Scrapbook Page for Spring Into Summer

Spring Into Summer Page - Visit

For today’s Scrapbook Theater, I decided to answer a Coach’s Challenge and use a color combination that I had never used before.  That’s extremely difficult for me because, if you’ve been reading me any length of time, you know that I make a concerted effort to use all of the Stampin’ Up!® colors.  This page is 8” x 8”.

I discovered that I had never designed a project using all five of the 2012-2014 In Colors, so that’s the combination I used!  These colors are deep and rich, which lead me to call this page “Spring into Summer”.  In descending order:  Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals.  The 2012-2014 In Colors are retiring the end of May, so I thought it was fitting to make use of them while they are current.

Supplies Used:  Flower Shop Stamp Set (#130939, Wood-Mount; #130942, Clear-Mount); Petite Petals Stamp Set (#133152, Wood-Mount; #133155, Clear-Mount); 2012-2014 In Color 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock Assortment (#126838); Very Vanilla 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#101650); Raspberry Ripple Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126859); Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (#101731); Pansy Punch (#130698); Petite Petals Punch (#133322); Raspberry Ripple 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126845); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Little Leaves Sizzlits™ (#114511); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683)

Bundles offer coordinating products at a savings.  These are the bundles you can substitute for the individual products in the list.

The deep, rich “Spring Into Summer” 2012-2014 In Colors also come in individual color packs of 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock:

The remaining items in the 2012-2014 In Color Collection include:

For the complete listing of the In Color 2012-2014 Collection, see pages 140 and 141 in the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog.

To order any of the In Color 2012-2014 Collection and create your own Spring Into Summer pages and projects, 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 Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.  Also, Sale-A-Bration continues through March 31st (Monday), which earns you a FREE stamp set or accessory for every $50 you spend!

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Subscribers Receive Birthday Gifts

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My Birthday Club is exclusive to my Mailing List Subscribers.  Club members receive Birthday Gifts in their inbox every year.  This arrives on the first of their birthday month – a special coupon just for them that they have the whole month to use!

To join my Mailing List and become eligible to join my Birthday Club, as well as 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 just for signing up!

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The Artist Who Inspires Me Most!

Claude Monet's The Cliff Walk at Pourville

I get inspiration from everywhere, but I’ve been challenged to write about the artist who inspires me the most.  If I have to narrow it down to only one – I’d have to say it’s Claude Monet.  He frequently used my favorite colors (any in the turquoise family) and painted landscapes of the beach and ocean or other bodies of water.  As an Impressionist, he liked to give the sense of light and air in his work and preferred painting outside to enhance this.

Wikipedia has a great series of articles on the paintings of Claude Monet.  This link discusses The Cliff Walk at Pourville, the painting I’ve used to illustrate this post.  You’ll be able to see why I consider him the artist who inspires me most!

Who is your favorite artist, or the artist who inspires you the most, and what do you like about his or her work?  Please leave your response in Comments below.

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Back Orders Revisited

Fringe Scissors & Petite Petals Punch-Visit

Update on the new Fringe Scissors (#133325) and Petite Petals Punch (#133322) from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  Their anticipated availability changed from my previous mention in my What To Do About Back Orders Post.

  • The Petite Petals Punch is expected to ship on or before April 4th.  Remember, the Petite Petals Punch comes bundled with the Petite Petals Stamp Set (#133152, Wood-Mount; #133155, Clear-Mount).  Bundles are usually put together at a savings and may not appear in the next Annual Catalog even if their components are being carried over.  Petite Petals Bundle (#134821, Wood-Mount; #134822, Clear-Mount)
  • The Fringe Scissors don’t have an availability date yet determined, they are on indefinite back order, but they haven’t been suspended from the ordering process.  I’ll keep you posted on this one.  It’s a really handy and time-saving tool.

