Blendabilities Are Here!

BlendabilitiesAt long last, the new alcohol markers, Stampin’ Blendabilites™ are here! The first release contains six marker sets plus the ink pad and refill and the Color Lifter. These are all available right now:

The second release starts August 1st and contains the remaining six marker sets:

Other colors of marker sets are planned for later release, but these are the most popular colors to get you started!

Alcohol markers are great for… blending! The Stampin’ Blendabilities marker sets include a tint, hue and tone of each color. This makes blending and shading even easier! As great a tool as Stampin’ Write Markers are, Stampin’ Blendabilities promise to be even more so.

To celebrate the release, I have a special offer for you. If you purchase one of each item (including pre-ordering the August 1st release items), you will be entitled to a free exclusive class where you will learn to get the most out of your Stampin’ Blendabilities. The class is limited to five people a month and is valued at $69.95. Only purchasers of the full line at one time are permitted to attend the class. (If you’re out of town, don’t worry, I have a system to include you.)

Because of the split availability, I’m allowing you to attend if you purchase the initial release and give me your pre-order for the August release at the same time. You may order the first set of items online, but be sure to give me your pre-order within a day or two in order to be eligible for the free class.

Blendabilities-LineYou can take advantage of this offer by calling me at (707) 695-3571 or e-mailing me at mary@3amstamper.com with your phone number and the best time to call. If I don’t answer the phone, please be sure to leave a message with your name, number and the best time to call back. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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Would You Like to Design Your Own Job?

Mary-10-29-2013As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, I find that I really enjoy designing my own job. It helps greatly that I love paper, ink, rubber stamps and, especially, color. I also like that I can design my job to fit into my schedule and take advantage of my most productive hours. If I need to, I can change the design of my job, too!

What does my job design look like? First, I have office hours to make phone calls, send out catalogs, plan events and projects, etc. Then I have certain days for PlayShops (first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop), a class schedule and a schedule for videos, e-mails and other events. My job design takes twenty hours a week or less.

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business and designing your own job? 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 for your Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstratorship. 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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How To Take The Best Scrapbook Photos

Photo Story Sample by Anne McKinnell

I read an article titled,Don’t Know What to Shoot? These 4 Photography Exercises Will Keep You Motivatedby professional photographer Anne McKinnell in my latest issue of the Digital Photography School newsletter and knew I had to share this with you! All four of her exercises are great to do, but this one in particular fits in so perfectly with taking photos that are the best to scrapbook!

“2. Create a story

 

“Rather than trying to capture your subject in one single image, try doing a series instead. Create what LIFE Magazine coined a “photo essay” – a series of images surrounding a single subject or group of subjects, each of which pinpoints a different aspect of its nature. This can be as simple as zooming in on its finer details, or photographing it in different contexts. This method of doing things defines the subject not only by how it appears in a single moment, but also by the way it changes (and the way it stays the same) over several moments. It also helps to craft your visual storytelling abilities.

“Choose one subject and cover it completely, the way a journalist would. Do this either by photographing every aspect of it you can think of, photographing it through the course of a day, or by revisiting it over and over throughout a week. Include shots at different distances and using different focal lengths – include some close-up details and some wide compositions – and whittle all the shots down to around ten final images, making sure that no two photos are alike. When you have your picks, try to organize them in an order that tells a coherent story, whether it’s narrated or implied.”

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.

By the way, Happy Camera Day!

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.  The photo collection shown is © Anne McKinnell.

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Do You Want Fries With That?

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When I think of hamburgers, I also think of fries! This brings me to today’s project: the Fry Box. The Fry Box Bigz™ L Die (#132966) is a perfect coordinate for the Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die (#133724), which I featured in last week’s post. They are not to scale with each other… the Fry Box is up-sized! However they do look cute together. I decorated the Fry Box to coordinate with the Hamburger Box so you could tell they’re a pair.

Other Supplies Used: By the Seashore (#132582, Wood; #126532, Clear), By the Tide (#131910, Wood; #129120, Clear) & Itty Bitty Banners (#132022, Wood; #126257, Clear) Stamp Sets; Brights 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (#131186); Sahara Sand 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#121043); Mossy Meadow (#133645) & Tempting Turquoise (#126952) Classic Stampin’ Pads; VersaMark Pad (#102283); Heat Tool (#129053); Blushing Bride (#133754) & Crushed Curry (#133753) Stampin’ Emboss Powder; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Premium Crease Pad (#113476); Bitty Banners Framelits(#129267); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker’s Twine (#135639); Sticky Strip (#104294); Glue Dots (#103683); Paper Snips (#103579)

Remember, you can get the Itty Bitty Banners set and the Bitty Banners Framelits™ bundled together at a 15% savings! Just order #136605 for the Wood-Mount stamps with Framelits or #136606 for the Clear-Mount stamps with Framelits™.

