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Remarks Layouts and Cards by Mahlin and Céline

A big congrats to the randomly selected winner of the Remarks giveaway, Ashley Bennett:

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It was fun to read all about how you use stickers - you're always inspiring me to try something new!

To wrap up Remarks week, Mahlin Wiggur and Céline Navarro have a layout and card each which showcase Remarks:

Mahlin Supplies: 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, Fairmont Gardens Paper (35242) - City Park, Lakeside Park Paper (35224) - City Park, Stumpy Meadow Paper (35347) - Campy Trails, Salmon Cove Paper (35366) - Campy Trails, Big Pine Creek Paper (35369) - Campy Trails, You're a Peach Paper (35381) - Peachy Keen, Cool Cat Paper (35389) - Peachy Keen, Surprise (42185) - Remarks, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks, Gate (42175) - Remarks, Preface (42184) - Remarks, Sidewalk (42182) - Remarks, Gazeebo (42176) - Remarks, Audrey (42191) - Remarks

Mahlinaprilstickercard Supplies: 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, Fairmont Gardens Paper (35242) - City Park, Lakeside Park Paper (35224) - City Park, Stumpy Meadow Paper (35347) - Campy Trails, Cool Cat Paper (35389) - Peachy Keen, Surprise (42185) - Remarks, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks, Gazeebo (42176) - Remarks, Path (42189) - Remarks, Trail (42183) - Remarks

Mahlin says, "I really enjoy using a lot of stickers on my layouts, especially journaling stickers with frames. I like how fun it looks when you cut out the insides of the different sticker frames and put them on different colored patterned papers!"

Céline Navarro Supplies: Gossamer Paper (35409) - Hello Sunshine, Dainty Paper (35404) - Hello Sunshine, 12x12 Neutrals Cardstock Variety Packs (71252) - AC Cardstock, Doll Mulberry (53170) - Thickers, Bliss Clover (53031) - Thickers, Good Morning (42194) - Remarks, Sunnyside (72010) - Delights, Round Metal Rimmed Decorative Tags (85546) - Bits, Enchanted Rose Brads (85522) - Elements

Céline says, "Spring is here and I'm so happy that we get to use more Spring-themed papers for our layouts! Hello Sunshine is just perfect to suit my very colorful photos. I simply used the kraft paper as a background and mounted a patterned paper onto brown cardstock in order to make it pop from the kraft background. I added a tiny bit of gesso on my patterned paper in order to make some kind of white wash on the printed pattern - now my background looks soft yet colorful!"

Card by celine Supplies: Postcards (64009) - JustWrite, 12x12 Neutrals Cardstock Variety Packs (71252) - AC Cardstock, Just Dandy (82304) - Mementos

"I wanted to make a card for a friend I missed while on a trip to Canada; he was supposed to come and he couldn't. So the Campy Trails JustWrite postcards were just perfect to send him a little note!"

A whole new week of fun starts back up on Monday! Have a great weekend!

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Remarks Cards and Layouts by Leah and Melanie

Today Leah Farquharson has made a pair of cards and Melanie Louette has made a layout and card featuring Remarks to share with you!Leah Leahf_celebrateSupplies: Fruit Punch Frannie Paper (35325) - Confetti, Frankie Fudge Paper (35342) - Confetti, Surprise (42185) - Remarks, Long Decorative Tags (85533) - Bits, Wishes (43390) - Minimarks, Surprise! (42185) - Remarks, Clubouse Glitter Shapes (77247) - House, Wishes (43390) - Minimarks, Musical Chairs (42188) - Remarks, Hooray! (70064) - Flair

Leah says, "The bright colors and fun shapes from this sweet birthday line offered so many options that it was really easy to put together some fun birthday cards! It's always great to have them on hand for the latest upcoming birthday - I can never have too many on hand!"

Melanie Supplies: 8 1/2x11 White (71273) - AC Cardstock, My Darling Paper (35390) - Peachy Keen, Gee Whiz Paper (35383) - Peachy Keen, Zippy Paper (35411) - Hello Sunshine, Audrey (42191) - Remarks, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks, Shout (72009) - Details, Good Golly (70068) - Flair, Peachy Keen Assortment (85541) - Elements, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That, Black .03 (62311) - Precision Pen

Melanie says, "I realized when I was doing this assignment that even though I love stickers and hoard them like crazy, I don't really use a lot of them on a page, so it was a real challenge for me! The journaling stickers in the Super Swell pack are totally cute, with a great assortment of shapes, colours and sizes. I used a few here on my page to write the date and added a little subtitle at the bottom from one of the stickers that I cut in half (I used the other half on my card below). The Audrey letter stickers I used in my title have the same gorgeous colours and there are a ton of them in the book, perfect for a project like a mini book where you need a lot of letter stickers. I love that the colours in this line perfectly compliment this fave photo of my son and the cute story that I have wanted to scrap for three years now!"

So sweet card (1 of 1) Supplies: Oh So Dandy Paper (35372) - Peachy Keen, Dreamy Paper (35385) - Peachy Keen, Audrey (42191) - Remarks, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks, Mini Pearl Brads (85508) - Elements

"This card came together super fast after I finished my layout. I used the 'Gee Whiz' paper as the base of my card, and then added a few scraps I had laying on my table. The 'Thanks' sticker is the one I cut in half from my layout above. I added a pearl brad to anchor it, and used the 'So Sweet' sticker in the same font as the rest of my sentiment, adding in the 'UR' from the Audrey letter stickers."

Check back tomorrow for the Remarks giveaway winner as well as a handful of Remarks-themed layouts and cards!

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Guest Designer of the Week: Lexi Bridges

Guest Designer of the Week
The Guest Designer of the Week is Lexi Bridges!

SelfpicvintageShe made a whopping 3 layouts, 2 cards, 1 ultra cute weather chart, and a fabulous mini - all showcasing Remarks! Check 'em out now:
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Supplies: Good Morning (42194) – Remarks, Gee Golly (42192) – Remarks, Super Swell (42193) – Remarks, Peachy Keen Variety Buttons (85541) – Elements, Decorative Tags (85534) – Bits, Audrey (42191) – Remarks, Sunshine (72012) – Delights, Hello Sunshine Pearl Brads (85545) – Elements, Gee Whiz Paper (35383) – Peachy Keen, Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) – Campy Trails, Dandy Paper (35397) – Hello Sunshine, Pinata (42187) – Remarks, Pin the Tail (42186) - Remarks

"Last summer while fishing my littlest guy quickly lost interest. Instead he wanted to walk around exploring and kept saying, 'Let's go Momma!' I took his picture as we were heading off and used his words as the starting point. I don't get to use pink a lot so I punched some patterned paper clouds to go along with the sticker ones. I have a habit of sewing through stickers usually. So far my sewing machine hasn't seemed to mind."

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Supplies: Gee Golly (42192) – Remarks, Good Afternoon (42195) – Remarks, Appleton Cove Paper (35348) – Campy Trails, Sunshine (72012) – Delights, Peachy Keen Variety Buttons (85541) – Elements, Hello Sunshine Pearl Brads (85545) – Elements, Gee Whiz Paper (35383) – Peachy Keen, Glow Paper (35408) – Hello Sunshine, Good Golly Gee Paper (35375) – Peachy Keen

"My youngest was perfectly content to guard the poolside this past summer. I'm thinking this year will be a different story, so I wanted to capture this summer memory! Lots of different sticker clusters tucked behind papers and under punches. I loved the little sprinkling of mini yellow star stickers."
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Supplies: Path (42189) – Remarks, Pine Borders (53167) – Thickers, Peachy Keen Variety Buttons (85541) – Elements, Audrey (42191) – Remarks, Hike (42190) – Remarks, Decorative Tags (85534) – Bits, Silver Lake Trail Paper (35346) – Campy Trails, Caribou Creek Paper (35351) – Campy Trails, Hidden Lake Paper (35361) – Campy Trails

"My 5 year old has always had a camping-themed room, but is wanting to change it soon. I wanted to take a few photos to remind us of what it looked like at one time and these stickers from the Campy Trails line were perfect for that. They go on so smooth they almost look like rub ons. I used some dimensional adhesive to give some height to one of the trees."

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Supplies: Gee Golly (42192) – Remarks, Good Afternoon (42195) – Remarks, Bow Tie (89398) – Ribbon, Peachy Keen Variety Buttons (85541) – Elements, Good Golly Gee Paper (35375) – Peachy Keen, Gee Whiz Paper (35383) – Peachy Keen, Delight Paper (35399) – Hello Sunshine, Breezy Paper (35406) – Hello Sunshine, 12x12 Kraft Cardstock (71464) – AC Cardstock

"This card is so girly, something I rarely do! Here I have two stickers on top of one another, sewn down, with a sentiment generic enough (and cute enough) to use for any occasion. The bicycle was cut with my Silhouette using a Dear Lizzy Bicycle shape design and the ric rac made for a perfect 'road'."

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Supplies: Super Swell (42193) – Remarks, Surprise! 42185) – Remarks, Bow Tie (89398) – Ribbon, Confetti Buttons (85530) – Elements, Holly Hazelnut Paper (35323) – Confetti, Neapolitan Nellie Paper (35327) - Confetti

"Is it bad that I almost don't want to give this card away?! I used chipboard to cut out the star for some dimension and that big sticker in the center steals the show. Penant stickers are sewn into a banner across the back, with ribbon added for extra whimsy."
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Supplies: Good Morning (42194) – Remarks, Super Swell (42193) – Remarks, Thing of Beauty Paper (35370) – Peachy Keen, Nifty Paper (35386) – Peachy Keen, Dandy Paper (35397) – Hello Sunshine, Fruit Punch Frannie Paper (35325) – Confetti, Jitter Paper (35373) – Peachy Keen, Gee Whiz Paper (35383) – Peachy Keen, Breezy Paper (35460) – Hello Sunshine, Meadow Popcorn (53166) – Thickers, Hardcover Brown Sugar (53137) – Thickers, Fantasic White (53110) – Thickers, Delight Robin’s Egg (53072) – Thickers, Confetti Buttons (85530) – Elements, Sunshine (72012) – Delights, Dear Lizzy Buttons (85515) – Elements, 12x12 Kraft Cardstock (71464) – AC Cardstock

"Next year we are going to homeschool our kindergardener part time. With that comes lots of ideas as to how to create a fun space for him to learn in. One thing I know he loves in his pre K class this year is the weather chart... a way the kids can learn about weather and change the arrow on a daily basis. I decided to create my own and used my die cut machine for some help with the shapes. By placing it on a canvas I am able to hang it in his room. It was fun picking the papers and stickers to coordinate with the weather - one of my favorite parts being the funky raindrop stickers."

