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Member Since February 2008, 20 forum posts, 14 public projects

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Summer Cards

Expert card maker Susan Weinroth shares a delightful pair of summer cards with you today:

Susan Supplies: Large Diamond Brads (85549) - Elements, Beach Bound (70070) - Flair, Refreshing (42199) - Remarks, Paradise (42198) - Remarks, 4" x 6" Cards (64010) - JustWrite, Empanada Paper (35429) - Margarita, Cozumel Paper (35420) - Margarita, Merengue Paper (35438) - Margarita, Salsa Paper (35421) - Margarita

Susan says, "American Crafts' new Margarita line is absolutely PERFECT for summer-themed projects. I had so much fun playing with the vibrant, bright colors and patterns in this collection to create these two cards."

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Guest Designer of the Week: Ronda Palazzari

Guest Designer of the Week Today we're excited to feature the summery creations of Ronda Palazzari!

Ronda Palazzari headshot We love the fun mix of products from different AC lines and collections she used to create a bunch of layouts, cards, and an awesome mini!

Ronda Palazzari Lovely Snapshots Supplies: Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) – Campy Trails, Glow Paper (35408) – Hello Sunshine, Sparkle Paper (35410) – Hello Sunshine, 1 1/2" Rose Butter (58231) – Ribbon, Gee Golly Phrases & Journaling (42192) – Remarks, Peachy Keen Corduroy Brads (85538) – Elements, Hello Sunshine Decorative Tags (85547) - Bits, Long Variety Tags (85553) – Bits, Margarita Journaling Cards (64010) – Just Write, Campy Trails Medium Brads (85537) – Elements, Ash (71078) - Cardstock

"When I saw the 'lovely snapshots' sticker, I knew that I wanted to do a layout about a trip to Mykonos, Greece. I had so many photos to fit on a page, I decided to shrink them down to 1.5 x 1 inch. I used the light grey for my background so the photos would pop. Using the pictures as inspiration, I started pulling accent pieces to coordinate with them. The black stitches ground everything and pull the layout together. I admit after 19 French knots my fingers were a bit sore!"

Ronda Palazzari AC You're such a Peach Card Supplies: Kraft (71464) – Cardstock, Neopolitan Nellie Paper (35327) – Confetti, Lucy Lemon Twist Paper (35331) – Confetti, Gee Golly Phrases & Journaling (42192) – Remarks

"I think we all could use some generic cards in our stash! I love this little phrase so much I built a card around it. The Neopolitan Paper was just so cute I had to have it for my background. I inked the edges and placed it on the neutral background the stitched around the edges. I made paper rosettes using the Lucy Lemon Twist paper. I placed the sticker sheet on the backside of the Neopolitan Paper to make it stand out a bit more. Easy peasy!"

Ronda Palazzari AC Back Supplies: Wolf Creek Paper (35362) – Campy Trails, Twin Lakes Paper (35360) – Campy Trails, Sweetwater Cabin Paper (35367) – Campy Trails, Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) – Campy Trails, Dawn (58620) – Ribbon, Sun-Kissed (43391) Mini Marks, Honey Fellow (53174) – Thickers, White (71081) – Cardstock

"I love the woodsy yet calming feel of the Happy Trails line. It was just perfect for my photos of Ruby Beach in Washington State. I started with some light spray ink on the background. While waiting for it to dry, I accidentally spilled some old paint water on the top right corner of the white cardstock. After quickly wiping it up, I decided I actually liked what it added to the page so I took a paint brush and added in a few more spots. Simple strips on the left side add in that pop of color along with the flowers cut out from the Sweetwater Cabin paper. I used the dots from the Fellow Thickers for the center of the flowers. Lastly, I trimmed down the white cardstock at an angle and added the Twin Lakes paper to the background."

Ronda Palazzari AC Summer Love Mini Ronda Palazzari AC Summer Love Mini pg 1Ronda Palazzari AC Summer Love Mini pg 2 Ronda Palazzari AC Summer Love Mini pg 3Ronda Palazzari AC Summer Love Mini pg 4Ronda Palazzari AC Summer Love Mini pg 5Supplies: Horchata Paper (35432) – Margarita, Tamale Paper (35434) – Margarita, Samba Paper (35442) – Margarita, Sangria Paper (35441) – Margarita, Margarita Decorative Tags (85553) – Bits, Journaling Cards (64010) – JustWrite, Hello Sunshine Decorative Tags (85547) - Bits, Honey Fellow (53174) – Thickers, White Macaw (53186) - Thickers, Smores (89396) – Ribbon

"There are so many good things to love about summertime, from sweet treats to fun sun filled vacations. Using mostly the Margarita line I filled this mini album with those things I love best about summer. On one side I used a photo to cover the whole page. On the opposite page I used patterned paper, tags, rub ons, and Thickers to accent each photo and tell of my loves."

Ronda Palazzari AC Happy Birthday Card Supplies: Coffee (71049) – Cardstock, Neopolitan Nellie Paper (35327) – Confetti, Lucy Lemon Twist Paper (35331) – Confetti, Dreamy Paper (35385) – Peachy Keen, Cheer Accents (53157) - Thickers

"I am always in need of birthday cards, especially gender neutral ones. Those puffy cupcake Thickers are too cute not to use! The border trims on the patterned papers are such an awesome little extra bit of usable paper and perfect for the sentiment of this card. I stacked some of the strips on top of each other and then added the dreamy paper as my background on the coffee cardstock. I stitched all around the patterned paper and added in that adorable cupcake."

Ronda Palazzari AC 6 Months Supplies: Good Golly (70068) – Flair, Nifty Paper (35386) – Peachy Keen, Glimmer Paper (35407) – Hello Sunshine, Heavens to Betsy Paper (35387) – Peachy Keen, Dreamy Paper (35385) – Peachy Keen, Gee Golly Phrases & Journaling (42192) – Remarks, Hello Sunshine Decorative Tags (85547) - Bits, White Macaw (53186) – Thickers, Fountain Sunset (53183) – Thickers, Baby Girl Buttons (85442) – Elements

"My husband and I have been living apart due to his job. He is a commercial airline pilot in another country. He was supposed to be able to come home every 2 – 3 months but do to some scheduling issues, we haven’t been able to see him for almost 6 months. I have found out just how much I love and miss him. I cannot wait to see him in August. The colors from the Gee Golly stickers were my inspiration for this layout. I pulled in some Peachy Keen papers to carry the colors throughout the layout. I kept looking at those numbers from the Macaw Thickers and thought they would really accent my story. Buttons and Flair completed this page"

We asked Ronda a few questions to get to know her better and here are her replies:

How did you get started scrapbooking? 
I fell in love with photos, copy (print), and layouts when I was on the newspaper staff in both middle and high school. After high school I did keep a scrapbook of sorts with articles and construction paper. In 1993 my daughter Lexi was born and shortly after that I really got into scrapbooking so I have been around since the time of triangles in the corner, sticker sneezes, and lots of circles on my pages. 

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
I like to call my style “Uptown Antique Brie”— a little class, a little vintage, and a lot of good cheese! I love the new flashy stuff, but have an appreciation for vintage items. I love to push the envelope and use products in unconventional ways and I love using bold colors and combining colors in ways that surprise people. Most of my layouts — if not all — are cheesy; emotions and everyday moments are among my favorite subjects to scrap.

What is your favorite technique? 
Ohh I don’t know if I could name a favorite technique. I am a technique tart. I love bits of paints and mists on my pages. I like detail cutting out of large patterned papers. I like turning paper into something different. I am all about making the product work for me and seeing how far it can go. I love to discover new things and new techniques. I love to bring out “older” products and play around with them too. 

When do you find time to scrap? 
In the beginning, I would scrap maybe on the weekends once a month especially with friends. Then as my love grew for scrapbooking, so did the time I was willing to put towards it. A few stolen moments in the evening after the kids went to bed. Now it is a job for me, one I completely adore so you can find me scrapbooking most days of the week. And I still do crops about once a month with my friends.

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project? 
Anywhere from 30 minutes to 2.5 to 3 hours to sometimes days. It just depends on my mood and what I am working on (layout, card, altered item, mini album, canvas). I know that I am not the fastest scrapper but for me it is as much about the story telling as it is about the creative play time. 

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
The paper, no wait, the Flair, no wait, the Thickers, no wait, the ribbon, no wait the rub ons, no wait, the cardstock, no wait, the stickers, no wait... ok... let’s just say that I love the wide variety of products American Crafts produces in a variety of colors from sweet softs to really bold colors and patterns. AC stays true to who they are and you can find something fun and exciting in their product lines. 

Head on over to Ronda's blog to check out an unlimited supply of inspiration!

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Boredum Buster Jar Tutorial

Today Jennifer Gallacher shows us how to take care of that dreaded phrase "Mooom, I'm booored!" with this fun (and tasty!) "Boredum Buster Jar." Check it out:

Jennifer Supplies: San Juan Paper (35439) – Margarita, Calypso Paper (35433) – Margarita, Refreshing (42199) – Remarks, Pina Colada (72013) – Delights, Apricot (58573) - Ribbon; Other: Jar, mini candy bars

Jennifer explains, "I 'borrowed' this idea from my aunt who was telling me about a 'boredom jar' she created for kids one summer. Inside the jar she placed slips of paper with activities they could do to help break through the boredom. Some of them are fun activities and some of them are chores. To sweeten the deal a little bit, I’ve taped the slips of paper to the bottom of mini candy bars. They can pick one boredom buster a day. I think this will help to keep the 'I’m bored' comments at bay this summer! I’m so excited to see how it works out!"

Step 1: Cut the patterned paper into 1 ¼” strips.

Boredom-Jar-2 Step 2: Attach one end of the strip to the bottom of the mini candy bar with a glue dot.  Boredom-Jar-3Step 3: Continue wrapping the paper strip around the candy bar and attach the other end with an additional glue dot.

Boredom-Jar-4 Step 4: Print several activities on to white printer paper and cut them out.

Boredom-jar-5Step 5: Tape paper strips to the bottom of each candy bar.

Boredom-Jar-6 Step 6: Fill the jar with the candy bars.

Boredom-Jar-7 Step 7: Decorate the jar with a sticker on the top.

Boredom-jar-8 Step 8: Wrap a strip of 3” wide patterned paper around the jar and attach with glue dots.

Boredom-jar-9 Step 9: Wrap orange ribbon around the jar and tie into a bow.

