Lullaby Patterns Examples-Part 1

As I mentioned last week in my Lullaby Paper Patterns post, I made some examples for you.

Lullaby Thank You Card with Crisp Cantaloupe-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

In this first one, the bracket chevron stripes include Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar on a Whisper White background. Hello Honey is playing the part of a Neutral even though it’s a member of the Yellow-Orange Color Group. Since Crisp Cantaloupe is a member of the Orange-Red Color Group, Hello Honey is in the Analogous neighborhood and can pretend to be Neutral. So, we have, in effect, a Monochromatic Color Scheme.

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The second example shows the straight chevron stripes which include Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar on a Whisper White background. Hello Honey is a member of the Yellow-Orange Color Group and is alongside the Split Complementary Color of the Green-Blue Color Group member, Coastal Cabana. Split Complements offer more of a contrast than Analogous colors. The soft combination of Coastal Cabana and Hello Honey has energy without being dramatic. However, it can also be a Monochromatic Color Scheme, in effect, with Hello Honey playing the part of a Neutral.

Check back here tomorrow for more combinations from the Lullaby Designer Series Paper (133695) patterns.

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Demonstrators Receive Exclusive Resources

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As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you run a home-based business and receive a variety of exclusive resources to help you run it. First, you have me, your recruiter, to help you with your goals and plans, as well as giving you tips and tricks for your business plans. You get to interact with me and your fellow Demonstrators, who provide information, techniques and support! Besides that, you get paid for it!

In addition, Stampin’ Up!® provides exclusive resources through its Website for Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators. The website includes training videos, business tools, manuals of policies and processes, and a link to an exclusive Demonstrator Online Community. The Online Community allows Demonstrators to share information, tips and techniques and to get answers to their questions. All of this, plus exclusive training opportunities, such as the upcoming Convention and On Stage Live events, gives both new and experienced Demonstrators a wealth of support!

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business? Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents, pick up some extra cash and be entitled to use the Stampin’ Up! exclusive resources 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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Instant Card Tutorial for You

You’ve seen a lot of Quick & Easy projects on my website… well, this video shows the quickest and easiest to date! I call the project an Instant Card!

To order what you need to make your own Instant Cards, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $50 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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How To Make My 2015 Mother’s Day Card

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By request, here is how to make my 2015 Mother’s Day Card. As usual at this time of year, I used a number of retiring accessories. The stamp set, Crazy About You (138856-wood, 138859-clear, 137137-photopolymer), is new in the 2015 Occasions Catalog but here’s a secret (Sssh! Don’t tell anybody) it will appear in the new 2015-2016 Annual Catalog, too!

  1. Fold an 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece of Sahara Sand 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (121043) in half and crease well with the Bone Folder (102300) for the card base.
  2. Emboss a 5-1/4” x 4” piece of Rose Red 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (102544) with the Spring Flowers Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (137365) and the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (132657) or Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439). I used the Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, but it’s sold out, so I put in a substitute.
  3. Die-cut the Darling Doily Thinlits™Die (133736) on a 4-1/2” x 6” piece of Pink Pirouette paper from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (130135) with the Big Shot and the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658). Poke out the cut-outs with the Paper-Piercing Tool (126189) and use it to gently lift the die-cut from the die. The die has holes to use to help with this – just slant the tool so it doesn’t poke through. You do not need to put waxed paper between the paper and the die – the cut-outs need to be prodded to release. Adhere the doily to the upper left of the embossed layer with tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755).
  4. Wrap Wisteria Wonder 1/2” Seam Binding Ribbon (134572) around the Doily and the embossed layer and tie in a bow. Adhere to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).
  5. Stamp the flower image with the Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin’ Pad (126956) on a 4” x 3” piece of Sahara Sand Card Stock. Line up “Happy Mother’s Day” or any other greeting you wish on Clear-Mount Block D (118485) for the photopolymer set. Otherwise, line up your two-word message with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (101049). Use the Rose Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (126954) and center the message over the flower.
  6. Align the flower image under a Window Frames Collection Framelits™ Die (129021) on the Magnetic Platform and cut out with the Big Shot. Sponge the edges with a Sponge Dauber (133773) and the Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin’ Pad (126985). Adhere to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To order what you need to try out your own Darling Doily Card and take advantage of the Retiring Products promotion, 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 $50 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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You’re Invited to See the New Catalog

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You’re invited to come see the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog from Stampin’ Up!® at my New Catalog Party! If you’re not a Mailing List Subscriber, you can pick up a copy at the party. Mailing List Subscribers may sign up on my Catalog List and receive their copies in advance.

