The Perfect Tool for the Perfect Gift

Gift Certificate Sample

The Gift Certificate is the perfect tool to make sure you’ve got the perfect gift for the holiday season! I have Gift Certificates available in any denomination. Furthermore, the certificates are good on catalog product, in-person or online classes, or any other product I have to offer. In addition, you can purchase a Gift Certificate for Birthdays, Graduation, or any other occasion as well as the Holidays!

To order Gift Certificates, please call me at (707) 695-3571 and I’ll get you set up. You may choose to have your certificates delivered electronically via e-mail or in hard copy via USPS at no additional charge. Add some to your gift-giving tool box today!

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Share With Me and Receive Up To $35!

Purse of MoneyDid you know I have a Referral Program – that pays in CASH? That’s right! Here’s how it works:

Just share your friends with me and I’ll send you:

  • $5 when she or he becomes my customer
  • $10 if/when she or he becomes my PlayShop host/hostess. This includes in-person and online PlayShops.
  •  $20 if/when she or he becomes a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator as my downline

You can refer any number of friends. They just need to be unknown to me. I send you the cash payments via PayPal so you get them right away!

Here’s how to refer: send me their name, phone number and e-mail address to mary@3amstamper.com. You may also call me at (707) 695-3571 and give me the information.  I keep track of this so I can send you your cash!

Please note that Referral fees do not apply to PlayShop, party or Private Class guests or invitees, sorry. These folks are helping you earn Hostess Dollars and you may receive only one benefit at a time.  Referral fees only apply to new-to-me individuals.

By the way, the friends you refer to me may also get in on my Referral Program. There are no limits to the number of referrals they can make, either.

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3-D Star Ornament

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You can have a whole lot of fun with your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) and the Stars Framelits™ Dies (#133723) making star ornaments. You can make them to attach to cards or pages, or to hang from a tree. It‘s even easier with the coordinating Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set (#135026, wood; #135029, clear).

Today’s example is a 3-Dimensional Star Ornament. This ornament also folds flat for mailing or storage. Imagine making it in several different sizes and hanging them from the ceiling! (Or you can hang them from a garland or wreath…)

Other Supplies Used: Silver Encore Metallic Pad (#132142); Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126986); Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder (#109131); Heat Tool (#129053); Soft Sky 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#131203); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Silver Glimmer Paper (#135314); Silver 1/8” Ribbon (#132137); Sponge Dauber (#133773); Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); 1/8” Circle Handheld Punch (#134365); Fast Fuse Adhesive (#129026) or Sticky Strip (#104294)

This ornament is made with the two largest Star Framelits. The largest cuts the Silver Glimmer Paper. To cut, you’ll need to use 6” x 12” strips. This will give you 4 of the largest stars, with some scraps left for smaller ones or other shapes. If you can position them close enough to each other, you may have enough left to make a card front layer.

The second largest star fits over the large embossed star on the Soft Sky Card Stock. One sheet of card stock will give you 4 stars, since you’ll need to use 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” pieces (or 5-1/2” x 4-1/4”). If your Cutting Pads (#113475) are a bit warped, you’ll need to secure the dies with removable masking tape or Post-It™ Notes.

Score each star with the Scoring Blade of the Stampin’ Trimmer. You’ll only need one or two swipes of the blade for the Card Stock stars, but you’ll need to repeat the scoring several times for the Glimmer Paper stars. Fold them before you adhere them together. This makes it easier to match them up.

Punch holes in the top points of each layered star before you put the ornament together. You can easily thread the ribbon through with a stiff floss threader or very large tapestry needle.

This project is one example of the class material you may see as part of your Online Bonus Class when you join the 3am Stamper’s iClub.  Become a 3am Stamper’s iClub Member now and start with next month’s session.  Club orders are due the 10th of each month!  To find out more, just click on the preceding link or on the link in the drop-down menu on the navigation bar, “Events & Classes“.

