Color Craft-Dramatic Contrast That Works

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I was driving through town the other day and saw a long car (short limousine or extended station wagon) pass on the cross-street that was two-tone: black and a tomato-bisque pink.  Up until that time, I would have said black goes with anything… Wrong!  This particular color combination was only eye-catching at second glance because you couldn’t believe those colors were paired!

The problem was the tomato-bisque pink was a dusty tone, whereas the black was a true, intense black.  The two intensities just didn’t work well together.  If the tomato-bisque pink was a pure tint, with no hint of dustiness, it would have worked beautifully.  Conversely, if the black was a charcoal gray, it also would have gone together better with the tomato-bisque pink.

Black works best with pure Hues, Tints and sometimes Tones at the lightest end of the grayscale.  For the most dramatic contrast, use black with Hues and Tints.  Of course, the #1 dramatic contrast combination is black and white, but we’re working with colors here.

My card for the day pairs Basic Black with Calypso CoralCalypso Coral is a Tint of Red-Orange, but not very light.  It’s closer to the pure Hue.  It is intense enough to hold its own with Basic Black, so the dramatic contrast works very well.

Supplies Used:  Happy Watercolor Stamp Set (#133188, Wood-Mount; #133191, Clear-Mount); Label Love Bundle (#132723, Wood-Mount; #132722, Clear-Mount; includes Label Love Stamp Set #130619, Wood, or #130622, Clear and Artisan Label Punch #130920); Basic Black (#121045), Calypso Coral (#122925) & Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#100730); Calypso Coral (#126983) & Tangerine Tango (#126946) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Scallop Trim Border Punch (#118402); Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

This card goes together very quickly.  The most time you will spend is splitting the Basic Black card front layer (5-1/4” x 4”) along the diagonal and punching the border.  I made two cards, since I had two Basic Black triangles.  You can see the second one later this evening if you go to my Facebook page.  While you’re at it, “Like” my page and you’ll receive a free tutorial.  To get there quickly, click on the Facebook button in the right sidebar.

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Spring Floral Birthday Card

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I fell in love with the Lovely Lavender and Princess Pink craft metal sheets from my partner Add A Little Dazzle and really wanted to use them in a Spring birthday card.  After trying the pair on different colors, I decided they worked best together with Strawberry Slush!

The next choice was the Floral Frames Framelits™ Dies (#127012).  I imagined a whole stack of floral layers.  The only challenge:  the largest Floral Frame is 5-1/4” x 5-1/4”.  This called for a square card.  I used Strawberry Slush 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#131295) and cut it 5-1/2” x 11”.  A quick score line at the 5-1/2” mark with the Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889) and I was ready to fold and crease the card base.

The 5-1/2” square card calls for a square envelope to fit it.  I used the Envelope Punch Board (#133774) with Strawberry Slush polka dots/mini chevrons pattern from the In Color 2013-2015 Designer Series Paper Stack (#130136).  I used the polka dot pattern for the envelope with the mini chevrons inside, and used the mini chevrons pattern for the Floral Frames to contrast with the card base.  While I had the Envelope Punch Board out, I rounded all the corners of the card and the envelope flaps.  If you’re careful, you can do both layers at once.  Just crease well with the Bone Folder (#102300) to make the corners as flat as they can go.

I decided I needed some more contrast and cut doilies from Whisper White 12” x 12” Card Stock (#124302) to make a background for the Floral Frames.  I used the Large Sizzlits™ Paper Doily (#125592) and Delicate Doilies (#126999).  Because these dies have a very intricate design, you’ll need to use your Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189) to get the little pieces out.  Also gently roll the die-cuts to get the little pieces to loosen.  If you were die-cutting the Craft Metal Sheets, you would just use the Paper-Piercing Tool.  You don’t want to roll the metal unless you want the bend marks to show.

Other Supplies UsedItty Bitty Banners Stamp Set (#132022, Wood-Mount; #126257, Clear-Mount); Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#131201); Tea Lace Paper Doilies (#129399); Strawberry Slush (#131178), Old Olive (#126953) & Melon Mambo (#126948) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Bitty Banners Framelits™ Dies (#126267); Modern Mosaic (#129984) & Perfect Polka Dots (#117335) Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders; Autumn Accents Bigz™ Die (#127812); 1/8” Silver Mini Brads (#122941); In Color 2013-2015 Boutique Details (#130938); Sponge Daubers (#102892); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683); Silicone Craft Sheet (#127853); Adhesive Remover (#103684)

I used SNAIL to adhere the doilies to the card front, then removed the excess adhesive from the parts that show.  It was easier to work with using the Silicone Craft Sheet under the die-cuts.  You could also use a light coating of Anywhere Glue Stick (#104045).  With either adhesive, I’d only apply it to the outer edges.  The Adhesive Remover will take off the excess SNAIL, but it won’t work on Glue Stick.

