Why Bother with a Handmade Card?

Very few people have asked this of me… but there’ve been a few over the years. In this video, I answer that question!

Bonus tip: If you know or are pretty sure someone’s going to throw away your card – put a note in it saying “please recycle”.

Got a question about a product, technique, system 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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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Melon Mambo

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Melon Mambo, the Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week,  is a member of the Red-Violet Color Group. I split the Tertiary Color Groups (Red-Violet, Yellow-Green, Blue-Green, Blue-Violet, RedOrange and Yellow-Orange) in two so I could place the colors more accurately… and so I had enough room for all the colors in the group. Melon Mambo wound up in the Red-Violet Split Tertiary Group. I was pleased to see that I could use another color from this group that would give enough contrast to my Melon Mambo Monochromatic Color Scheme.

The contrast color is Cherry Cobbler, which I didn’t’ think was dark enough. When I put it together with Melon Mambo, the contrast was really good! Otherwise, I would have used one of the colors from the Violet-Red Split Tertiary Group. Either way, the color scheme is Monochrome!

A nice trick to add interest to a Monochromatic Scheme is to stamp an image with a fully-inked stamp, then stamp it twice more without re-inking. We call this “Stamping Off” or “Fading”. I Faded the flowers on the card front, then Stamped Off the flowers to punch out.

Supplies Used: Flower Shop (130939-w; 130942-c; also comes bundled with Pansy Punch: 132727-w or 132726-c) & Petite Petals (133152-w; 133155-c; also comes bundled with Petite Petals Punch: 140256-w or 140257-c) Stamp Sets; Melon Mambo (126948) & Cherry Cobbler (126966) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Melon Mambo (115320), Cherry Cobbler (119685) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Brights Color Collections Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack (138434); Envelope Punch Board (133774); Decorative Label (120907), Pansy (130698) & Petite Petals (133322) Punches; Candy Dots Brad Bases (132293); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246); Melon Mambo 1/4” Cotton Ribbon (134566); Paper-Piercing Tool (126189); Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199); Sponge Daubers (133773); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Tip: Because the prongs of the brad bases are wider than other brads, pierce all layers of the flowers and card front at once (no adhesive needed), then push the Piercing Tool all the way through and swivel it to enlarge the hole. This will let the brad base push through easier.

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Word Windows At The Ready

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The star of my Go-To Greetings Kit is the Word Window Punch (119857), as you’ve read before in my Which Are Better, Dies or Punches, Part 2 and other posts. Now that Stampin’ Up!® has retired my Go-To companion Modern Label Punch, I had to hunt up alternatives. Yes, I had to expand my horizons for my Go-To Greetings Kit.

This led me to think about having a bunch of Word Windows ready to go! I originally thought about stamping the greetings and adhering them to the label backings, but then I realized – why not just leave them as is and attach them later? That way, there won’t be any issues with color combinations!

Here’s what to do:

  1. Pick a greetings set that will fit within the Word Window. Almost all of the sentiments in the Teeny Tiny Wishes (128748-w, 127802-c) or the And Many More (134273-w; 134276-c) Stamp Sets will fit.
  2. Stamp a bunch of greetings on Whisper White (100730) or Very Vanilla (101650) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (or both).
  3. Use dark colors such as the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (132708) or the Early Espresso (126974), Elegant Eggplant (126969) or Night of Navy (126970) Classic Stampin’ Pads. In fact, why not stamp out the same greetings in each color instead of just using Black?
  4. Attach Mini Glue Dots (103683) to each end and stick on a piece of Window Sheet (114323) or the outside of a 4” x 6” (Medium) Cellophane Bag (102757). You could put White Windows on one side and Vanilla Windows on the other!
  5. Store the Word Windows in a 6” x 8” (Large) Cellophane Bag (102210). When you need one, just peel it off and stick it on! This method is easier than attaching Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) to the back, then having to sort through the Windows to find what you need. You can see all the greetings at a glance!

You can prepare your Ready-for-Anything cards with label backings that coordinate, then store them until you need them. Besides the Washi Label Punch (138296), there are the Decorative Label (120907), Large Oval (119855), Extra Large Oval (119859) and Note Tag (135869) Punches, plus any number of Framelits™ Dies in a wide variety of shapes! Just attach them to the card, then peel off the At-the-Ready Word Window and stick it on. You’re ready to go!!

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How Would You Like A Gift For Your Birthday?

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My Birthday Club members receive a gift from me on the first of the month of their birthday. Birthday Club members are subscribers to my Mailing List, which is the only way to become a club member. The certificate of $5 may be used on any purchase during the month of their birthday. Membership in the Birthday Club is totally free. However, you must be a Mailing List Subscriber first. Joining my Mailing List is also free.