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Supplies: Hike (42190) – Remarks, Path (42189) – Remarks, Pine Borders (53167) – Thickers, Decorative Tags (85534) – Bits, Sunrise Limeade (53179) – Thickers, Peachy Keen Variety Buttons (85541) – Elements, Squirrel (77250) – Patchems, Sparkle Paper (35410) – Hello Sunshine, Hidden Lake Paper (35361) – Campy Trails, Caribou Creek Paper (35351) – Campy Trails, Oak Point Paper (35364) – Campy Trails

"Last year was our first time using our camper so we took a little trip. Little being seven days. Lots of pictures were taken so I narrowed down a few favorites to include in this little mini. I created the base from a piece of cardboard I painted and misted. The stickers went on so smooth, and surprisingly, cardboard is really easy to sew through! A couple of papers were scored and stapled to create the inside pages, with lots of stickers and embellishments from the Campy Trails line."

Thanks so much for all of your hard work and amazing projects Lexi! Let's get to know her more through a little questionnaire:

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I had a friend tell me I should try scrapbooking and really I was uninterested. I thought people who spent hours scrapbooking were silly. Then I had my first son and decided I should maybe look more into it because I wanted a way to document his photos and  everyday life. It really only took one trip into a scrapbook store and I was hooked. And I now eat my words because I am one of those self proclaimed “silly” people!

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
This is a really hard question because I don't know. Someone tell me! Maybe a mix of random with clusters of embellies thrown in for good measure...?

What is your favorite technique?
For my projects they just don't seem complete without my sewing machine so that is always a guarantee.  Also spray ink and I have become pretty good friends.

When do you find time to scrap?
Ha! Usually in small moments during the wee hours after everyone is asleep and the house is quiet. It is rare for me to scrap during the day and actually finish a layout in one sitting.

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
Most of the time I am thinking of a layout idea or sketch in my head during the day while folding laundry or doing dishes so that when I do have a chance to scrap that part is already planned. I am a self admitted slow scrapper. If I can crank one out in an hour I am happy. But really it is such a creative outlet for me, as well as a way to document our lives, that I am not concerned over quantity.

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
I love that American Crafts as a whole is a company that is always right on target with what's trendy in the scrapbooking world and offers a huge variety of products. My Thickers drawer is overflowing (I have yet to meet a Thicker I didn't like!) and I need a whole jar of the Confetti patterned buttons!

Visit Lexi's blog for all kinds of scrapbooking inspiration! Thanks for stopping by and see you all again tomorrow! 

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Remarks Giveaway!

To win a big stash of Remarks:

Picture 1Leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite way to use stickers! Submit your one comment by this Friday morning, April 29th, and I'll randomly select one winner and announce them in the morning post. Good luck!

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Remarks Tag Tutorial by Suzy

Today we have a great Remarks tag tutorial by Suzy Plantamura:

Suzy Supplies: Betty Bundt Paper (35324) - Confetti, Cherry Chip Paper (35336) - Confetti, Caramel Candie Paper (35337) - Confetti, Holly Hazelnut Paper (35323) - Confetti, Peanut Butter Benny Paper (35322) - Confetti, Surprise! (42185) - Remarks, Pinata (42187) -  Remarks, Musical Chairs (42188) - Remarks, Duck (89391) - Premium Ribbon, Rick Rack (58346) - Basics Ribbon Spools, Lovely (89290) - Carded Ribbon

Suzy says, "I really don’t like spending money on birthday cards to go with every gift we give for kids birthday parties. They cost at least $3 and I doubt they are usually read. The purpose is primarily to identify who the gift is from. So I like to make hand made gift tags for birthday gifts (and for other holidays). Not only are they super cute, they are a fraction of the cost to make! Here are the steps to make your own simple birthday gift tags."

Step 1: Gather your supplies. I used the Confetti line by American Crafts including some of the patterned paper, a Remarks Sticker Book and other Remarks Dimensional Stickers. I also used some ribbon, a small circle punch, and a standard hole punch. Lastly, I pulled out some old shipping tags that needed to be used up.

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Step 2: Trace around your shipping tags on patterned paper. I like to use the papers with the different patterned trims along the edges and put them on the edge of my shipping tags. Cut out and attach to the front of the tags.

Step 3: Use a standard hole punch to punch a circle out of a piece of patterned paper. Next, use a small circle punch to punch a circle out of same paper, making sure the punched hole is in the center of the circle.  

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Step 4:  Add Remarks Stickers from the sticker books and/or cut out designs and shapes from the patterned papers. Attach to the center of the tags. Add some dimensional stickers to the top of each, layering designs (with pop dots if needed). Add stitching if desired.

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Step 5: Tie some ribbon in the top of the tag and attach to the top of your package. Not only does it save you money on a card, it also saves you on a bow! For extra cute packages, wrap small gifts in the Confetti patterned papers that match the tags. Last, add your greeting or a small personal note on the backside of your shipping tag.

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Thanks for the tutorial Suzy! What a great way to brighten up a present! Check back later today for a great giveaway and then come back again tomorrow for our weekly guest designer!

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Remarks Week with Jenny and Wendy

Remarks It's a brand new week with a brand new theme: Remarks! Remarks are American Crafts' stickers and they come in all sorts of styles like dimensional:

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sheets:

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and books:

Books

Here are some layouts and cards featuring Remarks made by Jenny Chesnick and Wendy McKeeJenny Supplies: Baby Doll Paper (35384) - Peachy Keen, Gee Wiz Paper (35383) - Peachy Keen, Fellow Honey (53174) Thickers, Plastic Rose Brads (85539) - Elements, Twist (72008) - Delights, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks Books

Chesnick-april-2 Supplies: Easy Peasy Paper (35382) Peachy Keen, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks Books, Sing Along (59212) - Clear Stamps

Jenny asks, "Who doesn't love stickers? My favorite thing to do is line the back of my stickers with cardstock or a thin piece of chipboard. I am more of a stick and rip girl, so not only does this allow me to move my pieces around without sticking it also adds a thickness to the sticker making them not quite chipboard. I used adhesive foam dots to pop up my pieces once I was done."

Wendy IMG_0108Supplies: Central Park Paper (35223) - City Park, Forest Gardens Paper (35226) - City Park, Hyde Park Paper (35238) - City Park, Mountain Park Paper (35231) - City Park, Sidewalk (42182) - Remarks, Trail (42183) - Remarks, Dedication (82303) - Mementos

Wendy says, "I started off both of these projects with the stickers. I chose the stickers that I wanted to use and then made the projects fit the stickers. I used the stickers as the title on the page and the sentiment on the card. This was easy as the City Park stickers are just so much fun and easy to use!"

A great Remarks tutorial is in the works for tomorrow!

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Spring Layouts and Cards by Pooi and Suzy

First, the winner of the Spring-themed AC goodies is Rhonda H:

Picture 1 Picture 2 Way to go Rhonda - check your email! Look for another giveaway next week!

To wrap up this Spring-themed week we have Chin Pooi and Suzy Plantamura with a couple of layouts and cards.

Pooi Supplies: Lucy Lemon Twist Paper (35331) – Confetti, Illuminate Paper (35412) – Hello Sunshine, Breezy Paper (35406) – Hello Sunshine, My Oh My Paper (35736) – Peachy Keen, Lovely Lady (78047) – Details, Super Swell (42193) – Remarks, Dear Borders (53176) – Thickers, Forest Chestnut (53159) – Thickers, Good Golly (70068) – Flair

Pooi says, “I chose spring-theme related patterned papers from three collections: Confetti, Hello Sunshine, and Peachy Keen. I was able to combine the papers beautifully to scrap the story of my son ‘spying’ for insects, butterflies, or different colours of flowers in the garden. I slightly bent one of the Dear Thickers Borders to create a banner. It is definitely one of my favourites! I also added a 'Good Golly' Flair badge to the banner to add dimension. These are the happy moments of the spring season."

Lovely day Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Blush (71014) – AC Cardstock, Spree Paper (35400) – Hello Sunshine, Brilliance Paper (35415) – Hello Sunshine, Glow Paper (35408) – Hello Sunshine, Bow Tie (89398) – Premium Ribbon, Forest Chestnut (53159) – Thickers, Super Swell (42193) – Remarks, Dimensional Tabs (61710) – This to That

“For this card, I chose bright spring coloured papers from Hello Sunshine. I cut the umbrellas out and used dimensional tabs to layer and umbrella on top of another. The colourful umbrellas add the whimsical feel to the card. It's showered with lots of love for it is such a lovely day. I'm full of smiles looking at this card :)”

Suzy Supplies: 12x12 Black Cardstock (71082) – AC Cardstock, Lucy Lemon Twist Paper (35331) – Confetti, Brilliance Paper (35415) – Hello Sunshine, Cool Cat Paper (35389) – Peachy Keen, Reinforced Decorative Tags (77242) – Bits, Reinforced Decorative Tags (85547) – Bits, Reinforced Decorative Tags (77244) - Bits, Hello Sunshine Borders (53185) – Thickers, Sunbeam (72011) - Delights, Dawn (58620) - Premium Ribbon, Plastic Rose Brads (85539) - Elements, Pond (89392) - Premium Ribbon, Bow Tie (8939) - Premium Ribbon, Variety Buttons (85541) - Elements, Mini Jewel Brads White (85282) - Elements, Sidewalk Stickers (42182) - Remarks Stickers, Pounce (43378) - MiniMarks, Emerald Sea (53023) - Thickers, Serenade Strawberry (53151) - Thickers, Doll Waterfall (53169) - Thickers, Doll Black (53168) - Thickers, Trail (42183) - Remarks Stickers, Sunbeam (72011) - Delights, Piccolo (42178) - Dimensional Sticker Sheets, Ethereal (42179) - Sticker Sheets

Suzy says, "I have been taking lots of spring photos lately and I wanted to scrapbook a lot of them on one layout. To keep the focus on the photos and make them pop, I used a black background and kept my embellishments somewhat simple. I cut all the photos into 3” squares and then added three more 3” squares of patterned paper, creating a grid on my 2 pages. I added some ribbon, a Thickers chipboard border and a title below the photos. Last, I had fun embellishing the three patterned paper squares with lots of AC spring products in little clusters. I love how this page has a lot on it, but it still appears to be simple and elegant page! "

Mother's day card small Supplies: Decorative Tape (61734) – Mixtape, Lovely Lady (78047) - Details, Heart Parfait (53093) - Thickers, Ribbon (58218) - Basics Ribbon Spools, Secret Garden Paper (35294) - The Classics

"I made this card for my mother for Mother’s Day. I thought it would be a good thing to get done ahead of time since I am always mailing them late! I love The Classics yellow Secret Garden paper as it has a beautiful glittery sheen to it. I used two rows of decorative Mixtape under the ribbon and a Details flower on top. It was super easy to make and I can even mail it off a month early this year – thanks American Crafts!"

