Simply The Best (and you can get in on the action!)

I am having such a blast on my journey with Stampin’ Up!  I never imaged where this gig would have taken me and the people I have met, and the friends I have made along the way.  I am so blessed by it all!   It has been simply the best!

Simply the Best

I am honored to be part of Mary Fishs’ Stampin’ Pretty Pals.  Mary is the best of the best when it comes to all things Stampin’!  I was drawn to her style: clean, simple, sophisticated and chic!

Mary has been honored to be #1 Globally in Sales, Recruiting and Leadership.  Last fall she achieved the One Million Dollar Mark in Sales! I think that makes her simply the best.   As such she was recognized with having a stamp set designed just for her.  This is her stamp set and punch bundle.  Varied Vases BundleThis bundle will be available to purchase June 1st when the 2018/19 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog is released.  As a demonstrator, one of the perks I enjoy is an early pre-order.  I was able to get this bundle several weeks ago.  Sweet, right?

This is the card I made for Mary to let her know what I think of her!  ( I mailed the card weeks ago, I sure hope she has received it before seeing this post! )

Varied Vases card for Mary Fish

I think Mary is simply the best!  And her stamp set and punch bundle rock!  Of course the stamp set wasn’t the only new product on this card.  I created an ombre effect background of all our red cardstock, starting from the bottom up, Merry Merlot, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Lovely Lipstick and Poppy Parade.  You can see the variation in colors in all of these luscious shades of red.

You will also be able to order the new colors of Merry Merlot, Lovely Lipstick and Poppy Parade on June 1st.

Well, I hope Mary likes her card as much as I like her stamp set and punch.  If you want to join me on this fun journey with Stampin’ Up!, order your $99 Starter Kit today and let’s see where it takes you!  My prediction is that you’ll make new friends, discover new talent and confidence and enjoy the ride!  My Stampin’ UP! journey is simply the best and yours can be too!

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

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Get Inked Up! New Ink Pad Redesign

The new 2018/19 Annual Stampin’ UP! catalog release is just days away and I couldn’t be more excited to share this new catalog with you!    One of the biggest product changes creating a lot of buzz is the redesign of the Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads.  I think these improvements are going to get you fired up to get inked up.

Watch this video to see the new ink pads in action and the newly designed case, labels and ink formula.

Isn’t that exciting! I just love the new design and since the pads stack, they take up less space and make storage more efficient. Gotta love that!

The ink formula just glides on and stamps so smoothly and creates a much more even stamped image.  Get inked up over that, too!

2018/20 In Color Ink Pad collection

The new ink pads will be available for all colors, including all of the new colors, on June 1st.  You can order the 2018-20 In Colors Ink Pad Collection as part of the Pre-Order right now.    When you order any of the Share What You Love bundles available in Pre-Order now, you’ll receive the new redesigned ink pads too.

Shop my online store now.   (And please use host code 9UBBQ3MG if your order is less than $150 before shipping and tax. – thanks!)   Now, Go Get Inked Up!

Nancy

Pop Paradise Pineapples

I am still saying good-bye to some of my  beloved stamps and such that will be retiring at the end of this month to make way for some new and exciting products in the new catalog to be released June 1st.

For my class earlier this week, I pulled out Pop of Paradise and some of the retiring 2016-28 InColors.  As I was stamping these playful pineapples, I wondered why it’s been so long since I inked up these stamps.  So much fun!

The retiring 2016-18 In Colors colors of Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo*, it seemed like a match made in heaven for this stamp set.  Just look at this adorable card:Pop of Paradise PineappleStampin’ Write markers were used to color in each of the pineapples.  The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners.

Such a cute card in fun, playful colors!  A perfect send-off for this lovely stamp  set.  Get yours before it’s gone.  Pop of Paradise

Retiring products

Click here to shop the retiring items.  NEW!  Many items on the Retiring List are now on sale.  Shop now before they’re gone.  Please remember to use HOST CODE 9UBBQ3MG when you place an online order less than $150.  If your order is $150 or more (before tax & shipping) do NOT use the host code but rather redeem the host rewards for yourself.

