Scrapbooking

Tips and Project Ideas for the Build a Birdhouse Crafting Dies

Hi everyone. This is Bev. I have been having a lot of fun playing with the Build a Birdhouse crafting dies and I have so many tips I want to share with you for using them. You can watch the video, or keep reading to make sure you see all the project ideas and see all the tips too!


Tip 1: Don't Cut Apart Your Dies!

Now my first tip may seem a little odd. I recommend that you leave these dies connected. In other words, don’t nip apart the connectors between each of these dies. Here is why. First, some of these dies are small and easy to lose. Second, these birdhouse pieces are designed to be mixed and matched in a bunch of different colors. Since none of these dies are nested just leave the dies connected and make lots of die cut roofs, perches, and birdhouses. And don't forget that in addition to cardstock and patterned paper, these dies will cut out felt, thin chipboard, cork, thin wood paper, fabric, and more. Those unusual materials make great birdhouse parts!

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Tip 2: Keep All the Extra Die-Cut Birdhouse Pieces!

My next tip is don’t throw away the extra birdhouse pieces. Instead keep them together for future projects. Here at the Technique Tuesday offices, we keep the dies in a plain envelope and we keep all those pieces in that same envelope with the dies. Having all these extra birdhouse pieces in one place makes it easy to create a quick card, gift tag or scrapbook layout later.

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Tip 3: Use a Glue Pen or Fine Tip Adhesive Applicator!

Once you’ve picked out the pieces you are going to use for a specific project, you need to adhere them together. If you are working with paper, I recommend using a glue pen to adhere small, die-cut pieces together. I prefer this Quickie Glue Pen. A high-quality glue pen lets you add a small amount of glue right where you need it and dries clear too.

If you are working with more porous materials, like felt or chipboard, you’ll need a stronger adhesive and more of it. For these porous materials, I prefer this On Point Glue. Now the first thing I like about the On Point Glue is that it has a very fine tip that lets me get the glue where I want it to be. It also has a little pieces of metal, really a pin, inside the lid that slides down into the tip to keep it from clogging. And the adhesive is pretty strong so it will keep these heavier materials together better.

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Tip 4: Make the Entrances Look Dark and Shadowy!

Once you have those pieces adhered, you need to decide what to do about the hole in the front of the birdhouse. Now, one option is to leave the hole open. But I wanted it to look dark and shadowed, so here’s how I do that. I cut out a piece of black or dark shadow colored cardstock. Then I adhere it to the back of the birdhouse. Not only does this provide the shadow color, the dark piece is actually behind the birdhouse so it adds just a bit of dimensional interest too.

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Tip 5: Cut Down Your Birdhouses!

Another tip is that these die-cut birdhouses are designed to be cut down. We made them this way so that you could adjust the size to fit better on your specific project. Plus being able to make different sized birdhouses lets you make more visually interesting projects. To make different-sized birdhouses, just trim off the bottom of the one-hole or three-hole birdhouse die cuts. Then add roofs or perches!

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Tip 6: Cut Out Some White Pieces and Add Patterns!

My final tip is to also consider die-cutting out some birdhouse pieces from white cardstock or watercolor paper. You can use a fine tip pen to add a wood grain pattern or some other pattern to your birdhouses. Or use your favorite coloring medium to add shadows and highlights. For example, Tam used Copic markers to make it look like there are red shingles or corrugated steel on the roof of this die-cut birdhouse accent.

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I hope you enjoyed these tips and projects featuring the Build a Birdhouse dies. And I hope you are inspired to go make some cards, gift tags, or accents for your scrapbook pages using some of your own die-cut birdhouses.

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PS: The Build a Birdhouse dies are part of our Fresh Cut Studio Collection of Crafting Dies which are all less than $10. And if you become a member of the Fresh Cut Studio auto-ship program, you'll pay even less!

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Life at Home Layout Tutorial Featuring the Love Home Stamp Set

Hi Everyone! This is Bev. I am so excited to welcome Ashley Horton to our blog today. I have admired Ashley's traditional scrapbook layouts and Traveler's Notebook projects for a long time. When she agreed to be a Guest Designer for us, I knew we would see some awesome projects. I hope you enjoy Ashley's tutorial!



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I started my Traveler's Notebook layout with a large photo and paired it with a Pie Chart patterned paper in the TN insert. In the center of the Pie Chart, I stamped the "Life at Home" sentiment as the title of my layout. Sentiments in your stamp sets, can easily be used as the title for your project, and I love that you can use them over and over again. Then I added a little bit of journaling and embellishing to complete the left-hand side of the layout.



