I Finally got to play with this….

When I first saw the 2020 Holiday Catalog, several product suites caught my eye immediately. As I usually do, I made a wish list, then pared down my wish list into an A/B list. And although this product suite was one of my favorites, I pushed it to my B list. I did order this set and it came in a few weeks ago, but I hadn’t had time to pull it out and start using it until this weekend.

Oh my! I cannot convey just how much I am in love with this stamp set and dies and the little embellishments! And several of our specialty papers were just made to go with this set.

Do you want to know which product suite I’m talking about? Of course you do! It’s the Poinsettia Place Suite! And you’ll find it on pages 14, 15, & 16 of the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalog.

Poinsettia Place Suite Collection # 155109

The Poinsettia Place Suite Collection includes stamps, dies, Designer Series Paper, Specialty vellum paper, ribbon and beaded pearls. You can order the whole collection with one order #155109 or individually.

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the specialty flocked vellum so that’s what I grabbed to make my first card. Here it is:

I chose to make a tall and skinny card and I used Petal Pink cardstock to make my card base. I cut my cardstock to 8-1/2″ by 7-1/2″ and scored & folded it at 3-3/4″. Next I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 8″ x 3-1/2″. Then I cut a piece of Gray Granite CS to 7-3/4″ x 3-1/4″. I cut a piece of the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper to the same size and adhered that to the Gray Granite CS using strategically placed glue dots so they won’t be visible.

(Insider’s Tip: I used the RULE OF 3’s in laying out this card. I used a layer of Whisper White CS, the Whisper White CS strip and white pearls – white was used 3x’s. Same with Petal Pink – the cardbase, the ink color and the Poinsettia. And I used 3 Silver Berry Sprigs. Using the RULE of 3’s creates a more pleasing layout.) Try this in your next card.

Now for the fun part! I used more Petal Pink cardstock to cut 3 flowers; 1 each of the large, medium and small. The cool things with these dies are that they EMBOSS and cut! I actually did not stamp these flowers at all; just die cut with the embossing lines. I used a small strip of Stampin Seal+ to adhere the 3 flowers together. The finishing touch was a Beaded Pearl.

Next I cropped 3 berry twigs from Silver Foil and adhered those behind the poinsettia. I stamped the sentiment from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set onto a 3/4″ wide strip of Whisper White with Petal Pink ink. Then I cropped the end using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch to make the fancy end. Next, I used Stampin Seal to adhere this to the card front and then I used Stampin Seal+ to adhere the Poinsettia with the Silver Berries onto the other end of the sentiment strip.

Let’s take a closer look at the Poinsettia:

Can you see all the gorgeous textures here? The vein lines embossed in the Poinsettia Petals, the velvet flocking on the Vellum and the silvery finish on the berries. And those beaded pearls – aren’t they just the perfect finishing touch? I just added 3 more packages of these beaded pearls to an order I just placed! I want to make sure that I don’t run out of these beauties!

Please leave me a comment and let me know if you like this card. Then stop back as I’ve made several more cards with the Poinsettia Place suite that I can’t wait to share with you in the coming days!

If you want to order to order any of the products I used, you can shop my online store here. Don’t forget the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper is on sale during the DSP Paper Sale going on thru October 31st!.

The Most Important Cards We can Make

As card-makers, we have a hobby that brings joy to ourselves in the process of creating and in sharing our hobby with others, but we also multiply that joy to the world around us as we give or mail our cards to others. While admittedly not the most joyful occasion, I believe the most important cards we can make are sympathy cards. When someone has lost a loved one, the simple act of receiving a card in the mail can make all the difference in the grieving process. Unfortunately, I can speak all too well to what receiving a sympathy card in the mail can mean to a person. Therefore, I always like to have a supply of Sympathy Cards on hand so that I can pop one out in the mail right away. I found myself without any sympathy cards on hand and needed to replenish my supply.

