Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Elegant Eggplant

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Elegant Eggplant is the Shade of the Violet Color Group. Fortunately, its companion is the Tint, Wisteria Wonder. I’ve talked about this color group before in Wisteria Wonder’s Color of the Week article. The two of them provide great contrast to each other in a Monochromatic Color Scheme.

Today I added a little extra contrast with the Neutral, Smoky Slate. I knew I wanted to add a strip of Elegant Eggplant behind the Wisteria Wonder ribbon on the base of the card front, so I picked Smoky Slate to separate the card front from the card base.

I decided to make this design because the stamp set, Butterfly Basics, is one of the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!® this week in its Wood-Mount form. The Weekly Deals are usually offered at a 25% savings. The Stamp Set also comes in Clear-Mount and Photopolymer, which are not included in the special. However, they all come bundled with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies at a 15% savings. Since I didn’t use the Thinlits in the project, I’m not listing the Bundle. But I wanted you to know!

The Elegant Eggplant Monochromatic Color combination is good for All Occasions. This includes Birthday, Wedding, Thank You, Sympathy, and whatever else you can come up with. I’m using the Elegant Eggplant Monochromatic Colors for a wedding photo album. The card design today is multi-purpose. I suggest putting a 5-1/4” x 4” piece of Smoky Slate card stock on the inside so you can write a message.

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How I Get the Most Out of One Sheet of Designer Series Paper

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The Designer Series Paper Sheet I’m talking about is 12” x 12”, not 6” x 6”. The photos show what I do with one sheet to get the most out of it. I just love the little ice cream cones pattern from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper (140557)!

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Here are the cutting measurements for my good trusty ol’ Stampin’ Trimmer (126889) and what I do with them:

  • One 8” x 8” sheet for the all-over patterned envelope.
  • Two 5” x 3-3/4” background layers from the 4” x 12” strip.
  • One 6-1/2” x 4” piece for the envelope liner from the 4” x 8” strip.
  • One 12” x 1/4” strip made by cutting down the 4” x 12” strip. Faux ribbon, anyone?
  • One 3-3/4” x 2” piece left from the 4” x 12” strip.
  • One 1-1/2” x 4” piece left from the 4” x 8” strip.

The 1/4” strip could be used on a 12” Scrapbook Page and decorated with ice-cream cone cut-outs. You can make these from the remaining pieces. You could also use the remaining pieces or parts of them to make a tag.

  • Tip for cutting out the ice cream cones from the Designer Series Paper: use the ice cream cone die from the Snow Friends Framelits™ Dies (139664).
  • The size won’t exactly match, but you can get ice cream cone images without fussy cutting!
  • You may have to use Post-It™ Notes to keep the die in place, even on the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658).

If you need an answer to any question about Designer Series Paper 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.

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Happy Lunar New Year of the Monkey 2016

Monkey SymbolGong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Year of the Monkey!

Wikipedia has a very nice article about Chinese New Year, so does the Telegraph from London, England. Google has a nice brief description, along with a doodle for the Year of the Monkey. Check these out and let me know what you think in Comments below.

My favorite computer game, Guild Wars 2, which is a massive multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG), celebrates the Lunar New Year in its own way. GW2 Lunar New Year festivities started January 26th and end February 9th, the day after the Chinese Lunar New Year begins for 2016.

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One of my Human characters is wearing a costume reminiscent of ancient Chinese traditional garb. She is also sporting a backpack celebrating the Year of the Monkey. I posed her beside an archway with the Year of the Monkey statue inside.

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How About a Penguin Valentine?

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I knew I wanted to make a Valentine for today’s Sizzix on Saturday feature, but then I remembered that the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies had retired! I, of course, still have them, but if you don’t, and you don’t have any other heart-shaped dies, you can make your large hearts the old-fashioned way:

  1. Take a scrap piece of card stock or paper (card stock will last longer)
  2. Fold it in half.
  3. Draw half a heart on one side.
  4. Cut out through both layers.
  5. Open out and use as a pattern to trace on your preferred card stock or paper!

You could also trace around a cookie cutter if you have a heart-shaped one of the size you want.

