Birthday Fiesta!

The first time I laid eyes on the llama in the Birthday Fiesta set I knew I had to have him!   And I knew exactly what I wanted to do!    I wanted to make a Llama Pinata!  And I wanted the Pinata hanging above a bunch of people in party hats!  Don’t ask me why, or what prompted that thought, but that’s what I wanted to do.  And today, I did it.

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My Fringe Scissors helped me make layers of fringed cardstock that I used to cover the llama which I had cropped out of coaster board (retired) using the Fiesta Time Framelits.  After I layered the fringe, I just snipped around the coaster board llama.  The Llama Pinata is dangling from a piece of Baker’s Twine.

The party hats were simply cropped from the end of the Tree Punch and topped off with a little scallop circle (Both punches are now retired as well).

The background has a festive, party mood thanks to the “Festive” TIEF.

Ok, so I know that the eyes make him look a little wonky.  Maybe I would have been better off leaving no eyes on him at all in retrospect.  But I still am glad for the chance to bring my vision of a Llama Pinata to life!

I have more cards that I made with this product suite that i will be sharing in the next few days.  If you feel that you need to have this Product Suite too, click here to start shopping!  This Product Suite has a stamp set, Framelit dies, Designer Serires Paper and TIEF.   And you can BUNDLE & SAVE on the stamp set and Framelit dies!  A Cardstock pack is also available.

But please remember a few things:Bonus DaysDid you get everything you want from the new annual catalog yet? Since it came out only a month ago, you probably still have some items on your wish list, and we have some great news for you! For every $50 USD  you spend in between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 USD Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 2-31. This is a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favorite products now or later in August with your coupons!

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• Promotion period: July 7–31, 2016
• Redemption period: August 2–31, 2016
• An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
It is strongly recommended that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be resent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
• Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.

To celebrate my recent milestone achievement (you can read about that here) I am going to give EVERY CUSTOMER who places an on-line thru me of $50 or more, a package of my favorite new embellishment from the 2016 Annual Catalog.  Metallic Enamel ShapesThe Metallic Enamel Shapes are such a versatile addition to our Embellishment offering!  With hearts, stars and 2 different sizes of circles, there is something here for almost every project!

So click here to start shopping and get double the gifts when your order reaches $50 (before shipping and tax).   Hey, if you would use this Host Code when you place your order, I’d appreciate that:  B47BNP6.  Several folks have already placed an order with me and earned the free embellishments.  Will you be next?

 

 

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All the ‘thanks’ belong to you!

It is still sinking in, but yesterday, I reached a great milestone in my Stampin’ Up! career.   I reached $10,000 in sales for the Stampin’ UP! year (since Oct. 2015).  This is the first time that my sales were that high in any given year, and I have only YOU to thank for that!

I truly love and appreciate each and every one of my customers and I am always humbled and grateful when someone places an order for their Stampin’ Up! supplies thru me.   I know that you can choose from many other demonstrators, so it really means so much to me when you choose me! 🙂

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As a way to express my thanks, I am going to give EVERY CUSTOMER who places an on-line thru me of $50 or more, a package of my favorite new embellishment from the 2016 Annual Catalog.  Metallic Enamel ShapesThe Metallic Enamel Shapes are such a versatile addition to our Embellishment offering!  With hearts, stars and 2 different sizes of circles, there is something here for almost every project!

And if it can get any better, it does!  Bonus DaysDid you get everything you want from the new annual catalog yet? Since it came out only a month ago, you probably still have some items on your wish list, and we have some great news for you! For every $50 USD  you spend in between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 USD Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 2-31. This is a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favorite products now or later in August with your coupons!

Details
• Promotion period: July 7–31, 2016
• Redemption period: August 2–31, 2016
• An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
It is strongly recommended that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be resent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
• Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.

So click here to start shopping and get double the gifts when your order reaches $50 (before shipping and tax).   Hey, if you would use this Host Code when you place your order, I’d appreciate that:  B47BNP6E

Thank you so much for helping me share in this achievement!  I couldn’t have done it without you!  🙂

Nancy

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Watch this!

The new Stampin’ UP! catalog!  It’s been all the buzz lately.  If you don’t have a catalog yet, you can view it here.  But, you may want to ‘watch’ the new catalog!  Stampin’ UP! has produced a number of videos showcasing some of the newest products.

So, don’t you think that watching the catalog is just as fun as reading the catalog?

Today’s the Day!

June 1st – the release of the new 2016-17 Annual Stampin’ UP! catalog!  Click the catalog cover image below to start flipping thru the pages and dive into the creative goodness of all the new products and on-trend stamp sets, and try on the new 2016-18 In Colors!

