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S is for...

 

S is for...

Yes, you read that right - we've got another S post for you today!  We're just stepping back a letter to ensure we've not left out this whimsical stamp company, Stamping Bella!

Stamping Bella

 

Stamping Bella Design Team member Paula Tracy has whipped up this beautiful boy card for us:  

S is for Stamping Bella by Paula Tracy

From Paula: "I am thrilled to be a guest for the Stamping A to Z projects at 2 Peas! I picked a little boy card to show you,using Stamping Bella's 'king of the WILD THINGS' I have colored this many times and this is the first time I have colored him in blue. Green dinosaurs seem to be the natural choice for me. I colored my little boy with colored pencils and blended with paper stumps & gamsol/OMS. I used some October Afternoon papers that have nothing to do with my image, I just liked the color and patterns."

Don't miss these other cutesy-styled cards using Stamping Bella:

...Projects Using Stamping Bella

1.  Daffodil  2.  Oh the Places You'll Go  3.  Spencer  4.  Claudia has Candy  5.  Friends  6.  Trick or Treat

7.  You are Unique  8.  Parkbench Bella

Are you a fan of Stamping Bella?  Share your project with us in this week's batch of challenges!  Simply use a Stamping Bella product in your card and we'll select three winners from this week's batch of challenges, announcing the winners next Monday.  You have through next Sunday night at midnight!

 

See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  HI , J,  KL  M (Part 1),  M (Part 2)  N , O , PQRS (Part 1) & S (Part 2)!

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T is for...

T is for...

Hi Stampers and welcome to a brand new week!  And a Happy Halloween to you as well!  We're moving right along to the letter T.

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!  

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Today is the letter T - where T is for Technique Tuesday and Tone-on-Tone! 

** Kristina is carrying on sales for the letter S and has arranged for a 25% off sale on select Studio Calico!  See it here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

Technique Tuesday

 

Browse Technique Tuesday's line of clear stamps and you will find an array of styles from whimsical to graphic, including the recognizable text stamps in the handwriting and style of Ali Edwards.  Garden Girl Jen Gallacher is back with us today sharing a layout she created using Technique Tuesday stamps.  She cleverly strung the words on a banner to create this striking composition:

T is for Technique Tuesday by Jen Gallacher

From Jen: "Technique Tuesday is my go to company for beautifully scripted sentiments. Any time Ali Edwards releases a new collection through Technique Tuesday I add it to my cart. I love the way stamping sentiments enhances a project. 

For this layout, I stamped the family word sentiments on kraft cardstock, cut them into banner shapes, machine stitched the tops, and inked the edges. Then I strung photos and the word tags on twine across the page for something a little different. 

I added a sepia photo filter to my photos to "age" them a bit and misted the gray cardstock background for some added texture."

We love it!  This would make a lovely sketch for a card too!  (Anyone up for the challenge?)

Take a look at these other Technique Tuesday projects:

...Projects Using Technique Tuesday

1.  I'm Pulling for You  2.  Oh Holy Night  3.  Thank You  4. So Very Thankful   5.  Thank You  6.  Gratitude is a Memory

Tone on Tone

Our next topic is tone-on-tone!  An easy way to unify a stamped project is to create tone-on-tone designs, keeping within a color range but adding variety with another shade of the same color.  An easy way to create this look?  Check out many of the B sides of patterned paper as manufacturers often do this for you in their designs, or use a Versamark marker or ink pad!  Here is a glimpse of how members are giving their stamped projects a tone-on-tone look:

...Projects Using Tone-On-Tone

1.  Hello  2.  Birthday Wishes  3.  Thanks So Much  4.  Happy Birthday  5.  Dream  6.  Flowers in Blue   7.  Happy Birthday

8.  Season's Greetings  9. Have a Fabulous Birthday 

 

We hope you enjoyed today's topics!  Before we conclude, here are the winners from last week's batch of challenges.  A prize pack from our generous sponsor from last week's themes will be sent to you shortly!  Please ensure that the address in your account is up to date.

leenda, Far North, & prospurring

 

We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by next Sunday the 6th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  HI , J,  KL  M (Part 1),  M (Part 2)  N , O , PQRS (Part 1) & S (Part 2)!

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S is for...(Part 2)

Hi Peas and welcome to the second day for S!  We hope you're having a good start to your Sunday!

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!  

 

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Today is the letter S - where S is for Studio Calico and Stampers Anonymous! 

** Kristina has arranged for a 30% off sale on select Stampers Anonymous!  See it here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

 
We'll begin with Studio Calico!  Paper lines, masks and mists are just a portion of some fun supplies they offer for stampers - they've recently partnered with Hero Arts for the manufacturing of their stamps!  Garden Girl and Studio Calico Design Team member Lisa Truesdell has created a special card for us today using SC:
 
From Lisa: "Hi peas! I'm back today with another Stamping A to Z project - this time it's S : Studio Calico! I love all of Studio Calico's stamp with Hero Arts and had a hard time narrowing down what I wanted to use for this card. The designs mix and match beautifully, so it's easy to pull in images from different sets. 

I started this project by using the grid background, but instead of using it as a background, I used it to add a little detail to a chipboard butterfly. I stamped the chipboard with versamark ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder - I love the tone on tone effect. It's the perfect way to add a little more interest without being overwhelming. 


I misted the card with Mister Huey's Shine & Clay over one of the butterfly masks, and then stitched a few loose grid lines with turquoise thread. A bit of a Fabrip and some paper tape were the perfect place to add a label sticker stamped with a sentiment. I stamped a polka dot circle stamp onto a circle from one of the Scrap Pads and then added that to the edges of my card. I finished with 2 veneer asterisks. "
 
And a handful of other amazing cards using SC we spotted in the gallery:
...Projects Using Studio Calico
1 & 2: Hello & G  3.  Girl Card  4.  Every Little Thing  5.  Hooray  6.  Be Alright  7.  Hello  8.  Thanks  9.  Motorcycle
 
If you like SC, you'll want to check out the store tomorrow - hint, hint! ;)
 
Stampers Anonymous
 
If you like vintage and grungy designs, Stampers Anonymous stamps would suit your style well!  You'll find texture designs and vintage icons like old bicycles and airplanes just to name a few.  Plus, they've partnered with artists like Tim Holtz!  Take a look at how a handful of our members have used these stamps:
 
...Projects Using Stampers Anonymous
 

We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by next Sunday the 6th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter T!
 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  HI , J,  KL  M (Part 1),  M (Part 2)  N , O , PQR & S (Part 1)!
 
 
 
 

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S is for...(Part 1)

S is for Saturday!  Hope you're having a good weekend, Stampers!  S has so many topics under its umbrella we'll be splitting it into two parts.  Let's begin!

 

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!  