The stamp set is the Forever Fern and I used the coordinating Forever Flourishing Dies. The Sentiment comes from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

I like to keep sympathy cards simple and I think this card fills that role. With only White Cardstock, and 1 color of ink and Cardstock, you can make a simple but elegant card. In this case I used Misty Moonlight cardstock and ink. I really love this shade of blue; not too light or dark. But I also wanted to make this card in another color so I made in Pretty Peacock as well. Let’s take a look:

Feeling like I needed another color, I kept thinking I wanted something in the purple family, but somehow nothing was speaking to me. But then I remembered Fresh Fig, not really purple but still in that family. So I pulled out my retired stash of cardstock and made this again:

Here’s a photo of the dozen cards that I made:

So which color do you like best? Please leave me a comment with your favorite, or a suggestion for a different color. You know I love hearing from you.

I hope you don’t need to make any Sympathy Cards any time soon, but if you do, use this simple layout and share some love with someone whose heart is hurting. Trust me, it will be the most important card you’ll ever make!

If you need supplies to make this card, please shop my online store here.



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Wedding Wishes

My niece got married last weekend; her and her husband had a wedding outdoors with only a few immediate family members present. The ceremony was live streamed. While I couldn’t be there in person, I still wanted to send Wedding Wishes! And what better way than with a handmade card.

Petal Pink is such a soft color and I thought it would make for a perfect wedding card along with some touches of gold. A card base of Thick Whisper White was layered with Petal Pink cardstock then a piece of Designer Series Printed Paper in Petal Pink and white. The star of the show; the sentiment “Love & Laughter Forever After” comes from Forever Fern stamp set, as do the leaf and berries images. They were stamped in Petal Pink ink on Whisper White and colored Vellum and cropped with the Forever Flourishing dies. (Bundle the Forever Fern stamp set and Forever Flourishing dies and save!) A gold hoop and the gold edged petal pink ribbon add the embellishment which is capped off with a few Champagne rhinestones.

I was very happy with the finished card, and I hope Laura & Steve will like the card as well. Do you think this will convey my Wedding Wishes? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. If you want any of the supplies I used today, you can click any of the underlined product names, or you can CLICK HERE to go straight to my online store to order any supplies you want. Speaking of wanting, did you check out the new online store?

New Online Store

There’s an awesome new feature called Wish List. Next to every item you’ll see a little Heart – when you click the heart it will add that item to a Wish List. And you can create multiple Wish Lists! Think Christmas Wish List, Birthday Party Wish List, etc. You can share the Wish List with others – so when your Mom or Husband asks what you want for Christmas, just share your wish list! When your party planning partner needs to know what supplies you need for the next Birthday party, you can share your list. You get the idea.

The other really great feature is the Real Time Inventory status. You’ll be able to see if an item is on low inventory (so you’ll want to grab that item right away rather than waiting) or on backorder.

If you haven’t already checked out the new Online Store, what are you waiting for? It’s a great experience and I’m sure you’re going to love it! You can also download a mobile app so you’ll have the Online Store where ever you go. Click here to check it out.


Time For Change

With Change comes Excitement and this is very exciting! It’s time for change! And these changes are good; very good! Let’s take a look:

The Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up! goes live TODAY!  This catalog has CHANGED ITS NAME and is now being called the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog.  Stampin Up! has also CHANGED THE RELEASE DATE of this catalog to the beginning of August (rather than September) to allow you a longer period of time to make your Fall Holiday and Christmas cards.  Sweet, right? You can view the catalog by clicking the cover photo below.  You can view all of the current catalogs below: August – December 2020 Mini Catalog
2020-21 Annual Catalog
2020-21 Beginner Brochure
August - December 2020 Catalog

The next Change has to do with your Online Shopping Experience:


New Online Shopping Experience

When you visit the Stampin’ Up! website, you are going to see a whole new site!  Much cleaner and simpler to navigate, and much more mobile and tablet friendly.  If you already have a Customer Account set up, when you sign in you’ll get this box as you see here below. Although your account information will migrate over to the new site, if you use the ‘remember my password feature” on your browser, your PASSWORD will NOT MIGRATE OVER!  So you will have to enter in your password the first time you log into the new website.  You can use the Forgot Password link if you don’t remember your password.  After you log into the new site, and enter your password, you can then choose to “remember my password” and have your password saved for the next shopping trip.


