What You Missed at My New Catalog Party

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All you needed to do to get the free, exclusive tutorial that goes with this project was to RSVP, whether you were coming or not! We always make a project using all of the new In Colors, in this case, the 2015-2017 Collection of Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe & Watermelon Wonder.

The stamp set I used in the design is this year’s Ronald McDonald House Charities set, Sprinkles of Life (139971-p). For every set purchased, Stampin’ Up! donates $3.00 to RMHC. I always use the new RMHC set along with the In Colors for New Annual Catalog Launch!

Remember that for next year, OK? In fact, if you join my Mailing List, you’ll get the notices of upcoming events in advance! Just use the sign-up form at right and click the link in the e-mail you’ll get to confirm! I look forward to seeing (or “seeing”) you next year!!

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Lullaby Patterns Examples-Part 1

As I mentioned last week in my Lullaby Paper Patterns post, I made some examples for you.

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In this first one, the bracket chevron stripes include Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar on a Whisper White background. Hello Honey is playing the part of a Neutral even though it’s a member of the Yellow-Orange Color Group. Since Crisp Cantaloupe is a member of the Orange-Red Color Group, Hello Honey is in the Analogous neighborhood and can pretend to be Neutral. So, we have, in effect, a Monochromatic Color Scheme.

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The second example shows the straight chevron stripes which include Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar on a Whisper White background. Hello Honey is a member of the Yellow-Orange Color Group and is alongside the Split Complementary Color of the Green-Blue Color Group member, Coastal Cabana. Split Complements offer more of a contrast than Analogous colors. The soft combination of Coastal Cabana and Hello Honey has energy without being dramatic. However, it can also be a Monochromatic Color Scheme, in effect, with Hello Honey playing the part of a Neutral.

Check back here tomorrow for more combinations from the Lullaby Designer Series Paper (133695) patterns.

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Summer Brights – Orange & Violet-Red

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If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I’m very fond of Purple (Violet) and Orange together. Today’s Summer Brights combination consists of Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and a hint of Melon Mambo. Pumpkin Pie is in the Orange Color Group, Rich Razzleberry is in the Violet-Red Color Group and Melon Mambo is in the Red-Violet Color Group.

There isn’t a classification for this color combination, so let’s make one up. Violet and Orange make up two legs of a Triad combination. Violet-Red and Red-Violet are right next to Violet, so let’s call this a Split Triad combination, taking the positioning from the Split Complementary combination I discussed yesterday.

Supplies Used: Label Something (130595-w, 130598-c) & Teeny Tiny Wishes (128748-w, 127802-c) Stamp Sets; Rich Razzleberry (126950) & Melon Mambo (126948) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (105117); Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730); Melon Mambo 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (115320); Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper (133693); Modern Label Punch (119649); Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon (134549); Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (105229); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Isopropyl Alcohol

Tips: See Ribbon Dying directions in yesterday’s post. Also try out the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper with ANY of the colors in the Brights Collection. They’ll work very well with the multi-colored patterns!

To order what you need to try out your own Split Triad Combination, 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 $50 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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Summer Brights – Orange & Blue-Green

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My new habit of checking the Stampin’ Up!® Weekly Deals every Tuesday morning led me to picking the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper (133693) for this week’s Color Craft project. All of the coordinating colors in this paper pattern (Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White) are in the Brights Collection (except for Whisper White, of course, which is a Neutral and doesn’t count) and remind me of Summer and Celebrations!

My Split Complementary Colors today are Pumpkin Pie from the Orange Color Group and Tempting Turquoise from the Blue-Green Color Group. This is a Birthday or Party color combination to me… especially in Summer Colors!

The chevron design called to me, so it’s the background for my “Hello” card. It has a large majority Pumpkin Pie chevrons, so Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (105117) became my base. The hardest part was picking the contrasting color to mat the patterned layer. I finally settled on Tempting Turquoise 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (102067), which was also an alternate for my card base.

I used retired Pumpkin Pie 5/8” Satin Ribbon, but you can easily dye the Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon (134549) with a tablespoon or two of isopropyl alcohol and several drops of Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (105229). I’d start off with 10 and check. Add more drops if needed until the wet ribbon is slightly darker than the color you want. Let it dry, then iron out the wrinkles before using. The heat from the iron will set in the color and you’ll be all ready to go. Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) will help you make those nice loops, but be sure to leave enough space to keep each loop from sticking to itself.

