Sweet Stack Kit Retires in Two Days

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The Sweet Stack Project Kit (138812) is on the Retiring Stamps and Accessories List, so there are only two days left for you to purchase it and receive the FREE special Tip Sheet, compiled from the tips and tricks we discovered in the live class last year.  The tip sheet comes with a Bonus Template as well. The total value is $9.95, but it’s yours at no extra charge when you order the kit.

To order your Sweet Stack Project Kit and receive the Tip Sheet for FREE, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on the Sweet Stack Project Kit link above. You’ll receive your free Tip Sheet and Bonus Template in your inbox.

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Lost Lagoon Thank You In A Triad Scheme

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I created the background for this Lost Lagoon Triadic Color Scheme Thank You Card for my article about the Simply Scored™ Diagonal PlateOriginally, I was going to use just Lost Lagoon, from the Green-Blue Color Group, and Blackberry Bliss, from the Violet-Red Color GroupThe combination looked good, but I’d have to call the scheme something like Analogous Plus, when it’s actually two legs of a Triadic Color Scheme.

The three legs of the Lost Lagoon Triadic Color Scheme include Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey from the Yellow-Orange Color Group.  Perfect!  Plus, these are all retiring 2014-2016 In ColorsTriadic Schemes form a triangle on the color wheel and add a dynamic sense to a theme.  In this case, I recombined the Semi-Tertiary Color Groups so the triangle would look more balanced.

This combination is good for Friendship, Party, Birthday, Anniversary, other Celebrations and Masculine cards and pages, as well as Thank You.  Use it whenever you want a more formal look with some drama, but not the extreme drama of Black & White.

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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 Lost Lagoon, Triadic 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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Your Real Life Color Coach

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When Stampin’ Up!® discontinued the Color Coach tool, I stepped in as the Real Life Color CoachEach week, I do an article or two, along with the projects, highlighting a particular color or combination.  I explain why the colors work together and give you suggestions for using the combination in cards or pages.  The combinations also apply to other projects, but I’m sticking with paper-crafting.  You can consider me your interactive Real Life Color Coach!

I update the Real Life Color Coach Charts every year, when the new In Colors come out.  You can see this year’s by clicking on this link:  Real Life Color Coach Charts 2015-2016I will be announcing the Color Coach Charts for 2016-2017 as soon after June 1st as I can.

I’ve also created a Real Life Color Coach Fact Sheet that discusses color theory as well as the Stampin’ Up! colors.  You may find it interesting as well as helpful.

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 Specific Colors, Specific 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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What Do You Think About Taking A Trip?

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Are you one of those who is dying to take a trip and get away from the daily grind for a while?  Well, how about owning your own stamping business and having extra cash every month?  Imagine being able to book a Getaway Trip, or even a long vacation, when you want!

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!

Why not think about owning your own stamping business?  Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well?  Your favorite getaway spot is waiting!  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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How Do You Feel About Free Gifts?

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How do you feel about FREE GIFTS?  My Mailing List Subscribers love them!  They receive Free Surprise Gifts every so often, as well as the annual 12 Weeks of Christmas tutorial series.  All of the periodic free gifts are only available to those members already on my Mailing ListThey aren’t available after the e-mail goes out.

The 12 Weeks of Christmas series of tutorials isn’t a surprise, exactly, but everyone looks forward to them.  The Tutorials are valued between $9.95 and $14.95 each, if you could buy them.  You can’t.  You can only receive them free, just like other free gifts, by signing up for my Mailing List.  Past free gifts have included e-books on photography, scrapbooking, etc. and have been valued at $7.95 to $24.95.  Only Mailing List Members may receive them!

To join my Mailing List and receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, tutorials, tips & tricks, fill out the form at right.  You’ll collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) as soon as you’re signed up!  And the best part is… it’s all FREE!

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Simply Scored Diagonal Plate

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The Simply Scored™ Diagonal Plate (125586) is a useful addition to the Simply Scored™ Scoring Tool (122334).  The diagonal scoring grooves are 1/8” apart, as they are on the Scoring Tool, and they fill the 12-1/2” x 12-1/2” plate.  They also line up with the measurement marks on the edges of the Scoring Tool and lock in place horizontally.

