Masculine Birthday Card in a Complementary Scheme

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Peekaboo Peach, the Tint of the Orange Color Group, has a Complement in Pacific Point, the Hue of the Blue Color Group.  I wanted a very simple design that would create a Complementary Color Scheme, without overwhelming Peekaboo Peach.  Besides, I wanted to use the moose image from The Wilderness Awaits stamp set!

The card is designed to lie flat, so it’s easy to mail.  I also made it a gate-fold card for added interest.  The moose image layers cover the closure, which is one Mini Glue Dot.  I’ve found that Mini Glue Dots can be used for re-closable cards, as long as you only apply one or two dots.  Otherwise, apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the overlapping side and use a half-square of hook-and-loop closures.

My gate-fold is an 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece of card stock scored at 3” and 7-1/8” on the long edge.  Be sure to crease the folds well with a Bone Folder, otherwise they’ll pop open.  The two sides of the gate will overlap and would stay closed with the moose image layers attached if the layers were embellished with heavy accents or trims.

This color combination is good for Masculine, Birthday, Thank You, Friendship, Graduation (depending on school colors), All Occasion and Get Well cards and scrapbook page themes.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Peekaboo Peach

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Peekaboo Peach is the Tint of the Orange Color GroupPumpkin Pie is the Tone of the same group and adds contrast to the Monochromatic Color SchemeTip Top Taupe, of the Neutrals Group, adds contrast and a little depth.  Besides, the color is used in a coordinating ribbon.

The design is summery because of the warm Orange colors, especially with Peekaboo Peach being the main color.  The Tip Top Taupe tree is stamped with Peekaboo Peach leaves and adorned with a Pumpkin Pie-stamped bird to keep the Monochromatic Scheme intact.  When I get to use more colors, you may very well see this tree again!

By the way, the stamp set and Thinlits™ Dies are new and only available from August 2nd through 31st.  You can buy the Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set individually or in a bundle with the Beautiful Branches Thinlits.  Click this link to see the Thoughtful Branches Bundle images and ordering information.

The Monochromatic Color Combination of Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie and Tip Top Taupe is good for Thank You, Birthday, Get Well, Congratulations, Masculine and All Occasion themes in cards and scrapbook pages.

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Keep Up With the Latest Trends

The Word News from LettersMy monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, lets you keep up with the latest trends in rubber stamping and papercrafting.  It brings you hot news and the latest tips every issue.  The newsletter is delivered directly to your inbox on the first Tuesday or Wednesday of the month.  News items are usually included in each article or in a “news bite” in the introduction.

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A Quick Tip About Foam Adhesive Strips

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The Foam Adhesive Strips (141825) individually are 1/8” wide and 1/8” high and come in a package of two sheets approximately 9” long by 3” wide.  You can curve them to fit a shape or leave them straight to frame a window and create shaker cards.  You can also do shaker embellishments to attach to a scrapbook page.

If you want more stability than a single strip provides, use two.  You can remove them from the backing sheet in two’s (or three’s) and treat them as one item.  The height means you don’t have to double-stack Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) ever again!

I cut one of the sheets in either one-half or one-third so the Strips are easier to work with.  I leave them long if I’m lining a curved shape or a long, straight window.  Luckily, you get two sheets in the package!

The Foam Adhesive Strips are great, but be careful to use the adhesive sides.  The Strips are also very fond of rolling over on their sides, which are just foam and won’t stick.

If you need an answer to any question about the Foam Adhesive Strips or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Foam Adhesive Strips.

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Flirty Flamingo in a Tropical Tetrad Color Scheme

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I wanted to use Flirty Flamingo in a Tetrad Color Scheme and make it a tropical design featuring the flamingo image from the Pop of Paradise Stamp SetI went wild with the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and created a lush tropical bower of flowers, with the flamingo peeking through.  The die-cuts are highlighted with the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set images, but you can’t see some of the leaves.  It still came out very tropical and lush!