Boredom-jar-10 Step 10: Place a sticker on the jar.

Boredom-jar-11 All finished!

Boredom-jar-13 This activity is sure to be a hit this summer! Sit down with your kiddos and let them brainstorm a few activities they'd like to try out and even let them wrap the candies and type the "to-do's". Have a great summer filled with fun!

Another guest designer is featured tomorrow - see you then!

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Summer Giveaway!

Screen shot 2011-06-19 at 1.31.52 PM What better summertime product to give away than the new Margarita line?

6a00d8357de06869e2015432a189a1970c To win the entire Margarita collection, let us know in a comment on this post by Friday morning July 1st 2011, what are your plans for the 4th of July? I'll randomly select one winner and announce them with the Friday post! Good luck!

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Summer Week!

Screen shot 2011-06-19 at 12.51.08 PM School is out. The sun is shining. Temperatures are rising. All sure signs of summer! This week the AC team will help you kick of this season with inspirational layouts, cards, and projects, starting with these creations by Poki Nobeno and Suzy Plantamura:

Poki Supplies: Cozumel Paper (35420) - Margarita, Empanada Paper (35429) - Margarita, Acapulco Paper (35431) - Margarita, Tango Paper (35422) - Margarita, Beach Bound (70070) - Flair, Getaway (78050) - Details, Paradise (42197) - Remarks, Decorative Tags (85552) - Bits, Patterned Buttons (85530) - Elements, Large Diamond Brads (85549) - Elements, Maria (59146) - Clear Stamps, Macaw White (53186) - Thickers, Emerald (59506) - Pigment Ink, Caramel (58510) - Ribbon, Stream (61733) - Mixtape, 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock

Poki asks, "Can you guess what is my favorite summer-like combination of colours? Blue and yellow! I like this colour combination very much. I designed colourful work by matching vivid colours on the white cardstock. I sprayed different colors of mist on the background and punched holes through to show the orange polka dot paper underneath. I punched a rainbow of butterflies from solid papers and sewed them vertically down the side of the page. I have now captured a fun summer memory by scrapping this layout of my son smiling at the beach."

IMG_2073 Supplies: Guacamole Paper (35437) – Margarita, Tamale Paper (35434) – Margarita, Long Variety Tags (85553) – Bits, Flower Brads (85550) – Elements, Summertime (42198) – Remarks, Lively (89288) – Ribbon, 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock

"I expressed a feeling of 'I love summer' by making this card. I like this sticker because of the sparkle of the sequins."

Suzy Supplies: 12x12 Fountain Cardstock (75150) - AC Cardstock, Flamenco Paper (35419) - Margarita, Cha-Cha Paper (35428) - Margarita, Acapulco Paper (35431) - Margarita, Tamale Paper (35434), Mariachi Paper (35440) - Margarita, Samba Paper (35442) - Margarita, Mambo Paper (35424) - Margarita, Paradise (42197) - Remarks, Decorative Tags (85552) - Bits, Long Decorative Tags (85553) - Bits, Flower Brads (85550) - Elements, Summertime (42198) - Remarks, Postcard (59145) - Clear Stamps, Aqua Zing (27143) - Embossing Powder

Butterfly close up Suzy says, "I love that American Crafts patterned papers have the strips at the bottom now. I often use them with cardstock instead of using the actual papers. They are so colorful and the designs are just the right size to complement each other. I used several strips overlapping below the photos to 'ground' them (like an easel!). The butterfly paper has lots of glittery butterflies on it, so I cut some out and layered them for a dimensional look. I also embossed some additional butterflies the color of the background to keep them subtle. Last, I used the end of a Sharpie marker, dipped it in clear ink and embossed with different colors of embossing powder for dots around the page.  I realized after I made this layout that I forgot to put a title on it – how could I forget such a thing? But then I realized I liked it this way – it keeps it more simple. So the title is TRAVEL from the little tag (small, but useful!)."

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Supplies: 12x12 Kraft Cardstock (71464) - AC Cardstock, Pina Colada (72013) - Delights, Iguana Azure (53192) - Thickers, Journaling Cards (64010) - JustWrite, Sunflower 1 Ribbon (58232) - Ribbon

"The JustWrite Journaling Cards are one of my favorite AC products. They fit perfectly on the front of a card and make it so simple to pull it together. I added some dimensional flowers to the top of it and the card was almost finished. Just a little ribbon along the bottom and a five minute card is born!"

Come back in a few hours for our weekly giveaway and then stop by in the morning for a fun tutorial that will get you and your kids up and off the couch!

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Design Team Call 2011-2012

Dt call image We’re thrilled to announce the call for the American Crafts 2011-2012 Design Team! We’re looking for talented and committed designers who love to create with AC products. To apply, please email stephanies@americancrafts.com with the following information:

1. A single paragraph telling us a little about yourself. When did you start scrapbooking? How would you define your style? What do you love about American Crafts products? Are you on any other design teams? Have you been published before? Be sure to include your name and hometown. Help us get a good sense of who you are and your paper crafting history. Please note that previous design team experience is not required.

2. A link to your online gallery and/or blog so that we may see samples of your various paper crafting projects. If you have a scrapbook resume we’d love to see that as well.

3. A scan or photo of 2 layouts, 1 card, and 1 other type of project that showcases your style. Please use at least 75% American Crafts products.

The deadline for all applications to be received is July 29th, 2011. The individuals chosen to join the team will be notified via email and the new team will be announced here on the blog in early August. New design team members will serve for 1 year beginning in September 2011 and will be required to submit 3 monthly assignments.

Further questions may be directed to stephanies@americancrafts.com. Good luck everyone! We’re excited to see your applications!

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Flair Week Wrap Up!

Congratulations to the randomly selected winner of all of our current packages of Flair, Laura who said:

Screen shot 2011-06-24 at 6.51.59 AM Hope you all have some new and great ideas about what to do with Flair!

Wrapping up this week of fun with Flair is Maggie Holmes and Mahlin Wiggur! Check out their awesome layouts and cards:

MaggieFlair card Supplies: Parfait (71499) - Cardstock, Good Golly (70068) - Flair, Bow Tie (39398) - Ribbon, Corduroy Brads (85538) - Elements, Lovely Lady (78047) - Details, Twist (72008) - Delights, No Sweat Paper (35378) - Peachy Keen, Cool Cat Paper (35389) - Peachy Keen, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, 4" x 6" Cards (64010) - JustWrite, Large Diamond Brads (85549) - Elements, Decorative Tags (85553) - Bits, Beach Bound (70070) - Flair, Summertime (42197) - Remarks, Sangria Paper (35441) - Margarita, Flamenco Paper (35419) - Margarita, Mambo Paper (35424) - Margarita

Maggie says, "Flair is definitely a favorite product of mine! They are the perfect size for adding a little dimension and fun to a layout or card. I like that they are bigger than a brad but also not huge at the same time. I have had this idea to create a banner our of Flair for awhile and I love how it turned out! It was super easy and quick since the pieces are self adhesive. I simply placed my baker's twine on the page where I wanted the banner to be and then I used Flair to secure it in place. Then I added the large diamond brads on the ends of the banner and wrapped the twine around them before securing them so it looks like the banner is hanging from the brads! As you know, I always love to create a quick card with my scraps while I have everything out. Here I simply punched three circles and then layered a Delight on top of the largest circle. The message on the pinwheel didn't match the message of my card so I simply added a Flair embellishment to the middle and now it works perfectly!"

MahlinSupplies: Bliss Paper (35395) - Hello Sunshine, Cozumel Paper (35420) - Margarita, No Sweat Paper (35378) - Peachy Keen, Skyline Park Paper (35235) - City Park, Beach Bound (70070) - Flair, Good Golly (70068) – Flair, Duchess (89389) – Ribbon, Foreward (43389) - MiniMarks, Damsel (43387) - MiniMarks, Charming (82301) - Mementos, Plastic Rose Brads (85522) – Elements, Metal Rimmed Decorative Tags (85542) – Bits, Stream (61733) - Mixtape, Sunrise Black (53177) - Thickers, Fantastic Limeade (53109) - Thickers

Mahlin explains, "I worked with a lot of different layers and lines of paper for this layout. Even though Margarita, Hello Sunshine, and Peachy Keen might seem very different, the colors sill work amazingly well together. I sewed a grid pattern onto my layout to make the Flair badges and other embellishments stand out more. I added the photo onto a metal rimmed Bits tag."
JunecardSupplies: Blush (71014) - Cardstock, No Sweat Paper (35378) - Peachy Keen, Frolic Paper (35403) - Hello Sunshine, Flamenco Paper (35419) - Margarita, Happy Birthday to You (70065) - Flair, Bow Tie (89398) - Ribbon, Metal Rose Brads (85513) - Elements

"The large Flair badges are perfects as sentiments for cards. I cut out a circle in the middle of my card to fit the badge. Then I added some cut out butterflies, ribbon, and a metal rose brad. Perfect!"

Hope you've enjoyed seeing what you can do with Flair this week! You'll want to come back in a few hours for a BIG special announcement!

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Bingo Game Flair Tutorial

In-House Scrapbooker Lindsey Hansen shows us how to create this fun Bingo game featuring Flair as the playing pieces:

Bingo Game Supplies: No Sweat Paper (35378) – Peachy Keen, Cool Cat Paper (35389) – Peachy Keen, Easy Peasy Paper (35382) – Peachy Keen, Audrey (42191) – Remarks, Sunset Fountain (53183) – Thickers, Good Golly (70068) – Flair, Other: Floss

Step 1: Cut the No Sweat paper to 9x10", the Easy Peasy paper to 8x8", and the Cool Cat paper to 7 ½ x 7 ½".Step1 Step 2: Round the corners of the Cool Cat paper and the top two corners of the No Sweat paper. Mat the Cool Cat paper to the Easy Peasy paper then mat that near the bottom of the No Sweat paper.

Step 3: Measure 1 ½" squares on the Cool Cat paper giving you a total of 25 squares. Poke holes all the way down where the white lines cross making it easy to keep a straight line.

Step3 Step 4: Straight stitch through the holes using gray floss.

Step4 Step 5: Use the Audrey Remarks stickers to make the numbers in each square leaving the middle one blank.

Step 6: Align each Thicker above each row spelling BINGO.

Step 7: Adhere one piece of Flair in the middle square to act as the free spot.

