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Stitched Cards by Cindy Tobey

These three cards made by Cindy Tobey featuring hand-made stitching are sure to bring a smile to your face!

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HELLO FRIEND by Cindy Tobey

I cut a large pinked edge on my “Hello Friend” card and followed the edge shape with colors of embroidery floss picked up from the circle tag to create a fun chevron stripe effect. I also lined the inside of my card with patterned paper since a bit of it shows even when the card is closed.

Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Charcoal (71077) – AC Cardstock, Sienna Spirit Paper (35672) – Sketchbook,  Die Cut Cardstock Shapes (77290) – Bits, Fabric Brads (85578) – Elements, Value Pack Ribbon (58817) – Premium Ribbon, Journal White (53338) – Thickers, Dot Glue Runner (61721) – This to That 

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MOM by Cindy Tobey

I love that some of the Sketchbook papers feature outline drawings – just waiting to be filled in with paint, or thread and in this case, both. I filled one of the flowers in with a little paint and a lot of embroidery floss.

Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Lemon (71039) – AC Cardstock, Sienna Spirit Paper (35672) – Sketchbook, Leaf Ribbon (58272) – Premium Ribbon, Fabric Brads (85578) – Elements, Value Pack Ribbon (58817) – Premium Ribbon, Journal Grass (53339) – Thickers, 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) – Sketchbook, Layered Tags (77289) – Bits, Dot Glue Runner (61721) – This to That 

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SMILE by Cindy Tobey

I sketched the word “smile” onto the patterned paper and then stitched over the top for my card’s greeting. I also filled in one of the cameras with embroidery floss. Filling in an area on paper with floss can be tricky since the stitches need to be fairly close together. I usually adhere a piece of thin, gauzy fabric to the back of the area I’ll be stitching over which helps hold stitches in place even if two of the holes I pierce through the paper tear and turn into one hole.

Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Tangerine (71034) – AC Cardstock, Indigo Inspiration Paper (35686) – Sketchbook, Paige’s Portraits Paper (35691) – Sketchbook, Sydney’s Snapshots Paper (35688) – Sketchbook, Mini Brads Cricket (84884) – Elements, Pigment Fabric Stickers (42241) – Remarks, Palette Sticker Book (42240) – Remarks, Dot Glue Runner (61721) – This to That

Find all the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook supplies you need for these cards HERE!

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Stitching Guest Designer: Laura Craigie

Guest Designer of the Week
Laura Craigie is the Stitching Week Guest Designer and I just know you're going to love how she incorporated stitching on all her projects! But first, let's get to know her a little bit more...

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Short bio: I am a stay at home mom to my three wonderful, crazy boys, Isaiah 7, Griffin 5, and Everett 18 months. I've been happily married to my husband Andrew for 8 years, and we live on a beautiful island in B.C. Canada. I've always lived on an island and couldn't imagine not having the ocean near by, it's my favorite place to be. When I'm not chasing my boys or paper crafting I can be found gardening or reading on our deck; I'm very much a homebody.

How did you get started scrapbooking? Like I think a large majority of us, it was with the pregnancy of my first son and I just knew I needed a way to document his life. I did however make scrapbook years and years before that in high school, and one while dating my husband, so I guess I've been doing it a lot longer than that, just not so "seriously" ;)

What is your favorite American Crafts product? Easy! Patterned paper. I'd be lost without patterned paper, and American Crafts just makes the best :)

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EVERETT ATLEY by Laura Craigie

I put my sewing machine to good use on this layout and my favorite part was using blue thread around the journaling square to create a visual triangle of blue with the two other blue accents on the layout. I also love sewing elements on a page like the tab in the upper corner.

Supplies: Palette Accents & Phrases (42240) - Remarks, Pigment (42241) - Remarks, Journal Grass (53339) - Thickers, Serendipity White (53291) - Thickers, Viridian Vignette Paper (35676) - Sketchbook, Ivory Impression Paper (35677) - Sketchbook, Rose's Rendering Paper (35683) - Sketchbook, Sydney's Snapshot Paper (35688) - Sketchbook, Adhesive Dispenser Dots (AM617-13) - This to That

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HELLO CARD by Laura Craigie

I love to sew through my Thickers - I use a blue jean needle on my machine and it goes through like butter. Adding pink thread to my machine gave the white thickers a fun pop of color and really assures they aren't going anywhere when I put the card into the mail.

Supplies: Muse Whitewash (53344) - Thickers, Neapolitan Accents & Phrases (42232) - Remarks, Neapolitan Ribbon (58805) - Premium Ribbon, Lucky Laugh Paper (35640) - Neapolitan, Simple Romance Paper (35645) - Neapolitan, Adhesive Dispenser Dots (AM617-13) -This to That

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WONDERFUL CARD by Laura Craigie

I love all the jewel tones in this card and the blue stitched wonky circles really make the window aspect of the card stand out.

Supplies: Doodle (42243) - Remarks, Pigment (42241) - Remarks, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Veridian Vignette Paper (35676) - Sketchbook, Gwyneth's Graph Paper (35694) - Sketchbook, Sadie's Story Paper (35695) - Sketchbook, Dimensional Dots (61710) - This to That, Adhesive Dispenser Dots (AM617-13) - This to That

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BATH TIME by Laura Craigie

One of my favorite ways to use stitching is to sew around the perimeter of an element like my hand cut banner tail. It just makes it pop off the page that much more.

Supplies: Neapolitan Accents & Phrases (42232) - Remarks, Splendid Black (53294) - Thickers, Wood Buttons & Epoxy Stickers (78073) - Elements, Heart Song Paper (35631) - Neapolitan, Paige's Portraits Paper (35691) - Sketchbook, Draft (59161) - Acrylic Stamps, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Adhesive Dispenser Dots (AM617-13) - This to That, Charcoal (59STPAD-501) - Stamp Pad

Find Amy Tangerine Sketchbook supplies HERE and Dear Lizzy Neapolitan products HERE!

Check out Laura's blog and Pinterest to find out more about her and see her wonderful creations!

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Stitched Summer Banner Tutorial by Amy Heller

Amy Heller is here to show us how to create this adorable stitched summer banner from start to finish!