Other Supplies Used: Label Something Stamp Set (130595-w, 130598-c); Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad (126952); Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730); Ticket Duo Builder Punch (126883); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Tip on the Ticket Duo Builder Punch: I frequently have to recycle the tiny ticket if I use my usual 2” x 3” or larger piece of paper to punch out the large ticket. To save paper and annoyance, stamp and punch the greeting on a 1” x 3” piece of paper and feed the 1” strip through. If you want to make a bunch of tiny tickets use a 3/8” to 1/2” by 3” or longer strip. Now that we’re talking about it, I think I’ll do some and add them across the top and bottom of this card. Check it on my Facebook Page in a couple of days… don’t forget to LIKE my page and Get Notifications!

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Quick Shaped Cards with the Top Note Die

As promised in my post, “So Long, Top Note Die, I’ll Miss You,” I’m showing you how to make you quick gift tags and shaped cards with the Top Note Bigz™ Die (113436) and the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439).

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First up, the Gift Card, suitable to attach to a package or tuck in an envelope:

  1. Die-cut a piece of 5” x 4” card stock and a piece of 5” x 4” patterned paper one sheet at a time so that the “top-stitched” border shows clearly.
  2. Trim away the border from the patterned paper.
  3. Score from point to point in the cross-wise middle of each die-cut and fold.
  4. Cut folder paper about 1/8” from the fold.
  5. Adhere one piece to front of gift card.
  6. Adhere second piece to inside of gift card.
  7. Attach greeting and embellishments as desired.

Supplies Used for Gift Card: A Round Array Stamp Set (129087-w, 129090-c); Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad (126983); Night of Navy (100867) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper (137783); Top Note Bigz™ Die (113436); Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Beautiful Wings Embosslits™ Die (118138); 7/8” Scallop Circle (129404) & 1-1/4” Scallop Circle (127811) Punches; Mini Glue Dots (103683); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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Next, the Shaped Greeting Card:

You can make a shaped greeting card from card stock or patterned paper. I made this one from Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a piece of card stock.

  1. Fold a 5” x 8” piece of patterned paper in half. If you use card stock instead, be sure to crease it well.
  2. Line up the fold so that the folded piece misses the cutting edge slightly. Die-cut.
  3. Adhere the back of the folded die-cut to a 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” piece of card stock.
  4. Attach greeting and embellishments as desired.

Supplies Used for Shaped Card: Label Love (130619-w, 130622-c) & Teeny Tiny Wishes (128748-w, 127802-c) Stamp Sets; Bermuda Bay (131171) & Night of Navy (126970) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Calypso Coral (122925) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper (137783); Top Note Bigz™ Die (113436); Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Beautiful Wings Embosslits™ Die (118138); Artisan Label Punch (130920); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

To order what you need to make your own Top Note Cards, 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 $50 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150. Remember, some of the supplies listed are retiring and are only available while supplies last – be sure you order now!

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So Long, Top Note Die, I’ll Miss You

Top Note Die Examples - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comIt didn’t hit me until today, but I am really sad that the Top Note Bigz™ Die (113436) is one of the retiring accessories this year! I’ve had this die ever since Stampin’ Up!® added the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439) to the product line. The Top Note Die was included with the introductory package! As you can see by my photo of a sampling of the projects I’ve made with it, I’ve gotten my money’s worth!

The projects are (clockwise from top left): A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Mini Album (a variation on the Quick & Easy Brag Book), Spring Textures Butterfly Friend Card, Frank Hallowe’en Treat Holder, Chocolate Sings Card, Pirate and Witch Halloween Favor Boxes and Quilted Poinsettia Card.

The Top Note Die is so versatile! I haven’t even shown you quick gift tags or shaped cards. (I’ll do that next week, so check back here.)

For best results, only cut one sheet or layer at a time with the Top Note Die. If you cut more, the border doesn’t come through. You can see the border on Frank and the Chocolate Sings Card. I have cut two layers at one time when I planned on cutting away the border on the second sheet. The layer closest to the die is the base page layer (colored Card Stock) and the second layer on top is Designer Series Paper or thinner Card Stock such as Whisper White (100730) or Very Vanilla (101650) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock. I have tried more than two layers, but the third one is almost blank.

See what else is retiring on my Facebook Page (be sure to Like me & Get Notifications). I post the updated link to the most recent availablility lists on my Facebook Page every day.

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Make a Greeting Card With Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!®

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The Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!® Card Collections and Accessory Packs give you a lot more than you will probably use for your scrapbooking! So here’s an idea… make a card or seven with the leftovers! You can even fit a picture on the inside!

This Thanks card was designed by Stampin’ Up!, but I adapted it slightly for what I had on hand. You can see the exact original on my Pinterest site, the Card Ideas Board. Everything on the card is included in the Everyday Adventure Project Life® Card Collection (135298) and the Everyday Adventure Project Life® Accessory Pack (135301) except for the Crazy About You Stamp Set (138856, wood-mount; 138859, clear-mount; 137137, photopolymer), the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (132708), the Bermuda Bay 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (131197), the Basic Black Baker’s Twine (134576) and the adhesives.