Join the fun! We’ll be making a quick card to try out some of the new products, including the 2015-2017 In Color Collection. Refreshments will be served, which you can munch on while you browse. There is no charge for this event.

Date: June 3, 2015

Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

RSVP: Call or text (707) 695-3571 or e-mail mary@3amstamper.com by 6/2/2015.

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Lullaby Paper Patterns Make Great Combinations

Lullaby Designer Series Paper & the Weekly Deal

Looking at the colors on sale in the latest Weekly Deals, I saw a number of great Color Craft coordinates. Never mind that most of the colors are my favorites from the retiring 2013-2015 In Color Collection! The deals are on Lullaby Designer Series Paper (133695), Gold 5/8” Satin Ribbon (134547) and Wild Wasabi 1/2” Seam Binding Ribbon (134570). These can work together to make great combinations.

The featured colors in the photo are: Coastal Cabana from the Green-Blue Group, Crisp Cantaloupe from the Orange-Red Group, Hello Honey from the Yellow-Orange Group, Pistachio Pudding and Wild Wasabi from the Green Group. The Neutrals support these colors and are: Baked Brown Sugar, Gold and Whisper White. You may remember my post: “Gold, Is It a Neutral Color,” which firmly placed Gold in the Neutrals Group.

You don’t need to use all of these colors together. The patterns on the Designer Series Paper actually only contain two or three. For example, the bracket chevron stripes only include Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar on a Whisper White background. Tints of Crisp Cantaloupe and Hello Honey add dimension to the design. The straight chevron stripes include Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar on a Whisper White background. The Pistachio Pudding and a tint of Hello Honey become the dimension providers. The random dots designs are composed of Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding and Hello Honey on Whisper White and Crisp Cantaloupe and Hello Honey dotting Whisper White.

Any of the colors would make a good base card or page. Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding are in the Complementary Color range with Crisp Cantaloupe. This means you can use any two for a pleasing combination. If you use the bracket chevron stripes pattern, for example, on a Crisp Cantaloupe base, your combination looks Analogous, which gives a monochromatic feel. If you put a layer of this pattern on a Pistachio Pudding base, you would have the more contrasting Complementary combination.

I will make some samples to show you what I mean and post them here. I didn’t have time to do them this week. Check back next week and take a look.

To order what you need and get in on this week’s Weekly Deals, 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 $50 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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How to Use 1/4” Cotton Ribbon

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I’ve been missing the 1/4” Grosgrain Ribbon that retired several years ago because its width and texture made it great for bow-tying, knotting and just plain striping! I was really pleased when Stampin’ Up!® brought out the 1/4” Cotton Ribbon last year because the width fills in an essential size we card-makers need. It’s a great replacement for my Good, Trusty, Old 1/4” Grosgrain!

The photo shows a stack of four of the colors of the twelve that come in the 1/4” Cotton Ribbon. From the top of the stack to the bottom: Pool Party (134568), Blushing Bride (134558), Daffodil Delight (134559) and Pumpkin Pie (134565).

One thing I’ve noticed is the Cotton Ribbon really grabs onto color. The best dying technique is to really soak it in an alcohol-Classic Ink Refill mixture, then let it dry. For an interesting effect, mix alcohol and Ink Refills in Stampin’ Spritzers (126185), then spray the Whisper White (134567) or a light color of the 1/4” Cotton Ribbon. Whether you’re dying or spritzing, allow time to dry, then set the color again with a hot, dry iron.

The Cotton Ribbon has a smooth, silky feel, but the texture and “matte-ness” of the cotton makes it really easy to work with. It’s really wonderful for bow-tying, knotting, weaving and striping. You can tie a knot before you tie the bow if you like, but it’s not always necessary. The Cotton Ribbon also lies flat when you need it.

Remember, if you have a spool of the Whisper White 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, your favorite colors of Classic Ink Refill and a bottle of isopropyl alcohol, you are all set to coordinate your ribbon however you like. Another idea occurred to me while I was writing this: you can stamp on the ribbon and also make multi-colored effects with your Stampin’ Write Markers! Dip the ribbon in alcohol and blot it so it’s still damp, then stamp or color on it. Let dry and iron it before you use the ribbon.

Got a question about a product, technique 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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Do You Like Receiving Birthday Gifts?

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If you like receiving Birthday Gifts, you may be interested to know that I send members of my Birthday Club a $5 certificate to use on any purchase during the month of their birthday. Birthday Club members are subscribers to my Mailing List, which is the only way to become a club member. The certificate is totally free, as is Birthday Club membership. However, you must be a Mailing List Subscriber first. Membership on the Mailing List is also free.

