Scrapbook Your Child’s Valentines

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This page is a simple way to capture your child’s school Valentine party memories. I put on photo mats for two pictures, which flip up to reveal Valentines. I thought about using the Valentines as a background collage, but then I realized that I would be covering up the messages. The result is that each Valentine flips up, too.

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To make the flip-up tabs, take a strip of 3/4” to 1” card stock or paper and score it down the middle (3/8” for the 3/4” strip and 1/2” for the 1” strip). Fold it in half and crease well with your Bone Folder (102300). Cut into 1/2” pieces and apply adhesive to one side. Attach to the Valentine, then adhere the Valentine to the page. I needed two strips the length of the photo mat plus two more for the Valentines. I cut a piece of card stock 5” wide and 6” long, then scored at 1/2” and cut at 1” to make each strip without struggling with the cutter. The extra inch provides a holder.

Other Supplies Used: Real Red 12” x 12” Card Stock (124290); Subtles 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (131189), Pink Pirouette; Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (126889); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026)

To order what you need to scrapbook your child’s Valentines, 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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Super Simple Valentine

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I’ve been playing with Black and Red Valentines for the past week or so and designed this Super Simple Valentine that is very fast to make and easy to mail, as well. Because the card base is made from Basic Black 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (121045), I adhered a piece of Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730) inside for the message with Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026).

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Adhere a Tea Lace Paper Doily (129399) to the front of the card. Offset looks better than centered, so I attached it to the bottom right with Fast Fuse.
  2. Die-cut the third smallest of the Hearts Collection Framelits™ Dies (125599) with the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439) and Red Glimmer Paper (121790). Adhere offset on top of the Doily with Fast Fuse.
  3. Die-cut the smallest of the Hearts Collection Framelits™ from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315) and adhere it to the center of the red heart with Fast Fuse.
  4. Stamp “Happy Valentine’s Day” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (128748, Wood-Mount; 127802, Clear-Mount) with the Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (126949). Center the greeting in the largest of the Bitty Banners Framelits™ Dies (129267) and die-cut with the Big Shot.
  5. Outline the banner with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (100082) and attach across a corner of the red heart with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).

Oh, I forgot – write your message on the inside and slip into a Whisper White Medium Envelope (107301). You can emboss the envelope flap with the Happy Heart Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (137364) and the Big Shot to make an easy coordinated envelope to go with your Super Simple Valentine.

You can make any number of Super Simple Valentines very quickly. I estimate each one will take you about five minutes, start to finish, after you’ve assembled all your tools and materials. If you’re making more than one, you can easily produce as many as you need with assembly line techniques:

  • Stamp all the greetings.
  • Die-cut the greetings and hearts.
  • Cut the 8-1/2” x 11” card stock in half and fold.
  • Assemble by attaching the doily, the big heart, the small heart and the greeting to each card.
  • Embossing the envelope flap is optional.

It’s easy for you to change the colors of your card and the elements to suit your preference. I do recommend a very light-colored piece adhered inside to make it easier for your recipient to read your message.

To order what you need to try out your own Super Simple Valentines, 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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3am Thoughts Brings You Hot News

News from Letters

My monthly newsletter, 3am Thoughts, brings you hot news and the latest tips every issue. It’s delivered directly to your inbox on the first Tuesday or Wednesday of the month. News items are usually included in each article or in a “news bite” in the introduction.

To join my Mailing List and receive 3am Thoughts, filled with tutorials, tips & tricks along with hot news, 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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Punch Your Punches

Dotted Scallop Border2 copy

Here’s a quick tip to stay happy with your punches:

  • As soon as you receive a new punch, take it out of the package and test it out on scrap card stock.
  • If there is an oily residue, keep punching on scraps until it’s gone.
  • I recommend card stock because it’s more absorbent and it’s thicker than regular paper.

If you have problems with the punch, you’ll be able to identify them right away. Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 and I’ll help you get the problems corrected.

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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Share Me With Your Friends & Get Paid

CashIf you know someone who might be interested in learning to stamp and/or scrapbook, 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!

