Black & White Card

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Black & White Cardthe ultimate Monochromatic Color SchemeAs I promised in my Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them? article, here is this week’s Neutrals-only project.  It’s one of my favorite designs.

Basic Black and Whisper White comprise the Monochromatic Color Scheme in this card.  The stamp set is retired.  I can’t remember its name because it retired several years ago, but it was one of my favorites.  However, there are a number of current stamp sets that can substitute very well.

The 5/8” Basic Black Satin Ribbon also retired a couple of years ago, but you could still create it with the remaining Satin Ribbons, which retired this year.  Just mix alcohol and Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad Ink Refill or Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Refill and soak the ribbon in it.  You can use this technique for the substitute ribbons as well.  I like a 50/50 mixture, no matter how much.

My original card used the regular Whisper White Card Stock for both the card base and the card front.  I’m very excited to use Thick Whisper White Card Stock for the card base now.

Sometimes, the Basic Black Archival ink sticks to the regular Whisper White and tears it.  The Memento Ink Pad and Refill may be a better choice.  You would need the Archival ink for watercoloring, but this is Black & White, no color!  You may also find the Thick Whisper White works better with the Archival Ink.

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Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them?

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Neutrals:  essential to any design effort!  What would we do without them?  Not a whole lot!  Read on for the bonus Color Combinations I promised you in my 2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet article.

The Neutrals 2017-2018 Color Charts only reflect one change.  Tip Top Taupe, one of the Red-Blue-Yellow Graduated category, retired.  The 2017-2019 In Colors do not contain a Neutral.

But that’s okay!  We can make do with the Neutrals we have.  All the essentials from Black through White are represented.

On the Color Wheel, the Black through White colors, including Browns, are perpendicular to the Red-Yellow-Blue colors.  Since my Color Charts are rectangular, I have three rows of Neutrals:

  • The Neutrals Collection Colors Graduated from Black to Brown. I did not put Whisper White on the opposite end from Basic Black because it’s too tricky to fit the Grays in among the Browns.
  • The Gray Scale. This category easily fits in the Grays.
  • The Red-Blue-Yellow Combined Graduated from Dark Brown to Cream. And this category nicely covers the Browns.

I remembered I was planning to do projects with only Neutral Color Combinations.  This means cards and so forth using only the colors on the Neutrals chart.  I will aim for posting a Neutrals-only project once a week.

I promised you a bonus of Neutrals Color Combinations.  I’m just giving you my favorites today, so check back for more.

  • Basic Black & Whisper White (duh!) the ultimate Monochromatic Color Scheme.
  • Basic Gray & Basic Black
  • Smoky Slate & Basic Black
  • Very Vanilla & Soft Suede
  • Very Vanilla & Chocolate Chip
  • Very Vanilla & Early Espresso
  • Crumb Cake & Chocolate Chip
  • Sahara Sand & Early Espresso

All of these combinations are, of course, Monochromatic Color SchemesThey remain the same type of Scheme even if you add another color, such as Basic Gray & Smoky Slate with Melon Mambo.  But we’ll stick with Neutrals only for now.

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2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet

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2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet continue my changes to the Real Life Color Coach Charts this year.  I am continuing to go over them Color Group by Color Group and explain the moves I’ve made with the latest Stampin’ Up!® Colors.  The first part was detailed in my article, 2017-2018 Color Charts: Red to Green-Yellow.

Reminder:  The Color Chart is laid out with my eighteen categories of colors.  As you know, I split tertiary colors (Green-Yellow and Yellow-Green, for example) to place the colors as accurately as possible.  I’ve included these color sub-categories (or Groups):

  • Hue –  the truest form of the color
  • Tint – the color plus white
  • Tone – the color plus a degree of gray
  • Shade – the color plus black

Green Color Group:

  • Emerald Envy is the Hue.
  • Wild Wasabi is the Tint.
  • Garden Green is the Tone.