You’ll love some of features of the new site!  They include:

Inventory Status in real time!  (Let’s you decide before you add to shopping cart if you want to order it and wiat until an item is back in stock.

Wish List and Favorites (This feature lets you create a wish list that you can email to another person(s). You can even create different lists for different events IE:  Wedding Invitation Supplies, or Birthday Party supplies, etc.)

GUEST CHECKOUT (this feature allows you to bypass setting up an account and just shop!  Note:  you cannot retrieve historical order information when you use the guest checkout.)

Time to Redeem Your Bonus Day Coupons!

Image     If you shopped, and earned, Bonus Day Coupons in July, now is the time to redeem those coupons!   Use the coupon code emailed to you when you placed an order in July, and save on your order in August – Bonus! 

Ready to shop! Of course you are! CLICK HERE to go to my Online Store.

I hope you enjoy the new August-December Mini Catalog. it may be a ‘mini’ catalog, but it is packed full!



Love You More Than….

The Nothing’s Better Than Bundle is the 1st bundle that I knew I just HAD TO HAVE when I flipped through the new Stampin’ Up! 2020 Annual Catalog. It speaks to all of my favorite things: Chocolate, Coffee, Cookies (chocolate chip cookies to be exact!) and Cocktails!! And the phrase “Love You More Than…” means that it describes my most favorite thing – my family!

I made this card for my husband. We recently had a chance to sneak away for an overnight getaway and I wanted to let my husband know how much I love him and I thought this stamp set would show him just that! Let’s take a look at the bundle, and then we’ll take a look at my card.

I love the font in this stamp set: it’s so retro looking! This stamp set is just so much fun! And pair it with all the different combinations of sayings and you have a plethora of fun!

So here’s my card:

Now my husband has seen me before coffee, so he really knows how much I NEED and LOVE my coffee every morning!

Do you like the ombre effect on the letters? I’ll let you in on a little secret: I colored a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using my Stampin’ Blend markers before cutting out the words.

To get the words lined up straight on my card, I simply used the paper I cut the words out of as a template. I lined this up on my card and held it in place with a piece of Washi Tape. Then I applied glue to the back of each word, and popped the words back into their place.

I then pulled off the template and my words were aligned straight onto the card base! Easy-peasy!

My husband loved my card, and said if I loved him more than coffee I must really love him! And it’s true – I do.

I can’t wait to make him a card that says I love you more than chocolate!

If you want the Nothing’s Better Than Bundle, you can order it here.

Please leave me a comment and let me know if you like this card. Thanks for stopping by my blog – see you soon!

Nancy Gleason

New Catalogs & New Promotions


The new 2020-21 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is here and online ordering is now open! Start shopping here.

Click here to view the catalog:

2020-21 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog cover

The 2020-21 Stampin’ UP! Beginning Brochure is a great place to start if you’re just getting started or just want to keep things simple. (Hint: it’s also a great place to get some all inclusive kits too!)

Stampin' Up! 2020-21 Beginning Brochure Cover

Annual Catalog Kickoff Celebration!

And to make your shopping the new catalogs even sweeter, check out these 2 promotions going on now until the end of the month:

EARN an additional $25 in Stampin Rewards with a qualifying order, or workshop, of $250 or more (before tax and shipping). This is in addition to the Stampin’ Rewards table below.

Pick a FREE BUNDLE Starter Kit Promotion

If you really have a lot you want, and want an even bigger discount, or if you would like to earn a side income doing what you love, check out the offer on our $99 Starter Kit:

Purchase the $99 Starter Kit (which is the best deal already) and get a FREE Bundle of your choice! Any bundle in the new catalog – either a stamp and punch, or stamp and die, any value. When you purchase the $99 Starter Kit, you choose $125 worth of product, get FREE SHIPPING, and the FREE BUNDLE. You’ll instantly be part of MyStampinCircle and join the exclusive online community of hundreds of stampers all over the country. Plus you’ll enjoy ALL the Perks & Benefits of being part of the Stampin’ Up! family. Join today.

Have questions? Email me or call me, message me. I’ll be happy to help you and answer any questions you have.

