Organizing Your Card Stock

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Here are a few tips on Organizing Your Card Stock.  I’m showing you how I organize my supply.

I keep my Card Stock organized by color name and color collection.  In my “studio” or work space, I have about a half-package of each color stored in magazine files with dividers.  I store the rest of my supply in folders in a filing cabinet.  The filing cabinet is an easy way to let me see what I’m needing to order and to let me refill my working supply.

I also prepare a supply of card bases and card layers.  I store the card bases in envelopes or folders that fit the card base size.  I have accordion file envelopes for my 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” pieces and file folders for my 4-1/4” x 11” pieces.  These are also sorted by color collection.

My card layers are stored in a file box.  These are 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” pieces of card stock which I can cut down to layer size, depending upon my design.  I separated each of the Neutral colors with dividers, but the other colors get to stay in their collections.  The dividers take up too much room to separate each color by name.  The Neutrals can blend together, so keeping each one separate makes them easier to use.

If you need an answer to any question about Organizing Your Card Stock or any other technique, product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.comJust make your subject line the technique, product or tool, such as Organizing Card Stock.

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Celebrate with a Hot Air Balloon Card

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Hot Air Balloons always tell me the weather’s good and it’s time to celebrate.  In my home town, Hot Air Balloons abound during Spring right through to Fall.  It’s common to see several in the air at one time while Wine Country festivals are going on!

The new Lift Me Up Bundle includes the stamp set and a set of Up & Away Thinlits™ Dies.  I particularly like the intricate balloon die which I used to make the Bermuda Bay overlay.  I applied strips of Tear & Tape Adhesive to the back of the card stock before I die-cut the balloon, so it needed two or three trips through the Big Shot™ to make sure everything cut through.  This includes using the Big Shot™ Precision Base Plate, which usually allows you to die-cut only once.  I used eight strips of adhesive, but you really only need one across the top, one across the bottom and two or three in between.  Tape savings is something to celebrate and you don’t have to spend a whole lot of time removing the backing.

I made a stencil when I die-cut the detailed balloon and used it to trace a solid shape on a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock.  I used Markers to color stripes across the shape, then adhered the detailed balloon and cut around the outside edge.

The colors I used were So Saffron, from the Yellow-Orange Color Group; Pool Party, from the Blue-Green Color Group, which is the same Color Group as Bermuda Bay; Peekaboo Peach, from the Orange Color Group; and Calypso Coral, from the Red-Orange Color GroupBermuda Bay and Pool Party are Complements to Calypso Coral and Calypso Coral is Analogous with Peekaboo Peach and So SaffronThe whole Color Combination could be either Complementary Plus or Analogous Plus, but I decided on Complementary Plus because Bermuda Bay is really the main color.  In any case, I was having fun!

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12 Weeks of Sale-A-Bration Begins in 4 Hours

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In 4 hours, the deadline ends to sign up for my Mailing List and get in on the Exclusive How-To Projects for Occasions and Sale-A-Bration I send during my 12 Weeks of Sale-A-Bration Program.  Don’t miss out-you’ve only got until 12:50pm Pacific Time to fill in the form at right.

By the way, you will get two free tutorials just for signing up!

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12 Weeks of Sale-A-Bration Getting Underway

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My Mailing List Subscribers are receiving a new exclusive series of free How-To Projects just in time for Sale-A-Bration!  The series is my gift to them to show my appreciation.  They receive ideas for using the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration new catalog offerings with complete instructions.

This special mailing starts in 24 Hours.  To get in on it,-just fill in the form at right!

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Have you Heard Any Adult Conversation Lately?

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Do you feel like you’re surrounded by nothing but kids all the time?  Would you like to hear some adult conversation once in a while, but you just can’t seem to fit it in?  Why not think about owning your own stamping business?

As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you run a home-based business on your own schedule.  You can schedule your own stamping events, which let you gather your friends to paper-craft and enjoy adult conversation together, and you get to interact with fellow Demonstrators, who also provide adult conversation… including business tips.  Besides that, you get paid for it!

So, if you need to take a break to have some adult conversation, you can schedule it at your convenience.  And, as I said before, you’ll get paid!  This will make it easier and more of a priority to work into your schedule, because you know you’ll be bringing in extra cash to the household

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business?  Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy adult conversation regularly, 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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Pretty Pines Joy Card

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I posted my Pretty Pines Joy Card on my blog when I wished you a Merry Christmas a few weeks ago.  Since some people are celebrating 12th Night or the Feast of the Epiphany today, I thought I’d post how to make it.

