Secrets of the New Cutie Pie Thinlits™

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I just got my new Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies (138273) and had to try them out. So, out came my your Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439) and the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658). I was tickled pink to see that the cake/pie slice die would fit on a 6” x 6” square. That made two sheets from the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack (138443) the perfect things to cut!

I tried making my box following the directions on the package insert. They indicate you need to cut two pieces, one of them reversed. This doesn’t work. Cut out two pieces and adhere a long flap to the pie shape so that the box looks like this:

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Then you’re ready to assemble! Use a strong adhesive like Tear & Tape (138995) to adhere the box. The box closes with the interlocking flaps on the end. I used Cucumber Crush 1” Dotted Lace Trim (138423), tied in a bow, to cover the closure, but another piece of paper adhered to the top flap will also look good. The box is re-closable, so you can use it over and over if you don’t want to give it away.

Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies

The dies include a candle, a bow and other trims so you can decorate your cake or pie slice as you like. Each box is the same size as the large cake slice in the Sweet Stack Project Kit (138812), which means ten of them will make a full cake!

Got a question about a product 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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Let’s Party With Penguins!

Curvy Keepsake Penguin by Dianne LopezThis adorable Penguin treat box was designed by my customer, Dianne Lopez, for a craft fair. My youngest grandson was all over it and delighted to discover the candy inside. Imagine a whole colony of these Penguin treat boxes at a “keep cool” party this summer! Thanks, Dianne, for sharing your terrific project!

The Penguin chick (they tend to have all orange beaks while they’re young) is made with the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits™ Dies (135853) and the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439).  If you’re one of my Mailing List Subscribers, you saw the Curvy Keepsake Box used to create a rabbit hole treat.  As a regular reader of my blog, you may remember the Curvy Keepsake Box as a treat box with a window.

Use a 6” x 12” piece of Basic Black 12” x 12” Card Stock (124267) and cut two of the box shapes. You can fit the shapes to overlap when you cut the second piece and have plenty of card stock scraps left for the wings.

The face and feet shown in the photo were made with punches. However, since this is my Sizzix on Saturday feature, I tracked down the dies you can use instead. In the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits™ Dies (135854), the narrow banner can make the feet, the heart for the beak and the wide banner can be trimmed to make the wings. The Circles Collection Framelits™ Dies (130911) will let you cut the perfect tummy. The only things I couldn’t find were dies to cut out the eyes.

The Owl builder Punch (118074) gives you three sizes of circles. If you punch a set with the Basic Black scraps and a set with Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730), you can create the eyes without having to use the googly eyes.

Other Supplies Used: So Saffron 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (105118); Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (105117); Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad (126945); Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

To order what you need to make your own party of Penguin Treat 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 3am Stamper Rewards for every $50 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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Make Gift Card Envelopes-Quick & Easy

Gift Card Emvelope & Trims Thinlits

The Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits™ Dies (135854) let you make custom gift card holders quickly and easily. The Gift Card Die cuts and scores at the same time, so it works better without anything between the paper or cardstock you’re cutting and the die.

Both banner and shaped button trim dies come with the set. You can make paper buttons by cutting out two or three shapes per button, then gluing them together and attach to the envelope with a 1/8” Silver Mini Brad (122941). Attach them to both the envelope and the flap and you have a custom closure when you wrap Baker’s Twine around them. You can also use Linen Thread (104199) or Gold (138401) or Silver (138402) Metallic Thread. I recommend against the Metallic Baker’s Twine and the Thick Baker’s Twine because they are a little too thick for the envelope.

The B.Y.O.P. Stamp Set (137159-p) coordinates perfectly with the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits™. The Stamp Set and the Thinlits™ Dies also come together in a Bundle (140245) at 15% savings! If you have the B.Y.O.P. Bundle and the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439), you are all set to make Gift Card Envelopes that are Quick & Easy and uniquely your own! You can get two envelopes from a 6” x 12” piece of card stock or paper when the die measures 6-1/2” x 6-1/2” because you can overlap the cut-out area for the second envelope.

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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Cross-Over Bag with New Punch Board

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Today is the last day of the old Stampin’ Up!® catalog year and the first day of the new! This means it’s your last chance to buy any retiring stamps and accessories you may want to get, including My Digital Studio (130647, Disc; 130646, Download) and Digital Downloads (all MDS at 30% off!). It’s also the first day you may purchase from the new 2015-2016 Annual Catalog! In addition, it’s the day I promised you I tell you what the Bonus Project was at my Trendy Cards Class.

