Rescued by the Paper Players!

So I had a vague idea of what I wanted to do for my class Monday night, but every time I sat down to put that idea to paper, I just was blank!  I  knew what stamp I wanted to use, and the colors, but nothing else.  My mojo was gone!  So Friday came and went, nothing.  Saturday came and went, nothing.  Sunday afternoon, nothing.  Now I was panicking; my class is right after work on Monday, need to get my act together, NOW!

Take a break, make dinner.  Casually check my email (a stall  tactic because I still didn’t know what to do!)  An email with the following sketch challenge from the Paper Players,  and it all came together!

Thank God for the Paper Players!  Right sketch, just in the nick of time.  I ran back downstairs to My Stampin’ Space, and pulled together not one, but two cards in no time!  Thank you Nance and the Paper Players.

Definitely Dahlia
For both cards I used Tip Top Taupe for the card base and a Mint Macaron layer.  In the top card, I stamped some ink spots from Gorgeous Grunge in Mint Macaron directly on the Mint Macaron layer.  I stamped the Definitely Dahlia flower onto Whisper White cardstock with Mint  Macaron ink and fussy-cut the flower out.  A few strands of Gold Metallic thread peek out from behind the flower.

PP251On the second card, I added a Whisper White layer and stamped both the ink spots and flower directly onto this layer.  The Mint Macaron strip and Tip Top Taupe banner are adorned with a metal rimmed pearl (my new fav embellishment from the new catalog!)  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Sprinkles on Top stamp set stamped in Tip Top Taupe ink on the same color cardstock.

I quickly picked a favorite and that’s what we will be making in class tomorrow.  Which one is your favorite?   You’ll have to check my facebook page Monday night to see which card we make in class.  Until then, leave me a comment and tell me your choice.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space.  If you want to order any of the products I used to make these cards, just click on the product below or click here to go directly to my store.



Fill Your Wish List

Well, if you saw yesterday’s post, and followed the blog hop, you were treated to over 30 members of the Stampin’ Pretty Pals and their favorite new products from the catalog.  The projects on each blog had me ‘ooh-ing’ and ‘aah-ing’ every time I hopped from one blog to the next!

If all that is making you say, “I want it all!”, then you are in luck!  During the month of June, Stampin’ Up!’s new Join promotion gives you LOTS to consider joining Stampin’ Up! – one of those reasons is that you get TWO FREE STAMP SETS OF YOUR CHOICE with the purchase of your $99 Starter Kit.


$99 gets you $125 of product (your choice), 2 free stamp sets, free shipping and 30% off your first $150+ order in your first 45 days as a demonstrator.  SWEET!  You also earn a minimum  20% discount on your purchases (with potential for increased discounts).  Joining MY team gives you access to virtual on-line community,  monthly online gatherings, and a sense of belonging to a fabulous group of fellow-stampers across the country ready to share their projects, tips, tricks and inspiration.

  • $125 of amazing product of your choice + free shipping for $99.
  • 2 free stamp sets of your choice.
  • 30% off the first $150+ order in your first 45 day.
  • an ongoing 20% discount on your purchases.
  • access to our positive, uplifting, online community.
  • monthly online gatherings.
  • monthly blog hops, sketch challenges, & color challenges to help stretch your paper crafting skills
  • no risk to ever host a workshop, sell anything and no penalty to drop.  Most people join just to support their own hobby.
  • Advance preview and orders from new catalog releases – join today and you will see the Christmas catalog on August 1st!

If you join today, you will have access to all the perks & benefits until Oct 31, 2015, without having to do anything!

Last night, our group leaders: Mary Fish and Lisa Pretto hosted a Facebook Party!  They each shared a little bit about joining Stampin’ Up!.  If you join my team, you’ll be part of their teams too!

You can watch their videos here:

and here:

I’d love to have you as part of my team, whether you are just looking to feed your hobby, or build a business.    Many people join just for the discount, but stay for the fun!
If you want more information about membership in my Stampin’ Up! group, please email me.  If you are ready to join, click here.


In With The New…Pals Blog Hop

june badge

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for June.  This month we are excited to show off new Stampin’ Up! products from the just released 2015 – 2016 annual catalog.  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 Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom number 29 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 the projects.