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Today is the letter S - where S is for Spellbinders & Sizzix

** Kristina has arranged for a 25% off sale on select Sizzix!  See it here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

Spellbinders

We'll begin with Spellbinders! If you enjoy creating and incorporating die cuts in your projects, chances are you've heard of and/or bought a Spellbinders machine or die cut accessory.  Garden Girl Jen Gallacher included die cuts in this gorgeous stamped layout:

From Jennifer, "I love manual die cut shapes, and I really love the wonderful shapes from Spellbinders. If you're looking for the perfect background shape for a photo, or a label on which to stamp, or a banner shape for your upcoming party, Spellbinders offers it!

 

For this project I stamped a background stamp onto a Spellbinders' die cut and mounted a chipboard spinner embellishment on the shape.  

For the bottom of the layout I stamped the Tim Holtz Ruler stamp repeatedly to create my own background paper. I used the "My Type" stamp from Hero Arts on the yellow punched circles, inking only the portion of the sentiment I wanted to use. Then I added a Technique Tuesday stamp to the journaling block, which is notebook paper torn from a book."

Don't miss these other projects using Spellbinders dies:

1.  Hello  2.  Hope Your Day is Fabulous  3.  Good Luck  4.  Snowflake Gift Card  5.  Happy Days  6.  What's Cookin

7.  Christmas Blessings  8.  Black Butterfly  9.  Hello

Sizzix

Another die-cutting brand favorite?  Sizzix!  Sizzix has partnered with artists and brands like Tim Holtz, Hero Arts, and Basic Grey to bring you products that coordinate with some of your other favorite brands, as well as offering a wide selection of embossing folders, die cuts and tools- including those giving a letterpress look!  Be sure to check them all out - especially today as Sizzix is on sale!

Here is just a taste of the creations one could make using Sizzix products:

 

...Projects Using Sizzix

1.  Tag Book  2.  Be Happy  3.  Flower Card  4.  I Just Love You  5.  Happy Haunting  6.  Wizard of Oz  7.  Just a Note

We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by this next Sunday the 30th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter S - Part 2!
 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  HI , J,  KL  M (Part 1),  M (Part 2)  N , O , P,  Q & R!

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R is for...

R is for...

Welcome to the weekend, Peas!  We've got the letter R up for you today.

 

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!  

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Today is the letter R - where R is for Ranger and Resist! 

** Kristina has arranged for a 25% off sale on select Ranger!  See it here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

Ranger

We'll begin with Ranger; if you're looking for anything or everything relating to stamping, Ranger has it.  Stamps, inks, sprays, paints, embossing powder - that's just the beginning!  They also love partnering with talented artists like Tim Holtz, Claudine Hellmuth, Wendy Vecchi, Jenni Bowlin and more to bring you products you love!

Starting out we'll take a look at this special card and video from Garden Girl Julie Campbell:

From Julie, "We're continuing our series of Stamping from A-Z, & today's letter is "R". For this Finally Friday video, I demonstrate how to incorporate several products from Ranger. There are lots of fun stamping techniques included & you'll see how to make an award ribbon using canvas. My challenge for you is to create a stamped background for your project. (It can be anything from a small panel to an entire surface.)"

Looking for more projects using Ranger products?  Check these out!

...Projects Using Ranger

1.  Texture on a card using distress inks  2.  Get Well Soon  3.  Hello Card  4.  Let it Snow  5.  Masked Vintage Rose 

6.  With Gratitude  7.  Dimension in Metal  8.  Snowflake

Resist

 

Combining mediums that resist each other to get a fun design result is a popular technique in stamping.  If you'd like to learn about what materials you can use to create these effects and how, we recommend checking out the tutorials in Jennifer McGuire Thinking Inking class (just look for the resist techniques from this helpful index by a fellow Pea here).

See how members are using resist techniques here:

...Projects Using Resist Techniques

1.  Circle Flower  2.  Merry Christmas  3.  Holly Day Tag  4.  Emboss Resist Floral Card  5.  Just Saying Hello

6.  Swirl Card  7.  Merry Christmas  8.  Happy Birthday

 

We hope you enjoyed today's topics!  

 

We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by this next Sunday the 30th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.
 
 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter S!
 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  HI , J,  KL  M (Part 1),  M (Part 2)  N , O , P & Q

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Q is for...

Q is for...

Q is a tricky letter, but did that stop us from gathering projects we thought you'd love?  No way!  Let's begin!

 

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!  Scroll down to the bottom of this post for last week's challenge winners!

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Today is the letter Q - where  is for Quick and Quirky! 

** Kristina has arranged for a 25% off sale on select Prima - extending yesterday's post with another exciting sale for you!  See it here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

Quick cards
 
Chances are you've had instances where you need a card and you need it quickly.  We know the feeling!  Garden Girl Wendy Sue Anderson created an easy to assemble card and yet it has that one of a kind, handmade quality:
 
From Wendy, "Sometimes when I'm creating a card or a layout I find that I just need a little "something" to pull everything together and make it all look cohesive. That's where this QUICK stamping technique can come in handy. All you need is a solid accent of some type (a tag, a journaling block, etc.) and a background stamp. 

On my card, I wanted to add a cute little mini bag filled with birthday goodies to the front, ...but the solid bag just seemed to stand out way too much, so I inked up a background stamp, in this case I used a definition stamp, and stamped the bag. 

I think it would have been cute to use polka-dots too. :) 

After adding the embellishments, tying with string, and filling with sticker "goodies," I stuffed a bit of tissue down inside the bag to give it a little bit of dimension and attached the bag to the front. :)"

Want to hear how other Peas create stamped cards quickly?  We've done the looking for you!

1.  Thinking of You  2.  Sympathy Card  3.  Merry Christmas  4.  Thank You Card Set  5.  Peace Card  6.  Thank You Set 

7.  Christmas Tags

Quirky

Our next topic is an especially fun one - quirky!  Traditional icons are timeless and reliable, but for those days when you feel like mixing things up and creating something unexpected, a quirky card can be the way to go.  When planning for this day's topics I knew just who to ask - enter Garden Girl Chelsea Parsons and her funky style. :)  Enjoy!

From Chelsea, "I love making cards.... a little quirky.   I love digital scrapbooking and even more love to print out digital stamps onto paper or today... sticky canvas paper.  There are SOOOOO many digital stamps to choose from... 

I love the little deer from Vinnie Pearce's Peach Hill kit. And my all time favourite camera from Polka Dot Pixels Snap Out of it Kit. The peach house also comes from Vinnie Pearce's Peach Hill. 
Any paper will look cool on the back ground and I especially think Sassafrass Lass or Crate paper styles work.

I whipped up some cute envelopes on my sewing machine with some old pattern paper and red thread. 

And lastly into my stash of tapes to decorate one card. Loving the wood grain Japanese Washi tape from Hambly xx yum! "

Now you're all set to create those quick and quirky cards!

 

We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by this next Sunday the 30th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.
 
