A Tool Kit Every Month

 July Paper Pumpkin Projects

When you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, you receive a whole tool kit every month. The kit includes stamps, ink and the pre-cut papers and stickers you need to create a set of cards complete with envelopes, or a huge bouquet of pinwheels, or a mini album, or any of a number of other projects. The tools are re-usable to let you exercise your creativity in different ways.

Each kit contains everything you need to make the project, except for scissors and perhaps adhesive. The photo shows examples from July’s kit, which held materials for six small gift boxes and six cards with envelopes. There are enough extra materials to let you use them in other ways on other projects.

One idea is to create stencils from the “Wish” stickers and the star cut-outs. The star die-cuts punch out into a star frame and a smaller solid star. There is no backing on it, so when you’ve punched out all the die-cuts, you’re ready to stencil with your own Stamping Sponges (#101610) or Stampin’ Spritzer (#126185).

For the “Wish” stencil, remove the backing sheet and rub the adhesive part with the Embossing Buddy (#103083). This will coat the sheet with powder and cover up the stickiness. Tap off the excess that doesn’t stick and you’re all set to stencil.

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription that arrives in your mailbox around the 20th of the month. Once you subscribe, you are eligible to purchase the previous month’s kits or refills as available. The refills don’t include the stamps and ink of the original. You are more than welcome to use your own stamps and ink instead.

The kit is a great tool for the new or very beginning stamper, as well as the seasoned stamper who has no time to stamp. Paper Pumpkin projects only take about 30 minutes to make, and if you only make one, you can easily store the rest of the materials in the red box it comes in until you’re ready to make the rest.

You can see more detail about Paper Pumpkin on my information page, Introducing… Paper Pumpkin, or sign up now through this link, the 3am Stamper’s Paper Pumpkin Sign-Up. Click either or both links to find out what great tool kits can be yours.

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Surprise Free Gift Coming Thursday

My Mailing List Subscribers will be receiving another surprise free gift on Thursday, July 24, at 1:00pm Pacific Time. It will be delivered directly to their inboxes!

Only Subscribers who have joined my Mailing List before that time will receive it. The deadline is usually about 15 minutes ahead of time, or 12:45pm, Pacific Time.

To become a Subscriber, fill out the form at right and BE SURE TO CLICK THE LINK IN YOUR CONFIRMATION E-MAIL! If you don’t confirm your subscription, you won’t receive the free gift. Not only that, if you confirm your subscription after 12:45pm PDT, you also won’t receive the free gift as you will have missed the deadline.

To make sure you get in on this, why not fill out the form at right now? You’ll receive two free tutorials as soon as you confirm and you’ll be able to receive this special surprise free gift on Thursday!

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Tips, Techniques & More

Aug-2014-sneak-peekYou receive a whole collection of tips, techniques and great projects when you become a Subscriber to my Mailing List! My newsletter comes out the first Tuesday of every month and is jam packed with tons of tips and ideas, too! My photo bit is a sneak peek at the August issue.

Subscribers also receive two free tutorials just for signing up and may join my Birthday Club and special Catalog List. There are other free gifts and special offers that come out periodically, too!

All of this is free and delivered directly to your Inbox!

To join my Mailing List and receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, tutorials, tips & tricks, fill out the form at right. Once you confirm your subscription, you’ll receive your free gifts immediately!

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Banner Birthday Fun

Carbs-Schmarbs-CardI’m finding more uses for the Yippee Skippee! Stamp Set (#131341, Wood; #131344, Clear) than I ever thought possible. You may remember that I didn’t think I’d like this stamp set. However, I find it more useful since I got the Banners Framelits™ Dies (#132173) for my Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439).

The Banners Framelits can create the perfect frame for any phrase. There are six Framelits in the package and they all nest. When you use my technique to create a mat for a frame, you have even more! My matting technique is to trace the outside of the Framelit onto the contrasting layer card stock or paper and cut it out with Craft Scissors (#108360) or Paper Snips (#103579). With the Banners Framelits, you can use the Stampin’ Trimmer (#126889) to cut the frame out easily. In my Carbs, Schmarbs Card shown, I lined up the phrase with the Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658) and die-cut it. I made a second mat with the next size up Banner and cut if from Early Espresso 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#119686).