Well I have to say that I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!  Yes, I LOVE my husband – he’s the best!  But some days he just has to step aside for my Stampin’ Obsession!  And right now, there are a few products that I just can’t get enough of.  And when you put them together, LOVE is in the air!  The Gift Bag Punch Board, the Triple Banner Punch and the Floral Wings stamp set.


Don’t you just love it!  I’m making Gift Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board left & right!  And thanks to you, I have over 750 views on the tutorial video I made showing how to use the Gift Bag Punch Board!

Of course, the Triple Banner Punch makes flagged end banners a cinch; especially if you want to layer different sizes like I did here.  (True Story:  I almost didn’t order the Triple Banner Punch because I thought it was a triangle punch!  Good think I read the fine print description and realized what it was!)

But my most fav is the Floral Wings stamp set!  And again, I didn’t realize the potential of this set until I got it and started using it.  The ‘blank spots’ in the butterfly are shaped for the roses & leaves just perfectly.  We were introduced to triple stamping with tab alignment back in the fall with the Wonderful Wreath, and this stamp set uses that tab alignment for the leaves and roses inside the butterfly wings.

IMG_5195-001See those leaves?  You don’t stamp them individually; it’s all one stamp!  And the roses?  The 5 roses are one stamp set so you get perfect placement in one impression.

Here’s another bag I made:  This one shows how cute the bag looks with the top open, (like a convertible!)IMG_5197

And another:  This uses the new 1″ Dotted Lace Trim in Cucumber Crush – another new product I am in love with!  I’m so glad I purchased every color :)IMG_5204[1]Each gift bag has a different closure: a clothespin, an open top (which has no closure) and a ribbon.  The Gift Bag Punch Board allows you to put holes for ribbons if you want, or not.  It’s so versatile.

WORD TO THE WISE:  When working with paper that has a definite direction to the paper (like the printed words), remember that the punch creates the bottom flaps of the gift bag.  So, you want to put your paper into the punch with with the top of the paper towards you and the bottom of the paper in the punch, like this:

IMG_5203[1]Before you get all mushy, saying how smart I am, and how much paper I will save you, and all of that, I have to confess that mistakes are the best teachers!  Another episode of the blooper reel – we were making these gift bags at a workshop this past weekend.  Well, all I can is that we learned the hard way!  But you can learn from my mistake….you’re welcome!  :)

I hope you will get ‘punchy’ with the Gift Bag Punch Board, the triple banner punch, and spread your wings with the Floral Wings stamp set.  I have a product list at the end of this post so you can see exactly what I used if you want to recreate any of these projects.   Please contact your demonstrator to order products, or to get a new catalog.  If you don’t have a relationship with a demonstrator, feel free to email me.  Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space today.

Please leave me a comment and tell me which gift bag is your favorite, and why.  I absolutely love hearing from you!

The next stop is Sue Becker at RnR Stamping, number 31 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

  1. Peggy Noe at
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  3. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  9. Jennifer Michalski at
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
  12. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  13. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  14. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone’s Stamping Zone
  15. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  16. Maggie Mata at Maggie Mase Cards
  17. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  18. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  19. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  22. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  23. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  26. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  27. Jessica Wilson at My Prapercraft Universe
  28. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  29. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  30. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  31. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  32. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  33. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon

So if you just can’t live another day without a Gift Bag Punch board, or a triple banner punch, or the Floral Wings stamp set, click here to go to my online store or click any of the items below.

Skip to the Fun, Skip to the Savings!

Paper Pumpkin:  The Complete Craft Kit in a Box.

Do you Paper Pumpkin yet?  You don’t?  Well here’s a deal for you:

You’ve heard me rave about Paper Pumpkin, every month the projects just get better & better.  I don’t know how they do it, but they do.  The projects are awesome, and the value you get for your money is phenomenal!    But if you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, well frankly, I don’t know what you are waiting for.  You’re waiting for a great deal?  Well your wait is over;  here’s a deal you won’t be able to pass up, but time is running out….

Sign up by June 10th and 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!

