My Digital Studio Being Discontinued

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As of May 31st, 2015, there will no longer be support for My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download). The discs, both trial and program software, are only available while supplies last. The downloads will be removed from the Online Ordering System May 31st.

MyDigitalStudio.net, the Facebook community and the other social networking sites will also be removed at that time. The last day to order Print Services is also May 31st. And the My Library App will be discontinued as well.

As you can guess, I’m very sad about this. I’ve used My Digital Studio ever since it was first released and have a ton of Digital Downloads. You know what, I’m not going to stop using them!  You’ll see more here!!

If you have My Digital Studio and Digital Downloads, you’ll be able to continue to use them. The software will export photobooks, files, etc. so they can be printed by other locations, such as Office Depot’s Printing Shop. And you can still ask me questions through my Help Desk, phone or e-mail.

What you might want to do before May 31st if you have My Digital Studio:

  1. Download back-up copies of MDS and the Digital Downloads. Download both versions of the Digital Downloads: for MDS and for Other Applications.
  2. Look through the Digital Downloads in the Online Store and buy what you want. Download both versions: for MDS and for Other Applications.
  3. If your total order is $50 or more before the end of Sale-A-Bration (3/31), you will have to select an item and pay shipping on it. There are no shipping charges for Digital Downloads.

What you might want to do before May 31st if you DON’T have My Digital Studio:

  1. Purchase My Digital Studio as a Download and install it immediately. Check for updates and install them.
  2. Purchase any Digital Downloads you want. Download both versions: for MDS and for Other Applications
  3. Download back-up copies of MDS and both versions of the Digital Downloads. Put the back-up copies in a separate folder.

Remember to do your downloading well in advance of May 31st. The Online Store will be very busy and you may miss out. I’m starting my ordering and back-ups this week.

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Make a Berry Happy Easter Basket!

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There will be just enough time to make Easter Baskets with the Berry Basket Bigz™ L Die (137366) and the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439). You can use Card Stock, Designer Series Paper or make a sturdy basket with Coaster Board (129392). Today’s project uses Coaster Board.

Cut two sets of everything from the Coaster Board. Even though the die has score lines, do not use the Premium Crease Pad when you’re cutting Coaster Board. Just use both Cutting Pads – you’ll get better definition for the creases and a better cut.

I did not like trying to use the unscalloped piece for the basket handle. It is actually a straight top for the basket. Instead, cut a 1/2” strip of the Coaster Board after you’ve run it through the Big Shot but before you remove the die-cuts. This will make a longer handle that curves nicely. Punch holes in the handle ends about 1/2” up with the 1/8” Circle Handheld Punch (134365).

Assemble the basket with Sticky Strip (104294). Start with the bottom and adhere the basket pieces criss-cross. Attach Sticky Strip to the top edge of the basket sides and adhere to the top strip. Remember to center the basket side on the strip because the strip corners extend. You can adhere the joins of the top strip with either Sticky Strip or a Handheld Stapler (135850). If you like, you could staple the basket sides to the strip instead. I won’t show you what I did because I covered it all up by wrapping the Hello Honey 5/8” Quilted Cotton Ribbon (137864) around the basket top and tying a bow. I stuck it on with Sticky Strip, of course. The ribbon also makes it easy to attach the handle with brads.

Other Supplies Used: Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad (131180); Hello Honey (133678) & Blackberry Bliss (133675) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Beautiful Wings Embosslits™ Die (118138); Candy Dots Brad Bases (132293); Subtles Candy Dots (130933); Glue Dots (103683)

Next, a little shredded paper grass, a few treats and your Easter Basket is ready to go! When Easter is over, you can fill the basket with artificial flowers and have a nice Spring decoration!

To order what you need to make your own Easter/Spring Berry Baskets, 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 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Do It In Your Pajamas!