You will need to trim the banner surrounded by a cloud of multi-colored dots card from both ends. It’s a vertical design. Use about 1-1/4” of the vertical design side of the Diagonal Stripes pattern for the bottom border. I trimmed about 1/2” off the bottom, 1/4” at a time. Place the striped piece on the card to make sure you have a little room between it and the lowest point of the cloud of dots. Trim the layer to 4”, then adhere the striped border to the bottom with Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026).

For best results, use a few small dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) on the back of the small wooden arrow and attach. I place the open-lattice arrow piece on the Silicone Craft Sheet (127853), then place the wooden arrow on top so the glue won’t smear on paper. It only takes a few minutes to dry, then it’s ready to be added to the card front. For this embellishment, cut a narrow strip from the thin outer edge of a sheet of Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) then adhere it to the card front.

I used one of the Glue Dots (103683) to attach the heart. The heart embellishment is translucent, so one flat Glue Dot works fine and doesn’t show through. I thought about using Glue Dots instead of Liquid Glue on the arrows, but rolling them small enough and placing them on the cross bars of the base arrow was a lot more work than dropping dots of Liquid Glue.

You know, talking about the idea of making greeting cards with spare Project Life® components makes me wonder what other card designs I could make. The last layout I did was with the Let’s Get Away Project Life® Card Collection (137907) and Accessory Pack (137908) in my post, Easy Vacation Pages with Let’s Get Away. Some interesting card possibilities there!

How about you? Let’s see what you can do! Take a picture or scan of your own version of this project and e-mail it to me at mary@3amstamper.com. Include a list of supplies and I’ll be glad to post it here. If you’re a Mailing List Subscriber, you will also get to enter my monthly contest! You could win $10 in 3am Stamper merchandise, including Stampin’ Up! products!

To join my Mailing List and receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, exclusive tutorials, tips & tricks, 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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Here’s A Great Card For Your Favorite Dog Owner!

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Happy National Pet Owner’s Day! Give your pet some extra, extra love today! My family has cats, but I have a friend who loves dachshunds and the doxie image in this stamp set was so cute, I just had to make a card for today!

I wanted to use the Happy Heart Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (137364) with the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (132657) for the background, but I found this red plaid pattern in the Adventure Abounds Designer Series Paper Stack (137780) and couldn’t resist using it. I went ahead and embossed the Designer Series Paper and found the hearts do show up! The plaid reminds me of big fluffy blankets like a dog would love to use for a nap!

Of course I stamped the image and sentiment before I die-cut it… just like I would for punches. When I did this, I discovered some tips for stamping with the Hot Diggety Dog Stamp Set (134021-wood; 134024-clear):

  1. Stamp the dog body in the middle of your paper/card stock so you have room to fit the completed image inside the die.
  2. Use a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (101049) to position the head where you want it.
  3. Also use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to place the sentiment under the completed dog image.

These tips make it very easy to create a perfect image for your favorite pet owner. By the way, the Hot Diggety Dog Stamp Set includes a variety of sentiments, including one for pets who’ve passed on. It’s so hard to find pet sympathy cards that are good to send, so it’s easy to make great cards yourself!

Other Supplies Used: Very Vanilla (101650), Cajun Craze (119684) & Sahara Sand (121043) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Early Espresso (126974) & Cajun Craze (126965) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (101731); Cajun Craze from Regals Stampin’ Write Markers (131262); Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker (100052); Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658); Deco Labels Collection Framelits™ Dies (130102); 1/16” Circle Handheld Punch (134363); Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine (132976); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Glue Dots (103683)

While I was writing this post, which was quite some time after I finished making the card, I realized I could have made the Designer Series Paper look more like a quilt! All I would have to do is emboss the plaid facing up towards the back leaf of the embossing folder, instead of facing down on the front leaf. Some embossing folder patterns create a quilted effect from both sides, but the Happy Heart Folder embosses a raised outline of the pattern. So… reverse it and you have a quilt!

To order what you need to make cards for your favorite pet owners, 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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Pattern Inspiration with Only One Color

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I talked about pattern inspiration with only one color in my post, “Inspire Yourself With The Patterns,” last month. I picked a single-color pattern from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (133703) and enhanced it with some of the colors listed on the Paper Stack cover. The list of colors contains: Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush and Whisper White.