 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter Q!  Curious what that will be seeing as Q is a tricky letter?  Just wait and see! ;)
 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  HI , J,  KL  M (Part 1),  M (Part 2)  N , O & P

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P is for...

P is for...

Hello and welcome back!  Today is brought to you by the letter P.

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!  Scroll down to the bottom of this post for last week's challenge winners!

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Today is the letter P - where P is for Pebbles, Prima and Penny Black! 

** Kristina has arranged for a 25% off sale on select Pebbles in celebration of today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

Pebbles

If you love clean designs and cheerful color palettes for your stamping, you most likely are drawn to the Pebbles brand.  In each paper line they have a coordinating stamp set, not to mention stickers and sentiment rub-ons

, that we often spot on cards that catch our eye.  Starting out we'll look at this beautiful Christmas card set created by Garden Girl and Pebbles Design Team Coordinator Lynn Ghahary.  We love the classic look and traditional colors grounded on neutral cardstock:

Pebbles Holiday Card Set

From Lynn, "Pebbles is one of my favorite brands and I am lucky enough to have worked closely with this company for the past several years. They have such bright, fun, and cute designs and their stamps are a great reflection of their style. For my particular project I used stamps and products from the Welcome Christmas collection. It's never too early to get started on those Christmas cards! 

For my first card I used Versamark ink on kraft cardstock and created my own text background by stamping different stamps repeatedly in a varying pattern. This is such a fun technique and really easy to do. If you wanted you could also add a pop of color by stamping just one of the series in color or all of the stamps in different colors for that matter.

On my second card I used the versatile alphabet stamp set from the Welcome Christmas collection to spell the word "MERRY" which I then cut into a banner shape and adhered to my card front. I used pigment ink to achieve a really rich and saturated color.

And finally on my third card I used a stamp marker to color just the word "merry" from one of the stamps and added this to a paper rosette I created with several of the patterned papers from the Welcome Christmas collection. Using stamp markers to color just part of your stamp really stretches your stamp collection and allows you to use what you have in new and unique ways."

Don't miss these other fabulous stamped cards we spotted in the member gallery!

...Projects Using Pebbles

1.  Happy Birthday  2.  Fabulous  3.  I Appreciate You  4.  Hello  5.  Thank You  6.  Wishing You  7.  Just a Note  8.  You're In My Thoughts  9.  A Birdie Birthday

Prima Marketing

Next up is Prima!  Prima is known for their florals, but don't miss their paper pads as well as their other embellishments like jewels and charms that are often the statement/focal point of so many stunning cards.  Check out these stamped pieces we found in the gallery by our talented members:

...Projects Using Prima

1.  Happy Birthday  2.  Thank You  3.  It's Your Day  4.  Hello  5.  Celebrate Autumn  6.  Give Thanks

Penny Black

Our third topic for today's post is Penny Black!  This brand manufactures a variety of styles - everything from cool and graphic to sweet and cutesy!   There is something for everyone when it comes to these stamps.  A few examples we spotted in the gallery:

1.  Happy Birthday  2.  Kite card  3.  Happy Birthday to You  4.  Enjoy Your Day  5.  Jolly Holiday  6.  It's Your Birthday

We've come to the end of today's alphabet post.  Can you believe how fast the series is flying by?!

 

We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by this next Sunday the 30th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.
 
 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter Q!  Curious what that will be seeing as Q is a tricky letter?  Just wait and see! ;)
 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  HI , J,  KL  M (Part 1),  M (Part 2)  N & O

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O is for...

O is for...

Good morning and welcome to today's post for the letter O!

 

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!  Scroll down to the bottom of this post for last week's challenge winners!

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Today is the letter O - where O is for October Afternoon & organization! 

** Kristina has arranged for a 25% off sale on select October Afternoon in celebration of today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

October Afternoon
 
It's no secret October Afternoon is a favorite in the Two Peas store; among their vintage papers and cute icons you will find stamp sets and embellishments perfect for cardmaking and stamping.  Garden Girl Lisa Truesdell shows off their Rocket Age and Sidewalks line in this adorable card:
 
O is for October Afternoon by Lisa Truesdell
 
From Lisa, " OA always has such whimsical stamps, and they are perfect for one of my favorite stamping techniques. I love to add color to my stamped images by using them as a template for paper piecing. To do this, I stamped my image in black ink on the patterned papers I want to use (I look for small scale patterns - larger ones tend to overwhelm thee design), and again on the tag I wanted to use for the card. I then use the lines of the stamp as a guide to cut out each section, and glue them in place on the tag. 

Some strips of patterned paper and washi tape, a stamped planet, and a few bits from the OA Sidewalks Miscellany pack make the perfect card to showcase my tag - but I think he'd be super cute on a layout, too."

 
We love all the bits and pieces and the way she's created her tiny sentiment from letter stickers.  Want to see more cards made with OA?  We'll hook you up!
 
...Projects Using October Afternoon
 
 
O is for Organization
 
Our next topic is organization!  Lisa shares her thoughts on organizing stamps:
 
Hi Peas! For me, buying and using stamp is no problem, but when it comes time to storing and organizing them, I'm sometimes at a loss. After a lot of trial and error, I've found a system that works for me - and I've also found a few more ideas to share with you today.
 
 
Most of my stamps are clear stamps - and if I can't flip through them to see what I have, I don't use them. I keep this basket on my desk - I love having them at my fingertips. I use some old stamp folders from Making Memories in mine, but this would work well with page protectors or even for sets in their original packaging. I label each set with a bit of washi tape at the top to make it easier to find a specific set.
 
 
Here's a great idea for keeping wood mounted stamps organized and on display. They look lovely on the wall, and you'd just have to scan the shelves to find the perfect stamp for your project.
 
 
If you're short on space, here's a great way to organize your clear stamps - within a binder. Just place them into regular or divided page protectors. One binder will hold a ton of stamps and you can use dividers to separate them by theme.
 
 
 
This may be my favorite idea for storing wood mounted stamps - in an old card catalog. Labeled drawers make it a breeze to find what you're looking for!
 
 
I love how these shelves are organized - and I spy stamp pads in a wire basket and stamps in a glass container. The vintage tins and boxes here would also be perfect for stashing more stamping supplies.
 
Hopefully one of these ideas will work for you - and you'll have your stamps organized in no time!
 
And that wraps up today's A to Z post; we hope you enjoyed it!  We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by this next Sunday the 30th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.
 
 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter P!
 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  HI , J,  KL  M (Part 1),  M (Part 2) & N

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N is for...

N is for...

Hello and welcome to a brand new week, Peas!   We're moving on to the letter N today.

 

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!  Scroll down to the bottom of this post for last week's challenge winners!

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Today is the letter N - where N is for Notions & Numbers! 

** Kristina has arranged for a 25% off sale on Basic Grey Notions in celebration of today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

N is for Notions...

