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Travel Checkers by Corrie Jones

Corrie Jones is going to show us step-by-step how to make this fun travel-sized Checkers board!

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TRAVEL CHECKERS by Corrie Jones

Supplies: Coronado Paper (35728) - Shoreline, Melbourne Paper (35718) - Shoreline, Biscayne Paper (35720) - Shoreline, Malibu Paper (35722) - Shoreline, Cambria Paper (35726) - Shoreline

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For the board, cut out 1.5" squares from two different sheets of patterned paper.
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Adhere these squares onto foam posterboard, starting with the lighter color at the right side corner, in a staggered pattern until the board is 8 squares by 8 squares. Paint Mod Podge over the top of the entire board when it's completed.
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Add a 1/2 inch border around board in a third color for a finished look. The finished board will be 13 x 13".  
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For the checker pieces, you will need 24 bottle caps and two different colors of patterned paper. Use the bottle cap to trace 12 circles on each sheet of paper. (Or use a 1 inch circle punch to cut out the circles.)
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Adhere the patterned papers inside the bottle caps. Let them dry completely.
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Use Diamond Glaze inside the bottle caps to give the checker pieces a shiny, finished look and to make them more durable.
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Now the girls have a travel Checkers set for all of our vacations this summer! To make it fit in the seat pocket, I cut the board in half and adhered a sheet of paper to the back to hold it together while they play, but allowing it to fold for storage.
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Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

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Vacation Week!

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With summer in full swing, many people are taking the opportunity to leave home and head somewhere fun to be together and make memories. Chances are you take hundreds, if not thousands(!), of pictures to remember the fun times. What to do with all those photos? Never fear, our team will show you this week how to scrap your vacation photos as well as share some fun vacation-themed cards and projects. Up first is a layout and card by Mandy Koeppen:

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FOR THIS GIRL SUMMER MEANS 3 THINGS by Mandy Koeppen

Supplies: Malibu Paper (35722) - Shoreline, Solana Paper (35738) - Shoreline, Sand Dollar (85585) - Bits, Flamingo (42249) - Remarks Books, Sandpiper (42247) - Remarks, Boardwalk Black (53360) - Thickers, Pelican (42248) - Remarks, Dimensional Dots (61709) - This to That, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That

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ENJOY by Mandy Koeppen

Supplies: Wanderlust Paper (35548) - Amy Tangerine, Cardstock Shapes (77288) - Bits, Medium Jewel Brads (85565) - Elements, Dimensional Dots (61709) - This to That, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That

The Shoreline collection is PERFECT for scrapping your vacation photos. Want a chance to win the entire line?

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Leave a comment on this post by Friday August 3rd 2012 letting us know a favorite vacation you've been on or would like to go on and we'll randomly select one winner and let them be known in this Friday's post. Happy travels!

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Instagram Layouts by Mandy Koeppen

The randomly selected winner of the camera patterned album is Andrea Garland:

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Mandy Koeppen has two final layouts featuring Instagram photos to wrap up the week!

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EVERYDAY LIFE IN AN INSTAGRAM by Mandy Koeppen

Supplies: Hug Life (76200) - Day Book, White (71081) - Cardstock, Sydney's Snapshot Paper (35688) - Sketchbook, Padma's Pattern Paper (35673) - Sketchbook, Hello Ash (53246) - Thickers, Amy (42212) - Remarks Books, Decorative Washi Tape (61749) - Mixtape, Decorative Washi Tape (61748) - Mixtape, Dimensional Dots (61709) - This to That, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That

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GIZZARD FEST 2012 by Mandy Koeppen

These photos were taken from a weekend at the Big Festival in our new hometown. I love using the Instagram app when we're out on the go and I don't feel like lugging my dslr around.

Supplies: Oh Happy Grey Paper (35565) - Amy Tangerine, Sydneys Snapshot Paper (35688) - Sketchbook, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) - Bits, Palette (42240) - Remarks Books, All Together (42219) - Remarks, Hug Life (76200) - DayBook, Bones Black (53094) - Thickers

Have a fabulous weekend, and as always, see you all again on Monday!

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Instagram Layout by Piradee Talvanna

 Piradee Talvanna has another layout showing off her Instagrams to share with you today:

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ADDICTIONS by Piradee Talvanna

Supplies: Simple Romance Paper (35645) - Neapolitan, Dreamy Days Paper (35642) - Neapolitan, Serendipity Parakeet (53293) - Thickers, Fabric & Epoxy Brads (78074) - Embellishments, Accent & Phrase Stickers (42232) - Remarks Books, Borders, Accents & Phrases Sticker Sheet (42235) - Remarks, Mini Fair Ribbons (78066) - Embellishments

Have you entered the giveaway of the week on this past Monday's post? It's an amazing camera patterned album that would be perfect for storing your Instagram-filled layouts! Scroll down and enter to win!

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Instagram Layouts by Corrie Jones

Here are two more Instagram layouts, this time made by Corrie Jones:

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OBX by Corrie Jones

Supplies: Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) - Sketchbook, 6x6 Paper Pad (35743) - Shoreline, Wood Buttons & Epoxy Accents (78073) - Elements, Rub On Transfers (43395) - Minimarks, Pelican (42248) - Remarks, Pigment (42241) - Remarks, Paint (42242) - Remarks, Fabric Brads (85578) - Elements, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Draw (42244) - Remarks, Memo Cork (53349) - Thickers, Boardwalk Cascade (53363) - Thickers

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B-FAST AT STARBUCKS by Corrie Jones

Supplies: Sweet Sundress Paper (35634) - Neapolitan, 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, Sunkissed Paper (35647) - Neapolitan, 6x6 Paper Pad (35743) - Shoreline, Silver Lining Paper (35635) - Neapolitan, Borders, Accents & Phrases Stickers (42235) - Remarks, Accent & Phrase Stickers (42232) - Remarks Books, Wood Buttons & Epoxy Accents (78073) - Elements, Ballerina Letter Stickers (42233) - Remarks, Parakeet Letter Stickers (42234) - Remarks, Fantastic Limeade (53109) - Thickers

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Instagram Album by Leah Farquharson

Leah Farquharson always has something creative up her sleeve - today is no exception! Check out this amazing Instagram album she made using a Daybook as the base:

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INSTALOVE by Leah Farquharson

Supplies: Chapter (76224) - Daybook, Bailey's Brush Paper (35675) - Sketchbook, Grass Journal (53339) - Thickers, Layered Tags (77289) - Bits, Printed Die Cut Shapes (77290) - Bits, Flat Top Fabric Brads (85578) - Elements, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Pigment (42241) - Remarks, Paint (42242) - Remarks Fabric Stickers, Doodle (42243) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Draw (42244) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Value 24 Pack (58817) - Premium Ribbon, Brights Buttons (85438) - Elements; Other - watercolors

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Make your own altered Daybook today and then add your Instagram photos as you take them!