In the meantime, you can fringe your card stock or paper with the Paper Snips (#103579).  The Snips will let you fringe unevenly, which usually is more realistic for grass.  However, you can use the same technique as I discussed in my How To Use Fringe Scissors Post last month – it will just take a bit longer.  My biggest tip for you is:  Don’t worry if the fringe isn’t exactly even!!  You’re hand crafting, so no one is going to know!  Or, to put it another way:


Keep in mind that back orders are shipped out according to the date the original order was placed.  You may place your order for these items, but be prepared to wait extra time.  If you order anything that is on indefinite back-order and Stampin’ Up! has suspended the item between the time you ordered and the time the order goes in the queue for picking, I will let you know so you can substitute if you wish.  Suspended items can’t be ordered while they are in suspension.  I can let you know when the item again becomes available, if you want.

So, if you want to avoid back orders for the most part, start browsing your catalogs and get your order in before something else you want gets placed on back order.  You can click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive 3am Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.  Also, Sale-A-Bration continues through March 31st, which earns you a FREE stamp set or accessory for every $50 you spend!

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The Go-With-Anything Neutrals


As promised in my Color Chart to Help You Color Craft post, I’ve developed a Neutrals Color Craft ChartNeutrals go with any color to enhance the hue and balance it out.  The Neutrals Collection from Stampin’ Up!® is featured and arranged in a fashion that you might like to use with your Color Coach® (#130118).  The Neutrals are Tint, Tone and Shade, so arranging them the same as the colors might not make sense.

Neutral colors include black, white and the shades of gray in between (Gray Scale).  I’ve placed Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Whisper White on the Gray Scale section of the color chart.

Browns are also Neutral colors because they are composed of all three Primary Colors (red, blue and yellow) combined and don’t fit anywhere on the Color Wheel.  The reason is the traditional Color Wheel is based on the colors of the visible light spectrum, which doesn’t include brown.  I’ve included a section with the all-primary combination colors graduated from dark brown to cream in the Stampin’ Up! colors.

You can use the Color Coach along with the Color Craft Charts to help you determine which colors you want to use together.  Sometimes it is just easier to put the Color Coach swatch flat against another color.  Placing them alongside the chart is easier than unscrewing the swatches and taking the Color Coach apart.

I’ve updated my Color Craft Charts file to include the Neutrals page, so there are now 3 pages you can download and print.

Color Craft Charts 2013-2014

To order your Color Coach® (#130118) plus 2012-2014 In Color Cards (#130119) and 2013-2015 In Color Cards (#130120) and see how well the Neutrals go with anything, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on the product links in this article.  You’ll receive 3am Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.  Don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration ends 3/31 – you’ll want to make sure you get your free stamps and accessories with every $50 you purchase!

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Ode to Spring Page

Ode to Spring Page - Visit

Spring has arrived on the calendar, and it’s coming out in my area!  One of my pet signs of spring are the tulips blooming!  I decided to make tulips with the Ovals Collection Framelits™ (#129381) to embellish my “Ode to Spring” scrapbook page.  I’m trying to catch a photo with my backyard squirrel and Mr. Robin (my other pet signs of Spring) in the same frame – wish me luck!

To make the tulips, die-cut three ovals for each blossom from Blushing Bride 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#131198) and one oval for the leaves from Wild Wasabi 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#108641).  Sponge the edges of the Blushing Bride ovals with a Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126983) and one of the Sponge Daubers (#102892).  I sponged a little heavier and deeper on one end of the oval for the base of the tulip blossom.

You can use the Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658) to help hold your Framelits in place.  I cut them two at a time, using the smallest oval, but then I have two sets of the Ovals Collection Framelits™.  I find that getting a duplicate set of Framelits is usually helpful because I frequently cut two shapes of the same size, as I did for my “Ode to Spring” page.

Other Supplies Used:  Perfect Pennants Stamp Set (#133227, Wood-Mount; #133230, Clear-Mount); Very Vanilla (#101650) & Daffodil Delight (#119683) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Square Lattice Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#119976); Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition (#129407); Tiny Wave Rotary Cutting Blade (#129409); 2-Way Glue Pen (#100425); Craft Scissors (#108360); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)


1)      You can roll the Tiny Wave cutting blade back and forth to get through the card stock.  It’s designed to repeat the same pattern no matter how many times you need to cut.  It usually takes three or four times to cut all the way through card stock… just don’t move the paper!