I’m pleased to report that only the stamp set and the designer series paper have been retired from the 2016 Holiday Catalog!  Everything else on this list is still available!!  You’ll be able to easily find substitutes for the greeting and the Framelits™ have a wide variety of sizes included in the package to fit it.

The Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper is a fun bunch of designs – but they always retire the DSP, so you’ll need to find a substitute.  There are some nice patterns in the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (141628) which will substitute well.  Use one sheet for the envelope and the background of your card.

Pine needles and cones generally say “Winter” to me, but pine trees are an evergreen, so they’re good all year!  The cones are at their largest and fullest during the Fall and Winter, after their work is done.  The cones can come in a variety of colors, but I used Early Espresso here.  I also accented it with Copper Foil and a colored Rhinestone Jewel just for fun.  Note: to color the Rhinestone, use a tiny drop of ink refill and a drop of alcohol mixed together.

The Pretty Pines Thinlits™ Dies come in three sizes of pine needle and two sizes of cones.  There are three styles of detailed cone overlay dies, two for one size and one for the other.  This gives you a lot of options when making an evergreen embellishment!

I’ve got a handy tip for you when you want to adhere the overlay to the die-cut.  Before you cut the overlay, apply three or four strips of Tear & Tape Adhesive to the back of the material you’re using.  I used the hole in the Early Espresso Card Stock piece as my pattern and traced lightly on the back of the Copper Foil.  I put the adhesive just over the edges of the outline, leaving room for die-cutting, but not going overboard.  This technique gives you an easy and mess-free way to attach the detailed overlays without having any ooze or webs as with other adhesive.  You still cut the card stock face up, so make sure your Tear & Tape is on the back.  I lift off the liner with the points of the Paper Snips, but you could also use the Paper Piercing Tool.

The pine needles can be cut from multiple shades of Green, Yellow-Green and Blue-Green.  You can also use one color and sponge the ends with another.  I just used a Glue Dot to adhere the leaves together at the base, then attached the whole stack to the card front with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  I’ll be showing you some different color combinations in the coming months, so check back.

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Year-End Clearance Sale Ends Today

 

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The last day to take advantage of the Year-End Clearance Sale from Stampin’ Up!® is TODAY: January 3, 2017.  The sale and includes Clearance Rack, Holiday Catalog Retiring Items and high inventory items.  There are hundreds of items, so I won’t be listing them with direct links. 

Instead, I’ll give you the 2016 Holiday Catalog Retiring List for you to download.  You’ll notice that the Bundles are retiring, even though the products comprising them will still be available.  My heartbreakers include the Jar of Cheer and Jar of Haunts Stamp Sets.  I just love them.  Plus, they both coordinate with the Jar of Love Stamp Set (141587) and the Everyday Jars Framelits™ Dies (141490).

Today is also the last day to order from the 2016 Holiday Catalog.  Very few items are going to be carried over, so the sooner you order, the better.  All items are now only available while supplies last.

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the links in this article to order what you need to take advantage of the Year End Clearance.

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A New Special Free Gift is On Its Way Next Week!

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I like to send my subscribers free gifts every so often to show my appreciation.  In one week, they’ll be getting another!  If you’d like to get in on this latest special free gift, all you have to do is join my Mailing List!  To sign up, just fill in the form at right!  You’ll receive a thank you e-mail in your inbox.  Be sure to click the link in the e-mail to get your two free bonus tutorials just for signing up!

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Farewell to 2016!

Happy New Year

Farewell to 2016-some of us are glad it’s over and done with.

For a good cry, search YouTube for “In Memorium 2016” videos.  Not everyone is memorialized in every video, but there are a lot to choose from to pay tribute to those people.

Otherwise, celebrate safely and joyfully!

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Coordinating Envelopes-Yet Another Tip

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I thought of another tip for your Coordinating Envelopes while I was making some cards.  If you make your envelope out of Designer Series Paper, you’ll probably need to use self-adhesive labels to address them.  I find the 2” x 4” shipping label to be a great size, since I write so large anyway.  If you get a label in the business card size (2” x 3” or 2” x 3-1/2”), that would probably work well, too.

Put your return address on a smaller label in the upper left corner.  I just use pre-printed ones that I get with my checks or from other sources.  Or you can print out your own on the return address label size – sheet of 80!

