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Stampin’ Up! has done it again!  They seemed to have hit it out of the ballpark with the new Holiday Supplement catalog.20141020TH_HolidaySupplement_en-US

My first thoughts, quite honestly, were “A holiday supplement catalog?”  Really, I haven’t even gotten everything from the main holiday catalog that I wanted yet.   What more could they come up with to produce a supplement to the holiday catalog?”

But the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit (#138104 $25.95) is a knock-out!  It is a kit that gives you ALL the material you need to create 26 3-D stars, plus all the embellishments you need to jazz them up!  There is one star that is 15″ diameter (that’s one big star!) and you’ll make 5 each of 5 sizes ranging from 2″-6″.   Look at all the possibilities:

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When I showed the ladies in my class last night and asked if anyone was interested in purchasing the kits and assembling them as a group, the screams of “YES!”, “YES!”, “YES!” was almost deafening!   If you’d like to join us, we will be meeting on Monday, Nov. 3rd at 6:00 PM at Walden Pond Therapy Center in Moosic, PA.  Just order a kit using this link  (and please use host code MY2GZETU) and bring your kit and come join us!   Can’t make it?  That’s ok, just order your kit and gather a friend, or find some alone time, and get creative.  Watch these videos to see how easy it is to assemble this kit.

That’s not the only thing in the 2014 Holiday Supplement Catalog.  Here’s a quick rundown:  Click on any item to see that item in full detail.

 Everything in the Holiday Supplement is only available on a ‘while supplies last’ basis.  I expect a sell out of the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit, so order yours today before it’s too late!.
Don’t forget to check out our weekly deals while you’re at it:
CM1634BClick on the image above to go right to the Weekly Deals section of my website and see all of the items on sale this week.  Every Tuesday, Weekly Deals are updated so check back each week.
Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space.  I enjoyed having you here.  :)
Have a blessed day,
Nancy

Stamp, Stock & Save!

Just announced:  In honor of World Card Making Day which is celebrated Oct. 4th, Stampin’ Up! has announced the Stamp, Stock & Save promotion.  Stamps, paper, envelopes, ink & adhesive on sale for 15% off now until Oct 6th!

Now is the time to stock up on basic cardstock, inks, & envies.  (Just think of all those cards you’ll be making & mailing in the next few months!)

Click Here for the downloadable flyer.

Click here to go to my online store and see what is on sale!

Want to take your paper crafting to a new level and learn new techniques?   Consider joining my Virtual Stamp Club.  Click here to watch the video I’ve made explaining what a VSC is, how it works, & why it’s right for you.  Then just fill out the sign up box below the video and you’re done; you’re in, you’re part of the club!  Easy peasy.

BTW:  I’ll be making cards on World Card Making Day at the Scranton Mini Maker Faire at Johnson College in Dickson City on Saturday, Oct. 4th from 10AM – 7PM.  Stop by & make a card or two with me :)

Happy Stampin’

Nancy

My Take on #155

I needed to make a project for a workshop and I knew I wanted to use Endless Wishes.  I wanted it to be simple, yet ‘stepped up’ a bit.  As soon as I saw the sketch for this week’s Freshly Make Sketch Challenge, I had my layout!  I love it when things just come together like that!

Here’s the sketch:

And here is my card:Paper Players # 155

I love the simplicity of the snowflakes in this set; the blues & silver just beg to be used.  I used Soft Sky cardstock and a strip of Island Indigo cardstock on the base.  The tag was cropped & shaped using the Scallop Top tag punch.  I used Soft Sky ink to create the tone-on-tone effect on the Soft Sky cardstock.   I love all the possibilities of the sentiments and the font style in the set too.  The snowflakes & silver sequin from the Frosted Sequins are the perfect embellishment and give it just the right amount of bling.  Soft Sky & Island Indigo ink create the snowflakes on the focal point and Silver Metallic ink is reserved for the sentiment.

And, by the way, the ladies at my workshop loved it too!

