Three Cheers for the Pals Paper Arts!

The Pals are a great group of talented Stampin’ Up! demos under the guidance and leadership of Mary Fish, of Stampin’ Pretty.  Pals Paper Arts is a public forum to showcase & challenge your papercrafting skills.  With sketch & color challenges, you can play along with the Pals as often as you wish.  This week, the Pals Paper Arts features a sketch challenge:


I immediately thought of a card I taught to a class last month showing a good way to use up scraps of DSP.  If you are like me, you just can’t throw away your scraps of DSP, not matter how small!  Hoarder!  Yes, you are – but you don’t have to be any longer!  You can turn those little strips of DSP into something beautiful.  Let me show you how:candlesThis idea was one I actually learned from our fearless leader, Mary.  She showcased this card on her blog quite a while ago, and I immediately tucked away the idea for using my scraps.

3/4″ wide strips of DSP, and a flame which is actually the wing from the Bird Builder Punch and you’ve got a quick & easy birthday card.  I used my white chalk marker to add a little hi-light the flame and layers for my card base.  A little banner cropped from another scrap strip of whisper white punched with the flag banner punch is just right for the sentiment.

And I found it is actually LIBERATING to use those scraps, not just collect them.  It helps to de-clutter my stash area, and I’m sure those scraps would rather be turned into something beautiful to bring delight to a special someone on their birthday, than to just sit in a scrap pile.  So pull out those scraps, and your build-a-bird builder punch and make candles.

Your scraps will thank you.  Your friends will thank you when they receive your beautiful card.  Your clean & organized craft area will thank you.

If you want to see what the other talented Pals did with this sketch, head over the Pals Paper Arts gallery.

Remember, if you’d like to order any Stampin’ Up! products from me, you can access my online store here.    If you place an order with me before May 30th, and it is less than $150 before shipping & tax, please use host code 4HCRZHHC.  Any order of $50 or more will qualify for a FREE embellishment from me from the new catalog!  (If your order is over $150, don’t use the code but rather redeem your own rewards.)  The items on the RETIRED LIST are only available for a few more days so don’t delay.

I hope you found this tip useful for using your scraps of DSP.  If you did, please leave me a comment and let me know.  I love to hear your feedback to my projects.  Thanks.

Happy Stampin’,


The Blooper Reel….

I love watching the bloopers, the outtakes.  You know what I mean, the parts of a film that get edited out when the actors/actresses flub their lines, make a mistake, or just can’t keep a straight face during a funny scene.   Well, I made a real-life blooper the other night  and it happened WHILE I WAS TEACHING A CLASS!

It was funny, (and admittedly a little embarrassing!) but I was able to redeem myself by turning it into a teachable moment.  Let me share:

I was teaching a class featuring Masculine Projects.  I also had my first male student in a class!   The project was a simple, single layer card (I almost never make a single layer card) and I was teaching the masking technique to create an interesting background element.  This is the sample card I had made.  Wetlands Goose single layer cardSo I sponged on my background oval, then I showed the students how to place the main image, in the case a goose, so that the entire image was NOT inside the oval, but rather half in, half out.  Like this:

close up wetlands goose

Beautiful so far, right?  And then I picked my card up and realized that I stamped my goose UPSIDE DOWN!  That’s right; the fold was at the bottom rather than the top!  YIKES!   This was a “Don’t try this at home” moment.  I quickly told my class they should always check where the fold of the card is before stamping and adhering any layers so they don’t end up like I just did!  I’m sure it will be a memorable lesson as we all got a big laugh out of my mistake!

I redeemed my mistake by turning it into something that is more elegant than the original.  I simply cut the paper in half, then cropped that piece slightly, added a layer, and popped it onto a new card base.  See?

Wetlands Goose multiple layer card

We all make mistakes from time to time, and one of my favorite sayings is “There is no mistake that a well placed embellishment can’t hide.”  Most of the time.  For those others times; layers.  Either cut your paper and layer it over a contrasting or coordinating piece of cardstock,  like I did here.  Or place a layer over it (like a banner or sentiment strip).  In the extreme case where none of these remedies can fix it, well, my second favorite saying is:  “It’s only a piece of paper.  Nothing that a new piece of paper can’t fix!”  Yup, sometimes just throw it in the trash and start anew, empowered with the knowledge you gained from making the mistake the first go-around.