Have a great weekend and happy Easter on Sunday! See you again on Monday!

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4 Spring Cards by Leslie

Congrats to the randomly selected winner of the new Margarita line: isay

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Sounds like everyone had or will have a WONDERFUL spring break! Thanks for sharing your plans. And isay - check your email!

For today's projects: How cute are these four spring cards by Leslie Ashe?

Leslie Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Aqua (71058) – AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock Raspberry (71019) – AC Cardstock, Illuminate Paper (35412) – Hello Sunshine, Glow Paper (35408) – Hello Sunshine, Daylight (78048) – Details, Sunbeam (72011) – Delights, Good Morning (42194) – Remarks, Duchess (89389) – Premium Ribbon
 
Leslie says, "One of my favorite things to do is mix and match different American Crafts papers and embellishments together. Here, on this card, I mixed Hello Sunshine papers with Dear Lizzy Enchanted ribbon. This card took no time at all. With just simple paper cutting, adding ribbons and embellishments along with a sketch of what you want to do, it makes it fast for card making. I plan to send this card to a very special friend. I hope it brightens her day!"

ACLetsgo3 Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) – AC Cardstock, Brilliance Paper (35415) – Hello Sunshine, Blush Sunset (53182) – Thickers, Sunrise Borders (53185) – Thickers, Dawn (58620) – Ribbon, Good Morning (42194) – Remarks

"The 'tiptoe through the tulips' sticker is my inspiration for making this card. I even sang it while creating. The colors of the Hello Sunshine line scream 'it’s SPRING!' to me. After such a bitter cold winter (even here in Texas!), it’s a warm welcome! It’s easy to make layers on cards using American Crafts Border Thickers. They make creating fun and FAST!"

ACSpring Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Apricot (71031) – AC Cardstock, Delight Paper (35399) – Hello Sunshine, Delicate Paper (35413) – Hello Sunshine, Glimmer Paper (35407) – Hello Sunshine, Sparkle Paper (35410) – Hello Sunshine, Breezy Paper (35406) – Hello Sunshine, Hello Sunshine Fabric Brads (85544) – Elements, Peachy Keen Corduroy Brads (85538) – Elements, Mulberry Doll (53170) – Thickers

"Nothing says spring better than flowers! These are easy to create using two different sized scallop circle punches. By layering each flower on top of each other (biggest to smallest) and using 3D adhesive, along with curling up the edges and adding a brad in the center, makes these 3D flowers pop off the card."

ACSun Supplies: Gossamer Paper (35409) – Hello Sunshine, Brilliance Paper (35415) – Hello Sunshine, Dandy Paper (35397) – Hello Sunshine, Apricot (58416) – Ribbon, Black (62600) – Stamp Marker, Sunshine (72012) – Delights

"This is probably the quickest card I’ve ever made. I wanted the sunshine to be my main focus. It reminds me of all the times I used to sing 'You Are My Sunshine' to my children when they were younger.  Speaking of which... this card is for my sweet daughter who’s away at college. Hopefully it will bring her some sunshine! Making the clouds 3D on this card really put an interesting dimension, drawing your eyes right to the sunshine."

My day sure feels much lighter and brighter after seeing Leslie's cards! Hope yours does too! Spring week wraps up tomorrow so see you then!

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Guest Designer of the Week: Carrie Ferrier

Guest Designer of the Week
The guest designer this week for American Crafts is Carrie Ferrier!

CarrieF. small size You're going to absolutely love her Spring-themed stuff, there's no doubt about it!  CarrieF. AC Guest Spot #1 Altered Frame Supplies: Radiant Paper (35396) - Hello Sunshine, Made in the Shade Paper (35379) - Peachy Keen, Illuminate Paper (35412) - Hello Sunshine, Dandy Paper (35397) - Hello Sunshine, Oh So Dandy Paper (35372) - Peachy Keen, Delicate Paper (35413) - Hello Sunshine, Breezy Paper (35406) - Hello Sunshine, Sunbeam (72011) - Delights, Good Afternoon (42195) - Remarks, Sunrise Limeade (53179) - Thickers 

Carrie says, "Anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed and addicted tp metal frames. They are all over my house. Not only do I put photos in them, but I also love to fill them with beautiful patterned papers. When I saw the fun color combos of the new AC lines, I knew I wanted to combine them and fill a metal frame with them. This was such a simple project to do... and I love the result! I’m all about making my projects simple to complete. Here's how to re-create it, step-by-step:

1) The frame opening is 8x10, so I cut a total of (24) 2" square patterned papers.
2) Next, I distressed the edges of each square with sandpaper, then crumpled the squares up in my hands to get the ‘worn’ look.
3) Then I simply adhered the squares onto an 8x10 piece of white cardstock.
4) I finished it off with two Delights butterflies and a Thickers sentiment. So very simple to do, yet full of texture, color and beauty!" 

CarrieF. AC Guest Spot #2 Layout1
Supplies: 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Kraft Carstock (71464) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Black Cardstock (710821) - AC Cardstock, Jovial Paper (35398) - Hello Sunshine, Suzie Strawberry Paper (35330) - Confetti, Breezy Paper (35406) - Hello Sunshine, Lucy Lemon Twist Paper (35331) - Confetti, Dainty Paper (35404) - Hello Sunshine, Oh So Dandy Paper (35372) - Hello Sunshine, Illuminate Paper (35412) - Hello Sunshine, Fluttery Paper (35417) - Hello Sunshine, Easy as Pie Paper (35393) - Peachy Keen, Sunrise Limeade (53179) - Thickers, Sunbeam (72011) - Delights

"The photos from a photo shoot I did with my niece last spring were the inspiration behind this layout. 99% of the time my pictures are my inspiration. The journaling in this layout stems from the photos and the giant tree I created out of several different pattern papers stems from my journaling. I love how creating flows like that! To make my tree I just freehand cut leaves out of several different patterned papers, then matted them on black cardstock to make them stand out on the page a little better. I sanded the edges of each leaf as well as the edges of the butterflies and chipboard letters. I used the pink cardstock between two neutral cardstock colors to add overall color and to help bring out my niece’s skin tones, lips, and nail polish color in the photos."

CarrieF. AC Guest Spot #3 Layout2

Supplies: Black cardstock, My Oh My Paper (35376) - Peachy Keen, Holy Moly Paper (35391) - Peachy Keen, Decorative Tags (85547) - Bits, Sunrise Borders (53185) - Thickers, Audrey (42191) - Remarks, Bowtie (89398) - Ribbon, Large Corduory Brads (85538) - Elements, Twist (72008) - Delights, Invitation (72006) - Delights

"When most people think of spring they think of flowers and gardens. I must confess, I am absolutely horrible at growing flowers or vegetables, or any other kind of garden. I LOVE those things, but growing them… I’m challenged in that area! When I think of spring, the first thing that I think of is being able to get my bike down off the hanging rack in the garage and ride, ride, ride! Spring is the beginning of many many hours of me on my bike! Since my page is all about spring being the time I can start riding my Dolce bike again each year, and spring also means the growth of flowers, I knew I wanted to add flowers to my page even though photos of a bike doesn’t really make you automatically think “flowers” :) To accomplish that on my page, I grabbed Delights flowers and also a flower border punch. I didn’t need a lot of journaling on this particular page, so I made my title bold and combined journaling strips with bold letters for the small bit of journaling I wanted. I ‘scuffed’ up the letters with sandpaper for that ‘worn’ look."

CarrieF. AC Guest Spot #4 Layout3 Supplies: 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, Cool Cat Paper (35389) - Peach Keen, Easy as Pie Paper (35393) - Peachy Keen, Breezy Paper (35406) - Hello Sunshine Radiant Paper (35396) - Hello Sunshine, Lucy Lemon Twist Paper (35331) - Confetti, Dainty Paper (35404) - Hello Sunshine, Audrey (42191) - Remarks, Decorative Tags (85547) - Bits, Lagoon (58213) - Ribbon, Sunrise Borders (53185) - Thickers, Butter Rose (58180) - Ribbon, Twist (72008) - Delights

"Sometimes, out of nowhere, when I see color combos within my stash of papers/embellishments, a specific photo pops into my mind that I want to use those papers/embellishments for. This was the case for this layout. I’ve hung onto this casual wedding snapshot of my daughter-in-law not knowing how I wanted to scrap it. The minute I saw the grey/yellow/blue/green combo of AC goodies that was sent to me, I remembered this photo. I love how it all came together. When working with a bold color in a photo, just add little snippets of that color within your design. For instance, if I would have used the bright yellow as my large base paper, the yellow would have totally overpowered the photo. The little pieces of yellow added into my design helps balance the photo, without overpowering and taking over. To create my ½ circles, I simply used a circle punch and punched out only ½ a circle from the edge of the papers. That technique gives your ½ circle a clean, straight edge."

CarrieF. AC Guest Spot #5 Card1 Supplies: 12x12 Concrete Cardstock (71474) - AC Cardstock, Oh So Dandy Paper (35372) - Peachy Keen, Made in the Shade Paper (35379) - Peachy Keen, Blithe Paper (35416) - Hello Sunshine, Decorative Tags (85547) - Bits, Lovely Lady (78047) - Details, Audrey (42191) - Remarks, Lagoon (58213) - Ribbon

"The best way I know how to make a card have that little extra “something” is to layer, layer, layer. And a great way to layer is to combine different types of embellishments in your layering. I layered a cut out paper stem with a 3D foam flower, as well as offsetting and layering two pieces of identical lace ribbon, then topping off the layering with a strip of patterned paper pop dotted up."

