Bows and ornaments

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Bows collection
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Christmas ornaments and decorations, Christmas tree, various Christmas balls, mandarins, ribbons, gifts packs, bell, nuts, apples, bows:
Christmas collection / isolated objects
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Christmas ornaments and decorations, Christmas tree, various Christmas balls, mandarins, ribbons, gifts packs, bell, nuts, apples, bows:
Christmas collection / isolated objects
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Christmas paper, poinsettia and antique collages

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Red and green floral backgrounds. Original pattern textured with collage from leaves like flower Poinsettia (Christmas star or Winter rose). Ready to be repeated in all directions seamlessly or cutout the centerpiece.

Red:
Christmas red floral pattern
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Green:
Christmas green floral pattern
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Christmas colors background with grunge fabric or canvas texture and copy space:
Christmas Colors Fabric Grunge
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Vintage Art Paper Background
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Christmas grunge and plaid paper sheets

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Christmas style grunge vintage background:
Vintage background christmas theme
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Christmas style grunge vintage background:
Vintage background christmas theme
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Christmas style grunge vintage background:
Vintage background christmas theme
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Christmas style grunge vintage background:
Vintage background christmas theme
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Christmas style grunge vintage background:
Vintage background christmas theme
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Christmas plaid, red and green. Can be tiled seamlessly. Vector is available.
Vector Christmas Plaid
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Vintage floral lace borders, black and white

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Vintage floral lace borders with butterflies:

Vintage floral Scrapbook Background
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Vintage floral lace collage borders, four quarters:

Vintage floral Scrapbook Background
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Floral collage fantesy garden frame, white on black:

Vintage floral Scrapbook Background
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[article] Scrapbooking Borders - by Katie S. Turner

Are scrapbooking borders really necessary or are they becoming a thing of the past?

Fashions come and go & admittedly at one time, to create a scrapbook and not think to include borders would have been sacrilege.

They frame a page beautifully and can often entail themes of a certain event or day that took place. I've often colour-coded my borders within a scrapbook, denoting different countries visited and/or different ages of nieces and nephews when collating family memorabilia. So, in the past I've been grateful for borders. They certainly have more uses than just adding decoration and a frame.

However, of late I've been scrapbooking and have deliberately not included borders.
Maybe it's because I've more time on my hands now and I want to break out of a rut but I'm trying to make my pages more interesting. Having no borders is making me explore other options and making me literally think outside the box.

Scrapbooking borders have been useful for framing a page but when I really want to hold my reader's interest and draw attention to something, not having a border surprises them and that in itself; I find, draws them into the page.

I personally like the look of parchment or anything that gives an aged effect to my work and often this entails less than perfect finishes and plenty of texture.

Borders, I find can be too neat and exacting for this style & instead I like the occasional piece of a journal to stick out beyond a page, inviting the reader to think "oh, I wonder what that's about". As long as it is presented sturdily and in not too outlandish a fashion, I think it works rather well.

Then instead of a border, a momento can be affixed to a corner of the page and a little quote or explanation can be included near to it. This allows more to be included on each page and gives a more unique and personalised effect for your treasured scrapbook.

Scrapbooking borders, to be or not to be? The choice is yours.

For a whole range of scrapbooking ideas, offers and freebies check out my website http://scrapperscrop.blogspot.com/

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Katie_S_Turner

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Vintage floral border and collage papers

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Vintage frame for photo in brown with bird and leaves:

Photo Frame
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Floral collage scrapbook background / paper with yellow roses:

Scrapbook floral collage Background
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Painted collage style scrapbook background / paper:

Scrapbook painted collage Background
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Bows, ribbons, push pins, envelops - design elements

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Four crimped ribbon bows
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Collection of tapes
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Set of colorful pushpins:
Colorful push pins pushpins
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Set of greeting cards & envelopes
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Embellishments - Christmas ornaments

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Collections of Christmas ornaments isolated on white background to trim your christmas tree or embellish any other design:

Christmas Ornaments
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Christmas ornaments collection
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Christmas Balls Collection
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[article] In the Words of Others - Choosing the Right Quote For Your Scrapbook Pages - by Alecia Lehmann

It may be true that a picture may be worth a thousand words, when you are trying to preserve a memory for future generations it helps to add a little verbiage to your pages. Memory isn't always accurate, and to really get the most out of your scrapbooking efforts, you may want to consider adding some quotes or phrases to your pages.

