How Adjacent Colors Work

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Adjacent colors, such as Violet and Violet-Red work well together if one is a tint or tone and the other is a shade.  The key is to have the colors be at opposite degrees of shading.  If you tried to use the hues themselves, or the same degree of tint, tone or shade, the intensity would be too alike and the colors would fight with each other.  Or they’d get lost.

In the Happiest Birthday Card shown, Wisteria Wonder is a tint of Violet and Rich Razzleberry is a shade of Violet-Red.  These opposites work well together because they have enough contrast.  Add in a Neutral, such as Whisper White, and the colors balance easily.

Supplies Used:  Apothecary Art (#128415, wood; #125527, clear) & Flowering Flourishes (#131998, wood; #126367, clear) Stamp Sets; Whisper White (#100730) & Wisteria Wonder (#122922) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Wisteria Wonder (#126985) & Rich Razzleberry (#126950) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Labels Collection Framelits™ Dies (#125598); Raspberry Ripple 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon* (#126845); Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (#101049); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683); Sponge Daubers* (#102892)

You may have noticed that the greeting element appeared in yesterday’s article about how to use a stamp positioner, which featured the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  You might want to refer to it if you need help positioning the greeting stamp.  By the way, the Loving Thoughts Stamp Set* (#128436, wood; #125845, clear) has many greeetings that will work with the Apothecary Art Stamp Set.  Too bad it’s retiring!

To order what you need to play with your own Adjacent Colors, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive 3am Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

Note:  Items marked with an asterisk (*) are on the Retiring Lists and only available while supplies last.  I post daily updates to the lists on Facebook.

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How to Use a Stamp Positioner

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You use a stamp positioner to place images so they are lined up perfectly.  The stamp positioner will let you align words letter by letter, re-stamp images with missing parts and line up images within a frame.  The stamp positioner consists of some kind of squaring tool and an imaging sheet, which may or may not be attached to a platform.

My favorite stamp positioner is the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (#101049) from Stampin’ Up!®.  This tool consists of two separate pieces:  a T-square and an imaging sheet.  They are not attached, so you can use them on any size of project.  You are not limited to greeting card-size only, you can use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig on 12” x 12” pages, too.  You can also position your stamp to the right or the left or the top or the bottom, depending on how you place the T.

The top photo shows my greeting image placed in the square of the T.  It’s very hard to see, but the square is lined up around the imaging sheet.  You ink the stamp and stamp it on the imaging sheet, making sure to line up the block with the T.  Also be sure not to move anything.  Just stamp straight down to get the image on the sheet.

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The second photo shows the imaging sheet lined up on the card front.  Once you have the images aligned as you want them, position the T, then remove the imaging sheet and stamp with the block in the corner.  Make sure the stamp is well-inked before you start placing the imaging sheet.

Other Supplies Used:  Apothecary Art Stamp Set (#128415, Wood; #125527, Clear); Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#100730); Wisteria Wonder (#126985) & Rich Razzleberry (#126950) Classic Stampin’ Pads

Use this same method with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to correct a mis-stamped image or to line up letters for titles or words.  Be sure to place the T-square against the imaging sheet at the edges.  Sometimes the imaging sheet can slip under the T because it has a thin non-skid pad on the bottom.  This will make your images out of alignment no matter what you do.  Just use a little care with your stamp positioner and your images will come out perfectly!

Got a question about a product or tool?  E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com or post your question in Comments.  I’ll respond directly to your e-mail and post the answer here on www.3amStamper.com.  If you need an answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.

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Have You Heard About Free Shipping?

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Subscribers to my Mailing List already heard about the fantastic Free Shipping offer from Stampin’ Up!®  It starts today and runs through Friday.  I make sure my Subscribers hear about great special offers first thing in the morning of the day it starts.

Stampin’ Up! seldom offers free shipping, so it’s a great time to take advantage and order your favorites from the Retiring List, as well as your must-haves from the 2014 Occasions Mini Catalog (with “Celebrate the everyday” on the cover).  Free Shipping lasts only through April 25th.

To join my Mailing List and receive first notification of any great specials, as well as my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, which is filled with news, tutorials, tips & tricks, fill out the form at right.  In addition, you’ll also collect 2 free tutorials just for signing up!

