Taking my Inspiration Cues from the Pros

Sometimes, I pleasantly surprise myself when I sit down to make a card, and that’ s what happened here. I saw the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches design team and immediately envisioned how I could turn that sketch into a card. I just used the Doily Builder Framelits together with the Butterfly Gala stamp set and Butterfly Duet Punch Bundle (you can see that card here) and I am totally in love with both bundles! So I knew I wanted to used those two bundles together again. What I didn’t know was what color palette I wanted. I’ll get to that in just a minute.

First, here is the sketch that inspired me:

I knew the Doily Builder Framelit die and butterfly would be perfect for the ‘any shape’ image and the “Hello Beautiful” sentiment was just begging to be used on the strip. And I’ve been wanting to challenge myself to use more vellum and that seemed to fit beautifully into the card I envisioned in my mind.

I pulled out my package of Botanical Butterfly DSP (a Level 1 Sale-A-Bration Reward). I knew that the butterfly images on this paper could be cropped perfectly with the Butterfly Duet Punch. What I didn’t know was how beautiful Grapefruit Grove looks when paired with Highland Heather! I seriously don’t think I ever would have put those two colors together. But a wise person once advised me, (and I’ll pass along that wisdom to you) that the artists employed by Stampin’ UP! are experts in color theory and design, as well as trend setters. Many times I’ll take my que from the color combinations in DSP patterns. And that’s just what I did here. I cropped out a butterfly from this sheet of DSP

When I studied the butterfly, I discovered the key colors were Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather and Black. So I decided to pull out cardstock in those colors.

And this is my final result!

I just love this card! I am totally in love with the color combination, and really how all the elements came together! I love the Butterfly Gala stamp that I used to create the background for my Highland Heather card base. I love that I actually used Vellum and it looks good; like it belongs there! I love the Grapefruit Grove Doily layered on top of the Basic Black and the Basic Black sentiment strip. I even love that the card is square (it’s 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″). And I love that I actually cut up my Botanical Butterfly DSP instead of hoarding it! #LoveItChopIt

I know you are probably going to want to place an order so you can get your hands on Dear Doily Bundle and the Butterfly Gala Bundle and earn some Free Sale-A-Bration items like the Botantical Butterfly DSP. Click here to start shopping, and please use HOST CODE B3KMJJ23 when prompted if your order is less than $150 (before shipping and tax). If your order is $150 or over then do not use the Host Code but rather redeem the rewards for yourself.

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Nancy Gleason. Stampin' UP! demonstrator, teacher, and blogger

Simply Stunning!

I made this card with the ladies in my Stamp Club the other night (aka The Craft Cult) and it got rave reviews! It was a CASE from a project I saw on Pinterest with my own spin on it. Take a look:

a simply stunning card featuring the Butterfly Gala stamp set

A Whisper White card base provides lots of ‘white space’ to create the dramatic beauty of this white on white circle cropped from the Doily Builder Framelit dies. A 1/2″ strip of Balmy Blue card stock, stamped with the sentiment from Butterfly Gala stamp set is slipped under one side, and over the other of the white circle. A Butterfly from Butterfly Gala stamp set is added on top. The butterfly images in this stamp set are so cool – first of all, there are 2 sizes of butterflies. Each butterfly has several ‘line options’ to stamp the outline and details. Then there is a solid ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ wing image so you can stamp each part of the wing in a different color as I did here. The small and large image of each butterfly is 1 stamp, so with each impression you get 2 butterflies. Bundle this with the Butterfly Duet punch, (and save 10%) which punches out both the small and large butterflies simultaneously, and you’ll get impressive results with very little effort! Let’s take another look close – up:


Love this card? You can purchase any of the supplies I used to make this card right here. Don’t forget that with every $50 in purchases (before tax and shipping) earns you 1 Level 1 Sale-A-Bration reward. Every $100 in purchases (before tax and shipping) earns you 2 Level 1 Rewards, or 1 Level 2 reward. There is NO LIMIT to the amount of rewards you can earn with Sale-A-Bration! Need a refresher on Sale-A-Bration? Click here to learn all about Sale-A-Bration.

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If you place an online order from my online store during January that is less than $150 (before tax and shipping), please using HOST CODE B3KMJJ23.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use this Host Code but rather take the Host Rewards for yourself.  If you do place an Online Order of $75 -$149.99 AND use the host code, OR place an order of $150 or more , I will send you the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots as my way of saying “thank you” for shopping with me.