My main pattern is a Pistachio Pudding pin-dot. I chose Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo to go with it. Pistachio Pudding is in the Green Color Group, while Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo are both in the Green-Blue Color Group. These colors are Adjacent, which gives a just-next-to-Monochrome Color Scheme.

This Monochromatic Color Scheme is in the Medium Contrast area. The look is sharper than Soft, but not as sharp as a Dramatic or High-Contrast combination. I tend to favor Monochromatic Color Schemes, especially with a one-color pattern!

Other Supplies Used: Butterfly Basics Stamp Set (138813, w; 138816, c; 138865, p); Lost Lagoon (133679) & Island Indigo (122923) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad (126986); Island Indigo 1/4” Cotton Ribbon (134557); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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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Spring Colors Are Complementary

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Happy Spring Equinox! The actual time occurs in about 4 hours or so. To celebrate the day, I have a Spring Complementary Colors Card for you. The featured colors are Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral from the Red-Orange Group and Pistachio Pudding from the Green Group. Pistachio Pudding is slightly toward the Blue-Green side, so it counts as Complementary.

For purposes of this article, I consolidated the Red-Orange (Calypso Coral) and Orange-Red (Crisp Cantaloupe) groups into the traditional Red-Orange. Confidentially, I split the groups originally because I wanted to be able to fit all the colors where they belong on my rectangular “Color Wheel”. Of course, Chocolate Chip is a Neutral and so doesn’t count!

All three colors are pastel, so the harmonious contrast is softer than the pure Red-Green Complementary contrast. I’m very fond of pastels for Spring!

Supplies Used in Example: Label Love Bundle (132723, wood; or 132722, clear; includes Label Love Stamp Set, 130619, wood, or 130622, clear; and Artisan Label Punch 130920 at 15% savings); Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (128748, wood; 127802, clear); Crisp Cantaloupe (131298), Calypso Coral (122925) & Chocolate Chip (102128) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper (133697); Calypso Coral (126983) & Chocolate Chip (126979) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Chocolate Chip 3/4” Chevron Ribbon (130014); Calypso Coral 1/2” Seam Binding Ribbon (134569); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Glue Dots (103683)

Would you like to try out Color Craft techniques yourself with a group of your friends?  Let’s plan a PlayShop together (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!). You can earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories) as well.   Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat. I look forward to tailoring the project to you! If you’re out of town, don’t worry, I also do Online and Teleconference PlayShops.

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Inspire Yourself With the Patterns

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Today’s Color Craft card features colors and one of the patterns from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (133703). The colors include Daffodil Delight from the Yellow Group, Mossy Meadow from the Green-Yellow Group, Strawberry Slush from the Red Group and Blushing Bride from the Orange-Red Group. The Paper Stack gives you four each of twelve double-sided designs, or twenty-four different patterns to use for inspiration!

Like all of Stampin’ Up!®’s Designer Series Papers, the coordinating colors are listed on the cover of the pad. This means you don’t have to worry about the traditional color wheel, you can just use the colors included in the pattern you select and you’re perfectly coordinated!

If your pattern consists of only one color, you can use the list of coordinating colors to provide contrast. For example, if your pattern is Strawberry Slush with Whisper White, layer it on Mossy Meadow, then on a Blushing Bride card base and you’ll have a great almost Complementary Color Scheme! You can stamp your image or greeting on Blushing Bride and layer it on Mossy Meadow, then attach it to the Strawberry Slush layer.

Other Supplies Used: Wildflower Meadow Stamp Set (129165, wood-mount; 129168, clear-mount); Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Pad (133645); Daffodil Delight (119683), Strawberry Slush (131295) & Blushing Bride (131198) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Mossy Meadow 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon (133670); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

As further inspiration, the Wildflower Meadow Set coordinates well with the All Abloom pattern I chose. Additionally, both of these items are on sale in the Weekly Deals, available at about 25% off through Monday.

To order what you need to try out your own Pattern Inspiration, 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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Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana – Complements!

As I mentioned last week, I was waiting for the glue to dry on my card. It’s dry now and I can show you what last week’s Weekly Deals inspired me to make.

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Since the Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine (135636) was on sale, I decided to pair the Orange-Red color group member with Coastal Cabana, from the Green-Blue color group. These two are practically perfect Complements. I picked out the matching colors from the 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment (133531) and attached them with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) and with strands of Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana (135638) Thick Baker’s Twine twisted together and sewn on.

Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana are tints of their color group Hues. They both are of similar intensity, but, being pastel, the combination does not have the same energy as Orange and Blue together would.

This soft Complementary color scheme is restful and pleasing to the eye. I made a birthday card which is perfect for birthdays of “that certain age.” The color scheme is also good for baby announcements and showers, or bridal showers. You could also use it for congratulations when the recipient doesn’t want to have a lot of publicity.