Offer Dates: May 12-June 10, 2015

Offer Details: Use the code SAVE50 to join Paper Pumpkin before June 10, 2015, 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:

  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • You need to visit to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, SAVE50 when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT).

Want to see what all the fuss is about?  Check out some of our previous Paper Pumpkin kits:

Now, don’t you think is worth $19.95 per month?  And certainly worth $9.95 so don’t miss out on this deal, sign up today.  Click on the link to join.   When you do, please make sure that I am selected as your demonstrator (Nancy Gleason -18507)  Thanks!

Join me, and my Pals for a Blog hop Wednesday.  We’ll be featuring our fave new products from the new catalog – you won’t want to miss it.

Nancy Gleason

My Gift for You!

This is my second blog post for today. If you missed my earlier post, please click here.

At my class Monday night, we made gift card holders.  As I was prepping for class, I snapped a pic of the various parts – cut and layed out.  I posted that pic on my Facebook page and asked people to guess what I was making.  I decided I would give the finished project to the first person to correctly guess.  RayAnn guessed correctly, and she won the completed gift card holder (and I tucked a gift card to Dunkin Donuts inside!).  (To make sure YOU don’t miss out – Like my facebook page,

Well, here is one the 2 different styles of gift card holders we made.


IMG_5141The gift card holders were made with card stock (Crushed Curry or Cucumber Crush) and then decorated with paper from the new paper stack A Cherry on Top.  A Bermuda Blue belly band was embellished using the Celebrate Today stamp die and matching balloons framelits dies.  A quick & easy gift card holder that could be made in any color, for any occasion.  Timeless, right?

Would you like to make this gift card holder yourself?  Well, RayAnn may have won the finished project, but my gift to you is the step-by-step directions so you can make them yourself.  I only ask that you leave a comment for me in this blog post and tell me what you think.  The ladies in my class all LOVED them.  I hope you will too :)


Tell me what occasion you have to give a gift card for, and how you decorated.  If you send me a photo of your finished project using my tutorial, I’ll even post it on my blog!

Thanks for stopping by.  If you want to order any card stock, designer series paper, stamps or punches, you can order safely & securely from my online store.  I do appreciate your orders.  And I really appreciate you taking the time to hang out in My Stampin’ Space with me!  Come back again – I’ll be sharing the other gift card holder we made too!


This only happens once in a Blue Moon….(so don’t miss it!)

The 2015 Occassions Catalog, the retiring 2014-15 AND the new 2015-16 Stampin’ Up! annual catalogs OVERLAP!   What does this mean?  More specifically, what does this mean for you?  IT MEANS YOU CAN ORDER FROM ALL 3 CATALOGS ON THE SAME DAY!!!!   And that day is today!  But only today!

So today is the LAST DAY to order your favorite retiring products from the 2014-15 Annual Catalog & Occasions catalog.  And you can start ordering your new favorite items from the new catalog!  Sweet!

Ready to start shopping?  Click on the catalog cover below to see the new catalog, or CLICK HERE to go straight to my online store.


Is your WISH LIST bigger than your wallet?  Do you want to maximize your buying power so YOU CAN GET IT ALL?  Join Stampin’ Up now thru June 30th, and buy the $99 Starter Kit, fill it with $125 of your choice of products, it ships for free, AND choose 2 Stamp Sets as a Bonus!  When you join Stampin’ Up! thru me, you become part of a nationwide group of stampin’ lovers over 800 strong.  You’ll love the camaraderie that comes with being part of this positive, enabling group of crafters, you’ll get discounts on your orders, get to see the new catalogs & pre-order new products before any else.   Click here to join the fun now!

Have fun shopping with all 3 catalogs in one day!  And thanks for shopping with me; I really appreciate it!  :)


Gift Wrapping is in the Bag!

One of the new products being introduced by Stampin’ Up! when the new annual catalog comes out next week is another Punch Board!  Yep, that’s right!  A Gift Bag Punch Board.  I’m so excited; this item ZOOMED to the TOP of my MUST HAVE List and I’m grateful that it was one of the items that demos’ could pre-order.

gift bag punch board

I quickly made use of my new Gift Bag Punch Board to make some gift packaging.   Gift Bag

This punch board will allow you to make gift bags in a variety of sizes; and punch holes in the top to thread a ribbon thru (as I did here) for a closure.  I decorated this for a birthday, but think of all the possibilities!  Any holiday or occassion, any color, any pattern of paper.  Ribbon, clothespins, fold & staple….there are so many ways to close the bags too!