Think of using quotes as a sort of bridge between writing an entire diary entry about your photos and losing the meaning behind the pictures by leaving words out entirely. Quotes can serve as both an embellishment and a form of journaling. They an convey the essence of a memory, allowing you to provide the substance through more detailed journaling.

By implementing scrapbooking quotes, you can convey universal emotion to accompany your very personal memories. When taken together with your photos, memorabilia and other embellishments, scrapbooking quotes can help you create a complete layout that will inspire reminiscing, even years after the event has taken place.

But what makes a good scrapbooking quote? A good scrapbooking quote will be:

Catchy - An effective scrapbook quote should be easily remembered. It should stick in your head and make an impact. Think of your favourite song or artist. The best ones get to be that way because they have staying power.

Relevant - The scrapbooking quote may come off as trivial to the reader. However, the meaning of the scrapbooking quote should not be so vague that the reader has to use all of his or her brainpower to understand it. That is, unless you intend for the scrapbook to take on an air of mystery and clue-finding.

Short - A good scrapbooking quote should be able to grab the reader's attention quickly, in just a few words. Unless it is the goal of your layout to have the quote be the center of attention, it should not overpower the photos or memorabilia on your page. The goal of the quote is to bridge the gap between your own words and the images on the page.

Emotional - This does not mean that every quote has to incite tears! A quote should evoke some kind of emotion, sadness, nostalgia, happiness, excitement, etc. - whatever the intended emotion of the layout is.

These are just a few ideas for how scrapbooking quotes can enhance your layouts and your memories. But scrapbooks are personal, and the choice of what makes a good quote is ultimately up to you. If it complements your memories in a way that is meaningful to you, it's the right choice.

Search the Internet for a wealth of ideas for scrapbook quotes. There's a treasure trove of choices out there!

Article written by Alecia Lehmann ... a Scrapbook enthusiast! If you enjoyed this article and would like to create professional looking scrapbooks using simple (and often free) ideas, then go to http://www.megascrapbooking.com/

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Sweet embellishments

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Collection of christmas cookies, 3D render illustration over white:
Collection of christmas cookies.
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Christmas cakes collection isolated on white background:
Christmas cakes collection
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Christmas trees, Santa banner, fanciful giftboxes

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Christmas trees
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Santa Claus label, tag or card:
Christmas label Santa Claus
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Collection of fanciful gift boxes on white background:
Collection fancy gift boxes
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More gifts, isolated on white:
Presets collection
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Bows, ribbons, various Christmas symbols

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Ribbons collection
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Christmas collection
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Christmas collection
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[article] How to Make ABC Scrapbooking Albums - by Christine Perry

If you are unsure of what ABC scrapbooking albums are, quite simply they are albums for anyone or any event that work similar to a school book. Each page is a different letter of the alphabet, in order from A to Z. ABC albums aren't meant to be just A-B-C in order with no real rhyme or reason, but they are supposed to center around a particular theme.

For example, suppose you wanted to make a baby ABC scrapbooking album. For the first page, you would have a phrase or words that start with A, such as "apple of our eye," "adorable," or "angel." You would decorate the page with embellishments or cutouts or other items that highlight these same words. If you used "apple of our eye," you would of course make it a red and apple green colored page, with apples or apple trees, along with a picture of your smiling baby. Your B page might have words and phrases such as "beautiful baby boy," "bath time" or "blessing from above." Your decorations could be anything that starts with a B, such as balls, bats, bells, bibs, and so on.

