Wood Crate Candy Box

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The Wood Crate Candy Box pictured features the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: a whole pile of Neutral wood-look backgrounds!  Neutrals go with anything, so you’ll have an almost unlimited number of Color Combinations to play with!!

The sliced trees pattern caught my eye for my original plan to fill the Crate with Reese’s Peanut Butter CupsThen I realized that, since I keep the Peanut Butter Cups in the freezer, I would run the risk of getting my Crate wet when the candy thawed.  I changed to room-temperature Starburst Fruit Chews to avoid unsightly spots.

Incidental TipIf you want to fill the box with unwrapped candies, as a place setting favor for example, cut two or three Scalloped Circles from waxed paper with the largest of the Layering Circles Framelits™ DiesLine the Crate with the Circles first, then put in your candy.

The Wood Crate box is easy to assemble.  Die-cut two of the box pieces, then fold along all score lines.  If you find the score lines are too faint, shim with a piece of paper or use a Stylus and ruler to define them.  You may also use the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to define the lines.  Crease well with a Bone Folder.

Open out the flaps and apply Tear & Tape Adhesive to the “outside” of each one on both box pieces.  Also apply Tear & Tape around the edges of one box bottom, again on the “outside”.  Remove the backing on the box bottom adhesive and lay the non-adhesived piece on top with the box sides facing away from each other.  The overlapping box bottoms add strength so the box holds up when filled.  Remove the backing on the flaps and finish assembling the box.

The Wood Crate Framelits Dies include several shapes you can use for embellishments.  The Rooster is shown in the photo.  There is also a Tag DieYou can use it for a gift tag or as a place card for my party favor suggestion.

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Peace on Earth Card – Smoky Slate

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Peace on Earth Card – Smoky Slate gives you an unusual Holiday card using Black and Gray instead of traditional Holiday colors.  Today’s Neutrals-only project, as I indicated in my Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them? article, features Smoky Slate and Basic Black for the Monochromatic Color Scheme.  It’s a Quick & Easy Card that also lies flat for mailing without additional postage.  You know that’s my favorite kind!!

Another feature of the Peace on Earth Card – Smoky Slate Color Scheme is the Carols of Christmas Bundle.  The Stamp Set and Thinlits™ together give you terrific images to make Quick & Easy Cards, especially when you need a whole bunch of the same design.  The Bundle is an early release from the 2017 Holiday Catalog and when purchased together you save 10%!

I was quite tickled to find that I had the Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon and didn’t have to hunt for something else in Basic Black.  The Ribbon inspired me to use the deer die as a border on the bottom and as a trim.  I still have two Smoky Slate deer die-cuts for future projects (unless I lose them).

If the Color Combination of Smoky Slate and Basic Black is too Monochromatic for you, you can use the same design with Night of Navy and Whisper White, which is a more traditional Holiday combination.  You still get the Quick & Easy Card and you can use the 5/8” Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon in Night of Navy to match.

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How to Make the Dazzle Me Pocket Card

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The Dazzle Me Pocket Card colors of Tranquil Tide, Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi remind me of a calm, deep summertime ocean.  I discussed the Color Scheme in my article, Dazzle Me Pocket Card with Tranquil Tide.

While I was making the card, I discovered a few tips and tricks I thought you’d like to use.  The Product List that follows includes links to my Stampin’ Up!® Online Store.  Have fun with my How to Make the Dazzle Me Pocket Card tutorial.

  1. Fold an 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece of Marina Mist Card Stock in half and crease well with a Bone Folder to create the card base.
  2. Stamp the pocket outline image on a 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” Marina Mist piece with the Tranquil Tide pad.

    1. The photopolymer image stretches and distorts easily, so gently adjust it on the Clear Block until it’s straight. I lift it up and let it fall into place a few times, rather than forcing it.
    2. Be sure to leave room for the die-cutting, but you may be able to get two pockets from one piece of card stock.
  3. Stamp the pocket details inside the outline image with the Tranquil Tide pad.

