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:

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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 🙂




Time is Running Out! – Only 24 Days Left!

Time is running out – there are only 24 days left for Sale-A-Bration and all it’s FREE stuff goodness.

Today I want to showcase a stamp set that is just perfect for the teens, pre-teens and young adults (including young at heart) in our lives!

Epic Celebration

This red rubber stamp set (available in both wood mount and clear mount) have a couple of great images and sentiments that are just trendy and on point for the younger generation.  Watch this video to see this stamp set in action:

WOW!!!  It’s SO EASY to make awesome cards with this stamp set!

I recently held a class where we made this card: Epic CelebrationIf this looks familiar, it’s because I CASE’D it from the catalog!    I copied the front layer of the gift bag on page 12 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog and turned it into a card.  Sometimes you see something that is so perfect you just want to make it!   The Stampin’ Up! catalogs are chock full of wonderful examples just waiting for us to make!  Love it!   You can view the catalogs here.

Another class, another card using the Epic Celebrations stamp set.  This one features an inked embossing folder background and the sneakers are colored with the watercolor pencils and a blender pen.

Epic Celebration

Who wouldn’t be awesome in pink and orange sneakers?  So cheerful!

Epic Celebration is a level 1 reward so it is free with a $50 purchase.  Shop for your favorite Stampin’ Up! items here, and score a FREE Sale-A-Bration for every $50 you purchase!  Sweet!  But time is running out- there are only 24 days left before Sale-A-Bration ends!

Time is Running Out!

Sale-A-Bration is in full swing, but I must warn you:  Time is Running Out!  Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31.    So, I am going to spot light some of my favorite Sale-A-Bration  items for you.  Then all you have to do is choose which are your favorites, and decide how many FREE Sale-A-Bration items you want before it’s over.  Need a refresher on what Sale-A-Bration is?  Just click here.

Amazing You and Celebrate You

This is a stamp set and and thinlits dies that coordinate together.   The stamp set is a level 1 reward (free with a $50 purchase) and the thinlits are a level 2 reward (free with a $100 purchase).  The cool thing is that the Celebrate You Thinlits dies are going to carry over into the 2018-19 annual catalog which means you’ll be able to purchase them in June 2018 if you don’t get them now.  So no fear of losing out!

Don’t you just love this coordinating product suite?  If you subscribe to mailing list, then you got my newsletter that showcased the Celebrate You thinlits dies on a scrap book page!  Amazing You scrapbook page

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you received the project tutorial to make this scrapbook page in my March 6, 2018 newsletter.  If you didn’t, then subscribe to my newsletter now so you won’t miss out on any future project tutorials.

If you want to get the Amazing You stamp set and the Celebrate You Thinlits dies, place a qualifying order when you shop my online store.   It’s a great time to stock up on essentials like envelopes, adhesives, cardstock, ink refills, etc.  or to splurge on a tool or bundle you’ve been wanting.  Remember, Time is Running out on Sale-A-Bration so get your order in before it’s too late!

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I’m addicted to coloring!

My name is Nancy Gleason, and I’m addicted to coloring!  Adult coloring is such a popular hobby but when you are coloring with the Stampin’ Blends markers and the new stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!, it’s like adult coloring on steroids!  And I’m not ashamed it’s created an addiction!

The new round of Sale-A-Bration was just released on Feb. 16th and this new Blossoming Basket bundle with the Blossoming Basket stamp set and coordinating Basket Weave TIEF is enabling my addiction!  Let me show you what I’ve been working on:Blossoming Basket stamp set colored with Stampin' Blends

The coordinating Basket Weave Textured Impression Embossing Folder has a deep texture that is just the perfect compliment to this basket.  I added some ink to the TIEF to create even more depth!  A 2″ strip adds just enough texture to this card.

The more I use the Stampin’ Blends markers the more I love them!   Look at the shading you can achieve:  I used Crumb Cake for the basket, Daffodil Delight on the large rose, Calysp Coral for the smaller roses, Cherry Cobbler for the berries, and Old Olive for the leaves.  A small swipe of Ivory under the basket helps to ground it.