To get the flowers to fluff up and separate, I pinched them, then used the Paper-Piercing Tool to separate the layers.  I held them all together in the centers with a brad, then attached the complete flower to the card front with a few Stampin’ Dimensionals in the center.  I also used a retired die, Leaves #2 Originals™ to make my leaves.  I wanted the leaves to attach at the center as well and this die had the long slim leaf shape.  These leaves could turn to get into place before I attached the Spring floral stack.

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Spring Monochromatic Scheme with Old Olive

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I pulled an April Fool’s joke on my Facebook Fans yesterday and that actually inspired me to create a monochromatic color scheme for Spring featuring Old Olive, along with Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke colors.  These colors belong to the Green-Yellow color group.  Using colors from the same color group together is an easy way to create a monochromatic scheme.

When I think of Spring, the first color I think of is Green.  The Green-Yellow color group is a natural for finding a Spring Green palette.

Supplies Used:  Fabulous Florets (#128574, Wood-Mount; #123027, Clear-Mount) & Nature’s Hello (#133062, Wood-Mount; #133065, Clear-Mount; Hostess Set Only) Stamp Sets; Old Olive (#100702), Always Artichoke (#105119) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper (#129310); Old Olive (#126953) & Always Artichoke (#126972) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Old Olive 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (#119256); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Paper Snips (#103579); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

Tip:  Instead of cutting out the butterfly with Paper Snips, you can use the Backyard Basics Framelits™ (#129380) with your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) and the Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658) to make a nice, neat outline.

Would you like to make cards with a Spring Monochromatic Scheme with 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, such as Nature’s Hello, 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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Ode to Spring Page

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Spring has arrived on the calendar, and it’s coming out in my area!  One of my pet signs of spring are the tulips blooming!  I decided to make tulips with the Ovals Collection Framelits™ (#129381) to embellish my “Ode to Spring” scrapbook page.  I’m trying to catch a photo with my backyard squirrel and Mr. Robin (my other pet signs of Spring) in the same frame – wish me luck!

To make the tulips, die-cut three ovals for each blossom from Blushing Bride 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#131198) and one oval for the leaves from Wild Wasabi 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#108641).  Sponge the edges of the Blushing Bride ovals with a Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126983) and one of the Sponge Daubers (#102892).  I sponged a little heavier and deeper on one end of the oval for the base of the tulip blossom.

You can use the Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658) to help hold your Framelits in place.  I cut them two at a time, using the smallest oval, but then I have two sets of the Ovals Collection Framelits™.  I find that getting a duplicate set of Framelits is usually helpful because I frequently cut two shapes of the same size, as I did for my “Ode to Spring” page.

Other Supplies Used:  Perfect Pennants Stamp Set (#133227, Wood-Mount; #133230, Clear-Mount); Very Vanilla (#101650) & Daffodil Delight (#119683) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Square Lattice Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#119976); Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition (#129407); Tiny Wave Rotary Cutting Blade (#129409); 2-Way Glue Pen (#100425); Craft Scissors (#108360); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

Tips:

1)      You can roll the Tiny Wave cutting blade back and forth to get through the card stock.  It’s designed to repeat the same pattern no matter how many times you need to cut.  It usually takes three or four times to cut all the way through card stock… just don’t move the paper!

2)      If you put the stickers on your Clear-Mount Stamps like I do, a few drops of the 2-Way glue on the sticker will make it hold better.  You can let the glue dry first and then you’ll have a nice tacky surface to attach to the acrylic block.  The block cleans easily with Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (#102394) and the Stampin’ Scrub (#126200).

This project, the “Ode to Spring” Page, 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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Happy St. Paddy’s Day 2014!!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Happy St Paddy's Day 2014 - Visit http://222.3amstamper.comHoist one for me and in honor of Saint Patrick, too!  As you know, I always represent both halves of Ireland in my St. Paddy’s Day CardsGreen may be the main color, but there’s always Orange peeking around in the design, too!