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SUMMER BANNER by Amy Heller

Supplies: Shoreline (35742) - 6x6" Paper Pad, Sand Dollar Die Cuts (85585) - Bits, Flamingo Stickers (42249) - Remarks, Sandpiper Stickers (42247) - Remarks, Surfboard (85584) - Delights, Tropical Elements Buttons (85437) - Elements, Sunflower (58291) - Premium Ribbon, Boardwalk Cascade (53363) - Thickers, Dimensional Dots Adhesive (61709) - This to That, Solid Glue Runner (61711) - This to That

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1) Gather supplies including cardstock, Thickers, 6x6 paper pad, embellishments, grosgrain ribbon, 3D adhesive, standard hole punch, sewing machine, electronic die cutting machine.1_AH

2) Cut the first layer of banner shapes with a die cutting machine, or trim out using a paper trimmer. I used my Silhouette Cameo for these banner shapes.2_AH

3) Trim out three more layers of cardstock, decreasing the overall size by 1/2"-1" to make a layered effect.
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4) Trim out three rectangular pieces of patterend paper from the 6x6" paper pad. Again, decreasing the overall size by 1/2" with each size toward the center paper which will be the top layer.4_AH

5) Take the top two pieces of you rectangular pieces and stitch either by machine or by handstitching around the perimeter of the top layer of patterned paper. Tip: to make sure that the pieces don't move while stitching, simply place a small amount of adhesive in the center of the two pieces prior to stitching to hold them together and in place.5_AH

6) To provide the additional feel of sunshine and summer, I then stitched a "ray" from one corner of the top layer of each of my rectangles, meeting at a) the top of the rectangle, b) the opposite corner of the rectangle, and c) the opposite long side of the rectangle. After stitching all six pieces, set them aside.6_AH

7) Stitch the top two pieces of cardstock of the banner together around the perimeter of each shape.7_AH

8) Using 3D adhesive, adhere your 2nd layer of cardstock to your base cardstock. Then adhere your stitched cardstock on top of that, making certain that each layer is centered vertically and horizontally. Then using 3D adhesive, adhere your stitched patterned paper rectangle to the bottom layer of patterned paper. Then adhere those pieces onto your cardstock banner. 8_AH

9) Apply Thickers to the center of each rectangle centerpiece. Embellish as desired with stickers, die cut shapes, buttons, etc.
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10) Using a standard hold punch, punch a hole into each top corner of your cardstock banner pieces, about 1/3" from the top and the side of the banner to ensure that it won't be too close to the edge. Weave grosgrain ribbon through each hole in an over under fashion so that the large piece of ribbon is in the back of the banner piece, lending stability while hanging.10_AH

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Hang in a great location in your home to welcome summer!! 

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I know my kids will be excited to see this fun banner on the last day of school when I put it up to celebrate the onset of summer vacation! Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day! :D

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Stitching Week!

Stitching

One of my favorite techniques is stitching - whether it be made with a machine or tediously hand-stitched, the overall look gives projects a lovely homespun feel. Our designers have teamed up to showcase their very own stitching projects which we'll be featuring this week! Shimelle Laine starts us off with a layout and card, followed by an adorable stitched embroidery hoop by Leah Farquharson:

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MUSEUM MEMORIES by Shimelle Laine

Supplies: Pear Jelly Paper (35662) - Fresh Squeezed, Kraft (71563) - Cardstock, Woodness Gracious Paper (35555) - Amy Tangerine, Oh Happy Grey Paper (35565) - Amy Tangerine, Light Bright Fabric Paper (35564) - Amy Tangerine, At First Sight Paper (35641) - Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, Fieldhouse Paper Leaves (77258) - Amy Tangerine, Good Times (42213) - Remarks Sticker Book, Scene Taffy (53342) - Thickers, Goodness Slate (53249) - Thickers

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HELLO THERE by Shimelle Laine

Supplies: Woodness Gracious Paper (35555) - Amy Tangerine, Oh Happy Grey Paper (35565) - Amy Tangerine, Light Bright Fabric Paper (35564) - Amy Tangerine, At First Sight Paper (35641) - Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, Sage (72026) - Delights, 4x5.5 Chestnut (71365) - Card Pack

Shop here for Fresh Squeezed products, including the hot pink background paper, here for Amy Tangerine products, and here for American Crafts cards and envelopes.

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SHE BELIEVED by Leah Farquharson

Supplies: Margarita Maria (59146) - Clear Stamps, Fabric & Epoxy Brads (78074) - Elements, Printed Chipboard Shapes (78070) - Bits, Borders, Accents & Phrases (42235) - Remarks, Ephemera Flowers (78065) - Embellishments, Happy Chance Pennant (35648) - Flutterbys, Premium Ribbon (58805) - Neapolitan; Other: Natural linen, embroidery hoop, floss

You can find the sweet pennants Leah used on this project here!

For a chance to win the entire original Amy Tangerine line which features a bunch of stitching:

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leave a comment on this post by Friday June 1st letting us know what your favorite stitch is and we'll randomly select one winner! Gooood luck!

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Dreams & Goals Projects by Heidi Sonboul

The randomly chosen winner of the line of their dreams is Miriam Prantner:

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Current linesHeidi Sonboul wraps up Dreams & Goals week with a layout and card:

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A GOAL CHECKED OFF THEIR LIST by Heidi Sonboul

Supplies: Sparking Smile Vellum Paper (35627) - Neapolitan, Heart Song Paper (35631) - Neapolitan, Sweet Sundress Paper (35634) - Neapolitan, Silly Skedaddle Paper (35628) - Neapolitan, Warm Memories Paper (35633) - Neapolitan, Sea Breeze Paper (35643) - Neapolitan, Borders, Accents & Phrases (42235) - Remarks, Pinwheels (78071) - Embellishments, Accent & Phrase Stickers (42232) - Remarks Books, Scene Silver (53340) - Thickers, .03 Black (62311) - Precision Pen

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I'M PROUD OF YOU by Heidi Sonboul

Supplies: Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, Simple Romance Paper (35645) - Neapolita, Sparkling Smile Vellum Paper (35627) - Neapolitan, Mini Fair Ribbons (78066) - Embellishments, Scene Silver (53340) - Thickers

Find all the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan supplies HERE.

Have a fabulous weekend - the fun starts right up again on Monday!