Blue-Green Color Group, Green-Blue Sub-Category:

  • Bermuda Bay is the Hue.
  • Pool Party is the Tint.
  • Mint Macaron, a Tint, retired.
  • Island Indigo is the Tone.
  • Tranquil Tide is the Shade. Although Tranquil Tide looks like it should be in the Green Color Group, it has enough Blue in it to be put in the Green-Blue Color Group.

Blue-Green Color Group, Blue-Green Sub-Category:

  • Tempting Turquoise is the Hue.
  • Soft Sky is the Tint.
  • Marina Mist is the Tone.

Blue Color Group:

  • Pacific Point is the Hue.
  • Dapper Denim is the Tone.
  • Night of Navy is the Shade.

Blue-Violet Color Group, including both Sub-Categories:

  • No colors in the Collections this year

Violet Color Group:

  • Wisteria Wonder is the Tint.
  • Elegant Eggplant is the Shade.

Red-Violet Color Group, Violet-Red Sub-Category:

  • Sweet Sugarplum is the Tint.
  • Perfect Plum is the Tone.
  • Rich Razzleberry is a Shade.
  • Fresh Fig is a Shade.

Red-Violet Color Group, Red-Violet Sub-Category:

  • Melon Mambo is the Tint. Melon Mambo is bright enough to be put in as the Hue, but the color is lighter than a really Hue should be, so it remains a Tint.
  • Rose Red is the Tone.
  • Cherry Cobbler is a Shade.
  • Berry Burst is a Shade.

The new Neutrals Chart is coming up with a bonus of Neutral Color Combinations.

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2017-2018 Color Charts: Red to Green-Yellow

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2017-2018 Color Charts, Red to Green Yellow, lead off my changes to the Real Life Color Coach Charts this year.  I decided to go over them Color Group by Color Group and explain the moves I’ve made with the latest Stampin’ Up!® Colors.  Previously, I’ve just posted the newest charts, as in the Real Life Color Coach Charts for 2016-2017 article, but this time, I thought you’d like more detail.

The Color Chart is laid out with my eighteen categories of colors.  Remember I split tertiary colors (Green-Yellow and Yellow-Green, for example) to place the colors as accurately as possible.  I’ve included these color sub-categories (or Groups):

  • Hue –  the truest form of the color
  • Tint – the color plus white
  • Tone – the color plus a degree of gray
  • Shade – the color plus black

Red Color Group:

  • Real Red is the Hue
  • Pink Pirouette is the

Red-Orange Color Group, Red-Orange Sub-Category:

  • Watermelon Wonder, the Hue, retired.
  • Calypso Coral moved to the Hue.
    • There really isn’t enough White in the color to let it remain a Tint and its intensity is similar to the Orange-Red Hue, Tangerine Tango, so I moved it.
  • Powder Pink, from the 2017-2019 In Colors, is the lighter
  • Flirty Flamingo is the deeper Tint.

Red-Orange Color Group, Orange-Red Sub-Category:

  • Tangerine Tango is the Hue.
  • Blushing Bride is the Tint.
  • Cajun Craze is the Shade.

Orange Color Group:

  • Peekaboo Peach is the Tint.
  • Pumpkin Pie is the Tone.

Yellow-Orange Color Group, Orange-Yellow Sub-Category:

  • No colors in the Collections this year

Yellow-Orange Color Group, Yellow-Orange Sub-Category:

  • Crushed Curry is the Hue.
  • So Saffron is the Tint.
  • Delightful Dijon, the Tone, retired.

Yellow Color Group:

  • Daffodil Delight is the Hue.

Yellow-Green Color Group, Yellow-Green Sub-Category:

  • Lemon-Lime Twist is the Hue.

Yellow-Green Color Group, Green-Yellow Sub-Category:

  • Cucumber Crush, the Hue, retired.
  • Pear Pizzazz is the Tint.
  • Old Olive is the deeper Tint.
    • You may ask why Old Olive isn’t a Tone. The reason is that Old Olive doesn’t have enough Gray or Brown in its composition to make it a Tone.
  • Always Artichoke is the Shade.