2)      If you put the stickers on your Clear-Mount Stamps like I do, a few drops of the 2-Way glue on the sticker will make it hold better.  You can let the glue dry first and then you’ll have a nice tacky surface to attach to the acrylic block.  The block cleans easily with Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (#102394) and the Stampin’ Scrub (#126200).

This project, the “Ode to Spring” Page, 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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Extra Cash-Can You Use It?

Purse of MoneyCan you use some extra cash?  I know I appreciate extra cash in my bank every month!  That’s what I get for being a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator and owning my own rubber stamping, scrapbooking & papercrafting business!  It’sgreat being my own boss AND it’s great being able to bring in extra cash on my own schedule!

The other advantage is that you get to design your business to bring in the amount of extra cash you want.  You can operate in your own way and you’ll have me as a resource!  I’ve been a Demonstrator since 2001 and I have a lot of knowledge and resources to share!

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?  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.

As a bonus, from now through March 31st, your initial investment nets you $150 in Stampin’ Up!® products to get you off to a good start!  You can also attend Convention 2014 in July, where you’ll see new ideas, hear business tips and meet new friends, for just the cost of hotel and airfare.  If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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At A Loss for Family Fun Night?

Paper_Pumpkin_LogoHave you used up all your ideas for Family Fun Night?  Are you getting tired of the same old thing?  I bet your Fun Nights are turning into Fun Minutes, too, right?  I know my family’s schedule keeps getting tighter and tighter!

Here’s what I do:  I grab my Paper Pumpkin box and open it up on Fun Night.  Each month, there’s a surprise project of one to four cards, journals, mini-albums or other paper-craft projects that only take 30 minutes to complete!  This includes reading the directions!!  You get everything you need to create quick and easy handmade cards (or whatever the box holds).  Everyone can say, “I made it myself!”  Think of it as a Family Fun Night tool!

Paper Pumpkin is a subscription service that sends you a new project kit every month.  As long as you sign up by the 10th of the month, you’ll receive that month’s project kit or your Welcome Kit if it’s the first month.  The kits arrive around the 15th of the month.  Membership is $19.95 a month, which includes shipping!  You can pause your subscription or cancel any time, as well.

To receive Paper Pumpkin, click the link to subscribe.  Try My Paper Pumpkin today and give your family something different for Family Fun Night!

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day 2014!!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Happy St Paddy's Day 2014 - Visit http://222.3amstamper.comHoist one for me and in honor of Saint Patrick, too!  As you know, I always represent both halves of Ireland in my St. Paddy’s Day CardsGreen may be the main color, but there’s always Orange peeking around in the design, too!

Do you think it’s too late to get your family and friends a card?  Not at all, just open up My Digital Studio (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download) and select a blank greeting card!  You can also download the Luck ‘O the Irish Ensemble (#137082) and the Glimmer Kit (#137342) for some creative Irish fun!  To use both of these, you’ll need to select them from the “Designer Kits” sections of Stamps and of Embellishments on the Resource Palette or in the Design CenterTip: when you use the Design Center, you really need to know which item you are choosing.  It’s easier to browse in the Resource Palette.

By the way, the Luck ‘O the Irish Ensemble is a party kit that even includes a small Leprechaun’s hat!  The Glimmer Kit includes glittery Designer Series Paper patterns in four designs (three sizes of polka dots plus diagonal stripes), and other embellishments, all in Red, Silver and Gold Glimmer!

Other Digital Downloads UsedBlossom Builders Embellishments (#129609); Grosgrain Ribbon Add-On Pack (#125167)

To make your e-card, select Project > Share > Export Pages.  I always just use the default of “all” and leave the pages all selected.  This will give you a folder of .jpeg files that you can use like photos.  I usually edit mine to reduce the size and make it easier to upload and send.  That’s all there is to it!  In nothing flat you’ll have a Happy St. Paddy’s Day greeting to send immediately and know your family and friends will get it today!