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Retiring Stamp Sets & Accessories Lists Up

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Lots of heart-breakers for me, including my alternate go-to word set, Fabulous Phrases (#128577, Wood-Mount; #120501, Clear-Mount) and the entire Stampin’ Around line of wheels, cartridges and handles!  I’m going to be very interested in what Stampin’ Up!® has in store for 2014-2015!  They usually give us something even better!

Retiring Shockers:  Sponge Daubers (#102892) and Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (#102023)!  I ordered Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on my first Stampin’ Up! order – as a customer at a party – way back when!  It’s iridescent and translucent, which makes it great for just about anything!  And I just washed out a couple of Sponge Daubers from my last project!

Check the Retiring Stamp Sets & Accessories Lists and see what your heart-breakers are.  Post in comments so we can commiserate!  And don’t forget to go to my Online Store to order them while supplies last!

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Scrapbook Page for Easter

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I had to make a scrapbook layout this week to try out the Eggceptional Easter Designer Page Templates  (#137912) and Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Brush Set (#137912) Digital Downloads for My Digital Studio (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download).  I thought the page template designs were just perfect for accenting Easter brunch or dinner and a few egg hunt pictures!  The Eggceptional Easter templates include the Egg Embellishments, the Doily Punch and six different patterns of Designer Series Paper.

The layout is for 8” x 8” pages.  I thought the components were really cute and went together well with the stamp brush set!  One fun thing is that the SVG images in the Stamp Brush Set will resize without pixellation.  This means they’ll print out perfectly!  If I’d wanted to, I could have cropped the bunny image to add more dotted humps.  But that’s too much like work!

Another great thing My Digital Studio lets you do is view and work on a two-page layout if you want to.  Just click on the double-page icon at the bottom of the display, or click on “Page Spreads” in the View menu.  You can make sure page elements that go across both pages are lined up the way you want them.

Additional Digital Downloads Used:  Bright Blooms (#130876)

I recolored the Bright Blooms flowers – you can preview how recoloring will look before you actually do it!  I tried two colors before settling on Calypso Coral.

To order My Digital Studio, just click the Order Online Button in my right sidebar or any of the product links in this article.  You may download it immediately and start playing!  You may also try it free for 30 days!

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Only Two Days Left to Enter!

Clear-Mount-Stamp-SetsMy Retiring Stamp Sets Contest only has two days left for you to enter!  The contest is open to anyone!

All you need to do is guess which ten stamp sets from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog are retiring this year.  Do not include Hostess Sets, the Ronald McDonald House Charities exclusive stamp set or anything in any other catalog or flyer.  If the set comes in clear-mount or another language, only use one name & number.  Variations will count as duplicates and reduce your number of guesses.  Ignore the wheels, also – just pick stamp sets.

To win, you need a minimum of five correct guesses.  The person with the most correct guesses will win a retiring stamp set from my personal collection.  If there are ties, each person will get to choose a set, with the person who entered first getting first choice!

Don’t have your own hard copy of the catalog?  Not to worry, you can browse the online version here:

2013-2014 Annual Catalog

If you want to view or print the .PDF version, you can get it here:

All the Current Catalogs Page

To enter, e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com your 10 guesses including stamp set name and product number by midnight (Pacific Time) on April 20th.  Only one entry per person, please.  Also include your name and phone number.

The winner will be announced in Mid-May and will receive their set by the end of August.  In case of ties, each winner will get to pick a stamp set.  First choice will go to the winner who entered earliest.

DEADLINE:  April 20th

Please note that Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are not eligible to enter this contest.

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In Two Weeks – Project Life!

Stampin’ Up!® just announced it’s partnering with Becky Higgins and her Project Life!  This will be a terrific addition to Stampin’ Up!’s product line – with a scrapbooking product group that makes it easy to get your scrapbooking done and uses Stampin’ Up! colors and designs!  And it all begins in two weeks!  I personally am blown away!

Take a look at this message from Shelli Gardner and Becky Higgins:


Beginning May 1st, the Stampin’ Up! Project Life product line will be available to order, but with a limited selection.  The full line will be available in June with the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog.  I can’t wait!

Sorry you have to wait two weeks to see the product line, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it.  If you want to receive notice of exactly when Stampin’ Up!’s Project Life products are available, join my Mailing List.  You just have to fill in the form at the right!  And you’ll collect two free tutorials just for signing up!