To join my Mailing List, become eligible for my Birthday Club and receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, tutorials, tips & tricks, fill out the form at right. 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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New Catalog Party Coming Up

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Come check out the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog from Stampin’ Up!® at my New Catalog Party! If you’re not a Mailing List Subscriber, you can pick up a copy at the party. Mailing List Subscribers may sign up on my Catalog List and receive their copies in advance.

Whether you’ve received your new catalog or not, you are still invited to come join the fun! We’ll be making a quick card to try out some of the new products, including the 2015-2017 In Color Collection. Refreshments will be served, which you can munch on while you browse.  There is no charge for this event.

Date: June 3, 2015

Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

RSVP: (707) 695-3571 or e-mail mary@3amstamper.com by 6/2/2015.

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Summer Brights – Orange & Violet-Red

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If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I’m very fond of Purple (Violet) and Orange together. Today’s Summer Brights combination consists of Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and a hint of Melon Mambo. Pumpkin Pie is in the Orange Color Group, Rich Razzleberry is in the Violet-Red Color Group and Melon Mambo is in the Red-Violet Color Group.

There isn’t a classification for this color combination, so let’s make one up. Violet and Orange make up two legs of a Triad combination. Violet-Red and Red-Violet are right next to Violet, so let’s call this a Split Triad combination, taking the positioning from the Split Complementary combination I discussed yesterday.

Supplies Used: Label Something (130595-w, 130598-c) & Teeny Tiny Wishes (128748-w, 127802-c) Stamp Sets; Rich Razzleberry (126950) & Melon Mambo (126948) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (105117); Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730); Melon Mambo 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (115320); Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper (133693); Modern Label Punch (119649); Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon (134549); Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (105229); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Isopropyl Alcohol

Tips: See Ribbon Dying directions in yesterday’s post. Also try out the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper with ANY of the colors in the Brights Collection. They’ll work very well with the multi-colored patterns!

To order what you need to try out your own Split Triad Combination, 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 $50 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Summer Brights – Orange & Blue-Green

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My new habit of checking the Stampin’ Up!® Weekly Deals every Tuesday morning led me to picking the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper (133693) for this week’s Color Craft project. All of the coordinating colors in this paper pattern (Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White) are in the Brights Collection (except for Whisper White, of course, which is a Neutral and doesn’t count) and remind me of Summer and Celebrations!

My Split Complementary Colors today are Pumpkin Pie from the Orange Color Group and Tempting Turquoise from the Blue-Green Color Group. This is a Birthday or Party color combination to me… especially in Summer Colors!

The chevron design called to me, so it’s the background for my “Hello” card. It has a large majority Pumpkin Pie chevrons, so Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (105117) became my base. The hardest part was picking the contrasting color to mat the patterned layer. I finally settled on Tempting Turquoise 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (102067), which was also an alternate for my card base.

I used retired Pumpkin Pie 5/8” Satin Ribbon, but you can easily dye the Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon (134549) with a tablespoon or two of isopropyl alcohol and several drops of Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (105229). I’d start off with 10 and check. Add more drops if needed until the wet ribbon is slightly darker than the color you want. Let it dry, then iron out the wrinkles before using. The heat from the iron will set in the color and you’ll be all ready to go. Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) will help you make those nice loops, but be sure to leave enough space to keep each loop from sticking to itself.

Other Supplies Used: Label Something Stamp Set (130595-w, 130598-c); Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad (126952); Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730); Ticket Duo Builder Punch (126883); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Tip on the Ticket Duo Builder Punch: I frequently have to recycle the tiny ticket if I use my usual 2” x 3” or larger piece of paper to punch out the large ticket. To save paper and annoyance, stamp and punch the greeting on a 1” x 3” piece of paper and feed the 1” strip through. If you want to make a bunch of tiny tickets use a 3/8” to 1/2” by 3” or longer strip. Now that we’re talking about it, I think I’ll do some and add them across the top and bottom of this card. Check it on my Facebook Page in a couple of days… don’t forget to LIKE my page and Get Notifications!

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Handheld Punches-Essential Tools

Handheld PunchesThe punches I always have in easy grabbing range are my Handheld Punches. The handles fit over the edge of a storage box by straddling it and I can line them up in whatever order I choose. I usually have the 1/16” Circle Handheld Punch (134363) on the end, with the 1/8” Circle Handheld Punch (134365) next to it and the 1/4” Circle Handheld Punch (134364) next to that. My retired Handheld Punches complete the row.

