You Can Put Adult Conversation On Your Schedule…

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… And be sure you’ll get some!

If you feel like you’re surrounded by nothing but kids all the time, why not schedule some time to enjoy adult conversation? If you just can’t seem to fit it in, then why not think about owning your own stamping business?

As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you run a home-based business on your own schedule.  You get to interact with fellow Demonstrators, who provide adult conversation, and you can schedule your own stamping events, which let you gather your friends to paper-craft and enjoy adult conversation together.  Besides that, you get paid for it!

So, if you need to take a break to have some adult conversation, you can schedule it at your convenience.  And, as I said before, you’ll get paid!  This will make it easier and more of a priority to work into your schedule, because you know you’ll be bringing in extra cash to the household

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business?  Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy adult conversation regularly, 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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More Lacy-Ness With 3-D

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I thought the Lacy-ness of the Detailed Floral Thinlits™ Dies would make a great 3-D effect as a decorative screen!  The screen is mounted on the end and sides with Foam Adhesive Strips, which are 1/8” thick.  This leaves room to mount the llama image with Stampin’ Dimensionals, which are only 1/16” thick.  The llama is coming out from behind the screen.

Real Life Color Coach LogoI’m also holding on to Summer as you can tell by my color combination.  Using my favorite Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper for the background, I created a Triad Color Scheme with Melon Mambo from the Red-Violet Color Group, Crushed Curry from the Yellow-Orange Color Group and Bermuda Bay from the Green-Blue Color Group.  I’m ignoring the rest because they’re not significant enough for the combination.  A pale tint of Bermuda Bay makes up the overall background of the DSP, behind the streamers.

For the coordinating envelope, I created stencils from card stock and sponged the flap of the Whisper White Medium Envelope with a Sponge Dauber and a Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad.  One tip: secure the stencil to the envelope flap with Post-It™ Notes or similar so that it doesn’t get out of alignment from enthusiastic sponging!  Instead of storing my stencils in their own Cellophane Bag, I put them in the Thinlits envelope.  For me, they’ll be easier to find.

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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 Lacy-ness 3-D Decorative Screens.

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Special Offers – Week 3 – The Final Week

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This is the Final Week  of Stampin’ Up!®’s Special Offers program.  Here are this week’s selection of products offered at the special price of 25% off the catalog listing.  So check out:

Special Offers for Week 3 List

I just love all the Layering Framelits™ Dies, including the Layering Ovals (141706) that are one of the Special Offers.  I was looking for a sample to post to show you the results, but then I remembered I only got the Ovals recently.

Layering Ovals Framelits Dies

What I love most about the Layering Dies is that they make layers in my preferred sizes!  No more tracing for the Oval, Square and Circle shapes as I discussed in my Framing & Matting the Shaped Framelits™ article.

Anyway, take a moment to check out the Final Week of the Special Offers.  You can order from now through next Wednesday, 9/21/2016.

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 take advantage of the Special Offers.

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Your Real Life Color Coach Is Available

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When Stampin’ Up!® discontinued the Color Coach tool, I stepped in as the Real Life Color Coach for you.  Each week, I do an article or two, along with the projects, highlighting a particular color or combination.

You can see an example in the photo above and read it in the article that goes with it:  Lost Lagoon Thank You In A Triad Scheme.

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 2016-2017. 

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.

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 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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Did You Know You Can Win $10 Each Month?

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It happens every month.  You can win a $10 prize!  My Mailing List Subscribers get to enter my monthly contest with a $10 prize plus surprise contests I offer once in a while.  Only Mailing List Subscribers are entitled to enter!  What’s more, you can enter every month!

There is no entry fee and no purchase requirement for any of my contests.  You just have to sign up for my Mailing List!  There’s no charge to join the list, either.

To join my Mailing List, have a chance to win my contests 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 sign up!

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Try the Paper Pumpkin BOGO

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It’s still BOGO time at Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up!®.  This means you start your subscription between now and October 10, 2016, and your second month is FREE!  You must subscribe for two months minimum to get this offer, naturally!

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit program that anyone can enjoy.  With 1 to 4 projects in each kit, it’s perfect for Family Craft Night (or Family Fun Night) or as a gift to children, teenagers or college students!  Directions are included, so it’s also perfect for your friends just getting started with rubber stamping!  I’ve photographed the contents of the August 2016 kit (except that the Early Expresso Stampin’ Spot is hidden by the box) to show you an example.

