2017 Black Friday – Cyber Monday Special Is Underway!

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My 2017 Black Friday – Cyber Monday Special is underway!  You’ll receive a Holiday Gift Set Tutorial that is FREE with a $50 purchase through Monday, the 27th.  Pictured is a Gift Set from a previous class.  Your tutorial will be Holiday-themed.

You may combine Stampin’ Up! products and 3am Stamper products (excluding the Holiday Gift Set Tutorial) to qualify, if you wish.  The tutorial is valued at $19.95 and will be on sale separately after the Special ends.

My special ends at Midnight (Pacific Time) on Monday, the 27th.  Don’t forget to also take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza – the sale products count towards your $50, but Online Extravaganza ends on Sunday, the 26th.  There will be a Flash Sale on Monday, the 27th, so you may wait until then to order, but I wouldn’t hold off too long.

To order, click on the Order Online button in the right sidebar.  When I receive your qualifying order, I will send your tutorial right to your inbox, so be sure and give your best email address!

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2017 Black Friday – Cyber Monday Special

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For my 2017 Black Friday – Cyber Monday Special, I’m offering a Holiday Gift Set Tutorial FREE with a $50 purchase during the weekend.  The tutorial is valued at $19.95 and will be available separately.  However, the only way you’ll get it FREE is with a $50 purchase.  You may combine Stampin’ Up! products and 3am Stamper products (excluding the Holiday Gift Set Tutorial) to qualify, if you wish.

The photo shows a gift set from a previous class.  The Special offering will be Holiday themed.

Make your shopping list and get ready for Black Friday – Cyber Monday.  My special starts at 3am on Friday, the 24th, and ends at Midnight (Pacific Time) on Monday, the 27th.

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Stamparatus Reservation Window Closed

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Wow – the first Stamparatus Reservation Window CLOSED the same day it opened!  If you didn’t get your reservation in, note these dates for the next Reservation Windows:

December 5, 2017 – through 12/30 or when all the reservation slots are filled.  Ship date is on or about March 19, 2018.

January 15, 2018 – through 1/30 or when all the reservation slots are filled.  Ship date is on or about April 15, 2018.

If you don’t know what the Stamparatus is, take a look at my article, Stamparatus Is The Answer.  This will give you a preview and help you decide if you want to include this stamp positioning tool in you tool box!

Hold on to your current Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049) or other stamp positioner.  You’ll need it during the interim AND after you receive your Stamparatus because the Stamparatus only works with Photopolymer and Clear-Mount stamps.  Use your current positioner for Wood-Mount stamps.

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Online Extravaganza for 2017

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Online Extravaganza for 2017 from Stampin’ Up!® starts today with a 24-hour sale on selected Stamp Sets at 20% savings.  The Extravaganza runs through November 26th with savings on other items, too.

Take a look at the sale offerings and start your shopping list now!  The first group of Stamp Sets are only on sale at the special price TODAY.

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Stamparatus Is the Answer

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Stamparatus Is the Answer to your frustration with positioning your stamp images.  The approximately 8” x 8” tool (I’m guessing here) lets you position your card elements any number of ways.  It’s great for two- (or more) step stamping and lets you easily correct any faint or skipped parts of your stamped images!  The images above give you a hint as to how it works, but the video below shows you in better detail.

This is so cool, right?  The Stamparatus does away with the need for removable adhesive or tape, so the image is easy to stamp without any missing parts.  It’s oversize and has open sides so you can use larger paper or card stock.  Turn it around for easier use if you’re left-handed, although the regular arrangement should work okay.

I’m excited to report that Stampin’ Up!® is taking reservations for the new toy, starting today at 2:00pm MT.  That’s right now as you read this!  The reservation period is today through November 30th with the expected ship date of around February 1st.  This means that once your reservation is accepted, you’ll be assured of receiving your Stamparatus as soon as it’s available.

If the reservation list is filled for the first round, you have two more you can use.  The second is December 5 through 30, with a possible ship date of around March 19th, and the third is January 15 through 30, with a possible ship date of around April 15th.  However, this tool is so cool that you’ll want to make your reservation as early as possible so you can get your new toy in the first batch!

I know we have to wait, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it!  Imagine how easy it will be to make a whole batch of the same design of card!  Not to mention perfectly positioning multi-step stamping images.  And correcting the images with missing ink!

Click here to download the How to Make Your Stamparatus Reservation sheet.  You will need an account and I’d appreciate it if you’d name me, Mary Varley, as your Demonstrator, and reserve your Stamparatus so you can enjoy the Answer as soon as it’s out!

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Only Two Spots Left in Stampin’ Blends Class

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Hurry and reserve one of the two spots left in my Watercoloring with Stampin’ Blends class!  You’ll learn to use the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to make watercoloring and blending easy… and gorgeous!