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Color Craft-Dramatic Contrast That Works

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I was driving through town the other day and saw a long car (short limousine or extended station wagon) pass on the cross-street that was two-tone: black and a tomato-bisque pink.  Up until that time, I would have said black goes with anything… Wrong!  This particular color combination was only eye-catching at second glance because you couldn’t believe those colors were paired!

The problem was the tomato-bisque pink was a dusty tone, whereas the black was a true, intense black.  The two intensities just didn’t work well together.  If the tomato-bisque pink was a pure tint, with no hint of dustiness, it would have worked beautifully.  Conversely, if the black was a charcoal gray, it also would have gone together better with the tomato-bisque pink.

Black works best with pure Hues, Tints and sometimes Tones at the lightest end of the grayscale.  For the most dramatic contrast, use black with Hues and Tints.  Of course, the #1 dramatic contrast combination is black and white, but we’re working with colors here.

My card for the day pairs Basic Black with Calypso CoralCalypso Coral is a Tint of Red-Orange, but not very light.  It’s closer to the pure Hue.  It is intense enough to hold its own with Basic Black, so the dramatic contrast works very well.

Supplies Used:  Happy Watercolor Stamp Set (#133188, Wood-Mount; #133191, Clear-Mount); Label Love Bundle (#132723, Wood-Mount; #132722, Clear-Mount; includes Label Love Stamp Set #130619, Wood, or #130622, Clear and Artisan Label Punch #130920); Basic Black (#121045), Calypso Coral (#122925) & Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#100730); Calypso Coral (#126983) & Tangerine Tango (#126946) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Scallop Trim Border Punch (#118402); Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

This card goes together very quickly.  The most time you will spend is splitting the Basic Black card front layer (5-1/4” x 4”) along the diagonal and punching the border.  I made two cards, since I had two Basic Black triangles.  You can see the second one later this evening if you go to my Facebook page.  While you’re at it, “Like” my page and you’ll receive a free tutorial.  To get there quickly, click on the Facebook button in the right sidebar.

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How To Spend Your Tax Refund

In-Color-2012-2014Happy tax-filing day to all my U.S. readers!  I have some tips you can use to decide how to spend your tax refund.

If your refund arrives right away (it’s quicker with online filing), you definitely want to order Classic Ink Refills for your Stampin’ Up!® Classic Stampin’ Pads, especially the five In Color 2012-2014 colors.  The In Colors have an expiration date for being able to purchase them, so check your supplies and make sure you fill in what you need!

I’ve already posted that Stampin’ Up! will be announcing the retiring stamps and accessories on Monday, April 21st, so now would be a good time to go through the current catalogs (2012-1014 Annual Catalog & 2014 Occasions Mini Catalog – has “Celebrate the Everyday” on the cover) and order what you need before the list comes out.  Everything on the list, including stamp sets, will be only available while supplies last, so order early.  If you don’t have your own hard copy of the catalogs, e-mail me your phone number so I can contact you about arrangements.  In the meantime, you can pick the catalog you want from the sidebar and be taken to the Catalogs Page, where you can use the online versions or download the .PDF versions.

2013-2014-Annual-CatalogNow would also be a good time to order items such as the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) and some of the variety of dies and embossing folders that go with it; the Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889) and the Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition (#129407), along with extra Rotary Cutting Blades, both straight edge and specialty; extra packages of Card Stock; or your favorite patterns in Designer Series Paper.

To order what you need to stock up ahead of the Retiring List, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive 3am Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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You Can Design Your Own Business

Camera PhoneDid you know you can design your own business as a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator?  You can… and you don’t have to do your own manufacturing or carry an inventory, unless you decide to do so!  You won’t have to worry about carrying a large quantity of supplies, you’ll only need enough to make samples or home party projects for the month or custom paper craft designs you make yourself.

There are a lot of ways to design your own business as a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator.  These are only a few:

  • Many people conduct home parties and classes, the traditional party-plan model
  • There are people who conduct classes online
  • Some create paper craft projects and sell them both in person and over the internet
  • Some people do a combination of these

I’m sure you can come up with a lot more ways to fit your lifestyle as you design your own business.  The great thing is, you don’t need to come up with ideas yourself!  You have a whole collection of resources to help you, starting with me and the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Website.  I can guide you to the best way to start your business and show you how to meet your goals.

