Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Tangerine Tango

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Tangerine Tango, the Color of the Week, is a second Hue in the Red-Orange Color Group, but I placed it in the Tint section for space reasons. You may remember that it was included in a Monochromatic Color Scheme with Watermelon Wonder. Today I’m keeping it all by itself in the Tangerine Tango Monochrome Scheme.

I chose Early Espresso from the Neutrals Collection for the contrast. I needed high contrast for the Birthday theme and selected the darkest Brown. It’s too close to Hallowe’en to use Basic Black for this theme, but if the Birthday recipient is a big Hallowe’en fan, it would work. Otherwise, any of the Neutrals will provide contrast, depending on your message.

The birthday greeting covers the top flap of a gift card envelope. The envelope is held closed by the weight of the greeting layers. I added Watermelon Wonder blossom accents to the greeting layer to add some interest. You could also use Antique or Candy Dots Brads. I thought about attaching the large size of Rhinestone or Pearl Basic Jewels. But those would be too light in weight. Same for the Candy Dots without the Brad Bases.

Besides birthday, this color combination would be good for congratulations, retirement and friendship cards or more sophisticated invitations.

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A Quick Tip About the Clear Block Storage Caddy

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Last week, I discussed why Clear-Mount Stamps curl. The discussion included using Clear-Mount Blocks. So, it’s natural that this week, we talk about the Clear Block Storage Caddy (120279).

The Clear Block Storage Caddy is great for storing your Clear-Mount Blocks between uses. The case is compact and holds one of each size of the Clear-Mount Blocks. The blocks fit tightly into the thick foam liner to keep them from jostling. And this leads to my quick tip:

  1. Do NOT use your nails to get the blocks out of the Caddy! Your manicurist will really have words with you!!!
  2. Instead, grab your trusty Bone Folder (102300) and use it to lift the block by sliding the tip under the block and levering it up. The handy thumb-notch beside each block space works very well for this.

I just thought of another tip:

  1. Keep the thin foam cover in between the two sides. This will keep the blocks from scratching or chipping.

And my favorite Storage Caddy Tip:

  1. Lay a Clear Block Cleaning Cloth (121779) flat against the foam cover and store it in the Caddy. That way, you’ll never be without one!

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Gifts for Free

Takeout Box SampleRight now, I’m dreaming up my latest Free Surprise Gift for my Mailing List Subscribers. This is in addition to the monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, which contains at least $24.95 worth of ideas, tips and tutorials… also for FREE! Free gifts include the annual 12 Weeks of Christmas tutorial series. All of the periodic free gifts are only available to those members already on my Mailing List. They aren’t available after the e-mail goes out.

The 12 Weeks of Christmas series of tutorials isn’t a surprise, exactly, but everyone looks forward to them. The Tutorials are valued between $9.95 and $14.95 each, if you could buy them. You can’t. You can only receive them free, just like other free gifts, by signing up for my Mailing List. Past free gifts have included e-books on photography, scrapbooking, etc. and have been valued at $7.95 to $24.95. Only Mailing List Members may receive them!

To join my Mailing List, just fill out the form at right. Be sure you click the link in your confirmation e-mail or you won’t be signed up! You’ll collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) when your membership is confirmed! And the best part is… it’s all FREE!

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Cucumber Crush: Summer Undersea Complements

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The Complements to Cucumber Crush, of the Green-Yellow Color Group, are members of the Red-Violet Color Group. Rose Red is in that group and is the color I chose for this Cucumber Crush Complementary Color Scheme. I wanted a nice Summery combination suitable for an undersea design, but I did not want the exuberant brightness of Melon Mambo or the deep richness of Cherry Cobbler. Rose Red is a Tone of Red-Violet and adds a softness to the design.

I was going for an Under-The-Sea look to this card, so I used Sahara Sand for the stamped images instead of Very Vanilla or Whisper White. If I’d thought about it before I took the photo, I would sponge the Envelope Paper with Sahara Sand ink to help the envelope coordinate better with the card. I may do that later.

Complementary Color Schemes tend to be more energetic than other types of Color Schemes. However, the Cucumber Crush-Rose Red combination is a bit more relaxed. This combination is good for Friendship, Thinking of You, more mature Birthday and Thank You cards. The combination and this design could also work for Sympathy wishes.