Don’t forget:  You can stamp with me too, regardless of where you live or your hectic schedule.  My Virtual Stamp Club begins in a few short days.  Click here to find out more and to sign up.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space.  I hope you enjoyed todays post.  And I hope to see you in my Virtual Stamp Club soon!

Nancy

Virtual Stamp Club Now Forming!

Festival of TreesWhen I posted this picture on a facebook group I belong to, the response was overwhelming!  Due to the many requests I had for instructions on how to make this card, I am pleased to announce that I am now offering a VIRTUAL STAMP CLUB!   This card will be one of the projects we make in the first VIRTUAL STAMP CLUB in October 2014.

I’ve had many requests from people asking what a VIRTUAL STAMP CLUB is, how it works, and, how to join.

I’ve made a video answering all of those questions and I’m sharing that video here.    And I’m sharing that with you, my blog followers and mailing list subscribers first.

I hope that you will join me in my Virtual Stamp Club.   Besides papercrafting, I  love teaching people how to rubber stamp!  The Virtual Stamp Club will allow me the opportunity to stamp with so many more people; geography will no longer be a barrier!  Here’s to stampin’ together!

Nancy

September Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Pals Blog Hop. This month we are showing off our favorite new products from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom #26 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 of the amazing creations.

OK, I have to admit, when I first saw the Holiday Catalog,  there were SO MANY that went straight to the top of my MUST HAVE LIST!   I actually had my wish list by page #, rather than item because I knew I needed page 5, and page 41 for example.  And even though I did end up ordering more stamp sets than I planned on, I have actually used them all, and love each & everyone!  (And I have more on the way!  – I just had to have some more stamps & framelits that I didn’t get on the first order!)   But the set I chose to share with you today is Festival of Trees and the coordinating Tree punch (of course, this is a bundle so you’ll save 15% when you purchase them together).

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I used the Trim the Tree DSP Paper Stack to provide the plaid patterned panel behind the focal point.   (I’m loving the Paper Stacks, I’m finding them to be more economical and more user-friendly than our 12×12 pkgs of DSP).

The images in the Festival of Trees are so simple & cute, but I really like the sentiment too.  It’s one of the ‘inside-out” sentiments as I like to call them.  It’s a great way to add a sentiment on the face of the card, and on the inside too.

Here’s the inside:  IMG_3824See what I mean about the sentiment?  A Merry Little Wish…For Lots of Joy at Christmas.  I know so many of you want stamps with a verse for the front and for the inside, so here it is.  And with 5 different trees, the star, the bird, the tinsel, the flower pot, the Festival of Trees stamp set has so much to deliver, esp. for only $15.95.  Bundle it with the coordinating Tree Punch and it’s only $27.95
I used the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits to cut out the piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock behind the tree.

I hope you enjoyed my simple, little project!  It was so fun to make, and I know I’ll be making alot of cards with the set in the next few months.

If you would like to order any of the products used, or anything else from Stampin’ Up!, you can click here or on the pics of each item below.

The next stop is Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains #28 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

  1. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  2. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  4. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  5. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  6. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  7. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Katy McGloin at Just fun Stamping
  10. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  11. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  12. Shannon Jaramillo at www.EZPeasyCards.com
  13. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  17. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  18. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  19. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  20. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  21. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  22. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  23. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  24. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com
  25. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  26. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  27. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space- – – YOU ARE HERE – – -
  28. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  29. September Gray at SeptemberGray.com
  30. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  31. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  34. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  35. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery

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DON’T FORGET: Today is the last day to order your Paper Pumpkin kit for September. And if you have never tried My Paper Pumpkin, today is the last day to try it for only half-price. Use Promo Code HALFOFF2 and get the next two months for only $9.97 each rather than the regular price of $19.95 plus tax. Click here to order yours today!

New to Rubber Stamping?