So, when you are creating and something doesn’t go as planned, no worries.  You can redeem it.  And if you made your blooper in a room full of people, use it to your advantage, for a lesson everyone will remember.

If you have a blooper moment while crafting, I’d love to hear it.  Please leave me a comment and tell me all about it.  Thanks!

Happy Stampin’,


If you want to order any of the supplies I used to make these cards, just click on either of the images below.

How to make a Double Loop Bow Video

Hi Stampers,  I featured a Double-Loop bow on a card I made recently:Double Loop Bow

(you can see the full post here) and today I want to share a video that shows you step-by-step how to make that beautiful Double Loop Bow.  Grab your popcorn and sit back & enjoy the show:

It may take some practice so grab a piece of ribbon and just play around.  I found I needed to make this bow several times before I finally got the hang of it;  I just untied and remade the bow until I finally got it.   You may also need to ‘fuss’ with the  loops & tails a little but I find that the glue dot holds the bow in place.  On the card featured above, I wrapped a piece of the ribbon around the card and secured it in the back.  Then I made the bow and just adhered it with a glue dot onto the ribbon.

MORE VIDEOS COMING SOON!  I am investing in training & new equipment to produce better quality videos and am planning on producing more & more videos so we can stamp together virtually!  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my video.  Also, please feel free to tell me what videos you’d like to see.   Is there a certain technique you’d like to learn?  A stampin’ related question that you’d like to ask?  I want to make videos that YOU want to see, so please give me your feedback!    Thanks :)  This technology will allow me offer VIRTUAL STAMP CLUBS soon so watch for more details.

LIVE CLASSES:  If you are in Northeast PA and want to stamp with me live, I have 2 open, upcoming classesMonday, May 18th from 6:30-8:45 PM that will feature masculine cards.  Monday, June 1st (same time) is a class centered around Celebrations (birthdays & graduations).  The class fee of $12 includes ALL SUPPLIES so you only have to bring your smile!   Please email me if you would like to RSVP or have questions.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space today.  Please head over to my YouTube channel and subscribe so that you won’t miss any future videos from me.  If you are on Pinterest, please help me out by pinning this so others can see it too!

Thanks, see you soon,



Build A Birthday with Sneak Peek Products

Well, my package arrived filled with all my new goodies from the soon-to-be released 2015 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Here is what I got:  New catalog in my handsYes, I got my new catalog!    You know what I’ll be doing.  I’ve seen the entire catalog on line, but there’s nothing like having it in your hands!  I mark my catalog with everything I have, and form a wish list.  I’ll be busy this weekend!


This is what was in my box; come on, let’s take a closer look!  Let me introduce the new 2015-17 In Colors to you, if you haven’t met them already.  Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush & Delightful Dijon.  I will be taking my time to get to know each one better in the coming days.

2015-17 InColorsNew stamp sets, new paper, new embellishments.  My husband’s birthday is this week, so the first stamp set I grabbed was a new set called “Build a Birthday” to make this card.Build A BirthdayThis set is so versatile; with the cake stand, and flag topper, you can ‘build’ your birthday cake with strips of Washi Tape, like I did with Cherry on Top Washi tape, or with stamps included in the set.

Are you loving the striped paper I used in the background?  Me too, it’s from a new Paper Stack called Cherry on Top (and it coordinates perfectly with the Washi Tape of the same name!).  The starburst circle layer is made with the new Watermelon Wonder cardstock; I’m really  diggin’ this color.  It’s helping me get over losing Strawberry Slush!

Because I made this card in a custom size (5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″)  I needed a custom envelope.  You know how great the Envelope Punch  Board is for this; but now, we have Envelope Weight Paper, printed on 2 sides, to make our envelopes!   Woot-Woot!  This will definately take your envelope making to new levels!IMG_5033[1]How Beautiful is this?  Solid color on one side, printed on the other.  Just perfect – lighter weight than cardstock, heavier than standard DSP.  What a nice presentation – a coordinated envelope & card.

card & envie

This color is Delightful Dijon.  It might be my least favorite color of the new In-Colors but it has lots of promise & possibilities.  It is a color that I think will definitely grow on me.  I do like how it contrasts with Bermuda Bay.  Did you notice that little embellishment?  Here’s a close-up:

In Color Blossom Accents

Meet the new 2015-17 In-Color Blossom Accents!  Aren’t they adorable?  I love these!