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Free Catalog-Here’s How to Get It

2014-2015 Annual CatalogI’d like to send you a free product catalog. Normally it retails for $9.95, but I’m going to send it to you for free. However, before I do, I have to have a conversation with you. So, if you want a free catalog, here’s what you need to do.

Send me an e-mail at mary@3amstamper.com with your phone number and the best time to call you. I’ll then call you and we’ll get the ball rolling on this. I can’t wait to speak with you and I’m looking forward to sending you that catalog.

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3 Reasons I Love Being My Own Boss!

Business-WomanIt’s National Bosses’ Day and I’m trying to decide whether to take myself out to lunch or out to dinner. I live in drought-inflicted California, so all the flowers are doing their best to survive, but they aren’t as celebratory as they used to be! I’ll have to make my own bouquet… but that’s easy, since I’m in the papercrafting business!

By the way, Happy Bosses’ Day to all you other bosses out there!

I love being my own boss as a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator! I just came back from Disneyland with my husband, I just got off the phone with one of the best papercrafters in the world and my personnel issues can be solved on the treadmill! In other words, these are three reasons I love being my own boss:

  1. I set my own schedule and can work whenever, wherever and however I want. No timeclocks or time reporting!
  2. I associate with other papercrafters both as clients and colleagues – and they’re the best in the world!
  3. My only personnel is myself. No employees unless I choose to hire an assistant.

Have you thought about being your own boss? Wouldn’t it be great to set your own schedule, share your talents with great colleagues and clients, and make some extra money as well? Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas for your Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstratorship. 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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Smartphones: Crafter’s Best Pals

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In the old days, we crafters used to jot down ideas with a pencil and paper. Of course, we would have to lug around our non-digital camera if we wanted to take any pictures. Nowadays, the Smartphones have cameras built in that are many times even better than our old stand-bys. If we want to jot down ideas, we can dictate them to the phone, or type them in.

I was at my favorite Hallmark store, Fireside Stationery, the other day and took a few pictures of some ideas on the rack. The photo shows one of them. The Smartphone will let me share the pictures via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Very handy!

The pictures you take to give you inspiration can be organized however you like. This one would be in the Christmas idea folder, of course. Other photos I’ve taken in the last few weeks fit into Hallowe’en or even All-Occasion ideas. Some ideas will work for scrapbooking, too.

I have an app on my phone that lets me edit the photos, too. This saves me time when I want to get them ready to post on my blog or elsewhere. Lots of apps really add great photo-editing features to your Smartphone, so you can post from anywhere. For gathering inspiration, though, I just use the unedited photo. I like to see it in its “raw” surroundings.

How do you like to use your Smartphone with your crafting? Please respond in the comments section.

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Mailing List Members Enjoying Free Gifts

Surprise GiftMembers of my Mailing List enjoy Free Gifts periodically, especially the annual 12 Weeks of Christmas tutorial series. All of the periodic free gifts are only available to those members already on my Mailing List. They aren’t available after the e-mail goes out.

The 12 Weeks of Christmas series of tutorials are valued between $9.95 and $14.95 each, if you could buy them. You can’t. You can only receive them free, just like other free gifts, by signing up for my Mailing List. Past free gifts have been valued at $7.95 to $24.95 and only Mailing List Members may receive them!

To join my Mailing List and receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, tutorials, tips & tricks, fill out the form at right. Be sure you click the link in your confirmation e-mail or you won’t be signed up! You’ll collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) when your membership is confirmed!

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The Sky’s the Limit with Metal Sheets

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I got the idea to emboss a craft metal sheet with the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#133520) from one of my colleagues.  She didn’t use it for sky, but for a regular background – a very elegant design in red and gray!  However, I wanted to use the Holiday Home set with a sky in the background. So this is it.