Nancy Gleason

Sneak Peek of the Forever Greenery Product Suite

As a demonstrator, my favorite perk is getting to see, and order from, new catalogs before they are released. When I first laid eyes on the 2020 Annual Catalog, I knew I had to have the Forever Greenery Product Suite. And since it was available during Pre-Order, I now have this product suite and was able to play with it for the first time today!

Product suites are different than bundles. Bundles are a stamp set and either a coordinating punch or dies. You can save 10% when you purchase a bundle. A Product Suite is a whole collection of coordinating goodies! In this case, there is the Forever Fern Bundle (stamp set and dies), Forever Greenery DSP, Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty DSP, a set of 2 embossing folders, Forever Greenery Trim Combo pack (ribbon and a gold trim) and lovely Gold Hoops Embellishments. Phew! That’s a lot! Thankfully, ordering a Product Suite is easy because there’s just 1 order number to get the whole suite! The Forever Greenery Product Suite is order # 154143. You’re welcome.

I’ll give you 3 guesses to figure out the color family of this Product Suite. Oh, you’re so smart! You got it on the first guess! Green, lots of green. 6 shades of green to be exact. Ranging from Soft Sea Foam to Pretty Peacock. And Gold accents. No wonder I was drawn right to this Product Suite.

So I guess by now, you’d probably like to see the Forever Greenery Product Suite, right? Well I can’t show you the actual products, but I can show you my projects. So here they are:

Forever Greenery Love & Laughter by Nancy Gleason of My Stampin Space

This first card shows off a bit of that breath-taking DSP, and a little strip of one of the embossing folders. You also get to see both ribbons in the Forever Greenery Trim Combo pack and a Gold Foil accent from the Gold Laser-Cut Specialty DSP.

Forever Greenery and Gold Laser-Cut Specialty DSP by Nancy Gleason of My Stampin Space

This card also shows off that Forever Greenery DSP and the Forever Gold Laser Cut Specialty DSP and the ribbon.

Forever Greenery DSP good things by Nancy Gleason of My Stampin Space

I heat embossed the sentiment with Gold embossing powder for this card and used the Ribbon Combo pack. I ‘borrowed’ a thinlit die from the Tasteful Labels dies for this card (and the card above this). I embossed the Pretty Peacock cardstock with the new embossing folder. Of course I had to stamp a little something on the inside as well.

Forever Greenery inside by Nancy Gleason of My Stampin Space.

The Colors

Don’t you just love this color palette? Here’s a look at all the greens that make up the Forever Greenery Product Suite.

Which card is your favorite? Leave me a comment and tell me. Is the Forever Greenery Product Suite on your wish list?

On June 3rd, when the catalog goes live, I’ll have the PDF of the catalog posted here on my blog for you to see. And of course, I’ll have a link for ordering.

Annual Catalog Kickoff Promotion

If your wish list is big, there’s a promotion going on from June 3-30 that you should know about. When you shop, or host a party, that totals $250 or more (before tax and shipping) you’ll earn an additional $25 in Stampin’ Rewards. Contact me if you’d like to host an online party to earn those freebies!

Want even more?

The $99 Starter Kit is always a great deal. After all, you choose $125 worth of products for only $99 AND get Free Shipping! Pretty sweet, right? But from June 3-30 you get all that AND you can choose any bundle from the catalog and add that in for FREE! That’s right! And of course you’ll enjoy all the perks of belonging to the Stampin’ Up! community: the product discount, early catalog preview and pre-order, exclusive online communities, events, and more! You can get the $99 Starter Kit right here and instantly become part of My Stampin Circle.

You’ve probably heard me say how much I love the color coordination and the product coordination from Stampin’ Up! The Product suites takes all this coordination and puts it together in one spot so no matter what your skill level may be, you can make perfectly coordinated projects, whether cards, tags, scrap book pages, gift packaging, etc.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoyed the Sneak Peek of the Forever Greenery Product suite. Please leave a comment for me and come back on Wednesday, June 3rd to browse the new catalog and place your order.