Just perfect to wish my hubby a Happy Birthday!  This paper stack has such cute patterns, I can’t wait to share more with you in the coming days.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space today.  Bookmark this page and check back every few days to see what’s new.  Don’t forget to like me on Facebook too.  And if you like this project, please Pin it on Pinterest!  Thanks for sharing!

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Happy Stampin,


Pals Blog Hop – May 2015

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May where we are preparing for the retirement of some Stampin’ Up! products. Though it may be goodbye to some very loved supplies, it will make room for the much anticipated new catalog products. We hope you enjoy the Pals’ creative projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie, Number 28 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Since today’s blog hop features Out With the Old, we are saying goodbye to our favorite retiring items. I will be sad to see ALL of the 2013-15 In-Colors go.  I also am sad to say ‘good-bye’ to Bloom with Hope.   It is such a beautiful, sketched flower set with lovely sentiments for Birthdays and Sympathy.  I don’t know about you, but I think making Sympathy cards is one of the most touching things we card-makers can do.  Bloom with HopeAnd when you can’t seem to find the right words, this set features a sentiment for the inside as well:Bloom With Hope 133952GAlthough my project today says farewell to this set, don’t expect me to part with it anytime soon though; it is staying with me for quite a while.  Sadly, we are also saying good-bye to the Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon.  Actually we are saying good-bye to many colors of the Seam Binding Ribbon.  This is truly one of my most favorite ribbons ever.  It is so soft & flowing, and drapes so well.  It also makes the best double loop bows ever.  See what I mean?Double Loop BowSimple is all that is needed for a sympathy card.  I used the watercolor swish from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set in Crumb Cake ink for the background.  The bloom and the sentiment were both stamped in Baked Brown Sugar ink (already sold out) :(   on a Very Vanilla panel cut to 3-3/4″ x 5″.  This panel was wrapped with the Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon (this is sold out too!) and a double loop bow was added.  This panel was popped up on stampin’ dimensionals onto a standard 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card base for some dimension.  Quick & easy right?  Please stop back later in the week and I’ll share a video showing how to make the double loop bow.   The seam binding ribbon will still be available; just not in the Crumb Cake color.

Please leave me a comment to tell me what you think of this card.  Also please tell me what YOUR favorite item that is going to be retiring; you know, the one you just can’t part with.  Then hop along to see what the rest of Pals have created with their favorite retiring item.

NEXT: No.30 – Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  1. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  2. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  3. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps!
  6. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  7. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  8. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  11. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  12. Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
  13. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  14. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  15. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  16. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  19. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  22. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  23. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  26. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  27. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  28. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  29. — YOU ARE HERE —Nancy Gleason at
    My Stampin Space
    — YOU ARE HERE —
  30. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  31. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  32. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping With Avery’s Owlery

The next stop is Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles, number 30 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

Happy Stampin’,

If you want to order any of the Stampin’ UP! supplies I used to make this card, hurry on over to my on-line store and get your favorite retiring items before they are gone or click on the quick link in the table below.

Introducing Products from the New Catalog

2015-17 InColorsMeet the Stampin’ Up! 2015-2017 In Colors:  Mint Macaron , Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, and Delightful Dijon!  Aren’t these colors just delish!

I’ve already ordered my Sneak Peak Pre-Order and it’s going to be a loooong wait until Mr. Brown delivers on Tuesday!  But I’ll be sharing some pics of my new goodies beginning next week until the catalog goes live June 2nd.

WANT TO SEE MORE?  Check out these three PDF files, packed with a look at a sampling of new products, samples and host sets from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog.

GET THEM NOW!  How would you like to be able to purchase the brand new In Color products, stamps, tools, embellishments and yummy patterned paper before the Stampin’ Up! annual catalog release on June 2?

stampin up stampinup sneak peek annual catalog

HERE’S HOW!  Purchase the $99 Starter Kit and you can add the Sneak Peek and Host Set products from the Stampin’ Up! 2015-2016 Annual Catalog that you see in the links above. Choose up to $125 in your choice of products (either from the pre-order selections or mix with other current products–it’s your choice).  That’s $26 in free  product.  The kit ships free for another 10% savings!  Ready?  JOIN NOW!