Flirty Flamingo is a Tint in the Red-Orange/Orange-Red Color GroupIt forms a Tetrad Color Scheme with members of the Green-Blue/Blue-Green, Red-Violet/Violet-Red and Green-Yellow/Yellow-Green Color GroupsI combined the Split Tertiary Groups into consolidated Tertiary Groups so I could pick the most tropical combination.

You have Flirty Flamingo with Rich Razzleberry from the Red-Violet Color Group, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz from the Yellow-Green Color Group and Tempting Turquoise and Mint Macarón from the Blue-Green Color GroupThis combination needed something to make it more tropical, so I accented with Crushed Curry circles from the Regals Enamel Shapes to make it a Tetrad-Plus Color SchemeThe Crushed Curry flower centers, from the Yellow-Orange Color Group, add more warmth and tropical ambience than White would.

I painted the Mint Macarón frond, which lies on the diagonal underneath everything, with a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter BrushI had excess adhesive showing, so I used the good, trusty old Adhesive Remover to get rid of it.  However, the Adhesive Remover also erases the glitter paint, so I had to touch up.  Wink of Stella dries pretty quickly, so it isn’t a big deal.  Tip:  use the side of the brush tip to paint large areas.  The point is great for fine lines.

If this combination doesn’t say “Party!!”, I don’t know what does!  Use it for cards and pages with Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement, Bon Voyage, Thank You, Friendship and Good Luck themes.  Don’t forget Luaus!

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Ready to Pop Mini Popcorn Box

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As I promised in my previous articles, Popcorn Mini Treat Box and Lined Mini Popcorn Box, here is a Mini Popcorn Box adorned with images from the Ready to Pop Stamp Set.  I decided to use the Thick Whisper White Card Stock for the box and the embellishments… just for fun!  (Also since the box folds for storage, the Thick Whisper White will let it last longer-it’s more sturdy!!)

I decided to use regular Whisper White Card Stock for the stripes as the striped stamp image is a bit large for the box.  You could do an all-over pattern with the stamp, instead of die-cuts.  I stamped ten images with the Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad, then die-cut the tapered stripes and adhered them to the box.  The stamp image just fits on Clear Block H.

The popcorn images fit well in the opposite corners of Clear Block B, so you can stamp two at once.  Be sure to leave room for the die-cutting when you stamp a second set.  I stamped twelve so there would be three popcorns on each side of the box.  Note:  Even if you use the Big Shot Magnetic Platform, you should secure the dies over the images with Post-It™ Notes or other removable tape.  To get the best results, use good light to position and secure the dies, then take the card stock or paper to the Big Shot for cutting.

I put popcorn into a 6” x 8” Cellophane Bag and tied it closed.  You get about a quarter cup (or less) of popped corn in the bag – just a taste.  The 2” x 8” Cellophane Bag may work better.  You could also make a plain bag from Glassine Sheets using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits DiesOr you could just make single-use boxes from Card Stock, Designer Series Paper or Butcher Paper and then throw them out after you have your popcorn.  The box might hold a half-cup of popcorn without the bags.  Lining with a bag is just for keeping the boxes clean enough to fold up and put away, then reuse.

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Flirty Flamingo’s Party Complementary Scheme

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My goodness!  I was so involved with Pokémon Go when I introduced Flirty Flamingo, that I didn’t mention anything about the Color Group!  I’ll make up for it in this Flirty Flamingo Complementary Color Scheme article.

Flirty Flamingo is a Tint in the Red-Orange Color Group.  Its Complement is a color in the GreenBlue Color Group.  There are four Green-Blue members, but I chose the Hue, Bermuda Bay, for its brightness.  The intensity of Bermuda Bay coordinates well with the brightness of Flirty Flamingo and gives a party feel to the combination.

