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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Sign Up and Get the Latest News

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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!

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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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Spring Monochromatic Scheme with Old Olive

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I pulled an April Fool’s joke on my Facebook Fans yesterday and that actually inspired me to create a monochromatic color scheme for Spring featuring Old Olive, along with Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke colors.  These colors belong to the Green-Yellow color group.  Using colors from the same color group together is an easy way to create a monochromatic scheme.

When I think of Spring, the first color I think of is Green.  The Green-Yellow color group is a natural for finding a Spring Green palette.

Supplies Used:  Fabulous Florets (#128574, Wood-Mount; #123027, Clear-Mount) & Nature’s Hello (#133062, Wood-Mount; #133065, Clear-Mount; Hostess Set Only) Stamp Sets; Old Olive (#100702), Always Artichoke (#105119) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper (#129310); Old Olive (#126953) & Always Artichoke (#126972) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Old Olive 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (#119256); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Paper Snips (#103579); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

Tip:  Instead of cutting out the butterfly with Paper Snips, you can use the Backyard Basics Framelits™ (#129380) with your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) and the Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658) to make a nice, neat outline.

Would you like to make cards with a Spring Monochromatic Scheme with your friends?  Let’s plan a PlayShop together (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!).  You can earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets, such as Nature’s Hello, and accessories) as well.    Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat.  I look forward to tailoring the project to you!  If you’re out of town, don’t worry, I also do Online and Teleconference PlayShops.

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Insider’s Secrets to Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

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Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders work with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) to create a nice, deep texture for layering on card stock.  They are Card-Maker size and ideal for backgrounds.

The Folders work best for background layers if you cut the layer to size first.  The embossing process thins and stretches out the card stock or paper a little, so cutting after embossing can cause tearing.  The folder easily fits at 5-1/4” x 4” layer.

To emboss die-cuts or punch-outs, the process is similar.  First, cut or punch out the shape, then insert it over the design area you want and emboss.  You can do a number of these at one time, if you like, just make sure they create a single layer.  If you have a particular design you want, hold the image in place with a removable/repositionable adhesive like Dotto® or Tombow Repositionable Mono Adhesive.

To emboss the patchwork or appliqué effect, insert your layer with the patches or appliqués attached.  Use a light adhesive such as SNAIL (#104332).  Emboss with the Big Shot, but without any tabs on the platform.

To emboss envelope flaps, insert the flap, being careful to make sure the embossed side shows on the outside, then wrap the envelope around the folder.  Emboss without any tabs on the platform.

One issue that is tricky to resolve is embossing a single strip of card stock that is longer than 5-1/4”.  It’s hard to do without creasing when you emboss with the Big Shot.  The Big Shot is the only thing that gives enough pressure to emboss card stock and emboss it evenly.  Thinner materials can be embossed by hand, but card stock needs camouflage to hide the creases.  This method makes the creasing a little less obvious, but you may still want to cover up.

  1. Cut through the embossing folder crease with scissors, such as the Craft Scissors (#108360), leaving it attached about 1/4”.
  2. Line up your card stock or other material at the start of the pattern, align both covers of the folder and emboss with the Big Shot.
  3. Slide the strip through the cut and line up with the pattern.  Align both covers of the folder and emboss with the Big Shot.
  4. Repeat for the length of the strip.

My example page shows two patterns of Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape (#129314) covering up the creases.  I used the Arrows Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#132178) to illustrate my theme of “Up With Spring” for the page.  I also used scraps and leftovers to create it!

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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Final Day for Best of 25 Years Promotion

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For Stampin’ Up!®’s 25th Anniversary last year, they brought back a dozen image sets that have been the most popular over the years.  They also created a special new image for each set that won’t be seen anywhere else.  Today is the final day to buy these sets and add them to your collection.

Each set comes in the Clear-Mount form, so it’s space saving.  The images are a different size from the original, so they will coordinate superbly with the retired sets you already have!

As a plus, for every six sets you buy, you can get a free stamp set from the current catalogs valued up to $14.95.  All you need to do is attach the “25” sticker that comes with each set to one of the Collector Cards.  You have until April 30th to redeem them for your free set(s).

Take a look at the stamp sets here on the Best of 25 Years Promotion PagePick your favorites (no limit) and get them ordered today!

To order, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar.  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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Last Day for Sale-A-Bration!

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It’s almost over!  Today is the last day you can get free stamp sets and accessories for every $50 you purchase!  Sale-A-Bration only comes once a year and the stamp sets and kits are exclusive – you can only choose them during the promotion.  Some of the accessories may appear in the Annual Catalog, but usually not.

The photo of page 11 (page 15 in the actual hard-copy brochure) of the Sale-A-Bration Brochure shows samples made with some of my favorite SAB products:  the You’re Lovely Stamp Set in the upper right corner; the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper in the upper left corner; the Banner Bash Stamp Set and Banner Punch in the lower left corner; and the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder in the lower right corner.  There’s also a Card-Making Kit (Good As Gold) that includes Gold Foil envelope inserts and accents (plus it uses one of the patterns in the Sweet Sorbet package)!