Here is how I use them most frequently:

  • 1/16” Circle Handheld Punch
    • Punches holes for brads with thin prongs such as the Silver 1/8” Mini Brads (122941)
    • Punches holes to tie Baker’s Twine, Linen Thread, or other thin cord
  • 1/8” Circle Handheld Punch
    • Punches holes for brads with wider prongs
    • Punches holes to tie 1/8” ribbon, Thick Baker’s Twine, soft 1/4” ribbon
  • 1/4” Circle Handheld Punch
    • Punches holes to tie 1/4” to 1” ribbon
    • Punches holes to thread thicker cord through
    • Punches holes to allow Binder Rings to hold several sheets or pages of card stock or paper

Those are my top uses for each punch. They will all punch through two or three sheets at one time, depending on thickness.  (The stickers with the sizes shown in the photo are my own.)  I’m sure more uses will occur and I’ll post them here. If you have some pet uses for these punches, please feel free to mention them in Comments below.

By the way, the 1/16” and 1/8” Handheld Punches are part of the Weekly Deals this week! Check them out!

Got a question about a product, technique 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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Graduation & Wedding Season Approaching

Graduation Caps A-Flurry

Wedding Elements

Do you have a graduation coming up or a wedding in the offing? It’s that time of year: Graduation & Wedding Season!! Wouldn’t it be nice to have help paying for all the incidentals? How about owning your own stamping business and having extra cash every month?

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

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

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Make Trendy Cards for Any Occasion

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Create All Occasion cards in the latest trendy colors and designs in this class. Matching envelopes included. You will be using the newest products from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog, so the cards shown are not what you’ll be making!

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

Date: May 28, 2015

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $35.00

Early Bird Deadline: 5/11/15

Register early to reserve your space – space is limited!



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Quick Shaped Cards with the Top Note Die

As promised in my post, “So Long, Top Note Die, I’ll Miss You,” I’m showing you how to make you quick gift tags and shaped cards with the Top Note Bigz™ Die (113436) and the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439).

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First up, the Gift Card, suitable to attach to a package or tuck in an envelope:

  1. Die-cut a piece of 5” x 4” card stock and a piece of 5” x 4” patterned paper one sheet at a time so that the “top-stitched” border shows clearly.
  2. Trim away the border from the patterned paper.
  3. Score from point to point in the cross-wise middle of each die-cut and fold.
  4. Cut folder paper about 1/8” from the fold.
  5. Adhere one piece to front of gift card.
  6. Adhere second piece to inside of gift card.
  7. Attach greeting and embellishments as desired.

Supplies Used for Gift Card: A Round Array Stamp Set (129087-w, 129090-c); Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad (126983); Night of Navy (100867) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper (137783); Top Note Bigz™ Die (113436); Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Beautiful Wings Embosslits™ Die (118138); 7/8” Scallop Circle (129404) & 1-1/4” Scallop Circle (127811) Punches; Mini Glue Dots (103683); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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Next, the Shaped Greeting Card:

You can make a shaped greeting card from card stock or patterned paper. I made this one from Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a piece of card stock.

  1. Fold a 5” x 8” piece of patterned paper in half. If you use card stock instead, be sure to crease it well.
  2. Line up the fold so that the folded piece misses the cutting edge slightly. Die-cut.
  3. Adhere the back of the folded die-cut to a 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” piece of card stock.
  4. Attach greeting and embellishments as desired.

Supplies Used for Shaped Card: Label Love (130619-w, 130622-c) & Teeny Tiny Wishes (128748-w, 127802-c) Stamp Sets; Bermuda Bay (131171) & Night of Navy (126970) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Calypso Coral (122925) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper (137783); Top Note Bigz™ Die (113436); Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Beautiful Wings Embosslits™ Die (118138); Artisan Label Punch (130920); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

To order what you need to make your own Top Note 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 $50 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150. Remember, some of the supplies listed are retiring and are only available while supplies last – be sure you order now!

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Silly Scallops Scrapbook Page

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I usually try to feature retiring products once Stampin’ Up!® releases the Retiring Stamps &. Accessories Lists.  Since both the Scallop-Edge Border Punch (119882) and the Large Scallop Edgelits™ (127019) are on the list, I thought it would be fun to design a scrapbook page using scalloped borders.

I hadn’t used Park Lane Designer Series Paper (133694) a lot this year, so I picked three patterns from the package for the borders and one page background. I usually use both patterns from one sheet, but the dotted background pattern reversed to rows of small Blackberry Bliss flowers, which really would have been too busy. I used Blackberry Bliss from the In Color 2014-2016 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (133680) as the base page and layered the dotted pattern on top.