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Sale-A-Bration Sympathy

I sat down to make a Sympathy card last night expecting to use the Level 2 Sale-A-Bration item “Lasting Lily” because, well, it has a beautiful lily image and several sentiments that are perfect for this occasion.  However, I wound up using the sentiments but taking a totally different direction for the card.  I do that sometimes (after all it is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, isnt’ it?)  Let’s take a look:  Botanical Butterfly meets Lasting LilyThe beautiful “Botanical Butterfly” DSP is a Level 1 Sale-A-Bration item (meaning you earn it for FREE with a qualifying $50 order).  That paper is just so gorgeous!  I find myself looking at it but not wanting to cut it up and use it.  Does anyone else have that problem?  The prettier the paper, the harder it is to cut it up.   But in my head I know that it looks a lot better in a card that is going to brighten someone’s day when they open their mailbox than sitting on my  shelf. #loveitchopit #makeacardsendacard

This card is headed for someone special, someone who I refer to as my Stampin’ UP! mom (she introduced me to Stampin’ UP!  many years ago and set my life on a totally different trajectory!  Boy, I’m so glad she did! – But that’s a story for another time).  Her Mom passed away over the weekend.  I definitely needed to chop up my gorgeous DSP  to make a sympathy card for her!

This card is so beautiful because the DSP does all the heavy lifting!  All I had to do was to stamp the sentiment, crop it with an oval framelit, layer it with a stitched oval, place it over a belly band that picks up the tiny black layer, and I was done!  I did use a piece of copier paper on the inside and stamped a sentiment on that.  TIP:  Whenever I use a colored card base, I always add a plain white copier paper insert – it makes it easier to read & write on white than on color. 

I was able to earn both the Botanical Butterfly DSP and the Lasting Lily stamp set at the same time.  I try to make it a habit to never place an order less than $150.  Why?  First of all, shipping is a minimum of $6.95 up to an order of $69.95 (it becomes 10% of the order after that), AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, at $150 you earn Host Rewards EVEN IF THE ENTIRE ORDER IS YOURS (you don’t have to host a party or a workshop to earn those host rewards!)  So if I placed a $150 order, I’d earn 10% in Host Rewards.  If I placed 3 – $50 orders, I’d pay more in shipping and I wouldn’t earn any host rewards.

So, during Sale-A-Bration, you definitely want to place orders in $50 increments so you can earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items.  But if you can, I suggest you place your order for a minimum of $150 to earn those host rewards too.  (I often use those host rewards to stock up on adhesive or envelopes, and occasionally to indulge in  a stamp set I might not otherwise order).  If you really want to maximize your savings, place a $250 order.  These BIG SPENDERS either order all for themselves, or gather a few orders from friends and family.  At $250 you earn a $25 Host Reward Bonus so you’ll get $25 (10% of $250) and $25 for a total of $50 in Free Products, AND 5 -Level 1 Sale-A-Bration rewards!!

Now is also a good time to order a 12 month PrePaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription ($209) because you’ll earn Free Sale-A-Bration items and you’ll get closer to that $250 Big Spender level.

To learn more about Sale-A-Bration, read my blog post here.  Then head over to my online store, and place your order to earn your FREE Sale-A-Bration items.


If you place an order with me during January that is $75 or more (before tax & shipping) and your order is less than $150, please using HOST CODE B3KMJJ23.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use this Host Code but rather take the Host Rewards for yourself.  If you do place an OnlineOrder of $75 -$149.99 AND use the host code, OR place an order of $150 or more , I will send you the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots as my way of saying “thank you” for shopping with me.

Here’s the supply list for my card if you want to order these products to create this card for yourself.

Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" CardstockBotanical Butterfly Designer Series PaperBalmy Blue 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock


     Stitched Shapes Framelits DiesTuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Thanks friends, for stopping into My StampinSpace today!

Get Ready! Sale-A-Bration and the 2019 Occasions Catalog are coming your way….

Get Ready!  Sale-A-Bration and the 2019 Occasions Catalog are coming your way….tomorrow!  

