Birthday Wishes

Well, this week I decided to play along with CAS(E) this Sketch.  Participating in color and/or sketch challenges is a great way to stretch your paper crafting skills. ( And it’s also a great foundation if you ever feel your creativity is in a rut as it gives a great starting place!) 

When I first saw this sketch, I thought “Hmm.”   I pondered it for a few days and then it came to me.  I knew I needed a masculine birthday card.  The simple color combo of Crumb Cake and Black came to me first.  Then the layout.  All I needed to do now was go down into My Stampin’ Space and find a stamp that would fit inside the circle.  “Endless Birthday Wishes” filled the bill just perfectly!  My answer to the sketch challenge: CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge

I really had fun with this sketch even though it seemed daunting at first!    I settled on gold stars but first tried two other colors for accents. I thought blue, and then thought yellow.   Since my 2014 InColors were already out, I punched a few stars in Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey and tried them on for size.

CAS(E) this sketch - blueCAS(e) this sketch - yellow




While I do like the blue and the yellow, I may have liked a brighter shade of each color, perhaps Marina Mist or Daffodil Delight as I didn’t feel that either color gave enough ‘pop’.  So I finally settled on Gold which I think contrasts nicely with the Crumb Cake & Black combo.

CAS(e) this sketch - gold

So what do YOU think?  Which color do you like the best?  Or would you have an entirely different color?  Please leave me a comment and tell me your thoughts.  Don’t you think this sketch is great for a masculine birthday?

Speaking of birthdays,  I need YOU to help ME celebrate a very important birthday!  I just celebrated a milestone birthday and I’m giving away a birthday gift!  Anyone who places an order with me or thru my on-line store thru Thursday, July 24th will be entered to win a goodie bag filled with a full package of designer series paper, 3 rolls of ribbon and a package of buttons, all in coordinating colors.

So, order anything that is on your wish list and be entered to win.  Need a few ideas?  How about two new Christmas Stamp sets?  Beauty of the Season and Christmas Bliss are both available now.

CM1807BThe long-awaited Blendabilites markers are now available to order!  You definately want to get these markers and take your coloring to a whole new level!


CM1999BDon’t forget our Buy 3, Get 1 FREE promotion going on now on our fabulous Designer Series paper.  Double sided, in our coordinating colors and on-trend patterns, now is the time stock up on your patterned paper.

Demo_Header_pp_promo_0714If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up–get 50% off your first two months. With a deal like this, you’ll want to invite everyone you know to give it a try too!

From July 16, 2014–September 10, 2014, Use the code HALFOFF2 to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2014, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

The Fine Print:

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  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
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  • New subscribers must join by Wednesday, September 10, 2014; 11:50 PM (MT).

So there are lots of options to choose from, so go ahead, place an order and good luck on the drawing .  Winner will be selected randomly and announced on Friday, July 25th.

Happy Stampin!  -  Nancy

Better Get Better, My Friend

Well I just read a post in Facebook that a customer turned friend of mine, is going in the hospital for surgery tomorrow!  So naturally I ran down to My Stampin’ Space to make her a card.

The sketch was inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch challenge and the delicious color combination came from The Paper Players Color Challenge # PP204.

IMG_3596I sure hope that this will brighten the day of my friend while she is recuperating!  I think this lovely color combo will make anyone happy.

This is my time playing with the Paper Players!  I’m excited to participate in their challenge.

I used Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, and Mossy Meadow (all new colors from Stampin’ Up!’s 2014-16 In-Color collection) and Wisteria Wonder for my color palette.  I used the hostess set “Bloom With Hope” for the flowers which were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored using the blender pens and classic ink.  The sentiment comes from A Dozen Thoughts.  The icing on the cake comes from the Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding Ribbon.  It makes such drapey bows, so feminine!  I love seam binding ribbon and I’m so glad that so many new colors have been added!.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space today!  Please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know how you like this card.  If you are inspired to make this card, and need to order any supplies; click here to go to my store, or click on any item below.