After reading the included directions, I decided some serious video making was in order!  I’m not adverse to reading directions, but I did find they were difficult in some areas, and I really learn better from hands-on experience, and/or visual instruction.  I thought you might learn better that way too, so I’ve filmed this video.  While it is somewhat lengthy, I tried to be very detailed and show exactly step-by-step how to make different sized gift bags.

While you’re watching the video, please subscribe to my YouTube channel so you won’t miss any future video tutorials from me.  I’d also appreciate if you could share the video with anyone whom you think might enjoy it!

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!  I have more videos planned, but I’d also like to hear what YOU would like to see in a future video!

20150601_AnnualCatalog_en-USThe new catalog goes LIVE on June 2nd – you can order this Gift Bag Punch  Board then! June 2nd is also the last day to order from the retiring catalog and from the Occasions catalog.  Check out the RETIRING LIST here; and make sure to order those items you’ve always had your eye before they are gone for good.

If you are a customer of mine and need a catalog, please email me to request a catalog.  If you are not my customer, and do not currently have a relationship with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and would like to order Stampin’ Up! products from me, you can request a catalog too!

If you have ever thought about joining Stampin’ Up! now is a great time!  Join under me from June 2-30 and choose $125 of products for only $99 in your starter kit (and it ships FREE!) AND choose 2 stamps sets from the new catalog! SWEET!

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space!  Leave me a comment and let me know if the Gift Bag Punch Board is on your Must Have List too!


Three Cheers for the Pals Paper Arts!

The Pals are a great group of talented Stampin’ Up! demos under the guidance and leadership of Mary Fish, of Stampin’ Pretty.  Pals Paper Arts is a public forum to showcase & challenge your papercrafting skills.  With sketch & color challenges, you can play along with the Pals as often as you wish.  This week, the Pals Paper Arts features a sketch challenge:


I immediately thought of a card I taught to a class last month showing a good way to use up scraps of DSP.  If you are like me, you just can’t throw away your scraps of DSP, not matter how small!  Hoarder!  Yes, you are – but you don’t have to be any longer!  You can turn those little strips of DSP into something beautiful.  Let me show you how:candlesThis idea was one I actually learned from our fearless leader, Mary.  She showcased this card on her blog quite a while ago, and I immediately tucked away the idea for using my scraps.

3/4″ wide strips of DSP, and a flame which is actually the wing from the Bird Builder Punch and you’ve got a quick & easy birthday card.  I used my white chalk marker to add a little hi-light the flame and layers for my card base.  A little banner cropped from another scrap strip of whisper white punched with the flag banner punch is just right for the sentiment.

And I found it is actually LIBERATING to use those scraps, not just collect them.  It helps to de-clutter my stash area, and I’m sure those scraps would rather be turned into something beautiful to bring delight to a special someone on their birthday, than to just sit in a scrap pile.  So pull out those scraps, and your build-a-bird builder punch and make candles.

Your scraps will thank you.  Your friends will thank you when they receive your beautiful card.  Your clean & organized craft area will thank you.

If you want to see what the other talented Pals did with this sketch, head over the Pals Paper Arts gallery.

Remember, if you’d like to order any Stampin’ Up! products from me, you can access my online store here.    If you place an order with me before May 30th, and it is less than $150 before shipping & tax, please use host code 4HCRZHHC.  Any order of $50 or more will qualify for a FREE embellishment from me from the new catalog!  (If your order is over $150, don’t use the code but rather redeem your own rewards.)  The items on the RETIRED LIST are only available for a few more days so don’t delay.

I hope you found this tip useful for using your scraps of DSP.  If you did, please leave me a comment and let me know.  I love to hear your feedback to my projects.  Thanks.

Happy Stampin’,


The Blooper Reel….