You can make envelopes of a variety of sizes, even a little larger than you can comfortably make with the Envelope Punch Board (133774).  You can also score any number of projects that need diagonal folding. plus you can create lattice effects, as I’ve done here.  I started the lattice by putting the card stock in the upper corner, then scoring every 3/4”.  I turned the card stock upside down and scored the other side of the center, then lined up the edges so I could score the space between.  Repeat when you turn the card stock 90 degrees to create the lattice grooves.

It’s a good idea to make sure the Diagonal Plate is fit to the top each time your score, as the plate does move vertically.  If you find yourself going “off-line”, score in the correct place and continue on until you’re done.  Afterwards, rub out the “off-line” marks on the back of the card stock with the larger ball end of the Simply Scored Stylus.  Or attach a tag or embellishment that covers them up!  If you miss-score at the end of the card stock, re-do the score lines by sliding the card stock down on the plate or using the stylus with a ruler.  Then rub-out the miss-score.

Remember that the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate is retiring at the end of this month, so be sure to get yours while supplies last!

If you need an answer to any question about the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate 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 Simply Scored Diagonal Plate.

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Go Wild and Daffodil Delight

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Another entry in my Real Life Color Coach Neutrals Gallery also features the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack with Daffodil Delight as part of a Monochromatic Color SchemeThe wild animal in this design is a wedge of cheese!  Giggle Greetings, with the cheese wedge image, is a retiring stamp set, so I’m showing it off today.

As you may recall, the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack is also retiring.  The patterns are reminiscent of jungle animals, but are only composed of Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe and Whisper White.  In this pattern, Tip Top Taupe is the main color in a giraffe-skin design.  I needed a little more contrast between the image and the background, so I matted the cheese wedge with Soft Suede Card StockSoft Suede and Tip Top Taupe coordinate well, although you can use Chocolate Chip instead for a deeper contrast.

I accented the image with the retiring Hello Honey Marker and the Wink of Stella Gold Glitter BrushThe main part of the cheese wedge is colored with the Daffodil Delight MarkerTo finish embellishing, I wrapped the retiring Daffodil Delight 1/4” Cotton Ribbon around the layer and tied it in a bow.  I needed to secure it with Glue Dots under the bow’s knot.  The coordinating envelope is lined with a piece of the matching pattern die-cut with the largest Envelope Liners Framelits Die, which is also retiring.  I will miss these liner dies, I just don’t think you’ll get a good effect with the Envelope Punch BoardI can foresee a lot of wasted paper using it for envelope liners, unless you line the whole envelope.  But who wants that much weight?

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Only Eleven Hours Left for Trendy Cards

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After eleven hours from now, you’ll miss out on your chance to register for the Trendy Cards for All Occasions Class.  You will create All Occasion cards showcasing the latest trends in colors, techniques and designs, along with matching or coordinating envelopes for each one.  You will be using the newest products from the Stampin’ Up!® 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, so the cards shown are not what you’ll be making!  (You may have figured out that I’m not allowed to show them yet!)

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 25, 2016

Time:   7:00-9:00pm

Place:   2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Registration:   $65.00

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Congrats Card in Bermuda Bay & Pool Party

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I needed a Congratulations card for my sister and her new husband, but I didn’t know what colors to use.  It was a surprise wedding at the town hall, so they’ll get their card in a few days.  I picked Bermuda Bay and Pool Party (both from the Green Blue Color Group) because the colors are pleasing and reminiscent of a tropical ocean.

My main thrust for this design was to use the new Glassine Sheets, which I just discovered in my supplies.  I stamped a piece of Pool Party Card Stock with the Swallowtail stamp and a Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad to go behind the embossed Glassine Sheet.  I cut across the Glassine Sheet to make a piece the width of the Pool Party piece, but which would overlap the length.  I fastened the embossed Glassine Sheet to the back of the card stock with strips of Tear & Tape Adhesive so the adhesive wouldn’t show through.