CarrieF. AC Guest Spot #6 Card2 Supplies: 12x12 Vanilla Cardstock (71041) - AC Cardstock, Easy as Pie Paper (35393) - Peachy Keen, Made in the Shade Paper (35379) - Peachy Keen, Dandy Paper (35397) - Hello Sunshine, Frolic Paper (35403) - Hello Sunshine, Sunrise Limeade (53179) - Thickers, Sunrise Borders (53185) - Thickers

"The existing shapes on a lot of patterned papers is a great way to decorate a card. I used the existing tree shape and existing cloud shape on two different patterned papers for this card. Using foam pop dots adds depth and interest to cards and layouts. If I hadn’t used the 3D foam adhesive on the details of my card, the card would have felt dull and less interesting."

Great projects Carrie! I'm totally in the mood to scrap some spring photos now! Here is a bit more about Carrie to get to know her better:

How did you start scrapping?
I started scrapping back in 1999 when my husband’s company was manufacturing some scrapbook tools for the local scrapbook store owner. The store owner asked my husband if his wife {me} scrapbooked. When my husband told the store owner I did not scrapbook, but I did LOVE to take pictures, the store owner gave my husband a set of the tools being manufactured. He said they were for me to try, and he invited us out to the LSS to check things out. A couple days later I dropped by the LSS that I had never been to, fell in love with all the beautiful patterned papers, and have been scrapbooking ever since. As a little girl I collected pretty stationery, I took hundreds of pictures of my toys and pets, and wrote in my diary. I like to think that scrapbooking is the adult version of my childhood loves. I now collect and adore patterned papers, I still take hundred of photos, and I include a lot of my personal journal entries into my pages.

What's your style?
I’m a firm believer that there are no rules in scrapbooking. If my pages feel right to me, if I adore them when I look at them, and I have fun doing them, that’s all that really matters as far as style to me. That being said, I’d consider my style clean, linear, with a lot of funky fun thrown in. And I’m a detail person; I Love adding that final little detail to finish a page/project off.

What is your favorite technique?
Oh wow, I have several favorite things I like to add to pages. Right now, I’m seriously crazy addicted to border punches. I also distress the edges of almost every embellishment I add to a page. Oh, and one more that I’m crazy about right nowL using corrugated cardboard on my pages. I simply break apart shipping boxes for the corrugated cardboard pieces.

When do you find time to scrap?
I’m a night owl. For some reaso, I can’t find my scrappy mojo before 5pm. I’m often up until 2 or 3am scrapping. With two grown boys, it isn’t hard for me to make time to scrap these days.

How long does it normally take you to create a layout/project?
I’m kind of an odd duck; I can create layouts way faster than I can create a card. It never fails, a card takes me twice as long to make. Normally layouts take me anytime from 45 minutes to an hour and ½. Mini books take me days, but I love doing them! Cards take me at least an hour, even if they are super simple. I think I get stuck during the thinking up the design stage with cards.

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
I buy Thickers in bulk numbers. Seriously addicted and love Thickers letters and shapes and recently the new borders! Besides Thickers, my favorite thing about American Crafts has to be the amazing patterned papers. I love combining different lines of AC papers on my pages and projects. Combining different patterned papers together on pages/projects always, always gives me that “Ahhhh, now I’m LIKIN’ this!!!” feeling when I look at the finished project.

Check out Carrie's blog to see tons more of her amazing scrapbook creations!

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Spring Giveaway!

Giveaway day For a chance to win this Spring-themed American Crafts product:  Screen shot 2011-04-18 at 10.48.28 AM Leave a comment on this post by Friday morning, April 22nd, letting us know what your plans are (or were!) for Spring Break! We'll randomly pick one winner to receive all this goodness. Good luck!

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Spring Tutorial with Leah

Leah Farquharson has done it again - created another fabulous project that is! Today she's going to show us how to create all the cute'n'fun decorations on this spring tree:
Leah Supplies: Dear Lizzy Enchanted (61734) - Mixtape, Stream (61733) - Mixtape, Sunny Side (72010) - Delights, Sunbeam (72011) - Delights, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Dawn (58620) - Premium Ribbon, Courtyard (59214) - Clear Stamps, Sing Along (59212) - Clear Stamps, 12x12 Kraft Cardstock (71464) - AC Cardstock, Aqua (59504) - Pigment Ink, Clear (27170) - Zing!, Heat Tool (90502) - Zap!, Black Fine (62001) - Slick Writer

Leah says, "I can remember making these Easter trees a few times in my childhood with my mom! This was my fun take on the idea using some of my favorite supplies from American Crafts!"

To create the Mixtape pennant banners:
Leahf_easter_tree_bannersThis is a fairly simple project and once you put it together, you'll see how versitile it is. This would work great for little banners on cards or a layout as well! You'll need several colors of Mixtape, a roll of string/crochet thread/twine, and sharp scissors.
Leahf_mixtape_banner1Simply unroll a piece of Mixtape sticky side up underneath your string.
Leahf_mixtape_banner2 Fold it over your string, line it up straight, and stick it down tight.
Leahf_mixtape_banner3 Then notch the end with sharp scissors.
Leahf_mixtape_banner4 Continue with alternating colors and patterns until you have the length of banner that you need.

To create the Delights flower ornaments:
Leahf_easter_tree_ornament You'll need a package (or two) of Delights, assorted ribbon, coordinating cardstock, and a circle punch. Leahf_ornamen1 Cut a 10" piece of ribbon that matches the flower you've chosen, and punch a circle from your cardstock.
Leahf_ornament1 Attach the flower to the cardstock, and tie the ribbon into a loop.
Leahf_ornament3 Attach the ribbon with your favorite liquid adhesive or a glue gun to the back of the cardstock.
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To make the Embossed Easter eggs:
Leahf_easter_tree_eggsGather a clean hollow egg, stamps, an actylic stamping block, pigment ink, clear embossing powder, ribbon, a heat gun, and a hot glue gun.
Leahf_embossed egg1 Start by inking your stamp, and carefully stamping the image onto your egg. Be sure to make extra hollow eggs, since this isn't that easy! It'll take a few tries :)
Leahf_embossed_egg3 Leahf_embossed_egg4Apply clear embossing powder and tap off the excess.
Leahf_embossed_egg5 Heat the powder with the heat gun to emboss.
Leahf_embossed_egg6 Tie a ribbon bow and attach it to the top of the egg with the hot glue gun.
Leahf_embossed_egg7 So simple, so cute, so fun! Thanks for sharing Leah!

Later today we'll have our weekly giveaway! And on deck for tomorrow? Another fabulous guest designer!

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Spring Mid-Release Reveal and Contest: Margarita

I’m excited to reveal our new mid-release line:

ACS11_logos Margarita is a bright, colorful and pattern-heavy summer line with a subtle Latin flair. The collection features the unforgettable parts of paradise vacations—tropical flowers, beach umbrellas and fruity drinks. ¡Olé!

Here are some of the papers you’ll see in this line:  Margarita papers There are also matching Thickers, Remarks, Stamps, Details, Flair, Delights, Bits, Brads, Buttons, Ribbon, and Just Write Cards & Envelopes. Here are samples of just a few of these:   Thickers   Remarks
43391_Minimark_Margarita_SunKissed
85550_Elements_Plstc_Flwr_Brads
78050_Details_Mrgrita_Getaway

72013_Delights_Pina_Colada And, finally, here are a few projects our in-house designers created using this new line:

10 Days by Ann-Marie Morris

10 Days - Ann-Marie MorrisSupplies: Havana Paper (35435) - Margarita, Rumba Paper (35436) - Margarita,  TamalePaper (35434) - Margarita, Iguana Azure (53192) – Thickers, Macaw Sunshine (53188) - Thickers, Refreshing (42199) - Remarks, Retreat (42199) – Remarks, Summertime (42197) – Remarks, Cabana (78051) - Details, Hammock (89399) - Ribbon, Printed Variety Tags (85552) – Bits, Printed Long Variety Tags (85553) – Bits, Margarita Diamond Brads (85549) – Elements

Join Us by Ann-Marie Morris
Join Us - Ann-Marie MorrisSupplies: San Juan Paper (35439) - Margarita, Margarita 4x6 Journaling Cards (64010) – Just Write,  Macaw Cobalt (53187) – Thickers, Macaw Sunshine (53188) - Thickers, Iguana Melon (53193) – Thickers, Pina Colada (72013) – Delights, Refreshing (42199) - Remarks, Margarita Variety Buttons (85548) – Elements

 

Poolside Straw by Sarah Champion

Poolside Straw - Sarah ChampionSupplies: 12x12 Melon Cardstock (71033) – AC Cardstock, Mariachi Paper (35440) – Margarita, Refreshing (42199) – Remarks

Margarita line What is your dream tropical vacation? Let us know in a comment below by the morning of Thursday April 21st, and we’ll randomly pick one winner to receive the entire new Margarita line! Good luck!

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Spring Week with Jen and Maggie

SpringIt's getting warmer, flowers are blooming, sweaters and jackets are being put away - spring is in the air! This week, we'll focus on this most-welcomed season, starting with a pair of layouts and cards by Jen Jockisch and Maggie Holmes.

JenSupplies: 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock Powder (71064) - AC Cardstock, Nifty Paper (35386) - Peachy Keen, Baby Doll Paper (35384) - Peachy Keen, Dandy Paper (35397) - Hello Sunshine, Frolic Paper (35403) - Hello Sunshine, Coconut Cody Paper (35328) - Confetti, Reinforced Decorative Tags (85547) - Bits, Daybreak (78049) - Details, Hello Sunshine Pearl Brads (85545) - Elements, Good Afternoon (42195) - Remarks, Dawn (58620) - Premium Ribbon, Hardcover Brown Sugar (53137) - Thickers, Precision Pen Black .01 (62301) - Pens and Markers

Jen says, "Our daughter Nora turned 8 months old on April 2nd. It was a super warm day, the sun was shining, and you can feel that Spring is finally here. I thought it would be perfect to create a spring-themed page to commemorate that day. I love how the Peachy Keen, Confetti, and Hello Sunshine papers mix together so well."

Fancyschmancard Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) - AC Cardstock, Easy as Pie Paper (35393) - Peachy Keen, Baby Doll Paper (35384) - Peachy Keen, Delight Paper (35399) - Peachy Keen, Lucy Lemon Twist Paper (35331) - Confetti, Bow Tie (89398) - Premium Ribbon, Good Afternoon (42195) - Remarks

"This is just a cute little card I whipped up for our 4 year old. I call her Fancy Schmancy all the time so loved that sticker in the Hello Sunshine Remarks book. Again, I love how all these lines work so well together!"