Usually a new year brings new changes, or at least the desire for change.  We want to change the things we don’t like, and add more of the things we do like and want in our lives.  Well, if you like crafting, and in particular stamping, (and I know you do or you wouldn’t be reading my blog!), then the changes coming our tomorrow will bring more of what you love into your life in this new year.  There are not one, but two new catalogs launching tomorrow, and I want to make sure you are up to speed on what is going on. Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog is live tomorrow  (I’ll have the new catalogs posted right here on my blog on January 3rd -just look for the catalog icon to the right) – AND  tomorrow is also the first day of Sale-a-Bration!  To help you get ready for Sale-A-Bration, Stampin’ UP! biggest promotion of the year, here’s some friendly advice.

But first let’s take a sneak peek at the catalog covers! 

 2019 Sale-A-Bration Catalog

2019 Occasions catalog cover







The Sale-A-Bration brochure contains a dozen exclusive products that you can’t buy anywhere, you can only get them FOR FREE during Sale-A-Bration. There are 3 ways to earn during Sale-A-Bration and I’ll detail them here.


Get the most out of Sale-A-Bration SHOP!

During Sale-a-Bration, you can earn exclusive items from the Sale-a-Bration brochure when you make a qualifying purchase of Stampin’ Up! products from me from the Annual Catalog, the Occasions Catalog, the Clearance Rack or other Online items (like Prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions). Like last year, Stampin’ Up! is offering two levels of Sale-a-Bration items this year:

100012 - $100 purchase items

Shopping is so easy. With so many things to buy, it’s easy to earn these amazing, free products!


get the most out of SAB - HostIf you think shopping is a fun, easy way to earn rewards during Sale-a-Bration, then you are going to love the second way – HOST.  You can have some fun and host a party, or just share the catalog and gather orders, or email me to hold a Facebook Live Party.  Because many of my customers are online and only purchase for themselves, then I like to describe this reward as HOST A PARTY FOR YOURSELF when you SHOP BIG and benefit.

When you place a Stampin’ Up! order for more than $250 between January 3 and March 31, you earn an additional $25 in Stampin’ Rewards. How incredible is that?! Here’s a look at the rewards structure:

Host or Shop Big, Sale-a-Bration RewardsHere’s how this works – if you place a $250 order, then you earn $25 (10% in Stampin’ Rewards) PLUS $25 in Sale-a-Bration rewards. That gives you $50 in Stampin’ Rewards to spend on anything you want from the current catalogs (including, but not limited to, price-reduced Host Stamps).

All orders over $450 earn a 50%-off item. If you place a $450 order, then you earn $63 (14% in Stampin’ Rewards) PLUS $25 in Sale-a-Bration rewards. That gives you $88 in Stampin’ Rewards to spend on anything you want from the current catalogs (including, but not limited to, exclusive Host Stamps) PLUS a half-off item from the catalog.  Wowzers, right?


get the most out of sale-a-bration - JOINThis is my FAVORITE way for you to save during Sale-a-Bration! Between January 3 and March 31, you have two options for buying Stampin’ Up!’s Starter Kit:

  • OPTION 1. Get $175 worth of Stampin’ Up! product (your choice) for just $99. That’s $50 more than the standard Starter Kit amount.
  • OPTION 2. Get $175 worth of Stampin’ Up! product (your choice) and the exclusive Craft & Carry Tote (valued at $50) for just $129. That’s $50 more than the standard Starter Kit amount AND a $20 savings on the tote. Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up! to show you how handy this amazing tote is:Craft and Carry Tote bag

But there are more amazing reasons to join my team during Sale-a-Bration:

  • Both Starter Kits are shipped with FREE SHIPPING!
  • You will earn a 20% discount on all purchases immediately after joining (and for as long as you are an active demonstrator). What an awesome benefit!
  • You will earn all the Sale-a-Bration rewards that customer earn with an opportunity to earn rewards available to demonstrators.
  • When you join my team today, you will receive loads of inspiration from Stampin’ UP!’s quarterly Stampin’ Success magazine and online newsletter Succeed Weekly, along with access to our private Facebook Groups.
  • You can start your very own work from home business where you get to do what you love, by sharing what you love with others and earn an income!  You can actually get paid to do the very thing you are probably doing right now (stamping, sharing with friends and talking about how much you love Stampin’ UP!)
  • You have no obligation to ever sell or share with anyone if you don’t want to (although it makes you really cool if you do) and no obligation to buy another thing if you don’t want to.
  • The opportunity to gather with 100’s of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators when you attend corporate events.

If you have thought about joining and want to be a part of an amazing online community of stampers, please email me today. I’d love to answer your questions or set up a time to chat with you.  Ready  to join right now?  Click here to join the fun.

