Spring Colors Still Work for Summer

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When we think of Spring season colors, we tend to think more of pastels. For Summer, we tend to think of bright, pure colors. However, when the weather is hot – I prefer pastels because they make me feel cooler.

This Spring Wreath features Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Smoky Slate and Soft Sky colors. When I look on my “Color Wheel”, they form the shape of a kite. Smoky Slate is standing in for Wisteria Wonder. This makes a sort-of tetrad combination or a quadruple-split complimentary combination. MyColor Wheelhas 18 segments, after all.

The kit I used to make the wreath tinted the colors on the components so they are more pastel. The wreath base is a 13” circle chipboard form wrapped with 1-1/4” Burlap Ribbon (#132140). Use hot glue to secure it – the glue dries fast and holds well. You can also glue a strip of narrow ribbon on the back to use as a hanger.

Thirteen circles comprise the flowers with the button centers. You can make these with 1-3/4” (#119850) or 1-3/8” (#119860) Circle Punches. Slit each circle from edge to center and glue the open ends to make a shallow cup shape. Layer the petals by staggering the circle to make the flower shape. You can also use the Spiral Flower Originals™ Die (#129379) with your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439). Curl the spiral loosely and glue it to a fringed Smoky Slate circle. Glue a button in the center to finish it.

The puffy flowers can be made from White Filter Paper (#129393) and spritzed with Classic Ink Refills in a Stampin’ Spritzer (#126185). I like to mix the ink with alcohol – it dries quicker and lasts longer.

To make the puff flowers:

  1. Cut a rectangle of Filter Paper 3” x 12”.
  2. Apply Sticky Strip (#104294) to the long edge, remove liner and adhere edges together. Apply another length of Sticky Strip to the outside of the same edge. Leave on the liner.
  3. Fringe the folded side with Fringe Scissors.
  4. Remove the Sticky Strip liner and roll the paper, adhesive side in, into a tight puff.
  5. Spritz with Stampin’ Spritzer and let dry before adhering to wreath.

For a larger puff, repeat steps 1 through 4, wrapping the second fringed paper to the outside of the first puff. Then spritz it all together.

If you want to fade out your card stock or paper to a more pastel tint, use a wash of diluted bleach. Experiment with the ratio of bleach to water to get the correct color.

Other flowers were made with the Flower Frenzy Bigz™ L Die (#133728) and a variety of Flower Punches. These were layered with a brad in the center. I like using the Candy Dots Brad Bases (#132293) with Pearl (#119247) or Rhinestone (#119246) Basic Jewels. Of course, the Candy Dots also work perfectly!

You can make this as a Fall Wreath, too. Just change the colors and substitute leaves for the punched-out or die-cut flowers.

To order what you need to make your own Spring Wreath, 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.

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Make Some Fall Holiday Treat Bags and Be the Hit of the Block

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You can be the hit of the block (and the coolest mom or grandmom ever) when you get your Trick-or-Treat bags ready and fill them up just before you hand them out!

In the Fall Holiday Treat Bags class, you will make three treat bags, one of each design for Back-to-School, Hallowe’en and Fall/Thanksgiving. You will also receive a sheet with Christmas and Hanukkah designs. Note that the photo shows an example from a previous class – yours will be somewhat different.

Date: August 23, 2014

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm PDT

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Registration: $49.95

Deadline to register: August 13, 2014

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Add to Your Banner Kit

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I simply adore the Build-A-Banner Simply Created Kit (#133507), which also has refill canvas paper pennants and jute cord in the Build-A-Banner Simply Created Refill Kit (#132699). The Chalkboard Banner Simply Created Kit (#133795) is actually a nice addition. The chalkboard pennants are made from chalkboard-coated chipboard and they and the paper pennants are 4” x 6”. The canvas paper pennants are 5” x 7”, so they can easily be inter-mixed!

I made use of the stencils in the Build-A-Banner Kit to chalk “back to school” on the chalkboard pennants. One tip, which is in the directions that come included, is to coat the chalkboard side by sliding a piece of chalk (on its side) over the surface, then erasing the chalk. This will keep the pennants looking like chalkboard, not Basic Black Card Stock. Be sure to use the included piece of chalk. It isn’t coated on the outside like so many “dust-free” chalk pieces. If you need more, hunt the non-dust-free kind. Sidewalk chalk may fill the bill if the other is hard to find.