    1. If you try to stamp the pocket and the details at the same time, you will cause the images to distort.
  4. Die-cut the stamped pocket with the Pocket Framelit. Fold and crease the flaps well with the Bone Folder.  Attach to a 5-1/4” x 4” piece of Tranquil Tide Card Stock with Tear & Tape AdhesiveYou can fit a gift card inside, but make sure the pocket is adhered at least 1” below the top edge.
  5. Stamp the sunglasses on one end of a 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” piece of Wild Wasabi Card Stock with the Tranquil Tide pad.  Die-cut with the sunglasses Framelit.  Insert the sunglasses in the pocket and attach with a Stampin’ Dimensional so they peek out.
  6. Stamp the sentiment on the other end of the Wild Wasabi piece with the Tranquil Tide Leave room for punching out the phrase.  Line up the sentiment inside the Pretty Label Punch opening and punch out.  Sponge the edges with a Sponge Dauber and the Tranquil Tide pad.
  7. Tie a piece of Island Indigo Ombre Ribbon around the Tranquil Tide layer below the pocket. Attach the sentiment over the ribbon and pocket with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Foam Adhesive Strips.
    1. The Dimensionals get placed over where they’ll adhere to the pocket.
    2. The Foam Strips get placed on the area covering the layer only. I cut pieces of two or three strips together at the same time to get a nice size attachment.
  8. Center the completed layer on the card front and adhere.

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Hot for the Holidays Early Bird Ending

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Today is the last day to get the Early Bird Discount on my Hot for the Holidays 2017 class.  Don’t miss trying out the hottest products from the 2017 Holiday Catalog along with the latest trends and techniques.  The examples in the photo are from a previous year’s class, yours will be different.

After today, the class registration is $69.  Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Date: 8/30/17

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Early Bird Registration: $59

Early Bird Deadline: TODAY

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Neutrals Only: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso

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As I promised in my Neutrals: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso article, here is my Neutrals Only: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso Card.  I had to use the Coffee Café set again because it has great sayings for coffee-lover’s Friendship cards.

Pairing Neutrals with each other is a fun way to create classic Monochromatic Color Schemes.  Remember that Copper, Gold and Silver are also Neutrals, which give you a lot of options in your Color Scheme

Crumb Cake & Early Espresso are a typical combination for a coffee-themed card, especially when you’re designing with Neutrals Only.  The take-out cup images are great to enclose the sayings and Early Espresso on Crumb Cake provides a lot of contrast.  The short cup, which looks like it could be a cupcake, also has a Framelit™ that gives you pleat impressions.

The whipped cream image is a little small to be cupcake icing, unless you don’t like a lot of icing.  I prefer the cloud image from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set for the cupcake icing.  The coordinating Tree Builder Punch fully encloses the stamped image, whereas the Coffee Cups Framelits cut off some of the stamped image.  You can see an example of the image in my Tangerine Tango: It All Stacks Up article.

I used my favorite retired 5/8” Satin Ribbon in Early Espresso for the embellishment.  The best substitute is the Fresh Fig 1/2” Finely Woven Ribbon, dyed with the Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill.  You won’t need much to get the color you want and you don’t need to remove the Fresh Fig color!

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Hot for the Holidays 2017

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Hot for the Holidays 2017 is here!  You’ll be the first to try out the hottest products from the 2017 Holiday Catalog along with the latest trends and techniques that are featured in my Hot for the Holidays Card Class. You’ll make three Deluxe Holiday Cards perfect for special friends and family. Envelopes are included, of course!  The examples in the photo are from a previous year’s class, yours will be different.  And you’ll love how much fun you’ll have creating the new designs!

Join me for an evening of fun and luxurious papercrafting!  Space is limited, so register early.  Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

By the way, this class will be offered online for you out-of-towners!

Date: 8/30/17

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Early Bird Registration: $59

Early Bird Deadline: 8/11/17

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Dazzle Me Pocket Card with Tranquil Tide

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This Dazzle Me Pocket Card is a summertime example of the Analogous Color Scheme for Tranquil Tide, of the Green-Blue Color GroupThe Analogous Colors, which are those that are side-by-side on the Color Wheel, are Marina Mist, of the Blue-Green Color Group, and Wild Wasabi, of the Green Color Group.  You can see these Color Groups in my 2017-2018 Color Chart, Green to Red-Violet.

