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Giveaway of Stampin’ Blends, New Product visit Stampin’ Up!’s Facebook Page as soon as you read over the Stampin’ Blends Giveaway Official Rules and enter to win the complete collection or one of several combo packs.

 

 

 

B3G1 DSP 2017 OfferBuy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper sale ends October 31st.! Buy three packages and get one free! You may choose any three from the list on the flyer below, then pick a package for free… including the Specialty DSP! No limit!

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Take a look at what’s included in the file above, then head on over to my Online Store at www.3amstamper.com to browse and shop.

 

Merry Patterns SpecialMerry Patterns Free Stamp Set with $300 party or order also ends Tuesday. Click on the link for details.

 

 

 

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It’s National Candy Corn Day

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National Candy Corn Day!  To celebrate Candy Corn, a traditional Hallowe’en treat which can also carry over into Thanksgiving!  I did a really cute pull-out card in a class several years ago that featured a large Candy Corn on the card front.  I can’t find the photo, if I even took one.  This led me to look in my stash of cards to see if I saved a copy.

The only Candy Corn photo I could find on my blog is in the Scary Candy Corn Treat Box article from a couple of years ago.  Too bad the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ retired, I used them a lot.  You can use the Popcorn Box Thinlits™ Dies (141473) to substitute, but the other decorations are retired.

I had saved a copy of the card (one of the benefits of never throwing anything out!)… so I took the picture of the Candy Corn Pull-Out Card now!  I forgot it had a small Candy Corn, too.  The stamps I used retired a long time ago and we don’t have a cool spider web image, even in the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (144610).  The Candy Corn images are freehand drawn that I photocopied onto Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie card stock for cutting out.

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I’m pretty sure I saved the Candy Corn pattern, but do you think I can find it???  I also think I wrote up instructions for the card, but I put them in a safe place… you know what that means!  If I ever find them, I’ll do another post to show you how to make the card.  It won’t look the same because it will use current stamps.

In the meantime, I found this recipe for Candy Corn Bark that has three ingredients and three steps.  You know how I’m all about Quick & Easy – in this case, so is Betty Crocker!  The recipe is through this link, so you don’t have to search for it yourself.

Betty Crocker’s Candy Corn Bark

Enjoy National Candy Corn Day and try out the recipe.  Then check back here to see the how-to for the Candy Corn Pull-Out Card.

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Create-A-Planner Class Sign-Up Ends Today

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Create-A-Planner Class Sign-Up Ends Today.  Don’t miss out on  learning How To Get Your Year in Gear during my Create-A-Planner Class.  You’ll receive your own Love Today Planner Kit to take home.  More details on the Class Page through the link below.

Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.  Questions?  Email mary@3amstamper.com or call (707) 695-3571.

Deadlines extended due to my power outage from the Northern California Wildfires.

Date: November 4, 2017

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

Registration: $65.00

Registration Deadline: October 27, 2017

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These Specials End on Tuesday!

Stampin' Blends Brochure - visit http://www.3amstamper.com

Giveaway of Stampin’ Blends, New Product visit Stampin’ Up!’s Facebook Page as soon as you read over the Stampin’ Blends Giveaway Official Rules and enter to win the complete collection or one of several combo packs.

 

 

 

B3G1 DSP 2017 OfferBuy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper sale ends October 31st.!  Buy three packages and get one free!  You may choose any three from the list on the flyer below, then pick a package for free… including the Specialty DSP!  No limit!

Buy Three, Get One Free DSP

Take a look at what’s included in the file above, then head on over to my Online Store at www.3amstamper.com to browse and shop.

 

Merry Patterns SpecialMerry Patterns Free Stamp Set with $300 party or order also ends Tuesday.  Click on the link for details.