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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Super Bowl XLIX-Let’s Party

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Usually I don’t really take sides in the Super Bowl if the San Francisco 49ers aren’t playing, but this year is different… division rivals Seattle Seahawks are going up against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Guess for whom I will be rooting!

You can use this card design for party invitations of all sorts: birthday, Super Bowl, and so on. I pulled it together in My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download) mainly because I didn’t want to go hunt down the retired stamps. One advantage to My Digital Studio (MDS) is that you can resize the stamps and other images to suit. Some don’t look good enlarged, but it’s easy to delete them!

The colors used are Real Red (102482), Night of Navy (100867), Whisper White (100730) and Basic Gray (121044), in case you wanted to adapt this design to traditional card stock, etc. I’ve given the links for the 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock. Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246) highlight the ribbon, which you can simulate by dying the Whisper White 1/4” Cotton Ribbon (134567) with Basic Gray Classic Ink Refill (109121) and stamping small stars on it with the Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (101731). The images were stamped with a Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ Pad (126966) for the tone-on-tone effect of the background and a Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad (126970) for the phrases. I suggest stamping the words or phrases on Whisper White card stock, then cutting a thin boarder around the letters. You can also use your team’s colors instead. I gave Denver’s and Seattle’s team colors in the Stampin’ Up!® palette in my post, How to Scrapbook Super Bowl XLVIII.

Digital Downloads Used: Athletic Department Stamp Brush Set (121065); Lucky Star Embellishments (124577); Touchdown II Stamp Brush Set (127415)

To order My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download), just click the Order Online Button in my right sidebar or any of the product links in this article. You may download it immediately and start playing! You may also try it free for 30 days!

Super Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX are copyright the National Football League. New England Patriots logo is copyright the New England Patriots and the National Football League.

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Word Bubbles Say Anything

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The Word Bubbles Framelits™ Dies (132968) can fit around any number of greetings and sentiments. This lets you add a touch of whimsy to any card or page.

This card is a birthday card for a friend. The Word Bubble is around a sentiment from the Yippee-Skippee! Stamp Set (131341-wood; 131344, clear) and looks like a thought bubble from the duck. The inside (not shown) includes phrases from the Big Day Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set (free with a $50 purchase through March 31st).

Other Supplies Used: Moon Lake Stamp Set (137149, wood; 138540, clear); Soft Suede (115318), Wild Wasabi (108641), Always Artichoke (105119), Marina Mist (119682) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Always Artichoke Classic Stampin’ Pad (126972); Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (132708); Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers: Old Olive (130999), Pumpkin Pie (130997) & Skin Tone Assortment (129370); Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658); Texture Boutique™ Embossing Machine (132657); Zig Zag Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (133738); Fringe Scissors (133325); Paper Snips (103579); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Marina Mist 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (retired)

I used the Texture Boutique™ to emboss the background because I had to get it out anyway to reach the embossing folders. Sometimes you need to shim under the embossing folder to achieve a high definition embossing. The Texture Boutique has shims that are thinner than the Big Shot’s, so they work better.

I’ve mentioned this before, but working on this project really brought it home for me: Die-cut your stamped images on the Magnetic Platform for best results. This works particularly well if you place your image in the center of the Cutting Pad – the magnet holds the die in place and you can cut an extra die with no movement of the stamped image. I cut the thought bubble and the tail at the same time just by making sure the dies were in the center of the platform!

Would you like to try out Big Shot™ 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. In addition, you’ll receive an extra $25 Hostess Dollars during Sale-A-Bration, which ends March 31st. 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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Scrapbook Your Valentines

Valentine Scrapbook Page-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comShow off your sweethearts on a Valentine’s Day page. This one is 12” x 12” done in My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download). I used punches for the heart images and filled them with Designer Series Paper. You can fill the punch with a photo by following these steps:

  1. With My Digital Studio (MDS) closed, open the program folder.
  2. Select Components and open it.
  3. Select Backgrounds and open it.
  4. Drag your photo(s), or copy and paste them, into the “Designer Series Paper” folder.

The next time you run MDS, you should be able to fill the heart punches with your photos from the Background Papers selection.