Each project takes about thirty minutes to complete.  In the August 2016 example, you got to make three each of greeting cards in two sizes complete with envelopes plus three note card pockets.  Your kit includes the stamps and ink you’ll need plus all the materials and directions.

It’s so easy to get started.  Simply sign up for the program by clicking this link Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep.  Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!  You can see more details here:

Introducing Paper Pumpkin

Sign up ASAP for your monthly Paper Pumpkin hereYou’ll be taken to my page and can automatically select Mary Varley as your Demonstrator!  You’ll also take advantage of the BOGO if you sign up before October 10th!

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Special Offers – Week 2

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It’s Week 2 of Stampin’ Up!®’s Special Offers program.  Here are this week’s selection of products offered at the special price of 25% off the catalog listing.  So take a look at:

Week 2 Special Offers List

The Sprinkles Punch (141472) lets you make your own confetti.  We used it for a shaker card during my Trendy Cards for All Occasions Class this past May.  Sorry, you don’t get to see the photo until I start promoting next year’s class with the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

However, I can show you an example made with the Cupcake Cutouts Framelits™ Dies (141474).  You can see it in my Sweet Cupcake Many Occasions Card article by clicking on the link.

I don’t have examples with the Very Vanilla 1/2” Lace Trim (141672) or the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate (141653) because they’re not on my purchasing schedule yet… but this week would be a good time to get them!

The Gold Binder Clips (141673) were also featured on a card during my Trendy Cards for All Occasions Class this past May.  Again, you won’t get to see the photo until I start promoting next year’s class with the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog (probably the end of May, 2017).

Anyway, take a moment to check out this week’s Special Offers.  You can order from now through next Wednesday, 9/14/2016.

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 take advantage of the Special Offers.

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Holiday Village Tealight Houses

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Let’s make a Holiday Village filled with Tealight Houses!  In this class, you’ll make three Tealight Houses for Fall Holiday Decorating.  You may choose Hallowe’en, Fall or Christmas designs.  You may make one of each, two of one and one of the other, or three of one.  You’ll also receive battery-operated tealights for each one!

Note: the photo shows idea samples, yours will be different… and larger.

By the way, the date has been changed from the original announcement… so has the time.

Date:  10/01/2016

Time: 10:00am to Noon

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $45

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 9/16/2016

Register now for the Early Bird Discount!




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Appreciation for Labor

Shour Out to Labor

That’s what Labor Day is all about:  showing appreciation for all those overworked and underpaid folks who perform essential but underappreciated jobs!

Thank you all!!

And thanks to Soulseeds on Facebook for the meme!

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Special Offers – Three Weeks Only!

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You may have noticed that Stampin’ Up!® stopped the Weekly Deals just before the release of the new Annual Catalog.  Well, to take its place, the company has announced that there will be Special Offers starting today and continuing through September 21st.  That’s the three weeks.

Each week, there will be a different selection of products offered at the special price of 25% off the catalog listing.  This week, you can fill in your orders with:

Week 1 Special Offers

The Enamel Shapes are on sale this week.  You can see how I used some of them in my “Lacy-ness” series that started with my Lacy Birthday Card article.  I haven’t used the Festive Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (141471) yet, but I featured a knot of the Tip Top Taupe 5/8” Mini Striped Ribbon (141432) in my Peekaboo Peach Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week article.  Check them out to see how they look.

By the way, the 2016 Holiday Catalog is now available for viewing and downloading on my All the Current Catalogs page.  Take a look, if you didn’t get one in the mail, then order what meets your fancy and fill in with what’s on sale!  The Special Offers will change each week, so take a look soon. 

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 take advantage of the Special Offers.

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How About a Paper Pumpkin BOGO?

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Right now, it’s BOGO time at Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up!®.  This means you start your subscription between now and October 10, 2016, and your second month is FREE!  You must subscribe for two months minimum to get this offer, naturally!

If you sign up before September 10th, you’ll probably get this year’s Hallowe’en project.  Last year’s was some adorable treat bags I used for special Trick-or-Treaters in my neighborhood.  I can’t wait to see what this year’s project is.  With the BOGO, you’ll get October’s kit, which may be either Fall-themed or Hallowe’en.  Either way, you should be ready for special treats.

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit program that anyone can enjoy.  With 1 to 4 projects in each kit, it’s perfect for Family Craft Night (or Family Fun Night) or as a gift to children, teenagers or college students!  Directions are included, so it’s also perfect for your friends just getting started with rubber stamping!  I’ve photographed the contents of the August 2016 kit (except that the Early Expresso Stampin’ Spot is hidden by the box) to show you an example.