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Dreams & Goals Cards by Jamie Harper

Jamie Harper made THREE cards with her "Dreams & Goals" in mind!

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HELLO THERE by Jamie Harper

One of my goals is just to relax more and go with the flow. I thought this card was perfect for having fun. I cut a mustache out of black cardstock and adhered it onto a skewer.

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) - Amy Tangerine Sketchbook, Amy Tangerine Premium Ribbon (58817) - Ribbon, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Dimensional Foam Dots (61709) - This to That, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That, Black (71082) - Cardstock

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THE BEST FEELING IS YOU by Jamie Harper

My dream is to just wisk my husband to a weekend getaway, so why not just stay in your town but still do a mini getaway? I think the answer is yes and I will be using this card this weekend.

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) - Amy Tangerine Sketchbook, Amy Tangerine Premium Ribbon (58817) - Ribbon, Die Cut Chipboard Shapes (77289) - Bits, Scene Taffy (53342) - Thickers, Dimensional Foam Dots (61709) - This to That, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That, White (71081) - Cardstock

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ENJLOY TODAY by Jamie Harper

Much like the first card, I need to just enjoy the moment more, so that is my goal this month. I loved adding the little snippets of ribbon to the fold of the card.

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) - Amy Tangerine Sketchbook, Amy Tangerine Premium Ribbon (58817) - Ribbon, Draft  (59161) - Clear Stamps, Black (59500) - Pigment Ink, Die Cut Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits, Dimensional Foam Dots (61709) - This to That, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That

Amy Tangerine Sketchbook product can be purchased HERE!

Make sure you've entered the giveaway from Monday for a chance to win the line of your dreams!

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Dreams & Goals Projects by Pamella Brown

Here's a layout and card made by Pamella Brown with "Dreams & Goals" in mind:

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IN MY DAYDREAMS by Pamella Brown

Supplies: Smoke (71080) - Cardstock, Silver Lining Paper (35635) - Neapolitan, Fresh Blooms Paper (35630) - Neapolitan, Warm Memories Paper (35633) - Neapolitan, Cheerful Notes Paper (35626) - Neapolitan, Delightful Bouquet Paper (35644) - Neapolitan, Sun Kissed Pink Ruffle Crepe Paper (35647) - Neapolitan, Borders, Accents, and Phrases (42235) - Remarks, Ephemera Flowers (78065) - Embellishments, Large Tags (78069) - Embellishments, Wood Buttons and Epoxy Accents (78073) - Embellishments, Fabric and Epoxy Brads (78074) - Embellishments, Muse White Woodgrain (53344) - Thickers, Knockout Punch Value Kit (63013) - Punches

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TOUCH THE SKY & DREAM BIG by Pamella Brown

For my card, I trimmed down the polaroid paper from the Dear Lizzy line. I loved the colors in the balloons, so I simply chose papers that would coordinate with them for the rest of my card. I adore the dreamy colors in the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan line!

Supplies: Pretty Please Paper (35637) - Neapolitan, Fresh Blooms Paper (35630) - Neapolitan, Dreamy Days Paper (35642) - Neapolitan, Parakeet (42234) - Remarks, Amy Tangerine Sketchbook (35696) - 6x6 Paper Pad, White Journal (53338) - Thickers, Knockout Punch Value Kit (63013) - Punches

Find all the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan supplies you'll need to re-create this card and layout HERE!

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Dreams & Goals Tutorial by Mandy Koeppen

Mandy Koeppen is here to show you how to create this lovely and inspiring frame:

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DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE & MAKE IT HAPPEN by Mandy Koeppen

Supplies: Silver Lining Paper (35635) - Neapolitan, Splendid Black (53294) - Thickers, Pinwheels (78071) -  Embellishments, White (71081) - Cardstock, 1/4" Double Sided Super Sticky Tape (61753) - This to That

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1. Gather supplies: Frame (without glass), Thickers, embellishments, ribbon or twine, vellum, and cardstock.

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2. Cut cardstock and vellum to 8.5x11".

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3. Layer the vellum over the cardstock in the frame then close the frame back.

4. Arrange and adhere embellishments and ribbon/twine.

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5. Arrange your quote in the frame.

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All done and ready to hang on the wall or set on the mantle!

Find Dear Lizzy Neapolitan supplies by clicking HERE.

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Dreams & Goals Week!

Dreams & Goals

We all have them, aspire to achieve them, and try to accomplish them. This week we're focusing our scrapbooking efforts on Dreams & Goals and showing you how they can be implemented on your layouts, cards, and projects. First up is a layout and card by Cindy Stevens:

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BUCKET LIST by Cindy Stevens

Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, Hazy Horizon Paper (35639) - Neapolitan, Fresh Blooms Paper (35630) - Neapolitan, Silver Lining Vellum Paper (35635) - Neapolitan, Breezy Garden Paper (35613) - Gardenia, 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, Fabric & Epoxy Brads (78074) - Elements, Printed Variety Tags (78069) - Bits, Muse White Woodgrain (53344) - Thickers, Die Cut Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits, 24 Pack Premium Ribbon (58817) - Sketchbook Ribbon, Plastic Buttons (85561) - Elements, Dimensional Dots (61710) - This to That, Glue Runner (61711) - This to That

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SOAR! by Cindy Stevens

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan,Silver Lining Vellum Paper (35635) - Neapolitan, Sweet Sundress Paper (35634) - Neapolitan, Printed Variety Tags (78069) - Bits, Neapolitan (42232) - Remarks Books, Parakeet (42234) - Remarks, 24 Pack Premium Ribbon (58817) - Sketchbook Ribbon, Dimensional Dots Adhesive (61710) - This to That, Glue Runner (61711) - This to That

You can find Dear Lizzy Neapolitan here, Amy Tangerine Sketchbook here, Gardenia here, and adhesive here.

What are some of your dreams and goals? Let us know in a comment on this post by Friday May 25th and we'll randomly select one winner to win a current line of their dreams!

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6x6 Mini Paper Pads Projects by Piradee Talvanna

Congrats to the three winners of the Sketchbook and Neapolitan mini paper pads: MelissaShim, LauraP, and Mandee!