Happy Stampin’,




Playing with the Pals

The Pals Paper Arts challenge this week is a color combination I absolutely adore!

The Challenge is simple:  just create a project using these 3 colors!  My answer:

IMG_3592 I used “Endless Birthday Wishes” stamp set for the image & sentiment.  I stamped with Night of Navy & Daffodil Delight ink on Whisper White cardstock.  My circle was cropped out and placed on a scalloped circle punched from Night of Navy Card stock.  This Daffodil Delight cardstock strip features a piece of coordinating Designer Series paper.   Solid color card stock  was punched with the flag end banner punch to create the little flags.  A few Rhinestone Basic Jewels adds some bling!

IMG_3593Since this card was being mailed out to someone special (all of my Stamp Club members get a handmade card from me on their birthday!) I wanted the envelope to be as special as the card.

IMG_3591I also lined the inside of the envelope with coordinating Daffodil Delight paper, but…..I didn’t take a picture of it and I’ve already sealed the envelope, ready to send!  So you’ll just have to take my word that the lined envelope really adds a classy touch!

I love the way that Stampin’ Up! coordinates their products and their Designer Series Pape (DSP) brings our color collections to life!  Now is a great time to stock up on your favorite papers too with our Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale!

CM1999BDon’t forget about our other Specials either!

CM493BThe Clearance Rack was just restocked with some of your favorite, retired products.  Get ‘em while they last because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

CM1634BEach Tuesday, a few select items go on sale.  Check back every Tuesday to see what’s on sale with our Weekly Deals!

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Please leave me a comment to tell me what you think of my card.  And if you’d like to order any products and take advantage of these specials from Stampin’ Up!, just click on the either of the banner pics or click here to shop now.   Remember, you earn Rewards Dollars if your order (excludes tax and shipping) totals $150 or more!

New Hues Review: 28 projects to get your creative juices flowing!

Welcome to the July Pals Blog Hop. This month we are featuring a New Hues Review. Let the new Stampin’ Up! In Colors for 2014-16 inspire you – With 28 bloggers participating, we hope you will find great inspiration from our creations!  Let me start by introducing the new colors to you:  Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, and Tangelo Twist.

color collections

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat 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.

When the new 2014-2016 In-Colors were introduced, I immediately fell in love with Blackberry Bliss.   Paired with Hello, Honey, it became a color combination I reached for over & over again (thanks in part to the new Moonlight DSP Paper stack).

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See what I mean about this color combination? And the Moonlight DSP?  Don’t you just love the Blackberry Bliss ribbon as much as I do?  I used the new “Work of Art” stamp set for these cards.

While I really was getting mileage out of these two colors, I had somewhat neglected the other colors.   So I created the next card purposefully to expand my horizons and reach for other colors.  I used Hello, Honey, Tangelo Twist and Lost Lagoon in this card. Ok, so maybe I didn’t reach too far because it still uses Hello Honey as a primary color but at least I did resist the urge to pair it with Blackberry Bliss!   Instead I choose Tangelo Twist with an accent of Lost Lagoon. IMG_3526

This card features heat embossing and emboss resist as well as a watercoloring  technique.  It uses the new “Bloom with Hope” hostess stamp set.  The sentiment comes from “A Dozen Thoughts”.  The flower was heat embossed using Versamark ink and White embossing powder.  My aqua painters were used to create the watercolored background and to color the flower.  The ribbon is Lost Lagoon and I have to tell you how much I love this new 3/8″ Stitched Satin In-Color ribbon;  I have already used an entire roll of Blackberry Bliss Ribbon and Hello Honey Ribbon!  That’s alot of ribbon!  But thank goodness, I can still buy more – oh, don’t worry!   I already have.  I’m on my second roll of each of those colors!

Please let me know what you like about my projects and don’t forget to tell me which of the new colors is your favorite color!   Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space today.  If you want to order these products, or any others, please stop by my on-line and shop securely.   Just click on any hi-lighted item above or click on any item in the table below.  Thanks!

