Color Craft in a Laundry Lesson

Pile of Aqua Towels-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comI forgot all my laundry lessons (both Mom’s and my Home Ec Teacher’s) and washed some teal blue towels along with my other towels. I forgot to put in a color magnet and also forgot that new, dark colored towels would bleed. It’s like a law.

At least they weren’t red! I’ve done that!! I liked the new colors so much, I did a second load with the rest of these towels. I wonder how long the excess dye will last – can I do another load?

The teal turned the white towels a lovely tint of aqua! It’s close to Stampin’ Up!®’s Pool Party. The other towels were a Sea Foam green – now they’re a Sea Foam blue-green, a tint of Lost Lagoon! The new towels are almost exactly the same color as the retired Taken With Teal, one of the base colors in my banner and logos. You can print pages of retired colors using My Digital Studio (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download), by the way, so the retired colors aren’t really gone!

This combination is inspiring me to create a summery card using Pool Party and Lost Lagoon. I might also do a digital design using Taken With Teal along with them. I will post them here in a few days, so check back!

Would you like to try out Color Craft techniques yourself with a group of 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 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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Get Hot with Hot Glue

Hot Glue Gun on Silicone Craft Sheet-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comMy classes lately have featured components that really work best if I use hot glue to adhere them. I actually used to be afraid to use hot glue, but I’ve conquered that fear! My upcoming classes will also be using hot glue (probably along with my Go-To Adhesives).

All you need is a small or compact hot glue gun that includes a stand to keep the tip off your work surface and allow it to cool when you’re finished. My photo shows one with the stand attached. I’ve found it much easier to use than one without a stand, which means you need to buy a separate piece or rig something.

The hot glue gun shown cost me under $3.00 – and it wasn’t on sale at a discounted price! The glue sticks to go with it cost a little bit more. I keep my supply in a Wood-Mount Stamp Case (#127551, Full-Size; #127552, Half-Size). The glue sticks are handy and I can see how many I have.

An essential tool when working with hot glue is the Silicone Craft Sheet (#127853). The 6” square is perfect for the compact glue gun and it’s easy to move around. The Craft Sheet will catch any drips of glue and let you easily remove and dispose of them when it’s cooled. It’s great for keeping excess glue off your work surface, particularly when you have to hold something closed and wait for it to set. The rosettes I’ve been doing lately spring to mind.

The Craft Sheet really was the thing that convinced me to give hot glue another try! I knew it would be a good base for me to keep rosettes together while I’m waiting for the glue to dry. I also knew that hot glue sets up and dries quickest of all the crafting glues. Since I was doing several projects, I plunged right in and gave hot glue another go! Give hot glue a try yourself and see how you like 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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Do You Like Glitz With Your Spooks?

Frightful Hallowe'en Wreath-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comDo you like glitz in your Hallowe’en décor? How about this Hallowe’en Wreath? It’s loaded with both glitz and spooks! And… you get to make it yourself in my Frightful Hallowe’en Wreath class!

We’ll make the Frightful Hallowe’en Wreath with dangling spider or ghost options – you get to pick when you arrive! The spider option is shown in the photo.

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: September 13, 2014

Time: 2:00-4:00pm PDT

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $59.95

Early Bird Deadline: August 26, 2014

Registration after 8/26/14: $69.95

Registration Deadline: September 3, 2014




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Fall Holiday Treat Bags Class Deadline Today

Fall Treat Bags-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comSince this is Color Craft day, I was going to talk about Black and Orange, the usual colors of Hallowe’en. However, today is also the deadline for my Fall Holiday Treat Bags Class, so I need to mention that… and I couldn’t work just Hallowe’en in.

In the Fall Holiday Treat Bags class, you will make three treat bags, one of each design for Back-to-School, Hallowe’en and Fall/Thanksgiving. You will also receive a sheet with Christmas and Hanukkah designs.

Date: August 23, 2014

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm PDT

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Registration: $49.95

Deadline to register: August 13, 2014

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Remembering Robin Williams

I was shocked to hear that comedian and actor Robin Williams, my “neighbor” in the San Francisco Bay Area, had died yesterday. The circumstances are sad, but sadder still is the loss of his amazing artistry. (Let me just comment that depression is a very sneaky disease!) A glance at his filmography shows the wide range of his talent. My top three favorite movies of his are Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage.