I picked these colors because they remind me of a calm, deep ocean.  Analogous Schemes are harmonious and as soothing as Monochromatic Color Schemes, but you get to have three colors instead of two.

The ribbon trimming the card design is the Island Indigo Ombre RibbonSince Island Indigo is a Tone in the Green-Blue Color Group, it fits in the Analogous Color Scheme.  It also coordinates well with Marina Mist and provides sufficient contrast to the Tranquil Tide, Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi colors on the Dazzle Me Pocket Card front.

The Color Combination is good for Friendship, Get Well, Thank You, Birthday (especially Masculine Birthday) and Congratulations.  Pages made with this Combination would also be striking and good for any occasion.  Imagine a 12” x 12” Tranquil Tide Page with a row of Marina Mist Pockets filled with Wild Wasabi SunglassesOr switch the colors of the Pockets and Sunglasses for fun!  I may have to make one of these!tams# 15176

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Carols of Christmas Bundle – Head Start

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Get the Carols of Christmas Bundle, the early-release from the upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalog, and get a Head Start on the Holidays.  The Bundle includes the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and the Card Front Builder Thinlits™ DiesIt also comes in English and French languages.

With the Bundle, you’ll be able to get a Head Start on your handmade Christmas cards quickly and easily!  That’s what I like best about it!  The stamp images coordinate with the die images and you get some images, like the single and double evergreen trees, which mean no stamping required!

The photo shows some samples of what you can make with the Stamp Set and DiesTake advantage of the early release Bundle offer, which saves you ten percent!  You may order the Carols of Christmas Bundle now through August 31st.  You may also order the Stamp Set and Thinlits separately.  The stamp set comes in both Wood-Mount and Clear-Mount versions, as well as in English and French.

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Remember to use your Bonus Coupons you earned last month, too.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar to order your own Carols of Christmas Bundle.

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Neutrals: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso

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Today’s Neutrals: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso Card also features Whisper White and Powder Pink accents.  I wanted more highlighting of the Coffee Café Stamp Set than Crumb Cake and Early Espresso would give.

I know I promised in my Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them? article that I would do a Neutrals-only card each week, but I just couldn’t do without the Pink for this design.  Flirty Flamingo would also work, but I had a Powder Pink scrap handy.  I’ll revisit Crumb Cake & Early Espresso in a Neutrals-only card next week.

Even with the additions of Whisper White and Powder Pink, the Color Scheme remains Monochromatic.  When I’m finished posting my favorite Neutrals-only combinations, maybe I’ll do Monochrome Monday projects.  That will be fun because you can take any number of Neutrals and add one color and you still have a Monochromatic Color Scheme.  Maybe I’ll alternate Neutralsonly with Neutrals + Color projects.  Let me know what you think.

By the way, I used the retired 1/4” Early Espresso Cotton Ribbon to tie around the card front.  I think you’d get an interesting effect by dying the 1/4” Rich Razzleberry Stitched Edge Ribbon with the Early Espresso Classic Ink Refill.  The ribbon is Whisper White with color on the edges.

I also thought dying the 3/8” Old Olive Mini Chevron Ribbon would be cute.  If the color comes out funny, bleach the ribbon then rinse it out and let it dry before you dye it.

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Black & White Card

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Black & White Cardthe ultimate Monochromatic Color SchemeAs I promised in my Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them? article, here is this week’s Neutrals-only project.  It’s one of my favorite designs.

Basic Black and Whisper White comprise the Monochromatic Color Scheme in this card.  The stamp set is retired.  I can’t remember its name because it retired several years ago, but it was one of my favorites.  However, there are a number of current stamp sets that can substitute very well.

The 5/8” Basic Black Satin Ribbon also retired a couple of years ago, but you could still create it with the remaining Satin Ribbons, which retired this year.  Just mix alcohol and Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad Ink Refill or Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Refill and soak the ribbon in it.  You can use this technique for the substitute ribbons as well.  I like a 50/50 mixture, no matter how much.