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I thought it would be fun to include some stamping on the photo, so I used the Oval & Rectangle Stitched Label Dies with a rainbow patterned paper. I loved that the rainbow patterned paper coordinated with the Pie Chart colors. Then I stamped two sentiments in black ink, from the Love Home stamp set onto the die cut pieces. I placed one at the top right-hand side and one at the bottom left hand side of the photo. Placing the two stamped sentiments this way, helped to add great balance to my TN layout.



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And I just couldn’t finish this TN layout, without using the cute bird house image from the stamp set. I knew it would be great to use it to create a fussy cut embellishment. I stamped the bird house in black ink on two different patterned papers. Next, I cut out the pieces and trimmed away the bottom portion of the bird house on one of the patterned papers. I adhered the roof to the other part of the bird house and then placed it at the top of the Pie Chart.



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I hope you’ve found some inspiration for using the Love Home Stamp Set on your upcoming projects. And try mixing the stamps with the Oval & Rectangle Stitched Labe Dies to add some extra interest to whatever you’re working on!



I hope you all enjoyed Ashley's tutorial and Traveler's Notebook project as much as I have!

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PS: If you'd like to see more project ideas for card makers, memory keepers and general paper crafters featuring the Love Home stamp set, don't miss the Introducing the Love Home Stamp Set Video!

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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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New Decorative Divider Dies

You know how sometimes there's too much white space on your project and you want to break it up? Or you need to delineate between a phrase and some other element? Or you want to draw attention to a photo or sentiment? Good news... the Decorative Divider dies are designed to help you with all those situations on cards, layouts, project life pages, and planner spreads!

 

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December Release Day!

Hi, friends! Bring on the fun! It's Release Day at Technique Tuesday! 

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And the Design Team is here to help celebrate! They've put together some amazing new paper crafting projects to share with you.

Stop by the blogs of:

Emily Leiphart

Dana Joy

Heather Hoffman

Kymona Tracey

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Teri Anderson

Amy Kolling

Daniela Dobson

Talk about some awesome ideas! 

Remember: You'll find all our new products right here. Whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker or DIY'r, this release has something for you.

Want a closer look at the new goods? Watch this month's New Release video. Bev will show you the products, plus share even more ideas for using them.

There's really no better way to wrap up 2018 than with some awesome new stamps and dies. You are going to love this month's GNAW-some Beau and Beatrice Beaver stamps. If you like to make cards with lots of coloring, these stamps are for you. If you like classic stamps, you are going to love the Joyous Juniper stamps. Memory keeper? Check out the 365 Days stamps and coordinating Decorative Dividers crafting dies. 

Is there a product from the New Release that inspires you? Is there something you are already thinking about working on with new goods? We'd love to hear from you! Tell us your favorites and what your crafty plans are for all these new stamps and dies! We always love hearing from you! 

Watch our blog and social media channels throughout December for even more inspiration for these new products. Plus be sure to keep an eye on the video page on our Website for new videos featuring these products.

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Dec. New Release Countdown Day 2

Hi, friends!

There's just one more sleep until the new release of paper crafting dies and stamps is available from Technique Tuesday. We're back today to give you some more reveals at the new products, plus we'll show you some amazing projects created by our fabulous Design Team.

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First, let's see more of the new stamps and dies!


Are you classic card maker who likes to color? You are going to love using the new Joyous Juniper stamps and dies to make all kinds of cards to send out this winter. This gorgeous 3x4 stamp set consists of four stamps: 2 sentiments; a Juniper branch; and a Juniper berry you can use to make the branch even bigger! If you belong to the Greenhouse Society, this is your auto-ship for December. Not a member but got to have them? Never fear! They will be available for purchase on the 1st with the rest of our new products.

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Have you set your goals for the New Year? Have you made some changes recently or are planning on making some changes soon? The 365 Days stamp set is perfect for making scrapbook pages about your goals, dreams and changes! Many of the phrases also work for making cards. Do you belong to the Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship program? This is the stamp set you'll be sent in December. Not a member but want the stamp set? It will be available for purchase without membership.

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What would you make with all these new products? How about a little inspiration from the Technique Tuesday Design Team? We'd like to invite you to visit the blogs of:

Dana Joy

Heather Hoffman

Kymona Tracey

Latisha Yoast

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Teri Anderson

Talk about a whole lotta cool projects!

Don't forget to swing by the Technique Tuesday website on the 1st. You'll find all the new products here.

And be sure to stop by this blog again tomorrow for Release Day! You are in for a treat. The Design Team will be here one more time to share with you some awesome projects they've made with the new goods, plus Bev will be here to give you a video tour of all the new products and share with you even more project inspiration! It's going to be a blast!

