Author Archives: Nancy Gleason

Occasionally I like to do this….

Occasionally I like to do this…… Do What?  You’ll see.   First, I want to say that I’m so excited to join an amazing and talented group of crafters to play along with the TicTacToe Challenge this week. I am also excited that I got to break out my new stamp set “Touches of Texture” and the scallop edge die from the Seasonal Layers framelits for this project.

So without any further ado, here is my project.  simple floral for the TTTC03

I used Calypso Coral for the background, a strip of DSP from the Color Theory Designer Paper Stack which I cropped with the scallop border.  A rectangle of Whisper White cardstock was layered with a piece of Old Olive and stamped with the floral image from the “Touches of Texture”  stamp set using Sahara Sand ink.  I broke out my WaterColor pencils and Blender pen to give the flowers and leaves some color.  A simple bow made from the new 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon in Old Olive tied the whole project together!  (Did you catch my pun there: the ribbon “TIED” the whole project together? – of course you did.)

Here is the TicTacToeChallenge that inspired this piece. TicTacToeChallenge 003

You’ll see that I  chose the Right Side Down – bow, scallop & rectangle for my card.  Feel free to visit the TicTacToeChallenge page to see what others did with this challenge and be inspired to use this as a springboard to make your own projects.

Now to answer the big question.  What do I like to do occasionally?  Well, it’s more ‘not do’ than ‘do’ – I purposely chose to not put a sentiment on my card, to just leave it blank.  The soft tones and floral design lends itself to many occasions and I thought it would be good to make a few of these cards to have on hand.  I can always throw a sentiment on the inside of the card, or just leave blank to write a personal note.  Either way, this is an easy card to re-produce.  If you want to purchase any of the supplies I used to make this card, please shop my online store.  Or just click on any of the product names above or below in the supply list.

Sign up for my mailing list here to receive my (almost) weekly email.   Please leave me a comment and tell me whether you like a sentiment on every card your make, or if you like to make a card without a sentiment every now and again.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space.  Come back soon.

Nancy

 

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I did something last night that I haven’t done in 25 years!

Hi Friends,
Ok, so I may be giving my age away here, but I did something last night that I haven’t done in 25 years, maybe more!  Truth is I haven’t done this in so long that I can’t exactly remember the last time I did it, but boy it sure did bring back some fun memories.  No, it wasn’t illegal!  No, it wasn’t anything childish.
I went to the Drive-In Movies!  
Drive in Movie theater
With my husband & son.  It was SO.MUCH.FUN!   I’ve been planning this, and looking forward to it, all week, and I’m so  glad the weather was nice!  My son, who is 24, has never been to a drive-in movie theater so I know it’s been at least that long.  Actually, I have never been to a drive-in since moving to PA and that’s been over 30 years ago! 
Gone are the days of the old metal speakers that you hung on the car window, although the poles were still there. (Does anyone else remember them?) Now, the movies are in HD and you tune your radio to a specific frequency to hear the audio. 
We saw Cars 3.   The movie was a double-feature with Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Lies but we didn’t stay for that movie. 
Cars 3 was FABULOUS!   I really love the Cars movies.  I think it’s because of the friendship between all the characters.  You’ve got so many different personalities but everyone works together and everyone encourages one another to use their gifts and talents, and to unite together for the greater good.  No one is too old or too rusty to be useful.  I think it is a beautiful picture of how life could be if we all just valued one another, rather than trying to compete with one another. 
It was a wonderful, heart-warming story and the story has been with me all evening and all day today.  I love a good sappy movie that stays with you long after you’ve watched it. 
The Cars community actually reminds me of my online Community, the Pals.  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators under Mary Fish, my upline, from all over the country.  Some are old, some are young, some are new to stamping and some have been around a while.  Some are business builders, many others are hobby-ists.  But we all share a common love of stamping and it is the most positive, uplifting, community and it’s a place that I love to hang out in.  If you would love to belong to a group like that, than please email me  or just join now. 
I hope that you have something fun planned for your weekend.  Maybe you can take your Dad, your hubby and your kids to see Cars 3 for Father’s Day! 
But whatever you do, I hope you manage to carve out some time to get in your Craft Room and do something creative for yourself. 
My Paper Pumpkin kit came yesterday and I know I will be get that all inked up this weekend (you can see the June kit on my facebook page).
If you want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, or order some other supplies from the new catalog, just click here or on the catalog cover below to go to my online store. Please use Host Code PMNEDFV3 for your order less than $150.- thanks!
Be sure to check my blog and my facebook page regularly to be inspired and stay on top of current promotions. 
Thanks,
Nancy