My original card used the regular Whisper White Card Stock for both the card base and the card front.  I’m very excited to use Thick Whisper White Card Stock for the card base now.

Sometimes, the Basic Black Archival ink sticks to the regular Whisper White and tears it.  The Memento Ink Pad and Refill may be a better choice.  You would need the Archival ink for watercoloring, but this is Black & White, no color!  You may also find the Thick Whisper White works better with the Archival Ink.

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Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them?

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Neutrals:  essential to any design effort!  What would we do without them?  Not a whole lot!  Read on for the bonus Color Combinations I promised you in my 2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet article.

The Neutrals 2017-2018 Color Charts only reflect one change.  Tip Top Taupe, one of the Red-Blue-Yellow Graduated category, retired.  The 2017-2019 In Colors do not contain a Neutral.

But that’s okay!  We can make do with the Neutrals we have.  All the essentials from Black through White are represented.

On the Color Wheel, the Black through White colors, including Browns, are perpendicular to the Red-Yellow-Blue colors.  Since my Color Charts are rectangular, I have three rows of Neutrals:

  • The Neutrals Collection Colors Graduated from Black to Brown. I did not put Whisper White on the opposite end from Basic Black because it’s too tricky to fit the Grays in among the Browns.
  • The Gray Scale. This category easily fits in the Grays.
  • The Red-Blue-Yellow Combined Graduated from Dark Brown to Cream. And this category nicely covers the Browns.

I remembered I was planning to do projects with only Neutral Color Combinations.  This means cards and so forth using only the colors on the Neutrals chart.  I will aim for posting a Neutrals-only project once a week.

I promised you a bonus of Neutrals Color Combinations.  I’m just giving you my favorites today, so check back for more.

  • Basic Black & Whisper White (duh!) the ultimate Monochromatic Color Scheme.
  • Basic Gray & Basic Black
  • Smoky Slate & Basic Black
  • Very Vanilla & Soft Suede
  • Very Vanilla & Chocolate Chip
  • Very Vanilla & Early Espresso
  • Crumb Cake & Chocolate Chip
  • Sahara Sand & Early Espresso

All of these combinations are, of course, Monochromatic Color SchemesThey remain the same type of Scheme even if you add another color, such as Basic Gray & Smoky Slate with Melon Mambo.  But we’ll stick with Neutrals only for now.

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2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet

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2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet continue my changes to the Real Life Color Coach Charts this year.  I am continuing to go over them Color Group by Color Group and explain the moves I’ve made with the latest Stampin’ Up!® Colors.  The first part was detailed in my article, 2017-2018 Color Charts: Red to Green-Yellow.

Reminder:  The Color Chart is laid out with my eighteen categories of colors.  As you know, I split tertiary colors (Green-Yellow and Yellow-Green, for example) to place the colors as accurately as possible.  I’ve included these color sub-categories (or Groups):

  • Hue –  the truest form of the color
  • Tint – the color plus white
  • Tone – the color plus a degree of gray
  • Shade – the color plus black

Green Color Group:

  • Emerald Envy is the Hue.
  • Wild Wasabi is the Tint.
  • Garden Green is the Tone.

Blue-Green Color Group, Green-Blue Sub-Category:

  • Bermuda Bay is the Hue.
  • Pool Party is the Tint.
  • Mint Macaron, a Tint, retired.
  • Island Indigo is the Tone.
  • Tranquil Tide is the Shade. Although Tranquil Tide looks like it should be in the Green Color Group, it has enough Blue in it to be put in the Green-Blue Color Group.

Blue-Green Color Group, Blue-Green Sub-Category:

  • Tempting Turquoise is the Hue.
  • Soft Sky is the Tint.
  • Marina Mist is the Tone.

Blue Color Group:

  • Pacific Point is the Hue.
  • Dapper Denim is the Tone.
  • Night of Navy is the Shade.

Blue-Violet Color Group, including both Sub-Categories:

  • No colors in the Collections this year

Violet Color Group:

  • Wisteria Wonder is the Tint.
  • Elegant Eggplant is the Shade.