I checked the other articles I’ve done about Coordinating Envelopes to see if I mentioned this before.  Couldn’t find any mention, so the other articles are listed here:

Another Tip: Coordinating Envelopes & Cards

Quick Tip: Coordinating Envelopes

Easy Coordinated Envelopes

Envelopes to Mix & Match – Quick & Easy!

If you need an answer to any question about Coordinating Envelopes or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Coordinating Envelopes.

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Detailed Santa Card-Christmas & Holiday Color Combinations

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I received this Detailed Santa Card from one of my readers, Linda Dugan I decided that since I’m just doing Christmas and Holiday designs right now, I’d put off the Color Combination of the Week until next year.

Here’s an instant rundown of the traditional Christmas and Holiday Color Combinations:

  • Red and Green = Complimentary Color Scheme. This can be any member of each Color Group put together.
  • Red and White = Monochromatic Color Scheme. This is the scheme Linda used with Real Red and Whisper White card stocks.  Her embellishments were iridescent sequins, which are actually clear and pick up light in various ways.  I call them Neutral.
  • Green and Silver = Monochromatic Color Scheme. Remember Silver is a Neutral as well.  This would also apply to Green and Gold.
  • Blue and White = Monochromatic Color Scheme.
  • Any other Color and a Neutral = Monochromatic Color Scheme.

If you add any Neutral to any of these Combinations, you will not change the SchemeFor example, adding Crumb Cake to a Red and Green Combination does not change the Complimentary Color Scheme.

Likewise, if you add an additional member of the same Color Group to the Combination, your Scheme does not change.  An example would be Pacific Point and Night of Navy from the Blue Color Group with Whisper White and Smoky Slate from the Neutrals Color GroupThe Color Scheme remains Monochromatic.

Thank you, Linda, for providing me with today’s inspiration!

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 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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How to Unclog the Fine-Tip Glue Pen

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In a previous article, I cautioned you about the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and how to prevent it from clogging.  Well, what happens if you forget and the Fine-Tip Glue Pen gets clogged?  A reader recently asked me that question.

The reader’s Fine-Tip Glue Pen became clogged with a hard, dry blob of glue in the nozzle.  She’d tried running hot water over the tip, but nothing happened.  I suggested soaking the nozzle in regular Acetone, not nail polish remover with acetone, which is an adhesive remover (Spirit Gum and fake hair, anyone?).  I haven’t had the problem, so I haven’t had occasion to try this method.

The reader got the idea to melt the glue to remove the clog and used a hair dryer on the nozzle section.  She was able to spear the clog with a sewing needle and get rid of it.  I suggested that she soak the nozzle in nail polish remover with acetone to get any excess glue out… just in case.  Anyway, she wanted me to share this solution with you so you know how to solve the problem!  Thanks, reader!!

The Stampin’ Up!® Heat Tool will also work well for this technique, especially as it has two settings for heat.  You might have your Heat Tool closer to your Fine-Tip Glue Pen than your hair dryer.

So remember to align the pin in the white cap with the nozzle of the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and make sure it’s inserted.  This should keep you from having to unclog your Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

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If you need an answer to any question about the Fine-Tip Glue Pen or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

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Early Spring Cleaning from Stampin’ Up!

Year End Closeout

Stampin’ Up!® is doing an early Spring Cleaning with their Year-End Clearance Sale.  This runs through January 3, 2017 and includes Clearance Rack, Holiday Catalog Retiring Items and high inventory items.  There are hundreds of items, so I won’t be listing them with direct links.

Instead, I’ll give you the 2016 Holiday Catalog Retiring List for you to download.  You’ll notice that the Bundles are retiring, even though the products comprising them will still be available.  My heartbreakers include the Jar of Cheer and Jar of Haunts Stamp Sets.  I just love them.  Plus, they both coordinate with the Jar of Love Stamp Set (141587) and the Everyday Jars Framelits™ Dies (141490).

Stamp Sets are guaranteed available through December 21st, then Stampin’ Up! will be stopping production of the retiring sets.  Other items are available only while supplies last.

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the links in this article to order what you need to take advantage of the Year End Clearance.

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Frosted Jar Candle Card

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I just love the “Jar” sets and the Framelits™ Dies that go with them!  For my Frosted Jar Candle Card, I used the candle image and the Diamond Dust Technique to create a Faux Snow Globe effect.  The advantage to this technique is that you don’t have to fuss with Window Sheets.