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If you join the 3am Stamper’s iClub, you’ll get to exercise your creative muscles without getting out of your pajamas! The iClub is a virtual online club where you receive exclusive creative projects in an Online Bonus Class every month after you’ve completed your purchase requirement. The class is free and available to you lifetime… AND you’ll receive step-by-step instructions and tips not available to anyone else.

Here’s How the 3am Stamper’s iClub Works:

  • Sign up to become a member by clicking the link below.  There is no charge to join!
  • Simply purchase at least $50 of Stampin’ Up!® products between the 1st and 10th of each month.
  • Receive your exclusive Online Bonus Class via e-mail each month after you’ve made your purchase.
  • Repeat the following month for 5 more months.  Members agree to remain active for a minimum of 6 months.

Membership includes:

  • All the latest catalogs.
  • Notification of current specials and promotions.
  • An exclusive Online Bonus Class (typically a $27 value) with lifetime access.

Read more about it by clicking this link:

The 3am Stamper’s iClub

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Keep a Journal of Your Journaling

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I got all excited when the new Large Kraft Grid Journal (137865) came out. Don’t get me wrong, I love the pocket-sized Kraft Grid Journals (135718 – and you get two in a package!), but the Large Kraft Grid Journal has much more room for writing notes! This is especially helpful to me because I write so large.

The Journals are easy to carry with you in either pocket or purse, so you can jot down thoughts you want to remember or cute things your kids or grandkids did. The grid paper lets you sketch as well as write. You’ll appreciate later that you did this, particularly when you get ready to scrapbook! Your family will appreciate it, too.

I wanted my Large Kraft Grid Journal to be flat on the surface when it’s in my purse or tote bag. My small Kraft Grid Journals (as I noted in my post, Make It a Banner Day for Your Journal) were decorated with ribbon, layers and other embellishments. They are great, but they don’t stack well. I wanted my new Journal to be able to stack or slip in and out of the bookshelf with nothing tearing off.

So I decided to try the new Birthday Bash Designer Washi Sheets (137788) for the front cover. Since I was playing with my Washi Tape all week, I also pulled out the Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape (133001) collection. I cut a cover-shaped piece from the Calypso Coral Washi Sheet and punched two of the corners with the Project Life® Corner Punch (135346). Tip: It’s easier to punch the corners when the liner is securely attached to the Washi Sheet. Rub them together before you punch.

The cover looked nice, but ready for some decorating. I used strips of the Washi Tape to accent the cover, then decided it needed a little more. I wanted to stamp on the Washi Sheets, but I knew the surface would make it difficult to keep from smearing the image. I pulled out a Crushed Curry Washi Sheet and stamped one of the Petal Potpourri (137141-wood; 138586-clear) images with the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (132708). I made sure the ink was dry before I punched out the Washi Sheet with the Flower Medallion Punch (137417).

Other Supplies Used: Remember (130133) & Alphabet (133769) Rotary Stamps; 2014-2016 In Color 1-3/8” Clothespins (133630)

The Clothespin can be used to mark your place or hold the Journal closed while it’s away from your shelf. Other clips can do the same thing. This makes it handy to pick up your journaling where you left off, or to sketch a layout idea or location.

To order what you need to make your own Journal, 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 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Gold, Is It A Neutral Color?

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The question today is: Is Metallic Gold, what jewelers call Yellow Gold, a Neutral Color? I think you can argue this question both ways. Gold can be considered Neutral because it goes with everything. In some colors of Gold, it’s in the Brown range. In others, it can fall into the Yellow Groups: Yellow, Yellow-Orange, Yellow Green; the Red groups: Red, Red-Orange, Red-Violet; or just White. White and Brown are both Neutrals, so Gold of those colors is definitely Neutral.

Today’s project uses Yellow Gold as in the Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum (133363). Coordinating with it are Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Pistachio Pudding and Wild Wasabi. These belong in the Yellow, Green and Blue Groups, considering only the Primary and Secondary colors.