Red-Violet Color Group, Violet-Red Sub-Category:

  • Sweet Sugarplum is the Tint.
  • Perfect Plum is the Tone.
  • Rich Razzleberry is a Shade.
  • Fresh Fig is a Shade.

Red-Violet Color Group, Red-Violet Sub-Category:

  • Melon Mambo is the Tint. Melon Mambo is bright enough to be put in as the Hue, but the color is lighter than a really Hue should be, so it remains a Tint.
  • Rose Red is the Tone.
  • Cherry Cobbler is a Shade.
  • Berry Burst is a Shade.

The new Neutrals Chart is coming up with a bonus of Neutral Color Combinations.

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2017-2018 Color Charts: Red to Green-Yellow

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2017-2018 Color Charts, Red to Green Yellow, lead off my changes to the Real Life Color Coach Charts this year.  I decided to go over them Color Group by Color Group and explain the moves I’ve made with the latest Stampin’ Up!® Colors.  Previously, I’ve just posted the newest charts, as in the Real Life Color Coach Charts for 2016-2017 article, but this time, I thought you’d like more detail.

The Color Chart is laid out with my eighteen categories of colors.  Remember I split tertiary colors (Green-Yellow and Yellow-Green, for example) to place the colors as accurately as possible.  I’ve included these color sub-categories (or Groups):

  • Hue –  the truest form of the color
  • Tint – the color plus white
  • Tone – the color plus a degree of gray
  • Shade – the color plus black

Red Color Group:

  • Real Red is the Hue
  • Pink Pirouette is the

Red-Orange Color Group, Red-Orange Sub-Category:

  • Watermelon Wonder, the Hue, retired.
  • Calypso Coral moved to the Hue.
    • There really isn’t enough White in the color to let it remain a Tint and its intensity is similar to the Orange-Red Hue, Tangerine Tango, so I moved it.
  • Powder Pink, from the 2017-2019 In Colors, is the lighter
  • Flirty Flamingo is the deeper Tint.

Red-Orange Color Group, Orange-Red Sub-Category:

  • Tangerine Tango is the Hue.
  • Blushing Bride is the Tint.
  • Cajun Craze is the Shade.

Orange Color Group:

  • Peekaboo Peach is the Tint.
  • Pumpkin Pie is the Tone.

Yellow-Orange Color Group, Orange-Yellow Sub-Category:

  • No colors in the Collections this year

Yellow-Orange Color Group, Yellow-Orange Sub-Category:

  • Crushed Curry is the Hue.
  • So Saffron is the Tint.
  • Delightful Dijon, the Tone, retired.

Yellow Color Group:

  • Daffodil Delight is the Hue.

Yellow-Green Color Group, Yellow-Green Sub-Category:

  • Lemon-Lime Twist is the Hue.

Yellow-Green Color Group, Green-Yellow Sub-Category:

  • Cucumber Crush, the Hue, retired.
  • Pear Pizzazz is the Tint.
  • Old Olive is the deeper Tint.
    • You may ask why Old Olive isn’t a Tone. The reason is that Old Olive doesn’t have enough Gray or Brown in its composition to make it a Tone.
  • Always Artichoke is the Shade.

Next, look for the second part of the 2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet.

I’ll also post the new Neutrals Chart by itself so you have the complete reference.

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Filigree & Folds Class Registration Ends

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The Filigree & Folds Class Registration ends TODAY.  

Don’t miss out!  We’ll be making some new lacy-look things, including a gold or silver filigree box lined with your choice of colored card stock.  We’ll also filigree a treat bag and a gift card holder.  You’ll be surprised that the projects are actually easier than they look!   I’ve also got a surprise bonus project in the works!

Come enjoy the fun and indulge in fancy die-cutting!  Photo shows the lacy effect, but is from a previous class.  Space is limited, so register early.  Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Date: 7/26/17

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Registration: $69

Registration Deadline: TODAY

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Christmas In July to Kickstart New Business

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The Christmas In July to Kickstart your New Business Stampin’ Up!® recruiting promotion runs the entire month of July.  This is the first time I’ve seen an addition such as the Essentials Gift Pack for new recruits!  What a great help to reducing your initial investment!