The buttons, fabrics and florals we love to include in our sewing work well for our papercrafting projects too!  We did a bit of looking in the gallery and found these projects using notions:

...Projects Using Notions

1.    You're Sew Lovely  2.  Shabby Chic Thank You  3.  Celebrate Today  4.  You're Lovely  5.  Sending Hugs

6.  Season of Thanks  7.  Textile ATC's  8.  You're So Lovely

Numbers

 

Numbers play such an important role in how we measure life.  Each number alone has an interesting shape; they make for interesting and meaningful accents in our projects.  Take a look at these:

...Projects Using Numbers

1.  From This Moment On  2.  One  3.  Happy 5th Birthday  4.  Christmas Calendar  5.  Birthday Banner

6.  Paper Bag Mini Album  7.  You're 2 Cute  8.  Buddies

 

That wraps up today's post.  We'll be back tomorrow with ideas on organization and another favorite brand!  Can you guess?!

 

We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by this next Sunday the 30th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  HI , J,  KL  M (Part 1), & M (Part 2)
 

Congrats to the following Peas who played along in last week's challenges.  A prize pack from our sponsors will be sent to the address in your Two Peas account shortly!

mxdixie, paimeng  &  leenda

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M is for...(Part 2)

 

M is for...

Hi Peas and welcome to another A to Z post!  We're covering part 2 of the letter M today.

 

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!

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Today is the letter M - where M is for My Cute Stamps & My Minds Eye! 

** Kristina has arranged for a 25% off sale on My Mind's Eye in celebration of today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

 

My Cute Stamps

First up is My Cute Stamps!  If you like whimsical designs you'll love these stamps, and if you're looking for a digital style that is similar, the same artist behind My Cute Stamps has her digi designs at Two Peas - Holly Brooke Jones.  Take a look at how they've been used by members in our gallery:

1.  Tooth Fairy & Wish Card Set  2.  I Heart Robots  3.  A Tweet Card  4.  Hello Doodle  5.  Little Red Riding Hood

6.  Happy Birthday  7.  Pirate Girl  8.  Pirate Boy  9.  Furever Friends

 

My Minds Eye

When browsing the wide selection of products offered by My Minds Eye, you're bound to stumble upon products perfect for stamping and cardmaking like their clear stamp sets and 6x6 paper pads.  Here are a few projects we found using their products:

1.  Butterfly Kisses  2.  Best Wishes  3.  You Make the World Better  4.  Fluttering By to Say Hi  5 & 6.  Lost & Found Set

 

 

We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by this next Sunday the 30th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week - including the brand My Favorite Things you saw today!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  HI , J,  KL & M (Part 1)

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M is for...

Happy Saturday, friends!  Because we have several topics for the letter M, we've split it up into two parts; today is part one.  Let's get started!

 

 

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!

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Today is the letter M - where M is for My Favorite Things, Maya Road & Memory Box! 

** Kristina has arranged for a 30% off sale on Memory Box in celebration of today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

My Favorite Things

 

We're beginning with a brand that is newer to the Two Peas store and one that has a unique line of products perfect for stamping and die-cutting - My Favorite Things!  You'll find we currently have dies for making flowers, scallops, tickets, banners - as well as their Pure Innocence line.  We've got a brand new project for you from their Design Team member and our special guest, Michele:

From Michele, "Masking stamped images is fun...and easy! 

1. Stamp your image onto desired cardstock. 
2. Stamp image again onto a Post It note. Cut out and place over your stamped image. 
3. Stamp second image over cardstock and Post It note. 
4. Remove Post It note and color as desired."

Don't miss these other projects we spied in the gallery using My Favorite Things, and see more from here!

...projects using my favorite things

1. Pure Innocence Poppy  2.  Fur Baby  3.  Tag Calendar  4.  Hello My Friend  5.  Happy Halloween  6.  Thank You Gift Card Set

7.  Pinwheel Card  8.  You're Just the Ticket  9.  Just the Ticket

Don't forget to enter the challenge at the bottom of this post for a prize from MFT!

 

Next up, Maya Road!  This company is known for their alterable products - like chipboard, ribbon, albums, and stamps too!  Garden Girl and Maya Road Design Team member Jenny Chesnick crafted this cute card for us today using the When Skies are Grey chipboard set and Rainy Day clear stamp:

We're loving the red-orange paired with blue.  And double the chevron?  Yes please!

A few other projects using Maya Road:

...Projects Using Maya Road

1.  Love  2.  Our Story  3.  Butterfly  4. 28  5.  Friday Love  6.  Sparkle  7.  So Very  8.  Grad  9.  Cameo card

 

Memory Box

Our final topic for today is Memory Box!  Needing a set of ready-to-go blank card and envelopes?  They have them!  Needing to stock up on your paper stash and stamp collection?  They have those too!  (And remember, today only everything from Memory Box is 30% off!)

Let's take a look at how this brand has been used in the following projects:

...Projects Using Memory Box

1.  Let's Catch Up  2.  Home Sweet Home  3.  Wishing You the Best  4.  Easter card  5.  Mother's Day Card Set  6.  For Baby  7.  Bubble Wrap Heart

 

That's a wrap for today's post!  Join us tomorrow as we cover M - Part 2.  Have a good Saturday!

 

 

We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special weekend challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by this tomorrow the 23rd at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week - including the brand My Favorite Things you saw today!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  HI , J,  K & L

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L is for...

 

L is for...

Hello Peas and welcome to the weekend!  We're covering the letter L today - and get ready for some inspiration because we have a LOT of brand new and inspiring projects. :)

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!

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Today is the letter L - where L is for Lawn Fawn and layering! (you may see "labels" in here too!)

** Kristina has arranged for a 25% off sale on Maya Road in anticipation of this weekend's "M" posts!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

Lawn Fawn

We've teamed up with Lawn Fawn and their design team and have several new projects to share with you today using their whimsical stamps!  Check these out and get ready to ooooh and ahhh, pin and bookmark!

Starting out, here is a card from Garden Girl and Lawn Fawn DT member Julie Campbell:

Dashing Through the Snow by Julie Campbell

From Julie: "I love taking non-seasonal paper & stamps & using them to create holiday cards! It makes my supplies so much more versatile. I used Copic markers to color my forest critters & created 'snow' by using a scrap of white felt."

And more from Lawn Fawn's DT:

Boo! by iheartart

From Tiffany: "For my card, I used a chalkboard technique on an American Crafts Adhesive Chalk LABEL using LAWN FAWN's Happy Haunting stamp set! I heat set the stamped images in white embossing powder and then colored them with Faber-Castell's Design Memory Craft PITT Pastel Pencils. The main image panel is then adhered atop LAYERs of distressed patterned paper and cardstock! "

Batty Halloween by Chari Moss

From Chari: "This project was created by heat embossing the sentiment first then covering the background with distress ink. Both water and Ranger Perfect Pearls were flicked on top of the ink to get a spotted effect. The bat were also created by heat embossing on white then using distress ink to color them. Quick Tip: it is helpful to figure out the placement of the bats before adhering them down."

