Lacy Celebrate Card

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Continuing with my Lacy-ness, as I mentioned in the Lacy Birthday Card article, is a lacy Celebrate card.  I will be using it for a retirement card for one of my friends.

Real Life Color Coach LogoThe key colors are Emerald Envy, from the Green Color Group, and Melon Mambo, from the Red-Violet Color Group.  This pair is a kinda-sorta Split Complementary Color Scheme with Crushed Curry, of the Yellow-Orange Color Group, as an accent.  There are two Split Complements to Emerald EnvyRed-Violet and Red-Orange.  I’m only using one here.

The card is again 4-1/4” x 11”, which is easier to die-cut.  I gave you adhesion tips in the previous article, using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

I also make a matching or coordinating open-end envelope with Designer Series Paper (Festive Birthday in this case) and the Envelope Punch Board.  You can insert the inside leaf of the card into the envelope and store them together so you can see the design and be ready to go!

It’s handy to use the Big Shot™ Die Brush to clear the excess cut-outs from the lace.  Often, the die-cut gets loose from the die, so you don’t have the Thinlits™ to support the paper.  When you use the Die Brush on the card stock alone, be sure to brush gently.  I usually give it a couple of swipes, then poke out the rest with the Paper-Piercing Tool.  Otherwise, you’ll tear your lace.

This combination is good for any kind of celebration: birthday, retirement, bon voyage, party, even a wild and crazy wedding!  It’s great for scrapbook pages as well as cards.

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Lacy Birthday Card

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I’ve wanted to play some more with the Detailed Floral Thinlits™ Dies ever since I made the card for my Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Sweet Sugarplum article.  So… It’s time for lots of lacy-ness, starting with a Lacy Birthday Card.

This card features consolidated Tertiary Colors: Pool Party from the Blue-Green Color Group, Melon Mambo from the Red-Violet Color Group and Crushed Curry from the Yellow-Orange Color GroupThese colors create a Triadic Color Scheme.  Notice how I’m ignoring the rest of the colors in the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I chose the three colors to stand out from the rest and am ignoring the others, as I did in my article, Sweet Sugarplum Fiesta Triad Card.

I used a Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad for the frame of the greeting.  Bermuda Bay is also in the Blue-Green Color Group, and so has no impact on the color scheme.

The card is 4-1/4” x 11”, which is easier to die-cut.  The DSP is the backing to bring the card front to the full size of 4-1/4” x 4-1/2”.  The best way to adhere the DSP to the die-cut card front is to use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and draw a very thin line around the outer edges.  Press the card front face down on a Silicone Craft Sheet to make sure it sticks to itself.  The glue dries quickly, but not instantly.

This combination is good for Birthday, Baby Shower, Bridal Shower, Celebration, Congratulations, Thank You and Get Well cards and scrapbook pages.  Check out more Lacy-ness in the next week.

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My Mailing List Subscribers receive Free Gifts every so often, including the annual 12 Weeks of Christmas tutorial series.  Sometimes my Subscribers receive a surprise free gift – totally unexpected!  All of the periodic free gifts are only available to those members already on my Mailing List.  You can’t get them after the e-mail goes out.

The 12 Weeks of Christmas series of tutorials isn’t a really surprise, 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.  Again, only Mailing List Members may receive them!

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What I Love About Thinlits, et al

Bear Hugs Framelits Dies

What do I love about Thinlits™, Framelits™ and Edgelits™ for the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (143263)?  You can save paper so easily!

The thin metal dies make it easy to use your scraps.  I particularly like how small a piece of Designer Series Paper I can use for certain images!  In the photo of the Bear Hugs Framelits™ Dies (140275) for example, the tiny die image on top of the bear shape will die-cut a hat and the bow shape inside the bear shape will die-cut a bow tie.  You can stamp the image from the Bear Hugs Stamp Set (139543 – w, 139546 – c) on solid paper or card stock and use the smallest corner pieces to cut them out.

You can also die-cut several of the small images at once.  Just be sure you are using only Framelits or only Thinlits or only Edgelits to make sure the pressure on the dies is even.  I like to use the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658) for these dies because they’ll stay in place.  If some of the dies need to be secured with Post-Its™ or similar, put a Post-It over each one.  Again, this is to make sure the pressure on the dies is even so the dies will cut through evenly.

