Painted Harvest Anytime Card

Painted Harvest Anytime Card

My Painted Harvest Anytime Card has no greeting on the front because I didn’t find one I liked that wouldn’t get in the way of appreciating the hand-painted look of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.

If you have a greeting that you like, you can stamp it with the Cajun Craze or Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad just under or above the ribbon.  I’d make sure the message can be read as the background is rather busy.

The Color Combination for my Painted Harvest Anytime Card occupies half of the Color Wheel.  I call it an Analogous Plus Color Scheme because the colors are Analogous if you skip over some of the Color Groups.

The Combination is what I call Harvest Brights and consists of Daffodil Delight from the Yellow Color Group, Crushed Curry from the Yellow-Orange Color Group, Old Olive from the Yellow-Green Color Group, Garden Green from the Green Color Group, and Cajun Craze from the Red-Orange Color Group.  The skipped Colors as you go around the Color Wheel are Red and Orange.  They’re represented by their Tertiary Colors in Yellow-Orange and Red-Orange.

You should know by now that Very Vanilla is a Neutral and doesn’t affect the Color Scheme.  I used the Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock for the Card Base, by the way, so you’ll be able to write anything on the inside without worrying about legibility.

The Painted Harvest Anytime Card gives you a hand-painted watercolor look which is easy to do with the Painted Harvest Stamp Set.  The Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper collection includes some great patterns for Autumn cards, pages and package wrap!  I’ll be doing some more in the next several days!

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Happy Hallowe’en 2017-Belated

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Happy Hallowe’en 2017-Belated!  I didn’t mean to be this late, but I was determined to post this card design for you.  And I was anxious to try out my new Potion Colors.  You may remember these from my Favorite Hallowe’en Colors article.

Now, the Potion Colors are Lemon-Lime Twist, from the Yellow-Green Color Group, and Fresh Fig, from the Violet-Red Color Group.  These colors are direct Complements to each other, so a high-contrast Complementary Color Scheme is a natural!

I started with a Candy Corn background because we’d talked about this on Monday.  Then I decided I could add the Potion Colors without any real combination issues.  The Candy Corn background is made with Daffodil Delight, from the Yellow Color Group, and Pumpkin Pie, from the Orange Color GroupThe two are Analogous to each other (Whisper White is a Neutral and doesn’t count, as you should remember) and create a harmonious combination.

Yellow is a Split Complement to Violet-Red and so fits in with the Complementary Color SchemeOrange is Analogous to Yellow and Yellow is Analogous to Yellow-Green, so we’ve got a Complementary Plus Color Combination going on.  The Fresh Fig layer divides the Candy Corn layer from the Lemon-Lime Twist card base, so the color scheme isn’t jarring.

By the way, I decided Rich Razzleberry is also a Potion Color, since it’s in the same Color Group as Fresh FigFresh Fig makes a murkier Potion Color, but you can use Rich Razzleberry if you prefer the brighter color.

The remaining Hallowe’en Color of Basic Black is present as Black Rhinestone Jewel accents… in case you were worried.

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It’s National Candy Corn Day

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National Candy Corn Day!  To celebrate Candy Corn, a traditional Hallowe’en treat which can also carry over into Thanksgiving!  I did a really cute pull-out card in a class several years ago that featured a large Candy Corn on the card front.  I can’t find the photo, if I even took one.  This led me to look in my stash of cards to see if I saved a copy.

The only Candy Corn photo I could find on my blog is in the Scary Candy Corn Treat Box article from a couple of years ago.  Too bad the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ retired, I used them a lot.  You can use the Popcorn Box Thinlits™ Dies (141473) to substitute, but the other decorations are retired.

I had saved a copy of the card (one of the benefits of never throwing anything out!)… so I took the picture of the Candy Corn Pull-Out Card now!  I forgot it had a small Candy Corn, too.  The stamps I used retired a long time ago and we don’t have a cool spider web image, even in the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (144610).  The Candy Corn images are freehand drawn that I photocopied onto Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie card stock for cutting out.

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I’m pretty sure I saved the Candy Corn pattern, but do you think I can find it???  I also think I wrote up instructions for the card, but I put them in a safe place… you know what that means!  If I ever find them, I’ll do another post to show you how to make the card.  It won’t look the same because it will use current stamps.