Tips:

  1. Don’t use the Bone Folder (#102300) or crease the folds tightly. That doesn’t work for the curved folds at the base of the box. You’ll find you don’t need the folds creased that well.
  2. You only need one piece of Sticky Strip for each side. Place it on the outer edge of the box front and fold the flaps of the box back over it.
  3. Line up the base of the sides so they match and are straight. This will put the box perfectly in line.
  4. Carefully line up the 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece of card stock on the die. I center it side to side. The length covers the whole die.
  5. Adhere the Thick Baker’s Twine with tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) and let them dry before tying the bow. You can also apply the glue under the Twine after you’ve tied it, but it’s trickier to get it in the right place.

The Fry Box is good for a treat or small gift holder, or as home décor. Make sure you use decorations such as dried or paper flowers, pinwheels, flags, etc. that are not too long for the box. You don’t want the box tipping over. It’s a good idea to put a counterweight in the bottom of the box, even if the decorations aren’t too long. You never know when an errant breeze is going to come in!

This project is one example of the class material you may see as part of your Online Bonus Class when you join the 3am Stamper’s iClub.  Become a 3am Stamper’s iClub Member now and start with next month’s session.  Club orders are due the 10th of each month!  To find out more, just click on the preceding link or on the link in the drop-down menu on the navigation bar, “Events & Classes“.

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It’s a Pinwheel Party

Pinwheel-PartyThe patriotic colors of Red, White and Blue shown in this party of pinwheels, are perfect for 4th of July celebrations. The pinwheel shapes themselves remind me of fireworks. The high-contrast colors of Real Red, Whisper White and Night of Navy add energy and excitement to the party theme! Smoky Slate provides the background color so the pinwheels aren’t hard on your eyes.

Pinwheel Pattern-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comPinwheels are easy to make – all you need is a square of paper or lightweight card stock, a paper cutter or scissors, a pencil, a ruler, a brad and a 1/16” hole punch. If you look closely at the photo, you can see the diagonal cuts and holes in the center and corners.

  1. Take your square and lightly draw diagonal lines from corner to corner.
  2. Measure a small length from the center and mark it on each line.
  3. Punch one hole in the outer corner of the upper left of each triangle.
  4. Cut the diagonal lines from the mark to the end.
  5. Pierce a hole in the center, unless you have a 1/16” punch that will reach that far.
  6. Insert the brad through each hole, curling the paper, until you have all four corners on the brad. Then push the brad through the hole in the center and fasten.

I made all the pinwheels in the first photo from the June Paper Pumpkin Kit. Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription service that contains quick-to-make projects that should only take 30 minutes to complete. Everything you need, except possibly adhesive and scissors, comes in the kit. June’s was different from the usual 1 to 4 projects: there are 24 pinwheels in the kit and they aren’t as quick to make. However, they’re perfect for party decorations, or even favors!

Paper Pumpkin subscribers also get to purchase selected past month’s kits and refills. If you’d like to get your own Pinwheel Party refill kit, it’s available if you subscribe! The kit contains everything except the Night of Navy Stampin’ Spot and the Pinwheel Party Photopolymer Stamp Set. Paper Pumpkin is $19.95 a month, and you can skip a month or cancel any time if you want. You can also get pre-paid subscriptions to try for one, three, six or twelve months, or even give as gifts. You can order them online and have the code delivered right to your inbox! To receive the July Paper Pumpkin Kit, sign up by the 10th. Your kit will arrive sometime between the 15th and the 25th. Once you’ve signed up for Paper Pumpkin, you can order previous kits and refills right away. See my Introducing Paper Pumpkin page for more details or click on any of the Paper Pumpkin links in this article.

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Tool Tips and More in 3am Thoughts

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My newsletter, 3am Thoughts, features tutorials, techniques and tool tips galore each month. It’s a great resource for you to use for ideas and what to do with them. It’s also only available to my Mailing List Subscribers!

I’ve got some great projects and tips coming up in the July issue. You won’t want to miss it!