The next stop is Susan Itell at Simple Stampin on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.



  1. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  2. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  3. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  4. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  5. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  6. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  7. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Amy Hoptay at
  10. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  11. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  12. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  13. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  14. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space —YOU ARE HERE!—
  15. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  16. Donna Kopenski at
  17. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  18. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  19. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  20. Cheryl McAskill at A Stampin’ Holiday
  21. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  22. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  23. September Gray at
  24. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  25. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  26. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  27. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  28. Rae Harper-Burnet at

Another Way to use your Pinwheels

I shared with you an ‘out of the box’ way to use some of the pinwheels from the June Paper Pumpkin kit and here’s another really clever way to use them!  This was created by one of the ladies in my  Stamp Club.  Christy Seaman is really crafty and I was so excited to see how she used some of her pinwheels that I asked her if I could share her idea with you.  She agreed so here it is:

IMG_6095Mason Jars are so popular right now and Christy combined this trendy subject material with the Pinwheel she created as well as some pennant flags stamped with the stamps provided in the kit, tied everything up with some sparkly patriotic ribbon, and voila, a gift jar suitable for filling with all sorts of treats.

(Personally, I think it would be great filled with M&M’s!)  I would love that!  What would you like to see in your jar?

If you don’t already subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin, what are you waiting for?  It’s a complete craft kit in a box, shipped right to your door each month, for only $19.95!   Each month, a different project.  Instructions are included but most kits can be used in a myriad of ways, like I’ve been showing you here.

Please do yourself a favor, and sign-up now!  You need to sign up before July 10th to get the July kit.  You can also ‘gift’ a subscription to someone else.  You can prepay for a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.  The subscription can also be added to an on-line order, or a customer workshop order.  Savings are offered on the 6 & 12 month subscriptions.   Subscriptions need to be redeemed (either by you or your gift recipient) before the 10th of the month to receive that months’ kit.

You can make these pinwheels from any square of double sided  Designer Series Paper.  And now in July, you can buy 3 get 1 free of our exclusive DSP

Buy 3 DSP Get 1 Free

Click here to see all the Designer Series Paper included in this offer and to order yours today.

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think about Christy’s pinwheel mason jar.  I’ll be sure to pass along all those comments to Christy.  This is her first debut on my blog so I want to make sure my readers give her a warm welcome.  Thanks!   Nancy

Pinwheels & Patriotic Pennants

I have to say the June Paper Pumpkin is my favorite kit so far!  I just LOVE the pinwheels!  The kit is so appropriate for our Independence Day decor and just for summer decor too!  The pinwheels, the clear bags for cookies & baked treats, the clips & brads & baker’s twine, the printed straws – there is so much in this kit.  And let’s not forget about the Stamp Set & ink pad.


While I had so much fun making pinwheels (there are 24 pieces of double sided paper cut & punched for pinwheels), I used some of the paper to make pennants too!  I decided to glue a few pinwheels to a grapevine wreath and make another Patriotic decor item too!


I used some burlap ribbon and demin jean ribbon to wrap around the grapevine wreath, then I glued 3 pinwheels on the left.  I cut a square of the DSP into quarters to make 4 triangles, then clipped the corners to make these pennants.   The new Star Framelits dies made easy work of making a few stars from Real Red cardstock and Silver Glimmer Paper.

I made several Pinwheels for myself, shared them with my Stamp Club so all the girls made pinwheels too, this wreath, and I still have supplies left over!

As a subscriber to My Paper Pumpkin, I can buy past Paper Pumpkin kits and refill kits.  If you didn’t get the June Paper Pumpkin kit, and now are feeling left out, and wanting this kit, subscribe to Paper Pumpkin now so you won’t miss the July kit, and so you can order the June kit!  See how easy that is?   You can have it all!