All of this fussing led me to using a Penguin on my Valentine. Luckily, the Snow Friends Framelits Dies are one of the Weekly Deals this week if you don’t have them. I discussed the advantages of using the Weekly Deals and the Bundle, which would be with the Snow Place Stamp Set, in my post, Bear Hugs Framelits™: Such a Deal.

After the penguin and its hat, the main Sizzix Big Shot product is the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I had a dilemma trying to decide if I wanted the hearts in a tiled pattern (outline debossed) or in a raised outline pattern (embossed). I finally decided on the raised pattern because:

  1. It’s easier to apply adhesive to the back of the embossed layer
  2. It looks cool.

By the way, Real Life Color Coach note, the color scheme is a monochromatic scheme with Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride and Tangelo Twist along with Whisper White and Tuxedo Black. You can find more discussion about this in my Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Calypso Coral article.

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Calypso Coral in a Quick & Easy Thank You Card

Calypso Coral Thank You Card

Calypso Coral, from the Red-Orange Color Group, makes a Quick & Easy Thank You Card in this Complementary Color Scheme. The Complementary Color is Mint Macaron, from the GreenBlue Color Group.

I got to use leftover scraps of Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper from my Trendy 2016 Occasions  Cards Class. Fortunately, the reverse of the pattern is Mint Macaron. I am ignoring the tiny Hello Honey dots in the centers of the flowers. We’ll pretend it’s a pale Calypso Coral. Besides, the total amount of Hello Honey is insignificant and doesn’t interfere with the Complementary Scheme.

The Thank You card lies flat and is perfect for mailing – it will only use a one-ounce stamp. There aren’t any significant bumps because the White Perfect Accents are only slightly raised.

This color combination is good for a lot of different occasions: Birthday, Thank You, Hello, Friendship, Anniversary, Celebration. I wouldn’t use it for Sympathy, but I certainly would for Get Well Soon and Cheer Up. For Sympathy, I would substitute or add the Orange-Red Shade, Cajun Craze, for Calypso Coral, which is less exuberant. You can read about Cajun Craze in my Real Life Color Coach Article. The Calypso Coral/Mint Macaron combination also makes great scrapbook pages, especially with a Spring/Summer theme.

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Luxurious Gift You Can Make Yourself

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Create a luxurious gift for yourself, Mom, or others when you attend my Silk Scarf Stamping Class. Back by popular demand, this fun class lets you create a gorgeous scarf with the luxury of silk in your own unique design! You will have a choice of stamp sets to use. The photo shows the pieces I’ll be using for my example. Check the class page for the finished scarf.

Class size is limited, so be sure to register early to save your space! 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.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Calypso Coral

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Calypso Coral is a Tint in the Red-Orange Color Group. As is my preference when introducing a color, I like to start with a Monochromatic Color Scheme and use whatever other members of the Color Group that I can. I can always fall back on a Neutral for contrast if I have to, but I like to showcase the whole group.

The other members of the Red-Orange Color Group are too close in intensity to Calypso Coral to allow a good contrast. I noted this and created an illustration to show you in my article, Watermelon Wonder in a Monochromatic Color Scheme. So… I recombined the Split-Tertiary Red-Orange and Orange-Red Color Groups into the Tertiary Color Group, Red-Orange and was able to use Blushing Bride from the Orange-Red Color Group for my Contrast color.

By the way, I know it’s been a while since I mentioned this, so if you are getting confused with all the technical color theory talk, visit my Real Life Color Coach Fact Sheet. This should help you out!

Today’s project goes along with my mood to create Valentines with a difference. I did bow to tradition with the white doily, but the color combination is two tints of Red-Orange. Besides Valentines, this combination is good for Birthday, Wedding, Bridal Shower and Congratulations or other Celebration cards and pages.

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My Favorite Coloring Tools

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My favorite coloring tools are Stampin’ Write Markers, Blender Pens (102845) and Aqua Painters (103954). I mentioned these in my article, “Bear Hugs Framelits™: Such a Deal and decided to photograph the tools I would use to recreate the photo projects and that I discussed as your Real Life Color Coach.