Getting my Creativity on with The Paper Players

A cool color challenge

I got so many new stamps and such this week and I want to use them all!  But since I can only use one, or two, stamp sets at a time, I will have to carve out time each day to make something creative!  The color challenge from the Paper Players served to stretch my creativity and I’m so glad I played along!  Here is the color palette I had to work with:

The honest truth is that I probably never would have paired these colors on my own, but I forced myself to use them.  That got me thinking that, other than a floral, I would have to use 3 of something – one for each color.  Looking thru my new stamps for something that would work, the clothespins wrapped in baker’s twine from the Crafting Forever stamp set would be perfect!  I played with a layout and ultimately, this is what I came up with: Bakers Twine from Crafting ForeverI used the new Pinewood Planks TIEF to add texture to the background layer of Pool Party.  Then a layer of Lemon Lime Twist card stock behind the main Whisper White panel repeats the Lemon Lime splattered on that panel.  Touches of Texture was used for the splatters.   The saying is stamped in Pool Party ink.  Each clothespin wrapped in Baker’s Twine is stamped in the three colors from the Color Challenge: Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party, and then fussy cut.  The new Mini Dimensionals propped up these little guys with no trouble!  (Thank you, Stampin’ UP! for added those mini’s – they are the Best.Thing.Ever!)

Do you like my entry to the Paper Players?   I really, really love how this card turned out, and I have the Paper Players to thank for that!  This  really stretched my creativity but I’m so glad I participated!  Hop over to the Paper Players and see what others did with this color challenge.  But before you do, please leave me a comment and tell me what YOU think of my project.

Then make sure to come back here again because I have something juicy and zesty to share with you! I have a class tomorrow night so I may not be to write another blog post tomorrow,  even though I have my project ready to share. (I’ll try to remember to snap some photos and share them on my Facebook page.  My class is centered on the Color Theory bundle and we’ll be making some cool cards just in time for summer reading!)  Remember, if you want to get any of the products I used tonight, you can click on the item below, or just click here to start shopping.  A host code for June is listed to the right for any order you place with me that is less than $150 dollars.  Thanks,

Happy Stampin’ Friends,

Nancy

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My Favorite Daisy -the Delightful Daisy bundle

Do you follow me on Facebook?  If you don’t, you missed out on seeing my bestie fav, My Favorite Daisy, that I made with new catalog products.  So click here to  Like my page right now.  I’ll wait.  Ahh, all done.  Now, you won’t miss another thing from me again!

Back to my favorite card.  The wood grain designer series paper was one of the things calling my name the loudest!  And that Daisy stamp and punch!  And the embellishments and ribbon.  Combine it with the luscious patterned Designer Paper in the Delightful Daisy suite and mix it all together and what do you get?  This:

Delightful Daisy and Woodgrain

Don’t you just love this?  The Wood Textures DSP is so realistic looking, and the patterned paper from the Delightful Daisy DSP reminds me of wall paper.  The gorgeous Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon provides the perfect way to cover the seam where these two papers met.

The star of the show is the Delightful Daisy!  This stamp set and punch bundle has been uber popular since making it’s debut at the OnStage event in April where it was available as a pre-order for demonstrators.  As such, the Daisy Punch is currently on backorder and expected to be available at the end of the month, along with the Faceted  Gems (clear and gold) .  The Daisy Delight stamp set is available.

Did you notice the cute little tag? Of course you did!  It’s from the Wood Crate Framelits die set.  The sentiment is from Wood Words stamp set ( I used a marker to isolate and stamp each word individually to make it fit on the tag), and that gorgeous Copper 1/8″ ribbon adds the finishing touch!