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Instagram Week!

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Instagram is a fun, free app available on iPhones and Android phones where you snap a picture, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post it to Instagram and/or share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr so all your friends and family can see what you're doing at the moment. It's quite an addicting application! This week we'll show you how you can take these special pictures and incorporate them into your scrapbooking. Melissa Mann shares the first pair of layouts featuring Instagram photos:

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WE ENJOY GOOD FOOD by Melissa Mann

Supplies: Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, Cobalt Comparison Paper (35679) - Sketchbook, Roller Dot Tape (61716) - This to That, Sydney's Snapshot Paper (35688) - Sketchbook, Bottom Strips of Papers (35692, 35679, 35690) - Sketchbook, Palette (42240) - Remarks, Fabric Brads (85578) - Elements, Die Cut Cardstock Shapes (77290) - Bits, Paint (42242) - Remarks, Muse White (53344) - Thickers, Goodness Slate (53250) - Thickers, Parakeet (42234) - Remarks

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EVERYDAY SCENES by Melissa Mann

Supplies: Dandelion (71037) - Cardstock, Salana Paper (35738) - Shoreline, Biscayne Paper (35720) - Shoreline, Sea Isle Paper (35732) - Shoreline, Roller Dot Tape (61716) - This to That, 6x6 Paper Pad (35743) - Shoreline, Sandpiper (42247) - Remarks, Foam Tabs (61710) - This to That, Boardwalk Fireberry (53365) - Thickers, Sunrise Gold Glitter (53277) - Thickers

Up for grabs this week to one lucky person is a camera patterned album from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook line - the PERFECT place for storing your pages featuring Instagrams!

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Let us know in a comment on this post by Friday July 27th 2012 what you like to take pictures of using Instagram and we'll randomly select the winner and announce them with Friday's post.

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Hexagon Projects by Cindy Tobey and Cindy Stevens

A big congrats to the winner of the KnockOuts Border Punch Value Kit, Louise:

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The last hexagon projects of the week were made by Cindy Tobey and Cindy Stevens:

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RECITAL by Cindy Tobey

Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Lagoon (71066) - AC Cardstock, Gwyneth’s Graph Paper (35694) – Sketchbook, Kristi’s Craft Paper (35682) – Sketchbook, Indigo Inspiration Paper (35686) – Sketchbook, Rose’s Rendering Paper (35683) – Sketchbook, India Ink Paper (35685) – Sketchbook, Lily’s Landscape Paper (35678) – Sketchbook, 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) – Sketchbook, Paint (42242) – Remarks, Pigment (42241) – Remarks, Palette (42240) – Remarks, Doodle (42243) – Remarks, Wood Buttons (85575) – Elements, Black Tie (53357) – Thickers, Dot Glue Runner (61721) – This to That

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HI by Cindy Tobey

Supplies: Gwyneth’s Graph Paper (35694) – Sketchbook, Kristi’s Craft Paper (35682) – Sketchbook, Indigo Inspiration Paper (35686) – Sketchbook, Rose’s Rendering Paper (35683) – Sketchbook, India Ink Paper (35685) – Sketchbook, Lily’s Landscape Paper (35678) – Sketchbook, 6x6 Paper Pad (35696) – Sketchbook, Wood Buttons (85575) – Elements, Boardwalk Fireberry (53365) – Thickers, Dot Glue Runner (61721) – This to That

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GREETINGS by Cindy Stevens

Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, Biscayne Paper (35720) - Shoreline, Seedling Conservatory Paper (35616) - Gardenia, Sandollar Die Cut Shapes (85585) - Bits, Daydreams Assortment Buttons (85573) - Elements, Dimensional Dots Adhesive (61709) - This to That, Solid Glue Runner (61711) - This to That

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FUN IN THE SANDBOX by Cindy Stevens

Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, Raspberry (71019) - Cardstock, Edgewater Paper (35739) - Shoreline, Biscayne Paper (35720) - Shoreline, Sandollar Die Cut Shapes (85585) - Bits, Pantry Rouge (53308) - Thickers, Rockabye Powder (42955) - Thickers, Journal Black (53337) - Thickers, Notebook Border Punch (63001) - Knock Outs, Dimensional Dots Adhesive (61709) - This to That, Solid Glue Runner (61711) - This to That

Have a happy Friday and upcoming weekend and we'll see you all again back here on Monday!

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CHA Summer 2012 - On the Showroom Floor

Hello and happy Thursday! The Summer 2012 edition of the Craft & Hobby Association's trade show is happening right now in good ol' Chicago. But regardless of whether you're in the Windy City or half-way around the world, we want you to be a part of the fun! Here are a couple snapshots of the Dear Lizzy and Amy Tangerine sections of our booth, each featuring their new collections, Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic and Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go

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Don't you love the clipboards?

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Dreamy colors and delicate details — so Dear Lizzy!

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Amy Tangerine

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Lots of fun details, like this yarn art.

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And Miss Amy herself! 

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We hope you enjoyed seeing a few glimpses of all the fun going on in Chicago. Thanks for joining us today! 

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Hexagon Cards by Shimelle Laine

This trio of hexagon based cards were made by Shimelle Laine:

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YOU MAKE MY HEART SING by Shimelle Laine

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, Borders, Accents & Phrases Stickers (42235) - Remarks, Rose's Rendering Paper (35683) - Sketchbook, Vanilla (71361) - 4.5x5.5 Textured Card Packs

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THANKS by Shimelle Laine

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, Borders, Accents & Phrases Stickers (42235) - Remarks, Large Tags (78069) - Bits, Chestnut (71365) - 4.5x5.5 Textured Card Packs

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A FUN TREAT by Shimelle Laine

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) - Neapolitan, Borders, Accents & Phrases Stickers (42235) - Remarks, Wooden Buttons & Epoxy Accents (78073) - Embellishments, Vanilla (71361) - 4.5x5.5 Textured Card Packs

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Hexagon Guest Designer: Carina Lindholm

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I'm super excited to announce our Hexagon Guest Designer - Carina Lindholm!

Carina LindholmShort bio: Hello everyone! My name is Carina Lindholm. I live in a small town in Sweden with my husband and our three children, Marcus 9, Filip 7, and Alva 5 1/2. I’m a passionate paper crafter and you can find me at my scrap desk making layouts and cards every chance I get.

How did you get started scrapbooking? I actually stumbled upon the world of scrapbooking back in 2004, I got curious and googled it and fell instantly in love. And the rest is history.

What is your favorite American Crafts product? American Crafts truly has so many great products so it's almost impossible to choose just one favorite. But since I have to choose I choose the product that I use all the time and that is Thickers!

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REDO FOR STRADEN by Carina Lindholm

To make your hexagon shapes extra fancy just mat them on cardstock and cut a scalloped border around them using decorative scissors. I also added some hand stitching around the edges.

Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, Great Day Paper (35602) – Day Dreams, Daisy's Diner Paper (35539) – Garden Café, About Paper (35562) – Amy Tangerine, Rose Ave Paper (35551) – Amy Tangerine, Plastic Buttons (85573) – Elements, Fair Ribbons (78066) – Embellishments, Mousse (78057) – Details, Roller Date Stamp (59160) – Stamps, Hello (53247) – Thickers, Parakeet (42234) – Remarks, Fennel (77264) - Bits

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YOU ARE MY FAVORITE by Carina Lindholm

To make this very colourful card I cut out a few hexagon shapes and adhered them to the left side of the card. I then decorated the card using beautiful paper flowers.

Supplies: Good Paper (35543) – Amy Tangerine, Petunia’s Pastries Paper (35532) – Garden Café, Bright (72024) – Delights, Hi Friend (42214) – Remarks, Palette (42240) – Remarks

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LILLA FJARILEN by Carina Lindholm

I cut out hexagon shapes in three different sizes and adhered them to my page. I used a black pen to draw faux stitching around the edges to make the hexagons pop up from the page.

Supplies: Lucky Laugh Paper (35640) – Neapolitan, Ephemera Flowers (78065) – Embellishments, Fabric Brads (85578) – Elements, Plastic Buttons (85573) – Elements, Palette ( 42240) – Remarks, Fabric Border Stickers (42219) – Remarks, Paper Flowers (72024) – Delights, Parakeet (42234) – Remarks, Cupboard Cricket (53312) – Thickers, Roller Date Stamp (59160) – Stamps

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LIFE IS GOOD by Carina Lindholm

I cut out a large hexagon shape and adhered it in the centre of my frame. To decorate I used beautiful and colourful paper flowers, stickers, and buttons.

Supplies: Playful Day Paper (35607) – Day Dreams, Great Day Paper (35602) – Day Dreams, Paper Flowers (72026) – Delights, Plastic Buttons (85573) – Elements, Basket (42237) - Remarks

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MY BOYS by Carina Lindholm

Using papers from the Neapolitan collection, I cut out a bunch of hexagon shapes. I then adhered all the hexagons in the centre of my white cardstock, leaving plenty of room for my journaling at the bottom of my layout.

Supplies: White (71081) – Cardstock, Sunny Skip Paper (35636) – Neapolitan, First Date Paper (35632) – Neapolitan, Cheerful Notes Paper 835626) – Neapolitan, Fair Ribbons (78066) – Embellishments, Doodle (42243) – Remarks, Hi Friend (42214) – Remarks, All Together (42219) – Remarks, Basket (42237) – Remarks, Fennel (77264) – Bits, Wood Buttons (85575) – Elements, Plastic Buttons (53274) – Elements, Fern Powder (53274) - Thickers

Stop by Carina's blog and visit her Pinterest to find out more about her and see her wonderful inspiration boards!

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Hexagon Layout and Card by Melissa Mann

Your jaw will drop after seeing the layout and card featuring hexagons by Melissa Mann!

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GREETINGS by Melissa Mann

Supplies: Kraft (71484) - Cardstock, Pebble Beach Paper (35741) - Shoreline, Coronado Paper (35628) - Shoreline, Oceanside Paper (35727) - Shoreline, This to That (61716) - Roller Dot Tape, 6x6 Pad (35643) - Shoreline, Seaside (85586) - Pinwheels, Flamingo (42249) - Remarks

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LITTLE GIRL by Melissa Mann

Supplies: Kraft (71484) - Cardstock, Silly Skedaddle Paper (35628) - Neapolitan, Sea Breeze Paper (35643) - Neapolitan, At First Sight Paper (35641) - Neapolitan, This to That (61716) - Roller Dot Tape, Sparkling Smile (35627) - Neapolitan, Splendid (53296) - Thickers, Accent & Phrase Stickers (42232) Remarks, Accent & Phrase Stickers (42235) - Remarks, Buttons & Accents (78073) - Elements

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Summer 2012 New Releases - Winners!

Last week's new releases were so much fun, weren't they? Your comments and feedback were great to hear — Thank you! And as promised, today we have three winners to announce! 

The winner of SoHo Garden, a sophisticated line full of urban and country charm, is none other than Kate Vickers from Burlington, Ontario. 

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And for Pumpkin Patch, a line full of Halloween and Autumn charm, the winner is Carla Hundley from Utah.

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And finally, our Kringle & Co. winner is Kelly Plamondon from Trail, British Columbia, who said:

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Congratulations, ladies! Send you mailing addresses to contest@americancrafts.com to claim your prize!

Thanks, again, for all the comments and feedback. We sure appreciate you all. Have a fantastic week!

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Hexagons Week!

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This popular shape, hexagons are creeping up everywhere from scrapbook layouts and cards to wallpaper and patterns on skirts and dresses. This shape is here to stay! So this week our team will showcase hexagons and give you plenty of new and fresh ideas. Up to the challenge today is Paige Evans and Piradee Talvanna:

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SAY CHEESE by Paige Evans

Supplies: Twinkling Lights Paper (35629) - Neapolitan, Fresh Blooms Paper (35630) - Neapolitan, Heart Song Paper (35631) - Neapolitan, First Date Paper (35632) - Neapolitan, Sweet Sundress Paper (35634) - Neapolitan, Sunny Skip Paper (35636) - Neapolitan, Pretty Please Paper (35637) - Neapolitan, Hazy Horizon Paper (35639) - Neapolitan, Dreamy Days Paper (35642) - Neapolitan, Borders, Accents & Phrases Sticker Sheet (42235) - Remarks, Roller Date Stamp (59160) - Stamps, Padma's Pattern Paper (35673) - Sketchbook, Viridian Vignette Paper (35676) - Sketchbook, Cindy's Sketch Paper (35680) - Sketchbook, Kristi's Craft Paper (35682) - Sketchbook, Indigo Inspiration Paper (35686) - Sketchbook, Carmine's Collage Paper (35689) - Sketchbook, Chap Fabric Brads (85571) - Elements, Ivan (89418) - Premium Ribbon, Hans (89419) - Premium Ribbon, Boardwalk Black (53360) - Thickers, 6x6 Paper Pad (35742) - Shoreline, Pelican Letter Stickers (42248) - Remarks, Flamingo (42249) - Remarks Sticker Book, Charcoal (71077) - Cardstock, .03 Black (62311) - Precision Pen, Black (59500) - Pigment Ink, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That, Dimensional Tabs (61710) - This to That

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SUNSHINE by Piradee Talvanna

Supplies: First Date Paper (35632) - Neapolitan, Warm Memories Paper (35633) - Neapolitan, Sunny Skip Paper (35636) - Neapolitan, Serendipity Parakeet (53293) - Thickers, Wood Buttons & Epoxy Accents (78073) - Elements, Fabric & Epoxy Brads (78074) - Elements, Accent & Phrase Stickers (42232) - Remarks Books, Accents & Phrases Sticker Sheet (42235) - Remarks, Mini Fair Ribbons (78066) - Embellishments, White (71081) - Cardstock

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PRETTY, PRETTY PLEASE by Piradee Talvanna

Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, White (71362) - Pre-Cut Cards, Lucky Laugh (35640) - Paper, Fabric & Epoxy Brads (78074) - Elements

In keeping with "shapes," we're giving you the opporunity to win a KnockOuts Border Punch Value Kit - perfect for creating awesome shapes and borders! Giveaway


Just leave a comment on this post by Friday July 20th letting us know what your favorite shape is and we'll randomly select a winner to receive this kit! Goooood luck!