Do you think it’s too late to get your family and friends a card?  Not at all, just open up My Digital Studio (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download) and select a blank greeting card!  You can also download the Luck ‘O the Irish Ensemble (#137082) and the Glimmer Kit (#137342) for some creative Irish fun!  To use both of these, you’ll need to select them from the “Designer Kits” sections of Stamps and of Embellishments on the Resource Palette or in the Design CenterTip: when you use the Design Center, you really need to know which item you are choosing.  It’s easier to browse in the Resource Palette.

By the way, the Luck ‘O the Irish Ensemble is a party kit that even includes a small Leprechaun’s hat!  The Glimmer Kit includes glittery Designer Series Paper patterns in four designs (three sizes of polka dots plus diagonal stripes), and other embellishments, all in Red, Silver and Gold Glimmer!

Other Digital Downloads UsedBlossom Builders Embellishments (#129609); Grosgrain Ribbon Add-On Pack (#125167)

To make your e-card, select Project > Share > Export Pages.  I always just use the default of “all” and leave the pages all selected.  This will give you a folder of .jpeg files that you can use like photos.  I usually edit mine to reduce the size and make it easier to upload and send.  That’s all there is to it!  In nothing flat you’ll have a Happy St. Paddy’s Day greeting to send immediately and know your family and friends will get it today!

To order My Digital Studio, 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!

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Irish Dancing – Make It a Memory

Leprechaun-Doing-JigSaint Patrick’s Day is coming!  I was looking up Irish Jig online, hoping for a short video, and came across this video with talk show host Conan O’Brien and the Trinity Irish DancersThe Dancers teach Irish Dance to kids from age two-and-a-half years on up!

Imagine your child or grandchild performing Irish Dance or another performing art.  Wouldn’t a video make a great memory?  You can easily download the video to DVD/CD and store it in a pocket on a scrapbook page!  I get the commercial DVD/CD sleeves and adhere the flap to the page so the window shows.  It’s easy to flip up the pocket to insert and remove the disc.  You can also stamp on the pocket to suit your theme and design.  I like the commercial pockets for this because there is less chance of scratching the DVD/CD than with a card stock pocket.

Talking-Tag-LabelsYou can enhance your page with Talking Tags Message Labels (#129723).  Use these to record up to sixty seconds of a message – family responses to the performance, messages from family members, etc.  If you have a series of Talking Tags, you will need to adhere them to the page with enough room between them to not interfere with the SmartPhone camera.  You can fold 2” x 4” pieces of Card Stock or Designer Series Paper and tie them together into a book with a Talking Tag on each micro page.  This will adhere to the main page, along with the DVD/CD pocket.

To order what you need to have make your own Video & Audio Memory Page, 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 Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.  Don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration ends 3/31 – you’ll want to make sure you get your free stamps and accessories with every $50 you purchase!

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When Glitter Won’t Do

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A lot of times, when you make some mistake on your projects, you can cover it up with Glitter.  Glitter is a wonderful tool:  it adds glitz and confuses the eye to the mistake isn’t noticeable!  But sometimes, Glitter just won’t do.

Sometimes, you can stamp an image and cut it out to cover up the error.  Other times, ribbon bows or knots will do the trick.  One of my favorites is to add brads or buttons, but this can complicate the design, or even ruin it.  When that happens, I can turn to Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246) or Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247) to make my mistake look deliberate.

The Basic Jewels come in 3 sizes in one package, so it is easier to pick a compatible size for your cover-up.  In this card, I used the largest of the 3 sizes in my original design.  The die-cut around the stamped image, made with Apothecary Accents Framelits(#127003) and my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439), needed some contrast, but the die-cut is too large to reverse the Framelit to make a mat.  So, I edged it with the brush tip of a Gumball Green Marker from the In Color 2012-2014 Stampin’ Write Marker Collection (#126856).  The curves and points of the die-cut’s edges made it tricky to control the Marker and created a small error.  Luckily, the error was small enough that I could cover it with a small Rhinestone.  This let me embellish the die-cut in a coordinated look.

Other Supplies Used:  You’re Amazing Stamp Set (#132013, Wood-Mount; #126642, Clear-Mount); Gumball Green (#126840) & Daffodil Delight (#119683) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Epic Day This & That Designer Series Paper (#130814); Gumball Green Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126861); Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126848); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683)

Why didn’t I re-do the whole die-cut?  Well, I was pressed for time (like always) and had already added the large Rhinestones when I decided the die-cut needed more contrast with the background.  Edging with the flat of the brush tip works great to give a thin bit of contrast, but the curves and points of the die-cut make it difficult to get an even line.  Glitter wouldn’t do because (a) I didn’t have time to let it dry and (b) I didn’t think the glittery edge would coordinate well with my design.

