Quick & Easy Four Seasons Page

Four Seasons Page-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comThe Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack (137780) contains many prints of photos that are perfect to represent the four seasons. I picked four designs that looked good in a horizontal direction: the pine needles for Winter, the grass for Spring, the pebbles for Summer and the sawed stumps for Fall.

I placed the photo prints of Designer Series Paper (DSP) on a page of Pistachio Pudding from the 12” x 12” In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock Assortment (131195) and found they didn’t fit the way I wanted, so I trimmed them to 5-1/2” x 4-1/2”. Each sheet is 6-1/2” x 4-1/2”, so you get good-sized scraps! The DSP was adhered about 1/2” from the two edges when I positioned them in the corners.

The 8” square layer of Crisp Cantaloupe from the same Card Stock Assortment formed the base for my photo mat. There is room for four photos in the layout. I used the backs of the picture DSP sheets to make photo mats 3-3/4” square. Four pieces of 3-1/2” square 12” x 12” Whisper White Card Stock (124302) were mounted on the mats to become placeholders for the photos.

I used Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) to attach everything, so the page is almost flat. The embellishments are punched from scraps of card stock or DSP and adhered at the corners of the photo mats with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430). I always attach them so I can slip a photo underneath.

Other Supplies Used: Daffodil Delight (119683), Garden Green (102584) & Real Red (102482) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Bird Builder (117191), Mosaic (131267) & Elegant Butterfly (127526) Punches; Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Leaves #2 Bigz Die (retired); Gold Stampin’ Dazzle Marker (133634)

My Digital Studio Digital Downloads: Autumn Spice Digital Kit (122175); Sun Garden Designer Series Paper (127338)

Patterns can be printed as a sheet or in quarter-page sizes as each page of a card on a piece of Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730). I’d let the ink dry before you start punching or die-cutting.

To order My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download) or any of the other products used for the Quick & Easy Four Seasons Page, just click the Order Online Button in my right sidebar or any of the product links in this article. You may download My Digital Studio immediately and start playing! You may also try it free for 30 days! You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 catalog and/or digital product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Weekly Deals Inspiration

Weekly Deals Offerings

I’m waiting for the glue to dry on my latest Color Craft project, so I won’t be able to post it until later. Have you ever tried to scan or photograph wet glue? Shudder!

My latest project was inspired by items in this week’s Weekly Deals again. They actually gave me an excuse to use some of my favorite things! Check back here next Wednesday to see the result.

Today’s products are the Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine (135636) and the 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment (133531). The sequins come in three different styles for each of the five In Colors. Take a look at the Weekly Deals to see what else is there! The savings are typically 25%!

To order what you need or to browse the Weekly Deals, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar. Remember, the Weekly Deals only last through Monday, so be sure to check them out right away. With every $30 catalog product purchased at one time, you’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards. From now through the end of March, you’ll also be able to select a free Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 you order. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Getting Clear-Mount Stamps to Stick

I made a video showing three ways to get your Clear-Mount stamps to stick to your Clear-Mount Blocks.

Supplies Used in Video: A Happy Thing Clear-Mount Stamp Set (139134 – only available during Sale-A-Bration: free with a $50 product order); Clear Block Cleaning Cloth (121779); Stampin’ Scrub (126200); Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394)

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

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What About Being Your Own Boss?

Boss Lady with her Team

Have you ever asked yourself, “What about being your 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.

It’s simple to become your own boss and get rid of the mean and/or negligent bosses. All you need to do is sign up to become a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator and turn into 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? 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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What You Can Do With Embossing Folders-Part 1

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I know we all love the look of embossing and find it especially easy to do with Embossing Folders such as Textured Impressions™. A quick roll through the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439) or Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (132657) and your card stock, paper or other material has a lovely raised design (embossed). Flip it over and you have a lovely relief design (debossed).

However, you can also create a delightful background without using either machine. Here’s how:

  1. Open the embossing folder and pick the side you want for your pattern.
  2. Tap ink on it with a water-base ink pad, being sure to tap gently so you don’t put ink where you don’t want it. You can also apply ink with a Brayer (102395).
  3. Insert a piece of card stock or paper cut to 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” or smaller, being careful to lay the surface straight down.
  4. Gently brayer the card stock or paper.
  5. Lift the card stock or paper straight up so you don’t smear.

