The RETIRED LIST is here!

Without any further adieu, here it is:

The Retired List - (PDF Format)


As announced previously, Stampin’ Up! will be retiring the MDS (My Digital Studio) software line.  While you can continue to use the software, you will no longer be able to purchase downloads after May 31.  All MDS downloads are on sale at 30% off




The days leading up to the Retired List are usually full of anticipation and speculation for me.  When the list finally posts, I usually curl up on the couch with a red ink pen, my catalog and the list.  I go thru each page, item by item, and carefully put a red “R” (for Retired) next to each item that is retiring.  (I also put a black check mark next to every item as I purchase it so I know what I have and what I don’t!)

This way I can see what I have that is retiring (you might find this soon in the Yard Sale page of my blog), and what I don’t have that I’ll really miss if it retires and I don’t have it.

The latter will cause me to spring into action, and order that item before it is gone.   I’ve let that happen once or twice and I’m still bummed by the things I’ve missed because I waited too long!  Grab a sponge to catch my tears. 

Once an item goes on the Retired List, availability is while supplies last.  Last year, the retiring In Colors sold out within days.  I fully anticipate that happening here.  If you want it, get it while you can or you’ll be crying too!

So when you hop online to start shopping for the ‘must-have’ items from the retired list, don’t forget about the Clearance Rack (recently updated) and the Weekly Deals either (new today!).  That way you’ll score some really good deals all the way around.  Don’t forget the New Items either.

What is the item you are going to miss the most?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  Then share with me what item you really want from the Retiring List that you don’t already have.

Enjoy shopping the retired list.


Free Shipping Ends Soon

Header_FreeShipping_Demo_4.2015_USFREE SHIPPING on all items ends at 11:50 PM on Friday April 10th.

I love Free Shipping!  I always feel like I have to place a big order to make the shipping charges pay for themselves.  But with Free Shipping I can order as much or as little as I want.  And if I forget something, I can always place another order without paying a penalty.  I love Free Shipping!  And I know you do too!

So I ordered another roll of the Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon which was already on sale with the Weekly Deals.  And the new “Just Kidding” stamp set, and a few re-inkers.   I also got another package of Festive Designer Kraft paper from the Clearance Rack.    So I scored some really good deals, and FREE SHIPPING made those deals even better!

All this saving has made me crafty too!  I’ve been spending some time in My Stampin Space too.  Here are some projects I’ve made lately:


I had fun with the stamp set “Crazy about You”  and the buttons that I got for Free during the Sale-A-Bration promotion.


I usually have a hard time making a simple, single layer card but I needed to make a bunch of thank you cards but didn’t have a lot of time.  I was able to whip up these cards in no time.  I took my lead from the Best Year Ever DSP and Accessories for the color scheme, and threw in Pear Pizzazz for the green just for good measure.  The flower pops out quickly with the 1-3/4″ scallop circle punch.  A stampin’ dimensional popped that up to give it some lift (I told you I have hard time with single layer cards!) and the button adds such a great finishing touch without alot of fuss!  (I see me using this flower & button combo alot in the near future!)  If you didn’t get free buttons during Sale-A-Bration, then you can get the Brights Designer Buttons for 25% off and Free Shipping.  It’s the next best thing!

Notice how I mixed up the colors of the flower, the sentiment and the button?  Which color is your favorite?

Come back again and I’ll show you some more projects I’ve been working on.  Stop by my Facebook page and you’ll see why I needed more Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon too!

Now get busy and start shopping before you miss out on the Free Shipping!

Have fun,




Get ready to shop: Header_FreeShipping_Demo_4.2015_USStampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING on any orders placed Monday, April 6 – Friday, April 10.  No minimum purchase required (excludes expedited orders).

  • STOCK UP!  Fill your wish list with that favorite stamp set, punch,  tools, OR stock up on basics like paper, adhesives & envelopes.  It ALL ships FREE!
  • WEEKLY DEALS & CLEARANCE RACK purchases count too! (the Clearance Rack was just restocked and Weekly Deals change every Tuesday)
  • Check out the NEW ARRIVALS section too!
  • Orders placed for delivery to Hawaii and Alaska will receive free 2nd Day Air shipping.
  • PAPER PUMPKIN past kits and kit refills are eligible for free shipping if purchased online.   Paper Pumpkin monthly subscriptions are not eligible for free shipping.
  • DON’T MISS OUT!  The Stampin’ Up! 2013 – 2015 In Colors will be retiring with the annual catalog (last day is June 2, 2015).  Order your favorite 2013 – 2015 In Color inks, card stock, ribbon, markers before they retire AND take advantage of free shipping!  