I love watching the bloopers, the outtakes.  You know what I mean, the parts of a film that get edited out when the actors/actresses flub their lines, make a mistake, or just can’t keep a straight face during a funny scene.   Well, I made a real-life blooper the other night  and it happened WHILE I WAS TEACHING A CLASS!

It was funny, (and admittedly a little embarrassing!) but I was able to redeem myself by turning it into a teachable moment.  Let me share:

I was teaching a class featuring Masculine Projects.  I also had my first male student in a class!   The project was a simple, single layer card (I almost never make a single layer card) and I was teaching the masking technique to create an interesting background element.  This is the sample card I had made.  Wetlands Goose single layer cardSo I sponged on my background oval, then I showed the students how to place the main image, in the case a goose, so that the entire image was NOT inside the oval, but rather half in, half out.  Like this:

close up wetlands goose

Beautiful so far, right?  And then I picked my card up and realized that I stamped my goose UPSIDE DOWN!  That’s right; the fold was at the bottom rather than the top!  YIKES!   This was a “Don’t try this at home” moment.  I quickly told my class they should always check where the fold of the card is before stamping and adhering any layers so they don’t end up like I just did!  I’m sure it will be a memorable lesson as we all got a big laugh out of my mistake!

I redeemed my mistake by turning it into something that is more elegant than the original.  I simply cut the paper in half, then cropped that piece slightly, added a layer, and popped it onto a new card base.  See?

Wetlands Goose multiple layer card

We all make mistakes from time to time, and one of my favorite sayings is “There is no mistake that a well placed embellishment can’t hide.”  Most of the time.  For those others times; layers.  Either cut your paper and layer it over a contrasting or coordinating piece of cardstock,  like I did here.  Or place a layer over it (like a banner or sentiment strip).  In the extreme case where none of these remedies can fix it, well, my second favorite saying is:  “It’s only a piece of paper.  Nothing that a new piece of paper can’t fix!”  Yup, sometimes just throw it in the trash and start anew, empowered with the knowledge you gained from making the mistake the first go-around.

So, when you are creating and something doesn’t go as planned, no worries.  You can redeem it.  And if you made your blooper in a room full of people, use it to your advantage, for a lesson everyone will remember.

If you have a blooper moment while crafting, I’d love to hear it.  Please leave me a comment and tell me all about it.  Thanks!

Happy Stampin’,


If you want to order any of the supplies I used to make these cards, just click on either of the images below.

How to make a Double Loop Bow Video

Hi Stampers,  I featured a Double-Loop bow on a card I made recently:Double Loop Bow

(you can see the full post here) and today I want to share a video that shows you step-by-step how to make that beautiful Double Loop Bow.  Grab your popcorn and sit back & enjoy the show:

It may take some practice so grab a piece of ribbon and just play around.  I found I needed to make this bow several times before I finally got the hang of it;  I just untied and remade the bow until I finally got it.   You may also need to ‘fuss’ with the  loops & tails a little but I find that the glue dot holds the bow in place.  On the card featured above, I wrapped a piece of the ribbon around the card and secured it in the back.  Then I made the bow and just adhered it with a glue dot onto the ribbon.

MORE VIDEOS COMING SOON!  I am investing in training & new equipment to produce better quality videos and am planning on producing more & more videos so we can stamp together virtually!  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my video.  Also, please feel free to tell me what videos you’d like to see.   Is there a certain technique you’d like to learn?  A stampin’ related question that you’d like to ask?  I want to make videos that YOU want to see, so please give me your feedback!    Thanks :)  This technology will allow me offer VIRTUAL STAMP CLUBS soon so watch for more details.

LIVE CLASSES:  If you are in Northeast PA and want to stamp with me live, I have 2 open, upcoming classesMonday, May 18th from 6:30-8:45 PM that will feature masculine cards.  Monday, June 1st (same time) is a class centered around Celebrations (birthdays & graduations).  The class fee of $12 includes ALL SUPPLIES so you only have to bring your smile!   Please email me if you would like to RSVP or have questions.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space today.  Please head over to my YouTube channel and subscribe so that you won’t miss any future videos from me.  If you are on Pinterest, please help me out by pinning this so others can see it too!

Thanks, see you soon,