Share Sunshine

Who do you know who could use a little sunshine? Your sister who is a nurse on the front lines every day? An elderly neighbor who is isolated at home and missing his or her family? Your best friend that you haven’t seen in weeks? Well, I have not 1, but 2 ways for you to Share Sunshine.

This digital stamp set is packed with both lighthearted and thoughtful sentiments and imagery relevant to the unique COVID-19 and social distancing situation we are currently in. You can use the download in your cardmaking and papercrafting projects. Simply print the imagery on cardstock and cut it out using Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Trimmer, punches, or dies. Since we are physically distanced from each other, now is a perfect time to share sunshine with our friends and family by sending cards! Help us make a difference today! Then use the hash tag #ShareSunshine

Here are some samples that I’ve made with this Digital Download Set.

The 2nd way to Share Sunshine is with Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription box. It is a complete craft kit and each month you’ll make a different type of project. The June Paper Pumpkin kit contains supplies to make 8 full sized cards AND to convert the box into a box of Sunshine with the label included. Fill it with yellow goodies and brighten someone’s day. Easy-Peasy! This kit is sure to sell out so subscribe now. Just click the button below.

The good news is that you don’t have to choose – you can choose to Share Sunshine by grabbing the Digital Download stamp AND by subscribing to Paper Pumpkin! Win-Win!

Hello Fabulous!

So once a month I host a Club; nick-named the “Craft Cult” by one of the ladies’ husband! The name stuck and we’ve been calling ourselves the Craft Cult ever since! Well both last month and this month, we’ve had to meet via Zoom. It’s been fun trying to come up with projects that we can all make together, separately from our own homes, using whatever cardstock, stamp sets, inks, & embellishments we each have.

This past weekend, I made two projects for our Craft Cult; each with a new technique, and I’d like to share one of those with you here.

Nesting Spotlight Technique

I don’t know if this has a name or not but I’m calling it the Nesting Spotlight. Basically you use any shape of nesting dies; I used the Layering Circle dies here. Simply nest and cut two different sizes at the same time. You’ll be left with a ‘donut’ and a full circle. The donut is garbage but you keep the smaller circle. You may want to use tiny strips of Washi Tape to hold your nesting dies in place as it running through the die cutting machine.

How to make this card:

I used Lovely Lipstick ( a Retiring 2018-2020 In Color – you can see my tribute post to all the Retiring 2018-2020 In Colors here) cardstock as my card base. My card base is an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of cardstock scored & folded in half. I used a piece of Best Dressed DSP cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ on top of the card base. Then I used a piece of Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″. This is layer that I cut my nesting circles out of. I decorated this with stamped images from the Dressed To Impress stamp set and I stamped the Hello Fabulous greeting onto the small circle left behind. Then I propped this up on the card base with stamping dimensionals, added the circle, also on dimensionals. The negative space around the smaller circle just causes your eye to laser in on the sentiment. Very easy and adaptable to any stamp set and DSP that you have on hand.

I chose the lipstick patterned sheet of DSP to compliment the tube of lipstick that I decorated the front of the card with. Let’s take a closer look at the lipstick:

Stampin’ Blends

I colored this lipstick tube with the Stampin’ Blends markers. If you would like to learn to use the Stampin’ Blends to color like this, I just announced that I am starting an Online Class Series called “How to Use Your Stampin’ Blends”. If you are interested in this class, you can get all the details and register for that class here.

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this technique. Is this a technique that you’d like to try? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And now Hello Fabulous needs to jump into an envelope and head on over to a lovely lady who needs some cheering up while she’s isolating at home alone.


Out with the Old….

With a new Annual Catalog on the horizon, there’s the anticipation of so many new products, and new In Colors! Exciting right? But it’s also time to make room for those newbies, so it’s Out with the Old, in with the new! Change is always exciting, but sometimes hard.

I’ve seen the new Catalog already (one of my favorite perks of being a Demonstrator!). There are SO MANY great new products, and suites, and Stampin’ UP! is on the cutting edge of current trends. This catalog is no exception.

But I am sad to see “It Starts With Art” leaving us. As a tribute, below please find some cards from the archives that I made with the Follow Your Art Product Suite. I hope that this may inspire you and that you grab this stamp set, dies, and the accompanying DSP and accessories while you can.