2013-15 In Colors Bakers Twine

Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana & Baked Brown Sugar are all set to retire.  Get them before they are gone.

CLICK HERE to be magically transported to my online store where you can shop safely & securely from the comfort of your home.  Your order will be delivered to your door and you’ll be jumping for joy at all the money you saved with FREE SHIPPING!

Want to save even more?  How about 30% off your first order, and 20% off every order after that?  Sign up here to join Stampin’ Up!   You can choose to join as a Wholesale Customer or to share your love of Stampin’ Up! with others and earn as much as you’d like.  Either way, you’ll enjoy all the perks that come with your Stampin’ Up! demonstratorship.   Join now and you’ll be able to enjoy the new 2015-16 Annual Catalog Sneak Peek & Pre-Order 1 month sooner than the public!  (Do I hear a Woot-Woot?)

Not sure?  I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have to decide if Stampin’ Up! is right for you.  Email me with your phone # and a good time to call and we can chat.

Joining Stampin’ Up! was a decision that I’ve never regretted!  I have been able to take my love for paper-crafting and use that to make new friends all over the country, both in person & virtually thru our exclusive on-line groups.  It has afforded me the opportunity to purchase all the stampin’ supplies I want AND earn some extra money on top of that.  If you would like to enjoy these benefits too, join my Stampin’ UP! team.  I’d love to have you in my community!

Happy Stampin’
Happy Shoppin’, 
& Happy (FREE) Shipping!

Nancy Gleason



A Perfect Birthday Wrap

Today is my sisters’ birthday; my OLDER sisters’ birthday.  I just had to throw that in there.  I’m sure she won’t mind!

I made the perfect  gift wrap for her present.  A mini treat bag created from the Stampin’ Up! Mini Treat Bag Thinlit die.

mini treat bagIt was the PERFECT size to tuck the gift I bought her inside.  I can’t reveal what the gift is:  due to the snow, I never made it to the post office so the package is still en route.

Strawberry Slush is one of the soon to be retired 2013-2015 In Colors.  I’m going to miss it.  What color is your favorite from this collection?  Which color are you going to miss the most?

2013-15 In Colors Bakers TwineFor me, the answer is obvious:  ALL OF THEM!   My advice – start stocking up on these colors (cardstock, ink pads, ink refills, DSP, markers, baker’s twine) NOW.  Last year the In-Color collection was virtually SOLD OUT within hours of the retired list going public.  Don’t let that happen to you with this collection.  Many colors of the cardstock are already on back order, but any order placed now is guaranteed to be filled.  Once an item is on the retired list, supplies are limited to stock on hand so once it sells out, it’s gone for good.   Click here to shop now.

If you are interested in making this treat bag, I’ve listed all of the supplies I used below.  Just click on any item to go right to that item in my store.

We’re down to the wire

Only 1 day left for the biggest sale of the year!  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st.  This has been one of the biggest Sale-A-Brations since I’ve been involved with Stampin’ Up!  Due to the fact that the Blendabilities line was discontinued, several embossing folders were added to the offering of products that could be earned FREE with a $50 order.    I think the array of products offered was incredible.

My favorites have to be the Lotus Blossom stamp set IMG_4531the Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP

Irresistibly Yours

the In Color Accessory Pack138637Sand the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack.


You can get these (and more for FREE) but once we flip the calendar to April, it’s too late.  You will NEVER be able to get these products.   Click here to shop and choose 1 free items with every $50 purchase.

Thanks for helping to make this Sale-A-Bration a great one :)



What’s New, and What’s Ending Soon

There are quite a few things to update you on so I thought I’d put everything together in one spot to make it easy on you.  You’re welcome!

Sale-A-Bration:  It all ends March 31st, which is right around the corner really.  A few new items were added March 1st, and today, more items were added!  With Sale-A-Bration, you earn 1 free item with every $50 purchase.  While most of the items in the Sale-A-Bration flyer are exclusive to Sale-A-Bration, the  Blendabilities markers were available as a free item as well.  Since Stampin’ UP! announced that the line of Blendabilities is being discontinued, they have added other items in their place.


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Click on above images to open flyers.

During Sale-A-Bration, it’s also a great time to Join Stampin’ Up!  Whether you want to start a business to try to earn  a few dollars, or just want to become a Wholesale Customer to purchase your own supplies at a discount, joining is a great way to be part of the Stampin’ Up! family.