Bingo2Step 8: Tear off the adhesive on the back of each flair to use as playing chips. Now you are all set to play!

BingoWho wouldn't want to play BINGO for hours on end with such a cute foundation? Thanks for the tutorial Lindsey! Come back tomorrow for some final Flair projects, the giveaway winner, and a special BIG announcement in the afteroon (we've had a lot those lately huh?)!

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Guest Designer of the Week: Melissa Mann

Guest Designer of the Week
The guest designer of the week is Melissa MannHeadshot 1 You're going to LOVE the things she did with Flair!

Beach-Time---Layout Supplies: Lagoon (71066) - Cardstock, White (71081) - Cardstock, Cozumel Paper (35420) - Margarita, Brilliance Paper (35415) - Hello Sunshine, Guacamole Paper (35437) - Margarita, 4" x 6" Cards (64010) - JustWrite, Salsa Paper (35421) - Margarita, Caramel Candle Paper (35337) - Confetti, Candles (87649) Ribbon, Decorative Tags (85552) - Bits, Cabana (78051) - Details, Beach Bound (70070) - Flair, Iguana Melon (53193) - Thickers, Sunrise Limeade (53179) - Thickers

"This layout come together quickly using the Margarita line! The bright yellows, oranges, and blues worked perfectly with some photos I had taken at Pensacola Beach last year. I used two square pictures and one rectangular picture but still had plenty of room for the colorful Flair accents!"

Happy---Layout Supplies: Ash (71078) - Cardstock, White (71081) - Cardstock, Suzie Strawberry Paper (35330) - Confetti, Holy Moly Paper (35391) - Peachy Keen, Brilliance Paper (35415) - Hello Sunshine, Happy Birthday to You (70065) - Flair, Candles (87649) - Ribbon, Fellow Fog (53175) - Thickers, Hooray (70064) - Flair, Large Corduroy Brads (85538) - Elements

"I used a variety of different horizontal lines on this layout from the patterned paper strips on the top and bottom, to the block of white cardstock in the middle, to the punched border lines and the other block of patterned paper across the middle. I also set my three pictures in a horizontal line as well as my title and journaling strips. I placed a couple of pieces of Flair and some matching brads and horizontal strips of adhesive yellow zig zag ribbon."

Bon-Voyage-Card Supplies: Apricot (71031) Cardstock, Tango Paper (35422) - Margarita, 4" x 6" Cards (64010) - JustWrite, Iguana Melon (53193) - Thickers, Candles (87649) - Ribbon, Cabana (78051) - Details

"The JustWrite Margarita journaling cards were perfect for creating a greeting card! I folded the orange cardstock in half, placed a piece of patterned paper on top, then I added a Just Write card, and backed another Just Write card with a piece of Apricot cardstock and layered it on the first card. I used some Thickers and a felt Detail embellishment to complete it!"

Sugar-White-Beach---Layout Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, Cozumel Paper (35420) - Margarita, Caramel Candle Paper (35337) - Confetti, Brilliance Paper (35415) - Hello Sunshine, Mambo Paper (35424) - Margarita, Guacamole Paper (35437) - Margarita, Mariachi Paper (35440) - Margarita, Salsa Paper (35421) - Margarita, Tango Paper (35422) - Margarita, Decorative Tags (85552) -Bits, Sunrise Limeade (53179) - Thickers, Beach Bound (70070) - Flair

"I didn't want to overwhelm the simplicity of my photo that I took at the beach last summer so I decided to create a small grid of square blocks and then placed a circle on top of that. I stitched those down horizontally and vertically and then placed various embellishments in the middles of each of them: tags, Flair, and journaling strips. My title went on top of the grid block and my picture went right above the title."

Congrats---Card Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, Rocky Road (71466) - Cardstock, Oak Point Paper (35364) - Campy Trails, Sweetwater Cabin Paper (35367) - Campy Trails, Good Morning (42194) - Remarks, Hunting (70066) - Flair, Forest Kale (53161) Thickers

"To make this card, I folded a piece of Rocky Road cardstock in half and then stitched down a piece of White cardstock on top. Another smaller block of patterned paper went on top of that and then I layered a piece of paper and a sticker as a tag for my title. The piece of Flair said “on the Up and Up” and that immediately made me think of somebody that has achieved an accomplishment. This card could be used for someone that has graduated or maybe someone that has moved up in a new job position."

Pin-Wheel-Project Supplies: Rocky Point Paper (35365) - Campy Trails, Powder Point Camp Paper (35368) - Campy Trails, Double Devils Food Paper (35339) - Confetti, Tango Paper (35422) - Margarita, Guacamole Paper (35437) - Margarita, Hooray (70064) - Flair, Suzie Strawberry Paper (35330) - Confetti, White (71081) - Cardstock, Cabana (78051) - Details, Mambo Paper (35424) - Margarita, Beach Bound (70070) - Flair, Fishing (70067) - Flair, Shout (72009) - Delights, Mariachi Paper (35440) - Margarita, Candles (87649) - Ribbon, Cheer Accents (53157) - Thickers, Oak Point Paper (35364) - Campy Trails, Decorative Tags (85552) - Bits, Large Corduroy Brads (85538) - Elements

"These little pinwheels are super easy to make and can be used for virtually any celebration! To create them, you will need a square piece of patterned paper that you cut into at each corner towards the middle. Use a strong glue to adhere down every other point to the middle of the pinwheel. Then you can add many different embellishments for the centers. I used Flair, Details, and Delights. Lastly, you will want to glue a stick of some sort on the back of the pinwheel. To decorate my glass bottles, I simply cut a strip of paper and punched a border on one edge. I wrapped that around the middle of the bottle and glued it down. I used a piece of adhesive yellow zig zag ribon around each one and then placed a small embellishment on the front. I cut out some narrow strips of paper and crushed them all together to create some 'confetti' that I placed in the bottom of each bottle – this provided some stability for the sticks that I placed in the bottle. You could use these as decorations for birthday parties, beach parties dinner table, or as a small DIY home décor project!"

Thanks for sharing your happy and fun summery projects featuring Flair Melissa! We asked her some questions to get to know her better and here are her responses:

How did you get started scrapbooking? 
I started scrapbooking in 2005. My husband and I had just moved back home to Florida from Maryland and I was looking through our wedding photos. Someone had given us a journal type book to include pictures and different things from our wedding planning. I started to glue in some pictures and the thought hit me that someone somewhere would probably have some wedding-themed stickers. From there, it's all history. I quickly discovered this HUGE hobby that included all the things I love: stickers, paper, stamps, etc.

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
I never know how to answer this question. I love the simple styles and I love the detailed styles. I love the clean styles and the grungy styles. One thing that I always do include on my projects are pops of color and stitching from my sewing mchine.

What is your favorite technique? 
Definitely using my sewing machine. Stitching finds its way on usually each and every single one of my layouts and cards. It just gives it a finished look to me :-)

When do you find time to scrap? 
On my off days. My day job is as Team Lead for the Reservation Team at a condominium. We work four 10 hour days and that gives me three days off during the week. Usually at least one and a half of those days is spent scrapbooking!

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project? 
I would say that the average layout takes me about an hour to an hour and a half.

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts? 
The first would definitely be the quality of their product. It is always high quality and well made. Secondly would be the bright colors and themes of their lines! They have a line for everything! Thirdly, my favorite product would be the Thickers! I have piles of Thickers – I use them on almost every project!

Make sure to visit Melissa's blog to see all kinds of scrapbooking goodness!

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Flair Badges and Cards

Here are a few more Flair projects made by me (Paige Evans) and Caroline Ikeji:

Paige IMG_4314 IMG_4323 Supplies: Holly Hazelnut Paper (35323) - Confetti, Darbie Devil's Food Paper (35339) - Confetti, Ruby Raspberry Ripple Paper (35345) - Confetti, Buttercream Bobby Paper (35338) - Confetti, Long Decorative Tags (85533) - Bits, Happy Birthday To You (70065) - Flair, Party Favor (72007) - Delights, Smores (89396) - Ribbon, Hot Dog (89397) - Ribbon, Lively (89288) - Ribbon, 1/2” Pompoms - Leaf (58221), 3/8” Velvet with Scallops - Taffy (58362), 7/8” Woven Ricrac - Pool (58334), 1/2” Indie - Tegan 3 - Yellow Gathered Grosgrain (57615), 1” Indie - Cohen 6 - Brown Large Satin Picot (57636), 1 1/2” Satin Solid - Robin's Egg (58488), 3” Tulle- White (58594), 3/8” Blue Skies - Melon with White Dots (58153), 3/8” Gingham - Rocky Road (58505), 7/8” Grosgrain - Lipgloss (58303), 5/8” Grosgrain- Apricot (58292), 5/8” Indie - Halstead 2 - Green Felt Ricrac (57602), 3/4” Gathered Grosgrain - Aqua (58216), 3/8” Gingham - Lipgloss (58526), 3” Tulle - Bubblegum (58615), 3/8” Midtown - Brown with White Dots - Cream Back (57178) - Ribbon; Other: Scalloped circle punch, scalloped scissors, pinking sheers, scoring tool, hot glue, sewing needle, thread, pin or clip

IMG_4343 To make these badges: Cut a piece of patterned paper to 2", trim one edge with decorative scissors, score every 1/4", accordion fold the stip, adhere the ends together, then press it flat and glue it onto a scrap piece of round paper. Punch a scalloped circle from coordinating paper and add a piece of large Flair on top. Accent the edge with a Delight sticker. Hot glue pieces of ribbon and Bits with notched ends behind the badge. Hand sew a straight stitch across the bottom edge of a 20" piece of tulle, pull the thread to gather it, press it flat, tie off the thread, and hot glue the badge to it. Slide a pin or clip through the back to make it wearable.

Little kids, and adults alike, will love sporting one of these handmade badges at their next birthday party or other celebration! You can also glue them to the tops of dowels as wands or stick them in a decorative vase for decor. What else can you think of to use these badges for?