The tools photo shows the Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (126949) open and with ink pressed into the cover, a Blender Pen, both Aqua Painters that come in the package, and the Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black and Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Markers.

By the way, I recommend getting all the main Marker colors in the Many Marvelous Markers (131264) set – there is room in the storage box for the In Color Markers, too. You save about 60 cents a pen and have a great box to keep them all in!

How about some Coloring Tips to go along with these tools:

  1. Stampin’ Write Markers
    1. Give a rich color, especially when you use Watercolor Paper (122959)
    2. Fill in the image with circular motions to make sure it blends. I often color a line by the edge, then go over it with circles
  2. Blender Pens
    1. Blend from the outer edge to the inner edge of the image.
    2. Use straight strokes to carry the color where you want it to go.
    3. Pick up color from the ink of the Classic Pad or a smear by a Marker and blend it on the image. This will give you a less intense color unless you go over it several times.
  3. Aqua Painters
    1. Gives you the best watercolor effect
    2. Pick up color from the ink of the Classic Pad or a smear by a Marker and wash it over the image.
    3. You can pick up extra color to increase the intensity.
    4. Don’t have your brush too wet.

If you need an answer to any question about the Stampin’ Write Markers, Blender Pens or Aqua Painters, 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.

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Bear Hugs Framelits: Such a Deal!

Bear Hugs Bundle Projects

The Bear Hugs Framelits™ Dies (140275), which work with your Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439), are part of this week’s Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!® The sale price runs through Monday and represents a 25% savings. The Framelits match the images in the Bear Hugs Stamp Set (139543-w; 139546-c). This means you can die-cut the stamped images rather than fussy cutting them with scissors. Much quicker & easier!

The Framelits and Stamp Set also come paired in a Bundle (140822-w; 140823-c) at 15% savings on both items. One suggestion I have is to take advantages of both deals and have two sets of the Framelits. You can die-cut multiple images at once, such as the string of fish the bear is holding in the “Wishing you…” card or the flower bouquets decorating the “Nobody hugs…” card. I always recommend using the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658) when you die-cut stamped images because it holds the dies in place so well.

You can die-cut the sentiments included in the stamp set with the Banner Die from the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits™ Dies (135854). This measures 3-1/4” x 1/2” and will work for all the phrases included in the Stamp Set. You can cut down one side for the shorter phrases if you want. The smallest Banner in the Banners Framelits™ Dies (132173) measures 5/8” x 1-5/8” and will fit the smaller phrases. It’s too small for the “Wishing you…” phrase and will crowd the “Nobody hugs…” phrase.

You can color your images before die-cutting if you like. The images in the photos were done with Stampin’ Write Markers and Blender Pens (102845) or Aqua Painters (103954) for a watercolor effect. If you do this technique, be sure you let the images dry thoroughly before you die-cut. You don’t want any fraying or tearing!

The bear decorating the box and hugging the heart is attached to one side of the box. You can stamp both sides of the die-cut so the image will show when you wrap the arms around the heart. Die-cut the first image, then stamp the back for the best results. If you color the bear, let each side dry before you move to the other.

Real Life Color Coach LogoLet’s spend a Real Life Color Coach moment talking about the colors used. The main colors for all three projects shown in the photo are Neutrals. Neutrals do not count in any Color Scheme, they are there to support the scheme you choose and are optional.

  • The “Wishing you…” card has Real Red as its contrast. This makes it a Monochrome Color Scheme, even though four different Neutrals are used. Monochrome Schemes are harmonious and pleasing to the eye.
  • The Gift Box uses Real Red as the heart accent and Pool Party as the ribbon on a Kraft The bear is Basic Black. This color combination is a Split Complementary Color Scheme because Real Red is from the Red Color Group and Pool Party is from the Green-Blue Color Group, which is just alongside the true Complement, the Green Color Group. Complementary Schemes, Split or not, can be energizing or soothing, depending on the colors used.
  • The “Nobody hugs…” card uses Pool Party from the Green-Blue Color Group as the major Contrast color and Real Red & Pink Pirouette from the Red Color Group along with Daffodil Delight from the Yellow Color Group as the Accent This forms a Triadic Color Scheme, with the Green-Blue color standing in for the Blue Color Group. Triads can be vibrant or peaceful, again depending upon color choice. The watercoloring adds softness, so the card is cheerful, but not overwhelming.

