Add a Handmade Touch to Your Thanksgiving Table

Hi, friends!

Teri here today. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays!

When I was right out of college, I moved to a town several hundred miles from my family. I made several wonderful friends, who would invite me to their homes every Thanksgiving. The day was always so fun and resulted in memories I will remember forever. 

Something I always loved was how my friends would add a personal touch to their Thanksgiving table with decorations, like place cards.  The Thanksgiving-inspired images and words in the Happy Thanksgiving stamp set make it the perfect tool for making cards like these.


Start by cutting several 3 1/2" x 2" panels of white cardstock. 

Stamp an image and a few words on each panel. You could use the same words and images on each panel or you could mix it and use a variety of images and sentiments. I went with a variety!

PlacecardsBlogPostStep2-teriUse markers or pencils to add a little color to the images. If you are using markers, be sure to use an ink that will not bleed when you add color to your stamped images. I like to use Memento ink pads when I color with alcohol-based markers but you may find an ink you prefer instead.

PlacecardsBlogPostStep3-teriNow you are going to want to create the base for your place cards. Cut several 4" x 4" panels of cardstock. I wanted my place cards to feel Fall'ish so I used kraft cardstock. Browns, oranges and, even, greens would work well too! Fold your panels in half. Adhere your stamped panels onto them. 

PlacecardsBlogPostStep5-teriComplete your place cards by adding a little twine or ribbon to each one. Not glitzy enough for your tastes? Consider adding some gems or sequins to them as well. 

Use your place cards on your Thanksgiving table. Place them on each dinner plate or set them randomly on the table in between the dishes of food. 

I hope you have enjoyed today's tutorial. Looking for more handmade ideas for Thanksgiving? Check out this video from Bev. You'll learn about making a Gratitude Jar, a Thankful mini scrapbook and other Fall-themed projects! 

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

See you again soon,


World Card Making Day --- FREE Stamp Set

Hey everyone... did you know tomorrow is an important holiday? It's World Card Making Day. How cool is it that there is a special day just for all of us who make cards and who love to paper craft. We are kicking off the celebration early with an offer for you and for EVERYONE who loves to make cards! Starting now through midnight on Sunday night, you can get the You're Owlsome stamp set for FREE. Here's a quick video!

 Here's how to get your FREE stamp set:

 1) Go to and add $30 of products to your cart.

2) Add the brand-new You're Owlsome stamp set to your cart.

3) Enter coupon code WCMD18.

It's that easy!

Want some ideas about where to start shopping?


P.S. Tomorrow our design team and guest contributors have put together a blog hop that you are not going to want to miss. They are going to be showing projects featuring the You're Owlsome stamp set and matching dies. I hope you'll join us right here on the blog and get inspired to make some projects of your own!

October New Release Reveal Day!

Hi, friends!

Hip hip hooray! Today's the day! It's Release Day!


You don't have to wait any more. You'll find all our new stamps and dies right here! Got a favorite? What's on your list? We'd love to know! 

And guess what? The awesome Technique Tuesday Design Team is here again today to celebrate. Stop by their blogs one time for a look at some fabulous projects they've put together with the new goods. 

Amy Kolling

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Dana Joy

Kymona Tracey

Emily Leiphart

Heather Hoffman

Latisha Yoast

Teri Anderson

Plus don't miss this brand new video from Bev! She will show you all the fun new products and share with you some of the things she is thankful for and some fun gratitude and thank you project ideas she has. She will also give you some great tips for making even more amazing cards, scrapbook pages and DIY projects!  

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

Thank you for joining us for New Release Day and all our October Sneak Peeks! Please come back. We've got lots of fun projects and tutorials to share with you this month!


Using Undertones with Colored Pencils

Hello, all!

Julie here, and I've put together a new video tutorial for you about using undertones with colored pencils on the Lovely Lavender stamp set.

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

Here are the steps I used for those of you who would like some step-by-step visuals to print out. 


I’ve stamped my image on mixed media paper with permanent, quick drying ink, and I’m going to start with a light blue undertone to build the desired color. My plan with this is to make it sort of a blue-lavender color, like the lavender flowers in my mom’s front yard.


I’m going to get started with small, light circles, and I’m sticking to the bottoms of each of these little pips, so that my shadows are sort of blue-tinted. I’m going to try and keep the circles pretty light, and to stay inside the lines, as usual.


And of course I’ll do that for the whole thing, and end up with blue in all the little nooks and crannies of the pips. The next color is going to be Lilac, and it’s going to go in the tops of the pips, and fade into the blue a bit.


Next I’ll go in with a darker purple and go over the blue here. It’s going to turn a sort of blue-lavender color. I’m trying to keep my circles pretty light, so that when I come back in a couple of steps with my colorless blender, I’ll still be able to mix the colors a little bit.


