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’,

Nancy

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!

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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

Birthday Bash will be gone in a Flash!

This is a Birthday Bash that will be gone in a flash!  It’s a 24-Hour Flash sale to celebrate Stampin’ UP!’s 30th birthday and it starts now!  24 hour birthday stamp saleSelect stamp sets on sale 15% off. 

Check out the full list here.

See the stamp sets in this video:


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Remember, this is a 24-hour Flash Sale! Offer ends Oct. 23, 2018 at 11:50 PM ((MT).  Place your order now because this birthday bash will be gone in a flash!

When placing your order, please use Host Code 9ZGDUJ4M if your order is less than $150.  If your order is $150 or greater, do not use the host code but rather claim the 15% reward dollars for your own use.

Nancy

I’ve been Making Christmas Bright

Hi Stampers,  I love getting a jump start on making Christmas Cards and this past week I’ve been busy making Christmas Bright, thanks to the new Making Christmas Bright stamp set and coordinating Christmas Bulb Builder Punch (Bundle and Save 10%)

I love, too, when I get more mileage out of a Christmas stamp set by using it year round, and this bundle does just that.  Now that’s what I call Making Christmas Bright!

Making Christmas Bright

I love the cheerful, rainbow of colors and the festive combination of Call Me Clover and Lovely Lipstick.  The pop of Silver Metallic gives just the right amount of bling!  A bit of Wink of Stella gives the light bulbs some added shine.  Making Christmas Bright up close light bulbsHere’s a look at the Making Christmas Bright Bundle:
Making Christmas Bright Bundle

One thing that made working with the tiny light bulb pieces a piece of cake is the new Take Your Pick tool.  After punching out multiple light bulbs from colored cardstock and light bulb bases from Silver Metallic Foil, this tool allowed me to pick up the pieces with ease and place them just where I need them to be.  I don’t think I would want to put these light bulbs together without it!  Make sure you grab a Take Your Pick Tool when you order this bundle!

The Stamparatus also made easy work of stamping the sentiment.  This is 2 stamps and getting them lined up within the circle (which I cropped out before stamping) is so easy with the stamparatus.  I love this more and more every time I use it!

I know that you want to recreate this card for yourself, and you can!  My supply list is below so that you can get the supplies you need to make this card for yourself.

Now I told you that the Making Christmas Bright stamp set can also be used year round.  I’ll be sharing two projects I made with this stamp set that aren’t Christmas in an upcoming blog post.  My mailing list subscribers will actually get to see them first!  If you aren’t on my mailing list, you can subscribe here.
I hope my project will be Making Christmas Bright for you too!
If you have any questions for me, leave them in the comments and I’ll be sure to get back to you!  I may even answer your question in an upcoming newsletter edition.

Stamparatus Accessories

When you find that perfect dress, what do you do?  You add just the right necklace and purse, and of course, new shoes, right?  We all know the accessories make the outfit.  Well our favorite toys and tools need the right accessories to complete them, too.  Introducing, Stamparatus Accessories.  The perfect compliment to your Stamparatus!

Stamparatus Accessories

NEW Stamparatus Accessories Now Available to Order

We know that owning a Stamparatus means it was love at first sight and we wanted to give you even more love about this versatile stamping tool by introducing Stamparatus accessories!

The new accessories are:

  • Small Grid Paper (#149621, $6.50) – Grid paper perfectly sized to fit the Stamparatus for precision stamp alignment every time.  (50 sheets)
  • Stamparatus Plates (#149693, $15.00) – Additional plates allow you to have multiple stamp arrangements ready to go!  (2 plates)
  • Stamparatus Foam Mat (#150081, $3.00) – Extra foam mat for photopolymer stamping.  (1 mat)
  • Stamparatus Accessories Pack (#151049, $24.50) – Includes two Stamparatus plates, grid paper, 1 foam mat.
  • Magnets (#148213, $12.00) – Replacement magnets for the Stamparatus.  (2 magnets)

Order your Stamparatus Accessories here.

See the Stamparatus Accessories in action in this video:

World Card Making Day

Perfect for beginner card makers and seasoned card makers alike, there are kits and supplies on sale this week just for the World Card Making Event.

Check out this PDF flier of sale items here.

Shop the World Card Making Day Sale here.

Don’t forget that the Stamparatus, and the Stamparatus Accessories, are great for card makers of all skill levels.  When you order your  World Card Making Day Sale kits, don’t forget to grab a Stamparatus and Stamparatus Accessories to make your card making and rubber stamping more precise!