Other Supplies Used in Sample: Butterfly Basics Stamp Set (138813-wood; 138816-clear; 137154-photopolymer); Hello Honey (133643) & Perfect Plum (126963) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Hello Honey (133678), Perfect Plum (101889) & Very Vanilla (101650) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658); Chalk Talk Framelits™ Dies (129983); Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies (137360); Spring Flowers Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (137365); 1/4” Circle Handheld Punch (134364); Hello Honey 5/8” Quilted Cotton Ribbon (137864); Sponge Daubers (133773); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Lovely Lavender Craft Metal Sheet from Add A Little Dazzle ‘s Online Store

The Butterfly Basics Stamp Set and Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies also come as a Bundle at 15% savings:

Would you like to try out embossing 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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Trouble Remembering Dates?

Perpetual-BD-Calendar

Do you have trouble remembering the dates of birthdays, anniversaries, and other special recurring occasions? I usually write them down in a book somewhere, then put it in a safe place. Of course, the book is never found again! That’s why I came up with the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Class.

You will make a Perpetual Calendar you can mark with all the annual occasions you need to remember. You will also make three birthday cards to get you started! You will take home extra supplies to make additional cards so you’re all prepared for the next special occasion.

Date: March 21, 2015

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 4, 2015

Early Bird Registration: $47.00

Register now as space is limited.



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Yellow, Orange, Green – An Analagous Trio

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As I noted in my post,Is It Monochromatic?, analogous color schemes typically use three colors that are adjacent to each other on the Color Wheel. Today’s Analogous Color Scheme uses a six-color wheel: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Purple. The Analagous colors are Daffodil Delight from the Yellow Group, Pumpkin Pie from the Orange Group and Mossy Meadow from the Green Group.

In truth, I don’t think these colors are truly Analagous, even though they meet the technical definition. If you use my Color Charts, the colors should be from the Yellow-Orange, Yellow & Yellow-Green Color Groups. Pumpkin Pie, a tone of the Orange hue, could be stretched to belong to the Orange-Yellow Group. Mossy Meadow is a shade of Green-Yellow, which could be stretched to belong to the Yellow-Green Group. Daffodil Delight is the pure hue of Yellow. In this Analagous scheme, the colors are harmonious, rather than monochromatic.

My color choice was actually inspired by items on sale in Stampin’ Up!®’s Weekly Deals. I used Daffodil Delight 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (119683) and 1/4” Cotton Ribbon (134559); Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (105117) and 1/4” Cotton Ribbon (134565); and a sheet of Mossy Meadow from the In Color 2014-2016 Designer Series Paper Stack (133705). All of these items are on sale in at 25% off in the Weekly Deals. By the way, I also made an envelope from the same piece of Mossy Meadow with the Envelope Punch Board (133774), but it’s not shown.

Other Supplies Used: Big Day Stamp Set (139109, wood; 139112, clear; only available during Sale-A-Bration – free with a $50 order); Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad (126945); Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Banners (132173) & Chalk Talk (129983) Framelits™ Dies; Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658); Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (132657); Large Polka Dot Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (133739); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Glue Dots (103683); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

To order what you need to try out your own Analagous color scheme, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. Remember, You can see more Weekly Deals on the Weekly Deals Page. The Weekly Deals only last through Monday, so be sure to check them out right away. With every $30 catalog product purchased at one time, you’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards. From now through the end of March, you’ll also be able to select a free Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 you order. You will qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Silvering Paper Doilies

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For one of my Valentine’s Day projects, I wanted to use one of the Tea Lace Paper Doilies (129399) colored silver. I didn’t need a full silver doily, just the lace edge and part of the center rim. The heart would cover the un-silvered part.

It’s very easy to color a doily silver (or gold, for that matter). All you need is a Silver Encore Metallic Pad (132142) and one of the Sponge Daubers (133773 – 5 to a pack). Plus your Tea Lace Paper Doilies, of course. Here are the steps:

  1. Place your doily on a sheet of Grid Paper (130148) or scratch paper. The Grid Paper sheet will give you more room.
  2. Tap the Sponge Dauber onto the Encore Pad.
  3. Daub the in over the area of the doily that you want to cover.
  4. Repeat until you’ve silvered the doily to suit.

For a gold doily, use the Gold Encore Metallic Pad (132141). I recommend using a separate Sponge Dauber for each ink and labeling them with the color. You can clean the Daubers by stamping them on the Grid Paper, rather than trying to wash them. The metallic ink won’t transfer to another pad or project this way.

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

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Free – It’s All Free!