I decided to introduce you to the new Gift Bag Punch Board (135862). The Trendy Cards Class attendees got to make a bag with new Designer Series Paper. However, for today’s project, I wanted to include some retiring items as well as items that are continuing on. That’s why I’m calling it a “Cross-Over” Bag.

The Gift Bag Punch Board lets you make grocery-style bags using paper or card stock up to 12” wide. The length can be anything, but I find it easiest to keep the paper to 7-1/4” long. This gives you a 6” tall bag because the base is 1-1/4” deep. To make a longer bag, you will need to score the extra length with the Simply Scored® Scoring Tool (122334).

I’ve included a .pdf with the instructions written out, along with a photo of the instructions part of the Punch Board. This should help you create your bags because the paper covers up the instructions and the illustration.

Gift Bag Punch Board Directions

Other Retiring & New/Current Products Used: Build A Bouquet Stamp Set (137166-p); Build A Bouquet Simply Created Project Kit (137952); Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper (137782); Old Olive (126953) & Soft Sky (131181) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Natural & Old Olive Two-Tone Trim (135837); 2014-2016 In Color Printed Clothespins (133630); Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Beautiful Wings Embosslits™; Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Sorry, Beautiful Wings Embosslits™ just sold out! I used some of my extra butterflies from previous projects to decorate. Everything else seems to be still available, but products from the 2015 Occasions Catalog are only available while supplies last.

To order what you need to make your own Gift Bags, 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 $50 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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Need a Quick Check Holder?

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Sometimes you decide to give a check as a gift, but you want something more gift-y to put it in. This card and check holder combination takes just a few minutes to put together. It also holds cash, if you prefer.

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Take a 6” x 11” piece of card stock and score it at 4” and 8” on the long edge. Fold and crease well so the end panels overlap. Adhere the 3” panel to the neighboring panel to make a pocket.

Emboss a 5-3/4” x 3-3/4” piece of contrasting card stock with your desired pattern and the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (132657) or Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439). Adhere to front panel. Stamp and adhere sentiment or image to one side with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430). Wrap ribbon, cord or Baker’s Twine around card front under the image and tie in a bow or knot.

Adhere a small stamped image on the pocket with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Wrap ribbon, cord or Baker’s Twine around pocket under the image and tie in a bow or knot. Insert check or cash into pocket and you’re ready to go. You can quickly make an envelope to fit with the Envelope Punch Board (133774) and some Designer Series Paper.

Other Supplies Used: Starburst Sayings Stamp Set (133182-w; 133185-c); Tangelo Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (133646); Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (2015 Sale-A-Bration Exclusive) – substitute Whisper White 12” x 12” Card Stock (124302); Basic Black 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (121045); Starburst Framelits™ Dies (132967); Argyle Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (127750); Basic Black (134576) & Tangerine Tango (134578) Baker’s Twine; Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Get the Stamp Set and Framelits™ together in the Starburst Bundle (134817-w; 134818-c) for a 15% savings.

To order what you need to make your own quick check holder gift card, 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 $50 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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Bouquet Kit On Special!

Bouquet of Gifts Projects - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comChecking the Weekly Deals this week and I found the Build-A-Bouquet Project Kit (137952) and the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (137784) on sale at 25% savings! Just add the Build-A-Bouquet Stamp Set (137166-p) and you have everything you need to create the Bouquet OR great gifts and home décor as shown in the photo!

As a special reward for purchasing the Build-A-Bouquet Project Kit, I will send you an Idea and Tip Sheet with several different projects you can make! This is absolutely free when you purchase! Just make sure you enter your e-mail address when you place your order! This offer expires on June 2, 2015, along with the Occasions Catalog, so be sure to order now!

Take advantage of the Weekly Deals and receive my special free reward! 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 $50 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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Purple & Orange In A Double Diad Scheme

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The Diad Color Scheme is made up of a pair of colors that are two colors apart on the Color Wheel. In this Gift Take-Out Box project, I’m using Crisp Cantaloupe from the Red-Orange Color Group and Blackberry Bliss from the Violet-Red Color Group.

For convenience (to save myself having to make up a name), I am combining my two Color Craft Chart columns of Tertiary Colors into the standard one Tertiary Color Group. You may recall that I originally split the Tertiary Colors in my Color Chart to Help You Color Craft Post for more accuracy and to make it easier to categorize the Stampin’ Up!® Colors. I also didn’t want a chart that had two pages worth of rows for one color along with nothing in other colors.

The Accent Colors also create a Diad: Hello Honey from the Yellow-Orange Color Group and Mossy Meadow from the Green-Yellow Color Group. This makes a Double Diad Color Scheme for the Gift Take-Out Box project.