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business that you’ve designed yourself as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator?  Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well?  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.

As a bonus, you can also attend Convention 2014 in July, where you’ll get more ideas and meet new friends, for just the cost of hotel and airfare.  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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Spring Floral Birthday Card

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I fell in love with the Lovely Lavender and Princess Pink craft metal sheets from my partner Add A Little Dazzle and really wanted to use them in a Spring birthday card.  After trying the pair on different colors, I decided they worked best together with Strawberry Slush!

The next choice was the Floral Frames Framelits™ Dies (#127012).  I imagined a whole stack of floral layers.  The only challenge:  the largest Floral Frame is 5-1/4” x 5-1/4”.  This called for a square card.  I used Strawberry Slush 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#131295) and cut it 5-1/2” x 11”.  A quick score line at the 5-1/2” mark with the Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889) and I was ready to fold and crease the card base.

The 5-1/2” square card calls for a square envelope to fit it.  I used the Envelope Punch Board (#133774) with Strawberry Slush polka dots/mini chevrons pattern from the In Color 2013-2015 Designer Series Paper Stack (#130136).  I used the polka dot pattern for the envelope with the mini chevrons inside, and used the mini chevrons pattern for the Floral Frames to contrast with the card base.  While I had the Envelope Punch Board out, I rounded all the corners of the card and the envelope flaps.  If you’re careful, you can do both layers at once.  Just crease well with the Bone Folder (#102300) to make the corners as flat as they can go.

I decided I needed some more contrast and cut doilies from Whisper White 12” x 12” Card Stock (#124302) to make a background for the Floral Frames.  I used the Large Sizzlits™ Paper Doily (#125592) and Delicate Doilies (#126999).  Because these dies have a very intricate design, you’ll need to use your Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189) to get the little pieces out.  Also gently roll the die-cuts to get the little pieces to loosen.  If you were die-cutting the Craft Metal Sheets, you would just use the Paper-Piercing Tool.  You don’t want to roll the metal unless you want the bend marks to show.

Other Supplies UsedItty Bitty Banners Stamp Set (#132022, Wood-Mount; #126257, Clear-Mount); Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#131201); Tea Lace Paper Doilies (#129399); Strawberry Slush (#131178), Old Olive (#126953) & Melon Mambo (#126948) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Bitty Banners Framelits™ Dies (#126267); Modern Mosaic (#129984) & Perfect Polka Dots (#117335) Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders; Autumn Accents Bigz™ Die (#127812); 1/8” Silver Mini Brads (#122941); In Color 2013-2015 Boutique Details (#130938); Sponge Daubers (#102892); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683); Silicone Craft Sheet (#127853); Adhesive Remover (#103684)

I used SNAIL to adhere the doilies to the card front, then removed the excess adhesive from the parts that show.  It was easier to work with using the Silicone Craft Sheet under the die-cuts.  You could also use a light coating of Anywhere Glue Stick (#104045).  With either adhesive, I’d only apply it to the outer edges.  The Adhesive Remover will take off the excess SNAIL, but it won’t work on Glue Stick.

To get the flowers to fluff up and separate, I pinched them, then used the Paper-Piercing Tool to separate the layers.  I held them all together in the centers with a brad, then attached the complete flower to the card front with a few Stampin’ Dimensionals in the center.  I also used a retired die, Leaves #2 Originals™ to make my leaves.  I wanted the leaves to attach at the center as well and this die had the long slim leaf shape.  These leaves could turn to get into place before I attached the Spring floral stack.

To order what you need to make your own Spring Floral Birthday Card, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive 3am Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.  You can order Craft Metal Sheets here at Add A Little Dazzle ‘s Online Store.

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My newsletter, 3am Thoughts, is filled with tutorials and ideas as well as the latest news, trends and tips!  You also receive first announcement of the newest happenings and have the opportunity to enter exclusive contests!  Best of all, it’s all FREE!  It’s free to sign up, free to enter contests, and free to receive gifts.  All it takes to become a Mailing List Subscriber and receive TWO free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) just for joining is to fill in the form at right!  You’ll receive your free gifts as soon as you confirm your subscription!