Maggie Supplies: Thing of Beauty Paper (35370) - Peachy Keen, Sweet On You Paper (35374) - Peachy Keen, My Oh My Paper (35376) - Peachy Keen, No Sweat Paper (35378) - Peachy Keen, My Darling Paper (35390) - Peachy Keen, Cool Cat Paper (35389) - Peachy Keen, Baby Doll Paper (35384) - Peachy Keen, Good Golly Gee Paper (35375) - Peachy Keen, Corduroy Brads (85538) - Elements, Plastic Rose Brads (85539) - Elements, Reinforced Decorative Tags (85543) - Bits, Bow Tie (89398) - Premium Ribbon, Good Golly! (70068) - Flair, Lovely Lady (78047) - Details, Gee Golly (42192) - Remarks, Audrey (42191) - Remarks, Glee Paper (35402) - Hello Sunshine, Zippy Paper (35411) - Hello Sunshine, Black F (62001) - Slick Writer

Maggie says, "I love the colors of the Peachy Keen line! They are so fresh and have a great spring feel to them! And since the sun has been shining and we are definitely well into spring around here, I have been itching to get out these products and use them! One thing I love about this line is the mix of soft pastel colors along with the brighter bold ones. I just love how it makes the darker colors pop! I chose a light blue for the background and then used a mist on it to give it a little interest before adding everything else onto the page. I also mixed in a couple of the papers from Hello Sunshine because they felt like a perfect fit!"  _DSC4728 "While I had everything out I thought it would be fun to create a springy card that I can give to someone and brighten their day. As I usually do, I left the little banner blank so that I can add in whatever message I want when I decide to use it."

Happy spring! Check back this afternoon for a look at a brand new line and then come back tomorrow for a three-in-one tutorial!

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Even More 2-Page Layouts by Sarah and Caroline

Congrats to the randomly selected winner of the assortment of AC products:

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Thanks for the tip Allison - check your email! If you haven't already, I encourage everyone to go back through the comments under the giveaway because there are some fabulous tips for making 2-page layouts! Here are just a few:

- I like to get a lot of photos on 2 page layouts so sometimes I will use a sketch and sometimes I will create a photo collage using photoshop. Thanks for the chance to win!

- One of my best tips is to always stretch something across the middle seam, like some border strips, to make it look like one big connected page!

- I don't know that I have any great tips, but on 2-page layouts I tend to keep things very linear and usually stick to a mirror effect on the pages so they have a balanced look.

- I try for continuity on both sides with the theme of the photographs, colors of papers and/or embellishments, and number of items per page.

- The best tip I ever heard was to tape the 2 pages together on the "wrong" side while you work, so you can see how everything lines up.

- My tip is to clear your workspace before you start! 2-page LOs take up a lot of space, and I find that if I don't have room to have the pages lying side-by-side, then I can't see that I have the balance right.


And finally here are two more 2-page layouts by Sarah de Guzman and Caroline IkejiSarahSupplies: Holy Moly Paper (35391) - Peachy Keen, Neat-O Paper (35392) - Peachy Keen, Dear Borders (53176) - Thickers, Charming Chap (78046) - Details, Twist (72008) - Delights, Fellow Fog (53175) - Thickers, Black .03 (62321) - Precision Pen

Sarah shares, "The Peachy Keen collection makes for an all occasion project. Here, I used photos of my good friend, Stephanie, enjoying the nice spring weather. I especially love the Delights because although they're small and simple, they add tons of color and dimension! By adding them to my spread, it helped connect my two pages together. Also, I decided to cut one in half to maximize the product on two pages!"
  Caroline Supplies: Bliss Paper (35395), Peppy Paper (35405), Glow Paper (35408), Sparkle Paper (35410), Zippy Paper (35411), Delicate Paper (35413), Brilliance Paper (35413), Fluttery Paper (35417) - Hello Sunshine, Sunset Blush (53182) - Thickers, Hello Sunshine Borders (53185) - Thickers, Hello Sunshine Metal Rimmed Decorative Tags (85546) - Bits, Hello Sunshine Pearl Brads (85545) - Elements, Sunny Side (72010) - Delights, Sunbeam (72011) - Delights, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Good Morning (42194) - Remarks, Peachy Keen Plastic Rose Brads (85539) - Elements, Gee Golly (42192) - Remarks

Caroline says, "I am normally NOT a 2-page scrapper so this assignment was a bit challenging for me. However, I had 22 photos that I had printed from the CHA trade show this January, and I knew that they would not fit on a single page, so I used them here! I sized each photo 2 x1.5" and printed them on three sheets of 4x6" photo paper. You can spot lots of people on the AC team on here! I left a couple of open blocks after I laid my photos out and filled them up with patterned paper blocks and embellishments. Lastly, I surrounded the page with some paper strips, added the "snapshots for my scrapbook" sticker and the journalihng, then created a cute little banner by cutting out some of the fun designs out of the papers from Hello Sunshine and cutting them in half!"

Have a super duper weekend! See you back here again on Monday!

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2-Page Layout by Cindy

Cindy Tobey made a beautiful 2-page layout showcasing a day at the park using the Hello Sunshine line:

Cindy Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock Apricot (71031) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock Dandelion (71037) - AC Cardstock, Dandy Paper (35397) - Hello Sunshine, Brilliance Paper (35415) - Hello Sunshine, Zippy Paper (35411) - Hello Sunshine, Glow Paper (35408) - Hello Sunshine, Frolic Paper (35403) - Hello Sunshine, Big Pine Creek Paper (35369) - Campy Trails, Sunrise Black (53177) - Thickers, Sunset Fountain (53183) - Thickers, Sunrise Borders (53185) - Thickers, Good Afternoon (42195) - Remarks, Daybreak (78049) - Details, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, City Park Brads (85517) - Elements, Mini Brads Tropicals (85377) - Elements, Craft Fair (58108) - Ribbon

Cindy says, "Hello Sunshine is the perfect collection for showcasing photos taken at the park - the fun patterns, happy colors, trees and clouds. I actually have a soft spot for cloud patterned paper and this new one (Dandy) makes me swoon! I love the subtle pattern in the clouds. I cut a couple of the clouds out and added them to my page with foam adhesive to create a little dimension. I also cut a tree out of the Frolic paper to include behind the Details tree. I guess I like to cut shapes from patterned paper, which is really easy to do with all the great patterns in the Hello Sunshine collection!"

A couple more final 2-page layouts will be revealed tomorrow (plus the giveaway winner!)

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Guest Designer of the Week: Linda Sobolewski

Guest Designer of the Week
The Guest Designer of the Week is the talented Linda Sobolewski!

Propic11 In addition to a 2-page layout, she's also made a regular layout, a pair of cards, and a couple of really cute Easter projects you'll want to recreate ASAP!

Living in Town Supplies: 12x12 Rocky Road Cardstock (71466) – AC Cardstock, Salmon Cove Paper (35366) – Campy Trails, Timberline Resort Paper (35357) – Campy Trails, Wolf Creek Paper (35362) – Campy Trails, Buffalo Lake Paper (35350) – Campy Trails, Elk Creek Trail Paper (35354) – Campy Trail, Fox Park Forest Paper (35355) – Campy Trails, Pin the Tail (42186) – Remarks, Confetti Patterned Buttons (85530) – Elements, Gee Golly Phrases and Journaling (42192) – Remarks, Dear Borders (53176) – Thickers, Forest Vanilla (53162) – Thickers, Fellow Black (53172) – Thickers, Sunrise Geranium (53178) – Thickers, Brown Fine (62326) – Precision Pen

"We live in a stereotypical New England town with a beautiful town green that is surrounded by quaint shops, churches and antique homes. We recently made the very big decision to move from the home we lived in for 20 years. I don’t like change, so it was kind of difficult for me. But we are now living just a couple of blocks from our town green and I honestly love it more than I ever thought I would! I took a bunch of photos of the different places around the green for this layout, printed them out in wallet size (my favorite size!) and lined them all up backing them up with cut up pieces from the Campy Trails line. I love mixing up different Thickers fonts for the title for added interest."

Back on the Court Supplies: 12x12 Vanilla Cardstock (71041) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Raspberry Cardstock (71019) – AC Cardstock, Coconut Cody Paper (35328) – Confetti, Betty Bundt Paper (35324) – Confetti, Marley Mocha Paper (35334) – Confetti, Red Velvet Richie Paper (35340) – Confetti, Confetti Patterned Buttons (85530) – Elements, Pin the Tail (42186) – Remarks, Hello Sunshine Metal Rimmed Decorative Tags (85546) – Bits, Stroll Grasshopper (53115) – Thickers

"My number one passion is to play tennis, especially competitive tennis. So it was a terrible setback when I blew my knee out a couple of years ago while playing tennis. I had to have reconstructive knee surgery, rehab, and couldn’t play for almost a whole year! But my passion for the sport never died and I finally got back on the court last summer and started competing again in the fall. I took this photo of myself on my way to tennis one morning. I was inspired by the strings in my tennis racquet to do a sort of grid with the fun Confetti papers. I wove the strips together and then sewed them down. I am so happy to be back playing!"

Celebratecard Supplies: Annie Amaretto Paper (35344) – Confetti, Hello Sunshine Metal Rimmed Round Tags (85533) – Bits, Pin the Tail (42186) – Remarks,  Confetti Long Decorative Tags (85533) – Bits, Sunshine (72012) – Delights, Peachy Keen Bow Tie Specialty (89398) - Premium Ribbon

"Talk about a line that is perfect for making birthday and celebration cards! I love the bright colors of Confetti. I lined up some of the long tags vertically, placed the Celebrate Tag horizontally, and then added a fun flower and ribbon for dimension."

Momcard Supplies: Mother Always Says Paper (35388) – Peachy Keen, No Sweat Paper (35378) – Peachy Keen, Bow Tie (89398) - Premium Ribbon, Daylight (78048) – Details, Hello Sunshine Metal Rimmed Decorative Tags (85546) – Bits, Dear Borders (53176) – Thickers, Forest Vanilla (53162) – Thickers

"I love my mom who will be 78 years old this year! And she loves getting cards. The Peachy Keen line is so pretty and soft. I punched some scalloped borders and played around with the papers until I liked how they looked. I added the chipboard border with pieces of ribbon tucked behind. Can’t wait to give this to my mom!" EasterTree Detail EasterTree1 Supplies: Delicate Paper (35413) – Hello Sunshine, Bliss Paper (35395) – Hello Sunshine, Spree Paper (35400) – Hello Sunshine, Bow Tie (89398) - Premium Ribbon

"I got the idea for these super easy Easter Styrofoam eggs from a project I made a long time ago, using larger Styrofoam eggs and fabric to look like Christmas pinecones. I still have the Christmas pinecones, but despite searching the internet, could not find instructions for them anywhere. So I just took one of the pinecones apart to see how I made them.

