Last 30 Days for Sweet Stack Project Kit Offer

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There are only 30 days left for you to purchase the Sweet Stack Project Kit (138812) and receive the FREE special Tip Sheet, compiled from the tips and tricks we discovered in the live class last year.  The tip sheet comes with a Bonus Template as well. The total value is $9.95, but it’s yours at no extra charge when you order the kit.

To order your Sweet Stack Project Kit and receive the Tip Sheet for FREE, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on the Sweet Stack Project Kit link above. You’ll receive your free Tip Sheet and Bonus Template in your inbox.

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Confession: Box for the Cotton Paper Flower

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I have to make a confession.  This is the box I’d originally planned to use with the Cotton Paper Flower I talked about earlier this week.  Fortunately, the Bouquet Bigz L Die makes a lot of different sizes of flowers, especially when you cut 8 sheets at a time!  I had plenty to make a smaller flower for the box from the Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die, which is so cute!

I chose the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper for the box itself.  The pattern with silver jewels randomly placed seemed good to use.  The Iced Rhinestone Embellishments dressed it up well and created a sparkly center for the smaller Cotton Paper flower.

The flower-making how-to is laid out in the Cotton Paper Flower article.  I changed up a bit for this flower, because I was worried about it sticking to the box.  I made the petals by overlapping the bases and pinching them together with a Glue Dot.  Then, I started with the 5-petal flower in Cucumber Crush for the “leaves” and glued it to the center of the box lid with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  I laid down a ring of glue on the “leaves” and lined up the larger Watermelon Wonder petals with the gaps between them and pressed with a Bone Folder to glue them down.  I repeated with the smaller Crushed Curry petals, overlapping them with the breaks between the Watermelon Wonder petals.

To finish off the flower, I glued a Crushed Curry 5-petal flower for the center, then added a large Iced Rhinestone.  This tied the Iced Rhinestones around the edge of the top together.  This box is perfect to hold a Celebration surprise!

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Cotton Paper Flower with Bag

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I described how to make the Cotton Paper Flower in yesterday’s article and mentioned that I would attach it to a bag and post it on my Facebook Page in a few days.  Well, I changed my mind.  I thought we should have a Real Life Color Coach discussion and talk about the Cotton Paper colors of the flower and the Designer Series Paper colors of the bag.

The Cotton Paper Flower colors are Watermelon Wonder from the Red-Orange Color Group, Bermuda Bay from the Green-Blue Color Group, Crushed Curry from the Yellow-Orange Color Group and Cucumber Crush from the Green-Yellow Color Group.  The four colors create an Analogous Plus Color Scheme.  I last talked about Analogous Plus combinations in my Watermelon Wonder Bowl of Cherries Card article.  This scheme includes Green-Blue, so the Plus has more oomph.  The combination screams “Let’s Party” to me.

Adding depth to the color scheme are Mossy Meadow, the Shade from the Green-Blue Color Group, Blushing Bride, the Tint of the Orange-Red Color Group and Pool Party, the Tint of the Green-Blue Color Group.  These colors are in the pattern of the bag, which is made with Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper and the Gift Bag Punch Board.  I tied off the bag with a length of Cucumber Crush 1” Dotted Lace Trim.  The Birthday Bouquet pattern is a bit more subdued than the Cotton Paper Flower, but the colors still coordinate.

Besides Party, this combination is good for any Celebration, Friendship, Graduation, Thank You or Summer.  The Birthday Bouquet patterns by themselves are also good for Sympathy and other less exuberant occasions.

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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 Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Analogous 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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Cotton Paper Flower

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When the Retiring Stamps & Accessories Lists come out, I typically post projects using items on those lists.  Today is no exception.  I wanted to make a flower using the Cotton Paper and the Bouquet Bigz L Die.  Both of these are retiring, naturally.  Too bad, because the Cotton Paper is perfect to make flowers and the Bouquet Die is perfect for cutting the Cotton Paper.  I folded one sheet of each color in half and cut through eight layers at one time!  I could have done more, but this worked.

I had intended the flower to decorate the top of a box, but it turned out huge!  Luckily, I had smaller petals for the box.  I also wanted to use each color in the Cotton Paper package.  This is the result.