Did you know that you can subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin and have it delivered to your door every month, or you can order a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.  Subscriptions can even be ‘gifted’ to someone else so you can share this with a friend or loved one.  To learn more about subscriptions, click here.


Don’t forget today is the last day for the $50 promotion to join Stampin’ Up!  You can get $55 worth of products for only $50, and get all the perks of benefits of being part of the Stampin’ Up! family.  You’ll receive a discount on all the products you buy, earn a profit on any Stampin’ Up! product you sell, get connected with the Stampin’ UP! community and by joining with me, you’ll also get to be part of my virtual on-line community of over 700 Pals connected thru our private Facebook groups and Pals community.  If you want to join, just click here!

Hoping to see you on the Paper Pumpkin carriage in July!  Subscriptions need to be redeemed before the 10th of  the month to get that month’s’ kit shipped to you.

Leave me a comment and let me know how you like my patriotic wreath.  What will you make with your kit?


Peace, Love & Cupcakes

My three step-daughters all have their birthdays in June.  So when the new catalog made its’ debut June 1st, I was on the look-out for stamps to make birthday cards.

The card on page 52 using the “Peace, Love & Cupcakes” stamp set just screamed Lisa’s name so that stamp went right to the top of my must-have list.   When I sat down to make her card, I CASE’d the card exactly!  Sometimes you know perfection when you see it!

IMG_3522Isn’t this card just adorable?  I love that the new Sweetheart Punch (page 222) also coordinates with the heat shape in this stamp set.  I also love that the Stampin’ Up! catalogs aren’t just product catalog but are idea & inspiration books too!  Sometimes I get great ideas, or color combinations, layouts, etc. right from the pages of the catalog.  And this new catalog is thru the roof with ideas!

If you want to order this stamp set, the coordinating punch or any other Stampin’ Up! product, you can shop online thru my store here.  If you want a new 2014/15 Catalog, and don’t have a relationship with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, let me know and I’ll be happy to mail you a catalog of your own.  Just email me and ask for a catalog!

Where do you get your inspiration from?  Leave me a comment and tell me where you find your creative streak.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space today, please come back.  I have a few other birthday cards to share with you.

Jun 24 Weekly Deals


Weekly Deals

We hope you enjoy this week’s Weekly Deals!

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New Catalog Pals Blog Hop

 Welcome to the June Pals Blog Hop. This month we are excited to show off new Stampin’ Up! products from the just released 2014-15 annual catalog and idea book. We hope you find great inspiration from the projects. Get your wish list ready!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Deb Simonis 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.

June Blog Hop

One of my favorite new products in the new 2014/15 Catalog is the new In-Color Collection!  I am learning to love all of the new colors.  I immediately gravitated towards Blackberry Bliss and Hello, Honey, and the beautiful combination those two colors made.  I’m now really learning to appreciate Lost Lagoon and it really stands well on its’ own.  It really needs just a pop of color, just an accent, to make this color shine.   This card shows off how beautiful Lost Lagoon is.

The image is the stamp “Blended Bloom“.  This large flower bloom is so versatile; it’s a perfect stamp for watercoloring, or coloring with our new Blendabilities markers, but it also is a great stamp on it’s own.  I chose to stamp this image and the sentiment in Lost Lagoon ink on whisper white cardstock and layer it on top of a piece of DSP from the Moonlight DSP paper stack.

The new 3/8″ stitched satin ribbon is so lovely; it’s soft & silky but stands up to hold a bow and knots so beautifully.  The ribbon adorning this card is also Lost Lagoon and it is available in all 5 of the new in-colors.    A little accent of Hello, Honey and a rhinestone jewel provide just the right accent and pop of color.

Do you recognize the sentiment?  If you subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin then you will.  It was part of the “Hey, Man” May kit.  If you are not a subsciber to the Paper Pumpkin kit, then what are you waiting for?  This is the monthly craft kit that comes to your doorstep each month, providing you all the supplies you need to make a project each month.   You can get your magical paper crafting escape right here and join the fun each month.  Click here for all the deets on My Paper Pumpkin.