FreeMy Mailing List Subscribers receive a monthly newsletter with at least $24.95 worth of ideas, tips and tutorials for FREE! In addition, I like to send them FREE surprise gifts periodically – no warning, the gifts just appear in their inboxes out of the blue!

You can get started receiving FREE gifts by signing up for my Mailing List! When you confirm your subscription, you’ll immediately acquire two FREE tutorials as a thank-you for signing up! These tutorials are valued at $7.95 each, by the way.

To join my Mailing List and receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, tutorials, tips & tricks, just fill out the form at right. Be sure you click the link in your confirmation e-mail or you won’t be signed up and your free tutorials won’t arrive in your inbox.

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Head Start on Spring Cleaning

Label This Kitchen Designer TemplateGet a head start on your Spring Cleaning with this Digital Download for My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download) that gives you a comprehensive set of labels to help you organize your kitchen! The Label This Kitchen Designer Template (133022) is a great tool for organizing and works with other programs besides MDS.

Best of all, it’s on sale through Monday in the Stampin’ Up!® Weekly Deals! 40% savings, according to my calculations!

Tip: Print it out on 8-1/2” x 11” size self-adhesive labels and punch out the words with your favorite label and tag punches! I’ve been getting my spaces organized and these labels are amazingly helpful!

To see more Weekly Deals, go to the Weekly Deals Page. The Weekly Deals only last through Monday, so be sure to check them out right away.

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Project Life® Card Kit For Free!

PL Mini Card Kit Sample

I found a new layout (two pages) using the free Sale-A-Bration offering, the This Day Project Life® Mini Card Collection (138636). I’ve put up a photo of part of the layout and have the complete project for you do download:

Project Life® This Day Mini Card Kit Samples

I previously used the Mini Card Collection to start my scrapbook for my trip to Florida. Click the link to read my previous article.

You may receive this card kit for free with a $50 product order during Sale-A-Bration. If you’d like to see more of the items you could select, browse the Sale-A-Bration Brochure on my “All the Current Catalogs” Page. You may also click on the Catalog Pictures in my sidebar.

Sale-A-Bration offerings are only available when you purchase $50.00 in Stampin’ Up! Products at one time. You then get to choose one of the SAB items for FREE! There is no limit to the number of times you may choose an item for every $50.00 you spend. To order, just click on the Order Online Button in the column at right.

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The Best Stamping Invention Ever!

Stampin' Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Happy 168th Birthday, Thomas Edison! His many inventions include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. In his honor, I’d like to talk about what I think is the best stamping invention ever!

Actually, this invention is wonderfully useful for any kind of paper-crafting, not just stamping. I’m talking about the Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter and Scorer (126889) and its companion, the Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition (129407).

You probably know I’ve talked about these tools before:

I use the Stampin’ Trimmer every day, at least two or three times. It only cuts one sheet of paper or card stock, but it cuts cleanly. The measuring grid on the Trimmer lets you measure accurately and cut precisely. The blade track has enough room on both ends for you to keep a Cutting Blade (126995) and a Scoring Blade (126996) on the Trimmer at the same time. In fact, that’s how the Stampin’ Trimmer comes – fully loaded! All you have to remember is to move the Cutting Blade when you want to use the Scoring Blade.

The advantages to cutting one sheet at a time are:

  • No shifting and cutting at a slant like you would get from cutting a stack
  • Your blade takes longer to wear out and need replacing.
  • You can cut plain paper, Designer Series Paper, Card Stock, Specialty Card Stock, Craft Metal Sheets, Magnet Sheets, Wood Sheets and Coaster Board. The blade will wear out quicker from cutting the thicker specialty sheets, but the cuts will be clean and accurate. You especially don’t want to use a dull blade on Craft Metal Sheets, Magnet Sheets, Wood Sheets and Coaster Board.

I have other tips scattered throughout the articles I’ve linked here. Taken all together, you can see why I call the Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter and Scorer and its companion, the Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition, the best stamping (or paper-crafting) invention ever!

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

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Pink & Silver Valentines Go Vibrant

Pink & Silver Valentine-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comI started thinking about using Pink Pirouette with Silver for a Valentine, then got side-tracked into using Melon Mambo as well. Pink Pirouette, as a member of the Red Color Group, and Melon Mambo, a member of the Red-Violet Color Group, create an Analagous Color Scheme which is enhanced by touches of Silver.

Analagous color schemes feel monochromatic and can create the same kinds of moods, as I noted in my articleIs It Monochromatic?” Notice the softer feel of the card in that post compared with the vibrant look and feel of the card here. I felt this card was quite cheery!

