Do-It-Yourself Picker-Upper

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I’m calling the pick-up tool like you see in craft stores a Picker-Upper.  After my article last week about hating sequins, and all the attendant frustration, I got to thinking about using what I have to make it easier to pick up and place small things like sequins.  I have a commercial pick-up tool, but it is really too large for the tiny things, even sequins!

This brought me to the way to create a Picker-Upper myself.  I remembered I’d done it a long time ago, but I’d thrown the DIY tool away after I used it.  You don’t have to do that.  You can store your own Picker-Uppers in an empty Standard Stamp Case (119105) which will keep them from sticking to other tools, but they’re still handy.  You can also create different sizes.

Do It Yourself Picker-Upper:

  1. Select a stick of some sort. I’ve used toothpicks and orangewood sticks, but unsharpened pencils would also work for larger items.
  2. Squirt a very small blob of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) on a non-porous surface. You can even use the Stamp Case to hold it.
  3. Cover the end of your stick or sticks with a thin coat of the glue and let them dry.
  4. You’ll find that the glue dries to a tackiness, which is perfect for using as a Picker-Upper!

I wonder if I’ll like sequins better if I use a Picker-Upper.  I’ll try it and let you know!

If you need an answer to any question about DIY Picker-Uppers 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 DIY Picker-Uppers.

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I Hate Sequins

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I hate sequins!  You probably couldn’t tell from the mention in my Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Dapper Denim article, when I noted that I used the loose sequin from the strip as an accent, but I really do hate them!

We currently offer both spools of sequin trim in four colors and packages of sequin shapes.  However, ever since Stampin’ Up!® retired the coordinating beads several years ago, I have come to really hate sequins!  I used individual beads to cover the hole in the sequin when I applied them to cards, pages or some 3-D projects.  Whenever I sewed sequins on to a shirt or jacket or something, I would use a bead to attach them and hide the thread.  I never liked converting individual sequins to a strip.  I did like sewing on sequin trim because you could easily stitch through the thread on the back.  It just doesn’t work as well for paper.

The new Enamel Shapes don’t quite fit to cover the hole without covering up a lot of the sequin, except for the small circle.  The smallest Rhinestones or Pearls would work, but I don’t always want to use them.  So I avoid sequins where possible.  However, I do have a few tips for you when you use them:

  • When you adhere a strip of the Sequin Trim, use Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995) to create the track, then lay the sequins down over it. Leave enough extra to wrap around the back.  You can adhere the ends with more Tear & Tape or strips of household tape.
  • When using strips of trim, you will lose at least one sequin from the end. Just let it go or use it as an individual sequin.  Secure the end of the strip with a dab of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) and wrap the loose thread to the back.
  • Attach individual sequins with a dot of glue from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309). Press the sequin down so the glue bulges through the hole.  Then you can cover the hole with the small circle Enamel Shape or the smallest Rhinestones or Pearls Basic Jewels.  The adhesive on the back of these embellishments needs the extra boost from the glue to keep them in place.
  • You can always cover the hole with Stampin’ Glitter. The glue will hold plenty of sparkles and its shine will be masked by the shine of the sequin.

Well, now that I’ve written this, I think I’ll re-look at Sequins and try out some of these tips I found for you.  Maybe I’ll even come to like them – or at least find them tolerable.  I’ll keep you posted.

If you need an answer to any question about Sequins, Sequin Trim 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 Sequin Trim.

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You Don’t Have to Put Up With A Mean Boss

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Mean and/or negiligent bosses seem to abound in the workplace.  However, it’s simple to become your own boss and get rid of them.  Just ask yourself, “Why don’t I become my own boss?”  I did and became my own boss as a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator.  I must say I’m tough and fair on myself, but I’m not mean, nor am I negligent to myself.  I’ve had those experiences before.

All you need to do is sign up to become a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator and turn into your own boss by owning your own home-based stamping business.  The investment is low ($99 for the Starter Kit) and the ongoing overhead is minimal.  You can easily make back your investment within the first sixty days… usually sooner!  This is while working your business very part-time.

You are able to set your own schedule and don’t have to answer to anyone else’s time clock.  You also get to play with your paper-crafting and share with your friends.  Additionally, I can show you how to make whatever amount of extra cash you like.  And this is all while being your own boss!