The next stop is Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.


  1. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  2. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  3. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  4. Christie Crosby at Stampin’ Creativity
  5. KatyMcGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  6. Colleen Mollema at Uncanny Crafting
  7. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  9. Michelle Quinno at Shell’s Life
  10. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  11. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  12. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  13. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  14. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  15. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  16. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  17. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  18. September Gray at
  19. Brian King at Stamp With Brian
  20. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  21. Donna Kopenski at
  22. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  23. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  24. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space — YOU ARE HERE —
  25. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  26. Rae Harper-Burnet at
  27. Martie Pollard at Crafty Bandit

Thanks to the talented Nicole Watt for creating the badge & buttons for this blog hop.  The badge and buttons were created in MDS using the new Best Birthday Yet Digital Ensemble (136520).

Pretty Packages, Flowers & File Folders

Well, I hope you’ve had a chance to view the videos I shared in my last post.  Isn’t the “What’s Your Type?” stamp set so cool? I bet if you’re like me, you probably would have skipped right over that set when perusing the catalog because you didn’t know how totally awesome & versatile that set is. Now that you know, is that stamp set on your wish list? It made it to my Wish List “A” list; it’s on it’s way to my right now!

Now I have some more videos for you to watch today!  So grab a coffee, sit back & relax!  You’re going to love these videos!

Now, go grab your paper, punches, Big Shot and start creating!   Share your creations with me;  I love to show off what my customers make.  Send me a pic and I’ll post it on my blog!

Speaking of creating, how would you like a craft kit to appear on your doorstep, filled with all the supplies you need to create a complete project?   Each month, a different project. Each month, the anticipation of what’s to come.   I’m talking about My Paper Pumpkin, the monthly craft kit. Order yours before June 10th and you’ll get it half price! Normally just $19.95 per month (Shipping included!); enter promo code JUNE2014 when ordering your June kit and you’ll pay only $9.97!


To get your kit, just Click Here to sign up and create an account.   You can enter your credit card info and continue to receive a Paper Pumpkin kit each month and you can cancel at any time.  But, you probably won’t want to!  Watch this and you’ll see why:

For only $10, you can’t afford NOT to try this. Order your June kit now, before the 10th of the month to take advantage of this half off promo!

See you soon!

Don’t Miss Out

Today is a great day! With all the excitement in the air surrounding the release of the new catalog, don’t forget that today is the last day to order any items on the retiring stamp set and accessory lists. So if you place an order today thru my online store, you can order new products, and your retiring favs before they are gone!
Retired StampsThe complete lists of retiring stamps and accessories are posted below, however, many items have already sold out.  To go to the retiring products section of my website, click here. 

Retired Stamps

Retired Accessories

The items from the 2013 Holiday Catalog that are being carried over have just been announced and you can view the Holiday Carry-over List here.


Is your wish list bigger than your budget?

Now may be the perfect time to join Stampin’ Up! and take advantage of all the perks and discounts of being a demonstrator!   Choose either or standard Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit for $99 (which includes your choice of $125 of products) or thru June 30th, you can purchase a Starter Kit for only $50 (filled with your choice of $55 worth of products).  Purchase your kit through me HERE, and you’ll not only join Stampin’ Up! (with all the perks and discounts of being a demonstrator), you’ll instantly become a member of the Stampin’ Pretty Pals Virtual Community  which offers exclusive resources, inspiration, friendships and fun!  This offer is not just for those who want to build a business, but for anyone who wants to feed their paper crafting passion.  Many in our group are strictly hobby demos – there is no obligation to ‘sell’ anything!

Like I said earlier, today is a great day!  Take advantage of the day to order your favorite new products, your favorite retiring products, get a jump start on your holiday cards & projects, or take your passion to a new level by joining Stampin’ Up! and partnering with me!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you tomorrow when we’ll continue our video lessons.

Happy Stampin’