Most Analagous color schemes have you use three adjacent colors. If I wanted to add a color, I would use Calypso Coral from the Red-Orange Color Group. I will have to try that sometime. Look for it here!

Supplies Used: Petal Potpourri (137141, Wood-Mount; 138586, Clear-Mount) & Teeny Tiny Wishes (138748, Wood-Mount; 127802, Clear-Mount) Stamp Sets; Pink Pirouette (111351) & Melon Mambo (115320) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad (126948); Silver Encore Metallic Pad (132142); Melon Mambo Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers (130994); Tea Lace Paper Doilies (129399); Sponge Daubers (133773); Flower Medallion (137417), Modern Label (119849) & Word Window (119857) Punches; Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers (137856)

The Petal Potpourri Stamp Set and the Flower Medallion Punch also come bundled together. Use number 138876 for the Wood-Mount Bundle and 138877 for the Clear-Mount Bundle. You may also select the Melon Mambo Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers for free when you purchase $50 in Stampin’ Up!® products during Sale-A-Bration, which runs through March 31st. Use number 139927 after you order $50.

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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Moving Away? No Problem!

Girl World Traveler

As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you own your own home-based stamping business and you can take it with you if you have to move away! It’s no problem! If you’re a United States Demonstrator, you may recruit and sell anywhere within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US territories (American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands). This also applies to your customers living abroad if they can provide an APO/FPO address. If they live abroad without having an APO/FPO address, they can only be recruited and sold to by Demonstrators of the country in which they reside.

Moving away is no problem! You can keep in touch with your old customers and downline by phone, e-mail, text or chat rooms. You can even hold stamping parties online through services like Google Hangouts.

One idea is to hold a monthly Host Club where your customers can gather from their own homes through Google Hangouts or a similar service, use their own projects and stamp with you. All you need is a webcam and microphone setup, which could be part of your computer, and you can interact in real time! You rotate the Host Benefits among the participants and get to chat with everyone as well. The only materials you would need to provide are copies of the current catalogs for every person.

I have lots of other ideas for you to maintain your old customers and downline while you add new ones! As you can see, moving away is not a problem!

Have you thought about 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? 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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Scrapbook Your Child’s Valentines

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This page is a simple way to capture your child’s school Valentine party memories. I put on photo mats for two pictures, which flip up to reveal Valentines. I thought about using the Valentines as a background collage, but then I realized that I would be covering up the messages. The result is that each Valentine flips up, too.

Class Valentine Page with flip-up-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

To make the flip-up tabs, take a strip of 3/4” to 1” card stock or paper and score it down the middle (3/8” for the 3/4” strip and 1/2” for the 1” strip). Fold it in half and crease well with your Bone Folder (102300). Cut into 1/2” pieces and apply adhesive to one side. Attach to the Valentine, then adhere the Valentine to the page. I needed two strips the length of the photo mat plus two more for the Valentines. I cut a piece of card stock 5” wide and 6” long, then scored at 1/2” and cut at 1” to make each strip without struggling with the cutter. The extra inch provides a holder.

Other Supplies Used: Real Red 12” x 12” Card Stock (124290); Subtles 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (131189), Pink Pirouette; Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (126889); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026)

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

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Super Simple Valentine

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I’ve been playing with Black and Red Valentines for the past week or so and designed this Super Simple Valentine that is very fast to make and easy to mail, as well. Because the card base is made from Basic Black 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (121045), I adhered a piece of Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730) inside for the message with Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026).

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Adhere a Tea Lace Paper Doily (129399) to the front of the card. Offset looks better than centered, so I attached it to the bottom right with Fast Fuse.
  2. Die-cut the third smallest of the Hearts Collection Framelits™ Dies (125599) with the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439) and Red Glimmer Paper (121790). Adhere offset on top of the Doily with Fast Fuse.
  3. Die-cut the smallest of the Hearts Collection Framelits™ from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315) and adhere it to the center of the red heart with Fast Fuse.
  4. Stamp “Happy Valentine’s Day” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (128748, Wood-Mount; 127802, Clear-Mount) with the Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (126949). Center the greeting in the largest of the Bitty Banners Framelits™ Dies (129267) and die-cut with the Big Shot.
  5. Outline the banner with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (100082) and attach across a corner of the red heart with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).