Friends Forever by teriishere

From Teri: "So my card uses Lawn Fawn stamps and lots of layers. I guess you might say it's a 2 for one kind of deal. ;) I used masking to stamp the tea cups. I stamped the tea cup once on the card. Then, I stamped it on a sticky note and cut it out to make a mask. Then, I placed the mask on top of the stamped cup and stamped the tea cup again."

Friends Warm the Heart by ltlea23

From Lea: "I am so excited to be back as a guest of this event, sharing another manufacturer close to my heart!! I have been a part of the Lawn Fawn team since {almost} the beginning, and I just adore using these fun and whimsical clear stamps!!   If you enjoy cute images, fun sentiments & fonts, and the ability to either paper piece or Copic color...then Lawn Fawn stamps are right up your alley!! Two Peas in a Bucket carries the full selection of Lawn Fawn stamps, so be sure to check out them out in the store! "

From Latisha: "I used Lawn Fawn stamps, my label is a die cut from a Spellbinders die, and I had fun layering it all together."

Beautiful projects, aren't they?  Don't miss these other past projects we spotted in our gallery:

...Projects Using Lawn Fawn

1.  Happy Mom's Day  2.  Spread Your Wings  3.  I Need Your Snuggles  4.  Pretty Packaging  5.  Merci  6.  Hello Chickadee

L is for layering

 

Our next topic is layering! Layering can add depth or interest to a card.  Keep your design a single layer, or pile on the layers for extra dimension and texture!  You can even layer stamps like Garden Girl Jill Sprott demonstrates in her layout she's sharing today:

From Jill: "Using texture stamps from American Crafts and Tim Holtz and dye inks from Jenni Bowlin for Ranger, I began by stamping a base texture, and then I stamped over it with a different texture. In addition to layering stamped images over each other, I also layered stamped images over a pattern, as you can see I did with a woodgrain stamp over lined paper, next to the layout's title.  By working in stamped images alongside patterned squares, the basic grid approach to the page is given an extra kick of color and texture. Spooky. "

Don't you love the vivid color and extra texture in her page?!

Check out these other stamped projects we spotted in the gallery that use layering:

...Projects Using Layering

1.  Celebrate Today  2.  Celebrate  3.  You Make Me Smile  4.  Friend  5.  Gratitude  6.  Merry Christmas

That concludes today's alphabet post.  Thanks for joining us!

We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special weekend challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by this Sunday the 23rd at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week - including the brand Lawn Fawn you saw today!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 

 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter "M!"
 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  HI , J, & K

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K is for...

K is for...

Ready for another day in our series?  Here we go with the letter K!

 

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!

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Today is the letter K - where K is for KI Memories and a kissing technique!

** Kristina has arranged for a 50% off sale on KI Memories to celebrate today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

K is for KI Memories

 

The puffies, pockets and bright colors in KI's product line make cardmaking a breeze and add a special and unique touch to our stamped projects.  Garden Girl Shannon Tidwell kicks off today's post with this adorable safari-like card using KI:

Shannon shares, "For the background of the card I stamped a woodgrain image with Versamark ink. I placed the self adhesive Pocket on the front of the card. (the Pockets aren't going to fall off!) Next I added a label and the adorable Puffie to the front of the card. I used the packaging insert from the Puffies for my tag in the Pocket. I went ahead and adhered it with a pop-dot. A fun little Clip Art finishes it off. And of course a bit of twine."

Don't miss these other adorable stamped projects created using KI Memories:

...Projects using KI Memories

1.  Hey Chickie  2.  Thank You  3.  Summer Fun  4.  Lovely  5. For Ewe  6.  Thinking of You

7.  Happy Birthday  8.  Just a Note  9.  Smile

Kissing Technique

 

Next up is a "kissing" technique - yep, you read that right! :)  Kissing in stamping refers to applying an uninked stamp onto an inked stamp, resulting in a stamped pattern within a shape.  Here are some projects we found in the gallery where members have used this ink.  For a lesson on this technique, check out this past class.

...Projects Using Kissing Techniques

1.  Kissing Acetate  2.  Hey Girlfriend  3.  Thanks (One Stamp Four Ways)  4.  Greatest Joy  5.  Thank You

6.  Pumpkin Boys  7.  Kissing card set

 

 

We hope today's projects have left you inspired!    We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by next Sunday the 23rd at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter "L!"
 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  HI & J

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J is for...

J is for...

Welcome back, Peas!  We've got another post for you in our alphabet series - this time covering the letter J.

 

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!

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Today is the letter J - where J is for Jenni Bowlin and jewels!

** Kristina has arranged for a 25% off sale on Jenni Bowlin to celebrate today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

Jenni Bowlin

Jenni Bowlin products are known for their vintage style.  You'll find papers, embellishments, stamps and a partnership with Ranger offering an extensive line of inks and paints.

We'll begin with a brand new layout from Garden Girl Becky Novacek.  She's used a Jenni Bowlin alpha set to create her layout's title.  We love the homespun feel!  

The Ones I love the Most by Becky Novacek using Jenni Bowlin

Becky shares, "I think stamping is one of the most versatile and economical ways to add unique touches to your projects. For the titlework on the is layout, I used the new JBS outline alpha stamps. I simply stamped and filled in with watercolor pencils on some of the letters. On the words, "ones" and "most", I stamped the letters on pattern papers, cut them out and attached them to the page. On "ones", I added hand-stitching to outline and add emphasis."

Here are some other projects we spied in the gallery using Jenni Bowlin products:
 
Projects Using Jenni Bowlin Products
 
 
Next up is jewels!  A bit of sparkle and shine can add the perfect touch to our stamped projects.  They come in variations...some clear, some opaque, some with a pearl finish, others matte.  You'll find them in a rainbow of color and a range of sizes.   We carry over 100 jewels - which are now on sale as a part of our Holiday Cardmaking Sale.  Here are a few ideas we found in the gallery on how they can be used:
 
Projects Using Jewels

7.  Shine Brightly  8.  Wedding Gift Thank You Set

 

We hope you enjoyed today's topics!    We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by next Sunday the 23rd at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter "K!"
 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G,  H & I

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I is for...

Welcome to another day in our series, Peas!  Let's get started with the letter I.

 

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!  See also the challenge winners from last week's batch of challenges!

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Today is the letter I - where I is for Inkadinkado!

** Kristina has arranged for a 25% off sale on Inkadinkado to celebrate today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

Inkadinkado

 

We'll begin with a brand that manufactures both stamps and tools - you'll find a variety from smaller, inexpensive clear stamps to wood mounted stamps and brayer tools.  You'll also see a variety of styles!  Garden Girl Stacey Sattler kicks off our post today with a layout that features stamping with Inkadinkado:

Inkadinkado Stamped Card SEt

We love the way she's mixed up her uses of the Starry Night stamp!