Next, look for the second part of the 2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet.

I’ll also post the new Neutrals Chart by itself so you have the complete reference.

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Filigree & Folds Class Registration Ends

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The Filigree & Folds Class Registration ends TODAY.  

Don’t miss out!  We’ll be making some new lacy-look things, including a gold or silver filigree box lined with your choice of colored card stock.  We’ll also filigree a treat bag and a gift card holder.  You’ll be surprised that the projects are actually easier than they look!   I’ve also got a surprise bonus project in the works!

Come enjoy the fun and indulge in fancy die-cutting!  Photo shows the lacy effect, but is from a previous class.  Space is limited, so register early.  Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Date: 7/26/17

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Registration: $69

Registration Deadline: TODAY

Register Now to Ensure Your Space

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Christmas In July to Kickstart New Business

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The Christmas In July to Kickstart your New Business Stampin’ Up!® recruiting promotion runs the entire month of July.  This is the first time I’ve seen an addition such as the Essentials Gift Pack for new recruits!  What a great help to reducing your initial investment!

Paper Snips in Essentials Gift Pack

The Essentials Gift Pack includes Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, a Bone Folder and two Clear Blocks size D (perfect for stamping yourself or sharing with your class or workshop attendees).   That’s an added value of $52 US!

You already get to design your own Starter Kit with $125 in product for just $99.  The Essentials Gift Pack lets you enhance your kit at no additional expense!  You’ll be getting your business set up in no time!

Additionally, when you sign up this month you’ll receive the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set for FREE.  This is the early release from the upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalog that you’ll get to use right away.  It’s also a $20 US value.

All of these together will give you a terrific Kickstart to your New Business by actually reducing your initial investment.  Your Starter Kit is only $99 for about $260 total value.  Talk about Christmas in July!!

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business 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.  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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Filigree & Folds Class Early Bird Discount

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The Filigree & Folds Class Early Bird Discount ends TODAY.  

We’ll be making some new lacy-look things, including a gold or silver filigree box lined with your choice of colored card stock.  We’ll also filigree a treat bag and a gift card holder.  You’ll be surprised that the projects are actually easier than they look!   I’ve also got a surprise bonus project in the works!

Come enjoy the fun and indulge in fancy die-cutting!  Photo shows the lacy effect, but is from a previous class.  Space is limited, so register early.  Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Date: 7/26/17

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Early Bird Discount: $59

Early Bird Registration Deadline: TODAY

Register Now for the Early Bird Discount

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Favorite Movies for the Fourth of July

My Favorite Movies for the Fourth of July are “1776” and “The Music Man.”  We try to watch them every year as part of our Fourth of July celebrations.  It’s a family tradition.

1776 DVD Cover

If we’re going to a BBQ or party, we watch one in the morning and one either in the evening or the day before or the day after.  We seldom have time to watch both the same day if we’re going out.

The Music Man DVD Cover

I love musicals and these are two of the best.  I know all the words to the songs and sing along when I’m watching the movies.

Do you have any favorite movies you like to watch for a family tradition?  Post in Comments and let us all know.

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Bonus Days are Here Again!

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This fun Summer Special, Bonus Days, has returned!

For every $50 USD you spend (before shipping and tax) between July 1 & 31, you’ll get a $5 USD Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31.  No limit on how many coupons you can earn!

Check it out by clicking on the Order Online button at right!

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Making a Full-Page Photo Background

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Several years ago, I published a project with a Full-Page Photo Background.  I also included tips on making it.  However, I looked through my files and can’t find it.  As I recall, it was a Digital Scrapbooking page made with the retired My Digital Studio.

This time, I’m giving you tips on how to create a Full-Page Photo Background without having to do it digitally or use special equipment.