Thanks

Nancy

Bye, Bye Butterfly!

Bye, Bye Butterfly!  This is something I would say to my kids when they were younger.  Now I’m saying it to some retiring products I love.   I am so sad to see the Watercolor Wings stamp set retire, but I’m even sadder to see the Bold Butterfly Framelits and the Butterflies Thinlits retire!  Together this trio of products just made all your butterfly creating dreams come true!

Watercolor Wings # 139424

Watercolor Wings # 139424

You can click here to purchase the Watercolor Wings stamp set.

Bold Butterflies Framelits # 138135

Bold Butterflies Framelits # 138135

You can click here to purchase the Bold Butterflies Framelits.

Butterfly Thinlits # 137360

Butterfly Thinlits # 137360

The Butterflies Thinlits dies are indeed already sold out!  Retiring items are only available thru May 31st or while supplies last.  DO NOT WAIT if you want something that is on the retiring list!

A Butterfly Project Tutorial for you

I made this project in my class a week or so ago that I want to share with you:  Bold Butterfly and I made this video to show you how to make this project.

I hope you enjoyed my Bye, Bye Butterfly tribute.  And I hope that you grab the Watercolor Wings stamp set and Bold Butterflies Thinlits while they are still available.  Click here to shop my online store, and don’t forget to grab any item from the Retiring Lists and the recently updated Clearance Rack.

Retiring Products graphic

Annual Catalog Retiring List

Occasions Catalog Retiring List

Clearance Rack

Retiring 2016-2018 InColors

Snag these now before they’re gone, and you won’t have to say Bye, Bye Butterfly!

Thanks, Friends, See you soon! – Nancy

 

 

This is the most exciting time of year

This is the best time of year to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator; it’s the most exciting time of year, even more so than Christmas!  This is when the demonstrators get to see the new Annual Stampin’ UP! catalog and even get to order some sneak peak items!

Last weekend I attended the Stampin’ UP! OnStage event in Hartford, CT.  There the new catalog was unveiled, I got to meet up with some old friends, make new friends, partied a little bit, hear some exciting announcements from the home office, and take home some new, not yet released stamp sets and accessories.  And yes, I took home a new catalog too, along with some swag!  And of course, the swaps!  More on that in my next post.

Of course the new catalog brings new products which is very exciting.  In order to make way for new, some products will be retiring.  You can see the list of Retiring products here and here.

The announcement that created the most excitement was the Color Revamp for 2018! 2018 Stampin' UP! Color Revamp

In addition to the InColor program (where 5 new colors are added each year for a 2-year duration) several colors are being retired, and some new colors are being added, and some previously retired InColors are coming back for a permanent placement in the current color line-up.  So without any further adu, let’s take a look.

First, here are the In Color Collections. Each collection is available for a 2-year period.  Each color a set of 5 colors is cycled in, and a set of 5 colors is rotated out. This shows both In Color collection side by side.  Stampin' Up! InColorsNext we have some returning colors that will now have a permanent place in our color line-up.  Stampin' Up! Returning ColorsI’ve been pining the loss of Mint Macaron and Blackberry Bliss and have been hoping for their return.  So glad to welcome all of these colors back!

In order to keep up with current color trends and to keep our color palette fresh, several brand new colors are being introduced.  Here they are: Newly added colors to the Stampin' UP! Color CollectionWhen you put it all together, this is what the new color palette for 2018 will look like:  Stampin' Up! New Color CollectionsBasic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White have been moved out of the Neutrals Collection, into a Basics Collection, in order to keep all of the colors in each collection an exclusive Stampin’ Up! color.  This actually creates a total of 53 colors, versus the 50 that were available previously.

I told you this is the most exciting time of year!   As a demonstrator I can pre-order these colors and they are on their way to me.  I’ll be posting color swatches of the new colors along side current colors so you can see how they compare.