One other lesson you may find helpful is a past class from Nichol Magouirk.  If you've not checked it out already, in her lesson and video she demonstrates helpful tips for aligning wood block stamps using her favorite tool -  Inkadinkado's Stamp-A-Ma-Jig:

Scrapbook Stamping with Nichol Magouirk

And a few other projects using Inkadinkado:

Projects Using Inkadinkado

1.  Amazing Friend  2.  Paper Pieced Masking  3.  Rainbow Card  4.  Colored Butterflies  5.  Dream

6.  Acorn & Leaves Gift Card  7.  Thank You  8.  Love Postcard  9.  Gratitude

 

That's a wrap for today's post.  We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by next Sunday the 23rd at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week, including today's brand - Hero Arts!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter "J!"
 
See previous posts ABC , DEF,  G & H
 
**We apologize we forgot to post the winners from last week's challenges yesterday.  The three randomly selected winners from last week's challenges are jan509, eagertoretire and jennimoc.  Congrats!  A prize pack from our generous sponsors will be sent to the address in your Two Peas account shortly!

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H is for...

Welcome to a new week and a new day in our series, Stampers!  Let's begin with the letter H!

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!

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Today is the letter H - where H is for Hero Arts and heat embossing!

** Kristina has arranged for a 25% off sale on Hero Arts to celebrate today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

Hero Arts

 

We'll start with a brand you will most likely recognize - Hero Arts!  This brand is known for their high-quality products - and we carry almost 1,000 of them, including digital stamps!  Garden Girl and Hero Arts Design Team member took on the assignment of creating a stamped project for you using Hero Arts:

Boo! by Kandis Smith

The music stamp makes a great foundation for her card and could easily be translated to different themes!

Here are some other projects we found using Hero Arts in the gallery:

Projects Using Hero Arts

1.  Hello Friend  2.  Life is Better When You Laugh a Little  3.  Happy Haunting  4.  Thank You

5.  Shades of Autumn  6.  Kraft Thank You  7.  Flying Around in Circles  8.  Christmas Card Set  9.  Home for the Holidays

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H is for Heat Embossing

Our next topic?  Heat embossing!  For those of you just starting in stamping and unfamiliar with this technique, it's a fun way to jazz up your projects!  Simple stamp your image (we recommend a pigment ink), pour embossing powder over the image while the ink is still wet, shake off the excess and then apply heat to your image with a special heat gun.  You'll see the image transform into a raised and shiny surface - giving a great sense of texture to your card!  

Here are a few projects we spied in the gallery using this technique - just search "heat embossing" and you will find lots to look at in the gallery!

Projects Using Heat Embossing

1.  Fern Christmas Tree  2.  Hello There  3.  Wedding Wishes  4.  Stamped Ornament 5.  Hello Butterfly

6.  Stampendous Christmas  7.  Utee Flowers  8.  Much Appreciated  9.  Layered Birthday Card

 

That concludes today's A to Z post - we hope you enjoyed it!  We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by next Sunday the 23rd at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week, including today's brand - Hero Arts!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter "I!"
 
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G is for...

Good morning and happy Sunday, Peas!  Ready to begin another alphabet post?  Here we go!

 

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!

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Today is the letter G - where G is for Glitz Design and Glossy Accents!

** Kristina has arranged for a 25% off sale on Glitz Design to celebrate today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

 

Glitz Design

 

Starting out we'll take a look at a card created by our talented special guest, Lea!  This is what she had to say about Glitz, "Glitz Design is well known for it's papers and embellishments, but did you know that they also make clear stamps with every collection as well? They stamp wonderfully, and match the collections perfectly! So, don't forget when you are picking up your favorite Glitz Design papers and embellishments, to grab those clear stamps as well! They are affordable and fabulous! "

And here is her project along with a few other samples we found in the gallery:

We love the cool blue she's paired with different shades of pink.  So elegant!

Glitz Design

1.  Things I LIke  2.  Love You, Mom  3. Make the Most  4.  Happy Spring  5.  Happy Birthday

 

If you've not seen her video, Kristina recently selected Glitz Design for her Kristina's Picks series.  In this video she shares what she loves about Glitz paper and embellishments from the perspective of a buyer:

 

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Glossy Accents

Moving on to our next topic - glossy accents!  This Ranger product is described as, "...a clear, three-dimensional gloss medium. Use to accent, brighten, dimensionalize and magnify distinct areas on any scrapbook page, album cover, rubber stamped image, paper craft or home décor project. Place Glossy Accents under embellishments to make them stick and on top to protect and glossify!"

In these projects we can see it used as a shine for cotton candy fluff, rain droplets and even a way to customize one's patterned paper:

Projects Using Glossy Accents

1.  Cotton Candy  2.  Birthday Wishes  3.  Soar  4.  Wonderful Day

5.  Dreams Come True  6.  Hello Friend  7.  You Make My Heart Happy  8.  ATC Set

 

We hope you enjoyed this round of projects as much as we did!  We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by next Sunday the 23rd at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week, including today's brand - Glitz Design!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter "H!"
 
See previous posts ABC , DE, & F

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F is for...

F is for...

Welcome to the weekend, Stampers!  Are you ready for another day in our alphabet series?  We are too!

 

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!

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Today is the letter F - where F is for Faber Castell and florals!

** Kristina has arranged for a 25% off sale on florals to celebrate today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

Faber Castell
 
We'll begin today's post covering Faber Castell (or, Design Memory Craft) with a special guest - iheartart!  Peruse Tiffany's gallery and you will find a plethora of ideas using their markers and watercolor pencils, including the card she's created for you today!
 
 
Be sure to check out her card as Tiffany gives 5 great tips for using Design Memory Craft products!
 
Here are some other projects we found in the gallery using these products:
Faber Castell
4.  Fall  5.  Hello  6.  My Love for Biking
 
Visit their blog for additional ideas and more info on their different art mediums!
 
Florals
 
 
Next up is a timeless embellishment that works with almost any project one could take on - florals!  Florals can come in the shape and form of many product types.  Check out these samples for ideas on using florals:
 
Florals
1.  Thanks  2.  Rosette Florals  3.  Congrats  4.  Parisian  5.  Color Inspiration  6.  Vintage Tags
 
That wraps up today's post!  We hope you enjoyed it. :)
 
 

We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special weekend challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by tomorrow the Sunday the 16th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter "G!"
 
See previous posts ABC , D & E

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E is for...

 

Hi stampers!  We're moving right along in our alphabet series.  Next up is the letter E!  We've got a brand new Finally Friday card and video from Garden Girl Laura Craigie, as well as a challenge for you to begin your weekend.  We hope you get some crafting time in!

 

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!