The great thing about the Chalkboard Banner Kit is that you can use it over and over. Imagine chalking a row or two of stripes or dots with colored chalk, then adding the letters. When you’re ready to change you can clean the banners with a chalkboard eraser, paper towel, or damp cloth. If you use the damp cloth, be sure the banners dry thoroughly before you store them or chalk on them again.

To order what you need to add to your own Banner Kits, 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.

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Be the Leader of the Pack with Your Fall Holiday Treat Bags

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You know how some people have their Christmas shopping done already? Well, let’s go them one better and get your Trick-or-Treat bags ready to fill!

In the Fall Holiday Treat Bags class, you will make three treat bags, one of each design for Back-to-School, Hallowe’en and Fall/Thanksgiving. You will also receive a sheet with Christmas and Hanukkah designs. Note that the photo shows an example from a previous class – yours will be somewhat different.

Date: August 23, 2014

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm PDT

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $39.95

Early Bird Deadline: August 6, 2014

Registration after 8/6/2014: $49.95

Deadline to register: August 13, 2014

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A Tool Kit Every Month

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When you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, you receive a whole tool kit every month. The kit includes stamps, ink and the pre-cut papers and stickers you need to create a set of cards complete with envelopes, or a huge bouquet of pinwheels, or a mini album, or any of a number of other projects. The tools are re-usable to let you exercise your creativity in different ways.

Each kit contains everything you need to make the project, except for scissors and perhaps adhesive. The photo shows examples from July’s kit, which held materials for six small gift boxes and six cards with envelopes. There are enough extra materials to let you use them in other ways on other projects.

One idea is to create stencils from the “Wish” stickers and the star cut-outs. The star die-cuts punch out into a star frame and a smaller solid star. There is no backing on it, so when you’ve punched out all the die-cuts, you’re ready to stencil with your own Stamping Sponges (#101610) or Stampin’ Spritzer (#126185).

For the “Wish” stencil, remove the backing sheet and rub the adhesive part with the Embossing Buddy (#103083). This will coat the sheet with powder and cover up the stickiness. Tap off the excess that doesn’t stick and you’re all set to stencil.

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription that arrives in your mailbox around the 20th of the month. Once you subscribe, you are eligible to purchase the previous month’s kits or refills as available. The refills don’t include the stamps and ink of the original. You are more than welcome to use your own stamps and ink instead.

The kit is a great tool for the new or very beginning stamper, as well as the seasoned stamper who has no time to stamp. Paper Pumpkin projects only take about 30 minutes to make, and if you only make one, you can easily store the rest of the materials in the red box it comes in until you’re ready to make the rest.

You can see more detail about Paper Pumpkin on my information page, Introducing… Paper Pumpkin, or sign up now through this link, the 3am Stamper’s Paper Pumpkin Sign-Up. Click either or both links to find out what great tool kits can be yours.

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Make It a Banner Day for Your Journal

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Today’s Sizzix on Saturday feature is about having fun with the Banners (#132173) and Bitty Banners (#129267) Framelits™ Dies along with your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439). You will also be having fun decorating your Kraft Grid Journals (#135718) with them.

The Banners Dies are nested, so you can create a wide mat for your stamped banner piece. I prefer a narrower mat, especially for the journal, which is only 5-1/2” x 3-1/2” in dimension. To create my narrower mat, I turned the die over (cutting side up) and trace around the outside. Since I used Night of Navy 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#100867) for my mat, I traced around the Framelit with the White Gel uni-ball Signo Pen (#105021) instead of a pencil. You can cut inside the lines to create a perfect mat!

The Bitty Banners Dies are not nested, but the two straight banners will create a great-looking mat by adhering the small one to the center of the large one. Confession Time: I attached the small banner with my word on it too close to one end of the large banner. I trimmed the long end with Paper Snips (#103579) following the angle of the banner end.

Other Supplies Used: The Open Sea Stamp Set (#128454, wood; #123032, clear); Alphabet Rotary Stamp (#133769); Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#100730); Maritime Designer Series Paper (#133696); Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126970); Brights Candy Dots (#130931); Real Red 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (#119251)

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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Do You Want Fries With That?

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When I think of hamburgers, I also think of fries! This brings me to today’s project: the Fry Box. The Fry Box Bigz™ L Die (#132966) is a perfect coordinate for the Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die (#133724), which I featured in last week’s post. They are not to scale with each other… the Fry Box is up-sized! However they do look cute together. I decorated the Fry Box to coordinate with the Hamburger Box so you could tell they’re a pair.