I think the Daisy Delight product suite is going to be one of your favorites too!  You can see other projects I made with the Daisy Bundle here.  Please place your order for this bundle as soon as it becomes available again, so you are assured of getting it.  Now that you follow me on Facebook, I’ll be sure to keep you updated of the status of the punch, the bundle, the Faceted Gems and the 1/8″ Copper trim.

Thanks for hanging out in  My Stampin Space with me today.   I hope you enjoy it here. Please leave me a comment at the end of this post and tell me what you think of this card.  I love to hear from you!

And thanks for shopping with me when you need to place orders for your stampin’ supplies.  I’m always grateful!  I like to show my thanks by sending an email or even a handmade ‘thank you’ card in the mail, but when you select “No Contact”, I don’t even know who placed that order!  So a big ‘thank you’ to who placed an order – I don’t know who you are, but I’m still thankful for you!

See you, and Happy Stampin!

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Coffee is Happiness

When I first saw this sketch challenge from Case This Sketch, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do!  The problem?  Everything I wanted to use to make it was in transit.  Hurry up, Mr. UPS-man!  So he got here today, and this is what I made!

Coffee is Happiness

And here is the sketch that inspired it:

Don’t you just LOVE this Coffee Break Designer Series Paper?

Coffee is Happiness

It’s so retro, and while I usually don’t gravitate towards paper with a busy design, I just Love this!  Maybe it’s all the different types of coffee pots and cups.  The polka dot pattern is just plain fun and playful!  Then there’s the coffee cup itself.  It’s so realistic looking thanks to the Coffee Cafe stamp set and coordinating Coffee Cups framelit dies.  (Bundle and Save 10%!)  The lid popped on in a snap (no worries about spills either!)  The corrugated cardboard sleeve keeps my hand from getting burned and it makes a nice place for the oval die cut featuring the word “Happiness”.  I do believe that coffee = happiness, but the word “happiness” is cropped from the sentiment.  The rest of the sentiment is on the inside:

Happiness is coffee shared with a friend

How true, right?  And I’m glad that I can share this with my friends over at Case This Sketch.

And it makes me so happy so share MyStampinSpace with you!  I’m honored when you choose to spend time with me and hang out here at My Stampin’  Space.  Feel free to kick back and enjoy a cup of coffee while you’re here!  My hope is that you will be inspired to make your own paper projects  and that you’ll pick up some tips and tricks along the way.

If you want to  get this stamp set, or all of the products in the Coffee Break Suite, pg. 30-31, (there’s ribbons and corrugated elements, too!) please head over to  my online store.

I’ve gotten so many items in my delivery today and I can’t wait to share eeverything with you so please stop back again.  Like me on Facebook, and subscribe to my newsletter so you won’t miss a thing!

Happy Stampin,

Nancy

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Hooray for the TicTacToe Challenge!

Three cheers for the TicTacToe Challenge!  A bunch of my fellow Stampers, and Pals, from Mary Fish’s Stampin’ Pretty Pals, have created a new weekly challenge group.  It’s a tic tac toe challenge!  Just like the child’s chalk game, this features a grid with 9 squares.  Each square contains an element you can use in card making.  You can get tic tac toe by any row across, any column, or a diagonal line.  Here is the TicTacToe challenge for the week.

TicTacToe Challenge #001I chose the top line across, and here is my card:

Hooray for TTTC#001

Stripes, circle & gold!  So Easy and so elegant.  Black and gold always combine to a elegant and classy color combo.  I wanted to make something to congratulate the design teams over at TicTacToeChallenge for the new challenge. I’m really looking forward to playing along with this challenge every week.

I did heat emboss the “Hooray” in Versmark ink and gold emboss powder.

I am a self-professed paper hoarder.  I buy pretty paper and then I don’t use it because I hate to cut it up. I have made myself promise that I WILL USE up some of my retired DSP, and that I will use, use up, and buy again, any new DSP that I buy.  This piece of DSP, from the Pop of Pink paper set, fits the bill of using up my retired DSP.  I hope that you might have some of this paper left over; it really is so stunning.