Have you thought about being your own boss and owning your own stamping business as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator?  Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well?  As a bonus, you get an additional two free stamp sets during the month of June.  That’s up to $104 in extra product, in addition to the $125 you get to choose for your $99 investment!

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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Lined Mini Popcorn Box

 

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As I noted in last week’s article, I still haven’t gotten the coordinating Ready to Pop Stamp Set yet, so I decided to use Designer Series Paper to make a scalloped-edge liner for a card stock Popcorn Box with the Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies.  I will make another box when I get the stamp set, as I promised.

The scalloped liner is actually a second box.  This can be removed.  If you want just the scalloped edge, die-cut about 1-1/2” of the top of the box, then scallop the top edge.  Trim away the flaps and even the depth of the scalloped pieces, then adhere to the inside of the box.

I also promised to see if I can save some paper when I try to make the box with Card Stock.  The answer is yes.  You can use two 5” x 5” pieces or a 5” x 10” strip and the Popcorn Box die fits very well.  If you position the die for paper-saving, you’ll have enough extra to cut some tapered bands.  I die-cut only three from the Designer Series Paper to contrast with the Mint Macaron Card Stock Popcorn Box, but I had room to cut four.  If I’d positioned the die in paper-saving mode, I could have cut two more.  So you can pretend the back of the box has more bands.  I found the tapered bands worked better than the Washi Tape, but Washi Tape is quicker!

The Mini Popcorn Boxes are so cute!  If you keep the decorations to ones that are fairly flat, you can fold the boxes up and store them.  Just make sure you apply adhesive such as Tear & Tape only to the inside of the diagonal flaps on the box bottom before finishing assembly.

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Mini Popcorn Boxes.

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Dapper Denim Analogous Scheme

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It’s unusual for me to follow the “rules”, but I did for this Dapper Denim Analogous Color Scheme design.  Okay, I did compress the Blue-Green Color Group with the Green-Blue Color Group so that the colors are all right next to each other.  Blue, Blue-Green and Green are now a true Analogous Scheme, according to the color theory “rules.”

I love the contrast provided by Tempting Turquoise, the Hue from the Blue-Green Group, with Dapper Denim, the Blue Group Tone, and Emerald Envy, the Green Group HueTempting Turquoise is one of my favorite colors and coordinates really well with these two.

The Dapper Denim striped background, from the 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack, makes the butterflies stand out.  When I tried them on the plain card front, they got a little lost.  The straight Dapper Denim tended to overwhelm the Tempting Turquoise and Emerald Envy colors.

A tip for the coordinating envelope:  I used the card stock with the butterfly cut-out outline for a stencil.  The shape is sponged with Tempting Turquoise because Dapper Denim is too dark.  When I blotted the sponge with Dapper Denim, too much color came off.

A tip for the banner:  Stamp the banner image on the card stock first.  Pick one of the phrases that is on the long side.  The longer photopolymer words and phrases will curve better to match the banner shape.  Place the Clear-Mount Block (I used B) on top of the stamped banner image and curve the word or phrase to fit.  Stamp it inside the banner, then punch it out.

This combination is good for Masculine, Birthday, Thank You, Friendship and Sympathy cards as well as scrapbook pages with those themes.  The color scheme is also good for General scrapbooking or cardmaking.

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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 Dapper Denim, 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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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Dapper Denim

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This edition of the Real Life Color Coach’s Color of the Week introduces one of the 2016-2018 In Colors, Dapper Denim.  I tried Dapper Denim, the new Tone of the Blue Color Group, with each of the Neutrals to decide on a Monochromatic Color Scheme.  The Neutrals look good, but most of them don’t have enough contrast for a simple Monochrome combination.  I decided to use Crumb Cake for the contrast… with Whisper White, Gold and Chocolate Chip for accents.  Remember that Gold is a Neutral for most purposes.

The accent colors came about because I wanted to use Envelope Paper as a matching background.  However, the Dapper Denim Envelope Paper patterns were too low contrast to use.  So, off to the In Color 2016-2018 Designer Series Paper Stack for the envelope and background.  I liked the diagonal stripes pattern for the job.

I had to try out my Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set.  Of course I had to use a Chocolate Chip base underneath the Dapper Denim frosting!  I stamped the candle flame with the Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad, then painted it with the Wink of Stella Gold Glitter Brush.  One of the sequins from my Gold Sequin Trim band fell off, so I thought I’d use the single to accent the flame.