Join now and select $125 worth of products for only $99 AND choose one of the following:  JoinLP_SAB_demo2_US JoinLP_SAB_demo3_US

Click here to JOIN now.


Paper Pumpkin is one of the hottest new products from Stampin’ Up!  –  It is a complete craft project delivered to your door and each month features a new, different surprise and you don’t know what it will be until you open it!

Save when you purchase a prepaid 3-month subscription. (AND EARN A FREE Sale-A-Bration too!)

Here’s a sneak peek of the March 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I was sure that this month’s kit would be Easter themed, but boy, was I wrong!  Look at how cool this is:


Each month, Stampin’ Up! has been introducing a new photopolymer stamp set and I just love this one called “Just Kidding”!  I love the humor.  And a 15 piece stamp set for $15.95, I love the price too.  No question this will be on my next order.

Well, there you go.  Please make sure to place your order by March 31st to get your Sale-A-Bration items before they’re gone.

Please feel free to contact me if I can answer any questions for you.  To shop online, just click here.

Happy Stampin’



A new ‘twist’ on an old favorite!

My Stampin’ Up! order just arrived and I couldn’t wait to dive in and play with my new goodies!  First was the Thick Bakers Twine & Buttons In Color Accessory Pack (which I earned for FREE and you can too!) AND the stack of Designer Series Paper in the 2014-2016 In Colors.  So I knew I would be using these things together!  Don’t you just love the color coordination from Stampin’ Up!  So do I.  It makes it so easy.  I decided to just make a monochromatic card, quick & easy, as I needed 2 cards to mail out.  I ‘recycled’ a card layout I used a few weeks ago for one of my classes and added a new twist by using DSP!


I started with a piece of Tangelo Twist cardstock, cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored & folded in half to create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card base.  Next I trimmed a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4″ x 5-1/4″ (just a 1/4″ smaller than my card base).  I used the new Butterflies thinlits die to cut out the butterfly, but I made sure to position the die on white layer exactly centered in the upper two-thirds of the paper as I would be using both the die cut image AND the negative space of the paper it was cut from.

Next I used a piece of coordinating Tangelo Twist DSP to position behind the negative butterfly image on my whisper white layer.  I stamped my sentiment on the lower third in Tangelo Twist ink, tied a piece of Tangelo Twist thick bakers twine around this layer and then I used stampin’ dimensionals to pop this layer onto my card base.  TIP:  I like to do this to add some dimension but it also helps so the thick twine doesn’t leave a lump if I glued it flat to the card base.

Lastly I adhered the butterfly back into the negative space; but I only applied glue to the butterfly body, leaving the wings free to flutter in the wind!  My finishing touch was a Tangelo Twist button on the butterfly!  All this took about 10 minutes flat!

Yeah, I loved this so much, I quick made another card in another In Color, Hello Honey.  You can see these two cards here.  IMG_4767[1]

It really looks great in any color.  Matching cardstock, ink, DSP and embellishments made this card come together so quick & easy!

How great is it that the folks over at Colour Me…! Challenge Blog chose Tangelo Twist and a neutral for this weeks color challenge?  Were they watching me create this card?  Did they like this card so much too that they decided to use this color combo too or it is just a coincidence?  You decide.  I’m not sure, but I do know that I’m entering my card in their challenge.  You can head over to the Colour Me…! blog to check out other projects in this color combo.

Don’t forget you can order these products, and any other Stampin’ Up! products directly from me safely & securely online here.  For every $50 in product purchases, you will earn 1 FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Will you choose the InColors Accessory Pack like I did or something else?  Leave me a comment with your favorite SAB item.

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Thanks for stopping by Stampers.  See you in My Stampin’ Space soon!


Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better

I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!   There are so many reasons, but it’s always exciting to work with a company that is constantly striving to bring top quality products, exclusive products, and on-trend products to the market.   It makes it exciting!

Couple that with great promotions to bring those products to you at great savings and it all adds up to one great job!   Just when you thought  Sale-A-Bration couldn’t get any better, it did!  Stampin’ Up! has just announced that they are adding 4 new exclusive products to the Sale-A-Bration promotion just for the month of March!  How cool is that?  Really cool, right?  I knew you’d agree.  But I bet your just dying to SEE those new products, right?  Well I won’t make you wait any longer; here they are:


And here is the flier you can download, and print out, so you can oogle over these newbies all day long, whereever you go.  I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind having all 4 of these new products.

As with all the Sale-A-Bration items, they are FREE with a $50 product order (before shipping & tax).  So with a $200 order, you can get all 4 items.  Maybe now is the time to start filling your wish list.