Other Supplies Used: By the Seashore (#132582, Wood; #126532, Clear), By the Tide (#131910, Wood; #129120, Clear) & Itty Bitty Banners (#132022, Wood; #126257, Clear) Stamp Sets; Brights 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (#131186); Sahara Sand 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#121043); Mossy Meadow (#133645) & Tempting Turquoise (#126952) Classic Stampin’ Pads; VersaMark Pad (#102283); Heat Tool (#129053); Blushing Bride (#133754) & Crushed Curry (#133753) Stampin’ Emboss Powder; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Premium Crease Pad (#113476); Bitty Banners Framelits(#129267); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker’s Twine (#135639); Sticky Strip (#104294); Glue Dots (#103683); Paper Snips (#103579)

Remember, you can get the Itty Bitty Banners set and the Bitty Banners Framelits™ bundled together at a 15% savings! Just order #136605 for the Wood-Mount stamps with Framelits or #136606 for the Clear-Mount stamps with Framelits™.

Tips:

  1. Don’t use the Bone Folder (#102300) or crease the folds tightly. That doesn’t work for the curved folds at the base of the box. You’ll find you don’t need the folds creased that well.
  2. You only need one piece of Sticky Strip for each side. Place it on the outer edge of the box front and fold the flaps of the box back over it.
  3. Line up the base of the sides so they match and are straight. This will put the box perfectly in line.
  4. Carefully line up the 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece of card stock on the die. I center it side to side. The length covers the whole die.
  5. Adhere the Thick Baker’s Twine with tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) and let them dry before tying the bow. You can also apply the glue under the Twine after you’ve tied it, but it’s trickier to get it in the right place.

The Fry Box is good for a treat or small gift holder, or as home décor. Make sure you use decorations such as dried or paper flowers, pinwheels, flags, etc. that are not too long for the box. You don’t want the box tipping over. It’s a good idea to put a counterweight in the bottom of the box, even if the decorations aren’t too long. You never know when an errant breeze is going to come in!

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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It’s a Pinwheel Party

Pinwheel-PartyThe patriotic colors of Red, White and Blue shown in this party of pinwheels, are perfect for 4th of July celebrations. The pinwheel shapes themselves remind me of fireworks. The high-contrast colors of Real Red, Whisper White and Night of Navy add energy and excitement to the party theme! Smoky Slate provides the background color so the pinwheels aren’t hard on your eyes.

Pinwheel Pattern-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comPinwheels are easy to make – all you need is a square of paper or lightweight card stock, a paper cutter or scissors, a pencil, a ruler, a brad and a 1/16” hole punch. If you look closely at the photo, you can see the diagonal cuts and holes in the center and corners.

  1. Take your square and lightly draw diagonal lines from corner to corner.
  2. Measure a small length from the center and mark it on each line.
  3. Punch one hole in the outer corner of the upper left of each triangle.
  4. Cut the diagonal lines from the mark to the end.
  5. Pierce a hole in the center, unless you have a 1/16” punch that will reach that far.
  6. Insert the brad through each hole, curling the paper, until you have all four corners on the brad. Then push the brad through the hole in the center and fasten.

I made all the pinwheels in the first photo from the June Paper Pumpkin Kit. Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription service that contains quick-to-make projects that should only take 30 minutes to complete. Everything you need, except possibly adhesive and scissors, comes in the kit. June’s was different from the usual 1 to 4 projects: there are 24 pinwheels in the kit and they aren’t as quick to make. However, they’re perfect for party decorations, or even favors!

Paper Pumpkin subscribers also get to purchase selected past month’s kits and refills. If you’d like to get your own Pinwheel Party refill kit, it’s available if you subscribe! The kit contains everything except the Night of Navy Stampin’ Spot and the Pinwheel Party Photopolymer Stamp Set. Paper Pumpkin is $19.95 a month, and you can skip a month or cancel any time if you want. You can also get pre-paid subscriptions to try for one, three, six or twelve months, or even give as gifts. You can order them online and have the code delivered right to your inbox! To receive the July Paper Pumpkin Kit, sign up by the 10th. Your kit will arrive sometime between the 15th and the 25th. Once you’ve signed up for Paper Pumpkin, you can order previous kits and refills right away. See my Introducing Paper Pumpkin page for more details or click on any of the Paper Pumpkin links in this article.

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Happy Summer! Party On with a Hamburger Box

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Happy Summer! It’s officially time for barbecues, beach trips and all kinds of outdoor activities! So let’s get this party started with a Hamburger Box Party Favor.

I used my favorite beach-themed stamp sets: By the Seashore (#132582, Wood; #126532, Clear) and By the Tide (#131910, Wood; #129120, Clear).