To become eligible for my Birthday Club by joining my Mailing List, and receiving my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, tutorials, tips & tricks, fill out the form at right. Be sure you click the link in your confirmation e-mail or you won’t be signed up! You’ll collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) when your membership is confirmed!

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Crushed Curry & Its Split Complementary Color Scheme

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Crushed Curry is in the Yellow-Orange Color Group. Its Complementary Color is Blue-Violet. Since Stampin’ Up!® doesn’t currently have a Blue-Violet in any of the exclusive Color Collections, we’ll use the Split Complementary Colors of Pacific Point, from the Blue Color Group, and Elegant Eggplant, from the Violet Color Group.

Pacific Point and Elegant Eggplant are very close in intensity, so putting them together almost creates Blue-Violet. I chose Elegant Eggplant over the other Violet Color, Wisteria Wonder, because it makes a better contrast with the Crushed Curry main color.

This card is an undersea theme, which I chose “Just Because”! The Pacific Point (111350) and Elegant Eggplant (105126) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock with the Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin’ Pad (126969) evoke an under the ocean sense.

Other Supplies Used: By the Tide (131910-w; 129120-c) & And Many More (134273-w; 134276-c) Stamp Sets; Pacific Point Classic Stampin’ Pad (126951); Crushed Curry 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (131199); Washi Label Punch (138296);  Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine (134586); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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Centerpiece Class Deadline Close

Sweet Stack Centerpiece-In-Class Version - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comThe deadline to register for the Sweet Stack Centerpiece Class is only three days away. There is room for two more. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a two-layers of cake slice boxes that fit on the cake stand you make, which you can disassemble for storage. The boxes can be used as party favors, or you can keep them to use over and over. It’s easy to change the decorations for any occasion!

Date: July 18, 2015

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA, 95401

Registration: $65

Registration Deadline: 7/8/15


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Celebrate the Fourth with a Box of Stars

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Happy Fourth of July!

Today’s project features a Fry Box of Stars made with the Fry Box Bigz™ L Die (132966), the Stars Framelits™ Dies (133723) and the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439). I wanted sparkly stars, so I used the nested Framelits, which cut Glimmer Paper better than punches.

The third smallest Star Framelit worked best for the front of the Fry Box. I used Red Glimmer Paper (121790) to cut it out and to cut out ten of the smallest Star Framelits. I also used the smallest Star Framelit to die-cut five each from Silver (135314) and Dazzling Diamonds (135315) Glimmer Paper. Because the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper looks white, I used it with the second smallest Star Framelit to nest on top of the Red Glimmer Paper star.

The box is full of stars adhered to coffee stirrers with Mini Glue Dots (103683), Red stars on one side and Silver or Dazzling Diamonds stars on the other. You can make these to use as picks if you can get long enough toothpicks or cut down some thin skewers. By the way, the picks can be reusable if you use bamboo. Clean off the skewer part and let dry before storing. Glimmer Paper isn’t washable.

Other Supplies Used: And Many More Stamp Set (134273-w; 134276-c); Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (126949); Pacific Point (111350) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Washi Label (138296) & Word Window (119857) Punches; Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Tear & Tape Adhesive (1338995)

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Crushed Curry In An Analogous Scheme

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I know you wouldn’t guess this, but I adore Monochromatic Color Schemes. Close behind in my favorites are Analogous Color Schemes because they are so similar to Monochrome.

When I introduced Crushed Curry this week, I used the Monochromatic Color Scheme. Today’s card with its Analogous Color Scheme has a similar quality of softness, but a higher contrast. You can compare the two cards and see the difference. The Crushed Curry Monochrome Scheme is definitely softer and has a lower contrast.

The Analogous Colors to Crushed Curry, from the Yellow-Orange Color Group, are Daffodil Delight, from the Yellow Color Group, and Pumpkin Pie, from the Orange Color Group. Analogous Colors are adjacent to your main color and create a smooth, pleasing scheme. Remember, I broke up the Tertiary Color Groups into two parts each, but for color theory purposes such as determining color schemes, just use the two parts as one group.

This card design is great for mailing without adding extra postage. The butterflies and sentiment are stamped on the top layer with Candy Dots in the corner for accent. Candy Dots are only slightly raised, which means they can go through the United States Postal Service sorter without jamming.