So Get Ready!  Which way will you Sale-A-Brate?  SHOP, HOST or JOIN?



Free Tutorial to Make Quick & Easy Gift Card Holders

One of my ‘go-to’ projects this time of year is a cute gift card holder.  My design is quick and easy to make:  you could knock a dozen or so in under an hour!  Seriously.  And it was designed so that you could maximize the yield from a sheet of cardstock and DSP with very little waste.  BONUS!    And if that weren’t enough, you could easily customize this for any occasion simply by changing out the color combination, DSP, and the design element/sentiment.

Quick & Easy Gift Card Holder

Click here for a FREE PDF Tutorial detailing how to make this gift card holder.

I was live on Facebook making this gift card holder if you’d rather see it in action.  Go to my Facebook page and look for the live video.

Enjoy this project, and as always, leave me comment if you enjoyed this project.




Buffalo Check

I may be a little bit late to the Buffalo Check party, but I’ll be making up for lost time for sure!  As soon as I saw the Buffalo Check background stamp in the 2018 Holiday Catalog, I knew I had to have it!  But since I was pacing my budget with the trip to Orlando, FL for OnStage, I didn’t get it right away.    My order arrived a few days before Thanksgiving but today was the first day I could actually ink that stamp up and use it.  This is the first card I made with it:   Buffalo Check Christmas Plaid

I used Black Momento ink on Whisper White cardstock to stamp the Buffalo Check image.    If you subscribe to my mailing list, you’ll be able to download my free report ““The 8 Essential Tools Every Paper Crafter MUST have to be Successful” .  #2 is a clear flexible ruler.  I used this ruler and my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write marker to draw lines between the checks to create more of a ‘plaid’ than Buffalo Check.  I really love the way it turned out.

I used the Country Home stamp set to stamp the milk can and colored it using the Basic Gray Stampin’ Blends markers.  I added hi-lights with the Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter.  (You can get this FREE from me; see below.)    Then I cropped some pine needles from Old Olive cardstock, a berry spring in gold foil sheets, and leaves in Vellum.  I stamped the candy canes in Cherry Cobbler ink and fussy cut them out. I stamped the sentiment from the Winter Woods stamp set onto a scrap of Whisper White and fussy cut that out as well.

Every where I look, I see Buffalo Check patterns, from clothing to housewares, to Christmas decor.  It’s so on trend.  I love that Stampin’ Up! offers us products that are so trendy.  I stamped several pieces of cardstock, in different colors, so I plan on making lots of cards with Buffalo Check backgrounds!  Follow my Facebook page to see them all.

All of the items I used are available for sale in my online store if you want to purchase any of these items.   Online ExtravaganzaHappening Now:

Our new two-day sale is 10% off annual catalog stamp sets and kits. Supplies are limited, so shop now and get your hands on some new favorites! 10% off is like getting FREE SHIPPING (shipping is 10% of your order when your order reaches $69.95)  Who doesn’t like FREE SHIPPING? This Sale ends midnight on November 26 so don’t wait!  SHOP NOW!  *Annual catalog products only, exclusions apply, item quantities limited.

Color lifterGet a Stampin Blends Color Lifter Pen FREE when you place a qualifying order of $75 or  more (before tax and shipping) thru my online store in November and use the Host Code 9ZGDUJ4M.  If your order is $150 or more, do not use the Host Code; you will be automatically qualified to receive the Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter. 

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think of today’s project.  Do you have the Buffalo Check stamp set yet or plan to get it?  I think you’ll love it as much as I do.

Happy Stampin, and thanks as always for choosing to shop thru me to purchase your Stampin’ UP! supplies.  I appreciate it.

Nancy Gleason. Stampin' UP! demonstrator, teacher, and blogger

The Sale You’ve Been Waiting For!


This is the Sale You’ve Been Waiting For!    Virtually EVERY ITEM in the Stampin’ Up! ANNUAL CATALOG is ON SALE!!!

6 days. 3 sales. 1 spectacular sale!

For savvy shoppers everywhere, this time of year is a dream come true. Some of the biggest sales of the year are happening, which means some of the biggest savings are, too! I hope you are ready to save big, because we’re throwing a spectacular six-day promotion with exclusive, limited-time deals. Get ready for Online Extravaganza!