Digital Downloads Used: Happy Heart Day Greeting Card Templates (133334); In Any Event Card Templates (136574); Satin Ribbon Embellishments Kit (121063)

To order My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download), just click the Order Online Button in my right sidebar or any of the product links in this article. You may download it immediately and start playing! You may also try it free for 30 days!

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Would You Like A Birthday Gift?

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I 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 is also free.

To join my Mailing List, become eligible for my Birthday Club and receive 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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Is It Monochromatic?

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Regal Rose, Rose Red and Raspberry Ripple are the main colors used in this card design. Regal Rose is a tint of Red while Rose Red is a tone and Raspberry Ripple is a shade of Red-Violet. This makes the colors Analogous.

Analagous colors come from color groups that are right next to each other on the Color Wheel or my Color Craft Charts, such as Red and Red-Violet. The color scheme is similar to a Monochrome color scheme and has almost the same properties.

Typically, Analagous color schemes use colors from three adjacent color groups. In this case, I could add Rich Razzleberry from the Violet-Red group to make the trio. Analagous color schemes can be very harmonious and relaxing to the eye. Any dramatic contrast comes from tints and shades of the three color groups.

This card template was made with My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download). It’s a great design tool as well as scrapbooking and other digital design solutions software. Plus, it has all the retired colors included. This means I always have access to Regal Rose and Raspberry Ripple.

Digital Downloads Used: Happy Heart Day Greeting Card Templates (133334); 2013-2015 In Color Ruffle Trim (135253); Silver Ribbon & Embellishment Pack (135267)

To order My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download), just click the Order Online Button in my right sidebar or any of the product links in this article. You may download it immediately and start playing! You may also try it free for 30 days!

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When Do I Change Trimmer Blades?

Stampin-Trimmer

The Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter and Scorer (126889) has blades that last through many cuts and many scores. The trick is to figure out when you need to change the blade.

I’ve had my Stampin’ Trimmer since they first came out and the Scoring Blade (126996) I use is the original blade that came with the Trimmer. The scoring is done with a ball point that presses into the paper or card stock. I’ve compared the ball point on my Scoring Blade with an unused blade and found no difference. When I have to change my Scoring Blade, I’ll let you know immediately. The ball point does not roll like a pen, it just presses. I would guess that if they ever get too dull to make an impression, it would be time to change the blade.

Since I use my Stampin’ Trimmer a lot to cut card stock and paper for cards, pages and other paper-crafting, I replace my Cutting Blade more frequently. It still lasts a long time. When the edge of my cut material is a little shaggy, then I know it’s time to replace the blade. I judge by the Card Stock edge.

Very Vanilla (101650) and Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock, along with Designer Series Paper and the 12” x 12” sizes of these Card Stocks, don’t count when determining if the Cutting Blade needs replacing. These two Card Stocks have an ultrasmooth finish and so are thinner than the other colors of Card Stock. You will always get a sharp edge when you use the Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition (129407). The blades to the Rotary Addition are fully enclosed in a cartridge. I’m still waiting to replace my first one.

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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Take a Break for Adult Conversation

Girl's-Night-OutDo you feel like you’re surrounded by nothing but kids all the time? Would you like to take a break once in a while to enjoy some adult conversation, but you just can’t seem to fit it in? Why not think about owning your own stamping business?

As a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrator, you run a home-based business on your own schedule. You get to interact with fellow Demonstrators, who provide adult conversation, and you can schedule your own stamping events, which let you gather your friends to paper-craft and enjoy adult conversation together. Besides that, you get paid for it!

So, if you need to take a break to have some adult conversation, you can schedule it at your convenience. And, as I said before, you’ll get paid! This will make it easier and more of a priority to work into your schedule, because you know you’ll be bringing in extra cash to the household

Have you thought about owning your own stamping business? Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy adult conversation regularly, share your talents and pick up some extra cash as well? Click on the Join My Team Button in the sidebar to see some ideas. You can also see more in the Owning Your Own Business menu above. 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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Color Crafty Candle Collar

Butterflies Candle Collar-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comYesterday, I showed you how to make a Candle Collar. Today, let’s talk about the colors I used: Brushed Copper and Perfect Peacock with Pucker Me Pink and Princess Pink butterflies. The color names are those of the Craft Metal Sheets from my partner, Add a Little Dazzle.