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New Release Week: Kringle & Co.

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We're wrapping up our Summer 2012 new releases today with our Christmas collection. We've loved showing you our new lines this week and love your comments even more! Thanks for all your support and feedback! 

And without further ado, we give you Kringle & Co: 

Gather friends and family for a good, old-fashioned holiday celebration. Soft teal blues and a creamy neutrals add a pleasing twist to a sweet color palette of classic Christmas hues in Kringle & Co. Throw in holly leaves, snowflakes, gingerbread and a sweater or two, and you have a holiday collection for the ages.

Kringle & Co.’s 24 patterned papers — including four festive pages in kraft — mix beautifully with uniquely designed embellishments, such as stickers resembling your favorite winter sweater from Aunt Sue, and festive Thickers that’ll bring holiday cheer to all. 

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The Embellishments

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Are you excited for December yet? What's your favorite part of Kringle & Co? We want to know! Leave a comment telling us (and include your city and/or state of residence) and on Monday, July 16, we'll pick one of you at random to win this entire collection! Is this Christmas in July or what? 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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Doodled Projects by Rahel Menig and Michelle Clement

Congrats to the winner of some AC Pens and Markers, katie smith:

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Here to finish up Doodling Week is Rahel Menig and Michelle Clement:

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GET WELL SOON by Rahel Menig

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PAINT IT WITH CHALKBOARD by Rahel Menig

Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, Warm Memories Paper (35633) - Neapolitan, Sky (6114) - Memory Markers, Tangerine (6117) - Memory Markers, Cherry (6103) - Memory Markers, Brown Sugar (6123) - Memory Markers, Denim (62602) - Stamp Markers, Taffy (62622) - Stamp Markers, Black (62301) - Precision Pen

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CUBA by Michelle Clement

Supplies: Newport Paper (35724) - Shoreline, Coronado Paper (35728) - Shoreline, 6x6 Paper Pad (35742) - Shoreline, Encinitas Paper (35735) - Shoreline, Crimson Charm Paper (35674) - Amy Tangerine, Boardwalk Pool (53361) - Thickers, Shoreline (42247) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Die Cut Shapes (85585) - Bits, Flamingo (42249) - Remarks Sticker Book, Pastel White (62585) - Candy Shop Gel Pen, Basic Black (62591) - Candy Shop Gel Pen

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SAIL SMOOTH by Michelle Clement

I used the fun sailboat/summer theme of the 'Shoreline' collection to inspire a doodled, shaped embellishment for this card. The summer patterned paper colors and star stickers reminded me of the smaller sailboats on one of the patterned papers, so I decided to doodle a quick boat and fill the drawing in with loosely cut-out shapes and the perfect sized star sticker to complete this little themed card.

Supplies: Catalina Paper (35730) - Shoreline, Coronado Paper (35728) - Shoreline, Encinitas Paper (35735) - Shoreline, Pebble Beach Paper (35741) - Shoreline, Belmont Shore Paper (35736) - Shoreline, Crimson Charm Paper (35674) - Amy Tangerine, Pelican (42248) - Remarks, Flamingo (42249) - Remarks Sticker Book, Muse Whitewash (53344) - Thickers, Basic Black (62591) - Candy Shop Gel Pen

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Announcing the 2012-2013 Design Team!

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Allison Waken - from Phoeniz, AZ
Amy Heller - from Newtown, CT
Andrea Budjack - Orlando, FL
Angie Gutshall - from James Creek, PA
Becky Williams - from Wolfforth, TX
Carina Lindholm - from Koping, Sweden
Corrie Jones - from Dallas, GA
Erin Stewart - from El Paso, TX
Heather Leopard - from Cypress, TX
Jenny Chesnick - from Brooklyn, MD
Jill Cornell - from Windsor Heights, IA
Kimberly Neddo - from Bigfork, MT
Leah Farquharson - from Lauderhill, FL
Leslie Ashe - from Fort Worth, TX
Lilith Eeckels - from Bertogne, Belguim
Melissa Mann - from Pensacola, FL
Michiko Kato - from Osaka, Japan
Monika Glod - from Krakow, Poland
Paige Evans - from South Pasadena, CA
Patricia Roebuck - from Mandeville, LA
Sophie Crespy - from Saint Jean De Maurienne, France

We want to give a HUGE thank you to the 2011-2012 Design Team! They did (and will continue for another month and a half!) an amazing job and we wish them the best in all of their scrapbooking endeavors. Look for projects from our wonderful new team starting in September!

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New Release Week: Pumpkin Patch

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We're so excited to show you our Autumn and Halloween collection today — Pumpkin Patch. 

It's the middle of summer, but that's no reason not to dream of dancing in glowing, autumn afternoons and crisp, starry nights of our lively new collection, Pumpkin Patch. Cute critters come out to play with pumpkins, pinecones and foliage amidst the warm textures and colors of fall — from oranges and yellows to creams and greens.

Kick up autumn memories with Pumpkin Patch’s 12 patterned papers that are perfect for everything from Halloween to raking up those fall leaves. Plus, find spooky-adorable embellishments that’ll make your heart stop, like Thickers and Remarks Stickers.

The Paper

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The Embellishments

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What do you think of Pumpkin Patch? There's so much you can do with it! Tell us what you're most looking forward to getting your hands on, and on Monday, July 16, we'll announce our randomly selected winner of the entire Pumpkin Patch collection!

Come back tomorrow for the reveal of our Christmas collection!

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Doodled Cards by Corrie Jones

Corrie Jones went to town doodling on this set of cards she made:

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Supplies: Key Lime (71061) - Cardstock, Ivy Terrace Paper (35623) - Gardenia, Serendipity Parakeet (53293) - Thickers, Black (62001) - Slick Writer Pen

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OH HAPPY DAY by Corrie Jones

Supplies: Sunflower (71038) - Cardstock, Cindy's Sketch Paper (35680) - Sketchbook, Colbalt Composition (35679) - Thickers, Black (62001) - Slick Writer Pen, Glitter, Metallic, Pastel & Bright (62482) - Gel Pen Canister

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LOVE. by Corrie Jones

Supplies: Denim (71773) - Cardstock, Newport Paper (35724) - Shoreline, Borders Accents & Phrase Stickers (42235) - Remarks, Serendipity White (53291) - Thickers, Black (62001) - Slick Writer Pen

Have you entered the AC Pens and Markers giveaway from Monday's post? Make sure to scroll down and give it a whirl!