I think the hardest part of all this is choosing what scraps to use!

If you need an answer to any question about thin dies such as Thinlits, Framelits & Edgelits 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 Framelits.

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Stamping Stash Idea

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A friend of mine posted this on Facebook – I don’t know the original source, but I thought the Stamping Stash idea was brilliant!

For those of you who need organization ideas – this is one.  Just make sure your boxes stack to a level height.  I would need a step stool to use the bed as a bed because I don’t think stacking three-high would do it!

Probably you couldn’t use the bed as a bed for people… but how about dolls and stuffed animals?

Or you can use it has a hideout!

Let me know what you think – please leave a Comment or two!

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Sweet Sugarplum Fiesta Triad Card

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Continuing with Sweet Sugarplum, the Tint of the Violet-Red/Red-Violet Color Group, as the Real Life Color Coach’s Color of the Week, I wanted to show you a Triadic Color SchemeI chose the Birthday Fiesta Stamp Set to illustrate the Triadic Combination of Sweet Sugarplum, Pool Party from the Green-Blue/Blue-Green Color Group and So Saffron from the Yellow-Orange Color Group.

I always need Birthday cards, and I was aiming for a true Triad Color Scheme.  However, the Split Tertiary Color Groups needed to be recombined so the Triad would work.

I sort of “plussed” the color scheme with a background from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper selection of patterns.  The pattern includes Emerald Envy, from the Green Color Group, in the cactus plants and a washed Tempting Turquoise, from the Blue-Green Color Group, field.  The tiny dots of Crushed Curry from the Yellow-Orange Color Group and Pumpkin Pie from the Orange Color Group really don’t show up.  Tempting Turquoise and Crushed Curry fit into the Triadic Colors, but Emerald Envy and Pumpkin Pie are outside the Triad and would make the combination a “Plus”.  But since I don’t want to call this color scheme Triad Plus, I’m ignoring them.

Sweet Sugarplum, Pool Party and So Saffron are all Tints of their respective Color Groups.  This gives a soft effect because the colors are all the same intensity.  The combination is good for Baby and Wedding as well as Birthday, Friendship, Thank You and general Summer (like pool party and barbecue) cards and pages.

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Celebrate with a Sweet Sugarplum Complementary Scheme

Sweet Sugarplum Celebrate Card

Sweet Sugarplum, the Tint of the Violet-Red Color Group, would normally be complemented by a member of the Yellow-Green Color Group in the Split Tertiary grouping.  However, all the current colors in the Stampin’ Up!® collections only have members in the Green-Yellow Color Group.  That means it’s time to consolidate the Tertiaries

I chose Pear Pizzazz for the contrast color to represent the Yellow-Green/Green-Yellow Color Group.  It is a Tint and doesn’t provide high-contrast to Sweet Sugarplum, but it looks good.  I accented the background layer by sponging the edges with a Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin’ Pad, then stamped the leaves of the tree with an Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad.  I also wanted grass images underneath the tree, but Old Olive didn’t show up as well.  Luckily, the Shade of the color group is Always Artichoke and is very visible.

Sweet Sugarplum and Pear Pizzazz are a soft Complementary Color combination.  I picked them for a more conservative celebration card design suitable for a friend’s Retirement.  The combination works well for Baby, Birthday, Friendship, Congratulations, Thank You, Get Well, and Sympathy cards and scrapbook pages.  The brighter Complementary colors will also work well for the same themes.

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Let’s Talk About Paper Snips

 

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The Paper Snips Scissors (103579) were introduced several years ago and I can’t believe I haven’t talked about them yet.  I did a brief mention in my article, “Die-Cutting & Fussy Cutting Work Together,” but I never gave them a Tool Time article all by themselves!

So here goes:

Paper Snips are short-bladed scissors with thin, sharp blades.  This makes them ideal to cut out tiny images and get into corners.  Before the Fringe Scissors (133325) came along, they also were terrific at fringing edges.  The blades and tips of the scissors are so sharp, you need to be sure to keep your fingers out of the way!