Other Supplies Used: Itty Bitty Banners Stamp Set (#132022, Wood; #126257, Clear); Brights 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (#131186); Sahara Sand 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#121043); Mossy Meadow (#133645) & Tempting Turquoise (#126952) Classic Stampin’ Pads; VersaMark Pad (#102283); Heat Tool (#129053); Blushing Bride (#133754) & Crushed Curry (#133753) Stampin’ Emboss Powder; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Extended Cutting Pads (#113478); Extended Premium Crease Pad (#117630); Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die (#133724); Bitty Banners Framelits™ (#129267); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker’s Twine (#135639); Sticky Strip (#104294); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683); Paper Snips (#103579); Bone Folder (#102300)

You can also get the Itty Bitty Banners set and the Bitty Banners Framelits™ bundled together at a 15% savings! Just order #136605 for the Wood-Mount stamps with Framelits™ or #136606 for the Clear-Mount stamps with Framelits™.

Tips:

  1. You will need a 6” x 9-1/2” piece of card stock to cover the box part of the die. The accessories on the die require a 4” x 6” piece. Cut them individually. The accessories do not need the Crease Pad.
  2. Stamp your design before you crease.
  3. Crease all the folds with the Bone Folder. This will make the assembly easier.
  4. Use Sticky Strip to assemble the box. If, despite everything you do, the corners pull apart, add Glue Dots to them and press together well.
  5. Lightly wrap and tie the twine. You can slip it off to open the box and slip it back on when you’re finished.
  6. You don’t need to worry about using the Embossing Buddy (#103083) because you’ll be cutting out the shells with Paper Snips.

The beach-themed Hamburger Box makes a great gift box as well as a party favor box. Line it with waxed paper or aluminum foil if you want to make it food safe. The box capacity is 2-3/4” wide x 2-3/8” long x 1-3/4” high. Anything smaller than that will fit inside.

To order what you need to make your own Hamburger Box, 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.

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Spring Bouquet Box Cover

Fast Fuse Holder-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comAs promised on Tuesday, here is the tutorial to cover a Mini Glue Dots (#103683) box to hold the Fast Fuse Adhesive Applicator (#129026). I needed to keep the open tip of the Fast Fuse from getting adhesive all over and the Glue Dots box fit perfectly!

I store the Fast Fuse in with my other adhesives, within easy reach of my workspace. I know I didn’t need to fancy up the box, but since I was playing with my new punches anyway, why not?

Supplies Used:  In Color 2013-2015 Designer Series Paper Stack (#130136); In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock Assortment (#131200); Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (#133787); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246); Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); Fast Fuse Adhesive (#129026); Mini Glue Dots (#103683); Bone Folder (#102300); Paper Snips (#103579)

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Directions:

  1. Take an empty Mini Glue Dots box and cut off the top flaps.
  2. Cut a piece of Baked Brown Sugar Designer Series Paper 8-1/2” x 4-1/2”
  3. Wrap paper around the box and pinch where the paper folds. Do not score these folds.
  4. Score long edge of paper at 3/4” along both sides for the bottom and the top. Fold and crease these score lines.
  5. Cut slim notches from the outer edge to the score line at each pinched fold.
  6. Line up all the folds with the box and adhere the paper to it.
  7. Adhere the top flaps to the inside of the box.
  8. Adhere the bottom flaps to the box bottom.
  9. Punch a star from Coastal Cabana Card Stock, flowers from Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock and hearts from Strawberry Slush Card Stock.
  10. Attach Rhinestones to the centers of the star and flowers and offset on the hearts.
  11. Adhere the embellishments to the box with Glue Dots.

Insert your Fast Fuse with the tip up and store it!

The Glue Dots box is 3” x 3” x 1-1/8”. If you don’t have any spares, you can make your own box from cardboard or card stock. Cut 8-1/2” x 3-3/4” and score one long edge at 3/4”. Score the short sides at 1-3/4”, 2-5/8”, 5-5/8”, 6-3/4”. Fold and crease all score lines. Notch at the corners with narrow snips. Assemble the box by adhering the back together, then the bottom flaps. You can stamp a pattern on the box before assembly or cover it with Designer Series Paper. Don’t try to do both at once as the layers will buckle.

To order what you need to make your own Fast Fuse Adhesive box, 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.

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A Spring Bouquet of Colors

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I was playing with my new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (#133787) and decided to use the In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock Assortment (#131200), well scraps from it, to use with the new punches. My main reason was I was covering a box with a piece of Baked Brown Sugar paper from the In Color 2013-2015 Designer Series Paper Stack (#130136) and wanted to dress it up.