To order My Digital Studio, just click the Order Online Button in my right sidebar or any of the product links in this article.  You may download it immediately and start playing!  You may also try it free for 30 days!

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Irish Dancing – Make It a Memory

Leprechaun-Doing-JigSaint Patrick’s Day is coming!  I was looking up Irish Jig online, hoping for a short video, and came across this video with talk show host Conan O’Brien and the Trinity Irish DancersThe Dancers teach Irish Dance to kids from age two-and-a-half years on up!

Imagine your child or grandchild performing Irish Dance or another performing art.  Wouldn’t a video make a great memory?  You can easily download the video to DVD/CD and store it in a pocket on a scrapbook page!  I get the commercial DVD/CD sleeves and adhere the flap to the page so the window shows.  It’s easy to flip up the pocket to insert and remove the disc.  You can also stamp on the pocket to suit your theme and design.  I like the commercial pockets for this because there is less chance of scratching the DVD/CD than with a card stock pocket.

Talking-Tag-LabelsYou can enhance your page with Talking Tags Message Labels (#129723).  Use these to record up to sixty seconds of a message – family responses to the performance, messages from family members, etc.  If you have a series of Talking Tags, you will need to adhere them to the page with enough room between them to not interfere with the SmartPhone camera.  You can fold 2” x 4” pieces of Card Stock or Designer Series Paper and tie them together into a book with a Talking Tag on each micro page.  This will adhere to the main page, along with the DVD/CD pocket.

To order what you need to have make your own Video & Audio Memory Page, 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 Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.  Don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration ends 3/31 – you’ll want to make sure you get your free stamps and accessories with every $50 you purchase!

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Color Chart to Help You Color Craft

Color Craft Chart 2013-2014-Visit

As promised in my Mardi Gras Color Craft post, I created a “Color Wheel” using all Stampin’ Up!® colors except the Neutrals Collection.  They are outside any color wheel because they are black through gray and brown to white.  I’ll do a separate chart for those and post it next week.

The Color Craft Chart is laid out with my eighteen categories of colors.  Remember I do split tertiary colors (Green-Yellow and Yellow-Green, for example) to place the colors as accurately as possible.  I’ve included these color sub-categories (or Groups):

  • Hue –  the truest form of the color
  • Tint – the color plus white
  • Tone – the color plus a degree of gray
  • Shade – the color plus black

You’ll notice I have two lines for the Tint Group.  A few of the colors needed two sections for Tint.  I arranged them from lightest to darkest.

You can arrange your Color Coach® (#130118) plus 2012-2014 In Color Cards (#130119) and 2013-2015 In Color Cards (#130120) according to the chart.  I use this arrangement:  Tint, Tone, Hue, Shade so that the Color Coach fans out in a logical progression, but you can easily arrange the cards according to your own preferences.

To download printable pages (there are two) of the Color Craft Chart, click this link.

Let me know how you like this feature by leaving your remarks in Comments or e-mailing me at

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Free Tutorials for Joining

Pink-Spiral-Flower-BoxAll it takes to become a Mailing List Subscriber and receive TWO free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) just for joining is to fill in the form at right!  You’ll receive your free gifts as soon as you confirm your subscription!  Additionally every month you’ll receive my newsletter, 3am Thoughts, which is filled with more tutorials and ideas as well as the latest trends and tips!  Best of all, it’s all FREE!  It’s free to join, free to receive gifts and free to enter contests.

I also send surprise gifts to my entire list periodically!  For example, a few months ago I sent my subscribers a free mini-tutorial called “Stamp & Stitch”.  Another example was a Digital Scrapbooking E-Book.  And every year my subscribers get a dozen free Holiday tutorials during my “12 Weeks of Christmas” program.  The value of each of these tutorials ranges from $4.95 to $7.95, but my subscribers get them all free!  Furthermore, these tutorials are not available to anyone else!