The greeting is intended to be a cloud-like shape, which is made with my #1 Greetings Go-To Kit of Teeny Tiny Wishes (#128748, wood; #127802, clear) with the Modern Label (#119849) & Word Window (#119857) Punches. There is a cloud shape in the Word Bubbles Framelits™ Dies (#132968), but it was too large for the space left from the three houses. I may make a similar design with just one house so I can use the Word Bubble thought bubble Framelits and a greeting from Just Sayin’ (#133200, wood; #133203, clear). Check back to see next week. By the way, the Just Sayin’ Stamp Set and the Word Bubbles Framelits™ Dies are available together in the Just Sayin’ Bundle (#134819, wood; #134820, clear) at a 15% savings!

Other Supplies Used: Holiday Home Photopolymer Stamp Set (#135095); Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126981); Many Marvelous Markers (#131264); Crumb Cake (#120953), Sahara Sand (#121043), Smoky Slate (#131202), Crushed Curry (#131199), Cajun Craze (#119684), Pear Pizzazz (#131201) & Wild Wasabi (#108641) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Homemade Holiday Framelits™ Dies (#135857); Fast Fuse Adhesive (#129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Baby Blue Craft Metal Sheet by my partner, Add A Little Dazzle.

On another note, the Holiday Home Stamp Set and the Homemade Holiday Framelits™ Dies are available together in the Holiday Home Bundle (#137631) also at a 15% savings!

Third note: The Baby Blue Craft Metal Sheet has silver on the back, so would make great snowflakes! You can punch or die-cut these Craft Metal Sheets.

To order what you need to make your own Holiday Home Cards, 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 Stamper 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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Make Easy and Cute Gift Boxes!

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Learn to make cute gift boxes that are easy to create and duplicate! These are perfect when you need a gift box in a hurry… and your recipient will enjoy the hand-crafted box you made yourself! You’ll make three different gift boxes that are ready to fill and give (okay, one of them is a bag – but it’s too cute to leave out)!

Date: November 8, 2014

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm PDT

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $39.95

Deadline to Register with the Early Bird Discount: October 23, 2014

Registration after 10/23 through deadline of 10/30/14: $49.95

Space is limited, so register early.  Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Register now:



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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it would be good to create a scrapbook page honoring a breast cancer survivor or one who lost the battle. There is room on the page for you to journal a few thoughts about your honoree. The page is easy to make, so if you need a whole gallery, you won’t have to take up a lot of time creating the design. I used an 8-1/2” x 8-1/2” base page, but you could easily adapt this to 8” x 8” or 8-1/2” x 11”. The longer page would give you more room to journal or maybe add some wallet-size pictures.

Supplies Used:  Melon Mambo (#115320), Blackberry Bliss (#133675) & Blushing Bride (#131198) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Melon Mambo Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers (#130994); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Hearts Collection Framelits™ Dies (#125599); Blushing Bride 1-1/4” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (#134552); Melon Mambo 1/4” Cotton Ribbon (#134566); Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247); Fast Fuse Adhesive (#129026); Glue Dots (#103683); assorted paper flowers

To order what you need to make your own Breast Cancer Awareness 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 Stamper Rewards for every $30 purchased. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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Deadline for Luxury Card Class Today!

Festival of Trees Card-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comToday is the last day to register for my Hot for the Holidays Card Class. You’ll make three Deluxe Holiday Cards perfect for special friends and family. And you’ll be amazed at how much fun you’ll have creating these designs:

  •  A jeweled Christmas Tree Card
  • A snow-dusted “From Our House to Your House” Card
  • A glittering card that holds a detachable ornament

Join me for a full morning of fun and luxurious papercrafting!

Date: October 18, 2014

Time: 9:30 to 11:30am PDT

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Registration: $59.95

Deadline to Register: TODAY

Space is limited, so register early.  Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Register now:



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Care of Your Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers

Stampin' Blendabilities Line-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comLast month, I talked about How To Achieve Smooth Blending with your Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers. I gave you some tips, but they were mostly about coloring with your markers. Today I’ve got a few tips for taking care of them.

Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers come three to a package in the chosen color: a light version, a medium version and a dark version. The colors are tints, shades or tones, so there will not be a “true” color marker as in the Many Marvelous Markers set (#131264). However, blending all three will give you a perfect coordinate to the hue.

The Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers are rectangular in shape. This means nobody is rolling off anywhere! The squared pens and box make it easy to stack them. I put labels on the top and sides with the color name on them so I can quickly see which color I want from the stack.

The rectangular shape can be tricky to work with when you’re replacing the cap. If you’re not careful, you can break off your tip or let the pen dry out by not closing the cap tightly. Here’s my trick for making sure the cap goes back on correctly, fits tightly and prevents damage to the tip:

  1. Lay your marker flat on your work surface.
  2. Line up the cap so it’s the same shape as the marker.
  3. Slide the two together until the cap snaps into place.

This trick will keep your Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers in great shape for a long time! To learn more about Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers, click this link for my exclusive class offer.

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Stamping Business On The Go

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One of my colleagues literally took her stamping business on the go a few months ago. She moved it to her recreational vehicle and hasn’t looked back ever since! This reminded me of how portable owning your own stamping business as a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator can be.

You can design your business so it continues readily through planned moves, unexpected relocations… or even take it on the road! For example:

  •  A traditional workshops-only business plan will make it simple for you to meet your neighbors in your new residence. You can keep in touch with your old customers by phone.
  • An online business will keep going right through your move. Just keep your laptop handy to take care of customers and add updates.
  • A finished goods retail business can let you gradually release products you’ve done ahead of time. You can also use up some of your supplies getting them ready, so there’s less to pack and move.

These are just some of the ways you can make your Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator business portable. I have ideas for several more based upon actual experiences from myself and some of my colleagues. You can certainly use me and my resources to design your own stamping business on the go!

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business? Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents, pick up some extra cash and know you can take your business with you as well? Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas for your Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstratorship. 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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Happy Anniversary, Walt Disney World!

Celebrate Disney Card - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comLet’s celebrate 43 years!

On this day in 1971, Walt Disney World opened in the Orlando, Florida area with the Magic Kingdom Park, along with the Contemporary Resort Hotel, the Polynesian Village, and Fort Wilderness. Wikipedia has a great article about it here.

I’m hoping to visit Walt Disney World in January, around my Leadership Conference.  Before then, I’m doing a weekend trip to Disneyland (much easier to get there as it’s only a few hours away rather than a whole day!). Anyone going to Walt Disney World soon? What are you looking forward to? Please leave a comment.

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4 Hours Left Until 12 Weeks of Christmas Begins

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There are only 4 hours left to sign up for my Mailing List and get in on the Exclusive Holiday How-To Projects I send during my 12 Weeks of Christmas Program. Don’t miss out-you’ve only got until 12:59:59pm Pacific Time to fill in the form at right and click the link in your confirmation e-mail!

Already on my Mailing List? Outstanding! You’ve just got a few more hours until your first Exclusive Holiday How-To Project of 2014 appears in your Inbox! Share this with a friend right now so they can sign up, too!

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12 Weeks of Christmas Begins in 24 Hours

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Every year, my Mailing List Subscribers receive an exclusive series of free How-To Holiday Projects just in time for the Holiday Season! The series is my gift to them to show my appreciation. They receive ideas for Holiday Cards, Gifts and Wrapping Essentials with complete instructions.

This special mailing starts in 24 Hours. To get in on it-just fill in the form at right! You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail in your inbox. Be sure to click the link in the e-mail to be added to the Mailing List!

Already on my Mailing List? Great! I hope you’re looking forward to receiving your 2014 set of Holiday Projects. Share this with a friend so they can sign up, too!

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How Would You Like A Quick 5 Dollars?

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It’s easy: just refer your friends to me and I’ll send you:

  •  * $5 when she or he becomes my customer
  •  * $10 if/when she or he becomes my PlayShop host/hostess. This includes in-person and online PlayShops.
  •  * $20 if/when she or he becomes a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator as my downline

You can refer any number of friends. They just need to be unknown to me. I send you the cash payments via PayPal so you get them right away!

Here’s how to refer: send me their name, phone number and e-mail address to mary@3amstamper.com. You may also call me at (707) 695-3571 and give me the information.  I keep track of this so I can send you your cash!

