Add to Your Banner Kit

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I simply adore the Build-A-Banner Simply Created Kit (#133507), which also has refill canvas paper pennants and jute cord in the Build-A-Banner Simply Created Refill Kit (#132699). The Chalkboard Banner Simply Created Kit (#133795) is actually a nice addition. The chalkboard pennants are made from chalkboard-coated chipboard and they and the paper pennants are 4” x 6”. The canvas paper pennants are 5” x 7”, so they can easily be inter-mixed!

I made use of the stencils in the Build-A-Banner Kit to chalk “back to school” on the chalkboard pennants. One tip, which is in the directions that come included, is to coat the chalkboard side by sliding a piece of chalk (on its side) over the surface, then erasing the chalk. This will keep the pennants looking like chalkboard, not Basic Black Card Stock. Be sure to use the included piece of chalk. It isn’t coated on the outside like so many “dust-free” chalk pieces. If you need more, hunt the non-dust-free kind. Sidewalk chalk may fill the bill if the other is hard to find.

The great thing about the Chalkboard Banner Kit is that you can use it over and over. Imagine chalking a row or two of stripes or dots with colored chalk, then adding the letters. When you’re ready to change you can clean the banners with a chalkboard eraser, paper towel, or damp cloth. If you use the damp cloth, be sure the banners dry thoroughly before you store them or chalk on them again.

To order what you need to add to your own Banner Kits, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 purchased. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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More Hydrangea Inspiration on a Gift Box

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Last week, I talked about Hydrangeas as inspiration for a card. This week, I’m using Hydrangeas to inspire a Gift Box design. I planned this design from the Flower Show displays at the Sonoma County Fair – lots of Hydrangeas in a variety of colors used there!

I used the Spiral Flower Originals™ Die with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) and 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” pieces of Marina Mist (#119682), Strawberry Slush (#131295) and Wisteria Wonder (#122922) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock. It helps to curl the Spiral Flower a little with your Bone Folder (#102300) before you try to wind it into a flower. Although you can use Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) or Crystal Effects (#101055) to hold the flower in place, it’s quicker to use a hot glue gun. The hot glue sets up and dries as it cools… and it cools quickly. With the others, you have to hold the flower until it’s almost dry.

Another fun thing I did to decorate the Extra Large Gift Box (#132147) is create embossed metal panels for the top and sides. I used the Garland Green Craft Metal Sheet from my partner, Add A Little Dazzle. The Metal Sheets are thin enough to work like paper, including tearing if you handle them too roughly. I slipped with my Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189) while punching a hole for the Mini Brad (#122941) and tore the hole too wide. Luckily, I could push the metal on the back into place and apply a piece of household tape in the corner. A quick punch through the tape and I was good to go. Next time, I won’t use the shim as recommended with the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (#132657) so the pattern doesn’t emboss as deeply, making it more likely to tear.

Other Supplies Used:  2013-2015 In Color 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (#131195); Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon (#134549); Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (#127555); Linen Thread (#104199); SNAIL (#104332) or Fast Fuse (#129026) Adhesives

Note: You can’t see the buttons very clearly in the photo, but I always like to use a piece of Linen Thread or Baker’s Twine and tie it through the holes. In this case, the knot is on the back and the button is secured in the flower center with hot glue.

To order what you need to make your own Embossed Gift Boxes, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 purchased. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150. You can order Craft Metal Sheets here at Add A Little Dazzle ‘s Online Store.

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Stop Fussy Cutting!

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The Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) allows you to put away your scissors and stop “fussy cutting.” Fussy cutting is what you do when you trim away paper or card stock from around one of your stamped images. The Big Shot Framelits™ Dies used with your Big Shot let you put an end to that.

Have you held off buying a Big Shot? Well, this is perfect timing for you: during the month of August, if you buy your Big Shot, you get to pick a free exclusive Bundle of Stamp Set and Coordinating Framelits™ (up to a $60 value) to go with it! That will give you your Big Shot, plus a set of images and Framelits™ dies to die-cut them. You won’t need to fussy cut any more!