The leaves are two of the large Cucumber Crush petals that I left flat for the base.  I adhered them to a scrap of Card Stock.  I used the Crushed Curry 5-petal flower for the center and as the guide to attach the petals.  Before I attached the rest of the flower petals, I overlapped the two sections of each petal base and secured them with a Glue Dot.  I found that the Cotton Paper wasn’t fond of adhering with Glue Dots, so I bullied each petal into sticking by pinching it closed and letting my fingers heat the glue.  It worked just fine.  You have to show paper sometimes who is boss!  I attached each petal to the center with Glue Dots as well.  When the flower was done, I adhered it to the leaves on the Card Stock scrap with Tear & Tape Adhesive.  I used a large Vintage Faceted Button on top of the center flower and tied it through all layers.  The Paper Piercing Tool works well to poke holes for the Linen Thread.

So now I have this nice, large flower (almost 6” across).  I think it’s destined for a large bag.  It’ll work on the largest bag you can make with the Gift Bag Punch Board.  Check my Facebook Page in a few days to see what it looks like!

By the way, the Cotton Paper, the Vintage Faceted Buttons and the Bouquet Bigz L Die are all retiring, so you may want to head over to my online store to browse and shop!

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Watermelon Wonder Bowl of Cherries Card

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The inspiration for today’s card comes from the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack, which coordinates with Watermelon Wonder, from the Red-Orange Color GroupCucumber Crush, of the Green-Yellow Color Group, and Crushed Curry, from the Yellow-Orange Color Group, are also included in the palette.  I call this combination Analogous PlusJust skip over Orange and Yellow and you have these colors side-by-side.  You have to consolidate the Split Tertiary Groups in this case, but you know I do that at my convenience!

Originally, I termed this combination Wide-Angle Analogous, as described in my article, “Let’s Call It a Wide-Angle Analogous Scheme”.  I changed it to Analogous Plus to cover a few more variations.

The colors in the Cherry on Top palette all combine to create a cheery card.  I’m sending this one to someone who has had a bad day.  I chose Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush because they match the cherry pattern.  I added Crushed Curry because I wanted contrast for the bowl of cherries in the sentiment.  This color combination is also good for Birthday, Party, Celebration, Get Well Soon, Friendship, Thank You and other cheerful or cheer up occasions.

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Did 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 Watermelon Wonder, Analogous Plus 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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Stampin’ Trimmer Accessories on the Retiring List

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The Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter and Scorer (126889) has a few of its accessories that are retiring.  I mentioned this before in my article last week, Retiring Stamps & Accessories Announced.  Stampin’ Up!® has given an update as to why they’re retiring the Stampin’ Trimmer Scoring Blade Refills (126996) & the Stampin’ Trimmer Cutting Mat.

The Cutting Mat won’t need replacement if you’re not using the retiring Rotary Addition, because you only use the grooved sides.  This item is sold out, so we’ll have to look for some sort of substitute for those of us who use the Rotary Addition.  I’ll let you know if I find anything or hear about something.

The Scoring Blade on the Stampin’ Trimmer is a ball, so you really won’t need replacement unless your blade comes apart and the ball falls out.  I’d get a set of refills just in case… while they’re still in stock.  The Trimmer itself will continue to come complete with Cutting Mat and Scoring Blade, so you don’t have to worry!

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 from the Retiring Stamps & Accessories List.

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Newsletter Delayed

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My April Issue of 3am Thoughts is delayed, as you may have noticed.  I apologize for the inconvenience, but I’m having problems with my newsletter mailing service again.  I hope to get the problems resolved this week, so you can receive your April issue while April is still on the calendar.

I hope the May issue will be sent on time.  I’ll keep you posted.

Obviously, you won’t be missing out if you join my Mailing List now.  It’s FREE.  While you’re waiting for the current issues, you’ll receive two FREE tutorials ($7.95 value each) just for signing up!  All you have to do is fill out the form at right and click submit!

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Happy Earth Day 2016!

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Happy Earth Day!  Usually, I like to use leaves or flowers or something from the yard in my projects, but everything is wet today (yay-in California!).  Instead, I decided to do a quick stamping on a spare flower pot, also suitable for growing herbs.

When Stampin’ Up! announces the retiring list, I often use retiring products in the projects I show.  This time, I used the Rose Wonder Stamp Set, which is not retiring, because it has great color-in images… and I love roses!