2016 Stampin' UP! Annual CatalogMeet the New 2016-18 In-Colors here:  Back Row:  Emerald Envy & Dapper Denim.  Front Row:  Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo & Sweet Sugarplum2016-18 In Colors

To place an order online, just click here and start shopping!  If your order is less than $150 (before shipping & tax) please use Host Code X2VCG9GC.  If your order is greater than $150 you will earn host rewards, so please don’t use my host code.

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GET $35 MORE HOST REWARDS!   June 1 – 30.  Host a home party or place an on-line product order of $350 or more (before shipping and tax) during June and you’ll receive a $35 bonus in host rewards.  That’s in addition to our standard host rewards here!  Fill your wish list or team up with a few friends to place your order together!  Email me if you want to schedule an in-home party.

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SAVVY SHOPPERS REJOICE!  GET TWO STAMP SETS FREE!  June 1 – 30!  Purchase the $99 starter kit (your choice of up to $125 in products and the kit ships FREE) and add ANY TWO stamp sets, ANY price FREE.  Think of all the possible stamps sets to choose from in the new catalog!   Learn more about the $99 starter kit and the discounts and perks of joining Stampin’ Up! .   Purchasing the $99 starter kit and joining Stampin’ Up! is a great way to fill your paper crafting wish list for the new catalog at a discount (with fun, friendship and exclusive resources as a HUGE bonus)  Purchase the Starter kit now!   

Happy New Catalog Day!

Nancy

Farewell, My Friend(s)

Today’s post is a Good-bye of sorts, but in an exciting way!  Every year, approx. 1 month before Stampin’ Up! releases their annual catalog, they release a list of products that will be retiring.  Since these items won’t be carried over to the new catalog, this is the last chance to grab those items before they are gone for good.

So with the posting of the Retired List (farewell), it’s also a great chance to score some good bargains as some of these items are on sale too.  I think it’s nice that Stampin’ UP! gives us a heads up on what won’t be making it into the new catalog so we have the opportunity to grab those items before they are gone. CM100700B-500x153

STAMPIN’ UP! RETIRING PRODUCT SALE STARTS NOW!

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The 2014-2016 In Colors will be retiring so now is the time to stock up on cardstock, ink pads, reinkers, markers, ribbon, etc.  before your favorite colors from this collection are gone.  Typically, the In Colors are the first to sell out.

LAST CHANCE TO GET THESE RETIRING PRODUCTS!  SAVE UP TO 50% on a huge inventory of select Stampin’ Up! retiring products including stamps, punches, dies, ribbon, designer series paper and much more. The sale starts TODAY (April 18). Stamps will be available at least through May 22.  Accessories (“everything else”) are only available while supplies last and can sell out quickly.  See ALL retiring Stampin’ Up! products on this printable PDF OR in my store here.

One of my favorite stamp sets retiring from the Occasions catalog is called Apple of My Eye.  Here are two cards I made with this set previously that just might cause you to scoop this stamp set up before it retires. Apple of My Eye

Lost Lagoon and the Flowering Fields DSP from Sale-A-Bration make the perfect backdrop for these luscious lemon slices.   Wink of Stella gives the lemon a citrus shine!

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This is so summery and citrus-y and it is a total Pinterest CASE!  I cannot take credit for this design but the color combo and the sweet sentiment had me head over heels!

I hope you get the items you want before they are gone.  My advice:  I mark my catalog(s) with a red “R” next to every item that is retiring.  Then I can go thru the catalog and easily see what is retiring. The Retiring List lets us know which item is in the Occasions Catalog (OC) or Annual Catalog (AC) and the page #.  It’s worth the time to me to mark my catalogs.

Happy Shopping!  Nancy

 

