Retiring Stamp Sets Contest-Extended

Picture This Retired Stamp Set

Stampin’ Up!® has announced the date for the Retiring List-April 18thSo, my Retiring Stamp Sets Contest will continue through April 15th.   Go ahead and make your picks then e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.

Guess which 10 sets from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog will be on the retiring stamp sets list.  The person who has the most correct guesses (minimum of 5 correct) will win a retiring set from my personal collection.

Do not include any of the sets in the Seasonal (Mini) Catalogs, the Hostess Sets, the Ronald McDonald House Charities exclusive set, or any other catalog or flyer.  Just include sets in the main catalog.

If the set comes in clear-mount or another language, only use one name & number.  Variations will count as duplicates and reduce your number of guesses.

These stamp sets are returning in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog (where there is more than one kind, only the wood-mount set is listed):

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Don’t use any of these in your entries – they’ll be eliminated and will reduce your number of correct guesses.

The winner will be notified in Mid-May and will receive their set by the end of August.  In case of ties, each winner will get to pick a stamp set.  First choice will go to the winner who entered earliest.

E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com your 10 guesses including stamp set name and product number, along with your name and phone number, by midnight (Pacific Time) on April 10thOnly one entry per person, please.

DEADLINEApril 15th

Please note that Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are not eligible to enter this contest.

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Quick & Easy Stamp-A-Stash Bash – Date Changed

Quick & Easy Stamp-a-Stash Peek - Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

A conflict came up with the original date of my Quick & Easy Stamp-A-Stash Bash, so the date is moved back a week to April 30th.  All the deadlines have moved, too, naturally!

The Quick & Easy Stamp-a-Stash Bash lets you make six cards, complete with envelopes, in three different designs.  These are great to have on hand for those times you need a card-yesterday!  This class is ideal for beginning stampers, and experienced stampers may complete their cards early.  The Quick & Easy Stamp-A-Stash Bash will also launch as an online class shortly after the in-person class ends.

Date: 4/30/16

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 4/13/16

Early Bird Registration: $27

Register for the Early Bird Discount Now!


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I Almost Forgot – Last Day for Sale-a-Bration

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I almost forgot to tell you, TODAY is the last day to order Stampin’ Up!® products and receive your FREE Sale-a-Bration (SAB) stamp sets or accessories.  You may pick one SAB item with every $50 you order!

I’d hate for you to end up like the sad-looking puppy in the photo because you missed out.  This picture reminded me of my client last year who called me three days after Sale-a-Bration ended!  I was so sorry to tell her that SAB was over and she couldn’t get any free goodies.

Don’t let this happen to you!  Place your order soonest by clicking on the Order Online button (below the Weekly Deals) in the right sidebar and shop now.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Night of Navy

Night of Navy Hummingbird Card - Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Night of Navy is the Shade of the Blue Color Group.  Although I usually introduce the Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week with a Monochromatic Color Scheme, I found the stamp set I wanted to use didn’t work well with Night of Navy and the Hue of the Blue Color Group, Pacific Point.  The two colors don’t provide enough contrast with each other, so I added Whisper White layers to separate them.  (I also adhered a Whisper White layer on the inside so messages would be readable – if you’re using metallic ink, you probably won’t need this.)

For the hummingbird and flower images, I first tried a technique shown at a conference last year that used three-step stamps and a single color.  Frankly, Night of Navy by itself looked very blah and adding Pacific Point didn’t help any.  Instead, I fell back on the old stand-by, light color first, then medium, then dark.

The combination uses Night of Navy, Marina Mist from the Blue-Green Color Group, and Garden Green from the Green Color Group on the hummingbird; Soft Sky from the Blue-Green Color Group, Marina Mist, and Pacific Point on the rose; with Wild Wasabi from the Green Color Group and Garden Green adding the leaves.  I call this an Analogous Plus Color Scheme because the Cherry Cobbler throat of the hummingbird is in the Red-Violet Color Group, which is two groups away from the Green/Blue-Green/Blue combination.  Previously, I called the combination a Wide-Angle Analogous Scheme, but I like Analogous Plus better.

