It’s National Crafter’s Month!

50th Anniversary Dessert Art

The month of March is National Crafter’s Month and I’m celebrating by sharing a crafter’s work that is not paper!

Chefs, Pastry Chefs and Chocolatiers are artists, too, and I enjoyed a sample of their crafting for my 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner.  These artisans are from the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Beast’s Castle of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Of course, you’re familiar with the animated “Beauty and the Beast” film and surely remember Lumiere singing about the castle cuisine to Belle, their hungry guest.  He told her to “try the gray stuff, it’s delicious… don’t believe me, ask the dishes!”

The photo shows a blossom of Gray Stuff in one corner of the plate and the edge of another blossom of Gray Stuff peeking out from under the Rose dish lid.  It was indeed delicious… and my husband and I ate it all!

The rose dish was made from molded crafter’s chocolate.  The rose flower lid was painted with a colored chocolate wash that looked very close to Rose Red.  The leaves of the bowl part were almost Garden Green.  A Complementary Color Scheme, of course.

This month, celebrate your crafting and that of your friends, no matter what type they do!  You card-makers could make a card or two to send to your fellow crafters.

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There Are Still Great SAB Projects Available

SAB Samples

You’ve missed the first eight project tutorials in my 12 Weeks of Sale-A-Bration e-mail campaign for 2017, but you can still receive the remaining four Occasions & Sale-A-Bration How-To’s!  Just sign up for my Mailing List now by filling out the form at right before 12:50pm Pacific Time tomorrow.

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Try Some Polynesian Pop

Polynesian Village Bed in the Hotel Room

The runner at the end of the bed features flowers that inspired me to go for some Polynesian Pop in a Color Scheme.  The bed is in our hotel room at the Polynesian Village Resort in Walt Disney World.  You can probably tell by my jacket laying on the bed that we’ve just moved in on our vacation.

The Color Scheme in the runner features Real Red, Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Delightful Dijon and Early Espresso.  This Color Combination is Analogous, if you consolidate the Red-Orange Color Group with the Red and Orange Color Groups, then stop at the Yellow-Orange Color GroupRemember that Early Espresso is a Neutral and doesn’t count in the Color Scheme.

I plan on putting flowers in these colors on a background like I described in my article, “A Subtle Tile Background.”  You’ll see this sample in a few days.  The Mint Macaron in the tile will add a Complementary touch and change the Color Scheme to Analogous Plus.

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Real Life Color Coach LogoDid you know I have the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com you may contact at any time?  And I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here.  The Hotline is perfect if you have questions about Real Red, Peeakboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Delightful Dijon, Analogous Color Schemes, creating color combinations for other cards or pages, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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Last Day to Register for the Watercolor Effects With Pencils Class

Watercolor Class Ingredients

In 11 hours, you will have missed the deadline for the Watercolor Effects with Pencils class! 

Besides learning a couple of techniques, you’ll receive a package of the new Stampin’ Up!® Watercolor Pencils to take home, as well as a case to keep them in!  We will use most of the products shown in the photo and turn them into at least two one-of-a-kind greeting cards with coordinating envelopes.

Date: March 11, 2017

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

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

Registration: $45

Registration Deadline: 3/1/17

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Guess Where I’ve Been

Cinderella's Castle Entrance

 

And here’s the back door!

Cinderella's Castle - Back Door

I was very happy to take my family to Orlando, Florida, for ten days on a special Getaway Trip.  I’m glad to say my stamping business allows me to do things like this without worry.

Spring Breaks are also coming up, so… how about owning your own stamping business and having extra cash every month?  Imagine being able to book a Getaway Trip, or even a long vacation, when you want!

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!

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 getaway 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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Another Thought About the Subtle Tile Background

Polynesian Village Tile Floor 2

I had another thought about the Subtle Tile Background from a second visit and different light.  I described how to replicate it previously in my article, “A Subtle Tile Background”.

In the changed light, the grout looks brown… and there are flecks of glitter in it!  So I changed my “grout recipe”.

Mix Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder with a little Real Red Glitter or Emerald Envy Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder (very little of your glitter powder).  Tap off the excess and save it in a separate container for another project if you like.  Melt the powder with the Heat Tool. 