To join my Mailing List and receive 3am Thoughts, fill out the form at right. You’ll also collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) just for signing up!

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I Didn’t Think I’d Like This Set!

Yippee-Skippee! Stamp SetWhen I first saw the Yippee Skippee! Stamp Set (#131341, Wood; #131344, Clear), I didn’t like it at all. I couldn’t see any use for it and certainly wasn’t going to get it, even though I love word stamps and collect them by the ton!

Even after I won it at Stampin’ Up!®’s Convention 2013, I still didn’t like it. However, it was a free stamp set. I filed it away in case anyone had questions about it. And there it stayed until something made me look at it again. Luckily, the new 2014-2015 Annual Catalog (#136732) now includes a word stamp index showing the thumbnails of the sets. I could check the sets I have and see what’s in them easily.

Happy Card-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comWhen I was designing this card, I wanted a sentiment that was a little different. The Yippee-Skippee! Set filled the bill. The sentiment I chose also fit on the Decorative Label Punch (#120907) cut-out.

Other Supplies Used: Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set (#132058, Wood; #123759, Clear); Sahara Sand (#121043), Lost Lagoon (#133679), Blackberry Bliss (#133675), Hello Honey (#133678) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack (#133701); Lost Lagoon (#133644), Blackberry Bliss (#133642) & Hello Honey (#133643) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Decorative Dots Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#133520); Elegant Butterfly (#127526) & Bitty Butterfly (#129406) Punches; Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246); Lost Lagoon 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon (#133672); Sponge Daubers (#133733); SNAIL (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683)

You can browse all the current catalogs by clicking on theSee All the Current Catalogs image in the sidebar. If you want your own hard copy, you can order it by clicking the Order Online Button just above the image. 

You can also get your own hard copy FREE by signing up for my Mailing List (fill out the form at right) then e-mailing me your name and phone number!

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Happy Summer! Party On with a Hamburger Box

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Happy Summer! It’s officially time for barbecues, beach trips and all kinds of outdoor activities! So let’s get this party started with a Hamburger Box Party Favor.

I used my favorite beach-themed stamp sets: By the Seashore (#132582, Wood; #126532, Clear) and By the Tide (#131910, Wood; #129120, Clear).

Other Supplies Used: Itty Bitty Banners Stamp Set (#132022, Wood; #126257, Clear); Brights 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (#131186); Sahara Sand 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#121043); Mossy Meadow (#133645) & Tempting Turquoise (#126952) Classic Stampin’ Pads; VersaMark Pad (#102283); Heat Tool (#129053); Blushing Bride (#133754) & Crushed Curry (#133753) Stampin’ Emboss Powder; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Extended Cutting Pads (#113478); Extended Premium Crease Pad (#117630); Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die (#133724); Bitty Banners Framelits™ (#129267); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker’s Twine (#135639); Sticky Strip (#104294); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683); Paper Snips (#103579); Bone Folder (#102300)

You can also get the Itty Bitty Banners set and the Bitty Banners Framelits™ bundled together at a 15% savings! Just order #136605 for the Wood-Mount stamps with Framelits™ or #136606 for the Clear-Mount stamps with Framelits™.

Tips:

  1. You will need a 6” x 9-1/2” piece of card stock to cover the box part of the die. The accessories on the die require a 4” x 6” piece. Cut them individually. The accessories do not need the Crease Pad.
  2. Stamp your design before you crease.
  3. Crease all the folds with the Bone Folder. This will make the assembly easier.
  4. Use Sticky Strip to assemble the box. If, despite everything you do, the corners pull apart, add Glue Dots to them and press together well.
  5. Lightly wrap and tie the twine. You can slip it off to open the box and slip it back on when you’re finished.
  6. You don’t need to worry about using the Embossing Buddy (#103083) because you’ll be cutting out the shells with Paper Snips.

The beach-themed Hamburger Box makes a great gift box as well as a party favor box. Line it with waxed paper or aluminum foil if you want to make it food safe. The box capacity is 2-3/4” wide x 2-3/8” long x 1-3/4” high. Anything smaller than that will fit inside.

To order what you need to make your own Hamburger Box, 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 Do You Do When You Don’t Have Time to Stamp?

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When you don’t have time to stamp, or when you don’t have time to learn to stamp, or you can’t think of anything to stamp, all you need to do is reach for your bright red box that comes in the mail every month: Paper Pumpkin. This monthly subscription service that sends out a kit with everything you need to make 1 to 4 projects. All you need to have on hand are adhesive and maybe scissors. The projects take about 30 minutes (or less) to make and come with a complete photo tutorial!