A family friend owned a computer and software store several years ago and Robin Williams would come in the back door close to closing time. He could pick up his orders or do his shopping without being mobbed, and my friend protected his privacy. My husband and I would see him once in a while as we were leaving the store, but we never made a fuss. A simple nod was fine.

This is one of the better news biographies that came out this morning: Fox News Article

Project Life by Stampin' Up!-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comSince you never know what can happen, it’s a really good idea to get your memories written down. Remember, you don’t need photos… you can add some later. This is where the Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!® System comes in. The Card Collections make perfect tools to write down your memories! You can even use them to write about your feelings when an event like this happens.

I’ve also thought I should have written about the movies I’ve seen and decorated the cards with the ticket stubs. I’ll be using this idea in the future. My journaling plan is:

  1. Movie Title
  2. Date Seen
  3. Why I Picked It
  4. What I Thought About It
  5. Who Was With Me

I can use this formula when I come across ticket stubs I haven’t thrown out (as long as I can identify them!). Thanks to DVD and Blu-Ray, it’s not too late to go back and recall feelings, emotions and opinions!

I found these Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!® Card Collections to be nice and any- or all-occasion:

There are plenty of cards in each Card Collection to allow for multiple pages of journaling. This is especially useful for me, because my handwriting tends to be large. There are also coordinating Accessory Packs for each Card Collection. You can use them later on… the most important thing is to get your memories written down!

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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Do You Like Birthday Gifts?

 

Birthday Club Certificate - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comMy Mailing List Subscribers are entitled to join my Birthday Club and receive a free gift on the first day of their Birthday month! You can join in, too! All you need to do is fill out the form at right, confirm your subscription and then join my Birthday Club! (Don’t forget to enter the month of your birthday when you do!)

When you join my Mailing List, you’ll also receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, tutorials, tips & tricks. In addition, you’ll collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) just for signing up!

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Fancy Fans Brighten Your Walls

Fancy Fans-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comThank you for your patience while I wrestled with my photos, as I told you yesterday. I finally was able to edit a presentable photo to post. My inspiration for these Fancy Fans that mount on the wall was the Spring Wreath I made (Burlap & Blooms Simply Created Wreath Kit), from the 2014 Occasions Mini Catalog. The colors are nice and Spring/Summer-y, so I wanted to choose a Designer Series Paper to go along with them. The best choice was also from the expired catalog: Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper. These are no longer available, but there are some great patterns to use in the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper package (#133698). You could also try Lullaby Designer Series Paper (#133695) or one of the others if it suits your décor better.

Make your Fancy Fans with the Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die (#125594), the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439), the Extended Cutting Pads (#113478) and the Extended Premium Crease Pad (#117630). I used one 6” x 12” piece of Designer Series Paper for each fan. You need to line the DSP up carefully to make sure you cover the whole die. You can make a fuller fan by die-cutting one piece lined up with one edge of the die, then a second piece of the same pattern lined up with the other edge of the die. Trim away unneeded folds and join with Sticky Strip (#104294).  Make sure you only cut one piece of paper at a time.

Pleat the rosette piece along the score lines, alternating mountain and valley folds. Smooth out the rosette, turn it over and attach Sticky Strip along the tops of the pointed edge. I put my adhesive close to the reverse “V”. After you do that, crease the folds again with your Bone Folder (#102300), including the Sticky Strip. Remove the red liner and adhere the pleats together. You have the start of your Fancy Fan!

Tie 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon in a bow around the taped end, catching the ribbon on the adhesive, and let the ribbon ends dangle. Tie another piece around the knot for a second bow. Fold out the rosette into the fan shape you wish. Attach to your wall with removable poster mounting strips or removable adhesive putty. (You’ll be able to see all my wall decorations in my Color Craft feature on Wednesday.)

To order what you need to make your own Fancy Fans, 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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Do You Ever Long For Adult Conversation?

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Do you ever long for adult conversation… with adults outside the home? Does your schedule require you to make a choice between adult conversation and taking time for you and your crafting? I know exactly what you mean! I’ve babysat two of my grandchildren ever since they were born and, even with my husband helping, it’s hard to hold a conversation or take a moment to get out my supplies and craft.

My solution was to become a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator! I can hold classes or parties (I call them PlayShops: first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop) in my home or in a host’s home. I have the opportunity to interact with fellow crafters – and it’s all on an adult level! I can also make extra cash… enough to pay off a bill or buy something extra or even put some extra money away!

