use one for each card. Once the images were stamped, I set them aside while I started working on the card panels.

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For the first card, I ran the card panel through a paper crimper, as I wanted to add a little bit of texture. Once it was textured, I added a touch of color by swiping the edge of the Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink for a distressed look, as you can see in the picture above. By the time that I was done with the card panel, the stamped images were ready to color. To keep it simple I used blue, green, and brown tones to color them all at once. Soon after the coloring was done I ran all the images through the die cutting machine with their coordinated dies to create all the die cuttings.

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Then, I adhered the plant a little bit off from the center of the textured card panel as I wanted to add the sentiment right below it. As for the sentiment, I heat embossed one of the sentiments included in the stamp set which I then adhered, soon after I was done with the heat embossing, with foam mounting tape. Finally, I adhered the textured card panel to a smaller size Kraft card stock, and then I adhered it to one of the white card bases that I had pre- scored. To finish it off I adhered a few blue jewels to the center of each flower, and tied a bow to the plant trunk using metallic embroidery thread for a sparkly touch.

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For the second card, I inked up the card panel with spun sugar Distress Oxide, creating a light pink oval shadow as you can see in the picture above. Once the background was blended I added a few water splatters to activate the Distress effect of the ink, and I dried it with a paper towel. Soon after the card panel was dry, I heat embossed another sentiment included in the same stamp set on a piece of white card stock, and I adhered it to the card panel with foam mounting tape on one side of the oval, as I was planning to adhere the flower pot on the other side. But before I adhered the plant to it, I decided to use the coordinating die once again. This time I cut the plant shape out of fun foam as I wanted to add a little bit of dimension.

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Next, I adhered the plant to the fun foam, and then adhered that to the card panel. To finish this card off I adhered the card panel to another of my pre-scored Kraft card bases, then added a glossy accent to the flowers and a tiny blue enamel heart.

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For the last card I used skinny washi tape in light pink color to create the stripes for the card panel. At first I thought about just leaving it as it was, but I ended up running the card panel though the die cutting machine using the largest tag from the Essential Stitched Labels Dies to die cut the center of it as you can see in the picture above. After the card panel was die cut out I adhered the negative piece to the last Kraft card base. However, I decided to heat emboss another sentiment from the stamp set on the positive piece. Once the heat embossing was done, I laid the label back into the negative space to create an inlaid look.

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Last but not least, I adhered the plant next to the sentiment. I decided to add a little flower, which I made by stamping, coloring, and die cutting the single flower from the stamp set, for a little extra touch on the flower pot. To finish it off I added glossy accent to each flower, and as you can see, I adhered a little blue jewel to the center of the flower that I adhered to the pot.

Yay you made it to the end, thank you so very much for stopping by. Have a fabulous crafty day!

Yasmin

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What a great set of handmade cards for friends. Plus a very nice friendship card tutorial. I may need to make some cards like these to remind my friends how much they mean to me!

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Beautiful Stamped Flower Cards

Good morning! Julie here. Today I am welcoming Ana back to our blog. Ana used this month's Meadow Flowers stamp set and alcohol markers to make this absolutely beautiful flower card. Be still my heart! Read on...I promise you'll be inspired to make some stamped flower cards too!

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Hello crafty friends!

It’s Ana and I am back today with a card that features the gorgeous Meadow Flowers stamps. The stamps are the latest release in the Greenhouse Society Collection of flower stamps and matching dies!

When I saw this floral image, I literally ran into my craft room and stamped these beauties about 15 times! I have already made 4 cards out of the images I stamped, and I am sure I will be using all of them in a very near future.

These floral stamps are just asking to be colored, and today I am sharing a very simple alcohol marker coloring process.

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I started with cutting a piece of heavyweight cardstock to 5” x 10” and scoring it at 5”. Next, I cut a piece of marker paper to 4 ¾ x 4 ¾ and using my stamp positioner, stamped the sentiment in the center and Meadow Flowers image in all four corners with alcohol marker friendly ink.

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I colored the stems first with Copic markers using a 3-color blend (G99, G94 and G21).

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For the flowers I used 4-color blend (AP1, AP2, AP3 and AP4) and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers.

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For the stamen I chose dark yellow color I thought would look most realistic and work with the color of the flowers (below is a close up).

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Once the images were colored, I added craft foam to the back of the panel and adhered it to a piece of black layering cardstock, then adhered the completed piece to the card base.

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For a little bit of shine and interest, I added glass droplets.

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This beautiful floral stamp set also has a matching set of dies called the Meadow Flowers Crafting Dies. I haven’t used them for today’s project, but you'll find a ton of project ideas on the TechniqueTuesday.com website using both the Meadow Flower stamps and dies. 😊

Thank you so much for stopping by today and until next time I wish you Happy Crafting!