 

 

 

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Orange & Black – Traditional Hallowe’en Scheme

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Orange & Black are traditional Hallowe’en colors in a Monochromatic Color Scheme.  I was researching why Orange & Black (and sometimes Purple) are associated with Hallowe’en, but couldn’t find anything definitive.  So… I’ll make a guess.  Many of the customs around Hallowe’en are based on harvest festivals.  Orange is definitely prominent in harvest colors, as is Black, to provide contrast.  Purple can also be a harvest color, although I tend to call it a Potion Color.  You may remember this from my Favorite Hallowe’en Colors article.

I tend to resist making Hallowe’en projects with just Orange and Black, however, I couldn’t withstand the look of the chandelier from the Season to Sparkle Stamp Set.  You’ve seen it in the Beige & Black Classic Elegance articles.  I decided to use the chandelier with a Black on Orange combination just for fun.  The chandelier is a very large image and multiple colors would be tricky.

This Hallowe’en Monochromatic Color Scheme uses Basic Black from the Neutrals Color Group and Tangerine Tango from the Orange-Red Color Group.  I like the brightness and depth of color of Tangerine Tango, which plays well against Basic Black.

I just had to use the Black Rhinestone Jewels on the chandelier.  You can see the light reflection on the one at the top, but the others are basically invisible.  They show as a solid black circle against the stamped rounded nodes in the chandelier design.  You can see where they’re supposed to be in the Beige & Black Classic Elegance article.

A couple of tips:  Use the Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad to stamp your envelope.  It’s easier for addressing to show.  Since the Vintage Crochet Trim is about 1/4” wide, roll Tear & Tape Adhesive strips to fit behind the trim.  Otherwise, wrap it around, tie it in a knot or bow, and secure with Glue Dots.

This color scheme is good for some Fall projects besides Hallowe’en and for Team Colors.  In my area, Orange & Black are the school colors for Santa Rosa High School and the team colors for the San Francisco Giants.  My nephews in Maine also graduated from a high school with Orange and Black as the school colors.  The colors inspire several card, page and gift ideas, don’t they?

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Create-A-Planner Class Early Bird Ends Today

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Create-A-Planner Class Early Bird Ends Today.  Don’t miss out on  learning How To Get Your Year in Gear during my Create-A-Planner Class.  You’ll receive your own Love Today Planner Kit to take home.

Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.  Questions? Email mary@3amstamper.com or call (707) 695-3571.

Deadlines extended due to my power outage from the Northern California Wildfires last week and this week.

Date: November 4, 2017

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

Early Bird Registration: $55.00

Early Bird Deadline: TODAY!!

After today:

Registration: $65.00

Registration Deadline: October 27, 2017

Click here to get the Early Bird Discount

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Giveaway of Stampin’ Blends, New Product

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November 1st, Stampin’ Up!® is launching Stampin’ Blends, a new product, which is a collection of artist-quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors.  (Yay, these are replacing the Blendabilities that were discontinued over a year ago.)

To celebrate the launch, Stampin’ Up! is conducting a Giveaway of the new Stampin’ Blends Markers to visitors to the Stampin’ Blends post on their Facebook Page.  See the Official Rules below for all the details:

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To check out the Stampin’ Blends products, visit my All the Current Catalogs page or view the Stampin’ Blends brochure.

The contest runs from now through October 31st.  Be sure to read the rules in the link above and take advantage of your chance to win!

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Perfect Mitered Corners

Want to make Perfect Mitered Corners with your Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer?  This video from a reader, Cringuta (Sandy) Campbell, shows you how.  The video is a little more than 40 minutes long, but you get more than one method to use, depending on your project.

Perfect Mitered Corners

Thank you for sharing, Sandy!  I know we’ll all get a lot out of your video.

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How To Get Your Year in Gear

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You’ll learn How To Get Your Year in Gear during my Create-A-Planner Class.  You’ll receive your own Love Today Planner Kit with everything you need to create a personalized Planner you’ll be proud to stand on your desk and use!  You can make it perpetual with additional refills available for purchase.

Class fee includes kit and assembly instruction.  You’ll leave the class with a completely assembled Planner and all the extra pieces to use for later or for other projects.

Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.  Questions? Email mary@3amstamper.com or call (707) 695-3571.