Every so often, I send surprise gifts to my entire list!  For example, a few months ago I sent my subscribers a free mini-tutorial called “Stamp & Stitch”.  Another example was a Digital Scrapbooking E-Book.  And every year my subscribers get a dozen free Holiday tutorials during my “12 Weeks of Christmas” program.  The value of each of these tutorials ranges from $4.95 to $7.95, but my subscribers get them all free!  Furthermore, these tutorials are not available to anyone else!

Would you like to receive the latest news, trends & tips along with great tutorials right in your Inbox?  Just fill out the form at right and you’ll be one step away from starting to receive your Free Gifts as a Mailing List Subscriber to the 3am Stamper’s Mailing List.

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Create a Mini Album with Mini Memories

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The Mini Memories Simply Created Album Kit (#133332) allows you to create a mini album, complete with embellishments, tags and memento holders, in just a few minutes!.  The album is 5” x 7” and held together with binder rings (gold, no less!).  The gold is repeated in the Designer Series Vellum pages and in shaped clips, sequins and Baker’s Twine.  The sequins are about 1/2” and faceted, which is different from the Gold Sequin Trim (#132983).  The Trim sequins are about 1/4” and flat, but they’ll coordinate with the other embellishments. as well.

The photo shows the album put together (no pictures yet).  I wanted to photograph it “in action” to show you the embossed chipboard covers.  The covers are similar to the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper (#126917).

There are three plain pages that are a coarse cardstock weight which can be used as dividers.  The die-cut sheets of embellishments include tags, index tabs, frames and trim.  Some are perfect for titles and journaling.  The envelope is great for mementos, as is the printed bag.  You can fold the bag closed and hold it together with one of the clips!  Also included are four Tea Lace Paper Doilies (#129399) to add a more delicate touch.

I have a family event coming up that will be perfect for taking photos to put in this Mini Album.  It will feature my 1st Grader granddaughter, Amber.  I may post one of the pages afterward!  One thing about Mini Albums:  kids love them.  They are usually just right for kids to hold and turn the pages.  Kids adore seeing pictures of themselves and the Mini Memories Simply Created Album Kit makes it very easy to complete one.

The paper in the Mini Memories Album Kit is exclusive to the kit.  Should you want to add extra pages, Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper (#132993) will coordinate well.  You can add additional vellum pages with Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum (#133363).  If you want more divider pages, Baked Brown Sugar 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#131296) coordinates well and is a similar thickness.  If you need additional embellishments, try Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags (#133526) and Retro Fresh Designer Stickers (#132999).  You can tie everything together (pun intended) with Gold Baker’s Twine (132975).

To order what you need to have make your own Mini Memories Simply Created Album Kit, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive 3am Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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Short Timeframe for Contest-Enter Now

Clear-Mount-Stamp-SetsStampin’ UP!® has announced that the retiring list will be posted  on April 21st.   That’s about a week-and-a-half away!  My annual contest is going on now and will end April 20th.

Here is a recap of the rules:

Guess which 10 sets from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog will be on the retiring stamp sets list.  The person who has the most correct guesses (minimum of 5 correct) will win a retiring set from my personal collection.

Do not include any of the sets in the Seasonal (Mini: Holiday & Occasions) Catalogs, the Hostess Sets or the Ronald McDonald House Charities set.  Just include sets in the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog.  If your list includes any of these sets, they will be disqualified and reduce the number of your guesses.   You could miss making the minimum!

If the set comes in clear-mount or another language, only use one name & number.  Variations will count as duplicates and also reduce your number of guesses.

E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com your 10 guesses including stamp set name and product number by midnight (Pacific Time) on April 20thOnly one entry per person, please.

The winner will be announced in Mid-May and will receive their set by the end of August.  In case of ties, each winner will get to pick a stamp set.  First choice will go to the winner who entered earliest.

DEADLINE:  April 20th

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Brighten Up Your Table with Spring Coasters

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I’m really celebrating Spring this year!  I decided to do a Quick & Easy project to make Spring Coasters!  These will brighten up your table, whether it’s dining, coffee or patio!  The coasters are about 4-1/2” in diameter, so they’ll hold bowls, too!