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New Release Week: SoHo Garden

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Our Summer 2012 Reveal Week continues today with this stunning new line, SoHo Garden.

Urban café meets country flowerbeds in SoHo Garden. This cheerful collection teems with bold, rich colors, and abounds with hand-drawn teacups, florals and feathers, accented by a deep green. Coupled with clean geometric and typeface patterns, SoHo Garden combines all the magic of city and country life.

SoHo Garden features 12 beautiful patterned papers, plus Thickers, die-cut shapes, layered tags, ribbon and more. Joining the fun is a handful of Flower Shoppe blossoms that add unique color and dimension to the collection.

The Paper

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Are you craving some SoHo Garden now? What's your favorite part of this line? Tell us in a comment below (make sure to include your city and/or state of residence!) and on we'll announce a randomly selected winner on Monday, July 16, who'll receive the entire SoHo Garden collection!

Thanks for stopping by — see you tomorrow for another reveal!

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Doodled Card and Layout by Leslie Ashe

Leslie Ashe is the talent behind this doodled card and layout!

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HI HONEY! by Leslie Ashe

Supplies: Sunflower Cardstock (AM710-38) - AC Cardstock, Aqua Cardstock (AM710-58) – AC Cardstock, Plum Schmear Paper (35665) – Fresh Squeezed, Strawberry Spread Paper (35667) – Fresh Squeezed, Sage Gardenia (72026) – Details, Foam Adhesive Squares (61710) – This To That Adhesive, Cherry (62620) – Stamp Marker, Charcoal (62601) – Stamp Marker, .05 Black (62321) – Precision Pen

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DUSTER BUSTER by Leslie Ashe

I love to sit and doodle all over notepads when watching tv, on the phone, even when taking notes. It was a lot of fun to draw and doodle on this layout of our pup, Duster. We call him Duster Buster because he vacuums the entire floor (silly dog!).

Supplies: White Cardstock (AM-710) – AC Cardstock, Lemon Cardstock (AM710-39) – AC Cardstock, Encinitas Paper (35735) – Shoreline, Rose’s Rendering Paper (35683) – Sketchbook, Bailey’s Brush Paper (35675) – Sketchbook, Gaby’s Gallery Paper (35681) – Sketchbook, Viridian Vignette Paper (35676) – Sketchbook, Sketchbook Paper Pad (35696) - Sketchbook, Chapter Daybook (76224) – Sketchbook, Foam Adhesive Squares (AMF61710) – This To That Adhesive, .05 Black (62321) – Precision Pen, .03 Red (62313) – Precision Pen, .03 Blue (62312) – Precision Pen, .03 Green (62314) – Precision Pen, Pastel White (CSGP-62585) – Candy Shoppe Gel Pen, Charcoal (62601) – Stamp Marker, Sunflower (62614) – Stamp Marker, Apricot (62616) – Stamp Marker, Leaf (62608) – Stamp Marker, Cricket (62609) – Stamp Marker, Aqua (62604) – Stamp Marker, Denim (62602) – Stamp Marker, Chestnut (62612) – Stamp Marker, Black (62600) – Stamp Marker, Cherry (62601) – Stamp Marker

Are you loving all of this doodling so far?! I know I am! Stay tuned for even more doodled projects!

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Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Reveal

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We hope you enjoyed seeing Amy Tan's new line yesterday. And now we have Elizabeth Kartchner's latest collection, Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic!

This collection invites you to enjoy the pleasures of home, with a color pallete of crisp blues, pinks, greens, yellows and airy neutrals put into the form of birds, trees, foxes, houses, keys, clipboards and more. Accents of gold create an irresistible sophisticated sweetness and you can't help but feel right at home with this line.

A gold foil velum, Pow! Glitter Paper and Crepe Ruffled Paper join 24 patterned papers in 5th & Frolic, along with a host of embellishments, ranging from stickers and Thickers to unique burlap embellishments and a spiral Daybook with gold foiling. 

The Paper

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Gold foil vellum, Pow! Glitter patterned paper, and Ruffled Crepe Paper.

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The Embellishments

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(Albums!)

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What do you think? We'd love to hear what you love the most about Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic.

We have another reveal tomorrow, so be sure to come on back!

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Doodled Pages by Lilith Eeckels

Today Lilith Eeckels is going to show you in step-by-step photos as well as a neat YouTube video tutorial how to make these beautiful altered/mixed media pages:

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HAPPY LETTING GO by Lilith Eeckels

Supplies: Black Memory Marker (6101) – AC Pens, Grass Memory Marker (6108) – AC Pens, Taffy (59522) – Pigment Ink, Black (59500) – Pigment Ink, Rouge 1 (61718) – Chromatix, Heart Song Paper (35631) – Neapolitan, Sydney's Snapshot Paper (35688) – Sketchbook, Black Journal (53337) – Thickers, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) – Bits, Draft (59161) – Clear Stamps, Jared (59152) – Stamps

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Grab your supplies. I pulled out quite a few as you can see in the picture, but not all were used.Doodle1

Prime the pages of the art journal with gesso. I used an old credit card to spread it around then leave to dry.
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Add ink and blow on it. A straw can come in handy!
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Using mists and ink, mask a shape onto the pages. I used a fine circle mask. I also glued some leftovers from a cut out from a previous project.
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Brush a fine layer of gesso over the pages to soften the overall look.
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Mist some butterflies onto some sheets of paper from an old book and doodle around the edges.
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I also added some doodled arrows. I call it guided doodling as I used a the negative of a cut out.
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Draw a border around the pages and add some doodling to the sides. Colour them in using Chromatix markers or Memory Markers.
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Stamp arrows using the stamps from the Chap collection and the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook collection.
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Punch out some butterflies from the patterned papers and doodle around the edges.
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Choose a few shapes from the Bits and stick them down. I cut the doodled circle into different pieces.
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Stick your all your elements down and add a title. You can also doodle some circles onto the pages.
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Here is a YouTube video showing the entire process:
I hope you give doodling a go, if it is on a layout, card or other project. Don't forget the most important rule in doodling: HAVE FUN!

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Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go Reveal

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AC_CS_12x_AT_LittleJoysYou ready for this? Welcome to the Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go full reveal!