A simple circle cropped with the layering framlit dies, popped up on another circle of carstock.  A little banner of Gold foil sheets accents it just perfectly.

So join me in saying “Hooray for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge!”  Then head on over to the challenge to see the what the design team came up, and they play along with the challenge for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by MyStampinSpace.  Come back again as I have alot to share with you this week.

Happy Stampin’,

Nancy

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Tabs For Everything, Even Birthdays!

One of my favorite perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is getting sneak peeks of new catalogs and products before everyone else and attending events, like OnStage in April in Richmond, VA, and getting FREE products just for attending!   One of the stamp sets I got is a set called Tabs For Everything, and it has a coordinating punch (which I didn’t get, but it’s on its way to  me now!)  You can save 10% when you purchase this as a Bundle.

This set has so much potential for making tabs when used with the coordinating punch, and I think it will be a match made in heaven paired with the new “Love Today” Planner Kit!  You can see how awesome the Planner is by watching the video here.

It also has great potential for making fabulous cards!  Like this one:Tabs For Everything - Even Birthdays!

I was inspired for the color combination of Night of Navy, Smokey Slate, and LemonLime Twist by the jacket a fellow was wearing the other day.  (I see Stampin’ Up! colors everywhere!)  I mentioned to a fellow stamper that I could make a card with those colors, and she said she couldn’t wait to see what I came up with!

I liked this card, and color combination so much that I decided to make another card in a similar color combination of Dapper Denim, Basic Grey and Lemon Lime Twist.  What do you think?

Tabs for Everything - Even Birthdays!

Here are the two colors side by side:

Tabs for everything - even birthdays!

So which color combination do you like best?  Leave me a comment with your choice.

Here are the color combinations for your reference:

Dapper Denim, Basic Gray and Lemon Lime Twist

Because this is a birthday card, I decided to enter this into The Paper Players challenge.  The Paper Players Challenge 347

See how well this fits into the challenge?  Simple, right?  You can click here or on the picture above to head over to the The Paper Players challenge and be inspired by all the other entries featuring Birthday themed projects.

I hope you’ll seriously add the new “Love Today” Planner Kit! and the Tabs For Everything Bundle to your next order.  You can click here to shop my online store.  Please use the Host Code shown on the top of this page.

Thanks for visiting me in My Stampin Space today.  Come again, the door is always open and the Keurig is always on, ready to brew you a fresh cup!

Happy Stampin,

Nancy

Tabs For Everything stamp set

Tabs For Everything

 

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Happy Birthday, Gorgeous

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous.  I have to admit I I ‘passed over’ this stamp set my first, and probably second, trip thru the catalog.  I did like the die that is bundled with it, and LOVED that Stampin’ Up! is now offering adhesive sheets for the intricate dies like the “Happy Birthday” die.  But the stamp set just wasn’t calling my name, truth be told.  But I earned this bundle for free, so  I started taking notice of the potential of this ‘sleeper’ stamp set and discovered how much I LOVE this bundle called Happy Birthday, Gorgeous!  The flowers works great with the 2-step stamping and just as well on their own.

I needed a project to do at a workshop.  I wanted something easy for any skill level, yet something that would have some ‘Wow!” factor.  These flowers are so easy to work with, and a simple masking technique creates the “Wow!” factor.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

A few of the absolutely gorgeous Glitter Enamel Dots add the finishing touch!

You can easily recreate this card – just place a 1-1/4″ strip of scrap paper across the center; stamp your flowers then remove the scrap paper.  You’ll be left with a nice clean slate to stamp your sentiment. Easy Peasy!

You can purchase this stamp set by itself or bundle it with the HappyBirthday die  and save 10%.

This is one bundle that I would highly recommend make it to the top of your ‘must-have’ list.  It is so versatile and fun and everyone needs birthday cards so you’ll reach for this over and over again, and every project can have a totally different look!  From the flowers to the balloons to the banners and the great sentiments that can be paired together and the various font and sizes, it’s an all around winner!

The colors I used to create this card are Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay.  A great colorful color combination!  Feel free to save this color combination for your own use.  You can ‘pin’ this picture.