Supplies Used: Watercolor Wings Stamp Set (139424-p); Crushed Curry (131173), Chocolate Chip (126979) & Pumpkin Pie (126945) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Crushed Curry (131199), Daffodil Delight (119683) & Pumpkin Pie (105117) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Brights (130931) & Regals (130932) Candy Dots; Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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Still Room in Sweet Stack Class

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There are a few seats left in the Sweet Stack Centerpiece Class. You will make a two-layer cake from cake slice boxes. These boxes fit on a cake stand, which you can disassemble for storage and that you will make as well! The boxes can be used as party favors, or you can keep them to use over and over. The class project is designed for a birthday, but it’s easy to change for any other occasion.

Date: July 18, 2015

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA, 95401

Registration: $65

Registration Deadline: 7/8/15



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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week – Crushed Curry

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This week’s Real Life Color Coach featured color is Crushed Curry, the Hue of the Yellow-Orange Color Group. As I noted in my first Watermelon Wonder article, Watermelon Wonder in a Monochromatic Color Scheme, I like to introduce the Color of the Week with a Monochrome plan. Crushed Curry is perfect for this because of all the colors that are in this same group!

The card I designed is a congratulations card for my niece who just graduated from college. I didn’t use the school colors, but the Crushed Curry color group can pass for one of them. I try to use my featured color as the dominant color in the card. In this case, I used Crushed Curry 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (131199) for the card base, the Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad (131173) for the stamped image and Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (131158) to dye the Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon (134573).

Delightful Dijon 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (138338) forms the card front mat. I stamped the So Saffron 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (105118)) with the Swallowtail Stamp (131943-w; 129216-c). The Crushed Curry ink showed up very well on the So Saffron Card Stock. I chose these because there was enough contrast between them to make a successful design. I adhered the two pieces together, then wrapped the whole layer with Delightful Dijon 1” Dotted Lace Trim (138426) and tied it in knot. The dyed Seam Binding Ribbon became a bow tied around the knot. After that, I glued on the “Congrats” greeting from Expressions Natural Elements (138395) with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) and let it dry.

Other Adhesives Used (since I already listed the rest of the supplies!): Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) to adhere the stamped layer to the mat; Mini Glue Dots (103683) to keep the knots in place, and Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) to fasten the completed card front layer to the front of the card.

This completes your introduction to Crushed Curry and its Monochromatic Color Scheme.

Real Life Color Coach LogoIf you have questions about color, your color combinations, the content of these articles, or other color-related issues, you can ask them through the Hotline. I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here. Just contact the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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Dry Embossing Envelopes & Card Fronts

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Dry embossing, such as with an embossing folder, gives a really classy touch to your card, your scrapbook page or even your latest gift box! Back in the “old days” (June 2009) we’d use a stylus and a brass template with some sort of lightbox to do dry embossing. It was easy to tear as you traced and it took a lot of time to get a few flowers or butterflies on a card front. Only the really patient embossed envelope flaps!

Then came Embossing Folders, such as Textured Impressions™. You just insert your card stock in the folder and roll it through an embossing machine like the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439)… and there you are! A fully embossed card front in seconds! It takes longer to pick the color than to emboss!! I described the technique in my article, Easy Elegance with Embossed Envelopes, but I’m updating some of the information and tips here.

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The embossing folders make it easy to emboss envelope flaps, as well. You can emboss the whole envelope, but the paper may tear and won’t hold up as well to mailing. The envelope flap works very well when it’s embossed, but you want to try and keep the embossing as shallow as you can. The paper stretches when you dry emboss, so keeping the stretch to a minimum helps the paper keep its strength.

The same technique works for card fronts, too. Card stock holds up better than envelope paper as it’s heavier. To emboss with the folder, wrap the envelope or card base around the edge of the folder with the part to be embossed on the inside. If you want an embossed pattern, make sure the front of the flap or card is facing the design with the depressions on it. If they face the raised design, your card or flap will be debossed.

My example uses the new wider (6” x 6-1/4”) Fluttering Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder. You can wrap your envelope or card base around the end and the pattern will appear in the right direction. Your card base will be top-fold with the pattern across the front. If you want a side fold card, there is room to wrap your card base around the side edge. The pattern will also appear in the correct direction. The envelope flap in this position will have sideways butterflies. It still takes seconds as opposed to the old Dry Embossing methods!

For the best results: place your wrapped envelope or card between the Standard Cutting Pads (113475). Make sure the outside of the envelope or card base is against an unmarked Cutting Pad. Otherwise, any cut marks will transfer. I keep a separate cutting pad for embossing envelopes and card fronts, just to be safe.

Use the Multipurpose Platform that came with your Big Shot and flip away all the tabs. The illustrations on the platform show Tab 1 for Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders, but if you look underneath it, you’ll see that you use no tabs for embossing envelopes and card fronts… or whatever you need to wrap around the folder.