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Today is the letter E - where E is for EK Success and envelopes!

** Kristina has arranged for a special sale on envelopes to celebrate today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

EK Success
 
You'll find a large selection of products under the umbrella of EK Success including companies like K & Company, Martha Stewart and Inkadinkado..  If you enjoy stamping , home decor and designer scrapbooking items you will enjoy EK's products.  We carry an extensive line of their punches which will be today's focus.  See how Laura used an EK Success punch in her project, as well as these cards we've pulled from our member gallery:
 
 
We love the way she's layered and folded the punched embellishments!
 

 
 
EK Success projects
 

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envelopes
 
Stamping with the use of envelopes can add an unexpected layer to our projects that both invited the recipient to interact with their card, and reinforces the uniqueness of your handcrafted project.  You can tuck notes, gift cards and other treasures inside envelopes as a mounted embellishment.  You'll find a variety of pockets and envelopes in the Two Peas store that work wonderfully with cardmaking.  Think outside the box and lay around with envelopes like the talented Peas who created these cards:
1.  Best of Cluck  2.  Life is Sweet  3.  Bestest Friend Ever (unknown) 4.  Thanks
 
That sums up today's post; we hope you're feeling inspired to punch away and use your envelopes creatively too!
 

We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special weekend challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by next Sunday the 16th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter "F!"
 
See previous posts ABC & D

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D is for...

D is for...

Hi Peas!  Welcome to another day in our A to Z event.  We've got a couple of great topics on the letter D!

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!

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Today is the letter D - where D is for digital stamping and distressing techniques!

** Kristina has arranged for a special sale on digital kits and fonts to celebrate today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

Digital Stamping

What is digital stamping?  This hybrid form of cardmaking involves taking a digital image and "stamping" it onto your document, working in a program like Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop Elements, and then printing out your image. Many digital stampers print an outline and then color their images in, although you could print in full color too for a shortcut!   Garden Girl Jen Martakis and few of our digital creative team members have been hard at work prepping these cards for you, and be sure to scroll down for a few helpful links we've collected for you:

Jen makes a little go a long way by mixing multiple patterns in a limited but effective color palette.

Kathy Martin chose a clean image of a ghost from her Digital Doodles line.  We love how she's pulled in the blues in both her coloring and product choices; a fun hue to add in the mix of a traditional Halloween color scheme.

Jbarksdale created an eye-catching strip of texture that gives the illusion of movement by using - you'll never guess! - a bubblewrap stamp!

Laura O'Donnell  gave vibrant color to a digikit made up of doodles; the subjects especially pop as portions of the images are mounted on dimensional adhesive.

Thank you, ladies, for contributing to today's post! :)

Here are a few links you may find helpful if you are just beginning to learn about digital stamping and how to get started:

1.  A discussion: "What is the correct way to use digital stamps?"

2.  A discussion: "Digital Stamps Vs Rubber"

3.  "Digital and Hybrid Made Easy" by Hero Arts

4.  Digital stamp kits in the Two Peas store

 

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Distress

Our next topic is using distressing techniques.  Distressing a stamped project can help create interest and texture, as well as reinforce styles that are artistic, shabby chic, and/or grungy, depending on how you use them.

We'll first introduce or remind you of some products we have in the store to help distress your projects, as well as link you to excellent resources and examples we found in the gallery.

Tools like the Rasp, D-Stress and Sanding Grip are products you can use over and over to treat products and give them a custom, distressed look.  Embossing folders can also be a great tool for distressing - just crank them through your die-cutting machine to emboss your paper.  Lastly, Tim Holtz has a whole line named Distress dedicated to giving this kind of look.  Here is one of his most recent videos that touches on the different Distress inks available, with an emphasis on his latest release - Distress stain.  We'll link you to other video tutorials from Tim on how to use the other Distress products.

More videos: Distress Inks,  Distress Crackle Resist,  Distress Embossing Powders  

1.  Graphic Christmas Trees  2.  Inky Tree  3.  Water Painting with Distress Inks

4.  A Lovely Day  5.  Paper Roses  6.  Colorful flower  7.  Just the Ticket  8.  Tim Holtz inspired Tag

9.  Just Sitting Here

 

We've come to the end of today's post.  We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by next Sunday the 16th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors this week!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter "E!"
 
See previous posts AB, C

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C is for...

Good morning, Peas!  We've taken a look at letters A and B - next is C, of course!  Let's dive right in!

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!

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Today is the letter C - where C is for Copic, Colorbox and charms!  

** Kristina has arranged for a special sale offering great prices on Copic and Colorbox to celebrate today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

Copic Markers

If you've scrolled through our message boards or perused our cardmaking and stamping galleries, chances are you've seen or read about Copics.  The Copic brand is fairly new to the Two Peas store; we just had to get their products in after having such a high demand for them.  What are they exactly?  Well, we'll let the people behind the company itself describe their product:

"Copic markers are the highest quality marker available anywhere.  Including 4 styles that are refillable and feature replaceable nibs, you never have to throw a marker away.  There are over 300 colors available and we guarantee our colors will always match." 

Special guest and Certified Copic Designer Kathy has whipped up two elegant and colorful cards for us today using Copics:

Notice the highlights on the flowers? They really make the centers pop!  She did a beautiful coloring job and has shared a tutorial with her helpful hints on her blog.

Don't miss these other projects using Copics we found in the gallery:

Projects using Copics

1. Christmas tags  2.  Christmas Boxes  3.  Happy Mom's Day  4.  Hip Hip Hooray  5.  Thanks a Latte

6.  Fishy Friends  7.  Hello Friend  8.  Birthday Foxes

 

If you are new to Copics, you may feel a little overwhelmed when seeing we carry over 1,000 Copic products in the Two Peas store to look at and choose from; we thought we'd give you some helpful links on how to get started using these products.  We hope this helps!

1.  A product guide from Copic covering each style of marker

2.  A second product guide from Copic covering other products in their line - accessories, airbrush system, etc

3.  Our past blog post with more samples, links to tutorials and videos

 

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Colorbox

 

Another brand not to miss in the Two Peas store is Colorbox!  Their inks and sprays are a staple in the personal inventory of many stampers, many of their inks coming in color sets that easily stack.  Here are a handful of projects we found using Colorbox:

Colorbox

1. You Mean the World to Me  2.  You Make My Heart Happy  3.  Thank You  4.  You're the Best

5.  Thank You  6.  Hello Girlfriend  7.  Snowman Card  8.  I'm Here for You  9.  Boo

Charms
 
An easy embellishment that can add volumes of character to our stamped projects is charms.  You'll find them in a variety of materials like metal, acrylic and hard plastic.  Many of them can be altered by punching a hole with a tool like Tim Holtz Drill Punch and letting them dangle from ribbon, chains, and more.  Here are a few examples of how charms can add the perfect touch to our cards:
Charms
 

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That completes today's post for the letter C.  We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by next Sunday the 16th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors, including a prize from Penny Black - the brand and sponsor Kathy used in today's cards!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.