Deadlines extended due to my power outage from the Northern California wildfires last week.

Date: November 4, 2017

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

Early Bird Registration: $55.00

Early Bird Deadline: October 20, 2017

Registration: $65.00

Registration Deadline: October 27, 2017

Click here to get the Early Bird Discount

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Action Plan if You Lost Your Home!

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A friend of mine reposted this from one of her friends on Facebook.  We’ve had so much destruction and so many friends whose houses have been totally destroyed by fire.  Many people had basically no warning – or just a few minutes – to evacuate from the Northern California Wild Fires.

This list is also useful for the Hurricane and Earthquake survivors.  Many places give lists of what you need for Disaster Preparedness, but I’ve never seen one that you can pull out and look at when you’re in shock from the aftermath.

REPOST from Facebook: Great action plan for those who lost.

Thanks Emi Heartsinger. For everyone who lost their home. This is so helpful!

Please share!!

A friend who lost their home in a fire has provided this action plan for those who have recently lost their homes…

Start with the small list:

1.  Get a PO Box

2.  Longer term rental search – include insurance on it so they pay directly for rental. Find a nice place that you like, don’t settle. You should be able to get a “Like Property” so insurance should cover a nice place for you to live while you work through all this. You might be living here for 2 years, so choose wisely.

3.  Find a place to buy some sturdy boots and gloves. Get some shovels.

4.  Start working on the personal property list (this is not fun at all, be prepared to cry we sure did). Write down the moment you remember – keep list on phone or pad of paper with you at all times.

5.  Save receipts. Loss of use insurance will cover incidentals too – hairbrush, phone chargers, etc.

6.  As you buy things, tell the store owner your situation. Most stores will give you some level of discount as their way of helping you.

7.  Let people do things for you. Do you have a friend that you can send to the store to buy you some basic clothes or comfort foods? Let them do it – they want to help and you don’t need to spend time doing these errands. (The ‘fun’ of shopping is gone…it quickly becomes a chore because you don’t want a new shirt, you want the one that you always liked to wear but now it’s gone and you are sad/mad.)

The Big List:

  1. Register at the shelters, with Red Cross and any other agency there, California FEMA, etc.
  • Most of the aid coming in will use these lists as a point of contact and will help to ensure that you don’t get left out of anything.
  • This will be especially important should FEMA be activated, which in my opinion is very likely with the amount of devastation experienced.
  1. Call Homeowners/Rental insurance to trigger “Loss of Use”. This typically will allow you to be in a “Like” property for x number of years and sometimes has a dollar limit attached and sometimes not, this is dependent on your policy.
  • This coverage should also give you some immediate access to funds for essentials, clothes, toothbrushes, food, etc.
  • This will also get the ball rolling for the insurance claim on your home and rebuilding/personal property Dollars.
  1. Get a PO Box and forward all mail to the Box. Use this PO Box as the mailing address on all forms you begin to fill out.
  2. Start Searching for a Long term rental. Coordinate with your insurance company so that payments can be made directly from them using your “Loss of Use” money.
  • Plan on renting 1-2 years, but do not necessarily sign a lease for a full two years as circumstances can change.
  1. Itemized List of belongings – (This is very hard but very necessary for your claim). I would organize by room and list everything that was there with a replacement cost. (you will cry a lot doing this and that is ok)
  • Replacement Cost should be what it would cost to replace not on sale from pottery barn, it should not be the price you paid for it with that 50% off coupon.
  • Make sure you list everything, even if it is above and beyond your policy limit. This is very important because everything above and beyond the policy limit is considered a Loss and can be claimed as such on your taxes – See #9
  1. Call all of your utilities and either freeze or cancel service: Electric, Gas, TV, Land Line phone
  • Newspaper delivery, either cancel or update to PO Box.