The real trick to ABC scrapbooking albums is that you want it to be obvious what you're doing with every page. The ABC order and the theme should be clear. For your pages, make sure you have several styles of the letter scattered throughout the page and on top of the elements and embellishments you are using so that it is obvious you are doing these letters in order.

Babies are not the only theme you can use for ABC albums. You can also do Christmas albums or other holidays, graduation albums, or albums that just have a certain someone's pictures. Usually you can find phrases, words, or elements to use that fit on every page. For instance, for weddings you could have announcements, aisle, altar, and arrangement, then bride, bouquet, best man, and so on. Each page simply needs to revolve around the next letter of the alphabet.

ABC scrapbooking albums make great gifts. Children love the idea of going through the alphabet on each page. Consider making an album for a child that lists all the people who love him from A to Z. For example, A is for Aunt Marge, B is for Betty and C is for Cousin Ann. Get creative with themes. How about a recipe ABC album for a bridal shower gift?

You can make ABC scrapbooking albums very simply if you just get creative with your words and phrases, and make sure to include that particular letter throughout the page. Mix up your lettering style from large block letters to script style. If you get stuck on certain letters, such as X, Q or Z, don't hesitate to cheat a little and check the dictionary, or take some creative license. X can be "x-tra special" or "x-cellent." After all, the entire point of any scrapbooking project is to be creative and whimsical.

Christine Perry is an avid scrapbooker and has over 10 years of scrapbooking experience. Her favorite scrapbooking subjects are her reluctant teenagers. She invites you to her website, http://www.intoscrapbooking.com/ for more on beginner scrapbooking and scrapbooking tags.

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[article] Candy Bar Wrappers - Easy Ways to Create These Chocolate Party Favors - by Linda Kling

Are you looking for a great idea for party favors for your next celebration? How about covering chocolate bars with wrappers customized for your occasion? You can even make them yourself. They're cheap, easy and appeal to all age groups. Besides, everyone loves candy. Here's some simple ways to create these festive treats.

Wrapping paper

You don't have to be crafty, if you want to make these yourself. An easy way to make candy bar wrappers is to simply cover the bars with gift wrap. This material is great because it's thin enough to mold around your chocolate. Plus, it's available in festive prints, like balloons for a birthday or hearts for a wedding.

Use the rolls and not the folded sheets of paper, to avoid creases where you don't want them. Choose quality paper. Dollar store wraps may be cheap, but can easily tear. It's better to pick something a little stronger, even if it costs more.

Next, measure and cut out your candy bar wrappers from the paper. If you're covering regular 1.55 ounce Hershey bars, for example, you will need to cut pieces that are 5.25 inches by 5.5 inches. Then all that's left to do is to place the chocolate face down on top of the unprinted side of the gift wrap and pull both sides of the paper to the center of the treat. Use double stick tape or a glue stick to hold in place.

If you want to personalize these even further, you can print out a message on paper. Use fancy fonts in complimentary colors. Cut out your text with regular, scallop or other decorative edge scissors. Then use a glue stick to adhere to the top of your completed bars. Or, you can set up your personalization in your label software on your computer and print it on inkjet peel and stick labels. Also, check the scrapbooking section of your local craft store for adhesive backed tags and journaling blanks that you can write on and attach to your treats.

Free stuff online

If you want something that looks a little more polished, you can find websites that offer free printable candy bar wrappers or templates. Try looking for these on your favorite search engine. You'll be surprised how many nice people are giving these away. They're available in many sizes to fit different chocolate treats. You may have to hunt a little to find something close to what you want, but most of the work has already been done for you.

You will find two types of freebies. First, there are the printable designs. With these, all you have to do is print them directly from your web browser. Then cut up, wrap and glue. The other type are templates that you download. These are generally set up for specific programs, such as Microsoft Word. After you save it to your computer, you open the template in the corresponding program. You can then edit it, if you want.