This combination is good for Friendship, Sympathy, Spring and Thank You cards.  The combination works well for a variety of scrapbook pages, too.  As a side note, this design is nice and flat, so it mails without extra postage!

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Retiring Stamp Sets Contest Is Still Going On

Stamp Sets in Clear-Mount - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comMy Retiring Stamp Sets Contest is still going on, so make your picks and e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.

Guess which 10 sets from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog will be on the retiring stamp sets list.  The person who has the most correct guesses (minimum of 5 correct) will win a retiring set from my personal collection.

Do not include any of the sets in the Seasonal (Mini) Catalogs, the Hostess Sets, the Ronald McDonald House Charities exclusive set, or any other catalog or flyer.  Just include sets in the main catalog.

If the set comes in clear-mount or another language, only use one name & number.  Variations will count as duplicates and reduce your number of guesses.

These stamp sets are returning in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog (where there is more than one kind, only the wood-mount set is listed):

Product List

Don’t use any of these in your entries – they’ll be eliminated and will reduce your number of correct guesses.

The winner will be notified in Mid-May and will receive their set by the end of August.  In case of ties, each winner will get to pick a stamp set.  First choice will go to the winner who entered earliest.

E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com your 10 guesses including stamp set name and product number, along with your name and phone number, by midnight (Pacific Time) on April 10thOnly one entry per person, please.

DEADLINEApril 10th

Please note that Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are not eligible to enter this contest.

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Lacy Spring Greeting Card

Lacy Spring Greeting Card - Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

It’s a week into Spring and I was in the mood for a Lacy Spring Greeting Card.  My favorite lace-making tools are the Thinlits Dies.  I thought about really covering this card with a lot of different die-cuts, but I ran out of room for the medium size Butterflies die-cut.  The small Bold Butterfly die-cut was a little large, too.

The Rose Garden Thinlits Dies are quite large so I could only fit two of the small roses on the card front.  I just had room for the greeting!  I thought about adding the rose leaves from the large rose die, but those were too big, too.  I used part of the leaf sprig to enhance the flowers and put the remaining two-leaf cut-outs inside the stamp case so I could find them again easily.  (You can use this tip for storage as long as you have room!)

The Big Shot Die Brush makes it easy to clean out the die.  You can also very carefully run the brush over the die to loosen the die-cut.  Be real careful, however, or you’ll tear the fine lines.  For stubborn die-cuts that won’t drop their cut-outs, the Die Brush works well, too.  Just go slowly.

By the way, the Honeycomb Happiness Stamp Set is a Sale-A-Bration item, free for $50 in products.

Real Life Color Coach LogoReal Life Color Coach note:  I used Rose Red from the Red-Violet Color Group, Blushing Bride from the Orange-Red Color Group, Tempting Turquoise from the Blue-Green Color Group, Garden Green from the Green Color Group and Crushed Curry from the Yellow-Orange Color Group.  These colors are more or less next to each other on the Color Wheel, so I call them my Wide-Angle Analogous Color Scheme.  Depending on the intensity of the colors you use, you can create cards and scrapbook pages of a variety of moods from celebration to remember.

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order through March 31st.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Lacy Spring Greeting Cards.

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Retiring: Probables, Maybes & Just In Case

Brights Ink & Card Stock

This list of Probables, Maybes & Just In Case retiring items does not include the complete list of products because there are just too many.  I listed the Designer Washi Tape because there are fewer of them and they coordinate with the Designer Series Paper, so that makes them Probable.

These are the Maybes on the Retiring Accessories List.  Some may go, the rest may stay.