To finish the look, mix a drop or two of Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (119789) with a drop of alcohol.  Apply the mixture with a cotton swab to coat the “grout”.  Be careful to not stain the “tiles.”

Tip:  Cut big scraps for a Scrapbook Page and leave a little more space in between.  You can cover the page fully, or make a border.

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order through March 31st.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Subtle Tile Background.

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New Sale-a-Bration Free Items

2017 SAB-Release 2

Today starts the second release of new Sale-a-Bration Free Items that can be yours with a $50 purchase each.  Click the link below to download the Supplemental Brochure and see what’s new.

2017 SAB-2nd Release

I really like the Make A Medallion photopolymer stamp set and, of course, the 6” x 6” Glimmer Paper Stack in three new colors.

The Reverse Words set has two large greetings that are great for any kind of celebration.  I would choose the wood-mount version of Reverse Words because the background will be easier to stamp with the weight of the wood.  The clear-mount version would work, too, but I bet you’d need to stand to press hard enough.

Whichever you choose, I’m sure you’ll enjoy using it.  Remember, if you purchase $150, you’ll be able to choose all three… as well as receive Stampin’ Rewards!  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar.

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Still Room in the Watercolor Effects with Pencils Class

Watercolor Class Ingredients

There are a few spaces left in the Watercolor Effects with Pencils Class!  The class fee includes a package of the new Stampin’ Up!® Watercolor Pencils, as well as a case to keep them in!

Date: March 11, 2017

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

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

Registration: $45

Deadline: 3/1/17

REGISTER NOW TO ENSURE YOUR PLACE



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A Subtle Tile Background

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I’ve been keeping my eyes open for something different this trip and found this soft & subtle tike pattern covering a bathroom floor.  It immediately reminded me of making a paper version.  I’ve cut scraps like that!

If you want to replicate this, sponge Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla Card Stock with the Sahara Sand Classic Stampin’ PadThen cut all three colors of card stock into random pieces.

Coat a layer of Sahara Sand Card Stock the size you want with Fast Fuse AdhesiveDon’t leave any gaps!  Place your card stock pieces in a random pattern, leaving at least 1/8” space between each one.  You can make the spaces different sizes, too.  Let the scraps over hang the layer, you can trim them later.

Mix Black Embossing Powder with a little bit of Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder, then sprinkle all over the exposed Fast Fuse.  Tap off the excess and save it in a separate container for another project if you like.  Melt the powder with the Heat Tool and you’re all set!  Trim off the overhanging Card Stock and attach your background to your project.

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order through March 31st.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Subtle Tile Background.

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11 Hours Left for the Early Bird Discount on the Watercolor Effects With Pencils Class

Watercolor Class Ingredients

You have 11 hours left to sign up for the Watercolor Effects with Pencils Class and receive the Early Bird Discount!  The class fee includes a package of the new Stampin’ Up!® Watercolor Pencils, as well as a case to keep them in!

Date: March 11, 2017

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

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

Early Bird Registration: $35

Early Bird Deadline: 2/16/17 – TODAY!

REGISTER NOW FOR THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!



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Happy Valentine’s Day 2017!

Valentine with Roses card for 2017 - Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

I made you a Happy Valentine’s Day card for 2017!  This was inspired by my grandson as I mentioned in my article, “A Different Valentine.”  He needed a Pink Valentine for another special girl, so I made him one in the same design with different colors.  He wanted room to write, as I said before.  I, however, changed the design to add a greeting.

I wanted to use Flirty Flamingo from the Red-Orange/Orange-Red Color Group and selected the companions Watermelon Wonder and Blushing Bride to create a Monochromatic Color Scheme.  I stamped the Blushing Bride Card Stock with both Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin’ Pads to get different degrees of contrast.  I used the Flirty Flamingo Pad to stamp the Very Vanilla Envelope.  The wild roses are stamped with the Watermelon Wonder Pad on Watermelon Wonder and Flirty Flamingo Card Stock and the Flirty Flamingo Pad on the Blushing Bride Card Stock.

This color combination is good for Birthdays, Thinking of You and any other Occasion or recipient that adores Pink, as well as Valentine’s Day.