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When Glitter Won’t Do

You're Amazing Card#3-Visit

A lot of times, when you make some mistake on your projects, you can cover it up with Glitter.  Glitter is a wonderful tool:  it adds glitz and confuses the eye to the mistake isn’t noticeable!  But sometimes, Glitter just won’t do.

Sometimes, you can stamp an image and cut it out to cover up the error.  Other times, ribbon bows or knots will do the trick.  One of my favorites is to add brads or buttons, but this can complicate the design, or even ruin it.  When that happens, I can turn to Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246) or Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247) to make my mistake look deliberate.

The Basic Jewels come in 3 sizes in one package, so it is easier to pick a compatible size for your cover-up.  In this card, I used the largest of the 3 sizes in my original design.  The die-cut around the stamped image, made with Apothecary Accents Framelits(#127003) and my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439), needed some contrast, but the die-cut is too large to reverse the Framelit to make a mat.  So, I edged it with the brush tip of a Gumball Green Marker from the In Color 2012-2014 Stampin’ Write Marker Collection (#126856).  The curves and points of the die-cut’s edges made it tricky to control the Marker and created a small error.  Luckily, the error was small enough that I could cover it with a small Rhinestone.  This let me embellish the die-cut in a coordinated look.

Other Supplies Used:  You’re Amazing Stamp Set (#132013, Wood-Mount; #126642, Clear-Mount); Gumball Green (#126840) & Daffodil Delight (#119683) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Epic Day This & That Designer Series Paper (#130814); Gumball Green Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126861); Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126848); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683)

Why didn’t I re-do the whole die-cut?  Well, I was pressed for time (like always) and had already added the large Rhinestones when I decided the die-cut needed more contrast with the background.  Edging with the flat of the brush tip works great to give a thin bit of contrast, but the curves and points of the die-cut make it difficult to get an even line.  Glitter wouldn’t do because (a) I didn’t have time to let it dry and (b) I didn’t think the glittery edge would coordinate well with my design.

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Why I Love My Work

You're Amazing Card-Visit

Today is International Working Women’s Day so I’m giving a shout out to all my fellow working women!  You are amazing!  And don’t forget it!!

I love my work as a stamping business owner representing Stampin’ Up!® products because I get to associate with a fabulous group of Independent Demonstrators, predominately women.  These women are talented and caring and always willing to share their knowledge and expertise.  I am proud to count myself among them!  For all my fellow working women, especially my Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator colleagues, I repeat:  You are amazing!!!

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?  After all, it IS International Working Women’s Day!

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.  As a bonus, from now through March 31st, your initial investment nets you $150 in Stampin’ Up!® products to get you off to a good start!  If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at  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 Scrapbook Class Pictures-Part Two

Class Photo Page 2-Visit

Today’s scrapbook page for a Class Picture is in the 9”x 12” size.  I used My Digital Studio (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download) to design it.  I am including the directions for both digital and traditional ways to make the page.

My Digital Studio (MDS) Scrapbook Page Directions:

Install Chevron Border Punch (#135226) and Chevron Ribbon (#136719) Digital Downloads.

  • Run MDS and select Photobooks/Individual Pages.
  • Select a 12” x 12” project and name it.
  • Choose Elegant Eggplant Background Color
  • Insert the Square Punch and stretch it to 9” x 13” so it goes off the page on both sides.  Color Fill with Whisper White.
  • Center the punch vertically on the page and a little offset.  (You can use Arrange > Align vertically on page to make it easy.)  Apply a mat to the punch that is size 4 or 6 and colored Garden Green.
  • Select Wisteria Wonder Chevron Ribbon and add a strip to both top and bottom edges so at least half the ribbon shows.  Move the ribbon layers to the back (on PC – <CTRL> <SHIFT> <DOWN>) so they show underneath the Whisper White area.
  • Select the Chevron Border Punch (or drag and drop it) and color it Crushed Curry.  Apply a drop-shadow (X = 1 or 2, Y = 1 or 2; opacity = 100%; blur = 0) of Elegant Eggplant so the punch will stand out.  Copy and align across the top of the page, overlapping the green and ribbon borders.
  • Copy one of the Chevron Border Punch images and rotate it 180 degrees.  Copy this across the bottom of the page, again overlapping the green and ribbon borders.
  • Add a Wisteria Wonder Chevron Ribbon V to one side.  Move it to the back of the ribbon strip (on PC – <CTRL> <SHIFT> <DOWN>).
  • Save the project.