Ribbon & Trim:

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/CategoryPage.aspx?categoryid=101201&dbwsdemoid=36451

Embellishments:

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/CategoryPage.aspx?categoryid=101202&dbwsdemoid=36451

Embossing & Glitter:

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/CategoryPage.aspx?categoryid=101203&dbwsdemoid=36451

The Just In Case list is for you to browse and pick up things like ink refills or Classic Stampin’ Pads you may not have or need extras of, and Card Stock.  May as well do it now while Sale-A-Bration is going on!

Color Collections (Brights, Neutrals, Regals & Subtles):

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/CategoryPage.aspx?categoryid=101100&dbwsdemoid=36451

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To order, click on any of the links in the Product List.  If you order $50 in product that includes In Color 2014-2016 Items, I’ll send you your choice of a free gallery of card samples:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow & Tangelo Twist.  You also can take advantage of Sale-A-Bration through the end of March.  If your order, including In Color 2014-2016 Items, totals $100 in products, I’ll send you the complete gallery in all five colors for free! 

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Probably Retiring: Project Life® Cards & Accessories

This is the Life Project Life Cards & Accessory Pack

In previous years, almost all of the Project Life® Card Collections & Accessory Packs have retired.  I have a feeling the new Striped 12” x 12” Printed Album will appear on the list, so I’m including it just in case.  Some of the Photo Pocket Pages may also be on the Retiring Accessories List, so take a look at them, just in case.

Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!® is such a great scrapbooking system!  You can do a page in a minute or less… or linger over it if you like.  All you need to do is slip your photos into the pockets, write or draw on a few cards (titles, journaling, etc.) and you’re done.  It’s a fantastic way to get those piles of photos organized!  Look over the package contents and pick the ones you like – you can also order the Bundles which include the Card Collection, Accessory Pack and Stamp Set for each theme.  You’ll get to take advantage of the free Sale-A-Bration items (one for every $50 in products) if you order by March 31st.

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To order, click on any of the links in the Product List.  If you order $50 in product that includes In Color 2014-2016 Items, I’ll send you your choice of a free gallery of card samples:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow & Tangelo Twist.  You also can take advantage of Sale-A-Bration through the end of March.  If your order, including In Color 2014-2016 Items, totals $100 in products, I’ll send you the complete gallery in all five colors for free! 

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Almost Sure to Retire: Designer Series Paper

Sweet Li'l Things DSP

The full line of beautifully coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) from Stampin’ Up!® is almost sure to retire when the Retiring Accessories List is announced.  The only one that might carry over again is the Typeset Specialty DSP, but I wouldn’t count on it.  The DSP is good for envelopes as well as backgrounds, paper ribbon, and other uses, so ordering a supply of your favorites now is a good idea.  You’ll also get to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration through the end of March.

Designer Series Paper coordinates with the Stampin’ Up! colors, including the In Colors, which is one reason the full line, except for the core Color Collections Designer Series Paper Stacks, retires every year.  The core Color Collections are Brights, Neutrals, Regals and Subtles.  These may retire in favor of new patterns, but they typically continue for a few years.

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To order, click on any of the links in the Product List.  If you order $50 in product that includes In Color 2014-2016 Items, I’ll send you your choice of a free gallery of card samples:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow & Tangelo Twist.  You also can take advantage of Sale-A-Bration through the end of March.  If your order, including In Color 2014-2016 Items, totals $100 in products, I’ll send you the complete gallery in all five colors for free! 

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Retiring for Almost Sure: Kits

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I’m doing a series this week on probable retiring accessories to give you a heads up so that you’ll get to:

  1. Take advantage of availability – stock up while supplies last
  2. Take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration promotion with every $50 you order through March 1st.

Today, we’re going over the kits.  I was very surprised when the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Kit (137950) carried over, but I’m including it on the list just in case.  And remember my  Sweet Stack Centerpiece Free Tip Sheet Offer, too.  That’s still going on as long as the Sweet Stack Project Kit (138812) is available.