Do you already have your Big Shot? Congratulations! I’m sure you know what I’m talking about! But, don’t worry, there’s a special for you, too. All through August, you may buy the exclusive Bundles that are free with a Big Shot purchase for 15% off. These Bundles won’t be found anywhere else and aren’t going to be available after August 31st.

These are the Exclusive Bundles you may select from when you order your Big Shot. Be sure and order your Big Shot first so the Bundle appears as FREE:

  • Sumthin’ with Bubbly Words Bundle (#138923 wood; #138920, clear) includes Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Stamp Set and Word Bubbles Framelits™
  • Decorative Goodies Bundle (#138924, wood; #138921, clear) includes Oh My Goodies Stamp Set and Deco Labels Collection Framelits™
  • Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle (#138925, wood; #138922, clear) includes Day of Celebration Stamp Set and Chalk Talk Framelits™
  • Flowery Daydream Bundle (#138911, wood; #138910, clear) includes Daydream Medallions Stamp Set and Floral Collection Framelits™
  • Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle (#138644, wood; #138200, clear) includes SNEAK PEEK from the upcoming Holiday Catalog Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set and Star Framelits™

Here are the prices for the Exclusive Bundles for those with their Big Shot already:

To order your Big Shot and receive your FREE Exclusive Bundle, or to order your discounted Exclusive Bundle, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 purchased. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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What You Miss As A Non-Subscriber

Aug-2014-sneak-peekMy Mailing List Subscribers just received a free surprise gift in their inboxes last week. They will be receiving my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, on Tuesday. They will also be entitled to receive the upcoming Twelve Weeks of Christmas series of exclusive projects starting in either September or October.

My latest issue of 3am Thoughts features some great projects and terrific tips you won’t want to miss. To join my mailing list now, fill out the form at right and submit it. When you click the link in your confirmation e-mail (coming to your inbox shortly after you sign up), you will receive two free tutorials as well. Take a moment and fill out the form while you’re thinking about it!

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How To Take The Best Scrapbook Photos-Part 4

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“4. Make manual long exposures

“For this exercise, you’re going to take full advantage of digital photography’s instant feedback, and use it to play with making manual long exposures.

“With your DSLR mounted firmly on a tripod, set the ISO to 100, set the aperture to the smallest opening (the largest f number like f/22 for example), and set the shutter speed to Bulb mode. When the camera is to Bulb mode, the shutter will stay open for as long as the shutter button is held down, but it’s a better idea to attach a wired remote shutter release to prevent camera shake.

“Once you have your composition and your focus set, press and hold the button on the remote to hold the shutter open for a few counted seconds. Just guess how many seconds will be required based on the light level. Then, check your results. If the image is too bright, try again, but count half as many seconds. If the image is too dark, count twice as many seconds – or more, if necessary. Do this over and over again, in different scenarios and lighting situations. This practice will hone your ability to read the levels of light present at any given time.

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“You’ll get the most interesting results if there is a certain amount of movement in your frame, such as drifting clouds in the sky, crowds of people, or running water. The longer your exposure is, the more blurred that movement will appear to the point where water may seem like nothing more than mist, and people will disappear from the image altogether. If you have a solid neutral density filter your exposures can be even longer, creating more extreme effects.”

Try this idea and let me know your results! You can post them in comments. I’m sure you’ll get some great pages from it! You can also e-mail me a copy of your photo or page to mary@3amstamper.com and I’ll post it here. If you’re a Mailing List Subscriber, I will also enter it in my exclusive monthly contest. To become a subscriber, just fill out the form at right! You’ll also receive two free tutorials just for signing up.

Anne McKinnell is a photographer, writer and nomad. She lives in an RV and travels around North America photographing beautiful places and writing about travel, photography, and how changing your life is not as scary as it seems.

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Color Craft: It’s Almost A Triad

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I’ve adored the combination of Tangelo Twist and Mossy Meadow ever since I first got my hands on them! Today, I did something with them! The pair make a great Autumn or Thanksgiving combination, but it’s still Summer in my neck of the woods, so I brightened the combination by adding Hello Honey.