Whether you’ve been rubber stamping for a long-time or a newbie, there are certain basics you’ll need to keep in mind to be successful.  First, you’ll need good quality rubber stamps, inks, paper, adhesive and a good cutting tool.  And sometimes you just need someone to teach you new techniques, inspire you and show you the ropes.

My first introduction to rubber stamping was 7 or 8 years ago at a Stampin’ Up! workshop.   I had never heard of Stampin’ Up! before attending this workshop, and I always wondered the big deal was about rubber stamping.  I thought, stamp to ink to paper, then what?  How could you make that into a work of art?  I’ve seen rubber stamps with nice images at the craft stores but didn’t know how to turn that into something special.

My introduction to the world of rubber stamping, and Stampin’ Up! that night was life-changing!  Really.  I discovered a world of color, coordinated color, paper, inks, and how to use different ink colors on 1 stamp to make an image come to life.  I learned to cut and glue and add ribbon or a button to embellish.  I was hooked!   I couldn’t sleep that night – I just kept staring at what I made and thinking of all the possibilities of what I could make!  I couldn’t wait for my order to come in so I could start creating.

Here is my very first card that I ever made that fateful evening:

IMG_3765[1]So simple and yet, to me, so beautiful; a work of art!  I don’t remember the name of the stamp set, but I remember using Stampin’ Write Markers to color the stamp.  The ribbon & brads were the icing on the cake .

I jumped at the chance to be part of a stamp club; an opportunity to get together with other ladies who wanted to create with paper & rubber stamps, to learn from our Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and to start my own collection of paper and ink & stamp sets.  My monthly stamp club was something I looked forward to with anticipation.

After a number of years in that club, and encouragement from all the other ladies in my club, I stretched myself to join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator and to start teaching rubber stamping to others.  I still light up whenever I see someone take a rubber stamp to an ink pad and then to paper for the first time and watch as they marvel at their first creation!  I love teaching Stampin’ Up! and I still look forward to my Stamp Club or Class nights.  The fun, the camaraderie, the laughter, the projects.

I would love if you would join me for a stamp class:  I’m hosting a few events in the coming weeks.  Click here for the list of classes.  But I’m also available to come to you and teach a workshop with you and your friends.  Email me to schedule your own workshop.  If this looks and sounds like fun to you; or if you are just curious as what to do with an ink pad and rubber stamp, join me.  My open house on Sept. 13th is free so there is no commitment except a few hours of your time.  The other classes have a nominal fee to cover the cost of supplies.

Don’t live in the NE PA area?  My classes & stamp clubs don’t fit into your schedule?    Join me for a Virtual Stamp Club.    I’m starting a Virtual Stamp Club where we will get together in the comfort of your own home, at your convenience and stamp once a month.  I’ll still teach a new technique each month, and you’ll have the chance to build your stash of supplies.   Sound like fun?  Indicate your interest by emailing me and I’ll send you all the details.

Hope to see you soon.  Stamp happy!

Nancy

 

 

Homemade Holidays are in the bag!

The moment you have been waiting for is here!!! (drum roll, please!)  The Stampin’ Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog!  Filled with lots stamp sets, from traditional Christmas, to whimsical to nature-inspired, Nordic and more!  Lots more, including great DSP’s, embellishment and gift-wrapping!  Well, see for yourself!  Here it is. 2014 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Take a few minutes and flip thru pages for yourself.  What is your must-have stamp set or suite for Christmas?  For Halloween?  For Fall?

Page 41 went straight to the top of my list!  I love the stamp set “For All Things” but the DSP, and buttons & washi tape just made it complete.  Love, love, love Festival of Trees and the coordinating punch, and Ornamental Pine.  Of course, the wreath & framelit set: Wondrous Wreath on page 9 is everybody’s favorite.  And as a bundle, you’ll save 15% when you purchase the stamp set & framelits dies together.

You can begin shopping here.  And with a qualifying order of $150 or more, you can get the Stamp Set “Good Greetings” for FREE, on top of the host rewards!