One reminder I have is to avoid the Tag-A-Bag Accessory Kit.  I wrote an article about it a few months ago and told you I just can’t recommend it.  If it goes on sale for 90% off, then okay – that’s a deal on the Linen Thread and Gold Paper Clips.  Otherwise, spend your money on other goodies.

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To order, click on any of the links in the Product List.  If you order $50 in product that includes In Color 2014-2016 Items, I’ll send you your choice of a free gallery of card samples:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow & Tangelo Twist.  You also can take advantage of Sale-A-Bration through the end of March.  If your order, including In Color 2014-2016 Items, totals $100 in products, I’ll send you the complete gallery in all five colors for free! 

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Retiring For Sure: In Color 2014-2016

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If you have favorites among the In Color products for 2014-2016, you’ll want to stock up now!  You’ll also get to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration through the end of March.  I’m giving you this advice because as soon as the Retiring Accessories List is announced, the Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills are gone in 60 seconds!  (A slight exaggeration, but it sure seems that way from previous years.)  The next items to go are the Card Stock, then the Designer Series Paper and other accessories.

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To order, click on any of the links in the Product List.  If you order $50 in product that includes In Color 2014-2016 Items, I’ll send you your choice of a free gallery of card samples:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow & Tangelo Twist.  You also can take advantage of Sale-A-Bration through the end of March.  If your order, including In Color 2014-2016 Items, totals $100 in products, I’ll send you the complete gallery in all five colors for free! 

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Soft Sky Spring Card

Soft Sky Butterfly Because Card - Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Happy first full day of Spring and with it, this card “just because”!  I thought the Triadic Color Scheme, composed of Soft Sky, from the Blue-Green Color Group, Rich Razzleberry from the Red-Violet Color Group and Crushed Curry from the Yellow-Orange Color Group, would make a very Spring-y combination.  Triadic Color Combinations, which are evenly balanced from three equidistant points on the Color Wheel, can evoke different moods, depending upon the intensities of the colors you use.

Real Life Color Coach Colot Charts-Triad-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

In this combination, I used the Tint Soft Sky, the Shade Rich Razzleberry and the Hue Crushed Curry.  I drew the triangle on the Color Charts so you could see what it looks like.  The soft Tint is enhanced by the rich Shade and the bright Hue to make a cheery combination that suggests Spring.

Other card or page needs which this combination would suit are Birthday, Party, Celebration, Friendship, Thank You and All Occasion.

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Retiring Stamp Sets Contest Begins Right Now!

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Stampin’ UP!® will announce the Annual Catalog retiring sets shortly.   To honor the retirees, I’m having a contest, beginning Right This Minute!

Guess which 10 sets from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog will be on the retiring stamp sets list.  The person who has the most correct guesses (minimum of 5 correct) will win a retiring set from my personal collection.

Do not include any of the sets in the Seasonal (Mini) Catalogs, the Hostess Sets, the Ronald McDonald House Charities exclusive set, or any other catalog or flyer.  Just include sets in the main catalog.

If the set comes in clear-mount or another language, only use one name & number.  Variations will count as duplicates and reduce your number of guesses.  These stamp sets have been announced as returning in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog (where there is more than one kind, only the wood-mount set is listed):

Product List

Don’t use any of these in your entries – they’ll be eliminated and will reduce your number of correct guesses.

E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com your 10 guesses including stamp set name and product number, along with your name and phone number, by midnight (Pacific Time) on April 10thOnly one entry per person, please.

The winner will be announced in Mid-May and will receive their set by the end of August.  In case of ties, each winner will get to pick a stamp set.  First choice will go to the winner who entered earliest.

DEADLINEApril 10th

Please note that Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are not eligible to enter this contest.

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St. Patrick’s Day Blessing Upon You

Leprechaun Trap by Sean

As they say in Ireland:

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! (Pronounced: /ban-ock-tee na fay-lah paw-rig ur-iv/)

Thanks to Irish-Sayings.com for the greeting and pronunciation!