Next I put little bits of white at the top of each pip to be a highlight. This also tends to blend the lilac out a bit and makes it a little bit smoother.


Now I’m going to use my colorless blender to do the same sort of blending thing to the bottoms of the pips. As I said earlier, this will blend the colors as well as smoothing it out a bit. It’ll make that blue undertone stand out a little bit more. And as I’m doing this, if I decide that I want it to be a little bit darker or whatever, I can go back in with the Parma Violet and Light Cerulean Blue and intensify that color combination a little bit.


Next I'll start in on the stems and leaves. I’m going to start with Spring Green, with a light layer on pretty much everything that’s going to be green. On the stems, I’m just going to do light straight strokes ‘cause getting little circles in that tiny area is pretty difficult.


Now I’m going to go in with the Apple Green and I’m going to add some of the lighter shadow areas.


Next I’m going in with the Olive Green, my darkest shadow color. Just a few bits of shadow in the nooks and crannies.


And here is my final piece! I had a lot of fun doing this, and I hope you learned something you can use in your next project. Thanks for stopping by!


Tutorial: Blending Distress Oxide Ink with Makeup Brushes

Hi, everyone!

Bev just made a quick tutorial showing you how to create some  amazing Distress Oxide Ink backgrounds using plain white cardstock and makeup brushes. Yes, you read that right... she used some very inexpensive makeup brushes to blend the Oxide Inks. These backgrounds are fun to make and  look awesome!

Here is Bev's video tutorial plus you'll find step-by-step instructions below so you can print them and use them later!

Step-by-step tutorial for blending Distress Oxide Ink using makeup brushes:

  1. Start by getting out some cardstock for your inked background. Bev cut hers to be 4" x 5.25" so it would fit on a standard A2 card while still leaving a border around the edge of the card.
  2. Now get out the Distress Oxide Ink colors you want to use. Bev used Salty Ocean, Broken China and Peacock Feathers for her background. Also get out your makeup brushes. (Can you believe you can get a pack of 6 of these large brushes for only $5.99 on Amazon? Here's a link to the makeup brushes that Bev shows in her video. And here is another one with 6 large brushes that may be even more useful for backgrounds.)
  3. Swirl the makeup brush across your first Distress Oxide Ink pad.
  4. Swirl off any excess ink on scratch paper.
  5. Then using a light, circular motion, blend the ink onto the piece of cardstock.
  6. In between ink colors, rub the extra ink off onto your scratch paper. Repeat this process for each color of ink.
  7. When you are finished, use some mild hand soap to wash your makeup brushes.
  8. Spritz the background with water to make it even more interesting. Once the background is dry adhere it to a standard A2 card. Add stamped and die cut flowers or cute critters. Bev used Wendell the Whale and other sea creatures from the Animal House collection. Finish your card by adding a stamped sentiment.


We hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! Is there a technique you'd like to learn more about? Leave a comment and let us know! 

 The Technique Tuesday Blog Team

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.)


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!


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! 


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. 

Save 25% on Versatile Label Dies and Matching Stamp Sets

Hi, everybody! 

Have you seen the Captions and Label dies in action? These paper crafting dies are so cool. You can use them for card sentiments and photo captions on layouts. You can even use them to add a handwritten date or note to a scrapbook page or card.

Check out this short video Bev put together with some quick ideas for using them.

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


Like what you saw? 

BuTrave-Travel-Stamps-and-Dies-BundleWe've got a deal just for you! The dies work perfectly with three of our newest stamp sets. You can get a bundle consisting of three stamp sets and the dies for 25% off. 

See the deal right here.


Belong to the Memory Keepers Studio Auto-ship Program?
BuMyTri-My-Trip-Stamp-Set-and-Captions-and-Labels-Crafting-Dies-BundleYou already has two of the stamp sets featured in Bev's video. We've got a deal for you too. Now you can save 25% on the My Trip Stamp Set and Captions and Labels Dies bundle.
Get the other stamps and dies here.

Make Your Own Stencil with the Bubbles on the Border Die!

Hi, everyone! 

Bev here with a brand new card making tutorial for you! Today, I'm going to show you how to make a stencil with the Bubbles on the Border crafting die to create one really cute card! 

This technique is easy and fun. You are going to love it. Let's get started! 

Bubble Border tutorial by Technique Tuesday

First, cut out the mask or stencil with the Bubbles on the Border crafting die. I used plain cardstock. (If you want to make more than one card, consider using stencil material instead.) Make as many die cuts as you want to create an interesting pattern for your stencil.

Bubble Border tutorial by Technique TuesdayNow use Distress Oxide Inks (or regular Distress Inks) to sponge ink onto cardstock. This panel will serve as your background paper. I used Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans on my background paper.