  1. Pick your photo for the background. I’ve posted a shot of the Grizzly River Run ride in Disney’s California Adventure from my trip there last week.
  2. Decide how large you want the background to be.
    1. The photo shown is shaped for a 6” x 6” or 8” x 8” page with a title block either above or below it. I could re-edit the original photo to make it more square if I wished.
    2. If you want a 12” x 12” page, you will need to piece the photo.
  3. Insert your uncompressed image into a document such as Microsoft Word or Publisher. I’ve found the photo printing features on a program like Adobe Photoshop Elements don’t want to do it my way.
  4. Size the photo on the 8-1/2” x 11” page, remembering that you will need to allow for the area that the printer won’t cover. The 6” x 6” or 8” x 8” page size should fit within the printer margins.  I would do two pages 5” x 10” for the background on the 12” x 12” page.  Otherwise, you’ll have to print in 4 sections.
  5. Print out on photo paper.
  6. Trim and match the segments if you’re piecing the photo together for the 12” x 12” page.

I adhere the photo pieces to the page base as I go.  That way the little rascals don’t escape.

Would you like to share photos you’d use in a page background.  If so, just post in Comments or email me a copy at mary@3amstamper.com and I’ll post it for you.

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How To Tell Which Clear Mount Block You Need

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There are a few ways to tell which Clear-Mount Block you need to mount your Clear-Mount and Photopolymer stamps.  You can measure the stamp and compare it to this list:

  • Block A: 1-3/16″ x 1-1/4″ (3 x 3.2 cm)
  • Block B: 1-5/8″ x 1-15/16″ (4.1 x 4.9 cm)
  • Block C: 2″ x 2-1/4″ (5.1 x 5.7 cm)
  • Block D: 2-7/8″ x 2-11/16″ (7.3 x 6.8 cm)
  • Block E: 3-7/16″ x 4-7/16″ (8.7 x 11.3 cm)
  • Block F: 4-7/8″ x 6″ (12.4 x 15.2 cm)
  • Block G: 2-1/2″ x 3/4″ (6.4 x 1.9 cm)
  • Block H: 4-7/16″ x 1-5/8″ (11.3 x 4.1 cm)
  • Block I: 5-7/8″ x 2-1/4″ (14.9 x 5.7 cm)

This method works well for the older Clear-Mount sets before Stampin’ Up!® started putting the blocks used on the stamp set insert.  It also works when you lose your liner or reorganize your stamps and no longer have the information.

The easiest way to tell which Clear-Mount Block you need for the newer sets is to look on the bottom of the stamp set insert.  The Blocks to use are also listed in the current catalog, so you know if you need to order any when you order a stamp set.

I take the easy way out for all of this.  I purchased the Clear-Mount Block Bundle (118491), which is the best deal on Blocks, by the way.  I put the Blocks in the Clear Block Storage Caddy (120279), which keeps them from getting scratched or chipped.  They’re also readily available for me to pick which one I need and then use.  The Clear Block Cleaning Cloth is now retired, but you can use any microfiber cloth instead.

If you need an answer to any question about the Clear Mount Blocks 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 Clear Mount Blocks.

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Filigree & Folds Class

Lacy Hello Card (revised) - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comMy Filigree & Folds Class:  Advanced Big Shot™ Techniques, will be held on July 26th.  You’re all invited.

Let’s get together for an evening of Big Shot™ fun and make some filigree designs. The photo shows a previous project using detailed dies for a filigree effect.  We’ll be making some new lacy-look things, including a gold or silver filigree box lined with your choice of colored card stock.  We’ll also filigree a treat bag and a gift card holder.  You’ll be surprised that the projects are actually easier than they look!   I’ve also got a surprise bonus project in the works!

Come enjoy the fun and indulge in fancy die-cutting!  Space is limited, so register early.  Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Date: 7/26/17

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Early Bird Discount: $59

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 7/7/17

REGISTER NOW FOR THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!