By the way, the labels on the Markers are ones I made myself.  I will be making labels free for all attendees who purchase or have purchased Stampin’ Blends.

Early Bird Registration is $30 until TODAY, November 15th.

Details and registration are on the Watercoloring with Stampin’ Blends Page.

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Excited About Stampin’ Blends

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As excited as I am about Stampin’ Blends, it occurs to me that I haven’t talked about them much, other than to inform you of my upcoming class, Watercoloring with Stampin’ Blends.  I also informed you of the Giveaway to launch this new product and talked a little about them then.

Stampin’ Blends are the new Alcohol Markers Stampin’ Up!® just released November 1st.  A lot of us (Demonstrators and customers) have been yelling for the replacement to Stampin’ Blendabilities since they were discontinued in March of 2015.  Stampin’ Blendabilities were the first Alcohol Markers to carry the Stampin’ Up! brand, as well as come in Stampin’ Up! exclusive colors.  Unfortunately, the Markers had less than perfect caps and tips that allowed them to dry out before they should.  I never had a problem with mine, but a 30% fail rate was too high to be acceptable, so Stampin’ Blendabilities were discontinued. Interestingly, the same thing happened with Copic Markers and those from Spectrum Noir.

If you purchased Stampin’ Blendabilities when they were released three years ago, I hope you are using them.  If not, pull them out and test the Markers to see if they’ve dried out.  I had three of the light colors dry up, but the rest are fine.  I, of course, purchased all of them and I have no intention of throwing them away while they’re still good.

For your info, these are the articles I wrote about Stampin’ Blendabilities.  Some of the information can apply to the new Stampin’ Blends, but most of this will relate to your existing Markers.

Blendabilities are Here

Care of your Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers

How About Some Comparison Facts for Stampin’ Blends?  These are based on complaints I heard and experienced.

  1. The marker cap is easier to close tight. Just push it on until it clicks.  The Blendabilities cap was hard to position and snap closed properly.
  2. The marker cap is easier to tell which direction it goes. The curved edge fits right into place on the marker body.  The Blendabilities cap looked almost the same on all sides, so you could easily damage your tip trying to close the cap.
  3. With Stampin’ Blends, you don’t need to blend light to dark. This is the same for Blendabilities.
  4. Stampin’ Blends come in light and dark versions of twelve of the core colors, plus Ivory and Bronze Skin Tones. Blendabilities had six Skin Tone colors plus light, medium and dark versions of sixteen colors.  Even though they’re called “Skin Tones”, you can use them for coloring anything!
  5. The Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter works better to move the ‘outside the lines’ ink back to where it goes. The Blendabilities Color Lifter didn’t work as well.  The Stampin’ Blends inks have been reformulated, so that lets the Color Lifter do its job better.
  6. The Stampin’ Blends ink doesn’t bleed the Memento Ink Pad images. Blendabilities required the StazOn ink, which you had to let dry thoroughly before you started coloring.  The Archival Ink Pads required a lot of drying time and they still bled.

These comparisons answer my main complaints and show you why I’m excited about Stampin’ Blends.  They color and blend so easily, you’ll wonder how you did without them!

If you need an answer to any question about Stampin’ Blends or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Stampin’ Blends.

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Painted Harvest Anytime Card

Painted Harvest Anytime Card

My Painted Harvest Anytime Card has no greeting on the front because I didn’t find one I liked that wouldn’t get in the way of appreciating the hand-painted look of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.

If you have a greeting that you like, you can stamp it with the Cajun Craze or Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad just under or above the ribbon.  I’d make sure the message can be read as the background is rather busy.

The Color Combination for my Painted Harvest Anytime Card occupies half of the Color Wheel.  I call it an Analogous Plus Color Scheme because the colors are Analogous if you skip over some of the Color Groups.

The Combination is what I call Harvest Brights and consists of Daffodil Delight from the Yellow Color Group, Crushed Curry from the Yellow-Orange Color Group, Old Olive from the Yellow-Green Color Group, Garden Green from the Green Color Group, and Cajun Craze from the Red-Orange Color Group.  The skipped Colors as you go around the Color Wheel are Red and Orange.  They’re represented by their Tertiary Colors in Yellow-Orange and Red-Orange.

You should know by now that Very Vanilla is a Neutral and doesn’t affect the Color Scheme.  I used the Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock for the Card Base, by the way, so you’ll be able to write anything on the inside without worrying about legibility.

The Painted Harvest Anytime Card gives you a hand-painted watercolor look which is easy to do with the Painted Harvest Stamp Set.  The Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper collection includes some great patterns for Autumn cards, pages and package wrap!  I’ll be doing some more in the next several days!