In the meantime, I found this recipe for Candy Corn Bark that has three ingredients and three steps.  You know how I’m all about Quick & Easy – in this case, so is Betty Crocker!  The recipe is through this link, so you don’t have to search for it yourself.

Betty Crocker’s Candy Corn Bark

Enjoy National Candy Corn Day and try out the recipe.  Then check back here to see the how-to for the Candy Corn Pull-Out Card.

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Orange & Black – Traditional Hallowe’en Scheme

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Orange & Black are traditional Hallowe’en colors in a Monochromatic Color Scheme.  I was researching why Orange & Black (and sometimes Purple) are associated with Hallowe’en, but couldn’t find anything definitive.  So… I’ll make a guess.  Many of the customs around Hallowe’en are based on harvest festivals.  Orange is definitely prominent in harvest colors, as is Black, to provide contrast.  Purple can also be a harvest color, although I tend to call it a Potion Color.  You may remember this from my Favorite Hallowe’en Colors article.

I tend to resist making Hallowe’en projects with just Orange and Black, however, I couldn’t withstand the look of the chandelier from the Season to Sparkle Stamp Set.  You’ve seen it in the Beige & Black Classic Elegance articles.  I decided to use the chandelier with a Black on Orange combination just for fun.  The chandelier is a very large image and multiple colors would be tricky.

This Hallowe’en Monochromatic Color Scheme uses Basic Black from the Neutrals Color Group and Tangerine Tango from the Orange-Red Color Group.  I like the brightness and depth of color of Tangerine Tango, which plays well against Basic Black.

I just had to use the Black Rhinestone Jewels on the chandelier.  You can see the light reflection on the one at the top, but the others are basically invisible.  They show as a solid black circle against the stamped rounded nodes in the chandelier design.  You can see where they’re supposed to be in the Beige & Black Classic Elegance article.

A couple of tips:  Use the Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad to stamp your envelope.  It’s easier for addressing to show.  Since the Vintage Crochet Trim is about 1/4” wide, roll Tear & Tape Adhesive strips to fit behind the trim.  Otherwise, wrap it around, tie it in a knot or bow, and secure with Glue Dots.

This color scheme is good for some Fall projects besides Hallowe’en and for Team Colors.  In my area, Orange & Black are the school colors for Santa Rosa High School and the team colors for the San Francisco Giants.  My nephews in Maine also graduated from a high school with Orange and Black as the school colors.  The colors inspire several card, page and gift ideas, don’t they?

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Beige & Black: Classic Elegance Deconstructed

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Beige and Black Classic Elegance Deconstructed means I’m going to give you some tips and discoveries I made while constructing this design.  I promised I’d talk about the Season to Sparkle Stamp Set in my original article, Beige & Black – Classic Neutral Elegance, an essential piece to constructing this card.

I chose the Stamp Set because I fell in love with the chandelier image.  The chandelier makes a perfect silhouette shape when stamped with the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad on the Sahara Sand Card Stock.  The image is so large, you’d have to stamp it on the card base alone if you wanted to do a top-fold card with a horizontal front.  If you’ve read me for a while, you know I can’t do without my layers!  So, the side-fold vertical front it is.

The other issue with the size is you can have a message or a ribbon with it, but not both.  Narrow ribbon wrapped around the card front and tied in a bow would work.  A narrow ribbon bow attached to the top seems to detract from the elegance for me, so I used the message and adorned the chandelier with Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  The big advantage is that you probably won’t have to pay the postage surcharge, especially if you put a piece of card stock or vellum between the card and the envelope.

You can recreate the same level of elegance with Sahara Sand or Crumb Cake and any of the darker browns, as well as Very Vanilla or Whisper White with any of the other NeutralsReversing the Color Scheme may lose some of the elegance, but adds fun!  An example is Whisper White on Basic GrayAll of the Neutrals combinations create Monochromatic Color Schemes which are elegant, whimsical, or dramatic, depending on the images you choose!tams# 16479

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Daffodil Delight for Spring, Not Summer

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Daffodil Delight for Spring is an uncommon color choice for the dominant color in a Spring Color Combination.  It’s usually softened by white which suits both Spring and Summer.  As the Hue of the Yellow Color Group, it is very bright and typically says Summer.  It holds its own in combination with other bright colors, such as Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Tangerine Tango and Tempting TurquoiseDaffodil Delight does well in Spring Combinations as an Accent Color.