Some extra tips

If you will be making a lot of these party favors, you may want to consider investing in an inexpensive paper trimmer. It will make all that cutting go faster and your cuts will be straight.

Another thing to keep in mind is that a lot of popular commercial candy bars are now packaged with plastic wrappers that are crimped at the edges. They no longer have the foil covering underneath. So, if you like the look of the old-fashioned chocolate bar with foil peaking out of the edge, you can still achieve it. First, tape down the crimped edges, so they don't poke through. And cover the whole thing with either thin aluminum or confectionery foil (found online). Then place your personalized wrapper around it.

Also, you may want to experiment to see what will work best to hold your wrappers together. Glue sticks don't seem to hold as well as double stick tape. Adhesive dots and strips are even better. You can find these at the local craft store.

The easiest method

If you don't have the time, inclination or ability to make these chocolate party favors yourself, you can still be involved in creating them. You choose the design, message, fonts, color and maybe even add a photo or two, and let the professionals do the work. Since these candy bar wrappers will be personalized according to your specifications, they are uniquely your creation. Search online for a company that has great designs and prices, and will work with you to customize your favors. They may even offer you a choice in chocolates from popular brands to those freshly made by a chocolatier.

Whether you make these yourself or create them with a professional, candy bar wrappers are fast, affordable and fun. So, the next time you have a special occasion on the horizon, consider these personalized chocolate favors. Your guests will love them!

About the Author
Linda Kling, as the owner of Photo Party Favors, has offered ideas to people planning parties since 1992. Visit her website for more information on photo chocolate favors, including personalized candy bar wrappers with gourmet chocolate bars.

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Young boy eating bar of chocolate
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[article] My top 10 online blog advertising tips - by Emma Howarth

In general, I would say advertise your blog anywhere and everywhere! That doesn't mean to say you should be spamming your blog to the extent you become blacklisted, but that there are key places or sites to focus on!

1. Article writing - many bloggers have got where they are because they have submitted useful articles to directories such as ezine articles and articlebase that become linked to by other sites, followed on Twitter etc and become known as 'an authority' on this particular area.

2. Search engine submitting - Now this might seem an obvious point, but rather than waiting for Google and other sites to pick up on your blog, submit it manually, as it usually will get indexed a lot quicker. There are sites that will do this for you, but if yours is a pretty mainstream blog, I would suggest submitting them manually saving you both time and money.

3. Social media - Sites like Twitter, Facebook, Myspace have really taken off and are a fantastic resource for advertising your blog. Aside from being able to message friends with updates on your blog, Facebook in particular offers paid advertising which you can use to target certain groups, you can also set up your own groups inviting like minded people, or join groups yourself. Twitter can be used for posting announcements about you blog, and following other like-minded people in the aim that they will also follow you. If you don't wish to target people in this way, Youtube allows users to post videos of interest while at the same time advertising their content.

4. Forums - Again, forums, like social media can be used to target people with similar interests. In most forums you can create a signature which appears in your posts (I would advertise checking though so it doesn't seem like spamming), and as you gradually build up a presence on the forum, you can introduce your site into your posts. This is a longer term method however so that it doesn't come across as spamming your site.

5. Classified Ads - Another useful method is Classified Advertising. Sites such as Craigslist provide a method of posting an advertisement advertising your site rather than advertising goods themselves, but can be used in the same way. Another UK based option is gumtree or Adtrader.

6. Digg.com - Digg is a site allowing users to publish news items, videos and images of interest to the general public in the form of original content you have published on your site. By submitting it, the more 'diggs' (hits) an item gets, the more likely it is to appear on the home page or become one of the more popular items.

7. Signatures - Linked to forums to some extent, but that can also be based around your email, are signatures, providing both a link and some relevant text to your site.