Notice that I used the Split-Tertiary Color Groups for this combination.  You can certainly use any Blue-Green from the consolidated Tertiary Color Group, but you will get a different feel.  Tempting Turquoise would be the closest to this combination, but then it’s also a Hue.  Additionally, the members of the Orange-Red Split Tertiary Color Group would also work for the Monochromatic Color Scheme I used in the Pokémon Go Card, but the combination wouldn’t be as dramatic as I wanted.

This combination of Flirty Flamingo and Bermuda Bay is good for any party or celebration: Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement, Bon Voyage (pages, too), along with Thank You, Baby, Friendship and Wedding.

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Back to School Already? Need Extra Cash?

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Can you believe it’s already Back to School time?  Do you need extra cash for the school clothes and supplies?  How about owning your own stamping business and having extra cash every month?

As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you can make extra cash with your own stamping business and share your crafting talents while you’re doing so.  You can work your business to fit your own schedule and lifestyle – and can even earn full-time pay for part-time work!

Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well?  It’s simple if you own your own stamping business!  Those Back to School costs will not be a problem again!  Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas.  You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above.  If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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Do You Pokémon Go?

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Do you Pokémon Go?  I haven’t really tried it yet, but I think I’ll use it for exercise – walking to the nearest PokéStop.  Maybe at some point I’ll actually get it to work.  However, this inspired me to create a Designer Poké Ball in the Real Life Color Coach’s Color of the Week this week.  How about a Poké Ball in Flirty Flamingo?

I know there’s an owl Pokémon, but I don’t know what it’s called.  So I made up my own – a Flirty Flamingo wannabe Pokémon owl to go with the Flirty Flamingo Designer Poké Ball!  I used Basic Black, Whisper White and Smoky Slate for the contrast colors in the Monochromatic Color Scheme for Flirty Flamingo.

Tips for putting the card together:

  1. Use your DIY Picker-Upper to glue on the tiny pieces (eyes, heart, etc.).
  2. Save your extra punch-outs in a cellophane bag or bag from embellishment packaging. I didn’t have to punch out extra owls for this project… just used my saved pieces!
  3. Glitz up the Poké Ball button with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

By the way, the card design was approved by an expert Pokémon player, my oldest granddaughter.

This card is great for any friendship or celebration wishes for your Pokémon Go & Pokémon players.  You don’t even need to change the greeting!

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Big Shot Sandwiches Handy Reference Updated

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In a previous article, I talked about Big Shot™ Sandwiches and why and how to use them.  I followed up with a Handy Reference for Big Shot™ Sandwiches.  Now that there have been several changes to the Stampin’ Up!® line of Big Shot products, I’ve updated to remove the references to the Original and Bigz Dies and the Texture Boutique™ Embossing Machine.  I also added the new Big Shot Platforms to the list.  The list is alphabetized by die type for the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) and listed in top-down order.

Additional Accessories Noted:  Standard Cutting Pads (#113475); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Big Shot Platform (142802); Precision Base Plate (139684)

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Edgelits™:  Standard Cutting Pad, single sheet of Card Stock or other material, Die with cutting edge down, Standard Cutting Pad, Big Shot Platform with Thin Die Adapter or Big Shot Magnetic Platform.

Framelits™:  Standard Cutting Pad, Die with cutting edge down, single sheet of Card Stock or other material, Standard Cutting Pad, Big Shot Platform with Thin Die Adapter or Big Shot Magnetic Platform.

Intricate Dies (Framelits or Thinlits):  Standard Cutting Pad, Die with cutting edge down; single sheet of Card Stock or other material, Precision Base Plate; Big Shot Platform with Thin Die Adapter

Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders:  Standard Cutting Pad; Embossing Folder with material placed between the covers, with part of material between the covers and the rest wrapped around the folder or with a double piece in between the covers; Standard Cutting Pad; Big Shot Platform.

Thinlits™:  Standard Cutting Pad, Die with cutting edge down, single sheet of Card Stock or other material, Standard Cutting Pad, Big Shot Platform with Thin Die Adapter or Big Shot Magnetic Platform.