Brushed Copper is in the Orange-Red Color Group and Perfect Peacock is in the Blue-Green Color Group. These two groups are Complementary, and if you use colors of the same value, you have a striking combination. The pure colors, or hues, provide the greatest contrast and evoke high energy.

My Brushed Copper color is a tint of Orange-Red. The Perfect Peacock color is the pure Blue-Green hue. The Orange-Red tint softens and enhances the pure Blue-Green so the Blue-Green is more dominant.

As an accent, I used Pucker Me Pink from the Red-Violet color group. This is one leg of the Triad with Blue-Green. The ribbon belongs in the Yellow-Orange color group and completes the Triadic Color Scheme. Triadic colors are high contrast and provide more visual balance at the same intensity than Complementary colors. The Princess Pink butterflies are a tint of Red, which is analogous to Red-Violet. By themselves, Red and Red-Violet form can combine in a Monochromatic color scheme. However, here the pink butterflies are of the same value as the copper pennants and highlight the whole combination. The Pink is analogous to the Orange-Red as well so adds a softening effect.

Overall, the five colors create an energetic combination which is harmonious as well. Take a look at my Color Craft Charts for other combinations. Since my charts are rectangular, the Complementary combination is nine spaces apart; the Triadic combination is six spaces apart and the Analogous colors are right next to the main color. Start by picking the color you want to dominate your project, then count spaces to find other colors to go with it.

These tips are examples of those included with 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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Making a Candle Collar with Butterflies Thinlits™ and Party Pennants

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I have a 7” tall, 3” diameter pillar candle that needed something to dress it up, so I created a Candle Collar with Craft Metal Sheets and my Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439). I’m calling it a Collar because it’s too tall to be a Ring.

The candle is battery-operated, so I could have used all paper to make the Collar. However, I was in the mood to play with my Craft Metal Sheets, my Party Pennants Bigz™ L Die (133732) and my new Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies (127360).

I die cut six pennants from Metal Sheets, three each of Brushed Copper and Perfect Peacock. I embossed the Peacock pennants with the Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (130917) and the Copper pennants with the Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (129984). I used removable adhesive to place the Pennants on the folder in order to get the design where I wanted. The adhesive was on the back and would help hold the pennants in place when I made the Collar.

I cut a 2” strip of 8-1/2” x 11” card stock lengthwise. The color didn’t matter because the Pennants would cover it. I wrapped the 11” strip around the candle and marked where it joined. The strip only needed to be 10-1/4”. I placed the Pennants so they would overlap, then adhered them together with Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) and secured them to the card stock with Sticky Strip (104294). The Collar actually slides over the candle, but it tight enough to stay in place when you lift the candle.

I die-cut one large and two small butterflies from four different colors of Craft Metal Sheets: Pucker Me Pink, Princess Pink, Polished Purple and Lovely Lavender.   I ended up using the pink butterflies because they showed up better against the peacock.  The Butterflies Thinlits™ are just too much fun. The tip I learned with intricate designs is to roll the Thinlits through the Big Shot about three times to make sure the die cuts well. You have to cut one sheet at a time and when you’re done, you’ll have to punch out all the hole fillers with the Paper Piercing Tool (126189). I found that piercing the edges of the holes on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199) discouraged the wings from tearing. It also keeps you from poking your finger!

If you want to make a Collar for a wax candle that you intend to burn, wrap the card stock in a Craft Metal Sheet. You can use a piece that is 5” x 12”. It will overlap and cover the card stock completely. You can secure the metal sheet to the card stock with Sticky Strip. If you don’t want to be able to remove the Collar, you can pierce the metal sheet and attach it to the candle with brads. Pierce holes in the top and bottom of the Collar every few inches. Heat the tip of the Piercing Tool and pierce through the holes in the Collar and the candle. Heat the legs of 1/8” Silver Mini Brads (122941) and insert them. The heated legs should melt the wax around the brad to secure it.