You could also use the Paper Snips to trim the ends of ribbon, but you really need to keep your ribbon scissors separate from your paper scissors – just like you do with sewing!  Cutting ribbon wears down the blade edge of your Paper Snips much faster than cutting paper.  So even if you get a clean, sharp cut on paper, your Snips may shred the end of the ribbon.  Sometimes if you pull the ribbon tight, the Snips will cut cleanly.

I recommend using your cloth shears instead, or getting a separate set of shears.  Be sure to mark it “Ribbon Only” or similar.  You could make a tag and tie it to one of the handles.

But for paper, the Paper Snips are champs!  They work very well on curved shapes and rounded images, like the retired Craft & Rubber Scissors, plus they snip corners extremely well.  I also use the nice thin blades to lift Jewels or Enamel Shapes off their backing and place them where they belong.

One thing you must do is to keep the Paper Snips clean.  Adhesive is very fond of coating the blades and when the blades are dirty, they don’t cut.  I’ve noted that you can use Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394) to clean the blades by spritzing both sides of the blades and letting them sit a minute, then wiping the adhesive off.  I’ve found that, especially with the new adhesives, it’s easier to use a commercial household adhesive remover, such as Goo Gone.  You can squirt some on a cotton ball and scrub the adhesive off – no waiting.  It is much faster.  You can wipe off the residue with a clean paper towel, too.

The Paper Snips blades can’t be sharpened.  Once they are dull, you need to replace the scissors.  Luckily, they’re fairly inexpensive and will last a long time if you keep them clean!

If you need an answer to any question about the Paper Snips 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 Paper Snips.

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As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you have business-building resources exclusive to Demonstrators to help you run a home-based business on your own schedule.  You have access to an exclusive website, to an exclusive online community and most of all – ME, your recruiter.

As your recruiter, I’m here 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!

In addition, Stampin’ Up!® provides

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Have you thought about owning your own stamping business?  Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents, pick up some extra cash and be entitled to use 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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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Sweet Sugarplum

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Sweet Sugarplum is the Tint of the Violet-Red Color Group.  It creates a nicely contrasting Monochromatic Color Scheme with its fellow group member, Rich Razzleberry, the Shade.  I like the way the dark underlayer shows off the openwork design of the Detailed Floral Thinlits™ die-cut on the card front.  The accents of Pearl Basic Jewels are White, which adds a little more contrast and coordinates with the envelope.

This color scheme is great for Purple and Burgundy lovers.  Almost every Purple-lover I know likes all the members of the Red-Violet/Violet-Red Color Group.  The combination works very well for Thank You, Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, Get Well and Sympathy cards and page themes.

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Peekaboo Peach Scheme-It’s Really Complementary

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Peekaboo Peach, the Tint of the Orange Color Group, has the Blue Color Group as its Complement.  This includes Night of Navy, the Shade.  So why is this card design, with the multi-color flower background, a Complementary Color Scheme?  Because the Night of Navy flowers outnumber the others and I used Night of Navy for the contrast layer under the background.  Peekaboo Peach is the main color.  The other colors comprise very small amounts.

The Color Groups represented in the background also include Watermelon Wonder and Flirty Flamingo, of the Red-Orange Color Group, Daffodil Delight, of the Yellow Color Group, and Mint Macaron of the Green-Blue Color Group.  This means five out of the six color families of the Color Wheel are represented.  I would call the combination Analogous Plus, but only Peekaboo Peach and Night of Navy stand out.  So the scheme is Complementary with a few Plusses.

You could create other color schemes with this background pattern, but using all of them together would be too busy or “noisy.”  You may notice that Peekaboo Peach isn’t represented in the background pattern.  That’s correct, but Peekaboo Peach is the Color of the Week this week, so it’s the Main Color… and I like the pattern from the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.

I made an Any Occasion card, but the combination would be good for Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation, Thank You, Get Well Soon and Friendship cards and pages, as well.

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Another Look at the Big Shot Precision Base Plate

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When the Big Shot™ Precision Base Plate (139684) was released, I tried it and told you not to bother.  I explained in my article, “A Word About the Precision Base Plate” last September, that you could get the same results with the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (140658) or with the standard platform that came with the machine.  You just needed to run the detailed and intricate Thinlits™ through the Big Shot™ Die-cutting Machine (143263) three or four times.