Tangelo Twist, in the Orange-Red group, and Mossy Meadow, in the Green-Yellow group, comprise two legs of a triad on the Color Wheel. This puts them six groups away from each other. The third leg of the triad is Violet-Blue, which is currently not included in the Stampin’ Up!® Color Collections. Blackberry Bliss, a Violet-Red, would work in a combination, but we don’t have the colors for a complete triad in Card Stock.

The card shown in the photo is Quick & Easy… and mailable without extra postage! You know that’s my favorite kind!! This card will go together fast, so it’s a good design for a PlayShop make & take.

Supplies Used: Happy Hour Stamp Set (#132013, wood; #126642, clear); Hello Honey (#133678), Mossy Meadow (#133676) & Tangelo Twist (#133677) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Mossy Meadow (#133645) & Tangelo Twist (#133646) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition (#129407); Tiny Wave Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Cutting Blade (#129409); Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon (#133669); Fast Fuse (#129026) Adhesive; Glue Dots (#103683)

Would you like to try out Color Craft combinations yourself with a group of your friends? Let’s plan a PlayShop together (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!). You can earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories) as well. Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat. I look forward to tailoring the project to you! If you’re out of town, don’t worry, I also do Online and Teleconference PlayShops.

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Be the Leader of the Pack with Your Fall Holiday Treat Bags

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You know how some people have their Christmas shopping done already? Well, let’s go them one better and get your Trick-or-Treat bags ready to fill!

In the Fall Holiday Treat Bags class, you will make three treat bags, one of each design for Back-to-School, Hallowe’en and Fall/Thanksgiving. You will also receive a sheet with Christmas and Hanukkah designs. Note that the photo shows an example from a previous class – yours will be somewhat different.

Date: August 23, 2014

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm PDT

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $39.95

Early Bird Deadline: August 6, 2014

Registration after 8/6/2014: $49.95

Deadline to register: August 13, 2014

Register now:




 

 

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You CAN Take It With You (Your Business, That Is)

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I’ve been thinking about how easy it would be to take my stamping business along if I move. I’m so lucky that my business is so portable! I have no overhead and can pack up enough supplies in a tote bag or carry-all to last the first few weeks after I move. I’ve also been laying out a plan:

  1. Offer a free class to my new neighbors as soon as the table and chairs are unpacked.
  2. Post my projects and events online (blog, Facebook, etc.).
  3. Post some moving tips online.
  4. Call my existing customers and ask for local referrals.
  5. Offer a class or PlayShop through streaming video (Google Hang-Out, etc.) as soon as the computer is set up.

These are the first five ideas that occurred to me. They are also quick and easy to implement.

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business? Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well, even if you’re moving out of town? 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 additional information, 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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Hydrangeas Inspire a Monochromatic Color Scheme

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My next-door neighbors just got married and brought me one of their table centerpieces when they announced it. I, of course, had to make them a congratulatory card. I designed it to coordinate with the hydrangeas in their centerpiece. (My guess is that the wedding colors were similar!)

One of the hydrangeas was off-white. The petals of the other one shaded from white to vanilla to pale blue with deeper blue on the tips. I chose Very Vanilla as the base color, with Marina Mist as the main accent and Soft Sky as the secondary accent. These colors were a close match to the flower.

This color combination is a Monochromatic Color Scheme because both Marina Mist and Soft Sky are in the same color group. As I’m sure you remember, Very Vanilla is a Neutral and therefore doesn’t count. (One of these days I’m going to make another all-Neutrals design – just for fun!)