I adore the “jar” sets that coordinate with the Everyday Jar Framelits™ Dies, as I noted in my article “Frosted Jar Candle Card.”  Even though I didn’t use the Framelits this time, I liked my result with the Stamp Set.

The Stamp Set I used is called Sharing Sweet Thoughts and is this year’s Ronald McDonald House Charities set.  You may remember Stampin’ Up!® designs an exclusive set for RMHC every year and donates $3 for every set purchased.  You can see more about the RMHC program on page 233 (inside back cover) of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

I was looking for a Combination featuring Lemon Lime Twist, the Hue of the Yellow-Green Color Group, and would go with the strawberry image.  However, I also wanted to use Daffodil Delight as the top layer, but I didn’t want to use Real Red to color the strawberries.  So I change to butterflies and filled the jar with a phrase.  I just didn’t want to use Whisper White to stamp on.

Daffodil Delight, an Analogous Color to Lemon Lime Twist, is right beside it on the Color Wheel.  The problem is, the colors don’t have enough contrast for what I wanted, so I picked Flirty Flamingo, a Tint in the Red-Orange Color Group, as the Accent.  When I finished the card, I felt the Combination had more of a Spring look than Summer.  I picked Elegant Eggplant, the Shade of the Violet Color Group, to stamp the images with and lightly colored them with Stampin’ Write MarkersElegant Eggplant is the Complement to Daffodil Delight.

The Color Scheme is Triad Plus.  As I said, Daffodil Delight and Lemon Lime Twist are Analogous to each other.  Flirty Flamingo forms two legs of a Triad with Lemon Lime Twist.  The third leg would be a Blue-Violet, but I don’t have one, so Elegant Eggplant, Analogous to BlueViolet, is the stand-in.  Remember how I like Jaunty Angles?  This Triad Plus Color Scheme is a Triad with Jaunty Angles.

This Color Combination is good for any type of Friendship or Celebration card or page.  It can even work for Baby Showers and any other Spring Occasion.  Daffodil Delight for Spring also works for Summer, as you can see.

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Neutrals Only: Chocolate & Vanilla Card

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Chocolate & Vanilla, in that order, are my favorite flavors.  So naturally, one of my favorite Neutrals-Only combinations is Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla.  I present to you my Chocolate & Vanilla Card!

I figured you would prefer something other than Coffee Café images, as I used in my Crumb CakeEarly Espresso Combinations from my Neutrals Only: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso article.  Of course, I picked the Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set.  This set features Three-Step Stamping, which will let you layer colors to get a rich image.  Or you can use the images individually as I did.

I was aghast to find that the word, “Chocolate,” by itself was missing from all the word sets… even the More Than Chocolate Stamp Set!  A gross omission – the only “Chocolate” phrase is too small and tightly packed for you to separate the word from the rest of the phrase.  So I made my own word with the retired Alphabet Rotary Stamp.  To substitute, I recommend the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set – it comes with two styles of letters and is photopolymer.

I used my favorite Chocolate Chip 5/8” Satin Ribbon, also retired, to embellish the card.  You could substitute the 5/8” Crinkled Seam Binding RibbonPeekaboo Peach would work well with our good, trusty old alcohol and Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill mixture to dye it.  I bet it would look way cool… I’ll have to try it some time!

Another idea to embellish the Chocolate & Vanilla Card is to tie the ribbon in a knot and attach it with Mini Glue Dots.  Either way, the card should mail flat with no extra postage required.

I realize I skipped a week of Neutrals-Only Combinations, so I’ll make it up to you with two examples this week.