LAST CALL!making Christmas Crafts   Would you like to receive tutorials for 12 exclusive Christmas projects   for FREE.   I’m sure the answer to that is a “Of course I want to!”  My 4th annual 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter is slated to begin this week.   Only the folks who have subscribed to my mailing list will receive this newsletter and the 12 project tutorials delivered to their in-box for the next 12 weeks.  It’s not too late, you can subscribe to my mailing list right here, or fill in the box that pops up when you come to my blog.  And please be sure to pass this on to your friends who want to receive 12 free Christmas project tutorials in their in-box also.  Friends don’t let friends miss out on a great deal!

Happy Stampin,

Nancy

 

A Special “50” Gift

Recently friends of mine celebrated their 50th Anniversary!  Yes, that is wonderful!  Not only did God bless them with a wonderful marriage, but also with a wonderful family.  I am also proud to call their daughters my friends as well.  And 2 of the 3 daughters are my fellow stampers too!  All 3 children and their spouses, and their children, threw them a big party to celebrate!  Here’s the happy couple:And I made this gift card holder card to give them. 

The gift card holder was made from the now retired Springtime Foil DSP. (I stocked up on this gorgeous paper before it retired!  I hope you did too!)  A belly band of Whisper White cardstock was trimmed with gold Washi Tape and stamped/heat embossed with gold embossing powder using the sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet.  I was so happy to use the Gold Foil Sheets and my Large Numbers Framelit dies to crop the numbers which I placed over a flourish cut from Silver Glimmer paper and the Flourish thinlit dies.

Here’s a look at the inside:A gift certificate to a local restaurant was tucked inside.  The envelope punch board made it simple to add that ‘file folder’ tab-edge to the inside.

a gift card holder created for a 50th Wedding Anniversary by Nancy Gleason of My Stampin SpaceThis was a snap to make, you can be sure that I’ll be making many more with a Christmas theme in the coming weeks!

making Christmas CraftsSpeaking of Christmas, do you like Crafting at Christmas time?  Of course you do, that was a silly question!  I should really ask if you would like to receive tutorials for 12 exclusive Christmas projects for FREE.   I’m sure the answer to that is a “Of course I want to!”  My 4th annual 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter is slated to begin this week.   Only the folks who have subscribed to my mailing list will receive this newsletter and the 12 project tutorials delivered to their in-box for the next 12 weeks.  It’s not too late, you can subscribe to my mailing list right here, or fill in the box that pops up when you come to my blog.  And please be sure to pass this on to your friends who want to receive 12 free Christmas project tutorials in their in-box also.

World Card Making Day

Did you know October is World Card Making day?  Sweet, right? Since it’s right up our alley, Stampin’ Up! is celebrating with a sale all week long.  Select card making kits and supplies are on sale.  Click here to see the list of items.

World Card Making Day Sale Flyer PDF

My favorite kit from the sale list?  The Notes of Kindess Card Kit makes 20 cards and comes with an exclusive photo polymer stamp set, ink, card bases & envies, and all the die cut embellishments you need.   The World Card Making Day sale only lasts 1 week!  Ends on Oct. 7, 2018.

Thanks Stampers and Friends for stopping by My Stampin Space.  See you soon!
Nancy

It’s Christmas Morning!!!!

Well, ok, it’s not really Christmas morning.  But it sure feels like it!  Today is the day that the 2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog is live!  This catalog is chock full of holiday goodness.  I won’t make you wait any longer so here it is:

2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Just click on the image and open up the catalog.

I”ll wait while you look thru the catalog and make your shopping list.  In fact, I’ll even give you a Holiday Shopping List!  Just click here:  Holiday Shopping List

Now you’ve made your list, and checked it twice, and you’re ready to place your order.  Click here to shop my online store. 

Don’t forget to add your Bonus Day coupon(s) that you earned in August.   Holiday Shopping List

So you’re good to go.  Now leave me a comment and let me know which products were your favorites.

Thanks,

Nancy

Color Your Season – Take 2

The Color Your Season promotion is almost over.  It is an exclusive Blended Season stamp set and Stitched Seasons framelit die set and also has a set of WaterColor Pencils with colors that have never been in watercolor pencils before.  Blended Season bundle

I just had to have the Stitched Seasons Framelits dies when I saw them, and I’ll tell you why!  Not only is there a pretty flower with vines die, and a beautiful leaf die (with fall just around the corner, I know this will get a lot of mileage!) and a twig/berry element and a few stylized fleur de lis framelits, but the 3 nested stitched shapes are just awesome!  The framelits cut the shape and add the stitching detail on both sides of the cut!  This means when you cut the shape, the shape has stitching and the negative also has stitching!  You can bundle and save when you order both the stamp set and framelits dies together.

I shared a card I made on my last blog post where I cut out a stitched shape from a piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock and used the negative shape to make a card which framed the beautiful flower stamp.  You can see that blog post here.  Today I am sharing the card I made using the piece that was cut out, so I got two projects from one piece of cardstock and one run thru the Big Shot!