Stampin Up Color Combo

Thanks for visiting My Stampin Space today.  Be sure to visit my online store to grab your Happy Birthday Gorgeous bundle today!   Please leave me a comment and tell me what you like most about this card!

See you soon!

Nancy

 

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What were the 1st things I ordered from the New Catalog?

So exciting, you can now order from the new catalog!  And I bet you probably want to know what were the 1st things I ordered from the new catalog?

Well since I have the privilege of ordering many items in advance (love that perk of being a demonstrator!), there weren’t too many stamp sets and bundles I ordered as I am so EXCITED about all the accessories offered in this catalog!  I did order a few stamp set and here they are:

Lemon Zest bundle

Lemon Zest was the #1 Bundle that I just had to have!  I LOVE IT – it is so fresh and zesty, and perfect for summertime!

Beautiful Bouquet

Beautiful Bouquet Bundle was #2 on my list – I love the font style in the sentiments and thought the sentiments offered a well-rounded array of sayings for different occasions.  Of course the flowers are just so versatile too!

Crafting Forever

Crafting Forever is my #3 must have!  I just love this set and all the images in it.  I think it will be fun in so many different ways.  And of course, I agree with all of the sentiments!

Then there are the accessories, of course I had to get all of the new 2017-19 InColors in cardstock, ink, markers, and every color of ribbon, and the new little mini bows.

But did you see we now offer MINI Stampin’ Dimensionals?   I can’t live without dimensionals and I’m often cutting them in half to pop up tiny pieces.  And the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets?  The answer to gluing on those intricate die cuts!

And the Embossing Paste?   You can see that here.

And the Ribbon!  Oh my, I’m in Ribbon heaven!  I just want it all!  So, I am thinking of offering Ribbon Shares.  What are Ribbon Shares?  I’m glad you asked – ribbon shares are a great way to get alot of ribbon without the big price tag!  Basically, I would offer a grouping of ribbon and split each roll in 4.  When 4 people buy the ribbon share, I will divide the ribbons and mail each one to you.  So for instance, you could get 2.5 yards of all 5 colors of the InColor 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon for only $11.25!  If you would be interested in a Ribbon Share, please let me know.

So now that you know what I ordered,  WHAT IS ON YOUR ORDER?  If you need help, ask me.  I’ll help you get the most that you can for your money.

To place an order with me today, please click here and use Host Code 2HH3XWVE.   Then share with me what was the #1 product that you had to have today.  I love to hear your comments.

Happy Stampin’ and Happy Shopping!

Nancy

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Watch These Videos BEFORE you order from the New Catalog!

Stampin’ Up! just released several videos and I think you should watch these videos BEFORE you order from the New Catalog tomorrow.

Online ordering will be shut down from approx. midnight tonight until about noon June 1st (CST) to change over the catalogs and item codes.  So while you’re waiting, watch these videos!

Planners are all the Rage right now, and I’m so excited to share our new Love Today Planner, so I’m sharing this first:

I think the next Bundle is going to be a big hit.  I would order yours right away because I suspect this might be a sell-out!

The next two videos are my favorite bundles that I already have and just LOVE! I know you will as well:

A couple of new products need to be seen to be appreciated. You may have overlooked these items but I’m sure you won’t now that you see how awesome they are!

The next few bundles need no explanation as to why they are going to be so popular:

Everyone needs paper, and this year the choices of Designer Series Paper is just over the top delicous!

Overwhelmed? Don’t know where to start? Kits are great places to start, AND they make great gifts too!

Whew! Binge watching Stampin’ Up! beats Netflix any day, doesn’t it?

Get 25% off your first 3 months of Paper PumpkinDon’t forget that there is a promotion going on until June 10th for Paper Pumpkin craft kits too. New subscribers save 25% on June, July & August kits when you subscribe by June 10th  and use the promo code, STARTHERE, at PaperPumpkin.com to subscribe.

Ready to shop?  Join my Live on Facebook for my New Catalog Launch Party  at 7PM (EST) Thursday, June 1st for fun, games & prizes AND shopping.  Or just click here to start shopping and please use Host Code 2HH3XWVE when placing your order!

Thanks, friends!

Nancy

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