Of course to make room for new colors and returning colors, other colors had to be retired.  Colors that are no longer as fresh and trendy are retired.  The list of retiring colors is as follows:

Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, and Wisteria Wonder.  All items in these colors will be retired (cardstock, ink, ribbon, etc.) and will be available until May 30th or while supplies last.  My advice would be stock up on these retiring colors now before they are sold out.  You can shop your favorite color by color collection here.  Just click on the color you want and you’ll see every item in that color!  Pretty cool, right?

Now I know I just gave you a lot of information to digest.  You can get

Retiring Products graphic

Feel free to print out the Retiring Lists from both Catalogs here:

Annual Catalog Retiring Products     Occasions Catalog Retiring Products

Shop for your favorite Stampin’ UP! products here:

Questions?  Ask me!  I love to hear from you and am always happy to answer your questions.

Are you excited about all the new colors and new products too?  Want to get your hands on the new products now?  Why wait until June 1st, order your $99 Starter Kit now and get all the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  I’d love to share with you why it may be the best decision you’ll ever make, and how you can make this the most exciting time of year for you too!

I’ll share all the swaps I made at OnStage in my next blog post, so come back. See you soon.

Nancy

Have you considered this?

Sale-A-Bration is quickly coming to an end 🙁  I have loved so many of the items in Sale-A-Bration this year.  From Heartfelt Blooms and Blossoming Basket Bundle to the Party Pandas and the Epic Celebration, there was just something for everyone.  While there are so many options of merchandise to get for free with a qualifying purchase, have you considered this? Free with a qualifying purchase is NOT the only way to save during Sale-A-Bration.

Have you considered joining Stampin’ Up? If you have considered it, then you should act on it now.  You’ll get 2 free stamp sets of your choice, any value, when you purchase the $99 Starter Kit during Sale-A-Bration.

If you’ve never considered joining Stampin’ Up! before, let me give you some things to consider.  First ,when you join Stampin’ Up!  you get an incredible value in the $99 Starter Kit – $125 worth of products, and Free Shipping for $99.  During Sale-A-Bration, add 2 stamp sets of your choice, any value.Join Stampin' Up1Second, you get all the perks of being a demonstrator, but it’s up to you if you want to join as a hobby demonstrator, or a business builder.  Join just to get the discount off your favorite products, and be your own (even only) customer. Or build a business and earn a profit every time you make a sale.   Imagine being able to contribute to your monthly budget by having an income doing what you love.  It all begins with the $99 Starter Kit.

My favorite perk of being a distributor is the early catalog reveal and pre-order.  Join Stampin’ Up! now and be able to see the new 2018-19 Annual Catalog on April 9th rather than waiting for the June 1 release!

Community:

A close tie for the #1 perk of being part of the Stampin’ Up! family is the community.  Our closed, online groups have allowed me to make friends across the country, as well as the friendships I’ve developed stamping with others locally.

Events:

Corporate events, like the OnStage event I’ll be attending in 2 weeks are just plain fun!  Filled with excitement, swaps, prize patrol, early catalog release, learning and sneak peaks, it’s a time to be relished.  And since it’s for demonstrators only, it’s an exclusive event.

These are just some of the reasons you should consider joining Stampin’ Up!  So  whether you’ve been contemplating this, or you never thought of it, if you join before the end of Sale-A-Bration on March 31st, you’ll get the added bonus of 2 Free Stamp sets.  That makes the incredible $99 Starter Kit deal, an even better deal!

Click here to purchase the $99 Starter Kit and join the Stampin’ Up! family.  Have questions?  Contact me and I’ll answer your questions and help you decide if now is the best time for you to join Stampin’ UP!

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

 

 

Heartfelt Thanks deserve Heartfelt Blooms

This week, someone went out of their way to help me in such a tremendous way and I really wanted to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to this gentlemen.  What better way to say ‘thanks‘ than with a handmade card.  And what better way to deliver heartfelt thanks than by using the “Heartfelt Blooms” stamp set.

Heartfelt Thanks to FMS, too!

This sketch by Freshly Made Sketches was the perfect starting point for my card.Freshly Made Sketches #329That large circle shape just begged to be filled with the awesome Heartfelt Blooms stamp.   This is what I came up with:

Heartfelt Thanks using Heartfelt Blooms

I am pleased with the way this card turned out.  You can visit the FMS blog to be inspired with how others interpreted this sketch.