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Oh, such a lovely stamped flower card! I love the rich colors she used to color the flowers framing the sentiment. I hope you're inspired to go and make a gorgeous flower card like this with the Meadow Flowers stamp set, or one of the other flowers in the Greenhouse Society collection.

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PS: Greenhouse Society members, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you earlier this month. I hope you get them out and make a stamped flower card like this one!

Not a member? April is nearly over. That means you only have 2 days left to save 25% off the Meadow Flowers stamps (and matching dies). After that they go back up to the regular price. Click to learn more about the Greenhouse Society program and how you can save on 25% off your flower stamps and dies!

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How to Color Stamped Images with Pencils on Toned Gray Paper

Hello, Julie here! Today I’m sharing tip about how to use colored pencils with stamped images on toned gray paper. I used the new Meadow Flower stamp set, but these colored pencil blending techniques would work great on any of the flower stamps in the Greenhouse Society collection. I love the Meadow Flower stamp set because it’s so versatile and looks great in so many different colors. Today I’m going to be coloring it a bit like a California poppy. I’m a California girl, and I love that state flower. Watch the video tutorial, or read through the photo tutorial below, if you prefer.

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Using Colored Pencils on Toned Gray Paper

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So, I have my image stamped on gray toned paper, using a waterproof ink. And I have my Prismacolor pencils, a small brush, and my ever important coffee mug ;)


 

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Because I’m working on gray toned paper, I’m going to start with a layer of a light color. That could have been white, but this time, I’m going to start the project out on the warm side, and use canary yellow. I’m just going to cover the entire flower with it.


 

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Once I’m done with that, I’ll move on to yellowed orange. This will go in almost everywhere the yellow did, because, of course, it’s going to be orange, like a California Poppy. It’ll have yellow highlights, but will be mostly orange.

Next is a smaller layer of orange. This is going to start out in the shadowy areas for now. Later I will cover more of the flower with this, but I want to start out slow. I find that it’s easier to add more of a dark color later, than it is to try and layer on a lighter color if I get it too dark.


 

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Once I’ve got the shadows started, I’ll move to poppy red (fitting, right?) in the darkest parts of the shadowed areas.

Once I’ve got that, I’m going to go back and forth a good bit to get the colors to balance just the way I want them to. I use the yellowed orange to blend and smooth the poppy red, and then add more canary yellow to blend that, and so on.

This paper is really nice for building up color, but I always make sure I’m using my small circles and thinking about my pressure. As the project develops, it gets harder and harder to get another layer of color to stick, and you may have to use more pressure. Just think about how hard you’re pressing, and don’t go crazy – I try to remember to increase that pressure slowly.


 

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And I’ll keep going until I’ve got all three flowers, a bit like this.


 

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Now for the leaves. Once again, I’m starting with a layer of light. First is yellow chartreuse, all over. With the stems I’m switching it up, and going from the lightest color to the darkest – in this case dark green. I’m just going to go in with a very very light layer, only in the parts I want to be shadowed.


 

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Next is spring green, and I use it to blend the dark green into the yellow chartreuse and to sort of bridge the gap between them. On to apple green, back to dark green, then spring green, back and forth and back and forth with a bit of chartreuse thrown in for good measure.


 

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And here is my finished piece.

It was fun to work with the gray toned paper, colored pencils and stamps because the color really pops, even without a huge range of color. I’m excited about playing with other color combinations, like this blue version, which I’ll finish and make into a card or something soon.

I hope you saw something you can use on your next project. If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave me a comment. I love hearing from you!

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PS: If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you earlier this month.

Not a member? You can order these stamps and dies individually now. Or, if you'd like to save 25% off the Meadow Flowers stamps (and the matching dies), sign up to become a Greenhouse Society auto-ship member before the end of this month!

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Make Your Own Dragonfly Embellishments and Accents

Good morning! Julie here, welcoming Ashley back for another guest post. Today, Ashley is going to show us how to make dragonfly embellishments using the Beautiful Dragonflies Stamp Set and the Dragonfly Crafting Dies. Using Ashley's techniques, you can make your own dragonfly accents for cards, layouts, or any papercraft project!

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Hi everyone! It’s Ashley, and I’m back today to share a new layout in my Traveler’s Notebook with you! I used the Beautiful Dragonflies Stamp set and the Dragonfly Die. I love stamping on patterned paper and having the color show through my stamping. I stamped the dragonflies several times on different patterned papers to create a fun look for my Traveler’s Notebook layout!