You know I just love the Butterflies Thinlits, so it’s no surprise I picked them for this Congrats card.  However, I used the retiring Expressions Natural Elements for the greeting, instead of one of the word Thinlits DiesSince I’m hand-delivering this card, I’m not worried about thickness or weight!  I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere the greeting, then coated the top with a layer of glue to get the shine.  This also masks any oozing of the glue on the back (heh, heh).

The Butterfly overlaps the card front, which calls for a larger envelope.  I whipped out one of the Pool Party patterns from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack and made an envelope to fit a 4-1/2” x 6” card with the Envelope Punch Board.  This also gave me a strip of DSP to adhere to the inside of the card.  I didn’t photograph the inside, but that’s where the sentiments from the Something to Say stamp set are.

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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 Butterfly Congrats Card.

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Are You Afraid to Start Your Own Stamping Business?

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Have you wanted to own your own business, but are afraid to start?  Did you ever think that your own rubber stamping and scrapbooking hobby could become a business?  Well, why not think about it?  You will have a lot of help to get you going.

Stampin’ Up!® provides exclusive resources through its Website for Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators.  New Demonstrators also receive a weekly newsletter to help them get started… the newsletters are archived on the website, along with additional 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 bi-annual OnStage Live/OnStage Local events, gives both new and experienced Demonstrators a wealth of support!

And you have me, your recruiter, to help you get a handle on all this information.  I also provide practical tips and business ideas that are tailored specifically to meet YOUR needs!  We can go through your start-up newsletter each week to make sure it fits what you want to do.

With all these resources, why not think 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 me and my expertise along with 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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What’s Black & White & Red All Over?

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What’s Black & White & Red All Over?  Not a newspaper… not an embarrassed zebra… This time, it’s a Real Red Monochromatic Color Scheme!  This design is part of my Real Life Color Coach Neutrals Gallery and continues to feature the Go Wild Designer Series Paper StackReal Red, the Hue of the Red Color Group, always looks fabulous with any of the Neutrals, but particularly the deep Basic Black and the bright Whisper White.  This combination is highly dramatic and just as formal as Black and White alone.

I, of course, had to put in whimsy with the zebra-inspired background paper.  As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t really have current stamps with jungle animal images.  However, dinosaurs have been known to trample through jungles, so I picked images from the No Bones About It stamp set to go with the background.

The trim is Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon dyed with a Real Red Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill and some alcohol.  This tends to give you a formal look, even when the ribbon is just knotted.  I find my fingers get in the way when I try to tie a bow with the 5/8” Satin Ribbon, particularly when I’m wrapping the layer and tying a bow.  My solution, if I wanted a bow, is to tie the bow first, then attach it.  However, since I prefer Quick & Easy, I just knot!

This combination is great for formal, dramatic greeting cards and pages.  This would make a great Friendship card, as well as Thank You, Birthday, Graduation, Dinner Party, Masculine Greeting Cards and All-Occasion cards and pages.

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Fine-Tip Glue Pen – A Caution

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I love the Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309) for its versatility AND that it lays down a fine line of glue!  But I have a caution for you.  I discussed the Fine-Tip Glue Pen previously, with a warning about removing the seal before you try to glue.  Today, I have another caution to help you keep your Glue Pen flowing freely!

Some people have said that you can seal the tip by just closing the black nozzle cover and leaving the white cap in place.  I have not found this to be true.

The white cap holds the pin that seals the tip and keeps the fine nozzle from clogging.  This also keeps the glue from drying out.  You have to align the tip with the pin manually.  The black nozzle cover assembly does not line up the two.  Any glue left in the Glue Pen tip will dry and you will have to use the pin to reopen it.

If you need an answer to any question about the Fine-Tip Glue Pen 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 Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

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Cotton Paper Flower Fry Box

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The companion project to the Hamburger Box is the Fry Box.  I used the remaining half of the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper for the die-cut.  I also had plenty of Cotton Paper flower pieces left and decided to show a different floral configuration.

The flower for the Fry Box is made from the 5-petal blossoms and two different colors of the small leaves.  I curled the petals, including the Watermelon Wonder leaves, with the Bone Folder, then lightly crumpled them to give the blossom some lift and dimension.  I attached the Cucumber Crush leaves, pinching them down the center, then adhered the whole blossom to the front of the Fry Box with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  The final touch was the large Iced Rhinestone Embellishment in the flower center.