To disguise the slight unevenness of the Collar base, I tied a piece of Crushed Curry 3/4” Chevron Ribbon (130019) around the base and tied it in a knot. The butterflies were attached with thin strips of Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430). If you’re making a metal Collar, you can also use hot glue.

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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Why Do I Use Few Embellishments On My Pages?

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At first glance, it looks like I use few embellishments on my scrapbook pages because I want to make sure I can insert my photos underneath them. While this is true, the real reason I use few embellishments on my pages is so I highlight the pictures, not overwhelm them.

I’m also a big fan of Quick & Easy for scrapbook pages as well as handmade cards. A Quick & Easy page design will get me to actually do my scrapbooking in the traditional style, rather than putting it off. Adding embellishments can easily lead to complicated designs and not-very-quick pages.

I will use more embellishments for big event pages such as weddings, graduations or anniversaries. These events tend to have a portrait photo of the honoree(s). The single photo – 5” x 7” size on a 12” x 12” page – lends itself well to being surrounded by appropriate embellishments rather than engulfing it. If the portrait photo is larger, say 8” x 10”, I use fewer embellishments and I still attach it to a 12” x 12” page. If you put the larger portrait on an 8-1/2” x 11” page, you have room for a title, a row of journaling and a small embellishment or two.

So those are my reasons for using few embellishments on my scrapbook pages. To see more examples, just search this website for the category “Scrapbook Theater.”

How do you use embellishments on your scrapbook pages? Feel free to leave a comment below, in fact, I’d appreciate it if you did! I’m very interested in your opinion!

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Purple & Orange: Not Just for Halloween

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Hallowe’en is my favorite holiday and I always include Purple and some kind of Yellow-Green along with the traditional Orange and Black. However, it’s nowhere near Hallowe’en right now, so I’m just using Purple and Orange in a coming-close-to-Spring design.

Purple (aka Violet) and Orange form two legs of a color Triad combination. The third leg is Green. However, you don’t have to use all three colors to come up with a pleasing design. In this card, I’m using a Polished Purple Craft Metal Sheet, which is true Violet; Elegant Eggplant 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (105126), which is a shade of Violet; and Crisp Cantaloupe 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (131298) and Classic Stampin’ Pad (131176), which is a tint of Orange-Red.

As you can see, you may nudge your colors a bit along the Color Wheel, depending on the mood you want to create. The key thing is: Do YOU like the way it looks?

Other Supplies Used: Lotus Blossom Photopolymer Stamp Set (139143-only available during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 catalog product purchase); Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin’ Pad (126969); Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658); Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies (137360); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Glue Dots (103683)

This card is nice and flat, so it will mail well. I only used Fast Fuse and Glue Dots adhesives. I put a row of three Glue Dots down the body of the butterfly to let the wings bend a little. If you prefer a little more lift, cut Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) into a thin strip then attach them.

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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Why Do I Use Three Layers?

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Why do I almost always use three layers on my card and page projects? My designs almost always include the base, a contrasting mat and a patterned top layer. Here are my top three reasons:

  1. I prefer a contrasting mat between my top layer and the card or page base. This adds dimension to the project whether you use mounting foam such as Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) or not.
  2. I want a stronger base for wrapping ribbon, twine or other strips of embellishments without it showing behind the card. The contrasting mat provides this.
  3. I love color and the contrasting mat can pick up a second color from the patterned top layer. The patterned layer can be created with embossed or stamped Craft Metal Sheets, Designer Series Paper, embossed or stamped card stock, etc.

I tend to start with the three layers, then use smaller layers for another image, a sentiment or a greeting. The additional layers can provide added support for heavy embellishments, too. So, these are my top three reasons for using three layers on card and page projects… and other projects, too, as shown in the photo.

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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Scrapbooking MLK Day

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Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! This is a good day for remembering the man who gave so much for Civil Rights! I always think of his “I have a Dream” speech whenever this day comes around.

I was just moving back to the Washington, D.C. area when the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom occurred. I was also a young teenage white girl and there was no way my parents would let me go downtown. It was a very long time before I got to hear the speech in its entirety, and when I did, all I could do was nod in agreement and cry.