Caroline Supplies: Salsa Paper (35421) - Margarita, Tamale Paper (35426) - Margarita, Decorative Tags (85552) - Bits, Decorative Long Tags (85553) - Bits, Beach Bound (70070) - Flair, Pina Colada (72013) - Delights, Refreshing (42199) - Remarks

Happybdayac Supplies: Betty Bundt Paper (35324) - Confetti, Frankie Fudge Paper (35342) - Confetti, Cake (78042) - Details, Pin The Tail (42186) - Details, Hooray! (70064) - Flair, Party Favor (72007) - Delights

Caroline declares, "I love Flair! They are super fun and super cute and add a great touch to a layout or card! I love layering with them and that's what I did on these two cards. I layered the sentiment on the Details cupcake on the birthday card and I layered on top of a Delights flower and a Remarks sticker on the Wish You Were Here card."

Are you excited to see our Guest Designer tomorrow? You should be - her projects are amazing!

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Flair Giveaway!

Giveaway day To win one of each of our current pacakges of Flair:

Screen shot 2011-06-18 at 9.37.22 AM Let us know in a comment on this post by this Friday morning, June 24th 2011, what you'd do with Flair and I'll random select one winner and announce them with the Friday post. Good luck!

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Flair Week!

Screen shot 2011-06-18 at 9.27.24 AM These fashionable accessories have been decorating clothing for decades and now we've outfitted them for the scrapbook! With adhesive backs instead of pins, these badges will stick to practically any surface!
Screen shot 2011-06-18 at 9.37.22 AM This week our design team will share some clever ways of using this versatile product. Starting with Melanie Louette and Michelle Lanning:

Melanie Supplies: Big Pine Creek Paper (35369) - Campy Trails, Decorative Tags (85534) - Bits, Pine Borders (53167) - Thickers, Mediterranean Meadow (53165) - Thickers, Hot Dog (89397) - Ribbon, Fishing (70067) - Flair, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That

Melanie shares, "Both of my sons are Boy Scouts, and as soon as I saw the Campy Trails line, I knew it would be perfect for the many photos I have of them from various Scouting events throughout the years. I really love it. The new big Flair badges are adorable and I used this one here to accent the photo of my son all decked out in his uniform."
Early bird badge (1 of 1) Supplies: Early Bird (70066) - Flair; Other: Felt, embroidery floss

"My son is definitely NOT an early riser... it is a constant battle to get him out of bed for school! When I saw the ‘early bird’ badge, I thought it would make a cute embellishment for his backpack. I hot glued it to a felt circle, and then blanket stitched it onto his school backpack as encouragement for him to be on time in the mornings."

Swell card (1 of 1) Supplies: 8 ½ x 11 White (71273) - AC Cardstock, My Darling Paper (35390) - Peachy Keen, Thing of Beauty Paper (35370) - Peachy Keen, Gee Golly (42192) - Remarks, Good Golly (70068) - Flair, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That, Dimensional Dots (61709) - This to That

"I think Flair is one of the most versatile products that AC makes. It’s a great go-to embellishment when you’re missing something on a layout, and a perfect small accent for cards. For my card here, I punched circles from the ‘My Darling’ paper, adhered the Flair to the circles, and lined them up above my sticker sentiment, which I pop dotted to add the same height as the Flair. Really easy and  quick and they make a card look so polished."

Michelle

Supplies: Tango Paper (35422) - Margarita, Pico De Gallo Paper (35426) - Margarita, Beach Bound (70070) - Flair, Long Variety Tags(85553) - Bits, Antonio (42196) - Remarks, Macaw Taffy (53189) - Thickers, White (71081) - Cardstock

Michelle exclaims, "This Margarita line screams nothing but fun to me! It goes perfectly with this favorite photo I have of my daughter. I didn't want to break up those wonderful stripes too much so I decided to continue the pattern with cut apart pieces at the top. I used them more as 'flags' to give the layout more dimension."

Acmuchasgraciascard Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, Guacamole Paper (35437) - Margarita, Cha-Cha Paper (35428)- Margarita, Beach Bound (70070) - Flair, Summertime (42197) - Remarks, Paradise (42198) - Remarks, Maria (59146) - Clear Stamps, Powder (59505) - Pigment Ink, Macaw Taffy (53189) - Thickers

"I decided to go with the Gracias Flair and make a thank you card. For interest I layered them and popped them up
with dimensional adhesive. This is definitely a fun card and can't wait to send it someone!"

??Guess what's coming in a few hours? Our weekly giveaway! Then tomorrow Flair week continues with a couple more inspirational projects.

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POW! Flower Bouquet Gift Tutorial

Isn't this flower bouquet a unique and special way to say thank you?
Shannon Supplies: White (71464) - Cardstock, Lincoln Park Paper (35228) - City Park, Grape Med Dots Paper (71524) - POW!, Blossom Med Dots Paper (71526) POW!, Evergreen Paper (71514) - POW!, Apricot Paper (71521) POW!, Grape Paper (71513) POW!, Sotheby's (42457) - Stickers, Brights Round Buttons (85438) - Elements, Pastels Round Buttons )85436) - Elements, Brights Glitter Buttons (85423) - Elements, Love Variety Buttons (85509) - Elements, City Park Plastic Buttons (85518) - Elements, Peachy Keen Variety Buttons (85541) - Elements, Black Precision Pen .03 (62311) - Pens & Markers; Other: Empty toilet paper roll, skewers, twine

Shannon Zickel is going to show us how, step-by-step, to make one of your very own to give to a friend, or keep for some pretty decor.

"One of the many things I love about the new POW! paper is how easily it can bend. It doesn't crease or get out of shape when you cut it into a circle or any other shape. I like to think of this creation as a 3D card. Just add a little gift card and this is a great and quick (about 30 minutes total work time once you have your supplies ready) way to say "thanks a bunch!"

Step 1:  After gathering your supplies, cut your paper for the inside of the "vase"  to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and for the outside to 4 1/4" x 6 1/2".

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Step 2:  Put a line of liquid adhesive on the top and bottom of the inside of the toilet paper roll. Roll your inside paper right side in and attach inside of the toilet paper roll.

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Step 3:  Using liquid cover the outside of the toilet paper roll with POW! paper.

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Step 4:  Attach buttons around the top of the roll so they rise slightly above the top of the roll.

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Step 5:  Stuff the bottom of the roll with packing paper and insert various heights of skewers (I just cut them) into the packing paper.

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Step 6: Cut various size circles and attach buttons in the middle. Work your way around the circle cutting slits.

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Step 7: Attach the flowers and a pennant with a sentiment to the skewers.

Thanks A Bunch Final small I'm sure anyone would love to receive this sparkly bouquet of homemade flowers! Thanks for the tutorial Shannon!

Have a great rest of the weekend - hope you get lots of scrapping done, and see you all back here again on Monday for a brand new week of projects and inspiration!

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More POW! Projects!

First, WOW! Your response to the new Amy Tangerine line was incredible!

6a00d8357de06869e2015432fdcbf7970c-500wiWe're all so excited to be working with such a talented and accomplished gal. A big congratulations to the randomly selected winner of the entire Amy Tangerine line, Abby Setti:

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Look for lots more projects and inspiration from the new Amy Tangerine line in the coming months! 

Today Leslie Ashe and Leah Farquharson have created a few layouts and cards featuring the new POW! papers:

Leslie 2Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Spinach (71051) – AC Cardstock, Rocky Road Houndstooth (71539) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Splendor Paper (35401) – Hello Sunshine, Three Muskateers Paper (35295) – The Classics, Party Favor (72007) – Delights, Sunshine (72012) – Delights, Hooray! (70064) – Flair, Musical Chairs (42188) Remarks, Good Morning (42194) – Remarks Books, Dear Lizzy Large Fabric Brads (85520) – Elements, Specialty Ribbon Spools (58216) – Ribbon, Strawberry Serenade (53151) – Thickers, Aquatic Paperback (53132) – Thickers, Sunrise Borders (53185) – Thickers

Acmr1 Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) – AC Cardstock, Apricot Medium Dots (71525) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Silver (71511) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Bow Tie Premium Ribbon (89398) – Ribbon, Peachy Keen Corduroy Brads (85538) – Elements, Black Fancy (53114) – Thickers

Leslie says, "The Pow! glitter papers are perfect for any project, any occasion. I paired two pale glitter papers for this wedding card. The Pow! papers work perfectly in a die cut machine. I cut flowers and stacked them using 3D adhesive. I topped this card off with a neutral ribbon that I think makes the perfect statement for a wedding card."
Leaj  
Leahf_july4_drinks Supplies: Pacific Stripes Paper (71530) - Pow!, Silver Stripes Paper (71531) - Pow!, Pacific Paper (71520) - Pow!, Marine Lg Dots Paper (71544) - Pow!, Ladybug - Lg Dots Paper (71545) - Pow!, 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC cardstock, Marine Poolside (53076) - Thickers, 12x12 Glitter Paper Rouge (71419) - AC Specialty Paper

Leah says, "I'm not actually a person who's prone to using much for glitter or 'bling' on my projects - so this was a bit of a stretch for me! After giving it some thought, I settled on an Independence Day theme, and I have to admit - I love the feeling of excitement and the reminder of fireworks that the glitter paper invokes! I also have to add - I chose to use my die cutting machine for a lot of this layout, and I was pleasantly surprised by how easily the cutter was able to handle this paper!"

Check back tomorrow for an awesome POW! tutorial to wrap up the week!

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Behind the Scenes of Amy Tangerine!

Amy Tan tells the editors of Creating Keepsakes magazine a little bit about the development of her new everyday scrapbooking line--Amy Tangerine. Fashion, Craft, Travel and Home Office combine in this versatile and fun collection.

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POW! Cards

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Today's Postmarked POW! glitter cards were made by Leslie Ashe, Ce´line Navarro, Leah Farquharson, and Melanie Louette!

LeslieSupplies: 12 x 12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) – AC Cardstock, Radiant Paper (35396) – Hello Sunshine, Blithe Paper (35416) – Hello Sunshine, Silver (71511) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Moss (71518) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Good Morning (42194) – Remarks Books, Confetti Patterned Buttons (85530) – Elements, Peachy Keen Plastic Rose Brads (85539) – Elements, Grosgrain Ribbon Spools (58094) – Ribbon, Specialty Ribbon Spools (58510) – Ribbon
 
Leslie says, "This Pow! glitter paper is perfect for butterflies! Try embossing them... they look incredible! I had a lot of fun die cutting these butterflies and embossing them. I curled the ends over, giving the butterflies the look of being 'in flight!'"
 