The retiring products I used are the Calypso Coral and Wisteria Wonder Stampin’ Write Individual Markers and the 2014-2016 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers, Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow.  I also used the Mossy Meadow 5/8” Striped Cotton Ribbon.  I thought the ribbon looked earthy.

A few tips for stamping on rounded surfaces like flower pots:

  1. Use the “rock & roll” technique to get the image stamped.
  2. Place your image away from any protrusions or it won’t stamp fully. The block gets in the way.
  3. If you use photopolymer stamps, you can use them without the block, but the smear factor is still high, so be careful.
  4. Use permanent ink and wait for it to dry. Since I’m showing off retired product, I had to use water-based markers, so I will have to keep my pot inside once it’s filled.
  5. If you have paint, you can tint it with Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill and color in the image after you stamp it. Paint will cover up any action stamping, misstamping or smears.

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They’re Going Fast-Don’t Miss Out!

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As I said in my first retiring article, Retiring For Sure: In Color 2014-2016, The 2014-2016 In Colors are going fast.  You won’t want to miss out on making sure you have everything you need for these great colors.  Check the list through the link below, then check back on my Facebook Page each day to see what’s still available.

Retiring Stamp Sets & Accessories Lists

You don’t have to worry about the stamp sets yet as they will be produced through May 22nd.  However, if there are any accessories you need, don’t wait to order!  Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

For example, the list has been out three days and the In Color 2014-2016 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment and Designer Series Paper Stack are sold out!

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 to order what you need from the Retiring Products Lists.

 

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Registration Ends for Quick & Easy Stamp-A-Stash Bash

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Today is the LAST DAY to register for my Quick & Easy Stamp-A-Stash BashThis class lets you make six cards, complete with envelopes, in three different designs.  These are great to have on hand for those times you need a card-yesterday!  This class is ideal for beginning stampers, and experienced stampers may complete their cards early.  The Quick & Easy Stamp-A-Stash Bash will also launch as an online class shortly after the in-person class ends.

Date: 4/30/16

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Registration: $37

Registration Deadline: TODAY — 4/20/16

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Retiring Stamps & Accessories Announced

2016 Retiring List Deals

The list is out!  You can see the complete list of Stampin’ Up!® Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories right here!

2015-2016 Retiring List-Annual & Occasions catalogs

I’m a little sad about the Rotary Addition to the Stampin’ Trimmer, along with its blades, being on the list.  The mini borders it makes are so cute!  The Refill Scoring Blades for the Stampin’ Trimmer have also been retired, along with the Replacement Cutting Mat.  These two items make sense in a way because they’ll take forever (slight exaggeration) to need replacing.  I’d get a Cutting Mat just in case, however.  If you cut as much as I do – you’ll probably need it before the decade is over.  The Scoring Blade is a ball, so it’s probably not going to wear out this century!  It won’t hurt to get a set of spares.

And be sure to stock up on your favorites from the 2014-2016 In Colors (Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow & Tangelo Twist) – they’ll go fast!

As always, I will be updating the list with what is sold out on my Facebook Page as a link to the latest lists.  If you aren’t following me on Facebook, please click the link and “LIKE” me.

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Tax Time’s Here – Need Extra Cash?

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It’s Income Tax paying day in the United States – deadline is midnight tonight.  Would you like to earn some extra money for next year… and take some extra deductions?  How about owning your own stamping business and having extra cash every month?

As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you can make extra cash with your own stamping business and share your crafting talents while you’re doing so.  You can work your business to fit your own schedule and lifestyle – and can even earn full-time pay for part-time work!

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

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Real Life Color Coach: Neutrals Gallery

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Now that I’ve talked about all the current color collections, I can start my Neutrals Gallery for a change of pace.  I will be posting about the Neutrals, which all combine into Monochromatic Color Schemes, and intersperse with some of my favorite color combinations.

Today I’m featuring one of my favorite Designer Series Paper Stacks, Go Wild.  The patterns are reminiscent of jungle animals, but are only composed of Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe and Whisper White.  The Tip Top Taupe color in this pattern is pale and matches Sahara Sand!  I added Sahara Sand as a contrast between the Go Wild pattern and its reverse, which is backing the stamped image.

I didn’t have any wild animal images that would suit a jungle pattern, so I picked an image of a cat getting ready to pounce to suggest the theme.  My retired jungle animal stamps are too buried to find at the moment, but when I do dig them out, you’ll get to see a gallery of Go Wild patterns with jungle animal images!