  • The $99 Starter Kit can be ordered through me HERE!  You’ll instantly become part of the Stampin’ Up! family the Virtual Community of stampin’ fanatics from across the country.
  • You decide!  Choose up to $125 in Stampin’ Up! products for your kit.  That’s $26 in FREE product!
  • Free Shipping!  The kit ships FREE for another 10% savings.
  • Stock up!  Once you join, you receive a one-time 30% off discount on a product order of $150 or more placed within 45 days.  Perfect timing for the full catalog release on June 2!
  • 20% discount!  Enjoy a minimum of a 20% demonstrator discount every day.
  • No risk!  You’ll have through September 30, 2015 to “test drive” demonstrator discounts and benefits.
  • No penalty!  If you reach $300 in sales by the end of the first FULL quarter (the date you join through September 30), you will renew and remain active for another quarter (October – December). If you don’t reach $300 in sales, you can simply “drop” with no penalty.
  • No catch!  You can enjoy your demonstrator status with no obligation to hold workshops or parties, sell products to others or personally purchase anything beyond the kit.  Simply indulge in your passion for paper, enjoy the experience and master your craft with the exclusive resources and inspiration.

If you are ready to jump in and join us, feed your hobby and your passion for papercrafting, and quench your desire to get your hands on those colors and products NOW rather than waiting until June, just joinEmail me if you have any questions or concerns.

See you soon.


It’s Spring! Time for a Sheltering Tree

One of my students texted me this photo.  She saw this magnificent Magnolia tree bursting forth in bloom and saw the bicycle propped up against its trunk.

a real life sheltering tree

A real-life Sheltering Tree: A Magnolia Tree in Scranton, PA

This scene reminded her of the Sheltering Tree stamp set and the card we made in our class together.

card made with the Sheltering Tree stamp setThank you, Elaine, for sharing that photo with me.  That makes me smile that you remembered our time stamping together and the card we made.  It was just what I needed to dig out this photo of the card we made so I could share that with my blog readers.  I’m sure that they will enjoy your photo, too.

We had fun making this card.  The card base is Whisper White 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ with a Pistachio Pudding layer 4″ x 5-1/4″ on top of that.  Baked Brown Sugar was cropped with the On Film Framelit die to frame the piece of Whisper White card stock that was stamped with the Sheltering Tree stamp.  Blushing Bride and Rose Red created the spring flowers on the Baked Brown Sugar tree trunk.  The photopolymer stamps make hanging the swing on the branch a snap!

I also stamped the sentiment in Baked Brown Sugar onto Blushing Bride card stock.  The sentiment was cut in half and the pieces adhered to the frame.  Simple and easy.  The tree is obviously the star of the show in this card!

The supplies used in this card are listed below.  If you would like to order any of these supplies, click here to visit my online store where you can shop securely 24/7.

If you place an order online for $75 or more with me during the month of May, please use hostess code 4HCRZHHC.  Anyone who places an order of $75 or more using this code will automatically receive from me, one of the new embellishments from the new catalog, valued at $5.00 as a thank you gift.   (Embellishments will be mailed out in June from me as a thank you for shopping with me.  I’ve already seen the new embellishments and I know you are going to want them!)

NOTE: If you are placing an on-line order of $150 or more, do NOT use the host code as you will receive your own on-line rewards.  Online orders of $150 will automatically qualify you to receive the Embellishments.

AFTER you place items in your shopping bag, and view your shopping bag, there is a place in the LOWER LEFT CORNER to add the hostess code.

If you like what you see, please share my post with your friends, on Facebook & pin my picture on Pinterest.  You can also follow me on Pinterest & Facebook!

Leave me a comment at the end of this post and let me know if you have the Sheltering Tree stamp set or if you plan to get it.

Thanks for Stopping by My Stampin Space, and thanks for shopping with me!  Happy Stampin’,

Sayin’ Farewell to Mixed Bunch

IMG_4758I made this card with a class a few months ago, and I just LOVE it!  I love how the Daffodil Delight just pops against the Black & White.  I also like how I was able to make my own background “DSP” with a stamp set.