It Starts with Art stamp set

It Starts With Art – A Tribute:

I love this card because it’s so colorful and playful! It uses the button stamp to create a stamped background, the fun DSP, and and another stamped and colored image.

Another card using the stamped image to create a background, and a stamped and colored image. I just love this card – very simple, great for a guy!

Here’s my feminine take on the card – this time using the lovely Follow Your Art DSP for the back ground.

The colors and images of the Follow Your Art DSP are so bright and playful. Palette Knives and paint bottles pair so well with the You Paint My World with Happiness sentiment.

Yes, I am going to miss this stamp set, and the sister stamp set “Crafting Forever”.

If you like these product suites, you will want to shop the Last Chance Products because when they’re gone, they’re gone.

If you’d like to get your hand on the new 2020-21 Annual Catalog NOW, rather than waiting until June 3rd, consider joining My Stampin Circle – my group of demonstrators. Some are in it to build a business and provide another source of income for themselves and their families, some just to get a discount to support their own hobby. Either way, you will enjoy the same perks and benefits. You can purchase the $99 Starter Kit here, fill it with $125 worth of products, and it ships to you for free. Ask me for more details if you have question.

Time to go Out with the Old, so we can come in with the new!

Farewell 2018-2020 InColors

Each year around this time I begin to say farewell to the soon to be retired set of 5 colors from the Stampin’ Up! color family. Today I want to say Farewell 2018-2020 InColors. This color family will be going away in order to make room for an incoming set of 5 colors – the 2020-2022 InColors.

I Miss Your Face InColors

This is a rainbow of colors that form the 2018-2020 InColor Collection. I used this color palette in my free class that you can view here.

Let’s take a look at each color:

I made this set of mini cards when this color collection was introduced back in 2018. You can see that original post here.


Each of these colors are available in Card Stock, Ink Pads, Ink Refills, Markers, as well as Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Blends, and embellishments such as ribbon. When these colors retire, all of the above will be gone! Now is the time to grab these colors and stock up.

Shop the Entire 2018-2020 In Color Collection here.

2018-2020 InColor Ink Collection

SHOP QUICKLY: When these colors sell out, they will be gone for good. From now until June 1st, these are available only while supplies last. Inventory will NOT be replenished during this time so please stock up now while you still can.

I want you to say Farewell 2018-2020 InColors, but I don’t want you to lose out.

Nancy Gleason

I CASE’d Myself!

In the Stampin’ UP! world, CASE means to Copy And Share Everything and it’s really just another way of saying we can find inspiration all around us. Sometimes, we just see a project that someone else made and we just love something about it so much it calls us to grab our supplies and make a project too. Maybe it’s the layout, or the colors, or the stamp set, or the way the sentiment is placed, or anything at all.

Well, today I CASE’d myself! Yes, my most popular PIN on Pinterest is a card I made at the beginning of the year for my downline meeting. I needed to make a number of Thank You cards and I wanted to use the Peaceful Moments stamp set which has a nice Thank You. When I grabbed that set, I thought back to that card I made and decided to remake that card, but in a different color.

You can see my original post with that card here, and instructions on how to make it.

It has also become my most popular Pin on Pinterest!

Painted Poppies B&W Birthday

And here is the card I made today:

a simple Thank You Card made with the Peaceful Moments and Painted Poppies stamp set and the Painted Labels and Poppy Moments dies.

Do you see what I did? Same card, different color. I basically kept the card layout the same, except I used Bermuda Bay ink instead of Poppy Parade, and swapped out the sentiment. A couple of Black Rhinestones were added for some bling.

And just like that, I CASE’d myself! Have you ever made a card you liked so much that you CASE’d yourself? I’ve made several cards that I’ve like so much, I made them in several colors. Actually, my last class was a Facebook Live and I made a card in all 5 of the retiring 2018-2020 In Colors. You can watch that class recording on my Facebook page by clicking here.

Let’s Compare Side by Side

So which do you like better? Please leave me a comment with your choice of favorite color. I love to hear from you.