8. Link exchanges/submission/rss feeds - These vary, in that link exchanges are exchanges with other sites of relevance to yours, generally I would aim for higher PR ones, the higher the better, whereas link submissions are submissions to link exchange sites without having to provide them with a link back on your site. I would limit both these though as Google can sometimes see it as link farming.

9. Paid advertising - In some cases this can work, using methods such as Facebook, or Google adwords, but you need to word your adverts very carefully, and do the same with keywords, otherwise you're targeting the wrong people with the wrong keywords totally.

10. Press releases/ news items - Sites such as searchbyheadlines.com, as well as many others, allow you to submit your own press releases to them which are then distributed to various companies.

About the Author
Having never been into designing websites, advertising etc over the past few months I;ve found that I've really got into it, finiding news methods that work etc. These are my top 10 tips for advertising your site online.

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[article] Beware Of Affiliate Programs Designed To Cheat You - by Ba Kiwanuka

There are few things more annoying than those moments when you've put in a considerable amount of effort, sweat, mental anguish and pain in promoting an affiliate program product just to get cheated out of your hard-earned commission by of all things the affiliate program itself! Sure who doesn't know that there are and will always be wily marketers ready to pounce on your affiliate Id and swap it with theirs if you haven't disguised or cloaked it (and no this is not an article promoting affiliate cloaking software...all the ones I have ever bought never ever worked! If you truly want to mask your links for free go to tinyurl.com) But back to the problem on hand...getting conned by the affiliate program itself? OUCH! Now that's a low blow indeed!

So let's break it down and see how this can happen. Let me add here that just occasionally by the way, such scenarios are the results of a mistake, but more often than not it is done intentionally. The real kicker though is that those websites offering affiliate programs designed to enrich the merchant yet leave you, the affiliate, out in the cold are legally well within their rights; i.e., you can't go blabbing to the web police crying foul play and expect any retribution or justice so the onus is on you to sniff out those sneaky merchants.

Case Of The 7-Day Affiliate Cookie Versus The 15-Day Free Trial!

Huh? A 7-Day cookie yet the merchant is offering a 15-day free trial! Can you see what's wrong with this picture? But just in case you don't, let me clarify things by explaining what cookies are. Simply put, a cookie is a harmless piece of computer code or script that captures harmless information (such as identifying a computer through current and subsequent visits, websites visited and date of visit). This is of importance to you because this is how a merchant can tell that a particular customer who purchased from them was referred by you, thus ensuring you get your commission. The importance of cookies does not stop there.

There're cookies and there are cookies!

Cookies are coded to expire after a set period of time. So if a merchant supplies you (the affiliate) with cookies programmed to expire after 120 days, this means that if one of your referrals makes a purchase anytime within those 120 days, you'll get credited for that sale and get paid your commission. Remember, it generally takes at least several instances of exposure to a product before a person is ready to buy! So the longer lasting the cookie, the better...at least from your point of view as an affiliate.

Right, so let's take a closer look at the merchant website that offered a 7-day cookie for its affiliate program yet at the same time offers its visitors a 15-day free trial period of the product. I'm sure you've caught on to the scam now...there's no way that you are going to get any commission because by the time the prospective buyer (who originated from your website through your affiliate link) is ready to purchase once their 15-day free trial is up, the cookie encoded with your affiliate link would have already expired!

So what can you do in such a case? If you really like the product and feel quite strongly about promoting it, you could contact the merchant and inform them that you'd love to promote their product but you happened to notice that they also offered a co-existent 15-day free trial period. Politely point out to them that that 15-day free trial effectively nullifies any possibility of you being able to generate any commissions with a 7-day affiliate-link cookie in place. Then graciously ask if they could extend the cookie duration to a 30-day period which should at least make it possible for you to actually get awarded your rightful commissions.

