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.

Complementary Color Scheme Card-Visit

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); Apothecary Accents Framelits™ Dies (127003); 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

Butterfly Birthday Card-Visit

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 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?


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!

Fall Just For You Card-Visit

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?

Paper Pumpkin Samples-Visit

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

Fast Fuse Holder-Visit

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


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


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)


  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

Thanks, Facebook Fans! I appreciate you!!

Become one of my Facebook Fans and you, too could have a chance to enter the contest. You also get a free gift for LIKEing my Facebook Page! Justclick the link in the sidebar!

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Color Craft-Dramatic Contrast That Works

Calypso Coral Best Friend Card-Visit

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

Spring Floral Birthday Card-Visit

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.

To order what you need to make your own Spring Floral Birthday Card, 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.  You can order Craft Metal Sheets here at Add A Little Dazzle ‘s Online Store.

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Spring Monochromatic Scheme with Old Olive

Hello Old Olive Card-Visit http;//

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 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

Ode to Spring Page - Visit

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)


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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