Traditional Scrapbook Page Directions:

  • Base page is Elegant Eggplant Card Stock from the Regals 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (#131188).
  • Photo mat is Garden Green, also in the Regals collection, cut to 9-1/4” x 12”.
  • Photo place holder is Whisper White 12” x 12” Card Stock (#124302) cut to 9-” x 12”.
  • Adhere Whisper White to Garden Green pages.
  • Adhere strips of Wisteria Wonder 3/4” Chevron Ribbon (#130017) behind the top and bottom edges.
  • Make a “V” from another piece of ribbon and attach it to one side of the lower edge – staple it in place if you like.
  • Adhere whole mat to Elegant Eggplant page.
  • Punch Crushed Curry Card Stock, also from the Regals collection, with the Chevron Border Punch (#132154) so that you have enough of the Chevrons to go across the top and bottom borders.
  • Adhere the Chevrons with dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) and let dry.

The Class Picture photos usually have date, place, etc. already on them, so your journaling is done!

The pages are ready to accept the photo.  You can use the same color scheme to make additional pages for school year event photos, classmates’ individual photos (where the faces are large enough to see <wink>) and so on.  I used the school colors to create the layout and, if there was room, I would stamp an image representing the school mascot or team name.

Would you like to share your class picture pages or layouts?  I know the rest of us would love to see them!  Email me at and attach a picture/photo/scan.  Plus, if you’re on my mailing list, include the list of supplies used and you’ll be eligible for my monthly contest.  To sign up for my mailing list, fill out the form at the right.

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How to Scrapbook Class Pictures-Part One

Class Photo Page1-Visit

I’ve seen Class Pictures come home from school in sizes ranging from 8” x 10” to 9” x 12”.  I’m sure some schools print them larger (I want a printer like that!), but I only have 12” x 12” scrapbook pages.  This inspired me to create a page to mount them on.  I’ve done one for 8-1/2” x 11” and one for 9” x 12”.  The 9”x 12” design will appear in my next post

8-1/2” x 11” Photo:

There was plenty of scrap left from trimming the Crushed Curry and Garden Green card stock.  I stamped the school year on a scrap, then cut out each number with the Hearts Aflutter Framelits Dies (#130159) and the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439).

Other Supplies Used:  Morning Post Numbers Stamp Set clear only (#131841, no longer available unless it appears in the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog); Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126969); Wisteria Wonder 3/4” Chevron Ribbon (#130017)

Check back here tomorrow for the second part of How to Scrapbook Class Pictures.

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Mardi Gras Color Craft

Let the Good Times Roll Card-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comTraditional Mardi Gras colors are purple or violet, green and gold.  I used those colors on yesterday’s project: Let the Good Times Roll cardThe combination is a Triadic arrangement, where the colors are equidistant from each other on the color wheel.

Remember, the Color Wheel I use is:

Red – Red-Orange – Orange-Red – Orange – Orange-Yellow – Yellow-Orange – Yellow – Yellow-Green – Green-Yellow – Green – Green-Blue – Blue-Green – Blue – Blue-Violet – Violet-Blue – Violet – Violet-Red – Red-Violet

I’ve underlined the Triad, with Gold standing in for Orange in this case.  Gold is really neutral, but you can use it as a “Wild Card” color for Yellows and Oranges.  By the same token, Silver stands in for Blues and Grays.