I cut about 30 strips of patterned paper per egg, 2 inches long by 1 inch wide. Then laying down the strip horizontally, fold the top ends down into the middle to form a triangle. Keep the pattern you want for your egg on the outside of the triangle. Then, starting at the bottom of a small Styrofoam egg, pin the triangles with the tip pointing down. (I used dress pins.) I just worked my way up, adding triangles on one side, then the other, until it was all filled in. I added a ribbon at the top and used some sewing thread to hang them from an Easter Tree I purchased at the Dollar Store."

EasterCarrots1 Supplies: Delicate Paper (35413) – Hello Sunshine, Bliss Paper (35395) – Hello Sunshine, Marley Mocha Paper (35344) – Confetti, 12x12 Carrot Cardstock (71032) – AC Cardstock, Bow Tie (89398) - Premium Ribbon, Sunshine (72012) – Delights

"My Easter carrots were inspired by those plastic carrot goodie bags. I cut out two carrot-shaped pieces. Before sewing them together, I cut out two wide strips to be the 'grass'. I glued them inside the carrot and used my fringe scissors to make them look like grass. Then I sewed along each side of the carrot, leaving the top open. I stuffed each carrot with a little bit of Easter grass and will put one in each of my daughter’s Easter baskets this Easter filled with candy!"

Such fun projects Linda! I definitely want to create those Easter Egg Ornaments, the Easter Carrots, and scraplift the layouts and cards :) Here is a little bit more about Linda:

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I have always been a creative person. I used to do a lot of quilting, basket weaving, and painting, anything creative I loved to do. So when I attended a Creative Memories party about 8 years ago I was instantly hooked. It wasn’t long before I discovered the online scrapping world and have never looked back!

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
Yikes, this is always a hard question for me to answer! I have two daughters, so I have been told I scrap “girly and frilly”. Is that a style? I do love embellishments, but I also love the clean look of grids and rows. So I always try and combine the two. I also think I throw some “whimsy” in there as well.

What is your favorite technique?
Although I have a fight with my sewing machine every time I use it, I love to sew on my layouts. (I can’t believe I ever quilted!) I also really love punching and more recently misting. It seems to add just the right touch.

When do you find time to scrap?
I now have my own craft room in our new house so I can create whenever I am feeling inspired, but I think I am most creative at night, when everything is done for the day and there are no interruptions.

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
I really don’t know, because to me, scrapping is all about the process. That is what I love most about it. I usually will start a page when I am feeling inspired and work on it until I get stuck. That’s when I like to leave and come back later and see it differently. I probably do this with every page I do. I have done hundreds and hundreds of pages and realized….there is no rush!

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
Gosh, what isn’t my favorite thing about American Crafts? I think when the Thickers came out they revolutionized my scrapping! But I have to say it’s always been the paper. The great bold and bright colors are just so me.

Check out Linda's gallery to see all her scrappy goodness and come back tomorrow for more 2-page layout inspiration!

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2-Page Layout Giveaway!

Giveaway day What are some tips for making a 2-page layout? Let us know in a comment below by Friday morning April 15th and we'll randomly pick one winner to receive this set American Crafts goodies!

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2-Page Layout by Becky Williams

 We're back again with another 2-page layout, this time by Becky Williams:

Becky Supplies: Sparkle Paper (35410) - Hello Sunshine, Glow Paper (35408) - Hello Sunshine, Dandy Paper (35397) - Hello Sunshine, Brilliance Paper (35415) - Hello Sunshine, Radiant Paper (35396) - Hello Sunshine, Zippy Paper (35411) - Hello Sunshine, Gleam Paper (35414) - Hello Sunshine, Frolic Paper (35403) - Hello Sunshine, 3D Foam Tabs (61710) - This to That, Good Morning Phrase & Journaling Stickers (42194) - Remarks, Sunnyside Flowers (72010) D elights, Sunbeam (72011) - Delights, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Natural Sunrise (53810)- Thickers

Becky says, "When I was first given the assignment to do a double-page spread I was a little hesitant because I tend to shy away from two-pagers. I either cut out pictures or I make them small enough to fit multiple pics on one page. I know that there are probably others out there who, like me, stay as far away from two-pagers as possible. I found something that made the task a little bit less daunting: instead of doing a double 12x12 spread, how about trying a double spread with two 8 1/2 x 11 pages? That's what I did and I really liked the end result. In order to make it a cohesive design, find some common elements that you can use on both pages like I did with the banner on the top and the border on the bottom of the pages."

Great tips, thanks for sharing Becky! Another talented guest designer makes her debut tomorrow!

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2-Page Layouts Week with Jennifer and Shannon

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We've got a fun theme on the AC blog this week: 2-Page Layouts! Each day this week you'll see a new take on how to create a spread using your favorite pictures. Starting with Jennifer Gallacher and Shannon Zickel.

Jennifer Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Mustard (71036) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock Raspberry (71019) - AC Cardstock, Holly Hazelnut Paper (35323) - Confetti, Neopolitan Nellie Paper (35327) - Confetti, Surprise (42185) - Remarks Books, Cake (78042) - Details, Musical Chairs (42188) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Hooray! (70064) - Flair, Wishes (43390) - Minimarks Sheets, Duck (89391) - Premium Ribbon, Reef Sunny (53119) - Thickers Glitter Foam

Jennifer says, "My niece celebrated her first birthday just a few months ago. Since it was an evening celebration many of my photos were overexposed or slightly blurry. To fix this, I changed the photos to black and white and used some smaller prints in addition to my larger prints. To create the flags, I simply folded over the left edge of some Thickers banner stickers on regular sewing pins. I also added a rub on phrase to one of the banners for some additional interest. I love the way all the Confetti products work so well together. And I really love the way the bright products match my nieces bright and happy personality."

ShannonSupplies:  Delicate Paper (35413) - Hello Sunshine, Timberline Resort Paper (35357) - Campy Trails, Mountain Park Paper (35231) - City Park, Journaling Cards (64003) - JustWrite, Love Variety Buttons (85509) - Elements, Nutmeg Chestnut (43045) - Thickers, Rootbeer Float Leaf (42841) - Thickers, Audrey (42191) - Remarks Book, Sotheby's (42457) - Remarks, Chestnut (59512) - Pigment Ink, Powder (59505) - Pigment Ink, Sunflower (59514) - Pigment Ink, Black Precision Pen .03 (62311) - Pens & Markers 

Shannon says, "I have always been a fan of 2-page layouts. To simplify the process I try to keep my picture placement simple either in straight lines or columns and then add interest with papers and embellishments. Pulling products from the Hello Sunshine and City Park lines which compliment each other very well gave this layout the fun feel that I was going for!"

Another wonderful 2-page layout is in store for tomorrow!

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Craft Room: Hello Sunshine

Watch as Ann-Marie walks you through every piece of the new Hello Sunshine line:

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Stamping Layout and Card by Robyn

To wrap up the week, let's start by announcing the winner of all these lovely stamps:

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Robyn Werlich is the talent behind today's final stamping projects:

Robyn Supplies: Fancy Free Paper (35377), No Sweat Paper (35378), Made in the Shade Paper (35379), Good Golly Gee (35375), Easy Peasy Paper (35382), Gee Whiz Paper (35383), Mother Always Says Paper (35388), Cool Cat Paper (35389) - Peachy Keen, Dear Borders (53176) - Thickers, Reinforced Decorative Tags (85543) - Bits, Bow Tie (89398) - Ribbon, Twist (72008) - Delights, Hello There (59213) - Clear Stamps, Sing Along (59212) - Clear Stamps, Gee Golly (42192) - Remarks, Taffy (59522) - Pigment Ink

Robyn says, "When I am creating a layout, I love to add a lot of layers and visual interest with stamping, papers, embellishments and more. But sometimes, I like to just do something simple with my stamps. For this layout, I simply stamped on only 3 pieces...all three hearts. I love the little 'extra' that stamping adds to any project and here - I feel like it's a simple touch that adds something a bit more personal."

April Blog Card RW Supplies: Warble (59106) - Clear Stamps, Holy Moly Paper (35391) - Peachy Keen, Leaf (62608) - Stamp Marker, Taffy (62622) - Stamp Marker, Aqua (62604) - Stamp Marker, Mustard (62615) - Stamp Marker, Chestnut (62612) - Stamp Marker

Have a great weekend, see ya'll back here on Monday!

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Stamping Cards by Suzy and Melanie

Suzy Plantamura and Melanie Louette whipped up some fantastic stamping cards to share with you today! Suzy Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, Ender’s Game Paper (35317) - The Classics, Zippy Paper (35411) - Hello Sunshine, Fresh (59112) - Clear Stamps, Max (59201) - Clear Stamps, Bellflower (59202) - Clear Stamps, Heat Tool (90502) - Zap!, Aqua  (27143) - Zing!, Clear (27170) - Zing!, Metallic Teal (27165) - Zing!, Dawn (58620) - Premium Ribbon, Variety Buttons (85541) - Elements, Campy Trails Buttons (85536) – Elements, Daybreak (78049) - Details, Dear Lizzy Spring (89375) - Premium Ribbon, Dear Lizzy Enchanted Large Fabric Brads (85520) - Elements, Black (59500) - Pigment Ink

Suzy says, "This card makes me happy and I hope it makes the recipient happy as well (hmmm...who shall it be?!??!)! I made a sun with patterned paper and ribbon strips and used black zig zag and straight stitching to add details. I stamped and embossed the word SMILE with black pigment ink and clear Zing! embossing powder. I then outlined the word with a white marker to make it stand out more. I stamped the cloud on white cardstock three times and embossed with Metallic Teal and Aqua Opaque Zing! embossing powders. I used the AC Zap! Heat Tool for the first time and it is the best one I have ever used. It heats up quickly and melts the embossing powder perfectly without leaving any burnt paper! I made an envelope by tracing one of the AC 5x7 envelopes on patterned paper, cutting it out, and attaching the sides. I added a fun embossed border to the envelope as well."