Paper Snips in Essentials Gift Pack

The Essentials Gift Pack includes Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, a Bone Folder and two Clear Blocks size D (perfect for stamping yourself or sharing with your class or workshop attendees).   That’s an added value of $52 US!

You already get to design your own Starter Kit with $125 in product for just $99.  The Essentials Gift Pack lets you enhance your kit at no additional expense!  You’ll be getting your business set up in no time!

Additionally, when you sign up this month you’ll receive the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set for FREE.  This is the early release from the upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalog that you’ll get to use right away.  It’s also a $20 US value.

All of these together will give you a terrific Kickstart to your New Business by actually reducing your initial investment.  Your Starter Kit is only $99 for about $260 total value.  Talk about Christmas in July!!

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator?  Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well?  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.  If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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Filigree & Folds Class Early Bird Discount

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The Filigree & Folds Class Early Bird Discount ends TODAY.  

We’ll be making some new lacy-look things, including a gold or silver filigree box lined with your choice of colored card stock.  We’ll also filigree a treat bag and a gift card holder.  You’ll be surprised that the projects are actually easier than they look!   I’ve also got a surprise bonus project in the works!

Come enjoy the fun and indulge in fancy die-cutting!  Photo shows the lacy effect, but is from a previous class.  Space is limited, so register early.  Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Date: 7/26/17

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Early Bird Discount: $59

Early Bird Registration Deadline: TODAY

Register Now for the Early Bird Discount

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Favorite Movies for the Fourth of July

My Favorite Movies for the Fourth of July are “1776” and “The Music Man.”  We try to watch them every year as part of our Fourth of July celebrations.  It’s a family tradition.

1776 DVD Cover

If we’re going to a BBQ or party, we watch one in the morning and one either in the evening or the day before or the day after.  We seldom have time to watch both the same day if we’re going out.

The Music Man DVD Cover

I love musicals and these are two of the best.  I know all the words to the songs and sing along when I’m watching the movies.

Do you have any favorite movies you like to watch for a family tradition?  Post in Comments and let us all know.

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Bonus Days are Here Again!

Bonus Days Treat Yourself Banner

This fun Summer Special, Bonus Days, has returned!

For every $50 USD you spend (before shipping and tax) between July 1 & 31, you’ll get a $5 USD Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31.  No limit on how many coupons you can earn!

Check it out by clicking on the Order Online button at right!

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Making a Full-Page Photo Background

Full-Page Photo Background - Grizzly River Run - Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Several years ago, I published a project with a Full-Page Photo Background.  I also included tips on making it.  However, I looked through my files and can’t find it.  As I recall, it was a Digital Scrapbooking page made with the retired My Digital Studio.

This time, I’m giving you tips on how to create a Full-Page Photo Background without having to do it digitally or use special equipment.

  1. Pick your photo for the background. I’ve posted a shot of the Grizzly River Run ride in Disney’s California Adventure from my trip there last week.
  2. Decide how large you want the background to be.
    1. The photo shown is shaped for a 6” x 6” or 8” x 8” page with a title block either above or below it. I could re-edit the original photo to make it more square if I wished.
    2. If you want a 12” x 12” page, you will need to piece the photo.
  3. Insert your uncompressed image into a document such as Microsoft Word or Publisher. I’ve found the photo printing features on a program like Adobe Photoshop Elements don’t want to do it my way.
  4. Size the photo on the 8-1/2” x 11” page, remembering that you will need to allow for the area that the printer won’t cover. The 6” x 6” or 8” x 8” page size should fit within the printer margins.  I would do two pages 5” x 10” for the background on the 12” x 12” page.  Otherwise, you’ll have to print in 4 sections.
  5. Print out on photo paper.
  6. Trim and match the segments if you’re piecing the photo together for the 12” x 12” page.

I adhere the photo pieces to the page base as I go.  That way the little rascals don’t escape.

Would you like to share photos you’d use in a page background.  If so, just post in Comments or email me a copy at mary@3amstamper.com and I’ll post it for you.

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