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Peace on Earth Card – Smoky Slate

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Peace on Earth Card – Smoky Slate gives you an unusual Holiday card using Black and Gray instead of traditional Holiday colors.  Today’s Neutrals-only project, as I indicated in my Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them? article, features Smoky Slate and Basic Black for the Monochromatic Color Scheme.  It’s a Quick & Easy Card that also lies flat for mailing without additional postage.  You know that’s my favorite kind!!

Another feature of the Peace on Earth Card – Smoky Slate Color Scheme is the Carols of Christmas Bundle.  The Stamp Set and Thinlits™ together give you terrific images to make Quick & Easy Cards, especially when you need a whole bunch of the same design.  The Bundle is an early release from the 2017 Holiday Catalog and when purchased together you save 10%!

I was quite tickled to find that I had the Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon and didn’t have to hunt for something else in Basic Black.  The Ribbon inspired me to use the deer die as a border on the bottom and as a trim.  I still have two Smoky Slate deer die-cuts for future projects (unless I lose them).

If the Color Combination of Smoky Slate and Basic Black is too Monochromatic for you, you can use the same design with Night of Navy and Whisper White, which is a more traditional Holiday combination.  You still get the Quick & Easy Card and you can use the 5/8” Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon in Night of Navy to match.

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How to Make the Dazzle Me Pocket Card

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The Dazzle Me Pocket Card colors of Tranquil Tide, Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi remind me of a calm, deep summertime ocean.  I discussed the Color Scheme in my article, Dazzle Me Pocket Card with Tranquil Tide.

While I was making the card, I discovered a few tips and tricks I thought you’d like to use.  The Product List that follows includes links to my Stampin’ Up!® Online Store.  Have fun with my How to Make the Dazzle Me Pocket Card tutorial.

  1. Fold an 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece of Marina Mist Card Stock in half and crease well with a Bone Folder to create the card base.
  2. Stamp the pocket outline image on a 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” Marina Mist piece with the Tranquil Tide pad.

    1. The photopolymer image stretches and distorts easily, so gently adjust it on the Clear Block until it’s straight. I lift it up and let it fall into place a few times, rather than forcing it.
    2. Be sure to leave room for the die-cutting, but you may be able to get two pockets from one piece of card stock.
  3. Stamp the pocket details inside the outline image with the Tranquil Tide pad.

    1. If you try to stamp the pocket and the details at the same time, you will cause the images to distort.
  4. Die-cut the stamped pocket with the Pocket Framelit. Fold and crease the flaps well with the Bone Folder.  Attach to a 5-1/4” x 4” piece of Tranquil Tide Card Stock with Tear & Tape AdhesiveYou can fit a gift card inside, but make sure the pocket is adhered at least 1” below the top edge.
  5. Stamp the sunglasses on one end of a 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” piece of Wild Wasabi Card Stock with the Tranquil Tide pad.  Die-cut with the sunglasses Framelit.  Insert the sunglasses in the pocket and attach with a Stampin’ Dimensional so they peek out.
  6. Stamp the sentiment on the other end of the Wild Wasabi piece with the Tranquil Tide Leave room for punching out the phrase.  Line up the sentiment inside the Pretty Label Punch opening and punch out.  Sponge the edges with a Sponge Dauber and the Tranquil Tide pad.
  7. Tie a piece of Island Indigo Ombre Ribbon around the Tranquil Tide layer below the pocket. Attach the sentiment over the ribbon and pocket with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Foam Adhesive Strips.
    1. The Dimensionals get placed over where they’ll adhere to the pocket.
    2. The Foam Strips get placed on the area covering the layer only. I cut pieces of two or three strips together at the same time to get a nice size attachment.
  8. Center the completed layer on the card front and adhere.

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Neutrals Only: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso

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As I promised in my Neutrals: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso article, here is my Neutrals Only: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso Card.  I had to use the Coffee Café set again because it has great sayings for coffee-lover’s Friendship cards.

Pairing Neutrals with each other is a fun way to create classic Monochromatic Color Schemes.  Remember that Copper, Gold and Silver are also Neutrals, which give you a lot of options in your Color Scheme

Crumb Cake & Early Espresso are a typical combination for a coffee-themed card, especially when you’re designing with Neutrals Only.  The take-out cup images are great to enclose the sayings and Early Espresso on Crumb Cake provides a lot of contrast.  The short cup, which looks like it could be a cupcake, also has a Framelit™ that gives you pleat impressions.