Let me introduce you to Paper Pumpkin and show you what I mean in my Meet Paper Pumpkin class. We’ll be making two projects from two different past months’ kits and should be done in 90 minutes, tops! You’ll be making a gift bag and a greeting card to get the feel of what Paper Pumpkin is like.

Date:   June 25, 2014

Time:   7:00-8:30pm

Place:  2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Payment must be received by the deadline and made through PayPal on the link below.  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Click on the button below to register

Registration: $25.95

Registration Deadline:  6/25/14 at Noon PDT




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Take It All Off with Adhesive Remover

Adhesive-RemoverOver the last month or so, I’ve done mini reviews of my favorite adhesives. You can see them here:

Now it’s time to talk about the Adhesive Remover (#103684). Once in a while (or all the time if you’re me), you may have excess adhesive on your project. This happens frequently with SNAIL (#104332) and Fast Fuse (#129026) Adhesives. It’s easy to get just the sticky bits off the card stock or paper: use the Adhesive Remover just like you would an eraser and they’ll be gone!

The Adhesive Remover looks like a piece of gum eraser, but it’s a little bit stronger than the ordinary gum eraser. The best way to “erase” is to rub the Remover’s edge in one direction over the adhesive. You’ll get the adhesive to pill, then can brush it off the surface or pull it off the edge of the Remover.

The edge of the Remover builds up dirt from removing the adhesive. You can easily “clean” it by slicing off a thin layer of the edge with Craft Scissors (#108360) or a craft knife. If you find that the Adhesive Remover is too large or bulky for you, cut it in half. You’ll have two Removers and four more edges to use! The pebbled sides don’t work as well as the edges to remove adhesive, but they’re great for gripping!

The Adhesive Remover doesn’t work as well on metal, plastic or ceramic. You can use Stampin’ Mist (#102394) or a commercial adhesive remover such as Goo Gone to clean adhesives off those surfaces.

You also need to be careful to erase with the grain of the paper or card stock. Otherwise, you could lift the paper layers and ruin the surface.

Remember that the Adhesive Remover only works on Adhesives such as SNAIL, Fast Fuse and Sticky Strip (#104294). It won’t work to remove excess Glue, such as Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) or even Mini Glue Dots (#103683). You can usually push the excess Glue Dot underneath the layer or embellishment so that the stickiness is gone, but the Adhesive Remover won’t work.

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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Spring Bouquet Box Cover

Fast Fuse Holder-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comAs promised on Tuesday, here is the tutorial to cover a Mini Glue Dots (#103683) box to hold the Fast Fuse Adhesive Applicator (#129026). I needed to keep the open tip of the Fast Fuse from getting adhesive all over and the Glue Dots box fit perfectly!

I store the Fast Fuse in with my other adhesives, within easy reach of my workspace. I know I didn’t need to fancy up the box, but since I was playing with my new punches anyway, why not?

Supplies Used:  In Color 2013-2015 Designer Series Paper Stack (#130136); In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock Assortment (#131200); Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (#133787); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246); Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); Fast Fuse Adhesive (#129026); Mini Glue Dots (#103683); Bone Folder (#102300); Paper Snips (#103579)

Fast-Fuse-Box-Cover

Directions:

  1. Take an empty Mini Glue Dots box and cut off the top flaps.
  2. Cut a piece of Baked Brown Sugar Designer Series Paper 8-1/2” x 4-1/2”
  3. Wrap paper around the box and pinch where the paper folds. Do not score these folds.
  4. Score long edge of paper at 3/4” along both sides for the bottom and the top. Fold and crease these score lines.
  5. Cut slim notches from the outer edge to the score line at each pinched fold.
  6. Line up all the folds with the box and adhere the paper to it.
  7. Adhere the top flaps to the inside of the box.
  8. Adhere the bottom flaps to the box bottom.
  9. Punch a star from Coastal Cabana Card Stock, flowers from Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock and hearts from Strawberry Slush Card Stock.
  10. Attach Rhinestones to the centers of the star and flowers and offset on the hearts.
  11. Adhere the embellishments to the box with Glue Dots.

Insert your Fast Fuse with the tip up and store it!