If you remember from last week's blog hop, Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go has a wide array of warm autumn colors — including navy blue, pink, and woodgrain — that create a base for unique travel, home, and school icons: from cameras, cars, and houses, to globes, speech bubbles, and an adorable hand-drawn elephant. (Seriously, so adorable.)

Along with 24 patterned papers, Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go also has Thickers (a must), die cut shapes, and spriral-bound Daybooks. Want to know what's new? Puffy mini stickers, woodgrain albums (yep, that's right. Woodgrain) and a one-of-a-kind crafting travel kit.

The Paper

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The Embellishments

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(woodgrain albums!)

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(mini Daybooks come in packs of three)

There's so much to love! Tell us what you think; what's your favorite part? What can you hardly wait to get your hands on? 

Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow to see the Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic reveal!

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Doodling Week!

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Did you like to doodle all over your homework assignments, class notes, and binder covers in school? Do you STILL like to doodle on all your papers and important documents? Then this week is just for you! We're going to show you how to take your doodling to the extreme! Doodling expert, Suzy Plantamura, is going to start us off with a layout and card:

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MY BEACH BABIES by Suzy Plantamura

I drew the clouds on white cardstock using the .05 tip Precision Pen. I colored them in with the new alcohol ink AC Markers. I attached the photo to a page from the Sketchbook Day Book. It opens to show an additional photo on the inside. I also used the markers around the outside edge of the page and added some twine to finish it off.

Supplies: Peony 12x12 Cardstock (71015) - AC Cardstock, 6x6 Paper Pad (35742) - Shoreline, Chapter (76224) - Day Book, Palette (42240) - Remarks Books, Black Precision Pen 05 (62321) - AC Pens, Boardwalk Black (53360) - Thickers, Sapphire 1 Chromatix (27603) - AC Markers, Sapphire 2 Chromatix (27610) - AC Markers, Rouge 1 Chromatix (27184) - AC Markers

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MY LOVE by Suzy Plantamura

I doodled the heart on the card using a .05 tip Precision Pen and then colored in the design using the new alcohol ink AC Markers called Chromatix. I folded over a page from the Sketchbook Day Book to make the card base and attached the heart to the top. I tied the yellow ribbon around the entire card so it has to be untied to see the greeting inside.

Supplies: Sienna Spirit Paper (35672) - Sketchbook, Ivory Impression Paper (5677) - Sketchbook, Pelican (42248) - Remarks Stickers, Camilla (42230) - Remarks Book, Black Precision Pen .05 (62321) - AC Pens, Yellow Ribbon (58232) - Basics Ribbon, Chapter (76224) - Day Book, Sapphire 1 Chromatix (27603) - AC Markers, Sapphire 2 Chromatix (27610) - AC Markers, Rouge 1 Chromatix (27184) - AC Markers, Grape 1 Chromatix (27665) - AC Markers, Grape 2 Chromatix (27672) - AC Markers, Mango 1 Chromatix (28044) - AC Markers, Mango 2 Chromatix (28051) - AC Markers

Would you like a chance to win some AC pens and markers so you can doodle to your heart's content?

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Leave a comment on this post by Friday July 13th 2012 letting us know if you like to doodle and where your doodles and up and we'll randomly select one winner! Good luck!

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Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy Sneak Peek Winners

It's been a great week, with even more to come next week! We're so excited to show you all of Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go and Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic. For now, we have the winners from our sneak peeks, randomly selected from the hundreds of comments we received. 

The Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go collection winner is none other than Michelle Leaf: 

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And the Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic winner is the one and only Dee Cummins. 

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Congratulations, ladies! Send your mailing info to contest@americancrafts.com to claim your prize.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to come back on Monday to see the full Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go reveal! 

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Summer Projects by Mandy Koeppen and Jenny Chesnick

Mandy Koeppen has made a trio of cards and Jenny Chesnick has a layout and card to share with you to wrap up Summer week!

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GREETINGS by Mandy Koeppen

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BEAUTIFUL BEACH VACATION by Mandy Koeppen

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RELAX & CATCH SOME RAYS by Mandy Koeppen

Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (35743) - Shoreline, Sandpiper (42247) - Remarks, Flamingo (42249) - Remarks Books, Seaside (85586) - Delights, Dimensional Dots (61709) - This to That, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That

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NC COAST by Jenny Chesnick

Supplies: Biscayne Paper (35720) - Shoreline, Carpinteria Paper (35721) - Shoreline, Malibu Paper (35722) - Shoreline, Boardwalk Honeycomb (53364) - Thickers, Dimensional Stickers (42247) - Remarks, Accordion Flowers (85584) - Delights - Die Cut Cardstock Shapes (85585) - Bits

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LET'S HIT THE WAVES by Jenny Chesnick

Supplies: Die Cut Cardstock Shapes (85585) - Bits, Flamingo (42249) - Remarks, 6x6 Paper Pad (35742) - Shoreline, Taffy (71022) - Cardstock

Have a wonderful weekend filled with lots of memories! See you back here on Monday!

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Summer Mini Album Tutorial by Leslie Ashe

Leslie Ashe is going to show us how to make this mini album step-by-step, page-by-page, cover-to-cover:

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SHE SELLS SEA SHELLS BY THE SEASHORE by Leslie Ashe

Supplies: Kraft Cardstock (710464) – AC Cardstock, Bailey’s Brush Paper (35675) – Sketchbook, Sadie’s Story Paper (35695) – Sketchbook, Cindy’s Sketch Paper (35680) – Sketchbook, Gwyneth’s Graph Paper (35694) – Sketchbook, Coronado Paper (35728) – Shoreline, Ventura Paper (35731) – Shoreline, Biscayne Paper (35720) – Shoreline, Neptune Paper (35729) – Shoreline, Edgewater Paper (35739) – Shoreline, Catalina Paper (35730) – Shoreline, Pacific Beach Paper (35737) – Shoreline, Oceanside Paper (35727) – Shoreline, 6x6 Paper Pad (35658) – Neapolitan, Gardenia Stickers (42230) – Remarks, Sandpiper (42247) – Remarks, Pelican (42248) – Remarks, Flamingo (42249) – Remarks, Paint (42242) – Remarks, Draw (42244) – Remarks, Pigment (42241) – Remarks, Palette (42240) – Remarks, Doodle (42243) – Remarks, Shoreline Die Cut Shapes (85585) – Bits, Amy Tangerine Die Cut Shapes (85585) – Bits, Sketchbook Fabric Brads (85578) – Elements, Sketchbook Chapter (76224) – Daybook, Surfboard (85584) – Delights, Wooden Buttons (78073) – Elements, Cascade Boardwalk (53363) – Thickers, Honeycomb Boardwalk (53364) – Thickers, Cascade Scene (53341) – Thickers, Silver Scene (53340) – Thickers, Square Foam Tabs (AMF617-10) – This To That Adhesive, Circle Foam Tabs (AMF617-09) – This To That Adhesive