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Wrapping up 6x6 Mini Paper Pads week is Piradee Talvanna with a layout and card:

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THESE MOMENTS by Piradee Talvanna

Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) - Sketchbook, Doodle (42243) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Palette (42240) - Remarks Books, Scene Taffy (53342) - Thickers, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits, Wood Buttons & Epoxy Accents (78073) - Neapolitan Embellishments, Printed Chipboard Shapes (78070) - Neapolitan Embellishments

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FOR YOU by Piradee Talvanna

Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, Dear Lizzy Neapolitan (42232) - Remarks Books, Wood Buttons & Epoxy Accents (78073) - Embellishments

Get your hands on the Sketchbook supplies HERE and the Neapolitan supplies HERE!

Hope you have a great weekend and come back to see us on Monday!

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6x6 Mini Paper Pads Cards by Melissa Mann

Melissa Mann created this trio of cards, all using 6x6 mini paper pads!

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OH HOW LOVELY by Melissa Mann

Supplies: Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) - Sketchbook, Solid Runner Tape (61714) - This to That, Layered Tags (77289) - Bits, Foam Dots (61709) - This to That, Draft Stamps (59161) - Clear Stamps, Taffy (59522) - Pigment Ink

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THANKS A BUNCH by Melissa Mann

Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, Grapefruit (71021) - Cardstock, 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, Jar (59157) - Clear Stamps, Grapefruit (27135) - Zing!, Mustard (27137) - Zing!, Rouge (27123) - Zing!, Solid Tape Runner (61714) - This to That, Phrases & Accents (42232) - Remarks, Foam Dots (61709) - This to That

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HELLO by Melissa Mann

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, Premium Ribbon (58805) - Ribbon, Hello Stamp (59150) - Clear Stamps, Taffy (59522) - Pigment Ink, Foam Dots (61709) - This to That, Solid Tape Runner (61714) - This to That, Pinwheel (78071) - Embellishments

Find the Sketchbook supplies HERE and the Neapolitan supplies HERE.

Be sure to enter the giveaway from this past Monday's post for a chance to win the Sketchbook and Neapolitan mini paper pads!

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6x6 Mini Paper Pads Guest Designer: Angela Gutshall

Guest Designer of the Week
Our guest designer showing off mini paper pads this week is Angela Gutshall!

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Short bio: I’m a stay at home mom of four blessings: Faith 7, Ty 5, Noah 3, and Hannah 1. I live in James Creek, PA with my wonderful husband of 11 years, Brian. I have been scrapbooking for six years, since my first baby was born. I wanted to capture her memories and fell in love with scrapbooking then and I never want to stop. I enjoy capturing moments and preserving them in my own style of scrapbooking. I prefer traditional scrapbooking so I can use my hands, my own ideas, and create my own layouts. I feel I have more of a creative outlet this way. I like to hand stitch on layouts. Another favorite is playing with mist/paint on layouts. I prefer to handwrite my journaling so my kids can know how personal it is. I also enjoy making mixed media projects!

How did you get started scrapbooking? I first got started when my younger sister had a Creative Memories party eight years ago. I was pregnant with my first child and I thought this was a great way to capture her memories. And here I am still scrapping and love every minute of it!

What is your favorite American Crafts product? This is such a tough question because I think you need them all to make great pages! But if I had to pick one it would be the Thickers because they are great for titles which you need for a page.

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WHERE IS YOUR... by Angela Gutshall

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, Printed Chipboard Shapes (78070) - Bits, Parakeet (42234) - Remarks, Fair Ribbons (78066) - Ribbon, Muse Woodgrain (53343) - Thickers, Vanilla (71041) - Cardstock, Glue Dot Runner (61713) - This to That

I had fun layering all the papers and elements for this layout. The embellishments work so well together that they are easy to stack and look great together!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY by Angela Gutshall

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, Printed Chipboard Shapes (78070) - Bits, Fair Ribbons (78066) - Ribbon, Muse Woodgrain (53343) - Thickers, Borders, Accents, and Phrase Stickers (42235) - Remarks, Robin's Egg (71063) - Cardstock, Glue Dot Runner (61713) - This to That

I really love that pink piece of paper and wanted it to be my main background. I then decided to make blocks and stack my embellishments.

With love
WITH LOVE by Angela Gutshall

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, Printed Chipboard Shapes (78070) - Bits, Parakeet (42234) - Remarks, Ephemera (78065) - Elements, Muse Woodgrain (53343) - Thickers, Robin's Egg (71063) - Cardstock, Glue Dot Runner (61713) - This to That

I love that the 6x6 papers have the same patterns as the 12x12 papers but my favorite thing is the patterns are smaller. So when you use the flower paper it's not so busy because the print is smaller.

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FISHING LESSON WITH DAD by Angela Gutshall

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) - Sketchbook, Splendid Black (53294) - Thickers, Parakeet (42234) - Remarks, Serendipity White (53291) - Thickers, Palette (42240) - Remarks Books, Doodle (42243) - Remarks, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits, Paint (42241) - Remarks, Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, Glue Dot Runner (61713) - This to That

For this layout I wanted to capture the sweet picture of my two boys fishing together. So I gathered some papers that made the picture stand out then layered some embellishments. I love white space, so the 6x6 papers are perfect for me.

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FISHING MY WAY by Angela Gutshall

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Sketchbook, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits, Doodles (42243) - Remarks, Paint (42241) - Remarks, Splendid Black (53294) - Thickers, Scene Taffy (53342) - Thickers, Scene Cascade (53341) - Thickers, Smoke (71080) - Cardstock, Glue Dot Runner (61713) - This to That, Slick Writer Black (62001) - Pen

For this layout I wanted to play with all the fun embellishments so I created this cute banner using a little here and there. I then loved how the glitter Thickers made the page pop.

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FAITH CANVAS by Angela Gutshall

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Sketchbook, Doodle (42243) - Remarks, Paint (42241) - Remarks, Value Pack (58817) - Premium Ribbon, Slick Writer Black (62001) - Pen, Stamp Garden (59150) - Clear Stamps; Other: Canvas

I love to create mixed media art and the 6x6 pads are prefect for that. I love the bold colors in the new Sketchbook line. And the Slick Writer pens are great for doodling!

Stop by Angela's blog to find out more about her and get a glimpse of her fun and unique style!