These adjacent colors make the combination Analagous. Analagous Color Schemes are harmonious and as dramatic or soothing as Monochromatic Color Schemes, but with more colors. The Gold in the Gold Fancy Foil Vellum is very, very close to the Crushed Curry 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (131199) base and sets off the Green and Blue colors well.

I’ve discussed Analagous Color Schemes in these articles, if you’d like a bit more information:

Is It Monochromatic?

Pink & Silver Valentines Go Vibrant

Yellow, Orange, Green – An Analagous Trio

Other Supplies Used: Label Love (130619, wood; 130622, clear) & Sheltering Tree (137163, photopolymer) Stamp Sets; Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730); Pacific Point (126951), Soft Suede (126978), Pistachio Pudding (131177) & Wild Wasabi (126959) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (132708); Crumb Cake (120967) & Real Red (100052) Stampin’ Write Markers; Artisan Label Punch (130920); Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine (134586); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

FYI: the Gold Fancy Foil Vellum, Label Love Stamp Set, Artisan Label Punch and Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine are all part of this week’s Weekly Deals.

So, what do you think? Is Metallic Gold a Neutral Color? I’m inclined to call it Neutral, even though the jewelers call it Yellow Gold, and excluding Rose Gold from the discussion. This is mainly because it goes with everything. Please leave me your opinion in Comments below.

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Organizing Washi Tape

Basket of Washi Tape-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comI have a pretty big collection of Washi Tape – all on rolls. A lot of times, I forget what set a roll comes in… and then I have to look it up, along with the coordinating colors! I came up with a solution that solves these problems: tying a piece of cord, such as the Thick Baker’s Twine, through the holes in each set of Washi Tape and labeling it!

I picked coordinating colors of Thick Baker’s Twine, of course. I also made the tags from coordinating colors of Card Stock with the Note Tag (135860) and the 1/4” Circle Handheld (134364) Punches. For example, the Sweet Sadie Designer Washi Tape (133690) has a tag punched from Wild Wasabi 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (108641) and a Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine (135636) cord.

I used my handy-dandy label-maker to note the set name on one side and the coordinating colors on the back. This isn’t shown because I just thought of it and have to go make those labels now.

The Washi Tape sets store easily in a basket or box. You can find them quickly by either the tag or the roll.

By the way, Sale-A-Bration ends in one week. If you want to order these supplies, just add something like Paper Snips (103579) and your product total will be $51.25! That entitles you to pick a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set or accessory along with it!! Don’t forget you may pick from the original brochure or the SAB Bonuses!

Sample Order:

135636           Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine               $3.50

108641           Wild Wasabi Card Stock                                         $6.95

133690           Sweet Sadie Designer Washi Tape                     $4.95

135860           Note Tag Punch                                                       $16.95

134364           1/4″ Circle Handheld Punch                                 $8.95

103579           Paper Snips                                                              $9.95

Total                                                                          $51.25

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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Exclusive Resources for Demonstrators

Exclusive-Demonstrators Only-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comStampin’ Up!® provides exclusive resources through its Website for Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators. The website includes training videos, business tools, manuals of policies and processes, and a link to an exclusive Demonstrator Online Community. The Online Community allows Demonstrators to share information, tips and techniques and to get answers to their questions. All of this, plus exclusive training opportunities, such as the annual Convention, gives both new and experienced Demonstrators a wealth of support!

As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you run a home-based business on your own schedule. You get to interact with me and your fellow Demonstrators, who provide information, tips and techniques, and support! Besides that, you get paid for it!

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business? Wouldn’t it be great to share your talents, pick up some extra cash and be entitled to use the Stampin’ Up! exclusive resources 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. 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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Spring/Easter Treats in So Easy Curvy Box

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I must confess that when I first saw the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits™ Dies (135853), I wasn’t interested. The samples did not impress me and I thought, “When would I ever use this?” Then I saw an absolutely adorable project one of my colleagues did for my newsletter and I was hooked! Now I have a whole ton of ideas for different projects, which I’ll be sharing with you later.