Each project takes about thirty minutes to complete.  In the August 2016 example, you got to make three each of greeting cards in two sizes complete with envelopes plus three note card pockets.  Your kit includes the stamps and ink you’ll need plus all the materials and directions.

It’s so easy to get started.  Simply sign up for the program by clicking this link.  Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep.  Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!  You can see more details here:

Introducing Paper Pumpkin

Sign up ASAP for your monthly Paper Pumpkin here.  You’ll be taken to my page and can automatically select Mary Varley as your Demonstrator!  You’ll also take advantage of the BOGO if you sign up before October 10th!

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A Tip on Photopolymer Stamp Storage

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Do you wrestle with separating the acetate sheets in your photopolymer stamp sets so you can get the image you want?  Me, too.  That’s why I jumped on this tip from a colleague of mine!

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It’s easy to store your photopolymer stamps in their case and still eliminate the wrestling.  Here’s all you do:

  1. Remove the stamps from the printed backing sheet. You can put them on the separator sheet until you’re ready for them.
  2. Adhere the printed sheet face out to the back side of the stamp set case so you can read and see the images as they’ll appear. Place the printed sheet in between the case back and the slipcover, but adhere the sheet to the case.
  3. Attach the images over the printing on the inside case back.
  4. Cover with the separator sheet to keep them from sticking to each other if they happen to fall off.

If your stamp set has two sheets, adhere the other to the front of the set case.  Remove the printed cover before you attach.  Repeat steps 3 & 4.  Be sure to cover both sides with the separator sheets.

If you need an answer to any question about Photopolymer Stamps 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 Photopolymer Stamps.

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Did You Know You Can Take Your Stamping Business Anywhere?

World Is Her Territory

Several months ago, I mentioned my colleague who moved her stamping business to her recreational vehicle.  She’s doing really well, by the way!  This reminds me that, as a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you can take your business with you wherever you go in the country, whether you relocate or not!

For example:  You move to a new neighborhood.  Once you are reconnected to the internet, e-mail all your customers with your new contact info, if needed.  Otherwise, tell them your move is complete and you’re again available to answer questions.  You might also ask them for referrals to people they know in your new area.  Then, set up a free demonstration and invite all your neighbors, co-workers, etc.  This will let your new neighbors and co-workers know about your business and let you pick up more contacts, schedule parties, invite them to classes, or whatever, as well.

This is one way you can make your Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator business portable.  I have ideas for several more based upon actual experiences from myself and some of my colleagues.  You are certainly invited to use me and my resources to design your own stamping business to go with you!

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business?  Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents, pick up some extra cash and know you can take your business with you 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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Lacy Hello Card

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I can’t stop the Lacy-ness now!

This Lacy Hello Card features Delightful Daffodil, from the Yellow Color Group, and Night of Navy, from the Blue Color Group, with Watermelon Wonder, from the Red-Orange Color Group, as the accent.  I’m ignoring the rest of the colors in the Designer Series Paper background… you can’t see much of them anyway.

Yellow, Blue and Red are the Primary Colors and compose a classic Triad.  The Triadic Color Scheme of Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder is a little offset by the Red-Orange color, so the triangle is a bit lopsided.  However, it’s a nice, high-contrast, bright scheme that doesn’t overwhelm.

I always find Yellow so cheerful, don’t you?  Putting it on your projects seems to automatically add a smile!

Daffodil Delight is the Hue of the Yellow Group and is made eye-catching without being engulfed by Night of Navy, the Shade of the Blue Group.  In fact, the reduced intensity of Night of Navy helps the Yellow not be overpowering to the eye.

Watermelon Wonder is the Hue of the Red-Orange Group, but it’s used as an accent so it doesn’t conflict.  That’s a potential problem when you use a Triad Scheme with three colors of the same intensity.  You can avoid it by using one as the main color (“Boss”), another as the contrast color (“Support” or “Secretary”) and the third as the accent color (“Go-fer” or “Intern”).  The Boss color takes up the highest percentage of color used, with the Support color at half of that and the Go-fer color at a quarter.

The combination is good for Friendship, Party, Birthday, Celebration, Thinking of You, Thank You and other fun themes.  It’s a fun combination for Scrapbook Pages, too.

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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 Daffodil Delight, 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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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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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 Lacy Greeting 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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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 Pool Party, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry, 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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Did You Know You Can Get Free Gifts?

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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!

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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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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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 Sweet Sugarplum, Triad 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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