Want it all but your budget says otherwise?  Today is the last day to join Stampin’ Up and get all the perks that come with joining our family including product discounts!  The SWEET DEAL ends today; buy the starter kit for $99 and receive your choice of $150 worth of products – and it ships for free!  Then take 30% off your first order.  Click here to join now – you don’t have to ‘sell’ anything and there is no obligation but you’ll get all the perks until Jan 30, 2015.

Want to see before you buy?  I’m hosting a Holiday Open House on Sat., Sept. 13th at my home.  I’ll have product demo’s, make & takes, prizes and more!  Come join me- there is no cost for this event but RSVP’s are required.  Leave a comment at the end of the blog post if you’d like to come.

Well, I’ll let you go so you can really study the catalog.  Happy Stampin’,

Nancy

Falling for All Things

Today was the first day that I got to play around with my new stamps, paper & accessories from the soon to be released Holiday Catalog.  The first stamp set I wanted to play with is called “For All Things”.  It reminds me of the Work of Art set because it has a watercolor-ish background stamp.  Because the new Mojo Monday sketch challenge was waiting for me to participate, I decided to use my new stamp set & coordinating DSP to make a card for the Mojo Monday challenge.

IMG_3715 Here is the sketch:

The wonderful, rich colors come from the palette of the new Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper which will be available Aug. 28th.  The stamp set is the coordinating “For All Things” and the sentiment comes from “Good Greetings”; these too will be available with the Holiday Catalog in a few weeks.

If you’d like to play along with Mojo Monday sketch challenge, or see what others have come up with for the challenge just click on the image above.

If you’d like to order from me, click here.  Don’t forget about our weekly deals or the Big Shot Promotion going on now. 

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Purchase a Big Shot now thru August 31 & get a FREE stamp set & framelits bundle (valued up to $60).  Already own a Big Shot?  Well you can purchase these exclusive bundles at a 15% discount.  Click here or on the pic to go to my store.

Come back to see more sneak peeks from the Holiday Catalog.  I have lots more to show you!  Until then, Happy Stampin’

Nancy

Freshly Made for Laura’s birthday

I love the sketch challenge this week from Freshly Made Sketches.  I knew I wanted to use this sketch, possibly  over & over again, and I had several stamp sets and designs come to mind.

See your mind is already creating something with this awesome sketch, isn’t it?  You are already envisioning your favorite DSP for the 2 strips in the mid-ground and you are debating which image to use in the foreground, aren’t you?

Well, I needed a birthday card, and was inspired by a color combination I saw elsewhere and this is what I came up with:

IMG_3694[1]The card base is Sahara Sand and the strips are from the Moonlight DSP layered on top of Lost Lagoon card stock. The main panel is Whisper White cardstock layered on Lost Lagoon cardstock.  The background stamp is from Work of Art and it creates that beautiful watercolor look.  The flower image & sentiment, are from Bloom with Hope, a hostess set.  I think you’ll agree that this is quite a versatile sketch.  Why don’t you try your hand at this sketch and see what you come up with?  Then click on the sketch and head over the Freshly Made Sketch blog to see what others have done with this sketch.

Now you’re probably wondering which 2 colors of blue I used, aren’t you?  Well, I only used one color – Lost Lagoon.  I inked up and stamped right in the middle of the panel first.  Then, without re-inking, I stamped again on the top of the page.   It gives a lighter version of the same color.  Pretty neat, huh?  Sahara Sand ink was used for the lower image.  Tuxedo Black was used for the flower & sentiment.

So simple to put together.  I love the Work of Art stamp set; it is proving to be one of the most versatile stamp sets I own, and one that works for so many occasions.   If you don’t already follow me on Facebook, head on over to my Facebook page to see some other cards made with that set.  While you’re there, please ‘LIKE’ my page so you won’t miss out on other cards.

If you’d like to order any of the products used on this card, my supply list is below.  Just click on item to go right to my online store.