Undecided as to what you want to get?  Check over the Bundles on pages 4 through 9!  You can’t substitute, but you can order all of the Bundle components on ONE number if you like them as is.  Otherwise, you’ll need to order the items individually.  Each Bundle will net you one Sale-A-Bration free selection!  If your order totals $300 or more, you’ll be able to select SIX Sale-A-Bration items AND an extra $30 Hostess Dollars to spend!  There’s no limit as to the number of Sale-A-Bration items you can choose, it’s one for every $50 purchased.

To take advantage of the last day of Sale-A-Bration and be sure you receive your favorites, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the Sale-A-Bration 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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Soft Colors for Spring with Very Vanilla

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I was making envelopes from extra pieces of Designer Series Paper and started thinking about Spring combinations to go with Very Vanilla.  The first color that sprang to mind was Baked Brown Sugar!  My problem was, I wanted to use the Delicate Designs Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#127023) with the Large Scallop Edgelits™ (#127019) to make a double row of “lace” trim.  So I came up with Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar and Very Vanilla as the main color combination.  These are nice, soft colors perfect for Spring! 

Other Supplies Used:  Blessed Easter Stamp (#133212); Very Vanilla (#101650), Baked Brown Sugar (#131296) & Crisp Cantaloupe (#131298) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Pad (#131174); In Color 2013-2015 Stampin’ Write Markers (#131260); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Word Window Punch (#119857); In Color 2013-2015 Boutique Details (#130938); Baked Brown Sugar Ruffle Stretch Trim (#130022); Sponge Daubers (#102892); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Paper Snips (#103579); Glue Dots (#103683)

Notice how Pistachio Pudding, the accent color, is also soft and Spring-like.  Any one of these colors (Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding) would pair with Very Vanilla in a soft Spring duo!  You’ll see more of this in my next Color Craft feature.

A few tips about making your “lace” trim:

  • Cut the scallop edge first.  I made a close cut on the edge of the Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock layer.
  • Line up the scallops with the design in the embossing folder.  I used Post-It™ Notes to hold the card stock in place, but it left marks.  The Post-It was also hard to remove from the detailed design.  I recommend you use removable adhesive on the back to hold the card stock in alignment.
  • Cut the scallop edge on the Crisp Cantaloupe layer.  Line up the card stock with the embossed Baked Brown Sugar layer to see where your edge should go, then remove the finished layer and cut.
  • Line up the scallops with the design in the folder and emboss.  Secure with removable adhesive to keep the card stock in line.

You can also try Very Vanilla Card Stock with Blushing Bride (#131198), Pool Party (#122924) or Smoky Slate (#131202) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock for other soft Spring color combinations.

Would you like to see the Big Shot in action and perhaps try it out yourself?  Let’s plan a PlayShop together (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!).  You can earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories) as well.    Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat.  I look forward to tailoring the project to you!  If you’re out of town, don’t worry, I also do Online and Teleconference PlayShops.

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Open Your Business for Mom & Pop Business Day!

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Today is National Mom & Pop Business Day, celebrating small business owners across the country!  You can become a small business owner very easily by joining me as a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator.  Imagine yourself sitting down in your kitchen with a group of friends and showing them a new paper crafting project.  Now imagine them buying everything you’ve shown them so they can make more of their own!  That’s only one scenario – there are many more to fit your lifestyle and schedule.  All it takes is a small cash investment of $99, which gains you $125 in fantastic Stampin’ Up! products to demonstrate and share with your friends, and a frequent chat with me to help you achieve your goals!

Why not think about owning your own stamping business?  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.

Plus, from now through March 31st, your initial investment nets you 20% more in Stampin’ Up!® products to get you off to a good start!  Wouldn’t that be a great way to celebrate National Mom & Pop Business Day! You can also attend Convention 2014 in July, where you’ll get new 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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Scrapbook Page for Spring Into Summer

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For today’s Scrapbook Theater, I decided to answer a Coach’s Challenge and use a color combination that I had never used before.  That’s extremely difficult for me because, if you’ve been reading me any length of time, you know that I make a concerted effort to use all of the Stampin’ Up!® colors.  This page is 8” x 8”.

I discovered that I had never designed a project using all five of the 2012-2014 In Colors, so that’s the combination I used!  These colors are deep and rich, which lead me to call this page “Spring into Summer”.  In descending order:  Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals.  The 2012-2014 In Colors are retiring the end of May, so I thought it was fitting to make use of them while they are current.

Supplies Used:  Flower Shop Stamp Set (#130939, Wood-Mount; #130942, Clear-Mount); Petite Petals Stamp Set (#133152, Wood-Mount; #133155, Clear-Mount); 2012-2014 In Color 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock Assortment (#126838); Very Vanilla 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#101650); Raspberry Ripple Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126859); Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (#101731); Pansy Punch (#130698); Petite Petals Punch (#133322); Raspberry Ripple 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126845); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Little Leaves Sizzlits™ (#114511); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683)

Bundles offer coordinating products at a savings.  These are the bundles you can substitute for the individual products in the list.

The deep, rich “Spring Into Summer” 2012-2014 In Colors also come in individual color packs of 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock:

The remaining items in the 2012-2014 In Color Collection include:

For the complete listing of the In Color 2012-2014 Collection, see pages 140 and 141 in the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog.

To order any of the In Color 2012-2014 Collection and create your own Spring Into Summer pages and projects, 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.  Also, Sale-A-Bration continues through March 31st (Monday), which earns you a FREE stamp set or accessory for every $50 you spend!

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