So, between the two projects, you could make a matching set of boxes.  Both boxes would look great with either flower.  They would be perfect to package, say, a matching bracelet and earrings set for Mother’s Day!

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10 Summer Card Projects

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In this book, you will find ten card ideas designed just for Summer!  However, they are quick and easy enough for you to make a last-minute Mother’s Day card!  (Or any other occasion you forgot.)  Plus, you can download the book immediately!!

Each project has a full-size photo and complete directions.  All you need to do is pick your supplies!

You can complete each project easily in your spare time.   Every one usually takes no more than thirty minutes to do.

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It’s Time For the 2016 Trendy Cards For All Occasions Class

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Create All Occasion cards showcasing the latest trends in colors, techniques and designs in this class.  Matching or coordinating envelopes included.  You will be using the newest products from the Stampin’ Up!® 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, so the cards shown are not what you’ll be making!  (You may have figured out that I’m not allowed to show them yet!)

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 25, 2016

Time:   7:00-9:00pm

Place:   2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration:   $55.00

Early Bird Deadline: 5/8/16

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Cherry On Top Celebrate Card-A Wild & Crazy Combo?

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Today, I’ve pulled the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack out again to play with more of the color palette.  I wanted to show you the fun of a wild and crazy color combination, but also show you that it’s really under control!  The combination of Watermelon Wonder, from the Red-Orange Color Group, Bermuda Bay, from the Green-Blue Color Group, Crushed Curry, from the Yellow-Orange Color Group and Cucumber Crush, from the Green-Yellow Color Group, form a fun and cheery Complementary Plus Color Scheme.

By the way, I discussed the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack and part of its color palette in my article, Watermelon Wonder Bowl of Cherries CardThe colors combine in an Analogous Plus Color Scheme.

I also discussed Complementary Plus Color Schemes in my article, Calypso Coral and a Complementary Plus Color Scheme.  The combination in today’s card has an extra color in the mix.  Watermelon Wonder and Bermuda Bay are Complements, but Crushed Curry and Cucumber Crush are Analogous Plus to Bermuda Bay Remember that Analogous Colors are side by side and Analogous Plus colors are side-by side if you recombine the Split Tertiary Groups and skip over the Primary and Secondary Groups if needed.  Since there’s no representative from the Violet Color Group, which would create a Tetradic Color Scheme, I went with Complementary Plus.

The addition of Tip Top Taupe, a Neutral, didn’t really tone down the wildness.  I selected it because the reverse of the multicolor dots pattern is the Tip Top Taupe Stripe.  I like to show both sides of the Designer Series Paper in my projects if I can, especially since, in this case, the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack is retiring!

This color combination is great for Birthday, Party, Anniversary, Kids, and other Celebration themes in both greeting cards and scrapbook pages.  You can also use it for Friendship, Thank You, Cheer Up and Get Well Soon cards and pages.

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Last 30 Days for Sweet Stack Project Kit Offer

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There are only 30 days left for you to purchase the Sweet Stack Project Kit (138812) and receive the FREE special Tip Sheet, compiled from the tips and tricks we discovered in the live class last year.  The tip sheet comes with a Bonus Template as well. The total value is $9.95, but it’s yours at no extra charge when you order the kit.

To order your Sweet Stack Project Kit and receive the Tip Sheet for FREE, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on the Sweet Stack Project Kit link above. You’ll receive your free Tip Sheet and Bonus Template in your inbox.

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Confession: Box for the Cotton Paper Flower

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I have to make a confession.  This is the box I’d originally planned to use with the Cotton Paper Flower I talked about earlier this week.  Fortunately, the Bouquet Bigz L Die makes a lot of different sizes of flowers, especially when you cut 8 sheets at a time!  I had plenty to make a smaller flower for the box from the Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die, which is so cute!

I chose the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper for the box itself.  The pattern with silver jewels randomly placed seemed good to use.  The Iced Rhinestone Embellishments dressed it up well and created a sparkly center for the smaller Cotton Paper flower.