If you need an answer to any question about the Big Shot, Sandwiches, Platforms or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Big Shot.

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Remember: Bonus Days Are Still Going On

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If you remember, Bonus Days are special shopping days: Earn coupons in July, Spend them in August!  Kind of like Kohl’s Cash or the special coupons on Black Friday from J.C. Penney’s, Macy’s and lots of other stores!

So here’s how the Bonus Days Coupon works.  For every $50 you spend in between now and July 31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2 and August 31.  The coolest thing is – there’s NO LIMIT!

Here’s the scoop:

  • Bonus Coupon Earnings Period: July 7–31, 2016
  • Bonus Coupon Redemption Period: August 2–31, 2016
  • Be sure to give your email address when you place your order, because Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
  • When you get your email(s), save them AND write down the coupon codes to keep in a safe place (or at least a place where you’ll be able to find them again!). Codes cannot be resent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
  • Don’t have email? You can place your order through me and I’ll help you get your coupons.  Just call me at (707) 695-3571 and be sure to leave a message if I don’t answer.  I’ll get back to you as soon as I’m free.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, except Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes CAN be redeemed.

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150 (and you’ll earn 3 Bonus Days coupons).  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar to get in on the Bonus Days promotion.

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Designer Series Paper Stacks as a Tool

Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comYou know I’ve been doing a lot of projects with the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack (141657).  The most recent one was the Simple Rose Thank You Card.  I find it’s a great tool to use for both cardmaking and pagemaking!  I like this particular DSP Stack mainly because the patterns use three out of the five new 2016-2018 In Colors (Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach) and the other two (Dapper Denim and Flirty Flamingo) coordinate with the various designs as well.

Designer Series Paper Stacks are pads of 6” x 6” square sheets of double-sided paper.  Each pad contains 48 sheets, 4 each of 12 different double-sided designs.  This gives you 24 different patterns and enough of each to create stacks of cards and pages!

The advantage to the 6” square size is that you can make mats for your typical 4” x 6” photos (you may want to trim the photos a bit), as well as use a whole sheet for color-blocking on scrapbook pages.  Here is a page idea I did a while back: Whirligig Scrapbook Page Fun to Make article.  The color blocks are smaller than 6” x 6”, but you get the idea.  The excess paper after you trim the sheet is good for everything from paper ribbon to smaller color blocks.

I made a list of suggestions for using Designer Series Paper Stacks back when the Stacks were 4-1/2” x 6-1/2”.  I’ve updated it somewhat for 6” x 6”.

Card Maker Uses:

  • Patterned Background for 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, 3″ x 3″ or other size cards, trimmed or not.
  • Paper “ribbons”.
  • Patterned Die Cuts.
  • Patterned Punches.
  • Fancy Folds/Origami.
  • Envelope Linings.

Scrapbooker Uses:

  • Photo mats for standard 4″ x 6″ photos, trim the photos.
  • Color block or Crazy Quilt backgrounds, trimmed or not.
  • Paper “ribbons” & strips (easy to piece together).
  • Patterned Die Cuts.
  • Patterned Punches.
  • Fancy Folds/Origami.

Other Paper Crafting Uses:

  • Lined/Reversible treat boxes.
  • Lined/Reversible treat bags.
  • Paper “ribbons” & strips (easy to piece together).
  • Patterned Die Cuts.
  • Patterned Punches.
  • Fancy Folds/Origami.
  • Handmade Paper (use up your scraps).

I’m sure you’ve got more ideas to add.  Please email me or add your suggestions in comments below.

If you need an answer to any question about Designer Series Paper Stacks or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Designer Series Paper Stacks.