Supplies Used:  Blended Bloom (#135906); Everything Eleanor (#131987, wood; #124164, clear) & Petite Pairs (#128706, wood; #122497, clear) Stamp Sets; Very Vanilla (#101650), Marina Mist (#119682) & Soft Sky (#131203) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Marina Mist (#126962) & Soft Sky (#131181) Classic Stampin’ Pads; VersaMark Pad (#102283); Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Ink Refill (#101780); So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (#105225); Heat Tool (#129053); Embossing Buddy (#103083); Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (#109130); Large Oval (#119855) & Scallop Oval (#119856) Punches; Pearls Basic Jewels (#119247); Soft Sky 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (#134580); Sponge Daubers (#133773); Paper Snips (#103579); SNAIL (#104332) or Fast Fuse (#129026) Adhesives; Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683)

To achieve the vanilla tint to the embossing powder, mix a drop or two of So Saffron Classic Ink Refill with a little Whisper White Craft Ink Refill. Tap the mixture over the Blended Bloom stamp with a Sponge Dauber and stamp on a piece of Marina Mist Card Stock. Sprinkle with Clear embossing powder and tap off excess. Emboss with Heat Tool.

You can give a vanilla tint to the Pearl by coloring with the So Saffron Refill, letting it dry, then wiping it off. The ink refill should stain the paint on the Pearl enough to make it look creamy.

To order what you need to create your own Monochromatic Color Scheme, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. While you’re in my Online Store, take advantage of the Buy 3, Get One Free special on Designer Series Paper. The special runs until 7/31/14. In addition, you’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 purchased. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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How To Take The Best Scrapbook Photos-Part 3

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I just can’t resist sharing more of professional photographer Anne McKinnell’s great article titled,Don’t Know What to Shoot? These 4 Photography Exercises Will Keep You Motivated”. This is the third of her photography exercises and will give you some interesting ideas to change the look of your scrapbook pages. I discovered it in a recent issue of the Digital Photography School newsletter.

“3. Shoot in Black and White

“For a whole day, turn your camera to Black and White mode and don’t take it off. Of course, you can convert your RAW images to black and white after-the-fact in post-processing, but as an exercise, try shooting them in Black and White.

“At first the limitation may seem frustrating, but Black and White photography requires a completely different way of seeing the world in terms of shape, form, and contrast, rather than through the common visual cues that you’re used to. Composing your photos in this way will invariably improve your compositions in colour photography, too. You can play with contrast settings in-camera or in post-processing to perfect the highlight to shadow ratio which defines a good monochrome image.”

Try this idea and let me know your results! You can post them in comments. I’m sure you’ll get some great pages from it! You can also e-mail me a copy of your photo or page to mary@3amstamper.com and I’ll post it here. If you’re a Mailing List Subscriber, I will also enter it in my exclusive monthly contest. To become a subscriber, just fill out the form at right! You’ll also receive two free tutorials just for signing up.

Anne McKinnell is a photographer, writer and nomad. She lives in an RV and travels around North America photographing beautiful places and writing about travel, photography, and how changing your life is not as scary as it seems.

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Remember: Surprise Free Gift Coming Tomorrow

Remember, my Mailing List Subscribers will be receiving another surprise free gift tomorrow, July 24, at 1:00pm Pacific Time. It will be delivered directly to their inboxes and only to Subscribers who have joined my Mailing List before that time. The deadline to sign up is usually about 15 minutes ahead of time, or 12:45pm, Pacific Time.

To become a Subscriber, fill out the form at right and BE SURE TO CLICK THE LINK IN YOUR CONFIRMATION E-MAIL! If you don’t confirm your subscription, you won’t receive the free gift. Not only that, if you confirm your subscription after 12:45pm PDT, you also won’t receive the free gift as you will have probably missed the deadline.

Make sure you don’t miss out! Fill out the form at right now and be sure to click the confirmation link. You’ll receive two free tutorials as soon as you confirm and you’ll be able to receive this special surprise free gift on tomorrow!

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A Tool Kit Every Month

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When you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, you receive a whole tool kit every month. The kit includes stamps, ink and the pre-cut papers and stickers you need to create a set of cards complete with envelopes, or a huge bouquet of pinwheels, or a mini album, or any of a number of other projects. The tools are re-usable to let you exercise your creativity in different ways.

Each kit contains everything you need to make the project, except for scissors and perhaps adhesive. The photo shows examples from July’s kit, which held materials for six small gift boxes and six cards with envelopes. There are enough extra materials to let you use them in other ways on other projects.