For fun, I also embossed a piece of Outrageously Orange Craft Metal Sheet from my partner, Add A Little Dazzle. I used the new Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#133740) with the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (#132657) and added contrast with a sanding block. Embossed Craft Metal Sheets easily add texture to any project. The sanding to remove some of the color coating really enhances the texture.

Other Supplies Used: Tangerine Tango (#111349) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (#130134); Tangerine Tango (#126946) & Early Espresso (#126974) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Whisper White Organza Ribbon (#114319); Envelope Punch Board (#133774); Sponge Daubers (#133773); SNAIL (#104332) or Fast Fuse (#129026) Adhesives; Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683)

My inspiration for this card came because I had made an envelope from the Tangerine Tango Polka Dot pattern in the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack. I had also wanted to add some kind of Craft Metal Sheet accent. The triangles contrast nicely with the polka dots and reflect the angles of the banner!

To order what you need to indulge in some Banner Fun yourself, 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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How To Take The Best Scrapbook Photos-Part 2

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It’s vacation time and I have to share more from the article titled,Don’t Know What to Shoot? These 4 Photography Exercises Will Keep You Motivated by professional photographer & nomad Anne McKinnell. I discovered it in a recent issue of the Digital Photography School newsletter. This is another of her photography exercises which will add pizzazz to your vacation shots!

“1. Change your perspective

“Photographers often get in the habit of shooting at eye-level which tends to make photos repetitive and somewhat common. We know this, and so we take the odd shot on our knees or even occasionally lying on the ground.

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“But is this really enough? Aren’t there other vantage points?

“Challenge yourself to go out shooting and never shoot from eye-level for a whole day. Instead, find a new vantage point any time you take a picture. Get yourself up high above your subject, and crouch and shoot from a low angle. But that’s just the beginning. Ideally, you should try shooting your subject from a variety of angles.

“Take one shot from below and one from above. Then, take one even lower, and one even higher, if possible. Then, step back a bit. Then step forward. Move to your right, and move to your left. Taking the same picture from many positions adds variety and will help you understand it better. Plus, you may discover a way of seeing something that you didn’t expect.

“If you resolve to do this with every picture you take, you’ll begin to really understand the subtle effect that perspective has on an image, which points of view work for which subjects, and how this can inform your shooting style from here on out.”

Try this idea and let me know your results! You can post them in comments. I’m sure you’ll get some great pages from it! You can also e-mail me a copy of your photo or page to mary@3amstamper.com and I’ll post it here. If you’re a Mailing List Subscriber, I will also enter it in my exclusive monthly contest. To become a subscriber, just fill out the form at right! You’ll also receive two free tutorials just for signing up.

Anne McKinnell is a photographer, writer and nomad. She lives in an RV and travels around North America photographing beautiful places and writing about travel, photography, and how changing your life is not as scary as it seems.

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Shall We Call It Blended Monochrome?

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I made that up – I feel “Blended Monochrome” sounds better and more descriptive of the Color Craft combination than “adjacent.” The key element in this card is one of the patterns of the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (#133703). The pattern features Pistachio Pudding, Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo as its main colors. These colors are in adjacent color groups on the Color Craft Charts: Pistachio Pudding is a tint of Green, Lost Lagoon is a tone of Green-Blue and Island Indigo is a shade of Green-Blue.

Blended Monochrome colors let you add a “kick” to your monochrome color schemes. They give you contrast without the differences being too sharply defined. I feel this color scheme is peaceful rather than restful. For birthdays, you don’t always want the high-contrast look.

Other Supplies Used: For the Birds Stamp Set (#132001, wood; #126407, clear); Pistachio Pudding (#131294), Lost Lagoon (#133679) and Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126986); Decorative Label Punch (#120907); Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker’s Twine (#135635); SNAIL (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

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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Rotary Stamp Secrets

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Rotary stamps are a lot of fun to use, but they can be tricky. You frequently need to rock them to get the image to stamp completely, something you don’t usually want to do with your normal wood-mount or clear-mount, or even photopolymer stamps. Rotary stamps give a lot of versatility, but they almost always need to be tested before you stamp.