The Glue Dots box is 3” x 3” x 1-1/8”. If you don’t have any spares, you can make your own box from cardboard or card stock. Cut 8-1/2” x 3-3/4” and score one long edge at 3/4”. Score the short sides at 1-3/4”, 2-5/8”, 5-5/8”, 6-3/4”. Fold and crease all score lines. Notch at the corners with narrow snips. Assemble the box by adhering the back together, then the bottom flaps. You can stamp a pattern on the box before assembly or cover it with Designer Series Paper. Don’t try to do both at once as the layers will buckle.

To order what you need to make your own Fast Fuse Adhesive box, 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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Meet the No Time to Stamp Solution

Paper_Pumpkin_LogoHave you ever wished you could learn artistic rubber stamping, but just can’t find the time to take a class? Or do you like to stamp, but never find the time or the ideas to do so? I’ve got the answer: let me introduce you to Paper Pumpkin!

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription service that sends out a kit with everything you need to make 1 to 4 projects. All you need to have on hand are adhesive and maybe scissors. The projects take about 30 minutes (or less)to make and come with a complete photo tutorial!

Let me show you what I mean in my Meet Paper Pumpkin class. We’ll be making two projects from two different past months’ kits and should be done in 90 minutes, tops! You’ll be making a gift bag and a greeting card to get the feel of what Paper Pumpkin is like.

Date:   June 25, 2014

Time:   7:00-8:30pm

Place:  2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Payment must be received by the deadline and made through PayPal on the link below.  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Click on the link below and register with the Early Bird Discount!

Early Bird Registration: $20.95

Early Bird Registration Deadline:  6/19/14

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Easy Scrapbooking of Everyday Adventures

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I can’t show you the pages I did my Getting Started With Project Life® Class., but I can show you one I used with place holder cards from the Project Life® Everyday Adventure Card Collection (#135298). Using the Project Life® Photo Pocket Pages 12” x 12” Variety Pack (#135294) made a Quick & Easy & Superfast way to get my photos out of their stacks and into scrapbooks! By the way, I included the reverse of the page so you could see how some of the Cards are printed: one side for landscape views and the other for portrait views.

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Here’s how I use the Project Life® system:

  1. I grab a stack of photos.
  2. I grab a stack of Photo Pocket Pages’
  3. I grab the Project Life® Journaling Pens (#135304).
  4. I go through my stack of photos and insert each one into a Photo Pocket.

I “sort” my photos by putting each subject into a separate page. I make notes on the cards I’m going to use with scrap paper or Post-It™ Notes. Then I decide if I need to grab a new stack of photos in the hopes of finding more of the same subject of if I’ve got enough of the subject to go on. At this point, I decide on what stamps and accessories (such as the Project Life® Everyday Adventure Accessory Pack #135301) I want to use. When I’m done with both sides of the page, I “file” it into the album until I’m ready to sort the pages.

Try this system and you’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in very little time!

To order what you need to try out your own Quick & Easy & Superfast system of scrapbooking, 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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A Spring Bouquet of Colors

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I was playing with my new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (#133787) and decided to use the In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock Assortment (#131200), well scraps from it, to use with the new punches. My main reason was I was covering a box with a piece of Baked Brown Sugar paper from the In Color 2013-2015 Designer Series Paper Stack (#130136) and wanted to dress it up.

I picked three more colors to go with Baked Brown Sugar: Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana. If I’d thought of it, I’d have found a way to use Pistachio Pudding, too, and have a sampler box. As it is, I just sprinkled the colorful cut-outs over the box.

The Baked Brown Sugar: Strawberry Slush, and Coastal Cabana are the same intensity: tints that are close to the true color of hues. Adding the lighter tint of Crisp Cantaloupe into the mix saves the combination from being monotone. A monotone color combination gives you nowhere to rest your eyes and can be very upsetting because you don’t know where to look.

One thing I learned while playing with my punch-outs was that the Itty Bitty Accents will fit with every size in the package of Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246)! I had to illustrate that while I “blinged it up”. The star holds a large Rhinestone, the flower has a medium Rhinestone and the heart has a small Rhinestone.

Would you like to see more? Check back Friday for the box cover tutorial and see the details of what it’s holding.

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Fast Fuse Added to Adhesive Line-Up

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The new Fast Fuse Adhesive (#129026) introduced by Stampin’ Up!® in the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog is starting to become one of my Go-To Adhesives. It’s not there yet, but that’s because it has a learning curve.