I started with a rectangle of whisper white and stamped the floral image in Bermuda Bay ink in the lower left corner.  I used Dapper Denim ink to stamp the sentiment (also from the Heartfelt Bloom stamp set).Heartfelt BloomsNext I layered this panel with a rectangle of Bermuda Bay card stock and wrapped it with Bermuda Bay ribbon.  I had some of my favorite 1/4″ white cotton ribbon (retired) that I layered over the ribbon to tone it down a bit.  A few of the  Tutti-Frutti adhesive backed sequins in Pool Party were added for a bit of embellishment.  Then that whole layer was adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals onto a Dapper Denim card base.   Quick and Easy!  But the end result makes it look like I spent a lot of time on this card, thanks to the awesome Heartfelt Bloom stamp set.

Sale-A-Bration

You can get the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set for Free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration but you have to hurry.  Sale-A-Bration ends next week on March 31st and this stamp will not be returning.

2016-2018 InColors

By the way, do you know that Dapper Denim is one of the 2016-2018 InColors which means that this color will be retiring May 31st.  If you want any of the 2016-2018 In Colors, you should start stocking up now as from this point forward, retiring In Colors are available on a while supplies last basis.  So you can stock up on these colors while you can still get them AND earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items!  Win-Win!

Click here to shop my online store and with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) you can select the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set for FREE.  There is no limit to how many items you can get for FREE during Sale-A-Bration so the more you shop, the more you can get!

Shop Online

When you shop, if your order (before tax and shipping) is less than $150, please use Host Code Z7KWJFBP.  If your order is $150 or more (before tax and shipping) DO NOT use the host code but rather, claim the host rewards for yourself.  Shop Online Now with Nancy Gleason at MyStampinSpaceAnd, when you place an order with me, I’ll be sending heartfelt thoughts of appreciation to you!  – Nancy

Did you ever do anything COMPLETELY Different than planned?

Did you ever do anything COMPLETELY Different than you planned?  I did! GDP130When I saw this sketch challenge from Global Design Project, I immediately envisioned using the Beautiful Peacock stamp in the focal point, and using the beautiful bright blues & greens & golds of a real peacock.  What I ended up with isn’t even remotely close!  No peacock in sight!  Nancy Gleason GDP#130 entryDoes that ever happen to you?  I just didn’t like the way the peacock had to be cropped to fit in the circle, so I just scrapped that idea entirely and went in a different direction, and boy I’m sure glad I did!  I really like the way this card turned out. (Confession:  I ultimately wound up using a larger punch than I was planning and the peacock may have fit much better in the larger 2-1/2″ circle.  But don’t tell the Peacock!).

Anyway, this card gave me opportunity to break out my sponge brayers that have been sitting idle and feeling lonely lately.  I just love to color, whether with colored pencils, crayons, Stampin’ Blends, and coloring the background with a brayer is just joyful to me.  A sponge brayer, an ink pad and the Springtime Foils Specialty DSP created the layer immediately behind the focal point. The metallic dots resist the ink so when you color the paper, the metallic print isn’t affected!  I like the way the Rose Gold metallic looks against Rich Razzleberry.  A piece of Crumb Cake cardstock behind this gives balance and contrast to this busy layer, and the Rich Razzleberry card base ties it all together.

Take a closer look at the sponged Springtime Foils Specialty DSP:Sponge Brayered Springtime Foils DSPThe focal point circle was stamped on top of the sunburst image in Sahara Sand ink twice to create a circle.  Then I stamped the floral image in Versamark ink and heat embossed using gold embossing powder.  Look closely:Gold Embossed floral from Amazing You stamp set

Next up I colored the flower using Rich Razzleberry ink and my aqua painter.  I layered the ink on very lightly and built it up a layer at a time.    Another scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock provided me with just the right thing for my sentiment layer.  I stamped the border & Congratulations from “Happy Birthday Gorgeous” in Rich Razzleberry ink and enlisted the help of my snips to crop out that shape.