If you want to CASE this card from me, I’d be honored! And to help you, you can shop my online store here to grab any or all of the Peaceful Poppies Suite of products. These bundles are just back in stock!

Don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list– you’ll receive a free PDF Tutorial when you do, and you’ll continue to get free project tutorials and lots of useful information to help you in your papercrafting journey as well. Follow me on Social Media too. I’ll be hosting online classes on my Facebook page.

Nancy Gleason

Ornate Garden and a Sneak Peek of the 2020-2021 In Colors

I’d like to introduce you to the Ornate Garden Product Suite that will be featured in the new 2020-2021 Catalog which will be released on June 3rd. Part of the excitement of a new catalog is, well, seeing the new catalog! And part is the excitement of new products, and a new line-up of In Colors – the 5 trendy colors that are introduced every year.

The Ornate Garden Product Suite is a sneak peek from that new catalog that is available for you, right now! You don’t have to wait for the new catalog to be released. Isn’t that exciting?

Can you Spy with your little Eye?

The Ornate Garden Product Suite does contain 1 new In Color in the Designer Series Paper. Let me introduce you to the Suite and tell me if you can spy the new In Color.

That’s beautiful, isn’t it? I’ll share a few sample made with this product suite for you too

You can download the Ornate Garden PDF here; 3 pages of new products and bundles from this delightful detailed, ornate suite. You can order the Ornate Garden Product Suite here.

Speaking of the new 2020-2021 In Colors, let me show you Another Sneak Peek!

May Paper Pumpkin Craft Subscription Kit

Ok, that was really a tease, wasn’t it? But I can explain! All I know is the May 2020 Paper Pumpkin is going to feature 4 NEW In Colors plus Purple Posy from the 2019–2021 In Color collection. (The new In Colors will be introduced on April 24.) So, for now, we can’t see them, but I do know the kit will make 12 cards; 8 full size cards & 4 note cards. And on April 24th, this graphic should magically appear in color, In Color that is! You can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here, right now to get the May Paper Pumpkin craft kit and be the first to get your hands on the New InColors before the catalog release. And on April 24th, check back and I’ll show you the new In Colors that will be in the May Paper Pumpkin.

Order the Ornate Garden Product Suite

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin

So if you want to get your hands on some new catalog excitement now, you’ve got 2 different options. But why choose? I recommend getting both! And if you know someone who is at home, sheltering in place, and could use some excitement, consider a Paper Pumpkin Prepaid kit that you can gift to someone.

I Miss Your Face

I’ve always said that Stampin’ UP! is on the cutting edge and always on trend. I wonder if many months ago, when the designers at Stampin’ UP! were designing stamp sets for the 2020 Sale-A-Bration promotion, if anyone was thinking about Social Distancing and Shelter in Place. Yet, this sentiment, I Miss Your Face, is perfect for the times we are in right now!

Because of Social Distancing and the orders in my state to shelter in place, I couldn’t have my regular monthly Wine Down Wednesday class. But I didn’t have to cancel my class! Thanks to Facebook Live, I was able to still have my class, and to invite all of you! You can watch that Wine Down Wednesday – Social Distance Style! Class right on my Facebook page. (You may need to scroll down to find the Wine Down Wednesday – Social Distancing Style Live video from March 25th)

Here’s my project:

I Miss Your Face from the Tags in Bloom stamp set, free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration

The project I designed used the stamp set, Tags in Bloom, free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration, and the sentiment “I Miss Your Face” from this stamp set. But, because I wanted everyone who was watching from home, to be able to stamp along with me, I also designed the card so that it can be made with the supplies you already have at home.

I love that Stampin’ Up’s color coordination, and product coordination make it so easy to create projects that come together so easily! This project uses Pineapple Punch cardstock, ink and ribbon and just some Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock and Black Memento Ink. As a matter of fact, you can make this with any color of cardstock with coordinating ink and ribbon. I made several cards using all of the colors from the 2018-2020 In Color Collection.

