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

Butterfly Basics Monochrome Color Scheme Card-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

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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Have You Tried Paper Pumpkin Yet?

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If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up–get 50% off your first two months subscription! With a deal like this, you’ll want to invite everyone you know to give it a try too! You could even start a Paper Pumpkin Club where your friends gather to put together their kits with you!

Paper Pumpkin is a subscription program where you receive a surprise kit every month containing materials to complete a project. There is everything you need to create it, including directions. You only need to provide scissors and maybe adhesive. The projects can be something like 5 gift bags, 4 cards with envelopes, 24 pinwheels, or 6 gift boxes with greeting cards. Most projects take only one-half hour to complete the entire quantity included. Plus, you get an exclusive photopolymer stamp set and Classic Stampin’ Spots that you can re-use.

Use the code HALFOFF2 to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2014, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

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I Didn’t Think I’d Like This Set!

Yippee-Skippee! Stamp SetWhen I first saw the Yippee Skippee! Stamp Set (#131341, Wood; #131344, Clear), I didn’t like it at all. I couldn’t see any use for it and certainly wasn’t going to get it, even though I love word stamps and collect them by the ton!

Even after I won it at Stampin’ Up!®’s Convention 2013, I still didn’t like it. However, it was a free stamp set. I filed it away in case anyone had questions about it. And there it stayed until something made me look at it again. Luckily, the new 2014-2015 Annual Catalog (#136732) now includes a word stamp index showing the thumbnails of the sets. I could check the sets I have and see what’s in them easily.

Happy Card-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comWhen I was designing this card, I wanted a sentiment that was a little different. The Yippee-Skippee! Set filled the bill. The sentiment I chose also fit on the Decorative Label Punch (#120907) cut-out.

Other Supplies Used: Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set (#132058, Wood; #123759, Clear); Sahara Sand (#121043), Lost Lagoon (#133679), Blackberry Bliss (#133675), Hello Honey (#133678) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack (#133701); Lost Lagoon (#133644), Blackberry Bliss (#133642) & Hello Honey (#133643) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Decorative Dots Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#133520); Elegant Butterfly (#127526) & Bitty Butterfly (#129406) Punches; Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246); Lost Lagoon 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon (#133672); Sponge Daubers (#133733); SNAIL (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683)

You can browse all the current catalogs by clicking on theSee All the Current Catalogs image in the sidebar. If you want your own hard copy, you can order it by clicking the Order Online Button just above the image. 

You can also get your own hard copy FREE by signing up for my Mailing List (fill out the form at right) then e-mailing me your name and phone number!

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A Spring Bouquet of Colors

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I was playing with my new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (#133787) and decided to use the In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock Assortment (#131200), well scraps from it, to use with the new punches. My main reason was I was covering a box with a piece of Baked Brown Sugar paper from the In Color 2013-2015 Designer Series Paper Stack (#130136) and wanted to dress it up.

I picked three more colors to go with Baked Brown Sugar: Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana. If I’d thought of it, I’d have found a way to use Pistachio Pudding, too, and have a sampler box. As it is, I just sprinkled the colorful cut-outs over the box.

The Baked Brown Sugar: Strawberry Slush, and Coastal Cabana are the same intensity: tints that are close to the true color of hues. Adding the lighter tint of Crisp Cantaloupe into the mix saves the combination from being monotone. A monotone color combination gives you nowhere to rest your eyes and can be very upsetting because you don’t know where to look.

One thing I learned while playing with my punch-outs was that the Itty Bitty Accents will fit with every size in the package of Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246)! I had to illustrate that while I “blinged it up”. The star holds a large Rhinestone, the flower has a medium Rhinestone and the heart has a small Rhinestone.

Would you like to see more? Check back Friday for the box cover tutorial and see the details of what it’s holding.

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Heartfelt Thanks Card for Love A Tree Day

Gently-Faling-Thanks-Card

I’m celebrating Love A Tree Day with this “Heartfelt Thanks” Thank-You card. I’m very thankful for trees: they provide shade, take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen to improve the air and shed leaves to play in during the Fall! I appreciated my nearest trees when I watered my lawn this morning. Even during drought, the trees get plenty of water because I live in a high water-table area. In honor of the trees, I made a Thank-You Card.

Supplies Used: Gently Falling (#128430, W; #123804, C) & Fabulous Phrases (sold out, sorry) Stamp Sets; Gumball Green (#126840) & Summer Starfruit (#126839) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Gumball Green Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126861); Full Heart Punch (#119883); Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack (#126187); Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189); Stampin’ Pierce Mat (#126199); Raspberry Ripple 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126845); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

I used the temporarily available 2012-2014 In Color 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock for the card to make sure you knew the packages of individual colors were restocked. The Assortments are still sold out. When these run out, they’re gone for good!

The “Heartfelt Thanks” Thank-You Card is one kind of sample that is included in my monthly newsletter. The sample would include a tutorial telling you exactly how to make it, what sizes of card stock, etc. you need, and more. Only my Mailing List Subscribers get to receive my newsletter, as well as first notice of special and events, and much more!

To join my Mailing List and receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, tutorials, tips & tricks, fill out the form at right. You’ll also collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) just for signing up! And Happy Love a Tree Day!

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Sending Thanks to My Facebook Fans

Thank-You-Youre-the-Best-Card

My Facebook Fans have been putting up with a lot of status updates about the Sold-Out lists and not very many photos and projects, so I made them a thank-you card (with matching envelope).

I am continuing my tradition of using retiring product, after making sure it hasn’t sold out yet. Since the Sold Out update only happens every day at 4:00pm Mountain Time, my lists are always about a day behind.

Because it’s Sizzix on Saturday time as well, I used the Stripes Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#123128) for the background texture. Although Island Indigo 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#122923) is not retiring, I used it (5-1/4” x 4” plus a scrap) in place of the Midnight Muse Card Stock, which is sold out. The Midnight Muse Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126860) is still available, but the Classic Ink Refill is sold out. Therefore, I used the Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126986) for the banner with the “Thank You, You’re the Best” image from the Hello, Lovely Stamp Set (#130240, w; #130243, c). I thought that was a perfect sentiment to thank my Facebook Fans!

Other Supplies Used: Daffodil Delight 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#119683), 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” & scrap; Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#100730), 2” x 3”; Melon Mambo 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#115320), 2” x 3”; Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper (#129310), 3-1/4” x 4-1/2” & 8” x 8”;Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape (#129314); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Envelope Punch Board (#133774); Hung Up Cute Clips (#129389); Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (#118309); Rhinestone (#119246) Basic Jewels; SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683)

Directions:

  1. Make envelope from 8” x 8” piece of Gingham Garden paper. Round corners of flaps. Secure three of the flaps with SNAIL.
  2. Tear off strips of all three patterns of Washi Tape and adhere to Gingham Garden layer and envelope flap.
  3. Fold Daffodil Delight piece in half for card base.
  4. Emboss Island Indigo layer with Stripes folder and Big Shot.
  5. Use several rows of SNAIL to fully coat the back of the Designer Series Paper piece. Adhere to Island Indigo layer without pressing too hard.
  6. Stamp sentiment on Whisper White card stock. Notch one end.
  7. Adhere Whisper White to Melon Mambo card stock. Trim Melon Mambo to about 1/16” border. Adhere to Island Indigo/Gingham Garden card front with SNAIL. Attach arrow Cute Clip.
  8. Punch out scalloped flower shape from a small scrap each of Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo & Island Indigo card stock. Attach small Rhinestones to centers, then adhere below Washi Tape strips on card front with Glue Dots.
  9. Adhere entire card front to Daffodil Delight card base with Dimensionals

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