The Stampin’ Up!® colors I used to make the card were the brightest and most intense of the product line:  Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green and Gold Foil.  Whisper White, another neutral, doesn’t count as a hue.  Elegant Eggplant and Garden Green are both in the Regals Color Family.  Both are shades of true violet and true green and give a deep, rich look.  The colors may be a little subdued for Mardi Gras exuberance, but the Gold Foil perks them up.

Instead of a Color Wheel, Stampin’ Up! offers a Color Coach® (#130118).  It contains all the colors in the main Stampin’ Up! collection and comes in four languages.  The colors are grouped in families:

  • Brights Collection includes Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango and Tempting Turquoise.
  • Neutrals Collection includes Basic Black, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla and Whisper White.
  • Regals Collection includes our Mardi Gras colors of Elegant Eggplant and Garden Green plus Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Perfect Plum and Rose Red.
  • Subtles Collection includes Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, So Saffron, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder.

The In Color Collections are available separately and can be added to the Color Coach:  2012-2014 In Color Cards (#130119), include Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit; 2013-2015 In Color Cards (#130120), include Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush.

I’ll be posting a Stampin’ Up! “color wheel” in the next week or so.  It will probably be a chart with the color names in place, rather than an actual wheel.  It will include the In Colors, and I’ll be updating it when the 2014-2016 In Colors are released (the 2012-2014 In Colors will be retiring).  This should help you arrange your Color Coach so you have a color wheel at your fingertips.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in Comments or e-mail me at

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Oh, No! Newsletter Late

Mary & Green Hair-visit http://www.3amstamper.comI’m sorry for the delay, but my newsletter may be delayed another day or so.  My e-mail service has suffered several attacks over the last few weeks and is recovering slowly.  I’ve got some great projects coming to you, including a cute St. Patrick’s Day Card, so I’m hoping to have the newsletter out soon.

In the meantime, if you’re not on my mailing list, just fill in the form at right.  If you have trouble signing up with it, e-mail me at and I’ll add you.

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Let the Good Times Roll!

Let the Good Times Roll Card-Visit

Last week, I posted a Guide to Traditional Louisiana Cooking and shared this great web guide to Mardi Gras New Orleans, with all the events, parade routes, shopping and a whole host of information.

This week, you get a greeting card to put you in the spirit of the final day of Mardi Gras season!  I printed the greeting (“laissez le bon temps rouler”) on card stock using Microsoft Word and a WordArt text box about 3-1/2” wide.  Then I trimmed around the phrase to about a 1/2” strip and cut the ends with the smallest of the Banners Framelits™ (#132173).  To cut just the ends, thread the end underneath the cutting edge and leave the rest of the strip on top.  You can remove any unwanted impressions in the strip with a Bone Folder (#102300).  Edge the banner with the Gold Encore Metallic Pad (#132141) and let it dry a few minutes so the metallic ink doesn’t smear.  If you do the greeting banner first, it will have plenty of time to dry while you’re making the rest of the pieces.

Supplies Used:  Beautifully Baroque Bundle (#132732, Wood-Mount only; includes Beautifully Baroque Stamp #130895 and Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder #130917); Elegant Eggplant (#105126), Garden Green (#102584) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Gold Foil Sheets (#132622); Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126969); Gold Encore Metallic Pad (#132141); Texture Boutique™ Embossing Machine (#132657 – only available until March 8thsee my post from March 1st); Decorative Dots Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#133520, free with $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration, ends 3/31/14); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Banners Framelits™ (#132173); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Whisper White Organza Ribbon (#114319); Paper Snips (#103579); Glue Dots (#103683); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

Coordinate this card with a Whisper White Medium Envelope (#107301) that you’ve embossed with the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder.  You can either emboss just the flap or just about 1-1/2” of the left side.  You can even stamp on the envelope, too!


To order what you need to have make your own Mardi Gras Card, 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 Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.  Don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration ends 3/31 – you’ll want to make sure you get your free stamps and accessories with every $50 you purchase!

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