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Icing Cover for Cutie Pie Cake-Slice Box

Cucumber Crush Cake Slice Box - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comWhile I was playing with the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies for the birthday scrapbook page I talked about two days ago, I decided to make a cake-slice box with a removable cover to suggest icing. I used the Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week, Cucumber Crush from the Green-Yellow Color Group, for the Cake-Slice Box and selected a coordinating pattern for the icing cover. I tried two methods to make the cover:

I tried two methods to make the cover:

  1. Die cut an extra box from contrasting paper and trim away the parts I didn’t need. This was a great idea, but it made the cover too tight to fit over the full box.
  2. Trace the shape of the full box on another sheet of paper. Trim about 1/2” margins all around the pie shape and create flaps to adhere the cover together. This fit much better, but be careful not to trace around the box too tightly. If you do, you’ll end up with the same problem as in method #1. Decorate the lid as you wish, then fill the box before putting it on.

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  1. Only use one flap to adhere the point of the cover. You really don’t want the extra bulk.
  2. Angle the flaps you create so they won’t show beyond the edge of the trim.
  3. Use Tear & Tape Adhesive to adhere the cover together, just like on the full cake-slice box.
  4. You’ll have plenty of scraps to use for die-cutting the decorations. When making the bow, as shown, use small pieces of Tear & Tape to stick it together.

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The Cucumber Crush polka dot pattern from the 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack went well with a pattern that includes an Analogous Plus Color Scheme for the cover. Analogous Color Schemes are made up of adjacent colors on the color wheel. I skipped over the Primary and Secondary colors to use adjacent Tertiary Colors. I decided to call it Analogous Plus.

Besides Cucumber Crush, the colors in the pattern of the cover include Watermelon Wonder from the Red-Orange Color Group, Hello Honey from the Yellow-Orange Color Group and Bermuda Bay and Pool Party from the Blue-Green Color Group. As I’ve said before, if the color combination doesn’t fit in one of the established schemes, I make up my own! The big advantage we all have is that Stampin’ Up!® Exclusive Colors pretty much all coordinate with each other, so it’s really hard to go wrong!

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Hot for the Holidays Class for 2015

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You’ll be the first to try out the hottest products from the Stampin’ Up!® 2015 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. And you’ll love how much fun you’ll have creating these 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.

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Birthday Page with Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies

Sweet Stack Birthday Page - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comAs I noted in my article, Cutie Pie Thinlits: More Than a Cake Slice Box, the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies can make die-cuts that are more than just the box with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. I decided to use the “Happiest of Birthdays” pennant to embellish a birthday page, lining it up with the Big Shot Magnetic Platform, of course. I cut out two more pennants with a different image stamped on them to flank the main pennant.

I adore the pattern from the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack with all the butterflies on it that I used on the card in that post. I used up the most of the rest of the sheets in creating this scrapbook page. Each sheet is 6” x 6”, so I used 1” strips to frame the photo mats and traced the outside of the pennant die to mat the pennants. I had room enough left to die-cut six candles, but I decided to only use three. The candles are cut from the reverse of the butterfly pattern. I layered the title strip with 1-3/4” x 6” pieces of the paper adhered side-by-side. Some people like to hide the join, but the pattern is so busy, and the pennants draw the eye, so I didn’t feel it necessary. The pennants are attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals only at the top, so photos or journaling can slip right underneath.

This birthday page will contain photos from my oldest grandson’s birthday dinner. Otherwise, I might have use the bow die-cut and the little flower, along with one of the mini tags.

Tip: Adhere the candle shapes with Stampin’ Glue Sticks – they’re much easier to handle. I cover the back with Glue Stick while it’s placed on the Silicone Craft Sheet, then attach. You can wash off the Craft Sheet when you’re done!

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Cucumber Crush

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Cucumber Crush, this week’s Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week, is a beautiful Green-Yellow that is the Hue of the Color Group. It reminds me of Spring leaves and bright green apples. It also has a whole row of fellow members of the Green-Yellow Color Group, so I had a fun time creating this Monochromatic Color Scheme on an All-Occasion Card.