Blossoming Baskets in Yellows & Oranges

Have you tried the Stampin’ Blends yet?  I can’t get enough of them!  You can see some other projects I made with Stampin’ Blends here and here.  Come back again as I’ll have another card that I made with this stamp set but in a totally different color combination.


Blossoming Basket

This is the stamp set Blossoming Basket that is available for free during Sale-A-Bration with a qualifying order.  You can always order Stampin’ Blends to qualify for this stamp set which comes bundled with the Basket Weave TIEF. You can watch a video from Stampin’ UP! here on the Blossoming Basket bundle.

Click here to place an online order now.

So much to color and not enough time to do it!  Too bad I have to go to work every day!  I’d rather stay home and stamp and color all day! That would be much more fun, don’t you think?  After looking at what you can do with Stampin’ Blends markers, it’s not really a bad thing that I’m addicted to coloring!


Rose Wonder meets Stampin’ Blends

Did you ever wonder what happens when the stamp set Rose Wonder meets Stampin’ Blends?  Well, I’m going to show you!

Without any further adu, here is the teaser I showed last week.  (Yes, I did tell you to check back in a few days for the finished project.  A case of the flu set me back about a week!  I am feeling so much better now, thank you. )Rose Wonder Meets Stampin' blendsI am just loving coloring with the Stampin’ Blends markers and the remarkable shading and hi-lighting that is possible with these markers.  With a light and a dark shade of each color, the stampin’ blends alcohol markers allow you to blend colors seamlessly.  The addition of a color lifter allows you to ‘lift’ or remove color to create hi-lights.  After coloring this flower, I fussy cut it out.

For this flower, I used Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive  Stampin’ Blends.

Here is the card I made with that flower: Rpse Wonder meets Stampin' UP! I used embossing paste to create the subway tile look on the background.  I like how the black and white make the perfect backdrop to this stunning flower.  A little bit of gold thread and gold embellishments add just the right amount of bling without stealing the show from the star of the show.

Have you tried the Stampin’ Blends yet?  I encourage you to give them a try.  You can get the entire collection of Stampin’ Blends or just pick up a color or two.  I would recommend a set of Old Olive and a pink or blue or yellow to be able to make a flower, and of course the color lifter.  Watch this video to see how to work with the Stampin’ Blends markers.


During Sale-A-Bration you will earn a Level 1 reward for every $50 you spend, or a Level 2 reward for every $100 you spend before tax and shipping.  Did you see the new Sale-A-Bration items just released? Click Here for the 2nd release.   The new Blooming Basket just begs to be colored with Stampin’ Blends!

Blossoming Basket

When you purchase the $99 Ultimate Starter Kit during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose $125 worth of products for only $99 plus free shipping, AND you can choose any 2 stamp sets for FREE as well.  What will you choose?  Decide what you want, then CLICK HERE to purchase the $99  Ultimate Starter Kit.

So, what do you think about Rose Wonder meets Stampin’ Blends?  Leave me a comment here.  I love to hear from you.

How to Use the Stampin’ Blends and How to Get them on Sale!

Today’ I am going to show you how to use the Stampin’ Blends markers to achieve a soft, gradated or ombre look. I recently taught a class on how to use the Stampin’ Blends and I want to share that project with you.  This example uses Pool Party Stampin’ Blend markers.

How to Use Stampin' Blends with the Birthday Wishes for You Stamp Set
See how the color is darker at the bottom of each letter and lighter towards the top? That’s the beauty of the Stampin’ Blends markers!

I used the Birthday Wishes For You, #145742 stamp for the Happy Birthday, and used the light and dark of each shade of color to get my results.

There are a couple of tips you should know about to get good results with the Stampin’ Blends.  First, use the Memento Tuxedo Black Ink,  #132708 to stamp the outline stamp.  There are several stamp sets in our Annual Catalog, as well as the Occasions catalog that will work wonderfully with the Stampin’ Blends.  Secondly, you need the light and dark version of each color.  You will always want to color with a scrap piece of paper under the piece you are working on.  The markers do bleed thru the cardstock and you don’t want to ruin your work surface.  