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6x6 Mini Paper Pads Layout Tutorial by Michelle Clement

Michelle Clement is here today to show you how to create this amazing layered page:

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NO DELICATE ROSE by Michelle Clement

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) - Sketchbook, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Shaped Paper Clips (85566) - Embellishments, Buttons Tropicals (85437) - Elements, Fabric & Epoxy Brads (78074) - Elements, 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, Parakeet (42234) - Remarks, Hello Kale (53248) - Thickers, Amy Tangerine Tags (77259) - Bits

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Step 1: Grab a 6x6 paper pad (or two) and the photos you want to use on your page then tear a bunch of the sheets from the paper pads in colours that coordinate with your photos. I used Amy Tangerine Sketchbook and Dear Lizzy Neapolitan and found a ton of great colours and patterns that work together.

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Step 2: We're going to build the background on a 12x12 page using all of these gorgeous small papers you just ripped out. Start laying them out in two rows, one on top of the other, to see how the colours work together. Decide their rough placement on a 12x12 space in preparation for the next step.

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Step 3: Lay a neutral 12x12 cardstock down (I used white) and start working from left to right on top of it, placing the papers in the rough order/shape you decided on, above. Line up the first colour in the top left corner and start to layer a few more on top of it, going across the length of the page. Vary the space between them, and then start sticking the squares down (just slip a mounting square under the corners, quickly). You can get creative here and crumple the edges for more texture, or add some tape for visual interest. Continue layering the squares from left to right until you've filled up the whole row in pattern - and don't overthink it!

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Step 4: Repeat with the bottom row, working from left to right (and lining the papers up with the bottom edge) until the whole page is full.

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Step 5: If you want, now's the time to add some sewing to make it look like the layers took longer than they did, or for a bit of a quilted effect - just haphazardly run the page through your machine, following some of the straight paper edges.

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Step 6: And, voila: a quick, multi-faceted, layered base! Now that your page 'collage' is done, embellish and add your photos as you please!

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Find the Sketchbook mini paper pad HERE and the Neapolitan mini paper pad HERE so you can create one of these awesome layered pages!

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6x6 Mini Paper Pads Week!

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Two brand new products from American Crafts are the 6x6 Neapolitan Paper Pad and the 6x6 Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Paper Pad. Each containing dozens of papers from those lines, simply scaled down to smaller versions so you can use them in bits and pieces! This week our talented designers will show you some of the fun and creative ways you can use this new product - starting with a layout and card by Corrie Jones:

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LOVELY GIRL by Corrie Jones

Supplies: Kraft (47146) - Cardstock, 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, Wood Buttons & Epoxy Accents (78073) - Embellishments, Designer Ribbon (58805) - Premium Ribbon, Printed Variety Tags (78069) - Bits, Accent & Phrase Stickers (42232) - Remarks Books, Rub-On Transfers (43395) - Minimarks, Parakeet (42234) - Remarks, Jar (59157) - Clear Stamps, Roller Date Stamp (59160) - Neapolitan, Phrase Garland (93625) - Garland, Muse White Woodgrain (53344) - Thickers, Value 24 Pack (58817) - Premium Ribbon

Click HERE to buy Dear Lizzy Neapolitan mini paper pad to re-create this page!

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HELLO THERE by Corrie Jones

Supplies: Kraft (47146) - Cardstock, 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) - Sketchbook, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Paint (42242) - Remarks, Flat-Top Fabric Brads (85578) - Elements, Medium Jewel Brads (85287) - Elements, Value 24 Pack (58817) - Premium Ribbon, Scene Taffy (53342) - Thickers

Go HERE to buy the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook mini paper pad product to make this one-of-a-kind card!

This week we're picking THREE winners - each will receive one of both the Neapolitan and Sketchbook mini paper pads:

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Leave a comment on this post by Friday May 18th telling us what you're favorite thing to create with mini papers is and we'll randomly select the winners and post them Friday morning. Good luck!

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Spray Mist Projects by Corrie Jones

First, congrats to the winner of some Mr. Huey's spray mists, Marinette:

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Finishing up spray mist week is Corrie Jones with a colorful layout and card:

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BEACH DAY by Corrie Jones

Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, Twinkling Lights Paper (35629) - Neapolitan, Sparkling Smile Paper (35627) - Neapolitan, Dreamy Days Paper (35642) - Neapolitan, Apple Butter Paper (35660) - Fresh Squeezed, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits, Value 24 Pack (58817) - Premium Ribbon, Rub On Transfers (43395) - Minimarks, Printed Chipboard Shapes (78070) - Embellishments, Designer Ribbon (58805) - Premium Ribbon, Fabric & Epoxy Brads (78074) - Elements, Ballerina (42233) - Remarks, Sunrise Natural (53180) - Thickers

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EVERYTHING'S WONDERFUL by Corrie Jones

Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, Gwyneth's Graph Paper (35694) - Sketchbook, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Draft (59161) - Clear Stamps, Medium Jewel Brads (85282) - Elements

Go HERE to buy Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, HERE to buy Amy Tangerine Sketchbook, and HERE to buy Fresh Squeezed!

Have a wonderful weekend everybody, thanks as always for stopping by!

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Spray Mist Cards by Leslie Ashe

Check out these three cards Leslie Ashe made using spray mist techniques!

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HEY CUTENESS by Leslie Ashe

For this card, I simply dripped spray mist on the base of my card. I also used the mist to make my chipboard letters the color I wanted for my card.

Supplies: Black Damask Cardstock (71168) – AC Cardstock, Gwyneth’s Graph Paper (35694) – Sketchbook, Sydney’s Snapshots Paper (35688) – Sketchbook, Paint (42242) – Remarks, Fabric Brads (85578) – Elements, Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Value Pack Ribbon (58817) – Premium Ribbon, Strip Glue Runner (61712) – This To That Adhesive

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OH HOW LOVELY YOU ARE! by Leslie Ashe

I wanted a polka dot background, so I punched a spare sheet of cardstock with a small circle punch and used it as a mask for my spray mist.

Supplies: Taffy Cardstock (AM 710-22) – AC Cardstock, Paper Pad 6x6 (35696) – Sketchbook, Palette (42240) – Remarks, Cascade Scene (53341) – Thickers, Cucumber Éclair (53226) – Thickers, Strip Glue Runner (61712) – This To That Adhesive

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SUNSHINE, SMILE! by Leslie Ashe

For this card, I wanted my sunshine to have a “shiny” effect. I created a “marble” texture by using two different mists (yellow and orange).