Please note that Referral fees do not apply to PlayShop, party or Private Class guests or invitees, sorry. These folks are helping you earn Hostess Dollars and you may receive only one benefit at a time.  Referral fees only apply to new-to-me individuals.

By the way, the friends you refer to me may also get in on my Referral Program. They have no limits, either.

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Do You Feel Stuck?

 

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Do you feel stuck in the house all the time? Do you only get out to run errands or play taxi? Do you find yourself not taking time for you… and your paper-crafting? How would you like to schedule yourself a Girl’s Night Out to paper-craft every week and make some extra cash as well?

As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you can schedule a paper-crafting Girl’s Night Out as often as you like! You can also do mornings or afternoons if those work better. Or you can arrange a mix of all three! The best part is, you can make some extra money while you paper-craft with your friends!

Your paper-crafting business will encourage you to get out and have fun with your friends… and their friends… and their friends… and so on… and so on! You can also gather in your own home. It’s great to be able to change it up! Doesn’t this sound like a great way to become unstuck?

Have you thought about owning your own paper-crafting business? 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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12 Weeks of Christmas for 2014 On Its Way

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My Mailing List Subscribers receive an exclusive series of free How-To Holiday Projects every year-just for being on my Mailing List… and just in time for the Holiday Season! The series is my gift to them to show my appreciation.

Each week, for the 12 weeks just before Christmas, I send them ideas for Holiday Cards, Gifts and Wrapping Essentials with complete instructions. This special mailing starts in one week. To get in on it-just fill in the form at right! You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail in your inbox. Be sure to click the link in the e-mail to be added to the Mailing List!

Already on my Mailing List? Great! I hope you’re looking forward to receiving your 2014 set of Holiday Projects. Share this with a friend so they can sign up, too!

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Fast Fuse Adhesive-Another Look

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Okay, I can admit it: Fast Fuse Adhesive (#129026), new in the Stampin’ Up!® 2014-2015 Annual Catalog, is definitely added to my list of Go-To Adhesives. I originally talked about Fast Fuse in my post, Fast Fuse Added to Adhesive Line-Up. I find I’m reaching for it first, and going to SNAIL (#104332) only rarely.

The drawbacks to Fast Fuse are:

  1. You really need to make sure your placement is where you want it when you’re adhering layers, for example, because once Fast Fuse is down, it’s down… and so is your layer!
  2. The case gets clogged with excess adhesive pills more frequently. You have to remove them with a commercial adhesive remover such as Goo Gone. Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (#102394) just can’t handle it like it can SNAIL.
  3. You must follow these tips to use it successfully:
    1. Make sure the words are on top of the applicator before you start to roll the tip across your project.
    2. You may need to roll the tape a little to get the adhesive started.
    3. Roll slo-o-owly (even more slowly than you would SNAIL) and be sure to flick your wrist at the end to “cut” the adhesive.
    4. Apply the adhesive with the Silicone Craft Sheet (#127853) under your work to keep from sticking to everything.
    5. Especially when applying layers, don’t roll the Fast Fuse as close to the edge as you would with SNAIL. The extra space (1/8”-1/4” or so) will let you get the layer in position without the Fast Fuse sticking out of place.

Remember, there is no cover for the applicator tip to prevent the adhesive from sticking in the wrong place. I store my Fast Fuse Adhesive upright in a Mini Glue Dots (#103683) box. It’s the perfect size to hold the applicator and have Fast Fuse easily ready to use. I decorated a box for my first Fast Fuse Adhesive, which you can see here in my A Spring Bouquet of Colors Post.

I need another box since I had to open a new Fast Fuse while waiting for the cleaned case to dry. I won’t be making the Glue Dots box nearly as fancy for the second one! The directions in my Spring Bouquet Box Cover Post will work perfectly. If you make the cover out of something like the 12” x 12” Kraft Card Stock (#133674), you won’t need to wait for a Glue Dots box to empty!

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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