Oh, I forgot – write your message on the inside and slip into a Whisper White Medium Envelope (107301). You can emboss the envelope flap with the Happy Heart Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (137364) and the Big Shot to make an easy coordinated envelope to go with your Super Simple Valentine.

You can make any number of Super Simple Valentines very quickly. I estimate each one will take you about five minutes, start to finish, after you’ve assembled all your tools and materials. If you’re making more than one, you can easily produce as many as you need with assembly line techniques:

  • Stamp all the greetings.
  • Die-cut the greetings and hearts.
  • Cut the 8-1/2” x 11” card stock in half and fold.
  • Assemble by attaching the doily, the big heart, the small heart and the greeting to each card.
  • Embossing the envelope flap is optional.

It’s easy for you to change the colors of your card and the elements to suit your preference. I do recommend a very light-colored piece adhered inside to make it easier for your recipient to read your message.

To order what you need to try out your own Super Simple Valentines, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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3am Thoughts Brings You Hot News

News from Letters

My monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, brings you hot news and the latest tips every issue. It’s delivered directly to your inbox on the first Tuesday or Wednesday of the month. News items are usually included in each article or in a “news bite” in the introduction.

To join my Mailing List and receive 3am Thoughts, filled with tutorials, tips & tricks along with hot news, fill out the form at right. Be sure you click the link in your confirmation e-mail or you won’t be signed up! You’ll collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) when your membership is confirmed!

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Punch Your Punches

Dotted Scallop Border2 copy

Here’s a quick tip to stay happy with your punches:

  • As soon as you receive a new punch, take it out of the package and test it out on scrap card stock.
  • If there is an oily residue, keep punching on scraps until it’s gone.
  • I recommend card stock because it’s more absorbent and it’s thicker than regular paper.

If you have problems with the punch, you’ll be able to identify them right away. Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 and I’ll help you get the problems corrected.

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

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Share Me With Your Friends & Get Paid

CashIf you know someone who might be interested in learning to stamp and/or scrapbook, refer them to me and I’ll thank you with:

  •  * $5 when she or he becomes my customer
  •  * $10 if/when she or he becomes my PlayShop host/hostess. This includes in-person and online PlayShops.
  •  * $20 if/when she or he becomes a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator on my team

I send you the cash payments via PayPal so you get them right away! You can refer any number of friends.

Here’s how to refer: send me their name, phone number and e-mail address to mary@3amstamper.com. You may also call me at (707) 695-3571 and give me the information.  I keep track of this so I can send you your cash!

Referral fees do not apply to PlayShop, party or Private Class guests or invitees, sorry. These folks are helping you earn Hostess Dollars and you may receive only one benefit at a time.  Referral fees only apply to new-to-me individuals.

By the way, your friends can get in on my Referral Program, too!! You get paid for referring them and they get paid for referring their friends. Get started by giving me their contact information by calling (707) 695-3571 or email me at mary@3amstamper.com.

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Super Bowl XLIX-Let’s Party

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Usually I don’t really take sides in the Super Bowl if the San Francisco 49ers aren’t playing, but this year is different… division rivals Seattle Seahawks are going up against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Guess for whom I will be rooting!

You can use this card design for party invitations of all sorts: birthday, Super Bowl, and so on. I pulled it together in My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download) mainly because I didn’t want to go hunt down the retired stamps. One advantage to My Digital Studio (MDS) is that you can resize the stamps and other images to suit. Some don’t look good enlarged, but it’s easy to delete them!

The colors used are Real Red (102482), Night of Navy (100867), Whisper White (100730) and Basic Gray (121044), in case you wanted to adapt this design to traditional card stock, etc. I’ve given the links for the 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock. Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246) highlight the ribbon, which you can simulate by dying the Whisper White 1/4” Cotton Ribbon (134567) with Basic Gray Classic Ink Refill (109121) and stamping small stars on it with the Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (101731). The images were stamped with a Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ Pad (126966) for the tone-on-tone effect of the background and a Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad (126970) for the phrases. I suggest stamping the words or phrases on Whisper White card stock, then cutting a thin boarder around the letters. You can also use your team’s colors instead. I gave Denver’s and Seattle’s team colors in the Stampin’ Up!® palette in my post, How to Scrapbook Super Bowl XLVIII.

Digital Downloads Used: Athletic Department Stamp Brush Set (121065); Lucky Star Embellishments (124577); Touchdown II Stamp Brush Set (127415)

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

Super Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX are copyright the National Football League. New England Patriots logo is copyright the New England Patriots and the National Football League.

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