Supplies: Lemon Cardstock (AM710-39) – AC Cardstock, Cindy’s Sketch Paper (35680) – Sketchbook, Bailey’s Brush Paper (35675) – Sketchbook, Palette (42240) – Remarks, Cascade Scene (53341) – Thickers, Honey Paperback (53133) – Thickers, Strip Glue Runner (61712) – This To That Adhesive

Click HERE to buy Amy Tangerine Sketchbook supplies used on these adorable cards!

And don't forget to scroll down to Monday's post and enter to win a set of Mr. Huey's spray mists!

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New American Crafts Website

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We're excited to announce today that we have relaunched www.AmericanCrafts.com and it now includes an online store where you can shop for your favorite American Crafts products (and Pebbles Inc., Crate Paper and Studio Calico!) We have over 3,000 items to choose from, plus additional projects to inspire you, that you won't see on the blog.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the new look and possibilities at www.AmericanCrafts.com!

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Spray Mist Projects by Jenny Chesnick

Jenny Chesnick has a lovely layout and card featuring spray mist to inspire you!

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FRIENDS by Jenny Chesnick

Supplies: Ivory Impression Paper (35677) - Sketchbook, Viridian Vignette Paper (35676) - Sketchbook, Sadies Story Paper (35695) - Sketchbook, Doodle (42243) - Remarks, Pigment (42241) - Remarks, Paint (42242) - Remarks, White (75259) - AC Cardstock, Black (62011) - Slick Writer

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OH HELLO by Jenny Chesnick

Supplies: White (75259) - AC Cardstock, Palatte (42240) - Remarks, Pigment (42241) - Remarks

Purchase Amy Tangerine Sketchbook products used on these projects HERE!

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Spray Mist Tutorial by Leah Farquharson

Today Leah Farquharson is going to show you how to make this adorable altered canvas:

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US by Leah Farquharson

Supplies: Silver Lining Velum Paper (35635) - Neapolitan, Wood Buttons and Epoxy Accents (78073) - Elements, Fabric and Epoxy Brads (78074) - Elements, Printed Variety Tags (78069) - Bits, Parakeet Serendipity (53293) - Thickers, Printed Chipboard Shapes (78070) - Bits, Accents and Phrases (42232) - Remarks Books, Ballerina Letter Stickers (42233) - Remarks, Parakeet Letter Stickers (42234) - Remarks, Borders, Accents and Phrase Stickers (42235) - Remarks, Rub-on Transfers (43395) - Minimarks, Mini Fair Ribbons (78066) - Embellishments, Pastel Pearl Brads (85581) - Elements; Other: Silhouette shapes: Doily, Heart, Banner by American Crafts, 10x10 artist canvas

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I started by first priming my canvas with gesso and allowing it to dry. I like to seal canvas before working on it - it helps give me more control over the inks on the canvas. When the canvas is unsealed, the inks can seep in and spread out in a way that's not always very pleasing.

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After my canvas was dry, I placed a die cut created with the Silhouette on the corner to create the background for my piece.

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I gently spritzed my ink over the canvas, then removed the sprayer and flicked a few heavier drops onto the background. When I was finished, I removed my die cut.

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I decided that I wanted to take the elements that were pre-cut and change their colors before layering them on the canvas, so I spritzed one of them red, another green, and the final element aqua.

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I then just layered my elements onto the canvas just like I would create a layout - starting at the bottom with the rub ons, and layering more and more elements on top. I finished with the photo, and now I've got a fun canvas to hang in our home!

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You can find the lovely rub on accents and phrases that Leah used in this project HERE!

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Giveaway winners!

Hello and happy Monday! We have four winners to announce this morning from our New Releases giveaways from last week. So let's get to it!

Winner of our new Thickers is Kirsten B., who said:

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The lucky lady who will be receiving our new Boxed Cards is Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life. She said:

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The Wow! Glitter, Pop! Microbeads and Spark! Tinsel sets are soon to be in the hands of Ania. (We're positive this'll make you fall in love with glitter completely!) 

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And finally, the winner of the entire Shoreline collection is Andrea Winbigler, who kept it short and sweet with her comment:

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Congratulations, winners! Go ahead and email your mailing addresses to contest@americancrafts.com so we can send you your prizes!

Thanks for all the comments! We're so excited to be releasing these products and can feel your excitement as well! Have a great week! 

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Spray Mist Week!

Spray mistSpice up your projects with a little misting! This ever-popular technique is showing up on everything from layouts and cards to home decor and gifts. Our designers have created some amazing and awesome projects showing you how to use spray mist this week. Starting with a layout and card by Lilith Eeckels:

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DELIGHT IN THE DETAILS by Lilith Eeckels

Supplies: Kraft (71464) – AC Cardstock, Strawberry Spread Paper (35667) – Freshly Squeezed, Plum Schmear Paper (35665) – Freshly Squeezed, Rasberry Jam Paper (35661) – Freshly Squeezed, Layered Tags (77289) – Bits, Value 24 pack (58817) – Premium Ribbon, Embossing Powder White (27124) – Zing!, Wood Buttons (85575) – Elements, Palette (42240) – Remarks, Draft Stamps (59161) – Clear Stamps

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OH HOW LOVELY by Lilith Eeckels

Supplies: 6x6 Sketchbook Paper Pad (35696) – Sketchbook, Draft Stamps (59161) – Clear Stamps, Flat-Top Fabric Brads (85578) – Elements, Value 24 Pack (58817) – Premium Ribbon, Taffy (59522) – Pigment Ink; Other: Dear Lizzy Heart Circles Cutting File from Silhouette

Want a chance to win a set of Mr. Huey's spray mists from our sister company Studio Calico?Mr. Hueys

Let us know in a comment on this post by Friday May 11th what your favorite misting technique is, OR, what color you'd like to see made into a spray, and we'll randomly select one winner and announce them with Friday's post. Good luck!

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April Design Team Gallery

Happy National Scrapbook Day! If you're in need of some fresh inspiration - look no further! Our Design Team created so many amazing projects you can see in the Gallery. Here's a snippet of all the projects:

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Enjoy!