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Did you know I have the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com you may contact at any time?  And I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here.  The Hotline is perfect if you have questions about Analogous Plus Color Schemes, creating color combinations for other cards or pages, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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Watercoloring with Stampin’ Blends Class

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In the new Watercoloring with Stampin’ Blends Class, you will get to meet the new alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up!Stampin’ Blends!  Have fun learning how to watercolor with alcohol markers and see how easy it is to blend the colors.

You’ll take home four cards with coordinating envelopes in a handy storage box.  The designs are all different and contained in the Color Me Happy Project Kit (144609), available separately for a limited time.  The coordinating Color Me Happy Stamp Set (144062) is also available separately as long as kit supplies last.

Space is extremely limited, so be sure to reserve your place now.  You’ll get the Early Bird discount, too.

Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.  Questions? Email mary@3amstamper.com or call (707) 695-3571.

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $30

Early Bird Deadline: 11/15/2017

Registration after Deadline: $40

Registration Deadline: 11/22/2017

Click here to register for the Early Bird Discount.

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Happy Hallowe’en 2017-Belated

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Happy Hallowe’en 2017-Belated!  I didn’t mean to be this late, but I was determined to post this card design for you.  And I was anxious to try out my new Potion Colors.  You may remember these from my Favorite Hallowe’en Colors article.

Now, the Potion Colors are Lemon-Lime Twist, from the Yellow-Green Color Group, and Fresh Fig, from the Violet-Red Color Group.  These colors are direct Complements to each other, so a high-contrast Complementary Color Scheme is a natural!

I started with a Candy Corn background because we’d talked about this on Monday.  Then I decided I could add the Potion Colors without any real combination issues.  The Candy Corn background is made with Daffodil Delight, from the Yellow Color Group, and Pumpkin Pie, from the Orange Color GroupThe two are Analogous to each other (Whisper White is a Neutral and doesn’t count, as you should remember) and create a harmonious combination.

Yellow is a Split Complement to Violet-Red and so fits in with the Complementary Color SchemeOrange is Analogous to Yellow and Yellow is Analogous to Yellow-Green, so we’ve got a Complementary Plus Color Combination going on.  The Fresh Fig layer divides the Candy Corn layer from the Lemon-Lime Twist card base, so the color scheme isn’t jarring.

By the way, I decided Rich Razzleberry is also a Potion Color, since it’s in the same Color Group as Fresh FigFresh Fig makes a murkier Potion Color, but you can use Rich Razzleberry if you prefer the brighter color.

The remaining Hallowe’en Color of Basic Black is present as Black Rhinestone Jewel accents… in case you were worried.

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

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You Missed the First Four Projects

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You’ve missed the first four weeks of my 12 Weeks of Christmas e-mail campaign, but you can still receive the remaining eight Holiday How-To’s!  Just sign up for my Mailing List now by filling out the form below before 12:50pm Pacific Time tomorrow!

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Reminder: These Specials End TODAY at 11:50pm MT

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Giveaway of Stampin’ Blends, New Product visit Stampin’ Up!’s Facebook Page as soon as you read over the Stampin’ Blends Giveaway Official Rules and enter to win the complete collection or one of several combo packs.

 

 

 

B3G1 DSP 2017 OfferBuy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper sale ends October 31st.! Buy three packages and get one free! You may choose any three from the list on the flyer below, then pick a package for free… including the Specialty DSP! No limit!

Buy Three, Get One Free DSP

Take a look at what’s included in the file above, then head on over to my Online Store at www.3amstamper.com to browse and shop.

 

Merry Patterns SpecialMerry Patterns Free Stamp Set with $300 party or order also ends Tuesday. Click on the link for details.

 

 

 

The deadlines are 11:50pm Mountain Time for online ordering, so figure 10:50pm Pacific Time. Adjust for your local time from there.

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It’s National Candy Corn Day

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National Candy Corn Day!  To celebrate Candy Corn, a traditional Hallowe’en treat which can also carry over into Thanksgiving!  I did a really cute pull-out card in a class several years ago that featured a large Candy Corn on the card front.  I can’t find the photo, if I even took one.  This led me to look in my stash of cards to see if I saved a copy.

The only Candy Corn photo I could find on my blog is in the Scary Candy Corn Treat Box article from a couple of years ago.  Too bad the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ retired, I used them a lot.  You can use the Popcorn Box Thinlits™ Dies (141473) to substitute, but the other decorations are retired.

I had saved a copy of the card (one of the benefits of never throwing anything out!)… so I took the picture of the Candy Corn Pull-Out Card now!  I forgot it had a small Candy Corn, too.  The stamps I used retired a long time ago and we don’t have a cool spider web image, even in the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (144610).  The Candy Corn images are freehand drawn that I photocopied onto Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie card stock for cutting out.

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I’m pretty sure I saved the Candy Corn pattern, but do you think I can find it???  I also think I wrote up instructions for the card, but I put them in a safe place… you know what that means!  If I ever find them, I’ll do another post to show you how to make the card.  It won’t look the same because it will use current stamps.

In the meantime, I found this recipe for Candy Corn Bark that has three ingredients and three steps.  You know how I’m all about Quick & Easy – in this case, so is Betty Crocker!  The recipe is through this link, so you don’t have to search for it yourself.

Betty Crocker’s Candy Corn Bark

Enjoy National Candy Corn Day and try out the recipe.  Then check back here to see the how-to for the Candy Corn Pull-Out Card.

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Create-A-Planner Class Sign-Up Ends Today

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Create-A-Planner Class Sign-Up Ends Today.  Don’t miss out on  learning How To Get Your Year in Gear during my Create-A-Planner Class.  You’ll receive your own Love Today Planner Kit to take home.  More details on the Class Page through the link below.

Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.  Questions?  Email mary@3amstamper.com or call (707) 695-3571.

Deadlines extended due to my power outage from the Northern California Wildfires.

Date: November 4, 2017

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

Registration: $65.00

Registration Deadline: October 27, 2017

Click here to Save Your Space!

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These Specials End on Tuesday!

Stampin' Blends Brochure - visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Giveaway of Stampin’ Blends, New Product visit Stampin’ Up!’s Facebook Page as soon as you read over the Stampin’ Blends Giveaway Official Rules and enter to win the complete collection or one of several combo packs.

 

 

 

B3G1 DSP 2017 OfferBuy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper sale ends October 31st.!  Buy three packages and get one free!  You may choose any three from the list on the flyer below, then pick a package for free… including the Specialty DSP!  No limit!

Buy Three, Get One Free DSP

Take a look at what’s included in the file above, then head on over to my Online Store at www.3amstamper.com to browse and shop.

 

Merry Patterns SpecialMerry Patterns Free Stamp Set with $300 party or order also ends Tuesday.  Click on the link for details.

 

 

 

The deadlines are 11:50pm Mountain Time for online ordering, so figure 10:50pm Pacific Time.  Adjust for your local time from there.

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Orange & Black – Traditional Hallowe’en Scheme

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Orange & Black are traditional Hallowe’en colors in a Monochromatic Color Scheme.  I was researching why Orange & Black (and sometimes Purple) are associated with Hallowe’en, but couldn’t find anything definitive.  So… I’ll make a guess.  Many of the customs around Hallowe’en are based on harvest festivals.  Orange is definitely prominent in harvest colors, as is Black, to provide contrast.  Purple can also be a harvest color, although I tend to call it a Potion Color.  You may remember this from my Favorite Hallowe’en Colors article.

I tend to resist making Hallowe’en projects with just Orange and Black, however, I couldn’t withstand the look of the chandelier from the Season to Sparkle Stamp Set.  You’ve seen it in the Beige & Black Classic Elegance articles.  I decided to use the chandelier with a Black on Orange combination just for fun.  The chandelier is a very large image and multiple colors would be tricky.

This Hallowe’en Monochromatic Color Scheme uses Basic Black from the Neutrals Color Group and Tangerine Tango from the Orange-Red Color Group.  I like the brightness and depth of color of Tangerine Tango, which plays well against Basic Black.

I just had to use the Black Rhinestone Jewels on the chandelier.  You can see the light reflection on the one at the top, but the others are basically invisible.  They show as a solid black circle against the stamped rounded nodes in the chandelier design.  You can see where they’re supposed to be in the Beige & Black Classic Elegance article.

A couple of tips:  Use the Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad to stamp your envelope.  It’s easier for addressing to show.  Since the Vintage Crochet Trim is about 1/4” wide, roll Tear & Tape Adhesive strips to fit behind the trim.  Otherwise, wrap it around, tie it in a knot or bow, and secure with Glue Dots.

This color scheme is good for some Fall projects besides Hallowe’en and for Team Colors.  In my area, Orange & Black are the school colors for Santa Rosa High School and the team colors for the San Francisco Giants.  My nephews in Maine also graduated from a high school with Orange and Black as the school colors.  The colors inspire several card, page and gift ideas, don’t they?

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

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Create-A-Planner Class Early Bird Ends Today

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Create-A-Planner Class Early Bird Ends Today.  Don’t miss out on  learning How To Get Your Year in Gear during my Create-A-Planner Class.  You’ll receive your own Love Today Planner Kit to take home.

Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.  Questions? Email mary@3amstamper.com or call (707) 695-3571.

Deadlines extended due to my power outage from the Northern California Wildfires last week and this week.

Date: November 4, 2017

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

Early Bird Registration: $55.00

Early Bird Deadline: TODAY!!

After today:

Registration: $65.00

Registration Deadline: October 27, 2017

Click here to get the Early Bird Discount

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