Nine times out of ten the reply (if you get any at all) is going to be NO unless you are a heavy hitter with an impressive volume of traffic or an extensive subscriber list...and if you also have evidence to backup your claims of heavy-hitter stardom . If, however, you still get a negative response or no response at all then don't waste any more time and simply move on and forget all about promoting that program, unless you are a natural born altruist (a selfless person dedicated to help others at no personal gain).

The Multi-Pay Option Game

This is another sneaky way in which you can be duped out of your rightful commissions, although this is not as deadly effective as the free-trial-period scam. Okay let's consider a scenario in which you're promoting an affiliate product listed at Click Bank (probably the largest online directory listing of digital marketing products available for affiliate promotion). A scenario such as this would have you send visitors from your site to the merchant's website via a link encoded with your Click Bank affiliate Id (the click bank Id is part of the cookie encoded with your affiliate information enabling them to distinguish that it was indeed you who referred the purchaser.)

In an ideal situation, the prospect who you referred would then purchase the product and hey you just got commission! But what if the sneaky merchant gives that prospective buyer another payment option on their landing page, such as payment through PayPal? Your referral might decide hmmmm, lemme use the funds in my PayPal account instead... and just like that your commission is gone! As I pointed out earlier, this method does not cheat you out of your commissions as effectively as the free-trial one above, because in this case you have a 50/50 chance of getting your commission but in the other case you basically have none!
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[article] Art Rubber Stamps - by Adam Raidabaugh

Rubber stamping, which is often called art stamping is a wonderful hobby or craft. Art stamping is the process where you create a pattern or image on anything in order to present it in an artistic manner with the help of a stamp. Art stamping is extensively applied to paper, glass, wood, canvas, metal and plastic. When you apply a creative image on something, you are enhancing its look as well as its value. Because of this and at the same time affordability, art stamping is gaining in much popularity. People, now-a-days incorporate creative image with the help of rubber stamps on gifts and many more.

If you have no idea about how art stamps look, you can go through various online stores that boast a variety of art rubber stamps, instead of taking the pain to go to many local stores. Art stamps available on online stores are very fashionable and trendy. They can be used to decorate a variety of things. People, most commonly use them for scrapbooking, gift decoration, wall decoration and fabric decoration.

Art rubber stamping is an excellent way to express and present your creativity. Rubber stamps allow you to create your choice of stamps or images. With a variety of art stamps, you can use them on various occasions. Use them in scrapbooking your cards, albums; stationery, invitations, greeting cards and gift wrap and fabric. Art rubber stamps make great tool for scrapbookers, entrepreneurs and stationery lovers around the world.

Art rubber stamps are available in thousands of stamp designs. Manufacturers offer you with custom stamp-making services, so that you can make your stamp personalized. These stamps are found in two forms- mounted and unmounted. Mounted art rubber stamps come pre-assembled with the stamp that is already adhered to a wooden or acrylic block, which make handling and stamping convenient, easy and clean. But, with unmounted art rubber stamps, you are required to keep several different sizes of mounting blocks. Additionally, you need to purchase special adhesives in order to remove the stamps from the blocks once you are done. Unmounted stamps are favored by stamp lovers, since they allow stampers to create a large variety of designs very quickly!

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This article has been written by an expert at Acorn Sales. Find more information on Art rubber stamps here.

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[scrapping-etc] Reading AngelZ Book Club! - by DeDe Smith

Please join me in our first Reading AngelZ Book Club Crop!

Thursday, July 17th
9pm EST in the Divine Digital Chatroom


Read the Book - The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Come to the Crop and Discuss it
Get a free Bracket Album Page just for coming to the crop!
Do a layout about the book
Receive a full-kit as your posting bonus

If you don't get a chance to read it...COME ANYWAY...and hear about the book so you can see what it is all about. You won't want to miss the freebie and the fun discussion!

FOR ALL THE DETAILS...please visit this THREAD!

SEE YOU THERE!
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Hanging key bunches

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Old keys with mini pad lock
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Bunch of keys:
Bunch of keys
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