Besides the Birthday card, this color combination is great for masculine cards and casual occasions.  It would also be good to enhance outdoor photos on scrapbook pages.

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Real Life Color Coach LogoDid you know I have the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com you may contact at any time?  And I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here.  The Hotline is perfect if you have questions about Dapper Denim, MonochromaticColor 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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Quick Tip For The Silicone Craft Sheet

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A quick tip for the Silicone Craft Sheet (127853) is to use it behind your project pieces when you are applying adhesive… especially SNAIL (104332) or Fast Fuse (129026) Adhesives.  Use this tip and your embellishments won’t stick until you place them where they belong!

You can see an example of the technique results in the card I showed in my post, Bonus Version of the New Catalog Party Card.  The cactus is the one I needed under the Silicone Craft Sheet.  I placed my cactus die-cut face down on the sheet and rolled Fast Fuse over it.  I had to hold the die-cut in place with my finger, so I turned the sheet around and applied adhesive in the other direction.  When I did the arms, sometimes the adhesive got into the space between.  When this happened, I pushed the adhesive to the back of the die-cut.  The Adhesive Remover (103684) wouldn’t work well in this case.

If you need an answer to any question about the Silicone Craft Sheet 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 Silicone Craft Sheet.

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Real Life Color Coach Neutrals Gallery: Tip Top Taupe

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Today my Real Life Color Coach Neutrals Gallery features Tip Top Taupe along with another pattern from the retired Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack.  My wild animals of choice are dinosaurs from the No Bones About It Stamp Set, as I discussed in my “What’s Black & White & Red All Over” article.

The Go Wild patterns are entirely Neutral, and consist of Basic Black, Whisper White and Tip Top TaupeThis makes any combination of a pattern from the Stack and/or one other color a Monochromatic Color Scheme.  Today’s card is 100% Neutrals!

Neutrals Monochromatic Color Schemes can be formal or informal.  The card shown is a Friendship Card, but you can also use the scheme for Dinner Party Invitations, Birthday Parties, Masculine Cards, Sympathy Cards or just about any other Occasion!tams# 7473

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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 Tip Top Taupe, Monochromatic 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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Bonus Version of the New Catalog Party Card

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This is a bonus version of the card we made at my New Catalog Party on Wednesday, the 8th.  As always, I feature the new In Colors for 2016-2018 in the design.tams# 7470

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Everyone who RSVP’d will be getting the tutorial for free in a week or so (I’m not available until the 15th).  This includes the bonus version.  If you didn’t RSVP, you’ll be able to purchase the tutorial next week.  Keep checking back!

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Popcorn Mini Treat Box

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The new Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies make a simply adorable Mini Treat Box!  I tried out the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack to create it and found that, yes, you do need two of the 6” x 6” sheets.  When I try it with Card Stock, I’m going to see if I can save some paper.  (Check back next week to see.)

This box is made with the dies by themselves.  I didn’t get the Ready to Pop Stamp Set yet.  When I do, I’ll be sure to make another Popcorn Box(By the way, the stamp set and dies also come in a bundle!)

When you assemble the box, be sure to use Tear & Tape Adhesive on the side flaps.  If the Tear & Tape is wider than the flap, remove the liner and curl the excess tape back on itself so nothing sticks outside the flap.  Like the Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies, the Popcorn Box has overlapping bottom flaps.  You can adhere them or not, depending upon the weight of the contents of the box.

Here’s a video from one of my favorite people at Stampin’ Up!®She’s going to show you just how to assemble the Popcorn Box.

Note that the box can fold flat for storage!  That’s one of my favorite benefits to the box!

I also used Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape instead of cutting out tapered strips.  The popcorn is die-cut from Whisper White Card Stock and sponged with the Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad and a Sponge Dauber I liked one of the phrases from the Jar of Love Stamp Set, so I edited it with a Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker and a Project Life® Journaling PenThe tag is attached with another pattern from the Washi Tape.

When you fill the box, especially with unwrapped food items, it’s a good idea to put the treats in a food-safe bag like the 2” x 8” Cellophane Bag or a waxed paper sandwich bag.  You can also adhere waxed paper to the Designer Series Paper or Card Stock before you die-cut it.  tams# 7472

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Popcorn Mini Treat Box.