Acstarcard1 Supplies:  Cardstock Spinach (71051) – AC Cardstock, Marine (71512) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Marine Medium Dots (71523) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Confetti Patterned Buttons (85530) – Elements, Basic Printed Grosgrain Spool (58287) – Ribbon, Specialty Ribbon (58510) – Ribbon, Black Delight (53071) – Thickers

"When I first saw the Pow! glitter papers, I immediately thought of stars. I punched several stars and variously placed them all over my card. It turned out just like I pictured it... perfect for any superstar!"

Acbdaycard1 Supplies:  Cardstock Kraft (71464) – AC Cardstock, Silver (71511) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Bows Premium Ribbon (87648) – Confetti Ribbon, Specialty Ribbon (58510) – Ribbon, Frisbee (78038) – Details, SIdewalk (42182) – Remarks Sticker Book

"Right now I’m a HUGE fan of clouds. Especially glitter clouds! On this card, I punched several clouds from the Pow! glitter papers and stacked them accordingly with the hot air balloon in the middle. I love the effect! Makes it look like the sun is shining right through the clouds. Just like a bright sun-shiney day!"
Ce´line Navarro Supplies: Charcoal (71522) - Pow!, Sangria Paper (35441) - Margarita,Pico De Gallo Paper (35426) - Margarita, Empanada Paper (35429) - Margarita, Sun-Kisses Phrases (43391) - Remarks, Flower Brads (85550) - Margarita, White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock
IMG_2752 Supplies: Easy As Pie Paper (35393) - Peachy Keen, Caramel (71517) - Pow!, Diamond Brads (85549) - Elements, Goodmorning (42194) - Remarks, Butter Cardstock (71040) - AC Cardstock
LeahSupplies: Pacific - Stripes Paper (71530) - Pow!, Silver - Stripes Paper (71531) - Pow!, Pacific Paper (71520) - Pow!, Marine - Lg Dots Paper (71544) - Pow!, Ladybug - Lg Dots Paper (71545) - Pow!, Heart White (53092) - Thickers

Leah says, "The fringe trend is sort of growing on me - I thought it would be fun to try it out on a card for the 4th of July! It was fun to do, and it was easy to layer a bit as well. After I made it, I could just picture it on all kinds of fun decorations for Independence Day using these same papers!"
 
Melanie Supplies: 8 1/2 x 11 White ( 71273) - AC Cardstock, Silver Stripes (71531) - POW! Glitter paper, Charcoal (71522) - POW! Glitter paper, Getaway (78050) - Details, Sentiments (59004) - Clear Stamps, Black Glitter (27148) - Zing! Embossing Powder

Melanie remarks, "I love the more discreet matte look of the new Pow! papers. They're now thinner like regular pattered paper and the glitter stays where it should, ie, on the paper! No stray bits all over your face that make you look like you walked out of a Ke$ha video. ;p  Another very cool thing is that these papers cut superbly in the Silhouette, which is what I did here. I'm crazy about the Chevron trend which is so hot right now, and used the Silhouette to cut out zig zags from the striped Pow! to make my design. They cut out super cleanly and I love the graphic look of the grey on grey with the pop of yellow from the Details felt sun."

What a great collection of cards! Whoever receives these is going to be very lucky! POW! week continues tomorrow morning, as well as announcing the winner of the new Amy Tangerine line!

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Guest Designer of the Week: Jing-Jing Nickel

Guest Designer of the WeekI'm pleased to announce the guest designer of the week: Jing-Jing Nickel!

JingJingNickel You're in for a real treat with all the POW! creations she's made. Check 'em out now:

ACJingJing4Supplies: Taffy - Multi-Dot (35458) – Patterned Glitter Paper, Empanada Paper (35429) - Margarita, Glossy Meadow Black (53163) – Thickers, Garden Goodness (42195) – Remarks, Rocky Road Houndstooth (71539) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Ladybug (71454) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Charcoal (71542) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Pacific (71520) – Pow! Glitter Paper

"This simple layout uses two 4x6 photos. My task was to feature the Pow! glitter paper and I thought it most appropriate to showcase the photos of her wearing a circular ring. I cut the circles out of the Charcoal and Ladybug Pow! glitter papers to go with her ring."

ACJingJingSized2 Supplies: Caramel (71533) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Sweet Tomato (53091) - Thickers, Shout (72009) - Delights, Silver Lake Trail Paper (35346) - Margarita, Santo Domingo Paper (35430) – Margarita, Snake River Paper (35352) - Campy Trails, Deer Creek Paper (35349) – Campy Trails, Stumpy Meadow Paper (35347) - Campy Trails, White (71081) – AC Cardstock

"The Campy Trails collection is perfect for my Yellowstone photos. That’s me in the rearview mirror 'shooting' buffalo. The broad strokes of this collection and the colors match so well with the photos I have. I also added the Caramel Pow! glitter paper as a border for good measure. Buffalo want to look glamorous too!"

ACJingJingTea Supplies: Silver (71531) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Evergreen (71527) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Shout (72009) - Delights, Meadow Black (53163) – Thickers, Indie Tegan 4 (57616) – Premium Ribbon

"What’s absolutely wonderful about these Pow! glitter papers is that they have all the glitter but none of the glitter mess! I can only describe them as matte glitter. Nothing rubs off! I couldn’t have altered a tea tin and actually use it if every time I touched my tin some glitter came off. Another note of importance, Pow! glitter papers adhere very easily onto tins: it’s thick but bendable, really perfect for alteration projects."

ACJingJingSized3 Supplies: Silver (71531) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Delicate Paper (35413) - Hello Sunshine, Radiant Paper (35396) - Hello Sunshine, Good Morning (42194) - Remarks

"For this card, I layered some patterned papers onto each other with the negatives of some die cuts. I backed the last die cut window with the Silver Pow! glitter paper. Then I punched out some small glitter circles to accent the front of the card. The sentiment is in between the second and the front layer of the patterned papers."

ACJingJingSized Supplies: Marine (71544) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Guava Paper (35427) – Margarita, Merengue Paper (35438) – Margarita, Fellow Honey (53173) – Thickers, Lagoon (71066) – AC Cardstock, Empanada Paper (35429) - Margarita, Santo Domingo Paper (35430) – Margarita, Summertime (42197) - Remarks

"I thought the Marine Pow! glitter paper reflected the colors of the Caribbean quite well so I used a strip of it in this layout of my kids building their sand castle. I did some fussy cutting of the Guava paper for the border at the bottom. I also embellished the cut outs with dimensional accents."

ACJingJingSized4 Supplies: Silver (71531) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Pacific (71520) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Caramel (71533) – Pow! Glitter Paper, Peachy Keen Corduroy Brads (85538) - Elements, Fashion Accents 1 (42519) – Remarks, Gee Whiz (35383) – Peachy Keen

"This card summarizes my feelings about American Crafts products and these bendable, un-rub-off-able, die-cut-able, and punchable Pow! glitter papers! I made three rosettes and accented them with the corduroy brads in the middle from the Peachy Keen collection."

Want to get to know Jing-Jing a little better? Your wish is my command! 

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I started scrapbooking after attending a Creative Memories party 12 years ago. It was the perfect way to put all my travel photography into an album and write about the photos. Then with the birth of my first child, a new creative realm was born with her. Today and every day, I scrap about my family, my trips, and my family on trips.

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
My scrapbooking style is traditional but always humorous.

What is your favorite technique?
I like to combine a lot of patterned papers and I always look for interesting titles.

When do you find time to scrap?
I mostly scrapbook on weekends. I also try to squeeze in a few minutes here and there during the work week after dinner.

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
I would say it takes me two hours to complete a layout.

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
I count on American Crafts’ breadth of products. It’s not just a matter of a collection, but all the staple products that can be used with or independent of American Crafts’ collections make AC a perennial go-to manufacturer for me. You should see my brads and Thickers collections, they are impressive if I say so myself :)

Make sure you stop by Jing-Jing's blog to see all of her fantastic ideas and creations!

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Amy Tangerine & American Crafts

We’re excited to announce our collaboration with Amy Tan on a new everyday scrapbooking line, Amy Tangerine! Low Res AT plus AC
Amy Tan is the enthusiastic owner and designer of a clothing line that has appeared in popular fashion magazines, department stores, and boutiques worldwide. A longtime member of the American Crafts design team, she also finds time to teach workshops for Big Picture Classes.  

The Amy Tangerine line is fun and versatile, playing off Amy’s love for fashion, travel, crafts and home office. It has a huge color pallet and features a bunch of quirky elements like sewing machines, silhouettes, and airplanes.

Here are a few of the line’s NEW stitched patterned papers:

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And here’s a project Amy made using the new line:

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To see other new pieces from the line, join our blog hop! First stop: Amy Tan’s blog.  

At the end of the hop, make sure to stop back here for your chance to win the entire Amy Tangerine collection.

Simply "Like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, then leave a comment on this post by Friday morning, June 17th 2011, letting us know that you did one of these two things AND which piece of the line was your favorite from the blog hop. We'll randomly select one winner and announce them with the Friday morning post. Good luck!

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POW! Glitter Paper Week!

POW week We've made the perfect glitter cardstock hybrid with American Crafts' new POW! Micro Glitter Paper. Made with a brilliant sparkle that never (ever!) rubs off the sheet and a thin, easily manipulated material, this cardstock can even be run smoothly through die-cutting machines. We're excited to share with you what our talented team members have created with this new amazing product. Today Jen Jockisch and Jenny Chesnick have created a collection of fun sparkly projects:

Jen Supplies: 12 x 12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock Blush (71014) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Glitter Cardstock Lavendar (71436) - AC Specialty Paper, 12x12 Glitter Cardstock Chestnut (71428) - AC Specialty Paper, 12x12 Glitter Cardstock Evergreen - AC Specialty Paper, 12x12 Glitter Cardstock Blush (71433) - AC Specialty Paper,  Fancy Geyser (53113) - Thickers, Just Dandy (82304) - Mementos, Reinforced Decorative Tags (77242) - Bits, Duke (89390) - Ribbon, Precision Pen Black .01 (62301) - AC Pens & Markers

Hellocardjuneblog Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Glitter Cardstock Chestnut (71428) - AC Specialty Paper, 12x12 Cardstock Blush (71014) - AC Cardstock, Duke (89390) - Ribbon, Fancy Geyser (53113) - Thickers


Jen notes, "My blog assignment this month was to work with the POW! glitter papers. After playing with them a little, I realized that they were thin enough to be run through my Silhouette, so I cut a background and some butterflies and used those as the main base for my layout and used a leftover butterfly for my card. These papers are so much fun and add tons of sparkle. I especially love that you can use them with the Silhouette, usually glitter cardstock is way too thick to cut but these work beautifully!"