Promotion Details

Online Extravaganza will run for 6 days, Nov. 23-28.   During this time, Stampin’ UP!  be throwing three, 48-hour sales featuring a selection of products from the 2018–2019 annual catalog—all at 10% off! Each 48-hour sale will feature two product categories (e.g., paper, stamps, ink, etc.). When one sale ends, the next sale begins; this cycle will continue until Online Extravaganza is over. By the end, nearly every item from the annual catalog will have been on sale!


  • Bags
  • Brads and Buttons
  • Cards and Envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing material
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Specialty Paper
  • Tags
  • Washi Tape

November 25–26 STAMPS & KITS

  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits

November 27–28 TOOLS & INK

  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases

If you  would like to see the full selection of discounted items during each 48-hour sale, please visit my online store . Each sale will be given its own category, which will contain all available discounted items for that particular 48-hour sale. After that, the only thing left to do is shop!

While you are shopping for everyone else, shop for yourself too!  Now is the time to snag those stamp sets and framelits you’ve been wanting, and the right time to stock up on cardstock, DSP, envelopes and adhesive!

Color lifterGet a Stampin Blends Color Lifter Pen FREE when you place a qualifying order of $75 or  more (before tax and shipping) thru my online store in November and use the Host Code 9ZGDUJ4M.  If your order is $150 or more, do not use the Host Code; you will be automatically qualified to receive the Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter. 

With everything in the catalog on sale, this is the sale you’ve been waiting for!  So don’t wait any longer; SHOP NOW!  And come back because each sale will only last for 48 hours, then a new sale begins.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space today. I hope you will take advantage of the sale and grab a few things for yourself!

Happy Stampin,


Sunday Stamps Challenge

I think challenges are a great way to stretch your creativity, and so I am endeavoring to play along with 2 challenges each week.  This week, I chose to play along with The Sunday Stamps challenge.  The sketch is a great layout which allowed me to showcase our beautiful DSP and the stunning Hibiscus flower from “Humming Along” the soon to be released stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  (Yes, my last blog post featured this flower as well and you can see that here).  Here is the sketch that inspired today’s project:

Sunday Stamps Challenge 192And here is my take on it:

The gorgeous gingham DSP is a new paper called Gingham Gala and it will be available in Jan 2019 in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog, along with the “Humming Along” stamp set.  I colored in the Hibiscus with our Stampin’ Blends markers in Daffodil Delight.     I love how the darling gingham just pops against a the tiniest bit of Basic  Black.  And because no envelope should be left naked…

Humming Along Yellow Hibiscus

The gingham paper has a larger check on one side, and a smaller check on the other.  I used the larger check to dress up the envelope flap so it coordinates perfectly but isn’t an exact match.

I hope you like my project today.  I encourage you to play with the Stampin’ Blends markers.  It is so easy to create a perfectly shaded and hi-lighted image with our Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.  Here’s an up-close of the flower colored with the Stampin’ Blends so you can see the shaded and hi-lighted areas.

a yellow colored Hibiscus flower colored with Stampin Blends

Start practicing and you’ll be coloring and shading like a pro in no time!  To help you get started check out my promotion below:

Color lifterGet a Stampin Blends Color Lifter Pen FREE when you place a qualifying order of $75 or  more (before tax and shipping) thru my online store in November and use the Host Code 9ZGDUJ4M.  If your order is $150 or more, do not use the Host Code; you will be automatically qualified to receive the Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter. 

COMING SOON!  OnLine Extravaganza!  Stampin’ Up!s answer to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday all wrapped up in one easy to shop sale!  Check back on Friday, Nov.23 when the fun begins!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to check out my project.  I love when you tell how you liked a project so please leave me a comment.  And thank you for shopping with me, I appreciate your orders.

Happy Stampin’,


Humming Along

One of the stamp sets I got during Prize Patrol at OnStage last week is a line art stamp set called “Humming Along”.  Not only does the line art give me the chance to color with my watercolor pencils or Stampin’ Blends, but the fonts in the stamp set are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!  Let’s take a look at the stamp set:

Humming Along

That gorgeous Hibiscus flower!  Right?  Now look what happens when you add some color with our Stampin’ Blends:Humming Along

So simple yet so striking!

How I did it:

I used Old Olive cardstock for the card base, and layered my Whisper White panels with Basic Black.  I used Tuxedo Black Momento Black ink and shaded with Cherry Cobbler (light & dark), Old Olive (light & dark) and Crushed Curry (light & dark) Stampin’ Blends markers.