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2017-2019 In Colors: Meet ‘Em All

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Let’s meet all of the 2017-2019 In Colors, as I mentioned in myMeet the 2017-2019 In Colorsarticle.  Today’s card shows all of the new In Colors as daisies from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy PunchIt’s a Quick and Easy design – but you may need to take a little time to arrange the flowers.

From the top:

Tranquil Tide:  A Shade of the Green-Blue Color Group which is so dark that I’m moving Island Indigo to the Tone row of the same group.  Tranquil Tide is so heavy in the Green color that it’s almost a Shade of the Green Color Group, but there’s enough Blue in the composition that it qualifies as Green-Blue.

Powder Pink:  A Tint of the Red-Orange Color Group that has caused me to move fellow Tint Calypso Coral to the Orange-Red Color Group

Fresh Fig:  A darker Shade of the Violet-Red Color Group.  It’s a rich Violet-Red like you’d see on some varieties of wine grapes.  Of course, the color coordinates well with fresh, unpeeled figs, too.

Lemon-Lime Twist:  The Hue of the Yellow-Green Color Group.  It is a Complement to the colors in the Violet-Red/Red-Violet Color Group and can make an Analogous Plus Color Scheme with Tranquil Tide.

Berry Burst:  A Shade of the Red-Violet Color Group that is brighter and more Blue than fellow Shade Cherry Cobbler.

The 2017-2019 In Colors will be featured in projects this year and you can expect some interesting color combinations!

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Happy Summer 2017

Happy Summer for 2017!  The Summer Solstice begins tonight at 9:24pm Pacific Daylight Time.  This means that Solstice happens at 12:24am on June 21st in the Eastern Daylight Time zones, so consider this your advance greeting for those of you on the East Coast.

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The photo shows one of my favorite Summer card designs.  Let’s celebrate summer with a friendship card!  I have the complete instructions for this card and nine other favorite Summer designs in my e-book, 10 Summer Cardmaking Projects for Busy Moms and Other Working WomenThe book is $25 USD via PayPal.  You will receive the link to download it as soon as your transaction’s complete.

To see thumbnails of the projects and get your own copy of the book, just click this link:

10 Summer Cardmaking Projects for Busy Moms…

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Greeting Cards for Graduation

Greeting Card for Graduation

Greeting Cards for Graduation tend to come with a built-in color scheme.  I designed a simple card for my nephew’s High School Graduation and used the color scheme from the announcement.  These are usually the school colors, in this case Orange and Black I compared the Orange on the announcement with my Real Life Color Coach Charts and selected Tangerine Tango as the closest match.  Basic Black and Whisper White are Neutrals and therefore automatic.

By the way, my Color Coach Charts are for 2016-2017I’ll be updating them shortly and posting them for you.  Keep checking back.

The key features of the Graduation card design are the year and the cap.  The year was easy – stamp 2-0-1-7 from the Number of Years Stamp Set with the Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad on the Basic Black background layer.  The stamps are photopolymer, so you can line them up and stamp all at once.

The cap was also easy: I measured the size of the square that would fit on the card front with the Layering Squares Framelits™ Dies, then cut scrap card stock 1-5/8” x 1-5/8” for the Basic Black and 1-3/4” x 1-3/4” for the Tangerine Tango.  You could also use Layering Squares, but I only wanted a 1/16” border of the Orange color.  I had a retired Basic Black Candy Dot (you can use a brad or a baby button dyed to match) that I adhered to the center of the cap, then punched a 1/8” hole through both layers and attached a Gold Mini Tassel (Remember that Gold is also a Neutral Color.)  I adhered the completed cap offset from center so the Tassel wouldn’t cover up anything important.ams# 14077

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Greeting Cards for Graduation.

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12 x 12 Cardstock Collections

12 x 12 Cardstock Collections

The 12 x 12 Cardstock Collections have been reconfigured to give you more sheets of the same color, but fewer colors.  The Basic Black, Whisper White and Very Vanilla 12 x 12 Cardstock packages are available individually.  The photo shows my personal collection organized.