My favorite is the Alphabet Rotary Stamp (#133769). You have thirteen columns of capital letters, numbers, symbols and spacers. That allows you to create a lot of words and phrases! The height of the letters and numbers fit perfectly inside the Word Window Punch (#119857) or the largest of the Bitty Banners Framelits™ (#129267). The letters can just fit inside the smaller Framelit, but it’s easy to cut off the top or bottom. Flexibility and Versatility are the hallmarks of the Alphabet Rotary Stamp! That’s why it’s my favorite and also why I used it on the covers of my Kraft Grid Journals (#135718). One of them is shown here.

The Make Note Rotary Stamp (#133370) has a dozen words, phrases and images you can use. This stamp is the easiest to line up because there are no other columns on the stamp.

The Remember Rotary Stamp (#130133) is a date stamp that also includes twelve phrases. The years column starts at 2012 and goes up to 2023. There are no spacers on the year column, so you’d need to shave off the ending numbers to keep it going to the end of the century. You could also just ink up part of the stamp, either by lining it up on the pad so the unwanted numbers don’t get inked or wipe off the ink with a wet wipe.

All the Rotary Stamps have a nice elevation from the surface of the rubber. This makes it easier to rock the stamp without smearing excess ink on your project!

Here are some things to keep in mind when using Rotary Stamps:

  • Line up all the columns carefully. Use the guides around the images to help.
  • Wipe off excess ink with a wet wipe before you stamp, particularly on the Alphabet Rotary Stamp when you’re using few of the thirteen columns. I did this for the example.
  • Rock the inked up stamp gently to make sure the image transfers.
  • Always test the stamp first so you know how best to rock it.

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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The Wait Is Over for Project Life by Stampin’ Up!’s Love Story

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The Love Story Collection in the Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!® line is available ahead of schedule.  In fact, you can order these products today! The 12” x 12” Faux Leather Album is also ready at last and it is available, too!

Project Life® Love Story Card Collection (#135308)

Project Life® Love Story Accessory Pack (#135310)

Project Life® Black 12” x 12” Faux Leather Album (#135292)

To order Love Story or any other Project Life® collections, 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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My Favorite Thing to Do with Designer Series Paper

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My favorite thing to do with Designer Series Paper is to make an envelope that matches a card. Sometimes I use one of the old Envelope Templates and trace it on DSP (or cut the paper down to 8-1/2” x 11” and print or copy my own template on it, but more often I use the Envelope Punch Board (#133774). The Envelope Punch Board is super easy to use and makes envelopes of just about every size you’ll ever need for cards.

I used one sheet of Designer Series Paper to create both the card and the envelope. I decided to use the same pattern for the outside of the envelope and the background of the card. I had more than enough paper left over to make covers for the Kraft Grid Journals (#135718), the background of another full-size card and still had a piece left. I’ll let you know what I do with it.

One tip for mailing envelopes made of patterned paper, especially one in a bright design like the paper in the photo: be sure to address the envelope using a mailing or shipping label and use a mailing or return address label for yourself. Don’t use the pre-printed labels with a design on them because it can make the return address too hard to read. Plain white labels work perfectly.

Other Supplies Used: The Open Sea (#128454, wood; #123032, clear) & @SoSocial (#134189, wood; #134192, clear) Stamp Sets; Alphabet Rotary Stamp (#133769); Coastal Cabana (#131297), Night of Navy (#100867) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Maritime Designer Series Paper (#133696); Coastal Cabana (#131175) & Real Red (#126949) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Word Window (#119857), Banner (#133519) & Project Life® Corner (#135346) Punches; Real Red 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (#119251); Sponge Daubers (#133773)

This month only, you can indulge yourself by buying three packages of Designer Series Paper and choosing a fourth one for FREE! The regular $10.95 packages are on sale, not the Specialty or the Paper Stacks. There are some fabulous designs in the $10.95 DSP packages, so take the opportunity to stock up! The sale ends July 31st.