I picked three more colors to go with Baked Brown Sugar: Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana. If I’d thought of it, I’d have found a way to use Pistachio Pudding, too, and have a sampler box. As it is, I just sprinkled the colorful cut-outs over the box.

The Baked Brown Sugar: Strawberry Slush, and Coastal Cabana are the same intensity: tints that are close to the true color of hues. Adding the lighter tint of Crisp Cantaloupe into the mix saves the combination from being monotone. A monotone color combination gives you nowhere to rest your eyes and can be very upsetting because you don’t know where to look.

One thing I learned while playing with my punch-outs was that the Itty Bitty Accents will fit with every size in the package of Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246)! I had to illustrate that while I “blinged it up”. The star holds a large Rhinestone, the flower has a medium Rhinestone and the heart has a small Rhinestone.

Would you like to see more? Check back Friday for the box cover tutorial and see the details of what it’s holding.

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Fun with the Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die

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As I noted last week in myHow to Emboss Mini Milk Carton Die Cutspost, I’ve been having too much fun with these little boxes! I’ve been experimenting with different ways to use the die-cut, but I must admit, I’ve embossed all of them with Textured Impresions™ Embossing Folders.

The Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die (#117310) cut a piece of Primrose Petals from the In Color 2012-2014 Core’dinations Card Stock Assortment (#129957) for this box. I used a 6” x 12” piece and die-cut it face down with one edge close to the top edge of the die. I lined up one corner of the card stock with the die corner and offset the die to allow the card stock to roll smoothly. This gave me the most extra card stock with less waste than cutting an 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece.

Other Supplies Used: Creative Elements Stamp Set (#128523); Garden Green 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#102584); White Creped Filter Paper (#129393); Raspberry Ripple (#126859) & Primrose Petals (#126858) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Premium Crease Pad (#113476); Flower Garden Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#123113); Stampin’ Sanding Block (#129367); Core’dinations Dust Buddy (#129366); Little Leaves (#114511) & Floral Fusion (#115969) Sizzlits™; Large Pearl Basic Jewels (#125577); Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126845); Stampin’ Pierce Mat (#126199); Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189); 1/8” Silver Mini Brads (#122941); Glue Dots (#103683); Sticky Strip (#104294); 3/16” or 1/4” strong hole punch, I used my retired Crop-A-Dile.

Tips:

  1. Pinch the top edges together and punch holes through all thicknesses, in the middle of the inner folds.
  2. Roll up a glue dot and adhere to the back of the leaves to attach them underneath the petals.
  3. Pierce the flowers and the sides of the carton before assembling. Secure with mini brads. Flatten the head of the brad to make attaching the pearl easier.

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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How To Emboss Mini Milk Carton Die-Cuts

Embossed Mini Milk Cartons - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comI have been having too much fun with the Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die (#117310) – a last gasp before it retires! This week, I’ve been using Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders on the die-cut to add texture! I’ve also used Core’dinations Card Stock and the Stampin’ Sanding System to add highlights to the texture.

  1. Die-cut the Mini Milk Carton using the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) and the Premium Crease Pad (#113476). If you’re using patterned card stock or paper, such as Core’dinations Card Stock, place the textured or patterned side face down on the die.
  2. Place the die-cut face up on the embossing side of the Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder. I used the Flower Garden Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#123113) on the Cherry Cobbler Mini Milk Carton and placed it so the image did not cross the bottom flaps. The folders are translucent, so it is easy to see where to place the image. Put the filled folder in the middle of the Standard Cutting Pads (#113475) on the Multipurpose Platform Tab 1 and emboss with the Big Shot.
  3. Sand the textured surface lightly with the Stampin’ Sanding Block (#129367) to show off the Core color of the Core’dinations Card Stock. I used Cherry Cobbler from the Regals Core’dinations Card Stock Assortment (#129955) with the Flower Garden Folder. You might want to wipe off the sanding dust with a Core’dinations Dust Buddy (#129366) to make sure the die-cut surfaces are clean and will hold the adhesive.
  4. Assemble the Mini Milk Carton as usual. You won’t need to use the Bone Folder (#102300) for creasing as the embossing process thins the card stock a little. Just pinch the folds and you’ll be good to go. Adhere the side and bottom flaps with Sticky Strip (#104294).

The Houndstooth Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#123134) covers most of the die-cut. I made sure the pattern left the top edge with the milk carton marks free in case I wanted to fold the Early Espresso die-cut from the Neutrals Core’dinations Card Stock Assortment (#129956). Then I decided to leave it as a bag! Emboss the die-cut as in Step 2, then turn it around and line up the pattern edge with the folder and emboss the remaining section. This will cover most of the flaps as well. Continue with Steps 3 and 4.

Decorate your Mini Milk Carton or Bag as you like. I used a Hostess Set (Postage Collection, wood, #129237) to get images that were a good size for the die-cuts. You can select this set with your Hostess Dollars or Stampin’ Rewards if you order $150 at one time. I also stamped on the tags in the Accessory Kit to get the postage stamp greetings.

Other Supplies Used: {both} Tag A Bag Accessory Kit (#130153); Postage Stamp Punch (#122344); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); {Cherry Cobbler Milk Carton} Cherry Cobbler (#126966) & Crushed Curry (#131173) Classic Stampin’ Pads; {Early Espresso Bag} Tangerine Tango (#126946) & Early Espresso (#126974) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Naturals Designer Buttons (#127554) Early Espresso 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (#119959); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

To order what you need to make your own embossed Mini Milk Carton, 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.

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May the Fourth (Be With You)

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Today is Star Wars™ Day – I’m sure you can guess why, even if I didn’t tell you in the title! This month marks the 37th Anniversary of Star Wars – Happy Anniversary, George Lucas! Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope opened in theaters on May 25, 1977… and George’s birthday is May 14th! So May is a great month for Star Wars and it’s natural that May the Fourth is Star Wars Day!

I remember gathering on opening day at my local wide screen theater with my husband and 687 of our closest friends! I won’t forget the opening scene of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – that huge space ship filling the screen! I remember the movie going by so quickly, it was hard to believe the running time was over two hours!

In honor of the occasion, instead of a scrapbook page, I made a Mini Milk Carton Treat Box with a picture of R2-D2 on all four sides. Picture courtesy of Wookiepediathe Star Wars Wiki.

Supplies Used: Pennant Parade Stamp Set (#128697, w). star image; Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin’ Pad (#126857); Pacific Point 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#111350), 8-1/2” x 5-1/2”; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Mini Milk Carton Bigz™ L Die (#117310); Premium Crease Pad (#113476); Whisper White 1/4” Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (#126877); Sticky Strip (#104294); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Bone Folder (#102300); 1/8” hole punch

Tips:

  • Make sure you use the Crease Pad instead of the top cutting pad to ensure your score lines turn out well-defined.
  • Use the Bone Folder to crease the folds well.
  • Put Sticky Strip near the fold and at the opposite edge of the bottom side of the first three bottom flaps. You only need two strips for each flap. Press the carton down when open to secure.

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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Brighten Up Your Table with Spring Coasters

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I’m really celebrating Spring this year!  I decided to do a Quick & Easy project to make Spring Coasters!  These will brighten up your table, whether it’s dining, coffee or patio!  The coasters are about 4-1/2” in diameter, so they’ll hold bowls, too!

Supplies Used:  Fabulous Florets (#128574, Wood-Mount; #123027, Clear-Mount) & Papillon Potpourri (#132058, Wood-Mount; #123759, Clear-Mount) Stamp Sets; Coaster Board (#129392); In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock & Classic Pad Kit (#131204); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Scallop Circle Bigz™ Die (#113468); Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (#120805); Medium Window Sheets (#114323); Crisp Cantaloupe (#130021) & Pistachio Pudding (#130020) 3/8” Ruffle Stretch Ribbon; Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); very strong hole punch such as Crop-A-Dile™

I put in the In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock & Classic Pad Kit as a supply item because you get all five colors of Classic Stampin’ Pads and a sampling of Card Stock sheets at a savings.  It’s also easier than typing everything individually.

Directions:

  1. Randomly stamp images using various colors of stamp pad all over the Coaster Board.  I used Pistachio Pudding for the leaves, Crisp Cantaloupe for the filled flower image, Strawberry Slush for the outline flower images, Coastal Cabana for the butterflies and Baked Brown Sugar for the saying.
  2. Cut Adhesive Sheet to 6” x 12” with Stampin’ Trimmer.  Apply face up over the stamped Coaster Board (which is 6” x 12”).
  3. Cut Window Sheet to 6” x 12” with Stampin’ Trimmer.  Adhere to adhesive-covered stamped Coaster Board.  Smooth over the surface.
  4. Place Coaster Board face down over die.  Die-cut scalloped circles with Big Shot.  I left the Coaster Board intact when cutting to make use of the scraps for other dies or bookmarks.
  5. Punch hole in edge of coaster and tie ribbon through it with a bow.  (This will help guests identify which coaster is theirs and you can hang them by the loops when you’re done.)