The card front layer is cut from Pear Pizzazz, one of the Green-Yellow Tints. The background layer is Mossy Meadow, a Green-Yellow Tone. These two colors tone down the exuberance of Cucumber Crush and help create a harmonious card.

Cucumber Crush Monochromatic Color Schemes are good for Spring, Summer, Cheer-Up cards and pages, Birthday, Friendship and Get Well cards. It could also make a terrific Spring or Summer Wedding card, page or invitation, depending on the bride’s colors.

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Why Do Clear-Mount Stamps Curl?

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Clear-Mount Stamps will sometimes curl if you apply the sticker, like I do. If the sticker is too tight, that will cause curling. You can loosen the sticker by partially removing it, then gently replacing it without stretching.

If you don’t apply the sticker, the Clear-Mount Stamp won’t curl. (I always apply the sticker because I’m too visual to go without.) The stamp is mounted on repositionable foam so it sticks to the Clear-Mount Block or to the stamp case with no curling.

If you’ve applied the sticker loosely and the stamp still wants to curl, you may have to straighten it out before it will stick to the Block. It’s easy: just curl the stamp in the opposite direction and hold it in place a few seconds. The stamp will stick to the Block long enough for you to complete your stamping. If it doesn’t, see the video included in my post, Getting Clear-Mount Stamps to Stick.

If the stamp continues to curl, take drastic measures:

  1. Curl the stamp in the opposite direction and hold for a few seconds.
  2. Mount the stamp on a Clear-Mount Block.
  3. Stack a few more Clear-Mount Blocks the same size or larger on top of the mounted stamp.
  4. Leave the stack in place for a few hours or overnight.

I usually just keep on curling and holding, rather than use the drastic measures. Often I need to use the Blocks, then I forget to stack when I’m done. The biggest annoyance with curled stamps is that the stamp keeps popping out of its place in the stamp case.

Got a question about Clear-Mount Stamps or another product or tool? E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com or post your question in Comments. I’ll respond directly to your e-mail and post the answer here on www.3amStamper.com. You may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com if you need an answer right away about your Clear-Mount Stamps or another product.

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Moving Across the State? You Can Take It With You!

Moving Away & Taking It With You

As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you own your own home-based stamping business and you can take it with you if you have to move across town, across the state, or even across country! It’s just not a problem! 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). This also applies to your customers living abroad if they can provide an APO/FPO address. If they live abroad without having an APO/FPO address, they can only be recruited and sold to by Demonstrators of the country in which they reside.

With today’s technology, you can easily keep in touch with your customers and downline in your old neighborhood by phone, e-mail, text or Facebook private groups. You can even hold stamping parties online through services like Google Hangouts.

A good way to get to know your new neighbors is to hold a free class every month or six weeks or so (however it fits into your schedule). You design a very simple card and pass out flyers to your neighbors with the date, time and the fact that the class is free. This lets your new neighborhood know about your business and gives you all a chance to get acquainted.

I have lots of other ideas for you to add new customers and downline while you maintain your old ones! As you can see, moving away is just not a problem!

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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Daffodil Delight in a Colorful Analogous Scheme

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There are a lot of choices in Daffodil Delight’s Analogous Colors of Yellow-Orange and Yellow-Green. Analogous Colors for Daffodil Delight are those adjacent to the Yellow Color Group. The Stampin’ Up!® colors allow a wide range of possibilities for different moods, themes and combinations with three other colors in the Yellow-Orange Color Group and four more in the Yellow-Green Color Group.

I chose Cucumber Crush and Delightful Dijon for the Daffodil Delight Analogous Color Scheme in today’s project. I found the combination most colorful as well as quite energetic! Cucumber Crush is a Green-Yellow Hue (remember, I consolidate the Split Tertiary Groups at my convenience – you can too!) and of equal intensity to Daffodil Delight. Delightful Dijon makes a nice intermediate color that accents both and lets me use three colors in the Analogous Color Scheme. (This makes colorists happy.)

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Brick Oven Baker’s Box

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You read about how excited I was to try out the Baker’s Box Thinlits™ Dies. Well, I was also excited to try out the Brick Wall Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder. I wanted to put the two together, so I came up with this “brick oven” Baker’s Box. It’s very easy and quick to do, too.