Bubble Border tutorial by Technique TuesdayTemporarily adhere your stencil or mask to the background paper. I used Washi tape.

Bubble Border tutorial by Technique TuesdayGet out a fine-mist spray bottle and fill it with water. Also get out some paper towels.

Bubble Border tutorial by Technique TuesdaySpray water onto your masked, background paper. If you only want to remove a little color, don’t use much water. To remove more color, add more water.

Bubble Border tutorial by Technique TuesdayPlace a paper towel over the project and soak up the water. Then remove the mask. It's like magic! 

Bubble Border tutorial by Technique TuesdayNow adhere your panel to a card and add some sea creatures and a sentiment. (The sentiment and critter on my card is from the Wendell the Whale stamp set but you'll find other fun critters in our Animal House collection of stamps and dies.)

Also I put together a quick video showing this technique for you!

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

Thanks for checking out today's tutorial! Let me know if you decide to give it a try! Leave a comment for me so I can see your projects and leave you some you some love! 


One Stamp Set. Four Ways to Use It!

Hi, everyone! 

Like to make pretty cards to send your loved ones and friends? The Lovely Lavender stamps are perfect for that. Stamp a pretty bouquet of flowers on a card and then finish it off with a sentiment.

Lovely-Lavender-Greenhouse-Society-Clear-Stamps-Technique-Tuesday-FBKick things up a notch by using the matching dies with the flowers and adding a die-cut "love you" phrase to your card. 

Don't take my word for it though. Here's some creative inspiration for you from the Technique Tuesday Design Team. You are going to love seeing what they've made with these awesome flower stamps and dies! Take it away, team. 

This stamps make for a beautiful set of cards.

Lovely Lavender card set by Heather HoffmanIt's easy to make a set! Follow Heather Hoffman's lead. Stamp three flower bouquets on mats (cut with the matching dies) and color them in. Adhere them to cards and then add a sentiment. Don't want to use one of the stamps in the set? Use a different one from our collection of Occasion & Sentiment stamps. Or do what Heather did and use words from the Mandala Sentiments stamp set.

Lovely Lavender card set by Heather HoffmanFinish your cards off with a few gems or sequins!

Here's another fun idea. Latisha Yoast created a frame of sorts with the Mandala Maker dies and placed some stamped flowers on top. 

Mandala Lavender Card by Latisha YoastWhat a fun way to draw attention to the flowers!

Dana Joy had a similar idea. Rather than applying watercolors to her Mandala die-cut, she cut it from several different pieces of cardstock and then built one big Mandala with all those pieces. You'll notice the Mandala is made with the very same colors she colored the flowers with! 

Lavender Mandala Card by Dana JoyRather than stamping a sentiment for her card, Dana used a "love you" phrase cut with Lovely Lavender's matching dies. She used markers to add color to it so it matches the colors she used to color in the flowers! 

Lavender Mandala Card by Dana JoyAnd here's one more idea. 

Stamp and die-cut two bouquets of flowers. Color them in with markers and then stack them on top of each other, slightly letting the bottom one peek out.

Love You Lavender Card by Teri AndersonIt's a simple but unique way to use the stamps. 

Want to know about the Lovely Lavender stamps? Looking for a little more project inspiration? Check out this quick video Bev put together.

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

Also if you like flower stamps, be sure to check out our Greenhouse Society stamps. We release a new stamp set and set of matching dies every month. These stamps are available for auto-shipment. Members get 25% off the stamp set, free add-on shipping and enjoy other benefits. Learn more about the program here


September Release Day!

Hi, everyone!

Today's the day! It's Release Day at Technique Tuesday! Hooray!


It's that time of year when kids go back to school, the weather gets a little cooler, and it's time to head back into our craft rooms. It is also a good time to replenish your stash of cards, start a gratitude journal, update your planner, make some layouts about your summer trips or the changing seasons, or even start your December Daily album. You'll find stamps and dies to help you with all those projects and more in this new release! (You can shop for all the new stamps and dies starting now on our website.)

Craving some inspiration? Please check out the blogs of our talented Design Team members. They've each made some awesome projects to share with you! 

Amy Kolling

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Kymona Tracey

Latisha Yoast

Heather Hoffman

Teri Anderson

Plus don't miss this video from Bev! She'll show you all the new products. She will also give you some quick tips for making amazing cards, scrapbook pages and DIY projects!  

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

Thank you for joining us for New Release Day and all our September Sneak Peeks! Please come back. We've got lots of fun projects and tutorials to share with you over the coming weeks! 


PS. Who is the lucky winner of the $20 gift certificate for Technique Tuesday? That would be Meghan Kennihan. Congrats Meghan! Please check your inbox for a message from Teri about your prize! A big thank you goes out to everyone who left comments during on our September Sneak Peek and Countdown posts. We sure appreciate them!