What is your favorite new product?  Mine is the 2014-2016 In Color Baker’s Twine & Button set, hands down.  Can you say Blackberry Bliss and Hello, Honey?  I will not pass up those colors.

On another note, but keeping with the commitment that Stampin’ Up! has made to bring only the highest quality products to the market, all of the Blendabilities markers, in every color, are unavailable to order at this time.  I  can hear the collective sighs and boos.   I know how much you are loving the Blendabilities line, I am too.   Quality problems have been detected, and rather than ship possibly defective markers, Stampin’ Up! has chosen to ‘turn off ordering’ of these items until the problem can be resolved.  I know this is a bummer, but I’d rather wait for something that is of high quality, than risk receiving a less than perfect product.  I think you would also.

So, please go ahead and order the other products and take advantage of the exclusive offers during Sale-A-Bration.  You can shop online here.

Make sure to check out the Weekly Deals (these change every Tuesday), the New Arrivals and the Clearance Rack too!

Don’t forget, now is also a great time to host a workshop or join Stampin’ Up Email me if you want more information on either of these options.

Please feel free to share this post with your facebook friends, pin, or forward it.  Thanks for being sociable!

Happy Stampin,





The February Paper Pumpkin Revealed

I got mine in the mail on Wednesday.  Did you get yours yet?  While I did open the box and take a sneak peak, I didn’t open my set to see what was truly inside.  Until tonight.  Hmm, you didn’t open yours yet?   Spoiler Alert – the video shows all.

How fun is that!  An accordion card.  Who wouldn’t feel extra ‘thanked’ upon receiving that?  Someone do something nice for you lately?  For your Mom who always watches the kids for you.  For your co-worker who helped you on that last project.  For the teller at the bank who always has a smile ready for you?  (Ok, I threw that last one in there because I am a bank teller by day). But seriously, you can probably think of at least half a dozen people who you need to thank for something.  And that’s great, because this kit makes 6 cards!

If you aren’t already receiving your monthly dose of creativity, you can order your Paper Pumpkin here.  And I would suggest the 3-month prepaid subscription as it is on sale and you can save $5 thru March 31st.  It also qualifies you for a free Sale-a-Bration item too!.


Get your Paper Pumpkin your way;  You can choose from a month-to-month auto delivery, or a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month prepaid subscription.   You’ll get a new project kit each month containing everything you need to create a finished project including an exclusive stamp set each month.  You can even ‘gift’ the prepaid subscriptions to someone else.  Click here for all the options.

As a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can order past kits and refill kits;  see what’s available here.

And every month, you’ll have access to a video like the one above, showing how to assemble your project.  If you are in the Scranton area, you can join me each month for a Paper Pumpkin Party to assemble our projects together while enjoying a evening out making new friends too!

So what are you waiting for?  Order your Paper Pumpkin kit today!  You’ll be glad you did.  (The Sale price of the 3-month Subscription shown below will show up in the shopping cart!)

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Happy Stampin,


A challenging Color Challenge

I have this funny thing about combining different shades of reds, or even red & orange.  So when I saw the color challenge for the Paper Players was Calypso Coral, Real Red, & Black, my first thought was, ooh, I don’t think I am going to like this.  But that thought only lasted a fraction of second, quickly followed by the thought that the Stacked with Love Specialty Designer Paper was Real Red, Crisp Canteloupe and Calypso Coral along with Black & White.  Fear and doubt were quickly replaced with thoughts of easy peasy!

I love when Stampin’ Up! makes things so easy.   I knew exactly what I wanted to make too, and it wasn’t a card.  

photo 1(3)I made a banner using Real Red, Calypso Coral, Black and White.  Here is a close-up shot of the banner.

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photo 2(2)The solid color cardstock forms the backdrop for the pennants.  I cut Real Red and Calypso Coral into 2″ x 3″ triangles.  And cut the little letters from Basic Black cardstock using the Little Letters Thinlits dies.

The Stacked with Love DSP gave me the fun part!  I used the 1-1/4″ Scalloped Circle Punch to create little backdrops for my letters and little banners for the spacer pennants.

photo(9)I just love how the patterned paper pulls all those colors together so beautifully and makes easy work for me to play along with the Paper Players Color Challenge this week!

Be Mine BannerIf you’d like to see what the Paper Players did with this color challenge, head on over.   Challenge yourself and play along.  I’d love to see what you create with this color combination!.

If you’d like to order any of the supplies I used to make this banner, you can click here to shop on line.  Don’t forget, with Sale-A-Bration in full swing, you can earn a free item for every $50 you purchase.