As I said, the Weekly Deals end Monday, but you can still get a deal on Bear Hugs Framelits if you miss it – just get the Bundle and have yourself a ball stamping, coloring and die-cutting!

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150. Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order through March 31st. To order what you need to make your own Bear Hugs Greeting Cards & Gift Boxes and take advantage of both deals, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Delightful Dijon

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The Yellow-Orange Color Group has a nice range of colors included. I’ve discussed them previously in the Crushed Curry and Hello Honey Colors of the Week Articles. The Tone of this group is Delightful Dijon, which appeared in the examples with those articles as the Contrast Color. Since this is Delightful Dijon’s week to be featured, I didn’t want to use another member of the Color Group as the Contrast in a Monochromatic Color Scheme, so I picked it from the Neutrals.

You may remember that Neutrals don’t count in the Color Scheme of things – they go with everything and are outside the Color Wheel. Neutrals are the utility players in Color Combinations and almost always create a pleasing combination. Today’s Neutral is Chocolate Chip. I picked it because the warmth of the Brown color contrasts well with the warmth of Delightful Dijon. Besides, I’d used Soft Suede before and wanted something more vivid. I will talk more about Neutrals when I finish introducing the rest of Stampin’ Up!®’s colors.

This color combination works for Any Occasion. The card design in the photo can function as Birthday, Thank You, Congratulations or Sympathy. You can change the greeting or sentiment and the image to suit. The Monochromatic Color Scheme provides a touch of elegance to your card and is great for pages, too.

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Another Word About the Die Brush

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I’ve discovered a few things since I first talked about the Big Shot™ Die Brush (140603) in my “Love Intricate Dies…” article:

  1. Don’t be so energetic when you use it.
    1. If the die is very lacy and delicate, you run the risk of tearing it.
    2. Be gentle.
  2. Roll the brush in one direction.
    1. This keeps those delicate die-cuts from tearing.

I was making butterflies with the Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies (137360) to put on a birthday card when I discovered this. I pressed harder and rolled more energetically than previously which moved the die at the same time. This caused a few tears in the lacy wings. I rolled in one direction and less exuberantly on the second butterfly, so it came out just fine. Luckily, it turned out that I only needed the one butterfly. I glued together the tears and used the damaged butterfly as a stencil for the envelope. You can see the result here on my Blackberry Bliss Butterfly Birthday Card.

If you need an answer to any question about the Big Shot Die Brush 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.

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Why Not Be Your Own Boss?

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Have you ever asked yourself, “Why can’t I be my own boss?” I did and became my own boss as a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator. I must say I’m tough and fair on myself, but I’m not mean, nor am I negligent to myself. I’ve had those experiences before.

It’s simple to become your own boss and get rid of the mean and/or negligent bosses. All you need to do is sign up to become a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator and turn into owning your own home-based stamping business.

The investment is low ($99 for the Starter Kit – plus a bonus during Sale-A-Bration) and the ongoing overhead is minimal. You can easily make back your investment within the first sixty days… usually sooner! This is while working your business very part-time.

You are able to set your own schedule and don’t have to answer to anyone else’s time clock. You also get to play with your paper-crafting and share with your friends. Additionally, I can show you how to make whatever amount of extra cash you like. And this is all while being your own boss!

Have you thought about being your own boss and owning your own stamping business as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator? Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well? Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas. You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above. 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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Pear Pizzazz and a Wide-Angle Analogous Scheme

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Analogous Color Schemes happen with a set of colors (usually three) that are side-by-side on the Color Wheel or my Real Life Color Coach Color Charts. However, I came up with the term “Wide-Angle Analogous Scheme” in my article, “Let’s Call It a Wide-Angle Analogous Scheme” when there were skips in my side-by-side colors.