Today, I used the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits™ to make a Spring or Easter Treat Box. I was amazed at how quickly and easily the box went together. You also don’t have to do a lot of manipulation to fill it!

To start, you’ll need a 6” x 12” piece of paper or card stock. This will let you cut the two parts you need, plus give you room for a tag or card layer. I cut my pieces using the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439) and the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658). The Magnetic Platform makes it much easier to hold the box shape in place so you can maximize the leftover card stock or paper. Another great thing about the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits™ is that the score lines are placed on the die right along with the cutting lines. The scoring edge is not as deep as the cutting edge so you get a really nice score line!

I punched holes in both of the handle sides and covered them with pieces of Window Sheets (114323) before I started assembling the box. To make sure the holes were centered, I measured 2” from the bottom of the handle side and made a pencil mark on both edges of the inside. Then I drew diagonal lines from the marks to the corners. I lined up both sides of the box, marked side up, and centered the circle, punching through both layers. Since the marks are on the inside, you don’t have to erase them if you don’t want to.

Adhere the bases of the two parts together with Sticky Strip (104294). It works best if you place the Sticky Strip very close to the edges with the rounded corner – two strips on the inside base and two strips on the outside base. When adhered, this will ensure the whole box bottom is secured.

Pick out your treats for filling. I recommend against Skittles® or M&M’s® or other small candies filling the box without a small clear bag, because they can escape through the open sides if the box is depressed. I used solid chocolate eggs, but a stack of Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cups or York® Peppermint Patties would fit very well! Whatever Spring, Easter or any other season’s treats will fit, you’ll find it so easy to do!!

Here’s the best way to fill the box: Match the handles and slip both through the slot in one of the solid-side arms. Put in your treats. Slip the remaining slot over both handles. That’s it! You can tie a ribbon or tag through the opening in the handles, but the box will stay closed without it. Some people curl the box arms with a Bone Folder (102300), but it’s really easy to get too much curl and make them hard to work with. I find the gentle curve that comes naturally works just fine… especially with the extra stiffness of the Window Sheets.

Other Supplies Used: Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (137784); 1-1/4” Circle (119861) & 1-3/4” Circle (119850) Punches; Melon Mambo 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (131207)

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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Spring Colors Are Complementary

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Happy Spring Equinox! The actual time occurs in about 4 hours or so. To celebrate the day, I have a Spring Complementary Colors Card for you. The featured colors are Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral from the Red-Orange Group and Pistachio Pudding from the Green Group. Pistachio Pudding is slightly toward the Blue-Green side, so it counts as Complementary.

For purposes of this article, I consolidated the Red-Orange (Calypso Coral) and Orange-Red (Crisp Cantaloupe) groups into the traditional Red-Orange. Confidentially, I split the groups originally because I wanted to be able to fit all the colors where they belong on my rectangular “Color Wheel”. Of course, Chocolate Chip is a Neutral and so doesn’t count!

All three colors are pastel, so the harmonious contrast is softer than the pure Red-Green Complementary contrast. I’m very fond of pastels for Spring!

Supplies Used in Example: Label Love Bundle (132723, wood; or 132722, clear; includes Label Love Stamp Set, 130619, wood, or 130622, clear; and Artisan Label Punch 130920 at 15% savings); Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (128748, wood; 127802, clear); Crisp Cantaloupe (131298), Calypso Coral (122925) & Chocolate Chip (102128) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper (133697); Calypso Coral (126983) & Chocolate Chip (126979) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Chocolate Chip 3/4” Chevron Ribbon (130014); Calypso Coral 1/2” Seam Binding Ribbon (134569); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Glue Dots (103683)

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

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Only 24 Hours to Join and Get the Surprise

Little Girl With Surprise GiftDon’t forget… My Mailing List Subscribers will be receiving a surprise gift on Friday, March 20th, at 1:00pm Pacific Time! This is an exclusive free gift that only Subscribers will be able to get, and Friday is the only day it’s available!