Owning my own stamping business allows me to interact with fellow crafters who are also Demonstrators. We have opportunities throughout the year to get together at Demonstrator-only events and exchange ideas, share projects and techniques, and answer business questions. The photo is from the annual Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference in 2012.

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business and making time for your crafting and adult conversation while you “work”? 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 even 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 Some Fall Holiday Treat Bags and Be the Hit of the Block

Sample Halloween Treat Bag-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

You can be the hit of the block (and the coolest mom or grandmom ever) when you get your Trick-or-Treat bags ready and fill them up just before you hand them out!

In the Fall Holiday Treat Bags class, you will make three treat bags, one of each design for Back-to-School, Hallowe’en and Fall/Thanksgiving. You will also receive a sheet with Christmas and Hanukkah designs. Note that the photo shows an example from a previous class – yours will be somewhat different.

Date: August 23, 2014

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm PDT

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Registration: $49.95

Deadline to register: August 13, 2014

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Forget the Color Wheel – They’re Pastels

Believe Daydream Medallions Card-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

I picked the colors for this card from the Stampin’ Up!® Subtles Collection – because I liked them! And because I was playing with my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) and found the right size “scraps” to die cut with the Floral Frames Framelits (#127012) in those three “scrap bags”. The floral layers are cut from Blushing Bride (#131198), Pool Party (#122924) and Wisteria Wonder (#122922) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock. I found the scrap sizes by “measuring” with the die I wanted to use.

Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride and Pool Party are all tints of the primary hue in their color groups. If we pretend Wisteria Wonder is a member of the Blue-Violet/Violet-Blue group, then we have three legs of a tetrad with Blushing Bride from the Orange-Red group and Pool Party from the Green-Blue group. We’re only missing a Green-Yellow group color, such as Pear Pizzazz, to complete the tetrad. However, I wasn’t in the mood to make leaves when I made this card.

All of the colors in the Color Collections (Regals, Brights and Subtles) coordinate within their groups and with each other. (I left out Neutrals because Neutrals “don’t count” – they go with anything and everything!) They also coordinate with the In Color collections. Picking colors from the same collection will just about guarantee a pleasant combination. For added drama or contrast, pick colors from different collections. My Believe Daydream Medallions Card shown is both pleasing and soothing.

Other Supplies Used: Daydream Medallions (#131976, wood; #126467, clear) & Good Greetings (host only-not yet available) Stamp Sets; Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126985); Modern Label (#119849) & Word Window (#119857) Punches; Sponge Daubers (#133773);  Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (#127555); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246); SNAIL (#104332) or Fast Fuse (#129026) Adhesives; Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683) [By the way, see here for details on the Big Shot special happening this month.]

The moral to this story is, use your Color Craft Charts to reflect the mood or sense you want to convey, then pick your colors based on what is pleasing to you!

This project is an example of some 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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Add to Your Banner Kit

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I simply adore the Build-A-Banner Simply Created Kit (#133507), which also has refill canvas paper pennants and jute cord in the Build-A-Banner Simply Created Refill Kit (#132699). The Chalkboard Banner Simply Created Kit (#133795) is actually a nice addition. The chalkboard pennants are made from chalkboard-coated chipboard and they and the paper pennants are 4” x 6”. The canvas paper pennants are 5” x 7”, so they can easily be inter-mixed!

I made use of the stencils in the Build-A-Banner Kit to chalk “back to school” on the chalkboard pennants. One tip, which is in the directions that come included, is to coat the chalkboard side by sliding a piece of chalk (on its side) over the surface, then erasing the chalk. This will keep the pennants looking like chalkboard, not Basic Black Card Stock. Be sure to use the included piece of chalk. It isn’t coated on the outside like so many “dust-free” chalk pieces. If you need more, hunt the non-dust-free kind. Sidewalk chalk may fill the bill if the other is hard to find.

The great thing about the Chalkboard Banner Kit is that you can use it over and over. Imagine chalking a row or two of stripes or dots with colored chalk, then adding the letters. When you’re ready to change you can clean the banners with a chalkboard eraser, paper towel, or damp cloth. If you use the damp cloth, be sure the banners dry thoroughly before you store them or chalk on them again.

To order what you need to add to your own Banner Kits, 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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More Hydrangea Inspiration on a Gift Box

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Last week, I talked about Hydrangeas as inspiration for a card. This week, I’m using Hydrangeas to inspire a Gift Box design. I planned this design from the Flower Show displays at the Sonoma County Fair – lots of Hydrangeas in a variety of colors used there!