Today’s Color Scheme starts with Pear Pizzazz and adds Pacific Point for contrast. Remember, Smoky Slate is a Neutral and doesn’t affect the scheme. Pear Pizzazz is a Tint of the Green-Yellow Color Group. Pacific Point is the Hue of the Blue Color Group. If you look at the typical Color Wheel, Yellow-Green, Green, Blue-Green and Blue are side-by-side. So there are skips from Yellow-Green to Blue, making it a Wide-Angle. If you consolidate the Color Wheel to just Primary and Secondary colors, Yellow, Green and Blue are side-by-side with no skips. So we spread it out!

This combination is good for Birthday, party, Thank You, Friendship, or cards for any other occasion. It’s also a good, high-contrast combination for scrapbook pages.

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Gift Card Envelopes You Can Make In A Batch

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As I mentioned in my post last week, you can make Gift Card Envelopes from card stock. The Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits™ Dies die-cut the envelope, complete with scoring lines, equally as well as paper. These envelopes can stand alone, in addition to being attached to greeting cards. You can easily make a batch of them to have on hand.

The card stock envelopes would be sturdy enough to close with a Velcro® dot if you want them reusable. I tried Velcro on a Designer Series Paper Gift Card Envelope, but it was too easy to tear off. The Belly Band that slides on and off works just as well to make a reusable envelope. I wrapped an 8” x 1-1/2” strip around the Gift Card Envelope and adhered it together so it was slightly loose. I also like to cover the join with some kind of label or image. The 8” x 1-1/2” belly band works very well for the size of the envelope.

If you like the layered look for your Gift Card Envelopes, die-cut one from card stock and one from a coordinating patterned paper. Crease all the folds, then open out the envelopes. Trim each section of the paper envelope by 1/8” all the way around. Then layer each section on the card stock envelope.

I layered a 1/1-4” x 8” strip of paper around the belly band after the card stock band was adhered together. This allows enough give for the layering. If you layer first, you run the risk of the paper puckering or detaching.

The flat design of the embellishment on the belly band allows you to stack or file a whole batch of gift card holders. That way, you’re ready to pop in a gift card and give or send your gift at a moment’s notice!

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Pear Pizzazz Coming Up Roses

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The Complement to Pear Pizzazz from the Green-Yellow Color Group is Rose Red from the Red-Violet Color Group. Actually, Pear Pizzazz looks great in combination with any of the Reds, Red-Violets and Red-Oranges. One of these makes the combination a Semi-Split Complementary Color Scheme or an Analogous Color Scheme.

However, today we’re using Pear Pizzazz with Rose Red in a Complementary Color Scheme. And we’re doing a rose from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set! I wanted to make a tall card, but without the issues I had in my article, Pink Pirouette in a Split Complementary Scheme. The easy solution was to make the greeting a separate element! This lets it overlap the image without getting muddled.

The mat for the greeting is done with my usual method when I don’t want a full 1/4” or so showing around the edges. I turn over the Thinlits Die and trace around it on my matting card stock, then cut the frame out. It usually fits the die-cut image pretty well!

Coloring on regular Card Stock can be a challenge for the markers leaving streaks, but if you color in circles and blend the color in, it looks just great! I also added some misdirection by painting the edges of the petals with the Wink of Stella Gold Glitter Brush. I coated the center of the rose with it, but it looked too flat. So, out come the Iced Rhinestone Embellishments and we’re all fixed!

This combination is great for Birthday, Friendship, Thank You, Thinking of You, or even Valentines. If you use it for Christmas or Holiday, I’d substitute one of the other Reds. Needless to say, the combination works for scrapbook pages as well. The design is wonderful for any Rose lovers and you’ll have your cards and pages coming up roses!

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Pear Pizzazz

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Pear Pizzazz is the lighter Tint of the Green-Yellow Color Group and, as I noted in my Old Olive Color of the Week article, has a whole column of companions to help create a Monochromatic Color Scheme. I chose Mossy Meadow for the Contrast Color, because it is nice and dark… and with a nicely bright intensity.

The Monochromatic Scheme for Pear Pizzazz could use any Neutral for the Contrast. It depends upon the mood or theme of your card or page. I like to use members of the same Color Group for Monochromatic Schemes when I can because the scheme is a little less formal.