Supplies Used:  Fabulous Florets (#128574, Wood-Mount; #123027, Clear-Mount) & Papillon Potpourri (#132058, Wood-Mount; #123759, Clear-Mount) Stamp Sets; Coaster Board (#129392); In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock & Classic Pad Kit (#131204); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Scallop Circle Bigz™ Die (#113468); Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (#120805); Medium Window Sheets (#114323); Crisp Cantaloupe (#130021) & Pistachio Pudding (#130020) 3/8” Ruffle Stretch Ribbon; Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); very strong hole punch such as Crop-A-Dile™

I put in the In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock & Classic Pad Kit as a supply item because you get all five colors of Classic Stampin’ Pads and a sampling of Card Stock sheets at a savings.  It’s also easier than typing everything individually.

Directions:

  1. Randomly stamp images using various colors of stamp pad all over the Coaster Board.  I used Pistachio Pudding for the leaves, Crisp Cantaloupe for the filled flower image, Strawberry Slush for the outline flower images, Coastal Cabana for the butterflies and Baked Brown Sugar for the saying.
  2. Cut Adhesive Sheet to 6” x 12” with Stampin’ Trimmer.  Apply face up over the stamped Coaster Board (which is 6” x 12”).
  3. Cut Window Sheet to 6” x 12” with Stampin’ Trimmer.  Adhere to adhesive-covered stamped Coaster Board.  Smooth over the surface.
  4. Place Coaster Board face down over die.  Die-cut scalloped circles with Big Shot.  I left the Coaster Board intact when cutting to make use of the scraps for other dies or bookmarks.
  5. Punch hole in edge of coaster and tie ribbon through it with a bow.  (This will help guests identify which coaster is theirs and you can hang them by the loops when you’re done.)

The Scallop Circle Die is so large, you can only get two coasters from one sheet of Coaster Board.  If you use the 3-1/2” Circle (#121811) or 3” Circle (#122125) Originals Dies, you’ll be able to cut more.

To order what you need to brighten up your own tables with Spring coasters, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive 3am Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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Contest Time: Retiring Stamp Sets

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Stampin’ UP!® will announce the Annual Catalog retiring sets on April 21st.   To honor the retirees, I’m having a contest, beginning Right This Minute!

Guess which 10 sets from the current Annual Catalog will be on the retiring stamp sets list.  The person who has the most correct guesses (minimum of 5 correct) will win a retiring set from my personal collection.

Do not include any of the sets in the Seasonal (Mini) Catalogs, the Hostess Sets or the Ronald McDonald House Charities set.  Just include sets in the main catalog.

If the set comes in clear-mount or another language, only use one name & number.  Variations will count as duplicates and reduce your number of guesses.

E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com your 10 guesses including stamp set name and product number by midnight (Pacific Time) on April 20th.  Only one entry per person, please.

The winner will be announced in Mid-May and will receive their set by the end of August.  In case of ties, each winner will get to pick a stamp set.  First choice will go to the winner who entered earliest.

DEADLINE:  April 20th

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Up With Spring Page!

Up With Spring! Page-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

For a lot of you, this has been one of the hardest Winter seasons on record.  This was my inspiration for creating my Up With Spring Page.  The base element of the design is the strip of Melon Mambo 12” x 12” Card Stock, from the Brights 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (#131186), embossed with the Arrows Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#132187) and the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439).  I described how to make the strip in my Insider’s Secrets to Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Post on Tuesday.  You can also see the base of the page in that article.

I picked colors that were Spring-y but also bright.  I wanted a cheerful contrast to the rain, sleet and snowy days of Winter that have been hitting so much of the country.  Even though my part of the country is suffering extreme drought, I can still sympathize with everyone else.  My wish to end the drought is reflected in my choice of Tempting Turquoise Card Stock, from the Brights 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (#131186), for the main page.

Other Supplies Used:  Secret Garden (#131940, Wood-Mount; #129144, Clear-Mount) & Papillon Potpourri (#132058, Wood-Mount; #123759, Clear-Mount) Stamp Sets; Daffodil Delight & Old Olive Card Stock from the Brights 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (#131186); Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#100730); Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper (#129310); Melon Mambo (#126948) & Old Olive (#126953) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape (#129314); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Secret Garden Framelits™ (#129372); Elegant Butterfly (#127526) & Bitty Butterfly (#129406) Punches; Rhinestone (#119246) & Large Rhinestone (#129324) Basic Jewels; SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

To order what you need to have make your own Up With Spring Page, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive 3am Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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