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Eleven Hours Left for the Discount on More Trendy Cards Class

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The Early Bird Discount on the second edition of Trendy Cards for All Occasions for the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog Class ends today!  Tomorrow the Class fee is $45.  You will get to create two new All Occasion cards in more of the latest trendy designs in this class.  Matching envelopes included.  Plus, you will be using additional new products, so the cards shown are not what you’ll be making!

Payment must be received by the deadline and made through PayPal on the link below the class description.  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

By the Way, for you out-of-towners, there WILL be an online version of this class forthcoming.

Date:   July 27, 2016

Time:   7:00-9:00pm

Place:   2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration:   $35

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Simple Rose Thank You Card

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I always need Thank You cards, don’t you?  I am extremely fond of this Simple Rose design because it IS so simple and you can make a ton of them in a hurry!  You don’t even have to use the same color!

My favorite product from the 2016 Occasions Catalog that carried over into the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog is the Rose Wonder Bundle, which was the Rose Wonder Stamp Set and the coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits™ Dies bundled together.  Now you get them separately, but they’re wonderful together!

I’ve used the sentiments, like Thank You, and the frame in any number of designs, more than I’ve used the rose images.  I tend to adore using the Rose Garden Dies and cut out the rose image from any solid color.  A tip on adhering the rose: just glue the center and outer edges – this keeps the oozing down a bit.

The Thank You Card is also done in an Emerald Envy Split Complementary Plus Color Scheme.  Emerald Envy of the Green Color Group has Split Complements in Sweet Sugarplum of the Violet-Red/Red-Violet Color Group and Blushing Bride of the Red-Orange/Orange-Red Color Group.  This pattern from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack includes Peekaboo Peach, from the Orange Color Group.  That makes the color scheme Split Complementary Plus, since Orange is right beside Red-Orange/Orange-Red.

This combination is good for Thank You, Birthday, Sympathy, Friendship, Get Well, Baby or Bridal, as well as other Occasions, formal or informal.  It also applies to scrapbook pages with similar themes.

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Watermelon Punch Art Card

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This Watermelon Punch Art Card is made in an Emerald Envy Split Complementary Color Scheme.  The Complement to Green is Red, but I didn’t want to make a Christmas or Primary card, so I went with the Tertiary Color Groups on either side of Red.

Emerald Envy is the Hue of the Green Color Group.  The Split Complements I used are Watermelon Wonder, the Hue of the Red-Orange Color Group, and Sweet Sugarplum, the Tint of the Violet-Red/Red-Violet Color Group.  I could have used just Watermelon Wonder and called it a Demi Split-Complementary Color Scheme, but I didn’t want to make the idea that complicated.

I called this design a Punch Art Card, but the only punches I used are the 1” and 1-1/4” Circle Punches for the sentiment.  The watermelon is made with Layering Circles Framelits™ Dies.  I love all the Layering Die sets because they create mats in my preferred size!  No more tracing around the outside and fussy cutting the mat any more!!  Well, except for the Lots of Labels Framelits and others without “Layering” in their name.

I used a stamp from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set to make the seeds.  They are stamped all the way around the Watermelon Wonder circle with the Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad.  After I layered the circles, I cut them in half, getting rid of the side with the messy images!

The plate under the watermelon is die-cut from Layering Ovals Framelits™ Dies.  I sponged the edge of the inner Sweet Sugarplum oval with the Emerald Envy Pad to add depth because Emerald Envy is the Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week.  You could also use Early Espresso, which I felt was too much contrast, or even Sweet Sugarplum to create the depth effect.  If you wanted even more dimension, you could die-cut a frame with the two oval dies, then cut another large oval and glue them together.  This means you wouldn’t need to sponge.  However, that’s more work than I wanted to put in!

This color combination is good for Birthday, Party, Celebration, Friendship, Thank You, Fun or any whimsical occasion.  The same goes for Scrapbook Pages, too.

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Do You Like Birthday Gifts?

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Do you like Birthday Gifts?  I have a club which sends you one every year!