The From Land to Sea Stamp Set has all kinds of images that are great for coloring. However, I’m making a Monochrome design, so my coloring is limited to the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush. Oh, darn! I could use the Gold Glitter Brush and still have a Monochromatic Scheme, but I like the Clear for its shimmery effect. It goes well with the Pearl Basic Jewel accents on the greeting.

This combination is good for All Occasions from Friendship to Birthday to Graduation (although I usually use school colors) to Get Well to Sympathy. It’s also good for more formal Party Invitations. The same goes for scrapbook pages in those themes… or Just Because!

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Real Life Color Coach LogoDid 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 Pear Pizzazz, Monochromatic 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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Have A Ball With Honeycomb Embellishments

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Honeycomb Embellishments (140566) come in three colors in the package: White, Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron. They open out into a half-dome, so if you put two of them together, you can make a ball! But they are also fun in the half-dome.

The White Honeycomb Embellishment is ready for tinting if you need to. I used the Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (119672) with one of the Aqua Painters (103954) to color the one I used in the photo. Dilute the ink and pick it up with the brush tip, then coat the Honeycomb. I recommend opening the Honeycomb and securing it to a Silicone Craft Sheet (127853) while you tint. This way you won’t have soggy paper stuck to your Honeycomb and will have just as much adhesive on the half-dome as you need. Let the Embellishment dry thoroughly.

You can also tint your Embellishment with a Stampin’ Write Marker. Take the color of your choice and coat the edge of the Embellishment while it’s closed. Soak it in the color a bit so it shows up well. You can do this with all three colors for two-tone effects.

You can mail cards with the Honeycomb Embellishment on them two ways:

  1. Smoosh the open half-dome with a stamp block or set case. This lets you control the smoosh, rather than having the Post Office do it.
  2. Attach the Embellishment to the card with only one side adhered. You can write “remove liner and adhere” on the closed side. The card will mail flat and your recipient will have a nice, puffy Honeycomb.

I used the Honeycomb Happiness Stamp Set (141288-w; 141291-c) to illustrate Honeycomb Embellishments because the set is adorable. This set is only available with a $50 product order during Sale-A-Bration (1/5 to 3/31/2016). However, it’s my favorite in the whole SAB Brochure, so I just had to share it with you!

If you need an answer to any question about Honeycomb Embellishments 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.

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Surprise Free Gifts Can Come Your Way

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Every so often, my Mailing List Subscribers receive Free Surprise Gifts, including the annual 12 Weeks of Christmas tutorial series. All of the periodic free gifts are only available to those members already on my Mailing List. They 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. Remember, 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. 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! And the best part is… it’s all FREE!

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Cheers Gift Card Holder

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I love making gift card holders and using them for the front of a greeting card. This cheers card is good for birthday or congratulations occasion – and it holds a gift!

The pattern from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack includes Mint Macaron and Crushed Curry. Those are the card stock colors I used for the card base and front background layer. There are four sheets of each pattern, so you have plenty for a greeting card envelope that matches.

The Gift Card Envelope and Trims Thinlits Dies make a nice 4” x 2-3/4” Gift Card Holder which can fit some purchased gift cards complete with the folders that come with them. After you adhere the envelope to the card front, close the flap with a Glue Dot. Your recipient can usually open the Gift Card Envelope without tearing it.

I adore the bow in the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies. It’s so easy to make one from scraps! It also works well if the bow is crushed down. You can “fluff” it up with a pencil or leave it flat for mailing.

You’ll need to carefully lay the Gift Card die on the paper. The Big Shot Magnetic Platform is 6” wide, so if you use a 6” x 12” piece of Designer Series Paper to die-cut the envelope, you should have enough room. You’ll also have a nice amount of leftover paper if you line up the die at one end.

It’s easy to make a card from your Gift Card Envelope as you can see. Just pick card stock colors that match the ones used in the pattern you chose. Stampin’ Up!® always includes the colors with their Designer Series Paper descriptions.

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150. Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order. To order what you need to make your own Gift Card Holder Greeting Cards just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.

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