The whipped cream image is a little small to be cupcake icing, unless you don’t like a lot of icing.  I prefer the cloud image from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set for the cupcake icing.  The coordinating Tree Builder Punch fully encloses the stamped image, whereas the Coffee Cups Framelits cut off some of the stamped image.  You can see an example of the image in my Tangerine Tango: It All Stacks Up article.

I used my favorite retired 5/8” Satin Ribbon in Early Espresso for the embellishment.  The best substitute is the Fresh Fig 1/2” Finely Woven Ribbon, dyed with the Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill.  You won’t need much to get the color you want and you don’t need to remove the Fresh Fig color!

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Dazzle Me Pocket Card with Tranquil Tide

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This Dazzle Me Pocket Card is a summertime example of the Analogous Color Scheme for Tranquil Tide, of the Green-Blue Color GroupThe Analogous Colors, which are those that are side-by-side on the Color Wheel, are Marina Mist, of the Blue-Green Color Group, and Wild Wasabi, of the Green Color Group.  You can see these Color Groups in my 2017-2018 Color Chart, Green to Red-Violet.

I picked these colors because they remind me of a calm, deep ocean.  Analogous Schemes are harmonious and as soothing as Monochromatic Color Schemes, but you get to have three colors instead of two.

The ribbon trimming the card design is the Island Indigo Ombre RibbonSince Island Indigo is a Tone in the Green-Blue Color Group, it fits in the Analogous Color Scheme.  It also coordinates well with Marina Mist and provides sufficient contrast to the Tranquil Tide, Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi colors on the Dazzle Me Pocket Card front.

The Color Combination is good for Friendship, Get Well, Thank You, Birthday (especially Masculine Birthday) and Congratulations.  Pages made with this Combination would also be striking and good for any occasion.  Imagine a 12” x 12” Tranquil Tide Page with a row of Marina Mist Pockets filled with Wild Wasabi SunglassesOr switch the colors of the Pockets and Sunglasses for fun!  I may have to make one of these!tams# 15176

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Neutrals: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso

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Today’s Neutrals: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso Card also features Whisper White and Powder Pink accents.  I wanted more highlighting of the Coffee Café Stamp Set than Crumb Cake and Early Espresso would give.

I know I promised in my Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them? article that I would do a Neutrals-only card each week, but I just couldn’t do without the Pink for this design.  Flirty Flamingo would also work, but I had a Powder Pink scrap handy.  I’ll revisit Crumb Cake & Early Espresso in a Neutrals-only card next week.

Even with the additions of Whisper White and Powder Pink, the Color Scheme remains Monochromatic.  When I’m finished posting my favorite Neutrals-only combinations, maybe I’ll do Monochrome Monday projects.  That will be fun because you can take any number of Neutrals and add one color and you still have a Monochromatic Color Scheme.  Maybe I’ll alternate Neutralsonly with Neutrals + Color projects.  Let me know what you think.

By the way, I used the retired 1/4” Early Espresso Cotton Ribbon to tie around the card front.  I think you’d get an interesting effect by dying the 1/4” Rich Razzleberry Stitched Edge Ribbon with the Early Espresso Classic Ink Refill.  The ribbon is Whisper White with color on the edges.

I also thought dying the 3/8” Old Olive Mini Chevron Ribbon would be cute.  If the color comes out funny, bleach the ribbon then rinse it out and let it dry before you dye it.

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Black & White Card

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Black & White Cardthe ultimate Monochromatic Color SchemeAs I promised in my Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them? article, here is this week’s Neutrals-only project.  It’s one of my favorite designs.

Basic Black and Whisper White comprise the Monochromatic Color Scheme in this card.  The stamp set is retired.  I can’t remember its name because it retired several years ago, but it was one of my favorites.  However, there are a number of current stamp sets that can substitute very well.

The 5/8” Basic Black Satin Ribbon also retired a couple of years ago, but you could still create it with the remaining Satin Ribbons, which retired this year.  Just mix alcohol and Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad Ink Refill or Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Refill and soak the ribbon in it.  You can use this technique for the substitute ribbons as well.  I like a 50/50 mixture, no matter how much.