Although there are a lot of elements and layers, this card came together fairly quickly.  I’m hoping the folks over at the GDP like it, and I hope you like it too! Why don’t you head over the Global Design Project and see what others have come up with using this sketch.  But before you leave, please take a moment and leave me a comment to tell me what you think of my card, and if you ever completely changed directions when you sat down to create a card, or any other craft project.  If you need any of the products listed here, please click here to shop now.  Remember the Sale-A-Bration items are Free with a qualifying purchase ($50 or $100 before tax and shipping).   There is NO LIMIT on how many FREE Sale-A-Bration items you can earn.  Sweet, right?  But there is a TIME LIMIT – it all goes away on March 31st!  So place your qualifying order and get your favorite Sale-A-Bration items before they’re gone! Shop Online Now with Nancy Gleason at MyStampinSpaceHappy Stampin’
Nancy Gleason. Stampin' UP! demonstrator, teacher, and blogger

Bubble Over with Happiness During the last few days of Sale-A-Bration!

Today I want to share with you a delightful pattern of Designer Series Paper that will just make you just bubble over with happiness! It is the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper (147244). Bubbles & Fizz DSPThis paper coordinates perfectly with the Bubble Over Stamp Set and Bottles & Bubbles Framelits dies (Bundle & Save! – 146082). The Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes are the perfect embellishment to add a bubbly finishing touch to this product suite!

 Watch & See:

And it’s FREE! What’s better than cute AND free?   Cute, free and perfect coordination! Look at the Bubble Over Stamp set:  And the Bottles & Bubbles Framelits Dies:Bottles & Bubbles Framelits DiesAnd with the Bubble Over Bundle and Bubbles & Fizz DSP, you get it all.  So get it all right now!Shop Online Now with Nancy Gleason at MyStampinSpaceSale-A-Bration ends March 31st and the Bubble Fizz DSP will be gone.  You’ll still be able to get the Bubble Over Bundle until May 31st, but you won’t be able to get the coordinating paper after March 31st.

Want to see my other Sale-A-Bration picks?  Click Here, Here and Here.  Which Sale-A-Bration items is YOUR favorite?  Click to leave a comment.  So order the Bubble Over Bundle  and get the FREE Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper now and I know you will bubble over with happiness with all the cute cards, gift tags and scrapbook pages you’ll make!

A set called “Heartfelt Blooms”

Sale-A-Bration offers exclusive products for FREE with a qualifying purchase.  One of the exclusive stamp set you can get is a set called “Heartfelt Blooms”.  This is a red rubber set available in clear mount (147202) and wood mount (147197).  In keeping with Stampin’ Up! high standard of innovative products, this stamp is a Distinktive stamp, a patent pending technology that gives a photographic finish.  Take a look:  Heartfelt Blooms Clear-Mount Stamp Set

The stamp set features this beautiful, life-like flower bouquet along with some great sentiments with fabulous fonts.  To see how awesome this stamp set is, watch this video:

HOw I used it

Now take a look at a card I made using a set called “Heartfelt Blooms:”

a sympathy card using a set called "Heartfelt Blooms"

This card uses a color combination Fresh Fig and Sweet Sugarplum.  The stamped image is so beautiful it does all of the work for you.  A simple sentiment and a ribbon pulls the focal together and the Basket Weave TIEF creates the perfect backdrop!  (More on that Basket Weave embossing folder in my next blog post!)

a set called "Heartfelt Blooms" meets Basket Weave TIEF by Nancy Gleason of My Stampin Space

For this next card I pulled Mint Macaroon out of retirement  as it pairs so well with Tranquil Tide, don’t you agree?

Which color combination do you like best?  Leave me a comment here.

I know you want Heartfelt Blooms.  And it’s yours FREE with a qualifying $50 purchase.  So stock up on some cardstock, adhesives, envelopes, etc.,  NOW while you still can get this stamp set.  Click HERE or on the shopping cart:

OnLine Shopping Cart Nancy Gleason Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and for shopping my online store.  Now you too can have a set called “Heartfelt Blooms” of your very own! Sweet 🙂