7.  Call the rest of your insurance points as needed. Car insurance; Any specialty insurance for unique items

  1. Permits – An unfortunate necessity.
  • Debris Removal – as things wind down it will be necessary to remove the debris, this requires a permit usually. (This should be covered by your insurance, we had to force the issue but ask repeatedly.)
  • Erosion Control – If you are on any kind of hill or have sloped property you will need to put some sort of erosion control measures in place, again this will need some sort of permit.
  • Temporary Power Pole/Trailer on site Permit – Getting this earlier on can prove helpful in both the rebuilding process.

 

9.  Taxes. You will be able to claim the monetary loss of the value of all your items minus what you receive from your insurance company.  I’m unfamiliar with the exact laws, but I believe that we were able to carry our losses back 2-5 years and received most of the money that we had paid in taxes back in a nice large check.

 

  1. Network with others. You will learn so much from others as you go through the rebuilding process. We all have our strengths so share yours and use others.  The amount of time that you will spend on the rebuild, insurance, recovery process is staggering so you need to use all your resources.

 

Please share!!

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What I Returned To

I hope you’ve been following me on Facebook.  You’ll have seen ideas for Hallowe’en decorations from Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.

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fire flames

Since I stepped off the plane on Sunday, I’ve smelled smoke.  I wasn’t able to get to my computer Sunday night, then the power went out Monday morning… early.  I haven’t been able to get back online until today, since my phone can’t handle posting here.  (So why do they call it a smartphone??)

The reason is the Northern California Wild Fires.  There are about 16 of them by now and they’re hooking up.  High winds are feeding them and the emergency responders are more concerned about evacuating the people than putting the fire out at this point.  The fires are a bit contained with the wind dying down, but that could change in an instant… and we expect high winds to return by Friday.

The photo is not from the Northern California Wild Fires.  However, it reminds me of what I’ve seen on the news.

I’ll post when I can, but in the meantime, follow me on Facebook through this link: The 3am Stamper on Facebook.

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October is B3G1 DSP Month

B3G1 DSP 2017 Offer

October is the month for B3G1 Designer Series Paper!  Buy three packages and get one free!  You may choose any three from the list on the flyer below, then pick a package for free… including the Specialty DSP!  No limit!  The Sale runs through October 31st.

By the way, the Stamp Sets listed in the World Card Making Day special coordinate with the DSP.

Take a look at what’s included in the file below, then head on over to my Online Store at www.3amstamper.com to browse and shop.

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12 Weeks of Christmas Begins in 4 Hours

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In 4 hours, the deadline ends to sign up for my Mailing List and get in on the Exclusive Holiday How-To Projects I send during my 12 Weeks of Christmas Program.  Don’t miss out-you’ve only got until 12:50pm Pacific Time to fill in the form below.


You will get two free tutorials just for signing up – the link is in your confirmation/thank-you email.

Already on my Mailing List?  Outstanding!  You’ve just got a few more hours until your first Exclusive Holiday How-To Project of 2016 appears in your Inbox!  Share this with a friend right now so they can sign up, too!

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24 Hours until 12 Weeks of Christmas

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My Mailing List Subscribers receive an exclusive series of free How-To Holiday Projects just in time for the Holiday Season… every year,!  The series is my gift to them to show my appreciation.  They receive ideas for Holiday Cards, Gifts and Wrapping Essentials with complete instructions.

This special mailing starts in 24 Hours.  To get in on it,-just fill in the form below!


You’ll receive a confirmation & thank you e-mail in your inbox.

Already on my Mailing List?  Great!  I hope you’re looking forward to receiving your 2016 set of Holiday Projects.  Share this link with a friend so they can sign up, too!

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Beige & Black: Classic Elegance Deconstructed

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Beige and Black Classic Elegance Deconstructed means I’m going to give you some tips and discoveries I made while constructing this design.  I promised I’d talk about the Season to Sparkle Stamp Set in my original article, Beige & Black – Classic Neutral Elegance, an essential piece to constructing this card.

I chose the Stamp Set because I fell in love with the chandelier image.  The chandelier makes a perfect silhouette shape when stamped with the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad on the Sahara Sand Card Stock.  The image is so large, you’d have to stamp it on the card base alone if you wanted to do a top-fold card with a horizontal front.  If you’ve read me for a while, you know I can’t do without my layers!  So, the side-fold vertical front it is.