My original card used the regular Whisper White Card Stock for both the card base and the card front.  I’m very excited to use Thick Whisper White Card Stock for the card base now.

Sometimes, the Basic Black Archival ink sticks to the regular Whisper White and tears it.  The Memento Ink Pad and Refill may be a better choice.  You would need the Archival ink for watercoloring, but this is Black & White, no color!  You may also find the Thick Whisper White works better with the Archival Ink.

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2017-2019 In Colors: Meet ‘Em All

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Let’s meet all of the 2017-2019 In Colors, as I mentioned in myMeet the 2017-2019 In Colorsarticle.  Today’s card shows all of the new In Colors as daisies from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy PunchIt’s a Quick and Easy design – but you may need to take a little time to arrange the flowers.

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Tranquil Tide:  A Shade of the Green-Blue Color Group which is so dark that I’m moving Island Indigo to the Tone row of the same group.  Tranquil Tide is so heavy in the Green color that it’s almost a Shade of the Green Color Group, but there’s enough Blue in the composition that it qualifies as Green-Blue.

Powder Pink:  A Tint of the Red-Orange Color Group that has caused me to move fellow Tint Calypso Coral to the Orange-Red Color Group

Fresh Fig:  A darker Shade of the Violet-Red Color Group.  It’s a rich Violet-Red like you’d see on some varieties of wine grapes.  Of course, the color coordinates well with fresh, unpeeled figs, too.

Lemon-Lime Twist:  The Hue of the Yellow-Green Color Group.  It is a Complement to the colors in the Violet-Red/Red-Violet Color Group and can make an Analogous Plus Color Scheme with Tranquil Tide.

Berry Burst:  A Shade of the Red-Violet Color Group that is brighter and more Blue than fellow Shade Cherry Cobbler.

The 2017-2019 In Colors will be featured in projects this year and you can expect some interesting color combinations!

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Happy Summer 2017

Happy Summer for 2017!  The Summer Solstice begins tonight at 9:24pm Pacific Daylight Time.  This means that Solstice happens at 12:24am on June 21st in the Eastern Daylight Time zones, so consider this your advance greeting for those of you on the East Coast.

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The photo shows one of my favorite Summer card designs.  Let’s celebrate summer with a friendship card!  I have the complete instructions for this card and nine other favorite Summer designs in my e-book, 10 Summer Cardmaking Projects for Busy Moms and Other Working WomenThe book is $25 USD via PayPal.  You will receive the link to download it as soon as your transaction’s complete.

To see thumbnails of the projects and get your own copy of the book, just click this link:

10 Summer Cardmaking Projects for Busy Moms…

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Greeting Cards for Graduation

Greeting Card for Graduation

Greeting Cards for Graduation tend to come with a built-in color scheme.  I designed a simple card for my nephew’s High School Graduation and used the color scheme from the announcement.  These are usually the school colors, in this case Orange and Black I compared the Orange on the announcement with my Real Life Color Coach Charts and selected Tangerine Tango as the closest match.  Basic Black and Whisper White are Neutrals and therefore automatic.

By the way, my Color Coach Charts are for 2016-2017I’ll be updating them shortly and posting them for you.  Keep checking back.

The key features of the Graduation card design are the year and the cap.  The year was easy – stamp 2-0-1-7 from the Number of Years Stamp Set with the Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad on the Basic Black background layer.  The stamps are photopolymer, so you can line them up and stamp all at once.

The cap was also easy: I measured the size of the square that would fit on the card front with the Layering Squares Framelits™ Dies, then cut scrap card stock 1-5/8” x 1-5/8” for the Basic Black and 1-3/4” x 1-3/4” for the Tangerine Tango.  You could also use Layering Squares, but I only wanted a 1/16” border of the Orange color.  I had a retired Basic Black Candy Dot (you can use a brad or a baby button dyed to match) that I adhered to the center of the cap, then punched a 1/8” hole through both layers and attached a Gold Mini Tassel (Remember that Gold is also a Neutral Color.)  I adhered the completed cap offset from center so the Tassel wouldn’t cover up anything important.ams# 14077

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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 Greeting Cards for Graduation.