One idea is to create stencils from the “Wish” stickers and the star cut-outs. The star die-cuts punch out into a star frame and a smaller solid star. There is no backing on it, so when you’ve punched out all the die-cuts, you’re ready to stencil with your own Stamping Sponges (#101610) or Stampin’ Spritzer (#126185).

For the “Wish” stencil, remove the backing sheet and rub the adhesive part with the Embossing Buddy (#103083). This will coat the sheet with powder and cover up the stickiness. Tap off the excess that doesn’t stick and you’re all set to stencil.

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription that arrives in your mailbox around the 20th of the month. Once you subscribe, you are eligible to purchase the previous month’s kits or refills as available. The refills don’t include the stamps and ink of the original. You are more than welcome to use your own stamps and ink instead.

The kit is a great tool for the new or very beginning stamper, as well as the seasoned stamper who has no time to stamp. Paper Pumpkin projects only take about 30 minutes to make, and if you only make one, you can easily store the rest of the materials in the red box it comes in until you’re ready to make the rest.

You can see more detail about Paper Pumpkin on my information page, Introducing… Paper Pumpkin, or sign up now through this link, the 3am Stamper’s Paper Pumpkin Sign-Up. Click either or both links to find out what great tool kits can be yours.

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Surprise Free Gift Coming Thursday

My Mailing List Subscribers will be receiving another surprise free gift on Thursday, July 24, at 1:00pm Pacific Time. It will be delivered directly to their inboxes!

Only Subscribers who have joined my Mailing List before that time will receive it. The deadline is usually about 15 minutes ahead of time, or 12:45pm, Pacific Time.

To become a Subscriber, fill out the form at right and BE SURE TO CLICK THE LINK IN YOUR CONFIRMATION E-MAIL! If you don’t confirm your subscription, you won’t receive the free gift. Not only that, if you confirm your subscription after 12:45pm PDT, you also won’t receive the free gift as you will have missed the deadline.

To make sure you get in on this, why not fill out the form at right now? You’ll receive two free tutorials as soon as you confirm and you’ll be able to receive this special surprise free gift on Thursday!

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Tips, Techniques & More

Aug-2014-sneak-peekYou receive a whole collection of tips, techniques and great projects when you become a Subscriber to my Mailing List! My newsletter comes out the first Tuesday of every month and is jam packed with tons of tips and ideas, too! My photo bit is a sneak peek at the August issue.

Subscribers also receive two free tutorials just for signing up and may join my Birthday Club and special Catalog List. There are other free gifts and special offers that come out periodically, too!

All of this is free and delivered directly to your Inbox!

To join my Mailing List and receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, tutorials, tips & tricks, fill out the form at right. Once you confirm your subscription, you’ll receive your free gifts immediately!

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Banner Birthday Fun

Carbs-Schmarbs-CardI’m finding more uses for the Yippee Skippee! Stamp Set (#131341, Wood; #131344, Clear) than I ever thought possible. You may remember that I didn’t think I’d like this stamp set. However, I find it more useful since I got the Banners Framelits™ Dies (#132173) for my Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439).

The Banners Framelits can create the perfect frame for any phrase. There are six Framelits in the package and they all nest. When you use my technique to create a mat for a frame, you have even more! My matting technique is to trace the outside of the Framelit onto the contrasting layer card stock or paper and cut it out with Craft Scissors (#108360) or Paper Snips (#103579). With the Banners Framelits, you can use the Stampin’ Trimmer (#126889) to cut the frame out easily. In my Carbs, Schmarbs Card shown, I lined up the phrase with the Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658) and die-cut it. I made a second mat with the next size up Banner and cut if from Early Espresso 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#119686).

For fun, I also embossed a piece of Outrageously Orange Craft Metal Sheet from my partner, Add A Little Dazzle. I used the new Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#133740) with the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (#132657) and added contrast with a sanding block. Embossed Craft Metal Sheets easily add texture to any project. The sanding to remove some of the color coating really enhances the texture.