So, to summarize, when embossing envelope flaps or card fronts, use unmarked cutting pads and the platform with no tabs! You’ll get a classy touch every time!

Got a question about a product, technique 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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Bonus Deals Starting Today

From now through August 3rd, Stampin’ Up!® is including more items in the Weekly Deals and in the Clearance Rack! These Bonus Deals will be folded in to the regular deals for a limited time.

Weekly Deals BannerWeekly Deals are 30% savings on current catalog products that stay on sale for only seven days. There is a designated quantity of product earmarked for each Weekly Deal and when that amount is gone, the product returns to its full retail price. Weekly Deals start on Tuesday and end on Monday, so be sure to check them out and order right away!

Clearance Rack BannerThe Clearance Rack offers up to 60% savings on retired or otherwise discontinued products… you know, clearance! These deals, including the additional items, are only available while supplies last, so if you see something you want, it’s better to get it now and not wait!

To take advantage of the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack, 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 $50 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150. Be sure to check your order totals to include the discount if you’re working for a reward.

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Need Cash for Vacation Time?

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Are you worried about having enough cash for your vacation expenses? What about owning your own stamping business and having extra cash every month? You could make enough to buy those souvenirs and incidentals that always seem to crop up… or even pay for the whole vacation!

As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you can make extra cash with your own stamping business and share your crafting talents while you’re doing so. You can work your business to fit your own schedule and lifestyle – and can even earn full-time pay for part-time work!  What’s more, you may select an additional TWO stamp sets FREE through June 30th to enhance your investment!

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? Your favorite vacation spot is waiting! Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas. You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above. If you have questions or would like to find out more, give me a call at (707) 695-3571, or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’d love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can be for YOU!

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Bright Birthday Card with Bermuda Bay

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Today’s Real Life Color Coach article is a Bright Birthday Card that features a Bermuda Bay Split Complementary combination. Bermuda Bay, from the Green-Blue Color Group, has as its complement the Red-Orange Color Group. To split the Complement, find the Complement to Green, which is Red, and the Complement to Blue, which is Orange.

My “Color Wheel” considers the divided Tertiary columns as one when I need to simplify. I could have used a color from the Orange-Red Color Group, such as Tangerine Tango, along with the Red Color Group and it would have worked just as well.

The Split Complementary Color Scheme I used in this Birthday Card includes Real Red, from the Red Color Group, and Pumpkin Pie from the Orange Color Group. Along with Bermuda Bay, all three colors are conveniently found in the Brights Color Collections from Stampin’ Up!®.

Split Complementary Color Schemes are as dramatic as Complementary Color Schemes. The advantage is you have three colors to work with instead of two. Three is a good design number, especially with color. The more colors you have, the busier your design and the less likely it is to be cohesive and pleasing to the eye. In the Complementary Color Scheme, you can use a Neutral for the third color to achieve the cohesive balance.

Supplies Used in the Bright Birthday Card: Build A Birthday Stamp Set (138646-p); Bermuda Bay (131197), Real Red (102482), Pumpkin Pie (105117) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Bermuda Bay (131171), Pumpkin Pie (126945) & Real Red (126949) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Bermuda Bay Thick Baker’s Twine (138413); Bermuda Bay (137910) & Gold (132983) Sequin Trim; Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Stack (138434), Bermuda Bay; Envelope Punch Board (133774); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Real Life Color Coach LogoIf you have questions about color, your color combinations, etc., you can reach me through the Hotline. I will answer them directly via e-mail and will post the answers here, in addition. Just contact the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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Brag Book From Mini Treat Bags

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As promised in my What Can You Do With A Mini Treat Bag? Post, I am showing some more of the dies in the set. I made this Brag Book Mini Album from a collection of bags using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits™ Dies (137547) with the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439). I also highly recommend using the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658) to hold the larger bag piece in place because it just fits on 6” wide paper.

This Brag Book is inspired by the old paper bag albums. I cut five bags from Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper (133704) sheets and cut off the bottom flap. Then I put the bags together and used the strip of circles die to punch holes through both bag layers on the bottom.

I used the same die on the Bermuda Bay 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (131197) covers, centering it on each of the two 5-1/2” x 4” pieces. Once both pieces were cut, I used the Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (126889) and scored the end with the holes at 1/2” from the edge. This will make it easier to open. The bags can be folded once the book is together.

I threaded Melon Mambo 1/4” Cotton Ribbon (134566) through all layers of the holes, covers and bags, to hold the book together. Cut the ribbon longer than you really need to allow for threading, or use a floss threader. Leave enough length on each end for knots to secure the book.