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Sketchbook Layout and Cards by Suzy Plantamura

A big, huge congrats to the randomly selected winner of the entire Sketchbook line, jengd:

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Finishing up this week of fun is Suzy Plantamura with a layout and a bunch of cards:

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PUPPY PLAY by Suzy Plantamura

For this layout, I used the cover of the Day Book to mat my photos. I just removed all the threads and took apart the book so each page could be used seperately. I cut all the clouds from a piece of patterned paper and attached them all over the top of the layout for a playful feel. The Sketchbook line has so many cute elements on the papers that are perfect for cutting out and using as die cut shapes.

Supplies: 12x12 Ocean (71064) - AC Cardstock, Indigo Inspiration Paper (35686) - Sketchbook, Ivory Impression Paper (35677) - Sketchbook, Layered Tags (77289) - Bits, Journal Black (53337) - Thickers, Journal Grass (53339) - Thickers, Scene Cascade (53341) - Thickers, Die Cut Cardstock Shapes (77290) - Bits, Doodle (42243) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Draw (42244) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Chapter (76224) - Day Book, 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) - Sketchbook

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SKETCHBOOK CARDS by Suzy Plantamura

Each of these little note cards is made with a page from the Day Book. I just folded them over right where they were folded inside the book. I decorated them with all the other cute embellishments from the Sketchbook line and items cut from the papers. They were super easy to make and are really small and cute to adorn gifts or cheer some one up!

Supplies: Chapter (76224) - Daybook, Die Cut Cardstock Shapes (77290) - Bits, Ivory Impression Paper (35677) - Sketchbook, Sadie’s Story (35695) - Sketchbook, Viridian Vignette Paper (35676) - Sketchbook, Palette (42240) - Remarks Books, Paint (42242) - Remarks Fabric Stickers, Value 24 Pack (58817) - Premium Ribbon, Doodle (42243) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Flat Top Fabric Brads (85578) - Elements

Have a great weekend!

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Sketchbook Layouts and Cards

Melissa Mann and Pamella Brown each have a Sketchbook layout and card to share with you today!

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FEBRUARY BY PHONE by Melissa Mann

Supplies: Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, White (71081) - Cardstock, Grass (71054) - Cardstock, Cindy's Sketch Paper (35680) - Sketchbook, Journal Grass (53339) - Thickers, Taffy (59522) - Pigment Ink, Draft (59161) - Stamps, Foam Tabs (61710) - This to That, Doodle (42243) - Remarks, Draw (42244) - Remarks, Flat-Top Fabric Brads (85578) - Elements, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits

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BEAUTY by Melissa Mann

Supplies: Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, India Ink Paper (35685) - Sketchbook, Magenta Musing Paper (35692) - Sketchbook, White (71081) - Cardstock, Doodle (42243) - Remarks, Draw (42244) - Remarks, Solid Tape Runner (61714) - This to That

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SELF PORTRAIT, AGE 6 by Pamella Brown

Supplies: India Ink Paper (35685) - Sketchbook, Lily's Landscape Paper (35678) - Sketchbook, Addi's Adoration Paper (35690) - Sketchbook, Charlotte's Shade Paper (35684) - Sketchbook, Kristi's Craft Paper (35682) - Sketchbook, Padma's Pattern Paper (35673) - Sketchbook, Black Journal (53337) - Thickers, Palette (42240) - Remarks Books, Doodle (42243) - Remarks, Draw (42244) - Remarks, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits, Flat-Top Fabric Brads (85578) - Elements, Pigment (42241) - Remarks, Paint (42242) - Remarks, Value 24 Pack (58817) - Premium Ribbon

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CREATE EVERYDAY by Pamella Brown

I love all of the different colors in the Sketchbook line, but I was inspired by the tag to pull the black, yellow, blue, and green from the line to create this card. Combine the little sentiment banner and the watercolor/artsy feel of the Sketchbook papers and this is the perfect card to send to a crafty friend!

Supplies: Black (71082) - Cardstock, Bailey's Brush Paper (35675) - Sketchbook, Layered Tags (77289) - Bits, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits, Flat-Top Fabric Brads (85578) - Elements, Draw (42244) - Remarks, Palette (42240) - Remarks Books

Make sure to scroll down to this Monday's post and enter the giveaway for a chance to win the entire Sketchbook line!

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Introducing new Thickers, Boxed Cards & Glitter sets

We have more to share with you today from our Spring 2012 release. Let's start with a favorite of just about everybody: Thickers!

Twelve new varieties are joining the ever-growing Thickers family. In four fonts and four finishes, these crafting staples are the epitome of unique. Printed chipboard Thickers resemble book pages, cork board and burlap; DuoTone Glitter Thickers provide unbelievable sparkle in pink, blue and black; Foil Thickers are stylish and classic; and Holographic Thickers bring life and dimension that’s out of this world, resembling the sparkle of sequins. 

(We don't have photographs of all the Thickers, but we were so excited to share them with you, we couldn't wait! We put the artwork in place of photos, so go ahead and imagine their brilliance.) 

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[corkboard, book print, burlap]

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[DuoTone Glitter]

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[holographic]

 

Boxed Cards

Beautiful patterns and versatile color palettes make these five sets of 40 cards and envelopes a go-to product for crafters of all skill-levels. Ideal for any occasion, you can choose from sweet florals, polka dots and stripes, and even a vintage Christmas collection. (Do you recognize any of the patterns from Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, Garden Cafe, and Crate Paper's Peppermint collection? Fun, right?) 

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Wow! Glitter sets

Get the perfect combinations of Wow! Fine Glitter in sets of four and eight, and one mega-pack of 24. Three Everyday themes and a Christmas set meet every glitter need. And not to be left out of the fun, we're also introducing kits of Wow! Chunky Glitter, Spark! Tinsel and Pop! Microbeads, each in a versatile Everyday-themed combo that bring colorful texture to any crafting endeavor. 

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So there you have it, the newest products from American Crafts. Tell us which product you're looking forward to most by Sunday, May 6, at midnight and we'll announce a randomly selected winner on Monday! 

 

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Sketchbook Guest Designer: Elizabeth Gardner

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Sharing her talent using the new Sketchbook line is the fabulous Elizabeth Gardner!