Die-cut the Baker’s Box with the Big Shot, including the window on one side. You may need the Magnetic Platform to hold them in place, otherwise use Post-It™ Notes or painter’s tape. After you’ve cut two of the boxes, emboss them one at a time with the Brick Wall folder. Make sure they face the same direction. You can flatten the embossing on the flaps with the Bone Folder before you assemble. You can also use the Bone Folder to crease the other folds, but do it gently so you don’t flatten the rest of the embossing.

I just use the Tear & Tape Adhesive on the side flaps to assemble the box. I like boxes you can store flat and if you don’t adhere the bottom flaps together, you can do that. Be careful what you put the box as if the contents are heavy, the bottom will come open. A bit of masking or painter’s tape would hold it closed and still let you remove the tape to store the box. If you’re sending filled boxes home with someone, adhere the bottom flaps.

The window is covered with a Window Sheet piece 2” square. Cut the Tear & Tape Adhesive into strips, then in half the long way to adhere the Window Sheet over the window.

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Daffodil Delight: a Bright Complementary Scheme

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As I noted in my article, Wisteria Wonder Split Complementary Scheme, Daffodil Delight does not work well as the Complement to Wisteria Wonder, from the Violet Color Group. However, Elegant Eggplant, also from the Violet Group, makes a perfect Complement to Daffodil Delight. Both colors have a similar intensity with no muting. The Complementary Color Scheme is bright and high contrast. I used Whisper White as an accent to focus the contrast.

I stamped the Blended Bloom flower and the sentiment with the Elegant Eggplant Classic Pad. The flower is ideal for coloring, so I highlighted the petals with the Daffodil Delight Marker from the Brights Collection and shaded them with the Wisteria Wonder Marker from the Subtles Collection. This lets me use both Complementary colors successfully with Daffodil Delight.

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The Daffodil Delight Complementary Colors are good for Friendship, All-Occasion, Thank You and Birthday cards. The brightness also makes for great scrapbook pages.

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Sweet Stack Project Kit Tip Sheet

Sweet Stack Centerpiece-In-Class Version - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comPart of the fun at my Sweet Stack Centerpiece class on July 18th was discovering a whole bunch of highly useful tips to help with making your centerpiece go smoothly. If you missed the class, or already have your Sweet Stack Project Kit, you can still take advantage of the class discoveries. I’ve compiled the tips into a special Tip Sheet that comes with a Bonus Template. The total value is $7.95 and it’s on sale right now!

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Useful Tips Free With Sweet Stack Project Kit

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We had a lot of fun at my Sweet Stack Centerpiece class last Saturday. What’s more, we discovered a whole bunch of highly useful tips to help with making your centerpiece go smoothly.

If you missed the class, you can make up for it in part. I’ve compiled the tips we discovered into a special Tip Sheet that is free when you purchase the Sweet Stack Project Kit (138812). The tip sheet comes with a Bonus Template as well. The total value is $9.95, but it’s yours at no extra charge when you order the kit.

To order your Sweet Stack Project Kit and receive the Tip Sheet for FREE, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on the Sweet Stack Project Kit link above. You’ll receive your free Tip Sheet and Bonus Template in your inbox.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Daffodil Delight

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Daffodil Delight is the pure Hue in the Yellow Color Group and has no fellows (Tints, Tones or Shades) along with it in the Stampin’ Up!® Colors. It stands alone in any Daffodil Delight Monochromatic Color Scheme. Since you typically need some contrast between layers of Yellow, the Neutrals Collection gets to play!

The highest contrast occurs when Daffodil Delight is paired with Basic Black. Early Espresso provides a slightly softer contrast, with Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip and Soft Suede giving an even softer contrast. All of these work very well to showcase Daffodil Delight in a Monochrome Scheme.

Whisper White and Very Vanilla give the lowest contrast. Along with Daffodil Delight, they would make a great Bridal Shower or Baby Shower invitation or page. The softness would create a more peaceful theme. If you need higher contrast but don’t want to give up the combination, sponge the edges with a darker Neutral to create a thin line of demarcation.

I used Daffodil Delight with Soft Suede and Very Vanilla in this dinosaur birthday card. The Very Vanilla layer allowed the Daffodil Delight images to show, with Soft Suede providing contrast.

