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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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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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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!

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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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Ana Anderson
Dana Joy
Dana Kirby
Daniela Dobson
Emily Leiphart
Kymona Tracey
Yasmin Diaz


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.



The March Greenhouse Society Sneak Peek

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Oh my gosh! It's nearly March. I always forget how quickly the end of February arrives! We're headed into March like a lion here in Oregon, with snow trying to cover our daffodils and crocuses. But we've got some great new flower stamps and dies to look forward to, so I'm happy. ;)

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I'm super excited about the new Greenhouse Society Stamp Set and Craft Dies. You're going to love the Fresh Peony set! It's a dream to color and paint, with all its lovely details and classic lines. Between the two of us, Bev and I have colored these flowers nearly every color in the rainbow. And I've started working on my coloring tutorial. I can't wait to share it with you!

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If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we will ship these peonies to you in March. Not a member? You can pre-order yours starting March 1st. Or you may want to learn more about becoming a Greenhouse Society member!

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Project Ideas for the Kind Cosmo Stamps and Dies!

Hey everyone, Bev here! Did you know that cosmos flowers naturally come in nearly every color? That's one of the things that makes the new Kind Cosmo stamp set so much fun. In this blog post, you will see 7 projects featuring these stamps and the matching dies. You'll also learn techniques for coloring these flowers to create many different looks on your own projects! (If you would prefer to watch a video showcasing these projects, hop on over to our website!)


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Stamp the flowers using multiple ink colors: To make a project like this one, start by stamping a sentiment on your card front. (The sentiment on this card is from the Lots of Sentiments Stamp Set.)

Then get out 2 or 3 colors of ink. Apply the lightest color, next lightest color, and then the darkest ink color to your cosmo stamp. By inking up from lightest to darkest, you can avoid getting dark-colored ink on your lighter ink pads.

Then stamp the multi-colored cosmo image off the edges of your card front. Ink up the flower stamp again using multiple ink colors to make more flowers on your project.


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Add yellow and green details: Did you know the centers of a cosmo flower are always yellow? That means you can make the petals on your flower images be whatever color you want. Then add a yellow center and your gardener friends will know it is a cosmo. To add an extra pop of color, apply green along the stems of your stamped flower image.

To color the cosmo flowers on this gift tag, I used watercolors. Next I used the largest label from the set of Essential Stitched Labels Dies to cut out the tag. To finish the project, I used one of the smaller dies from that set to make the slot for the ribbon.


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Color-match your sentiment: To make a project like this one, stamp, color, and then die cut out your cosmos. (I used 3 colors of distress ink on each petal.) To make a matching sentiment label, start with white paper. Use the same ink colors and blend them together. Then stamp a sentiment over the blended ink. To cut out my sentiment, I used the smallest label from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies.


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Create striped flowers: Another fun thing to do is make striped cosmos. Heather used copic markers to make the bright pink areas emanating out from the centers for each flower. Then she added yellow centers and green stems before die cutting out her cosmos. Heather blended some yellow ink onto the largest die from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies and placed it behind her flowers. (You'll find more details about this card on Heather's blog!)


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Make a monochromatic garden: Many of my favorite projects feature a monochromatic color scheme, like this card by Emily Leiphart. She stamped the cosmos three times, colored them using distress inks, and die cut them out. Then she blended the same distress ink colors along the bottom of her card. Emily adhered the die-cut cosmos along the bottom edge of the card front but she varied how far they went up onto the card. To finish, she cut off the parts of the flower die cuts that were off the edge of the card. (Want more info? See Emily's blog post.)


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Use dark cardstock and pencils: Want to create a totally different look? Start with black or dark cardstock. Stamp several of the cosmos images and heat emboss them. (I used Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.) Then use pencils to add color to each petal plus highlights and shadows. (I used Prismacolor pencils.)

Want to learn more about how to use pencils with dark cardstock? Watch our video tutorial!


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Cut apart your die-cut flowers: Since cosmos come in so many colors, why not add a whole bunch of flowers to your next project? Start by stamping, coloring, and die-cutting out a bunch of flowers. (I used watercolors for this project.) Then snip the die-cut flowers off their stems. Arrange the cosmos on your card and add a sentiment. (The sentiment on this card is from the Lots of Sentiments stamp set. I used the smallest die from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies to cut out the sentiment.)


I hope you enjoyed seeing these projects and I hope that they inspire you make some projects of your own. The Technique Tuesday Design Team members made so many projects with these stamps and dies that we couldn’t include them all here. Hop on over to our website to see more projects featuring the Kind Cosmo stamps and dies!

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February Blog Hop Day 2 + a Giveaway!

Wow... weren't the projects the Design Team members shared yesterday awesome? If you missed it, please just take a minute and go back. We'll wait here for you. Now guess what... today the Design Team is doing it again. They have another round of amazing projects to share with you.

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So let's get going and do today's blog hop. (Don't forget to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of three $20 gift certificates we will be giving away!)

Dana Joy

Heather Hoffman

Amy Kolling

Daniela Dobson

Emily Leiphart

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Kymona Tracey


More Ways to Enter This Giveaway!

Okay, so you've left comments on the Design Team members' blogs. Awesome! But now you're wondering, "Are there any ways to increase my chances of winning??" We're so glad you asked!

  • We want to hear from you! Leave a comment on this blog post telling us which project or color scheme or unusual design was your favorite.

  • Want to see more projects every single day? You're in luck! Jump on over to our Instagram and follow us now. Then leave a comment back here on this blog post to let us know we're Instagram friends!

  • Do you prefer seeing new projects on Facebook? Go like and follow our Facebook page. Then leave a comment here so we know to watch for you out on Facebook.

You probably should also know that your last chance to comment is at midnight tonight. We will announce 3 lucky winners here on our blog on February 5th!


See something you need (or just want)?

Here are links to each of the new stamps and dies. Plus you can see more project ideas over on each product page!

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Thanks for joining us this week for all the sneak peeks and the blog hops. I really hope you saw something here that inspires you to go make some projects of your own!

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New Release Video + Blog Hop + a Chance to Win

Hang on to your hats... today is going to be action packed!

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First up is the new release video where I share a quick look at each of the new products. Then you're going to want to hop on over to each of the Design Team members' blogs to see their latest projects. (Leave them some comment love for a chance to win!) And finally don't forget to come back here to learn how you can increase your chances of winning one of three $20 gift certificates we're giving away this month.


Watch the New Release Video!

We'd love to hear what you think of these new products and the projects too. Which one is your favorite? And why? Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win one of the three $20 gift certificates we're giving away this month!


Hop Along and Comment for More Chances to WIN!

The Design Team members have been busy making new projects and can't wait to show you what they created. Just click on each of their names and leave a comment on one, some, or all of their blogs!

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Daniela Dobson

Amy Kolling

Heather Hoffman

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Emily Leiphart

Kymona Tracey


Ways to Increase Your Chances of Winning!

Here are three more ways you can enter for a chance to win!

  • Want to see more project ideas? Follow us on Instagram. Then come back here and leave a comment letting us know you're part of our Instagram community.

  • If you prefer Facebook, go like and follow our Facebook page. Then leave a comment here to let us know we'll be seeing you out on Facebook.

  • Tomorrow we're going to be having another blog hop. Come back here for more chances to win plus you'll see more project ideas!

We will announce the winners here on our blog on February 5th!


Thanks for joining us for day one of the new release! If you want to see all the new products, visit the New Products section of the Technique Tuesday store. Plus I hope you'll join us here on the blog again tomorrow to see more projects from the Design Team!

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