Other Supplies Used: Balloon Bash Stamp Set (137144-photopolymer); Coastal Cabana (131297), Crisp Cantaloupe (131298) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (138633; available for free with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration); Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Pad (131175); Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Labels Collection Framelits™ Dies (125598); Festive Paper-Piercing Pack (127857); Paper-Piercing Tool (126189); Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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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What You Can Do With Embossing Folders-Part 2

Double Embossed Thanks Card-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comIn Part 1 of this series, we learned that you can get a lovely background without actually embossing. In Part 2 today, we’ll learn how to do the “double embossing” technique.

Start with your embossing folder open and laid flat. Pick a side to be the front, then coat the raised portion with pigment ink such as a VersaMark Ink Pad (102283) or a Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (101731). This technique works best when the pads are nice and moist. If necessary, use a little of the VersaMark Ink Refill (102193) or Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Refill (101780) to add moisture. I always recommend massaging drops of the refill into foam pads with the tip of the closed bottle.

If you get ink in the lowered spaces, wipe it off with a wet wipe. Otherwise, you’ll need to dust off the powder with a soft bristle brush like a dry watercolor brush. Insert your paper or card stock into the folder, close it up and run it through your embossing machine. Carefully remove the material so you don’t smear the ink.

Sprinkle the embossing powder thoroughly over the whole piece of paper or card stock. Tap off the excess and brush it away from the raised pattern if needed. Return the excess to the jar so you don’t accidentally melt it and make it unusable. Emboss the material with your Heat Tool (129053) to melt the powder. Let it cool before you start working with it.

Other Supplies Used: Flower Patch (134207-photopolymer) and Crazy About You (138856-wood, 138859-clear, 137137-photopolymer) Stamp Sets; Blushing Bride (131198), Pear Pizzazz (131201) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Blushing Bride (131172), Calypso Coral (126983), Old Olive (126953) & Pear Pizzazz (131180) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658); Flower Fair (133731) and Banners (132173) Framelits™ Dies; Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (132657); Spring Flowers Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (137365); Calypso Coral Stampin’ Emboss Powder (133752); Sponge Daubers (133773); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

This project is one example of part 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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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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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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Smartphones: Crafter’s Best Pals

Christmas Tree Card Inspiration

In the old days, we crafters used to jot down ideas with a pencil and paper. Of course, we would have to lug around our non-digital camera if we wanted to take any pictures. Nowadays, the Smartphones have cameras built in that are many times even better than our old stand-bys. If we want to jot down ideas, we can dictate them to the phone, or type them in.

I was at my favorite Hallmark store, Fireside Stationery, the other day and took a few pictures of some ideas on the rack. The photo shows one of them. The Smartphone will let me share the pictures via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Very handy!

The pictures you take to give you inspiration can be organized however you like. This one would be in the Christmas idea folder, of course. Other photos I’ve taken in the last few weeks fit into Hallowe’en or even All-Occasion ideas. Some ideas will work for scrapbooking, too.

I have an app on my phone that lets me edit the photos, too. This saves me time when I want to get them ready to post on my blog or elsewhere. Lots of apps really add great photo-editing features to your Smartphone, so you can post from anywhere. For gathering inspiration, though, I just use the unedited photo. I like to see it in its “raw” surroundings.

How do you like to use your Smartphone with your crafting? Please respond in the comments section.

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Happy First Day of Fall!

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Tonight is the Autumnal Equinox, which means at 7:29pm Pacific Time, it’s the first day of Fall! I decided to post this card to celebrate!

Happy First Day of Fall, everybody!

This card was one of my Fall Occasions Card Class projects last year. I’m listing the supplies I used with substitutions to replace the retired product.

Stamp Sets: Lovely As A Tree (#128655, wood-mount; #127793, clear-mount); Teeny Tiny Wishes (#128748, wood-mount; #127802, clear-mount), Gorgeous Grunge (#130514, wood-mount; #130517, clear-mount)

Card Stock & Paper: Hello Honey (#133678), Early Espresso (#119686) & Old Olive (#100702) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Crumb Cake Medium Envelope (#107297)

Ink & Color: Early Espresso (#126974) & Baked Brown Sugar (#131174) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Gold Encore Metallic Pad (#132141)

Accessories & Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Autumn Accents Bigz™ Die (#127812); Deco Labels Collection Framelits™ Dies (#130102); Woodgrain Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#127821); 1-1/4” Burlap Ribbon (#132140)

To order what you need to make your own Fall Celebration Cards, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 purchased. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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