First, stamp the jar outline and the candle images from the Jar of Cheer Stamp Set on a piece of Watercolor Paper.  Use the Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad so you’ll have plenty of waterproofing and the images will show up.  Place the candle image near the bottom of the jar, so you’ll have room to stamp the greeting from the Merriest Wishes Stamp Set at the top.  I used the Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ Pad for this.

Next, color the candle image with Stampin’ Write Markers.  I used Garden Green and Wild Wasabi for the leaves, Sweet Sugarplum for the candle, Cherry Cobbler for the berries, and Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango for the flame.  I also coated the flame with the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, but it doesn’t show once you frost the image with Diamond Dust.  Use the Wink of Stella when you’re not frosting the image.

Now for the Diamond Dust Technique.  Coat the whole jar with SNAIL, making sure it’s all covered.  You’ll be hiding this under a framed layer with only the frosty image visible.  Sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter all over the layer.  Tap off the excess and return it to the jar.

I told you how to make a layered jar frame in my article, “The Eyes Have It Card.”  You’ll use the same technique with the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper and Silver Foil Sheets.  The DSP is great for envelopes, too – it’s thinner than the regular DSP.

Adhere the Diamond Dust layer so it matches the opening in the frame layer.  You could create the layered jar frame first and use it as a guide to place the greeting as well.  Trim the frosted image layer so it fits well within the frame.  You may need to use Fast Fuse to make it secure.

Wrap the ribbon around the bottom of the layer and tie in a knot.  I used a Glue Dot to secure the knot in place.  Then attach the completed layer to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Enjoy Paper Pumpkin Surprises

November Paper Pumpkin Kit

Paper Pumpkin is a subscription that gives you a box of surprises every month.  Even I don’t know what’s coming until after it gets here!  The crafting kit contains everything you need, including directions, to make the project of the month.  Sometimes it’s a set of greeting cards (with envelopes, of course), sometimes it’s a set of treat bags or boxes, sometimes it’s an item of home décor.  In any case, you can be assured that the projects are adorable! 

The kit contents shown in the photo are from November.  You can see that Paper Pumpkin is a great creativity tool, with easy-to-make projects and photo directions!

You can also get Paper Pumpkin pre-paid subscriptions and instantly solve last-minute gift needs.  You receive the codes electronically and can pass them along to your recipients!  You can use one for yourself, too.

To try Paper Pumpkin, just click the link right hereYou’ll be taken to my Paper Pumpkin page and can join right there.  I can’t wait until you receive your first box of surprises to enjoy!

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Stitched Star Card

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In my Stitching with Metallic Thread article, I mentioned that I was going to use the Stitched Star in a later card post.  After I wrote that article, I trimmed the star, but cut through the Metallic Thread, so the star was ruined.  I had to re-make it, so I used ten strands of Metallic Thread: 3 each of Cherry Cobbler and Emerald Envy, 1 each of Black, Copper, Gold and Silver.  I also saved thread by using a Running Stitch and going around the card twice.  I ran out of enough thread to make a knot, so household tape to the rescue: I twisted the ends together and taped ‘em down on the back.  I just didn’t want to cut more of the little rascals.

Stitching was my last step.  First, I die-cut the star stitching holes, then used the larger star (4th from the middle) from the Stars Framelits™ Dies around the outside.  Those little holes are very hard to see, so the stamped star in the middle is jauntily offset.

The Stitched Star Card is my project for the Color Combination of the Week this week.  To pick the Combination, I started with the So Saffron Stitched Star and with Sweet Sugarplum because I wanted to use it.  The remaining color of the Triadic Combination is Soft Sky.  I noted the details in my Color Combination of the Week for 12/8/2016 article.

I wanted the filigree star image to show up better than the Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad on Soft Sky Card Stock, so I chose the Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ PadTempting Turquoise is the Hue of the Blue-Green Color Group, so the Triad is the same.  I fudged a little with using the Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad for the greeting, but it’s in the Green-Blue/Blue-Green Color Group, so no harm done.

The filigree star image looks great on a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope.  The Tempting Turquoise Pad was light enough for the envelope images.

This was the first time I used the Sweet Sugarplum Ribbon from the Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack.  It’s more like tinsel than glitter and is very pliable.  You also don’t get the glittery mess you got with last year’s Glitter Ribbon.

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  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 Stitched Star Greeting Cards.

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