Hello There Card Small Supplies: Black Fork Paper (35363) - Campy Trails, Frankie Fudge Paper (35342) - Confetti, 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, Fresh (59112) - Clear Stamps, Tent (59141) - Clear Stamps, Leaf (27141) - Zing!, Black (59500) - Pigment Ink, Primaries (62625) - Stamp Markers, Brights (62626) - Stamp Markers, Sidewalk (42182) - Remarks, Yellow Ribbon (58232) - Premium Ribbon, Just Dandy (82304) - Mementos

"I love the woodgrain backgrounds on many of the Campy Trails papers. I wanted to create an embossed one, so I used the woodgrain stamp and embossed with Leaf Opaque Zing! embossing powder. This created a shiny and raised woodgrain background for my card. I stamped the flowers with black pigment ink and colored them with stamp markers (love all the colors!). I love using outline stamps with black ink so I can color them in – the blending process is so much fun!"

Melanie Supplies: 8.5x11 White (71273) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Kraft (71464 ) - AC Cardstock, Wish (61734) - Mixtape, Stream (61733) - Mixtape, Dandy Paper (35397) - Hello Sunshine, Gee Golly (42192) - Remarks, 12x12 Mustard (71036) - AC Cardstock, Aqua (59504) - Pigment Ink, Clear (27170) - Zing!, Mustard (27137) - Zing!, Terrace (59215) - Clear Stamps, Baby Doll Paper (35384) - Peachy Keen .03 Black (62311) - Precision Pen

Melanie says, "Up until now I hadn’t jumped on the trendy banner bandwagon, but I couldn’t resist making my own cute AC version of a Mixtape pennant after seeing similar ones on Pinterest. I totally love Mixtape, it’s really versatile for so many projects. I cut various lengths and patterns of Mixtape, folded them over on my twine, and then cut the ends into points. Once I adhered it onto my card, I arranged the cut out clouds from the ‘Dandy’ paper, added the sun sticker, and adhered my stamped, embossed title sentiment amd butterflies. Super easy and cute - I love the whimsical effect of this card!"
Hello! card AC Supplies: Mustard (27137) - Zing!, Charcoal (27147) - Zing!, Black (59500) - Pigment Ink, Hello There (59213) - Clear Stamps, Sing Along (59212) - Clear Stamps, 8.5x11 White (71273) - AC Cardstock, Easy Peasy Paper (35382) - Peachy Keen, Fancy Free Paper (35377) - Peachy Keen, Doll Waterfall (53169) - Thickers, Peachy Keen Assortment Buttons (85541) - Elements, Dimensional Dots (61709) - This to That, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That, Heat Tool (90502) - Zap!

"One thing I think is really cool about clear stamps is that I’m able to cut them up to personalize my projects. I wanted to use the ‘just a note’ part of the sentiment and carefully trimmed off the other part that says ‘I miss you dearly’. I stamped my trimmed sentiment and added the Doll Thickers in the middle of my cardstock. Then, I stamped the cute retro telephone with Versamark and embossed with Mustard Zing!. I decided I wanted the phone to be two-tone, so I used a black Versamark pen over some areas, and embossed with charcoal Zing!. Lastly, I cut out the telephone and adhered it with dimensional dots. You can’t really tell from my photo, but the phone is super glossy and looks awesome!"

Tomorrow we've got two final Stamping projects - plus the giveaway winner!

PS - In honor of Stamping week Suzy is giving away a set of AC stamps on her blog!

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Guest Designer of the Week: Grace Tolman

Guest Designer of the Week The Guest Designer of the Week is Grace Tolman! Here are her fab layouts, cards, and mini album using American Crafts Clear Stamps!
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We are a team Supplies: 12x12 Kraft Cardstock (71464) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Taffy Cardstock (71022) - AC Cardstock, Brilliance Paper (35415) - Hello Sunshine, Sparkle Paper (35410) - Hello Sunshine, Glean Paper (35414) - Hello Sunshine, Ruthie (59138) - Clear Stamps, Courtyard (59214) - Clear Stamps, Hello, There (59213) - Clear Stamps, Terrace (59215) - Clear Stamps, Decorative tags (85546) - Bits, Twist (72008) - Delights, Doll Mulberry (53170) - Thickers, Denim (59502) - Pigment Ink, Apricot (59516) - Pigment Ink, Mustard (59515) - Pigment Ink, Confetti Glitter Mini Brads (85531) - Elements

"In this layout, I used some bright colored products to add some pop of color against my black and white photos. I stamped a long block of paper with letters, highlighting the word friends because that’s what the theme of my layout is. I also stamped a top and bottom border for my title. The scallop image reminded me of lace which brought a soft feel to the page. I also stamped the word 'Lovely' and a butterfly onto cardstock, then trimmed it and added it to my page. The pleated flowers created a visual triangle for my page."

I can knit Supplies: 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Concrete Cardstock (71474) - AC Cardstock, You're a Peach Paper (35381) - Peachy Keen, Jitter Paper (35373) - Peachy Keen, Gee Whiz Paper (35383) - Peachy Keen, Serenade Spermint (53152) - Thickers, Candles (87649) - Boxed Ribbon, Confetti Mini Glitter Brads (85531) - Elements, Twist (72008) - Delights, Sing Along (59212) - Clear Stamps, Terrace (59215) - Clear Stamps, Hello, There (59213) - Clear Stamps, Mustard (27137) - Zing!, Journaling cards (64009) - JustWrite, Brown (441) - Slick Writer

"I was inspired to make this page with the 'good golly' stamp. It was the same exact phrase I said to myself when I finished my first ever knitting project. I heat embossed the sentiment onto cardstock, trimmed it, and then added it as part of my title. I added more stamping here like the zigzag border, the star and 'Swell' word. The yellow color in the embossed sentiment, the glitter yellow ric rac, and the metal-rimmed tag are my visual triangle in this project. For the journaling block, I cut one out from a sheet in the Campy Trails JustWrite pack."

Into the woods Supplies: 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, See Saw Paper (34150), Stumpy Meadows Paper (35347), Cedar River Trail Paper (35359), Rocky Point Paper (35365), Caribou Creek Paper (35351) - Campy Trails, Tent (59141) - Clear Stamps, Courtyard (59214) - Clear Stamps, Ruthie (59138) - Clear Stamps, Apricot (59516) - Pigment Ink, Denim (59502) - Pigment Ink, Chestnut (59512) - Pigment Ink, Green (27164) - Zing!, Journaling Cards (64009) - JustWrite, Confetti Mini Glitter Brads (85531) - Elements

"I decided to make a double page spread in this one because I had too many photos to add in one single layout. I used a block design for both pages, it made it easy for me to line up my photos as well as paper strips onto the page. I like the woodgrain stamp and I used it to create my titles. I stamped the image onto cardstock, then ran it through my die cut machine to make the letters for the title. I also added some stamped letters to finish the title. I also stamped the tree image onto cardstock to create a strip of trees. To make some of them stand out and to add more texture, I embossed some of the trees (after stamping them) with green metallic finish embossing powder. To tie the two pages together, I added simple machine stitching around the pages to frame and ground it."

Dearly card Supplies: 12x12 Rust Cardstock (71465) - AC Cardstock, Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) - Campy Trails, Stumpy Meadows Paper (35347) - Campy Trails, Tent (59141) - Clear Stamps, Trailer (59140) - Clear Stamps, Sing Along (59212) - Clear Stamps, Emerald (59506) - Pigment Ink, Denim (59502) - Pigment Ink, Black (27113) - Zing!, Copper (27160) - Zing!, Confetti Mini Glitter Brads (85531) - Elements, Black (62600) - Stamp Marker 

"For this card, I used the woodgrain stamp (love this stamp!) to create my own patterned paper. I also added the border stamp cut out from cardstock and added it to the left side of the card. To complete the rows, I added brads on the ends of the border stamps. I heat embossed the deer and the sentiment stamps onto white cardstock, trimmed them, and then placed them on the card. To add emphasis to the deer, I added pen stitching onto the orange circle cardstock."

Shine card Supplies: 12x12 Taffy Carstock (71022) - AC Cardstock, Brilliance Paper (35415) - Hello Sunshine, Glimmer (35047) - Hello Sunshine, Party Animal (59139) - Clear Stamps, Terrace (59215) - Clear Stamps, Cherry (59520) - Pigment Ink, Denim (59502) - Pigment Ink, Mustard (59515) - Pigment Ink, Emerald (59506) - Pigment Ink, Apricot (59516) - Pigment Ink, Grape (59523) - Pigment Ink, Black (26200) - Stamp Marker, Candles (87649) - Boxed Ribbon, Niki Riki Sunflower (53041) - Thickers

"On this card, I wanted to highlight the fun lanterns. I stamped each one in different inks and added them onto the center of the card. To fill up the rest of the card, I added strips of patterned papers. I also added a thin scallop stamp onto the cardstock with the lanterns. To complete the yellow visual triangle, I added a yellow patterned paper on top and the glittered yellow Thickers on the bottom."

Bolsa chica mini American crafts Supplies: 12x12 Kraft Cardstock (71464) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Vanilla Cardstock (71041) - AC Cardstock, Rocky Point Paper (35364) - Campy Trails, Big Pine Creek Paper (35369) - Campy Trails, Hidden Lake Paper (35361) - Campy Trails, Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) - Campy Trails, Stumpy Meadows Paper (35347) - Campy Trails, Glimmer Paper (35407) - Hello Sunshine, Glow Paper (35407) - Hello Sunshine, Gleam Paper (35414) - Hello Sunshine, Sparkle Paper (35410) - Hello Sunshine, Holly Hazelnut Paper (35323) - Confetti, Cherry Chip Paper (35336) - Confetti, Courtyard (59214) - Clear Stamps, Sing Along (59212) - Clear Stamps, Hello, There (59213) - Clear Stamps, Terrace (59215) - Clear Stamps, Trailer (59140) - Clear Stamps, Cherry (59520) - Pigment Ink, Denim (59502) - Pigment Ink, Mustard (59515) - Pigment Ink, Emerald (59506) - Pigment Ink, Apricot (59516) - Pigment Ink, Grape (59523) - Pigment Ink, Chestnut (59512) - Pigment Ink, Blue (27149) - Zing!, Candles (87649) - Boxed Ribbon, Round Tags (85546) - Bits, Daylight (78048) - Details, Peachy Keen Corduroy Brads (85538) - Elements, Confetti Mini Glitter Brads (85531) - Elements, Taffy (62622) - Stamp Marker

"In this book, I decided to use the bright colors of the papers from Hello Sunshine, Campy Trails, and Confetti. I made my own frame for my title picture by stamping the scallop image onto cardstock and trimming the inside to make the opening of the frame. I also added a metal-rimmed tag on the front of the book. The tag already had one hole but I wanted to add some more color to it, so with a hole punch I made more holes around the tag and added brads through them. Another stamped sentiment was added on top of that. For the inside pages of the book, I added patterned papers, embellishments, and more stamping. I used most of the stamping as accents, stamping them onto cardstock first, hand cutting them out, and then adding them to my book with pop up dots. My mini book is a mixture of chipboard and acrylic pages so with the acrylic parts, I made sure I used a mirror technique when placing my elements to hide the adhesive I used. I love how the ric racs adds an instant sparkle on my book. I also added some embossed images (like the fish) using some glitter Zing! embossing powder to continue the glittery trend in the book."