The Brag Book pages fit inside each bag. I made a mat 4-5/8” x 3-5/8” with the photo place holder 4-3/8” x 3-3/8” for each page. They are a little snug when you insert them, so I’ll be putting the photo on one side and the journaling on the back. If you prefer to have two photos per page, make the mats 4-1/2” x 3-1/2” so there’s enough room. If you like the place holder, too, cut it to 4-1/4” x 3-1/4”. Very Vanilla 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (101650) matches the Typeset paper, so I used it for the photo place holders.

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Bermuda Bay in a Triad-A Bright Summer Combo

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Bright colors have always said “Summer” to me and today’s Bermuda Bay combo uses a Triad of bright colors to represent Summer! The Triad is composed of Bermuda Bay from the Green-Blue Color Group, Melon Mambo from the Red-Violet Color Group and Hello Honey from the YellowOrange Color Group. These colors are equidistant from each other on the Color Chart. This makes for energetic combinations.

The energy of a Triadic Combination will vary, depending upon the intensity of the three colors. Three pale pastels (or Tints) would set a more relaxed mood. The colors used here are bright and have a high intensity. I would use them for birthday cards, party invitations, having fun or celebration scrapbook pages, or even a “Cheer Up” card!

The photo shows the cover of a Brag Book Mini Album. To see more about the project, click this link:

Brag Book from Mini Treat Bags Post

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Have Your Parties Take the Cake

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All your parties can take the cake with this adorable cake-shaped centerpiece. You can use it for any celebration: birthday, bridal or baby shower, anniversary, retirement, or even appreciation as in the photo!

In the Sweet Stack Centerpiece Class, you will make a two-layer cake from cake slice boxes. These boxes fit on a cake stand you will make as well! The boxes can be used as party favors, or you can keep them to use over and over. The class project is designed for a birthday, but it’s easy to change for any other occasion.

Date: July 18, 2015

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA, 95401

Early Bird Registration: $55

Early Bird Deadline: 7/1/15

Registration after 7/1/15: $65

Registration Deadline: 7/8/15

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Real Life Color Coach: Bermuda Bay

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This week’s color is Bermuda Bay, the complement of last week’s color, Watercolor Wonder. Instead of using a Monochromatic Color Scheme, as I usually do, I picked an Analogous Color Scheme: Bermuda Bay from the Green-Blue Color Group, Soft Sky from the Blue-Green Color Group and Wild Wasabi from the Green Color Group. The reason I chose these colors is because my husband likes them, and I used them in his Father’s Day Card!

Analogous Color Schemes can give you similar effects to the Monochromatic Color Scheme. In this card, the colors give a relaxing mood suitable for a lazy summer day. The Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad (126974) accents and highlights without interfering. Neutrals are great for that! I chose to sponge the edges, rather than use a layer of Early Espresso 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (119686) between the Bermuda Bay card base and the Wild Wasabi layer to keep the softness of the mood. Bermuda Bay and Wild Wasabi don’t have a high enough contrast between them, so edging with Early Espresso separated the two.

Other Supplies Used: Wetlands Stamp Set (126695-w; 126697-c); Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad (131171); Bermuda Bay (131197), Soft Sky (131203) & Wild Wasabi (108641) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Stack (138434), Bermuda Bay; Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine (134575); Sponge Daubers (133773); Envelope Punch Board (133774); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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Secrets of the New Cutie Pie Thinlits™

Cake Slice Box with Bow - Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

I just got my new Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies (138273) and had to try them out. So, out came my your Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439) and the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658). I was tickled pink to see that the cake/pie slice die would fit on a 6” x 6” square. That made two sheets from the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack (138443) the perfect things to cut!

I tried making my box following the directions on the package insert. They indicate you need to cut two pieces, one of them reversed. This doesn’t work. Cut out two pieces and adhere a long flap to the pie shape so that the box looks like this:

Cutie Pie Box Diagram - Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Then you’re ready to assemble! Use a strong adhesive like Tear & Tape (138995) to adhere the box. The box closes with the interlocking flaps on the end. I used Cucumber Crush 1” Dotted Lace Trim (138423), tied in a bow, to cover the closure, but another piece of paper adhered to the top flap will also look good. The box is re-closable, so you can use it over and over if you don’t want to give it away.

Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies

The dies include a candle, a bow and other trims so you can decorate your cake or pie slice as you like. Each box is the same size as the large cake slice in the Sweet Stack Project Kit (138812), which means ten of them will make a full cake!

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Contest Winner Mother's Day Card-Visit httpP://www.3amstamper.com

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I also offer periodic surprise contests that are just for my subscribers. These are not announced in advance. In the past, the prizes have been a glitter sampler, a card collection, and other prizes.

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