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Last Chance for Paper Pumpkin for $5!

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It’s your last chance to start your subscription to Paper Pumpkin, the 30-minute creativity break in a box, for only $5USD!  This is a one-day deal that began June 9 at 5:00 PM (MT) and ends TODAY, June 10 at 11:50 PM (MT).

Technically that’s just shy of 31 hours—a little more than one day, but it will go by in a blink!  The regular subscription is $19.95USD a month, so this one day deal is amazing!  Be sure to use the promo code ONEDAYDEAL when you subscribe today!

Read more details about Paper Pumpkin on my Introducing Paper Pumpkin Page.  And remember to subscribe before 11:50pm (MT) today.

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See What You Missed At My New Catalog Party

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Here’s what you missed!  This is the card we made at my New Catalog Party on Wednesday, the 8th.  As always, I feature the new In Colors for 2016-2018 in the design.

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Everyone who RSVP’d will be getting the tutorial for free in a week or so (I’m not available until the 15th).  If you didn’t RSVP, you’ll be able to purchase the tutorial next week.

In the meantime, join my Mailing List so you don’t miss out on special offers and occasions!  Just click the box at the right You’ll receive two free tutorials just for signing up!

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Paper Pumpkin for $5 Begins!

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Start your subscription to Paper Pumpkin, the 30-minute creativity break in a box, for only $5USD!  This is a one-day deal that begins TODAY, June 9 at 5:00 PM (MT) and ends Friday, June 10 at 11:50 PM (MT).

Technically that’s just shy of 31 hours—a little more than one day, but it will go by in a blink!  The regular subscription is $19.95USD a month, so this one day deal is amazing!  Be sure to use the promo code ONEDAYDEAL when you subscribe on or after 5:00pm (MT) on this evening!

Read more details about Paper Pumpkin on my Introducing Paper Pumpkin Page.  And remember to hold off subscribing until 5:00pm Mountain Time today.

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Real Life Color Coach: Color Charts for 2016-2017

Real Life Color Coach LogoAs promised, here are the Real Life Color Coach Color Charts for 2016-2017.  I’ve added the 2016-2018 In Colors and removed the retired 2014-2016 In Colors.  Just click the preceding link to download the .pdf file.

I will be featuring the new Dapper Denim as Color of the Week starting next week.

You may also want to check out this page for additional details:

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Hot News: Paper Pumpkin for $5!

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Start your subscription to Paper Pumpkin, the 30-minute creativity break in a box, for only $5USD!  This is a one-day deal that begins Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM (MT) and ends Friday, June 10 at 11:50 PM (MT).

Technically that’s just shy of 31 hours—a little more than one day, but it will go by in a blink!  The regular subscription is $19.95USD a month, so this one day deal is amazing!  Be sure to use the promo code ONEDAYDEAL when you subscribe on or after 5:00pm (MT) on Thursday evening!

Read more details about Paper Pumpkin on my Introducing Paper Pumpkin Page.  And remember to hold off subscribing until 5:00pm Mountain Time on Thursday.

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Have You Tried the Bone Folder?

Bone Folder - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comThe Bone Folder (102300) is one of my Go-To Tools for paper crafting.  You can probably tell this because it appears in just about every tutorial I create.  It’s perfect for defining folds and making creases, but it also has other uses!

  • Use the edge of the Bone Folder to make sharp creases.
  • Use the flat of the Bone Folder to make soft folds.
  • Use the Bone Folder to burnish backings on self-adhesive stickers or tape, etc. to remove the backing easier.
  • Use the Bone Folder to create burnishing effects on Metal Sheets.
  • Use the Bone Folder to lift parts of die-cuts or embellishments.
  • Curl paper with the Bone Folder for dimensional effects.
  • Curl paper with the Bone Folder to separate card stock for Faux Suede looks.
  • Curl paper with the Bone Folder to break it down for greater flexibility in creating more elaborate folds.
  • Use the edge of the Bone Folder to scrape ink refill drops across the ink pad for more even coverage. Since the Bone Folder is porous (made of bone), it will stain, but the ink won’t transfer once it’s dry.  Wipe off the excess with a paper towel and the Bone Folder is ready to use.

If you need an answer to any question about the Bone Folder 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 Bone Folder.