For the border strips, I wanted 2”, 3” and 4” widths. I cut 4-1/4” x 12” from the tone-on-tone Blackberry Bliss floral pattern, which allows for the Large Scallop Edgelits™ cutting, and 3-1/4” x 12” from the Daffodil Delight floral pattern, allowing room to punch the scalloped edge. I cut the 2” strip from the Calypso Coral random dots pattern with the Small Scallop Rotary Stampin’ Trimmer Cutting Blade (129410), so I didn’t need to leave any room.

I planned to stagger the photo mats by lining them up with the edges of the borders. The mats are designed for 3-1/2” x 5” photos and slip under the edge of the scallop strip. I only adhered the scallop strips at the top and bottom edges, so the mats could slide under them easily.

Since there was space left over on the page, I decided circles with scalloped frames would fill it nicely. You can put anything in the circles, such as a title and journaling, or even more pictures. I thought the page would look cool with random words… and it’s easy to cover over the Whisper White circles if I decide to write something else!

Other Supplies Used: @sosocial (134189-w, 134192-c) & From the Garden (137139-p) Stamp Sets; Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad (retired & sold out); Calypso Coral (122925), Daffodil Delight (119683), Blackberry Bliss (133675) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Bow Builder (137414), 3/4” Circle (119873), 1-1/4” Circle (119861), 1-3/4” Circle (119850), 1-1/4” Scallop Circle (127811), 1-3/4” Scallop Circle (119854) & 2-3/8” Scallop Circle (118874) Punches; Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

To order what you need to try out your own Silly Scallops, 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 $50 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Purple & Orange In A Double Diad Scheme

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The Diad Color Scheme is made up of a pair of colors that are two colors apart on the Color Wheel. In this Gift Take-Out Box project, I’m using Crisp Cantaloupe from the Red-Orange Color Group and Blackberry Bliss from the Violet-Red Color Group.

For convenience (to save myself having to make up a name), I am combining my two Color Craft Chart columns of Tertiary Colors into the standard one Tertiary Color Group. You may recall that I originally split the Tertiary Colors in my Color Chart to Help You Color Craft Post for more accuracy and to make it easier to categorize the Stampin’ Up!® Colors. I also didn’t want a chart that had two pages worth of rows for one color along with nothing in other colors.

The Accent Colors also create a Diad: Hello Honey from the Yellow-Orange Color Group and Mossy Meadow from the Green-Yellow Color Group. This makes a Double Diad Color Scheme for the Gift Take-Out Box project.

I also used Wild Wasabi from the Green Color Group as a secondary accent, but I think I would be better served if I had used Mossy Meadow instead. The Wild Wasabi stamped leaves on the box just aren’t intense enough to go with the Blackberry Bliss flowers.

The Diad Color Scheme lets you create softer contrasts or harmonious color combinations. It’s a good mixture for Mother’s Day, Birthday, Bridal Shower and Friendship cards and decorations.

Supplies Used: Painted Petals Stamp Set (138819, w; 138822, c; 137146, p); Blackberry Bliss (133642), Hello Honey (133643), Mossy Meadow (133645), Wild Wasabi (126959) & Strawberry Slush (131178) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (137784); Build-A-Bouquet Simply Created Project Kit (137952); Regals Designer Buttons (130029); Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine (134586); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Glue Dots (103683); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Sticky Strip (104294); Silicone Craft Sheet (127853); Hot Glue

Some of the supplies used are hidden by the angle of the photograph. You would be able to see more detail in my free Bouquet of Gifts Idea and Tip Sheet. This Idea and Tip Sheet is only available to those who attended my Bouquet of Gifts Class OR if you purchase the Build-A-Bouquet Simply Created Project Kit. You can see the complete offer here in my You Missed A Great Bouquet of Gifts Party Post.

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In the fine print on the 2015 Retiring List, it shows that the Basic Black and Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pads and Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills are being re-formulated. This is why both Basic Black and Basic Gray are on the Retiring List.

I know a lot of you have complained about the Basic Black Pad. I myself have noticed that the ink dries out faster than the other colors, causing me to have to re-ink more often. The same happens with the Basic Gray Pad, although I haven’t heard as many complaints. I have passed along your complaints, along with my own, to Stampin’ Up!®. It looks like the company is taking action on them at last!

When the new Basic Black and Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pads and Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills are released with the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog, you can be sure I’ll be ordering them and trying them out! I will give you my report here in my Tool Time on Tuesday feature.

Some things about the new Pads that I’ll be looking for in particular include:

  • Coverage of an image
  • Evenness of coverage, especially no blobs on fine-line images
  • If the ink is still permanent, bleeding in coloring or watercoloring projects
  • Drying time
  • How often do I need to re-ink?

Do you have any other issues you’d like me to test for? E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com or post your issue in Comments. I will include your issues in my testing report, which will be posted here on www.3amStamper.com.

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