Now, it’s time for another look at the Precision Base Plate.  A new Big Shot™ Platform (142802) was released in June with the new Annual Catalog.  It is designed to work better with Framelits™, Thinlits™, Edgelits™ and Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders.  It also provides a better base for the Precision Base Plate!

The new Platform allows you to use the Precision Base Plate and only run the die through once!  Just follow the sandwich stack given on the Platform and voila!  You’re ready to lift the image off the die.

As a side note, the Big Shot™ Die Brush (140603) is a terrific tool to help you both release the die-cut from the intricate Thinlit and to remove the cut-outs from the die itself.  I talked about it in my articles, “Love Intricate Dies, then You’ve Gotta Have This Tool” and “Another Word About the Die Brush.”

If you need an answer to any question about the Big Shot™ Platform, Big Shot™ Precision Base 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 Big Shot Precision Base Plate.

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Learn to Make Luxury Holiday Cards

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You’ll be the first to try out the hottest products from the 2016 Holiday Catalog along with the latest trends and techniques that are featured in my Hot for the Holidays Card Class for 2016. You’ll make three Deluxe Holiday Cards perfect for special friends and family. Envelopes are included, of course!  The examples in the photo are from a previous year’s class, yours will be different.  And you’ll love how much fun you’ll have creating the new designs!

Join me for an evening of fun and luxurious papercrafting!  Space is limited, so register early.  Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

By the way, this class will be offered online for you out-of-towners!

Date: 8/31/16

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Bonus Days End Today!

 

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Bonus Days are special shopping days: Earn coupons in July, Spend them in August!  But TODAY is the last day to earn your coupons!

Here’s how it works:  For every $50 you spend in between July 7 and July 31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 2–31.  The coolest thing is – there’s NO LIMIT!

All the Details:

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Popcorn Box Desk Organizer

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My studio tool holder is trying to fall apart, so I thought I’d use the Popcorn Box Thinlits™ Dies and make a pencil cup desk organizer.  I ended up with a Pens Plus Organizer that holds a variety of Markers, Aqua Painters, Pens and Paper Snips.  I forgot to put my Bone Folder in for the photo, but there’s plenty of room!

I decorated the outside with panels of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.  To do this, I die-cut two of the box pieces, then cut them down by 1/8” all around.  It’s easiest to adhere the panels to the box pieces before you assemble, but be sure to crease the score lines well (with the Bone Folder) so you have plenty of visibility to line them up!

To support the Popcorn Box, I cut it from Thick Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock, then inserted a 1-3/4” square after the box was assembled.  The Bone Folder came in handy again to push the square into all the corners at the bottom.  The supporting square is easy enough to remove if you want to fold up the box for storage.

Note on assembly – you can adhere one side together while it’s lying flat, but you will need to adhere the remaining side when you’ve got it folded.  Otherwise, you won’t be able to line up the edges correctly.  If this happens, you won’t be able to collapse the box for storage without tearing it.

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Masculine Birthday Card in a Complementary Scheme

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Peekaboo Peach, the Tint of the Orange Color Group, has a Complement in Pacific Point, the Hue of the Blue Color Group.  I wanted a very simple design that would create a Complementary Color Scheme, without overwhelming Peekaboo Peach.  Besides, I wanted to use the moose image from The Wilderness Awaits stamp set!

The card is designed to lie flat, so it’s easy to mail.  I also made it a gate-fold card for added interest.  The moose image layers cover the closure, which is one Mini Glue Dot.  I’ve found that Mini Glue Dots can be used for re-closable cards, as long as you only apply one or two dots.  Otherwise, apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the overlapping side and use a half-square of hook-and-loop closures.

My gate-fold is an 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece of card stock scored at 3” and 7-1/8” on the long edge.  Be sure to crease the folds well with a Bone Folder, otherwise they’ll pop open.  The two sides of the gate will overlap and would stay closed with the moose image layers attached if the layers were embellished with heavy accents or trims.