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1) Gather your photos (I used wallet-sized) and supplies.
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2) Cover each wooden piece with patterned paper. Use an exacto knife to cut around edges for a clean look. You can use a nail file to soften the edges. You’re also going to poke holes at the top of your album so each page can be bound with 2 rings
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3) Using an Amy Tangerine Daybook – take out the pages you want to use for your album.
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- using different Thickers, spell out the title “she sells seashells..."
- add wave of patterned paper at bottom of page, then spell “seashore” on top, using a die cut element as your “o”
- add “by the” in the waves (to mimic surfboards) using small letter stickers, then add quotation marks at the beginning and end of your title
- add a sun die cut to the left and after punching 2 cloud shapes, add them to the right side. You can use a silver pen to detail your clouds if desired.
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Page 1:
- trim patterned paper 3.5”x 5” and adhere to right side of album
- trim patterned paper 3” x 4.5” and adhere on top
- using 3D foam dots, add your photo on top, to right
- after die cutting “numbers” in cardstock – add to bottom of photo and to left of photo, onto patterned paper
- cut a circle embellishment in half & add above photo (you’re going to use the other half on page 4, so set aside)
- add “sweet summertime” to top right of photo, then another tiny sticker to left
- using letter stickers, spell out beach name under photo
- add date die cut and place date inside
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- using an insert from the Amy Tangerine Daybook – place photo in center
- add beach sticker element to left side
- spell out a sentiment at top of your photo using letter stickers
- after trimming flower elements from patterned paper, add to your photo, at right; use smaller one on top with 3D adhesive dots
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Page 3: 
- using back side of insert from the Amy Tangerine Daybook, place photo to right side of page
- cut more flower elements from patterned paper and place one under photo (barely peeking out), on on top left and a punched circle right in center of photo, then add a brad to center
- place “lovely” sticker to left of photo
Page 4:
- using 3D adhesive squares, place photo to left side of page
- place small square die cut to left side of photo
- add sea/sand/sun die cut element to right side of photo
- add “summer memories” border to bottom of photo, also using 3D adhesive
- remember the circle embellishment you cut in half on page 1? add the other half under photo
- punch 2 more clouds and add above photo
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Page 5:
- place the other half of Amy Tangerine Daybook insert at bottom of page
- using some of the same photos, add to center of page – just above insert
- add pinwheel element to right side of photo
- add “relax” tag to left of pinwheel element
- add 3 borders using patterned paper just above photo
Page 6:
- this page is another insert from the Amy Tangerine Daybook – you will only punch 1 hole and I used the right side for my page
- place photo directly in center of page
- punch 3 hearts from patterned paper; place one above photo, one at bottom left of photo and the last one – using 3D adhesive just above, then add button to center
- place ticket under top heart
- using a small border sticker strip – add a piece on heart (by ticket) and the other under photo
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Page 7: 
- using backside of insert from Amy Tangerine Daybook, cut patterned paper 4 x 4” and adhere to center of page
- using another insert from the Daybook – add to left side of page, then placing photo on top
- using Thickers, spell out sentiment under photo
- add a round die cut element to left side and wooden button on top of photo (my photo is going sideways)
Page 8:
- using another insert from the Daybook as your background, add 2 more inserts (these are tickets) side-by-side on top
- back photo on patterned paper and using 3D adhesive, add to center of page
- add circle embellishment to right side of photo
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Page 9:
- using backside of insert from Daybook – place photo in center of page
- add a doily die cut tag to right side of photo
- spell out sentiment to right side of photo using small letter stickers
- add circle die cut embellishment under
- add tabs on each side of photo
Page 10:
- cut a pattern from Daybook insert (flower) and add to final page of album
- place a round die cut embellishment in center
- place photo to right side of page
- add flower die cut embellishemnt just above
- add “oh joy” sticker next to it
- add “admit two” die cut just above
- finally – add brad to bottom right of photo and journal anywhere you desire on the page
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All finished!
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We hope you liked seeing how to create this fabulous mini album!

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Summer Week Guest Designer: Heather Leopard

HAPPY 4th of JULY to all our state-side friends! We hope you have a spectacular day filled with food, friends, family, and fireworks!

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I'm excited to introduce our Summer Week Guest Designer - Heather Leopard!

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Short bio: I'm a mommy to two adorable girls and a wonderful step-son with a hubby who supports my crafty obsessions. I'm lucky enough to work at home using my marketing background and passion for social media. I'm usually found in my office/craft room playing with papers, scissors, and embellies. My other obsessions include being a HUGE Rob Thomas fan as well as scuba diving all over the world (with sharks even).

How did you get started scrapbooking? My first recollection is making my first scrap in middle school, many eons ago. I had an old magnetic album and added little caption bubble stickers all over the photos. Life got busy during high school and college but I got back into it after my hubby and I married in 2002. Of course, the birth of our children just magnified my love for the hobby and I became obsessed with it a few years ago and now it’s just a part of my everyday life, in some form or fashion.

What is your favorite American Crafts product? Oh my, hard to choose but it’s got to be the Thickers. No, it’s the Remarks (have you seen how many stickers you get?) or maybe it’s the Bits… it’s hard to decide!

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YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE, MY ONLY SUNSHINE. by Heather Leopard

I've been wanting to do this canvas for my daughter’s room and when I think of an ideal vacation, I think of the sun. This will be hanging in my daughter’s room so she can daydream of the beach and sunshiney days when she’s playing inside or if the skies are gray. Can you see the gray skies (Indigo Inspiration paper) behind the main portion of the sun?

Supplies: Sienna Spirit Paper (35672) – Sketchbook, Crimson Charm Paper (35674) – Sketchbook, Kristi’s Craft Paper (35682) – Sketchbook, Charlotte’s Shade Paper (35684) – Sketchbook, Indigo Inspiration Paper (35686) – Sketchbook, Harper’s Hue Paper (35687) – Sketchbook; Other: 16x20 Canvas, Folk Art Paint, Silhouette Cameo

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SOAK UP THE SUN by Heather Leopard

I created this layout focusing on a day at the beach on a recent trip to the Gulf Coast. I wanted to create a series of suns so I cut circles from various papers and then cut them up and made new circles of varying papers via paper piecing. I stitched over them and then bent some of the edges to give it dimension.

Supplies: Ventura Paper (35731) – Shoreline, Belmont Shore Paper (35736) – Shoreline, Carpinteria Paper (35721) – Shoreline, Vero Paper (35719) – Shoreline, Myrtle Paper (35725) – Shoreline, Cambria Paper (35726) – Shoreline, Manhattan Beach Paper (35740) – Shoreline, Pacific Beach Paper (35737) – Shoreline, Malibu Paper (35722) – Shoreline, Venice Paper (35734) – Shoreline, Sand Dollar (85585) – Bits

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SNOW CONES by Heather Leopard

Who doesn’t love a refreshing snow cone treat on a hot day in the sun? This was created using a clear card. I knew I wanted to create two scenes – one on the inside to write a message and the other on the front of the card. They would need to work together to be visually appealing when the card is closed. I covered the inside with the blue paper and positioned the center of the circle behind the pinwheel on the front cover. I added a journaling spot and flat embellies to the inside. Then I layered paper, fussy cut elements, and the pinwheel over the front.