 
Join us tomorrow as we cover the letter "D!"
 
See previous posts A and B
 

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Stamping A to Z at Two Peas: B is for...

Stamping A to Z at Two Peas: B is for...

Hello again, stampers!  Ready to begin the second day in our series?  We are too!

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!

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Today is the letter B - where B is for Basic Grey, background stamping and buttons!  

** Kristina has arranged for a Basic Grey 25% off sale to celebrate today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

B is for Basic Grey

We could not have been more thrilled when Melanie at Basic Grey put together the details so that the talented Kelly Goree and Keisha Campbell could share their stamped layouts with us today.  When perusing the Basic Grey stamps in the Two Peas store, you'll find their amazing designs paired with the high quality of material manufactured by Hero Arts, not to mention their beautiful patterned paper and wide variety of embellishments.  And, if you're needing to make cards in a flash, they come out with a cardmaking kit for every collection too!  Easy!

Notice the custom patterns Kelly created with the Life of the Party line?  Bright colors and lots of texture - what's not to love?!

Keisha grounded the beautiful designs from the Picadilly collection (coming soon to Two Peas) and grounded them on a neutral background.  Stunning results!

Want to see more stamping using Basic Grey?  Look no further!  Here you go:

Stamping A to Z at Two Peas....Basic Grey

1. Happy Birthday Card 1  2.  Happy Birthday 2  3.  Happy Birthday 3 4.  Happy Holidays  5.  Embossed Vines  

6.  Kraft Card Set  7.  Just a Note  8.  Thank You  9.  Peep Peep Peep

10.  Many Thanks  11. Happy Birthday  12.  Merci

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Our next category is Background Stamping!  One of the coolest things about stamping is how one can customize a a project with stamps to suit one's needs.  You can choose the color and effect or technique.  You can cut it up, or leave it whole.  The possibilities go on and on!  Many stamps come as background stamps - they are large stamps that often have a strong design they can be used alone, or you can pair them with others!  Or combine multiple cling stamps on a clear block to create your own background pattern!

Here is a collection of projects that feature specialty backgrounds.  Beautiful, aren't they?!

B is for Background Stamping

1. Truly Appreciated  2.  Background stamping with Nichol Magouirk  3.  Love You, Mom

4.  Autumn Butterfly on Stained Glass  5.  Merriest Christmas  6.  Home Sweet Home

7.  Chris 5 Years  8.  One of a Kind

And if you've not seen this class lesson yet, check out how Nichol Magouirk recommends creating custom backgrounds in her layout and video:

Background Stamping with Nichol Magouirk

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B is for Buttons

And for our third topic today, B is for Buttons!  This timeless embellishment has so many possibilities for adding to our stamped projects.  See these samples we found in the gallery:

Projects Using Buttons

1.  Thinking of You  2.  Hi Card  3.  Many Thanks  4.  I'm Here for You  5.  Season's Blessings  

6.  Treasure the Moments  7.  Cameo Love  8.  Let's Go Party  9.  Button card set

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That's a wrap for the letter B.  We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use one or more of today's themes in a project and upload it by next Sunday the 16th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors, including today's vendor - Basic Grey!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.
 
Come see us tomorrow as we explore topics under the letter "C."!
 
Looking for the post for A?  Check it out here.

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Stamping A to Z at Two Peas: A is for...

 

Hello stampers!  Welcome to the first day in our series, Stamping A to Z at Two Peas.  We're so glad you're here!

We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts.  We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!

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Today is the letter A - where A is for American Crafts, art journals and alcohol inks!  

**And guess what!  Kristina has arranged for an American Crafts 25% off sale to celebrate today's letter!  See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!

 

A is for American Crafts

When browsing American Crafts products in the store you will find amongst their bright, vibrant products stamps, inks, and embossing tools.  Let's take a look at how their products can shine by checking out these stamping projects, beginning with Garden Girl and American Crafts Design Team member Shimelle Laine.  She's created both a page and a card.  Click on the images for her helpful hints!

A to Z Stamping with Shimelle Laine

A to Z Stamping with Shimelle Laine

 

When we asked American Crafts to play along in our series, they gave a big, resounding, "Yes!" and got two more of their Design Team members to work right away.  Here is what the fabulous Paige Evans and Leslie Ashe came up with using their stamping products:

"Hello Friend" by Paige: "How to: Ticket punch the corners of a cream cardstock base with a small circle punch. Stamp a frame repeatedly in light brown ink across the background...."  Read more.

"Oh Hey Sweet Girl" by Leslie, "This card was so easy to create. Took me no time.  I love the look of stamped images as embellishments. By coloring part of the image with a bright colored pen, it really sets off the design."

Aren't these cards so fun!?  Here are a few more we collected when browsing the gallery:

1. Love 2. Happy Haunting 3.Sweet Boy 4. Hello Friend 5. Hello 6. Bird cages

7. Hello 8. Pink and Blue card set

 

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A is for Alcohol Inks

 

Next up, alcohol inks!  What is alcohol ink exactly?  It is a specialty ink that can be applied to a variety of non-porous materials like acrylic, metal, glossy paper, foil and more!  It is a quick drying product that is often used to create unique backgrounds as the ink pools and interacts with each other.  We found this helpful video from Tim Holtz demonstrating how one might use alcohol ink:

And here are several projects we found in the gallery:

Projects Using Alcohol Inks

1. Ornaments  2. Pumpkin Thank You  3.  Shaped Card 4.  Warm Wishes 5. Mixed Media Leaves

6.  So Special  7. True Colors  8.  Smile 9.  Butterfly set  10.  Alcohol Ink Set  11.  Alcohol Ink Set with embellishments

 

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A is for Art Journals
 
The last topic we'll touch on today involving stamping is art journaling.  Those that practice this creative form of keeping a diary often use stamping supplies like inks, pens, paint, watercolor pencils, collage pieces - whatever you'd like, really!  One advantage of using stamps in this form of art specifically is if you are uncomfortable drawing or creating your own doodles, stamps can easily give you that artistic look for you!
 
Some of you may have seen this before, but we'll include it in case you find it helpful for gathering your own art journal supplies  - in this video Kristina shares her recommendations for creating an art journal of your own.  (See her art journal here)

A is for art journaling

1. Dear Me 2.  Mini art journal 3.  Kristina's art journal  4. Blank Art Journal 5. Direction 6. Points of Two

7.  God's Hand  8.  Everyday Art Journal  9.  Our House

 

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We hope you enjoyed today's topics for the letter A!  We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge!  Just use today's themes in a project and upload it by next Sunday the 16th at 11:59 pm CST.  We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors, including today's vendor - American Crafts!  We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.
 
We hope you'll join us tomorrow as we cover the letter B!

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