Got a question about a product 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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Why I Love My Work

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Today is International Working Women’s Day so I’m giving a shout out to all my fellow working women!  You are amazing!  And don’t forget it!!

I love my work as a stamping business owner representing Stampin’ Up!® products because I get to associate with a fabulous group of Independent Demonstrators, predominately women.  These women are talented and caring and always willing to share their knowledge and expertise.  I am proud to count myself among them!  For all my fellow working women, especially my Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator colleagues, I repeat:  You are amazing!!!

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business?  Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well?  After all, it IS International Working Women’s Day!

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.  As a bonus, from now through March 31st, your initial investment nets you $150 in Stampin’ Up!® products to get you off to a good start!  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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How to Scrapbook Class Pictures-Part Two

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Today’s scrapbook page for a Class Picture is in the 9”x 12” size.  I used My Digital Studio (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download) to design it.  I am including the directions for both digital and traditional ways to make the page.

My Digital Studio (MDS) Scrapbook Page Directions:

Install Chevron Border Punch (#135226) and Chevron Ribbon (#136719) Digital Downloads.

  • Run MDS and select Photobooks/Individual Pages.
  • Select a 12” x 12” project and name it.
  • Choose Elegant Eggplant Background Color
  • Insert the Square Punch and stretch it to 9” x 13” so it goes off the page on both sides.  Color Fill with Whisper White.
  • Center the punch vertically on the page and a little offset.  (You can use Arrange > Align vertically on page to make it easy.)  Apply a mat to the punch that is size 4 or 6 and colored Garden Green.
  • Select Wisteria Wonder Chevron Ribbon and add a strip to both top and bottom edges so at least half the ribbon shows.  Move the ribbon layers to the back (on PC – <CTRL> <SHIFT> <DOWN>) so they show underneath the Whisper White area.
  • Select the Chevron Border Punch (or drag and drop it) and color it Crushed Curry.  Apply a drop-shadow (X = 1 or 2, Y = 1 or 2; opacity = 100%; blur = 0) of Elegant Eggplant so the punch will stand out.  Copy and align across the top of the page, overlapping the green and ribbon borders.
  • Copy one of the Chevron Border Punch images and rotate it 180 degrees.  Copy this across the bottom of the page, again overlapping the green and ribbon borders.
  • Add a Wisteria Wonder Chevron Ribbon V to one side.  Move it to the back of the ribbon strip (on PC – <CTRL> <SHIFT> <DOWN>).
  • Save the project.

Traditional Scrapbook Page Directions:

  • Base page is Elegant Eggplant Card Stock from the Regals 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (#131188).
  • Photo mat is Garden Green, also in the Regals collection, cut to 9-1/4” x 12”.
  • Photo place holder is Whisper White 12” x 12” Card Stock (#124302) cut to 9-” x 12”.
  • Adhere Whisper White to Garden Green pages.
  • Adhere strips of Wisteria Wonder 3/4” Chevron Ribbon (#130017) behind the top and bottom edges.
  • Make a “V” from another piece of ribbon and attach it to one side of the lower edge – staple it in place if you like.
  • Adhere whole mat to Elegant Eggplant page.
  • Punch Crushed Curry Card Stock, also from the Regals collection, with the Chevron Border Punch (#132154) so that you have enough of the Chevrons to go across the top and bottom borders.
  • Adhere the Chevrons with dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) and let dry.

The Class Picture photos usually have date, place, etc. already on them, so your journaling is done!

The pages are ready to accept the photo.  You can use the same color scheme to make additional pages for school year event photos, classmates’ individual photos (where the faces are large enough to see <wink>) and so on.  I used the school colors to create the layout and, if there was room, I would stamp an image representing the school mascot or team name.

Would you like to share your class picture pages or layouts?  I know the rest of us would love to see them!  Email me at mary@3amstamper.com and attach a picture/photo/scan.  Plus, if you’re on my mailing list, include the list of supplies used and you’ll be eligible for my monthly contest.  To sign up for my mailing list, fill out the form at the right.

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How to Scrapbook Class Pictures-Part One

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I’ve seen Class Pictures come home from school in sizes ranging from 8” x 10” to 9” x 12”.  I’m sure some schools print them larger (I want a printer like that!), but I only have 12” x 12” scrapbook pages.  This inspired me to create a page to mount them on.  I’ve done one for 8-1/2” x 11” and one for 9” x 12”.  The 9”x 12” design will appear in my next post

8-1/2” x 11” Photo:

There was plenty of scrap left from trimming the Crushed Curry and Garden Green card stock.  I stamped the school year on a scrap, then cut out each number with the Hearts Aflutter Framelits Dies (#130159) and the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439).