The Beauty of the Butterfly

“As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people.”  – Joseph B. Wirthlin
Butterflies are such complex creatures; they are so fragile and intricately detailed, yet the fight they endure to emerge from the cocoon is inspiring!
I love all the Butterfly stamps and thinlits and framelits dies that Stampin’ Up! offers; we have so many options when we want to add a butterfly to our cards.  Today I chose to use the Medium sized Thinlits die in the Butterflies thinlits as the focal point of my card.  I love the intricate detail of this thinlit.
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I also wanted to add some embossing as I was teaching a class on the Big Shot die cutting and embossing machine and wanted to show how it die cuts AND embosses.  The Elegant Dots TIEF was chosen for the way it coordinates with the Crushed Curry design of the Cherry On Top DSP stack.  A simple design of one color and white is all that is needed to make the focal point stand out.  (You could recreate this card in any color, but a bright, bold color will work better than a light, subtle color).
I cropped the butterfly out of the center of the Crushed Curry cardstock panel.  I then adhered the DSP panel and the embossed Whisper White panel on top of the Crushed Curry panel.  No one can tell that the butterfly was cropped out of it!  A piece of Crushed Curry ribbon (retired) covers the butt joint of the two pieces of paper.  The butterfly is embellished with a single Rhinestone jewel.  A wooden embellishment from the Expressions Natural Elements was adhered to the lower right section of the card.
Simple, yet elegant.  Just like a butterfly.  And my friends over at the Paper Players are featuring cards with Butterflies this week!  Click here to see all the butterfly inspiration from the Paper Players.  Come & Get It Challenge is featuring ‘things with wings’ so I get to enter this into both challenges; SWEET!
To purchase any of the items I used to make this card, click on the item hi-lighted above, or on the product list below.
BIG NEWS!!!  As you know, the current catalogs are set to expire on May 31st.   On April 18th, the RETIRING LIST will be posted!  Any items that will be retired by May 31st will be posted and from now on, will be available on a ‘while supplies last basis’.  So anything you’ve been wanting, scoop it up before it’s gone!  We know that all of the 2014-2016 InColors will be retired.  Any product with those colors in it, will also retire.  Usually all of the DSP patterns  retire too.  Click Here to go right to my online store to start shopping before those items you want are gone.

Let’s Go Blog Hopping!

Pals Blog Hop 2016 badgeWelcome to the Pals Blog Hop for April 2016.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects that are all about our families. This is a great time of year to think about what to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or upcoming graduations. And, family vacations are just around the corner… how would you want to remember those special family moments? We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Well, I intended to make a card to welcome a new baby for today’s blog hop.  The idea I had in mind just didn’t pan out the way I envisioned it.  So, I fell back on my trusty old “Going Global” product suite.  I knew the ‘world’s best dad’ sentiment wouldn’t fail me!  After all, isn’t Dad always there to bail us out when we get into a jam?

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When making a masculine card, I think it is important to keep things simple, without lots of embellishments or bling.  This beautiful patterned paper, from the Going Places DSP stack is all the design that’s needed to add lots of interest but not be too overbearing.  Layered on Sahara Sand and Night of Navy Cardstock, it has a nice pop of color, but in masculine tones.  The world image from the Going Global stamp set was stamped in Night of Navy and layered on a Night of Navy circle.  A thin strip of Night of Navy cardstock repeats this color 3x’s on the card (a good rule of thumb is to repeat a color or an element 3x’s for good balance!).  A few strands of Linen Thread repeat that neutral color while adding a rough, masculine touch.

If you would like to order any of the products I used here, just click on the item name in the description above, click here to go to my online store.

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  3. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  4. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  5. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  6. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin
  10. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  11. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  12. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space  — YOU ARE HERE!!! —
  15. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  16. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  19. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  21. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  22. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  23. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  24. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  25. Karen Zaring Browning at Karen Zaring Browning
  26. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  27. Debbie Crowley at Expressivley Deb

 

 

How Much Fun Can You Have in One Night?

Another Stampin’ Class, another night of fun!  I enjoy getting out of the house, and having a fun night with the ladies that come to my PaperCrafting classes!  Of course, I love papercrafting, but the camaraderie and friendship are so special to me.  The ladies always love the projects we make, and I wanted to share one of those projects with you now:

A Grateful BunchI love the look of a Black & White card with a pop of a bold, bright color.  Melon Mambo, this deliciously bright pink, does the job!  It really Pops against the B&W!  This card follows the rule of thirds:  a color should be repeated 3 times.  I used the Melon Mambo for the flower, the ribbon and the enamel dot accents.  This is a simple card to make but it really says “WOW!”

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut to 4-1/4″ x 11, then scored to created a standard size card with the fold at top.  A piece of Basic Black cardstock cut to 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ was adhered to the face.  A small strip of Black DSP from the Neutrals DSP stack, cut to 2″ x 3-3/4″ was adhered along the right side about 3/4″ up from the bottom.  A strip of Whisper White was stamped with Black Archival ink and the stem from the Grateful Bunch stamp set.  The flower was stamped in Melon Mambo ink and cropped out using the Blossom Bunch Punch and popped up on a stampin’ dimensional.  A piece of Melon Mambo ribbon was tied around and this layer was also popped up on dimensionals.  A few enamel dots in Melon Mambo finish off the card!

Easy peasy, but oh, so striking!

The Ladies had so much fun.

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And they were so proud of the finished projects they made!  Nothing makes me happier than to see someone who has never stamped before  complete a project they can be proud of!   I love sharing my passion for papercrafting, and the tips & techniques I’ve learned along the way with others!  Classes are a great way for me to do that.