Supplies: Manhattan Beach Paper (35740) – Shoreline, Carpinteria Paper (35721) – Shoreline, Vero Paper (35719) – Shoreline, Seaside Pinwheels (85586) – Delights

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CREATE ADVENTURE by Heather Leopard

Vacation adventures don’t have to include zip lining, airplanes, or water for that matter. This particular day, we had a staycation so we stayed and played with chalk. We created all sorts of themes but this one was a favorite. I sketched out a crown, wand, and frog and my daughter colored them in. We created this silly princess scene and had sooo much fun creating our own little adventure story.

Supplies: Veridian Wignette Paper (35676) – Amy Tangerine Sketchbook, Ivory Impression Paper (35677) – Sketchbook, Padma’s Pattern Oaoer (35673) – Sketchbook, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) – Bits, Flat-Top Fabric Brads (85578) – Elements, Paint (42242) – Remarks, Palette (42240) – Remarks Books, Layered Tags (77289) – Bits, Scene Glitter Foam (53340) – Thickers, Boardwalk Pool (53361) – Thickers

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ALWAYS MY BABY by Heather Leopard

We were away on fall vacation when these candid pics were snapped of my daughter and I. She was snuggling up to me and my friend captured these moments. I just adore having such a snuggle bug. 

Supplies: Padma's Pattern Paper (35673) – Sketchbook, Ivory Impression Paper (35677) – Sketchbook, Harper’s Hue Paper (35687) – Sketchbook, Paige’s Portraits Paper (35691) – Sketchbook, Paint Fabric Stickers (42242) – Remarks, Palette (42240) – Remarks, Layered Tags (77289) – Bits, Printed Chipboard Shapes (77290) – Sketchbook, Doodle (42243) – Remarks, Muse Woodgrain (53343) – Thickers

Visit Heather's blog, follow her Twitter, and see her Pinterest boards to see what she's all about!

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Sneak Peek: Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic

We're so excited to share with you today a little teaser of Elizabeth Kartchner's newest line, Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic. Check it out!

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Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic is a charming line that invites you to enjoy the pleasures of home. Crisp blues, pinks, greens, yellows and airy neutrals are accented with hints of gold, creating an irresistible sophisticated sweetness. You'll love the unique designs, ranging from houses, keys and clipboards, to birds, trees and foxes. 

There are 24 papers in this line, plus Daybooks, Thickers and lots of other embellishments that you'll swoon over. (At least, we did!)

We'll do a full-reveal of Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic next week. But for now, leave a comment telling us your favorite part about your home and we'll pick a winner at random on Friday to win the entire collection! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

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Summer Week!

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The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, the kids are out of school - summer is here! This week our designers have created some great summer-themed projects so you can see how to scrap your vacation photos, send special summer cards to friends, and more! Amy Heller and Pamella Brown will kick off the week with a bounty of projects:

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WHAT'S BETTER THAN MANGO ON A STICK? by Amy Heller

Supplies: Manhattan Beach Paper (35740) - Shoreline, Carpinteria Paper (35722) - Shoreline, Melbourne Paper (35718) - Shoreline, Ventura Paper (35731) - Shoreline, Dimensional Stickers (42247) - Remarks, Flamingo Sticker Book (42249) - Remarks, Pelican Letter Sticker Sheet (42248) - Remarks, Die Cut Shapes (85585) - Bits, Pinwheels (85586) - Delights, Boardwalk Cascade (53363) - Thickers, Boardwalk Honeycomb (53364) - Thickers

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PACK YOUR BAGS by Amy Heller

Supplies: Earth Tones Cardstock Variety Pack (71251) - AC Cardstock, 6x6 Paper Pad (35742) - Shoreline, Dimensional Stickers (42247) - Remarks, Pelican Letter Sticker Sheet (42248) - Remarks, Border Value Kit (63013) - Knock Outs

Pamella

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STAYCATION by Pamella Brown

Supplies: Newport Paper (35724) - Shoreline, Biscayne Paper (35720) - Shoreline, Carpenteria Paper (35721) - Shoreline, Neptune Paper (35729) - Shoreline, Ventura Paper (35731) - Shoreline, Malibu Paper (35722) - Shoreline, Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, Boardwalk Fireberry (53365) - Thickers, Dimensional Stickers (42247) - Remarks, Pelican Letter Sticker Sheet (42248) - Remarks, Flamingo (42249) - Remarks Sticker Book, Paper Flowers (85584) - Delights

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GREETINGS by Pamella Brown

I love the idea of sending postcards while you are on vacation, so I created this happy, beachy card that could be sent from a tropical location. The colors and patterns in the Shoreline collection were perfect for this!

Supplies: Oceanside Paper (35727) - Shoreline, Sea Isle Paper (35732) - Shoreline, 6x6 Paper Pad (35742) - Shoreline, Flamingo (42249) - Remarks Sticker Book, Die Cut Shapes (85585) - Bits

Shop for Shoreline products HERE!

We'll see you all again tomorrow for more summer-themed fun!

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Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go - Blog Hop!

We're so excited to share with you a sneak peek of Amy Tan's newest line, Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go! 

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Whether at home or abroad, find adventure with Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go! A wide array of warm autumn colors — including navy blue, pink, and woodgrain — create a base for unique travel, home, and school icons: from cameras, cars, and houses, to globes, speech bubbles, and an adorable hand-drawn elephant.

Along with 24 patterned papers, Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go has favorites like Thickers, die cut shapes, and spriral-bound Daybooks. New to the scene are puffy mini stickers, woodgrain albums (yep, you heard us right: woodgrain!) and a one-of-a-kind crafting travel kit (you're going to love this!)

Here's a glimpse of some of the stickers in Ready Set Go. Pretty adorable, right? 42252_AT_Remarks_Delighted_StickersWant to see more? Head on over to Amy's blog (and on to the other blogs in our blog hop) and then come back here and tell us your favorite new product to be entered to win the Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go collection! A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, July 6. 

Here is the complete blog hop list:

Paige Evans
Kelly Marie
Shimelle Laine
Kelly Purkey
Kayla Aimee
Ali Edwards

Thanks for stopping by, and happy hopping! 

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June Design Team Gallery

The Design Team Gallery has been updated with brand new fabulous creations! Here is a sneak peak of all the projects in miniature size:

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Make sure to check them out in full size by heading over to the Design Team Gallery on the left!

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