Here are other versions of the same card – This one uses Old Olive Stampin’ Blends and Old Olive cardstock:

How to Use Stampin' Blends with the Birthday Wishes for You Stamp Set

Here we go with Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends and Pink Pirouette cardstock:How to Use Stampin' Blends with the Birthday Wishes for You Stamp Set

And lastly, below is Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends and Daffodil Delight cardstock:How to Use Stampin' Blends with the Birthday Wishes for You Stamp Set

Do you have a favorite?  I have to say that whatever color I was coloring at the time was my favorite; I love them all!

This is a great stamp set to practice with the Stampin’ Blends as it very forgiving.  I started with the dark shade at the bottom of each letter, working 2-3 letters at a time, then I went in with the lighter shade working from the top down.  I overlapped the light shade over the ‘line’ where the light and dark met.  This coloring back and forth across that line allowed the colors to blend so that the colors blended together, rather than having a hard line.

I recently taught the ladies at my Wine Down Wednesday stamp class how to make this card.  Everyone walked away with a card they were proud to show off, and loved the Stampin’ Blends!

I’ll be showing a more detailed image colored with the Stampin’ Blends later this week so make sure you come back to see that. In the meantime I wanted to share with you how you can get Stampin’ Blends for yourself.

what’s the best way to get stampin’ blends?

You can buy the markers individually for $4.50 each or $9.00 for the set of Light and Dark shades of each color.  There are 12 Colors plus a Bronze, and Ivory, and a Color Lifter pen for a total of 27 markers.  You can purchase the Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection for $121.50 plus 10% shipping. Or you can purchase the Stampin’ Blends Collection for $99 and get free shipping.  Which option will you choose?  If you want to order the Stampin Blends Marker Collection for $121.50, or buy individual markers, CLICK HERE.

If you want to get the entire set of 27 Stampin’ Blends markers for only $99, you can purchase the $99 Starter Kit.  You get to choose $125 worth of products, and get free shipping.  With this option you can elect to become a ‘wholesale customer’ or ‘hobby demo’.  You can also choose to become a ‘business builder’.  Either way you get the same perks and benefits and you get to enjoy the discount, the early catalog reveal and more.  You’ll become part of my team, My Stampin’ Circle, too!

I hope that you’ll take advantage of the $99 Starter Kit deal to get the complete set of Stampin’Blends as this is the best bang for your buck!  Oh, and did I mention that you will also get to choose 2 FREE Stamp Sets (any value) when you purchase the $99 Starter Kit during Sale-A-Bration (thru March 31st)?  Which 2 stamp sets will YOU choose for Free with YOUR starter kit?

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I hope you enjoyed learning How to Use the Stampin’ Blends Markers and how you can get them discounted by purchasing the $99 Starter Kit.

Happy Stampin’

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


A Valentine Project Tutorial Special just for you!

Valentine’s Day is just a week away, but don’t panic! I’ve got a Valentine Project Tutorial Special just for you!  The project is a Valentine’s Day card that is just perfect for you to show your love (and your artistic skill as well!)

My project features the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and the gold mini tinsel trim, to give your project just the right amount of bling.Be Mine Valentine card featuring Painted With Love Specialty DSP

The tutorial features step by step instructions with over the shoulder pictures of multiple steps along the way so even a novice card maker can follow along and be successful.

Normally my project tutorials sell for $9.95, but I’m offering this tutorial at a 50% discount because 1) it’s almost Valentines Day, and 2) I wanted to share the love with you so you can share the love with your loved ones!  That’s a lot of love going around!

Order the valentine’s project tutorial now!

Just click on this button and you can safely and securely pay with PayPal and you’ll immediately get your Be Mine Valentine project tutorial PDF so you can begin making your cards right away.

Do you need any supplies?

You can get them right hereSale-A-Bration 2018Remember as you are shopping that you will earn a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 of product you order thru March 31, 2018.




Fast Fuse 129026 From February 8 -12, 2018 you can take advantage of the Fast Fuse Buy 1 Get 2 Refills Free promotion!  Sweet right?  Even better, when you order a Fast Fuse, you’ll get 2 refills free, AND your purchase will go towards your Sale-A-Bration earnings!  Even sweeter!

Learn more about Fast Fuse Adhesive when you watch this video:

Don’t miss out; click the Buy Now button now and get your half-priced Valentine Project tutorial now.


Nancy Gleason