I used the nesting size of these Stitched Shapes and cut the next smaller size from Whisper White cardstock to stamp my sentiment and layered it on top of the Gorgeous Grape layer after adding a piece of Gorgeous Grape 1/4″ mini striped ribbon.  The flowers and vines were cropped from Pear Pizzazz and Highland Heather  cardstock and accented with a glittered enamel dot. Once I had this piece together, I had a decision to make!  My original idea was to put this on a Highland Heather background.

But then…..I tried it on white.  Color Your Season bundle This gives it a whole different look!  This is the exact same stitched shape element just placed on a different card base.  The first example features a lighter shade of purple textured with the Subtles TIEF, where the white just brightens up this card.

But, I still wasn’t done.  I wanted to try something else too.  So I made another card and this time, I used the Pear Pizzazz as my background layer. Stitched Seasons framelits dies

So which color is your favorite?

I love that I can make  card elements so easy just using the nesting sizes of the stitched seasons shapes.  This stamp set and framelit die set are so versatile and have year round elements.  I hope that you will be able to grab this bundle before it’s gone on August 31st.  Don’t wait, don’t delay – just order it now.  You’ll be so glad that you did.  And don’t forget that you can earn a $5 Bonus Day coupon for every $50 you spend in August.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Please leave me a comment with your favorite color background from my 3 projects today.  And if you order from my online store, please know that I am very grateful.  I am SO CLOSE to reaching the monthly sales goal I set for myself and if you are considering this set, I would ask that you order it from me.  Thanks!

Paper Pumpkin

 

New Products

When I saw the Stitched Seasons Framelits I just had to have them!  And of course, I’m a sucker for water coloring so the new colors of Water Color pencils was calling my name too!  Might as well get the whole bundle, right?

Well today was the day I pulled out that new bundle and started to play!  The Stitched Seasons framelits dies are to die for! (get it?  of course you do!).  Anyway, similar to the Stitched Shapes framelits dies, the die cut a shape, and inside the cut shaped, there are tiny ‘stitches’ around the shape.

Unlike the Stitched Shapes framelits, the Stitched Seasons framelits also put the tiny ‘stitching’ on the outside of the cut shape too.  So when you cut away a shape, you can still have the sweet stitch marks.pap

My first order of business then was to create a card where I cut out the shape and used the negative left behind to show off the stitching on the outside.  Blended Seasons with Stitched Seasons Framelits by Nancy GleasonLook closely at the stitching detail.  Nancy Gleason, My Stampin Space, Stitched Seasons Framelits dies, Blended Season stamp setI made my card base with the new Gorgeous Grape cardstock.  I used the largest die to cut the shape out.   I used a piece of Whisper White cardstock to stamp the floral image in Sahara Sand.  I used the new Water Color Pencils to color the flowers and a Blender Pen so soften and shade.  When this was finished, I used a few glue dots to adhere this layer behind the card front so that it shows thru the negative space.

Heather Highland was a perfect coordinating color to stamp the sentiment.  A piece of ribbon adds the perfect finishing touch!

Of course, since the cut piece also has stitching on it, I couldn’t just throw that away!  A coordinating card using this piece will be my next blog post so please come back!

Remember, this Color Your Season is a Limited Time Promotion that will be available to customers on August 1st.  It will be available only while supplies last (or until August 31st) but I would mark your calendar and jump on it as soon as you can on the 1st so you get yours before its sold out!  To see what is in the Color Your Season bundle, click here.

Sometimes I feel like everything falls into place. Like the cut piece making my 2nd card.  And my friends over at Paper Players posting this challenge right AFTER I finished my cards:

Paper Players, PP402

Using the negative space of this framelit die fills the bill for this weeks challenge with the Paper Players so I get to play along!  I feel like I’ve been out of commission for a while (because I have been!), and it was good today to get back in the groove AND to be able to participate in this challenge. #Lifeisgood!

Hop over to the Paper Players to see what others have done with these challenge.

Do you love the Gorgeous Grape?  This is part of the new Brights Collection, my favorite collection.  You can get all 10 of the new ink pads in the Brights Collection, or any Collection, for FREE when you sign up as a Demonstrator during July.  Ink Pad Family free when you join

So, what would YOU have to get from Stampin’ UP! for you to join?  A discount on your purchases?  Check.  A chance to earn extra income while doing something you love?  Check.  The chance to fellowship with like-minded stampers, and attend corporate events?  Check.  If you think you’d like to join but still have questions, email me and let’s set a time to talk and see if it’s a good fit for you.  If you are ready to join, click here to get started.

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think of these new Stitched Seasons framelits.  Thanks,

Stop by again soon to see the 2nd card I made.

Nancy Gleason