I also used Wild Wasabi from the Green Color Group as a secondary accent, but I think I would be better served if I had used Mossy Meadow instead. The Wild Wasabi stamped leaves on the box just aren’t intense enough to go with the Blackberry Bliss flowers.

The Diad Color Scheme lets you create softer contrasts or harmonious color combinations. It’s a good mixture for Mother’s Day, Birthday, Bridal Shower and Friendship cards and decorations.

Supplies Used: Painted Petals Stamp Set (138819, w; 138822, c; 137146, p); Blackberry Bliss (133642), Hello Honey (133643), Mossy Meadow (133645), Wild Wasabi (126959) & Strawberry Slush (131178) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (137784); Build-A-Bouquet Simply Created Project Kit (137952); Regals Designer Buttons (130029); Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine (134586); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Glue Dots (103683); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Sticky Strip (104294); Silicone Craft Sheet (127853); Hot Glue

Some of the supplies used are hidden by the angle of the photograph. You would be able to see more detail in my free Bouquet of Gifts Idea and Tip Sheet. This Idea and Tip Sheet is only available to those who attended my Bouquet of Gifts Class OR if you purchase the Build-A-Bouquet Simply Created Project Kit. You can see the complete offer here in my You Missed A Great Bouquet of Gifts Party Post.

To order your own Build-A-Bouquet Simply Created Project Kit or anything else you need, 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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You Missed A Great Bouquet of Gifts Party

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It’s too bad you missed the Bouquet of Gifts Class yesterday. We all made it a great party! Everyone took home the extras from their Simply Created Build-A-Bouquet Project Kit (137952) along with three Gorgeous Gifts and ideas for more. We all made discoveries and came up with more ideas as we put our projects together! I love this about my classes!!

However, I have a deal for you! Purchase the Build-A-Bouquet Project Kit through my Online Store (just click the link on the product name) and I will send you my Bouquet of Gifts Idea and Tip Sheet with photos and tips… for FREE. The Build-A-Bouquet Project Kit makes 35 flowers, so you’ll have a lot to create with! The Idea & Tip Sheet will help you decide what to do with them!

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The Bouquet of Gifts Idea and Tip Sheet is a $7.95 value and will only be available while supplies of the Build-A-Bouquet Project Kit lasts, or through 6/2/15 when the 2015 Occasions Catalog ends. I will e-mail it to you as soon as your order is confirmed, so be sure to include your best e-mail address when you place your order!

To order the Simply Created Build-A-Bouquet Project Kit and receive the Bouquet of Gifts Idea and Tip Sheet for free, click on the product link here, or call me at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comAnd next time, be sure to attend!

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Some Tips on Making the Berry Basket

Three Easter Baskets-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comLast week, I posted an Easter Basket made from the Berry Basket Bigz™ L Die (137366) and the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439). I used Coaster Board (129392) to make a nice, sturdy basket. That worked so well, I made three more for my local family. They’re decorated with ribbon and butterflies according to their preferred colors… I was too lazy to make tags!

While I was making these, I discovered that I had given you misinformation last week. If you die-cut the basket with just both Standard Cutting Pads (113475), you do run the risk of cutting all the way through the score lines. I instead used the Premium Crease Pad (113476) and a Card Stock shim. This gave the Coaster Board enough lift, but not too much so the scoring marks didn’t cut through. The shim is half of an 8-1/2” x 11” sheet of Card Stock – very easy to make and tuck into the package, if you store your Crease Pad in the clear envelope that came with it.

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I also just “stamped” the basket by gliding the open Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad (131180) over the basket parts. It’s an easy way to add color without a lot of fuss. I colored the handle separately so I could do both sides. The photo shows the basket parts along with the placement of Sticky Strip (104294).

I found it easier to staple the Basket Frame together (either the scalloped edge or the straight edge pieces) with the Handheld Stapler (135850) and the Silver Mini Staples (135847). You can’t see in the photo again because I covered up the frame with ribbon. The staples are just slightly smaller than standard staples, so they fasten securely. You can easily use the Stapler instead of Sticky Strip to fasten the basket sides to the frame.

To assemble the basket:

  1. Mark the centers on the frame strips. You can do this either before or after you put it together.
  2. Adhere both side pieces together, carefully matching the folds.
  3. Fold in the basket sides to fit easily behind the frame.
  4. Line the frame side up with the center cut in the basket side and attach.
  5. Punch a hole for the handle through two opposite sides of the basket, going through both layers.
  6. Punch a hole in both ends of the handle – about 1/4” to 1/2” from the end. Attach the handle with brads after you’ve wrapped ribbon around the frame. Otherwise, attach it beforehand.
  7. Finish decorating. If you want to stamp images on the basket – do them before you start putting it together, while the basket is still flat.