The photo is thanks to Sean Victorino, who created a Leprechaun trap for his school project a few years ago.  I featured it on a scrapbook page in my article, Leprechaun Trap Makes a Memory.

I wish you a terrific St. Patrick’s Day!

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Soft Sky

Soft Sky Butterfly Wishes-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Soft Sky is the Tint in the Blue-Green Color Group, which includes the Hue, Tempting Turquoise and the Tone, Marina Mist.  I love Soft Sky for snowflake cards, but since I didn’t feature this color until it’s almost Spring, I made a butterfly card.

The Monochromatic Color Scheme for Soft Sky includes Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White for contrast.  Soft Sky is a lovely pastel, but it gets a little lost with the lacy overlay.  I backed the under wings with Tempting Turquoise to help the butterfly stand out.  You could use Soft Sky and Whisper White alone, but the card or page would be low-contrast – very pastel!  This is great for in-person projects, but the combination doesn’t photograph all that well, so I added Tempting Turquoise.

This combination is great for Birthday, Wedding, Baby, Thank You, Friendship and almost any other celebration.  The Tempting Turquoise sets a bright tone.  For more sober occasions, such as Sympathy, I recommend replacing Tempting Turquoise with Marina Mist.

By the way, you may notice that I used Soft Sky Enamel Dots on the butterfly.  You can see how to make them in my article, How To Turn Candy Dots Into Enamel Dots.

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Receive the Latest News Every Month

The Word News from LettersWant to receive the latest news in paper crafting every month?  I send you the latest news and hot tips in every issue of my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts.  This free publication is delivered directly to your inbox around the first Tuesday or Wednesday of the month, unless I’m doing weekly editions.  News items are usually included in each article or in a “news bite” in the introduction.

To join my Mailing List and receive 3am Thoughts, filled with paper-crafting tutorials, tips & tricks along with hot news, fill out the form at right.  You’ll collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) just for signing up!  AND you’ll receive the latest news every month!!

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You Don’t Need A Territory

World Is Her Territory

With your own stamping business, you don’t need a territory and you don’t have to have one. You can do business all over! As a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator, you own your own home-based stamping business and can take it with you if you have to move away! It’s no problem!

The limit is: If you’re a United States Demonstrator, you may recruit and sell anywhere within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US territories (American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands).

However, you can create and sell other products with no geographical limitations. Finished physical goods, such as greeting cards and photo albums, are subject to your local tax regulations, BUT you can create products such as Online Classes and E-books, etc. and sell them everywhere! The world is your territory! I know, because I have clients all over!

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator? Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents, pick up some extra cash AND not have to worry about a territory? 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! And remember, you don’t need (or have to have) a territory to do it!

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Pacific Point

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Pacific Point is the Hue of the Blue Color Group and begins my “Blue Period” of Real Life Color Coach posts. I tried to mix up the colors so there would be a variety… but I think the Holidays got me off schedule. Making sure I did more Reds and Greens didn’t leave enough room for Blues.

So now we get to work with Blue. Today’s Monochromatic Color Scheme features Pacific Point, Whisper White and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, which is an iridescent white. I wanted to do something light and airy but not pastel, so the glittering paper and embossing powder do the trick.

Pacific Point would make a great Monochromatic Color Scheme with Blacks and Grays, as well as White, and its fellow Blue Color Group member, the Shade, Night of Navy. I don’t like Pacific Point paired with any of the Browns, because I feel those colors dim the intensity of the Hue. To work best, Pacific Point would need some other color to act as a buffer and enhance its intensity.

This combination would be perfect for anyone whose favorite color is Blue. I’ve shown a casual note card, but you could use it for Birthday, Get Well, Thank You, Friendship or Sympathy. This would be great for scrapbook pages with lots of photos, too.

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Real Life Color Coach LogoDid you know I have the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com you may contact at any time? And I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here. The Hotline is perfect if you have questions about Pacific Point, Monochromatic Color Schemes, creating color combinations for other cards or pages, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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