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Real Life Color Coach LogoDid you know I have the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com you may contact at any time?  And I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here.  The Hotline is perfect if you have questions about Flirty Flamingo, Monochromatic Color Schemes, creating color combinations for other cards or pages, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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A Different Valentine

Blue Roses Card-A Different Valentine-Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

I made this different Valentine to my grandson’s specifications.  It’s for a very special girl.  Her favorite color is blue.

There is room on the front and inside for him to write a message.  He wants to put “Roses are red, Violets are blue” on the front and then “this flower’s pretty… and so are you” on the inside.

I used a brad to hold the flower together since the card will be handled by Tweenagers (under 13-year-olds).  You can fasten the flowers together with Glue Dots and place a Rhinestone in the center without the brad.

The Blue combination is all from the Blue-Green/Green-Blue Color GroupSoft Sky, Tempting Turquoise and Pool Party.  This makes the Color Scheme Monochromatic.  The combination is good for anything needing Blue, including Valentine’s Day!

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order through March 31st.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Different Valentines.

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Watercolor Effects With Pencils Class

Watercolor Class Ingredients

Learn a couple of techniques to achieve Watercolor Effects with Pencils!  You’ll receive a package of the new Stampin’ Up!® Watercolor Pencils to take home, as well as a case to keep them in!  We will use most of the products shown in the photo and turn them into one-of-a-kind greeting cards.  We’ll make at least two cards with coordinating envelopes.

Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Out of town or can’t make it?  The class will be available online, too.  Stay tuned for this announcement.

Date: March 11, 2017

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

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

Early Bird Registration: $35

Early Bird Deadline: 2/16/17

Registration: $45

Registration Deadline: 3/1/17

REGISTER NOW FOR THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!



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Bunch of Grapes Card

Grapes-Card

I found this Grapes card in my files with a Bunch of Grapes featured and thought you’d like to see a Quick & Easy card in a Complementary Color Scheme.  The colors featured are Old Olive and Bravo Burgundy, which is now retired.  Old Olive is a Tint of the Yellow-Green/Green-Yellow Color Group and Bravo Burgundy was a Shade of the Red-Violet/Violet-Red Color Group.  This makes the pair the perfect Complements to each other.

The Stampin’ Up!® Color Collections don’t include a burgundy color, so I picked the closest substitutes.  You can add a bit of brown to make these colors more burgundy by sponging Soft Suede or Chocolate Chip over the Card Stock.  Both Cherry Cobbler and Rich Razzleberry are in the Red-Violet/Violet-Red Color Group, so the Complementary Color Scheme is maintained.

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You can create a simulated organdy ribbon by dying the Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon.  It would look great with one strip of Cherry Cobbler, one strip of Old Olive and one strip of Mint Macaron.  I included both Cherry Cobbler and Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills in the product list.

You can use several of the images in the Tuscan Vineyards Stamp Set to recreate this design for a variety of purposes.  The Quick & Easy card is good for any occasion from celebrate to sorry!

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Real Life Color Coach LogoDid you know I have the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com you may contact at any time?  And I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here.  The Hotline is perfect if you have questions about Cherry Cobbler, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Complementary Color Schemes, creating color combinations for other cards or pages, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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You Missed the First Four SAB Projects

SAB Samples

You’ve missed the first four tutorials in my 12 Weeks of Sale-A-Bration e-mail campaign, but you can still receive the remaining eight Occasions & Sale-A-Bration How-To’s!  Just sign up for my Mailing List now by filling out the form at right before 12:50pm Pacific Time tomorrow!

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Puffy Bow for Metallic Ribbon Pack

Puffy Bow with Metallic Ribbon Pack

There are several projects with Puffy Bows featured in all the Stampin’ Up! Catalogs.  This box is wrapped with ribbon from the 3/8” Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack, which is one of the Sale-A-Bration free accessories you may select with a $50 purchase.

I found a video that shows you how to make a Puffy Bow.  The tutorial is for a hair ornament, but you can easily use the method for wrapping a box as you can see in the photo above.  Personally, I would sew the completed bow to the felt circles and tie it to the ribbon rather than using hot glue because you want the box to be openable.  If you decide to use hot glue as in the video, be sure to use a Silicone Craft Sheet (127853) to glue everything together and to attach the bow to the ribbon wrap-around.