See you tomorrow!

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Once-a-Year Progressive Sale at Technique Tuesday

Stamps and Crafting Dies from Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesday.comHi, crafty friends!

It's that time of the year again! It's Progressive Sale time! What's that you ask?

Well, it's that time of the year when make room in our warehouse for all the new products we have planned for the next year. This means we are retiring lots of clear stamps and dies! We won't be making any more of these products.

Starting today, you'll be able to get these products at a discount. The discount will increase as the sale goes on. But, remember, these products are limited. You may get a bigger discount, or the products you want may sell out.

Check out the Sale now! 

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October New Release Countdown Day 2

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Hi, crafty friends!

Just one more day until the October release of stamps and dies is live! And we're back to share with you the full reveals of some more of the new products, as well as some awesome projects made with them.

First, let's see the rest of the new goods.

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Happy Thanksgiving Stamp Set

This 4x6 stamp set is perfect for documenting Thanksgiving and other important family gatherings, as well as documenting all the things you are thankful and grateful in the Fall! You can build your own sentiments by pairing different words and phrases together. Plus you have a whole assortment of fun Fall icons to use on your cards and scrapbook pages. Memory Keepers Studio member? This is your stamp set for October. Not a member but gotta have the stamps? No need to worry. They will be available for purchase on the 1st!

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Turkey and Pie Crafting Dies

This set of steel dies features some lovely food icons to decorate your cards and scrapbook pages with. Fresh Cut Studio member? These are your auto-ship dies for October. They'll be available for purchase on the 1st with the rest of our new products. 

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Luscious Grapes Stamp Set

Classic stamper who loves to color? You are going to enjoy all the coloring possibilities for Luscious Grapes, the latest stamp set in the Greenhouse Society. Like to use die-cuts with your stamps? Don't forget to check out the matching dies for this set!

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Bow on the Border Crafting Die

There's yet another addition to our popular collection of border dies. Meet the Bow on the Border crafting die. This die is perfect for making standard A2 cards for all kinds of special occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and more. 

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Looking for some stamping inspiration? We've got you covered.

Please visit the blogs of these talented Technique Tuesday Design Team members to see what they've made with these products:

Amy Kolling

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Dana Joy

Kymona Tracey

Emily Leiphart

Heather Hoffman

Latisha Yoast

Teri Anderson

Stop by our blog again tomorrow for release day! The Design Team will be here once again to share one more round of awesome new projects with you! Plus don't forget to visit the New Products page on the 1st to grab all the new stamps and dies that have caught your eye.

Also don't forget to leave a comment on this post, as well as any of our sneak peek or countdown posts on this blog that appear between September 26th to September 30th, 2018, for a chance to score a $20 gift certificate to our website. One lucky person who comments will win the prize! Comments will be taken until September 30th at 11:59 p.m. PST. The winner will be announced on Oct. 2nd on this blog. 

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Last Call for Christmas Blog Hoppers!

Hi, friends! 

Looking for some stamping inspiration? Starting to think about this year's Christmas card?

Time's running out to take part in Technique Tuesday's Christmas Blog Hop. You'll see some beautiful projects created with some the latest Christmas stamps and dies, like this card by Heather Hoffman.

Nativity Card by Heather Hoffman for Technique TuesdayYou'll also see some fabulous memory keeping projects, like this mini scrapbook for December by Kymona Tracey.

Documenting December mini book by Kymona TraceyGo to the hop post to get hopping! Also be sure to comment as you hop as there is a prize up for grabs.

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New Video + Special Offer to Help You Document Your December Days

Hi, friends! 

Do you document your special moments and holiday traditions each year in a December Daily album? Whether you make your base pages months ahead of time, or create a layout each day in December, or wait until after the holidays, the stamps and dies featured in this video will help you make an album that is super special!

(Can't see the video? You'll find it right here on our website.)

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Are you inspired to get started? From now through Tuesday, 9/18, you can save 25% on the stamps and dies featured in my video. You'll receive the new Story of December stamp set, new December Moments stamp set, the Postage Card crafting dies and the Jam Jar Label dies in this fabulous bundle.

Documenting December Stamps and Dies Bundle from Technique Tuesday

Hurry - this offer ends in 3 Days!

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How do you capture your Christmas and holiday memories? Hop on over to Facebook and tell us more. We're giving away a stamp set over there! What are you waiting for? You might be the lucky winner! 

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PS. Don't forget to check out our Christmas Blog Hop! You will see lots of inspiration for our Christmas stamps and dies from the design team! The hop runs through the 20th.