My Birthday Club members must be Subscribers to my Mailing List first.  Then, I send them a $5 certificate to use on any purchase during the month of their birthday.  The certificate is totally free, as is Birthday Club membership.  However, you must be a Mailing List Subscriber first.  Mailing List Membership is also free.

To join my Mailing List, become eligible for my Birthday Club and receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, tutorials, tips & tricks, fill out the form at right.  You’ll collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) as soon as you sign up!  And you’ll get to join my Birthday Club and receive your birthday gift each year!!

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What Are Bonus Days?

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Bonus Days are special shopping days: Earn coupons in July, Spend them in August!

Did you get everything you want from the new annual catalog yet? Since it only came out a month ago, you probably still have some items on your wish list.  Guess what!  For every $50 you spend in between July 7 and July 31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 2–31.  The coolest thing is – there’s NO LIMIT!

Here’s the scoop:

  • Bonus Coupon Earnings Period: July 7–31, 2016
  • Bonus Coupon Redemption Period: August 2–31, 2016
  • Be sure to give your email address when you place your order, because Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
  • When you get your email(s), save them AND write down the coupon codes to keep in a safe place (or at least a place where you’ll be able to find them again!). Codes cannot be resent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, except Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes CAN be redeemed.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Emerald Envy

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I was very excited to see Emerald Envy, the new Hue of the Green Color Group, as part of the 2016-2018 In ColorsWe’ve needed this Green ever since Glorious Green retired years ago (June or July of 2010)!  (Glorious Green was one of the first colors I ever met when I was introduced to Stampin’ Up!® lo. these many years ago!)

Inspired by the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack, I chose to design a Monochromatic Color Scheme with Emerald Envy and Very Vanilla.  I also had fun using the Emerald Envy 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes.  If you look closely, you’ll see one of each adorning the banner and flowers.

Emerald Envy is a nice, rich Green that also is bright and cheerful.  You almost don’t need an extra piece of Very Vanilla on the inside to write or stamp on for your message (unless you’re using white, gold or silver ink-then the Emerald Envy is just fine!).  I do, but then I’m mumblety-mumble years old!

As an aside, here is a card from April of 2010 that uses Glorious Green: Faux Lego Card.  The original is somewhere safe, so of course I couldn’t find it!

This color combination is truly Any Occasion.  It can be Birthday, Friendship, Thank You, Sympathy, Graduation or just about anything else.  It’s a great combination for scrapbook pages, too.

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Stain Happens – A Sponge Dauber Tip

Sponge Daubers-Item 133773Stain happens – even with dye-based ink!  You may have noticed it on your Sponge Daubers (133773).  Excluding dyes with a lot of red in them (reds, purples, browns, blacks), about the only way to remove the dye stain is to wash the Sponge Dauber right away.  You don’t need soap, just run it through clear water and blot it partially dry.  I’ve talked about cleaning Sponge Daubers in my article, How to Clean Sponge Daubers.

However, who can jump up and wash a Sponge Dauber immediately?  Most often, by the time you’re done with your project and ready to clean off, the ink has dried.  In this case, only a little of the dye comes off.  The stain remains.

But guess what!  The stain doesn’t transfer!  This is also a great way to organize your Daubers: sort them by stain color.  Use each dauber with colors of the same or similar group.  There are five Sponge Daubers in one package, so you can have Reds, Blues, Yellows, Purples & Browns.  Reds include Oranges and some Pinks.  Blues can include Greens.  Yellows should be pristine, just to be safe.  Purples can include Pinks.  Browns can include Blacks and Grays.  Of course, if you want to separate the groups, you can always get another package.  You don’t have to get a Sponge Dauber for each color.

Lately, I’ve found that if I just twist the Dauber on scrap paper, it gets clean.  I tend to daub it until I can’t see the ink anymore.  You can do that, then move on to the next color in the group or just put it back in the box!

If you need an answer to any question about Sponge Daubers or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Sponge Daubers.

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