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Short bio: I am currently in the middle of a big move from Orange County, California to Kentucky. (We are literally moving THIS week!) We have 3 kids and one on the way. As a family we're going through so many changes this year that my head is spinning. But I'm along for the ride and can't wait to see where this journey takes us. Recently I retired from a full time sign artist position for Trader Joe's. Although I really loved my job I will be focusing on being a full time Mom, Wife, and Scrapbooker. I could not be happier about that!

How did you get started scrapbooking? The first time I ever scrapbooked was to make a personal gift for my then boyfriend for Valentine's Day. I guess it worked because he's my husband now :) It's crazy to think that for years I avoided the scrapbook section of the craft store like the plague. Now I feel like I live there! All it took was that one album to hook me.

What is your favorite American Crafts product? If you twist my arm to pick one American Crafts product that I like the most (although it is REALLY hard because there are SO many) it would be the patterned paper. It comes in so many varieties of colors and patterns, and is super versatile. I also can simply NOT live without Thickers. I use them on Every. Single. Project.

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FLOWERS FOREVER by Elizabeth Gardner

I fussy cut different patterns and placed them on a painted canvas. Then I added layers of stamping, sequins for a little bling, and a quote. Viola, a wall hanging!

Supplies: India Ink Paper (35685) - Sketchbook, Harpers Hue Paper (35687) - Sketchbook, Sadie's Story Paper (35695) - Sketchbook, Black .03 (62311) - Precision Pen, Draft Stamp Set (59161) - Sketchbook, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Paint (42242) - Remarks, Draw (42244) - Remarks, Doodle (42243) - Remarks, Flat-Top Fabric Brads (85578) - Elements, Scene Silver (53340) - Thickers, Scene Cascade (53341) - Thickers, Scene Taffy (53342) - Thickers, Solid Glue Runner (61711) - This to That, Charcoal (59501) - Pigment Ink

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FEEL THE LOVE by Elizabeth Gardner

I just love the emotion that is captured in this photo. It made me want to do something special with hearts on the layout to evoke the feeling. This patterned paper does the trick perfectly.

Supplies: Addi's Adoration Paper (35690) - Sketchbook, 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) - Sketchbook, Viridian Vignette Paper (35676) - Sketchbook, Carmine College Paper (35689) - Sketchbook, Padma's Pattern Paper (35673) - Sketchbook, Paige's Portraits Paper (35691) - Sketchbook, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Scene Cascade (53341) - Thickers, Journal Black (53337) - Thickers

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OH HOW LOVELY by Elizabeth Gardner

Confetti is in and I am totally down with that! Someday in the very near future I will punch holes out of every one of those delicious Sketchbook patterns and just go bananas!

Supplies: Cobalt Composition Paper (35679) - Sketchbook, Gaby's Gallery Paper (35681) - Sketchbook, Cindy's Sketch Paper (35680) - Sketchbook, Carmine Collage Paper (35689) - Sketchbook, Sydney's Sketchbook Paper (35688) - Sketchbook, Sketchbook Ribbon (58817) - Premium Ribbon, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Pigment (42241) - Remarks, Flat-Top Fabric Brads (85578) - Elements, Black .03 (62311) - Precision Pen

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REMEMBER I LOVE YOU by Elizabeth Gardner

These chevron patterns and vibrant colors are so lovely paired with the happy clouds. I had so much fun playing with this vast collection of ribbon.

Supplies: Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, Sydney's Snapshot Paper (35688) - Sketchbook, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits, Doodle (42243) - Remarks, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Sketchbook Ribbon (58817) - Premium Ribbon, Black .03 (62311) - Precision Pen

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TWO OF A KIND by Elizabeth Gardner

One of the reasons I fell in love with this line is all of the adorable doodles. I couldn't help myself from continuing them across the page... and adding some stitching as a tribute to Amy Tan to match. :)

Supplies: Viridian Vignette Paper (35676) - Sketchbook, Sydney's Snapshot Paper (35679) - Sketchbook, Flat-Top Fabric Brads (85578) - Elements, Black .03 (62311) - Precision Pen, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Pigment (42241) - Remarks, Scene Taffy (53342) - Thickers, Journal Black (53337) - Thickers

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THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES by Elizabeth Gardner

Layering is so easy with Sketchbook. All of these different elements just fit together like a dainty, doodled glove.

Supplies: Roses Rendering Paper (35683) - Sketchbook, Sydney's Snapshot Paper (35688) - Sketchbook, Addi's Adoration Paper (35690) - Sketchbook, Carmine Collage Paper (35689) - Sketchbook, Viridian Vignette Paper (35676) - Sketchbook, Cobalt Composition Paper (35679) - Sketchbook, Cindy's Sketch Paper (35680) - Sketchbook, Doodle (42243) - Remarks, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits, Sketchbook Ribbon (58817) - Premium Ribbon, Black .03 (62311) - Precision Pen, Scene Cascade (53341) - Thickers

Make sure to visit Elizabeth's blog and check out her Pinterest to see more of her creations and find out what inspires her!

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Sketchbook Mini Album Tutorial by Piradee Talvanna

Today Piradee Talvanna will show you step-by-step how to create a mini album using the new Sketchbook line!

Piradee - AC Mini11

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Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, Padma's Pattern Paper (35673) - Sketchbook, Viridian Vignette Paper (35676) - Sketchbook, Cobalt Composition Paper (35679) - Sketchbook, Addi's Adoration Paper (35690) - Sketchbook, Saffron Study Paper (35693) - Sketchbook, Sadie's Story Paper (35695) - Sketchbook, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits, Draw (42244) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers

First I scored two lines on the left side of a white cardstock sheet to create the booklet.

Piradee - AC Mini1

Piradee - AC Mini2

Then I created the pages by cutting various patterned papers and then stapling them onto the folded cover. Next I placed a few foam dots right up to the folded sides, on the left; this helped hide the staples and also is the basis of how the mini all comes together.

Piradee - AC Mini3
Piradee - AC Mini4

With the mini album created, now comes the fun part of decorating the cover with a few spritz of mist, a few cut outs of the fun flowers, and some cute quotes from the die cut pack; this completes the cover and also the inside side of the cover.

Piradee - AC Mini5
Piradee - AC Mini6
Piradee - AC Mini7
Piradee - AC Mini11

Thanks everyone for joining me today and hopefully I've inspired you to give this a try. Cheers!!

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