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Supplies: Silver (71511) - Pow! Glitter Paper, Marine (71512) - Pow! Glitter Paper, Blossom (71541) - Pow! Glitter Paper, Navy (58598) - Sheer Specialty Ribbon, Tulle (58594) - Basics Specialty Ribbon, Twine (58520) - Basics Specialty Ribbon, Sunny White (53122) - Thickers, The Classics Large Fabric Brads (85524) - Elements; Misc supplies: Gesso, Punch by Marvy, Wood Stars, Wood Heart & Floral Wire

Jenny 2 Jenny exclaims, "When I saw the POW! papers live and in person I knew I needed to make something sparkly for the summer holidays. I searched my local craft store for wood pieces to layer together to make my own custom door hanging. I used floral wire to connect my pieces all together."

Come back tomorrow for a major announcement!

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Big Announcement Coming!

Tune in early next week for a big announcement from American Crafts. Any guesses?

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Delights Week Wrap-Up

Delights Another week has come and gone! Hope you have some fun plans for the weekend! First thing's first, congratulations to the randomly selected winner of these Delights, Carla Ironside:

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To wrap up Delights week, Cindy Tobey and Ce´line Navarro each have a couple of Delights projects to share with you:

Cindy Supplies: Splendor Paper (35401) - Hello Sunshine, Blithe Paper (35416) - Hello Sunshine, Peppy Paper (35405) - Hello Sunshine, Cherry Chip Paper (35336) - Confetti, Empanada Paper (35429) - Margarita, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Sunny Side (72010) - Delights, Invitation (72006) - Delights, Party Favor (72007) - Delights, Good Morning (42194) - Remarks, City Park Buttons (85518) - Elements, Love Buttons (85509) - Elements, Medium Jewel Brads Brights (85288) - Elements, Large Diamond Brads Margarita (85549) - Elements, Sunny Banana (53121) - Thickers, Sunset Fountain (53183) - Thickers, Slick Writer Black Fine (62001) - Pens & Markers

Cindy says, “The variety of colors, patterns, and sizes of American Crafts' Delights make them the perfect 'go-to' embellishment! I love adding two or three to finish off a page. For this layout I decided to go all out and use nine Delights along with some buttons and brads to frame my main photo. I love the energy and fun that they add to this page about my daughter!”

BeautifulDay card-CindyT-AC-475 Supplies: Confetti Card (64008) - Just Write, Splendor Paper (35401) - Hello Sunshine, Peppy Paper (35405) - Hello Sunshine, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Medium Jewel Brads Brights (85288) - Elements, Large Diamond Brads Margarita (85549) - Elements, Mini Brads Tropical (85377) - Elements, Mini Brads Baby Boy (85383) - Elements, Campy Buttons (85536) - Elements, Lively (89288) - Ribbon, Sunflower Sheer (58571) - Ribbon, Dear Lizzy (89375) – Ribbon

Cindy says, “The Sunshine Delights from the Hello Sunshine collection are perfect for adding a sentiment to a greeting card! For this card I cut a square window out of the cover and adhered the Delights sticker to the inside.”

Ce Supplies: Cool Cat Paper (35389) - Peachy Keen, Gee Whiz Paper (35383) - Peachy Keen, Brillance Paper (35415) - Hello Sunshine, Sweet on You Paper (35374) - Peachy Keen, Party Favor (72007) - Delights,
Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Sunrise Border (53185) - Thickers, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks, Hannah and Henry (42541) - Remarks, Sunset Blush (53182) - Thickers

IMG_3771 Supplies: 4x6 Cards(64010) - JustWrite, Pina Coloada (72013) - Delights

Celine shares, "Summer is around the corner and every year we organise a party on the beach with friends (I'm lucky to live 5mns drive from the sea) so I thought I would create a nice invitation for each of my friends! The Margarita line is just perfect as it smells of the fresh air from the sea and the colors makes me wanna sunbathe right now! Add some beautiful Delights embellishments and all my friends will definitely show up at the party! :)"


Thanks as always for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments!

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Delights Cards

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We've got a plethora of cards (eight to be exact!) made especially for today featuring Delights created by Design Team Member Sarah de Guzman and In-House Scrapbooker Sarah Champion.

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Supplies: Sangria Paper (35441) - Margarita, Pina Colada (72013) - Delights, Sun-Kissed (43391) - Minimarks

ACcard2 Supplies: Betty Bundt Paper (35324) - Confetti, Frankie Fudge Paper (35342) - Confetti, Surprise! (42185) - Remarks, Cheer Accents (53157) - Thickers, Party Favor (72007) - Delights, Wishes (43390) - Minimarks

ACcard3 Supplies: Frankie Fudge Paper (35342) - Confetti, Surprise! (42185) - Remarks, Wishes (43390) - Minimarks

ACcard4 Supplies: Sangria Paper (35441) - Margarita, Pina Colada (72013) - Delights, Sun-Kissed (43391) - Minimarks

In Sarah's words, "Delights are great, especially when it comes to cards. They add so much detail with little effort. It honestly just requires you to 'peel and stick'. Notice how I just added random Delights to my cards to decorate them. Simple stuff, that's for sure!"

Sarah C Supplies: Lincoln Park Paper (35228) - City Park, Fairmont Gardens Paper (35242) - City Park, Lakeside Park Paper (35224) - City Park, Mountain Park Paper (35231) - City Park, Slide (72004) - Delights, White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, Peacock Cardstock (71471) - AC Cardstock, Party Animal Stamps (59139) - Confetti, Chestnut (59512) - Pigment Ink, Dimensional Dots (61709) - This to That

Sarahchampion_delights2Supplies: Kraft Cardstock (71464) - AC Cardstock, Spinach Cardstock (71051) - AC Cardstock, Waterfront Park Paper (35229) - City Park, Slide (72004) - Delights, Shout (72009) - Delights, Smores (89396) - Ribbon, Holly (43383) - Minimarks
Sarahchampion_delights3 Supplies: My Oh My Paper (35376) - Peachy Keen, No Sweat Paper (35378) - Peachy Keen, Bow Tie (89398) - Ribbon, Twist (72008) - Delights, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks Books, Mulberry Cardstock (71023) - AC Cardstock, Dimensional Dots (61709) - This to That
Sarahchampion_delights4Supplies: 4x6" Cards & Envelopes (64008) - Just Write, Archie Angel Food Paper (35329) - Confetti, Bows (87648) - Ribbon, Invitation (72006) - Delights

Sarah says, "I love that Delights can be used as a decorative element (like on the birthday card set) or they can literally represent something - like a cupcake topper on the Happy Birthday card, a flower, or even a hair bow on a simple silhouette. I used a lot of my own designs for these cards (the cupcake, the newspaper wrapped flowers and the silhouette) which meant I could make the Details fit how I wanted them. And I made sure to keep things simple, just the way I like it."

Delights week finished up tomorrow with the giveaway winner and a few more layouts and cards!

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Guest Designer of the Week: Kimberly Neddo

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The creative, talented, and beautiful guest designer of the week is Kimberly Neddo!

Me-for-SC-yes She has created three layouts, two cards, and a cute altered journal all featuring Delights to share with you today:

A-Vision-on-Beauty Supplies: Cardstock: Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, Made in the Shade Paper (35379) - Peachy Keen, Jitter Paper (35373) - Peachy Keen, Dreamy Paper (35385) - Peachy Keen, Gee Golly (42192) - Remarks, Shout (72009) - Delights, Smores (89396) - Ribbon, Sunset Blush (53182) - Thickers, Sunrise Natural (53180) - Thickers

"This layout evolved as I was creating it. Initially I wasn’t planning on cutting the kraft paper around the edge of the stitching, but it needed just a little something more and I just love how this turned out and how it framed the entire design with adding the blue background paper behind it. This layout is centered around the photograph. Sometimes I love to create a layout and let the picture tell the story, so that is what this layout showcases. I mostly used the Peachy Keen line for this layout, because it worked perfectly with this soft photograph."

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Supplies: Dandelion (71037) - Cardstock, Darbie Devil’s Food Paper (35339) - Confetti, Banana Cream Brady Paper (35326) - Confetti, Geaway (78050) - Details, Smores (89396) - Ribbon, Apricot (27136) - Zing!

"This card was made for my bonus daughter Alex’s Birthday. She loves yellow and this line was perfect for making this simple card to brighten her day."

Paws-a-tively-Adorable Supplies: Frolic (35403) - Hello Sunshine, Splendor Paper (35401) - Hello Sunshine, Deer Creek Paper (35349) - Campy Trails, Silver Lake Trail Paper (35349) - Campy Trails, Stumpy Meadow Paper (35347) - Campy Tails, Sunrise Natural (53180) - Thickers, Party Favor (72007) - Delights, Getaway (78050) - Details, Fishing (70067) - Large Flair

"For this layout, I had so many fun photographs to incorporate, so I sized them all the same height, with exception to the one I wanted center stage. I like the look of rounded corners on white cardstock. I inked around the edges of the photograph to give a fun polarized effect. I mimicked the slanted placement of the photographs with the journaling, to keep the design consistent. The colors of the Campy Trails line were just perfect with these photographs too. I love to scrunch and sew with ribbon, so I put adhesive down where I planned to attach the ribbon. Then, I began scrunching and twisting the ribbon how I wanted it. Once the ribbon was set, I ran it through my sewing machine to add more emphasis on the effect."

Just-Because-card Supplies: Apricot (71031) - Cardstock, Stumpy Meadow Paper (35347) - Campy Trails, Invitation (72006) - Delights, Smores (89396) - Ribbon, Sunrise Natural (53180) - Thickers

"This card is for my daughter Noel. I love to send care packages of goodies to my kids when they are away, so this simple card was made."

Write-your-story-altered journal- Front Write-your-story-altered-journal- Back Supplies: Pico de Gallo Paper (35426) - Margarita, Flamenco Paper (35426) - Margarita, Thickers: Iguana Black (53190) - Thickers, Diamond Brads (85549) - Elements

"I made this journal for my daughter Noel who is in the Air Force. She loves to write, so I thought she would have fun with this. I purchased a composition notebook for this project. I cut paper to fit the front and back cover and added some dimension using pop dots with the butterflies. I used my craft knife to cut out the butterflies from the paper."

