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Scrapbooking the People Who Make You Laugh and Smile

You know all the people in your life who make you laugh and smile? Today's blog post is all about making photo captions and journaling blocks to go with those happy and funny photos!

In this blog post I am going to show several project ideas and share tips for using the brand-new Laugh and Smile stamps. These stamps are designed to work by themselves to help you make photo captions, journaling blocks, and accents for your layouts. And they get even better when you use these stamps and the matching sets of dies together!

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June Sneak Peek Day 3

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Today is the last day of the June new release sneak peeks. And here is a preview of the happy creatures who will be joining the Animal House Collection in June. I've been having so much fun playing with these stamps and dies!

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So far I've made at least 8 projects featuring these critters and the punny sentiments that are included in the June stamp set. A little bit of one of my cards is featured in this sneak peek. Plus Bev included this project in her new release video.

Want to be the first to see the new release video and a whole "herd" of new projects? Sign up for our Inner Circle Newsletter. We'll send details about the video and this month's blog hop to you first thing tomorrow morning!

JulieSig



June Sneak Peek Day 2

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Welcome to Day 2 of the June new release sneak peeks! Today's sneak peek is of the June Greenhouse Society stamps and matching dies.

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This picture also includes a little peek of one of the cards I made using these new stamps and dies. I've been making cards for nearly 20 years. And the truth is these stamps and dies helped me make not one but 2 of my most favorite cards EVER. I can't wait to share them with you. Sign up for our newsletter and we'll let you know as soon as I have the tutorials ready!

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June Sneak Peek Day 1 - A Reason to Smile!

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As usual, I cannot believe June is almost here! We here in the Pacific Northwest have been flirting with warmer weather. School is nearly out. We've had several days that were mostly sunny. And this all means that people around here are actually smiling and laughing a little more too. 

Our first sneak peek is all about documenting memories of times that made you smile and laugh. Here's a quick look at this month's Memory Keepers' Studio stamp set.

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The Fresh Cut Studio dies that are coming out in June will also give you a reason to smile. These dies are layered and will help you add a little dimension to your layouts and cards!

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I hope you enjoyed these sneak peeks of a couple of the stamp and die sets that are coming in June. If you want to be the first to see all the new stamps and dies on the new release reveal day, sign up for our Inner Circle Newsletter. We'll send you all the details (plus links to lots of projects that are part of the blog hop) on Saturday, June 1st!

Happy crafting!

JulieSig



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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Yasmin Diaz

Ana Anderson

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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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April Sneak Peek #1 Is Some Serious Monkey Business!

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March is going out like a lamb here in Oregon (the daffodils in my yard are blooming in force). That means we are getting ready for April's showers with some new stamp and die sets! The first on that list (and possibly my favorite Animal House stamps and matching dies ever) is Monkey Business.

I may have been a huge fan of a certain TV singing group who often monkeyed around, and I might have absolutely loved a certain inquisitive primate whose best friend wore a yellow hat when I was a kid, so these are right up my alley. Apparently I'm not the only one, as our Design Team and Guest Designers have been sending us some awesome projects with these guys. 

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The Monkey Business stamp set and matching craft dies includes three cute monkeys, the requisite banana, and some funny, punny phrases to go with them. These little guys are excited to get to meet you on Monday when we do our big reveal of the month's new products. Come back and see it all, including a blog hop with the design team. Or you can sign up for the blog's RSS feed, and automatically get the sneak peeks and information about the blog hop too!

JulieSig

PS: If you're a member of the Animal House, you'll find the Monkeys in your mailbox mid-month, with the rest of your auto-shipment.

Not a member? You can pre-order yours on April 1. Or, if you would like to save 25% on cute animal stamps and dies each month, check out the Animal House auto-ship program. Members enjoy discounts, exclusive special offers, plus free shipping on their add-on orders.



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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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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March Memory Keepers Studio Stamps & Fresh Cut Studio Dies

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It's the last day of sneak peeks, so today you get a two-fer. This month's theme is House and Home for both the Memory Keepers' Studio stamp set and the Fresh Cut Studio dies

Like all the Memory Keeper Studio sets, the Love Home Stamps are designed to help you make great scrapbook layouts and project life pages. This brand-new set is perfect for recording and celebrating the place you spend most of your relaxing time - home! You'll find so many ways to use the hand-drawn images and phrases to create accents for your photos, or to make journal cards. The photo captions and embellishments you make will be perfect for projects about your current home, your childhood homes, grandma's house, or even your favorite home away from home. Plus make sure you watch Bev's release video tomorrow to see how these stamps can be used to make amazing cards too!

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Are you a member of the Memory Keepers' Studio auto-ship program? We'll be shipping this stamp set to your home-sweet-home in March.

Not a member? Not to fret, you can pre-order your set starting tomorrow, March 1st. You may also want to look into becoming a member of the Memory Keepers' Studio yourself.


The Fresh Cut Studio dies for March are named The Build a Birdhouse Crafting Dies. They're super-cute on their own, but why stop there? These dies also pair beautifully with the Love Home stamp set. These are the kind of cute little birdhouses you don't need to get out your hammer and nails to build!

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We will ship the Build a Birdhouse Crafting Dies to the homes of all Fresh Cut Studio members in March. If you're not a member, don't worry, you can pre-order starting March 1st. Or check out all the benefits of becoming a member of the Fresh Cut Studio yourself.

I hope you enjoyed the last day of the March Sneak Peeks. That means tomorrow you get to see the whole shebang. See you here for the big reveal and the new release blog hop!

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March Animal House Sneak Peek!

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There's a new cute critter peeking out of the Animal House. Her name is Robbie. She may look like a trash panda but she is a real sweetheart! Robbie is also a Kon-Mari enthusiast. Her punny phrases and cute, hand-drawn imagery will help you make projects that spark joy for you and for the lucky person receiving your projects!

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Robbie is rather shy so all you are going to get is this little peek for now. Come back tomorrow to see more sneak peeks and on Friday you'll see more of Robbie during our new release blog hop. Or even better... subscribe to our RSS feed to automatically get the sneak peeks and information about the blog hop too!

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PS: If you are an Animal House member, you'll find Robbie in your mailbox with your March auto-shipment.

Not a member? You can pre-order yours on March 1. Or if you would like to save 25% on cute animal stamps and dies each month, check out the Animal House auto-ship program. Members enjoy discounts, exclusive special offers, plus free shipping their add-on orders.