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Win $10 Each Month

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

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

To join my Mailing List, have a chance to win my contests and receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, tutorials, tips & tricks, fill out the form at right.  You’ll collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) as soon as you sign up!

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Watermelon Party Favor

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Have fun making this Watermelon Party Favor with the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies.  You know I like to use the Cutie Pie Thinlits in different ways, such as the New Year’s Party HatYou’ve also seen a traditional use of the Cake Slice Box in my Icing Cover for the Cutie Pie Cake Slice Box article.  So here’s another way to use the Cutie Pie Thinlits: a watermelon wedge!

Start with Emerald Envy Card Stock and die-cut two pie pieces.  I used a 6” x 12” piece from the 2016-2018 In Color 12” x 12” Card Stock AssortmentYou can fit both sections on the one piece by putting them face-to-face and keeping them close to the edge.

Add the watermelon markings with a Sponge Dauber and a Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad.  You just need to smear stripes on the top and bottom wedges, plus the end flaps.  I went over the stripes with a cotton swab afterwards to bring up the paler green.  This also dries the ink quicker.  To get the stripes to line up, I put the outer flaps edge to edge facing each other to get the starting places.  Note that I left the pieces flat without folding until I was ready to assemble.

The inside watermelon pieces were made from Watermelon Wonder Card Stock and cut to fit the rectangles on the die.  I used the solid drops (or leaves) from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set to stamp the seeds with an Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad.

I cut the “rind” from Whisper White Card Stock and left a 1/2” margin on three sides.  To get a rounded inside corner, I punched a small bit of the corner with the now-retired 1/4” Circle Handheld Punch.  Then I trimmed the edges to smooth out the rounded inside corner.

I recommend adhering the watermelon “meat” and “rind” before you complete the box.  You can use SNAIL or Fast Fuse Adhesives for this step, but you’ll get best results from Tear & Tape Adhesive when you go to assemble the box itself.  This will let the box hold up when you fill it and use it for Summer Barbecues & Parties!

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make Watermelon Party Favor Boxes yourself!

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Fun With Washi Tape Birthday Card

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I haven’t used Washi Tape much, but the designs in the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape inspired me to create this birthday card.  The Build a Birthday Stamp Set cake layer images look a lot like Washi Tape patterns, so the design wasn’t much of a stretch.  The main thing is – I had fun!

I stamped the cake stand image with the Delightful Dijon pad, then colored over it with the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to add depth.  This dries fast, so you don’t have long to wait before adding your tape layers.

I measured the first layer of tape with the photopolymer stamp on its block.  I could stick the Washi Tape to the block to get the size I wanted, then remove it easily to place on the cake stand.  The other layers were easy to measure after that.

Real Life Color Coach LogoThe Real Life Color Coach combination for the birthday card is a Split-Complementary Plus Color SchemeDelightful Dijon ink on the image enhances the Gold of the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, so it becomes a Neutral Color and doesn’t add to the multiplicity of the Color SchemeThe Split-Complementary Plus combination starts with Emerald Envy, of the Green Color Group, and the split groups Blushing Bride, from the Red-Orange Color Group, and Sweet Sugarplum, from the Violet-Red Color Group.  The plus comes from Peekaboo Peach, of the Orange Color Group, which is next door (or Analogous) to the Red-Orange Color Group.  The Neutral Basic Black is just along for the ride, as is Whisper White.

All in all, this is a fun combination for a fun card.  In addition, the color combination of the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape coordinates exactly with the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack!

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Introducing: The 2016-2018 In Colors

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As the Real Life Color Coach, I always get excited whenever Stampin’ Up!® introduces new colors!  The company keeps me happy by bringing out five In Colors every year!  These are trendy colors and get to stick around for two years, then they retire… so you can plan on that.

The 2016-2018 In Colors are (pictured from left to right):

Peekaboo Peach, a Tint from the Orange Color Group

Dapper Denim, a Tone from the Blue Color Group

Sweet Sugarplum, a Tint from the Violet-Red Color Group

Emerald Envy, the Hue from the Green Color Group

Flirty Flamingo, a Tint from the Red-Orange Color Group

I look forward to showing you the latest color combinations featuring these colors beginning next week.  I will also let you know when the new Real Life Color Coach Color Charts have been updated!  Be sure you check back.

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 the 2016-2018 In Colors, 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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