To take advantage of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Special, 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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Make It a Banner Day for Your Journal

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Today’s Sizzix on Saturday feature is about having fun with the Banners (#132173) and Bitty Banners (#129267) Framelits™ Dies along with your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439). You will also be having fun decorating your Kraft Grid Journals (#135718) with them.

The Banners Dies are nested, so you can create a wide mat for your stamped banner piece. I prefer a narrower mat, especially for the journal, which is only 5-1/2” x 3-1/2” in dimension. To create my narrower mat, I turned the die over (cutting side up) and trace around the outside. Since I used Night of Navy 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#100867) for my mat, I traced around the Framelit with the White Gel uni-ball Signo Pen (#105021) instead of a pencil. You can cut inside the lines to create a perfect mat!

The Bitty Banners Dies are not nested, but the two straight banners will create a great-looking mat by adhering the small one to the center of the large one. Confession Time: I attached the small banner with my word on it too close to one end of the large banner. I trimmed the long end with Paper Snips (#103579) following the angle of the banner end.

Other Supplies Used: The Open Sea Stamp Set (#128454, wood; #123032, clear); Alphabet Rotary Stamp (#133769); Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#100730); Maritime Designer Series Paper (#133696); Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126970); Brights Candy Dots (#130931); Real Red 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (#119251)

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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It’s Teddy Bear Picnic Day!

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Today is Teddy Bear Picnic Day – time for everyone to grab their teddy bears, a picnic basket and head to the beach, the park or the woods! Bring your camera and take pictures, then you can upload them right into a page like this!

That’s one of the great things about My Digital Studio (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download). It’s right there in your computer, so you can upload photos quickly and easily! For many of the features, you don’t even need to edit your photos. I usually make sure the photos are clear and bright enough, so I tend to do some editing, but if you like how your photos look, you don’t need to.

Additional Digital Downloads Used: April Showers Kit (#133472); Textured Card Stock Add-On Pack (#125166); Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper (#134853); Christmas Lodge (#125611) & Happy Camper Memories (#130069) Stamp Brush Sets

By the way, if you’re singing the song in your head, you can share it by watching Anne Murray’s rendition on YouTube

Teddy Bear’s Picnic by Anne Murray

When you upload your photos to My Digital Studio, make sure they’re high resolution. The more pixels, the merrier! This lets your creations print better.

The professional print service through My Digital Studio is temporarily unavailable while they work out a few problems. We expect everything will be ironed out soon. I will post an announcement here, on Facebook and Tweet it (“Like” and Follow me so you don’t miss it!)

The advantage to the MDS printer is that they use the exact colors exclusive to Stampin’ Up!® and the colors are true. You can have your project printed elsewhere, but the colors may be off. We’re thinking the situation will be resolved shortly.

To order My Digital Studio, 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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Color Craft of For Your Country Card

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As I noted last week, this week’s Color Craft feature will go into more detail about the Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey colors used in the For Your Country Thank You Card.

Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey together form part of a Tetrad which includes Yellow-Orange, Red-Orange, Blue-Violet and Blue-Green, depending upon which color wheel you use. If you look at my Color Craft Charts, you will see that two columns separate Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey, which works out to the same separation if you consider that I’m using extra columns than most color wheels. Mossy Meadow is the Complement to the Tetrad.

I really like the pair of colors together. The intensities are similar and the shade of Green-Yellow which is Mossy Meadow contrasts very well with the tint of Yellow-Orange that is Hello Honey.

Supplies Used: For Your Country Stamp Set (#134219, wood; #134222, clear); Mossy Meadow (#133676) & Hello Honey (#133678) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Pad (#133645); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Chevron Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#127749); Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon (#133670); SNAIL (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683)

By the way, both of these colors are included in the In Color 2014-2016 Card Stock Assortments: #133680 for 12” x 12” and #133681 for 8-1/2” x 11”. You can also get a sampling of each color of card stock along with one of each Classic Stampin’ Pad in the Card Stock & Classic Pad In Color 2014-2016 Kit (#133673).