I put this memory into a This & That Journal: from the Documented This & That Bundle (136609), which includes the Documented This & That Journal (133707), the Documented Designer Stickers (133688) and the Sweet Sadie Designer Washi Tape (133690). I printed out a small picture of Dr. King and an excerpt from his “I have a Dream” speech. I also managed to find the complete text of the speech at the American Historic website. They also have a video recording.

I printed out the text of the speech and folded it up into a pocket I made with the Envelope Punch Board (133774) and the In Color 2014-2016 Designer Series Paper Stack (133705). After I took the photo, I realized I could have fastened the envelope with a piece of the Washi Tape, instead of a removable adhesive which will eventually become permanent. The Washi Tape will let you remove and replace it indefinitely.

The This & That Journals are ideal for scrapbooking everyday things. If you were at the March and took pictures, and haven’t scrapbooked them yet, I would recommend spraying them with an archival fixative before you attach them to a journal page. Better yet, put them in a Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!® album. The photo pocket pages will protect the old photos very well.

To order what you need to scrapbook your own everyday memories, including those honoring Martin Luther King Jr., 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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Butterflies Thinlits™ Tips

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I started playing with my Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies (137360) and my Craft Metal Sheets to embellish the Candle Collar I’m making. (You’ll get to see it next week.) I discovered a few tips I want to share.

Two of the three Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies are intricate, delicate designs. These are shown in the photo, in various stages of popping out the hole fillers. I tried using waxed paper with the Metal Sheets and found it isn’t as successful as using it with Card Stock or Designer Series Paper.

The best way to die-cut the Butterflies Thinlits™ with Craft Metal Sheets is to run them through the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439) about three times. Use the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658) to hold the dies securely. Unwarped Standard Cutting Pads (113475) will also help make sure the dies cut cleanly.

To pop out the hole fillers, you can use a Paper-Piercing Tool (126189) or the points of your Paper Snips (103579). I like to use the Paper Snips in case one of the fillers is stubborn about staying attached. I can cut it out! In either case, it’s a good idea to pop out the hole fillers with your die-cut on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199). The piercing mat has enough give to help keep the design from tearing.

If you find creases in the Metal Sheet, the Bone Folder (102300) will burnish them out. I rub on the back of the metal design so I don’t scratch the die-cut.

You are able to cut multiple dies at once, but place them closer to the center of the Metal Sheet and away from the outer edges. You will get a cleaner cut. You will also be able to roll the platform through more smoothly as the Big Shot needs a little gap between the edge of the cutting pads and the die to grip the “sandwich” (that’s the platform, bottom cutting pad, material, die, top cutting pad).

To order what you need to make your own intricate designs with Thinlits™ Dies, 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 purchased. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150. You can order Craft Metal Sheets here at Add A Little Dazzle ‘s Online Store.

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Another Pink and Blue-Green Combination

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Today’s project uses brighter colors of Pink and Blue-Green to represent Winter on the edge of Spring. The Pink comes from the Red-Orange color group, which makes the combination of Blushing Bride and Tempting Turquoise a Complementary color scheme. The two groups are directly opposite each other on the color wheel, or 9 spaces apart on my Color Craft Charts.

I created this card to show off the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (120902) on Craft Metal Sheets again. The Baby Blue metal sheet from my partner Add A Little Dazzle is in the Blue-Green color group and very closely matches the Tempting Turquoise 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (102067), which forms the card base.

Other Supplies Used: Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (wood-128748; clear-127802); Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad (126952); Texture Boutique™ Embossing Machine (132657); 1/8” Circle Handheld (134365), Modern Label (119849) & Word Window (119857) Punches; 1/8” Silver Ribbon (132137); Stamping Sponges (101610); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); SNAIL Adhesive (104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

I’ve been asked to suggest occasions that would be suitable for these color combinations. Since I didn’t make any suggestions in my previous article, Pink & Blue-Green Birthday Card, I’ll add some here:

  • Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky: birthday (shown in previous article), baby shower, birth announcement, bridal, sympathy
  • Blushing Bride and Tempting Turquoise: thinking of you, friendship, birthday, anniversary, invitation

The Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set includes greetings suitable for all of these occasions, by the way. Most of them will fit on the Modern Label & Word Window Punches.

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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