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!!

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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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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

You're Amazing Card#3-Visit

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.

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Why I Love My Work

You're Amazing Card-Visit

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  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

Class Photo Page 2-Visit

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 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

Class Photo Page1-Visit

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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