Other Supplies Used: Tangerine Tango (#111349) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (#130134); Tangerine Tango (#126946) & Early Espresso (#126974) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Whisper White Organza Ribbon (#114319); Envelope Punch Board (#133774); Sponge Daubers (#133773); SNAIL (#104332) or Fast Fuse (#129026) Adhesives; Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683)

My inspiration for this card came because I had made an envelope from the Tangerine Tango Polka Dot pattern in the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack. I had also wanted to add some kind of Craft Metal Sheet accent. The triangles contrast nicely with the polka dots and reflect the angles of the banner!

To order what you need to indulge in some Banner Fun yourself, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 purchased. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150. You can order Craft Metal Sheets here at Add A Little Dazzle ‘s Online Store.

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How To Take The Best Scrapbook Photos-Part 2

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It’s vacation time and I have to share more from the article titled,Don’t Know What to Shoot? These 4 Photography Exercises Will Keep You Motivated by professional photographer & nomad Anne McKinnell. I discovered it in a recent issue of the Digital Photography School newsletter. This is another of her photography exercises which will add pizzazz to your vacation shots!

“1. Change your perspective

“Photographers often get in the habit of shooting at eye-level which tends to make photos repetitive and somewhat common. We know this, and so we take the odd shot on our knees or even occasionally lying on the ground.

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“But is this really enough? Aren’t there other vantage points?

“Challenge yourself to go out shooting and never shoot from eye-level for a whole day. Instead, find a new vantage point any time you take a picture. Get yourself up high above your subject, and crouch and shoot from a low angle. But that’s just the beginning. Ideally, you should try shooting your subject from a variety of angles.

“Take one shot from below and one from above. Then, take one even lower, and one even higher, if possible. Then, step back a bit. Then step forward. Move to your right, and move to your left. Taking the same picture from many positions adds variety and will help you understand it better. Plus, you may discover a way of seeing something that you didn’t expect.

“If you resolve to do this with every picture you take, you’ll begin to really understand the subtle effect that perspective has on an image, which points of view work for which subjects, and how this can inform your shooting style from here on out.”

Try this idea and let me know your results! You can post them in comments. I’m sure you’ll get some great pages from it! You can also e-mail me a copy of your photo or page to mary@3amstamper.com and I’ll post it here. If you’re a Mailing List Subscriber, I will also enter it in my exclusive monthly contest. To become a subscriber, just fill out the form at right! You’ll also receive two free tutorials just for signing up.

Anne McKinnell is a photographer, writer and nomad. She lives in an RV and travels around North America photographing beautiful places and writing about travel, photography, and how changing your life is not as scary as it seems.

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Shall We Call It Blended Monochrome?

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I made that up – I feel “Blended Monochrome” sounds better and more descriptive of the Color Craft combination than “adjacent.” The key element in this card is one of the patterns of the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (#133703). The pattern features Pistachio Pudding, Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo as its main colors. These colors are in adjacent color groups on the Color Craft Charts: Pistachio Pudding is a tint of Green, Lost Lagoon is a tone of Green-Blue and Island Indigo is a shade of Green-Blue.

Blended Monochrome colors let you add a “kick” to your monochrome color schemes. They give you contrast without the differences being too sharply defined. I feel this color scheme is peaceful rather than restful. For birthdays, you don’t always want the high-contrast look.

Other Supplies Used: For the Birds Stamp Set (#132001, wood; #126407, clear); Pistachio Pudding (#131294), Lost Lagoon (#133679) and Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126986); Decorative Label Punch (#120907); Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker’s Twine (#135635); SNAIL (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

Would you like to try out Color Craft techniques yourself with a group of your friends? Let’s plan a PlayShop together (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!). You can earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories) as well.   Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat. I look forward to tailoring the project to you! If you’re out of town, don’t worry, I also do Online and Teleconference PlayShops.

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Rotary Stamp Secrets

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Rotary stamps are a lot of fun to use, but they can be tricky. You frequently need to rock them to get the image to stamp completely, something you don’t usually want to do with your normal wood-mount or clear-mount, or even photopolymer stamps. Rotary stamps give a lot of versatility, but they almost always need to be tested before you stamp.