I just used the large flower image, and stamped in Momento Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock to create the background.  Then I used the small circle image to stamp a few images onto a scrap of Whisper White, and punched them out with a circle punch.  I glued those onto the flowers to make that custom background.  I’ve used this treat many times, and often I’ve reached for Mixed Bunch to make that happen.  So sad that this trusty, go-to flower set is retiring!

I just had to share with you this card again.   If you think you would like this seretired stamp playing golft before it goes away, then you’d better pick it up quickly. In a few short weeks, it will be gone, retired to Florida to play golf all day!

My supply list is below for those of you who want to recreate this card, or order supplies to make this yourself.  My online store is always open!   Click here to shop now.

The RETIRED LIST is here!

Without any further adieu, here it is:

The Retired List – (PDF Format)


As announced previously, Stampin’ Up! will be retiring the MDS (My Digital Studio) software line.  While you can continue to use the software, you will no longer be able to purchase downloads after May 31.  All MDS downloads are on sale at 30% off




The days leading up to the Retired List are usually full of anticipation and speculation for me.  When the list finally posts, I usually curl up on the couch with a red ink pen, my catalog and the list.  I go thru each page, item by item, and carefully put a red “R” (for Retired) next to each item that is retiring.  (I also put a black check mark next to every item as I purchase it so I know what I have and what I don’t!)

This way I can see what I have that is retiring (you might find this soon in the Yard Sale page of my blog), and what I don’t have that I’ll really miss if it retires and I don’t have it.

The latter will cause me to spring into action, and order that item before it is gone.   I’ve let that happen once or twice and I’m still bummed by the things I’ve missed because I waited too long!  Grab a sponge to catch my tears. 

Once an item goes on the Retired List, availability is while supplies last.  Last year, the retiring In Colors sold out within days.  I fully anticipate that happening here.  If you want it, get it while you can or you’ll be crying too!

So when you hop online to start shopping for the ‘must-have’ items from the retired list, don’t forget about the Clearance Rack (recently updated) and the Weekly Deals either (new today!).  That way you’ll score some really good deals all the way around.  Don’t forget the New Items either.

What is the item you are going to miss the most?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  Then share with me what item you really want from the Retiring List that you don’t already have.

Enjoy shopping the retired list.


Free Shipping Ends Soon

Header_FreeShipping_Demo_4.2015_USFREE SHIPPING on all items ends at 11:50 PM on Friday April 10th.

I love Free Shipping!  I always feel like I have to place a big order to make the shipping charges pay for themselves.  But with Free Shipping I can order as much or as little as I want.  And if I forget something, I can always place another order without paying a penalty.  I love Free Shipping!  And I know you do too!

So I ordered another roll of the Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon which was already on sale with the Weekly Deals.  And the new “Just Kidding” stamp set, and a few re-inkers.   I also got another package of Festive Designer Kraft paper from the Clearance Rack.    So I scored some really good deals, and FREE SHIPPING made those deals even better!

All this saving has made me crafty too!  I’ve been spending some time in My Stampin Space too.  Here are some projects I’ve made lately:


I had fun with the stamp set “Crazy about You”  and the buttons that I got for Free during the Sale-A-Bration promotion.


I usually have a hard time making a simple, single layer card but I needed to make a bunch of thank you cards but didn’t have a lot of time.  I was able to whip up these cards in no time.  I took my lead from the Best Year Ever DSP and Accessories for the color scheme, and threw in Pear Pizzazz for the green just for good measure.  The flower pops out quickly with the 1-3/4″ scallop circle punch.  A stampin’ dimensional popped that up to give it some lift (I told you I have hard time with single layer cards!) and the button adds such a great finishing touch without alot of fuss!  (I see me using this flower & button combo alot in the near future!)  If you didn’t get free buttons during Sale-A-Bration, then you can get the Brights Designer Buttons for 25% off and Free Shipping.  It’s the next best thing!

Notice how I mixed up the colors of the flower, the sentiment and the button?  Which color is your favorite?

Come back again and I’ll show you some more projects I’ve been working on.  Stop by my Facebook page and you’ll see why I needed more Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon too!

Now get busy and start shopping before you miss out on the Free Shipping!

Have fun,