Here are the new 12 x 12 Cardstock Collection colors. 

Brights Best 12 x 12 Cardstock PackBermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Real Red

Regals Best 12 x 12 Cardstock Pack:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Night of Navy

Subtles Best 12 x 12 Cardstock Pack:  Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky

Neutrals Best 12 x 12 Cardstock Pack:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Smoky Slate

Each package contains 24 sheets: 8 each of 3 colors.  This gives Scrapbookers the ability to make four 2-page layouts from one color.  Previously, you would have to buy four 12 x 12 Cardstock Assortments to get the same results.  Plus, you’d have nine other colors to store or use.  Stampin’ Up!® has packaged the three most popular colors from each collection into the new Cardstock Packa.

If you want a 12” piece of some other color, adhere it to a backing page such as Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  I recommend cutting it into 4” or 6” pieces, then adhering to the backing page.  You can cover the joins with photos, embellishments, ribbon or Washi Tape.  If you want to adhere the 8-1/2” x 11” sheet to the page, center it on the upper part of the page, then attach an additional 11” strip to get the coverage you want.

Another thing to try is finding a sheet of Designer Series Paper in the color you want, then attaching it to the backing page.  I personally don’t like using DSP by itself as a page because I find it too limp.

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If you need an answer to any question about 12 x 12 Cardstock Assortments 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 12 x 12 Cardstock Assortments.

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Receive an Exclusive Birthday Gift

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You can receive an exclusive Birthday Gift every year if you belong to my Mailing List and join my Birthday Club.  Membership on both lists is FREE!

I send members of my Birthday Club a $5 certificate to use on any purchase during the month of their birthday.  Birthday Club members must be subscribers to my Mailing List, to be eligible.  I also have you sign up for the Birthday Club separately, to make sure you want to join.

To join my Mailing List, become eligible for my Birthday Club and receive my 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!

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Patterned Paper Organizing

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Patterned Paper Organizing is pretty simple.  I discussed Organizing Your Card Stock in a previous article, so I thought you’d like to know what I do with my Patterned Paper, also known as Designer Series Paper (DSP).

When I get my package of Patterned Paper, the first thing I do is open it and look at all the patterns.  Then I label the backing page with a divider and file it with the paper in a paper keeper.  I use a Round Tab Punch for the divider label, but since that’s retired, you can make dividers from any label punch.  I’m fond of the Pretty Label Punch (143715) myself.  Just punch a label from Card Stock and fold it in half.  I use a home labeler to identify the Patterned Paper, but you could just as easily write the name on the label front half.  Adhere the label to the backing page and your paper is ready to file.

In my previous article, I also talked about making my card bases and layers and keeping them in a ready-file.  You can do something similar with your patterned paper.  Personally, I don’t like a bunch of scraps, so I cut the DSP into 4” x 6” blocks and file them in a photo pocket page.  The 6” x 8” Kraft Album (144764) makes a perfect storage unit for the DSP in the Variety Pack 6” x 8” Photo Pocket Pages (144205).

I use the name of the DSP pattern to file my paper.  However, you can label your paper by color, pattern or occasion.  The key is to make it easy to find so you can use it when you’re ready!

If you need an answer to any question about Patterned Paper Organizing 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 Patterned Paper Organizing.

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Luxury Vacations can be yours as a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator.  You know I’ve talked about being a big Disney fan… and most recently I took the family to Walt Disney World on a Luxury Vacation!  I described it in my post “Guess Where I’ve Been.”

I could do this because I have extra cash from my Stamping Business.  In addition, Stampin’ Up! offers a great Incentive Trip that Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators may earn.  This year’s Incentive Trip is to Thailand.  Next year, the tripis a Cruise to Alaska.  These are Luxury Vacations and include the Demonstrator and one guest!

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator?  Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents, pick up some extra cash AND earn a Luxury Vacation every year?  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 and your own Luxury Vacations!

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