Join my Mailing List within the next 24 hours to qualify. Click on the sign-up box at right, then look for the confirmation e-mail in your Inbox. Click on the link in the e-mail and you’ll be officially signed up! You’ll immediately receive two free tutorials just for doing this AND you’ll be receiving the surprise gift. Remember, you must be confirmed before Friday, 3/20/15, at 1pm Pacific Time!

Sign up now and remember to confirm!

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Surprise Coming Friday

3 Surprise GiftsDo you like surprises? My Mailing List Subscribers will be receiving a surprise gift on Friday, March 20th, at 1:00pm Pacific Time! This is an exclusive free gift that only Subscribers will be able to get, and Friday is the only day it’s available!

Do you want to receive a surprise gift? It’s easy and it’s free: just join my Mailing List. Click on the sign-up box at right, then look for the confirmation e-mail in your Inbox. Click on the link in the e-mail and you’ll be officially signed up! You’ll immediately receive two free tutorials just for doing this AND you’ll be receiving the surprise gift. You must be confirmed before Friday, 3/20/15, at 1pm Pacific Time!

Sign up now and don’t forget to confirm!

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Easy Coordinated Envelopes

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How can you make coordinated envelopes easily?

Most of the time, you can stamp the flap and the left side of an envelope with one of the stamps you used in your card design. If you used dark ink, you can stamp off some to get a paler color. But what if the stamps you’re using aren’t really suitable for the envelope?

One method is to use a sheet of the Designer Series Paper that matches or coordinates with your card and make an envelope with the Envelope Punch Board (122774). I talked about this several times, but my first post was Envelopes to Mix & Match-Quick & Easy! This takes an 8” square of paper for your standard card, which will leave you with 4” x 12” and 4” x 8” scraps. Since that’s enough for two or three card backgrounds, it leads me to my next idea.

Make two card backgrounds from the 4” x 12” scrap. One card has the envelope made from the same paper. For your second card, take a 2-1/4” strip from the 4” x 8” scrap and coat the back with one of the Adhesive Transfer Sheets (133722). Adhere the strip to the flap, depending on your card’s color scheme, of a Whisper White (107301), Very Vanilla (107300) or Crumb Cake (107297) Medium Envelope. Then trim away the excess and you have a coordinating envelope!

You could also coat the flap with the adhesive, then adhere the paper strip. This will give you more uncoated paper to play with.

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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Free Gift Only for Birthday Club Members

Butterfly Birthday Card-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comI send members of my Birthday Club a $5 certificate to use on any purchase during 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 is totally free, as is Birthday Club membership. However, you must be a Mailing List Subscriber first. Membership on the Mailing List is also free.

To join my Mailing List, become eligible for my Birthday Club and receive my monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, filled with news, exclusive 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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Corned Beef & Cabbage for St. Paddy’s Day?

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!

I’m starting my wishes off early!

I’m sure you all know that “Paddy” is a diminutive of “Patrick” or “Padraig”, so Happy St. Paddy’s Day in two days!!

What will you be cooking for the day? Corned Beef & Cabbage? I love the smell, but can’t stand the taste of Corned Beef. I don’t mind the Cabbage. My husband loves Corned Beef & Cabbage. I prefer Mulligatawny or Mutton Stew. And I love Irish Soda Bread!! Plus, let’s don’t get me started on Guinness!

Okay, there’s my menu: Mulligatawny, Irish Soda Bread & Guinness. What’s yours? Please leave a comment as to what’s cooking at your house! And if you have a recipe to share – that would be extra great!