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Retiring Accessories to Be Announced Monday

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Retiring Accessories (and Stamp Sets) List will be announced by Stampin’ UP!® on Monday, April 18th.  If you have favorites among the In Color products for 2014-2016, you’ll want to stock up now!  I’m giving you this advice because as soon as the Retiring Accessories List is announced, the Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills are gone in 60 seconds!  (A slight exaggeration, but it sure seems that way from previous years.)  The next items to go are the Card Stock, then the Designer Series Paper and other accessories.

If your order includes any of the In Color 2014-2016 products, and is $50 or more, I’ll send you your choice of a free gallery of card samples:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow & Tangelo Twist.  If your order totals $100 or more, you’ll receive the complete gallery of all five colors!

You may also order any of the other products, especially these that I’ve described in previous posts:

Retiring for Almost Sure:  Kits

Almost Sure to Retire: Designer Series Paper

Probably Retiring: Project Life® Cards & Accessories

Retiring:  Probables, Maybes & Just In Case

2014-2016 In Color Product List

To order, click on any of the links in the Product List.  Remember, if you order $50 in product that includes In Color 2014-2016 Items, I’ll send you your choice of a free gallery of card samples:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow & Tangelo Twist.  If your order, including In Color 2014-2016 Items, totals $100 in products, I’ll send you the complete gallery in all five colors for free!

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Last Chance to Enter – Retiring Stamp Sets Contest

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Get your entries in RIGHT NOW!

My Retiring Stamp Sets Contest runs through TODAY, April 15th.   Go ahead and make your picks then e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.

Guess which 10 sets from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog will be on the retiring stamp sets list.  The person who has the most correct guesses (minimum of 5 correct) will win a retiring set from my personal collection.

DO NOT include any of the sets in the Seasonal (Mini) Catalogs, the Hostess Sets, the Ronald McDonald House Charities exclusive set, or any other catalog or flyer.  Just include sets in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog.

If the set comes in clear-mount or another language, only use one name & number.  Variations will count as duplicates and reduce your number of guesses.

These stamp sets are returning in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog (where there is more than one kind, only the wood-mount set is listed):

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Don’t use any of these in your entries – they’ll be eliminated and will reduce your number of correct guesses.

The winner will be notified in Mid-May and will receive their set by the end of August.  In case of ties, each winner will get to pick a stamp set.  First choice will go to the winner who entered earliest.

E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com your 10 guesses including stamp set name and product number, along with your name and phone number, by midnight (Pacific Time) on April 15thOnly one entry per person, please.

DEADLINETODAY April 15th

Please note that Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are not eligible to enter this contest.

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Why Use Cellophane Bags?

Cellophane-BagsThe Cellophane Bags from Stampin’ Up!® come in a variety of sizes.  One bag is gusseted, which will hold bulkier items.  You can use them as protective covers for your card projects, including envelopes, or as treat bags.  They also are great for storing “spare parts”.

One of my favorite uses is to store and organize my extra die-cuts.  The bags are great for holding tiny pieces.  You can see what’s in there at a glance.  A permanent marker works to label each bag, just let the ink dry a few seconds.  Another use is to stash your project “parts” in one of the bags until you’re ready to work on it.

My latest use is to protect fragile memorabilia such as commemorative tickets or brochures.  I have several collector’s comic books in protective cellophane bags.  Those covers are comic book size and come from a comic book store.  The Cellophane Bags aren’t large enough, but will do the job on smaller items.

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I recently found a Disneyland vacation planner from 1957 that I’ve been storing in a plastic bag.  It’s magazine size and I really don’t want to hunt for protective cellophane bags in the store… and I don’t need them by the 100’s from online sources.  The plastic bag works fine, but I put the whole thing in a 12” x 12” Page Protector (135296).  The Page Protector will work as well as the Cellophane Bags, plus I can file it in a scrapbook along with other Disney Vacation pages.

If you need an answer to any question about Cellophane Bags or other products or tools, 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 Cellophane Bags.

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Reminder – Retiring Stamp Sets Contest

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Get your entries in by Friday!

My Retiring Stamp Sets Contest runs through April 15th.   Go ahead and make your picks then e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.

Guess which 10 sets from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog will be on the retiring stamp sets list.  The person who has the most correct guesses (minimum of 5 correct) will win a retiring set from my personal collection.