Fast Fuse is a strong adhesive that fits between SNAIL (#104332) and Sticky Strip (#104294) on the adhesion scale. I’ve found that you really need to make sure your placement is where you want it when you’re adhering layers, for example, because once Fast Fuse is down, it’s down… and so is your layer! You’ll need to start over if you make a serious mistake.

The Fast Fuse case opens to change the refill. The Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill (#129027) snaps in similarly to the SNAIL Adhesive Refill (#104331), making replacement quick and easy. Fast Fuse Refills contain almost twice as much adhesive as SNAIL Refills, which makes them slightly more economical and the refill lasts longer.

Here are some tips on working with Fast Fuse Adhesive:

  • Make sure the words are on top of the applicator before you start to roll the tip across your project.
  • You may need to roll the tape a little to get the adhesive started.
  • Roll slo-o-owly (even more slowly than you would SNAIL) and be sure to flick your wrist at the end to “cut” the adhesive.
  • Apply the adhesive with the Silicone Craft Sheet (#127853) under your work to keep from sticking to everything.

Because there is no cover for the applicator tip to prevent the adhesive from sticking in the wrong place, I store my Fast Fuse Adhesive upright in a Mini Glue Dots (#103683) box. It’s the perfect size to hold the applicator and have Fast Fuse easily ready to use. (You can see what I mean if you check back here tomorrow.)

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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Finally Back Up!

I’ve been battling hackers again… that’s why I haven’t posted for several days. Everything seems to be fixed now, so I’ll be back on my normal schedule.

One thing that isn’t affected is my Mailing List. My subscribers received their newsletter in their inboxes on time. I was also able to send out reports and notices. Don’t miss out! Join my Mailing List right now. To join and receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, tutorials, tips & tricks, fill out the form at right. You’ll also collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) just for signing up!

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Free Birthday Gift for Subscribers

Birthday Club Certificate - Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Only members of my Mailing List are eligible to join my Birthday Club and receive a free gift every year! On the first of the birthday month, members find a Gift Certificate in their inbox, which is good for the whole month.

It’s very easy to join! Just fill in the form at right and submit it. Then look for the confirmation e-mail and click the link in it. You’ll receive two free tutorials and a copy of my last newsletter when you do. The following day, you’ll receive the Birthday Club invitation. Fill out that form with your birthday month and you’ll be all set!

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Fun with the Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die

Mini-Milk-Carton-Primrose-Petals

As I noted last week in myHow to Emboss Mini Milk Carton Die Cutspost, I’ve been having too much fun with these little boxes! I’ve been experimenting with different ways to use the die-cut, but I must admit, I’ve embossed all of them with Textured Impresions™ Embossing Folders.

The Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die (#117310) cut a piece of Primrose Petals from the In Color 2012-2014 Core’dinations Card Stock Assortment (#129957) for this box. I used a 6” x 12” piece and die-cut it face down with one edge close to the top edge of the die. I lined up one corner of the card stock with the die corner and offset the die to allow the card stock to roll smoothly. This gave me the most extra card stock with less waste than cutting an 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece.

Other Supplies Used: Creative Elements Stamp Set (#128523); Garden Green 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#102584); White Creped Filter Paper (#129393); Raspberry Ripple (#126859) & Primrose Petals (#126858) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Premium Crease Pad (#113476); Flower Garden Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#123113); Stampin’ Sanding Block (#129367); Core’dinations Dust Buddy (#129366); Little Leaves (#114511) & Floral Fusion (#115969) Sizzlits™; Large Pearl Basic Jewels (#125577); Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126845); Stampin’ Pierce Mat (#126199); Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189); 1/8” Silver Mini Brads (#122941); Glue Dots (#103683); Sticky Strip (#104294); 3/16” or 1/4” strong hole punch, I used my retired Crop-A-Dile.

Tips:

  1. Pinch the top edges together and punch holes through all thicknesses, in the middle of the inner folds.
  2. Roll up a glue dot and adhere to the back of the leaves to attach them underneath the petals.
  3. Pierce the flowers and the sides of the carton before assembling. Secure with mini brads. Flatten the head of the brad to make attaching the pearl easier.

This project is one example of the class material you may see as part of your Online Bonus Class when you join the 3am Stamper’s iClub.  Become a 3am Stamper’s iClub Member now and start with next month’s session.  Club orders are due the 10th of each month!  To find out more, just click on the preceding link or on the link in the drop-down menu on the navigation bar, “Events & Classes“.

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