Tip: I creased the card base well and could punch both layers of the folded corners and edge corners at the same time.

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Daffodil Delight Monochromatic Color Schemes are good for Spring, Summer, Shower or other Cheery cards and pages, Birthday, Baby, Wedding and Get Well cards.

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Two-Way Glue Pen Tip with Word Die-Cuts

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I hadn’t used my word Thinlits™ Dies a lot since the Transfer Adhesive retired. I finally got my Hello You Thinlits™ Dies (137363) out again and decided to adhere the word with the 2-Way Glue Pen (100425). I did not mention this adhesive in my article,Thinlits: Some More Tips, when I talked about adhesives to use to attach fine-script word die-cuts. Then I discovered this little tip:

You know how you get a little puddle of the glue when you “charge” the pen to get the glue flowing? After the first charge was used up, I decided to use the puddle as paint and spread it over the back of the word with the Glue Pen tip. It worked perfectly and I didn’t have to worry about crushing the word when I recharged the tip. The 2-Way Glue is not as thick as Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), so it is much quicker to dry. Try this tip and see what you think!

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Do You Like To Be In On The Latest Trends?

Peek at 3am Thoughts - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comDo you like to keep up with the latest trends and read the latest news from the world of rubber stamping, scrapbooking and papercrafting? You can have it all delivered right to your inbox each month! That’s what you receive when you join my Mailing List! Every month, my Mailing List Subscribers enjoy my newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with the latest news, tips, ideas and trends… and it’s FREE!!

My newsletter typically includes 4 or 5 tutorials, worth between $4.95 and $7.95 each. The latest trends, news, tips, ideas, tricks and techniques are sprinkled throughout.

To join my Mailing List and receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, fill out the form at right. Be sure you click the link in your confirmation e-mail or you won’t be signed up! You’ll collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) when your membership is confirmed!

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Wisteria Wonder in an Analogous Scheme

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I usually tend to use only two of the three colors in an Analogous Color Scheme, because I favor Monochromatic Schemes over anything else. However, the Wisteria Wonder Analogous Colors worked so well together, I had to use all three! Wisteria Wonder is in the Violet Color Group. Right beside it is the Red-Violet Color Group, in which I included the Violet-Red and Red-Violet split-Tertiary groups (for my convenience), and selected Rich Razzleberry. Alongside Red-Violet is the Red Color Group, which includes Pink Pirouette.

The combination is spectacular because of all the contrast! Wisteria Wonder is a Tint/Tone of Violet and so is slightly muted. This works very well with the brightness of the Tint, Pink Pirouette, and the deepness of the Shade, Rich Razzleberry. Together this Analogous Color Scheme provides energy and interest, without being overwhelming.

If you want even higher contrast in this scheme, substitute Blackberry Bliss for Rich Razzleberry. Blackberry Bliss will add a sharpness to the combination and would work very well for Masculine cards… even with Pink Pirouette. The combination as is would be good for Birthday, Thank You, All-Occasion or Sympathy cards or pages.

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Cutie Pie Thinlits: More Than A Cake Slice Box

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At my class today, we’re using the Sweet Stack Project Kit, which includes two sizes of Cake Slice Box Die-Cuts, similar to what you can make with the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies and your Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine. However, the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies include more than just the Cake Slice Box, Bow and Candle. There are other dies that coordinate with the Sweet Stack Stamp Set, as well as additional box embellishments.

I thought it would be fun to make a card with the Stamp Set and some of the Dies. I designed it to coordinate with the pattern from the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack with no additional items. After I cut the card base and layers, I just used scraps of card stock for the pennant and bow.

I stamped, then die cut the pennant sentiment by lining it up on the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform. I wanted a border around it, but I thought I’d try to save time by cutting the card stock to fit with the Stampin’ Trimmer after I adhered the pennant. That worked, but you need to be careful when you’re lining up the edge to be cut. A better choice would have been to trace around the outside of the die, cut the card stock with the Trimmer and then adhere the pennant. It turned out the time I tried to save was used up making adjustments. A word to the wise!

The Stamp Set and Die Cuts would also be cute to decorate a scrapbook page. I think I’ll try that sometime!

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