The other issue with the size is you can have a message or a ribbon with it, but not both.  Narrow ribbon wrapped around the card front and tied in a bow would work.  A narrow ribbon bow attached to the top seems to detract from the elegance for me, so I used the message and adorned the chandelier with Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  The big advantage is that you probably won’t have to pay the postage surcharge, especially if you put a piece of card stock or vellum between the card and the envelope.

You can recreate the same level of elegance with Sahara Sand or Crumb Cake and any of the darker browns, as well as Very Vanilla or Whisper White with any of the other NeutralsReversing the Color Scheme may lose some of the elegance, but adds fun!  An example is Whisper White on Basic GrayAll of the Neutrals combinations create Monochromatic Color Schemes which are elegant, whimsical, or dramatic, depending on the images you choose!tams# 16479

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One Week to 12 Weeks of Christmas!

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Every year, I send my subscribers a free gift to kick off the Holidays:  the 12 Weeks of Christmas set of tutorials.  In one week from today, they’ll be getting the first tutorial of the set.  If you’d like to get in on this year’s 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign, all you have to do is join my Mailing List!  To sign up, just fill in the form at right!  You’ll receive a thank you e-mail in your inbox, plus two free all-occasion tutorials just for signing up.

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Pumpkin Mickey Idea

The Pumpkin Mickey decoration at the main entrance to Disneyland gave me the idea to recreate it as a paper-crafting project.  This photo is from a few years ago and I took it with my phone.  Not too bad!

Since my calendar is pretty full right now, I offer the idea to you.  My retired pumpkin stamps would work to stamp out the parts, but I think that punches will work better.  Circle Punches with the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker to draw the lines would make pumpkin Punch Art.  The Gourd Goodness Stamp Set has stem images, and you can use smaller circles for the nose and eyes.

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Would you like to try out Punch Art 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 Facebook PlayShops.

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Beige & Black – Classic Neutral Elegance

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Beige & Black together create a classic Neutral elegant combination.  This means you’re looking at Sahara Sand and Basic Black together in this Monochromatic Color Scheme.  I know you know that using Neutrals together automatically creates Monochromatic Color Schemes – you’ve hung around with me long enough!

This is the last of my Favorite Neutral Color Combinations.  I’ve mentioned that I was only doing favorites in my Neutrals: What Would We Do Without Them? article.  I decided to omit the Basic Black/Basic Gray, Very Vanilla/Soft Suede and Very Vanilla/Early Espresso combinations and change the Sahara Sand/Early Espresso for Sahara Sand & Basic Black.  The missing combinations will give you similar results to the examples I’ve already shown.  And besides, I’m anxious to start using colors with the Neutrals… like Fresh Fig with Crumb Cake.

In case you missed the previous articles, you can click these links and see them:

http://www.3amstamper.com/black-white-card/

http://www.3amstamper.com/neutrals-crumb-cake-early-espresso/

http://www.3amstamper.com/peace-earth-card-smoky-slate/

http://www.3amstamper.com/neutrals-only-chocolate-vanilla-card/

Back to Beige and Black with Sahara Sand and Basic Black!  This combination is very high contrast, just one step down from Basic Black & Whisper White.  In the fashion world, the color scheme represented an aspect of haute couture and was frequently used in day-to-date outfits and designs with an elegant, formal color scheme.  I am very partial to Sahara Sand as a Beige because it’s not as Yellow as Crumb Cake.  That’s why it looks so good paired with Basic Black and Early Espresso.  You might call Sahara Sand the Neutrals’ Neutral.

I will be talking about the Season to Sparkle Stamp Set in a future article, so I’m not listing the products used here.  Be sure to check back!

Sahara Sand and Basic Black make a good Color Scheme for more formal occasions such as Weddings, Dinner Parties, Thank You, and Congratulations.  It works very well in cards, pages and 3-D projects.

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 Sahara Sand, Basic Black, 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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