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Birthday Card – Complete Product List

In Colors 2017-2019 Fresh Fig & Powder Pink with Sweet Sugarplum Birthday Card - visit http://www.3amstamper.comThe Birthday Card I posted in my “Meet the 2017-2019 In Colors” article only included the products that were available at the time.  I promised to give you the updated list today.

The new Stampin’ Up!® 2017-2018 Annual Catalog is now posted on the All the Current Catalogs page.  If you don’t have a hard copy, you can email me your contact information (name, address & phone) to mary@3amstamper.comUntil yours arrives, click on the page link and feel free to browse!  The new In Colors are on page 4 and page 184.

Complete Product List:tams# 13469

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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 In Color Birthday Cards.

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Meet the 2017-2019 In Colors

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Meet the 2017-2019 In Colors, which will be released in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog from Stampin’ Up!®  I’m only showing two of the new colors today: Fresh Fig and Powder PinkFresh Fig is a Shade of the Violet-Red Color Group and Powder Pink is a Tint from the Red-Orange Color Group.

When I was working on the card pictured in myYou’re Cool Ice Cream Cone Card” article, I had just received my allowance of Fresh Fig card stock in my Eastern Palace Bundle.  However, I had already started using Elegant Eggplant, so I couldn’t change mid-stream.  The new color inspired a combination with Sweet Sugarplum, a Tint of the Violet-Red Color Group.

My original idea was to use Sweet Sugarplum and Fresh Fig together, with no other colors.  I didn’t want to use Very Vanilla or Whisper White for contrast because they would create a Monochromatic Color Scheme and actually wouldn’t highlight the vibrancy of the two colors together.

I decided to add a little Powder Pink to the mix and created an Analogous Plus Color Scheme.  The Violet-Red Group and the Red-Orange Group are only separated by the Red Color Group.  So, I skipped over the Red and turned the Analogous Color Scheme these three groups create into an Analogous Plus Color Scheme.  I used to call this combination “Wide Angle Analogous”, but I had to keep coming up with names for different variations, so I lumped them all into Analogous Plus.

The Powder Pink adds vibrancy while not straying too far from the Color Families.  It’s also easier to read the “Happy Birthday” image.  This combination is good for purple-lovers, birthday, anniversary, other celebrations, thank you, thinking of you and get well cards and pages.

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When the new Annual Catalog is released on June 1st, I will be posting the complete supply list shortly thereafter, so check back.

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You’re Cool Ice Cream Cone Card

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The You’re Cool Ice Cream Cone Card has an Analogous Color Scheme.  The main color is Sweet Sugarplum, the Tint from the Violet-Red Color Group.  The accent color is Elegant Eggplant, the Shade from the Violet Color Group.  I chose this combination because my daughter loves Purple in any color, and I’m giving this to her for Mother’s Day, as I noted in yesterday’s post, “Ice Cream Cone Card.”

By the way, my daughter-in-law loves Pink, so her card is a Pink combination and is detailed in my newsletter this month.  To see it, just fill out the form at right and join my Mailing List.

Analogous Color Schemes are similar to Monochromatic Color Schemes, but the side-by-side colors can provide different effects.  In this combination, the Elegant Eggplant Shade tones the vibrancy of the Sweet Sugarplum TintI find this makes the combination look a little Vintage or Shabby Chic.

As you know, the Chocolate Chip and Shimmery White elements are Neutral and don’t interfere with the color scheme.  They accent and highlight.

Besides Purple lovers’ events, this color combination is good for any occasion, whether in a card, on a page, or in gift wrapping!tams# 13360

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Ice Cream Cone Card

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I made this version of my Ice Cream Cone Card because I wanted to add some more embellishments and use them as Mother’s Day cards for my daughter and daughter-in-law.  I also wanted to use different colors.

You can see more dyed Glimmer Paper examples in my Spring Things Made My Day Card article, but you won’t find directions for this one there.  I did a technique tutorial for the original version of the Ice Cream Cone Card in my newsletter, 3am Thoughts.  It appears in the first issue of the month, which you may receive by signing up for my Mailing List now.

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