To order what you need to play with your own 2014-2016 In Colors, 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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Getting the Most Out of Your Stampin’ Scrub

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The Stampin’ Scrub (#126200) rubber stamp cleaning system consists of a case that holds a pair of plush scrubbing pads that will remove ink and more from even the most detailed rubber stamps. Use the Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (#102394) with the Stampin’ Scrub and condition your stamps while you clean them. Stampin’ Mist emulsifies the ink to remove it thoroughly.

When I get a new stamp set, I clean each image with my Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist. This removes any residue from the manufacturing and shipping process and helps ensure a well-inked stamp the first time you use it. This works particularly well on the red rubber stamps. You can use the same method for photopolymer stamps, but it’s usually not necessary to get them started.

The Stampin’ Scrub has large surfaces that let you clean very large background stamps without pinching your fingers. This also makes it easy to clean the Clear-Mount Blocks of all sizes (found in the Clear-Mount Block Bundle #118941 of all nine dimensions). The Blocks can be cleaned with Stampin’ Mist, then polished with the Clear Block Cleaning Cloth (#121779) and be ready to use with their static cling properties restored.

I label the two sides of my Stampin’ Scrub so I can use the correct side when the light is dim. The case insides are marked with a sunburst and raindrops in opposite corners so you can know which pad gets the Stampin’ Mist. However, they are raised images in the plastic, so I need something more vivid. My handy-dandy label maker (a prize I earned when I first started in the business) created the perfect solution.

The scrub pads are clipped at one corner so you can select which side of the case (wet or dry) you’re going to use. Remove the pads by lifting one edge with a Bone Folder (#102300) or scissors and popping them out. To replace them, insert one side under the catches, then bend the pad and slide it under the other side.

While you’ve got the pads removed, you can clean them. I soak them in clear water, then rinse and let dry. It takes a day or two to get the pads thoroughly dry. You don’t need to use soap or anything – I haven’t found that it makes a difference in cleaning and soap leaves a residue. You can bend the pads to “squeeze” the excess water out, then dry them in a plastic-coated wire dish rack to get the most air circulation.

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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Blendabilities Are Here!

BlendabilitiesAt long last, the new alcohol markers, Stampin’ Blendabilites™ are here! The first release contains six marker sets plus the ink pad and refill and the Color Lifter. These are all available right now:

The second release starts August 1st and contains the remaining six marker sets:

Other colors of marker sets are planned for later release, but these are the most popular colors to get you started!

Alcohol markers are great for… blending! The Stampin’ Blendabilities marker sets include a tint, hue and tone of each color. This makes blending and shading even easier! As great a tool as Stampin’ Write Markers are, Stampin’ Blendabilities promise to be even more so.

To celebrate the release, I have a special offer for you. If you purchase one of each item (including pre-ordering the August 1st release items), you will be entitled to a free exclusive class where you will learn to get the most out of your Stampin’ Blendabilities. The class is limited to five people a month and is valued at $69.95. Only purchasers of the full line at one time are permitted to attend the class. (If you’re out of town, don’t worry, I have a system to include you.)

Because of the split availability, I’m allowing you to attend if you purchase the initial release and give me your pre-order for the August release at the same time. You may order the first set of items online, but be sure to give me your pre-order within a day or two in order to be eligible for the free class.

Blendabilities-LineYou can take advantage of this offer by calling me at (707) 695-3571 or e-mailing me at mary@3amstamper.com with your phone number and the best time to call. If I don’t answer the phone, please be sure to leave a message with your name, number and the best time to call back. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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Would You Like to Design Your Own Job?

Mary-10-29-2013As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, I find that I really enjoy designing my own job. It helps greatly that I love paper, ink, rubber stamps and, especially, color. I also like that I can design my job to fit into my schedule and take advantage of my most productive hours. If I need to, I can change the design of my job, too!

What does my job design look like? First, I have office hours to make phone calls, send out catalogs, plan events and projects, etc. Then I have certain days for PlayShops (first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop), a class schedule and a schedule for videos, e-mails and other events. My job design takes twenty hours a week or less.

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business and designing your own job? Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well? Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas for your Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstratorship. You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above. If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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How To Take The Best Scrapbook Photos

Photo Story Sample by Anne McKinnell

I read an article titled,Don’t Know What to Shoot? These 4 Photography Exercises Will Keep You Motivatedby professional photographer Anne McKinnell in my latest issue of the Digital Photography School newsletter and knew I had to share this with you! All four of her exercises are great to do, but this one in particular fits in so perfectly with taking photos that are the best to scrapbook!