This color combination is good for Masculine, Birthday, Thank You, Friendship, Graduation (depending on school colors), All Occasion and Get Well cards and scrapbook page themes.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Peekaboo Peach

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Peekaboo Peach is the Tint of the Orange Color GroupPumpkin Pie is the Tone of the same group and adds contrast to the Monochromatic Color SchemeTip Top Taupe, of the Neutrals Group, adds contrast and a little depth.  Besides, the color is used in a coordinating ribbon.

The design is summery because of the warm Orange colors, especially with Peekaboo Peach being the main color.  The Tip Top Taupe tree is stamped with Peekaboo Peach leaves and adorned with a Pumpkin Pie-stamped bird to keep the Monochromatic Scheme intact.  When I get to use more colors, you may very well see this tree again!

By the way, the stamp set and Thinlits™ Dies are new and only available from August 2nd through 31st.  You can buy the Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set individually or in a bundle with the Beautiful Branches Thinlits.  Click this link to see the Thoughtful Branches Bundle images and ordering information.

The Monochromatic Color Combination of Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie and Tip Top Taupe is good for Thank You, Birthday, Get Well, Congratulations, Masculine and All Occasion themes in cards and scrapbook pages.

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Keep Up With the Latest Trends

The Word News from LettersMy monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, lets you keep up with the latest trends in rubber stamping and papercrafting.  It brings you hot news and the latest tips every issue.  The newsletter is delivered directly to your inbox on the first Tuesday or Wednesday of the month.  News items are usually included in each article or in a “news bite” in the introduction.

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A Quick Tip About Foam Adhesive Strips

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The Foam Adhesive Strips (141825) individually are 1/8” wide and 1/8” high and come in a package of two sheets approximately 9” long by 3” wide.  You can curve them to fit a shape or leave them straight to frame a window and create shaker cards.  You can also do shaker embellishments to attach to a scrapbook page.

If you want more stability than a single strip provides, use two.  You can remove them from the backing sheet in two’s (or three’s) and treat them as one item.  The height means you don’t have to double-stack Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) ever again!

I cut one of the sheets in either one-half or one-third so the Strips are easier to work with.  I leave them long if I’m lining a curved shape or a long, straight window.  Luckily, you get two sheets in the package!

The Foam Adhesive Strips are great, but be careful to use the adhesive sides.  The Strips are also very fond of rolling over on their sides, which are just foam and won’t stick.

If you need an answer to any question about the Foam Adhesive Strips or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’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 Foam Adhesive Strips.

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Flirty Flamingo in a Tropical Tetrad Color Scheme

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I wanted to use Flirty Flamingo in a Tetrad Color Scheme and make it a tropical design featuring the flamingo image from the Pop of Paradise Stamp SetI went wild with the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and created a lush tropical bower of flowers, with the flamingo peeking through.  The die-cuts are highlighted with the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set images, but you can’t see some of the leaves.  It still came out very tropical and lush!

Flirty Flamingo is a Tint in the Red-Orange/Orange-Red Color GroupIt forms a Tetrad Color Scheme with members of the Green-Blue/Blue-Green, Red-Violet/Violet-Red and Green-Yellow/Yellow-Green Color GroupsI combined the Split Tertiary Groups into consolidated Tertiary Groups so I could pick the most tropical combination.

You have Flirty Flamingo with Rich Razzleberry from the Red-Violet Color Group, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz from the Yellow-Green Color Group and Tempting Turquoise and Mint Macarón from the Blue-Green Color GroupThis combination needed something to make it more tropical, so I accented with Crushed Curry circles from the Regals Enamel Shapes to make it a Tetrad-Plus Color SchemeThe Crushed Curry flower centers, from the Yellow-Orange Color Group, add more warmth and tropical ambience than White would.

I painted the Mint Macarón frond, which lies on the diagonal underneath everything, with a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter BrushI had excess adhesive showing, so I used the good, trusty old Adhesive Remover to get rid of it.  However, the Adhesive Remover also erases the glitter paint, so I had to touch up.  Wink of Stella dries pretty quickly, so it isn’t a big deal.  Tip:  use the side of the brush tip to paint large areas.  The point is great for fine lines.

If this combination doesn’t say “Party!!”, I don’t know what does!  Use it for cards and pages with Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement, Bon Voyage, Thank You, Friendship and Good Luck themes.  Don’t forget Luaus!

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