My favorite is the Alphabet Rotary Stamp (#133769). You have thirteen columns of capital letters, numbers, symbols and spacers. That allows you to create a lot of words and phrases! The height of the letters and numbers fit perfectly inside the Word Window Punch (#119857) or the largest of the Bitty Banners Framelits™ (#129267). The letters can just fit inside the smaller Framelit, but it’s easy to cut off the top or bottom. Flexibility and Versatility are the hallmarks of the Alphabet Rotary Stamp! That’s why it’s my favorite and also why I used it on the covers of my Kraft Grid Journals (#135718). One of them is shown here.

The Make Note Rotary Stamp (#133370) has a dozen words, phrases and images you can use. This stamp is the easiest to line up because there are no other columns on the stamp.

The Remember Rotary Stamp (#130133) is a date stamp that also includes twelve phrases. The years column starts at 2012 and goes up to 2023. There are no spacers on the year column, so you’d need to shave off the ending numbers to keep it going to the end of the century. You could also just ink up part of the stamp, either by lining it up on the pad so the unwanted numbers don’t get inked or wipe off the ink with a wet wipe.

All the Rotary Stamps have a nice elevation from the surface of the rubber. This makes it easier to rock the stamp without smearing excess ink on your project!

Here are some things to keep in mind when using Rotary Stamps:

  • Line up all the columns carefully. Use the guides around the images to help.
  • Wipe off excess ink with a wet wipe before you stamp, particularly on the Alphabet Rotary Stamp when you’re using few of the thirteen columns. I did this for the example.
  • Rock the inked up stamp gently to make sure the image transfers.
  • Always test the stamp first so you know how best to rock it.

Got a question about a 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. If you need an answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.

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The Wait Is Over for Project Life by Stampin’ Up!’s Love Story

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The Love Story Collection in the Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!® line is available ahead of schedule.  In fact, you can order these products today! The 12” x 12” Faux Leather Album is also ready at last and it is available, too!

Project Life® Love Story Card Collection (#135308)

Project Life® Love Story Accessory Pack (#135310)

Project Life® Black 12” x 12” Faux Leather Album (#135292)

To order Love Story or any other Project Life® collections, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 purchased. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

 

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My Favorite Thing to Do with Designer Series Paper

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My favorite thing to do with Designer Series Paper is to make an envelope that matches a card. Sometimes I use one of the old Envelope Templates and trace it on DSP (or cut the paper down to 8-1/2” x 11” and print or copy my own template on it, but more often I use the Envelope Punch Board (#133774). The Envelope Punch Board is super easy to use and makes envelopes of just about every size you’ll ever need for cards.

I used one sheet of Designer Series Paper to create both the card and the envelope. I decided to use the same pattern for the outside of the envelope and the background of the card. I had more than enough paper left over to make covers for the Kraft Grid Journals (#135718), the background of another full-size card and still had a piece left. I’ll let you know what I do with it.

One tip for mailing envelopes made of patterned paper, especially one in a bright design like the paper in the photo: be sure to address the envelope using a mailing or shipping label and use a mailing or return address label for yourself. Don’t use the pre-printed labels with a design on them because it can make the return address too hard to read. Plain white labels work perfectly.

Other Supplies Used: The Open Sea (#128454, wood; #123032, clear) & @SoSocial (#134189, wood; #134192, clear) Stamp Sets; Alphabet Rotary Stamp (#133769); Coastal Cabana (#131297), Night of Navy (#100867) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Maritime Designer Series Paper (#133696); Coastal Cabana (#131175) & Real Red (#126949) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Word Window (#119857), Banner (#133519) & Project Life® Corner (#135346) Punches; Real Red 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (#119251); Sponge Daubers (#133773)

This month only, you can indulge yourself by buying three packages of Designer Series Paper and choosing a fourth one for FREE! The regular $10.95 packages are on sale, not the Specialty or the Paper Stacks. There are some fabulous designs in the $10.95 DSP packages, so take the opportunity to stock up! The sale ends July 31st.

To take advantage of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Special, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 purchased. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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