Thanks for hanging out in My Stampin’ Space with me for a little bit; I love having you here. Come back again soon!
Nancy

Cool School Tools – August Pals Blog Hop


Welcome to My Stampin Space and to the Pals Blog Hop for August. This month we are showing off our favorite crafting tools – those Stampin’ Up! tools that we just can’t live without. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery #22 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 of the amazing creations.

I need to thank the Pals for planning the Blog Hop on my son’s birthday so the immediate world can see the cards I’ve made for his birthday.  My  ‘little boy’ turns 22 today.  He’s grown up to be such a fine young man.     I’ve always loved back to school time; I still love school shopping.  Note books, folders, paper, pencils, markers, crayons, calendars & organizational stuff.  Have you seen all the cool locker accessories?  I never had magnetic pencil cups or mirrors for my locker when I was in school.   But I won’t be doing any school shopping anymore so I have to content myself with buying cardstock, ink, Blendabilities and cool school tools from Stampin’ Up!  Come to think of it, I like that much better!

I had fun playing with the Moustache Framelit die and have made 2 cards for my son using this die.  Tell me which one you like best.

IMG_3676[1]This card uses the Moustache framelits die, and the Word Bubble framelit dies, and the Word Window punch (cut in half) for the eyes.  A simple square card from Crumb Cake cardstock and Basic Black cardstock.  The sentiment is from the stamp set “Just Saying” & is stamped with Tangelo Twist ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  Did you notice how the stamp image and framelit die coordinate so perfectly?IMG_3678[1]For this card, I used a Pumpkin Pie cardstock base, with a layer of Soft Suede cardstock for the background.  This time I cut out 3 moustaches, one each from Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie & Old Olive DSP.  A strip of Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped with Early Espresso ink and uses the sentiment from “Peace, Love & Cupcakes”.  A button and piece of bakers’ twine secure the banner to the cardstock.  Candy dots add just a little bit of whimsy to the moustaches.

Now for my favorite tool – but I can’t narrow it down to just one! The most basic tool that any paper crafter has to have, and usually a first purchase, would be the Stampin’ Trimmer.  Every project starts with paper that needs to be cut, and of all the many brands & models of paper cutters out there, none offer the features & engineering that the Stampin’ Up! trimmer have.  Watch the video and you’ll see why!

I can remember my early days of paper crafting and thinking I would never get a Big Shot; I could never justify spending a hundred bucks on a tool and then needing to spend more money on the embossing folders & dies.  But I hosted a $400 workshop and decided the best way to use my half price was on a Big Shot and my hosting rewards for dies.  My papercrafting was taken to a whole new level and I’ve never looked back!  Now I couldn’t image papercrafting without it!  So the Big Shot, and the Magnetic Platform are my top choices for Cool School Tools!

With the Big Shot & Bundles Promotion going on right now, there’s never been a better time to step up your papercrafting and take the plunge.  Order a Big Shot, get a free Stamp set & Framelit die bundle.  I promise you’ll wonder why you waited so long!  Click here or on the graphic below to see all the stamp & framelit bundles you can get with this promotion!

Buy a Big Shot and get a free bundle. 15% discounts for everyone else! Get your free bundle.

The next stop is #24 Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.
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  1. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  2. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  4. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  5. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  7. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  8. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  9. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  10. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  11. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  12. Amy Williams at Stamp and Spice
  13. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  14. Michelle Gleeson at Stampin’ Mojo
  15. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  17. September Gray at SeptemberGray.com
  18. Shannon Jaramillo at EZPeasy Cards
  19. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  22. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  23. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space—YOU ARE HERE—
  24. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  25. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  26. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  27. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creatons
  28. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  29. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  30. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  31. Donna Kopenski at craftycardmaker.wordpress.com
  32. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  33. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  34. Jane Knudsen at www.seejanestamp.com
  35. Candy Ford at Candy’s Blog
  36. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  37. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  38. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  39. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty