Word Bubbles Say Anything

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The Word Bubbles Framelits™ Dies (132968) can fit around any number of greetings and sentiments. This lets you add a touch of whimsy to any card or page.

This card is a birthday card for a friend. The Word Bubble is around a sentiment from the Yippee-Skippee! Stamp Set (131341-wood; 131344, clear) and looks like a thought bubble from the duck. The inside (not shown) includes phrases from the Big Day Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set (free with a $50 purchase through March 31st).

Other Supplies Used: Moon Lake Stamp Set (137149, wood; 138540, clear); Soft Suede (115318), Wild Wasabi (108641), Always Artichoke (105119), Marina Mist (119682) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Always Artichoke Classic Stampin’ Pad (126972); Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (132708); Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers: Old Olive (130999), Pumpkin Pie (130997) & Skin Tone Assortment (129370); Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658); Texture Boutique™ Embossing Machine (132657); Zig Zag Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (133738); Fringe Scissors (133325); Paper Snips (103579); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Marina Mist 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (retired)

I used the Texture Boutique™ to emboss the background because I had to get it out anyway to reach the embossing folders. Sometimes you need to shim under the embossing folder to achieve a high definition embossing. The Texture Boutique has shims that are thinner than the Big Shot’s, so they work better.

I’ve mentioned this before, but working on this project really brought it home for me: Die-cut your stamped images on the Magnetic Platform for best results. This works particularly well if you place your image in the center of the Cutting Pad – the magnet holds the die in place and you can cut an extra die with no movement of the stamped image. I cut the thought bubble and the tail at the same time just by making sure the dies were in the center of the platform!

Would you like to try out Big Shot™ techniques yourself with a group of your friends?  Let’s plan a PlayShop together (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!). You can earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories) as well. In addition, you’ll receive an extra $25 Hostess Dollars during Sale-A-Bration, which ends March 31st. Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat. I look forward to tailoring the project to you! If you’re out of town, don’t worry, I also do Online and Teleconference PlayShops.

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Scrapbook Your Valentines

Valentine Scrapbook Page-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comShow off your sweethearts on a Valentine’s Day page. This one is 12” x 12” done in My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download). I used punches for the heart images and filled them with Designer Series Paper. You can fill the punch with a photo by following these steps:

  1. With My Digital Studio (MDS) closed, open the program folder.
  2. Select Components and open it.
  3. Select Backgrounds and open it.
  4. Drag your photo(s), or copy and paste them, into the “Designer Series Paper” folder.

The next time you run MDS, you should be able to fill the heart punches with your photos from the Background Papers selection.

Digital Downloads Used: Happy Heart Day Greeting Card Templates (133334); In Any Event Card Templates (136574); Satin Ribbon Embellishments Kit (121063)

To order My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download), just click the Order Online Button in my right sidebar or any of the product links in this article. You may download it immediately and start playing! You may also try it free for 30 days!

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Would You Like A Birthday Gift?

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I send members of my Birthday Club a $5 certificate to use on any purchase during the month of their birthday. Birthday Club members are subscribers to my Mailing List, which is the only way to become a club member. The certificate is totally free, as is Birthday Club membership. However, you must be a Mailing List Subscriber first. Membership is also free.

To join my Mailing List, become eligible for my Birthday Club 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!

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Is It Monochromatic?

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Regal Rose, Rose Red and Raspberry Ripple are the main colors used in this card design. Regal Rose is a tint of Red while Rose Red is a tone and Raspberry Ripple is a shade of Red-Violet. This makes the colors Analogous.

Analagous colors come from color groups that are right next to each other on the Color Wheel or my Color Craft Charts, such as Red and Red-Violet. The color scheme is similar to a Monochrome color scheme and has almost the same properties.

Typically, Analagous color schemes use colors from three adjacent color groups. In this case, I could add Rich Razzleberry from the Violet-Red group to make the trio. Analagous color schemes can be very harmonious and relaxing to the eye. Any dramatic contrast comes from tints and shades of the three color groups.

This card template was made with My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download). It’s a great design tool as well as scrapbooking and other digital design solutions software. Plus, it has all the retired colors included. This means I always have access to Regal Rose and Raspberry Ripple.

Digital Downloads Used: Happy Heart Day Greeting Card Templates (133334); 2013-2015 In Color Ruffle Trim (135253); Silver Ribbon & Embellishment Pack (135267)

To order My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download), just click the Order Online Button in my right sidebar or any of the product links in this article. You may download it immediately and start playing! You may also try it free for 30 days!

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When Do I Change Trimmer Blades?

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The Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter and Scorer (126889) has blades that last through many cuts and many scores. The trick is to figure out when you need to change the blade.

I’ve had my Stampin’ Trimmer since they first came out and the Scoring Blade (126996) I use is the original blade that came with the Trimmer. The scoring is done with a ball point that presses into the paper or card stock. I’ve compared the ball point on my Scoring Blade with an unused blade and found no difference. When I have to change my Scoring Blade, I’ll let you know immediately. The ball point does not roll like a pen, it just presses. I would guess that if they ever get too dull to make an impression, it would be time to change the blade.

Since I use my Stampin’ Trimmer a lot to cut card stock and paper for cards, pages and other paper-crafting, I replace my Cutting Blade more frequently. It still lasts a long time. When the edge of my cut material is a little shaggy, then I know it’s time to replace the blade. I judge by the Card Stock edge.

Very Vanilla (101650) and Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock, along with Designer Series Paper and the 12” x 12” sizes of these Card Stocks, don’t count when determining if the Cutting Blade needs replacing. These two Card Stocks have an ultrasmooth finish and so are thinner than the other colors of Card Stock. You will always get a sharp edge when you use the Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition (129407). The blades to the Rotary Addition are fully enclosed in a cartridge. I’m still waiting to replace my first one.

Got a question about a product, technique or tool? E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com or post your question in Comments. I’ll respond directly to your e-mail and post the answer here on www.3amStamper.com. If you need an answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.

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Take a Break for Adult Conversation

Girl's-Night-OutDo you feel like you’re surrounded by nothing but kids all the time? Would you like to take a break once in a while to enjoy some adult conversation, but you just can’t seem to fit it in? 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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Color Crafty Candle Collar

Butterflies Candle Collar-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comYesterday, I showed you how to make a Candle Collar. Today, let’s talk about the colors I used: Brushed Copper and Perfect Peacock with Pucker Me Pink and Princess Pink butterflies. The color names are those of the Craft Metal Sheets from my partner, Add a Little Dazzle.

Brushed Copper is in the Orange-Red Color Group and Perfect Peacock is in the Blue-Green Color Group. These two groups are Complementary, and if you use colors of the same value, you have a striking combination. The pure colors, or hues, provide the greatest contrast and evoke high energy.

My Brushed Copper color is a tint of Orange-Red. The Perfect Peacock color is the pure Blue-Green hue. The Orange-Red tint softens and enhances the pure Blue-Green so the Blue-Green is more dominant.

As an accent, I used Pucker Me Pink from the Red-Violet color group. This is one leg of the Triad with Blue-Green. The ribbon belongs in the Yellow-Orange color group and completes the Triadic Color Scheme. Triadic colors are high contrast and provide more visual balance at the same intensity than Complementary colors. The Princess Pink butterflies are a tint of Red, which is analogous to Red-Violet. By themselves, Red and Red-Violet form can combine in a Monochromatic color scheme. However, here the pink butterflies are of the same value as the copper pennants and highlight the whole combination. The Pink is analogous to the Orange-Red as well so adds a softening effect.

Overall, the five colors create an energetic combination which is harmonious as well. Take a look at my Color Craft Charts for other combinations. Since my charts are rectangular, the Complementary combination is nine spaces apart; the Triadic combination is six spaces apart and the Analogous colors are right next to the main color. Start by picking the color you want to dominate your project, then count spaces to find other colors to go with it.

These tips are examples of those included with the class material you may see as part of your Online Bonus Class when you join the 3am Stamper’s iClub.  Become a 3am Stamper’s iClub Member now and start with next month’s session.  Club orders are due the 10th of each month!  To find out more, just click on the preceding link or on the link in the drop-down menu on the navigation bar, “Events & Classes“.

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Making a Candle Collar with Butterflies Thinlits™ and Party Pennants

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I have a 7” tall, 3” diameter pillar candle that needed something to dress it up, so I created a Candle Collar with Craft Metal Sheets and my Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439). I’m calling it a Collar because it’s too tall to be a Ring.

The candle is battery-operated, so I could have used all paper to make the Collar. However, I was in the mood to play with my Craft Metal Sheets, my Party Pennants Bigz™ L Die (133732) and my new Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies (127360).

I die cut six pennants from Metal Sheets, three each of Brushed Copper and Perfect Peacock. I embossed the Peacock pennants with the Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (130917) and the Copper pennants with the Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (129984). I used removable adhesive to place the Pennants on the folder in order to get the design where I wanted. The adhesive was on the back and would help hold the pennants in place when I made the Collar.

I cut a 2” strip of 8-1/2” x 11” card stock lengthwise. The color didn’t matter because the Pennants would cover it. I wrapped the 11” strip around the candle and marked where it joined. The strip only needed to be 10-1/4”. I placed the Pennants so they would overlap, then adhered them together with Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) and secured them to the card stock with Sticky Strip (104294). The Collar actually slides over the candle, but it tight enough to stay in place when you lift the candle.

I die-cut one large and two small butterflies from four different colors of Craft Metal Sheets: Pucker Me Pink, Princess Pink, Polished Purple and Lovely Lavender.   I ended up using the pink butterflies because they showed up better against the peacock.  The Butterflies Thinlits™ are just too much fun. The tip I learned with intricate designs is to roll the Thinlits through the Big Shot about three times to make sure the die cuts well. You have to cut one sheet at a time and when you’re done, you’ll have to punch out all the hole fillers with the Paper Piercing Tool (126189). I found that piercing the edges of the holes on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199) discouraged the wings from tearing. It also keeps you from poking your finger!

If you want to make a Collar for a wax candle that you intend to burn, wrap the card stock in a Craft Metal Sheet. You can use a piece that is 5” x 12”. It will overlap and cover the card stock completely. You can secure the metal sheet to the card stock with Sticky Strip. If you don’t want to be able to remove the Collar, you can pierce the metal sheet and attach it to the candle with brads. Pierce holes in the top and bottom of the Collar every few inches. Heat the tip of the Piercing Tool and pierce through the holes in the Collar and the candle. Heat the legs of 1/8” Silver Mini Brads (122941) and insert them. The heated legs should melt the wax around the brad to secure it.

To disguise the slight unevenness of the Collar base, I tied a piece of Crushed Curry 3/4” Chevron Ribbon (130019) around the base and tied it in a knot. The butterflies were attached with thin strips of Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430). If you’re making a metal Collar, you can also use hot glue.

This project is one example of the class material you may see as part of your Online Bonus Class when you join the 3am Stamper’s iClub.  Become a 3am Stamper’s iClub Member now and start with next month’s session.  Club orders are due the 10th of each month!  To find out more, just click on the preceding link or on the link in the drop-down menu on the navigation bar, “Events & Classes“.

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Why Do I Use Few Embellishments On My Pages?

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At first glance, it looks like I use few embellishments on my scrapbook pages because I want to make sure I can insert my photos underneath them. While this is true, the real reason I use few embellishments on my pages is so I highlight the pictures, not overwhelm them.

I’m also a big fan of Quick & Easy for scrapbook pages as well as handmade cards. A Quick & Easy page design will get me to actually do my scrapbooking in the traditional style, rather than putting it off. Adding embellishments can easily lead to complicated designs and not-very-quick pages.

I will use more embellishments for big event pages such as weddings, graduations or anniversaries. These events tend to have a portrait photo of the honoree(s). The single photo – 5” x 7” size on a 12” x 12” page – lends itself well to being surrounded by appropriate embellishments rather than engulfing it. If the portrait photo is larger, say 8” x 10”, I use fewer embellishments and I still attach it to a 12” x 12” page. If you put the larger portrait on an 8-1/2” x 11” page, you have room for a title, a row of journaling and a small embellishment or two.

So those are my reasons for using few embellishments on my scrapbook pages. To see more examples, just search this website for the category “Scrapbook Theater.”

How do you use embellishments on your scrapbook pages? Feel free to leave a comment below, in fact, I’d appreciate it if you did! I’m very interested in your opinion!

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Purple & Orange: Not Just for Halloween

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Hallowe’en is my favorite holiday and I always include Purple and some kind of Yellow-Green along with the traditional Orange and Black. However, it’s nowhere near Hallowe’en right now, so I’m just using Purple and Orange in a coming-close-to-Spring design.

Purple (aka Violet) and Orange form two legs of a color Triad combination. The third leg is Green. However, you don’t have to use all three colors to come up with a pleasing design. In this card, I’m using a Polished Purple Craft Metal Sheet, which is true Violet; Elegant Eggplant 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (105126), which is a shade of Violet; and Crisp Cantaloupe 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (131298) and Classic Stampin’ Pad (131176), which is a tint of Orange-Red.

As you can see, you may nudge your colors a bit along the Color Wheel, depending on the mood you want to create. The key thing is: Do YOU like the way it looks?

Other Supplies Used: Lotus Blossom Photopolymer Stamp Set (139143-only available during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 catalog product purchase); Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin’ Pad (126969); Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658); Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies (137360); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Glue Dots (103683)

This card is nice and flat, so it will mail well. I only used Fast Fuse and Glue Dots adhesives. I put a row of three Glue Dots down the body of the butterfly to let the wings bend a little. If you prefer a little more lift, cut Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) into a thin strip then attach them.

This project is one example of the class material you may see as part of your Online Bonus Class when you join the 3am Stamper’s iClub.  Become a 3am Stamper’s iClub Member now and start with next month’s session.  Club orders are due the 10th of each month!  To find out more, just click on the preceding link or on the link in the drop-down menu on the navigation bar, “Events & Classes“.

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Why Do I Use Three Layers?

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Why do I almost always use three layers on my card and page projects? My designs almost always include the base, a contrasting mat and a patterned top layer. Here are my top three reasons:

  1. I prefer a contrasting mat between my top layer and the card or page base. This adds dimension to the project whether you use mounting foam such as Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) or not.
  2. I want a stronger base for wrapping ribbon, twine or other strips of embellishments without it showing behind the card. The contrasting mat provides this.
  3. I love color and the contrasting mat can pick up a second color from the patterned top layer. The patterned layer can be created with embossed or stamped Craft Metal Sheets, Designer Series Paper, embossed or stamped card stock, etc.

I tend to start with the three layers, then use smaller layers for another image, a sentiment or a greeting. The additional layers can provide added support for heavy embellishments, too. So, these are my top three reasons for using three layers on card and page projects… and other projects, too, as shown in the photo.

Got a question about a product, technique or tool? E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com or post your question in Comments. I’ll respond directly to your e-mail and post the answer here on www.3amStamper.com. If you need an answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.

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Scrapbooking MLK Day

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Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! This is a good day for remembering the man who gave so much for Civil Rights! I always think of his “I have a Dream” speech whenever this day comes around.

I was just moving back to the Washington, D.C. area when the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom occurred. I was also a young teenage white girl and there was no way my parents would let me go downtown. It was a very long time before I got to hear the speech in its entirety, and when I did, all I could do was nod in agreement and cry.

I put this memory into a This & That Journal: from the Documented This & That Bundle (136609), which includes the Documented This & That Journal (133707), the Documented Designer Stickers (133688) and the Sweet Sadie Designer Washi Tape (133690). I printed out a small picture of Dr. King and an excerpt from his “I have a Dream” speech. I also managed to find the complete text of the speech at the American Historic website. They also have a video recording.

I printed out the text of the speech and folded it up into a pocket I made with the Envelope Punch Board (133774) and the In Color 2014-2016 Designer Series Paper Stack (133705). After I took the photo, I realized I could have fastened the envelope with a piece of the Washi Tape, instead of a removable adhesive which will eventually become permanent. The Washi Tape will let you remove and replace it indefinitely.

The This & That Journals are ideal for scrapbooking everyday things. If you were at the March and took pictures, and haven’t scrapbooked them yet, I would recommend spraying them with an archival fixative before you attach them to a journal page. Better yet, put them in a Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!® album. The photo pocket pages will protect the old photos very well.

To order what you need to scrapbook your own everyday memories, including those honoring Martin Luther King Jr., just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Butterflies Thinlits™ Tips

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I started playing with my Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies (137360) and my Craft Metal Sheets to embellish the Candle Collar I’m making. (You’ll get to see it next week.) I discovered a few tips I want to share.

Two of the three Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies are intricate, delicate designs. These are shown in the photo, in various stages of popping out the hole fillers. I tried using waxed paper with the Metal Sheets and found it isn’t as successful as using it with Card Stock or Designer Series Paper.

The best way to die-cut the Butterflies Thinlits™ with Craft Metal Sheets is to run them through the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439) about three times. Use the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658) to hold the dies securely. Unwarped Standard Cutting Pads (113475) will also help make sure the dies cut cleanly.

To pop out the hole fillers, you can use a Paper-Piercing Tool (126189) or the points of your Paper Snips (103579). I like to use the Paper Snips in case one of the fillers is stubborn about staying attached. I can cut it out! In either case, it’s a good idea to pop out the hole fillers with your die-cut on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199). The piercing mat has enough give to help keep the design from tearing.

If you find creases in the Metal Sheet, the Bone Folder (102300) will burnish them out. I rub on the back of the metal design so I don’t scratch the die-cut.

You are able to cut multiple dies at once, but place them closer to the center of the Metal Sheet and away from the outer edges. You will get a cleaner cut. You will also be able to roll the platform through more smoothly as the Big Shot needs a little gap between the edge of the cutting pads and the die to grip the “sandwich” (that’s the platform, bottom cutting pad, material, die, top cutting pad).

To order what you need to make your own intricate designs with Thinlits™ Dies, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 purchased. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150. You can order Craft Metal Sheets here at Add A Little Dazzle ‘s Online Store.

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Another Pink and Blue-Green Combination

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Today’s project uses brighter colors of Pink and Blue-Green to represent Winter on the edge of Spring. The Pink comes from the Red-Orange color group, which makes the combination of Blushing Bride and Tempting Turquoise a Complementary color scheme. The two groups are directly opposite each other on the color wheel, or 9 spaces apart on my Color Craft Charts.

I created this card to show off the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (120902) on Craft Metal Sheets again. The Baby Blue metal sheet from my partner Add A Little Dazzle is in the Blue-Green color group and very closely matches the Tempting Turquoise 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (102067), which forms the card base.

Other Supplies Used: Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (wood-128748; clear-127802); Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad (126952); Texture Boutique™ Embossing Machine (132657); 1/8” Circle Handheld (134365), Modern Label (119849) & Word Window (119857) Punches; 1/8” Silver Ribbon (132137); Stamping Sponges (101610); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); SNAIL Adhesive (104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

I’ve been asked to suggest occasions that would be suitable for these color combinations. Since I didn’t make any suggestions in my previous article, Pink & Blue-Green Birthday Card, I’ll add some here:

  • Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky: birthday (shown in previous article), baby shower, birth announcement, bridal, sympathy
  • Blushing Bride and Tempting Turquoise: thinking of you, friendship, birthday, anniversary, invitation

The Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set includes greetings suitable for all of these occasions, by the way. Most of them will fit on the Modern Label & Word Window Punches.

Would you like to try out Color Craft techniques yourself with a group of your friends?  Let’s plan a PlayShop together (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!). You can earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories) as well.   Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat. I look forward to tailoring the project to you! If you’re out of town, don’t worry, I also do Online and Teleconference PlayShops.

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You Can Win Every Month!

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Mailing List Subscribers may enter my monthly contest. They can win a $10 prize certificate good on any of my products and may enter as many times as they want. They may also enter month after month as long as they subscribe. There is no entry fee and no cost to join my Mailing List!

I also offer periodic contests that are just for my subscribers. These are surprise contests and are not announced in advance. In the past, the prizes have been a glitter sampler, a card collection, and other prizes.

To join my Mailing List and get in on these exclusive contests, as well as receive 3am Thoughts, my monthly newsletter 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! In addition, you’ll collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) when your membership is confirmed!

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Sweet Cookie Stamp Tips

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Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps come in two parts: the polished wood Sweet Pressed Cookie Handle (132290) and the silicone stamp set of three. Each stamp covers the bottom of a handle so it’s easy to use and easy to clean! The stamps are designed to give you a raised image on the cookie.

The recipe included with the stamp set is great for “stamping”. It’s a shortbread style which means you can stamp on the cookie before you put it in the oven. It will hold its shape and not spread out. The stamps will also work on fudge before it gets too hard. The raised design is nice for coating with icing to accent the image. Colored sugar works well, too.

If you have a cookie dough that spreads out while baking, you can still stamp on it. However, you need to stamp the image after the cookie is baked and before it cools. Sprinkle the cookie with colored sugar to accent the stamping.

The Happenings Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps (133780) include a baby onesie, a Mr & Mrs phrase and a zig-zag design. The zig-zag design would be great for stamping on the dough, then cutting the cookies with tiny cookie cutters. I have a set of straight-sided hors d’oeuvres cutters that are perfect. A wash of glaze would accent this design perfectly. Colored sugar optional!