WOW! What fun and inspiring projects Grace! Here is a little bit more about her:

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I think my story is pretty common, I had my first child and wanted to document his every move, so I turned to scrapbooking. I kept up with it even after his first year because of the fulfillment of being able to document my family’s life, especially the small, mundane, and everyday things. I didn’t realize how many little things we forget about our loved ones until I became hooked on scrapbooking. 

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
I don’t really stick to any “style”. I like to experiment with all sorts of styles and techniques. The one thing I can describe my projects are fun, graphic, and always using bright colors!

What is your favorite technique?
I tend to look at techniques like seasons... it’s always changing for me. Right now I’m into using border punches and creating mini collages inside my layouts/projects.

When do you find time to scrap?
Scrapbooking for me has become part of my life. It sounds corny and cheesy but it’s so true. When I have a few minutes to spare between cooking, cleaning, or helping my kids with homework, I scrap. My thought on it is: if you really love what you’re doing you will find time for it, even if it’s broken down in minute intervals.

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
I’m an impatient person; a layout that will take me more than 1 hour to execute will drive me nuts! I keep my projects to about 30 minutes to an hour from start to finish. Although if it’s a mini album, that’ll probably take me about 2-3 hours to complete.

What is your favorite thing about America Crafts?
Wow, what a hard question! What is it NOT to love about American Crafts? I love how AC have been consistent with putting together lines and collections that have always been eye catching, great use of bright colors, and works well with any type of “style” out there. I also love how AC has been, in my opinion, always the first to spot trends. When rainbows and wildlife animals became a trend, they already had collections for it. They’re always one step ahead from everyone else!

Have fun browsing Grace's blog for a large selection of scrapbooking projects!

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Stamping Giveaway!

Which American Crafts stamp set or image is your favorite?

Stamps Giveaway Let us know in a comment below by Friday morning April 8th and I'll randomly select one winner to receive each of the new stamp sets from our Winter 2011 release! Good luck!

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Stamping Tutorial with Michelle

Need a fast, inexpensive, and easy way to dress up a gift or bit of home decor, or even give as a gift? Michelle Lanning has just the tutorial for you!

First you will need these supplies: Charcoal (59501) - Pigment Ink, Decorative Tags (85543) - Bits, Hello Sunshine Fabric Brads (85544) - Elements, Sing Along (59212) - Clear Stamps, Small Acrylic Block (59011) - Stamping; Other: Muslin

I grabbed some muslin from my fabric stash and tore a piece that is roughly an inch thick and 24 inches long. This can be any size, it just really depends on the size of the stamps you want to use.
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I started with the bicycle stamp (my favorite!) and stamped it repeatedly across the material. I only used one stamp, but you could do many different mixed up patterns.
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I repeated these steps with the radio and flower stamps. For something a little different I varied the flower stamp on the fabric. This makes it look less intentional and more like I tore a piece of fabric that was made this way. 
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As you can see I had fun and went a little crazy! I will definitely be making some more of these!   ACstampmaterial4
Here I tied the stamped bicycle piece around a can holding some pretty flowers. It adds that vintage look that I love.
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I wrapped the stamped flowers fabric around two books that I am giving as a gift. So simple and cute!
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And of course, for my scrappy friends, I wrapped some stamped material around some tags that they can use any way they want!  
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I hoped you liked this fun and easy tutorial. Until next time!
PS - Come back later today for our weekly giveaway!!

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Stamping Week Layouts and Cards by Amy and Poki

Screen shot 2011-04-03 at 11.05.34 AM Stamps have long been a staple in scrapbooking and card making and the time is right for American Crafts to bring our clean, stylish designs to the art of stamping. Our impressive collection features both wood and clear stamps as well as embossing powders, stamp markers and our very own heat tool. And, as always, American Crafts' stamp collection features easy-to-use products and only the highest quality materials. AC Stamps come in all sorts of designs and styles from fonts to images, sayings to borders, so you're sure to find something perfect for your stamping needs!

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To kick off Stamping week, Amy Tan and Poki Nobeno have some layouts and cards featuring this fun technique.

Amy Supplies: Warble (59106) - Stamp Collection, Fountain (59200) - Stamp Collection, Max (59201) - Stamp Collection, Gossamer Paper (35409) - Hello Sunshine, Zippy Paper (35411) - Hello Sunshine, Gee Whiz Paper (35383) - Peachy Keen, Chestnut (59512) - Ink, White Opaque (27124) - Zing!, Teal Metallic (27165) - Zing!, Mustard Opaque (27137) - Zing!, Rouge Opaque (27123) - Zing!, 12x12 Clay Cardstock (71046) - AC Cardstock

Amy says, "I often forget how much I love stamps unless I have them out in front of me. The Zing! was calling my name too - absolutely love the way it turned out on the kraft paper. Tip: When using a heat tool, I'd recommend not adhering your photos until the end. I sort of melted my pictures just slightly.!

 

Poki Supplies: Neat-O Paper (35392) - Peachy Keen, Baby Doll Paper (35384) - Peachy Keen, Easy As Pie Paper (35393) - Peachy Keen, No Sweat Paper (35378) - Peachy Keen, 12x12 Kraft Cardstock (71464) - AC Cardstock, Doll Waterfall (53169) - Thickers, Peachy Keen Metal Rimmed Tags (85542) - Bits, Peachy Keen Rose Brads (85539) - Elements, Lovely Lady (78047) - Details, Hello There (59213) - Clear Stamps, Shout (72009) - Delights, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks, Jute Caramel (58510) - Ribbon

IMG_0880 Supplies: Sweet On You Paper (35374) - Peachy Keen, No Sweat Paper (35378) - Peachy Keen, Cool Cat Paper (35389) - Peachy Keen,  Peachy Keen Metal Rimmed Tags (85542) - Bits, Peachy Keen Rose Brads (85539) - Elements, Hello There (59213) - Clear Stamps, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks, Good Golly (70068) - Flair, Song (89387) - Ribbon

Poki says, "Stamps are often appear on my layouts. I use stamps to make titles or write messages. On these projects I used stamps to make embellishments. I stamped 'Lovely' with brown ink on a Bits tag.  I use a zig-zag stamp under the ribbon. I used my favorite floral paper as a mat board. I made circles with a sewing machine and I put a lot of paper and many stickers on it. The softly-colored paper of Peachy Keen goes with the sun-soaked photos perfectly. I stamped to make the title on my card. I think that using stamps is easy and very convenient to make a lot of cards at a time."

Come back tomorrow for a fun stamping tutorial!

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Craft Room: Peachy Keen

Watch as Ann-Marie explains everything you need to know about the new Peachy Keen line:

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March 2011 Design Team Gallery!

Some of my very favorite projects are in this month's Design Team Gallery! Here is a sampling of what you'll see should you click on the link over on the left sidebar:

March 2011
Enjoy your weekend!

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Peachy Keen Layouts and Cards by Sarah and Michelle

Happy April Fool's Day! This ain't no joke though, here's the winner of the entire Peachy Keen line:

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Congrats Maria - check your email! Hope you all can get your hands on some Peachy Keen product to turn your fabulous ideas into reality!

Here are some great layouts and cards to wrap up Peachy Keen week made by Sarah de Guzman and Michelle Lanning.

Sarah Supplies: Thing Of Beauty Paper (35370) – Peachy Keen, Cool Cat Paper (35389) – Peachy Keen, My Darling Paper (35390) – Peachy Keen, Peachy Keen Borders (53176) – Thickers, Mulberry Doll (53170) – Thickers, Fellow Honey (53174) – Thickers, Gee Golly (42192) – Remarks, Black .03 (62321) – Precision Pen

Sarah says, "When I saw the sneak peeks for Peachy Keen, I knew it would be perfect for all things wedding related. The soft color palette and the pretty patterns go perfectly with those types of photos. Here, I demonstrated the use of this beautiful line with a photo from my cousin’s wedding."

DSC_0151 copy Supplies: My Darling Paper (35390) – Peachy Keen, Fellow Honey (53174) – Thickers, Gee Golly (42192) – Remarks, 12x12 Cardstock Ash (71078) – AC Cardstock, Charcoal (59501) Pigment Ink

"Leftover scrap pieces are great for making cards! And what better paper to use than Peachy Keen leftovers!? The floral motifs in this paper line make for some elegant cards to hand out for all types of occasions. Here, I created a card using a simple sticker from Peachy Keen’s Remark books. With a couple pieces of scraps and a fun little sticker, you get a beautiful and simple card!"

Michelle Supplies: Neat-O Paper (35392), Fancy Free Paper (35377), Dreamy Paper (35385), Mother Always Says Paper (35388), Gee Whiz Paper (35383), Sweet on You Paper (35374), Nifty Paper (35386) - Peachy Keen, Peachy Keen Borders (53176) - Thickers, Good Golly! (70068) - Flair, Plastic Rose Brads (85539) - Elements, Gee Golly (42192) - Remarks; Reinforced Decorative Tags (85543) - Bits, Twist (72008) - Delights, Charming Chap (78046) - Details, Fellow Fog (53175) - Thickers

Michelle says, "The new Peachy Keen line is the perfect combination of girly and sophistication. I used these photos of my daughter wearing her dollar store glasses.  Her 'nerdy chic' look. I was able to combine the typeset paper and the florals to create a layout that totally represents her in these photos."

ACGGGcard Supplies: Easy Peasy Paper (35382) - Peachy Keen, Fellow Fog (53175) - Thickers, Bow Tie(89398) - Premium Ribbon, Twist (72008) - Delights, Sing Along (59212) - Clear Stamps, White 4 x 5 1/2 Cards (71362) - AC Cards & Envelopes

Hope you've have a peachy keen weekend! Happy April!

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