I used the Spiral Flower Originals™ Die with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) and 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” pieces of Marina Mist (#119682), Strawberry Slush (#131295) and Wisteria Wonder (#122922) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock. It helps to curl the Spiral Flower a little with your Bone Folder (#102300) before you try to wind it into a flower. Although you can use Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) or Crystal Effects (#101055) to hold the flower in place, it’s quicker to use a hot glue gun. The hot glue sets up and dries as it cools… and it cools quickly. With the others, you have to hold the flower until it’s almost dry.

Another fun thing I did to decorate the Extra Large Gift Box (#132147) is create embossed metal panels for the top and sides. I used the Garland Green Craft Metal Sheet from my partner, Add A Little Dazzle. The Metal Sheets are thin enough to work like paper, including tearing if you handle them too roughly. I slipped with my Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189) while punching a hole for the Mini Brad (#122941) and tore the hole too wide. Luckily, I could push the metal on the back into place and apply a piece of household tape in the corner. A quick punch through the tape and I was good to go. Next time, I won’t use the shim as recommended with the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (#132657) so the pattern doesn’t emboss as deeply, making it more likely to tear.

Other Supplies Used:  2013-2015 In Color 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (#131195); Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon (#134549); Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (#127555); Linen Thread (#104199); SNAIL (#104332) or Fast Fuse (#129026) Adhesives

Note: You can’t see the buttons very clearly in the photo, but I always like to use a piece of Linen Thread or Baker’s Twine and tie it through the holes. In this case, the knot is on the back and the button is secured in the flower center with hot glue.

To order what you need to make your own Embossed Gift Boxes, 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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Stop Fussy Cutting!

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The Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) allows you to put away your scissors and stop “fussy cutting.” Fussy cutting is what you do when you trim away paper or card stock from around one of your stamped images. The Big Shot Framelits™ Dies used with your Big Shot let you put an end to that.

Have you held off buying a Big Shot? Well, this is perfect timing for you: during the month of August, if you buy your Big Shot, you get to pick a free exclusive Bundle of Stamp Set and Coordinating Framelits™ (up to a $60 value) to go with it! That will give you your Big Shot, plus a set of images and Framelits™ dies to die-cut them. You won’t need to fussy cut any more!

Do you already have your Big Shot? Congratulations! I’m sure you know what I’m talking about! But, don’t worry, there’s a special for you, too. All through August, you may buy the exclusive Bundles that are free with a Big Shot purchase for 15% off. These Bundles won’t be found anywhere else and aren’t going to be available after August 31st.

These are the Exclusive Bundles you may select from when you order your Big Shot. Be sure and order your Big Shot first so the Bundle appears as FREE:

  • Sumthin’ with Bubbly Words Bundle (#138923 wood; #138920, clear) includes Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Stamp Set and Word Bubbles Framelits™
  • Decorative Goodies Bundle (#138924, wood; #138921, clear) includes Oh My Goodies Stamp Set and Deco Labels Collection Framelits™
  • Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle (#138925, wood; #138922, clear) includes Day of Celebration Stamp Set and Chalk Talk Framelits™
  • Flowery Daydream Bundle (#138911, wood; #138910, clear) includes Daydream Medallions Stamp Set and Floral Collection Framelits™
  • Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle (#138644, wood; #138200, clear) includes SNEAK PEEK from the upcoming Holiday Catalog Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set and Star Framelits™

Here are the prices for the Exclusive Bundles for those with their Big Shot already:

To order your Big Shot and receive your FREE Exclusive Bundle, or to order your discounted Exclusive Bundle, 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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What You Miss As A Non-Subscriber

Aug-2014-sneak-peekMy Mailing List Subscribers just received a free surprise gift in their inboxes last week. They will be receiving my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, on Tuesday. They will also be entitled to receive the upcoming Twelve Weeks of Christmas series of exclusive projects starting in either September or October.

My latest issue of 3am Thoughts features some great projects and terrific tips you won’t want to miss. To join my mailing list now, fill out the form at right and submit it. When you click the link in your confirmation e-mail (coming to your inbox shortly after you sign up), you will receive two free tutorials as well. Take a moment and fill out the form while you’re thinking about it!

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How To Take The Best Scrapbook Photos-Part 4

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“4. Make manual long exposures

“For this exercise, you’re going to take full advantage of digital photography’s instant feedback, and use it to play with making manual long exposures.