DO NOT include any of the sets in the Seasonal (Mini) Catalogs, the Hostess Sets, the Ronald McDonald House Charities exclusive set, or any other catalog or flyer.  Just include sets in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog.

If the set comes in clear-mount or another language, only use one name & number.  Variations will count as duplicates and reduce your number of guesses.

These stamp sets are returning in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog (where there is more than one kind, only the wood-mount set is listed):

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Don’t use any of these in your entries – they’ll be eliminated and will reduce your number of correct guesses.

The winner will be notified in Mid-May and will receive their set by the end of August.  In case of ties, each winner will get to pick a stamp set.  First choice will go to the winner who entered earliest.

E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com your 10 guesses including stamp set name and product number, along with your name and phone number, by midnight (Pacific Time) on April 15thOnly one entry per person, please.

DEADLINEApril 15th

Please note that Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are not eligible to enter this contest.

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Retiring Products to Be Announced

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Stampin’ Up!® will be announcing the Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories on April 18th, one week from today.  The photo is last year’s banner – you’ll see a new one on the 18th.

Now is a good time to make sure you’re stocked up on Card Stock, Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills, Designer Series Paper and embellishments.  I posted a series of articles about the most likely retiring accessories a few weeks ago.  The sooner you order, the more likely it is you will receive them before they run out!

Retiring For Sure: In Color 2014-2016

Retiring for Almost Sure:  Kits

Almost Sure to Retire: Designer Series Paper

Probably Retiring: Project Life® Cards & Accessories

Retiring:  Probables, Maybes & Just In Case

Click the links and read the posts-I’d hate for you to miss something!

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What Do I Do About Warped Cutting Pads?

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When you use your Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439), your Cutting Pads (Standard-113475; Extended-113478) are going to warp.  You can’t prevent it because the pressure on the Cutting Pad will cause warping after a while.  This is known as Physics.

The warped Cutting Pad can cause uneven die-cutting.  I stave off warping by flipping the Pad over every two or three uses.  I also use one pad for the cutting side and the other for the die base side.  You can see the marks on the top Cutting Pad in the photo.  The non-cutting side gets impressions, but they aren’t cuts and won’t mark your paper or card stock.  Every so often, I throw out the cut Pad and replace with the other one.  Then I open a new package and use a fresh Pad for the non-cutting side.  This extends the life of the Cutting Pads.

Some of my colleagues bake their Cutting Pads to remove the warp.  To do this, wrap each pad in foil, use a glass baking dish for support and put oven-proof weights on top.  Then bake at 325° F for thirty minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool COMPLETELY, leaving the weight on top, before you unwrap the Cutting Pads.  I don’t do this for two reasons:  1) taking up time and 2) possible toxic fumes.  If you use this method, be sure to unwrap the Cutting Pads in a WELL-VENTILATED area.  Open a window, even if it’s snowing – better safe than sorry.

My personal preference is to keep an extra set of Cutting Pads on hand and replace the warped Pad when necessary.  I’d be afraid of the Cutting Pads becoming brittle from baking.  It takes a pretty long time for the Cutting Pads to warp where they cause a problem, so I feel I’ve gotten my money’s worth and I save time and effort.

If you need an answer to any question about the Big Shot, Cutting Pads or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Big Shot.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Island Indigo

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Island Indigo is the Shade of the Green-Blue Color Group and has four companions to help it make a great Monochromatic Color Scheme!  I picked Pool Party, one of the Tints in the group, because it’s the palest and the brightest in intensity.  High contrast – that’s the ticket!!  That’s my story – never mind that it’s one of my favorite colors!!

I’ve also been on a butterfly kick – butterflies remind me of Spring and Summer and parties!  This card is a Cheery Thinking of You card.  The other members of the Green-Blue Color Group would also coordinate in a Monochromatic Color Scheme, but would be more subdued.  Bermuda Bay is the Hue and exception – it’s high intensity, but a lower contrast.  When you want a Monochromatic card or page with less exuberance, pair Island Indigo with any of the other group members.

This specific combination (Island Indigo and Pool Party) is great for Birthday, Party, Celebration, Friendship and All Occasion cards and pages.  I would hesitate to use it for Sympathy, unless you know the person really well.  I’d use Mint Macaron or Marina Mist, which are more muted, with Island Indigo for the serious occasions.

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