Other Supplies Used:  Morning Post Numbers Stamp Set clear only (#131841, no longer available unless it appears in the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog); Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126969); Wisteria Wonder 3/4” Chevron Ribbon (#130017)

Check back here tomorrow for the second part of How to Scrapbook Class Pictures.

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Orange On Parade

Orange On Parade Birthday Card & Bookmark

I didn’t intend to continue with a monochromatic color scheme for my Color Craft feature this week, but I needed a birthday card for my grandson, David, whose favorite color is orange!  This gave me the opportunity to put Orange On Parade!

This selection of colors is from the Red-Orange and Orange-Red groups.  Crisp Cantaloupe is a Red-Orange that is tinted with white to become pastel.  Calypso Coral is a darker tint of Red-OrangeTangerine Tango is a pure Orange-Red hue.

I made the card with a monogram bookmark attached.  This way, David can take his Orange On Parade with him.  It’s easy to make tear-off coupons or bookmarks with the Perforating Cutting Blade (#132788) for the Rotary Addition (#129407) to the Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889).  In this case, I used a 5-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ piece of Crisp Cantaloupe 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#131298), scored at 4-1/4″ and perforated at 8-1/2″.

Other Supplies Used:  By the Tide (#131910, Wood-Mount; #129120, Clear-Mount), ABC-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers (#130568) & ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers (#130565) Stamp Sets; Label Love Bundle (#132723, Wood, or #132722, Clear; includes Label Love Stamp Set #130619, Wood-Mount or #130622, Clear-Mount and Artisan Label Punch #130920); Tangerine Tango (#111349) & Very Vanilla (#101650) 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock; Crisp Cantaloupe (#131176), Calypso Coral (#126983) & Tangerine Tango (#126946) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Calypso Coral 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon (#130018); Paper Snips (#103579); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683); Stapler

Tips:  Use a little SNAIL to hold the ribbon in place before you staple it.  I turned down about an inch of ribbon and held that together with SNAIL, then added some on top.  Also make sure your staples are well-pointed and your stapler has muscle.  A heavier desktop stapler works better than a hand-held one.

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Surprise Scrapbook

Surpirse-Scrapbook

A friend of mine just retired from the place I used to work.  She started 35 years ago (the year after me) and I’ve known her and worked with her since then.  Her celebration inspired me to create a Surprise Scrapbook project for future retirees, promotions out of the department, or other happy leaving situations.  I did not have enough time to get together with the party organizers to gather photos to create one for her.  Instead, I used the box to give her something that was one of our best memories together.

The Surprise Scrapbook consists of a decorated box filled with mini-album pages.  The box I used is the retired Extra-Large Gift Box from Stampin’ Up!®, but any 6″ x 6″ x 4-3/8″ box will work.  (I keep hoping this box will show up in the upcoming 2014-2015 Annual Catalog, but we’ll see!)  You can also use other sizes of box, just change the measurements.

Supplies Used for Photo Example:

Stamps & Wheels:  Happy Hour Stamp Set (#132013, Wood-Mount; #126642, Clear-Mount)

  • I love this set, but it really needs a beer mug to complete it, don’t you think?

Flower Shop Bundle (#132727, Wood-Mount; #132726, Clear-Mount; includes Flower Shop Stamp Set #130939, Wood; or #130942, Clear; and Pansy Punch #130698)

Petite Petals Bundle (#134821, Wood-Mount; #134822, Clear-Mount; includes Petite Petals Stamp Set #133152, Wood or #133155, Clear; and Petite Petals Punch #133322)

Card Stock & Paper:  Tangerine Tango 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#111349), 5-3/4″ x 5-5/8″ & 5-3/4″ x 4-1/8″ (4); Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper (#132994), 2″ x 12″, 5-1/2″ x 5-3/8″ & 5-1/2″ x 3-7/8″ (4); Gumball Green 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#126840), 5-3/4″ x 5-5/8″ & Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#100730), 5-1/2″ x 5-3/8″ (times however many pages needed for both colors)

Ink & Color: Smoky Slate (#131179) & Tangerine Tango (#126946) Classic Stampin’ Pads

Accessories & Tools:  3/4″ Circle Punch (#119873); Candy Dots Brad Bases (#132293); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246); Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189); Stampin’ Pierce Mat (#126199); Smoky Slate 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon (#131152); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332)

Tips:

  • Pierce the centers of all the flowers after they’ve been punched out.
  • Arrange the 3 largest in the center of the top layer and pierce holes through all layers before you attach it to the box lid.
  • Stack a small flower on top of a large flower, insert the brad, then attach to the top layer.  Repeat for the other two, then adhere Rhinestones in the centers of the brads.  You can substitute coordinating Candy Dots (Brights #130931; Neutrals #130934; Regals #130932; Subtles #130933) or Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247) for the Rhinestones.
  • Adhere the ribbon around the box with SNAIL, using small sections at a time.  Leave the front of the box (with the notch) adhesive-free and tie the ribbon in a knot.
  • Line up the bottom layer of the front box panel and mark the notch on the back.  Punch out with circle punch, then adhere the DSP layer and punch it.  The punches won’t go through two layers at one time.

The individual pages are very simple (just a piece of Whisper White Card Stock layered on a piece of Gumball Green Card Stock and stamped) and allow for a photo with a message or caption underneath.  Colleagues and well-wishers can also write a message on the back of the page.

If you want to make a real mini Surprise Scrapbook, use the Decorative Window Gift Box (#132146).  Your cover page can show through the window and you’ll need fewer 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ pages.  Or you can make a miniature version of the Surprise Scrapbook shown with the Kraft Gift Box (#124106) and 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ pages.

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Embossing Fun Birthday Card

Primrose-and-Raspberry-Birthday

I’ve been trying out my new Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (#132657) while I make birthday cards (due out Monday!).  You can read my review on the 11th in my Tool Time on Tuesday feature, just check back here then.

My first step was to emboss the Primrose Petals layer, from the In Color 2012-2014 Core’dinations Card Stock Assortment (#129957), with the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#133520, free with $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration).  As the Core’dinations Card Stock is thinner than regular Card Stock, be sure to use the shim that comes with the Texture Boutique.  After embossing, I sanded with the Stampin’ Sanding Block (#129367) to show some of the core.

Next. I embossed a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Raspberry Ripple 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#126842) with one of the Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (#127023), then with the hearts border from the Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (#125601) right next to it.  I lined up the folder edge with the border edge, then covered the empty space with Victoria 5/8″ Crochet Trim (#118481).  Before I applied the trim, I cut the borders with Large Scallop (#127019) and Adorning Accents (#125595) Edgelits™ and the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439).

I secured the Edgelits to the Cutting Pads with Post-It™ Notes, even though I was using the Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658).  The Cutting Pad was slightly warped and didn’t lay flat on the platform.  That’s when you need to secure the dies.  I also cut both borders at one time, which doesn’t always work out without the Post-Its.

Other Supplies Used:  Best of Birthdays Stamp Set (#132929); Very Vanilla 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#101650); VersaMark Pad (#102283); Melon Mambo Stampin’ Emboss Powder (#123223); Heat Tool (#129053); Extra Large Oval Punch (#119859); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

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Thank You Card for Thank You Month

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This is National Thank You Month.  It comes at the perfect time – right after the Holiday Season.  Are you all caught up on your Holiday Thank-You’s?  Neither am I, so here is a Quick & Easy Holiday Thank You Card that will mail easily and, even better, makes use of your patterned paper scraps from your Holiday card-making!

SUPPLIES:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fold Crumb Cake Card Stock and crease well with Bone Folder.  Card will be top-fold.
  2. Adhere Designer Series Paper strips to bottom of card, starting about 1/2″ from edge.  Trim excess if needed.
  3. Stamp “Thank You” image in upper right with Gold Encore Pad.  Let dry.
  4. Loosely pinch two 4″ strips in half.  Adhere ends together about 1/2″ from the ends.  Adhere loops together in the same place.  Wrap 2″ strip around the loops, adhering both ends to the back.  Attach to card front with Glue Dots, placing the bow across the paper strips.

The Encore ink should be dry and set by the time you have finished the bow.  If it’s still a little tacky, heat-set with the Heat Tool (#129053) on low.

Try this “recipe” to make your Thank You cards and use up some of your scraps.  If you’d like to share what you’ve done, e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com and attach a picture/photo/scan.  Plus, if you’re on my Mailing List, include the list of supplies used and you’ll be eligible for my monthly contest.  To sign up for my Mailing List, fill out the form at the right.

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Drama Continues with Craft Metal Sheets

Red-Black-Birthday

Wednesday’s Color Craft feature showed the dramatic monochrome combination of Real Red and Basic Black.  Today, I’m going to show you how sophisticated the red and black combination can be with this birthday card made with Craft Metal Sheets from Add A Little Dazzle ‘s Online Store.  I am using Scarlet Red and Black Diamond and really enjoy the shine of the metal!

Cutting Tips for Craft Metal Sheets:

  • Slide the scoring blade of your Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889) at least once over the line you want to cut.  I usually score twice.
  • Slide the cutting blade to the end where the metal sheet lies flattest to the Stampin’ Trimmer.  This is usually the bottom.  Your blade will cut better by starting at that end.
  • If you need to trim a little more from your metal sheet, score, then cut with scissors.  The Craft Scissors (#108360) will make a nice, straight and even cut.  The Stampin’ Trimmer cutting blade gets a little grumpy if it has to “shave” metal sheets.

When I was working on the birthday card design, I knew I wanted to emboss the Scarlet Red piece and overlay it with Black Diamond lace.  The Paper Doily Large Sizzlits™ Die was perfect!  Use at least a 4-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Craft Metal Sheet, Card Stock or Designer Series Paper to die-cut it with your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439).  Also be prepared to spend time popping out the cut-outs.  The Craft Metal Sheet is more delicate than the Card Stock or Paper, so the technique of curving the die-cut doesn’t work as well.  You can use the Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189) to pop out those teeny cut-outs.  The Stampin’ Pierce Mat (#126199) makes a good holder and helps you avoid slicing your fingers.  Just watch out for the Piercing Tool point!

Other Supplies Used:  Simply Sketched Stamp Set (#129669, Wood-Mount; #129672, Clear-Mount; Hostess Only); Basic Black (#121045) & Naturals White (#102316) 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock; Real Red (#126949) & Basic Black (#126980) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Flower Garden Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#123113); Chalk Talk Framelits™ Dies (#129983); Whisper White 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon (#109070); Sponge Daubers (#102892); Glue Dots (#103683); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

If you’d like to learn to make this or a similar project and earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets, like the one I used today, and accessories), let’s plan a PlayShop together.  (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!)  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!  And remember, we can also do a PlayShop online!

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Dramatic Red and Black

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Real Red and Basic Black make a dramatic combination in this Valentine.  The card is one layer plus embellishments.  Since the card base is Basic Black 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#121045), use a 5-1/4″ x 4″ layer of Very Vanilla 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#101650) on the inside to make it easier to stamp or write your message.

Red and Black together are a monochrome combination.  The drama comes from both colors being the same intensity.  Real Red is a true red – one of the primaries of the Color WheelBasic Black is the deepest shade.  This design includes Very Vanilla, which is a Neutral and doesn’t count in the monochromatic color scheme.

Other Supplies Used:  Tags 4 You Stamp Set (#131820, Wood-Mount; #131823, Clear-Mount); Real Red 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#102482); Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126949); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Hearts Collection Framelits™ (#125599); Fancy Fan (#127751) & Perfect Polka Dots (#117335) Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders; Small Heart (#117193) & Label Bracket (#132153) Punches; Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246); Silver Baker’s Twine (#132976); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

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Pink Spiral Flower Quick & Easy Box

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This is my week to be pink!  Today’s Pink Spiral Flower Quick & Easy Box features Princess Pink Craft Metal Sheets from Add A Little Dazzle and the Spiral Flower Originals™ Die (#129379) for the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439).

To make the Spiral Flower from the die-cut, you need to start by wrapping the small end around a pencil point (or a Stylus such as the Simply Scored™ Stylus #125624) and continuing to wrap from there, according to the instructions.  This works well for paper because you can wrap it tight, then loosen the flower easily after you’re done and before you glue it.

For Craft Metal Sheets, you need to wrap the die-cut differently.  I wrapped the center around a stylus to get it started, then used my fingers to wrap the metal loosely.  When I reached the end, I spread the petals by hand until I got the look I wanted.  Then I glued the flower with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) and let it dry.  Liquid Glue dries clear and is as shiny as the metal sheet!

Tips:

  1. Any time you glue or use any adhesive, put your project piece on a Silicone Craft Sheet (#127853).  When the glue is dry or you’re finished with the adhesive, your project piece lifts off the Silicone Craft Sheet easily.  You can clean it with Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (#102394) or regular soap and water.
  2. Put your bottom die-cut (like the Gumball Green Floral Frame I used) in between the liner and the adhesive of the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet and rub to pick up the adhesive.  This gives an even layer of adhesive that won’t show through the clear window of the Gift Box.

Other Supplies Used:  Decorative Window Gift Box (#132146); Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126844); Gumball Green (#126840) & Primrose Petals (#126481) 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock; Floral Frames Framelits™ (#127012); Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247);  SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (#120805)

Wrap the ribbon around the side of the Gift Box so your recipient doesn’t have to do anything but lift the lid to open it.  Secure the ribbon with some SNAIL around the sides, then tie the bow in the front.  This lets your recipient re-gift or keep the box and fill it with trinkets!

To order what you need to make your own Quick & Easy Boxes, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders!  You can order Craft Metal Sheets here at Add A Little Dazzle ‘s Online Store.

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Color Craft: Could This Be Monochrome?

Peachy-Keen-Card

Could this card, made with Calypso Coral (#122925), Blushing Bride (#131198) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock qualify as a monochrome color scheme?  The answer is actually “Yes”!  Both colors of card stock (remember, the Neutral Whisper White doesn’t count) fall in the Red-Orange hue.  Both are tinted, which means white is added to the color.  Calypso Coral is tinted a little and Blushing Bride is tinted a lot.  Calypso Coral also is less intense a Red-Orange.

For my Color Craft features, I am using split tertiary colors, so my color wheel goes like this:  Red – Red-Orange – Orange-Red – Orange – Orange-Yellow – Yellow-Orange – Yellow – Yellow-Green – Green-Yellow – Green – Green-Blue – Blue-Green – Blue – Blue-Violet – Violet-Blue – Violet – Violet-Red – Red-Violet.  I find splitting the tertiary hues lets me be more accurate in classifying colors.  Quick refresher:  Primary Hues are Red, Yellow, Blue; Secondary Hues come from combining adjacent colors:  Orange, Green, Violet.  The Tertiary Hues also combine adjacent colors, but splitting them allows for a Red-Orange that’s more red and a Red-Orange that’s more Orange (Orange-Red).  What can I say, I’m a Color Nerd from way back – one of my high school term papers was on the Spectrum!

I stamped the flowers on Whisper White Card Stock with Blushing Bride (#131172) and Calypso Coral (#126983) Classic Stampin’ Pads to let you see how close to each other the two are.

Other Supplies Used:  Flower Shop Bundle (#132727, Wood-Mount; #132726, Clear-Mount; includes Flower Shop Stamp Set #130939, Wood, or #130942, Clear, and Pansy Punch #130698); Peachy Keen Stamp Set (#133110, Wood-Mount; #133113, Clear-Mount); Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (#101731); Petite Petals Punch (#133322); White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (#109132); Embossing Buddy (#103083); Heat Tool (#129053); Whisper White Organza Ribbon (#112319); Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247); Glue Dots (#103683); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332)

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Fun to Play With: Ornamental Fun Shapes

Ornamental-Fun-Pyramid2I  just installed the Ornamental Fun Templates Digital Download (#136776) for My Digital Studio (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download) Digital Design Software.  There are four fun shapes, including the pyramid shown, a cube and two more I’m not sure of, but I’ll let you know when I’ve put them together!  By the way, you may be able to print an 8-1/2″ x 11″ copy from my photo and start practicing!

To retrieve the Ornamental Fun Templates:

  1. Open My Digital Studio
  2. Select Designer Templates
  3. Select Photobook or Individual Pages
  4. Select 8-1/2″ x 11″ Portrait
  5. Scroll through the Templates until you get to Ornamental Fun.  The Templates are all in alphabetical order, so it’s easy to find them if you know the title.  Select Ornamental Fun and keep choosing “Next” until you get to “Finish.”  The default settings are fine.

You can change the white space to another color.  If you want to change the patterns, you’ll need to select a Punch and size it to match, then fill in with a Background Paper pattern.  Otherwise, just print!

You can add photos to the ornaments in My Digital Studio, but be careful of the direction they’re facing.  In my sample template, I would place my photos so the chins are pointing at the gray triangle and the heads are pointing at the top of the patterned triangle.  When I finish assembling my models.  I’ll do a set of the template pictures with placement arrows and post them.

I printed the Ornamental Fun shapes on plain paper to get the feel of how the ornaments go together.  You can print yours on Card Stock using the “Print” feature under “Share” on the “Project” menu.  This gives you choices to set up your printer and lets you preview how they’re going to look.  You can print from the “Preview” setting, too.

To order My Digital Studio, 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!

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