“With your DSLR mounted firmly on a tripod, set the ISO to 100, set the aperture to the smallest opening (the largest f number like f/22 for example), and set the shutter speed to Bulb mode. When the camera is to Bulb mode, the shutter will stay open for as long as the shutter button is held down, but it’s a better idea to attach a wired remote shutter release to prevent camera shake.

“Once you have your composition and your focus set, press and hold the button on the remote to hold the shutter open for a few counted seconds. Just guess how many seconds will be required based on the light level. Then, check your results. If the image is too bright, try again, but count half as many seconds. If the image is too dark, count twice as many seconds – or more, if necessary. Do this over and over again, in different scenarios and lighting situations. This practice will hone your ability to read the levels of light present at any given time.

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“You’ll get the most interesting results if there is a certain amount of movement in your frame, such as drifting clouds in the sky, crowds of people, or running water. The longer your exposure is, the more blurred that movement will appear to the point where water may seem like nothing more than mist, and people will disappear from the image altogether. If you have a solid neutral density filter your exposures can be even longer, creating more extreme effects.”

Try this idea and let me know your results! You can post them in comments. I’m sure you’ll get some great pages from it! You can also e-mail me a copy of your photo or page to mary@3amstamper.com and I’ll post it here. If you’re a Mailing List Subscriber, I will also enter it in my exclusive monthly contest. To become a subscriber, just fill out the form at right! You’ll also receive two free tutorials just for signing up.

Anne McKinnell is a photographer, writer and nomad. She lives in an RV and travels around North America photographing beautiful places and writing about travel, photography, and how changing your life is not as scary as it seems.

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Color Craft: It’s Almost A Triad

3 Cheers Card-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

I’ve adored the combination of Tangelo Twist and Mossy Meadow ever since I first got my hands on them! Today, I did something with them! The pair make a great Autumn or Thanksgiving combination, but it’s still Summer in my neck of the woods, so I brightened the combination by adding Hello Honey.

Tangelo Twist, in the Orange-Red group, and Mossy Meadow, in the Green-Yellow group, comprise two legs of a triad on the Color Wheel. This puts them six groups away from each other. The third leg of the triad is Violet-Blue, which is currently not included in the Stampin’ Up!® Color Collections. Blackberry Bliss, a Violet-Red, would work in a combination, but we don’t have the colors for a complete triad in Card Stock.

The card shown in the photo is Quick & Easy… and mailable without extra postage! You know that’s my favorite kind!! This card will go together fast, so it’s a good design for a PlayShop make & take.

Supplies Used: Happy Hour Stamp Set (#132013, wood; #126642, clear); Hello Honey (#133678), Mossy Meadow (#133676) & Tangelo Twist (#133677) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Mossy Meadow (#133645) & Tangelo Twist (#133646) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition (#129407); Tiny Wave Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Cutting Blade (#129409); Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon (#133669); Fast Fuse (#129026) Adhesive; Glue Dots (#103683)

Would you like to try out Color Craft combinations yourself with a group of 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 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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Be the Leader of the Pack with Your Fall Holiday Treat Bags

Halloween Rosette Treat Bag-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comSample Hallowe’en Treat Bag

You know how some people have their Christmas shopping done already? Well, let’s go them one better and get your Trick-or-Treat bags ready to fill!

In the Fall Holiday Treat Bags class, you will make three treat bags, one of each design for Back-to-School, Hallowe’en and Fall/Thanksgiving. You will also receive a sheet with Christmas and Hanukkah designs. Note that the photo shows an example from a previous class – yours will be somewhat different.

Date: August 23, 2014

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm PDT

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $39.95

Early Bird Deadline: August 6, 2014

Registration after 8/6/2014: $49.95

Deadline to register: August 13, 2014

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You CAN Take It With You (Your Business, That Is)

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I’ve been thinking about how easy it would be to take my stamping business along if I move. I’m so lucky that my business is so portable! I have no overhead and can pack up enough supplies in a tote bag or carry-all to last the first few weeks after I move. I’ve also been laying out a plan:

  1. Offer a free class to my new neighbors as soon as the table and chairs are unpacked.
  2. Post my projects and events online (blog, Facebook, etc.).
  3. Post some moving tips online.
  4. Call my existing customers and ask for local referrals.
  5. Offer a class or PlayShop through streaming video (Google Hang-Out, etc.) as soon as the computer is set up.

These are the first five ideas that occurred to me. They are also quick and easy to implement.

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, even if you’re moving out of town? 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 additional information, 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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