Loopy Puffy Bow Tutorial Video

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

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Stamping on Velvet

Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set

I was going through my files and came across this article about Velvet Stamping I thought this would be a great technique to share with you for Valentine’s Day and other special occasions (like weddings and anniversaries).  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my examples or my velvet, so I’ll just tell you how to do it.  The picture shows the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set (141531-w, 141534-c), one of the sets that would work very well for Stamping on Velvet.

Here are the main things you need to know about Stamping on Velvet:

1- Rayon velvet fabric.  Do not use nylon velvet as it will melt.  Cotton velvet won’t hold the image well.

2- An iron without steamholes on the soleplate, heated to Cotton/Linen temperature.

3- An image or word/phrase stamp that’s molded (or burned) deep into the rubber and can be completely covered by the soleplate of the iron.

4.- Use a solid silhouette or thick line art image for the best effect.  Detailed designs can get lost in the nap of the fabric.

You want to use the red rubber stamps, preferably on wood blocks.  Stampin’ Up!® red rubber stamps are all deeply burned, so the images work perfectly for Stamping on Velvet.  If you use a Clear-Mount Stamp, mount it on a piece of wood or place it on a silicone cooking mat.  The Clear-Mount Block may get damaged by the heat.

Once you’ve decided what you want to stamp, place your stamp rubber-side up on a flat, heat-resistant surface.  Place your Velvet piece face down on top of it and lightly spray with water.  Cover the whole image with your iron and press down.  Hold in place for about 30 seconds, then lift up without moving it.  Your fabric should be stamped beautifully.

Mount your Stamped Velvet by wrapping it around a piece of Card StockFast Fuse Adhesive (129026) works well to hold it.  You can also cover it with an open “window” layer, then trim the Velvet to fit behind the window layer.  It’s easier to attach to your project.  Either Fast Fuse Adhesive or Tear & Tape Adhesive will keep the Velvet secure.

I will do a sample for you when I find my Velvet and post it here.  If I don’t find my Velvet, I will buy some more just for your enjoyment.

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

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A Quick Tip for the Stampin’ Pierce Mat

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The Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199) is great for holding parts of your projects in place while you pierce a design with the Paper Piercing Tool (126189) as well as helping protect your work surface.  But did you know you can use it for Stamping?

The Stampin’ Pierce Mat helps you get a good impression with your stamped images because it has a bit of give to it:

  1. Put your project layer on the Mat.
  2. Ink up your stamp and press it on the project. Be sure to press it straight down, then lift up.
  3. Solid stamp images get a particular benefit from this technique.
  4. Try stamping with scrap paper first to get the feel of stamping on the Mat.

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

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Satin Ribbon Tie-Off Pocket Card

Cutie Pie Satin Ribbon Tie-Off Pocket Card - Visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Several years ago, I gave some tips on using wide ribbon and talked about Satin Ribbon in particular.  I love Satin Ribbon, but it can be slippery.  The Tie-Off Technique works really well for this and other wide ribbon.  It makes a quick & easy Pocket Card as well.

The Pocket Card uses 5-1/2” x 12” Designer Series Paper plus a 5-1/4” x 5-3/4” piece of coordinating Card Stock.  Score the DSP at 6” and 10-3/4” along the long side.  Fold the short section back to make a border.  Stamp a sentiment if you wish.

Wrap the ribbon around the pocket so you can see the sentiment and tie off at the side.  I used Linen Thread and wrapped it around the ribbon ends a few times before tying in a knot.  Baker’s Twine would work just as well.

All the products used in this sample are retired, except for the Always Artichoke 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock, the So Saffron 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock and the Rose Red Classic Stampin’ Pad.  I’ve included a list of substitutes you might like to try.  The Color Scheme is based upon the selected Designer Series Paper pattern.

Tip:  Only emboss the top inch of the card stock piece with your Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder after you stamp.

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Big Shot

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Remember also that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order through March 31st.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Tie-Off Pocket Cards.

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