2018-2020 In Colors make a rainbow of cards using the Tags in Bloom stamp set and I Miss Your Face sentiment

Doesn’t that look so pretty? A rainbow of colors using the 2018-2020 In Color collection. From left to right, I used Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick. All of these colors are set to retire when the annual catalog ends May 31st. If you want any of these colors cardstock, ink or accessories, I suggest you get them now! Historically, the retiring In Colors sell out. So stock up while you still can. And if you order them before March 31st, your purchases will help you qualify for Free Sale-A-Bration rewards! (Like the Tags in Bloom stamp set!). Click here to shop my online store now.

In my Facebook Live Class, I’ll show you how to make the patterned background using any small flower or geometric stamp you already have. And by using any big, bold sentiment and a coordinating punch of any shape, you can recreate this card. It uses just one color of cardstock, ink and ribbon, plus Black and White.

I hope that you will watch my video class (and while you’re there, make sure to LIKE my Facebook page) and use that pattern to make a card of your own. I made almost 2 dozen cards to mail out this weekend, to all the folks I miss right now! If you make a card using this pattern, please let me know! I love when you get inspiration from my blog posts. Leave a comment, or share a photo on my Facebook page.

Here’s another look at my card before you leave:

And here’s another link to my Online Store so you can shop before saying goodbye. SHOP NOW! Remember you’ll earn a Free Sale-A-Bration reward for every qualifying order, $50 or $100 before tax and shipping when you shop by March 31st.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay 6′ away from others. And be thankful that we have a hobby to keep us busy at home as we shelter in place. And get those cards in the mail to the folks who could use some cheer!

I miss your face but hope to see you watching my class on my Facebook page!

Are you a DSP Hoarder?

The Designer Series Paper by Stampin UP! is so pretty, it’s easy to want to hoard it rather than cut it, but…it’s so much better to cut this beautiful paper, make a card and mail it than it is to keep it in a package on the shelf. So, that’s exactly what I did! #LoveItChopIt I’ve actually challenged myself to stop being a DSP Hoarder, so I’ve come up with a brilliant compromise: I buy 2 packages of DSP and I keep one on the shelf and cut and use the other one. Then I don’t feel bad about cutting it and using. I actually feel better because I love the cards I make more than the package sitting on a shelf. And I’m pretty sure the people who receive the cards I make like that too!

The Best Dressed Designer Series Paper has such beautiful designs – florals, stripes and yes shoes, purses, lipstick and parfum bottles! Each sheet is as pretty as the next. When I saw the challenge from the Paper Players “Spring Flowers” I knew I had to break out my Best Dressed DSP and play along! I also just received the new “Label Me Lovely” punch and “Label Me Fancy” punch that were just yearning to be played with! So put them all together and this is what I made:

Best Dressed DSP for the Paper Players PP482

So, what do you think? Better than leaving this beautiful DSP in the package on a shelf, right? I’m glad that the Paper Players Challenge got me cutting my paper and making a pretty birthday card. Be sure to head over to the Paper Players page to see the Design Team cards that inspired me.

So simple and easy: I just layered Petal Pink and Melon Mambo cardstock underneath my DSP. A 1″ strip of Petal Pink cardstock served as a background for the 5/8″ Organdy Striped Ribbon. A layer of punched shapes showcase a simple sentiment from Peaceful Moments stamp set.

Sale-A-Bration Perks

So if you are like me, I challenge YOU to use your beautiful Designer Series Paper; don’t just hoard it! But if you must hoard it, buy 2 packages. One to use and one to keep! Now is great time to stock up too because you can earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items with every $50 you purchase in product. Click here to shop my online store. SaleABration ends on March 31st.

$99 Ultimate Stater Kit with SaleABration special

And if you really love DSP and want to get some for free, and a mini paper cutter to help you #LoveItChopIt, then you’ll want to check out the $99 Starter Kit Special. You’ll get to choose $125 worth of products, AND get a Free Mini Paper Cutter, a 6×6 DSP paper stack, and a Stamp Set of your choice, along with $50 of business supplies and free shipping! Sweet right? Buy the $99 Starter Kit here. Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st and so does this offer so buy the starter kit today.

I know the struggle is real, but I challenge you to stop being a DSP Hoarder! Maybe my “buy 2 compromise” will help you to #LoveItChopIt . To your continued success! – Nancy