I saw these flowers all over Florida and even snapped a few pictures of these red beauties: Hibiscus in Orlando FL

Cling Mount Stamps

The Humming Along stamp set is the new “Cling” type stamp set.  Not familiar with Cling?  Click here to learn all about the new Cling stamps from Stampin’ UP1

This stamp set will be available in the 2019 Occasions Catalog which goes live to customers January 3, 2019.  Can’t wait?  I can show you how you can get this stamp set sooner.  Ask me here.

Want another look at my project?  Here is it again: Humming Along

Stampin’ Blends

If you haven’t tried the Stampin’ Blends yet, grab yourself a few.  I started with a few basic color combinations (I choose green, yellow, red/pink to make flowers and added to my color collection from there.  Of course, I got the Color Lifter as well so I could remove my mistakes and add hi-lights.  Order Stampin’ Blends here.

I find coloring with the blends to be therapeutic; it’s so calming and relaxing and just plain fun.  Just start coloring and soon you’ll be just humming along, and then; the end result?  Something to be so proud of!  Your friends and family will oooh and aaaah over your creations for sure!

I love hearing from you.  Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think about the Humming Along stamp set or my project.  Thanks friends!  COMMENT HERE. 

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What happened when The King called me?

I recently got a phone call from the King.  Yes, The King!  No, not Elvis.  Royalty.  Stamping Royalty. The King of Stampin’ Up!  Let me explain:

As many of you know, we lost our oldest daughter this past July.   I immediately ordered the “Kindness & Compassion” stamp set knowing it would be perfect to make thank you cards for all the folks who were covering us with love & prayers and many acts of kindness in the days and weeks that followed.

Stampin' Up! "Kindness & Compassion" stamp set #146729

The problem was that every time I sat down to try to make cards with that stamp set, I just went blank.  I just couldn’t bring myself to actually make anything.   Not one card.  Maybe it was just overwhelming but I felt like I just couldn’t do it.

Then one day I was surfing thru the websites of several of my fellow Stampin’ Up! Pals and came across this post from Brian King, the King of Stampin’ UP!  (That is his official title, isn’t it?  Well, that’s what I call him!)  Brian made a beautiful set of cards and a lovely box using the Kindness & Compassion stamp set.  It was just what I needed!  I left a comment for Brian that this was just the inspiration I needed to dust off my stamp set and make some much overdue cards.   A short time later, my phone rang.  It was Brian King, calling me!  I was so honored I stopped what I was doing (I was teaching a class, actually) to answer the call.  Brian was not aware that my daughter had passed away, but he asked me for my address so he could send that beautiful box full of cards to me!  Can you imagine that?  I was so humbled and honored!

A few days later, a package arrived from Brian with that beautiful box of cards just as promised.  Not only is Brian extremely talented but he is also a man of his word!  And it was just exactly what I need to kickstart my own card-making again.  I’ve used his layout to make several cards of my own and it seemed to have broken the slump I was in.  Like good medicine!

Thank you Brian, for your gift, for your caring and your friendship. “Thank You” doesn’t begin to convey the depth of gratitude for what your simple act of caring means to me. I am looking forward to meeting you face to face in Orlando in 2 weeks.

Let’s take a look at Brian’s gift to me.  Gift Box Brian King Kindness&Compassion

Isn’t this box beautiful?  It’s made with Gray Granite cardstock and Joyous Noel Specialty DSP tied up with a beautiful Merry Merlot & Copper Reversible Ribbon. 

The top opens to reveal several cards and envelopes inside.  Here is the trio of cards made from the same Joyeous Noel DSP.  Brian just let the simple elegance of that DSP form the backdrop to let the sentiments speak volumes.

Here are some of the cards I made using Brian’s layout.Hearthelt Blooms for sympathy

Now with all these cards ready and waiting to be addressed and mailed, I must start getting my notes written and mailed.

Thanks for letting me share my story, and my gift, and my road to getting my stampin’ mojo back!  One of the best things about my Stampin’ Up! gig is the virtual community of fellow stampers and the friendship and encouragement we share.  If you would like to experience this type of fellowship for yourself, I hope you’ll consider joining with me by purchasing the $99 Starter Kit,  it may just lead you to far-reaching friendships too!

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Nancy Gleason. Stampin' UP! demonstrator, teacher, and blogger