Lil'-Charmer Supplies: Rumba Paper (35436) - Margarita, Cherry Chip Paper (35336) - Confetti, Breezy Paper (35406) - Hello Sunshine, Fellow Honey (53174) - Thickers, Forest Kale (53161) - Thickers, Invitation (72006) - Delights, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Decorative Tags (85543) - Bits, Font: Gungsuh

"Often times, I take photographs and I have several of one specific setting that I want to use. Even the not so perfect photographs that don’t necessarily take center stage still need to be a part of the story. This is when I make some photographs smaller in size than the one that is the focal point. The colors in Margarita and Confetti line were just perfect for these bright photographs. I love to use different font styles for titling also to draw visual interest around the page."

We asked Kimberly some questions and here are her responses:

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I was invited to a Creative Memory party 16 years ago and have been evolving with the industry ever since.

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
This is always a question I struggle with about my work, so I had a little help from my FB friends. Here is what they came up with: Eclectic with a touch of Graphic focusing on Photographs. All of my layouts are created around the photographs I take, and as I work and create is when the story unfolds. I tend to design around my photographs, so my style will range from being artsy, to graphic, to eclectic, to bright and bold.

What is your favorite technique?
Stamping and distressing edges.

When do you find time to scrap?
When the house is quiet and I have the least amount of distractions/interruption as possible. Which usually winds up being after everyone is in bed. I get a few hours in a night on average.

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
It varies on the photograph and product I’m working with. I take between 1 and 2 hours per project.

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
I love the different elements and variety of colors and styles with each line. I can find something to work with no matter what photographs I’m working with. I love the details and embellishments that coordinate with the lines as well as mix and match with the other lines as well.

Check out Kimberly's blog - just make sure you have hours on end to spare because it's THAT amazing!

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Delights Giveaway!

Giveaway day Well hello again! Up for grabs this week to one lucky winner is a pack of each of the current Delights from American Crafts:

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To win, simply "Like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, then leave a comment on this post by Friday morning, June 9th 2011, letting us know that you did one of these two things AND what your favorite season is and why. I'll randomly select one winner and announce them with the Friday morning post. Good luck!

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Delights Tutorial

Pooi is going to show us in a step-by-step photo tutorial how to make this accordion mini album:

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Let's get started! First, gather your supplies:

1 Supplies: Cozumel Paper (35420) – Margarita,  Pina Colada (72013) – Delights,  Sun-Kissed (43391) - Minimarks, Woven Grosgrain 3/8” (58153) – Ribbon, Eyelets Medium Black (85476) – Elements, Other: Elastic Band, eyelet setter, scoring tool

Pooi says, "Delights paper flowers from American Crafts comes in a variety of colours and they are very easy to use. I love how I can add them to make my project ‘pop’ out and be really fun. I made this simple accordion booklet with the latest Margarita Delights (as shown in the picture above)."

Step 1 - Cut a 12 x 12” piece of patterned paper into 3 strips of 4 x 12”.

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Step 2 - Score the strips of patterned paper at every 3”, so eventually the size is 3 x 4”.

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Step 3 - Put some adhesive or glue to join the 3 strips of patterned paper together, end to end.

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Step 4 - Fold in the first piece and stick it on the second piece to make the cover of the booklet. Do the same for the last page of the booklet.

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Step 5 - Set an eyelet on the front cover and put the elastic band through the eyelet.

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Step 6 - Decorate the front cover of the booklet with Delights and Minimarks. Use Delights to cover the eyelet hole. The elastic band can be used to fasten or hold the accordion booklet closed.

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Step 7 - Open the booklet as shown and you can see that the eyelet with the elastic band is not very attractive. Cut a 4" piece of ribbon.

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Step 8 - Glue the ribbon near the edge of the booklet over the eyelet. Decorate the rest of the pages with Delights.

9 And there you have it! A handmade mini album base complete with festive Delights embellishments just waiting for your fun pictures and journaling! Thanks Pooi!

It's Tuesday so you know what that means - check back in a few hours for our weekly giveaway!

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Delights Week!

Screen shot 2011-06-05 at 1.16.53 PM Delights A newer product that American Crafts has started making, Delights are pre-composed flowers or butterflies that add just the right amount of pop to any project! This week our design team will show you just how versatile these little bits of dimensional fun are on layouts, cards, and a tutorial. Starting with Amy Tan and Becky Williams:Amy Supplies: White (71259) - Cardstock, Pina Colada (72013) - Delights, Slide (72004) - Delights, Eternal (72005) - Delights, Paradise (42198) - Remarks, Sunkissed Phrases (43391) - Minimarks, Margarita (85552) - Bits, Refreshing (42199) - Remarks, .01 Black (62301) - Precision Pens

Delightscard1 Supplies: Shout (72009) - Delights, Slide (72004) - Delights, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks, Doll Waterfall (53169) - Thickers, Chestnut (71365) - Cardstock Cards, Good Golly Gee Paper (35375) - Peachy Keen

Amy says, "It sounds redundant, but these Delights are truly a delight to work with! I love the colors and patterns and I really want to accent every layout with them. For the 'Soak up the Sunshine' layout, I used watercolors on the white cardstock and accented with a cluster of colorful Delights."

Becky Supplies: Cool Cat Paper (35389) - Peachy Keen, Easy Peasy Paper (35382) - Peachy Keen, Just Dandy (82304) - Mementos, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Swing (72003) - Delights, Peachy Keen Rose Brads (85539) - Elements, Dear Lizzy Enchanted Ethereal Journaling Stickers (42179) - Remarks, Super Swell Phrase & Journaling Stickers (42193) - Remarks, Peachy Keen Tags (85543) - Bits, Dear Borders (53176) - Thickers, Sunrise Borders (53185) - Thickers, Fantastic Wine (53107) - Thickers, Serenade Strawberry (53151) - Thickers, Sunny Banana (53121) - Thickers, Sunny Reef (53119) - Thickers, Sunrise Black (53177) - Thickers, Stroll Grasshopper (53115) - Thickers, Subway Bubblegum (53150) - Thickers

Becky remarks, "One of my favorite things about American Crafts is the great mix of embellishments available. You have everything from the fun Delights accordion flowers to metal embellishments and beautiful rose brads. I enjoy being able to mix them up on my projects!"
Superswellcard Supplies: 12x12 White Cardstock (71259) - Cardstock, 12x12 Black Cardstock (71260) - Cardstock, Jitter Paper (35373) - Peachy Keen, Easy Peasy Paper (35382) - Peachy Keen, Made in the Shade Paper (35379) - Peachy Keen, Twist (72008) - Delights, Shout (72009) - Delights, Peachy Keen Phrase & Journal Stickers (42193) - Remarks

"When I received this assignment to use Delights on a project I had to smile. Paige must have known that I'd been hoarding these super cute flowers because they are one of my favorite of all of the American Crafts embellishments! They are fun and add so much cuteness to any scrapping project."

Come back tomorrow to learn how to make an accordion mini album embellished with Delights!

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Amazing Paper Birdcages by Jenny Chesnick

Want to learn how to make these birdcages using American Crafts and Pebbles paper and embellishments using a Silhouette die cut machine?!

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Craft Room: Margarita

In the Craft Room with Ann-Marie, watch as she shows off the entire new Margarita collection:

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Margarita Week Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up Congratulations to the randomly selected winner of the entire Margarita line, Christine Diamond:

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It was so fun to read about your plans for the summer - can I come along? :) To wrap up Margarita week, Pooi and Suzy Plantamura have each created a layout and card using the Margarita line.

Pooi Supplies:  12x12 Cardstock Black (71260) - AC Cardstock, Tango Paper (35422) – Margarita,  Mambo Paper (35424) - Margarita, Santo Domingo Paper (35430) – Margarita, Acapulco Paper (35431) – Margarita, Samba Paper (35442) – Margarita,  Horchata Paper (35232) – Margarita, Paradise Paper (42197) - Remarks, Summertime (42198) – Remarks, Refreshing (42199) – Remarks, Iguana Black (53190) - Thickers

Pooi remarks, "The new Margarita collection is really bright and cheerful. The moment I received this collection, I took out all our Phuket photos immediately to scrap. The Margarita papers feature the paradise, beach umbrellas, the sea, and waves. I loved the little moments spent in Phuket and all the photos must be included in this layout. Some of the patterned papers have varnish finish, such as Horchata which featured the waves with additional texture. I also love the papers with glitter finish because of the ‘bling’ effect. Margarita is definitely perfect for all your vacation photos!"

Card Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) – AC Cardstock, Mambo Paper (35424) - Margarita, Acapulco Paper (35431) – Margarita, Horchata Paper (35232) – Margarita, Sun-Kissed (43391) - Minimarks

"This card is made with the leftover scrap from the layout. It’s like the miniature of the layout. I simply love the waves, the beach umbrellas, and the colourful buildings by the beach. I added the title 'wish you were here' using the Minimarks rub on transfer. I really wish you were at Phuket too, it's a wonderful place to be having your sunny holidays!"

Suzy Supplies: Empanada Paper (35429) - Margarita, Calypso Paper (35433) - Margarita, Mojito Paper (35423) - Margarita, Guava Paper (35427) - Margarita, Antonio (42196) - Remarks, Iguana Azure (43192) - Thickers, Pina Colada (72013) - Delights, Flower Brads (85550) - Elements, Summertime (42198) - Remarks, Sun-Kissed (43391) - Minimarks, 4x6 Journaling Cards (64010) - JustWrite

Suzy says, "Margarita is so bright and festive which is perfect for my many beach photos. I printed several photos of my girls and their friends playing at the beach. Because they were small, I outlined them with a blue marker so they would stand out more against the busy background. I created the sun rays with the backsides of two of the patterned papers (sometimes I can’t resist those vivid solid colors on the back of many papers). Next, I added the photos to the sun rays tucking them inside different spots. Then I used zig-zag stitching along the edges of each ray. I created the water by cutting waves out of JustWrite journaling cards and layering them on the bottom of the page with some paper strips. I attached the large letter stickers to white paper and cut around the edges so they stood out better against the background. This layout just shouts summer and I can’t wait for it to be here again!!!"