The Seasons Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps (133780) include a maple leaf, a mitten and a sun image. You could use a rubber stamp on the sun image if you like, just be sure that the stamp is only used for food. I have a separate set of red rubber stamps for cookies from the ones I use to make cards and scrapbook pages, etc. You could also make Simply Pressed Clay (130685) medallions or ornaments with any of the images, but I’d keep a separate set of the stamps to use, just in case.

Give stamping on cookies with the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps and Handle a try. The great thing about cookies is – if the image doesn’t come out the way you want it on the shortbread dough, fold it back up, knead and pop in the fridge for a few minutes to cool the dough back down. Then roll it back out and stamp again. If the image doesn’t come out the way you want it on the baked cookie, dust it with powdered sugar. You could also frost it and stamp the image again.

Got a question about a product or tool? E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com or post your question in Comments. I’ll respond directly to your e-mail and post the answer here on www.3amStamper.com. If you need an answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.

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Leadership Conference: Business-Building Resources

2915 Stampin' Up! Leadership BannerEvery year, Stampin’ Up!® holds a Convention to share information, tips and techniques with the Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators. Only Demonstrators are allowed to attend and they learn the newest trends in papercrafting. The same applies to the Leadership Conference, being held this year in Orlando, Florida. Only Demonstrators may attend, usually those of a certain performance level and above.

At Leadership, the focus is on Business Building. There are classes with various tips and techniques along with information to help you grow your business. There is some product information, especially about new products, and there are sessions about what Stampin’ Up! Is doing to help you. Over all, it’s a great resource for the latest news about areas of your stamping business.

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 eligible to attend Stampin’ Up! Events 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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Free Project Life® Card Set

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One of the exclusive Sale-A-Bration offerings this year is the This Day Project Life® Mini Card Collection (138636). It’s a mostly general purpose set, but it coordinates with the new Let’s Get Away Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!® collection found on page 47 of the 2015 Occasions Catalog extremely well.

I started this page for my upcoming trip to Orlando for Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Leadership Conference. I will also get to visit with family while I’m there. I’m planning on labeling my ride from the hotel to my family’s house the “Road Trip” because all the other travel will be by plane. Between the two Card Collections, I’ll have plenty to use. The other great thing about the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! product line is that you can easily move the cards to a 12” x 12” album if you find you need more room!

Sale-A-Bration offerings are only available when you purchase $50.00 in Stampin’ Up! Products at one time. You then get to choose one of the SAB items for FREE! There is no limit to the number of times you may choose an item for every $50.00 you spend. Here is an example that will let you select the This Day Project Life Mini Card Collection for free:

You will have everything you need to make a fantastic “Get Away” Project Life Album!  I also used the Pear Pizzazz alphabet from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack (135301) and colored it with an Island Indigo Marker from the Regals Stampin’ Write Markers collection (131262) to put on the city name. The compass rose image is from the Map It Out Photopolymer Stamp Set (134620) stamped with a Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad (126944).

 

To order what you need to receive your free Sale-A-Bration items, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 purchased. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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More Embossing Tips with Texture Boutique

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The Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (132657) is lightweight, so it’s easy to move wherever you want it. It also does nothing but embossing with folders such as Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders. Since this type of dry embossing is one of the most popular techniques around, it’s no wonder that I’ve been working on embossing Craft Metal Sheets lately.

I’ve included tips on embossing with the Texture Boutique and on embossing Craft Metal Sheets in these posts:

Easy Craft Metal Embossing

Drama Continues with Craft Metal Sheets

One tip I haven’t given is a caution when using Craft Metal Sheets. The 40-guage metal is very pliable and can tear if you are embossing high-definition, intricate designs. This can easily occur when die-cutting, but embossing can also stress the metal. I talked about solving the die-cutting issue in my Insider’s Secrets to Thinlits™ Dies post. A similar solution will work for embossing.

Cut the Metal Sheet to size and place inside two pieces (or one piece folded over) of waxed paper or copy paper. Place this “sandwich” inside the embossing folder and emboss. The embossing on the metal sheet will not be significantly shallower than “bare” embossing, but will keep the metal from tearing.

Got a question about a product or tool? E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com or post your question in Comments. I’ll respond directly to your e-mail and post the answer here on www.3amStamper.com. If you need an answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.

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Would You Like Free Surprise Gifts?

3 Surprise GiftsMy Mailing List Subscribers receive Free Surprise Gifts every so often, 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. 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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