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Using Wildflower Meadow Coordinates

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Once I got out my Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (132657) with the Wildflower Meadow Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (129376) and the Wildflower Meadow Stamp Set (129165, wood-mount; 129168, clear-mount), I knew I couldn’t stop until I’d made at least two cards with them.

The first card appeared as a Color Craft feature on Wednesday. I will confess that I got so intense in designing and putting the card together that I forgot to emboss! I’m fixing that issue today!

The Wildflower Meadow Stamp Set and the Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder coordinate with each other so well! The Embossing Folder images don’t match up with the stamped images, but they do surround the image to get the raised design. To do this:

  1. Cut the card stock or paper you will use to the dimensions you want.
  2. Stamp the image.
    1. I find that inking the large stamp and setting my card stock face down, then covering with scratch paper and smoothing it over the surface, either by hand or with a brayer, is the easiest way to get the image where I want it.
  3. Align the stamped image with the front side of the Embossing Folder.
  4. Hold the leaves together tightly, place between the Embossing Plates and emboss.
    1. I used two shims for the single piece of card stock to make sure the embossing was as deep as I could get it.
    2. If you want shallower embossing, only use one shim. You will need to use at least one for a single layer.

I adhered the embossed layer to the Marina Mist backing layer with Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026). I applied the adhesive with a 1/4” or greater margin on the Marina Mist Card Stock, then adhered the Pistachio Pudding embossed layer.

Other Supplies Used: Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Pad (126962); Daffodil Delight (119683), Marina Mist (119682) & Pistachio Pudding (131294) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (133703); Marina Mist 1/4” Cotton Ribbon (134561); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); and one of the Glue Dots (103683) to hold the ribbon in place on the back.

By the way, the Wildflower Meadow Stamp Set, the Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder, the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack and the Marina Mist 1/4” Cotton Ribbon are all part of the Weekly Deals this week. The savings end Monday!

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

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My Referral Program

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If you know someone who might be interested in learning to stamp and/or scrapbook, or who needs their own Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator, refer them to me and I’ll thank you with:

  •  A $5 Gift Certificate when she or he becomes my customer
  •  A $10 Gift Certificate if/when she or he becomes my PlayShop host/hostess. This includes in-person and online PlayShops.
  •  A $20 Gift Certificate if/when she or he becomes a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator on my team

I send you the Gift Certificates directly to your Inbox so you get them right away!

These certificates are good for any 3am Stamper product, including Stampin’ Up!® catalog products, handmade gifts and classes. There is also no limit on the number of referrals you may make!

Here’s how to refer: send me their name, phone number and e-mail address to mary@3amstamper.com. You may also call me at (707) 695-3571 and give me the information.  I keep track of this so I can send you your certificates!

Referral fees do not apply to PlayShop, party or Private Class guests or invitees, sorry. These folks are helping you earn Hostess Dollars and you may receive only one benefit at a time.  Referral fees only apply to new-to-me individuals.

By the way, your friends can get in on my Referral Program, too!! You get paid for referring them and they get paid for referring their friends. Get started by giving me their contact information by calling (707) 695-3571 or email me at mary@3amstamper.com.

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Easy Vacation Pages With Let’s Get Away

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The Let’s Get Away Project Life® Card Collection (137907) and Accessory Pack (137908) give you a whole lot of travel and vacation images to quickly and easily scrapbook your vacation photos. I love the bicycle and hot air balloon cards, but I used airplanes for this page because we fly to Disneyland!

I used a vertical-pocket page from the Project Life® 12” x 12” Photo Pocket Pages Variety Pack (135294) because most of my pictures were taken on my phone. Phone pictures tend to be more portrait orientation rather than landscape. There are six vertical pocket pages in the package, two each of three different arrangements, along with six horizontal pocket pages.

The Accessory Pack gives you a few camera-shaped clips to use to fasten memorabilia. I also used the included Washi Tape to attach another remembrance. I filled each pocket with one of the cards from the Card Collection so you could see some of the patterns. The Let’s Get Away sets can also coordinate with the free Sale-A-Bration This Day Project Life® Mini Card Collection (138636 – with a $50 product order).