Margarita Card Small
Supplies: 12x12 Pool Cardstock (71069) - AC Cardstock, Mambo Paper (35424) - Margarita, Tango Paper (35422) - Margarita, Empanada Paper (35429) - Margarita, Sangria Paper (35441) - Margarita, Cha-Cha Paper (35428) - Margarita, 4x6 Journaling Cards (64010) - JustWrite, Pina Colada (72013) - Delights, Grosgrain w/Stitches – Mint 1 (5833) - Ribbon

"I used a border punch along the edge of this card and then backed the blue dot paper with yellow dot paper that shows through. Underneath, I added a couple of borders from the patterned papers on the inside of the card. I layered other borders with ribbon and the journaling card postal stamps. I cut a circle from striped paper and layered it with a dimensional flower sticker. I LOVE all the colors in this line and they all blend so well with some of the Premium Ribbons and AC Cardstock. Margarita is so bold and colorful, that a little product goes a long way (especially when making cards!)"

Bonus: Tomorrow Ann-Marie walks us through the entire Margarita collection in another edition of Craft Room!

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Margarita Cards

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Leah Farquharson has created this bunch of cards using the new Margarita collection!

Leah Leahf_missyou Leahf_sunny_day Supplies: Cozumel Paper (35420) - Margarita, Empanada Paper (35429) - Margarita, Guava Paper (35627) - Margarita, Mambo Paper (35626) - Margarita, Beach Bound (70070) - Flair, Getaway (78050) - Details, Cabana (78051) - Details, Summertime (42197) - Remarks, Paradise (42198) - Remarks, Retreat (42200) - Remarks, Refreshing (42199) - Remarks, Sun-Kissed Phrases (43391) - Minimarks, Iguana Melon (53193) - Thickers, Maria (59146) - Clear Stamps, Journaing Cards (64010) - JustWrite, Taffy (59522) - Pigment Ink, Mustard (59515) - Pigment Ink, Fine Black (62001) - Slick Writer

Leah says, "I really, really loved working with the bright, summery colors, fun patterns and embellishments featured in the Margarita collection! Living in South Florida, where it's hot all year 'round, I have no shortage of ideas when I see all of it together. I could even see how some of it could have been inspired by where we live. I think that's why I chose to create cards that are an everyday theme - who wouldn't want to find something this sunny in their mailbox?"

What a great trio of cards Leah! Who WOULDN'T want to find these in their mailbox is right! Come back tomorrow for the giveaway winner and some final Margarita projects!

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May 2011 Design Team Gallery!

Looking for a boost of inspiration? Then head to our latest Contributing Design Team Gallery! Here is just a snippet of all the wonderful creations you'll see if you check out the gallery over on the left column.

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Until next month, enjoy!

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Guest Designer of the Week: Roree Rumph

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We loved Roree Rumph's guest design spot on Pebbles so much, we asked her to guest for us over here at AC too!

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She has made a bunch of layouts, cards, and a mini album all using the new Margarita line.

Roree Rumph-American Crafts GD Jun11-miss you 3 Supplies: Tango Paper (35422) - Margarita, Mambo Paper (35424) – Margarita, Cha-Cha Paper (35428) – Margarita, Empanada Paper (35429) – Margarita, Havana Paper (35435) – Margarita, Merengue Paper (35438) – Margarita, Diamond Brads (85549) – Elements, Glitter Buttons (85548) – Elements, Pina Colada (72013) – Delights, Journaling Cards (64010) – JustWrite, Postcard (59145) – Clear Stamps, Iguana Grass (53191) – Thickers, Iguana Azure (53192) – Thickers­

“I love to make flowers. Here, I layered hand cut leaf, flower, and circle shapes along with a diamond brad to create my one dimensional flower and paired it with one of the Delights flowers to make a floral post card. I added lots of machine-stitched details on the card and the leaf shapes. I also used the postcard stamps to help fill in some of the open white space.” 

Roree Rumph-American Crafts GD Jun11-family 3Supplies:  Salsa Paper (35421) – Margarita, Pico de Gallo Paper (35426) – Margarita, Empanada Paper (35429) - Margarita, Calypso Paper (35433) – Margarita, Tamale Paper (35434) – Margarita, Havana Paper (35435) – Margarita, Rumba Paper (35436) – Margarita, Mariachi Paper (35440) – Margarita, Sangria Paper (35441) – Margarita, Decorative Tags (85552) – Bits, Getaway (78050) – Details, Diamond Brads (85549) – Elements, Maria (59146) – Clear Stamps, Iguana Grass (53191) – Thickers, Iguana Azure (53192) – Thickers­

“I like to make a layout at least once a year that has a picture of each member of the family, including our pets. It is a great way to see how we all change from year to year. Since I take most of the pictures, it is also a good way to get me into a layout with the rest of the family. I just go through my photos from the past year, and grab a favorite of each of one of us.” 

Roree Rumph-American Crafts GD Jun11-hello 3 Supplies: Merengue Paper (35438) – Margarita, Flower Brads (85550) – Elements, Decorative Tags (85552) – Bits, Pina Colada (72013) – Delights, Cabana (78051) – Details, Journaling Cards (64010) – JustWrite, Postcard (59145) – Clear Stamps

“I created another floral postcard as part of a postcard set. I paired a handmade, layered flower with a Delights flower and a Details felt flower. The colors are so bright and vivid, they are bound to brighten anyone’s day!”

Roree Rumph-American Crafts GD Jun11-summertime 3 Supplies: 12x12 White Cardstock (71259) – AC Cardstock, Empanada Paper (35429) - Margarita, Santo Domingo Paper (35430) – Margarita, Acapulco Paper (35431) – Margarita, San Juan Paper (35439) – Margarita, Decorative Tags (85552) – Bits, Flower Brads (85550) – Elements, Retreat (42200) – Remarks, Summertime (42197) – Remarks, Sun-Kissed (43391) – Minimarks, Journaling Cards (64010) – JustWrite, .05 Black (62321) – Precision Pens

“My kids love to swim, so a swimming layout using the Margarita collection was a no-brainer. I cut out the waves from two of the JustWrite journaling cards and pieced them together for a fun, wave border. I also cut out little strips from the Acapulco Paper to give the sun sticker a little more detail and dimension.”

Roree Rumph-American Crafts GD Jun11-xcaret 3Supplies: Guava Paper (35427) - Margarita, Guacamole Paper (35437) – Margarita, Long Decorative Tags (85553) – Bits, Flower Brads (85550) – Elements, Glitter Buttons (85548) – Elements, Retreat (42200) – Remarks, Paradise (42198) – Remarks, Summertime (42197) – Remarks, Antonio (42196) – Remarks, Journaling Cards (64010) – JustWrite, .05 Black (62321) – Precision Pen

“Over Spring Break, my family and I went on a cruise to Cozumel and Calica. It was our first time on a cruise and out of the country. One of the excursions we took was to an eco-park, Xcaret. It was sort of a mix between a water park, a zoo, and the beach. We had such a good time and got some really great photos. This collection seemed absolutely tailor-made for them. There were so many gorgeous colors in and around Cozumel and Calica and they were totally reflected in this collection.”

Roree Rumph-American Crafts GD Jun11-cozumel mini 3 Roree Rumph-American Crafts GD Jun11-cozumel mini sample pages Roree Rumph-American Crafts GD Jun11-cozumel mini sample pages 2 Supplies:  Mambo Paper (35424) – Margarita, Empanada Paper (35429) – Margarita, Glitter Buttons (85548) – Elements, Paradise (42198) – Remarks, Sun-Kissed (43391) – Minimarks, Journaling Cards (64010) – JustWrite, Maria (59146) – Clear Stamps, Iguana Grass (53191) – Thickers, Iguana Azure (53192) – Thickers­, Iguana Melon (53193) – Thickers­, Macaw Taffy (53189) – Thickers­, .05 Black (62321) – Precision Pen

“When creating mini albums, I like to keep things simple. I usually tend to have a little more fun with the cover, while keeping the inside pages simple and putting the focus on the photos. I made this mini to put together some of the photos from our island excursion in Cozumel. We enjoyed the day at a rockwall and then snorkeling after. I mixed up the Thickers for a fun, colorful title, and layered the island excursion rub on and cityscape sticker to add dimension to my cover.” 

 What bright and fun projects! Here's a little bit more about Roree:

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I wanted to find some cute invitations to send out for my daughter’s 5th birthday. It seemed like all of the ones that I liked were out of my budget. So, I decided to make my own. I went to Hobby Lobby and got an idea book, some cardstock, a paper pad, a paper cutter, a marker, a stencil, and some adhesive and went to work. All the mothers at the party commented on how cute the invitations had turned out and I realized just how much I had enjoyed making them. After that, I started looking online to find out more about scrapbooking and I found there was a huge online scrapbooking community. I was hooked. 

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
That is a hard question! I am like a lot of scrapbookers in that I am not really sure what to call my style. My projects usually involve a good mix of colors, patterns, and textures. I am a pretty detail-oriented scrapper, adding a lot of little bits here and there. I think I tend to lean more towards a cutesy and whimsical style and I like clean lines. But I keep my mind open and try new things when and where I can. If they work, they get added in. 

What is your favorite technique?
Sewing, definitely. Whether it is on the machine or by hand, I love it and I incorporate it into my projects quite a bit. I actually learned how to sew because of scrapbooking. The funny thing is that my mom was a professional seamstress all the while I was growing up. I just never had an interest in it back then!

When do you find time to scrap?
I am very lucky because I am a stay-at-home mom and I have a lot of time to scrap. I usually try to work on things during the day when my husband is at work and the kids are at school, or at night when everyone is asleep. I usually reserve the late afternoon and early evening for family time.

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
I am a pretty slow scrapper. I don’t always have a clear vision of what I am going to do, so I spend a lot of time thinking about what to do, adding things and taking things away. Sometimes it seems to take hours and hours, but I stop and do things in between that tend to make it drag on longer. I guess it really depends on the project. Every once in a while things click and I can get something done quickly… but not too often. ;)

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
I love that the collections have so many coordinating products. There is such a variety from patterned paper to buttons to flowers to alphabets, etc. The list goes on and on. You can get a little of everything and not have to worry if it will work well together because AC has done the hard work for you. And as a card maker, I love the variety of patterns in their papers, especially the small prints which work so much better for cards. But really, what’s not to love?! 

Visit Roree's blog to see all her creative ideas and find out even more about her!

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