The flower-making how-to is laid out in the Cotton Paper Flower article.  I changed up a bit for this flower, because I was worried about it sticking to the box.  I made the petals by overlapping the bases and pinching them together with a Glue Dot.  Then, I started with the 5-petal flower in Cucumber Crush for the “leaves” and glued it to the center of the box lid with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  I laid down a ring of glue on the “leaves” and lined up the larger Watermelon Wonder petals with the gaps between them and pressed with a Bone Folder to glue them down.  I repeated with the smaller Crushed Curry petals, overlapping them with the breaks between the Watermelon Wonder petals.

To finish off the flower, I glued a Crushed Curry 5-petal flower for the center, then added a large Iced Rhinestone.  This tied the Iced Rhinestones around the edge of the top together.  This box is perfect to hold a Celebration surprise!

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Cotton Paper Flower with Bag

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I described how to make the Cotton Paper Flower in yesterday’s article and mentioned that I would attach it to a bag and post it on my Facebook Page in a few days.  Well, I changed my mind.  I thought we should have a Real Life Color Coach discussion and talk about the Cotton Paper colors of the flower and the Designer Series Paper colors of the bag.

The Cotton Paper Flower colors are Watermelon Wonder from the Red-Orange Color Group, Bermuda Bay from the Green-Blue Color Group, Crushed Curry from the Yellow-Orange Color Group and Cucumber Crush from the Green-Yellow Color Group.  The four colors create an Analogous Plus Color Scheme.  I last talked about Analogous Plus combinations in my Watermelon Wonder Bowl of Cherries Card article.  This scheme includes Green-Blue, so the Plus has more oomph.  The combination screams “Let’s Party” to me.

Adding depth to the color scheme are Mossy Meadow, the Shade from the Green-Blue Color Group, Blushing Bride, the Tint of the Orange-Red Color Group and Pool Party, the Tint of the Green-Blue Color Group.  These colors are in the pattern of the bag, which is made with Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper and the Gift Bag Punch Board.  I tied off the bag with a length of Cucumber Crush 1” Dotted Lace Trim.  The Birthday Bouquet pattern is a bit more subdued than the Cotton Paper Flower, but the colors still coordinate.

Besides Party, this combination is good for any Celebration, Friendship, Graduation, Thank You or Summer.  The Birthday Bouquet patterns by themselves are also good for Sympathy and other less exuberant occasions.

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Cotton Paper Flower

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When the Retiring Stamps & Accessories Lists come out, I typically post projects using items on those lists.  Today is no exception.  I wanted to make a flower using the Cotton Paper and the Bouquet Bigz L Die.  Both of these are retiring, naturally.  Too bad, because the Cotton Paper is perfect to make flowers and the Bouquet Die is perfect for cutting the Cotton Paper.  I folded one sheet of each color in half and cut through eight layers at one time!  I could have done more, but this worked.

I had intended the flower to decorate the top of a box, but it turned out huge!  Luckily, I had smaller petals for the box.  I also wanted to use each color in the Cotton Paper package.  This is the result.

The leaves are two of the large Cucumber Crush petals that I left flat for the base.  I adhered them to a scrap of Card Stock.  I used the Crushed Curry 5-petal flower for the center and as the guide to attach the petals.  Before I attached the rest of the flower petals, I overlapped the two sections of each petal base and secured them with a Glue Dot.  I found that the Cotton Paper wasn’t fond of adhering with Glue Dots, so I bullied each petal into sticking by pinching it closed and letting my fingers heat the glue.  It worked just fine.  You have to show paper sometimes who is boss!  I attached each petal to the center with Glue Dots as well.  When the flower was done, I adhered it to the leaves on the Card Stock scrap with Tear & Tape Adhesive.  I used a large Vintage Faceted Button on top of the center flower and tied it through all layers.  The Paper Piercing Tool works well to poke holes for the Linen Thread.

So now I have this nice, large flower (almost 6” across).  I think it’s destined for a large bag.  It’ll work on the largest bag you can make with the Gift Bag Punch Board.  Check my Facebook Page in a few days to see what it looks like!

By the way, the Cotton Paper, the Vintage Faceted Buttons and the Bouquet Bigz L Die are all retiring, so you may want to head over to my online store to browse and shop!

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