“2. Create a story

 

“Rather than trying to capture your subject in one single image, try doing a series instead. Create what LIFE Magazine coined a “photo essay” – a series of images surrounding a single subject or group of subjects, each of which pinpoints a different aspect of its nature. This can be as simple as zooming in on its finer details, or photographing it in different contexts. This method of doing things defines the subject not only by how it appears in a single moment, but also by the way it changes (and the way it stays the same) over several moments. It also helps to craft your visual storytelling abilities.

“Choose one subject and cover it completely, the way a journalist would. Do this either by photographing every aspect of it you can think of, photographing it through the course of a day, or by revisiting it over and over throughout a week. Include shots at different distances and using different focal lengths – include some close-up details and some wide compositions – and whittle all the shots down to around ten final images, making sure that no two photos are alike. When you have your picks, try to organize them in an order that tells a coherent story, whether it’s narrated or implied.”

Try this idea and let me know your results! You can post them in comments. I’m sure you’ll get some great pages from it! You can also e-mail me a copy of your photo or page to mary@3amstamper.com and I’ll post it here. If you’re a Mailing List Subscriber, I will also enter it in my exclusive monthly contest. To become a subscriber, just fill out the form at right! You’ll also receive two free tutorials just for signing up.

By the way, Happy Camera Day!

Anne McKinnell is a photographer, writer and nomad. She lives in an RV and travels around North America photographing beautiful places and writing about travel, photography, and how changing your life is not as scary as it seems.  The photo collection shown is © Anne McKinnell.

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Do You Want Fries With That?

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When I think of hamburgers, I also think of fries! This brings me to today’s project: the Fry Box. The Fry Box Bigz™ L Die (#132966) is a perfect coordinate for the Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die (#133724), which I featured in last week’s post. They are not to scale with each other… the Fry Box is up-sized! However they do look cute together. I decorated the Fry Box to coordinate with the Hamburger Box so you could tell they’re a pair.

Other Supplies Used: By the Seashore (#132582, Wood; #126532, Clear), By the Tide (#131910, Wood; #129120, Clear) & Itty Bitty Banners (#132022, Wood; #126257, Clear) Stamp Sets; Brights 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (#131186); Sahara Sand 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#121043); Mossy Meadow (#133645) & Tempting Turquoise (#126952) Classic Stampin’ Pads; VersaMark Pad (#102283); Heat Tool (#129053); Blushing Bride (#133754) & Crushed Curry (#133753) Stampin’ Emboss Powder; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Premium Crease Pad (#113476); Bitty Banners Framelits(#129267); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker’s Twine (#135639); Sticky Strip (#104294); Glue Dots (#103683); Paper Snips (#103579)

Remember, you can get the Itty Bitty Banners set and the Bitty Banners Framelits™ bundled together at a 15% savings! Just order #136605 for the Wood-Mount stamps with Framelits or #136606 for the Clear-Mount stamps with Framelits™.

Tips:

  1. Don’t use the Bone Folder (#102300) or crease the folds tightly. That doesn’t work for the curved folds at the base of the box. You’ll find you don’t need the folds creased that well.
  2. You only need one piece of Sticky Strip for each side. Place it on the outer edge of the box front and fold the flaps of the box back over it.
  3. Line up the base of the sides so they match and are straight. This will put the box perfectly in line.
  4. Carefully line up the 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece of card stock on the die. I center it side to side. The length covers the whole die.
  5. Adhere the Thick Baker’s Twine with tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) and let them dry before tying the bow. You can also apply the glue under the Twine after you’ve tied it, but it’s trickier to get it in the right place.

The Fry Box is good for a treat or small gift holder, or as home décor. Make sure you use decorations such as dried or paper flowers, pinwheels, flags, etc. that are not too long for the box. You don’t want the box tipping over. It’s a good idea to put a counterweight in the bottom of the box, even if the decorations aren’t too long. You never know when an errant breeze is going to come in!

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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