Other Supplies Used in Completed Baskets (excluding retired products): Beautiful Wings Embosslits™ Die (118138); Candy Dots Brad Bases (132293); Regals Candy Dots (130932); Brights Candy Dots (130931); Glue Dots (103683)

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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Make a Berry Happy Easter Basket!

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

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

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

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

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

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

To order what you need to make your own Easter/Spring Berry Baskets, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Keep a Journal of Your Journaling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To order what you need to make your own Journal, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article. You’ll receive 3am Stamper Rewards for every $30 catalog product purchased at one time. You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.

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Organizing Washi Tape

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

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

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

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

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

Sample Order:

135636           Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine               $3.50

108641           Wild Wasabi Card Stock                                         $6.95

133690           Sweet Sadie Designer Washi Tape                     $4.95

135860           Note Tag Punch                                                       $16.95

134364           1/4″ Circle Handheld Punch                                 $8.95

103579           Paper Snips                                                              $9.95

Total                                                                          $51.25

Got a question about a product, technique or tool? E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com or post your question in Comments. I’ll respond directly to your e-mail and post the answer here on www.3amStamper.com. If you need an answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.

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Spring/Easter Treats in So Easy Curvy Box

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This project is one example of the class material you may see as part of your Online Bonus Class when you join the 3am Stamper’s iClub.  Become a 3am Stamper’s iClub Member now and start with next month’s session.  Club orders are due the 10th of each month!  To find out more, just click on the preceding link or on the link in the drop-down menu on the navigation bar, “Events & Classes“.

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Fall Colors in Turkey Treats

Have you ever noticed that paper-crafted Turkeys are loaded with Fall colors? I found these adorable, edible Turkey Treats from one of my Facebook friends and saw that these are loaded with Fall colors, too!

Natural turkeys tend to be Brown with White, a Red wattle under their beak and yellowish feet and beak. These Oreo™ Turkey Treats are the same color combination with Orange and definite Yellow included.

Red, Orange and Yellow are Adjacent Colors on the Color Wheel, which lets them coordinate perfectly. The colors are of the same intensity, which makes the browns of the candy and cookies ideal background colors. They also look very Fall-ish.

Click the photo to go to the directions for these turkeys on www.ourbestbites.com. You’ll get to see more photos there!

 

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Quick & Easy Countdown Calendar

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A few years ago, my newsletter subscribers received the tutorial to create the Christmas Tree Countdown Calendar out of card stock with the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439) and the Matchbox Bigz™ XL Die (now retired from Stampin’ Up!®). Once I figured out the positioning of the boxes, the tree was simple to make. However, it was time-consuming because you had to cut out each box separately and then assemble it with adhesives.

Now you can make a Christmas Tree Countdown Calendar with the Tiny Treat Boxes (135829), which, conveniently come in a package of 25! These boxes are 2” x 2” x 2”, so your tree won’t look as flat as the first photo. I included the original Christmas Tree Countdown Calendar photo so you have the pattern to place your boxes.

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I’ve shown the example of the top box for the Christmas Tree Countdown Calendar. When you’ve finished putting the number labels on the box lids (facing so they’re upright when the lid opening is on top), assemble the boxes and adhere them to each other in the pattern shown. Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) will work for this, or you can use Sticky Strip (104294).

Supplies You Will Need:

Tiny Treat Boxes (135829)

Patterned Paper: Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper (135822) used here, but you may also find some great patterns in the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack (135824)

Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730)

Number Stamp Set: Metro Type Alphabet Set (photopolymer – 133666) used here, very easy to place numbers!

Ink Pad: Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad (126973) used here; Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (126949) also coordinates with the Designer Series Paper.

1-3/4” Scallop Circle Punch (119854)

1-3/8” Circle Punch (119860)

1/4” Circle Handheld Punch (134364)

Ribbon for the top box: Real Red 3/8” Woven Satin Ribbon (135840) used here. Punch two holes in the side of the box that will be on top and tie the ribbon through them.

Adhesive (suggestions above)

You’ll need a piece of card stock to support the row of six boxes. You could use a 2” x 12” strip of Kraft 12” x 12” Card Stock (133674), which would match the boxes and is a little thicker than regular card stock. When you’re adhering all the boxes, make sure the lid opens from the top.

Number placement tip: Punch out the 1-3/8” circle from scrap paper and use the hole to fit your numbers. Then line up the numbers in the punch and cut!

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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

Chalkboard-Banner

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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