The Let’s Get Away Stamp Set (137157-photopolymer) also coordinates with the Card Collection and the Accessory Pack. It contains images and phrases than can enhance your layout easily – with the photopolymer stamps, you can see exactly where you’re placing them!

To order what you need to make your own Easy Vacation and Travel Pages, 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 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Inspire Yourself With the Patterns

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Today’s Color Craft card features colors and one of the patterns from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (133703). The colors include Daffodil Delight from the Yellow Group, Mossy Meadow from the Green-Yellow Group, Strawberry Slush from the Red Group and Blushing Bride from the Orange-Red Group. The Paper Stack gives you four each of twelve double-sided designs, or twenty-four different patterns to use for inspiration!

Like all of Stampin’ Up!®’s Designer Series Papers, the coordinating colors are listed on the cover of the pad. This means you don’t have to worry about the traditional color wheel, you can just use the colors included in the pattern you select and you’re perfectly coordinated!

If your pattern consists of only one color, you can use the list of coordinating colors to provide contrast. For example, if your pattern is Strawberry Slush with Whisper White, layer it on Mossy Meadow, then on a Blushing Bride card base and you’ll have a great almost Complementary Color Scheme! You can stamp your image or greeting on Blushing Bride and layer it on Mossy Meadow, then attach it to the Strawberry Slush layer.

Other Supplies Used: Wildflower Meadow Stamp Set (129165, wood-mount; 129168, clear-mount); Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Pad (133645); Daffodil Delight (119683), Strawberry Slush (131295) & Blushing Bride (131198) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Mossy Meadow 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon (133670); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

As further inspiration, the Wildflower Meadow Set coordinates well with the All Abloom pattern I chose. Additionally, both of these items are on sale in the Weekly Deals, available at about 25% off through Monday.

To order what you need to try out your own Pattern Inspiration, 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 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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What To Do Without Blendabilities

Discontinued BlendabilitiesStampin’ Up!® just announced that they are discontinuing the Stampin’ Blendabilities line of alcohol Markers. There have been too many quality issues with the product line recently and there is no ready solution on the horizon. Stampin’ Up! is looking for a new solution to be able to bring the line back, but it is anticipated that finding it will take quite some time.

If you’ve ordered Stampin’ Blendabilities recently or have defective markers, give me a call at (707) 695-3571. Please be sure to leave a message if I don’t answer. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Blender Pens & Blendables

In the meantime, it’s back to the Stampin’ Write Markers. These colors match all the colors of the Card Stock, Classic Stampin’ Pads and Designer Series Papers. The Blendabilities came in fewer colors and contained a tint, a tone and a shade to the main color. While it made it easy to blend, you only got coordinates of the main color, not an exact match.

To make it easy to blend your colors, pull out the good, trusty old Blender Pens (102845). You get three double-tipped pens in each package, so it’s easy to use multiple colors. The Blender Pen liquid takes a little longer to dry, so you have time to blend!

Start coloring from the lightest to the darkest hue. You can stroke on the first color with the Stampin’ Write Marker, then blend it out. Repeat for the other colors. For a more watercolor effect, create a smear of Marker color by rubbing the side of the brush tip on a non-porous surface such as your stamp set case. Pick up the color with the Blender Pen and apply it. For a deeper color, re-apply.

You can also get the same effect by pressing the lid of the Classic Stampin’ Pad case to the ink pad with the case closed. Open the case and lift the color from the lid.

Note that using Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills does not work as well with the Blender Pen. The ink will soak into the pen tip and can’t be removed. The Ink Refills work better with the Aqua Painter (103954).

Cleaning the Blender Pen is easy. Just swish it on scrap paper until the color is gone. Even if the tip is stained, you’ll notice that the “ink” comes out clear.

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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