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Once I had some of the dragonflies stamped, I also ran the Dragonfly Die through my manual die cut machine, to give a different look to the dragonflies. I wanted to create a scattered look on my layout, to make it look like they were flying across the page. Before adding them to the layout, I layered some of the die cut dragonflies over the stamped dragonflies to create a dimensional look. Then I machine stitched down the center of each one to add texture.

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Next, I placed my photo in the center of the layout. I wanted to have the dragonflies “flying” around the photo. I love the whimsical look it adds to the layout. Once all of my dragonflies were in place, I used a few embellishments to tie the look of the layout together.

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The Beautiful Dragonflies stamp set also includes some great sentiments and photo captions. I knew the “Chase Your Dreams” sentiment would be perfect for the title of my layout. I stamped it with Black Archival Ink on a circle sticker and layered it under my photo. It was a great finishing touch to my Traveler’s Notebook layout!

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I hope you’ve been inspired to combine your stamps and dies in fun ways on your Traveler's Notebook layouts and memory keepering projects! Layering is always a great way to add interest. I hope you’ll give it a try!

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Julie here again. I hope you enjoyed seeing how Ashley made dragonfly accents for her project and that you'll try making some dragonfly embellishments for your next card, layout, or craft project. I have been absolutely loving getting to see Ashley's Travel's Notebook pages and scrapbook layouts over the last couple of months. Ashley's projects have been inspiring me to get back to journaling and doing little bits of art every day.

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PS: Want to see more dragonfly projects? Hop on over to our website to watch Bev's video and see how to make more dragonfly embellishments for your scrapbook pages, cards, and other projects!

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Ink Smooshing Technique - Featuring the Meadow Flowers

Hi all! Julie here to welcome Dana Kirby back to our blog. Today she's sharing an ink smooshing tutorial with us. To make her bright, beautiful cards, she used an acrylic block, the Meadow Flower Stamp Set, the Essential Stitched Labels Dies, and some Distress Inks. I can't wait to try this block printing technique with the Meadow Flowers myself!




Good Morning and Welcome! It is Dana here today sharing a couple of cards made using this month's Meadow Flowers stamp set. This is such a gorgeous flower stamp set with so many possibilities.

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To begin my card, I created my backgrounds. I used Distress Ink and a clear acrylic block. I smooshed the ink onto my clear block and spritzed my block with water. For my first card, I used Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The little cubes are the perfect size for this acrylic block stamping technique.

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Next, I flipped the block over onto a piece of watercolor paper. I placed something heavy (to apply light pressure) on my block and let it sit for a few minutes. Once I removed my block, I used a paper towel to pick up any extra water left behind.

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Once my background was dry I began working on my card design. I stamped the flower with black ink onto my card panel. Next, I added clear embossing powder to the flower images for some added shine. I attached my card panel to a black cardstock mat.

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I stamped my sentiment onto a label from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies. Finally, I attached everything to an A2 card base.

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For my next card, I used Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, and Twisted Citron Distress Ink for my background. I once again stamped the flower image and applied clear embossing powder. This time I added the sentiment directly to my card panel to keep things clean and simple. I once again added a black mat and then attached everything to an A2 card base.

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I hope you enjoyed my cards today and give this ink smooshing technique a try. It is definitely a favorite of mine.

~Dana




Thanks, Dana, for sharing this block printing technique with us, and for making these beautiful cards with the Meadow Flowers stamp set.

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PS: If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you last week.

Not a member? You can order these stamps and dies individually now. Or, if you'd like to save 25% off the Meadow Flowers stamps (and the matching dies), sign up to become a Greenhouse Society auto-ship member before the end of this month!

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It's April Reveal Day!

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Tam & Julie here, to let you know that we are not fooling around today. We have our super-duper serious faces on, and will not stand for any kind of tom-foolery. Nor any Tam-foolery! But Julie-foolery is just fine. ;)

But seriously, we're not joking when we say that these new stamps and dies are gorgeous! Bev will tell you all about it in her new release video, below. You've probably been following along with our sneak peeks of the Monkey Business, Growing Garden, Garden Sentiments, and Meadow Flowers, but now you get to see everything!

Cool, right?


Plus, Don't Miss The Blog Hop!

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

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Seeka
Dana Kirby
Ashley Horton
Ana Anderson
Kymona Tracey
Allison Arbour
Daniela Dobson
Amy Kolling
Latisha Yoast
Norine Borys
Yasmin Diaz


We hope you enjoyed watching Bev's video, and seeing all the projects along the blog hop. If you saw some new stamps or dies that you like, head on over to the website and snag your own copies. We've included the links below!

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