The Scallop Circle Die is so large, you can only get two coasters from one sheet of Coaster Board.  If you use the 3-1/2” Circle (#121811) or 3” Circle (#122125) Originals Dies, you’ll be able to cut more.

To order what you need to brighten up your own tables with Spring coasters, 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 Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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At A Loss for Family Fun Night?

Paper_Pumpkin_LogoHave you used up all your ideas for Family Fun Night?  Are you getting tired of the same old thing?  I bet your Fun Nights are turning into Fun Minutes, too, right?  I know my family’s schedule keeps getting tighter and tighter!

Here’s what I do:  I grab my Paper Pumpkin box and open it up on Fun Night.  Each month, there’s a surprise project of one to four cards, journals, mini-albums or other paper-craft projects that only take 30 minutes to complete!  This includes reading the directions!!  You get everything you need to create quick and easy handmade cards (or whatever the box holds).  Everyone can say, “I made it myself!”  Think of it as a Family Fun Night tool!

Paper Pumpkin is a subscription service that sends you a new project kit every month.  As long as you sign up by the 10th of the month, you’ll receive that month’s project kit or your Welcome Kit if it’s the first month.  The kits arrive around the 15th of the month.  Membership is $19.95 a month, which includes shipping!  You can pause your subscription or cancel any time, as well.

To receive Paper Pumpkin, click the link to subscribe.  Try My Paper Pumpkin today and give your family something different for Family Fun Night!

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Surprise Scrapbook

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A friend of mine just retired from the place I used to work.  She started 35 years ago (the year after me) and I’ve known her and worked with her since then.  Her celebration inspired me to create a Surprise Scrapbook project for future retirees, promotions out of the department, or other happy leaving situations.  I did not have enough time to get together with the party organizers to gather photos to create one for her.  Instead, I used the box to give her something that was one of our best memories together.

The Surprise Scrapbook consists of a decorated box filled with mini-album pages.  The box I used is the retired Extra-Large Gift Box from Stampin’ Up!®, but any 6″ x 6″ x 4-3/8″ box will work.  (I keep hoping this box will show up in the upcoming 2014-2015 Annual Catalog, but we’ll see!)  You can also use other sizes of box, just change the measurements.

Supplies Used for Photo Example:

Stamps & Wheels:  Happy Hour Stamp Set (#132013, Wood-Mount; #126642, Clear-Mount)

  • I love this set, but it really needs a beer mug to complete it, don’t you think?

Flower Shop Bundle (#132727, Wood-Mount; #132726, Clear-Mount; includes Flower Shop Stamp Set #130939, Wood; or #130942, Clear; and Pansy Punch #130698)

Petite Petals Bundle (#134821, Wood-Mount; #134822, Clear-Mount; includes Petite Petals Stamp Set #133152, Wood or #133155, Clear; and Petite Petals Punch #133322)

Card Stock & Paper:  Tangerine Tango 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#111349), 5-3/4″ x 5-5/8″ & 5-3/4″ x 4-1/8″ (4); Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper (#132994), 2″ x 12″, 5-1/2″ x 5-3/8″ & 5-1/2″ x 3-7/8″ (4); Gumball Green 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#126840), 5-3/4″ x 5-5/8″ & Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#100730), 5-1/2″ x 5-3/8″ (times however many pages needed for both colors)

Ink & Color: Smoky Slate (#131179) & Tangerine Tango (#126946) Classic Stampin’ Pads

Accessories & Tools:  3/4″ Circle Punch (#119873); Candy Dots Brad Bases (#132293); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246); Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189); Stampin’ Pierce Mat (#126199); Smoky Slate 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon (#131152); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332)

Tips:

  • Pierce the centers of all the flowers after they’ve been punched out.
  • Arrange the 3 largest in the center of the top layer and pierce holes through all layers before you attach it to the box lid.
  • Stack a small flower on top of a large flower, insert the brad, then attach to the top layer.  Repeat for the other two, then adhere Rhinestones in the centers of the brads.  You can substitute coordinating Candy Dots (Brights #130931; Neutrals #130934; Regals #130932; Subtles #130933) or Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247) for the Rhinestones.
  • Adhere the ribbon around the box with SNAIL, using small sections at a time.  Leave the front of the box (with the notch) adhesive-free and tie the ribbon in a knot.
  • Line up the bottom layer of the front box panel and mark the notch on the back.  Punch out with circle punch, then adhere the DSP layer and punch it.  The punches won’t go through two layers at one time.