I wish everyone reading this could come to my classes!  If you are in the Scranton, PA area, you can!  If you don’t, well, it probably won’t be very convenient, but…..maybe you won’t have to!  I am going to start on-line classes in June!  Yes, you read that right.  So that means that no matter where you live, you can still stamp with me, via video!  Cool, right?

I’ll be sharing more info on that shortly, and you, my blog readers will be the first to hear about it!  But in the meantime, you can send me ideas of things you’d like to learn!  I’ll be happy to take your questions and suggestions and turn them into classes!

And I’ll be sharing the 2nd project we made in a few days so stop back.  And remember, if you want to order any of the supplies I used to make this project, please shop my online store here.  Thanks!  And feel free to pin this project or share it with your on facebook if you like it.

See you, soon!

Nancy

 

 

 

It’s hard to say goodbye to what you love

What I Love – it’s the name of a stamp set available for Free in the 2016 Sale-A-Bration promotion.  It was the stamp set that caught my eye and I knew I just had to have when I first got a glimpse of the Sale-A-Bration catalog back in November.  I used this at my last Stamp Club, and again to make a birthday card for my sister (her birthday is tomorrow, please feel free to wish her a happy birthday in the comments below!).  So let’s see what I made:

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And here is the inside:  (I love that the sentiment from Grateful Bunch has an ‘inside/outside’ sentiment!)IMG_6509[1]

This is a great card that can be used for any occasion just by changing the sentiment.  Christy chose to leave a sentiment off her card so she would have a great card that she could just grab and stamp a sentiment on whenever she needed a card in a hurry!  Smart idea, Christy! 🙂IMG_6557[1]

I love how she used a 2nd flower in a complimentary color!

This would look great in just about any color combination too!  I made a card and coordinating gift bag using this layout but switched the colors to Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder.

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Here it is with the coordinating gift bag:

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I love how the patterns in the Decorative Paper stacks coordinate.  The Gift Bag Punch Board allows making custom sized gift bags a cinch!    You can watch my video tutorial here to learn how to use the Gift Bag Punch Board:

See, you NEED this stamp set!  Get yours today, after today it’s too late!  Shop here on line today and for every $50 you will get to choose a free Sale-A-Bration item!  Sweet!  Choose “What I Love” or any other stamp set or paper of your choice.

Thanks for stopping by; please feel free to PIN any picture you like for future reference, like me on Facebook and leave me a comment below.  And don’t forget to wish my sister a Happy Birthday!  Thanks,

Nancy

Who Wants FREE Stamps?

If you answered, YES, then keep reading!  If you answered NO, then you can just close this. But, if I know you, I think you’ll want FREE Stamps!   And there are several ways you can get FREE STAMPS.

#1 – Sale-A-Bration 

Sale-A-Bration It’s winding down, March 31st will be the last day to get any of the FREE items from the Sale-A-Bration promotion.  9 different stamp sets to choose from, as well as 3 different paper packs and 1 embellishment!  13 different FREE items – which one will you choose?  Or why stop at one when you can get them all!   Learn all about Sale-A-Bration here.

#2 – Paper Pumpkin Free Stamps in April

To celebrate Paper Pumpkin’s milestone of shipping 1 million kits, the April kit will contain a FREE, exclusive stamp set called “All About Everything” in every kit valued at $17!  So whether you are a long time subscriber, or if you sign up today, you’ll get a FREE stamp set in April.  Sweet, right?  Well, if you purchase a 3-month prepaid subscription before March 31st , and redeem it before April 10th,  you will SAVE $ AND qualify for 1 Free Sale-A-Bration item!  Double Sweet with a cherry on top!

#3 – MYSTERY GIFT GIVE-AWAY!!! 

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I love a good surprise, don’t you?  Well, I’m giving away, not one, not two, but three, yes 3, surprise packages of Stampin’ Up! goodies to the first 3 people who place an online order of $50 more (before tax & shipping) with me.  Each package will contain at least $25 worth of Stampin’ UP!  products, including 1 stamp set.  All you have to do is click here and place an order, use host code 3RMYGF9V ,choose your FREE Sale-A-Bration item and then email me and tell me you placed an order.  The first 3 people to do this, will win!  It’s that simple.

Your order can contain a 3-month Prepaid Paper Paper Subscription, Weekly Deals, or any other item.

So remember, if you shop thru me, qualify for a Sale-A-Bration item, and use Host Code 3RMYGF9V, and you’re one of the 1st 3 people, you’ll win a mystery gift.  East Peasy, right?  So start shopping now, before someone else beats to you to the first 3 spots. 

Well, I’m going to start packaging up those mystery gifts & get them ready to ship out while you start shopping.  Is one of the packages going to be mailed to you?

Nancy