The individual pages are very simple (just a piece of Whisper White Card Stock layered on a piece of Gumball Green Card Stock and stamped) and allow for a photo with a message or caption underneath.  Colleagues and well-wishers can also write a message on the back of the page.

If you want to make a real mini Surprise Scrapbook, use the Decorative Window Gift Box (#132146).  Your cover page can show through the window and you’ll need fewer 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ pages.  Or you can make a miniature version of the Surprise Scrapbook shown with the Kraft Gift Box (#124106) and 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ pages.

To order what you need to have make your own Surprise Scrapbooks, 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 Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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Pink Spiral Flower Quick & Easy Box

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This is my week to be pink!  Today’s Pink Spiral Flower Quick & Easy Box features Princess Pink Craft Metal Sheets from Add A Little Dazzle and the Spiral Flower Originals™ Die (#129379) for the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439).

To make the Spiral Flower from the die-cut, you need to start by wrapping the small end around a pencil point (or a Stylus such as the Simply Scored™ Stylus #125624) and continuing to wrap from there, according to the instructions.  This works well for paper because you can wrap it tight, then loosen the flower easily after you’re done and before you glue it.

For Craft Metal Sheets, you need to wrap the die-cut differently.  I wrapped the center around a stylus to get it started, then used my fingers to wrap the metal loosely.  When I reached the end, I spread the petals by hand until I got the look I wanted.  Then I glued the flower with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) and let it dry.  Liquid Glue dries clear and is as shiny as the metal sheet!

Tips:

  1. Any time you glue or use any adhesive, put your project piece on a Silicone Craft Sheet (#127853).  When the glue is dry or you’re finished with the adhesive, your project piece lifts off the Silicone Craft Sheet easily.  You can clean it with Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (#102394) or regular soap and water.
  2. Put your bottom die-cut (like the Gumball Green Floral Frame I used) in between the liner and the adhesive of the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet and rub to pick up the adhesive.  This gives an even layer of adhesive that won’t show through the clear window of the Gift Box.

Other Supplies Used:  Decorative Window Gift Box (#132146); Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126844); Gumball Green (#126840) & Primrose Petals (#126481) 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock; Floral Frames Framelits™ (#127012); Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247);  SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (#120805)

Wrap the ribbon around the side of the Gift Box so your recipient doesn’t have to do anything but lift the lid to open it.  Secure the ribbon with some SNAIL around the sides, then tie the bow in the front.  This lets your recipient re-gift or keep the box and fill it with trinkets!

To order what you need to make your own Quick & Easy Boxes, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders!  You can order Craft Metal Sheets here at Add A Little Dazzle ‘s Online Store.

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Fun to Play With: Ornamental Fun Shapes

Ornamental-Fun-Pyramid2I  just installed the Ornamental Fun Templates Digital Download (#136776) for My Digital Studio (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download) Digital Design Software.  There are four fun shapes, including the pyramid shown, a cube and two more I’m not sure of, but I’ll let you know when I’ve put them together!  By the way, you may be able to print an 8-1/2″ x 11″ copy from my photo and start practicing!

To retrieve the Ornamental Fun Templates:

  1. Open My Digital Studio
  2. Select Designer Templates
  3. Select Photobook or Individual Pages
  4. Select 8-1/2″ x 11″ Portrait
  5. Scroll through the Templates until you get to Ornamental Fun.  The Templates are all in alphabetical order, so it’s easy to find them if you know the title.  Select Ornamental Fun and keep choosing “Next” until you get to “Finish.”  The default settings are fine.

You can change the white space to another color.  If you want to change the patterns, you’ll need to select a Punch and size it to match, then fill in with a Background Paper pattern.  Otherwise, just print!

You can add photos to the ornaments in My Digital Studio, but be careful of the direction they’re facing.  In my sample template, I would place my photos so the chins are pointing at the gray triangle and the heads are pointing at the top of the patterned triangle.  When I finish assembling my models.  I’ll do a set of the template pictures with placement arrows and post them.

I printed the Ornamental Fun shapes on plain paper to get the feel of how the ornaments go together.  You can print yours on Card Stock using the “Print” feature under “Share” on the “Project” menu.  This gives you choices to set up your printer and lets you preview how they’re going to look.  You can print from the “Preview” setting, too.

To order My Digital Studio, 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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